by Jessica Ingro
Published by Indie
on February 24th 2014
Genres: Sexy Romance
Overall Grade: B
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Organization – that’s what I do. Control – it’s my middle name.
Hello. I’m Elizabeth – your personal concierge. Hi Elizabeth. I'm Eag My job is to play fairy godmother to the rich and famous. Well okay then, don't let me introduce myself
The universal rulebook may say to never mix business with pleasure, but its author never worked for Grant Morgan, my sexy and brooding client. As a top attorney in Manhattan, Grant is used to calling the shots and dominating everything he touches. Doorknobs, lamps, golden retrievers... - he dominates them all and leaves them quivering He also changes girlfriends as often as I pick up his dry cleaning. A part of me still wishes I could let him command my body and take me in ways I’ve never imagined, though.
One moment of weakness is all it takes to change everything forever.
Addicted – I can’t get enough of him. Consumed – He’s all I think and dream about. You should be thinking about his laundry and why he needs to do some much of it.
The book has officially been thrown out the window. I’m in love and completely terrified. With lines blurred, I find myself lying, cheating and stealing to protect myself from being hurt. But my choices affect more than just me and now I’m not so sure what I’m trying to protect myself from.
Will love be enough to erase all I’ve done? Try white wine. And dab, don't rub. Or have I made the biggest mistake of all? Don't be so dramatic. Get some white spirits or something. You'll be right as rain.
Elizabeth has a steady job as a concierge to lazy bastards who can’t organise their own lives. Her job is to do those menial tasks that high-powered people never get the time to get to do, in-between diving into a swimming pool of money like Scrooge McDuck and polishing their solid gold houses. Her new client, Grant Morgan is a womanising so-and-so. She knows this because she gets the wonderful job of delivering flowers to all his fuckees, thanking them for a nice night. Despite her attraction to him, she decides she needs to cut this off before it begins. But of course, it doesn’t work out that way.
Grant is adamant that they pursue a relationship, but Elizabeth isn’t all that enthusiastic. While she adores him, she’s mired in debt, and will be for the foreseeable future. She can’t afford to risk her reputation by tupping the boss, Despite this fairly clear ‘do not enter’ sign, Eliazabeth still pines for Grant, she’s still petty when it comes to his ex-girlfriends, and she’s still disproportionately annoyed when she’s asked to delivers flowers to all his fuckees. And if Elizabeth is slightly wishy-washy, Grant is also in the ‘motives that are as clear as mud’ camp. He’s terrified of commitment, but is possessive and jealous when it comes to Elizabeth. He’s still rather sweet though, but he does show a nasty edge on occasion.
If this sounds like a standard contemporary romance, you’d be right. It pretty much is. But it’s immensely enjoyable, frustrating and sweet
My other material proved to be much less taxing – an ARC of Jen Frederick and Jessica Clare’s Last Breath, which was exciting and really enjoyable. I’m currently reading an ARC of Mercy by HelenKay Dimon, which is a bit slow to get going but it’s holding my interest. The jewel in the crown, however, is Abbi Glines’ ‘Take A Chance‘. I keep putting off reading this book because I want to savour it (like the huge nerd I am). If you’ve read Glines’ ‘Too Far’ series, you’ll probably know what the book is about – Grant falling for his fuck-buddy’s virginal sister, Harlow. Except his fuck-buddy is Evil Nan, the Hannibal Lecter of Rosemary Beach (she eats feelings instead of liver). I’m the lone fangirl for Glines in our band of misfit Mistresses so anyone who wants to squee along with me is more than welcome.
And as for this week, I’ve got an ARC of ‘It Happened One Wedding‘ by one of my favourite authors ever (Julie James) to work on. It’s a bit more ‘contemporary romance’ than what we usually read but suck it up. You’re on Eagle’s time now. And you’ll like it.
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by Taryn Plendl
Published by Indie
on August 1st 2013
Genres: Sexy Romance
Overall Grade: D
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This bundle is 3 standalone stories (each a different couple) but all revolve around a group of friends. I read the whole bundle in one sitting and while it started off ok, by the time I finished it I wanted to strangle someone.
The first book, ‘In My Arms’ is about Ava and Trevor. Ava just came out of a long term relationship where she caught her boyfriend cheating on her. To help cheer her up her friend Talia (who is the heroine in the next book) drags her out for a night of dancing and drinks. While at the bar she meets Trevor who comes to her rescue when her ex shows up. Then a misunderstanding happens and Ava runs from the bar thinking she will never see Trevor again. Little does she know the advertising company she works for just hired him and they will not only be sharing an office, but also working together on a project.
This story was very predictable. We all know they are slowly going to start hooking up and falling for each other. The problem with the story was our hero. While he was extremely sweet, I often thought he might have a vagina. He was thanking his lucky stars and OH WAS HE THANKFUL!!! Also every conflict we had, Ava was running from the room or kicking someone out over something she just didn’t have the full story on… this happens 3 times. Three!
