Review: PLAYING IT CLOSE by Kat Latham

In Playing it Close by Kat Latham, after the death of his mother, the captain of the London Legends needs a mental health break. Liam Callahan books a week at an exotic eco-friendly resort in Venezuela for some much needed R&R. What he hadn’t planned on was getting stuck in an elevator with the beautiful and sassy Tess Chambers or on having a hot one night stand with her. And he really didn’t plan on coming back to London to find out Tess’s company is now one of his team’s sponsors. Having lost her last job due to sleeping with a coworker,  Tess can’t afford to loose this job by continuing their relationship but she also can’t seem to stay away from him either.

18649476If you have read any of my previous reviews of books in this series,  you pretty much know that I think it’s awesome. Latham is an excellent writer,  who creates hot book boyfriends,  strong sexy women who love them,  and steamy love scenes. When I am reading one of her books my world disappears and time stops while I immerse myself in the riveting world of the London Legends.

Liam is a bit of a player who knows full well that women use him for his fame. When he meets Tess in Venezuela,  she lies and says she doesn’t know who he is, which is extremely appealing to her. Once they meet up again in London,  Liam discovers there is more to Tess than her looks.  Liam realizes he has a good thing when the two of them spend hours watching and discussing rugby.

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Review, New Cover Reveal & Giveaway: PETALS AND THORNS by Jeffe Kennedy

So Many Reads is participating in the cover reveal for Petals and Thorns by Jeffe Kennedy. I thought perhaps it would be great to pull out my review of the book as well, since I have not featured this book on So Many Reads yet. Isn’t the cover so pretty? I liked the old one but this new one is very attractive.

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Review by Amy

PetalsAndThorns-683x1024Wow, what an interesting take on Beauty and the Beast. It was hard to put down and I read it in a day. The Beast has 7 days to convince Amarantha to love him. It isn’t said in that way, but that’s what Beauty and the Beast is all about. This book has light BDSM in it, Amarantha is a virgin and therefore everything he shows her, teaches her, is brand new. The one part that I didn’t like as much, is that I felt like Amarantha didn’t have much of a choice on anything and because things were so new for her I felt her fear a lot of the time. Her family got her into this but it was then left up to her to save her family. It all worked out in the end, as I knew it would, so I kept reading.

Jeffe does a great job of writing stories with light BDSM that are not just about male dominance (even though I made that statement above about Amarantha not having a choice). I think the Beast knew exactly how far to push Amarantha, could tell from her reactions what she liked and when he felt he was losing control he let her go. He didn’t want to hurt her and did always take good care of her. I liked that Jeffe described things very respectfully, as was typical to the Beast’s character. If you like Beauty and the Beast stories, but would like a more adult version with light BDSM I would recommend this one.

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Review: CHASING DANGER by Katie Reus

Chasing Danger by Katie Reus is a quick read full of smoking hot intimacy and suspense. While I adore the Deadly Ops series, I was a little disappointed with this one – mainly because it was so short. I knew it was a novella going into it, but that didn’t keep me from wanting more of Dax and Hannah’s story.

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Hannah is the target of a killer all because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Good thing she has an ex-Delta Force operative who also has his sights on her for a different reason. Dax happens to be in the right place at the right time when Hannah needs him most. I actually enjoyed the suspense of the story more than the passion and relationship side of things in Chasing Danger. Usually its the other way around for me, but this one had me on edge and I didn’t want to put it down until the villain was caught.

Despite what I said above about enjoying the suspense and story aspect of the story most, I enjoyed the unfolding of Dax and Hannah’s relationship. I like that they already had a history since there was not a lot of time to build up each character as one would have in a full length novel. Dax and Hannah have great chemistry and you can see that in the passionate intimate scenes in the book.

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New Release Spotlight: IN HIGH COTTON by Kelsey Browning and Nancy Naigle

Kelsey Browning and Nancy Naigle are at it again! The next book in The Granny Series, In High Cotton releases today! As part of the release of In High Cotton, they are embarking on a road trip they have called THE GRANNY SERIES – Little Free Library Road Tour! You can get all the details and travel along with them by joining their Facebook Group for the tour here. I am super excited about this personally since they are swinging by the town I live in on the way!

About the Book

 

25035115Title: In High Cotton (The Granny Series, #3)

Authors: Kelsey Browning and Nancy Naigle

Release Date: April 15, 2015

Category: Cozy Mystery

Buy Link: Amazon

Book Summary:

When a tree topples over onto Miss Lillian’s prized 1948 Tucker Torpedo, the grannies are once again scrambling for money and keeping Lil in the dark. Lucky for them, they have their choice of two cases, but which to take—a suspected art forgery or mysteriously disappearing trash from the county landfill?

As usual, things aren’t exactly as they first seem, and the grannies soon find themselves going undercover and dumpster diving to track down both bad guys. And now that Lil has scored an unexpected early release from prison, the grannies have more at stake than ever.

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Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: HARD TO BE GOOD by Laura Kaye

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Review by Amy

Hard to Be Good by Laura Kaye was quite an interesting book for me. It was my first male/male romance book. I absolutely loved Jeremy in the Hard Ink Series and while I have not read any m/m books, I thought I would give this one a try because it was from an author I know and trust to do a good job.

HardToBeGoodIn Hard To Be Good, we are treated to Jeremy’s love story. As it sort of builds up in Hard to Come By prior to this, it came to no surprise to me that Charlie would be his perfect match. The two of them are finally able to spend time alone and when that happens, they are unable to hold back their feelings for one another. While I mentioned earlier that I love Jeremy, I am still not sure what I think about Charlie. He is very insecure and while I understood that and first felt compassion for him, I was a little annoyed with it as the story went on. I wanted to slap him really.

The author does a nice job with this novella in the series. The overall plot progresses a little yet, not enough that you would miss anything major if you don’t read it. While I am no stranger to erotic romance and like detailed intimate scenes, this one was a bit much for me. I just can’t connect with male/male intimacy. I found myself looking forward to the non-sex parts of the book and sort of wanted it to be over quickly.

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