I was a little intimidated about starting this book because I read a review that said it was full of angst. While I’m okay with angst for
I was a little intimidated about starting this book because I read a review that said it was full of angst. While I’m okay with angst for the most part, I worried for Dex and Sloane. I don’t like seeing them unhappy.
However I found that the angst claim isn’t entirely true. Yes, there’s angst but it happens in the last quarter of the book only. I went through the entire book expecting heartbreak but there’s actually a lot of hilarious bits and action than angst.
But when the angst does come, it’s laid on thick! You can definitely feel it and it makes you cheer for these boys even more.
That being said, I love everyone in this series! Each character is so individual yet compliment each other greatly. I even love Isaac Pierce! Cochet reveals some tantalizing bits of information about the other THIRDS members which I already knew but was will floored by, just because it gets me excited about the future books in the series. This is definitely one where you’ll want to have all the books before starting because I swear you won’t be able to stop. I’m already diving into the next one!...more
There isn’t much more to say that hasn’t been said before about this book. All the hype surrounding it is true. This is an amazing book an
There isn’t much more to say that hasn’t been said before about this book. All the hype surrounding it is true. This is an amazing book and these characters are just larger than life.
I listened to this book in audio and I have to say, it was an excellent choice to do so. The narrator does a fantastic job of doing everyone’s voices so that they are distinctive and unique. I really want to say that I love Ash’s accent most but honestly everyone sounds amazing. I especially like the added special effects. It definitely makes for a fun listen.
Things go from really bad to excellent for Dex in this book. It’s a little slow in the beginning as we get to know Dex as police before he is transferred to the THIRDS. Dex is honestly the best thing about this series. Without him I just don’t think it would be that addicting. There’s just a charming quality to him that I love and can’t get enough of.
While technically the book does end on a cliffhanger, it’s a good one. It’s done in such a way that you immediately want more and for the first time in a long time, I’m binge reading a series again.
If you haven’t read this and you’re a fan of Cut & Run, Adrien English and A Matter of Time, you need to read this. Dex and Sloane will be your new favourite couple. I guarantee it!...more
One day I was just looking through some of my older titles that I own that I still haven’t read yet and VOYEUR stood out to me. I’m a big
One day I was just looking through some of my older titles that I own that I still haven’t read yet and VOYEUR stood out to me. I’m a big fan of Toni Blake’s work and I knew Lacey Alexander is a pen name for Toni’s more spicier work. I can’t believe I only read one other book of Alexander’s so I figured why not, since I have the book already I might as well read it. The blurb was just so enticing that I stated reading on the spot!
VOYEUR is about a Mystery novelist named Laura Watkins. Laura is experiencing writer’s block but she had a deadline coming up so she needs to get her butt in gear and create an engaging story. In an effort to do that, she uses her friend’s isolated Colorado home. The privacy is just what she needs to get focused on her work, but it also stirs up some fantasies. When Laura sees a webcam’s light flashing, she pretends that someone is watching her. The idea arouses her and kickstarts a series of fantasies that sets her soaring. I have to say, this book heats up pretty quickly, especially when the owner of the house, Nick tells her that he saw her little show last night.
The banter between these two is amazing. Alexander keeps things realistic and safe while also pushing the boundaries of the characters. I think while there were times that Laura’s hesitancy kind of lower the heat down to a simmer sometimes, I do think that it was necessary otherwise she would come across as a little crazy. So I appreciate the author putting that in there.
I think it’s so interesting that for the first half of the book the hero and heroine haven’t met in real life and yet the author can convey the chemistry so beautifully across the page. I think that can be a feat to overcome but Alexander seems to do it with ease. So if you are looking for something a little more different than your typical Erotic Romance, than this is an excellent one to try out. I don’t think I’ve come across another book like it....more
A SURE THING is definitely one of my most anticipated books of the year. After reading and devouring The McCauley Brothers, I was hoping t
A SURE THING is definitely one of my most anticipated books of the year. After reading and devouring The McCauley Brothers, I was hoping that Marie Harte would return to this world and write more books in the series. You don’t have to have read the McCauley Brothers series in order to enjoy this series, but I would recommend it because they are just awesome. The Donnigans are cousins to the McCauleys and in this book, we get the entire crew here in their full glory. As you can expect, they’re a rowdy bunch so the book veers towards the lighter side of Contemporary Romance. There is plenty of jokes and roughhousing in this book between the siblings and I’m already telling you now that I’ve claimed all the guys in this series already. Sorry, but I’m not sharing.
