Whenever I get a new Marie Harte book, I get excited so it wasn’t surprising behavior to read this book as soon as it came into my hands. I’
Whenever I get a new Marie Harte book, I get excited so it wasn’t surprising behavior to read this book as soon as it came into my hands. I’ve been waiting for Lou’s book and had high hopes for her his happily ever after. I’m happy to note that I absolutely loved this story and I think Joey is the perfect heroine for him.
As the fourth book in the Bad Boys Body Shop series, I have already fallen in love with a lot of the heroes in this series. However, there is still more room in my heart for Lou who seems to be the most charismatic out of all of them. I love his charm and his sex appeal. But what I loved the most is his healthy regard for women. I’m over rough, dominant and selfish heroes in Romance so Lou was a very refreshing character to read about.
Similarly, Joey is just as fun and uplifting. I immediately fell in love with her gentle character and I thought she was a perfect match for Lou. In addition to the romance, there’s some great chemistry between all the other characters as well. I believe that this is one of the things that Harte excels at. Her banter and flirting always brings a smile to my face whether it’s between the hero and heroine or with all the guys together.
I’m not entirely sure what will come from this series next but I do hope that Harte continues to write in this world. I absolutely love the blend of humor and heart, and I hope she continues to write more stories like these ones....more
BRING THE HEAT is one of my most anticipated books of the year. First of all, if you haven’t read G.A. Aiken before and you’re a fan of
BRING THE HEAT is one of my most anticipated books of the year. First of all, if you haven’t read G.A. Aiken before and you’re a fan of Paranormal/Fantasy Romance, then you definitely need to pick this series up. This series is all about a crazy ass dragon family. If you’re new to Aiken, then let me warn you that her books tend to be over the top, violent, and ruthless, just like her characters and this is really why I really love her. There is literally no one else who can do crazy and funny quite like Aiken can.
This book doesn’t waste any time when it comes to the big war that this series has been building up to. The Zealots have made their move and now its up to Brannie, Aiden, and the rest of the crew to stop them. I would suggest reading the books in order because every single one of the previous couples appears in this book. You’ll get some updates of them, as well as see how they all work as a team in this war. Aiken goes through multiple points of views so you get to be in everyone’s head at least once.
The romance between Brannie and Aiden doesn’t get started right away but it does heat up quickly. As you can expect, there’s a lot of great banter between them. Aiken writes some pretty independent and strong heroines who are often quite ruthless so if you’re expecting sweet, tender moments, you’ll probably not get that with this series. Brannie is definitely one of my favorite heroines of this series because of her ruthless, care-free attitude that often gets her into trouble. She was an absolute thrill to read.
Surprisingly, we get a lot of Keita in this book. She’s had a book before but she plays a bigger part in this book. Keita and Brannie are cousins and seeing them fight throughout this book made me laugh so much. It was like watching to hot-headed bulls go against each other. So in addition to the romance, the war and its politics, I had this to look forward to as well.
BRING THE HEAT definitely lived up to my expectations. I just can’t seem to get enough of this series!...more
I always look forward to when Lara Adrian releases a new book and this novella set in the Midnight Breed world was a nice surprise. This is
I always look forward to when Lara Adrian releases a new book and this novella set in the Midnight Breed world was a nice surprise. This is 14.6 in the series and while you should be reading this series in order, I think MIDNIGHT UNBOUND can be read nicely as a standalone too.
One of my favorite things about this series are the heroes. Adrian always creates such stunningly gorgeous men and Scythe is no exception. If you remember a few years back when PNR was all the rage, this series was something special because it has a little bit of a Sci Fi aspect to it. Still now, this series continues to get better. I normally don’t like novellas as much in general. However, I find that Adrian delivers the same amount of intrigue and danger as one of her full-length novels. That’s quite a feat.
The heroine, Chiara Genova, is a very admirable character. As the mother of a young Breed son, she has unfortunately found that her and her son’s lives are in danger. They require Scythe’s protection while the rest of the Order deals with the rest. At first, Scythe is quite grumpy, but I think it’s actually because he already has feelings for Chiara since the first time they’ve met. Beneath that steely exterior is really a soft heart and I really loved getting to see that unfold with the story.
MIDNIGHT UNBOUND is everything I wish for in a novella. If you aren’t reading the Midnight Breed series, then you are seriously missing out on some awesome book boyfriends. Just keep in mind though, Scythe is already claimed by me!...more
This was the first book I tried in audiobook for this series and I have to start off by saying that it’s amazing in audio. Since this series
This was the first book I tried in audiobook for this series and I have to start off by saying that it’s amazing in audio. Since this series is set in New York, the characters have that distinct accent but the Cosi clan are also Italian, etc so there’s quite a lot of really distinct accents in this book and the narrator absolutely kills them all. Upbeat and fast-paced, this audio kicked ass.
Out of all the books that I’ve read so far in this series, ROAST MORTEM has to be my favorite. This one features firefighters so as you can expect it gets hot quickly. Some of these guys are really fun, while others are a little more rough around the edges. But I loved them all because they are the most interesting bunch of characters that we’ve encountered in the series so far. Part of this is due to Michael Quinn’s appearance. Michael is cousin to Mike Quinn, Clare’s boyfriend and he also has an interest in Clare so having to work with him in this investigation is definitely unsettling for her as he is a man who isn’t shy about his advances.
