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Insider (Exodus End #1), by Olivia Cunning

Insider____________________________________________

Toni wants to be an insider.
Logan just wants inside her.

She’s finally ready to rock…
Toni Nichols set aside her dreams to raise her little sister, but now she’s reaching for the stars as the creator of a revolutionary interactive biography about Exodus End. She’s on tour with the rock band to immerse herself in their world, but how will she ever gain the trust of four veteran superstars who’ve been burned by the media before? Nobody said this was going to be easy. Then again, good things can come in hard packages.

He’s always ready to roll…
Adrenaline junkie Logan Schmidt lives for the rush of playing his bass guitar before thousands of screaming fans. When he’s not performing onstage or in the bedroom, he’s looking for his next thrill in extreme sports. So why does a sweet, innocent journalist get his heart pumping and capture his full attention? Is Toni the real deal or just digging up dirt on his band? Logan’s eager to rock Toni’s world and roll her in the sack, but when she starts to get too close to his heart, she takes her insider look to a place he may never be willing to go.

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Finally! I read it!

“A sweet lamb left to fend for herself in a den of wolves. Whatever will we do with you?”

I was so happy to finally get my hands on Insider after waiting for it for so long. This story has been a long time coming and I was glad to be able to go back to Olivia’s rock stars’s universe.
And even though it wasn’t a Sinners book, I had a blast reading it. Logan and Toni’s story was fun and hot and sexy and I just loved going back to all those rock stars, and to finally getting to know a little more the members of Exodus End. I was really looking forward to know more about Dare and seeing Reagan again was great too.

Ouch! There’s a gearshift in my ass.
Oh, sure, you barely know this car, and yet you’re already giving it privileges you won’t give me.
Not inside my ass. It poked me in the hip.
You got me all excited for nothing. Back seat?

This book funny and sexy. I either laughed or squirmed, with the occasional swoon here and there. Logan and Toni couldn’t keep their hands for themselves and acted like two lovesick, horny teenagers, but it was just too funny.

So whose idea was the cleavage cam?” he asked.
Mine. It’s impossible to get anyone’s attention when Max is around.
Tell me about it, Logan grumbled.
So I figured if they wouldn’t talk to me, maybe they’d talk to my boobs. Okay, who’s next? she called out.
Logan leaned toward her chest.I’m Logan Schmidt, and I’ve been a fan of Toni’s boobs for almost a day now.

I have to say, the way (and speed) Logan and Toni fell into bed together was a bit much (considering not even a night passes before they sleep together) and that in the first chapter she is still a virgin and is painfully naïve about all things regarding sex.

The only woman I want is you.”
“Even though I’m inexperienced?”
“Hell, I think it’s because you’re inexperienced. It’s refreshing.

So yeah, it wasn’t really realistic the whole virgin-sleeps-with-a-rockstar-within-an-hour-of-meeting-him-and-he-falls-madly-in-love-with-her plot starter wasn’t really realistic but even though I would have liked to see Logan seduce Toni into bed, rather than have her just roll into one with him an hour after meeting him, the way the story progressed and the easy and instant connection between those two made it work for me. Sure it seemed a bit out of character for someone like Toni to do that but for some reason, it didn’t bother much and the rest of the story did it for me.

“He nipped her skin, and her entire body jerked.
“Oh!” she gasped.
Got yourself a vampire fetish?” he asked with a chuckle.
“What? No, of course not. Vampires aren’t real.”
“But I’m all about bringing your fantasies to life, babe. If you want to be banged by a sparkling dick, I’ll go get the glitter.”

Logan was a blast. At Toni’s contact he was a horny, obsessed, one-minded man but I liked him to bits. It was fun seeing him falling for Toni and try to deny it. And I loved how into Toni he was and what he was ready to do for her. I just wish he didn’t belittle himself so much and that when it comes to what he brings to the band, at least someone around him would tell him that he matters in the band or something.

You’re crazy, she said with a laugh. And thank God for that.
When it comes to you, I don’t know how to be sane.

