Until the Night is Wendi Zwaduk’s long awaited follow up to her first vampire story, My Immortal. This one features the sister of the first book’s heroine, and a trio of hot and sexy men.
Gypsy volunteered to become a vampire. After all, she was all about lots of hot fun and nightlife, and she couldn’t wait for the lust and hot sex with even hotter guys. But so far, she was alone, hungry and horny, and had no idea what being a vampire was all about. The two hotties she was lusting after, Todd and Allan, didn’t pick up on the flirting she was doing, and she couldn’t understand why every time she was near either of them, she heard the word ‘mate’ in her head. When she walks in on the two of them making love in the storeroom of the bar they all work at, she is more confused than ever. When her gorgeous human neighbor, Kendall comes by, catching her at her lowest point ever, he offers her his body and his blood. When she accepts his offer, once again the voice says he is her mate. But before these four can come to terms with the fact that all four are meant to be together, a menace from the past threatens to take their happiness before it can get started.
I like this world Ms. Zwaduk has built, filled with equal parts passion and danger, lust and bloodlust. Her characters are strong, well developed and likable, and I was drawn into this early on, wanting to see how these four resolved their issues, and how they handled the threat to their happiness that Tania poses.
Gypsy is a wonderful mix of sass and innocence, a new vampire who has no idea about what life should be like. I liked her determination to embrace her undead life, and sympathized with her loneliness and confusion. She needs someone, some vampire, to show her the ropes and let her know what is happening. She is confused, because she wants both Todd and Allan, and after catching them ‘in the act’, she is more turned on than she has ever been. When Kendall comes to her place, she want to be with him, but still wants Todd and Allan. I enjoyed the ‘will they all or won’t they’ aspect in this. I knew they would, but wanted to see if it would be more than a passing thing.
Todd and Allan have been mates for one hundred years, and love each other intensely. They are strong and loyal, and are surprised when both develop strong feelings for Gypsy, and hear the Goddess declare her their mate as well. I loved the way these two were so honest about their relationship, and I enjoyed their surprise as each admitted to wanting Gypsy in their bed and their lives. When Kendall enters the picture, once more getting the approval from the Goddess, these two are stunned, but willing to add him to their expanding family. The verbal and mental conversations are funny, charming and sassy in turn, and the strength of all four characters shines through.
When Ms. Zwaduk ventures into the bedrooms, the action heats up, and there are some delightful combinations of two, three and eventually all four get in on the action. There is danger in the person of Tania, who was Allan’s maker, and how these four deal with the threat shows their dedication to each other, and their desire to build a life, or rather, an undead life together. I think the exchange between Todd and Allan says it best, when Todd says ’Gypsy is our girl, and I can’t live without you.’ And Todd replies ‘I can’t be dead without you.’ I just love that exchange, and it shows the slightly warped sense of humor that Wendi Zwaduk sneaks into her books. This is the perfect novella to heat up an evening, when time is short and you need a hot and quick bit of vampire love.(less)
More Than Friends is Jess Dee at her best, with charismatic characters, intriguing twists and turns, and lots of scorching hot sex, especially the action in the bathroom.
Lucy Lawson and Sebastian Blackford have been best friends for six years, ever since Lucy split from Seb’s friend Leo. She has cried on his shoulder over breakups and they have fun together as friends do. So why, after all this time, does Lucy discover she has feelings for Seb, and not those of a friend. She fantasizes about him, hot, sexy fantasies, all starring him. When Lucy can’t keep it to herself another minute, she confesses her feelings to him after one of their movie nights, hoping he feels the same. When Seb tells her that he does indeed love her, just not ‘like that’, Lucy runs away from him, humiliated and hurt. Seb knows what she is going to do; cut him out of her life like he never existed. He’s seen her do it before after breaking up with the men in her life. He is determined she isn’t going to do that; they are friends, after all, and even though Seb has met a woman he thinks he could be serious about, he doesn’t want to lose his best friend in the world. When he tries to confront Lucy about their friendship, she is already building the walls and cutting ties to him, until he hears her details of the most recent fantasy, then his brain shuts down and his libido takes the wheel. After one of the most erotic experiences he has ever experienced, he realizes he needs to take time to untangle his inner turmoil, and Lucy takes it to mean he is cutting ties with her. Can these two discover what love really is beofre they lose it all? Can Seb wake and see that what he wants has been in front him all along? Will Lucy let her walls down long enough to accept what Seb has to give?
