Scandal’s Mistress – Bronwyn Stuart – 3 Stars

August 16, 2012 Uncategorized 1

Scandal's Mistress

I am coming to enjoy more historical romances as not all heroines are weak-willed imbeciles but are portrayed as women who are working hard to not completelysuccumb to society’s expectations.  In this title the heroine is in between a rock and a hard place forced to choose a path she would normally not consider.  It was a nice quick read and showed surprising depth with both the H/h.

Justin is desperately trying to get kicked out of his family.  He is the third son and not needed for anything per his father.  His mother is also extremely cold and more concerned with her position than her youngest child’s pain.  He has been raised tobelieve he is worthless and discard-able but for some reason no amount of scandal or trouble he causes has been able to get him completely freed from them.  He does have an uncle who has provided the only fatherly advice and love he has ever known.  He decides to do what he thinks will finally push his father over the edge by attempting to recruit an Italian opera singer to become his mistress.  He doesn’t want her love just her ability to play the part of his mistress and warm his bed.

Carmalina was a fun character to get to know.  She has been singing in London for a bit but due to the weather and air quality is losing her voice.  She keeps hoping it will hold on long enough for her to get enough money together to be able to leave England and head somewhere else so she can create a new life and shed the misguided reputation being an entertainer means being a whore.  She initially turns Justin down even though he makes a good offer because that isn’t who she is.  She is attracted to him but is not willing to truly become what others have always thought her to be.  She is a good woman and strong.  She unfortunately loses her voice and is robbed which leads her to make the deal with the devil.  She does ask for 7 days to make a final decision.  He cannot bed her during that time which drives him a bit mad.  This arrangement ultimately is set to last a year with a major clause being she cannot fall in love with him.

As we all know things like this don‘t often stay the case and once she gets to know him she realizes he is so much more than the wastrel everyone thinks he is.  He is just an extremely hurt man who never had any love or affection from those he needed it from most.  Everyone other than his uncle treats him like dirt or scum even though he has done nothing wrong.  Finding out why this treatment occurred was heartbreaking as no child deserves to be treated so poorly for the sake of revenge/pettiness.  I was happy to see the two of them truly find what they needed in life and found the sex scenes to be particularly moving as more is there than just sheer lust.  There is affection and love even if neither party originally sees it.

Go give this one a try!!  Special thanks to and Carina Press for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review. 

Scandal’s Mistress – Bronwyn Stuart – 3 Stars


Men of Smithfield – Mark & Tony or Gobsmacked (old title) – L.B. Gregg – 3 Stars

August 16, 2012 Uncategorized 0

Men of Smithfield: Mark and Tony (Men of Smithfield, #1)

As some of you know I am just venturing out in to M/M romances.  This story is a re-release of the title – Gobsmacked – but as I hadn’t read the original I cannot tell you how much may have been edited or added to the original story.

Mark is having a really crappy day…  He walked in on his boyfriend having sex with their truly disgusting landlord…  He backs out of the room without either man seeing him but then does something that had me giggling…  He quietly goes in to a pew behind him at Mass and hits him over the head with a book.  This of course causes a scene and he heads home to pack up and throw out everything that belongs to his now ex.  He has a lot to work thru and finding out that the ex also has stolen all of his money plus not paid the rent like he said he has just makes his day/week go all to hell.

Tony is a cop that has known Mark for years.  He originally was closeted (Mark has been openly gay for years even in high school) and rebuffed Mark all those years ago.  He is a protector of Mark and has always wanted him even though he kept it to himself out of fear.  This time he is there to help Mark recover from the humiliation his ex is putting him thru but is also there to finally claim what he has always wanted.

When these two get together it is hot, fast and oh dear gawd lusty.  My only complaint is it was a very quick transition on Mark’s part from his ex to Tony but at the same time there is a long history between the two men so the fast progression is within the realm of possibility.

There is more than just this connection involved in the story but you’ll have to read it to find out everything…  Evil of me I know.

Special thanks to and Carina Press for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review. 

