Oh...my....swoon. I'm just going to sit here a minute and stare at that cover because Sweet Mary it is droolworthy. And what's inside that cover is even better. As soon as I finished My Liege of Dark Haven I wanted to flip right back to page one and read it all over again. It was one of those books that was just that blasted good. From the emotional connection and steamy bits between the characters to the writing and creativity it was all very nicely put together and made for a damn fine read from Cherise Sinclair.
One of the things I love most about Sinclair's writing is that she can create such incredibly intimate moments even in a room full of people. You get so involved in the story and focused on what's happened between the characters, the delicious tension and chemistry, that by the end of a scene it's almost a surprise to realize it's all happened out in the open in a club/group setting. A couple times I was shocked right back into reality along with Abigail which I found really amazing. I love when an author can pull me in so thoroughly that sounds mute and nothing else around me seems to matter.
Xavier took her pointed chin between his thumb and finger. As her smoky eyes widened and she tried to retreat, he let his voice slip into command mode. "Be still."
A shiver ran through her, and her pupils dilated. Even her breathing stopped.
"Very pretty," he murmured. Her surprise at her own reaction made his cock stir and brought his dominant instincts sliding into the fore. When she lifted her hand up to push him away, he captured her wrist.
"No, little fluff, don't move. I want to look at you."
Her speeding pulse tapped a protest against his fingers. "I'm not submissive," she whispered.
"Oh, I think you are," he said.
My Liege really had everything I look for in a book. It's an incredibly hot and steamy read but the emotional aspect of the relationship is just as strong. Abigail and Xavier are really likable people and it's lovely watching them get to know each other and figure things out. They've each got a bit of the unexpected in them as well. Xavier really will have you melting all over the place. Amazing Dom. I really like that they're not perfect as well. They can screw up, and do it spectacularly, but still manage to work things out. That's one of the things I love most about reading BDSM is how much communication (and trust) is built into the relationships.
There was really only one thing I wish there'd been a little more of. And, yeah, maybe it makes me a bit blood thirsty ;) but I would have loved some real confrontations between Abigail and some of the secondary characters that gave her grief. It all worked out and was a damn satisfying read but I really wanted certain characters to be put in their place a little more. See? Blood thirsty. LOL.
My Liege of Dark Haven, I think was one of Cherise's best ones so far and it easily tied for my favorite read. Old fans won't be disappointed and for those just checking her out it works great as a stand-alone and introduction to her writing as well as BDSM in general. If you're a little curious about the subject she's definitely the one to read. She has a way of easing you into the subject, explaining without being technical and really making you believe in the scenarios and relationships. (less)
Well, damn. Who would have thought bowling would be so blasted...sexy? The setting for The Perfect Score was definitely one of the more unique ones I've seen for a romance but damn if it didn't totally work and have me itching to pick up a ball and head to the nearest bowling alley.
Babs, Veronica and Marlene were such an interesting group of friends and I loved that not only were they each completely different from one another but that their stories reflected that as well. It's a quick flowing read that really touched my heart as I watched the three women heal from past hurts and find love when and where they least expected. It's hot as hell too ;)
One Night Stand- 3.5 star
It's been years since Babs' divorce left her shattered and the last person she expects to see walking into the Perfect Score Tournament is her ex husband's former best friend, Jimmy Tanaka.
I really loved that Jimmy and Babs had a bit of history together and have wondered for years about being with the other. I always enjoy that connection between a couple and seeing them finally find each other again.
I did have a little trouble getting into this one mainly because Babs was too abrasive for me and took some warming up to. She has a very in-your-face attitude and masks her pain and insecurities with excess everything. Smoking, drinking and an endless string of one night stands which is one of those things that kinda skeeves me out. Especially when no condoms are involved. And yeah, I know it's fiction but ::shudder:: I completely understood why she behaved liked she did and my heart absolutely broke for her though.
Now, Jimmy. I LOVED him. He's Japanese (which I believe is a first in my reading) and completely swoon worthy. I loved his sensuality and flat out sexiness. He cooks, is determined and has a way about him that's so damn delicious. And holy hell the sex scenes with him are to die for. He's one of those heroes that'll have you panting for more :)
"Anticipation is part of sex, aijin. You must ride with me."
Widow's Weeds- 4.5 star
In the years after losing her husband in an accident Veronica has stopped living as well. Her life is dull and filled with loneliness but no one she meets ever makes her tingle and come to life. That is until she meets her new bowling partner, Patrice.
Widow's Weeds was really interesting and happened to be my first foray into f/f reading. It's just never been one of those things that really drew me in and I was a little nervous about it but you know? I really enjoyed it. I loved both of the women and thought they fit so nicely together as friends and a couple. You could really feel the connection between them and how comfortable they were with each other as friends (even with the awkward relationship moments thrown in).
I really loved how the relationship was handled as well. It completely won me over to Patrice. She really got how big a deal this was for Veronica and wanted to make her "first time" good for her. I think that made it easier for me too since I was sort of eased into the relationship just like Veronica. There were some really hard emotional moments as Veronica dealt with her new feelings and how much they went against her upbringing. I didn't love how she handled everything but oh I so understood her confusion and fear over the unknown. I was really proud of her in the end as well. I think if you're interested in f/f stories this one is an excellent place to start.
"Dinner right? What are you in the mood for?" Her voice was a little shrill and more high bitched than usual.
Patrice leaned forward and placed the tips of two fingers on Veronica's lips. They felt hot, like branding irons.
Marlene's Man- 5 star
Marlene's always been a big girl and dealt with people pulling her down. She's never really had someone to call her own and has focused on one goal. Scoring a perfect 300 game. And then in walks her new partner Buck Miller who changes everything...
I freaking loved this one! Marlene and Buck had a grin on my face nearly the entire time I was reading their story. They're both just awesome people and I loved all of their interactions both innocent and, well, not so innocent ;) The heat between them was unreal and lordy he's quite a hunk of man. I loved that Marlene was a little larger than your average heroine and that Buck loved her just how she was. They're fun and hot and sweet all mixed into one and were just a damn good time.
Buck was about to get lightheaded from his jeans cutting off the circulation to his dick. Holy hell. Marlene was sending him enough smoke signals to light his ass on fire. As they walked toward his truck in the parking lot, she reached over and palmed him. He almost fell over in surprise.
