Doin’ It Dirty 3.0 – Goals and Updates

Official Rules

  • To be run on July 26th (that’s TOMORROW!) for 12 hours: noon CST to midnight CST.
  • You don’t have to read the full 12 hours to participate. Join us for however much time you have available!
  • You must read erotica or any subgenre of romance that borders on erotica. Remember! We’re doing it dirty.
  • Sign up by linking your blog in the linky on Amanda’s blog.
  • On July 25th (TODAY!), we’ll post a linky for a goal post/progress updates.
  • On July 27th, we’ll give you a chance to recap your goals and let everyone know how you did.
  • Use the hashtag #DoinItDirty to track your progress on Twitter.

The Dirt
Don’t forget: We’ll be hosting a Twitter Drinking Party at 9pm CST on July 26th. Grab your COCKtails and join us for some seriously naughty shenanigans. (Need some XXX COCKtail ideas? We got you covered!)

My goal is to finish four novellas and publish the reviews. Probably on GoodReads.

The Potentials

  • Heat of the Moment by Elle Kennedy
  • Heat of Passion by Elle Kennedy
  • Heat of the Storm by Elle Kennedy
  • Heat It Up by Elle Kennedy
  • Heat of the Night by Elle Kennedy
  • The Heat is on by Elle Kannedy
  • Temporary Arrangement by Karen Erickson
  • Binding Agreement by Kyra Davis
  • Rocky Mountain Rebel by Vivian Arend
  • Try Me by Diane Alberts
  • Love Me by Diane Alberts
  • Play Me by Diane Alberts

Young Adult Guest Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White

Mind Games (Mind Games, #1)

Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.

Title: Mind Games
Author: Kiersten White
Series: Mind Games
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Format: ARC copy
ISBN: 0062135317
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: February 19th 2013
Number of pages: 237
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Review by Melissa

Ah, why book? Why do you make me want to cry? I feel like crying and smiling and laughing at the same time. You are such a beautiful book in all the wrong ways. So beautiful. The depth in which Annie and Fia love each other is incredible, no matter how broken and tainted by blood they are.

Everything in this book was crazy. The school for the “gifted” girls was evil, evil, evil. So wrong and insane. The extremes people would go just to get seers, readers, etc. just to have them aboard the so-called prestigious school. Every single one of them are messed up, Fia more than anybody else. She is the little sister to Annie who is blind and happens to be a seer, brought into the school in false hope of feeling normal and getting treatment for her eyes. Instead, Fia is trained against her wishes to be an excellent fighter, robber, stock breaker; you name it, all thanks to her precise instincts or knack of telling what’s right or wrong. She can’t be lied to easily either.

And I know you were wondering a bit about the boys in there. My heart went towards Adam, but I really don’t know if Fia will ever want to be with him. She loves bad boy James, but the romance between them or with James for that matter doesn’t take up a huge role in the story.

Reading Mind Games was a rush in words. Fia’s words and thoughts were quick and desperate, you could feel her eagerness to get out of the deep hole she was in. Her tap, tap, tap is a perfect description of how the story seemed to move. That beat is a quirk she has, and it made hyusense once I realized why she had that habit. So much sense and now I’m stuck with her hype, so I will let it run out of my system once I get over that ending. Which was EPIC. It fooled me and left me in such a mess, so many mixed emotions. But I won’t ruin it for you. Just read it, read it now.

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Series in Order

#1 – Mind Games

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Romance Review: Under the Covers by Rebecca Zanetti

Under the Covers (Maverick Montana, #2)

Opposites don’t attract. They ignite.
The small Montana town near the Kooskia reserve seemed like the perfect place for Juliet Montgomery to hide from her not-so-law-abiding family. But when her peace is shattered by a break-in and threatening phone calls, it’s clear someone back in New York knows where she is. It’s time to plan her getaway, and fast—but first, she needs to tie up a few loose ends. Namely, finding out exactly what the town’s sexy cowboy sheriff is hiding in his holster…
Sheriff Quinn Lodge has enough demons of his own to know when someone’s hiding something. Clearly, he needs to do a thorough investigation to uncover what’s beneath Juliet’s uptight, city-girl exterior—preferably one piece of clothing at a time. But when their chemistry goes from fizzy to full-on explosive, things start getting complicated. How can Juliet stay beneath the covers with Quinn, when doing so means blowing her cover?

