The supple, warm interior leather of the little sporty convertible attracted Kyle almost as much as its hot owner, Aaron. Staying late one evening to close up, Aaron offers Kyle something he can’t refuse – a drive in his car. One thing leads to another, and the scent of leather seats will never be the same for Kyle, or Aaron.
Sizzling hot, this short story is fun, sexy and well worth reading. I found the writing smooth and easy to get into, the characters real and interesting and best of all the sex amazingly hot. Neither Aaron nor Kyle are one dimensional, both are well fleshed out, relatable characters and the mild kink of the leather seats is a fun and intriguing way to bring these two together. I particularly liked how the story didn’t finish with the erotic encounter – the characters and their relationship continued to grow and progress past their initial indulgence. Not only did this give more depth to the plot and conflict between Kyle and his co-workers, but it made the story feel far more than just a sexy vignette. Well rounded and highly enjoyable, this is the perfect shot when you’re on the go and only have a little bit of time.(less)
What do you get when you combine kinky leather and fairy tales? An anthology that covers every aspect of BDSM–a flogging to some kinky Daddy tales.
This collection has eighteen stories. With some of the biggest names in the industry, I was notably excited to review this collection of kink. Leather stories always fascinate, but when you twist them up in not so neat little packages of fairy tales and floggers, then you are going to get all kinds of tales, from the scary to the sublime. Laura Antoniou provides the forward and I always enjoy her words. Author of the Marketplace series, a leather and slave masterpiece, it was great to see her name on the author roster.
Each Step For Him by Lee Harrington Lee Harrington can turn a phrase and can suck you into a story without trying. His imagery and the blending of the leather community with a tale of The Little Mermaid was truly inspirational. This m/m short was infused with images of leather, the sea and finding a Prince to love. It was sexy and well done and I am eager to read more from this author.
Blue Beard’s Ghost by Ariel Dalziel The story of Bluebeard is one I remember hearing as I was growing up. A murderous pirate, Bluebeard claimed the lives of his wives and kept gruesome trophies in a room upstairs. In this rendition, the bride claims a place of her own. An awakening into the art of D/s and a delicious twist at the end made this story a joy to read.
Blood in the House of Sweets by Miss Lola Sunshine This original twist on the Hansel and Gretel tale had me at the word go. Needle play, age play, ménage…a very creative scene that will delight readers with its adult themes and edge play.
The Suitor by Miel Rose This story reminded me a lot of Brave with a princess that rebelled against her mother’s matchmaking schemes. A rousing bit of sword play and a surprise suitor bring some f/f action to this kinky fairy tale rewrite.
Hair Like Gold by Nalu Kalani Rapunzel never had as much fun as the girl suspended by her hair in this short. An elaborate bondage by hair scene, the prince in this story has to bring a captive girl to orgasm in order to free her from her bonds. A fun retelling.
The Mistress and the Pea by Cynthia Hamilton A search for a Domme leads a prince on a wild hunt for the perfect mate. This story was very like Cinderella trying on magic shoes, except in this case, it was a prince trying out princesses one at a time to find the right fit.
The Red Shoes by Hosha Red shoes rock. It is a known fact and one that this story really captures well. The girl in this story lusts for the shoes in the window and after an interesting visitor to the shoe shop where she works, all kinds of doors open up for her. A winding plot and good erotic content, I enjoyed this story.
The Seven Swan Princes by D L King This story was an excellent rendition of the fairytale on which it was based. An overbearing oaf demanding the hand of Eve, she refuses and fights against his unwelcome advances. Weaving robes to free her brothers from a curse, the maiden crafts some lovely garments. Add in some lovely sex magic, a wizard with a talented flogger and some hot bondage and you have a great short story for this collection.
The Good Witch by Ali Oh The wicked witch is one of the most misunderstood characters in fairytales. In this rendition of Baba Yaga, the Good Witch and The Wicked Witch have a series of meetings that taunt and tantalize, all the while exploring bondage and some fun D/s. There might be a little more to the Good Witch than everyone thinks.
Snow Fight by Rob Rosen When the prince finds Snow White in her glass coffin, he encounters some resistance before he is able to get her freed from the spell of death. The huntsman fights him and ties him up to have his wicked way with him. Lots of nipple twisting and some steamy m/m action commence.
Down Under by Raven Kaldera A man made of bread and a girl have some interesting trysts in the woods. Add a witch, a whole lot of bondage and a splendid gift and you have a story that never gets old. Being beautiful on the inside is always better than being a shallow beauty on the outside any day.
Golden Twink and the Three Bears by Elizabeth “Jake” Hart A smoking hot tale of The Three Bears, this one isn’t for the faint of heart. When Twink finds his way into the Bear’s cottage, he happens upon their bondage toy collection and some red hot branding equipment. When the family comes home to find him nestled in Baby Bear’s bed, we can only imagine what comes next.
Iron Henry by Karen Taylor I want to go to a tea party like this one. The main character is loosely based on the Frog Prince, or Iron Henry. Going to a tea party, this submissive male is there to serve and as he makes his way artfully among the Dommes, one woman in particular catches his eye. She is also watching him. In a delicious development, the two meet and the erotic submission of Henry to his new mistress will take you to realms of cock rings and some creative restraints.
The Wolf and Little Red by Alysia Angel Little Red Riding Hood can be a very erotic tale. This one used Daddy play and I had a little trouble getting into the story. While the imagery was very well written, the Daddy play used a lot of descriptive elements that bordered on an underage person in a sexual encounter with an older, possible father figure. It most likely was not written to be read that way, but it really hit a trigger for me. The image of a little girl with little hands touching the wolf and more was disturbing to me. If you have triggers with age play then do not read this story.
Not Enough Storms by Goldie Dartmouth This fairy story did a lot of showing and not telling and I found myself drifting after the first page. There is an elaborate world building scenario that was very difficult for a reader to latch onto and identify with. Adding some character interaction would have been beneficial to the story.
Cinderfella by Sossity Chiricuzio Cinderella has some f/f tendencies in this provocative tale. When a cousin to one of the maids shows up to teach El about her secret fantasies, things heat up.
Lady Leoprine by Mollena Williams A bondage club scene with a Mistress that is all powerful has a submissive male slave aching to serve. When a disruptive influence causes a nuisance at the club, Lady Leoprine takes matters into her own hands. Starting out as a normal leather club scene, this tale quickly shifts with paranormal elements.
