Erotic Romance, Humour, Reviews

REVIEW: The Bartender by Piper Rayne

the-bartender-ebook-coverThe Bartender by Piper Rayne
Series: Modern Love #1
Genre: romantic comedy
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Who knew sleeping with the enemy could be this fun? 

Was the one night stand a good idea?

Well, no. Probably not in retrospect.

In my defense I had just moved back into my grandparent’s house, I’d lost my dream job, and a guy on Tinder had stood me up. It was like life had suddenly stamped ‘LOSER’ on my forehead.

So when the guy behind the bar started giving me THE look…you know, the one that promised I’d be screaming his name into the wee hours of the morning? When that guy also has the perfect amount of scruff on his chiseled chin, biceps bulging out of his t-shirt, and a cocky grin you knew he’d earned in the sack…when he gives you that look, you don’t bother to figure out what your six degrees of separation are. You jump on that horse and ride it!

 Pun fully and completely intended. And accurate by the way.

I fully admit to feeling sorry for myself and acting impulsively, but by the time I’d figured out WHO the bartender was, I was already falling for him.

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Review

Heat: 3/5
Rating: 2/5

From the synopsis, this looked like it was going to be a steamy, hilarious romp, but unfortunately it left me feeling a little cold. Although the sex scenes were pretty enjoyable, including some atypical scenes for a contemporary erotic romance (titfuck, anyone?), I just didn’t really get into this book. It didn’t make me laugh; the most was a small smile every so often, and despite the writing style being really strong and pleasant to read, I have to admit I found this more of a chore than I wanted to.

I didn’t particularly like any of the characters, with their inability to take responsibility of their actions, and also their intentional deception of one another which led to easily-avoidable drama. I find it terribly frustrating when forced drama and angst is used in books, as it just detracts from everything I’ve read and destroys any relationship I’ve built with the characters. None of the characters were developed enough for my liking, and honestly too much of it felt forced, with angst, humour and relationships.

It was fun, it was light, it was fairly hot; but overall it just didn’t appeal to my sense of humour or my craving for a bit more depth.

Erotic Romance, Humour, Reviews, Romance

Review: Can’t Touch This – Tess Hunter

cant-touch-thisCan’t Touch This by Tess Hunter
Series: Can’t Touch This #1
Genre: erotic romance, humour
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I don’t want to touch it.
I really, really don’t.
He’s egotistical, crass, and my patient’s owner–which makes him totally off limits.
Yep, that’s right. He owns the wiener I’m currently working on.
A wiener dog–get your dirty mind out of the gutter.
I’ve also worked on his Spoodle, his Cocker-shitzu, and a Cheagle–don’t ask. (And no, it’s not a sexual position).
It doesn’t help that he also represents most of my joint-owned veterinary practice’s small clientele. We’d only just opened the doors a few months ago, and in he strode with a yelping Taco Terrier. One haughty look at our sparkling new facilities, he’d demanded royal treatment, even though I was currently finger deep up a squalling tom cat.
Ever since then, he expects me to serve him.
Any time. All the time.
Him and his revolving zoo of dogs.
One of these days, I’m going to swat him for being such a pompous ass but I can’t deny the way he handles his charges makes me want to see past the ‘do as I say and don’t ask questions’ barking exterior.
But then last week…he caught me staring at his um, cough, package.
His bossy commands switched to a cocky smirk.
He gave me permission to do something I promised myself I would never ever do.
I can touch it.
If I want…

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Review

Heat: ★★★★★
Rating: ★★★★★

This is one of those rare books during which I fell head over heels with the hero. Like, the type of book boyfriend love that actually makes your heart ache a little. This one took me a little longer to read than normal, because I had the urge to savour every word. It’s the type of book absolutely worth paying for.

But as my gaze landed on hammers and chisels and the occasional crude comment written by a finger in the dust on the kitchen top, I saw a man who had a fascination with fixing broken things.

Hunter (a.k.a. Pepper Winters) has such a way with words. The quotation above actually made me pause for a couple of re-reads; it’s something so simple, yet the detail involved of someone writing crude comments in the dust is just so human, and that’s what these characters felt to me. Complex. Human. Real. People I would love to meet and spend time with, people with flaws, people with passions.

Forever. What an odd concept of time. But suddenly, it was exactly what I wanted. With him. Always.

And not only was it deliciously sweet, actually giving me butterflies at several occasions, and others giving me a ridiculous grin while daydreaming about the notion of soulmates, but it was also deeply touching, and had a touch of the author’s preferred kinky sex scenes, too. This is, 100%, a one-handed read; and any romantic comedy which has the ability to make me laugh, feel very emotional, and also want to touch myself is absolutely worth reading. And really, who can resist a cheeky pet-play scene?

This wasn’t sex. This was mating. This was crude and crazy and even slightly cruel, but shit, it was the best thing I’d ever done in my entire life.

