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Jan
24

Review: How To Misbehave by Ruthie Knox

Review: How To Misbehave by Ruthie Knox How to Misbehave Author: Ruthie Knox    Release Date: Jan. 28, 2013 Publisher: Loveswept Camelot Series Introductory Novella ISBN: #978-0345545305 Genre: Contemporary Romance, Novella Format(s): e-book (99 pgs) Book Source: Publisher About the book: As program director for the Camelot Community Center, Amber Clark knows how to keep her cool. That is, until a sudden tornado warning forces her to take shelter in a darkened basement with a hunk of man whose sex appeal green lights her every fantasy. With a voice that would melt chocolate, he asks her if she is okay. Now she’s hot all over and wondering: How does a girl make a move? Building contractor Tony Mazzara was just looking to escape nature’s fury. Instead, he finds himself all tangled up with lovely Amber. Sweet and sexy, she’s ready to unleash her wild side. Their mutual desire reaches a fever pitch and creates a storm of its own—unexpected, powerful, and unforgettable. But is it bigger than Tony can handle? Can he let go of painful memories and let the force of this remarkable woman show him a future he never dreamed existed? What Nima’s talking about: I love dependable authors.  I know that when I open the pages of a new book, it’s not going to be a waste of my time or money.  Ruthie Knox has proven to me that she is a dependable author.  She’s apparently proven it to Random House as well because she’s been green-lighted to embark on an entire series, the Camelot Series, based in the imaginary little hamlet of Camelot, Ohio, about an hour outside of Columbus.  It’s one of those insignificant places that you fly over while going from one coast to the other without knowing what you’ve missed—unless you are among the lucky few who’ve lived there.  I’m originally from the west coast and now make my home in one of those historic little gems of Ohio, but really, this story would have been at home in just about any small, Midwest town. How to Misbehave is a novella, our appetizer to the main course of the series to come.  The series follows the Clark siblings—Amber, Caleb, and Katie.  Blessedly, we do not have to wait a year between books.  Caleb’s story, Along Came Trouble, is due out in March, and Katie’s story, Flirting with Disaster, follows in June.  According to the author’s end notes however, How to Misbehave was not written first.  Knox wrote it last.  Amber...
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Jan
23

Review: Island Pleasures by KT Grant

Review: Island Pleasures by KT Grant Island Pleasures Author: KT Grant  Release Date: Jan. 25, 2013 Publisher: Decadent Publishing 1 Night Stand Series Genre: Erotic Romance, Contemporary, Novella Format(s): e-book Book Source Author About the book: Carly Kimball, columnist for the popular magazine, Chit-Chat Weekly is going undercover to reveal the truth behind Madame Evangeline and 1Night Stand. She’ll infiltrate the Grand Turk Castillo hotel and resort to find the proof she needs for her article.  But Carly is in for the biggest shock of her life when she comes face to face with a man from her past, Quinn Alfasi, who she shared one passionate night with back in college. Quinn never thought he’d see Carly again, and now six years later she’s come back into his life with the purpose to take down his employer. He’ll do whatever he has to in order to expose her as a liar and a fraud. But then his friend Woody shows an interest in Carly and has a plans to seduce her whether Quinn likes it or not. Quinn won’t allow Carly to fall for Woody even if he has to team up with his Lothario best friend to claim Carly as his own.  Carly is in danger of not only giving up on her mission, but also falling for the adorable Woody. But then there’s Quinn, the one man she has always loved and has never forgotten… What I’m talking about: Carly Kimball is trying to get ahead at her tabloid newspaper, so she attempts to find some dirt on the 1 Night Stand match-making service. Believing it’s a front for an escort service run by the Castillo brothers, Carly attempts to infiltrate one of their hotels by pretending to be her twin sister, Cassidy. However, Carly isn’t fooling anyone, especially Woody and Quinn, two friends of the sisters from college. Island Pleasures is a delightful romp in an exotic locale. I enjoyed the descriptive details of the luxurious hotel, island setting, and delicious men.  Carly was a mixed bag for me. She certainly isn’t cut out for the undercover work. She is only fooling herself, believing that Woody and Quinn are buying her story. She comes across a bit green… especially when she uses her own credit card to secure her stay at the resort! It bothered me at times that she came across so naive; I wanted her to be strong and successful, not down on herself. Quinn is a confident man, but unsure...
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Jan
23