Men of Smithfield – Mark & Tony or Gobsmacked (old title) – L.B. Gregg – 3 Stars


Intimate Enemies – Joan Swan – 4 Stars – Giveaway!!

August 10, 2012 Uncategorized 2

Intimate Enemies (Covert Affairs #1)

Twitter can be a wonderful thing occasionally.  I was scrolling thru my feed one day and stumbled across a tweet that ended up being from Joan advising that any bloggers/reviewers that would like to check out one of her upcoming books just drop her an email.  I did so figuring I’m new at this but maybe I would get lucky and have a shot at reading something new from an author I had heard good things about.

Lucky me!!  Joan was nice enough to write me back and not only ask me which book I would like to try out but when I couldn’t decide offer to let me read both.  Intimate Enemies is the first book of hers I have read and I must say I really enjoyed it.  Now…  I need to dig thru my TBR because I do own Fever but haven’t quite gotten thru the pile to it yet.  🙂

Intimate Enemies was a fairly quick read for me but had me rooting for the main couple to not only find happiness but victory over one of the main bad guys in this book.  I enjoyed the action but I must say the only thing I wanted more more more of was the main pair.  I wanted to see more of them together not only the really hot sexy scenes but the connection they had outside of the bedroom.

Cassie Christo is back in Mexico to find out more about the deaths of her mother and step-brother.  She knows who is responsible but as of yet has no true proof her scum of a stepfather committed the crime.  She is working on getting him out of the home she grew up in and also opening a clinic in town to help those less fortunate receive the medical care they need/deserve.  She isn’t looking for a relationship but has vivid memories of a stranger who held and helped her at her lowest point during the funeral and burial.  She wants to meet him again and see if the intense connection she felt at that time was real or caused by the emotional stress she was under.  She is a very driven woman and also naive at times by putting herself in some really risky situations.  She just wants to do what is right and not necessarily worried about her own safety.

Rio…  sigh….. Rio… What can I say.  Hmmm…  Sexy, brooding, intensely loyal, honorable, Alpha…  All these are definitely huge parts in what makes him such a compelling hero.  He runs in to Cassie again at the house where she finds out he is working for the man she despises and may have killed her family.  He was intensely attached to her family and also found himself wanting Cassie before he even met her due to the way they talked about her.  He met her at the funeral and had hoped that once he was free he would be able to look her up and see where their intense chemistry would take them.  He fights his feelings and attraction for her but cannot stay strong where she is concerned.

You see…  Rio is undercover trying to take down some really bad men in northern Mexico (human trafficking and terrorism play a major role).  As much as he wants Cassie he has to keep playing the game his undercover assignment requires.  He acts like he is a bad guy but Cassie senses and hopes that her instincts are correct that he is truly a good man caught up in a situation not of his making.  They play hot and cold due to this conflict but when they come together they really heat up things quickly.  You know he will always need to do the right thing even if it tears his heart out to have to try to hurt her.  You’ll love seeing them work their way to each other and help each other get the information they both need to get closure on both the mission and her family’s murder.

I loved this book and cannot wait for more in this series.  You will like watching the dynamics between all the characters in this book and cheer for the downfall of the bad guys.

Go grab it at Amazon, Barnes&Noble or Smashwords…  It’s worth it!!

Again special thanks to Joan Swan for allowing me to read this.  Keep them coming!!

I am going to give away a copy of Intimate Enemies from any of the stores above.  Please just share a comment below with your email address.  This is not sponsored by Joan …  I just really want to share this one with someone…  🙂     

Contest ends 8/17/2012 at noon Central.  


The Bloodgate Warrior – Joely Sue Burkhart – 3 stars

August 9, 2012 Uncategorized 0

The Bloodgate Warrior (The Maya Bloodgates, #2)

This one was a smoking hot read but a bit disturbing at times with all the biting, scratching and bleeding.  Let’s just say they both like it a bit rough and fighting is definitely encouraged.

