Genre: Contemporary

SNOWBOUND SEDUCTION by Melissa Schroeder

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SNOWBOUND SEDUCTION by Melissa SchroederSnowbound Seduction by Melissa Schroeder
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

 

 

Elaine Masterson is a world class pastry chef who has worked extremely hard to gain her reputation.  When her best friend invited Elaine to become one of three partners in a new restaurant, Elaine jumped at it.  After all, it sounded like a dream come true.  And it was, until just after they opened and then the third partner and executive chef began to show his true colors.  Elaine is known for keeping her cool, but she could only put up with so much of Trevor’s taunting, and then she exploded one night.

 

Trevor MacMillian had the best of everything growing up, and he was not surprised when he became an executive chef at a young age.  The best part was when he joined in with a really good friend and another partner in what is becoming known as “the restaurant” to be seen in and to eat in.  All was great, except the one fly in Trevor’s mist:  the third partner and pastry chef—Elaine.  She has a kind word and smile for everyone but him, it seems, so what does Trevor do but try to pick at her for a reaction.  Reaction is exactly what he gets—in the middle of the kitchen during a busy time.

 

Both Elaine and Trevor accepted the offer from their friend and other partner, Mick, for a weekend away.  But neither know that Mick has made them both the same offer for the exact same weekend…that is, until they both arrive at the cabin just as a snow storm descends upon them. Now, they have until the storm goes away, and they can leave the cabin to either come to terms with each other or come up with a way to exist together at the restaurant.  Neither expected the third solution that popped up pretty quickly.  But is it a true feeling, or just being snowbound in a cabin together?

 

Sparks fly when two highly talented people in their restaurant kitchen find themselves alone in a cabin surrounded by snow in Snowbound Seduction.  Elaine and Trevor can’t believe they were set-up by their friend and partner until they are told by him to work it out or face the reality that their fighting is hurting the restaurant they have all worked so hard to create.  I loved how Mick got both Elaine and Trevor in a position so that the feelings they had for each other, and that he could see just below the surface, could flame.  These were two stubborn people who both had secrets in their pasts that affected how they saw the other.  All it took for them to see that it wasn’t dislike, but rather passion sparking between them, was a small cabin in the middle of nowhere and a winter snow storm.  I loved how Trevor put it all on the line to show Elaine that he truly did love her, and that he was so much more than what the rags said he was.  Congrats to Mick for acting, but I think he might want to look over his shoulder for a while because I have a feeling that passion isn’t the only thing Trevor and Elaine will be cooking up.  Snowbound Seduction might be a short story, but it’s packed with fierce feelings and passion that just flies off the page and doesn’t leave you wanting more—except a chance to see how they get back at Mick.

DARE TO TAKE by Carly Phillips

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DARE TO TAKE by Carly PhillipsDare to Take by Carly Phillips
Series: Dare to Love #6
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMelissa

Tyler Dare and Ella Shaw have a secret.  Years ago they had one night together that ended badly. Even though Tyler’s sister is Ella’s best friend, they have managed to avoid each other whenever possible. But when a hurricane is bearing down on the tropical island where Ella is staying, Tyler can’t say no when his sister begs him to rescue her. For the first time in years, Ella and Tyler are forced to spend time alone together and discover that the attraction between them is even stronger. Can they overcome the past to have a future together?

 

Dare to Take is another addition to Carly Phillips Dare to Love series and I’m loving it! Tyler and Ella are so hot together that my screen steamed up. I couldn’t wait for them to take a chance and be together. This is one series that romance lovers shouldn’t miss out on!!

CUFF ME by Lauren Layne

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CUFF ME by Lauren LayneCuff Me by Lauren Layne
Series: New York's Finest #3
Published by Forever Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMelissa

Police officers Vincent Moretti and Jill Henley have been partners for years and during that time they have grown to care deeply for each other. But neither has been willing to make the move to take their relationship intimate and jeopardize their friendship. Things come to a head when Jill is forced to take time off to care for her mother in Florida. While there she meets Mr. Perfect and accepts his marriage proposal. Vin is blindsided when she returns engaged. Can Vin finally take a chance before Jill is lost to him forever?

 

I’ve never had the pleasure of reading Lauren Layne before and boy have I been missing out! Cuff Me was just what I was looking for. At times I wanted to shake Vin for his pigheadedness while still desperately wanting him to wake up and grab Jill before it was too late. I truly enjoyed this story and you can bet I’ll be back for more of Layne’s New York Finest series!

FIRST AND FIRST by Santino Hassell

FIRST AND FIRST by Santino Hassell

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FIRST AND FIRST by Santino HassellFirst and First by Santino Hassell
Series: Five Buroughs #3
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Gay
Reviewed by Cheryl

Nearing forty, Caleb Stone has never been comfortable with his sexuality. Coming out later in life met with his father’s disapproval and curtailed any youthful adventures for the uptight scion of a wealthy New York family. Rather than risk the potential of awkward failure, he hides his desires behind a prickly, controlled facade. All that changes at a New Year’s Eve party where Caleb, still smarting from his ex’s new relationship, finds himself alone in a crowd of couples.

