This is a marriage of convenience story, which is one of my favorite tropes.
Richard is described as a tyrant in the blurb, and yes, yes he is a tyranThis is a marriage of convenience story, which is one of my favorite tropes.
Richard is described as a tyrant in the blurb, and yes, yes he is a tyrant. Although the story felt like it dragged a little toward the end, it was a really good book. The hero was a complete douche at the beginning who made me laugh to myself--oh, I couldn't wait for love to hit him hard upside the head!
He ended up falling in love with Katharine, who btw, was an absolute sweetheart and had suffered greatly in her life. It was interesting to watch their relationship progress as they both grew as characters and fell in love with each other. ...more
Between a Rock and a Hot Mess is a funny but sexy romance that gave me some laugh out loud moments as I read it. Riley made an appearance in MoonlightBetween a Rock and a Hot Mess is a funny but sexy romance that gave me some laugh out loud moments as I read it. Riley made an appearance in Moonlight Kisses (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) and I was glad to hear she'd gotten her own story. In this novel, Riley has to decide between the man she thinks she should be with, and the one who is really her perfect match.
Like Moonlight Kisses, this is an enemies to lovers story, and of course the couple brings the heat when they finally do connect (the office scene was hot). Check it out! ...more
Thoroughly enjoyed this story about Sage Matthews and Cole Sinclair, and I don't know why I didn't review it before since I read it months ago. At anyThoroughly enjoyed this story about Sage Matthews and Cole Sinclair, and I don't know why I didn't review it before since I read it months ago. At any rate, the chemistry between these two is off the charts, and Cole sounds absolutely delicious.
This is an enemies to lovers story, and while the couple may have started off at odds with each other, they end up in sizzling romance that includes a trip to Italy and a business compromise they can both live with. A very enjoyable read. ...more
Break Even is one of those books you read biting your nails, wondering what the outcome will be. Marley (the first time I heard this name for a woman,Break Even is one of those books you read biting your nails, wondering what the outcome will be. Marley (the first time I heard this name for a woman, I said I have to use it as a heroine name in one of my novels, but Ms. De Jong beat me to it ) is married and in love with her husband, but their relationship has changed since they first married. She wants to have a baby, but her husband is distracted and working and traveling a lot.
Enter River Holtz, a new client. From the minute he shows up, you know he’s nothing but trouble, with his fine a$$. He’s cocky, says and does inappropriate things that he has no business saying or doing to a married woman, and demanding of Marley’s time. For her part, Marley tries to fight the attraction, but eventually gives in. When she does – BOOM – fireworks.
I knew Marley’s husband was up to no good, but when the truth comes out, it’s even worse than I thought. A good story overall, and I’m going to look for more by this author. ...more
This book is too good not to be edited. Double words, typos, missing words, wrong verb tense and even a shift in narrative POV (from third person to fThis book is too good not to be edited. Double words, typos, missing words, wrong verb tense and even a shift in narrative POV (from third person to first person plural) spoiled my enjoyment and pulled me out of the story too many times. Despite being annoyed by those issues, I enjoyed Untenable and would have given it a five, but took off a star because of the typos and grammatical errors.
If I had to describe this story in one sentence, I’d say, It’s complicated. Untenable is about a couple who has been together since their college years. Eli is a rapper and Hope runs her own cosmetics company. They’re both successful in their individual careers, but now, ten years in, Hope has had enough of her boyfriend’s cheating ways. The author switches between past and present during parts of the book, and while I didn’t have a problem with it, there were a few instances where the time period was a bit unclear. Nonetheless, I was dragged into this story, flipping the electronic pages to see how they would work things out.
What’s interesting is that I never hated Eli. In fact, I wanted him to win Hope back (crazy, I know). I’ve seen these stories play out in the media before, where the famous athlete or rapper or some other type of celebrity cheats on the wife or girlfriend, and they accept it as sort of the price of having a man in the limelight. In real life, I holler, “Kick him to the curb!” But the back story of this couple and the sense that Eli truly loved Hope, made me want them to work things out. They belonged together, and his straying was not indicative of a lack of love for her (yes, yes, I know that sounds crazy!).