"Sorry, I just couldn't wait any longer. I'm like a kid on Christmas with a shiny gift."
"It ain't shiny yet, but keep that up and it won't be long." His voice wavered and he swallowed a groan that threatened to burst from his throat.
[A copy was received in exchange for an honest review.](less)
As much as I love the Kowalski's this one really just didn't work for me. From the lack of character development to the "romance", depressing secondary storylines to the glaring absence of the slightly insane family dynamic you can't help but love and wish you were a part of. It all lacked Stacey's usual humor and sweetness and what makes reading one of her books such an emotionally wonderful and satisfying experience.
Paige and Mitch were decent enough characters and their start had a lot of potential. He avoids putting down roots at all costs and is home just for a couple weeks to help with an injured brother when he meets Paige who is off men, fiercely independent and firmly planted in the small town he tries to avoid. There are some funny moments and smoldering looks there at the start but it just fizzles into a book that focuses more and more on sex for the sake of sex instead of the characters falling in love and growing as individuals.
There was a lot of telling in this book and not nearly enough showing. We constantly hear about Mitch's many, many conquests and how magnificent the man is in bed. And let me just say...EEWWWW. Who wants a hero that's spent time between nearly every pair of thighs in sight? Gleck! I mean, I know a lot of heroes have pasts and have gotten around but we're damn near beat over the head with how much Mitch got around and how it's Paige's turn to get her some good loving and then send him on his way. Very romantic, right? And for all that talk of his godlike sexual talents the intimate scenes are really lackluster and honestly not all that sexy or emotional.
Mitch and Paige felt just like what they were...friends with benefits and nothing more. I never felt them falling in love. There's a lot of inner thought's about how much they like the other. How sweet, caring and wonderful they are but you never actually SEE any of it or what makes them special to each other.
As for the secondary storylines neither really brought out the emotional response I'd imagine they were going for. There's a depressingly sad marriage breaking up because of a decade worth of lies. And a decades long feud that really had no merit since the woman blamed and hated the man for something he really wasn't responsible for.
What I found most disheartening was that after 280ish pages (yeah it's a short book) I really don't feel like I know Mitch or Paige. At all. I never got to the point where I felt invested in them and their future together. It was just a story to read and move on from. A complete opposite of the previous 3 books which are still near and dear to my heart after nearly 10 months. For a huge fan of the series this was a very big let down and aside from Stacey's name being scrawled across the cover I wouldn't believe it was written by the same author I've come to adore. I've got my fingers crossed the next book will bring us back to the feel and heart of the Kowalski family I've loved so much.(less)
Loving Lady Marcia was my first book by Kieran Kramer and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from her! It took me a little bit of time to get into the flow of her writing style but once I did I found myself completely engrossed in Marcia and Duncan's story. I love the whole enemies to lovers theme and when couples have a bit of a history together so I really enjoyed their tale. Add in some family drama and head strong characters and it was a fun little read.
She looked away, and he pulled her chin back around with a gentle finger.
"You should be kissed," he said. "Every day. By a man who adores you."
Duncan was hands down my favorite thing. I absolutely adored this man. He's a hero you can't help but fall for and one you'd be a fool not to want in your life. He does what he thinks is right, proper society and their opinions be damned. Especially when it comes to raising his young son who was illegitimate. I loved every second of their time together. There's a little more to their story that just melted my heart and had me falling even more in love with Duncan. Whew. He's good. Marcia was a little harder to warm up to because of her young age but she was still a delightful heroine. Determined and focused on what she wants, caring and compassionate and every once in a while a bit wild. Yeah, I liked her just fine.
There's a nice chemistry between Duncan and Marcia and it was rather entertaining to watch them figuring out their lives and falling in love. Things weren't as steamy as I usually prefer but it's a nice solid enjoyable romance.
If you watched the Brady Bunch growing up you might notice some subtle little glimmers of the show since it inspired the House of Brady series. A blended family, similar slightly tweaked names(ex-Cynthia, Janice), a couple familiar scenes, etc. I loved looking for all the little similarities. There were some sugary sweet moments just like in the show but all in all it really worked for me and made me smile.
If you like sweet and heart-touching stories I'd definitely recommend hunting down a copy of Loving Lady Marcia.(less)
Oh. Good! So, so, good! I was afraid Lothaire wouldn't live up to all the hype from the last few months. I wasn't all that thrilled with the last installment of Immortals After Dark and was dragging my feet a little with starting Lothaire. Turns out I had nothing to fear. It was....amazing! Cole is an absolute master! I mean really, who in their right mind would think Lothaire could be lovable and in fact totally make you fall for him?? Cole definitely had her work cut out for her but damn it all if by the end I wasn't just as smitten as Elizavetta!
Lothaire continues to be incredibly scary and utterly badass with a huge touch of crazy. He's finally found his Bride and blast the fates but she's stuck inside the body of a hillbilly mortal. To save his Bride and fulfill all of his desires he must find a way to get rid of her host's soul and make her immortal. For years Ellie fights the possession and dealing with the evil vampire goddess inside her who kills so many using her body and eventually lands her on death row. To Ellie's despair Lothaire arrives within minutes of her execution and imprisons her in his home dashing Ellie's hope that she was nearly free of the evil possessing her. And so their battle of wills begins.
I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamics between Ellie and Lothaire. With nothing left to lose Ellie is determined to stand her ground and not just fall into place. It did take me a little while to warm up to Ellie and her accent. It grated on me like it did Lothaire but eventually I found it pretty endearing just as he did. The girl is clever and has such a good heart. It was interesting to watch her come to terms with her situation, fight against it and analyze Lothaire. I love that she back talked Lothaire and didn't follow his orders like everyone else. His bafflement over her was something else. Really, who would dare go against his wishes? While not your typical hero in any way, shape or form Lothaire was a force you can't help but be drawn to. He's losing his mind and honestly the man has good reason to be. We get a peek into his early life and all of the betrayals he's had in his many, many years. What he's been through grips your heart and makes it ache. It's really no wonder he's evil and ruthless. I loved watching Lothaire come to terms with who his real Bride was and seeing a softer side to him. Cole did a wonderful job of changing him just enough but keeping true to his well earned reputation. Even in love he's still dark and just a bit twisted. He's definitely no sweetheart.
