Some call it a gift, but Isabeau calls it a curse. What does she consider a curse? Her amazing ear for music, playing and composing. Though she no longer plays, years after an accident and following years of troubling times, Isabeau keeps to herself, making her untouchable and unreachable. Until Noah walks into her life.
Isabeau may be young, but she's had her share of tragedies. The walls she built to keep others out are high and heavily guarded. She doesn't embrace life. While other women her age are making the best of their youth and life, Isabeau lets it pass her by. The changes within our heroine during this story are intense, and it takes a lot to get her through, but with a man like Noah by her side, she has the chance to let go of her past and find love.
Noah is an older man, and a musician He's drawn to this young reclusive beauty, and is determined to break through those barriers and help her unleash the muse that is buried deep inside. Noah is one of those unforgettable heroes that readers can fall in love with instantly. Yes, he can be pushy, but he has Isabeau's best interests at heart. Does he make mistakes? Absolutely, but he apologizes for them and admits when he's wrong. The love he begins to feel for Isabeau shines through, and he watches as she slowly opens her heart to him.
After Midnight is one of those compelling stories that draws the reader in instantly. With plenty of conflict and tension, the pacing of this book keeps growing and growing. Ms. Grimm creates characters that grab hold of your heart and never let go. This is an emotional ride that you won't want to miss. What drew me to this story was the subject of music, which is a passion.
The author creates such a diverse pair in Isabeau and Noah. Their backgrounds and lifestyles are different. This novel shows that love can be found no matter how dark your past is, and despite the age difference. Through a common bond, a happily ever after has been found. I devoured this deeply touching story. While I wanted to know how it ended, I wasn't ready to leave the pages either.
If you love a contemporary romance that has the potential to tug on your heartstrings, then don't wait! Hurry over and get yourself a copy of this book!
When Summer's mom left her and her dad, she said she was fine. When people belittled throughout her childhood because she didn't have a mother involveWhen Summer's mom left her and her dad, she said she was fine. When people belittled throughout her childhood because she didn't have a mother involved in her life, she said she was fine. When her father got sick and died, she said she was fine. But Summer was not fine. She hid her emotions and thoughts away from the friends who stayed by her side. They never pressed her to talk about the feelings she had bottled up inside. Summer never really opened up before. And now, things are changing rapidly. It's time for Summer to make some very tough decisions, and open her life to emotion and love.
Despite the hardships life threw her way, Summer made it through. She's got the best of friends who are her only family, but they have always been there. They stick up for her, comfort her, and console her. Especially Ian, the boy she's known since diapers. Her best friend. Ian is a bit of a playboy, never staying with one girl for long. What Summer doesn't know and never expected, are Ian's true feelings for Summer. When someone mentions Ian in love with her, Summer pushes off the thought.
Throughout Summer's Road, at the start of each chapter, is a reflective glimpse of Summer's past. The author clues the reader in on signs of how Ian quietly shows his love for Summer. He's always been there.
When life gets intense, with Summer's estranged mother popping back in and then out again, and the choice to be made about taking a step further with boyfriend Matt, both Ian and Summer have a lot of thinking -- and talking -- to do. Summer's Road is the story about friends who will possibly take the step to much more, and the people it will affect, including them. There's the choice of letting someone in, and hearing the truth that needed to be said. Summer's Road is emotional, heartwarming, and dynamic. The characters are fresh and they face difficult challenges of life. This contemporary story is engaging, funny and charming.
Do you enjoy stories full of heart? Summer's Road will sweep you off your feet. It will make you smile, laugh and cry. You won't want to miss this wonderful story.
Author Gale Stanley has created a fantastic tale that spans sixteen years and a cross country trek.
Betrayal led to the massacre of their families and a fear of humans. Like many of the remaining men of their pack, Gage and Tanner turned to one another out of necessity, comfort and a scarcity of female Lycans. When a chance meeting with a lost female member of their pack, Kate, brings out their mating instincts they’ll have to decide if she’s worth the risk. Kate no longer travels alone. Gage and Tanner not only have to woo the wary female, they’ll have to decide if they can trust and love her very hot human cowboy protector.
This is a short story so the reader isn’t required to relive the entire history of the characters but it is nicely sprinkled throughout the novella. Rather than overwhelming the story or holding back what is happening in the present, bits of the past and memories from Gage, Tanner and especially Kate add to the overall believability of the tale. Kate’s memories are especially compelling and paint her a sympathetic character.
The only non-Lycan member of the cast of main characters is rodeo star Shiloh Ford. In a manner similar to Gage and Tanner, Kate and Shiloh hooked up based on necessity and comfort. Shiloh is a likable character who has immediate chemistry with both Gage and Tanner despite their secretiveness.
There are several other character pairings mentioned throughout the story but mostly in passing conversation. We never really get to meet the other human/Lycan mates but their stories sound like they would be interesting. Ms. Stanley has already written and published the two follow-up books in the Southwestern Shifter series but they appear to be centered on other wolves in the pack.
Readers may notice the scenes sometimes jump rather quickly between chapters without a truly smooth transition. I had to flip back and re-read the previous paragraph a couple of times to be sure I understood the transition. Don’t get me wrong, though, this was really only a minor disruption and didn’t kill the overall enjoyment of the book.
If you’re looking for a short story series with lots of heart and heat, check out the first book in the Southwestern Shifter series, Hellfire. This novella is great for a quick read and the follow-up stories are conveniently already published. Ms. Stanley is a clever writer and worth checking out.
The characters within this story will be running through my mind indefinitely. Unleashed is the type of story you think about months and even years later and decide you must read it again.
Amoveo’s are like shape shifters but much more. With the paranormal romance industry booming, it can be difficult to find a story that distinguishes itself from the thousands of others, but this story has done so. I tried to think of other stories to compare it to, and I could not think of one. This attribute alone would have been enough to keep me interested, but that was not the only thing that kept the pages turning.
Samantha is unique -- the first human amoveo hybrid -- and that can't be easy. There is something to be said about her composure when so much is thrown at her. Her life is turned upside down when she decided to move back home, but then she finds about a secret race and that she is part of it, yet she still never looses who she truly is. That is one tough woman that anyone might feel threatened by. The subtle strength that she demonstrates throughout this story is what really makes her remarkable.
Malcolm is everything you want in a hero of a paranormal romance story. He has brute strength, is drop dead gorgeous, a little arrogant, and has a huge heart. I had to check to see if I was drooling a few times because he was just perfect in all ways that matter.
The conflict was another fascinating aspect of this story. It created mystery and excitement. I keep trying to pinpoint who exactly was targeting Malcom and Samantha, but every time I tried to figure it out, I came up with more questions than answers, which I loved. Up until the very end the author kept me on high alert while trying to figure out who the antagonist could be. With all the buildup I was expecting an extremely climatic ending, and that is exactly what I got.
Unleashed earned its Best Book rating in spades because I can't wait to reread it and am dying for the sequel. The characters haunted my dreams and I thought about this book constantly. I am recommending this story to everyone I know.
What would you do if nuclear war became a reality and your city was destroyed?
This author impressed me. I have read several “end of the world” books. There's only so much you can do with the storyline. Mr. Johnson’s strength lies in his character building ability. From the first few pages, you begin to feel the survivor’s fears, worry and frustration. No one is a super hero. They are all common folks who had their own family problems and they have no desire to have to lead anyone or do anything except survive. This is a very realistic reaction to something you have no way of anticipating and lack understanding on how it could have happened to you.
Devin is a firefighter looking for a new job. He has the misfortune of being on a plane that crashes and involuntarily becomes a leader. Mr. Johnston has just made him an average man who had a drinking problem and is unsure of where he is in his life. The author gives Devin a mixed bag of survivors who are all trying to adjust to the loved ones they’ve lost and what might be left behind after the explosions.
You feel the long walk, the fear that convicts will attack you, their hunger and thirst, and you also understand why they don’t really trust each other. This gives the story more impact and keeps you reading to see what the author throws at them next. It’s realistic; not everyone makes it. That makes the story have a ring of truth.
