Saturday, December 12, 2020

Review: Sinner

Sinner Sinner by Sierra Simone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Its been a while since I got excited about a book like I was with Sinner. The novel's tropes are not necessarily my faves, so that is a huge indicator how much I had to have enjoyed it. The novel was also set in Kansas City, a town with a special place in my heart, and as the author is a local, she wrote about it in a subtle, knowledge way that I appreciate.

However, let's talk about Sean Bell. Whew.

The hero of this story is a crass, cocky, and driven millionaire who find himself propositioned by his best friend's much younger sister, Zenny, who will shortly be dedicating her life to God as a nun. She asks him for a month to show her what she is giving up for her vows.

Yes there is a lot of dirty talking sex scenes, but the author did such a wonderful job of creating whole, three dimensional characters with complicated lives and choices. Sean is more than a cocky businessman, he is a guy that loves his family and takes his role seriously, especially considering his mother's illness. Zenny is strong, mature, and wise and challenges Sean at every step but never arbitrarily.

I loved this book. Sean Bell is up there with my fave book boyfriends.

TW: Cancer, hospitals

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

ARC Review: Stroke of Luck by Opal Carew

3.5 Stars 
Overall I liked Stroke of Luck, and have enjoyed several of Opal Carew's books in the past. There were some things that just didn't click for me, and as a result I most likely won't have it on my re-read list. 

April is in Vegas to get married to her manipulative cheater of a fiancé. When she confronts him not only does he call the wedding off but he cruelly has her thrown out of their room and insists that the hotel employees confiscate her clothes, down to the underwear, since he bought them and he still has the receipts. Enter Quinn, the man she dated just before her fiancé in college. Quinn wasn't the tycoon that he is now, and was shattered when April left him, assuming it was because of his money when she started dating her fiancé. Now he is in a position to help her out of this embarrassing situation when he offers to have her stay with him and his business partner, Austin. From there the sparks fly with both of these hot hunks. 

What propels this story is the chemistry between April and Quinn and April and Austin. Quinn's feelings are complex because he has unresolved issues of hurt with April but he is still wildly attracted to her and can't stand to see her mistreated. Austin is just a walking smoke show, and sex appeal oozes out of him, but he is also very caring and sensual. The sex scenes are raunchy and fun, with tender moments throughout. I wanted to like this more than I did, but the fiancé's shenanigans took me right out of it. Without spoiling the end I will say that I am glad April finally found herself, but the way things went down was just a bit odd. If you are looking for a hot Vegas romp, this is definitely that! You won't be disappointed in the sexy times, and you will keep turning the pages.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Review: Take a Hint, Dani Brown

Take a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters, #2)Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

College professor Dani and adorably grumpy footballer turned security guard Zafir get themselves in a sexy situation when their morning ritual of flirting gets taken to the next level. When Dani gets rescued by Zafir during a routine fire drill, tongues start wagging. Dani thinks this is a great opportunity to seduce Zaf for the short term, and Zafir thinks this is a great opportunity to seduce Dani for the long term. Hijinks and romance ensue.

I loved this story so much, just as I love all of Talia's books. Her characters are sweet and ridiculous and love with their whole hearts. Another wonderfully sexy and steamy but heartfelt read!

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Friday, September 4, 2020

Review: Served Sweet

Served Sweet Served Sweet by Marie Harte
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was sweet and steamy, pun intended. Anson and Riley have competed over everything since high school. Now that Anson is back in town and put his new restaurant right next to Riley's bakery, it's time for sparks to fly.

Loved this book, and it was a quick and dirty read. Perfect balance of steamy sex scenes with ridiculous banter and heartfelt friendships and found family, not to mention meddling family members.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Review: Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters, #1)Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I so enjoy Talia Hibbert's voice. Her characters are quirky and delightful, and manage to be extremely sexy as well. Chloe and Red are a perfect pair, with sizzling chemistry and their own personal demons to slay. Can't wait to read about Dani and Eve!

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Review: Queen Move

Queen MoveQueen Move by Kennedy Ryan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh boy, this book was what the doctor ordered. A sexy second-chance romance with close childhood friends who were each other's first kiss...then separated for years by circumstances beyond their control. So sexy, so sweet, and just enough drama! What a great read.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Review: Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha

To know me is to know that I am a full fledged Kit Rocha fan. I discovered the writing duo with their Beyond series and the spin-off series Gideon's Riders, which are erotic but heartfelt stories set in a dystopian future. So when I saw that Kit Rocha was writing a series also set in a dystopian future landscape about mercenary librarians, I knew it was gonna be good, and I was right.

Deal with the Devil is the first book in the Mercenary Librarians series. Nina and her two besties, Maya and Dani, are extraordinary women. Each is enhanced in some way, with Nina and Dani possessing superhuman strength and fighting ability and Maya possessing perfect recall of anything she sees or hears. These ladies are lying low from the Protectorate, the evil corporation that runs the new world, when Garrett Knox literally knocks on their door with a proposition: Nina's team and Knox's enhanced team, the Silver Devils (formerly of the Protectorate) work together for the heist of the century.  Of course, Knox's team has a secret, and Nina's team is smart enough to wait for the other shoe to drop.

Kit Rocha excels in world-building and storytelling. The action is thrilling, the longing is sexy, the wit is dry and delicious, and the you turn the last page hoping the next page starts a new story. Deal with the Devil. This series is romance, but it is just as much action/adventure. Smart women who kick ass make me happy and Deal with the Devil has them in abundance.