Toni was a character I liked even though she was beyond clueless at first and that her confidence issues infuriated me. I liked seeing her become more confident and start to stand for herself. She was sweet and kind and funny and quirky. She wasn’t your typical journalist and that made a difference here. She cared more about people than her job and her integrity made her even more likable for me. I liked how she and Logan just clicked and worked together.

He’s shoved me out of my comfort zone so many times, I’m not even sure I have a comfort zone anymore. I’ll just hang on for the ride and see where he takes me.

It was easy to read this book and even though there isn’t much drama in it, I enjoyed it. And the drama there was didn’t create a clusterfuck of gigantic proportions in this book, even though it did screw things up for some characters. I knew it was coming but there was a twist I hadn’t seen coming which made the plot intriguing. I just wish the Bitch of the book didn’t get away so easy. I would have loved to see her get what she deserved after of the shit she created for the band and Toni.

That’s the one thing that I regret about this book but it goes hand in hand with the my feeling that the book ended rather abruptly. The book in itself was a bit longwinded, so having it finish so abruptly made me wish Olivia would have actually taken her time with the ending and maybe condensed some other part of the book. But I still enjoyed myself reading this book.

It just bothers me that Reagan has to go through all the shit coming her way. She really doesn’t deserve it. But I’m looking forward to her book and seeing how the guys of the band will react and hopefully shelter her in Outsider. I really wish she’ll finally feel like she is a part of the band for real.

“One of the things you should consider stressing in your book is how little fucking privacy a man has while on tour with his band.”
“I can include that,” she said, “but I think fans are more interested in the size of your dick.” She backed into the bathroom . “I know I am.” She bit her lip before closing the door in his face.

Also, I liked Olivia’s note at the end of the book. What she wrote about what it feels like to finish a series and to have grieve the “loss” of the characters was so true. She also explained why it took so long for Exodus End to see the light of day and the reason for the other series that she wrote. But anyway, her note actually moved me a little and I could relate to what she was telling us. I also liked that she mentioned it and actually explained to her readers what had been going on with her and the reason for Exodus End‘s late releasing.

“You don’t have to lie to save my feelings, Logan. I’m a big girl.”
“I’m not lying. I wish I could fast-forward time a couple of hours so the show would be over and I could teach you more about making love. And you can teach me how to love someone.

If you’re fans of Olivia’s rockers romance then grad Insider and start reading! I know I’ll really be looking forward to read Reagan, Dare, Steeve and Max’s books!

Floored (Frenched #3), by Melanie Harlow

Floored______________________________________________

Erin Upton is too embarrassed to tell the cops what she was really doing while her townhouse was burglarized, especially since the first officer on the scene is former nuisance next door Charlie Dwyer. Where’s the justice in the world when a neighborhood know-it-all grows up to be six-foot-three inches of solid muscle with gorgeous green eyes and a slow, sexy please-arrest-me-now-officer smile? It’s bad enough she’s wearing her robe and slippers—did he have to notice her fuzzy hand cuffs on the bathroom sink?

He’s arrogant as he ever was, which is fine by her—she’s too busy with her dance studio’s grand opening to make time for a man. But they keep crossing paths, and
when Charlie offers to help her put in new flooring at the studio one night, things go from hammering nails to hammering each other in a hurry. And about those hand cuffs…

They agree it’s a one-time thing. But when that becomes a two-time thing, then a three-time thing, Erin starts to wonder if maybe she and Charlie could be a life-time thing. Her best friends Mia and Coco found love in unexpected places. Is it finally her turn?
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As always, Melanie Harlow did a great job writing this book and closing the Frenched series with Erin’s book. So if you’re looking for a light steamy feel-good book that’ll make you laugh out loud, you’ve found your match with Floored. I loved this book! It was amazing and I had a goofy grin plastered on my face from the moment I read chapter one until I swiped the last page on my Kindle.

Now about this first chapter. Seriously, if you’re not sold after reading the blurb, the first chapter of Floored will surely seal the deal. Picture this: a shower running, a girl having some alone time with her B.O.B, a pair of handcuffs and picturing Brad Pitt as a golden haired warrior, and an uninvited intruder snooping around while said girl is still in said shower. And when things can’t possibly get worse, well they do when the cop that shows up is none other than her childhood tormentor. Except he’s not a child anymore and she can’t help notice it.

