Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What Happens In Vegas...: Hot For You\Stripped\Red-Handed\The DealWhat Happens In Vegas...: Hot For You\Stripped\Red-Handed\The Deal by Anya Bast
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked Lauren Dane and Anya Bast's stories best in this anthology. Jodi Lynn Copeland's heroine pissed me off & I didn't finish her story, and Kit Tunstall's story just didn't appeal to me so I skipped it. I'd say Anya Bast's story was my favorite, because I really felt the chemistry and the heat between the h/h. That story pushed my rating from 2 to 3 stars.


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Monday, June 27, 2011

Follow My LeadFollow My Lead by Kate Noble
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews. 3 1/2 kisses, 1 pepper (m/f)


Jason Cummings, Duke of Rayne, is so eligible he's harassed incessantly. He has decided that marriage is what comes next on the list of his life. He even realizes it might help fix his vague sense of loneliness. But the process of sorting through all the grasping misses is more daunting and unpleasant than he realized. In need of some respite, he decides to visit the male-dominated Historical Society. There he literally bumps into Winnifred Crane.


Winn is trying to get recognition and admission to the Historical Society, but she's running into roadblocks. She asks Lord Forrester, the president of the Historical Society, if her credibility can be bolstered by proving a certain painting is fake. To do so, she must travel to Europe. Jason agrees to accompany her to the ship in Dover and offer her whatever protection she might need, but he inadvertently gets dragged into her adventure abroad. That adventure turns into much more than either of them bargained for.


What I liked about Follow My Lead: Jason is a genuinely nice guy. He isn’t drop-dead gorgeous, and he doesn’t have a rakish attitude. In fact, neither of them is particularly beautiful, and I find that very refreshing. Jason is courting Lord Forrester's daughter when the journey begins and plans to ask her to marry him, which I thought was a nice departure from the formula found in so many romances where the hero falls in love (or at least in lust) at first sight and is immediately pursuing the heroine. This feels more realistic to me. I also enjoyed their journey and all the difficulties they faced together. I also really liked the gradual building of a friendship growing into romance.


What I didn’t like: I never felt like I fully warmed up to Winn. She is constantly telling Jason she can make the journey without him, and I understand and applaud her desire to be independent, but time and again they face serious problems that prove she really does need his help. She might be a bit more appreciative of his assistance. Without giving any spoilers, there’s also something that happens near the end that bothered me as a romance reader. Fortunately, everything is resolved and readers get their happy ending.


Overall this was a good book that I’d recommend to anyone who would enjoy reading a book that focuses a bit more on the mishaps of the journey than the romance. Kate Noble’s writing style keeps readers interested at every turn, and I look forward to reading more from her.


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Any Wicked ThingAny Wicked Thing by Margaret Rowe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews. 3 kisses, 2 peppers (m/f, anal sex, bondage)


Sebastian Goddard is a typical neglected child of aristocracy. Frederica Wells is the daughter of his father’s secretary. While high on opium, he unknowingly compromises her. Of course, they’re caught in the act and his father says she’s not suitable to be the wife of a future duke. She says she didn’t intend to trap him, and won’t take money from his father. She just wanted to make him see her differently but he feels betrayed and leaves the next morning without giving her a chance to apologize.


Sebastian spends the next ten years in utter debauchery, and comes home after his father dies. Frederica offers herself to him for a month to use as he wishes in exchange for letting her buy his father’s castle. She has no idea what she’s getting herself into. In Sebastian’s time abroad his experiences were not always pleasant. In fact, some of his time was excruciatingly miserable, and it has left him a very changed man, with some unusual sexual appetites.


What I liked about Any Wicked Thing: It has an abundance of sexual tension, and the sex was smoking hot. That’s always a plus. I was anxious to see them finally reconcile, and that will keep readers turning the pages, not wanting to put the book down. I enjoyed seeing them finally thaw toward each other, and the ending redeemed both characters.


What I didn’t like about the book: I was amazed at how easy it was for Sebastian to completely disregard his childhood friendship with Freddie and walk away without giving her a chance to explain or apologize. It bothered me that they still didn’t like each other when I was half way through the book. I think that was why I found it hard to like either of them, and as a result I didn’t really care if they eventually worked out their differences. The overt tension and animosity between them made the book less than enjoyable to read. I just don’t like that much negativity and constant bickering, and for me sex is empty when there’s no affection. Freddie seems to have no problem spreading her legs for him at the drop of a hat, and then bitching at him as soon as they both get their rocks off. Then they seem to suddenly fall in love at the end. The love was believable, but for me it was a little too late.


I loved Margaret Rowe’s previous book, Tempting Eden, so I will definitely continue to read her books. I’m just not sure I would have finished reading this one if I wasn’t reviewing it.


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Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Princess in His Bed The Princess in His Bed by Lila DiPasqua
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first two stories were truly excellent, and VERY hot. I was pleasantly surprised that these were just loosely based on fairy tales, because a few erotic versions of fairy tales I've read in the past kind of made me feel pervy, and not in a good way. Now I want to get the first "fiery tales" book by this author. Recommended.


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Friday, June 24, 2011

The Last KissThe Last Kiss by Red Garnier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4 1/2 stars. This book is absolutely PACKED with emotion! Ben is a pitiable villain who wants (and really, deserves) to be a hero, and I'm not sure Carter realizes what a phenomenal hero he truly is. The sex is scorching hot. I didn't want to put this book down. Definitely a must read.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Guardian (Return of the Highlanders #1)The Guardian by Margaret Mallory
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an outstanding beginning to what promises to be an excellent series. If you like hot highlanders and great stories, this is a must read.


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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

How To Lose An Extraterrestrial in 10 Days (Otherworldly Men, #3)How To Lose An Extraterrestrial in 10 Days by Susan Grant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a good solid 4. The hero was outstanding, and the heroine was very likeable and intelligent. If you don't usually read sci fi/futuristic romance (I don't) and want to get your feet wet, this might be a good place to start. It's not too heavy and really focuses on the romance. I do have to wonder whatever happened to the mafia who made a menacing appearance at the beginning of the book & weren't really mentioned much after that, but if you look more at the romance and less at the drama it was a pretty good book.


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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Your Planet or Mine? (Otherworldly Men, #1)Your Planet or Mine? by Susan Grant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OK, I might actually want to give this one a 3 1/2, but I really think it's better than what I expected from reading some of the other reviews. Sure, it's got a lot of improbabilities, but that's why it's called fiction. Not a lot of heat between the h/h, but the hero is truly fabulous and the heroine is likeable and intelligent (or at least not TSTL). I'd call this one a cute summer fluff read.


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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Naughty Bits 2: An Anthology of Short Erotic FictionNaughty Bits 2: An Anthology of Short Erotic Fiction by Jenesi Ash
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I think maybe great authors should think twice before putting their work into an anthology with cruddy stories.


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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Love and the Single Heiress (Regency, #2)Love and the Single Heiress by Jacquie D'Alessandro
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The hero was wonderful, the heroine was an idiot who didn't deserve such an awesome hero, and the story was decent. I got most of the way through before I got so disgusted with the heroine that I decided to stop. *sigh*


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Thursday, June 2, 2011

May Winner!

Librarymom was the winner of my first giveaway! I've already emailed her and will be shipping her box of books tomorrow. Thanks to all who entered!