More Evie and Storm! Of course it was exactly what we needed and didn't even know! I love these two so much, as well as the rest of the crew. This wasMore Evie and Storm! Of course it was exactly what we needed and didn't even know! I love these two so much, as well as the rest of the crew. This was a great bit of story to catch up with all our favorite characters. I never want to leave this world and I am so glad that Carian Cole gave us more!...more
Envy is the latest book in the Eagle Elite series by Rachel Van Dyken. This novella is technicalFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
Envy is the latest book in the Eagle Elite series by Rachel Van Dyken. This novella is technically a standalone story, but I definitely recommend reading these in order if possible. You don’t need to in order to understand this novella, but for full enjoyment I think they are best read in order. This series is one of my all time favorites, so to me they are definitely worth the read from book 1 to this release.
This is Vic and Renee’s story. Renee is the nanny for our favorite mafia families and Vic is Nixon’s cousin. Both come from different worlds, yet the attraction between them is there from the start. Renee’s life is planned out, but Vic wants her and isn’t used to taking no for an answer. I loved them both and the intensity between them. Their chemistry was off the charts and I felt like they were perfect for one another. Renee was really interesting to me, and I liked seeing her change over the course of this book.
This novella definitely adds more to the series than I had originally expected, and Rachel Van Dyken once again threw in a twist I wasn’t expecting! I can’t wait to see what happens next, and I am already anxious for a lot that we found out here. This series is one that I have loved every single book in, and I have never been disappointed. Envy fit in perfectly, and the only complaint I had was that it was a novella and I always want more when it comes to Eagle Elite. This one is worth the read and I honestly can’t recommend the series enough!
Let me just say that I was unsure but optimistic to start Filthy Gods by R. Scarlett. I wasn’t sFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
Let me just say that I was unsure but optimistic to start Filthy Gods by R. Scarlett. I wasn’t sure what I was in for since R. Scarlett was a new to me author and this was a novella. I have a love/hate relationship with novellas, as they are never usually done with enough depth for me to feel satisfied with the story. R. Scarlett’s Filthy Gods has made me a believer though! Not only is she an amazing author, but novellas can be done right! I loved this story so much and I honestly can’t wait to read more from Scarlett!
Filthy Gods is a prequel standalone novella to her new American Gods series. We get to meet the characters of the future books here, but the focus of this story is Nathaniel and Juliette. They are classmates at Yale, but they come from very different backgrounds. He is from a rich and elite group of individuals while she grew up poor and was in and out of foster homes, a fact which none of her classmates know. They match each other intellectually though, and spend their time debating and arguing with one another. The passion they have also translates to the chemistry between them, and despite all their differences they both find themselves drawn to one another in a way that they know they shouldn’t be. When Juliette goes to work for the summer at Nathaniel’s mother’s resort, she soon realizes that her secret is at risk of being discovered all while the attraction between her and Nathaniel becomes more than either of them can fight.
I absolutely loved Nathaniel and Juliette. These two were smart and passionate, and a match for each other on every level. I loved seeing them circle one another and it was really exciting as a reader to see the dynamics between them. They each had a lot of depth and emotion to them and that was so refreshing to see in a novella. I absolutely believed in the connection and natural progression of their story, and they were each genuine and felt real. I fell right along with them, and even though I wasn’t ready for their story to be over, it was very well done and felt fully complete.
Overall, this was a great story. Sexy and emotional, full of ups and downs that kept me from being able to put my Kindle down. I loved Nathaniel and Juliette, and I loved Nathaniel’s mysterious friends! I can’t wait to continue this series and get to know the other American Gods better. They were very interesting here and I love this world that R. Scarlett has created. This was my first book from her, but I am a fan now and I can’t wait to read more from her. I highly recommend this one, and I think readers are going to love this series just like I already do!
The Bed Mate by Kendall Ryan is a short novella that takes place in her Roommates series, but itFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
The Bed Mate by Kendall Ryan is a short novella that takes place in her Roommates series, but it is a standalone story. I love Kendall Ryan's books, and this one was sweet and a great quick read. Maggie and Sam are best friends that have always had something between them, but with Maggie having a boyfriend as well as Sam dating other girls nothing has ever happened between them. Both have never acknowledged that there is anything more than friendship there, but when Maggie finds her boyfriend with someone else, things begin to change for her and Sam.
I really liked these two. The connection and chemistry was there for them the whole way through, and it was clear that they were good together. With a novella being shorter than a novel, I always struggle a bit because it's hard to find a relationship believable in such a short amount of time. Sam and Maggie's relationship was already somewhat established though, and I didn't have any trouble believing that their relationship was genuine. It felt right and these two felt like they belonged together.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I loved the setting of snow and winter fun, and while it isn't a holiday story it really put me in the mood for all things winter. Kendall Ryan is a great writer and I have enjoyed everything I have read from her, especially this series. If you are a bit short on time or are just looking for a great quick light read, I would recommend giving The Bed Mate a shot. Kendall Ryan is a go to author for me, and I always look forward to getting lost in one of her books. I can't wait to see what she writes next!
