Too Much by Lea Griffith

Book Summary
Published by - Loveswept a Random House imprint
Release Date - 10th June 2014
Pages - 220
My Rating - 4 Stars

Review

Steamy, sexy, intriguing and heart wrenching. This book hooked me from the moment I started reading it. The characters were engaging, the story thoroughly captivating. The whole time I was reading I was wondering what was going to happen, and the heart break of two people so obviously in love with each other, yet torn apart by a loss of trust and family obligation. It was beautifully written.
My only issue with this book was that there were so many things that didn’t make sense until right at the end. “Well, duh” you might say, but the problem was that the way these scenes were written you felt like there was a previous book that you’d missed. If these intriguing hints to the past had been written a little better then this book could well have gotten five stars out of me.
All in all, I smashed my way through this book. I spent most of the night reading it, which in my opinion is a good sign about how much I enjoyed myself and the story.

He’s Come Undone by Theresa Weir

                     

Book Summary
Published by - Belfry Press
Release date - 1st March 2014
Pages - 149
My Rating - 1 Star DNF at Page 22

Review
I struggled with this one. After reading so many great reviews and even the blurb, I was excited to read it, but when I started in…I just didn’t see it.
Ellie just annoyed me. The constant repetitiveness of her being a former child star, it was her mantra, and by page six I was already over it. The meeting with ‘The girls’ was just painful and the style of writing was really hard to get drawn into. I put the book down around page 12 and went back to re-read the comments and reviews on goodreads to see if there was something I was missing, or to see if there would be something that would keep me reading, and as I say, they all raved about how good a read it was etc etc. So I really don’t know what I was missing when all I wanted to do was smack Ellie upside the head and tell her to grow up and find a real job and I couldn’t find the will to continue reading after I made it to page 22.
I’m still sitting here scratching my head as I write this review wondering what ‘it’ is that I’m missing with this book, but for me, I just couldn’t find an ‘it’ factor. Different horses for different courses I guess.

Uncovering Her Nine Month Secret by Jennie Lucas

Book Summary
Published by - Harlequin
Release Date - 15th July 2014
Pages - 189
My Rating - 3.5/4 Stars

Review

Steamy, scandalous and just a little bit cute. This book had it all. The main story arc was pretty obvious and predictable, but the rest of the story, the budding relationship between the pair, their gorgeous son and a quirky and fun grandmother more than made up for it.
The only other downer in this book was the cliche and overtly obvious villan, but again, with all the things I mentioned above and a male that is sigh worthy, it was easily forgiven.
Well written and easily paced, it was all over far too soon.

When You Are Mine (The Bennetts #1) by Kennedy Ryan


Book Summary -
Published by - Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Release Date - 17th June 2014
Pages - 320
My Rating - 2 Stars

Review -
I see what Kennedy Ryan was trying to do with this book, but unfortunately for me she didn’t seem to pull it off. If this book glanced over the ‘how do you do’ part of the book and started it off towards the end then I would’ve enjoyed it a lot more, but knowing who Kerris ends up with at the start of the book, seriously ruined it for me. In fact, knowing the outcome before the story began made it really hard to make myself keep reading and the characters didn’t endear themselves to me enough to want to know how the story developed.
I really don’t know if I’m interested enough to read the next book in the series, especially after skimming the preview of the next book at the end of this one.
I’m all for a little angst and drama, but this wasn’t heart wrenching or emotional, it was like a poor version of a teenage love triangle and I simply couldn’t get into that. Will I read the next one? I really don’t know. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Come Back To Me by Mila Gray

Book Summary -
Published by - Pan Macmillan
Release Date - 23rd October 2014
Pages - 373
My Rating - 5 Amazingly worth it stars!!!

Review -
In reality, this book deserves 8 out of 5 stars!!! It was so swoon worthy, so beautifully written, it was, in a word - perfect.
I could not put it down. When real life and kids intruded, the only thing I was thinking about was getting back home and picking back up from where I’d left off.
There’s an emotional rollercoaster, but it’s done so tastefully, executed precisely and efficently that it’s not over the top. There’s no wanting to roll your eyes, there’s no tossing of iPads and asking “What the hell?” It pulls at the heartstrings and sweeps you up, drawing you into the tale of what are possibly two of my new favourite contemporary romance characters!!!
I could gush poetic for hours on how perfect and sweet and sexy and romantic this book is, but instead I am going to be recommending it to everyone who is a lover of romance. I’d also just like to point out that if more New Adult books were as well written and planned out as this one, I would probably enjoy reading more!!!
Congratulations Mila Gray, I bow down to your amazingness!!!

Bared by Stacey Kennedy

Book Summary

Published by – Loveswept a Random House Imprint

Release Date – 10th February 2014

Pages – 243

Rating – 4.5 Stars

Book Blurb

In a novel that’s perfect for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, Stacey Kennedy returns to Club Sin with another wicked and wild tale of submission, seduction, and love.