“Sexually, I wanted him six days to Sunday. Sixty-nine days to Sunday, in fact, and I wasn’t even a sixty-nine kind of girl. Confession: I was, of course I was. I’d just never acted like it in real life. But I’d do it with Charlie. In a heartbeat. And were there other numbers? I’d do those too.”

After friends falling for each other, there is nothing I like more than two people going from hating to loving each other, while still making each other crazy. Add to that Erin as the quirky heroine and Charlie as the dirty talking cop and I’m pretty much in book heaven! I swear, Erin’s inner monologues were the best and if I rated the book on them alone, it would still get a five star rating. I swear, she kept making me laugh with everything that came out of her mouth and the thoughts going through her head.

“Confession: I actually said a little prayer here, something along the lines of Dear God, I hope you’re not watching this but I’d really, really be grateful if I could get through this without gagging or choking, and also it would be great if this was the best blowjob he ever gets in his entire life. OK thanks, go away now.”

I like that there was crazy chemistry between Erin and Charlie but that it wasn’t an insta-lust thing. More like an irrepressible attraction that you’d rather not feel and yet can’t avoid or help caving for. Erin fights her attracting to Charlie as best she can and considering that he’s not really a relationship kind of guy and she’s never been one to go out with a bad boy, they aren’t exactly a match made in heaven according to her book. But alas (or more like thankfully) Erin can’t help her attraction to Charlie, try as she might.

“Charlie had come over here, tempted me with his whiskey and his cologne and his cuddling, and then kept his word not to touch me. How dare he!”

And when you picture Charlie, you kind of get why she can’t help herself. Because he’s so bad that he makes it feel good to be bad with him. I swear this guy is sex on a stick. Let’s check the boxes shall we? Dirty talker: check! Bossy in bed: check! Good at giving orgasms: double check! Let’s just say that the moment he stepped into Erin’s kitchen and got all serious and bossy, I was pretty much done for.

“Tell me to stop.”
“Stop.” Don’t stop.
“Tell me you don’t want this from me.”
“I don’t want this from you.”
“Good girl. You don’t want this. You don’t want my tongue on you’re clit… You don’t want my cock inside you… You don’t want me to make you come. Don’t let me.”

At the risk of repeating myself, I loved this book. It’s both light and steamy and the cherry on top? There is no useless drama. Sure Charlie isn’t perfect and does screw up in a big way (I have to admit the twist totally took me by surprise) but it didn’t feel manufactured or you know, there for the sake of being there.

“It’s the strangest feeling – to love someone this way.” He slid both hands down the sides of my ribs to the small of my back. “I want to protect you. Cherish you. Worship you.” He gripped my ass hard, pulled me tight to him and spoke right in my ear. “But then I want to fuck you so hard it hurts. Take your body. Claim it. Make it mine.”

The reason behind Charlie’s behavior made sense to me and I loved that Melanie Harlow got this part so right. Charlie is far from perfect, but that’s what makes him so good.

“This is wrong.
Please. Can you not?
You need to stop.
No fucking way. This is happening.
Tell him to leave.
I can’t talk right now.
Tell him you don’t want this. You’re not like this.
But I do. I am.”

I think the epilogue was what got me the most. I didn’t realize it until I was reading it, but the end to this serie kind of took me by surprise, and even though I loved every second of the epilogue, I was sad to close the book and turn the last page on this serie. I truly recommend you give this book a chance because, while being similar to the first two (or three) in style, it was perfectly light read that made me take a break from reality for a few hours and left me with a really good feeling to carry around. If you need a good laugh, you should totally give this sexy and witty book a chance.

Caressa’s Knees (Comfort #2), by Annabel Joseph

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Working for megastar Jeremy Gray has taken an emotional toll on personal assistant Kyle Winchell. In the name of self-preservation, he re-locates to New York City to work at Ironclad Solutions, a service agency catering to the needs of the rich and famous.

