His Ranch, His Rules is an easy to read, low angst, somewhat steamy read. Georgia is a hot mess at the start of the book, and I liked how brave the author was in writing the heroine this way. We saw growth in her character and, with one exception (which I will return to later) I liked how she grew in strength and resilience.
Whilst the hero spanks the heroine for the first time really soon after they first met, it was entirely consensual. However, the book really suffered from a very “tell not show” narrated style of writing, this then impacted on my connection with Brody, since the book is written entirely from Georgia’s point of view. However this is perfect if you’re looking for a light, sexy “beach read” with a side of spanking.
I loved Georgia’s uncompromising attitude when Brody messed up and let her down, especially regarding his lack of trust. Now here is where me exception from earlier comes in. Brody not trusting Georgia was what really upset and hurt her, yet this was never addressed. I felt that Brody didn’t trulyearnhis forgiveness. However I definitely enjoyed this book – hence the three stars.
Georgia Hamilton has done her best to keep her life together since her boyfriend of four years left her broken-hearted, but if she were being honest, she’d have to admit she isn’t doing great. She’s getting tipsy–if not drunk–more and more often, and now she’s lost both her job and her apartment. So when an old friend sets her up with a position complete with room and board on a ranch run by a man who looks like he stepped out of a cowboy movie, she jumps at the chance. But there’s a catch, of course. Brody Jenkins is an old-fashioned man who believes in hard work, clean living, and firm-handed discipline. That means no drinking, and when she’s caught with a bottle of alcohol, Georgia soon finds herself sobbing and promising to be good as she is very soundly spanked and then pouring her heart out as she is gently held in Brody’s strong arms. Brody’s stern correction leaves Georgia blushing and sore yet deeply aroused, and she cannot help longing for him to make her his. Once he does, however, she soon learns the hard way that naughty girls can just as easily be punished with pleasure more intense than they can stand. But after a terrible misunderstanding creates a rift between them, will Brody prove to be the man Georgia has always needed, or will she end up leaving his ranch and his rules behind forever?
A book that makes me both laugh and cry has to be a winner.
Iris and Jude stole my heart in Mister Baller. Their story was simply wonderful, so enjoyable to read. The perfect mix of humour, snark, angst and steam that all blends together to make an amazing love story. I adored Ivy, who was shy but brave and determined, and loved sexy, smooth but also vulnerable Jude.
Cassie-Ann L. Miller writes beautifully, so that you become immersed not only in the story but in the emotions of the protagonists too. I lived the feelings portrayed in this story, I was totally invested in Jude and Ivy, both as individuals and as a couple, cheering them on towards a HEA. Whilst somewhat slow-burn, this is still full of sexual tension and chemistry. An enemies-to-lovers that didn’t have to rely on forced angst to make it interesting, instead great characters and a fantastic story took care of that.
Reading Mister Ballerwas akin to taking a very pleasant journey, time flew past, there was lots to see and do along the way, we experience a few rough patches but it was all worth while when we got to the end.
My college rival. My ex-husband’s best friend. My new roommate? Oh, boy. The last thing I want is to rent my spare bedroom to my ex-husband’s best friend. His six-foot-three, dimple-faced, alphahole best friend. His injured-professional-football-player best friend. But desperate times, desperate measures, y’know? I can’t afford to hold grudges. These heaping bills of mine won’t pay themselves. Keeping my distance from my new roommate should be simple enough. I mean, I can’t stand Jude Kingston. Plus, as my ex’s friend, he’s so off-limits he’s virtually radioactive. In any case, Jude promises to stay out of my way. He’s just a broken football hero in need of a quiet place to focus on healing his injured knee and saving his lifelong dream. Harmless, right? Um, not so much… The man is infuriating. He spends his days parading that shirtless, muscle-bound body all around my house. He insists on involving himself in my private business. He has zero concept of personal space. But he also has this boyish, unintentional charm. And this inconvenient way of repeatedly coming to my rescue. Suddenly, lust is throbbing in every room of this house. Lingering gazes over the dinner table… Sweaty workout sessions on the living room floor… Stolen kisses in the moonlit hallways… I can’t fight these soft feelings growing roots in my belly. Jude is a vine, slowly wrapping himself around my heart. But when a piece of my past threatens his entire future, will our love even stand a chance?