I like Lucy and Seb, and their easy going friendship at the heart of this one. This is the ‘friends to lovers’ classic, but with a slight twist of irony to it. There are wonderful, passionate moments, and a few places that brought a tear or two to my eyes. I liked that there were no other characters to interact with Lucy and Seb; yes there is mention of the ‘other woman’ in Seb’s life, but we never actually see her until a brief appearance near the end of the book.
Lucy Lawson is not your average ‘girly girl’. She enjoys spending time with her best buddy, and has spent six years sharing the good times and bad with him. She isn’t sure exactly when her feeling went from best buddy to love, but she can’t keep it to herself anymore. I love Lucy and her open and honest quirkiness I also like that she put herself out there, willing to hope her feelings would be returned. I wasn’t happy with Lucy’s method of dealing with her hurt, retreating and starting to build emotional walls between them.
Sebastian ‘Seb’ Blackford is strong, fun loving and easy going, ready for whatever life throws his way. At least that is what he thought, until the night Lucy turned his whole world upside down with her declaration of love. I enjoyed watching as Seb tried to come to grips with Lucy’s fantasies, while trying, unsuccessfully, to keep his libido in check. I had to laugh as Seb expressed how he felt about Lucy, wondering how he couldn’t see, with everything he said, that he did have feelings, very deep ones, for her.
This is filled with passion and the confusion that comes when two people discover that things have taken a turn for the hot. Jess Dee has a way of taking a simple story of friends who discover they have more than friendship, and taking it to a new level of caring. I liked Seb’s determination to keep Lucy in his life, and watched as he found a way past her walls. These two made me laugh, cry and sigh, and I had the fan on more than once during this one. I will certainly never look at my bathtub in quite the same way again.(less)
How curious is too curious? Is it always a good idea to dig to the bottom of a mystery?
After being fired for making a dumb mistake at work, Beckett decides to take a long-overdue vacation in order to clear her mind and begin writing a great American novel but little does she know what awaits her at the center of paradise. Luckily Beckett knows how to quickly make intelligent, resourceful decisions as the plot thickens. While the rest of the resort guests dance and eat what sounds like incredibly delicious food she pays close attention to her surroundings and quickly learns who she can and cannot trust. Beckett’s inquisitive, even-tempered personality is perfect for this case and she’s exactly the kind of person I’d want to have around when inexplicable things begin to happen.
I was confused by Beckett’s decision to travel alone internationally without packing a cellphone, though, especially since she thought to bring her laptop with her. Even the safest tourist destination can be struck by a natural disaster, outbreak of a communicable disease or other unexpected calamity and it seemed odd to me that she would fail to take such a basic safety precaution. In an emergency the cost of calling or texting out of the country is worth it in order to keep in touch with loved ones and send and receive valuable information. I was also puzzled by her decision to pursue more information about what was really happening at the resort without telling friends or family what was happening first. Her single act of communication with the outside world was vague and didn’t seem to blend in well with her identity as a sophisticated, single professional. Surely anyone who travels alone would be more accustomed to keeping loved ones informed of what is actually happening on the road!
Poor decisions aside this was a well-paced story that tantalized me with subtle clues about what was really going on from the very beginning. Because Beckett’s first few encounters with the mystery of the island happen after she’s sampled rum punch I wasn’t sure how much I could rely on her understanding until the truth was slowly revealed.
Going Up really ought to have a sequel written for it one day. In the meantime I recommend it for anyone in the mood for a sun-soaked getaway that may not be exactly what it appears to be at first glance.(less)
The Romance Novel Book Club is a gem. Absolutely hilarious, I laughed from page one to the end. Kastil Eavenshade is a romance author but she manages to poke fun at everything that has to do with the genre and does it well. As the book says at one point: “The truth about the romance novels was I did love them. They mocked me in my misery, but I still cheered for that happily ever after.”
The author also laughs about life and how confusing and difficult we can make it for ourselves at times.
Her lead character, Patricia, is great. She eats all she wants, drinks too much and laughs at herself, sometimes even through her tears. She is so human that along with her good moments, her pain, frustration and confusion are palpable. I felt miserable at times watching her crumble and sabotage her own happiness.
The biggest fault I found with The Romance Novel Book Club was a mistake in the hero’s height. At the beginning of the book, Patricia says: “I hovered about two inches taller than him without heels”. However, as I read on I found that she was always shorter or at least at the same height as Matt. For instance at one point it reads: “I nuzzled against his shoulder, tempted to kick off my shoes to be at his breast.” She was wearing heels at that moment.
