Trade Me

Trade MeTrade Me
by Courtney Milan
on January 20th 2015
Genres: Sexy Romance
Pages: 251
Sex: one-star
Overall Grade: C


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Tina Chen just wants a degree and a job, so her parents never have to worry about making rent again. Oh the innocence! Remember when all you needed was a degree and a job to make money? #topical She has no time for Blake Reynolds, the sexy billionaire (find me an unsexy billionaire) who stands to inherit Cyclone Technology Naming a tech company after a destructive, unpredictable, ungovernable act of nature that destroys lives and livelihoods isn't great. Call it something predictable and nice. Maybe after something that grows on a bough. Something green and fresh. Ooh, how about... 'Apple'. Patent that! But when he makes an off-hand comment about what it means to be poor, she loses her cool and tells him he couldn’t last a month living her life. Someone living my life would just have to sit around a lot. And complain. And occasionally scratch themselves. I live the dream.

To her shock, Blake offers her a trade: She’ll get his income, his house, his car. In exchange, he’ll work her hours and send money home to her family. No expectations; no future obligations.

But before long, they’re trading not just lives, but secrets, kisses, and heated nights together. No expectations might break Tina’s heart...but Blake’s secrets could ruin her life.

reviewIt all starts when Tina’s jumper gets ruined by the local big buck. See, it’s supposed to be her lucky jumper. It signifies all the good things her life is missing – it’s soft and comfy and it didn’t cost the earth. Then everything goes to shit when Blake Reynolds (the aforementioned buck) splashes her with his stupid 1% car, ruining her jumper and generally getting her back up. That bastard. Things get even more mired in shit when she takes Blake on in her college class as they argue about food stamps and government support (I can’t say I blame her, her classmates sound like disgusting Thatcherites who don’t believe in society). After Tina’s slightly inappropriate-for-class outburst, Blake offers a trade. He’ll offer her his apartment, gadgets, car, pay packet and job in exchange for Tina’s, um, bucket of shit which is essentially what her life is in comparison to Blake’s Bahamian paradise. Tina has to pay for college, her everyday expenses, her sister’s medical bills and her parents’ bills. There’s also the matter of her mother’s dedication to securing legal support for fellow Chinese immigrants who are attempting to solidify their position in the US. This is the crux of Tina’s issues with her mother. She loves her mother dearly but her mother seems to put Tina’s own happiness on a par with her struggling compatriots. Her parents have seen and experienced the worst kind of deprivation and torture (is there a best kind?), so their priorities are skewed. What’s electricity and medical bills when your neighbours and loved ones are being tortured and persecuted, right? But Tina grew up in the US, she understands that the hierarchy shifts between countries. Just because the time frame is greater doesn’t mean the consequences aren’t the same. And, as mercenary as it sounds, you have to look after your own first.

So while Tina is willing to take on the trade because it’ll offer her a financial cushion, Blake wants Tina’s life for less understandable reasons. It’s clear from the off that he’s unhappy and restless. He has issues with food and is terrified of the responsibility that comes with being the future head of an enormous corporation. This is where ‘Trade Me’ lost me a bit. Tina I get. She wants money for the family she loves. Blake wants a life of poverty because…it’ll solve his mental issues? He’s clearly bright so I guess this isn’t his logical side talking but I had some problems with the portrayal of his disorder. We know he has issues with food and that he exercises too much. This skirts a bit too close to the idea that eating disorders and certain types of mental health issues are ‘rich people diseases’. These are things that affect people with no substantial worries. These are illnesses that affect you when there are no other problems left to affect you. I know this isn’t what the author is suggesting, and Blake is such a likeable, sympathetic character, but the niggle is there and it’d be remiss not to mention it.

The biggest feature in the book isn’t Tina’s conflict with her family, Blake’s screwed-up but loving relationship with his father or even the romantic relationship between Blake and Tina. Most of the book is taken up with Blake’s company’s product launch. Tina, as part of the trade, is working on this launch and it acts as an introductory crash course into Blake’s childhood and adolescent development. When books try to create a dynamic that’s similar to real life situations, it gets kind of awkward and that happens here. Cyclone’s launches (think hyped-up tech launches like Apple’s) come across as entirely artificial. The interplay between CEO and son could and would never conceivably happen in the real world. And while Tina mentions the screwed-upness of using a family’s life as a prominent marketing tool, it’s never fully explored. So while Milan makes the premise tight and neat, it’s ultimately unbelievable and strains the entire plot as a result.

