Friday, July 22, 2016

Book Review: Bossman by Vi Keeland #Giveaway

Reese desperately needs to be rescued from the world's most boring date, she just didn't expect the sexy stranger who insulted her a few minutes ago near the bathrooms to be her savior. Not only is Chase gorgeous, but he has an uncanny ability to make up outrageous yet somehow believable stories on the fly. Too bad she'll never see him again. Except she does. And often. And then suddenly she's working for him. How the hell did that happen?

This book was just so much fun to read.  I cried a little bit and I laughed a lot and I just enjoyed it so very much. Chase and Reese both have painful pasts, and yes those experiences cause some angst and drama and pain. I definitely felt for both of them, especially Chase who clearly has not fully healed. Reese really tried to fight the attraction, and I give her credit for lasting as long as she did, I sure wouldn't have. But once she finally gave in, they were oh so good together.

I always enjoy a Boss/Employee romance but add in Vi Keeland's heat that I've come to love and the humor that kept me smiling throughout and you just have a great hot summer read in your hands. I definitely recommend this book and I continue to look forward to more from this author.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Filthy English (English #2) by Ilsa Madden-Mills #Giveaway

Filthy English has all the makings of the type of romance book that I love:
  • Hot British tattooed bad boy? Check.
  • Second chance romance? Check.
  • Authored by Ilsa Madden-Mills, whom I would enjoy reading notes scribbled on toilet paper if they were written by her? Check.

(Did that sound creepy and stalkerish? I swear I'm not a stalker. Much.)

Bad boy Dax has a filthy tongue and he's not afraid to use it. He and Remi shared a memorable few days together years ago, but it went to shit rather quickly and they have avoided each other ever since. Now they stand next to each other in a bar in England, only they don't know it. That is until their mouths find each other again and recognition instantly sparks. As well as sexual chemistry. Can they have a each other again without dredging up past hurt and emotion?

So yeah, Dax is hot. I always love a sexy hero with ink, but throw in the British accent and it tips me over the edge, in the best way possible. I did enjoy him and his filthy mouth very much. Ilsa always has a way of making you just feel right along with her characters and boy did I feel with Dax. Not just the sex, and oh yeah I felt that, but everything else. Despite outwards appearances, Dax hides some major insecurities and it pained me to feel how vulnerable he was underneath.  I needed to see him realize how special and deserving he was.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Book Review: Stuck-Up Suit (Cocky Bastard #2) by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

After reading the awesomeness that was Cocky Bastard, I could not wait for another book from this writing duo. I loved the premise of this book and how the Graham and Soraya meet: by her watching his hot, arrogant ass on the train and then finding his lost phone. What followed her discovery was pretty damn hilarious. She might have called some of the numbers stored in his phone. And she just might have texted some others. I loved this, it had me cracking up, and I really wish she did some more of that and we got to see his reaction to it. Then of course there is the entire returning the phone interaction that was just priceless. Followed by some fun and dirty banter. All of this together was really working for me and kept me laughing while I waited for the sexy stuff.

I liked Soraya a lot - her personality was fun and strong and really shown through the pages. Plus, her name is kind of kick ass. Sure Graham was arrogant and way too serious for his own good, but Soraya brought out the best in him. The progression of their relationship, however, fell just a bit flat for me. I can't really pinpoint why other than maybe it felt rushed? It's weird because it was good in so many ways but there was something missing that kept me from absolutely loving them together.

The obstacles they faced were pretty intense and I found myself extremely disappointed in their choices, particularly Soraya's. I went from adoring her to wanting to smack some sense into her. While this may not have been as big a hit for me as Cocky Bastard was (tough act to follow, honestly), it was still a good, fun and sexy read that I enjoyed. I hope this duo continues to collaborate on more books as I know it's a guaranteed good time.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Book Review: Hardball by CD Reiss #Giveaway

There are a handful of writers out there that I will read anything they write, no matter what, often without even bothering to read the synopsis. Of those favorites, there are only a few that cause butterflies to swirl around my belly and goosebumps to break out on my skin simply by reading the first word of a new book. CD Reiss is the top of that butterfly group for me. Whenever I learn that she's working on something new, the anticipation as I wait for it practically kills me. Her writing captures you and holds on tight and keeps you in its grasp long after you've read "the end." She will always be my #1 favorite because honestly I don't know what I would do without her books.

It's kind of daunting starting a new book by an author that you covet so much because you sometimes fear this might be the one you don't connect with. The one you don't like. It took about 1 paragraph for me to calm down and know that I had nothing to fear with Hardball. Dash is your typical superstar athlete - handsome and elusive with plenty of women to choose from. Vivian is a school librarian who has a big heart and is oblivious to her own beauty. An unlikely match for sure, but those are my favorite kind

Right off the bat you realize that Dash is a little bit quirky and not only was it endearing but sexy as well. Don't ask me how, that's just the brilliance of CD Reiss at work. I absolutely loved him! I mean, a sexy baseball player who quotes Shakespeare, has a filthy mouth and comes with a side of kink? Hell Yeah! Sign me up for one of those please.
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