Review: A Little Night Mischief by Emily Greenwood

When Miss Felicity Wilcox's uncle gambles away the estate, she decides to disguise herself as a ghost to rid her home of the handsome new owner. Except James Collington doesn't scare easily, and haunting his nights is turning out to be far more amusing mischief than she ever would have guessed. With everything to lose, these two adversaries can't allow their hearts to rule—or can they?

James Collington wants to pay off a debt after his brothers death and restore the family name and estate. In order to do that he has been running a bodega in Spain and is finally seeing the proceeds of the sales of the sherry. He also won an estate while gambling that he plans to fix up and sell in order to get the rest of the money owed on the debt. He already has a buyer for the estate and is anxious to have him take over.

When he arrives in town on his way to Tethering (the estate he won) he accidentally runs in to a lady by the side of the road. She entrances him and they share a sweet, flirtatious bit of time together before he had to leave. He’s a bit shocked when he finds out that the woman he found so charming turns out to be Felicity Wilcox who was turned out of Tethering after her uncle gambled it away. He still finds her enchanting, even though she becomes a pain in the arse, and can’t figure out why he doesn’t get more upset at her antics. He does want her to stop as he doesn’t want rumors to start with the servants that will get back to the possible buyer he has lined up.

Felicity is determined to get Tethering back to her family. She’s contacted a lawyer to look into the transfer and she will stop at nothing to get James gone. Though James is friendly and congenial and quite likeable she still wants him gone. She decides that she’ll make up a story about a ghost and then BE the ghost. James isn’t fooled, though she thinks he is and that doesn’t work out. She then decides to make him look bad during a house party by acting like she’s the local trollop who has spent time with James. During this time her father is finally deciding that he’s done wrong by her and that he should marry her off – even though she decided years ago that she would never marry – because she’d already lost her virtue. The man who took her virginity wants to marry her (3 years too late, imho) but she wants nothing to do with him either. When she falls in love with James she realizes she can get the guy and the house. Little does she know...

This was, overall, a very cute story. I really liked James and his sense of humor, sense of family and his determination. Not to mention the unending supply of patience he had when it came to Felicity. I do think that he should have come clean to Felicity way before he did about the plans for Tethering but I could forgive him for that.

Then there was Felicity. Her heart and motivations were in the right place, and I could see why she would want her family home back – especially after finding out about a deathbed promise to her mother. The facts were though that it became completely out of her control and she wouldn’t accept that. The steps she took to get James out of the house should have been fun and funny but I thought they were immature and quite ridiculous. Later in the story she seemed to come into her own and matured greatly through different experiences. I very much liked her character by the end of the book.

The romance between Felicity and James was pretty great. It certainly wasn’t typical with Felicity running around pretending to be some ghost but Ms. Greenwood really did a great job making their encounters sweet yet sensual and intense.

Overall the story was a good one. I enjoyed Greenwood’s writing and look forward to reading more from her in the future.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Emily Greenwood 

Review: Faking It by Cora Carmack

Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.

All her life Max has had to be someone she's not.  She played the role of perfect daughter but she knew that wasn't her.  When she made the decision to drop our of college and pursue her music she knew it was the right decision.  Unfortunately her parents don't know the real Max and if they did they probably wouldn't like her very much.

Max is at a coffee shop with her boyfriend Mace - the drummer in her band - when she gets a call from her parents.  Because of Mace's big mouth and a surprise visit Max has to find a "normal" boyfriend and fast.  She approaches Cade - who looks like an all American guy - in the coffee shop and he agrees to play the part of boyfriend in exchange for a date.  

Max and Cade - surprisingly - hit it off.  They have to play the role of sweethearts longer than expected when Max's parents state that they're there for all of Thanksgiving but this actually allows the pair to get to know each other and they like what they see, which is weird since they normally wouldn't have given each other a second look.  Unfortunately Cade is getting over the feelings he has for his best friend, Bliss, and Max is dating Mace. 

When Max's parents threaten to cut off the small amount of money they're sending (it may be a small amount but means a great deal to Max and her livelihood) if she doesn't get Cade to her house for Christmas she knows their acquaintance will last a bit longer.  Cade agrees but only if Max will go as herself and not as the person she shows her parents whenever she sees them.

This was a really great book.  I wasn't sure what to expect after Losing It but this was so good. Gritty and emotional while still being fun and funny.  Max and Cade are great together.  They just "get" the other and I loved that about them.  They fit like puzzle pieces, despite their supposed differences.  

I was disappointed in the end of the book.  There was a huge emotional scene and then the start of a reconciliation and then we flashed to 3 months later. I kind of felt like I was missing something.  I wanted more about Max and Cade as I felt that there were things unfinished. Maybe it's just me, IDK.  It was still really good. lol

I would definitely recommend this one, even if you don't read book 1 I don't think you'll be too out of the loop. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

What I Read Last Week

I’m just a couple of days late this week in getting this post written. Sorry about that. We were at yet another dance competition this past Saturday and my youngest had a stomach bug but wanted to do it anyway. She did well again and her team got another 1st. Yay. :) Just a recital on Saturday and then we’re done. Thank. God. lol

This is the last week of school for my oldest. She’s taking finals today, tomorrow and Friday and then she’s done. (I’m liking the done word today, aren’t I?) My youngest doesn’t get out of school for another week and a half – which she hates, but she did get more time off during the year so it makes sense. I still haven’t figured out what to do with them over the summer. Any suggestions?

On to what I read this past week: 

First up for the week was A Little Night Mischief by Emily Greenwood. This is about a woman, Felicity, who is righteously upset that her uncle gambled off their family home. The uncle dies but now Felicity and her father are in the dowager house (that belonged to her mother, I think so it couldn’t be given away). She wants to new owner gone, gone, gone but James is determined to flip the home and make some much needed money. This was a very sweet book and the romance was well done. Felicity did drive me batty with her completely hair-brained schemes to get James to go away but it all worked out in the end. 3.75 out of 5 

Next up was Connected by Kim Karr. The story follows Dahlia as she goes through college and beyond. She is with Ben and has been for years but one night she meets a guy, River, who rocks her world and they share a connection that is darned near magical in its intensity. They just talk at a bar and she doesn’t stick around because she’s with Ben. Years go by and Ben gets killed right in front of Dahlia. A couple of years after Ben’s death she meets River again and the connection is still alive. They become darned near inseparable but they have their issues – as well as Dahlia having her house broken in to and she’s attacked. I liked the book and the premise of the story but there was too much gratuitous sex for my liking. The middle of the book was a great big love-in between River and Dahlia and it just didn’t further the story, imho. It was definitely not a fast read and the end is a cliffhanger – just fyi. :) 3 out of 5 (My review for this is posting on The Book Binge tomorrow 5/30 if you want to read more info.) 

