This week at Smexy…
A review – Rogue Acts Anthology (contemporary/kini)
B+ review – Mister McHottie by Pippa Grant (contemporary comedy/mandi)
B review – Mesmerized by Candace Camp (historical/tori)
B- review – Judgement Road by Christine Feehan (paranormal/tori)
C+ review – Moonlight Sins from Jennifer Armentrout (suspense/tori)
C review – Headmaster by Tara Sue me (erotic/sheena)
C- review – Unraveled by Lauren Dane (contemporary/kini)
News from Tori: I tried reading This Love Story Will Self Destruct by Leslie Cohen but found myself unable to connect with the heroine. I think it was because, at that time, I just couldn’t stomach a whiny self-absorbed 20-year-old making bad decision one right after another. I’m going to try again at a later date because the reviews for it are very favorable.
S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett is an odd little story that is saved by the heroine. Heavily character driven, her characterization and monologue is the most interesting aspect of the book and she carries it almost single-handedly. That and the fact it reminded me of Harry Potter. Review to come.
I was FINALLY able to read Blood Fury by J.R. Ward. YAY!! I love the baby BDBs. I do so enjoy seeing a romance bloom from antagonism and Peyton and Novo certainly filled that bill. The biting sarcasm and bits of humor added to their appeal. The secondary romance also thrilled and left me swooning. If anyone deserved an HEA or HFN-it’s Saxton. Ward wraps up the story in an entertaining fashion and sets the stage for more to come. Looking forward to the next book-The Thief -as it’s Assail’s book and Ward has said Murhder is finally showing his face.
I’m currently reading This is Not A Love Letter by Kim Purcell and have to keep taking breaks, because, OMG SO SAD. Also reading His Sinful Touch by Candace Camp and Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen.
News from Kini: I pretty much spent the week avoiding review books and instead read Pippa Grant’s rom com books, Mister McHottie and Stud in the Stacks. Both are pretty good. Funny, very sexy, with pretty solid stories. The hero in Stud in the Stacks was an exotic dancer in college and now he is a romance reading librarian. Lots of name dropping and defense of romance in the book, but it was a lot of fun.
I’m about 25% on On the Edge by Dani Collins– There is a story within a story and is taking me a while to get through.
I’ve been listening to A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson. The story of three generations of women, the love they share, the secrets they are keeping and the past that haunts them has me captivated. Definitely some language and descriptions that are problematic, but I’ve found the story very engaging.
I am finally starting Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton. I have had this ARC for months and it pubs early next month. I loved Cleeton’s Wild Ace’s series so I am interested to read her women’s fiction debut.
News from Mandi: I loooooved Zero Hour by Megan Erickson, book one in her new hacker series. A very well done grumpy/intense hero and a great heroine. Also a supporting cast where I want all of their HEAs. Gritty, but enough humor to balance it out. My review posts this week.
Beyond Scandal and Desire by Lorraine Heath fell flat for me. The romance never made an impact and overall just slow. Review this week.
I’m currently reading Hostage by Annika Martin and Skye Warren. A dark book about a sixteen year old who is kidnapped by a bad man – aka the hero. She is released….and then we jump ahead when she is 17 and then 18….as he drops in to visit her every now and then. Set in the same world as Prisoner (Free today!!), but a stand alone. I’ll be reviewing later this week….I’m enjoying it so far. (Note: Prisoner is DARK. )
Up next is Ruled by Anne Marsh, part of Harlequin’s new Dare line. I’ll report back