Review: The Deep End by Kristen Ashley

Review:  The Deep End by Kristen AshleyThe Deep End by Kristen Ashley
Published by St. Martin's Griffin March 7th, 2017
Genres: Erotica, Erotica Romance
Pages: 454
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author: At Peace
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Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are pleasure slaves committed to fulfilling a woman's every desire. At the elite Honey club, no boundary will be left untested, and one's darkest desires will become a sensual reality.

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him craves the lifestyle offered by this secret, exclusive club.

When Amèlie invites Olivier to surrender, she pushes him to explore his deepest desires as a submissive. As they grow closer and find themselves falling harder than either of them anticipated, the truth about Olivier’s past could threaten the budding relationship they both long for.

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley

I’m going to tell you a secret.   I totally signed up for an ARC of this book without even reading the blurb.  All I knew is that it was written by Kristen Ashley, and it was erotica.  

That’s it.

And then right before I started to read it, I checked on Goodreads to see what was being said so far…and that’s when I learned that the premise behind The Deep End was a Domme female, and an alpha male who is her submissive.

I was so surprised, and maybe a wee bit hesitant.  I’ve read a handful of male sub books and I can only remember ONE where I was able to connect to the characters and enjoy the story line.  And really, typical romance glorifies male characters dominating in the bedroom…  and this is the opposite.  

Reviews were mixed on GR, and I was even more hesitant.  But I jumped in… and I’m actually really glad I did.

Let me start by saying this…  if you’re going to read this book because you’re a huge KA fan and you love her writing style (quirky heroines, mega-alpha males, tons of silly shenanigans), and that’s the only reason… DON’T.   Her writing in this book is very, very different from her previous work.  If your expectations are to get a Rock Chick story, you will be so incredibly disappointed.  (Actually, if I didn’t know this book was by Kristen Ashley, I would have thought it was a new story from Ella Frank.  Have you read her Masters Among Monsters series?!  I swear the writing style is SO CLOSE to that.  It’s a bit different and can take time to really get the hang of the flow and connect to the character’s voice.  But once you do, you’re there and it’s magical.)

BUT, if your mind is open to a different writing style from her, and you’re into erotica and BDSM stories… DO IT!

Any hesitation I had about KA  portraying an alpha sub male was obliterated.  Trust me, a man can be a submissive and still be alpha.  He can still test his dom and try to have authority inside and outside the bedroom.  The book has a ton of sex… and I really, really liked it.  It was good BDSM, if that makes sense.  You can really tell when an author has either first hand experience or has truly researched that community when you read BDSM books, and KA’s scenes are phenomenally executed.

Overall, I think it was a very sexy story.  I really enjoyed the entire club she has her characters in, and I really liked a lot of the secondary cast.  I can see so much potential for following books, because the characters are interesting, mysterious, sexy and witty.

There were times I had trouble connecting to the characters as a couple, and there was some lingo used a lot that I didn’t love, but as an overall story I think it was good and I’m glad KA is dipping her toes into the erotica genre.   If you like BDSM and hot sex…  definitely give it a  try.

 

 

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.


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Review: Mister Wrong by Nicole Williams

Review:  Mister Wrong by Nicole WilliamsMister Wrong by Nicole Williams
February 27, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 195
Format: eBook
Source: Copy for Honest Review
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Cora Matthews grew up with the Adams’ boys, twin brothers and best friends who wouldn’t let anything come between them—except for her. One of them became her best friend; the other, her fiancé.

She always knew she’d wind up marrying one of them, and Jacob Adams is the epitome of Mister Right. At least until he fails to show up for their wedding.

As Jacob’s best man, and identical twin, Matt makes a split-second decision that will affect the three of their lives forever—he steps in to take his brother’s place. In front of the altar, exchanging vows with the woman he’s secretly been in love with for years.

But Cora finds out about the groom swap. The morning after the wedding. As if realizing she just slept with her fiancé’s brother isn’t disturbing enough, she’s forced to confront the feelings for Matt Adams she thought she’d buried years ago.

Through the course of her real honeymoon with her fake husband, she uncovers truths both Adams brothers were hoping to keep hidden, for opposite reasons. One to protect himself, the other to protect her.

She married the wrong brother, but what if he’s been the right one all along?

I’ve read about half of what Nicole Williams has written and I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve picked up.  Mister Wrong is no different.

Mister Wrong is a short (like really short.  Less than 200 pages short) story that is a cute second-chance type romance involving Cora and twin brothers, Jacob and Matt.  She grew up with the Adams brothers since she was six years old, and has been in love with one or the other (or both!) since she can remember.