One of the highlights of my year, this is a book that just has everything I could ever wish for in it.

Erotic Romance, Humour, Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: Man Candy – Melanie Harlow

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He’s back.

Not just back in town, but living in the flat right beneath mine. And he looks good enough to eat, which is just one more reason to stay away from him.

But I can’t resist.

The sex is incredible (pretty sure we’ve shaken the house right off its foundation), but he can’t fool me—not this time. A degree in marketing and five years in advertising have taught me that “true love” is a fairy tale used to sell lipstick, diamonds, and perfume. It doesn’t exist.

He thinks I’m wrong, and he wants to prove it.

I think he’s crazy, so I dare him to try.

It might be the biggest mistake of my life.

Review

Title: Man Candy
Author: Melanie Harlow
Series: standalone
Genre: erotic romance, humour
Heat: 4/5
Plot: 3/5
Rating: 4/5

The first book I’ve read by Melanie Harlow, I was pleasantly surprised by the mixture of humour, sickening sweetness and rather erotic sex. Although there were perhaps a few too many exclamation marks within the writing, I found it easy to read and also, more importantly, that I wanted to read on, to go through the journey with Jaime. Even better, the angst within these pages was in no way forced, like in many other romance novels, but rather was necessary to the plot, to the character development.

The best thing about this novel was that Harlow had put effort into fully forming both the main characters; I’ve noticed that most of the time the effort is solely into the male, to create a man for women to totally drool over, whilst the female protagonist tends to be largely forgotten about or left half-created. Jaime was an excellent protagonist, from her love of wine to her commitment issues and her wild side. And dear god, the sex was delicious.

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REVIEW: No Pants Required – Kim Karr

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I, Makayla Alexander, am on a mission to reinvent myself. So when a super hot guy boards the plane and flashes his rock hard abs, I pay attention. When he sits next to me and offers me his nuts, I can’t resist. But when I choke on them and he tells me I need to work on my gag reflex, I realize I might be in over my head.

Before I know it we’re in the lavatory and attempting to join the Mile High Club. Let me just say this…anyone who tells you it’s easy to get it on at 37,000 feet isn’t telling you the truth. After the flight attendant busts us for getting frisky in the air, the only thing that can ease my total and complete mortification is the simple fact that I am never going to see him again.

Hours later, I can’t help but wonder if fate will ever allow me to become a new version of myself.

Because Fate, she’s a fickle bitch.

Case in point…my seatmate is my new next-door neighbor.

Even with the whole fate thing we have going on, we are so not meant to be together. He’s all cool and sexy in that make love not war kind of way. Guys like him are dangerous. With that bring-you-to-your-knees body, that handsome-as-hell face, and that dirty, dirty mouth, I guarantee one glance from him wets every girl’s bikini bottoms.

And then there’s me…the quirky girl looking to find herself in California. All I want to do is learn to let loose. Say words like peace and groovy. Bury my toes in the sand. Who knows, maybe even have sex on the beach.

Unable to get him out of my head, I entertain the thought of being more than just friends. I know the idea is absurd. And yet, I go with it. You see Camden Waters gets me. Really gets me. Like no other guy has before.

On this 7-mile stretch of paradise, I decide to keep things simple and just have fun…that is until fate decides to screw with me, again.

Review

Title: No Pants Required
Author: Kim Karr
Series: standalone
Genre: romance
Rating: ****

A fantastic summer read, this was the right balance of humour, romance and self-improvement, running a lot deeper than I initially would have thought from the blurb. The best scene (and one of the best scenes I’ve read all year) came early, the meeting on the plane, which was full of sizzling chemistry and my own chuckling. I was absolutely rooting for the two of them to sort themselves out and get together for their happily ever after, and thoroughly enjoyed the journey.

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REVIEW: Unmatchable – Sky Corgan

unmatchableTitle: Unmatchable
Author: Sky Corgan
Series: standalone
Genre: romantic drama
Rating: ****

I went into this and found it highly amusing, the witty rapport between Colson and Ember being outstanding, particularly when it was crass. I read a lot of it with a huge smile on my face, the occasional embarrassing snigger or two (inevitably when I was reading in public).

But then something happened. It introduced some pretty serious childhood events, and the entire thing became more than just light humour, but had depth to it as well. It became emotional and hard to read in places, but it was a wonderful journey of self-discovery and forgiveness to follow. Whilst, of course, maintaining the occasional crass conversation which never stopped amusing me.

I was really rooting for these characters to get together. There was a definite chemistry there, some fabulous flirtatious banter, and they were really good for one another. Not did Colson have a filthy mouth and sense of humour, but he was undeniably sweet and caring. The perfect balance in a fictional love interest. Plus those glasses.

This was my first book by Sky Corgan, but it absolutely won’t be my last.