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One Night of Trouble, by Elle Kennedy

2 Feb

One Night of TroubleOne Night of Trouble, by Elle Kennedy

This is the last of the After Hours erotic romance trilogy, published through the Entangled Brazen digital imprint.

The heroes are three friends who, after a few years fighting in the MMA circuit in Boston, pool their resources and open a nightclub.

Their personalities and skills complement each other, which helps make the club a profitable investment within its first year, and bodes very well for their future.

While we meet all three in “One Night of Sin,” it is very much Gage’s story, with most other characters in their shared world being present for only a handful of pages. And while we see a little bit more of AJ during One Night of Scandal, it is through the eyes of his best friend, Reed, and to a much lesser extent, through those of Darcy, his ex.

Therefore, what we do see of him in the first two installments is just enough to be intriguing, and since I had enjoyed both stories and Ms Kennedy’s writing voice well enough, I purchased One Night of Trouble the week it came out.

Please do keep in mind that this is an erotic romance–there’s plenty of very graphic sex and graphic language. Also, this review is a tad spoilery–my apologies.

Here’s the blurb, from the author’s website:
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Between Love and Duty, by Janice Kay Johnson

19 Jan

Between Love and Duty, by Janice Kay JohnsonBetween Love and Duty

This novel is the first in a trilogy about the MacLachlan brothers, Duncan, Niall and Conall. The three books were released back to back from February to April 2012, and it’s with some distress that I realized I don’t have the other two.

I cannot believe I have never before written a review for one of Ms Johnson’s books. No, it’s not that I have read all of them; it’s that I have like those that I have read, so very much.

Please be aware that this review is long, even by my standards.

Here is the pretty crappy back cover blurb, from my print copy:
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“One Night of Sin” by Elle Kennedy

15 Jan

One Night of Sin“One Night of Sin” by Elle Kennedy

This is the first novella in the After Hours series. Published by MacMillan’s Entangled Brazen imprint, it’s only available digitally right now.

I got it in late August, most likely because it was on sale and both Jane at Dear Author and Kaetrin of Kaetrin’s Musings had liked it, but I think I didn’t read it until late September or early October.

Before reading those reviews, all I knew about Ms Kennedy was that she was writing an erotic romance series with Vivian Arend, but I had not read anything by her. I have realized that, particularly when it comes to erotic romance, I like reading shorter stories by new to me authors before I commit to a full-length novel, so it all worked out perfectly for me.

As I mentioned back in October, I was very happy I did. I got the second installment, One Night of Scandal, pretty much upon finishing this novella, and now I’m looking forward to reading the third story, One Night of Trouble, which just came out this week.

Usual warning: this is an erotic romance novella. Ergo, there’s both graphic sex and graphic language.

Here’s the blurb:
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The First Move, by Jennifer Lohmann

31 Jan

Once again, this is all SLWendy’s fault: back when this book came out, she not only reviewed it, she gave it a B+ Is it any wonder I bought it shortly thereafter?

Of course, then it languished in the humongous TBR Mountain Range until this  month, when I thought I would read it for the TBR Challenge. Once I realized this is actually a 300 pages book, I ended up reading something else. I finished it since, though, and here’s the (once again loooooooooong) review.

The First MoveThe First Move, by Jennifer Lohmann

This is only Ms Lohmann’s second book, the second in a trilogy about the Milek siblings, and the first by her I’ve read. I have to say that I had a harder time with the characters than Wendy did—though not because I thought Renia was prickly, mind you.

Obligatory back cover blurb:
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A Man of His Word, by Sarah M. Anderson

1 May

A Man of His Word, by Sarah M. Anderson

A category length romance (scarcely 187 pages) published under Harlequin’s Desire imprint, A Man of His Word is Ms Anderson’s print debut and (from what I gather) the first in the Lawyers in Love trilogy, with the next two titles released in July and September.

My copy comes directly from the author, via a giveaway at Novel Thoughts right around the release date. Life being what it is and reading/reviewing mojo in the state is was, I only read this book a couple of weeks ago—and just now am I writing the review.¹

Confession number one: I can’t read the heroine’s name without giggling. Yes, I know, I suck and I’m mean, but there you have it: an acquaintance has a 14 year old teacup Yorkie named Rosebud. So, after giggling a few times in a row where laughter really wasn’t warranted, I mentally changed her name to Rose—and the book flowed so much better for me!

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Mr Imperfect, by Karina Bliss

15 Feb

I can’t remember who recommended this book to me, but having read and enjoyed at least two other stories by Ms Bliss, I was happy to get my mittens on it. Of course, like countless other books I am ecstatic to get, it then languished in the humongous TBR Mountain Range—until SLWendy’s TBR Challenge brought it to mind. Happily so, I might add.

Mr. Imperfect, by Karina Bliss

Published in 2006, the cover claims that this is Ms Bliss’ first published novel.¹ I have to say, it’s a wonderful start to a career. Let me begin with a couple of warnings: There are some tropes in this story that usually drive me nuts—for example, if you haven’t seen a person in fourteen years, it’s not likely you can still love them. You love your memories of them and of the two of you together, but you don’t know the reality of that person in the present so…

Then there is the ‘well, because of the will’ that sets up the current conflict between the protagonists—contrived barely starts to describe it. Finally, the cute kid—I’m one of those curmudgeons who usually prefers to have no children or babies in her romances. Sue me.

Despite all of the above, I thoroughly enjoyed Mr Imperfect.

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Proof by Seduction, by Courtney Milan

5 Jan

Reader beware: In compliance with FTC guidelines, readers should be aware that my copy of this novel was obtained directly from Ms Milan in a multiple-title drawing she held at her blog in early December. Thank you.

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Proof by Seduction, by Courtney Milan

Published by Harlequin Historical Romance, this novel is Ms Milan’s full length debut. Set in London during the late 1830s, Proof by Seduction follows the story of one Jenny Keeble—aka Mme Esmerelda, soothsayer and future diviner—and a marquess.

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