Cover Designer: Rebecca Frank Editor: Kristina Circelli Publication Date: July 1st, 2020 Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb: Sometimes a pack isn’t for everyone – it may even be the death of you.
All Isa wanted was to venture out on her own, without her overbearing pack breathing down her neck. Her dream comes crashing down around her when she returns home from college to find her little sister imprisoned for a horrible crime, and her own neck on the chopping block when she decides to set her free.
However, her pack offers her a stay of execution – find Brock Wolfsbane, the only wolf from her pack to ever go rogue, or be put to death.
Now Isa must hunt for the wolf whose name haunted her dreams as a pup. And, worse, even if she does somehow manage to find Brock and return him to the pack, she must mate with the new alpha, a death sentence in its own right. But the search for the wolf who never wanted to be found will soon unearth a lifetime of secrets. Her only hope is to find the lone wolf, if she wants to survive a world that is hell-bent on killing her.
Emily Cyr is a stay-at-home mom turned writer. She holds a degree in middle grades education with certification in English and social science. She has always had a love of all things paranormal and fantasy, but it wasn’t until Emily’s husband said the words, “Why not?” that she considered putting her thoughts and ideas into the book, The Lightning Prophecy. This trilogy was just the start for Emily. It seemed to open a creative door that had been locked.
Emily has always been an avid reader. Through reading came her love of writing. The more she read, the more she knew she wanted to create her own world. Many of her first works were fan fiction.
Emily and her family currently reside in Cibolo, Texas. She has an incredibly supportive husband who is also an officer in the United States Air Force. They have three sons, ages 6, 4, and 1. Somehow, even with the demands of being a parent to two little boys, she finds time to escape to her fantasies and write them down.
Love and Music (Small Town Secrets Book 3) by Jade C. Jamison
I’m not crying, you’re crying. Sorry, excuse me whilst I compose myself.
I love a sexy hero with a soft side, I love an everyday heroine and I’m a huge sucker for second-chance romance. All that, added to great writing, meant that I thoroughly enjoyed Love and Music. A few chapters from Tyler’s pov would have pushed this from 4.5 stars to the full 5, though I can understand that the one person perspective left us as unsure and anxiously hopeful as Megan.
What really stood out for me was just how emotional this story felt. I could feel my heartstrings being tugged on pretty much from the first page. There were times when I felt anxious, parts that made me smile , moments when it wasn’t just the summer weather raising the temperature and pieces that sliced my heart into ribbons. The majority of the book is set over a really short period of time, and yet I found myself utterly convinced by the genuineness of their feelings for one another. Circumstances didn’t give them opportunity to totally talk, in the way that both wanted, but it did offer untold opportunities to reconnect in so many other ways.
For me this was a beautiful story of reawakening, both of the heart and soul. An opportunity to correct past mistakes and to love in a forever way.
Years later, he still takes her breath away. Does that mean he’s the one? Time has not changed the way Megan feels about her ex Tyler Green, now a famous rock star. It’s pathetic, and that’s why she absolutely will not—WILL NOT—attend her ten-year high school reunion. But her bestie convinces her that there’s no way a guy like Tyler would ever attend their reunion anyway. He’s got better things to do with his time. Megan feels like a complete idiot when he shows, but she feels even more foolish when she confirms she’s still head-over-heels in love with him. It’s doomed to fail: their worlds are now completely different, urban rocker and country mouse. But how will she ever be able to let him go again?
Curl up by the fire with a glass of wine or a mug of hot chocolate and settle into Winchester, Colorado—where the nights are cold…but steamy!
Well we went from scorching temperatures in the UK (mid to high 80’s and since it happens so rarely we don’t have air-conditioning, so it gets very sweaty, very quickly!) to high winds and rain. However we are all still well, and working or being paid furlow, so no complaints here.
It was my birthday mid-week and I felt thoroughly spoilt. My sons actually managed to buy something under their own steam (one has his beautiful girlfriend to thank for that!), my daughter and husband also bought me some wonderful presents, including these gorgeous flowers.
