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Dirty Rowdy Thing (Wild Seasons #2), by Christina Lauren

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, and Beautiful Player, Book Two of the brand-new Wild Seasons series that started with Sweet Filthy Boy—a story of friends, love, and lust.

Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other…which would explain why their marriage lasted only twelve hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman—or just what he needs.
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I loved it! Finn and Harlow’s story was so great to read! I swear, if I had known, I would’ve tried harder to snag myself a fisherman like Finn Roberts while I was in Canada! And I’m only half kidding here…

“I want to see him haul a big net onto the deck of his ship. God, he would make majestic fisherman porn.”

When I finished reading Sweet Filthy Boy (which ends on an excerpt from Dirty Rowdy Thing) I was so excited to read the next book in this series! And now that I have, I can tell you that it didn’t let me down! I loved it just as much as Sweet Filthy Boy!

I can’t say I loved this book more because I really really loved book #1, and I truly loved book#2 just as much, but for different reasons. If I had to pick which one I prefer, it’d be like asking a mother to pick who’s her favorite child. It’s just impossible for me to pick.

“It’s one thing to want distraction, but I don’t need another obsession.”

I loved Finn and Harlow! Those two have some crazy chemistry! In this book, both Finn and Harlow have to deal with some serious personal matters. Finn is in San Diego to find a way to save his family’s business back in Canada, and Harlow has to cope with an issue that affect directly her family. So, to try and not think too much about their problems, they turn to each other for….distraction. And it works. It’s fun, it’s hot and it is sexy as can be, but it’s also very intense and a little more than just a distraction for the both of them. And with chemistry like they have, things are bound to get interesting between them. And as it turns out, they need each other more than they though.

“He’s built like a man who works with his hands, has a sense of humor drier than the Sahara, and the thing that gets him off more than anything in the world is giving you orgasms. What a nightmare.”

And since we’re dealing with some serious smut here, I just have to say this. Boy that was hot. First of all, Finn’s a bit of an alpha/control-loving lover, so I’ll just let you the pleasure of imagining how things go in the bedroom with our Canadian boy here. Second, but a definitely big and important point, Finn has a really, amazingly and deliciously dirty mouth! And since it’s no secret that I’m a sucker for dirty talker, well, let’s just say I was a very happy girl when Finn was feeling chatty 😉

“Good girl. Oh so fucking good, you like that? You like it? You’re candy on my mouth, fucking sweet. Wet, so ready, you wanna get fucked now?”

But one thing I love even more than just plain good ol’ smut, is when the smut isn’t just really hot sex with a little kink on the side, but all of that plus intimacy. And Harlow and Finn had just the right amount of all those things. It made their sex scenes really intense and I loved it! In those moments, they both let go and were so focused on each other, and they was so much happening between them. I just love it when “just sex” turns into something more. How they connected in those moments was just really cool. I loved it!

“Last night, you stopped being an easy fuck.”

I loved Harlow’s character. I loved getting to know the real her that we don’t really get to meet in book #1 but just see a tiny glimpse of. She was really funny and sweet and caring. And I loved her relationship with her father. Actually, I really loved the dynamic in her family and how she was like that with her friends too.

“if there’s one thing I know about my heart, it’s that it isn’t fickle. Once someone gets inside, they burrow deep in there, permanently.”

Harlow turned out to be a selfless heroine with the biggest heart, even with all the things she deals with in the book. She always makes a priority of her friends and family’s’ problems. And it was very moving when it was her turn to be taken care of and she let Finn do it.

“Finn swipes at my face with is thumbs. “I have to, sweetheart, you can’t be bound up any longer.”
It just feels like it’s the only thing holding me together.
“I know,” he says.
Oh God. I said it out loud.”

I was completely biased when it came to Finn. Seriously, the guy could do no wrong. I loved anything and everything Finn related. Until that moment at the 75% mark when he acted like the biggest, most idiotic jerk on the planet. Well he had to be a guy at some point and be stupid. But he knows he messed up. He says so himself…

“I am the biggest most self absorbed asshole of all time.”

I’m not really a fan of drama in books (and in general) but even if that part totally pissed me off, the little bit of drama present in the book isn’t dragged out forever so it was bearable.

I loved seeing more of Ansel and Mia as well as the rest of their little Vegas group. Ansel is as swoony and quirky as he was in book #1 (that moment in the café was really cute – even though the part in French was a little butchered). We are introduced to some new characters in this book and well let’s say that some hints for Dark Wild Night, book #3 in the Wild Seasons series are dropped here and there throughout the book. It just drives me crazy to have to wait 10 months to get my hans on this next book!!!!

I highly recommend this series to anyone! It is the perfect mix of sexy, fun, entertaining and easy to read with a touch of sensitivity. I personally, loved the first two books equally and I am sooooooo looking forward to the next book in this series. I just can’t wait to read about our two little geeks Ollie and Lola!

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Unbound, by Cara McKenna

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An all-new novel from the author of After Hours.

She set out to find herself, and discovered the darker side of desire.