The Little Boot Black by Sassafras Lowrey This Daddy play story was compelling and very well done. The little bootblack is missing his Daddy, a female who takes care of him. Even though this story dealt with age play and the term “little boy” it did not bring to mind images of abuse, but instead of coming home to a lover who takes control and gives the devotion that the bootblack yearns for. It is a beautiful story.
This collection overall was very well done. The BDSM elements roamed far and wide, bringing imagery of needle play, age play, impact play and more. If you enjoy a romp on the leather side, than this fairy tale redo is just the thing.(less)
Scraps of Paper had everything I enjoy in a story-a mystery to be solved, secrets from the past, and possibly a ghost in the heroine’s new house.
Ms. Griffith did a wonderful job setting the scene for this small town mystery. The town is even called Spookie and I felt like I was there roaming around viewing everything as the characters went about their business.
There’s a developing love interest for Abigail in the shape of an ex-sheriff, at least you hope it’s a love interest and not the person responsible for a missing woman and her children from the seventies. The pacing was perfect, and in some spots I found myself reading an extra chapter, despite my lack of time, to see what would happen next.
All the characters were well drawn and there were even a few very quirky ones thrown in. While there were some contrived things that seemed to be thrown just in to help solve the mystery, overall it will leave you guessing about the identity of the guilty party. If you enjoy a suspense with a light touch of romance thrown in then this is probably a good pick for you.(less)
Sex can be used to express an intense, passionate attraction but sometimes, it’s the only thing offering an escape from an emotional traumatic event. But when it happens between two people that click, that connect on an unexpectedly deeper emotional level they weren’t prepared for, then things get complicated very fast.
Ms. Weber had me meeting the hero after the death of one of his best friends and teammate. That pretty much set up the major part of the hero’s internal conflict and it was effective in getting me to care for him. Add to that the heroine’s emotionally distant and ice-berg impersonation of a father and I was treated to a shallow and dysfunctional family whose surface was all ‘perfect family’ for the public. Not a very sympathetic family life by any means. Cold waters run deep in this book, which means the heroine’s character was someone I could easily root for as well.
The author had Blake and Alexia meet with an explosion of hot passion and no holds barred beach frolicking. It wasn’t supposed to amount to much, on either side. What happens next is the stuff of messy romances between two people who have a lot of issues to wade through. I liked how the author chose the progression of their relationship. Sure, it’s rocky with a lot of tug and pulls, surprises, both pleasant and unpleasant, and an unconventional reconciliation, but Ms. Weber kept my interest hostage throughout with very clever and tight writing.
As if the hero and heroine didn’t have enough on their hands with their own internal angsts, which thankfully did not overshadow the romance, Ms. Weber tossed in a firecracker of an outside conflict. That one event, although very suspenseful and exciting, broke the dam of silence and propelled Blake and Alexia into facing their own fears head-on with surprising and delightful revelations helping them out.
My one area of letdown would be Alexia’s dad. I’m thinking just one or two more paragraphs could have addressed my need of feeling that he truly would end up happy with his daughter’s eventual choices. I realize that the author felt that his character was so ingrained with reserve that he would have a hard time letting go beyond what he did, but that didn’t stop me from wanting more. Heck, I would have been happy if all it was would have been a secret smile, perhaps shared with his wife, as he watched Alexia from a window as she made the final momentous choice. Just that little bit would have been the cherry on my romance sundae.
When all is said and done, the happily ever after is the goal and it’s satisfactorily reached.
A SEAL’s Seduction is an exciting and hard-to-put-down book with action and tumultuous and adventurous sexy explorations that make this novel fun to read. It’s hard to go wrong with a story about a skilled Navy SEAL whose expertise is topnotch both in and out of bed. Try it; I think you’ll like it!
Rach’s past is filled with secrets and not all of them are pleasant.
Poor Rach. Not only does she have to deal with the drama of making a major move to Scotland, she also discovers that her father has hidden a great deal of information concerning her heritage from her. Once Rach meets Brios, the revelations concerning magic and shape shifters come very quickly. Rach has an incredible amount of information forced on her all at once. At first, Rach is very reluctant to accept the truth about the shape shifters. However, I thought her resistance felt forced. So much in fact that it was really quite comical when Rach tries to convince herself that she is “dreaming.” Though I found Rach’s reactions entertaining, at a certain point, her actions failed to feel realistic, especially when the truth was literally staring her in the face.
Rach is very easy to like. She’s a smart girl with a bit of an attitude who isn’t about to let anyone push her around. Once Rach fully accepts her gifts, I have no doubt that she is going to be a very powerful leader within the Shalean society.
I also really enjoyed Rach’s budding relationship with Brios. It was clear from the moment they met that they had a strong connection. However, Rach is only fifteen and she knows she is much too young to be making a serious commitment. I admire Brios’ restraint and resolve to take things slowly. He never tries to force anything on her and lets her make her own choices. I truly believe they will be a very powerful team, and I look forward to watching the development of their relationship.
I feel that the conflicts in this tale were resolved much too quickly. There are a lot of interesting things going on in this story that I wish had been explored in greater depth. The ending felt rushed to me, especially the part where Rach was told about her history and the fate of her mother. I realize that Rach and Brios were in a difficult situation at the time, but I truly feel that Rach deserves much more than she was given. I hope she has the time to explore her past and new abilities in future installments of this series.
Over all, I enjoyed reading Discovered. The world Ms. Lilley has created is interesting and I found the concept of the Shaleans thought provoking. I certainly look forward to following the adventures of Rach and her friends in the next book.
Drunk in charge of a marriage licence may seem kinda strange, especially as the bride is not the heroine of Crash and Burn. That alone drew my curiosity and I wanted to find out how the author managed to dig her hero out of his self-inflicted dilemma, and how could Ms. Libby make me believe that ‘the other woman’ was a deserving heroine.
She did, and in a credible and believe manner, as long as you don’t take the story seriously. But then, this is a Rom Com, and Ms. Libby certainly has all her characters jumping through hoops.
In an effort to ‘clean up his image’ racing driver Stone marries in haste only to repent, and fall in love with his sister-in-law, at leisure. The author managed to turn this apparently self-serving hero into a caring and compassionate man once he comes to his senses. As for Grace, the sister-in-law, she is a mixture of loving and compassionate to the point of becoming spineless and it is Grace’s journey and how Ms. Libby maps out Grace’s transformation that is the thread that binds this story.
Good and vivid writing made up for the few inconsistencies in the plot and timing of events. The building of her characters both good and bad, major and minor, is well portrayed. The emotional twists and turns her characters have to deal with rival a mountain switchback, but remember this is a Rom Com.
