Heated (Most Wanted #2) by J. Kenner

Book Description:

Published: June 3, 2014

I knew better than to risk my heart.
But fierce passion comes at a high price.

I grew up believing in right and wrong, good and evil, black and white. I knew better than to trust. And then I met Tyler Sharp.

Bold, charming, and dangerously sexy, Tyler always gets what he wants. But his smile can be deceiving, his dealings sordid, his ambitions ruthless. I thought I was the one woman strong enough to resist him, but our need for each other was too urgent to deny.

One look and I was in trouble. One touch and I was hooked. One night and I became his.

And now that I’ve fallen, there’s no going back.

Review –

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HEATED is the second installment in J. Kenner’s contemporary romance, adult Most Wanted erotic series focusing on three friends and the women they love-Evan Black, Tyler Sharp and Cole August-three friends who bonded as young adults and now earn a living with legitimate and illegitimate enterprises, but this is the first one I’ve read.

This book deals with  Chicago entrepreneur Tyler Sharp and Indianapolis police detective Sloane Watson’s storyline.

On medical leave from the Indianapolis Police Department, Sloane goes on the hunt for a missing friend whose last known whereabouts were listed as an exotic dancer at a gentlemen’s club in Chicago known as Destiny-enter Tyler Sharp-the owner and proprietor who is the number one suspect on Sloane’s list of suspects. Going undercover as a stripper is easier said than done when Sloane’s real identity has been known to Tyler all along. It is only when she reveals the true nature of her ‘private investigation’ does Tyler begin to understand-Tyler’s past and that of Cole and Evan are shrouded in mystery, illegal activity and underground connections and Sloane is determined to prove their guilt.

The relationship between Sloane and Tyler is sexual, sensual, exotic and hot. HEATED is an erotic series and a good portion of the storyline is sex, the build up to sex and more sex. Our leading couple has one thing in common and great sex is something that cannot be ignored. The love scenes are intimate, intense and did I mention HOT!  Tyler Sharp is a man who needs control both in and out of the bedroom.

The other  characters include Tyler’s friends Cole and Evan as well as some of the ladies of which Tyler has ‘invested’. There is more to Tyler Sharp than an exotic dance club-the man is an enigma that Sloane is slowly unraveling bit by bit.

Five stars *****

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Crash Into Me (Heart of Stone #1) by K.M. Scott

Book Description:

Published: August 25, 2013

 

What would you give up for everything?

Tristan Stone was powerful, commanding, sex incarnate. And he wore it all so well. From the moment his mesmerizing gaze met mine, I had no choice but surrender to everything he was. His power. His decadence. His passion. He was all I never knew I needed.

He wanted to possess me, and I wanted to be his everything. All I had to do was accept what he offered. But everything has a price.

The world he gave me fulfilled my wildest dreams, but would that be enough when the past crashed into the present?

Review –

I’ll start off my saying that I loved this book. It had believable characters, drama, steamy sex scene, but overly kinky, and a cliffhanger ending.   That being said, at times I thought that it was trying to be a Fifty Shades of Grey, but depending on how you look at it maybe that’s not a bad thing.

Fast read.

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Storm Redemption (Storm Damages #3) by Magda Alexander

Book Description

June 9, 2014
A Woman Torn . . .
Elizabeth’s rocky marriage to the volatile Gabriel Storm suffers a mortal blow when she walks out on him. But her love for her son and her husband draw her back. While fighting for a marriage on the rocks, she struggles to make him understand her need for a career. But it’s her unruly heart she fears most of all for it craves his every touch, his intoxicating taste, his hard pounding body. Will she stay and give up on her dream or walk away one last time?A Proud Man . . .
Gabriel will do anything to save his marriage to the captivating Elizabeth. But when she goes to work with a hated rival, his proud heart won’t accept her need for a career. And when a threat surfaces once more, he must carve a delicate path between protecting her and giving Elizabeth the freedom she craves. But it’s only when he confronts his own demons that he discovers what’s truly keeping them apart. Will he change in time or lose her forever?

