Friday, August 31, 2012

Ride the Fire (Firefighters of Station Five, #5)Ride the Fire by Jo Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been looking forward to Sean's story since the first book in the series, and I wasn't disappointed. This was just as enjoyable as the rest of the series. The villain was a bit predictable (OK, a lot predictable), but I don't really mind. I read more for the romance and characters than for the suspense. Again, all characters were immensely likable and intelligent. Not one of the books in this series has a TSTL or bitchy heroine, and for that I'm grateful. Definitely recommended!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Line of Fire (Firefighters of Station Five, #4)Line of Fire by Jo Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this one as much as the others in the series with one little nitpick... When the hero discovers the villains are up to no good and the hero is in imminent danger, they decide to go have brunch with his parents and then stop for some nookie in the woods before they go to give her brother (the cop) a heads up. That's just dumb and irresponsible.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Hidden Fire (Firefighters of Station Five, #3)Hidden Fire by Jo Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm pretty sure the guys of Station Five are psychopath magnets... Parts of this fantastic book are dark & disturbing, but that's nothing new in this series. Deep, genuine emotions, hot sex and very likable characters. I'm truly enjoying this series.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Under Fire (Firefighters of Station Five, #2)Under Fire by Jo Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy geez... Poor Zack is whacked around so much in this book that you can't help but feel for the guy. Still, a really good book in a series I'm enjoying very much.

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Trial by Fire (Firefighters of Station Five, #1)Trial by Fire by Jo Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked everything about this book. The hero was hot & intense and genuinely NICE (despite being pretty emotionally damaged in childhood), and the heroine was patient, intelligent and loving. I've got the whole series, and if they're all as good as this one I've found another author to add to my short list of favorites.

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Trial by Fire (Firefighters of Station Five, #1)Trial by Fire by Jo Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked everything about this book. The hero was hot & intense and genuinely NICE (despite being pretty emotionally damaged in childhood), and the heroine was patient, intelligent and loving. I've got the whole series, and if they're all as good as this one I've found another author to add to my short list of favorites.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Sinner (Return of the Highlanders #2)The Sinner by Margaret Mallory
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very well-written and hard to put down. The main thing that kept me from fully loving it was the unrelenting mistrust of the heroine.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Hot in HandcuffsHot in Handcuffs by Shayla Black
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars because I really enjoyed the first two stories. I skipped the 3rd one partly because I just wasn't into it (that much violence tends to be a buzzkill in a story that's supposed to be sexy), but also because I was frustrated by the heroine almost immediately. If you're investigating a serial killer, you really ought to use ALL the tools at your disposal, especially dreams that might give you an advantage.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Double DeliciousDouble Delicious by Christiane France
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this M/M/F quickie. The author packed a lot of feeling into such a short story. The ending felt a little open-ended, almost unfinshed, but overall it was quite good.

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Destiny (Serendipity, #2)Destiny by Carly Phillips
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews
4 Kisses, 1 Pepper (M/F, oral sex)

Nash Barron knows he needs to stay away from Kelly Moss for the sake of his shaky relationship with his half sister Tess. Kelly is Tess's half sister too, but Nash and Kelly aren't related.

Nash's older brother Ethan deserted Nash and their younger brother, Dare, after their parents died, and Nash still hasn't forgiven him. Both Nash and Dare were put in foster homes, but not together. Nash was placed with a well-to-do family, and Dare was basically put in the town's slum. Nash always felt angry and guilty for having a better foster home than his younger brother, and he resented his foster parents for not being willing to take his younger brother, too. His guilt has followed him his whole life.

Kelly has her own secrets, and her past is catching up with her. She’s afraid of how Nash’s feelings for her will change if he discovers what she’s hiding. But their attraction to each other is too strong to be ignored, and when they find themselves being thrown together time and again, they realize resistance is futile.

I like the secondary romance of Annie and Joe, but I wish it had been more complete. We were left hanging. I also really like how calm and accepting Kelly is with Nash. She gives him the feeling of security and acceptance that he needs.

Destiny by Carly Phillips is a story about family, trust, commitment, secrets, and how they affect the people we love. It’s engaging, fast-paced, and full of passion and tenderness. There are some neat twists and surprises that readers will enjoy. This can be read as a standalone book but will be even more enjoyable if you’re reading the series in order.

