When this story first started, I wasn't sure it was going to be my style... a little cheeky, a little quirky, and a heroine seemingly set from the staWhen this story first started, I wasn't sure it was going to be my style... a little cheeky, a little quirky, and a heroine seemingly set from the standard "I'm a clutz with no self confidence until some beefy rich alpha man comes to sweep me of my feet" mold. It was also distracting that the two major characters have names that are solid cannon from two other very popular and well known story universes. Fortunately, Mac has a sense of humor and an engaging modern inner monologue to rival her namesake and, after Torment and Mac start getting to know each other, their relationship is amusing, fun, and intense in a good way. I had a great time following it. I was a little disappointed that the story adopted several currently common trends (cute text messaging, uber rich young buff bossy guy in disguise who is head over heels for the girl he barely knows), but those things are also part of what gives Against the Ropes its charm and why I enjoyed it.
This story has an intensity about it that alternates between sexual thrills and the emotional upheaval of confronting a traumatic past. It has aspects that reminds me of Fifty Shades (Max/Torment's possessiveness and protectiveness) and Real (his fighting, won't-back-down spirit and brawler hair-trigger temper). I enjoyed both those reads so Against the Ropes was a happy meet in the middle for me, harnessing the best of both stories and keeping the rest in a lighter tone with Mac's humor. Against the Ropes is an emotional roller-coaster that I'd line up for again and again!...more
Wicked Beat is one of those stories that initially felt "off", like a friend you just met and aren't quite sure you're gonna gel with just yet, and grWicked Beat is one of those stories that initially felt "off", like a friend you just met and aren't quite sure you're gonna gel with just yet, and grew into a comfortable, quirky pal you can't get enough of. This was my first foray into Sinners territory and I adored Eric's and Rebekah's sense of humor even when I didn't get it. The secondary characters are all distinct and unique and appealing in their own right, especially Trey, the playboy guitarist who swings both ways and has more heart than I initially gave him credit for.
I loved that the story covers some serious ground as well as giving us a tantalizing glimpse into the life of a rock star, with all the highs & lows, glitter & dirt, craziness and normality. I'm really looking forward to reading the next chapter in this band's story, especially if it's about Trey! If you haven't read about Sinners and you like your heroes brilliantly quirky and your romance with lots of sex, more sex, and rock & roll, Wicked Beat is just the erotic romance for you!...more
A good amnesia plotline, when well-executed, can give the reader a smooth, organic introduction to the story world and characters, and Forgotten SinsA good amnesia plotline, when well-executed, can give the reader a smooth, organic introduction to the story world and characters, and Forgotten Sins is a great example of how to pull it off. Following along with Shane's self-revelations and doubts is an excellent vehicle for lending us insight into his personality and encouraging a compassion that might otherwise be difficult to dig up for such a stubborn and mercurial hero. The plot of the story unfolds naturally and is well paced, and the passion between Josie and Shane is smokin' hot.
Forgotten Sins is signature Rebecca Zanetti. If you like strong military-trained alpha males with heart, men who are willing and able to scrap, sacrifice, and protect for their families, do not miss this starter story for an explosive new series!...more
Taste the Heat is a charming, heartfelt story about old love, unexpected betrayal, and finding yourself through the ashes of a painful past. Colby andTaste the Heat is a charming, heartfelt story about old love, unexpected betrayal, and finding yourself through the ashes of a painful past. Colby and Jason's story is both sweet and alluring, leaving you feeling satisfied and full of hope. He is a great hero - gentle, confident, and courageous - and she is beautifully flawed with a welcoming personality. And Emma, Jason's daughter, is an adorable little tornado of a preteen who very nearly stole the show!
Taste the Heat is a quick and engaging read with emotional depth and a lovely Happy-Ever-After. All the characters are very likable and the New Adult genre keeps the heat rating on this story low, meaning there's nothing explicit or overtly sexually to distract from the flow of the romance. This book is a recommended read! If you're a fan of this genre of books, sweet romance without the bite, you may also like Kissing the Maid of Honor by Robin Bielman....more
Oh Daniel, such deep waters. This man has constructed a playboy facade to cover up a lifetime of deeply ingrained self doubt. Our off-limits officer has some serious skills, and I don't just mean as a hostage negotiator. This book is hot hot hot! Did I mention hot? Smokin'. The connection between Story and Daniel is of the charts, some of the best sexual chemistry I've ever read.
