Dirty Deal by Christine Bell

You just know when a book starts with a dating auction where a muscled military man simply has a few twig and berries covering his twig and berries that you’re in for something good!

What’s it About?

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Professional matchmaker Serena Elliott spends her workdays helping clients find love. It’s the perfect gig. She gets to see the good part of the relationships…before things inevitably turn to crap. She leads her own love life the same way. Get in, and get out before things get too complicated. One date with sexy army doctor, Bryan Metcalf, won’t be enough to make her change her mind, no matter how hot it gets…

Bryan has had his share of crazy women and isn’t in the market for another relationship that ends by way of restraining order. When Serena Elliott gets into a bidding war for him at a charity bachelor auction, he’s a little worried. Turns out she’s just as anti-relationship as he is, and could be the solution to all his problems. If he can convince her to be his fake girlfriend, he just might be able to spend the rest of his leave in peace. Now if only he can stop thinking about that night on the beach…

But there are other forces at work that believe these two belong together, and they just might find out that happily ever afters do exist.

First Impressions

Bryan agrees to endorse Serena’s dating agency, but only when she offers to be his fake girlfriend to get a crazy ex off his back. Their relationship may have started as a sham, but there’s nothing fake about the chemistry between these two. They do it on a beach under the boardwalk, on a kitchen counter, and eventually they get around to doing it in a bed. They’re dirty alright. Oh sooooo delightfully dirty.

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Complications

We all know that when it comes to romance novels, if a relationship starts off as a farce it’s gonna turn into something more very quickly. This rule definitely applies in this novel as well. Bryan is leaving for military service in a few weeks, and although they both just want to have a casual fling, they start to develop a more intimate relationship as their sex locales move from outdoors to an actual bed. A word to the wise however: don’t admit your innermost feelings of love to someone in a karaoke song. Be an adult, not a sitcom character.

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Series: Perfectly Matched, book 2.

Should you read it? A cute read with some delightful sex scenes throughout. A bit of a cheesy ending with a karaoke love confession, but overall not too bad.

Smut Level: Both characters have an adorable and teasing connection with each other, but also enough passion to fog up a few mirrors.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. Entangled: Brazen. 159 Pages.

Bait N’ Witch by Abigail Owen

Another great addition to the Legendary Consultants series by Abigail Owen!

What’s it About?

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In love with the witch hunter father of her charges…Rowan McAuliffe has been hiding most of her life. Secretly trained in her powers by an unusual source, she’d been taught not to trust anyone. Especially other witches. However, after she was forced to perform a hateful act against her will, she now hides from the Mage High Council who seek answers, and possibly her life.

Greyson Masters is the Council’s best enforcer–a witch hunter who lays down the law. Despite the danger of his job, Greyson is also raising his triplet daughters. Alone. Budding new witches who display an alarming combined power no one understands. Too bad he hasn’t got a clue how to deal with them.

Little does Greyson realize that the new nanny sent to him by Legendary Consultants is the very witch he is hunting. When the truth is revealed, can these two opposing forces find a way to listen to their hearts? Or will Greyson have to follow orders and kill Rowan–the one woman who has made his soul come alive?

First Impressions

When this novel first started, I couldn’t help but feel like it was the Sound of Music meets Harry Potter. And honestly, you can’t really go wrong with that combination! I mean, you’ve got the delightful nanny who comes to help look after the sometimes rambunctious children. There might not be seven of them, but when you’re dealing with three teenage triplet witches, it’s a pretty close comparison.

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Then you have the strict father who is all about following the rules, yet still has an obvious love for his children, and a growing desire for the nanny who is having such a positive impact on all of their lives. There might not be any singing or Nazis in this book, but you’ve got  witches, werewolves, a Mage High Council, and plenty of sexual tension that is just bursting at the seams! And I’m talking about the seams of Grey’s pants of course.

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What I love about this series is that although there is a continuing story line throughout each of the three novels, we are offered a different perspective of the events which have transpired based on the characters who are being featured as the leads in any given book. An added bonus is the fact that each novel deals with a new kind of paranormal couple.

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In the first book you had a nymph and a demi-god, in book two you had a pair of alpha werewolves, and in this one you have some very talented witches with an unbreakable bond between them. You still see a reference to the characters and events from the previous novels, yet by constantly switching up the “species”, as it were, it’s basically a guarantee to never get bored!

Living with a Witch Hunter

A large portion of this novel deals with Rowan trying to hide her true identity from Grey, as he is actually a witch hunter who has been tasked with hunting her down. This complication definitely adds to the building sexual tension between them, as every time they get too close Rowan has to pull away, or risk discovery.

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The one thing I would have liked more information on was the evil werewolf forces chasing after Rowan. This feature was brought in rather quickly towards the end of the novel, and I felt like we really didn’t get to understand who this werewolf was, or why she was dead set on getting revenge against Rowan. Yes, technically the motive was mentioned, but I think a few more scenes involving this enemy would have added to a deeper understanding of the story.

