Cherish Hard Review

36390029Cherish Hard was the first book in the Hard Play series and was a wonderful, sweet, and enjoyable book with an amazing hero and a likable heroine.

I’ll be honest, Sailor made this book for me. He was the perfect hero without being 100% perfect. He had his flaws but he the way he treated Isa was amazing! He is definitely going to be one of my favorite book boyfriends! I also liked Isa and how she stood up for herself, was their for her siblings but also was able to get past her fears and give Sailor not only a chance but the benefit of the doubt. Once they committed they believed in each other and the relationship. I’m actually not sure about the timeline and how long they knew each other but it didn’t feel like instant love and I found them believable together. I also loved that the conflict was so real! I also admired the way it was handled and the resolution at the end.

I also adored both Sailor’s family and Isa’s siblings. They made wonderful secondary characters who added to the book. Of course Rock Hard about Sailor’s older brother is one of my all time favorite contemporary romances so I loved seeing a bit of him before that book takes place.

This was a wonderfully sweet book that hit just the right spot. So if you’re looking for a sweet, heart warming yet somewhat light hearted book with a fabulous hero and characters you are rooting for then give this one a chance you won’t be disappointed!

 

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A Cold Dark Promise Review

36098958A Cold Dark Promise is the perfect early Christmas present for fans of the series. I don’t recommend reading it as a stand alone but if you haven’t started this series I do highly recommend you start! This book centers around Alex and Mallory who started everything in A Cold Dark Place.
Mallory is pregnant and the two are just days away from getting married. Alex is asked by someone he knows to help rescue her daughter who was stolen by her father, a rich Saudi man over 4 years ago. Alex doesn’t want to get involved and especially not this close to his wedding but Mallory convinces him he should help. Unfortunately things are never that simple and when Alex spots a known weapons dealer he knows there is more going on. Several of the characters from previous books arrive to help and it’s wonderful to see so many of the previous characters back in action and working together. The pace is fast and the suspense kept me turning the pages as fast as I could to see how it wold all play out and if Alex would live long enough to make it back in time for his wedding. I loved this book and although it was short it was the perfect bonus as I wait impatiently for the next book in the series!

M/M Monday – Citywide Review

35495782 Okay so only one of the stories in this book is M/M and it’s actually M/M/M but since it is by far my favorite of the stories I’m going to use it for my M/M Monday review.  Well this book has a little bit of everything – M/M/M story, F/F story and and a M/F Story. I also believe that reading the series will make this book A LOT more enjoyable since the characters are all introduced within the series.

4.5 Charms to Rerouted. I really loved the story between Aiden, Jace and Chris. It was smoking hot and yet I genuinely liked the characters. Triads are hit and miss with me. I can sometimes have a hard time finding them believable. I actually didn’t have that problem with this one although I do think the relationship was a bit Chris centered. Maybe that was because it was in his POV but I would have loved a couple of scenes between just Aiden and Jace even if it was discussions about how Chris fit in with them and what they wanted as a couple since they were the married couple. However, even with that I really thought the author did a great job of showing how Chris fit both Aiden and Jace. With Aiden and Jace being a lot a like and having grown up together Chris was able to be the peacemaker and help when one or the other was frustrated. I liked that in between some really intense and hot sex scenes there were some emotional conversations taking place. Overall, I really loved this one and would like to read more of them.

4 Charms to Gridlocked. I gave this story 4 charms even though for me it was probably more of a 3 charm but that’s just because I’m not a fan of F/F stories and I skimmed the sex scenes. However, if I went by just the writing alone it was a well done story with fully dimensional characters. I liked both Mere and Tonya and thought there story was well done.

2 charms to Derailed.

I almost gave up a couple of times throughout this story because I really didn’t like Stephanie and although I know the author tried to explain her issue with commitment I never found it believable. Angel was a wonderful and sweet guy who was also a great friend but Steph treated him like crap and I wanted to him to let go of her and move on and find someone who would treat him better. I’m all for women who can stand on their own and don’t need a man but that doesn’t give her the excuse to play with Angel’s feelings and that’s what I felt like she was doing. She wouldn’t be with him but didn’t want anyone else to have him so she’d give him just enough to give him hope but never more until the very end of this story. I felt it was far too late by then and I had lost all respect for Steph.

 

Wanted: Mom For Christmas Review

35341385I admit it – I love the holidays.  I love the decorations, the music, the hallmark movies and yes the holiday stories that are published around that time of year.  So I’m starting a little early to help weed through all the holiday romances out there and find out which ones are good, which ones I wish I skipped and which ones leave a huge smile on my face when I’ve finished!  Wanted Mom For Christmas is a charming, sweet and fun holiday romance with characters I fell in love with. Although this is book 5.5 in the series it can be read as a stand alone (I did) and it’s still very enjoyable. I can only imagine how much more I would have loved it if I had read the previous books.

