Unmasking the Earl By Elizabeth Keysain- ARC review

I  was give a  copy of  Unmasking  the  Earl  by  Elizabeth Keysain    for a  fair and honest  review.  This is  the  second  book in the  Wayward in  Wessex  series  and  can be  read as a  stand  alone.

 

Cassandra Blythe will do anything to win the heart of the man she loves.  Unfortunately, for her the man she loves only thinks of her as more of a sister type. So, what better way to attract a man’s attention than take seduction lessons from another man, Captain Wycherly offers to help her.  But what Cassie doesn’t count on is his   servant   always interfering in the lessons. However, Ned is no ordinary   servant   he’s really the Earl of Stranraer who is posing as servant while searching for his missing sister, which he suspects the captain has something with to do with her disappearance.

Now don’t get me wrong I am all for “let me teach you seduction then switch it around” trope but this was not it. In fact, the heroine was at completely and utterly stupid, she should have never been left alone…. EVER. She   convinced she could handle the captain   and his lessons on her own, and then was shocked when he kissed her.  Really?  What did she think seduction lessons entailed?    Then when she discovers   the hero is really a gentleman in disguise she first starts to realize this by the way he wipes his mouth… I have no words.

Ned was a great hero, he was strong and smart even if he fades slightly into the back because of Cassie’s scheme.   I would have liked to see more of him flirting and being the alpha that he most certainly was.

While the premise was good   the book was slightly silly and predictable. Only toward the end did the heroine show some common sense which surprised me.   Even though I found the heroine very frustrating    for most of the book, the   writing was excellent.

If you like mistaken identities, hidden identities, a bit of a mystery and a very sexy hero this book is for you.

It’s priced at   $3.99 and won’t break your book budget.

 

 

The Seduction of Viscount Vice- ARC Review

I  was  given a  copy of this  book  by the  publisher for  a  fair and honest  review.

Summary-  Proud Scot and Fallen co-owner, Lord Iain ‘Vice’ Vissen is dedicated to performing in and producing the pleasure club’s hedonistic shows. Until the night he apprehends a rogue footman in their midst and discovers the spy is Lady Mairi MacNair—the woman who long ago broke his heart.

Born an earl’s daughter but now a seamstress, Mairi has returned to London to help open a superior pleasure club to Fallen, and finally realize her dream of being the seductive leading lady. But when she discovers her main rival is Iain, the man she loved beyond reason and was forced to abandon, she is soon caught in a web of lies, secrets, and raw, scorching passion that time hasn’t dimmed…

  Review-    I had  read and  reviewed the  first  two  books  in the  Fallen  series.  All  three  books can be  read  as a  stand alone and  in any order.  So  I  was super  excited to  get a  copy of this book.

This  book  picks up where  the last one  left  off in  that  they are in  middle of  a midsummers  eve  party  So  if  you  read  The  Devil’s  Submission  (which  omg  you  need to ….go  get it   now, I’ll wait.)  it’s  right  around  that  time frame. This  book about  Vice  who  is  the master and  star of  all  the productions  at  Fallen, in other words  he loves  to  fuck on stage  and  be watched, he  certainly  had my attention.  Some  years  ago  Viscount  Vissen  or  Vice  fell  in love  with  Lady Mairi MacNair  who is  the  daughter  of  an  Earl,  he  was love  while  Mairi  just  wanted  an  out from her  engagement to some other  lord and  used  Vice  to  ruin her  which  didn’t  go  as  planned  so  she  ran off  to Paris.

Years  later  she’s  returned  and  is  spying on  Fallen  only to be  caught  By  Vice  and this  when  things   heat  up.  I  will say  this  anytime  the  heroine   threatens  or  latterly  smacks  some  sense  into the hero   I  am   all  for it.  Lady  Mairi   kneed  him in  the  balls….  Now  you might  think  that is  brutal, and  yes  it  is  but  I  kind of  love   when something like  that   happens between  the hero and heroine.  The  friendship  in this  book is   just amazing,  you have  female  friendship, Grace and  Eliza   meet  Mairi  while they  out  shopping  and  are instantly like “you’re one of us now, so you are coming to dinner”  and  the  male  friendship/brother like  bond  between  Sin, Devil  and  Vice  is  just wonderful  I loved it  so much  and  I can   picture them  years from  now as  old men  sitting around  gossiping.  So  if  this  is  your thing  then  this  book has  it.

