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Dirty Girl (Dirty Girl Duet # 1)

By Meghan March

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Synopsis

Desperately seeking rich, famous, single guy with a giant cock to make my lying, cheating, should’ve-been-born-dickless ex-boyfriend realize what he’s just lost. 
Oh, and I give great head. Just sayin’.

No man in his right mind would answer that ad. 
Except thousands did. 

My name is Greer Karas, and I should never be allowed near another bottle of booze again. Because when I drink, my friend and I do stupid things. Like take a page out of my older brother Creighton’s playbook and post something completely asinine on the Internet. Waking up with a giant hangover to find my humiliating personal ad has gone viral is not my finest moment.

Cue my look of shock when one of Hollywood’s hottest new bad boys, Cavanaugh Westman, comes knocking at my door and drops his pants to prove that he does indeed have a giant cock. 
What he doesn’t have is an explanation for why he disappeared from my life without a word three years ago, only to show up on the big screen two years later, killing bad guys in action flicks.

Now he wants me again.
What the hell do I do now?

Review

After reading the synopsis for DIRTY GIRL, it was quickly added to my TBR list.  It sounded like it was going to be a witty, funny, sexy and entertaining read, and while the story starts out that way, it quickly turns into something that’s just sex, sex and more sex with a smidgeon of a story thrown in.  While that might be perfect for some people, it was a disappointment for me.

I couldn’t connect with Greer, who throughout the entire story tries and fails to stand up for herself.  Her lack of strength was evident early on when she slept with Cav within minutes of seeing him for the first time since he left her abruptly, and without a word, three years beforehand.  As for Cav, well, it’s hard to like Cav, who thinks that being dominant means treating a woman like a child throwing a tantrum.  Thinking and saying things like “she’s begging to be taken in hand”, “she needs a keeper”, and “If your brother isn’t going to keep a leash on you to keep you safe, then I will.” doesn’t come across as dominant in my opinion, but rather controlling and demeaning.  I was also not a fan of him calling her a slut or that he turned everything into a threat of sexual punishment.  The dom and dirty talk felt cheesy and don’t even get me started on that anal sex scene.

DIRTY GIRL is told in dual POVs, is the beginning of a new series and ends in a cliffhanger.  It’s clear that Greer’s brother, Creighton, has had a series written about him before, and if you haven’t read his series you’ll feel like you’re out of the loop in a couple of scenes.  DIRTY GIRL is a novella so the story moves at a fairly quick pace, with some of the chapters being only a couple of pages long.  It also includes some flashback scenes which I felt weren’t worked into the story in a seamless way.  If you like stories that involve bullying men and an abundance of sex, then you’ll enjoy this one. Sadly, it wasn’t for me, and I was really looking forward to enjoying this one.

Dirty Girl (Dirty Girl Duet # 1)

My Rating:  2 Hearts

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Dirty Girl Series

Burning Ultimatum (Trevor’s Harem # 4)

By Aubrey Parker

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Synopsis

With Trevor’s contest at its end, it’d be easy to say we’re three against one. And yet I’ve never felt so alone. 

My heart is torn, twisted, ripped. I’m alternately hot and cold. I dream vivid dreams, no longer sure if they’re fantasy or reality. 

There’s a new player in the game. He’s tall, broad, beautiful, and intimidating. Everyone is afraid of him, even the company. I’m told he has a secret, and that I’m its subject. And someone else has a secret, too — from our mystery man, and god help us if he learns it. 

Everyone is loyal to something or someone in this place — though it’s seldom what it seems. 

I don’t know who’s with me and who’s against me — if I’ll go home with my new protector … or be kept here forever. 

I couldn’t possibly be what Eros has combed the world for … can I?

Review

BURNING ULTIMATUM is the final novella in a four-part serial that I read back to back.  I really wanted to like this series and I kept giving it the benefit of the doubt, but the only emotion I’m feeling two weeks after finishing it is frustrated.