If you are looking for a light humorous story, then Crash and Burn is the story for you.(less)
Riding the Waves is heavy on the smexy, but it could’ve used a little more character development. It was the blurb that caught my interest. I can’t resist the whole woman who’s been wronged angle. New author for me, so I downloaded a sample of the book to check it out. I liked what I found, so I snatched this one up . My instincts were right on the money, and Riding the Waves was as entertaining as it was hot and sexy.
Annalee finds out that her fiance has been fooling around with her best friend. Turns out Willow has been whipping his ass for a while. It was knowing that Annalee’s best friend was screwing her ( and her man ) that prompted me to choose this book. I wanted to see what Annalee would do, how she handled it. I liked Annalee. She did the same thing I would have, only she let Willow keep her hair on her head. Me… I would have snatched it right out. But our heroine is a classy lady, she kicks both their asses to the curb. And she won’t forgive them no matter how hard they beg. Now that’s my kind of heroine. She only wallows in self pity for a while . Until she crosses paths with Brent, the man who starred in all her sexual fantasies.
Brent always wanted Annalee. But he thought she was too fragile to meet his needs. So he left town and took a security job protecting ships from high seas pirates. Things went bad at sea and Brent got a little wake up call. Now, he’s come back to town to reconnect with the woman he left behind. Annalee’s first look at Brent has her drooling at how much he’s buffed up. They hook up at an office party and the good times get to rolling. Lots and lots of hot loving. Brent and her no good ex thought that girl was fragile, but she seemed more like a sex starved nympho to me.
It’s not all sexy times. Brent’s job comes back to bite him in the butt. Things get pretty hairy for a while, with a sadistic pirate out for revenge. Annalee has trouble accepting the danger that surrounds Brents job. As it happens, she’s right to be afraid, as Brent’s enemy targets her.
I took a chance on this author, and I’m so glad that I did. The plot was unique and the characters engaging and likable. I could have easily given it five stars had LaRose developed the back story a bit more, had the heroine smack her two timing ex and her man poaching ex-bestie around a little bit, and had Brent and Annalee spend some time out of the bedroom. Not that I’m against lots of smexy with my story. I love it that way. Riding the Waves featured some of the hottest love scenes I’ve read. For the record: I’ve read a lot. This story was not lacking in that department. We’re treated to some anal play, some light bondage and even flirted with some BDSM, and toys. More than enough to satisfy even my tastes. I can’t really put my finger on what was missing. Just felt that there should’ve been more. Maybe LaRose should have explored that sandwich that Annalee was interested in. That might’ve done it for me. I could definitely go for some more of Brody. Maybe he’ll meet someone interesting on his next trip to sea, and the writer will tell us his story then. (hint…hint)
I enjoyed every minute of this story, and am looking forward to reading more from this author. I highly recommend this book to any reader who likes a story overflowing with hot sexy loving and a hero to save the day.
Kajakti has watched as three of his wolf brothers found their mates. While he is happy for his brothers, he’s feeling a little envious of them too. Deciding that it’s past time he got laid, he heads to town in search of a willing woman. Might not be Miss Right…but maybe she can be Miss Right Now. Turns out it’s Kajakti’s lucky day to meet the right one… his one true mate.
Jaren just got dumped by her bully boyfriend, who ran off with her money, credit cards and her passport. She’s between a rock and a hard place when a good looking stud offers to help. She doesn’t know it (though he most certainly does) but Kajakti is her mate. They are destined to be together, and the chemistry is too hard to resist. She takes the guy up on his offer and goes back to his place (den) where she meets his family. They hit it off, and Jaren is seriously considering taking Kajakti up on his offer to stick around for a while. Kajakti neglects to tell her that it’s already impossible for her to leave him. I won’t say why, but readers can pretty much guess. Then things get interesting, as the Dark Wolves up their game and suddenly all the Sentinels are in danger from within.
As with all Marisa Chenery’s books, the characters here are strong and engaging. I liked that she went in a new direction with this story. It was quite a bit darker than the rest of the series, and I enjoyed the change. More time has passed since Cassidy discovered the Wolf brothers, and they have become more acclimated to the modern world. Gone are the charming misunderstandings of our modern language. I kind of missed the humor of them, but at least the writer doesn’t keep beating a dead horse. She keeps changing her story, and I’m glad for it. Nothing worse than a story that keeps repeating over and over, and that will turn me off from a writer faster than anything. Another thing I enjoy about Marisa’s work. Each book is different and special in its own way.
That being said, I would have enjoyed the story more if Jaren had wavered a tiny bit on accepting Kajakti though. More angst is what I was looking for. She accepted him way too fast. She forgave him even faster, and I found that lessened the stories credibility. Same goes with how quickly the problem with the Dark Wolves was resolved. Without giving away the plot, I felt that would have been better if the writer had explored that, and drawn it out more. Just saying, it would have made the story better for me, but I still enjoyed it more than any of the other books.
I love all of Marisa Chenery’s books, and felt that this one was one of the best. It explored the truth that we all have a dark side. It took a series that I’ve loved from the start, and made it better by going in a new direction. I enjoyed seeing one of the Sentinels dark side come out. The writer played on his resentment and fear that his mate might not accept him. Now, I know that the whole thing was triggered, but there had to be something hidden in his sub-conscience to begin with. Not sure where Marisa Chenery’s mind was on that, or if that was my interpretation only. Whatever it was, it worked for me, and I’m hoping she will continue to shake things up with the series.
Sadly, there are only two more Wolf brothers left to find their long awaited mates. Yet, I have hope that Marisa Chenery will give Carson a story and a mate. Then there is another new character that we meet at the end of this story. I feel that Ryder could possibly be the most intriguing character, and would love to read his story.
No doubt about it, Ice Age Lover is some of Marisa Chenery’s finest work. It’s exciting and entertaining. It’s passionate and fun. And obviously, I loved it. I’d recommend it to paranormal fans who like a good shifter story they can really sink their teeth into.
Who would be the perfect match for a rough and tough Marine? Well, another Marine, of course!
Rowdy Easton is at a crossroads in his life. Coming up to the end of his stint in the Marines, he’s trying to decide whether to continue or leave the corps. His preference would be to stay, but with cutbacks taking place, he doesn’t want to take another’s place. Mix his professional confusion with personal loneliness and you’ve got a perfect candidate for a 1Night Stand.
Kim Wakefield is an inactive Marine turned NCIS investigator. For a number of reasons, not the least of which is dealing with her own battle of the sexes, she’s signed up for Madame Eve’s service in the hopes of sharing one wild night.
