One Starry Night - Olivia Cunning

5 Stars

Finally, the writing of Olivia Cunning I fell in love with is back! While this is a brief novella, it was still filled with fantastic character development, hot sex scenes that makes your tablet overheat, leaves you wanting more and thankfully, she spelled the description for an orgasm correctly! I've been hard on this writer for that faux pas in several of my last reviews, and I'm relieved and delighted she took a hint. Her writing is too brilliant to dumb down to a B-rated erotica work, because these characters she's created and this series deserves so much more. I hope this isn't the last we've heard from the Sinners gang,and I know we have more to look forward to with the offspring series Exodus End, but eventually it will be time for Sinners to mature and where will this band go from here? How will they handle true success? Will they change? Will they remain the stellar group they are? Hopefully, time will tell.

Can’t Stay Away – Lexxie Couper – 4 Stars
Two sub genres of romance Lexxie excels at above all other writers is, ménage and M/M romance.  She’s the undisputed queen in my opinion.  Her characters, despite being the lucky recipients of amazing sex thanks to her, are relatable and have heart.  You feel for them as you read their journey and can almost taste the conflict on your tongue.  Her writing is that good.  For an Australian, she has learned how to set the scene in America and if it weren’t for the occasional mishaps with what we call certain things here, you could swear she lives here.  Stationhouse is where the Police are based, Firehouse is where the Firefighters are located.  The lack of a full five stars is due to the length.  I’m a huge fan of hers and will continually beg on one knee, hands clasped in supplication that she write longer stories.  There were loose ends in this tail that were never tied up.  How did the members of the firehouse react to David being gay?  Does he reconcile with his dad?  What about Flynn’s status here in the states?  Has he decided to stay or will he be forced to go back to Australia?  Will his new husband go with him?  Write more Lexxie!!!!!

The Irredeemable Billionaire – 4.75 Stars – Lexxie Couper
Loved this final book in the muse series and it made me smile throughout.  The chemistry between Sebastian and Grace is spot on and how wonderful is her ten-year-old Cody?  The quick and easy dialogue between the two primary characters was witty and fun.  The only reason for the lack of quarter star was the ending.  It was a bit abrupt for my taste.  I’m unsure if this was the writer’s choice or her editors, but a few too many holes were left.  Yes, Sebastian redeemed himself, but I never felt closure with Grace.  There was a lot of angst and doubt in her mind with regards to her dead husband and that felt undone.  In the end, the reader gets the HEA they expect from Lexxie whom never disappoints and leaves you wanting more.  Love this series and highly recommend it.

Sway – Lauren Dane – 4 Stars
I love Lauren Dane and she has always been one of my favorite go-to writers when I need to lose myself in a great story.  This novella fell flat for me in that too much background muddled the core of it between the two main characters.  Then I remembered, this was written before her Delicious Series came about.  It was a part of an anthology.  Tart and Luscious are far better books and I highly recommend them.  This book also serves as a precursor to Never Enough in her Brown Series, which I love.  Still, I was disappointed how after all these years of returning to Bainbridge Island, WA I felt lost.  Her sex scenes are beautifully written however and are worth sticking to the story for.  Lauren’s writing is incredible and she rightly deserved every award she has received thus far.

Easy Charm - Kristen Proby - 4 Stars

The second installment in the Boudreaux Series features the youngest of the Boudreaux sisters Gabby and Kate’s cousin Rhys, a Chicago Cubs pitcher who is out for the season due to a torn rotator cuff.  Being forced to sit out the rest of the season, Rhys heads down to the Big Easy for some R&R and to get his arm back into shape so he can rejoin the Cubs.  Immediately falling head over heels for the inn keeper Gabby, the book follows their journey along with addressing the complications of falling in love with a single mother.  My deduction in the star rating was due to repetition about the weather.  It drives me up a wall.  In doing your research writers, and if the environmental elements puzzle you but you insist on making said environment your backdrop for the story, simply ask someone who lives there why they choose to live in the stifling heat and the humidity.  Constantly justifying that it was cool enough to actually stand outside because there was a breeze made my eyes roll one too many times.  A lot of southerners welcome being a bit uncomfortable, because anything beats freezing to death in the snow.  Anyway, looking forward to Declan’s story, let’s hope this is the last we’ve heard about the weather in New Orleans.

