The first scene in Truth or Dare opens with the heroine, Maggie Lawson, doing the neighbourly thing by bringing a fresh-baked cookies to the new guy iThe first scene in Truth or Dare opens with the heroine, Maggie Lawson, doing the neighbourly thing by bringing a fresh-baked cookies to the new guy in the building. He happens to be our hunky hero, Tyler Wells. Unfortunately, the reception she receives is less than friendly. Okay, it’s downright surly.
Only then the guy raked a hand through the damp mess of his hair and blew out a strained breath. “Look, Apartment Two. Whatever you’re offering, I’m not interested.”
And so sets the tone of the beginning of the book. I loved it! Nothing like a surly hero who is, at some point, going to have to apologize for his behavior. Of course Maggie can’t stand him now. And who can blame her. I didn’t. His subsequent apology falls on deaf ears and her “caustic” response then sets the tone for their interaction over the following months. The only thing I wish here is that readers were witness to that scene instead of Tyler reminiscing about it after the fact.
Over the next five months, they exchange a litany of barbs whenever they come in contact. Something they both secretly enjoy. I laughed at this scene where they poke fun at each other’s lack of a love life.
“…And what is this I hear about you and Rosie Palms?” she asked with a pointed nod at his hand, the saccharine sweetness all but dripping from her fangs. “Picking out rings, already?”
“Yeah, well, we’ve been exclusive for a while now,” he said, holding up “Rosie”, his right hand, and giving in to a grin as he started up the stairs. “Time to make an honest girl of her.”
But as you can imagine, beneath the surface of their barbs is a sizzling attraction that neither will acknowledge but just won’t quit. It’s when Tyler becomes friends to her friends in the building that they decide to become “friends”.
Snort. Yeah, right. There’s no way that’s going to happen. I know it and they should have known it too but I love watching as they come to the realization that the just friend thing is so not going to work between them.
Unfortunately, all those plans started circling the drain as soon as her eyes landed on the stubble rough, untucked and comfortably worn packaging of a guy who wasn’t looking at her like a friend at all. Because friends didn’t do that full-body slow, burning sweep with their eyes that ended with them staring at the other’s mouth.
When they finally succumb, the sex between them is hot. Love it. And there’s so much more than just the sex that makes it hot but the emotion in it. Those are the kinds that make for the best love scenes. But Tyler is determined that nothing can really happen between them because he’s not “available” for a relationship with anyone. I won’t tell you what that is, but it wouldn’t give any woman a reason to hope for anything serious. So they vow that’s the first and last time.
The problem is, knowing there’s no future in a relationship between them and accepting that. Both try… to no avail.
“I’m sure,” she gasped, her hands sliding up and down the hard contours of his chest. “This is sex. No expectations. Just two people taking advantage of an opportunity they seldom see.”
Beyond a well-developed, tension-wrought and surprisingly deep love story, Mira Lyn Kelly introduces a wonderful cast of characters in Truth or Dare. Her best friend, Ava and her brother, Ford—who is their collective landlord—and Sam, a general man-whore, are characters whose stories I want now. Kelly gives you just enough about them individually to peak your interest but not so much that their lives take away from the Maggie and Tyler’s romance.
Overall, I absolutely loved this book. And I’m champing at the bit for February 17, 2015 to arrive when we’re going to get Ava and Sam’s story in Touch & Go! YAY!!! I just read the blurb. I was hoping they’d get together.
Ms. Lorret delivers the ultimate cat and mouse fairy tale. So I’m a lover of all romances. I can take them all! FOriginally posted on Smitten by Books
Ms. Lorret delivers the ultimate cat and mouse fairy tale. So I’m a lover of all romances. I can take them all! From historical, suspense, contemporary, etc. I haven’t read a good solid historical romance in a long time and Finding Miss McFarland wt my appetite. I have never heard of Ms. Lorret so I didn’t have any expectations. I went in blind and found gold! I loved every single thing in this book.
There is nothing graceful about Delaney McFarland. She is stubborn and headstrong. She knows the life she wants to live and having a husband solely for love would only interfere with her plans (Crazy!). Her family has other plans for her though. Her father is determined to marry her off. On the night of her debut into the season, a disastrous “incident” occurs, leaving Delaney’s reputation in scandal.
The incident caused Griffin Croft to be associated with the outspoken Miss McFarland. Delaney avoids Griffin at all cost. She doesn’t want her name speared across the Post. Delaney can’t escape the unavoidable and she finds herself in the path of Griffin on more than one occasion.
