Three Mini Reviews

Her First White Christmas by Liia Ann White
Released November 29, 2011 by Decadent Publishing
Review copy provided by the publisher
Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Christmas

Review: Poor Bella Donna has had her fill of jerks. She’s had it up to here with Blind Dates and is so ready to meet a nice guy. So she contacts 1Night Stand to find her Match.  Remy Sommers has had it with his playboy lifestyle. After his sister’s wedding he knows he wants to find happiness for himself. He’s heard great things about 1Night Stand, so he contacts her to find him a match.

When Bella Donna and Remy meet there is instant sexual tension. Things get steamy quickly. These two may have just found their perfect match. Bella Donna is excited to be having her First White Christmas but not even the snow could cool this match down. I really enjoyed this story. I would like to read more by Liia Ann White. If you are looking for HOT Christmas read, I’d recommend this one.

This story is part of the 1 NightStand series.

 

 

Ellen Takes Troy by May Williams
Released September 17, 2012 by The Wild Rose Press
Review copy provided by the publisher
Categories: Historical, Romance

Review: Ellen and Troy have an innocent past, but he always knew she was much more than his best friend’s little sister. Then WW II intervened, and their relationship had to remain in the bud. The time is ripe for them to renew old acquaintance. Basically, they are the same people, but their war experiences have, of necessity, changed them in certain ways. The author presents both of them as they have evolved to the present time.

A chance meeting is always an excellent hook for a good romance. Troy, mustering out from the Coast Guard, recognizes the woman processing him as Ellen, whose goodbye kiss invaded his dreams by night as he watched for German U-boats by day. Now, he can make those dreams come true.  Unfortunately, he’s grown used to the authority he had as a Chief Petty Officer, and she’s become independent through her work as a S.P.A.R. The ring in his pocket doesn’t seem to mean a happy ending after all unless they can find middle ground.

The author’s use of WW II background is intriguing. Her descriptions of the Florida setting are worked into the narrative in a way which adds to the overall romantic atmosphere.

Ellen Takes Troy is a fast-paced, believable short.

(Reviewer’s Note: Explicit sex–not recommended for readers who do not enjoy such.)

 

 

Irresistible Impulse by Nona Raines
Released September 14, 2012 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Review copy provided by the publisher
Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, f/f

Review:  After having lost a bet with her friend Andie, Tania Talcott finds herself at a speed dating event where she encounters Latisha Hobbs, a woman she literally bumped into one day at lunch. Just like that one brief encounter, the attraction between the two of them is instant and spontaneous. While I typically do not read f/f, because this is actually the prequel novella (although written last) to the Man Series, I knew I had to read it. We meet Tania and Latisha in the first book and I enjoyed getting this glimpse into how their relationship came to be.

This story could be read as a standalone but because it is so short I feel there was not much in the way of character development. It was written in such a way that the author assumes we have read the other novels in the series and have already gotten to know the characters. This was especially true for Tania’s character, however I do feel the author did add more insight into Latisha’s character as she played an extremely minor role in books past.

The author coordinated the perfect blend of drama and romance keeping in mind not to overwhelm the reader with too much information for such a short story. I was engaged right from the start and couldn’t put it down.  Even though this story is tagged as erotica and has a very high flame rating, in my opinion, it is actually very mild compared to most books I read and is very tastefully written. It is a wonderful addition to one of my all-time favorite series.