The story starts and she finds herself at the alter with her fiance’ (and high school sweetheart) Jacob.  But what she doesn’t realize is that Jacob is a no-show and she’s really exchanging vows with Matt, the brother who has been madly, deeply, and secretively in love with her, always, and is pretending to be his brother so that her heart isn’t destroyed on her big day.  Purely unselfish reasons….  maybe.

They find themselves on the honeymoon, alcohol and hormones take over, and boy do they have a honeymoon.  Their chemistry is on point, ya’ll.

And then of course, it comes to light the Matt isn’t Jacob, and Jacob is on his way to claim his fiance’ back.

There’s drama.  There’s good angsty parts.  There’s wonderfully sexy parts.  Matt shows some good alpha moments, too.

Overall it was a really good, quick story.  There are parts that I didn’t love…  where the story got unrealistic enough I was like, “Come on you guysssss.  This would never, could never happen.”  And usually when things like this are in a story (yes, I know this is all fiction, but there are just some things that are eye-roll worthy) I usually DNF.  But with Mister Wrong, I didn’t really care too much.  Yes, I noticed it was maybe a wee bit ridiculous, but it fit the story, the characters, and Nicole Williams is a strong writer.

I think if the story was a bit longer, and Matt and Cora had time together, building their relationship for the reader to enjoy…   for us to see their love, and get to enjoy the journey of them figuring them out… I would have given it another star, totally.

Don’t let my few hesitations hang you up from picking up this book.  It was sweet and sexy story that I think most people will really enjoy!

 


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Review: Damage Control by Lisa Renee Jones & Giveaway!

Review:  Damage Control by Lisa Renee Jones & Giveaway!Damage Control by Lisa Renee Jones
Published by St. Martin's Griffin February 21, 2017
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 304
Format: ARC, Audio
Source: Copy for Honest Review, Purchased
Narrator: Grace Grant, Jeremy York
Also by this author: Hard Rules
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Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in Damage Control, the smoldering, scorching next novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series.

The only thing more dangerous than a dark secret is a damaged heart…

Shane Brandon has been pushed to the brink, torn between his corrupt family and his explosive, all-consuming desire for Emily Stevens, who he now knows is not who, and what, she seems. Has he trusted the wrong person? Will she, not his brother Derek, be the ultimate destruction of his family Empire?

Emily tries to run from Shane, but he will stop her, confront her, force her to reveal all — one hot touch and kiss at a time, under every intimate detail of who this woman is, and what she wants, is exposed. But as he tears away the dangers of the unknowns with the woman in his bed, and in his heart, The Martina Cartel has set their sights on his company, his family, and the one piece of leverage they believe he won’t gamble with: Emily.

The blurb is what got me to read book one, Hard Rules, in this series by Lisa Renee Jones:

“When Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy…”

There really isn’t a better way to describe these books.  Picture the chaotic, crazy mess and ever-constant web spinning of the Sons of Anarchy cast… but instead of dirty (but sexy) bikers, picture filthy rich (and equally as sexy) bajillionaires.

I absolutely loved book 1 (you can read my review here) and was so excited to get my hands on book 2, Damage Control.  But with my entire family dropping like flies with the flu, my life got a bit hectic and I was late starting my ARC and ended up buying the audiobook and switching back and forth from e-book to audio (I highly recommend the audiobook, I think the narrators are fabulous, by the way!)

Damage Control starts exactly where book one leaves off, with a giant freaking mess, more secrets than you can remember, and pretty much zero answers as well.  I seriously haven’t read a book with so many intricate details, and lies, and side plots going on at once… it’s incredible the web that Lisa Renee Jones spins in these books.  You never really know who is good, who is bad, what side someone is on, who is going down next, who is plotting what…  seriously!   I am good at figuring things out but good lord I leave each book wondering how the flaming fig newton someone can get out of these disasters unscathed.

Emily and Shane both have secrets and terrible families that are desperately trying to drag them down.  There’s international hacking groups, murder, a cartel, a billion dollar family business changing control, cancer… you name it.  It is all in there tearing everybody apart at every angle.

I felt like this story was a lot of figuring out Shane and Emily’s pasts and how they would conquer their future… if they even have one together.  A lot of the plots are intense and action-packed, but Shane and Emily handle it separate from each other.  Unlike book one where they are busy trying to handle their feelings, and the hiding of their relationship from co-workers and family members, in book 2 they’re together in the open.  The plot is more focused on the suspense, the mystery, the scandal.  The parts where Shane and Emily are actually together are when they’re home from work or bustin’ cartel booty… and naked.