I really  wish  this  book had more  sex  in  it,  there I  said it.  The sex they  had  in front of  the  window…. Oh yes you  read  that  right.  It  was  hella  hot and  sexy  and I need more.  Over  all this  book  was  good and I gave it  5  stars on  goodread.  I  was  however  slightly  disappointed  because  I  wanted a little more,  so  I went  back and looked up  the  lengths  of  each  book

Surrender  to  Sin was  107 pgs long- admittedly not  my  favorite  book in the series  but  I liked it

The  Devil’s  submission   was only  83 pgs  long.  How  could  this  be???  This  book was  everything!

The Seduction of  Viscount  Vice  is  also  107 pgs.   As well.

This  is  what  happens  when a  book  or  novella  is  good, I  mean  really good   it  can  never be long enough.  Because you  never  want  it  to end.

This book   is  $1.99   which is  perfect  price   if  you  are  just  jumping  in to  the series and   don’t  want  to  break  your  book  budget,  But  trust me  you  will  end  up wanting to read  the  entire  series.

 

 

 Congratulations  to Lisa  Brown  for   winning a  copy of  Valerie Bowman’s   Never Trust A Pirate!

What is considered Romance?

I  recently  heard someone   on a  podcast  say  that   Erotic   romance   is not  considered  romance?  What?  Is this  true?   Am I the only  who  feels  that  they are?  I mean  yes  they  filled  with  sex,  sometimes hot  nasty  sex. But  some  are  very  well  written and have  great  stories to them.  I  when I  heard  this  I was slightly  shocked,  what  else  isn’t  considered   romance?  Have  I missed something?  Because  I have  read   a lot of   Erotic  romances and  while  yes  there have been  lots of  sex  in them,  there have  also  been  great  stories to them.  It  got me  thinking   I mean  when someone  is looking for  a  romance  novel   the  first  question  we  all ask  is  “tell me what you  like”  because  you can be  sure    that in our   community  we can  find   it  for you, or  we know someone who  can  find it  for you.  But   what  classifies  as  a romance?  RWA  defines   Erotic  romance as  a  subgenre.    This  how  they define  it.

Erotic Romance: Romance novels in which strong, often explicit, sexual interaction is an inherent part of the love story, character growth and relationship development and could not be removed without damaging the storyline. These novels may contain elements of other romance subgenres (such as paranormal, historical, etc.).

 

True  there are short  novellas  that  just  kinky  and  sex filled  from  start to finish  with not  much  of a  story,  but  we can  find  that in most in  novellas  because  they  supposed  be  short  quick  stories  that  lack  something and leave  you  wanting more. I have never  read  a novella   that I  didn’t  turn  around and  complain  about it  being  too short.   But  to  not  consider  Erotic  Romance, romance??    What  about   Erotic  historical?  Or  Contemporary?   Should  we not  consider  these   to be  Romance, even when  they achieve  their  HEA.

So  that is  the  Question of  the  week   What  do  you  consider  Romance?  More  importantly  what  do  Not  consider  Romance.

 

Never Trust a Pirate Review and My first Giveaway!!!

I  was  given  the  ARC  for  Never  Trust a Pirate  by  Valerie Bowman  for a  fair and  honest  review

Cade Cavendish  is  the  twin  of Viscount  Rafe Cavendish  who is  a  spy for the  crown,  Cade  is  basically  the   careless  brother who likes to  gamble  and  chase  women  and  just  plain  sexy and  charming  as  hell.  But maybe  not  all is  as it seems  with   Cade, yes  he’s  charming  and sexy  and  devilish  but is  he  really  a  do nothing? or is he  the  notorious  Black  Fox.   Cade who   reappeared   back in  Rafe’s  life  after a long time is out  for  vengeance  against  the  french because  ( in the  first  book  which is  Rafe’s  story)  Rafe  was  kidnapped and   tortured  by  the  french  and  therefore  Cade  hates them.