The words flow well, the horrors of war feel real, and I cried at the death of one character. Mr. Johnson grabbed my attention and kept it through the whole book. If the thought of war on our soil hasn’t touched you yet, this story will make you a believer. Why not grab a copy and settle in for a story that will chill you and yet give you hope for the future? ...more
I have tears in my eyes as I write this because the ending of this story was so beautiful, romantic and it made me feel like I needed to hug somebody. I simply had to write this review right away. If a reader is looking for a book with characters they can believe in, then The Man She Loves to Hate is a winner.
The title can be a bit misleading, making a reader think it’s going to be full of angst, darkness and over the top conflict. It’s not. In fact, it’s about hope, redemption, determination and a celebration of life. Oh don’t get me wrong, there is a deep emotional conflict that colors and influences some of the actions in the book but what I found gratifying is the hero and heroine not succumbing to its poison. I am thrilled that Ms. Hunter wrote a story that is focused on two people falling in love in spite of and despite the past, the community perception of the heroine and the legacy of the hero’s father.
I loved how the author set up Jolie and Cole to meet again later in life in a situation that stripped away all of those nasty lies and gave them an almost clean slate to work with. It was the first time either saw each other for who they really were or who they could be, if they could only break the shackles of their mutual painful past. And what I liked was their willingness to try. That took guts, courage and of course, a healthy dose of lust and passion didn’t exactly hurt.
I liked Jolie a lot. I got the biggest kick out of her job. What a fun profession, although it’s clear from the book that she worked hard at it and it’s not without challenges as well as triumphs. She got there on her own through sheer determination and grit. The heroine is a strong character despite her internal doubts and insecurity. Jolie hides them well but the reader will see so much more. I enjoyed the creative outlet that the author gave the heroine when emotions were at a fevered pitch. It was insightful, fascinating and actually entertaining. And I adored (and I know I wore a loopy grin) when Cole made his comment about how he wanted one of the pictures to look.
As for Cole, I have to give the guy credit. Okay, more like Ms. Hunter, because she created a character worth rooting for, and worth admiring. Cole knows the score. So much is at stake and it’s not just his heart. And yet, the blinders come off throughout the course of the story and his worth as a hero grew before my eyes. He used to be just as cynical and condemning as the rest of his family and peers until that fateful day. His whole world turned on its axis when he figured out that the situation wasn’t exactly what he was told. Since he was a kid, he’d been hurting inside – bleeding for what he thought was lost. As an adult, Cole found out some truths and I was so proud of him when he stood up for what he knew was right and for what he wanted. It was such a powerful moment in the book and Ms. Hunter did it justice.
The ending and wrap up is what bowled me over. Everything that happened before fed into that ending making it one of the most poignant and beautiful reunions of two lovers ever. The dialogue, the passion, and the vibrant feelings - the author brought them all to life, and it left me blubbering into a tissue with happy tears misting my eyes.
There was even humor and my favorite part was the shower stall. Those poor tiles - what a genius idea! And then there was the part in the gondola – Jolie was so cheeky. What fun.
The Man She Loves to Hate is a huggable and lovable book. Romance readers are in for a treat while they watch two unlikely people fall in love against all odds with a passion and honesty that will stand the test of time. Ms. Hunter has written a book that touched my heart. If this is a sample of her consistent writing style, then I want more. I enjoyed her voice and the way she told this story. I guarantee that I’ll be looking for additional books from this talented author.
First impressions are always important but sometimes they can be dead wrong. That’s what Larry learns when he first mistakes Al for a mugger on a darkFirst impressions are always important but sometimes they can be dead wrong. That’s what Larry learns when he first mistakes Al for a mugger on a dark night in an alley. Al thinks poor Larry is drunk and needs help getting home. The somewhat comical beginning sets up a relationship that is definitely more than meets the eye. Everything Larry learns about Al shows a sensitive, caring individual. Larry soon falls in love with Al but Al is used to derision for his height and slower thinking so he doesn’t believe a smart guy like Larry could love him. It’ll take some creative planning for Larry to finally convince Al of the truth.
Every once in a while a book comes along that you just love to pieces. That’s what I felt with Muscling Through. I adore every single thing about this book and hope everyone else does too. It’s so heart warming, genuine, funny, romantic, sexy, caring, sensitive, witty, and just about any other description I can come up with. The story is told from Al’s perspective as a gentle giant. He’s extremely tall and muscular while being a little slower to pick up on things and he doesn’t always understand subtly and nuance. He’s definitely not stupid but he’s not as quick witted and smart as Larry. Even so, Al has a huge heart and a very caring nature.
Al tells the story of how he and Larry meet and go from occasional sex buddies in his mind to an actual in love couple. Al doesn’t always see things the same way Larry or the average reader might, which makes his perspective all the more lovely and wonderful. He delights as a charming narrator that can see the truth when needed but prefer the rose colored glasses too. It’s lovely to see that Larry recognizes that and loves Al for those reasons. There are several secondary characters that sometimes appreciate Al and sometimes think he’s not good enough for Larry. The two must navigate those potential pitfalls and their own insecurities to find happiness.
The story is masterfully written with a great balance of dialogue, tone, and pacing. There are numerous small touches throughout the story that add emotion and depth. In fact I almost cried during a particularly romantic part. The only setback could be that the story is told entirely to the reader instead of shown and you realize at the end that it’s Al relating the story of how he met the love of his life. That obviously didn’t phase me at all and I think the strength of the novella will definitely overcome any qualms readers may have. This is easily one of my favorite books of the year so far and urge everyone to get this.
They solved the case, all five girls were returned home alive and relatively unharmed. Jess Harris thinks she has time to take a breath, relax for a mThey solved the case, all five girls were returned home alive and relatively unharmed. Jess Harris thinks she has time to take a breath, relax for a moment, gather her thoughts, but she’s wrong. The Player has been watching her – and her newfound teammates – and has been plotting. When Detective Lori Wells disappears, Jess realizes that the game has only just begun and that the Player isn’t so easily fooled.
This second installment in the Faces of Death series kicks off with a bang. Picking up only hours after Obsession ended, Impulse keeps the rapid pace set in the first novel and then ratchets it up. As much as I enjoyed Obsession, this second novel was even better.
Jess Harris has been through hell and back lately and it’s only about to get worse. Being targeted by a suspected serial killer can’t be fun. I do have to say that her character was much more approachable in this installment and I really grew to sympathize with her, which was a good thing. She did what she had to still, but came across as much more relatable this time around.
Dan Burnett, Birmingham Police Chief, has only one concern and that is keeping Jess safe. Even when it antagonizes her to no end, he still puts her safety before his own. I like Dan a lot and really enjoyed the brief bit of relationship development you get between them. I really hope that they work on it more throughout the next few novels as they make a great couple. Each is strong and independent, capable of being on their own, but they each also have their own little weaknesses that the other needs to attend to.
Oddly enough, I think my favorite character in this novel was the bad guy – The Player. Sophisticated, reserved, and thoroughly evil, he fascinated me and, to a point, charmed me. He is definitely the character I want to know more about, especially his motive in doing what he does.
Impulse was a wild ride of twists and unexpected turns that kept me reading long after I knew I should have stopped. Although part of the ending was a touch predictable, I understand why it went the way it did. Despite that, this was a highly enjoyable, completely engaging thriller that thrilled me to my toes. Highly recommended to any lover of intense, sometimes graphic thrillers.
Laurann Dohner’s latest book, and second in the New Species series: Slade, fulfills the promise of the first book, Fury. In fact, I came away with believing I’d found something special…
The premise of this series is based on humans genetically engineered and enhanced with animal DNA, to form new breeds of human animals or New Species. Kept as virtual prisoners, subjected to brutal, inhuman and often fatal experimentation, their rescue/release and integration into the world and society at large, becomes a reality fraught with danger…
It can be argued that this premise is similar to another famous author and her equally famous and extremely popular series. Personally, I happen to think it’s like comparing Twilight to True Blood… Similar traits, only within the realm of the fantastical and whimsical.
