Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Lady AwakenedA Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


I received a free ARC from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program, and while I always try to at least finish any book I'm reviewing, with this one I just can't. I'm almost half way through, and I just can't stand this heroine. She's cold, boring and I can't imagine any reason for the hero to fall in love with her. 2 stars because it sounds like the ending gets better, even though I'm not interested enough to skip ahead and read it.



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Monday, December 19, 2011

Seduction of a Highland Lass (McCabe Trilogy,  #2)Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


ANGST! But oh, so delicious! Maya Banks scores another bit hit with this second book in the McCabe Trilogy. I loved it, and can hardly wait to get my hands on Caelen's book.



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Friday, December 16, 2011

All I Want For ChristmasAll I Want For Christmas by Lori Foster

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


3 1/2 stars. This was hit & miss for me. I enjoyed Lori Foster's story the most, and Dee Holmes's story was pretty good. I didn't really care for the others so much.



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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Devilish Pleasures of a Duke (Boscastle, #6)The Devilish Pleasures of a Duke by Jillian Hunter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A light and enjoyable historical romance. Steamy, nice chemistry between Adrian and Emma.



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Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Rogue's GameA Rogue's Game by Renee Bernard




I usually really enjoy Renee Bernard's books but I'm more than halfway through, and I'm just not loving these characters. I can't put my finger on what I don't like, it's just not holding my interest. DNF.



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Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Personal Touch (Harlequin Blaze, #484)The Personal Touch by Lori Borrill

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I whizzed through this one, staying up later than I probably should have just to finish it. Very good.



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The Bite Before ChristmasThe Bite Before Christmas by Heidi Betts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This was a light & fluffy anthology of vampire romance -- exactly what I needed right now. I think the biggest complaint I have is that two of the names on the back cover blurb didn't match the stories. No big deal, just weird and kinda threw me off a bit.



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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Highland Groom (Murray Family, #8) (MacEnroy, #2)Highland Groom (Murray Family, #8) by Hannah Howell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


4 1/2 stars - another great installment in the Murray Family series.



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Friday, December 2, 2011

Wicked Women On TopWicked Women On Top by Tina Donahue

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


All three stories in this anthology were very good.



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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

On Santa's Naughty ListOn Santa's Naughty List by Lacey Alexander

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I didn't love them but they weren't the worst stories I've read lately, either. Just nothing special, and mildly annoying.



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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sin ClubSin Club by Rachelle Chase

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


All 3 stories in this single-author anthology were pretty good. Very quick read.



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Monday, November 28, 2011

Mortal Seductions (Mortal, #2)Mortal Seductions by Allyson James

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


A TSTL demon with a split personality? Yep. I really liked the first book, but I'm ready to throw this one at the wall. DNF.



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Friday, November 25, 2011

36 books split between 3 winners + 6 Gift Card Giveaways!

Wow, I caught this giveaway just in time! Go over to the Small Blogs, Big Giveaways blog and check it out. But hurry, today's the last day!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Strictly SeductionStrictly Seduction by Shelley Bradley




There weren't a lot of reviews on here [Goodreads], but I really should have checked on Amazon before I bought this one. I have a feeling the writing is probably really good (I do like Shayla Black/Shelley Bradley MOST of the time), but I think this conflict is too irritating to continue reading. I really dislike it when characters are holding onto resentments that could easily be cleared with a somewhat simple conversation. Communication, honesty -- use them, and get your conflict somewhere else. So far it looks like Brock is going to be dense about the past and mostly acting out of revenge, and that's just a big turn off for me as a reader. DNF.



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Highland Champion (Murray Family #11) (Camerons #2)Highland Champion (Murray Family #11) by Hannah Howell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Pretty good. Maybe more like 3 1/2 stars. It kept my interest (which is good, because not all books do lately), but I got tired of Keira doubting Liam time & again, and after the battle to regain Ardgleann I was surprised there was so much of the book left. It did tie up loose ends and it made sense to continue, but it kind of threw the timing off for me.



