Monday, December 31, 2012

Veils of Time (MacLeod, #3)Veils of Time by Lynn Kurland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love time travel romances, and overall this anthology was really good. The fourth heroine was kind of a dud, but still not too bad.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Dex in BlueDex in Blue by Amy Lane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an outstanding m/m erotic romance. There was an incredible depth of emotion, character development, drama and just plain good writing. Be prepared for angst and tears with this one. I'm really looking forward to reading more books by Amy Lane.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

All Afternoon with a Scandalous Marquess (Lords of Vice, #5)All Afternoon with a Scandalous Marquess by Alexandra Hawkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hmmm... Certainly not the worst I've read, but not the best either. I didn't have any trouble getting through to the end (which actually says a lot), but I didn't feel like this book had quite the same appeal as the previous books in the series. It didn't engage my emotions.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Devilishly HotDevilishly Hot by Kathy Love
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was considerably darker than what I expected from the cover, but not so dark that it was hard to slog through. Lots of angst that dragged through the whole book,, but it fit the theme & plot. A good read.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Kiss Me, I'm IrishKiss Me, I'm Irish by Roxanne St. Claire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All three stories in this anthology were pretty good.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Rough PlayRough Play by Christina Crooks
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Hmm. This was an interesting side of BDSM. Parts of it were much, much darker than I generally like to read, and at the same time it lacked some of the intensity I expected. Or maybe it just wasn't as hot as I expected because it didn't get my motor running like similar books have. There were times that my interest waned and I considered DNF'ing it, but somehow it managed to keep just hooked enough to finish it. Some of the raw abuse was like a nasty train wreck - I didn't like it, it was repulsive, but I couldn't quite look away.

Martin had the potential to be a delicious Dom, but he sort of fizzled for me. I had trouble relating to Charlotte, maybe because there were times that she bordered on bitchy and TSTL.

The whole Gorean aspect was completely new to me (had to look it up), and while it added a novel element to the book, I'd be fine if I never read anything more about it.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

A Girl Like YouA Girl Like You by Maria Geraci
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews, LLC
3 Kisses, 0 Peppers (sweet romance)

Emma Frazier has a crush on her new boss but her hopes are dashed when he goes home from the bar with the chick who called her "the ugly friend". Emma is a writer for a magazine and the majority of the story revolves around her promise to get a big scoop on NASCAR giant Trip Monroe. He’s been named “sexiest man alive” and is rather elusive.

Trip and Emma went to school together and she assumes he'll be happy to talk to her. Naturally she exaggerates how well she knows him. She drives to her hometown for the weekend, hoping to get some information on him and bumps into old high school heartthrob, Nick Alfonso. He flirts with her and they end up making out. Is Nick the one for her? What will happen with Trip? What about her boss, Ben?

It’s Emma’s sheer dumb luck that makes things work out for her in the end. She's apparently a good writer, but in general she's totally clueless.

What I liked about A Girl Like You: Maria Geraci's writing style is witty and fun. It tends to suck you in so you want to read the whole book in one sitting. I really liked that Emma has two lesbian mothers, and how that issue is dealt with throughout the book.

What I didn’t like so much: The book is written from the first person point of view, so we have no idea what the other characters are thinking or feeling. For me, this is usually a big handicap. Also, per the publisher, this book is classified as "Women’s Fiction", more specifically "Chick Lit". It has romantic elements, but that doesn’t seem to be the main focus of the book. Also, I didn't like Emma or her friends very much. If I had to hang out with Emma for very long, I’d get pretty cranky. I found it nearly impossible to identify with her, and I find that's often the case for me with Chick Lit. Finally, there was zero heat, which really isn't the type of book I usually prefer to read.

There was a very unexpected twist at the end, regarding the "romance" aspect of the book. I won’t spoil it for you, but I’m still deciding if this made the book more interesting or just completely frustrating. If you’re a fan of Chick Lit, you’ll probably enjoy this more than I did.

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