Book Review – The Anatomy of Jane (WJM #1) – Amelia LeFay

This is the kind of book I’m never sure how to rate. On the one hand, an intriguing story with thought out characters. On the other, needs a lot of editing.

Let’s start with the story. We have Jane. Jane was abandoned at birth and now works at a strip club as everything else other than a stripper. Jane quits after finding out that the owner of the strip club is engaged in dirty business. She becomes a maid and that’s how she meets Max and Wes. Both handsome, both rich, both gay. But turns out they both want her…

“Max was the first person to ever capture my attention like this and now here she was like a damn hurricane I couldn’t ignore.”

.. and it becomes a very steamy menage🙂 But despite the steamy steamy sex, the problems start piling up. Can they love each other equally? Is that possible?

“You can’t like two people equally,” she whispered as I leaned into her.

“Watch me.”

 Is it even necessary to figure that out?

How do you measure how much you love someone? If they were both hanging off a cliff and I could only choose one, I’d join them on the cliff and hope we could go together. I can’t divide myself from them.

And one other problem, due to Max’s status in society, he kinda has to keep the whole menage thing hidden… he’s already kept the gay thing hidden for years. It’s all okay because Jane is enjoying it and it has to come to an end some time, right? And Wes is okay being the undercover lover, right?

And there we have quite the intriguing storyline. I mean, it kept me hooked even when the typos tried to force me to quite. Yes, quite some misspelled words and generally the book is begging to be edited. That said, its witty and the characters are thought out. I was surprised to find myself at 90% and when I was done I was rushing to find the next book because we have huge cliffhangers. To my disappointment, it will only be released in December. So I will be waiting for book #2. I’m really hoping it’s edited this time because if it’s just as good as this one AND edited? Definitely one to watch.

3 stars.

Amazon Buy Link -> The Anatomy of Jane by Amelia LeFay

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Book Review – The Goal (Off Campus #4) – Elle Kennedy

So this is definitely the best college/New Adult series out there. It’s witty, it’s steamy and it carries with it a healthy does of angst. While this was not the best installment in the series, it had its really good moments.

It’s the story of Tucker, the quiet one of the bunch. If you read the previous book, The Score (a masterpiece!) then the events of this book will not come as a surprise. Tucker is one of those old fashioned men who believe in love at first sight and the whole marriage – baby carriage thing. That’s what he wants in his life, and when Sabrina comes along, then he just might be halfway there.

Unfortunately for him, Sabrina is the opposite of old fashioned. Having been abandoned by her mother at a young age, and having to work for everything she has, she doesn’t believe in the happily ever after. At least as far as marriage and children are concerned. She wants to go to Harvard, become a lawyer and move out of her crappy home. They both want different things, but soon enough it doesn’t matter because life makes a decision for them🙂

It was a sweet book. I could put it down and I wasn’t feeling the urge to pick it up but it was sweet. I might be as cynical as Sabrina so I don’t believe men like John Tucker exist, particularly at that age, so this might have factored into my (lack of) enjoyment of the book. I loved Sabrina’s drive and how hard she pushed herself – I might have seen parallels with myself which is why I kept on reading.

The steam was hot. I mean, who doesn’t love a gentleman on the streets but a freak in the bed? Well Tucker wasn’t exactly a freak but he can dirty talk with the best of them.

So all in all it was a nice read. A bit predictable, a bit too nicely wrapped up for us cynics… and perhaps not as witty as the previous books but it was on the enjoyable side.

3 stars.

Amazon Buy Link -> The Goal by Elle Kennedy

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I’d like to thank the author and her amazing publicist for providing this copy for my review.

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Book Review – Take (Temptation #2) – Ella Frank

I’d been missing MM romance and couldn’t think of a single go to author. Then I remembered a hot book I’d read which had a sequel that I never got to and voila! I found Take and immersed myself in the world of hot men who love hot men🙂

Take is the sequel to Try. Try was incredibly hot though it didn’t particularly pull me in when it came to the storyline but like I said, I was in it for the heat and Take did not disappoint. Following the footsteps of Try, i again wasn’t really sold on the storyline but I absolutely loved the heat. I will say that the storyline does deepen. We have Tate having to come out to his family and we have Logan dealing with his past and commitment issues.

It had its sweet moments and moments where my heart hurt – sometimes the people you love let you down and there’s nothing much you can do about that other than moving on with your life and trying to be happy. Yes, that kind of hurt. I suppose you could say it was slightly angsty but again, I was mostly there for the heat.

