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Review: The Virgin Intern – Penny Wylder

the-virgin-internThe Virgin Intern by Penny Wylder
Series: standalone
Genre: erotica
Themes: office romance
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He’s a dirty kisser… and even dirtier in the bedroom.

“Stay away from Andrew Finch.” That was my uncle’s warning when I started interning for his company. I took it to heart. How could I not? There was no way I was going to risk my blossoming career by disobeying.
But on my first day, pushed together too closely in a stock room, I met him.
I didn’t know guys like Andrew existed outside of Men’s Fitness magazines. His eyes cut through my clothes, and I’m sure his smirking mouth could get a girl off easy and quick.
Not that I’d know… I’m a virgin, after all.
I want to listen to my uncle and keep my distance, but Andrew makes it impossible. We don’t just work together, he lives in the same building as me! When he offers to help me move, one thing leads to another. I never had a chance.
Andrew is wild—a real kinky kind of alpha. You won’t believe what he does to a pair of my panties… or what I do with them when he’s done.
But I shouldn’t have given in. Now that I’ve had a taste, I can’t stop myself.

Review

Heat: ★★
Rating: ★★

This was a super-quick erotica novella, based around the office romance theme. Although Wylder’s writing style flowed well, I was actually a little disappointed. I don’t mind an erotica novel with little plot, provided the erotica itself is extraordinarily steamy. But with this, there was maybe one scene overall which made me want to react to it. I just didn’t feel the connection or chemistry between the characters, and the subplot wasn’t quite interesting enough to grip my attention either.

“You’re still a virgin in so many things, and I want to introduce you to all of them.”

This just didn’t do it for me. I was hoping for a bit of a dirtier romp as I’m a huge fan of the office romance trope. I feel like, had this been made longer, there would have been opportunity for the characters to be developed a little, or even just to have had a little more filth in it. As it was, unfortunately I just found it too cutesy.

Book Club, Erotic Romance, Humour, Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: Mr. Perfect – J.A. Huss

Mr PerfectMr. Perfect by J.A. Huss
Series: Mister #1
Genre: erotic romance
Themes: office romance, enemies to lovers
Archetype: billionaire, alpha
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Wanting the perfect man doesn’t make me crazy. I just know what I like.

A powerful billionaire in a suit wasn’t even my first choice. McAllister Stonewall was never on my radar, I didn’t even know he existed.

But I do now.

His hands are all over me at work. The heat of his chest pressing against my bare back as he bends me over the desk is the only thing on my mind.

He is my most forbidden desires unleashed. He is my new secret obsession. He is my Mr. Perfect.

Until the moment I realize… There’s no such thing as perfect.

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Review

Heat: ★★★★
Rating: ★★★★

How can he be so damn hot and so damn despicable at the same time?

I skimmed through a few of the other reviews before putting my own into words, mainly because I enjoyed this so much that I was curious as to why there were so many mixed reviews. The main theme that kept coming up was that some of Mac’s actions were considered a little “rapey”, leading to a few DNFs and poor reviews. I understand this, I do – but this wasn’t an issue for me. Maybe my mind has just been warped from all the dark erotic I’ve been reading. Yes, there were some coercion scenes here, dub-con at a push, but I felt Huss’ narrative made it absolutely clear that Ellie didwant what was happening. Yes, there was kink and filth, but from where I was reading, it was all consensual, justpushing the boundaries of erotic fantasy a little. So don’t let that stop you if you’re concerned about this read.

“Talk to me like a dirty slut, Ellie, and I’ll make you come so hard, your legs will spasm and your body will collapse.”

Moving on – this was a fucking hot read. Who doesn’t enjoy delving into the office romance fantasies with an outrageously alpha boss, especially when they involve a wonderfully dominant character, right from the start?And especially when they involve one of those rare, proper face-fucking scenes. And it was outrageous. There was a fair bit of melodrama and overreaction, with both characters. Yet, I just couldn’t tear myself away from this romance. Not only was it hideously heartwarming, but it was also incredibly funny. I read the first 25% whilst my brother was watching Stranger Things, and he kicked me out because I was laughing so hard. Huss just kept making these awfully cringeworthy moments even worse, and I fucking loved it.

I like his power. I like the way he talks to me. The way he assumes I will just obey his commands.

This was by no means perfect – it was a pretty predictable, typical romance plot, complete with big romantic gestures, but where it felt better was both with the sex and chemistry between the two leads, and Ellie’s character. She was adorable, delusional and clutzy. And kinky. I very much enjoyed seeing her character progression throughout these pages, one of the stronger aspects of this read. Would I read the sequel? Absolutely. Bring it on.

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REVIEW: Wildest Dream – R.C. Boldt

Wildest DreamWildest Dream by R.C. Boldt
Series: Teach Me #1

Genre: romance
Themes: friends to lovers, office romance, fling to thing, military
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Taken from his parents and bounced from one foster home to the next, former Navy SEAL turned math teacher, Callum “Mac” Mackenzie had a rough childhood. The only time he’s let himself get attached to anyone has been with his military “brothers”. He’s convinced he doesn’t know how to love and certainly doesn’t “do” relationships. He’s spent fourteen years in the Navy and now he gets to live out his other dream: teaching.