He lowered his hand, grumbling, "My heart doesn't fucking work right without you." Lothaire to Ellie
Loved this edition to Immortals After Dark. Was so good I'll definitely be reading it again some day. (less)
There are some books you just can't help but enjoy even if the heroine has a terminal case of being TSTL and you want to slug every man in sight at least once for their alpha he-man moments. Rescue My Heart? So one of those books. I loved it though. From Adam and Holly's somewhat turbulent relationship, which has had me curious as all get out since book one, to the undeniably cute animal menagerie that continues to shine.
Holly and Adam were fabulous together. I really liked that it wasn't exactly easy for them and that they gave each other a hard time more often than not. It was so fun to watch them get under each other's skin and see their relationship change over time. Seeing them provide comfort and safety for each other as they battled past hurts and personal demons as well. Everything about these two really worked for me. They're funny as hell too.
"Let's switch," she said after a while. "I'll drive, you keep a watch out." He shook his head and kept driving.
"Why?" she asked. "Because I'm a girl?"
"No, because you drive like a girl. No, scratch that. That's insulting."
"Yes," she said. "Thank you. It is insulting."
"Because you drive like a granny."
"What? I drive perfectly fine."
"Yes, for an eighty-year-old granny," he said.
She choked. "And how do you know that?"
"I've been behind you on the highway with an entire lineup of other people all stuck because you were going like fifty-five."
"Which is the speed limit!"
"Sixty-five on state highways," he said. "Seventy-five on interstate highways, which is where you were." He paused. "Driving like a granny."
"I do not drive like a... Oh, forget it." She went back to the binoculars, but she found she couldn't let it go. "I'll have you know, I actually got a speeding ticket last year."
"For driving under the speed limit?" he asked.
"No!" She might have smacked him, but she saw the twitch around his mouth. She was amusing him. She hated being amusing. At least in this context. "I want to drive, Adam." He grimaced. And kept driving. "I've been driving since I was fourteen," she said. "That's how old I was when I stole my dad's Bronco and took it for a joy ride."
"Yeah, I've head this story from Griffin." He slid her a glance. "You had it in low instead of drive, and you dropped the engine out on Highway 47."
"One tiny little mistake," she said.
And the sexy bits? Oh.my.god. Incredible. They're emotionally charged and singe the paper hot. They're some of the best I've read from Shalvis and will have you flipping back to reread them they're so damn good.
My only real complaint was that neither of the secondary storylines were fully explored. They added a touch of drama here and there but either didn't go anywhere and were forgotten or wrapped up way too easily and felt anticlimactic. Holly and Adam, though, definitely make up for that!
If you're a Jill Shalvis fan or just love a good contemporary romance you won't want to miss Rescue My Heart. It's full of laugh out loud moments and ones that will seriously touch your heart as you watch these two work through their pasts, their fears and figure out what they really need in life. All together it was a fantastic read that kept me thoroughly entertained and has me excited for the next book in the series!(less)
I saw "virgin werewolf Private Detective" and knew I had to read this one. I love a good mystery especially when there's some paranormal thrown into the mix and Lost just sounded like a fun story. And it turned out to be a very entertaining read :)
I really liked the main character, Amelia, who is struggling to find a bit of independence from her dads (yep you read that right. Amelia has two dads) and keep her wolfie side in check. The story is told from her point of view and the whole time I was listening to her talk it felt just like I was listening to one of my girlfriends telling a story over drinks. I was comfortable with her right from the start and really sympathized with her emotional turmoil and all the ups and downs she went through.
The story was very easy for me to get into and flowed nicely despite a couple editing blips along the way. There's a lot going on to keep things interesting as Amelia takes on the case of investigating a cheating husband even though things seem...off to her. It was kinda fun going along on the ride with her and knowing something just wasn't right but not being able to quite put your finger on it. And this case definitely pushes Amelia in all parts of her life. Upsetting her home life with her parents, sparking strange reactions and lusts inside of her she doesn't understand, etc.
The ending was pretty interesting and turned a lot darker than I expected which might be hard for some women to get through. (view spoiler)[There's an attempted rape (hide spoiler)]. Things end with a lot of questions still left up in the air and not quite explained. It's got me really curious to see where book two will take things and what answers will be uncovered. I'm really hoping her backstory will be fleshed out a bit more as well. I'd love to know more about how her family came to be. If you like mysteries with a little paranormal in the mix this one's a fun little read to check out.
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You just know you're in for a fun steamy read when it all starts with a nekkid man, with buns of steel, streaking through a bar. I had the best time reading Trouble at the Hotel Baba Ghanoush. It's a quick read full of non-stop action, streaking, make-you-pant sexy scenes, more streaking and just some damn good creative fun with very likable characters.
He shot past where Fontana sat at the bar, his muscular ass bunching with the effort of his long strides.
Her pulse jumped. If that's trouble, I want some.
The naked man disappeared through the kitchen doors. A collision of bodies sounded.
Fontana straightened. How was a woman to mind her own business when a nude man was in trouble? She shoved off the corner stool and dashed after the naked man...
Really, can ya blame the girl for dashing after him? Fontana and Brent were really fun characters to get to know especially with the setting being at a futuristic fantasy resort. Reality and fantasy kinda mix together which would be a total mind trip to actually go through not knowing quite what was real but it's hella fun to watch as these two try to figure everything out, while having really hot sex at every possible turn, of course ;) I really enjoyed all of the interactions between them in and out of the sheets. They worked well together and had me believing the attraction and relationship were real.
So, these sex scenes. Daaaammn. They're flipping hot and so creative. Okay, some of it was a little out there but it's really nicely done and will have you squirming. [there's this scene at a Roman baths fantasy that's quite possibly one of my favorite sex scenes ever- it's an out of body kinda thing and bizarrely...hot] I love when authors do something a little out of the ordinary and T.C. Archer definitely gave me something new which was awesome.
T.C. Archer totally has a new fan. I loved the science fiction erotica mix they created and can't wait to read more from this writing team. They definitely had me all hot and bothered and totally into the little fantasy world they created. Damn good time and one I'd recommend to anyone who likes an adventurous steamy read. (less)
So, maybe, Death is a Bitch but she's pretty damn awesome too. This was my first time reading Cate Masters and I thoroughly enjoyed it from the characters to the storyline. It's a quick story and I thought a pretty entertaining take on Death and mythology.
