Monday, December 31, 2012

Restoring Jordan by Elizabeth Finn

5 Blissful Stars!!! What a pleasure to read! Elizabeth Finn knows how to write romance!!

Love with a strong side of smut ~ Elizabeth Finn
NO SH*T!!! That about sums up this book!

This story starts out rather raw, with Jordan approaching Adeline in a bar asking her question that took my breath away… “Do you want to fuck me?” Boy does she ever and boy did I want her to!! Innocent Adeline thinks it’s high time she experience what it’s like to have sex, she talks herself into it, convincing herself it’s a way of celebrating her newly appointed internship at Foster Architectural Design.

”I do not care what this man does to my body; I just want it to be him. I have no excuse for my want. I have no cause for my sudden uncontrollable urge to give myself to this stranger. I have no purpose but my long overdue need for this. I’ve set this part of my life aside for so very long. I’ve denied and refused to pay it any attention, and now it yearns, begs to get out. Was it the celebration, the culmination of my years of hard work that have unleashed this part of my soul? Do I care? My skin is on fire.”


It’s a night Adeline will never forget, and nor will Jordan, but for more reasons than just an rapturous orgasmic romp in the sack. There are regrets on both sides. Shame, anger, and feelings emerge that neither of them expect nor want.

“Maybe next time.” It was meant as nothing more than an expression, but he’s quick to respond. “I don’t do ‘next times.’”

HA! Eat those words Jordan!

My, my Jordan Ellinwood how I loathed you, and then you went from zero to hero in the space of a few pages. You wormed your way into my heart rather quickly, I felt like I had been shot with Cupid’s arrow and what an honorable and decent man you turned out to be. So sure and confident in your work, but not when it came to your heart…you question yourself, when you have so much love to give!

Adeline was sweet and innocent, but throughout the book she continued to grow in strength and character, small steps which she accomplished with Jordan by her side. My one issue with her was that she knew how much Jordan cared for her, yet she continued to question his motives, when it was quite clear, even though the words were not spoken, how he felt about her.

This is told from Adeline and Jordan’s POV’s. There is a lot of internal dialogue, but considering the story line, it was appropriate and never felt as if it was too much. There were so many great lines, lots of thought-provoking contemplation.

Jordan evolves into this school boy…giddy with excitement that Adeline wants him as much as he wants her. He’s relieved and it’s extremely telling of his true nature and vulnerability, and my goodness…I loved him!

I was hoping that Elizabeth Finn would not take the story in a direction she already explored in one of her other books, not that it would have been a bad thing to do, but I wanted something different and she didn’t disappoint! In the end I wanted to skip through a field of flowers…I was jubilant, laughing out loud and had tears of happiness running down my face!

Excellent writing…erotic, passionate, fun, along with a compelling story and two characters that will steal your heart. I won’t soon forget this one and I can’t recommend it enough!

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Brother's Keeper by Elizabeth Finn

4 Stars! A Sizzling Controversial Read!

"Not having sex has never been so much fun."

I'm going to start off by saying, I don't think I've ever read so many sensual, seat-squirming, off-the-chart HOT scenes that didn't involve the actual act of sex! PHEW!!! The misting fan needs new batteries!!

I had a little bit of an issue with Rowan's age in the beginning, she's 17 on the cusp of 18 and Logan is 7 years her senior, BUT as I continued to read, there was no doubt in my mind that these two were meant to be. The circumstances that brought them together were innocent enough, and Logan's intentions were nothing but admirable, even though his mind started to wander to other places early on. Prior to this he never considered Rowan anything more than his sister's best friend...I was confused by that. It's like he suddenly had an epiphany of desire for Rowan, yet somehow it worked. Even though Rowan was a willing enough partner, Logan never crossed the line until her age was no longer an issue. Rowan's lack of experience when it came to the opposite sex, had me wondering how she could know so early on who and what she wanted, but I guess when you know, you know. Logan insisted that he not take from her, what he could never give her back, even though Rowan wanted him to be the one. He knew that eventually what they had would come to an end...or would it?

"This is my place. I belong to her and my place is by her side."

There were some rather difficult scenes to read that involved Rowan, heartbreaking, but like she did in the beginning, the author injected some much needed comic relief. For all the heartache the reader endures, the ending more than made up for it!