This first book is Landon’s book and the ex-Marine gets paired up with a pretty psychologist named Ava. I LOVED Landon and Ava. They are so fun to read about and their back and forth just makes this book fly by. Expect a whole lot of flirting and dirty talk in this book because both of these characters are very vocal. The sex is hot hot HOT so if you liked the sex scenes in The McCauley Brothers series, you’ll likely find yourself drooling with this one also.
I’m hoping Marie gives everyone in this series a book because I’m already hooked. Her characters are just so fun to read about so you’ll definitely be falling in love soon. The Donnigans is certainly the best new fictional family around!
There’s one last thing I have to mention…The cover models for this book are pretty much exactly what I envisioned for Landon and Ava so I have to give a hand to the art department on that one for choosing such perfect models for the cover. It’s a small thing, but I do believe it’s an incredible asset in getting people to read these books.
With every J.R. Ward book I read, I usually have some high expectations. But actually with this one, I went in without really making observations befoWith every J.R. Ward book I read, I usually have some high expectations. But actually with this one, I went in without really making observations beforehand and still, Ward managed to impress me.
BLOOD VOW is Elise and Axe’s book. Axe is the kinkier one of the new recruits and for a moment, I worried that he was going to be Vishious 2.0 but actually he’s not anything like V at all and the BDSM aspect that I thought that might be present isn’t there at all.
I wasn’t sure I was going to like Axe as much as I did. However, after reading the book, I was fully sold on him. He has so many romantic lines in this book that it was impossible for me not to be swept away by him. And considering his earlier demeanor, that was not something I expected from him.
Elise is part of the Glymera crowd so she’s rich whereas Axe is basically dirt poor at this point. Ward explores a lot of the class dynamic in this story, which I really enjoyed reading about because it makes these vampires more human in my eyes. The issues they need to overcome are human issues, real issues that make them very relatable.
A lot of people have said that they didn’t think that their romance stood up against all the stuff that was happening with Rhage, Mary and Bitty. I think it does. Rhage’s storyline isn’t a romance. It continues where THE BEAST left off, so not only is it important for you to read THE BEAST, but you need to read BLOOD KISS as well. I personally think Elise and Axe’s romance was perfect. It’s very reminiscent of the earlier BDB books, which I think is what Ward was going for.
I was extremely happy with the Rhage, Mary and Bitty storyline because although it’s not a romantic one, it is still very emotional. Naturally, I think BDB fans will favor this storyline over Elise and Axe because we know Rhage and Mary so well already and the emotional attachment is there. But that aside, I do think Ward created a good balance between the two. Half the book is Axe and Elise and the other half is Rhage, Mary and Bitty. I don’t think it gets better than that.
There’s nothing I would change about this book. Ward’s execution is flawless and once again, she proves why she is the queen when it comes to Paranormal Romance. ...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
When I heard about this new series, I nearly jumped out of my skin. Marie Harte is an author whose books I’ve only really discovered in th
When I heard about this new series, I nearly jumped out of my skin. Marie Harte is an author whose books I’ve only really discovered in the last couple of years, but she has an extensive backlist that ranges from PNR to Contemporary and more. For me, I discovered her Contemporary Romances first and fell in love with the McCauley Brothers series. The Bad Boys Body Shop series is a spin off from that one as it is set in the garage that the heroine in WHAT TO DO WITH A BAD BOY owns.
Now, at first I was expecting this to be Delilah’s brother’s book but it’s actually a series about four new guys. Johnny, Foley, Sam and Lou all work at the garage and well, they’re quite the bunch of characters. Not only are they hilarious, but each has their own bit of charm that I’m sure the ladies will love.
In this book Johnny falls for Lara, a hardworking bartender and student. She’s a busy girl who has a lot on her plate right now but Johnny manages to worm his way into her life. If you read the McCauley Brothers series, this one is a little bit tone down in terms of the sex scenes. The McCauleys Brothers, if you read it, is borderline erotic. In this one, however, Harte takes her time with the romance, building it block by block. It works very well.