Title: Under the Covers
Author:  Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Maverick Montana
Publisher:  Entangled: Brazen
Format: ebook
ISBN: 1622667816
Genre: Romance
Release date: May 27th 2013
Number of pages: 250
 
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I do love a good investigation and this book was the perfect mix between a detective and romance novel. Even after all the drama I liked the fact Quinn decided to give a chance to his relationship and start a life with Juliet.
 
I still don’t understand how they can be cowboys and still have a everyday job, but this series was a nice surprise. I liked the Rebecca Zanetti created a good paranormal scenario, but this tiny town also has it’s beauties, especially with those super hot indian cowboys. This family is really good and I was impressed by their courage and affection.
 
Juliet was more like a shadow to me, because I never got to truly like her and those parts she actually appeared in this book I was more interested in the story or Quinn, so nothing good but not so bad either. Quinn was the complete opposite for me because he’s super cute and friendly, but also suffering after the post war drama. I really liked his character and bravery.

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Series in Order

#1 – Against the Wall
#2 – Under the Covers

#3 – Unknown

 

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Romance Review: One Night Heir by Lucy Monroe

One Night Heir

Only a royal wedding…
Bitter life lessons have taught Crown Prince Maksim Yurkovich that duty must come before desire. His country needs an heir, so when he discovers his lover can’t have children, he must sever their ties. Only Maks can’t resist spending one last night in her bed.
…can avert this royal scandal!
Now he faces the biggest diplomatic crisis of his life. Against all odds, Gillian Harris has become pregnant. Maks’s royal reserve masks the heart of a fierce Cossack warrior–one who is not above using their mutual passion to convince a hurt, wary Gillian that she must be his queen!

Title: One Night Heir
Author: Lucy Monroe
Series: By His Royal Decree
Publisher:  Harlequin
Format: ebook from NetGalley
ISBN: 0373239254
Genre: Romance
Release date: June 18th 2013
Number of pages: 256
 
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I really liked this book, because we can see a prince marriage with a baby on the way and a very strong female. I liked the fact Gillian didn’t just bow down after Maksim started making orders. He really needed to stop and think a little before taking the next step. We can clearly see he had feelings for her, but after the way they broke up it was difficult to just get back without a serious conversation and dealing with some issues.
 
The most conserning probme was the fact she couldn’t have a child, after some seriuous inflamation to her apendicy. I actually liked the fact she’s not perfect, because all those princes want perfect woman and we can see Maksin really loves her. After discovering she was pregnant, Mak was all in for a wedding, but he was not disapointed I think he only jumped on the news and decided to get the best of it.
 
I really liked the way he was after hearing on the baby news, he wanted the mother and it was fun watching him work on getting her back. Gillian was a great person and she’s really good. So this book was a nice romance.

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Series in Order

#1 – One Night Heir
#2 – Prince of Secrets
 

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Top Off Tuesday #73

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What better way than to top off a good book than with a GREAT Cover!

Amanda from On a Book Bender, Christi from Smitten with Reading, and Felicia from Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog want to see the covers that made you swoon!  Feel free to play along and show us your favorite covers. Button made by Missie.

New Year and I decided to continue with my harlequin books. I think they deserve to be exposed, now look if those abs could ever be hidden.

Pleasure for Two

Still stung from her ex-husband’s betrayal, Dominique King has vowed never again to let a man play her for a fool. But everything changes the night she meets flat-out gorgeous Marcel Benoit. With one smoldering glance and that sexy accent…Dominique’s hooked. And for the first time in her life, she’s letting passion rule her heart—and loving it!From the moment he opens the door to Dominique, Marcel knows he has to have her. The ambitious Ph.D. student may be new to the U.S., but that doesn’t stop him from pursuing the stunning, sassy banker. Sharing kisses on a sun-drenched tropical beach, Marcel and Dominique’s dream of love is almost within reach. But long-held secrets threaten to darken their paradise. Unless they can learn to trust in themselves…and in each other….

Brazen Bash!!