Danielle LaCrosse  is  the  new  Ladies maid  to  Lady Daphne Cavendish, she  has taken the  job to look after her  mother  who is  sick with consumption. Danielle is not what she  seems  either,  but  we  will get  to that later. Not  long  after  she  starts   Danielle  encounters  “Lord Rafe”  stumbling  through the  hall  drunk  and  singing very  badly she watches as  he goes into a  room  that  isn’t his.  Seeing this  Danielle  feels bad  for  his  wife and  goes  to   point  him toward  the  right  room  so  at least he’s  there  even if  he’s  a horrible  drunk.  But  what she  finds  is  a  cheeky charming   man who  pulls her into his  lap  just  as  Rafe and  Daphne  appear  in the  doorway  causing  all kinds of  confusion. Being  Cade  he  tells  Danielle she has  the loveliest  bottom ever  then  promptly  passes out.

Now  before I  go  any  further  let me  tell you  this which might be  a spoiler  but  if you’re like  me and  are not  a  fan  spy novels  you will thank me.  This is a spy  novel  everyone is  a  spy  Rafe, his  wife,  Danielle (she is  sent  to spy on  Cade)  Cade.  They are  spies  and  this  book is  really a  Pirate/spy  book.  So if  this not  your   thing  you are  forewarned.

So then  after  the little mix up  and   it’s  reveal  there are  two of them!  Danielle   then starts to  follow  Cade  and  get  close  to him. When I  say  get  close  I mean  they have  heart felt  talks over  drinks  in the library   which is just lovely  because  the  flirting.  Then   when  you think  Danielle and  Cade might  get  a  little  sexy  during  the midnight  dance he  promised  she  is pulled  to  go  work on  on  following a  french ship that is trying to  free   Napoleon, She  does  however  get her  midnight dance  with  Cade  and it’s  sad   holy  shit  the  feels  that  happen during this.  So  she  is put on  this  ship   as  the  cook  assistant   (of  course she is  dressed as a  boy)  To her  surprise  The  ships  captain is none other  than Cade, who  of  course can  see through her  disguise as  boy  when no one else  can  ( it’s  one of  the  superpowers  we have all come to know and love  about  our  heroes.)  Naturally  he  makes her  stay in his cabin  for  her  safety, and   of course this when   they  get  down to  business. However  Danielle  being  sensible  says   this is a no strings  attach  deal and once  they  get to  the port  there will be no more  sexy  times. Once  they  reach  port  Cade goes off with his  crew  to  brothel, leaving  Danielle  safely on  the  ship  to  wait  for their  commander who another  spy.  But  Cade wants  nothing to  do with  the  women at  the brothel because he’s    moping over  Danielle, which in  turn  gets him  kidnapped because  the  captain of the  other ship thinks he’s  Rafe  and is  all like  “I  thought I killed  you, I  guess I  get  to  try this again!”  and   well you  get  the  picture.   So  when the  commander  finally  does show up  along with  Rafe,  they  all  make  plan to  save  Cade  which  for  some  reason  involves   just beating  the hell out of Rafe. Why?!   I didn’t  get  that part, because  there was honestly no  reason  he  needed to  get the  crap  beat out of him.

Here is  what I like about the  book. It was good! like  surprisingly  good,even  when I  realized it  was a spy  book I kept  going   with it that is how much I liked it.  Danielle  is a  kickass  heroine  so   if  you like  strong women, who  don’t  really need  the  hero  but  he’s so  damn  charming why not.   this  book is for you. Also  if  you  like heroines  who are not  virgins  this  book has it !  Both  characters  are  extremely  likable,  the way they  connected, and  the way Cade went out of his  way  for her and  even  bought her  perfume  was  sweet.

What I didn’t like  about this  book   was when they were having sex, he  was supposedly  saying  naughty things to her,  I am  saying  supposedly because  we  never got  to her them. And I needed to know what he  said! I  personally like   when a  hero talks  dirty, the  dirtier  the better.

