I’ve been on a short book binge lately (200 pages and less). I found a couple of hot steamy reads from Entangled Publishing, the same publishing house that gave us “Officer off Limits”.
Listing them this way, I’ve realized that 1-click button on Amazon really gets me into trouble. These were my reads from this week alone. I had some free time because I was waiting for another edit for Silver Fire from a friend who happens to be a trauma counselor and English major. She gave me some insight into my characters’ development. Great stuff. Yes, I’ve done what I’m calling my merge-edit. And should be starting the main edit today. In the meantime:
1. Private Practice ~ Samantha Becke
I’d been searching all day for a quick and sexy read and Private practice did not disappoint. This book was smart, funny and the writing was engaging. Ellie Swann recently moved back to her home town to find out that Roger—her lifelong crush—was finally free of his engagement but rumor has it that the breakup was because his sexual proclivities had become more intense. Enter Tyler Longfoot—who was always known as the town’s bad boy (and whose nickname is “Footlong” *fans self*, Ellie was always known as the bookish awkward girl in high school.) Tyler and Ellie make a bargain, she avoids reporting his gunshot wound to the sheriff (she could lose her medical license) in exchange for five lessons on how to be a wild girl in bed and bring a man to his knees.
Straight up, I love stories like this where the h thinks she’s in love with someone else and the H is trying to help her win the other guy. We all know what will happen, right? 😉
Anyway, Ellie is adorably dorky as she treats the whole sex lessons very academically, she even makes a curriculum and I have to just laugh at Tyler’s inner thoughts on what he thought about all the chapters Ellie’s marked off on the sex book they were using. And their discussion of the different chapters was hilarious. I did feel bad for Tyler. I mean the guy is seriously hot but inwardly he was getting tired of being treated as nothing but good for sex and nothing more.
This was a refreshing read, there was no real mean villain, no stupid misunderstanding and is just a great book that will have you grinning from ear to ear. And the sex was hot. The author is now on my auto-buy list! 🙂
2. Lover Undercover ~ Samantha Becke ~
I enjoyed the first book more because there was more humor in it and the plot in this was a bit predictable. I did like Trevor, yummy alpha male detective and all. Could not connect that much with Kylie. The sexy scenes were sizzling especially the part with the lap dance. This was a great read and look forward to more from this author.
3. No Strings Attached ~ Nicollete Day ~
This was the perfect read for when you’re enjoying your coffee on the weekend before starting errands. It hot and sexy, there was enough background to feel connected with the characters to know what’s at stake.
4. Playing the Part ~ Robin Covington ~
I loved this book! What great characters. Piper James is a romance novelist whose helping out Sexiest Man alive and actor Mick Blackwell make the transition from bankable action star to oscar-worthy dramatic actor of a film adaptation of one of her books. Piper is wary of starting anything with Mick because of a scandalous past that nearly ended her career. Mick wasn’t taking no for an answer so they agree on just-sex, no strings attached kind of hookup. I love this kind of tropes especially when it’s the h that’s fighting the relationship. 🙂
There were a couple of conflicts, I could have done without the cheesy epilogue, but overall it did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the book.
5. Down for the Count ~ Christine Bell ~
I think I have another auto-buy author. This book is filled with great characters. Lacey was a good girl who did not want to take risks and always followed what her family wanted. All is about to change when she discovers her groom in a closet with one of her bridesmaids. What follows is a night of re-evaluation and dares and she finds herself on her honeymoon destination with her best friend’s sexy brother Galen. What happens next is a sensual vacation, of sexual tension, great sex and a funny incident with another couple. Anyway, great read and of course I already bought the next book which is about Galen’s sister.
6. Down and Dirty ~ Christine Bell ~
Straight-up, I love Cat even if I wanted to slap her a couple of times. She’s brave, spunky and quite the adrenalin junkie. She’s afraid to settle down with one guy because she’s afraid of giving up her dreams or that he may stymie her and control her. Enter the delicious Shane Decker who had loved Cat for some time and was hoping after all these years she had finally grown up. And there’s the conflict, Cat is attracted to Shane but is scared that he may just be the man who will make her not her. One thing I love about Shane is he doesn’t give up easily. I like my h to be hard-to-get although even for me Cat was a bit over-the-top. But I do like the ending and I love Shane’s mom! 🙂
7. Under the Covers ~ Rebecca Zanatti
I absolutely loved this book. I did not want it to end. First of all Quinn Lodge – total alpha male. Not only that, he’s the sheriff in town, his family owns a ranch and oh my god what a dirty talker. He bosses our heroine, Juliet, around and for some reason it’s hot. Don’t worry, Juliet is quite spunky and even if Quinn tells her what to do, she doesn’t always listen. 😉 Anyway, I loved the dynamics and it was so funny how the whole town seemed to try to get them together when the h/H were on the outs. There’s some mild suspense that had to do with mobster involved and became the main conflict between the h/H. The sex scenes were scorching, Great supporting characters and it’s setting up for future books. Now I want to get myself a Montana cowboy.
I haven’t read the first book, but I’m about to rectify that.
8. Against the Wall ~ Rebecca Zanatti ~
I enjoyed this book, although not as much as the 2nd book of the series. I’m not sure why, maybe because there was a more interesting plot in the second book. Anyway, what I loved in this book was Jake Lodge. I mean can you have a more yummy alpha male than him. Let’s see, he’s an ex-Army Ranger. He’s also high-powered lawyer wearing an Armani suit. But on his free time he is a cowboy who owns a ranch, he wears chaps and he wrestles bulls to the ground and he’s good at it. Makes me want to move to Montana and lasso myself a cowboy. 🙂 Sophie was a likeable heroine, she’s a golf course designer and Jake is opposing the development of one because of its possible destruction to the beauty of their land. They start off as no-strings attached sex but suddenly they want more. The question is will Sophie give up her big city life or is Jake willing to move his daughter to the big city away from all his family just to be with Sophie. The supporting characters are awesome and we catch a glimpse of the the other brothers and Hawk.
* Next week, “This Man Confessed” and “MacRieve”!