July 28, 2014

Review: Carly Phillip’s DARE TO DESIRE (Dare to Love #2)

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Pub. Date:  April 9, 2014  Publisher:  CP Publishing  Sold By:  Barnes & Noble  Format:  NOOK Book, 294pp  Series:  Dare to Love  BN ID:  2940149343454

Pub. Date:
April 9, 2014
Publisher:
CP Publishing
Sold By:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book, 294pp
Series:
Dare to Love
BN ID:
2940149343454

 

Quarterback Alex Dare, had it all — an all-star football career and his choice of willing women — until a severe injury forces him into early retirement. Social worker Madison Evans grew up in foster homes and knows what it means to have-not. She isn’t impressed by Alex Dare’s wealth or charm. Not since she fell hard for him once before, only to discover she was just one of his too-easy conquests.

This time around Madison refuses to succumb to Alex so easily. But Alex wants Madison. And if there is one thing Alex does well, it’s to get what he wants. Can he convince Madison to take a risk and dare to love?

Back in 2011, I got my first eReader. A Nook. When I was making the transition, I took an inventory of all the books on my shelves before donating them–in perfect condition–to the public library.

The inventory was how many books I had read by particular authors and Carly Phillips was definitely on the list. Many readers have their go-to authors. People who buy whatever book the author puts out. While Carly is one of my favorite authors, she’s not a go-to for me. I have quite a few favorite authors, but I don’t consider them to be my go-to. I’m a tad picky when it comes to my reading material. I’ll read the majority of my fav authors stuff, but not all of it. The point is, Carly writes good shit.

But I digress.

Imagine being young, at the top pinnacle career-wise, only to have it brutally taken away from you. This is what happens to star quarterback Alex Dare. Due to a career sidelining injury, he’s forced to retire at the age of 28 and figure out what to do with the next chapter of his life. It’s not easy and during the process, he pushes everyone away–including Madison.

Fast forward to six months later and Alex is finally getting his head out of his ass. His half brother offers him a job where he ends up reconnecting with Madison. To say that she’s not happy about it is the understatement of the universe. He wants her back, but she wants nothing to do with him.

Let the groveling begin!

Groveling always leads to good sex and as we all know, sex with a quarterback is hawt. Well, it’s a theory that’s never been tested, but let’s just say that Alex knows how to burn up the sheets. I can’t imagine being in Alex’s shoes. Being on top of the world professionally–and thoroughly enjoying the perks that go along with it–only to hit bottom with a crash and trying to figure out what do with your life. You’re angry beyond belief–at the world, at yourself–but eventually you have to put your Big Boy Briefs (Calvin Klein?) on and move forward.

Madison’s life hasn’t exactly been a bed of roses, either. Growing up in foster homes before finally finding the right one, only to have that situation come back to bite you on the ass (her foster bro is a First Class asshole!). She’s smart and feisty and I loved how she called Alex on his shit after they started working together. It was pretty ballsy of Alex to think she would just welcome him with open arms, especially after the way he dumped her. I would’ve been like “Bless your heart. It’s nice to want things.” LOL Alex had to do something he’d never done in his life: apologize and woo.

What I really loved was the project they worked on together. It was more of a program, really, but I think it’s an important one. Basically, it boils down to “What happens if an athlete can’t play anymore–whether from a career-ending injury or retirement?” I don’t want to reveal any spoilers, since they go into more detail in the book, but it made me wonder if a program like this really existed. If not, it should be. This is definitely a cross-genre sports program that would benefit all professional athletes.

Dare to Desire Wet Panty Rating

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July 25, 2014

Review: J.S. Scott’s THE CURVE BALL (Big Girls And Bad Boys Series)

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Pub. Date:  March 8, 2013  Publisher:  J. S. Scott  Sold By:  Smashwords  Format:  NOOK Book  BN ID:  2940044385825

Pub. Date:
March 8, 2013
Publisher:
J. S. Scott
Sold By:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
BN ID:
2940044385825

 

When Maggie Jones lets her best friend talk her into attending the annual charity mystery single’s ball to help her friend out of a jam, she never imagined she would end up paired with the most handsome, eligible man at the ball. Unfortunately, he was also the man that she had secretly adored for over a year. What chance did an overweight pastry chef have with a hunk like Jake Rawlins?
Jake Rawlins wants Maggie Jones, but he can’t get her to take his advances seriously. He’s been hinting around for a year. Now he’s ready to take drastic measures to get Maggie to notice him.
Will Maggie realize that her Prince Charming has finally arrived at the ball, or will she miss out on having a man who truly wants her exactly the way she is just because of her insecurities?
This is a short story erotic romance.
18+ Only. This story contains graphic sex, graphic language and other subjects for mature audiences only.

