When a cop decides you’ve been a bad girl, you’ve got to take your punishment!
Lilly is riding with cop Jake as part of her internship. On the last of their three days riding together there is an incident in a house and she, despite it being against the rules, follows him into the property. He’s unhurt, but furious that she put herself at risk and all those heated emotions soon turn to her agreeing to letting him dominate her in return for his not telling her superiors. But it’s okay, she’s been eyeing up his sexy body for days, she’s happy to get sweaty and dirty with him, hardly a punishment!
Riding with the Cop is hot and short, the situation the characters find themselves in is unique and risky. I liked how the author threw in some of the back story, so I knew there had been sexual tension simmering, and as a reader it was great to be there for the climax! There was a little twist too, which I enjoyed.
It could be longer, but only the characters’ story. This particular scene would have made a nice middle or end to a story but I knew it was just a quickie when I started reading it, so that’s not a complaint, if any thing it proves I enjoyed it. I’d be interested in reading some of the other books in this series. The author has a snappy, fast-paced voice with good dialogue between Jake and Lilly and the sex was smoldering hot – well, it’s going to be when a cop decides to use handcuffs to harness a girl to the bed – oh yeah!
A good, quick read, that whisked me away to a steamy fantasy. Definitely enjoyable with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and yes, I will no doubt flush next time I see a cop swinging his cuffs!
This is the third installment in the Planetary Submissive’s series by Amber Kell, and I fell in love with Zall in the first book. I waited anxiously for his story and Ms. Kell gives him a great addition to the series. Zall is a former slave and doesn’t want to submit to anyone again, but the only way he can be with Captain Danner Teslan is to be his property as his cabin boy.
The subplot of the smugglers in this story is a great backdrop to Zall and Danner dancing around each other while trying to figure out their relationship. Seeing Zall open up and the way he fits into the crew of the ship, just shows how much he was undervalued as a slave. Captain Teslan is an interesting character, since he’s so in control in his professional life in order to be one of the youngest ship captains in the military. The way he let go when with Zall adds the right amount of spice to their relationship. The sex scenes are hot and touching all at once. This is a novella so my biggest complaint is the same complaint I have with all of Ms. Kell’s stories, they are just too short. She does an amazing job with the few words a novella leaves her and the emotion is clearly there that you still care about these characters.
This can be read as a stand alone but I recommend reading at least the first book in this series first so that you understand Zall and what shaped him as a character. I love this series, and I would gladly read this book again. The sex is hot, the action is fast, and the story is a great read!
Taking a chance on love can be risky business sometimes, because one does not know how the other person will respond. But sometimes it takes a leap of faith, and when the attraction is so magnetic and strong two people can be drawn together without knowing whether they are ready or not to take a risk.
For Mia Sanford and Jake Hudson it took an office party, a small incident with the panties and one stupid office bet to bring them together (finally). I say finally because they were ogling each other and lusting after one another for years. And I still cannot understand why it took them so long; they are both grown up single people without partners or any other obstacles between them. They are working together in the same company, but not in the same department, neither one of them was superior to the other. It was pretty unbelievable that Jake needed approval from the company director in order to pursue Mia. Another thing that did not sit well with me is that when Mia and Jake finally get together their relationship is more sexual and physical than romantic which satisfied my desire for heat, but not for heart.
But on the other hand I find the other aspects of the story i.e. office party, description of Mia and Jake coworkers, group dynamics at the party very well written and interesting. The author has done a good job in creating the entire cast of characters. I also liked how Mia handled the situation with bet. That was really funny scene.
Risky Business falls more in the category of happy for now that happily ever after, but it is a fun and quick read packed with amusing situations and hot sex.(less)
Alan Sommers enjoyed getting to work early, and having his boss’s dark roast coffee ready and waiting for him. Kincaid Mallow hasn’t dated since the death of his partner from cancer, though that doesn’t stop Alan from dreaming. When Kincaid goes on a business trip he asks Alan – as a friend, not an employer – to stay at his house and feed his pets. In small ways this helps break the boss/assistant relationship they’ve built and opens to door for a far more intimate one to bloom.
This is a fun and steamy romance, a cool twist on the usual boss and assistant style. Both Alan and Kincaid are well drawn and interesting characters that are sure to appeal to a wide audience. I didn’t find either to be campy or overblown, but more like real men who simply happen to be gay. I really enjoyed how the author built up the romance and led the reader gradually into the sex. This wasn’t a token effort at explaining the depth of feelings between the men, or a plot simply patch-worked around a bunch of sexy shenanigans, but the relationship and bond between Alan and Kincaid was real and solid. There is plenty of buildup, their circumstances and feelings fully fleshed out.
The sex leaves little to the imagination, too. Hot and smoldering, it’s a good idea to keep a cool drink handy. When both men finally give in to their desires neither holds anything back, smashing the barriers that have been keeping them apart. The culmination of their pent up desires is a delectable scene that I greatly enjoyed. There’s a mild bit of spanking (a few slaps – nothing too over the top) and a lot of hot action which ended the story on a definite high note. This is a really good story and thoroughly enjoyable.(less)
Anna’s sex life is non-existent. Bemoaning her lack of spice and activity at a girls night out, a quiet friend, Evangeline, pulled her aside and hands her the email address for Mr. Satisfaction Guaranteed. With a few cryptic comments from Evangeline, Anna’s curious and definitely interested. Intense questions, emails and a few medical tests later and she finds herself heading into a hotel room, ready to meet her gigolo, feeling equal parts nervous and excited.