Laurelin Paige's novella Dirty Filthy Fix brings together two of her series, and it was great! IFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
Laurelin Paige's novella Dirty Filthy Fix brings together two of her series, and it was great! If you are familiar with her Fixed Trilogy series and/or her Dirty Filthy Rich Men series, you are definitely going to want to read this one. If you haven't read them though, don't worry this story can be read as a complete standalone.
By day Trish is secretary to one of New York's most powerful men, Hudson Pierce. She is no stranger to men wanting her and yet she lives a life that no one has a clue about. At work she is prim and proper, with a set of rules she abides by. But by night she owns her sexuality and is capable of bringing even the most powerful man to his knees. When she and Nathan Sinclair, a business partner of her boss, continue to find themselves drawn to one another though, Trish finds it harder to stick to her rules.
These two were smoking hot together and I couldn't get enough of them. There was so much chemistry here, but besides just being super steamy and sexy there was a great connection as well. Laurelin Paige did a wonderful job of writing this short novella in a way that things felt real and genuine without feeling rushed or hard to believe. I often struggle with novellas, but that wasn't the case here. Nate and Trish were both well written characters that I felt invested in, and my only complaint here is that I wanted more.
I loved that these characters went after what they wanted and weren't afraid to be who they are. They owned their desires and that just made them that much sexier. I think that a lot of readers are going to enjoy this one just as much as I did, especially if you are familiar with either of these series from Laurelin Paige. I have loved everything I have read from her, and I can't wait for more. Dirty Filthy Fix is a great sexy read that I highly recommend.
I was excited to read Prince Roman from CD Reiss, though I am normally not a huge fan of novellaFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
I was excited to read Prince Roman from CD Reiss, though I am normally not a huge fan of novellas. This was a great story though, and I found it hard to put this one down. I will admit at the beginning I was a bit lost with some of the tech speak and jargon being thrown around and I also didn't know Raven's character having not read King of Code. But this story is a standalone and you don't need it to enjoy Prince Roman. I will definitely be going back to read King of Code though after finishing this story.
After the end of her casual office relationship, Raven is determined to start her new job off on the right foot. She knows she can't have any more office hookups, but after meeting Roman she knows that will be a challenge. Especially when he is across the hall from her and is just as attracted to her as she is him.
I liked both Raven and Roman. Raven was strong and determined, and I loved that she was herself and could admit her desires. She wasn't afraid to have something casual with no strings and I liked that she accepted things for what they were. But when she met Roman, she knew they were different. While she could have fought it harder than she did, I was grateful that she didn't. She knew the risks and had every reason to avoid Roman, yet she could also tell that he was worth taking that chance. Roman was sexy and powerful, but beneath all of that he was genuine and easy to like. He wasn't over the top cocky or arrogant, and I absolutely loved that. He was perfect for Raven, and I loved seeing these two get dirty and steamy together as well as have a connection that was believable beyond just attraction.
Overall, this one was short and engaging. I liked the story and the characters and I can't wait to read more in this world from CD Reiss. I definitely recommend this one if you have read King of Code, but if you are like me and haven't I think that you will enjoy this one just like I did.
I have enjoyed many books by Jaci Burton over the years, and this one sounded really good. I havFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
I have enjoyed many books by Jaci Burton over the years, and this one sounded really good. I have to admit I have a thing for romance stories that are on the forbidden side, and this one fit that a little with it being about Ellie and her brother-in-law. While there were things I liked here, this one was just okay.
After losing her husband while pregnant with their son, Ellie moves in with her brother-in-law Nick so that he can help her. Nick and Ellie grow closer over the years, raising her son Henry and coping with their grief together. But when both of them start to feel things for the other beyond friendship, each of them struggles with what that means for their lives going forward.
I really liked Nick. He was a great guy, sweet and supportive, giving everything he had to Ellie and Henry. He loved those two so much and it was easy to see that his feelings were genuine and weren't out of some sort of obligation. Ellie was where I had problems. At first I really liked her. She had been through a lot and yet she was putting her son first. But as the story went on, she got more and more on my nerves. Her constant pushing Nick away and trying to set him up was beyond frustrating, and I just got to the point that I was sick of it. These two had chemistry and a connection, but Ellie's actions and second-guessing her and Nick's feelings was just too much for me to get over.
I also felt that while Henry was in this story, he wasn't present. He was always out of the scene or going to someone else's house. It seemed as though he wasn't hardly around, except when it was mentioned about how great Nick was with him. I really would have liked for him to been more a part of the story at the end especially when Nick and Ellie were really starting to make progress. It would have been interesting to see his feelings as their relationship progressed. Overall, this one was okay, but between Ellie driving me nuts and Henry's absence this one wasn't what I had hoped for.
