Hm. Despite a strong start this isn't my favorite of the Travis brothers.
I do wonder if Kleypas has plans for a book featuring Ryan, a secondary charHm. Despite a strong start this isn't my favorite of the Travis brothers.
I do wonder if Kleypas has plans for a book featuring Ryan, a secondary character featured in this book.
I liked Avery quite a bit. I loved seeing her in her element planning weddings and baby showers. She definitely leads a full life. However, I don't feel as if I got to know Joe as anything more than the love interest. He was devoted to Avery from the beginning of the book but his character did not change and I feel like despite trying her best, Kleypas doesn't really reveal many layers of Joe.
All that being said, this is a quick read and still very enjoyable. I am always glad to read a new book from Lisa Kleypas and that includes Brown-Eyed Girl.
FYI the current description of this book on Goodreads is incredibly wrong. (May 1, 2015)...more
In case you weren’t aware, I totally am in lust with werewolves. Teen Wolves is one of my favorite shows. I also really like the tv show, Bitten. Hot werewolves just do it for me I guess. So, when I saw that The Werewolf Wears Prada was available for review, I thought I would give it a try. I haven’t read too many shapeshifter romances in a long time, outside of Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling books.
Hayden Dean is a high profile public figure with a bad reputation. He’s seen as a careless, ruthless playboy who has no intention of settling down. Melina gets the chance to fix his image and if, successful, she may just land her dream job. Unfortunately, Melina has had a bad experience with Hayden a year ago. He stood her up on a date and she has never really forgiven him. But this opportunity is bigger than any attraction to a guy. Melina wants to write high profile fashion articles and this is her chance.
Hayden can’t be around Melina. As a werewolf, her scent is intoxicating. Unfortunately, she needs to be following his every move for the article about him and it is getting harder to resist her. He is in a precarious position in the pack unfortunately. His father’s recent death has left a vacancy and though Hayden is expected to step in as Alpha, he is not getting support. Add to that the recent murder of wolves who were bitten and not born that way is causing quite a problem. Hayden has no time to fall in love.
This book took me a bit of time to get into. I was not quite on board with Hayden and his past. There just did not seem to be any real initial motivation as to why Hayden was a playboy. I can understand wanting to not settle down, that is a common romance trope, but Hayden came off as rather shallow and one dimensional. I liked Melina from the get-go. She was smart and sarcastic and truly enjoyed her job. I can understand liking an attractive face (and Hayden certainly is that) but I wasn’t sure what her true attraction to him was really. Hayden seems like just another pretty face.
Fortunately, as the story progresses, I was pulled into the pack dynamic and Hayden’s quest to be Alpha. I also liked how he really started to break down his barriers and showed Melina that there is a lot more than a “pretty face” to him. I loved his interactions with Minnie, a golden retriever puppy he helps at the shelter. And I liked how he did try his hardest to keep Melina away from the dangers in his life. But sometimes attraction is just inevitable, and in this case, Melina is his fated mate.
The Werewolf Wears Prada is the first book I’ve read by Kristin Miller. While this book wasn’t a perfect reading experience for me, I definitely grew to enjoy these characters and the heartfelt chemistry that developed between Hayden and Melina.
The Werewolf Wears Prada is the first book in Kristin Miller’s San Francisco Wolf Pack series published by Entangled Publishing. You can find all the great places to order this book on their website. While I wasn’t breathlessly blown away by this book, I enjoyed it and will seek out the second book come July!
Honestly not sure what to make of this book. I did not enjoy it to the level so many other readers did. I am just having a hard time putting my fingerHonestly not sure what to make of this book. I did not enjoy it to the level so many other readers did. I am just having a hard time putting my finger on why. I will say the constant use of Beaver and monster cock wore thin near immediately for me. As did the term puck bunnies. Violet sure loves to judge other women and their choices....more
Ah Elle Kennedy, you are a powerful romance sorceress! All your books have a magical appeal to them that make them basically instant favorites for me. The Mistake is no different. And man, it’s tough to say this but I think I liked this book even a tad bit more than The Deal (which is phenomenal; read my abbreviated review). The Mistake is just wonderful.
John Logan is kind of in love with his best friend’s girlfriend. He doesn’t like the feeling and wants to escape it anyway he can. That leads to more than a few rather quick encounters with women. He has it easy. He’s a hockey star. He’s incredibly attractive and he doesn’t have to work hard to find a hook-up. Little does he realize he wants something more.
