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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 19:16

Two New Adult Reviews: The Hook Up and Scratch

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I’ve had a tough time with the New Adult romance genre. There are several reasons, but one of the major ones seems to be the glaring disparity in what books get that label. Also, I’ve been burned by many NA books that were just horrible reads for me. But lately, I’ve read some fantastic ones that are making me reevaluate my opinion. Both Kristen Callihan’s The Hook Up and Scratch by Rhonda Helms hit the sweet spot for me with college-set stories that combine sweet and sexy romances with deep emotional angst. The stories are not the same, but have the same type of feel. I highly recommend both.

 

The Hook Up has Drew, the star college quarterback and Anna, the standoffish woman who is determined to keep her emotions bottled up. Drew is the pursuer, a man who sees Anna and falls for her immediately. Anna is gun shy and suspicious of Drew’s motives. How could the school’s star quarterback like her? Additionally, she has learned that relationships don’t last from her mother who has never had any luck with men.

 

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Monday, 21 July 2014 18:05

Review: Going Under by Jeffe Kennedy

goingunderGoing Under by Jeffe Kennedy (erotic, Carina, July 2014, $3.99, 226pp)

 

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Series: Falling Under, book one

 

Summary:
Knowing all too well the damage online trolls can inflict, game designer Emily Bartwell takes privacy seriously. Living in solitude and working remotely under a male alias gives her a sense of security. The sexy writer renting the house next door ignites desires she'd forgotten she had, and when he invites her to play games of a very different sort, Em is ready and willing. Even if it means breaking all her own rules to abide by his.

 

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SunKissSun-Kissed by Laura Florand (contemporary, self-published, May 2014, $3.99, 199pp)

 

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Series: Amour et Chocolat

 

Summary:
They called her the Ice Queen.

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ItHappenedWeddingIt Happened One Wedding by Julie James (contemporary, Berkley, May 2014, $7.99, 304pp)

 

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Series: FBI/US Attorney, book 5

 

Summary:
SHE KNOWS BETTER THAN TO SAY “I DO”
After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, Sidney is thrown into close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man. She’s stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn’t mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are…

 

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OutOfControlOut of Control by Teresa Noelle Roberts (erotic, Samhain, April 2014, $5.50, 251pp)

 

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Summary:
He’s got her tied up, but she’s got him out of control.

 

Glass artist Jen Kessler has hit the jackpot—a cheap apartment in a charming Victorian house, complete with a sexy, intense, buttoned-down landlord…who may or may not have a riding crop in his bedroom.

 

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:23

Review in Haiku: Hard Time

HardTimeHard Time by Cara McKenna (contemporary, InterMix, April 2014, $3.79, 310pp)

 

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Summary:
Annie Goodhouse doesn’t need to be warned about bad boys; good sense and an abusive ex have given her plenty of reasons to play it safe. But when she steps into her new role as outreach librarian for Cousins Correctional Facility, no amount of good sense can keep her mind—or eyes—off inmate Eric Collier.

Eric doesn’t claim to be innocent of the crime that landed him in prison. In fact, he’d do it again if that’s what it took to keep his family safe. Loyalty and force are what he knows. But meeting Annie makes him want to know more.

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Sunday, 13 April 2014 11:51

Review: Bound to Be a Groom

boundtobegroom“Bound to be a Groom” by Megan Mulry (historical, erotic, Riptide, April 2014, $15.99, 206pp)

 

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Summary:
Sometimes our wildest dreams come true.

In the tumultuous summer of 1808, Spain and England are close to war and four young lovers are close to ecstasy.

 

To carve out an independent life with the woman she loves, ANNA knows she must leave her quiet Spanish convent to become a courtesan. To gain experience, she sets her sights on . . .

 

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Tuesday, 08 April 2014 18:37

Review: Indecent Trilogy by Jane O'Reilly

indecentexposureIndecent Trilogy by Jane O’Reilly – includes Indecent Exposure, Indecent . . . Proposal and Indecent Desires (erotic, Carina UK, March 2014, $4.79, novellas)

 

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Summary:
Indecent Exposure:
Setting up the money shot…

Quiet, sensible Ellie Smithson is a highly respectable photographer by day – but there are only so many wedding photo-shoots you can take without your mind wandering to what happens when the blissfully happy bride is swept off her feet and straight to the honeymoon suite’s sumptuous four-poster bed…

So after dark, Ellie takes pictures of a more…intimate n

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Sunday, 30 March 2014 19:51

Review: Nobody by Sarah M. Anderson

nobody cover smallerNobody by Sarah M. Anderson (contemporary, self-published, March 2014, $3.49, 274pp)

 

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Series: Book three in the Men of the White Sandy

 

Summary:
Nobody Bodine is a nobody who came from a nobody and will always be a nobody. 

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Monday, 17 February 2014 21:10

Review: Apples Should Be Red

ApplesShouldBeRedApples Should Be Red by Penny Watson (contemporary, February 2014, self-published, $1.99, 21,000 words)

 

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Summary:
Recipe for Thanksgiving Dinner:

Start with 62-year old politically incorrect, chain-smoking, hard-cussing curmudgeon.

 

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