Theirs (The Bears bk. 1) by Hazel Gower
Genre: paranormal ménage
Length: novel (115 pgs.)
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Ratings: 4 Stars - A Recommended Read.
Heat: 3 Handcuffs - Blush Worthy.
Susie is a larger girl and after fighting to not gain another pants size, she decides to join a nearby gym and get some personal training to try to lose some weight. What she finds when she walks into Healthy Bodies is certainly more than she intended - not one, but two bear shifters that immediately declare she is their True Mate. Both Brian and Blake Bear have chosen to wait to find their True Mate, rather than mating with another bear shifter just to have children. These brothers have not even lived together in years, so to discover that they share a mate shocks them as much as it does Susie.
This book is funny - Susie keeps trying to run away from her domineering, dominating mates, but they
keep luring her back in. Blake and Brian both have their own pasts to deal with, a mother that tries to boss everyone around, and now a mate with insecurity issues. Brian, especially, often has a serious case of "foot-in-mouth" syndrome.
Overall, it is a cute read that could have stood another round of edits in a few spots but did not take away from my enjoyment of the story and set up well for a story about Susie's friend and the Bear Brothers' cousins.
Gustav's Gargoyle Adventure By, Charlie Richards
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Gay Romance, Shifters
TBR Reviewer: Luta Wolf
Rating: 4 Stars - A Recommended Read.
Heat: 4 Handcuffs - An Erotic Ride.
Sometimes it just takes time and gentle hands to heal a wounded soul. Having someone else to lean on helps a lot too. Gustav is doing just that, surviving and licking his wounds, and he’s doing a pretty good job at it with the help of a variety of shifter friends. When he catches the scent of his mate he finds it’s even easier to heal when you have someone who is always there for you.
This is a sweet well-written book about some unlikely shifters getting together and a whole bunch of clutching your stomach humor along the way. There is no angst to the plot but nor is there any villains.
I love Gustav, he’s a gentle giant all the way around. He might have been a victim of abuse but he is shown as realistically handling things and not as a victim but as a survivor. He’s quirks in the book are relatable but emphasized to give added humor, which easily kept a smile on my face throughout the
telling. I love the whole adopted primacy of Tible. It added extra oomph and humor to the story. I wish it had been expanded just a bit more to help round out some of the questions I had as far as how they knew so much about gargoyles and yet didn’t know some important gargoyle information that arises in the book.
I loved the simplistic fun of this book. I enjoyed it from start to finish. There could have been more expansion on certain parts seeing as this wasn’t plot laden, it really needed a little more meat in sections. However, it’s still a really good read that I absolutely recommend to those that need a nice hot
chocolate read once in awhile.
Purely Relative (The P.U.R.E. 1.5) by Claire Gillian
Genre: contemporary romance, humor
Length: novella (88 pgs)
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Rating: 5 stars - A Must Read.
Heat: 4 Handcuffs - An Erotic Ride.
When we last saw the hero and heroine of The P.U.R.E., Gayle had lost her job by becoming a whistle blower and running around solving a mystery with Jon, her undercover FBI agent turned boyfriend. Unemployed and far from family, Gayle agrees to go to Thanksgiving dinner at Jon's home, never dreaming how much drama would be involved.
Imagine all the worst, craziest holidays you've endured, roll them all into one, and multiply by ten. Now you have an idea of the craziness that is this story! From having dinner with Jon's ex-fiancée's parents to watching both Jon's siblings' relationships implode, Gayle finds this
to be an unusual holiday. On top of all this comes the comedic angst of Gayle's unemployment and Jon's future with the FBI.
This sequel is a comedic glimpse into Gayle and Jon's future after Anderson-Blakely and is a great reunion with a wonderful romantic duo. I also enjoyed all their family members.
Ms. Gillian's writing is fresh and enjoyable, both funny and angst-filled in turns without being over the top. I highly recommend this book to those who have read the first one (and the first one to those who have not).
Code Red by Amy Noelle
Genre - Romantic Comedy
Length - Novel
TBR Reviewer - Daniella
Rating: 3 Stars - It was a good read.
Heat: 3 handcuffs - Blush worthy.
After being hurt by a bad romance in college, Nicole has sworn to never have her heart broken again by a man. She and her group of friends created Code Red, meaning if one of them meets a good-looking guy with the potential to break their hearts, they call the code and everyone comes to the rescue.
