At one level this is a simple romance story between Addie—who thinks she’s fat, and Brad—a big brooding ex-marine, domestic discipline advocate, and now a chiropractor. Hint, read the pun in the title. At a second level, it follows Addie’s passion for her work. She’s a social worker and supervises parental visits to foster children and reports to court on the parent’s progress. Unfortunately, Addie does get attached to the children…and one, Lindsey, she worries about as her father, Whitehall, appears false in his behavior. She can’t put her finger on what exactly she doesn’t like.
Don’t be put off by the apparent disconnect between the Prologue and Chapter one. All will become clear in a few chapters, and the story is worth the effort. The romance between Brad and Addie progresses … with plenty of spanking. Addie relishes the role of submissive to Brad’s dominance. The sex is definitely blush worthy, but don’t read this book solely if you’re looking for hard dominance or explicit sexual situations. The underlying story is about Whitehall and his daughter Lindsey. Addie is convinced Lindsey should not be returned to her father, but there is no proof. The mother is missing and Addie worries Whitehall is responsible. Did he murder his wife? Brad has an old marine buddy in the police force. They discover ...
No spoilers in this review, it does have the happy-for-now romance ending and the prologue is fully explained.
I enjoyed the story, and Adjusting Addie is definitely a recommended read.
Ticket to Hide
When punishment and class segregation are the law, no cop can write a ticket to freedom; not even his own. Short months before earning his Ticket of Leave, Constable Joel Agnew has dreams of working as a free man once and for all. In the penal colony of Van Deimen's Land, his prospects and aspirations don't go as high as finding love and romance until he crosses paths with fellow indentured servant Tilly Marsden. Though equally attracted to Joel, Tilly harbors a secret that could have both their passes to freedom permanently revoked.
It was such a nice change to have a historical romance set in someplace unexpected...in this case Van Diemen's land, aka Tasmania. Who would have thought of that? While the culture and living conditions of these early colonists/convicts is grim, the author notes the comparative beauty and freshness of an untamed island environment to the alternative of a rotting London dungeon. Despite cruelty and hardships, Tilly and Joel can still dream of the future and a life together, unless a certain amoral officer ruins everything first.
The Crime and Punishment aspect of the story is both bizarre and quaint, particularly when it comes to Joel's administration of punishment to the helpless Tilly. Stranger still is Tilly's (and the general population of the time) acceptance of such indecent acts as normal, inevitable, and eventually...arousing. It may be old as sin, but sometimes being bad can feel really good, even in the modern world.
Read Her Convict Constable and take your punishment!
No Pain, No Gain
In 11th century Britain, disobedience can mean pain...or pleasure; it depends on your point of view. From a young Scottish girl's vantage point, it's both. Courted by the brother of her cousin's husband, Heather Ingen can't resist the huge and handsome Norman knight Theo Charbonneau. But Theo can't resist doling out punishment for Heather's occasionally errant ways, in the form of painful but arousing spankings.
Research aside, one may never know exactly how ancient peoples interacted sexually or otherwise; however, beatings administered by husbands to their wives seems a documented fact. In young Heather's case she appears to invite, and eventually enjoy, Theo's spankings by constantly doing what she's expressly told not to. Though the spanking frequency seems a tad gratuitous, the arousal factor brooks no argument. The sensual descriptions are as hot as Heather's poor tortured bottom!
A quick read, the author manages to weave historical facts and events into a story that is really more about sex and possessions rather than plot, but attention to details such as medieval English expressions of speech give it a delightful authenticity that is fun to read.
Recommendation: enjoy with a jar of soothing gel or lotion nearby!
Molly and Max have a complicated history. Molly’s an ex addict who’s being release from prison and Max is the cop that’s determined to help her. Neither of them expect such an intense romance that may just save them both.
Max is the real star of this story. He does all he could to help Molly as the guilt lay heavily on his shoulders. I also love me some hot cops. He has a dominant streak that is totally sexy. Molly is a bit of a miss for me. I know she’s had it rough and she’s trying to do the right thing but I don’t feel that much chemistry between the two. As the story plays out, Molly tries to fend off some dangerous characters, stay clean and figure out this thing with Max. I do feel like there are a lot of questions and issue that came up that the author never solved. Some scenes are full of intensity and other sort of a fizzle. This is an interesting story with a great plot and I’m definitely going to check out more from this author.