Next up was Wedding Flirts! 5 Romantic Short Stories by Lisa Scott. I liked her Flirts! short stories so I thought I’d try her Wedding Flirts. I liked a couple more than the others but overall it was pretty cute. 3.5 out of 5 

The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall by Tam Ames is the story of 6 ft something Spence who faints at the sight of blood but wants a tattoo so badly. He finally ventures into a tattoo parlor and ends up meeting Vander who lets him watch him get a tattoo…that doesn’t end so well for Spence but going out with Vander does. Very cute short story! 3.5 out of 5 

How the Other Half Lives by Clare London is the story of an uptight, OCD clean freak who decides to join the apartment building’s flat sitting co-op just to get his friend off his back. Russ is a guy who can’t be bothered to unpack boxes cuz he already knows what’s in there and joins the same co-op to get HIS friend off his back. Russ and Martin “meet” through their apartments and start to like each other despite their differences. When they meet in person it’s not love at first sight, but close. I really liked how Clare showed us the two men prior to meeting and exactly how they thought of themselves. The transformations they make after “meeting” the other man was slow, but just lovely. Well done. 4 out of 5

Agave Kiss by Ann Aguirre is the last book in the Corine Solomon series and it was a good one. She’s trying to go on after losing her man but is determined to find a way to bring him back from the dead. She also helps her friend Booke in England – a man she’s never met and might be dying a quick death. The book is more or less a complete wrap up but well done. 4 out of 5 You can read my review on The Book Binge here.

Ethan by Grace Burrowes is book 3 in the Lonely Lords series. I didn’t read books 1 & 2 but it didn’t seem to have too much effect on this book. The story is about Ethan who is the bastard son of an Earl. The earl was raising him with his half siblings until he was 14 and then sent him away. His life after that was one tragedy after another and doesn’t improve until he hires Alice Portman to be governess to his two sons. They each have their issues but find peace together. A slower read but well done. 3.75 out of 5 

Last for the week was a novella called A Longtime (and at one point illegal) Crush by Janette Rallison. The story is about a girl who has been in love with her brother’s best friend since she was 8 years old. He’s older and at one point becomes her teacher. She feels rejected and just wants to stay away. Now she’s in college and back in town for her brother’s wedding and gets stuck on his property. The story is told mostly in flashback. As cute as it was the girl, Elsie, was a bit annoying in her self pity when she thought Kye was rejecting her. I guess it was typical high school drama but that didn’t mean I liked it. lol 3 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:

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Review: It Had To Be You by Jill Shalvis

Ali Winters is not having a good day. Her boyfriend left her, everyone in town thinks she's a thief, and now she's about to be kicked out of her home. Her only shot at keeping a roof over her head and clearing her name is to beg for help from a police detective who's as sexy as he is stern....

After a high-profile case goes wrong, Luke Hanover returns to his hometown for some peace and quiet. Instead he finds a bombshell brunette in a heap of trouble. As he helps Ali put her world back together, the pieces of Luke's own life finally seem to fall into place. Is this the start of a sizzling fling? Or are Luke and Ali on the brink of something big in a little town called Lucky Harbor?

Ali’s boyfriend Teddy is an Ass. Not only did he “forget” to pick her up for a town fundraiser but then she was outside his office when she heard him with another woman. She’s upset and pissed. She heads home and when she wakes up in the morning she finds a text from him breaking up with her. The nerve! Oh, and he happens to mention that he didn’t renew the lease on the house that they were both living in which means she had no boyfriend and nowhere to live. She heads to his office, talks the janitor into letting her in to Teddy’s office and then takes back the pottery she made for him. That was the nail in her coffin.

Luke Hanover is a cop from San Francisco who needs some time alone and he chose Lucky Harbor. He had spent every summer of his life in Lucky Harbor and he loves it there. His grandmother had left him the house when she died but as he felt so responsible for her death he hadn’t been back in 10 years. When he does get back he finds Ali in his house in just her underwear ranting to her ex-boyfriend on the phone. He wants nothing more than to be alone but he soon realizes HE would be the ass if he kicked out when she was down.

As if Ali’s life isn’t bad enough her ex shows up with 2 Sheriff’s in tow accusing her of stealing $50,000.00 from his office. Remember when I mentioned the nail in the coffin – yeah, her going into the office made her look bad and when they found a bill wrapper in the pottery she took it looks even worse. She’s determined to prove her innocence and despite Luke’s determination to not get involved he finds himself in the thick of things. They both have a lot of nothing to sort through as there just doesn't seem to be any evidence to clear Ali's name.  During the process Ali finds out how bad Teddy really was - like having not one but 2 ladies on the side and finding out that he was telling everyone in town that he and Ali were just roommates.  (Good thing they hadn't slept together in a long time.)  Despite all that they still manage to work out details and find the true culprit.

Ali and Luke hit it off after a rocky start and become friends. They’re incredibly attracted to each other but Luke tells Ali up front that A) he’s not good for her (as he thinks he hurts everyone he loves) and B) he’s heading back to San Francisco after his 3 weeks vacation is up. Ali tries really hard not to fall in love with Luke but it’s impossible and she finds herself falling – and is sure that Luke has fallen too. Unfortunately Luke has his emotions on lock-down and she’s not sure he can ever free them.

This was another great addition to the Lucky Harbor series. I really liked this one because Ali was so free and easy and….genuine. She had a spirit for life that I adored and I loved reading about her. I hated all of the bad things that had happened to her in her life but I could see that those things helped form the person she was in the book.

Luke was a great character as well. He carried a boat load of guilt around with him because of past events – and that caused the emotional walls to be put into place. I loved how fascinated he was with Ali because she was so opposite of him. He was closed up and she was free-spirited but instead of looking down on her for that he soaked it up like a sponge and let her help him change and heal.

While I don’t think this was the most emotional book in the series it definitely had its moments. It also contained some great humor, hot sex scenes and great writing, as is Shalvis’s usual. A great book that I definitely recommend.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Jill Shalvis

Review: Surrender to the Earl by Gayle Callen

She wanted a favor, not a fiancé.