I have been waiting for Snap's book! I have really enjoyed the glimpses that I have seen of him throughout this series, though when I saw who he was pI have been waiting for Snap's book! I have really enjoyed the glimpses that I have seen of him throughout this series, though when I saw who he was paired with I will admit I was a bit nervous. That being said, I really enjoyed their story and I KA proved yet again what a talented author she is! Rosie and Snap just fit together and I loved them for one another. Rosie had been through so much, and she deserved happiness every bit as much as every other character in this series. I honestly loved seeing her and Snap and that natural ease they had with one another. Their relationship just felt right, and I was glad that they got their HEA. Another great book in one of my favorite series ever. ...more
The High Road by Lauren Runow is a short and sexy novella that was previously published in the SFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
The High Road by Lauren Runow is a short and sexy novella that was previously published in the Secret Affair Anthology. This is a standalone story and a great read if you are needing something quick. I have read a few of Lauren's books now, and have really enjoyed each one. The High Road was no different and I think readers will enjoy it like I did.
Jenelle was used to living her life by following the rules and putting on a fake smile when she needs to. But when she learns that her boyfriend has been cheating on her, she decides to go out with her friend and live a little. When she meets Alex though, he changes everything and she soon finds herself living a life she was missing before. But what he didn't mention was that he is actually her subordinate and a relationship between them is forbidden.
I really liked Jenelle and Alex. Jenelle was straight-laced, yet you could tell there was more to her. She just needed to find the right person that she could be herself with. Alex had a lot to overcome and learning about his past had me feeling so much for him. I liked him and Jenelle together, and though it was supposed to be something quick for them it was obvious that there was so much more happening. They had great chemistry and a connection that was natural and easy to believe in.
Overall, this was a really good quick and sexy read. It was also just a good story and I found it easy to believe in the relationship which can sometimes be hard with a novella. I liked the characters a lot and I think that contemporary fans will as well. I look forward to more from Lauren Runow in the future.
Forever Our Boys by Heidi McLaughlin is a sort of check in for Beaumont fans. This short novellaFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
Forever Our Boys by Heidi McLaughlin is a sort of check in for Beaumont fans. This short novella mainly features the wives of our favorite 4225 West rockers. It also sets up her new spin-off Beaumont Next Generation series. If you have enjoyed the Beaumont series, you will want to check this one out.
With Katelyn and Jenna now living in California, they don't get to see Josie as often as they would all like. When their husbands basically push them out the door, the girls leave the kids at home with their guys and head out for a much needed vacation of girl time and visiting with their best friends.
It was great to check in with our favorite characters and see what was happening for each of them. I loved that we got to see how each family's HEA was progressing. I have loved all these characters and their husbands as well as children, so it was nice to be able to look into their lives after their books finished. I will warn readers that this one is short and leaves you on a cliffhanger, anxious for more. It leads perfectly into Holding Onto Forever, which is Peyton and Noah's book. I can't wait to get their story and see how our favorite kids from Beaumont get their own HEAs, just like their parents. If you haven't read the Beaumont series by Heidi McLaughlin, I definitely recommend it. Especially before the spin-off series and before Forever My Girl the movie comes out.
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Protecting Lily by Jenika Snow is a short suspense set in the Susan Stoker Special Forces: OperaFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
Protecting Lily by Jenika Snow is a short suspense set in the Susan Stoker Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle world. While I had never read anything by Susan Stoker or in that world before, I didn't have any problems understanding this story. I think that this story was good and that fans of the series will enjoy it, while new readers will be able to enjoy reading it as well.
Brock and Lily have both wanted each other, but they knew that it was forbidden. Though he has been in love with her, Brock has never told her how he really felt. But when a danger from his past comes back and threatens the one he loves, he will do whatever it takes to protect Lily. Locked away in a cabin for safety, these two find themselves unable to fight what has been growing between them.
I have a hard time with novellas and short stories because while I like the stories usually, there usually aren't enough pages to really do them justice. Unfortunately that was the case here for me. While I liked both Brock and Lily, it all felt very on the surface for me. I wanted more and missed any kind of depth with them. It was clear that they cared about each other and that there was something there, but I just wanted more.
I also felt like the epilogue could have been a bit longer or given the reader a look down the line into their HEA. I just felt like this one was missing something, so while I liked it and felt like it could have been great it just didn't fire on all cylinders for me. If you are looking for something quick and sexy with some suspense, you might give this one a shot.
I have a love/hate relationship with anthologies, but when I saw the list of authors attached toFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
I have a love/hate relationship with anthologies, but when I saw the list of authors attached to Glamour: Contemporary Fairytale Retellings, I knew I had to read it. I am so glad that I took a chance on this one as it was one of the best anthologies I have ever read. Each story was one I enjoyed, without a single disappointment in the bunch.
