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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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Ripe for Pleasure (The League of Second Sons, #1)Ripe for Pleasure by Isobel Carr




I'm just not feeling the chemistry or even any passing affection between Viola & Leo. DNF



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Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Accidental Wedding (Devil Riders, #4)The Accidental Wedding by Anne Gracie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This was an all-around fantastic romance. I really like Anne Gracie's work.



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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Never a Gentleman (The Drake's Rakes, #2)Never a Gentleman by Eileen Dreyer

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


I really wish I had read the reviews with spoilers BEFORE I got this book and started feeling invested in the story. There's only so much angst I can tolerate, and this book crosses an unacceptable line for me. I'd love to see a list of books that cross the same line so I can be sure to avoid them. :(



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The UK cover for Royal Captive by Dana Marton


Royal CaptiveRoyal Captive by Dana Marton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This was a really fun romantic suspense novel, and a quick read. Think Indiana Jones for the hero, only hotter. That's right, HOTTER. It didn't hurt that my copy was an imprint from the UK and had a different cover, and the hero on my cover was mouthwatering. :) The chemistry between Prince Istvan and Lauryn was very nice, and the action was easy to follow.



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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Bad Boys with Red RosesBad Boys with Red Roses by Janelle Denison

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Blah.



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Friday, August 12, 2011

Changeling Dream (Changeling, #2)Changeling Dream by Dani Harper

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I received a free copy of Changeling Dreams as part of the Goodreads First Reads program.



What I liked: I really enjoyed James's inner struggle with his wolf. I thought it was very interesting that the two parts of his personality were often so separate and at odds with each other. I loved seeing James return to his humanity. I liked the connection Jillian had to the white wolf, how he saved her in the past, and the very positive effect it had on her life. Their shared history makes their relationship a lot more believable, which I think is always a good thing. The story was well written and flowed nicely.



What I didn't like so much: I was a little surprised Jillian didn't figure out the connection between James & the wolf sooner or at least have suspicions. That made her seem kind of dense. And seriously, why the heck didn't James fill her in sooner? It seems like a pretty important bit of info to share about yourself if you're planning to make a life together. Also Jillian was too prickly with James a few times, bordering on bitchy, and bitchy heroines are my least favorite character to read. I just can't connect with them. I wanted to slug James a few times, because I get a little frustrated with the plot device of "I've got to stay away from her to protect her". I get it and I understand why it was used, but it's not my favorite source of conflict.



Overall though, I thought this was well written and I enjoyed reading it.



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Friday, August 5, 2011

Sweet Seduction (Sweet, #3)Sweet Seduction by Maya Banks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Julie bordered on too annoying and Nathan bordered on clueless, but Maya Banks has the skills to make it work. Even if I didn't fall in love with the H/H, it was hot, hot, hot -- and you get to catch up with characters from previous books in the Sweet series.



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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Lawyers in Love: The DefendersLawyers in Love: The Defenders by Ann Jacobs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The blurb here on Goodreads is for the first story in this anthology, but the second story is the one that really shines. Andi & Gray had one hot weekend before he was sent on assignment for the DEA. He promises to call her when he gets back, but then he's captured and presumed dead. Eight years later he's back - physically and emotionally changed.



If you like damaged, vulnerable heroes and women who love them no matter what, you'll love this book. It's sexy and full of compassion and lots of genuine love and affection.







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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

SwingSwing by Opal Carew

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


4 1/2 stars for this scorcher from Opal Carew. She's quickly becoming one of my top go-to authors for steamy erotic romance. The ending was a little unrealistic (I won't tell you why because it would be a major spoiler), but as I said in my last Carew review -- it's called fiction for a reason. This is VERY VERY explicit and not for those who feel monogamy is the only way to go. But all the characters are likeable and intelligent, and that always scores big points with me. This is another must read for fans of erotic contemporary romance.



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Liam's Perfect Woman (Home to Harbor Town, #2)Liam's Perfect Woman by Beth Kery

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Packed with emotion, passion, drama, and great chemistry, 'Liam's Perfect Woman' is a very engrossing story. It was interesting to read a damaged heroine for a change instead of a scarred hero; it did interesting things to their relationship. I really liked this book. It was a quick read but it felt fully developed and well put together. It makes me want to check out the rest of the series.



The basic plot: Sixteen years ago Liam's father was driving drunk and caused an accident that killed Natalie's mother, himself, and left Natalie scarred. Her life was profoundly affected and she needs to understand why it happened. Liam has moved back to a calmer life in Harbor Town after working undercover in Chicago. Natalie hires him to investigate the reasons for the accident. Both are surprised by the feelings and passion they develop along the way.



Even if you aren't usually into in Harlequin romances, Beth Kery is such a fantastic writer (also under the pen name Bethany Kane) that readers will definitely want to pick this one up.



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Addicted to You (A One Night of Passion Novel)Addicted to You by Bethany Kane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


If you love sexually intense heroes (and I definitely do), you're going to love this book. Rill is full of self loathing and in other books I've read that tended to get tiresome after a while, but in 'Addicted To You', it fits and his reasoning is explained sufficiently. His deep depression is justified too, and I applauded Katie for not giving up even when he repeatedly pushed her away. At the same time, she wasn't spineless, which I appreciate in a heroine. The characters were likeable and intelligent, and the sex was explicit and scorching hot. I also liked the secondary characters, especially Errol, who I interpret as an adult with Asperger's Syndrome.

And lest I forget, this is a friends-to-lovers story, which is absolutely one of my very top favorite themes. I could hardly pry myself away from reading this one, and I definitely recommend it to other fans of well-written contemporary erotic romance.



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