A few years later, Nicole has created a structured life for herself, with a good job, close contact with her best friends and her two cats. Most of her friends have succumbed to their last Code Reds, but Nicole is still single and happy with that. That is until Joshua Daniels is transferred to Nicole´s office and assigned to work with her on a special project. Joshua is everything Nicole doesn´t want to let herself fall for. When Nicole calls the Code Red, her friends don´t really seem to want to save her this time and Joshua seems determined to show her that Code Red isn´t needed at all.
The story is a romantic comedy, with a great male lead and funny banter between the characters. I picked this book, because I wanted just that. The book is very well written, with well developed character and while I did enjoy large parts of the book, the story as a whole didn´t do it for me. I think the big part of this was Nicole. She came through as very immature, who constantly pestered her friends with whiny texts and e-mails, and it felt like she couldn´t take a step in any direction without fretting about it and going through everything in detail with her friends. Joshua was great though, a really good guy and a gentleman. He won´t run away when Nicole tries to push him away, but at the same time he won't just give in to her,
without her opening up and letting him in to her life. I also loved the little side story of Jen and Ryan. Jen had really been hurt badly and deserved a good guy.
This is a lighthearted, fun book.
I Hear Voices by Gail Koger
Genre: paranormal romance; romantic suspense; humor
Length: novel (200 pgs.)
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read.
Heat: 4 handcuffs - An erotic ride.
This story takes the reader on a rollicking ride through the life of Zelda Dragos, a psychic who comes from a family of thieves as well as demon-slayers. After running from the evil side of her family, Zelda took a job as a telephone psychic, but with the downturn in the economy, she is now unemployed, broke, and about to be evicted when she decides to go on a treasure hunt for Montezuma's gold. She has no idea what she is in for as she goes up against Derek Sloan, who found the medallion they both hope will lead to the treasure.
This book is filled with over-blown, larger than life, flamboyant characters and situations. The various Dragos relatives on both the "good" and bad sides of the family are hysterical, especially Zelda's dead grandmother that is both training her to be a demon slayer and matchmaking! Derek has plenty of his own secrets, and as the two are thrown together repeatedly, his seem to balance out hers. Zelda is a trouble magnet and spends most of the book trying to fight away from being a pawn in the games being played; she wants to be her
own player, independent, etc., but finally faces her own shortcomings.
Be prepared for evil ghosts, demons,a virgin sacrifice, sarcasm, and a heroine with a love of Godiva chocolate. (One of my favorites scenes contains a whole new meaning to the phrase "Death by Chocolate!".) This romp of a story has a bit of a Indiana Jones meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer feel to it and balances the dangerous situations well with humor.
Title: Fifty Shades Of Alice In Wonderland by Melinda DuChamp
Alice is an eighteen year old in love with her boyfriend, Lewis. But Lewis is awful at sex. Terrible in fact. To the point that Alice has never once experienced orgasm. In a bid to set things right, Lewis buys her a White Rabbit Vibrator which he presents to her during a picnic in the woods. But after a quick fumble and an even quicker release which sees Lewis promptly falling asleep, Alice is distraught when the vibrator takes on a life of its own and
escapes down a rabbit hole. Determined to retrieve her gift, Alice follows and finds herself quickly trapped in a naughty version of Wonderland where its inhabitants proceed to tease, tantalize and torment her in a bid to teach her everything she has missed!
This is a story DEFINITELY not for kids! Always amusing, often alarming and, at times, highly arousing, this is a very clever novel that successfully parody's Lewis Carroll’s famous classic whilst still managing to contain a heady dose of eroticism. Obviously released to coincide and cash-in on the success of the popular 50 Shades Of Grey books, this nonetheless manages to stand out in its own right as a really good read though it is definitely fair to say that this is NOT for the faint of heart OR the prudish!
This book is also very, very funny! It has been written very tongue-in-cheek and some of the witty asides offered up by some of the characters (all too aware that they are trapped in a parody) help to break up the highly pornographic and extensively detailed sexual scenes that make up the majority of this book. Is it a turn-on? Yes. But it is also delightfully wicked in the way that it pokes fun at the genre at the same time as managing to successfully satire a very popular children's classic in a manner that would no doubt have Lewis Carroll spinning and begging to be dug up!
