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“Under the Mistletoe” by Jill Shalvis (ebook, review copy, NetGalley)
Review to come. However, this Lucky Harbor, holiday novella is an absolutely delightful story.
“Letting Go 2: Stepping Stones” by Michele Zurlo (ebook)
In this story, a husband thinks his wife needs to let go and sink further into submission. As such, he books a vacation at a kinky island destination. Things don’t necessarily go as planned as Sabrina has difficulty coping. Overall, I liked the relationship between Sabrina and Jonas, but felt a bit lost at times. I wasn’t always sure what Jonas was trying to accomplish and whether it was what he wanted or whether it was what he thought Sabrina really needed (and wasn’t entirely convinced that Sabrina wanted to give up more control over her life).
“Hook Up” by Miranda Baker (ebook)
While getting ready for her best friend’s wedding, Crystal is reunited with Ryan, the man to whom she gave her virginity. The thing is, Crystal has changed significantly since their college encounter. Now, she dates women and is a sensual psychic (she is an empath who senses others’ emotions). However, the hot chemistry still exists between the two and can’t be denied. This story felt different to me. I enjoyed the paranormal aspect with Crystal’s psychic senses – and the romance. This is a very steamy book.
“Lord Gray’s List” by Maggie Robinson (historical, Brava, November 2012, $14.00, 352pp)
Series: The London List, book 1
From duchesses to chamber maids, everybody’s reading it. Each Tuesday, The London List appears, filled with gossip and scandal, offering job postings and matches for the lovelorn–and most enticing of all, telling the tales and selling the wares a more modest publication wouldn’t touch.
“Captive Bride” by Katharine Ashe (historical, self-published, October 2012, $1.99, 232pp, ebook)
Sensible, practical Beatrice Sinclaire has two secret passions: gothic novels and Lord Peter Cheriot, the man her beautiful sister left heartbroken years ago. When Bea’s scapegrace twin brother begs her help to rescue a maiden from a haunted castle, Bea seizes the chance for real adventure. If only Lord Cheriot didn’t insist on protecting her! How can she maintain a clear head in the face of terrible danger when all she wants is to be in his arms?
Lord Cheriot may be the catch of the London season, but he has only ever loved one woman, Bea Sinclaire. And he’s determined to have her. He doesn’t count on a meddling ghost whose demand for a virgin bride threatens Bea in the direst manner. But the specter has a deadline, All Hallows Eve, and it’s fast approaching. In the race to capture the heart of one daring lady, it’s every man—and ghost—for himself.
“Seduced by Her Texas Billionaire” by Jan Bowles (ebook)
I enjoyed reading this book, but much of it didn’t actually stick with me for long. I think this might be because I never connected to the characters. Tess gets a gob working for Kyle as his personal assistant. He doesn’t hire her planning to seduce her, but can’t help himself when the two are off traveling together.
“His Mistletoe Bride” by Vanessa Kelly (review copy)
“Tie Me Down” by Cerise DeLand (ebook)
Okay, this is the book where the superpower Dom hears the arousal of his sub – which totally took me out of the intimate moment between the hero and heroine. Case is a shibari master who is lusting badly after the consultant who is in town to evaluate their water usage. Samantha is a submissive who has been badly hurt and very skittish about getting involved with another Dominant. The story was decent despite some odd language things (including the hearing of the arousal – which still weirds me out).
“His Mistletoe Bride” by Vanessa Kelly (historical, Zebra, October 2012, $6.99, 352pp)
Blame It On The Mistletoe--
When Major Lucas Stanton inherited his earldom, he never dreamed his property would include the previous earl's granddaughter. Phoebe Linville is a sparkling American beauty, yes, but with a talent for getting into trouble. Witness the compromising position that forced them into wedlock. Whisked away to Mistletoe Manor, his country estate, it isn't long before she is challenging his rules--and surprising him in and out of bed--
Phoebe has no intention of bowing to Lucas's stubbornness even though he offers all that she wants. His kisses and unexpected warmth are enticing, but Phoebe is determined to show the earl of Merritt what real love is all about. And if that takes twelve nights of delicious seduction by a roaring fire, she's more than willing to reveal her gifts very slowly--
“Wyoming Fierce” by Diana Palmer (contemporary, HQN, November 2012, $7.99, 352pp)
Ranch owner Cane Kirk lost more than his arm in the war. He lost his way, battling his inner demons by challenging any cowboy unfortunate enough to get in his way. No one seems to be able to cool him down, except beautiful Bodie Mays. Bodie doesn't mind saving Cane from himself, even if he is a little too tempting for her own peace of mind.
But soon Bodie's the one who finds herself in need of rescuing—only, she's afraid to tell Cane what's really going on. How can she trust someone as unpredictable as this fierce cowboy? When her silence only ends up getting her into even deeper hot water, it's up to Cane to save the day. And if he does it right, he won't be riding off into the sunset alone.
“Hold ‘Em” by Katie Porter (erotic, Samhain, September 2012, $5.50, 271pp)
Series: Book 3 of the Vegas Top Gun series
Daughter of a world-famous motocross champion, and head-on competitor with three brothers, Captain Leah "Princess" Girardi was born with a need for speed. No one tells her what to do, especially not men with chauvinistic "girls can't be fighter pilots" attitudes.
“Until There Was You” by Jessica Scott (ebook, review copy)
“Creed” by Kristen Ashley (ebook)
This is the second book in Ashley’s Unfinished Heroes series. Creed is the hero who is brought back into Sylvie’s life by Knight – the cracktastic hero of “Knight.” These books have to be read to be believed. I am definitely a big fan.
“Halloween Submission” by Bonnie Bliss (ebook)
This is part of the Holiday Dom series by Bliss. I bought this one because of the series title (I read the 4th of July one which wasn’t my favorite) because I find the placement of the words holiday and dom a bit incongruent. It makes me chuckle. In this one, Tom's best friend Richard and sister Millie set up Tom and Lucy at a play party. I found this an okay read, although got irritated with Tom’s reaction to finding out that he had played roughly with Lucy, the woman he wants to “date.” I a little want bit wanted to smack him.
From the moment that I read my first Lora Leigh book, I was hooked. She writes some incredibly dominant heroes who I often want to knock some sense into. However, I can’t resist them. I don’t even mind that some of her books may have timeline/continuity issues or grammatical errors. Her stories speak to me, and I relish the opportunity to read each new book. And to be honest, I relish the opportunity to re-read them as well.
Now, Lora Leigh has all sorts of signature devices in her books. Most of her heroes find they don’t truly connect to their women until they can express their love anally. There are often lots and lots of candy references a la “I’m going to eat you up like the sweetest candy” along with comparisons of nipples to fruit (nipples as tight berries, etc). Oh yeah, and most of her heroines are waxed smooth for their men. And again, I love these facets of Leigh’s writing that absolutely identify her words as her own. I actively look for them in each book and smile when I find them.
“Calling the Shots” by Christine d’Abo (erotic, Carina, October 2012, $4.99, 68,000words)
Series: Book 4 in the Long Shot series
He's had a wild ride, and now sex club owner Josh Scott is looking for a change of scene. But first, he's determined to bring two friends together, and he's willing to be a third wheel to move things along...
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