Review –
Gabriel thinks Elizabeth has kidnapped the son, Andrew, but she didn’t.  (Leave it to Gabe to jump to conclusions again)  
There is a LOT of arguing and loud yelling going on in this book and at one point Gabriel physically hurts himself when in anger he destroys his dressing room.
Elizabeth wants to work for his competitor and long known enemy and he sees red. He decides to see a shrink and sees the error of hs ways and lets her go to work.  She is bullied by an old co-worker and she starts taking marital arts lessons.
On a date night to the theater there is a murder attempt on their lives and a body-guard takes the hit. It’s discovered so set the fire(they find his body in one of the tunnels) and that the old co-worker is the sniper.  Gabe sends Elizabeth and Andrew to NY for safety but Brian follows and attempts to kill Andrew and Elizabeth but he is shot dead by Marisol, an ex-CIA operative working in the Storm hone.
By the end of the book Gabe and Elizabeth have come to a compromise and all is well until an early morning phone call informing him and Jake and Bri(his sister) are missing in Brazil and that a category five hurricane is head their way.
Looking forward to the next installment.
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Three Ways: A Detective Seagate and Miner Mystery #4 by Mike Markel

Book Description

May 13, 2014
When grad student Austin Sulenka is found strangled, nude on his bed, the first question for Detectives Karen Seagate and Ryan Miner is whether it was an auto-asphyxiation episode gone wrong. Evidence strewn around his small apartment suggests that he spent his last night with a number of different women. One is Tiffany, a former student who still resents the injustice of getting a C in the course when he promised her a B if she slept with him. Another is Austin’s beautiful girlfriend, May, who had never before encountered a man she could not totally beguile. Then there is Suzannah Montgomery, his thesis adviser, who might have inadvertently revealed to Austin some information about her past that could ruin her own career. As Seagate and Miner try to unravel the complicated couplings, she finds herself in a three-way relationship that threatens to destroy her own fragile sobriety.
Review –
This was my first reading of anything by author Mike Markel and I liked it very much because it’s a good “who-dun-it” without too much complexity to it as to bog it down. It flowed well and the characters were well-developed.
I will definitely be going back to locate the earlier books in the series.
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Good read.

Affliction (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #22) by Laurell K Hamilton

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Book Description

Release date: July 2, 2013 | Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (Book 22)
Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake. Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed. Micah’s estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease.” Anita makes her living off of zombies—but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes… Where will it stop?
Even Anita Blake doesn’t know.
Review –
I liked this installment of the Anita Blake,Vampire Hunter series much much better than I did the last one. Unlike in it, Anita had a big part to play in the plot and there was not as much sex for sex sake. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy sex scenes in books but not when they happen on every other page.
I wil continue to be a fan of Laurell K. Hamilton and await the next Anita Blake book.

Into the Dreaming (Highlander)by Karen Marie Moning

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Book Description

Publication Date:April 24, 2012
For the first time in hardcover, here is #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning’s novella Into the Dreaming, a tale of Highland fantasy, star-crossed lovers, and the timeless manipulation of the ancient, immortal Unseelie king. This is Moning at her romantic, funniest finest. Free him from his ice-borne hell . . . Stolen from his beloved home in the Highlands of Scotland, imprisoned in the Unseelie king’s dark, frosty kingdom, Aedan MacKinnon endured centuries of torture before becoming the icy, emotionless Vengeance, the dark king’s dispatcher of death and destruction in the mortal realm. And in his century you both may dwell . . . Aspiring romance novelist Jane Sillee has always believed that she was born in the wrong century, but she’s managed to make a decent enough life for herself—if only she could stop having those recurring dreams about a man too perfect to exist. In the Dreaming you have loved him . . . Haunted every night of her life by a devastatingly sexy Highlander who comes to her while she sleeps, Jane tries to write him out of her head and heart. As a child he protected her, as a woman he loves her. Now in the Waking you must save him . . . When an ancient tapestry bearing the likeness of her beloved Highlander arrives on her doorstep, Jane is whisked back in time to fifteenth-century Scotland, to the castle of Dun Haakon on the isle of Skye, where she is given one chance to save her dream lover . . . or lose him forever to the Unseelie king. Caught in a deadly game between the light and dark courts of the Fae, Jane must find a way through the ice to the heart of her Highander. But will the love of one mortal woman be enough to defeat such ancient and ruthless immortal enemies?  From the Hardcover version.
Review-

I chose the audio version of this book and I loved listening to the narrator speak with a Scottish accent. (Swoon) The story itself was very short (only three CD’s) but it was very good and since this is the first time I’ve tried a Highlander storyline I was quite pleased. If you’re a fan of Karen Marie Moning you should give this a try. Warning: There is sexual content.

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Fifty Shades Darker(Fifty Shades, Book 2) by E.L. James

Book Description

Publication Date: April 17, 2012

Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. 
 