This book centers around Hawk and his two children who’s mom died several years ago a week before Christmas. Hawk and his kids really haven’t been big on celebrating Christmas since then and Hawk is starting to worry a bit about how he’ll manage his teen daughter as she is starting a time period where having a mother would be so helpful. His youngest son, H.L. wants a mom and is constantly asking his dad for one but Hawk isn’t sure he’s ready for a relationship and even if he is he needs to find a woman who will love his kids.

Enter Nora, Hawk’s high school girlfriend and first love. She’s going through a rough patch with her career as an Olympic tennis player and other personal issues. She finds a job as a rent-a-mom for Hawk’s family.

I loved the dynamics between Nora and Hawk’s kids and between Nora and Hawk. The Savage family was adorable and I especially loved the relationship that grew between Nora and H.L. There were some very amusing and sweet scenes and I loved that the competitive spirit in Nora came alive in her interactions with the family and in her wanting to be the best rent-a-mom possible. I found myself smiling through this whole book and finished it in one setting.

If you are looking for a sweet and fun Christmas story that will leave you with a smile on your face then I highly recommend Wanted: Mom For Christmas. I enjoyed it so much I’m going to go back and read the earlier books in the series!

 

M/M Monday – Lace Covered Compromise Review

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3.5 Stars. I enjoyed this in spite of Adam who was rather hard to like for a good chunk of the book. I love a good enemies to lovers book and this one definitely fit that category and had a some really hot “hate” sex. Adam is just hard to relate to and hard to like in the beginning. He is entitled, spoiled, stubborn, used to getting his way and prone to temper tantrums when he doesn’t. It isn’t until about half way through the book we realize that he’s also insecure, lonely and scared. It doesn’t excuse his behavior but it goes a long way towards making me not hate him. He really only has one true friend and she doesn’t take any of his crap and sees him for exactly who he is.

We really only get a peek at Adam’s relationship with his father because this book starts with his death and the fact that he gave half his company to Nate. We don’t really get much background on Nate at all except that he is more of a do-gooder who loves the environment and is a people person. The two have to find a way to work together to save the company but they have radically different ideas and neither is very good at compromise. They have “hate” sex pretty quickly and I do love that Nate is the bossy one in the bedroom.

Adam isn’t out and no one knows he is bisexual as opposed to Nate who is comfortable with who he is. I think for me the feelings were a bit quick and other than a couple of dates and a lot of sex there wasn’t enough time to find it really believable. Adam can be a jerk and doesn’t always treat Nate all that well but I loved that Nate didn’t just instantly forgive him nor did he just let sex fix it. Adam had to step up with not only through actions but with his words as well.

So while I didn’t love Adam and I wanted more character development from Nate I did enjoy this book and the sex was hot! This is my first book by Silvia Violet but I would definitely read more by her.

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave Review

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The Trouble with Twelfth Grave is definitely not a stand alone book and there were some truly great moments in this book! However a couple of things kept this from being a 5 star book for me. If you’re a fan of the series then you know everything that Charley and Reyes have been through in the last 11 books and of course book 11 ended on a huge cliff hanger with Reyes coming back from a hell realm not himself.

Honestly, I had forgotten some things so I loved the way Darynda Jones reminded us of Charley and Reyes past as well as filled in a lot of details that we didn’t know before. It’s through a set of children’s books that Garrett discovers and gives to Charley to read. A seven year old deaf and blind prophet wrote the books about Charley, Reyes and Beep and through Charley reading these books we are reminded and give details of the history.

There is a lot of humor in this book and I love Charley’s sarcasm however I do wish she would grow a bit. Her stick her head in the sand and hope things will go away and her naming everything under the sun is a little over the top in this book with all she is dealing with. I love funny and crazy Charley but she can still be that with some growth as well. As for Reyes – I love him whether he is Reyes or Rey’aziel or Rey’azikeen but a couple of scenes from his POV would have helped because honestly there was a huh moment at the end for me. <spoiler>I’m still not sure whether he was aware of exactly who he was and his feelings for Charley the whole time? After all some of his actions really hurt Charley. Yet it seems at the end it was more a matter of well I just needed you to trust me no matter what. Really?</spoiler> I also wish we had a bit more of Reyes in this book but then I always say that cause I just can’t get enough!