Griffin is feeling the pressure from his family to have an heir. He wants a woman that can render him speechless. A woman that he can’t get out of his system. Delaney is not the woman or so he thinks but when they are together strange things happen and he finds himself amused by her. She is not the woman she appears to be. Once he realizes that she is trying to dodge him, he sets out on the hunt. Let the games begin!
The banter between Delaney and Griffin is witty and charming. The two have the most amazing chemistry though they are both in denial. Throw into the mix is Delaney and Griffin’s sisters who have teamed up to help the two figure out that they are meant to be together and you have a book full of humor.
I’m slightly disappointed in myself for not reading the first two books in this series. Despite this, I was not lost one bit. My fingers did the one click purchase and I look forward to devouring Ms. Lorret’s other two books. She has a fan in me!
In order to support her sisters, Isabella Aldridge has been working as a governess to the children of a notoriousOriginally posted on Smitten by Books
In order to support her sisters, Isabella Aldridge has been working as a governess to the children of a notorious courtesan. The boys are now old enough to be sent to school, and Isabella desperately needs to find a new position. There are no prospects, and her latest interview with the Earl of Hepplewood resulted in an offer, but for that of mistress, not governess to his child. Angry and disheartened, she leaves, and not knowing what else to do, visits her former employer to ask advice. She is bluntly told that if she has no one to marry, she should seriously consider becoming a mistress. Deciding that providing a home for her sisters is worth any cost, she contacts a “broker,” who sets up these types of arrangements. Before long, she is being sent to meet her prospective protector, who turns out to be none other than Anthony Chalfont, the Earl of Hepplewood. Ironically, he was so taken with Isabella’s beauty and unusual coloring, that he requested a woman with those traits, not knowing he would get the real deal and not a facsimile.
At their first meeting, Anthony was portrayed as a total jerk. He is much more complex than that. He’s had some tragic events in his past that dramatically changed him. He’s determined to never form any kind of emotional attachment. He is controlling and domineering, though at heart he’s still a kind man. After one night with Isabella, he knows he’s in danger of feeling more than lust, so for his own self preservation, he decides to send her away, but with some jewels worth a large sum of money. Isabella is shocked at being sent away, but she decides it’s probably for the best. She had been briefly married, but really had very little sexual knowledge and experience. Her night with Anthony shook her world, and she figures it’s probably best that she does leave. The jewels allow her to open a bookshop, and support herself and her sisters respectably.
Anthony, however, finds that he can’t stay away. He pursues Isabella, and she can’t resist him. This begins a yo-yo relationship of their being together, then not together, then together again. Normally, this really is something I dislike in a book, but it worked here, as both of them are fighting falling in love. Anthony, despite his flaws, is really a hero. Events in his past changed him, but he’s still protective and caring of Isabella. She, in turn, is honest, beautiful and loving. Their chemistry together is off the charts HOT! The sex in this book strays outside what you normally find in a historical romance. There are elements of BDSM, so be warned if that’s not your cup of tea. Generally, it’s not mine, but Liz Carlyle made it work, and it’s an integral part of their characters, and it’s not gratuitous.
There’s also an element of mystery in the story, and all is wrapped up in a most satisfactory way. I found this to be a very strong book, and one of my favorites this year. When all is said and done, this is about two wounded people who are able to find love and healing with each other. I believe this to be Liz Carlyle’s best book, and I highly recommend it.
Such a great book. I absolutely LOVE Logan. He's my current book boyfriend crush. Georgia is also a peach. :) Review to come late October on Smitten bSuch a great book. I absolutely LOVE Logan. He's my current book boyfriend crush. Georgia is also a peach. :) Review to come late October on Smitten by Books...more
You know you’re in deep, that you have it really really bad when you’re refreshing an author’s B&N, ApplOriginally posted on Smitten by Books Blog
You know you’re in deep, that you have it really really bad when you’re refreshing an author’s B&N, Apple, Kobo, Google Plus and Amazon page hours before her book is set to release. But that’s the position I found myself in as I was waiting impatiently (which is really a mild understatement of how I was truly feeling) for the release of final part of Whitney Gracia William’s three-part serial, Reasonable Doubt.
OMG, I loved this book. ALL OF IT. It’s now my favourite book of the year, and it will take a bulldozer to remove it from that top spot. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve reread it since last Saturday.