I found the style, the plot, the characters, the settings… the sheer energy and impact of the story to be gripping, vibrantly crafted and executed. Devastatingly erotic and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, what a rush!
For those that like a warning; although anal sex is mentioned it is in passing only. A little assertive seduction, more titillating than scary and there is a mild attempted rape scene, that whilst perhaps stressful to our heroine, should not upset anyone too much. There is however, lots of fabulous heart stopping, heart rocking, mind-blowing sex between two lovers, blind to the love that binds them.
I’ve been a fan of Ms Dohner’s since buying my first of hers, Berrr’s Vow and falling head over heels in lust with her Zorn Warrior studmuffin, Hyvin Berrr - and then bought everything else I could get my hands on. What an imagination this lady has! And her work just keeps getting better and better. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
So if gorgeous, over developed, alpha New Species mates of various breeds stimulate your interest, look no further than this wonderful series. Though it can be read as a stand alone, it's even more enjoyable read in order.
This anthology is full of stimulating and entertaining stories. It runs the gamut from a story about vampires to a man looking for the right Domme whoThis anthology is full of stimulating and entertaining stories. It runs the gamut from a story about vampires to a man looking for the right Domme who can help him with the pain he longs for. With an abundance of stories and plots to choose from there is bound to be a story for just about everyone.
Mistake by London Saint James is a story about a rich woman and a man from the wrong side of the tracks. The two may come from different worlds but the attraction that they feel for each other is real. Even as hot as the sex gets between these two, you can see that the love that they feel for each other is strong and true. Xavier may be a rough man but his heart belongs to Sienna. Sienna is a strong woman who knows what she wants and is willing to go after it no matter what the costs. The two make a wonderful couple no matter how different their worlds are the love that thy have for each other out shines it all.
Denied by Lauren Gallagher we find a sub who likes it rough but he cannot seem to find the right Domme. When he does a scene with Lady Roxanne, Elliot’s dreams may have come true. She knows just how to tease and how to hurt. Could she be the Domme for him? I enjoyed the way this story was told from the sub's perspective. The emotions that he goes through are very strong and the bond that the two begin to feel is a good one. Elliot is a man that is searching for what he wants and will stop at nothing to get it. Seeing his persistence made for a good read.
In Tempted by Jenika Snow we get a paranormal story. Athena finds herself tied to a bed with four vampires to satisfy. The author sets the scene right from the beginning pulling me into Athena’s world with all her details and imagery. Athena is full of emotion as are the four men making this an intense read. With an interesting twist at the end of this story, I found myself wanting to know more about Athena and her men.
Spice it Up by Alexandra O'Hurley brings us Kellee, an office worker looking for something more. As she begins an online conversation with an anonymous man she gets braver and braver until she finally agrees to meet him at a bar. Sparks fly right from the start between the two and they continue their fun into the night. I liked this story and the feelings that Kellee has. She is a woman who knows what she wants and goes for it. Jed is a great man always taking care of Kellee’s wants as well as his own. This was a nice romantic story with a surprise ending that made the story even more magical.
In Lady Blake’s Tales for the Queen by Pepper Anthony we are introduced to Lady Blake who has been imprisoned and must treat the Queen to nightly tales. In this nights tale we learn about the couple Arrabelle and Sir Devon. As we see the innocent Arrabelle find her true self and give it freely to Sir Devon there is no mistaking the love that is building between the two. I enjoyed meeting Lady Blake and would love to see more stories about her and her plight. Lady Blake weaves a wondrous tale for the Queen and in the end I could only hope that we get to read more stories about her tales in the future.
After the Honeymoon by Rachel Clark is about Keith and Michelle, a couple who is on the verge of divorce. They've lost that spark and neither of them know what to do. When Keith decides to show his true self to Michelle he only hopes that being a Dom will not scare her away. He could never imagine that she might enjoy it, but enjoy it she does. Then Michelle begins to mix up her feelings and becomes confused and runs away until their best friends try to help her understand the lifestyle. I liked seeing the bond of love and trust that Michelle and Keith have. Watching Michelle find herself and understand her wants and needs was a great read. The emotions were high in this story and the friendship with the other couple was a nice touch. Not only do we see Keith and Michelle lean on each other but we also see that they can lean on their friends as well.
Hidden Pleasures by Ashlynn Monroe brings us Jill and Ty, a married couple who find that they may not know each other as thoroughly as they thought. When Jill catches her husband watching BDSM movie she not only is intrigued but willing to try it with him. I enjoyed seeing the love that the two share. Jill never once thought less of her husband and wanted to enjoy him in every aspect. The intense love that these two had for each other made this not only a hot read but a sweet one as well.
Taken for Pleasure by Angelina Rain brings us Duncan’s story. He is a strong man who loves with all his heart but must decide if he is willing to put that heart back on the line once again. When Alyssa interferes in his latest relationship he has had enough and kidnaps her. While trying to find out Alyssa’s motives the truth comes out and surprises Duncan. I liked Duncan right from the start. He is a good man who deals with all that life throws at him and picks himself back up without missing a beat. Alyssa and Duncan are a great couple that love each other deeply.
Bad Romance by Melissa Hosack is a great story. Ashe is a woman who finds out that her family is not what she has always believed it to be. When she finds out what a mistake she has made she is more than willing and ready to make amends, especially after she meets Jason. Jason is a strong man who fights for those that he cares about. The two make a strong couple and the love that blooms between them is a wonderful read.
This anthology was a pleasure to read. It was nice to be able to read these short stories from new authors and find out if I liked any of their writing styles. I found many characters full of emotion and depth that were more than ready to have me hear their stories.
I will remind readers that this is a BDSM anthology and that some of the sex may be intense and could offend some. In reading this anthology I found new authors that I enjoy and will be sure to look for more from them in the future.
Kara Mikos: beautiful heiress, longs for the one thing in life she's never found. Honesty. A man who wants her for who she is as a person and not the title she carries as heiress to a great fortune. Kara has never found a man who would tell her the truth, not even her father. For her, the parable of the poor little rich girl who has never found love is true. Her answer: To don a disguise and secretly set sail on a cruise ship as an anonymous single woman looking for a fling.
When Kara meets Harper Long in the ship's lounge, fling doesn't come close to describing how hard she falls for the sexy, muscular and confident man. Soon they are having wildly passionate, raging hot sex in her room. Kara feels in heaven with the freedom she possesses with her anonymous persona. Nothing has ever come close to the amazing lovemaking she experiences with Harper.
Little does she know, that Harper is a private security expert hired by her father to guard and protect her because of a kidnapping threat he has received. When her father had warned her earlier of the threat, Kara did not believe him because of his previous deceits. Kara has come to expect her father's exaggerations and overprotection.
Harper is usually a professional in every way when he is on the job. But when he sees Kara, all thoughts except his undeniable attraction to her go straight out the window and he does what he has never done before: seduces his client's daughter. In no time at all he has lost his heart to the sexy beauty. The problem is, Harper hasn't blown his cover and Kara doesn't know that he's her father's hire.
When it becomes apparent someone is following her and Harper immediately goes into professional mode, Kara realizes who he is and hits the roof. He has deceived her when she believed he was the only man who had ever been honest with her. Not only is she angry, she is crushed and refuses to have anything personal to do with him again. But in light of the escalating danger surrounding Kara, Harper refuses to leave her alone. She has other plans though, and slips away from him as he sleeps.
Wynter Daniels has taken the tale of the over-protected rich girl who falls in love with her bodyguard and given it a breath of fresh air. There is exciting sexual tension and real 'edge of your seat' suspense in this sexy-sweet and fast-paced little thriller. She really packed a lot into this short story. I enjoyed this more realistic take on the familiar fairy tale very much. Harper is one hot alpha male who nearly pounces off the pages. I sure liked him!
