Category Archives: Romance

Seduction and Scandal by Charlotte Featherstone


From the publisher:  In Stores June 21st, 2011

His love could save her…

In more ways than one.

With the scandalous nature of her birth to live down, Isabella Fairmont dreams of a proper marriage – even if a passionless one. She saves her deepest desires for the novel she dares to pen, wherein a handsome lord with dark powers seduces her. But then her courtship with an appropriate suitor is threatened by the sudden attention of the Earl of Black …whose pale blue eyes and brooding sensuality are exactly as she described in her book.

Isabella tries to resist the mysterious Earl of Black. Yet as he pursues her with inexplicable knowledge of her past and kisses that consume her, Isabella fears she will succumb.

If only the earl could tell Isabella the truth. With very real and treacherous thieves endangering her life, Black will need to protect Isabella from the very people she trusts the most…

Review completed May 25th, 2011

Grade: C or 3 stars

Took me SIX days to finish this novel when usually I can read a book in a few hours.

This is a well written novel. There are no glaring errors or things of that ilk. The characters were well written. They each had their own personalities and eccentricities. I actually liked all the characters themselves. For me though, this novel was rather boring. I was also a bit confused.

Our heroine wants to be a “Lady Novelist” So she is writing her own story, and telling it to her cousin Lucy for much of the novel and it focuses on the passages she writes, which seem to correlate to what is going on in the story, like she is a precog. Which, as far as I could tell (would have been cool!)she wasn’t. It was used as a plot device and it drove me batty.

The hero, Jude Black (Oh, and BTW, I love his name *Jude* mmmm) Is broody, moody, and secretive. Charged with a secret Holy mission he no longer believes in, for he has lost his faith. I liked him. I like scary, Alpha men with a heart of gold and secret longing and passions 😆

The writing is very lyrical, and often times too flowery. I think I needed to be in the right mood in order to fully appreciate this novel, and the writing style of Charlotte Featherstone. She writes well, it just wasn’t for me at this moment.

The first 150 pages, were very slow for me. The action picks up at the end, but I would have liked to have had more action scenes. Also this novel is setup for a sequel, and many questions go un-answered. Which is the latest trend in authors I see. I really hate it.

Anyways, if you are a fan of lyrical prose, 18th century worlds, with a hint of Religious Artifacts that could doom the world if they are united together, then you will love this novel.

It’s gothic, a bit dark, but also slow.

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf, by Molly Harper


From the Publisher: I purchased this novel, release date Feb 22, 2011

Northern Exposure

Even in Grundy, Alaska, it’s unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham—who has been openly critical of Mo’s ability to adapt to life in Alaska—has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble.

For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it’s love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But Cooper has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, he’s worried that he might be the violent canine in question.

If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen, yet Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. Except if he’s not responsible, then who is? And when a werewolf falls head over haunches in love with you, what are you supposed to do anyway? The rules of dating just got a whole lot more complicated

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When I read a Molly Harper Novel, I know these things:

1) I will be entertained
2) I will Laugh
3) I will be invested in her characters happiness
4) I will love all the characters
5) There will be some type of light mystery

Now, I’m not saying these novels are formulaic, I’m just saying that I know what to expect, as far as quality of writing, and enjoyment factors.

Mo, our leading lady, is running away (at 29 years old LOL) from her over-bearing and pushy parents, and is intent on “Finding Herself”

Cooper, our resident werewolf and leading dude, is a very gruff, withdrawn, but honorable male with bark.

Sparks fly when they meet, but Cooper doesn’t really know how to communicate… he’s kind of an ass. You could call him a slightly tortured hero with a side of Woe is me, and you wouldn’t be wrong. I liked him though.

It was really funny learning Mo’s full name, and O.M.G I can’t believe what some parents do to their children in the name department. Geesh!

So, overall if you are a fan of Harper’s, or just a fan of light, easy to read, contemporary romance with a side of werewolf, you will like this book, especially if you like to laugh.

