The Dirty Secret (Kira A. Gold)


From the Desk of Donna Edith… 

My services are unconventional. My clients come to me with needs and I match them to other clients with needs of their own… 

Promising young architect Killian Fitzroy: Driven, clever, eager to prove himself. Starved for sex, though he’s come to me for professional assistance, not personal. Needs: Someone unique, creative and fast. An artist with a feminine perspective to breathe life into a house he’s built. 

Aspiring scenic designer Vessa Ratham: Sensuous, spontaneous, but secretive. Recently returned to Vermont armed with an art degree that qualifies her for little more than waiting tables. Needs: An opportunity to shine. 

Yes, Killian and Vessa will satisfy each other nicely—in more ways than one.

Let me start by saying that Erotica is not exactly my go-to read… yeah, I enjoy my New Adult Romances, and I do like sexy scenes in my books, but I’m not always sure of purely erotic romances. But this book really surprised me, because I liked it SO MUCH!!!

The writing is kind of beautifully lyric, and Kira A. Gold sure knows her stuff in terms of interior design, but I have to admit that all those descriptions were a bit lost on me – I couldn’t even place half of the colors talked about here. But the way she described the feelings and interactions between the two main characters was lovely and I was gripped from the start.

About the characters, oh my, I ship Vessa and Killian so hard!!!! They both deserved better than what life gave them, for sure, and I liked to see how their relationship developed slowly but surely, and I liked that it wasn’t just about the sex… oh no, they were so honest with each other, and they shared so much, it was heart-warming.

The character development was amazing, I was as happy as Killian when Vessa started to use sentences that started with “I” and I was so proud when Killian finally stood up for himself at work. They made each other want more out of life, while being so supportive of each other, and that’s always great to see in relationships. Don’t get me wrong, the sex was all kinds of HOT, but all their scenes together were amazing, even if they were fully clothed.

I adored the secondary characters, and I especially liked how much weight they had in the story, because sometimes erotica forgets that life isn’t confined to a room.

Even though there isn’t much plot in this book, it does exist, and I liked it. I liked to see Killian’s house transform, and Vessa’s life transform along with it. I liked her family, and I loved that despite everything her father was so proud of her.

I honestly loved this book and I can see myself reaching for other books by Kira A. Gold.

January Book Haul


Hi people! Here we are for my first book haul of the year. Yep, we’re already one month down in 2016 and this is freaking scary. Time keeps going by way too fast and I would really appreciate it if it slowed the hell down. Either way, this month I got a few books, so let’s begin.



I ended up getting 5 physical copies this month. Well, actually, I got The Name of The Wind still in 2015, but my haul had already gone up :D. The Name of The Wind was actually a christmas gift from a friend and I love it, because I’ve been wanting to start this series for a while, I was just procrastinating because the last book has no release date yet. Then in Glasgow at the beginning of the month I bought Forbidden, The Night Owls and What If? at Waterstones (where I could easily spend a whole day), and at Tesco (of all places), I found The Art of Being Normal for a really amazing price.


I’m kind of hooked on the kindle deals! Two of the books below I got for 0€!!! And most of the others were at amazing prices…


  • Wallbanger by Alice Clayton – I saw so many good reviews about this book that I decided to get it.
  • Sink or Swim by Kelley R. Martin – I needed this novella!
  • Hopeless by Colleen Hoover – I got this book for free :D, I still can’t believe it!!!
  • Falling into Place by Amy Zhang – It was a daily deal, and it sounded interesting.
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer – Most expensive eBook I ever bought. But I had to.
  • Friends With Partial Benefits by Luke Young – FREE!!!
  • Thing We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby – Kindle deal! Anso, sounded good, and great cover.
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I bought Fangirl for my kindle for 0.92€. How could I resist?
  • The Baller by Vi Keeland – Saw great reviews :D.



