Sugar Rush by Belle Aurora

Consider this a friendly word of advice: whenever you choose to read this book, or any of the books in this series, be sure to have at least a dozen cupcakes on hand. At LEAST.

What’s it About? 

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Max Leokov has watched the people around him find love. At one point in life, he not only wanted that, but lived for it. He loved once. He loved with all his heart. His heart broken, he was left to care for his young daughter. He deserves a second chance. Helena Kovac has spent years studying. She has worked her ass off to get her degree. She doesn’t have time for love. Hell, she doesn’t have time to mess around, even. Books and work are her life. Everything else comes second. When Max and Helena join forces to help his daughter, Ceecee, they are shocked at the spark between them. A cynic. A workaholic. When love hits, it hits hard. And sometimes, love hurts.

First Impressions

Max is the ultimate flirt, and Helena has had the biggest crush on him for a while now. But when, for some inexplicable reason, Max failed to flirt with Helena at a party, her opinion of him quickly soured. When Max finds out that Helena isn’t his biggest fan he makes it his personal mission to change her opinion of him. Remember that ladies and gents. You start to ignore a flirt, and you’re just asking for the smolder.

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Silly Rabbits

This book definitely had some hilarious moments, and Helena herself had a few interesting mannerisms. She would have rather funny conversations with herself, as well as her Johnny Depp poster, which basically acted as her live-in boyfriend. Honestly, that sounds like something I would do. Well…would have done. When I was 12. She also equates delicious food to tasting like Jesus/unicorn tears. I can’t say I’ve ever done that one.

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Despite their rough start, Max and Helena eventually give-in to their sexual chemistry. They both want sex, but neither wants to get involved in a committed relationship. So they basically decide to be horizontal mambo partners, and tell everyone they know that they’re dating, including Max’s daughter CeeCee, even though they technically aren’t dating. Silly rabbits, you actually think that’s gonna work? Pardon me whilst I giggle at their ludicrous plan. Combine that with the fact that she’s helping his daughter CeeCee with her physical therapy, and you just know that emotions are gonna get involved pretty damn quickly. Don’t fight the love!

Missing Something

This book was similar to the previous two novels in the series in that there were a lot of laughs throughout. There were also quite a few detailed and sexy sex scenes, as well as the same lovable characters that were presented in books 1 and 2. However, the one thing this book lacked in comparison to the first two was that element of suspense. There was some drama surrounding Max’s ex-wife, not to mention another bitch who had a crush on him, but it definitely wasn’t on the same level of intensity. I mean, we had death threats and shootings in the other books.

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Series: Friend-Zoned, book 3.

Should you read it? All in all this was probably my least favorite of the series so far, but that’s not to say I hated it. I still loved Max and his interactions with his brother Nik, who was the male lead in book 1. Helena’s quirkiness also reminded me of myself at times.

Smut Level: Delightfully sexy.

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Romancing the Billionaire by Jessica Clare

About a month ago I made a vow to myself that from now until the New Year I would only read books which authors had provided to me for review. You see, my list of ARCs is getting rather large, so I wanted to dedicate the rest of the year to knocking off as many from that list as possible. Well, that little promise to myself lasted about…15 hours. Once I saw that the next book in the Billionaire Boys Club series had been released I knew I had to have it. Immediately. I can’t help it, I absolutely adore this series! Each book is sexy as hell, and this ended up being one of my favorites. Even though I broke my vow I managed to finish all 304 pages in one day, so it didn’t distract me for too long. Gosh, I may have an addiction to this series. Including the cover art.

romancingJonathan Lyons is basically the Indiana Jones of the modern world. Minus the religious elements and melting people of course. He’s an adventurer, and a rich one at that. He also has a pretty impressive six pack, which is kind of weird when you think about it. Does he stop work in the middle of an archaeological dig site to do 1000 sit-ups or something? Maybe bench-press a few mummies? I doubt there’s exactly a gym with free weights in the middle of the Amazon. Sorry, I digress (you should probably get used to that by the way). Anyway, when Jonathan learns that his mentor has passed away, and possibly left behind a journal which could lead to a priceless artifact, Jonathan is determined to find it. There’s just one little problem standing in his way: Violet. She’s the daughter of his mentor, as well as his former lover from years ago. In order to find the artifact it requires both of them to work together and follow a list of clues to the ultimate prize. After a couple of clues these two love birds rediscover their attraction for each other, and do quite a bit of bumping and grinding beneath the sheets. Tee hee 🙂

There were two main reasons why I enjoyed this book so much more than some of the others in the series:

1) It was just so darn exciting! Almost like a sexy scavenger hunt. I know I referenced Indiana Jones earlier, but it’s almost like National Treasure too! Our heroes need to follow a bunch of clues which reference a bunch of old dead people that I couldn’t possibly solve. The added benefits of this book are that we don’t have to watch a balding Nicolas Cage run around awkwardly, and there is more smut! There was a pretty decent amount of sexual tension build-up before we got to the really good stuff, but the wait really didn’t bother me because I was so wrapped up in trying to figure out where their next clue would lead them.

