This week at Smexy…
A review – The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman (historical/sheena)
A review –The Scot’s Bride by Paula Quinn (historical/sheena)
B- review – Rewritten by Bronwyn Green (contemporary bdsm/mandi)
B- review – Someone To Wed by Mary Balogh (historical/tori)
C+ review – The Other Brother by Meghan Quinn (contemporary na/kini)
C+ review – Twisted Truth by Melinda Leigh (suspense/helyce)
D review – Bodyguard by C.D. Reiss (suspense/tori)
News From Kini: It’s been a slow reading week for me. In my ongoing quest to conquer my ever growing TBR, I used a random number generator to help me find my latest read. I am about halfway through Tanner by Sarah Mayberry. It came out early this year. So far it’s pretty good and I just got to the really heavy stuff, which Mayberry does so well.
I was recommended the Bad Boys Undercover series by HelenKay Dimon. She is a new to me author and I listened to Playing Dirty, book one in that series. It was good, but romantic suspense isn’t really for me. I felt like there was too much emphasis on the suspense.
In an effort to really try out the Romance Audible trial subscription, I took to Twitter for recs for romance or romantic comedy books. Twitter never fails me. I got so many recs, thank you romance Twitter! Anyway, I listened to For the Win: Perfect Play Book # 1 by Sara Rider. I really liked it, fun, sexy, emotional. The hero and heroine are both professional soccer players. It touched on the differences of men/women pro athletes a little bit and I enjoyed that. It was kind of enemies to lovers thing. If you enjoyed Kulti by Mariana Zapata, you would probably like this book.
I started listening to Complicated by Kristen Ashley, I am about 6 chapters in and so far I am loving it.
Next up, Midnight Feast by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner. I love marriage in trouble stories.
News From Mandi: Hooking Up by Helena Hunting – I really adored this book. Not as over the top silly/funny/raunchy as some of her previous, it stands out as a strong contemporary. The hero is so sweet and a GOOD GUY. The heroine is adorable. Review to come.
Stranded With the Navy Seal by Susan Cliff gives us plenty of action and adventure as our heroine gets kidnapped and ends up stranded up on a deserted island with a Navy SEAL. Hero annoyed me a little, but still a fun read. Review coming.
News From Sheena: I’m on an alien smut spiral and I don’t want to be saved. Leave me to my intergalactic porn preoccupation in peace!
The Alien’s Mail Order Bride by Ruby Dixon – Witty and engaging novella set in a galaxy far, far away. Emvor is a former alien soldier who has retired to a small farming planet. He is unsatisfied with his bachelorhood and wants a strong sturdy alien woman to come live with him and help with the grueling work on his farm. What he gets instead, Nicola, a sought-after human in alien’s clothing who has conned her way across the galaxy to be his unexpected bride. Emvor is stern, grumpy and not at all interested in keeping his surprise bride. Perhaps he can help her find another husband to protect her- because he definitely doesn’t want her. Nope. Not at all.
The Barbarian’s Mate by Ruby Dixon– I’ve been bingeing my life away on Ruby Dixon’s Ice Planet Barbarian series. In Barbarian’s Prize, almost all of the aliens are mated to their beloved human mates. The last human woman remains and when circumstances finally allow her to resonate and forge a bond- she finds herself claimed by the one alien she wouldn’t mate with to save her life- mean-spirited, impatient and her longtime nemesis, Haeden! Desperate to escape her fate- she runs- never believing Haeden could find her, let alone love her. Squeeeeee!
News From Tori: I read BodyGuard by C.D. Reiss. A disappointment after the hilarity and steamy goodness of Bombshell. The review is posted above.
Complicated by Kristen Ashley is the old skool goodness I’ve been waiting for her to recapture. Fans will enjoy the mixture of suspense, melodrama, and humor that made Ashley’s books such a hit in the beginning. This one reminded me quite of her Burg series.
Up this weekend is The Dog Walker’s Diary by Kathryn Donohue.