Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Book Description:

Published: November 4, 2014

Format: Audio/OverDrive

Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose written by Rupi Kaur, who is originally from India but lives in Ontario, Canada. It is about the experience of violence,abuse, love, heartbreak and loss, insight, and femininity. Although the ideas or maybe personal experiences she has written about are universal themes, they are important.  The author takes the reader on a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

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This book  was not my cup of tea and that’s probably not fair coming from me.you see  I wrote poetry long ago when a Senior in High School through my Freshman year in college. The poems I wrote never rhymed and  reflected feeling invisible and wanting someone to love me, then finding first love and losing it. It’s dark and sometimes “psychedelic” (It was the 60’s after all.)  Maybe next year I’ll add a page entitled In My Words and post some of them.

Anyway, I was not really impressed, it seems I’ve heard it all before, but that’s just me.

 

 

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Delightful by Lucia Jordan

Book Description:

Published: July 11, 2017

Format: Free Digital Book

Sara Parker is a woman who values her independence. She runs her horse stable on nothing but guts—and her reputation as a woman who stands on her own two feet. Until Adam Steele appeared in her life looking and smelling like sex on a stick. Sara can’t say no to a quick roll in the hay. Still, is the best sex of her life worth giving up everything she’s worked so hard to achieve?

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This is the first short book in the Delightful series and it was free,  but that still didn’t keep it from boring me to sleep. ‘Nuff said!

The Nature of Desire by Lucia Jordan

Book Description:

Published: June 12, 2017

Format: Free Digital Book

To help out her friend, Carly pretends to be Tanya for one gorgeous, glamorous night. Even if she’s not a sophisticated event organizer like Tanya, how difficult can overseeing the gallery auction be for a fine arts graduate? Attending the elitist art event is a dream come true and Carly needs the money the job will pay. The evening turns out more magical than Carly’s wildest dreams when the sponsor, French art investor, Antoine Thomas, invites her back to his hotel room. For a few fairytale hours, Carly can be someone she isn’t. She takes what she wants, but when she wakes up with a lot more than a sorely loved body, her life changes in a frightening way.

Review –

Okay, the first rule of thumb is NEVER pretend to be someone you’re not! That’s what Carly agrees to do for her friend(who she has only known a few months)and proceeds to oversee a gallery opening. So, of course, she runs into the handsome French art investor, Antoine Thomas, and he believing her to be Tanya(whom he has been emailing) asks her back to his hotel room. So, after several drinks and acts of sex, she wakes up the next morning, groggy but with a wedding ring on her hand. Can we all say SURPRISE?

Not really, this story is as old as time and a bit boring so I won’t be reading the other three short books in the series.

Suffice it to say, I was glad when the story ended.

 

Crazy Beautiful by Lucia Jordan

Book Description:

Published: April 18, 2017

Format: Free Digital Book

Valeri Huntington has her dream—a publicist for one of the top firms on the east coast. Nevertheless, she can’t help but feel like something is missing. A long list of men has been left in her wake because they just can’t seem to measure up or she finds a way to rationalize her way out of anything before it gets too serious. The one relationship she did have ended roughly and left her picking up the pieces up of her heart for months. After that breakup, she vowed to throw herself into her work and that’s where she’s been ever since. The night she ran into Dallas McCormick she was left feeling like she’d been hit with a ton of bricks. The reclusive man that lived in the mountains was somewhat of a legend. He’d outright insulted her and pissed her off like no one ever has, and yet, her body burned from a desire that she had no idea even existed.

Like a magnet, she was pulled to him and she had no idea why. Dallas McCormick was not the man everyone created rumors about. However, there is no denying that there is a dark shadow that looms over him, and it’s one that could very well put Valerie in harm’s way.

Review –

This is the first book in the Crazy Beautiful series and although it was good, I don’t plan to read the others. There was a bit of chemistry between Valeri and Dallas but it wasn’t the combustible type and it’s too predictable. Dallas is ex-military and suffers from PTSD and that’s what puts Valeri in harm’s way at the end of the book. The reader knows that everything is going to work out fine in the end so why spend money just to confirm that?

It was a short pleasant read. Great cover though!