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Brazen is a line from the Entangled publishing that makes us super happy with extra hot romances. And this month is their anniversary, so they decided to let us join on the fun!!

Brazen Books, who brought us Wrong Bed Right Guy, Officer Off Limits, Seducing Cinderella, and Tempting the Player – to name just a few – is turning 1 this month, and they’re celebrating in a big way. They’ve got a ton of great things going on this week, including Twitter parties, FB events, and even a huge sale!  Full deeds below:

Now you only have to run and get your copy from a super low prize!!

Romance Review: A Royal Without Rules by Caitlin Crews

A Royal Without Rules

The most debauched man in the kingdom of Kitzinia— if not the entire world!
Royal PA Adriana Righetti is no stranger to scandal. But Prince Pato takes it to a whole new level. His infamous liaisons make for exceptionally disreputable reading!
Her latest assignment, keeping the playboy prince out of the headlines before his brother’s wedding, is mission impossible. Particularly as Pato is intent on ruffling her seemingly uptight feathers!
But when the cameras aren’t looking, Adriana sees behind his careless facade, and wonders—is there more to this rebel royal than the world knows?

Title: A Royal Without Rules
Author: Caitlin Crews
Publisher: Harlequin
Format: ebook from NetGalley
ISBN: 0373131704
Genre: Romance
Release date: July 23rd 2013
Number of pages: 192
 
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I feel a little conflicted about this book, mostly by the way people treated Adriana. Even Pato used her and got away to easy for the fact afterwards. She’s such a sweet girl and everyone judged her by some legends from the past.
 
We can clearly see she’s trying to break free from all the drama surrounding her family and the way people think of them as dangerous. She never did anything wrong and was always found guilt, but the way her father treated her was the worst for me.
 
I liked this couple together and even understand Pato reasons for using her, but it was way to low and they should at least have consulted her before.
 
Pato was the bachelor and was way to happy to pretend and show the world this side of him, but Adriana discovered things were deeper than that and she made him be so good. For their relationship and the changes this book earned the 4th star.

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Paranormal Review: Provoked by Rebecca Zanetti

Provoked (Dark Protectors, #5)

A TIME FOR WAR…
A casualty of the war between the demons and the vampires, Jase Kayrs has been missing for six long years. His older brothers want answers—but they’re going to have to get them from an unlikely source. For when Kane Kayrs tracks down Amber Freebird, what he finds is a blonde, vegan pacifist who has no intention of using her skills in his war…
A TIME FOR LOVE…
Amber enjoys her life of chaotic freedom and has no intention of falling in line just because a sexy-as-sin vampire insists on order. Unfortunately, he discovers she may be the only hope they have of finding his brother, and there’s no way he’s going to let her go—even if it means mating her to gain her cooperation. The two are as different as can be, yet when the dominant Kane and the untamed Amber finally unite to rescue Jase, they just may find that opposites really do attract…

Title: Provoked
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors
Publisher:  Kensington Books
Format: ebook
ISBN: B008H6GJJK
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release date: November 1st 2012
Number of pages: 336
 
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Advice:

Due to its strong sexual content, this novel is recommended for readers older than 18.

 
I wanted more from Kane, don’t get me wrong there’s romance and action, but he’s such a genius that I wanted more difficulty for him. It was fairly easy to discover his mate and to actually consume the mating, but Amber made thing difficult afterwards.
 
Kane was after Jase for years and now the Kayrs family discovered a way to change the war. But I liked Amber and the way she made things different, she’s a vegetarian and changed Kane gradually.
 
It was a nice book, but the passion was bigger in the other couples and this felt a little to easy for me. Wanted more action from this book too. The rescue was a bit staged too.

