Risking It All

Risking It AllRisking It All
by JM Stewart
Published by Penguin
on September 16th 2014
Genres: Sexy Romance
Pages: 213
Sex: one-star
Overall Grade: C


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She’s everything he wants…

For years, Kyle Morgan has hidden his true feelings from the gorgeous girl next door that he grew up loving and protecting. But when she shows up at his apartment in the middle of the night, desperately needing comfort and support, his iron will begins to waver…

…and the only thing he can’t bear to lose.

Kyle was always the big brother Cecelia Anton never had, but suddenly her goofy best friend has become a sexy man she can’t keep her thoughts—or hands—off of. As their deep connection melts into uncontrollable desire, Ceci is willing to put it all on the line for a shot at true love. Only Kyle is keeping a terrible secret about Ceci’s past that could destroy not only their lifelong friendship but their happily-ever-after…

reviewThat sounds nice doesn’t it? It sounds nice and gentle and quiet and slightly anonymous but simultaneously likable. Well, it is! Kyle (beta to the max, alpha fans) has been in love with Ceci his entire life but he’s keeping a terrible secret (he knows about her past and she has a spot of retrograde amnesia that ensures her early childhood is a black pit o’ nothing). Ceci’s late granny (she’s dead – it isn’t like she constantly, like, showed up late to stuff) made Kyle promise to never tell her what happened, but as Ceci keeps on having violent nightmares, it’s fairly clear what’s she’s forgotten. Add on to this the fact that Ceci’s only got herself knocked up by her no-good boyfriend, who promptly freaks out and disappears at this news. Ceci has no other option but to turn to her BFF and her only family, Kyle. Kyle is basically friendzone made flesh and he offers Ceci a shoulder to cry on (and an erection to politely ignore). While all this shoulder crying and erection ignoring is going on, Ceci becomes more and more convinced that Kyle knows more about her past that he lets on. And Friendzone Kyle’s heart is hurt, his soul is achey and his penis is erect.

And that’s the book. It’s a solid example of the usual American small-town contemporary romance. There’s the cop hero, the pretty heroine, the big, happy family and the dreadful dark secret. It doesn’t really have huge moments of tension or intrigue and while I would’ve liked for Kyle to get a bit more assertive, he can’t do that because of his guilt at lying to Ceci. I’m not sure if the majestically filthy readers of this blog would necessarily go for this tameness and PG-level romance but I somewhat enjoyed it.

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Uncivilized

UncivilizedUncivilized
by Sawyer Bennett
Published by Indie
on September 8th 2014
Genres: BDSM, Erotica, Sexy Romance
Pages: 361
Sex: four-stars
Overall Grade: B-


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Putting a woman on her knees before me is what really makes my cock hard. I fuck with dominant force and absolute control. I demand complete surrender from my conquests.

Savage man, loner, warrior… I am dangerous at my core. I have lived amidst the untamed wild of the rainforest, in a society that reveres me and where every woman falls before me in subjugation.

Now I’ve been discovered. Forced to return to a world that I have forgotten about and to a culture that is only vaguely familiar to my senses.

Dr. Moira Reed is an anthropologist who has been hired to help me transition back into modern society. It’s her job to smooth away my rough edges… to teach me how to navigate properly through this new life of mine. She wants to tame me.

She’ll never win.

I am wild, free and raw, and the only thing I want from the beautiful Moira Reed is to fuck her into submission.

She wants it, I am certain.

I will give it to her soon.

Yes, very soon, I will become the teacher and she will become my student. And when I am finished showing her body pleasure like no other, she’ll know what it feels like to be claimed by an uncivilized man.

reviewThis sounds like a strange book, doesn’t it? And it kind of is, I’m not gonna lie. Zach, the son of American missionaries was raised in an Amazonian tribe cut off from modernity. Anthropologist Moira decamps to Brazil, as a favour to Zach’s godfather, to fetch Zach and bring him back. This doesn’t go down well with Zach because he quite likes hunting anacondas and throwing spears and almost raping tribeswomen. Yes, there are quite a few ‘problematic’ details in this book, but let’s get the story out of the way. Zach resents Moira for taking him away from his home and bringing him to an unfamiliar and noisy place. His resentment is compounded when he realises he wants to make sexy love to Moira, whom he blames entirely for this upheaval, but Moira (understandably) sees the ickyness in fucking her vulnerable charge. Happily, she soon gets over that and she begins to school young Zach in the art of modern sexing.

