Jacked Up by Samantha Kane

Blurb:

32506423The secret about the Birmingham Rebels is out: With a girl in the middle, two mouth-watering football studs are better than one.

Linebacker Sam Taylor feels like a ticking time bomb. He left the army with emotional wounds as fresh as the scars on his back. Sam’s been living like a monk, but his best friend, defensive lineman King Ulupoka, wants to get him laid. Easy for him to say. The larger-than-life Samoan is a hard-bodied, tribal-tattooed fantasy. Sam agrees, under one condition: King stays to watch.

ER nurse Jane Foster is done being a good girl, and nothing says wild like picking up two of football’s sexiest players and bringing them back to your hotel room. Trouble is, she can’t decide which one she wants more. Sam is hot, sweet, and vulnerable. Jane’s more than willing to ride him into oblivion. But King’s intense gaze from across the room promises that the best is yet to come.

Sure, King has had his choice of girls and guys in the past. That doesn’t mean he’ll jeopardize his relationship with Sam over a case of locker-room lust—until a naughty nurse pushes them both out of their comfort zones. Seeing Jane and Sam together turns King on more than he ever imagined. If they’re game, he’s ready to tackle a three-way play.

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My Review:
3.5 stars — I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

I’ve read a few books in Ms. Kane’s historical menage series (Brothers in Arms) and really enjoyed them, and this modern series is quite entertaining as well!  It had some intriguing characters, a bit of depth (which is always nice for an erotica read), and obviously some hot sex.  And I enjoyed the little glimpses of either past book characters, or potential next book characters in the series.  It’s always fun when a series follows a close knit group of characters, in this case all being involved in the same fictional NFL football team.

I adored King.  I loved that he brought a little bit of diversity with his Samoan heritage, and I didn’t feel as though he was a caricature.  But he was so laid back and accepting, I just wanted to hug him for always thinking the right things and helping Sam and Jane get to the right places.

Sam was a bit up and down for me.  I LOVED the military background story we got with him, and he was so damaged and vulnerable, but willing to make baby steps and try to change and grow and slowly embrace the changes.  I loved some of his conversations with the team psych, Mark.  Heck, I loved some of King’s conversations with Mark too.  But he just brought this book from normal erotica to something with more depth and interest, if that makes sense.

And then there’s Jane.  *sigh*  She was a tough character to love, b/c she spent a lot of the book slut-shaming herself.  And I really don’t deal well with that, but it was kind of the topic of the book and something she was supposed to be learning to deal with and changing and growing about.  But there was just so fricking much of it, it was hard to take.  And it took her so long to learn, and I’m still not sure she really did and accepted it as much.  For all that self-flagellation, I was hoping for more of an obvious breakthrough I guess.  And other than that I’m not sure I really learned enough about her to like her a lot.  Not that I disliked her, she just didn’t make a big impression.  Although I did love how she handled Sam, and his issues from the PTSD to being confused about being bi.

And now onto the major aspect of any good menage erotica: the steamy scenes!!  And oh my gawd, they were a contradiction.  They were sooooo hot sometimes, like really woosh.  And then they would start talking.  And quite frankly, the dirty talking just didn’t work for me in this book.   It might have been just me, but it was just too comical at times.  I know it was supposed to be, but then it just felt forced to me.  Like how I would sound dirty talking.  Like from a script or something.  It was just a personal taste thing.  And it was pervasive through every steamy scene, so it was a mix of good and bad I guess.

So in the end it was a solid erotica, but the little things (like the dirty talking and the slut shaming) just have me rounding down instead of up this time.

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Big Package by Opal Carew

Blurb:
31450411Baby it’s cold outside…but things are about to heat up.

I missed the last bus to my sister’s for Christmas, and now I’m stranded in a bus station—in the middle of a blizzard—with a giant package covered in naughty wrapping paper.

Then he shows up: Kalen Welles, the football star from my high school fantasies—and offers me a ride.

Just when the car is getting cozy, the roads get shut down due to snow.

Luckily there’s a nearby cabin where we can hole up for the night.

A warm fireplace, cozy blankets, pent-up longing we both spent years ignoring… maybe I’ll be able to unwrap Kalen’s big package before Christmas morning.