These two were ripe for a one night stand. Their attraction seemed immediate, and they both seemed pleased to have found an unexpected level of respect for the other as well. The sex was smoking hot, as was the attempts at conversation during. I’m not sure I got the same relationship vibe from these two that I have gotten in other Heather Long tales, or other 1Night Stand authors, but the purpose of their date – one night – was very satisfying.
The epilogue left me a bit surprised, but happy for the couple. Rowdy made a decision that I didn’t see coming, and wished we had his point of view as to why (Was it for her? That’s my hope) but it left us with our happy ending, and that is the most important part to me!
As always, Ms. Long doesn’t disappoint. The heat factor was off the charts, even in limited pages. The Always a Marine series is a crowd pleaser for sure, and The Two and The Proud is no exception!
I swept through Holiday Hangover during my 50-minute commute and generally enjoyed the quirky story.
However, there was one thing that irked me that may not do the same to others. Ms. Scott has a Spanish hero with a supposedly sexy accent and though she keeps the Spanish words in the text to a minimum, she makes a serious mistake with one word: cariño spelling it cariña. The word “cariña” does not exist in Spanish. The endearment is cariño for men, women, or children regardless of age or gender.
Besides that mistake, the story was a fun and hot read. The plot is not overly complicated and the characters are easy to relate to (especially Jane). The way the story is told, in bursts of memory from the heroine made everything much more interesting as I flipped through the pages almost as eager as Jane to discover how she ended up in the Spaniard’s bed. Another thing I enjoyed about Holiday Hangover was the care Ms. Scott had about condom usage, something still quite rare in some stories and definitely worth mentioning. The ending was a bit abrupt to my taste but it was tender, and made what could have only been a one-night stand mean much more.
The sexy scenes ranged from fun (I laughed aloud with the photo booth situation) and scorching (vibrators, restraints, light spanking and whipping… a heady combination). Overall, Holiday Hangover is a quick and sizzling read.(less)
Snowed In started out strong. A 14-year-old girl, Courtney, questioning her brother’s boyfriend about safe sex- it was easy to imagine and laugh about the awkwardness. However, as it turns out, the story became a bit predictable for me. Especially when it came to Courtney, her modus operandi and why she had an aversion to George and Max dating.
Regardless, I did enjoy the novel. The relationship between George and Max, which seems to have started in an earlier book, is strong and the author aptly conveys just how well Max understands his partner. The sex between them ranges between incredibly hot and sweet and was a pleasure to read. Furthermore, Freddy Mackay makes Snowed In more than a Christmas read as she also touches upon real life issues such as gay discrimination, safe sex, consequences and hiding from ourselves and our feelings. Though the general plot is expected, the author has a knack for describing the tense moments as well as the happy ones.
Finally, the end of Snowed In surprised me. Though it is not sad, it left a bittersweet taste in my mouth. Overall, Snowed In was a nice read with a few life lessons included.(less)
An American hero has only a few weeks of rest and relaxation before he is sent back into battle. What does he do to make the most of his time? He contacts Madame Eve to help arrange his lifelong dream date.
Brenden Fitzpatrick has known what he wanted his entire life. He was made to become a Marine. All-American, driven, generous and kind, he was the guy everyone always admired. Unfortunately for Brenden, his dreams required him to hide one very crucial fact. Brenden is gay.
Liam Gardiner was Brenden’s best childhood friend. Openly gay, Liam was the man Brenden protected, befriended, and confided in. Although Liam had a crush on Brenden since they’d met, he also knew Brenden was straight, so he had to settle for a close friendship instead of romance.
I’ll admit I’m not a normal reader of M/M stories, and this is the first I’d made through. What I like best about this tale is within the first few pages, it was no longer a story about two men, but two old friends who wanted to reconnect and perhaps rekindle an old attraction. The friendship and love between Liam and Brenden was very natural and believable, one couldn’t help but root for them from the start.
I will say it was a bit confusing to keep them straight with dialogue and point of view, since the same pronoun was used, but that could be more my unfamiliarity with male/male stories than it is the fault of the author. I do wish we had seen a little more of the two after they finally coupled since the bulk of the story was the build up, but what we were given was beautiful and very heart-felt.
It was a pleasant surprise to get a sneak peek of many of the characters from previous editions of the Always a Marine series. Ms. Long has a wonderful way of showing the connection between characters, and it was wonderful to know they had all stayed together and were making their relationships work. Hopefully Brenden and Liam will join that group.
Whether you enjoy gay stories or have never experienced them before, this is one to try because bottom line, it is a love story, and that’s what we are all looking for.(less)
I absolutely adore Laurann Dohner’s books, and Mine to Chase was no different. It is shorter than most of her work, but no less intense by any means. This novella is a sequel of sorts to Scarred and Kilted, Laurann’s contribution to the popular Something Wicked This Way Comes anthology, and a couple of recurring characters make an appearance in the story. It embodies some of the same attributes that have endeared Laurann’s books to her fans; a hot possessive hero and his spunky mate, along with an engaging plot, an extremely creative world, and conflict aplenty.
Chase is an outsider, a vampire/wolf hybrid. He has never been accepted by his people and is feared by many. He rescues Jasmine from a rogue vampire and realizes she is the mate he walked away from months ago. He had his reasons for walking away, and they were valid ones. His world was dark and dangerous, and he wanted to protect Jasmine. But now that he has found her at deaths door, Chase refuses to let her go. He thought his blood would heal her, but it changes her in ways he’d never dreamed. Now, they are bound together, and he must convince Jasmine to accept their bond.
Jasmine had accepted her death would come from the fiend who fed on her life blood. At first she thought herself delirious when the man she had obsessed about came to her rescue. She can’t believe that the hunky Chase is a vampire, and he wants her to be his mate. She still gets the tingles all over when he looks at her, and gladly takes him up on his offer for some hot and sweaty action. But she’s an independent woman , and she wants more time before giving up everything to be his mate. Can Chase give her time, and still keep her safe ? Well, you need to read the book to find out for yourself.
I loved the characters in this story. Chase was the kind of alpha hero we all love to dream about. He was dangerous and possessive, and protective of the people in his life. And each time he called his woman “Mine”, I fell in love all over again. Laurann Dohner writes some of the most romantic heroes , and that’s one of the many reasons why I love her books so much. Jasmine was no doormat heroine either. She stood up to Chase, and that drew me to her character even more.