Mike and Clare’s relationship hits a small rough patch in this one and I was slightly annoyed that Mike kept Clare in the dark for so much in this book regarding his past with Michael but in the end, I totally understand why. It’s clear that Mike is the one that belongs with Clare and I loved how the authors also managed to incorporate Madame, Clare’s mother-in-law in this book as well. Her presence certainly spices things up!...more
LOCKED AND LOADED is easily the best in the U.S. Marshals series by Mandy Baxter. Right from the get-go it snatches your attention and never lets go.LOCKED AND LOADED is easily the best in the U.S. Marshals series by Mandy Baxter. Right from the get-go it snatches your attention and never lets go. Mason Decker is a treat for all the women out there who like broody alpha males. He’s the U.S. Marshal’s newest recruit, but Mason still has a lot to prove before he can be considered one of them.
His first assignment involves taking down an infamous diamond smuggler who also happens to be his “brother”. Mason’s personal relationship with the bad guy will come in handy, and he is using every advantage he can to take down this man.
Luckily, he has the help of Charlotte Cahill, a whip-smart attorney who has just landed herself right in the middle of the biggest case of her life. Charlie isn’t used to the mind games that these men play, but she’s right there with them, putting on a cool façade that fools many. I loved both Mason and Charlie individually, so it was really easy for me to fall in love with them as a couple. Upon their first meeting, they actually hate each other, but that only adds to the appeal when they are working side by side to take this diamond smuggler down.
I don’t have a single complaint about this book. The banter is great, the sexual tension is there, but most of all, I LOVED the case they were working on. The whole diamond thing had a touch of sexiness to it that only complemented the romance. And I have to say, Baxter’s heroes in this series continue to get better. It makes me want to claim all of them for myself! Trust me when I say this is a must read! ...more
I don’t know how I’m going to be able to write thing review without gushing or jumping with excitement. As you probably know, Marie Harte
I don’t know how I’m going to be able to write thing review without gushing or jumping with excitement. As you probably know, Marie Harte has been an author whose work I’ve been loving recently. ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE is the second book of the Bad Boys Body Shop series and it’s probably one of my top books by her. Not only if the hero of the book, Foley Sanders, an absolute dream but this book is funny, charming, witty and downright hotter than hell too! It literally has all the things I love in a Contemporary Romance all wrapped up in one delicious package.
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE is definitely more sexier than the first book of the series. I’m a huge fan of how Harte writes her sex scenes because not only are they borderline Erotic Romance, but they also have a lot of emotions as well. The heroine, Cynthia Nichols, is a curvy girl who is quite sensitive about her weight and looks because of other people’s constant negativity. Her body image and how she feels about herself is one of the conflicts that arise in this book and I loved how Harte was able to address this. Not only does Cyn take action, but she also brings on a sense of empowerment that I loved seeing in her character as well. So the sex definitely feels like so much more than a few intense scenes between the hero and heroine because of her insecurities.
As expected, you’ll see a lot more of the other guys at the garage, including Del and small bits of the McCauleys. However, we get a lot more of Foley’s brotherly relationship with Sam. Sam is such an important part of Foley’s life that it would be impossible to tell Foley’s story without having Sam play a major part in it. I suspect it will be the same when it comes to Sam’s story because these two are two peas in a pod. One can’t exist without the other. I’m told that Sam’s story might actually be the author’s favorite so I’m even more excited about it now.
If you’ve read the McCauley Brothers series and read this book, you may catch the glimpse that Harte puts in about the Donnigans. They are the McCauleys’ cousins and I can already tell these guys are going to be an interesting bunch. The only disappointing thing about it so far it that it sounds like it’s only going to be three books in the series. I’m hoping there’s more around the corner!
I’ll stop this review here before I go on and on about how excited I am about this series. But just do yourself a favor and pick up one of these books. Seriously, you won’t be disappointed. Marie Harte has quickly become one of my favorite authors and I think more readers need to discover her work....more
J.D. Robb hits a different stride with book forty two in the In Death series. Instead of murder, Eve is looking for a missing person when Dr. Mira’s husband, Dennis Mira is assaulted at his grandfather’s West Village brownstone. In an angry tirade because he learned that his cousin, Edward was meeting with a realtor to sell the estate off, Dennis arrives to a stunningly shocking scene with his cousin bloodied in a chair, wild eyed and afraid before he was knocked out himself. When he wakes, he is unable to find his cousin and despite his earlier animosity towards him, he turns to Eve to help him.
As Eve inspects the scene of the crime and digs deeper, several people are becoming clear suspects. But that is not enough for Eve since hours have passed and no ransom has been called in. Several blockades stand in their way, including Edward’s nasty wife who seems to be a suspect herself but as the story goes on, more details are revealed, complicating matters.
Typically with mystery and thrillers such as this one, I try to figure out the plot before it is revealed. But for this particular book I found myself actually sitting back this time, enjoying as I watched Eve figure this one out on her own. I don’t know if this was because there was no murder in the beginning, just a missing person or if it was the way it was written but this change of pace made reading this book all the more enjoyable.
