Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Handy Men by Jamie K. Schmidt

Jack and Dean love each other, but they’re missing the woman to complete their triangle. When newly divorced Paige Richards buys a Bed and Breakfast on Hamlet Island and employs them to help her fix the inn up, Jack and Dean are sure they’ve found the one they’ve been looking for. Despite the playful, sexy clues they drop, luscious Paige is reticent about getting involved, even when they set the stage so she can stumble on them in action. They can tell by her responses she wants to join them, but rumors travel fast on the small island, and tales of a threesome could get back to the conservative, family vacation crowd who won’t patronize those with an alternative lifestyle. And the last thing they want for Paige is the B&B’s rooms…and her bank account…to remain empty. But Jack and Dean will stop at nothing to prove to Paige that she can have it all…with them. 

We’ll treat her like a queen. F$ck like porn stars. And love her like she was our wife.

I always wanted to read a ménage with MMF altogether. This pushed me out of my comfort zone to begin with but I then began to love it. This is an unconventional love between three people. Monopoly has never been so hot.

Dean and Jack you can’t help but become a voyeur. And also want to participate. They are hot and sweet together and downright filthy. Add Paige in and well. Keep your fan ready.  

I thought that there wouldn’t be enough substance but I’m glad to have been proven wrong.

Paige wants to start over so she moves out to Hamlet Island to open up the bed & breakfast The Nutmeg Inn. Lonely after finding out that her husband cheated on her with Barbie she is starved for affection.

Jack and Dean are in a relationship they had a third but indifferences arose and she left. Jack and Dean are helping Paige get the bed and breakfast hence the handy men.  They want Paige and they are doing anything they can. Paige catches them in several acts and her fantasies start to run wild. But how will it work? They are a couple they love one another. But with the rumour mill of the island her livelihood is on the line.

The topic comes up that Jack can keep Stephanie and Dean Paige. Okay I guess they have to talk about it but for me it is a no brainer to be honest. They beg her to fight for them and then they tell her to take a break. Good on you Paige for putting a stop to it completely. The ending was somewhat anti-climactic. IMO.

There is o/w drama as an ex comes back and there is a surprise. That spoilt it for me. A lot.

I would have liked to have seen an epilogue to see how it continued a HFN just wasn’t enough for me. My first book by this author and although she has written an engaging, delectable read with fantastic characters with a balance of ménage that works between all three I’d need to think real hard about reading another book by this author.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Arranged (Masters and Mercenaries #13.5) by Lexi Blake

Goodreads Review

Kash Kamdar is the king of a peaceful but powerful island nation. As Loa Mali’s sovereign, he is always in control, the final authority. Until his mother uses an ancient law to force her son into marriage. His prospective queen is a buttoned-up intellectual, nothing like Kash’s usual party girl. Still, from the moment of their forced engagement, he can’t stop thinking about her.

Dayita Samar comes from one of Loa Mali’s most respected families. The Cambridge-educated scientist has dedicated her life to her country’s future. But under her staid and calm exterior, Day hides a few sexy secrets of her own. She is willing to marry her king, but also agrees that they can circumvent the law. Just because they’re married doesn’t mean they have to change their lives. It certainly doesn’t mean they have to fall in love.

After one wild weekend in Dallas, Kash discovers his bride-to-be is more than she seems. Engulfed in a changing world, Kash finds exciting new possibilities for himself. Could Day help him find respite from the crushing responsibility he’s carried all his life? This fairy tale could have a happy ending, if only they can escape Kash’s past…

Arranged made for an interesting read.
15 years ago Kash nearly fell in love but the spare then became the heir and is life changed. Fate intervened well actually it was his father but she tried to make it better by arranging a marriage between Dayita and Kash.
Kash, king of his country has been ignoring his responsibilities as king but that is all about to change.
I wasn’t really interested in Kash when I met him in previous books. Yes, he is a manwhore not that it bothered me. I just felt that he was always on the sidelines so much that I’m surprised he even got a book.
I do like the arranged marriage theme so maybe that is why I also requested it.
Dayita clever, strong-willed and a big heart. I really like her as a female lead. She is regal and a true queen in every sense of the word.
This is my first book where there was a role reversal in the D/s and surprisingly enough I really enjoyed it I didn’t think I would if I’m going to be honest.  The feelings that they have and the difficulties that they had to overcome made it all the more interesting.
Things got tricky when Day’s preferences were aired and the way they reacted or more the way Kash reacted. I actually understand him where he tries to adjust to his new role without feeling less of a man. But I mean come on what is good for the goose should also be good for the gander.
Lexi Blake delivers an exciting read with fabulous and unique characters and spice to every story that she writes. She knows how to balance out all elements to make a book suck you in right from the start. Royal family themed books aren’t really my thing but I did enjoy this book. I love when we get to see Ian and the rest of the crew but even that didn’t want me to give it more than 3 stars.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bronx's Wounded Wolf (Mystic Wolves #4) by Elle Boon

Goodreads Review

A WOUNDED WOLF…A FIERCE PROTECTOR…AN UNSHAKABLE BOND…Will Bronx and Taya be able to create that mystical bond without her inner wolf, or will their love be enough?

A WOUNDED WOLF… Having suffered at the hands of a rogue pack, Taya’s wolf retreat’s deep inside her. She learns to rely on her humanity as she seeks sanctuary from the pack she’d been taken from as a child.

A FIERCE PROTECTOR…Bronx feels an instant connection to Taya the moment he set eyes on her, even though he couldn’t sense her wolf. Her pain and wariness stop him from claiming her right then and there, keeping him and his wolf on edge.

AN UNSHAKEABLE BOND…Neither Taya nor Bronx can deny their feelings for one another, and as the weeks go by, they both give into their desires. Bronx’s wolf is ready to claim Taya, wolf or not. Taya misses her wolf, but when her past catches up to them, she’ll need more than her humanity and Bronx to save her. They’ll need the strength of the pack and help from the Fey if they hope to come out of the battle alive and whole.

2 Blue & Wolfman Stars.

Well, aren’t I the odd duck out here?

Taya Blade kidnapped and tortured has lost her wolf. She is rescued and meets her mate she isn’t broken but she mourns the loss of her wolf. 

Bronx Ducane is a fantastic Hero. He fought for Taya every step of the way. He never let her down. He is strong, sweet and one hell of a wolf.

I felt that the connection between the two could be have been deeper. I did find it amusing in places.

I am an avid paranormal reader. An avid reader in general and what I really wanted to do here is love this book. The beginning was solid for me but then it just started going downhill. But I felt as if the plot of her losing her wolf was hashed to death it cropped up one to many times. IMO.

Ms. Boon knows how to write paranormal and a world filled with unique shifters and an interesting plot. Whereas I was interested in the plot it didn’t suck me in. Whereas I enjoyed the characters I was also a bit disappointed.

My mistake is that this is book 4 and that there are so many characters from other books that I got confused at times. This can be read as a standalone although I struggled so maybe go and read the other books beforehand. I felt that I was missing out on a lot of stuff and I found the characters from previous books interesting but still confused.

The ending was somewhat rushed for me. This is a quick and easy read with a fun side yet with characters who have to overcome great obstacles.

The author has created a world of possibilities for the future. Talented yet an author not for me.