I had a blast reading this and this was mainly because of Johnny. Harte first shows him as a womanizer but as the book progresses we see that is not the case at all. I was strangely fascinated by his character and now I’m looking forward to reading more about the other guys.
You don’t necessarily have to read the McCauley Brothers to enjoy this book, but Delilah and Mike do make some short appearances in the book. If you want my suggestion, I’d say read them all. They’re really fun reads.
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 abo
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
The highly anticipated fourteenth book in the Midnight Breed series is finally here! DEFY THE DAWN was pushed back but now that I have rea
The highly anticipated fourteenth book in the Midnight Breed series is finally here! DEFY THE DAWN was pushed back but now that I have read it, I can say that it was definitely worth the wait.
DEFY THE DAWN reminds me a lot of what I loved about the first few books in the series. There’s great action and suspense and there’s also a lot of complex worldbuilding and politics in play, but at the heart of it all, these books are epic romances.
I absolutely fell in love with the hero of this book. Zeal reminds me of the original heroes of this series. There’s just something about him that oozes sex appeal and Adrian only amplifies that with each scorching scene in this book. He’s the epitome of hotness, and I think he very well knows that, but what’s unique is that he’s also not what he seems. There’s a part of him that remains mysterious and for me, that only added to his allure.
The heroine was also one of my favorite things about this book. Brynne has his tough girl attitude but yet again, she has her own set of vulnerabilities as well. Zeal tempts her like no other and I can’t blame her for falling for him. However, I also felt that she held back a little too much. Maybe it was because I was already head over heels in love with Zeal already that I was rooting for him, but I almost wished Brynne gave in a little bit sooner. That being said though, I understand why she acted the way she did. It was much more believable and benefited the story a little bit more.
While I liked the recent books in the series, DEFY THE DAWN reminded me so much of the earlier books that I wanted to reread them all over again after reading this. The presence of the Order is much more prevalent in this book and I think that helped in making the loyal readers of this series happy. There’s also a little less angst and more focus on the romance and politics of the world. I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait to see what will happen next!...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 favor
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
As a sports agent, Victoria Baldwin had met plenty of athletes in her career. However, when she goes to Hawaii for Christmas, she meets pr
As a sports agent, Victoria Baldwin had met plenty of athletes in her career. However, when she goes to Hawaii for Christmas, she meets pro surfer Alex McConnell and the sparks are immediate. The hot ever-present sun is no match for the amount of heat these two throw off.
Since this is a novella in the Play-By-Play series, I do think that Jaci Burton moves at a very fast pace and this is especially true because this story features the first threesome in the series. So as Victoria and Alex get hot and heavy quick, Burton then throws in Ben Reynolds, Alex's manager into the mix. I thought the chemistry between Ben and Victoria seemed a little more organic and authentic since there was some time to build. However, that is not to say that this entire story is brimming with steam! HOT HOLIDAY NIGHTS is the perfect way to heat up your holidays!...more
Yup. Still obsessed. RACK & RUIN is another book for Dex and Sloane but this book opens up a lot of possibilities for the other guys to ge
Yup. Still obsessed. RACK & RUIN is another book for Dex and Sloane but this book opens up a lot of possibilities for the other guys to get together. But before I get into that, the romance between Dex and Sloane continues to build. They are far from perfect but the both of them are trying very hard to make this thing between them work. This is where I think the angst increases from the last book. We get a lot of details from Sloane’s past, which is probably my favorite part of the book. The twists and surprises are gut wrenching and now we know why Sloane acts the way he is. We also see his bond with Ash and how their friendship started in the first place. This is one of my favorite things of this book. Cochet creates such a good balance of brotherhood and romance in this book that you can’t help but love Dex and Sloane, but all the other guys.
Speaking of the other guys, as I mentioned before, things have progressed between a lot of the other guys. Calvin and Hobbs have some shit to deal with but I think the worst of the bunch is poor Ash and Cael. These two have a long way to go if they want to end up together. There’s even mention of another couple, Seb and Hudson, that I’m looking forward to seeing if Cochet will try to make amends between the two and give them a happily ever after. Obviously, I want a HEA for all of them and that’s a rare thing for me to love every character in the series.