So, let’s talk about that title.. I don’t know who came up with that but it’s bad. Really bad. Am I being over-sensitive with this? Zach isn’t uncivilised – he can hunt, he cares for his adopted family and his tribe, he respects his tribe’s traditions and wishes to protect them. Okay, so the ‘mating’ rituals of the tribe are fucked up and we don’t get anywhere near the condemnation I would’ve liked, but calling him uncivilised is so, well, colonialist. Is it ironic? I’d get it if it were ironic but I don’t think it is. And the book is actually sensitive to this ‘civility’ question. The reader understands his frustration at these arbitrary rules, like using eating utensils and wearing clothes and maintaining a certain coyness about sex. And Zach himself uses ‘uncivilised’ in a playful, sweet way, but having it as the title didn’t really sit well with me.

Other than that, I enjoyed this book. The sex was really hot, Moira was kind and understanding (way more understanding than I would have been), and Zach has enough innate decency to be a sympathetic character. The godfather angle could have been much more explosive, but there’s more than enough to be getting on with here. Very enjoyable.

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sheriffAntonio is a killer. He’s beautiful and educated; a prodigy of a thief and as violent a badass as ever came off the boat from Napoli.

Theresa knows it, but that doesn’t stop her from getting emotionally and physically entangled with him, and this is how, maybe she got it in her head that she can protect him.

But it’s not her job to save him, and she’s just not getting that. Every time she tries to protect him, she practically gets him killed, and the tighter he grips her, the more dangerous she becomes.

It’s almost as if…well, he’d never admit this….but it’s almost as if protecting her the way he does is the one thing he should stop. As if the only way he’s ever going to find a moment’s peace is to just embrace her as a partner, rather than a defenseless creature.

But he’d never do that. Not this violent badass.

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Second book in Songs of Corruption series. NOT a standalone
Series order: Spin | Ruin

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sheriffI’ve been remade four times in my life.

It is a distinct feeling. Impossible to mistake. The very marked sensation of being unraveled and reknit into a new thing, a new person. It can be good or bad, helpful or harmful, but above all, it is unstoppable.

I was remade when my parents died, went from a happy childhood, into navigating a very dark world, with endless responsibilities, surrounded by enemies, and despairingly alone.

It happened again at the hands of a cowardly predator. I’d become angrier with that one, more cynical, and it undoubtedly turned me into the kinky f**k I was today.

The third happened swiftly. One day I looked up into a pair of pale blue eyes and saw the other half of my soul. Checkmate. I went from a completely controlled existence, a life where I made every decision with cold calculation, to a man overcome with feelings and emotions that were foreign but somehow wonderful.

And all too soon after that cataclysmic change was this fourth one, this one where I begged a God I’d never entertained to spare the life of a woman that I could not live without.

Follow all of the characters from the Up in the Air universe in the years after the trilogy, with POVs from James, Stephan, Frankie, Tristan, and Akira.

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Forth book in the Up in the Air series. NOT a standalone
Series order: In Flight | Mile High | Grounded | Mr. Beautiful

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sheriffThe contract was simple: be his for one week and her money troubles would disappear.

It seemed simple enough to Sorcha Case. It was a legal document, and there were no hidden agendas. She’d be Rian Hartford’s in any way he saw fit, but only for seven days. But Sorcha should have known nothing was that simple.

He was arrogant, ruthless, and brought cold to a whole new level. He offered to take away all of her money problems, and all she had to do was sign on the line. He was gorgeous, intelligent, charming, and charismatic. Despite the fact he was the devil in disguise, Sorcha wanted him like no other.

He’s dominating and demanding, and infuriates her to no end, but Sorcha finds herself falling hard for the gentler man he shows her. She wants to hate him, but it’s clear not everyone is as they seem.

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sheriffIn a battle between good versus evil, right will always come out on top. Or will it?

Heather Peters is recovering from her recent kidnapping at the sprawling Spencer ranch in northwest Texas. After witnessing more in the last few weeks than anyone should see in a lifetime, she needs the relaxation the Spencers and their ranch provide while applying for nursing jobs all over the country.
Marcus Cunningham is hovering on the edge of the Spencer ranch, watching closely to ensure the place is indeed a refuge where he might find peace from his family, the leaders of the Romulus, a subversive shifter organization run by his grandfather.

When Heather is bitten by a rattlesnake and goes down hard right before Marcus’s eyes, he has a moral obligation to approach and ensure the woman is okay. Not only is she in danger, but she’s his mate.

