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review 2017-07-06 22:30
Clean Regency Romance: Not So Sweet Maria (Sisters By Marriage Book 1) - Jessica Spencer

Clean Regency Romance: Not So Sweet Maria (Sisters By Marriage Book 1) by Jessica Spencer Lady Maria has gotten a bad hand from the start. Her parents die and leave her an orphan and others do take care of her but it's not a warm welcome. Later in life she finally agrees to marry so others will stop asking her. love all the mysteries surrounding her and her inheritance. Others also are not so truthful either and you wonder how they will spend the rest of their days, never knowing each other's real names. Lots of action, mysteries and struggles to survive the scams. Enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the next in the series. Love the design work and what's incorporated into them and how. Received this review copy from the author via Goodreads and this is my honest opinion.

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review 2017-05-01 03:12
Good Twist on a Classic
Disenchanted: Not Your Typical Fairy Tal... Disenchanted: Not Your Typical Fairy Tale Romance - Susan Carroll

Ella Upton lost her fairy tale life years earlier. Now she’s embittered about her lot in life. When a ball is being held by the king, it looks like she will be forced to do what she must to make sure her step-sisters get to go.

I was apprehensive about this story. Any time an author takes liberties with classics, I grit my teeth and hope it’s something I can read. After looking at other reviews, I got a little worried. However, after I began to read the story, all my worries were swept aside. I absolutely loved Ella’s character and the new take on her step-mother and step-sisters. I liked the world the author created with a classic great. I can’t wait to read the next part of this story to see what happens to Ella next.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2017-01-10 00:38
ARC Review: Do Not Disturb by Chris Scully
Do Not Disturb: 3 Short Stories of Erotic Romance - Chris Scully

I snagged an ARC of this when it was offered on FB (thanks, Chris) and got to reading. Three erotic short stories with a bit of romance? Sign me right up!

I love Chris Scully's stories. Until September still ranks high on my list of excellent books, and while Do Not Disturb isn't so much about the romance as it is about the erotic bedroom exploits, it delivered what it promised - a great fun time! All three stories take place at the same small hotel.

In Watch Me, we meet Win, a night audit clerk who works the overnight shift, and Lucas, his colleague, who works the shift before him. Win is also dealing with his father's Alzheimer's and the realization that he'll have to put him in a home sooner rather than later. Lucas is a bit younger than Win and flirts shamelessly with almost everyone he meets.

The author introduces her characters easily and gives the reader information about them by weaving it effortlessly into narrative and dialogue. And quickly sets up the plot - Win spilled coffee on his suit jacket which necessitates borrowing Lucas' jacket which leads him to find a handwritten note in the jacket pocket which leads him to a website which lets him see something he never expected. Win is also a jealous ass and a bit stupid and a bit closeted, so not only did I get some erotic scenes, but also some real plot. I adored Lucas, who seemed steadfast and not a pushover, and I liked Win well enough to forgive him his stupid jealousy. Written in the first person, past tense, this was a lovely little amuse-bouche.

In Wedded, we meet Dave, married for 25 years, who's sitting in the hotel's bar and just took his wedding band off his finger. He's thinking about Pat, his spouse, and how things with Pat have gotten a bit boring in the sheets after so many years of marriage. He loves Pat, there's no doubt, but he's also in need of a bit of excitement. And the tall and broad-shouldered guy Dave is ogling in the mirror above the bar looks like he might fit the bill to bring back some spice into Dave's life.

While this little ditty is written in the 3rd person, present tense, which fits the mood of the story perfectly, the author again effortlessly weaves in sufficient information about Dave (and Pat) to make him seem like a real person with real desires and needs. Dave is about to embark on a clandestine meeting in one of the hotel's rooms. There's a twist to the story at the end, one which I saw coming, but I didn't mind that at all. What I enjoyed especially was how well the author brought across her characters' almost breathless excitement - super hawt too!

In Wanted, we are introduced to Evan who nearly died in a mall shooting and is now determined to check one huge thing of his bucket list - having sex with a man. See, Evan realizes he's at least bi-curious. Sex with girls is fine, but there's something about a hot, sweaty man. One Craigslist ad later, and Evan is at the hotel bar hoping to meet up with Graham, who answered his ad.

Except Graham is expecting to meet his sister, not another guy, and things are a bit awkward for a little while, and seem to derail before that train has even left the station. Eventually, they do end up in the room Evan has reserved and bi-curious is curious no longer - he's all in.

What I really liked about this story is that throughout their encounter, the two men share more than just bodily fluids. They talk. They confess. They're open and honest, and their connection grows by leaps and bounds. I would LOVE to see more of them, even if it's just a novella. I think there's potential here. Lots of it. How they meet is unconventional, sure, but their story has only just begun. This short is written in the 3rd person, past tense.

Three very different stories, with three very different couplings, all connected by a common thread. In each, the author gave me something to like about her characters and a reason to take a cold shower. What's not to love?


** I received a free copy of this book from its author. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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review 2016-12-30 00:03
Not A Hero: A Bad Boy Marine Romance - Sarah Robinson Miles and Tobin had been Marines for eight years and were now at long last going home. Miles and Tobin were on a plane and Tobin was getting drunk. Tobin’s drinking had increased since Afghanistan. Miles doesn’t blame Tobin after what they had seen. Miles had been town royalty from the small town both he and Tobin were from. Miles had been the all star H S quarterback, prom king, and class president. Miles father - Walter would not be meeting Miles at the airport as his health was failing as he had cancer. Walter’s nurse Zoe lives in the house to take care of Walter and has the spare bedroom as hers. Walter has shared many of his memories of Miles with Zoe and she had remembered Miles from school even if she was two years below him. Zoe had crushed on Miles in H S like a lot of other girls. Zoe and Miles flirted with each other but Zoe decided Miles was a complication that she didn’t need. Miles had PTSD but could not share until he could he would not heal. Zoe had a lot of her own demons at one time but got the help she needed so she did understand some of what Miles is going through. I loved this story. It had an excellent plot and was well written. This story was raw and real and I could see this happening in today’s world. I loved how Zoe forgave Miles for when he lashed out at her. I hated to see Miles pain. I didn’t like when Miles pushed Zoe away and felt he wasn’t good enough for her.. But I could understand why he acted out as he did. Yet was so very sad when Walter passed away I choked up here as well as in other parts of this story. This story also made me smile at times. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I highly recommend.
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review 2016-11-14 06:38
Not a Hero by Sarah Robinson
Not A Hero: A Bad Boy Marine Romance - Sarah Robinson

This wasn't my first rodeo about an ex-military guy (although I've heard there is no such thing as a former Marine) suffering from one form of the other of PTSD, but this was the first case where I just didn't care what happened to the guy. Would he drink himself to oblivion, would he hack everybody up with a kitchen knife, would he get the girl...Barely 18% into the book, I couldn't care less. Whether it was the characterization, the voice, the narrative style, I don't know, I simply didn't care.

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