Romance Review: Snowbound with the CEO by Shannon Stacey

Snowbound with the CEOSnowbound with the CEO by Shannon Stacey
Publisher:
Carina Press
Format:
ARC
ISBN: B00EFPNV2K
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: November 4th 2013
Number of pages: 66
Source: NetGalley

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Summary:

Adrian Blackstone built a million-dollar business with hard work and determination—and by remaining professional at all times. Denying his longtime attraction to his beautiful executive assistant hasn’t been easy but it’s necessary. She’s indispensable, and he can’t stand the thought of losing her if things didn’t work out.

For more than a year, Rachel Carter has been quietly dreaming of all the ways she’ll never seduce her sexy, buttoned-up boss. She’s worked too hard to get where she is to cross that line, no matter how badly she’d like to act on her fantasies. But then a wicked snowstorm leaves them stranded in a romantic winter wonderland…

What begins as a single kiss and a few bad Santa jokes turns into a weekend full of breathless passion and hopes for something more. But with Monday comes a return to their complicated reality—and Adrian must prove that promises made are promises kept, especially at Christmastime.

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Review:

This was a quickie christmas story and I liked most of it, but in reality this could be a full novel and I would enjoy more because I didn’t feel the connection between these two and they needed more hot moments together or maybe just a few stolen glances.

Rachel works for Adrian for a while now and things could be really awkward if they had just a one night stand and decided to get back to work on the next day, so this long weekend helped to set te pace in their relationship. But I think Adrian was really good in the seduction and I liked him more. Rachel felt to me like a weak woman, but very responsible, so they cute together and their weekend was super hot. This story has potential.

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Erotica Review: Bonds of Hope by Lynda Aicher

Bonds of Hope (Wicked Play, #4)

Bonds of Hope by Lynda Aicher
Series:
Wicked Play
Publisher:
Carina Press
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 9781426896293
Genre: Erotica
Release date: September 9th 2013
Number of pages: 229
Source: NetGalley
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Summary:

Quinn Andrews has a lot to learn about the world of BDSM. Once America’s sweetheart, she has an opportunity to revive her career by playing a sexual submissive in a highly anticipated new series. Quinn is ready to throw herself into the role, and her hometown’s premier sex club, The Den, is the ideal place for a crash course.

At first Marcus Reese is reluctant to take on Quinn’s erotic education, despite his intense attraction to the stunning starlet. While she fulfills his every command perfectly, she’s also a consummate actress—and Marcus is determined to uncover the real woman hidden behind the mask.

Quinn’s been taking direction all her life, so submitting to a Dom comes easily. But it’s not just the most amazing sex she’s ever had—Marcus challenges her to define her own needs and make her own decisions. And when her training is over, Quinn will have to choose between continuing to play a part in her own life, or living by her own rules.

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Review:

Advice:
Due to its strong sexual content, this novel is recommended for readers older than 18.
The original Dom’s all got their happy ending so now we have some new owners to The Den. All of those are working member with a very long career and great capability, the first one to find love is Marcus.
 
This is a short story but very fun to read and follow. I liked Marcus and his choices in life, he sounds like a nice guy since the beginning, but the best part for me, was the way he helped Quinn, because her life was not perfect, but she had a really problem in setting boundaries.
 
She was a perfect submissive and I liked the way these two found different scenes to play and enjoy. Everything was new to Quinn, so she had no idea what to expect, but I liked the way she kept her mind open and actually enjoyed her time in the Den.
 
I started this series with this book and had no problem following the story, so I believe is okay to read as a stand-alone, but I also recommend to read the others, because they are pretty good too.

