Author Archives for Isabel Jolie

Come Monday by Mari Carr

October 16, 2019 7:48 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Come Monday opens up as a professor student trope, then swiftly shifts into an introductory lesson on the BDSM lifestyle. Wow! Didn't see that shift coming. The story features Will, a hunky gorgeous professor and Keira, a twenty-seven year old student.  She put college on hold to help raise her younger siblings after her mother's death when she was eighteen. Keira stands out from the other undergrads, as she should. She's been through so much more than most of the others fixated on drinking and hook-ups. It's not hard to see her creative writing professor being drawn to her. She's focused and driven but has difficult closing her eyes and seeing anything other than the tangible and literal. He helps her get in touch with a side of herself that disappeared with the stresses of being the glue for her family. He's basically every woman's dream creative writing coach, and a damn fine book boyfriend. Will is such a good book boyfriend, I'll probably read more of the Wild Irish series from Mari Carr so I can see him again. Keira's backstory and her family are fully present in this novel and set the stage for the remaining books in... View Article

American Queen Book Review

American Queen by Sierra Simone

October 13, 2019 8:54 am Published by Leave your thoughts

A brilliant, poetic, modern re-telling of King Arthur's story with a whole lot of kink thrown in. I'm behind the curve on this 2016 release. I got it on a BookBub deal, and when I finished American Queen, I was blown away. It's a damn good book. And it's a freaking cliffhanger which I did not pick up on. I had to go and immediately buy American Prince and American King. And, because I'm a whack job, I flipped to the back of the third installation, American King, to double-check for an HEA before reading page one of American Prince. Maybe that wasn't the right approach, but it's a King Arthur re-telling so a completely warranted double-check. Besides, I learned my lesson with The Nightingale. Had I pre-checked that ending I could have saved myself hundreds of pages traversing mountains and concentration camps. I digress. American Queen opens with a bride walking down the aisle with bite marks from the best man on her thighs. An awestruck groom awaits her with her panties in his pocket and his bite marks on his best man's neck. Let all that sink in. And immediately, the question becomes, how did they get there?... View Article

Accidental Rebel Book Review

Accidental Rebel by Nicole Snow

October 9, 2019 8:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Accidental Rebel packs intrigue and action into a heart-warming love story. This is my first book from Nicole Snow and I will be reading more. When Miller Rush and Gwendolyn meet, the attraction is instantaneous. Only, he's on the run for his life. She doesn't know his whole story, but she knows somethings not on the up and up. She falls for his two kids first and decides he must not be all bad. Her mother pushes the two together with a sly yet less than subtle hand. The whole situation provides a great set-up and there are definitely on-the-edge of-your-seat moments and places you won't be willing to put your book down. On the whole, it never gets too dark, too gory or too scary. I'd classify it as a light romantic suspense, although I notice because of Miller's military background, and the inclusion of other military characters in the story, it's categorized as a military romance. Miller describes Gwen's Mom as being "around fifty." Now, I'm pushing fifty (not there yet, thank you) and I have to say, if my daughter came to me with two pre-loaded TEN year old grandchildren, there'd be a part of me that... View Article

Perfect Strangers Book Review

Perfect Strangers by J.T. Geissinger

October 6, 2019 8:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Unexpected and anything but an ordinary romance, Perfect Strangers by J.T. Geissinger will leave you asking, "wait? what just happened?" Seriously, this is one wild, mind-bending ride. Definitely not your typical romance, and I think whether or not it has an HEA is debatable. It did not leave me with the warm and fuzzies. Perfect Strangers is reminiscent of The Dirty Ones by J.A. Huss in that at the end, you have to pause and think through what exactly happened and what's real and what's not. Only, J.A. Huss provides a solid HEA. Perfect Strangers kind of does, if you stop and think it through. I don't want to give too much away, because the power of the book is in being surprised by the end. I will say that for our heroine, Olivia, no matter how you choose to interpret the ending, I suppose she has her best ending possible. In terms of sex, Geissinger delivers. I'd say that she's a touch above the "average" amount of sex in an erotic romance, pushing Perfect Strangers into a level four on my happy vagina scale. Overall, I do recommend this book. Maybe not when you are jonesing for happy, happy,... View Article