He accepts a job as personal assistant to well-respected concert cellist Caressa Gallo, only to find she’s not as respectable as she seems. Soon he’s involved in a world of lust and dark inspiration, and emotional stakes beyond anything he’s encountered before.

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I really liked it this book. It was just as interesting as Comfort Object was and I liked getting to know Kyle a little better. In the first book we only got to see a little bit of Kyle and it was always in Jeremy’s shadow, so I really enjoyed getting to see more deeply into Kyle’s personality and even more when he was with his family.

Caressa, on the other hand, was a bit of a pain in the rear, but she was sweet at times and a little funny so the pain in the rear factor stayed tolerable. She is basically a talented but very spoiled brat that no one ever put in its place until Kyle comes around. Her crap is not easy to put up with and more than once I wished I could slap some manners into her. But (and I know it doesn’t excuse everything) she is under a lot of pressure, from the people around her, her work but also from herself, and she clearly craves attention while at the same time, rebelling against it. She was a little hard to get at time but eventually, she revealed herself and started acting like a somewhat normal person.

“When you said…when you said “good girl”….she paused, her voice suddenly tight with emotion. “It’s been a long time since I’ve really felt like I’ve done something well.”

This book is a lot less kinky than Comfort Object was. Don’t get me wrong, there was plenty of kink going on, but since Kyle is kind of new on the BDSM scene and Caressa didn’t know anything about it before Kyle came in the picture, this book was a little softer of the kink. But still very good. But it’s still on the light side of BDSM for those who are used to the harder, heavier stuff. But we still see how being dominated and relinquishing control actually frees Caressa and I really enjoyed this part of the dynamic between her and Kyle. It was also very interesting to see Kyle take responsibility for someone sexually and otherwise.
Annabel Joseph is a master in the art of describing good, hot, sexy BDSM scenes with deep emotions and she did a good job with this book too.

“He doubted there was any virgin in the history of the world who’d gone from lily white to so completely depraved in the space of a couple months.”

Caressa’s character is a little bit darker than Nell was but the overall feel of the story was still very close to Comfort Object, which is something I enjoyed since I really liked the feel of the first book and the balance it had between dark and serious and funny and witty. I also really liked to learn more about Jeremy and Nell’s lives throughout the book. They make some apparitions in this book and I loved them all.

Once again, the epilogue was great. Annabel Joseph has a talent when it comes to writing amazing epilogues to her stories. I’m still not over the epilogue in Comfort Object, so that’s saying something.

Insufferable Proximity (Insufferable Proximity #1), by Z. Stefani

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Someone is hell-bent on sabotaging Julian King.

Julian is a hot-shot lawyer and a natural born womanizer with an unnatural addiction to the opposite sex. He also happens to be the boss’s son, which makes him a natural target. With a Rolodex filled with scorned women, a brother who loathes him and the competitors he defeated on his way to the top; there were plenty of people that would love to see him burn. But his money was on the person he despised most, his enemy Heaven Deville.

Heaven is an aggressive, ambitious, destructively-driven lawyer who HATES Julian King. The two stubborn lawyers were currently locked in a brutal battle for the coveted partnership position at the firm; and Heaven would do ANYTHING to prevent her arch rival from winning.

When Heaven goes too far Julian gives her two options- either he turns her in OR she has to willingly sign herself over to him for the next 30 days.

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Honestly, I think this book was a joke. If I had to come up with a list of words to describe it, it would look like this: clumsy, unrealistic but somewhat entertaining.

“Your hatred is my foreplay.” – Julian King

If you get past the many many typos (you’ll notice there is even one on the cover of the book, just sayin’), the stereotypes, the over the top plot, the really laughable resolution of dilemmas, conflicts and enigmas, the delusional characters (Gosh those crazy secretaries!), the main characters who change their minds like they change underwear and end up being and acting very very differently from the characters you meet at the beginning of the book and the abrupt ending, you will be able to enjoy the book. At some point I just started rolling with it because I would not have made it to the end otherwise.

