CUPIDS ANONYMOUS

CUPIDS ANONYMOUS

by Lila Monroe

Poppy and Dylan are just so …… *swoon*

4.5 stars


I don’t know how Lila Monroe does it, but each new book has a fresh feel to it. I’ve read other rom-com’s where the characters and/or situations start to feel very ‘samey’, but I never get that feel with this author. I would have read Cupids Anonymous in one sitting if sheer exhaustion hadn’t made it impossible to focus on the plot. 

If I had one wish, I’d love to see the author shake up the standard rom-com formula of (see spoiler below). How, why and what happens after varies with each story, so it’s not a huge issue. Just a little bit of me would love to see it move away from that set path.

This was just such a warm hug of a story, yes there’s some angst, certainly there’s lots of lust and of course (since it’s a rom-com) there are plenty of laughs along the way. However whilst the emotions are there to feel and experience, you are not put through the wringer. Instead you are gently caressed by them as you take this wonderful journey of mis-haps, mayhem, love and romance.

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Rule #1 Don’t get hit by your own arrow.

I’m a professional Cyrano – minus the honking great nose. Need a love note, raunchy sext, or apology letter so epic that your other half will forget you hesitated a beat too long when you asked, ‘does this make me look fat?’? I’ve got you covered. But when my most frequent client, the annoyingly charming (or is that charmingly annoying?) Dylan Griffin comes to me with an unconventional new job, I discover that three little words can add up to one BIG complication…

Because Dylan doesn’t want help seducing another swimsuit model (for once in his life). He wants my help winning over his high-school crush (aka, his one true love) – and he’s prepared to make it worth my while. Throw in a summer Catskills trip that’s equal parts ‘Dirty Dancing’ and dirty-talking, and this Cupid is soon out of her depth – and head over heels with the last man I expected. But can I find the right words when it comes to my own heart? Or will this happily ever end in disaster? 


Find out in the sparkling new romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author, Lila Monroe!

SPOILER**
That cliche of the couple breaking up over a misunderstanding before realising the error of their ways. I always know that with 35 minutes of reading time left, I’m heading for the break up.

FRISKY BUSINESS by Lila Monroe

4 out of 5 stars – ⭐⭐⭐⭐



Full of feels, this book made me both laugh and cry.


I loved the sparks that flew between Noah and Eve, they had such amazing chemistry too. These are an easy to like pair that start out as frenemies, become collaborators and end up lovers. Only there are lots of bumps on the path to true love, especially since Noah doesn’t believe in the soul mates and romance that Eve won’t ever be happy without.


I flew through Frisky Business in one reading (ending up going to sleep FAR too late at night). Once I started this I just couldn’t put it down. Lila Monroe’s writing just has a special quality that draws you in and makes you feel part of the story.


I absolutely loved the fantastic mix of humour, steamy, crazy and angst. It was great to see a few old friends and I can’t wait for Poppy’s story. This is a book I would recommend to any rom-com lover, as well as those that enjoy a lighter contemporary romance. Whilst there are sex scenes in this, making it an 18+ read, they are neither excessive, superfluous nor graphic enough to offend.

FRISKY BUSINESS – Chick Flick Club #3

A stand-alone romance. Releases May 13th


“My hot new roommate is getting frisky… And I’m not talking about the puppy!”


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Get frisky with the sizzling new standalone romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author, Lila Monroe!


Noah Hathaway is infuriatingly hot, annoyingly charming… and my new room-mate?! This pet-sitting gig was supposed to be a vacation from drama, but that was before the hunky guy in the pool-house started sticking his nose (and his annoyingly chiseled abs) in my business. 


I’m looking for Mr. Right, not Mr. Most Likely to Sneak Out of Bed (And Steal Your Breakfast Pop Tart On the Way Out the Door), so despite the red-hot sparks between us, I’m determined to stay away. But when one little party gets way out of hand, we’re suddenly both on the wrong side of trouble. Unless we can come up with ten thousand dollars in the next three weeks, we’re screwed. And not just when it comes to the adorable pooches. 


