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Cheater (Curious Liaisons # 1)

By Rachel Van Dyken

Synopsis

Lucas Thorn wasn’t born a cheater. All it took was a single moment—say, a certain disastrous incident on the night before his wedding—and boom. Reputation destroyed forever and always. So now he owns it. He has a lady friend for every night of the week (except Sundays—God’s day and all), and his rules are simple: No commitments. No exceptions.

But a certain smart-mouthed, strawberry blonde vixen is about to blow that all to hell.

Avery Black has never forgiven Lucas for cheating on her sister. And suddenly being forced to work with him is pretty much a nightmare on steroids. Of course, it does afford her the opportunity to make his life as difficult as possible. But no good revenge scheme comes without payback. Because he didn’t become the Lucas Thorn without learning a few things about women.

Now Avery’s lust for vengeance has turned into, well, lust. And if Lucas stops cheating, it’s definitely not because he’s falling in love…

Review

I have mixed feelings about CHEATER, which is why I’m ultimately giving it 3❤️.  It held my attention and had me laughing at some scenes, but was it occasionally a little too silly?  Yes.  Were some of the scenes—and character behavior—unrealistic and over-the-top?  Most definitely.  Does it have a high school vibe to it, even though Lucas is 32 years old?  Yep.  But if you can put all that aside, you will find it to be an enjoyable read.

That being said, here are the main issues I had with the story.

1 – Some of the characters thoughts and conversations were quite repetitive and were almost repeated word for word in some cases.  There were also several inconsistencies throughout the entire story that were so blatant I had to wonder how they were missed by everyone who had a hand in getting the book ready for publishing.

2 – Lucas is not a cheater.  Does he have seven women he regularly has sex with on an almost daily basis?  Yes.  But he’s honest with all of his partners that their relationship is purely sexual, they’re all aware of the other women and they fully understand the situation, so I don’t classify what he does as cheating.  Oh, and spoiler alert, he didn’t cheat on his fiancé either.  So when I say that Lucas is not a cheater, I mean he’s truly not a cheater.

3 – I haven’t read them all, but from the reviews I have read, a lot of people have taken issue with Lucas being a manwhore.  But no-one seems to blink an eye about the truly disturbing part of the story: that when Lucas was 27 years old, he lusted after and planned on seducing Avery…who was just 17 years old and still in high school.  I won’t lie, that made my skin crawl.

I know it sounds like more bad than good, but I didn’t hate this story.  As I said at the beginning, it held my attention and it made me laugh, so it wasn’t all bad.  CHEATER comes with a happy ending for Lucas and Avery, but the ending mainly sets up the reader for the next book in the series, which is about their best friends, Thatch and Austin.  Will I read their story?  I’m honestly not sure at this stage.

Cheater (Curious Liaisons # 1)

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My Hot Boss

By Betty Shreffler

Synopsis

Emma
From the moment I met Grayson Cole, I knew he was someone I wanted to let in my panties and maybe, even in my heart. One night, one sexy-as-sin kiss, and several drinks later, our incredible evening turns into a disaster and I’m apologizing for the vomit spatter on his fancy, black shoes. I never thought I’d see him again after that, no matter how many nights I spent wishing I would. Until a month later, he waltzes into my office as—MY NEW, HOT BOSS.
I’m so screwed.

Grayson
She was meant to be a fun f*ck. That’s all I wanted. That’s all I needed. But Emma Williams could never be just that for me. The quirky, brunette vixen challenges me at every opportunity. My desire to have her has me working for her affections, like I’ve never done before. What is this woman doing to me? Not only am I her Boss, but I don’t do feelings. There’s only one way I see this ending.
I’m f*cked for sure.

Review

My Hot Boss should have been called My Steamy Hot Boss.  Betty Shreffler has written a story with heart, heartache and steaminess.

Emma is a woman who has been through some heartache and is extremely careful about jumping back into the dating game.  In a way it seems like she has become resigned to the fact that she is never going to find that one guy.  I found her to be written honestly.  Even though she has been through a lot with her last relationship and her confidence is shaken, she gave everything of herself hoping for the same in return.  I loved her wit and her self doubt.

I could fall for Grayson.  He is a complex character that is learning about himself and what it means when someone else loves you.  But because of his family and his past, he was hold himself back from giving Emma what she really deserved.

Betty does an amazing job of drawing out these characters so by the end they feel like friends.  And she writes some very hot sex scenes.  I would love it if she would consider a book for Emma’s best friend!!

My Hot Boss

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Cocky Client (Steamy Coffee Collection # 3)

By Whitney G.