*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: Legendary Consultants, book 3. Can’t wait to see what comes next!

Should you read it? Another great read in this paranormal romance series. I think the enemy werewolf could have been introduced a bit earlier on in the story, but once again we have some amazing characters that you can’t help but root for to overcome the forces of evil and find a happily ever after.

Smut Level: Witch sex is the best. Nothing like casting a little protection spell between lovers to ensure a condom isn’t necessary. Freakin’ brilliant.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $1.99 Kindle Price. Amazon Digital Services LLC. 193 Pages.

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Victorious by Marie Force

Well, well, well, it looks like our sexual dominant was finally let out to play.

What’s it About?

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After surviving a traumatic event at age fifteen and the ensuing estrangement from her family, Natalie Bryant has worked for years to reinvent herself into the woman she is today—a happy teacher fresh out of college and enjoying her first winter in New York City with her faithful dog, Fluff, by her side. Natalie isn’t expecting her life to change completely during a routine stroll through Greenwich Village on a blustery January day. But when Fluff breaks loose and charges into a park, Natalie gives chase and crashes into her destiny. Only after Fluff bites and draws blood from the man who accidentally knocked Natalie down does she realize Fluff has bitten the biggest movie star in the world.

He has no business being enthralled by the gorgeous, young, innocent teacher…Natalie captivates Flynn Godfrey from the first moment their eyes meet while she is lying on the ground and he’s fighting off her ferocious little beast of a dog. The only thing Flynn knows for certain is if he lets Natalie get away, he’ll regret it for the rest of his life. After only a short time in her presence, Flynn is prepared to change who he is to be what she needs. He knows he’s in big trouble when she says she won’t sleep with him and he doesn’t care if it means he gets to keep her in his life. But can he turn his back on the lifestyle that has defined him? Can he deny the desires that drive him to give Natalie the introduction to love and romance she so deserves? And most of all, can he keep his truth hidden from her long enough to have forever with her?

First Impressions

So at the end of the last book, Nat chose to leave Flynn after realizing he lied to her face about his kinky sexual preferences. She tells him that she needs space to think over their relationship. Yeah…that lasts for about one day, and only 8% of the book. What follows is Flynn slowly introducing Nat to the BDSM lifestyle, and his sexually dominant side finally comes to the forefront.

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Although I was a tad disappointed that Nat fell back into Flynn’s arms, or bed for that matter, so quickly, I must say it was kind of nice that he didn’t push her in regards to her hard limits. For example, touching. She wants to touch him during sex, and he actually lets her. How many times do you read a book with BDSM aspects where as soon as the female lead says she wants to touch the man he ties her hands to the headboard?

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They really do take baby steps in exploring BDSM together, and they don’t do anything too over the top. Believe me, I’ve read much worse. If anything, I felt like things were almost too repetitive. He loves providing her with things that vibrate, and he seems rather obsessed with her butt. Come on man, worship other parts of her anatomy already.

*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: Quantum series, book 3. The last book featuring Nat and Flynn as main characters.

Should you read it? Overall, this series was very sexy, but also had it’s sweet moments as well. All three books are very quick reads, and kind of addictive, but they could also be overtly sappy with too many endearments and declarations of true love.

Smut Level: Our dominant no longer has to reserve his BDSM fantasies to his dreams.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $4.99 Kindle Price. HTJB, Inc. 270 Pages.

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Hell’s Knights by Bella Jewel

You know, throughout the entirety of this novel I lost track of the number of times Cade told Addison to “shut the f*ck up”. After a while, it almost became a phrase of endearment, which I didn’t even know was possible.

What’s it About?

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Addison has had a hard life. Her mother is useless, and her father hasn’t been in her life for years. When her mother dies, she’s left with no money and an angry man after her. She goes to the only person she knows can take care of her right now – her father. She knows her father is the President of an MC club, but she doesn’t quite realize just how much she will come to rely on that club.

Cade is everything she knows she should stay away from, and yet she can’t seem to keep herself from wanting him. He’s the club VP, gorgeous, rugged, charming and he makes her feel again. She should be running, she should be escaping the demons of her past, but instead she finds herself falling for the gorgeous biker. Come on this whirlwind romance with two broken people, who figure out how to put each other back together.

First Impressions

I think I need to take a break from biker romances for a while. I always end up finding the male lead to be way too dominating, and sometimes the sex scenes can even be too descriptive for my tastes…which is definitely saying something. When it came to this novel, not only was I not a huge fan of Cade as our male lead, but I found Addison to be a rather annoying character as well. I think part of this had to do with the voice of the audiobook narrator, who made the character come across as whiny and always in the midst of throwing a tempter tantrum.

