September was a great reading month for me. I had kind of a hard time focusing on certain books through Hurricane Irma, but I put them aside a re-started after the storm. I really enjoyed every book, but I am looking for some more unique reads. If a book is a familiar trope and is filled with sex, I had a harder time than usual. That’s why I grabbed a YA m/m book (Autoboyography) and a Lesbian book (well kind of) with Girl Crush. Both were AMAZING. I also read Colleen Hoover’s Without Merit (also YA) but my review went up in October so it will be on next month’s recap.
“I’m wildly attracted to my best friend’s sister, but I have to pretend I don’t want to kiss her, touch her, fuck her, and take her home with me. That’s where the true faking starts for me.”
Most Valuable Playboy is another male point-of-view winner for Lauren Blakely. Funny, sweet, sexy, with dirty talking, hot sex and little angst, Most Valuable Playboy brings a new cast of amazing characters that I hope we see more of. Zachary Webber’s all male pov narration is often sexy, but I felt like this wasn’t his best work, as he sometimes sounded more like he was just reading than acting. Still I love how healthy the relationship was, and how easily Lauren combined so many common tropes into another uniquely enjoyable read that you will smile all the way through.
“I can’t do that with my vagina hanging out!” I gesture wildly to my crotch.
As someone who is not an anthology lover, I still enjoyed this book. 4 of the 5 stories were really like extended epilogues to series already released, only Bella Jewel’s story was almost a total standalone. Being that these all read like epilogues, there was lots of pregnancy related stories. If I had read all of the series featured in this anthology I think it would be a must read, because I would have hated to miss Helena’s and Tara’s stories, as they are related to books I know and loved. But I don’t think that this is really the best for new readers of all of these series, I think you should at least have one that you know you’ll love to pick this up and make it worth it. It was TOTALLY worth it for me.
“If God made all our faces, did he laugh when he made me?”
Now I understand why Making Faces is so many people’s top favorite book, even amongst the people who love a good erotic romance most of the time. It was deep, it had meaning, it was compelling, it always had an underlying message of hope and healing. It was fun and tragic at the same time. I fell in love with the characters and their stories. Making Faces was extremely well-paced and well-written and it felt like every word and moment was placed with care and meaning. I’m so glad I got to see what all the hype was about, and it actually lived up to it!
“If I was wrong, and it turned out that kissing was punishable by an eternity at the devil’s side, then kissing Finn might just be worth the risk.”
Though this isn’t the violent, gritty, depraved world of The King Series, T.M. Frazier managed to inject that grittiness into a new town where the characters have their own demons and secrets that I look forward to uncovering in the next book, The Outliers. There is something so uniquely compelling about The Outskirts. The forgotten, swampy Florida town and its characters came completely alive for an unputdownable one-sitting read. I can’t wait to go back in The Outliers. I was nervous I wouldn’t remember the book enough when the next comes out, but I think it is so different, that I won’t have a problem with that. Still, I will probably get the audiobook and re-listen before, just because I enjoyed it so much.
“Is there anything sexier than a man absorbed in a book? Not to this self-confessed book nerd there isn’t.”
Though not the most memorable read, at only 100 pages or 2.5 hours, it’s a perfect little one-sitting read or listen, and I enjoyed every second of it. All in all, I found Times Square to be a fun, sexy, angst-free way to spend a few hours!
He let out a deep breath. A moment of silence passed, until he finally said, “Rana Banana?”…“Will you drunk dial me again? I feel like I’m not done with your crazy.”
I LOVED Drunk Dial! It was everything I look for in a romance. It had humor, was unique and unpredictable, was sexy and had characters I want to be friends with who were flawed and real. I didn’t mind the quick fall for each other, because they already had a past together, even if it was from childhood. There were some unexpected twists and turns that kept me on my toes, and I felt all the emotions while listening to this. I highly recommend Drunk Dial if you are looking for a romance on the lighter side, but still with some depth and emotion.
“Is this when you tell me not to fall in love with you?”
“No. This is when I tell you I’m going to make you do just that.”
Mmmmmm….Shane, that sexy little control freak. Not only can he dance sexier than Magic Mike, he is also a Dom in the bedroom! There are some super hot scenes in Drunk on You and I loved the feisty, confident heroine, Nikki as well. I picked this up when I couldn’t focus on reading because a hurricane was headed our way. But when I started Drunk on You, I tuned out the weather and got lost in the story. Drunk on You is the hottest in the Hope Town Series, but it may have sacrificed story for some of that heat because it didn’t quite bring out the emotions that the previous 3 in the series did.