Audrey Blake's impromptu plan-asking a visitor to help her take ownership of her rightful property-is unraveling in spectacular fashion. Robbed of her sight by a childhood fever, Audrey has been kept in virtual seclusion by her family. And now the enigmatic Robert Henslow, Earl of Knightsbridge, has complicated her scheme to gain independence, insisting they pretend to be engaged.

Duty brought Robert to Audrey's doorstep. As for what makes him propose marriage…it might be guilt. Compassion. Or something far more urgent and unexpected. Their counterfeit union was supposed to be for Audrey's benefit. Yet it's Robert who yearns to prove to the intriguing Audrey how much they both have to gain by making it real-and convincing her to submit to the most blissful passion.

Audrey has been blind since she was 7 years old. She has dealt with life as best she could and she's a pretty independent woman. Her father doesn't exactly see it that was – especially after she was taken in by a man who married her for her dowry and then left the next day to buy a commission in the army. She's been a widow for 2 years now and still her father won't let her take up residence at Rose Cottage – the home that her dead husband left her. She's truly desperate to life life to the fullest instead of being kept at home constantly and being an afterthought – if that. 

When Robert Henslow shows up to pay his respects to Audrey she jumps at the chance to use him to get the hell out of dodge. He feels guilty because of the hand he played in the death of her husband but he doesn't tell her that, of course. Robert knows that he can't just take off with Audrey so he creates a fake engagement to get her family off her scent. They manage to get to Rose Cottage and Audrey does start living her life but it's not really the life she thought it would be. On top of that she finds herself falling in love with her fake fiance and he with her. 

For some reason heroine's (or heroes for that matter) that have some sort of disability always appeal to me. Melyssan with the limp/bad foot in Winterbourne by Susan Carroll, Eveline who is deaf in Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks – these are heroine's that are strong despite their disability or even stronger because of it. I think that's why when I read about Audrey being blind in this story I was all over it. 

In this story Audrey is supported by the staff at her father's house. She knows where things are located and they help her in ways that she really took for granted. Her family treated her like dirt – never let her out of the house – and she needed to be away from that. She had been horribly hurt by the betrayal of her first husband but she had persevered and wanted nothing more than to live on her own and make a life for herself. The problem was that Audrey truly had no idea HOW much she relied on the staff at her father's house to see her through. It was really difficult when she first got to her new home because she was unfamiliar with the set up but also because the staff seemed to be against her and was making her life difficult day after day. She was still strong but not as strong as she thought she'd be – especially when her maid, who always described things for her fell ill. Now it was up to Robert to take over the job. 

Robert was thrilled to be needed by Audrey. He didn't think too much about it but he had a strong possessive streak when it came to the woman. He was quite good at helping her but it seemed that every time he took two steps forward she took several steps back. She looked on him as a friend instead of a potential mate. I understood Robert's frustration with Audrey in not ceding to his will but I kind of admired her for not grasping at the first man that came along after her no good husband was out of the picture. I didn't care AT ALL for Robert's decision to marry Audrey for real because it came down to pity and guilt at first. It soon turned to love but his original motivations really put me off. 

The love scenes in this book seemed incredibly stilted and they didn't flow very well imho. The transition from one moment to the next when it came to kissing, and more, really were surprising as they just didn't lead in well. I was actually surprised at some points as it just didn't occur to me that an intimate moment would be in the works and then boom – there it was. 

Despite my issues with the story I thought it was done well for the most part. I didn't like this one quite as much as book 1 in this series (Return of the Viscount) but I look forward to the next book to see what happens next. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 

Gayle Callen 

Saturday Song

Today's song comes from Volbeat and it's called Heaven and Hell. Enjoy!


Review: The Secret Life of Lady Julia by Lecia Cornwall

Just a year or so ago, Julia was a lovely earl's daughter, celebrating her betrothal to David, the Duke of Temberlay and set for a life of elegance and luxury.

But at her betrothal ball, she meets a stranger, a man who makes her feel like the most beautiful woman in the world—and when your fiancĂ© thinks of you more as a little sister than a bride, that kind of attention can certainly turn a lady's head.

Thomas Merritt is a thief with a secret past of his own. He attended Julia's betrothal ball to steal her jewels, but ended up leaving with far more, utterly bewitched by the beautiful, innocent Lady Julia. After their one glorious evening together, Thomas leaves London, knowing he can never be part of her world again.

Julia's steamy encounter with Thomas Merritt changes her life. Now, she's no longer an earl's daughter (disowned), or a duke's bride-to-be (deceased). She's an outcast and a mere paid companion to a lady who used to be her equal.

Julia never thought she’d feel as free with a man – or as passionate with a man – as she did Thomas Merritt. She met him in the park and was instantly smitten as was he. When Thomas shows up at her betrothal ball and pays her more attention than her betrothed she goes with it. That night ended up having severe consequences and Julia got disowned. Now she’s on her way to Vienna for a peace conference working as a paid companion. The last person she expects to see is Thomas but eventually that’s what happens.

Julia is used as a listener as no one knows that she spoke German fluently. She winds up getting invited to places she never thought she would but her scandalous past is constantly there in front of her. Her employer starts to fall in love with her but Julia is still hung up on Thomas even though she knew him for such a short time. When she finds out he’s in Vienna and he finds her on one of his thieving missions their paths cross and it wasn’t all for the better.

This was a very interesting book in the fact that it was certainly not anywhere near a typical romance. The h/h are apart for the greater part of the book and when they are together they actually admit that they love each other but basically know nothing about the other. I appreciated the fact that the author wrote that in as it was exactly what I was thinking. It was almost the IDEA of the other person rather than the other person themselves but it worked.

That being said I did have a hard time with the political aspect of the story, of which there was much. Now some folks might like that there is a ton of political intrigue but for me it took away from the romance of the story. I also didn’t care for the fact that the story showed Julia’s employer falling in love with her. I’m not sure why this bugged me exactly but I think it was because, again, it was taking focus from the main characters.

I really liked Julia in this story. I thought for everything that she’d been through she was truly a strong woman. She could have so easily fallen into depression and had the pity party of the century but she held her head high and dealt with the changes in her life. I loved that she didn’t regret a thing that she had done with Thomas either originally or when she was in Vienna. She was totally accountable for her actions and I adore that in a heroine.