Starting with BURNING OFFER, I didn’t understand what was going on but I was intrigued enough to continue with the series.  BURNING RIVALRY and BURNING CHOICE were similar, in that I still didn’t understand anything, but I was still intrigued even as I was getting frustrated.  I truly hoped that BURNING ULTIMATUM would explain everything.  That there’d be this lightbulb moment where suddenly everything from the first three books would make sense.  Either I missed a chapter or two that explained everything, or I’m just too stupid to understand, but I still don’t get what the point of this story was.  Right from the start I felt as though I was missing something, and that feeling never went away for me.

This entire series has amazing ratings and reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads, so obviously a lot of people are loving it, but unfortunately I just can’t give it the same love.  If you love books with hidden agendas, backstabbing, ulterior motives, mind games and corporate takeovers, this one will be right up your alley.

Burning Ultimatum (Trevor’s Harem # 4)

My Rating:  2 Hearts

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Into The Whirlwind (BOSS Inc. # 2)

By Kat Martin

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Synopsis

A bodyguard, a bounty hunter, a private investigator, no one can handle the heat like the men of BOSS, Inc. 

Megan O’Brien is at her wit’s end. Her three-year-old son has been kidnapped. No police, says the ransom demand. Fearing for her son’s life, Meg has no choice but to turn to her former bodyguard, Dirk Reynolds. 

Dirk’s never forgiven Meg for the way she left him after their brief affair. But with bounty hunter Luke Brodie on his side, Dirk knows he’s got to help Meg rescue her son. 

The few clues they’ve gathered send them spiraling into a murky world of big banking and international crime. Meg may be way out of her depths, but she’s seeing a side of Dirk she never suspected—one no woman could possibly resist.

Review

I was quite looking forward to reading INTO THE WHIRLWIND, but I have to admit that it left me a little disappointed.  At one point I considered not finishing it because I just wasn’t feeling it; the story was sounding old and I wondered if it was a reboot of an older book.  But I persisted and I felt the story improved as it went along.

So why only 2 hearts?  I know it shouldn’t bother me, but it’s hard to fall in love with a guy named Dirk because that is not a name I would consider sexy.  I think the author was trying to make Meg seem strong by insisting she could play with the big boys when they went out on their recon missions, but all she did was sit in the car and wait for them to come back.  She could have done that at home.  After she’s reunited with her kidnapped three year old son, twice in the next two days she leaves him at home alone with the nanny.  As a mother, if my son had been kidnapped, I wouldn’t leave his side ever again until he went to college.  Maybe not even then.  It would ruin his social life, but hey, at least I’d know he was safe.  I also couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that without any evidence whatsoever, they were certain they knew who one of the kidnappers were.  It turns out they were right, but nothing pointed to that person other than a hunch.

INTO THE WHIRLWIND is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  That being said, I get the impression you’d learn more about the start of Dirk and Meg’s relationship if you’d read INTO THE FURY first.  If you like books with a lot of action involving kidnappings, boat chases, drownings and international criminals, this book just might be for you.

Into The Whirlwind (BOSS Inc. # 2)

My Rating:  2 Hearts

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Worth The Shot (The Bannister Brothers # 2)

By Jennie Marts

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Synopsis

Addison Cavanaugh had one rule: Do not date hockey players. So kissing the newest trade to her dad’s team should have been off-limits–even if he is hot enough to melt the ice. 
After being traded in the middle of the season, Bane Bannister wasn’t looking for trouble. In fact, he’d been strictly instructed by his new coach to stay out of trouble and away from women. Too bad the only woman he’s interested in happens to be the coach’s daughter. 
Is the hunky hockey player enough to make Addison break her only rule? Is the new player worth the shot or is she risking her heart in a game she can’t possibly win?

Review

After reading and enjoying ICING ON THE DATE, I was really looking forward to reading Bane’s story in WORTH THE SHOT; unfortunately, I did not find this one as enjoyable as the first.  Both books are novellas, but WORTH THE SHOT is just half the size of the previous book, so the story is very rushed.  In under two days, Bane and Addison meet, have sex, fall in love, break up and make up.  It moves so quickly that, as a reader, we’re not given the chance to get to know the characters or even to find out what happens to Bane’s hockey career.  I also think Ms Marts needs to research sports a lot more if she plans on continuing with sports romances.  The way Bane is “traded” to another team is not how it’s done in real life, nor does a coach have the power to fire a player without the approval of the team’s management and/or its owners.  Ultimately, the lack of both depth and realism ruin what could have been a good story.  WORTH THE SHOT is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.

