Review ~ Break Me by Autumn Stark


Book: Break Me

Series: In Plain Sight #1

Author: Autumn Stark

Format: e-book

Page Count: 100

Published: Books With Benefits Press, January 7, 2014

Source: Publisher


Abigail Stevens, an efficient and no-nonsense editor for one of the biggest names in the romance novel industry, has a big problem. She’s been desperately in love with Anthony Tate, Mr. Romance-Writer himself, for the last four years. She’s settled for friendship and professional success for the last four years, but now the sexy writer needs something more from her and she can’t find a reason to refuse.

Tony Tate has built a career centered on his identity as America’s most romantic writer. That identity does not include a debauched temper tantrum in the aftermath of his very public break-up with his on-again, off-again girlfriend. Tony has known that Abby has had the hots for him since the moment they met, but when his Plain Jane best friend and controlling editor ends up being his only option to exorcise his demons and pent-up sexual frustration, he can’t wait to break her prim and proper shell.

As Tony and Abby push each other farther than they’ve ever gone before, the question becomes, who will break whom?


I know this book is shelved as romance, but I think it’s more contemporary erotic romance, for the relationship between Abby and Tony relied heavily on the rough sex they had. And I’m sorry to say, that’s pretty much what the book is about.

Abby is a workaholic editor for Tony the Romance Wiz. As well as being Tony’s editor, she’s his caretaker, assistant, babysitter, housekeeper and probably some other things in between. Added more recently, his fuck buddy, pardon my French. I don’t have to say how much the plot intrigued me when I first read it, about a no nonsense editor and her self involved author hitting it on, but starting from the beginning I was disappointed. For one thing, there wasn’t much romance in the story to suck me in. Read More »

Naked Thursdays | 1

Who doesn’t love the show Friends? Well not this gal here. I’ve been a huge fan of this show for most of my youth and well into my adulthood, which are not so far away from each other. Nope.

As opposed to many other fandoms I’ve been part of, in this one I had quite a lot of problems picking favorites. They each had such unique personalities that added to the fun of the show. I’ve had many a great laugh watching these guys. And they’ve given me many ideas over the years, one of which I’m planning to put to good use here. Anyone remember Joey’s roommate hunt? One of his requirements was that the new roommate should be aware of the naked Thursdays, and that it’d be a girl. You can guess what he had on mind. Oh Joey. Well, what I have in mind is not exactly the same as Joey’s, though I wouldn’t have minded some of those gorgeous cover models coming over for naked Thursdays, I can only do naked-or partially naked- picture Thursdays.

We probably all have men in mind when we’re reading books. All that dark and dangerous, tall and handsome has to attach to a body after all. Especially when reading smoldering under the covers action. And perhaps I can find some pictures to fuel the fantasies.


So here’s our first Naked Thursdays visit from David Gandy. If anyone is familiar with J.R. Ward’s The Black Dagger Brotherhood series, you should know that he’s been my V for, well, ever. God, I can just picture him being all so cool and collected and demanding. Mmm..


I’ll be on the lookout for more book hero fantasies. And if you guys have any in mind, if you’ve come across someone that you’d think would make a good hero, tell me who.

Thanks for sticking around. See you next Thursday!

Review ~ Better Than Perfect by Kristina Mathews


Book: Better Than Perfect

Series: More Than A Game #1

Author: Kristina Mathews

Format: e-book

Page Count: 224

Published: Lyrical Press, April 7, 2014

Source: Publisher


The woman he left behind and the son he never knew are tougher opponents than any he’s met on the field…

Pitcher Johnny “The Monk” Scottsdale has won awards, been named an All-star and has a perfect game to his credit. Known for his legendary control both on and off the field, his pristine public image makes him the ideal person to work with youth players in a preseason minicamp. Except the camp is run by the one woman he can’t forget…the woman who made him a “monk.”

Alice Harrison’s three strikes include an unexpected pregnancy, a marriage of convenience and young widowhood. She once traded her dreams so Johnny could have a chance at making it to the Majors. Johnny comes back into her life just as she’s ready to resign as foundation director and pursue her own dreams of finally earning her teaching credential. Her plans may go on hold, though, depending on the reaction when she confesses she may have kept a major league secret from Johnny and her son.

With the minutes ticking by until Johnny will leave for spring training, they’ll need to let go of the past and work together in order to win the game of love…


I was really torn up about how to rate this book. One of the main reasons why I picked it up is because it’s about sports. With the many sports oriented contemporary romances I’ve read recently, I realized just how much I enjoy this sub genre, so naturally I want to rate every single book with a high score but if I have to be honest with myself, this book, as interesting and emotional as it was plotwise, lacked a few things in general.

Apart from being a sports romance, the idea of two people who were college sweethearts coming together after fourteen years was intriguing. Usually in such romances the couple meets, falls in love, gets over some obstacles, be it circumstances or people, and then finally get together and have their happy ending. But in this book, the couple starts off as one time lovers, and then they have to get over the fact that they might have a child, tackle the dead ex husband who happened to be their friend, and carefully avoid the maze of a thirteen year old boy’s psyche. In that regard, I love stories that involve children, if I haven’t already said so. They’re usually younger but to see a boy of thirteen who’s starting to shape his own personality was a nice change. And we read his point of view also, which was refreshing. I thought I might’ve been a bit annoyed with his way of thinking, though I admit I’m not familiar of the psyche of a thirteen year old boy, but it turned out I was wrong. Although they weren’t the parts of the book that I looked forward to, I think the author managed him quite well. Kids his age can be difficult after all.

