When the words "sadomasochism and bondage" appeared not far into this book, I was worried. A little bondage, a little swatting - okay - but this book...moreWhen the words "sadomasochism and bondage" appeared not far into this book, I was worried. A little bondage, a little swatting - okay - but this book had the darker stuff written all over it. Quite honestly, I almost put it down, but I decided to push ahead for two reasons...
1. I knew at any time I could stop reading, delete it from my Kindle, and never think of it again. 2. I have yet to read a bad Mari Carr book.
Rough Cut is darker, but Ty's love for Gwen is very apparent. Even though he's controlling things in the bedroom, she holds the power. Gwen's struggle to accept her darker desires is handled quite perfectly. I thought Ty was considerate of her throughout the story and never once did I think he crossed a line. Rough Cut is a novella, but it takes place over the course of a few months plus a fabulous epilogue! For me, this will be a one-time read because there wasn't much else to (less)
I am no stranger to the dynamite writing of Jill Shalvis. One of my favorite books ever is a little Harlequin Temptation titled Aftershock. Admittedly...moreI am no stranger to the dynamite writing of Jill Shalvis. One of my favorite books ever is a little Harlequin Temptation titled Aftershock. Admittedly, it's been a while since I've read any of her books. Mostly because it seemed as if I always had something else to read.
Listen up! I'm only going to say this once. It pains me to confess any such flaw in my character, but I will sacrifice myself if I can get even one person to give this book a read. I was wrong! I appreciate all the slack-jawed expressions, but I'm tellin' the truth, y'all. After a few emotionally heavy books, I wanted something light to pass the time before digging into another erotic romance. As I was scrolling through books on my TBR list, I passed by Simply Irresistible (for like the 100th time), but this time, my inner goddess jumped up from her spot lounging by the pool and pointedly glared at me. I heard her loud and clear, "How dare you, Tammie! Jill Shalvis used to be an automatic buy for us. Girlfriend, you need to get our head out of all that erotica nonsense." (FYI: she didn't really mean that. My inner goddess loves her erotica.) However, I knew what she was saying--switch it up before all the panty-melting alphas destroy vital brain cells! It was a major brain malfunction to keep passing up her books. Don't make the same mistake.
There are so many great reviews of Simply Irresistible that I don't feel there's much else I can add about the plot. Instead, I'll just list some of my favorite things about this book:
1. Witnessing Maddie's character growth from "The Mouse" to "The Leading Lady of Her Life" 2. The cutest & funniest "meet" I've read in a while. 3. True, honest-to-goodness, sexual tension! I guess my inner goddess was right--we do read too much erotica. I'd forgotten how satisfying, and what a seat-squirmer, old-fashioned anticipation can be like. Jax flirts & can't keep his hands off Maddie from the start; it's sexy as hell! 4. Seeing Maddie, Tara, and Chloe bond, fight, and love. The developing relationship between the sisters is a brilliant thing. 5. This whole book tugged at my heartstrings. 6. I laughed so much I thought I might need Chloe's inhaler! My gawd, every few pages it seemed as if something cracked me up. 7. You will fall in love with this charming town and all its citizens!
And finally, if nothing I've said before this point can convince you to read Simply Irresistible, I'll let Jax do the talking...
Then he slid the bottoms down her legs and paused at the sight of her Supergirl bikini panties. "Did I ever tell you," he murmured, dropping to his knees to press a kiss to her bruised hip, "that I'm pretty convinced you have your own superpowers?"
Bending her head to take in the top of his, she gave him a shaky smile that she knew didn't make it to her eyes. "What are they?"
"The power to get past all my walls..."
Sweet Jesus, Jax is dreamy!
Now that you've wasted precious time reading my so-tired-I-doubt-I-make-sense-but-I-needed-to-tell-you-to-read-this-book review, don't waste another second. READ THIS BOOK INSTEAD!
To Jill Shalvis: I swear never to bypass another of your books, to forever keep you on my auto-buy list, and to knit one of Maddie's boyfriend scarfs for each person I love. Thank you. ;-)
DISCLAIMER: This review was written under the influence of sinus medication. Please don't hold my weirdness against me.(less)
I went into this book with a huge, deep, dark, depressing cloud of apprehension. Liz was such a biotch in The Perfect Play that I couldn't understand...moreI went into this book with a huge, deep, dark, depressing cloud of apprehension. Liz was such a biotch in The Perfect Play that I couldn't understand what Ms. Burton was thinking matching gorgeous Gavin with her. As far as I was concerned, she wasn't good enough for him.