I also was very impressed with the believable and satisfying ending which left me hopeful and pleased. Ms. Daniels has imbued the people in her story with dimension and real character which endeared me to them and had me cheering them on to the end. For, in the end, Kara, Harper and even Kara's father all find the higher ground and are left with the great rewards of overcoming their challenges.
I eagerly await the next installments in this new series and hope that they are as entertaining and inspiring as this one is. I recommend, Sizzle at Sea, book one in the Long and Hard series to all romance lovers who want a dose of exciting adventure with their 'sizzle'!
This anthology gives us nine hot short stories. Each one burns up the pages with its contents.
Santa’s Beard gives us Joanna’s story. Does Santa really exist and can he truly give Joanna what she really wants or will she be spending another Christmas all alone? At least she has her two cats to keep her company but it seems that her cats are much more than what she thinks. I enjoyed this magical story about wishes coming true.
The Olympian has Olympic hopeful Rachel Stanton trying to blow off some steam and continue training but a wrong turn has her sharing a cabin with the new Crimson Mountain’s Operations Manager. Rachel is stubborn and arrogant to a fault. She finds her pushiness and rudeness does nothing to push Erik away, it only makes him more interested. This was a hot story about two people finding each other.
Three in a Tub is a sweet story of an older woman and a younger man. When Cathy has a new tub installed in her home she finds herself in a position she never thought she would be in. She loves Jeremy but cannot see why he would love a woman like her. Jeremy surprises her with more than one surprise on this day. This is a sweet story that shows how much love can make everything better.
In the story A Few of My Favorite Things we meet Autumn and Storm. Working for Santa in more than one way, Autumn finds her release in private. When her dreams come within grasp she is afraid that she has ruined it all. This intriguing story gives the reader one hot romance.
The Man Inside is a story about hiding our true selves. Coworkers Sam and Jonah are in for the time of their lives at the office holiday party. This story takes you on an adventure with these two. I never expected it to take the turns that it does. Love will always win and this story shows us this.
Who’s Been Naughty and Nice? Has Laura giving herself a Christmas present, instead of spending it alone she takes matters into her own hands. An unexpected turn of events has Laura enjoying more than she paid for. This story shows us that love will find a way no matter what.
Secrets Santa gives us Marian’s story. Finding a man to give her what she needs is a losing battle but tonight someone has a surprise for Marian. Her past has finally caught up with her and Marian is more than willing to let it catch her. This was a hot read that gives us a glimpse at a wondrous world that Marian longs to be part of.
Faith’s Gift has a young woman who can never say no to her friend and this time it has Faith meeting Richard. Having just ended a relationship has Faith a little gun shy but it seems that Richard knows the entire right thing to say and do to bring her out of her shell. I enjoyed visiting with Erik and Laura. Watching Laura let go and enjoy herself was a nice read.
A Very Furry Christmas is one of a different kink. Caitlin has one and is afraid to share it but Jason makes her want to share. Can the two enjoy themselves or are their kinks going to keep them apart. I loved that these two decided to try and give things a chance.
Each of these stories takes the reader into a magical world filled with love and trust. While these stories all were hot and heavy and entertain the reader I did not really connect emotionally with many of the couples. The stories were much more on the lines of titillation for me. Even though this anthology was not a favorite of mine I did enjoy each authors writing and will be sure to check their works for that one that is my favorite. Trust, love and lust play a prominent role in these stories and as hot as they are the romance shows through in each story....more
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....more
Isabelle Buchanan was just promoted to Lieutenant at the county jail. Sergeant R.J. "Ram" Ramsey is not pleased or comfortable with the likely possibiIsabelle Buchanan was just promoted to Lieutenant at the county jail. Sergeant R.J. "Ram" Ramsey is not pleased or comfortable with the likely possibility that she will be assigned to his department as his superior in rank. A dominant alpha male, he would prefer not to take his orders from a petite woman who has spent her entire career so far behind a desk. Especially this one. Ram knows Belle personally. They dated a few times a couple years before, just after Ram's divorce. At the time he wasn't interested in anything serious because anger over his divorce had left him cold. However reluctant to call her his boss, he knows that she is very well educated and intelligent. And hot looking. He responds with instant desire every time he looks at the pretty, curvy woman.
Belle's captain, wanting her to gain experience, directs her to shadow Ram in operations. After she embarrasses him in front of the department by deftly demonstrating a take-down procedure on him, he decides to give her a challenge. As his shadow, he takes her to a deserted jail building scheduled to be torn down in a couple of weeks. Resenting her presence, he berates her coldly, then has her follow him into the dark building ridden with rats. When her terror of the vermin running over her boots sends her into his arms shrieking, Ram begins to soften, at least emotionally. The two are immediately thrown into a scorching storm of voracious erotic hunger.
The affair that ensues is one of the hottest erotic romances I've read in ages. Beautifully and expertly written, the raging heat between the two turns out to be far more than mere physical attraction. The magnetism is consuming and the sex burns off the pages. The storytelling is superior as well, especially considering the length of the tale. I was swept along, unable to tear myself away emotionally or mentally.
It turns out that Ram is exactly the lover that strong, confident Belle deeply desires. A lover who is completely dominant sexually, and who expertly inducts the eager-to-learn Belle into the intense practices of dominance and bondage. The author reveals a tender, gentle aspect to this powerful man and a sweetness to their union. She also left me feeling pleased with the hopeful ending.
I most highly recommend this exciting read to everyone who enjoys a bit of tastefully done 'edge' in a romance story.
He might have pled guilty, but that doesn't mean he was.
Okay, so why would an innocent man plead guilty if he wasn't? That's what The Broker is about. There are a very few auto-buy authors for me. John Grisham is one of those authors. Once I sit down to read one of his books, I'm there for the long haul. I never know what will happen next and can't wait to find out how it happens.
Joel Backman did a lot of bad things. He brokered deals, moved money, oh and he had these disks. What are on those disks? That's what everyone wants to know. Joel managed to get his hands on a satellite system, but he refused to give it up fast. So the government intervened. Someone will off the man who has the secrets, right?
I knew going in this would be a tale full of twists and turns. I wasn't let down. There were times when I thought I had this story figured out and I was totally off. I love that in a book. I also got really involved in the story. I wanted to make sure that certain secondary characters were treated with dignity, and made it out alive. I can't say what all happened, but I am one satisfied reader. Joel might have done those bad things. He might have swindled some money and made promises no one can keep, but his evolution through the book made me root for him. I wanted to see him get his happily ever after. I thought about him and the secondary characters long after I had to put the book down - because I fell asleep. I wanted to keep reading but my eyes didn't cooperate. That's a great thing.
If you want a book that's got twists, turns and a plot you won't forget, then this might be the book for you! ...more
Reading about a dragon stripped of his powers was a wild ride once he met his opinionated human mate. She didn’t make it easy but he made it fun and I had a terrific time reading Dragon Down Under.
There were a lot of plot levels going on in this story. There’s the bad guy who truly will stop at nothing to get what he wanted. And then there was the fact that Kaden, the hero, was framed and now has to adjust to living in a new world. Of course the heroine, Terrie, is a one hundred percent 21st Century woman who doesn’t like the word ‘obey’ yet finds that falling in love makes her want to, much to her chagrin and my delight. There are aboriginal myths and magical mayhem to further intrigue readers as well as a delightful romance that flourishes between Kaden and Terrie. The erotic nature of their physical relationship was done quite well and might give readers hot flashes.
I liked the dialogue too. Kaden’s speech is reminiscent of where he came from so he has that other worldly touch and it made the paranormal aspect more believable. I liked Terrie’s independence and hard working demeanor. She tried to resist Kaden’s appeal but there were things at work she didn’t have knowledge of. When she learned about them, I liked the fact Ms. Castle didn’t have the heroine freak out beyond the slack-jawed response. Her character wasn’t squeamish or girly and the author stayed true to that.