There was plenty of conflict as Chase faced several challenges, and with the help of his friends, he met them head on. I enjoyed the shorter length of the story, and read it in one sitting, because I couldn’t tear myself away. It was fast paced, and the story developed quickly. The plot was engaging and it flowed well. It kept me on the edge of my seat, as Chase faced down his enemies to keep Jasmine safe.
Now, about those juicy love scenes that we all crave. It’s a Laurann Dohner book, so that should speak for itself. Adoring fans know that this author creates some scorching hot love scenes. We all know how important that is, and this book definitely does not disappoint in that area.
So here is the bottom line: I loved it, and I’d like to get some more of it. I know how busy she is, but it would be great if Laurann Dohner could continue and expand this series. It has great potential for full length novels. I know I’d be quick to snatch up more in this exciting series.
Mine to Chase is sure to appeal to paranormal fans far and wide, and it is my great pleasure to give this book my highest recommendation.(less)
What do I like most in a good read? Story first, smokin’ hot romance second. By George, I think Ms. Elliott has got it correct!
It does seem almost trite, when, at the beginning, the “work is everything” Darcy goes off on her tenant, Ben, for decorating the entire house for the holidays. The “situation at work” provides her a convenient reason to have to interact with him. Personally, I don’t know any managers of a large retail establishment who wouldn’t have a crew ready to go, but, honestly, if this were written true-to-life, we wouldn’t have the forced interaction at work (that lead to a little work “pre-nookie”).
There are a LOT of love scenes in this story. Between the foreplay and the actual sex, each is nicely detailed and not lacking in the sense of urgency or desire between Darcy and Ben.
It’s kind of hard to swallow (no pun intended!) how quickly Darcy succumbs to Ben and his way of thinking, whether it be Christmas decorations, tattoos or sex with each other. However, this is a work of fiction, and if you can put that aside, you are golden to enjoy the fabulous romp that is Darcy and Ben.
The addition of Ben’s niece was a nice touch. At the risk of spoilers, it was a necessary addition, but handled in a unique and fun way. I especially enjoyed the shopping scene and feel that Ben’s wallet could have been significantly lighter if Darcy had really tried!
Family appears to be important to both of our main characters. In addition to shaping their reactions to one another, the actual family and interactions with them help to propel the story forward.
This may be a Christmas story. But it’s also a “retail” story. And a “romance”. And definitely a “sizzler”. Don’t let the time of year this story is set keep you from picking it up in January, or May, or even September. It’s a good read no matter WHAT time of year!
Is turkey day one of your favorite holidays? I bet you’ve never had one like any of these!
This is an anthology of stories about Thanksgiving by a variety of authors: Arthur C. Carey, John Weagly, Earl Staggs, Amanda Lundberg, Betsy Bitner, S. Furlong-Bolliger, Steve Shrott, Andrew MacRae, Zoe Burke, Arlen Blumhagen, Lesley A. Diehl, Gail Farrelly, Herschel Cozine, Linda S. Reilly, Stephen D. Rogers, Barb Goffman and Laura Hartman. The stories are short and each one has a weird quirk to it of some kind.
The authors give us poisonings, strange customs (ever been to a nude Thanksgiving before?) and there is even some argument over the traditional dinners dishes. Green bean casserole is mentioned more than once. There is also some argument over how the cranberries are presented. The fact that there are people dying all over the place doesn’t seem affect dinner. Some families don’t even take care of the body until after dinner.
The group of authors in this anthology made me laugh, made me roll my eyes, and kept me amused all the way through. They introduce odd characters with strange habits and it feels just like real family dinners do. Every family has that one odd family member that the rest of them try to ignore. It’s a nice homey environment with the spice of murder added to the Thanksgiving dinner. What more could you want?(less)
One can never forget their first love….and when two souls are reunited after years apart, it can only mean one thing. But first, they have to get through the past and be completely honest with each other, instead of keeping secrets…
The one person Miranda doesn’t expect to see again is Rik, and darn it if all of her signals and emotions don’t go haywire when she’s around him. Miranda has built a good life for herself and for her daughter. She’s got a strong willed attitude and despite working for a man that would be willing to give her job to someone else, she’s doing quite well for herself.
Rik is a different man than he once was. He’s keeping his place alive, but he’s not really living. He doesn’t want to date anyone in town, he just keeps somewhat reclusive. Feelings re-emerge when he comes face to face with the woman he couldn’t get out of his head all those years ago.
I have torn feelings with this story. It lacks the three dimensional characters. It’s like I’m standing behind a wall not able to feel. I couldn’t get the conveyed emotions from the story. Now, I will tell you, there is surely some tension between Rik and Miranda, and the draw of that backstory kept me going. The other big problem for me is the back and forth between the two. It’s like they want to stay away from each other, but then they don’t. There’s some harsh words said, and bickering, and it just got to be too much.
Closer to the end, the story started to wrap up nicely, and I liked how Miranda and Rik worked together to sort out their feelings and problems. I’m glad that I finished the story, since I wanted to know how they would handle the very big secret being kept.
Do you like contemporary, second chance romances? Why not try Keeping Secrets?
This is a delightfully sweet romance with heart, goodness and a story of two people meeting at the best and worst times of their lives.
I guess Chance Montgomery might be a familiar character with readers who have been following the First Time Dads! series, but this is my first book. I can easily say that this is a standalone read. I never felt lost or thought there were background pieces missing. It’s as perfect a story as one could wish with an interesting beginning, an emotional exploration in the middle and a sweet and tender ending that is sure to please romance fans.
Chance is a father of twin babies who is completely out of his depth and floundering. It helps that his mom is wealthy, and the hero is well off in his own right but money cannot change dirty diapers, get little cherubs to sleep through the night or tell a parent when something is wrong with one of them. Only a person can do that. Money might get a nanny but it doesn’t guarantee that the person is going to be right for their family dynamic in all ways that matter. That is where family connections come in.
Enter Tory, a woman in need of rejoining the living. Her mom and Chance’s mom are friends and that provides the very believable set up that gets the hero and heroine together initially. It’s what comes after that has everything to do with the kind of people Chance and Tory are because their choices are the main conflict in this tale.
There is a lot of respect in this novel. I was impressed with the level of admiration the author had Chance feeling for Tory. I enjoyed watching his growing esteem of the heroine as she slowly reveals all her secrets, her trials and most of all, her steadfast loyalty and dedication to one person. It also caused no end of frustration for the hero because he was free to love, and Tory wasn’t.