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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Four PlayFour Play by Maya Banks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


OK, now seriously... Did Maya Banks & Shayla Black reach into my mind and pull out ALL my deepest fantasies? Wow. Maybe I had a little trouble buying into the ending of SB's story, but for me this was a totally scorching hot WINNER.



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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cops and Cowboys (Cowboys and Captive, #1)Cops and Cowboys by Lora Leigh

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Shiloh Walker's story is excellent. Lora Leigh's, on the other hand... Completely, painfully, head-thumpingly stupid. I couldn't make myself finish reading it.



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Monday, November 14, 2011

Marly's Choice  (Men of August, #1)Marly's Choice by Lora Leigh

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Drat. I was really looking forward to this book, but it has turned out to be a big disappointment for so many reasons. First, it took forEVER to get anywhere. The book spent way too much time with Cade wrestling with himself -- the old "I want her. I can't have her. I want her. She can't handle me." Page after page after page. It got old. But Marly is insistent that she wants him and she can take it -- and when he finally FINALLY takes her, she's a total pansy. Oh, it's too much pleasure! I don't think I can handle it! Give me a break. I know you were a virgin, but WTF were you expecting? And seriously... He honestly can't control himself just that ONE time to go a little easy on a virgin he supposedly loves? I'm tempted to keep reading just so I can get to the menage parts with the brothers (whose characters haven't really been developed enough yet at this point in the book, so in my mind they're sitting there like jackals waiting for Cade to share scraps of Marly with them), but I have a feeling I'll just get more irritated & won't be able to enjoy it. Good thing there are a lot more sources of hot monkey sex. :) DNF, but 1 1/2 stars because I at least made it 2/3 of the way through the book before I had to put it down.



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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Whispered SecretsWhispered Secrets by Shiloh Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Now that's what I'm talking about! Three mouthwatering short stories of friends who become lovers. Excellent!



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Friday, November 11, 2011

Return of the Warrior (Brotherhood/MacAllister Series, Book #7)Return of the Warrior by Kinley MacGregor




OK, this is probably being WAY too picky, but calling Lutien the "village idiot" and "fool" over & over when he's so blatantly NOT... I can't get past it. I just can't. By page 60 he's already making more sense than anyone else in the story. And maybe there's more chemistry between Adara & Christian if I'd just keep reading, but I don't have the patience to get there. DNF.



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The Object of LoveThe Object of Love by Sharon Cullars




Honestly, I was hoping for a good cougar story and it looks like it's just going to be too angsty to enjoy. DNF.



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Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Lost Duke of Wyndham (Two Dukes of Wyndham, #1)The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Not my favorite JQ book, but pretty good. I think I'll take the advice of other reviewers & wait a bit to read 'Mr. Cavendish, I Presume'.



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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Highland Conqueror (Murray Family, #10) (Camerons, #1)Highland Conqueror (Murray Family, #10) by Hannah Howell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Outstanding! Fast-paced and a wonderful depth of character and emotion. I loved everything about this one. Now I need to check out more of her books.



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Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Devil & Ms. Johnson The Devil & Ms. Johnson by Hannah Murray

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I'd say 4 1/2 stars for this one -- it was really good. The chemistry is great, the drama/suspense is well done & doesn't detract from the romance, and the sex is SCORCHING hot. I zipped right through this one & was left feeling very satisfied. Another winner from Ellora's Cave!



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Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Naughty ListThe Naughty List by Jodi Redford

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Can we say "book-gasm"? Super hot, nice depth of emotions, intense heroes, only a little frustration with the heroine pushing away happiness, and did I mention SUPER HOT? I'll admit it was very similar in plot to many other HEA threesome books I've read, but I like the author's style and sense of humor, so I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good m/f/m erotic romance.



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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart (Love By Numbers, #3)Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah MacLean

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I liked this better than I expected to. As I was reading, I kept thinking, "Leighton is leading her on. He has every intention of marrying someone else. She needs to move on & stop putting herself out there." But somehow Sarah MacLean made it really work, and the book was very enjoyable. Maybe it was because I liked seeing the Duke thaw just as much as Juliana did, and because she was persistent without being a total doormat.