Cassandra has been having explicit dreams since she nearly drowned.  Her grandmother gives her an ancient diary that has been handed down thru generations of women in her family.  This diary makes her dreams seem less crazy and more potentially life-changing than she expected.  She decides to go on vacation to Guatemala to see if there is any truth to the diary and if this will hold the answers to why she is experiencing these incredible yet disturbing dreams about a warrior.  As she and her friend enter Guatemala there is an earthquake which does play a part later in the story.

Técun is the warrior Cassandra has been dreaming of.  He turns out to be a Mayan god who actually is a being from another dimension.  He is Alpha, scary, loyal, devoted, and much much more to both her and his people.  He has returned to our world to finish off his mortal enemy who killed him in his last incarnation.  He likes to dominate and her blood helps strengthen his hold on power plus bring him in to this world again.  She opens a portal that allows him to come to her in the flesh and complete their bonding.

Part of this bonding includes him biting her to drink her blood but in doing so he not only marks her with his magic but she gets a really neat tattoo.  They both come together many times in this book both in dreams and in one majorly hot yet disturbingly bloody sacrificial scene that while both get incredible orgasms had me a bit squeamish with all the biting, clawing and blood drawing that occurred.  

Take a chance on this read because the Mayan references and details were wonderful to see.

A nice quick read but if blood letting, biting and extreme control are not your thing you might want to be a bit careful.

Special thanks to Carina Press and for allowing me to read this in exchange for my honest review.


Kansas City Cowboy – Julie Miller – 3 Stars

August 9, 2012 Uncategorized 0

Kansas City Cowboy

Not a bad read and has me wanting to read more in this mini-series.  I want to know who the Red Rose Rapist is and if we actually met him in this book.  I’m thinking we did and maybe just maybe I know who it is…

Both leads in this book have a common experience in infidelity and it plays a major role in some of the problems they encounter as they start to act on their amazing chemistry.

Kate is the Kansas City Police Department Forensic Psychologist and also acts as the public face for a task force investigating a serial rapist who may have just added murder to his repertoire.  She was cheated on by her husband and best friend which was brutally revealed to her when he had a fatal heart attack in the midst of a tryst.  She still has to deal with the ex-best friend and has shut off her heart and ability to trust anything other than her work since that time.  She is directed to handle Boone by the task force as he wants to barge in on this investigation due to the murder victim being his baby sister.  She also is having to deal with being targeted by an unknown assailant driven to leave messages on her vehicle and violate the sanctity of her home.

Boone is a small town sheriff burned by his now ex-wife who not only cheated on him but trashed his love of the small town and being comfortable with the country/ranch life.  He doesn’t quite know how to handle his sudden attraction to Kate or his fear that she will be exactly like his ex and not understand or be able to live a slower paced life with him.  He understandably is also reeling from his baby sister’s murder and the secrets it uncovers.  He’s brooding…  Alpha….  protective…. annoyingly stubborn…  and oh so sexy when he makes up his mind to act on this chemistry with Kate.  He pushes her past her insecurities and what they end up with is a wonderful thing to see.  I really hope we get to see them in the future and they truly remain blissfully happy.

The suspense and mystery of who killed his sister and who the rapist is were wonderfully done with a slight twist of who the mystery assailant was playing nicely in understanding the main pair and a really great insight in to how they can/will make their relationship work in the future.  After all everything between them is about trust and they realize that they can truly trust each other which is wonderful to see.

Special thanks to Harlequin Intrigue and for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.


The Druid Stone – Heidi Belleau – 3 Stars

August 6, 2012 Uncategorized 0

Let me start this by saying I am relatively new at reading M/M books but this one was so much more than the romance.  You have sidhe, druids, and other Irish folklore appearing thru this book.  You also have some heavier pschological issues at play which makes this a compelling read.

Sean has inherited a stone from his grandfather and since it became his it has given him nightmares of being tortured and killed in Ireland.  He has decided to give one last shot at clearing this up and maybe get a life by coming to Ireland to force a druid to help him.  He finds not only the cure to the nightmares but something he never expected.