Review: Beautiful Scars by Shiloh Walker

Review: Beautiful Scars by Shiloh Walker Beautiful Scars Author: Shiloh Walker  Release Date: Jan. 15, 2013 Publisher: Samhain Publishing Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance Format(s): e-book Book Source: Purchased with my own funds About the book:      Some scars cut right to the heart.      Three years after her divorce, Chaili Bennett is over her ex. Her only problem now? Of the few men she’s dated since, no one “gets” her. Not like Marc Archer—a man who’s never seen her as more than a friend.      Marc Archer needs a date for a last-minute charity event, and he needs it fast. Not that women aren’t throwing themselves at his world-famous face and body, but sometimes it’s less messy—as in less personal—to use his sister Shera’s escort service.      The last woman on earth Marc expects to see in his sister’s office is Chaili. There’s something different about her, but nothing pleases him more when Shera sets them up. That simple date quickly evolves into much more as they both discover the other fills a deep, secret need they’ve shared with no one else.      Though Chaili insists one night is all she wants, Marc isn’t walking away now. Not until he discovers what put the shadows in her eyes. And the scars on her soul.      Warning: This book involves soulful songs, soulful sex, a soulful singer and lots of heartbreak. But no worries, there’s a happy ever after. What VampBard’s talking about:      In the synopsis for Beautiful Scars, the reader is warned, “This book involves soulful songs, soulful sex, a soulful singer and lots of heartbreak…”  Thanks for the warning, but I still wasn’t ready for the emotionally-charged story into which I was plunged head-first.  When it feels like an author takes a peek into my soul, reaches for the strings of my heart, and plucks them like a skilled harpist, that’s exactly when I know that this is one of the titles that will be on my top list for 2013.      The synopsis for Beautiful Scars gives us a concise overview of the plot.  There’s a lot that happens, but one of the most important over-arching themes in this title is that of meaningful relationships developing from truly knowing a person on the INSIDE.  I’m so sick of the porcelain doll, or even the reluctant butterfly, that is pure perfection snagging the rich, hottie.  We ALL have scars we bear.  In this day and...
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Jan
3

Review: By Private Invitation by Stephanie Julian

Review: By Private Invitation by Stephanie Julian By Private Invitation Author: Stephanie Julian  Release Date: Dec. 31, 2012 Publisher: Berkley Trade Salon Games #1 ISBN: #978-0425262870 Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Format(s): Paperback (320 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:      Antiques dealer Annabelle Elder’s life is nowhere near as passionate as the erotic art she collects. A cheating ex-boyfriend and her business have seen to that. So when she attends a New Year’s Eve party at Haven Hotel, she sees a chance to blow off some steam. But she never expected to meet anyone like Jared—or to experience such passion in his arms…      Handsome, rich, and charming as hell, Jared Golden brought his Midas touch to Haven Hotel—and created an anything-goes pleasure palace on one floor to cater to his special friends and their very special desires. After falling in lust with Annabelle at first sight, seducing her was easier than he expected. What he didn’t expect was to be seduced in turn…      But unrestrained passion in the bedroom is not the only spark between Annabelle and Jared. Their mutual attraction is confounded by their separate pasts. Caught in an ever-growing web of painful secrets and sensual fantasy, will they be able to face the truth about themselves and trust in true love? What I’m talking about:      I have been a big fan of Stephanie Julian’s paranormal stories for several years, so I was excited to have the opportunity to review her latest release, By Private Invitation. Starting this book I had no idea what it was about, but knowing Ms. Julian, it would be sexy!      The first chapter not only sets the stage for the reader, but it grabs ahold and doesn’t let the reader go. Right up front, we learn that our hero, Jared, is a pleasure seeker and part owner of a hedonistic pleasure hotel. He clearly enjoys sexual exploits outside of the norm. He has a private room known as the Salon, where friends can experience their inner most sexual fantasies, by invitation only. In addition, we learn that his family has been “cursed in love” when a ring and pin were stolen. And… hmmmm… Is that the missing pin that our heroine Annabelle is wearing?! Annabelle is ready for a night of pleasure after having a lousy year in the romance department.      There is just something special about By Private Invitation that captured my imagination and warmed my...
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Dec
24