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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (Highland Pleasures, #2)Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I seriously love this series... The characters have real depth and the emotions are exquisite. See my reviews for books 1 & 3 in the series for more raving. Don't miss this fantastic series!!!



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Redeeming the RogueRedeeming the Rogue by Donna MacMeans

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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4 1/2 Kisses, 1/2 pepper



When Arianne finds out the late Duke of Bedford was not really her father, it explains his moodiness and anger toward her and her brothers. But she realizes this revelation will probably have some very negative repercussions on her life, and she’s right. She lost her virginity in Vienna to a man she thought intended to marry her, but when the blackguard found out the old Duke wasn’t her father, he dumped her for someone else.



Michael Rafferty intercepts a ruffian with a message for a lady in a green dress, and Rafferty ends up insulting Arianne. He’s being sent by the Home Office to America in the guise of a diplomat to investigate a murder, but he needs a hostess to make him appear legitimate so they hire an actress to play his wife. Having lived her whole life in diplomatic circles, Arianne goes along to give social and etiquette instructions that will make them seem like believable diplomats. But when the actress proves not only unreliable but also traitorous, Arianne decides to take her place as his wife, despite the negative impact such a decision will have on her reputation.



Arianne and Rafferty smolder! The sexual tension is thick and I really like them together. Despite their seeming social differences, they’re a lot more alike than it appears. Donna MacMeans is a skilled author who weaves a tight and engrossing tale of tenderness and intrigue. I liked that a good part of the book took place on the ship or in the United States; it’s a little different than what I normally read and it was a pleasant change of pace. I’ve really enjoyed all the books in this series. Redeeming the Rogue has some very interesting historical details and historical romance fans will love it.



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The Many Sins of Lord Cameron (Highland Pleasures, #3)The Many Sins of Lord Cameron by Jennifer Ashley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5 Kisses, 2 peppers (explicit sex, violence)



Ainsley Douglas has been caught in Cameron Mackenzie's bedroom for the second time. This time she’s been tasked with searching for letters meant to blackmail the queen. But she has caught his attention once again, and this time he’s less likely to let her go.



Cam was accused of killing his late wife, but was exonerated by his brother Hart's testimony. He tries to fill the emptiness of his life with meaningless trysts with married women and widows who understand it’s purely physical. He’s also raising a son and realizing that’s harder work than he expected it to be. Ainsley is not Cam's usual type of woman. She makes him feel alive and that draws him to her. He was deeply hurt by his late wife. When they married she wanted to continue to carry on with lovers as if they weren’t married. She did not want to be a mother and Cam had to protect young Daniel from her rages. Ainsley is like a balm to Cam’s soul; she’s exactly what he needs to start healing after all the damage his wife did.



I adore Cam and Ainsley! The love that blossoms and grows between them is stunningly beautiful and very real. I cried for all the horrible pain Cam suffered at the hands of his late wife, and his relationship with Ainsley was just what I needed as a reader. These Mackenzie brothers are absolutely delicious and so likeable! I’m glad to add Jennifer Ashley to my list of favorite historical romance authors. The Many Sins of Lord Cameron and this whole series are definite must reads.



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The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Highland Pleasures, #1)The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5 Kisses, Recommended Read

2 peppers (oral sex, sex in public)



Beth Ackerley is a widow who is engaged to Sir Lyndon Mather, a handsome man who's marrying her mostly for her money. She doesn’t find him particularly exciting, but she’s had enough drama in her life already and is looking for comfort. When her fiancĂ© introduces her to Ian she knows life with him would not be calm, but full of drama. Lord Ian warns her about Mather's character and convinces her to break her betrothal. As Beth and Ian grow closer, he tells her he's incapable of love, and wants her to explain love so he can understand it. He understands desire but not love. Fortunately, she’s exactly the right person to teach him the true meaning of the word.



Ian is an unusual man. As I am the mother of an autistic child, it quickly became apparent to me that his character falls somewhere on the autism spectrum. Of course that wasn’t a term or concept that was known or understood at the time this story was set, so Ian was persecuted by people who don’t understand him, punished as a child for being difficult, locked away in an asylum for a large part of his life and, thankfully, fiercely protected by his brothers.



