Review: Table For Two

Table-For-Two-200x300 Table For Two by Jess Dee

5 out of 5 Licks

Sunday Night Dinner Club, Book 2

James Elliot never meant to barge into his friend’s bedroom, but now that he’s caught an eyeful of Olivia Taylor, butt-naked, he can’t seem to imagine her any other way.

Liv’s world is falling apart. The goals she’s worked so hard to achieve are crumbling. The only thing she can rely on now is the constant stability her friends provide.

But one of those friends is changing the dynamics of their relationship. James is whipping away everything that’s familiar between them and replacing it with a sensuality and a passion Liv can’t ignore.

With so much at stake, Liv has no time to fall in love—even if it’s with her best friend. It’s up to James to guide her through the toughest challenge of her life and show her that the light on the other side of the tunnel just might burn between them forever.

Warning: Contains all the red-hot loving you’d expect from a Jess Dee romance, and a sexy, sports-mad, muscle-bound alpha hero with a penchant for tossing his heroine over his shoulder.

Ahh the good ole friends to lovers, such a fun troupe to read.  James being a mere man was too dumb to notice how sexy Olivia is until he walks in on her completely naked.  Once he sees her in all her naked glory its like he’s been smacked over the head and can’t stop looking at her.  Liv needs a bit more convincing, but once James made his mind up he bound and determined to make her his.  Watching a woman fight falling is almost as fun as watching a man fight the fall.  Liv fought with everything she had, but she was no match for James.  He took the time to show her how much he not only wanted her naked and under him (or on top of him) but that he wants her heart and soul too.  Jess writes some of the sweetest romances, but still includes smoking hot sex scenes.  It’s quite a gift she has.  I’m really enjoying the Sunday Night Dinner Club series and I can’t wait for more.  

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Audio Review: Hammer It Home

HammerItHomeAudioFINAL-1024x1024 Hammer It Home by Jayne Rylon

5 out of 5 Licks

When times get tough, the tough stage one scorching-hot intervention.

Powertools, Book 6

Morgan is happy that her best friend Kate is expecting the crew’s littlest member, but helping renovate a room for a nursery is more than she can bear. Baby furniture and pastel paint are a painful reminder that she and Joe can’t—and will never—conceive. There’s no hiding it from the rest of the close-knit crew, either.

True to their unique brand of love, the gang rallies to find a non-traditional solution to alleviate their friends’ suffering. Not with a cold, clinical visit to a sperm donation clinic, but delivering it the old-fashioned way. With a healthy dose of searing passion.

But soon after Morgan’s scorching hot night with her husband’s four best friends, an accident threatens the life of one of those men. The challenges that lie ahead will test the crew’s powerful bond to the limit—and their long-standing promise to take care of each other through good, bad, and sexy times. Whatever it takes…

Warning: Not everything in life turns out as planned, but with love all odds are surmountable. Especially when those odds include five hot construction workers on your side. Contains m/m/f group ménage scenes.

First things first-read the other books in the series before you read this one!  If you read this book without reading the first ones in the series you may thing it’s all about the sex, but it’s really all about the love between the crew.  Nailed To The Wall carried a bit of a sad note at the end, but everything works out for Joe and Morgan in this one.  Jayne loves to make us cry though so you likely won’t get through this story without some tears, but they are well worth it.  Things get rough for the crew about midway through but don’t worry.  Jayne wouldn’t dare leave us without things being ok in the end.  She also gives a great intro to the Hot Rods crew.  I’m looking forward to checking out the Hot Rod books next.  As always Gregory does a great job with the narration.  I’m sure it was crazy hard to do over 9 different voices, but he managed to do it.  And shout out to that sexy cover!!  Yummy!!

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Review: Three Times Lucky

threetimeslucky Three Times Lucky

Ménage by Monday by Louisa Bacio
Playtime by Dorothy F. Shaw
Darkest Dreams by Solera Winters
Made for Two by Kim Carmichael
A Perfect Fit by Sascha Illyvich
Lucky Three & His Reward by Chelle

2.5 out of 5 Licks

This box set just didn’t pull me in.  The shorter the book the less opportunity to build your characters, make the reader like them, and want to see them happy.  Some of the stories were all over the board for me.  There were plot lines that showed up and then never went anywhere.  A couple of the stories just didn’t feel well developed for me.  The premises were interesting enough but the stories just fell a little short.  Playtime by Dorothy F. Shaw was my favorite of the bunch followed by Menage by Monday by Louisa Bacio.  Playtime was extremely hot and filled with sex. I would have liked to seen more story development but the relationship between the girls really did shine through.  Menage by Monday had some slow moments, but I wanted to see the characters make it together.  Louisa did a good job making me care about the three friends.