Overall a good story that I might have liked better had the h/h spent more page time together. I’d definitely recommend this one for those of you who appreciate historical political machinations.

Rating: 3.25 out of 5

Lecia Cornwall

Review: Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare

What’s a duke to do, when the girl who’s perfectly wrong becomes the woman he can’t live without?

Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season—or any season—but his diabolical mother abducts him to “Spinster Cove” and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl.

Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn’t dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop. That dream becomes a possibility when an arrogant, sinfully attractive duke offers her a small fortune for a week’s employment. Her duties are simple: submit to his mother’s “duchess training”… and fail miserably.

But in London, Pauline isn’t a miserable failure. She’s a brave, quick-witted, beguiling failure—a woman who ignites Griff’s desire and soothes the darkness in his soul. Keeping Pauline by his side won’t be easy. Even if Society could accept a serving girl duchess—can a roguish duke convince a serving girl to trust him with her heart?

Griffin York is determined to stay a bachelor but his mother is all about getting him married and having grandbabies. Griff is SO not into her scheme – I mean she actually drugged him and took him to Spindle Cove to pick a bride. The Duchess’s thinking is that Spindle Cove has ONLY marriage minded women in it so none of them would say no. Griff is more than a little peeved – A) at her high-handedness and B) that she would think that ANY woman would say no if he asked.

When Griff and his mother walk into the Bull and Blossom he realizes he’s made a mistake in his choice of places to stay away from the women as they’re all there. The duchess tells him to pick a woman, any woman and she will make her a duchess. Griff picks a woman who intrigues him – Pauline Simms, the serving girl at the Bull and Blossom. After talking to her horrible father Griff wants nothing more than to get Pauline away from him for forever but Pauline only agrees to one week as she needs to get home to her sister. Griff makes a side deal with Pauline – be the worst duchess material EVER and he’ll pay her $1000.00 dollars when the week is over and his mother fails.

Pauline does make a muck of things but as the week goes on she gets to know the duchess and feels bad about screwing up on purpose (although she’s clumsy and doesn’t have to try too hard) and she starts having feelings for Griff. Griff starts to see Pauline in a different light as well but he’s emotionally scarred and knows he can’t give her the love and devotion she needs.

The duchess tries oh so hard with Pauline and since she only has a week she’s determined to throw her out into society immediately so that she can get the lay of the land. Pauline is understandably reticent but goes along as the duchess knows best, right? Maybe? The first night Pauline is to attend her first event the duchess gives Pauline a bit of instruction and Pauline’s not sure what to think and I loved her dry sense of humor:

“If you want to win society’s admiration, everyone must see you. No hiding in the corners or ducking behind the potted palms.”

Note: Make bosom friends with potted palms.

“But though it’s imperative to be seen, it’s less important to be heard. Talk with the ladies, but no too much. that goes double for the gentleman.”

Which part? The talking, or the not too much?

“Tonight, you’ll appear before the cream of London society. Let them see you as a lovely young lady with a certain freshness about her. A translucent petal, veiled in mystery. Someone they’re dying to claim they’ve met, but don’t truly know at all. Do you understand?”

Oh, yes, Clear as pitch.

Though I thought that the duchess was rushing putting Pauline out there with her accent, etc., I did realize that she only had a week so…IDK, maybe she had the right idea. lol

Let me start by saying, Dare strikes again. I’m not sure how she keeps coming up with great stories and then putting them together in an amazing way but she does it time and time again. This story was no different.

Pauline was an incredible heroine and Griff was a wonderful hero. They each had their issues and they each knew that nothing could come from their love as they were from such different classes but that didn’t stop either from falling and I loved seeing it. The emotion that this romance invoked was remarkable as I just wasn’t sure how I felt about either Pauline or Griff when I first started reading. As I got farther into the story I just couldn’t put it down and was actually sad when it ended.

There’s definitely a Cinderella feel threading through the story but to me there was only one part that was truly obvious (clock striking 12, etc.) and the rest was certainly original.

I honestly can’t wait to see what Dare brings us from Spindle Cove next.

Rating: 4.75 out of 5

Tessa Dare

Julie Anne Long's Pennyroyal Green series on sale for $1.99 each! (ebook only)

I just read this and had to share!

I love the Pennyroyal Green series by Julie Anne Long!  I started with What I Did for a Duke (an absolute must read) and have read all the books since then - plus a couple of the ones from before.  If I didn't already have books 1 & 2 (that I still need to read) I'd be getting them now!

The entire series is now on sale now, in ebook format, for $1.99 each.  That's over $5.00 off for each book!  If you haven't already read them, or if you just need a book or two to complete the series I'd recommend getting them immediately.

Review: The Temporary Wife by Jeannie Moon

Kindergarten teacher Megan Rossi is devoted to being a mother to her best friend’s five-year-old daughter, Molly. When the child was orphaned, Meg became the little girl’s legally named guardian—over the objections of Molly’s wealthy grandparents, the Campbells. Now the Campbells are petitioning for custody, and Meg is faced with a long and expensive legal battle. The last thing she expects is for her former high school boyfriend—and the Campbells’ estranged son—to offer a solution: marriage.

Billionaire software developer Jason Campbell knows his parents don’t have Molly’s best interests at heart—it’s all about control for them. There is one way he can ensure that his sister’s last wishes are honored. He will offer Meg the protection of his name and lawyers until the custody arrangement has been finalized , then he’ll secure his niece’s future with a very generous divorce settlement. Jason’s considered all the scenarios, except one—that the sparks that once flew between he and Meg might reignite a burning passion. And that his confirmed bachelor heart might just melt away from the heat…

Meg Rossi is trying to deal with the death of her best friend and the guardianship of her friends little girl, Molly, when she’s hit with a 1-2 punch. Molly’s grandparents want the child to raise and they’ll stop at nothing to get her. Meg doesn’t have the money to fight the Campbells as they have millions to spend and she’s a kindergarten teacher. Though she does well for herself she’s not a millionaire. She doesn’t want to lose Molly and knows that Molly’s mother, Grace, wanted Meg to raise the girl because she hated the way she was raised. How can she keep Molly from that life? She’s unexpectedly approached by Jason Campbell who proposes marriage. She all but laughs in his face. You see Jason and Meg have a history and Jason wasn’t reliable once, how can he be again?