Before I go on, I’m going to warn those offended by cursing that the F-word will be used in this review as I will be quoting parts of the book.
Let’s start with the thing that caught my attention. Yep, the first sentence of the blurb for Reasonable Doubt 1.
My cock has an appetite.
A huge and very particular appetite: Blonde, curvy, and preferably not a fucking liar…(Although, that’s a story for another day.)
Okay, I’ll admit, I was thrown. What the hell was this? Did I even want to read on? This isn’t the kind of book that would usually draw me in, but I found myself drawn. I read the rest of the blurb. Based on that and some ringing endorsements of it, I decided to give it a try. I devoured it in one sitting. Actually, I devoured part 1 AND 2 in one sitting, and was chomping at the bit waiting for part 3 to be released in two days.
Now I’m going to tell you what I loved about this serial. The story, the characters, the humor, the soup-thick sexual tension between Andrew and Aubrey and the sizzling hot sex.
Andrew Hamilton is a man who doesn’t mince words. He knows what he wants and he makes no bones about going out and getting it. In Reasonable Doubt he wants his online, telephone friend “Alyssa”. They met on LawyerChat, which is an exclusive social network. Everyone on the board is supposed to be a lawyer and Andrew answers a “Need Some Advice” message from Alyssa. Well that leads to a personal friendship—daily emails and then telephone calls. Of course, Andrew, the player he is—wants to take the relationship further.
“I’m tired of only being able to talk to you on the phone, Alyssa…”
“I need to see you…” His voice was strained. “I need to fuck you…”
I have to say, I loved his frankness. He actually reminds me of Drew Evans from Tangled by Emma Chase. There’s a coarseness about him I found absolutely refreshing. It’s nice to read about a hero who doesn’t say all the “PC” stuff. He’s definitely not a poet or totally sensitive to the heroines sensibilities. For me, that’s something that can get old and become a bit too over-the-top. His motto is: One dinner. One night. No repeats. This works for him until…Alyssa.
Alyssa isn’t who she pretends to be and breaks Andrew’s cardinal rule about lying. Her real name is Aubrey Everhart and she’s not exactly a lawyer. But she’s a wonderful character. I loved her because I didn’t find myself getting annoyed with her. More importantly, I was able to relate to her. She’s in law school because of her parents but her real dream is to be a ballet dancer. I love the way she handles Andrew. Her comebacks are on par with his when it comes to their email sparring.
“We haven’t talked about you getting laid in quite a while, and that concerns me. Greatly. Like, I’ve CRIED about your lack of pussy… I’m very sorry that so many women have sent you fraudulent pictures and given you a severe case of blue balls.”
I died laughing reading these email exchanges.
Part One ends on a cliffhanger. The kind that makes your eyes pop and all that good stuff. At the end of the second part, I literally wanted to strangle Andrew. I wanted him to GROVEL. I wanted to see him CRAWL.
Whitney must have heard me because I fell back in love with him in the final part. To me, he proved himself; proved he was worthy of Audrey’s love. But boy did I love some of the stuff he went through to get back in her good graces. Uncertainty. A healthy dose of jealousy. Yeah, it’s all good.
All in all, this is a series not to be missed. As I said above, if you’re faint-hearted when it comes to cursing and not a fan of a hero whose thoughts are just as dirty as his mouth, you probably won’t love this series like I do. If you’re like me, and you love a thoroughly riveting, raw, emotional and well-written story, you need to get this series now. Make this your Labor Day treat.
Oh, and you’re welcome.