I say this a lot in my reviews, but I love reading about curvy heroines. I’d like to think that, as an author who’s not curvy, I’d be able to adequately write about a character who is. As the owner of a pastry shop, Maggie is a bit on the curvy side because she loves food. And she samples what she cooks. For real, what professional chef wouldn’t sample their own stuff? How are you going to know if it’s good or not?

Jake has a nearby business and has been interested in Maggie from the get-go. He’s been visiting her place on the daily.

For a year.

He’s asked her out numerous times, but she doesn’t take him seriously because she doesn’t think a gorgeous hawtie like him would go for a woman like her.

Yeah, so wrong.

I gotta say that Jake is one persistent hunk of hawtness. There are men out there who feel their body is a temple and wouldn’t touch sweets with a ten foot pole.

Not Jake. Bless his heart.

It was the only way to get close to Maggie, so what else could he do? Desperate times and all that.

But then Maggie gets talked into attending a mystery charity ball by her BFF and that’s when the situation turns pleasantly surprising. This was a quick read, but I loved it. I loved Jake and how he managed to convince Maggie that he was serious about his intentions towards her. And I have to add, his convincing skills were H-A-W-T. There was leakage from the Sweet Hole, people! There are two other books in the series and I’m looking forward to reading them both.

The Curve Ball Wet Panty Rating

Evolet

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July 23, 2014

WWW Wednesdays #6

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: Jennifer Chance‘s FAKE IT

Recently Finished: Melissa Foster’s HEARTS AT PLAY  (review coming soon)

Reading Next: Melissa Foster’s FATED FOR LOVE

What about you?

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July 23, 2014

Review: J.S. Scott’s MINE FOR TONIGHT (The Billionaire’s Obsession series)

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Pub. Date:  March 24, 2013  Publisher:  J. S. Scott  Sold By:  Smashwords  Format:  NOOK Book  Series:  Billionaire's Obsession Series  BN ID:  2940044400993

Pub. Date:
March 24, 2013
Publisher:
J. S. Scott
Sold By:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Series:
Billionaire’s Obsession Series
BN ID:
2940044400993

 

Down on her luck, nursing student and full-time waitress Kara Foster gets a massive blow to her already desperate financial situation that will surely find her living on the streets. Needing nothing less than a miracle to save her, Kara gets rescue from an unknown, unlikely and overwhelming source. Billionaire Simon Hudson makes her an offer that is impossible to refuse, but terrifying to accept.

So Kara is putting herself through nursing school while maintaining a full time job as a waitress. I have to give props to anyone doing the school/work thing because it is not easy. But nursing school–hell, anything medical-related–is fucking tough. Simon, who’s taken a shine to Kara, is the billionaire who watches over her. His mother owns the bistro where she works and he takes it upon himself to be her unknown protector. The route Kara takes on her way home happens to pass his condo, so at a certain time every night, he watches for her to walk by.

Which is sweet.

And then he follows her from a distance to make sure she actually makes it home.

Creepy, but in a sweet way.

One night, she walks by wearing clothes he doesn’t recognize (and that are inappropriate) and when she nearly passes out, he’s forced to make his presence known. I’m not going to reveal the “desperate financial situation”  she gets into where she ends up having to depend on Simon.  I can tell you that it was fucked. Up. She was totally played and had no idea. If it had been me, I would’ve had a total. Mental. Breakdown.

For a week.

Maybe more.

And then I might’ve been able to think about next steps. Might being the keyword, that is.

This book didn’t appeal to me for three reasons:

1) If there was a sex scene, I don’t remember it. Which means the Sweet Hole was left high and dry.

2) Mysterious billionaire with possibly dark sexual tendencies taking an interest in a young woman just screamed 50 Shades of Grey to me. I’ve never read that series, but I can tell you I’m not interested in reading about that BDSM kinky shit. There was nothing in the book that would point to the BDSM kinky shit, it’s just my own assumptions and reading between the lines about Simon.

3) This is Book One in a Same Couple Series. I have no interest in reading multiple books about the same couple. It’s different if the series focused on one character (like any typical mystery series out there), but I’m not a fan and you can read why here.

As you can imagine, I won’t be reading anymore books in this series.

Mine for Tonight Wet Panty Rating

Evolet

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July 22, 2014

Currently Reading: Jennifer Chance’s FAKE IT (Book 2, Rule Breakers Series)

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July 22, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #27

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

 

~ Grab your current read

 

~ Open to a random page

 

~ Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

 

~ BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

 

~ Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s teaser is from my current read, Jennifer Chance‘s FAKE IT

Her tendency to forget about the moment and think only of the future was really beginning to piss her off.