I adored Kaden’s forceful personality. I got a kick out of his dragon’s “Mine Mine” attitude. It’s so alpha and sexy. His previous job made him a master of decision, action and protectiveness which rubbed against Terrie’s independent streak. The results of their clashes were entertaining and well written. I had a lot of fun watching the sparks fly.
I had absolutely no problem whatsoever with Kaden’s sexual appetites. I thought the scenes were great and I enjoyed every one. I will note however, that one scene in particular might be too much for even progressive erotic romance readers. I actually found it quite…stimulating and naughty but not objectionable. How should I put this? Kaden has a talented tongue and does amazing things with it in his man form and...in his dragon form. The fact that he is one hundred percent himself at all times and knows exactly what he’s doing, and Terrie equally knows it and accepts it because it’s Kaden, made it work for me. This is a fantasy and I see no reason why this scene can’t be accepted, but for those that need to know, I’ve provided the alert.
The villain of the piece is a puzzle. He’s definitely power hungry, callous, cruel and vain but something happens that has me curious. Is he or isn’t he? That is the question only a sequel can answer.
Ms. Castle has successfully hooked me on her world building. There is richness here, with more than just dragons. Even the Loch Ness Monster gets a bow and I laughed at what the author chose to say. I liked her idea a lot better than the reality. And that’s what I mean; the author has something up her sleeve regarding the bad guy and it sounds like it’s going to be unique and interesting. Her interpretation of what goes on in real life and imbuing it with paranormal elements truly fascinates me. Although I never got a sense of just how dastardly the villain was or got clarity on his true motives and goals, the author left me in no doubt he was a devious bad apple.
The happily ever after was like a fairy tale ending. Kaden and Terrie get more than they bargained for, their friends find unexpected happiness and getting spanked isn’t such a bad thing after all. All in all, a fun time is eventually had by all, including the reader.
Dragon Down Under is thorough entertainment with intense and sensual heat sure to please fans of erotic romance. I enjoyed the push/pull of Kaden’s and Terrie’s growing relationship as the hero learned what it meant to be a man on a cattle station. At the same time, he had to figure out modern dating practices much to his consternation and my giggles. Once he figured it out, his gestures and overtures were as romantic as I could wish. I liked the pace of the plot, the dynamic of Kaden and Terrie’s relationship and the commitment each had for the other.
Ms. Castle has written a fun, engrossing and fascinating tale that kept my interest riveted from beginning to end. If a reader is looking for a good quality way to spend some free time, they can’t go wrong with Dragon Down Under.
It takes a special kind of woman to unstuff a stuffed shirt of a man and I had a fun time reading this story because the heroine had the hero twistedIt takes a special kind of woman to unstuff a stuffed shirt of a man and I had a fun time reading this story because the heroine had the hero twisted in knots.
In fact, I’d met Lucan before in a previous book when his brother met and married his physiotherapist. This most definitely is a standalone read because there’s only a mention in passing about Lucan’s two other brothers. A reader can sit back and enjoy this story with confidence that all the best pieces are found within. Even though I knew that Lucan, the hero, had a stiff personality, the reasons for it were only revealed through reading The Reluctant Duke. I don’t think he was reluctant as much as obstinate, adamant, thoroughly unwilling and determined not to rock the boat no matter what. Fate was laughing.
Lexie, the heroine, did all the rocking, buffeting and was practically a whirlpool of disaster for the rigid and in control Lucan. That’s why I liked her. She had a unique perspective on things and she certainly didn’t rely on Lucan for her job which put her in the position of being able to be herself in all her impulsive and spunky glory. Sure, she made a few mistakes; if one can call lies of omission a mistake, then she did a huge one. It’s how she dealt with it that made the book worth reading.
There were a few times where Lucan cracked a smile or laughed that left me scratching my head. It was cute but it didn’t make me laugh. Then again, I wasn’t falling for the hot-tempered heroine like he was and I’m used to laughing, Lucan wasn’t. He is so controlled that I think his letting go was a bit rusty. When he went a little off the wall I was treated to some serious tension. I wasn’t sure if he was going to get violent or passionate, or both. The author did a nice job of detailing a man falling apart by virtue of feeling the emotions he’s denied for so long and what happens when he no longer can deny them. How the mighty fall also made for some interesting reading.
After some sensually jerky starts to their physical romance it was a really sweet scene. I enjoyed Lexie’s reference to romance books and that Lucan didn’t act like a story book character. He’s human, has faults and didn’t always proceed the way Lexie thought he would. I like when a character can keep me guessing. However, I do feel that there was a bit too much narrative between some of the dialogue which lessened the impact of the tension or flow of the story. I ended up skimming some parts just to get back into the thick of things. It didn’t detract from the romance or make me like the story any less; I just read the book a bit faster than perhaps I otherwise would have. I thought Lexie and Lucan made a great couple.
The personal drama was well done and I was happy with how the author tied everything up. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when the women got together but perhaps readers will find out a bit more when Gideon, Lucan’s brother, has his story. I’m really looking forward to that.
The Reluctant Duke is a delightful and entertaining read with moments of pure fun and exciting sensual tension. I think Lucan needed a woman like Lexie and they fulfilled a promise of delayed fate. It was sweet, sexy and quite romantic and I’m glad I read it.
What happens when you cross an organized high school teacher who wants to drive across the country in three days with a Frenchman who wants to enjoy the sights in three weeks? The answer is an unforgettable ride full of sizzling hot, clashing sparks!!!
Jaime Cruz just finished teaching summer school and is all packed and ready to go when her car became another stolen car statistic. Since she was supposed to drive quickly from Washington, D.C., to Oregon to help her younger sister get ready for her wedding, she emailed her sister’s fiancé about her predicament. He arranged to have his best man, Xavier Moreau, give her a ride because he happened to be on the East Coast, on his way to Oregon also. Unbeknownst to everyone else, Xavier has a secret itinerary with many stops to be made along with a background that he wants to keep from everyone he meets.
Jaime is hard working, responsible, and always planning ahead. She's had very few chances at love because she only dates guys who meet the criteria of potential marriageable material. Xavier at first appears to be an irresponsible playboy who grew up privileged, but after driving across the country with him, Jaime finds out he is so much more than who he appears to be. Xavier loves photography, appreciates architecture, works hard at his job, cares about his family, and is passionate about Jaime. The two of them argued and fought a lot because Xavier was bent on derailing Jaime’s plans, but eventually they were convinced they needed each other and worked on compromises. Still, the tug of war between them resulted in a roller coaster of emotions that took them through many states.
Whenever I read about places and scenery, I usually do a bit of skimming. However, with this story, I wanted to savor every moment and every description because I was enjoying Ms. Bayley-Burke’s writing so much. I felt that I was along for the ride through the countryside, enjoying all the sights, sounds, and smells. The vicarious experience of Jaime and Xavier falling in love despite both of them fighting against it was full of funny, exciting, and sexy moments. I enjoyed the trip across America and was sad when it had to come to an end.
It’s not often that I come across a book that makes me laugh, cry, and cheer. I picked this book because I happen to know a young couple who recently drove across country, fell in love, and are now engaged to be married. They actually experienced one thing similar to Jaime and Xavier’s trip (a hotel with a surprise). I put many, many bookmarks in this book of all my favorite scenes. I gave a happy sigh at the end and will definitely tuck this away on my “keeper” shelf. I will also put Ms. Bayley-Burke’s name on my list of authors to watch for. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest bookstore or computer and buy your copy of Drive Me Crazy! Get ready for a wonderful ride... I mean read!!! ...more
Note to all Doms: Be careful of where you practice your big bad “Dom” voice, you never know who is listening to you.
That’s how this story starts. A colleague of Catherine’s is in his office, practicing his voice commands for a girlfriend who needs a strong hand in the bedroom. Something about the voice triggers Catherine’s former inner sub and she can’t help but follow the commands. And what is a person to do when you accidentally master your boss? Well, you call your mentor of course!