While I didn’t find the BDSM in this short story over the top, it was quite intense. Spanking, flogging and nipple clamps are all played out to the delicious excitement of Anna and her partner. I found the writing tasteful and the situations well handled. At no point was the bondage demeaning or poorly handled. It was clear to me that her man cares deeply for Anna. He went to great pains to fulfill her fantasies and keep her satisfied – and she was more than willing all the way through. There was an interesting twist to the plot that I found delightful which helped keep this reader invested not only in the characters, but in the situation they were in. When I finished the story I actually went immediately back and re-read the whole thing again, picking up small hints and clues. An immediate re-read is pretty much the best recommendation I could ever hope to give!
Best of all, this short story is written in such a way to leave the author open to other tales, and I’d certainly be willing to read more. Satisfaction really is Guaranteed!
Mr. Buff by April Angel is the something like a typical romantic story seen in movies. A self-assured woman who’s gone through a terrible breakup meets a rich man who’s ready to settle down. They like each other, flirt for a bit and have hot sex. The villain, a dumb model who can’t take no for an answer, and the heroine’s own self-doubts wedge in between them. Things happen and they get their happy ending with an unnecessary epilogue included.
However, three things make Mr. Buff different and enjoyable. One, Ms. Angel has a nice literary voice that had me sweeping through the pages even though I knew what was going to happen. Two, the hot descriptive sex. The author knows how to write steamy scenes and keep the reader hooked (though the Dom/sub relationship between the characters felt a bit forced). Three, the characters, even as clichéd as they were, are truly likeable. Alexandra is sweet, yet brazen, with issues like any other person. Andrew (Mr.Buff) is sex on legs and anyone’s dream man. He’s rich, powerful, dominant and sexy. He had me sighing through the whole thing. Finally, I feel that Alexandra’s fun and quirky friend, Nina, deserves a special mention, as the story wouldn’t have been the same without her.
Sometimes cliché is good and this is one of those instances. Mr. Buff is a quick, fun read for any time.(less)
What the heck do you do when a notorious sadist wants you as his sexy new project?
Touched by a Dom is the story of Trisha and Kyle and their BDSM relationship. Trisha is taken to Club El Diablo by her friend (a submissive) Gloria who wants to liven up Trisha’s life. Almost instantly Trisha attracts the attention of Kyle, a gorgeous hunk who enjoys inflicting so much pain that only the hardest core submissives can cope with his particular brand of punishment. She soon agrees to let him show her what BDSM is all about, he promises to respect and protect her and not push her boundaries further than she is ready for. There is a good twist to the story that I wasn’t expecting but I won’t divulge it here. That would be a spoiler!
This was my first book in the Club El Diablo series. I enjoyed it. The characters were likeable, though Kyle was a bit full on at times. The club scenes, although extreme were believable.
It starts off with lots of information about the club, all the rules and regulations, which is necessary I suppose, and Gloria showing a shocked Trisha around. Enter Kyle. Almost immediately Trisha is dry humping his leg as he devours her mouth, soon she orgasms, her first climax ever with a man. Damn the guy must be seriously hot! Who can blame her then when he offers her more orgasms? The story takes off and the sexy scenes will have steam coming from your ereader.
I liked the secondary characters and I’m sure they slot in well to the series. There were a few editing issues, and the writing although vibrant and vivid could be more polished. I liked the dialogue between Kyle and Trisha, it moved the story forward well, and the twist I really hadn’t seen coming. Trisha handled it well.
A good BDSM romance, felt like a longer read because a lot goes on which is always a bonus. The pace is snappy and the end result gave me a good feeling. I’m not sure I would rush to read the others in the series, but I did enjoy Touched by a Dom.
With the threat of a secluded life surrounded by others of her kind hanging over her head, Honoria must find a way to fulfill her greatest desires before her father’s dying request is fulfilled. With only five days to find her dreams of passion and romance, Honoria enlists the help of her tutor, Jude, to help her win the object of her desire – Esau. But will her crazy adventure end when her ship sails? Or will the strong-willed Honoria defeat her disability and continue on her own way?
Honoria is an oddity in her time. Deaf from infancy, she’s considered deaf, dumb, and unimportant. However, like so many other misunderstood and underestimated women of her time, she sees and knows more than anyone expects. Her character is inspiring in the way that she refuses to let her deafness – or her femaleness – be a barrier to getting what she wants. The only issue I did have with her is that she had a tendency to be a bit of a spoiled brat when she didn’t get her way, but not overwhelmingly so.
Esau is Honoria’s opposite in every way. She’s cultured, educated, and refined and he’s… not. A coarse, rough dockworker, he’s astounded and a bit offended by Honoria’s proposition. But, like a true man of his station, one that knows he had better take the opportunities when they present themselves, he quickly gets past his uneasiness and agrees to help the lady out. I really enjoyed Esau’s character. The author really infused him with life and character. It’d be easy to just write him in as an uneducated laborer, but he’s so much more.
