Review: Doctor’s Orders

doctors ordersReviewed by Shelly

If you’ve ever read a crappy book, you know time can be perfect amnesia. I read the second one in the Martinis & Chocolate Book Club series and didn’t like it at all, but I jumped back into the water – I was desperate for something short, don’t judge.

This series is about the female members of the neighborhood Martinis & Chocolate Book Club. The ladies started out reading different books, but then got in a groove of reading books with BDSM content. From what I could figure out, the neighborhood is primarily made up of women who may or may not have married well. Brianne Templeton is a member of this group; she’s divorced and raising her young video gamer son. I’m not sure how she’s able to afford the neighborhood considering what she does for a living )and later finding out about her ex-husband’s questionable money source.) But I digress. [Read more…]

Review: Plenty of Love

Reviewed by Shelly

This is not my first read by this author, but it is the first read that I’ve liked.

Hair salon owner Becca Parks has fallen for orthopedic surgeon Mark Miller and attorney Travis Andrews. Mark and Travis are already a couple and have been for fifteen years. For the last five years, they’ve been on the lookout for a third, specifically a woman, and believe that they’ve found her in Becca.

I’m going to have to assume that there’s some back story in Plenty, FL 1-2 with these three but alas, I didn’t read those so I’m treating this as a stand-alone in the series. You know what, I wouldn’t mind living in Plenty, FL, where the tolerance for how you want to live your life is high and the judgment factor is very low.

Becca has been in hot-like with Mark and Travis for quite some time but she doesn’t think that there’s any chance of a relationship or a future with them because let’s face it – they’re gay. Smart girl! BUT there’s a crinkle, both Mark and Travis not only find Becca very attractive and likeable, they also think that she’s their future.

What I really, really, really liked about this story was that although Mark and Travis are both alpha males and very much dedicated to each other, they had lives outside of the bedroom and we got to see it. We got to see them becoming involved in the local community and really growing friendships outside of their threesome.

I completely enjoyed that Becca’s angst and reasons for hesitancy in the relationship were not only addressed by her, but also by Mark and Travis. They were definitely not skimmed over, but were smartly and reassuringly provided by the duo. Mark and Travis wanted to show and prove to Becca that she would be the center of their world and she could count on them for any and everything. Oh man, how refreshing that was to read in an m/m/f. I will not accuse this author of this – but some of the stories I’ve read where there’s an established relationship (especially between the two guys) tend to overwhelm the story where the female is very much a secondary/afterthought to much of the relationship. So, kudos to Valentine for convincing me that it’s possible to have a good storyline involving this scenario.

There are a lot of secondary characters who had their own stories in the previous two books, including Becca’s father and his two spouses and Becca’s two brothers and their wife. Cassie, Zach and Chase from Plenty to Come (Plenty, FL #1) and Jillian, Ryan and Jackson from Plenty to Learn (Plenty, FL #2). Addie, one of Becca’s volunteer services recipients, is as cute as a button and I wouldn’t be surprised if that little old woman had a speckled past, if ya know what I mean.

Last but not least, the sex scenes were well written and super-duper steamy, not too raunchy but not too good girl either. I would definitely recommend this read for those looking for a believable story line for m/m/f. Yep, I wanna go back to Plenty, FL and soon.

Happy Reading folks!

Rating: B

Plenty of Love
by Lara Valentine
Release Date: November 23, 2012
Publisher: Siren

Review: Her Game, Their Rules

Reviewed by Shelly

This is a short story with a word count under 37k. This is my first read from this author and I’m not sure if I should have read the first in the series to enjoy this story more, because I sure didn’t. I’ll admit for the umpteenth time that I like a good m/m/f, not sure why –probably some latent fetish– but hey, we all have our kink, so don’t judge. This was not a good m/m/f, it could have been, but it just wasn’t.

Widow Sara Jameson finds out from her banker that there’s a bank account her deceased husband Scott opened and maintained that needs funding. She has no idea who/what/why this account exists so she decides to ask her brother-in-law Jeremy. Jeremy is the other partner of the gaming company that was owned by the brothers. Jeremy is married to Cole and they live quite happily in Jeremy and Scott’s hometown.

Jeremy and Cole have been trying to talk Sara into coming to visit them since the death of her husband and after a year and a half she finally relents. It’s not for the reason that the guys want her to visit but to investigate this mysterious bank account. Turns out that the guys are bisexual and have been lusting after Sara for some time. By the end of Sara’s –and her two year-old son Jack’s– first night at the men’s home, she’s able to hear (from the hallway) the guys having sex. I’m not sure if that’s something a two year old should be hearing, but oh well he’s a heavy sleeper and God forbid that those two should not have sex for a single night.

I didn’t feel like I got any sense of who these people are and unfortunately I could care less about them. The sex was there but I didn’t really give a damn if it was good nor not. As I’m on a tirade right now, you know what folks, I’m about sick of this line – yes we’re two dudes who are [insert any of the following – lovers, married, partners] but we’re not gay, we’re really bisexual. Arghh!

I didn’t like this book and by the end of it, I didn’t feel the need to read the first one in the series. Maybe I’ll try another one from this author.

Happy reading folks!

Rating: D

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Her Game, Their Rules
by Lara Valentine
Release Date: August 20, 2012
Publisher: Siren