With the clock ticking, we have no choice but to team up and  embark on a madcap scheme to save our asses – with the help of a few furry friends. But with the chemistry between us reading Defcon-69, can I keep my hands (and heart) to myself? Or will this pup-tastic scheme leave us both in the doghouse?  


Find out in the latest hot and hilarious rom-com from “the queen of romantic comedy”, Lila Monroe!

The Chick Flick Club series:

How to Choose a Guy in 10 Days
You’ve Got Male
Frisky Business

LOVE IS A BEACH – Lilliana Anderson

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Our defining moment is a sunburnt kiss.

Darcy, Love is a Beach
They’re going to sell them at the hospital fete as coin purses


**swoon** … just … **swoon**!

Gosh just where do I start with this one? Love is a Beach is quite a story, both in length and plot. It’s too long to really be able to read in one sitting, though the way it held my attention and captured my heart I both wish I could have consumed it in one go, and yet never finished it either. Whilst not a second-chance romance, it is a story of getting a second chance at love, happiness and family. And, whilst ‘the course of true love never did run smooth’, a promise to wait however long it takes is never given lightly.

As he presses a sweet, tender kiss to my lips, my tears fall harder as I wonder if we can survive this when this already feels like dying. It’s one thing to say you’ll wait for someone. 

It’s another to actually do it. My father didn’t stick around. My husband didn’t stick around or even fight for us. And Leo? He could have any woman he wants, why wait an indefinite amount of time for me?

Darcy, Love is a Beach


Not only is this Darcy and Leo’s story, but it is Nana, Archer, Abigail and Niall’s story too. You can’t help but fall in love with these wonderful, troubled and very special people. We all need a Nana in our lives, and if Archer is partly based on her own son, the, Lilliana Anderson has one of the cutest and most wonderful 8 year old boys on the planet. I think Archer could bring world peace and solve all the planets problems if he ever put his mind to it.

“I do hate him. Dad’s aren’t meant to steal, Abby. It’s come-on sense.”


“Don’t you mean ‘common-sense’, dear?” Nana asks.


“No. It’s like when someone does something really dumb and everyone shouts, ‘come on’ at them because they should have known better. 
Come-on sense.”

Archer and Nana, Love is a Beach


The chemistry between Darcy and Leo could be felt, it smoulders from the page and has you rooting for this couple from the off. Leo is a unicorn of a man and I’m so jealous of Darcy finding such a wonderful, yet also very believable, guy to love her. I don’t CARE that he’s fictional, I totally fell for him too. Darcy is so hugely giving and forgiving that you can’t even dislike her. You’re actually pleased that someone as wonderful and special as Leo enters her life, because quite frankly she deserves it.

We just …. click. And I’m at the age where you don’t pass that kind of thing up. You wait. Even if it means the only action you get is with Mrs Palmer and her five daughters for a while

Leo, Love is a Beach


Whilst the author wrote this as a rom-com for me it transcends that genre, or at the very least is the bar by which all other books are judged. It’s more smiley-giggly-fun than snort-through-the-nose laugh out loud BUT that was what I loved about it. Some books do make you howl and chuckle in public, but very often they are also a little too cheesy with fairly 2 dimensional characters. Here the humour is much more observational than slapstick. It’s in the zest for life of the characters, the embarrassing moments we all encounter and that’s what makes it work so well.

..but when the orgasmic shudders subside and reality sets in, it turns out I’m just a forty-year-old woman sitting on top of her Nan’s next-door neighbour, holding her tits up about her neck and looking foolish…..
“I should go.” I frown, and release my tits. They bounce twice, well, it’s not a bounce exactly, more a double tug as gravity taken them back to where it’s dragged them over the years.

Darcy, Love is a Beach


Darcy and Leo find each other quickly and yet also take a long time to find their path too. Yet at no point did the book ever feel as though it was dragging it’s feet. Never did a passage feel like unnecessary filler. Quite simply this couple had one heck of a story to tell, a story of one step forward and two steps back, at times, a story of choosing the right path. A story of two betrayed souls finding the strength to take risks and do what makes them happy, rather than what is safe.

