In Rules of Seduction, we meet Dani Young… newly graduated and heading to LA to work with her dream company as a screenwriter. But upon her a3.5 stars
In Rules of Seduction, we meet Dani Young… newly graduated and heading to LA to work with her dream company as a screenwriter. But upon her arrival, she quickly learns her dream job is no more, the Independent Film company has closed up shop and she’s stuck with no job and no prospects because she also quickly learns that in LA it’s all about who you know.
Drowning her sorrows in ice cream, she runs into a high school friend who headed to LA, and Elise is just the friend she needs in this city. While catching up, Elise ends up getting Dani a job on a hit teen show, but it comes at a price. Elise wants Dani to seduce her sexy, superstar boyfriend Tate to make sure he’s being faithful to her.
Sounds easy enough, but what Dani doesn’t account for is dealing with a ruthless fellow intern, a showrunner who makes her feel like they just might have a future, and a not so shallow celebrity she can’t stop thinking about. When you say a book is for fans of Stephanie Perkins, you’ve almost always immediately got my attention, that said, you also set very high expectations for me as well.
Unfortunately, while this was a fun and entertaining read, it didn’t really live up to Stephanie Perkins levels of character development and swoon for me.
First, Dani… I really liked her, but I felt like for someone who was headed to LA and who should have known the business, she seemed somewhat naïve. What I did like was her obsessive list making, it was a cute addition to her character and as a bit of a list maker myself, it really made her that much more relatable. Tate, too, was very relatable and easy to like. I thought he was incredibly sweet and kind and definitely not your typical Hollywood persona. Secondary characters here, especially Brit, were interesting and a nice way to round out the cast. I really enjoyed her Southern charm and the way she was trying to fit into the vegan LA lifestyle and if this becomes a series, it would be interesting to get her story!
Overall, the story is an interesting glimpse into the behind the scenes workings of Hollywood… whether it’s correct or not, it was fun to follow along, and I enjoyed Mullins writing.
If you’re looking for a funny, sweet new adult romance has the perfect balance of drama and comedy… a story about the inner workings Hollywood, definitely grab this one as soon as you can.
Thank you to Paper Lantern Lit for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts. ...more
Here I am telling you that if you haven’t read any Lyla Payne books you absolutely must, and book 3 in her Lowcountry mystery series is just one moreHere I am telling you that if you haven’t read any Lyla Payne books you absolutely must, and book 3 in her Lowcountry mystery series is just one more reason why.
With a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of book 2, we jump right back into the thick of Gracie’s life. Her boyfriend is being accused of abuse of power and is facing an uncertain future, and she has a spirit that’s been hanging around, not giving her much in the way of clues as to why he’s here. Add to that, her cousin Amelia’s depression, and she has a full plate.
A girl’s trip to Charleston and a ghost tour of all things, brings the “Whistling Doctor of Duelers Alley” to her attention and is the main mystery of this installment. Finding out the doctor’s history and why he still haunts the area takes Gracie’s mind off of all her other troubles and gives her mind something to figure out, but this mystery brings along its own kind of trouble and of course, she can’t seem to let Beau’s case run its course… she’s determined to prove that he’s not the criminal that he’s being made out to be.
My favorite part of these books is the history and that’s a credit to Payne, because I’m not big on history if I’m being honest! When I finish one, I have the urge to head South and hit up all the ghost tours in these amazing cities though, I can’t help being intrigued! It’s so fascinating, and as I finished up the story, I found myself googling the Whistling Doctor just to learn more! Part of the mystery in these books is Gracie finding out just exactly what these ghosts need from her, and with Dr. Ladd, it may end up being a lot more dangerous than she ever expected and for reasons no one would ever have expected!
Payne does relationships amazingly well and I’ve loved the development of the relationships in this series and how they’ve progressed. Not just her relationship with Beau, even though that’s my favorite… I mean he’s a swoony, southern mayor!! But I’m also talking about the relationships with the lovely secondary characters. From her cousin Amelia, to her friend Leo, to her ex Will and her friend Mel… and yes, some questionable moonshiners, everyone is unique and layered and intriguing and I find myself waiting impatiently for more about each of them.
