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review 2017-05-26 06:27
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At Attention - Annabeth Albert
  • A Group Unicorn Review with Adam and Cupcake



    FOUR HEARTS--I've seen this author's work, perused the blurbs and I didn't bite.

    But this blurb was the prettiest show pony with SRAL approved buzz words and themes:


    widower still grieving after partner's passing (bring on the pain)
    widower has kidlets AND needs a manny
    manny is the widower's best friend's little brother
    best friend's brother has had a crush on widower since his teens
    AGE GAP
    NAVY SEAL


    RING A DING DING!!! GUESS WHO IS COMING HOME WITH ME?



    Of course, I lassoed the hell out of this book and gobbled all the words.

    Being as it's my first Annabeth Albert read, I'm not sure how it rates on the Annabeth Albert scale. If this was very on her A-game or there's better? *shrugs*

    I was entertained and had a great time reading At Attention.

    23 year-old Dylan gets a chance of his lifetime when his unrequited crush hires and moves him in his San Diego home for the summer. Dylan's crush, 34 year old Apollo needs a nanny to take care of his adorable 4 year old twins whole Apollo works on a naval base. This book can be read as a standalone, I wasn't lost. And I'm curious about the previous and future pairings.

    Dylan tries to tamp down his lusty feelings as Apollo works through his grief. Two years has passed but there is no time limit on grieving. And Apollo is a grumpy, more reserved bundle of emotions. He would take time to start to contemplate having feelings for another man. Luckily, Apollo's libido isn't broken. And try as he might, he can't deny the easiness he has with Dylan. The camaraderie and sharing his daily worries of being a single parent added more base to their friendship foundation formed with Dylan was just a teen.

    The story is a good mix of nerdy, adorable, (lightly) angsty, sexy and sweet. Dylan can't stop his feelings from blooming once again. Apollo sees his friend's kid brother in a new light, an adult. They try going the friendship route on equal terms, but their bodies won't be denied.

    The sex in this book?




    The sex was...hot. If I had to give it a flavor, it's hot vanilla custard. Sweet, varied and with a hint of spice. (highlights: intercrural (yay!), frottage, light domination/ control a smidge of exhibition) There is mirror sex but, it could've been hotter in my opinion. I might have been spoiled by a hotter mirror scene in another NA series I've read.

    The grieving and the time given for Apollo to work through his process was more important factor for me. Apollo plays hot and cold. The ghost of his lover is one he surrounds himself with daily and it's hard to break through. Dylan makes him crack through the shell. Plus, he's possessive and doesn't want any other guy getting Dylan's time. He wants it all to his self. That was bonus characteristics that I enjoy. The possessiveness and the control in the bedroom (of course).

    The best bonus of all? Dylan wasn't a pushover. And he spoke his mind even if might hurt, be it himself or Apollo. I'm #teamDylan all day!

    This story was really good. Not Earth shattering, or extremely memorable. For all themes it had going on, it worked. The writing is easy to read, all of the characters are likeable. All of them from kids to grandmas. I really liked how it ended, well maybe before the fluffed ending. It was added sugar I could have done without. But HEA lovers will totes lurve it.

    This couple totally worked for me and I see them having a long loving future ahead of them.

    Recommended for readers who enjoy contemporary, like the tropes I listed and wallow in second chance romance.

    Come join me as I ride my pretty pony into the sunset.



    #NoRegrets #teamDylan

    A copy provided via Netgalley for an honest review.
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review 2017-05-23 18:28
Review: White Hot by Ilona Andrews
White Hot - Ilona Andrews

White Hot is the second story in the Hidden Legacy series, building upon the exciting escapades of Nevada Baylor. This is NOT a standalone book. The series, a mix of urban fantasy and romance storylines, is set in an alternate Houston, where magic (psychic powers) is prevalent in some families. If one is powerful enough, s/he is designated Prime. Have enough Primes, and your family is a House. We learned in the previous book, Burn for Me, that a faction of powerful, secretive Primes/Houses is trying to disrupt status quo and create confusion in Houston; however Nevada and Rogan can’t figure out the “why.”

 

White Hot is an excellent story, not suffering any “sophomore slump.” Everything literally explodes open. We learn so much about Nevada and her true nature. Her powers are strong, something she’s been hiding her whole life, and with time and training, she could be extremely dangerous. Also, Nevada and Rogan have discovered more about the mysterious plot to create chaos in the Houston/Texas region. They are getting closer to the truth, but much remains to uncover and learn. However, now that their enemies realize what a powerful team they make, things will only become more difficult! Additionally, there is a new enemy on the horizon, someone that threatens Nevada’s family.

 

The overall and book-specific stories are both equally engrossing. The layers and complexity make the book fascinating rather than confusing. The conspiracy and plot are smart and interesting. The action is solid and edge-of-your seat. I loved seeing all of Nevada’s family join the fight, and learning about the hidden talents of her sister and cousin. She’s a good leader and compassionate soul. But she’s willing to make hard choices to protect what is hers. I love that she is also becoming a strong kickass heroine; growing, learning.