But when the snow clears and the ice melts, will the former football star and the shy nerd finally get a happy ending?

Unwrap this sexy holiday story from Opal Carew!

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My Review:
3 stars — I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

OK, I will admit that I picked this book to read as my first HoHoHo Read-A-Thon book b/c the reviews were kind of lukewarm, and having finished a book hangover type book, I knew the next book wasn’t going to live up to expectations.  Honestly, this is probably more of a 2.5 star read, but I bumped it up a half star b/c it partially takes place in Ottawa, and it brought back some good memories from when I lived there a decade and a half ago…  Especially when they mentioned Bayshore Mall!  I lived across from that mall!  So high fives for the great reminiscing.

Otherwise this was a pretty shallow book…it was a bit corny, a bit cheesy, the characters were pretty surface, and there were a lot of cliches.  It was pretty standard Harlequin type fare.  I would classify it as erotica, since there was an awful lot of sex.  And the plot had the usual stupid, AVOIDABLE misunderstandings that were resolved by just talking.  Not a huge fan of those, so hence why without the Ottawa stuff, it would have been a 2.5 star or lower.

I was amused that Ms. Carew dealt with some interesting sexual…insecurities?  Like a guy having to deal with a “big package”, and how that’s not always a blessing.  And female ejaculation.  Props to Ms. Carew, she did not a bad job with that either.

All in all very meh.  Didn’t keep my attention super well, but in some ways was less annoying than I had been expecting.  On to my next Christmas read!

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Siren in the City by Sophie Oak

Blurb:
9670017[Menage Amour: Erotic Cowboy Menage a Trois Romance, M/M/F, BDSM, public exhibition] When the Dom’s away…the subs will play! Jack and Sam married Abby. It was supposed to be for forever, but lately Abby wonders where her alpha male has gone. Jack has retreated, and life has become decidedly vanilla. It isn’t the true threesome she and Sam wanted. Sam and Abby know the time has come to fight for what they need. A call from his mentor forces Jack to revisit the club where he discovered his sexuality. Jack’s half-brother is in the city and interested in a little blackmail. Can Jack handle two defiant subs and a brother in need of tough love? Sometimes all it takes to find the way home is a little love and a lot of bondage. ** A Siren Erotic Romance

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ORIGINAL REVIEW: 4 stars — I enjoyed it….I loved the characters from the first one and it was neat to catch up with them and not just assume a happily ever after…

ON REREAD: 4 stars — OK, this is going to sound funny, but I laughed a lot…and you guessed it, it was because of incorrigible Sam.  Seriously, that man is just…awesomesauce.  I laughed so much at the tiny side conversation about them being a line…oh Abby, you are so right.  I really enjoyed that while we got a bit of a HEA in the previous book, this one showed us that life always brings more struggles, and that some traumas can be felt more deeply than we thought.  What Jack struggles through is intriguing.  Again with that shame thing.

I thoroughly enjoyed being introduced to the Club, and all the colourful characters who are going to get their own stories as the series continues.  What makes a great series for me is great secondary characters that intrigue you, and make you *wish* for their stories.  And there were so many, from Julian and Leo to Lucas and even Abby’s daughter.  And what becomes great as the series goes on is glimpses back to characters whose stories have already been told.  You fall in love with Jack, Sam, and Abby, and you know you’ll see them in the future, even if it’s just glimpses.

I will reiterate one thing though — I know NOTHING about BDSM.  So the accuracy of its portrayal in these books is not something I can comment on.  But since I’m not actually interested in the lifestyle in real life, it was thoroughly entertaining for me in a fictional sense.  But if it is something that you participate in in real life, I have a feeling this might not be super accurate, and I could see that pissing people off.  So take these books with a grain of salt.