I really enjoyed both Death (the heroine) and Azrael (her boss as the Department of Death and Dying ::snort:: love that!). Azrael wasn't your smoothest of heroes but for some reason I found him completely endearing. His inner dialogue absolutely cracked me up. Death was a bit of a surprise. She's a total Type-A personality and incredibly dedicated to her work (but really not all that bitchy I didn't think). She had me on the verge of tears multiple times as she went about collecting souls and I saw how it affected her. The woman could be just as kind as she was fierce which I found so interesting to watch.
Death and Azrael have been secretly crushing on each other for ages but OMG these two just couldn't get their act together at all. I wanted to shake them more than once and add an "aw come on you two!" It did add some nice drama and was entertaining but whew, yeah, wore me out.
Steam-wise it's a mixed kinda thing and went from so tame I completely missed it was a sex scene until after it was over to a demon with a forked penis having a threesome.
Overall Death is a Bitch is a great little read and I enjoyed the storyline of a smitten and jealous demon, Damien, trying to foul things up for Death and Azrael. I actually really enjoyed Damien as a villain and would LOVE to hear his story told one day. The story really kept me smiling and entertained throughout and came with some nice emotional punches along the way. If you enjoy short stories and fun takes on mythology I'd definitely recommend grabbing a copy. (less)
Hm. This was my first time reading Lindsay McKenna and I ended with some mixed feelings about it. There were parts I enjoyed and found fascinating and...moreHm. This was my first time reading Lindsay McKenna and I ended with some mixed feelings about it. There were parts I enjoyed and found fascinating and then others that leaned towards the 'eh'. The writing was fairly easy to follow though a guide in the back for some of the military terms and events would have been very handy (Google helped me out a lot on this one). I was a bit too young when some of the events referenced actually happened so didn't know enough about them but if you know a bit about the Military it probably won't bother you.
I really enjoyed the investigation part of the story as Jim and Ellen looked into the death of instructor Susan Kane. There wasn't nearly as much action as I expected. It was actually pretty tame in that area but I found myself still interested and enjoying the revelations as they were uncovered. Kept wanting to turn the page to see exactly what had led up to Kane's death. The villains were just despicable and slimy individuals. I was so ready for them to get what was coming to them. I was surprised by how things ended up being handled and McKenna did a great job getting Jim and Ellen's frustration and sadness across to the reader. Was feeling it right along with them. It was also interesting (and horrifying) to get a peek into the life and struggles women have faced in the military. Since McKenna served I'm assuming it's fairly accurate.
The part I found rather 'eh' was the romance between Jim and Ellen. Personally, I didn't feel all that much of a spark or any heat between them. I did like them as a team though. I think I would have rather had their relationship be just friendship/work related and have had the romantic element left out. With the majority of the book focused on the investigation there wasn't enough time with just the two of them to make it believable. It was so slow going with just a kiss here and there up until the very end and then suddenly there's a full blown relationship that felt very out of character for the two.
I think that if you go into Silent Witness looking at it as a military mystery you'll enjoy it a lot more than if you're expecting a romance in a military setting. Looking at it that way it's a nicely done story and one I think is worth reading. I'll be giving McKenna another try sometime soon.
Okay, yall know I love Erin McCarthy. She's become one of my favorite authors and I've really enjoyed almost everything I've read of hers but gotta admit this wasn't one of my favorites. The basic premise was great. A down on his luck FBI agent, Derek Knight, who is on the verge of taking down a group of corrupt drug companies but runs into a couple complications, namely reporter Reese Hampton who wants to break the story and advance her career. The main characters were nice. I really liked Derek who is 10 years older than Reese and doesn't have the smoothest moves but is rather sweet and endearing. There's a big age difference between the two but that doesn't usually bother me. Reese, though I liked her in general, was rather immature and just didn't think things through which I found rather frustrating. She couldn't seem to grasp how her interference and determination to break the story NOW would damage the case and likely let the bad guys get away. She came across rather thoughtless towards Derek and a bit selfish in that regard.
There's a serious case of insta-lust going on between the two from the very start. And the next 269 pages were basically a sexfest for the two with the FBI investigation against the drug companies playing a very, very small role. Every other page these two were going at it like horny teenagers. There was also a really odd scene where they brought Derek's gun into the play that was just....weird and kinda creeped me out . It sure worked for them though. But damn it was just so bizarre.
I think my main disappointment was that while McCarthy's books usually have the hot and steamy going on in them the storyline is balanced out nicely with an actual relationship outside the sheets or or a decent plotline. This one leaned just a little too heavily towards that bedroom and didn't have enough other stuff going on to keep me all that interestd interested. While this wasn't my favorite read it would be great for a beach read where you just want a good romp and not too much of a plot. (less)
Not bad for a light little romance. 'Til There was U is the first book in Castell's O'Fallon series which follows the O'Fallon brothers and their new baby sister whose mom has suddenly disappeared and left her on their father's doorstep. So the boys are all heading back to Tennessee to help their dad and baby sister. The writing is easy but heavy on the Southern....color.
"Holy crap! You pulled a gun on him?" Thelma shrugged. "It's the South, dear. We do things a tad different than in California, like settle trouble ourselves and call the sheriff later and say 'Oh, my, whatever have I done? Lordy me.' Then do a Southern swoon. The swoon is a nice touch."
There are a couple different storylines/relationships going on so you don't really get too deep into any of them. 1) Rory O'Fallon and his baby's missing momma/the people out to get her 2) Thelma, the live in family friend/nanny and slimy deceitful Conrad then finally 3) our main couple Ryan O'Fallon and Effie Wilson who are both architects and work together in California. Fwhew!
I didn't mind the multiple storylines-- though I wasn't a huge fan of Thelma/Conrad. He was such an absolute scum for most of the book and Thelma was too gullible for me. It did work out in the end but I think I would have rather had more time with the main couple, who I really liked, instead. Ryan and Effie have known each other for a while and are pretty competitive with one another at work, drive each other a little crazy. Getting out of their element and into small town Tennessee was fun to watch. Seeing their personal relationship grow and seeing them spend a little time in the family business working on the river on a tug.
"The boy had me running all over that tug, checking out stuff and doing whatever else came into his little pea brain." She eyed Rory. "You have two other sons. You won't even miss this one."
