Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Beneath the Major's ScarsBeneath the Major's Scars by Sarah Mallory
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

How I love a damaged hero! This was particularly good, with excellent chemistry between the H/H, plenty of action and a quick pace that made the book very hard to put down.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Her Every Pleasure: A NovelHer Every Pleasure: A Novel by Gaelen Foley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think this was my favorite book in the trilogy. All were good, but they seemed to get better as they went along. Maybe it was just me.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Her Secret Fantasy: A NovelHer Secret Fantasy: A Novel by Gaelen Foley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very good. I could really feel the connection between Lily and Derek.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Duke's Perfect Wife (Highland Pleasures, #4)The Duke's Perfect Wife by Jennifer Ashley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews, LLC
4.5 Kisses, 1 Pepper (m/f oral sex)

Hart Mackenzie, Scottish Duke of Kilmorgan, seems to have it all. Power, wealth, intelligence, and a definite way with people, especially women. Lady Eleanor Ramsay was once engaged to marry Hart. She approaches him with a naked photo of him that was mysteriously delivered to her and offers to work for him and find out who sent it. If it got out, it would humiliate him, despite the fact that his tarnished reputation actually enhances his political career. This is all quite fortuitous for Hart, because he was planning to approach her about reuniting anyway. He's getting a second chance with her. I love reunion stories, especially when neither character is bitter.


For me, one of the highlights of this book was Hart's autistic brother, Ian. I absolutely adore him in this book. He was perfect in his own book, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, but he's a marvelously developed character in The Duke's Perfect Wife, too. When they were younger, Hart protected Ian from their father, taking punishments and beatings in his stead, ultimately saving his life. If Hart never did one other good thing in his whole life, I'd love him just for that.

The Duke's Perfect Wife was a fantastic book with lovable characters, a compelling plot, and a near-perfect end to a very memorable well-crafted series. Ultimately, I did feel like it was missing a little something because there are references to the dark side of Hart's sexuality in this and previous books in the series, but then it doesn't really seem to be addressed as fully as I anticipated. I was looking forward to a more dominant hero when we finally got to Hart's story, and while he was terrific, his dominance seemed to fizzle. I think if I hadn't been expecting it, I probably wouldn't have missed it so much.

Still, I've found you just can't go wrong with a book by Jennifer Ashley. Everything came together very nicely and this is a must read book for any fan of well-written historical romance.

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Her Only Desire: A NovelHer Only Desire: A Novel by Gaelen Foley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Certainly not a favorite, but not too bad. I'll continue with the trilogy.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Double DownDouble Down by Nicole Austin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Absolutely delicious two-story single author anthology. First story is M/F with some yummy M/M/F/M thrown in, and the second story is a M/M/F menage (and the "extra" two men from 1st story are featured in story 2, as they finally find their perfect third). Erotic romance readers will love this book.

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Love Me (Take Me, #2)Love Me by Bella Andre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to smile at some of the bad reviews on here. Sure, it was kind of fluffy and very graphic, and it took me a little while to like the characters, but I guess I felt more of a connection between Luke and Janica than some other readers did. I finished it and didn't once feel like DNFing it, and for me that says a lot. :)

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Forever and a Day (Lucky Harbor, #6)Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4 1/2 stars - took Grace too long to figure out what she wanted to do (uh, hello - you've got paying jobs falling in your lap and you act like it's a burden), but still very good overall.

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Friday, January 4, 2013

At Last (Lucky Harbor, #5)At Last by Jill Shalvis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another great read in this consistently good series.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Lucky in Love (Lucky Harbor, #4)Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent book - great characters, very steamy. :)

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Melt Into You (Loving On The Edge, #2)Melt Into You by Roni Loren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews, LLC
5 Kisses, Recommended Read
2 Peppers - M/F, M/F/M, M/M BDSM, oral sex, anal sex

Twelve years ago while she was still in high school, Evangeline Kennedy lived with nineteen-year-old Jace Austin and his parents. Jace was powerfully attracted to her, and tried unsuccessfully to resist his feelings. It ended up being a mistake for both of them and she ran away and basically disappeared.

Years later, Evan is engaged to a gay celebrity when Jace saves her from nearly drowning. When recognition finally dawns on both of them, the old feelings of guilt and hurt come rushing back to them. Then her fiancé gives her a three-month membership to The Ranch, an exclusive sex retreat center. She's been celibate for over a year because she doesn't want to be with the kind of guy who would mess around with an engaged woman, but she can't trust anyone with the truth about her relationship with her gay fiancé because it would blow his cover as a relationship expert.

Coincidentally, when she visits The Ranch for the first time, Jace and his best friend Andre are there, and Jace is hoping to work off the surge of lust he's had since running into Evan. His dominant side is news to her; when they were younger he kept everything lighthearted. She's reluctant to choose him as her partner for the weekend, but he promises to keep the past in the past and keep things strictly sexual. When Jace tells her that no fantasy is off limits at The Ranch, she reveals her hidden desire to submit to two Doms. It feels so perfect to be with them, but it can only last for the weekend and then she'll go back to her life with Daniel. Not because it fulfills her needs, but because she made a promise.