As events unfold, Marcus must face his mate and the Spencers with the information that will implicate his grandfather and cause a necessary battle between shifters battling to preserve their way of life, the North American Reserves, and rogue criminals, the Romulus. The future of all shifters depends on Marcus’s skill and knowledge.

Sixth book in the Wolf Gatherings series. Each standalone stories.
Series order: Tarnished | Dominated | Completed | Redeemed | Abandoned | Betrayed

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sheriffJenna Mathews has nothing on her mind except making sure her best friend’s wedding is perfect in every way. As the maid of honor and the florist, she needs to keep on task. However, she is in no way prepared for the sexy best man who slides into place at the last second for the wedding rehearsal. He flusters her from the moment he arrives and manages to tip her world on its axis before the night is over. But Jenna isn’t ready for his world, and besides, she has family issues to deal with and has no interest in divulging the truth about who she really is.

Mason Simmons can’t believe he is falling for a vanilla woman at his best friend’s wedding of all places. Even though both the bride and the groom warn him to stay away from the maid of honor, he isn’t able to keep his hands to himself. He’s a smart man, though. No matter how hard he gets every time he’s with Jenna, he still knows she isn’t the type to enjoy either of his favorite pastimes—MMA fighting and BDSM. What he really needs to do is get her out of his system so he can move on.

But things don’t work out as planned for either Jenna or Mason. Every time they are together, the heat rises. Neither of them is capable of turning the flames down. Jenna proves to be far less vanilla at heart, shocking herself as well as Mason. The fighting is almost more than she can handle, but when Mason takes her to his club, Extreme, she finds herself titillated beyond what either of them expected.

Just when things are looking up, Jenna’s family enters the picture to rock the boat. Can their relationship survive the extreme turbulence? Secrets are one thing, but Jenna has a pile she wished she never had to divulge.

Second book in the The Fight Club series. Each standalone stories.
Series order: Come | Perv

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sheriffTattoos, bad boys, love…
Boxing, fame, fortune…

Loss.

It’s the one thing Kenny and Slayde have in common. Until the night Fate throws them together and everything changes.

It’s a story about fighting. It’s about falling in love. And it’s about losing everything only to find it again in the least likely place.

Forth book in the One to Hold series. Can be read as a standalone
Series order: One to Hold | One to Keep | One to Protect | One to Love

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sheriffThirty and single? Well, getcha ass to the Gathering! Wait… what?

Rebecca Twynham hates nature, loves a juicy steak, is not Marked, and thinks wolves come in one form: on four feet and with fur. So when she’s hauled to the annual werewolf Gathering by this scary as hell magical vortex, she’s pretty surprised to find out werewolves are real. With that new knowledge, she finds she still hates nature, she’d love a juicy steak, and maybe—she might be—Marked. Well, she doesn’t see a Mark, but she also has heavy scarring from a childhood accident—or was it intentional? Plus, she really wants to climb the gorgeous Alpha Pair, Aidan and Carson, like a tree. Luckily the two hot werewolves wanna sink their roots into her flower and… The nature analogies have gone too far.

Aidan and Carson have been a strong Alpha Pair for fourteen years. They’re tied together by their bond, and ache to claim a woman as their own. But while Carson has always been the GQ ladies’ man, Aidan has been the afterthought—the heavily scarred and frightening werewolf who’s caused more than one woman to faint.

When they find Rebecca hiding in the Bad Doggie ballroom, they rejoice that they’ve finally found the one for them. Except with curvaceous, delicious Rebecca, their roles are reversed. Instead of rushing into the arms of sleek and sexy Carson, Rebecca clings to Aidan. Carson should rejoice in her acceptance of Aidan, but jealousy rears its ugly head, destroying their triad before it has a moment to form.

Then things go from jealousy-driven bad to worse when the five families decide there won’t be any more Wickhams joining the wolfy family trees.

Oh, right, she forgot that part. Apparently her Wickham cousins are kind of a big deal in werewolf land. Big.

Forth book in the Alpha Marked series. Each standalone stories.
Series order: Scarlet | Gabriella | Whitney | Rebecca

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sheriffShannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wakeup call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.

Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude and win her heart.

