Fall Into You by Roni Loren is a wonderful romance novel with heavily spiced up BDSM elements and some intrigue. Charli (Charlotte) is a beautiful red...moreFall Into You by Roni Loren is a wonderful romance novel with heavily spiced up BDSM elements and some intrigue. Charli (Charlotte) is a beautiful red headed tomboy who writes articles on sports and is looking to apply for another position. She was raised in house full of brothers. Charli's hero is a tall sexy Cowboy named Grant. He owns acreage for a winery and some of his property is allocated to an upscale BDSM club near Dallas, Texas. They meet by happenstance due to Charli's car being run off the and have a physical connection they both cannot ignore. To keep things interesting, the hero and heroine have issues from their past that they both need to overcome in order to move on with each other and to shed memories that hold them back..
The way this couple interacts with each other is kismet and very sexy. They bring out the best in each other even during the bumpy times. When it comes time for them to re-evaluate their relationship, some angst is added to the plot which ratchets up the story. This part of the book is not, in anyway, prosaic; but, rather it gives the reader the impetus to read faster because he/she HAS have to find out what will happen next.
This dynamic story is really worth your valuable reading time. It is a spicy intrigue romance and I am now trying to pull the hook out of my mouth since Ms. Loren lured me into her wonderful book. I will definitely pick up the other books in this series to read. The author did an excellent job of weaving her story to keep her readers engaged in the story. Not once does the reader feel left out of the loop by not having read the first books in this series. Fall Into You can definitley be read as a stand alone story.
Complete review to come.... to give a snippet of what I thought, I would have to say that this was a very good paranormal romance story. Leia adds a b...moreComplete review to come.... to give a snippet of what I thought, I would have to say that this was a very good paranormal romance story. Leia adds a blend of humor and deep emotion that make the romance addicting.(less)
This a sweet historical novel with a plucky heroine and a dashing hero. The duo have worked together for years while unearthing treasures. Complete re...moreThis a sweet historical novel with a plucky heroine and a dashing hero. The duo have worked together for years while unearthing treasures. Complete review to come.(less)
3.5 stars... I don't know if reading this story out of series order might have impacted by enjoyment of this novel. This Cole's story... Complete revi...more3.5 stars... I don't know if reading this story out of series order might have impacted by enjoyment of this novel. This Cole's story... Complete review to come.(less)
In Bloodright, author Karen Tabke weaves an exciting, tension filled tale of a Lycan nation on the brink of war and the very discordant, intense emoti...moreIn Bloodright, author Karen Tabke weaves an exciting, tension filled tale of a Lycan nation on the brink of war and the very discordant, intense emotional dynamics between three Lycans. This story had my heart twisted up in all sorts of directions because of the intensity of the heartache, pain and love came screaming off the pages in this book. Add in the intensity of the plot against the Slayers who want to destroy the werewolves and you have a recipe for a superb story.
Lucien Mondragon and Rafael Vulkasin are twin brothers who are the respective alphas of their packs - the Mondragon Pack and the Vulkasin Pack. Lucien’s attitude toward his brother is very bitter and hateful ever since Rafael killed his mate. Rafael is confident in the decision he made to slay Lucien’s mate because he was sure she was a Slayer - the Lycan’s worst enemy - and in turn, saving Lucien’s life since laying with a Slayer is punishable by death.
Because Rafael killed Lucien’s mate, Lucien has declared his right in the Blood Law where he is able to exact the same offense upon his brother, the offending party. Falcon, Rafael’s mate is ordered by the elders who oversee and uphold the laws of the packs to go to Lucien. The beginning of the story has the reader thrown into the middle of the ramifications of Rafael handing over Falcon to Lucien creating an astounding start to a great book.
As a heroine, Falcon is level headed, brave, and is able to do what she needs to do in order to make sure the packs stay cohesive rather than war with each other despite the declaration of the Blood Law on Lucien’s insistence. Because of her powers and ther relationship with the two alphas, she becomes a major player int he building conflict.
Falcon’s personal life gets more complicated. The more time Falcon spends with Lucien, she falls in love with him, too. Because of the tie she spends with Lucien, she also learns more about herself and her powers. The strength of the feelings she has for both Lucien and Rafael causes Falcon to be torn between the feelings she has for each brother since they have both melded to her soul. They each fulfill here in different and inexorable ways which make her complete. In addition, she has a strong feeling that she is supposed to be with both brothers and has a strong suspicion that the Prophecy of the Three relates to the three of them.