And the thing is, I enjoyed the book to a certain point. Even if the plot and characters are very obvious and clumsy, I enjoyed (I’m using this word very loosely here) myself more or less until the contract between Julian and Heaven was over. Sure it wasn’t perfect, but it was somewhat entertaining.

I think the blurb depicted a story and characters that had the potential to be very controversial sexually speaking, but sadly, the end result was really….well, soft and normal. I mean, with a cover like this one…

(that was the cover at the time I bought the book)Unseffurable Proximity 2nd

and quotes like this one….

“I want you – every inch of you. I want you naked and on your knees before me, I want to stick my tongue in every orifice on your body, and I want to fuck you until you’re begging me to stop”

…I was sort of expecting something hot or at least something a little bit outrageous. So imagine my surprise when the book turned out to be very mild compared to what I was expecting. The quote I put above? Well it’s really not an indicator of what happens in this book. If I had to comment on it, I’d say it’s all talk and no action.

Julian tells Heaven he’s going to make her do the most disgusting and degrading things imaginable, but really, she keeps getting serviced by him. I swear, except for some light spanking and bondage here and there, Julian spends his time with his hand up her skirt or his head between her legs. There wasn’t even one tiny BJ in this book! So like I said, the sex turned out to be very mild (and not really original), but still somewhat entertaining.

One thing that I think some readers will have a problem with is that the characters are very one dimensional. Julian is pretty much a sex addict and a jerk and Heaven is pretty much just ambitious and stuck up.  And they both hate each other with a passion. They even end up hating loving each other. A little messed up you say? I’d have to agree on that. Want proof? Let’s take a quick look into their heads:

“He’s a cocky, egotistical, competitive, selfish, self-righteous egomaniac, and there’s nothing sexy about that.” ~ Heaven

“She was driving him insane, he couldn’t stand her, but he’d never wanted a woman in his life as badly as he wanted her right now.”~ Julian

It’s when I got to the last part of the book (approximately the 70% mark) that it became especially hard to not roll my eyes every five second. And then the ending did it. That’s what made me give this book only a 2 stars rate. It took the author about 700 pages to tell us her story but she didn’t even take the time to give it a real ending? Seriously? So yeah, that annoyed me a little.

So to sum it up the clumsy and unrealistic aspects of the story didn’t make this book unreadable for me. I found this book somewhat entertaining and it was easy to read. I think the story had potential and could have been really good. That’s why I read it but as it is, well it’s simply went really wrong somewhere along the way.
So in the end, I’m not sure I would recommend this book to anyone and after some review reading for the second book in this series, I don’t think you should give the sequel a chance either, unless you’re ready to waste a little bit of money.

Yanked (Frenched #1.5), by Melanie Harlow

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Mia Devine fell hard for Lucas Fournier after their magical week in Paris. But eight months later, the free-spirited half-French musician still hasn’t made any promises about their future. And as magnifique as long-distance phone sex is, nothing compares to the real thing.

Fed up with stolen weekends and lonely nights, Mia flies to New York armed with a list of reasons why they should take the next step, but an unexpected guest in Lucas’s apartment derails her plans. He’s been keeping secrets–worse, he claims he’s happy with the way things are.

Without the magic of Paris, can their mismatched love survive?_____________________________________________

I was so glad to see this book existed! I loved Frenched to bits but I might have died (alright, maybe not but almost) if there hadn’t been a follow up to Lucas and Mia’s story. I loved howFrenched ended. It was perfect! Romantic and sweet and it really made me curious about what was to come for my dear Lucas and Mia. But, I wouldn’t have been as satisfied with this book as I am if it wasn’t for this novella. Leaving Lucas and Mia’s story “hanging” when it just started would have been cruel. So I was glad to see there was more to come.