As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good…

Fifth book in the On Dublin Street series. Each standalone stories.
Series order: On Dublin Street | Down London Road | Before Jamaica Lane | Fall from India Place | Echoes of Scotland Street

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sheriffHe’s done playing the nice guy…

Newly single school counselor Josie Butler just made herself a Sexy To-Do list (featuring Bad Boys only). To her mortification, her best friend’s gorgeous older brother Mack finds it…and laughs. But when Josie goes looking for some sexy fun, Mack’s nice guy side turns all hot bad-assery, and suddenly she’s pinned against an alley wall. Hottest. Sex. Ever.

Veterinarian Mack Kennedy can’t believe Josie wants to ditch her sweet, girl-next-door lifestyle. Even worse, that she’d consider doing it with anyone but him. When she leaves for London they’ll go back to being ‘just friends’ but until then, he’s going to show her just how bad nice guys can be.

And it’s the perfect plan, as long as no one finds out… and no one falls in love.

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sheriffA red-hot fling leads to peril on the Emerald Isle…

Tired of eating sand and dodging bullets, Marine Captain Mack Magnus is ready to relax and enjoy his brother s Dublin wedding. If that involves a few pints in a quaint Irish pub and getting laid by a pretty Irish lass, all the better.

Instead he winds up getting ordered around by the cousin of the bride. Fed up with her mouthy attitude, he kisses her to shut her up. Now he has a new mission: get into the sexy redhead s panties.

Busy international model Deirdre Darcy knows the six-foot-four Marine s type: hit-and-run sex and off to the next port. Fall into bed with an arrogant bastard like Mack? No thanks. When she stumbles upon a couple of Irish gypsies leaving a murder scene, she must go into hiding or become their next victim.

His protective instincts kicking into high gear, Mack whisks Deirdre away to a small town where it s easier to keep her safe. Except there s no escape from their growing attraction or from the one thing neither of them thought they wanted. Love.

Second book in the Hearts & Heroes series. Each standalone stories.
Series order: Wyatt’s War | Mack’s Witness

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sheriff“He sets her blood on fire but is it for real? Or just sex? ”

The moment Jason Kershaw spots former schoolmate Emma Ryan waitressing at the local pizza place, he decides it s time to catch up on old times. Trouble is, the pretty, sharp-witted brunette wants nothing to do with him.

With his new business venture, Man-Maid Cleaning Service, off to a successful start, Jason s not used to being turned down over and over again. But he s not going to let that stop him from trying to chisel through her armor.

Emma lusted after the bad boy back in high school, but at a hundred pounds overweight, she was pretty much invisible to popular guys like him. Hard work and determination helped her shed the extra weight as well as the vulnerable teenager she used to be.

With a business to get off the ground and no desire to let another man toss her aside like yesterday s trash, charmers like Jason are off her menu. Except the easygoing boy she remembers has become a stubborn, downright mouthwatering man. And Emma s starving for a taste.

Second book in the Man-Maid series. Each standalone stories.
Series order: No Turning Back | No Letting Go

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sheriffHockey star Alexander Crossman has a reputation as a cold-hearted player on and off the rink. Pushed into the sport by an alcoholic father, Alex isn’t afraid to give fans the proverbial middle finger, relishing his role as the MVP they love to hate. Management, however, isn’t so amused. Now Alex has a choice: fix his public image through community service or ride the bench. But Alex refuses to be molded into the Carolina Cold Fury poster boy . . . not even by a tempting redhead with killer curves.

As a social worker, Sutton Price is accustomed to difficult people—like Alex, who’s been assigned to help her create a drug-abuse awareness program for at-risk youth as part of the team’s effort to clean up his image. What she doesn’t expect is the arrogant smirk from his perfect lips to stir her most heated fantasies. But Sutton isn’t one to cross professional boundaries—and besides, Alex doesn’t do relationships . . . or does he? The more she sees behind Alex’s bad-boy façade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers.

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sheriffA sizzling story of a woman who risks her life and her heart to find a wealthy man’s missing sister—the first novel in a sexy new romantic suspense series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks

When Caleb Devereaux’s younger sister is kidnapped, this scion of a powerful and wealthy family turns to an unlikely source for help: a beautiful and sensitive woman with a gift for finding answers others cannot.

While Ramie can connect to victims and locate them by feeling their pain, her ability comes with a price. Every time she uses it, it costs her a piece of herself. Helping the infuriatingly attractive and impatient Caleb successfully find his sister nearly destroys her. Even though his sexual intensity draws her like a magnet, she needs to get as far away from him as she can.