Glamour includes novellas based on classic fairytales, including the following stories: Knot by Lili St. Germain (Rapunzel) Red Hot Pursuit by A.L. Jackson (Little Red Riding Hood) Ripples by Aleatha Romig (Prince and the Pauper) In A Stranger's Bed by Sophie Jordan (Goldilocks) Bedtime Story by Skye Warren (Sleeping Beauty) Royal Mattress by Nicola Rendell (Princess and the Pea) Music Box Girl by Sierra Simone (Twelve Dancing Princesses) Broken Harp by Nora Flite (Jack and the Beanstalk)
Each one of this was quick and sexy, and just what I was looking for. These are the perfect quick bits steam for those that don't have time to sit down and read a full novel. I loved that they were modern retellings, taking what we have grown up loving about classic fairytales and putting their own modern twists on them. While I enjoyed all of these and would recommend this to readers, my absolute favorite here was Music Box Girl by Sierra Simone. I loved each story, and I think fans of Erotica as well as fans of fairytales will definitely want to check this one out....more
Invaluable is the second book in the Trident Code series by Alana Albertson, with each book beinFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
Invaluable is the second book in the Trident Code series by Alana Albertson, with each book being a standalone story. The blurb really sold me on this story, so though I haven't read the first in the series I needed to read this one. While there were things that didn't work as well for me her as I had hoped, it was a nice quick read that I enjoyed.
Kyle and Sara met at a club and shared a sexy night together. Kyle promised to call but knowing he was being deployed ended up not getting in touch with Sara. Now months later Sara shows up in Afghanistan, never expecting to see Kyle there as well. Kyle had told her that he was a football player, which he used to be, so she is shocked to learn that he is actually a Navy SEAL. Though they both know that things can't go beyond some fun together, things quickly change when Sara finds herself in danger with no one but Kyle and his team to save her.
I liked these two for one another. I will admit that there were times that Kyle seemed a bit cocky and hard to connect with at first but I ended up liking him a lot. I thought that he and Sara had a genuine connection and the chemistry was clear from the start. I do think that things felt really rushed here though, and I wasn't entirely convinced that the strength of their feelings was possible in the amount of time that things seemed to form between them. I did think that they were good together though, I just wish that we had been able to see it form a bit more organically without it feeling so forced in such a short amount of time. I just think there weren't enough pages here to really do their story justice.
Overall, this was still a good story and I did like the characters. I wish that there had been a bit more to the story as things felt a bit surface deep and I would have liked to have been able to really dig into their story a bit more. But this one was a good quick read that I liked in the end. While this one isn't a story that I will remember or have stand out long term, it was worth the read and I look forward to reading more in this series about the rest of Kyle's team.
Brutal is the first book that I have ever read from Jenika Snow, and this one was a super quickFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
Brutal is the first book that I have ever read from Jenika Snow, and this one was a super quick read. Brutal is the 11th book in her Real Man series of standalones. While this one did have some good moments, I was left wanting more. Because this one was so short, I just don't think that it really allowed for much story and things were just too easy for me to fully get behind.
Axel and Roxie are best friends who have always had feelings for one another but have never told the other how they feel for fear of risking their friendship. Axel is a boxer used to going after what he wants, and he knows that he needs to step up and tell Roxie how he feels. Roxie has done the same, watching him push away other girls while hoping that someday he might see her as more. But can they finally admit how they really feel?
I liked these two for one another. They had a genuine connection and clear chemistry. I loved how close they were and the fact that they were there for one another no matter what. I would have liked to have seen more depth to their relationship though, as it felt like we came into their story in the middle of it after they had already developed everything except taking things to the next level. I wanted to see how these two became so close, rather that just be told that they were.
The other thing that kept this one from being one I really loved was the fact that while there wasn't any real depth, there also wasn't much beyond the overly sweet constant I Love You's that these two seemed to immediately start saying to one another. I get it...these two have pined for each other and now that things are out in the open they can't say it enough. But it was just way over the top sweet and there really wasn't much else to hold my interest. I wanted more than just the super sweet, everything is perfect story that we got. There was no conflict and things just happened far too easily to keep my interest with the only reason I finished being that this one was as short as it was. Overall, it wasn't horrible, there just wasn't much to it.
Hard Ball is my first book by Heather Stone, and it was an enjoyable read. This one was quick anFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
Hard Ball is my first book by Heather Stone, and it was an enjoyable read. This one was quick and sweet, and I think a lot of readers will enjoy this one. While I did like this one, there were a few issues here for me. But I am interested in reading more from Heather Stone after reading Hard Ball.
Cole is used to living the dream, getting to play the game he loves for a living and getting the girls that go along with that. But when he gets hurt, his best friend Mackenzie goes to stay with him to help him recover. Kenzie knows exactly how Cole is, though she has always been there for him no matter what. But now that they are around each other more, they suddenly start to see each other in a completely new way.