And that heat, man! These two steam it up for sure. I mean, you just have to look at the cover and know this one would be the kind you don’t read in public. I had some issues with the third person point of view. I mean, I have no problem with this kind of POV in general, just the way it was done here. It felt a bit disjointed at times. But again, there were some really good moments and some really good dialogue.

All in all, in the shortest review I’ve ever written, hot hot incredibly hot book. Grab it if you’re in the mood for something sexy and steamy. It might be a good idea to go with book #1 first since it’s a continuing story but both are equally hot. If you’re in the mood for something deeper and angstier, then this might not be for you.

3 stars.

 Amazon Buy Link -> Take by Ella Frank

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Book Review -Visions of Heat (Psy-Changeling #2) – Nalini Singh

I have got to say, this is one confusing series. The thing is, I love it, and every time I pick it up I’m yet again enthralled by the world Nalini Singh has created. Yet, I’m able to put the book down for long stretches at a time- that’s the confusing bit. I feel like to be totally I love with a book is when I’m either reading it or thinking about it when I’m doing something else. That’s not the case with this series. Yet I’m fascinated by the complexity of the world and I love that the steamy scenes are getting steamier and the men more possessive🙂

So it’s Vaughn’s story. We met Vaughn in book one and we know him as the changeling whose’ animal is closest to the skin. He’s actually a jaguar not a leopard but is bonded to the leopards and is very loyal to their alpha. However so whiny happened to him when he was young and unlike the others had to love for some period in animal form.

He’s probably one of the least expected to mate until he meets Faith. Faith is an F-Psy. She can tell the future and due to this designation and the accuracy of her fore tellings, she’s an asset to the psy and is kept under monitored seclusion. Faith is conditioned to only foretell anything that is of monetory gain to the psy. So when she starts having visions of a murderer, she thinks she might be losing her mind. She decides to venture into the DarkRover territory to find some answers and that’s how she meets Vaughn.

From the beginning I loved that Vaughn was more raw and therefore more  open about what he wants. I loved how possessive and protective he was. However, it was another murder mystery and another formulaic possessive alpha and virgin heroine kind of story. The concept wasn’t exactly breaking any new grounds. What is however, is the running story – the world the author has created is incredible. I can actually visualize it as a movie and it’s incredible.

I loved that the sex scenes were steamier and more than in the first book. However, like I said, I out the book down, forgot about it for a

Couple of days, picked it back up and was again intrigued for a bit till I put it down again.

I am however very committed to the series and just got the next book. I feel like it’s the kind of thing that just gets better and better so I don’t want to quit before I hit the mother of all jackpots🙂

4 stars.

Amazon Buy Link -> Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh

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Book Review – The Muse (Irresistible #5) – Anne Calhoun

I have go-to authors. These are 4 authors that are tried and tested and have yet to ‘fail’ me. So anytime I’m in a book slump and I want to read something good, I go to those four authors and immediately my slump is turned into a high. Anne Calhoun is now officially in that list. Just the other day I was thinking to myself, I need something beautifully written with really hot sex scenes and she immediately came to mind. So I browsed her books and came across The Muse. I had loved Evening Storm (book #4 in this series) so I thought why not. Except this one cost 14 dollars! It’s a long time since I saw a kindle book cost that much but it’s Anne Calhoun, I just had to get it. Best.decision.ever.

The Muse is the story of Arden MacCarren. The last name might sound familiar if you’ve read Evening Storm. Arden is part of that MacCarren family that was involved in the ponzi scheme. Her brother and father have been arrested and the rest of the MacCarren’s are being investigated in case they were also involved in the scheme. Arden’s family is old money, she’s what you would call a socialite. With the news of the MacCarren downfall, Arden is having to deal with paparazzi everywhere, including outside her house.

Arden has suffered from panic attacks since she was a teenager. Add to that the whole ponzi scheme business and she really needs an outlet before she implodes. Her best friend Betsy suggests a private art class at her home. Enter Seth Miller, the model. Arden is drawn to Seth and a no strings attached sounds like a good deal. However, Seth is battling his own demons. As a Marine stationed in Afghanistan, Seth witnessed the death of three of his best friends. Their families are now his responsibility. He has no time for a woman.

He was a former Marine with obligations to the dead, working as a bike messenger and an artist’s model, and he had no regrets. As much as he wanted her, it wasn’t going to happen. The last thing Arden needed was a man like him.

Just like any other Anne Calhoun book I’ve read, this one had me from the first page. I not only love her stories, I love the way she tells them. The way they draw you in slowly… the way you understand why they fall for each other. I’ve read so many books where I just don’t understand why the characters fall for each other. Why the player finally settles. I’m not even talking about instalove. I just feel like a lot of authors try to explain it but it leaves me wanting more. Not Anne Calhoun, and especially not in this book. I don’t know if I can explain it. It’s the way they see each other, that is different from how others see them. I particularly loved how Seth saw Arden’s strength where others saw her as weak. How he saw strength in things that made her weak in other people’s eyes.