Merry’s lost a lot recently—first her mother, then close to a hundred pounds. Feeling adrift, she strikes out in search of perspective. A three-week hike through the Scottish Highlands was supposed to challenge her new body and refocus her priorities, but when disaster strikes, she’s forced to seek refuge in the remote home of a brooding, handsome stranger…

Rob exiled himself to the Highlands years ago, desperate to escape his own self-destruction. Haunted by regrets, he avoids human contact at all costs…but when Merry turns up injured, he can’t very well run her off. And as he nurses her back to health, Rob can’t resist his guest’s sweet demeanor—or her flirtatious advances. The igniting passion between them rouses a secret appetite Rob has long struggled to keep hidden. But Merry craves nothing more than to help Rob surrender to his desires, and the journey draws the lovers into an entirely different kind of wilderness.

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“I never did a million things, it feels like, until I met you.”

Wow, this book was intense. I’m always happy to start a book by this author. She really has a writing style that works with me, and her stories are always so powerful.

“So often, we tell ourselves we don’t want or need things, simply because we’re rubbish at them.”

Between Willing Victim, After Hours, Hard Time and her other books, I have never been disappointed. And Unbound, even though it didn’t score has high as the other, was no exception.

“It had been a long time since anything had needed him. Depended on him.”

I really enjoyed the universe of this book and it’s characters. That’s the thing about her stories. They are, for the most part, character-driven stories. But she is such a great writer that being sucked into this little bubble with those characters is amazing.

“There’s a lovable person hiding somewhere inside you, Rob Rush. And I’m going to make his acquaintance if it’s the last thing I do.”

It’s also something I really enjoy about Cara McKenna’s books and characters. They fit even though almost everything separates them. Their connection is obvious but being together is almost impossible. Their lives or something else inevitably gets in the way of them being together but they just connect in a way that even though they don’t have everything figured out by the end of the book, they still take a chance on each other and on the possibility of what they can be. I love how unconventional her stories and couples are.

“With no other humans about, he was nothing more than an anonymous mammal – breathing and eating and living. But in the company of other people, he couldn’t help feeling he was the worst his species had to offer.”

I liked Merry’s character and how very open she is and determined. I loved how she reacted to Rob and how she could so easily read him. Rob was a very complex character, with a lot of issues to sort out. I loved his vulnerability and enjoyed how manly he felt in this book even though his kink demands of him to be very…docile.

“I felt broken. I had everything I thought a person needed to feel satisfied or fulfilled or secure or whatever, but I didn’t feel any of those things. I felt….Well, yes. I felt empty. Like some part was missing, some mechanism that converts success into contentment.”

It was very interesting to see this side of domination because it’s not everyday a book is written about it and also because even though it’s really not something I normally enjoy, or at least not as much as other books where men dominate women sexually, Cara McKenna succeeded in making me understand but also enjoy myself while reading those scenes. I didn’t feel weirded out by Rob’s needs in the bedroom or uncomfortable when I read about it and when he told Merry about his fantasies.

“You make me feel alive. Like, really alive. And awake. Plugged in, like my brain and my heart and my body, my sexual side…They’re all switched on, with you.”

But even though I enjoyed myself, I think the fact that I’m not really into this sort of dynamic between two people, still put a little damper on my appreciation of the book. I was able to understand and see the beauty of Rob and Merry’s connection in those scenes, but I think because my tastes are quite different, it prevented me from really connecting to Rob and Merry. Or perhaps “relate” is a better word.

“It wasn’t his desire that had poisoned him. It was his shame.”

The only thing that apart from what I said before that made me rate it a little lower than I usually would have, was that I felt that the chapters were so long. Not boring or anything, just very lengthy. I was surprised when I saw that this book was only a few 250 pages or so because it felt so much longer to me when I read it. Maybe it’s because I was tired while reading this book and couldn’t read than one or two chapters are a time, but it took me more time to read this book than I usually take when I read a book by Cara McKenna.

“She’d waited her whole life for a man to look at her as Rob did nom. With longing and pain and fascination, a hundred things at once.”

Anyhow, I really enjoyed this book. Be it for the characters, how hot it was or just the whole secluded ambiance, but I had a great time reading it. Scotland is definitely on my bucket list of the places I’m going to visit next! Lots of book boyfriend material over there it seems between Rob Rush, Braden Carmichael and Nate Sawyer!

“I can’t wait to meet you all over again, Merry. And to let you meet me.”

The Theory of Attraction (Science of Temptation #1), by Delphine Dryden

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Camilla can set her watch by her hunky rocket-scientist neighbor who jogs past her window each day. She relishes each glimpse of his shirtless abs, and is dying to see more. But it’s hard to connect with a man who doesn’t seem to know she exists…

Ivan feels at home in the lab, not in social situations. When he finally approaches his attractive neighbor, it’s not for a date—he wants tutoring in how to behave at an important fundraiser. Ivan doesn’t expect the chemistry between them to be quite so explosive, and is surprised when Cami actually accepts his proposal to embark on a series of “lessons.”