Another thing I found confusing was her history with The Black Room and her access to it. I had the impression she went one time without a membership card and another time she had trouble finding it when she’d just been there less than a week before.
Regardless of these mistakes, Kastil Eavenshade’s novel was a great read. The sex scenes were sizzling hot at all times with well done descriptions that made me gasp and pant. Furthermore, throughout the story I had the sensation that I was reading a contemporary novel in which real people, and not just made up characters, had the lead role.
The Romance Novel Book Club was a great book that I know I will be reading again.
Daisy has a simple job to do, but getting it done is anything but simple.
I love a story that makes me smile. This was one of those books. Erica Ridley’s story is crisp, light, and had me in stitches. I rooted for the characters and hoped they’d find their heart’s delight. Once I picked up the book, putting it down until after the last page wasn’t an option.
Daisy is a riot. All she wants is to trade in her fake wings for the true wings of the tooth fairy. Seems like it would be easy. It’s not. She bumbles, fumbles and has to learn her way around. I liked reading about her because yes, she’s fae, but she’s very human in her reactions and needs. I wanted her to get those wings.
Then there’s Trevor. I love when he realizes her best magic isn’t in her tooth fairy skills, but in between her ears – his words, not mine. She helps him and is a perfect partner for him, flaws and all. I loved when he realized that and knew he’d never get over her. They grow together and learn to be comfortable in their own skin. These two shouldn’t be together – because she’s fae and he’s human – but it works and works well.
If you want a book that’s light, but funny, got lots of heart, but not too heavy on heat, then this might be the book you’re looking for. I recommend it.(less)
Engaging from the start, Jake is an altogether satisfying contemporary romance, especially if you like your heroes in cowboy boots.
First, I have to say that I haven’t read the other books in the series, and though I was aware as I read that there was backstory I was missing (mostly about a long missing family member), I never felt lost. Jake very strongly stands on its own, though I have every intention of going back and reading the others now.
Our hero, Jake, was just swoonworthy. Hunky, thoughtful, caring, insightful … oh, I definitely fell just as much in love with him as Meg ends up doing. He’s not perfect, he certainly has flaws, but they’re easily overlooked when he helps a dog have her puppies, cares for an ill horse or takes a small, lost boy under his wing.
Meg starts out a bit harsh, but it’s understandable from the position she finds herself forced into. She’s a little lost, sad and angry and finds herself bother sister and surrogate mother to a brother she didn’t know she had when her estranged father dies.
The large secondary cast of characters is just as memorable. I loved Jake’s family and wish I could have been there for a hearty meal at least once. They’re fun, real, loud and crazy — just the way I like family. So well done!
The romance is just as touching, with plenty of smoldering tension throughout. Jake is hot, hot, hot and how Meg was able to resist for so long, I have no idea.
While they mystery may not have been as strong as the rest, I honestly didn’t care. I was so completely enthralled with the superb characters, I would have continued reading no matter what.
If you’re looking for a romance with a sexy, sweet cowboy who loves his family, animals and his woman — who happens to be an intelligent, competent feisty thing, and if you’re fond of books that have large casts of well drawn characters, I highly recommend Jake. It was one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in a long time.
Hockey has always fascinated me, and the way that the author peppered facts into this story seamlessly just caused that fascination to grow. Fritz and Mac are both hockey players and both in their late twenties so they’re on the downward slide of their careers. Being openly gay in Hockey could hurt their career, so they both work hard to keep their love a secret.
This story simmers and builds up slowly with every second very realistic and believable. I don’t often come across a MM novel where the main characters are hiding in the closet and both of them agree with the decision. Mac has insecurities that being in the closet only seemed to multiply, and it’s interesting to see his thought process. When the status quo changes and they have to fight to make their relationship last I really felt for them.
The scenes between Fritz and Mac are hot, but this isn’t just a wild sex romp, there is real emotion and plot being built up over time. The language used by the team could be offensive at times if it didn’t illustrate the way I imagine most hockey teams are with each other. I’m going to be reading more hockey stories in the future because Ms. K has given me even more insight to the game.