This is New Adult but written as contemporary. Tina is mature (maybe too mature) and Blake is sensible and kind. The angst is measured and not that dramatic (save for a bolt out of the blue at the end) and the sex is fine but definitely not centre stage. Actually the romance in general is less centre stage and more somewhere off near the concession stand, standing in line for some m&ms. If you love steady but emotional and detailed stories with low-key romance, this is for you. If you’re looking for something with a bit more oomph and chemistry, give it a miss.

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The Prince (The Florentine 0.5)

The Prince (The Florentine 0.5)The Prince
by Sylvain Reynard
Published by Penguin
on January 20th 2015
Genres: Quickie, Sexy Romance
Pages: 86
Sex: one-star
Overall Grade: C


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The unveiling of a set of priceless illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy at the Uffizi Gallery exposes the unsuspecting Professor Gabriel Emerson and his beloved wife, Julianne, to a mysterious and dangerous enemy.

Unbeknownst to the Professor, the illustrations he secretly acquired years ago were stolen a century earlier from the ruler of Florence’s underworld.
This sounds like the most boring episode of 'Law and Order: Criminal Intent' ever. Now one of the most dangerous beings in Italy is determined to reclaim his prized artwork and exact revenge on the Emersons, but not before he uncovers something disturbing about Julianne. *hums Law & Order theme* *fantasises about Vincent D'Onofrio*

reviewThat cover is brutal isn’t it? I never notice covers but this one just looks… why is that guy looking out at the city while wearing a suit? Seems like pretty formal attire for some people watching. And why does his hairdresser hate him so much? That hair colour is not even adjacent to anything found in nature. You know who the guy looks like? The vampire dad from Twilight. And so I began this book thinking of the vampire dad from Twilight. And you know what? I think the author did too. We all know that Sylvain Reynard’s ‘Gabriel’s Inferno‘ was pulled-to-publish Twilight fan-fic, so we already know the author has a relationship with that story. And that relationship reveals itself here. I’ll break down the necessaries. Vampire Debbie Harry is at some ‘do’ at the Uffizi (because Florence. Where else does anything happen, right? It’s Florence’s town hall) and he’s spying on Gabriel and Julia Emerson (remember? Of ‘Inferno’ fame?) as they donate their Botticelli(an) illustrations to the gallery. Debbie Harry is super pissed because those illustrations are not Gabriel’s. Well, yeah, they’re Botticelli’s but dude died in, like, 1510 so I think copyright has expired on these particular chubby ladies, Debbie. Debbie decides that copyright protection (even for those who died during the early-Renaissance period) is an integral part of society and decides to kill Gabriel for essentially torrenting Botticellis. Then he stumbles across Gabriel and Julia making the beast with two backs (come at me, Shakespeare’s copyright lawyers) and he decides not to kill Julia cos she’s hot, idk. But he’s still super killing Gabriel. You don’t get to illegally download Renaissance art and get away with it, Gabs.

Then! Debbie gets attacked! By a mob! With swords! There’s some talk about princes and Venice and Florence and we get to see that Debbie is not your average blond creeper, he has super strength (and a super sense of smell – turns out Julia smells crazy-funky. I think that means she has cancer or something. Or she doesn’t wash enough. idk). There are all these machinations and talk about centuries and principalities and power and then it ends.

So let me break it down in a way I think it’s supposed to be broken down. Debbie is the king of Florence, the king of Venice wants to crash Debbie’s party but Debbie’s not having it. Debbie and friends are vampires (I think). Twilight, right?

This wasn’t supposed to be anything substantial. This novella was just to set the scene. We got some Gabriel and Julia (and some likely heavy shit with Julia what with the stink that’s coming off her), we got that Debbie has some lost-love shit going on, we got an insight into some kind of vampy power grab and that’s it. Perfectly fine, perfectly serviceable. I really enjoyed the first two Gabriel books until Gabriel lost his way as he explored his own bhole. This had some bite. Debbie was a bit of a refreshing bastard. The land grabbing didn’t entrance me but I’m easily bored so don’t take my word for it. I’ll be reading The Raven though, so make of that what you will.

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Dirty Discoveries (New Releases) January 21st

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sheriffvvvThere was a time when Nick loved the fear he instilled in his enemies. His tattoos alone promised danger, but it was the look in his eyes that delivered on it. A contract killer since he was just a boy, Nick has now forged a new life—and a new identity—with the woman who followed him, captured him, and changed him.

