Author: Lauren Blakely
Publisher: Lauren Blakely
Published: May 2, 2016
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Adult
From the NYT Bestselling author of BIG ROCK, comes a hot and hilarious new standalone…
Just call me Mister O. Because YOUR pleasure is my super power.
Making a woman feel ‘oh-god-that’s-good’ is the name of the game, and if a man can’t get the job done, he should get the hell out of the bedroom. I’m talking toe-curling, mind-blowing, sheet-grabbing ecstasy. Like I provide every time.
I suppose that makes me a superhero of pleasure, and my mission is to always deliver.
But then I’m thrown for a loop when a certain woman asks me to teach her everything about how to win a man. The only problem? She’s my best friend’s sister, but she’s far too tempting to resist–especially when I learn that sweet, sexy Harper, has a dirty mind too and wants to put it to good use. What could possibly go wrong as I give the woman I’ve secretly wanted some no-strings-attached lessons in seduction?
No one will know, even if we send a few dirty sexts. Okay, a few hundred. Or if the zipper on her dress gets stuck. Not on that! Or if she gives me those f*&k-me-eyes on the train in front of her whole family.
The trouble is the more nights I spend with her in bed, the more days I want to spend with her out of bed. And for the first time ever, I’m not only thinking about how to make a woman cry out in pleasure –I’m thinking about how to keep her in my arms for a long time to come.
Looks like the real Adventures of Mister Orgasm have only just begun….
**MISTER O is a standalone romantic comedy and it follows supporting characters first introduced in BIG ROCK**
This was supposed to be the book that would get me out of my reading slump. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the one. Too much sexual frustrations and innuendos, not enough romantic development.
I was so excited to find out that Nick Hammer is the leading man here. He was introduced in Big Rock which was my first Lauren Blakely read and which was also the book that I liked. I thought Nick was such an interesting guy. He’s basically sex on legs. He’s a cartoonist who’s well-known for his sexy comic The Adventures of Mister Orgasm. I loved that this book was told in his POV because his thoughts are entertaining and… dirty. Who can say no?
“I suppose that makes me the Magellan of the female orgasm. A true explorer venturing forth, fearless and ready at any moment to map the terrain of her pleasure until she cries out in rapture.”
What I didn’t love was the exaggeration of the smut. Not to mention the lack of plotline. At first, it was fun and entertaining but later on I found myself getting bored because of the repetitive flirtations that seemed to lead both the characters to nowhere. There was a potential conflict, of course. Knowing that Nick was secretly lusting over his best friend’s sister seemed to really create a good clash but then it was resolved easily so…
There was a little bit of chemistry between Harper and Nick but it wasn’t that powerful to make me swoon. Perhaps there just wasn’t anything new here. Sure there were steamy scenes and some romantic development in the near-end but the overdone sexual frustration took most of the time before they figured out that they’re actually in love with each other and they’re not just horny. Meh.
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The Bridesmaid and The Bachelor
(Calypso Falls #0.5)
Author: Kris Fletcher
Published: November 25, 2016
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
In this all-new contemporary romance series, the five Elias sisters of Calypso Falls, New York, discover that love sometimes arrives in surprising ways…
The bride may be the one to wear a veil, but this time it’s the bridesmaid who has something to hide. Kyrie Elias has agreed to pretend to be her twin sister in a friend’s big fat Vegas wedding. Pulling off this deception could mean a chance at love for her sister and the forgiving of a loan Kyrie needs to save her struggling coffee shop back in Calypso Falls. But she didn’t count on the wedding party including gorgeous groomsman Ben Sitka, the sexy scientist who came close to stealing her heart two years ago.
Ben would know Kyrie anywhere. The electric connection between them is something she can’t disguise, and something he’s never forgotten—not since she ran out on him after a week of bliss. Now he vows to give this bridesmaid a reason to blush. He’s willing to keep the secret of her true identity, but he’s also determined to expose her true feelings for him, hoping that Kyrie will come to see that the person she’s most deceiving is herself.