The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie was absolutely breathtaking. Jennifer Ashley did a phenomenal job of writing a realistic portrayal of an autistic man without being overdone or satirical. His mannerisms and characteristics are so realistic they brought tears to my eyes more than once. I felt a real connection between Ian and Beth, and suspense that kept me deeply engrossed in the plot. I can’t say enough good things about this outstanding book. As a mother, I was left feeling optimistic that my son might someday find someone as genuinely loving and caring as Beth. And as a reader who appreciates honest characters, Lord Ian provided the ultimate honesty from a hero who can't lie. That's perfection. Please, don’t miss this book!



Recommended Read.



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Season for TemptationSeason for Temptation by Theresa Romain

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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4 1/2 kisses, 1 pepper (oral sex)



James is engaged to marry Julia’s sister Louisa, but from the moment they meet, they feel a spark of attraction between them. The betrothal of convenience happened quickly and James and Louisa don’t know each other very well. It isn’t that Louisa isn’t a good person or that she doesn’t deserve James; in fact she and Julia are very close. But Louisa has social issues and doesn’t feel ready to get married. She hates trying to socialize with London’s high society. She’s kind, intelligent, and serious, but just not right for James, who is starting to realize he’s falling in love with Julia. But honor compels them to stick with the betrothal and so they go back to London to try and find a suitable husband for Julia. But James knows his heart isn’t in it, even if he can’t yet admit it to himself. It’s a little frustrating that they don’t see the obvious solution sooner, but one of their main concerns is to remain honorable so James stays with the plan to marry Louisa.

The use of misunderstandings in the story pushes the angst a bit for my liking, but at the same time they enhance the plot. This conflict is the kind I usually like; it's based on struggling with loyalties and honor, and trying to do the right thing. This conflict was centered on the relationships between the main characters. Season for Temptation is Theresa Romain’s debut Regency romance, and I liked it a lot. I think she’s a very talented author and I’m looking forward to reading more of her books. This will appeal to historical romance fans who enjoy intelligent, likeable characters.



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Thursday, October 27, 2011

In Bed with a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy, #1)In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This had the incredible passion and depth that I've come to expect from Maya Banks. It's easy to see why she's such a popular author -- she writes what I want to read! This also showcases the fact that she's equally talented in a wide variety of romance sub-genres. The characters face many obstacles in their quest for happiness, and the ending is very satisfying. This was a real page turner, and I'm eagerly looking forward to reading the next two books in the trilogy. Don't miss this one!



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Saturday, October 22, 2011

KismetKismet by Monica Burns

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


I really, really wanted to like this. I think Monica Burns is an excellent author. I might have pushed through and continued reading if the characters felt like they had a good connection, but they just didn't. What finally made me set this one aside & decide not to finish it is the "rescue" scene. Not only doesn't Allegra recognize that she's been rescued, she isn't even grateful. Stupid, annoying and unlikeable. DNF.



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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

How to Treat a Lady (Talisman Ring, #3)How to Treat a Lady by Karen Hawkins




Cute, but not my favorite book by this talented author. DNF/skimmed to the end



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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Being with Him (The Being Trilogy #1)Being with Him by Jessica Barksdale Inclan




This is very well written & will appeal to sci-fi romance readers. I just have a hard time getting into sci-fi. DNF & skipping the series.



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Monday, October 17, 2011

A Midnight DanceA Midnight Dance by Lila DiPasqua

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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3 1/2 Kisses, 2 Peppers (light bondage, explicit sex)





Sabine and Isabelle are twins. In the prologue, Sabine has a big crush on Jules de Moutier. He’s nineteen, from a noble family, and gets a lot of attention from the ladies; she’s fifteen, the daughter of a prestigious theater owner. Eight years later, a lot has changed for both of their families. She blames his family for what happened to hers, as well as what happened to her twin sister. Now she and her two young cousins are out thieving and happen to run into Jules's camp. They plan to give them drugged wine and rob them, but their plan backfires and Sabine (in the guise of Elise) ends up giving Jules her virginity. Despite his kindness, she means to trick him. The survival of her family depends on her getting the silver he has. Given her circumstances it’s understandable, but it doesn’t get their relationship off to a very good start because it’s filled with lies and deceit. Jules’s life hasn’t been a bed of roses, either. His father was accused of treason and executed. He wants to have his family’s name restored. Meanwhile, he’ll amuse himself with the luscious Sabine/Elise.