He terrified Daisy. Once. But she couldn’t resist, and she ignored every warning. It paid off. Now she’s part of a new beginning, a fresh start in America helping him to leave behind a reckless and violent past as a professional killer. But the past is never easy to outrun, especially when so much of it thrives on revenge.

A new threat has emerged from the shadows, and now Nick and Daisy have no choice but to rely on Nick’s killer skills to protect them from everything they’ve tried so hard to escape.

I love this couple SOOOOO much. I’m telling you to read these books…. NOW!
This a novella in the Hitman series and it is a sequel to Last Hit.
Series order: Last Hit | Last Hit: Reloaded

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sheriffvvvWHEN YOU LOVE TWO MEN, THE STAKES ARE HIGHER.

I love Beast and Muscle. The two brutal Warlords of the Bedlam Butchers have taken me into their arms and their life. Nothing can ruin my happiness…except the rest of the club. They’re tough, rowdy, and everything I’m not. It’s clear I need to fit in or hit the road, because I can’t make my guys choose between me and the Butchers.

To make matters worse, cocky, outrageous Muscle has shut down entirely. Something’s bothering him, bringing war flashbacks with it, and it’s threatening to destroy our fragile new relationship.

One thing’s for sure. I may be down, but I’m definitely not out. And I’ll fight to the death for my men if I have to.

The whole series is .99 cents & FREE on Kindle Unlimited. I love this series and highly suggest you read them all in order… I swear each gets better and better.
Forth book in the A Bedlam Butchers MC Romance. Each standalone stories.
Series order: Off Limits | Packing Double | Double Trouble | Double Down

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sheriffvvvAnnora Channing’s entire world changes the moment she discovers she’s a bear shifter. With mated wolves for parents, she should have been a wolf also. When the man she grew up thinking was her father realizes she isn’t his daughter, he devises a plan to use her existence to his advantage in a way that will get her out from under his roof.

When her situation goes from bad to worse, Annora escapes but is badly injured in the process. Luckily, Elias Reve comes to her rescue while on his way to Wolf’s Point and the daughter he lost years ago. With nowhere else to go and nobody to turn to, Annora joins him on his journey and ends up running smack-dab into the arms of her mate.

Parker Tate knows Annora is his the moment he lays eyes on her. When he manages to mate and mark her within hours of when they meet, he considers himself lucky. Then the trouble nipping at Annora’s heels finds her and Parker realizes the path to claiming his mate won’t be as easy as he thought – especially not with the bears involved.

Third book in the Black River Pack series. Each standalone stories.
Series order: Crying Wolf | Shoot for the Moon | Thrown to the Wolves

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sheriffAimee’s wedding is supposed to turn out perfect. Her dress, her fiancé and the location—the idyllic holiday ranch in Brazil—are perfect.

But all Aimee’s plans come crashing down when the private jet that’s taking her from the U.S. to the ranch—where her fiancé awaits her—defects mid-flight and the pilot is forced to perform an emergency landing in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

With no way to reach civilisation, being rescued is Aimee and Tristan’s—the pilot—only hope. A slim one that slowly withers away, desperation taking its place. Because death wanders in the jungle under many forms: starvation, diseases. Beasts.

As Aimee and Tristan fight to find ways to survive, they grow closer. Together they discover that facing old, inner agonies carved by painful pasts takes just as much courage, if not even more, than facing the rainforest.

Despite her devotion to her fiancé, Aimee can’t hide her feelings for Tristan—the man for whom she’s slowly becoming everything. You can hide many things in the rainforest. But not lies. Or love.

Withering Hope is the story of a man who desperately needs forgiveness and the woman who brings him hope. It is a story in which hope births wings and blooms into a love that is as beautiful and intense as it is forbidden.

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sheriffThe unveiling of a set of priceless illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy at the Uffizi Gallery exposes the unsuspecting Professor Gabriel Emerson and his beloved wife, Julianne, to a mysterious and dangerous enemy.

Unbeknownst to the Professor, the illustrations he secretly acquired years ago were stolen a century earlier from the ruler of Florence’s underworld. Now one of the most dangerous beings in Italy is determined to reclaim his prized artwork and exact revenge on the Emersons, but not before he uncovers something disturbing about Julianne …

Set in the city of Florence, “The Prince” is a prequel novella to “The Raven,” which is the first book in the new Florentine Series Trilogy by Sylvain Reynard.

A Prequel Novella: The Florentine series
Series order: The Prince | The Raven

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sheriffJosh North – a risk-it-all bad boy – sexy dirty talker – bad ass defender and UFC’s Light Heavyweight Champion— is about to meet his match.

