Interview with a Master by Jason Luke

masterBook: Interview with a Master

Author: Jason Luke

Format: Kindle

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: When Leticia Fall lands an opportunity to interview successful businessman and bdsm master Jonah Noble, she has a unique opportunity to kick-start her journalistic career. Never before has he opened up to anyone about his lifestyle, so it’s a coup when he accepts to be interviewed by her. Nothing is off limits; he will answer all of her questions, with only one condition: for every session they have together, Leticia must answer one personal question about herself.

Through their sessions together, Leticia gets to know the enigmatic Jonah and finds that he isn’t the typical alpha she was expecting. He’s warm, funny and also lonely. Jonah finds himself more and more attracted to Leticia and her innocence is endearing. He is harbouring a secret however, one that will destroy their fragile relationship once it comes to light.

Why you should read this: I was quite excited by the premise of this story and to read a memoir written by a male novelist was also an exciting prospect. Like Interview with a Vampire, this book structure is a great way to learn more about a character and his interviewer. The writing is strong and there’s a solid story here. It’s very sexy (as you’d expect) and believe me, Jonah doesn’t hold back on the information.

What you might hate: I think hate might be too strong a word here, but I feel as though an opportunity was missed here. There is a lot of in-depth sexual content in the book, which is fine however, I really wanted to find out what made Jonah tick and I felt that the story was dominated by the physical acts, rather than the stuff I wanted to find out about, namely his background, his relationships with others. Then the ending was extremely abrupt – it came out of nowhere and I was left a little bewildered.

Rating: 3/5 – a great premise, nice to read a book from a realistic male pov, but it didn’t answer all my questions and I was left feeling a bit dazed and confused.

Interview with a Master is out now.

New Serial Teaser: Every Part of You by Megan Hart

every part of youToday we’re so lucky to welcome Megan Hart to the blog – she’s launched a five-part series and part one Every Part of You: Tempts Me came out February 2nd. See below for the scheduled releases of the parts 2-5.

Every Part of You: Resists Me, available 2/18/14

Every Part of You: Taunts Me, available 3/4/14

Every Part of You: Denies Me, available 3/18/14

Every Part of You: Takes Me, available 4/1/14

One question I’m always asking my favourite authors is where does the inspiration come from? Here’s what Megan had to say…

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I can’t write without music. I feature playlists for many of my books, and share my favorite artists and songs all over the place. I love music! And, since Every Part of You’s title came directly from the Halestorm song In Your Room, it’s no wonder this five part serial had a lot of musical inspiration while I was writing it.

In Your Room by Halestorm. This bittersweet ballad by the hard rocking band never fails to make me cry. The singer beseeches her lover to “let me in your room” – maybe literally, but certainly metaphorically. And, just as Simone tries to get Elliott to open up to her, the song reminds the object of it that it doesn’t matter what secrets or bad things he might have, she’ll take every part of him.

Use Somebody – Kings of Leon. Wow. What can I say about this song, other than no matter whether or not Elliott would admit it, he’s desperate to find love. He tries to deny his attraction to Simone, forcing himself to pretend he doesn’t need to “use” anybody, but the truth his, she flips his switch in a way nobody else ever has. She’s the one for him, and he can’t get away from her.

Hot and Cold by Katy Perry is also a tongue in cheek tribute to Elliott’s waffling. While Simone has no compunctions about making her desires clear, Elliott not only tries to act like he doesn’t get turned on by giving her the pain she craves, he denies liking it altogether.

Trouble – Cat Stevens. This classic folk song might seem a little out of character for the punk rock Simone or the quiet, staid Elliott, but if you listen to the lyrics, which talk about the singer wanting his lover to set him free, you can see how it fits both characters who are fighting to keep themselves from getting hurt yet aren’t able to let go.

Rev 22-20 by Puscifer is simply one of the best sex songs I know. That’s it. It’s a song made for sexy times. And hair pulling. And hand tying. And pinching. And…you get the picture.

The Fall by Bo Bruce is a song Simone probably wouldn’t like, but it would make her cry. Just like it makes me cry whenever I hear it. If you’ve ever loved someone who simply won’t give you what you want and need…then you understand Simone’s pain. This song perfectly sums it up.

Head Like A Hole, Nine Inch Nails. Well…this is one of those songs that’s not about the lyrics meaning something for the characters. It’s just an awesome song that Simone would totally rock out to while she danced around her apartment in her underwear while Elliott tried to pretend he wasn’t getting turned on. Or that he didn’t like this song, which he really did.