Over all this  book  was  really  enjoyable  and  the  cover  is  beautiful. I liked it  so much  that  I  went  in  search  of  Rafe’s  book  ( yes, even  though he’s  a spy  I  am  willing to  read it.)   and   That  cover  is just  sexy  as  hell  as  you  can see  below.

So one more  time, if  you love    Pirates/spies/ smugglers ( think john Lafayette,  Yul  brynner. If you haven’t  seen the  Buccaneer  do it!)  Alpha  non virgin bad ass  heroines, Twins  (because who  doesn’t love them?!)  and  Charming   rogues  then  this book is certainly a must.

 

Now  for  the  giveaway!  What  will you  get?  One  lucky  reader  will get  a paper back copy  of  Never Trust a Pirate. by  Valerie Bowman.  What do  you have to do to win?  Simple!  Just  tell me the last  book  that  read  you  and loved.  Easy  right?    a    Winner  will be  selected  at  random  on  May 6,2017.

 ***  This is only open to  US readers ***   

Seven Minutes in Heaven…..Seven minutes will never be enough for a book like this.

I am possibly the last person to read Seven minutes in Heaven  By  Eloisa James .  I regret I’ve waited this long because the book was just outstanding.  I bought the book because I heard that hero kidnaps the heroine and I love a good kidnapping…. I was not disappointed.   Now let me be honest I do not like books that have   children in them. I either refuse to read the book or I   start reading it loathing the children. However, these  children were wonderfully written they didn’t come off as annoying or whiny nor did they take away from Ward or   Eugenia’s story which is what I was afraid might happen.

If you like non-virgin widow tropes this book has it, in honesty it has everything…. I kind of wanted to roll around in it.  In the beginning   they exchange   letters in which they flirt shamelessly and   that is just magical.   Because when it’s downright a   flirty letter exchange between the hero and heroine is just plain fun. Ward is   just all male and screams alpha so much that I    had to fan myself    he was naughty and dominant and everything a hero should be I  was  even  able to  forgive him for  not thinking  she was lady that is how  good  Ward  was. Especially when she was eating cake and he got all hot and bothered by it, that was just swoon worthy. While Eugenia, I want to be her when I grow up. She was all like ‘I think he’s sexy as hell and I am going to bang him’ Okay she didn’t say that exactly but I am sure she thought it.  Then she did just that. She decided what she wanted and took it, no regrets, she is my hero enough said.

I have decided two things from this from book that I want someday to be chased around a ballroom, why? I don’t know but it seems like it would be fun especially if the guy chasing me was anything like Ward. Secondly, they almost had sex in a church and it was hot. I think we have established that I am all here for those kinds of things and when I read that   I like the fell even more in love with Eloisa James if that’s possible.

Over all this book was sexy, smart, funny did I mention sexy?   But was there anything I didn’t like?  No, however there was something I didn’t understand   Eugenia was really attracted to Ward’s thighs?   I can understand   being attracted to someone with a nice smile or eyes but thighs?  I thought that interesting…. But I’m wondering about that, can anyone explain that?

Lastly  let’s  take  look at  the cover and  lust over  it, Because you know  I love  a  good  cover  and this one  is  just  simply  beautiful.

This book is well worth   the read and the price…. In other words, go buy this now.  You’re welcome.

 

 

 

 

By The Hour- ARC Review

I  was  given  this  book  by the  author  for a   fair an  honest  review.

Summary- Dr. Elle McCray has a plan. Work hard. Be the best. And do it alone. After her ex-husband’s betrayal, she’s learned being feared is a hell of a lot easier than being humiliated. So when trouble personified, Lane Cannon, dares to flirt with her, she shuts him down cold. Too gorgeous. Too cocky. And his job as The Grove’s sexual surrogate is to sleep with patients. No, thank you.

Former escort Lane Cannon has spent enough years with people looking down on him. Stupid. Trailer trash. Rent boy. He’s heard it all. He’s worked too hard to shed his past to let some haughty doctor cut him down. But something about Elle’s ice queen act has his dominant instincts perking up and his body taking notice. He can’t walk away.