She wanted him, a man who’d fought real battles, who saw her as strong. Maybe she could learn to be the woman he saw.

I mean the whole thing just warmed my heart. And that’s not even getting into how they anchored each other. How they just fit.

They were lost in each other. Found in each other.

Sigh. And the steamy scenes – wowza! Rarely do I read sex scenes that are more than just an experience for the body. These two used sex to communicate… and it was beautiful. Add to that the art that was part of each sexual experience and I couldn’t have loved it more.

When she settled in and started to draw, it was like she saw every single cell in his body. There was a longing, a want in her eyes, all the more powerful for the fierceness in every line of her body. But the real kicker was the way he responded to it. She wanted like he wanted, from so deep in the body it felt raw and red and hot, like an open wound.

I do feel as though the end was rushed. I feel like I walked with Arden towards her breakthrough. But I feel like Seth’s breakthrough happened in one big scene. I would also have loved to more of them after they’d decided to be together. Maybe an incredibly long epilogue. Yes, it’s possible I just wanted a longer book🙂

And in the end –

He’d made her promises the only way he knew how to make them. He’d made them with his body, with his heart. He’s ridden beside her while she conquered her fears, lain still so she could find a way to see the world, tucked her into the curve of his hip while the swat dried on their bodies after they burned each other to cinders.

See what else I loved about it? The writing. God the writing was so beautiful!

4.5 stars!

Amazon Buy Link -> The Muse by Anne Calhoun

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Book Review – In the Absence of Light – Adrienne Wilder

Best MM book I’ve ever read. But even more than that, definitely top two of my favorite books ever. Ever. I’m not even sure where to begin describing how this book made me feel. I read it in two weeks while I normally read a book in 3 days max. Thing is, I put it down because it made me feel so many emotions all at ones – things I haven’t felt before. It made me re-evaluate myself in a way I haven’t done before. And while I put it down, it never left my mind. I had discussions with my husband about this book. With my friends. With myself. Thought provoking and perfect in a way many books in this genre aren’t.

So what’s it about? Grant is in the smuggling business. Basically straddles the line between legal and illegal. But there are things he won’t do. And when he realizes that his job is leading him towards that direction, he retires. He wants to wait until the FBI loses interest in him so he can finally use his money to retire somewhere close to the beach. In the meantime, he moves to a nowhere town called Durstrand. In Durstrand Grant meets Morgan. Morgan is severely autistic so even though Grant is attracted to Morgan, he keeps away. Grant, like most people, doesn’t know how to deal with a severely autistic person. He is also 12 years older than Morgan, so he wants to do the right thing… or what he thinks is the right thing, and leave Morgan alone. Morgan however, is not having it. He is attracted to Grant and he is determined to show him.

So part of why this book was so superior to others I’ve read is because the author chose an incredibly tough topic, but wrote it with such insight and humor. I loved that Morgan was funny and cheeky. That his character made me re-evaluate how I look at autistic people. I have never read a character quite like him. I mean it’s an erotic book so he was also incredibly hot but also… I can’t find a description that does him justice. But in Grant’s words…

…a gorgeous man who would never be normal. Not because of the autism, but because he was too extraordinary.

Yup. That’s our Morgan. But then in comes Grant. A man with a past, an ex who is also an FBI agent. A man looking to disappear but discovers the love of his life in the most unexpected of places. I loved that Grant saw Morgan’s perfection. That he looked past what he could see and saw what most don’t.

“No way to put into words how he made me feel. How touching him connected me to the world. How tasting him breathed life into my lungs. How I hadn’t been alive until the moment I saw him and even then I’d resisted, afraid of what I’d felt, fighting what I feared. How I thought I knew what love was only to realize, standing in front of him, I knew nothing.”

Sigh. And you know what else I loved? That the book also had that element of mystery… the whole FBI story-line that was everything I look for in Romantic suspense, yet, I can’t quite place this book in that genre. It has erotic scenes that will have you reaching for your fan, it has humor, it has suspense, it has the kind of angst that makes you bleed. It had everything I love in a book. And it was not only just right,it was perfection.

I’m annoyed at myself because such a perfect book requires a perfect review. I can’t do it justice. I just can’t. You have to read it to see why it’s competing with Broken as my favorite book of all time. PURE PERFECTION.

5 stars!