Probably one of them that I love but doesn’t get enough attention is Maddock, Dex and Cael’s father. He’s a strong force in the series but doesn’t get enough love I don’t think. That’s why I had to give him a mention here, because without him, I don’t think Dex or Cael would be what they are today.
In terms of the THIRDS storyline, I think this is the best book of the series. So much happens and at the end, it’s a very rewarding experience. The way the guys work together in this book is touching and you can really tell that they love each other and have each other’s back. This reminds me a lot of Sidewinder series from Abigail Roux. So if you like that brotherly camaraderie between characters, you’re going to want to try this series. This is easily my favorite series I’ve discovered this year....more
Amanda Abbott has another scorcher on her hands! WHAT EMMA CRAVES is a perfect summer beach read that is super sexy but also pushes the boundaries I tAmanda Abbott has another scorcher on her hands! WHAT EMMA CRAVES is a perfect summer beach read that is super sexy but also pushes the boundaries I think. Out of the series so far, this is the one that pushed MY boundaries because while it has some amazing sex scenes which I can totally get behind, the emotional turmoil that Emma experiences makes this book far more complicated. The title fits this book perfectly because for a lot of the book Emma craves something that her husband, Pete hasn't been giving her. And while she loves him dearly, Pete is pretty much clueless about what will make his wife happy. It doesn't help that there are other threats that seem to want to break them apart. That being said, there is no cheating in the book and anything that happens is welcomed by Emma and Pete at the time. WHAT EMMA CRAVES is very much a battle of the hearts. Jealously, desire and scandal all play a massive part in the story but at its core, it's really just about feeling loved.
Abbott also introduces several secondary characters who I am absolutely thrilled to read about. Brad and Gillian, the biker chick sound promising and Mallory, the soon-to-be-mega-supermodel made me laugh and laugh. I'm sure her book will certainly be filled with fun and sexy times. I already cannot wait for the next book!...more
What were your first thoughts when you learned that Ward was going to be returning to the training centre and giving us stories about new
What were your first thoughts when you learned that Ward was going to be returning to the training centre and giving us stories about new trainees?
Annie: I was excited! J.R. Ward is my all-time favorite author and I knew that going back to the training centre would give readers an intimate and in depth look into how the Brotherhood worked. And although Ward essentially went back to basics, it was the most natural course to take in this series with the brewing war with the Lessers.
These new recruits all have their own set of experiences that have molded and defined them and they bring that to the program every time they train. I have my favorites already and can’t wait to see what Ward has planned for them next!
Francesca: So excited! My favorite moments in this series go back to the training center with JM, Blay and Qhuinn and being able to revisit that while seeing some of my favorite brothers as the head of the program was like a dream! I think although she’s going back to the concept, she’s doing it in a fresh new way as this training center is nothing like it was then. We are not dealing with inexperienced pre-trans here and it was a lot of fun to see. I think fans will be very pleased.
What did you think of the other trainees? (Anslam, Peyton, Novo, Axe and Boone)
Peyton: He can be a jerk but a guy’s guy kind of character, the one that doesn’t like to admit he likes something unless it’s cool to do so. But I have a feeling that Ward will bring him to his knees :)
Novo: Love her! She reminds me a lot of Xhex so I’m wondering if in her book if we will see more of Xhex and JM.
Axe: This guy also reminds me of one of the Brothers, V. There’s no doubt that the two of these guys would get along well. I can only hope that we’ll revisit more of V and his kinky side.
Boone: This guy is an easy one to forget but I am not fooled for a minute that Ward doesn’t have something up her sleeve with this character.
I don’t want to give too much away but I can already see how some of them mold after other characters we already love. I especially loved Novo because she’s the other female to make it into the training program and she’s very much like Xhex. I have hopes for a romance between her and another one of the recruits…
The rest of the guys are quite like the current BDB. There’s a kinky one, a buff one and a couple of pretty boys. But I KNOW with Ward things are not always what they seem and I can’t wait to explore more of them all.
Which of them are you most excited about?
Annie: Definitely Novo and Axe. Novo seems like a tough as nails character from what we have seen of her so far, but she also has that playful side as well that is open to anything. I can’t wait to see what Ward has in store for her.
Axe is probably the one I’m most intrigued about. Ward dipped into his backstory a little bit but I’m dying for more. Who would’ve thought that a kinky Goth would excite me?