  • Chasing Crazy by Kelly Siskind – I got this eARC through Netgalley, already read it and loved it.
  • The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel – Currently reading this one, got it through Netgalley.
  • Getting Him Back by K.A. Mitchell – I got this eARC through Netgalley.
  • More Than Fashion by Elizabeth Briggs – Netgalley rocks :D. I already read the rest of the series, so I can’t wait to read this one next month.
  • Always For You by Tawdra Kandle – Netgalley again, already read it.
  • The Dirty Secret by Kira A. Gold – Netgalley, already read it.
  • Innuendos by V. Kelly – ebook provided by the author for honest review, read it and actually really liked it.
  • Spanish Lessons by Jessica Peterson – ebook provided by the author for honest review.
  • Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach – I got this eARC through Netgalley too.
  • Extreme by Lark O’Neal – I received this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

And that’s a wrap… my 24 books hauled this month 😉

Always For You (Tawdra Kandle)


Maureen Evans has had a crush on Smith Harrington since they were in college together. She always knew he didn’t see her as anything more than his best friend—just one of the guys—but that didn’t stop her from weaving sexy fantasies about him.

Now, after years of maintaining a long-distance friendship, Smith’s moving to Burton, Georgia, Maureen’s hometown, to become her partner at the veterinary clinic. After all this time, she should be able to handle working with him without getting hot and bothered.

Or maybe not.

The more determined Maureen is to maintain their just-friends bond, the more Smith seems intent on testing those boundaries. And when flirting crosses the line into something more, it ends in a night neither of them can forget.

When friendship is no longer enough, there’s always love.

A couple of months ago, I reviewed another book by Tawdra Kandle, The Last One, to which I gave 3 stars. The Last One was the first book of the The One Trilogy, what I didn’t realize was that this book right here, Always For You, the first one of the Always Love Trilogy, was intimately connected to that other series. So when Meghan – the main character from The Last One – appeared, it gave me all sort of feelings. Even if The Last One was not my favorite read, I did get attached to the characters, and I just loved getting to see them all again, and see how their lives were going. It also made me want to read all the other books in the series soon, because I’m so curious about all the couples.

This time I actually enjoyed the writing, it flowed well and simply, enough that I read the book in one sitting.

I wasn’t overly impressed with the 2 main characters. I do love a story of best friends in love, I’m a sucker for them actually, but Maureen and Smith were frustrating at times, mainly Maureen. Even when it was clear to all the freaking town how Smith felt about her, she was still doubting it so much because she felt that no one could love her… I mean… NO!!! Girl, the guy was practically throwing himself at you by this point in the story… oh well.

The romance is a a burn so slow, too slow, but it’s kind of nice too. Because they are friends, and because Smith ends up making friends with all the gang from the previous books too, and they have a huge weight on the story. And because Smith spends the whole book trying to prove how much he loves Maureen… it’s sweet. I even shed a tear or two (but to be fair, it was not because of them… damn you Meghan and Sam…).

All in all, it was a fun and sweet read, for a night I just needed something quick and with a happy ending :).

The Friends Book Tag


Hey! Saturday again, which means it’s time for another book tag! Today I’ll be tackling The Friends Book Tag, and I was tagged by Deanna @A Novel Glimpse – thank you Deanna and people, go check out her blog. I love Friends :D, I’ve seen all seasons 3 years ago and totally fell in love with it.

The One Where Eddie Won’t Go – a character I wish would just go away:

Oh, we’re starting well here… I’m going to have to say Agatha from Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell. If you read the book, chances are you’ll agree with this.


The One Where Ross and Rachel Take A Break – favorite break up scene:

First of all, I do they they were on a break, and I even wrote a post about it… a long time ago. And favorite how? I can only think of sad break ups, because I’m usually rooting for the couple breaking up, I guess. Ok, I got one happy one :D. Juliette and Adam’s break up in Unravel Me… 😀 😀 😀 – that one made me happy!