We all sit there, drinking slippery nipples..

“You keep smiling and telling us everything is good, But your eyes are really, really sad.”
“I see.” I take a big, sobering breath, struggling not to let my sad eyes leak sad tears.

Archer and Darcy, Love is a Beach


This is a must read book. It’s sexy and sweet, painful but passionate, hopeless but hopeful. It has two amazing, believable and very human main characters in Leo and Darcy plus a host of supporting characters that range from the sublime to the ridiculous. I can guarantee that not only will you enjoy every single minute of the book but you too will then be recommending it to family and friends.

And finally I feel it’s only right and proper to leave the last few words to Nana and Darcy.

I wonder how Nana and her Bayside Biddies are doing.

“As long as their maypole works and they give as good as they get I’m a happy lady.”
Does anyone else have an eighty-something grandmother who talks this openly about her sex life? No? So, it’s just me then.



Blurb

A word to the wise: when the man of your dreams appears, don’t wear the exact same dress as your nana…

The day Darcy learned the news of her husband’s remission she expected a celebration, or at least a nice piece of cake. Instead, she’s served with divorce papers. Oh, and the knowledge they’re bankrupt. 

With her twenty year union over and two children to support on her own, she moves in with her eccentric grandmother, hoping to find peace and quiet in the seaside town of Bayside. 

What she isn’t expecting to find is a set of saggy old man balls upon arrival. 

Needing to bleach her eyes, calm her screaming teen daughter and stop her eight year old son from filming the chaos to upload, Darcy is already reconsidering the sanity in her decision. Turns out, Nana is quite the player in the retirement circle. 

She also fancies herself a bit of a matchmaker.

Deciding local football legend, Leo Murphy will provide the ultimate distraction for Darcy, Nana enlists the help of her trouble-loving great-grandson with somewhat disastrous results. Leo doesn’t know what hit him. Literally. 

With a great smile and a body to die for, it isn’t hard to convince Darcy to give Leo a chance. It also helps that he has a lot of patience for one particularly rambunctious young boy and can’t run too fast on his busted knee—a captive audience is easily swayed, after all. 

But with a teenager in the midst of a meltdown, a heart cracked and bruised, and a son who keeps her on her toes, even a chance could prove too much for Darcy. Luckily Leo isn’t the kind of man who gives up easily.

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Colel – Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

How do I describe this book, and series? Well it’s a mash-up of paranormal, zombie apocalypse (without the zombies but with rabid immortals instead) and rom-com.

So a very run-of-the-mill book,  not 😉.


The Immortal Matchmakers books can be read stand-alone, though there is also a story arch that runs throughout the series. Having read only two of the five books (this and book #4), I can tell you from personal experience that you quickly pick up the threads that run throughout them all, plus there is a glossary of characters at the back of the book to help you keep all those Gods, Goddesses and other Immortal Beings in order. Well possibly all of them except Cimil, no one’s keeping her in order!

If you read this (and you really should) you will be getting a REALLY fun read that will have you giggling at it’s silliness – including all the very many ‘bee’ puns. It’s also very well written, incredibly snarky, has a really engaging story, some unexpected twists and turns and a lot of sexual frustration followed by some scorching hot sex. Outside. Against a truck at one point.

[He] was like an immortal manly soup that nourished her down to the tips of her golden hair.

As with a lot of paranormal books this is written in the third person, which is definitely needed since we get the view point of several different characters, including some from previous books. Again you really don’t need to have read those books, the author cleverly weaves information into this so that you can keep up with the story. It also means you don’t need to re-read previous books to keep up with the plot. That said most of the book focuses on Colel, her massive attraction to Rys and all the obstacles that the Universe (who was either more sadistic than ever, or the damned woman had finally cracked) put in their way.

Now whilst MJP likes to give us a happy ending, she isn’t averse to making her characters and readers suffer along the way to said HEA. In fact I get the feeling that she likes nothing better than torturing her readers by dangling love, peace, harmony and all that jazz just in front of your nose, then snatching it away again as she cackles hysterically about it. For instance Zac and Tula – talk about give with one hand and take away with the other!