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Small Town Siren by Sophie Oak

Blurb:
8550873[Menage Amour: Erotic Cowboy Menage a Trois Romance, M/F/M, BDSM, sex toys] Jack Barnes and Sam Fleetwood have been best friends since they met in foster care. They share a business as cattle ranchers and a house. All they need now is a woman to share. The men are sure they’ve found that woman when Abigail Moore returns to Willow Fork, Texas. Abby left her hometown twenty years before under a cloud of scandal. She’s raised a daughter, forged a new life for herself, and is ready for the next phase when she meets the handsome cowboys. They’re a dream come true; Jack is the sexy Dom, and Sam the playful lover. It’s everything she’s ever fantasized about. There’s only one problem. She’s still not welcome in Willow Fork, and someone is willing to kill to keep her away. ** A Siren Erotic Romance

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My Review:
ORIGINAL REVIEW: 4.5 stars — BDSM isn’t high on my list of fantasies, but the characters and interactions in this book were just so delicious. Seriously sweet and vulnerable characters. Nice side plot….

ON REREAD: 4.5 stars — Yeah, you know what?  I’ve learned through the years that I apparently enjoy reading about BDSM.  And maybe that’s because of the way that authors like Ms. Oak portray it.  I still don’t get the impulses personally, but it is hella hot to read about regardless.  And Sam and Jack, well they could sell me anything.  😛  There’s just something so enjoyable about their already established relationship, how they looked out for each other, and how they basically get the green light on Abby and MOVE IN for the strike!  Poor Abby didn’t know what hit her.  And she was a delight in her own right.  Sassy, but so damaged, but still very strong.

It’s got a lot of stretch the imaginations parts — like would a guy like Jack Barnes really rule that town?  And the ruthlessness…damn the ruthlessness.  I mean, I’m not actually a girl who is into revenge and making people pay and all that jazz, but for some reason I enjoy reading about it.  Or maybe Jack just makes it palatable.  He’s so…intriguing.

Alas, I will admit, it is Samuel that stole the show for me.  He’s just so damn incorrigible.  Seriously.  And I loved how Abby helped Sam and Jack move forward themselves.  This one doesn’t get too in to the BDSM stuff, just a taster really.  But again, it’s got some good intrigue going on, and a bit of suspense/action.  All in all, not bad for an erotica.  A great start to a series that I really ended up thoroughly enjoying.

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Siren Enslaved by Sophie Oak

Blurb:
10861836[#336 Siren Menage Everlasting: Erotic Cowboy Menage a Trois Romance, M/M/F, BDSM, sex toys] Julian Lodge has everything a man could want. He’s rich, successful and owns the most exclusive BDSM club in Dallas. But something is missing. Finn Taylor has worked his way up in the world from humble beginnings in Willow Fork, Texas. The only thing he still loves in his hometown is Danielle Bay. He never told her he was actually bisexual, and he never confessed his love for her. Now she’s getting married, and Finn is sure he’s lost his chance with the only person he’ll ever love. Julian’s vacation to the Barnes-Fleetwood ranch brings them all together. After Dani jumps into Julian’s car while fleeing her wedding, Julian knows he has to have her. But nothing is easy in Willow Fork. A danger from Julian’s past threatens them all. Julian will have to convince both Dani and Finn that being his will be the best decision they ever made. ** A Siren Erotic Romance

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My Review:
ORIGINAL REVIEW: 4 stars — OK, seriously fun to get glimpses back in the Barnes household. Loved this story of Julian….didn’t think I would end up liking him. I mean…I like plots in Erotica, but I don’t expect much. I really did enjoy his transition though… Entertaining and arousing.

ON REREAD: 4 stars — I’m in the middle of rereading this series (and the Bliss series) and I figured why not throw my reviews up on the blog!  I pretty much agree with my original review.  Obviously it’s awesome to catch glimpses of so many characters I’ve grown to really love and enjoy…and to see glimpses of stories to come (even though I’ve already read them, seeing the teasers and knowing what is coming can be fun sometimes).  While I thoroughly enjoy reading ménage (particularly M/M/F) erotica, as well as BDSM, it’s more like a reading fantasy than a real one.  What I find, personally, is that these books have made me a bit fascinated with the culture.  Not enough to explore it, but it’s like understanding different kinds of people.  And I’m not naive enough to assume that the author got it all right, but I do enjoy the way it is portrayed.  I love that all the characters have backstory and depth, and that you get to see some of what makes the big bad Dom need his control so badly.

One of the other things I love about this series, and had entirely forgotten, is the element of suspense and…action?  Thriller?  There’s always a bad guy, and a desperate (sometimes life or death) situation.  So I not only get some fabulous steam, I get a dose of (sometimes unrealistic) action too.