Deeply remorseful for the pain he’s caused, Caleb is determined to make things right. But just when he thinks Ramie’s vanished forever, she reappears. She’s in trouble and she needs his help. Now, Caleb will risk everything to protect her—including his heart. . . .

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sheriffFrom a pack of your favorite NYT and USA best-selling paranormal romance authors comes a collection of ALL NEW novellas that will make you howl, scratch and bite… and leave you roaring for more!

Waking Up Were by Celia Kyle
What’s a gal to do when a dog bite isn’t a dog bite and her boss makes her want to howl at the moon? Keep him.

Bear Your Teeth by Lynn Red
A slightly clutzy rabbit-shifter and a big, bad bear of a dentist will take you along on a steamy, hilarious ride you’ll never forget!

Tiger by the Tail by Jessica Sims
Were-tiger Adrian Merino is determined to see the newest shifter on the block, Mandy, become his mate. But it’s got to be her idea first…

Bears Repeating by Flora Dare
It takes double the werebears to handle one cranky wolverine in this menage romance.

To Screech His Own by Marina Maddix
It may be against the rules, but when a hot eagle shifter lands at an exclusive resort, one employee really wants to ruffle his feathers. What’s a curvy kitty to do?

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sheriffWelcome to Pride, Texas, the home of cowboys, roughnecks, southern charm…and shifters. Lion shifters to be exact.

When a trip to Las Vegas has Dylan coming face to face with a woman who calls to every part of him—especially his inner lion—he’s not sure what to do. Yearning to spend as much time with her as possible, Dylan courts her until one night of passion takes things further than even he was prepared to go. She’s now his mate.

The impromptu vacation Samantha took with her best friend took a turn for the better when a hunky guy with a charming southern accent takes a liking to her. Unable to deny the intense chemistry between them, she tosses her inhibitions to the wind and indulges in a night of carnal bliss…only to wake up alone.

Hurt and confused, she heads home, only to discover that not everything that happens in Vegas stays there. Now he’s back, and she must decide what to do once he confesses a secret that turns her reality on its head. But now there’s a danger lurking in the shadows as well. A threat that is determined to keep humans out of the shifter society…by any means necessary.

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sheriffJust Gotta Say is an erotic romance short story.

When Callie Davis stumbles upon two of her three male roommates in a surprising, molten-hot midnight tryst, she discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. Desire to play with them grips her, and she can’t stop fantasizing about having multiple men, particularly her three long-time best friends.

Callie is thrilled when a guys’ night out gives her the perfect opportunity to recreate her fantasy—with the help of a threesome porn video and a bag of sex toys. That is until Lucas, Jack, and Noah return early and catch her in the act. More than anything, the guys want to make her fantasy come true. But Callie has a secret, and she can’t help wondering if being with all three men will risk the future she’s always wanted with one of them.

As three strong sets of hands caress and undress her, Callie surrenders to desire, because sometimes you just gotta say…yes.

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Final Lap

Final LapFinal Lap
by Erin McCarthy
Published by Berkley
on October 7th 2014
Genres: Erotica, Sexy Romance
Pages: 304
Sex: three-half-stars
Overall Grade: B


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At a friend’s lavish wedding, Harley McLain and her twin sister, Charity, meet sexy stock-car driver Cooper Brickman. The more reserved Harley is immediately smitten—until he hits on her twin. He sounds like a keeper, Harley. Never let go of this one. But Harley has had enough of being the “nice” girl, and after trading dresses with Charity, she seduces Cooper for a night of wild sex. Harley has never seen any tv show with featuring identical twins ever.

What was supposed to be a one-night fling gets complicated when Cooper needs a nanny to look after his kid sister—and is convinced sweet, dependable Harley would be perfect for the job. What he doesn't know is that she's actually the TURBO-SLUT he BANGED. Everyone knows BANGING TURBO-SLUTS can't be dependable. They've got their hungry vaginas to think about. She can’t resist the money—or Cooper’s hot bod. But when her deception is revealed, will it destroy her dependable image—or will he finally realize how sexy sweet can be?

