I am a bit of an anomaly in the reading community because I have zero problem DNFing a book. There are multiple reasons I do so, but mainly the bottom line is that I wasn’t enjoying them and I have zero time to waste on something I don’t enjoy. Because my curiosity usually kills me, I typically still skim through or at least read the end. However, I don’t waste time reading the whole novel.
This is my list of stories that I couldn’t read 100% this week.
1. Thunder Thighs by Evie Mitchell – A $0.99 buy that tells you exactly what you’re getting. While I was interested in a plus size romp, the inta-love (more like lust) was not my cup of tea and it was pretty aggressive in this novella. I also didn’t feel the chemistry that is supposed to be explosive between the leads, and the thunder thighs/viking aspect is thrown at the reader a lot for such a short read. It does have a HEA and the erotic scenes are pretty good though.
The demon possessed beast wants his beauty back, and he’ll do anything to win her. Even war with a god king.
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For centuries, Galen the Treacherous has been the most hated immortal in the Underworld. With good reason! This bad boy of bad boys has lied, stolen, cheated and killed with abandon. Possessed by the demons of Jealousy and False Hope, he has always lived for a single purpose: destroy everything.
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It’s so easy being best friends with a gorgeous, talented, charming guy.
Said no woman ever. Except me.
My friendship with Miller is a sure thing — he’s my plus one, my emergency contact, and my shoulder to lean on. He’s also been by my side helping me raise one helluva awesome kid who’s the center of my world.
Nothing will change our easy breezy friendship. Until I have the bright idea to convince him to start a new band with me.
Trouble is, our sizzling chemistry in the recording studio is getting harder to ignore, no matter how risky it might be.
Sing sexy songs with the woman you’ve been lusting after? Get up close and personal as you croon to the woman you’ve wanted for years?
Piece of cake.
Performing with the sweet, sassy and insanely wonderful Ally is like one gigantic obstacle course of challenges for my libido. And my libido is one sexy love song away from kissing her senseless and taking her home.
But, I’m not a serious kind of guy, and she’s not a one-night-stand kind of woman. If we cross the horizontal line, we might risk our sure thing and end up out of tune forever…
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An amazing installment to an already great series, Once Upon a Sure Thing is a friends to lovers story that will steal your heart! Not only is it sweet, but the chemistry between the leads is both believable. It’s impossible not to root for these two!
Just like its predecessor, this novel is full of complex characters with unique aspects that make them stand out. They are relatable and feel real, making their lives and story hit that much harder. Few people can take such a hot novel and weave it into a humorous yet powerful novel.
Despite being part of a series, each novel can read as a standalone. That being said, experiencing together brings a certain satisfaction that makes them that much more special.
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About Lauren Blakely:
A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books. In September she’ll release ONCE UPON A SURE THING, a sexy best-friends-to-lovers romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter
That smoking hot one-night stand with a former rock star?
Turns out he’s my son’s new music teacher. Oops.
But I didn’t know that the night I met Campbell. All I knew was he played my body the same way he played a guitar — like he owned it.
My libido is still high-fiving me after being self-served for too many years, and we’re both ready for another night or two of fun, especially since we don’t just have chemistry in bed — we connect over everything.
That is, until I learn he’s the man who’ll be coming to my house twice a week to teach my son — the best music lessons money can buy.
Time to turn down the volume on our shenanigans. Only that’s easier said than done.
I can rock a guitar solo in front of thousands, I can write chart-topping tunes, and I can absolutely stop thinking about my student’s mother naked.
After all, I’m a single parent too, and I know what it’s like to put your kid first. That’s what I do every damn day.
Trouble is, now that I’ve had Mackenzie, it’s hard — and I do mean hard — to stop wanting her. Harder too when I get to know her, and learn she’s an awesome mom, a great friend, and, oh yeah, she happens to get along perfectly with my daughter.
All we have to do is set some rules. No dating, no nookie when the kids are around, and no one gets hurt.
It’s all working out beautifully. Until we start breaking the rules, one by one.
Making music with her in the bedroom is easy. But will we be more than just a real good time when the music stops?
While I typically don’t read novels that involve single parents (it’s just not my thing), Lauren Blakely is one of the handful of my go to authors. Her skill at creating realistic dynamic characters is evident and they draw you into their world. It is impossible to not become invested in their stories just as it is hard not to love them. Her leads have blatant chemistry, with witty and humorous dialogue and more than just heat between the sheet. They just…work so well together.
Blakely should be commended on her ability to take cliche, overused tropes and make them entertaining. From the former rockstar dad to him being her son’s tutor to their agreement to just stay friends, separate they all sound like a story that has been written a million times. It’s Blakely’s skill as both a writer and a storyteller that turn these into an engaging story.
From her engaging characters to her steamy scene involving a couple clearly mean to be, everything about Blakely’s novel is absolutely lovely.