Jason is not happy that his parents, who he considers complete vipers, want to take Molly away from Megan. He knows that his sister Grace and her husband didn’t want Molly raised by his parents and the only way he can think of to save Meg and Molly and keep Molly from his parents is to marry Meg. He proposed to Meg that it just be for a year until the ‘rents back off. He proposes a pre-nup agreement and that they adopt Molly as their own and then even when they split Molly would be safe. Meg is so desperate that she agrees even though she’s not sure she can trust Jason. She
desperately wants to but when she was 16 and he 18 his parents verbally attacked Meg and Jason didn’t say a word to defend her. She was hurt and betrayed but that didn’t stop her from loving the jerk for the past 14 years.

Jason is a brainiac who lives, eats and breathes his company. He knows that he’s not what’s good for either Meg but marrying her and then letting her go will save 2 people he cares about. He certainly doesn't plan on falling in love with her once again but obviously his heart had different plans.

This was a book with a trope that isn’t uncommon. That being said I think that the author did a good job of showing us the past hurts that each of the characters had had. She also gave us some interesting secondary characters that were well worth reading about. I did think that there were some emotional scenes that weren’t explored fully – ones that could have added more depth to the story – and that was a bit disappointing. There were, however, some that were done very well and that made up for the lack in the others, at least for me.

The book showed two characters that grew from their love and the benefit of being close together. I loved seeing Jason becoming a better man as you could tell he had it in him.

Overall it was a good book and a fun read.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Jeannie Moon

What I Read Last Week

Hey there!

Hope you all had a nice weekend.  Mine was...interesting. Let me explain.  My youngest joined a tumbling class at a dance studio about 6 months ago.  The studio is right next to her Taekwondo studio so it's convenient.  Anyway, never in a million years would I have imagined a tumbling class going to a dance competition but yet, there I was on Saturday doing dance make-up (OMG you should have seen me, I had no effin clue what I was doing!) and getting her to the comp in Pasadena.  They did really well and got 1st platinum in their category but what a day!  I was exhausted by the time we got home and just the thought of doing another one this next Saturday (which we have to do!) is making me shudder.  lol  Of course my little one loved it. :)  Here she is when we first got to the competition and then with one of her best friends with the trophy.  There are about 15 girls in the group and I wish I could have taken pictures and video but they didn't allow it and I was being good so I conformed. :)  Hopefully I'll be able to this next weekend.

I have no idea why this pic looks so distorted.  It doesn't look that way in my photo editor so IDK.  Whatever. lol

Yesterday was just a cleaning and recovery day with a nasty ass migraine.  I've still got it and am home today.  Staring at this screen isn't doing me any favors but I needed to get this done.  I also completely skimped on the post last week so I can't do that again! lol

On to what I read:

I started off the week with Tessa Dare's Any Duchess Will Do.  I absolutely loved this book.  It had a man agreeing to his mother's scheme to turn anyone he picks from Spindle Cove into a duchess - his duchess.  He doesn't want to get married so picks the serving girl, Pauline, from the Bull and Blossom. She only agrees to go with him for a week and only cuz he's paying her $1,000.00 pounds to screw up and thwart his mother's plans.  They didn't plan on falling in love.  The book was lovely and I'm truly loving this series.  I'll post my review for this one this week. 4.75 out of 5

My next read was a very short book called Claiming Lauren by Emily Ryan-Davis.  The book showed us a wife of 5 years who lived in the states while her hubby lived in Europe.  The marriage was in name only.  She had been having an internet relationship with a guy for 2 years and she was finally going to go meet him and get her BDSM on for the first time.  The hubby shows up after she gets home and suddenly wants a relationship.  There was more to the relationship with the hubby that I can't say without spoilers but the book was odd.  We never got any back story as to why the marriage was in name only - why the hubby had virtually ignored his wife for 5 years - how they came to be married in the first place.  The sex was well written but the lack of any depth to the story really turned me off of this one. 2 out of 5

Next up was The Temporary Wife by Jeannie Moon.  The story is about a couple who dies and leaves their daughter to the wife's best friend to keep her away from the wife's parents who weren't parents at all and are mean and vindictive.  The parent's try to get their granddaughter away from the best friend but their son steps in to help the best friend out - just temporarily.  The story was very cute and I enjoyed the book.  I'll post my review for this one this week as well. 3.5 out of 5

It Had To Be You by Jill Shalvis is the next book in the Lucky Harbor series and it was really good.  The story is about a girl who's down and out and is helped by a vacationing copy who is in Lucky Harbor for some quiet time.  He doesn't exactly get it. I'll post my review for this story next week.  4 out of 5

Next up was Remembering Love by Nadine Christian which is a story about a woman who finds out that her parents lived on a remote island and that her father killed her mother and then himself when she was 5.  The girl goes back to try and find answers and meets up with her childhood friend.  I really liked a lot about this story but there were some issues I had with it as well. 3.5 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)

Masks by Evangaline Anderson is the story about a girl who's twin asks her to take her place with a client cuz she hurt her ankle.  Chloe had no idea that her twin is a dominatrix and fails miserably at the job.  The "client" ends up taking over and Chloe has the best night of her life - until she finds out some truths about the client and her sister.  This was a very cute story and pretty hot as well.  Anderson always is good at the erotic, that's for sure.  3 out of 5

Last for the week was Knight Errant by KD Sarge.  This is a sci-fi/space opera about a 15/16 year old brother of a spaceship captain.  He is all about pleasing his sister but this means hiding the fact that he's gay as well as other things.  She wants him to go to college - he doesn't want to.  She wants him to be the captain of his own ship - he doesn't want to.  He tells her none of this...until he meets Rafe Ballard who is a joy-boy, and falls in love with him.  Taro has to come clean about a lot of things, but not before he and Rafe get into a boat load of trouble.  I've had this one for quite a while and for some reason never read it.  It was really good and I definitely recommend it. 4.5 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:

Happy Reading!

Saturday Song

This is the song of the week because this is the song that my youngest "danced" to in todays dance competition in Pasadena.  Thalia singing Mujer Latina.  Enjoy!


Who Forgets Their Blogiversary???

Apparently I do. *sigh*

Is it Blog-a or Blog-i?  I have no idea!
I can’t effin believe that I forgot my own blog anniversary. It was last month (4/16) and it wasn't a small one either. It’s been 5 freakin years! Holy shit how did all of that time go by? It seems like yesterday that I was talking to Christine about starting a blog and telling her I didn’t have a clue what to do. I was scared out of my mind to hit the “publish” button. lol Did I ever envision myself blogging for 5 years?  Never! :)

I have to say that after all of these years I still love blogging. I don’t blog as much personal stuff as I used to but I still enjoy writing the reviews because I love talking books with others book lovers - it’s a perfect outlet for me. 