 

 

Hotter Than Ever by Lucia Jordan

Book Description:

Published: February 14, 2017

Format: Free Digital Book

As a corporate lawyer, there isn’t a whole that gets by Hannah, much less the warning signs of a failing relationship. She knows that her four-month-old relationship with Josh Homes is already over, but he breaks down in tears when she tries to break up with him. She’s too sympathetic and can’t stand to see him cry, so she gives him what he wants: a weeklong trip to Friday Harbor to attend his sister’s wedding, during which he hopes to show Hannah that they were meant for each other.

Matthew Homes hasn’t seen his brother Josh in nearly a decade. Their relationship has been stormy since long before Matthew used his share of the family fortune to set up the biggest real-estate conglomerate in the United States, while Josh blew his share on small businesses that failed, leaving him an everyday accountant. But Matthew isn’t just a successful real-estate mogul—he’s also the ultimate dominant, with sinfully tempting looks and the sly prowess and charm of a panther.
When Matthew sees Josh at the wedding, he’s immediately taken aback by the sexy and confident woman he calls his girlfriend.

But will Matthew fall for Josh and Hannah’s act? Will Matthew be able to resist the temptation of Hannah and steer clear of deepening the feud with his brother?

And what will happen when Matthew finds Hannah wandering aimlessly in the middle of the night and becomes overwhelmed with a desire to see her kneeling at his feet?

Review –

A very sexy but very predictable read about two feuding brothers, one light and one dark and the girl who is wanted by both of them.

It was okay but not good enough for me to invest in the rest of the series.

*Side Note:

I hate it when book covers have absolutely nothing to do with the story line – LIKE THIS ONE. Ugh!!!!!!!

 

Dark Alley: Club (Dark Alley #2) by D.S. Wrights

Book Description:

Published: December 28, 2015

Discovering a new form of independence and self-confidence Alice not only decides to explore her newly granted membership to the Dark Alley Club, but also her own secret desires.
Bound to secrecy by the club rules Alice gains not only a new perspective on her life, but also her best friend’s situation.
Plus, there are still so many things to find out: Who’s King of Diamonds? Will she meet Poseidon again? And who has asked her to meet him in the Club house? One of the two, or someone else entirely?

Review –

This is the second book in the Dark Alley  series and deals with Alice/ Belladonna’s next adventures at the Dark Alley. The main focus is the change between the very normal Alice and her new persona, Belladonna. When she puts on her mask and enters ‘Dark Alley’  she becomes a very different person, a very darker person.

This trip into The Dark Alley was more adventurous than the last one, so, if you like some soft BDSM with intriguing sex scenes then this is for you.

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Lust by Lucia Jordan

Book Description:

Published: April 7, 2014

Back in high school Claire and Brent used to joke that if they were not married to other people by the time they were thirty they would marry each other. Brent remembers his friend as the geeky, glasses wearing redhead, who was always a little too tall and skinny, and Claire remembers Brent as the shy guy with the nice smile and the gentlemanly manners. Neither of them is ready for the fact that Claire is a gorgeous, willowy beauty and Brent is a strapping virile man with a thick shock of blonde hair and a heart stopping, panty dropping smile. What begins with a blindfold develops into a deep exploration that leads far beyond friendship and their previous limits.

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Claire, fresh from a breakup with Greg, is very receptive to seeing her old next door neighbor, who is now out of the military and starting a new job in New York. She remembers him as tall, lanky and nerdy and that is NOT what greets her when he comes to visit. He is tall with muscles everywhere and a killer smile. 

They go to a bar, get a bit drunk and end up having sex back at Claire’s apartment. The next morning nothing is said but that night it happens again. Each one believes that it’s just about the sex and the other doesn’t want a relationship,(rarely is their communication in these stories)

Brent goes to her office to let her know how he truly feels and sees Claire in the arms of her old flame,Greg. What he doesn’t know is that Greg came to see Claire unexpectedly and is asking her for a “booty call” (the nerve!) and she is trying to get out of his clutches.  Claire looks up in time to see Brent turn and head for the elevators and tries to catch him but by the time she reaches the street he’s gone.  END. Can we all say CLIFF HANGER!!!!!!