Worth The Shot (The Bannister Brothers # 2)

My Rating:  2 Hearts

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Pitching My Heart (Love, Laughter & Baseball # 1)

By Karly Morgan & Samantha Long

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Synopsis

After a disastrous date in college, Katryn Winters never wants to come face to face with hot pitcher Weston Dukes again. When she’s assigned the interview of a lifetime by her magazine with the elusive Weston Dukes, what is she to do? 

Weston jumps from girl to girl with no desire to settle down. A previous relationship has left him bitter and cynical. When he’s approached for the interview with Katryn, he can’t help but remember how horribly things ended with their date. What happens when he accepts the interview and sparks begin to fly between them? Will they catch the pitch love has thrown at them or will they both strike out?

Review

I’m saddened to say that I wasn’t a fan of PITCHING MY HEART.  I just couldn’t get into it no matter how hard I tried or how many times I put it down thinking that maybe it was me and I just wasn’t in the mood.  After more than a week of trying and skipping large chunks just to get to the end, I have to accept that I don’t think I was the problem.

I felt like everything was too over-the-top.  The characters were really rude, mean, bitchy, crazy and childish.  These are people who are in their mid-twenties but are instead acting like they’re in high school.  The women seem to enjoy getting into fights and are often threatening physical violence.  I think this was meant to be funny, but it fell flat for me.  There’s a lot of drama revolving around Weston’s ex-girlfriend, as well as a lot of pushing and pulling between Weston and Katryn.  The sex scenes are over so quickly that you’ll miss them if you blink⎯either expand them or get rid of them entirely.  I did like one part of the story, and that was when Weston stepped up and took responsibility for something that happened in his past.

Pitching My Heart (Love, Laughter & Baseball # 1)

My Rating:  2 Hearts

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Earning A Ring (More Than A Game # 4)

By Kristina Mathews

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Synopsis

For Rachel Parker, covering the San Francisco Goliaths is the perfect opportunity to launch her career as a serious reporter. But she didn’t bargain on Bryce Baxter, the team’s star shortstop, tempting her more non-professional aspirations. After tearing up the base paths with him, she finds herself with a little problem, and Bryce might be the only man who can save the game. 

Bryce Baxter should be living the dream. His team just won the World Series and he just signed the multi-year contract of his career. But his field of dreams has been overtaken by a fiery redheaded reporter, who’s bearing a news flash that will change both of their lives forever…

Review

The idea of Bryce⎯a baseball player⎯having a secret fling with Rachel⎯the team’s sports reporter⎯was a good one, and I was hoping for an exciting read about two people breaking the rules and dealing with the consequences.  Unfortunately, I was disappointed with EARNING A RING, which is a shame because I quite liked MAKING A COMEBACK, book 3 in the series.  I felt no chemistry between Bryce and Rachel at all, and quite honestly, I can’t think of a single thing I liked about either of them.  They spend most of the book questioning their decisions, doubting their relationship and changing their minds about what they want.  When Bryce wants the relationship to work, Rachel is pulling away.  When Rachel wants the relationship to work, Bryce is pulling away.  It was just too much pushing and pulling for my liking.

Earning A Ring (More Than A Game # 4)

My Rating:  2 Hearts

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Coach Maddie and the Marine

By Blaire Edens

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Synopsis

He’s the one man she refuses to fall for…

After the combat death of her Marine husband, grief counselor Maddie Westerfield has thrown herself into helping other families—leaving no time for dating. Which is just fine with Maddie since falling in love again, especially with another man in uniform, is out of the question. No matter how gorgeous he is. Plus, she’s busy looking after her eight-year-old nephew for her deployed sister. 