Another item that I appreciated was the handling of the children. Sam and Cindy were adorable babies and the author did a wonderful job in conveying how important a role they played in this story. They were integral to the plot conflict as well. Even saying that, and although it’s the truth that they were written about in a clearly loving and dedicated fashion, they were too cute and bubbly. Twins can be especially challenging if they both have colic at the same time or have diapers filled with mega-poo, but Sam and Cindy were almost unbelievably angelic and accommodating. I would have preferred a few moments of a frazzled daddy and a not so perfect nanny to balance the sugar of it, but on the whole, it did make for stress free reading.
The romance is a restrained and careful dance between two people who have to balance a lot of emotional angst, past hurts and feelings of loss and emptiness. Their falling in love was a slow sensual exploration of the mind and heart with only a few passionate kisses to illustrate their physical attraction. Nanny for the Millionaire’s Twins is more about being seduced into love by words, looks and actions versus any passionate out of control clinches. It’s a perfect book for those that prefer more substance and character to love a story than sheet aerobics.
I’d recommend Nanny for the Millionaire’s Twins to anyone who enjoys a romance that focuses on two people and what they bring to a relationship. Chance and Tory could be anyone because their trials and tribulations come from caring too much and being real. It’s a good book to spend time with and feel good about especially with such a wonderful and complete wrap up in the epilogue. I enjoyed my reading experience.(less)
I’ve never watched Glee and I didn’t know anything about Chris Colfer before I read this book. Maybe I’ve lived under a rock, but that’s okay. When I passed this book at the store, I stopped to check it out. The title grabbed me right away. Struck by Lightning. Okay, I’ll give it a try. I’m glad I did.
Carson Phillips is the standard outcast kid with huge dreams. He’s not had the best start in life and will find out just how messed up life can get. But I rooted for him all the way. His voice in the story is forthright and funny. I laughed and cried along with him. He’s got a great cast of characters set in an average high school.
I loved Carson’s pluck. This kid never quit and when it looked like he should, he gave another 110%. He’s mischievous but driven. It’s great. I also loved his relationship with his grandmother. She’s suffering from dementia but she’s the one person who hasn’t given up on Carson. It’s bittersweet and sweet. I love how she always has his back.
The secondary characters helped make the story memorable, too. I loved Malerie. She’s innocent, but there’s much more to her than meets the eye.
Granted, there is some swearing in this book. It’s definitely geared for the upper high school set, but anyone from around 16 years old and up will be able to identify with at least one character.
If you want a book that will make you laugh, cry and want more, then this is a great place to start.
Jail Coach by Hillary Bell Locke is a complex and unpredictable tale that takes us to the bright lights of the celebrity world and then persists in poking into dark corners.
Told in the first person, our main character is (irritatingly) not well identified immediately. However, we eventually figure out that we have dropped into the life of Jay, an ‘asset loss prevention specialist;’ aka, what seems to be a really large, well-coordinated babysitter-slash-guard. He’s also got Robert Parker-style character ego (and commentary) but without the amusing self-knowledge of a Nero Wolf character.
Jay is taxed with getting a celebrity bad-boy through jail (and more or less, through life) and to fulfilling his movie contracts. He’s assisted in this by ex-jailbird and single mom, Katrina Thompson–and both of them, outrageous characters themselves, have less-than-savory life entanglements. “Unsavory” is my sense of the whole thing: Jail Coach is loaded with cleverly done celebrity quips and sneers; it seems that nasty and humor must go hand in hand. Celebrity dirt (both invented and historical) is salted throughout, helping identify the Hollywood set as sleazy. Lawyers, mostly sleazy, represent celebrities: Ditto. The cover makes you think ‘crime novel,’ but it isn’t really.
Jail Coach is so nicely written, it drags the reader forward, frequently unwilling. Characters are powerful, conversations snappy and amusing, and the storyline is incredibly unpredictable. Locke went somehow wrong on the spicing of this one –like a gourmet treat that somehow leaves a bit of a bad aftertaste; but it’s still well-written and original. I’m not going to say you absolutely must read, but if you start reading it, you’ll absolutely want to finish.(less)
When Prince Evan Yates, the nephew of Gloriana, the Queen of the White Court, goes missing, she requests aid from Oberon, King of the Gray Court in rescuing him from his kidnappers. Oberon trusts his Hobgoblin, Robin Goodfellow, to do the job. After all, there is only one being more deadly in all of creation than Robin, and that is his King.
This is a political move by the Black Court, but the kidnapping is just a diversion for the real objective: find a way to destroy Robin and his Gray Court so that the Black can assume power once and for all. This is something that Robin is determined to stop, but like all good intentions, complications arise, this time in the persona of one delightful and off center woman, Michaela Exton. All her life, Michaela has been in love with Robin Goodfellow, never once believing he could be real. When Robin goes undercover at the Fairy Con where the negotiations are underway for the return of the victim, Michaela meets Robin, disguised as a man named Ringo Midori, and is drawn to him. Robin recognizes her as his truebond mate, but finds he has unexpected competition for her attention from the most dangerous representative of the Black Court, Lord Raven MacSweeney, the Fear Dearc.
But things are not all they appear to be, and as Robin/Ringo falls under the delight of finding his truebond mate, things begin to spiral out of control in more ways than could be imagined. Can Robin win his fair lady’s hand, while trying to find Prince Evan, and uncover the true reason behind the Black Queen’s trickery? When tragedy strikes, will Robin survive, or will he cause total devastation in his madness?
The Hob is Dana Marie Bell’s fourth entry into the Gray Court series, and is an excellent addition. The world here, as always with Ms. Bell, is extremely well defined, and the characters are all larger than life. This is an imaginative and humorous look behind the scenes at a fantasy convention, as seen through the eyes of the ‘real’ beings, and I enjoyed the irony of it all. There is a darker edge to this, with multiple plot lines running through it, and questions as to who can be trusted throughout the story. Make no mistake, in spite of all the side trips, this is Robin and Michaela’s story, and one of the funniest and most tragic of the series yet.
Michaela Exton is unusual, with a streak of impetuousness and a total disregard for propriety. She is smart, determined and off the wall silly at times, but her devotion to her small patients at the hospital where she works is nothing less than a mama bear for her cubs. She is sassy, and has no internal filters to stop her from saying the most absurd things at times. Her total dedication to Robin Goodfellow, defending her imaginary lover to all her friends, is delightful, especially once she meets the real thing. Once she discovers that all the creatures she believed were imaginary are, in fact, as real as she is, she accepts with an open mind and an open heart. She doesn’t understand how she can love Robin Goodfellow, yet want Ringo too, until he reveals all to her in one night of passion like none she’s known before. I love Michaela, with her funky orange Jeep, her strength of character, and her courage in the face of it all.