After an evening of verbal sparring turns into a night of steamy hate sex, Lane’s ready for round two. But Elle proposes a business deal. How better to keep things strictly physical than to pay him for his services?

Lane wants her, not her money. But he’ll play along in exchange for one thing—all the control. It’s only supposed to be a dirty little fling between colleagues, but these two are about to learn a lesson in love…by the hour.

Review-    I think  to start off with, if  you are like me  sometimes when you   read a book  you  end up  googling  the things  that  characters  do   or  talk  about.   The  things I ended up  googling  because of this book

  1. American Gigolo-  it  apparently  has a  naked  Richard  Gere  and  from  the  trail  looks just  cheesy and    I so need to watch this.
  2. Sex Surrogate- this is  a  real thing.      The  article  I  found  was interesting  and  I  admit  a little   odd,  I  couldn’t find  any  rehab sites  that offered this ( don’t  judge me)

Enough  about my nosiness   now  on to the good  part.

This  book had a  great  flow  to it, the  characters  were likeable. Lane  was   cocky, sex  and  just so  very  sweet. Lane was  also dirty  so  very  dirty  I  really loved him.  Elle  was  a great  character  and  I connected  with her  which is  something  I  struggle  to  do  with  heroines    all the time  but  I  totally understood her  struggle  to  trust  Lane   and  the  anxiety  she  felt at letting  someone in. Tropes  you might like.  Younger man/older  woman   (he’s  30, she’s  39)   Fake  fiancé  who  doesn’t love a  good  fake  fiancé  trope?  The  hate  sex  at  the  start of  the  book was   so hot, it  was  the   stuff   that hate sex  dreams  are  made of.  Lane  is  also a  Dom  who loves  control  and holy  shit  can  that man control me  anytime. He  can  also  spank me with a belt, I  do love  a  good  spanking…….in my books! Hehe.  While  I loved  the  dirty  sex   the  author  was  able make  an unbelievably  hot an  dirty  scene  so sweet  I   actually  said “aww” out  loud.  Also  the  fact  that   they  kept  saying  “I hate you” to one another  reminded me of  “okay?” “okay”  or   “as  you  wish”  If  you  don’t  get  either of  those  references  then  turn in  your  romance  readers  card. The  “I hate you”  was  Elle’s  and  Lane’s  version of this in my  opinion .  This  book was   basically about learning to  trust  and love  again, it  was also about  taking  risks  even though   it might  scary as  hell  not knowing  if  the other person  feels  the  same.   All of  this was topped  perfectly with  the  HEA had me  cheering  for them.

The  only thing  I  didn’t  like was  Elle’s  ex husband  he  was  a  total  dick and   I  wanted to  punch him  in the balls.  Also  the  way  her  family   handled  the break up of her  marriage   made me  angry  but  I am not  holding  that  against  the  book I just need to  vent,  you know  since I  can’t  ball punch  fictional  characters.

I  gave this   a  well deserved   5 stars on  good  reads.  This book  while part of  a  series  can be  read  as a  stand  alone.  This  book  is   priced  at  $4.99  And  as  always  Let’s  take  a look at  the  yummy cover  before  you  go.  Also  there is a little  bit about  the  first book under it.

So if  you are like me and  just  jumped into  this  series  will  notice  the  reference  to other  characters Marin  and Donovan (Spoiler: Donovan  is not   Elle’s  ex husband) and   their  connection to  Elle, which is  explained  in  By the Hour as  well as  in  Off  The  Clock,  but  when I  went looking  to see  what  the  first book ( Off  the Clock)  was  about I  found  that  it’s  Marin and  Donovan’s  story, and  how  that  relationship  came about.  It  immediately  went  on my TBR list.

I  will  admit  the list  price  has put  me off   $9.99  for  any  ebook  always makes me  think twice about, but none  the less it’s still on my  TBR list  until  a  price  drop  happens.

Tangled in Sin *ARC Review*

I was given Tangled in Sin by Lavinia Kent for a fair and honest review.

