NSFW (Piper Lawson)

Being bad never felt so good…

The office is full of rules. Everything is off-limits. Making a charity calendar of the sexy guys on your floor? Not allowed. Shrinking your boss’ underwear when he sends it for dry-cleaning? Can’t do that either.

But those things keep the natural balance. See, Avery Banks, our resident rising star, is a shark. The tall, blond, and gorgeous kind with zero patience and even less forgiveness.

Good thing I’m the Mae West of executive assistants. I live to put grown men in their place.

He wasn’t supposed to find out…

Now he’s made it his personal vendetta to screw me the way I screwed him. I’m at his beck and call, 24/7, for every humiliating, meaningless request.

Until we stumble on a new game. One we both want to play. One we both need to win.

And once we start…I’m not sure Avery wants to replace me.

I’m not sure I want him to.

All I want is more of this. The fire under the ice. What happens behind closed doors.

It’s twisted, and so damn hot. But he’s my boss. And with the company coming off a scandal even I couldn’t engineer? What we’re doing is strictly NSFW.

Lucky for me, Avery and I have one thing in common…

We both suck at following the rules.


Have you guys read Play, from Piper Lawson? This book is sort of a sequel, and it features 2 characters from that book. Once again, the writing is great, and NSFW is told through Charlie’s POV, and I loved her sassy and smartass voice. The girl sure is fun.

I really liked the main characters. Like I said, Charlie was a lot of fun, I liked that she was a bit lost, but she still had a very strong character and personality. And Avery was a bit of the same, he had to grow up very fast, so he was missing some major things in his life, which made his pairing with Charlie kind of perfect.

Their chemistry was off the charts, and I really liked how the author worked the enemies to lovers trope. These two were always bickering, but it was so clear that they were perfect for each other.

There’s a lot of character growth during this book, and I really appreciated that.

I have to say that I felt like the beginning of the book was way too fast, as in, there was so much going on and I was utterly lost, and I had read Play. But after I got my bearings, everything made sense and I really enjoyed the pacing of this novel.

Overall, a very funny and heartfelt romance. I highly recommend it.

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Beautiful Mistake (Vi Keeland)

The first time I met Caine West was in a bar.

He noticed me looking his way and mistakenly read my scowling as checking him out.

When he attempted to talk to me, I set him straight — telling him what I thought of his lying, cheating, egomaniacal ass.

You see, the gorgeous jerk had wined and dined my best friend — smooth talking her into his bed, all along failing to mention that he was married.

He deserved every bit of my tongue-lashing and more for what he’d done.

Especially when that lazy smile graced his perfect face in response to my rant.

Only it turned out, the man I’d just told off wasn’t the right guy.

Oops. My mistake.

Embarrassed, I slunk out without an apology.

I was never going to see the handsome stranger again anyway, right?

That’s what I thought…until I walked into class the next morning.

Well, hello Professor West, I’m your new teaching assistant.

I’ll be working under you…figuratively speaking.

Although the literal interpretation might not be such a bad thing — working under Professor West.

This was going to be interesting…


For the past year or so, I’ve been steadily enjoying Vi Keeland’s books, and her collaborations with Penelope Ward, so I was expecting another hit from Beautiful Mistake. Unfortunately, this book turned out to be my least favorite romance by this great author.

I was enjoying this book at first, but then something felt off for me. The main thing that bothered me was Rachel, the main character herself, because while she is a great girl most of the times, when Caine calls her feisty, I would call her a first class bitchy brat.

I’m gonna put stuff into context here. Rachel meets Caine, she then realizes she’ll be his teaching assitant, they’re clearly attracted to each other and they are never really the epitome of professional. But I have to give it to the guy, he tries to keep away, badly, but he tries. He also has a lot to lose if it gets out that he’s interested in a student, even if she’s 25 and a graduate student at that. But everytime things don’t go Rachel’s way, or Caine tries to act a little more cold, she calls him off, she shouts at him, she tries to make him jealous on purpose, she dresses provocative… but the thing is, she does all this at his place of employment! While I could ride the train of a student/teacher relationship, her behaviour inside their class room was a huge NO for me.