I don’t beelieve that there’s much more to say. It’s a fun book, more plot than character driven, fast paced, silly and a great read. This is a quote that nicely sums up what you’ll be getting for your well spent coin.

The woman’s mouth fell open to the fully slack position as she took in the enormous beehive atop Colel’s head.
“Oh no. Don’t do that. Chuck will think it’s an invitation.”
He loved the warmth of a good human mouth or , really, any human orifice. 
Such a pervy little thing


***PS*** Chuck is the head bee in her posse



From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes a Standalone, Romantic Comedy a la Paranormal…

COLEL, Book #5, the Immortal Matchmakers, Inc., Series

WARNING:
This book contains foul language, gratuitous sex against a truck, outrageously rude immortal warriors in leather pants, snow, pigheaded gods, a sexually frustrated goddess, a very hot and hunky florist guy with a bad attitude and a big secret, Brutus bubble baths, a sneaky invisible unicorn, unrequited love, bees, bees, and more bees, and chocolates.

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SOMETIMES LOVE BITES AND SOMETIMES IT STINGS.

Colel, the Goddess of Bees, has been looking for Mr. Right for over seventy thousand years. So when she meets the hunky owner of a small-town flower shop and explodes with flutters and tingles, she’s almost certain that he’s the one.

Only two problems: her tiny black-and-yellow army suddenly won’t let her anywhere near him, and…is that a freaking epinephrine pen in the fridge? “Dear gods! He’s allergic to bees? Say it isn’t so.”

If simply dating the guy will kill him, how will she ever know for sure if he’s really the one?

Colel has a solution, but it’s drastic. Even for her. And what if he says no?

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Stuck on You – Amelia Wilde

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

This is one ‘Beau’ tifully written story.

Stuck on You is the second book set in Ruby Bay and features Beau, another of the Bliss brothers. It can very easily be read as a stand alone, though then you’d miss out on Crush on You , which is also a really good story.

If you’ve read CoY, then you will have got a little hint of Beau, and his troubles, at the end of it. As far as the Bliss brother, their resort and Ruby Bay is concerned, Beau is a synonym for event planning, fun and good times. He’s the guy guaranteed to make any party go with a swing, always smiling and with a drink in his hand. Only appearances can be very deceptive and false smiles can hide a multitude of pain.

When Claire is drafted in to work with Beau, after a very unfortunate incident with some fireworks and a boat from the local yacht club, they are soon making sparks of their own. It’s pretty much dislike on first sight, he sees an uptight and cold perfectionist, she sees the party guy image he fools everyone with. However the more time they spend together the more they both realise that someone else lies beneath the facade. Someone they’d really quite like to know.

In this almost enemies-to-lovers tale, there is also a huge dose of insta-lust that spirals very quickly into insta-love. The time frame in the book is fairly short BUT because Claire and Beau are very much the focus of the story, not to mention how much time they spend together, I found it worked. I did believe in their passion and emotions, they certainly heated up my kindle with their chemistry.

I also really liked them both, faults, secrets, foolish choices and all. They felt human and so very believable and made me care about them. There is an air of warmth that this story exudes, a feeling of being in your PJ’s, wrapped up cosy in a blanket, nibbling on chocolate. It’s very much a relaxing read, whilst still being entertaining at the same time. In fact whilst I wouldn’t classify this as a rom-com, it did have a subtle humour about it, a certain something that brought a gentle smile to the lips and a soft caress to the heart.

In some ways it’s a book to read when you’ve had your fill of hard and heavy reads. It’s a story to lift your spirits, take away your cares and leave you happy. However that doesn’t make it forgettable, it doesn’t mean it’s low quality or boring, nothing could be further from the truth. So much so that this is a book (and author) I will happily recommend to family and friends. 

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Enemy, meet lover.

Nice to meet you. I’m Beau Bliss, and I don’t just throw parties at the resort I own with my brothers: I am the party.

…right up until the event that will go down as Disaster of the Year.