Over the years I have met such wonderful people, bloggers, authors, publishers and I’ve even gotten to meet quite a few of them in person which is extra-awesome. Your support is what keeps me going so I just want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone out there who reads the blog – you’re the best! 

 Here's to another wonderful 5 years of books and blogging! :)

Review: Down London Road by Samantha Young

It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may—or may not—fly.

But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable. The sexy new bartender at work gives her butterflies every time she looks at him. And for once, Jo is tempted to put her needs first. Cam is just as obsessed with getting to know Jo, but her walls are too solid to let him get close enough to even try.

Then Cam moves into the flat below Jo’s, and their blistering connection becomes impossible to ignore. Especially since Cam is determined to uncover all of Jo’s secrets …even if it means taking apart her defenses piece by piece.

Johanna is the breadwinner in the family. She works hard for to keep her and her brother afloat and to make sure Cole, who is 14 years old, gets everything he needs to flourish and prosper. Unfortunately she also has to take care of her mother who is a drunk who lives with them. Jo does have two jobs but another way she keeps the veil of security over the family is by dating rich men. Her friends don’t like that she does this but she cares about the men she dates. No, she doesn’t love them, but for the security she’ll do what needs to be done. Malcolm is her current boyfriend. He is kind and generous and though he’s 14 years older than her it’s all ok.

When Malcolm takes her to an art showing for one of his friends – an ex-girlfriend – Jo meets Cam. Cam is hot, hot, hot, and so freakin judgmental about Jo it’s almost mind-boggling. He thinks he’s got her pegged and he’s not very nice to her at all – that doesn’t stop him from lusting after her. Jo knows who she is – even though she doesn’t show that person to everyone.

When Cam gets a job at the same bar that Jo works at sparks fly. Cam passes judgment and Jo seems to surprise him at every turn and prove him wrong. Then there’s the sexual tension that’s thick enough to cut with a knife. Both of them feel it but they both have significant others and aren’t touching each other. When Cam happens to move into the same building as Jo and her family things heat up in a million different ways and neither Jo nor Cam can deny their attraction any longer.

I have to say that this book was a huge surprise to me. It sounded good so I agreed to read and review it but hadn’t read the first book in the series so I was a little leery to dig into this one after I’d received it. I admit I put off reading for a bit and now am kicking myself. I actually pulled up the book on my ereader one night (at about 11pm) with the thought that I’d read the first couple of pages and then put it down. HA! I ended up staying up for another 2 hours and reading half the book because I couldn’t find a good place to put it down!

Jo was the one that immediately caught my attention and I could see her insecurities almost from the beginning. She was so embroiled in the past and the things that her parents said to her that she had herself believing she wasn’t worth anything. My heart went out to her and I just wanted to give her a great big hug. Then Cam happened along and the sexual tension in the story skyrocketed. I mean, it really hit the roof. Cam and Jo were explosive and they hadn’t even touched each other. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened next.

Once Jo and Cam are together there are issues – as there are in any relationship. Yes, Jo’s insecurities played a huge part of that but Cam dealt with them well. There was once instance where I felt he was just an idiot but other than that I thought he was a man with a good head on his shoulders.

Ms. Young has written a wonderful love story here. I loved reading about Jo and Cam and frankly didn’t want their story to end. The book is also about family and friends – and what happens when those friends turn into your family. I loved almost every word of this book and can’t wait to read what Ms. Young will give us next.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Samantha Young

Review: Gone with the Wolf by Kristin Miller

CEO and alpha werewolf Drake Wilder has given up the search for his one true love. When he discovers that she’s a secretary in his company, Drake’s primal instincts kick into overdrive.

What he wouldn’t give to have her fingers rake over his body instead of the keyboard…

Free-spirited bartender Emelia Hudson wants nothing more than to make her Seattle-based bar succeed. But when profits decline, she slips into a dress suit and secures a nine-to-five. After learning that her bar has become property of Wilder Financial, Emelia is determined to get some answers.

Two can play the ruthless business game. If only her attraction to the boss wasn’t so intense…

When Drake’s twin brother senses that Drake has found his match—and now inherits their father’s billion dollar estate—he hatches a plan to take Emelia out. Drake vows to protect her at all costs, but he might have to pay with his own life

Emelia Hudson wants to get back at a businessman who thinks he bought the building that her neighborhood bar is in – but she bought it 8 years ago so how can he now own it? She has tried calling his business and emailing but she’s gotten no response at all. She takes it upon herself to get close to the head guy, Russell Wilder, and earn some extra cash at the same time by getting a temp job in his corporation.

During a company Halloween party Emelia meets Drake. He’s handsome and amazing and she almost falls in love at first sight. She’s pretty shocked when her new position in the office is to be Russell Wilder’s new assistant. Little does she know that Drake and Russell are one in the same.

Drake is also bowled over by Emelia during their meet at the party but for him it’s because he has met his Luminary aka his mate. As Drake is a werewolf he knows that this doesn’t happen very often and he’s amazed – and scared. He finally comes to terms with Emelia being his but his twin brother has it out for both Drake and Emelia and he won’t stop until he’s taken everything from them.

Gone with the Wolf is the first book in the Seattle Wolf Pack series. For the first book we get to read about the Alpha – well he basically becomes Alpha during the book. He is a very powerful man and wolf and has been around for hundreds of years. This, however, didn’t do him any favors as he ended up being very old fashioned. I don’t think the author intended him to be but he was pretty overbearing and decisive when it came to Emelia’s life and I wanted to see him open up to her way before he actually did.

Emelia is a hard worker and is damned proud of every penny she’s ever earned as she knows it’s come with blood, sweat and tears. This, I think, is almost her weakness though. Her pride in what she’s accomplished is wonderful but she’s almost too proud in some instances and makes foolish and rash decisions throughout the book because of it. With Drake trying to make her decisions and Emelia fighting against them it was a big push and pull between the two of them. Unfortunately with them at odds with each other for most of the book I thought that the only thing carrying them a great deal of the time was their lust. I didn’t feel that deep connection to them nor did I feel they had it for each other. It did start to spark in my mind toward the end of the book but then things were wrapped so we didn’t get to see farther, which was a bummer.

