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review 2017-11-08 05:26
Review: Dirty Games by Samanthe Beck
Dirty Games (Tropical Temptation Book 4) - Samanthe Beck

My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin

 

Samanthe Beck takes readers on one deliciously naughty tropical getaway in the aptly-titled Dirty Games. While this book has sun, fun, and enough steam to delight anyone looking for a fast and hot read, there’s also a healthy dose of emotion that gives the story heart and makes you want to come back for more.

Quinn Sheridan is a hardworking actress on the verge of making it big, going from popular TV actress to blockbuster movie star. The only problem is, after recovering from a knee sprain she is out of shape and only has six weeks to get into a skintight leather cat suit. When her agent sends her to paradise, it’s not for fun, but for hardass trainer Luke McLean to get her video game heroine-ready. Both Quinn and Luke had me from the get-go. Luke may be strict, but he’s also caring and compassionate. He’s got a good heart and he’s very good with his hands, which makes him a pretty drool-worthy hero. He’s been burned by Hollywood in the past and has no desire to get sucked into Quinn’s world. But there’s something about the spirited, determined actress he can’t help but be drawn to. Quinn is no spoiled diva, but someone who has worked hard to get where she is and who has very real emotional problems that comes from having an addict twin and a mother who enables him. There were times that my heart just broke for Quinn. I loved her mix of strength and vulnerability. She’s not used to being able to count on someone and that sometimes leads her to making mistakes. Her romance with Luke is fast-paced, but the situation Quinn is in means she has to open up relatively quickly to him which breaks down some of his walls in turn. Sparks fly between the two of them from the start, but their trainer-client relationship and all that goes with it means that getting involved is a terrible idea. Terrible idea or not, the sexual tension between them is hot as hell and when that tension boils over… Well, this book isn’t called Dirty Games for no reason.

Dirty Games is has a great mix of passion, fantasy, and emotion. It has all the sparks and sass I’ve come to expect from Ms. Beck’s work and I hated it whenever I had to put the book down. All in all I adored Dirty Games and I cannot wait to revisit Quinn and Luke!


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2017/11/review-dirty-games-by-samanthe-beck.html
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review 2017-09-10 17:04
Hilarious
Birthing Balls (Ball Games Book 7) - Andie M. Long

I was so excited to visit with the Turner's again and this newest addition to the series didn't disappoint. Birthing Balls sees the crazy Turner family through two pregnancies and naturally, chaos is bound to happen. Momma Turner, Dora, is prominent in this one and that's always a treat as she gets herself into some sticky situations. Like the rest of the series, Birthing Balls is witty and fun, and it's absolutely hilarious. With two pregnancies, celebrating a recent wedding, planning an upcoming wedding, a bumbling admirer and his unwanted advances, and nutty Dora trying to find her place, the story is one laugh after another and perfect for light-hearted pick me up. 

Each book can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading in order, so you don't miss out on any of this wacky family's antics. The books are all quick, fun reads that can easily be read in one sitting, which is a good thing because I couldn't put this one down!

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review 2017-07-30 20:18
The Comic Book Story of Video Games
The Comic Book Story of Video Games: The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution - Jonathan Hennessey,Jack Mcgowan

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

Fairly interesting, although to be honest, in spite of the early chapters being educative in their own ways, I would’ve preferred to see the focus more on the actual video games (and industry) themselves, rather than also on the electricity/industrial revolution parts. The art style, too, was not always consistent, and sometimes too stiff.

On the other hand, I appreciated the inclusion of actual video games characters in panels, as watchers or part of the ‘narrative’; just trying to remember or find out who they were, was in itself another, different dive into history. (Well, maybe it wouldn’t work that well on someone who knows less about such games, but for me, it worked.)

I also liked how the book included some of the backstage workings behind the whole video games industry; they were plenty of things I didn’t know, for instance Sony and its Playstation, I had no idea there had been a deal in the plans with Nintendo for CD games, and that it completely fell through. (I’m not feeling younger, though. Being reminded that this PSX I got in 1998—and I made it a point to get a US model, too, since the European one didn’t run the games I wanted—was even a few years older than that... well...)

Conclusion: An informative and colourful read. I do wish it had spent just a little less time on the really early years, where ‘games’ per se weren’t so much concerned (to be fair, I already know a lot about computer history in general).

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text 2017-01-01 21:41
Reading progress update: I've read 40%.
The King (Games We Play Book 2) - Liz Me... The King (Games We Play Book 2) - Liz Meldon-Smith
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review 2016-12-14 00:00
The King (Games We Play Book 2)
The King (Games We Play Book 2) - Liz Me... The King (Games We Play Book 2) - Liz Meldon-Smith Entertaining

I enjoyed this and look forward to seeing Delia grow. My only complaint is I prefer standalone titles, but it is well-written and a fun read.
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