Flirting With Fire | Hot In Chicago 1 | Kate Meader
Contemporary Romance | March 24, 2015 | Pocket Books
Flawless. That's Kate Meader's FLIRTING WITH FIRE in one word. I initially rated Hot in Chicago 1 4 stars in GR, but now that I had time to mull it over I have to say this is one of the best contemporary romance I've read for the year.
The plot is very straightforward, hot, ambitious, take-no-prisoners girl, Kinsey Taylor, meets drop dead gorgeous Cuban-Irish fireman, Luke Almeida. They fell in love, had issues that were totally realistic, broke up, got back together, and lived in domestic bliss. What makes FLIRTING WITH FIRE such a stand-out novel for me is the way KMeader introduced the series as a whole. Multiple characters combined with an array of introductions can be dizzying, and tend to take away from the plot and romantic development of the featured couple. Surprisingly that was so not the case here! KMeader was so clever in introducing the Dempsey brood, pairing up future couples, setting the framework for future books, while still managing to provide a brilliant and totally swoony love story between Luke and Kinsey. Contemporary romance series can usually be read as stand-alones, I do NOT recommend that here. You'll miss a lot of small but totally decadent bites from the other characters if you do so. Final verdict: FLIRTING WITH FIRE is a MUST read.
The Virgin | Original Sinners 7: The White Years 3 | Tiffany Reisz
Contemporary Erotica | March 31, 2015 | Harlequin Mira
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THE VIRGIN by Tiffany Reisz is another memoir-like novel. This time Kingsley Edge tells the tale of how he met Juliette, and that time when the precocious Nora Sutherlin, then Eleanor Schreiber, devirginized a novice. Interestingly, this novel finally tells us in detail the time when King knocked up Nora all those years ago and the falling out that happened between them, including Søren, all those years ago. My favorite part would be Nora's somewhat cathartic conversation with her mother. The two have been at odds wth each other for the longest time and seeing them form a truce before Nora's mom passed is a gift. THE VIRGIN also includes the birth of Nora Sutherlin, erotic writer.
Prepare for a lot of debauchery! Though THE VIRGIN isn't my favorite book in The Original Sinners series, I still enjoyed the backstories. I have to say though, Kingsley is giving Nora a run for her sexy millions. I find myself adoring his style over Nora's in this one. Nora's sexual adventure with her nun, though hot, pales in comparison with how King met the lovely Juliette with all it romantic interludes and passionate honesty. Overall, I am loving the concept of The White Years, these Sinners combined have slept with thousands of people. And due to their...errr...lifestyle and kinky proclivities, I'm sure that they will never run out of great stories to tell. I can't wait for Søren to tell his tales although I'm slightly nervous because his are more horrific than lovely. Still, don't pass-up reading THE VIRGIN because men in kilts!
The Novella & Serial
The Red Years
The White Years
Giving these Molly Harper books both threes.
Better Homes and Hauntings | Molly Harper
Paranormal Romance-Humorous | June 24, 2014 | Pocket Books
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Lots of people have compared BETTER HOMES AND HAUNTINGS with Scooby-Doo, possibly because of Molly Harper's foreword, paying homage to her childhood cartoon pleasure. IMO, this novel is more like an HGTV Halloween special than a Shaggy & Co. inspired retelling what with all the renovations that happened, building and romantic drama between the characters, with minimal ghost hauntings and possessions. It didn't blow me away, but it's still a fun and very entertaining story. I loved the characters, and if this is indeed Scooby-Doo, Velma Dinkley would be in the spotlight. Meaning it's the nerds that's leading the cast y'all! And you know I love my underdog super smart geeks!
BETTER HOMES AND HAUNTINGS still delivered the same brand of snark and wit MHarper is known for. I just found it lacking in paranormal hyperbole. The ghostly apparitions were few and far in between and wasn't menacing enough compared to the usual and expected ghost tales. Also, the present-day antagonist isn't anything like the pretend-supernatural villains that we came across in the Scooby-Doo cartoons. The bad guy here was watered down and lurked in the shadows than actively terrorizing the cast in every turn. However, I did love all the ridiculous arguments between the case and there's an abundance of funnies making reading this novel still worth my while. And even if I wasn't stupefied by the tale, BETTER HOMES AND HAUNTINGS was beyond entertaining! Super light and fun read, it's definitely a great reading vacation.
The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire | Half-Moon Hollow 3 | Molly Harper
Paranormal Romance-Humorous | March 24, 2015 | Pocket Books
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Yup, I did a Molly Harper mini marathon because I was going through a slump and I wanted something that begs not to be taken seriously. And who else can I turn to but MHarper?! THE DANGERS OF DATING A REBOUND VAMPIRE is the third novel (there are novellas in between) installment of the crazy ridiculous and hilarious series, Half-Moon Hollow. We're in for a corporate vampire treat her that's packed with office politics and romance. It's been a long time since I read the previous novel, A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses, so I'm very thankful for the short recaps MHarper inserted in between scenes which included cameos of previous characters, and brief rundowns of how everyone is connected/related.
Though I liked HUMAN computer programming genius, Gigi Scanlon, and her Buffy moves, I didn't find her as funny as Nola (the lead in the previous book). Also Vampire Nik might be very gorgeous, but he's not as funny as the other dudes. Still I enjoyed their little tale, Gigi and Nik's is literally a predator-prey tyoe thanks to a spell that was cast that had Nik attacking Gigi out of nowhere. Thank God for tasers and silver stakes disguised as a hair brush! There's a lot of awkward and hilarious moments here, and for the laughs alone, I'd recommend you read THE DANGERS OF DATING A REBOUND VAMPIRE. It sure put me in the mood for more comedy and vampires!