There is an over-arching storyline that we get a little bit more progression in, though I think I would have liked to see a bit more. Gracie and her family are dealing with a curse and the strange Mrs. LaBadie and I think if I had any complaint, it would be that that kind of fell to the wayside and we didn’t really move that part of the story ahead much.
If you’re a fan of mystery and suspense… if you love a story that incorporates true history and will have you dying to learn more, then I can’t recommend this series more. Payne knows her stuff and she writes an amazing story that will have you glued to the pages. Definitely grab a glass of sweet tea and this book, then settle in for a fun, action-filled mystery-romance-ghost story.
Thank you to the author for providing an early copy in exchange for my honest thoughts. ...more
Marley Lake is a woman in what has historically been known as a man’s world. She’s an editor for Gamers Magazine and she’s amazing at what she does. BMarley Lake is a woman in what has historically been known as a man’s world. She’s an editor for Gamers Magazine and she’s amazing at what she does. But her personal life has taken the back seat to establishing and proving herself. A late night in the office, a deadline on the very near horizon and a frozen computer brings the IT guy, Austin Rivers to her desk… What she completely forgets about is the dirty GIF that was on her monitor when it froze.
Austin Rivers shouldn’t be attracted to Marley… she’s off-limits as an employee of the magazine he’s a silent partner in. But when he catches a glimpse of the GIF she’s been looking at, he’s completely intrigued, and when he sees how it affects her, it takes everything in him to walk away from her that night.
Okay… so apparently I have a thing for nerdy, gamers and hackers. I think I have an even bigger thing for them when they are Austin Rivers. I mean how can you not be attracted to a guy who according to Marley, "talked like a textbook and looked like an underwear model." He claims to have all kinds of control, but Marley seems to test that claim in all the ways that could cause them both all kinds of trouble. Austin is alpha in all the best ways, and this book has probably some of the sexiest sexy times I’ve ever read… can you say work supply closet? *fans self* But Austin has been burned in the past by people he trusted, so he doesn’t open up to anyone easily not only is there a big secret that he’s not disclosing to Marley, but he doesn’t share anything about himself with her.
I loved Marley – I loved that she is a strong, intelligent woman…but she’s also fun and doesn’t apologize for the things she loves to do and most importantly doesn’t apologize for her sexuality or the things she desires. Which leads me to the chemistry between these two… it is amazing… Austin is alpha in all the best ways, and this book has probably some of the sexiest sexy times I’ve ever read… can you say work supply closet? *fans self* If you love a dirty talker I can’t tell you enough how much this will satisfy you. But it was more than that… there is excellent banter and sweet moments too. All the things I love in a good story.
But Austin has been burned in the past by people he trusted, so he doesn’t open up to anyone easily, and the big secrets that he’s not disclosing to Marley could affect her ambitions at work.
The story itself isn’t anything new or different, there’s no crazy twist or turn… what you will find is a refreshing storyteller in Erickson and fun characters that you can’t help but want to learn more about. I’m definitely looking forward to the other books in the series and at the very least, hope we get Grant and Chad’s stories!
Pick this one up if you’re looking for a steamy, sexy, story with a slightly nerdy alpha male lead … you can’t go wrong! I’ll just be over here re-reading… over and over until the next in this series arrives.
Thank you to Entangled for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts. ...more
I just have to start with saying that I loooooved Ford in this. Like… absolutely. I haven’t read every book in this series, in fact, I think3.5 stars
I just have to start with saying that I loooooved Ford in this. Like… absolutely. I haven’t read every book in this series, in fact, I think I’ve actually only read one other, but whatever. He wins. Everything.
Victoria Slade is one of the city’s most successful divorce lawyers… her mantra ‘what do you need to move on from this marriage and start building your new life’ provides her with a goal for her clients and she’s pretty successful at it. A break-in at her home opens up some of her past issues … issues she’s buried way down deep, and it also forces her to change her life drastically. Moving into a condo isn’t ideal, but it will have to work for the summer. Even if her cocky neighbor drives her nuts.
