The Obsession Book Review This gut-wrenching, page-turning sequel to the demented Filthy Rich Americans series by Nikki Sloane gripped me and had me twisting in anguish. Rarely has an antagonist filled me with disgust and hate to the degree Macalister does. Minotaur? Zeus? Monster? I go with monster. Sick, twisted, depraved monster. Marist plays the chess game on par with a naive, young guileless chess player joining the rank of seasoned experts. Bountiful mistakes and missteps befall her, but through her struggles, she holds onto herself to some degree. She recognizes the importance of not completely losing her soul. Maybe she's the young Medusa who hasn't yet come into all of her powers? The father son dynamic between Royce and Macalister roils the stomach. The psychotic, unhealthy relationship borders disgusting. But, I kept turning the pages because I had to see what happened. Like a twisted reality TV show, I knew it was all kinds of wrong, but I couldn't just turn it off. About halfway through the book, I found myself thinking, "This is not a romance!". I mean, really, just what the fuck? I read romance for joy and happiness, maybe to watch a character grow, but this?? ... View Article
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To Have and Hate by Donna Alam Sexy, page-turning fake marriage romance done London style. The chemistry between Beckett and Olivia sizzles right from the start. I found myself wanting to beg them to just get on with the fornication already. Olivia's clumsy tendencies and some of her attitude remind me a tad of another British chick I adore, Bridget Jones. Olivia, however, is way more buttoned up. For one, she's an entrepreneur and has launched a dating service (think eHarmony) called eVolve that leverages social networks to find the right match. She's a nonsmoker, bad vegetarian, and while she does wear leggings to lay on the sofa, she's not weighing herself daily. So, not a perfect match for Bridge. Beckett's a gazillionaire financier with a knack for making savvy investments and purchases. An alpha with smoking abs, he goes after what he wants. The fake marriage comes about as part of a win-win scenario. He wants to be married to ensure he can buy a controlling share of a specific company and he needs to prove he's reliable, and she needs funding to keep her start-up afloat. The whole scenario unrolls in a believable fashion, but it's after the... View Article
Beneath this Ink Book Review and Recommendation beneath this INK delivers a page turning romance starring a tattooed muscle man named Con. He's a former foster kid with a murder to solve. The romance between Con (Constantine, but come on now, how hot is that nickname?) and Vanessa hooks the reader. Anger-inducing antagonists woven into this who done it plot are the cherry on top. Vanessa, the gorgeous lady Con's been lusting after since high school, struggles with food issues. And I kind of love that about her. For one, it makes her real and two, it's a topic romance books filled with hot bodies don't really broach enough (IMO). She has some pretty serious hang-ups that never morphed into either anorexia or bulimia (that we know of). But, she does mention years of therapy, so maybe that's just a part of her past we don't learn about in detail. One of the antagonists, who comes across like a grade A asshole, has his own book in this series, Beneath These Scars. All the books in the Beneath series are standalone. But I'm gonna have to read Beneath These Scars because we never find out what the fuck Titan's... View Article
Sinner by Sierra Simone Book Review and Recommendation In Sierra Simone's own words, Sinner is a book about "God, sex, death, belief and unbelief." A good friend recommended this book, and I'm so glad she did. Sinner sends your mind on twisted rides and mental digressions. Sierra Simone paints a portrait of theodicy with skill and ease. In Sinner, Sierra Simone makes the reader think. My mind spun off on a dozen tangents while reading this book. And I'm an atheist. The book may be even more profound for a believer. Well-crafted. Well done. Sean and Zenny's love story is a love story that is so much more. When Sean's mother succumbs to cancer, my eyes filled with tears. Tears because the moment is so well told it seemed I was back in the hospice room with my father. Belief and Unbelief As an Atheist, I would argue Sinner isn't so much about unbelief. Sean hates God, and you can't hate someone you don't believe exists. Sean, and his family, struggle with forgiving God for horrible things. An atheist doesn't bear this struggle. We don't believe in a magical mystical superpower behind the curtain controlling everything. Science, the order (or... View Article
Missing by Noelle Adams Book Review and Recommendation Sexy, balanced romance set in Washington D.C. She's in her late thirties and he's in his late forties. They don't act like teenagers and I really kind of love it. Nathan's the son of a former two-term President and a powerhouse on the political scene. Security follow him and his daughters. One of his daughters has gone missing. Lynn's an editor of a political magazine she founded with her ex-husband. She's well respected. After an unforgettable one night stand, they agree to see each other once every three months. Then more frequently. Their love grows slowly. They treat each other with respect. And kindness. They've both learned from failed marriages and appreciate the good things in each other. The story unfolds in third person. The narrator does a good job of letting us see both sides of this indelible relationship. I'd also like to add a little note about this book cover. HOT. Brings Nathan to life. A quick glance at Noelle Adam's author page shows she has a knack for picking out delicious male book cover models. Thumbs up, Noelle.