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Passion Wears Pearls (Jaded Gentleman, #4)Passion Wears Pearls by Renee Bernard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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5 Kisses, 1 1/2 Peppers (M/F, oral sex, wax play)


Eleanor Beckett's parents are dead and she's barely making ends meet as a seamstress at Madame Claremont's dress shop. Her treatment there is deplorable, but she has little choice. She has nowhere else to go, and her survival depends on making a respectable living.

Josiah Hastings is an artist and a member of a group of men known as the Jaded. They were imprisoned and barely managed to escape with their lives and a handful of jewels that are worth a small fortune. Now their lives are in danger again as they're hunted and in danger from the jewels' owners. But Josiah has another lasting physical consequence of his imprisonment; he's losing his eyesight.

Josiah rescues Eleanor from being kidnapped and raped, and then champions her when her ruthless pimp of an employer and landlady kick her out in the street. When he sees her, he doesn't ever want to stop looking. To his failing eyes, Eleanor is beauty and vivid color in a world that is becoming increasingly gray due to his failing eyesight. He knows he has finally found his elusive muse, but doesn't want to scare her right after her assault. But he can’t let the opportunity slip by, and he asks her to model for him. In exchange, he’ll pay her an exorbitant fee, and he promises he won’t do anything inappropriate. Normally, Eleanor would never have considered posing for an artist. It isn’t a proper thing for a respectable young lady to do. But while she’s wary of Josiah’s proposition, he does seem like a nice man—especially after saving her from certain ruin—and his promise of compensation would allow her to live her life independently and without financial stress.

One of the things I really like about Renee Bernard is her intelligent dialogue. Her characters are smart, her plots are smart, and her books are just really good all around. Passion Wears Pearls is a book for readers who want a brilliantly well-written historical romance with passion, action, intrigue, and a fast pace that will keep you glued to every page. The mystery facing the Jaded continues in the next book in the series, and I can hardly wait.


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Party of Three (H.O.T. Cops, #2)Party of Three by Lacey Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews
5 Kisses, Recommended Read
2 Peppers (M/F/M, M/F, oral sex, public sex, double penetration)

Mira and her workaholic boyfriend's relationship was nearing a breaking point. Despite how much she loves Ethan and how great their chemistry is, she was seriously considering leaving him when he suddenly told her he wanted to take her away for a romantic weekend for her birthday. But that's not all he has planned for her. He knows he's been too wrapped up in work lately, and knows their relationship has suffered for it. So he has decided to fulfill Mira's fantasy of a hot threesome. And it's not just anyone he's invited to join them—it's Mira's ex-boyfriend, Rogan.

Mira has some trouble allowing herself to really let loose. She enjoys sex but has never done anything like this. She's afraid Ethan's opinion of her will change if she does this; that he'll think she's a slut, despite the fact that it was his idea. Then things start getting complicated. She loves Ethan, but being with Rogan reawakens the old feelings she has for him. He didn't treat her particularly well when they broke up, and she knows she needs to remember that. At the time he felt smothered and wasn't ready to give her the commitment she wanted. Now he's realizing what he gave up, and wishing he could have her again, all to himself.

Mira’s feelings for both men are understandable. Ethan is perfect in so many ways, but Rogan has an undeniable bad boy appeal. As I read, I wasn’t completely sure who I wanted to root for, and I realized this was the rare romance where the ending wasn't necessarily a foregone conclusion.

Party of Three reinforces my love for Lacey Alexander’s writing. What she writes is scorching hot and the emotions in her books go bone deep. This was an erotic roller coaster ride of delectable kink, and I’m dying to read the next book in the series.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, #11)Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have a sort of love/hate thing for Sookie in the last few books. I'm really enjoying the fae characters, though. Good stuff.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, #10)Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another great addition to the series. I'm eating these books up like candy.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse, #9)Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Really good. I liked this one better than the previous two books in the series, probably because of Sookie's interaction with Eric. Plus it was interesting to learn more about the fairies.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse, #8)From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Some drama, action and interesting revelations in this one. Again, not a lot in the romance department, which is disappointing. I'll keep going, though.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #7)All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hoo boy... You can imagine how much action and drama comes with a vampire convention. This was pretty good. Not a lot of romance (which I seriously miss), but still an interesting part of the series.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #6)Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a decent installment in the series, but I can't say I loved it.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Bride ThiefThe Bride Thief by Jacquie D'Alessandro


Someone please save me from unforgivably rude heroines. DNF.