Amazon Buy link -> In the Absence of Light by Adrienne Wilder

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Book Review – Bittersweet (True North #1) – Sarina Bowen

I read Him, I LOVED it, so of course I went out seeking more Sarina Bowen books. When I received Bittersweet I only had to look at the cover and I was sold. Because, beards!🙂

Bittersweet is the story of Audrey and Griffin. Audrey has graduated from Culinary School and dreams of being a top chef. She’s an intern at a huge cooperation in Boston and instead of having her work in the kitchen, they have her doing all sorts of odd things – like going out to Vermont to buy produce. In Vermont, the first farmer Audrey runs into is none other than Griffin, her former college hook up. They have chemistry, that’s undeniable. But Griffin has a huge family relying on him, and Audrey’s dreams are in Boston.

I’ll start out by saying that Bittersweet was an incredibly sweet story. I loved both characters and even more so the secondary characters. It was well written and witty and an easy fast read. However, my apprehension had already begun when I realized this would be Contemporary Romance. As anyone who reads my reviews probably knows, I’m not a huge fan of the genre. I know, I know, I should just avoid it from now on. I love Paranormal and Urban Fantasy because the world building takes you to places beyond your imagination, I love Romantic Suspense for the danger, I love Erotica for the steam, I love New Adult for the angst… I just do not have this intense love feeling for Contemporary Romance. It’s like every day life with beautiful people. No real ups, no real downs… just a flat line that is sweet but not exciting.

And I will say that for a genre I don’t particularly enjoy, it was not a chore to read this book. It was sweet and at times sexy. But there was a lot more lacking for me to get excited. The character building for example, Audrey and Griffin are just not memorable. They were okay characters but they will not be the kind of characters I remember 50 books down the line. The story line was also quite predictable – as, in my opinion, Contemporary Romance tends to be. I knew where it was going and even though I didn’t expect any surprises, I still hoped for some angst, just to make me feel.

The end of the book came as a surprise to me. That was the unexpected bit. And even though it was like a sweet summer read, I think when it came to an end it hit me that not much happened in the book and that was disappointing. Loose ends were tied up too neatly, then there was a segue for the next book in the series and then… fin.

Sigh, I will not be accepting Contemporary Romance books from now on. It would be doing a disservice for those who enjoy the genre and follow my review because I just cannot seem to enjoy it.

2.5 stars.

Amazon Buy Link -> Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen


I’d like to thank the author for providing this copy for my review.

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Book Review – Beg For It – Megan Hart

I always start any Megan Hart book review by saying that she’s not only one of my favorite authors, she wrote my favorite favorite book of all time – Broken. She’s written a couple more that took my breath away (Hold Me Close, Tear You Apart, Vanilla, to name but a few) – I’m convinced she can do no wrong. Beg For It was no different, it was exquisite. Erotica as it should be written.

And what’s it about? Corrine works at a diner and she sees the same group of guys every day. She knows that one of them – Reese – is into her. So one day she invites him home and everything changes. He kneels before her, he calls her “Ma’am” and she realizes this is what she’s always wanted – a submissive.

“He wants to please her for reasons he can’t fully understand, has never tried     to decipher…”

15 years later, a whole lot of hurt, a whole lot of life, and Reese is back. Only this time there’s no kneeling. He’s rich and arrogant and he just bought Corrine’s company which means he’s now her boss.

Man, the sex scenes in this one! I mean, its Megan Hart, so the writing was beautiful and the characters are everything, but I have to start with the sex scenes because wow! I’ve always loved a good BDSM story and it has never mattered to me who tops and who bottoms. But Books where the man is the submissive are so few. Or maybe I should say GOOD books where the man is a submissive are few. I’ve read less than 5 and I’ve loved much much less than that. It has to be done well for me to love it. I love Alpha males so for me to be turned on by a male sub takes some time. This one was like a switch. The first scene and I was lost – hot hot hot.

Initially I wasn’t thrilled by the 3rd person narrative but it grew on me very fast. Perhaps it is why we got such rounded characters. It’s not a long book so thats quite the feat. And I just loved Reese. Corrine was my kind of heroine but Reese stole the scene. I just love when men live to please their women.

“Because everything I’ve ever done,” Reese murmured, words slurring, “has been about forgetting you or impressing you or making you proud. I’ve lived my whole life for you without having you in it.”

Sigh, he made me melt this guy.

“I want to be better for you,” he told her, “I’ve never said that to anyone else.”

Yes, officially up there with unforgettable book boyfriends.