If you love hockey, stories with heart, and hot men in tight pants you need to read this.(less)
Nigel thought he’d completed his bucket list, but he forgot “fall in love” was the most important. At forty, Nigel Gasp figured his life was pretty much over. He’d done everything he could think of, and probably more he never should have attempted, he’d accomplished everything professionally he could ever dream about and he assumed it was time to go out in a blaze of glory. He didn’t count on a military vet and his family disrupting Nigel’s plans and his very life. Jeff and his overbearing but loving family would change the very person Nigel had always presented to the world. However, Nigel Gasp wasn’t succumbing without a fight.
Gasp! is a fun rock star themed story. It stars Nigel Gasp as an almost forty rocker who figures he has nothing left in the world to want, do, or need. He forgot he’d never really been in love. Enter Jeff, a recently out of the military veteran trying to find his place in the world again. The two are like oil and water to start but soon find out their attraction is mutual. They ease the world weariness in each other. They offer comfort and strength in the most unusual places. The two men may seem like total opposites but they compliment each other even as they butt heads. Since they both have strong personalities their love won’t be easy and that’s definitely tested within the bounds of the story.
The characters get more and more interesting as the story progresses. They make mistakes and struggle but it makes their eventual happy ending more satisfying. I like that Jeff and his family allows Nigel to really belong and experience a new kind of family and love. Nigel does a bit of cross-dressing but it’s a relatively minor point and it does add to the complexity of the character. I think the twist (though it’s not much of a twist) about the sister’s baby is interesting. I wasn’t sure why the couple would make that choice in regards to Nigel considering his actions and personality at the time. Likewise I wasn’t sure why Jeff would insist on some of the choices he does. His reasons make sense but he comes across as inflexible and unwilling to make any compromises.
These are minor issues though as the romance between Nigel and Jeff is littered with small laughs and quiet moments. It’s more intimate than you’d expect given Nigel’s profession. The writing does a great job of showing how two very different men fit together so seamlessly. The story does stumble in a few places but I found there to be more things I liked about it than disliked. It’s a story that makes you want to keep turning the pages to figure out how they’ll be happy. For fans of the author, I think most will quite enjoy this one. For anyone new, it’s a great entry into the writing style and tone of this author.
Do I really mean that? Put your arms around yourself and hug? Or do I mean embrace who you are inside and out? And what does it have to do with a book by D.C. Juris?
I know when I grab a book by D.C. Juris the story will be anything but predictable and stale. I know I’m in for a good time, with sexy characters and unique plot twists and turns. This book is no exception. I have to admit, the cover, then the blurb drew me in. I had to know more about this story. I’m glad I did.
The writing flows and I certainly didn’t want the tale to end. There are things about both Keenan and Naro that might not be for the casual reader, but I couldn’t get enough. Neither man was exactly how I’d pegged them, but I completely felt for each. Naro’s situation isn’t something a lot of people have been through, but the way Juris writes it, I could completely relate. I felt the confusion, the need, and the excitement as if they were my own.
This book drew me in and held tight till the last page.
If you’re looking for a short, sexy read that’s fresh and unique, this is the book for you.
Julian may sometimes dress like a girl but Trent is about to find out Julian is all guy. Actor and singer Julian agrees to dress in drag as a favor to his friend. Little did anyone know that hot firefighter Trent would fall for Julian dressed as Julia. When playboy Julian discovers he may actually have found the perfect man, the love triangle between Trent, Julia, and Julian gets messy. Only Trent’s willingness to understand and accept Julian holds the key to their happiness.
Le Jazz Hot plays on the familiar gender bending comic trope. Julian pretends to be a girl one night and that happens to be the night he meets Trent and there’s an instant connection. The story is a lark from the beginning and instantly over the top. In this day and age there’s no question such a scenario is unlikely to happen so readers have to be willing to suspend some considerable disbelief to get into the story and appreciate it. If you can do that, then the somewhat exaggerated antics aren’t likely to bother you.
The real strength of the story is the characterization. Trent comes across as too good to be true and perfectly naïve. This is a bit of a stretch but the adorable playful banter Julian offers is likely to win over readers. Trent is occasionally offensive in his ignorance but Julian shines as a bit of a mess. He loves women’s clothes but doesn’t want to be a woman. He’s happy as a guy but commits a lot of those first crush mistakes – such as pretending to be interested in the same hobby only to embarrass yourself. It’s a relatable and rather cute comic story that relies on missteps, misunderstandings, and ultimately good sex to come up with a happy ending.
The sex scenes sizzle and the pace is quick so the book reads very fast, and it fits that desire for an easy, uncomplicated and light hearted read. If this sounds like something you want, give it a try.