There is an intensity between Daniel and Story that is raw and impulsive, and his dominating swagger is just about to die for. I love his take-charge tendencies and the vast collection of intimate skills that he uses against her, almost as sensual weapons. Daniel's intensity of emotion for Story drives him to be aggressive and overwhelming and it is SO sexy! He's definitely an alpha male so if that hero archetype is your thing, you will devour this book!
These characters are layered, both of them having buried demons and deep wounds from their pasts, and they never get boring.
The ending is a little predictable, I mean the hero is a hostage negotiator after all. Even so, it didn't play out as I'd expected and it was nice seeing Story get to flex her brain muscles a little.
The characters are nicely layered and all likable, even the secondary ones. The passion between Story (what a great name!) and Daniel is fierce and well-executed. I loved the way Daniel's hostage negotiation skills and Story's teacher psychology played into their interactions. This is a great read for anyone who enjoys a good policeman romance and likes their sex scenes hot and dirty!...more
The premise for this book was good, but I had a hard time becoming immersed in it. The hero, Trace Weston, was a little to pushy and "MINE!" for me; hThe premise for this book was good, but I had a hard time becoming immersed in it. The hero, Trace Weston, was a little to pushy and "MINE!" for me; he needed a few more redeeming qualities besides just loving Skye nearly to death. Skye Sullivan also frustrated me. I do not like wilting-lily heroines and, despite her attempts to boost her courage, she came off as more whiny and weak than endearing to me.
The chemistry between them was pretty good but had little build up and I felt the love scenes could have been a little more fleshed out. With all the high review scores Ms. Eden's books usually garner, I was expecting much more and I'm sad to say I only nominally enjoyed Mine To Take. I didn't love or hate it... it was just okay. ...more
Twisted was an engaging, quick read that fits nicely into the Dark Protector series lore and ties up some story elements that have been intensifying fTwisted was an engaging, quick read that fits nicely into the Dark Protector series lore and ties up some story elements that have been intensifying for the last few books. I enjoyed getting to see the real Terrent Vilks, in both his love and sweetness for Maggie and also his overwhelming ferocity and lethal skill. Maggie's storyline was satisfying as well, especially since Ms. Zanetti doesn't take the easy path for her.
Parts felt a little rushed and I think this could have easily been expanded into a longer length novel. The ending seemed a little too pat and convenient, Terrent going along with it perhaps a tad too easily, but overall this is a great read with a sizzling connection between the characters and a good waypoint between Kane's Provoked and Jace's Shadowed. ...more
Every story in the Knights of the Boardroom universe seems to top the one before it... in intensity, writing quality, and that je nai se quoi that makEvery story in the Knights of the Boardroom universe seems to top the one before it... in intensity, writing quality, and that je nai se quoi that makes an excellent story stand out and stick in your memory. Willing Sacrifice, the book showcasing Janet and Max's journey, exceeded all my expectations and left me feeling like the series could end here (and it may) and it would be the ideal conclusion.
In previous books, I didn't get a real sense of who Janet was and Max was just a face that stood out among the secondary players. In Willing Sacrifice, I loved Janet as the heroine and Max was my ideal romantic hero: military fit and trained, confident but not overbearing, able to both follow and lead, and willing to do whatever is needed for his woman. If you have not yet read a Joey W. Hill novel, you are missing out on worlds of adventures, family, and emotions strong enough to leave you always wanting more. ...more
*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***
Eli and Rick have been quietly dating for years, long before ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was repealed, but they’ve been separated for the last year while Eli was deployed in Africa. Having parted on not-so-great terms, with Rick pushing to make their relationship public now that their careers wouldn’t be in danger, our boys have a lot of emotional baggage to process, especially since Eli hasn’t even told his family he’s gay.