Despite the issues I had with the story I was intrigued by the concept of this wolf pack and will look into reading more of the series when it releases.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Kristin Miller

What I Read Last Week

Hey there!

Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all the mother’s out there that read this blog!

I had a good day in that I did almost nothing. lol I helped my youngest with her class project, read and was a general laze-a-bout. It was 105 yesterday and our air conditioner’s in the process of getting fixed right now so even moving around the house was, in general, enough to make you pass out from heat exhaustion. Hopefully it will be fixed by tomorrow – right in time for it to be ONLY 80! lol

I’m really stuck for time this week so I’m giving you the basics – sorry!!!! I promise I’ll be better next week! 

1 – The Brazen Amazon by Sandy James – review here 4 out of 5 

2 – His Bonnie Bride by Hannah Howell – 4 out of 5 

3 – Gone with the Wolf by Kristin Miller – 3 out of 5 – will post my review this week 

4 – Dear Lucy by Julie Sarkissian – 3 out of 5 – review here on Goodreads 

5 – Down London Road by Samantha Young – 5 out of 5 – will post my review of this one this week 

6 – The Hot Girl’s Friend by Lisa Scott – 4 out of 5 (short) 

7 – An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands – 4 out of 5 

8 – Dragon Mine by Jaime Rush – 3 out of 5 

9 – Flirts! 5 Romantic Short Stories by Lisa Scott – 4 out of 5 

10 – From the Ashes by Daisy Harris – 4 out of 5


My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
True by Erin McCarthy
Game On by Tracy Solheim
Love Irresistibly by Julie James

Happy Reading!!!

Saturday Song

How long has it been since you've heard The Black Crowes???  I'm gonna bet a darned long time.  Yeah, me too.  When I heard Hard to Handle playing in not one store this week but 3 I knew it was the one to play for my Saturday Song.  Enjoy!

Review: The Brazen Amazon by Sandy James

Zach Hanson is a tech wizard, capable of creating and improving gadgets--including remote nuclear warhead launchers. But he's always known that he's destined for something more, something greater, something...supernatural.

Powerful Air Amazon Gina Himmel is one of four sisters called to protect the world from those who would do it harm. Demigods in league with an Ancient have been taking over the bodies of leaders in the military and technological sectors, and Gina is sent to San Francisco to watch over Zach.

Under Gina's protection, Zach is introduced to a world of ancient deities, rogue gods and the bold, brazen Amazons who keep humanity safe. Amidst the whirlwind of battle, Zach and Gina discover a love that could give them the power to save the world—or destroy it.

Sekhmet, the daughter of Ra, is an ancient Egyptian with amazing powers. She was born to be the Destructor but had been imprisoned for years to save the world. She has escaped and now she’s on a mission to destroy all mankind and rebuild. She is after the most brilliant techno-wizards with the thought that she can make Earth’s inhabitants kill themselves off and she’ll sit back and watch.

The Amazons are obviously not happy about this and are sent to watch over the men who Sekhmet might be after. Gina, the Air Amazon, was sent to watch Zach Hanson. After observing him for days she approaches him to offer her services, telling him that she works for Amazon Security. Zach takes Gina up on it but when Zach’s life starts to be endangered they end up back in Avalon, home to the Amazon’s.

Zach is more than a bit floored with all he learns about Amazons, Ancients, Goddesses and all the other beings and creatures that he thought were just myth are actually real. He takes it well though because realizing Gina is an actual Amazon doesn’t change his feelings for her. He falls in love with her and knows that he doesn’t want to be parted from her.

Gina, a tough fighting machine, was thought by others to be unwomanly and was called a dyke on more than one occasion. She also realized growing up that anyone she loved eventually left her. Because of these past emotional scars Gina is more than leery to open herself up to Zach – especially as she knows that once Sekhmet is taken down that Zach will have to go back to his life in San Francisco. She loves him but doesn’t want to see him hurt and that makes the decision to let him go very difficult.

The third book in the Alliance of the Amazons series and it was a good one. We see that the Amazon’s past successes haven’t made them rest on their laurels - they are out there fighting daily. Not only do we get to see Gina in action on almost every page we get to see Rebecca and Artair as well as Johann and Megan and their families. I loved seeing these couples from books 1 and 2 and their happiness.

With Gina I definitely think that the crux of her problems was fear. She loved Zach but feared that he would just get bored and leave her as everyone else in her life had, except the Amazons. They had been the only thing in her life that she had truly been able to rely on and the fear of losing Zach was too much to handle. She feared her own abilities as well as she would get so distracted by the man but when push came to shove she was on the ball and ready for action.

Zach seemed to be a lovely man who was open to new ideas (good thing since his world got turned upside down) and all of their possibilities. I loved that he wasn’t afraid to come out and tell Gina that he loved her and exactly how he felt about her – oh if only more men were like that! lol He did have a lot of guilt because of the fact that Sekhmet was using his own devices and creations for her evil plot but I think he assuaged that in the end as he did have a hand in taking her down.

Overall it was a great addition to the series and I can’t wait to see what happens with Amazon #4, Sarita. She’s just 5 feet tall and it seems she has a bit of a self-esteem issue so that will be interesting.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Sandy James

Review: The Laird's Forbidden Lover by Amelia Gormley

Farm lad Iain Munro knows his love affair with Tavish MacIntyre, future Laird of Creachann-Dubh, is dangerous—discovery could mean disgrace and death. But they’ve been in love since they were boys, and they’ve never been able to resist each other, dishonorable though it is to deceive their families.

Young men now, their sexual explorations have deepened and their love for each other has strengthened. But Iain’s father fears for his eldest son’s future, and Tavish faces dangers and duties of his own: his demanding mother would see him respectably wed, and his interfering sister knows too much—and has schemes of her own.

Facing a lifetime apart, Iain and Tavish must leave their childhoods behind for good as they choose between honor and love, innocence and happiness, and their vows before God and to each other.

Tavish and Iaian are distant cousins (key word distant) and are just 18 and 15 respectively when they finally realize their tastes run not only toward other men but toward each other. They can really only see each other once a year at the yearly harvest festival and it’s so hard on both boys as they care so much about each other – on top of the fact that they wear each other out going at it all day long! lol

As they get older Iain starts to realize that as much as he loves Tavish he can’t continue to see him and basically breaks him off. Tavish doesn’t stand for it and goes after him. When the Tavish is 22 his mother gets an inkling as to what’s going on between the two and tries to separate them. She wants to force Tavish to marry but an unlikely savior comes along to save them.