The One With All The Kissing – a book with lots of kissing:

This one is funny! Most of romances end up having a lot of kissing, right? And I have to be honest that I’m kind of tempted to use Carry On again, but I won’t. Instead I’ll say Loud is How I Love You by Mercy Brown, that had a LOT of kissing and it’s so good!

The Last One – favorite series finale:

Hmmmm, Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, was the perfect ending for The Infernal Devices trilogy.



The One With a Blackout – a scene I’d like to forget:

There’s a scene in Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier that totally broke me. Actually, there are several scenes in this book that I would like to pretend never happened, even though they’re super important and they made me ache and they’re so good. One is on April’s front door and other is in Jonah’s bedroom, and if you read this book, you know what I’m talking about.

The One Where Chandler Can’t Cry – a book that did not make you as emotional as others:

I do get emotional on books, even if they don’t make me cry, I usually end up caring deeply for the characters. Well, when I finished Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, I didn’t exactly care… the story was sad, and I liked the book, but I wasn’t emotionally invested in it.

The One Where Joey Doesn’t Share Food – a book you won’t ever lend:

Probably my new The Mortal Instruments books. They are NEW, as in, not even I have opened them, so they will probably never be opened by someone other than me. I wouldn’t mind lending the original ones, if I had to though.


The One With the Thumb – a recent read that you would give two thumbs up to:

Chasing Crazy by Kelly Siskind was such a fantastic read, I would urge anyone into the New Adult genre to pick this one up, it’s a delight. I laughed and cried and I loved it!


The One With the Ick Factor – a book with a pet peeve:

I’m gonna say one that really bothered me for the past 2 days: over-discription. Yep people, there’s a thing when something is described above the point or normalcy. I’m currently 40% in The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel, and Oh My GOD dude, I don’t really need to know every single thing that goes into an 1900’s automobile… I really don’t! (I do now!)

The One With The Lesbian Wedding – favorite LGBTQ book couple:

This will be a toss between Simons, which means I’m saying Simon and Blue from Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli) and Simon and Baz from Carry On (Rainbow Rowell). They are just both too awesome for words!

And I’m done. Now I’m gonna tag:

Without a Doubt (Lindsay Paige)


Emerson Montgomery loves his high school sweetheart, Kelly Price. He’d do anything for her, including agreeing to a break where they’ll see other people as he heads off to college. Struggling with the break and guilt over dating other people, Emerson meets Eva, a beautiful, funny, easygoing, and nosey junior. 

Eva Harvey chose this particular college with the hopes of fulfilling her own fairytale and falling in love at the same college where her parents met. She does her best to go with the flow and simply see what happens, but Emerson simultaneously causes her to fall in love while making her second guess everything along the way. 

There’s some things you know without a doubt. However, Eva causes Emerson to doubt everything he believes about his future while he causes her to doubt what’s right in front of her. Can they find a way to erase all doubts or will it tear them apart in the process?

I want to start by saying that I was kind of expecting a bit more of this book, still, it wasn’t a bad read, just a kind of boring one unfortunately.

Lindsay Paige writing is easy to follow and quite simple. The dialogs are good and often enough to make the story interesting, and the internal struggles within each of the characters are well exposed.

I did like both main characters. Emerson was sweet and honest, while Eva was hilarious and said the weirdest things. As a couple, they work. This is one thing I did like in this book: the representation of domesticity. When Emerson and Eva are alone at home, they do normal stuff, they cook, they clean, they watch Netflix, they sleep and then, sometimes, they have sex – although, let me tell you something: this is the least explicit New Adult book I’ve ever read… NOTHING! My only problem with them is, as much as they work as a couple, and they do, I didn’t feel any chemistry there.

The plot, or most lack thereof, is where I have a few problems. This book is slow… oh so slow. It centers on Emerson and Eva’s relationship as it develops, and how Kelly (Emerson’s ex – maybe future – maybe uncertain) influences the behaviour of both of them, and how they deal with it. I didn’t like this plot, and even though I understand why it came to be, I didn’t exactly like it’s resolution. Moreover, nothing actually happens!