I really enjoyed the reverse power exchange between them. Even though Eli is technically the higher ranking of the two men, and is a professional badass, Rick has a slight dominance in the relationship. There’s no kink here, just two long-time lovers who are also best friends. I also liked that, unlike some of the other stories in the series, which were written in the happily-for-now 1Night Stand format, this story has a happily ever after.
Both characters are strong, both emotionally and physically, with solid morals and family bases. They’re old enough to know what they want and be willing to fight for it, and their long history together gives the story more depth and than is typical in a story of this shorter length. The sex scenes are steamy, but not vulgar, and help enrich the connection between the two men.
Heather Long’s Always A Marine series showcases flawed, honorable, brave service men and women who work together to push through their issues, whether war-related or just plain everyday life stresses, and A Marine Affair is a solid addition to the family. This is the second story so far to feature two men as the protagonists and I love the way Ms. Long captures the rougher spirit of their relationship; there’s something inherently different about how a man responds to another man romantically than how a man and woman interact. A Marine Affair is a Recommended Read!...more
The connection between Luke and sela is on slow simmer, building naturally throughout the story from a base of mutual attraction and shared history. I love that Luke is a sports photographer and that Sela writes an anonymous advice column. Wedding stories are fun because of all the festivities and atmosphere of excitement, and Kissing the Maid of Honor has that in spades.... complete with a worried, fluttering bride!
Luke has a big soft heart and magnetic personality and Sela is sensitive, caring, and sweet. They are adorably cute together with all their teasing banter. This story is a refreshing, invigorating revitalization of life, taking me away to the coast, where wedding fever fills the air and happily ever after is a guaranteed thing. All the characters are loveable, especially Luke and Sela, and I'd be delighted to see this turned into a series to focus on some of the others.
Kissing the Maid of Honor is a sweet romance with energy and heart. You'll feel the characters' emotions right along with them, through every little self doubt and soaring joy. This story has passionate romance without the sordid details. If you prefer your contemporary romance with closed door love scenes and open, honest emotions, this is the story for you!...more
Parts of this were really emotional and even unexpected (Brett freaking kills me and Leo makes me smile). The story covers a pretty good chunk of timeParts of this were really emotional and even unexpected (Brett freaking kills me and Leo makes me smile). The story covers a pretty good chunk of time (from before the pregnancy to after the birth) and explores the various emotional possibilities of a situation where a child is shared between two groups of lovers. Adding in the fact that more than half of them are vampires gives Beyond the Edge extra dimension. Some parts were slow but overall I really enjoyed this book. It has heat and menage, but don't read it for that. Read it for the journey of these two "couples" as they come together to be a family in truth....more
This short has a lot of great things going for it... strong male characters who push for what they want, rich emotional depth with layers of history tThis short has a lot of great things going for it... strong male characters who push for what they want, rich emotional depth with layers of history to help sell it, and an intense BDSM experience that is neither too technical and obtuse nor too flowery or feminine or over-the-top. I also loved that the story doesn't end with the morning after and gives the reader a satisfying epilogue that makes you want to keep reading about these guys in their own series. Excellent short read and totally worth the investment (money, time, and emotion!). Loved it! Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys male/male bdsm erotica with the Master/sub dynamic....more
Overall this story is woefully short with a lot of potential. The idea is fresh and the perspective is a unique opportunity for readers to experienceOverall this story is woefully short with a lot of potential. The idea is fresh and the perspective is a unique opportunity for readers to experience history as it actually unfolded, in the midst of the wars and drama and little every day details that are such a mystery to us now. I enjoyed the interaction between the characters, in all the multiple menage variations, and was nowhere near ready for it to end!
That said, Taylor accepted that Brody and Veris are vampires very easily, with little internal struggle. I'd liked to have seen more shock from her about that especially after their unexpected shared visions. The chemistry between these three is hot. I really wanted to see more between the two men but there is just enough teased about their relationship to make it tantalizing. The time jumps are intriguing, although not well explained in this installment of the series. I also didn't quite grasp some of the political negotiations. This is worth the read on its own as a novella, but especially as a precursor to Kiss Across Swords, which is fantastically epic and an addicting, immersive read. Recommended!...more
After the first quarter of the book I thought this was going to be a DNF (did not finish). I started flipping through to see if it got any better, lesAfter the first quarter of the book I thought this was going to be a DNF (did not finish). I started flipping through to see if it got any better, less juvenile. For about the first 2/3 it was pretty immature, in both story and writing style... shallow with little emotional depth. I thought maybe it was just the character of the male protagonist (if you can even call him that), but even the parents and grandparents came off as immature. Then, suddenly, around the 2/3 mark, everything opened up and the characters had more depth and the story more weight. If the entire book had been this way I could have given it a better score.
