Review: Drawn Together by Lauren Dane


About the book:

Beauty is more than skin-deep…

Tattoo artist Raven Smith is blunt and hard, broken and jaded, dark and beautiful. While she doesn’t hide her painful past, she does keep a wall around her heart. She’s free sexually—but no one gets to the real Raven beneath the prickly exterior.

With a voice like smoke, Jonah Warner is a smooth-talking, highly successful attorney, with a body that should never be hidden by a suit. He’s the kind of man who never takes no for an answer and always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Raven. She’s a survivor, and he finds that incredibly alluring.

Jonah gets under her skin in a way Raven has never experienced. He makes her break all her rules—including her no-monogamy rule.

But when a figure from Raven’s past shows up at the tattoo parlor and drops a bomb into her life, their relationship will face the ultimate challenge…

Oh, Raven! I have both loved and loathed her throughout the Brown Family series. She isn’t an easy character to like, but it is because she is just so well written and complex that you can’t help but eventually fall in love with her just like Jonah and everyone else. Raven isn’t at all what she has seemed in the past…actually she is and so much more. She is bitchy, prickly, and blunt, but Raven is also sweet, vulnerable and loving. When she is around children, who don’t expect who to be anything other than who she is, she is a big softy. I love the scenes between her and Erin’s son, Alexander. They are unbelievably sweet and show the real Raven. Raven’s messed up childhood had the power to make her unbelievable screwed up as an adult and at times Raven acts as though she believes that it has done just that, but in reality it has made her strong and capable to owning up to her own stuff or looking for someone/somewhere else to place the blame. Jonah sees the real her almost immediately. He is instantly attracted to her, but from the first Jonah sees something beyond the facade she puts out there. He doesn’t put up with her crap and is strong enough to take a step back when she needs him to. I love that he knows that sometimes she needs he to back the hell off and he does while still staying close enough to take care of her when she needs him. The writing is emotional, sexy, and romantic. There is some light D/s and lots of sexy-times. Several characters from the Brown novels and the Delicious books make appearances – especially Erin, Brody, Daisy, and Levi. After finishing DRAWN TOGETHER Raven and Erin are now tied as my favorite characters in this series (and I had to immediately re-read LAID BARE for the millionth time!)

the book girl gives DRAWN TOGETHER a 5/5

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Review: Turn and Burn by Lorelei James


About the book:

Tanna Barker is a world champion barrel racer. But her personal life has been less of a success, and she’s feeling adrift. After her mother’s unexpected death, her father has remarried, and sold the Texas ranch she called home. Now a rodeo injury has left the restless spitfire holed up in Muddy Gap, unsure what her next move should be.

Until she meets her match in a wild, wild cowboy

Veterinarian August Fletcher has always put his job first. He’s never found a woman who could handle his on-the-road lifestyle. But when sassy, sexy Tanna blows into town, he finally finds the woman of his fantasies. And there’s something between them, but she claims she’s been burned by love ’em and leave ’em road dogs before. How can Fletch prove that he’s in it for the long haul, and that their sizzling relationship is better than winning any rodeo medal? It’ll take some sweet persuasion to convince Tanna that Muddy Gap is where she belongs.

TURN AND BURN is a very hot book featuring two very independent characters – one that I loved and one that I tolerated to get more of the other. First, Fletch – I loved him. He’s a fantastic character – sexy, great with animals, and works hard to get the girl. His whole world is turned upside down when he finds the woman he had an amazing one-night-stand with (and who escaped without giving him her name) at his friend’s ranch. Instead of running from his feelings or ignoring them he goes after Tanna. He worries about how she will feel about his very busy work schedule, but he can’t let her go. I had trouble connecting to Tanna. She’s tough and fiesty, but she constantly push and pulls Fletch in different directions. Her accident has changed everything for her, making her afraid of the one thing that made her happy in the past, and she doesn’t really know how to cope. My biggest problem with her was the lack of emotion – I couldn’t tell at any time how she felt about things. Tanna is very cut off from her feelings and it hampers her recovery from the accident and her relationship with Fletch. The story also moves slowly with not a lot of action to help keep it going – the story is focused solely on Tanna, Fletch, and their relationship. The writing is good and the sex scenes are off the charts.

the book girl gives TURN AND BURN a 3/5

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Trilogy Review: He Watches Me, He Touches Me, and He Claims Me by Cynthia Sax


About the books:


She desires to be seen.
He wants to watch.

Anna Sampson has a naughty secret. Every night, she slips into her neighbor’s yard and swims naked in his pool. She fantasizes that the dynamic young billionaire watches her nightly nude aquatics, his brilliant green eyes gleaming with lust.

