When I finished Under Contract by Jeffe Kennedy, I was conflicted. I loved the book and disliked the book. Let me explain. I have always loved Kennedy’s erotic romance books. She introduced me to the world of BDSM in a way that made me see a different side of it than I originally believed. A side that can be shared between two consensual adults. A side where each of them enjoy it immensely. However, in Under Contract, I just didn’t enjoy those scenes as I have in the past. Maybe my tastes are changing? I still found myself flying through the book, having a tough time putting it down.
Ryan is a very wealthy businessman. Celestina has recently been let go from her job and raising her two nieces and has no money. Ryan is attracted to Celestina but is worried she won’t be into his eclectic sexual tastes. The entire time I was reading this I thought of the movie Indecent Proposal with Robert Redford and Demi Moore. Just take away the husband and add a little bondage. One thing about Kennedy’s books, though – her characters are real. They have real emotions and when we balk at something in the book, they do too. Celestina thinks the offer is ridiculous, just as most of us would. Kennedy’s characters are always so multi-layered and getting to know them and what makes them tick is usually the most interesting aspect of her books to me. This is why I loved the book. The realness of it. The emotions from the characters and watching them overcome some pretty big challenges.
In Taming The Legend by Kat Latham, Retiring rugby player, Ash Trenton has had a long and storied career. Wanting to leave on a positive note before his aging body lets him down, Ash retires after the World Cup. At his retirement party he is shocked to run into Camila Morales, his first lover. Camila desperately needs his help to save the camp she runs in California for troubled teens. Camila convinces Ash to to come and coach an all girls rugby team to play in the San Diego Sevens. Ash isn’t prepared for coaching troubled teens and he definitely isn’t prepared for falling back in love with Camila. When a perfect career opportunity arises for Ash, will he accept it and leave the woman he loves?
I sound like a broken record but I enjoy this series so much. Latham has a knack for creating amazing characters and storylines. When I am reading one of her books I keep swiping for the next page, promising myself I will stop after the current chapter ends and then I realize I have lied to myself and several hours have gone by.
Ash and Camila are the classic star crossed lovers but Latham keeps that trope fresh with her own spin on it. The couple initially met in Barcelona, while both were on vacation. The young teenagers become lovers, fall in love, and promise to remain in contact forever and ever. When Camila writes Ash though, her letters get returned. Ash decides that Camila has moved on and focuses on his rugby career.
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.
If 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.
In Knowing the Score by Kat Latham, Caitlyn Sweeney is minding her own business one morning when she sees an elderly man collapse. Caitlyn rushes to his aid and ends up saving his life. Wanting to follow up, Caitlyn gives the paramedics her business card and the man’s grandson calls to invite her for a visit. Spencer Bailey, a rugby player for the London Legends, is extremely grateful someone was there to save his grandfather and when he sees the beautiful savior in person, he’s immediately in lust. The two set out to have a no strings attached affair before rugby season starts back up. Things get complicated and the affair turns into so much more. Both are hiding secrets that could end their relationship. Can they overcome the past before Caitlyn ‘s visa expires?
Have I mentioned how much I LOVE this series in my other reviews? This is simply an amazing series. Once I start reading one of Latham ‘ s books, my world disappears and I became immersed in her stories. I even get annoyed with that pesky thing called work.
Caitlyn makes an excellent heroine. Having survived an abusive upbringing, she refuses to become a victim ever again. She is fierce, independent, stubborn, and very cautious with her heart. I love how she doesn’t even have a typical job (she is a disaster relief worker for a charity).
Spencer is definitely book boyfriend material. He is so patient with Caitlyn, gently wooing her and showing her what a good man is like. Spencer had me close to tears a couple of times with the beautiful things he said to Caitlyn.
I recently finished Fatal Affair by Marie Force and wow. I was looking for a series similar to JD Robb’s In Death books and I think I found it. I love a series where you follow the same characters across several books in a romantic suspense series so I am excited about this one. Fatal Affair has everything I love in a good story – a blend of romance and suspense that evokes many emotions from me while reading it.
Samantha “Sam” is a very strong female character. She can be sensual and passionate when she wants, but given her life as a Metro Cop, she has to mask emotions when necessary. Nick is a strong male character but is willing to show his emotions to Sam more often and he usually does so in public to rile her up which is hilarious.
The characters are what pulled the emotions out of me the most. Nick’s raw grief over losing his best friend was enough to make me tear up. Sam did the best she could to distance herself emotionally from the case but was also be there for Nick. I warmed up to her as she showed her compassionate side to him. I wasn’t sure I liked them together at first, but by the end of the story I loved them as a couple.
Marie does a fabulous job with the story. She weaves an intriguing mystery and lets you figure it out with the characters. I actually had no idea who the murderer really was until the very end. I was constantly turning pages and on edge about what would happen next.