But my favourite part in this book comes when Julian chastises Finn for letting his own shame bring Dani down and make her question her desires.  He says ,”You are only on the outside because you’re trying to fit into your idea of the normal world.  The world is what you make it, Finn.  There are as many worlds as there are people.  This is your world.  You are the only one who can force yourself out of it.”  Deep.

Now I need to try to remember how I felt about the previous books so I can write better reviews for them too.  I’m all backwards.

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Kara’s Wolves (Wolf Masters #1) by Becca Jameson

karas-wolvesBlurb: Kara Shepherd is about to compete in her last gymnastics meet and graduate from college. A week before graduation, her roommates drag her out to a country bar to live a little before entering the real world. She has no idea the course her future is on is about to take a sharp turn.

Justin Masters and his lifelong friend, Trevor Shields, share everything from their home to their women. At twenty-eight years old, neither has met their mate, nor are they in a hurry to find a woman who will end their long-standing arrangement with each other. Their dairy farm, a few miles outside of town, allows them the luxury of shifting to their wolf form any time they want in relative seclusion.

Justin’s world tips when Kara walks into the bar on a random Friday night. Immediately recognizing her scent as that of his mate, he is drawn to her by forces beyond his control. Nervous about sharing the news with Trevor, Justin is relieved to realize Kara is also his best friend’s mate. Now all they have to do is convince Kara she belongs in a permanent menage and track down a stalker who seems hellbent on taking Kara for himself.

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2 Stars

This book was mostly sex with little to no climax or plot.  I should have DNF’f it but I’m a sucker for erotica, especially shifter erotica.  I don’t know why I love it so much.  I’m a bit of a weirdo.

The MC’s had no depth but were very sexually active.  The threesome thing wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.  I would have like to seen more in that aspect; it really was just like the girl screwing both dudes.  The guys were best friends but never got involved, a fact I found hard to believe myself.

This review will be short cause the book wasn’t very good.  The end.

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Acquiesce by Cory Cyr

AquienceseBlurb: Caspian Vance~former child prodigy, now an accomplished professor of human sexuality at twenty-six has it all—an IQ that’s off the charts, a stellar career at which he excels, and the drop-dead looks and body that make women spontaneously combust with lust.

He’s been studying sex and women’s behavior since he was sixteen. When it comes to the science of human lust and the rewards of sexual pursuits, he has all the answers.

There’s one thing he knows for sure: “love” has nothing to do with it.
Sex is a basic, primal human need—love is an unstable, emotional complication. Both are present in a person, but completely unrelated. His own world of logic and fact accepts this truth and now. . .

He’s going to prove it.

When Cass takes a sabbatical to research his theory in order to write his third book, he enlists the help of a former lover and now owner of the world’s most exotic and secretive male brothel catering strictly to wealthy older women. On this remote Caribbean island, he uses his keen sense of observation and research to prove “love” is merely a series of chemical reactions in the human brain—nothing more.

Nicola Barrington~ had the perfect life, married to her soul mate.Ten years into her one and only relationship, her idyllic world is shattered by the death of her beloved husband. The loss of her “one true love” sends her into seclusion where she spends the next eleven years pining for the man she still loves.

The beautiful heiress, stays hidden away, her only connection to the outside world being being the hired help and her two close friends. Her friends know Nic has much to live for and are eager to see her find love again. . . and if not love, they would settle for her rediscovering the throes of lust.

As her 40th birthday approaches, her two friends succeed in coaxing her out of her emotionally safe haven to celebrate with a trip to an exclusive resort known for “restoring an older woman’s brilliant, inner glow.”

Caspian’s superiority and logic combined with Nic’s innocence and melancholy are on an imminent collision course. Sometimes even a genius has a hard time figuring out a woman.

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2.5 stars

I think I have a love /hate relationship with Miss Cory Cyr’s books. I love to hate them, or I hate to love them. I’m still not sure which.

I do love a good erotica.  And I have recently been reading the older woman/younger men ones because they are different than my normal M/M ones that I have been reading.  This one just didn’t flip my switch.

