The story starts in a courtroom, Randy, a key undercover cop, who helped bring a human trafficker to justice is there and one of the male prostitutes, Jesse, who turned state evidence. After the sentencing, they both try to carry on with their lives—Randy works in vice. Jesse goes back to the only job he knows, working Johns. The story slowly builds…Randy questions his own sexuality and with the advice of a gay neighbor, finally accepts he has feelings for his own sex and one in particular…Jesse. Jesse always fancied Randy, but a vice cop and a hooker is not on the cards. Because of the court case publicity, his family disowns him, forcing him to live hand-to-mouth and sleeping on friend’s couches. Can they find any kind of happy ending together?
I enjoyed how the author pulled me into this relationship. If you want hard sex, you have to wait. When you get to that part, it leaves nothing to the imagination. Yum! The story still drove me to read more. Jesse’s feelings for Randy force him to run. Randy is forced to confront his true self and hunts him down…as a good cop should…leading to a happy-for-now ending. For me, this is a recommended romance read. The characters are well developed complete with insecurities and believable depth. You're sucked in and end up rooting for both of them…an enjoyable story.
The story is a simple boy meets girl plot, except the girl is a fairy—complete with wings--who despises humans. The story flips between Aisling and Daniel’s perspectives. Aisling and her sister, Lena, are in Massachusetts from Ireland to arrange the return of a beer shipment as it contained a love potion allowing you to discover your true love. The visit takes longer than expected due to customs issues, so they’re working the bar to help out Dirv, the leprechaun owner. Aisling fancied Daniel as soon as they met…but he’s a human! Dirv steps in to help kick-start the romance by getting both Daniel and Aisling to drink the love potion contaminated beer.
This is a fun quickie and a great pick-me-up. I enjoyed it, plus the sex scenes will get you going…it’s not quite a one-hand-read. Sparks fly. All good romances can’t be plain sailing, so first Aisling has cold feet…it’s only the potion, then Daniel…she despises humans, how could she love me? Don’t want to spoil the plot…but it is a happy-ever-after ending. The sex is arousing and erotic at the same time. The combination worked for me. As I said early, it’s a quick read.
Definitely a recommended read, and I’ll keep watch for more stories by Ayla Ruse.
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.
Emery keeps meeting a man with wings and dying in weird ways. But he won’t stay dead, which for the junior reaper is a problem. The reaper’s boss, Administrator Dagmar, tells him the discrepancy must be resolved. What a premise! Throw in a few demons, the end of the world, a magical younger sister and the story becomes a three-sixty roller coaster ride.
This story as a comedy is hilarious, I couldn’t stop laughing. It’s a unique and refreshing paranormal quickie. Carole’s writing reminds me of the great Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams … which in my book is amazing praise. Don’t expect the story to make any sense. It just flows from one ridiculous scene to the next.This is at best a YA romance. The sexual tension between Emery and the reaper, John / Sam, is obvious from the beginning but the dialogue remains at a flirty level. The scenes flip from Emery perspective to John / Sam's perspective. For me, it didn’t matter that there weren’t any sexual scenes, nothing explicit beyond a hand on a knee at the end of the story! The beginning's surreal with Emery waking up in a morgue and doesn’t disappoint all the way through to the last word.
The words will carry you on a silly and unbelievable ride. You have to read Don't Fear the Reaper!
Gail’s getting over a deadbeat abusing boyfriend, when a stranger enters the diner where she works as a waitress. It’s late, and Gail wants to go home. The plot’s simple—vampire fancies woman. She can’t resist and quickly succumbs to his charms. Sadly, the vampire, Drew, has enemies who are chasing him. He uses Gail’s apartment as a bolt-hole…with benefits.
Want a hot quickie? Yes. Include a few vampires to add a splash of spice? Yes. Then, this one’s for you. I enjoyed the fast pace and easy reading. The sex is smoking…Drew has centuries of experience and demonstrates how to make a woman orgasm with only his tongue. By the end of this quickie…he shows much more. I don’t want to spoil the plot, but you can guess what happens from the title—Novice. Drew’s enemies catch up with him, big battle…but all does not go well. I’m holding my breath for Dark Kingdom II. You may ask…why not a five? That's because of a couple of moving parts and grammar style. They don’t impact the flow, and Novice is still a recommended read.
Zara is a wannabe painter who is struggling to make it financially. On the eve of her big breakthrough, fate takes a hand and a fire destroys her paintings. Her pride won’t allow her to borrow money from her friends or estranged family. She’s a living lookalike for a cartoon Princess Ravenna and takes a gig, dressed as the princess, to paint the children’s faces. The birthday girl’s father, Brendan, is a sexy surprise she isn't expecting.