Part of the way through A Midnight Dance, I was wishing I didn’t have to finish it. Partly it was because it seemed like the pace slowed down and lost my interest, but mostly it was because it’s very hard for me to enjoy a romance when it’s based on deceit and not genuine affection. I had trouble even enjoying the admittedly steamy sex scenes when I didn’t feel any sort of real emotional connection between them. His penis is telling him he's really enjoying her company, but that’s all it is – sexual. Things pick up about halfway through and fortunately I ended up feeling glad I had kept reading. You see more of Sabine’s regret for her dishonesty, and her desire to help Jules. So even though they continue to bicker, you start to see a real affection forming, and that helps make the steamy sex feel more meaningful. I want to mention that I think it’s a monumental stretch to find any connection to the traditional Cinderella story, but I suppose it’s there if you really use your imagination.



Despite the fact that I had a hard time getting through this book, a lot of other readers absolutely love it along with the other books in this sexy series by Lila DiPasqua, so I encourage readers to give it a chance and decide for themselves.





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Spark of Magic (Magic, #1)Spark of Magic by Trista Ann Michaels

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Super hot sex, but story is nacho cheeze.



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Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Hottie Next DoorThe Hottie Next Door by Shiloh Walker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Three very hot stories, but the ones by Shiloh Walker and Ruth D Kerce were definitely the better ones. All 3 were a little short on character development, but I usually expect that in short anthologies. Excellent for a quick, get-your-blood-pumping read.



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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How to Seduce a ScoundrelHow to Seduce a Scoundrel by Vicky Dreiling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Masterfully delicious sexual tension! I had a hard time putting this one down. Can hardly wait for the next book in the series. Nicely done!



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Monday, October 10, 2011

Ecstasy Wears Emeralds (Jaded Gentleman, #3)Ecstasy Wears Emeralds by Renee Bernard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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4 Kisses, 1 Pepper (oral sex, explicit sex)



Gayle Renshaw corresponded with Dr. Rowan West about an apprenticeship because she wished to become a physician. But she gave the false impression that she was a man, and when she shows up at his home one evening unannounced, it befuddles him. He’s had a long, hard day and this is the last thing he expected to have to deal with. When he tries to refuse to help her, she blackmails him with information from his past. He tries to persuade her to change her mind, but she’s stubborn and he finally agrees, thinking she’ll give up when faced with the hard realities of the profession. In fact, he pushes her extra hard to prompt her to give up. But she’s tenacious and he realizes he enjoys working with her, and even more surprising, he likes her.



Ecstasy Wears Emeralds by Renee Bernard was a good read. I’ll admit it isn’t my favorite in the series because the romance wasn’t quite as engaging as the others (which I loved), but it’s still very interesting because of Gayle’s unorthodox interest in medicine, and the obstacles she faces. It’s always a pleasure to read about a strong and independent heroine, especially when she remains friendly and kind. She ends up being much more likeable than I expected her to be. But I didn’t really feel much chemistry between her and Rowan, which was a little disappointing. This is part of a series, but it can probably be read as a standalone as long as you understand the basic background of the series. The ‘Jaded Gentlemen’ are a group of men who escaped imprisonment in India, and managed to grab some jewels on their way out. Now someone is trying to find the treasure, and will stop at nothing to get them, including hurting loved ones of the ‘Jaded.’



It’s always nice to revisit characters from past books, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.



