Wednesday, July 30

Taint by SL Jennings

Right now, you’re probably asking yourself two things:
Who am I?
And, what the hell are you doing here? 

Let’s start with the most obvious question, shall we? 

You’re here, ladies, because you can’t f*ck.

Oh, stop it. Don’t cringe. No one under the age of 80 clutches their pearls.
You might as well get used to it, because for the next six weeks, you’re going to hear that word a lot. And you’re going to say it a lot. 
Go ahead, try it out on your tongue. 
F*ck. F***ck.

Ok, good. Now where were we?

If you enrolled yourself in this program then you are wholly aware that you’re a lousy lay. Good for you. Admitting it is half the battle.

For those of you that have been sent here by your husband or significant other, dry your tears and get over it. You’ve been given a gift, ladies. The gift of mind-blowing, wall-climbing, multiple-orgasm-inducing sex. You have the opportunity to f*ck like a porn star. And I guarantee, you will when I’m done with you.

And who am I?

Well, for the next six weeks, I will be your lover, your teacher, your best friend, and your worst enemy. Your every-f*cking-thing. I’m the one who is going to save your relationship and your sex life.

I am Justice Drake. 
And I turn housewives into whores. 

Now…who’s first?


First off, let me just gush about that cover. I mean, sweet baby Jesus! Just look at that. *stares for a few more seconds*

Sigh.

Okay, secondly, what's not to like about this book? I think that would be that Ally was married when her relationship with Justice started. No matter how unhappy that marriage was. But since the plot of the story required for that to actually be the case, I have no other choice but to let it be. (Like I can do anything about it. Hahaha!)

Let's not make this lengthy because what I just want for you to know is that I looooooooove this book. It was awesome how this is in Justice's POV because the monologues in his head is just cray. OMG! He just cracked me up and when the writing is that good, you can't help but fall in love with the book. And there are times when you can really feel just how human and fallible he could get despite his efforts to the contrary. Ahh, more love.

I have always complained when sometimes I feel cheated when the ending of a book seems too abrupt or when there was no epilogue. But this book's demi-cliffhanger of an ending just hit the right spot. Yes. And there's an epilogue, too. *evil laugh...and then off to find my lobster*


Final verdict: 9/10. Great, enjoyable read.

Tuesday, July 29

Little Black Book by Tabatha Varga ad Melissa Andrea

My name’s Sebastian Black, and I want to buy you. I could have any woman I want, but I choose you. 
NO RELATIONSHIP, JUST SEX. 

Here’s my offer… 
I’ll put your name in my LITTLE BLACK BOOK, and when I want you, I’ll call you. When I call, you’re going to come, in more ways than one. It will be mutually pleasurable for both of us. 

There are only two rules: 
DON'T EVER DENY ME. 
DON'T FALL IN LOVE. 

If you do either, I’ll remove you from my book and payment stops. 

Do we have an understanding?


This was one of those books that you just couldn't almost wait to read as soon as you hear about them and then by the time you get a copy, you are a big mess. Never mind that I had to set this aside for last week's Sex Me Up Readathon. So I had to wait for several days more than necessary. I never knew such patience. Haha!

I was enjoying reading this because I was really into the chemistry between Sebastian and Rosslyn. Well, Sebastian started out as a douche because, hey, he did have a little black book...versus men in this age and day have theirs in their heads...or smartphones. That doesn't make them any less douchy, of course. But still, the possibility of this incredibly cocky character falling in love was really something I looked forward to.

Finding out about the conflict of the story really burst my bubble though. What a party pooper. The going was good and then poof! I don't know but there are just somethings that I can be black-and-white about and this is one of those things. But I guess fate can be bitch like that on occasion...like the conflict, not about me refusing to see gray.

Nevertheless, this was still an okay read. It might have gone downhill for me for a bit but this was well written enough for me to finish it. It might have ended still a bit off for me but I think some other reader will find enough of the closure the story deserved.


Final verdict: 6/10. Okay read. I think.

Thursday, July 24

Insatiable by Cari Quinn

Having all of her is the only thing that will satisfy him...

Shawn Griffin and Rachel Cooper have been best friends practically since birth, thanks to their families' close relationship. But for the past few years, Shawn has been fantasizing about getting his best pal in his bed. When she announces she's taking a trip to reconnect with an old lover, Shawn knows the time has come to put up or shut up. If she wants to go to New York City, fine. But he's coming with her.

Rachel doesn't know what to think of Shawn's sudden interest. Determined to live life on her own terms, she refuses to fall right in line with her wealthy family's wish that they get married and have perfect little babies. She just didn't count on how determined her seemingly laid back - and extremely sexy - best friend would become after setting his sights on what he wants. Her, over and over again.

But when tragedy strikes, Rachel begins to wonder if she'll lose not only her lover but her best friend too.


This is my first Cari Quinn book and I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Not to mention that this was another bestfriends-turned-into-lovers book was an add.

Because their families had been the closest of friends, Shawn and Rachel had been thrown together and virtually grew up together. Becoming bestfriends was inevitable. This book started when Shawn decided to finally be with Rachel. He had been waiting for her but when she decided to "recconnect" with her first love and fly across the country to New York, Shawn decided he had had enough.

This book was a bag of mixed emotions. I laughed my way through it, cried in some scenes, and fell in love in others. And there's steamy sex, too. Yep! I am just amazed how two people who live closely together all their lives could've waited that long to be not together knowing how they felt for each other. But I understand, especially Rachel's apprehensions, how the pressure from both their families could strain that kind of relationship. And I guess, had they not waited, that pressure and the expectations from their families (their entire town!) would've eventually break them apart.

The twist at the end was a bit extreme though. Something lighter could've been better (I love HEAs too much). And it certainly wouldn't have hurt if there was an epilogue (I love those, too). Nevertheless, this won't be my last CQ book.


Final verdict: 7/10. Good read.

Monday, July 21

Series Recommendation #12: The Blackstone Affair by Raine Miller

Eversince FSOG became an international hit, an influx of Grey-esque romances flooded a lot of readers' TBR piles. I may have read one or two or three...and thought that I might have already had enough. Therefore the decision to delay reading this series. As it turned out, I was an idiot for waiting.

After reading all four books in this series, I have concluded to never underestimate a Raine Miller book ever again. Reading this series was an intense and heartfelt journey because it really had heart. The characters were well-written and who doesn't fall in love with Ethan and his love story with Brynne?

This series is another win. I suggest when you decide to start with the first book, have the other three books on the ready because you'll be going through each in a snap.




 
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