I love this romance. The story flows wonderfully and, and for me, resonated.The story switches perspective between Zara and Brendan. The sex scenes are hot, but don’t overwhelm the romance. Without the sex, it would make a first-rate made for TV movie,—in my opinion a compliment. Brendan becomes Zara’s muse, and her paintings rise to the occasion and become sensual. Every good romance requires a few bumps in the road to true love. The Reluctant Princess has them all…overbearing parents…an interfering/jealous ex,…a spirited young girl and more. The story has well developed believable characters and a happy-for-now ending.
The Reluctant Princess is a story you’ll want to read again and again.
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This one’s a romantic detective story—with detective as the dominant. Jo Rayburn is a tough female cop who often speaks first and regrets later. Sullivan Krane is her male partner. They’re assigned a new case,…the gravedigger.…A serial weirdo who digs up recent bodies and then returns them a week later. There are a few zombie jokes thrown in and in a strange twist, Jo has to work with her half-sister, Karma and male partner, Maker Schumaker.
In my opinion, too much emphasis is put on the conflict between the sisters and spoils the detecting flow. If you’re wondering what happened to the romance angle, it's introduced relatively early, but not much happens in the first one-hundred pages. Rhys Harrison is the assistant coroner. There are a couple of blush worthy sessions in the latter half, including a hot phone sex scene. The story’s detective climax is exciting, with twists and fights as the serial gravedigger is cornered in the cemetery. In the end, Jo lands her man for a happy-for-now romantic ending.
This story grabs you on page one and doesn’t let go for two hundred plus pages. A great five star read. Cain is a PI in Los Angeles, and the character's straight out of the old black and white detective comics, with one slight difference, he’s gay. Cain’s hired to find her husband by a beautiful lady, Camille, and a missing wooden carving. But, in this story nothing can be taken at face value.
There are multiple twists and turns as Cain digs into the case, Camille turns out to be a cross-dressing female impersonator, Ryan. There are very descriptive sections highlighting Hollywood, over-the-top mansions, hotels and a burlesque club. Against all rules, Ryan and Cain have explosive sex. Is it love or simple lust? You will have to read to the end to find out. Add plenty of gruesome murders and fight scenes for a sexy, bumpy ride as you’re led down one blind alley after another.
The man on man sex is…I can only think of one word…HOT, but it doesn’t overshadow the story. I can definitely recommend this story—a great read.
At the beginning, Graycee and Reese meet and quickly have hot sex. She loves the sex, but hates the anonymous nature. Being written in the first person, you get inside her head and feel the conflict. She shares this pain with her male study friend, Rodney. After a night of steamy sex, she asks Reese to stay the night. He leaves. You feel the enormity of her loss as she decides to end the relationship.
The story jumps forward a couple of years. Graycee is now a nurse, but something has changed. She’s no longer the confident young woman, hurts herself and takes drugs to deaden the pain. Lacee drops hints as to why, but you don’t discover the single event for quite a few chapters. Reese reappears, as her boss—he bought the hospital Graycee works at as a nurse. We have multiple twists and turns. Will they get together-yes, no, no, yes?
I enjoyed this romance. Plenty of twists to make it a very enjoyable read. Don’t panic about the story being book two in a series, it is standalone. Chapters switch between the main two characters, Graycee and Reese. Don’t worry, the chapters are labelled so—no confusion.The sex scenes are well written, sensual and steamy. Graycee keeps you on tiptoes and when you think it’s a done deal—Rodney’s re-introduced. You’ll have to read the story a second time to catch the dropped hints.…It’s worth the effort. I don’t want to spoil your enjoyment, but the story builds to an exciting confrontation between the two men.The sex scenes are hot, but most of the story focuses on the internal workings of Graycee’s mind. This is the only reason I don’t give the story a five--Graycee's internal pain dominates the middle of the story—and for me, maybe a little over done.
Overall, I'd definitely recommend Saving The Grace!
It’s been a while since I’ve read a story with this blend of genres, and it took a few pages to get back in the swing. It’s worth it. Serenity takes the reader on a non-stop action-fest with plenty of plot twists. There are witches, and power plays between werebats, bee-bats, brown bats, firefly-bats to name a few of the interesting shifters. Within the first couple of chapters, the two main characters, Carnelian and Bali, are introduced. Carnelian’s cousin, Mina, goes missing. Carnelian is ex-CIA, and a witch, starts to dig into what happened. The leader, Jeri, of the Midnight cabal is murdered, Bali, a lesbian dominant, doesn’t want the top job, but it’s personal, and she wants vengeance.
The story is complex and full of revenge plots driven by events from the past, including witch wars. Don’t skip forward. The story is developed by switching between the lead character perspectives. Carnelian and Bali paths quickly cross and sparks fly between the two women, although Bali tries to keep the relationship non-sexual. She fails and in the latter part of the story there’s a couple of steamy sex scenes between the two women…plus a surprise. This is an exciting action story weaved with a romantic love story between Carne and Bali. I couldn’t guess the ending—which is great—and without giving the plot away, the final grandstand battle is awesome.
I enjoyed it. The fast pace, vivid characters, and spicy sex scenes—sold me. You’ll enjoy this one.