Sophie Garner is a single mom who’s been raising her daughter on her own, fighting for both of their lives ever since going into hiding to escape her abusive husband.
When Sophie gets offered the job of a lifetime as the exclusive massage therapist for Josh “The Jackhammer” North’s team, it’s difficult to say no to the outrageous salary—and the bet—that Josh proposes. But for Sophie it’s a risk that could cost a lot more than just her heart – if she’s found, it could cost her her life.
Should she dare?

Josh wants to break through Sophie’s fortified walls, but is unwilling to put the jackhammer to his own and reveal his secrets and the side of him few have ever known or seen. To do that, he’ll have to confront the darkness of his past.

Will he dare?

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sheriffAll of Dale’s brothers help with their bounty hunting business, all except her. Wanting out of that life, she left for college, but on her first morning back home for the holidays, she’s back to chasing after a bail jumper. When she realizes the jumper is her ex-boyfriend, Jax, Dale gets dragged into helping him evade her brothers so he can win an underground fighting competition. Jax has to win the competition to help his sister, but soon sparks fly between Jax and Dale. Old wounds are reopened, and Dale may need help herself because she’s close to falling back in love with her Fighter.

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sheriffWhen you’ve tried your best for years and never managed to please your demanding parents… When you’ve fallen head over heels for someone who keeps ignoring you… When you’ve hit rock bottom.

Tessa is this close to giving up – on her authoritative parents and their demands, on her studies, on everything in her life.

Including Dylan. The one boy she has loved since she can remember. The one who dated her and promised her forever when they were fourteen, and then dumped her without an explanation only to ignore her ever since.

The one who shows up to save her from violence before the stroke of midnight, who kisses her and holds her close, only to tell her in the course of the same night he doesn’t love her.

Tessa knows Dylan has gone through some tough times, and they’re only getting tougher – but is he telling the truth about his lack of feelings for her, or is he running from his own demons?

The way Tessa sees it, she has two options: run away, leaving it all behind – or stay to fight against her controlling family, and win back Dylan. She has a feeling he needs her, and how can she leave when he’s the only man who’s ever made her feel alive?

Forth book in the Inked Brotherhood series. Each standalone stories.
Series order: Asher | Tyler | Zane | Dylan

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sheriffI lost track of my life.

Spiraling down the rabbit hole, I lost myself and became one of them. Living undercover within the MC, the days bled together as I became absorbed in a life of excess and violence.

Becoming consumed was easy.

Was I Thomas Gallo, good guy and respected cop or Blue, Sergeant-at-Arms of the Sun Devils MC?

Before, I could answer with certainty. But now, there’s a darkness that has settled deep in my soul, fusing with my heart and altering my reality forever.

The road I’ve traveled has been paved with danger, death, and deception.

Roxanne grew up as part of the MC, a victim of her birth. Her life has been treacherous, setting her on a course of torment and destruction.

When our worlds collide, secrets are revealed. Trying to save us from damnation, I fight for redemption and the woman I love.

Forth book in the Men of Inked series. Each standalone stories.
Series order: Throttle Me (.99) | Hook Me | Resist Me | Uncover Me

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sheriffAllegra Simpson is the Vice President of Simpson Fashion and she’s always handled life like her mother taught her — with manners and a smile. But Allegra learns being nice can get you in trouble as someone haunts her from the shadows and turns her life to one of secrets. She fears she’ll never be able to have a relationship with Finn, because it would put everyone she loves in danger.

Finn Williams had a promising professional baseball career until an injury disrupted everything. But Finn wouldn’t let that stop him. He went to law school and started his own sports agency with the support of the Simpson family. The only thing missing was Allegra’s love. The chemistry between the two had been undeniable. But Finn knew there was something that Allegra is holding back from him. He just has to get her to trust him enough to tell him.

The man in the shadows is watching. He’s always watching. He knows Allegra’s every move. He’s been in her house, laid in her bed, and has plans to make her love him. She rejected him, but they are destined for each other. He’s seen her with Finn and knows this new man is no match for him. Soon she’ll come to see they are meant to be. Because if he can’t have her, then no one can.

Third book in the Women of Power series. Each standalone stories.
Series order: Chosen for Power (FREE) | Built for Power | Fashioned for Power

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sheriffWrong Kind of Love

A story of forbidden love with a side of revenge…

When my husband of nearly twenty years abruptly left me for another woman, I thought my life was over.

But I was wrong…

Wrong for thinking I was weak, wrong for assuming I couldn’t go on, wrong for believing I wouldn’t love again.

