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Book Review- Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

Title: Sweet Filthy boy

Sweet Filthy Boy

Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Author: Christina Lauren

Publisher: Gallery Books, May 2014

Pages: 416

Source: purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from Amazon.com:

One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him. But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation—and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out—Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume—her sweet, filthy fling—to France for the summer and just…play. When feelings begin to develop behind the provocative roles they take on, and their temporary masquerade adventures begin to feel real, Mia will have to decide if she belongs in the life she left because it was all wrong, or in the strange new one that seems worlds away.

**

Okay, does that title grab you? Hm-m-m, do you think maybe this is a sexy book? Does the fact that Romantic Times Magazine dubbed it “Book of The Year” at this year’s convention mean anything? Well, what can I say, yes, the title grabbed me, I figured it was sexy and if Romantic Times thought it that good maybe I should just see what the fuss was all about.

Sexy does not begin to describe all the sex in this book. Some sensuous, some rough, some play-acting all written VERY well. Ansel is truly a gorgeous hunk and who could resist his French accent. Mia is confused about her future for most of the book but has fallen for Ansel although she tries to deny the attachment. What happened in Vegas started something that traveled all the way to Paris.

Yes, I read this cover to cover, all 416 pages in two days. I had trouble putting it down when I really needed to sleep so I picked it up again first thing the next morning. These characters were believable and their lusting for each other was also believable. I kept waiting for this initial infatuation to wear off. I could not see how these two were to get a happily-ever-after. That is why I kept turning pages. I was totally hooked on their attraction and their scorching chemistry. Throw in an ex-lover and the suspense ratchets up.

I recommend this book to those who don’t mind lots of sex in their well written stories.

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Recent Release Review- Light My Fire by G. A. Aiken

Title: Light My Fire (book #7 Dragon Kin Series)

Light My Fire

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Author: G.A. Aiken

Publisher: Zebra, Nov. 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

The trouble with humans is that they’re far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months–and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I’m trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight…gods! That endless name!

But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female.

Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I’m sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?

**

A humorous addition to Aiken’s much loved Dragon Kin Series. The dragons are arrogant, and often silly and at times extremely violent and very sexy. The humans are often powerful and at times at the mercy of the dragons. This book centers on the dragon Celyn the Charming and the human Elina a failed warrior from the Steppes of the Outerplains. It is difficult to like Elina since she is unrelentingly dour. Celyn on the other hand is all hot stuff when in his human form….oh, did I forget to mention that these are dragon shifters? Actually Celyn is “hot stuff” when he’s a fire breathing dragon also. I have been a fan of this series from the beginning so the bounce-around of the vignettes in the book did not bother me. However, if you are new to this series please start with the first book since this book brings in all the characters of the series and the uninitiated might just get a bit lost. The main plot is often sidelined so that we can have a laugh or some action at the expense of the Dragon families. Long time readers will probably like this a lot but newbies may find it confusing.

My recommendation, if you are new to the series, start from the beginning with DRAGON ACTUALLY. And if you are not new than don’t hesitate to enjoy this welcome addition to the series.

Here is a description of DRAGON ACTUALLY (BOOK#1 Dragon Kin Series):

Dragon Actually by G. A. Aiken

It’s not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear – a lot – or else salute. It’s true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother’s soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way, she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer. Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe – a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fill her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn’t get any stranger. She’s wrong…

Dragon Actually

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Review-Afterburn and Aftershock by Sylvia Day

Title: Afterburn and Aftershock (Cosmo Red-Hot Reads)

Afterburn and Aftershock

Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance

Author: Sylvia Day

Publisher: Harlequin, March 2014 (Reprint)

Source: Free for review from The Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Never mix business with pleasure. Never bring politics into the bedroom. In a way I did both when I took Jackson Rutledge as a lover. I can’t say I wasn’t warned. Two years later, he was back. Walking into a deal I’d worked hard to close. Under the tutelage of Lei Yeung, one of the sharpest businesswomen in New York, I had picked up a thing or two since Jax walked away. I wasn’t the girl he once knew, but he hadn’t changed. Unlike the last time we’d drifted into each other’s lives, I knew exactly what I was dealing with… and how addictive his touch could be. The inner circle of glamour, sex, and privilege was Jax’s playground–but this time, I knew the rules of the game. In the cutthroat business world, one adage rules all: keep your enemies close and your ex-lovers closer…

**

Gianna Rossi comes from a family of Restaurateurs; Jackson (Jax) Rutledge comes from a political dynasty. He loves her but finds it impossible to be upfront and honest with her. She loves him but can’t come to grips with his evasive answers. Together they have a sexual chemistry that is off the charts but is it enough for a lasting relationship?