2) Jonathan is definitely more likable than the other boys in the Billionaire Club. He isn’t a complete jackass like some of the others, or a really annoying playboy. After things ended with Violet all those years ago he could never bring himself to get involved in a real relationship with another woman, so he would just hire hookers from an escort service to fulfill his physical needs. Well isn’t that…sweet? Ok, so he was pretty sketchy in that respect, but you could tell throughout the book that his feelings for Violet never completely went away. Their back story was so much more poignant and moving than the leads in the other books. One scene in particular was kind of heartbreaking when Jonathan discovered the real reason why things ended with Violet when they were younger. Something about reading how such a tough macho man like Jonathan could break down into a heap of tears just got to me. Man, I am such a pathetic sap!

Looking back in the series, my least favorite book was actually probably the first one, Stranded With a Billionaire. However, even though the books don’t really follow each other, and you could definitely get by without reading the others, it just seems like blasphemy to not go in order. Especially considering the first book goes into more detail about what the Billionaire Boys Club is, and who all is involved. There are some features which are present in each book, including a misunderstood rich alpha male, a balanced amount of humor and smut, and even a little mystery as to how the two leads can overcome their differences (and sometimes even hatred for each other) to end up together. If you are going away for a week or two on a beach vacation, then I would definitely recommend bringing this entire series along. So now that that’s out of the way, I pinky promise to only read ARCs from now until January 1st. But…the next book in the With Me in Seattle series just came out. Shit!

Series: Billionaire Boys Club, book 5. There is only one more book left in this series, and once I read it I don’t know what I’ll do with myself. Probably cry.

Should You Read It? If you have read any of the other books in this series, and had a good time, then I’d say hell yeah. If you didn’t enjoy a previous book in this series then I would say back away slowly.

Smut Level: You have to wait about 50% to get to it, but when you do it is steamy hot. At one point they rock the bed so much a painting almost falls off the wall. Nice!

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Love Kinection by Jennifer James

love kinectionAre you a nerd? Have you watched every episode of Dr. Who? Have you seen The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? Well I have NOT which means about 85% of the funny jokes in this book went right over my head! I mean, what the f*%k is a TARDIS, and why is it so cute that it’s on her coffee mug?!

Abby Fine is having a pretty bad Valentine’s Day. After all, it’s the one year anniversary of her wedding day that didn’t happen because her fiancé ran off with her sister. Jack-ass. She also just got a text from said sister saying that she was going to Vegas to marry said jack-ass. What a bitch! This little piece of news causes Abby to break her iPhone, and she has no choice but to allow office hottie and tech guru, Tom, to come over and help her fix it. The fact that he brings Chinese food, video games and kisses her whenever he can is just a bonus.

This book was actually pretty funny, but as I stated earlier, I didn’t get the majority of the jokes because of their reference to all things pop nerd culture. To be honest, this kind of pissed me off! It’s like when everybody is laughing in a room, and you don’t know why. I knew when the author was trying to be funny, but it meant nothing to me. Abby and Tom quoting Dr. Who back and forth was supposed to be cute, and show how they had a connection, which I still got, but it simply wasn’t as enjoyable as it could have been. Thank God I had seen The Princess Bride, as they practically summarize the whole damn movie during a date scene in the book.

Now, I have never been what these two consider to be a nerd. But goodness gracious it sounds like I’m missing out because these two were freakin’ sexy. Holy snap, crackle pop did they know how to talk dirty. There were definitely some hot and steamy scenes throughout this little book, which me likey. Although, there was an awful lot of licking involved, which was just weird. I’m talking licking of the chest, ears, lips, side of neck, back of neck…basically all of neck was up for licks. Are they part cat, for crying out loud? I’m surprised there wasn’t any toe licking involved. At least…I don’t think there was.