I struggled for half the book; unwilling to relent to Ms. Burton's obvious knowledge that Liz was more than just a pretty face and managing shark. I fought it until, at last, I couldn't deny Liz's humanity. It turns out, the she-devil, was really a multifaceted woman and it wasn't long after I wove the white flag, that I began to question if Gavin deserved her! Worse, yet, was watching Mick (Gavin's brother and the hero from the first book, The Perfect Play)be so un-hero-like. Then, surprise of all surprises, I found myself wanting to not only slap Mick for his treatment of Liz, but Gavin for not standing up for the woman he obviously loved. I'm telling you I was moodier while reading this than a woman craving chocolate on a diet!
I underestimated Liz. She's a strong woman with a past and fear. The fear is what caused her to act, without thought, in the first book. It's the same fear that she works so hard at overcoming in this book. Thankfully, the Riley men grow some sense by the end. Liz wasn't the only one forgiving Mick during their heartfelt talk. And once Gavin realizes what a complete idiot he's been, I love how he makes it up to her in a BIG way!(less)
This book is a very hard one for me to review. I started Animal Magnetism to distract myself while my dad was in the hospital. It took me over two wee...moreThis book is a very hard one for me to review. I started Animal Magnetism to distract myself while my dad was in the hospital. It took me over two weeks to read with all the distractions, and then the grief of losing him so quickly. Honestly, I can't be certain I remember half of this book. I'm sure under other circumstances, I would give this book higher marks. What I do know is that Jill Shalvis is a master storyteller -- humor and sexiness abound! -- and you really can't go wrong with one of her books.(less)
Gimme just one moment to drool over this cover before I get to the juicy details. Just one more second...there, okay, I think I can focus. I've had th...moreGimme just one moment to drool over this cover before I get to the juicy details. Just one more second...there, okay, I think I can focus. I've had this book in my possession since its release back in February. I've read it approximately 3 times. That doesn't include the amount of times I've skipped through it to read my favorite parts!
Mick Riley is the man in San Francisco. As quarterback of the SF Sabers, Mick's lifestyle is unlike what most of us can imagine. He goes where he wants, does what he wants, and dates the hottest Hollywood starlets. Most of it is staged by Liz, Mick's agent, and he's steadily growing tired of all the publicity. When Mick meets Tara he's instantly intrigued by her. She doesn't fawn all over him like every other woman he knows. She doesn't expect him to swoop in and take care of her. He can't resist the pull of attraction, nor does he try to. I'd say he's smitten, but the big, bad football player would probably take offense. You know how sensitive they are about their tough reputations.
Tara Lincoln is an up-and-coming event planner. As owner of the Right Touch Event Planners, she's worked hard to better her life and her son's. She's as independent as a woman should be; not asking for handouts or expecting anything to come easy. But, Tara's been hurt. First by her son's father when he left her as a teenage mother. Then, by her parents who couldn't accept her for who she was and the son she had. She can't imagine a man like Mick would be interested in her.
Mick's pursuit is hot. Tara's willing to succumb to the passion she feels for Mick, but she protects her heart -- and her son's -- at all costs. Their relationship progresses much like a real relationship would with twists, turns, and conflict (ie. one bee-otch of an agent). Watching as their love grew and layers of their previous lives unfolded kept the book flowing at a nice pace.
To say I loved this book is an understatement. The storyline is great, the sex kindled my Kindle, and all the secondary characters were just as interesting as the main players. Mick's hunky brother, pro-baseball player Gavin, will be the man-candy in the next Play-by-Play novel, CHANGING THE GAME. I'm a little conflicted because Gavin's lady love will be none other than Liz (aka the bee-otch agent). Just incase you missed it, I'm no fan of hers. One must have faith, though, and I'm certain -- considering my love for this book -- that Ms. Burton will pull it off.(less)
Tara's southern belle routine grated my nerves a little. I'm a Texas girl, and I don't know a single person who says "bless your heart" that much! Asi...moreTara's southern belle routine grated my nerves a little. I'm a Texas girl, and I don't know a single person who says "bless your heart" that much! Aside from this, The Sweetest Thing delivered a fun, sweet, sexy, sassy, and heartwarming story! Ford's laid-back attitude was just what Tara needed in her carefully organized life. When their past suddenly shows up the teenage daughter they gave-up for adoption, they are forced to deal with old feelings that never really died.(less)
The Sinners are back with Rock Hard Sed Lionheart! There's a lot of great detailed reviews for this book, so I'm only going to hit on a few things.
