Review: Dear Jane by Marissa Clarke

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DEAR JANE is a funny, laugh-out-loud yet sexy romantic read!

For some reason, Jane Dixon couldn’t get a second date. All her first dates end in disaster. So, she was happy when colleague Eric Blackwell says that any guy would be ecstatic to get a date with her and promised to set her up with his friends. Too bad Eric himself didn’t seem to be interested.

Eric is more than interested, but there’s a non-fraternization clause at the office, plus, Jane seem to see him only as a friend…

I love the story’s slow build-up, how Eric and Jane became friends even as Eric sets her up on dates, and the “debriefing” after each date, which was hilarious. And then, I love how hot they are together, how their chemistry just sizzled. All is not smooth sailing, but I love what Eric did to win her back. Marissa Clarke is a new-to-me author, and I’m definitely watching out for her next books!

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Review: Playing with Fire by Kate Meader

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PLAYING WITH FIRE is the magnificent, hot hot hot follow up to Flirting with Fire. What makes it hot? Dominant hero, saucy-mouthed heroine, power games in and out of the bedroom. Combine that with witty dialogue, and you’re in for an amazing ride you don’t want to end!

When firefighter Alexandra Dempsey saved major Eli Cooper’s life, it helps bring up his ratings in his bid for re-election. And the fake dating’s a win-win. But what happens when the fake turns all too real?

I’ve read a lot of books, and it’s rare to find one where both the hero and the heroine are larger than life. Rarer still for me to love both so much that I wish the book would just go on and on and on. (Ms. Meader, that’s a hint for Eli and Alex to have meaty cameo roles in the next book, if not a novella.) In some books, the hero would overshadow the heroine or vice-versa, but not so here! They’re both just so loud (in a good way) and bold and they’re just perfect for each other. Continue reading

Review: Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein

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NEVER SWEETER may be a bit dark, but it’s also one of the sweetest romances I’ve read in a long time.

Letty was bullied when she was in high school, but she never thought she’d see one of them–Tate–in college. Terrified that the bullying will start again, she avoids him, but when they are partnered for a project in a class, she starts to get to know him and sees a different side of him. But which is the real Tate?

The author’s writing style is something I’ve never read before, yet it seems to fit the characters and the story well. The story is written solely from the point of view of the heroine, and it’s like there’s this blanket, a veil that prevents things from coming too sharp. I’m not sure if this is how the author really writes or if it’s deliberate to fit the background of the characters (that of a bully and the girl he torments coming together years later), but it works. Continue reading

My Top Ten of 2015

If I could give it 10 stars, I would!

PLAYING WITH FIRE is the magnificent, hot hot hot follow up to Flirting with Fire. What makes it hot? Dominant hero, saucy-mouthed heroine, power games in and out of the bedroom. Combine that with witty dialogue, and you’re in for an amazing ride you don’t want to end!

This book is so so good that I wonder how the author could top this one. Still, I’m willing to see her try with Wyatt’s book, Sparking the Fire.

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BLURRED LINES is a raw, no-holds-barred portrayal of two best friends making the choice to become lovers, and it’s the best I’ve ever read!

There was no slow moment in the story; the stakes got progressively higher with each chapter, along with the tension. The pace was just right, and the writing flowed smoothly. The characters were empathetic, flawed and believable, and together, they were hot hot hot! There was no superfluous intimate scene, and I love that!

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Naughty or Nice?

This year, for some reason, I’ve read a bunch of Christmas stories and some I’ve lined up in my TBR pile when I haven’t in previous years. Anyway, with the holiday season approaching, I thought I’d share my Naughty or Nice list (thanks to St Martin’s Press for the idea and the banner!).

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I think I have more Naughty than Nice on the list. And in no particular order, here’s my list.

 

Love.
Sex.
And all the best gifts worth giving…

On the Naughty List is a collection of holiday stories from some of today’s brightest stars Lori Foster, Carly Phillips, Sugar Jamison, and Beth Ciotta.

Great stories to keep you hot this cold season! My review to follow.

 

Miss Gwen Prim is mortified that she attacked a duke, but even more concerning is the way her resolve melts when she’s near him. She’s never felt this way about a London gentleman in her life. And with the magic of Christmas in the air, she may end up with a proposal she didn’t expect…in this delightful Regency gem, The Duke and Miss Christmas by New York Times bestselling author Amelia Grey

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Review: Rising Storm Episode 1: Tempest Rising by Julie Kenner

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TEMPEST RISING is the first episode in Season 1 of the incredible Rising Storm Series. The series is to be read like an ongoing drama, with each episode releasing on a weekly basis. In fact, it’s like a TV series, with Season 2 coming next year! Certainly something new, and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

In TEMPEST RISING, author Julie Kenner sets the setting for the entire season, introducing the cast of characters and putting into play the event that would serve as the catalyst for the conflicts that would play out. Here, Ginny Moreno is going back home to Storm, Texas for the summer, with her best friend, Jacob Salt. Unfortunately, tragedy struck, and that one act will unravel secrets and affect everyone in the town in a way no one could’ve imagined… Continue reading

Review: Right Back Where by C.E. Kilgore

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RIGHT BACK WHERE is an unexpectedly sweet love story of enemies-to-friends-to-lovers. It also doesn’t shy away from depicting a hard truth, and a faction of the town’s penchant for bigotry was wonderfully balanced by another group’s unequivocal acceptance.

Sam Garrett left town five years ago under hurtful circumstances, and he wouldn’t have been back if it were not to visit his beloved music teacher, Mrs. Greene, who was kind to this motherless boy and encouraged him to reach for his dreams. However, he was shocked when he heard that she had recently passed away, and by the terms of her will, he had to stay with her son, Cody Greene, in her house for eight days. The problem was that Cody made his childhood days miserable, and he didn’t want to be stuck with his nemesis even for a day. However, he didn’t want to disappoint Mrs. Greene, and so he agreed, never knowing how much he’ll learn the truth about the past. But could he let go, or would he run away again? Continue reading