Sylvia Day can write rings around most authors in this genre. She has a superb way of bringing her characters to life. The family dynamics of the Rossi’s is fun and believable. It makes us hope that we will see more of those hunky Rossi brothers. Gianna and Jax are so caught up in their lusting for each other that they can’t seem to find time to really get to know one another. Even by the end of the book we are still hoping for some meaningful dialog between the two, but they have decided to forge ahead anyway.

I recommend this page-turner. You may not especially like Jax but he is one hot, sexy rich guy. You may want to sit Gianna down for a heart-to-heart but she is going to do what she wants anyway. This is a good book to take you out of the everyday into the life of those in the fast lane.

 

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Review- The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden

Title: The Theory of Attraction

The Theory of attraction

 Genre:  Erotic Romance Novella

Author: Delphine Dryden

Publisher: Carina Press, 2012

Source: Kindle purchase

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from Amazon.com:

Camilla can set her watch by her hunky rocket-scientist neighbor who jogs past her window each day. She relishes each glimpse of his shirtless abs, and is dying to see more. But it’s hard to connect with a man who doesn’t seem to know she exists…

Ivan feels at home in the lab, not in social situations. When he finally approaches his attractive neighbor, it’s not for a date—he wants tutoring in how to behave at an important fundraiser. Ivan doesn’t expect the chemistry between them to be quite so explosive, and is surprised when Cami actually accepts his proposal to embark on a series of “lessons.”

Cami soon discovers Ivan’s schedule isn’t the only thing he likes to be strict about—he needs to be charge in the bedroom as well. She’s shocked at how much she comes to enjoy her submissive side, but wonders if a real relationship is in the equation…

**

I was surprised at the BDSM in this book. In the beginning I liked the intellectual atmosphere and I was hoping that Camilla and Ivan would find a mutual interest.  They found that interest in a Dom/Sub relationship that seemed to hold no emotional attachment for Ivan.  That Camilla went along with that scenario was a surprise since she did have an emotional attachment.  This is a short novella so the fact that it seemed to linger forever in the sex scenes was surprising to me.  The romantic ending felt forced.

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Fake Romance Novel Quotes

(previously published on this blog on July 14,2011)

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If you have read any romance novels at all then you have come across some laughable “purple prose”.  Awhile back someone sent me this list of what I’m assuming are made-up romance novel quotes.  The list remains one of my all time favorites.  Here’s hoping your sense of humor is as sick as mine:

His body was hard — not hard like Milosevic, the Serbian strongman, but hard like the marble on your shower floor, when you fall and bang your knee.

Her shoulders heaved like the tiny sobs of Snuggles the cat being run through with a roasting spit.

Her embrace made his manhood swell like week-old roadkill on hot asphalt in the Georgia sun.

Her petticoats dropped to the ground, rustling like a cockroach in a sugar bowl.

As she kissed her way down his manly chest, he felt his Amalgamated Crane Company stock increasing in value.

Beatrice was on him like a piranha on a corn dog.

…then he kissed her, like a butterfly kisses the windshield of a Porsche on the Autobahn.

Her breasts heaved like a stormy ocean, and her pointed nipples were like hypodermics washed up on the shore.

With his broad shoulders and slim waist, he was a yield sign — yet she could NOT!

He tore open her blouse like a Publisher’s Clearing House letter in which he, and some guy named Steven Bouber from Stockton, California, were potential finalists for the ten million dollar prize.

His manhood stood at full attention, stiff and stony like the vice president.

Sleekly malevolent, driven by a violent hunger, Donovan glided through the chum-filled waters of the singles bar, oblivious to the remora of Annabelle’s adoring gaze.