I’m sharing my usual Monday post, summarising my reading week. It’s hosted by Book Date and is great fun to join in. It also helps me focus on achieving reading aims. There was one book on my to-read list last week that I didn’t get to, but it was replaced with other books, so I still got plenty of reading done.
Completed Last Week
Currently On My Kindle
Despite the cover, this is a very “gentle” rom-com with a sexy, slow-burn vibe. By gentle i mean this is a feel good, low angst read.
My Reading Plans For This Week
So that sum’s up my reading plans – what books are you planning to read this week?
Take one Princess, literally and in all senses of the word, a man who has been to hell and back, also literally-ish, add in a fluffy creature of dubious origins, a quest to save True Love, otherwise known as Xander, and some delicious kinkiness. Stir it all well, add a great story line, cook with the heat from the sexy scenes and – voila! – you have, THE PRINCESS TIED.
“He liked that worse word far too much.”
Where do I start with this? Based loosely on The Princess Bride, this is a kinky, dub-con, thigh slapping, funny adventure of the swashbuckling kind. If Monty Python, Errol Flynn and EL James produced a menage love child, it would be this. (I know MP isn’t a person but per-lease, you get the idea! 😉) In case you’re wondering, I really likedthis book, which is why it got 4 stars here, but it will be 5 stars on Amazon. I’m pedantic like that.
Po shook her head and said nothing more. This adventure was feeling less organized by the hour. She liked her facts in rows and columns. She liked them organized in folders. With notes.
Floof Machines, magical doors(can you guess them all?), giant dwarfs and mechanised men join in the fun to produce a wonderful, adventurous, questing tale. The characters are somewhat stylized, deliberately so since this is a pastiche of a pastiche of the swashbuckling films of the 20’s and 30’s. These characters are also interesting, unusual, well crafted and genuine and despite being OTT they felt believable and loveable.
Making things happen, like fires, was a new thing. Many things were new, including naked men and sex.
This wouldn’t be a Cari Silverwood book if there wasn’t some dirty, filthy smut smut. And what incredibly hot and saucy sauce it is! Dabbling in the waters of dub-con, but mainly because Po is far too proper to admit to her unusual desires, there are lots of delightfully erotic scenes to indulge our baser desires. Sorry, I meant to say to indulge Prince Drakes deviant sexual preferences. Those scenes did absolutely nothing for me, no they did not. They didn’t induce hot flushes and a need to find privacy for a little one on one time. Who shouted Liar, liar, pants on fire? Humph, ok maybe those scenes are somewhat hot.
He walked on air with lust rampant in his veins. He took a small, careful bite of her neck then released it. She tasted of sex to him – future sex.
Whilst most of the book is written from Princess Po and John’s points of view, we do get just enough from Xander to both make him ‘real’ and to add interest to the tale. The adventure is epic, crazy and, at times, weird and I loved it all. The plot canters along, with your hands tied behind your back, oops sorry that’s Po I’m thinking of. The plot moves at a good pace, with surprises, twists and easter eggs thrown in to keep your interest. I know I’ve already mentioned the activities in Prince Drakes tent, but they’re so hot they totally deserve a second intimation. Talking of intimate, despite certain events that occur during the course of the story, the ending didn’t feel awkward, forced or contrived. In fact I was very pleasantly surprised by how smoothly everything came together (#punalert).
She was sure he had an erection. Not being an expert, she had to file it under maybe.
If you’ve made it this far (TL;DR) this is a great story that I highly recommend.
Her tutors aimed to educate her in a wide range of subject, so she could rule with wisdom. Most of which, like algebra, she thought she would never use. Clocks had been quite fun, in comparison to math, autopsies, and string theory.
“Falling in love with Xander, the has-been noble I lined up to marry, is sadly wrong.” Princess Pollianna the First, smartest royal ever. Wrong is about to get wronger. Square-jawed, handsome Xander gets kidnapped and his brother, John, returns from Hell. The fire in this guy’s eyes says he’s not to be messed with. With Princess Po tied and roped over his horse, and a hand firmly clasped on her ample ass, John sets out to rescue his beloved bro, while not looking at aforesaid cute ass…or doing anything bad to it. As he travels the roads, a ragtag band falls in around him. True Love will light their way, except John doesn’t believe in True Love. “As wholesome as a threesome up against a thorn-entangled wall.”
