Andria Large – Christian

Christian by Andria Large

Series: The Beck Brothers #4
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Nothing scared Christian Beck more than his brothers finding out that he was gay. How could he ever tell his three big, buff, women-loving brothers that he was into dudes? What if they thought it was disgusting? What if they disowned him? He loved his brothers so much and couldn’t bear to lose them.

His only problem? He was in love with his best friend, who was now his boyfriend. He wanted to spend the rest of his life with this man. He hated having to hide their relationship, but what choice did he have? It was either hide his relationship or risk losing his family.

Shea Dempsey’s life has been turned upside down and inside out. First, his parents and sister were killed a couple years back, leaving him without any blood relatives. Now, the one person who he considered his only family told him that he was in love with him. The only issue? It was his best friend Christian, who’s gay. So when Christian told him that they could no longer be friends, Shea made a decision that would forever change him. He decided to become Christian’s boyfriend, because honestly, he would do anything to keep his best friend, even if that meant switching teams.

As their relationship became more involved, Shea realized that he really enjoyed being with men…okay, maybe not all men, but definitely Christian. But he didn’t want to hide what they had together. The only problem was that Christian would not budge on the subject and refused to tell his family about them. Shea didn’t know how long he could live in secret. Will their years of friendship and love for each other be enough? Or will the ultimatum that Shea gives Christian end everything for good?

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mixed feelings regarding this “gay for you” romance between two best friends…

I think my enjoyment of this book was immediately soured in the opening pages by the “moment of truth” between the couple, and I’m not sure it ever completely recovered.

Let’s break it down:

Christian is the youngest brother in a gregarious family. He is gay, his family is completely unaware of his sexuality, and he is hopelessly in love with his straight best friend Shea.

Shea is an orphan, he lost his entire family in a house fire a few years back. If it wan’t for the support of the Beck family – and his best friend Christian in particular – Shea might not have survived the loss of his family.

In the opening pages, Shea and Christian find themselves (drunk) at the wedding of Christian’s older brother. With all the love surrounding him, Christian resolves to finally tell his best friend the truth – that he is in love with him.

But before Christian can get the words out, Shea drops a bombshell.

“You know, I have always wondered what it would be like to kiss you,” Shea murmured huskily into the dark, his mouth mere inches from Christian’s.
Christian’s eyes flew open. He was about to ask Shea what the hell he was talking about, but instead Shea kissed him.

That sounds like a great book right?
Neat set up with the life-long friends?
This is going to be beautiful and awesome right?

Not really…

Right after this forbidden kiss which might have propelled a beautiful love story, Christian decides to say that if he can’t be in a relationship with Shea (who I will remind you again is straight) that the pair can no longer be friends. Mind you, Shea has been his BEST FRIEND for over twenty years.

“So you’re saying that the only way to keep you in my life is to be in a relationship with you? Shea asked, taking a step forward.
Christian frowned as he thought about is. “I guess, I don’t see any other way,”

Shea feels like Christian is the most important friend in his life. So faced with the threat of losing his best friend forever…

“Then let’s do it. If that is the only way that you want me in your life, then I’m going to take it. You are the only family I have, and I can’t lose you, Christian. So, if you want me to be your boyfriend, then that’s what I’m going to be,” he said firmly.

That’s emotional blackmail. How can you claim to love someone and expect them to change who they are to suit your needs? How can you claim to love someone and push them away like that?

I immediately lost respect for Christian for being so selfish and callous. And, I couldn’t really respect Shea after that since he just jumped right in and acquiesced to the absurd demand.

It didn’t really get much better after that…

Shea embraces the new relationship, but Christian doesn’t believe he would “turn gay” over night (no kidding!) so he keeps expecting Shea to bail…

Christian is neurotic to a fault – mood swings, panic attacks, and of course he feels the need to hide his sexuality from his family.

There were HUGE dramatic plot twists later in the book which helped to lend some sympathy to the characters, but by that point I was jaded by their ridiculous behavior, and could never really appreciate the characters or their relationship…

In addition to all this, numerous errors in the writing dug an even bigger hole for the story to try to climb out of… I read the whole thing; I did not “DNF” this book. There were some adorable moments between the two (“two-four-three” was a lovely addition) and we get our HEA…

If you read the previous books in the Beck Brothers Series and enjoyed them, by all means – read this book. However, if this is your first book in the series, I cannot recommend this book.