What else did I like about the story? 1) The dialogue. It was realistic, sprinkled with slang and the NY vernacular without overdoing. 2) The sex scenes. She writes them very well; sensual and descriptive without being coarse. 3) Thought-provoking passages, one of my favorites being this simple sentence: He loved touring, but he loved Hope more; or this one, she chose him, and she wanted so badly for him to choose her too.
This is one of those novels that you spend time thinking about afterward. It’s great storytelling, and one of the reasons why I enjoy romance novels so much. Because no matter what the couple endures during the course of the story, you can look forward to a happy ending that satisfies and makes sense.
I would love to read more from this author…but only if it’s edited. ...more
I started reading the sample of this book and right away downloaded the full novel. Hours later my eyes were burning because I didn’t want to sleep. II started reading the sample of this book and right away downloaded the full novel. Hours later my eyes were burning because I didn’t want to sleep. I just had to continue reading.
Wrong is a romantic comedy that kept me laughing. There are so many gems in this story. For instance, imagine the man you’ve been crushing on, who every Tuesday comes into the coffee shop where you work, ends up being your gynecologist. Even worse, while he’s giving you a pelvic exam, you have an orgasm. Awkward. LOL.
Then there’s the scene when Sophie meets his family for Thanksgiving. Dinner is awkward and his parents (especially Mommy Dearest) are terrible.
Throughout the story, Sophie’s thoughts kept me cracking up, and I love, love her friend Everly’s irreverent sense of humor and stalker tendencies. One of my favorite quotes from Everly is “That guy has no business being a gynecologist. It’s not fair to women.”
This is the author’s first novel, and at the end she hinted there will be a book about Everly. I certainly hope so. That’s one twisted chick, and I have no doubt the story of her relationship with the professor will be just as funny, if not more so.
I have to admit that I couldn’t really understand what a stinking rich doctor would want with a college student, but the author made it work. In between all the laughs, there were some very spicy erotic sex scenes, and the good doctor has quite the potty mouth (You've been warned!).
For a sexy story with lots of laughs, definitely pick up a copy of Wrong! ...more
Elle Wright did a great job with this friends with benefits story. Of course it doesn’t work because both Cali and Red have feelings for each other –Elle Wright did a great job with this friends with benefits story. Of course it doesn’t work because both Cali and Red have feelings for each other – feelings that are deeper than just scratching a sexual itch. What I liked about this couple is their support of each other, especially Red. He was there to be a shoulder to cry on for Cali, even when they agreed they would no longer hook up and go back to being friends. (That agreement lasted all of two seconds.)
Rounding out the story are the couples' friends and family, and I really fell in love with Red's adorable daughter. From the first sexy encounter, it’s obvious Cali and Red belonged together. Elle Wright weaves an angst-ridden story with smoking hot love scenes that will make you keep reading until the perfectly sweet conclusion. ...more
This is my first time reading a romance novel where the hero is in a wheelchair. Cullars did a good job of showing the connection between the hero andThis is my first time reading a romance novel where the hero is in a wheelchair. Cullars did a good job of showing the connection between the hero and heroine, even though when they originally met, there was a lot of animosity on the part of Zack because he didn’t want to be in Maya’s art class.
His disability didn’t keep them from having an intimate relationship, but his physical limitations and the PTSD affected his attitude. Maya had her work cut out for her, tearing down his defensive walls. Great story if you’re looking for one with an atypical hero. ...more
I so enjoyed this story. Romantic comedies are hard to come by, and even harder to come by if you’re looking for ones with people of color. Nikki WintI so enjoyed this story. Romantic comedies are hard to come by, and even harder to come by if you’re looking for ones with people of color. Nikki Winter does a great job of filling that need. This is a second chance romance, funny with laugh out loud moments, thanks to the sarcastic wit of the characters, including the hero and heroine’s adorable daughter. But there were heartwarming moments, too, like when you learn about the hero, Ashleigh’s tough past with his abusive father, and when you see just how much McKenzie, the heroine, means to him.
Oddly enough, I felt kinda sorry for McKenzie’s fiance, Michael, because of his insecurities and he was clearly not up to handling competition from the sexy hero. At first I thought he got dissed unfairly. But then he put his foot in his mouth, and my sympathy went out the window.
If you’re looking for a funny read with smoking hot sex scenes, check this one out. ...more