Like the wind, she ran, her breasts lurching like a motor boat over a wake, and then, as fluid as a fine imported transmission, she whipped out her man-organ and pissed away his dreams.

Her sun-glazed back formed a golden arch as he moved his face toward her happy meal.

With each breath, her chest heaved like a bulimic after Thanksgiving dinner.

He Beatty-ed her shamelessly, making her squeal like Ned and hallucinate like Warren.

He awoke my slumbering womanhood with his double tall loin latte. “Starbuck!” I cried.

His chest was her pillow, and oh, did she drool.

Claire felt swept away by this dark stranger, a helpless dust bunny in the roaring cacophony of his gas-powered leaf blower.

(Deet is on vacation until December 3rd and will run some older posts that were well received)

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Review- An Introduction To Pleasure by Jess Michaels

Title:  An Introduction To Pleasure

An Introduction to Pleasure

Genre:  Historical Erotic Romance

Author: Jess Michaels

Publisher: Samhain, 2012

Source: Kindle Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from amazon.com:

An innocent lady’s education could be a gentleman’s wicked seduction.

Mistress Matchmaker, Book 1

Lysandra Keates is running out of options. Her father is dead, her mother is ill, and her efforts to find respectable employment have ended in failure. With her small savings bleeding away, she swallows her pride—and her terror—and turns to Vivien Manning, an infamous courtesan, to match her with a wealthy protector.

For years, Viscount Andrew Callis has lived a monastic existence at his country estate, hardening his body against the snobbish, lazy young man he once was, hardening his heart against grief over the deaths of his wife and infant son. When Vivien asks him to spend one month training a young woman in the ways of a mistress, his mind resists…but his body responds with an ache he thought long dead.

As Andrew begins his gentle tutelage, he finds himself falling under the spell of Lysandra’s innocent charms. And as they give in to the powerful hunger, the last thing Andrew ever expected, or wanted, forms between them. An emotional connection that could carry them well past the training period—if only Andrew can open his heart to the possibility of love.

Warning: Includes training in all kinds of sexual positions and delights, as well as an emotional romance. May produce swooning.

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I left that warning label on the description because it gave me a giggle and it turned out to be oh, so true.  My reviews will tell you the sexy/sensuality rating on the books I review but this one was off my chart.  It is an erotic romance so of course there will be an abundance of sex.  That there was an emotional component was truly welcome.  The writing was well done and the characters were well developed with a desperate heroine and a damaged hero.  I love a book where I learn something new or my previous knowledge is enhanced.  A-Hem….this book is a training manual just like the warning implies.  If you like a scorching read then this book is going to wrap you in a sexy hug.  Prepare for the best. There…you are forewarned.

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Review- Finding Laura by Kay Hooper

Title:  Finding Laura

Finding Laura

Genre: Mystery/romance

Author: Kay Hooper

Publisher: Bantam, 1998

Source:  Loan from a friend, this book is still available for purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
who’s the deadliest one of all?

It’s an antique mirror that can reveal secrets…or tarnish the truth. And for struggling artist Laura Sutherland, buying it is only the first step into a dark maze of lies, manipulation—and murder. It brings Peter Kilbourne into her life and makes her the prime suspect in his fatal stabbing. Determined to clear her name—and uncover Peter’s reason for wanting the mirror back—Laura will breach the iron gates of the Kilbourne estate. There she will find that each family member has something to hide. Which one of them looks in the mirror and sees the reflection of a killer? And which one will choose Laura to be the next to die?

**

My friend, Julia, handed me this book with “I think you will like this one.”  She was correct.  This was a good whodunit with a couple of surprises.  I was studiously following every red herring all along the the 370 pages.  Just when I thought I had it all figured out another possible solution would pop up.  For a novel where the major focus is on the mystery there was a lot of hot sex going on.  The romance involves several couples with Laura’s romance the main focus.  This book reads a bit like an updated, sexy Agatha Christie novel, where at any moment Hercule Poirot  will walk into the drawing room for cocktails and solve the crime.  There is some paranormal suggestions scattered throughout and their meaning is revealed at the end.  If you like a good mystery with lots of sex and a satisfying ending then I highly recommend this one.