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Julianne Reyer – Desires of the Wolfman

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Series: Werewolf Erotic Romance 1 – 3
Source: Review by Request
ARC Provided by Publisher
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As the dark of night looms and the bright full moon rises, a faint howl is heard in the distance. Wolves are rare in the little rural town. Yet newlywed couple, Lacey and Mark, are about to embark on a steamy paranormal adventure.

Lacey has been keeping a dangerous secret from her husband and denying her own deepest feelings. She just can’t bring herself to tell him that he’s turning into a werewolf, especially when this bold new side of him sparks her most forbidden desires. But will her anxieties tear their marriage apart?

Mark is a hard working, down-to-earth man with simple needs. He just wants to please his wife and have a safe home out in the mountains. However, he knows something strange is going on–even if it doesn’t make sense to his rational mind. But as the truth is unveiled, and sizzling fantasies come to life, he’ll have to take control or risk losing the one person he loves most.

Sexy, fun, and full of both action and passion, Desires of the Wolfman is the newly revised novel edition of the Wolfman series of short stories: Married to the Wolfman, Threesome with the Wolfman, Swinging with the Wolfman, and Unleashing the Wolfman. Also includes bonus short, Suburban Wolfman.

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This book was a total trainwreck.

I wrote full reviews on the first two books this collection:
– You can read my review of Married to the Wolfman here
– And my review of Threesome with the Wolfman here

There are tons of Shifter romances I could reccomend to you, this is not one of them.

Shifter Erotica?
Read The Heat, book 1 in The Big Bad Wolf Series.

Science Fiction Shifter Suspense?
Read Bound to Night, Book 1 in the Sisters of the Moon Series

Shifter Laws and Society?
Read Bonded, the first book in the Law of the Lycans Series.

Shifter Humor/Erotica?
Read He Ain’t Lion, Book 1 in the Ridgefield Series.

But I can’t recommend reading this.
You’ve been warned.

***I received an ARC of the Shifter Romance Boxed Set in exchange for an honest review***

Kathy Kulig – Summer Sins

Summer Sins by Kathy Kulig

Source: Review by Request
ARC Received from Publisher
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Master Adrian Cayne knows how to bring exquisite pain or pleasure to a woman’s body. Before he’ll take on an inexperienced submissive, he expects her to pass a series of seductive tests of increasing intensity to see if she’s receptive to his unique and dark skills. Under his command and relentless determination, she’ll relinquish control to him.

Emma is known to thoroughly research her articles for the tabloid magazine Scandal. Her latest assignment to write about Dark Odyssey, a new BDSM club, is her chance to indulge in her taboo desires for the sex she craves as a submissive. With her job and future career on the line, she has to write a lurid, gossip story. But her heart isn’t in it because she falling for Adrian.

Raw and hot passion draws them past guarded limits, but when secrets are revealed, trust will be the final test for true love.

Inside Scoop: Emma’s journey includes public sex scenes and watching a scene with a sadist and masochist.

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Overall, I’m rather disappointed in this book. It moved too fast, was too short, had no character development…

As if she sensed his perusal, she looked his way and made eye contact. Confident, intelligent eyes, but slightly vulnerable. As a sub, she’d be perfect if that was her inclination. He didn’t like subs who had no mind of their own, They were overly dependent, needy. Too bad she had no experience.”

It had a decent premise and I was excited about it. It simply didn’t live up to my expectations.

Here’s the story…

Emma is an eager reporter infiltrates an exclusive sex club in order to write a story which well launch her career (and indulge in some of her darker fantasies) only to be introduced to Adrian, a Dom itching for a new Sub (but he needs someone discreet, and doesn’t want to train an inexperienced submissive)

Here are the not so good things:

  • We know the conflict immediately – Adrian needs to protect his reputation & Emma is infiltrating the club to write a story for a gossip magazine. There you go. We can all see where this is going…
  • The story moved way too fast. Either we didn’t get to witness the character development, or it simply never happened in the rush to get to the end of the book.
  • The trust was too instant. They fell in love too fast. Both of these problems could have been solved with a bit of careful character development. Not only was it not believable, it was absurd.
  • We never really learned what happened with Adrian and his ex-submissive Jill… The author hinted at it, and worked up to it, and then *poof* forgotten for the rest of the book.