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Series in Order

#1 – Bonds of Trust
#2 – Bonds of Need
#3 – Bonds of Desire
#4 – Bonds of Hope

 

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Erotica Review: Bonds of Desire by Lynda Aicher

Bonds of Desire (Wicked Play, #3)

Bonds of Desire by Lynda Aicher
Series:
Wicked Play
Publisher:
Carina Press
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 9781426895838
Genre: Erotica
Release date: July 15th 2013
Number of pages: 384
Source: NetGalley
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Summary:

Lawyer Allison English never planned to return to The Den—despite her naughty fantasies about being bound by owner Seth Matthews. But when club guest Tyler Wysong is injured in a scene, Seth turns to Allie for help. Aroused by both men, Allie should turn the case down. But she can’t…

After his bad experience, Tyler has no interest in being with another Dom. Yet he can’t deny his attraction to Master Seth. When Seth offers him a place to stay, Tyler agrees—if Allie will stay too. But what good is a chaperone who adds to his temptation?

Living with two subs brings out Seth’s protective instincts, though Allie insists she’s not into the lifestyle, and Tyler swears he’s done with it. But the chemistry between the trio prompts them to agree to submit to him for one week, and he’ll show them both the true pleasure that a Dom can provide.

The intimacy could break them all, or bind them together forever.

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Review:

This was a different ménage because we have all types of sexual acts, and this is definitely not a book for people that don’t like M/M. I never actually thought Seth would be so open minded and accept Tyler as a partner, but he’s really good and understanding. There are some levels in this trio and Allie is in the bottom, but he’s really good in taking charge outside the bedroom, so she’s not your usual submissive, but she wants a little domination in bed and Tyler was the perfect partner to introduce her.

The met in a very bad situation, because another Dom had hit Tyler really bad and Allie was called to help him legally, but she was very interested in those two and her upbringing did not helped.

I liked Seth, but he could had pushed a little harder, he’s a Dom, I expect that from them. I really liked Allie, because she was afraid, but decided to try and that took guts. Tyler is a different thing and he was perfect. People has flaws and it’s difficult to trust with just words when the world is not very good with you.

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Series in Order

#1 – Bonds of Trust
#2 – Bonds of Need
#3 – Bonds of Desire
#4 – Bonds of Hope

Romance Review: Lean on Me by HelenKay Dimon

Lean On Me (Holloway, #2)

Cassidy Clarke once climbed the world’s highest mountains, but after an unexpected illness ends her career she’s back in her hometown, broke and hoping for a little luck. But the townsfolk aren’t exactly putting out a welcome mat for the woman who once snubbed them in the media, despite her apologies now.
Mitch Anders knows someone has set up camp on the grounds of his plant nursery, and he’s surprised to find his sexy high school crush ducking questions about where she’s staying. Though he’s sworn to stop cleaning up other people’s messes, Mitch offers Cassidy a job and a place to stay—his place. Bedsharing optional, but definitely welcome.
Out of options and too attracted to Mitch to keep things platonic, Cassidy says yes to his offer. She wants to get back on her feet financially and start a new career. She never expects to suffer a different kind of fall, one that has her believing Mitch just might bring her something bigger and better than luck.

Title: Lean on Me
Author: HelenKay Dimon
Series: Holloway
Publisher:  Carina Press
Format: ebook
ISBN: 1426894511
Genre: Romance
Release date: October 22nd 2012
Number of pages: 118
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I try really hard to love this series, but is a little difficult after the stories I keep hearing. This is supposed to be a warm and friendly town, but every time there’s something wrong with the way people acted or judge someone else. This time Cassidy was ostracized just because she gave a bad interview once in her career and everyone talks badly about her. No one ask how she feels or anything about her day, they simple have no idea about her life, but the stares never go away. This definitely doesn’t sound like a nice little town.
Cassidy had the misfortune lose all her money with a bad manager, he stole and now she decided to return home and live with her stepfather, but he doesn’t let her enter the house and she had to camp, because the nice people of this town couldn’t bother to offer shelter. It sounds a bit harsh, but I didn’t liked the way people treated her, and when she was a victorious climber everyone was cheering for her. Weird right?
But I liked the couple in this book. Mitch was a nice guy and he never really cared for what people were saying, so that’s a plus, but he’s friendly and these two are so sweet together. It was nice seeing all those other characters again.