She discovers this isn’t pure fantasy. Gabriel Blaine has been watching her via his security cameras, and now that he has returned to L.A., he doesn’t plan to stop. That’s all he wants—to watch. Anna knows she shouldn’t allow him and she certainly shouldn’t want more, but she craves Blaine’s attention, needing his gaze fixed on her body.


His touch enflames her desires.

Anna Sampson has allowed billionaire businessman Gabriel Blaine to watch her, all of her. And looking is all he’s done—until now. After giving him permission to touch her, Anna realizes she won’t be satisfied until she has all of this handsome and secretive man.

Soon she tempts him, shreds his control, and pushes him too far. Blaine’s reluctance to take her virginity frustrates Anna. He fulfills her fantasy, but what is their reality together?


A billionaire’s desires and a virgin’s wish to be claimed come together.

Two men want Anna Sampson. Gabriel Blaine is powerful, intelligent, the CEO of a successful company, and a billionaire. He’s watched her, touched her, encouraged her to become a strong, independent woman, a woman unafraid of her desires.

Now secrets from the past are exposed, threatening Anna’s freedom and safety. Will the man she loves stand by her side, or will he desert her, leaving Anna once again to face the future alone?

The Seen trilogy follows the trend of billionaire finds pretty, young thing and they fall in lust with each other and it leads to love. I enjoyed all three books and liked that there wasn’t any BDSM in these – lots of sex, but nothing really kinky. Anna works hard at being invisible, but Blaine sees her and it doesn’t bother her. They have a connection that is instant and strong. Blaine is mysterious and sexy, but I didn’t feel like his character was ever fully explored. This was definitely Anna’s story. She is worried that Blaine will grow tired of her and leave her just like all of the other people in her life before him. All three parts are quick reads and flow really well into each other. I read them back to back and there was a little bit of repetitiveness to catch the reader up, but it wasn’t too much. This is the perfect trilogy for readers who like their romances more on the spicy side.

the book girl gives HE WATCHES ME a 4/5, HE TOUCHES ME a 4/5 and HE CLAIMS ME a 3/5

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HE TOUCHES ME (7/9) – Amazon      Barnes & Noble

HE CLAIMS ME (7/16) – Amazon     Barnes & Noble

Review: Bound to Be a Bride by Megan Mulry


About the book:

An exciting erotic novella from acclaimed author Megan Mulry set in Napoleonic Spain. Featuring the sensual art of Japanese rope binding, this is a fresh and intriguing spin on BDSM.

Seventeen-year-old Isabella (Doña Isabella de Suárez de Figueroa y Córdoba), daughter of the Duke of Feria, is preparing for her arranged marriage to the son of a wealthy aristocrat. On the morning of her wedding day, after weeks of planning, Isabella escapes from the palace, believing she is riding to freedom.

Unfortunately, after only a few hours on horseback, Isabella happens upon a small band of three gentlemen who restrain her and take her hostage. Ultimately, after they realize she is most likely a woman of privilege, they offer their assistance, as all of them are also headed to Aveiro, a port city in Portugal, to escape their familial obligations.

While they are travelling, Isabella and Javier, the leader, develop a tender affection. When Javi (Francisco Javier de la Mina) insists on binding Isabella’s wrists and ankles each night—ostensibly to prevent her escape or theft of their goods-the ritual soon turns into a heated game of unspoken sexual promise that is ultimately consummated when they discover their true identities.

BOUND TO BE A BRIDE is a hot, sexy novella. I loved that it takes place in Napoleonic Spain. I don’t think that I’ve read anything else in that setting and loved the exotic feel and the major differences between the typical historical romances. Isabella is an independent and head-strong woman. She isn’t going to allow anyone to force her into a marriage she doesn’t want. Javier feels the same way. He isn’t going to allow marriage to some weak woman to get in the way of his plans for the future. When they meet up in the forest and Javier binds Isabella to make sure that she can’t escape things heat up. I liked the heat between the couple and how things are allowed to build between them until close to the end of the novella. There is definitely sexual tension throughout the novella. BOUND TO BE A BRIDE is a quick read that is perfect if you are looking for something very spicy and romantic.

the book girl gives BOUND TO BE A BRIDE a 4/5

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Review: Lush by Lauren Dane


About the book:

Mary Whaley has her hands full running a successful catering company and overseeing her supper club. She has everything she ever wanted—or so she thought. When she meets ridiculously hot and very dirty rock star Damien Hurley at her friend’s engagement party, the attraction she feels is overpowering—and she isn’t about to deny herself. 

