Review ~ Break Me by Autumn Stark

BreakMe

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?

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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 »

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Review ~ Cowboy In My Pocket by Kate Douglas

CowboyInMyPocket

Book: Cowboy In My Pocket

Series:

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.”

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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 ~ Safe In His Arms by Renee Rose

SafeInHısArmsBook: Safe In His Arms

Series:

Author: Renee Rose

Format: e-book

Page Count: 88

Published: Stormy Night Publications, July, 2013

Source: Publisher

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As an erotic contemporary romance story, Safe In His Arms felt short. The novella is about Becca, a young woman who longs for a spanking spice in her bedroom, and Zac, the undercover special ops ex marine who’s more than happy to help her out.

For starters, I think for the general plot, this novella should’ve been a full blown novel. It may be an erotic story, but the subplot of assassin involvement in Becca’s life, the mystery of who is behind the act of treachery, and the fact that Becca and Zac have a child, all required more exploration. Unfortunately we never get fulfilled regarding these issues. The only thing we enjoy to the fullest is the spanking. And though I’m up for a bit of that action, the way it was told, it seemed like they took the spanking and made it more than kinky bed play, they made it a way to resolve their arguments and issues. Whenever Becca tried to argue a point with him, he spanks her. If Becca doesn’t want him to give their son ice cream before dinner, Zac spanks her. Becca is aroused, Becca is out of the shower, Becca is bored, Zac spanks her. I haven’t read any domestic discipline books before this, so I don’t know if this is the general tone of these books, but I can say I wasn’t overjoyed with the way they integrated their kink into their lives.
I did, however, like the idea of flashbacks appearing every once in a while before a chapter. They added a nice touch and romanticism into the story.

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Review ~ Married for Christmas by Noelle Adams

MarriedforChristmasBook: Married for Christmas

Series:

Author: Noelle Adams

Format: e-book

Page Count: 205

Published: December 1st, 2013

Source: Publisher

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It seems like I’m on a course of novellas these days. The last three books I’ve read were either novellas or short stories which was nice, they made me realize it doesn’t matter whether a story is three hundred pages long or just fifty or so, what matters is the plot and how the author chooses to tell it. And here I am, having read yet another novella, about two people who are lonely and trying to secure a place in each other.

Jessica is a woman alone. She works from home, though what she does I can’t remember. She’s got a mother who’s suffering from what I think is Alzheimer’s, and she’s not exactly the social type. She longs for a family, children, but luck has never been on her side and for a while now she’s been in love with her long time best friend, Daniel. Daniel is a pastor in a local church. He wants to transfer to their hometown but his acceptance of this new position depends on him being married. He’s a widower of two years, and having loved his wife a great deal, has never seen Jessica as anything other than his friend. So it comes as a great surprise to him when Jessica proposes a deal that would benefit them both. They should get married, so Jessica could have the family she dreamed, and Daniel could have the job he’d always wanted. A win-win situation, yes? Not exactly.

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Review~ Carved in Stone by Kate Douglas

CarvedInStoneBook: Carved in Stone

Series:

Author: Kate Douglas

Format: e-book

Page Count: 215

Published: Beyond the Page Publishing, 2013

Source: Publisher

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It’s been a while, I think, since I’ve read a romantic suspense story. In fact, I can’t even remember the last one I read. So when I came across this book, I thought to myself, what the hell? And that’s how I started this book. However, by the time I finished it, I can honestly, and most sadly, say that to say this book has disappointed me would be an understatement. This book has startled me from head to toe.

The plot revolves around an under appreciated photographer Alex, who’s hired by an archeologist, Nate, who’s found ancient stone carvings and needs someone with expertise to come and take pictures of his discovery.

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