I can't help myself. Drew is my guilty pleasure... and I love it when the story if from his POV.
Surprises in this book - when I started reading, I somI can't help myself. Drew is my guilty pleasure... and I love it when the story if from his POV.
Surprises in this book - when I started reading, I somehow thought I'd missed a chapter or a book in-between? I'm not sure why Ms. Chase starts us with such a gap in time, but I thoroughly enjoyed the book. From the ending, I'm guessing this is the end of this series - hope not!...more
My new favorite couple... Whyborne and Griffin! Who knew that Victorian America (Boston-area) could be so full of terror and sex?
At first blush, WhyboMy new favorite couple... Whyborne and Griffin! Who knew that Victorian America (Boston-area) could be so full of terror and sex?
At first blush, Whyborne might seem stereotypical - the geek, the gay man hiding in the closet in an era when it could literally mean losing everything, the boy hated by his father and brother but loved by his mother - I find him charming. The touch of "magic", his specialty of languages, and his unique brand of stubbornness and rebellion make him quite likeable and quite relatable. And for all of Griffin's good looks and charm, we discover how his tormented past drove him to start anew but can he? Or will it follow him?
Yes, there is possibly some more modern-day sensibilities here, especially towards feminism and gay love, than perhaps would be present in that actual day. But it's the way that these 3 characters - Whyborne, Griffin, and Christine (Dr. Putnam)- stay true to themselves while trying to play society's game that keeps us so fascinated. Well, that and a well-told horror story full of gore and ghoul and goth.
I have mixed feelings about this book. It's HOT, STEAMY, SASSY, and ADDICTING. But it's difficult to suspend disbelief, especially when you3.5+ stars
I have mixed feelings about this book. It's HOT, STEAMY, SASSY, and ADDICTING. But it's difficult to suspend disbelief, especially when you get to the end of the book.
It looks like we're being set up for a series that eventually takes us into a menage, if Lydia's dreams are any indication. And in the context of this book and Matt's/Mike's feelings, that feels wrong for these characters.
The "Secret Boss" show idea is a cool premise. And Mike certainly has his eyes opened about how his employees view him and how his company is run. He's an interesting mix: alpha male, ambitious, somewhat greedy (to become a billionaire), but also a Regular Guy who's made his own way, worked hard to get to the top, and now that he's there, is somewhat trapped by success and status.
It's not difficult to see that Jonah, the sleezy, hungry, young producer of the Boss show is not to be trusted. And while Mike knows it and is wary of Jonah, his every day interactions & behavior with Lydia doesn't show it. So getting caught? Yeah, a rookie mistake....more
Hmmm... while I was reading this story, I was willing to suspend my disbelief and go with it. But even I was snapped out of that willing disbe3+ stars
Hmmm... while I was reading this story, I was willing to suspend my disbelief and go with it. But even I was snapped out of that willing disbelief in the ending of this book... so much promise, and yet.
This is Callie's story - the bratty sub that Thorpe's got it bad for, except he's too dark, too Dom, and too "something" to allow himself to show his feelings. Callie's always had it bad for him; so much so, that she allowed a Dom to collar her - Sean Kirkpatric. Sean's younger than Thorpe and a very sexy Scot. Or is he?
As the book opens, we discover quickly that Sean isn't who he seems to be. But who is he after and why? It's not until we find out that Callie isn't who she seems to be at all - in fact, she's an heiress wanted for the murders of her father and sister. Huh?
Of course, Thorpe and Sean hate one another, because each wants Callie all to himself. So when they have to team up to find Callie and protect her from some mysterious, secret military branch, suddenly these 2 guys discover they have a lot more in common than just Callie. And somehow, they figure out a way to share her. Huh?
The sex scenes are steamy hot, no doubt. But all the mystery involving a Faberge egg, incomprehensible genetic research, and bad guys who might or might not be U.S. or some other government... THEN the way that Callie, Sean, and Thorpe find safety and their HEA... Um, yeah, I kinda lost it.
Lots of good characters and situations with potential. Just too over-the-top for me.
There has to be something to a series that has me still reading it and buying its books, though. Just wish I could tell you what it is....more
I appreciate the idea: Get several popular erotic authors to provide a short story, all tied together using Scheherazade as the theme... the 1001 storI appreciate the idea: Get several popular erotic authors to provide a short story, all tied together using Scheherazade as the theme... the 1001 stories that she told to save her head.
And there is appeal and a certain charm and whimsy to this story of Dallas billionaire Jason Denning and the girl from the other side of town, Gia Angelotti. Gia's got a big Italian family and upbringing who only seem to let Italians AND Catholics join the family.