Francesca: Like I said before, I’m most excited about Novo. We know from first impressions she’s tough and can hang with the boys easily but as the book progresses she lets us in to her softer side, even as a romantic with her matchmaking skills. I can’t wait to delve deeper into her character and see how she will bring her male to heel.
What did you think of Paradise and Craeg? Did you like their romance?
Annie: They were a great pair. Ward builds their romance in a believable manner and this is something to note because one, these characters are younger so they are a little more hesitant with conveying their emotions and two, IT’S NOT INSTALOVE! After all the books that seem to jump into love so quickly, I love that Craeg has his reservations about Paradise. He thinks she’s too good for him and there are a bunch of reverent lines that absolutely melted my heart. I also liked that Paradise had no problem telling him off when he was being too stubborn.
Francesca: I think they were so adorable. Great first pairing in this new “series”. Their romance is a constant presence throughout the story even when it takes a while for them to get together. I liked that slow pacing, although I would’ve preferred a little bit more of meat between when they first got together and their I love yous. Craeg is just the best. He’s determined and a fighter. In everything he sets his mind to. I loved him! And I think Paradise is one of Ward’s best heroines from the start. She’s got balls and smarts. She goes after the male she wants and she won’t let anyone push her around, not even him. You can definitely tell they are younger characters but that didn’t take anything away from the way they perfectly fit with the Brotherhood.
Alongside Paradise and Craeg, Butch and Marissa are the other main couple featured in BLOOD KISS. What did you think about their storyline?
Annie: For me, it was natural to see Marissa and Butch sharing the page time with Paradise and Craeg because their stories aren’t that different from one another. The females are born into a world filled with position and power but because of their sex, they are boxed in with expectations and traditions, preventing them from making their own decisions about their own life. Craeg is very much like Butch too. He’s from a different world than the one Paradise was raised in. He knows that and yet he can’t seem to resist her.
When Ward said she was revisiting some of the past couples we’ve come to love, I was a little worried about what might happen. I was glad that Ward didn’t break them down only to put them back together. But as with any relationship there are rough patches and that is what Ward explores here. Some distance is created but it isn’t something that can’t be dealt with with some communication. In this type of situation, I was happy for the swift resolution. It’s not to the point where the author is milking everything from her characters just to produce a book. Butch and Marissa’s storyline is the perfect compliment to Paradise and Craeg’s main dish.
Francesca: I completely agree with Annie, they were the natural choice to place in this book. I was more than a little giddy to see Butch heading the training program and in doing so, we had to revisit with him on a more personal front. Marissa has always seemed one of the weaker heroines in the series, with her coming from the glymera and being pushed aside by Wrath for so long. I needed to see her find her stronger self and Ward did an amazing job at that in this book. I may have wanted to throttle Butch a time or two but good for Marissa for showing the male how things should be done and handled. This resolved some long pushed down unfinished business and it only makes the series stronger to see that side of their relationships. Perfect!
Do you have a favourite scene in the book?
Annie: Oh, it has to be the Magic Mike XXL scenes. I literally laughed my ass off while reading those parts. Of course Ward had to put her man, Channing in her book, right? It was nice to see all the girls together, just having a good time. Doesn’t hurt to see the men sulking either, does it.
All in all, BLOOD KISS exceeded my expectations. Once again, J.R. Ward shows the world how Paranormal Romance is done!
Francesca: I know this is so not about the main couple of anything but I have to say Lassiter and his calendar. The jokes about the selfie stick and Kinkos just about did me in. I absolutely love him, can I keep him?
BLOOD KISS is very much another book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood. It didn’t feel like a separate series, which I was worried about. Ward knows how to give fans exactly what they crave and this hit that mark for all of us long time fans of the series. Giving us everything we loved from before mixed in with enough of what we love now. Still to date, the best paranormal romance author out there....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 w
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
That was my reaction when I finished this book. As my first read my Marie Harte, I didn’t exactly know what I was getting into. A
That was my reaction when I finished this book. As my first read my Marie Harte, I didn’t exactly know what I was getting into. A couple of my trusted friends suggested I try this book but it wasn’t until now that I got a chance to read it.