Synopsis

Today is officially the worst day of my life…

I woke up five hours late after a reckless one-night stand with the sexiest, cockiest, and most arrogant man I’ve ever met. (And this asshole actually left a note: “I think you were lying to me about being “experienced” last night. You orgasmed three times, and that was before we made it to your bedroom. I also find it hard to believe you “usually wear silk or lingerie.” Your drawers are all full of cotton granny panties–The best man you’ve ever fucked…)

My top two clients for my PR company left to my number one competitor, my roommate ‘accidentally’ bleached my favorite suit, and my favorite coffee shop was shut down for “health concerns.”

Still, none of those things dimmed my excitement for what was supposed to be the best four o’clock signing session of my career. I was on the verge of signing the highest paying client in my company’s history, taking on a so-called “impossible” job that no publicist had been able to handle.

But at four o’clock, there was no athlete, television personality, or celebrity. Instead, that sexy, arrogant one-night stand stepped into my office with a familiar smirk and introduced himself as my new, cocky client…

Review

COCKY CLIENT is the third novella in the Steamy Coffee Collection series and, as with the previous two novellas, it was a short and entertaining read.  That being said, COCKY CLIENT had a very similar storyline to NAUGHTY BOSS, in that both stories involve a CEO being ordered not to have sex and to clean up their image.  The only difference between the two lead females is that one is a PA while the other is a publicist.

There’s no great conflict to overcome at the end of this story, but there’s plenty of verbal sparring between Ryan and Penelope.  The thing I like most about this series is that the women are strong and determined, and I enjoyed watching Penelope stand up to Ryan every time he was being an unreasonable idiot.  COCKY CLIENT is told in dual POVs and comes with a nice ending for Ryan and Penelope.

Cocky Client (Steamy Coffee Collection # 3)

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Naughty Boss (Steamy Coffee Collection # 1)

By Whitney G.

Synopsis

He definitely wasn’t supposed to get that email…

Subject: My Boss.

Have I already told you that I hate my boss today?

Sexy as hell or not, this pompous, arrogant, ASSHOLE asked me to pick up his dry cleaning the second I walked through the door. Then he told me that I needed to take his Jaguar to a car wash that was ten miles outside of the city, but only after I needed to stand in a never-ending line to buy some type of limited, hundred-dollar watch.

I honestly can’t wait to see the look on his face two months from now when I tell him that I’m quitting his company and that he can kiss my ass. KISS. MY. ASS.

All those former fantasies about him kissing me with his “mouth of perfection” or bending me over my desk and filling me with his cock are long over. OVER.

Your bestie,
Mya

PS–Please tell me your day is going better than mine…


Subject: Re: My Boss.

No, you haven’t already told me that you hate your boss today, but seeing as though you’ve sent me this email directly, I know now…

Yes, I did ask you to pick up my dry cleaning the second you arrived to work to day. (Where is it?) And I did tell you to take my Jaguar to the car wash and pick up my thousand-dollar watch. (Thank you for taking five hours to do something that could be accomplished in two.)

You don’t have to wait two months from now to see the look on my face when you tell me you’re quitting. I’m standing outside your office at this very moment. ( Open the door. )

No comment on your “fantasies,” although I highly doubt they’re “long over.”

Your boss,
Michael

PS–Yes. My day is definitely going far better than yours…

Review

NAUGHTY BOSS is a stand-alone novella that was a quick and fun read.  I loved the sparring and sexual chemistry between Michael and Mya, but Michael is definitely not winning any Boss of the Year awards.  But when you find out why he behaves the way he does, what he really thinks of Mya and what he’s done for her, it’s hard not to find him endearing.  Despite how Mya talks about Michael behind his back, she’s the ultimate professional when it comes to her work…until he pushes her too far.  She’s forced to push back and teach him a lesson, and it was glorious.

Because NAUGHTY BOSS is a novella, everything moves at a very fast pace, with the story including two yearly skips in time: one at the beginning and another at the end.  NAUGHTY BOSS is told in dual POVs and comes with a short and sweet HEA for Michael and Mya.  It is part of a series, but each novella can be read as a stand-alone.  I read this series out of order (I started with book two, DIRTY DOCTOR), and from memory, Michael and Mya aren’t mentioned in that story at all.

Naughty Boss (Steamy Coffee Collection # 1)

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Ain’t He Precious? (Sex and Sweet Tea # 1)

By Juliette Poe

Synopsis

Welcome to Whynot, North Carolina, population 3,872. It has one stoplight, one bar, and the one-and-only Trixie Mancinkus.

Eleven years ago, Trixie graduated Harvard Law, turned down a job offer from one of the most prestigious law firms in Boston, and headed home to Whynot to open her own firm. Not only did she leave behind the big city, but she also left her boyfriend of three years. And just so we’re clear… that would be me.