But Jason met Gia at the club, when she was going by "Greta". And Dom Jason fell for Greta... so much so, that he swept her away to Vegas for the kind of impromptu, expensive wedding that only a billionaire could pull off. But that very night, Gia received the worst call of her life - her only brother, also a cop, was shot and killed in the line of duty by a very bad guy. The kind of guy that buys policemen, including her brother's partner. Gia does what she thinks is best: she doesn't tell her family about Jason, and she leaves Jason to care for her sister-in-law and her young niece and nephew.
Jason can't get Gia off his mind. He's dying, because he doesn't understand why she's shut him out. So he finds a way to contact her and makes her a deal: stay with him 24/7 for the next 3 weeks leading up to their 1st wedding anniversary. If she does, she can walk and he'll give her $250K. Bail now and get a divorce, and Jason gives her $0.
What interested me about this book was Gia's reasoning... and how it was a reversal. We think we know this big bad Dom and what he's going to do. And we think he's the one who needs to learn to bend. But in reality, it's Gia.
This book contains 2 stories: 1 from Shayla Black, "Wicked All Night", that's part of her Wicked Lovers series, and 1 from Rhyannon Byrd, "Ma3.5 stars
This book contains 2 stories: 1 from Shayla Black, "Wicked All Night", that's part of her Wicked Lovers series, and 1 from Rhyannon Byrd, "Make Me Yours", that's part of her Dangerous Tides series. I bought the book for the Wicked Lovers series story, 'cuz I'm a fan... sort of. But I found myself enjoying Ms. Byrd's story as much or more than the one I bought the book for!
In "Wicked All Night", we have Decker McConnel, who's part of Xander's and Javier's Lafayette, Louisiana security company. While having a brew, Decker was mistaken for a hired hit man and propositioned to murder one Rachel Linden, an elementary English teacher. Decker "takes" the job, deciding to protect Ms. Linden from whoever wants her dead, while desperately trying to figure out WHY. She seems to be a beautiful, shy, divorced 29 year old with nothing to hide.
It's a case of love-at-first site for him... which, yeah, is irksome. For her, it's lust-at-first site, which is kinda fun in the switcheroo. He's the one trying to have a relationship, while hiding the fact that he's been hired to kill her at the same time that he's trying to catch her killer... but keeping it all hidden from her. Confused? It's definitely a weird scenario, especially when we meet her ex, and Decker gives him not only the once-over, but the what-for.
But it's kinda cute, very steamy & sexy, and all's well that ends well.
In "Make Me Yours", Scott Ryder is ex-military who still hasn't gotten over the one girl he could never have: Lily Heller, his ex-commnander's daughter. Lily is 10+ years younger than Scott, and while he desperately lusts after her, he can't seem to allow himself to date her. Except he fantasizes about her all the time - enough so, that the opening scene is a doozy! Scott bumps into a strange woman hiding out near his front door; without so much as looking at her face, the guy is suddenly pawing at her clothes and touching and licking her all over. Really?
But it's an interesting mystery... and there's enough steam and angst between Lily and Scott to make you want to turn the page to see what will happen between them next. Yeah, we know how it'll end; no surprises even in what kind of situations and endings are going to happen. But I enjoyed the ride....more
As much as I enjoy Emma Holly, her paranormal "Hidden" series hasn't always been among my favorites of her books. But this book was really3-3.5 stars
As much as I enjoy Emma Holly, her paranormal "Hidden" series hasn't always been among my favorites of her books. But this book was really enjoyable. It surprised me a time or two, which isn't easy to do. Sure, there's plenty of predictability, but the WAY in which the story unfolds is surprising. And fun. And sexy.
Fairies, elves, and werewolves - oh my! Add in dragons and a mysterious cat... well, it's just plain chaos. But cute, vulnerable at times, and a steamy romance. Hard to go wrong with a paranormal romance that has a bit of everything, including Alpha-male cops and dazzling fairies!...more
OK, I'm obviously in the minority here, especially with GR friends whose opinions I value. All I can say is that I ADORED this book!
I had4-4.5 stars
OK, I'm obviously in the minority here, especially with GR friends whose opinions I value. All I can say is that I ADORED this book!
I had no idea about its Fan Fic orgins in Twilight World *shudder* or it's original title of "The Office". All I know is that it hit me in the right spot at the right time.