As always, Roarke is right there alongside Eve, assisting her and reassuring her. I just love his character. As strong and independent as Eve can be, she needs her own rock to lean on when she needs to and Roarke has been that for her for years. One of my favorite scenes is a small one between Eve and Roarke. As Eve calls him to report that she got caught up in work, Roarke simply waves off the apology, completely understanding that this is what she does. This is what makes Roarke so special. His full acceptance of Eve as she is makes me love him even more. He doesn’t try to change her, to coax her to take some time off even though he can see that she is tired. Instead, he’s right there with her, watching over her the same way she watches over her city. He understands how important her work is to her and doesn’t stand in the way of letting her do it. It’s no wonder why Roarke is one of my all-time favorite heroes....more
When I first started the THIRDS series, Ash and Cael’s book quickly become the one I was most excited to read. I don’t know what it is about
When I first started the THIRDS series, Ash and Cael’s book quickly become the one I was most excited to read. I don’t know what it is about Ash Keeler’s character but I wanted to see him happy for once. Just like his best friend, Sloane, Ash was once a victim of tests and experiments but instead of containing that fear and anger within himself like Sloane often does, he unleashes it. And sometimes, he’s volatile because of it.
Out of all of the THIRDS team, Ash is the most foul-mouthed and dangerous. To put it simply, he’s the asshole of the group. He’s always riling others, saying incredibly mean things to piss the other person off and he likes to storm off in dramatic outbursts just because he can’t listen to you talk anymore. But beneath all that is a man who is broken and needing love.
Luckily for him, Cael, Dex’s younger brother, doesn’t see him as the asshole he is. Out of everyone on the team, he is the only one who believes that there is something good in Ash, that there is something salvageable in the lethal Therian. In this book, you get a lot of Ash’s backstory, and as expected, it’s quite dark but I also don’t see it as something that he can’t overcome and walk away from.
A lot of AGAINST THE GRAIN is waiting for Ash to come to grips with his love for Cael. Poor Cael. He is put through the wringer emotionally in this one, but I wanted it so that Ash had to put in that effort to win Cael over. I wanted him to work for it after what he put him through and I think Cochet found that balance of bringing these two together very well.
As you can expect, the rest of the gang are present and with that comes a lot of Dex’s scene-stealing shows. In terms of the conflict and exterior threats to the THIRDS, I don’t think they are as intense as say Pearce was in the first book, but there is a definite change coming around the corner for these guys and I can’t wait to see how the rest of the story progresses.
Other than Dex and Sloane, Calvin and Hobbs are heating things up as well and I already know that I love these two as well. They may be the more quieter and more subdued of the bunch, but Cochet manages to lift them up to the same level as the rest of the guys. There’s no doubt that when it comes to M/M Romance, the THIRDS couples are the ones to beat....more
My, oh my! Elizabeth Hoyt has a wonderful book on her hands. DUKE OF SIN, the tenth book of the Maiden Lane series. just might be my
My, oh my! Elizabeth Hoyt has a wonderful book on her hands. DUKE OF SIN, the tenth book of the Maiden Lane series. just might be my favorite of the lot so far. The hero is no other than Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery. If you’ve followed the series this far then you know that in the previous books that Val has been the villain of the series. He’s not a man with very much morals and indulges in anything and everything, especially if it gives him more power. So I was interested to see how Hoyt was going to redeem him.
And she does. To a point. But what’s unique about this book is that Hoyt doesn’t actually try to make him a hero. In fact, Val is still as bad as ever. As an expert blackmailer, he’s manipulative, cunning and smart. Power is his greatest love and he has no care for anyone else but himself. Val does some terrible things in this book but I still found myself enraptured by his character.
“This is who I am, Seraphine. Naked, with blade and blood. I am vengeance. I am hate. I am sin personified. Never mistake me for the hero of this tale, for I am not and shall never be. I am the villain.” After reading this, I am almost positive that Val is going to be my favorite hero at the end of this year. Hard to top a guy who knows just how bad he is!
The unlikely pairing of Val and his housekeeper, Bridget intrigued me further. I never would’ve thought that these two would end up together because well, Val would never settle for someone as lowly as a housekeeper but I think that’s what makes this book so special. When Val finally falls in love, it had to be with someone totally unexpected and I think that’s what Hoyt tried to do here.
Bridget turned out to be wonderful as well. I loved that she wasn’t a ninny like all the other women seem to be around Val. She has a good head on her shoulders and despite the fact that everyone warned her away from Val, she stood her ground and still had a good moral compass throughout the book. As dark as Val is, Bridget is the light. She compliments him beautifully in every way.
I did feel like the ending was a little bit rushed. But maybe that’s because I never wanted this book to end. Once I started reading this book, I found it impossible to stop. I devoured it within a couple of hours and found myself having to share my love for this book with as many people as I could. If you like villainous heroes then you’ll love Val. He’s as bad as they get. DUKE OF SIN is definitely one of my favorite books of the year!...more
Lara Adrian has me eating my words. Just when I had said that the newer characters of the series haven’t been holding my attention as well
Lara Adrian has me eating my words. Just when I had said that the newer characters of the series haven’t been holding my attention as well as the first few books has, Adrian brings out a story that not only has vividly developed characters but it also has the suspense and the romance that remind me of the first books so much. More impressive is the fact that this is only a novella.