At Las Vegas’s exclusive Club Sin, Aidan Knight is the Master, unleashing the erotic yearnings of his submissive lovers. But his dominant façade conceals a devastating loss—something he instantly recognizes in his personally trained submissive Cora Adams. Sworn to unearth her secrets, Aidan uses his seductive skills to ignite her wildest desires until Cora yields to the pleasure she can find only with him.
 
Cora came to the BDSM club to act out her sub-and-dom fantasies without ever revealing the heartbreak that haunts her. But Aidan’s masterful touch is bringing her closer to the edge … and deeper into a world of control and surrender. He refuses to allow her to submit to any other man—nor does she want to. It’s a dangerous game they’re playing. For as they give in to passion, they must lay bare their souls for a love that could heal—and free—them both.

Review

Sexy, alpha Doms. Feisty and adorable Subs. A story that was at times heart-wrenching and so addictive that I couldn’t put my iPad down. And to top it all off, amazingly mind-blowing sex. Hell yeah, this book ticked all my boxes and then some!!!

I’ll be honest, I haven’t read the first book in this series, so when I first picked up this book I was more than a little concerned. So many times books have claimed to be one thing and turned out to be another, but this book delivered. Oh how it delivered. And not only will I be reading Book 1, but I cannot wait to read Book 3 either!!!

I have read another BDSM club series, that I have stopped reading because of all the over the top suspense and drama with the characters. This story, however, wasn’t over the top, or drama filled. It had the right blend of sexy, sweet, romantic and explosively hot. The characters are real, believable and enticingly endearing. The story flows and has no filler, it is all pertinent information to how the characters develop and how the story unfolds.

There is only one reason that I have awarded this book 4.5 stars as opposed to the 5 I wanted to give it and that was the use of unsure sounds as speech. With the number of times in one scene in particular that it occurred, I had to knock off a half a star. That little pet peeve of mine aside, this book is just freaking awesome. It had me mesmerized from the first word and I didn’t want to put it down until it was over. Then of course I was sad, but the knowledge that there are more books in this series more than makes up for that!!!

In Bed With the Boss by Alexa Bravo

Book Summary

Published by – Escape Publishing

Released – 1st May 2014

Pages – 127

Rating – 2.5 stars

Blurb

A high-flying corporate romance that’s sure to add ‘elevator’ to your list of erotic destinations!

Trish Carter is chasing the career opportunity of a lifetime, and nothing is going to stand in her way. After a failed marriage and years of self-doubt, she needs her business proposal to succeed — but there’s one hurdle left: presenting to the Board of Directors and charismatic CEO, Keith Donnelli. So then it can only be the stress and extreme tension that leads her to jump the hot stranger in the elevator… 

But the unexpectedly explosive encounter puts all her plans in jeopardy, when the stranger isn’t a stranger at all. Now, her whole future rides on how well she can resist the temptation of sleeping with her boss. Will Trish finally have the chance to make her secret dreams come true or will following her heart destroy her chance at a future?

Review

Hello steamy and dreamy!!! The opener to this book was in one word – HAWT!!! The instant awareness, the electricity, the sexual tension exploded into one VERY steamy encounter in an elevator. At this point, I was extremely revved up to keep reading. I couldn’t wait to see what other exciting and out there things that the characters would get up to. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

Majority of the book is the same repetitive rhetoric about what exactly our main character does. And the worst part – I STILL don’t know what it is exactly that she is employed to do. She’s a rehab manager of some kind in New South Wales. I think. But when this is basically all that fills the pages for majority of the story, and is blindingly boring to boot, and you walk away at the end still not sure what 40 year old, Trish’s career is, that’s not a good thing.

Trish at her age has already had a failed marriage that ended because her husband blamed her for not being able to get pregnant. Hello sweet ignorance though, neither she nor her ex thought that it would be wise to go see a doctor and find out what the problem was. I’m sorry, but that is just plain stupid. If you want a child that badly, you’d be doing what was needed to find out what’s going on with your body. Despite her age, I was constantly having to stop and remind myself that NO, she’s not 24. This woman is actually 40! She doesn’t behave like a forty year old, she behaves like an unsure and immature woman in her early twenties. We get it, she wasn’t treated very well by her ex, but by the time that we meet her the marriage had ended years earlier. One would think that she’d have used that time to discover who she was and that her husband was lashing out at her because of his own failings as a man. This saga/issue is what fills up the rest of the story, with a little, Keith’s her boss and it’s unprofessional for them to sleep together thrown in for good measure.

In all honesty, this book had the potential to be epically steamy and hot, but with all the unexplained business mumbo jumbo going on, it ended up being so very, very, very boring. I even skimmed a lot of it, since it was all the same vague rehab and managerial roles being brushed over.