Yes, there's a lot of angst and passive-aggressive behavior. But for me, it works. Chloe Mills and Bennett (Ben) Ryan are at their best when they're furious with each other or trying to get a reaction from the other. Smokin' hot sex masks their developing feelings for one another, and the way that each seems to know just what the other needs. I admit that I kinda get off on that smirky, smug, arrogant bastard stuff... especially since Chloe Mills can more than handle Bennett AND his family is aces. None of the dark, tortured, damaged soul bit here. Had it been another version of FSOG (which, IMO, it's not), I couldn't have finished it. But, it's not.
It's fun, sassy, sexy, and at times, uncomfortable. But I loved it.
The Big Misunderstanding happens almost immediately after they decide that they need to be together and be an actual couple. And TBM is a bit contrived... but it does fit in with the characters' personalities, and it does make for good drama.
The latest Sinners book contains 4 stories featuring the never-before-told wedding stories of Brian & Myrna, Eric & Reb (Rebecca),3.5-4 stars
The latest Sinners book contains 4 stories featuring the never-before-told wedding stories of Brian & Myrna, Eric & Reb (Rebecca), Sed & Jessica, and Jace & Aggie. If you're a Sinners fan, you CANNOT miss this book! Plus, we get progressive glimpses of Malcolm, Brian's & Myrna's cute little guy at each of the other weddings.
Of the 4 stories, Brian's & Myrna's if my favorite - probably because their book is also my favorite Sinners book. It's what got me hooked on the Sinners in the first place. I love Brian and I love Myrna. But we've been part of their wedding in Book 2, so while it's fun to take another look at that day - to focus on it, it's not all that unknown. The story just completes what we already know.
He blinked at her, knowing that he looked like shit. He felt like shit. He wasn't sure why he'd let his band mates talk him into going to a strip club for his bachelor party. They hadn't believed him when he'd told them he'd rather spend his last night of freedom with Myrna. He'd had enough of bachelorhood; it was only more of ht esame. The love he shared with Myrna was new and exciting. Exactly what he wanted. Needed. His mart and sexy Myrna. His heart.
- 4 stars
My next fav is Eric's and Rebekah's story. And this one we haven't seen any part of, so it's delightfully new, fresh, sweet, and so very Eric & Rebekah! I much prefer Reb's mom in this story; it's nice to see she's sticking to her meds and is trying. These two are so sweet with one another. Eric finally finds a FAMILY. And Rebekah's dad comes to the rescue in a moment with Eric that made me teary.
Forever was just a word until I met you. Now it's a promise. A dream. A cherished reality. I love you forever, Rebekah. My love. My wife." He lifted her hands to his lips and kissed her wedding band, staring deep into her eyes. "Forever."
- 4.5 stars!
I wish I could say I loved Jace's & Aggie's story, and I did love parts of it. But there's a weird paranormal ghost story going on in it... just didn't fit. And the revelations about an old pal of Aggie's... well, I can't say I was surprised exactly, but this "news" was somewhat irrelevant. But Jace's & Aggie's vows are THE BEST of all the couple's vows.
She and Jace were now one. IN her heart, they'd always been one, but now she understood the importance of weddings. It allowed a couple and those they cared about to celebrate the rare and wonderous love that two people found in each other. What could possibly be more glorious than that?
- 2.5-3 stars for the paranormal stuff, 3.5 stars for Jace & Aggie
Sed's & Jessica's wedding... I enjoyed many aspects of it, especially since we've been given the build-up on the planning and the Big Wedding. But Jessica is my least fav Sinner's gal (wife, now), and so it was tough for me to get too involved in her emotions and such. I did love the way that she and Sed dealt with what happened on their Big Day. Besides, Jess is only 3 months (or so) preggers at her wedding, and I thought she was going to be much further along than that; didn't it take >3 months just to plan this wedding? But Jessica telling her mom off is STELLAR! 3 stars
Ms. Cunning tells us that Trey & his 2 lovers will get their own wedding story in an upcoming book. Should be interesting. There's also a planned book featuring each of the Sinners' honeymoon tales. Always something to look forward to!...more
LOVED this book! Sure, there are parts that are a bit over-the-top, and both Ryan and Ashley need a good spanking a time or two - and not just4+ stars
LOVED this book! Sure, there are parts that are a bit over-the-top, and both Ryan and Ashley need a good spanking a time or two - and not just the BDSM kind! But it's just... such a lovely, cozy book. If you're into Lexi Blake's Masters and Mercenaries series, this is one novella you don't want to miss!
Plus, lovely hints about what's coming up in future books. One is out just after Valentine's day, too! *squee*...more