I enjoyed both novellas so much purely for their smut factor. Neither is overwhelmingly emotional (although the characters do have some baggage) or wastes too much time with the build up before the MCs get down and dirty. Would I have liked there to be more character development and more overall story? Yes, please!!!! That being said, if the purpose here was to burn up my e-reader and leave me hot and bothered, these two authors more than achieved their goal and the high rating is well-deserved.
I love a good enemies-to-lovers story usually. What I like most about this trope is that the hero/ine are usually covering up love/lust in witty banter and antagonism. The fun is in reading how long before they give in to their feelings. Unfortunately, Playing Dirty didn't do it for me. Here, I felt that Cassidy and Shaw really didn't … Continue reading ARC REVIEW: Playing Dirty by C.L. Parker
Dominique Hastings didn't have the best childhood the first seven years of his life, living in a home with an abusive, drug addict father. Fortunately, he and his mom are rescued by a wealthy, benevolent couple, the Wilsons. Their help allowed for a better life for Dom in which he becomes a pro football player … Continue reading REVIEW: Love Again by Christina Marie
We met John Logan in the first book of the Off-Campus series, The Deal. He's best friend/ teammate to Garret. He's also been holding a torch for Garret's girlfriend, Hannah, for months. He's been using random hookups with puck bunnies to try and get over his issues but it's not working. "Lusting over your best … Continue reading REVIEW: The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
Just Say When was love at first blurb for me. I love friend-to-lovers stories because of the history that the protagonists have with one another. JSW is a tale about Nate and Ava, who have been nursing secret crushes on one another for years. Ava doesn't think Nate, who is her older brother's best friend, … Continue reading REVIEW: Just Say When by Kaylee Ryan
We met Max Stella's brother, Niall in Beautiful Beloved. Reading about Niall with Max and Sara's baby girl was all I needed to know I was going to enjoy his book. I've come to really love this series, which is a big surprise after not enjoying the first book, Beautiful Bastard. Rarely, if ever, do I … Continue reading REVIEW: Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard #4) by Christina Lauren
"Everyone thought romance novelists had exciting sex lives—if they only knew . . . I needed a hero first." Nicola Royse aka Grace Martin is a historical romance novelist. At 32, she spends more time in her writing cave plotting happily-ever-afters for Scottish clansmen and their fair-headed maidens than living her own life in the … Continue reading REVIEW: Property Of by C.P. Smith