Robin Goodfellow AKA The Hob, Oberon’s Hobgoblin, Puck or a myriad of other titles, is the strong, dangerous and extremely lonely man, watching as his friends and acquaintances meet their bonded mates, leaving him ever more alone. Robin is handsome, strong, and extremely loyal to those he surrounds himself with. But he is also lonely, and his dreams of a mate, just one person to be with have been with him a long time. When he meets Michaela, he is stunned to recognize her as the woman from his recent and very hot dreams, and realizes she is meant to be his. I love Robin, for his sense of loyalty, and his total devotion to those he calls friend., and of course, he is totally hot. I loved watching as he fell under the spell of this tiny human woman, and the things he did to win her.
This story is a bit more complex than most of the gray Court Books. There is the usual political posturing from the Black Court, especially from the Malmayne Clan. But there is the side issue of the kidnapping of Prince Evan, the murders around Philadelphia by the Water Horse, or each uisge, and the mystery of Raven MacSweeney’s presence at the negotiations. I loved that Ms. Bell brings in the characters from all the previous books, giving us a look at what is happening with everyone. I enjoyed watching as Ms. Bell subtly wove each of the threads into one marvelous tapestry of love, passion, loss, reunion and a touch of revenge, for a spectacular conclusion to Robin and Michaela’s tale. My one complaint…Ms. Bell has learned the art of the tease, and has left us with a cliffhanger of an ending for the next Gray Court book. I recommend this for those who want to laugh, cry, and fall in love with a rascal named Puck and the woman who steals his heart.
How do you move on from a life shattering tragedy? Sometimes meeting a new friend can help heal your heart.
Abigail Powers is a barista in a small coffee shop. Her aspiration is to be a nurse, but until she is accepted in school, she’s working hard to pay off old debts. Her guilty pleasure? Lusting after the handsome, but sad man who frequents the shop each day. Though they’ve never spoken, she can’t help but be attracted to him.
Jay Longmire’s world has been devastated. Losing his family 18 months earlier has left him overcome with grief, so he spends day after day trying to maintain, but cannot shake his sadness. When he meets Abby, he’s not only forced to confront his grief, but the possibility of finding happiness with another woman.
This book is the first I’ve read in The Challenge Series, which deals with characters overcoming an obstacle of some sort. Each of the characters in this story dealt with their share of hurdles, but Jay’s were monumental. While I enjoyed the friendship and interaction between Jay and Abby, I had a great deal of trouble getting past Jay’s grief. The man was described as still having violent nightmares, and vomiting often from the memory of the night his family was attacked. He had such a profound sadness-which was very understandable and the author did an excellent job setting up-but when the characters began their relationship, it felt very uncomfortable. Some of the discomfort may have been with the fact that his daughter was still being kept alive on life support, so the past wasn’t fully resolved. I just couldn’t help but think Jay wasn’t ready for another relationship at that point…not until he was able to put the past behind him.
Aside from the horrific events of Jay’s past, these two were a nice couple. I liked the way they dated, yet weren’t dating. They avoided titles and labels, and just enjoyed spending time together. Abby was a sympathetic character and I liked her determination to help Jay in whatever way she could while fighting the attraction she had for him. One can’t help but like Jay after all he’d been through-an event no human being should ever be forced to suffer. The fact that he managed to get out of bed each day was a testament to his courage.
I do wish this story was just a little longer so perhaps more time could have passed to allow Jay to heal. Aside from that, it was a nice story of redemption and survival. I would recommend this book to those who believe in the second chance at love, keeping in mind it is not for the faint of heart. I will give another book in the challenge series a try because I like the idea of strong characters, and ones who fight through tragedy are nothing if not strong!(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.
Janice Freeman, a fashion designer with a business in Manhattan, is bummed because she has just turned forty, is single and losing her best friend Marcy, who is moving back to Michigan. When she hears the music of the ice cream truck she decides to give herself a birthday treat by buying an ice cream. Little does she know that she is in store for more than just something cold and tasty.
Antonio Rodriquez is an out of work actor trying to make ends meet by doing odd jobs. Today he is in the East Village selling ice cream from a truck when he sees a beautiful woman coming towards him. Intrigued and excited he starts up a conversation with her.
Ice Cream Man is a cute story that has a gorgeous twenty-seven year old man falling for a beautiful forty year old woman. Janice was instantly attracted to him as he was to her, and it was cute to see how Janice tried to overlook the age difference while Antonio didn’t see a problem with it. The characters were engaging but this reader felt that there wasn’t a lot of chemistry between them, there was sex but something was missing. The story moved a little slowly at times, but the interaction between the characters made up for that. The author made sure that the reader saw Janice’s internal struggle of knowing that she was older, while Antonio tried to convince her that it didn’t matter.
Ice Cream Man is a pleasant story and I enjoyed how the author brought the characters to life for you, which helped you as the reader to care that these two people get together.(less)
Chuck loves his boyfriend Milton and happily accepts all his odd quirks. Only one thing has caused a serious ripple in all their years together – that Milton categorically refuses to wear the leather jacket Chuck scrimped and saved to buy him a year ago for their ninth anniversary. When Chuck stumbles on the real reason behind Milton’s reasons he’s surprised not only at what the reasons are, but by how much he can learn about himself in his own reaction.
I really enjoyed the blend of light-hearted fun and serious character growth in this story. Chuck is an easy going guy, in some ways the polar opposite to serious, tightly laced Milton. The author, however, manages really well to keep both characters from being one dimensional by showing how they can grow and learn from the lessons they’re dealt with. This isn’t a strictly traditional ending – though it’s very happy. The author managed to surprise me, but when I thought about it, I far preferred his resolution to what I expected. It’s not common to think too deeply about such sexy, fun short stories, but this one did make me reflect – and that’s quite high praise from what I expected would be a quick escape from reality.
A thoughtful, highly enjoyable read, I can easily recommend this story and author.(less)
Sometimes really short shorts, work, sometimes they don’t, but Ms. Murphy got it just right in this very quick read.
It’s told mostly in conversation between the two main characters and a little says it all. Sometimes, it’s hard to form an attachment in a short read too, but I felt like I knew both of these ladies, their backgrounds and what they hoped for in the future.
The Obituary Rule is a short cute, story that has a nice ending and is just perfect when you haven’t got lots of time but need a quality reading fix.
Can the existence of a single tree become a pivotal point of one’s life and love?