Now we’re playing defence, and I’m playing it hardest of all. Damage control has arrived in the form of prim, proper, uptight Claire Cashmore…and she’s ready to shut it all down.

If I want to keep my job, I have to charm her.
Claire is determined not to be charmed.

If I want to win her over, I’m going to need more than my signature cocktail. A lot more.

With time running out, I have to pull out all the stops.
Even the ones I’d rather keep firmly between the sheets.



Ratings


5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.

4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.

3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.

2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.

1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish

Bass-Akwards – Eris Adderly

🎇 🎇 🎇 🎇 🎇

Oh my fucking god this is the best unromantic romance I’ve read in a long time. No strike that last bit, that I’ve read ever, period, full stop, the end. I want me an ass-hole like Bill Marshall, I want to be some foolish man’s Christina Lee.

I spent a good 70% of this book hot and bothered, 20% wanting to bash heads and the last 10% ugly crying and snivel-sobbing in the happiest of ways. I bloody loved grumpy AF Bill and adored on-a-knives-edge-to-insanity Christina. This couple couldn’t have been more wrong for each other and yet so very perfect for each other too.

Only a very small amount of this book doesn’t involve either scenes between Bill and Christina or ones on their own thinking about, lusting over or puzzled by the other. We do get a few scenes of Christina with her Pops, plus a couple of Bill at home. Mostly we are at Haul Ash Truck and Trailer Rental (I loved that name by the way and all the geeky references too), at the back end of nowhere, Texas.




Normally in a romance I want lots of background on and detail about my characters, so that I can get to know and care about them. (See that Eris Adderly, Bill and Christina Lee belong to me now!). However the truth of the matter is that this intense and focused plot, this pared down to the bone story didn’t need anything extra. Every single page dripped with emotion and the book gave me ALL the feels – especially those ones that require one handed reading 😉. TMI? #Sorry,NotSorry!

There is nothing about this book that fits any stereotype or cliche of the romance genre. Even after having read it I still don’t understand how the author made this story work but she did. She aced it, hit the ball out the park, broke the rules and carved her own path.

The relationship starts off wrong, it continues badly, neither communicates a damn useful word to the other (though looks, sighs and moans can say an awful lot too), they don’t even really know just exactly what they are hoping for, and they damn well are not going to go there with any of it. But there is exactly where they do go, so the question now is, just what are they going to do about it?

You DO need to find out the answer to that, and you need to find that answer by reading Bass-Ackwards. So stop what you’re doing and go read it now!




Those were her favorites, she found. The stories where the heroine hated her love interest at the beginning. It was oh-so-satisfying to read, but that shit didn’t happen in real life. Personalities in Assholedom tended to remain in Assholedom. It was Newton’s little know First Law of Fuckboys; she was pretty sure of that.

Christina Lee Dodd, Bass-Ackwards

Bill Marshall might as well have been the Devil.

Christina Lee Dodd needs Friday off work. Needs. She’s up to her eyeballs in problems.
One of those problems is her boss, Bill Marshall. 
And Bill Marshall is an a**hole.

The offer he makes is textbook inappropriate. An HR nightmare. 
But is it wrong for her to accept? 

Is it wrong for her to like it?

Bass-Ackwards is a filthy wrong-way romance where two human beings make more mistakes than you can shake a stick at.

Her Consort by Maren Smith

previously published in the Alien Alphas Anthology

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From salvage mission to cluster-fuck before they even got out of the hatch. That was some kind of record… even for them.


I love belts. Implements of correction that one can wear, always at the ready. –

Kogan

I’m supposed to give the orders and you’re supposed to take them, damn it.

Piper


Say ‘Piper’s been a bad girl. Piper needs a spanking.’ I want to hear how it sounds when you say it somewhere other than my fantasies.

Kogan


“I’m captain of this vessel. At best, you’re a passenger; at worst, you’re the ship’s very hairy mascot.”

“I am not hairy.”

“Please. I could wear your chest for a sweater.”

Piper & Kogan

Beautiful flowers of dark purple with red gladiolus with droplets of water close up on a black wet background and blank space for text

Blurb:
She was a salvage operator, patrolling the depths of deep space.