I liked these two a lot. I felt their connection was real and genuine, and ran deep. They also had great chemistry and were super sexy together. I liked that they were sweet as well, and I just really felt like these two fit well together.
Being a novella though, this one was short and there wasn't a lot of angst or conflict here and I with there would have been a bit more depth to the story overall. I also thought that the pacing was a bit off at times, with things feeling rushed and a bit instant. I do think that Heather Stone is an author worth taking a chance on though, and I would read more from her in the future.
HOT HOT HOT! K. Webster never disappoints and these two quick and sexy reads were some of my favorites from her! Sexy and steamy, I couldn't get enougHOT HOT HOT! K. Webster never disappoints and these two quick and sexy reads were some of my favorites from her! Sexy and steamy, I couldn't get enough! I love me some sexy older man/younger girl stories and no one does that better than K. Webster. You will fall right along with the characters here and these will have you itching for more. K. Webster is amazing and I can't wait for more. ...more
Pierced is the first book that I have read from Nicole Goodin. I got the opportunity to read thiFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
Pierced is the first book that I have read from Nicole Goodin. I got the opportunity to read this book as a blind date, knowing nothing going in. I love the fact that I can experience books and authors that I might not have otherwise, and this is just one of the books that I have been lucky enough to have had the chance to read. Pierced is actually the second book in the Love Like Yours series, a fact that I had no clue about until after I had already started this book. While I liked this story, it felt a bit like I had been dropped into the middle of a story already in progress. While this can be read as a standalone, as I read it, I would really recommend starting at the beginning of this series if possible.
Lawson and Ellerslie are happy together and planning their future. But when life suddenly throws them a curve ball, they are forced to reevaluate everything that they thought they were working towards and they find themselves unprepared for what they must do. They always figured that they would get married and then have children, so what are they going to do now that they have a baby to care for that isn't theirs?
I liked these characters a lot, though I will admit that I struggled with the name Ellerslie. I know it seems like a small thing, but I was really glad that she went by El for the most part because I just couldn't get behind her full name. These two were really sweet though and you could tell that their feelings were genuine and deep. They were easy to like and relate to, and I really believed in the love between them.
Overall, this one was really sweet and enjoyable, though I do wish that I had started at the beginning of the series. Besides the fact that I felt like I had started in the middle of a story at first and was playing catch up on characters and relationships, I thought that this was a really good story. I definitely would recommend checking this series and author out, especially if you are like me and Nicole Goodin is a new author to you.
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I am such a fan of Kristy Bromberg's, and she has never disappointed me yet. Each new series andFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
I am such a fan of Kristy Bromberg's, and she has never disappointed me yet. Each new series and set of characters that she writes I find myself falling in love with, and that was definitely the case here. This is a standalone novella, though fans of Sweet Cheeks will recognize Ryder since he was introduced in that book.
Ryder and Harper met in college and were rivals. They had a complicated relationship that was destroyed with a classroom competition. Harper moved forward and thirteen years go by before they meet up again. Harper and Ryder once again find themselves competing, though this time in a professional capacity. But will Harper find herself on top once again when Ryder is determined to be the one that comes out ahead this time around?
The tension and heat between these two was fantastic! Their chemistry was clear right from the start and I couldn't get enough of them. The banter between them was entertaining and kept me captivated the entire way through. I really enjoyed reading this story and I definitely recommend this one! I am not usually a huge fan of novellas as I always want more, but Kristy did a great job here and this book was well worth the read! If you are looking for something quick and sexy with a great story, Sweet Rivalry is definitely worth checking out!
I have to admit that anthologies aren't always my favorite, but they are a great way to discoverFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
I have to admit that anthologies aren't always my favorite, but they are a great way to discover new authors and stories that you might not get a chance to otherwise. Not only that, but all of the profits from Beaus & Arrows are going to Pennies-4-Paws, so this is a great way to do something that you love and give back at the same time. I will say that I enjoyed this anthology a lot! There were several authors that were familiar to me, while others were new. The great thing is though that you do not need to be familiar with any of them in order to enjoy this anthology.
This anthology was filled with stories for romance readers of all genres. The stories ranged from sweet to sexy, with some characters being well loved favorites while others were new. The great thing about an anthology is that even if you aren't liking a particular story, they are short and you are able to move on to the next one quickly. I found myself drawn in right away though, and I have to say that there are so many authors and stories that I will be checking out after sampling their work here. If you are looking for some great short romance stories, this is definitely one worth picking up. These are great to fit in when you are limited on time, or if you are looking to discover some new authors that you might have been wanting to try.
I definitely recommend this anthology, and while I did have some that I liked better than others, I can honestly say that I enjoyed this entire anthology. Make sure that you pick this one up quickly, as it will only be available for a limited time.