 

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July 21, 2014

Review: Melissa Foster’s STROKE OF LOVE (Love in Bloom: The Remington’s #2)

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Pub. Date:  March 10, 2014  Publisher:  Melissa Foster  Sold By:  Barnes & Noble  Format:  NOOK Book, 300pp  Series:  Love in Bloom (Snow Sisters, The Bradens, The Remingtons & Seaside Summers)  BN ID:  2940149392360

Pub. Date:
March 10, 2014
Publisher:
Melissa Foster
Sold By:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book, 300pp
Series:
Love in Bloom (Snow Sisters, The Bradens, The Remingtons & Seaside Summers)
BN ID:
2940149392360

 

Kate Parello runs a volunteer program in Belize for Artists for International Aid, where she deals with self-centered artists who use the program as a means to repair their marred reputations. She loves the country, the people, and what AIA stands for, but too many diva volunteers have turned her off to press-seeking celebrities altogether and left her questioning the value of the volunteer program. When she meets incredibly handsome and charming Sage, he stirs emotions she hasn’t felt for ages, even though he represents the things she despises.

Laid-back artist Sage Remington escapes his wealthy lifestyle in the Big Apple for a two-week journey of self-discovery to figure out how a guy who has so much can feel so empty. When he meets ultra-organized Kate, who lives her life the way he’s always dreamed of living his, the attraction is too hot to ignore, but Sage is there to figure out what’s missing in his life, not to find a woman.

Every look, and every late-night chat in the romantic jungle brings them closer together, but Sage can barely think past stripping away Kate’s misconceptions about him. Kate fights him every step of the way—even though she finds it hard to ignore the strikingly handsome, generous-to-a-fault artist who wants to do nothing more than right the wrongs of the world—and love her to the ends of the earth.

First of all, this author, along with a few of my other fav Wet Panty Writers, have been blessed by the Cover Goddess. And I say Goddess because we know it’s a woman’s decision when making these covers. All of the covers in these series’ that Melissa writes are fuckin’ FANTABULOUS. The men are drop-dead hawties and you’re jealous of the women who get to pose with them in those sometimes-risque poses.

Like this one.

Second, I loved EVERYTHING about this story. It made me wonder if an organization like AIA really exists. It gave me the opportunity to see the country of Belize in a different way. We all think it’s this touristy paradise on a cruise tour, but that’s obviously not the case. I mean, who wants to see poverty on their vacation? And I especially loved the gorgeous, sensitive, talented, kindhearted, selfless Sage Remington. Goddamn, even his name sounds sexy! I loved the fact that he inherited his love of art from his mother. We have that in common as my love of reading and English came from my mother. Although we share the same intensity when we’re focused on our particular art, I can honestly say that I’ve never reached his level of intensity–being late for dates or dinners with family, missing meetings and blocking people out for days on end. Now that’s intense. I loved the fact that Sage practiced more than one art form: besides the canvas, he sculpted with clay and I thought that was pretty cool. I loved the fact that family was important to him and when each of his siblings had something important going on, the family gathered (when they could) to celebrate/support. I think it’s important to have that support system when your trying to make your dreams come true and I feel lucky that I have parents who are behind me 100%.

As someone who’s trying to start a nonprofit myself, I got excited when Sage and Kate were talking about the one they wanted to start. I don’t have near the connections and start-up funding that Sage did, but it was fun to see them go through the process of figuring it out. I remember being at that stage.

Did I mention that I loved Sage Remington?

6’4 of Unh! wet panty goodness. The sex scenes were enough to make me squirm and leak a little. Looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

Stroke of Love Wet Panty Rating

Evolet

 

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July 20, 2014

Currently Reading: Melissa Foster’s HEARTS AT PLAY

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After reading Melissa Foster’s STROKE OF LOVE, I thought for sure I was going to read something else. And then I ended up choosing this one. I would SO love to be the model in this pic.

Lucky bitch.

 

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July 20, 2014

Wet Panty Writing Process #6: Standard Romance Series vs Same Couple Series

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On Facebook, I see these posts for free or $.99 books. I think “Oooh, free and cheap books. And I might even find a new author.” So I check it out.

I read the blurb.

I quickly scroll through the reviews.

I see that it’s part of a series and check out the blurb on those, only to find out that the series is about the same couple.

And that’s where you lose me as a customer.

When I think of a Standard Romance Series (and keep in mind this is from MY point of view), I see it as a cast of characters–whether it’s the members of a clandestine agency (Alison Kent‘s THE SMITHSON GROUP Series), a family of siblings (Lorelei James‘ ROUGH RIDERS Series), or the occupants of a small town (Susan Mallery‘s FOOL’S GOLD Series). Each book is a standalone featuring a character from that agency/family/town/whatever. If additional characters show up–new or previous–even better. I like it when new characters are introduced because it makes me wonder whose story is going to come next. I also like when previous characters are revisited because I get to see how they’re doing.

