Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Driven to Distraction by Lori Foster book review

Mary Daniels and Brodie Crews is the couple that Lori Foster writes a story about in Driven to Distraction. I’ll have to start by saying that I have never read a story about collectors portrayed they way there were in Foster’s story. I had no idea that such a thing existed. I also like the idea of Therman, hiring Mary when she was looking for a fresh start. That fact that he paid her well was a nice touch in the story. It would be so great if this happened in real life because so many people could benefit from well-paying jobs when they are trying to rebuild their lives. So, I loved that little bit of hope that the author wrote in there.

The cover and the description of Brodie in the story is super hot. A total necessity in a romance story for me ;) Brodie and Mary start their relationship off a bit rocky. Mary does not want to work with Brodie, but for some reason, Therman thinks they will work well together. In fact, he was right. Not only do they work well together on the job...they work together in other ways as well. Brodie’s dog Howler was hilarious and added a nice touch to the story. I thought sparks started to fly right away. It just took Mary a while to realize it.

Brodie and Mary are a perfect match. Their personalities work great together and Mary really needed someone like Brodie to help her deal with her past. I like the bit of suspense in this book. The anticipation of figuring out what is going on keeps the reader reading until the end. Such a good, fun story. I’m glad that I picked it up.

Healer’s Need by Rhenna Morgan book review

I’ll admit, I picked up this book because I love Rhenna Morgan and not because I was in the mood for a paranormal shifter romance. But I have already reread the Haven series and I needed something new ;) I’ll also admit that I read book 2 first *gasp* and then I had to quickly buy book 1. It was that good. I was ready to be a shifter by the time I finished these two books.

Healer's Need picks up right where Guardian's Bond ended. A lot of the world building happens in the first book and you feel like you're missing vital information if you read it backward like I did. At the end of the Guardian’s Bond, we were left with Priest's evil brother escaping the clan's effort to neutralize him and Tate meeting his mate. The chemistry was off the charts with Elise and Tate, and the fact that Tate knew he had to be careful with Elise was such a turn on. *fans self*

Elise seemed so innocent and as the story progressed her inner strength really became a focal point of the plot. I loved it! Morgan did not disappoint with the usual protective and possessive behavior we expect from her alpha men. Yummy.

I love the characters, the setting and all the descriptive details that make this such an engaging story. Rhenna is a master at writing some of the best sex scenes. If you have not read any of her books, you need to! You may even find yourself re-reading them. *not making eye contact with anyone*.

Highland Dom by Marie Tuhart Book Review

Kristen Caldwell, owner of Cozy Corners Café, and Professor Cameron McMillian kick of this new series by Marie Tuhart. This was the first book that I read by this author and it was definitely an enjoyable ready. I would say that while there are elements of BDSM in this story, it really is pretty light. Kirsten has been reluctant to enter a new relationship and has sort of had her eye on Cameron. She got a several year reprieve from having to act on her attraction to Cameron while he was teaching in Scotland. Before he left, Kristen whispered some of her fantasies to Cameron and they have both been thinking about them.

Ohhhhhhhhhh…..as you can imagine, this was an exciting lead-up to their reunion. Because of some past mistakes, Kristen holds back on letting herself fully into a relationship with Cameron and then she doesn’t really want word to get out. She is very worried that her business will be affected by her dating the eldest, somewhat kinky, so of the McMillan family. Cameron is straightforward in what he wants and is not looking to play games. He is also confident in himself and what he wants...now to just rub some of that confidence off on Kristen. This was a good read. Sweet, fun and swoon-worthy at times.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Under Control by Shannon Stacey book review

Shannon Stacey is back with more Hot Firefighters. *sigh* I read this book from start to finish in one sitting. It will totally keep your attention and the attraction between Derek and Olivia is really hot. *fans self*

This is the 2nd book in the series that I read and I read it out of order. The book can be a stand alone but it was nice to see some of the past characters appearing in this story. Derek is a single dad and has put his time into work and his kids. He has a good relationship with his ex, so his time is not spent fighting with her. They have both moved on from their marriage. Olivia is well off and can do things and travel as she likes. However, she is very wary of divorced couples because her parents got divorced when she was young and she is still dealing with their nonsense as an adult. There is no way she is ever putting herself in the middle of another divorced couple.

However, not everything goes according to plan when there is some major attraction going on. Will Olivia and Derek give into the sizzling chemistry going on between them? (my answer is always YES!!!) They characters in this book are responsible, motivated and driven people. But they have to be able to take a chance on each other. I would totally recommend this as a fun weekend read. If you love romance, you will love this book.

A Snowbound Scandal by Jessica Lemmon book review

This is a book in the Harlequin Desire imprint and I would definitely recommend it for the coming winter months! This was the first book that I read by Jessica Lemmon and I jumped into this book, which I figured had some preceding books, but it was fine as a standalone book.

The book focused on Chase Ferguson, who is a Texas oil billionaire and mayor of Dallas, and Miriam (Mimi) Andrix, who lives in Montana and used to date Chase 10 years ago. Both of them seemed to move on, but neither one of them was in a marriage or long-term relationship. So, this is definitely a second chance story. Chase travelled to Montana to get away from the stress of his job for the Thanksgiving holiday. He just wanted a quiet place to relax and did not really anticipate running into Miriam. After they ran into each other, Miriam felt bad that he was alone for Thanksgiving and decided to bring him some dinner. The snowstorm hits….and they are stuck together in his house during a blizzard. The chemistry from 10 years ago is still there and one touch will set them off, so they try to avoid each other for as long as possible. Miriam is not out to get hurt again. Chase does not want to have her affected by any scandals that stem from paparazzi like “reporters” because of his political involvement. It’s romantic that he is looking out for her, but not all women will appreciate that approach ;)

Their life choices have them going in different directions and it does not seem like their differences will allow them to continue their relationship. Chase has a prominent role in his family and his city, but Miriam has built her own successful life in Montana. If I had to be stuck somewhere with a hot man, a mansion in Montana is a good spot to be. The rest of the characters added some depth to this story. The setting makes this a perfect book to reading during a winter snow storm, curled up on the couch, in front of a fire with a glass of wine.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Unleashed by Caitlin Crews

I feel like I was just ghosted by summer, so it must have been the perfect evening for a book set in Iceland. Bring on the large, dominant, Viking men to get me through winter! I downloaded this book and read it in one night. It was good fun. I'm ready for a trip to Hotel Viking in Reykjavik. Thor Ragnarsson is our sexy hotel owner, but he is elusive in the first scene. Dr. Margot Cavendish has been trying to get a hold of him for a while, for some research, but Thor has been ignoring her requests. Margot decides to drive to the hotel and just drop by. Fortunately, she has been working in Iceland, so it was not a stretch that she would end up there.

I love that Margot's academic side came out in her dialogue. While Thor might not have been the academic that Margot was, he gave as good as he got. I think it's super sexy when both characters value some brains behind all the steamy hot passion. I think that Thor's backstory is important. Especially to establish the fact that he did not set out to own a "sex hotel." I don't know that I have ever considered the cultural norms towards sex, but there really was a valid argument in this story. 

This book is a great addition to the Harlequin Dare line. It's perfect for winter, especially during a snowstorm. Grab a glass of wine and don't expect to go to bed until this book is finished. I loved it! Oh, and I really am loving these covers. This one really captures the couple in the book.