His Suspicious Ways -

Lexxie Cooper - 4 Stars

Amazing suspense novel from Lexxie Cooper I enjoyed immensely.  The build up to the sex scenes was at times too much to bear, but then suddenly, Lexxie delivered.  Intrigue and suspense reigned throughout and you found yourself truly feeling for these characters.  Another amazing read from a stellar writer.

The Mistaken Billionaire - Lexxie Cooper - 5 Stars

I am beaming from head to toe after reading this book.  Being a huge Lexxie Couper fan, I can say next to Love’s Rhythm, it’s her best work.  The character development was spot on and I found myself smiling every single time I swiped my ereader.
     The one thing I love about Lexxie’s works is she somehow weaves beloved characters from her other ones in the current story line.  You find yourself sitting straighter and giggling at a mention of one of them, and then feel as if you just had a happy reunion with one of them.
     Thomas St. Clair was introduced in her book The Stubborn Billionaire and is now the star of this amazingly well-done story.  In SB, he came across as a bit of a player with women and pretty self-absorbed.  So, to learn his back story and read the real him was a treat.
     The premise of this story is downright brilliant and it was fun to read it play out page after page.  I think the reader will find themselves asking if they too are bitter about what should have been or are content with being grateful for what is now.  It’s an amazing message Lexxie sticks with during the entire story, and one you won’t be able to put down.

Easy Love - Kristen Proby - 4.5 Stars

I was first introduced to this authors work through her With Me in Seattle series and I quite enjoyed it even though it came off a bit too pretentious at times.  I’m relieved to announce the author has redeemed herself with this reader with this series - The Boudreaux Series.  The setup is similar to her With Me series in that the Boudreaux family is large, boisterous, fiercely protective and physically attractive.  This first book leads with the eldest of the brothers Eli and his sister’s college friend Kate who is brought in to investigate some embezzling going on in their family’s company.  The heat between the two lead characters is terrifically written with first-person POV’s written from both characters, which I love.  This installment intrigued me so much, I immediately purchased book two.  These works can be read as standalone, however, as a series writer myself, I always recommend reading books in the order the author intends.

The Prince and The Player – Tia Louise – 4 Stars
Writers gamble on giving away their first book in a series to get new readers to check out their work, and I’m happy to say, this one paid off.  I’ve become a fan of this writer and look forward to reading the rest of the series.  It was intriguing, intelligent, witty and downright funny.  It kept me engaged and the character development was terrific!  The reason for the one star knockdown is for the abandonment of the condom usage.  Both their royal highnesses used them the first go around with their love interest and then all but gave up at the second romp.  Not okay.  I know they are a pain to right in to scenes, believe me, I feel your pain, but it hurts the credibility of the story when even the writer doesn’t play responsibly.  Otherwise, great story, yes there is a cliffie and by the other reviews I read, this is a cliffhanger type of series, but it was well done as it doesn’t shove the reader off into the abyss and instead allows them to digest what they just read.  Sorry to those of you who have issues with this, but at least this writer gives us a full book, versus just a few chapters.  Now quit being cheap, buy her next work because she has so graciously given of herself in this one when she didn’t have to and enjoy the world of King Rowan and Prince Cal and of course their lovely ladies Zee and Ava.  I look forward to seeing what happens next and my compliments to this author on her fine work.