Cormac..  sigh… what a tortured troubled soul.  Haunted by his past lover being taken to the sidhe realm he isn’t looking for anything other than a series on one night stands and even has a section on his phone called “Reliable” for those who would be good to hook up with as needed.  He doesn’t want to help Sean but gets drug in to this hunt for how to help him.  As this occurs he also gets pulled in from a more personal standpoint and finds himself falling for someone that will turn out to be more than just a temporary part of his life.

I enjoyed the dynamic between the two men but to be honest the sidhe and the history was more interesting to me than the main pairing.  The story is richly drawn and is a good bet if you are interested in Ireland at all.

Thanks to Carina Press and for giving me the chance to read this as it turned out to be more than expected.


Planning for Love – Christi Barth – 4 stars

August 2, 2012 Uncategorized 1

Planning for Love (Aisle Bound Trilogy, #1)

Let me start this by saying I’m normally not a fan of those people who in real life are like Ivy.  Those are the people in real life I want to just strangle…  but for some reason in this book I liked her.

Ivy is one of those women who is in love with love.  She has rose-colored glasses onwhen it comes to love which makes her chosen profession a good fit.  She is a wedding planner who is blindsided by a reality show at one of her events.  She of course is very concerned when she finds out as this show is known for hyping the trash factor and making it look more scandalous than it often is.  She meets Ben and they have a very intense one-night stand – day after until she makes a comment that makes Ben freak out on her a bit…  Just a wee bit..  but picks up the scraps and goes back to reality until..

Ben is not in the market for any sort of relationship other than the no commitment type..  aka sex and just sex but nothing more.  He doesn’t even really have a home but has his stuff floating from place to place with his sister.  He believes his family is cursed when it comes to love since that is an old family legend.  Plus I mean if no-onein your family for a few generations has been able to have a relationship work there has to be something to the whole curse thing right???  He comes back in to Ivy’s life by virtue of another show that the network has decided to do on wedding planners.  He was going to leave the network but the other job fell thru so now back to reality TV.  The crew fell thru and back to the grind he goes.  He and Ivy come to an understanding that they will have to work together so deal with it.  

This is where the fun begins…  you see their chemistry is off the charts but Ivy does relationships only and Ben doesn’t so we can’t act on it..  nope not going to act on it…  but *sigh* I have to act on it but it doesn’t mean what you think it means Ivy so lets just go out.  — Note how clueless he is —  

Ivy plays along but hopes that he will come around as long as she keeps sex out of the equation he’ll realize that he really loves her and finally join the land of the committed.

I’m going to be good and stop at this point so I don‘t give it all away but take a chance and read this.  I enjoyed watching the clueless Ben fumble his way thru this and the supporting cast was enjoyable.  Please give us more of these people in the future… Please…  LOL

Thanks to and Carina Press for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review. 

Planning for Love – Christi Barth – 4 stars


Deserving of his Diamonds – Melanie Milburne – 3 Stars

August 2, 2012 Uncategorized 0

This was a nice read.  Reminded me a bit of old-school Harlequins but not quite as cheesy.  

 Emilio finds out 2 years after he broke his engagement to Gisele that he should have believed her when she said she was innocent.  You see he broke the engagement due to the discovery of a sex tape purported to have her with another man.  He watched the tape and believed that she was lying to him.  Unfortunately for him she was innocent and the woman in the tape was her twin that she didn’t know about.  He then decides he must see her again to get the woman he believes will make the perfect corporate wife.  Once he sees her again he realizes she isn’t the meek woman he used to know but has more backbone and a feisty temper to match him better than he thought ever could happen.

