Review – Taking Turns by J.A. Huss

 

Taking Turns (Turning #1) by J.A. Huss

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Ménage
  • Suits
  • First In A Series

When I first saw the description and cover for Taking Turns, before it released, I wasn’t sure it was my thing. The description was kind of strange and made it sound like a captivity book. For the record, I do not read captivity, slave or true Stockholm syndrome books. They give me the creeps. This is not a captivity book! Once I started seeing the reviews roll in confirming it was not, I decided to read it. Holy. Shit. I was not disappointed.

This review is going to be mostly vague feelings about the book. To give you anything else would surely ruin your enjoyment of the story. I can’t even explain how it begins because it’s something you just have to read. It has everything a great erotica novel needs – lots of dirty bits and loveable characters. Now don’t start thinking this is all heat and no content or story. It has a strong and mysterious storyline that drew me in deep from the first page.

Taking Turns is one of those books that will stick with me. I could feel the book hangover as soon as I finished it. Hell, I considered going back to page 1 and reading it again. To say I enjoyed this book would be a massive understatement. I. Fucking. Loved. It. I know I will re-read this book, and I know it is one of my top reads of the year. I cannot wait for the second book in the series, Turning Back, to release 4.12.17.

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-My Rating-

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Review – Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) by L.J. Shen

Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) by L.J. Shen

“Because moments like these reminded me that my life was hard, but not bad. There was a difference between the two. A hard life equaled a life full of obstacles and challenging moments but also full of people you loved and cared about. A bad life equaled an empty life. One that wasn’t necessarily hard or challenging but was devoid of the people you loved and cared about.” – Emilia

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Suit/CEO
  • First In A Series
  • Heat Level 2

Vicious is a different kind of book. It’s not always easy to follow or read, but it is totally worth it. I found myself rather lost and confused in the very first chapter. I even stopped reading and checked to see if I missed a novella before this first book that would give me some clarity. Nope, the mystery is purposeful, and the author uses this technique a few times throughout the book. You just have to keep reading to unravel the mystery and put all the pieces together. I loved this book!

Emilia aka Millie is an extremely lovable character. She is humble, strong and caring. She makes sacrifice after sacrifice for the ones she loves and never complains or dims her shine. I loved her character and wished we could be best friends. Shen does a great job of making her personality shine through, even though the story jumps between current day and 10 years before. The consistency is refreshing.

“There was a heavily made-up Goth girl leaning against a barstool. She looked at us like most people did. Like Emilia had kidnapped me or like I was her sensible brother. We were so different it was borderline comical. Me with my custom suit, expensive coat, and rich asshole air about me and her with her burgundy-wine sweater, beanie, Christmas leggings, and army boots.” – Vicious

Baron “Vicious” Spencer earned his nickname in high school with good reason. I found his character to be crude and downright mean. There were many times while reading that I just couldn’t believe the things he said! I kept thinking, “what an asshole!” and “there can’t possibly be anything redeemable about his character.” He was so vicious at points that I couldn’t believe I was still reading. He was flawed, spoiled and entitled. But I couldn’t help being pulled in by him and Emilia. By the end, I was cheering for him to turn all of his angry and negativity into a beautiful and compassionate person. I’ll let you decide if he made it there. 😉

I quirked an eyebrow at him and leaned back. “Your IT people are doing a terrible job. I’ve been watching snuff all morning.”

He laughed, and his amusement looked genuine. Rare and brief like cherry blossoms in the spring. But just like the flowers, it died quickly.

“I didn’t peg you for a kink girl, Emilia.” He tucked his hands in his pockets. “Whatever floats your boat, I’d be happy to be captain.”

This book wove an almost murder/mystery type tale with plenty of twists to keep me reading. I wanted to put my life things aside just so I could jump back into Vicious and Emilia’s lives. The supporting cast of characters pulled me into their lives as well, and I’m looking forward to reading their books in the series. I think what I loved the most is that it wasn’t your typical romance book. There were dark themes and secret plotlines happening throughout. I will absolutely be reading the rest of this series, and probably everything else L.J. Shen has written. Don’t let Vicious scare you off, he might be more bark than bite… or not.

