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5 Stars

Dark Light by S.L. Jennings

Though I don’t have any magical powers (that I admit to), nor do I have any conflicted feelings over two hunky men, I really felt like I could relate to Gabriella. I’m not new to paranormal romance, but if you are hesitant to read a book with mystical overtones, Dark Light is a good start. [5/5 stars]

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]

The Story of X: An Erotic Tale by A. J. Molloy

I didn’t expect this to be funny and light-hearted, but it was without taking away from the intensity of the rituals and storyline. If you’re infatuated with anything Italian, you’ll love the history embedded into the storyline. Highly recommend for readers who like stories of discovery, intensity, and intimately detailed sex scenes. [5/5 stars]

Truth by Aleatha Romig

This is me at 1:30am this morning as I finished Truth: …WHUUUUUUUUUT?

There was a point around when I was 2/3 of my way through the book when I tweeted to Aleatha Romig, “I’m at the point in Truth where I feel like yelling not-nice words at @AleathaRomig.” That was me being nice and not revealing my true emotion of hurty rampage.

As the follow-up book to Consequences, Truth has so much more to it that leaves more questions than answers. Since Ms. Romig admits she likes invoking emotion from her readers, she accomplished that goal times 1000 with me in reading Truth. A must read. [5/5 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]

Grounded (Up In The Air Trilogy) by R. K. Lilley

I triple-love when a series of books, movies, and TV shows gets better with age. The Up In The Air series is exactly why I continue with a series until the end: it gets so much better as things go along. I’m kind of shocked that Mr. Crazypants-Cavendish didn’t get himself committed (not a spoiler-alert), but I am surprised at how much I loved getting to the end of Grounded. Not because I wanted it to end, but because I love a nice story package, wrapped up and presented in a satisfying way. And we all know Mr. Crazypants-Cavendish is all about satisfaction. [5/5 stars]

Seduced In The Dark by CJ Roberts

The writing in this book and its predecessor is impeccable. Other than having to know what happens with Livvie and Caleb, the writing is what pushed me through to the end of the book. I’m more than glad I was encouraged by others who’ve read it to read on. The dark, disturbing story is one I think should be read by anyone who reads romance or erotica for the knowledge gained by getting a glimpse into human trafficking. This is one of those stories that will live on in my mind, not just as a love story but as a reminder of the need for social change.

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]

Double Time by Olivia Cunning

Olivia Cunning can pen a sex scene better than any other smut author I’ve read. Mix in two bi-sexual men and their girlfriend, and this book burned my insides, giving me chills like no other book has.