I liked that Effie was feisty and determined to protect everyone around her even if that meant butting her nose into all of their relationships. And that she was a little fierce which peeved and proves she knows how to protect herself against the bad guys. She might panic a little bit but she's no wilting flower and does what needs to be done. Like that in my heroines. I also loved the humor that came into play over baby Bonnie and taking care of her. These two are brilliant architects but a tiny little baby causes a melt down. Just can't help but smirk over things like that.
"You're a woman; you know babies, right?" "All I know about babies is I was one. I'm an only child. My father's an accountant, my mother an attorney. We do professions at our house, not "Sesame Street." I don't actually remember even being a kid so much as a smaller adult who really liked Gummi Worms. Anyone under eighteen is a mystery to me. That was a long, nervous answer to your question. I do not know babies at all." Ryan stood. "Somewhere in your life you didn't babysit? Don't all girls do that? Isn't it a rite of passage or something?" "Like before we're awarded boobs?" Effie slapped her palm to her forehead. "What are we going to do? We're architects; we don't know about babies."
Over all 'Til There was U was a fun, quick read. There are a couple over the top moments but if you're looking for a little humor and a family that will do anything for each other this one will fill a nice couple of hours. I guessing the father's missing girlfriend storyline will continue into the next two books and I kinda like that tie in with them all. Looking forward to grabbing up the next book and meeting Ryan's brothers.
Advertising for Love is a free ebook I picked up from Barnes & Noble. The storyline is really rather sweet and the characters likable. It wasn't bad for a free read though it would benefit from a good edit and polish. I'm an easy going reader so I was able to look past it for the most part but if you're one that finds editing mistakes frustrating you'll want to skip over this one because there are good deal of them and it'll drive you absolutely nuts.
Tizzy, short for Trizella, works at our hero Grant's advertising firm. She's an incredible talent but because of an extremely traumatic experience in her past she's shy to the point where she has panic attacks when the focus of attention. She hides behind plain clothes, has a terrible stutter when nervous and low self esteem. She basically does everything she can to just be ignored. Grant is the opposite of Tizzy in many ways. He's the head of the company, confident, in charge. I really liked getting to see the two interact and how that chance car ride changed everything for both of them. Grant's a likable guy. He's gentle with Tizzy, understanding of her situation, is there for her when she has an attack and needs him. And Tizzy is one of those characters you can't help but feel for and care about. She's really pulls at your heart strings especially when you find out what happened to her years earlier.
Things weren't exactly smooth sailing between them. Misunderstandings, hurt feelings, rude coworkers who couldn't help but make comments about their differences, clients with a sudden interest in Tizzy. And that's where the side characters, who added a nice dimension but didn't overpower the main couple, came into play. There were a couple surprise twists and turns with them and their motives concerning the main characters. Maybe a little outlandish in reality but I liked how it played out and the roles they all ended up playing in getting Tizzy and Grant together.
Despite the lack of editing I really did enjoy Advertising for Love. It was a sweet read and a nice short story. I wouldn't have minded spending more time with the characters and getting to know more about them. This was my first read that actually took place in Australia which threw me a little because of some words/phrases but, you know, I actually enjoyed that once I got into the story. (less)
Might not be the catchiest title but it's a pretty good book! I picked up Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch not too long ago when I needed a book with a cowboy hat on the cover. I hadn't read Daniels before so didn't know what to expect and gotta say I was pleasantly surprised with what I found. The story was very light in the romance department and not steamy at all but the mystery and crime were very well done and kept me turning the pages. I enjoyed Daniels writing style which moved along nicely, easily held my interest, wasn't too fussy or difficult to follow. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more of her books.
Multiple murders over more than a decade, strange evidence found at the scene. Add in the weird affair between Dana's sister and Hud that broke them up years earlier, anonymous notes that brought Hud back into town, break ins, overall suspicious activity and attacks against Dana. There was just a lot going on with the case and I loved how it all intertwined.
Dana and Hud are both decent characters but I didn't feel too invested in them as individuals. I had nothing against them but found myself focusing more on the crime, instead of how things would turn out for them as a couple. I love a book that keeps me guessing and Daniels did a great job with that. There were so many possible suspects for all of the crimes that it wasn't until very close to the end that I finally decided who was behind everything.
I liked the ending and the way things played out. How things changed for some of the charactes/families after the murderer was revealed and the truth came out. I did wish there had been just one more scene at the end between the hero/heroine but it was still a nice ending that left the potential for a wonderful future for the couple.
Added little note: Oooh! Looks like there's a sequel coming out later this year!! So gonna have to pick that one up!(less)
I really enjoyed Donovan's Angel. It's a sweet, charming, has a little humor mixed in and a lot of small town drama. Paul, who's the town preacher, is...moreI really enjoyed Donovan's Angel. It's a sweet, charming, has a little humor mixed in and a lot of small town drama. Paul, who's the town preacher, is going about his business when his new neighbor falls into his life. Literally. As in, right out of a tree and into his garden. Martie's a tree climbing jazzercise teacher that plays baseball with the guys and wears wild crazy clothes. And Paul, he's completely and utterly smitten with this woman whose puppy who keeps stealing his things and bringing them home to his mistress. His purple socks, favorite boxers, every marigold in his flowerbeds.
I loved Martie and Paul as a couple. The two are so different from one another but absolutely perfect together. Martie's a free spirit wild child who fully embraces life balances Paul's quiet reserved soul. He's grounded, loves what he does and has a gentle, easy going spirit.
"You like playing with fire, don't you, Paul?" "Only since I met you."
Their relationship/courtship is really adorable. Martie is always trying to walk away from Paul because she doesn't think she's proper enough for a minister but Paul knows from the start that Martie is his future and the man gives chase. Just couldn't help but smile at his determination to win Martie over. He likes her just how she is, loud "honky tonk music", wild clothes, scandalous moments, the whole package. He just has to convince her that it doesn't matter what the town thinks. And man the little biddies in town make it rough on them.
This is short story and an older one. Was written back in 1986 plus it's kinda sorta a Christian romance so it's fairly tame and not nearly as racy as today's mainstream romance books tend to be. I kind of liked having a little change of pace and things being left to the imagination just a bit. Was a nice read about finding where you belong and overcoming small town opinions. Loved it!
