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Body Check, by Elle Kennedy

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Hard body? Check. Awesome-night-in-the-sack potential? Check!

Hayden Houston is breaking out of her good-girl mode. It’s time for a one-night stand–and she’s found just the man for the job! She spent her childhood being dragged from rink to rink by her hockey-coach father. Now Hayden craves stability. And she’s determined to get it–after this one night. . . .

When hockey star Brody Croft sees the sexy brunette at the bar, he’s riveted. He’s ready to shed his bad-boy ways and settle down. And after a mind-blowing night in bed with Hayden, he knows she’s the one. Now all he has to do is convince her. . . .

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“I really need to get laid,”

Okay, so this book is not the kind that you’ll remember of for years to come, but it is a nice read that will give you a good time and finish with a smile on your lips.

What I really liked about this book is the fact that the story takes place in the universe of hockey. I usually really enjoy books where sport is mixed with romance, but there is a special place in my heart for hockey players and hockey themed books. What can I say, they do it for me. And Elle Kennedy’s hockey players are just to hot and sweet to resist.

“Stop looking at me like that.”
“Like what?” he said, blinking innocently.
“Like you’re imagining me naked.”
“I can’t help it. I am imagining you naked.”

Brody is a character that you’ll like and want to get to know really fast. He’s the kind of alpha male that I really enjoy in this kind of books, but he also have depth and kindness to himself. I really enjoyed reading his point of view, even though sometimes it was a little repetitive.

“When I’m with him all I can think about is ripping off his clothes, and when I’m not with him all I can think about is ripping off his clothes.”

Hayden is likable and has her funny moments but she might get on some readers’ nerves. She was a very independent woman and the fact that the roles were reversed and that it was Brody who went after Hayden was a nice change. I liked seeing him go after her and try and seduce her, and her worked really hard to get her to open up at first and to convince her to go on dates and later on, to fall in love (or admit it anyway) with him.

But one thing I enjoyed was Elle Kennedy’s special kind of hot scenes. This woman is gifted when it comes to writing sizzling, steamy sex scenes. She just knows how to do it and the chemistry she created between Brody and Hayden was crazy

So to conclude, I liked this book. It is not a book that will stay with me for years to come but it was a nice read that I really enjoyed.

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Restoring Jordan, by Elizabeth Finn

Restoring Jordan_____________________________________________

When Adeline Parker decides to celebrate landing a coveted internship at one of Chicago’s most prestigious architectural firms by indulging in a brutally dark and handsome man, she gets more than she bargained for.

Lost in a maze of hallways on the first day of her new position, she stumbles headlong into a boardroom of suits. Very expensive suits. They are the somebodies of this prestigious firm, and she is, by all accounts, the very definition of a nobody. And sitting at the table with the rest of the principals from the firm is a man—the very man who unwittingly deflowered her only days before.

From the look of it, Jordan Ellinwood is none too happy to see her again; by his own admission, he’s a one-night-stand man, and the fact she conned him into taking her virginity isn’t sitting well with him either. But as her path is inextricably attached to his, their closeness will no longer be a choice.

As an intern, she’s off-limits, and that says nothing of the fact he’s twelve years older than she is. But when coworkers bent on jealousy and resentment threaten her reputation and internship, the long-dormant emotions Jordan has so effectively stifled fight to break free. And as he struggles to get out of his own way long enough to let her see his compassion, her career is jeopardized and leaves him fighting with every last ounce of himself to save her.

Will it be enough? Can he overcome his emotional shortcomings in time to rescue her future and his own—now so very attached to hers?
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“Love with a strong side of smut” ~ Elizabeth Finn

I usually really enjoy Elizabeth Finn’s book. I started with Brother’s Keeper, then with The Rules Regarding Gray and more recently with Inappropriate. In short, I really like her books. They always challenge me a little, get me all comfy and good while reading and then BAM, they knock me on my ass to the point where I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish the book.

