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text 2017-12-10 18:14
What Not to Bare By Megan Frampton 99 cents!
What Not To Bare - Megan Frampton

Lady Charlotte Jepstow certainly knows how to make an impression—a terrible one. Each one of her ball gowns is more ostentatiously ugly than the one before. Even she has been forced to wonder: Is she unmarried because of her abysmal wardrobe, or does she wear clashing clothing because she doesn’t want to be pursued in the first place? But when Charlotte meets Lord David Marchston, suddenly a little courtship doesn’t sound so bad after all.
 
David will be the first to admit he’s made some mistakes. But when he gets yanked from his post by his superiors, he is ordered to do the unthinkable to win back his position: woo his commander’s niece. If David wants his life back, he must use his skills as a negotiator to persuade society that Charlotte is a woman worth pursuing, despite her rather unusual “flair” for color. But David does such a terrific job that he develops an unexpected problem, one that violates both his rakish mentality and his marching orders: He’s starting to fall in love.

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review 2017-10-05 22:53
Compelling and Emotional
Strip Me Bare - M. Never

This second chance romance took me by surprise. I fully expected a steamy read and I got that, but there is so much more to Ryan and Alana's story. M. Never certainly knows how to pack on the feels and she does it quite masterfully. I got so frustrated with Alana's constant submission to her father's orders, no matter how far out there they were, but at the same time, my heart broke for her situation. The chemistry between this pair was almost palpable and through it all, you can't help but root for their happy ending. While the pace does get a bit slow at times, the writing is compelling and I was sufficiently drawn in that it didn't bother me. So, when you see the title and cover, do not dismiss this as just another stripper romance. Strip me Bare is a packed full of emotions, tug at the heartstrings journey of two people who will fight and claw their way to each other, going through the fire to emerge victorious as they discover who and what they want to be... Together.

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review 2017-08-17 02:56
Thoughts: Bare Essentials
Bare Essentials - Jill Shalvis,Leslie Kelly

Bare Essentials
-- Naughty But Nice by Jill Shalvis
-- Naturally Naughty by Leslie Kelly

 

 

Naughty But Nice

Lingerie model Cassie Tremaine Montgomery intends to have her revenge on the citizens of her hometown—starting with seducing the sheriff, Sean "Tag" Taggart. Tag, however, isn't cooperating.  He's more than willing to set the sheets on fire with her, but he's asking for more than just sizzling sex….  He knows Cassie's not as tough as she pretends.  And he knows she cares about him—even if she won't admit it.  So he'll just turn up the heat until she concedes there's more between them than this red-hot passion.

Naturally Naughty

Kate Jones, the girl from the wrong side of the tracks, is home.  And she's got an agenda.  To get revenge on the man who humiliated her mother, Kate's going to seduce that man's son—the town's golden boy, John Winfield Jr.—and then leave him drooling in a puddle of lust.  However, when she finds herself seduced by a sexy stranger named Jack, little does she guess that the tables have just been turned….



Interesting premise with the adult women's store.  Standard premise of small town girls living a crappy life, wanting to get out and make something of themselves to show their town up.  The revenge story doesn't really build up all that well, and some of the revenge points aren't exactly resolved; however, in it's own way, that kind of creates a different story based on two women's need to take their revenge on a town that always treated them terribly.

Instead, we get a sweet set of stories with a love story and a journey to self-discovery.  Sort of.

 

 

Naughty But Nice

by Jill Shalvis
-- 3.5 Stars

Naughty But Nice is a typical Jill Shalvis type story--witty, fun, sexy... with just enough story for it to be enjoyable, and just enough drama for it to be thought-provoking, even while being a bit too angst-ridden for my liking.

Cassie is a great character, with all the sass and outrageous personality to make her stand out.  Unfortunately, Tag is a little boring, but he's at least not a broody alpha and makes for great boyfriend material.  The romance is sweet, but might have come off a little juvenile at times, and yet quite predictable as it was.  Cassie might have been a bit too stubborn; Tag might have been a bit pushy.  The romance itself might have gotten a bit cheesy.

And other characters were in line with a typical Jill Shalvis small-town-set, all with their interestingly unique personalities and a potential worth of back story.

The conclusion still seemed open-ended, with the issue between tag and his father quite unresolved.  The issues concerning Cassie's revenge plot kind of loses wind, and it would have been nice to see at least one person from Cassie's past eat their words, or get walloped with some sort of repentance or even get shown up.