Features Fighting, Dwarf Giants, a Killer Bunny, Storytellers, True Love, Angsty Tortured Anti-heroes, Snooty Princesses, Rope, Monsters, and sundry Mayhem. And quite a lot of Steam. Inspired by The Princess Bride. Written with naughty words.
Blurb: Some destinies are written in the stars. Others must be bought with blood…
The Zodia are real. Clawing their way from a long-forgotten tomb, they emerge, ravenous to claim everyone born under their star signs. Plotting to resurrect kingdoms no human knew existed, they are driven by a hunger for vengeance against the one who buried them: Aries.
Larken is a natural born sprinter, but even she can’t outrun the darkness closing in. A shelter-in-place order has been issued, causing widespread panic. Some brush the alarm off as a drill, until people begin to disappear… vanishing without a trace. Left with only one option, Larken’s brother does what he must to save her life… and calls forth Aries.
Considered a traitor by his own kind, only Aries has the power to stand against the Zodia. But he can’t do it alone. Mystically bonded to Larken, the pair must band together for the fight to come if either hope to make it out alive. Neither anticipated the passion that would ignite between them. Yet, in a world suddenly thrust into chaos, it may be the key to their survival.
The Zodia are out for blood with their attentions inexplicably focused on Larken. When long buried truths finally come to light, will their love be their salvation or their curse?
“A mesmerizing and haunting twist on a familiar tale you don’t want to miss. “ – Cameo Renae, USA Today bestselling author of the Hidden Wings Series
“Casey L. Bond reaches for the stars to bring us Things That Should Stay Buried. The Zodia are beautiful, dangerous and to die for.”- New York Times Bestselling Author Chanda Hahn
Author Bio: Casey Bond lives in West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. She likes goats and yoga, but hasn’t tried goat yoga because the family goat is so big he might break her back. Seriously, he’s the size of a pony. Her favorite books are the ones that contain magical worlds and flawed characters she would want to hang out with. Most days of the week, she writes young adult fantasy books, letting her imaginary friends spill onto the blank page.
Casey is the award-winning author of When Wishes Bleed, the Frenzy series, and fairy tale retellings such as Riches to Rags, Savage Beauty, Unlocked and Brutal Curse. Learn more about her work at http://www.authorcaseybond.com.
Daniel Hunt is the deadliest mercenary in the galaxy if he can just remember. Five years before, he woke up with nothing more than his name. Now his present is on a violent collision with his past and the future of the galaxy.
The Earth is dead. Humanity has taken to the moon and Mars to have a chance. On what’s left of Earth, primal gangs war for dominance.
A rebel force will discover a weapon of unimaginable strength, the wealthy in the galaxy will do anything to possess. As Daniel unravels the origin of his past he’ll realize he’s not the same weapon he once was. But does redemption exist for someone like him?
For fans of Jason Bourne and the Weapon X program, this one’s for you. Grab your hand cannon and start listening now!
I don’t think even in my wildest dreams I could have ever imagined such a conclusion to this series. Was it a little OTT? At times yes, but in a wonderful way that just made you smile, or cringe, wince and take panicky breathes. I loved this book, I loved this series, so much so that a little part of me wants to take a few minutes to mourn it’s end.
If you haven’t read this series, and you love a good kinky romantic suspense, with a fair dollop of wit and humour, then I do highly recommend it. Ms Mandara’smind is incredibly devious, twisted and sinisterly kinky. I wanted Kyle and Michael to face some retribution, but that??!!! My word it takes the word revenge to a WHOLE new level. They deserved it, maybe, no definitely, but I’m with Mark, someone else can make that decision.
We get some seriously erotic times again, before the story takes a darker turn and we get some breathe play scenes that would have been scorching had it been consensual, or even had it been at Leyland’s hands. (I missed him sooo much. He really, really needs his own book!) However since it was Kyle at the helm, things were never going to go well. Yes, I’m starting to think Laurel’s idea’s weren’t so horrific after all.
