Sunday, January 21, 2018

#SixSentenceSunday from Burning for Her Kiss by Sherri Hayes

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Finally, Beth couldn’t take it any longer and turned to face him. “I don’t know what you’re looking for, but let me spell out exactly what I’m not looking for. I’m not looking for a submissive and I don’t play with random partners.”

“I understand.” His voice was smooth, and it sent tingles down her spine. This was not good.

Burning for Her Kiss

Beth Davenport has no interest in getting involved with another man for the foreseeable future. To say her last relationship ended in disaster would be a colossal understatement. The only reason she agrees to put in an appearance at Serpent’s Kiss, a private kink club in downtown St. Louis, is because her best friend, Nicole, won’t quit nagging her. When she walks in the door that night, the last thing she expects to do is meet a man who will have her reconsidering her ban on men.

As a captain with the St. Louis Fire Department, Drew Parker is used to being in charge. His crew relies on him to make sure they know what they’re doing and return home to their families after every shift. It isn’t, however, what he wants in a relationship. Drew decides to join Serpent’s Kiss to see if what appeals to him in fantasy is something he wants to explore in the real world. He’s also hoping that he’ll be lucky enough to meet a woman with whom he can explore his desires. The night Beth walks into the club, he is intrigued. Drew has to get to know her better.

After what happened to her, Beth is reluctant to get involved with Drew. It doesn’t matter that he is sweet and charming. She’s been burned before and Beth doesn’t think she can survive having her heart crushed again. Drew, however, won’t take no for an answer. He wants a relationship and is determined to chip away at her defenses until she relents. Will she give him a chance, or did her ex leave her with scars too deep to heal?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

#Review of Hot Man Wanted by Tia Siren

Title: Hot Man Wanted
Author: Tia Siren
Rating: 2 stars

It's been a while since I've left a two star review. Usually if I start reading a book and dislike it, I just stop reading it and move on. That didn't happen with this book because the first half of the book was decent. It wasn't mind-blowing, but it was good enough for me to continue reading.

Let's start with what was good about this story. The editing was pretty good. Although, it did seem as if there were more issues in the second half of the book than the first, it still wasn't anything that couldn't be found in a story published by a New York publisher. The flow of the story was also good for the most part. There were a few places it started to drag near the end, but I'm thinking that was more me just wanting it to be over already.

Now let's get to what I didn't like.

First, this is a 'page stuffed' KU book, which, since I'm not a KU subscriber I didn't realize until after I'd downloaded the book and started reading it. This means that the story I downloaded, Hot Man Wanted, ended at 34%. The rest was a second story and filler, which is against Amazon's Terms of Service.

Second, the sex scenes in the book felt uncomfortable. Not in that they gave too much detail, but in that it almost felt as if the author herself was  uncomfortable writing them.

I also felt these two characters weren't all that likeable. Both felt very immature for people who, I assume because we were never actually told, were close to thirty. Ash, the heroine, overreacted to things the hero said time and time again, and then refused to listen to anything he had to say. The hero, however, wasn't a peach either. In fact, I'm still trying to figure out what Ash saw in him in the first place. He had money. Lots and lots of money. That was pretty much it. Oh, and he gave her mind-blowing orgasms. He even stood by and let another woman insult Ash and said nothing. Said woman even shows up unannounced to stay in the home he's renting and he just goes with it. He's not happy, tells her she needs to leave, but when she doesn't, he's just kind of 'oh well' about it.

I was not impressed with this story at all and I highly doubt I'll be reading anything from this author in the future.


Monday, January 15, 2018

#NewRelease #ShortStory The Butterfly Collector by Beth Yarnall

Release Date: November 28, 2017

The life of a spy is full of lies and deception. Nothing is real. 
Except, Gia’s very real, accidental pregnancy.
Her mistake could not only cost her the only man she’s ever loved, the father of her child, Truett Nash, it could also get them both killed.

Monday, January 8, 2018

#Review #Romance Hired by the Cowboy by Donna Alward

Title: Hired by the Cowboy
Author: Donna Alward
Rating: 3 stars

This is the first sweet romance I've read in a long time. I didn't go into it knowing there would be zero sex in the book, but surprisingly that didn't cause much of an issue for me with this story. While I do think a little more heat could have been worked in, them not sleeping together did fit the plot. I'd rather that than to have the author force it and have it be out of place.