Two things immediately jumped out of me while reading this book. The first is that it’s really, really funny. Many authors try hard to create that genuine rapport with all their characters. Their aim is to make them sound charming and fun-loving. However, some struggle to get it right. Harte, on the other hand, is a freaking genius at the craft. She hits every high note in the exact moment and even though there is joke after joke rolling throughout this entire book, it never feels strained at all. I’ve read a lot of books, but only a few authors can really make me laugh out loud like this book as done.
The second thing I absolutely adore and was a little shocked about at first is the sex. For one, I didn’t expect the level of intensity or passion between Brody and Abby for some reason. But it makes total sense. Abbi is a steamy romance writer and Brody is a total gentleman for wanting to help out in her research. It gets steamy really fast and you will never see my complain about this. Ever.
The sex scenes are so smoking I had to take a breather. Who knew that a charming, silly book like this one could also pack a hefty punch in the sex department? So far, Harte has packed everything I love about Contemporary Romances into this book.
But there is one more thing that sealed the deal for me. As you can guess, the series is centered around a family of brothers and their friends. You get the uncensored look into what goes on in their lives, including all the hazing, the fights and the teasing. Even between the girls there’s a ton of laughs to be mad. HOW TO HANDLE A HEARTBREAKER is just one of those books that can take you out of real life and make you laugh. I’m actually kicking myself that I didn’t read this sooner. I loved it all....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 u
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.”
Mike McCauley has been features in all the book as the lonely widower with the amazing son. WHAT TO DO WITH A BAD BOY has to be my most ant
Mike McCauley has been features in all the book as the lonely widower with the amazing son. WHAT TO DO WITH A BAD BOY has to be my most anticipated book in the series, especially with the lead up that occurred with Del in the last book.
Mike turned out to be different than I expected. Better. Hotter. Bigger. He’s the fun and charming father that loves spending time with his family, but he’s also the guy who loves filthy sex as well. And rightly so because he’s a demon in the sack!
Harte covers all the bases and this book right out of the park. Touching an delicate matters on life, death and grief, I find that Harte handles each with such care and attention to detail. Every moment Mike remembers Lea is believable and yet the moments with Del are organic as well. Harte doesn’t bring Del in to replace or overshadow Lea. They fall in love but process just takes a little while for each to admit it.
Del’s character fascinated me. Known as the badass mechanic, Delilah Webster has her claws, but in this book, we also see a vulnerable side to her. She blushes. She has her own doubts and insecurities. All this just makes her more appealing in my eyes. Also, her dynamic with Colin, Mike’s son is wonderful. It never feels forced. Harte really managed to find a good middle down there.
With this being the last book in the series, I am left feeling devastated. I need more, Harte! You hear me? I’ll beg if I have to!
Smart, sexy and funny – I’d marry this series if I could.
ONE NIGHT OF SCANDAL is a friends to lovers story that is turned up a 100 notches on the scorching scale.
Darcy Grant has just gotten out of a relationship and is looking to jump straight into a whirlwind night to forgot all about it. However, Reed Miller, her ex’s best friend is standing in the way of that. Instead of letting her dance the night away with a new stranger, he steps in, wanting to know why she is cheating on his best friend. When he finds out about their recent break up, Reed is surprise to find that he wants Darcy and has wanted her for a long time. With her a free agent, Reed is battling his lusts and his desire to sweep in a snag her for himself.
Elle Kennedy is known for her hot and scorching sex scenes, but this one really amps it up. Right from the beginning I thought that the sexual tension between the hero and heroine to be quite intense, so it’s really no surprise to find that this one was particularly hot. One thing I would have liked though is to have everything slow down a little bit. Reed and Darcy are full throttle, but because of the circumstances of how they know each other, it seems quite fast. I did, however, love that AJ was open to them being together. I think it took out the guilt factor a little more and made it easier to accept.
Since I haven’t read the first book in the series yet, I think I will definitely need to make some time to read it now. As a fan of Elle Kennedy’s writing style and sultry romances, I’m sure there is plenty to love with the After Hours series.
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 earl
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.
Tate Morrison and Logan Mitchell couldn’t be more dysfunctional together. However Ella Frank does something very unique with book two in th
Tate Morrison and Logan Mitchell couldn’t be more dysfunctional together. However Ella Frank does something very unique with book two in the Temptation series. She takes two very strongly defined men and gives them something else to live for. At first, I wasn’t sure how I was going to work since they have more quarrelling more than chemistry but damnit, Frank somehow made it happen and not only that; she did it in a very fun and entertaining way!