 

Enter Oliver “Oli” Buckley. Disowned by his own wealthy family at eighteen for his sexual adventures, Oli had to make his own way in life and is unapologetically independent. Shameless and daring, he is Caleb’s opposite, and a kiss at midnight leads to an explosive tryst neither can forget — even if Caleb’s memory is a bit hazy. Libertine Oli is happy to facilitate Caleb’s hedonistic escapades, but he’s nobody’s Prince Charming and doesn’t believe in monogamy.

 

As they delve further into a sexual relationship, the two become friends, business partners, and Caleb finally comes into his own. Caleb knows what he wants, but will his newfound courage push him to discover Oli’s true desires?

 

First and First is a fantastic addition to the Five Boroughs series. The second installment, Sunset Park, may still be my favorite, but First and First is a close second. After meeting Caleb in Sunset Park, I was a little apprehensive of him as a leading man, but he and Oli are delightful. Prickly but deep, Caleb is just waiting for someone wild and blunt as Oli. Told exclusively through Caleb’s point of view, I enjoyed watching him develop his confidence and act upon it. I also appreciate the bits of Oli’s personality that peeked through even when Caleb wasn’t fully catching onto what Oli was showing him. I don’t always prefer a limited perspective, but here it was presented in such a subtle and intriguing way that I didn’t mind not reading Oli’s POV. I wouldn’t say no to a short story from his POV, though.

 

Intensely erotic, First and First blazes off the pages. Caleb and Oli’s relationship evolves through multiple scorching sex scenes. While kinky and debauched, those scenes work together to push the story forward with a purpose. Caleb is so buttoned down that he needs wild experiences in order to come to terms with his true desires. Oli, the hedonist, needs to find the person who will accept and fight for him. I also enjoyed the modern feel of their relationship and the story’s backdrop. It wasn’t simply a standard, normative tale. Caleb and Oli were finding love in a world where people hookup but aren’t necessarily exclusive or renting U-Hauls after a few weeks. It’s refreshing to read a contemporary romance populated with characters that act as people of today. The secondary characters help make the Five Boroughs world more vivid and alive. I lived for the storyline featuring Raymond and David. I can’t get enough of them, even though I know they already have their own book. There were also quite a few other characters I would love to have Santino explore further. Charles deserves his happy ending at some point! Honestly though, I just want to read more of this world and the series, no matter who the characters are.

 

First and First could be easily read as a standalone, but I would suggest reading the previous books first. Readers will get a much fuller, richer story if they explore the earlier installments. Since I loved the previous book even more, let me assure you, you will thank me after reading it. Santino Hassell knows how to provide a thoroughly modern, utterly wicked, completely delightful read. I can’t Joyfully Recommend First and First enough!

BETTING THE BAD BOY by Sugar Jamison

BETTING THE BAD BOY by Sugar Jamison

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BETTING THE BAD BOY by Sugar JamisonBetting the Bad Boy by Sugar Jamison
Series: The Bad Boys of Destiny
Published by Swerve Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMelissa

Duke King was sent to prison years ago for attacking one of the town’s favorite sons while defending his girlfriend.  He never planned to return. After serving his sentence he’s gone on to build a successful business but finds himself forced to return to Destiny in order to care for his aunt. Grace Truman loved Duke but her family disapproved and her father, the judge did everything in his power to remove Duke from her life. But what her father or Duke never knew was that Grace was pregnant when he was sent away. How could she know that all her letters to Duke would be intercepted and he would never find out she was expecting his child? That child is now a boy with a chip on his shoulder and when Duke finds out about him, he’s determined to have a role in his son’s life. But he can’t decide if wants a role in Grace’s life, even if he still has feelings for her.

 

I’ve never read Sugar Jamison before and I’m so excited I’ve found a new author to devour! Betting the Bad Boy was hit! I fell in love with both Duke and Grace and wanted them to find the love that was stolen from them. I could totally understand Duke’s feelings toward Destiny along with Grace’s complicated relationship with her father. I will be keeping my eyes out for more books in the The Bad Boys of Destiny series!

RETURN OF THE BAD BOY by Jessica Lemmon

RETURN OF THE BAD BOY by Jessica Lemmon

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PLAYING HARD by Melanie Scott

PLAYING HARD by Melanie Scott

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FOREVER WITH YOU by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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REDEMPTION by Kate Douglas

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INTIMATE by Kate Douglas

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SIRE by Kate Pavelle

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THE PLUMBER by Serena Yates

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RAINBOW OVER CEDARWOOD by Megan Slayer

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SWEET AND SOUR SOAP by Susan Laine

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ROGUE ALPHA by Carole Mortimer

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REPEATING LOVE by April Kelley

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MY PRINCE by Anna Martin

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HEALED HEARTS by Logan Meredith

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Player’s Challenge by Koko Brown

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PLAYER’S ULTIMATUM by Koko Brown

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