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Cover Reveals: Madison Girls

That’s right today we have TWO cover reveals!  Mari Carr is re-releasing two of her old back list titles and they have beautiful new covers.  Valerie Tibbs made these beauts.  She also made my blog logo and header.  She is so freaking awesome!  Check them out and tell us what you think.  

Kiss Me Kate-highres

Kiss Me, Kate – coming December 28

Blindsided when her husband skips town with another woman, Kate is forced to move in with her sister. Desperate to get out of Jill’s apartment, Kate jumps at the chance to help Rick and Wes, DEA agents whose latest case finds them in urgent need of a house-sitter while they’re off on assignment.
As the months pass, a stronger Kate emerges. She develops an email friendship with Rick, and it isn’t long before they secretly begin starring in each other’s lust-filled fantasies. Problem is, after her failed marriage, Kate only wants a physical relationship. She’s terrified of losing her heart—which is exactly what Rick intends to capture upon his return.
They reach a compromise. One that involves explosive, no-strings sex–for now. Rick patiently deflects her fears and slakes her passion while keeping his darker, dominant needs in check, afraid of scaring his innocent lover. But unbeknownst to Rick, Kate has a few untapped fantasies of her own.
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Three Reasons Why – coming December 28

Wes wants Jill in every possible way a man can want a woman. But she’s resisting. Hard. When he learns she needs a handyman for her diner, he decides fate is smiling upon him—until Jill offers three reasons why they can’t be together. Always up for a challenge, Wes decides to prove her ridiculous reasons unsound, one by one.
Jill knows her reasons are total bull, but she’s sticking by them, come hell or high water. Unfortunately, Wes is extremely persuasive. Especially in bed. If the sex gets any hotter they’ll likely burn down the town. Before long, Jill’s reasons begin falling away as fast as her clothing whenever Wes is around.
But Jill knows exactly what Wes wants for his future, and she’s just prolonging the inevitable heartbreak. The real reason she can’t give herself to Wes, can’t allow herself to love him, can only lead to pain—the kind from which neither may ever recover.
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Audio Review: Nailed To The Wall

Nailedtothewall Nailed To The Wall by Jayne Rylon

4 out of 5 Licks

The crew is back and they’re dirtier than ever.

Powertools, Book 5

Five sexy men with a penchant for love and lust in any variation have formed a crew. They work hard and play harder—together. Though their partnership began in construction, renovating houses and selling them for a mint, they’ve formed a bond around their shared goal to provide women, and each other, with the ultimate sexual experience.

Over the past year, as each member discovered his soul mate—or two—they expanded the reach of their circle, lighting up their nights along with their souls. Monogamous relationships and the desire to start families threaten to put their libertine revelry on the back burner. Will the passion that bonded them fade away? How will the new crew wives cope with the complex relationship the men will always cherish and crave?

Determined to prove they stand by their men, the women decide it’s time to flex some muscle and give the crew a dose of girl power. They collude to take the guys as their horny hostages, using some big guns: boudoir photos, a pillow fight and a calculated foray into partner swapping. But will they have the guts to go through with their plans?

Warning: By Book Five in this series, fans will attest that anything goes in the crew. Be prepared for ménage in every flavor—m/f, f/f, mfm, fmf, and more—along with a slew of that’s what he said jokes. No throwing tomatoes at the author, please!

The Powertools Series was the first thing I read from Jayne Rylon way back when I started reading again.  What a way to dive into the dirty book arena!  This series is full of every kind of position and combination you can imagine!  As always Gregory Salinas is wonderful to listen to.  We are entering the colder months here in the US and his voice added to Jayne’s words will definitely heat you up!  Now that all the couples are together we get to see how their relationships are progressing.  To get a real feel for everyone you really need to read the first four in the series.  Sadly the first four aren’t narrated by Greg but they are available in audio if you prefer to listen rather than read.  The ladies lead the pack in this book starting with a sexy boudoir photo shoot for their men full of that’s what he/she said jokes. And then the sexin starts.  There are lots of sex scenes in this one.  We’ve already read about all the relationships so now it’s time for the crew to work on the group dynamics.  I love series books and it’s always hard for me to let go of the characters once they’ve found their match (or matches in some cases) so this was a great chance to visit the crew again.  I can’t wait to listen to the next in the series and wrap up an emotional chapter in the crews lives.    

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Review: Hot Ink Anthology

hotink_200 Hot Ink Anthology by Carrie Ann Ryan, Cari Quinn, and Sidney Bristol

4 out of 5 Licks

Forever Ink by NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan

A Montgomery Ink Novella

The idea of a May-December romance has never looked so hot when it comes to broody lawyer, Morgan and sizzling tattoo artist, Callie. Between conniving family members, blondes with too much time on their hands, and their own misgivings, trust in the bedroom and out of it won’t come easy.