 

 

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Series in Order

#1 – It’s Not Christmas Without You
#2 – Lean On Me
#3 –
We’ll Be Home for Christmas
#4 – Just What He Wanted

 

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Romance Review: Just What He Wanted by HelenKay Dimon

Just What He Wanted (Holloway, #4)

Travis Yardley thought he had everything he needed, but one look at Andrea Patterson shows him he was wrong. Andie is a gorgeous, curvy blonde who moves to town to manage a nearby campground. Seizing the chance to get close to her, Travis volunteers himself as tour guide and "bodyguard.’
After a bad breakup, Andie is looking to start over and determined to put her heart on hiatus. She’s working on her self-esteem, and she is not ready for the likes of Travis. He comes on strong, with all the energy of a guy almost ten years her junior, which is exactly what he is.
Even as Travis’s troubled past catches up with him, he pulls out all the stops to convince Andie he deserves a chance. And with the spring thaw hitting the Mountain View Resort, Andie discovers her own temperature rising whenever Travis looks her way…

Title: Just What He Wanted
Author:  HelenKay Dimon
Series: Holloway
Publisher:  Carina Press
Format: ebook from NetGalley
ISBN: 9781426895722
Genre: Romance
Release date: June 10th 2013

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I have a big problem following this series, because every time I look another book was released and I missed, but that’s completely fine because the stories are sweet and very easy to follow, almost stand alone, but the other couples are always popping up.
 
This couple had a very difficult life and deserved a little happiness. Travis made himself after running away from his insane family and discovered a family in Holloway that adopted him. So now he’s very focused in work and very little fun, but the moment he met Andie it was like everything broke inside of him.
 
Can you imagine a grow man with lost of words? It was so fun seeing Travis falling in love, but he had a few issues to handle first, because Andie didn’t want the relationship, she had a dummy boyfriend that wanted to change her and now she’s a little insecure, plus Travis is younger and Andie thinks he only wants another notch for his bed.
 
But these two were so cute when they finally managed to be together. I really liked this couple and the town was helping them all along. Andie needed a little push.
 

Series in Order

#1 – It’s Not Christmas Without You
#2 – Lean On Me
#3 – We’ll Be Home for Christmas
#4 – Just What He Wanted

Review: Romancing the Holiday by Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon and Christie Barth

We wish you a merry Christmas…and a happily ever after!
A memorable three-night stand gets rekindled in a cabin in West Virginia. An office romance is sparked by an impulsive holiday kiss. And two best friends scout locations for a marriage proposal and discover that they make a perfect match. ‘Tis the season for laughter, love and a lifetime of happiness.

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Title: Romancing the Holiday
Author: Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon and Christie Barth
Series: Holloway, Kent Brothers
Publisher: Carina Press
Format: ebook from NetGalley
ISBN: 1426894708
Genre: Romance, Christmas, Anthology
Release date: December 3rd 2012
Number of pages: 272

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We’ll Be Home for Christmas by HelenKay Dimon

No man likes having his bedroom skills described as forgettable, but that’s just what Lila Payne does when she runs into Spencer Thomas again. When she discovers that he’d lied about his name during their brief three-day romp a few months before, she’s so angry that she pretends she doesn’t remember him.
Spence regrets his deception, but not as much as he regrets that their time together didn’t last longer. When she shows up in his town, looking to revitalize her uncle’s mountain resort, Spence is determined to help. Maybe rescuing Lila from a hopeless renovation project will get him in her good graces—and back in her bed.
Lila has no interest in being rescued, and Spence is insulted by her stubborn rebuffs and her "faulty" memory. But when rehab work turns into an after-hours meeting, the two of them are in for a night that just might prove unforgettable…

We'll Be Home for ChristmasThis is my first book in this series, but I didn’t felt lost and it can be read as a simply holiday novella without any problem, because the story is focused on Lila and Spencer love story and holiday affair.

These two have met before but neither thought they would actually see each other again, especially since Spencer lied and told her a different name, his brother name, so it was a very fun misunderstanding in the first chapter and them we have Spencer kinda groveling for Lila’s attention and forgiveness.

It was a fun and sweet story.