I found Cas to be immature and self centered.  I couldn’t understand how a woman of Nic’s background could ever find that attractive.  I also took issue with the fact that what they felt was purely physical, yet, they spoke and thought of each other as if it held more depth.  They didn’t get to know each other, it was all sexual.  He thought she was hot for a widow and she thought he was hot for a younger guy.  That’s it.  They didn’t get to know each other on a more personal level and that right there killed it for me.  I know I may sound a bit hard on this book but I need more to really suspend my belief.

I found the constant warring of feelings by both MC’s in this book to be monotonous and a bit boring. It took me three days to finish the last few chapters making this my least favorite book by this author so far. The setting didn’t really seem pertinent to the plot either, making me think it was for shock value and not really needed for the progress of the characters in the story line.

All in all I will most likely read another one from this author because I know that she has good books in her.  This one wasn’t one of those for me.  And I love being proven wrong.

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The Bellator Saga

Bellator sagaBlurb: Two souls intertwined. One epic love story.

Get swept away in the passionate romance between political opposites Caroline Gerard and Jack McIntyre in the first half of The Bellator Saga.

This set contains the first three books in the series, Dissident, Conscience, and Sojourn.

Dissident
Rising Democratic star Caroline Gerard is reluctant to fall in love again after losing her husband. Can Republican playboy Jack McIntyre break through her grief and capture her heart? Told mostly in flashback and set against a chilling fascist backdrop,Dissident is a rollercoaster ride of political intrigue, passionate romance, and undying love.

Conscience
Caroline faces the biggest challenge of her life when confronted with the cruelty and sadism of her captors at The Fed. Hope fades quickly, even as she holds onto her one last bit of sanity and her unshakable belief that her husband will rescue her. But is that faith just a mirage?

Sojourn
Reeling from her experiences at The Fed, Caroline tries to forge ahead and create a new identity. But that’s hard to do with the ghosts of the past constantly whispering in her ear. She is determined to find the rebellion and move on with her life, but what will she find when she arrives there?

Includes bonus material featuring a deleted scene from Sojourn, a sneak peek at Phoenix, and a never before released love scene told in Jack’s first person point of view!

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Average rating for the set: 3 stars

This set is on sale for 0.99 cents right now!

Favorite quotes:

I think good people need to stand up for what’s right before there’s no one left to do it.

Fifteen feet to freedom and of course they were sitting ducks.  Again she wished for a gun. Loaded or not.  Operational or not.  She’d kill for a goddamn butter knife.  A spork, even. Dental floss.  Anything.

Any harmless gnat can turn into a monster when granted access to power he doesn’t need or deserve.

She was going to say it was ridiculous, then realized it wasn’t.  People saw what they wanted to see, heard what they wanted to hear.  They’d readily believe the easiest story. An Occam’s Razor of ignorance.  She’d always been warned that her idealism would turn into the worst kind of cynicism.  Now she knew that had been an accurate assertion.  Any scrap of her political romance with the American public was gone.

Dissident rating: 3.5 stars

I received this set from the author in exchange in an honest review.  A very heavy political theme in the book, it was very much outside of the usual realm of genres that I read.  When I read the excerpt originally, I thought it was an erotica, and in fact it can be labeled as being duel genre. But for the most part the plot line was purely political thriller. I’ve read books like this before in my late teens and early twenties, just not at the age where I am now.  Where I can really understand what they are talking about.

The verbage was…it was heavy reading.  I felt like I had to do homework to finish this book.  There were numerous words in it that I didn’t know what they meant and I had to look them up.  And then the detail in the political aspect of their jobs was very intense. I’m not even sure it needed to be that detailed, I think the author’s style is to write that way.

The book was good.  I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone though.  Would I read the rest of the series? No, I’m not gonna finish it. It just wasn’t for me. It was written well, but the story line didn’t make sense to me with regards to the erotic component in it.  It was like two stories as one and neither of them had to do much with the other, IMO.  On one hand you had this really great love story, of two opposing members of congress.  I thought that was enough, but then she threw in this political intrigue and it just threw me out of the story. And there was a lot of flashbacks, going back and forth.  In all honesty no questions were answered, I mean, it is a thriller so I expect a certain suspense level but you still don’t know what happened between those times. It’s all conjecture and speculation and the suspense was so high that I couldn’t…there was nothing that was gonna top it if that makes sense. There was no climax that was gonna make it worth it for me. She built it so high that eventually it just toppled over and I wasn’t interested in finding out what was going on.  I did like the love story. It was awesome because it was about people who are my age. It wasn’t about teenagers and their impulsive emotions or their insecurities.