Darker – 4.75 Stars - E.L. James
     It’s always tricky flipping the POV, but this author does it in Darker successfully.  Unlike Grey, this book serves to fill in the blanks and answer the questions we’ve all been asking since the first books arrived on the scene.  As always, her character development is spot on.  Darker allows the reader to be an interloper into Christian’s strange and screwed up life.  Watching him morph from a guy running on automatic to a man forced to acknowledge his feelings was a joy to witness.  I loved how the author acknowledged through a variety of characters that Christian never had an adolescence.  Forced to grow up quickly at the hands of Elena, he’s now forced to face his demons head on in order to get what he wants, and that’s Ana.
    The only reason for the quarter star drop was for the vernacular goofs I was hoping this author would’ve fixed in this adaptation.  I didn’t expect her to with the original dialogue as that would mean an entire rewrite of the original series, but a couple stood out I couldn’t ignore.  Sixteen people assisted her with the “Americanisms” as she put it in her acknowledgements, however, they failed to point out that we call it a shower stall, not cubicle and they are simply called cell phones here, not mobiles.  A cubicle is where your desk sits in a large office and serves to separate you from your other co-workers and a mobile is what hangs over a crib.
    Oh, and just as before, Budvar…seriously?  Why haven’t the folks at Anheuser-Busch at least said something?  I know that’s what you all call it in England, but we’ve never called it that here.  This Bud’s for you doesn’t ring a bell?  However, I found it hysterical that everyone ended up drinking Stella Artois in the movie.
    Overall, amazing job and I look forward to the third and final book from Christian’s point of view and I hope we don’t have to wait too much longer.

Throttle Me - Chelle Bliss - 4 Stars

This is the first work I've ever read by this writer, and I liked it. While the formatting bothered me, making this book seem larger than it actually was, it kept me engaged and kept my finger swiping. I was disappointed in the lack of conflict or angst and scene transition not indicated by proper chapter breaks. I also felt the writer held back somewhat and bailed with the ending. A sweet HEA, but not enough to hook me into reading the rest in the series.

Hot Pursuit - Julie Ann Walker - 5 Stars

I have been a big fan of Julie’s writing and this series since the beginning and my favorite book in it to date has always been In Rides Trouble, until Hot Pursuit that is.  What had me hooked with this series and with her second book was the quick and witty dialogue whether inner or direct which emitted from her well thought out characters she created.  The only description I can use to give it justice is:  Pow, Pow, Pow and Pow!  It would have me laughing so hard, my side would hurt.  Same experience with Christian and Emily’s book, Hot Pursuit and what a surprise Christian turned out to be.  Not who I thought he would be at all, given he’s so vastly different from all the other Black Knights.  Like Becky, Emily held her own and it worked.  The chemistry between the two was electric and the sub stories within kept you engaged and wanting more.  This book, Hot Pursuit, officially moved Julie into my top ten favorite series of all time.  I don’t alter that list very often, but this offering secured her rank and was worth moving other writers down.  July cannot come fast enough as her fans, namely me, have been dying to know Angel’s story for years, and we’re finally going to get it.  I’m saddened it will be the end of this incredible journey for the Black Knights and the series, but she couldn’t have chosen a better character to leave until last.  Congratulations Julie on another phenomenal installment and I look forward to reading your others. 

Fuel for Fire - Julie Ann Walker - 5 Stars

Another amazing addition to the Black Knight Series!

I'm a huge fan of this series and these characters. The sizzling heat between these two characters has been due to ignite for a long time and the author doesn't disappoint. Her action scenes are incredible and the romance scenes leave you wanting more. I look forward to Christian's book and can only pray Angel will finally have his book as well. Incredible series.

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Switching It on - Lexxie Couper - 4 Stars

In book three of this series, the writer takes us on a journey about a couple on the precipice of divorce, but over something which didn't really happen. She guides the reader the through the why of it all, but taps into beautifully the consequences of what happens when you choose not to trust that one person you vowed to. Their sexual chemistry is incredible, but you can't help wondering why the main hero in the story Mike didn't fight harder in the beginning of this entire thing and figure out what he did in the end. If proclaim your innocence and are passionate about it, then first your spouse should believe you and work with you to prove it. This couple wasted a lot of time and went through too much unnecessary pain. They need to remember their professions as celebrities open the door for the crazies out there who wish to hurt them and should have begun with that. Her heroine left me disappointed and disjointed at times.