reviewThis was the third book in my dip into the dependable, sex-deprived world of contemporary and happily, it was my favourite. This is the eighth book in the Fast Track series but it can definitely be read and enjoyed as a standalone. Here we have Cooper Brickman (he’s tough and hard, like a brick man, if you will). As you can imagine, his two main interests are the left boob and the right boob. Although he is partial to Ms L. Abia and her friend Mike Litoris also (his nickname is the almost Tudor-era-esque Cunny King). He meets nanny Harley at a wedding and immediately starts rambling drunkenly about his troublesome teenage sister. Harley is disappointed because she’s fancied him for, like, ever and he basically tells her he reminds her of one of those bosom-y women whose vagina is like one of those caves in Indiana Jones with the big cobwebs that look like blankets. Harley’s twin sister, Charity, is more his style. She and Harley are identical, but while Harley wears her heart on her sleeve, Charity wears her boobs on hers. This causes Charity issues too. She’s seen as the flighty good-time girl to Harley’s dependable Indiana Jones vagina, especially since she’s in lurve with the boring-ass Jeff who’s kind of mean to her. So, in the grand tradition of Tia and Tamera and every single identical twin ever (well, on tv anyway), they switch roles. Harley dons Charity’s Boob Tube of Slutitude and Charity tries on Harley’s Cobweb of Dry Spells.

Unsurprisingly the Cunny King falls for this (well, he’s not known as the New York Times Crossword King, is he?) and soundly fucks Harley’s cobwebs back to the Temple of Doom from whence they came. But, after a series of unfortunate events, Harley now works as a nanny for Cooper’s sister and has to pretend she never slept with him. What could possibly happen?!

I love this shit – identity theft, vaginas, bosoms, cunny kings… I’m on board. Cooper was a major bimbo but I liked him. And once you get over the kind of rapey aspect of the identity switch, it grows into a sweet and innocent love story. I was disappointed that Charity didn’t get her own story, though. We hear a lot about innocent, staid heroines bedding the bad boy but I really loved Charity’s vamp and how she wanted to bed the boring Jeff. I thought her efforts to overcome her ‘reputation’ were worth more than the side-plot they were given and had the potential for a really sweet love story. But, quibbles aside, this was a fun, contemporary romp. That’s right, ROMP.

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Promise Me This

Promise Me ThisPromise Me This
by Christina Lee
Published by Berkley
on October 7th 2014
Genres: Erotica, Sexy Romance
Pages: 246
Sex: five-stars
Overall Grade: A


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Nate has developed quite a playboy reputation around campus. It's not that he doesn't respect or trust women; *sideways face emoji* he doesn't trust himself. The men in Nate’s family are prone to abusive behavior—a dirty secret that Nate’s been running from his entire life—so Nate doesn't do relationships. But he can’t help himself around one girl… He can't help himself from beating her up? Or having a relationship.

Jessie is strong, independent, and works at a tattoo parlor. Nate can’t resist getting close to her, even if it’s strictly a friendship. But it doesn't take long for Nate to admit that what he wants with Jessie is more than just friendly.

With Jessie, he can be himself and explore what he’s always felt was a terrifying darkness inside him. Even when Nate begins to crave her in a way that both shocks and horrifies him, Jessie still wants to know every part of him. Testing their boundaries together will take a trust that could render them inseparable… or tear them apart.

reviewI read the first book in this series, but it signalled a slowdown in my consumption of NA books. I’m just too damn old for this shit. But I did like the premise of this book. Rather than our usual NA fare of good girl and bad boy, we have good boy from a fucked-up home and a fuck-em-and-chuck-em MO, and a ‘bad’ girl with a solid and loving home life. Readers met Jessie and Nate in previous books, but my first impressions weren’t great. Jessie seemed nice. Nate seemed nice. They seemed on track for a nice NA relationship. And, as the old adage goes, ‘nice is a four-letter word’. But remember Nate’s shitty home life? And his revolving door of lovely ladies? Well, they’re connected. Nate has ‘urges’ that he immediately links to his father’s abusive nature. When he gets the urge to spank his bedmate, or to tie her up, he equates it with his father’s beatings. When these urges grow stronger around Jessie, he enters full self-hatred mode but he can’t seem to stop himself.

This is where the book breaks out from the NA stable. The sex is SO hot. Nate’s brand of kink is pretty tame – he likes spanking and mild bondage, but he’s also incredibly sweet and kind to Jessie. It’s pretty shaky ground, making a connection between domestic abuse and kink, but Lee manages it well. Jessie is unequivocal in her enjoyment of the sex, and Nate never, ever slaps her in anger or frustration. The difference between his parents’ relationship and his burgeoning relationship with Jessie is stark, and we see that Nate is a caring, kind and thoughtful person, with a sideline in sex mastery.

So, if NA turns you off with its slightly sanitised sex, but you still love the hand-wringing drama, read this. That Lee woman is filthy.

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