However, all this shouldn’t actually be that surprising considering the fact that Lara Adrian has been one of my favorite authors for some time now and her writing has always been impeccable. But there was something about this book that made me enjoy it so much more. First off, it’s set in Morocco and Rome, two very different but equally stunning places. I loved what the atmosphere of these settings brought to the story and it definitely added much more appeal to me as a reader.
Also, the premise of the story is quite unique as well. Jehan and and Seraphina are bound together by ancients laws and their families. To prevent war from occurring, they must join together in a love match. They have a few ceremonies to do and eight nights to get to know each other and decide if they can go through with this. This idea works very well with a short novella. The time constraint creates that urgency while also upping the stakes a little bit. Surprisingly, Adrian is able to fit a well-formed romance and some action scenes in here as well.
I couldn’t put this down! STROKE OF MIDNIGHT has definitely rekindled my love for the series!...more
I’ve been of fan of Toni Blake’s ever since I read One Reckless Summer. She’s one of those authors that doesn’t get as much attention as I
I’ve been of fan of Toni Blake’s ever since I read One Reckless Summer. She’s one of those authors that doesn’t get as much attention as I think she deserves so whenever I get the chance, I always tell friends to try out her books. Her Destiny series, and now her Coral Cove series, have become one of my top favorites in the genre because of Blake’s ability to create such touching, loving stories for her readers.
Blake’s story are always character focused but I feel that is the most true with this book. Tamra is a character we’ve followed through the series so far. She’s the artistic soul of the group who tends to stay where she is comfortable. While she’s kind and strong-spirited, she also has a lot of vulnerabilities, namely the ability to trust others. She doesn’t open up to many and often hides in her garden where she feels most comfortable. But at her age, she’s starting to miss things like romance and companionship. She yearns for sex but doesn’t see any possible candidates in Coral Cove who may fit this.
Jeremy Sheridan suffers from PTSD. Blake does a fantastic job of conveying this throughout the book. At first glance, Jeremy doesn’t seem like much of a catch. With the homeless vibe is he giving off, it deters Tamra away from him and when you add in his nasty attitude in the beginning, it’s clear that these two are going to butt heads.
But then Blake gets to the real heart of the matter and explores her character’s fears so deeply that you can’t help but get lost in them. This isn’t a particularly sad book but I found myself tearing up many times as I read this story. There are pages and pages of inspiring moments, moments that Blake has captured so beautifully that it almost feels like magic.
To see these two characters come together was a great thing to witness, not only because it was a well-done romance, but also because the both of them hard to overcome some real obstacles personally before they could ever make the jump in this relationship. I absolutely fell head over heels in love with Jeremy and Tamra and I think you will too if you gave it a chance.
Jeremy and Tamra’s romance was enough to get a 5 star rating from me but Blake surpasses that with Fletcher’s secondary story. She introduces a new character whom Fletcher, the more philosophical character of the group, finds enticing. Her presence causes him to step back and rethink his life and his decision to wait for his wife, Kim after four years of her disappearing. Some things happen that shake him, but I’m betting that the next book will be his and now more than ever, I am excited to see what will happen to him. Blake’s books are more than just your typical romance. There’s so much fun and laughter to be had, but at the root of it, Blake grounds her novels with inspiring, touching moments. I have no doubt that this book will be one of my favorites of the year.
The night we kissed you said you couldn’t see me,” he said. “So… Guess I wanted to let you. See me.”...more
Flynn McCauley and his brothers are a one of a kind family filled with teasing, roughhousing, and loads of good times. So it’s really no
Flynn McCauley and his brothers are a one of a kind family filled with teasing, roughhousing, and loads of good times. So it’s really no wonder why he’s known for causing mischief around town. Flynn possesses those dangerous good looks and with that killer charm, it’s only a matter of time before Maddie succumbs to him. But though I make it sound easy, it doesn’t go as smoothly as one may think.
Maddie has just quit her job after her sleazebag boss tried to make a move on her. In addition, she also recently broke up with her foot doctor boyfriend so the last thing Maddie wants to see when she gets home is another good-for-nothing man.
Flynn and Maddie have an instant chemistry and although it is lust based, Marie Harte doesn’t just throw them into bed together and just let them got at it. She infuses the book with a lot of charming moments, moments that build on the romance and sexual tension so that by the time Flynn is saying those dirty words, you’re absolutely DYING for them to be together. It’s no surprise here that there’s a lot of sex. Neither are ready for commitment, but they are both in for surprise when their no-strings-attached relationship turns into something far more precious.
While all the books are very, VERY hot, I think this one might actually be the hottest of the series. Harte doesn’t hold back at all. It’s downright filthy in some scenes and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
Here’s scene that I randomly pulled up. It’s not even the hottest scene of the book so I think the quote can speak for itself:
“Flynn. Flynn.” She shattered, coming all over his lips and tongue as her pleasure took her over. In a daze, she moved where he positioned her, bent over the back of the couch while he hurried to shove a condom over himself.
“Now feel it while I fuck you.” He rammed himself inside her, sliding right through the slick, tight passage. “You’re pussy is so hot, baby. So fucking perfect.”
Do yourself a favor and read this series. It’s got the charm, the humor and the passion that I adore in my romances....more
Vanessa Campbell is one of the tougher girls of the group. She’s a perfectionist and always has to be right. With the way she was brought up,
Vanessa Campbell is one of the tougher girls of the group. She’s a perfectionist and always has to be right. With the way she was brought up, Vanessa didn’t receive love or attention from her parents and that has really affected how she runs her own life. However, RUINING MR. PERFECT shows that Vanessa is absolutely capable of falling in love. The only problem is, she doesn’t know how to handle it.