“I can’t make you say you love me.” He blinked and the aqua in his eyes darkened. They filled with determination. “But I can make you feel it.”
I would definitely say that this is one of the hottest series I have read that doesn’t take place in a BDSM club. I love that the stories themselves are more than just sex, yet hot, kinky, unique sex was a huge part of them. There is group sex and f/f sex and BDSM and all kinds of yumminess. I started this book not liking Payton, the heroine, but she mostly won me over in this installment. I really loved Dominic and his sweet but alpha ways. What I really enjoyed most was how unique the location and story was! If you are looking for a hot, kinky, sexy book that has an actual story, I highly recommend this series, and I look forward to grabbing the next!
“My traitorous gaze moved down his shoulders to his back and landed on his perfectly firm ass. Sweet baby pigeons in a kayak, my new boss was an Adonis. I wonder what he looks like naked.”
The Max Monroe duo certainly know how to write everything I love in a book. Sexy, smart, funny, adorable, dirty, well written and perfectly paced, Dr. OB was a joy to listen to. The narration was fresh and new to me, and I can’t wait to pick up more in this series or any more from this dynamic duo!
“…want to fuck you and only you. We fuck each other and no one else.”
“Sounds like a commitment to me.”
“We’re committing to screwing around, yes. But, no expectations other than—you can expect to have at least one orgasm each time we’re together.”
I really loved the first in the series, Finding Mr. Wrong, but Taming Mr. Flirt just didn’t live up to it for me. The story of friends-with-benefits who vow not to fall in love until they do anyway is overdone so much, and this didn’t really bring anything new to the equation. There was so much sex that I just kind of got bored with it, it was lacking some passion and tension. I really love the group of friends, and I thought Kyle’s job was cool as hell, but this book fell into the “It was OK” category for me.
“I’m just a bisexual half-Jewish kid who’s falling in love with an LDS guy. The path for me isn’t as clear.”
Autoboygraphy is a must-read novel for high school and beyond. It was a beautiful story of young love, discovery, religion, family, commitments, expectations, acceptance, secrets, heartbreak, friendship, laughter and more. It was a well researched, well crafted novel that addressed the closed mindedness of religion without vilifying it. It was unique, educational and unputdownable. I am hoping it gets picked up in high schools and starts being required reading. Whether you are a YA fan or not, I think Autoboyography is so unique and socially relevant that anyone can pick it up and love it. It was a hugely refreshing change from all of the erotic romance I have been reading lately, and kept me riveted the entire time.
“But I was lacking one thing. The ability to squeeze my body into a size two, four, six, or eight. Who do we appreciate? Food, damn it!”
Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken was a unique surprise! I picked it up because I like books with plus-sized heroines, but ended up with a very unique love triangle where I wasn’t sure who I wanted her to choose, and it kept me guessing for much of the book. Fraternize was fun with very likable characters, and leads us perfectly to the next in the series, which I have to read, because the other guy needs his HEA!
“Giselle, you don’t just decide to become a lesbian. You either are, or you aren’t, and based on the fact you’ve been sucking stick instead of going down to Taco Town since puberty, it’s unlikely you just missed the signs.”
Girl Crush by Stephie Walls attracted me with it’s unique blurb. I rarely interrupt my reading schedule, especially when I’m behind, but this book called to me, and I am SO GLAD I ditched the day to read it. It was the best day I had in MONTHS. I spent the entire day laughing my head off, sighing (in a good way) and swooning, and feeling like I was hanging out with a hysterical group of friends. There was the perfect mix of funny, romance, characters I loved, great friendships, and a completely different and unique storyline. I don’t give 5+++++ stars easily, but I can’t give this book anything less than that. I loved it that much, and it’s sure to be on my 2017 Top Favorites list.
I was done.
Done with men.
Women say it all the time; they get fed up, throw their hands in the air, and vow a life of celibacy—until the next chiseled chest comes into view and then they’re foaming at the mouth and wiping the drool from their chins. But this was different, I really meant it.
I’d been manhandled by the last pig that would ever bring his sausage near me. After one of the nastiest divorces in history, followed by some of the crudest and raunchiest dates, I’d decided to bat for the other team.