Bloodright is an outstanding book and I am waiting with bated breath for the next installment of this series. If you are a paranormal romance genre reader, this is a book you do not want to pass up. It has everything one could hope for in a good book - love, hate, mayhem, sensual moments, Lycans. Absolutely a hands down five star read! And the ending will leave you pining for more.
Happy Reading from Bona Fide Reflections!!
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Hot Under Pressure by Louisa Edwards is a surprising novel. This is the first novel in the Rising Chef series that I have read...more3.5 Stars: Good Reading
Hot Under Pressure by Louisa Edwards is a surprising novel. This is the first novel in the Rising Chef series that I have read and I am intrigued enough to want to go back and read the preceding stories. This particular book is a very pleasing romance with an original backdrop to have people connect on an intimate level.
Henry Beck and Skye Gladwell’s relationship is very tenuous. Before the Rising Chef Competition (RSC), they have not laid eyes on each other despite the fact that they have been married ten years. To say they have been estranged is putting it mildly. So, the tension when they finally meet again runs from shock, hostility, to lust - in other words, emotional whiplash.
Throughout the Rising Chef Competition the two main characters experience emotional growth. Skye has the support of her friends from her place of business of which she is owner, Queenie Pie, and Beck has the support of a surrogate family, the Lundens who own a restaurant where he is employed through which he gains a caring family that has “adopted” him into the fold of their care and security. However, he is reticent to accept the connection due to his loner tendencies. Beck’s friend Winslow does a lot to help Beck come out of his emotional shell. Wilson also provides a little comic relief and practicality to the tumultuous feelings Beck must confront.
Beck is ex-military and the reader finds him falling back on his training to get through the competition. The use of this as Beck’s mechanism to discipline himself into a well-oiled cooking machine, to keep his focus on the RSC and to deal with Skye was a little awkward for the scope of this book.
Skye has her share of issues to deal with over and above the rivalry between the cooking teams throughout the cooking competition: her boyfriend, her feelings for her former lover, to a small extent her relationship with her parents, and the emotional trauma of feeling abandoned by Beck when she went through an emotional upheaval years ago. In an attempt to move past her feelings and move on with her life, she asks Beck for a divorce. Before he lets her go, he makes a request that she spend one more night with him. From there, their relationship flares back to life once the gauntlet has been laid by Beck.
The connection between Henry Beck and Skye Gladwell was touch and go for me. They were just missing that spark that really jumps off the pages and burrows into your heart. There was too much inconsistency in their emotions one moment they were angry and resentful towards each other and the next moment they are talking about sex; making it hard for me to completely buy into the relationship. However, I enjoyed the novel. The secondary characters helped to keep the story rolling nicely by binding the plot together very nicely.
Over all, Hot Under Pressure is a good romance novel. I enjoyed the book and I liked the originality of the use of culinary arts as a form of expressing conflict and creating an environment that can cultivate romance. I am looking forward to reading the preceding books in the Rising Star Chef series: Too Hot to Touch (Book 1) and Some Like It Hot (Book 2).
3.5 stars This was a very interesting historical romance book. The bood centers around a very elusive character in the Old Testament: Joseph's wife. I...more3.5 stars This was a very interesting historical romance book. The bood centers around a very elusive character in the Old Testament: Joseph's wife. I like the story the author gave to Asenath. Very imaginative and yet realistic.
Sempre by J.M. Darhower is an powerful, outstanding story that covers the gamut of the human condition while being a very sweet love story between two...moreSempre by J.M. Darhower is an powerful, outstanding story that covers the gamut of the human condition while being a very sweet love story between two young adults whose lives have not been easy and have been emotionally traumatized. Haven Antonelli is brought into the DeMaro household as permanent housekeeper under the direction of Carmine’s father after extricating her from a very atrocious situation.
As time goes on Carmine and Haven develop a steadfast relationship that is all about two different, yet not so different worlds coming together and deeply affecting each other by healing each other’s past and present emotional wounds. In addition, the ties she develops with Carmine’s brother, father, and friends assists in her metamorphasis into a very confident, lovely young woman from the scared person she was after the trauma she endured in her younger life of true slavery.
The story that unfolds is gripping and perceptively emotional, yet moments of sweetness take over the depth of the story. A quality that softens the seriousness of the circumstances. Plus, ties to the mafia add to the intensity of the story as well as the family connections that are discovered that bind the young couple even closer to each other and binging them together forever (sempre). As the novel unfolds, the reader will excitedly find themselves turning the pages or hitting the forward button on their e-reader. J.M. Darhower writes with skill, purpose, and depth. This is one of the best stories of contemporary romance that I have read in a long time.