“He’s gorgeous, dressed like a man with money. And obviously puts the cock in cocky. He’s the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome.”

So I was pretty much expecting the same thing with this book. I vaguely knew what it was about and I started reading it expecting the kind of heart wrenching books Elizabeth usually writes. But, as it turned out, Restoring Jordan was quite different from what I’m used to read from Mrs. Finn.

It saddens me to say this but I got bored reading this book. The fact that I didn’t even finish is already strange for me as it is but I just couldn’t take it anymore.

“I don’t know Adeline, but I crave her anyway. She’s far too young, she’s far too innocent for an asshole like me, but I want her to belong to me, I want to protect her and fight for her, and I’ll be damned if I can figure out why.”

I just didn’t connect with the characters of the book. They were both very likable but they just didn’t keep me engaged. And the fact that there was so little dialogues between them made the prose somewhat monotonous. I don’t know if this book was a debut novel for Elizabeth Finn but after reading her other work, it felt like it. Like this book was a little…clumsy compared to her other books. I usually really connect with her characters. What they go through is very far from my reality but as people, I can like them, connect with them, even relate to them sometimes or at the very least, I can understand them. But in this book, Adeline and Jordan just felt … I don’t even know to be honest. They just never made me feel. Except for a few ones, even the sexy bits didn’t really do it for me and that’s NOT normal for me when I read her books. They usually really get me going but here, well not really.

And what was even more unusual: there was useless drama. At least to me it was useless drama. The 55% mark was so terrible. It was such a pity party! And they just kept saying how sad and depressed they were and how miserable and worthless they were. I swear at some point I started wondering if I was really reading something by Elizabeth Finn. I know I probably missed out by not finishing the book (Elizabeth’s endings are great and always leave a smile on my face) but I wasn’t engaged in the book (around the 74% mark) and I gave up.

“He intrigued me and aroused me the moment I first saw him in the bar nearly a month ago, and he’s more intriguing and arousing in this moment than I ever imagined he would be. I know him, and yet, I don’t. I feel close to him, but I can’t say I understand why. He doesn’t do “next times,” yet he keeps coming back for more.”

Even the writing felt different. Something that truly annoys me in books is when the characters repeat each other. For instance, you have a scene told from one character’s perspective, and then you start the next chapter, and what do you know, the other character just start to describe you the same scene but from his perspective. The same freaking scene! It just makes me feels like I waste my time, like I read the same page over and over and like the book doesn’t progress. And that NEVER happened before when I read something by Mrs. Finn, until Restoring Jordan.

“Perhaps I can love too. Perhaps I can love her. Perhaps I already do. Perhaps I can love her more than myself, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll be damn good at it, and I’ll have her to thank for that.”

I couldn’t really say what made this book feel so different from other books by her but that’s how I felt. All I know is that this was my third try at reading Restoring Jordan and that I couldn’t even go through with it, even though I really gave it a try. I don’t know what happened and I really hope this book was in fact her debut novel, because that would explain a lot.

“I’ve never had love, so I learned to be content without it. She held the mirror and forced me to take a good look at myself. She forced me to see what was missing, and it was her.”

However, Restoring Jordan didn’t deterred me from reading Elizabeth’s other work (because it is so freaking awesome and well written), and I can’t wait to read her next book. I guess Restoring Jordan was just a little bump in the road for me when it comes to Mrs. Finn’s books.

Genie, by Kitty French

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The queen of the sex scene is back. USA Today bestselling author Kitty French returns with a brand new, smokin’ hot story to set your kindle on fire.
One complete story. No cliffhanger. Hold onto your corset strings, we’re going burlesque!

Feathers. Lies. Glitter. Secrets. Lust.

Meet Genie Divine, the wise-cracking London show-girl on a hell-bent mission to save her beloved family theatre.

Now meet Abel Kingdom, the Australian gym mogul determined to buy it out from underneath her.