Connor and Alexis were good together. Even though they came from completely different backgrounds, they complimented each other well. I liked the set up even if it was a little cliche. Once I got over that, I was able to settle into the story itself and for the most part, I liked it.

There were a few things, however, that knocked this book down for me. First was the lack of communication. Yes, I get they were relative strangers, but there were times when I just wanted to scream at them to say something, anything, to the other person. And that brings me to the pacing. Most of the time the pacing was good, but there were a few places where things felt rushed. I'm not sure if that was due to word count or what, but it would have been nice to slow things down and let us get to know Connor and Alexis more.

I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a sweet cowboy romance.

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Author Bio

While bestselling author Donna Alward was busy studying Austen, Eliot and Shakespeare, she was also losing herself in the breathtaking stories created by romance novelists like LaVyrle Spencer, Judith McNaught, and Nora Roberts. Several years after completing her degree she decided to write a romance of her own and it was true love! Five years and ten manuscripts later she sold her first book and launched a new career. While her heartwarming stories of love, hope, and homecoming have been translated into several languages, hit bestseller lists and won awards, her very favorite thing is when she hears from happy readers.

Donna lives on Canada's east coast with her family which includes a husband, a couple of kids, a senior dog and two crazy cats. When she's not writing she enjoys reading (of course!), knitting, gardening, cooking...and is a Masterpiece Theater addict. 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

#SixSentenceSunday from Red Zone by Sherri Hayes

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His head and bare shoulders were visible above the water as his arms moved fluidly over his head and down into the water. He was a confident swimmer and obviously in shape. The sun was still making its way up into the sky, but there was enough light for her to see the well-toned muscles tense and flex as he moved through the water. She felt something as she watched him but quickly suppressed it. The man was a pampered athlete who was used to women falling at his feet. Attractive or not, there was no way she was becoming another notch on his belt.

Red Zone

The only thing Rebecca Carson ever wanted to do was join the FBI. Now, that was in danger because of a situation, of which she’d had little control. So when her ex-partner and mentor, Travis Hansen, calls and offers her an opportunity to help him with a job, she jumps at the chance.

Gage Daniels has made a pretty good life for himself. As a professional football player, all he has to do is ask, and most things are made available to him. This includes women. A well timed smile is usually all it takes to attract the opposite sex, especially in Nashville. 

When a stalker threatens Gage, the team owner calls an old friend to help protect his star quarterback. Rebecca must work to protect Gage while staving off his advances. The last thing she wants is to be another notch on a hot shot athlete’s belt.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Cover Reveal - The Road To You by Melissa Toppen #Romance #KindleUnlimited

Release Date: January 25, 2018

Life is full of choices- of chances- of moments. 

Chances we regret not taking. Choices we wish we could change. 
And then there are the moments that define us. 

Kam was my choice…
The one who stole my heart instantly.

Kane was my chance…
The one who set me ablaze with just one look.

They were my moment… 
Two brothers that both owned a part of me. 
Two brothers that I loved in different ways for different reasons. 

One brother shattered my heart.
The other put it back together.
Both changed me forever.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

#SixSentenceSunday from Welcome to Serpent's Kiss by Sherri Hayes

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Ascending the stairs, she entered the first room on her right. All the rooms on the second floor had been turned into playrooms. Each were well equipped with a variety of toys that could be adapted to specific needs if the situation arose. She’d tried to make things as versatile as possible.

Kneeling on the floor in the middle of the room was Ryan. As per her instructions, and their arrangement, he was waiting for her naked. 

Welcome to Serpent's Kiss

After losing her husband unexpectedly, Katrina Mayer decided to open Serpent’s Kiss. She wanted it to be a place where she and her fellow kinksters could play and socialize. 

Five years after the doors opened, the club is everything she’d hoped it would be. On Friday and Saturday nights, Serpent’s Kiss is filled with men and women who share a similar desire to explore the pleasures BDSM has to offer. The club has continued to grow, and over the years, many of its members have become friends.

The one thing Katrina didn’t expect when she’d decided to open a club was the human drama that came with it. Learning to balance her life as the club mistress has taken some getting used to, but she wouldn’t change a thing.