The fact that she is a widow added a lot to her background in the story. I was very impressed with her friendships that she had with Chrissy and her staffers. Her children didn’t play as big a part in the story as I would have expected.  I wasn’t feeling that too much. There was not a whole lot of focus about her role as a mother.  The book was good, it was just too detailed for me, and there was not enough climax in it.

Conscience rating: 3  stars

This story focused on her getting captured and tortured; quite frankly I couldn’t handle it. It was too gruesome for my tastes and when she would flashback to an erotic scene it would take me right out of the seriousness of the present story line if that makes sense. Maybe I am just too emotive a reader to be able go back and forth so easily. I just couldn’t do it.

We sorta find out what happens to the country and why she was wanted in the first place. I expected more, her detailed background was missing in this one.  I was looking forward to having THE answer to why.  What did she do that was so terrible as to warrant torture of the highest level?  What did Santos do to wrangle control of the president’s seat and convince the public that it was normal for so many people to go missing? I guess I am supposed to fill in the blanks here but I am just a bit of a dense reader.

Sojourn rating: 2 stars 

This one just focuses on her recovery and her mental stamina after she gets rescued from the facility known as The Fed.  Her hope that just won’t die no matter how hard she tries to bury it. I was excited to get to this one because I thought for sure that all my questions would finally be answered but alas, I was to be disappointed again.

It was too long and slow in my opinion for a third book.  By now I expect the characters to have a good ebb and flow.  The story line should be established fairly well but it was still the same one from the first book. I was still trying to find answers to the my original questions.  There had been no progress so I felt I was just re-reading the same book again except with a few new characters.

All in all, I’m glad I read it.  It has an interesting look into what it means to be a politician, affecting change and standing up for what is right, even if it costs you what you hold most dear.

This book satisfies the Political spot on my book bingo card.

Book Bingo

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Try by Ella Frank

Synopsis:
17798649Try – verb: to make an attempt or effort to do something or in this case…someone.

Sex. Logan Mitchell loves it, and ever since he realized his raw sexual appeal at a young age, he has had no problem using it to his advantage. Men and women alike fall into his bed—after all, Logan is not one to discriminate. He lives by one motto—if something interests you, why not just take a chance and try?

And he wants to try Tate Morrison.

Just coming out of a four-year marriage with an ex-wife from hell, a relationship is the last thing on Tate’s mind. He’s starting fresh and trying to get back on his feet with a new job at an upscale bar in downtown Chicago.

The only problem is, Tate has caught the unwavering and unwelcome attention of Mr. Logan Mitchell – a regular at the bar and a man who always gets what he wants.

Night after night Tate fends off the persistent advances of the undeniably charismatic man, but after an explosive moment in the bar, all bets are off as he finds his body stirring with a different desire than his mind.

As arrogance, stubbornness and sexual tension sizzles between the two, it threatens to change the very course of their lives.

Logan doesn’t do relationships. Tate doesn’t do men. But what would happen if they both just gave in and…tried?

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My Review:
3.5 stars — So I was honestly all over the fucking place with this book (excuse the language).  I ended this book and overall felt I’d enjoyed myself — so I was initially thinking 4 stars.  But here’s the thing — the book ends on a cliffhanger of sorts (middle of an unanswered question), and I didn’t immediately want to snatch up the next book…and that doesn’t seem like a 4 star experience at all then.  And then I started reading reviews on Goodreads (which is always a bad idea before I’ve gotten my thoughts out), but I was just curious how others felt (and I think I was trying to figure out if I wanted to read the next book).  And I could agree with things from both the good and the bad reviews (and this book really does seem to be very polarizing — lots of mega fandom and lots of hate).  So I just sat there.  Stumped.  And I’m still kind of stumped.