I loved that their relationship was there in the very steamy background, and the story instead took on a very strong voice more based on plot than relationship, if that makes sense.  It’s such an amazing, mind-boggling storyline that I loved immersing myself in the wtf is happening, how can they fix this, omg what now?!    

Yes, they are still figuring out what “us” even means, and let me tell you…  *fans face*   Their “us” is sexy AF.  *fans face harder.*   Shane is the epitome of alpha male.  And Emily is just as strong, no matter how lost she is in life, that chick is one bad ass mamba-jamba!

I can’t recommend this series enough, and if you enjoy romantic suspense that’ll get your heart pounding (for multiple reasons) this series is a must click!


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About Lisa Renee Jones

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series.

In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin’s Press.


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Review: Sugar Daddies by Jade West

Review:  Sugar Daddies by Jade WestSugar Daddies by Jade West
July 7th 2016
Genres: Erotica, M/M Erotica
Pages: 442
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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A sugar daddy website doesn’t seem a sound basis for an A1 life plan, but I’m a small town girl with big dreams, and there’s this one advert, this one crazy advert I can’t stop thinking about…

Two hot guys seeking their Little Miss Right.
Someone who can entertain them, amuse them, fit in with their corporate schedule.
And sex. They want sex.
Lots of sex.
Bonus, right? One major dose of epic win.

Of course, guys like Carl and Rick have their conditions. One being that they come together, or not at all.
Hell, I can live with that.

And there are no skeletons in their designer closet, none that I can find.
Just two hot sugar daddies, with particular tastes, nothing to worry about.

Until Carl and Rick spill the big one, the one that sends the girls running. A whole string of them before me, running to the hills without so much as a backward glance.

Maybe I should run, too. Thanks but no thanks, see you around, guys, nice knowing you.
But I’m already in way too deep for that.

Warning – as with every other Jade West book, reader discretion is highly advised. This novel contains vivid depictions of MMF / MM relationships, and Jade’s characters, as always, have very filthy mouths. Mature readers only, please.

I have a confession. I’m a dirty, dirty bird. Like – I have this weird obsession with polyamory.  Menage relationships. Love stories that are so far from typical. I dig that shit. A lot. I’m pretty sure JA Huss’ 321 ruined me for all romances, because that book was H-O-T.

So, while I was perusing goodreads for my next erotic read, I found Sugar Daddies. That cover?  Helloooo!  So hot.  And the blurb?  Yuuup, instant one-click.  

The story follows Rick and Carl (hate those names, sorry, but I do) who are in a relationship with each other. They’re bi, and like women, but they LOVE each other.  Seriously, love each other.  Their love is freaking adorable and I believed every ounce of their attraction and protectiveness.  Rick is covered in tattoos, piercings and just overall a super happy, free-spirited dude.  Carl is a bit on the scary side – business orientated, no filter when he talks, very blunt, very sexy.  (Oh, and his peen is like the size of Florida.  Scary big. *wiggles eyebrows.*)  They’re a perfect match.

Then comes Katie. She’s a horse enthusiast who works shit jobs and all she wants out of life is to have enough money to own land and work with horses and kids.  That’s it.  Nothing fancy, just happy content-ness with her furry friends.  And that’s why she signs up with the Sugar Daddy website – to find herself a rich man to shower her in dolla bills and make her dreams come true.

But she comes across Rick and Carl and thinks, I totally want to do two dudes at once.  SCORE!

So they meet. They jive. They hook up.

They hook up even more.

And more.

And sooooo much more.

And here is where my star rating comes in. Because, weirdly enough, I loved the plot. A lot. The characters are so well written. I can see them perfectly, their personalities, their looks, everything.  I loved the story, the drama, the love that develops…all of it.

But I hated the sex.

Like, a lot. And for the sex in an erotica book to be meh is a bit of a let down. The dirty talk was a bit revolting, to be perfectly honest, and incredibly unrealistic. To me. It was kind of gross and my nose would curl up a bit and I ended up just sliding the pages until the muff bumping was done and it went back to the actual story.

How lame am I?

So, anyway, I loved the story.  I just kind of despised the parts where they were naked.  But I’m glad I kept going because the plot was bomb and I really loved the ending.  It made my heart all fluttery and shit.


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Audiobook Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Audiobook Review:  Ugly Love by Colleen HooverUgly Love by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria Books August 5th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 337
Format: Audio
Source: Purchased
Narrator: Deacon Lee, Grace Grant
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When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

This book.