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Series in Order

#1 – Fated
#2 – Claimed
#2.5 – Tempted
#3 – Hunted

#4 – Consumed

#5 – Provoked
#5.5 – Twisted

#6 – Shadowed (Expected publication: October 3rd 2013)

 

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Paranormal Review: Already Freakn’ Mated by Eve Langlais

Already Freakn' Mated (Freakn' Shifters, #3)

Lucky him, he found his mate. Just one teensy, tiny problem. She was already married to someone else.
Meeting the woman of his dreams would have worked a lot better if she didn’t already belong to another man. But Chris wasn’t about to let something like ‘until death do us part’ keep him from claiming his woman. He’ll do anything to win his mate, including throwing his attractive cousin at the pesky husband.
Despite the danger, and her marital status, Jiao can’t help falling for a handsome wolf. Honor says she should stay away, but her curious inner cat is flexing her claws and demanding they claim their man.
But Jiao isn’t the only one falling in love. When her husband finds himself head over heels with a she-wolf, will Sheng do the right thing and end the marriage sham? Or will the past catch up first and bite them?

Title: Already Freakn’ Mated
Author: Eve Langlais
Series: Freakn’ Shifters 
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781927459188
Genre: Paranormal/Menage
Release date: October 2nd 2012
Number of pages: 290
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Advice:

Due to its strong sexual content, this novel is recommended for readers older than 18.

This book was a little different than I hoped from the title. When I first read the feeling it was one woman and two males, but after I started it was clear that this was a normal relationship between two shifters and I was a bit disappointed, because I loved the drama a poliamorous brought on the previous books.
 
Chris is Naomi brother and we can see that every brother is finding their happily ever after, but this time things were a bit more disturbing because at first Chris thought he had fallen for a married woman, but only after pursuing her he actually learned the true and things are way more complicated than just a wedding because Sheng is actually running from a maniac human that kidnaped her family and wants to sell her.
 
This was actually a darker story than the previous and I liked the suspense and action, but the relationship was like a second and very little part of this book. I was hoping for me romance, but the heating thing was more fast than that.
 
And we actually have two couples mating in this book, because the married couple found their pairs in this strange family, so Chris cousin also found her mate. It was nice that both found happiness, but the leading couple lost a bit of shining moments.

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Series in Order

#1 – Delicate Freakn’ Flower
#2 – Jealous and Freakn’
#3 – Already Freakn’ Mated
#3.5 – Jungle Freakn’ Bride
#4 – Human and Freakn’

 

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Romance Review: When Snow Falls by Brenda Novak

When Snow Falls

After growing up in cheap motels, moving from town to town with her sister and mother, Cheyenne Christensen is grateful to be on her own. She’s grateful, too, for the friends she found once her family settled in California. But she’s troubled by the mystery of her earliest memories, most of which feature a smiling blonde woman. A woman who isn’t her mother.Although Cheyenne has repeatedly asked for explanations, the people who could help aren’t talking. Cheyenne is set on finding answers, but without so much as a birth certificate, it won’t be easy.
Things get even more complicated when her closest friend is attracted to the man Cheyenne has secretly loved for years. For Eve’s sake, she decides to step aside—which lands her right in the arms of Dylan Amos, oldest and baddest of the hell-raising Amos brothers. He’s the kind of guy she’s sworn to avoid. She can’t afford to make a mistake, not when she finally has a chance to learn who she really is and change her life for the better. But…maybe there’s more to Dylan than she thought. Maybe letting him go would be a bigger mistake.

Title: When Snow Falls
Author: Brenda Novak
Series: Whiskey Creek
Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0778313719
Genre: Romance
Release date: October 23rd 2012
Number of pages: 448
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I love to cry with this series. Don’t get me wrong the stories are beautiful and there’s so much drama. But they are worth it. Brenda Novak made a little town full of romance and emotions.
 
Cheyenne was not my favorite from the group, mostly because we barely see her before this book and Dylan wasn’t even mentioned before, but these two are actually so pretty together. They are both outsiders, suffered so much and now are so normal.
 
I liked Dylan more, maybe because his life was more difficult, he had to grow up alone and find a way to support his four brothers, but he also had love.
 
Cheyenne suffered way to much in Anita’s hand and I cannot believe everything her family made her go through. But even after all these she’s a nice girl and thinks more of others. She deserved some happiness and Dylan was perfect because he understand her like no one else. I cried way to much with this couple but it was so good.
 

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Series in Order

#0.5 – When We Touch
#1 – When Lightning Strikes

#2 – When Snow Falls
#3 – When Summer Comes
#4 – Home to Whiskey Creek
#5 – Take Me Home for Christmas (Expected publication: October 29th 2013)

 

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