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Virtue and Vice (Order of Solace)Virtue and Vice by Megan Hart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5 Kisses, 2 Peppers (anal play, sex toys, public sex)



Notsah Mevoot stole a loaf of bread, and ran for her life. Looking for a place to hide from her pursuers, she stumbles into a small private room where a young man is pleasuring himself. But it’s not just any man; it’s Jarron Bydelay, prince and heir to the throne of the Second Province. The prince shows her mercy when Erekon, the captain of the king’s guard, catches up to her. The prince is afflicted with a pox that makes blisters on his face, and because of his condition, the king sheltered him when he was growing up. So as an adult, he is unaccustomed to and uncomfortable with social situations.



Ten years after Notsah's run-in with the prince, his pox has cleared (though he’s still prone to breakouts, especially when he’s stressed) and he has ascended to the throne. She has changed her name to Redemption, or Demi, and has returned to court as a Handmaiden of the Order of Solace. Her role is as simple as it is complex. She is to give him everything he needs and make him happy, including sharing his bed, but it’s so much more than that. She has been extensively trained in a wide variety of areas. When she has helped him find absolute solace or when he decides it’s over, he can end their association. But he may never want it to end.



Virtue and Vice is full of passion and political intrigue. The setting is a fantasy realm, which isn’t usually my favorite sub-genre but this one is amazing. The setting and language resemble a historical romance, and there’s just enough of the unusual to set it apart as a fantasy realm. I find the whole notion of the Order of Solace intriguing, and Demi's peaceful and calm character is enjoyable to read. I also love a damaged hero, and King Jarron is fantastic. At first I was ready to diminish the severity of his illness as being glorified acne, but later found out it’s much more serious than I realized and it definitely explains his refusal to marry and beget an heir.



Megan Hart has created a rich setting, likeable characters, a fascinating plot – it’s just a really terrific book. I will absolutely be going back to read the others in the series, and if I picked up the hint correctly about the next book I can hardly wait to read that one, because it will be very interesting. Do not miss this book!



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Always the BridesmaidAlways the Bridesmaid by Dakota Trace

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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4 Kisses, 2 Peppers (M/F oral sex, sex toys, public sex)

Jenna Smith is in a friend's wedding when she hears the whispers. She knows they’re saying she’ll always be the bridesmaid and never the bride. She used to date the best man. People are saying he wouldn’t have dumped her if she had just gone on a diet and lost some weight. Even her family took his side! It couldn’t possibly have had anything to do with the fact he cheated on her, and that she caught him in bed with not one but two women. No, everyone wanted to blame her for the breakup. There’s one bright point to being in this wedding—the groomsman she’s been paired with.

Dr. Noah Absolom has always been attracted to larger women, the ones who don’t look like they’ll break when you embrace them. He’s especially pleased to be paired with Jenna for this wedding. When the situation with her ex threatens to make an uncomfortable day even worse, Noah encourages Jenna to get revenge with his help.

I thought Always the Bridesmaid was really good. It was odd to me when a new character was introduced close to the end of the book; this kind of threw me off. I was also a little disappointed with the heroine losing weight at the end; it’s a mixed message—is it okay to have what’s considered to be a Rubenesque figure or not? Overall the characters were intelligent, had amazing chemistry, and the romance and emotions were very believable. Dakota Trace is definitely an author to watch.



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One Good ManOne Good Man by Rie McGaha

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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Desire's Edge Desire's Edge by Eve Berlin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5 Kisses, 2 Peppers (M/F BDSM, oral sex, anal play, public sex)



Dante and Kara knew each other back in high school, and they both had secret crushes on each other. Now they've bumped into each other at a party and they feel an instant and almost overwhelming attraction to each other. Dante is a sexual dominant, and Kara has always secretly craved submission. Her last boyfriend told her she was a freak for wanting those things, but for Dante she's the perfect woman. But when Monday morning comes, she discovers he’s the new junior partner at the law firm where she works. She knows it’s a bad idea to continue their affair, but how can she give him up?



Part of the allure of a dominant hero is the delicious intensity he lavishes on the heroine, and Dante is outstanding. I half expected the pages to go up in flames, that’s how scorching hot the book was. I really love that Dante and Kara are honest with each other (well, most of the time) and eventually talk about their blossoming emotions, instead of just letting their fears lead them and pushing each other away. It’s realistic and pleasurable to read without being too frustrating or full of angst. They have excellent chemistry and a tenderness and respect for each other that I crave as a romance reader. If you’ve ever had even the slightest interest in BDSM, Dante and Kara will make you feel deliciously gooey inside.