As Honoria’s teacher, translator, and friend, Jude is the real wildcard in the story. While Honoria sees him as her right hand man, he looks at her much differently. He impressed me with the way he swallowed his pride, for the most part, and helped her achieve her goals before being shipped off to a life of boredom. His love for her is strong enough that he both cautions her and helps her, even when he knows she’s being stubborn. He’s the steady and reliable one, but he has a hidden rebel within him as well.
Silent Surrender is an erotic novel of self-discovery. Honoria surprised me at every turn. Her dedication to getting to experience life despite what all the men in the world thought was inspirational considering the time period she lived in. She, combined with her two protectors, Esau and Jude, are a wild combination of sexy, fun, and so not meant to be, but somehow they work. Perfectly. Sexy, engaging, and so different from anything I’ve ever read, I had a hard time putting it down.
Mary “Stormer” Phillips is a beauty queen turned Marine grunt home on leave. Staying with her parents, whom she missed terribly while deployed, she’s beginning to feel smothered after a short time of close contact. While on a run, she stops for a cup of coffee and by chance ends up face to face with an old friend.
Kyle Stewart was the typical nerd in high school, but this nerd has made good. Now a successful software designer, Kyle has found a confidence sorely lacking in his early days. When he recognizes Mary in the coffee shop, he takes action to make up for things he regrets not doing in the past.
These two were as cute as can be. Mary was down to earth and very kind, and Kyle was warm yet sure. It was hard not to root for these two to make it. At several points in the story I found myself saying, “Aw…”
The only thing keeping this from a perfect 5 out of 5 was I just wanted a little more. Being part of a series, it’s likely we’ll see a glimpse of these characters in a future tale, but there were unanswered questions I wish I knew the answer to. Mary had gotten her new orders, but the envelope was never opened – I was assuming we’d find out by the end what those orders were. And while the end was happy, it seemed to end abruptly. I wanted just a little more resolution.
That said, the love story was awesome and the sex was hot. These are two people who are perfect for each other. They probably always were, but their life experiences brought them to a place where they know appreciate who the other person is much more than they otherwise would.
I recommend all the “Always a Marine” stories, and this installment is a must!
Broke and needing new snow tires – along with the usual food and rent – Molly Bishop is contemplating donating a kidney for the much needed money. Overhearing her conversation with a co-worker, Aiden Ford leaves his business card, a C note and a reference to get her tires changed. Annoyed by being viewed as needing to be “fixed” Molly tries to return the money, but Aiden refuses. Deciding to interfere with his life as he’d done hers, she signs him up to temporarily home a shelter dog – a miniature Chihuahua named Layla. A fun, lighthearted “war of kindness” is what follows.
Brimming with laughter, Christmas spirit and a healthy dose of spicy romance, this book is fantastic fun. Both Molly and Aiden are quite attracted to each other, but equally frustrated and irritated. I loved how Aiden and Molly are both strong minded, independent people who don’t like giving an inch. As they each try to one-up the other by “fixing” each other’s life, the chemistry between them smolders and grows, guaranteed to explode with sexy consequences. I really enjoyed how this wasn’t a “regular” romance story. While yes, they do help each other neither is initially very accepting of the other’s help. They’re not pig headed about it, but each so strongly resists the sense of being “helped” or fixed the situations they both create made me laugh and really enjoy this different way they came together and realized their true feelings for one another.
With a bunch of interesting secondary characters, and strong ties between everyone, this light hearted romance really had me giggling and sighing happily. Perfect for a chilly evening or curling up and relaxing over the weekend, I’d think this would appeal to a broad range of readers.
After months in the hospital following a horrendous car accident, Michelle Mason is finally able to come home. The trouble is, nothing is as how she remembered it. And is that due to her faulty memory or is there something else at work? When Michelle discovers that one of the things missing is her daughter, all hell breaks loose. There isn’t anything she wouldn’t do for her girl.
The struggles that Michelle endures throughout the course of this novel almost ripped my heart out. She’s made to feel feeble, inferior, and pretty much made to believe she’s losing her mind. But she knows better. She knows her daughter like no one else and knows she wouldn’t up and disappear without a darn good reason. I have to hope that I’d be as dedicated, determined and ballsy as Michelle was if anything ever happened to either of my girls. I’d love to have her on my side, penchant for recklessness aside.
About a third of the way into this book, I began to realize that this might be my first interaction with an unreliable narrator. For me, I usually go in knowing the narrator is a crackpot or just a liar, but in this case, you really don’t know for sure. Michelle has had a serious brain trauma and, although she’s beginning to remember bits and pieces, you’re never really sure what’s real and what might be imagined. That bit of doubt made the story, for me, that much more enjoyable. That absolute need to find out what happened intensified and made it almost impossible to put down.
What a Mother Knows is an intense and emotional rollercoaster ride. Never knowing where Michelle’s instincts might take her next, you’re brought along to find out when she does. As a parent, I was completely invested emotionally in her story and struggle to find her daughter, crying for her, being outraged with her, simply hoping and praying that everything would work out in the end. It’s been a long time since I’ve read something that’s taken such a strong hold on me.(less)
Leira is tired of being told what to expect out of life. She just wants some time to herself, but is she willing to give up everything to get it? What will be the consequences of her actions? The events in Renounced pick up where Discovered, the first book in the Shalean series, ended. Anyone wanting to enjoy this tale should certainly read Discovered first.
