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Raid by Kristen Ashley

This book was way too short. I need more of Raid and Hanna to make me swoon, tear and love. For the first time (that I’ve read), one of Kristen Ashley’s alpha males is a bit of a kinkster, and I needed way more of that. [5/5 stars]

Love Unrehearsed by Tina Reber

I really loved this as the love story it was written to be. Ryan’s obsession for keeping Taryn happy and safe was palpable. There was much more sexytime detail than what was in LU1, and I was all too happy to read it. [5/5 stars]

Friends With Benefits by C.C. Wood

I seriously loved this little story. As the perfect (for lack of a better phrase) palate cleanser for reading some heavy books, Friends with Benefits is a sweet, hot, and funny novella. I finished this in one sitting and giggled out loud at several parts. Highly recommended read for when you need a quickie. [4.5/5 stars]

Rough Riders Series by Lorelei James

Once I got started with the McKay boys, I couldn’t stop. Like any addiction, I got a taste and couldn’t find a way to stop. The Rough Riders series revolves around the wild McKay family and their lives in and around Wyoming. The series MUST be read in order as each book refers back to the family previously featured in earlier books. They’re highly sexual, some sweeter than others, some just this side of deliciously nasty. The Rough Riders series is HIGHLY recommended.

The Marriage Mistake by Jennifer Probst

Much like the first two Married to a Billionaire books (The Marriage Bargain & The Marriage Trap), The Marriage Mistake is based around a love story of two people discovering one another and that they belong together. There’s no doubt that they will eventually end up in bed together, but how it happens is the central question. With the feistiness and stubbornness of Carina and the mislead desires of Maximus, the two tease the inevitable. Probst offers some surprises that I’m glad to have read, enough so that the book redeemed itself from being just another romance. [4/5 stars]

The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst

I’d have rather read this on Lake Como and in the hillsides of Italy than lying in my marital bed. Maggie and Michael may have been the main characters of the book, but Italy its own character that wrapped up these two in a wine-soaked blanket of lust.

Simply, I loved this book. I read The Marriage Bargain several months ago, and I don’t remember liking it as much as I like The Marriage Trap. It’s a sequel, but only in that there are some of the same characters. The writing seemed better, the sex scenes seemed more intense, and the characters had much more depth. [5/5 stars]

All In by Raine Miller

I loved reading this from Ethan’s perspective, but his voice seemed to be too simplistic for a successful security mogul. But then again, I’m not a man and maybe that’s really how they think. He loves his girl and will let nothing hurt her, not even himself. I can’t wait to read the 3rd! [4/5 stars]

Exquisite by Ella Frank

I hate/love when a book I didn’t expect to bring me to tears makes me cry like Tammy Faye. In between the (what felt like) decades of sexual tension between Lena and Mason, there’s a lot of self-discovery and emotion and drama I love. Definitely one to read. [February 2013]

The Gamble by Kristen Ashley

I really wish Kristen Ashley would stop writing so many good books with alpha men I want to bang. Not only do I want to take Max into my bed, but I want him to be happy with Nina. Yes, that sounds dichotomous, but it’s how my brain works when I love a story and its characters. A super-great read.

The Education of Caroline by Jane Harvey-Berrick

After being slain by the ending of Sebastian, there was no way I was going to pass up Caroline. Seeing as this is now one of my favorite books, I was not disappointed. And then going back and reading Sebastian after reading Caroline, my heart broke and healed so many times at re-reading all of the fulfilled dreams. Beautiful, wonderful, heart-crunching, heart-healing, and a must-read-or-die series. [5/5 stars]