No matter what anyone else thinks,
Wrong never felt so right.

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sheriffWhile strolling the runways of Milan, Andie sees him and her heart begins to race. There is just something about the man that changes her world, makes everything brighter and happier. The more she gets to know Antonio, the more she falls in love with him. When their relationship reaches a physical crescendo, she tells him how her heart has fallen for him, thinking that he feels the same way. Unprepared, and suffering from a painful history with love, Antonio’s faltering response breaks her heart. Andie feels like she has finally met the heartless tycoon that everyone describes.

Although he isn’t able to respond in kind, Antonio feels far more than he would like when the lovely Andie professes her love for him. He knows that he wants to protect her, that he doesn’t want her to leave him, but he isn’t ready to be that vulnerable again. Her departure leaves him empty, until one day she shows up at his office, scared, too thin, still painfully beautiful…and pregnant. This time around, he is determined to keep her with him. He doesn’t know what he feels, but he knows that he can’t live without her.

Seventh book in the The Alfieri Saga series. Each standalone stories.
Series order: The Italian’s Passionate Return (FREE) | Her Gentle Capture | His Reluctant Lover | Her Unexpected Admirer | Her Tender Tyrant | Releasing the Billionaire’s Passion (FREE) | His Expectant Lover

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sheriffTina Chen just wants a degree and a job, so her parents never have to worry about making rent again. She has no time for Blake Reynolds, the sexy billionaire who stands to inherit Cyclone Systems. But when he makes an offhand comment about what it means to be poor, she loses her cool and tells him he couldn’t last a month living her life.

To her shock, Blake offers her a trade: She’ll get his income, his house, his car. In exchange, he’ll work her hours and send money home to her family. No expectations; no future obligations.

But before long, they’re trading not just lives, but secrets, kisses, and heated nights together. No expectations might break Tina’s heart…but Blake’s secrets could ruin her life.

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sheriffFor years Serafina McPhee has been engaged to marry the heir to the Duke of Hartholm and for almost as long, she has been struggling to find a way out of that engagement. When he suddenly dies, she does not mourn but thrills at the idea that she will be free. Unfortunately, best laid plans go awry when the next in line for the title, her intended’s cousin, Raphael “Rafe” Flynn is forced to take over the engagement. But Serafina knows Rafe’s reputation as a libertine and wants nothing to do with him, either, even if he is devastatingly handsome.

She proposes an arrangement: she will agree to the marriage and provide Rafe with his heir and spare. Once she has done her duty, he will let her go. Rafe is intrigued both by her beauty and by her utter disgust with the idea of being his bride. Women normally fall at his feet, not cringe away from him. However, since their arranged marriage is not something he can escape, he agrees to her terms.

But when he finds out on their wedding night the truth about her torture at the hands of his predecessor, he finds himself driven not just to fulfill his bargain with his new bride, but to introduce her to desire. While they move closer together, surrendering to wicked pleasures, dangerous emotions may violate every agreement they’ve made.

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sheriffWhat would you do if the boy who bullied you for a long time suddenly showed an interest?

Marshall Briggs is an alpha wolf—and a bully. He’s tormented Scarlett for as long as he can remember. When he turns eighteen all of his senses are awakened. It’s his final year of high school, and he can’t wait for it to be over.

Then he scents his mate, and Marshall is shocked. The girl he’s bullied is in fact his mate. Everything has changed. Now he must show to Scarlett he’s a changed man, one who will do everything to keep her close.

Marshall Briggs is suddenly being kind to her, and Scarlett is more confused than happy. How can she trust him? Is it another joke he’s playing on her?

Marshall definitely has a fight on his hands to get from bully to boyfriend.

Fifth book in the The Alpha Shifter Collection series. Each standalone stories.
Series order: The Alpha’s Toy | Alpha Bait | The Alpha’s Virgin Possession | The Alpha’s Domination | Alpha Bully

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sheriffGabrielle Charles is a woman at a crossroads in her life. All hope seems to be lost until she meets a man who offers her everything she wants one morning out of the blue.

The darkly handsome rich and younger Frenchman is Valentin Coudray. He wants to bare Gabrielle’s truth in the most literal sense of the world. He offers to become her Daddy and introduce her to the delights of the new world she craves to belong to in return for being allowed to love, protect and cherish her in every sense.

Can Gabrielle allow herself to submit willingly to the dominant man and the power he wields or will she forsake her needs to accommodate others yet again and let her chance to have all that she wishes for slip away?