Ford Dixon is determined to help his sister find the guy she had a one-night stand with that resulted in his amazing niece Zoe. As an investigative journalist he has the means to help but he begrudgingly accepts that his irritating new neighbor is necessary in this process too. He’s willing to work with Victoria to help Nicole but that’s as far as it goes… only, the more time he spends with Victoria, the more he’s drawn to her and they can only resist the chemistry between them for so long.
Here’s the thing. I was completely into this story. I loved the dynamics between Ford and Victoria… I loved the side story about Nicole and finding the father of her child… I loved the chemistry between the main characters.
I know… you’re waiting for the “but”.
When everything finally came to a head, it just didn’t work for me. It didn’t make sense to me. I couldn’t figure out why she was letting him go. I guess maybe I was supposed to understand that she was pushing him away because he finally got to see something real about her, he finally was getting under the superficial and she didn’t want to let him in… but I don’t think that was really conveyed all that well here. I felt like everything is going well, this one thing happens, and then boom sorry… see you around hot, sexy investigative journalist.
Plus… ugh this is set in Chicago and there was a lot of references to a subway… Which just was bothering me, because I don’t know – it’s the El right? I mean I guess some people might call it the subway, but it was distracting because the first few times it happened I had to double check to make sure it was actually set in Chicago.
Okay – so all that said, I did enjoy the story. The characters were fairly well-developed, I really enjoyed the plot, and Ford and Victoria were fun to get to know. I absolutely loved Ford (please see the first sentence of this review) and I am positively becoming a Julie James fan. I’m definitely going to be checking out some of her previous stuff that I haven’t read yet and I will be looking forward to seeing what she has in the future.
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So yeah... This didn't work for me on sooooooo many levels... I flounce at chapter 16
Things that are not sexy....
"the pressure he must be feeling as tSo yeah... This didn't work for me on sooooooo many levels... I flounce at chapter 16
Things that are not sexy....
"the pressure he must be feeling as that knot of cum ascended!" (yes the exclamation point was in there) "Imagine I'm pumping it into you right here- " He speared me with his tongue, breaching my core just as he began to ejaculate creamy liquid heat for me.
After working my panties back into place, he used his whole palm to give the sodden crotch a good slap...
"Take my cum from me. I'm about to give you your fill."
I absolutely loooooved Chase Me, book 1 in this companion series by Tessa Bailey, and I grabbed this one as soon as I could because I w4.5 rounding up
I absolutely loooooved Chase Me, book 1 in this companion series by Tessa Bailey, and I grabbed this one as soon as I could because I was excited to see what came next!
We briefly met Honey Perribow in Chase Me… she’s Roxy’s Southern roommate, and I didn’t realize then, just how much I was going to like her! Honey is from a small Kentucky town where you graduate from high school and start settling in to a certain kind of life… one she didn’t want. So she high-tailed it to New York to attend Columbia, leaving behind her family and her boyfriend to get a degree in medicine. She never expected to be side-tracked by a tweed-wearing, professor.
Ben Dawson watched his father’s dalliances ruin their family, and he vowed that it would never happen to him… no matter how much this student named Honey Perribow might intrigue him with her writing and her insight. Besides, he’s always been attracted to older women who aren’t looking for anything serious and that’s all he needs in his life right now.
When Roxy and Louis decide it’s time for their “supergroups” to mesh, a party seems like the logical place for them to bond… only Ben and Honey unknowingly end up locked in a closet together. All Ben knows is that there is a sexy Southern belle that he can’t seem to resist… but when the lights come on and Ben realizes just who Honey is, he’s determined to resist the chemistry between them… at any cost.
So among the reasons that you should read this… because there are many, but the best one in my opinion is that Tessa Bailey writes amazing chemistry. From the very beginning I was drawn to Honey & Ben… I mean who hasn’t had that forbidden teacher fantasy… (only me? Okay… LOL) What I loved about Ben here was that before he even knew who Honey was, and what she looked like, he was falling for her words. Her writing is what caught his attention and pulled him in… her stories are what intrigued him the most, and it totally drew me in.
Obviously there is the forbidden relationship here. Ben is her teacher and she is a bit younger than him so it’s something that might not work for some people, but seriously, Ben puts up the good fight… sure he pulls some dick moves along the way, and let me just say that kudos go to Honey for not putting up with his shit for long. I have to share one part because it totally made me laugh.