Damien is used to a hard and fast life. He and two of his brothers started a band when they were fresh out of high school—then they hit the big time and stayed there. He’s also a legendary madman on the stage and in the bedroom. But when he meets Mary, something clicks, and the bad boy starts thinking he may have finally found something good. 

What begins as a series of fleeting trysts soon gets much more complicated. Damien can’t figure out why Mary doesn’t want more from him. And before long, it’s Damien who wants more from Mary. But it turns out Mary is no stranger to celebrity news, and he’s got a very big job ahead of him: proving that he’s worth more than a one-night stand…

If you’ve read this blog for a while you know that I’m a huge Lauren Dane fangirl and that I especially love the Brown/Delicious books. I’m always excited when a new book is released. Luckily I received a review copy of LUSH and got to read it early! (I also ordered a paper copy – something I hardly ever do – so that I would have it to go along with the other books in the series.) LUSH is a steamy, sexy read. Mary doesn’t plan on a real relationship developing between her and Damien. He’s a world-famous rock star and she’s a cook who doesn’t aspire to do anything more than make good food for her family and friends and be happy. She doesn’t want his lifestyle and she doesn’t really believe that he would want to be with her in a real relationship either. To Mary it’s a fling – some extremely hot sex with an extremely hot guy. Damien feels differently almost from the beginning. I love the connection between Damien and Mary. Their attraction is off the chart. The relationship that develops between them is sweet and sexy. I love that Mary doesn’t just fall into Damien’s lifestyle because he’s the famous rock star. She holds her own and doesn’t let him rule the relationship. If anything, she holds the power. There are lots of appearances from the Browns and the other Delicious characters. LUSH is another great addition to the Delicious series.
the book girl gives LUSH a 5/5
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Review: COVERT SEDUCTION by Callie Croix

9781426894923_p0_v2_s260x420About the book:

Navy SEAL Reid Galvin is back from hell and eager to find comfort in Becca Anderson’s arms. He knows he hurt her when he cut contact during his deployment, so when his call interrupts her date with another man, he has only himself to blame. But he can’t forget what she means to him—or the sexy email she sent him—and he won’t miss this chance to claim her as his own.

It’s been weeks since Becca heard from the man she thought she was involved with. So when Reid wants to take up where they left off as if nothing happened, she refuses. Then he rescues her from a first date gone very wrong, and she realizes she’s not quite ready to let him go.

Reid and Becca have a lot to talk about, but since she’s not listening, he’s going to have to regain her trust another way—by bringing her most erotic fantasies to life. Making her surrender to pleasure just might be his most important mission.

COVERT SEDUCTION is an erotic romantic suspense (is that a genre?). There are hot, hot sex scenes between Reid and Becca and lots of action packed scenes as the bad guys come after Becca. I enjoyed the romance between Reid and Becca. It’s sexy and sweet. However, to me the story felt disjointed. It didn’t move smoothly between the suspense and the romance. At times when the couple was being “romantic” there wasn’t a thought to what was happening around them. Becca is run off the road and almost drowns. Reid takes her home and they have some kinky sex. I couldn’t help but think that it would be hard to turn off my brain and stop wondering who wanted me dead like Becca was able to. The suspense part of the story just seemed to happen. There wasn’t a lead up to it or time for the reader to try to figure out what was happening. All of a sudden the reader is told who the bad guy is and it’s over – Becca’s safe. This story just didn’t really work for me.

the book girl gives COVERT SEDUCTION a 2/5

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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: Christmas Romance I Read Again and Again…

There are several Christmas romances that I read over and over. I save them for the few days before Christmas when I don’t have much time to read and need something comforting that I don’t have to really think about. It’s like visiting old friends 🙂 They are all novellas or anthologies (and I only read some of the books within the anthologies).

Here’s my list of Christmas re-reads:

  • HOLIDAY SEDUCTION – Jaci Burton and Lauren Dane – Very Sexy holiday stories to heat up a cold night.
  • YULE BE MINE – Lori Foster – Funny and sexy!
  • THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS – Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy, Jill Shalvis, Kathy Love, Katherine Garbera, Kylie Adams – Short sexy stories **Only $1.99 on Kindle and SO worth it!!**
  • MUST LOVE MISTLETOE – Christie Ridgeway – Full length novel w/sweet romance

Do you have any books that you re-read year after year?


12 Days of Christmas Review: I NEED YOU FOR CHRISTMAS by Leah Braemel

About the book:

Ryan Porter is a sculptor, and beneath his callused hands, even the most rigid metals bend to his will. So, too, does his girlfriend Megan—a confident, strong woman who delights in submitting to Ryan’s dominance in the bedroom.