Eff me, this book.

It’s been days, maybe even weeks, since I finished and my stomach still hurts when I think about it.  

I’m not sure why I started it.  I’m a huge fan of Colleen Hoover as a person (I mean, come on.  She’s hilarious.  Freakishly giving.  Her family is adorkable.  She’s just…the best.)   And then with her books I’m hit or miss.  Half of them are 5+ stars and destroy me, or I DNF them.  There’s no in between.  I didn’t plan to read this book, but somehow it was on my audiobook purchased list (no idea how) so I just said, “fuck it,” and started it.

The narrators kind of bothered me at first.  I wasn’t diggin’ the male voice at the beginning, and the chick sounded like a less annoying Miley Cyrus.  I almost switched to ebook version at one point… but before I knew it, the story had sucked me in and the voices just seemed right.

Anyway, Ugly Love follows two main characters.  Tate, the female, is in present tense.  Miles, the male character, in the past.   While we listen to Tate’s life in the now, her story with Miles in the now, we hear about Miles’ past from him.  So while their relationship seems like a disastrous hot mess, we’re given these little pieces of Mile’s past and it all starts to make sense why he is the way he is.

I connected to Miles on such a personal level.  What he goes through, what he felt…I’ve been there.  I’ve felt that.  I won’t say what, because it’s a huge spoiler, but Miles is… perfection.  Yes, he’s a fucking asshole as an adult.  But Miles as a teenage is EVERYTHING.  Everything.  Seriously.  Young Miles is the epitome of perfection, and I loved him.  I rooted for him, all while I knew it wasn’t going to end well because I could see what he was like as an adult.  An asshole.  Jaded.  Mean.  Stand-offish.  Broken.  Miles as an adult is fucking broken in so many pieces you can’t even imagine all those jagged edges finding their match and him being whole again.

And that killed me.  To know he was that fucked up.  And that adorable, perfect, hopeful young Miles was going to be destroyed in a terrible, awful way.

Miles and Tate are pretty much fuck buddies.  All sex, no feelings.  Don’t ask about each other’s pasts, don’t expect a future, just enjoy the now when it happens.

That’s obviously a disaster waiting to happen.

Anyway, I don’t know how else to describe this book without giving things away. But I can tell you it made me feel everything. I felt a ton of joy.  And I felt even more heartbreak.  My black, evil little heart fucking broke so hard at one point I was a sobbing, snotty mess.  Seriously, I cried my fucking eyes out.  The pain I felt was visceral and it destroyed me.

Colleen Hoover is a fucking genius, and this book is 5+ stars on my scale.  I loved it.  I loved all the ugly parts and all the beautiful ones.  

 

 


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Audiobook Review: Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

Audiobook Review:  Love, Rosie by Cecelia AhernLove, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
Published by Hachette Books November 1st, 2004
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 512
Format: Audio
Source: Purchased
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From the bestselling author of PS, I Love You comes a delightfully enchanting novel about what happens when two people who are meant to be together just can't seem to get it right.

Rosie and Alex are destined for one another, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, their relationship gets closer by the day, until Alex gets the news that his family is leaving Dublin and moving to Boston. At 17, Rosie and Alex have just started to see each other in a more romantic light. Devastated, the two make plans for Rosie to apply to colleges in the U.S.

She gets into Boston University, Alex gets into Harvard, and everything is falling into place, when on the eve of her departure, Rosie gets news that will change their lives forever: She's pregnant by a boy she'd gone out with while on the rebound from Alex.

Her dreams for college, Alex, and a glamorous career dashed, Rosie stays in Dublin to become a single mother, while Alex pursues a medical career and a new love in Boston. But destiny is a funny thing, and in this novel, structured as a series of clever e-mails, letters, notes, and a trail of missed opportunities, Alex and Rosie find out that fate isn't done with them yet.

I’m going to start by saying I am definitely torn with how I feel about this book.  I listened to it, which was a total pleasure since it’s narrated by an Irish lassie and her accent is absolutely delectable.  The main characters are Irish and the book setting is mainly in Ireland and Boston.  So, listening to the verbiage in an Irish accent made my stomach all happy and content.

The book focuses on two main characters, Rosie and Alex.  It’s told entirely in letters, instant messages, emails, etc…. which is kind of fun and refreshing.   Alex and Rosie are BFFs since toddler age, and the story starts with them as wee bairns, talking about birthday parties and such.  It follows them through middle school, first girlfriends/boyfriends, first kisses, high school, college… then twenties.  Thirties.  Fourties.  FIFTIES.  Like… sweet Jesus.  Talk about a life story.