I wish that there had been more sex, I’m not ashamed to say it. I also wish there had been more character development, both as individuals as well as with Trish and Keith together as a couple. The ending felt rushed and thrown together to give them their instant happily ever after and it just didn’t work for me.

Alexa Brava is a talented writer, my only hope is that the next time I read her work that she has more story about the characters rather than trying to unsuccessfully explain what it is that the character’s jobs are.

Sky High, Bone Deep by N.M. Harris

Book Summary

Published by - Escape Publishing

Expected Publish Date – 1st July 2014

Pages – 25

Rating – 1.5 - 2 Stars

Book Blurb

Traditionally, leather is an anniversary gift. One couple is about to take that in a very non-traditional way…

Rory and Lily have been married for five years, and they have special plans to celebrate their anniversary: a little game involving a collar and a leash and some silky underwear…or Rory. A little light bondage can be just for fun — but beyond the play, there is love, bone deep and bright as the stars.

Review

First things first I have to admit that I’m not a fan of a submissive male. In my opinion a male needs to be large and take charge to get me all fired up, so it was exceedingly hard for me to get into this book even though it was only 25 pages long.

The moment they started to get into their kinks is where the author lost me, which I’m disappointed about, because the first half of the book had me all kinds of excited as to where this anniversary night was headed. Up until that point it had been fun and flirty, finding out enough about their backgrounds to appreciate how much they loved and cared for each other. As I said, it’d been building up for what could have been one hell of a bang…pun intended.

There were a few little things that could have been different for such a short story too. The overuse of the word ‘bum’ for starters. The way it had been used wasn’t sexy, and then to use it again so soon after it had been used previously, was too much. There was a repetitiveness to the reasons why Lily was in her line of work which was unnecessary after it had been explained the first time. And the clincher for me was where the author explained in detail something that could have simply been put as ‘freshened up’. That would’ve been a whole lot sexier than the EWWWW moment that was going on in my head.

 To close, I’ll say that though this book was not my usual erotic pick with an alpha male, it was a testament of his love for Lily that they share the same kinks and that he’s willing to do whatever she needs to make the normally unsure woman shine. And after all, love comes in all shapes, sizes, styles and kinks. 

Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor

                                        

Book Summary

Published by - Loveswept a Random House imprint

Expected Publish Date – 9th September 2014

Pages – 312

My Rating – 3.5 Stars

Book Blurb

They meet on a beach… . Abby Davis isn’t wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she’s busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn’t looking for fun—he’s a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions … and fallen brothers.
 
They only have a week… . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family.
 
But a week is all it takes… . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.

Review

What’s hotter than a sexy man who loves kids? A sexy man in uniform who loves kids!!!

This book was so sweet, it had me in tears on no less than three occasions with the heart breaking drama. It also kept me on the edge of my seat with the flashbacks and the will-they-won’t-they push-pull.

Matt is, as I’ve already stated, one sexy mo-fo. He’s dedicated, loyal and loves Abby with his whole being (not to mention her whole tribe of kids as well!). At first when he was attracted to the pregnant Abby I was a bit worried that this was going to read a lot like he had a pregnancy fetish or something, but the author’s balance of sweet and sexy was right on balance. It wasn’t all about the lust, it was the building love connection that really drew me in.

There were a few things that had me rolling my eyes though, there’s a moment where Matt’s brother, Tony makes what can only be described as a completely outrageous statement. I think if the outburst had been earlier in the book it would’ve worked better than where it had been placed, as it just seemed like it was an added burst of over the top drama, when there really wasn’t any needed in that moment. The other thing that irked me a bit, was the way that Abby was constantly jumping to conclusions without hearing things all the way through. Once or twice would’ve worked, but with everything else going on, these misunderstandings just became too much.

Then we have William. (Insert groan here!) What really annoyed me about this whole ‘love-triangle’ angle was that it was never really a triangle. Abby didn’t have even the slightest interest in the teacher, sure he had feelings towards her, but Abby had made it more than clear that they were unrequited, so Matt’s constant worrying that William was there when he wasn’t shouldn’t have been as big a deal as it was made out to be.

These three issues aside, Matt’s family and Abby’s kids more than make up for funny antics, heart-stoppingly warm moments and scenes that reminded me of my own large and loud family get-togethers with my brothers. As a mother, it is endearing to read a story like this, one that makes you think of a hypothetical what-if. Sure, if I’d been in Abby’s shoes I would’ve probably done an awful lot of things differently, but that this book gets you so involved that you sit there pondering scenarios shows how much you connect with the characters and their struggles.

I gave this book 3.5 stars, if the previous things I mentioned were absent I would’ve given it 5, but as always, this is only my opinion. As a reader, I’ll leave it up to you to make up your own mind.

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The seven new sins

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The seven new sins