Megan is a Mountie, and she’s spent the past few years in the Arctic following her career dreams. Family obligations kept Ryan at home, but their love survived the distance thanks to several hot visits. A Mountie always gets her man, and Megan is bound and determined to keep Ryan.

Now Megan’s with Ryan for the holidays…but how long will this visit last? She’s always been willing to do anything Ryan desires, but will he finally tell her that all he needs for Christmas is her?

34,000 words

Another great Christmas novella from Carina. (I look forward to their holiday releases every year.) I NEED YOU FOR CHRISTMAS is an erotic romance novella featuring a couple in love, but who for reasons beyond their control spend most of their time apart. The sex scenes are incredibly hot and made even more so by the emotions shared by Megan and Ryan. I loved the couple and their willingness to do anything to be together.

the book girl gives I NEED YOU FOR CHRISTMAS a 5/5

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I NEED YOU FOR CHRISTMAS can also be found in the anthology RED HOT HOLIDAY

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Review: TART by Lauren Dane

About the book:

Juliet Lamprey is having the time of her life running her successful bakery, TART, when Gideon Carter comes back into her life. Returning home to help his grandfather run the family farm, Gideon is back for good. When they meet again, the spark between them is immediate, and it isn’t long before the former childhood friends play catch up—in bed.

That’s not good news for local lawyer Cal Whaley. Though the sexually open but strictly monogamous Cal has loved Jules for a long time, he’s hardly ever taken it further than friendship. When he sees her start to fall for Gideon, he knows he has to make his move or risk losing her forever.

Who would have anticipated that all three of them would connect on such an intimate level? The trio’s scalding liaisons take them places they’ve never dreamed. But such an intensely passionate and unusual relationship comes with equally as complicated emotions, and when Jules must suddenly leave town, she wonders if she’ll have a choice to make when she returns…

TART is fantastic on so many levels. I finished the book and had to take a couple of days to think about  what I wanted to write in the review. I really wanted to just write – IT’S FANTASTIC! BUY IT! READ IT! 🙂 Then I started re-reading and got sucked back into the story and read the second half of the book again.

TART is a book about family, both the one you are born to and the one you create with friends and lovers. Juliet doesn’t have a great biological family, but has created an amazing family for herself with the Delicious girls and the Brown family. I loved the scenes where everyone was gathered celebrating Gillian and Adrian’s engagement/wedding. Cal has flirted his way through a few previous books and it was always obvious that he was meant to be with Jules. It was great to finally get to really know his character. Cal is messy, impulsive, impatient, and passionate. Gideon is the newbie in this book, but from the first moment he shows up on the page I loved him. He fits in perfectly with the other characters and with Jules. He is the opposite of Cal – calm, collected, neat, takes things slow, patient – and I believe that’s why their relationship works so well. Cal and Gideon form the perfect man for Jules. There were times this book made me laugh, cry, and blush. I don’t think there is anyone who writes a triad relationship as well as Lauren Dane. You can feel the love between each partner for the other and their struggles to find a way to make the unconventional relationship work feel realistic. I will be counting down the days till the next Delicious novel!

the book girl gives TART a 5/5

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Review: HOT AND HAUNTED by Megan Hart, Lauren Hawkeye, and Saranna DeWylde

About the book:

True Halloween pleasures don’t come from sweets . . .

Indulge yourself with some tasty tricks and treats from three popular erotica authors as they serve up tales of chilling, thrilling passion.

Megan Hart’s Nothing Else Matters

After surviving the zombie apocalypse, Lira wants nothing more than the sense of life that only lust can bring. Suddenly torn between two irresistible lovers, Lira must choose: the one who brings her carnal fantasies to life? Or the one who sets her ablaze again and again?

Lauren Hawkeye’s Pick Me Up

Sure, hitchhiking is dangerous, but Holly just had to get away. Now soaking wet and stuck in a downpour with her roadside savior, she’s ready for a little window-steaming and some role-play. It’s all fun and games until Holly realizes she’s met her match . . .

Saranna DeWylde’s Little Red’s Big Bad

Hunting werewolves and being snowbound in a remote cabin with a sexy FBI agent are all in a day’s work for U.S. Marshal Miranda Garrick. But when business mixes with pleasure, can she stay in control? Or will she be tempted by unrestrained passion . . . and tantalizing danger?

HOT AND HAUNTED just didn’t work for me. I enjoyed Megan Hart’s story and went to find out if there was something more set in the same world, but the other two stories fell flat. All three stories are extremely hot and erotic, but missing a romantic element. If you are looking for something very sexy and short, this might work for you. It just wasn’t to my taste.

the book girl gives HOT AND HAUNTED a 2/5

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