But then I made the mistake to read the blurb, and it got me worried. I know I should have had faith in Melanie Harlow, but I wished so bad for Mia and Lucas to have their HEA that I was almost afraid to pick Yanked up when I read this nasty little line:

“…but an unexpected guest in Lucas’s apartment derails her plans…”

I think even the possibility of cheating is what I hate the most in novels, because inevitably, it brings constant distrust in my mind while I read, and I end up fearing the worst. I hate it because it screws with the character’s dynamic and even though I see it coming from a mile away, it always gives me this nasty feeling that really upsets me. Anyway. Thank Gosh the stupid, annoying part was short-lived in this book, otherwise, I wouldn’t have liked it much.

So, you guessed it, Mia comes face to face with Jessica the Ex when she opens the door to Lucas’s apartment. Yeah, that bothered me a little too.
And it’s not so much that Jessica was there that bothered me (though it was a big part of it) but it was Lucas’ reaction to the situation, the fact that he kept a whole lot of things from Mia (but for the sake of keeping this review spoiler free, I’ll leave you the honors to find out just how much he kept from her) and his shittier than shitty excuse for it:

“I just didn’t see the point in telling you something that would cause you anguish. Something that you couldn’t do anything about.”
“So you’d have let her stay here even if I’d said I wasn’t comfortable with it?” I challenged.
“It is my apartment.” A note of defensiveness edged his words. A slight emphasis on my.
“She’s my friend. I didn’t think we had rules for each other that way, Mia. Rules about friends, I mean.”

Pretty bad right? Well, I’m afraid to say that there is more of this where it came from unfortunately…

“Look, she’s not a threat to you. And I’ve never believed that a couple needs to tell each other everything. Total transparency is not healthy in a relationship.”

So to sum it up, Lucas did and said pretty much everything you can do to break someone’s trust while being in a long distance (or really any kind of) relationship with someone. And I hated it even more when that little bitch of an ex made it sound like there was more to her being in Lucas’s apartment than there actually was.

But what really bothered me was Lucas reaction to the situation. Yes, that’s right. Lucas finally did something I didn’t like. I didn’t think it was possible but there it is. It upset me so much that I think I scared some people in the train while reading because I couldn’t help but show how much I was mad at him for his more than shitty reaction. Though don’t worry too much because it is Lucas we’re talking about here and this kind is still pretty awesome and he does good groveling. And even better make up sex.

I’ll give you this, Mia forgave Lucas pretty quickly. I know some readers won’t like that and I get it. If it were me in Mia’s shoes, the guy would’ve had to work harder, for me to let it go. But since this book is, after all, a novella, I let it slide for the purposes of the story. And okay, the make up sex had a little to do with it too. What can I say, I’m just as bad as Mia I guess.

Just like in Frenched, there were some pretty steamy bits to this story, which I enjoyed tremendously! I love the brand of sex Mia and Lucas have and the chemistry and connection between them is so great that it really made up for the less enjoyable moments in this book.

You probably guessed it but this book deals with the issues Mia and Lucas decided to ignore before they got together.
Lucas still views marriage as something he doesn’t want and Mia wants them to get more serious and committed in their relationship. So while Frenched dealt more with Mia’s issues and broken pride, Yanked deals with Lucas remaining fear of commitment. Again, I think some people will think the resolution of conflict in this book was a bit easy and that it felt like Lucas just flipped a switch when it comes to how he feels about getting more serious with his and Mia’s relationship.
But again, the fact that this book was a novella had to do with it I think, and it didn’t really bother me while I read. To me, the reason he did change his mind felt believable and it reminded me of what both Mia and him had said to each other in Frenched when they decided to give their story a shot. That not trying and not having each other in their life would be the worst thing that could happen to them.

“What I’m trying to say is, there’s no perfect life without you. In fact, I no longer dream about a “perfect” life. I only dream about a life with you.”

So even though I would have done without the annoying part of the book, I understand that it was somewhat necessary to the story, and it made it more realistic in the sense that, if things were always perfect between Mia and Lucas, I wouldn’t believe in their story as much as I did.
This novella had the right amount of angst to make it interesting and realistic. I loved that Lucas and Mia’s love for each other was greater and stronger than their differences.
I think the Ex had it really easy though. She really deserved to be put in her place and I wish “justice” had been done a little more than it was. Yet again, she lost Lucas forever so I guess it’s better than nothing.