This is one of the best and most delectable books I've read in quite a while. If you want a scorching-hot, one-handed read that's guaranteed to raise your body temperature so high that your bones will melt, this is it. Melt Into You is a perfect mix of hot sex and genuine emotions. I love this series and I'm anxiously awaiting the next book from Roni Loren. Erotic contemporary romance fans should put this one on their must-read list.

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Not Proper Enough (Reforming the Scoundrels, #2)Not Proper Enough by Carolyn Jewel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews, LLC
4 1/2 Kisses, 1 Pepper - M/F, oral sex

Grenville Foxman Talbot, Marquess of Fenris has very vivid fantasies about widow Eugenia Bryant. It's a shame she hates him. Her late husband, Robert, was a good friend of Fox's. In a dream, Robert tells Fox to take care of her now that he's gone. He sets his mind on not only changing her opinion of him, but also on winning her heart.

Ginny despises that odious man. She really does. Then again, he does seem to be doing some very decent things. Like standing up for her young friend Hester Rendell. She also realizes, much to her chagrin, that she's really quite attracted to him. Her beloved husband has been gone for a while, and she misses physical intimacy far more than she realized. With Fenris making such a serious effort to court her, she finds it impossible to resist him.

I love the hero’s intensity and the sincerity of his feelings for Ginny. He expertly chips away at her dislike for him bit by bit and she wants to resist but she's discovering he's quite likable. He wants her, not just in his bed but also permanently in his life. I really enjoyed reading Not Proper Enough. I especially liked how Fenris never wavered in his desire for a life with Ginny. He was very patient even when she didn't necessarily deserve it. My biggest complaint about the book is by the time she finally decides she loves him, it feels like too little too late. Nevertheless, I would definitely recommend this engaging series from Carolyn Jewel to anyone who is a fan of well-written, spicy historical romances.

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The Casanova Code (The Rake Patrol, #1)The Casanova Code by Donna MacMeans
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews, LLC
4 Kisses, 1 Pepper - M/F, oral sex

Ashton Carswell Trewelyn the Third places a personal ad for a friend in the Mayfair Messenger where Edwina Hargrove's friend Sarah works. Sarah says he's no gentleman; he's a rake who debauches decent women. She says the rumor is he's Casanova. She and her friends decide that any women who respond to his ad should be warned, and the Rake Patrol is formed. When Edwina decodes an encrypted message that says there will be a meeting of The Guardians at Ashton's house, the girls decide to have a stakeout so they can rescue any unsuspecting innocents who might unwittingly be ensnared and debauched by Ashton and his fellow rakes.

Edwina knows she shouldn't be feeling attracted to Ashton, but she is. It doesn't help that she gets trapped with him in a hidden room where his father keeps his collection of erotic Japanese prints (shunga). When they discover a coded message that might have serious implications not only for Ashton’s family but also possibly for the Crown, Edwina’s natural code-breaking ability comes in handy and brings the two together.

Edwina was an interesting character. She rides a bicycle (very unconventional for a woman in that era), longs for adventure, and isn’t repulsed by the erotic images she sees in Ashton’s father’s collection. Ashton is also a great character. He has returned home from serving in the King’s Royal Rifles weary and changed. He’s no longer interested in the rakish activities he used to pursue, but he can’t figure out how to change his reputation. It’s such a part of his image that even Edwina doesn’t feel she can fully trust his intentions toward her.

There’s a lot to like about The Casanova Code by Donna MacMeans. It’s well written and smart, and I think it’s an excellent start to what promises to be a really good historical romance series.

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Simply Scandalous (House of Pleasure, #9)Simply Scandalous by Kate Pearce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews, LLC
5 Kisses, Recommended Read
3 Peppers - M/F, M/M, M/M/F, oral & anal sex, public sex

Richard Ross has always been the "white sheep" of his scandalous family. He's the half brother of Christian Delornay who runs the pleasure house that he inherited from their mother. Violet Lennox was Richard's first love, but she supposedly died years ago and he mourned her deeply. Now she's back from the dead and masquerading as a man, Vincent Lennox. She and her twin brother Jack are wrapped up in some dangerous intrigue, and Richard has been asked to help them.

Richard and Emily's mother left her journal with secrets from the past that might be better left hidden, but which may ultimately help Richard stop blaming his father for his parents' disastrous marriage. This wraps up some loose ends from previous books and the reconciliation between Richard and his father is a nice addition to the end of the series.

Simply Scandalous includes a delightful bonus love story between Richard's sister Emily and longtime family friend and Pleasure House employee, Ambrose. Ambrose is African American and he feels he's so far beneath Emily that he has no right to even consider being with her. I enjoyed their romance at least as much as the one between Richard and Violet, maybe more. Ambrose has been one of my favorite characters throughout the series.

There are several story lines happening in this book, so it really is helpful to have read previous books in the series. This is the last and final book in the series, and I'm really sad to see it end. This is definitely one of my top favorite series of all time. Kate Pearce has created a world that has many twists and turns, passion, intrigue, and characters that I will never forget. This is a must read for historical erotic romance fans.

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