Beaus & Arrows contains the following stories: Perfectly Us by Abby Brooks, Right For Love by Aria Cole, Pinnacle - A Destined Series Story by Ashley Suzanne, The Wedding-Night Stand by Ava Harrison, One Night by Callie Anderson, All Wrong by Callie Harper, Love on a Plane by Ilsa Madden-Mills, Taking My Shot by Jen Frederick, Someone Not You by Jessica Hawkins, A Very Locklaine Valentine by Jessica Prince, What Love Built by J.L. Berg, Special Delivery by Liv Morris, Mr. First Time by L.J. Shen, Rhythm by Mandi Beck, Livi's Love by M.J. Fields, Yes, Yes, Yes by Nicola Rendell, Game For Two: A Valentine's Staycation by Rachel Blaufeld, Backfire by Rebecca Yarros, Entwined by SE Hall, Love and Latte by Sharon Hamilton, Beauty Knot by Stephie Walls, and The Brightest Star by Yessi Smith.
I absolutely love M. Robinson's books, and I am always really excited to see when she has a newFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
I absolutely love M. Robinson's books, and I am always really excited to see when she has a new one coming out. Keeping Her Wet is unlike any of her previous books though, in that it is a novella featuring several of her previous characters. Each couple gets one sexy chapter with their very own scene, and let me tell you M. Robinson definitely brings the heat here. Each couple's chapter is a standalone scene and you do not need to have read all of M.'s books to enjoy this.
I won't go into all the details here about what each chapter is about, but we do get scenes featuring Sebastian and Ysabelle and Mika and The Madam from The VIP Trilogy, Devon and Brooke from Tempting Bad, James and Gianna from Two Sides Gianna, Lucas and Alex, Jacob and Lily, Dylan and Aubrey, Austin and Briggs from The Good Ol’ Boys Series, Martinez and Lexi from El Diablo (Good Ol' Boys Spin-off) and Creed and Mia Mia's newest couple from Road to Nowhere and the upcoming Ends Here. I absolutely loved getting to check in with some of my favorite characters as well as getting to know a few that I didn't already know. After finishing this sexy novella, I will definitely be picking up the ones I haven't already read.
I was a bit worried about how this one would go, seeing as how they are just chapters/scenes from different couples and I thought it might be a bit disjointed and feel thrown together. That definitely wasn't the case here though, and I thought it flowed well. I loved it from start to finish and was so glad that I read this one. If you are a fan of M.'s and are looking for something quick and super sexy, you are definitely going to want to pick this one up! I will admit that I am a bit greedy though and would love to get even more. Hopefully down the road M. Robinson might do something like this again to give us more of our favorite characters as I love being able to check in into their HEAs.
I was so excited when I saw that there was a new book coming out from Whitney G. I love her bookFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
I was so excited when I saw that there was a new book coming out from Whitney G. I love her books and Naughty Boss sounded like it would be everything I was looking for and more. While I still love Whitney G., this book was a bit underwhelming for me. It just never quite got there for me and sadly wasn't all that I had hoped for.
Mya thinks that her boss is the sexiest man she has ever seen, but he is a jerk and she has the countless emails to her bestie to prove it. But when she accidentally sends an email complaining about him to him instead of her bestie, her boss Michael views it as the perfect excuse to finally act out on some of his own fantasies that he has had about Mya.
Mya and Michael had great chemistry. Things were hot between them, and that is the one thing that I loved about this story. Whitney always delivers when it comes to steam, and these two were as hot as ever! But I wanted more of an actual connection between them, and that is what I found missing here. Michael never really seemed to redeem himself from the way he had treated her, and when he did change it was abrupt and just seemed to have happened over night with the flip of a switch. I think that a lot of that was due to the fact that this was a novella. I have always had issues with novellas not having enough pages to do a story justice, and I think that was a huge problem here. It didn't help that the story ended at 70% of the eBook and gave us previews of other books by her. I wish that she had used the rest of those pages to make this one a little more solid, as I would have loved to have been given more of these two developing something I could believe was real and lasting.
Overall, this wasn't my favorite from Whitney G. It was good at times, but with the abrupt ending and rushed feeling over the course of the entire book and relationship, I just never really felt invested in these two. I also have to say that at times I had a bit of a deja vu feeling as though Michael was a little too similar to Andrew Hamilton. There were a lot of differences between Naughty Boss and Reasonable Doubt, but there were times that Michael seemed to act and say things that were straight up Andrew, and I think that bothered me as well since Andrew is one of my all time favorites and is so different. This one just didn't fully satisfy, and I found myself a bit disappointed, though I think that there are a lot of readers that will feel differently than I did.
I am a huge fan of Leisa Rayven and this series is one of my all time favorites! I couldn't waitFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
I am a huge fan of Leisa Rayven and this series is one of my all time favorites! I couldn't wait to get more of my favorite characters, and Leisa Rayven definitely didn't disappoint. If you haven't read the Starcrossed series yet, you will want to start there though as this book is three novellas about three different couples from the series and will spoil the previous books. For fans of the series though, this is a must read!
