Contemporary Romance, Erotica

Trophy Wife by Alessandra Torre

Trophy Wife

Trophy Wife

After finishing college with student loans, Candace Tapers’ dream of using her degree goes up to flames when the reality of finding job seemed fruitless. Now, Candace works the pole to make ends meet. Until he met Nathan Dumont. He needed a wife. She needed money. It was a perfect contract but secrets can’t be hidden forever. 

I thought I was trading a strip club for a mansion and Ramen noodles for caviar. I did not realize I was selling my soul to the devil.

I’ve read a lot of Alessandra Torre’s books and Trophy Wife had her style written all over it. It has the perfect mix of romance, eroticism and suspense. I had a hard time putting this book down because every chapter leaves me hanging. Her characters gave off the same feels like the ones in Black Lies. Personally, I don’t think it’s a bad thing. Candace and Nathan were just perfect for this story.

I love how demure and sassy Candace can be. She dealt whatever hand life gave and made grueling choices in expense of her own well-being. Candace may have a few moments but she put her own happiness first in the end. I had mixed feelings regarding Nathan. Was he a knight in a dark horse? Or the villain hiding behind a handsome face? He was so frustrating. One minute I was falling for him, the next I’m plotting all the ways to kill him. I had a hard time forgiving him for what he made Candace do chapter 30. However, my heart cries out to them both at the end. Their love is just so passionately explosive.

I was expecting a more dramatic scene than what happened in chapter 52. My gosh I was so frustrated with them! I want to slap a bitch. It was like the blissfully happy few chapters never happened. I need Nathan’s POV of those moments. I have lots of questions with the other characters. Like, you know, Drew? I’m curious what happened with him after. Nonetheless, I am so incredibly happy I read this book. It is an excellent read if you’re in the mood for some romantic erotica and just curl up in bed.

Read: April 2017

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Fantasy

The Red by Tiffany Reisz

The Red

the-red

*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Mona Lisa St. James will do anything to fulfill the promise she made in her mother’s deathbed. Anything includes spending a year in the mysterious Malcolm’s bed to save the art gallery, The Red. In every night tryst with Malcolm brought her new experience and and feelings she shouldn’t explore. When the time comes would she able to let go? Or would she be sucked in the world Malcolm showed?

Is it hot in here?

This book is the perfect summer read. Seriously, this is so sizzling hot Mona and Malcolm gave new meaning to erotic fantasy. Their chemistry is off the charts from the very start. I couldn’t put it down, I finished in under three to four hours in one sitting. I don’t think this is what The Original Sinners (TOS)  readers expected but I loved it all the same! I love the art and history in this book. My knowledge of art is not extensive but I didn’t get lost because Ms. Reisz explained a great deal about the artists and the pieces.

Mona changed a great deal. She’s not a prude but she wouldn’t have walked the dark path if she hadn’t met Malcolm. It was interesting to watch her cave and let society’s conventions be damned. She was stronger and more confident than they first met. Malcolm Fitzroy is the best English rake I ever met. He is not only wholly inappropriate but totally unrepentant too. He played a lot of games without a care in the world but his desires. If only all men were that straight forward to what they want, women wouldn’t have to trouble with playing game with the heart.

The ending kinda blindsided me. I was expecting a very different ending for Mona and Malcolm. I mean, I fell in love with Malcolm so it’s fair to say that I want a happy ending for all. Actually, I didn’t expect the mystery behind everything about Malcolm. But he is a cheeky bastard, he lined up all his ducks in the end. I got over it pretty quickly once I saw the fun and hilarious (and HOT) side of it. I should know better than expect a conventional story from Tiffany Reisz.

There you go, I can’t say more or I’m gonna spoil you guys. I want to talk about another character, but I’m not sure if I’m allowed to because it will be a spoiler too. Anyway, The Red is coming on July 11, 2017. Don’t forget to pre-order!

Read: April 23, 2017

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Contemporary Romance, Erotica

Misbehaving by Tiffany Reisz

Misbehaving

misbehaving

FOUR BUZZING BEES TO BEA AND BEN!!!

Attending her foster sister’s wedding was supposed to be a work-free vacation for the popular sex blogger, Beatriz. Her new assignment is to review a sex position manual. Finding a plus-one with a wedding looming ahead is not difficult. But Ben from college who turned down sex with her five years ago is more than willing to be her bed partner. Could old flames rekindle after nights of passion? Or would they walk away again to live separate lives?

“If people had more and better sex and felt less guilty about it, we’d live in a much better world.”