Holy. Crap. That was just freaking amazing! It's been a while since I've read a good Urban Fantasy and Rachel Caine writes some of the absolute best....moreHoly. Crap. That was just freaking amazing! It's been a while since I've read a good Urban Fantasy and Rachel Caine writes some of the absolute best. She'll have you completely enthralled and leave you scared as hell of the weather and mother nature. Sweet Moses! If you've read her Weather Warden series you definitely need to check out Undone. It's a spin off on the Weather Wardens and so freaking good! Same world (loved that a bunch of old characters make appearances in this new one), same writing style but a different focus. For those that haven't read the series. Mother nature is more or less out to get us and the Wardens (Earth, Fire and Weather) along with Djinn can manipulate storms to help protect humans. Then, of course, there are wayward Wardens and Djinn and internal battles between the two sides that add to the threat to humans. The writing is action packed and fast paced, the plots fascinating and like I said they'll leave you good and scared of the next storm that pops up around you. There's an edgy sort of anticipation while you're reading too. Can you tell I loved this one?! If you're looking for a romance book this isn't it, at least so far. There are some hints of a potential relationship but so far just a good urban fantasy that's dark, gritty and full of action.
The spin off is focused on Cassiel, a Djinn that has been "undone" (basically death for a Djinn) and the Rocha family who are Wardens. There's a lot of tension and a lack of trust between them all. Especially her partner Manny's brother Luis. He's rough of Cassiel though they do eventually come to an understanding of sorts. Cassiel's a little awkward and it was interesting to watch her Djinn instincts, that she's superior to humans, war against her new emotions and the attachments she's forming. Loved her! She's very matter of fact, literal and fierce when the people she's accepted are harmed. And you seriously do not want a pissed off Djinn on your hands.
"Why did you destroy Manny's office, then?" "I--can't breathe--" "That is the point of choking you," I pointed out. "Haste, please, if you want to live."
There's a lot of turmoil in the world of Djinn and Wardens and attacks are not coming at the Rocha family. That's where all the action come into play. Death threats, murder, kidnappings, weather attacks, gangs. But it goes deeper than just the Rocha family and Cassiel and Luis are left to figure out who is behind all the chaos and destruction. Even though there were a lot of issues between the two I loved the pairing and look forward to seeing how their relationship changes over time. They're both determined and fierce fighters who may struggle with morals from time to time but are people you'd want on your side.
Caine does some things to her main characters that I just couldn't believe. She's just an insane author and takes some pretty big risks. Half way through Undone my mouth literally dropped open. I was so completely dumb struck by what happened to the main group of characters. Damn the woman can put you through the wringer but really in the most excellent way. That's really all I can say without throwing in some major spoilers but damn I so didn't see it coming!
Really this was just an excellent book and I enjoyed every aspect of it. I'm dying to see what happens next. If you haven't read Caine she's a master at cliffhangers so be sure to have book 2 on hand. Can't believe I didn't plan ahead this time Learn from my mistake people.
Stag Party is told by Dane aka Cernunnos which was pretty entertaining and so threw me for a loop when he' suddenly start talking about his...moreStag Party
Stag Party is told by Dane aka Cernunnos which was pretty entertaining and so threw me for a loop when he' suddenly start talking about his penis. Made me snicker a few times since I'd forget it was a guy talking more often than not. Dane's a little full of himself but he is a god after all, right? I liked him though. He could be so inappropriate at times but in a lighthearted just have to shake your head at him kind of way. Megan was great too. I liked that she didn't quite go along with everything Dane wanted and gave him a run for his money more than once. She's completely fascinated by the antlers that pop up when Dane's ticked which was kinda cute. The two were just fun together.
My favorite part were Dane's hellhounds. Each time he comes back they're recreated too and this time his mighty hell hounds are tiny toy poodles with red bows in their hair. OMG loved it!
“I have sieged many a castle in my day, m'lady, but my attack on your keep will be the sweetest of all."
She giggled as I kissed every inch of her face. "Oh, we're doing medieval now? Okay, I can do that. I've been to a Renaissance Faire. Avast ye varlet! No quarter!"
"That was piratical, dearling, but we'll go with it if you like. Lower your gangplanks and prepare to be boarded!"
Really liked Norse Truly too. Alrik and his men have been stuck on their ship for centuries and can't step foot on land without someone breaking their curse. Enter Brynna, a human that doesn't know she's really a valkryie, who can help the men and get them to Valhalla. Maybe? There were some hysterical moments when she's trying to explain foreplay to the 1300 year old viking warrior/ghost. So funny. The two were pretty sweet together. A little silly but sweet. I liked the confusing family connections and how everything worked out in the end for everyone. Was a fun read. And like I said, you just never know what's going to pop out of MacAlister's mind.
“I love you, Brynna. I will love you until the day I breathe my last. You belong to me, and I will make you the happiest of women. Now take off all your clothes, and pretend you are a Celtic princess about to be marauded by an incredibly virile Viking studmuffin." -Alrik
Ack! I now officially know WAY more about pregnancy than I ever wanted to know! I laughed. I cringed. I loved every second of it. McCarthy just writes...moreAck! I now officially know WAY more about pregnancy than I ever wanted to know! I laughed. I cringed. I loved every second of it. McCarthy just writes a fantastic book no matter the subject. Loved the main characters, the humor and how she managed to make the storyline of the heroine being pregnant with one guy and ending up with another one actually work.
Mandy and Damien were wonderful. Damien is just a fantastic guy even if he hides it pretty damn well and has a rep for being an ogre at work. Then there's Mandy with her tremendous spunk and courage. Standing on her own two feet, embracing her baby and doing whatever it takes to make a life for them despite the absolute schmuck of a father. Mandy and Damien fit together so nicely. He's rather demanding, impatient and has ogre tendencies but she doesn't take any of his crap and usually manages to turn it around on him when he tries to provoke her at work. Doesn't let it bother her and can see the man underneath the front he puts on. Always a fan of the hero meeting his match and getting a heroine that doesn't let him get away with anything. Just LOVED it!