The next book, ‘A Part of Me’ had the best plot out of the bundle. While it wasn’t as sweet as the first it pulled at my heart strings. Tom and Talia were both in the previous book and I liked both of their characters. Talia is bubbly and a very straight forward person while Tom was more laid back and always seemed to have his eyes on her. I wanted to see them finally come together, but what pulled them close was a tragic accident. On Tom’s way home from work he gets into a car accident losing part of one of his legs. He was so torn up from it Talia, who is an ER nurse, didn’t even realize it was him at first when she was working on him.
Talia takes some time off work to help Tom heal and be at his beck and call. We know they both love each other, but Tom is dealing with a great loss. He doesn’t feel good enough for Talia and is constantly pushing her away and saying horrible things to her. To be honest, while some of the things he said were bad and hurtful, I never got mad at him for this. I got it. He was grieving and trying to understand how his life would be now and not feeling like a complete man. He did what he thought was best for Talia and just pushed her out.
Talia is heart broken by Tom’s behavior. I was sad to see some of that fire in her die as the story progressed because it was what I liked about her character. What killed me for this story was the end. I wanted Tom to fight for her… to get down on his knees and tell her he needed her and couldn’t live without her. But we never get that… in fact we never get any good passion in the bundle.
The final story, ‘Out of My Element’ completely ruined it for me. Nick has been in the background of the previous books and while he was clearly a man-whore that slept with everything, I found him funny. After the first two books I thought I had an idea of how the author wrote, which was super sweet and cheesy, I had no idea she would put my hero and heroine together and he would still openly fuck other women. It pissed me off. I felt a little robbed by this. The first two books where so over the top sweet I didn’t see it coming at all. I know he was a man-whore, but I didn’t think the author would do it that way. I mean, if you’re going to make the shit over the top cheesy just go balls deep in that Velvetta or get off the fucking melting pot!
Nick tried to hook up with our virgin heroine, Chelsea, one night after giving her a mind-blowing kiss. He asks her to spend the night and she says yes. She goes to get her bag to leave with him and when she comes back he has his tongue down another woman’s throat. Worse when he runs back into Chelsea later he doesn’t even remember any of it at first. When he finally does he feels so guilty and wants to try and be her friend. So starts the events of her having to see and or hear him fuck another woman while they clearly like each other. It drove me crazy! I was SO pissed at Chelsea for not making him hit the road. One night he even brings a woman back to his place right in front of her, stumbling in the door making out with her. *GROWLS* All because he was jealous she went on a date. Yeah, just a date dude. Chill, she’s a virgin and you fuck everything. I hated Nick and in turn I ended up hating Chelsea for wanting to be with him.
The bundle is $5 while each book separately is $2.99. For standalone books they are not worth that price to me. Then seeing it with the bundle and absolutely hating one of the books and the other two barely being 3 star material it isn’t worth the discounted price either. If you want to give me over the top sweetness then do it… don’t half ass it or it kind of makes it all pointless. When you do that type of writing you are reaching to a reader who wants that. Don’t go in, slap them part way through, and ruin with assholeness and give us passionless sex.
by Laura Dunaway
Published by Indie
on March 5th 2014
Genres: Sexy Romance
Overall Grade: C-
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Lucy Jane Simmons bravely heads to New York to start her life over. She is fleeing a 3 year long physically and verbally abusive relationship. All she has is a protective order and a little bit of cash to start her new life. She quickly finds a room to rent and gets a job as a cosmetics girl in hopes of moving her way up through the company. Lucy mainly keeps to herself working and hanging out with her roommate and her roommate’s boyfriend. She still fears that her ex will find her and has problems letting people in. She tells no one of her past feeling ashamed and embarrassed. Then millionaire Knox Taylor sets his eyes on her and is determined to take down those walls she’s built around herself, even if he has to do it by hand brick by brick.
This story is extremely sweet, but I think it’s pretty obvious going into it that’s what we’re getting. We open up the story to our heroine, Lucy, being beaten by her boyfriend. It’s sad, but I could tell the author was going to give me a hero who would help put my heroine back together and she did. Knox wanted Lucy from the moment he saw her and he literally stopped at nothing to have her. He could tell Lucy is like a frightened animal so he makes his attempts to have her soft and gentle, slowly pushing in on her so as not to spook her, only adding to his sweetness. While it was endearing, I’m not sure how I felt about this.
“Don’t be scared,” he whispered, “I won’t ever hurt you. Let me show you just how good I can be to you, let me show you how a real man treats a woman.”
Knox seemed to say and do a lot of the right things, but I have NO clue who the guy is. I never understood what really drew him in so quickly to Lucy and why he was so willing to fight for a woman that kept pushing him away. I know nothing about him. His character was extremely transparent and I never loved him per say. Was he a great guy? Yes. Did I love how he treated and worked at pulling our heroine from her shell? Most definitely, but as a character he was extremely bland. Sometimes he would say things like “you have no idea how much I want you” and I can feel he wanted to move faster with her, but I never felt any good passion.
The main driving point that kept me interested in the book was Lucy. I was curious how she was going to let the new relationship progress and to see her work through her issues. I felt the author did a wonderful job with handling her abuse. What threw me off at times was it seemed like the author was trying to make everything seem so realistic, which can really take a hit at the romance, but at other times I was thinking… yeah ok what are the odds of that really happening?