He was a professional consort to royalty, built like a Neanderthal. Twice her width and twice her weight, his six-pack abs had six-pack abs. She knew, because she’d seen them.

It really was kind of too bad they didn’t get along.

Excerpt:
“I love belts.” He winked, and she trembled all the harder when he knelt down behind her. The cuffs clinked together as he selected which end to use first. “Implements of correction that one can wear, always at the ready.”

“What exactly do you think I should be corrected for?”

He pretended to think about it. “How about all the times you drove me to absolute distraction?”

She was so astonished by that lack of reasoning, she almost didn’t notice he had fastened the first cuff around her unresisting ankle, and then buckled that around the right table leg. “I drove you? You’re the one who won’t stop walking around the ship naked!”

“Yes, but who ignores it? Do you have any idea how cold this ship is when you’re wet? Your first dozen strokes ought to be for shrinkage alone. And all those times you called me ‘asshat’?” He shifted to her other side, opening the cuff to buckle down her left ankle. “Granted, I didn’t know what that meant until now, but still…” He circled to the head of the table and leaned down beside her. Hands clasped, weight braced on his elbows, he shook his head. “Poor innocent, little human. Don’t worry. I am going to make this such an education for you.” Ruffling her hair, he stood again.

“You idiot!” she huffed, whipping her hair back out of her eyes. “It’s a curse, not a suggestion. And like hell I’m going to stand here and be taught anything by the likes of y-ah!” She lurched in her bonds, every inch of her straining to escape the lash of pure fire that wrapped her ass, hugging it in the grip of all that supple leather before letting go.

“Is it?” Kogan asked, shifting that deceptively soft strap to his other hand. “Is it really?”

The sting was incredible and yet, when he let his free hand wander a brushing caress across the welt he’d just created, her eyes damn near closed in erotic delight.

About Maren Smith

Fortunate enough to live with my Daddy Dom, I am a Little, coffee fanatic, administrator at two of my local BDSM dungeons, resident of the wilds of freakin’ Kansas (still don’t know how I ended up here) and submissive to the love of my life. An International and USA Bestselling Author, I have penned more than 160 novels, novellas and short stories, and am the author of the Masters of the Castle series.

I also write under the names of Denise Hall, Darla Phelps, and Penny Alley.

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Other titles by Maren Smith

Black Light Series:
Unbroken (Black Light: Valentine’s Roulette, Book 3)
Shameless (Black Light: Roulette Redux, Book 7)
Fearless (Black Light, Book 10)
Determined (Black Light: Celebrity Roulette, Book 12)

The Red Petticoat Saloon Series:
Jade’s Dragon
Warming Emerald

Masters of the Castle Series:
Book 1, Holding Hannah
Book 2, Kaylee’s Keeper
Book 3, Saving Sara
Book 4, Sweet Sinclair
Book 5, Chasing Chelsea
Book 6, Owning O
Book 7, Maddy Mine
Book 8, Seducing Sandy
Witness Protection Program Box Set

Corbin’s Bend:
Last Dance for Cadence (Season 1, Book 8)
Have Paddle, Will Travel (Season 2, Book 7)

A Few Other Titles:
B-Flick
Build-A-Daddy
The Great Prank
Jinxie’s Orchids
Life After Rachel
The Locket
The Mountain Man
Something Has To Give

Sin & Salvation – KF Breene

An action-packed finale to the trilogy
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2

Sin & Salvation is the third book of the Demigods of San Francisco series. To fully appreciate, understand and enjoy this I really would recommend reading the previous two books, Sin & Chocolate and Sin & Magic. In the books we meet Alexis, her two wards Daisy and Mordecai, the Demi-god Kieran, his posse of bad-ass magic uses (called The Six) and Kieran’s evil ol’ dad, Valens. This, like both previous books, had it’s own complete adventure along with an overarching plot that finally comes to fruition, sort of.