I just wish the book was longer😦

4.5 Stars.

Amazon Buy Link -> Beg For It by Megan Hart


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Book Review – Broken Prince (The Royals #2) – Erin Watt

I was lucky enough to have an advance copy so I could dive right in after Paper Princess. In short, it was quite entertaining… Perhaps even more so than the first…

We return to the Royals right where we left off. Brook has ran away and Reed is going out of his mind. But that’s all I can say at this point since we were left with a cliff hanger and nothing bores me more than when reviews sell out the plot. I will say that we finally get alternating POVs. In fact, a huge part of the book is Reed’s POV. I mean Ella is gone so someone has to tell us how the Royals are getting on. But more than that we feel Reed’s hurt and his depth of feelings for Ella. Now, as much as I loved getting to know Reed, I missed Ella’s mind. She’s tough, a fighter, so I loved being in her mind much more than I did Reed’s.

I will also say that I enjoyed this one a bit more. Especially after we got Ella’s POV. Also, I somewhat shed the ‘these are teenagers having sex!’ mindset. I mean, I am a mother now so for some reason this weirds me out as I doubt I would be as blasé as Callum is with his kids, but well. So I was thourougly entertained. It was also a very fast read for me. BUT, I will still say that there’s nothing very earth shattering about the series. It’s still a bunch of spoilt kids pranking each other and having too much sex. Ella is definitely the best part of the book as she’s different but… Well… There’s a big but.

I suppose this one is just marketed for a specific audience and I’m just not part of that audience. I mean, it was entertaining… Like a soap opera can sometimes be entertaining but just like a soap opera, you will do some eye rolling and come across some ‘Come on! He didn’t just buy that load of crap!’ moments. And just like soap operas, there will be a cliffhanger that makes you begrudgingly tune in the next time.

It is still witty and still an easy summer read by the beach… But I personally won’t be tuning in for the next episode. Of course there was a cliffhanger and I do want to know how all this ends but I think it’s time to admit that the cons outweigh the pros for me. I’m also not very thrilled that its a trilogy – I’ve come to be wary of those.

Sigh. In the end, entertaining, but just not for me.

3 stars.

Amazon Buy Link -> Broken Prince by Erin Watt


I’d like to thank Nina and the authors for providing this ARC for my review.

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Book Review – Paper Princess (The Royals #1) – Erin Watt

I’m a huge fan of Elle Kennedy. Her Off Campus series is exactly why I read the New Adult genre. So I devoured her books and found out she’s co-authored an MM series, devoured and LOVED that one as well. Then I learned that she co-authored this book (with Jen Frederick under the name Erin Watt) and I had planned to be all over it. Until I read the blurb and it seemed to be all about spoiled teenagers. Since I’m neither, I decided to skip it. But then I saw all the reviews and I thought, I’m judging a book by its cover (blurb)? So I decided to give this a go.

This is the story of a 17 year old Ella who is putting herself through high school by stripping. Her mom, a former stripper, died of cancer leaving her with nothing more than a name to let her know her complete parentage. Ella is struggling, until a man shows up at her high school announcing that not only is the dad she never knew dead, he, Callum Royal, is her new guardian. Ella fights it but is eventually dragged to the Royal household. Callum is super rich and has 5 sons who all take an immediate dislike to Ella. Ella doesn’t mind it much because she wasn’t planning to stay anyway. But Callum makes her a deal she can’t say not to. Plus, one of the sons is proving to be another incentive to stay.

I admit to being immediately drawn to the story. I think I was expecting a Mean Girls/Clueless kind of story – rich mean people and a not so strong love arc. I’ll be the first one to admit to being a huge fan of both Mean Girls and Clueless (and Cruel Intentions, which it has also drawn comparisons to) but I’m no longer a teenager and I avoid YA like the plague, so I wasn’t expecting to love this. Did I love it? No. But I quite liked it. I mean, teenagers being sexually active is nothing new, its just not something I’m going to enjoy reading.

So I didn’t fall in love with the story, but I liked it for what it was. One, the heroine was quite endearing. She was strong and stood up for herself. The mean girls and boys I could have done without, because it wasn’t anything new. I enjoyed the writing, it was witty. I haven’t read Jen Frederick but I really love Elle Kennedy’s wit, in her books and in any other book she’s co – authored. So while I felt weird about the steamy scenes between the teenagers ( I donno, I just do) I kept on reading because the writing was easy and clever.

Now the most intriguing bit was the cliffhanger – it was unexpected. It’s against my better judgement to go on with the series but I can’t let that cliffhanger go… sigh. It has happened before that I’ve loved a sequel 100 times more than the first book in the series so I’m hoping that’s what ends up happening here.

3 stars.

Amazon Buy Link -> Paper Prince by Erin Watt

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I’d like to thank the amazing Nina and the authors for providing this copy for my review.

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