When I met Rach in the first book, I thought she was stubborn. However, Leira brings the concept of stubborn to a completely different level. She is smart and loyal to her family, but I found her to be very narrow minded at times. She is so focused on what she wants, or doesn’t want, that she often misses the more subtle things happening around her. This is most clearly illustrated in her interactions with Donny. It is very clear that Donny has feelings for her, and I’m pretty sure that Leira has feelings for him as well. Unfortunately, Leira is determined to push him away. While I understand Leira’s need to “find” herself. Her actions come off as childish, especially when she deliberately misunderstands Donny and his actions.
Donny is certainly a very forward young man. He knows that he wants and isn’t afraid to go after it. His brash attitude is off putting sometimes, but his motives come from a good place in his heart. Leira is the only girl for him and while their relationship has gotten off to a rocky start, I’m holding out hope that they’ll find their way back to each other eventually.
The group of rogue Shaleans from the first book are back in this installment and are clearly not done wreaking havoc in the lives of Leira and her family. As if that weren’t enough, Struan, a Shalean boy with evil intent, is back and has turned his attention on Leira. It is unclear what Struan and the rogues want from Leira, especially after she renounces her power. There also seems to be another unknown and malevolent force at work that has yet to be revealed in its entirety. As with the first book, I felt that the action came to an abrupt end in this book. Just as things were getting really intense, everything stopped. I also felt that the actions of some new characters were explained away too quickly, or were not made clear enough. Despite these issues, I will say that the open ended conclusion of Renounced has me extremely curious about what will happen in the next book.
Renounced is a very good addition to the Shalean Moon series. Leira is an interesting character, and I truly enjoyed watching her grow and mature as the story progressed. I’m definitely looking forward to reading about Leira and her friends in the next installment of the series.(less)
Bridget is super excited. Going to her regular salon to get a special hairdo in preparation for a hot blind date, she’s walking on clouds, until she discovers her regular hair stylist has been called away on a family emergency. The sexy as sin, spunky male stylist offers to give her some highlights and a smoking hot new look, and Bridget finds she can’t say no to Javier. Javier knows Bridget has been mistreated by a previous boyfriend and is desperate to show her how beautiful she really is. Offering her a massive discount if he can have his way with her, Bridget blushes and accepts. Both know nothing can come from this, but the chemistry sizzles between them anyway, the tension rising as the simple hair-style becomes something far bigger than either could imagine.
I loved the growing sexual tension in this story! Never have I thought a hair appointment could be so sexy or be filled with so much arousal. Javier clearly wants more from Bridget, but is unwilling to cheat when he’s been slowly exploring the beginnings of a relationship with his mystery woman, and Bridget is reluctant to trust her heart again, insisting to herself continuously that Javier has to be gay.
Although the ending wasn’t surprising it left me with a wonderful warmth and a giant smile. The buildup was excellently paced, fast enough it didn’t drag but also slow enough for there be to a really electric sensation humming between Javier and Bridget. I believed whole heartedly that they were both into each other and wildly attracted, and that made their resolution all the more satisfying. A quick read, this is perfect for when you’ve got some time to pass but still feel like a great pick-me-up story.
Baine Rhyes knew his attraction to Maya McGowan was wrong – she was his student and fifteen years his junior – but he couldn’t help himself, and she was twenty-one. Shy and innocent, her small smiles and soft tone inflamed Baine’s fantasies. Every night he went home and brought himself release with her firmly in mind. One afternoon she seeks him out for help, and what starts as an innocent bit of mentoring gives Baine the opportunity to finally see if he can turn the fantasy of Maya into sweet reality.
This is a very hot piece of erotica. Graphic and intense it has a lot of build up from Baine’s point of view, plenty of fantasy and wishful thinking until he can finally make good on his dreams. While we don’t see Maya’s direct perspective, her willingness is clearly expressed – this is not an adult preying on a child or a darkly erotic tale of forced seduction. There was a little bit of repetition of words and quite a few inconsistencies (like her flesh was lightly tanned, then creamy white) but nothing jarring enough to pull me far out of the fantasy. Overall I found myself lost in the school-girl fantasy and Baine’s evident need for Maya was captivating. I greatly enjoyed the ending (a happy one) and found this a steamy, sexy read. I really liked this piece and would happily read more from this author.
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.
Set in Kentucky in the late nineteenth century, A Forbidden Union is sweetly endearing and inspirational. Full of faith and hope from the start, this short gem of a story takes us on a journey nonetheless. Anna , a young woman on the prairie, feels no contentment. She has a nice home, is part of a devotional community of Shakers, and has specific duties –even friends – but in her heart, yearns for something more. And the yearning brings her guilt: She is a gentle-hearted character that is so easy to sympathize with. Any reader can understand her perspective. Her doubts might be considered universal.
We as readers hope that things will change, even as we suspect those changes will cause Anna, herself, to change – and challenge her faith. James confronts Anna with a challenge – a heart-wrenching challenge, and we readers know what we’ll hope for, but with such regret! The well-constructed characters kept me turning pages to see what would happen.