Bad Billionaire – Julie Kriss – 4 Stars
An amazing read I absolutely loved!  Devon and Olivia have terrific chemistry and the writer knows how to create a character.  The story flowed beautifully and I never found myself bored or worse, rolling my eyes.  Definitely on my list of series that I’ll be reading once I weed through my lengthy TBR list.  The only reason for the lack of a five-star rating was the missing condom.  Once again, I have to nail a fellow writer for refusing to use one.  She doesn’t know this guy, is willing to hide him in her apartment so he can stay away from the police, and just like that, not only is she sleeping with him, but allowing him inside her body without protection strictly on his word?  It’s not only pregnancy condoms protect against folks.  If you write modern day tales, they are essential.  Hiding behind the reasoning that it’s fiction is not going to fly.  I may be on a moral soapbox no one cares about, and that’s fine, but what I do are the young readership that may pick up our books and read them and may think it’s okay not to use them when sleeping with someone.  Set the example, and write them in.

Heir Untamed – Danielle Bourdon – 3.5 Stars
     Allow me to predicate this review by saying other than teen novels I’ve read, I’ve never had the odd pleasure of reading what is classified in the romance fiction world as a – clean read.  I’ve heard of these types of books, and for a time, thought they were a myth, until I read this book.  Stumped you say?  A clean read is a book written without profanity and lacks specific details of sex scenes.  They are more like mentioned in passing kind of thing.  You could leave this book open on the kitchen table, have your twelve-year-old pick it up and start to read and not have to worry.  Get it now?
     However, if you’re not prepared for this, it will kind of throw you off.  It does however, make you concentrate more on the core story.  Danielle wrote a good one, however, the hard part for me was the dialogue of her main character, Chey.  This book is intelligently written and the grammar is spot on, maybe a bit too much.  The royals speaking the way they do is expected.  More than likely all of them were educated at the finest universities around the world, but not our heroine.  Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, an orphan and contemplating a convenience store job to make rent, her dialogue is that of an English professor at Cambridge.  The writer shows her chops in that she can put a sentence together.  She’ll make you break out your dictionary while reading this, but as a writer, I have to call her out on it.  Why?  We do not speak grammatically correct.  American’s especially love slang and many would accuse the residents of the red, white and blue of butchering the English language, and they’d be correct.  The dialogue was over-edited to the point of pain.
     So why the low rating?  The one star knock down was for lack of condom usage between the two main characters.  I won’t forgive it under any circumstance if the story is written in modern times.  This is not a historical romance; however, it does read like one.  The half star knock down was for what I mentioned before, the dialogue of her main character.
     I won’t be continuing this series not because of the story line, it’s intriguing, but clean stories just don’t do it for me.  I need more angst, more passion, more description…I need smut alright?  Oh, but I will say I caught two swear words in the book…but one came with the funniest line in the story:  How the hell are ya?  What about them Seahawks?

The Devil's Host MC - Shari Slade - 3 Stars

     Ah, serials.  I can’t stand them.  As a reader, it’s aggravating to be drip fed a few chapters of a book at a time and the wait in between in the end just annoys the heck out of me.  I didn’t realize this series fell into this category when I picked up the first book until it was too late.  I finally finished the fourth and final installment, and now I get to leave yet another crappy review all because the writer failed to do something so simple…just make it one damn book!

     The first two installments were well written and keep the reader intrigued and engaged.  Good writing, terrific editing but then in book three, things become sporadic.  Character development is good up until the fourth installment when she takes the female lead and attempts to turn her into a strong heroine willing to stand up for what she wants, but in the end, as with most romance writers, takes away her backbone.
     Now for my thoughts overall with the serial thing.  I get it, from a marketing perspective, it gets you more reviews and drives up your ranking with the online booksellers.  However, for the reader, it’s annoying as hell.  At least with this authors work, she didn’t milk me dry the way others have.  One NY Times Best Selling writer did and it forever put a bad taste in my mouth for this type of release of a story.  In the end, I paid twelve ninety-nine for all of them.  Okay, so you believe you can’t sell your well written story for that price in one installment?  That’s not faith in your work or yourself.  If this price is what you believe your readers should pay, then charge it.  Grow as set and do it.  This writer didn’t do that, in fact, I took advantage of the first book being free, and looked today and it appears as if books two and three are free as well now, but I wish she would have grouped them all together, charged my card three-ninety-nine and given me a better story.  I could have lived with that.  It also would have received four stars.