Quickie Review: Adore by Ann Mayburn

Quickie Review: Adore by Ann Mayburn Adore Author: Ann Mayburn  Release Date: Nov. 20, 2012 Publisher: Decadent Sam & Cody #3 Genre: GLBT, m/m, Contemporary Romance, Novella, holiday Format(s): e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:       Sam and Cody have settled into married life, live in their dream house, and are more in love than ever. There is just one thing missing from their lives to make their home complete. A baby to share their love with. Adoption is hard enough, but the struggles and hardship of trying to adopt as a gay couple may be too much for the men to handle. When a series of setbacks leave both men with broken hearts and wounded souls, it will take a Christmas miracle to give Sam and Cody the strength to give adoption one more try. What B is talking about:       Four years into their marriage, Cody McPherson and Sam Dunham have decided that their little family needs just one more thing to be absolutely perfect: a baby to share their loving home. But when the birth mother of their son changes her mind at the last minute, everything they hold dear is threatened as the grief and prejudice they face as a homosexual couple trying to adopt nearly tears them apart. Fortunately, things often happen for a reason, and Cody and Sam discover that one closed door could lead them to more happiness then they’d ever dared to hope for.       I thought this was a very sweet story that makes some exceptionally valid points about the intolerance still faced by homosexuals in our society. Cody and Sam are capable, understanding, loving men who would be great fathers, if only they received the same consideration in the system as heterosexual couples. I was very happy for them in the end, though, and agree with them that things turned out better than they could have imagined. Of course, one of my favorite things about Ms. Mayburn’s stories are the scorching hot sex scenes she writes for her characters, and Sam and Cody get their share. These two are not only great guys, but they’re really, really hot. Adore is sweet, sexy goodness all around, and I’ll be rereading it again very soon. B’s Rating: Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)     Purchase Info: Adore (Story 3) Reviews in the Series: Want (Story 1)  ...
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Dec
18

Guest Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

Guest Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young       Today I would like to introduce to you one of my good friends, Nena. Recently, Nena started her own book blog, the good, the bad and the ugly, and I adore her quick and easy format for reviewing books. Please help me welcome Nena to That’s What I’m Talking About!       Hello readers! I’m very excited to stop by That’s What I’m Talking About and introduce myself and my book review blog.       First off, I have to tell you a little about myself, my favorite pastime is to get myself lost in a good story. Recommendations are a must for me as a reader, because I don’t ever read book blurbs or synopses. I like to immerse myself into a story without any preconceived ideas, expectations or knowledge.       Over the summer I was given a book recommendation by a friend that knows what I like so I went ahead and bought it without thinking twice (buy-it-with-one-click compulsion, anyone?)       To say the least, I loved the book and when I went to search for more information about the author, I discovered the world of indie books. I had stayed away from self-published titles for a good reason but after reading that book, I knew there had to be more diamonds in the rough and I embarked myself on a quest to find them!       Goodreads is a great place to go and find treasures, but along with the gems I found, I came across a lot of not-so-precious rocks. The star rating proved to be flawed, and it quickly became meaningless to me. If I was going to read a book I wanted to know what were its strengths, what things could be improved, and ultimately I wanted to have a final statement of the book as a whole, so, the good, the bad and the ugly book review blog was born. The good, the bad and the ugly blog has a simple format, and today I would like to share with you one of the best books I read this past summer.       On Dublin Street by Samantha Young was self-published on August 31, 2012, and it quickly made its way to the top on Amazon’s best selling romance books, climbing ahead the Fifty Shades of Grey books which held the three top spots all summer. On Dublin Street surprised the publishing industry keeping the number one spot...
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Nov
27