To me this was just kind of a blah book. The writing was clumsy at times and the author was not using certain words correctly. I felt like I kept snagging on words and having to re-read sentences which slowed down my reading at first. I’m not certain if it was corrected further into the book or I just got used to it after a few chapters because it seemed to even out. Overall, it wasn’t terrible and I enjoyed chunks of it, but I’m sure I’ll forget it in a week or two (like those 100 page millionaire or Sheik books.) I liked the idea of the story and I’m always down for a sweet mushy hero, but I think the author could have done it better. With a little bit more flavor and adding some meat to my hero this book could have been exceptional. My review might be a little harsh for a C- grade, but it is a C-. I’m only so hard because I feel like the author could have made it better because I see the potential there. I will definitely be checking out her next book to see if she progresses.
by Amanda Lance
Published by Indie
on February 20th 2014
Genres: Beauty & Beast, Mistress Approved, Sexy Romance
Overall Grade: A
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Emilia Ward is being watched. I like it. I like it
And it isn’t just by her mother’s creep of a boyfriend or one of her many employers. Instead, she is certain it something else—someone else. However, in a life with college classes and alcoholic mother to look after, Emilia doesn’t have time to explore her suspicions. She would much rather think about her new job at Iram Manor, and more importantly—its mysterious and alluring owner. I love it. I love it
After a lifetime of isolation and trapped in a disfigured body Kasper Zafar thought he knew pain. Confining himself to his work as an architect and the love of his music, he never expects the beautiful Emilia Ward to enter his life. Young and naive, his new housekeeper does not flinch at the sight of him, and is even so bold as to call him her friend. Jeez, clingy much, Emilia?
Determined to teach her in all worldly things, the opposites grow closer and the role of student and teacher interchange. Yet Emilia’s life outside the manor is not a happy one, and when Kasper’s attempt to watch over her fails, both will discover than love may be the most painful thing of all. No, it's the second most painful thing of all, the most painful thing is when your thumbnail gets too short and it's really red and tender. No one knows real pain. No one but me and my thumb.
Emilia works as a cleaner as she works to pay off her university loans. When she’s offered a job at Iram Manor, she takes it immediately, despite a million stories of other cleaners being chased away by the monstrous owner, Kasper Zafar (not Jafar as I kept calling him by mistake ). Emilia is made of sterner stuff and doesn’t flinch at Kasper’s rather aggressive rudeness or his odd habits.She forms a relationship with him – a friendship of sorts that centres around her being good-natured and kind and Kasper being rude and bewildered at her fearlessness. Emilia is transfixed by Kasper – by the mask he wears (he literally wears a mask, I’m not being all metaphorical), his gloved hands, his secrecy, his mysterious medical condition. But for all of Emilia’s interest, Kasper outdoes her. He watches the house’s security feed constantly, looking for her. He obsesses over her, calling her a “little peach” and hiring a private investigator to look into her background, just so he can have more of her to hold on to. Kasper, having been sheltered from human contact for so long, resents the feelings he has. He begins to think of her a witch, deliberately trying to entice him. He wonders how many men she’s already sent to the mental asylum with her smiles. This might sound a bit, well, misogynist, but the book does it with immense humour. Kasper is so frustrated by her, by her kindness and her refusal to treat him with anything less than respect and informal friendliness. He sees her as his tormentor because he can never have her, can never dream of having her.
This book was so peculiar. It was unlike any book I’ve read recently. It was set in the present day but, other than Emilia’s college and home life (and occasional references to Google), it could have been a nineteenth-century gothic novel. It reminded me more of ‘Jane Eyre’ than any contemporary romantic book. Instead of an arrogant, dark Rochester, we have the scarred, angry Kasper (who doubles as the monster in the attic). Instead of an orphaned governess falling in love with her tormented boss, we have a neglected cleaner falling in love with her, well, tormented boss. It really was like reading a story set in another era, but it was done in a wonderfully sweet way. Another gothic feature was that Kasper really was hideous. He wasn’t a buff sex god with a few scars. When Emilia sees his face without his mask for the first time, she truly is shocked and needs to collect herself. She admits to herself that she thought he’d be beautiful – just as the reader expects him to be too. We’ve read so many Beauty and the Beast books that we imagine the Beast to be slightly marred (and his injuries are always due to some heroic military misstep or tragic childhood accident). Kasper is hideous and the source of his condition is hideous, but Emilia never falters. She loves him as he is.
I did, however, find it strange that Emilia was so immediately captivated by Kasper. He refers to her exclusively as “foolish girl” (but as his “little peach” when she’s not around) and is generally mean and cruel but she thinks he’s nothing short of delightful. The reader knows that he’s delightful, because we’re privy to the depth of his feelings, but it makes me wonder what exactly Emilia saw in him in those early stages. Also, and this is a big one, there’s no sex in this book. There is amazing chemistry but no sex. This is disappointing as there was a hot lead-up but all we get is ‘fade to black’. Still though, the tension and affection between the characters will tide you over (and there are another two books coming up in the series). Altogether a charming, unusual and adorably sweet book.