The Stubborn Billionaire -

Lexxie Cooper - 4 Stars

Lexxie's writing as always is spot on and terrific!  Loved this story and wish there was more of it.  It's my only overall complaint about her work, it's so good, I wish it was LONGER!  It's not a short story or a novella by any means, but in depth back story would be fun and intriguing to read.  Loved the HEA and as always, look forward to reading more from this amazing Author from down under!

The Final Score​ - Jaci Burton - 3 Stars

I have loved this series from the beginning and I’m sad to see it winding down.  This story fell flat for me.  I never felt a connection between the two characters other than sexually and Mia was a bit too selfish for my taste.  The ending of the story was disappointing and these two characters deserved more.  My overall rating is mainly based on the fact, this story was written by a ghost writer.  This is not Jaci’s work.  I could tell the parts she did contribute on, mainly the sex scenes as well as the sports ones, but the rest?  Not her.  Read the first book in the series, The Perfect Play, which I gave five stars to and you’ll see what I mean.  The repetitive structure of the writing grated on my last nerve and was the equivalent of a badly written soap opera script.  I’m critical of New York Times best-selling writer’s works for a reason, because they are on the list for their stellar writing as well as sales.  In a nutshell, this was someone going for their doctorate degree, being assigned the topic for their final thesis, deciding they didn’t like it and handing it off to a freshman to do it for them.  It just didn’t work.  I’ll read the next in the series because I sadly preordered it, but it will be the final purchase of this series for me because the writer has obviously given up on these characters and wishes to move on to other projects.  I can respect that, but I just wish she had thanked her fans with actually writing this book.

Rock My Body -

Michelle A. Valentine - 4 Stars

I’m still puzzled why it took so long for me to read the final book in this terrific series, but I finally did and enjoyed it very much.  The reason for the lack of a five star rating was it left me a bit disjointed.  I felt this final book in the series didn't have the angst and passion the other books did and the epilogue didn’t finish it off with the flourish I was expecting.  Overall, I’d read this series again and Michelle is still one of my rock stars.   I look forward to reading her other series and her writing has heart along with characters you fall in love with and want to know more of.

Revving it Up - Lexxie Couper - 4 Stars

Sami Charlton is a girl I can get on board with. Bad ass on a bike, owns her sexuality and makes no apologies for anything. Love this character. Jay, her mechanic is a tall glass of water on a hot day I enjoyed reading and Eli, the American motocross champion is a sexy thing you want to slap silly after you kissed him in order to put him in his place. I enjoyed this installment to the Stimulated Series much more than the first, however, I had to knock it down a star due to lack of condom usage with the Sami and Jay. Again, I know writing them into a scene is a pain and have pulled more hair out of my head trying to figure it out myself, but it's important. Women taking charge of their sexuality is important, protecting it is empowering.

A Little Harmless Sex -

Melissa Schroeder - 4 Stars

This is the first work by this author I have read and is book one in the Harmless Series.  I found the character development a bit shallow for my tastes and difficult to figure out.  There were times I wanted to smack Max around and Anna I found failed to bring the heat.  Max would switch personalities on a dime which I found giving me whiplash and Anna was just acting like a spoiled little brat.  In the end, the best friend factor wasn't established strong enough in my opinion, nor was the sexual chemistry.  The scenes were good, but in the end I felt a bit wanting for these two characters.  Great read if you want your typical alpha male/stubborn female romance with a tidy HEA ending.