Another thing I could not get on board with was the fact that after it was clear that they felt something for each other – though nothing had happened yet – Caine offered to be Rachel’s thesis advisor. And she accepted. While the TA/Teacher relationship I could get on board with, because it was like a boss/employee thing, the advisor/advisee didn’t sit well with me. As a graduate student myself, I know the power flow of that position. And in my opinion is even worse than a student/professor relationship, because that class would only last a semester, while a thesis can last a lot longer. I didn’t like that at all. Mostly because when they got into that arrangement, they already knew how they felt.

I also had a lot of issues with the past stories of the characters. Rachel says at one point that she had very wild teen years, and yet, while the reason can be inferred, the story is never developed. The same with Caine’s past… we have a lot of elements, but nothing is ever tied together. Some things are never explained. I was expecting a better constructed storyline, and to be honest, I was severely disappointed by the lack of the development of the back story.

I’m sorry to say that I wasn’t sold on the romance either. While the chemistry was awesome and there’s no doubt that Keeland can write some fantastic intimate scenes, the romance felt a bit weak, and more based on the attraction than anything else. Another thing I felt needed a bit MORE.

Now, not everything is a negative, I did like the writing style, like always, and I did enjoy the fact that we got dual POV, even though Caine’s POV was more limited than Rachel’s, which was a shame because I felt like he had a stronger voice. And because I listened to the audio version, I have to say again that  Andi Arndt and Sebastian York are the most amazing narrators

I’m really sorry to write such a review today, I love most of Vi Keeland’s books, and I’m so sad I didn’t enjoy this one too. Either way, I’m sure I’ll continue to scarf down anything she writes 😉 .

Have you read Beautiful Mistake? What are your thoughts on it?

Royally Endowed (Emma Chase)

Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times — but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??

Sexy. As. Hell.

And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.

For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, gorgeous royal security guard — but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.

To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job — a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.

The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.

But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.

***

Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.

Any woman would be proud to call him hers.

But there’s only one woman he wants.

For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.

He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.

But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.

Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.


Once again, this book blew me away. I LOVE this series, and I swear to god, that Shane East, who narrated all the males in this series, can melt panties just with that awesome accent… *sigh*

I’m not even going to go into the writing, because this is the third book in the series, and it’s pretty clear that I love the writing on it, right?

I really liked Ellie and Logan already, but I was super curious to see how Emma Chase would deal with the age difference when they met, and evolve it to a full romance. I’m happy that this was a slow slow slow burn romance… as in, it took years for ANYTHING to develop. And given that when they meet Ellie is 17 and Logan is 22, this was really the only way to go 😉 , though I admit that I was shipping them by that point. But they get to know each other, and they helped each other, Ellie is a free spirit and Logan is so bound to duty and honor and to be part of something larger than himself. I loved their connecting, how they’re always there for each other, how Logan protects Ellie at all costs, even from his own feelings.

But when it finally happens, it’s glorious and amazing, and the connection that was there along turns into something exponential MORE, and it was epic.

The book takes place throughout 5 years, so the inclusion of Nicholas and Olivia and Henry and Sarah was a given, but I was so happy with the large amount of page time they got, especially with their families growing and special moments taking place.

The drama is big, but I felt it was a bit predictable, given the way the book starts, still, it didn’t take away from the main event, and didn’t deter from the story one bit.

I was truly only missing more interactions between some favorite characters. I wanted a heart to heart between Olivia and Logan. I wanted more time between Logan and Tommy, because these guys are BFFs, but because the books spans so much time, we hardly ever truly see them together. I wanted more family time with all of them.

But as you can see by my rating, this didn’t take away from my enjoyment of this book. If you have any doubts left, I LOVED IT! I think this one was my favorite one of the series.

Now I need a book about Tommy and this Abby woman. And then I think Princess Jane would have a good match in sweet Finn a few years down the road… Yeah, I can see it… she’s a brat, and he’ll be super down to earth and he’ll be such a sweet heart and pure soul, that I think they would balance each other out. Who’s with me on that one?


Royally Screwed | Royally Matched

A Perfect Ten (Linda Kage)

Let your hair down, Caroline, they said. It’ll be fun, they said.