About WOUND TIGHT:
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lorelei James comes a crossover story in her Rough Riders/Blacktop Cowboys® series…
A May-December romance hotter than the 4th of July…
Bull rider Justin Donohue spent his youth hell-bent on winning world championships. After hitting the big 4-0, Justin takes a job at the Grade A Ranch and Rodeo School, where he immediately locks horns (and lips) with the sexy, sassy Callie—a 22-year-old cowgirl set on seducing him. Discovering their age difference doesn’t deter Callie; neither does Justin’s warning that she deserves more than a busted-up former rodeo cowboy.
From the moment Callie Morgan encounters the hot-as-fire new ranch hand, she knows his gruff manner is an attempt to mask his attraction to her. But she’s never backed down from a challenge, especially not when Justin’s actions speak louder than his denials. Callie doesn’t give a damn that he’s older than her or what others might think of their relationship. The uptight cowboy needs to relax and she’ll do whatever it takes to loosen him up, proving there are no age restrictions when it comes to lust…or to falling in love.
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Known for her cowboy erotica, Wound Tight is a perfect additions to James’ resume. Her heroine Callie is a fierce woman who knows what she wants and isn’t scared to work for it. Her comfort with her own sexuality was also a breath of fresh air. James should also be commended for her unique hero. Rather than the cocky overly Alpha males that tend to saturate the genre, Justin is a lost soul who seems to be stuck in a rut. The emotional depth and background that went into each character draws the reader in, making the story worth investing the time.
Of course, James’ does not forget to bring her trademark heat. The chemistry between the leads is evident from their first meeting, driven by Callie’s unapologetic nature.What follows is a erotic and emotional journey of two souls overcoming obstacles, both internal and external, to noteworthy conclusion.
As always, James has proved herself to be the queen of cowboy erotica. Fan will devour this new addition while those unfamiliar with her work will fall in love with her work.
“Have you seen the new ranch hand?” Callie gushed to her coworker Svetlana.
Svetlana—aka Lana—took a break from mopping and looked at Callie. “I cannot keep up with all of the new hires,” she said with a sniff.
“Oh, come on. How could you have missed him? I swear his hotness even made Mrs. Gradsky blush—and she’s been surrounded by good-lookin’ cowboys her whole life.”
“Did our boss lady catch you drooling over this man?”
“God no. I was literally hiding in the bushes outside the office as I picked up trash.” Callie sighed. “I had to stay still even when I wanted to break the damn branches to get a better look at that killer ass of his.”
“You were checking out his…?”
Her mind supplied “package” but virgin Lana would blush ten shades of crimson if Callie admitted that. Instead she said, “Behind? Of course. Such a hardship, watching that perfect cowboy butt sauntering away from me. But he did me a solid before he disappeared inside the office. He turned around and his frontside was just as delicious as his backside.” She whistled. “The man has it going on. Dark blond hair, vivid green eyes, great smile.” Amazing smile. Even from thirty feet away the man oozed charisma.
“You are what my mama used to call boy crazy,” Lana said.
“I’m not interested in boys. I’m interested in men.” Not that a man like him would take interest in her, especially not when she was covered in dust after a full day of doing grunt work.
“You are certain this new ranch hand is not married?” Lana asked.
“I assume not since he’s living in the bunkhouse with the rest of the hired hands.”
“How do you know that?”
Because curiosity had gotten the better of her. Despite Lana’s claims there were too many new hires, there actually weren’t. The Gradskys paid their employees very well, so employee turnover at the rodeo school or the ranch associated with the school was nearly nonexistent. When a new school session started there was an influx of students and parents, but the local staff only increased by two or three. And in the year she’d worked there, none of the hires had looked like him.
“Cal-lee,” Lana accused, stretching out her name. “You followed him.”
“I noticed him and another guy hauling some stuff from the parking lot into the bunkhouse.” She frowned. “He didn’t have much, now that I think about it.”
“Probably because he got kicked out of wherever he was living before. If he’s that good looking the guy’s probably a major player.” Her eyes took on a mean glint. “I hope if he cheated on his wife she took him for everything and he has to start over with nothing.”
Lana assumed the worst about everyone—men especially. Which made zero sense since she’d never had a boyfriend.
About Lorelei James:
Lorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary erotic western romances set in the modern day Wild West and also contemporary erotic romances. Lorelei’s books have been nominated for and won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s choice Award, as well as the CAPA Award. Lorelei lives in western South Dakota with her family…and a whole closet full of cow girl boots.
From Lorelei: “Why do I have a particular fondness for all things western? Well, I’m a fourth generation South Dakotan, living in the Black Hills, which is chock-full of interesting characters, including cowboys, Indians, ranchers, and bikers. The geographical diversity of the surrounding area showcases mountains, plains, and badlands. Living in and writing about rural settings gives me a unique perspective, especially since I’m not writing historical westerns. Through my fictional world, I can show the ideals and the cowboy way of life are still very much alive.”