Review: Friendly Temptation by Elaine Radley

friendlyedit  Friendly Temptation by Elaine Radley 

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Publication Date: June 13, 2013

Blurb:

Ever since Katherine Ainsley’s divorce, a hazy line has emerged in her relationship with best friend Dominic Corvalis—one teetering between companionship and lust. When he proposes a dare, she rises to the challenge, even after she finds herself in a place she’s never imagined. Besides, Dom is there to support and tease, and the sexual tension percolating beneath their naughty errand is simply too tempting to resist. Perhaps they are meant to be more than just friends. She’ll never know until she pushes him across that line…and into the bedroom.

Normally, I’d say that short isn’t a word I’d want to use to describe sex.  But I have to say that this short story/novella was AWESOME.  It was just right.

Dominic and Katherine are a fanfrickingtastic couple.  Some novellas feel too short, as if we are missing out on something.  But I did not feel that way about this one.  I knew how Katherine and Dominic felt about each other, it was conveyed in Ms. Radley characterizations and their interactions with each other.   It was a seduction via teasing and a dare.  It was lovely to read.

The sexytimes were steamy and passionate and I felt like I needed to go stick my head into the freezer.  Yes, it was that hot. Especially when it came to dessert!  So, go get yourself some ice cream and get this novella.  This friends to lovers story was served up perfectly by this format.  I do hope we get more from Ms. Radley!

4 STARS

Buy it!! Amazon

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.  This review is my own opinion and is not a paid review.

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Review: Unforgettable by Alison Kent

unforgettableUnforgettable by Alison Kent

Self Purchase

Blurb:

When a walk on the wild side turned into a nightmare for Everly Grant, she escaped her abusive ex by taking a job with Crow Hill’s small newspaper. Now she’s assigned to write a human interest story on the return of the Dalton Gang, and she soon discovers that Boone Mitchell could give her plenty more than a good interview. As much as she craves safety, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Boone’s dangerous streak. Before she takes the cowboy to bed, she lays down the law: There are no strings attached, and she’s the one in charge.

That’s fine for Boone. In fact, Everly teaches him things no other woman ever dared. Soon they find themselves wanting more than their simple arrangement will allow. But to get there, Everly will have to open up in ways she thought she never could…

I discovered Ms. Kent’s Dalton Gang series about 3 weeks ago.  I read the first two books, Undeniable and Unbreakable in about 2-3 days.  So, I was quite relieved that I wouldn’t have to wait very long for the third book in the series.  I was also looking forward to Boone’s story because he was kind of a mystery to me.  Dax and Casper’s books were, for me, very intense.

Since returning to Crow Hill, the Dalton Gang (Dax, Casper and Boone) have had an uphill battle running a ranch that was barely viable.  One thing I really value about this series is the harsh reality of ranching life.  Ms. Kent doesn’t pull any punches.  These guys are struggling, daily, to keep the ranch running, not knowing if all the blood, sweat, money and tears, they are pouring into it will make a difference.  To top it all off, they are in the middle of a drought.  Not good.  It’s stressful and gut busting and yet they keep going.

At this point in the series, Dax and Casper are happily paired off with Arwen and Faith, respectively.  Both have left the ranch house and Boone has the whole place to himself and he is starting really feel the heaviness of being alone.

Our girl, Everly (lovely name, by the way) is living a quiet life in Crow Hill.  She likes it that way due to her past and it’s hold on her, she hasn’t really branched out into the community other than what her job as a reporter requires her to do.

Enter Boone:

“Up close, he was intimidating. His size, his bearing, his swagger and attitude, and all the things that made him male. She watched his throat work as he swallowed, the sheen on his chin and jaw, watched him backhand his wrist across his mouth when done, his gaze catching hers and burning.”

Oh yeah, baby.  That right there had me.  I won’t go into specifics but Boone and Everly begin their own journey with each other. Trying to figure out what they both want out of this coupling.  Every wants to keep it to sex only and Boone is only too happy to oblige her.  But soon he realizes he is ready to have a woman and a family to come home to.  *Sigh* I just loved Boone, he was my favorite of the Dalton Gang boys.  He certainly had some issues he struggled with but I loved that he knew what he wanted from Everly and knew that she did need to be handled with care at times due to issues she had trouble telling him about.  And as for Everly,  she was faced with wanting something she didn’t even realize she wanted in the first place!