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sheriffAs an FBI agent, Josh Barnes believed he’d seen it all–until he meets Jennifer. She’s smart, sassy, gorgeous, and running for her life, but from whom, Josh has yet to figure out. Her story of an ex-husband is a lie. The truth about who is after her and why is even more unbelievable. Unfortunately, the danger of her situation does nothing to stop the lust that ignites every time they get close to one another.

Josh is a Dom and Jennifer an innocent in the ways of BDSM. He has no business introducing her to his dark world of bondage, domination, and kinky sex, especially when the people after Jennifer could find her at any moment. But Josh can’t resist the pull and finds, to his delight, that Jennifer is excited by his slightly unorthodox sexual appetites.

Needing to put an end to the danger stalking his new sub, Josh comes up with a plan. Turn the tables and make the hunters the prey. The trick will be putting their plan into motion, before they’re found, because Josh has already lost his heart to Jennifer and the burning desire that rages between them.

Forth book in the Crime and Punishment series. Each standalone stories.
Series order: Topping the Domme | Master Delacroix | Theirs to Share | Burning Submission

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sheriffRule number one: don’t fall for the wrong guy.

Gracie Green has a shopping list for men. Career, financials, family…and a long list of rules to determine a guy’s suitability. She’s already disappointed her socialite mother once—now Gracie needs to find Mr. Perfect. Too bad she keeps getting distracted by her super-sexy, six-feet-of-tattooed-hotness friend, Des, who is so many shades of Mr. Wrong…

Bar owner Des Chapman has vowed never again to get involved with society girls. Yet he’s irresistibly drawn to Gracie—those lush curves, those lips, and her ridiculous ability to date the wrong guys. As Gracie’s discouragement grows, Des realizes it’s time to show her what she really needs in a man—and it has nothing to do with a briefcase and generous bank account. He’ll teach Gracie the Rules According To Des…even if it means breaking his rule in the process.

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sheriffIn their race for the truth, love must prove more powerful than America’s worst enemy…

When a gorgeous, bleeding woman on the run falls into the arms of Sean “Metal” O’Brien, the former SEAL medic knows just what he can do. Heal her. Tend to her. Keep her safe.

What he can’t seem to do is keep his guard up. Something about the haunted, hunted beauty knocks down all his defenses.

Felicity Ward is no stranger to secrets. Raised in the Witness Protection Program, her whole childhood was a lie. But she couldn’t have known that her family’s secrets—secrets she didn’t even know she was keeping—could spark a nuclear war.

And nothing could have prepared her for the tough, sexy warrior who first saves her life and then vows to protect it, no matter what.

Fifth book in the Midnight series. Each standalone stories.
Series order: Midnight Man | Midnight Run | Midnight Angel | Midnight Vengeance | Midnight Promises

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sheriffWhen desire goes sky high, things get hot. Really hot.

The middle of the Outback seems the perfect place for city-bred Dr. Matt Corvin to recover from the beating life has given him. Working in Wallaby Ridge as a member of the Royal Flying Doctors is just what this doctor needs, until he finds himself paired with a pilot who’s every sexual fantasy that’s ever done barrel rolls through his head. She rekindles in him a desire for something he thought he’d never want again—connection.

Natacha Freeman was one medical exam away from RAAF fighter pilot status when her lungs royally screwed her over. Flying a medical plane in the Outback should have provided isolation to match her desolation. Instead, she’s stuck in a tiny plane with a nice guy who sends her hormones screaming full throttle.

Though Tash is jumping on the brakes with both feet, Matt’s not above using his thorough knowledge of the human body to change her mind. Until the dangerous reality of living in the Outback brings them crashing to the ground.

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sheriffAmber Dolors knows better than to get involved with her boss. Devastatingly handsome in his sharp suits and sexy beyond belief, he possesses an air of command that fuels her darkest fantasies. But she’s worked too hard to get this job, and keeping it will lead to a brilliant future. She won’t cross that line—even if his way of giving orders and demanding her best performance gives her delicious warm shivers.

Alexander Knight prides himself on his integrity and self-discipline. After all, he hasn’t risen to the position he enjoys by indulging his whims over ambition. He also isn’t blind. He’s certainly noticed his sharp, young assistant is hot as hell. His self-imposed sexual hermitage doesn’t stop him from watching her. And endlessly fantasizing.

The day Alec’s cool reserve cracks and Amber catches a glimpse of something simmering beneath his apparent indifference is the day everything between them changes. Alec gives her what she’s been looking for sexually—as masterful in the bedroom as he is in the boardroom. He finds himself in the grip of an affair that tests even his boundaries, while Amber’s new role as willing student pushes them both past any consideration other than mutual longing.