I loved this and the news that a sequel is in the works (Fifty Shades of Through The Looking Glass) only delights me more! It really is a lot of very adult, naughty erotic fun and if you are looking for something very, very different from anything else you might have read then this is definitely for you!
Fifty Shades of Alice in Wonderland is deliciously naughty with scenes of bondage, submission and degradation as Alice is taken to the very edges of sexual desire and awakening.
Humor - novel
TBR Reviewer: Kim
This is the story of the parish of Ceanngoorley and it's highly irreverent parish priest, Father Fergus O'Hoora. When one of the parishioners wins the Lottery and claims the Statue of our Lady gave him the numbers, he sets off a chain of events that noone could have foreseen. Thwarted by a vengeful bishop, and an American tourist bent on finding his roots, Father O'Hoora has a hilarious riot on his hands.
Despite the horrible cover, this was laugh out loud funny from the get go. The cast of characters played on the stereotype of being ever so slightly thick Irishmen and portrayed the clergy to be drunken adulterers. The story itself was loosely based around the Lottery win and the so-called miracle, but even that seemed to play second fiddle to the hilarious goings on in the background. I would advise you not to read this in public unless you like funny looks being shot in your direction.
I understand this is the author's debut novel. If this is the standard set, I for one cannot wait until the next one. Highly recommended!
"CEANNGOORLEY LOTTO MIRACLE", was the front page headline on the first newspaper O'Hoora picked up on Monday morning. He was in his study by eight AM. His first phone call was from Bishop St. Patrick.
"Father O'Hoora, where were you last night?" he demanded.
If only you knew, thought O'Hoora, remembering Sisters Inga and Eileen and the best six hundred pounds of parish funds he had spent in a very long time.
"Attending to some urgent business," he replied. "What can I do for you on this glorious summer morning, your Grace?"
"What's this nonsense about a lottery miracle? Your parish is all over the front pages of every newspaper in the country, except the Daily Lord."
"What's on their front page?"
"NOAH'S ARK FOUND ON THE MOON. But never mind that. You must put a stop to this foolishness, at once. That drunken imbecile, whom I'm informed is not even a regular churchgoer, has turned Ceanngoorley into a circus. Even as I speak, there are probably newspaper hacks, television crews and all manner of undesirables beating a path to the village, intent on exploiting an innocent statue for every ounce of publicity they can milk from it."
"I should hope so," said O'Hoora.
"What!" exploded the Bishop. "May God forgive you, Father O'Hoora. That drunk was playing a childish joke. If the statue of our Blessed Virgin did see fit to move, it would not be to aid and abet an enterprise of gambling, a vice of which God and I both strongly disapprove."
O'Hoora sighed patiently. "Listen, your Grace. Whether or not Jimmy O'Jaysus was telling the truth is irrelevant. As far as the general public is concerned, a miracle has occurred. By this afternoon, Ceanngoorley will be like Vatican City on Easter Sunday. We'll be on news bulletins from here to the darkest recesses of Africa. Think of all that publicity. All those pilgrims clutching rosary beads and lottery tickets. All that money."
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Contemporary, Chick Lit - novel
TBR Reviewer: Luta Wolf
Kevin Smith is chilling with the guys on vacation talking smack about how cool it would be to have seven wives to fix up his house, never realizing it will come back to bite him, hard. When he saves a bag woman from a masked man and is granted one wish, he must find out the hard way to be careful what you wish for. Can one man make it work with seven wives or will Kevin find the true value of one woman?
This plot is pretty unique and a bit on the daring side, enough so that it completely intrigued me and I couldn’t put the book down. I had to know which way the author with go with this. While the pace of the book is pretty slow to begin with when it picks up it becomes more than entertaining and completely hysterical. There is a bit of a Dumb and Dumber sense of humor in the book that has you covering your face with your hands and going “ Oh Gawd Kevin!”
Despite Kevin being a bit of a typical 'smack upside the head' male, you can’t help but sympathize with him. I mean seven women all on their monthly and one lone man. Yet even though you might find yourself sympathizing there is still a part of you that can’t help but feel slightly vindicated as we watch Kevin get his. As his character grows and develops there an even deeper sense of connection and vindication all though in an all together better way.
There are some editing issues that threw me out of the book but still I have to recommend it. If I had to compare it to anything I’d lean towards What Women Want. That chick Lit that inspires, brings forth emotion, a little romance, and humor that’s sure to leave you rolling on the floor.