I know I’ve closed myself off in a major way over the past year, ever since “the incident” where I messed up my life completely. It’s past time I try to live again or just give up altogether. But this is quite possibly the craziest thing I’ve ever done. In a last ditch effort to invigorate myself, I’m standing outside Oren Tenning’s bedroom, I just peeled off the sexiest pair of underwear I own, and my hand is already raised to knock. My brother would disown me for doing anything with his best friend, and he’d probably kill Oren. But if I play my cards right, no one will ever know about this. Not even Ten.

Maybe after tonight, I’ll finally get over this stupid, irrational crush I hate having on the biggest jerk I’ve ever met. Or maybe I’ll just end up falling for him even harder. Maybe I’ll discover there’s so much more to my crude, carefree hunk than meets the eye.


Guys, this was my 6th book of this series, and I’m still quite enjoying it, even though I had some issues with just how this romance gets started.

Again, the writing is still pulling me in big time, and I’m super invested in this series and in these people, because Linda Kage just made them such an amazing group with some great dynamics.

About the characters though, I already loved Caroline and Ten, by now, I’ve read 3 books were they were prominently featured, so I knew I liked them a lot already. What I wasn’t expecting was for them to fit together so well. Ten and Caroline ended up being much more alike than I original thought, and I loved their shenanigans together. I loved how Caroline saw past all the bullshit that Ten said, and got to know the person he truly was, and Ten was so damn devoted to her.

Now… I wasn’t very pleased about how their relationship finally started. It is implied in the blurb, but I thought it was going to go a different way. But the thing is, Caroline sneaks into to Ten’s room, he believes he’s meeting someone else, he realizes she’s not the girl he’s supposed to meet, but he still doesn’t know who she is… and this happens more than once, and even though he WISHES she’s Caroline, because he’s in love with her, he BELIEVES that she’s not. Because of this, I have to say that I was really uncorfortable with this situation, even though it all worked out well for them.

While I loved the character growth and the romance between Caroline and Ten, I also loved the support of most of their friends, and the lengths they went to to be together and happy. But I was so disappointed at Noel for a moment there… 

Also, this book made me cry like crazy!
The last portion is just so darn sad.

For me, another strong installment of this series. Not perfect, but still pretty amazing. I only have 3 more books to read, and again, I’m excited!

Price of a Kiss (Forbidden Men #1) 
To Professor, with Love (Forbidden Men #2) 
Be My Hero (Forbidden Men #3)
With Every Heartbeat (Forbidden Men #4) 
A Perfect Ten (Forbidden Men #5) 
Worth It (Forbidden Men #6)
The Girl’s Got Secrets (Forbidden Men #7) 
Priceless (Forbidden Men #8) 
Consolation Prize (Forbidden Men #9)

Beard Science (Penny Reid)

Make a deal with the devil and you might get what you want, but will it be what you need?

Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate.

And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.

Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce, and now he’s in a pickle. Despite being convinced of his own omniscience, extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise. So… what’s a maniacal mastermind to do?

Likely, the last thing you expect.


CLETUS WINSTON!!!

This was definitly my favorite book of this series so far, and I think that’s because Cletus Winston and Jennifer Sylvester are over the top AMAZING characters. I already thought Cletus was fantastic, I love how his mind works, how smart he is, how he analyses the situations and schemes and plots. He’s hilarious, smart and overall super entertaining.

But I was surprised to see a great match for him in Jennifer. Just like Cletus, she’s an observer, so she SEES everything and everyone, EVERYTHING. And she never ceases to amaze me throughout this book.

The plot was my favorite too, because blackmail is always fun, and the goal for each of them was great and hilarious. Jennifer wanted a husband so she could be free of her controlling parents, Cletus decided she would grow a backbone. And she does! I loved to see Jennifer flourish throughout this book, becoming more assertive and herself, letting her personality, wants and dreams shine. And in the meantime, it was so much fun to see Cletus realize all along that his preconceived notions were all wrong, and the right person for him was right there all along.

These two made the cutest couple!

And again, the family element to this series is beyond fantastic. In each book was see a little bit more of the siblings, supporting and helping each other, and I’m still so darn curious for Billy’s book…

This series is a real treat, and this book is a winner. So, guys, why haven’t you started this series yet? What are you waiting for?

Truth or Beard (Penny Reid)

2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | New Adult Bestseller

Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!

Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life.

His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.

Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?