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Haunted WarriorHaunted Warrior by Allie Mackay
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews
3 1/2 Kisses, 1/2 Pepper (M/F, oral sex)


American Kendra Chase is walking along a beach in Scotland when she sees him, kilt and hair flying in the wind, looking like a wickedly sexy alpha male. But in an instant, he's gone. Then he's back, but the kilt is gone & he's in jeans. What? She might be more surprised, but in her profession she's seen some unusual things. She's a professional Ghostcatcher on assignment. Her dark stranger, Graeme MacGrath, tries to persuade her not to stay in the coastal village of Pennard. An organization called Scotland's Past is trying to renovate the village to restore it to its historical past, and the work is not only upsetting the residents, but it's also stirring up the spirits in the area.

For centuries, Graeme's family has been keeping Pennard safe as Guardians of the Shadow Wand, an instrument of evil that can't be allowed to fall into the wrong hands. What’s interesting is just how long Graeme has been guarding Pennard and the Shadow Wand.
I think Kendra may be confusing lust and attraction for love. She and Graeme really don't know each other well enough when she starts thinking she's falling in love with him. She thinks about her infatuation with him so much that at times it detracts from the story. We don't get much from Graeme’s point of view, so even though we know he's somewhat attracted to her, we can only assume he's not really as obsessed with her as she is with him. And really, while we're given a lot of reasons Graeme is attractive inside and out, we don't have that information about Kendra. She seems kind of bland.

In the end, I fell in love with the quaint fishing village of Pennard and Graeme was an attractive character, but I wasn't as moved by Kendra or the romance between them. The pace of Haunted Warrior by Allie Mackay didn't feel like it picked up until near the end. The story was interesting but somehow didn’t fully hold my interest. Also, there really isn't much sexual tension, and Kendra and Graeme don't get physical until near the end of the book so it lacked that feeling of delicious anticipation.


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The Principal's Office (DeKnight, #3)The Principal's Office by Jasmine Haynes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews
5 Kisses, 2 Peppers (M/F, oral sex, voyeurism, exhibitionism, light bondage, sex in public)
Recommended Read

Rachel Delaney is a divorced mother of two teenage boys, and she's lonely. Not only do her sons spend every other week with her ex-husband, she hasn't had a physical relationship for a very long time. She was too busy being a mom and dealing with her depressed husband to even think about sex. When she runs into a tall stranger at the supermarket one Saturday morning, it sparks some very naughty fantasies in her head. Then she bumps into him again, and agrees to have coffee with him if they bump into each other again. She isn't ready for a relationship, but coffee couldn't hurt. So when they bump into each other yet again—at a coffee shop this time—it seems like fate has stepped in. The pull of attraction is strong between them, and they agree to embark on a fling...with a few ground rules. No last names. No calling on the weeks that she has her sons. No talking about her to his buddies. No problem. She's overdue for the kind of wild, passionate, heart-pounding deliciousness he can deliver.

But there's a surprise waiting for Rachel: Rand is her son's high school principal. D’oh. If that isn't awkward enough, her older son is acting like a total jackass. Not only is he being a sullen jerk to her at home as he plays her against her ex husband, he's also bullying an autistic boy at school because of peer pressure. As a mother of an autistic child, I wanted to reach inside the pages and sucker punch the kid. Repeatedly. I'm glad he had such a caring and experienced principal to help set him on the right path, because his idiot dad sure wasn't up to the challenge.

The Principal’s Office was absolutely one of the hottest books I've ever read. Rachel's ex made her feel bad about her fantasies, and not only is Rand accepting and supportive, he helps her live them. Their sex is wild, kinky, passionate, and mesmerizing. He’s a keeper and I’m glad Rachel realized it. The way these two burn up the pages is brilliant. Add deep, genuine emotions and a fast-moving plot and Jasmine Haynes has written another definite winner.