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Review ~ Cowboy In My Pocket by Kate Douglas


Book: Cowboy In My Pocket


Author: Kate Douglas

Format: e-book

Page Count: 226

Published: Beyond The Page Publishing, 2012

Source: Publisher


Michelle Garrison is a prolific romance writer whose career is suddenly on a downslide. Her plots are boring, her writing is stale and her readers are fleeing for greener pastures. Desperate to revive her career, Michelle sets out to write a bestseller, and who could make a more worthy hero than a cowboy.

Force-marched to a dude ranch by her editor, Michelle soon finds herself trudging along a mountain road with no memory of who she is or where she’s going, but thanks to the quintessential sexy cowboy hero, Michelle is saved. Swept up in her cowboy’s arms even Michelle can see the parody in her own story: “Everything she’d read about cowboys must be true, she thought, almost hysterically. No wonder they made such popular heroes in romances.”


I like cowboys. I like writers. I even like writers who write about cowboys, who are stuck in their creativity, who, according to their editor, need a dose of the real deal so they travel to a ranch for a little bit of firsthand experience. I didn’t, however, like this story. It had all the potential with the heroine being a famous writer who’s in a conflict with her editor about how real cowboys live and love. So our heroine packs her things, gets into her car and starts driving. During her roadtrip she has an accident where she has amnesia, is found by a complete stranger who’s actually the seventy year old best friend cowboy of the hero who’s there to pick up the woman the hero is going to fake marry in order to fool his grandmother into thinking he has his future all figured out so she can give over the ownership of the ranch he’s loved and worked for all his life to him.

A couple of problems I had with this book. First of all, I truly believe amnesia should be taken seriously, and if a woman can’t even remember who she is, her own name or what she does or where she lives, then she should know better than to get in a car with a complete stranger. Even if he’s seventy years old and looks harmless. People get into more trouble for less. And of course she should be worried that she doesn’t even know her own name instead of preparing for a wedding she can’t remember she agreed to. Even though the people look and act nice and as if she’s supposed to be there. Again, people get into more trouble for less.
It wasn’t just these issues from the beginning of the book, but more throughout the story that bugged me. From the way the heroine being worried more about her headache on her supposed wedding day than her amnesia, to the old man who picked her up from the middle of the road with only one small luggage in her hands and mud and bruises all over her, not at all being concerned about, well, her being in the middle of the road with nothing but a small luggage and mud and bruises all over her. The book is supposed to be a funny blunder of weird circumstances, but it frustrated me more than it made me laugh.

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Review ~ Her Summer With The Marine by Susan Meier


Book: Her Summer With The Marine

Series: The Donovan Brothers #1

Author: Susan Meier

Format: e-book

Page Count: 266

Published: Entangled: Bliss, March 10, 2014

Source: Publisher


Their competition has never been so irresistible

The last person Ellie McDermott wanted to run into after returning to her hometown is Finn Donovan, her high school nemesis and the guy she crossed the line from enemies to lovers with one night years ago. Now ex-military, tattooed, and still sexy as hell, Finn is a complication Ellie doesn’t need—she needs to concentrate on saving her family business.

Finn’s entire life, Ellie was there, going head-to-head with him in every class, bee, and test. So it’s no surprise she’d show up just as he was about to take over her father’s struggling business. It is a surprise, though, that his attraction to her is even more explosive than it had been. Acting on their attraction is one thing, but Finn has to turn a profit to save his own family, and nothing—not even love—will get in his way.


I don’t know where I’ve heard it, I’m not even sure of the complete story, but I remember one day, decades ago when I was in high school, about a guy talking about his dead girlfriend with whom he’d been rivals at school. I remember him telling they competed in about every single subject, always comparing their grades after they were announced to see who got the higher score, trying to beat each other in tests and exams. And then some day this rivalry turning into a challenging love. I don’t remember what happened to her, or if the guy even said it, but I remember him mentioning her dying, and how much he missed her and their competition. It put a lump in my throat back then and somehow I kept it at the back of my mind to this day, but reading this book it brought that small tidbit back. It still puts a lump in my throat, and if it was real, I dedicate this reading experience to that guy and his girlfriend.

I love bickering love stories. I might’ve said this a few times before, but let me say it again. They’re my absolute favorite along with friends-to-lovers plot. So naturally I fell in love with this story. Maybe because it reminded me of that memory, maybe because it was about one my favorite story lines, but I did. I did love this book. Of course the reasons are not solely these two, the fact that the characters were so likable and relatable, and the painful personal backstories and struggles of both the hero and the heroine, the situations that anyone can find themselves in real life any minute, they all add to the book’s appeal. I was so immersed in the story and the characters that I couldn’t even find the time to post updates about my reading progress. After every necessary break I took-a girl’s gotta eat after all- I came rushing back to Finn and Ellie. As individuals, they were strong, tough as nails characters that I’d be more than happy to get to know, and as a couple they were sweet and sexy. I loved Ellie’s solitary persona who secretly-and yet unknowingly- longed for companionship, and Finn’s skepticism towards love, marriage and commitment, and how, when he needed to take a step back and view things in a new light, he was able to step up and do it. As much as he was afraid of true, deep emotion, he wasn’t a coward when it came to accepting things. And anyway, Ellie was there to keep him on his toes, to show him the right way. All throughout the book, they had such a good balance, of love, of friendship, of rivalry, that I couldn’t help but be a tiny bit envious.
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