This is one jam-packed story, with a fast flowing plot, lots of action and adventure, myriad plot twists, jaw-dropping reveals and some seriously sexy times squeezed into the mix. To be honest there is so much story that I already feel as though it needs a re-read as I’m sure I missed some important stuff.

That wasn’t my idea of a fun lover’s tryst. Kids could really water down the romance of a situation.


I texted back:
Are you sure about the kids? They have chores to do. 


They did now, at any rate.

Alexis, Sin & Salvation


Oh and I’ve not even mentioned the banter yet. The banter between the members of The Six, between Daisy and Mordecai and between Bria and, well, just about everyone. I’m pretty sure that wasn’t all of it either!


We get to see Alexis trying to learn how to use and control her powers before Valens realises just how close to home his biggest enemies lie. We also learn more about the six and their magical abilities, along with Daisy and Mordecai coming into their own. In fact I would love this pair, and the six, to have their own books sometime in the future.


Full of feels, the story really touched my emotions, as well as making me giggle. It held my attention through out and wrapped up all the loose ends, whilst dropping a few new threads to lure us into future books. However it’s the softest of cliff-hangers, and rather more of a segue into another adventure. One that I will only be too happy to journey along with.

“Come with me.”
I wouldn’t have a choice. This train was smashing into the station.


Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MJJ162F



Blurb
An Amazon ChartsWashington Post and Top 5 Amazon Store bestseller!

Valens has noticed his two missing employees. It won’t be long before he knows who is responsible. 

It won’t be long before he claims his vengeance. 

The race is on. Kieran and Lexi must scrape together an army worthy of taking on the Demigod of San Francisco before he destroys them all.

But Valens isn’t Lexi’s only problem. Mordecai’s rapid recovery has been noticed, and he has once again become a threat to his old pack. 

Lexi’s little family is in jeopardy of being torn apart, and to save them…she must finally embrace what she is.


Ratings

5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.

4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.

3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.

2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.

1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.

Her Consort by Maren Smith

From salvage mission to cluster-fuck before they even got out of the hatch. That was some kind of record… even for them.


This is a very fun, super quirky and red-hot steamy read. It was originally in the Alien Alpha’s anthology and if you didn’t grab that whilst it was available then you really should get hold of this asap.

I loved the heroine, Piper. She said it like it was and had a sarcastic streak a mile wide. I laughed so many times at things she said or thought, and definitely felt a connection to her.

The book is written entirely from her POV but as the story progresses you do get a good feel for Kogan, the hero, too. He’s a little short, somewhat sneakily clever and a whole lot kinky. Kogan has been biding his time with Piper, and when a too-good-to-miss opportunity arises, he grabs it (and her) with both hands!

For a fairly quick read, this book provides a huge amount of entertainment and actually felt like more than a segue into a sex scene. I’d love to see more of this full of snark and banter couple.

Her Consort was previously published in the Alien Alphas Anthology

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Blurb:

She was a salvage operator, patrolling the depths of deep space.

He was a professional consort to royalty, built like a Neanderthal. Twice her width and twice her weight, his six-pack abs had six-pack abs. She knew, because she’d seen them.

It really was kind of too bad they didn’t get along.

Excerpt:

“I love belts.” He winked, and she trembled all the harder when he knelt down behind her. The cuffs clinked together as he selected which end to use first. “Implements of correction that one can wear, always at the ready.”

“What exactly do you think I should be corrected for?”

He pretended to think about it. “How about all the times you drove me to absolute distraction?”

She was so astonished by that lack of reasoning, she almost didn’t notice he had fastened the first cuff around her unresisting ankle, and then buckled that around the right table leg. “I drove you? You’re the one who won’t stop walking around the ship naked!”

“Yes, but who ignores it? Do you have any idea how cold this ship is when you’re wet? Your first dozen strokes ought to be for shrinkage alone. And all those times you called me ‘asshat’?” He shifted to her other side, opening the cuff to buckle down her left ankle. “Granted, I didn’t know what that meant until now, but still…” He circled to the head of the table and leaned down beside her. Hands clasped, weight braced on his elbows, he shook his head. “Poor innocent, little human. Don’t worry. I am going to make this such an education for you.” Ruffling her hair, he stood again.