My absolute favorite part of the book came at about 80% (sorry, I have a Kindle, it’s the only way I can judge book length), when Abby’s ex-fiancé tries to win her back. I was a little worried at first because this chick got teary-eyed so many damn times throughout the book that I thought she’d collapse into a pile of tears and snot. Luckily, Abby finally grows a pair and punches the dirt bag right in the face. You go girl! Now kick him a little bit. And pull his hair. It was nice to see Abby turn from what can best be referred to as an emotional mess into a tough chica. Tom was also freakin’ adorable. I may not be a nerd, but I can appreciate a sexy nerd when I read about one. He also saved a widdle-biddy kitty which is just so cute!

Series: Nope, pure stand-alone, which is refreshing.

Should you read it? It only took me about 2 hours to read, but I would really only recommend it if you have more of an insight into “nerd culture”. If you do, then you’ll probably find this book really funny, cute, and quick to read.

Smut Level: There was more build-up than I was expecting, and an awful lot of rubbing, but once they got down to the dirty deed it was pretty nice.

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Rush by Maya Banks

For those of you who follow my blog regularly (thank you by the way), you may remember that a few posts ago I held a poll concerning which book I should read next. Well this book won by a landslide!

Now I know that in a previous post I mentioned that my new life plan was to travel toRush London to snatch up a character from one of my reviews. Well, that plan’s out the window. I now have a new goal. Wanna hear it? Well too bad, you’re gonna hear it anyway! So my new goal in life is to travel to New York City, become a secretary for a big company, wait about a week, and have a brooding billionaire with a heart of gold fall in love with me. Because according to the vast majority of contemporary romance novels out there, Rush included, I’ve got about a 98% chance of this actually happening. Then I can buy my villa in the south of France and enjoy my piece of man candy at the same time. Oh, and maybe buy a panda.

Mia has known Gabe Hamilton for years. After all, he’s her brother’s closest friend and business partner. She’s also had a major crush on him since he first entered her life all those years ago. Gabe may be 14 years older than Mia, but when she struts into a party looking all provocative in a barely there dress (and her brother is conveniently absent), he decides to finally make his move and bring Mia into his world of pleasure.

To be honest, when I first started reading this book, I was a little worried that you all had led me astray. Why, you ask? Because in the beginning this plot followed practically line by line Fifty Shades of Grey. And we all know how I feel about that little piece of literature. We’ve got a sexy, untrusting billionaire who sets his sights on an innocent blushing beauty, and decides to have her sign a sexual contract which includes, but is not limited to, bondage, physical pain, and basically obeying his every wish. What is it with these billionaires and their sex treaties? Can’t you just meet a nice girl and take her to dinner and a movie like a normal person? I mean, talk about an awkward conversation. Gee Mia, you look nice tonight, now will you sign on the dotted line to become my sexual play thing? Thanks doll, you’re a peach. Also, why do these dudes always have to be billionaires? What, being a millionaire is just too low class nowadays?

Despite it’s similarities to Fifty Shades of Tomfoolery, there were some various elements which set Rush apart in a good way.

  1. Mia immediately admits to herself that this sex contract thing is absolutely ridiculous. It’s stupid, pretty demeaning, and completely out of character for her. But she also sets some ground rules with the contract so that Gabe can’t completely walk all over her.
  2. Gabe enjoys some elements of BDSM, but he declares outright that this isn’t because of some psychological trauma from his childhood, or because his parents weren’t in a loving relationship. According to him, it’s just a kink. Finally! A billionaire who doesn’t need therapy. He also tells Mia that they don’t need a safe-word, he understands that no means no. Awww, such a gentleman.
  3. The majority of the plot deals with Mia discovering this new world of sexual pleasure with Gabe. AKA, there isn’t a whole lot of plot (just like Fifty Shades). However! There is the whole element of them hiding their relationship from her brother, which I kind of liked. You know, the whole forbidden fruit idea.

The ending to this book was pretty awkward, but adorable as well. Let’s just say that Mia’s brother eventually finds out about her secret relationship with Gabe. He walks in on them in a rather compromising position. A blindfold and riding crop may have been involved. Ugh, I can’t even imagine the humiliation. I’d change my name and move to Bermuda. That being said, the very very end of the book is just so darn cute. It’s like Fifty Shades of Grey and the Hallmark Channel had a love child. Even though it didn’t really fit with the whole erotic tone of the rest of the book, it was a toe-curl inducing ending.

Series: Breathless series, book 1. I must say I am intrigued to read the other books in the series which deal with Mia’s brother, and another close friend in the billionaire group.

Should you read it? It’s not a must read, but it’s a good read.