 

The romance between Nevada and the little understood Rogan also blossomed during White Hot. Rogan continued his relentless pursuit, but also opened up to Nevada, realizing she can match him. She may not be his equal, and he sometimes does things to “protect” her which only frustrated her, but he’s learning how to allow her to make her own decisions. He is realizing if he supports her, she’ll come to him; trust him. There are sexy times, filled with emotions that made my belly flutter. They are a great match, and I hope the authors allow us to see what happens to them down the road. There are many hurdles to jump, and I really want them to make it.

 

I look forward to discovering more about Nevada, seeing her in action, learning of her decisions, and watching her fall in love. I cannot believe there is only one book left in this thrilling series.

 

My Rating: A, Loved It

Review copy provided by Publisher

Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About

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review 2017-05-17 00:00
Hunks to the Rescue: 15 Hot Contemporary Romance Novellas
Hunks to the Rescue: 15 Hot Contemporary Romance Novellas - Margo Bond Collins,Trish McCallan,Krista Ames,Raine English,Tamara Ferguson,Aileen Harkwood,Lynda Haviland,Jody A. Kessler,Katie O'Sullivan,Constance Phillips,Stephanie Queen,Emily Wilder
Even bad boys need love too. Hunks to the Rescue steps from the fire into the frying pan. Six degrees of separation leads to various degrees of hotness. All worthy of a five star fire alarm.


Destiny's Secret - Raine English takes a walk on the supernatural side. Her hottie investigator and not so nice resident lead to some hauntingly tempting activities. (3 stars)

Coaching the Sub by Debbie White - Tame enough not to offend, yet saucy enough to bring on a secret grin. Coaching the Sub teeters spicy and mild. Shannon and Brock deliver a shocking performance that titillates, aggravates and stimulates the senses. Ms. White has a hidden naughty side after all. (4.5 stars)

Path to Grace by Wilder and Quinn - Matteo is tall, dark and dangerous. Three traits Carina can do without, but will she be able to survive the burning attraction that is calling her name or the danger of the target on her back? (3 stars)

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review 2017-05-14 16:16
The Affair by Giana Darling is Free on Amazon for a Limited Time!
The Affair - Giana Darling

This book does in a cliffhanger and this series 'The Evolution of Sin' is a total of three books:

Book 1 The Affair

Book 2 The Secret

Book 3 The Consequence

 

Synopsis: 

 

Is a week of passion enough to warrant changing their lives forever?

Italian born Giselle Moore is reinventing herself for the second time in her short twenty-four years of life, trading in her bohemian artist’s life in Paris for the grit and glamour of New York City where the family she hasn’t seen in years awaits her. But before beginning her new life, she travels to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico searching for a week of relaxation and reprieve before barreling into her turbulent future.

She never expected to meet the handsome and enigmatic Frenchman Sinclair on the plane and she certainly never would have imagined herself accepting his proposal for a weeklong, no-strings-attached affair. Giselle has never experienced anything as heady as Sinclair’s controlled seduction and cool yet devastatingly erotic commands and she finds herself powerless to stop the ferocity of their passions, even when she discovers he has a partner back home. The last thing she needs in her life is another complication, yet as the week wears on, she finds it surprisingly easy to relinquish control to Sinclair, a man she knows nearly nothing about. And to her horror, the one thing she promised never to submit, her battered heart, is just as easily captured in the business mogul’s unyielding hands

Source: www.amazon.com/Affair-Evolution-Sin-Book-ebook/dp/B01BQX5OMI/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1494773891&sr=1-4
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review 2017-05-14 16:09
Book Review For: The Affair by Giana Darling
The Affair - Giana Darling

I just wanted to let you know up front that this does have a small cliffhanger that set up the next book for Giselle Moore and Sinclair...their story continues.
Giselle has been away from her family for several years and she was trying to get away from some things at home and also she is a painter...and wanted to work on that. Now Elle is on her way home but her friend has given Ella a week in Cabo San Lucas because the friend and her husband couldn't make it. So Elle thinks it will be nice to have a vacation before going home and meeting the family again. While on a plane Elle meets Sinclair and he helps her get through her plane phobia. Once Elle gets settle into her hotel she ends up running into Sinclair again. This time Sinclair isn't runaway from her as he had once they got off the plane. Sinclair ask Elle is she would like to have a holiday affair with him for the week, that they would not exchange last names and only talk about certain things so that they would stay semi-strangers. Elle has never done such a thing before but she is greatly attracted to Sinclair, so she goes forward with the affair. Elle does learn that Sinclair has a girlfriend back home so that takes her back some. But we find that trying to stay semi-stranger is harder than they though.

Source: www.amazon.com/Affair-Evolution-Sin-Book-ebook/dp/B01BQX5OMI/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1494773891&sr=1-4
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