The Forbidden Union has some nice surprises. This heartwarming tale is gentle and thoughtful and lovely. Do read.(less)
This truly spectacular book features a dynamic plot line with a multitude of twists and turns that kept me reading into the wee hours of the knight.
Polyxena and Arsenio’s (the Lorengar-Lorraine) were never honored enough to meet one another, but that did not change the fact that they were forced into an arranged marriage which began with scandal that never seemed to end. Polyxena never got to meet her late husband, but her determination to honor the man he was, as well as herself, is noble and made me take a instant liking to her. I really enjoyed that she immediately considers the people of Lorengar-Lorraine her people, even if they do not know or trust their new Duchess. While the people of Lorengar-Lorraine may hold her attention, the mysterious knight Duccio somehow takes grip of her heart, even if it leaves both of them extremely vulnerable to their enemies.
The romantic development definitely plays second fiddle to the external conflict within this story, which pleased me. I found the conflict between the Duke Ludwig of Saxe-Hanover and Polyxena and her deceased husband completely enthralling. The action and tension is immediately and increases beautifully until the final climax. I typically do not favor this time period, or know much about it, but found this book entertaining. If you enjoy a unique and dynamic plot line, you’ll undoubtedly want to read this story over and over again.
The author did a great job depicting the time period without losing her audience. I have read some historical fiction stories that are to0 modern to believe, and others that are to historical to understand and this story is neither. While the history or stories about the knights templar do play a role in the story you do not need to be familiar with them to understand or follow the storyline. Though I would have liked to have known a little bit more about the secret hidden treasures, I understand and appreciate the mystery because that was one of the largest aspect of the knights that made them fascinating.
I would highly recommend this story to practically everyone, and will absolutely re-read it myself again on a few occasions. I have a feeling this is one of those stories that you learn a little bit and appreciate it more each and every time you pick it up no matter how many times you have gone through it.
Every time I hear the name of this book, it makes me want to dance around the room and sing for a minute, I loved it! I mean – with crazy ravens, weird cats, a vengeful, spitting llama, genius older cousins, a boy named Puppy, mysterious moms and a protective ancestral ghost – what’s not to love?
This family is completely dysfunctional but in the best possible way. The best part about this family, though, is that even though everyone is different, they all love and support each other no matter what, even when they don’t agree. While blood-related family is very important to all of them, they also pull others into their “pack” and consider them family. If anyone messes with someone in their pack, they will end up answering to all of them. The presence of unconditional love, acceptance and loyalty is never questioned by family or friends throughout the book and the kids all stick together like glue. Every teenager should get to experience this environment.
Initially, I wasn’t too sure about reading a book with a main character named Puppy. Then, I started reading it and found out that not only was it a nickname from his mom but it had also carried over to school, teachers and friends and it became even weirder. But somehow it worked. It gave the character a chance to rise above what you expect with a moniker like “Puppy”. Puppy is a lovable, easy-going typical teenager most of the time, but the protective man in him rises to the surface when needed. Puppy stumbles into some adventure (and trouble), with rest of the pack right there to help him, but ultimately there is a moment when it comes down to Puppy alone. In that moment, I think we see Puppy transition from the more innocent childhood days to his real journey to the person he will eventually become.
The pack spends the summer at what they all call “camp”, which is some rural family property with a lake, a creek and woods. With the ever-present ghost of Puppy’s ancestor, shown in very interesting and fun ways, and the question of exactly what it is the moms can do, there is an element of intrigue and mysticism that carries through the entire book. The plot moves along very smoothly and is, at times, fast-paced with some moments that kept me on the edge of my seat.
With two sets of twins, plus moms that are twins, and a multitude of friends and other people that make appearances in the book, it would be easy to start confusing characters but the author does an excellent job of making them all very individual. Even the animals become unique and memorable. This book is very well written, with enough twists and turns to keep my attention from beginning to end, including one incredibly late night.
One of the things that I loved is the song list at the beginning of the book. Throughout the book various characters (usually the moms) are singing different songs – which will end up being one of the songs from the list. I love music and it’s usually a big part of the lives of most of the teenagers that I know, so I love that this is included as a focal point and not just as a background element. In contrast, one thing I was slightly confused by was the elephant. Was it a way to give honor or invoke/evoke? I was just never really sure. I don’t want to say much more than that because I don’t want to give anything away.
There are a lot of lessons to be learned with this book, but not in an in-your-face kind of way. The lessons are subtle, which is perfect for young adults. It is fun, reads at the perfect pace, with mystery, intrigue and hilarious antics of some of the more zany members of the pack. I’ve read that this might be a series (not confirmed by any reliable sources) and I’m really hoping that they are right. I would love to spend some more time with this group. They were just a lot of fun and I was always anxious to see what sort of mess they were going to get themselves into next!(less)
I chose this book for review because it sounded fun. And it was.
Sophie is an unusual heroine. She hides behind a demeanor of in-your-face rebellion with her constantly changing hair color (it’s yellow, it’s pink, it’s blue…) and numerous piercings in an attempt to force everyone to like her just as she is. Thing is, I’m not entirely certain even Sophie knew who the “real” Sophie was. She was just determined to be the polar opposite of everyone else in her family.
This frustration with her family is what causes her dislike of lawyers. She’ll date anyone but a lawyer — she figured that left a pretty big pool of available guys. Of course, the fact that she doesn’t like sex (freezes up,in fact, whenever things get hot and heavy) means that most of her relationships with anyone but a lawyer don’t last very long.