A part of me would have liked to see some consequences for Albrecht, given that they knowingly had unwilling participants there. Michael being the owner felt like a little bit of a lose end BUT I loved this too much for it to matter, in the end. I know this book has been out a while, but could we have a bonus epilogue of Michael’s downfall, and some tormenting of him and Kyle? Pretty please??? 😉😁
The writing is excellent, the plot rattles along at an almost break neck speed, though not so fast that you get left behind. It slows nicely for all the important parts (yes I do mean the sexy times) so that we can enjoy the delightful torment that Mark inflicts on Jennifer. Whilst the previously mentioned OTT parts of the story enable a somewhat easy resolution – though not easy from Mark and Jenny’s point of view, more from an author side of things – I felt it fitted well with the whole larger than life feel of the book. Anything else would have felt far too tame, boring and uninspired.
I’m hoping the final “Beautiful” book won’t be too much longer because I’m not planning on re-reading #1, reading #2 (which I already own) and I know I’ll be desperate for the ending, once I do.
I made a bet with my newlywed submissive wife. I told her that if she could behave herself impeccably for a week, she could wear the trousers for a day. That included being able to dominate me. The bet was almost guaranteed to be impossible to achieve, and yet somehow she did it. It looks like I’m in for a fun night, doesn’t it? If that wasn’t bad enough, Kyle has been spotted near our home. It scares me. I can feel the net closing in, and I’m still no closer to unravelling the pieces. We need to figure out what Redcliff wants, and fast. In order to do this, I’m going to have to talk to my mother-in-law, who still isn’t speaking to me. I have no idea what her problem is. She tried to kill me, not the other way around…
Starlet (Sinister Fairy Tales Collection) by Cora Kenborn
This came incredibly close to being a DNF for me. It just took far too long to get into the actual meat of the story and pick up pace. In fact I must have skim read/totally skipped at least a third of this book, and probably getting on for more like 40% of it. And I didn’t really miss anything important. It was only cat killing curiosity and a couple of 3 star reviews mentioning the great ending, that had me bothering to read the last third. And that last third was amazing.
Brutal honesty says that this book needed a lot trimming from it, in order to improve the pace. I also couldn’t give it 3 stars because, whilst the ending was jam-packed action with more twisty turns than a world-class roller coaster ride, it was a little overdone. Plus the whole “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, he walks into mine. That was just far too big a coincidence/stretch of the imagination.
Each character was somehow connected to everyone else, and some of those connections were either too convenient, a little unbelievable or were just plain unnecessary. It was like a game of Six Degree’s of Separation and a visual showing the links would look somewhat like a spiders web. Definitely a case of where less would have been more.
The overall writing and story flow was good, with me able to follow and understand what was happening. Dialogue feels realistic and descriptions are nicely detailed. However the pace is just too slow, the story is too dragged out and for a long time reading this felt like hard work.
I have read the author previously and really enjoyed that book but this one simply didn’t offer me the ability to bond with the characters and believe in their emotions. Others have loved it so whilst it’s clearly not for me, you may well enjoy it.
From USA Today Bestselling Author Cora Kenborn comes a dark and twisted enemies to lovers retelling of Anastasia. They call me America’s Sweetheart. Hollywood royalty. The last of an era. Sole survivor of LA’s most infamous crime. I’m not any of those things.
He forced me into the spotlight. The liar with a perfect smile and cold blue eyes. But Alexandra Romanov’s fate won’t be mine.
I’ll speak her lines. I’ll hit the mark. I’ll strike a pose. And when the past and present collide, I’ll become their worst nightmare.
They told me to preserve the legacy. Be careful what you ask for. . . You just might get it.
**Please be aware this book contains dark themes and sensitive subject matter essential to the storyline that may bother some readers.**
Cora Kenborn is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes in multiple genres from dark and gritty romantic suspense to laugh-out-loud romantic comedy. Known for her sharp banter and shocking blindsides, Cora pushes her characters and readers out of their comfort zones and onto an emotional roller coaster before delivering a twisted happily ever after.
Cora believes there’s nothing better than a feisty heroine who keeps her alpha on his toes, and she draws inspiration from the sassy country women who raised her. However, since the domestic Southern Belle gene seems to have skipped a generation, she spends any free time convincing her family that microwaving Hot Pockets counts as cooking dinner.
Oh, and autocorrect thinks she’s obsessed with ducks.