Sunday, September 15, 2019

Review: Passion By Design

Passion By Design Passion By Design by Rifi Strawn
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I don't like to be negative but...nope.

This book was not to my taste, but I could see how it may appeal to someone else. It was a decent effort, but the characters seemed out of touch and unrelatable. There is a certain polish that I enjoy reading in author's works that isn't here, however there is a solid story and HEA.

An up and coming interior designer lands a sweet account with the billionaire who rear-ended her recently. He is the owner of a historic property that needs to be furnished. Of course they butt heads but end up doing more than that as they fall in love. However, he has some serious demons in his past to deal with as well.

I hope this is more enjoyable to others. I ended up skimming and cringing for most of the book unfortunately.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Review: Million Dollar Devil

Million Dollar Devil Million Dollar Devil by Katy Evans
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Delicious Read

James "Jimmy" Rowan is a fine-looking diamond in the rough youtube daredevil who will do anything for a buck; Elizabeth "Lizzy" Banks is a corporate powerhouse working in her father's company, very much under her father's thumb. When he gives her full control over a huge marketing account, she goes all in and discovers Jimmy. If she cant find the face of the new ad campaign, she decides to make the man, and in the meantime, the man is very much ready to do more than work with her.

Jimmy is a delight. He is sexy, honest, loving, delicious rough, and salivatingly delicious cleaned up. His chemistry with the unlucky in love but hard working Lizzy is so sweet and spicy, too.

Enjoyed this a lot, and ready for the next in the series.

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Review: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Kylie Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Friends to Lovers Heat

There could be some debate about this being a second chance romance, but since Adele's initial crush was unrequited, it would seem to be placed squarely in friends to lovers. Either way it was a funny, charmingly awkward, and spicy read. Adele spent summers with her dad as an adolescent and teen. Pete, who worked for her father and was about 10 years her senior took her under his wing and they were constant companions -best friends.

That all changed on Adele's 18th birthday. Not, 7 years later, she is back in town to attend her father's wedding and meet his new bride. And unfortunately for her, she is staying at Pete's house.

There were so many moments when I howled with laughter and growled in frustration. I do love a grumpy hero and sexy Pete fit the bill. Adele was so brash and hilarious. I enjoyed her and I loved that she made Pete work for it.

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Review: Curvy Attraction: Aiden & Cecelia

Curvy Attraction: Aiden & Cecelia Curvy Attraction: Aiden & Cecelia by Christa Wick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cute, steamy read

Plus sized heroine discovers her longtime crush is actually crushing on her, too. Breezy, steamy read. Some of the comments the heroine makes about her size are kind of bothersome but the hero is a gem.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Review: King

King King by Riley Ashby
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 rating
King is about a young woman, Sophie, that gets involved (well, traded) to Ellery King because of her alcoholic father's gambling debts. King is dark, mysterious, kinky, and alpha. Sophie is headstrong, yet fragile and as it turns out, kinky as well.

A slimy underbelly is revealed in this book, so the dark ambiance is set. Ellery is a secretive and controlling man, a seeming puppet master to Sophie, who is sometimes unpredictable. They fall fast and hard, with amazing chemistry that produces very sexy and sweet scenes. Considering how they were brought together, will their relationship weather the storm of trust and illegal business dealings?

There were a couple of things that made me want to throw my Kindle - Sophie's temper tantrums and Ellery's easy acquiescence. These dramatic blow ups and apology tours for no good reason seemed out of character for both of them, and there was plenty of tense drama where these episodes weren't needed.

The secondary characters here were great as well, and I actually want to read the next book in this series. Castel is passionate and sexy and I can't wait to read about him some more.
CW/TW for rape/non consensual sexual situation.

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