Review: The Final Piece by Maggi Myers

Review: The Final Piece by Maggi Myers The Final Piece Author: Maggi Myers  Release Date: Nov. 15, 2012 Publisher: self-published ISBN: 978-1480055544 Genre: Contemporary Romantic Fiction Format(s): Paperback (312 pgs), e-book Book Source: Purchased with my own funds About the book: Elizabeth Bradshaw has spent her life picking up the the pieces of her delicate past and hiding them. Her secrecy has worked until the day Beth receives word that her only confidant, Tommy, has been killed. Devastated, she leaves her new life behind to embark on a pilgrimage home for Tommy’s funeral. When faced, yet again, with more pieces to pick up and pack away, Beth begins to question the choice to keep everyone in life at arm’s length. As Beth reconnects with Ryan, Tommy’s nephew, she begins a journey that will unearth her secrecy and teach her grace, love and forgiveness. What VampBard’s talking about: The Final Piece, debut novel by Maggi Myers, contains a little bit of everything.  Even though Ms. Myers works with a substantial amount of material, she manages to remain true to her story throughout.  As a reader, I was drawn in by the beautiful descriptions provided for and by the main characters.  We saw the point-of-view shift between Beth and Ryan a few times throughout the story, and it was neither awkward nor distracting.   I knew before picking up this title that Ms. Myers would be writing about some sensitive topics.  She deals with child molestation and rape in a substantial, thoughtful, and compassionate manner.    If The Final Piece had only this sensitive material, I would recommend an older young adult audience.  Ms. Myers brings to the forefront the process of healing from childhood atrocities.  Later in the title, after Beth has graduated college, we see some explicit love-making scenes.  This raises the rating to Mature Audiences for me.   The Final Piece needed at least one more editing drive-by to catch a few errors in usage and mechanics.  I also noted a couple plot inconsistencies that could use some tidying-up.  This would be the H.S. English teacher side piping in, and it did tarnish the reading experience for me a tad, lowering my rating by at least ½ star.   Beth is one of the strongest female main characters that I have read in a long time.  Beginning the story when she is a teen, we watch Beth grow up and move on with her life.  After being a child of using parents, Beth is forced...
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Nov
19

Review: Exposed to You by Beth Kery

Review: Exposed to You by Beth Kery Exposed to You Author: Beth Kery  Release Date: Nov. 6, 2012 Publisher: Berkley Trade One Night of Passion Series #2  (series also includes two novellas) ISBN: #978-0425259153 Genre: Contemporary Erotica Format(s): Paperback (320 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: It’s not often you’re hired to paint a body tattoo–and what a body–on a total stranger at a Hollywood film set. A reserved and careful art teacher, Joy would never forget it. In a rare fit of raw desire she gave herself completely, knowing she’d never see him again, or ever repeat such a shameless, naked impulse. Little did she know, the man with whom she shared that lightning bolt of lust was star Everett Hughes. For Everett, women and sex came as easily as fame. But how could he hope to convince the guarded Joy that beneath the hard body and sexy façade of celebrity was a real man who wanted only one, real woman? In the heat of an intoxicating affair, Everett endeavors to break down her barriers, gain her trust, and expose himself as the real deal. But can Joy do the same, and reveal to him the vulnerable woman who longs to be loved, wanted, and desired forever? What Nima’s talking about: This is weird way to start a review, but when I read, my mind makes connections to other things I’ve read and seen.  I can’t help it.  It happens without conscious thought on my part… So have you seen Face Off, the television show? It’s one of those reality competition shows that my mother, of all people, has gotten me hooked on.  It’s all about movie make-up and the process of turning actors into characters.  Because of my love of science fiction and fantasy, I marvel over every episode as competitors are given a theme and then magic happens. Connection?  Main character Joy Hightower in Beth Kery’s Exposed to You is the niece of famous movie make-up and special effects artist Seth Hightower. She is an accomplished artist and teacher and often helps her uncle on movie sets.  This is where she meets, through a very unconventional interaction, Everett Hughes.  Everett is the latest and greatest hunk of an A-list movie superstar.  Special effects and a gorgeous guy?  I was hooked. The fact that Everett Hughes was presented to us as a famous heart throb, I couldn’t help but mentally casting him.  In my mind I created a face (and body) very much...
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Nov
16