And here comes Jon to save the day. Kind of. The moment Jon lays eyes on the beautiful sub kneeling naked in her office, he’s hooked. Instant attraction and respect blooms within Jon because of Catherine’s discipline as a submissive. Deciding he had to have her, she agrees to play out a scene with him. By the end, Jon realizes one brief moment is not enough with her and she has revived his outlook on the lifestyle.
Although she’s out of the lifestyle, there is something about this mysterious Dom that has Catherine all a flutter and she decides to give in to her own needs. Over the course of their first evening together you find out that Catherine is on the run from her former Dom who happens to be her abusive husband. But Jon shows her how a true, caring D/s relationship is supposed to be and she can’t help but thrive in the gentle hands of this new man.
This is a short, sweet and very sexy story. I know you’re thinking, how can it be sweet and sexy? Well it’s true! Mina Dorian wrote a lovely story about healing and love through the outlet of a BDSM lifestyle. Both characters are equally strong in their own way, Catherine because of her jerk of an ex, and Jon is very confident with himself. I do wish we had learned more about Jon and how he got to the point of being bored with the lifestyle. The story was very fast paced making this a quick read, but I felt there needed to be a little something extra. Maybe a little more insight into the couples building feelings and relationship.
But the sexiness smoldered the pages and the sweetness will melt your heart. So if you like BDSM, sexy Doms, sweet subs and the bad guy gets it in the end, then look no further! ...more
The back story as I understood it seemed very promising, and was the reason I chose the book in the first place. Turns out that I chose well because the story was every bit as good as I’d anticipated. Rainey’s Blackwater series features the five Jennings brothers and the emotional baggage that came with being orphaned and placed in the foster system.
Later on they were all taken in by a great couple and given a loving home. The guys are appreciative for everything their adoptive parents did for them, so when their mother needs them, they all come running. This is romance land, so they’re bound to find love along the way in this series. And as they do they’ll each have some issues to face. This is Reilly’s story.
Reilly and Lucy hooked up for a one night stand that ended in disaster when he says something that hurts her feelings. She runs off and refuses to let him make it up to her. Foolish girl, that’s what she was. Anyhow, two months later, she finds out she’s knocked up with his kid.
Here’s where the story got even more interesting to me. It’s Reilly who wants something more in this story. Lucy has some deep issues of her own that keep her from committing to anything permanent. Of course, it didn’t help that Reilly was a bit paranoid and kept on hurting her feelings. But then, she could have pulled on her big girl panties and quit being such a cry baby herself. Reilly definitely needed a filter for what was coming out of his mouth, but he really did love Lucy. He wanted to be there for her and the baby. He did the best he could and she kept trying to push him away. I felt that they both had some problems and that they dealt with them the best way they could.
I guess you could say that I liked both of them to a certain extent. But I definitely loved Reilly, and it wasn’t just because the writer describes him as sex on a stick. He was all that but he was also a good guy who wanted to do what was right for his kid. That the sizzling attraction he felt for Lucy turned into something real along the way was just icing on the cake.
I didn’t like Lucy nearly as much as I did Reilly. She was much too whiny for my liking. She kept running away every time he said something that hurt her little feelings. I kept wanted to grab her by her hair and give her a piece of my mind. What is wrong with a good argument every now and then? Solving your problems by talking — or screaming — things out usually works wonders in a relationship. It’ll add passion to the story every time. I would’ve enjoyed seeing her go toe-to-toe with Reilly instead of running away.
This story got a little personal for me. Lucy wasn’t sure if she could be a good mom. Don’t most of us feel that way our first time around? Given her history, I understood those feelings. It took her a while to realize that she’d just have to feel her way along, and that made the story even better for me. I was a young mother once and had some of those same fears myself. Lucy wasn’t a young mother, but she had a whole different set of problems. But as I read this story I kept thinking that, like me, she needed to realize that she had it in her to be a really great mom. Lucy was afraid that she couldn’t be enough for her child or for Reilly. She just had to believe in herself. Lucky for her, she had a great guy to help her do that.
This is an erotic story, and some of the love scenes are really spicy. The first one was the hottest, but there were plenty of hot scenes spaced throughout the story.
I really enjoyed this story. The plot flowed well and made it easy to engage in the story.The writer did a fantastic job with character development. She gave me a good understanding of why Reilly and Lucy acted the way they did. I understood their feelings. I was able to identify with Lucy, even when I didn’t like her very much. It takes a talented writer to do that, especially in such a short story.
I’d recommend this story to all contemporary readers.
Welcome to a new detective team. This first book in The Neve&Egan Cases introduces us to an unlikely duo in the annals of detective fiction – a blind professor and his student. Comby makes it work.
The characters are the most interesting part of this book–to see the growth of Alexandra Neve as she plays off the steadier Ash Egan is interesting. She’s determined to prove that her friend did not commit suicide. Egan is steadier and provides a guiding hand when she wants to rush off half-cocked. On the other hand, Egan is withdrawn and friendless and Neve offers companionship he so desperately needs.
The plot is interesting–going from Alexandra’s conviction that her friend didn’t commit suicide to the discovery of a mysterious list to links to involvement in human trafficing and money laundrying, and more. I’m interested to see what else Ms. Comby has in store for Neve & Egan.
This story takes the phrase, “I’ve got your back” to new levels as it follows two lifelong friends on their journey of love.
The epilogue shows what cemented their friendship. The following chapters embark upon the discovery that a different kind of love possibly awaits both friends but there’s a lot of emotional growth that needs to take place before that can happen. What used to be comforting and welcoming like an old pair of slippers no longer satisfies the people that they’ve both become but both are loathe to face the truth.
I liked the technique that the author used to highlight just how in tune both Caleb and Taylor were to each other although I didn’t recognize a lot of the actors mentioned. Its use expressed the sheer volume of past history they both shared without going into long and drawn out details that would do the job but less effectively. It was an interesting choice. That same familiarity also came with unforeseen pitfalls because although they knew each other as no one else did, there was one thing that neither of them ever thought to express or explore and because of it, the specter of the unknown caused a believable and troublesome conflict. Cake was definitely a character driven story.
This book is Taylor’s account. It’s told in her point of view and the author stayed true through the story. When she first gets the bombshell that the traditional dynamic of her relationship was about to change with Caleb, it was made clear that this was a shock. It woke her up that change was afoot and she had a very hard time dealing with it. Caleb’s decision was the first push against a long line of dominoes that knocked over one thing after another, forcing Taylor onto a new path with alternate possibilities before her. None of which she could see in a positive light, until Ethan steps into the picture.
Ethan is a great character. He’s talented, described as a man in his prime and yet, for all his perfection and cake professionalism, he’s had an unfortunate past. I have a lot of respect for a person who can raise themselves out of all that negativity and become a better man as well as a successful entrepreneur. He didn’t take the easy road and the man that Taylor meets is a man honed through adversity, perseverance and guided by the love of his grandmother. Ethan was a great choice for a hero. He’s also a man who knows what he wants and goes after it. It was absolutely delicious when he focused on Taylor.
Taylor, however, is really confused and riddled with guilt. She returns Ethan’s interest but she has to go through a rather emotional process before she’s truly comfortable with even the idea of being with him. That confusion and uncertainty had the power to do great harm and the author used it to good effect. So much so, I wasn’t sure who, if anyone, was going to get their happy ever after. Ms. Marion made it very clear to me how dangerous all these volatile emotions plaguing Taylor were. Their affect on her physically and mentally were hard to read about but that kind of catharsis usually breaks a weak person or strengthens and emboldens a strong person making them fearless in facing the truth. Taylor is the latter and a heroine I could respect.
The few times that Ethan and Taylor are together are quite steamy and hot. That man knows how to please a woman and the author made that clear, much to my satisfaction. There was just enough detail and descriptions to make me very happy on Taylor’s behalf.