Includes an exclusive preview of the debut novel in the Calypso Falls series, Life of the Party.
The Bridesmaid And The Bachelor has a lot of potentials. The writing was good, however, it wasn’t good enough to be engaging. Most of the scenes were dull and boring which failed to hold my attention all throughout the book.
I loved that the book has a second chance romance trope but I found the characters, the plot, and the whole story rather difficult to connect with. The only thing I’m happy about was its length which was short. I would have struggled to finish it if it weren’t for its fast pacing.
(An ARC was provided by InterMix and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
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A Place in the Sun
Author: R.S. Grey
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Published: October 24, 2016
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
When her mother’s incessant matchmaking hits an all-time high, Georgie Archibald does what any sensible woman would do: she flees the country.
Seeking refuge in the picturesque seaside village of Vernazza, Italy, Georgie’s only plan is to lie low, gorge herself on gelato, and let the wine and waves wash her troubles away… that is until she wakes up in a bed that belongs to the most romantic-looking man she’s ever seen.
After going out of his way to rescue her, the former London financier turned mysterious recluse makes it clear that despite acting as her white knight, he has no plans to co-star in her fairytale.
But Georgie isn’t asking for his heart—she’s merely intrigued.
After all, Gianluca isn’t just gorgeous—tall and tan from days spent in the sun—his touch sets her world on fire. With him, Georgie experiences the most intoxicating passion she’s ever known, and it only takes a few steamy nights for her to realize that sometimes running away from trouble is the best way to find it.
I’m afraid I’ll be steering myself away from R.S. Grey books for a while. It just doesn’t work for now. I think With This Heart will always remain my favorite book written by her. It was so much better. *sigh
A Place in the Sun opens when Georgie Archibald abruptly packed her things up for a trip to Vernazza, Italy due to her mom’s incessant lecture on how she should take time for a relationship. In Vernazza she met two Italian cousins namely Massimo and the hot incarnate Gianluca/”Luca”. Georgie instantly got intrigued and became attracted to Luca but the Italian man wasn’t that into her because up to that moment, he still hasn’t moved on from the death of his late wife.
The setting was so enchanting and the way the tourist spots were described was well-detailed and I think that’s the only thing I found fascinating here. I didn’t particularly connect with the characters and their story. The fact that Georgie was obsessing over Luca for almost every part of the book also didn’t help. It really frustrates me when heroines force themselves to guys who don’t even consider throwing the attention back.
“To me, Gianluca is the sun.”
Both characters lacked chemistry and spark and at times I felt the romance was forced. I wasn’t also convinced when it comes to the ending. And that certain thing that happened to Georgie which changed everything in the end… it was unnecessary. A Place in the Sun, as whole, was difficult for me to like. If you love romance books that are set in beautiful places like Italy though, I think you still have to try this book. 🙂
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Getting Lucky Number Seven
(Taking Shots #1)
Author: Cindi Madsen
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Published: April 28, 2015
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
What’s your lucky number?
Lyla Wilder is done being the shy, chemistry nerd extraordinaire. While every other college student is out having fun, Lyla is studying. With her cat. Well, she’s played it “safe” quite enough, thank you. So she creates a “College Bucket List”―with item #7 being a night of uninhibited, mind-blowing sex…
But she needs some help from her man-whore best friend.
Hockey player Beck Davenport thought Lyla’s transformation would be subtle. Man, was he wrong. With every item she ticks off, Beck finds himself growing seriously hot for his sweet, brainiac best friend. And if he’s not careful, he’ll end up risking their friendship in order to convince Lyla that he might just be her lucky #7…
I am not against books with cliché themes and storylines as long as they’re well-delivered and written in an alluring way, but this book just didn’t do it. The best friends turned lovers and friends with benefits tropes weren’t done in a way that made me swoon or fall in love with the characters.