Takedown by USA Today Bestselling Author Cari Quinn

A Tapped Out Bonus Novella

After honorably discharged Navy SEAL Liam Walsh discovers his estranged brother, Slater, is living platonically with Abby, the only woman Liam ever loved, he vows to remind her of their scorching history. But Abby has changed since Liam left, and he only has one long weekend to stake his claim…

Bound Memories by Sidney Bristol

A Bayou Bound Novella

Kit Carson is back in his home town to do more than promote his latest reality TV win on Tattoo King. He’s returned to win over the woman who kinked up his world, but Renee LeBlanc isn’t the girl he remembers. Ten years can go in a blink of an eye and he won’t let her walk away from him again.

Overall I enjoyed this anthology.  My favorite of the bunch was Bound Memories.  I’ve really grown to love Sidney’s characters and she does a good job sucking me into the story and making me want the characters to have a happy ever after.  I liked that Kit wasn’t your typical super muscular hero.  He doesn’t have an 8-pack and he’s sporting a beard and I loved him for that.  I occasionally read about female characters who aren’t perfect but I don’t know if I’ve ever read about the opposite.  I also liked that even though Kit was on a successful TV show he wasn’t rich even after winning the show.  There are so many rich folks stories out there right now that I’m starting to get a bit tired of them.  It’s nice to be able to have the money for anything but it’s more real for me when they have to work a day job to make ends meet-guess it’s more like my life. lol  

I enjoyed Carrie and Cari’s stories as well.  Forever Ink is all about the rich older man/younger woman troupe.  For an older man I was a little surprised at how much he still bowed down to his mother.  He did eventually grow a pair (they were always there just ask Callie she’s knows), but it took a while for him to use them.  Callie was a lot of fun.  She is very much a free spirit who marches to the beat of her own drum.  She is a super likable character.  Tapped Out was just okay for me.  I really didn’t connect with Liam or Abby.  It all felt a little unnatural and forced to me.  

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Review: Giving Off Sparks

Giving-Off-Sparks-highres-682x1024 Giving Off Sparks by Sami Lee

4 out of 5 Licks

Resisting a gorgeous firefighter bent on seduction could prove the ultimate challenge.

Firefighter Rob McConnell doesn’t believe in love at first sight, until he meets Sierra Lawson and his common sense goes up in flames. The woman sets his heart alight the instant he meets her, and he could swear the feeling is mutual. But Sierra has one rule that makes a relationship between them unworkable—she doesn’t date firefighters. Still, Rob thinks the spark between them deserves an opportunity to grow and he’ll use every seductive talent he has to convince Sierra to take a chance on love.

Sierra doesn’t believe in taking chances. Her late fiancé took them on the job as a cop and wound up dead. Knowing she can’t go through that kind of heartache again, Sierra vows never to date another man in a dangerous profession. But when hunky firefighter Rob bursts into her life, her list of rules looks set to burn up like dry kindling. The man is temptation personified. An affair seems inevitable.

Guarding her heart? Impossible.

We first meet Rob in Burning Up.  I’m always sad when a story starts with a threesome and someone winds up left out in the end so I was happy to see Rob get his woman. In Burning Up Rob came across as fairly naive, but in Giving Off Sparks he is a changed man.  He knows what he wants and goes straight after it.  Once Rob sees Sierra that’s the end of it, he has to have her.  After Sierra lost her fiance she is too scared to really let herself love again.  She has a hard time fighting her attraction to Rob.  She decides to let go and be with him, but only allows herself to be with him for short time. This was a short and sweet story-plenty of heat too though!  I really enjoyed seeing Rob get a happy ending (in more ways than one!).  I hope Sami plans on writing more in this series.  

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Review: No Matter What

NoMatterWhat No Matter What by Erin Nicholas

4 out of 5 Licks

The best doesn’t come cheap…and this time it could cost him his heart.

Handsome billionaire Adam Steele is good. Good at getting his way. If nothing else, money always works—until he realizes he can’t buy his daughter’s way out of her new wheelchair. Three private physical therapists later, he’s almost given up on Emily walking again. Then he meets Dr. Jaden Monroe. And his match.

Feisty physical therapist Jaden Monroe has never met a man quite like Adam. She’s not sure if it’s his I’m–in–charge attitude or the heat in his eyes when he looks at her, but she finds herself wanting to say yes to anything he asks. Like when he asks her to help his daughter walk again. Of course, the million dollars he offers—just enough to finish the pediatric rehab wing Jaden has been working for and dreaming of—is hard to say no to as well.

But Jaden didn’t anticipate a teen whose injuries are more than physical. Or a man so passionate and devoted—and as tenacious as she is. As she and Adam fight their attraction, the only thing harder than keeping her promise will be keeping a hold on her heart.

This book has been previously published and has been expanded from its original release.

Warning: Contains heated arguments that erupt only slightly more often than hot kissing, a new perspective on kitchen appliances, and sizzling sex occurring everywhere BUT the bedroom (though they eventually make it there).