Blowing it Off - Lexxie Couper - 3 Stars

Let me just pretense this review by saying that I FLOVE Lexxie's work. I gravitate to it when I need an escape and there is NO ONE in modern day fiction who does menage better than her. With that said, this first offering in this series proved you can write well, but if you don't well round your characters, chaos will ensue for the reader as they toss their reader across the room. I'm happy to report my tablet is fine. Her heroine Phoebe Masters needs a freaking backbone and to stick by her convictions. She drove me nuts to the point I was actually yelling at her at times. Oh stop, you all yell at the TV don't you? Oh, and for the two heroes in the story, Will and Damon? I wanted to beat those two wankers (an expression I've adopted) within an inch of their lives. They were too demanding, domineering and damn it if they never listened to her once. They negated her feelings and figured their prowess in the bedroom will make one forget everything. Not so much guys. Take turns at kicking your butts for me please. One star was knocked off for the characters having little to no chemistry and another for lack of condom usage. As a romance writer myself, I know their are a pain to incorporate, but it's important. These three have been away from each other for six months and they are just going to automatically trust each other and pick up where they left off? Tsk, tsk, tsk. I can't abandon my principles simply because of my adoration for this author. I have read the entire series at the time I write this review and I'm happy to report, it gets better.

Undeserving - Madeline Sheehan - 5 Stars

The heart and soul of these characters comes alive once again.  I truly enjoyed this look back into Preacher's life and the surprises along with twists and turns had me enthralled to the very end.  I love this series and the writers first work Undeniable has still never left my mind and probably never will.  I look forward to ZZ's book and can only hope we won't have to wait years for it's release.  A triumph!

Hot as Hell – Julie Ann Walker – 4 Stars
A great introduction to Julie’s writing if you’ve never read her stuff before, this novella was full of intrigue and suspense I’ve come to love with Julie’s books and her love scenes as always are off the hook good.  What I enjoy the most is the buildup via the internal monologue of her characters which casts you as the interloper of their lives.  The only reason it wasn’t a five-star read was the length.  Too short and while I can appreciate as a writer myself that this was a throw away chapter brought to life, it was a bit too far-fetched to me that the soon to be former navy seal is planning his entire life around a woman he only met but once before this encounter at the embassy.  I will read this series because I dig Julie’s writing and can’t wait to see where this series goes.

Broken - LS Silverli - 3 Stars

     This is the first book in the Savage Souls Series and a book I wish I could forget.  It’s taken me six months to write this review, for good reason.  I can’t seem to find a way to make it politically correct, as I’m a writer with harsh criticism of another.  In the end, I feel my opinion, is a valid one.  In the spirit of keeping the peace however, I am not copying this review to Goodreads.  I left a similar one on Amazon, but I believe this writer’s work is being published and the subsequent Kindle reviews were removed because of it.  This series is available however in paperback.
     While not poorly written, the warning of mature content was not strong enough and sensitive readers should beware.  The writing is not the reason for my low star review, but for what I said before, the warning of strong content should’ve been emphasized by the author.  When I discovered this writer was a former cop, it made my blood boil.  Being a public servant at one time, and no doubt having his fair share of domestic violence cases to work on as well as rape ones I’m sure, in my opinion, he knew better than to throw the reader into a world they are not prepared to read without a proper warning.  While I myself by the grace of God never went through these horrific things, I know too many women who have, and them stumbling across this material without a fair enough heads up could bring back nasty memories was careless of this former civil servant.  Yes, I do hold them in extreme high regard and expect a lot.  Unlike the bad guys out there in the world, I demand the men in white hats to have a moral center and more importantly, are empathetic to what victims of crime go through.  They are supposed to be on our side.
     As an author myself, I’m all too aware of the fine line fictional writers teeter on.  It’s easy to hide behind this word and take for granted the license it gives us with our creativity.  However, even in a make-believe world, we have a moral responsibility to our readers.  If the story is to be based on real life, and I believe it conveys the harsh reality of motorcycle clubs, then we as the story teller have an obligation to warn the visitors into our world of what they are about to experience.  Update the warning and be frank and honest.  I also recommend, a note from the author to add to it.  Yes, it will cost you sales, no doubt, but in the end, you will be doing the right thing.  The neglect by the writer to do this one simple thing is my only reason for not continuing this series.  Judge for yourself.  Read the sample first and if you decide to go along for the ride, get ready for a gritty tale unlike any you have ever read.