A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.  Love song. The sort of song you dance to with the person who’s stolen your heart and you cry because you’re so happy. That sort of song. When it comes on the radio, Simone has to change the channel because it makes her think of Elliott, that jerk, who won’t admit he’s in love with her! *weeps *

 If you’re reading Every Part of You, take a listen to these songs!

unnamedBlurb for Every Part of You: Resists Me (#2)

 The dance has begun. Simone’s ready to follow all her desires, but reluctant Elliott isn’t ready to take the lead.

After teasing Elliott into going dancing with her, Simone seduces him. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid of asking for it, and Elliott appears to be as eager as she is to see where their passion takes them. The sex is electric, but Elliott is taken aback by his response to her, and when Simone reveals her kink for pain to him, he’s unable to accept it and tells her he doesn’t want to see her again.

 And then they’re both invited to the same party.

Excerpt for Every Part of You: Resists Me (#3)unnamed

 “I like to make you feel good.”

“You did, honey.” The endearment slipped out of her. “Really good. I told you, I like . . .”

“I know what you said.”

“Elliott. Do you think I’m the sort of girl who’d tell you I like something when I don’t?”

“No. I guess not.”

“You’re not used to women who tell you the truth, huh?”

He paused. “It’s not that. I don’t usually ask, that’s all. I don’t see them more than once or twice, remember?”

So he did have a sense of humor. Dry and self-deprecating, but there was nothing wrong with that. In fact, she liked it. A lot.

“I like you,” she told him suddenly. She wanted to tell him she’d liked him for awhile, but as with the scones and everything else, that would mean she’d have to own up to her Peeping Tina tendencies. She waited, but he didn’t say anything. Simone sighed. “Now would be the perfect time to tell me that you like me, too.”

He sighed into the phone with enough force that he’d have ruffled her hair if they’d been together in person rather than talking on the phone. Simone rolled her eyes, trying not to let it hurt her feelings. Reminding herself that he’d called her, and there had to be a reason, if only she could be patient enough to let him get to it.

“I don’t think we should see each other again. That’s all.”

Simone had never been a patient sort of girl. “You woke me up on a Sunday morning to tell me that you don’t think we should see each other again?”

“I wanted to let you know.”

“So you wouldn’t be rude?”

“Yes. That’s part of it,” Elliott said.

Simone chewed the inside of her cheek for a moment. “What’s the other part?”

“I don’t want you coming to my office again.”

Everything inside her went cold. Then hot. Then cold again.

“I see.”

“It’s not you,” Elliott said finally.

“No. It’s you. Definitely you.”

There came a long silence in which she was certain he would disconnect the call. Simone sat with the phone pressed to her ear until he did, without even a good-bye, trying to pretend this didn’t matter. Trying to tell herself it was better to know, no matter how hard it had been to hear.

It was always better to know.

Readers – how important is knowing a story’s soundtrack to you? Comment here to win a copy of Every Part of You: Tempts Me (#1)! (It’s digital only, which means you must be able to get your prize from Amazon.com, BN.com, Kobo.com or iBookstore in the USA) If you already have #1, you’ll be able to choose #2!

Misbehaving by Tiffany Reisz

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Book: Misbehaving

Series: Cosmo Hot Reads

Author: Tiffany Reisz

Format: Kindle

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Beatriz loves her job – as a blogger she gets paid to review sex toys and manuals for the benefit of womankind. When her boss lands a last-minute project (reviewing a modern sex manual) in her lap the same week she should be helping her sister prepare for her wedding, she’s annoyed but resolved to find a partner and put the book through its paces. Little does she know that the ex-love of her life, Ben will also be attending the wedding…

Ben is pretty happy with life, considering he’s just come out of a relationship. He’s worked hard since college to enjoy the life he currently has. When he finds out that Bea is going to be at the wedding, he decides this time he won’t walk away from her again. Various misunderstandings and multiple sexy times follow, and Bea and Ben have to decide whether their sexy week has scratched their mutual itch, or whether they can go the distance.

Why you should read it: Tiffany Reisz wrote it. What more do you need to know? She always writes kinky, humorous and intelligent erotica that’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. It’s a quick read, ideal for when you’re in between books. It was also a nice touch bringing Much Ado about Nothing up-to-date – and making it kinky! Beatriz is fun, totally in control of herself and her sexuality. Ben is damn-near perfect. Her equal in every way. There was back story, secondary characters, a very helpful and all-knowing bellhop. It was super fun.