One of the more popular tropes right now is the billionaire/millionaire love story and this one definitely falls into that category.  I’ve started to get a little tired of the premise, but Erin does a good job keeping it fresh with the addition of a teenage daughter who lost a portion of her leg.  Adam hired Jaden to help his daughter walk again, he wasn’t expecting to fall for her-we all know where this is going right?  Of course they fall in love, but not without some issues along the way.  I liked the teenage daughter.  Her attitude and surliness kept things interesting and made it feel real.  It wouldn’t have worked as well if she was super cooperative.  lol  Adam does something stupid (we all knew it was bound to happen at some point) and then makes a big gesture to try to make it right.  This one is more sweet than sexy overall.  Don’t get me wrong the chemistry between these two was huge, but the main focus of this one wasn’t how hot they burned up the sheets.  I am very excited for the next installment of this series.  I’m glad Erin decided to write more because I really need to see Tony find some happiness. 

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Review: A Santini In Love

santini A Santini in Love by Melissa Schroeder

4 out of 5 Licks

She was the last woman standing.

Madison Baker was born and bred to be a Marine. When a roadside bomb ends her first deployment—not to mention her career—she is left to pick up the pieces of what is left of her life. She’s returned to Oceanside to regroup and move on. It doesn’t mean she’s ready for a relationship, even if a particular Santini has different plans.

Love happens when you least expect it.

When he first met Madison back at the Academy, Dante Santini is sure the woman was put on the earth to irritate him. She’s prickly and mouthy. She always thinks she’s right. Worse—she almost always is. She hasn’t really changed over the years. One disagreement ends up with them lip locked and very nearly falling into bed, Dante discovers he might need to rethink his first impression.

When Madison is convinced she witnesses a murder, the only person who believes her is Dante. Together, they sift through the meager evidence, trying to unearth the secrets someone is trying to hide. Neither one of them expecting it would draw them closer—or that a killer is hell bent on making sure those secrets stay buried.

The Santini’s are back!! I love a good military romance and Mel writes some great ones.  I don’t see very many female military heroines so it’s always refreshing when one pops up.  Madison is living with PTSD and working hard to maintain as normal of a life as she can.  She’s changed a lot since Dante saw her last and now he’s determined to make her his.   Dante believes in her when she isn’t sure she believes in herself anymore.  Dante turns out to be quite the sweetheart and refuses to let Madison doubt herself or her instincts.  I loved seeing these two find each other again and fall hard.  Something about seeing a Santini fall is extra awesome! They fall so hard and so completely, it is always so much fun to read.  

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Review: Rocky Mountain Romance

RockyMountainRomance Rocky Mountain Romance by Vivan Arend

4 out of 5 Licks

Six Pack Ranch Book 7

Second chances are the sweetest—and the hottest.

It took a spectacularly embarrassing break-up to knock Steve Moonshine Coleman off his lazy butt. In the ten months since that night, he’s changed his ways. Now that Melody’s back in town, it’s time for this sweet-talking cowboy to convince her to get back in the saddle with him.

A return to her veterinary position in Rocky Mountain House was always in the cards for Melody Langley. Getting back together with Steve? Never part of the plan. He had lots of potential but zero ambition, and there’s no way she’ll accept anything less than a man who can keep up with her, in and out of bed.

But the new-and-improved cowboy is impossible to resist, so Melody issues a challenge. Three months to prove he’s reformed. Three months of Steve orchestrating one sexual indulgence after another—wicked distractions from the old boys’ club Melody faces at work and Steve’s growing responsibilities.

He’s got one shot to prove with more than words what’s in his heart and soul.

Warning: Fifty percent less angst, twice as much filthy-talking, dirty-daring cowboy. Get ready for a whole lot of make-your-knees-weak wooing from a man intent on proving he’s got what it takes, and the woman ready to push him way past his limits.

I LOVE VIVIAN AREND!!!!! Ok now that we have that out of the way.  I’m so happy to be back with the Coleman crew.  It is impossible for me to let this family go and thankfully it must be just as hard for Viv cause she keeps on giving us more.  In Rocky Mountain Romance we get to know another one of the Coleman cousins. Steve clearly pissed off Melody, but he’s ready to own up to his mistakes and win her back.  It’s really hard not to like the version of Steve we meet in this book, but there are some not so great glimpses into his past that make you understand why Melody wasn’t willing to stay with him.  These two are supper hot when they get naked together and Steve loves trying to find new things to do with her.  There were some times when I got frustrated with Melody and thought she was being to hard on Steve.  What’s a relationship without a little self manufactured drama though.  lol  All in all Viv has given us another great addition to the Six Pack series.  I always think that the current book is my new favorite, but then I read the next one and it takes the top spot.  I can’t wait for the next book!

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