But we make this story more about Cassie's own self-revelations, with some life-altering events... and then we move on.  The open ended resolution is probably apt as a way of showing that life just moves on whether or not you get your revenge.  There are always going to be people you treat you fairly, and others who will never see past their pre-judgments.

I'm sure there's a lesson to be learned here; but I'm not entirely sure I can put my finger on what it is.

Naturally Naughty

by Leslie Kelly
-- 3.5 Stars

I found that I liked Naturally Naughty more than Naughty But Nice, if only because the romance felt a bit more down-to-earth.  I mean, sure there's a big "lust and first sight" factor going on here, but it's pretty standard, and not completely unbelievable.  HOWEVER, when we throw in the "meant to be at first sight" deal more towards the end--that whole "I think I've loved you since that first time I saw you" nonsense, I always roll my eyes.  Had that been left out of the story, I might have been more inclined to give it a higher rating.

The revenge story that slowly develops into another self-revelation story feels a bit more realistic in this second Bare Essentials story than the first had been.  Truth, it's not that Naughty But Nice wasn't a believable romance, it just felt too cheesy to be more than a sweet contemporary romance.

On the other hand, Naturally Naughty progresses at a more banal pace, skipping over certain points of the story that had already been told in the previous; but at the same time, it gives more of a feel for Kate's little self-discovery journey as she comes home to Pleasantville and begins to see things in a different light.

Kate and Jack make a great couple, with a nice lusty friendship that slowly builds into more of a loving intimacy as they work around their problems--a semi-feud between each other's family, and a secret hanging over each other's heads.  I find it kind of amusing that both Kate and Jack are holding onto the same secret, unwilling to tell the other for the same reason: they don't want to hurt each other from finding out about a loved one's betrayal.

This story, unlike the first, was more about a self-revelation for both Kate and Jack, and in that sense, I really liked it.  This story is a little bit better resolved, with some old hates and hurts being forgiven and forgotten readily after some reflection by each character.

Once again, I'm sure there's a lesson to be learned here as well.  Once again, I'm not entirely sure I know what it is.

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/08/thoughts-bare-essentials.html
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review 2017-03-16 06:44
Bare Yourself by Alex Grayson Book Review
 
 


 
Bare Yourself

by Alex Grayson
 stars
 
Reviewed by: Angels
Format: Kindle
 
Published: Alex Grayson and Amazon Digital
Source: ARC
Genre: Contemporary Romance,Romance,Erotica,
Bad Boys


My name is Tegan Zander, and I like to… bare myself. Yes, you read that right. It’s not just me I want everyone to see, but also the lucky person I’m with at the moment. No, I don’t go around whipping out my junk and pulling up skirts to flash all the Joe Blows around. Give me some credit; I’m a bit more discreet than that. Barely. No, I like to be watched while fucking. I like knowing someone else is in the room, getting off on what my partner and I are doing. This is my sexual vice, and I fucking love it.

What I don’t do is relationships. I have too much fun in my bachelor life. I don’t want to be tied down to one woman when there are still so many out there to explore.

Willow Bennett was just a woman I helped on the side of the road. Nothing more, nothing less, even if her hot little body demanded attention from mine. I did my good deed, kissed those sweet lips, ground my jean-covered length against her softness, and left, expecting to never see her again.

But then, there she was, in her short skirt, tank top, and flip-flops, looking sexy as hell. She didn’t know it yet, but she was my next plaything. I was going to expose her along with me. I was going to show her just how good it could be if she lost her inhibitions and let me put her on display.

I don’t do relationships, but with this girl, I just might… expose my heart to her.

 
 
 

 
 
Tegan and Willows Story

 
 
 
We are starting off by staying this is a first time author for us an we throughly enjoyed our first read by her.I have read a lot of erotica books but, not one that dealt with issues of sexual addictions so this plot was something new for us and a nice change to read something different.
 
I really enjoyed the characters that I read about.I thought they were fun,humorous,had amazing sexual chemistry and both had a great group of friends adding even more humor to the story that had a more serious story line.I loved all the side characters as well as some of those characters dealt with the same issues as Tegan did whether it was from sexual abusive to a sexual addition.They were all supportive of one another and open about their own additions making it easy to talk among themselves I liked that they had an ear to bend when one needed one as they understood what they were going through and could relate.
 
Omg from the very first pages this couple started setting the pages on fire making it a super hot read.I never really expected this couple to hook up and stay that way.I expected a one night stand and nothing more due to the demands and needs that Tegan needed to find sexual gratification. Tegan was into voyeurism and public displays when having sex and this was something he needed to do in order to find fulfillment.Now how do you find a partner into the same kind of sex you are?