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Porn Vs. Romance

When it comes to the relationship between Cade and Addison, it sort of felt like I was reading a porno for a good amount of the time, rather than a romance blossoming between them. It starts off with Addison peeking in on Cade having sex with another woman, and progresses to them having sex on his bike, on a bar, exploring a rather acrobatic oral sex move, and a detailed scene involving a few ice cubes.

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Outside the Bedroom

As for the events taking place out of the bedroom, Addison seems dead set on getting herself into trouble, even though it was ridiculously avoidable in most cases. She refused to listen to any voice of reason from either her father or Cade, even when they were trying to keep her safe from a murderous pimp who has set out to kill her.

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Spoiler alert! This pimp captures her, and it was so incredibly frustrating because you just knew it was going to happen. What’s more, it didn’t have to happen! It was also incredibly easy to spot how it would all come about from a mile away. Throughout this entire novel, I started to get a headache from rolling my eyes so much.

Series: The MC Sinners, book 1. I might give book 2 a try, but it will probably be a while before I do.

Should you read it? I’d recommend reading this book over listening to it. The narrator’s voice contributed to Addison coming across even more whiny and childish than she already was. If you like biker romances you might get a kick out of it, but it wasn’t my cup of tea.

Smut Level: This book is overly descriptive, especially when it comes to the scenes of Addison’s tragic rape throughout her teenage years at the hands of a monster. Very hard to read at times.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. Amazon Digital Services LLC. 211 Pages.

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Redemption Bay by RaeAnne Thayne

This is an extremely dangerous series. It’s got me contemplating moving to Idaho for crying out loud. Idaho! I mean, just look at that cover image. So serene and majestic, it’s like a Bob Ross painting.

What’s it About?

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McKenzie Shaw would do anything for her beloved hometown of Haven Point. It may be small and struggling, but it’s never let her down…unlike gorgeous, infuriating Ben Kilpatrick. He was her childhood hero until he closed his family’s factory, leaving the town’s economy in shambles. Now he’s back—his tech firm is considering opening a local facility. For Haven Point’s sake, McKenzie has to grit her teeth and play nice.

What could a town filled with painful memories ever offer Ben? He left Haven Point behind years ago, for good reason. Yet seeing the town through the eyes of McKenzie—its fiery young mayor—he suddenly has his answer. If only he can resolve the animosity crackling between them, Ben may have found the place where he can build ties and find healing…a place where love arrives when it’s least expected.

First Impressions

Unbeknownst to me before starting this book, it’s actually the second novel in the Haven Point series, and I had fortuitously already read book one a few months ago. Gotta love when not having a plan comes together so well! From the few details I remembered of the first book, I recall it took place in an adorably beautiful small town and was an incredibly sweet read. I’m happy to say that this second book definitely followed in the footsteps of the first. Not really a sexy or suspenseful read, but you’ll walk away feeling content with this cutesy novel.

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The Joys of Small Town Living

I must say, this idyllic Idaho town was reminiscent of Stars Hollow in Gilmore Girls, specifically in regards to its small town charm. You also can’t help but love all of the adorably nosy townsfolk who get all up in your business. One thing’s for sure, this town and its inhabitants are definitely brimming with personality! Especially when a man returns to Haven Point that everyone blames for the town’s economic downfall. Can they forgive him for his past mistakes, or will they continue to hold a grudge?

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A Complicated Love Tale

An interesting love story develops between Ben and McKenzie, which is heavily influenced by past perceptions and current dilemmas. McKenzie loves this town more than anything, and sees Ben as the reason for it’s present financial problems. She’s set on making him feel as unwelcome as possible, but when she discovers that he has the ability to turn the town’s misfortunes around, getting a little close to him seems like the only answer.

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As for Ben, Haven Point holds nothing but painful memories he’s trying to put behind him. Work is the only thing that brings him to town, and after that he has no intention to return again or bring his business here. But when the sexy mayor next door spends more time with him, leaving is the last thing on his mind.

Series: Haven Point, book 2.You don’t really have to read the first one, but that’s definitely a good Christmas romance.

Should you read it? It’s not one you have to rush out and read right this very minute, but it’s definitely a sweet and relaxing read. Good for the beach!

Smut Level: No sex to speak of, but a few smooch sessions here and there.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $6.49 Kindle Price. HQN Books. 379 Pages.

Tempting the Player by J. Lynn

I have determined that my favorite kinds of audiobooks are those with both a male and female narrator. When it’s just the one over the other I find that female narrators tend to go way too deep with the male voices, whereas male narrators make the female leads sound all breathy and whiny. Unfortunately, this book falls into the latter category.

What’s it About?