 

The Best Thing by Jaci Burton

Tori Lewis had a perfect working relationship with Brody Kent, until a year ago, when a flaming hot kiss changed everything between them. With passion dancing a wicked tease around them, they have to decide which direction their relationship is going. But Tori doesn’t want to risk losing her job and the only family she knows, while Brody wants to shake things up and make Tori his. Can he convince her he’s worth the plunge into the unknown?

The Best Thing (Kent Brothers, #3)

Again, I missed the other stories in this series, but it was a fun and very hot novella. I liked Tori trying to work with three hot males and pretending to not being acted. Ha, as if! It was fun to see that friends can jump to a relationship without all the crazy thinking.

But it was even better to see Brody struggling with his feelings and what he was supposed to do. Since he doesn’t do relationships it was really nice watching him change for the perfect women.

 

 

Ask Her at Christmas by Christi Barth

Caitlin McIntyre’s heart stops when her best friend drops to one knee and proposes. Kyle Lockhart never once hinted over the years that he has any idea she’s in love with him. Not wanting to jeopardize their friendship, she’s never let it slip. Good thing, too, since it turns out he’s only practicing—he’s about to propose to someone else.
A business merger might not be the most romantic reason to propose to a woman he barely knows, but Kyle’s determined to win the respect of the dying father who’s never seen him as quite good enough. Kyle’s always depended on Caitlin’s friendship, while trying to ignore the physical response she arouses. So he turns to her when it comes time to craft his proposal, not realizing his decision will affect their relationship, forever.
This Christmas, Kyle and Caitlin get one last chance to admit their feelings for each other, and find a mutual happily ever after, before he commits his life to another woman and Caitlin leaves town and him…for good.

Ask Her at ChristmasI actually love a romance when friends discover they were perfect together and live HEA. So this story made everything really perfect for the holidays, the settings with Christmas tree and skiing on Chicago.

Kyle is a geek and not very good at feelings and what is right in front of him, but I understand Caitlin better because she’s afraid of what will became of their friendship if he doesn’t love her as she loves him.

It was fun to see Kyle’s almost fiancé trying to break them apart and how this actually helped with moving them together.

Review: Calling the Shots by Christine d’Abo

 

Calling The Shots (Long Shots #4)

He’s had a wild ride, and now sex club owner Josh Scott is looking for a change of scene. But first, he’s determined to bring two friends together, and he’s willing to be a third wheel to move things along…

Beth Norris is eager to be set up with hot bartender Oliver Stephenson, but she’s equally attracted to matchmaker Josh. Soon she’s fantasizing about both men at once—and about being the one to call the shots in the encounter…

Ready to move on with his life post-divorce, Oliver is conflicted by the realization that he’s attracted to women and men. Or more specifically, to Beth and Josh. He tries to keep his distance, but it’s not long before the chemistry between the trio combusts in a night of mind-blowing sex.

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Title: Calling the Shots
Author:  Christine d’Abo
Series: Long Shot
Publisher:  Carina Press
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781426894473
Genre: Erotica
Release date: October 8th 2012
Number of pages: 180

 
We first met Josh on Double Shot and discovered a bit more about him during the series while all the other couples visited Mavericks, his club for erotica and BDSM members. I loved him with Sadie and Paul and it was clear that he needed more than just one partner to be happy, but at the same time we can see it’s tormenting him what people could say about this strange arrangement.
 
So he suffered for awhile and it took a lot of convincing from Beth and Oliver to actually make things happen. I can totally understand because he was worried about who work would be after everyone noticed he’s two employs were very happy on his bed.
 
There’s was also a little bit of suspense while Josh investigate who broke into the club and sprayed the walls with nasty words. So upon all this he was dealing with his feelings and trying to understand how things could work on the future.
 
I loved Josh, but I think he was too hung up on what people would think, while he was so sure about his partners and decided to worry ahead off time, didn’t actually match him.
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SERIES IN ORDER

#1 – Double Shot 
#2 – A Shot in The Dark
#3 – Pulled Long
#4 – Calling the Shots
 

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.