Weekly Wrap-Up

This week at Smexy…

A review – The Kraken King by Meljean Brook (steampunk)
B+ review – When You Are Mine by Kennedy Ryan (contemporary)
B review – The River Leith by Leta Blake (m/m)
B review – Better When He’s Bad by Jay Crownover (NA)
B review – Lady Wild by Maire Claremont (historcal)
B- review – Crossing the Line by Megan Hart (erotic novella)
C+ review – Strangers on the Shore by Josh Lanyon (m/m)
C+ review – The Billionaire Submissive by Joely Sue Burkhart (erotic)
C review – Sharp Love by Ava March (m/m)

DNF Round-Up
Cover Poll – To Hair or Not to Hair
Smexy’s Top Ten

News From Mandi: I don’t have a ton to report, but what I do have to report is alllll good. Suddenly Last Summer by Sarah Morgan is a great contemporary romance. A stressed out hero who avoids going home to his family’s resort and an energetic and passionate heroine who works at said resort. They had a fling the summer before and now they are forced to see each other again. It’s warm, great humorous banter from supporting characters and sexy. I really, really enjoyed it. Review coming soon.

I’m also just starting Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan and zomg I’m in love already – and I’m only on chapter two. I know it’s early but I’ve had SO many recs for this book I’m pretty confident I’m going to love it. And squish it. And give it all the hugs. I’ll report back. (Or just look at twitter for gushing)


Tori’s News: Alice Clayton’s Screwdrivered is a fun, sexy, laugh out loud romance that hits all the right spots in this opposite attract trope. My review will be in September issue of RT Book Reviews Magazine.

Losing Control (The Kerr Chronicles, #1) by Jen Frederick is a cinderella-esque love story between a billionaire and a poor bike messenger. Though the trope is familiar, Fredericks makes it their own with a super sexy hero and a snarky heroine who manages to hold her own. Review to come.

Forever Ride (The Hellions Ride, #2) by Chelsea Cameron Book two in Cameron’s MC romance series, Forever Ride focuses on the playboy and the princess. And interesting format is used as the hero is in a coma for a majority of the book. I liked it but felt the heroine’s attitude was so at odds with what we had come to know of her, it made the conflict feel forced for the sake of the story. Review to come.

Neanderthal Marries Human (Knitting in the City, #1.5) by Penny Reid. Jamie and Quinn are back as they attempt to navigate weddings, sex, and family in this hilarious and super steamy sequel to Neanderthal Meets Human.

More Than Music (Chasing the Dream, #1) by Elizabeth Briggs. A sweet NA romance contemporary set up against the backdrop of a reality based battle of the bands scenario. Review to come.

Private Politics by Emma Barry. A short romance contemporary set amongst the movers and shakers of Washington politics. Enjoyable storyline though the romance between hero and heroine felt forced. My review will be in September issue of RT Book Reviews Magazine.

Let It Ride by L.C. Chase. A sexy MM romance with a sexy cowboy and a hot EMT. Some angst and steamy lovemaking made this romance a fast read though one hero’s “woe is me” attitude got old quickly. My review will be in September issue of RT Book Reviews Magazine.

This weekend I’m reading Night’s End by Yasmine Galenorn and Straddling the Line by Jaci Burton.


News from Sheena: *Sips wine*  What a week.  Kids first week out of school….annnnnnd I *think* I survived! Barely…can you chug wine? Should you?  A question for another day.

This week was a slow reading week for me.  I have to get my grubby hands on some good stuff soon!  I did read an ARC for Lara Adrian’s Crave The Night and absolutely loved it.  I can not wait until one of these Smexygirls reviews it closer to the review date.  Verra verra hot….makes a girl wish she were a breedmate….I have half a mind to tat the symbol on my arm and wave it around in the streets after dark and see what happens. he he he
I also finished Gwen Bristow’s Deep Summer.  An epic generational saga that I actually enjoyed.  Deeply rooted in the south it is the story of the birth of the southern society.  It was not nearly as romancey as I usually like but it was more than pleasant to read.
To wrap up the week, I started reading Dirty Angels by Karina Halle.  Halle is a new author to me but the blurb sparked my interest, the prologue kind of scared me and early on,  so far, I find myself oddly thrilled.  I hope the story sustains,  as it is off to a great start.
Have a great weekend!



  1. Helyce says

    Hey Tori, is Screwdrivered stand alone?

    Sheena, I got the Adrian for review…I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’m looking forward to it!

  2. Sheena says


    Have you read Crave the Night yet? WhoaMG! I loved it. Nathan is my kinda vampire. Jordana one of Adrian’s better heroines.

    :-) I can’t wait to read your review!

    • Helyce says

      No, haven’t read it yet. I will in July probably. I think it’s an August release? Better check!!!

  3. says

    I hope you will enjoy the last Indigo Court book! I do love her other series very much, this one is too dark for me.
    And yeah for Lara Adrian! I can’t wait for the new book!

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