Cameron McCauley is the sensitive one. He’s the smart, sexy and successful hottie in a suit that can charm the pants off everyone. So it’s really no surprise when the sexual tension between Vanessa and Cam heats up quick.
What I love about this book is the way Harte made it all about the hero and the heroine. So many books have conflicts that are based on just miscommunication, which I’ll admit happens here. However, I didn’t feel annoyed as I usually do with those kinds of easily-solved problems with this one. I think it’s because Harte does a fabulous job of showing the reader where Vanessa is coming from and nicely displays how afraid she is. By the end, you’re rooting for her character as she makes those grand leaps that I don’t think I’d be strong enough to do, so it’s nice when the reader can relate to character’s emotions and fears.
Of course, Harte doesn’t stray from the sexiness – one of my favorite things about this series. And yet, with all the smoking hot sex scenes in this book, Harte makes each one important in developing their relationship. The one that absolutely killed me is when Vanessa breaks into him home and waits for him to get back into the gym. There’s not a lot of passionate words there, but the scene definitely packs an emotional punch and nearly broke my heart in the process.
Something different that was added in is the ups and downs of Bitsy and Pop or better known as Beth and James, the boys’ parents. It may come as a shock to many but they are on the rocks and everything they experience gets hard before it can get better. Kudos to Harte who is not only able to balance TWO romances well in one book, but to give their parents the happily-ever-after that they deserve.
Next up is Mike’s book and if the last chapter of the book is anything to go by, it’s definitely going to be a thrill to read. I am dying for Mike and Del to be together. Since this series is a little more on the sexier side, it reminds me a lot of Toni Blake’s Destiny series that definitely burns up the sheets. And yet, the humor and particularly Vanessa and Cameron’s personality in this book, reminds me a lot of Julie James’ style as well. If you’re a fan of either of them, you.must.read.this.series!
“Man, I’m falling for you, Cameron McCauley. And just this one, I don’t want to be right about being so wrong for you.”
Tiffany Reisz never ceases to amaze me. Just when you think she can’t conjure up something to impress you, she goes and does something like
Tiffany Reisz never ceases to amaze me. Just when you think she can’t conjure up something to impress you, she goes and does something like this. As part of the Halloween special with Harlequin, Reisz has paired up with other authors for this spooky anthology. THE HEADMASTER is Reisz’s contribution to the anthology, featuring an old all-boys school and it’s sexy headmaster, Edwin.
What starts off as a simple twenty-five year old girl looking for a new job at a school, turns into something way more interesting and spooky as the book goes on. It isn’t until the end that the twists and clues all make sense in the end. Reisz really executed this flawlessly. All the clues and all the little details match up so well in the end. Though eerie, there’s also a romantic element to it as well that makes it feel more gothic.
In addition to that, I loved all the characters. Gwen reminds me of a lot of Reisz’s heroines. They are smart and very witty, adding that required humor and feistiness to her books that make them so adorable and fun. Paired with an aloof and restrained hero, Gwen definitely reminds me of a young Nora teasing her older man. Also, if you’re a fan of Sylvain Reynard’s Inferno series, then I think you’ll enjoy this story as well.
I don’t know why it took me so long to read this book but lesson learned. The next time Reisz releases a new book, don’t wait!
Why oh why did I not read this book when it first came out? I completely missed this release and am kicking myself for not enjoying it
Why oh why did I not read this book when it first came out? I completely missed this release and am kicking myself for not enjoying it earlier. As you know, Mary Calmes is one of my all time favorite authors and she manages to impress me once again with ALL KINDS OF TIED DOWN. Think Sam and Jory but Miro Jones and Ian Doyle are US Marshals. If you’re a fan of Abigail Roux or Josh Lanyon’s Dangerous Games series, then you’ll absolutely love this one.
The entire story is told in first person POV from Miro’s perspective. Miro is an absolute doll. Much like Jory, his narration is fun and upbeat. But there’s an emphasis on the action side of with this story. As US Marshals, Miro finds himself in plenty of scary and dangerous situations that he often takes in stride. For some reason, that makes me love him and I don’t know why. Even with a broken wrist and bullets in his chest, the guy can still find humor in the things around him and that makes him so attractive in my eyes.
Ian Doyle though is…well, he is something else. A bit of an asshole, a tough guy and as straight as they come, Miro doesn’t think he will ever have a chance with his partner so he keeps his distance, trying not to brush him while Ian leans in to speak to him. I can tell you that the sexual tension in this book made me want to pop. It’s just so damn good.utc-top-pick
As the macho, grumpy guy, you’d think a guy like Ian would top. But no. What surprised me was that Ian needed someone who he trusted to hurt him and hold him down if that’s what he wanted. The only person fit for that job was Miro. And damn, Calmes absolutely nailed that first sex scene. It was absolutely explosive!
Numerous times throughout this book I laughed and I swooned. I felt like I could have read about these two forever. What’s cool is that if you’re a long-time fan of Calmes, she likes to interconnect her books and series with a few cameos. For example, Ian and Miro’s boss is Sam Kage. Duncan gets a mention and my love, Jory appears at the very end too. So in addition to an epic romance and stellar suspense, you get a heady hose of humor and some fun too. If that doesn’t sound good enough to read, then I don’t know what else will entice you but I absolutely fell head over heels for these buys.