The story certainly isn’t predictable and that says’s something after 12 books! It’s exciting, and fun and will keep you on the edge of your seat to see what happens. The whole gang is there and with plenty of humor and Charleyisms. However, I don’t see why we had to have another huge cliffhanger. After 12 books I would hope the author knows we are going to come back for the final book and wouldn’t see the need for another cliffhanger – it’s frustrating.

Still it was an excellent book and aside from the few things mentioned above I really enjoyed it. I will definitely be coming back to read the final book as soon as it’s released to see how it all ends!

The Christmas Cowboy Hero Review

34868173Halloween is over and I’m ready to start diving into my Christmas stories.

I enjoyed this light and very sweet story. The hero was a former Navy Seal who had separated from the Navy but didn’t return to his family ranch like his parents expected. He’s still haunted by his brother’s death and his time in the military and feels the things he’s seen and done have changed him to much to be the son his parent’s expect. When his father has a stroke and their cattle and bull are stolen along with the funds from the ranch’s accounts he returns home to make sure his family doesn’t lose their ranch. The police caught one young teen from the group who stole the cattle but he refuses to tell the police or Clayton who else was involved. Clayton decides to give the young teen, Brice, a second chance by having him work at the ranch. He hopes to earn his trust so that he will tell them who was involved and also realizes that Brice is a good kid with a tough home life who made a bad decision. Clayton also meets Abby, Brice’s older sister and legal guardian. She has been raising her two brothers since she was 18 and her mom ran off. She works hard but is struggling to pay the bills, work, finish her degree and raise her two brothers.

Clayton is fiercely attracted to Abby and he begins to try to help the entire family. Abby makes him feel good again and suddenly he isn’t sure he wants to fix the ranch’s problems and leave. Abby makes him realize he just might be home for good. Abby is stubborn and smart and she doesn’t trust easily but she sees how much good Clayton is doing for her brother and she can’t help but like having someone to lean on and help her with her brothers. Clayton’s parents practically adopt the Abby and her brothers and she loves feeling a part of a family.

The romance happens a bit fast – especially on Clayton’s side and it’s very sweet (think Hallmark Christmas movie). However, there is also a nice plot along side the romance. In the backdrop of the romance Clayton is busy trying to find out who stole the cattle, find the accountant that embezzled his money and keep Abby and her brother’s safe. Although Christmas is in the title and the book is set around the Christmas time frame it isn’t a heavy part of the story. This is primarily a story about family. Abby and her brothers and Clayton and his parents and how the two begin to intertwine.

If you’re looking for a sweet, low angst and family focused feel good story then I recommend The Christmas Cowboy Hero.

A little too instant on the love and a bit overly sweet so I’ll give this one 3.5 charms and round up to 4.

 

M/M Monday – Off the Ice Review

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I love a really well written sports romance and this one was really well done! We have all kinds of wonderful things in this book – two great characters, opposites attracting, some hockey, student/teacher, dirty talk and some mild kink as well! We also get a relationship that builds – instant lust but thankfully no instant love. We also get two characters who have some hard decisions to make but take the time to think it through and all the ramifications of those decisions.

This book centers around Tristan Holt who is a 23 year old NHL hockey player who is in the closet to his family, his team and the world at large. He knows that hockey won’t be his life forever and he wants a back-up plan so he decides to finish his degree. His first class is a sociology class where he meets his professor Sebastian Cruz. Sebastian is only teaching summer classes in hopes that it helps him get tenure. He is broody and gruff and although he is teaching about bias he makes one of his own about Tristan. Thankfully, he own up to it quickly and the two get to know each other a little better. They are both very attracted to each other but they also know that because of the student/teacher relationship they can’t act on it. That doesn’t mean they can’t fantasize about each other though and once the grades are in all bets are off.

Sebastian is quite a bit older than Tristan and a dominant personality. I loved that he was the dominant one in the bedroom but out of it they were equals. The sex between them was super hot and I liked that they didn’t rush into the I love yous. There was a bit of humiliation play which I don’t really like but it wasn’t so much that it made me uncomfortable. In fact, I thought the author did a great job of having Sebastian give Tristan exactly what he needed and wanted.

The angst was derived from the fact that Sebastian was out and proud and didn’t want to go back in the closet and Tristan wasn’t ready to come out. I thought this book did a great job of slowly letting Tristan make some decisions about coming out. <spoiler>I really liked that it was his family first, then later his team and that he didn’t decide to come out to the world which I wouldn’t have found believable given his reticence.</spoiler>

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and found it had everything I’m looking for in a sports romance including some excellent secondary characters that I’m really looking forward to reading about. I highly recommend this book and hope to get Ryu’s story next!