…At least I tried.
But creating the next Brat Pack hadn’t been on the agenda. Neither had Collier West. And I wasn’t prepared for finding true love at the end of my gal-pal tryst.
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NUTS (After ten years, the club practical joker and his next door neighbor notice one another)
THICK (Romance novelist/patched club member gets tossed in prison, and falls for the female prison guard)
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It was supposed to be fun.
A mutual use of each other’s bodies.
To be a ruse to the world around us.
I wanted to be free from my ex, and he wanted to escape his.
One drunken night turned a joke into a life-changing moment.
He warned me not to fall for him, and I should’ve listened.
He intoxicated me.
He made me crave him.
He ruined me.
In the end, I’ll never be the same.
Welcome back to Hope Town – Book 4 will feature Nikki and Shane 🙂
From bestselling author L.J. Shen, comes a new, standalone, contemporary romance.
NOW A TOP TEN AMAZON BESTSELLER
They call him The Mute for a reason.
Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks.
When he does, it’s with disdain.
When he does, his words aren’t meant for me.
When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis.
He is thirty-three.
I am eighteen.
He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner.
I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter.
He’s emotionally unavailable.
And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him.
Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul.
And yet, I can’t stay away.
A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them.
And oh, what beautiful chaos it will be.
5. The Wicked Horse Boxed Set (The Wicked Horse Series) by Sawyer Bennett
Never in your wildest dreams could you begin to imagine all the filthy and depraved things that go on inside The Wicked Horse. Step inside to make every one of your dirty fantasies come true.
An enticing blend of multi-millionaire and hot-as-hell Wyoming rancher, Woolf Jennings has opened The Wicked Horse, an erotic and private sex club, to fulfill his darker desires. But what happens when Callie Hayes, the girl he foolishly turned down years ago, comes back to town all grown up and ready to explore her kinkier side? Will he be able to resist, or will Callie prove to Woolf that everything he’s been seeking is right in front of him?
Cain Murphy is the head of security at The Wicked Horse, and while he takes his responsibilities seriously, he believes in the motto “work hard, play harder”. Looking to uncover the depravity behind The Wicked Horse, undercover reporter Sloane Preston is determined to find an inside connection and sets her sites on Cain. Will Sloane get her story, or will she find the biggest break of her life in Cain?
Former Olympic skier Rand Bishop has settled into life in Wyoming and his job as a Fantasy Maker at The Wicked Horse. Catherine Lyons Vaughn is trying to piece her life back together after finding herself destitute following the death of her husband. A longtime member of The Wicked Horse, Catherine finds herself under the caring, tattooed wing of Rand. Now all Catherine has to do is believe she deserves the chance.
Logan McKay is running from his past, and has found some measure of solace passing his days working at The Wicked Horse as one of their Fantasy Makers. Auralie Foster and her virginity are being paraded around The Wicked Horse in search of the highest bidder. When Logan uncovers the truth about Auralie’s past, will he be able to move past it, or will she become his downfall?
The co-founder of The Wicked Horse and an enigma to everyone he meets, Bridger Payne is utterly untouchable. Shrouded in secrets and pain, Bridger will give pleasure, but takes none for himself. When Maggie Waylon is dropped at his house, beaten and unconscious, Bridger is forced to face his demons. Will Maggie be able to help him break through the darkness, or will Bridger’s past prove to be too much for him to overcome?
From the New York Times Bestselling authors of Stuck-Up Suit and Mister Moneybags, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.
I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face.
So, here goes.
We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.
But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.
I want you.
The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke.
So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime.
No questions asked.
Think about it.
Whatever you choose.
It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway.
A sexy new contemporary standalone romance by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Katy Evans.
You’ve seen the headlines: Womanizing billionaire player! Watch out! Stay away!
We were just two strangers. Facing a forbidden attraction, a chemical connection. Neither of us expected or wanted it to amount to more.
But I had never been drawn to a guy the way I was drawn to this one: my brother’s best friend, and CEO of the company where I interned.
Even knowing I should stay away, I proved to be too human, after all.
The chemistry was amazing.
The laughs were incredible.
I opened up to him in more ways than I’d opened up to anyone before.
But sex was as far as I’d go.
Just sex because he was too irresistible.