Smut Level: Holy dirty talkers, these two have years of sexual tension to work off. I just hope they stay hydrated. Consider yourself warned that this book almost crosses the line at times into full on inappropriate territory. Almost.

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A Broken Us by Amy Daws

Well, I would personally like to thank author Amy Daws for not only providing me with an ARC of this lovely book for review, but also for making me cry. On my birthday. In a crowded airplane. You see, I was flying home after visiting my family for my 25th b-day, and was a blubbering mess of tears by the time I finished this book. I was worried the flight attendant would think I was having a nervous breakdown! Although, to be fair, a portion of my tears may have been attributed to the fact that the middle-aged man sitting next to me blasted the same two songs on his iPod for the entirety of the flight. One of them was “I’m a Barbie Girl”. But let’s get back to the book, shall we?A Broken Us

Finley and her boyfriend Brody have been trying to have a baby for some time. When a doctor tells her that she will probably never conceive a child, she fears what Brody’s reaction to the news will be. She decides to end their relationship and move to London to live with her friend Leslie. Finley tries to start a new life for herself abroad, including exploring a possible relationship with a hot Brit named Liam, but discovers that her mind constantly wanders back to the love of her life back in the States who has no idea why she left.

Honestly, when I first read the summary of this book I was a little worried. Let’s say it together people: a-dop-tion. There’s nothing wrong with it, and practically everybody’s doing it nowadays. You could be the new Brangelina, or whatever the hell their name is. I must say though, that this book did a really good job of explaining why this option was so difficult for Finley to accept. For their entire relationship, Finley and Brody had always loved the idea of “us”. It was always “I love us”, rather than “I love you”. For Finley, to not be able to have a child that was part of each of them, to not be able to look at something which was distinctly “us” was too hard to bear. I must say this “reasoning” made me understand her decision to leave a bit more, as well as appreciate all of the women out there who go through the same difficult decision. She also feared that if Brody found out she couldn’t have a child, he would eventually leave her to find someone who could. Again, whereas normally I would be extremely frustrated with this analysis (and at times while reading I was), the book does an amazing job of relating that this thinking isn’t in any way a slight to Brody’s character, but rather reflects how Finley sees herself as less worthy for not being able to provide what every woman was designed to do. Poor girl just needs a hug!

And now for the crying. Oh…my…God. Everything was going just fine, with a few little bumps in the road, and then BAM! Well hello plot twist, I didn’t see you there. I don’t want to give anything away, but just consider yourself warned that at about 3/4 of the way through this book you will probably need a box of tissues. Or three. Just make sure you aren’t sitting on a crowded airplane when you finish this book! I’m telling ya, I was like ugly crying. Although this book did have some very sad elements, it really does show the importance of family, and having a shoulder to cry on.

If I had to nitpick and find something I wish would have been a little different in this book, it would have been Finley’s relationship with the Adamson family. After going through a terrible miscarriage years before, Mr. and Mrs. Adamson decided to adopt a young girl, who became a permanent fixture in their lives. This family has a huge impact on Finley’s outlook on her life with Brody, as well as her acceptance of not being able to have children. However, we are only offered two scenes in which Finley interacts with them, and I felt like I missed the full impact of their discussions because they were so brief. I wish we could have gone a little deeper to really appreciate the influence this family had on Finley’s decision-making.

In my opinion, the absolute best part of this novel was not Finley’s newfound independence, or the loving relationship between Finley and her ex. Oh, no. That honor would have to go to Frank. Who is he, you ask? He’s one of Finley’s new roommates in London, and is without a doubt the comic relief in this story. God, I wish I could have a drink with this dude. He’s gay, and sadly always seemed to get a full on view of Finley’s “wobbly bits”. To say he was traumatized is a bit of an understatement. Definitely one of my favorite characters in the entire book, and probably one I’ll remember for quite some time. I also loved Liam! He was so understanding and sexy as hell. So, my new goal in life is to buy a plane ticket to London, snatch up Liam for myself, and then go to the corner pub with Frank for a pint. Sound good? Yeah, I thought so too.

*ARC was provided by the author for an HONEST REVIEW.*

Series: London Lovers, Book 2

Should you read it?: In a word, yes! This book isn’t just a romance novel, but really provides insight on dealing with loss, and the importance of loved ones. But for crying out loud, just be sure to have tissues on hand.

Smut Level: I can’t really remember the last time I read a book which had so many references to ear nibbling and neck breathing. Oh my, feeling a little flushed over here.

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