Saturday, July 22, 2017

Whatcha Reading? (108)

A new Saturday post where you can share with us what you are currently (or just finished) reading and I will share my brief thoughts on books that I read during the previous week.

July 16 - 22nd:

Perv by Dakota Gray

Rating = 4 Stars
Kindle | NOOK | Kobo

Oh, damn, but Nate was a filthy, filthy man.

That's not a complaint. Nope. Not. At. All.

I really enjoyed this one. Hella damn hot.

Plus, it was fun, too! Yes, some lines were a bit over-the-top, but with Gray's writing style and this particular story, it worked for me and made me snicker rather than rolling my eyes in irritation.

He's former military, has a scar on his face, and a fetish for eating pussy. No joke.

She's a paralegal, gives him plenty of push back. Also, heroine of color (black)!

Will definitely be back for more from Gray (aka, Melissa Blue)

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Simply Unforgettable by Mary Balogh

Audiobook from Overdrive
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Narrator = Rosalyn Landor
Narration rating = 4 - 4 1/2 Stars
Rating = 4 Stars

  • School teacher heroine
    • Running from her past
    • Has an amazing singing voice but doesn't really use it (see: running from her past)
    • Independent, knows what she wants/makes her happy, takes no shit
      • Really enjoyed her character
  • He's a viscount
    • Sometimes was a bit jerkish with his way of thinking about/talking about others
    • Was way too single-minded and pushy with her for far too long
      • Didn't listen to Frances when she told him repeatedly that she didn't want to sing or go to London again, etc.
  • Set up: forced proximity from a snow storm + one night stand before they go on their separate ways
  • Really enjoyed this story, even though I wasn't always happy with Lucius
  • Landor's narration is what really made this one -- highly recommend it in audio!

Misconduct by Samantha Kane

Releases on Tuesday
Rating = DNF @ 27%

Kindle | NOOK | Kobo

Oh this book was a flaming pile of garbage -- and I didn't even make it 1/3 in!

I go into more detail in this ranty review on my GR, if you want to know why I threw this one aside.

Rogue Desire by Various Authors

Anthology (8 novellas)
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Rating = 3 1/2 Stars
Stories ranged from 2 stars to 4 stars
  • There's a virgin, recluse hero in one!
  • Heroine AND hero of color representation throughout these stories
    • Also Jewish rep
  • One story is M/M
  • A bit of femdom pegging
  • Former escort hero ahoy!
    • Dirty as hell -- of course, because this was Dakota Gray's story
  • Second chance with a pastor hero
  • Rebel park ranger hero
  • Overall, love the concept of this anthology and enjoyed most of the stories
    • Some more than others -- didn't hate any, but a few of the middle stories just didn't grab me
    • Even the ones I did really love were, of course, too short (these are 7-15K short stories, remember) so they weren't perfect, either, but they gave me enough that I happily WANTED more from them.
      • Amy Jo Cousins' story (the M/M romance) will be getting a follow up novella, which makes me so happy because their story was sooooo not done. At all.

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I did a bit more of a review on my GR
It's also $0.99 which is a great deal for all this variety!

Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

Audiobook from Overdrive
Kindle | NOOK | Kobo
Narrator = Ashford McNab
Narration rating = 4 Stars
Rating = 4 Stars

  • Oh, Apollo. My heart broke for him in the last book and it was still aching as he finally gets his HEA! He went through so much...
  • Gotta love a gentle giant type
    • He's hiding out as a gardener (though he actually IS passionate about creating gardens)
      • He's mute because of a previous injury -- but he does get his voice back later
  • Heroine is an actress (trying her hand at writing plays, too)
    • Single mother
    • Young son wasn't overly annoying, so there's that
      • He also has a dog, so some fun/cute there too
  • Why is it that no matter how many of Hoyt's novels that I read, I'm still momentarily surprised (in a good way, mind!) at how hot the sex scenes are? Because daaaaaamn, these two tho.... 🔥
  • I so love this series, and this was another great installment
  • Narration: Great! I don't really have any complaints about it.
  • I see that Trevillion's story is next and I. Cannot. Wait. *glares at library wait list*

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The King of Bourbon Street by Thea De Salle 

Rating = 4 Stars
Kindle | NOOK | Kobo

  • This week's #TBQsTBR pick (weekly Twitter poll)
  • Divorced, rich Southern hero
    • Bi
      • He prefers women more than men, but he's not against men
    • Older (37)
  • Plus size, rich heroine
    • Younger (24)
  • Kink/BDSM elements
    • Some bondage and spanking, the use of a high-power vibrating "saddle", etc etc.
    • It's hot, but yeah, I get that the kink won't be for all
      • It's not the most extreme kink I've come across, but it's definitely present, and done well.
  • Really enjoyed this one. Hot as hell. Kinky. I loved that the heroine is round -- legit round, not this volumptous, perfect hour-glass with "killer curves", but jiggly-round. And she owns it!
    • Body positive / Fat positive
      • No dieting, no "I can't be loved until I look like __", etc
  • Definitely curious about the next book -- Heroine is the ex-wife of this hero
    • Yay for not having a shitty/evil ex!
  • My only complaint has NOTHING to do with the book (or author!) and everything to do with the cover

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Currently Listening To:

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I enjoyed book 1 (read, didn't listen to it though, so let's see if this narrator works for it) and I'm in the mood for Nordic mythology and kickass women again. :)

Currently Reading:

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Out August 1st

I had a great time with book 1 earlier this year, finally reading my ARC of 2.

So what are YOU currently reading? 


Until Next Time,

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