The three novellas feature Ethan and Cassie, Liam and Elissa, and Josh and Angel. Ethan and Cassie's first Christmas with the hold family is approaching and they are both trying to make it perfect when Ethan's past suddenly reappears. Liam and Elissa have been apart for months and are looking forward to being reunited when their Christmas away from the public eye turns into a nightmare. Josh and Angel are ready to celebrate the new year, but with everything going on around them things don't go according to plan.
I love all these characters and honestly was so glad for a check in with them. This is one of those series that I really just never want to end. I love the characters so much that I am greedy for any tidbits that Leisa Rayven gives us. My absolute favorite is Liam and Elissa, but I truly love each couple in this series. The only reason this wasn't absolutely perfect to me was the fact that I am greedy when it comes to them, and I wanted more. It was so nice to see these characters living their lives and dealing with real world issues together, but it just made me hungry for more. I highly recommend this entire series as Leisa Rayven is a brilliant writer that knows how to write engaging stories filled with characters that you are instantly invested in. I really hope that she never stops writing, and revisits these characters again in the future. ...more
Dashing through the Snow is a standalone novella from M. Leighton. This one is short and has somFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
Dashing through the Snow is a standalone novella from M. Leighton. This one is short and has some cute moments as well as some steamy ones. While I did enjoy parts of it though, it suffered from what I typically have a problem with in novellas, and that is that there just aren't enough pages to really do the story justice. This one felt rushed at times, and while the beginning was promising, the second half of this story fell apart for me.
Dilyn Hart hates Christmas, so she is relieved when she gets an assignment for Christmas Eve. She needs to interview known player and champion snowboarder Dash Grainger. When they are caught in a snowstorm, they find themselves falling for one another despite all the reasons that they shouldn't.
These two were cute together and they definitely had chemistry. Dash and Dilyn definitely were a case of insta-love here, and while that can work for me sometimes I will admit that it didn't entirely work for me with these two. It was really rushed and didn't feel as though it was entirely believable. Things got a bit crazy in the second half of the story like I mentioned before, and I felt like it was just kind of over the top and really lost me. While I liked the characters and M. Leighton's writing style, this one was just okay. If you are looking for a quick holiday story without a ton of substance, this one might be one worth checking out.
I am usually not a huge fan on prequels, because more often than not they just rehash everythingFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
I am usually not a huge fan on prequels, because more often than not they just rehash everything in them in the next story. That wasn't the case here with Flow by Kennedy Ryan though. This prequel perfectly set up Grip and Bristol's story and once I started I couldn't put it down. I was immediately drawn in and hungry for more.
When Grip agrees to pick up his best friend's sister at the airport, he never expects to feel such an immediate connection. But the moment that he lays eyes on Bristol, he knows that she is different. Both of them have their reasons why they shouldn't pursue anything with the other, but find it impossible to deny what they feel.
I absolutely loved these characters right from the start! These two were very different, yet they worked together so well. It was as though they were made for each other and were meant to complete the other. Both Grip and Bristol were deep and well developed, even in this short prequel and I couldn't wait to get to know them any better.
Overall, this was a fantastic start to this series and I honestly can't wait for more. This is definitely a must read before starting Grip, so make sure to read it first! I have always been a huge fan of Kennedy Ryan's since the first book I read of hers, but I think that Grip and Bristol have the potential to be my favorites from her! I am so looking forward to their story!
The Only One is a One Love Series novella from Lauren Blakely. Fans of her books might recognizeFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
The Only One is a One Love Series novella from Lauren Blakely. Fans of her books might recognize these characters from Well Hung and The Sexy One, but don't worry if you haven't read those as this story is a complete standalone. I have really loved books by Lauren Blakely, but lately I have been struggling with her newer releases. While I liked this one, again I found myself not fully loving it. I did enjoy it though, even with the criticisms I had.
Penny and Gabriel once shared a brief fling before promising to meet back up. But when Gabriel never showed, Penny was heartbroken and forced to try and move on with her life. Now ten years later Penny is desperate for a restaurant to cater an event for her work, and she comes face to face with Gabriel as he is the only option she has left. But while the attraction and chemistry have never faded, Penny is upset to learn that Gabriel doesn't recognize her.
I liked both Penny and Gabriel, but I felt like these two really didn't have much substance to them. Unfortunately I think a lot of that was because this was a novella, and there just weren't enough pages to really do them justice. Things felt instant with them, and despite their past, they really didn't know each other well. We never really got to see them truly get to know one another and fall as it just didn't seem like enough time. While the attraction and chemistry were clear, I just wasn't really seeing that connection form between them despite what they said or the author tried to convince us of. They were sexy together though, and that is one thing that Lauren Blakely really excels at. The steam between them kept me flipping pages to see what would happen next.
