This week at Smexy…
A+ review – When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare (may)
A review – Shadows Strike by Diane Duvall (helyce)
B+ review – Sustained by Emma Chase (mandi)
B+ review – You’re The Earl That I Want by Kelly Bowen (may)
B review – Anything But Broken by Joelle Knox (mandi)
C+ review – Hard to Fight by Bella Jewel (sheena)
C+ review – If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins (tori)
C+ review – Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey (mandi)
C – review – Captivated by Your Love by Kennedy Kelly (sheena)
News From Mandi: Crosstown Crush by Cara McKenna features the cuckolding fantasy – where the hero gets off by watching another man with his wife. The set-up “catch” – the feeling of being lesser than the man with his wife etc.. I think this kink was set up well – I understood it and the heroine was totally on board. But the book ends….a little odd and rushed for me. I have thoughts – will share them in the review.
Her Enemy Highlander by Nicole Locke has enjoyable characters – hero kidnaps heroine – they fall in love. But the story is slow and it felt like we just walked in circles the whole time. Review to come
News from Tori: This is two weeks of reading since I was internet-less last week.
A Taste of Heaven by Penny Watson is a delicious bite of romance and humor as a grief stricken widow finds herself competing in a culinary contest with a cantankerous grumpy Scotsman. Well written and throughly drenched in humor, romance, and a touch of bittersweet emotions.
Unnatural by Joanna Chambers–A brief story out of her Enlightenment series. Captain Iain Sinclair has sold out his commission and is set to go to India but wants to mend a friendship with very dear friend he hurt. A short sweet MM romance that flips between the past and present as two men must decide if their love is worth fighting for. Review to come.
Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan–A sweet sexy romance may/december MM romance between two men who must overcome some misconceptions and bad habits if they want their happily ever after. Review in NOV issue of RT Book Review Magazine.
Engaging by Sarah Curtis–A second chance romance between a rock star and the girl he let get away. Not as appealing or well plotted as book one but still had an engaging storyline and strong characters. Review to come.
Violated by Jamie Fesserden–A thought provoking MM that addresses a very serious subject with compassion and realism. Enjoyed though there were some issue with character development and emotional connections. Review to come.
Sacked by Jen Frederick–A fun sexy sports themed romance between a star football player and a young woman whose secrets could destroy everything thing he’s worked for. Review to come.
The Madness of Lord Westfall by Mia Marlowe– A historical romance steeped in the supernatural and brimming with spies. Darkly bittersweet, Marlowe hits on some hard topics as two people betrayed by family and all alone in the world meet by chance but stay to fight for their destiny while saving the crown. Review to come.
Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb– EVE. ROURKE. YAY! An action packed investigational thriller that follows a murderous couple as they make their way to New York; where Eve is ready and waiting to take them down. Review to come.
Last Hope by Jen Frederick and Jessica Clare–The fourth in the Hitman series brings mercenary Mendoza back and pairs him up with a feisty young woman when they are forced to rely on each other to survive. An interesting premise that didn’t quite pan out as I expected. The romance is prominent and blends uncomfortably with the main conflict. Review to come.
Hard To Fight By Bella Jewel–100% pure Jewel with an interesting premise-female bounty hunter has to bring in a suspected murderer. It was decent but the heroine’s complaints of male dominated field contrasts with her constant use of her body and sexuality to lie to and capture her bounty was annoying. Read Sheena’s review HERE.
Hard to Break by Bella Jewel–2nd book in Jewel’s Alpha Heart series. A young woman does everything she can to save her alcoholic father’s auto repair shop but when a famous race car builder swoops in and buys it out from under her, more then spark plugs are sparking. I liked this one better. Quinn and Tazen were better developed and match. Sexy, spicy, and funny with plenty of snark and insults flying. Sheena will be reviewing closer to review date.
Fallen Crest University by Tijan–Welp, this one was weird. Not amusing weird but more along the lines of ‘wtf just happened’ weird. I have really enjoyed this series. Heavy on the cheese, the crazy Payton Place/Gossip Girl dramalicious campy soap opera set up worked well for me. Even the flaws were entertaining. However, this one really jumps shark and takes us down a very, very strange road. I’ll be thinking long and hard about the next one.
Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven–The sequel to Bad Romeo gives me what I missed in book one-the whole story with all the emotions, drama, angst, and answers I wanted. I’m glad I picked it up.
The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward– Fans of the old 80s primetime soap operas will feel right at home in this campy, cheesy, melodrama of a rich well respected Whiskey dynasty family and the sordid secrets they hide from the eyes of the world. A lightweight romance is suppose to be the core but this family and their lives is the real base on which this story is built.
This weekend I am preparing for TS Erika and reading Girl Wife Prisoner by Helen Peach.