Here are the good things:

  • Sexy times were fairly decent: Exhibitionism, voyeurism, and BDSM at an exclusive sex club… Some interesting moments with an electric toothbrush…
  • There was no “Series Teaser Cliffhanger”
  • There was no time for uncertainty or angst… But maybe there should have been?
  • If this had been written as a full-length novel, it would have probably been so much better. The length of the book eliminated the possibility of the reader getting to know or understand the characters beyond their sexual preferences.

***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review***

Elixa Everett – Whatever He Needs Her To Be

Whatever He Needs Her To BeWhatever He Needs Her To Be by Elixa Everett

Source: Review By Request
ARC provided by Publisher
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Working as a high-priced escort shapeshifter Selene has learned to turn off her emotions and treat every client as just that – a client. But when Anthony, a CEO of a multi-million dollar corporation, finds himself in a bind and requests her services for a night she finds herself falling head over heels. He’s handsome, charismatic and she feels a connection with him she’s never experienced before.

Fearing he would never seriously consider her as anything more then paid company, Selene does the one thing that shapeshifters do best; she becomes whatever he needs her to be…

I read this book as part of the Shifter Romance Boxed Set. A promising storyline completely ruined by the writing. Disappointing. I really wanted to like this book because the premise was fresh and intriguing, but I wound up completely unsatisfied.


I would absolutely love to hear when an editor gets their capable hands in this book… Because in all honesty, I would love to re-read this story when I’m not distracted by all of the glaring errors. It has so much potential!

This was a really awesome premise, a Shifter who can change her appearance at will and take any physical human form is running an escort service. Clients believe there are countless girls working for the service, when in fact, its just one woman who can shape herself into the very image of their fantasies. Selene goes on a “date” with Anthony, and realizes that she wants to have a real relationship with him (cue Pretty Woman reference) but he’ll never agree to truly dating an escort.

So she completely changes her appearance, meets him again, and tries to start all over.


Well, that’s sounds like a great little story doesn’t it? So what’s the big problem?

Simply stated: this book was poorly written. There were several misspellings, grammatical mistakes, and multiple (distracting) issues with continuity. In addition, the sentence structure was short and choppy. While I always give allowances for a few mistakes here and there, the sheer number of mistakes in this book greatly effected my enjoyment.

***I received an ARC of the Shifter Romance Boxed Set in exchange for an honest review***

Laid Bear by Marina Maddix

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Series: Laid Bear #1
Source: Review by Request
ARC Provided by Publisher
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Curvy girl Bethany Mills can’t believe her good fortune when her new neighbor turns out to be devastatingly hot. But someone that gorgeous could never fall for someone like her…could he? A charming personality and appreciation for sappy music aren’t the only things Maximilian Pearce is hiding, and just when Bethany thinks she might get her very own happily ever after, a shocking revelation forces her to make a heartbreaking choice.

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I read this book as part of the Shifter Romance Boxed Set It was a quick read, your standard M/F Paranormal shape-shifter romance. It was nice, but ultimately it was nothing special… 

Bethany is kind of awkward – she’s a tall curvy girl, and doesn’t have a very high opinion of herself through the first half of the book. I was getting a little peeved by the self-loathing she surrounded herself with, so I’m glad her friend Paul stepped in to talk some sense into her:

“You’ve got all this going on, yet you settle for the shittiest of shittheads. You practically beg them to treat you badly and then are surprised when they do. It’s not that you only attract assholes, but for some reason you think those are the only guys who could possibly be attracted to you. It’s not true and you need to get over that.”

But she’s got a quirky sense of humor, so that was nice

She’d grown up with three older brothers who taught her how to be tough… on the outside. Inside, she was as soft as her ample ass.

So a new neighbor moves in next door, Max. And obviously he’s super, extra, want-to-lick-him attractive. And shirtless, because aren’t they all?

She had – hands down – the BEST reaction to discovering a shape shifter I think Ive ever read… Partily because it seems reasonable (she even mentions that she nearly wet herself) and mostly because it was amusing as hell!