So here I go again!! I really think the author could have eliminated some of the sexually charged scenes, and given us a little more of Rowan and Logan, well just being Rowan and Logan. That is not to say that the story didn't shine through, because it certainly did, but I just felt that it might have been a bit too much. Just my take on it and my reason for detracting a star. Overall though, the chemistry between these two was certainly felt throughout the book, and whatever they engaged in at that moment, was extremely passionate and never felt forced.

As I sit here thinking about what to write, I can't seem to get these characters and this story out of my head, and that says something about the writing. Would I recommend this book? Yes! Am I going to search out more from this author? Absolutely!

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Gone Country (Rough Riders, #14) by Lorelei James

Story Rating -4 Stars
Romance Rating -4 Stars
Character Rating -5 Stars
Heat Level -3.5 Stars ( HUH, this is LLJ were talking about! )
Overall Rating -4 Stars

I've said it before and I'll say it again, LLJ can take the simplest of stories and make them totally WOW me!  This book was no different than the rest of the Rough Rider series, except the heat level was not as high. In this book we had the hero, Gavin's 16 year old daughter under foot,  so it was really hard for Gavin and Rielle, the heroine, to just do the humpty bumpty any time they wanted. When they did get it on…OH MY…it was VERY HOT indeed. Gavin and Rielle were absolutely perfect for each other. We also got a small side romance with Gavin's daughter Sierra and Boone, which had a bitter sweet ending. I so hope that LLJ writes a book for Sierra and Boone, that would also be a MUST read book for me.

All and all this was a fantastic story that kept me interested all the way through. I can say that I REALLY enjoyed it and if you’re a fan of LLJ's books, I can tell you that THIS book will not disappoint you.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Christmas Surprise by Janelle Taylor

3 Warm Fuzzy Stars!

Touching story about a young married couple, Tommy and Betsy, whose lives will be changing with the news Betsy is about to tell her husband. Their plan to delay the start of a family is being turned on its ear, when she finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. She’s in denial and is having a hard time telling her husband for fear he will not be happy.

They danced around each other for most of the book, and I wish that they would have revealed their secrets to each other a little sooner, so the reader could have shared more in their joy. A little less internal dialogue and more actual dialogue between Betsy and Tommy would have made the book more enjoyable. There is a slight faith based element, which added nicely to the story. It came the way of advice and support from an older neighbor, and was appropriate considering the inner turmoil that Betsy was experiencing. The story was sensual and descriptive enough for the reader to feel the couple’s chemistry, but by no means erotic. The love Tommy and Betsy had for each other was quite evident.

Best moment in the book…Tommy’s reaction to the news that he was going to be a father…adorable! A short, but heartfelt holiday read!

*A copy of this book was kindly provided by BelleBooks, Inc via NetGalley*

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Shadow's Stand (Hell's Eight, #5) by Sarah McCarty, Savannah Richards (Narrator)

3.5- 4 Stars
Genre: Historical Adult Romance/ Early American
Heat Barometer: 3 out of 5 flames

I started reading Sarah McCarty many years ago and fell in love with the Early American timeline she writes about in both Hell’s Eight and the Promises series. They seem very realistic from the rough terrain to the rougher times. Both are fantastic series with the kind of heroes I love and crave: all alpha, all possessive, all honorable, all loyal and above all, sexy as hell. They are REAL MEN, strong and protective and they choose what is right over the law.

I thoroughly enjoyed SHADOWS STAND in the audio version. The narrator did a beautiful job with each character’s voice and distinguishing between male and female. Also, the Chinese women’s submissive culture and attitude came across loud and clear.

The story takes off quickly as Fei saves Shadow from the hangman’s noose. She needs a man to marry so she can have a fresh start and collect her gold claim. Since she is Chinese and a woman she has no rights. Why she picked Shadow I don’t know, but she lucked out because Shadow was a goldmine.

This was a nice, easy listen that kept my interest. There were a few holes in the story line that I felt I needed more closure …(view spoiler) It also lacked the intense heat that I have felt in other McCarty’s books, she tends to be on the hot, hot side. She still had her dirty, descriptive talking, and the love scenes were stirring, but I would have liked a little more encounters especially because Shadow and Fei were so beautiful together.

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