So what am I doing in Whynot at this very moment? It seems Trixie needs help with a legal case and for some insane reason, she called on me for assistance. I’ve been in town for five minutes, and I’m every bit as out of place as I feel. Trixie is all sweet, southern curves to my tailored suits and high-priced haircuts. It’s a culture clash of north versus south and about the only thing we have in common is our physical attraction to each other.

But I have a new motto since coming to Whynot: When life hands you lemons, all you need is a little sex and sweet tea to make things better.

Review

AIN’T HE PRECIOUS is the debut novel from Juliette Poe (aka Sawyer Bennett), and is the first book in the Sex and Sweet Tea series.  This is a second chance romance between Trixie and Ryland, who broke up when Trixie wanted to return home after they finished law school instead of moving to Boston with Ryland.  After more than a decade apart, letting go of the other is their biggest regret, and the attraction between them is still off-the-charts when they see each other again.

There’s a good amount of humor in this story, and most of that is thanks to big-city-boy Ryland’s reactions to life in the south.  Ryland and Trixie are both very likable characters, as are most of the characters we meet in this book.  The only person who didn’t win me over was Trixie’s brother, Lowe, who acted like a spoiled brat every time he appeared.

The case that Trixie needed Ryland’s help on only takes up about ten minutes of the entire story, and he could have easily helped her from Boston, but then I guess there wouldn’t be a story if he didn’t make the trip to Whynot.  Instead, most of the story surrounds them discussing why their relationship ended, all while Ryland gains some understanding on why Trixie chose to return home all those years ago.

At only 120 pages, AIN’T HE PRECIOUS is a short, simple and sweet read.  It is told mostly in Trixie and Ryland’s POV, but it also has a few chapters told in Trixie’s grandfather’s POV.  Each of the Mancinkus siblings will get their own story in this series, with Lowe getting the next book, STUBBORN AS A MULE.

Ain’t He Precious? (Sex and Sweet Tea # 1)

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Marco’s Redemption

By Lynda Chance

Marco's Redemption

Synopsis

Marco Donati is rich, ruthless–and more often than not–indiscriminate. Interested only in satisfying his sexual needs casually and frequently, he has no intention of changing a thing about his life. Natalie Lambert is alone, broke, and new to the city when a chance encounter leaves her under the power and control of Marco Donati. As the story unfolds, tensions mount and trust is tested between two people who can’t manage to stay away from each other.

Review

Marco’s Redemption has all the ingredients of an easy quick romance read with an alpha man and naive and sweet young girl.  Marco was a dynamic character, headstrong and at times very overbearing but I still loved him.

This is a very fast flowing story however at times I did feel it jumped too far ahead.   The chemistry and connection between Marco and Natalie gave me some magical moments.  Marco was a dominant businessman and Natalie was a country girl at heart.   Loved the way she looked after Marco in his home as it allowed you to escape into the fairytale.

The building tension with Kennedy gave the story some darkness yet showed Marco’s strength.  There were some great emotional scenes as Marco’s need developed to find his redemption with Natalie.

Another great addition was Kennedy who provided some fantastic intense dominant scenes.  However, I did believe that Marco’s acquaintance fled too easily without any drama.

In conclusion, the ending in this standalone satisfied my desire to see Marco and Natalie with their happy ever after.

Marco’s Redemption

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Sins of my Father (Black Brothers #1)

By Lisa Cardiff

Synopsis

An eye for an eye…

My name is Archer Black, and I have a confession.

For as long as I can remember, my life has revolved around getting revenge against Senator Thomas Wharton.

It was supposed to be easy. Uncover his secrets. End his political career. Ruin his Presidential campaign. Use his stepdaughter, Langley Mayer, to do it. She’s also my step-sister, but she doesn’t know that. Nobody does.

But nothing is as easy as it seems. When my high-stakes plan for revenge takes a deadly turn, I’m the only person standing between Langley and the people who want her dead. Time is running out, and I need to decide what I need more: love or revenge.

Reviews

Sins of my Father is my fourth book by this author. She has again delivered a great mystery with lots of suspense and wonderful romantic passionate moments centered within a political backdrop.

First of all, Archer and Langley had great chemistry and it was interesting to see the consequences how Archer’s perception of Langley from the beginning of the book changes over time.

Sins of my Father told in dual POV which definitely assisted in my ability to understand the motives behind both Archer & Langley’s interactions with each other.

I connected immediately to Archer however with Langley I would have loved to have seen more interaction with her mother as it most likely would have assisted me to understand her opinions and actions clearly.

Sins of my Father had great moments of political surprise.

Sins of my Father (Black Brothers #1)

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Playing Irish

By Brooke Harris

Synopsis

Evangeline Andrews is quiet and unassuming, or at least she hopes that’s how people see her. Fleeing her life in New Jersey to hide in Dublin the last thing she needs are her secrets following her across the Atlantic. And what’s the best way to keep a secret? Keep your mouth shut.

