Richard is the sheriff of Hope, Arizona. He meets his friends brother Todd, who instantly attracts him. Richard thinks Todd is too young and immature for him so they break up. Unforeseen circumstances push them together and Richard must now figure out if he should give in or move on.
I love small town stories. They’re so sweet and beautiful. Todd is young and inexperienced. Richard takes over his life but then there’s a case of miscommunication and he’s out of Todd’s life. Todd is left dangling, unsure where to go from there. When he gets his second chance he’s determined not to screw it up. Todd is okay. I didn’t really love him, maybe because in my eyes, him sleeping with other guys while with Richard is cheating. I mean, I understand that there was a miscommunication but … anyway that’s how I feel. Plus, he has a bit of a doormat thing going on. Not so sexy. Richard gets points for dealing with that but he is no saint. I don’t like the way he looks down on Todd and treats him. As the story progresses, things do work themselves out and the characters do grow. By the end of the book I found myself unable to put the book down because I really want to read about their happy ending.
I love Cardeno C. books and although this isn’t my favorite, it’s still a really enjoyable read.
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Sheriff Will Jacoby is thirty years old. He’s straight, or so he thinks and has never met Miss Right. Not even close to one. So why is he reacting and thinking lusty thoughts about Brannon, the kid living in his complex? Brannon’s been lusting after his older neighbor for quite some time. He’s why Brannon wants to be a cop. Will denies what he’s feeling and pushes Brannon away. A tragedy pushes Brannon back into Will’s life and he’s tired of fighting how he feels.
This is a nicely written but very short story. Because it’s so short the plot is very condensed, so it does lack some depth to it, but it is a complete and very easy to read book. Except for the tragedy that sends Brannon back into Will’s life, it’s a fun little story that I enjoyed. It is book three in a series, but it can be read as a stand alone. The cover is hot and so is this book.
One More Time is a recommended read!
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At twenty three, Harry is young. Very young to be running his own handyman business. So when he gets the offer to work at one of his artistic idol’s home, he jumps at the chance. Rufus is a well known and loved artist. He’s also twelve years Harry’s senior. And where Rufus is bisexual, Harry is as straight as they come. Or at least that’s what Harry has always thought. So what is it about Rufus that has Harry’s libido perking up?
Both of the characters in this story are well formed and the story is well written. It is fun watching both Rufus and Harry’s approach to first friendship then love. I love watching Harry as he gave real thought to being with a man for the first time. Then there is Rufus as he goes back and forth about giving up his self imposed no relationship status. I love how the author used the gentle back and forth between these two as they felt each other out about their sexual preference, needs and wants. I give this 4 stars because while it’s a sweet, gentle yet hot read, it doesn’t have the emotional impact. Also for those who must have a HEA, this story has more of a HFN with the HEA implied.
Handy Harry is a recommended read!
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Freya’s father passes away, leaving her to live with her stepmonster Meghan, who quickly remarries. The book begins with Freya at 15 living with Meghan and her new spouse, Elijah. Time passes and Freya graduates and is getting ready to be off to College. Freya returns home, having graduated from nursing school. She thinks of Elijah often yet hasn’t had any contact with him since she left. The closer she gets to home, the more she thinks of him and the more intimate her thoughts become, much to her surprise. Elijah has been busy over the past four years becoming extremely successful in business. He is still single after divorcing Meghan but finds himself thinking of Freya more frequently and intimately. They run into one another in the store and the romance is on!
I really, really liked this book. There was a fantastic villain who was supremely hate-able. The hero and heroine are a pair that I totally wanted to have their very happy ending. The author wrote in tons of emotions to go with the actions on each page so I really felt right along with them, especially Freya. I mean, at the ages and stages she is going through this, I am sure she would be full to the brink with emotions. I know some consider this subject matter to be taboo but I don’t. I loved how they laid that to rest in their dealing with Meghan.
Touch Me by Jenika Snow is a must read!
Upon inheriting her Grandmother's home, Danielle realizes that in three months she has to get this beat-down house put together and ready to live. It's more than she can handle alone. She is going to need some strong muscles, preferably some experience and a little bit of luck on her side to pull it off. Enter all three in the form of her bestie's brother, Ryan. He is a carpenter, his longtime girlfriend just dumped him (how's that for luck?) and he is *psssssssst* sizzling hot! Who in the heck cares if he is eight years younger than her? Certainly not the two of them. Before you know it they are rebuilding the house by day and testing out all of the different counter tops, bath tubs, sleeping areas and more for rigorous strength and stamina, ahem, if you know what I mean. *snicker*
This story was not at all what I expected based solely on the cover. I thought it would be your basic Contemporary Romance. Ha! There is so much more to this story than anything average! Snark and fabulous wit abound. The various and sundry characters are too fun in this book. They each seem to have a complete story themselves just begging to be told so I'm praying for a series. I can see Chubbs with his cat and of course Maeve then there'd have to be one on Niall. Oh and don't forget Ms.Rancourt. I can see it now. I'd be laughing so hard I'd need Kleenex. And while this was a majorly hot and steamy book, somehow the snark tempered it just enough that it was perfect for me. I hope those that read it enjoy it as much or more than I did!
