Review: Nothing Like a Duke

Nothing Like a Duke
Nothing Like a Duke by Jane Ashford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A most unusual story with some very interesting scenes. The reader will enjoy this story and how the author introduces some fun games played back in the era this book is written about.

The theme throughout this book gives the reader a clear sense of the era involved and how house parties functioned. I found it entertaining with all the hidden agendas this book had and how they were resolved was priceless.

Flora’s courage to go to this party that she clearly wanted to avoid comes across the page in such a manner that it encourages the reader to take heart and give something in their lives a chance.

Robert at times drove me crazy. I wanted him to just go up to Flora kiss her and make everything better. He also had his brilliant parts though where he carefully negotiated how events where turning out and how he fought to protect himself from hurt.

This story also brings in several secondary characters who not only cause upheaval but open other plot components for added interest for the reader.

I give this 3.75 stars because of all the new things I learned while reading it.

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Review: Hurricane

Hurricane
Hurricane by Cherry Adair
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow sometimes mothers are just plain too much to deal with…. this book is full of hidden agendas, misunderstandings, lost love, and intrigue.

For leading men, Rydell is on the top of my list. He’s intense, broken, deeply in love, and struggling to win back the only woman he will ever love. There is an intensity to his personal story and how he goes about rectifying mistakes that are intentional and unintentional. I loved how focused he was on saving his company and getting his ex back. I heard about him in Stormchaser (Cutter Cay #4) and was curious about his story.

As far as leading ladies go, I’ll be honest here and say that I really didn’t like Addison even though I understood her hurts. There was such a hardness in her that I couldn’t understand. Towards the end of the book I finally connected with her and I was thrilled with how quickly she understood what happened to end her marriage and how she confronted everyone involved to find her personal resolution. Then I got to see the amazing women Rydell loved. the author did an outstanding job in this character both in the beginning and end of the book.

This book was filled with many twists and turns and because of the personal interaction between Rydell and Addison I give this 4 STARS.

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Review: The Duke of Desire

The Duke of Desire
The Duke of Desire by Darcy Burke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Every once in a while, I read a book that surprises me not only in how the characters are projected throughout the story but also the plot to the story. This is one of those books.

Sebastian started out as someone that drew my attention but I wasn’t quite in like with his character. As the author developed the story I began to feel compassion for his life, who he was and why he acted as he did. The author gives a clear picture of who this man really is and invites the reader to change their mind about him. There is much more that I would like to say about Sebastian but I find it hard to not give away the story.

Ivy, I really liked this woman right away. I felt drawn to her and how she ended up as a lady’s companion. Plus, her adversarial dialog with Sebastian was entertaining and extremely amusing causing me to laugh many times throughout the story. I felt that her character, kindness and forthrightness lead to a very interesting story with added twists.

This story also brings in many secondary characters who not only cause upheaval but open other plot components for added interest for the reader.

I give this 4 stars for the uniqueness of the plot and characters.

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Review: Valen

Valen
Valen by Felicity Heaton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Valen and his brothers can only be described as hotter then Hades and drool worthy in this Guardians of Hades series . This second book follows in the steps of the first one with a fast pace dramatic sexy read. The author continues her dynamic style of vivid descriptions of the world around their world and the sensual tension between Valen and Eva.

I have always loved the way that Author Felicity Heaton grabs the reader with her vivid imagination. She creates tortured souls that find each other and the love they deserve. What she does extremely well is showing weaknesses that create strengths quickly followed with resolutions that all parties are satisfied with. This book emphasizes this with Eva and Valen’s brokenness and how they resolve the assassination situation.

As always there is an ending to this story that keeps the reader wanting to come back and I really, really want to know more about Esher.

This is an exciting 5 STAR read…….

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Review: Tangled in Sin

Tangled in Sin
Tangled in Sin by Lavinia Kent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Author Lavinia Kent continues her Bound and Determined series with this uncommon erotica full of rich characters and extremely hot love scenes.

Primary female character Lady Cynthia Westhope is a virgin and the authors portrayal of her introduction into forbidden desires is not only believable but very hot reading. She’s demure with a feisty edge and I loved how she blossomed after her first experience. It is refreshing how she evolves in this story as she becomes more powerful in her thinking about her options after losing her virginity.

James Winters the primary male character was pretty much what one thinks a DOM would be like, in charge and very sensual. But underneath his armor the reader will get to see slow glimpses of what he keeps hidden. It was quite entertaining to see how he went about trying to make Lady Cynthia change her mind about his offer.

This is a great story and a fast read filled with hot, hot love scenes. I give this 4 STARS across the board.

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Review: Restrained Under His Duty

Restrained Under His Duty
Restrained Under His Duty by Stacey Kennedy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When you want a very hot and sexy book that will keep you enthralled to the last page, you need to read author Stacey Kennedy. I have never been disappointed in any of her books.

In this Dirty Little Secrets book #3, Ryder Blackwood must keep Hadley Winters safe from blackmailers. So, begins the story of this beautiful women who needs her private fetishes to deal with life and a security officer who at all costs is trying to ignore her hotness.

That’s the short and sweet of it but…… there is much more to this story than meets the eye. Ryder has known Hadley since she was young. He cares for and respects her father and won’t cross any line to damage his strict professional and personal lines. Once the reader understands this part of him they then pray that he’ll let loose and just once let go of his very firm emotional control and give in to Hadley’s needs and desires.

The seesawing sexual tension between these two main characters is 5 star hot and it should not be read in public if you don’t want to share it. For me the authors love scenes are superb, not only well written but executed as well.

The plot to this story is complex and takes readers into many different directions as there are two plots happening simultaneous. Her ability to keep the reader focused at all times, keeps this part of the book solid.

I give it 5 Stars for superb execution and being ultra-hot.

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Review: The Dangerous Billionaire

The Dangerous Billionaire
The Dangerous Billionaire by Jackie Ashenden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This entertaining read is filled with tension and intrigue as well as many secrets. The men are military and very tough cored…. an interesting combination for the woman who love their alpha’s as such!

Three Tate brothers are Van the oldest and heir, Lucas who has my complete attention and Wolf the youngest brother. In this book, we get Van’s story and a secret letter is given to him on the event of their foster dad, Noah’s death. Also in this story is a younger sister, Chloe, Noah’s daughter.

Secrets are so bad, they destroy people and break apart families. Further in this book the reader will see how all the lies and falsehoods can become very complicated.

The author does an interesting job of building the story and leaving room for the next books of this series. She introduces some back history of this family and events in Van’s past that make him the hardened man he is today. Also, she leaves little nibbles of what is going on in Lucas and Wolf’s current life. Of course, these little nibbles only make me crazy with wonder on what the heck Lucas was up to.

I admired Chloe and how she taught herself to be a survivor. Living without love and the touch of others is a horrible existence. Her character is heart breaking and rewarding to read and I felt the author presented her in a believable manner combining her roughness and softness.

I give this 3.5 STARS because I felt I need a little for umph to the storyline though I was thoroughly entertained and will read the next book to this series.

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