Backstage Pass, by Olivia Cunning


From the Publisher:  October 1, 2010

The first in a new erotic romance series, Backstage Pass is a sizzling mix of sex, love, and rock n’ roll

It’s been months since Brian Sinclair, lead guitarist for the famous rock band, Sinners, composed anything. Unable to write the music that once flowed so naturally, Brian is lost without his musical mojo. But when sexy psychology professor Myrna Evans comes on tour to study groupie mentality, Brian may have found the spark he needs to reignite his musical genius. When lust turns to love, will Brian be able to convince Myrna that what they have is more than just a fling, and that now that he’s found his heart’s muse, he doesn’t want to live without her?

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3.5/5 Not quite a 4 star read for me.
This will be short. I liked Brian. A lot. He was Hot, sexy, rhythmically poetic, and did I mention Hot? Some find him too needy, I thought he was sweet, and looking for validation and reciprocation of his feelings. Myrna? She was OK. Not my favorite heroine. I would have liked her better without the internal dialogue. It kept throwing me out of the mood. I understand why she was that way, it just bother me. I would have rather had what happened to her up front, or slowly revealed, but without the “I’m a whore” while having uninhibited sex with Brian.
The threesome WAS hot, but in my mind it was unnecessary. I hate when authors (by way of characters) have a threesome after they figure out they love each other. I feel like it diminishes it somehow (at least to me, maybe not others) The end of the threesome was rather a shocking revelation. Holy Crap!
I loved Trey, Eric and Sed the manwhore.
I’ll read more by this author, she writes well, her sex scenes were plentiful, and dirty, loved the down and dirty romping {Just the way I like em’!}
Can’t wait to read more.
this book contains: Sex. Dirty sex. Anal play and Sex, light bondage, voyeurism, lots of oral, and some light Male/Male.

Trace of Fever by Lori Foster


From the publisher:

Release Date May 31, 2011

CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE OF VENGEANCE AND DESIRE

Undercover mercenary Trace Rivers loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned mission. First he’ll earn the trust of corrupt businessman Murray Coburn, then gather the proof he needs to shut down the man’s dirty smuggling operation. It’s a perfect scheme—until Coburn’s long-lost daughter saunters in with her own deadly plan for revenge.

With a smile like an angel and fire in her eyes, Priscilla Patterson isn’t who she seems to be. But neither is the gorgeous bodyguard who ignites all her senses. Joining forces to plot Coburn’s downfall, Priss and Trace must fight the undeniable heat between them. For one wrong move, one lingering embrace, will expose them to the wrath of a merciless opponent…

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3.5/5
We first meet Trace in [book:When You Dare|9758743] after his sister is rescued from Sex traffickers by Dare. Driven by his need to rid the world of these vile scumbags  who sell women to the highest bidder, he goes undercover and infiltrates a sex trade organization.

He proves himself invaluable and capable to the boss Murray, and finds himself in a right hand man position.

Our heroine Priscilla was a conundrum for me.  On one hand she portrayed the fierce ass kicker; and on the other hand, she played the virginal, sheltered, but mouthy woman.  I felt like she was a schizo.

While I loved Trace, I didn’t love Priss. There were multiple instances of the classic “too stupid to live” that just annoy me in books.  Where the heroine defies common sense and charges into the fray and will most likely end up dead if she isn’t saved by someone else :insert eye roll here:

The plot was OK, it wasn’t a suspense plot, more of a “will they kill him or not” plot.  There were a few twists coming you don’t see until the end, and that was interesting.

I enjoyed seeing Dare and Molly, Chris and Matt, the dogs and Alani and Jackson.

I don’t want to go into much more, the writing is solid, I enjoy the way Lori Foster tells a story.

I also like the way she did Trace and Priss’s romance/love.  It didn’t feel rushed, even though it was only a few days they were together.

Author ~ Heather Webber


I stumbled upon Heather Webber’s Lucy Valentine Series when I applied for an ARC of Truly, Madly and won.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I was fairly new to the Contemporary Romance genre.  This book, and subsequent series was a GEM!

From the publisher:

Lucy Valentine is as smart as can be, as single as you can get, and so not qualified to run a matchmaking service. But when her parents temporarily step down from the family business, Valentine, Inc., it’s Lucy’s turn to step up and help out—in the name of love.

