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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.

 

Thursday, 25 September 2014 18:29

Review: Living in Shadow by Jackie Ashenden

livingindshadowLiving in Shadow by Jackie Ashenden (contemporary, Samhain, August 2014, $4.50, 189pp)

 

Series: Book 1 in Living In

 

Summary:
Law professor Eleanor May is fine with taking over a class for a colleague on sabbatical. She’s not so fine with the hot student who’s always seated front and center. Once upon a time she was that student…and the scars remain eight years after it ended.

 

Yet this guy seems different from the others. Despite the alarm bells in her head warning her about history repeating itself, she is drawn toward the forbidden once again—even though this time it could consume her.

 

Thursday, 18 September 2014 18:45

Review: Ultimate Sins by Lora Leigh

aultimatesinslgUltimate Sins by Lora Leigh (romantic suspense, St. Martins, August 2014, $7.99, 384pp)

 

Series: The Callahans, book 4

 

Summary:
Three men, bound by blood, will stop at nothing to protect the women who have stolen their hearts and who they have claimed as their own—no matter what the price.

 

A FORBIDDEN LOVE

Ex-Marine Crowe Callahan has only had one obsession in life: Amelia Sorenson. She is the only one who has ever gotten under his skin. However, she is also the daughter of his family’s sworn enemy: a man who has sought to destroy the Callahans for generations in order to further his own nefarious agenda.

 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 15:34

Review: Forever Starts Tonight by Roni Loren

ForeverStartsTonightForever Starts Tonight by Roni Loren (erotic, novella, Berkley, September 2014, $2.99, 127pp)

 

Series: Loving on the Edge

 

Summary:
Two dominant men, one beautiful woman. Jace Austin knows he doesn't have what you'd call a conventional relationship with Evan and Andre, but it works. Boy, does it work--until Evan starts acting strangely and Andre's ex-fiancée pops back into his life, unbalancing a perfectly happy threesome. Jace is forced to face the unthinkable: that the two people he cares most about in this world are in danger of slipping away from him.

Sunday, 14 September 2014 17:53

Review: His to Claim by Opal Carew

HisToClaim 200His to Claim by Opal Carew (erotic, St. Martins, September 2014, $14.99, 288pp)

 

Summary:
What if you could have everything you’ve always wanted, but it cost you the life you’ve always known?

 

Rafe Ranier was my boss and secret crush. A rock musician by night and head of a billion dollar empire by day, Rafe could have any woman he wanted. But I was just the shy secretary he never noticed. For years I obsessed over him, until I finally realized I had to walk away. I needed to leave my secure life behind to discover who I really was.

 

I never expected Rafe to follow me.

 

Monday, 25 August 2014 18:57

Convicted by Dee Tenorio

convictedConvicted by Dee Tenorio (romantic suspense, Entangled, August 2014, $3.79, 196p)

 

Summary:
The only thing more dangerous than passion is the truth.

 

Former Marine and new Sheriff’s Deputy Cade Evigan is hanging onto his damaged soul—and his personal code—by a thread. His current mission? Weed out a violent motorcycle crew from a small mountain town. The problem? Katrina Killian, a woman standing firmly on the other side of the law, smack in the middle of the gang he’s there to destroy. She may get under his skin, but the sultry biker has criminal written all over her. So why can't he see her like any other convict?

 

Monday, 11 August 2014 19:23

Beyond Addiction by Kit Rocha

BeyondAddictionBeyond Addiction by Kit Rocha (erotic, dystoptian, self-published, August 2014, $3.99, 276pp)

 

Series: Beyond, book 5

 

Summary:
She's fought like hell to leave the past behind.

Trix changed her name and her life when she got clean four years ago. Now, she has a new family and a job she loves--tending bar and dancing at the Broken Circle. As an O'Kane, she's happy, untouchable. Until a nightmare from her old life tears her away from her home and drags her back to Hell--also known as Sector Five.

He's still living--and dying--in it.

Monday, 04 August 2014 18:21

Review: One Sexy Ride by Vivian Arend

One-Sexy-Ride-e1394684479193One Sexy Ride by Vivian Arend (contemporary, self-published, June 2014, $3.99, 167pp)

 

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Series: Thomspon & Sons, book 2

 

Summary:
His goal is to stand firm

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 19:03

Review: Only With You by Lauren Layne

cover-onlywithyou-layneOnly with You by Lauren Layne (contemporary, Forever, July 2014, $2.99, 368pp)

 

Summary:
Cocktail waitress Sophie Dalton doesn't exactly have a life plan. She's perfectly happy being everyone's favorite party girl. But when a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry and an uptight businessman mistakes Sophie for a prostitute . . . well, Sophie wonders if it's time to reevaluate her priorities. Swearing off her thigh-high boots for good, Sophie slinks back home with damaged pride-and a jackpot of a hangover.

Yet what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there. On a trip to Seattle to open a new office, Grayson Wyatt meets his latest employee-who turns out to be the same woman he recently called a hooker. Wealthy and gorgeous, Gray is a man used to getting what he wants. And it doesn't take long to figure out that smart, sassy, sexy Sophie is everything he's been looking for. As their late nights at the office turn into hot morning-afters, they realize their Vegas misunderstanding may lead to the real thing . . . 

 

Sunday, 27 July 2014 12:51

Review: Heat by Jamie K. Schmidt

heat coverHeat by Jamie K. Schmidt (erotic, Loveswept, June 2014, $2.99, 239pp)

 

Series: Club Inferno, book one

 

Summary:
On the run from her abusive fiancé, ER doctor Mallory Bryant arrives at her sister’s Connecticut resort desperate for a place to restore balance to her life. But Club Inferno is more than a haven for the rich and fashionable. Beneath its elegant facade is an erotic playground where dominants and submissives play out their fantasies. At first, Mallory is wary of Max Spencer, the martial arts trainer acting as her bodyguard—until he introduces her to passion so intense she wants nothing more than to surrender to his touch.
 

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