Getting Lucky Number Seven follows the characters Lyla Wilder and Beck Davemport, both chemistry students of the same university and class. Their friendship started when they became lab partners. Even if they’re completely different when it comes to their school statuses (Beck being a popular ice hockey star and Lyla as a weird and geeky student), their friendship clicked. But when Lyla realized one day that she needs to change herself completely and transform into a typical party college girl, she asked Beck to help her. She wrote a “College Bucket List” and one of them is to get laid which is the #7 on the list. Their friendship soon turned into something else when Beck suggested that he will be the one to fulfill the #7.
I have to say that I was particularly less of a fan of Lyla. I thought she was trying real hard to fit in a group and was overdoing things. Even if she’s doing it to improve herself, I hate to say that it just ruins her academics. And oh my, don’t even get me started on the way she constantly bites her lips (like she’s doing it all the time!) which kind of annoys me.
However, I liked Beck. I connected with his character. He’s an amazing and sweet person. Not to mention that he cares deeply about her little sister.
As much as I loved the writing which was really good, the absence of chemistry and the forced connection between the characters ruined its promising appeal to me. I’ll still read the sequel of this book because I found Whitney’s love story interesting. 🙂
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Five Ways to Fall
(Ten Tiny Breaths #4)
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: June 24, 2013=4
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she’s made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. So when her impulsive, short-lived marriage ends in heartbreak, she decides it’s time for a change. She moves to Miami with the intention of hitting reset on her irresponsible life, and she does quite well…aside from an epically humiliating one-night stand in Cancun with a hot blond bouncer named Ben. Thank God she can get on a plane and leave that mistake behind her.
Football scholarship and frat parties with hot chicks? Part of charmer Ben Morris’s plan. Blown knee that kills any hope of a professional football career? So not part of the plan. Luckily Ben has brains to go with his knockout looks and magnetism. After three long years of balancing law school with his job as a bouncer at Penny’s Palace, he’s ready to lead a more mature life—until his first day of work, when he finds himself in the office of that crazy, hot chick he met in Cancun. The one he hasn’t stopped thinking about.
If Ben truly were a smart guy, he’d stay clear of Reese. She’s the boss’s stepdaughter and it’s been made very clear that office romances are grounds for dismissal. Plus, rumor has it she’s trouble. The only problem is, he likes trouble, especially when it’s so good-looking…
Well this is sad. I enjoyed the previous books of this series especially Ten Tiny Breaths and Four Seconds to Lose but this book just wasn’t in the cards. I wish I’d love this book but I honestly couldn’t get into it.
Five Ways to Fall is the fourth book of Ten Tiny Breaths series. It centers around Ben Morris— the hot bouncer slash law student that we’ve met in the previous books, and Reese McKay— a troubled purple haired girl who experienced such heartache when her husband cheated on her. The two of them met at Cancun when Reese celebrated her 21st birthday. They kind of flirted there but after a drunken night Reese disappeared and left him. It was after two months when they unexpectedly met again.
The problem I had with this book was the plot itself. It was bland. Maybe because Four Seconds to Lose left me with an adrenaline rush that made this book kind of dull for me. Five Ways to Fall lacked an interesting flow of the story. I have no problem with the writing style because K.A. Tucker does it great but the way the story was delivered was kind of meh.
I also didn’t feel especially connected to the characters. I loved Ben in the previous books but I don’t know why he lacked some appeal here. And Reese– she’s not a bad character at all but there was also something about her that’s missing and I guess it’s the depth that I’m always looking for.
The romance was also a problem here. The characters kind of lacked chemistry and I felt the romance was forced. And there was no twist and climax (which were present in Ten Tiny Breaths and Four Seconds to Lose).
Much as I tried, I just couldn’t like this book. I struggled finishing it and at least half a dozen times I was ready to put this book down for good, but I still did finish it. It unfortunately just came too short and I felt bad about it.