Although this story was labeled as having some comedic elements, I didn’t find that. I found this story hard to read because of the intense emotions, the hurt feelings and the suspense of not knowing how anyone was going to end up happy. Yes, there were times I smiled, perhaps chuckled, but this story is a serious romance that touches the heart. I also felt that more time should have been spent with Caleb easing Kim into the relationship instead of the instant, ‘Poof! Here she is!”. Then again, the quickness of the change might have been on purpose because certainly it threw Taylor for a loop and that’s what the story was about, her dealing with it. Ultimately, there is a happily ever after, so it made all the hoopla and throwing up well worth it.
Cake is a wonderfully intense, full bodied romance that explores the nature of strong friendships. It shows that healthy and supportive relationships can have value and staying power when they grow as the people grow. Sometimes it’s not easy but well worth it because they can continue to enrich and support the growing circle of friends and share that special love amongst them all. As for Taylor, her ideas for her own wedding were definitely unique and freeing. For her, the fun is just beginning. Read Cake and see. ...more
Can a girl have two loves if one of them is a ghost?
The story begins with the prologue where we discover how Frank died. Then we meet Camellia, and fCan a girl have two loves if one of them is a ghost?
The story begins with the prologue where we discover how Frank died. Then we meet Camellia, and finally Brad. Each character has a point of view, and the reader learns their strengths and weaknesses as their very different personalities unfold.
Francis DeLuca breaks everything he touches–crockery, his mother, and finally himself. He is dead, a ghost imprisoned in a light fixture, able to materialize only when that light is turned on. He’s been dead a quarter century, the victim of a gunshot during a robbery turned bad, and he stays in the bedroom -- his own kind of purgatory.
Camellia Stafford has come home to the house she grew up in, to bury her father and to confront her feelings for Frank. For twenty years, she’s shared her room with Frank, its former tenant. Over the years, they’ve gone from grudging friendship to love. Cam has conversed, fought, pleaded with him...and loved him. And Frank has admitted loving her, but he’s dead. He can’t do anything to change that, and Cam is lonely and frustrated.
Enter Bradley Mitchum, a hot-looking neighbor who has carried a torch for Cam since she was a teenager. Cam falls fast for handsome advertising executive Brad, a generous man, but with issues. As their passion develops, it causes more than a little consternation from Frank who desperately wants Cam for himself.
I’m not normally a reader of paranormals, but Ms. Ethridge’s setting and sassy dialogue sucked me right into the story and kept me there throughout. Cam is delightful, and Brad is a jewel, but Frank stole my heart with his macho-yet-tender image. Each of these three characters shows growth; essential, in my opinion, for creating memorable characters. In Cam's case, she must trust her feelings and not be afraid. Brad, who provides for his retired parents, is the rock upon whom she can trust. Frank grows most of all, changing from being angry and selfish to putting others before himself.
Everything about Paramour–the setting, the dialogue, the pacing, the hot, sexy scenes, and most of all, three of the most interesting characters you could want to meet plus a surprise ending–will keep this story in your mind long after the final page is turned. I guarantee you won’t be able to put this book down. Ms. Ethridge is an accomplished writer, and this is a stunning novel.
A 'whoops' moment which could have had dire and tragic results ends up bringing together two emotionally injured people giving them a second chance thA 'whoops' moment which could have had dire and tragic results ends up bringing together two emotionally injured people giving them a second chance they didn’t realize they needed.
I enjoyed the switch in roles that the author provided. Alison is the one in the story that has everything planned, plotted and controlled in her life. She is driven, focused and a perfectionist. As I read, I realized that the heroine has a huge chip on her shoulder from her life growing up and it’s charted her life’s course. She has rationalized and justified everything she’s done or felt and sees no reason why she can’t continue. A mark of her personality’s strength is her facing the facts when they overwhelmingly present themselves to her in all their ugly truth. She isn’t in control, in fact she’s been running away so hard, so fast that she finally ran into a brick wall.
That solid wall has the name of Max. He’s not your average businessman and he’s got that alpha thing going on at first glance. Second glance shows a hero whose heart has been damaged and who now believes the pain of loving and losing is too high a price to ever attempt it again. He is a man who takes commitment so seriously and feels deeply so when things start to make him feel again, he comes a bit unglued. Max also has a lot more at stake when Alison drops her bombshell. He’s royalty and it comes with its own baggage that can have devastating results. It’s not easy being him nor was it easy to lose his dreams. How he reacted to Alison, his actions after and the things he said and did really made me like him and had me wanting him to find happiness within Alison’s arms. But man, did she make him work for it.
I found the story tender and sweet, especially when Max finally opened up to Alison. The scene on the island was especially poignant. I felt bad about his parents but his reaction and the position he took showed me a man who stood up for what he knew was right and didn’t bow to outside pressure - definitely hero material. The only thing that could have made this story a bit better was less internal dialogue that bordered on narrative and a bit more interactive dialogue between the characters to keep the pace up. As it was I felt it sort of dragged at places.
The conflict is strictly internal with hardly any secondary characters to muddy the romance. The basic crisis was of two people from very diverse backgrounds being forced to get along because of one important connection that bound the two together. I enjoyed the fact that they had to get to know each other as people first before Alison succumbed to Max’s seduction. It made the physical side of their relationship more relevant and meaningful for me.
An Accidental Birthright is an entertaining romance I enjoyed reading. I liked how Alison and Max’s relationship progressed. It felt natural and imperfect, meaning they had to work at it which for me added value to the happily ever after. I got a kick out of how the author had the hero and heroine meet and I found it quite sentimental in how they reached their happily ever after. If readers are looking for a character driven romance then I think they’ll be pleased with An Accidental Birthright. Alison and Max are worth getting to know.
If there’s one thing that Olivia has learned in life, it’s that she will be rejected by any man she loves. Since childhood it has been the one constant for her. So when she falls in love with gorgeous, blue eyed security expert, Grady Long she knows she has to leave before he, too turns away from her. That was three months ago. Now Olivia has returned to ask Grady to help her get out of a dangerous mess that she doesn’t know how to handle alone.
Olivia’s job at the museum is jeopardized when priceless jewels are stolen because of her poor judgment. Rather than take a chance at losing her job by involving the police, she wants Grady to help her retrieve the stolen property so she can safely return it herself. What she doesn’t know is that their lives will both be risked by the venture. What she does know, is that she can’t keep her hands off of Grady. The scorching heat between them is mutual and soon the fire must be quenched.
Grady hasn’t been able to forget Olivia. When she shows up again, he sets out to find a way to keep her in his life for good. He doesn’t understand why she left him suddenly without giving a reason but knows that the passionate, lovely young woman has captured his heart. When he tries to convince her to explain why she left him, all she will say is that she’s no good at relationships and that she is sorry she hurt him.
I really liked the way Grady persistently led Olivia to open up and trust. Her deep seated fears and insecurities could have ruined her life if not for his love and faith in her. This story showed how the strength of a person’s love can break down emotional barriers. The romance in this story was sweet and passionate. It really inspired me to have hope for the couple to work through their obstacles.
The sex scenes in this tale were extremely well done and smoking hot. Ms. Daniels very effectively involves her reader in the erotic action. The story had some unfortunate editing errors, otherwise I would have rated it higher. However, I enjoyed this steaming, suspenseful romance with a charming and tender side to it and I am happy to recommend it.
It’s not too often that an Argeneau gets kidnapped. Usually it’s done by bad guys and the result is never good. This time around it’s for a higher purpose and the lines between good and bad are blurred. Two wrongs usually don’t make a right but in this case they did; it also made for a great read and a fascinating story.
The conflict is powerful in this latest romance from Ms. Sands. It’s about making a choice and living with the consequences. The author did a masterful job of navigating all the emotional ups and downs between Paul, the hero and Jeanne Louise, the heroine. What started off hopeful and promising turned tragic on a dime and the fallout is what propelled the plot for a good chunk of the novel.