So here’s the thing — there’s a LOT of sex in this book…and it is an erotica, so that makes some sense.  And in general the sex was actually really hot and steamy for me.  But there got to be so much of it, and each encounter was quite long, that it got a bit mundane somewhere along the way.  I did appreciate that there was a progression to it for the two men, so it didn’t feel like “straight Tate” went from zero to gay in 2 seconds.  There was a lot of experimenting, and getting used to it.  But wow, were these 2 insatiable.

And I actually enjoyed the interactions between Logan and Tate — they had some good banter, and even their fighting was kind of hot and volatile.  And I enjoyed the few moments we did get where it wasn’t just about sex — like their first “date”, or the coffee shop incidents.  But inevitably even those just led to sex.  It was like you would maybe get a glimpse of something more to their relationship, but then nope — back to sex.  And I love to read about sex, don’t get me wrong…but it’s nice to feel other things between your characters too.  What else, besides sexual attraction, was drawing these two together?  So I ended up feeling unfulfilled…I think that’s what had me baffled at the end.  I wanted something more.

There were little things that bugged me — how come they kept having meetings with the ex-wife, but then nothing would happen at those meetings?  Just felt like a plot device to bring more encounters between Logan and Tate in a different setting.

And in the end the thing that has me rounding down instead of up was the ending.  I mistakenly didn’t look and realize this was a series, and so to have it just end so abruptly kind of turned me off.  And from what I read the 2nd book ends the same way.  That’s not enticing to me.  And maybe if there was more development in the *romance* department in the next book, I’d be more interested…but from my quick scanning, I’m not sure that it’s a whole lot different than this book…just new complications.

At least it wasn’t a total failure like some other books I’ve been reading lately, but I am sad that it wasn’t all that and a bag of chips for me.

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Something Reckless (Reckless and Real Book 1) by Lexi Ryan

something recklessSynopsis: He talks dirty to me, but I don’t know his name.

He wants to tie me up, but I don’t know his face.

He turns me on, but I couldn’t point him out in a crowd.

I’ve fallen for an anonymous stranger, and now the anonymity ends. I want more than typed secrets and texted promises. I want something reckless. Heat. Passion. The thrill of being entirely possessed.

Because I suspect this anonymous stranger isn’t a stranger at all.

*****

Lizzy Thompson met riverrat69 online through a service promising to deliver meaningful relationships by forbidding its users to share names or photos until they’ve reached a certain benchmark. She was looking for love. He was researching an investment. They hit it off. Talked and flirted, hid behind screen names and cartoon avatars.

Now they’re breaking the rules and meeting in person. But Liz is prepared. She’s picked up hints and followed clues. She’s nearly convinced she’s discovered the identity of her dirty-talking online friend.

She wonders if her ex-lover Sam Bradshaw knows her identity too.
When she rolls the dice on one reckless night, her chance at something real could crumble.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1TiiZ2Z

Get it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22434551-something-reckless

4 stars  *It may be a bit spoilery*

I gotta admit, this book changed my mind because when I first started reading it all I could think of was, “another sex means love book, Ugh.” Little bit of advice Lizzy, when a man tells you no strings, he isn’t saying it to get you to think you can ‘change’ him.  He is telling you so when he actually acts like an asshole and you get all indignant about it, he can say, “I told you no strings.”   (That’s what I call the CYA response) I never get that kind of storyline.  Bitch, you know what you are getting into. Why are you all shocked and chagrined when it goes the way you were effing told it was gonna go?  (Sorry, I might have some issues I need to work on)

I felt that way for like 30% of the book. The book turned around for me, and it got really good.  It started getting more layered such as her little quirks in her home life and her work life.  But I gotta say, the whole anonymous website thingie, it messed with me.  It was made into a bigger deal than it needed to be.  I found that a bit immature because I would not give a shit if that happened to me.

Those negatives are actually pretty minor compared to how much I actually enjoyed the book. I could have skipped the prequel and not even missed a beat with the story.  I found it unnecessary.  I think it gave me a negative first impression when I started to read the actual story; which probably impacted how I felt about the book in the beginning.  So if you’re gonna read the book, you can skip the prequel.  It doesn’t really matter I think.  You can always go back and read it.

And the ending, you know I thought I had it pegged.  Turns out I was dead wrong.  So yeah, it was a good book, I’m probably gonna read the next one.

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