Please, please, please Mary Calmes write more about Kiro and Ian! I’m begging you.
Favorite Quote: “I got you,” he whispered in my ear. It went both ways.
Sima is seeking revenge. Her boyfriend has dumped her even after she has paid rent and been nothing but good to him. With the help of her friend, Trina and a little alcohol in their systems, they break into his apartment to pull some pranks on him when they find Trey Ziegler dead, bashed over the head with one of his fitness trophies, propped up in bed with a knife through his chest and a holiday themed note that turns this book from cheery to gruesome fast.
J.D. Robb once again breathes life into my favorite characters, but this time, it’s a little more fun when the holidays are involved. If you know Eve, you already know her constant resistance to parties and getting dressed up. But when Summerset and Roarke through a massive Christmas party, readers wont be surprised to find a grumpy Eve in the corners. The best part though is when Eve goes Christmas shopping for all her friends. As much as she hates it, it shows just how far she has come in this series and how much she has changed and grown. It’s lovely to see Eve with her close family and friend, as much as she tries to deny that she likes it.
Meanwhile, Robb doesn’t mess around with the murder mystery. While she sets Trey up as the victim, as more of the story gets told, it becomes more and more complex and twisted. Trey is no longer a victim, but the predator, preying on women merely because he can. What I love about Robb’s writing is the intricacy in which each mystery unravels. When she first presents the case, it seems quite simple, but Eve unconvers more and more leads that change how you read mystery, which is why I think this series remains so fresh after so many books in the series.
Another thing I enjoy is the fact that Eve runs the details by Roarke. It does more than just keep Roarke involved; it’s also much more interesting to have her talking to her sexy husband rather than sorting through the evidence herself in her mind. In addition, Robb employs another trick. She has Eve dream encounters with the victims. In this case, it’s a nasty conversation that ends with her feeling disoriented when waking. But it nonetheless gets the details across, adding more drama to what can be an otherwise boring monologue.
I don’t know how Robb does it again and again but there’s no question that Eve Dallas rules mystery and crime.
After five years of pining, Diana Gabaldon has finally released the next instalment to the Outlander saga. Rife with history, romance and
After five years of pining, Diana Gabaldon has finally released the next instalment to the Outlander saga. Rife with history, romance and angst, WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD holds true to what has made this series so massively popular and well-loved by readers. Gabaldon presents Jamie’s suffering in an unsympathetic way, outlining his year and pain that seems to have become an important part to the series. Jame is easily one of the most loved tortured heroes of our time.
Similarly, other characters experience their own times of anguish and pain, both of the spiritual, mental and physical manner. John, in particular, is put through the ringer and it makes me wonder if Gabaldon is a sadist at heart. There is no doubt that she enjoys torturing her heroes. But if I’m honest, it’s also one of the things I love about her writing. She never shies away from breaking them down and building them back up again. As a result, the characters feel more developed, enlivened and real. It all adds into making them memorable and epic.
As you can expect from a book that is more than 800 pages long, there is a ton of details, lots of musings and a lot of characters. Many of the secondary characters have now come to the forefront as displayed by the jump in times from 1778 Philadelphia of Jamie’s time to 1980 Scotland where Roger and Brianna are. With so many characters, the book becomes quite convoluted with plot twists, long drawn out narratives and an in depth look at character’s emotions. However, I believe that all this is part of the allure with this series. You can’t have read up to the eight book in the series to only discover now that you don’t like the style in which Gabaldon writes. Part of the reading experience is about waiting for that special part in that story that will blow you away.
Know that when you start this series, it will not be a easy ride for the characters or for the reader. It’s a long, winding road filled with its ups and downs, its distractions as well as its enticements. But the journey is nonetheless thrill and all the more gripping because of it.
BEYOND SOLITUDE falls after Beyond Jealousy but takes place outside of the main series plotline. For readers who have wanted to try the
BEYOND SOLITUDE falls after Beyond Jealousy but takes place outside of the main series plotline. For readers who have wanted to try the series but don’t really know if this is for them yet, then I suggest trying this short story because it encompasses all that the Beyond series is about, but you won’t be confused by the events.
Derek Ford had been in a motorcycle accident that caused him to break his leg. He travelled back to Sector Four, alone while injured and although many respect him in the O’Kanes, Ford still believes himself to be damaged and weak.
When Lex hires Mia to work for Ford, we see a side of Mia that is strong, independent and hardworking. Although her living conditions are less than stellar and she is now working for the reputable O’Kanes, Mia doesn’t want to take what isn’t hers. She wants to be able to earn it and I think that makes her very admirable in my eyes.
Though fairly short, Kit Rocha manages to encompass the unique world, the smoking hot sex and also the deep emotionally yearning that both characters have. Ford is a little grumpy, which makes him extremely sexy and desirable. Paired that with the way he looks out for Mia and Rocha has made the perfect man. While Rocha’s band of hunks are all badasses, I think the key thing about their heroes is that they aren’t all metal and bullets. They care a whole lot about each other and the women they consider theirs. For me, that’s what makes these heroes as delicious as they are.