 

Lavinia Kent is a new to me author and after looking her up this book is   this book is part of a series that can be read out of order. It would be the   what looks like the fourth book and there are two novellas.  I ended up buying the series and one novella.

 

Here is a quick rundown of the story. Lady Cynthia Westhope   otherwise known as Sin goes to visit her friend   Jasmine who is the daughter of a duke and now Madame of a very posh brothel because she had a baby out of wedlock.  After leaving from of the   visits Sin   get adducted and taken to secluded cabin by her captors which they then promptly   leave her.  When suddenly Jasmine’s brother shows up (he’s not the heir   just a second son) and bangs on the door to let him because there is a raging storm outside.   James is the   one who had Sin kidnapped   thinking it was Jasmine he wanted to talk some sense into his sister but unfortunately   the wrong girl got kidnapped.  No matter   though!  He thinks she’s a prostitute and that suits him fine since what does one must do while waiting out a storm, right?   James’s doesn’t recognize Sin and she plays along with it…. Because why not? So, they end up sleeping on the floor together to keep warm and of course what happens?  You guessed it sleep sex!  While   Sin thinks it’s a    wonderful dream (she’s been in love with James for years) But then she wakes up and chaos ensures.  Once James   realizes who she is    he’s all we must get to married but naturally like any good heroine she wants to marry for love not just because.  But that   does not stop her from her wanting to “experiment” this is their words not mine.

 

Okay so my biggest thing with this book is I promised the hero liked whips and chains, and I did not get my whips and chains…. I am not very happy about that.   I found this book to be interesting, true there were some parts that made me roll my eyes but over all I did like it.

Firstly, what you might like this is a historical erotic romance, forced proximity   and friends to lovers as the hero and heroine were childhood friends.

I personally am always on the lookout for a good historical erotic/ erotica romance.   What I liked about this book is   naturally the dirty talk the hero was very, very good at this and not mention he   did some the things he said.  Normally when I read romance novel the hero alludes to all the dirty nasty things he wants to do the heroine but sometimes there is anal sex (he only alluded to it but it didn’t happen) However the other nasty, dirty things he did do Just had me sitting up and taking notice!  Because I have never   personally seen this kind of sex in a historical.  I’m sure it’s out there and but I have never seemed it.  There was also some mutual tying up (not with chains) also there is some roleplaying between the two and a sexy sponge bath that happens after a mud fight.  Also, it is   extremely clean that the hero is an ass man or he just might be obsessed with her ass I’m not sure.  Also, the heroine was   super nosiness which got her into trouble…. I could relate.

What I didn’t like about this book.  Sin tried and tried to come off strong but she was just   flighty at times which was annoying and I wanted to shake her.  James didn’t want her to talk   during sex…. Made it a little meh for me   because I love dirty talk and up until this point   he was bringing in it! Then he was all don’t   speak you’ll ruin it, dude really?    Next thing is when she finds out what James has done she runs away from …. back to his sister….at the brothel, where she then stays the night.  Because naturally.   So, then she dresses up like a prostitute and   goes off to explore the brothel, basically almost getting   caught by some guy who wanted to buy the brothel   before Jasmine.  This guy thought   Sin was a married woman come to learn new tricks to please her husband, he was going to   drag her   out into the streets and ruin her. Which I feel would have served her right for   just wondering around with basically no purpose other than be like “oh, look an orgy   lovely” or “oh a room filled   silk scarfs and   pillars, nice!”    that wasn’t how it went but you   get the idea.

 

Surprisingly  this book  tackles the issue of  consent  with  slight nod  to  women’s  rights,  with  the  hero  at  times being  slightly  overbearing   our   heroine  constantly  reminds  him,  that    she   does not  want  to be  shackled to him  ( she  does  but she  wants   a love  match with him)  She  also   has him  explain  the   sex acts  he  wants  to  do with her  in  detail  and  tells him what  he  can and  can’t  do.

For the list price of $4.99   it’s not a bad book but if you can get on sale   then I would say it’s must.

This earned 4 fours from me for the dirty talk (yay!)  the sex, interesting story line and cover.