Merry Rogers can't imagine her day getting any worse. In one evening she's been kidnapped by two different sets of abductors, handcuffed, hiked throug...moreMerry Rogers can't imagine her day getting any worse. In one evening she's been kidnapped by two different sets of abductors, handcuffed, hiked through the deserted back woods of Oklahoma, and used for target practice. Merry's not about to believe her captor, James Caesar's crazy story that she’s his missing partner (and lover) Samantha Stone, a covert agent for the US government, or that he's trying to protect her from those responsible for her disappearance two years ago, no matter how sexy he may be. Still, Merry can't deny the chemistry simmering between them, nor the fleeting sense of familiarity she feels when held in Caeser's arms...
Lyn Cash takes drops readers right into the action of SPIES, LIES & DUCT TAPE, and shoots them forward full throttle, giving them two passionate, vividly drawn characters to root for. While I would have liked a little more information on Caeser’s history, his lack of back story is countered by a strong, fully realized characterization in the present. Merry/Sam is a take-charge woman, but Cash does a great job of not making her into an unbelievable superwoman by showcasing her vulnerabilities through her relationships with both major and minor characters.
The tightly scripted plot uses recent ecological and man made events adds to the overall authenticity, keeping the reader guessing until the last few pages. Unfortunately due to a few hanging threads at the end, there is a certain lack of satisfaction. I could (and would love to) see Ms. Cash returning to tie up all the loose ends in a sequel.(less)
Nicole Austin offers readers a naughty and tantalizing romp in RESTLESS.
Jamie Stratham can't spend time in any given locale without feeling the need t...moreNicole Austin offers readers a naughty and tantalizing romp in RESTLESS.
Jamie Stratham can't spend time in any given locale without feeling the need to hop a jet plane and flee the scene. Even spending a few days in Las Vegas for his best friend's wedding has him sputtering around in nervous anticipation, until he lays eyes on maid of honor Rachel Davis.
Rachel's met Jamie's type before: self-assured, charming, gorgeous--and she knows all too well men like him aren't the marrying kind; that doesn't mean she can't enjoy a hot, Sin City fling with the sultry groomsman. Little does Rachel know, Jamie's suddenly having visions of a settled and stable future with the small town teacher.
In a handful of pages, Austin builds a scorching chemistry between her unlikely pair. The lack of angst-ridden back story makes for a satisfying read about two likable characters that will leave anyone looking for a few hours of hot, frothy entertainment completely satisfied.
Laila Prescott's younger brother has disappeared into the wilds of their former home, Paradise Island, and there's only one person who can help her fi...moreLaila Prescott's younger brother has disappeared into the wilds of their former home, Paradise Island, and there's only one person who can help her find him: private investigator and ex-lover, Matthew Hardin. But Matthew's help comes at a high price; he wants Laila back in is bed until they find baby brother Bobby.
Laila's hands are tied, but can she manage to guard her heart against the man who broke it once before? Is Matthew capable of letting Laila walk out of his life for the second time? Find out in Reese Gabriel's latest release, LAILA'S BARGAIN.
I'm a huge fan of Gabriel's work and LAILA'S BARGAIN is no exception. His writing is succinct and descriptive, yet never overwhelms the reader with unnecessary details or florid prose. The plot moves at a steady pace that allows the book to be consumed in one sitting, but still gives his characters (not to mentions readers) periodic moments to stop and catch their breath.
One of the aspects I love most in all of Reese’s novels are his flawed, fully realized characters. If you like your heroes bold, self-assured, and definitively alpha with just a hint of vulnerability you’re going to love Matthew Hardin.
Hardin's female counterpart is not shrinking violet though. Laila is a decisive woman of action; challenging her lover at every turn with sharp-tongued banter and attitude that doesn’t quit. It was a joy to see Laila’s confidence develop during the course of this book.
Gabriel also populates Paradise Island with a wide array of colorful secondary characters. Be it Leon, crusty owner of the island's seedy watering hole, the duplicitous drug runner Geronimo, Laila's restless, self-centered brother, or the fashionable and deadly smuggler Graham Tolliver, these characters add a quirkiness that enrich the novel’s entire experience.
LAILA'S BARGAIN is one hot sexy island adventure, guaranteed to get anyone in the mood for fun in the sun.
Saucy bartender/author Allie McAllister spends her free time mentoring aspiring authors and boasts a strict set of rules when it come to romance with...moreSaucy bartender/author Allie McAllister spends her free time mentoring aspiring authors and boasts a strict set of rules when it come to romance with her protégés. The first and most important being that the relationship ends after six months.