Perfectly Adequate Book Review

Perfectly Adequate by Jewel E. Ann

October 2, 2019 8:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Perfectly Adequate scores another home run for Jewel E. Ann. The story drives home the point that not all love has storybook perfection, but sometimes less than perfect is just as important and valid. Dorothy, our heroine, is an Aspie, someone diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. She approaches situations and life differently than the average person. Not wrong, different. She falls on the rarer side of the human spectrum. Certain aspects of her personality wouldn't fulfill all of say, my needs, but somehow she's exactly what Eli needs. Eli is a single Dad, dumped by his ex-wife, his first and only love. The whole story serves as a great reminder that we're all different for a reason, and even the most unique of us can find someone out there that's a perfect fit. Perfectly Adequate serves as a love letter to those on the far end of the human spectrum. Those perceived as different or too unusual or weird. Different does not equal wrong. Bi-polar, depression, ADHD, autism, aspie - it's all human. There are a boatload of occurrences that feel Hollywood-contrived to keep the love story on course, such as perfectly timed stomach viruses and reunions in on-call rooms. Of course, the... View Article

Love on the Hudson Book Review

Love on the Hudson by K.D. Fisher

September 29, 2019 8:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Love Is Love Is Love. David and Nick's poignant and heartfelt love story reminds of this in KD Fisher's touching debut novel. The two are neighbors, childhood friends and high school lovers. David has a supportive family and he's openly gay. Nick's father represents the worst of humanity, a judgemental hateful bigot, and therefore Nick remains closeted. He attempts a heterosexual marriage. Interestingly, he foregoes college to appease his father, and he had a football scholarship. This piece surprises me, because the stereotypical bigot would pump his chest at having a college football player son. David moves away to Chicago and only comes home when his father has a stroke. In Love on the Hudson, we see the two fall in love as adults and watch Nick struggle with the difficult and emotional decision to come out to his family and face his father's hate. As a parent, I can't imagine turning away from one's child over a choice he has made. But, in truth, even when Nick was endeavoring to be the perfect son, his father was a horrid parent. This story is the love story of two men. And let me just say, my lady parts tingled. KD... View Article

Cocky Player Book Review

Cocky Player by Stacey Lynn

September 25, 2019 8:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

A pro-football romance packing heat, heart, and unexpected twists. Stacey Lynn knows how to write great sex scenes, but in Cocky Player, it's the psychological turns stemming from Brenna's past trauma that hooked me. Brenna is a twenty-three-year-old virgin. The whole virgin trope isn't my favorite, and maybe because of this, it took me a bit to get engaged with Cocky Player. I'd also JUST finished a book starring a twenty-three-year-old virgin. But, once I dove in, I found Brenna to be a complex character and an interesting study in how the mind works to protect itself after a life-threatening and horrific experience. Connor, the Cocky Player in question, has few issues. He's a bit of a loner and has a reputation as a player. He and Brenna don't immediately sleep together, and this probably ends up contributing to his starting to see her as more than a hook-up. Plus he doesn't have a strong parental figure in his life and he respects Brenna's Dad. He ends up being a strong, sensitive and caring hero, and he sticks by Brenna and doesn't let her push him away. Throughout the book, both Brenna and Connor fear Brenna's Dad. He owns the pro football... View Article

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Love With Me by Kristen Proby

September 22, 2019 8:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

A refreshing, real friends to lovers romance from Kristen Proby from her With Me in Seattle series. Jace and Joy have been friends since undergrad. Their friendship survived his med school, her vet school, his residency and her opening her own clinic. They have a special kind of friendship. They can go a month without talking, but if he needs a plus one, he calls and she makes herself available. If she needs him, he's there. Through fifteen years of friendship, they've come to know each other's families. They've supported each other through the good and the bad. So, when he's suspended from work due to a malpractice lawsuit, she's the first person he calls. I love this book because it's so REAL. When life slows down, and he takes the time to open his eyes, he realizes he wants more from Joy than a friendship, and he goes for it. Neither of them have huge drama holding them back. These are two type A individuals who have already met with success. Watching these two transition from friends to everything is a sweet ride and one worth reading again. Work life balance becomes the monster in the room, the one... View Article

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The Day He Came Back by Penelope Ward

September 18, 2019 8:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Torn apart by Gavin's snobby, aristocratic West Palm Beach Mom, these two star crossed lovers are reunited ten years later. This second chance, rich vs. poor romance plucks at the heart strings. About half of The Day He Came Back is a flashback to the summer the two fell in love, when she's twenty and he's twenty one. Her mother discovers she has breast cancer that summer, and his mother decides she will control his life. Ten years later, Gavin returns to West Palm Beach to visit his ailing father. He's shocked to discover his father's nurse is none other than the woman who ripped his heart to shreds. He's home for a month. Over that time, his brother returns home, his fiance surprises him, and he learns the real reason Raven walked away so long ago. Authors walk a fine line when second chance lovers are reunited and there is a current lover in the picture. Penelope Ward walks the line well. There is no physical cheating. Paige has been Gavin's rock, and he loves her. She isn't a bitch. We can't hate her. While Gavin loves her, his deepest love is Raven, and the only reason he has... View Article