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Unintentional Virgin by A.J. Bennett – Review

“…at times heart-warming and frustrating—in a not so good way.”

Review by Alex C.’

Rating: ★★★★☆

Unintentional Virgin by A.J. Bennett is at times heart-warming and frustrating—in a not so good way. The story starts off slow, only picking up once Karma and her friend reach the club and Jax and Karma begin their journey together. At first you might find Karma’s dilemma and the point of the book a bit comical. After all, how many times can a girl try to lose her virginity only to fail? Then again, perhaps that was fate telling her something.

Like she was waiting for Jax. Almost too good to be true, you’ve got this great guy who won’t take what’s so easily offered to him because his mother raised him right—and the thought of anyone doing the same to his five sisters turns him inside out. With an over developed sense of responsibility, Jax makes Karma an offer that he will take her virginity if she’ll spend three weeks getting to know him first. And that’s where the story begins to get heart-warming.

Jax and Karma do things on her ‘bucket’ list that make Karma face her fears, and it allows the two to grow close—after all near-death experiences have a way of pushing people sharing them together. And that’s what Karma is afraid of at the end of their time. That their feelings (or hers) aren’t true because of the forced ‘intimate’ time together. Jax has seen all of her dirty secrets and made her face her fear of never being good enough, but is that enough basis for an ever-lasting love?

I believe this story is well worth a read. I only wish the beginning pace and a few other technical items were fixed so that I could give it a higher rating. Because once you get into the story and the two are together and the story is progressing it is well-developed, fast-paced, logically laid out, and well-written. Karma begins to grow as a young adult. She faces her issues with her mother, with growing up, and with her feelings for Jax.

So my advice to Ms. Bennett is to spend a little more time tightening your opening. Because you’re drowning a fabulous story before it can float!

Dark Wolf Running by Rhyannon Byrd – Review

darkwolfrunning-rhyannonbyrd“…something missing in this particular installment.”

by Larissa M.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Rhyannon Byrd’s latest Bloodrunners’ book, Dark Wolf Running, takes us back into the world of mystic wolves and the mixed breeds who protect them. Intriguing, fast-paced and full of emotion, this story takes a hard look at the conspiracy that’s plaguing the Lycan’s and more specifically, the Dark Wolf bloodline.

After Elise Drake’s brutal attack, she’s kept to herself and stopped embracing her heritage. She has a need to keep herself apart from everyone, but especially a Bloodrunner who makes her feel things she’s not sure she’s ready to embrace. Wyatt Pallaton is a force to be reckoned with on his own, but add in his steely determination to make Elise stop running from what’s happening between them and he’s unstoppable.

Only conspiracies aren’t always in people’s heads and when those responsible for her brutal attack decide they’re not done with Elise, Wyatt is determined to make sure she’s safe no matter the cost…even if it’s his own life.

Ms. Byrd’s way with the mystical and dark world of wolves and witches leaves you enthralled. And while the writing was well done and the overall saga storyline, I still felt there was something missing in this particular installment. Almost as though the book was formulaic and not necessarily unique. The hero and heroine were fabulously written, but I didn’t feel they connected on a personal level. There wasn’t anything that made me think they loved each other, but maybe that our hero felt the need to possess her. It was a bit different for the heroine but not much. That’s the reason behind the lower rating. But it’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the read enough to read more in this series…only not to re-read this story. 

Available now! Order your boy of Dark Wolf Running now!

When Summer Comes by Brenda Novak

whensummercomes-brendanovak WHEN SUMMER COMES BY BRENDA NOVAK

Description

One day, Callie Vanetta receives devastating news…

She needs a liver transplant. But her doctors warn that, in her case, the chances of finding a compatible donor aren’t good. 

Determined to spend whatever time she has left on her own terms, she keeps the diagnosis to herself and moves out to her late grandparents’ farm. She’s always wanted to live there. But the farm hasn’t been worked in years and she begins to fear she can’t manage it, that she’ll have to return to town.

One night, a stranger comes knocking at her door…

He’s an attractive and mysterious drifter by the name of Levi McCloud, and he offers to trade work for a few nights’ shelter. Callie figures she doesn’t have anything to lose. He needs a place to stay until he can fix his motorcycle; she needs an extra pair of hands. The arrangement seems ideal until what was supposed to be temporary starts to look more and more permanent. Then she realizes she does have something to lose-her heart. And, although he doesn’t yet know it, Levi stands to lose even more.

  • Harlequin MIRA
  • January 29, 2013
  • ISBN-10: 0778314235
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    New Year, New Reads! What are your reading plans this year?

    Articles on this site are rare. Mostly you’ll find postings about romance books (new releases or new to us releases) and romance book reviews. But this year I’ve decided from time to time to post articles. I realized sometimes you need just a little more on a reading sites like these, so this is the first. It’s a new year and there are plenty of new reads. What are you reading plans this year? Do you have authors you just have to buy? I do. Too many sometimes.

    First up for us here are Harlequin reads. Including:

    Between Love and Duty by Janice Kay Johnson

    imageA bit about the book…

    There’s a right way, then there’s the wrong way

    Nobody knows that better than police captain Duncan MacLachlan. He has served and protected for years without bending to a middle ground he doesn’t believe in. And he’s not about to change. Certainly not for stubborn—and sexy—court advocate Jane Brooks. Her shades-of-gray view of the world clashes with his black-and-white one.