31 Flavors by Leia Shaw and Cari Silverwood is a poingant journey of Sidney’s sexual awakening and the toll it could possibly take on her mar...more4.5 Stars
31 Flavors by Leia Shaw and Cari Silverwood is a poingant journey of Sidney’s sexual awakening and the toll it could possibly take on her marriage if she reveals her predilections in the bedroom to her husband of five years, Nick. This book is very beguiling and written from the perspective of Sidney. Her personality is heartwarmingly organic. The reader is not being sold on a made up feeling person with a perfect figure and beautiful features much like a Barbie doll. Sid is a “real” person with real issues. She is someone you could easily be good friends with. She is funny, opinionated, and insecure about her sexuality, a lot like us “real” people reading the book.
Her interactions with her husband are equally endearing and credible. It is due to the organic perspective of a relationship that makes this book so unique, touching, and interesting. Loving someone is not as easy as a lot romance books depict. 31 Flavors paints love, marriage, and sex in a very authentic light. There are ups and downs, happy moments, funny moments and awkward moments in a marriage. It is this common sense down to earth style of writing that becomes so attractive to the reader.
Reading this touching story could help other people out there to step out of their comfort zone and ask for what they need from their partners. The BDSM aspect of this book may maybe a tad uncomfortable for some romance readers. BUT the analogy of being able to translate Sid’s situation into the reader’s own life, crosses over into real-life application when it comes to expressing one’s self to a partner. This is a great read whether the reader is seeking an enjoyable erotic story with memorable characters or satisfying a curiosity into different aspects of sexuality. After all, vanilla is not for everybody.
Javier and Lilah have been ferociously attracted to each other for two years. But, because she is the property of a powerful vampire, their laws and c...moreJavier and Lilah have been ferociously attracted to each other for two years. But, because she is the property of a powerful vampire, their laws and customs to do not allow for their joining. Because of this, Javier has kept his distance from Lilah and has just pined for her from a distance. As, fate would have it, the two succumb to the draw they feel towards one another. After that, their connection deepens.
Covet by Felicity Heaton is a great novella! Ms. Heaton was able to connect Javier and Lilah in such a way that the romance and eroticism were a perfect combination to make the story believable, even in a short amount of page space. Kudos!
This was a nice quick read that delivered a good paranormal romance between a mermaid and a Lycan. The story was well-paced, well thought out, sexy, a...moreThis was a nice quick read that delivered a good paranormal romance between a mermaid and a Lycan. The story was well-paced, well thought out, sexy, and fun. Ms. Pillow was able to deliver a good plot in short amount of page time. Can't wait to read the rest in the series.(less)
Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James is another stunner of a novel and a great ending to her Fifty Shades Trilogy. Even though Chrisitan and Ana are now m...moreFifty Shades Freed by E.L. James is another stunner of a novel and a great ending to her Fifty Shades Trilogy. Even though Chrisitan and Ana are now married, the excitement and intensity between the couple has not diminished. In fact, I think it was stepped up a notch. To add some levity to the serious issues dealt with in the novel are Ana’s inner goddess and subconscious and the snarky e-mail diatribes between Christian and Ana.
As the happy couple are enjoying their phenomenal honeymoon abroad, they still have Christian’s mercurial emotional swings and possessiveness to deal with. That being said, it adds to the voracity of the on-going healing process that Christian must face in order to heal. It is Ana’s love, understanding, and many compromises that continue to help him dig out of his dark emotional hole.
While trying to deal with his inner demons, Ana has some personal battles of her own to wage. Even though it is her deepest wish to set Christian free from his personal demons, she finds herself needing to exert her independence and fight for some autonomy so that she continues to be her own person, not his possession.Adding to the angsty issues in the relationship is the antagonistic plot of the who-done-it portion of the story that began in the previous books in this trilogy. Running these two distinct plots side by side makes reading this book doubly enjoyable.
E.L. James is a wonderful story teller. Her voice is smooth and keeps the story going like a well oiled machine. Once you start, it is hard to put Ms. James‘ book down. She gives her stories eroticism, emotional poignancy, humor and peppers it all with suspense to keep her readers very entertained.
Fifty Shades Freed is the perfect finish to the trilogy. The ONLY complaint I have is that Ana and Christian’s story has come to a conclusion. I know I can revisit them when by re-reading this series; but, it is just not the same. I lament the fact that their story has come to an end. I highly recommend this book to all romance readers; however, I really think you should read the first two books in the trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker) to get the full impact of this story. This novel will mean so much more to you as a reader when you become completely invested in these two characters.