One of the reasons why I rated it 2 stars instead of 1 star is because of the author’s writing style which is as always, easy and comfortable to read. I also felt the characters’ development in the book. I am glad that Ben finally reached his dreams and Reese was able to move on from her failed marriage. All in all, this book was underwhelming but I still recommend the series to all romance lovers because the previous books are surely a win.
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Author: Paige Walker
Publisher: College Boy Publishing, LLC
Published: December 1, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Nichole Roberts is a beautiful young woman with a bright future ahead of her. It is her eighteenth birthday, and she cannot wait to celebrate it at what will soon to be known as the party of the year. With her family and best friend by her side, everything seems perfect, that is, until that night. A romantic evening with her handsome and mysterious boyfriend turns tragic, and Nichole’s life takes a turn for the worse. Confused about what has happened to her, Nichole wakes up to find everything that she holds dear has been taken from her in a way she never knew existed. Will she ever come to terms with what she has become? Or, will she seek revenge against the one person that has wronged her.
From the book:
The sun descends and the moon rises, giving the only light that illuminates the darkness. Wind blows silently as if it is trying to tell me a secret. Our steps are quiet, we move like the wind walking along the forest floor, as we make our way to the hole I crawled out of just a few months ago.
We whip past the trees, rocks, and grass like we are floating in the air. The animals in the forest are neither seen nor heard. They are hiding, but I know they are out there. I can hear the steady pace of their hearts and the blood flowing in their veins.
We make it to our destination. No words spoken, no sentiments given. There is just quiet contemplation and preparation churning in our minds. I look at Jade and she nods. She quickly turns and climbs the tall tree, near me, looking like a spider silently climbing up a wall.
I turn my attention away from Jade. She is now invisible to me. I will neither give away nor tell her whereabouts. She is a secret, one that I will pretend not to know.
I look around through the darkness of night, taking my place, waiting for this game to begin. My stance is confident. My mind is calm. I survey my surroundings, like a predator who feels threatened, bracing for an attack. My eyes land on remnants of the trash bag that once held me inside. I laugh, Nate will have to do better this time if he wants to get rid of me.
Nate is going to come into the forest confident and cocky. He doesn’t realize that the girl he is coming to kill isn’t the same one he had attempted to kill before.
A Young Adult vampire book, Transition opens up when Nichole Roberts celebrated her eighteenth birthday and was turned into a vampire when her boyfriend Nate Blackwood transitioned her. All throughout her relationship with Nate, she didn’t know that he was a vampire. Not until his bad side suddenly showed up and she realized that he’s not at all the perfect boyfriend that she thought he was. It was too late when she decided to end their relationship though, because she already became a creature of the night.
I really tried to like this book but I felt underwhelmed in most parts. The plot was a little bit cliché to me. I’ve read this kind of vampire story before so maybe that’s the reason why it felt unoriginal to me.
I believe this book will not be so bad at all if it also wasn’t because of the female lead. Nichole kind of ruined it. I was fairly unimpressed with her bratty attitude. She was unnerving, whiny, and difficult to like. The moment she said these things, I knew she and I wouldn’t get along…
“Casey and I aren’t the most popular girls in school but we are likeable and easy to get along with so that gives us a substantial amount of popularity.”
Another problem that I encountered was Nichole’s over-the-top and perfect character. Literally perfect. She grew up in a rich and loving family, has a tall frame and beautiful face, has a boyfriend who’s also tall, good-looking, and wealthy (he even gave her a jewelry with real diamonds in them on her birthday), and even her boyfriend’s friends are perfect. She has many admirers and everybody in school loves her. In short, everything was unrealistic.
I also had an issue when it comes to the characters’ dialogues which sounded awkward. At times it even appeared repetitive. The world-building and the descriptions of actions were also vague and it was difficult for me to imagine what I was reading.
I give this book 2 stars though because of the interesting things that started to appear in the final chapters. The ending, which was a cliffhanger, was also strongly delivered. It gave the readers a glimpse of the exciting things that will happen in the next book.
(Thank you to the author Paige Walker for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
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