Cami soon discovers Ivan’s schedule isn’t the only thing he likes to be strict about—he needs to be charge in the bedroom as well. She’s shocked at how much she comes to enjoy her submissive side, but wonders if a real relationship is in the equation…

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Well, that was my first try in geeky heros and I haven’t been disappointed.

Although, my mind must have been in the gutter when I read the blurb and started this story because I was quite surprise to find BDSM in it even though there are words such as “submissive” in the description. 

It was a light, nice read, with no drama. The storyline is quite simple but I enjoyed it anyway and mostly because of the characters.

I very much liked Camilla. She is sweet and funny and has a big crush on her nerdy but oh so hot neighbor Ivan. Her narrative voice was very nice to follow and she cracked me up with her weirdness.

“In the fantasy I spun for myself that night before falling asleep, those deep dark secrets were revealed. That simple touch became a violent embrace, worthy of any bodice-ripper. There were a certain number of gleeful perversions committed on Ivan’s battered leather sofa. And at some point in the fantasy, Ivan was a vampire, because I was sort of weird that way. He was a real, Gothic-style, Bram Stoker sort of vampire who bit people as a metaphor for having dubious-consent, alpha-male sex with them, I should point out. None of your modern, sensitive vampires for me. I appreciated the classics.”

I really liked a character and the dynamic she had with Ivan. She had to explain him thing that would seem obvious and simple to anyone else. Like why it’s rude to say to someone that they are stupid.

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In that regard, Ivan made me think of Sheldon Cooper in some aspects: super intelligent, socially inadequate, arrogant. Only you know, with a sex drive.

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Ivan was nothing like the geeks we have come to know with series such as The Big Bang Theory. Well, maybe nothing is not the right word. He does spent an awful lot of time on computers and arguing about scientific theories with other nerdy guys. But I found him charming in his inadequacy in social situations. The only person he really connects with is Cami and I quite liked their growing relationship.

“Sense memories of you persist and do not seem to abate as the day progresses. It’s disconcerting, Camilla. I don’t like it when my mind plays tricks on me. I would much rather simply have you here in the flesh, to feel and taste and smell with my actual senses. Instead my mind keeps conjuring this false perception of your presence. I think it means I miss you.” 

I mean, it’s a weird way to say “I miss you” to someone, but how cute is that? Or maybe it’s just me.

Ivan also has a very dirty mouth and he knows how and when to use it best. I really liked the flirting part between him and Cami and how they got even closer once they faced the fact that they are hot for each other. 

Like I said, there is BDSM in this book, which includes domination, some light bondage and spanking and other stuff. I wouldn’t categorize this book as BDSM per se because it’s not the story of how Ivan opened Cami’s eyes on her sexuality and how she was a sub all along. The story is mainly about two friends realizing they are and want to be more than just friends for each other.

“The thing is,” Ivan went on, his voice soft and soothing over the counterpoint of the howling wind outside, the insistent thrumming of the rain on the rooftop, “I think this is love. But I’ve never been in love before, either, so I don’t know.” 

Anyway, I really enjoyed this book. I don’t know if I’ll give a change to the two other books in the serie, but I had a good time reading this one and will keep a good memory of it. 

I’ll just add one last quote because it cracked me up when I read it.

“In the National Geographic movie of my twisted mind, the lion had just leaped on the gazelle, pinned it to the ground and mounted it from behind. Apparently, the devouring could wait. I should point out that these little flights of fancy on my part often involved extremely improbable animal pairings. I blamed cartoons.” 

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Share Me (One Night With Sole Regret #0.5), by Olivia Cunning

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After a benefit concert, Lindsey longs to spend an amazing Christmas Eve with her favorite band, Sole Regret, to thank them for their generosity. Even though she followed their tour bus up a slick mountain pass during a blizzard, she never expected to spend an entire snowy night with two generous rock stars who love to share their gifts. Trapped on a tour bus with her best friend, a rock band, and the bus driver, what can these naughty ladies possibly do to keep warm? Perhaps a better question is what won’t they do?______________________________________________

Share Me. Pretty explicit in itself right?

I said this before but I’ll say it again: HOLY FREAKING SMUT! The first part of the book with the magic threesome was hot as hell. That’s a given.
I absolutely love Owen and Kellen and I’m looking forward to Touch Me to read more Owen action.
But I also desperately, DESPERATELY hope our dear Olivia will grace us with a book on Kellen because he is definitely one Sole Regret member I want to know more about!! This book really, really, really made me want more screen time with him! What can I say, I dig tortured, damaged man! Sue me! I know I’m not the only one out there! 😉

Anyway, I really enjoyed this read. I was smiling the whole book through. Sure it was a little over the top after getting to 62%, and it became a little too sleazy for my tastes with the orgy stuff.

“Did we really have a sex orgy last nigh?” she whispered, her innocent-looking blue eyes wide in disbelief …….. She really was a doll. He might have considered calling her if she hadn’t slept with every last one of his band mates. Oh, and his bus driver.” 

See what I mean. That’s the only thing that bothered me with the book because Lindsey’s character was really likable and I wouldn’t have minded a little more restrain on her part, because, let’s face it, as hot as it was, it still sounds cheap at the end of the day. Or the night mind you. 😉

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