“You idiot!” she huffed, whipping her hair back out of her eyes. “It’s a curse, not a suggestion. And like hell I’m going to stand here and be taught anything by the likes of y-ah!” She lurched in her bonds, every inch of her straining to escape the lash of pure fire that wrapped her ass, hugging it in the grip of all that supple leather before letting go.

“Is it?” Kogan asked, shifting that deceptively soft strap to his other hand. “Is it really?”

The sting was incredible and yet, when he let his free hand wander a brushing caress across the welt he’d just created, her eyes damn near closed in erotic delight.

About Maren Smith

Fortunate enough to live with my Daddy Dom, I am a Little, coffee fanatic, administrator at two of my local BDSM dungeons, resident of the wilds of freakin’ Kansas (still don’t know how I ended up here) and submissive to the love of my life. An International and USA Bestselling Author, I have penned more than 160 novels, novellas and short stories, and am the author of the Masters of the Castle series.

I also write under the names of Denise Hall, Darla Phelps, and Penny Alley.

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Other titles by Maren Smith

Black Light Series:
Unbroken (Black Light: Valentine’s Roulette, Book 3)
Shameless (Black Light: Roulette Redux, Book 7)
Fearless (Black Light, Book 10)
Determined (Black Light: Celebrity Roulette, Book 12)

The Red Petticoat Saloon Series:
Jade’s Dragon
Warming Emerald

Masters of the Castle Series:
Book 1, Holding Hannah
Book 2, Kaylee’s Keeper
Book 3, Saving Sara
Book 4, Sweet Sinclair
Book 5, Chasing Chelsea
Book 6, Owning O
Book 7, Maddy Mine
Book 8, Seducing Sandy
Witness Protection Program Box Set

Corbin’s Bend:
Last Dance for Cadence (Season 1, Book 8)
Have Paddle, Will Travel (Season 2, Book 7)

A Few Other Titles:
B-Flick
Build-A-Daddy
The Great Prank
Jinxie’s Orchids
Life After Rachel
The Locket
The Mountain Man
Something Has To Give

JOANIE – Virgin Vampire 2

A hugely fun vampire reverse harem.

Whilst Joanie could be read as a stand alone story, the ending does segue into the next book and there are also a few ‘lose ends’. I wouldn’t class it as cliffhanger, but the story line is still quite open. I haven’t read Book #1 but had absolutely no problem picking up the plot, understanding the ‘world’ it was set in, or knowing who was whom. There are a few spoilers in this but not enough that it’s put me off catching up and reading Vivian, Virgin Vampire .

This is a wonderful mix of new adult, paranormal, reverse-harem, romantic comedy. It’s written from quite a few pov’s but it’s very easy to know who’s voice you are ‘hearing’ and I found it both easy, as well as extremely enjoyable, to read.

Joanie is a bit crazy, a lot loyal and an altogether wonderful character. She really drew me into the story and was a big part of why I enjoyed this. Whilst Aldren, Adrian and Abel are quite distinct characters, we don’t ‘hear’ their voice enough to really get an in depth feel for them. However this is a light and fun read, so for me that didn’t matter too much.

What you will find is that it has a well thought through plot, with some unexpected twists and intriguing revelations as the story unfolds. It was highly entertaining and left me wanting so much more. I will most certainly be reading Lucy’s story when it is released.

Highly recommended to those who love a steamy vampire story and don’t object to a few laughs along the way.


“99% positive that I was the only person at graduation still carrying her v-card.”

When Joanie’s best friend Vivian goes missing after prom she knows that there is something ‘the parents’ aren’t telling her. 

The more she investigates the stranger things get. But it isn’t until she finds herself kidnapped and craving blood that things really get crazy.

Meet the Triple A’s, three of the hottest triplets known to humankind. Alden, Adrian, and Abel have been tasked with keeping Joanie safe.

The only problem is that they can’t keep their hands off of her–or she can’t keep her hands off of them.

18+ mature language and themes.

Ratings

5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.

4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.

3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.

2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.

1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.