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review 2017-02-03 00:00
Flaunt
Flaunt - E. Davies Flaunt - E. Davies Nic has just relocated and is starting his first solo IT job for the new company he just started at. His solo gig is at an AIDs charity foundation, a charity that feels like a worthy cause to him.

His first day onsite he meets Kyle, the charity’s grant writer?. Kyle is everything Nic wants to be. He’s confident about who he is, what he wants and just being himself and not letting anyone bring him down about it.

There’s an instant attractions between the two. A night out with mutual friends/coworkers, gives the two a chance to get really cozy together. Kyle is adamant about not looking for commitment whereas Nic is, this leaves the two in a bit of a limbo. Kyle really likes Nic, but is too scared to even get involved with him. Nic is practically In love with Kyle but doesn’t want to force him into anything if the guy doesn’t want it. When the charity is hit by arsonist, the two are thrown into closer quarters until the suspects are found.

A really interesting FtM transgender romance read. This is not my first time reading a transgender character in a book and I felt like I learned a lot of new things. It was interesting getting Nic’s emotional perspective on transitioning, his self-esteem and how he viewed himself in comparison with other gay men. I did feel for him especially when he mentioned feeling like a fake and the issues with his body image.

Kyle and his support system were pretty cool and I’m glad Nic got to be a part of that. Kyle’s influence on Nic’s life was a nice confidence and self-esteem builder. I liked that he could draw Nic out of his shell and just let him test out how to be more comfortable with himself. Kyle and Evie’s kid, Kevin, was a cool child and the parenting aspect of the book was a nice touch.

I’m looking forward to seeing the next installment in the series. River really seems like a fun character and I would love to learn more about him and Zeph.

An ARC was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
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text 2014-03-11 22:00
Sexy Smart: Best Genius Heroines of Contemporary Romance
Just One Taste - Louisa Edwards
Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance - Penny Reid
Mackenzie's Legacy: Mackenzie's MountainMackenzie's Mission (Mackenzie Family, #1-2) - Linda Howard
The Nerd and the Marine - D.R. Grady
The Reluctant Nerd - Sandra Paul
Girl Least Likely to Marry - Amy Andrews
Falling for the CEO - Audra North
You've Got Male - Elizabeth Bevarly
Nobody's Baby but Mine - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
The Shy Bride - Lucy Monroe

If you ask me what my favorite troupes are I will tell you Marriage of Convenience and Friends to Lovers but if you ask me what my favorite character type is it would have to be the Genius. 

 

And yes with the all the stereotypes of focus and absentmindedness. I love knowledge and talent and grit.  I love learning so that is a side benefit to these kinds of characters as well.  I always pick up new knowledge random though it may be. 

 

I adore genius heroines the most. I like that they are often focused on something else than the hero and need to find balance in their life and work the hero into their life. 

 

So, I am going to do a series of lists on the Genius Hero and Heroine so that you too might find a love for this character type. 

 

What is a genius exactly? I tried to go with the wider definition of the term and include all the types. 

 

Here is what our friend Wiki says...

 

genius is a person who displays exceptional intellectual ability, creativity, or originality, typically to a degree that is associated with the achievement of an unprecedented leap of insight. This may refer to a particular aspect of an individual, or the individual in his or her entirety; to a scholar in many subjects (e.g. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz or Leonardo da Vinci)[1] or a scholar in a single subject (e.g., Albert Einstein or Charles Darwin). There is no scientifically precise definition of genius, and the question of whether the notion itself has any real meaning has long been a subject of debate.

 

Note no women were given as examples. Bah. Woman Geniuses are being reclaimed for the ages (I will talk about this in a later post)  but the truth is women didn't get to chance to fly in this way for a long time and even now our thinking around "smart" is still a bit stunted. 

 

We tend to think of genius in the Sciences especially but there is all kinds of brilliant all kinds of fields.  Let'em shine. 

 

Here are some of my favorite Contemporary Romance Heroines who are sexy smart. 

 

1. Nobody's Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Physics professor Dr. Jane Darlington

2.  All A Good Night, "Finding Mr. Right"  by Jill Shalvis, Maggie Bell, Chemist

3. You've Got Male by Elizabeth Bevarly,  Avery Nesbitt, Hacker 

4. Falling for the CEO  by Audra North, Finance genius Meredith Klaus 

5. Girl Least Likely to Marry by Amy Andrews Scientist Cassie Barclay

6. The Reluctant Nerd by Sandra Paul, Graduate student Ernestine St. Bennett

7. The Nerd and the Marine  by D.R. Grady  Lainy Morrison, Electronics Expert

8. Mackenzie's Mission by Linda Howard Weapons Expert Caroline Evans 

9. Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid Janie Morris. Architect/Account

10. Just One Taste by Louisa Edwards  Dr. Rosemary Wilkins, Food Scientist 

11. The Shy Bride by Lucy Monroe,  Cassandra, Pianist

 

 

I would love your recommendations! 