In truth, I struggled to like Sophie. I really, really liked Ryan and just didn’t feel that her reasons for disliking lawyers were strong enough to completely write off the breed. He was remarkably patient and kind to her, putting up with amazing amounts of flip-flopping behavior and occasional verbal abuse all because he felt a spark.
So here is my conundrum: Love the hero, ambiguous about the heroine … right up the last page, actually. There were moments I really could identify with Sophie, those times when she finally just forgot about all the crap that upset her and was truly just herself. Underneath all her angst and irritation there was a really great girl … we just didn’t see it very often. Even after we met her parents, the cause of all her problems, I couldn’t understand why she behaved with such extremes. They didn’t seem that bad.
Still, the romance between Sophie and Ryan was both sweet and smoking hot (Ryan makes a step-by-step plan to get Sophie over her sexual issues … and I’m pretty sure my eReader caught fire during those times) and the secondary cast was pretty awesome, too. The plot was fun, Ryan’s family was seriously amazing (I LOVED his mother to death, and his brother was a hoot) and the romance was mostly believable. I was interested enough to never even feel tempted to stop reading, and I’m rather hoping there will be a sequel with Sophie’s best friend … yes, please?
Don’t read this for the dog, though. She’s present throughout the story, but not really integral to the plot (except for creating the cute meet). Read it for a seriously amazing hero you’ll fall crazy in love with, secondary characters that sometimes steal the show, and a story that will keep you smiling.
Actions send adrenaline racing and loves scenes take the breath away and inspire the imagination. Thrill Ride does indeed live up to its title.This is the fourth Black Knight Inc. book, but it stands alone beautifully. Of course, if you have read the earlier books, you’ll have a special treat. You’ll get to catch up with characters that swept you away on previous death-defying missions and into breathtaking love scenes. Ozzie, Becky and Frank, Billy, Eve, just to mention a few, add a special spice and humor to the do or die action. They are a kaleidoscope of personalities, intelligence, and actions. Each has a special something to enhance the story.
Thrill Ride is Richard “Rock” Babineaux and Vanessa Cordero’s story. The smooth-talking Cajun, with his wit, Southern charm, and gift for getting the truth from people, has supposedly gone “rogue”. Vanessa, the curvy, petite, stubborn, lionhearted communications expert at Black Knights Inc, is the best one to find him in the jungle area settlements of Costa Rica. She speaks the dialects of the region and has the moxie to finish what she starts. The connection Rock and Vanessa make as they struggle to stay alive in the jungle and the events that seem determined to sever that connection make page-turning reading.
The “burn and delete” that the CIA puts out on Rock sets the Black Knights in high gear to find him before anyone else does, but Rock is not easy to find. He can “disappear faster than a cry on the wind”.
The secretiveness of missions breed distrust among agencies and when ‘powers-that-be’ use this to promote their own agendas, actions do get wild and deadly. The unknown Rwanda Don wrecks havoc with lots of lives via actions of others and seems to be an untouchable antagonist. However, the Black Knights work their collective intellect and magic, keeping the reader on high alert for the entire book.
The inventive, descriptive, often outrageous language; the imagery; the bigger-than-life characters along with the intriguing, suspenseful, tangled plot that Julie Ann Walker uses, captures and sweeps the reader along into a vicarious experience that bombards the senses and sends emotions skyrocketing.
If I had picked up this story wanting a long and torrid love affair in which I could contemplate how the characters fell for each other page after page, I would have been sorely disappointed. As it is, I wasn’t. Overnight Sensation is a short story that delivers what the title implies: a sizzling tale that takes place over one night.
From page one, Desiree Holt’s characters stand out. Abbie is a super sweet, slightly inexperienced sub looking for something more. Sam is an experienced Dom also searching for something different. The way they interacted and the time they spent together is a combination between sweet and extremely hot.
The only reservations I initially had with this tale was how Abbie and Sam were going to fall in love in such a short span of time. The author attempts to mend this by throwing in words like fate or karma. However, what really solved my qualms was a simple explanation offered by the characters. At one point, Abbie mentions what I had been thinking, how could they be falling so fast if they had just met? Sam answers: “Sometimes that’s all it takes.” Followed by “Then, we’ll see.” Knowing that yes, they had a connection but they would also see where it was going to take them in the future made the story much more believable than simply attributing things to fate.
The story flows easily, sexy moments (I loved the meeting scene at the crowded bar) mingling with Abbie’s musings or Sam’s thoughts, both point of views kept clear and separate. The sex scenes were scorching and vividly described.
Overnight Sensation is worth reading if looking for something quick, steamy and sweet at the same time.(less)
Sounds like an enjoyable night to remember. However, for poor Lily, it left her feeling guilty and remorseful over hurting someone she cared deeply for. Lily may be a succubus, but she’s not the typical sex-crazed demon you’d expect. Her night with Campbell Jones made her realize how delicate mortal men can be and she vowed never to let that happen again. But things are a bit more complicated for Lily than that. You see, she needs sex to survive, and endless trysts with other demons just don’t cut it. Lily may have devoted her life since Campbell to education and achievement, but she’s never forgotten the way it felt to be in his arms.