My Rating –

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Review – The Neighborhood (Twin Estates #2) by Stylo Fantome

The Neighborhood (Twin Estates #2) by Stylo Fantome

BLURB

Things a bad neighbor can do to you:

1. Have loud parties late at night

2. Refuse to mow his lawn

3. Steal your newspapers

4. Rip your heart out and walk all over it

Katya Tocci is willing to admit that she may have bitten off more than she could chew.

Liam Edenhoff showed her a side of life she’d been missing out on – sex and friendship and tacos. But then he betrayed her.

Wulfric Stone taught her that big surprises can come from unexpected places – like from a surly, aggressive, withdrawn bastard. But then he broke her heart.

Now one of them wants forgiveness, and the other wants forever. And Katya? She just wants to forget.

Who knew neighbors could be so difficult?

This story contains scenes of a graphic sexual nature, multiple uses of coarse language, and quite possibly enough confusion to drive a normal person insane. Reader discretion is advised.

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Love Triangle
  • Second In A Series
  • Heat Level 3

After I read “Neighbors”, book one of the Twin Estates series, I was wholly consumed by its brilliance. I told anyone who would listen that they should read it…like yesterday! It was in my top five reads of 2016, and I have been bouncing on the edge of my seat for months waiting on the release of The Neighborhood. So it is with a heavy heart that I now write this review.

First of all, this book felt overly long, but maybe that’s because what made the first book so addictive was missing completely from this installment. “Neighbors” was fun, with moments of quirky cuteness and loads of sexual chemistry and tension between the characters. I was expecting that dynamic to progress in the second book, but it stalled completely.

This is my honest review of a series that I adore, and I’m likely in the minority, but here are a few of the dynamics that were problematic for me.

Katya: I really liked Katya in book one. She was feeling her way through the very real and difficult world of dating, and she was doing that honestly and with an enviable maturity. She begins book two with the plan of getting even with these men who she thinks have destroyed her. I was all for that, and I had totally whipped out my Pom Pom’s to cheer in her little corner. However, she failed at this miserably by being wishy washy, and basically just running around in circles completely unsure of herself and of them for the first HALF (maybe more) of the book. She was indecisive and immature, and she had turned bitter and resentful toward them. While her bitterness was certainly justified, she wielded that as a weapon against them for far too long. Therefore, the romantic dynamic never really progressed.

Liam: I will admit that I was #TeamWulf from fairly early on in book one, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t like Liam. I actually LOVED Liam. He is a large part of the reason book one was so successful. It was filled with fun and light moments of cuteness by Liam. I would love to have Tacos and Margaritas with Liam on the Roof! However, I didn’t enjoy the direction in which his character was taken in this book. It felt forced in order to provide justification and blame. Frankly, it was very disappointing, and it kind of sullied the entire series for me.

Wulf: Wulf is a domineering egomaniac, but it works well for him. Katya was bespelled by him and so was I. There’s just something sexy about a man who knows exactly what he wants and will stop and nothing to get it. However, would it kill these people to have an adult conversation? He spent three quarters of this book loving Katya, but never actually telling her that he felt ANYTHING for her. We could have cut 2 hours of reading time with one honest conversation, but that didn’t happen until the last couple of chapters of the book. There were just too many long expanses of reading time when nothing was actually happening. The romantic dynamic never progressed…nothing really at all progressed.

Basically, I felt that the book was overly long with too many moments of inactivity and filler. I would have liked to have seen more of the witty and fun banter and definitely more romantic chemistry. It felt as if the storyline just fizzled out. I am still a huge Stylo Fantome fan. Her work is pure brilliance. “The Neighborhood” just missed the mark for me and that truly pains me.

My Rating –

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Review – Bossman by Vi Keeland

Bossman by Vi Keeland

“If you don’t change direction, you may end up where you’re heading.”

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Suit/CEO
  • Standalone
  • Top Book Boyfriend
  • Heat Level 3

Holy, swoon worthy read! I loved this book! There is a reason it was on my Top Dirty Dozen Books of 2016 list.  It has everything I love: the perfect hero, the strong, quirky heroine and a story that is outside the normal romance box.