When Logan shows up unexpectedly at Grace Ivers door searching for a friend (of the male variety, an actual friend), neither expects an unexpected friendship to start to develop. Or an attraction. Certainly not Grace who has not had a very successful first year at Briar University. Unfortunately, their attraction does not run smoothly and most of that is due to Logan and his crush on his best friend’s girlfriend. Little does he realize how much he will miss Grace when he does the unthinkable and crushes her feelings in a very intimate moment.
So much to like about this book! I really loved Grace. Her freshman year at Briar is nothing to write home about. It’s not the experience she had been hoping for, though getting to know Logan certainly livens things up. What is really wonderful is that during her sophomore year, she decides to take charge of her life at college instead of being guided by her childhood best friend, Ramona. Grace decides to join the on campus radio station (which made me think of the movie Pitch Perfect which I love so yay). She gets a new roommate and when Logan asks Grace on a date, she says no. She really does gain a lot of independence and growing confidence between her freshman and sophomore year of college.
I also really liked that Grace helped her childhood best friend, Ramona, during a really rough scene. These two had a bad falling out and Grace needs distance. But she is also the kind of person who doesn’t want to totally cut off her best friend and when worst comes to worst, she will be there for Ramona. I was quite repulsed by the scene Ramona found herself in, surrounded by coked out hockey players. (Please note, I wasn’t repulsed by her!). The scene itself, in a hotel room surrounded by men, with her phone taken away, well, it reads a bit too close to reality. I feel like there is more to Ramona than glimpsed in this book and would be happy if Kennedy decides to explore her character.
Logan is a charmer but he has a lot of bad crap going on in his home life. Not many know what is really happening but with Grace, Logan feels like he can tell her a little bit of his situation. He doesn’t have the future he wants but he also knows he has to man-up and help his family. I really and truly believed that Logan fell hard for Grace. Yes, he does some silly stunts to prove to her that going out on a date with him is worth it (the chaise lounge in particular had me laughing) but when it came down to it, Grace was the woman Logan could see himself being vulnerable with, being part of a couple. And of course, Logan could see himself with Grace during sexy times too, and there are plenty of those moments. Elle Kennedy is pretty much a sexy times master (something to be proud of!) so prepare yourself.
And as usual, Logan’s hockey friends and teammates add more than enough extra testosterone to the story. Dean and Tucker in particular stand out in this book and I am already anxious for their stories. I love the Briar University setting. Elle Kennedy has a great grasp of the college scene and it makes her stories feel authentic. The radio stations scenes had me in stitches and I was so glad that Grace ventured out of her comfort zone. She becomes an even more interesting and layered character. Her earlier experiences with Logan really help her realize what she wants in a man and even to a degree how to go about finding it. And Logan is front and center ready to prove he is the man for her.
So yes, I continue leading the Elle Kennedy lovefest bandwagon. She is a talented writer, no ifs ands or buts about it. I’m glad I get to reap the rewards of her stories!...more
Hm. Between Vasily's story and Daniel's story, I am not sure which book I love more. As usual, the romance takes precedence over the clunky suspense pHm. Between Vasily's story and Daniel's story, I am not sure which book I love more. As usual, the romance takes precedence over the clunky suspense plot....more
So amazingly good. Reads like total fan service to all of us who love the Royals but that is exactly what makes it so great. It has romance, scandal,So amazingly good. Reads like total fan service to all of us who love the Royals but that is exactly what makes it so great. It has romance, scandal, idiot relatives and chums, just about all I need in a royal to-do. If you are as obsessed with the Kate and Wills romance as I am, you will love this story!...more
Enjoyable! And made me reflect on my own childhood because sadly I was a little Ginny. A good friend growing up was deaf and well, let's just say I deEnjoyable! And made me reflect on my own childhood because sadly I was a little Ginny. A good friend growing up was deaf and well, let's just say I definitely wasn't always the greatest friend to her.