I can’t wait for more of this series! These books are so good and I’m really glad I finally gave them a chance. Melanie Harlow is quickly making it to the Top Ten of my favorite authors, and I can’t wait to read more of her stories!

Frenched (Frenched #1), by Melanie Harlow

Frenched_____________________________________________

When Tucker Branch, playboy heir to Branch Bolt and Screw, screws and bolts a week before their wedding, Mia Devine wants nothing more than to crawl under her newly monogrammed sheets and plan a funeral for her dignity. But her friends convince her that bitter tastes better when it’s drowned in Bordeaux, so Mia grits her teeth and packs her bags, determined to make the best of her luxurious Paris honeymoon—alone.

She never planned on meeting Lucas Fournier.

The easygoing bartender’s scruffy good looks and less-than-sympathetic ear annoy her at first, but when she takes him up on his offer to show her around the city, she discovers that the romance of Paris isn’t just a myth.

Nor is the simultaneous O.

The last thing Mia needs is another doomed love affair, but since she only has a week, she figures she might as well enjoy la vie en O with Lucas while she can. But each day—and night—with Lucas is better than the last, and suddenly her heart is telling her this is more than a rebound fling.

Is it just the seduction of Paris…or could this be the real thing?_____________________________________________

Gosh this book was such a blast! From page two of the book I knew I would enjoy it. Mia’s voice was so great to read and the whole plot was just so sweet and romantic but also really funny and quite sexy too!

“You are a fucking delight, princess. It’s like you know the dirty jokes in my head I’m too scared to make in front of you.”

I think I have a thing for books written by Americans about Paris. Every time it makes me love my city even more than I already do and then when I go somewhere the characters went to in the book, I have one of those moments when you feel connected to them even though they are fictional characters and don’t really exist. I know I’m talking crazy here but I also know that I’m not alone in this. So here’s to crazy book ladies all around the world!

But I digress. Let’s go back to Frenched, shall we? So it’s no surprise if I tell you I loved that book. I must admit that the initial situation Mia is in when I started the book is less than ideal. I wouldn’t recommend this book to women who are planning a wedding. Word of advice, wait until after the wedding to start this one.
But even in such a situation, Mia’s voice made me laugh. I loved the way she thought and her inner voice and from the start, she made this book fun with her comments and sarcastic remarks.

“Any requests?” he asked.
“Take off your pants.”
He grinned at me over his shoulder. “I meant music.”

And then comes in one of the swoon factors of the book…“Who is this wizard of O’s?”…Well I’m so glad you asked! The Wizard of O’s in this book would be Lucas. Seriously, this guy is close to perfection if you ask me. In a few chapters, he made it to the Top Ten of my Book Boyfriends List (BTW, this list is an ever growing one. And it has a lot of number ones too). The man is half French, half American, speaks both language perfectly, he’s smart, cute, funny, sweet, he drinks wine and loves reading, do I need to continue? Oh and let’s not forget what was aforementioned at the start of this paragraph, he is also the Wizard of O’s!

“I want to taste you all the time, Mia. I want the flavor of you on my tongue every fucking minute of the day. And you know it. You shouldn’t tease me by telling me you’re not wearing panties when I can’t have my mouth on you.”

I swear, when those two touch, sparks fly and things get hot and heavy real quick. But Melanie Harlow succeeded in giving those two one thing that I truly love in my love stories, sexual tension! Not a tone of it, but just enough to have me tingling here and there while reading.

“I’m in love with you. And I can’t let you get away.”

I loved the connection between Mia and Lucas. Their story is a kind of fairy tale that I really love and their story, even though it happens fast, was totally believable to me. I never felt weird about how and when things happened, the pace of the story, their reaction to each other or the things they said and felt. This book is not about a couple who falls for each other at first sight or insta-love. I truly believed in their story and how they fell for each other, however hard and fast it happened.

“God knows I never sought anything in you except yourself; I wanted simply you, nothing of yours.”