I didn’t think there would be anyone else who could come close to Mal, but there was something about Ben and Lizzy’s interaction that made
I didn’t think there would be anyone else who could come close to Mal, but there was something about Ben and Lizzy’s interaction that made them very likable. Whether it was the fun banter or the circumstances in which they met, Kylie Scott pens a refreshingly funny story about two opposites who fall in love despite disastrous events.
Lizzy is simply known as being the “sister” so automatically she is off limits to Ben, the drummer of Stage Dive. However, Lizzy isn’t one to simply resist temptation, especially one as irresistible and sexy as Ben. So she pursues him, wooing him with her personality and charm. If Ben didn’t fall in love with Lizzy by the end of the book, I would have slapped him because she’s so fun, so full of life that anything you throw at her, she seems to take in stride.
Of course the rest of the gang is present as well, including my boyfriend Mal who continues to light up the pages whenever he’s around. Ben is a great presence as well but I would have loved to know more about him specifically. What it is that makes him the way he is, what makes him tick, what he wants the most? While I really enjoyed his relationship with Lizzy, outside of that I wanted more.
CUPCAKES AND INK is a very short introduction to the characters of the Clipped Wings series. Here you’ll meet a smart and sensible heroine
CUPCAKES AND INK is a very short introduction to the characters of the Clipped Wings series. Here you’ll meet a smart and sensible heroine named Tenley who is looking for a fresh new start in Chicago. As she is waiting on starting her Masters degree and is in the process of settling down, she finds the tattoo artist across the street to be very attractive, yet she knows that she shouldn’t do anything to tempt him. He has danger written all over him.
Hayden is the kind of man that everybody wants a piece of. Sexy and smart, he possesses the lethal combination that will have reader’s swooning by the end of it. Though Hunting gives just a taste of his appeal, I’m sure in the full length book, readers will get an up close preview of his hotness.
Though this is listed as a prequel novella, I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary to read this before CLIPPED WINGS. I read the full length before this prequel and found that it held a lot of the same elements as the full length one, just in a shorter span and word count. However, for readers who simply can’t get enough of Hayden then I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to read this fun extra in the series!
If you could see my copy of this book, I think you’d laugh with out many pink post-it notes are sticking out from the side I basically bookmarked everything I loved about INKED ARMOR. It’s rare for me to come across a series that has everything I want in a book.
For one, the writing is so engaging and easy to read. I find Helena Hunting’s authorial voice to be so free-flowing and eloquent while also having a little bit of attitude that works so well with Hayden’s POV. The author pens this book so beautifully that I found it very hard to put this book down. In fact, I read it all in one afternoon and found myself swooning the whole way through.
Much of that is due to Hayden’s character. I don’t think I’ve come across a new hero who I could obsess over like this for awhile. On the outside, he has the steel in his face and the tattoos that scream ‘back off’ but inside, Hayden is broken and yearning for the one thing that left him – Tenley.
Tenley made a huge mistake by leaving Hayden in the first book of the series. However, while I understand how much it hurt Hayden, I also didn’t find it hard to forgive her. This was something she had to do on her own and while having the support that Hayden would have no doubt provide for her, I knew that Hunting was trying to show development in Tenley’s character. Furthermore, I think it helped that Tenley never once tried to justify herself. She owned up to her mistakes and apologized for them. I can respect that.
In INKED ARMOR, we see a much more darker side to Hayden’s character. This book digs up the skeletons that have made Hayden so intriguing. His parent’s murder is addressed in full color and wow, it’s a very tough ride for Hayden. His OCD intensifies, his mood swings go back and forth like a pendulum and nothing is worse that seeing the nightmares that plague him at night. However, together it makes for a very compelling read.
As I read this book, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Sylvain Reynard’s Gabriel’s Inferno series. Reynard’s writing is exquisite and so is Hunting’s. Reynard’s character Gabriel has a very dark past, and Hayden’s mirrors that same darkness and angst. So if you’re a fan of Sylvain Reynard’s series, please, please do yourself a favour and read the Clipped Wings series. Hayden is a little more rough around the edges, but those flaws only make me want him more.
While the majority of the book was perfect, I will say that the resolution of Hayden’s parent’s murder was very quick. But I could understand why the author chose to wrap it up that way. It wouldn’t have added that much to the story but it would have been nice to see a chapter or two just rounding that out and smoothing out the lines.
Helena Hunting once again thrills and excites with INKED ARMOR. I didn’t think I could fall more in love with Hayden and Tenley, but she proved me wrong. Their story, as exquisitely written as it is, will forever remain inked into my heart.
Newcomer author Helena Hunting dazzles with the first book in the Clipped Wings series.
An intelligent tattoo artist named Hayden Stryker will
Newcomer author Helena Hunting dazzles with the first book in the Clipped Wings series.
An intelligent tattoo artist named Hayden Stryker will be sweeping up reader’s hearts with his charm and sex appeal. From the very first opening paragraph, I knew that Hayden wasn’t going to be your typical bad boy. Right off the bat I knew he was smart. Much of that has to do with Hunting’s writing style. Both eloquent and free-flowing, Hunting writes with a flourish, weaving together words that set her characters apart from the crowd.
