Review: A Taste of Pleasure by Chloe Blake

Reviewed by Sara

Danica (Dani) Nilsson loses her boyfriend and her job as a chef in one day. With her reputation in tatters, she leaves to visit her aging supermodel mother in Italy where she runs into her one night stand from over a year ago. Antoni (Toni) Lorenzetti, Dani’s fling, is also the nephew of her mentor, Chef Marcello. Both Dani and Toni are present when a tragedy occurs in Marcello’s kitchen and Dani steps up to save the whole evening service.

Toni wants Dani in his bed, but he’s not sure about having her in his kitchen. Begrudgingly, he asks Dani to help at his secluded farm to table restaurant in the countryside outside of Milan. Throw in a conniving ex-wife, a distraught teenage daughter, a meddling mother and the idyllic Italian scenery and the recipe for a tumultuous romance is set. [Read more…]

Joint Review: Rogue Souls by Chelsea Meuller

Reviewed by Sara and Jen

Sara: Rogue Souls is fantastic!

Jen: Agreed! No sophomore slump here. I really enjoyed this second installment of the Soul Charmer series. It picks up right on the heels of the first book, so if you have not read Borrowed Souls yet, you should start there. But if you read and liked that book as much as I did, you are in for a treat as Callie’s story continues.

Sara: Chelsea Mueller uses this second book to methodically reveal the many layers of this rich story. Callie and Derek are still working repossessing rented souls from people of Gem City until a teenager shows up dead and mutilated on the Soul Charmer’s doorstep. The murder unveils the criminal element of Gem City’s underground’s not so subtle unhappiness about the Soul Charmer’s monopoly on rented souls and reveals a surprising alliance between the Church and the Soul Charmer. [Read more…]

Review: Captivated by Tessa Bailey and Eva Dangerfield

Reviewed by Sara

It would be really easy to classify authors’ Tessa Bailey and Eva Dangerfield’s novel Captivated as a quick and dirty Erotic Romance. The book isn’t particularly long and the events in it happen quickly and without preamble. It’s also incredibly sexual and deals with the more taboo fantasy of forced submission.

Autumn, an Aussie transplant, freshly broken up with her cheating, comedian boyfriend has a run in with her landlord, Blake. During this run in, her fantasies, that just happen to be with Blake, come to light. They’re dark and illicit and Blake, who is more or less a shut-in, is moved by them and agrees to some role play with Autumn if she’ll go on three dates with him. This leads to more than just sex and eventually the two are wrapped up in a whirlwind romance that has them questioning their pasts and futures as individuals and as a couple. [Read more…]

Review: The Varlet and the Voyeur by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway

Reviewed by Sara

The Varlet and The Voyeur is book four in Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway’s Rugby Series. I really enjoyed the previous three books in the series and was stoked for this book to come out.

Will Moore is the strong silent member of the Irish Rugby team. He is seen as well-mannered and scandal free until a tabloid accuses Will of paying prostitutes to perform sex acts so that he can watch. The team is shocked and so are Will’s sponsors. Will is all about rules, ethics and preventing misunderstandings. He is also, definitely, a voyeur and, while never having paid prostitutes (he views this as unethical because prostitution can be exploitive), he has had a non-monetary arrangement with several married couples. So, to make things up to the team and regain his good name he hires Josey Kavanagh to be around him to keep him from finding another couple to watch. Will initially views, sweet, exuberant Josey as a little sister or a puppy. However, unexpected things can happen in close quarters and soon Will doesn’t see Josey as a little sister at all. To avoid misunderstandings he puts both rules and a deadline on their interactions, which (of course!) means misunderstandings abound. [Read more…]

Review: Breathless by Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan

Reviewed by Sara

In Breathless, Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan have taken two stories and woven them together into an epic love story that crosses centuries and continents.

The historical portion of the book centers on The Swan, London’s premiere courtesan. The Swan has worked her way up from the bowels of Newgate Prison to the height of the London ton. She is independently wealthy, dictates fashion, and can have any man she wants. A man, however, is how she finds herself shipwrecked with amnesia on the coast of Catalonia. Here, she is taken in by The Artist, an immensely private, British deserter of the Napoleonic Wars. As The Swan finds herself in The Artist’s humble, coastal cottage, as well as on The Artist’s canvas she also finds the greatest love of her life.