On paper they have nothing in common, and when they meet, they have even less.

The only thing they DO have is chemistry.
Undeniable, rip-my-clothes-off-and-do-me-now-against-the-wall chemistry.

He wants her theatre. She wants him dead.

The stage is set for an explosive summer…
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When I saw that Kitty French had written another book, I was a little excited as to know what it would be like. When the Knight & Play series came out, I got crazy over it! I seriously loved Lucien and how dirty he was. So obviously, when I started Genie, I was kind of expecting the same magnetism that I’d found in Knight & Play. And , admittedly, it was hot. Genie and Abel do have chemistry. But that’s basically all they have, coupled with the ever present animosity between them.

“In truth, she was a little disappointed in him.”

To me, the characters were a little flat and tasteless. I never got the feeling that I knew the characters. It was like they were so focused on hating and screwing each other that in the end, I didn’t really see anything beside their lust and hate for each other.

“You love me?” he said. “Have you lost your fucking mind?”

The same thing happened over and over. They fight, they fuck and then fight and fuck some more. Until all of a sudden, Genie develops feelings for Abel – which sounds weird because they never seem to even appreciate each others personality traits.

“It doesn’t mean I like you any less because I don’t like your name,” he said. I’ll just think of something else to call you.”

I got the lust and chemistry. Really, I did. But Abel’s character was really crass with Genie throughout the whole book, never saying a nice thing to and about her except when they were physical. And all of a sudden, she goes from not standing him and wanting to prove a point to him to being in love with him? Seriously?

“She was an enigma, so many women in one. Fascinating, and he already hated that she occupied so much of his headspace.”

And actually, I didn’t really get Genie. Her character made sense, but I didn’t connect to her and she had a too many faces for me to identify her. Like I never had the feeling to actually know her. And the shit she got past him! It actually annoyed and frustrated me at some point that she would just shrug it off and let it go without ever calling him on his shit.

“On behalf of women everywhere, let’s give him hell.”

To me, they just hurt each other with words and actions, and I had a hard time understanding how she (so suddenly) fell in love with him when he kept projecting his shit on her and what she did for a living, saying really hurtful and unrespectful stuff to her, just because he didn’t like the fact that he was attracted to her.

“So what exactly are you saying, Abel? I’m your upstairs angel, downstairs whore?”

To be perfectly true, the characters weren’t even that likable. Abel was so freaking moody and hard and abusive in the things he said to her. On that alone, I would have crossed him out. But no, Genie somehow goes past all that because he’s hot. I don’t know, maybe there is such a thing as someone so attractive that even with the shittiest personality and behavior, you can’t help but bang them.

“She was the poster girl for just about everything in life that made his skin crawl, and the fact that he couldn’t stop himself from wanting her despite that fact made him hate his own reflection in the mirror in the mornings.”

Another thing that bothered me with the book was how the characters seemed to so easily let go of their obstination over what they were originally pursuing and how they seemed to be feeling one thing one moment and something completely different the next. Like for example the fact that Genie so readily let go of her theater after all the time she spent trying to save it. I mean, seriously, she’s been fighting tooth and nails for this freaking theater because it’s her home, etc, and now, she’s in love with him and the theater doesn’t count as much to her than he does? He’s been screwing her and telling her she’s a whore the whole book, and NOW she loves him because he’s wounded? You cannot be serious here!

“He held her as a man holds a woman he adores, and he kissed her as a man kisses a woman he needs to fuck more than he needs to breathe.”

The only thing I actually liked about the book was the end. Even the sex (that was good) felt really empty because they just have it out of lust. Sometimes, it felt like they didn’t even really enjoy it. More like they had to do each other because they were attracted to each other.

“No one was really what they seemed at face value.”