Honey held the screen door open with one hand. “Well, now, Mama. This is Ben. He’s …” She stood up straighter. And proceeded to talk in what sounded like a new undiscovered language. “The thing is, he’s kind of my boyfriend and we’re having a fight right now but he stuck his butt on a plane to come down and see me anyway. It was foolish and impulsive but here he is and I suspect he’s probably hungry so can you make him a sandwich? Not one of your good ones, because like I said, we’re fighting. But we can’t just let him starve is all.”
Southern hospitality I love. Like I said, I really loved Honey. I loved that she was smart and determined and she wasn’t ready to settle for a life that could have been predictable. Instead she set out into a city where she knew no one and had little support and was making her way. Which brings me to her relationship with her mom. I loved it… and her love and support and the things she wanted for Honey were just lovely.
So… If you haven’t started this series, I highly recommend it. I am completely in love with these and I am super excited to see what Bailey does with Make Me, Book 3 featuring Abby & Russell. Definitely a must read if you’re looking for something light on the drama, heavy on the sexy and fun.
Thank you to AVON books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts. ...more
“You say it was all meant to be. You and me. The way we met. Our secrets in the woods. Even the way it all exploded. It was simply a matter of fate.“You say it was all meant to be. You and me. The way we met. Our secrets in the woods. Even the way it all exploded. It was simply a matter of fate. Maybe if you were here to tell me again, to explain it one more time, then maybe it wouldn’t feel so uncertain. But I’m going back to the beginning on my own. To see what happened and why.”
My Best Everything appeared on my radar when I was standing outside the entry at ALA this year waiting to go in… the cover caught my attention and so I pulled it up on my phone and just knew it was going to be a ‘me’ book.
The very first thing I found myself loving here was the format in which this story is told. Lulu, our main character and narrator is sharing the story of her summer via a letter she’s writing. We find out that she’s just graduated from high school and very much looking forward to escaping the small town of Dale, Virginia, she grew up in and heading off to college. But then she receives news that turns her life upside down. The savings her father had for her is gone and she isn’t going to be able to leave.
Only Lulu isn’t prepared to give up quite that easy and her letter to Mason details just how far she’s willing to go to get out.
I really loved reading about the changes Lulu feels and experiences… from her desire to stretch her wings and try things she never has, to the struggles she experiences with her family, to the friendships she treasures we get to learn about it all through her words… her explanation to the one person she never meant to spend the summer with. And what about this guy, where is he? Why a letter? I can’t tell you that!
And Mason… he’s not your typical swoon inducing guy… he’s nineteen and a high school dropout and a recovering alcoholic who’s family is known for making moonshine. But that’s not how Lulu sees him… sure at first he’s that guy, but as she gets to know him, he so much more, and I honestly fell for him as Lulu told me her story, because those things… they were his past and he was doing everything he could to change his future and the relationship between these two, while it started out with a single purpose in mind, it really turned into something lovely.
Along the way we also learn about Lulu’s best friends, Roni and Bucky, and watching their relationship unfold from her point of view was also incredibly interesting, and not at all what you expect. Things just don’t always work out the way you expect they will.
I don’t know how to explain this, but this is one of those stories that will catch you off guard and worm its way into your heart. There isn’t a ton of action or suspense here, but it’s the story of a summer… one filled with so many firsts and just as many lasts, a summer spent learning who you want to be and finding people who you can trust your heart and soul with and a summer spent finding your “meant-to-be”.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts. ...more
For most of my life, Boyce Wynn’s smile had been three things to me: safety, warmth and home…
I’ve been anxiously awaiting whatever Tammara Webber wrFor most of my life, Boyce Wynn’s smile had been three things to me: safety, warmth and home…
I’ve been anxiously awaiting whatever Tammara Webber writes next, so when Sweet popped up in my email, I dropped EVERYTHING and started it, and I’m so glad I did.
Sweet is part of the Contours of the Heart series (Easy & Breakable) but is for the most part a stand-alone. You don’t need to read either of the books in the series to read this one, but I have to tell you that if you haven’t, you should. I will say that Breakable gives you brief glimpses into the characters featured here in Sweet, and it’s definitely worth the read.