Even though the plot was good and the main characters did have hot chemistry I just wasn’t pulled into the story enough to buy the next book in the series. 

Maybe next time.

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Guilty – The Complete Set by Lucia Jordan

Book Description:

Published:July 19, 2015

Rachel has the urge to be bad—very, very bad—and Jesse James is just the one to show her how.

Rachel Brown’s life is perfect just the way it is. Sure, she doesn’t have a boyfriend or a social life, but she has a routine and that is all that matters. Rachel’s loud and rather exuberant roommate, Layla, often comments on how boring Rachel’s life is, but Rachel doesn’t see it that way. At least, she didn’t until the night Jesse James walked into her Laundromat, and her life. Yeah, she thinks the name is absurd and his parents had a very cruel sense of humor. But the dark and simmering look in his eyes makes her body hum with excitement from the moment she first sees him. This Jesse James is not from the old west – he is dangerously seductive and irresistibly tempting.

Suddenly, the safe little bubble that Rachel has built around herself bursts as she throws all caution to the wind. But is Jesse more trouble than she can handle?

Review –

Rachel doesn’t know what to think of the big, bold, dangerous looking biker she meets in the laundromat except that he’s trouble with a capital  T. She decides to take a risk and go with him for a ride on his motorcycle when he offers and little does she know that her life will be changed forever.

I have a reading soft-spot for bikers, MC clubs and bad boys and this series of short books has them all.  There is steamy sexual chemistry, mild domination,gun fire, a twin brother, who is a cop, no less),blazing  hot sex scenes and a hea. A great read and so short can be read in an hour or less.

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Rapture by Lucia Jordan

Book Description:

Published: May 5, 2015

When the stakes are high and things seem too good to be true, what do you believe in?

For Magnolia Burns, sculpture is her life. It’s her daily work, her greatest love, and her constant struggle. It may not be the easiest way to pay her bills, but sculpture is just about the only romance in her life. But when Front Street Gallery takes on a sexy new tenant—German painter and photographer Ranier Ferran— Magnolia’s whole life is about to be turned on its head.
Ranier is a perfectionist and a romantic. A late night rendezvous in his studio swiftly turns into a sensual exploration of each other’s desire, as Ranier learns every curve and contour of Magnolia’s beautiful body.

Now sculpture has some competition for her affections, and Ranier is about to show Magnolia the pleasure to be gained from giving up control.

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This is another free digital book from Lucia Jordan and it did not leave me wanting to read the other three.

My main complaint with the story is the “instant sex”. There was no preliminary chemistry or build up  between Magnolia and Ranier, he just told her to take off her clothes, tied her to a table and had sex with her. Then he has the audacity to paint her like that and submit in an art contest. That’s where the book ends and that’s where my interest in the characters and plot ends too.

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Hypnotized by Lucia Jordan

Book Description:

Published: September 29, 2015

Ariana Wilson’s fiancé ran off with his high school sweetheart, leaving her alone in a strange town with no money, no job, and no home. Desperate work, she applies as a cook for a ranch.

Cody Carrington has a rule: No single, pretty women are to be employed on his ranch. They always cause to much trouble. One look at Ariana screams trouble with a capital T. But trouble is to be his middle name. He learns his fiancée ran off with hers, leaving him in a desperate bind. Per his grandfather’s will, he has to be married by his 30th birthday or he loses the ranch to his conniving cousin who wants to sell the land to developers. He has three weeks to find another wife. And Ariana just might fit the bill. He just has to convince her to stay as his cook, but more importantly, his wife.

Can the pair overcome their shared history to make a connection and fulfil each others desires?

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This is the first in the Hypnotized series by Lucia Jordan and was sent to me via e-mail as a free digital book.

The author writes short “books” to pull you into a certain situation hoping you will buy the three other books in the series. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t.  This time I didn’t.

The story line was good and the sex scenes were very hot and steamy but I just never became invested in the characters so I’ve decided not to go any further in the series. Besides, I know what will happen – Ariana will marry Cody, there will be ups and down but in the end the feelings they have will turn to love and the will have a HEA. 

A pleasant read.

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