The story begins with Reese struggling to escape a terrible date when Chase, a complete stranger, swoops in to save the date. He effortlessly creates an elaborate backstory of how Reese and himself dated in grade school. He then invites himself and his date to join Reese and her date. The hilarity and ridiculous stories take off from there and continue throughout the book.

The chemistry between Reese and Chase is sizzling. Chase Parker is hot, ridiculously smart and rich. His wit and personality put him on my list of Top Book Boyfriends. Besides being all of the things I love about normal suits, he has heart and a deeper story underneath it all.

This book is about love, forgiveness, understanding and finding the strength to go on with life after tragedy. The cover, title and blurb don’t accurately express the beauty of this story. It’s so much more than the superficial rich guy, reticent girl, sex, break up and makeup plot we are used to.

I would definitely recommend Bossman. If you are looking for a standalone romance with heart, laughs and a swoony hero, pick this one up. You won’t be disappointed!

My Rating –

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Review – Naughty Boss by Whitney G.

Naughty Boss by Whitney G.

The blurb is too good not to share…

He definitely wasn’t supposed to get that email…

Subject: My Boss.
Have I already told you that I hate my boss today?
Sexy as hell or not, this pompous, arrogant, ASSHOLE asked me to pick up his dry cleaning the second I walked through the door. Then he told me that I needed to take his Jaguar to a car wash that was ten miles outside of the city, but only after I needed to stand in a never-ending line to buy some type of limited, hundred-dollar watch.
I honestly can’t wait to see the look on his face two months from now when I tell him that I’m quitting his company and that he can kiss my ass. KISS. MY. ASS.
All those former fantasies about him kissing me with his “mouth of perfection” or bending me over my desk and filling me with his cock are long over. OVER.
Your bestie,
Mya
PS–Please tell me your day is going better than mine…

Subject: Re: My Boss.
No, you haven’t already told me that you hate your boss today, but seeing as though you’ve sent me this email directly, I know now…
Yes, I did ask you to pick up my dry cleaning the second you arrived to work to day. (Where is it?) And I did tell you to take my Jaguar to the car wash and pick up my thousand-dollar watch. (Thank you for taking five hours to do something that could be accomplished in two.)
You don’t have to wait two months from now to see the look on my face when you tell me you’re quitting. I’m standing outside your office at this very moment. ( Open the door. )
No comment on your “fantasies,” although I highly doubt they’re “long over.”
Your boss,
Michael
PS—Yes. My day is definitely going far better than yours…

  • 3.5 Stars
  • Contemporary Romance
  • Suit/CEO
  • Standalone Novella
  • Heat Level 3

Whitney G. is queen of the novella. I’ve read another of her novella series and enjoyed 2 out of the 3 of those. When I saw the blurb for this novella, I HAD to give it a shot. I love suit romances to an unhealthy degree. Powerful men in suits are my undoing. Naughty Boss was a good read.

The story is about a demanding publishing house CEO, Michael. He has driven off one executive assistant after another. He has a reputation for being a complete playboy outside of work and a complete asshole at work. Mya see a posting for an executive assistant position with his company and jumps on the chance to work for the famed “Naughty Boss.” It doesn’t take long for her to find out that while he is easy on the eyes, that’s the only thing easy about him.

Mya and Michael’s story continues on as they dance around their growing attraction to each other. I enjoyed the novella, I just wish the ending was more developed. There were a few scenes and exchanges of feelings that felt rushed or like the author didn’t take them quite seriously. I just felt some of it was flippantly written. I’m not sure why the author didn’t make this a full length novel. I think it would have benefitted the story immensely. I’m unsure if I will continue to read this author.

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Cover Reveal – The Neighborhood by Stylo Fantome

 

 

Title: The Neighborhood
Series: Twin Estates #2
Author: Stylo Fantôme
Genre: Erotic Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Blurb

Things a bad neighbor can do to you:1. Have loud parties late at night

2. Refuse to mow his lawn

3. Steal your newspapers

4. Rip your heart out and walk all over it

Katya Tocci is willing to admit that she may have bitten off more than she could chew.