 

If you would like to vote for the best of the best in Genius Contemporary Heroines go to the Goodreads list: Sexy Smart: Best Genius Heroines of Contemporary Romance

 

Please look for the following post in this series: 

 

Certified: Best Genius Hero in Paranormal Romance 

Smarty Pants: Best Genius Heroes of Contemporary Romance 

Supersmart: Best Genius Heroines of Paranormal Romance 

Keen Minds: Best Genius Heroines Of Historical Romance

Tome: Sexiest Genius Hero Of Historical Romance 

 

If you would like to check out Genius Women of Today and Yesterday go to the Pinterest Board: Sexy Smart: Best Genius Heroines of Romance.

 

Fun facts:

 

Shakira is certified genius as is Alica Keys, Goldie Hawn, Sharon Stone, Janye Mansfield, Judy Holiday, and Charo. 

 

 

 

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review 2014-02-22 11:36
BOOORING...
Kiss Me at Midnight - Diane Alberts

ARC provided through NetGalley for an honest review. 

This was just okay for me. I wasn't really engaged with Ash and Ethan. I didn't really get a sense of exactly why Ash needed to stay in that small town, though she didn't want to. And although I got Ethan's issue with the town, it was a little intense for someone who seemed to physically overcome his awkward stage. 

It was a quick read and cute in places, but that was it for me.

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text 2014-02-16 00:17
Sexy Fairy Tales: Best Romance Novels Featuring Classic Fairy Tale Themes
Red - Kate SeRine
Golden Threads - Kay Hooper
The Princess & the Pea - Victoria Alexander
Hook's Pan - Marie Hall
Charming the Prince - Teresa Medeiros
Falling for the CEO - Audra North
Beauty Dates the Beast - Jessica Sims,Jill Myles
The Chocolate Rose (Amour et Chocolat, La Vie en Roses) - Laura Florand
Lord of the Abyss and Desert Warrior: Lord of the AbyssDesert Warrior (Royal House of Shadows) - Nalini Singh
Beast - Judith Ivory

I love a classic tale retold in new an interesting ways. I also love the whisper of a story line that gives a romance I am reading hidden depths and really asks the reader to think about this love story and that one in a compelling way.

 

I just spent many days at Disneyland so I have folk tales and fairytales on the brain. 

 

I am a Disney nerd but mainly because I love the way people of all ages come to play at Disneyland and allow themselves to frolic in the stories being spun.

 

I saw lots of grown up Steampunk coolness because of the Mad T Party that is going on, Rockabilly hotness (this was strange but yummy), Minnie Mice sexpots, Pirates and then the childern dudded out in every way. 

 

I saw for the first time little princes all over the places as well as the tulle of little princesses. 

 

Good times. 

 

Anyway, I love the base beat of a fairy tale in my romance novels to mix up an old great song with a new melody. 

 

Here are some of my favorites. 

 

Beauty and the Beast:

 

1. Beast by Judith Ivory

2. Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh (She is the beast.)

3. Yours Until Dawn by Teresa  Medeiros

4. The Chocolate Rose by  Laura Florand

5. Beauty Dates the Beast by  Jessica Sims

 

Cinderella

 

1. Charming the Prince by Teresa Medeiros

2. The Chocolate Temptation by Laura Florand

3. ONCE UPON A TIME...THE GLASS SHOE  by Kay Hooper

4. Falling for the CEO by Audra North 

5. Seducing Cinderella by Gina Maxwell

 

Peter Pan

1. Hook's Pan (Kingdom Series, Book: 5) by Marie Hall 

 

The Princess and the Pea 

1. The Princess and the Pea by Victoria Alexander

 

Rapunzel

1. The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand (Yep, another one. Its one of the reason I love her books. Subtle though.)

2. The Bordeaux Trilogy by Morgana de Winter

3. Golden Threads by Kay Hooper 

 

Red Riding Hood

1. No Place Like Home by Mary CarterLinda Lael MillerKat Martin and Laura Florand 

2. Red (Transplanted Tales) by Kate SeRine 

 

Sweet Sexy Dreams to You! 

 

Check on my Pinterest Board for updates: Storytime: Best Fairytale Romances

 

 

 

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review 2014-01-06 00:00
Playing Doctor (Entangled Flaunt)
Playing Doctor - Jan Meredith Playing Doctor indeed! This was an emotional, beautiful, sexy novella that hits you in all the right places. Both Beth Roberts and Dr. Gabriel North has had horrible and tragic love lives. Beth has no desire to have that emotional connection again, and Gabriel is still grieving and blaming himself for his wife's death. Beth is an RN and Gabriel North is a doctor. What a perfect match for sure. There was that instant connection between the two that had me grinning from ear to ear.

When all the flirting and the light touches are out of the way, they decide on one night, and one night only of just sex! Of course that ALWAYS works out, what a fantastic plan. After that one night and realizing that they have more and common than they thought things start getting real.

Feeling and thoughts that once lay dormant came to life, and the possibilities of new love came back in to the picture. These two both thought they were broken, but when they have each other they found they could heal and live again.

Not only was this an emotional read for me, it was a fun, sexy read as well. This was a well done novella, and it was one of the few that I wish went on longer.

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