 
I always pick a favorite character and this time around it was a really tough choice but I am going to pick Tegan. I picked him because he was just and fun and love able guy but, the main reason is I was attracted to him because  he was very open about his addiction and his needs and also with his childhood sexual abuse. Tegan  certainly had hang ups about sex but, the abuse itself never broke him he just learned to deal with it and moved on.Another reason is that he continued to see to his dying mother even though it was her that lead to the abuse to happen in the first place.My heart went out to Tegan as I could not even fathom the kind of emotions he must have been experiencing just by being in the same room with his mother.The author did an amazing job allowing you to experience all these emotions as well creating heartbreak for us to.This man was sexy as hell  . He definitely made a girls panties wet just by looking at you. Tegan just dripped with sex appeal. Omg ! Can't you say he set fire to my blood as well !I loved his playful banter. I loved how he pushed the limits with Willow without putting her in danger.I love how he found himself possessive of Willow a first for him and how uncomfortable it made him feel.It was nice seeing him out of his comfort zone. Willow actually made him feel things without just going through the motions.
 
I loved Willow as well.I really liked the fact that this couple had amazing chemistry together and that Willow was willing to push the limits as well.I liked that fact that she was open minded.I like that fact that she didn't run off as soon as she heard what sexual kinks Tegan had and was willing to at least try new things.I think that Willow needed someone like Tegan to push her out of her own sexual comfort zone and by doing so she was experiencing the best sex of her life.Some of Tegan's and Willow's sexual encounters set flames to the pages along with scorching the sheets as well.I love how this couple made sex fun and exciting as well as adventurous  .They were such a cute couple together.


 
My favorite scenes would have to be those that happened at Blackie's. I really think this bar had a helping hand in their relationship as they were able to explore each other in a safe environment along with getting off on the need for voyeurism as the bar tended to attract those with similar tastes. I especially loved that single unexpected moment when he asked her to be his.What and unexpected twist that had that OMG factor that I never saw coming.It had me laughing out loud.Did he really just do that ? For real?
 
Overall one super hot read .Can you say fanning myself more than once.I loved all the character's as well with their wacky personalities adding that bit of extra humor to the story.I loved the plot and those unexpected twists and turns that occurred.I enjoyed seeing new relationships foraged as well as putting ghosts to rest.I loved that both of the main character's had amazing personalties which made me even more drawn to them and able to connect with them.A compelling read that kept your interest and blood pressure up from the couple's very first encounter along with several of those unexpected omg moments.I loved this story from beginning to end.
 
 
Recommend read to all looking forward to reading this first book in its series.This book goes into the keeper pile to re-read again and again.A well done delightful story.
 
 
 
Arc provided from author for an honest review and we are giving this story 5 stars.Well done!
 
Alex Grayson is originally from the south, but has recently moved to Northern Ohio. Although she misses the warmth of Florida and often times detest the cold of Ohio, she absolutely loves living in the north. Her and her husband bought a house on two acres of land and live there with their daughter, son, one dogs, two cats, eight ducks, and three chickens. She hopes to eventually get a couple of goats to add to their country way of living. Besides her family and home, her next best passion is reading. She is often found with her nose obsessively stuck in a book, much to the frustration of her husband and daughter. On more than one occasion Alex found herself wanting a book to go a certain way, but it didn’t. With these thoughts in mind, she decided to start writing stories according to her own visions. Although this is a new endeavor for her, she hopes that readers find her concepts on romance intriguing and captivating. Alex welcomes and encourages feedback, of any kind. She can be contacted at alexgraysonauthor@gmail.com.

 
 
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text 2017-02-02 22:01
U.S. Kindle Sale: Miscellaneous
Still Life - Louise Penny
A Fatal Grace - Louise Penny
The Body in the Library - Agatha Christie
N or M? - Agatha Christie
Bare Bones - Kathy Reichs
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke

Currently $1.99: Grant Takes Command, by Bruce Catton.  Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke. Dirk Gently's Detective Agency & The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (one volume), by Douglas Adams.  The Body in the Library, by Agatha Christie.  Want to read Christie in French?  They have several French editions of her novels, including Murder on the Orient Express and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, for sale at $1.99 each.

 

Currently $2.99: Still Life and A Fatal Grace, by Louise Penny (the first two books in her Inspector Gamache series).  N or M? by Agatha Christie.  Bare Bones, by Kathy Reichs.

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