Lo...moreThe Sinners are back with Rock Hard Sed Lionheart! There's a lot of great detailed reviews for this book, so I'm only going to hit on a few things.
...how crystal clear it is that Sed loves Jessica, has never stopped loving her, and will do anything to win her back once they reunite in a very unexpected way.
...how Sed knows all the words to "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion.
...Sed and Jessica's explosive passion! There's a lot less kink in this book than there was in the first book. I fully believe that's because these two need nothing more than each other to set fireworks off! They do enjoy the thrill of having sex in public places.
...Sed's competitive attitude (with himself) in the sack! This man is all about pleasing his woman, and at one point I thought *I* might pass out from his gifted talents! lol
...getting to know the Sinners even more. Trey's brother, Dare, is in this one a lot. I hope we get a story about him in the future!
...Jessica figuring out why Sed does/says certain things. It took her a while, but she finally "gets it" and clearly sees their entire history.
...the ending. So funny with all the betting going on between Sinners!
...how badly Jessica wanted to hurt Sed. I know it's because she wasn't over him -- not even a little -- but I felt bad for him at times!
...the marathon sex. Don't get me wrong, these two have no problems in that department, but after pages upon pages upon more pages of sex, I got a little bored. Not enough for me to put the book away or even to dock it points, but enough to be a slight annoyance.
...when things go wrong for Trey and only Sed and Jessica suspect what's going on. The rest of the Sinners are oblivious and Myrna, who is always good at reading people, doesn't even believe it. I found that so hard to believe that it was a huge issue for me there at the end.
There's a lot more to love than hate about this book, which is the reason I chose to give it 5-stars instead of 4!(less)
Okay, I've wanted to read this book for ages! I'm disappointed to say Rill peeved me off so much that my reading enjoyment dropped significantly. Dude...moreOkay, I've wanted to read this book for ages! I'm disappointed to say Rill peeved me off so much that my reading enjoyment dropped significantly. Dude, you were a huge douche to Katie! She didn't deserve that. And, something about Katie rubbed me wrong, too.
The sex, now that's one area where I have no complaints. Hot doesn't even begin to cover the double-Dutch door scene. *fans self*
I want to live inside Thea Harrison's mind. No kidding! If she could just write me into this world and give me a big, hulking, alpha hero like Dragos,...moreI want to live inside Thea Harrison's mind. No kidding! If she could just write me into this world and give me a big, hulking, alpha hero like Dragos, I'd be a real happy girl.
Read this book. Don’t diddle around expecting to hear it isn’t worth the hype. I’m telling you – as a former skeptic – it is! Pia Giovanni is the kind of heroine I love. Smart, strong, quick-humored, and capable of rational-thinking. Her inner-dialogue had me snickering nearly as much as her witty banter. Pia is no misguided heroine, even though she's made a few mistakes. She handles Dragos and his instincts almost effortlessly. They clash on his overbearing ways more than once, but she’s smart enough to know he means well. She isn’t afraid to correct his behavior or tell him he’s wrong. And the best part is, he’s man – or beast – enough to take it!
Dragos has lived for centuries and has never known love. For all his many capabilities, he’s sweetly clueless. First he’s smitten by this woman who has the nerve to steal from his horde! Then, he falls for her hook, line, and sinker. He has no idea what he’s feeling – except that he never wants her to leave him, and he knows he must protect her no matter what.
Dragon Bound is a fun adventure through a modern world where mystical creatures live naturally among humankind. The characters, the magic, the action, the mystery, the excitement of falling in love – it’s all found within these pages. This journey with the Elder Races is one I can’t wait to continue on. Next up, Storm's Heart with Tricks and Tiago!(less)
My bags are packed. I'm moving to fuckin' Denver, infiltrating Lee's operation, and snagging a member of the Hot Bunch. Don't try to stop me.
I didn't th...moreMy bags are packed. I'm moving to fuckin' Denver, infiltrating Lee's operation, and snagging a member of the Hot Bunch. Don't try to stop me.
I didn't think it was possible for a man to move faster than Lee or Eddie! Hank wins, hands-down. He saw Roxie and never turned back.
Best moments: - Roxie and Hank's first date (more to the point, the end of their first date! mmm) - The haunted house, lol. - "She's the One" by Bruce Springsteen - The Buttermilk Pancake/Donut argument Roxie's parents have. - Hank getting Mom-bombed! - Hank "Letting Go" - Roxie's "My Life Began" Speech - The whole final chapter.
There's a lot to like about this one. :) In the words of Roxie's friend, Annette, "Yo, bitches! Read it!"(less)