“What the fuck was that?” she whispered. Her brain tried to make sense of it but the circuits weren’t connecting. It was impossible and didn’t make sense. She felt like a robot who’d been given contradictory information: Does. Not. Compute. She started giggling hysterically at the robotic voice in her head, understanding she was quite possibly losing her mind, but more probably in shock.


Oh by the way, Max invites Bethany over for a little back yard cook out. And He grilled salmon… His specialty
I see what you did there Marina Maddix…

So Max tells Bethany he’s a werebear.
And they hook up.
Decent sexy-time antics. Sweet, not super hot.

I found myself grinning at the part where Bethany’s friends are drunkenly (and graphically) interrogating about Max.

Everything was going well with Bethany and Max (and with the book in general in my opinion), but then Scumbag Landlord/Max’s Uncle shows up. He has a little heart to heart with Bethany. She realizes that there are added complications to having a relationship with a Werebear and she’s faced with a choice – the family she’s been hoping for, or the love of her life.

But here’s the thing, I didn’t buy Chet’s story for a second, and I had a hard time believing that Bethany could either. Chet was a douche bag to her constantly, even before she met Max. But I suppose that’s neither here nor there… She did believe him.

So now we have the overplayed “misunderstanding” climax in a romance novel that drives the characters apart.

And that’s where the book lost me. I felt like I knew everything that was going to happen from then on out, and I was right. Complete with HEA

Aside from the humor and the fact that the main character had an atypical body type, this book was predictable, formulaic, and really nothing special.
If you buy it as part of the boxed set, I’d say its worth it.

***I received and ARC of Shifter Romance Boxed Set in exchange for an honest review***

Nely Cab – Creatura

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Series: Creatura #1
Source: Review By Request
ARC Provided by Publisher
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When seventeen year-old Isis Martin is having trouble sleeping due to perturbing dreams of a horrific growling beast, she decides to confront her fear. But what Isis discovers is something other than a menacing entity.

The human-like creature offers Isis assurance that he is not a figment of her imagination. Unwilling to accept his avowal, Isis sets his words to contest by asking the entity to prove himself—a dare, he readily welcomes.

It is in her dreams that Isis innocently stumbles upon the silent existence of the divine lineage of those that man has long forgotten.

In a quaint town, deep in south Texas, this story leads Isis onto the path of impermissible love and captivating life-changing truths. Isis Martin’s journey is sure to leave any reader ravenous for more.

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This was an amusing book for fans of Paranormal Young Adult/High School Romances. …taking a deep breath… However, I want to stand before you and admit that
I am not the target audience of this book

. Somehow I missed the YA warning signs in the book’s description before I picked it up. That is my fault, not the author’s, and I regret that it kept me from enjoying the book. And more importantly, I regret that it affected my rating of the book, but I feel compelled to write an honest review.

I’d like to start by saying that the description of this book provided by the publisher only addresses the first one or two chapters, and fails to describe the plot of this book.

It had a fun and original premise:

Isis is a lucid dreamer (able to control her dream-state) her control seems to be slipping because a dark figure is haunting her dreams. When she finally gains the courage to confront the intimidating specter, she states out loud (and to the creature) “you are not Real.”
The creature decides to prove that he is real by showing up at Isis’s high school and enrolling as a student. The plot improves from there – a creation story, ancient Gods, star-crossed lovers, jealous ex-boyfriends, etc.

If you are a teenage girl, sure, you should read this book. It’s romantic. It’s age appropriate. The male love interest is cute, sweet, and possessive without being eerily creepy. If you are an adult, perhaps you should consider skipping this little gem.

The heroine and her friends are 17 years old and seniors in high school, with all the trappings of the age group – school functions, clique-y teenagers, angst… absurd dialogue…

…taking another deep breath…
I am not the target audience of this book.
(repeating this as a mantra throughout the whole book)

Is anyone else weirded out by a 300ish year old God hitting on a 17 year old virgin high school student? Just me? Oh… One more reason I am obviously not the target audience.

I didn’t enjoy over-the-top cringe-worthy teenage poetry when I was a teenager… I assure you, I have not warmed to the medium over the years either. And there was A TON of it. That’s kind of the cherry on top of the sundae worth of reasons I was not the target audience for this book.

Every single little plot twist in this book was obvious.
With the exception of one: If I ever got a text from a dead guy who was threatening my friends with a gun the last time anyone had seen him alive…
I would NOT answer his pleas. Just saying.