Interestingly, I expected a lot more work-related conflict from this book, but I wasn’t disappointed that it wasn’t there. Desire’s Edge focused on the relationship building and Dante and Kara overcoming their fear of intimacy (plus a whole lot of delicious hot monkey sex). Eve Berlin is one of my new favorite authors for mega-steamy romance, and I can hardly wait for her next release.



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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

One Grave at a Time (Night Huntress, #6)One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This was really good -- I'd say 3 1/2 stars out of 5. Because this series has the same main characters in all books, I was a little concerned about jumping into the 6th book, and while I do think it would have been more enjoyable to have read the previous books, I was able to follow what was going on pretty easily and it kept my attention.



There was a lot of action (and even more planning for action) in this installment and not a whole lot of romance. I'd call this paranormal fiction with a little romance. There was one chapter with some really nice romance between Cat & Bones, but it sort of felt like an afterthought & while it didn't do much for me, I did appreciate that you could feel their unwavering love and devotion to each other throughout the book.



I definitely want to go back and read the series in order, because after reading just this one, I can see why it's so popular.



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Monday, September 19, 2011

Pleasure MePleasure Me by Monica Burns

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews

4/5 kisses

2 peppers (light bondage, oral sex)





Lady Ruth Attwood was dumped for a younger mistress. At forty-one, she fears she's washed up. As a courtesan, youth is critical for finding a new protector. Baron Garrick Stratfield has a physical issue that shames him and has brought him humiliation in the past. He can’t allow himself to become intimate with a woman, so he never plans to marry. He had a pseudo mistress for the sake of appearances, but she’s getting married and he needs to do something to avoid any nasty rumors about his sexual preferences. He considers approaching Ruth with a proposition, but he’s so attracted to her that he knows it would never work. He can’t allow himself to surrender to his desire for her, because it would expose his defect. He's afraid his physical anomaly will repulse her and he'll be humiliated. After they give in to the temptation of a physical relationship, she's afraid he'll leave her once he gains some confidence in the bedroom skills she's teaching him, or because of her age he'll get tired of her. They both assume they're going to be dumped so they try not to let themselves get too invested in the relationship.



What I didn’t like about Pleasure Me by Monica Burns: The main characters’ lack of trust in each other and their inability to see their own worth is appalling and frustrating. Ruth is more concerned with her own vanity and fear of humiliation and abandonment and what others think than she is for Garrick’s feelings. She would rather hurt him than let him know she loves him. It didn’t make me like her. I get very frustrated with characters who persist in pushing away happiness.



What I liked about the book: This is truly an excellent story, and one I’d recommend to friends. Ruth and Garrick have excellent chemistry, and their emotions are believable. It’s brimming with passion and compassion. Plus there’s some very hot sex, which for me is always a big plus. And a virgin hero, no less! Yum. Really, even the things that bothered me about the characters’ actions really do make for a good, passionate story, even if I did want to thump them both for being idiots. This was one of the best “cougar” stories I’ve ever read.



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Mark of the Rose (Tudor Vampire Chronicles, #3)Mark of the Rose by Kate Pearce

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5 out of 5 kisses

2 peppers (oral sex, public sex)



I’ve been looking forward to Rhys's story since the first book in the series, and my anticipation was definitely warranted because he’s a fantastic hero. Verity Llewellyn, vampire hunter, believes there’s a plot to harm King Henry's wife, Queen Jane, and she has requested help in investigating. Sir Rhys Williams goes to court at the request of his best friend and Verity's cousin, Rosalind. He dismisses Verity's ability to handle the situation because he thinks she's untrained in vampire slaying. Of course she's furious at his dismissal.



Fortunately, Rhys is an intelligent man and he recognizes the fact that he does need her help in order to get close access to the king and queen. So he'll have to charm his way back into beautiful Verity's good graces. Verity has known Rhys all her life and also knows he was in love with Rosalind, and that knowledge is a barrier to their budding relationship throughout the story. But duty is paramount, so Rhys trains her and they team up to uncover the plot against the queen.