This suits rising young attorney Adam Carlton just fine. He doesn't have time for, nor does he want a full-time relationship. So he has to feign interest in the creative process and pretend he's writing a novel. The time he spends with Allie is worth putting forth a little extra effort.
The days turn into weeks and Adam is surprised to discover himself enjoying Allie’s “lessons.” While he struggles to reconcile the little white lie he told to gain her attention, Allie finds herself dangerously close to BREAKING ALL THE RULES for a shot at what might be true love.
Complex, multifaceted characters are the heart and soul of Monica Robinson's compelling novel. From the moment Adam is drawn into a heady infatuation by Allie's outrageous, energetic barroom antics, so too is the reader carried along by the rip tide of honesty and emotional depth Robinson portrays.
With Allie, Ms. Robinson creates a heroine who is as captivatingly extroverted as she is fundamentally insecure, yet she never allows the character to fall into the trap of self-victimization. Allie's plight is that of many intelligent, capable young women seeking to make their own way in a world that's kicked them to the curb more than a few times. I found myself rooting for her over and over because of she's a character of renewable strength and dogged individuality.
Adam is a fantastic counter part to Allie with his easy charm, formidable will, and natural ability to read other people. Ms. Robinson humanizes Adam in the same fashion by showing the mistakes he's made before and during the course of the novel, proving no one is immune to the effects of outside pressures and expectations.
In addition to these compelling protagonists, Monica Robinson also presents a wonderful array of secondary characters who prove to be far more diverse and interesting than present in most novels. I was especially impressed with the depth and lack of stereotypical actions with regards to Adam's father and older brother. Even the "villain" of the novel had a shades of deeper characterization which left me pleasantly surprised and enormously satisfied.
Meet Jerra, a beautiful and sheltered human female chosen to travel the galaxy with nothing more to do but enjoy the pleasures of three S-speices male...moreMeet Jerra, a beautiful and sheltered human female chosen to travel the galaxy with nothing more to do but enjoy the pleasures of three S-speices males: Ran Kartal, the superior breed's most esteemed diplomat, engineer Larik Armanda, and Colonel Ian Helm. Unfortunately this luxury comes at the price of Jerra's freedom and ability to dictate the course of her own future. Once she's done serving the trio during their mission of colonial diplomacy, she will be "farmed out" for breeding with a mate determined by the S-species ruling council.
Author Annabel Wolfe crafts a sizzling array erotic interludes throughout PALE STARS IN HER EYES, the first in The Starlight Chronicles series. What sets each of Jerra’s encounters apart are the lush and sensual details; determined in large part by each man’s characterization, whether it’s Ran’s innate gentleness, Larik’s playful sensibilities, or Ian’s feral passion. That Jerra is quickly won over by the charms of this triad and soon falling head-over-heels for one in particular, comes as no surprise thanks to the author’s artful characterizations.
Ms. Wolfe also gives readers with a searing romantic subplot between one of Jerra’s lovers and an S-species female serving onboard. This not only adds further spice with more intense love scene, but also affords the opportunity to highlight both the differences and similarities between the two races. While Jerra may be more delicate in terms of physicality, her strength of character, intellect, and strong will serve as testimony that despite the S-species belief to the contrary, humans are not an inferior breed.
The plot itself feels abbreviated and a bit weak at certain points. I would have preferred a few more scenes concerning the diplomatic mission itself, as well as a first hand account of the expedition’s arrival on the colonial planet and events immediately thereafter. Barring those particulars though, PALE STARS IN HER EYES provides the reader with intense rush of lust and adrenaline.
Actress Tessa Montage is up for the role of a lifetime, but she never expected the writer of Hollywood’s hottest screenplay would turn out to be her h...moreActress Tessa Montage is up for the role of a lifetime, but she never expected the writer of Hollywood’s hottest screenplay would turn out to be her high school crush, Ryan Dumont. Tessa’s shock deepens when Ryan informs her that he will serve as the movie’s director and wants her as his leading lady--with a caveat: in order to get the part, Tessa will also serve as Ryan’s lover for the duration of filming. With her career on the line and Ryan dead set on revenge, Tessa has little choice but to agree to his terms.
As the days pass, old passions are rekindled, past hurts are remembered, and both lovers wonder what the words “that’s a wrap” will mean for their relationship. Can Ryan and Tessa let go of the past to forge a new future together, giving them both their SWEET REVENGE?
This is the first book I’ve read by Nadia Aidan and I must say, she hits it out of the park with SWEET REVENGE. The chemistry between Tessa and Ryan is explosive, due in large part to the strength and passion imbued by the author. The story of two stubborn, vivid characters, kept apart by family, circumstance, and misunderstanding is like a sexy update of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet made better, with sizzling love scenes and the promise of a happily ever after.