McCarthy's humor is something else. She's one that can easily get me to laugh so hard I cry. I about died when Damien got his hands on Mandy's Everything Guide to Pregnancy book. Was hysterical. His horror, panic, awe. His fascination with Mandy's pregnancy did turn a little stalkerish but really was so sweet and endearing. Sending her links to baby sites, suggesting names, showing up at doctors visits. I'd love to post some of my favorite quotes but honest to God I would turn all kinds of red even typing them. I felt so bad for Mandy enduring Damien and his curiosity about the pregnancy and his tendency to ask whatever he was thinking. Hysterical but oh so embarrassing.
The Pregnancy Test was a fantastically fun book and one I was quite sad to see end. The relationship was sweet and funny, warmed your heart and made you laugh out loud. I loved seeing this family come together and really hope they'll pop up now and again in the rest of the series.
Lori Foster is one of those authors that just makes me happy. Doesn't matter which of her books I'm reading. If they're her new books or one of her firsts (like this one). Mercenaries, fighters, preachers. Part of a series or a stand alone. They just make me happy. Really can't ask for more than that, right? I hadn't heard of this one but saw it at the store and had to grab it up. Wasn't quite sure what to expect but whoa, baby, it really wasn't such a hot and steamy start! Got me to blush there for a second. Whew! Everything gets started at a Halloween party where Tyler and Carlie end up spending the night together. She's had a crush on him and wants to throw caution to the wind just once as long as she can hide behind her costume and keep her identity hidden. Yeah, you know that's gonna end in a bit of drama
Tyler and Carlie are a pretty entertaining duo. They're both sharp, a little snarky and skilled at throwing barbs and jabs, teasing and arguing with each other. I liked that while Tyler was searching for his mystery woman an unexpected friendship started up between the two. And that he fell for her how she was, frumpy clothes (that he really didn't like) and all. The two were just fun to watch together.
“She pulled a deck from a drawer and sat across from Tyler. "What would you like to play?" She looked at Tyler.
Carlie started to rise, her mouth drawn in annoyance, but Tyler stopped her. He was laughing. "Okay, okay. Bad jest. Sorry."
She nodded grudgingly. "So. What should we play?"
With a twinkle in his eyes, he asked innocently, "Old maid?"
She threw the cards at him, then sat there glaring.
"Well, I suppose that decides it." He grinned wryly, a card sitting on top of his head, the rest scattered in his lap and on the floor. "Fifty-two pickup it is."
One of my favorite things was that we not only got to see the two getting to know each other but also get a more serious side with them giving back and doing something positive for a group of at risk kids. They'd both survived hard childhoods and were passionate about children and giving them a chance. I liked that little link between them and how they turned a negative experience into something positive.
The big reveal of Carlie's secret identity, though you saw it coming and Tyler figuring everything out, was pretty awful. Not poorly written but in the 'hard to sit through' kind of way. Damn. It was not a pretty sight. Tyler's rightfully ticked and Carlie got down right mean and cold after everything came out. It was the only time I wasn't a huge fan of hers. She really put him through the ringer and while I understood where she was coming from I found myself sympathizing more with Tyler. It's always hard to feel like you've played the fool but even worse for someone who has trust issues from a hard childhood. I just wanted to scoop him up and fix everything for him.
Impetuous had me laughing and my heart melting for both Carlie and Tyler. It's a short little read that had a nice bit of emotional punch and was just a good time. Not bad for Foster's first time out. Not bad at all. (less)
So, I had some mixed feelings going into Head Over Heels. I loved all the glimpses of Sawyer in the past books so was really excited to finally get to read his story but Chloe, Chloe got on my nerves a bit the last two books so I wasn't all that sure I'd really enjoy this one. I should have had a little faith, though, because Shalvis just writes a damn good book and I should have known she'd be able to win me over completely. And pretty much right from the start too.
On the outside esthetician Chloe Traeger and Sheriff Sawyer Thompson seem like polar opposites. She's the "wild child" and has always been on the move, skirting responsibility, a goes-where-the-wind-blows-her kind of woman. Sawyer on the other hand is hard working, responsible as all get out, and doesn't do anything too wild or crazy these days.
But man were these two perfect for each other regardless of what anyone else might think.They're both haunted by their pasts and feel trapped by how people see them because of it. It really hurt to see how little faith Chloe's sisters had in her and that no one important to her took her seriously. The pain she felt over that was just heartbreaking. And Sawyer. Even though he's become a good and decent man his misspent youth and a rather hateful father keep him feeling inadequate and trying to make up for his past. Lord these two really just got to me and made me ache for them. Ack, I know that sounds rather dark and moody but oh it was so good getting to see them heal and overcome their insecurities because of each other. They really were a good pairing. Funny, sweet, caring. I loved their interactions over silly things and things a bit more serious.
“She ran her gaze over his chest with frank appreciation. Then he shivered, realizing he hadn't really considered the weather. It was forty-five degrees max, but Chloe was giving him a go-on gesture with her hand. "All I have left is my pants," he said. "Yes, please." "It's cold, Chloe." She tilted her head. "Are you worried about shrinkage?" Well, he was now.
I really liked how Chloe's severe asthma and how it impacted her daily life was used in the storyline. The limits she was under, the dangers and especially how Sawyer reacted to her condition. That he wasn't scared off by it and went proactive on his own. Doing all kinds of research on ways to help her through her attacks and how to prevent them. Was so amazingly sweet how much he cared about her and added a nice layer to their relationship and the story in general when it got the best of her.
One thing that was a little different in this one was an added story arc outside of the couples relationship. In this case a criminal element that wound up involving both Chloe and Sawyer and dragging parts of his past out into the open. Was an interesting addition to the peaceful and gossip filled town of Lucky Harbor.
I was actually a little sad for this one to end. I've really fallen for this set of sisters and their men so it's a bit bittersweet to have hear all of their stories. I'm really glad there are going to be more books in the series and with the town folk and am curious to see where Shalvis goes from here. If the sisters and their men will still play parts in the next books and how she'll introduce the new heroes/heroines. Should be interesting... (less)
33 books into the In Death series and JD Robb continues to impress the hell out of me and leave me excited for more. I love the world she's created, t...more33 books into the In Death series and JD Robb continues to impress the hell out of me and leave me excited for more. I love the world she's created, the characters and finding out a little more about them--I'll admit it's my comfort series and one I can't get enough of and New York to Dallas? It was a little different than the rest of the books in the series--starting with the title, how things played out and the location since this time nearly the entire book took place outside of New York--and it was incredible.