So yeah, even though I had hoped to like the book, it just wasn’t for me. I tried and finished it, but I was a little bored with it. The whole love-to-hate theme is usually something I enjoy in books and it started out that way with Genie, but the whole thing turned out to be a little redundant and just really….empty to me.Plus I felt a little claustrophobic while reading. The universe and feel of the book was stifling and oppressing. There were moments and bits of the story I liked, like when Genie comes up with a plan to derails Abel’s, but those moments didn’t have as much weight in the end as all the other things that bothered me in the book. I hope I like Kitty French’s other books better than this one.

Floored (Frenched #3), by Melanie Harlow

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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.

The Mistake (Off-Campus #2), by Elle Kennedy

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He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.
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After reading (and loving the shit out of) The Deal, there was no way I wasn’t going to through myself into this book the moment it came out! I didn’t even know what it was about, just that it would be about Logan’s since he had a huge crush on Garret’s girlfriend in book #1. So I went into it sort of blind and it had all the ingredients to make a great book: a sexy bad boy, a sassy, witted heroine, awesome and funny characters, not too much drama and some good groveling and there you have it.

“He absolutely makes me nervous. He’s John fucking Logan, one of the most popular guys at this college. And I’m Grace fucking Ivers, one of thousand of girls who are crushing on him.”

To be honest, I was a little worried about Logan’s story since the book started out right in the middle of his “crush” on Hannah. I was worried for the state of his friendship with Garret and also for the state of his budding relationship with Grace and its motivations, that he might be “settling” for her instead of Hannah, but it was never the case and I loved how Elle managed and dealt with this subject and I loved the scene between Hannah and Logan.

“I’ve given handjobs before, plus a few blowjobs that I know were a huge success because…well, semen and all that. but I don’t have enough experience to consider myself an expert penis-wrangler or anything.”

This book was just the right balance of serious and fun. Grace’s character was cute and quirky and awkward and I love it. She made me laugh so hard with her rambling about Ted Bundy and her blushing and her inner monologues never failed to make me smile but I loved seeing the change in her and how she became more sure of herself and confident. I loved seeing her rebel. It felt really good to see her become more assertive and I loved it when she decided she’d had enough of people using her.

“Trust me, baby, you’re the only woman I want. The only one who gets me going.”

Logan was funny too but I guess to me he was the one I associated the most with the seriousness of the book. He’s the one with the secrets, the regrets and the hurt and he’s also the one who fucks up because of it too. I loved this vulnerability about him. Yes he was handsome and sure of himself and a little cocky, etc, but his vulnerability and his fears made him more real to me. He almost screwed up again because of it but he really makes up for it and I loved those parts of the book.

“I’m a total fucking mess.”

It’s funny how the book started out with Grace in the role of a insecure and not self-assured person that needs a little push and Logan the cocky, self-assured athlete never questioning where his life is going and that it then shifted and Logan became the one needing help to figure things out and Grace was more confident and had grown into her own.

“And just in case my reaction to your idiocy didn’t make it clear where I stand with us, then let me spell it out for you.” I whirl around to scowl at him. “I love you, you stupid jackass.”

There was really to parts to this book. The pre- fuck up and the post- fuck up. I liked both parts equally because in drew two very different aspect of Grace and Logan’s relationship while keeping it’s core. It wasn’t as if I was reading two different stories but I could see an actual evolution in the characters and for the better. I liked Grace and Logan pre- fuck up and I loved them post- fuck up.

“Go away, G. I’m wooing.”

But I loved their relationship. I loved it when Grace decided to make Logan work for it and that he never hesitated and complained about it. I loved that he actually relished having to work for her trust and forgiveness. And I loved how he made it so that Grace couldn’t not fall for him. He was just so charming and funny and even when you’re mad at him, he does something that will make you laugh and make you forget you were mad in the first place.

“What are you doing?” I whisper.
“Well, you were looking at me like you wanted me to kiss you.” His blue eyes become heavy-lidded. “So I was thinking I might do that.”