I don’t want to give away too much of the plot because I know readers will enjoy unfolding it themselves. It’s brilliantly twisty and complex, and it was a joy to read. I especially liked that the villain’s identity isn’t obvious, so there’s a delicious element of suspense. Unlike the knowledge that romances will always have a happy ending (if they’re a good romance, that is), I like it when I’m kept guessing about the suspense and mystery elements in a book.



Mark of the Rose can be read and thoroughly enjoyed as a standalone book but I really think it’s better if you read the books in the series in order.



Kate Pearce weaves a tale with a brilliant merging of familiar Tudor history and dark paranormal intrigue. This series is fresh and addictive. The first two books in the series were great, and this one was outstanding. It’s my favorite so far. I’m hopeful Elias Warner will get his own book in this series. Having gotten to know him in the first two books and even more in this latest installment, I think he would make a fantastic hero. I also hope Christopher’s half sister, Olivia, will get her own book.



One final note that I think (hope) readers will appreciate knowing ahead of time: Mark of the Rose ends in a cliffhanger, so be prepared!



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Monday, September 12, 2011

Pleasure's EdgePleasure's Edge by Eden Bradley , Eve Berlin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Intensely sexual, phenomenal chemistry between Dylan and Alec (delicious dom), and overall a really great book. I'm a little tired of the old "I love you so I'm going to push you away" thing, but at least I sort of understood where the characters were coming from enough to appreciate the realism of it. Great BDSM for anyone with an interest; not so heavy that it makes you squirm with discomfort but not bubblegum either.



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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Raw DesireRaw Desire by Kate Pearce
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews
4 kisses, 2 peppers (threesome, dominance & submission, double penetration, anal sex, M/F/M, M/M/F, M/M)

Ally Kendal and Rob Ward share a bad history. She cheated on him years ago with his best friend, Jackson Smith, and then she left town. Now she's back to fix up and sell her deceased mother’s house. Jackson's girlfriend at the time, Susan, found them in bed together and supposedly committed suicide. Now sheriff of the small town, Rob doesn’t believe she killed herself; he thinks it was murder, and he wonders if maybe Ally’s mother was involved somehow. She was dealing drugs and hanging out with a lot of unsavory characters at the time. He feels a need to investigate, but he doesn’t want Ally to know.

I have to admit, neither Ally nor Rob was very likeable at first. He’s dominant and he’s sure his sexual intensity and demands were what scared her away and into Jackson’s arms all those years ago. They were really all too young to know what they wanted, and despite the passing of years, they still question their own sexual desires and preferences.

In my opinion, Jackson is by far the nicest person in the whole story. He’s patient, caring, and he almost acts as a buffer between Rob and Ally.

Because Kate Pearce is a master of erotic romance (and one of my favorite authors of all time), the sex scenes with Rob and Ally are lava hot, and the intimacy between Rob and Jackson will likely melt your panties. 'Raw Desire' is packed with very complex emotions, and it’s a definite page-turner. I felt compelled to keep reading way past my bedtime just to see what would happen next. It’s angsty and edgy. It’s intensely sexual, even when the characters aren’t very happy with each other.

Rob, Ally, and Jackson are trying to reconcile a lot of past hurts and at first they don’t really know what they want from each other. When they start to realize what they do want, what they can barely admit to themselves, they can’t admit to each other until the time is right. I thought it was very interesting to see the relationship rebuilding between dominant Rob, independent, spirited Ally, and borderline dominant but more grounded Jackson. In many instances, misunderstandings and anger replace honest communication, but I think that keeps the book honest and true to how these characters would act and react. Readers who enjoy dramatic and edgy erotic contemporary romance with lots of angst and some suspense should really enjoy this book.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Too Wilde to Tame (Wilde Series, #7)Too Wilde to Tame by Janelle Denison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


There were a few times I wanted to thump Mia for being an idiot, but this was still a great book. Janelle Denison really knows how to write love!



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