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sheriffWhen Slate accompanied his alpha to a herd they are now responsible for, he didn’t expect to meet his very human mate—who has cancer. Will mating her heal her or will it kill him? Slate doesn’t care which, because now that he found his mate, he can’t live without her no matter what. But then his mother and youngest sister get attacked, and Slate has to face his past.

When Katie Williams, her half-shifter-sister Sara, and her de facto father Henry suspect she has the same disease that killed her mother, she turns for help to the doctor that came with their new alpha. But as she is being examined, a man charges in and attacks the doctor, claiming to be her mate. Even if Katie can get over being mad at him, can she chance killing him if the mating doesn’t cure her?

Second book in the Kaska Pack series. Each standalone stories.
Series order: Alphy’s Challenge | Slate’s Mistake

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Claiming Red: The O’Connell Family

Claiming Red: The O’Connell FamilyClaiming Red
by C.M. Steele
on January 9, 2015
Genres: Erotica, Quickie, Sexy Romance
Pages: 61
Sex: four-half-stars
Overall Grade: C+


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Author C.M. Steele is a fairly new author to me and only has a few books out at the moment. I stumbled across her when I was seeking to quench my little Jordan Silver addiction and her books were suggested; so, of course, I jumped right into Steele’s possessive smuttiness.

One minute Rick is swearing off women; the next, he is head over heels in love with Samantha. It literally was that fast: if you blinked you might have missed it. Rick is at his bi-weekly hair appointment to get a trim from his sister when in walks a feisty little redhead who is talking with her mother about getting ready for a date. Rick knows, the moment his eyes land on Samantha, she won’t be going on any date unless it’s with him.

Samantha has just finished high school and is somewhat in limbo—she’s trying to mend some broken fences with her parents and start a new chapter in her life. She is somewhat tomboyish and hides a lot of her beauty. At times she is feisty, getting all up in your face with attitude (aka needing a spanking); at other times, she is the docile little virgin.

There really isn’t much to the story. This is what I call pure junk food smut. There really isn’t much to the characters or any real depth. The hero (Rick) talks about dragging the heroine (Samantha) back to his million-dollar home and making her his. He wants to plant as many babies in her womb as quickly as possible while beating his chest and screaming “MINE” as loud as he can while he plows into her virgin pussy. The author does throw in a little side story about Samantha’s parents trying to sell her off as a virgin bride to keep a climax building in the story because the peak can’t be set around these two being together, since that happens rather quickly.

“You feel this?” She nodded, “Good because this is the only cock you are ever going to have. This pussy, that I am fucking, is mine. You are mine.”

At the end of the story, I was happy with what I got. I got to roll around in some insta-alpha-lovin’ that caused absolutely no brainpower whatsoever. It was quick, to the point, and of course needs a serous edit. That said, I will indeed be picking up the author’s new releases when I’m looking for a quick, dirty, over-the-top smut read. If you’re a fan of Jordan Silver or even Jenika Snow, you should give this author a go. If, on the other hand, you can’t deal with the insta-love and a book riddled with editing mistakes, it’s best to step away.

Mistress M

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Fight You (Wrecked #2)

Fight You (Wrecked #2)Fight You
by Abby McCarthy
on December 6, 2014
Genres: Sexy Romance
Pages: 239
Sex: two-half-stars
Overall Grade: D-


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Fight You is the second book in the Wrecked series— but don’t worry though, because I jumped right in without reading the first, so feel free to do the same. Let me start by saying that, yes, this does fall under the category of a motorcycle romance, which I don’t typically read. I can’t deal with all of the classic sleeping-with-everything-that-moves, even after the hero meets the heroine. I only picked this one up because I was told that once the hero sees the heroine he is done for and doesn’t even think about other women, so if that’s your hang-up with MC books too, there are no concerns for that here.

Aubrey, our heroine, has a past that’s really hard to take. While the author never goes into any real hard details of her abuse, it’s dark, twisted and not for the faint hearted. To protect her sister from suffering the same fate she takes her and runs, pretending that she is really her daughter. Finding some help on the streets, she starts her life over, enrolling her sister in school and taking a job at a motorcycle shop. She plans on keeping to herself and focusing on making a new life for them and staying under the radar. Daws (yeah, I’m sorry, that’s his name), our hero, who works at the motorcycle shop, has other plans.