Author Delia Latham’s book, Treehouse, answers that question in a few short pages that are filled with enough emotion that its readers will swing from one end of the pendulum to the other.
In just 38 pages, the author manages to give the characters of her book both dimension and a perspective that I found unique and refreshing.
The benefits of forgiving and accepting are well illustrated within this story without being preachy. It’s well written and the pacing comfortably fits the story. With so few pages, it’s the perfect book for that afternoon break when you only have a few minutes, but want something good to read.(less)
The title drew me to this story and it had a little of everything: humor, adventure and mystery. I thought it would be a sort of whodunit but it turned into quite the adventure for the characters, and it all starts with the need for pecans for a pie.
The setting was very exotic and I think the author did a great job describing both the boat the characters were on and the town where the adventure takes place. And I felt like I was thrown into the action.
The only thing I felt needed to be changed was the length of the story. The author did a wonderful job setting it up so I thought the whole mystery part could have been fleshed out more.
Besides that, if you like an exotic setting for your mystery read and one peppered with some quirky characters, this is probably a good pick for you.(less)
Jeremy has never been one for breaking the rules, then again he has never had anything like Madison to tempt him to break them. With a little persistence and some creativity Madison knows she can get Jeremy to let go of some of that control he holds on to so tightly and take a chance on breaking the rules.
Jeremy is as honorable and controlled as they come. It is what helped to make him a good marine; one that his father can be proud of. His loyalty to his family legacy has driven him to great distances in his life, even at the expense of his own happiness. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Jeremy because of the way his father seemed to brainwash him into believing he did Jeremy a favor in raising him. At times I felt so passionate about Jeremy’s position that I wish I could reach through the book and shake him so he could realize that he needed to live his life for himself and not for what his best friend and father may think. It is what also made me feel emotionally attached to the storyline and want to read the story to see if Jeremy ever truly found his happiness.
Madison is a girl after my own heart. Yes, she was responsible, caring, helpful and all the things that people want her to be. She also has a fun and exciting side of her that makes her appreciate life in a way that many cannot. It is what also allows her to push for what she wants out of life, and right now what she wants is Jeremy. She just needs to try and help in get out of his own way realize that no matter the odds they can make their relationship work as long as they are willing to fight for it.
Not only were the main characters in this story intriguing, but it featured some interesting supporting characters as well. Tim is a character that really stuck out to me, that I wanted to learn more about. I could tell he had a passion for life I would find refreshing and entertaining. Tim is another character I enjoyed getting to know. Especially when he discovered his best friend was sleeping with his sister. I couldn’t help but smile as I seen the scene play out in front of my eyes.
The relationship development within this story was consistent. At times I wish I could have given it a little bit of nudge because it seemed too steady. That is one of the reasons I found the supporting characters so important, because they really helped to push the story line along in a way that the main characters couldn’t.
I will say that this character driven story piqued my interest enough for me to want to read additional stories in the series, especially if they help the other characters to find love.
Revenge of a Band Geek Gone Bad reminds me a lot of the movie, Mean Girls. Think about it: high school snobs being mean and rude to those they think are below them. Then said picked-on girl comes back and plots and plots against them until they can’t see what’s right or wrong any longer. Meanwhile, there’s lots of underlying issues that are also working to be resolved. I loved Mean Girls, and I also enjoyed Revenge of a Band Geek Gone Bad.
Fifteen year old Melinda is the star of this book. She’s kind of a nobody, gets picked on, but is smart, good at what she does, and has a passion for music and art. If only the snobs would just leave her alone for awhile! Melinda’s family has their own issues, which is what causes some of Melinda’s problems. I can easily relate to Melinda. I’m glad that throughout this story, she really learns and grows as a character, and though a time too many she gets caught up in the glory of getting back at the girls, she comes to her senses and does the right thing. She also get a chance at being a great guy’s girlfriend.
Josh is the hero of the book. This guy who appears as if he’s just a jokester and doesn’t take school seriously needs to be given a second look. There’s so much more to Josh than he lets on. He’s one of those boys that has to allow someone to get really close to him before he shows his true form. He’s taken a liking to Melinda, and finds a way to get to know her. Josh is also a character who has plenty of growth, and much of it is thanks to Melinda.
I liked the plot of this story. It focuses on Melinda, on Josh, on high school life, and on family drama. The one pitfall I found was that the story in many points lacked a good editor. When I read the story on my e-reader device, I found many sentences out of place and totally jarred me out of the book. While frustrating, I wanted to finish the story because I really became invested in Melinda and Josh, and just had to see where things were going.
The author takes on some real life every day issues in the book. Though some didn’t have as much development, they were well done and made this book very realistic. So many things that happen, I can see happening in real life, some of those aren’t very good things, but regardless, they are a part of this world.
Overall, I enjoyed the story! I laughed, I wanted to cry, I wanted to yell and scream, but most of all, I wanted Josh and Melinda to come together not just over a plan of revenge, but for the sake of enjoying the other’s company.
While is has a few swear words, I think anyone of the age 14 and over can enjoy this story. I’m a full grown adult and couldn’t put it down. It’s a plot very well done!
If you’re a fan of contemporary YA with a bit of romance, I suggest Revenge of A Band Geek Gone Bad.
Leyla Brand finally got to meet Arran Lake. What’s the big deal? Arran sings in the Copper Moon Band, and Leyla is a real fan. It’s the South, and Arran isn’t famous or anything, but Leyla respects his talent.
These characters are nice, easy to like. They’re very down-to-earth. While reading their story, one almost feels like a friend going along for the ride. The characters are unique. Not only is Arran a musician, but he’s also a farmer!
Things happen fast with them. They spend a memorable night together and make a real connection. Then the problem hits. He gets the “big” call and has to leave on a whirlwind tour. Leyla has lost her heart to him, but they lose touch. Years pass.
The middle of the story takes an unforeseen turn when another man enters the picture. Why should Leyla wait around for a guy who seems to have lost her number? This section of the story is extremely fast-paced. What occurs rushes by without much emotional connection, but it’s meant to do this at this juncture. Leyla and this other guy aren’t very well suited. She learns some things and toughens up.
Once in a while, she remembers Arran, and that beautiful night they shared, but he’s long gone, famous by this time. Then one day she gets a mysterious email. Is it from him? If it is, will she try to reconnect after all this time? She guards her heart, and who could blame her?
Arran sets up a special concert, and she goes there as a journalist. What’s going to happen when they lay eyes on each other again? The suspense is great. The setting is descriptive and their relationship believable.
These two are good together, but life gets in the way. Theirs is a sweet story and gratifying.(less)