And this book wouldn’t be the same without its secondary characters. I loved the banter and the humor between the guys. Their complicity is one of the things that makes this book what it is.

“Just out of curiosity, what constitutes a ‘nice cock shot’? I mean, is it the lighting? The pose?”
“Well, the trick is, you’ve gotta keep the balls out of it.”
“Seriously,” Dean insists. “Balls aren’t photogenic. Women don’t want to see them.”

There were one “friend” though that I didn’t like: Ramona. From the start she annoyed me. She felt off to me from the beginning and for the life of me I couldn’t understand why Grace would be friends with her and stand her for so long. I was sorry for Ramona more than once in the book (especially for what almost happened to her) but I was glad Grace and Ramona’s relationship changed from what it was at the beginning and the Grace stopped being such a pushover.

I really want to say that I loved The Mistake just as much, if not more than The Deal, but the truth is, The Deal had a spark that I didn’t find in this book, even though I loved it. But I had a great time reading it and I would recommend it any day. And now I’m really looking forward to book #3, hoping it’ll be Dean (our beloved manwhore)! I can’t wait to see who’s going to pussy-whip him 😉

“Look at these abs, Wellsy. Actually, touch them. Seriously. It will change your life.”

Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard #4), by Christina Lauren

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AN UPTIGHT BRITISH EXECUTIVE. AN ADVENTUROUS AMERICAN NEWBIE. A SEXY INTERNATIONAL SCANDAL IN THE MAKING.

New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Christina Lauren’s Beautiful and Wild Seasons series hook up in Beautiful Secret for an erotic intercontinental romp that celebrates the best of both worlds!

When Ruby Miller’s boss announces he’s sending her on an extended business trip to New York City, she’s shocked. As one of the best and brightest young engineers in London, she knows she’s professionally up to the task. The part that’s throwing her is where she’ll be spending a month up close and personal working alongside—and staying in a hotel with—Niall Stella, her firm’s top urban planning executive and The Hottest Man Alive. Despite her ongoing crush, Ruby is certain Niall barely knows she’s alive…until their flirty overnight flight makes him sit up and take notice.

Not one for letting loose and breaking rules, recently divorced Niall would describe himself as hopeless when it comes to women. But even he knows outgoing California-girl Ruby is a breath of fresh air. Once she makes it her mission to help the sexy Brit loosen his tie, there’s no turning back. Thousands of miles from London, it’s easy for the lovers to play pretend. But when the trip is over, will the relationship they’ve built up fall down?

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 “And what if after the rush of conquest wears off, you’ll realize that I’m not what you’ve built me up to be?”

I’m saddened to say that I wasn’t as into this book as I was with the last three. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it, because I did. Ruby made me laugh a lot with her infatuation with Niall and how awkward she was. But the fact remains, I had a harder time really getting into the story than I did for the last three books.

“In the past six months, I’d logged more covert glances at Niall Stella’s direction that if anyone was a qualified expert in the topography of his crotch, it would be me.”

I think the main reason was Niall. I had a hard time feeling him out. He was okay and interesting but where Ruby found his stuck-up-ness endearing and charming, I felt more like I couldn’t really get to know him. Especially in the beginning of the book, he was so in control that it was like listening to someone telling me a story about one of my colleagues. You know who they’re talking about, you kind of know the person but have never talked to them except for a “Good morning” here and there when you meet at the coffee machine, but you don’t really know them and what makes them special. I felt that way about Niall for a good chunk of the book and even though it didn’t stop me from reading and being interested in the story, I was still hoping to finally get to see what the real Niall, the one hiding behind all that proper-ness to finally show up.

“What was it you said about repressed sexual energy?”
“Enough to power the whole bloody city, if you ask me. That’s where his real urban planning skill would come in—hooking himself up to the grid .”