Marina Anderson – Desire

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Series: The Dining Club #1
Source: Review Request
ARC Provided by Publisher
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

For fans of New York Times bestselling authors E. L. James, Sylvia Day, and J. Kenner comes the first part of international bestselling author Marina Anderson’s erotic series The Dining Club.

Part One: Desire

Young, ambitious theatre director Grace has no time for distractions, but she just cannot resist enigmatic city financier, David. Alluring, charismatic and an incredible lover – David never lets Grace get too close. So when he invites her to a weekend at his private club, Grace is thrilled.

Arriving at the secluded location, and excited by her nerves, David reveals the truth behind the Dining Club: a place where guests are taught to open their minds, and their bodies to erotic challenges. If she passes the tests, she is promised ecstasy beyond her wildest fantasies. If she fails, she’s forbidden to ever set foot in the exclusive club again. But even as David’s seductive commands make Grace feel more daring than ever before, she begins to fear for their future. What if she fails one of the Club’s tantalizing trials? Will David still want her or will she lose him forever?

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The first installment of The Dining Club series is a short (35 page) teaser to get the reader interested in continuing the series. Alas, I remain unhooked.

This is an erotic serial about the Dining Club, where David is taking his clueless girlfriend of six months, Grace for the weekend. However, as David explains once Grace is safely locked in their room,

“This club isn’t really a dining club, It’s a club for people with specialized sexual needs and desires. They come here so that they can enjoy themselves safe in the knowledge that they’re surrounded by like-minded people.”

To be fair, it is an interesting premise, and I can see how this series could be amusing, especially with David’s pillow talk:

“I only want to please you, darling.”

However it fell short for me.

Here’s why I remain unmoved:

First, with a mere thirty-five pages, everything must be crisp and perfect if you hope to dazzle the reader enough to move forward. Unfortunately there were two glaringly obvious mistakes.
1. In the first pre-coital conversation between Grace and David, the scene begins with both parties naked in bed contemplating a shower, yet ends in a car on the way back to Grace’s house. How did they get from A to B in the span of a short conversation?
2. Continuity. David alludes to “the other night in your flat, after you’d thought you were too tired for more sex” when that scene clearly took place at David’s flat. We never see further than Grace’s front door in the entire 35 pages of this book.

Secondly (and most importantly for me) the whole complication of Amber at the club and her interaction with David. It was too much too soon in a plot which didn’t need another twist yet. I’m sure that particular plot line will be a lovely addition to the rest of the series, but it immediately turned me off of Davids character to know that he had been cheating on Grace throughout their relationship, and was manipulating her into staying despite her misgivings.

This book series simply wasn’t for me, which is odd considering my previous enjoyment of various sex-club type books. If you feel the same and are looking for something better in this sort of genre, check out Submission the first book in the nine-part Plume Series. It’s free on iTunes, it’s longer, smarter, and you won’t immediately pity the female lead.

***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review***

Tracy Wolff – Tie Me Down

Tie Me Down by Tracy Wolff

Source: Review by Request
ARC Provided by Publisher
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As the only woman on her homicide squad, star investigator Genevieve Delacroix maintains a tough-as-nails attitude that keeps men at arm’s length. She never gives in to her secret fantasies—until she meets a mysterious stranger who teaches her how little control she really has over her mind or her body.

Cole Adams arrives in New Orleans believing Genevieve is his last hope for solving the murder of his younger sister. He just doesn’t expect the hard-bitten detective to look like a blond bombshell. Once he breaks through her inhibitions, he soon finds an unexpected obsession driving Genevieve right to the edge of desire . . . and beyond. But when the serial killer who has been terrorizing the streets of the French Quarter sets his sights on Genevieve, they realize that they both have let down their guard. And losing control can have fatal consequences.

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Sorry folks, this one was NOT for me…

((SPOILERS))

Yikes! I make it a point to avoid writing reviews for bad books – The author worked hard on this, but it was sloppy. Grammar and punctuation mistakes aside, it was a ridiculous collection of words strung together and called a book.