I’m not sure how I feel about Daws. His father is the president of Devil Crusader Motorcycle Club so he’s been in the lifestyle his whole life. He’s been messing with club women since he barely had pubes (*shivers* we’re going to need an STD screening stat!). He starts off complaining that people always just want shit from him, and that he can just take what he wants because that’s how he was raised. Our intro to him isn’t great, and he really comes off as a baby bitch. Then when he lays eyes on Aubrey, our view of him starts to change.

I want achingly, painfully slow sex. I don’t just want to fuck her I want to live in her. I want to make love to her.

Daws is good and sweet with Aubrey, so he started to warm my heart. He takes things slowly and tries to work his way into her life because he can tell she has some issues. He’s willing to take his time with her because he knows she’s the one. This is what I liked about him – the way he handled the heroine. But every now and then he would have these thoughts that I found so juvenile for a grown man to have. It might have a lot to do with the author’s inexperienced writing, and that’s not taking into account the high number of typos and errors. It was a little discombobulated.

I really should have loved this story because it held many things I love in a dirty book: a possessive, caring alpha hero, a heroine fighting for herself, an over-the-top romance, and a nice dash of suspense (with an extra side of insta-love cheese sauce). But it just didn’t click together. It was boring and I never understood why Daws fell in love with Aubrey so quickly. We were never given any reason why he was drawn to her so fast or an understanding of what he seen in her. I’m not sure he could even really have any depth though because he often struck me as dumb.

The story that falls outside of the romance was just an OTT hot mess and, at times, both the hero and heroine did things that made me scratch my head. I never had one of those omg moments that made me think these two should be together. I think it was because of Daws. While he never did anything to make me mad and he was really sweet and good to our heroine, I just still don’t care for him. I went into this one with so much hope but I’m sad to say that it fell short… I even quit reading at 92% because I just didn’t care anymore.

Mistress M

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The Rules

The RulesThe Rules
by Becca Jameson
on January 6th 2015
Genres: BDSM, Erotica, Sexy Romance
Pages: 250
Sex: four-stars
Overall Grade: B


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I’ve read a handful of Becca Jameson’s books and none of them really stuck. I tried both her fighter BDSM series, “The Fight Club,” and some of her shifter stories. While they never left me dying for more and marking them down in order to get the rest of the series, I found myself still picking up her books from time to time and trying again. The reason is that although I didn’t love them, she has shown me that she writes really sweet alpha males…my weakness. Not only did “The Rules” give me my alpha sweetness, but also one of my favorite tropes—“billionaire boss meets virgin new girl in the office” that one gets me every time. But unlike some of Jameson’s past books, this one has staying power.

Amelia Kensington just finished her MBA and is ready to start her new life as a business woman. After landing her dream job, she is more than willing to work her way up from the bottom in order to prove herself. Then she meets her boss and the owner of the company, Cade Alexander. Cade knows a submissive when he sees one and Amelia is showing all the signs. Now he just has to get her to submit to him.

Cade does try to stay away from Amelia and takes to masturbating to literally beat her out of his system but the more he sees her and gets to know her, the more he wants her. Tired of fighting the pull of knowing she could be the one for him, he strikes. I liked Cade’s approach to getting Amelia, while it was fast he slid into it nicely. Of course Amelia is shocked and many of the normal things we see in this kind of romance came into play: “I don’t want people to think I’m sleeping my way to the top” or “why would he ever want me?”. While these things were present, they weren’t annoying because, hey, we’re read this a million times. In fact, even though Amelia was virgin (but not naive), the author pushed us through the learning of the BDSM world rather fast so, I was annoyed with the whole “what’s a safe word” redundancy that we seem to experiencing today. So we get our virgin without being beat down with the same old same.

“God, baby. So fucking tight. I’ve never felt a pussy this tight.”

This is what really made me enjoy the story. I got a lot of the things I love about this kind of trope, but with little twist and turns. At times things where predictable, but I enjoyed the lightness of it. Plus, the hero was pretty perfect. Even when others put thoughts in our minds that he wasn’t so perfect, I didn’t believe it for a second. He was just so good and caring with her. He pushed her when she needed it and took things slow when he should have. I loved the ways he would make her submit to him. It was dirty, hot and always about her. Also, we weren’t pushed into this “he had all these subs and BDSM clubs sleeping around a lot.” It never seemed like that; in fact, I don’t think I ever got jealous.

I didn’t go into this one with high hopes, but I’m glad I picked it up and I really hope the author does more with this world. Cade and Amelia both had friends that I would love to read about. This one will definitely be one I’ll be watching for the release of the next.

Mistress M

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