But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.
 
While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

This book is intended for mature audiences. 

Review –

I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first, not so much because of the plot(yes, there is one) but by the main characters and their interactions.  There is sex in this book also but it is not as graphic or explicit as the first.  Now on the third. Can’t wait.

 

 

 
 

Kiss the Dead (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #21) by Laurell K. Hamilton

Book Description

Publication Date: June 5, 2012 | Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (Book 21)
When a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people—kids, grandparents, soccer moms—all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more…
But even vampires have monsters that they’re afraid of. And Anita is one of them…
Review-
This book was a real let down and didn’t live up to others in the series for me. Now, I’m still a fan of Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter but she really had no real purpose in this plot.  The case she was working on involved a few vamps and once they were disposed of that was it and she went  “home” with her lovers and others and it was like the sky opened up and a light flashed and said “let there be sex”  The End. 
I’m thinking LKH may be bringing Anita to the end of her run.  Only time will tell.

Shadowfever (Mac Kayla Lane, Book 5) by Karen Marie Moning

Book Description:

Published January 2011

Series: Mac Kayla Lane, Book 5

Evil  is a completely different creature, Mac. Evil is bad that believes it’s good.”

MacKayla Lane  was just a child when she and her sister, Alina were given up for  adoption and banished from Ireland forever.

Twenty years  later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled  them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she  descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a  secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals that  have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

What follows  is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac  struggles to cope with grief, while continuing her mission to acquire  and control the Sinsar Dubh–a book of dark, forbidden magic  scribed by the mythical Unseelie King that contains the power to create  and destroy worlds.

In an epic  battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar  Dubh turns on Mac, and begins mowing a deadly path through those  she loves.

Who can she  turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman that haunts her dreams?  More importantly, who is Mac and what is the destiny she glimpses in the  black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?

From the  luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse, to the sordid depths of an  Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover, to the terrifying  bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth  of her exile, and make a choice that will either save the world…or  destroy it.

Review –

I thought I had already read this book but I guess I was dreaming  because I couldn’t  find it on any reading logs so I read it this week and it was just as good as the others in the MacKayla Lane Series but it seems to take me forever to get through it even though it only took a couple of days.  There is a lot of paranormal fantasy involved and strange names and a lot of characters  of keep track of. The story took twists and turns and just when you thought you knew what was happening you would turn the page and something entirely different was shaping up.  I love this series and I think I read that the author is not intending a 6th book perse but they are others coming that will involve some of the same characters.  I’m looking forward to it.

 

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

From School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up–Bianca Piper, 17, is smart, outspoken, and loyal to her two beautiful friends. She is also convinced that she is unattractive, an opinion confirmed when school hottie and “man-whore” Wesley Rush calls her a “Duff” (designated ugly fat friend). Bianca responds by throwing her Cherry Coke in his face, but when her mother decides to divorce her father, who then lapses into drinking again, she becomes involved in a secretive sexual relationship with Wesley to take her mind off her problems. Bianca finds that as their love/hate relationship continues, she is falling in love with him. Not surprisingly, Wesley, who has family problems of his own, reciprocates and announces that, although he doesn’t chase girls, he is chasing her. Eventually, everything comes to a satisfying but predictable conclusion. This debut novel is a fun read and surprisingly feminist in a number of ways. Keplinger makes good points about female body image and female friendship, and discusses how both men and women use offensive terms about women as a means of social control. Bianca and the other female characters are more believable and realistic than Wesley, who is straight out of female romantic fantasyland. It is a little difficult to understand why Bianca would get involved with him after he insults her, but in their romantic scenes, there is some seriously hot chemistry. These teens are realistically and openly sexual, and there are frequent discussions of such matters as birth control and STDs, as well as a few F-bombs. Older girls, including reluctant readers, will love this one.–
Review –
I loved this book and read it in one sitting.  I could not put it down.
 
Maybe it’s because I can relate to the main female  character that made me love it so much or maybe it’s because I’ve been there and known others who have.  The story is very true and has happened since Day One only under different names. 
I think the author could have been more accurate with the description of The D.U.F.F. – in the story Bianca is said to be small chested and have large thighs.  In reality, FAT is FAT but the story does get the point across.  Also, I have a bit of a problem with the ending-it’s too fairytale-it doesn’t happen in real life.
 
There is a lot of sex in the book so if that’s a problem for you don’t read this book.
 
All in all – I loved this book.