After an evening of mind-blowing sex, followed up by several weeks of unconsciousness at the hospital, Campbell has never been the same. Lily’s touch changed him in ways he can’t begin to understand. Part of him is angry at her for abandoning him—justifiably so, who wouldn’t be mad?—but the other part can’t deny that he longs to see and touch her once again, even if it kills him next time. Like Lily, he’s focused his pent up energy and frustration into a successful career. But money can’t buy everything. In Campbell’s case, it certainly hasn’t afforded him happiness. No, his time is spent contemplating how he will even the score if he ever meets up with Lily Night again.
I tend to be a little over romantic in my taste of reading material. I swoon over love and mushy stuff—partnered with good sex scenes, of course—tending to lean toward books with a lot of character development and depth, where the sexual tension and heat has built to the point that I’m ready to come out of my own skin. Lighting by Taryn Kincaid, however, grabbed my attention with the first sentence. I must admit that sometimes my mind ventures to places that aren’t lady-like so when I read the first sentence, I had quite a vision in my head. Once I realized Ms. Kincaid wasn’t in the same mindset I was, I had to chuckle to myself. Her first impression was very cleverly executed. I also enjoyed her superb imagery. The examples she uses when Lily is describing her true nature were comical, to say the least, and I found myself laughing quite a bit. Ms. Kincaid employs this skill even further while detailing Lily’s succubus sisters, a couple of true sex-crazed demons.
Lightning is a very fast-paced, easy to read story that doesn’t waste a lot of time getting to the good stuff. There is not a lot of deep character development, but the information presented by Ms. Kincaid is sufficient enough to develop an understanding and liking of both Lily and Campbell. I only noticed one editing error toward the beginning. If there were others, I was too engrossed to notice or care. I give this book two thumbs up and eagerly look forward to delving into another one of Taryn Kincaid’s stories.
Warning, this book contains expertly penned scenes with saucy succubi, tool-toting hunks, and enough sexual tension to melt your computer screen. Read at your own risk—or at the very least, with a nice tall glass of cold lemonade and a small fan. Ms. Kincaid’s has reunited two lost lovers in a union that will leave you breathless and wanting more.
I’m the first to admit that I absolutely love the Harmless Series by Melissa Schroeder, and the newest addition, A Little Harmless Fantasy, does not disappoint. From the first word I was drawn in, there was just something about Rory, Zeke and Maura that just worked. I love bisexual men, much like Maura does, and these two Irishmen are drool worthy.
This is a MMF ménage, which means the men play with one another alone and with Maura and every scene was explosively hot. The three of them are believable as a trio, Zeke loves them both and Rory and Maura love Zeke and watching Rory and Maura fall in love was very enjoyable. Most of Ms. Schroeder’s Harmless books catch up with past characters and this one is no different. The relationship between Maura and her brother is portrayed in such a way that I wanted a protective older brother who loves me that much. No Harmless book is complete without a trip to the Hawaiian BDSM club known as Rough N Ready, and while there was no play at the club, it was great to catch up on old characters. The BDSM aspects of this book just add to the spicy sex scenes.
There were times when I wanted to smack the characters and yell at them to talk to each other, but I see that as a plus to the story, since I cared enough to want to help them. The characters are strong, the story is well fleshed out and the descriptions make me want to book a trip to Hawaii immediately to visit all the places that are described.
This is the eighth installment of the Harmlessseries, the first ménage in the series, and while I did enjoy catching up on the other characters, I would say that this book could be read as a stand alone. I do thoroughly recommend this whole series. Bisexual men and BDSM made this book a must read, so don’t hesitate to try this book.(less)
Ibraham watches Rose every day and longs to indulge in his every fantasy of her. Her beautiful body calls to him and he is more than ready to do just that. Ibraham has watched her long enough and he has finally decided that this day he will make his move. Rose has no idea what awaits her. She longs for Ibraham just as much as he longs for her but will she be able to accept Ibraham’s lifestyle or will they lose their chance at a happy ever after?
Once again Qwillia Rain brings to life a wonderful world full of strong men and the women who love them. I loved meeting Rose and Ibraham and watching their relationship begin. Ibraham is an honorable man who loves deeply. He shows Rose that she is so much more than she thinks. She is beautiful inside and out and Ibraham intends to make her believe it. Rose has always been teased because of her size and never felt like she belonged let alone that she was sexy. When Ibraham begins to show interest in her, she finds it hard to believe. I loved watching Rose blossom with Ibraham’s help. The two make a great couple. The love that they share shines brightly through everything that happens.
Not only did I enjoy Rose and Ibraham’s story but the secondary characters made an impression as well. The mothers and their plan had me laughing out loud with their banter and antics. Rose’s friends are a great bunch and I cannot wait to see each woman find their other halves.
Crater Lake Park attracts many tourists and Chief Park Ranger Henry Shore is happy to see people enjoy the scenery and peacefulness of his domain. He and his wife live in the park and their divorced daughter and her baby live nearby.
Trouble arrives when an earthquake uncovers dinosaur bones near the upper part of the lake. Henry knows this discovery will mean more visitors, but would they be the right sort? He’s just got used to the dinosaur bones discovery when rumors begin to fly about a huge creature haunting the lake – then people begin to disappear! Henry knows something must be done to keep the park visitors safe, but bureaucracy fights him at every turn.