One of the things that I normally don’t like about historical m/m is the fact that they two men can never be together out in the open and that bothers me on so many levels. I think that’s why I enjoy contemporary m/m so much because the men can be who they are without hiding it. Ok, some do and some have to but they have the CHOICE. Anyway, I love Scottish historicals so much that I thought I’d give this one a go. It was a bit heart wrenching at times because I couldn’t see a way that Tavish and Iaian could be together and their love for each other was just so sweet.

When their savior steps forward (and no I’m not spoiling that for you) I was pleasantly surprised. The solution to the problem wasn’t perfect and the men still couldn’t be together publicly – obviously – but I thought it was a clever way to make sure that both men’s asses were covered with Tavish’s mom not being able to step in to stop things.

I had a little issue with the way the story was told starting when they were older and then going back and forth from present to past and having the story flow through the years. There were a couple of times that I was confused as to what year it was or how old the guys were but I got used to it and it ended up working for the most part.

This is one that I would recommend as it’s just such a sweet tale of love and compromise. Isn’t that what most relationships are made up of? I think so.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Amelia Gormley

What I Read Last Week

Hello from rainy So Cal!

The weather around here is insane, I’m tellin ya. Last week it was anywhere from 80-100 degrees…until Sunday and then it was overcast and chilly. Today it’s about 50 and raining. I love living here but I gotta say that sometimes the weather just baffles me. lol

It was a quiet week and a lovely weekend. Thank you to all of you who wished me happy birthday on twitter, facebook or on The Book Binge or on Nath’s blog (it was Nath's birthday too!). I have to say that I felt very loved on Friday. :) The fam and I went out on Friday night to a lovely restaurant called Sabor Cocina. I had a margarita as big as my head (I’ve never had one from there and it was huge - and tasty) and Enchiladas de Marisco (Fresh crab, wild pacific shrimp, spinach, poblano cream sauce, crema and avocado). OMG I was in heaven! Saturday was a running around and shopping day. On Sunday the whole fam went to see Iron Man 3 (which was great) and then we spent the day working on the State Tower project for my youngest, doing laundry, cleaning house and watching Cake Boss on Netflix. Overall it was just a fun weekend. 

On to what I read last week: 

 I started off the week with 18% Gray by Anne Tenino. This story is set in the future when the states have been divided and there are Red States and Blue States. The Red states are controlling and conservative, the Blue…aren’t. In a Blue state there is QESA (Queer Extraction Services) and they go into Red states and covertly remove/rescue those who are Queer and in need of extraction. Matt works for QESA and is sent into Idaho to rescue James but James has some funky things going on in his body and it’s not an easy extraction since there are so many people looking for him. The story is about the 2 men getting out of Idaho but also getting to know each other again. They had been friends until the age of 14 when James caught Matt in a compromising position with another man and then teased and ostracized him in high school. This is a good futuristic/sci fi type read. I wasn’t sure what to expect but should have known it would be good because of Anne Tenino. I haven’t read anything by her that I haven’t liked. The story did get a bit slow in the middle as it seemed there were almost too many obstacles for the two men but the rest was pretty darned good. 3.5 out of 5

Next up was The Laird’s Forbidden Lover by Amelia C. Gormley. The story of two men who are distant cousins who fall in love but only see each other one, maybe two times a year. My review for this will go up on Wednesday. 

After that it was Game On by Tracy Solheim. This is the first book in a series about a football team called the Baltimore Blaze. This story has the General Manager’s assistant falling for the new quarterback but he’s got serious relationship issues due to the death of his mother and the abandonment of his father. Throw in a stalker for the heroine and a half-brother for the hero and there you have it. It was a good story but I did have some issues with the heroine as she knew what the hero was like but expected different from him every time. I find that so annoying in a heroine as it seems like she just can’t take him as he is but that’s a whole other issue. lol My review for this will go up on Book Binge tomorrow if you’d like to know about what I thought. 3.25 out fo 5 

KC, at Bat by Tom Mendicino is about two boys who find each other one summer while working for a moving company. KC is one of the summer league’s star players and pretty much bound for the NBL, while Charlie starts the summer being a scrawny thing he soon puts on muscle from the moving company. KC and Charlie fall for each other but it’s an awkward time between the two at first. I really enjoyed this story so, so much. The book says Book One so I’m hoping we get the rest of Charlie and KC’s story as we’re kind of left hanging in the end. This one doesn’t come out til June 6th but I just couldn’t wait to read it after reading the blurb. I put a few of my thoughts down here at Goodreads. 4.5 out of 5 

It continued being a mostly m/m week with Little Stalker by Erica Pike. This novella was about a guy who gets drunk and sleeps with women when he’s not really even attracted to them – because he’s attracted to men. He won’t admit that to himself or anyone else. He’s got a stalker though who follows him around and when they get together it’s explosive. Really cute story that ended with a HFN. 3.75 out of 5 

Welcome, Brother by Erica Pike was a novella about a Freshman in college who applies to The Nova Britannia Brotherhood. He fears he won’t get in but he does – and his mentor Hunter is someone that Kyler has a huge crush on. It gets more intense the longer they’re together but Kyler doesn’t even know if Hunter’s gay. When a gay bashing occurs in the Brotherhood it brings out ghosts from Hunter’s past but Kyler is there to help him out. This was such a good story. I really liked the way the story was set up and how it played out. I thought the characters were very well written and enjoyed every moment of this story. 4 out of 5 

Last for the week was Wild by Zoe Perdita. Wild is a born werewolf who is an omega and was banished from his pack because they didn’t want to waste the money it would take to feed him. Wild has been on his own for 5 years when he’s caught in a trap and saved by Caleb who was bitten by a werewolf. Caleb takes Wild in and gives him food and shelter, and even a position as his assistant but Wild wants more as he knows that Caleb is his mate. They also have to deal with a local wolf pack and werewolf hunters who were brought near by Wild. The story was good but a little repetitive for my liking. Wild really pushed Caleb and I found it got old after a bit. It was definitely a slower paced story but interesting. 3.25 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Roses in Moonlight by Lynn Kurland
Unbroken by Melody Grace
Take What You Want by Jeannette Grey

Happy Reading!