What you might hate: It was too darn short! No, seriously – I liked the fact that the pace chugged along nicely – we got a feel for the characters but the misunderstandings didn’t drag on for pages and pages.

Rating: I give this 4/5 for bringing a timeless story bang up-to-date. It’s sexy, sinful and oh so naughty.

 Misbehaving is out now.

The Beauty Series by Skye Warren

The Beauty SeriesBook: The Beauty series (A compilation of Beauty Touched the Beast, Beneath the Beauty, Broken Beauty and Beauty Becomes You)

Author: Skye Warren

Format: Kindle

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Erin has been cleaning houses for a while in order to help pay for college. She’s come to enjoy the two days a week she spends in conversation with the highly intelligent and also badly-scarred academic, Blake Morris. She comes to rely on their interactions and one day, as she ventures upstairs to find him, she isn’t prepared for what she sees…There on the bed, enjoying a private moment lies Mr. Morris. He doesn’t see her approach the door, but Erin hears clearly whom he is fantasising about.

Startled by Erin’s appearance at the doorway, Blake is panicked and afraid that Erin will run away and never come back. He’s come to rely on her presence in his life and she doesn’t seem to mind his disfigured face.

The pair realise they both harbour feelings for each other. Blake is determined to make her see past his scars, not realising that Erin sees them but loves them anyway. The two embark on a tempestuous and passionate affair which faces challenges along the way.

Why you should read this: I picked up Book One as I like Skye Warren and thought it would be a short, sexy read – the following books however are much more. It’s a smart read and the strong sex scenes are nicely spread out with an actual storyline. This series was a nice surprise for me. I was expecting quick smut but got a series where I cared about the characters and their back stories. There was no drama for drama’s sake.

What you might hate: Not much to hate on here – good heroine: check. Hot and sexy (yet damaged) hero: check. Enough of a story beyond the bedroom to make it worthwhile: check.

Rating: For book one, I’d say a three as it is a short story, but for the subsequent books, 4/5. I love surprises and this was one for a cold wintry weekend.

Live by Mary Ann Rivers

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Book: Live

Author: Mary Ann Rivers

Series: The Burnside Series #1

Review by: Onnica

Basic Story: Destiny Burnside is usually chipper, undaunted by life’s obstacles and always offering support to her family and friends. Each day, she gets up and heads to the town library to begin her job search and do all she can to secure a new role. She’s had to sell her car and laptop in order to make rent and is finding life pretty tough. Her only respite from going through the daily motions is gazing secretly at the handsome carver who is working on a project at the library. Who is he? And what would she do if he ever looked her way?

Hefin Thomas is a long way from home. Having left his Welsh homeland in order to marry his holiday fling, he’s struggling in Lakeland, Ohio. He’s lost his identity and one failed marriage later, his faith in ever finding himself is hanging by a thread. He decides he has to get back on track – leave Ohio, get back home and get his dreams and his life back on track. When he notices Destiny’s meltdown after yet another rejection letter he has two choices: walk away and pretend not to notice, or go to her.

They agree to see each other until he goes back to Wales, knowing that goodbyes will be painful, but neither heed the warnings. Hefin is drawn more and more to Destiny and her world and is no longer sure the act of saying goodbye will be possible at all…

Why you should read this: If you’re a fan of Mary Ann Rivers’ writing, then you should take a look. It’s pure poetry – the way she can describe a simple act like a smile is beautiful. She is so talented at painting a vivid picture of the landscape and the characters’ state of mind. This is an introduction to the Burnside family and Des is a great heroine. She’s neither a martyr, a doormat nor a bitch – she’s great and the way she opens her heart to those she loves is so touching. Hefin – I don’t think I’ve read too many stories with a Welsh sex god as the hero! He’s lovely, a decent human being who just wants to live and find a life for himself and find someone to love. He’s adorable.

What you might hate: It took me a while to get into the rhythm of the book, I’ll be honest. The poetry of each gesture I mentioned earlier sometimes held up the action and the book’s progress for me. This series is going to be a family saga I think, and book one definitely lays the foundations for a heart-wrenching series that will follow. Des’s family is in crisis and for the first half of the book I was wondering how it would end. There are dark times for the Burnside clan and sometimes it was a little depressing. Or maybe I’m just a wuss who’s used to froth, but I don’t think so.