I found this book to be an enjoyable read. There were a few thrills and chills when the belief about the monster in the lake became more solid. Henry and his wife have a loving relationship but Ann has a mind of her own. They reminded me of many husband and wife teams who work together to a common good. There were many characters in this book, but somehow the author managed to keep me from getting too confused. Only a couple of times did I have to flick back to see the part played by the person she mentioned.
Towards the end of the story as the pace was cranked up to the finale, I found some scenes slightly unbelievable, but on the whole this really could have happened. Our planet has many hidden facets and who knows what lies beneath the surface?
Dinosaur Lake is a planned story and equally well written.(less)
Weddings are traditionally happy times full of celebrations, hell yeah, especially when the bar tender is Luke Hurley!
Red head, dubbed Rita Hayworth, is attending her stepson’s wedding when Luke Hurley spots her propping up his bar. And what hot-blooded male wouldn’t notice her? She’s pretty, funny, has curves in all the right places and her smile lights up the room. But families are complex creatures, none more so when there are a pile of ex’s hanging around, all of whom seem to want a piece of the pretty lady he wants to get alone. Eventually he does and boy do things get hot, hot enough to give them one hell of a good time. But can a one night stand lead to more? Do they have enough chemistry? And what about their age difference? Will it matter when they’re so compatible?
More Than You Know is written from Luke’s point of view and I liked Luke, a lot. He was a good guy, seemed to think like a guy (even though the book is written by a woman) and was after more than just a romp in the sack. A typical bartender he is not! He’s completely bewitched by the older woman who keeps turning his head. Everything about her is mesmerizing to him and the author really got this across nicely; her hair, the way she moved, the banter between them. It was nice because it didn’t seem like she was trying to snare him or that he was totally stalking her, it just happened and when it did – Boom!
Ms DeLand writes good erotic romance with three dimensional characters, steamy sex and well rounded plot lines. I’ve read and enjoyed her work before and this one is no exception. The wedding situation was fun and kept the story kicking along. I fell for Luke, ‘Rita Hayworth’ is one lucky lady, and their dilemma at the end was well-handled, not too prolonged but equally enough made of it. I enjoyed the fact that I could see them ‘riding off into the sunset together.’
If you enjoy immersing yourself in a one-night stand story that has potential for more, then More Than You Know might be just up your alley.(less)
Erotica author Sarah K. is newly divorced and finds herself longing for the BDSM relationships she writes about in her novels. In this journey of self-discovery, we enter a world that is not for the faint of heart.
Dating sucks. Sarah K. can tell you that. After being married to a man without any motivation whatsoever, she wants to be careful who she hooks up with. Her select group of friends help her surf the local pool, but Sarah decides she wants something more. Something out of one of her racy novels. She has written about BDSM for years and wants to find a Dom to get her started. Dating websites that focus on BDSM are a mixed bag of tricks. You have to kiss a lot of frogs with strange fetishes before you find that special someone. And find him she does. Enter Max.
Max is the epitome of the quintessential Dom. Elegant, secretive, demanding and he helps Sarah awaken into the reality of becoming a submissive. No underwear, not speaking and using Sir at the end of every phrase are a challenge for her, but she slowly begins to adjust. When the punishments begin, she has to really decide whether this life is really for her. Is Max? Should she stay vanilla and let it go?
The journey within this book is heartfelt and has highs and lows. There is so much more than what I have written in this review, plot wise. Intrigue, family relationships, introductions to friends and whether to tell them what you have really been up to…Yes. Real life gets in the way of the romance and there are hard choices that have to be made. It isn’t even really a plot. It is her life. Sarah K. writes a stellar book. So much so that I can easily see this as a movie. She is a vulnerable person, but never gives up on her goals and doesn’t let tragedy swamp her.
Written with a quirky voice and an almost fiction like quality, this book is one of the best reads of the season. If you liked 50 Shades or are a fan of BDSM novels, The Secret Life of a Submissive needs to be next on your TBR list.(less)
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.
Where do I begin…I have so many good things to say about this book. Let me start by saying it’s one of those stories that made me upset that it had to come to an end. It held me captivated from first to last word. I love the premise of this book, about a mother and daughter relationship, and how sometimes we take things and people for granted in our lives. However, what I loved most about it is Ms. Goodin took a very different approach to a topic that yes, one too many authors have tackled. She gave it a new spin and I think that’s what held me spellbound as I turned the pages.
The story starts in a very lighthearted way. I found myself laughing at the mother in this story because of her antics and the tales she spun to her then naïve daughter. But then as the book progresses you realize that the story is going in a different direction and it’s getting more serious as Meg tries to piece together her childhood. I sometimes wanted her to find the truth but then I wanted her to remain blind to what really happened to her mother and how she came to be.
I won’t spoil it and give away any of the plot but I know you too will be captivated. You’ll go through a range of emotions, you’ll laugh, and then you’ll cry because the last third of this book is so moving. I think like me, you’ll find just a little piece of yourself in all the wonderful characters.
This book is released in April and I highly recommend you get yourself a copy and put it on your spring/summer reading list. This is a wonderful debut book for this author and I’m looking forward to seeing more of her work.(less)