I almost stopped reading this one, but I'm glad I didn't. The story is told in a series of flashbacks, mixed with current events. The front end of itI almost stopped reading this one, but I'm glad I didn't. The story is told in a series of flashbacks, mixed with current events. The front end of it was very heavy on the flashback part, which I didn't like. After so many books with the McKay clan, it felt a bit weird to go back in time and get Carson and Carolyn's story. It felt a little like watching your or your friends parents get frisky. The flip side of that is that we got a better look at how the generation we'd already met came to be, all the family conflicts spelled out pretty plainly. There were a few places it felt like a McKay/West history lecture and i found myself skipping pages.
Overall, I'd say this felt like a nice bonus book to the series, but not really part of the original rough riders. It certainly didn't feel like a series finale to me. This one is a nice read, but if you end the series on Dalton/Rory, you won't miss anything by skipping this one....more
Desperate to save her sister from life in a brothel, bounty hunter Fatin accepts a contract to capture Viking warriors from their home planet. But theDesperate to save her sister from life in a brothel, bounty hunter Fatin accepts a contract to capture Viking warriors from their home planet. But there is a complication she hadn’t considered... her attraction to Eirik, a strong warrior the others have accepted as their leader.
Eirik and the men are horrified by their fate. Torn from their families, they are locked up, kept as pets and sold nightly to the planetary elite. By day, their sperm in harvested to create children, warriors that will some day be used to make war on the Viking home world.
I was lucky enough to score an ARC of this book and couldn’t wait to dive into it.
But I have to admit that once I started reading I was slow to warm up to this book. I love a story with a strong plot, and the beginning of this one is very sex-heavy and thin on story. It’s all very hot and well written, it just felt unbalanced. As the book progressed, the plot picked up steam and I was drawn into the world.
Past the very steamy (wowza) beginning, I really enjoyed the story. Fatin’s desperation shone through, as did her understanding that she was being played by the brothel owner. She knew that no matter what, she’d never be allowed to buy her sister’s freedom, but the only option she had was to keep trying.
Eirik is just the kind of alpha hero I like. He’s big and assertive, but also intelligent and a thinker. He’s drawn to Fatin and protective of her, despite what’s she’s done to them and the animosity if the other men.
Overall, very good read once I got into it....more
Gabriel, the Earl of Swanfield has peculiar tastes in the bedroom. He won't subject a wife to his needs, and he won't have sex outside of marriage. HiGabriel, the Earl of Swanfield has peculiar tastes in the bedroom. He won't subject a wife to his needs, and he won't have sex outside of marriage. His only option seems to be remaining single. His attraction for the respectable Lisette Delornay-Ross is certainly unacceptable. While Miss Ross certainly seems the adventurous type, she's still a lady and he can't consider letting her know what he really wants.
Or can he?
It seems Lisette might not be as respectable as he believed. She is a woman who understands the kind of needs that could only be expressed in secret, and the lines he's drawn between sex and marriage might not be so clear-cut after all.
I found much to love about this book. The chemistry between the stand-offish Gabriel and Lisette was steamy from the start. When the two of them got together, it was very hot, in my opinion hotter than the last two books in the series.
The Pleasure House had a different feel in this book as well. In past books the characters saw it as a place where the dark parts of their souls were reflected, but to Lisette, it was home; a welcome respite and a place to relax and simply enjoy herself. This gave the establishment a completely different flavor than we'd seen previously.
While the chemistry and ambiance were wonderful, I had problems warming up to the heroine. At times she was very likable, but she has an insecure flightiness to her that made me want to slap her at times. Put this up against Gabriel's selective hearing and his tendency to take quick offense, and the time the two of them spend together and dressed had me wondering if they needed a referee to break them up.
Overall, I found the book to be a sizzling and volatile read. It's a wonderful addition to the Simply series and I recommend it....more
Marine Travis Donovan is on the hunt for his missing sister, and the only lead he has is her old cell phone number. That number now belongs to Ariel WMarine Travis Donovan is on the hunt for his missing sister, and the only lead he has is her old cell phone number. That number now belongs to Ariel Winston. After texts sent to his sister reached Ariel instead, the two of them formed a kind of friendship. When Travis arrives in town to look for his sister, the two meet without realizing they are the text 'pen pals.'
This story was a very steamy read. The serendipitous meeting and subsequent discovery felt very natural and believable, and the chemistry between the two was flaming. A recommended read for anyone who appreciated a hot Marine showing off his specialized training....more