Monday, June 27, 2016

[Series Review]: "Bad Bitch" (#1-3)

Bad Bitch by Christina Saunders
Publisher: Swerve (July 5, 2016)
Series: Bad Bitch, 1
Genre: Erotica -- Contemporary, some Suspense

They call me the Bad Bitch. A lesser woman might get her panties in a twist over it, but me? I'm the one who does the twisting. Whether it's in the courtroom or in the bedroom, I've never let anyone - much less a man - get the upper hand.

Except for that jerk attorney Lincoln Granade. He's dark, mysterious, smoking hot and sexy as hell. He's nothing but a bad, bad boy playing the part of an up and coming premiere attorney. I'm not worried about losing in a head to head battle with this guy. But he gets me all hot and bothered in a way no man has ever done before. I don't like a person being under my skin this much. It makes me want to let go of all control, makes me want to give in. This dangerous man makes me want to submit to him completely, again, and again, and again...



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I’m not sure what I was expecting with Bad Bitch, but what I ultimately got wasn’t quite what I thought. Which isn’t completely a bad thing; I liked the book well enough, though I don’t believe I’ll be rereading it at any point.


I liked that the heroine, Evan (Evangeline) is a no-shit-given-or-taken woman (labeled by everyone as “bad bitch”) who will do whatever it takes to stay on top. She’s not afraid to seek out her own pleasure, and she feels no regret about doing so. Really, she’s similar to the alpha-hole heroes that run around romancelandia so much, and while it was refreshing to see those characteristics on the heroine, I also freely admit it took me a bit to get into the story because of that. Which no doubt gives proof to the idea many have that as romance readers we are far too hard on the heroine (double standards).


Anyway, this was a quick read, with a few sexy scenes in it. It’s a bit of a gritty read – not because of the sex, but rather the fact that the heroine is a lawyer who helps the bad guys get off the hook, and has ties to some very unsavory crime lords in the city. There’s a bit of suspense as one major crime lord comes after her.



As I said, this was a quick read, it had its hot moments, and while I can’t say that it left me speechless, it didn’t exactly leave a bad taste in my mouth, either. It just . . . was. I’m still not sold on the cover or the title though.


3 STARS! 



Hardass by Christina Saunders
Publisher: Swerve (July 5, 2016)
Series: Bad Bitch, 2
Genre: Erotica -- Contemporary, some Suspense

I cave in to no one. My hardass exterior is what makes me one of the hottest defense lawyers around. It's why I'm the perfect guy to defend the notorious Bayou Butcher serial killer - and why I'll come out on top.

Except this new associate I've hired is unnaturally skilled at putting chinks in my well-constructed armor. Her brazen talk and fiery attitude make me want to take control of her and silence her - in ways that will keep both of us busy till dawn. She drives me absolutely 100% crazy, but I need her for this case. I need her in my bed. I need her to let loose the man within me who fights with rage and loves with scorching desire... 



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Another sexy read from Saunders. I liked Hardass better than Bad Bitch; I’d give this one closer to 3 ½ stars rather than 3 stars. There’s a good deal of suspense and mystery as Caroline and Wash attempt to figure out who the Bayou Butcher is, and that kept my interest, perhaps even more so than the romance at times. I’m not sure if I believe Caroline and Wash were in love so quickly, though they did have chemistry and the potential for a HEA, but I enjoyed the story and the sexy times.


Wash is technically Caroline’s boss, so if that’s a trope that you’re not found of, just be aware. In the end, things work out so that they’re together without the power imbalance, so there’s that at least. I did cringe a bit when Wash mentioned (towards the end of the book – I want to say it was around the 85% mark or even later? -- that he was aware of her when she was still in law school (or just graduating?) and that he might have suggested to his partner that she should be hired by their firm. I’m not sure that this revelation -- which was never told to Caroline, by the way, but rather was part of Wash’s internal monologue – was at all necessary and I don’t see how it added anything to the book. Frankly it could have been left out, in my opinion, without changing anything about their story. It seemed to have been thrown in like an afterthought; it didn’t lead to anything, it didn’t change anything, it was just there and made me give Wash a bit of side-eye because it just seemed too . . . well, too much.



I do like Saunders writing style (a bit sarcastic and funny, among other things) and I might keep an eye out for more books from her in the future.


3 1/2 STARS!



Total D*ck by Christina Saunders
Publisher: Swerve (July 5, 2016)
Series: Bad Bitch, 3
Genre: Erotica -- Contemporary, some Suspense

I’m your classic skirt chaser. A womanizer. A total d*ck. My reputation is dirtier than a New Orleans street after a Mardi Gras parade. I take unwinnable cases and win them. Where people see defeat, I see a big fat paycheck. And when most men see rejection, it’s because the sexiest woman at the bar has already promised to go home with me.

But Scarlett Carmichael is the one person I can’t seem to conquer. This too-cool former debutante has it all—class, attitude, and a body that begs to be worshipped. I’ve never worked with a person like her before—hell, I’ve never played nice with anyone before in my life, and I’m not about to start with her. This woman wasn’t meant to be played nicely with. It’s going to be dirty. It’s going to be hot. She’s about to spend a lot of time with the biggest d*ck in town. And she’s going to love every minute of it…



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Between 3 and 3 1/2 stars. I liked this book more than one and about the same as two. Despite the titles (which I’m still not terribly found of, though they do grab your attention, I suppose), I’m glad I took a chance on this trilogy as for the most part I quite enjoyed all three stories.


Much like 1 and 2, Total D*ck was a quick read and the story flowed easily. It’s extremely hot. It also has some fun moments in it; I can’t help but think of the end of the book, when something blue is needed last minute for a wedding and one friend hands the bride a blue cock ring to use on her bouquet. Are these books light, laugh-out-loud romps? No, nothing like that, but Saunders does have a quirky, often sarcastic, sometimes bitchy, humor in her writing, or at least in these books, and I very much liked it.


Again, there’s a suspense/mystery subplot driving the book, this time revolving around cyberspies, and it easily kept me reading.


But again, I’m not sure if I’m sold on Kennedy and Scarlett’s quick HEA. Chemistry and tension, yes, but love? I don’t know, though surely with more time I could have believed it.


Just so you know: throughout this series the heroes tend to be alphas, especially in the bedroom. The heroines aren’t meek or weak, though, so for me at least it worked out well.


I was a bit unsure on the time frame, both for this book and each of the previous two. I wish that had been a bit better explained, and perhaps page time spent on showing the three brothers working on their relationship, as well as their heroines becoming good friends. It was just told in the last few pages of this book that this had happened, but I wish we could have seen it.



Overall thoughts on this series: I liked it. If you want something hot with a suspense plot and strong heroes and heroines, I would recommend trying at least one of the books. They could each be read as a standalone without any major problems. I do wish that a few things had been expanded upon and fleshed out more, in particular the build-up to the “I love you, let’s be together forever” parts of each story. Beyond that, I don’t have much to complain about; these were quick, solid reads with a lot of steam. 


3 1/2 STARS!


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I received e-ARCs of these books from the publisher, via NetGalley.

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