Just sex because I wouldn’t be falling for him.
Just sex because I’d leave in three months, and I’d like for my brother not to kill me, and for nobody to find out he was my wicked little secret.
He wasn’t the One.
He was just a womanizer.
But for a time, he would be mine.
From USA Today bestselling author Tia Louise comes a new STAND-ALONE second-chance romance…
WHEN WE TOUCH
By Tia Louise
Ember Rose was spicy-sweet seduction.
My biggest temptation.
My biggest regret.
I thought she’d always be waiting for me.
I was wrong.
Now I’m back in Oceanside searching for peace, hoping to escape what my life has become.
She isn’t supposed to be here…
Dark hair blowing in the ocean breeze,
Luscious curves barely hidden by thin cotton.
I didn’t come back for her.
But when we touch, I know I’ll do whatever it takes to make her mine…
Shame on Me: Ex-model Paige McCarty is fed up with being just a pretty face. After her ex-husband’s gambling problem left her royally screwed and tragically shoeless, she started Fool Me Once Investigations with her best friends, Lorlei and Kennedy, to prevent other women from being similarly played and dismayed.
The job: act as bait for a cheating husband. The target: Matt Russo. The case should be as easy as getting a man’s attention—and Paige has never had trouble with that. The problem is Matt—in all his nerdy-hot glory—turns out to be not such a scumbag after all.
And when the case hits closer to home than Paige could ever have imagined—landing her in a face-off with the mob—she wonders if taking the job just to prove that she has a brain maybe wasn’t her best idea.
This second outing for the Fool Me Once team follows in the same fun, feisty footsteps as bestselling author Tara Sivec’s Shame on You.
Shame on Him: For Lorelei Warner, being perfect isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. She did what her straitlaced parents wanted: became a lawyer, married her college boyfriend. But since her husband ran off with another man and her career became a nonstop bore-fest, Lorelei has turned to her best friends and Fool Me Once Investigations to find fulfillment and adventure.
When a routine subpoena-delivery turns up a dead body, Lorelei knows that solving the murder is exactly what she needs to boost her confidence…until private investigator Dallas Osborne walks in and takes over the case. Dallas has always rubbed Lorelei the wrong way. It’s aggravating enough that he’s a pompous ass, but he’s also entirely too good-looking.
If she wants to catch the killer, Lorelei will need to loosen up and defy her parents—not to mention the law. And she’ll need to partner with Dallas, working closer (much closer) to the sexy investigator than she ever expected.
Join the feisty Fool Me Once ladies for another fun-loving romp from bestselling author Tara Sivec.
What do ice cream and Sadie Montgomery have in common? They’re both ice cold, but one taste is never enough.
I wanted to be friends — I would have even settled for her seeing me as anything but a nerd — but there was no getting through. So just like any hard-headed, red-blooded man out there, I made up my mind.
I’d make my coworker fall for me.
I’d like to say it was simple, but like every other epic love story, all it took was one drunken night and a lot of naked courage to get the girl. For a moment, at least.
Love with a coworker is never simple, especially since Sadie’s trying to keep us on the low. Not to mention her persistent ex-boyfriend who won’t leave her alone. But I’ve never been good at giving up, and I don’t plan to start now.
The whole thing is a recipe for a rocky road, but I plan to eat the whole gallon, no matter how bad the brain freeze.
Wanted: Personal Buffer
Often snarly, workaholic executive seeks “buffer” from annoying outside distractions AKA people. Free spirits with personal boundary issues, excessive quirks, or general squeamishness need not apply. Salary negotiable. Confidentiality required.
Workaholic billionaire Sawyer Carlyle may have joked he needed a buffer from their marriage-obsessed mom, but he didn’t need a waiting room filled with candidates to further distract him. (Thanks, bro.) But when a sexy job applicant shooes his mom and the socialite in tow out of his office, Sawyer sees the genius of the plan. And the woman. In fact, Miss Clover Lee might just get the fastest promotion in history, from buffer to fake fiancé…
This free-spirit might look like hot sunshine and lickable rainbows, but she negotiates like a pitbull. Before Sawyer knows what hit him, he’s agreed to give up Friday nights for reality tv, his Saturdays for flea markets (why buy junk still baffles him), his Tuesdays and Thursdays for date nights (aka panty-losing opportunities if he plays his cards right). And now she wants lavender bath salts and tulips delivered every Monday?