Review: Come Fly With Me by Addison Fox

Review: Come Fly With Me by Addison Fox Come Fly With Me Author:  Addison Fox   Release Date: Nov. 6, 2012 Publisher: Signet Eclipse Alaskan Nights #2 ISBN: #9780451238498 Genre: Contemporary Romance Format(s): Paperback (386 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: How do you say no to a man at thirty-thousand feet? When Grier Thompson is called to Indigo, Alaska to deal with the estate of her late, estranged father, the last thing she expected to find was a hotly contested will, a hostile half-sister who never knew Grier existed, or for that matter, an entire town that doesn’t take kindly to this stranger. Except maybe for Mick O’Shaughnessy. An Indigo native, Mick has all he wants in life: a soft flannel shirt, a nice cottage, and a thriving airline charter business. Could this simple life get any better? One look at Grier and Mick discovers the answer is a resounding, “yes.” She thinks so too—and if it weren’t for her family baggage, maybe she could relax and enjoy herself before it’s time to return to real life. But then an unexpected visitor from Grier’s past unsettles the entire town just when the residents were finally starting to warm to her. By the time Mick comes out of the clouds to realize he’s fallen head over heels in love, it might be just too late to win Grier’s heart. What Nima’s talking about: It’s no secret that I’ve been waiting a year for this book.  Last year I fell in love with the little town of Indigo, Alaska and its quirky, love-obsessed inhabitants in Addison Fox’s Baby It’s Cold Outside, book one of the Alaskan Nights Series.  I’m happy to report that it was not a one-book wonder.  If that book was the courtship, this one, Come Fly With Me, is the marriage because now I feel like I’m a member of the family.  It’s not necessary to have read the first book, but doing so will make Come Fly With Me a richer experience as we learn the back stories of several of our favorite eccentrics.  We become more embedded in lives of the characters and it’s a happy place to be—homey.  Better still, those stories continue to move the main narrative forward and don’t slow it down as unessential tangents. The main focus of book one was the love story between Sloan McKinley and her best friend Grier Thompson’s attorney, Walker Montgomery.  Book two focuses on Grier and Mick O’Shaughnessy.  Book three, Just in Time, expected out...
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Nov
7

Review: Tart by Lauren Dane

Review: Tart by Lauren Dane Tart Author: Lauren Dane Release Date: Nov. 6, 2012 Publisher: Berkley Trade The Delicious Series #2 ISBN: #978-0425253250 Genre: Contemporary Erotica Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:       Juliet Lamprey is having the time of her life running her successful bakery, TART, when Gideon Carter comes back into her life. Returning home to help his grandfather run the family on the farm, Gideon is back for good. When they meet again, the spark between them is immediate, and it isn’t long before the former childhood friends play catch up in bed.       That’s not good news for local lawyer Cal Whaley. Though the sexually open but strictly monogamous Cal has loved Jules for a long time, he’s hardly ever taken it further than friendship. When he sees her start to fall for Gideon, he knows he has to make his move or risk losing her forever.       Who would have anticipated that all three of them would connect on such an intimate level? The trio’s scalding liaisons take them places they’ve never dreamed. But such an intensely passionate and unusual relationship comes with equally as complicated emotions, and when Jules must suddenly leave town, she wonders if she’ll have a choice to make when she returns. What Nima’s talking about:       Words to describe Tart:  Passionate, erotic, playful, feisty, bitchy, happy, and delicious.  “Delicious” is the name four best friends have given themselves as a group.  The group consists of Juliet, Gillian, Daisy, and Mary.  Tart is the second book in the Delicious Series and focuses on Juliet’s love triangle-turned-triad romance.  While this is a new series, it really is the extension of Dane’s Brown Siblings Series.  You don’t have to read it first, but I would recommend it.  A large focus of Tart is the wedding of Gillian to Adrian Brown (Never Enough).       Main character Juliet was happy with her life, her friends, her business, and her new relationship with an old friend, Gideon Carter.  This spurs another old friend, Cal Whaley, into staking a prior claim and neither man will give her up even though they too are old friends.  Juliet loves them both.  Rather than forcing her into a situation where she must choose, one of the men proposes a three-way relationship.  The matter-of-fact way in which he brings it up is startling to this female reader. They all agree and they...
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