The other thing that I struggled with her was that this book was just so sweet and cutesy, bordering on cheesy and cliche at times. Things were just too easily forgiven or explained and it just felt forced to me. There wasn't really anything new or different here, and while it was enjoyable it was just okay. It felt like any other sweet romance and it just didn't do it for me. So while I liked this one at times, this is one that I doubt I would go back and reread or really remember. I think that fans of the series will enjoy seeing familiar faces and if it sounds like a story you might like I encourage you to give it a shot. It wasn't bad by any means, it just wasn't great for me either.
Sin's Temptation is the first book in the Erotic Intentions series by Evie Harrison. This standaFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
Sin's Temptation is the first book in the Erotic Intentions series by Evie Harrison. This standalone story is only about 85 pages long, and was a very quick and sexy read. There was a ton of steam and Jordan was all alpha. If you are looking for a fast read and plenty of heat, this is one you should check out.
Jordan is a successful man after inventing one of the world's most popular sex toys. He doesn't do commitment and doesn't believe in marriage. But everything changes when he meets Natalie. Jordan quickly realizes that he will do whatever it takes to not only make her his, but keep her forever.
I have to admit I wasn't Jordan's biggest fan. He rubbed me wrong a bit in the beginning and it was hard to get past some of that. There was a ton of heat between these two, and I thought that they were super sexy together, but honestly that was it for me. I didn't believe their connection as it was so instant that it was impossible for me to buy into. They had just met and things were just too over the top to be even remotely plausible.
I think that if you judge this book for the sex and steam alone, it is worth the read. But if you are looking for any bit of substance here, you might want to skip this one. While I do appreciate the heat, I need a bit more to truly enjoy a story and this one just didn't get me there in the short amount of pages that was.
Sacking the Quarterback is a short standalone novella from Samantha Towle that is a part of JameFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
Sacking the Quarterback is a short standalone novella from Samantha Towle that is a part of James Patterson's BookShots. These are meant to be quick and easy reads that take only a few hours of time to finish. I have always struggled with novellas, because they usually leave me wanting more, and that was definitely the case here. As much as I wanted to love this one, there was just so much that it felt like this story was missing and that hurt my enjoyment a bit.
Grayson Knight has always been the golden boy of football, never getting into trouble and keeping his nose clean. So when Assistant State Attorney Melissa St. James gets sent to charge him after he is arrested for drugs, she knows that things aren't adding up. Determined to get to the truth, Melissa will stop at nothing to find answers. But while it is clear that Grayson is hiding something, the one thing that he isn't hiding is how much he wants her.
I wanted to love Grayson and Melissa, but I found it hard to connect with them. I think part of that is the strong case of insta-feelings that was happening here. I just didn't see much of a connection between them, and it all felt a bit forced. They had chemistry and it was clear that they were attracted to one another, but I think things just happened way too fast to really find believable.
Unfortunately, that was sort of the theme of this whole story for me. I didn't actually believe that any of what was happening was believable, and there were several times that I was shaking my head at things that would happen. I wanted to just let it go and enjoy the story, but it was hard to when things were so easily resolved and tied in such a neat bow. Sadly, this one didn't live up to the potential that it had, and I think that this could have been something I really enjoyed had I been able to actually believe what was happening could actually happen. But this one was just a little too much for that to be a possibility and I was pretty disappointed in the story overall.
Hitched: Volume Two is the second book in the Imperfect Love series by Kendall Ryan. This book pFind this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick
Hitched: Volume Two is the second book in the Imperfect Love series by Kendall Ryan. This book picks up right after the events of Hitched: Volume One and needs to be read in order. If you haven't already read the first installment, you will need to start there as these cannot stand alone. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next after that cliffhanger, and I really loved getting more of Noah and Olivia and I can't wait to see how this series finishes after this one.
Olivia has just left Noah at the altar when we start Volume Two of Hitched, and Kendall Ryan doesn't make us wait long to see why. Noah is still on a mission to get Olivia to marry him and he knows that they need to have a child together to fulfill the terms of the contract. But as these two spend more time together things start to change between them and it is clear that it is becoming more real and less of a business arrangement.
For me, Noah is the star of this series and honestly I just really love his character. He is sweet and sexy, and completely irresistible. I can't get enough of him, and the more I get to know him the more I like him. It was so clear here that things are really changing between these two, and especially for Noah. He was so sweet with Olivia here with everything going on, and you could really tell that he is starting to feel more for her. Olivia had her moments here where she was a bit frustrating, but she continues to be the strong and capable heroine that I really liked in the first book. It was great to see her beginning to let Noah in more though, and I liked seeing her become more open to the idea of something between them. Noah also had a few moments here though, and I hope that their communication gets a bit better in the next installment.
Overall, I am enjoying this series a lot and I can't wait to see what happens next. Kendall Ryan is a great writer and she knows how to keep readers turning pages and anxious for more. This one is sexy and sweet, and I recommend giving this one a shot if you are a fan of contemporary romance.