The sexytimes in this one are as hot if not hotter than the first two.  There is one scene where clothing is literally cut off of a body. SERIOUSLY!!!  It was awesome.

If you haven’t picked up this series, please do!  The guys are a bit frustrating at first but I enjoyed all of them (Arwen, Faith and Everly, too) coming into their own and learning who they are now is much more important than who they were.

Excellent.  5 Stars.

Want to know more about Alison? Author Website / Goodreads

Buy it!! Kindle / Nook / iBook

Review: Unteachable by Leah Raeder

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Unteachable by Leah Raeder

Self Purchase

The Blurb:
I met him at a carnival, of all corny places. The summer I turned eighteen, in that chaos of neon lights and cheap thrills, I met a man so sweet, so beautiful, he seemed to come from another world. We had one night: intense, scary, real. Then I ran, like I always do. Because I didn’t want to be abandoned again.

But I couldn’t run far enough.

I knew him as Evan that night. When I walked into his classroom, he became Mr. Wilke.

My teacher.

I don’t know if what we’re doing is wrong. The rules say one thing; my heart says screw the rules. I can’t let him lose his job. And I can’t lose him.

In the movies, this would have a happy ending. I grow up. I love, I lose, I learn. And I move on. But this is life, and there’s no script. You make it up as you go along.

And you don’t pray for a happy ending. You pray for it to never end.

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That blurb really doesn’t do this book justice.  But that’s totally ok.  I have to admit that I read the blurb and some early reviews last week when the book came out.  Guess what happened?  I decided to read something else.  Big mistake. Big. Huge.  (Thank you Pretty Woman for that one).  I kept seeing it turn up on blogs I read and really liked and then one of my Goodreads friends read it and gave it extremely high praise.  So, here I am.

At 11% I was done for.  I was highlighting already and trying to catch my breath because of writing like this:

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So yeah.  I had a family to feed and kids to bathe and I felt like I had entered some kind fugue state but a good kind.  I wondered if what I felt was like being in “subspace” and yet the world around me kept moving.  I just sat in the chair in my little bubble and kept reading.

The subject is taboo and forbidden… an 18 yr old girl (Maise) meets a 33 year old teacher(Evan) at a carnival before school starts. They get involved.  My feelings about the subject?  If one of my girls were to take part in this kind of relationship, I’d have a problem.  But the rich and textured writing style of Ms. Raeder really made me not give a damn.

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Maise was a badass chick.  I read some criticism of her early on that I just didn’t agree with once I got into the book.  The criticism was that Maise was cocky and full of herself, she knew she was beautiful.  Well yeah… she did.  For me, it was a great relief.  One of my hangups with NA is the younger girls are full of insecurities and hangups.  Maise had her own issues and they totally stemmed from her not having a father in her life.  But you know what?  She totally owned that shit and she wielded it as a weapon. She knew how to use her beauty to manipulate men.  But those manipulations really didn’t work with Evan.

Both parties were in this relationship with their eyes wide open and I appreciated that.  Both wondered if they cared for each other because of true and genuine feelings or was it because it was wrong and forbidden?

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I gobbled this book up.  And when I was done last night, I felt deflated.  I went out with friend to dinner and had a margarita.  I needed it!  This book turned me inside out.

And as I’m writing this review, I’m listening to The Civil Wars .  “Poison and Wine”

Seriously, this song could be the soundtrack for this book.

“You only know what I want you to
I know everything you don’t want me to
Your mouth is poison, your mouth is wine
You think your dreams are the same as mine

Oh, I don’t love you, but I always will
Oh, I don’t love you, but I always will
I don’t love you but I always will
I always will”

Wow.  So yeah.  Give this book a chance.  Yes, the subject matter can be uncomfortable at times.  But the writing is not to be missed.  I do wish the end was fleshed out a bit more.  But, I always like to know what happens after “The End” anyway.  Maybe an epilogue is in the future?  Maybe?  Please?

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5 STARS

Buy it!  Amazon / Nook

Want to know more about Leah?  Author website / Goodreads

On a housekeeping note… I’m tweaking the look of the blog and cutting my teeth on graphics.  So, the look will be changing and I’ll make better graphics than the last three… I thought they would look differently than do.  But hey- live and learn!!!