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Review- A Gentleman Undone by Cecilia Grant

Title:  A Gentleman Undone

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Cecilia Grant

Publisher: Bantam, Random House, 2012

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Lydia Slaughter understands the games men play—both in and out of the bedroom. Not afraid to bend the rules to suit her needs, she fleeces Will Blackshear outright. The Waterloo hero had his own daring agenda for the gaming tables of London’s gentlemen’s clubs. But now he antes up for a wager of wits and desire with Lydia, the streetwise temptress who keeps him at arm’s length.

A kept woman in desperate straits, Lydia has a sharp mind and a head for numbers. She gambles on the sly, hoping to win enough to claim her independence. An alliance with Will at the tables may be a winning proposition for them both. But the arrangement involves dicey odds with rising stakes, sweetened with unspoken promise of fleshly delights. And any sleight of hand could find their hearts betting on something neither can afford to risk: love.

**

Cecilia Grant delivers realism wrapped up in her romance.  This is no sweet, gentle love story.  It is about a prostitute and a guilt ridden ex soldier.  In this follow-up to Grant’s A LADY AWAKENED we are introduced to Will who has returned from the war with France beleaguered with guilt over his role in the war.  It is not necessary to have read “Lady Awakened” to enjoy this book although some characters from the first book do make an appearance.

This book is about two people who are miles apart in social status but who have the same goal, to make enough money to make a better life for themselves and others.

The writing is crisp and sensual.  Lydia is the harlot with heart who makes no excuses for her chosen path.  She is also a mathematical genius which accounts for her success at the card tables.  Will is smart enough to realize that Lydia might be the key to his gaining wealth also.  Together they are a reckoning force.   Yes, there is romance, sex after a long build up, and action.  Secrets are revealed although we can guess.

I recommend this book to Romance fans who want a bit of grit and a touch of the lower classes in their Historical fare.

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Halloween Treat from Deet — Stephen Amell and TV’s Sexy guys

No tricks only treats this Halloween.  Yeah, I know you’ve been missing Sexy Man Tuesday so today the treat is a hottie that you can see each week on the CW’s  new show ARROW, Stephen Amell.  And after you get to understand the meaning of sexy comic book characters there is a video of other hunky TV guys.

What is it about a buff guy wearing a hoodie.  The first time I thought this was hot was when I saw that “Assassin’s Creed” guy wearing that hood as he leveled everyone in the video game.  But let me tell you, watching Stephen Amell as Oliver Green in ARROW is a heck of a lot hotter than an animated guy.  Well just take a look………….

those other guys are worth a look, too.

The CW sure doesn’t mind showing off his bod…..

Although I can’t swear he does all those fantastic stunts in the show, they certainly are impressive.  But you know I love  his pretty face……

Ah-h-h-h and now for all those other sexy TV guys…..   the music is a bit Freaky so play it softly at work but definitely listen….

Oh Yeah…You’re welcome.

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Review- The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: The Raven Prince

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Warner, 2006

Source: Secondary market purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Widowed Anna Wren is having a wretched day. After an arrogant man on horseback nearly crushes her, she arrives home to learn that she is in dire financial straits.

THERE COMES A TIME IN A LADY’S LIFE

The Earl of Swartingham is in a quandary. Having frightened off two secretaries, Edward de Raaf needs someone who can withstand his bad temper and boorish behavior.

WHEN SHE MUST DO THE UNTHINKABLE . . .

When Anna becomes the earl’s secretary, it would seem that both their problems are solved. But when she discovers he plans to visit the most notorious brothel in London, she sees red-and decides to assuage her desires . . .

**

As with any Elizabeth Hoyt novel I have read this one is also well written.  Ms Hoyt can breathe life into her characters and we can see them carrying out the story in our mind’s eye.

The earl is insecure about his looks because he has a pock marked face.  This causes him to doubt that anyone can love him.  Anna is capable of looking beyond his disfigurement to see the honorable man but Anna thinks that she is too far below his station to even think of a romance.  The brothel masquerade is her solution to her desires.

This is a very good read but I have to confess I did have trouble wrapping my mind around a regency era gentlewoman wantonly comporting herself in a brothel.  So if you can suspend disbelief in this instance then this book will probably rate even higher with you than it does with me.  All in all a good story.

 

 

 

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