For the last eight years, Lieutenant David Sterling has lived with the guilt of losing one of his soldiers in an ambush in Afghanistan. So when the opportunity presents itself, he jumps at the chance to help the beautiful widow coach her nephew’s football team. But keeping things strictly professional between them is harder than he expected. And even though he knows a relationship with Maddie will only lead to heartbreak, he can’t help falling for her.

Review

Unfortunately, COACH MADDIE AND THE MARINE was a book I just couldn’t get in to.  Both Maddie and David ran too hot and cold for my liking and I didn’t feel any chemistry between them at all.  Even for an insta-love, everything seemed to move way too fast and felt more like a teen romance read.  After just one date⎯that didn’t involve sex⎯both Maddie and David talk about marriage and being together forever.  Maddie⎯who is almost 30⎯even starts doodling her future new name in a notebook and planning her wedding, again, after just the first date.  And in a move that takes women back about 50+ years, Maddie has been without a man in her life for eight years, but as soon as David enters the picture, she’s suddenly unable to stand up for herself and confesses that it’s nice to have a man do it for her.  I was expecting a sweet read that might make me cry a little, but that’s not what I got.

Coach Maddie and the Marine

My Rating:  2 Hearts

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Reawakened Secrets (Reawakened # 1)

By Mari Denae

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Synopsis

Some secrets should never be kept… 

Growing up in the servants’ quarters at Haven Hill, Claire Brown was a poor outcast, living in a world of money and privilege. Her only solace was best friend, Alice Sinclair, and secret desire, Jackson Montgomery. Rich and connected, they were perfect in every way and perfect for each other.  

Still, Claire was foolish enough to fall in love with Jackson, and desperate enough to hide it. When Alice found out, there was a terrible accident that left her in a coma. Jackson disappeared, leaving New Haven without even saying good-bye. 

Ten years later, Claire has managed to build a life without them. So when Jackson calls out of nowhere to say Alice is awake, Claire’s first thought is Thank God. Her second? I’m screwed. Lusting after Jackson destroyed her. It’s nothing compared to what she’s hiding now. 

But nothing stays hidden forever.

Review

Caught up in a love triangle, Jackson left Claire ten years ago to stay by Alice’s bedside while she was in a coma.  Now that Alice is awake, he plans to win Claire back because he’s been in love with her since he was a teen.  But Claire, who was left devastated by Jackson’s departure and that he never once contacted her, has no plans to let him back into her heart if she can help it.

REAWAKENED SECRETS is the first in a three-part serial novella about Claire and Jackson and does end in a cliffhanger.  It’s told in Claire’s POV and contains flashbacks to her teen years before Alice’s accident.  REAWAKENED SECRETS is the debut novel for Mari Denae and while it’s not a bad story, it was predictable and I found myself skipping sections to get to the end.  While I wasn’t a fan of the story, I thought it was written very well for a new author and the cover is absolutely beautiful.

Reawakened Secrets (Reawakened # 1)

My Rating:  2 Hearts

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Uncontrollable (The Key West Series # 3)

By C.A. Harms

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Synopsis

Avery Nolan’s father has never been a part of her life.  As a result, she finds herself becoming a caretaker. Always trying to please other people, willing to tuck her own concerns aside for the happiness of others. 

She is selfless. 
She is a nurturer. 

On the outside, it appears Kade Thomas has it all, but no one can understand the guilt and ache he feels daily.  He is haunted by his past.  Every time he closes his eyes, he finds himself reliving the same nightmare, over and over again.

He blames himself for the loss of Jenna. 
He pushed her too far and she paid the price. 

Avery saw something special in Kade, from the first day she met him—she could feel it.  But the darkness that consumes him is… 

Uncontrollable. 

Will she finally be the one to break down the walls he’s built around his heart and soul? 
Or will she find some walls are just Indestructible…

Review

I’ll start by saying that I’ve read quite a few books from C.A. Harms and have enjoyed them very much, so it pains me to say that I didn’t enjoy UNCONTROLLABLE.  Having read the previous two books in The Key West series just in the past five months, I was a little concerned when I realised I couldn’t remember Kade or Avery.