Not recommended. It was just "okay", and there are plenty of other books out there that are actually worth the purchase price....more
There are so many surprise crack-up moments in this story that I literally laughed out loud every 30 minutes. It swings between a dark gravity and a lThere are so many surprise crack-up moments in this story that I literally laughed out loud every 30 minutes. It swings between a dark gravity and a light-hearted comedic adventure. The relationship between Sidney and her best friends is straight up hilarious and oh so heart-warming. It made me long for my own college days and wish we'd had our own impromptu Abs of Steel competitions.
Dr. Peter Granz is a handsome mystery, full of smooth comebacks and intelligent perception. Living up to the book's title, both he and Sidney are damaged, and it's very intimate feeling when they circle around the things that have happened to them and how they still cope with it. The only thing I didn't care for was the cliffhanger ending, but at least it wrapped up part of the story nicely! Damaged was a quick, enjoyable contemporary romantic read. ...more
Werewolves Be Damned starts off strong and keeps up that heady momentum until the bittersweet close. This is a great new series starter from Stacey KeWerewolves Be Damned starts off strong and keeps up that heady momentum until the bittersweet close. This is a great new series starter from Stacey Kennedy, a paranormal romance with heavy undertones of urban fantasy. The world building is snappy and vivid and Ms. Kennedy doesn't pull any punches when it comes to putting her characters in rough (and often painful) spots. I loved the chemistry between Nexi and Kyden and their personalities are unique and compelling. Nexi is a strong, kick-ass heroine with an edge of brash impatience, and Kyden is her caveman protector with a sensitive, respectful core. The supporting characters in the series are likable and memorable too. Magic & Mayhem promises to be addicting and fast-paced, a new paranormal romance series to keep your eye on!...more
Decadent Publishing's 1Night Stand stories are notoriously short, and for Heather Long's Always a Marine series, that's part of what makes the books sDecadent Publishing's 1Night Stand stories are notoriously short, and for Heather Long's Always a Marine series, that's part of what makes the books stand apart from all the other military romances out there. A Marine and a Gentleman is a particular favorite of mine because of the existing dynamic between the two characters. Good friends since high school, our guys have each had a crush on the other and were never able to explore it (or even admit to it!). Their one night stand has heat, heart, and the possibility of a happily every after, even if we only really get to see the happily right now. I also really enjoyed the brief appearance of some of the other couples from the Always a Marine series and references to their stories. Excellent short read that doesn't require you to read the rest of the series!...more
I really enjoyed the first foray into Blackthorn with Blood Shadows and Blood Roses did not disappoint! Caleb is every bit as ruthless, unpredictable,I really enjoyed the first foray into Blackthorn with Blood Shadows and Blood Roses did not disappoint! Caleb is every bit as ruthless, unpredictable, alpha, and manipulative as I'd hoped and Leila had a fighting spirit that made her an excellent match for him. One of my favorite things about Ms. Pryor's writing is how she sets the scene so vividly and masterfully so you feel you're there in the moment without being distracted by lengthy, unnecessary descriptions.
I'd have liked to see a little more of Blackthorn, however, and the conclusion between Leila and Caleb felt a little unfinished, but this storyline is absolutely building up to something monumental and it'll be a ride to get there! If you haven't read Blood Shadows, start there or you won't understand some of the world references and the full depravity of Blackthorn....more
I was really hoping to like this one since I've had such good luck with most of the 1Night Stand series, but this story was fairly disjointed. I didn'I was really hoping to like this one since I've had such good luck with most of the 1Night Stand series, but this story was fairly disjointed. I didn't really get a sense of emotion from the men and their relationship seemed shallow and awkward.
Overall, it was just okay. Not something I'll read again....more