I guess that’s what made this book feel a little different from the other books in the series. It was a lot more vanilla in a way. Not during the steamy bits of the story. Ruby and Niall have good chemistry and the anticipation of them finally do it after spending so much time doing pretty much everything but have sex was really enjoyable. I love sexual tension between the characters in my books and when the wait before having sex while still experimenting is something I very much enjoy. It’s the kind of thing I love reading about and I never get tired of this particular brand of steam (ps: you should so check out Brother’s Keeper and Hard Time by Elizabeth Finn and Cara McKenna.)

I liked Ruby very much. She was sweet and funny and so awkward. I loved her voice and how infatuated she was with Niall. I also very much enjoyed that Niall wasn’t as sure of himself with the ladies as is his brother.

“It’s yours, you know.”
“What is?”
“My heart, of course, but also my body. My hands, my lips, my cock. I trust you with all of it more than I even trust myself.”

I guess it’s part of what made this book feel different but the fact that for once in this serie, the male characters isn’t a self-assurer man-whore was a change and a good one at that. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Max, Will and Bennett. But it’s so rare to have a male character who is actually a little awkward and clumsy around women that it made Ruby and Niall’s interactions quite funny and had me smiling like a complete goofball.

“Am I a mess?” I asked.
“Mmm,” he murmured, bending and kissing me once. “Quite. I rather like it.”

I like seeing Niall come out of his shell at Ruby’s contact and get more sure of himself. That he slowly felt more free to say and do what he felt like was really good to see especially when you know what kind of relationship he had before meeting Ruby and finally letting his hair down a little.

“You touch my breasts like you know them. You suck them. Like you’re greedy.”
“I am greedy.”

As always, the dirty talk and steamy bits in the book were really well done and made me feel all kind of hot. This first scene in particular is still fresh in my memory and I’m keeping it in a corner of my mind to (hopefully) reenact it. I’ll just pray for it to be as hot as it was reading it. But enough with me and my TMI. The point is, Ruby and Niall in a room = Holy Hotness!

“Do you think I’m weird?”
“Yes, weird in the sense that you are unexpected and I am rarely surprised by people. I think you rather exquisite.”

I wish Ruby hadn’t been so keen on making drama happen for them. I get why she was upset and need Niall to make up for it, but I thought the stalling and waiting was a little to much, especially since a good talk (or two) would have been enough to make things better. But anyway.

I would still recommend the book to the Beautiful Bastard lovers and fans out there because I enjoyed getting to know Niall and having the Wild Season‘s universe encounter the Beautiful Bastard‘s series. I don’t think we’ll have another BB‘s book after this one (don’t really see who it’d be about) but I’m happy this one was written and if Beautiful Secret does close this serie, at least it did it well.

Deep (Stage Dive #4), by Kylie Scott

Deep_____________________________________________

Don’t miss a beat with the fourth and final novel in theUSA Today bestselling Stage Dive series from Kylie Scott.

Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins’ ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the irresistibly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben’s the only man she’s ever met who can make her feel completely safe, cherished, and out of control with desire at the same time? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn’t looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.

Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She’s his best friend’s little sister now, and no matter how hot the chemistry is between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he’s not going to go there. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he’s always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible…but will it lead to a connection of the heart?_____________________________________________

“I don’t think friends that are just friends are meant to do this.”

I was so looking forward to this book. Ben’s story was one I really wanted to read after Jimmy’s. I’m a sucker for people starting out as friend and slowly (or not slowly at all) falling for each other. I swear I could read about it day in day out. Anyway, the tiny tiny preview we had at the end of Lead had me biting my nails and tapping my feet with impatience.

“Turns out a boy rat and a girl rat, both virgins meeting for the first time, can fornicate immediately in a proficient fashion. No messing around working out the mechanics, they’re just into it. But not so much with the higher primates like monkeys. They bumble and fumble their way through initial attempts, working out the relationship and requirements. So it was a relief to know it wasn’t just me. Or even just humans. Apes screw up first dates too.”