Tie Me Down was all about Sex, New Orleans, corrupt cops, gruesome murders, stalkers, women who should know better than ignoring the stalkers (but do anyway), and men who want to protect them from danger… It’s like this book was comprised of out takes from Full Exposure (the only other book I’ve read from Tracy Wolff) to the point that I immediately knew that Chastian was the serial killer.

When the answer to the only real mystery is blidingly obvious to the reader, it makes your Man Character seem like an idiot for not figuring it out…


Here’s what was good about this book:

(because I feel kind of bad trashing anyone’s book):
1. The sex scenes were good.
2. Cole had some steamy bedroom dialogue.
3. The moments when we saw Genevieve working the case were fun.
4. The serial killer was delightfully twisted, I liked his taunting clues…

But here are the problems:
I have no issue reading erotica that is simply sex with little-to-no plot line. Unfortunately Tie Me Down claimed to have a plot line… We saw nothing about the alleged plot line for most of the book. And it definitely wasn’t as full of suspense as the book’s description would have you believe. You have to get at least 75% though the book before anything happens with “suspense” and it’s a chore to make it that far…

Genevieve Delacroix was an infuriating, unreliable character. Just because the author tells us she is an Ice Queen, hard ass detective does not make it true if the character acts in an opposite fashion through the entire book.

Why was she constantly putting herself in dangerous situations with this guy she doesn’t know, who has files about her and photos of gruesome murder scenes?!?! She’s a homicide detective, she knows what the possible consequences could be. She knows that the killer has taken an interest in her. But she’s like, “well screw it, I’d rather have sex than think about it.”

You have to get 28% through the book before the two main characters said anything to each other that that wasn’t sexual. It lasted less than two pages. They had breakfast together. Genevieve even took the time to think about having a dialogue:

“You never did answer my question last night.” He leaned against the counter, his body suddenly tense as he watched her over the rim of his coffee cup. “Which question was that, sweetheart? ‘Where’d you earn to fuck like that?’ or ‘Could you do it some more?'” She narrowed her eyes, refused to blush at the reminder of her blatant demands. “The one where I wanted to know what the hell you were doing researching my department and various sexual homicides from the last few years. How did you even know about them?”

A perfectly reasonable question!
I’d been wondering the same thing!

And what happens?

They fuck again rather than answer any burning questions…

Because yeah…

We have to go through several pages of sex before any conversations were resumed, and amusingly, Cole says what everyone is thinking:

“And while you’re at it, think about what it says about you that you fucked me while you had even the slightest suspicion that I was involved with raping and killing seven young women. I guess I’m not the only sick bastard around.”

And so Cole and Genevieve argue, Genevieve leaves, and the book continues to deteriorate in spectacular fashion…

Final Thoughts:

I like to come away from a book with a new experience, or having learned something. I learned something very important from Tie Me Down. I learned that I’ll never ever read Tracy Wolff ever again.

***I received and ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review****
(and it can’t possibly get more honest than what I just said.)

Melody Anne – Surrender

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Series: Surrender #1
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Raffaello (Rafe) Palazzo takes what he wants with no regrets. Arianna (Ari) Lynn Harlow has led a charmed life until tragedy strikes her family. He’s looking for a no-emotions attached mistress, she’s looking for redemption.

They are not a pair that should ever work, but undeniable attraction and devastating tragedies bring them together in the city by the bay where he fights to keep their relationship nothing more than an enjoyable way to meet his needs, and she battles to not lose herself in him. Spending time with Ari starts cracking the hard shell that Rafe has built around his heart, but he denies the affect she has on him until it’s too late to stop the inevitable conclusion that their relationship is headed for.

Rafe once believed in happily ever after, coming from a large Italian family. He’s got the Midas touch, since every endeavor he tries turns to gold. That all ends when his wife walks out the door and leaves him blindsided. His devastation quickly turns to steel when he decides no woman will fool him again. From that point on he treats relationships as nothing more than business transactions where both party’s come out mutually benefited.

Just when Ari has sunk to the lowest she’s ever been she finds an ad in the paper announcing a job that’s too good to be true. It turns out she’s right. She makes it through the intense rounds of interviews only to find out the job is for a mistress to the powerful Rafe Palazzo, owner of Palazzo Enterprises. Rafe gives her a day to think about whether she wants the position or not, and she’s sent on her way, only to find out her mother’s near-terminal position has taken a turn for the worse. Her mom’s only in the hospital because Ari messed up, and her mother’s the one who paid the price. Is Rafe her savior, or will he take her with him straight to the depths of hell?