Yup, she’s just screwing with him. Good thing she’s got this non-negotiatable six-weeks-and-she’s-gone rule or Sawyer may have just met this match..
Kori suffered a great loss, one that left her feeling so desolate and alone, that she believed nothing would ever fill the void… The only thing that kept her going was the one little piece of joy she still had in her life, her baby boy, Rhett. She had no choice but to move forward and give her son the best life she could. Which meant moving back home. Except there was one problem. Home was where Reed would be… The man who once held her heart, then shattered it into a million pieces. Grieving the loss of Rhett’s dad, and learning to forgive those who have betrayed her, Kori was battling it all. But will she ever have the strength to forgive Reed?
**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.
New York Times best-selling author Rachel Van Dyken kicks off a brand-new series in which romance is a game and love is a touchdown.
Emerson just made her dream come true as a professional cheerleader for her favorite pro football team. But even though the plus-size athlete is breaking down boundaries, she still has to contend with the massive rulebook. Carbs? Nope. Chocolate? Definitely not. Still, Emerson loves her curves, and she’ll rock the hell out of this job even if it kills her. Except for one mandate that is easier read than done…
No fraternizing with the players.
Problem one is Miller Quinton: Emerson’s first love, first sex, and the guy who still ignites her daydreams and R-rated fantasies. Thrown back together, Miller and Emerson feel the undeniable pull of passion again, even if the conflict that tore them apart seems insurmountable. Then there’s way-too-sexy Grant Sanchez. He has a serious reputation with the ladies, and when it comes to winning someone he wants, he doesn’t let anyone stand in his way.
Now Emerson is breaking every rule in the manual. But what she doesn’t know is that she’s part of a wicked little game – one that could steal both her dream and her heart.
Way too young, 11-year-old Tucker Creed and his six-year-old neighbor, Sylvie Bissenette, find they have something awful in common. Creed then decides he’s going to do everything in his limited power to shield his Sylvie from her ordeal. So he does, and Creed and Sylvie form a bond that grows and blossoms with their ages. They plot to leave their lives behind, the town they live in that will hold them down, and the histories they share that, unless they break free, will bury them. Sylvie goes to their special place; Creed never shows, and she doesn’t see him again until it’s too late. With Creed gone, Sylvie is forced to endure a nightmare and do the unspeakable to end it. To deal, she develops a hard shell with sharp edges through which very few can break. So when Creed again finds his Sylvie, he discovers the girl he loved is locked away, and he has to find his way back into her heart without getting shredded in the process.
Haunted by the responsibility of caring for her troubled family, Maya Jacobs gave the only answer she could when Cameron asked her to marry him. Years later, entrenched in a soulless professional routine, she distracts herself from the lingering regret of her decision with a “work hard, play hard” lifestyle that guarantees no man will ever find his way into her heart again.
Cameron Bridge has spent the past five years married to the military, trying to escape the painful memory of losing Maya. After fighting his own war in the desert, he starts a new life in New York City, with his siblings Olivia and Darren by his side.
When fate brings Maya back to him in the heart of a city filled with its own hopes and shadows, can Cameron find the girl he once loved in the woman she’s become?
Stefan March lives for a good time. Born into wealth, he sees everything in terms of what he can have, especially women. So far, life has denied him nothing and no one. When he meets his newest bartender, he instantly knows who his next conquest will be, but Shay’s not like the usual women he collects. To get her, he’ll have to be more than just the player he’s always been.
Shay Callahan is beautiful, determined, and intelligent. She’s got plans for her life, and they don’t include getting sidetracked by a man, and certainly not her wealthy player boss. Her job at Club X is for one thing – money to fund her education – but if she can make Stefan March see he’s not God’s gift to women, all the better. She never expects to find out there’s more to him than meets the eye. As different as day and night, can these two see past who they think they are to find love?
5. From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
Italy, 1943 – Germany occupies much of the country, placing the Jewish population in grave danger during World War II.
As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood.
Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent, where Eva discovers she is just one of many Jews being sheltered by the Catholic Church.
But Eva can’t quietly hide, waiting for deliverance, while Angelo risks everything to keep her safe. With the world at war and so many in need, Angelo and Eva face trial after trial, choice after agonizing choice, until fate and fortune finally collide, leaving them with the most difficult decision of all.
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