Plus, her rent is due.

Here’s the problem: Lucy doesn’t have the knack for matchmaking. According to family legend, every Valentine has been blessed by Cupid with the ability to read “auras” and pair up perfect couples. But not Lucy. Her skills were zapped away years ago in an electrical surge, and now all she can do is find lost objects. What good is that in the matchmaking world? You’d be surprised. In a city like Boston, everyone’s looking for something. So when Lucy locates a missing wedding ring—on a dead body—she asks the sexy private eye who lives upstairs to help her solve the perfect crime. And who knows? Maybe she’ll find the perfect love while she’s at it

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Loved it! It was very Janet Evanovich/Charlotte Hughes. Fast, light, funny and interesting. I read it in one sitting in just a few hours. I love Lucy 🙂 She was great! I really felt connected to her, and that’s great author praise. I also enjoyed all the other characters. Sean, Dovie, her dad and mom were pretty freaking funny, Raphael etc.
The main premise is that the Valentines own a Matchmaking company and each Valentine posses some type of gift. Most Valentines can see aura’s and match people based on like auras. Lucy’s gift was altered when she was 14 and struck by lighting. She feels like the black sheep of the Valentine Family because she no longer see’s them.
There is humor, murder, and romance. A winning combination if you ask me.

I look forward to the next installment

From the Publisher:

The irrepressible star of Truly, Madly is back in business. This time, Lucy Valentine will go to the ends of the earth to find true love for her clients…and maybe even herself.

Lucy wants to breathe new life into her family’s Boston-based matchmaking company. But how? Even though she comes from a long line of ancestors blessed by Cupid with psychic abilities, a freak accident left Lucy with only one special skill: finding things. Car keys, socks in the dryer, needles in haystacks…and now, in a stroke of professional genius, lost loves!

It’s not long before Lucy’s on a winning streak, helping old flames reunite and create new sparks. Business is booming. But when Lucy finds herself involved in a possible case of murder, she realizes she’s in too deep. Enter Sean Donahue. Lucy’s handsome fire-fighter-turned private eye neighbor, Sean is just the man she needs to help her on the job. Could he also be the man she’s been looking for all along? When it comes to Valentine, Inc., falling in love is always serious business

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Such an adorable change of pace from what I have been reading. Lucy is a wonderful leading lady. The story is interesting, with a crazy stalker, a few lost loves, a missing persons case with the police department, and Sean. Lucy and Sean have some intense sexual chemistry 🙂 We see Em, and Marisol and go on a few stake outs trying to find evidence that Em’s fiance is a no good cheating loser…
We see a bit of Dovie, not as much as the first book, but it’s memorable. Can everyone say the Boston Globe? <grins> Same with her mom. Her dad and Raephael make a few appearances, and it’s funny, heartfelt and interesting with what transpires with her dad and family.
I can’t wait for Absolutely, Positively.

Author ~ Julie James


I have to say that I found a great new to me author!  Julie James writes contemporary Romance, and let me tell you, she is a great writer!  The first book I read was Practice Makes Perfect, then I devoured her next two novels Something About You, and A Lot Like Love.  She has an easy to read writing voice, and great characterization.  Julie is also a graduate of Law School, and you can tell that she knows what she is talking about in her novels. Her Hero’s are scrumptious, her heroines are strong and capable, and they don’t have many “to stupid to live’ moments, which is great, because heroines who charge off into the fray and do stupid things in the face of danger drive me up the wall.

Something About You, was a perfect novel.  Jack Pallas is a rough and tough FBI Agent, who has given “glowering” a new name.  Cameron, is an assistant US Attorney.  Enough said.  She’s tough, hard working and loyal to her friends.  What I liked was the seemingly effortless way  this novel was written.  You just sit down and enjoy.  The side characters are also fantastic.  I found myself liking Collin and Amy.

Something About You

If you are looking for a book that will entertain you, engross you, and enthrall you with it’s captivating characters, then look no further than Julie James.  Perfect amount of Love, Suspense, and Yummy Men.

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