One of my favorite things about this series is that it's Eve and Roake throughout. I love watching their marriage and how they deal with her cases, with their pasts and when things between them are...not so perfect. The series, I think, has really been building towards this book for Eve. There are so many unknowns about her childhood and so many horrors she deals with because of her early years and her current case taking her back to her "home" was really something else. My gut was absolutely churning over her memories and what being there did to her emotionally.
"You're fucking welcome," he called after her.
She answered by stabbing her middle finger into the air before she slammed the bedroom door.
"Oh aye, back at you, darling."
I adore Roarke. He's one of the best heroes out there--if only he were real! And I loved his emotions in this one. How hard it was for him to watch Eve struggle with new revelations about her past. How strong he could be. How caring--the man is such the mother hen and I love that he takes care of Eve even when she's deliberately trying to pick fights with him or wanting to be left alone. That man adores her like nothing else and stands by her through everything. And, damn me, when he lets his temper come out it's pretty damn sexy too.
And even with tempers and emotions flaring this...
But she walked back to him first, wrapped her arms around him. "I'd rather be screwed up with you than smooth with anybody else."
I mean. I just love these two.
My only complaint--and what kept this from getting a full 5--was that for the most part the secondary characters that are usually a big part of the storyline were almost completely absent or had very minor roles. And...I missed them. So much. Robb is freaking genius when it comes to using a support cast and getting you invested in them and damn I missed getting to see all of the back and forth between them.
New York to Dallas was pretty damn close to a perfect read and was really a great addition to the series. It was tense, emotional, disturbing--it really hurts seeing Eve having to battle not only the current case but the ghosts of her past. But as hard as that was it was also wonderful seeing her and Roarke--even if things weren't perfect--deal with it and hopefully find some closure. I really can't wait to see what happens next with them.
Hhmmmm. Tempting the Beast is the first in the lengthy Breeds series by Lora Leigh. I read a bunch of reviews before jumping into the series and honestly wasn't sure what to expect. People seem to either really love it or really hate it. I ended up being kinda in the middle. It didn't blow me away but something about it will have me picking up the next book in the series. There are some aspects that I liked but there were also some parts of the story that drove me up the wall.
Tempting the Beast is paranormal erotica so you can pretty much expect instalust and a sexfest. I really didn't mind either. Like I said, it was pretty expected. The barbed penis? Not so much but I figure if I could wrap my head around Elizabeth Amber's heroes that have two penises then I could handle this too and, well, it seemed to work for the heroine so why not. The language is a little iffy on this one. If you don't like the C word then steer clear. It's used. Liberally. Eh. What got to me though were things like nubbin and frothing. Ya know? Just not sexy words. I'm thinking the intent wasn't to send me into a fit of giggles or ick me out but really what were they thinking?!
I did love the premise behind the series. A group of genetically engineered human/animal hybrids that were created to be killing machines. In hiding and being hunted by the very people who created them. And a group of reporters, the heroine's family, determined to expose the atrocities carried out against the Breeds. Not bad. I'm a big fan of kitty shifters too so I loved that the Breeds involved were all some type of cat. I also really enjoyed Callan, the hero. He does go a bit caveman but it's part of his nature and he's at least consistent and knows what he's doing even if he can't seem to stop himself. He also really cares about the people around him and will do anything to keep them safe.
"You will drive me insane." His voice was resigned.
Merinus was quiet for long moments. Funny, her father and brothers used the same tone of voice and the same words often. What the hell did she do?
Yeah, I pretty much felt the same way about Merinus. She's one of those classically too stupid to live heroines and annoyed the hell out of me for most of the book. She's incredibly naive and full of contradictions. She's brave and pushy then suddenly weak and petrified for no real reason. Is a complete sex kitten and a pro at oral sex her first time out but can't figure out how to masturbate. Really? She's terrified of Callan and stupidly putting herself in danger by running away and then *screeeecch* 180 and she's suddenly telling him she loves him and refuses to leave him. Teasing and completely unafraid of him. Uh, huh?! I swear I heard tires squealing in my head. Was a total WTH moment. I even flipped back thinking I'd missed a good chunk of pages. I still don't know what the hell happened. And then after that she's almost normal and stable with her behavior. Was such an odd transition in their relationship.
Government cover-ups, betrayal, strong family bonds. I could have done with a little less sex and a bit more storyline but for PNR erotica it wasn't bad. I'm not quite 100% on board with the series but I'm going to give the next couple a try. Leigh did do a good job of getting me curious about some of the side characters like Merinus's brother and setting up potential storyline arcs. (less)
Binding Arbitration was one of those books that did a total number on me. Oh man, it was not a pretty sight. I spent most of my Sunday afternoon an absolute blubbering mess. Marx did a fantastic job of getting this reader to really feel everything her hero and heroine were going through. I was angry, and frustrated, had my heart broken and mended right along with Aiden and Libby as they struggled to deal with a painful past and going through any parent's greatest fear. Their journey was gut wrenching and heart warming all at the same time and will no doubt have you reaching for the tissues.
For a while there at the start I really wasn't sure I was going to fall for either of the main characters. Libby's a defense lawyer (yikes) and Aiden, well, I agreed with Libby completely that he was "a conceited, spoiled, spineless bastard." But somewhere along the way these two both wormed their way into my heart and completely won me over. I really liked was neither of them were perfect. They screw up, they get defensive and bristle up to hide what they're feeling and are just real people you can relate to and understand. My heart really went out to Libby. And Aiden? He pulled himself together like I would never believe and turned into an incredible man willing to do anything to fix the wrongs in his past.
There were a couple things that did give me some trouble. I had a hard time keeping all of the secondary characters straight and really wish I'd kept a list of who they all were. And then there's an imaginary umpire that chats with/mocks Aiden. He just didn't work for me but thankfully as the book goes on it threw me less whenever he'd pop in.
Overall, I'm so glad I had the chance to read Binding Arbitration and that I pushed through the first couple chapters that had me feeling pretty confused. The incredible emotional response Marx created and the moving storyline with it's twists and surprises vastly overshadowed any troubles I had along the way. I'm really hoping that since there were a couple unfinished storylines that means we'll be getting another book at some point. No doubt it will be a wonderful experience as well. (less)