This week at Smexy….
B+ review – Wallbanger by Alice Clayton (contemporary romance)
B review – Nightingale by Jennifer Estep (paranormal romance)
B- review – Running Wild by Linda Howard and Linda Jones (contemp)
C+ review – Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole (paranormal romance)
C+ review – Running in the Dark by Regan Summers (urban fantasy)
C+ review – The Importance of Being Wicked by Miranda Neville (historical)
C review – In Her Sights by Charley Colins (romantic suspense)
C- review – What an Earl Wants by Kasey Michaels (historical)
C- review – Too Dangerous to Desire by Cara Elliott (historical)
F review – Kept by Shawntelle Madison (urban fantasy)
News From Mandi: Romancing The Holiday anthology out from Carina Press soon is a really cute and sexy collection of stories. HelenKay Dimon writes about a heroine who moves back to West Virginia to help renovate her uncle’s “resort” which she finds out is a rundown camp site. She runs into the man she had a “three-night stand” with months ago, never expecting to see him again. They eventually try a fourth night and a sexy romance comes about. I also really enjoyed Jaci Burton’s contribution. For those that have read her two previous novellas centered around the Kent brothers, this is Tara and Brody’s story. Loved. So sexy. I adore the Kent brothers, and if you haven’t yet, try All She Wants for Christmas or my favorite, A Rare Gift (Adored!). Christie Barth also has a story in this anthology. Hers is best friends to lovers trope, where the hero feels like he should marry another girl for the good of his family’s company. He is a geeky hero which I like, but we don’t’ get to see the two of them really fall in love. The other woman makes too much of a presence. But otherwise I recommend this anthology.
Drive Me Wild by Christine Warren gave me my arrogant alpha fix I was craving. Rafael is the head Jaguar shifter and I loved him. He falls for a witch, and some drama ensues. This book is very sexy. Quick fun read that I recommend.
I also recommend Grease Monkey Jive by Ainslie Paton. Recommended to me by Jane from Dear Author, this is about a playboy car mechanic who falls for a ballroom dance instructor. She is also competing on a ballroom dance competition show. As I read it felt like I was watching a romance movie. Really well done characters, slow to build romance, and a ton of angst at the end. It’s a long one, but I like that the author took so much time to build everything up. I’ll review it next week.
I’m currently reading and devouring Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews. Really enjoying so far. We will have a joint discussion on this one coming up soon.
News From May: This week I read Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews. It ruled. I loved the strong UF vibe that the story had and how much we got to see of Jack and George. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that!
I hope to read more this next week but between Christmas parties and shopping and all the hoopla who knows!
Tori News: The Thanksgiving week kicked my arse. I was sick, the kid was crabby, and my husband held a week long party outside with his friends aka the losers. *sigh* So last week was my “recover from TG week” week. :)
I decided since Mandi won’t let me write single sentence reviews, I’m going to do it here today because NO ONE CAN STOP ME!!!!! Bwahahahahaha. *cough-choke-cough* Sorry, not quite over my cold.
Down For The Count by Christine Bell- Tom Hardy is the hero.
In The Band by Jean Haus- Emo band members are whiny.
Sultry With a Twist by Mary Beckett-Jesus loves me this I know.
Unleashed by Cherri Lynn -Love in an elevator, livin’ it up while he’s going down.
Leave Me Breathless by Cherri Lynn -Boom Chicka Wow Wow A Wow Wow!
Starfish and Coffee by Kele Moon-Matt and Alex sitting in a tree-K.I.S.S.I.N.G.
The Better To Bite by Cynthia Eden- Remember the movie The Howling? This ain’t it but it’s fabulous all the same.
O Come All Ye Kinky Edited by Sarah Frantz-It’s all freaky mc freak freak up in here.
Find You In The Dark by A. Meredith Walters-It pulled me into it’s dark abyss and made me feel things.
The Wolf Within by Cynthia Eden. Wolverine had NOTHING on this hero.
Game Of Hearts by Kate Donovan-I wanted to stab my eyes when I was done.
The Rent-A-Groom by Jennifer Blake- It’s American Gigolo, romance book style.
50 Shades Of Mr. Darcy by William Codpiece-What can I really say here?
The Rock Star Next Door by Lily Silver-Robert Plant meets Taylor Swift and they are reincarnated as non annoying people.
Afflicted by Brandon Shire- Pretty Woman, gay male style.
Conduct Unbecoming by LA Witt- Imagine Richard Gere in an Officer and a Gentleman picking up and carrying out David Keith instead of Debra Winger.
Bound By Danger by SE Jakes-NCIS LA goes gay.
Shiver by Karen Robards-Two bad guys go into a bar and…review to come.
Marked By Odin by Coral Moore-Fade to the dark forest, cue the creepy music…and…ACTION! Review to come.
Once Bitten by Sara Reinke-DNF
I will be reading Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews this weekend and a few others. (Mandi says: just a few? LOL)