What’s next?

Some of my super duper favorite authors have new books coming out in the next few weeks!! Yaaaaa jumpy claps!!!

This coming week is Cowboy week for me!!! Yeehaw!  I’m super excited for both of these books…

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Tanna Barker is a world champion barrel racer. But her personal life has been less of a success, and she’s feeling adrift. After her mother’s unexpected death, her father has remarried, and sold the Texas ranch she called home. Now a rodeo injury has left the restless spitfire holed up in Muddy Gap, unsure what her next move should be.

Until she meets her match in a wild, wild cowboy

Veterinarian August Fletcher has always put his job first. He’s never found a woman who could handle his on-the-road lifestyle. But when sassy, sexy Tanna blows into town, he finally finds the woman of his fantasies. And there’s something between them, but she claims she’s been burned by love ’em and leave ’em road dogs before. How can Fletch prove that he’s in it for the long haul, and that their sizzling relationship is better than winning any rodeo medal? It’ll take some sweet persuasion to convince Tanna that Muddy Gap is where she belongs.

Buy: Kindle / Nook

Alison Kent has become one of very favorite authors in the last 2 weeks.  I flew through the first 2 books in the Dalton Gang Series and I’m so glad that I don’t have to wait long for the next installment.

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The infamous Dalton Gang was once known for riding—and playing—hard. Now, as owners of the Dalton Ranch in Crow Hill, Texas, they’re working from sunup to sundown. But one look from the right woman can tempt them back into the saddle…

When a walk on the wild side turned into a nightmare for Everly Grant, she escaped her abusive ex by taking a job with Crow Hill’s small newspaper. Now assigned to write a human-interest story on the return of the Dalton Gang, she soon discovers that Boone Mitchell could give her plenty more than a good interview. As much as she craves safety, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Boone’s dangerous streak. Before she takes the cowboy to bed, she lays down the law: There are no strings attached, and she’s the one in charge.

That’s fine for Boone. In fact, Everly teaches him things no other woman ever dared. Soon they find themselves wanting more than their simple arrangement will allow. But to get there, Everly will have to open up in ways she thought she never could…

Buy:  Kindle / Nook

And last but not least…can we take a moment to appreciate the covers of these 2 books?  Holy crap…that’s  a lot of hotness.

Female anatomy.

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quivering peach?

 

Let’s talk about female anatomy, shall we?  I’m bringing this up because I read 2 books in a row that used very interesting terms for a woman’s “lady business”.  Now, I like the words “Lady business” that term makes me laugh.  But I read some recently that made me cringe and laugh out loud (and not in the same fun way as “lady business”)

I’m going to reveal the books because that’s not how I roll…

“Her peach quivered in anticipation…”

“…the pink lips of her peach…”

Now this one…made me laugh…”cha-chi”

“…but my cha-chi hadn’t seen action in so long…”

“My cha-chi was quivering with excitement, screaming, ‘Hallelujah, the desert days are over, girl!”

But later on in this book we get:

“dripping wetness” (is there an incontinence issue?)

“wet nether lips” (I got nothin)

and last but not least…

“moist secret flesh”

TA-DA!!!!!

Anyone else come across some cringeworthy terms for the lady business????

Staking my claim…

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Yep.  I finally decided to make it official and hang out my book reviewing shingle.  I figured as much as I read and review over at Goodreads, I might as well throw my .02 cents out into the blogging universe.

My focus will be contemporary military suspense/romance, Western contemporary romance, erotica included and whatever else lights my fire. I love a good romance and am a sucker for stick-your-head-in-the-freezer sexytimes.  I don’t read much in the way of paranormal, I OD’d on Anne Rice as a teenager and on Sookie Stackhouse a couple of years ago.  Although I’ve gotten 1/2 way through the BDB series and I enjoyed it.  I plan on reviewing books- honestly without being bitchy and judgemental and pimping authors and books that I love and hopefully making some more friends that love books and love talking about books.  I have a lot of other book review bloggers that I love and I plan on promoting them too.

I WILL NOT blow sunshine up an author or publisher’s tookus.  I’ve read too many reviews that lavish 5 star praise upon books that were full of typos and horrible syntax.

Well…here we go.