This was every bit as good and contains more of everything I loved in the first book.
We still have the fabulous Dex, with his amazing humor and goofy...moreThis was every bit as good and contains more of everything I loved in the first book.
We still have the fabulous Dex, with his amazing humor and goofyness. He and Sloane are as hot as ever, even when they're fighting and going through some tough times.
The rest of the team is there as well, and we see a bit more of what's going on with Calvin and Hobbs (love that, btw). Cael and Ash have some things to work out and definitely need more face time. But the real show stealers here are definitely Dex and Sloane.
We finally learn a little bit more about Sloane's background, and the action scenes had me on the edge of my seat. I love that their relationship is important and a big part of the story, but that there is enough other stuff going on that makes this more than just their story alone. Though I love seeing them getting smexy together, their day-to-day interactions and what they are facing with work, has me just as interested and turning pages.
Nothing makes me happier when picking up a book than to want nothing more than to be able to forget everything else and just read. This one is doing it for me, and I cannot wait for the next installment.(less)
So, Alex and Maddox are getting married (and Sid, of course). Yay! So happy to see them doing as well as when we...more 3.5 star review by the Blogger Girls.
So, Alex and Maddox are getting married (and Sid, of course). Yay! So happy to see them doing as well as when we last saw them, if not better. They seemed to have really settled into their relationship dynamics. All is going well until Allen’s younger sister, Amber, crashes the wedding asking to see him.
Amber is running away from her abusive fiance and family. Her eyes were finally opened when she realized her father knew Allen was alive and well all these years. That, and the horrible actions of her fiance, and her father and brother not only turning a blind eye but almost encouraging it, finally gave her the push she needed to leave.
Allen agrees to help, and puts her under the protection of Maddox and Riley until they can secure things up with her family and situation. Maddox has a thing for Riley, but believes Riley is straight and has not acted on his feelings. Riley is straight but realizes he has growing feelings for Maddox. They both want Amber.
Here’s where things got a bit boggy for me. Amber is this damaged creature who learned about doms from her past two hideous relationships and now believes that’s the way all doms are. She is basically terrified of Maddox because she beleives he is the same way. So, Maddox treads carefully, explaining over and over how things really are. This was great at first, but it got a bit tiresome after a while. Anyhoo, Amber knows (from Sid) about Maddox and Riley and pushes Maddox to go for it. Meanwhile, it was Sid’s plan all along for Maddox to sort of use Riley as a buffer as a means to gain Amber’s trust. Sounds a bit convoluted, but it actually does work, since Riley is also a sub and therefore no threat to Amber.
As with the first installment, this is not the typical BDSM story. There are no whips and chains, no master/sir, etc. These guys practice more of a psychological D/S that makes for some really steamy scenes, and I found it a refreshing change of pace.
Each of these characters has some type of damaged past. They eventually open up more and more to each other as their relationship grows. Another aspect that hits one of my pet peeves here is the insta-love. While Maddox and Riley have known each other and worked together for a few years, they practically fell in love with Amber in two days. But, I did enjoy them together as they all realized their relationship was actually a possibility as they moved toward more stable ground.
While I did not think this had the same umph as the first book, and it had a few other issues, as mentioned above, I still enjoyed it and look forward to the next installment. (less)
In the back of my mind throughout this entire story was “how could a photograph be worth so much money?” But then...more 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
In the back of my mind throughout this entire story was “how could a photograph be worth so much money?” But then the mystery takes over, and Daniel with his thieving skills, takes front and center. He is a master thief. He is basically on a big job, undercover so to speak, working for Kearin’s company as a lowely assistant, all in the guise of obtaining information as to the whereabouts of the overpriced “Serenity” photograph so that he may steal it.
What he didn’t count on was his interest in and attraction to the mysterious Kierin. Kierin is a photographer. He is working on a personal project of which he enlists Daniel’s help. He takes erotic photographs of bound, aroused men but hasn’t found the perfect speciman for the final shots. Daniel is intrigued and agrees to be Kierin’s model for the final pieces of the project.
There is a lot of detail given to Daniel’s thieving and surveillance, but I found the bondage photography sessions stole the show. They are very well done, and you can just about feel the knots and ropes tightening as Daniel gives in and allows himself to submit. Unfortunately, Kierin remains extremely standoffish and professional through most of it. Aside from a few orders and talk of safewords, that is pretty much the extent of the BDSM aspect of this story.
This was a quick, easy read that flowed along nicely. I wish there had been a bit more to the relationship, as I never really felt these guys connected on any level other than their physical attraction with the D/S. However, the ending, while it did confuse me a little bit, it wraps things up but leaves a door open for a possible sequel. I’d definitely be interested in reading more about these guys now that Serenity is out of the way. (less)
I was very excited to pick this one as my mobster theme book. Big, tough mafia type guy falls for smexy dancer, turns hi...more A review by The Blogger Girls.
I was very excited to pick this one as my mobster theme book. Big, tough mafia type guy falls for smexy dancer, turns his life around, etc. I’m a bit on the fence with this one, however, because there were just as many things that I liked as that I didn’t.
Jansen – Had trouble with the name, so I ended up calling him Jan most of the time (his roommate was already Jason). He’s a sweet thing but not the brightest bulb in the pack. Poor kid falls for the dark, mysterious Mr. Grant, even though everything under the sun is telling him to run and hide and don’t look back. He had been attacked and raped a year previous, so he was still a little messed up about that, especially when Mr. Grant is the first he’s been with since that ordeal. All goes well though, at first. Jansen spends so much of his time worrying about Dorian’s temper and killing proclivities that it is hard to believe there can be much more than a physical attraction here.