Gisele was a meek innocent woman when she and Emilio first met and became involved.  The cruel way he cut her out of his life was underscored by what she discovered after their split and the aftermath of that discovery.  She has rebuilt her life in Australia far away from him in Italy.  She is still picking up the pieces but is determined to not let him back in to her life since she wonders he must really not love her.  I mean he never said it and his actions both then and now have her wondering if he is capable of loving her and trusting her the way she deserves.  She gets persuaded to act as if they have rekindled their relationship by him blackmailing her but then realizes he is the only man that can hold her heart.  
They of course have ups and downs in this reunion but overall it was a satisfying story.  Take a chance but suspend your reality lenses and enjoy the ride.

Thanks to and Harlequin for allowing me to read this in exchange for my honest review. 


Ten Girls to Watch – Charity Shumway – 4 stars

July 31, 2012 Uncategorized 0

Ten Girls to Watch: A Novel

A wonderful look at growing up and what might have been but what is truly worth having.

Dawn is a recent college graduate in New York City trying to make it as a writer.  She doesn’t quite know what she wants in life but thought it would include writing and her on/off again boyfriend Robert.  Unfortunately she and Robert are off again and he appears to have moved on with Lily.  He however continues to be a part of her life and Lily seems to be ok with having her there which makes Dawn a bit confused.  She writes under a pen name for a lawn care blog and due to a party invite from Robert and an introduction from Lily stumbles in to a chance to do a project for Charm magazine.

This is where the 10 Girls to Watch comes in to play.  You see Charm has done this feature for the past 50 years and needs someone to track these women down to get their stories.  Dawn learns a lot thru this process and also ends up meeting Elliot who is a bit of an ass.  She and Elliott go out a couple of times and to her it appears that a relationship outside of being with Robert might be starting but things are not always as they seem.  I loved seeing her grow up in this novel and find her way in the real world.  I also enjoyed seeing her friendship bloom with someone you wouldn’t expect.  I think I would love to see them again about 10 years in the future to see how they both end up.  My guess is happy, still friends and in love with their perfect partners…

Anyway..  for a good quick read and some major feel good moments grab this one.  It is deeper than I expected but still has some laugh out loud moments.

Special thanks to and Atria Books for givng me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

Ten Girls to Watch – Charity Shumway – 4 stars


Shadow Rising – Kendra Leigh Castle – 4 stars

July 31, 2012 Uncategorized 0

Shadow Rising (Dark Dynasties, #3)

I have to say this was an interesting read.  I found the world Kendra has built to be a fascinating one that I will have to read more of.  This is the third book in the series but my first one so I can feel safe in advising that you can read this without having read the previous books.

Ariane is a Grigori, a noble vampire race that is mysterious to all outsiders.  She has lived a life trapped at the luxurious desert compound and wants out to find her friend that has vanished.  She is unusual for a Grigori due to her emotions which have made her an outcast in her society.  She escapes the compound and promptly begins her search for her friend.  One of the leads she follows up on leads to her run-in with Damien.  She finds him annoying, overbearing and sexy as hell.  As much as she doesn’t want anything to do with him she knows she will need to work with him to get to the bottom of Sammael’s disappearance.  Of course those of us reading know these two have some smoking hot chemistry and will at least scratch the itch if not make it more permanent.

Damien is one broody, overbearing man but this masks a surprisingly tender man.  He believes himself to be worthless and doesn’t think that he deserves or is capable of love.  He tries at almost every turn to deny his feelings for Ariane but knows he wants her in his bed.  He is frustrating at times and towards the end of the book you just want to slap some sense in to him.  Even with all this going against him he is one majorly sexy beast that purrs.  He has friends that he is incredibly loyal to even if he acts like he has no cares in the world.
When the two of them get together it is not only smokingly hot but unbelievably tender. They are a perfect match in that he will protect her but understands she can kick butt provided you can get her to think for a second before she acts.  She will make him feel and provide him a safe harbor where he can finally belong and let his walls come down.  

The story itself was interesting and I am looking forward to reading the first 2 in the series plus any additional books that come out.  The next book should prove to be interesting as this one leaves the world in a bit of a mess.

Go grab this and take a chance.

Thanks to and Grand Central Publishing/Forever for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review. 

Shadow Rising – Kendra Leigh Castle – 4 stars