    Then a mission to save an at-risk teen has Jane’s life on the line. Now she and Duncan must join forces despite their differences—and the flaring attraction that’s too hot to ignore. It’s Duncan’s toughest challenge yet. Because keeping Jane safe is one thing…and keeping her out of his arms is another.

    Buy your copy of Between Love and Duty now!

     

    Once Upon a Valentine with Stephanie Bond, Leslie Kelly and Michelle Rowen

    imageA bit about the book…

    She had long, gorgeous hair

    Summer Tomlinson always had a thing for Andrew Macmillan. Now that they’re business partners—as well as bed partners!—Summer wonders if letting her hair down will catch him for good….

    He sought a sleeping beauty

    Historian Ashlynn Scott is seeking the fabled castle of Sleeping Beauty. But with just one kiss, she finds herself tangled up—and tangled in the sheets!—with a rogue adventurer. She might never want to wake up!

    She was being chased by every man

    Ginger Redman wanted to be irresistible, so she made a wish on a magic cookie. And the baked treat delivers—sending her sexy best friend, Stephen Fox, right into her bed!

    Buy your copy of Once Upon a Valentine now!

     

    The Keeper by Rhonda Nelson

    imageA bit about the book…

    *CONFIDENTIAL*

    Ranger Security Case File #1877

    Name: Jackson Oak Martin, a man as strong and steady as his name implies.

    Case: Tracking down a Butter Bandit

    Agent note: This case is gonna sizzle…

    On the surface, it seems like an almost ridiculous assignment. A thief has been breaking into pastry chef Mariette Levine’s shop. And the only thing taken? Organic butter. But one night, Mariette herself is attacked, and Ranger Security assigns agent Jackson Martin to guard their favorite chef—closely!

    Unfortunately, the ultra-dishy Jackson also makes Mariette’s reserve melt faster than…er, butter. Which is bad. In a very, very good way.

    Has Mariette discovered the recipe for delectable disaster, or is this tasty bodyguard someone she’ll need to keep on her menu for good?

    Buy your copy of The Keeper now!

    The Phoenix by Rhonda Nelson

    A bit about the book…

    image*Confidential*

    Ranger Security Employee file #153 Name: Jay Weatherford, aka the Phoenix

    Specialty: Getting out of really hot situations…and creating new ones!

    Subject (Jay Weatherford) was nicknamed "the Phoenix" after walking out of a burning building unscathed. He’s Ranger Security’s newest recruit, and assigned to Case File #8765—locating the heir to the Betterworth Chocolate fortune, Truffles (dog).

    Working for the competition is Charlie Martin…and she has a grudge against Ranger Security. This could complicate the investigation. Getting under each other’s skin is one thing. Getting under each other—in the hot, sexy and naked way—is another!

    The situation is heating up, and fast. Our man is fireproof.

    Charlie Martin, however, is not….

    Buy your copy of The Phoenix now!

    Night Moves by Eden Bradley – Review

    Night Moves bookcover

    Reviewed by Hope C.
    on July 17, 2010

    “…a quick, sensual read that inflames your senses!”

    Rating: ★★★☆☆

    Buy Night Moves now!

    Night Moves by Eden Bradley is a quick, sensual read that inflames your senses!

    Kate has a secret fetish, one that ultimately leads her into the wrong train cabin…but into the arms of Mr. Right! At just around 37 pages, this little Spice Brief is just that…spicy and brief. So it’s perfect for when you don’t have time to get fully involved in the characters but well-written and interesting enough not to be just a bunch of sex scenes. If you like a touch of erotic romance in your stories, this one is definitely for you!

    Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks

    Seduction of a Highland Lass

    Maya Banks has a new release this month! Yea! I love her historical romances and I love this purple cover. It doesn’t hurt the hero is cute!  LOL!

    The downside for me is that I kind of hate the ‘bed’ pose. I can’t leave it lying around or run around with it in hand. My kids are at an age that this kind overt pose just isn’t ignored. Too sexy.  Not for reading, but definitely for being seen reading it around the house.  And before everyone comments that I should use a cover for the cover…that draws attention to the fact it’s something they shouldn’t see. Oh, well. I guess that’s why they have ebooks! 😉

    Book Details:

    • Ballantine Books
    • September 27, 2011
    • ISBN-10: 0345519493

    Buy Seduction of a Highland Lass now!

    Description:

    A warrior is caught between family loyalty and forbidden love in book two of bestselling author Maya Banks’s sensual new trilogy featuring three indomitable Highlanders.

    Fiercely loyal to his elder brother, Alaric McCabe leads his clan in the fight for their birthright. Now he is prepared to wed for duty, as well. But on his way to claim the hand of Rionna McDonald, daughter of a neighboring chieftain, he is ambushed and left for dead. Miraculously, his life is saved by the soft touch of a Highland angel, a courageous beauty who will put to the test his fealty to his clan, his honor, and his deepest desires.

    An outcast from her own clan, Keeley McDonald was betrayed by those she loved and trusted. When the wounded warrior falls from his horse, she is drawn to his strong, lean body. The wicked glint in his green eyes ignites a passion that will follow them back to Alaric’s keep, where their forbidden love draws them deeper into the pleasures of the flesh. But as conspiracy and danger circle closer, Alaric must make an impossible choice: Will he betray his blood ties for the woman he loves?