Stay by Tia Louise Book Review and Recommendation Second-chance, first crush, single Mom romance. This one has all the feels with a heart-gripping battle with a child's illness. Not only did this one keep me turning the pages, but it kept me on edge. I grew to care about these characters. It's a sexy love story with a heavy dose of real mixed in. Emmy loses her virginity to Stephen the night before he heads off to join the Navy. He's her brother's classmate and she's had a crush for years. He has no idea she's a virgin. Before or after. Ten years later, their paths cross again. She's a divorced single mom working at a dry cleaners. He's a billionaire after selling technology he developed. Chemistry zings, but she's still pissed he wished her a good life after banging her in a bathroom ten years ago. This time around, he does ask her out on a date. Her son needs an expensive surgery. Stephen comes up with the idea of a fake marriage to get her son on his health insurance and get them both into safer housing. The chemistry between these two zings. Hot. Tia Louise keeps the... View Article
The Prenup Book Review Cute, loveable, page-turning fun. The Prenup by Lauren Layne is a film screen worthy romantic comedy. Seriously, I could easily see this as a romantic comedy with one of the hot thirty something Irish actors. Colin and Charlotte marry for convenience - he needs a green card, she needs her inheritance. For the next ten years, he lives in NY and she lives in San Fran. Then he asks for a divorce and they discover a clause her brother put in the prenup that requires they live under the same roof for three months. Before they ever even kiss they're in love. Yep, these two thirty something professionals fall in love without ever kissing. It's like Charlotte never ever watched Sex and the City and didn't learn anything at all from her namesake. On the bright side, for anyone wanting a "clean" romance, this is it! No sex. Nada. My 12 year old could read this. Not that she's into thirty somethings falling in love. If she gets a chance to read something off the required reading book list, it's gonna be a junior high or high school romance. But, the point is, she COULD read... View Article
Perfect Formation Book Review and Recommendation Taryn, Richard and Caleb sizzle in this book that takes the traditional relationship and flips it off the mountain. I first downloaded this book on a BookBub deal whim. MMF can be sexy. I was expecting a tale of sex with a little plot on the edges. The relationship has depth. The characters are realistic. We meet the characters families for goodness sake. Like, this isn't just a drunken night or a sex club kind of fantasy exploration. Or, as some books do, a sexual relationship only. Nope, these guys fall in love. It's the good kind of MMF, meaning the men are bisexual. It's always a little off to me when the men don't touch each other at all. The chemistry between Richard and Caleb works even without Taryn in the room. Perfect Formation is a part of a series, but each book is a true stand alone. KB Alan rocks the sex scenes. And reminds us that Love Is Love Is Love stands for all kinds of relationships.
Wrong Series Book Review and Recommendation Jana Aston hit it out of the ballpark with this one, her first book by the way. Who does that? Her first book! I love this whole series, but Wrong. I've read it several times - and that's just got to be Wrong. Luke and Sophie have a 16 year age difference. He's a gynecologist. He's gorgeous. When they meet, she's an undergrad serving him coffee. At the Grind Me coffee shop no less. The chemistry ricochets. Then, when she goes to the student health clinic, he's her gyno. It may sound cliche or silly or whatever. But I can promise you if you read this, you'll LOVE it. It's funny. It's sexy. Like really sexy sex scenes. And the characters are well-developed. When I read Plan B and Luke makes an appearance, I squealed. And I read Wrong months ago. I even love her epilogue - because it's just so true to the character and the book and it makes me happy. Right, the second book in the Wrong series, shares the story of Sophie's barista friend Everly. Everly, by the way, keeps you laughing in Wrong. She's borderline hysterical. Not like as... View Article