Tiffany Reisz proved again that whatever she writes would be worth reading. This novella is a modern erotic retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. I’m truly excited on how she did this one because Seize the Night, a modern Romeo and Juliet erotic retelling, was such a success story. It was fascinating and amusing at the same time. She’s really good in witty banters and sexual innuendos which is perfect for our dear sex blogger.

I admit that I was expecting Bea to be a bit like Nora in The Original Sinners (TOS). I wanted her to be more fierce… more mean to Ben. I also find Ben’s character to be generic. He was your average gorgeous, hot guy that got away. But I love them both. They were both so funny and their sex scenes are H-O-T. I was also fascinated with Henry and Claudia, the groom and the bride. Henry really stole the show with his comical reaction regarding THE PACKAGE. I couldn’t stop laughing. Oh, and I loved that surprise from TOS!

Read: August 28, 2016

Rating: 4 Stars

Contemporary Romance, Erotica, New Adult

The Fall Up Duet by Aly Martinez

TFU

The Fall Up

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Levee Williams was a famous celebrity. Her voice brought her fame she never expected. Her life was not entirely her own under the scrutiny of media. Leevee Williams wanted to jump off the bridge and die… but she met Sam Rivers. Gorgeous and tattooed Sam saved her life in their every conversation. Like her, he’s hiding secrets that led him to that bridge. Could they save each other from falling? Or would they be torn apart yet again?

“There isn’t a woman in the world who doesn’t have demons of some sort. No matter who I end up with, it’s always going to be a struggle.” I kissed her hair again, letting it linger as if my lips were able to transfer the truth of my words. “Levee, I’d like to struggle with you.”

Aly Martinez is a new author for me, so I went in blind with this book. I don’t have any expectations at all. But I was hoping for a good read. I love her writing style. The story is unique. I just love how detailed and comprehensive it is. The words really come alive with her characters. The characters gave different impacts on different parts of the story. There was love, hate, hopelessness and redemption.

I was always a sucker for tortured souls so it wasn’t a surprise that I loved Levee and Sam from the start. They both carry the burden of their painful pasts and it was a struggle for them to move on. I love that despite how cliché it is that they would ‘heal each other’s souls and fall in love’, their story is still captivating. I also love the banter! Playful and witty banters are always a win. However, it felt a bit unfinished for me. From all they’ve been through, I want a different ending. I mean, I love what happened but I want more. I wanted to see more of their lives after everything.

Oh, and I just love Henry. He was like sunshine in Levee’s life, and I can’t wait for his book!

Read: December 11, 2015

Rating: 4 Stars

The Spiral Down

TFU2

Despite being famous in the music industry, Henry Alexander can’t find someone to spend life with. He was surrounded by people all the time but none that called to him. Until he met Captain Evan Roth that faithful night. They’re both afraid of committing but too weak to resist the undeniable chemistry between them. Could Evan open himself up to be love or hurt? Would Henry take the risk of falling?

“This doesn’t make you gay … It just makes you mine.”

Aly Martinez did it again!

I love this one better than the first! First off, it was probably because Henry and Evan spent more time together (physically or otherwise). There problems weren’t as deep as Levee and Sam’s which makes me breathe a little easier. I was able to enjoy it more without waiting for the other shoe to drop. They had their own issues to deal with but there were more fun times than the broody parts.

I mentioned in the previous book that I loved Henry. He was such a flamboyant character and I’m happy that we were able to see more sides of him. I was just so frustrated with why he ran from Evan. His excuses were beyond unreasonable. I really didn’t expect that from Henry. Add that fact that I didn’t like how it took doing this thing for him to run like hell. Anyway, I just adore Evan. I understood why he was so hesitant in falling in love again. His painful experience with love was so heartbreaking. I admire that he was so tenacious once he admit his feelings to himself.

This is not my first rodeo in M/M romance… but I think this is tame in comparison. Don’t get me wrong, there were lots of foreplay that were just beyond hot. Their chemistry was off the charts and I love them both. However, this thing that I mentioned really turned me off because of where Henry’s head was going. Thankfully, I loved that ending which added a point-five in my rating.

Read: May 29, 2016

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Contemporary Romance, Erotica, New Adult

Misconduct by Penelope Douglas

Misconduct

Misconduct

Easton Bradbury thought that leaving her past behind would be the hardest thing she’ll ever do. However, meeting the infamous Tyler Marek gave her life a new perspective. Problem is, he’s a politician and the father of one of her troubled students. It was taboo, forbidden, but fighting it was futile. Could Easton and Tyler survive their relationship? Or would Easton’s past catch up on them?

“Damaged people were survivors, and they survived because they always put themselves first. Self-preservation demanded it.”

