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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marrying the wrong Earl (Review)

I  was  given  Marrying  the  wrong  Earl  By Callie Hutton  for  a  fair an  honest  review.

Summary:    Lady Arabella Danvers is happy with her life just the way it is. She is free to be herself and take care of broken and abandoned animals. Her mother is desperate for her to marry, and has decided to take things into her own hands. There is just one little problem with her plan.

Nash, the Earl of Clarendon has determined it is time to take a wife. He has selected a woman to whom he intends to propose. However, the annoying Lady Arabella has stumbled into his life at the wrong time, and in the wrong place.

But he of all people should know if Lady Arabella is involved, plans will go awry.

This  book is  book 2  in a  series  and can be  read as a  stand alone.

 

This book   would have been good except for the hero. He ruined everything, There I said it.   Now let me explain……

Firstly, this book is basically a   forced marriage trope (that’s a trope, right?  Well it should be if it isn’t.)    and could possibly be an enemy   to lover’s trope.  Depending upon how you look at it

So basically, Lady Arabella’s mother ensures her daughter is going to marry an earl, unfortunately not the Earl she wanted.  Arabella ends up marrying Nash the Earl of Clarendon.  What I loved was how Arabella like to help animals she would rescue any stray and try to nurse them back to health, she even read books on veterinary medicine to help her gain knowledge on the subject.   I also like that she liked to argue with the hero.  I think when the heroine and hero have that kind of friction and it’s done right it makes the book good. The arguing was done right in this   book to a point.

Nash needed to marry a wealthy heiress which he had all picked out until   Arabella was latterly thrown on him.   Unluckily for him she turned out (unknown to her) to be poor.   There was a point in the story when Arabella wanted to hit him over the head with something, preferably a rock while I thought it was funny at first. I   honestly, I became all for that toward the end of the book.

While this book had a lot of promise with a good idea it fell short when the hero started acting like a   total asshole. HE HATED HER ANIMALS. I   mean repeatedly he stated how he hated him, and how he thought her helping animals was unbecoming. He would be basically being little her and that turned me against him.   I could understand it being an issue to create tension but he took it too far.    Arabella came off at times like a good strong heroine and other times like a whiny simpleton who would argue over the stupidest things.

As hard as I tried to like this book, the hero made it totally unlikeable by flip flopping being   kind and loving to the heroine on second then telling her, her wanting to help animals was stupid and she wasn’t a good countess.

Over all the hero being a totally asshole for 90% of the book totally put me off While the writing was good and the idea was great.  The   hero left me with such dislike for it.

I gave this book 2 stars on   good reads because I just can’t stand anyone who hates animals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Random thoughts on Book Budgets.

Lately while I have been reading discovering new to me Authors   to add to my TBR list and   then falling   and buying an entire series thanks to an ARC that is coming soon.

 I have   been thinking a lot about book budgets lately (maybe because I’ve been on a slight spending spree). We all have them but how do they really work?  Do you have a set limit every month? Or for the year?  And what does it take for a book to be good enough to   be considered book budget worthy?

For me start with My Favorites.  If they have a book coming out then they are put to the top of the list   or are automatically pre-ordered.  For the record, I currently have fifteen books on pre-order.  Then come the covers my god what a good cover can do for a book.  I will refer you below for some of my favorites.

Let’s  talk about these  covers  before I  go on.   Look at  the  Sabrina  Jefferies  cover.  I mean look at him,  If  that look  doesn’t  make you want to buy  the  that  book … or  at least  give  you  pants  feeling  I  don’t know  what will. After  reading  that I can’t  look at  the cover  with out  remembering  what he  did  in the garden….. So worth  the  naughtiness.

Next  we have   Scot in the  Dark.  Firstly  let me  say I am  guilt  of  judging  heroine  only covers  and  I am not normally  a fan  of them, however  this  cover  is just  striking  Not only with the colors  but  the  angle  it’s  done in   makes  you wonder  what  you  walking in on  or  what  you are  about to see.

The last book  is  When He  was Wicked.  This  book was one  of the  first  romance novels I ever  bought on my own not  the ones  I used to sneak in with  the  other  books   my mom  would  buy me on our  trips  to the  book store, but  not just  that  it’s one of my  all time  favorites.   While  the  cover  doesn’t   have  the  hero  or  heroine   center stage, it’s  simple  and  the only thing  standing out  is the  title, which   is  certainly  an  eye catcher. If  you have  read  this book  then you  know  the  title  fits it  perfectly. While the  cover is  subtle  the  title not  only  makes a  promise  but  it   delivers.

 

So, after the cover lust sets in the blurb is the next to   catch my eye, you have an interesting story line, you have a kinky story   I am here for that.  However, if I have never   read anything by the author the price is what determines   where on the book budget they land.  Do I buy the book?  Does it land on the TBR list to be saved for   when I need a   something new to read? Or a pick me up?

For me personally If the book meets the great cover and blurb qualifications, and is   $0.99 -$2.99 for a new to me author    I will pick it up without hesitation.   Because   this will not put a   dent my book budget should the book fall short of my expectations.   Plus, prices   like that are just plain budget friendly let’s face it. That is not  say  that   new to  me   authors  are not  worth  the  $4.99  or  $7.99   price  that  it’s just  that  I  feel  authors  need to  earn my  trust ( and money)  Give me a  good  story, make me  fall  in love,  make me  feel  something  and leave me  wanting  to  read more  of  your  work . Make me  want  to  tweet you  and  say   write  faster, I need more!

 

So how do you spend your book budget?  Do you even have one?