As Tate and Logan navigate through these unknown areas, readers get a deep sense of their troubles and conflict. Having never experienced such intense attraction before, this is all new for them and the risks they will take are all the more nerve-wracking because of it.
But the real reason why I came to enjoy this book so much is that Frank writes beautiful chemistry between these two characters. At first, I didn’t like Logan in the first book. His actions on his own are jerkish, but I like the reaction he’s able to get out of Tate. So while that irked me in the beginning, I learned to love them as a unit in the end. This is why I’m rooting so hard for these men and cannot wait for the next book to come out!...more
In my head, there’s BDSM Erotic Romance and then there’s Tiffany Reisz’s book. I say this because it’s clear that Reisz writes on an enti
In my head, there’s BDSM Erotic Romance and then there’s Tiffany Reisz’s book. I say this because it’s clear that Reisz writes on an entirely different platform field than other books I’ve read in the genre. Someone who is able to consistently deliver jaw-dropping, tightly-written, undeniably erotic books like Reisz deserves to be placed in her own little niche.
THE VIRGIN is the seventh book of the Original Sinners series and is book three in the prequel White Years. Again, Reisz employs the frame narrative technique that works so well in the previous books where she tells a story within a story. This time readers get the details behind what happens that year Elle ran away from Soren.
Even though Soren, Kingsley and Nora are separated for most of the book, some very interesting things occur. Soren is off working on his dissertation while Elle finds sanctuary at her mother’s covenant. There she meets a nun named Kyrie who I ended up falling in love with. You never think you’ll enjoy the strange situations Reisz puts her characters in, but somehow it always seems to work itself out. And not only that, it’s also memorable as well.
While that is happening, Kingsley is off in Haiti. Readers who have followed the series so far will know that this is where he meets Juliette. Her story is another interesting one that gives readers the insight to their relationship now. I’m quite amazed by how Reisz is able to connect every single detail together in the end; her execution is flawless and proves once again that she’s a talented, polished writer.
I don’t know how she continues to write such emotionally driven love stories over and over again but if there’s a writer that redefines Erotic Romance, it is Tiffany Reisz.
An interesting thing has happened to Lindsey. After being involved with a dangerous man, she is fleeing from false murder charges and finds
An interesting thing has happened to Lindsey. After being involved with a dangerous man, she is fleeing from false murder charges and finds herself in San Francisco. Worried that her past might come to haunt her, Lindsay takes on small jobs to keep under the radar. However, with that comes a lot of life hassles and less than hygeineic living conditions.
When deVries, the sadist of the Dark Haven BDSM club, finds out about this, he takes her under his wing. His helping hand scares Lindsey at first because she isn’t used to comfort coming from deVries – just pain. While deVries starts off as a mean bastard in the beginning, he softens, showing readers a different side to him that had me falling in love with him. At first their relationship starts off strained. If you’ve read the last book in the series, you know that Lindsey still owes deVries a blowjob and anal sex from the games. When he wants to cash in, it puts Lindsey in a vulnerable state. As a sadist, deVries likes to inflict more pain than she can handle, so a lot of the book is Lindsey trying to meet his needs.
What I love about this book is that the characters feel very real. There are several dimensions to them. Sometimes you love them. Sometimes you hate them. Sometimes you question their decisions and other times, you cannot be more than happy with them. Having readers go through those type of emotions in a single book is hard to do, but Cherise Sinclair is one of those authors who is able to do it each time with her books.
I love the suspense subplot to the storyline. It’s one of the things I love most about Sinclair’s books. While she takes some leaps, they never seem so out there that they seem foolish. This realistic aspect to the book always makes it believable and that’s why I always find her books so entertaining to read.
There is one scene in this book that didn’t do it for me. I’m not a fan of edge play. Knives freak me out, so that particularly scene was read pretty quickly. However, as you can expect, the rest of the sex scenes are well-written and will no doubt stay true to the characters. Depending on personal preferences, Sinclair does have something for everyone. This is, once again, something I love about Sinclair. In every book, she tries something new. Another kink is explored. She is never limiting herself and her books continue to grow because of that.