What woman would secretly desire a hot, young stud in her bed and in her life? Not Kay, a 42 year old business lecturer from Oxford, England. Widowed and finally ready to think about love again, she meets American entrepreneur Sullivan Cole online. Over the course of their year-long internet relationship, he seems to be just the age-appropriate man to fulfill all of Kay’s hopes, dreams and desires for the future. But when they meet for the first time on a sailing holiday in Greece, Kay can’t believe her eyes, nor dismiss her feelings of betrayal upon discovering that Sullivan is 12 years her junior.
I chose this book for its topic matter, as research has revealed the older woman-younger man scenario to be more common than is generally known. I wanted to see how Ms Harlem and her characters handled that subject, in addition to the pitfalls of online dating. I love how Kay is in some ways old-fashioned in her reverence and respect for her late husband, tragically taken from her in a car accident some years earlier. It does take time to let go of the past and accept the idea of a new partner. On the flipside, she indulges in some pretty naughty talk with her unknown new love, indicating she is neither a prude nor inexperienced in sexual matters. Having been ‘off the market’ for a long time, it’s understandable that she’s a bit naïve and easily swept away by Sullivan’s intense sexual attention and takes him at his word.
Both characters are believable, as younger men do seek out older women for their stability, calmness and no-nonsense manner. While we get detailed descriptions of Sullivan’s appearance, we don’t know the color of Kay’s hair or her eyes. It occurs to me when beginning this review that she does not even have a last name! I would expect the characterization of the heroine to go quite a bit deeper than that.
Told in Kay’s point-of-view, her descriptions of how her body feels and what she experiences with Sullivan ring true however, and cause a blush or two on the part of the reader. (Although if "a shiver of desire" was going to run through her one more time I was considering a yawn). Her reluctance and even anger with him at the beginning of the story is plausible; traveling a long distance toward what she thought would be a new beginning, only to discover a ‘boy’ with whom a long-term relationship would be doomed to failure, might indeed be frustrating and even embarrassing. But it does seem to be the only conflict in the story, and after taking up more than half of the book, the theme gets tiresome. If he were unattractive that would be cause for upset. But of course, Sullivan is gorgeous….so for heaven’s sake sister, just go with it already!
Overall, ‘Toy Boy’ is a lighthearted and enjoyable read. The descriptions of scenery, color, flavor and fragrance are vivid and satisfying. If anyone needs further proof that ‘life is short’ and you should take the good things it offers you, read ‘Toy Boy’!!
Alex played a roll for the motorcycle club in the Skulls that many didn’t understand. He didn’t dress like a brother or wear the cut, but he did a lot of the dirty work behind the scenes. When he and a female he had “bought” are harmed by a long forgotten enemy. It is up to Alex to find the man responsible. In the meantime will Alex find love with Sunshine or will his whole world including the club, fall apart?
I really loved this book. I’m not typically a huge follower of motorcycle club series’ however this story was wonderfully written. I really enjoyed the way that Sunshine, while a virgin initially, became very confident in her role in Alex’s life and a force to be reckoned with. I also loved that she had a definitive part in the happily ever after. The sex in this book was HOT and Alex made no mistake in claiming Sunshine in every way possible. She in return claimed his emotions and his heart. An unusual but refreshing spin to this story was the realistic relationships of the supporting characters. Some are dealing with infidelities, infertility, insecurities, and all the other real life things that can make relationships a challenge. The love of family was a strong theme and this really made a difference. The violence was not over the top and the biker language was not overly-done either.
I highly recommend this author!
Title: Man Candy
Author: Jewel Quinlan
Genre: Erotic, May/December
TBR Reviewer: Bella Star
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read
Heat: 2/5 - Flirty
Ava has turned forty and is still single. She’s tired of the same pool of men that aren’t her type. But to her surprise a younger man in her running group may just change that. I loved Ava. She was confident but still unsure of herself with Cole, until she took the reigns. I love, love, love the dialouge during sex. The promotion lines were hilarious. This author knows how to write by pulling the reader in with a great plot and engaging characters. And this is a short story she managed to grab me with!
Then we come to the ending, or as I like to call it, the downfall. There was no ending. It was getting to know the characters, hot sex and then she falls asleep unsure of what to do next. It was like half a book which gets me so angry. Thus three stars. I want to read more by this author, she has real talent but only if it’s a full story next time. Beginning, middle and ending.