I’ve had this book on my to read list for a long while. But it wasn’t until I received an ARC for book 4 on this series, that I thought that I had to read it STAT, and I’m so so glad I decided to start this series. I’ve now read the first 3 books of this series, plus a novella, and I’m absolutely loving this world, the characters, the relationships, the humour… I’m kind of in love with all the Winston’s brothers, and I can’t get enough of them.

A while back I had read the first book of Penny Reid’s series, Kitting in the City, Neanderthal Seeks Human, and while I enjoyed it, it was nothing compared to what I felt about this book. The writing is so much better on this one, maybe because one of the main issues I had with the other series was the vagueness of some stuff. That is definitly not a problem in this series.

I loved the humour, reading from Jessica and Duane’s perspectives was a blast. I LOVED IT! When I read the blurb, I was slightly afraid that I was going into a love triangle of some sorts, but I’m so glad that it was nothing like that… at all. The characters are all wonderful, Jessica is an amazing girl, even being a good girl, she had her moments of defying her father and brother, and I really liked that about her. I also loved that she knew herself so well, even when nobody from her family understood her wants and dreams. Obviously I liked Duane too… actually, I love all the siblings, and they’re definitly my favorite part of this series. Each has their own very defined and distinct personality, but they would do anything for each other, and that’s amazing. The friendship and bonds between them all is great.

I really really liked the romance, how certain Duane was about what he felt for Jessica, and her struggles with her own feelings, and how that might conflict with her life plans. So far, one thing is certain, once these brothers know what they want, they fight for it, and it’s a delight to read.

I’m so curious about the Iron Wraiths’ involvement in the major arc of these stories. I can’t wait to see where the motorcycle club ends, and how each member ends up too, but I’m very curious about some of them.

Guys, I’m gonna be honest here, I feel like this series is the perfect mix of good humour, great writing, great characters, amazing familial relationships, and awesome romance. So I cannot stress enough how much I believe everyone should give it a chance. I loved it.

Blog Tour: Twisted Twosome (Meghan Quinn)

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Racer McKay is a broody bastard.

From the moment I met him, he’s been rude, irritable, and unbearable. And worse? He’s broke.

A contractor working to remodel my parents pool house for extra cash, he stomps around in those clunky construction boots with his tool belt wrapped around his narrow waist, and a chip on his shoulder.

Racer McKay is also infuriatingly . . . sexy as hell. I want to take that pencil tucked behind his ear, and draw lazy lines slowly up and down his body all the while wanting to strangle him at the same time.

We try to stay out of each other’s way . . . that is until I have no other option but to ask for his help.

But what I don’t realize is he needs me just as much as I need him. I have money he’s desperate for, and he holds the key to making my dreams come true.

Our pranks turn from sarcastic banter, to sexual tension and lust-filled glances. Bickering matches quickly morph into slow burn moments. We’re hot, we’re cold. We push and pull. I need him, I don’t want him. We’re on the verge of combusting with an agreement dangling dangerously between us. Neither one of us can afford to lose one another and yet, we’re finding it quite hard to decipher the line that rests between love and hate.

*Twisted Twosome is a stand alone romantic comedy.


I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, go HERE to read her review of this book.

I’ve been curious for Racer’s story since he first appeared in Tucker’s book. And I’m so glad Meghan Quinn gave him his own story, because he deserved it, and this book was hilarious.

Hate to love stories are within my favorites, and this was no exception. Racer and Georgiana hated each other for a good portion of this book, but the sparks were flying every each way, and it was so so clear that they were perfect for each other despite all of it. They just fit!

Racer was a great character, full of layers. I loved him. I loved how he would do anything to preserve a memory of someone who meant the world to him. I loved how he fought for his friends and the people he loved. He was amazing. And Georgie had so much more to her than first met the eye. I really liked how she stood up for herself and fought for her dreams, even though her father and mother didn’t support her decisions (or any independent thinking…).

The romance was all kinds of hot and amazing too. It started as hate, then it evolved to a mutual respect, and then it went to something more. Way more. I really liked how it developed, and even though the conflict was predictable, I still enjoyed how the plot developed and the conflict between our two main characters.

And the side characters!!! Bahhhh! I want books about them all 😀 , I hope Small’s book is next, because I want it NOW!

Overall, another hilarious, romantic, wonderfully written book by the amazing Meghan Quinn. So, what are you waiting for? Go read it!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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