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Chad Gamble, all-star pitcher for the Nationals, is one of the best players on—and off—the field. And right now, the notorious bad boy wants Bridget Rodgers. But with her lush curves and snappy comebacks, the feisty redhead is the kind of woman a man wants to settle down with…and that’s the last thing Chad needs.

When the paparazzi catch them in a compromising position, Chad’s manager issues an ultimatum: clean up his act or kiss his multi-million dollar contract goodbye. To save his career, his meddling publicist says he’ll have to convince everyone Bridget isn’t just his flavor of the week, but his girlfriend.

Being blackmailed into a fake relationship with Chad Gamble isn’t easy, especially when the sizzling physical attraction between them is undeniable. With a month to go on their arranged pretense, it’s going to take every ounce of willpower they have not to fall into bed together…or in love.

First Impressions

These two have perfected the art of dancing around not only their feelings for each other, but also their sexual relationship. The entire novel is basically a do-si-do of slow, slow, quick, quick, slow. Upon first meeting they are quick to go back to his place where it doesn’t take long for Chad to bring Bridget to the ultimate pleasure point. However, it’s when he’s in the bathroom cleaning up that she gets intimidated over the concept of dating a player, so she flees.

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When they reunite some time later, and Bridget is basically blackmailed by Chad’s publicist to date the player, she consistently puts a hold on any moment of sexual tension between them. It takes a loooooong time before they do anything intimate again, and it’s only because Chad says enough is enough. Let’s do this! When they do come together they definitely do it right, but it was a frustrating build-up to finally get there.

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As the story progresses, you quickly realize that it’s only a matter of time before something goes wrong between our contractual lovers here. After all, after so much build-up for them to finally end up in bed together, something’s gotta go wrong! In this instance, they have a pretty large spat over a minuscule misunderstanding which could have been resolved soooo easily!!! So frustrating.

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At one point during this large spat between them, Bridget thinks/complains to herself, “He won’t even listen to me for 2 seconds to explain myself!” In this instance, there was literally zero exaggeration. In the span of 2 seconds, Bridget could have resolved their entire argument, but instead she chooses to keep her mouth shut, and let Chad walk out the door in a hissy fit. Yes, he was being a whiny little douche who jumped to conclusions, but the fact that Bridget didn’t just yell out the truth at the top of her lungs made me more annoyed with her than with our temper tantrum throwing Chad.

Series: Gamble Brothers, book 2.

Should you read it? Definitely has it’s frustrating moments, but also some sexy ones thrown in there too.

Smut Level: At one point Chad reaches his breaking point, and decides there’s no point waiting anymore when they both obviously want it so bad. Gotta love he comes to this realization when they’re in a dressing room.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. Entangled: Brazen. 304 Pages.

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Talking Dirty with the CEO by Jackie Ashenden

I positively LOVED this book! We’re not really dealing with “dirty talk” so much as ironically sarcastic flirtation, which apparently is just as good!

What’s it About?

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Gadget journalist Christie St. John is more geek than chic. But when research for an article she has to write on online dating leads to the bed of the hottest guy she’s ever met, she knows that if the geek is to keep the hottie CEO, she’s going to have to come out of her digital shell.

Tech mogul Joseph Ashton never expected an Internet blind date to end in the best sex of his life. Yet as the chemistry between him and Christie burns out of control, he can’t help but think this woman is out for his money like all the rest. She claims she wants his heart instead – but that’s the one thing he can never give.

First Impressions

Yes, technically CEO is in the title, but this really isn’t your typical billionaire romance. Believe me, you won’t be making comparisons to 50 Shades anywhere up in this business! I mean, these two talk about her UGG boots in the midst of their dirty talk. Although Joseph might have billions, money is never really a huge part of the story, which I found to be unbelievably refreshing. Much more focus is placed on how his ADHD could impact their relationship, thereby providing an added layer of depth to the story.

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Love in the Digital Age

In a way, this story is more of a geeky love story than a romance featuring a dominating billionaire. Both characters are rather techy, and flirt online in a chat room under the names of “Naughty Girl” and “Love Machine”. To be completely honest, I’m terrible with technology, so I really appreciated that the novel never got to be overly technical to a point where I couldn’t connect with the characters. Believe me, this has happened before in other romances when love blooms between two self-appointed nerds, so I was happy that I could still follow along. And with those user names, how could you not be intrigued to read more?!

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Series: Talking Dirty, book 1.

Should you read it? Yes please! The chemistry between these 2 characters is awesome. Beyond the physical side of things though, they really do help each other become stronger people. He helps her stand up to her critical parents, and she show shim that he’s still worth loving in spite of his ADHD. And I’m officially in love with both of them!

Smut Level: Flirtation leads to bathroom sex upon first meeting. Then Christie quickly flees. When they reunite she’s somewhat hesitant to steam things up again, but let’s just say Joseph helps her with that little concern.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. Entangled: Indulgence. 187 Pages.