And the cherry on top, the “Epilogue” was just perfect. Sweet and moving but also funny and tender. It was just right. If I had to make a remark on the book would be that I would have liked more closure. But this remark isn’t really valid since I consider the next book, Yanked like the closure to Mia and Lucas’s story. I’m so glad this is a series and not just a standalone because I want more of these characters!!!!!

“I’m not ready to say goodbye to you.”

The Invitation: Release (The Invitation #3), by Roxy Sloane

The Invitation- Release______________________________________________

The invitation unlocked a world of pleasure — but the game is only just beginning…

He promised me an adventure. I had no idea what lay in store. Now, I know his name, and everything has changed.

I want to trust him, but his secrets could ruin us both. I need to know what he’s hiding – before it’s too late.

I’ve already risked everything for his love. Now, I’m playing to win.

Are you ready?

*The explosive conclusion to the seductive new series*

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“This invitation is not just for the night. It’s forever.”

I haven’t been in the mood for dark romance lately. But the last installment of The Invitation has been on my kindle for some time now and I really wanted to finally tackle it.
So even though I wasn’t as into the story as I was with the first two books, I still enjoyed reading JJ and Ash’s story.

“You’re still mine and don’t you ever deny it.”

Things are still incredibly hot between those two, maybe even hotter now that we know for sure that it’s Ash who was behind all those sexy anonymous invitations.
So like I said, the brand of sex we get in Roxy Sloane’s book wasn’t really what I was in the mood for when I read this book, but I can’t deny that it was still really good. Ash’s commanding and dominating presence is still as hot as it was in the book #1, and this man has one of the filthiest mouth I know! I swear, the man is gifted.

“I want you. This. Us.”

One thing I would’ve like a little bit more of was love instead of lust. We know JJ has feelings for Ash and we suspect that he does to – otherwise why would he go through so much trouble to get JJ back? – but those two were so consumed by their lust for each other that the sexy bits are almost overshadowing the tender ones showing and acknowledging what they feel for each other. The feelings are there, but I wish they would have been more mentioned. And every time something feeling related was mentioned, they always brought it back to sex.

“I need you. Fuck, Ash, I need you right now.”
“I’m yours. All of me, darling. Every fucking inch.”

And I’m sorry to say this but even though the sex was still really hot the first few times, it was a little bit of the same every time. And it really fells like Ash has a mind control device in his pants because every time he’s close to JJ, she apparently can’t think about anything but what he’s got between his legs and how huge and magical it is. That’s what bothered me I guess. That JJ (and Ash as well for that matter, since when he talks, it seems like this woman has a golden vagina under her skirt), an intelligent and independent woman becomes a sex-craze teenager. I don’t mind characters that are really attracted to each other, but here it went a little overboard, even for my tastes.

“God, I can’t get enough of this man.”

One thing that I feel like I should mention is that there isn’t anything really new happening in this book. I had a feeling of déjà vu somehow toward the end. Doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it, but if you’re looking for something new and original, you’re probably not looking in the right place with this book.

“No hiding, no games, just us. But she doesn’t know the truth.”

I was a little mad with Ash for the secret he keeps from JJ when he knows it’s a risk for him to lose JJ again, but I guess he had to be a man at some point and mess things up. And his reaction when the truth comes out and he gets scared and frustrated didn’t make sense to me. But then, when things unfold, he really made up for his foolish moments.

“You belong to me, JJ. You always have. And I belong to you.”

I liked that this series was more focused on its characters and not so much on a big scary mystery like it was in The Seduction series. I liked that the more “serious” mystery of the story came so late in the book and didn’t take too long to be resolved. I wouldn’t have minded knowing what happened to a certain character after things settled down again but I was still happy with how the story ended.

“Tell me.What changed?”
“What changed is that I can’t live another fucking day without you.”

I really enjoyed this series, even though the last book wasn’t my favorite. And I’m glad Ash and JJ got their happy ending. After all, I’m always a sucker for friends falling for each other and JJ and Ash, even though it wasn’t simple, found their way to each other anyway.

“I knew you were the one back then. I can’t believe I wasted so much time, not being ready for you. I swear, I won’t do it again. I’m yours, JJ. Body and soul.”

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