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Let me start off by saying that this book was not awful. Was it good enough to want to read (and pay for) the other three books in the series? Probably not.

Here’s the hard truth of why I picked it up:
1. I’ve talked to people who said it was a decent series (and I give into book-related peer pressure)
2. It was FREE on iBooks
3. I keep seeing quotes from the series on Pintrest & Tumblr
4. The author’s books are all over the best seller charts

The Good Stuff:

  • It was free on iBooks.
  • It was a short and fast read.
  • The dual Point of View aspect. Rafe was more interesting than Ari; the book would have dissolved into nothing without his POV.
  • Rafe’s Dialogue = Sexy one liners. If we printed off a little pocket book full of the spicy things he says to Aria in this book alone, guys could use it as refrence material to seduce women.
  • The cliff hanger. Formulaic as this book was (see below) I was actually quite pleased to see Ari walk away. I’m sure the Author intended for the opposite effect (afterall, formula seems to dictate that the girl run away at the end of the first book so we’ll run out and buy the sequel) But quite honestly, the only thing Ari had going for her was that she resolutely refused to be his mistress. It was the only positive constant about her.

The Lame Stuff:

  • The whole “billionaire looking for an innocent girl for sex because he doesn’t do emotional relationships” formula. It seems to be the standard format for the modern romance. That’s perfectly fine, I’m just not sure that there was anything unique about this version.
  • Aria’s personality in general. I spent most of the book rolling my eyes at her – she feels guilty about the situation with her mother, I get that. However, I can’t enjoy a character who professes to be proud and independent while naively hiding from the world all her life, constantly lamenting the hardships she must overcome, generally feeling hopeless and helpless all the time, letting herself be manipulated by her girlfriends (who let her get Roofied and carried out of a bar by a stranger but she still goes out clubbing with them?!?) If Ari hadn’t been a whiny helpless coward about the whole ordeal then the ultimate betrayal by Rafe – purchasing her mother’s home and business as the last possible way to blackmail Ari into submission – wouldn’t have been such a big deal. She was a college student. Who would have expected her to front the bills for her mother’s care? Why exactly couldn’t she tell her mother that those assets had been sold off? And that doesn’t even touch the improbability of Aria having the legal rights to do such a thing.
  • I know I’ve said it before, but can we please, please stop calling these books BDSM erotica? Go read Story of O or The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty then come back and tell how two scenes where wrists were bound possibly quallifes this as a BDSM sexual relationship.

Jodi Ellen Malpas – This Man Confessed

This Man Confessed by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Series: This Man #3
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

THE STUNNING CONCLUSION TO THE THIS MAN TRILOGY!

The Manor, the very place where their passionate love affair began, fills with guests on what should be the happiest day of Ava and Jesse’s lives. She has accepted that she’ll never tame the fierceness in Jesse-and she doesn’t want to. Their love is profound, their connection powerful, but just when she thinks that she’s finally gotten beneath his guarded exterior, more questions arise, leading Ava to believe that Jesse Ward may not be the man she thinks he is. He knows too well how to take her to a place beyond ecstasy . . . but will he also drive her to the brink of despair? It’s time for this man to confess.

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I’m a little ashamed of myself for reading that whole trilogy… It was like eating a fast-food burger, or something… I was all hopped up on the experience at the time, but it left me undernourished and a little queasy…

(BEWARE OF SPOILERS)

“It’s not safe for pregnant women to fly.” he says quietly. “I’ve read about it.”

“Where have you read about it?” I ask on a laugh, fearing he’s about to produce some sort of Guide to Pregnancy manual. I stop laughing immediately when he reaches between his suits and produces a Guide to Pregnancy manual.

I actually found the final book more enjoyable than the first two despite the whole birth control stealing ickyness (for the love of God, WHY?!)

This is still an absurd over-the-top version of the “Billionaire corrupts a young girl” trope…

I still wanted Eva to run away.

I still find the whole set up ridiculous.

…But it was a wild ride, and in spite of myself, I had fun.

If you’ve not read it, I absolutely insist that you read my “Jesse Ward Rant” – but beware of spoilers…