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Simply Voracious (House of Pleasure #8)Simply Voracious by Kate Pearce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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5 Kisses, 2 1/2 Peppers (M/M, M/F, M/M/F, M/F/M/F, oral, anal, & public sex)

I just have to say, I’m a huge fan of the House of Pleasure series by Kate Pearce and was so thrilled to be reading Simply Voracious, Paul's story, that I could barely contain my excitement. I wanted to read it slowly so I could savor it, but I ended up devouring it in less than a day. I may even break my own unspoken rule and re-read this one.

Lady Lucinda Haymore, daughter of the Duke of Ashmolton, was assaulted and abandoned in the garden of the ball she was attending. Her date told her she was a tease for kissing him and decided he wasn't going to stop at kissing, whether she was willing or not. Now she feels not only violated, but also scared about how this will affect her future and her family's reputation. She's ruined and may even be pregnant. She can't imagine how any man could possibly want her now.

Paul St. Clare is Lucinda’s second cousin and next in line for the Duke of Ashmolton. He has been Lucinda's best friend since childhood. In an interesting twist of fate, Paul's commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Constantine Delinsky, was the one who helped Lucinda (or Lucky, as Paul affectionately calls her) after her ordeal in the garden. Interestingly, he's bisexual and while he prefers women, he has always been attracted to Paul.

When Lucky finally confides in Paul about the assault, he offers to marry her even though that will cause a variety of problems, not the least of which is the fact that his feelings for her are mostly brotherly. Also at issue is the fact that he's still primarily attracted to men, despite his recent attempts to learn how to pleasure women. But honor and his sincere desire to help Lucky demand that he do whatever it takes to rescue her.

Paul decides he'll have to be honest with Lucky about his sexual preference, and knows he has to break things off with Constantine. He also knows he'll need to show her his true nature and let her see the kind of sex he enjoys, so she can decide if she wants to marry him. What neither of them expects is Lucky’s reaction to the world of unconventional sex that Paul prefers, or how much Paul will end up enjoying a physical relationship with his beloved cousin and best friend.

It was so hard to put this book down! Lucky couldn't find a more patient, selfless, loving man to help her get past her traumatic experience. Paul is amazing, as fans of this series already know. His honor is unparalleled and there’s never any question that he will help his best friend, Lucky. But Lucky is amazing in her own way, too. She is able to look past her fears and see that sex can be good when it's with the right person, especially if that person cares about you. And she has loved Paul forever, so it takes very little effort for her to trust his guidance in this journey.

Constantine Delinsky – what a delicious addition to this story. I like that Paul and Lucky don't just jump impulsively into a physical relationship with him; they take each other's feelings into consideration how it will affect all of them. And it’s good. It’s very, very good.

Fans of the series will love Simply Voracious, and if you haven’t read the series yet, you really need to. Ms. Pearce is a brilliant storyteller, and you’re guaranteed to fall in love with her books.


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Bride by Mistake (Devil Riders, #5)Bride by Mistake by Anne Gracie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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5 Kisses, 1/2 Pepper (M/F sensuality)




Eight years ago, while fighting in the war, Luke Ripton married a thirteen-year-old daughter of Spanish aristocrats to protect the girl from an unwanted marriage to her ruthless cousin. After the war, Luke applied for an annulment but he was refused, so now he needs to travel back to Spain to get her. He has to return to a place that holds such terrible memories that he hoped he'd never have to set foot there again.

Isabella has dreamed of the day her handsome prince will finally come for her. It's been so long that she would think he was nothing but a dream if not for the marriage papers in Mother Superior's desk. That time has finally come, and she can show the other girls her husband is real and not just her imagination. Then they reunite and it's obvious he has changed quite a bit since she last saw him. He’s not the carefree young man she remembers at all.

Most of Bride By Mistake is set in Spain as they journey back to England from the convent where Bella has spent the past eight years, so the setting is particularly interesting for readers who typically read a lot of historical romance set in England.

Time and again I've enjoyed Anne Gracie's skill in combining deep emotions and likeable characters in hard-to-put-down romances. The story moves along at a perfect pace, and the tension between Bella and Luke is just right. Fans of well-written historical romance will want to be sure and read this book as well as the whole series.

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