LOVE. One of my new favorite Elle Kennedy books to date which is saying something as she is an amazing writer and is constantly raising the bar. HockeLOVE. One of my new favorite Elle Kennedy books to date which is saying something as she is an amazing writer and is constantly raising the bar. Hockey. New adult. Hot guys. Much guy talk! A complex female heroine who is not afraid to give a piece of her mind. Fuller review to come but love love love. ARC received from author but will be purchasing a fully formated cleaned up copy also....more
This is my favorite romance book of the year. I absolutely loved it. This is a story with a focus on the four children, so be aware. Abby and Matt's rThis is my favorite romance book of the year. I absolutely loved it. This is a story with a focus on the four children, so be aware. Abby and Matt's romance was just perfect to me. Matt truly fell in love with Abby. He saw her for who she was, vulnerable and standoffish, with reason. This story just felt so right and romantic and wonderful. I am glad I discovered this author....more
Sexy and an enjoyable quick read. I like the Bluebonnet series quite a bit and it was fun to see Jericho and Emily's romance play out. For fans of theSexy and an enjoyable quick read. I like the Bluebonnet series quite a bit and it was fun to see Jericho and Emily's romance play out. For fans of the series, this is definitely worth reading....more
Short and very dirty. I love a dirty talking hero so this worked for me. The end comes quick and while I did not believe these two were deeply in loveShort and very dirty. I love a dirty talking hero so this worked for me. The end comes quick and while I did not believe these two were deeply in love, it is clear they care about each other and have a strong future ahead of them. So, all in all, a great airport read which is where I read the majority of the book....more
Enjoyed this book quite a bit. However, some of the tension left the book in the second half after Reed and Darcy confessed their "fling" to AJ. The eEnjoyed this book quite a bit. However, some of the tension left the book in the second half after Reed and Darcy confessed their "fling" to AJ. The ending had a nice predictability to it. Not my favorite Kennedy book but still yards better than a lot of writers. Would recommend for her longtime fans....more
Mixed feelings on this book. Full review to come. I am sad that this is the last book in the series but I am also glad McCarthy did not drag it out anMixed feelings on this book. Full review to come. I am sad that this is the last book in the series but I am also glad McCarthy did not drag it out anymore....more
I discovered Elle Kennedy last year, when I fell in love with her Out of Uniform series. She is a very dynamic writer and I just adore her romance books. One Night of Sin is, I am presuming here, the start of a new series for her (unless other authors are going to take over the other characters). This story features club owner/MMA fighter Gage, and hard-working "good girl" Skyler. They meet at Gage's club, Sin, (yes I know, kind of a hokey name for a romance novel club). They meet when Skyler is on a date that is very much a dud. She can't take her eyes off Gage and he cannot take his eyes off her. It's standard romance fare, I admit, but I totally enjoyed it.
What I liked most about One Night of Sin however is the way Skyler pursued Gage and did not play any games with him. She was very up front that she wanted to have sex with him and then, as they got to know each other more, that perhaps they could pursue a closer relationship. She was candid about her lust for him and made him see that some of his earlier moves in their relationship were, well, a bit dickish. I really liked her character and I liked her with Gage. They definitely had some very strong chemistry.
Gage is a fairly typical Kennedy hero. He is all big and brooding and sexy. But he fit so well with Skyler that I didn't mind that he seemed somewhat of a blank slate. I didn't feel like I got to know him quite as well as Skyler. I admit, I could have totally done without the Irish mob suspense storyline. For me, Elle Kennedy is most successful as a writer when she focuses on her characters. The dialog amongst Gage and his fellow club owners, AJ and Reed, is well done. I feel like Ms. Kennedy must spy on her husband and male friends because it always seems so authentic.
This is a novella so there were a few aspects of the story I felt got short shrift (particularly Skyler's relationship with her stepfather). I want to make it clear though that I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Elle Kennedy is an author that always sweeps me into a glorious romance that is always a tad larger than life. One Night of Sin is not perfect but it definitely speeds by as Gage and Skyler fall head over heels in love.
Excellent! Julie James continues her streak of phenomenal romances. This book is sweet and funny! I really enjoyed Vaughn and Sidney. Their initial meExcellent! Julie James continues her streak of phenomenal romances. This book is sweet and funny! I really enjoyed Vaughn and Sidney. Their initial meeting is perfection and the author just makes their romance amazing. I am not going to go into specifics but be prepared for some tears and also an incredibly hot love scene. Phew. And I have to mention the authentic guy moments between Vaughn and Simon! These brothers know how to rag on each other!...more
Okay story. The ending was way too over the top and saccharine (any time a triple wedding is mentioned, I mentally gag). I am always up for sexy timesOkay story. The ending was way too over the top and saccharine (any time a triple wedding is mentioned, I mentally gag). I am always up for sexy times in a Tessa Bailey book but the story, the tight time line in particular, just left me feeling meh. I did not buy their happily-ever-after only knowing each other for a week....more