Ben and Lizzy’s story starts pretty much at the same time Anne and Mal’s story does. I loved seeing them “seduce” each other via texts. I don’t know about you, but ever since FSoG’s (I know I know, many of you didn’t like it but bear with me) emails exchanges, I really enjoy reading what characters send each other. I loved it in Wallbanger and Beautiful Player when the characters wrote each other funny, witty, sexy texts and well that hasn’t changed since. So when Ben and Lizzy started texting each other, it put a smile on my face.

“I wouldn’t settle for less than a good thing.”

I really liked Lizzy’s character. I like how Kylie Scott makes her female characters. They’re always sweet and witty and they feel fresh but they’re not doormats. When the guys give them shit (and gosh knows sometimes the get a little bit of a rockstar attitude) they always put them back in their place. Sometimes it takes a few tries but they have backbone and I like that in my heroines. Lizzy was no exception and I like that she wasn’t afraid to ask Ben for what she wanted and that she wouldn’t settle for less from him. Considering what happens to her in the book and her age, I was pretty impressed with how she dealt with the situation.

“Don’t you sweetheart me. It was your penis that did this.”

Ben now. Ah Benny Benny. It may sound weird, but he was both exactly and absolutely not like what I expected. He was the broody moody quiet type that I was picturing all along. I really enjoyed his rough on the edges, simple and quiet attitude and the moments he was playful. But I never expected him to be so slow to get his shit together and to man up and to be so hesitant to invest himself.

“I don’t want to take your freedom. I just want a place in your world. An important one.”

I get that he liked his life the way it was and that he had a hard time with change. Most of us do and I got why it could have been hard for him to get on board from the start given the situation. But he kept making the wrong decisions and saying the wrong things and basically acting like a jerk when he I thought he was a pretty okay and reliable guy. In a way, he was the immature one out of the two of them, despite his age. So yeah, sometimes, Ben made me smack my hand on my forehead with the stupid things he said or did. But thankfully, he makes it all better in more ways than one.

“Let me assure you, there’s nothing bad about the man naked. Everything was as it should be and then some. In fact, he’d looked a lot like a dream come true.”

Now, Ben might be a little inexperienced in the relationship area, but boy does he make up for it in other. Seriously, I don’t know if Kylie Scott tried sex with a bearded man in her researches for the book, but boy did she sell it well. I swear, every time I meet a guy with a beard, I’m tempted to ask him to let me try some bearded loving! I have a colleague at the office who must think I have a thing for him now because every time I see him I stare at his beard with a wicked little grin on my face. As usual, I wasn’t disappointed at all with the steamy parts in this book! There wasn’t a crazy amount of sexy scenes in the story but it didn’t bother me. And considering the length and pace of the book, it felt just right.

“How do you feel about my reproductive organs now?”
“I feel that I’d very much like to fire-truck you.” Once more he sat back, arms spread out along the back of the couch. Such a slow, filthy smile on his handsome face. “Just so happens, I’d very much like to be fire-trucked by you.”
“Child appropriate dirty talk. There’s something very wrong with that.”

Actually, that’s one thing that surprised me about this book. I found it really really short. I swear, one minute I was starting it, and the next, I was three chapters from the end. That’s how it felt anyway. Since it was the last book in this serie, I really didn’t want it to end so fast but it’s one of those books you have a hard time putting down for the night. But when I realized I was so close to the end, I actually stopped reading it altogether for a week because I didn’t want it to end so soon. That really the only bad thing I have to say about Deep. I wish it had been longer because I really didn’t want Stage Dive to come to a close.

“You can have my time, and you can have my attention. Sweetheart, you can have whatever the fuck you want, I promise. Whatever you need. No more holding back, no more fear. And if you still feel you have to get on that plane tonight, then we’re doing it together.”

So now, I’m basically begging and praying to all that is holy that there is some more to come for this serie. A spin-off about Vaughn where there’d be cameos of the characters of Stage Dive would be good.

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