What I did like was Emerson’s honesty towards Eva, telling her exactly what’s going on with the Kelly situation, and how he feels about it. He never once lies to her, and that’s a big bonus in this story. But I cringed a bit over the fact that despite knowing all along Emerson’s story, Eva never actually lets him know just how informed she really is.

All in all, it was an undeniably sweet story, but just not my cup of tea. I did shed a tear though, I admit that.

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book I’ll Re-Read This Year


Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Because some books stay with us forever!! Choose a book you want to re-read in 2016“. This is it! I’m finally using Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, because this one and Fangirl are the only ones I’m super sure I’ll re-read this year, and I already did Fangirl a few weeks back :D.  I’ll warn you though, there aren’t many covers for this amazing book, so this will be a bit empty.

Original COver & Favorite Cover:

I absolutely love the original cover, it’s such a smart cover for this book :D. I like the hardcover a bit better than the paperback, because the red is more vibrant, but I love the overall design.


Yeah… no cover for either Portugal or Spain… =/



As I mention, there aren’t many different covers for this book, so the ones I like least are the german and the dutch editions. The german is pretty, but I don’t know… it doesn’t speak “Simon” to me. On the other hand, the dutch does speak “Simon”, but that’s mainly because it has an oreo on the cover :P, I just don’t like it much.

This Week On TV: The Royals


Those of you that actually follow The Royals, know that the season has ended for a while now, but I was a bit behind, ok? I only finished it a few days ago and let me tell you: this season was spectacular.

Season 1 was good on itself, but the personal drama of each of the family members overshadowed more important issues. Well, not on season 2.

The plot and overall direction of the show this season was fantastic, with each member of the family trying to find their own direction, while trying to find Simon’s killer and their relevance as well as the crown’s.

The characters got better, the visuals got even better, the direction was stunning. There’s one episode towards the end of the season where the transitions between scenes just blew my mind. Genious! And the acting! OH MY! If you’re not watching this show yet, you need to tune in now, because this cast will blow your mind. Elizabeth Hurley, William Moseley, Alexandra Park, Tom Austen and Jake Maskall were beyond wonderful this season *claps, and then claps some more*.

I admire how the show managed to keep some people, who are no longer present, relevant in this season. And OMG! The music! They use the most amazing tracks this season.

I was shocked about the direction and on finding what had really happened. I felt sorry for Cyrus and disgusted at the same time. I cried for Len and Jasper, and clapped effusively to Liam’s speeches. And Queen Helena stole my heart this season… I think I love her now. And Mr. Hill… oh you wonderful human being!

I can’t wait to see where next season will take us. Does that hand really means what we think it means? And what will that mean for the royal family? What will the paternity test say? What happened to Ted? Will we see Ophelia again (though I somewhat hope not)? Will Helena keep supporting her children? Will Len stay on the right path? She’s forgiving Jasper, right? And I need Liam happy… ok?

Now people, go check it out if you haven’t yet, because The Royals is truly a delight!

Innuendos (V. Kelly)


She wants him to squeeze her melons . . .

He wants her to hold his wood . . .

Max is the sole reason Breezy can’t keep a boyfriend. Every boyfriend she has ever had breaks up with her the moment they meet him. It’s not because of his eight-pack, or his panty shredding smile. No, the reason Breezy remains single is because Max is her best friend and roommate.

When Breezy’s new boyfriend dumps her after meeting Max for the first time, Breezy is determined to cure her boyfriend woes by challenging Max to a bet: she can’t click her mouse, he can’t wrestle his snake, and neither one can say the word sex or they lose.

It was a simple game of abstinence, until Max decides to tempt Breezy into a hilarious game of innuendos. Now, the only thing harder than Max’s “wood”, is figuring out just where their friendship lies after all bets are off.