Kade is haunted by the death of his high school girlfriend, Jenna, who died in a car accident after having an argument with him.  He’s spent the years since the accident weighed down by anger, grief and guilt, using alcohol to numb his emotions.  He and Avery have been flirting with each other for a year when he learns of Avery’s connection to Jenna’s death.  This, along with an emotionless sexual encounter with her, sends him spiralling again.  Avery stands up for herself and I loved that she didn’t back down until she was certain Kade was in a better emotional state.

From memory, I wouldn’t class the previous two books in this series as novellas, but I would class UNCONTROLLABLE as one as it only took two hours to finish.  The story itself moved way too fast and I felt no connection between Kade and Avery at all.  I felt like I got mental whiplash from how fast the story moved and from how quickly the characters’ emotions did complete 180s.  While I don’t really expect mystery or intrigue with this kind of story, I was a little disappointed that apart from one event, everything else that happened I could see coming a mile away.

UNCONTROLLABLE is told in dual POVs and we got a sneak peak at Jude’s story, which I will say sounds really interesting.  So while I didn’t like this story, I’m not going to let one bad apple ruin the bunch and I will continue with the series.

Uncontrollable (The Key West Series # 3)

My Rating:  2 Hearts

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A Fighter’s Desire: Part 2 (Gloves Off # 0.6)

By L.P. Dover

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Synopsis

When you’re told to stay away from someone or something it only drives the urge to go after it more. In this case, that was exactly what happened. For years, Gabriella Reynolds–younger sister of MMA’s Heavyweight Champion, Matt Reynolds–was warned by him to stay away from his fighter friends; she deserved better and they would only break her heart.

Did she listen? Yes, for a while, but temptation can only consume you so much until you fall into its trap. There’s a certain fighter she’s interested in, and it just so happens that he’s her brother’s best friend, the only one that is completely off limits to her. However, she’s not the only one fighting temptation. Tyler Rushing can’t deny his attraction to her, but he’s afraid she’ll want more and he can’t give that to her. When he finds out that’s not the case … everything changes.

Secrets can be dangerous, but they can also be thrilling and intense. Gabriella and Tyler have no choice but to keep their time together a secret … and it’s a secret that’ll stay with them forever.

Review

A FIGHTER’S DESIRE: PART 2 is a prequel novella to the Gloves Off series, introducing us to a slew of new characters as well as touching base with a couple from the previous novella.  Tyler and Gabriella have been dancing around each other for a while now.  Gabriella’s brother, Matt, is Tyler’s best friend, and Matt has warned each of them to stay away from the other.  But Gabriella’s a big girl and decides it’s time to make a move on Tyler, and with Ryley’s help, she’s able to get her man, even if it’s just for a weekend.

Tyler is another manwhore, rivalling the likes of Ryley and Camden from PART 1.  Other than that, there’s not much you learn about him.  Gabriella seemed like a strong and confident woman, going after who and what she wanted, but at the same time she was willing to be used and forego her self-respect just for a chance to have sex with Tyler.  Gabriella knows he’s a manwhore and Tyler knows absolutely nothing about her past, but both were willing to have sex without a condom right from the start.  Apparently being on the pill is good enough.  A lapse in the heat of the moment I could understand, but what they did was not safe or smart and it’s a big pet peeve for me.

So I’ll be honest here, I’m still not sold on this series.  After finishing PART 2, I took a good look at the rest of the series to see if it could help me decide whether I should continue on or not.  Spoiler Alert:  Tyler and Gabriella don’t even end up together; both have their own books with different love interests.  My first thought when I realised this was “What’s the point of this book then?”.  Gabriella gave up a man who was crazy about her to be with Tyler, and he was willing to risk his friendship with Matt to be with her, so I just don’t get it.  Call me old fashioned or just plain silly, but when I read a story about two characters, I expect to see a happy ending for them…together.  Despite the amazing reviews this series has received, I feel that it isn’t one for me and I don’t think I’ll be continuing on with it.  I’ll stick to her other series that I’ve enjoyed.

A Fighter’s Desire: Part 2 (Gloves Off # 0.6)

My Rating:  2 Hearts

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