I’m giving away the whole series to 2 lucky commenters. Happy Labor Day from me. ;)
One of my fav LK books. Hero is just the kind of alpha hero I adore. Thoroughly disreputable at the beginning and completely besotted by the end. VincOne of my fav LK books. Hero is just the kind of alpha hero I adore. Thoroughly disreputable at the beginning and completely besotted by the end. Vincent makes the book for me....more
Totally loved this book. Marcus is wonderful. I love his relationship with Lillian. Love the chemistry. Just wonderful. It edges out Devil in the WintTotally loved this book. Marcus is wonderful. I love his relationship with Lillian. Love the chemistry. Just wonderful. It edges out Devil in the Winter by just a hair when it comes to my fav LK novels. ...more
This is one of my absolute favourite books EVER. I read it in one sitting, staying up till three in the morning during RWA National in 2007. I believeThis is one of my absolute favourite books EVER. I read it in one sitting, staying up till three in the morning during RWA National in 2007. I believe I have three copies of this book. Two ARCs and the retail edition. It's just that good. I adored it and have read it many, many times. The writing is exquisite and the relationship between Gigi and Camden just simmers. My heart bled for both of them at various stages in the book. I so wanted a synopsis at the end. I hope to learn how they fared in future books. I don't give out 5 easily. I have only 3 5 star books that I can think of. This definitely deserves every star. ...more
Really loved this book. Love Ms. Kelly's characterization of hero and heroine. The conflict between them rang so true as did their response. The sexuaReally loved this book. Love Ms. Kelly's characterization of hero and heroine. The conflict between them rang so true as did their response. The sexual tension in the book is fabulous and I felt--truly felt--the hero and heroine's emotional response to each other. Really looking forward to her next book. I hope she's a speedy writer. ...more
With sexual tension that crackles, passion that sizzles, and wit that’s sure to bring a smile to even the most jaded reader’s face, Nothing But Troub With sexual tension that crackles, passion that sizzles, and wit that’s sure to bring a smile to even the most jaded reader’s face, Nothing But Trouble seductively pulls you in, holds you captive, and never lets go.
Rachel Gibson, where have you been all my life? Where? Why haven’t I read any of your books up to this point? Have I been living in a cave? Apparently, but now I’m out and I’m addicted. One book, and I went out and bought eight from your backlist. That’s how much I absolutely loved Nothing But Trouble.
And seriously, what’s not to love? First we have one cranky, but oh so sexy hockey player—our hero, Mark Bressler—whose dreams of winning the Stanley Cup dies when a car accident leaves him near death himself and unable to play professional hockey again. To add insult to injury, his nemesis, Ty Savage (hero of True Love and Other Disasters) replaces him as captain and leads his team to victory. Ouch. That hurts.
Then there’s our heroine—the petite out of work actress Chelsea Ross with two-toned hair—whose twin sister gets her a job as Mark’s personal assistant. If Chelsea is able to put up with him for three months, she will receive a ten thousand dollar bonus (It appears, Mark has managed to run off more than a few healthcare workers in the past six months). And since Chelsea believes that the two major obstacles keeping her from being taken serious as an actress sit squarely—and too large—on her torso, she needs the money to have her double Ds reduced to a C.
The problem is Chelsea and Mark don’t like each other very much. She thinks he’s a jerk and he doesn’t like the way she dresses (her taste is definitely eclectic), but more than that he’s miserable and wants to be alone to wallow in his misery. He doesn’t need a health care worker, and he certainly doesn’t need a personal assistant cum babysitter. He insults her, he ignores her, but his efforts to get rid of her fail—Chelsea wants that 10 grand.
Slowly but surely, there is a thaw, a spark of attraction that develops into a blaze. Poor Mark, starts having sex dreams about her. Soon he can’t even look her in the face. One day, while napping, the dream morphs into reality. I absolutely love his reaction when he realizes he’s no longer operating in his dream. Talk about saved by the bell.
The bell rang once more, and Mark lifted his head and looked down into her face. His gaze moved across her face, down her arm and side, to his hand cupping her butt cheek.
“Shit.” He removed his hand and rolled onto his back.
Desire still pounding through her veins, Chelsea wondered if he’d meant “shit” because he’d had to stop. Or “shit” because he shouldn’t have started.
He raised one arm and covered his eyes. “Please let this be another nightmare.”
Isn’t he a peach? But don’t judge him too harshly, because he does have his softer moments. I love this particular excerpt taken from a scene the day after they’ve made love for the first time.
“You look—” His mouth on hers cut off her breath in mid-sentence. Like a lot of things he did to her last night, the kiss was a complete ravishment. Just as she was starting to get into it, he pulled back and said, “Don’t ever sneak out of my house again.”
She touched her moist bottom lip. “I didn’t sneak.”
He placed his hands on the sides of her face and looked into her eyes. “You’re not some woman I picked up at a bar, Chelsea. You’re not a one-night stand. Don’t sneak out on me.”
These two are the perfect mixture and the sexual tension between them is taut throughout, making the culmination of those feelings and emotions explosive. Mark grows into a truly loveable man who knows he must move on with his life, even though it means he can’t play professional hockey again. And Chelsea finds new dreams to chase and a new man to love. Watching them find their HEA put Nothing But Trouble on my “keeper shelf”, where it will be taken down frequently to be reread, then reread again. Sigh… ...more