Paul was a desperate man. He was basically a good person, smart, sexy and highly intelligent. He was faced with an untenable situation and was doing everything he could to avoid it, to no avail. His last attempt before time ran out reaped unexpected benefits as well as unforeseen complications. He tried his best and he mostly kept his sense of humor but one realization too many left him with an uncertain and lonely future. I really felt for him. All the hero wanted to do was save someone’s life and it ended up costing him his happiness. I liked that he tried to brave it out because he knew if he didn’t, he’d lose everything. He was tender, understanding, loving and supportive to Jeanne Louise, but it wasn’t enough. Paul was a very easy character to have sympathy and empathy for. I liked his protective streak, his ability for commitment and the way he expressed his love to the heroine. He was a great guy.
Jeanne Louise fell in love twice in this story. It would have been the perfect fairy tale had everything that she planned and counted on worked out. Such was not too be. Watching her deal with her pain was a sad thing but I respected the heroine because not only did she deal with her pain, she tried to mitigate someone else’s. That takes a lot of heart and deep emotional strength to be willing to put oneself in that position.
Because the blurb didn’t mention the other main character, I’m not going to either. I made the discovery the same time as Jeanne Louise did and it made an indelible impact on me. I had no idea that this kind of conflict was going to carry the story and it alternates between sadness, happiness, awe and delight. This person is strong enough to bring two people together or rip them apart, so it was a very effective addition to the book. The love emanating from the pages whenever this character was on scene is unmistakable. It made the plot believable and added a layer of emotional depth that was hard to resist. It also created most of the light drama and suspense, unless Lucien Argeneau was on scene. That man brings instant paranoia and tension wherever he goes.
Speaking of Lucien, he’s not the only Argeneau family member to show up. Whenever they are around a reader can expect the unexpected as well as fun, laughter, great dialogue and interesting character interaction. It’s not all fun because the Enforcers have to play their role and in this book, one of them messed up. That being said, I am giving serious thought that one might, just might, have met his future life mate in this story. If so, that will be so awesome!
This wouldn’t be a complete story without some scenes of that shared loving that is intrinsic to new life mates and Ms. Sands didn’t disappoint. I enjoyed how the author managed to put humor into such passionate scenes because when she does that, it makes her heroes and heroines easier to relate to. Regular people experience learning curves when they have sex with a new partner, but it’s extra special between Immortal lovers.
Although I mentioned that previous Argeneau characters are in this novel, this book is a standalone read. It’s no hardship to follow the plot thread because it’s strictly focused on Paul and Jeanne Louise. However, readers of the series will understand the extent of the worry that Lucien’s very presence always inspires. Imagine Darth Vader with a fluffy marshmallow center. That would be Lucien. It’s very rare to see the fluffy side of Lucien Argeneau. Readers almost get to see it in this story. Watch for it.
The Lady is a Vamp is as touching and sentimental a story as it is sexy and exciting. Like real life, there is a smorgasbord of situations that draw forth a variety of feelings from a reader. Not the least of which is the sense of satisfaction that comes from a well written and complete happy ever after.
Ms. Sands has the reputation for writing wonderful and entertaining stories with characters that draw a reader in. The Lady is a Vamp continues the trend and is a keeper. ...more
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....more
If you ever wondered if a good mobster plot could mix with hot M/M, then here you go!
Jay is a young man on the wander, he’s cute, he’s alone and he’d like a guy to share his life with, someone different to the line of disastrous romances of his past. Sam on the other hand isn’t looking for anything other than a quiet life, so when Jay wanders into his diner and catches his eye, things get hot. But can they handle the heat?
Last Stop is a book that kept me going back for more, and was one of those reads that I just couldn’t guess what was going to happen next, even when I thought I could. The building relationship between the two lead characters is cleverly woven into a complex plot that holds intrigue, danger and a good sprinkle of bedroom action.
I enjoyed how the author switched between Jay and Sam’s point of view and how I got to hear both of their voices, which were quite different. Sam for all his gruffness, really was a bit of a softy and definitely a keeper. Jay was so likeable, I actually did want to hug him. And did I mention the sex? Phew, it’s hot and steamy and certainly a bit kinky. There’s plenty of it too, it’s spread out well through the book so you get a hit of steamy action just when you need it.
Last Stop is very well written, it has a plot with lots of threads that are all tied up nicely and two characters who come to life on the page. I certainly recommend it if you enjoy M/M, contemporary and a story that drops your heroes on the wrong side of danger....more
Breaking Brodix is another winner in the ongoing Blackwater series. These men work hard, but love even harder.
Five brothers come to the rescue of their adopted mom and try to save the family’s restaurant. Each have their own battles, each will find love, but only together can they find success.
This is the third Jennings man to find his way. Brodix is the money man of the brothers. He has a very successful career, but his heart is with his family and he works long and hard to stretch every dollar to make the remodel of the Blackwater Bar and Grill a success. Days from opening, they are tapped out and they still need to advertise. The only option open to them is a problematic reporter who wants to write their life stories. Past wounds may get opened, but to save the business Brodix is willing to take the risk.
Sarah needs to salvage her career. In her past, she trusted the wrong person and it put a big black mark on her resume. Now she is stuck writing filler stories and fluff pieces. She knows if she can tell the Jennings’ story it will help them with publicity and her career will get a needed boost. There is one problem, there is a skeleton in their past that is in her way. Another problem is from the moment she sets her eyes on the stubborn but handsome Brodix, she also wants his body, right along with his story.
They both need each other and they both know there is more going on between them. Will this interview mean the success of the Blackwater Bar and Grill? But more importantly, will this piece make or break Brodix and Sarah's future?
Wow, these two are combustible! When a Jennings’ man falls, he falls fast and hard. I enjoyed this whirlwind romance, and my kindle couldn’t be happier. Brodix is sexy, smart and all man. Sarah is beautiful, savvy and independent. I enjoyed that they were both single-minded in their pursuit of each other, yet cautious. But once they touched, they knew exactly where they were going and they were going to do it together.
I have enjoyed this series from the very beginning. Ms. Rainey writes short stories extremely well. I am drawn in completely, yet satisfied at the end. That is probably one of the hardest things to accomplish when you have such a small window to do it in. There is no doubt in my mind that Ms. Rainey could have written longer pieces for all these men. She has some wonderful heroes between these pages. She does a fantastic job in her allotted time and I couldn’t be more pleased.
I also think when you read a collection of short stories that make up a series; the books really need to be read in order. While Breaking Brodix is definitely a standalone book, this series is best enjoyed in the order it has been written. Each of these strong wonderful men deserves their moment. After reading one of these stories, Ms. Rainey always has me rushing to my computer to find out when the next in the series will be released and then I’m depressed that I have to wait. Rest assured though, she is writing this series quickly and she doing it with style and quality.
Breaking Brodix is a fantastic addition to this sizzling series. If you like men with a strong sense of family and devotion and women who know what they want and how to get it, then you are going to enjoy Breaking Brodix and the Blackwater series. ...more
“He’d managed to get hard earlier, but only after she’d sucked him like a Hoover and he’d done some seriously heavy fantasizing.” This is one line that will stick in my mind for a long, long time. One of the things I love about reading books by Tara Lain is the way her imagination comes out in the written word. It's all the cute lines and the vivid details that leave you smiling and going back to re-read them again. I fell in love with both of the heroes in the first book, Genetic Attraction, so I was eager to get my hands on this one. This story was more of a step back in time and told how the two hot men, Roan Black and Jake Martin, got together.
It's funny how, when you read a book that is so good, the characters not only hold your attention but your heart as well. In this story I got to see the lust and love of both Roan and Jake grow and bloom into something everlasting. As I watched the tale unfold, I could not help but wish them both the best and hoped they'd come away with everything they wanted. Not only does the book have an in-depth plot that broke my heart, it also had a beautiful air of tenderness that left me breathless.
Roan's need for a family and to be loved, even though he is a supermodel, was a story line that made my heart ache for him. It was hard watching and waiting for Jake to make up his mind and decide what he wanted out of life. There is so much emotion between the pages of this book that I found it hard to put down. This is one of the best M/M stories I have read and one I will be reading again. The story of Jake and Roan is so exquisite I walked away from this tale loving them both.