In the Contemporary portion of Breathless, we meet Brenna Anderson, an Art History professor who, like many in the art community, is obsessed with a series of painting of a woman known as The Siren. When she discovers that The Siren may in fact be The Swan, a courtesan of renown who disappeared out of history she believes she may have the key to a centuries old mystery. However, to prove her theory correct she’ll have to except the help of her rival, Fitch Wilder, a treasure hunter with no formal training who seems to always be two steps ahead of her professionally. Brenna knows men like Fitch and refuses to be swayed by his charm, but the closer they get to uncovering the mystery of The Siren, the harder it is for her to deny her feelings for the handsome adventurer. [Read more…]

Review: How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger

Reviewed by Sara

How to Marry a Werewolf is a novella that takes place after the events of Gail Carriger’s popular Parasol Protectorate series. The novella can technically be read as a standalone although there are some elements that might be a bit lost on a reader new to the world Carriger has meticulously built. However, the story and characters are written with enough depth and explanation that anyone with should be able to lose themselves in this fantastic story.

As the story begins, we meet Bostonian Faith Wigglesworth, who, after causing a scandal, has been banished to the British Isles with one job, she is to find herself a werewolf to marry. In America, the supernaturals are barely tolerated and in many cases viewed as abominations. Faith is being punished by a family that it is immediately clear are horrible. [Read more…]

Review: Coming Home to Crimson by Michelle Major

Reviewed by Sara

When Cole, the sheriff of small town Crimson, Colorado, pulls over a speeding Porsche, he’s more annoyed than curious about the car’s occupant. Inside is Sienna Crenshaw, the estranged sister of the beleaguered mayor of Crimson, Jase, and to say that she has issues is a huge understatement. Sienna hasn’t been back to Crimson since her parents split up and she and her mother left her father and brother. It’s been 20 years and she hasn’t heard from her father or brother. She is hurt and angry and, thanks to a cheating fiance and a mother who wants her to forgive him, very, very alone. Cole’s annoyance doesn’t last long and he soon finds himself drawn to the Crimson newcomer, but Cole has his own demons. Coming Home to Crimson follows Cole and Sienna as they battle the past towards a future together. [Read more…]

Review: The Greatest Risk by Kristen Ashley

Reviewed by Sara

The Greatest Risk is book three in Kristen Ashley’s erotic BDSM Romance series. The books center around a Phoenix, AZ sex club, The Bee’s Honey and the members within. I really enjoyed books one and two and was excited when book 3 released.

It follows characters Sixx (real name: Simone) and Stellan as they grapple with dark pasts on the way to love and happiness. Sixx is a private investigator that has no problem living dangerously and skirting the law. She’s the premiere Domme at The Honey, but due to a traumatic childhood she believes she’s unworthy and holds everyone, friends, lovers and Subs, at arm’s length. Sixx has desperately wanted Stellan since she first laid eyes on him, but because of her sense of unworthiness and his preference as a Dom, she refuses to go there, even if he is the thing most likely to make her happy. Stellan has also had an awful childhood too, but for whatever reason he’s risen above it to become a successful and endearingly arrogant businessman and Dom. He’s wanted Sixx as his for ages and has grown tired of waiting. Stellan pulls out all the stops to convince Sixx that they’d be perfect together, but it’s a fight against the ghosts of Sixx’s past. [Read more…]

Review: Disturbing His Peace by Tessa Bailey

Reviewed by Sara

In all honesty, I wasn’t going to read Disturbing His Peace. I wasn’t a huge fan of the other books in this series and figured I’d just leave it. That was, until I saw a couple posts Tessa Bailey put up on Instagram about the book. I snatched it up on release day and I am so glad I did.

Dannika is a people-pleaser, she’s always the one her family comes to for helps. So, it only makes sense that her dream job is helping the citizens of New York. She’s at the top of her class in the police academy and would love it if it wasn’t for Greer. Greer is Dannika’s incredibly good looking, incredibly demanding instructor and she hates him. However, there’s more to Greer than meets the eye; he’s hard on his students because he knows what happens when you’re not perfect at this job. Greer’s partner died on the job, and between that and a very man’s man kind of upbringing, he holds people at arm’s length. Except it’s getting harder and harder to keep his brightest and most tempting student, Dannika at a distance. A slip up on Greer’s part, as well as a potentially dangerous mistake on Dannika’s brings the two together and the sparks fly. [Read more…]

Review: Wanna Bet? by Talia Hibbert

Reviewed by Sara

I’ve been in a bit of a book slump lately, but I came across Wanna Bet? while scrolling through Twitter. Another blogger was live tweeting quotes from the book and it looked just different enough that I decided to give it a try.

Jasmine and Rahul have known each other since university. Jasmine is now a lawyer (solicitor really, because this story takes place in England) working with low income families to resolve housing disputes. A leak in her apartment has her calling her friend Rahul. Rahul is a very successful and well off accountant with a spare bedroom. Based on what I’ve just written, you probably think that the conclusion of Wanna Bet? is, well, a foregone conclusion. However, while Jas and Rahul do get together in the end (not a spoiler, it’s a Romance after all) the circumstances around their eventual coming together are what makes this book different enough that I completely fell in love with it. [Read more…]