Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review: Stud by Jamie K. Schmidt

StudStud by Jamie K. Schmidt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lets start with the book title definitely suits the hero. The readers first introduction to the finger snapping Mick Wentworth caused a double take. The sheer initial rudeness of the character was a bit shocking but later Mr. Wentworth's character is devilishly delicious. Wentworth is super cocky and larger than life. The up side his character is easily tamed by his heroine (Terri) whose presence adds balance to the hero. Now, Terri's character is smart and funny with the right amount a bad luck going on in her life. The heroine trials gives her character strength and helps to propel the story forward. The gamer in me likes the fact that the author added an element of on-line gaming in the story. Stud is just a drool worth and steamy read.

Thank you to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review: Bad Deeds (Dirty Money, #3) by Lisa Renee Jones

Bad Deeds (Dirty Money, #3)Bad Deeds by Lisa Renee Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This can't be the end ... it just can't. This installment of the Dirty Money series is just too damn good to end. It ends with a maybe cliffhanger and I wasn't ready for the end when it thumped me in the forehead.

The Brandon family is the perfect combination of good, bad and everything in between. Shane the ever sexy younger Brandon brother proves why he is at the top of the pack and Pops aka daddy Brandon proves why he is a low down dirty so-in-so. Big brother Derek proves that their is a heart beating in his chest and mommy Brandon just so misguided. The combination of all these characters makes Bad Deeds one of the best contemporary romances I've read this year.
Now, the family dynamics are great in this tale because they are so very dysfunctional. With the addition of Emily, the cartel and all the other players just makes this story even better.

The pace of Bad Deeds is excellent and stays focused on the lead characters. Sometimes, when there is a great cast of secondary characters authors are sometimes sidetracked. When sidetracked authors will start to narrate the lives of the secondary too soon in a series and this removes the focus from the main characters. There isn't a risk of that here but what the reader gets in return is the perfect combination of heat and angst.

The heroine (Emily) is so much stronger but there was a constant hope of her having a more kick-ass role.  You know ... slapping a couple of the characters on my behalf.  Though Emily isn't kicking butt and taking names, this doesn't take anything away from her character. In this installment, the reader witnesses the heroine taking her appropriate position beside the hero. Her character possesses a nice quiet strength that was a pleasure to read.

As mention before, the book ended with a CLIFFHANGER. Personally, I am happy with that because I can go for another installment of the Brandons. There is definitely some unfinished business and this reader is looking forward to seeing it comepleted.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Review: Every Time He Leaves (The Raeven Sisters, #1) by Anna Karington

Every Time He Leaves (The Raeven Sisters, #1)Every Time He Leaves by Anna Karington
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First things first … I never thought that I would hate the words condom and lube.

I am having a serious love/hate relationship with this book. I like the story as a whole but I am so disliking the heroine. Lana is just really, really negative … about herself, the hero, her life … just everything. Every time there is some negative observation on her part, as the reader, I just get more frustrated and pissed off. That’s just it, there is so much negativity and self-hate that it even resonates in the intimate scenes between the main characters. Actually, the intimate scenes weren't that appealing and seemed to be space fillers.

Our heroine, Lana is dealing with loss and abandonment issues. Not to mention, a gold digging opportunistic mother. As mentioned before, Lana is dealing with the loss of her father and soon after the love of her life. Since the two must important people in her life are gone, Lana becomes consumed with the idea that every negative thing that she has ever encountered is her fault. If everything is her fault, then naturally she is deserving of any ill treatment that comes her way. This aspect of her character was sad and irritating all at the same time. The reader spends over 90% of the book having to deal with her constant negativity and self doubt.

Jarek Dean, the male lead for this tale is okay with the typical good looks of most leading males. While reading, the reader never really had a chance to gain his point of view. A lot of the encounters between the two leads was very one-sided; the heroine is in her head about how hurt she is and the hero is silent or getting the lube. The best part of the book was saved for last. The drama between Lana and her mother or Lana and her older sister really gained my interest. . Honestly, I would have loved to see more of these interactions because seriously mom is a real piece of work.

Though the heroine isn't my favorite, the author didn't a good job of getting me involved with the main character, even though I spent a lot of time rolling my eyes and thinking not again with this is my fault or this is what I deserve.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Review:Between a Wolf and a Hard Place by Terry Spear

Between a Wolf and a Hard PlaceBetween a Wolf and a Hard Place by Terry Spear

How to begin?

First, the title is misleading. I was expecting steamy and exciting but what I got was a really descriptive lukewarm Ghost Busters. The story picked up at the end and ended well.

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