There are a TON of side characters.  Lots of side stories.  I loved it all.  All the characters are quirky and weird and interesting, and its really fun to see what happens through different eyes and opinions.

Anywho – Rosie and Alex.  Definitely destined to be together, eh?  And I would totally label this as a second-chance romance.  But let me tell you something important… it’s a fekkin’ journey to get to the HEA.  Yes, there is one, and at times you’re going to be SO FREAKING frustrated with the story and what happens that you’ll want to DNF.  Multiple times.  It’s a long damn story and it’s not all hearts and rainbows.  It’s actually kind of exhausting.

BUT, if you stick with it… if you decide to tough it out, enjoy the quirky little characters and what happens to them, you’ll finish the book in satisfactory condition.  Kind of.

Gah, I know this is the hottest mess of a review – but I can’t help it.  I loved the story.  But I kinda hated it, too.

I guess it’s been published under different titles, and it’s a movie, too – so I’m definitely going to check out the movie.  The guy that plays Alex is the dude who’s in Me Before You, plus this author wrote P.S. I Love You.   So….  watching the movie is sooo happening.  I’m interested to see how the book translates to film, because this plot would be hard to execute.

Anyway, cute story.  At times it was a five star listen, and at times I wanted to throw my phone out the car window… so I’m averaging this bad boy at 3 happy little Irish stars.   🙂


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Review: The Return of Rafe MacKade by Nora Roberts

Review: The Return of Rafe MacKade by Nora RobertsThe Return Of Rafe MacKade by Nora Roberts
April 1, 1995
Genres: Romance
Pages: 251
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Ten years after disappearing from Antietam, Maryland, the bad boy has returned. Cleaned up and successful now--and still dangerously good-looking--Rafe MacKade sets the town on fire, and tongues wagging.

Lovely newcomer Regan Jones is intrigued--what kind of man could cause this sort of talk? She's just about to find out....

Nora Roberts and I have a history.  A long history of torn covers and hidden novels.  She pretty much started my romance reading journey, changing me from a sci-fi nerd to tearing off romance novel covers so my Daddy wouldn’t find the books and kill my young, perverted ass.  

I have read so many of her books, I’m like a walking NR encyclopedia.  I’d find them at garage sales and buy anything with her name of them.  

But… it’s been years since I’ve read something from her.  Years.   And I randomly came across The Return Of Rafe MacKade, so I jumped on it.   Because… why not?  Not many authors can write male characters like my girl Nora.  And when the universe tells me to buy a book, I usually listen.  

The story revolves around two characters, Rafe and Regan.  Rafe is one of four brothers, known around their small town and no-good bad boys.  Their momma died when they were young, and their Dad did what he could to keep the farm above water.  The boys were always getting arrested, fighting at bars, stealing cars, you name it.  No one expected any of them to mount to anything, and never did they.

After Rafe’s dad dies, he decides he’s done with the small town life, the spiderweb of gossip, and he needs a place where he isn’t one of the MacKade boys.   He packs up and…disappears.

Fast forward a decade and Regan finds herself getting away from the fancy silver spoon life, the big city, and fat bank accounts of her parents… and settling in a teeny town.  She sells antiques and decorates houses, lives a simple life, and relies on no one but herself.   Then one day she hears talk of the infamous Rafe MacKade coming home to his brothers (which are now a lawyer, a farmer, and the town Sheriff.)  

Rafe buys this creepy, haunted house and needs help decorating it with the correct period pieces.  They meet.  Sparks fly.  Clothes come off.  They have a business and personal relationship, and they’re the talk of town.  Good, sweet Regan is shacking up with bad boy Rafe…whodathunkit?

The story has some danger, so ghostly encounters, lots of caveman tactics, and hot (and a bit flowery) sex scenes.  The MacKade brothers are freaking awesome – full of punching, laughing, alpha maleness that you seriously can’t get enough of.  It’s a very typical Nora Roberts story, but fuck me, I loved it.  The characters were fascinating, and you finish this book wanting to read the next three back to back just so you can get more of these delicious brothers.

So, yes, all four are now sitting on my Kindle and I’ll be binging on a childhood favorite author the next couple days, and maybe revisiting some of my old favorites.  (Speaking of, do you have any Nora Roberts favorites?  I love all of her Ireland series, especially the band family one.  Or, the lighthouse witch series.  The boat building brothers series… God, I could go on and on.  Let me know if there’s a series I should check out!)

About Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.

She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”


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