The Pawn – Skye Warren – 3 Stars
Swiss Cheese.  That’s what this read became to me after about three chapters in.  The plot holes in this thing were all over the place and became distracting after a while.  Some of them are addressed later on, but I think what ended up bothering me so much was how self-absorbed her main character Avery was.  She’s the perfect example of a millennial you want to slap around for a while and tell to grow up.  The author desired to paint her as intelligent, but she’s obviously anything but.  By the time you read what her father went down for in a court of law, the holes in the slice of cheese only expand.  Why isn’t he in the medical ward of a prison?  If he was convicted of these things, one of them setting up dummy corporations, then that’s federal and that’s prison time folks.  When you screw over the IRS, they don’t play.  There’s also the house thing and about it being in trust.  If everything truly was in her name, why sell it all?  The bank couldn’t seize it and the hospital couldn’t either for outstanding medical bills.  Let’s add a dose of reality.  If the square footage of the home is what I think it is, then just the light bill alone would have her selling things.  Then, there’s her father’s care.  If the medication given to him to keep him comfortable is what I think it is, then some doctors have some explaining to do.  Schedule one narcotics are only given under strict medical supervision and usually to those who are dying.  Is he, or isn’t he?  Then, there is her taking care of him.  Her housekeeper can’t stick around, and there were times where she left him for hours on his own.  Yes, she mentions bathing and feeding him, but how about the colostomy bag?  Did she really just leave him to fend for himself to go and find a way to get back the life that was never hers to begin with?  Her godfather turning out to be a sick pedophile was an interesting creepy factor, but the rest just had my head shaking.  Obsessed over whispers and things said behind her back only added to my judgement about her being self-involved.  While it would be interesting to find out if she indeed can exact revenge against Gabriel, I’m afraid it would be a foolish endeavor to invest the time or money to find out.  If she has zero intelligence now, what’s to make me believe she’ll gain enough wisdom to outsmart the bad guy who has been planning this all along for the last couple of years?  Yeah, big slice of Swiss cheese is what this turned out to be.

Dom of Las Vegas – Tricia Owens – 3.5 Stars
First work I’ve read by this author and I liked it very much.  The writers character development was spot on, especially with her main character, Ethan.  You really come to like this guy from the Midwest and grow to feel his passion for what he wants in life, mainly to be an FBI Agent when he grows up.  He’s an overall nice human being which is why I think I liked him so much.  Not tainted by what it’s like in the real world, he remains true to who he is and how he treats others.  Certain choices he makes however end up ruining the future he’s worked so hard for and you really feel it in your heart when things don’t happen for the young man.  The reason for the rating is first, the blatant lack of condom usage really got my hackles up.  Second, the sporadic writing style of the author.  Chapter breaks and the writer finishing up a thought would have helped the storyline better in my opinion.  Based on the ending alone I know where the story line is heading for future books in the series and I’ve fallen too much in love with Ethan to watch him morph into something he never should have been, so I won’t be continuing it.  If you love gritty, raw, M/M hot sex scenes, this author does a fantastic job painting that picture.

Plugging It In - Lexxie Couper - 4 Stars

Brilliant character development in R.G. Bailey and her lover, Ruckus. Bran is introduced later in the tale and you can't help but root for Ruckus and in the end, for all three to have their HEA. I would have liked this story to have been longer to see the dynamic between all three be better formulated, but for it's length, Lexxie delivers. No one write menage better than her and while book 2 in this series is my favorite, this is a close second. I dropped it a star due to lack of condom usage with the two main characters as a commitment between them was not established. Again, a pain to write to put them in, but there's a way in every situation and in every scene.

Escort – 3.5 Stars – Zoey Parker
A good short story to wet your whistle for this author’s writing.  Would have liked it to have been longer, but let’s not greedy with free reads.  The character development was alright, but due to the short length, it became a bit far-fetched.  Reading the full-length version of this would filled in some gaps.  A few minor details made me wince a bit, but overall, good effort.  If I have a hankering for an MC read, I’ll give this author a go.

Easy Melody - Kristen Proby - 4 Stars

I'm remembering why I never listed Kristen's - With Me in Seattle - books in my Top 20 favorite series. Her characters are written shallow and never redeem themselves. The storylines are one dimensional. They are feel good stories with HEA's, but I need to read more humanity in her characters. This book is a great addition to the series but I can see where the rest of the books are headed and therefore, won't be making the investment to finish it.