What I don’t like are Same Couple Series (E.L. James‘ 50 SHADES OF GREY Series–I’ve never read this series and don’t plan to) or the same story written from the POV of the other main character (Katy Evans‘ REMY). I mean, really, how many times–and ways–do you need to tell the fuckin’ story? You want to know my $1.50? A Same Couple Series is useless and boring. It should be one and done. If you can’t tell a love story about one couple in one book, then you need to do some revising.

Or finish the story in a novella.

Or write the story in third person where the story is told by by both characters.

Or–and here’s a new format that I’ve been seeing–write the story in both first person (heroine) and third person (hero).

This is what I love about the writing process and being a new writer. There’s no wrong or right format, no “standard” for writing a series, it’s just what works for you. As I read books from both my favorite established authors as well as indie authors, I can pick and choose what I like/don’t like and make it work for me. I can make a list of things I like/don’t like about a particular author and say “Note to self: beware the overuse of the word such” (coughRoxieRiveracough) or “Watch your use of parentheses” (coughKristenAshleycough), or “I think I’ll write in this genre because my characters will be in this age group.”

Officially, I haven’t started writing yet. I wrote a short short story (well, more like a Prologue) for The Sketchbook Project’s 5X5 series that’s a precursor to the series I plan to write. But I haven’t officially started writing it. Yet. I’m still character and world-building–another fun part of the process–and I need to take a moment to read this book by one of my fav authors. Because yes, I am a complete idiot when it comes to this genre.

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When I do start writing the series, for me, it’s going to be written in the standard romance series format.

Evolet

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July 18, 2014

Review: Lori Wilde’s SMOOTH SAILING

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Pub. Date:  March 1, 2013  Publisher:  Harlequin  Sold By:  Barnes & Noble  Format:  NOOK Book, 224pp  Series:  Stop the Wedding!  ISBN-13:  9781460306574  ISBN:  1460306570

Pub. Date:
March 1, 2013
Publisher:
Harlequin
Sold By:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book, 224pp
Series:
Stop the Wedding!
ISBN-13:
9781460306574
ISBN:
1460306570

 

Sex and the sea…

Desperate to win back his ex, billionaire playboy Jeb Whitcomb spent a year in self-discipline and (mostly) celibacy. He’s a new man. But when she decides to marry someone else, Jeb immediately sets sail. He has only four days to stop the wedding and, worse still, he has a stowaway…the only woman who can make a newly good man behave very, very badly!

R.N. Haley French is furious. For one night, she lets go of her usual boring routine, and the next she knows she’s accidentally off to Florida with Mr. Sexy Superficiality, and desperately trying to forget the steamy encounter they almost shared.

And in the boat, there’s no escape from each other…or the unfurling lust that threatens to send their self-control overboard!

This book kinda reminded me of a tweaked version of the movie 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS (2002). Have you seen it? Here’s what it’s about

After a brutal break-up, a young man vows to stay celibate during the forty days of Lent, but finds the girl of his dreams and is unable to do anything about it.

and it stars the hunky, deep-voiced actor Josh Hartnett (who will definitely be added to the WPS lineup)

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By tweaked, I mean Jeb goes a whole year without sex. Mostly.

He’s a billionaire playboy who’s had everything handed to him on a silver platter. His ex broke up with him because he was so shallow. To prove her wrong, he joins a year-long relief effort to rebuild a small island town that’s been ravaged by a hurricane. At the end of the year, he finds out she’s getting married and only has 4 days to stop the wedding. He takes off on his boat and thinks everything will be “smooth sailing”, until he finds unintentional stowaway, nurse Haley. I’ve always liked story lines where the characters are forced into close quarters (although I’d prefer an elevator or a cabin). The sexual tension can only be dragged out for so long, but the build up is always worth it. Especially when it’s the guy denying himself satisfaction–his heart set on someone else (or so he thinks)–and the female who wants him, but doesn’t want to want him (or so she thinks).

I can honestly say that if I had been Haley and I ended up on a boat, the trip would’ve been a living hell without Dramamine. If I need it on a fucking cruise ship, you can damn well bet I’ll need it on a sailboat. I liked the fact that the token adventure in this story wasn’t the typical raging-storm-rolls-in-and-blows-them-totally-off-course. It was more in line with their relief work and I thought that was pretty cool.

Smooth Sailing Wet Panty Rating

1/2

Evolet

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