Also not typical is the heroine, Tenley Page. As we learn about her past and the guilt she harbours, more and more layers are revealed in her character. Though somewhat angsty, CLIPPED WINGS isn’t bogged down by the emotions to the point that it becomes saturated by it. There is a good balance between character development and plot that I felt completely submerged into the story right away.
I am thrilled to have discovered a new author whose work I can devour. If CLIPPED WINGS is any indication of the level of excellence one can expect from Helena Hunting, then she needs to be an author that everybody needs to watch out for....more
THE WILL is an enticing blend of Ashley's old and new style, which I find to be completely addicting. No other author's stories will burrow into yourTHE WILL is an enticing blend of Ashley's old and new style, which I find to be completely addicting. No other author's stories will burrow into your heart like Kristen Ashley's can.
You may be shocked to know that Bitter Spirits, the first in the Roaring Twenties series is my first book by Jenn Bennett. My first reaction
You may be shocked to know that Bitter Spirits, the first in the Roaring Twenties series is my first book by Jenn Bennett. My first reaction after finishing this book was, how on earth have I missed out on Bennett’s work in the past?
BITTER SPIRITS follows the likes of Kristen Callihan and Bec McMaster as she takes paranormal elements and places them into historical settings. The big difference between Bennett’s book is the time frame in which she chose to set her scene – it’s San Francisco and yup, you guessed it, it’s the roaring twenties! Bennett opted for ghosts and magic in this series and let me tell you, it’s a wonderful combination. Wholly unique and incredibly creative, BITTER SPIRITS completely lured me in and refused to release me from its grips until the very last page.
Aida Palmer is a unique character. As a spirit medium who is able to summon the dead, her personality really shines through in the narrative. Just from reading the opening chapter, I grew to love Aida’s fierce personality.
However, there was one character that I ended up liking more – Winter Maggnusson. Ah, Winter. You can call him a bootlegger, he doesn’t mind. But put on a hex on him and you’ve got one unhappy hero. Responsible for banishing the ghosts, Aida and Winter must now undergo a journey to find the curseworkers that will bring them together more than they have ever expected.
Other than the original idea for this series and the fabulous characters, there is also another thing readers need to take into account. Jenn Bennett’s authorial voice is fun, upbeat, and very, very enjoyable to read. There is a perfect balance of humor and heart, mixed in with great sexual tension and action scenes. I found that I enjoyed her voice so much that I began to recommend this title to fellow readers even before I had finished this book! I hoped that showed how well invested I became in this new-to-me author.
Kickstarting what is sure to be an explosive series, Jenn Bennett thrills and excites with BITTER SPIRITS. I can’t wait to discover more of this unique world.
Charlotte Stein is known for her deeply emotional, unbarred perspective on passion and sex in her stories. TELLING TALES follows along the4.5 stars
Charlotte Stein is known for her deeply emotional, unbarred perspective on passion and sex in her stories. TELLING TALES follows along the same lines. Allie and a few of her college friends go to visit a mansion that their good professor passed on to them in his will. Reunited with her friends puts her in close proximity to the man she has always held a torch for.
Wade is the kind of man who always gets what he wants. But perhaps it is a case of being too late when Allie finds an interest in Cam, their other mutual friend in this book. Shy and more conservative, Cam lies on the opposite spectrum in terms of personality with Wade. There is also Kitty, Allie's other best friend whose name is well-suited to her as she is quite the sex kitten. As sexual tension mount between the four of them and there are many experimental moments shared, there is the question of who Allie will pick between Wade and Cam.
In a seductive exploration with multiple partners, Stein doesn't hold back when she pens her sex scenes. Each scene explores Allie's emotions and conflicts while also delivering intensely erotic passion that will make any reader blush.
TELLING TALES has become one of my favourite stories from Charlotte Stein and definitely be one sitting on my keeper shelf for years to come.
Book five in the Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan is a book that I was highly anticipating after the suspenseful ending that the
Book five in the Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan is a book that I was highly anticipating after the suspenseful ending that the last book finished with. In EVERNIGHT, William Thorne seeks revenge against his maker, Holly Evernight. After working on him, they are forever bound, but probably not in the way they think.
When a contract on Holly’s life puts her in a bad position, Will offers to find the killer if he can ease her pain with her touch. What starts off as a hostile relationship soon burns brighter and deeper than anyone expected.
There is much to love about this book. First off, Kristen Callihan’s writing is as elegant and as tautly written as ever. I always thought her books had amazing pacing and plotting. However, for her to be able to continuously deliver like that consistently in each book both baffles and impresses me. It’s such a hardship, but it seems almost effortless for Callihan.
The many twists and turns made for a wonderful ride. Just when I thought it was coming to an end, Callihan flips you over and does it again, building that ride up until you’re forced to enjoy it. It’s really quite incredible how she is able to make such genius twists and make them hit hard each time.
As Callihan weaves a magical romance between Will and Holly, she is also working hard are setting up the next book in the series. How the threads intermingle but still remain solid entities in themselves show her talent as a writer. I am definitely dying for Adam’s book now.
EVERNIGHT thrills and impresses with its dark intrigue and hotter than hell hero. Building much like a rollercoaster ride, Kristen Callihan takes you on an adventure you never thought existed until you open this book.
*ARC provided by publisher
It’s doesn’t matter if she takes my memories of you,” he said in a thick rush. “My soul knows yours. And that part of me will always love you. It will always be yours.”...more