Her thirtieth birthday fast approaching, science teacher, Raine Thompson feels as if her time to find “the one” is running out. She knows life is short, especially after dealing with breast cancer two years ago, and wants to experience her own happily ever after. But is it in the cards for her?

Finally acting on the simmering attraction they have long ignored, Raine and Mac decide to have a fling and they discover what it’s like to have someone who knows you inside out also be the one who makes your body come alive.

But it was only temporary…

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Review

Heat: ★★★
Rating: ★★★★

When his hand grasped hers, feeling his firm, callused fingers, she swore she felt like their hands just…fit.

I describe a lot of the heartwarming books I read as “candyfloss” – that is, they’re delicious and yummy but somewhat devoid of substance. This was a little different. Yes, it was unbelievably heartwarming and romantic, including the typical big gestures, passionate monologues and a somewhat predictable storyline, but this had a little more depth to it than I was expecting. It touched on past scars of the military and cancer, having a lingering presence and driving the relationship between Mac and Raine forwards without the book and more light-hearted storyline drowning underneath the weight of them.

I also enjoyed the feisty nature of Raine, how her smile was described by Mac and yet when she needed, she could be absolutely cutting – something which came out during the few dates and confrontations peppered throughout these pages. The comedic value of these moments and one-liners was just gold. Similarly, although there were many characters, Boldt presented them in a way which was easy to keep track of who was whom, as well as creating this wonderful family vibe; for me, this is primarily where the extra depth came from. The strength of the friendships and relationships of this group of people, with the humour and chemistry between them all just cementing this as a fantastic novel, and hopefully a great series, if it continues to build upon this.

Something in his chest pinched as he watched her slowly descend the steps and walk toward him. God, the moonlight casting the glow over her in that dress and her hair being tousled in the gentle breeze nearly took his breath away.

Yes, it’s predictable, soppy stuff. But it’s also something well worth reading if you need a smile, or you need that horrific pinch in your heart when you really feel invested in watching a relationship come together. Now for the main test – would I read the sequel? Absolutely.

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REVIEW: Cover Me – Margaret Watson

cover meCover Me by Margaret Watson
Series: The Donovan Family #5 (can standalone)
Genre: romantic suspense, mystery
Themes: law enforcement, fake relationship, office romance
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Chicago cop Brendan Donovan loves the adrenaline rush of his role on a tactical team. So when he’s assigned to an undercover job to ferret out the supplier of a new and deadly sex drug, he’s thrilled. His partner is Cilla Marini, a detective he’d met recently during a traffic stop. He’s intrigued by Cilla, but his sister told him that Cilla doesn’t date cops. Which is exactly what they have to pretend to do. Brendan loves a challenge.

Cilla is shocked to find out that Brendan is her mystery partner. After an incident that forced her to transfer from her district and isolated her from her fellow cops, Cilla knows relationships with cops are off the table. But she’s spent far too much time thinking about Brendan since he pulled her over for speeding. Now, not only are they working together, they have to pose as a couple to find the source of the sex drug that’s already killed several men.

As the action heats up, Cilla and Brendan don’t have to pretend they want each other. But when secrets put them both in danger, will they have each other’s back? Or will their quarry divide and conquer them before they can find their way to happily ever after?

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Review

Heat: 🔥🔥
Rating: ★★★

“A partnership is like a marriage, you know? Sometimes it’s the pairs who are the least alike that do the best.”

The first book I’ve read by Margaret Watson, I was immediately struck by how excellent and fluid the writing was, weaving this mystery that, even without the romantic subplot, was interesting in itself. This is one novel which Ididn’t guess the outcome of before the big reveals, which is a nice surprise. What I found particularly intriguing was that Watson managed to string together several different plots, from hostage situations to shootings, whilst ensuring that it all felt relevant to the overall storyline, whether for relationship, character or plot progression.

Indian summer felt like spring, the warm air and sunshine promising new beginnings, but it was really an ending. A lead-in to a cold, dark, lonely, winter.

Cilla and Brendan’s reactions in the aftermath of stressful events were also something I don’t tend to read much of; the need to feel alive as a justification for acting like adolescent fuckwads and adrenaline junkies (and, as I was so wrapped up in the story, it felt like a good enough justification for me). Similarly, their relationship progression, although having a dose of sickening insta-love to begin with, had enough angst that wasn’t forced but reminded myself of how a normal person may react when faced with those particular circumstances – which is again a pleasant change.

The main criticism I have (aside from the final third of the novel needing a little more thorough proof-reading) is that although I know a lot about these characters’ histories, and their hopes and dreams, I was still left feeling a little cold towards them. Cilla was strong and independent, and I loved her refusal to be labelled a victim. But aside from that, neither really gripped me and made me care all that much, or give me an emotional attachment to the novel.

He pressed his mouth to hers and kissed her hard. As if he’d been holding it inside too long and the need to claim her was too much to contain.

Overall, a highly enjoyable mystery/suspense/romance which, despite its occasionally cheesy nature, has gripped me enough to want to read the others in the series.