Dorian – I wasn’t too sure what to think about Dorian. He wasn’t so much as a mafia king as just a violent criminal business man. I liked him, then I didn’t, then I did again, throughout the entire story. He never made excuses for his behavior/actions/violence but it did get a little tiring hearing about him being such a monster, etc. Also, it took about halfway through the story before I realized he was supposed to be Cajun. His dialog was a little off much of the time, and I had a really hard time visualising his character.
Jansen/Dorian together – I honestly did not the connection between these two. Jansen was terrified of Dorian 90% of the time, yet he kept going back for more or had to be drugged to enjoy himself. Dorian treats him like crap much of that time as well. Then, Dorian’s continual reference to Jansen as his beautiful dancer, was another niggle I had. But these guys eventually make it to a somewhat happy ending, given their circumstances haven’t changed all that much from the beginning.
However, there were things I liked, such as the few steamy scenes where Jansen didn’t actually end up bleeding and in need of mental and physical treatment. There were some likable characters that could prove interesting in the future, but the guys in this installment fell a little flat for me.(less)
One thing Ms. Jenna’s books do not lack is sweetness. This is my second time reading Ms. Jenna, and both had the...more 2.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
One thing Ms. Jenna’s books do not lack is sweetness. This is my second time reading Ms. Jenna, and both had the same warm feeling of sweet love. I was happy to see that the major issue I had with the previous book – present tense – was not present in this one. There is, however, the same super rushed insta-love aspect, which really took me out of the story.
Evan was down on his luck and in need of a job when he answers the ad for personal assistant. This turns out to be so much more, as the boss, Brian, wants him to work for the company during the day, and him personally in the evenings. Evan decides the money is too good to pass up, so he decides to at least give it a try.
Evan’s first night is a little bizarre, as he is asked to basically be Brian’s submissive. Nothing es ever really taken too far, but Evan’s eyes are opened to his new feelings about submissiveness. Unfortunately, those feelings are tarnished by his feelings of basically being a whore for Brian. Brian’s intentions are a little unclear through most of this, and he does come off a bit stalkery. But, in the end, he means well and just wants to help Evan and have a relationship with him.
Misunderstandings are cleared up, Brian saves the day, they move in together and live happily ever after. Many of the events in this story are really sweet. I believe this story had a lot of potential, but it is hampered greatly by it’s length. It comes across as choppy and feels as though big chunks of time are missing, although no time is actually missed. If this were fleshed out a bit more, the guys given more time for their feelings/attraction to grow, this would have been a better and much more believable story. The feeling of everything being so rushed is it’s biggest downfall, in my opinion.
I found this a quick and easy read as far as the actual writing was concerned, and I definitely plan to keep an eye on Ms. Jenna’s progress as she continues to bring us these sweet stories.(less)
So, Tom is a successful businessman who inherits an 80% controlling interest in this giant produce farm from his recent...more A review by The Blogger Girls.
So, Tom is a successful businessman who inherits an 80% controlling interest in this giant produce farm from his recently deceased gay uncle. He takes a two-week vacation to check it out where he meets Nate, the sexy guy who basically runs the entire farm. The two hit it off right away, which helps solidify Tom’s decision to move out to the country.
The writing itself was enjoyable. The story flowed well and at a pretty good pace. Unfortunately, I had a very difficult time getting a feel for these characters. This was my biggest issue here. Many times in the beginning, I had a somewhat negative impression of Tom from his various actions and thoughts. Nate was a little easier to feel for, as he is a hard working, sexy and all around nice guy. Shortly after meeting though, these two were basically in love, which I just wasn’t able to get on board with. I never really felt a solid connection with them, so I found it difficult to really care about their future. Everything about their relationship seemed to be in fast forward mode, and I wished there was a bit more detail given as to how they reached their destinations.
I did, however, enjoy the opposites attract aspect of these guys. Successful city boy businessman and the hard working country boy farm supervisor. They were actually more on the same level than that sounds, as Nate was overseeing an enormous successful produce operation consisting of thousands and thousands of acres. Physically, I loved them together. Both were a bit on the alpha side, which I always love to see.
But, this is a sweet story, and really just a nice, enjoyable afternoon quickie. A nice palate cleanser, if you will. I’ll definitely be looking into more of Mr. Richards’ work. (less)
So, yeah, I’ll admit, I grabbed this one after one glace at the title figuring the blurb was pretty much self-exp...more 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
So, yeah, I’ll admit, I grabbed this one after one glace at the title figuring the blurb was pretty much self-explanatory. I was hoping for some down and dirty, gritty prison sex turns love story, or not, and this one sounded like it fit the bill.
It was a fast read, though probably almost too fast. I understood Thomas’ desire to find protection pretty quickly, but was a little surprised at how easily he took to it. Not to mention how easy it was for the action to take place. This story leads you to believe these guys are living it up pretty well, considering they’re locked up and all. They basically just have sex with whomever, whenever and wherever the mood strikes.
For some reason, I felt quite a disconnect between Thomas and Booker through most of their encounters. Then, when the story changes up a bit, and the roles are reversed with Thomas becoming a protector, it was like starting all over again. I wish we had seen more of a buildup to Thomas and Booker’s relationship. As it was, I could see them together but just couldn’t get on board with the connection.
But, this is a fast-paced, smutty afternoon delight of a read, if that’s what you’re in the mood for. It doesn’t ever really get very harsh, aside from a few forced scenes, and it does end with a HEA. I enjoyed it but wish there were more to sink my teeth into. (less)