Penelope Douglas truly knows how tell a story. Forbidden loves were so common that it takes lots of twists and turns to make it into something more. On the surface, Easton and Tyler seems to be the normal hero and heroine of this age but reading them opens up a more dynamic view of the story. There’s more to it than a romance novel. There were loads of family issues and secrets that spice things up a bit.

I liked Easton better that Tyler. It is rare for me to love the heroine over the hero… but it does happen. Despite Tyler’s very strong and dominant personality, I had hard time being lured in his presence. I’ve read hero politicians before and there’s just something lacking in Tyler. Easton, on the other hand, I love. After everything that happened, I admire her decision to still help other people. She decided to teach, to help young minds, and it was a step-up from just existing.

I did not expect who the ‘bad guy’ was. I was so confused and betrayed after reading it. I was like staring at it and screaming bloody justice. I truly can’t believe that that person could’ve done those things. I’m kind of still hoping to find a happy ending for this character or even a silver lining that would hint what happened after. I was hoping for a different ending. The one we had was good. It was okay but I was expecting something more that would bring justice to the revelations that happened in the previous chapters.

Read: December 8, 2015

Rating: 4 Stars

Contemporary Romance, Erotica

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz

The Bourbon Thief

The Bourbon Thief

A family with bourbon in its blood and blood on its hands…

Cooper McQueen woke up to find his one million dollar bourbon in the hands of the most beautiful woman to ever grace his bed, Paris. Instead of calling the police Cooper hears out the lurid tale behind Paris’ actions. A story about the Maddoxes, the family that bore a 150-year-old scandal that started Red Thread, the family of secrets, lies, deception and betrayal, the family that Tamara Maddox intended to destroy.

You can trust me. You have to trust me. We’re never going to make this work—not for a day, not for a year, not for a lifetime—if you can’t trust me.”

This is the kind of book that people should read. The plot is amazing. The characters are complex and unconventional. The need for revenge was so intense, so sweet I could almost taste it. I could definitely say that I bonded with Tamara. For a sixteen year old, she did what she had to to survive and punish those who wronged her. She was so determined and not at all spoiled after that fateful night. She had the perfect revenge all lined up. I love Levi for not giving up. I had my doubts at first but he proved his love for Tamara in the end.

I did not see that last plot twist coming in Tamara and Levi’s lives. After everything they’ve been through I can’t believe there’s still more to come. Looking back, their love was doomed from the start. I really want to beat the shit out of George Maddox, that evil evil man.

I’m also interested in Cooper and Paris. I hope Paris came back and told Cooper the rest of the story, and then they’ll get married and have kids. Lol. Still, can’t help but hope for more!

Read: August 10, 2016

Rating: 5 Stars

Erotica, Romance, Suspense

Tight by Alessandra Torre

Tight

Tight

FIVE TIGHT STARS!!!

Thirty-two year old Riley Johnson lived a monotonous life in a small town in Florida. Steady job, amazing friends, and independence. All that changed after a night with Brett Jacobs. He supposedly travels a lot selling boats here and there but for he’s odd meetings at night. That should’ve raised some red flags, but Riley ignored it all by the promise of true love. Until it all came crashing down. Secrets were uncovered, hearts were broken and one person remained missing.

The word ‘tight’ has twenty-two definitions, but my favorite is Webster’s fifth–“a bond which cannot be broken.”

This book is not what I expected it to be and I’ve learned a lot from reading Alessandra Torre’s previous books. But it’s a good thing to take readers by surprise every now and then. I actually loved it because every chapter, every turn of page makes me hungry for more. I couldn’t stop reading it once I started. I essentially devoured it. I couldn’t wait to see what becomes of Riley, Brett, Elyse and Kitten. There were so many secrets and dark alleys; I had a hard time thinking for a happy ending for our dear characters.

I did loads of over thinking. Kitten was a mystery for me. At first, I thought it was this character but then I thought it too obvious so I changed perspective. I started thinking of her as this other character and I was so torn because I truly wanted them to have a happy ending. And I can’t imagine how if this other character turned up. I loved Riley’s character despite her faults. She was far from perfect but she’s strong. She came out as a victor at the end after so many trials.  I found Brett’s character a bit sketchy. He was hiding so many secrets, it’s a wonder he didn’t combust. It was only after Kitten’s character was truly revealed that I fell in love with him (better late than never). That scene was a very OMG moment for me. I even got teary-eyed.

I’m starting to like these kinds of plot twists and mind fucks in books. It was refreshing even if it made me think morbid things. Anyway, I absolutely love how Alessandra Torre unique drew every story of her characters. They were just so real. They undergo lots of changes and growing up that eventually led to a happier ending for everyone. It was not conventional which allures me in more ways than one. So here’s a perfect star rating for Tight!

Read: August 8, 2016

Rating: 5 Stars