Life is one big game for online-gaming genius Julian Harte, and he plays to win every time. Becoming a self-made millionaire before his 30th birthday, Julian’s office is his playground, and he sets the rules. Julian hasn’t lost a round yet and he’s used to getting everything he wants. He wants Evangeline. But she doesn’t want to play.

Meet the Irish Alpha with a rule-book as thick as his accent.

Review

Playing Irish is a story full of game playing both in the workplace and bedroom for Evangeline who is quite a lonely character.  I immediately connected with her and wanted to know more about her and I loved the  boat chapter and office ball where so much was explained finally.

Playing Irish for me started slow and then heads into a fast paced finish where so many secrets are revealed.  There are so many sex scenes and I admit at some points I was like less sex please and more communication between these characters as I wanted the emotional as well as the physical.

Personally I did not like Julian at all, I became quite frustrated with his hot and cold actions and really felt for Evangeline and actually wanted her to go with Nathan as he was at least being a friend if not a Stage 5 stalker friend.  I think in the end I got really sick of the games and just wanted some open and honest communication between the two main characters and her work environment was just weird in so many ways, especially the masked ball and how the girls were all excited and the top floor antics with Mr Doe?

Probably half way through this book I began connecting the dots in this Irish game and started realising who was playing what games with Evangeline and her isolated heart.

Playing Irish ends with the realisation there will be another instalment to Evangeline’s story and I would not call it a cliffhanger as I was left with some sort of closure.  The next book I think will actually be the one I really want to read now as I hope we get some clarity for Angeline and less Irish game playing as Angeline needs to close the chapter on her past to move forward and play the Irish way if that is what her heart wants.

Playing Irish

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I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford # 4)

By Lauren Layne

Synopsis

Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.

Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.

Review

I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE is the fourth book in the Oxford series, but it’s only the third one I’ve read.  Since it’s been a while since I read the first two books in the series, and because I haven’t read the third, I’m not sure if Nick and Taylor have appeared in the series before, or if they’re new.  The first several chapters are set in the past, ranging from one year to six months ago, before continuing on in the present.  This really gave the beginning of the story a fast-paced feel, but it was a good way of providing us with this couple’s backstory.

Taylor could be a hard character to like, because she’s so defensive and very quick to attack.  She was bitchy to Nick from the moment they met simply because of the way he made her feel.  But because you get to see inside her head, you learn that underneath her cool and aloof exterior, she’s just a woman who wants someone to love her.

What can I say about Nick?  Not much, because compared to Taylor, he doesn’t really shine.  By that I mean I took a lot of notes about Taylor, but hardly any about Nick, which tells me that he didn’t really do anything noteworthy.

I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE is told in dual POVs, and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  There are mentions of the previous couples, but they weren’t done in a way that left you feeling like you were missing something.  I’m not a fan of a couple never using a condom, or when the conflict happens right at the end and is then resolved very quickly.  Unfortunately, both of those things happen here.  However, it does come with a lovely HEA for Nick and Taylor that I really liked.

I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford # 4)

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Oxford Series

Sexy Bad Neighbor (Sexy Bad # 1)

By Misti Murphy & Tami Lund

Synopsis

What happens when your neighbor hires you a stripper? 

It starts one hell of a prank war. A war that involves goats, phallic chandeliers, stolen kisses in the rain, strawgasms, and eating out on the kitchen counter. 

A war that could damn well involve two hearts and a plan. Her plan doesn’t involve falling in love. His life doesn’t involve plans.

This could be a problem.

Review

SEXY BAD NEIGHBOR has been on my TBR list since it was released, because the cover looks fun and the blurb sounds fun.  It’s dislike-at-first-sight for Chloe and Paynter, who spend about one third of the story playing pranks against each other as they try to get the upper hand.  Their pranks are certainly inventive and ultimately hilarious, and it’s not long before dislike turns into lust.

Chloe took a long time to warm up to because of her attitude.  Don’t get me wrong, she’s a nice woman who I liked by the end, but she did come across as shallow and judgemental the first few times she interacted with Paynter.  She has tunnel vision when it comes to climbing the corporate ladder and is fixated on not trusting any man because her last boyfriend was a douchebag who stole her promotion.  Paynter, on the other hand, was very easy to like with his friendly and laid-back personality.  He was also very adorable when he was drunk.

SEXY BAD NEIGHBOR is told in dual POVs and comes with a HEA for Chloe and Paynter.  It is part of a series, but as each book will be about a different couple, they can be read as stand-alones.  Overall, I found this to be a fun and light-hearted read, and I would gladly read the next book in the series.

Sexy Bad Neighbor (Sexy Bad # 1)

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