Liam Edenhoff showed her a side of life she’d been missing out on – sex and friendship and tacos. But then he betrayed her.

Wulfric Stone taught her that big surprises can come from unexpected places – like from a surly, aggressive, withdrawn bastard. But then he broke her heart.

Now one of them wants forgiveness, and the other wants forever. And Katya? She just wants to forget.

Who knew neighbors could be so difficult?

This story contains scenes of a graphic sexual nature, multiple uses of coarse language, and quite possibly enough confusion to drive a normal person insane. Reader discretion is advised.


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Author Bio
Crazy woman living in an undisclosed location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since … forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball – I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I’m clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there’s your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair – both a curse and a blessing – and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can’t understand me.

Yeah. I think that about sums me up.
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Review – Neighbors by Stylo Fantome

Neighbors by Stylo Fantome

  • 5 Stars
  • Contemporary Romance
  • Suits? (Yeah, I’m going with that)
  • First In A Series
  • Heat Level 5

I honestly have been putting this review off because I just can’t find the words to explain how I feel about this book. What I do know is that it OWNS me. I find my mind wandering off to this book with somewhat disturbing frequency. I am DESPERATE for book 2. I’m not even sure my delicate psyche can wait another month. Ms. Fantome, I NEED ANSWERS.

Katya is a neat, orderly, motherly dresser and personality. Exciting to her is working on her next big baking job. She is a highly sought after and talented rising star in the baking world. Her life is perfect, right? Then one day her outgoing roommate encourages her to join a dating site. Katya creates her profile, all the while grumbling about how silly it is. Once the profile is done, and Katya is on her way, her “friend” decides to spice up the profile and make it racy. Basically, she turns Katya into a dirty, freaky, slut and posts it. I say “friend” because watch one of my friends do something like this to me. They would be out, immediately.

Later that day Katya starts to receive inquiries from the dating profile and quickly finds out what her “friend” did. I’m honestly not sure how to go on without giving anymore of this fabulous story away. Just read the book. You NEED this book. Then you will NEED answers. The book ends on one of the most brutal cliffies ever.

Patience is not my virtue. I am struggling to contain myself until I can get more Liam and Wulf in my life. I have purposely left them out of this review because there is NO WAY I can do them justice. I just can’t. The sequel is supposed to be out in the middle of January, and I might have to call in sick the next day to read it. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves romance or books or can read and is above the age of 18.

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Do yourself a favor and buy this book NOW – Neighbors

 

P.S. If you’ve read this book, I want to know who you love more! I’m a Wulf kind of girl. My kryptonite is a man in a suit. So. Sexy.

Review – Managed (Idol #2) by Kristen Callihan

Managed (Idol #2) by Kristen Callihan

  • 4.5 Stars
  • Contemporary Romance
  • Suit/Rockstar
  • Recent Release
  • Heat Level 3

First let me start by saying, I’m a Kristen Callihan fan. I’ve read a few of her books this year and loved them all. Managed was no exception. There is something incredibly satisfying about seeing a strong, powerful, intensely self-contained man crumble. Oh, how I love to watch the mighty fall. That’s probably why I love suit romance books so much.

Gabriel “Scottie” Scott keeps the world at arms length, even his best friends, who are also his chosen family. He is stern and all business all the time, until Sophie ends up as his seatmate on an international flight. Sophie is vivacious, witty and extremely hard to ignore. Her charisma and charm lure Gabriel in from takeoff.

The banter in this book is some of the best ever. It’s fun, clever and hilarious. I spent most of this book with a smile on my face. I loved watching the connection grow between Sophie and Gabriel. It was a slow burn romance, which was exactly perfect for these two. It was in the little, relationship building details that the author’s talent really shined through.

The members of Kill John, the band Gabriel manages, were amazing, just as before in Idol. I’m glad we got to know them a little better in this installment. I cannot WAIT for Jax’s book. I love him and call dibs. I will be pre-ordering book 3 as soon as there’s a link. I love this group of characters and look forward to reading each of their love stories.

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