One thing’s for certain . . .

All’s fair in sex, love, and innuendos.

I’ll tell you something about this book: it sure hell is funny!

When I started Innuendos I was a bit worried about how the Erotic Romantic Comedy thing would work, but I shouldn’t have been. While a lot of things are hinted upon, and innuendos are thrown out, and some sex does occur, it isn’t, by any means, one of the most explicit books I’ve read.

The writing was most of all fun, but the dialogs made me cringe at times and they (sometimes) felt a bit unnatural. On the other hand, I loved the internal dialogs, so there was a perfect balance. However, given that I read this fairly quickly, I noticed a few words that escaped through the cracks and shouldn’t have been there. During the bet, neither Breezy or Max can say the word sex, or anything directly related to it, however, they both do, without the other calling them up on it.

I really liked Max, I loved that he had no problems admitting how he felt about Breezy and how patient he was with her, even if he did this while sleeping around… a lot. Still, even with that, he appreciated women and was never disrespectful. Breezy, on the other hand, was a bit more complicated to connect with, because she was just so blind to what was going on in her life and with her feelings. The side characters were great, Maggie was totally hilarious. Max’s parents… OMG!

I felt that the first third of the book was a bit slow. While I understood the importance of establishing Travis’ importance in Breezy’s life, and showing the type of life that Max was leading, I wish that there would have been a bigger focus on Max and Breezy’s relationship from the start. When the focus shifts – a.k.a., when Travis finally meets Max – the book advances rather quickly and it’s increasingly funnier, because Max and Breezy’s verbal foreplay is hilarious. How could that girl think that that kind of flirting was normal thought, is beyond me!

All the innuendos were beyond hilarious, I think one of my favorite scenes was the changing room scene at Victoria Secrets, eheh.

I was a bit disappointed at Breezy when the bet finally ends, I expected her to be scared, but I didn’t quite predict what she would do, and I didn’t like it… it seriously broke my heart. Max deserved better.

There are a LOT of clichés in this book, like in all romantic comedies, but it’s totally worth the read. The situations they get themselves into are beyond funny, and Breezy and Max are a couple you can’t help but root for. Well done!

Top Ten Tuesday: My 10 (owned) Favorite Covers

top 10 tuesday

Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Freebie Week! Pick a topic near and dear to your heart! Something you wished was on our official list!

You know the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover“? Well, yeah, I do that. A LOT! Even when I really want to read a certain book, I’ll choose the prettiest edition of said book, because I love my cover. So, in honour of that, I’m using this freebie to showcase some of my favorite owned book covers. I’ll use PHYSICAL books that I already own, even if they haven’t been read yet.

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Musical Mondays: Start a Riot by Banners


I know Kat is going to approve this one! I’ve been in love with this music since it was in an episode of The Royals. It’s gorgeous and it always makes me think of the series. Listen to it, because it is truly amazing.

I will march down an empty street like a ship into the storm
No surrender, no retreat
I will tear down every wall
Just to keep you warm
Just to bring you home
I will burn this city down for a diamond in the dust
I will keep you safe and sound when there’s no one left to trust
Will you take my hand?
We can make our stand

If your world falls apart
I’d start a riot
If night falls in your heart
I’d light the fire
In the dark, when you sound the alarm
We’ll find each other’s arms
For your love, all you are
I’d start a riot

I will wade through the fire and smoke like sunlight through the haze
I will fight till the flag waves white until my dying days
Through the bombs and blasts
We will take it back

If your world falls apart
I’d start a riot
If night falls in your heart
I’d light the fire
In the dark, when you sound the alarm
We’ll find each other’s arms
For your love, all you are
I’d start a riot

I’d start, I’d start a riot
I’d start, I’d start a riot
I’d start, I’d start a riot
I’d start, I’d start a riot

If your world falls apart
I’d start a riot