Boyce Wynn never thought he’d be considered a hero at the ripe old age of 7, but that’s exactly what he became when he pulled Pearl Torres out of the water and inexplicably tied them to each other. Boyce never had an easy life. His mother walked out on him and his brother, leaving them with his abusive father, the only thing he was focused on was ducking fists and doing whatever made him happy, but the death of his brother only wreaked move havoc on his life. But through everything, he always had Pearl’s friendship, even if it wasn’t something they shared with anyone else.
The death of his father, though expected and something he doesn’t mourn, leaves him with everything he’s worked for over the last couple of years… a place to live and his livelihood in the way of the family garage. What he never expects is the bad news that comes shortly after his father’s death in the way of his mother.
Pearl’s life wasn’t always the one of privilege she has now. She grew up with just her mother, until she turned thirteen and her life did a 180. Her mom married Thomas, a local doctor and suddenly the world was filled with possibility. Graduating with her degree and medical school on the horizon she comes to the realization that she isn’t happy… she doesn’t want to be anywhere but the one place she considers home so turning down her acceptance to Vanderbilt was easy… telling her boyfriend Mitchell and her mom… not so much.
I loved, loved, loved getting the history between these two via flashbacks… it worked wonderfully and allowed me as the reader to get to know them even better than I could have imagined. It was hard to see the back and forth of course, I kept wanting to shake each of them and tell them to just talk about their feelings already, but I understood why they continued to toe the line and yet not step over it.
Can we just talk about Boyce though… for serious, I never expected to love this boy as much as I did. I mean he actually surprised me so much. I think what I loved most about him was his love for Pearl… his vulnerability but surety about it. He was so sure about how he felt, but he wasn’t sure how to keep her or let her go. I loved that he was a survivor… he knew where his skills lie and he pushed himself to be successful at what he could do. Plus… he’s sweet!
And Pearl… I remember thinking unflattering things about her in Unbreakable, but I fell 100% different after reading this book. I loved that she was willing to give up everything just to pursue what she wanted for her life. And how amazing was the relationship between her and her mother and step-father!
These two together were exactly what I had hoped they would be. The chemistry was so wonderful and I loved that they had this history of friendship and longing behind it… it made it even better.
I think that’s all I’ll say about this book for now… I am a huge Tammara Webber fan and for good reason. She writes amazing characters who have to deal with some tough issues and she does it so wonderfully. I can’t wait to see what she gives us next! ...more
AJ Walsh is the nice guy… he dates the girl next door, the homecoming queens and the cheerleaders. He buys flowers and opens doors and he ce3.5 stars
AJ Walsh is the nice guy… he dates the girl next door, the homecoming queens and the cheerleaders. He buys flowers and opens doors and he certainly doesn’t have one-night stands.
Brett Conlon is the reckless wild girl trying to change her ways. Covered in tattoo’s and a tattoo artist herself, she’s trying to convince her father that she’s ready to run the family business.
AJ and Brett come up with a plan… AJ can explore his sexual wild side with Brett and Brett can show her family she’s got a ‘good boyfriend’ for the few remaining weeks it takes her father to make a decision. What they didn’t plan is anything for the future and now their plan may be taking a turn in a direction neither planned for.
I really liked the characters in this! Both AJ and Brett were interesting and layered. AJ’s story was a bit heartbreaking and you could see how it had affected his life going forward, but at times, it didn’t really make as much sense as I would like. (I mean, if he was really just living to please his parents, how did he get involved in the nightclub business in the first place, based on what we know of him, wouldn’t he have just followed in his father’s steps?) And Brett – I loved that she didn’t apologize for who she was, I loved that she embraced herself and didn’t want to change even for the guy she loved.
I really enjoyed these two together… their chemistry was instantaneous and pretty hot. Elle Kennedy can write some sexy stuff as I know from some of her other books, and this was no exception.
I haven’t yet read the first two books in this series, but I most likely will after reading AJ’s story. I’m interested in learning about the other two couples that I caught glimpses of here.
Overall a great, quick and steamy read. Definitely give it a go!
Thank you to Entangled for the advance copy in exchange for my honest thoughts. ...more