Rating: For the book’s beauty, the loveliness of the main characters and the hopeful second half of the book, I’m giving this book 3/5. The author clearly went to great pains researching all things Welsh and I admire that a great deal. Read when you’re in a good mood, rather than feeling down or the first half could be tough!

Live is out now.

Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young

BJLBook: Before Jamaica Lane

Author: Samantha Young

Series: On Dublin Street #3

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Olivia Holloway is settling down to her new life in Edinburgh with her father. She enjoys the sense of family she’s found in her father and friends Nate, Joss, Braden and Jo. Finally, she has a support system, even though the ongoing grief she feels at having lost her mother remains. She has a new job at the University library which keeps her busy. If only she could get over her crippling shyness with the opposite sex, life would be perfect…

Nate Sawyer is Olivia’s best friend. Since her arrival in Scotland, they’ve been inseparable – they just get each other. Nate has a reputation as a ladykiller, loving the ladies and leaving them. He never makes them promises he has no intention keeping. Olivia is drawn to the handsome Nate, but values his friendship above all else. However, he may be the one person who can break down her fears and shyness. When he accepts her proposal to teach her how to flirt and be confident in herself, well, that’s when things get interesting…

Why you should read this: If you (like me) are a huge Samantha Young fan, then reading this book is a no-brainer. Personally, I think this book could be even better than On Dublin Street – and believe me, that takes some doing. In this book, we learn all about Olivia, who was briefly introduced in Down London Road. But then you get all of the ensemble characters too – the ones you’ve grown to love from On Dublin Street and Until Fountain Bridge – so this book feels like meeting up with long-lost friends. I loved the happy banter and friendship between Olivia and Nate. They’re funny and care about each other so much. I believed their characters and I happily cringed along with Olivia’s embarrassing moments. Nate was off-the-charts sexy and yet likeable at the same time. You discover why he is the way he is and it’s very touching.

What you might hate: Nothing to hate on here for me. You may find Olivia a little belligerent towards the end but she’s just trying to safeguard her heart! Beyond that, it was a perfect read for me – I’ve read four Samantha Young books in the past week and they’ve all been exceptional. I think I may also be a wee bit obsessed…

Rating: Easiest decision ever. 5/5 panty-melting stars. (Ok, that was gross – apologies) The chemistry between Liv and Nate is hot, hot, hot and it never lets up. A touching, gritty read, set in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. Next time I head up to Edinburgh, I’ll be waiting for Nate, not Braden!

Our Top Five Reads of 2013

Happy New Year everyone! Just looking back at all of the books we read in 2013 and I can’t believe how much we got through. The good, the bad and the downright ridiculous – it was all there. As it’s new year, we couldn’t let 2013 pass without a nod to some of the best books to cross our paths.

LickAt No.5, is Lick by Kylie Scott – how I loved this fun, sexy romp – Evelyn and David’s chemistry was HAWT! I loved the absence of angst in this book. No high drama, no broken people. Excellent. Read the full review here.

tear you apartAt no.4, is Tear You Apart by Megan Hart. One of my favourite authors, Ms Hart always puts your heart through the ringer. This book is no exception. A bitter-sweet story about two people too frightened to reach for their own happiness, it blew me away. The writing and the pathos make for a very powerful story. The review can be read here.

Dark LightAt no.3, is a paranormal – something we don’t feature a lot of on Romantic Fiction: Dark Light by S.L Jennings really appealed to me as the story was so original and is also a debut novel. Not bad for a first try eh? The battle between good and evil is not clear cut and the very dark, very sexy Dorian Skotos will have you unsure of whom to root for. We reviewed and loved this book in February and the review is here.

Run-to-YouAt no.2, is a racy little book called Run to You by Charlotte Stein. This is how all would-be erotica reads should be – full of smutty goodness, while retaining a strong story running through it. Janos Kovacs is probably my favourite hero of 2013.

Finally, at no. 1 – after much deliberation and soul-searching, myafterhours favourite read of 2013 is After Hours by Cara McKenna. An author that I’ve come to admire greatly this year, Cara has written a book with a lot of heart, intelligence and one smokin’ hot alpha who goes by the name of Kelly Robacs. The book has humour, depth – it’s set in an asylum for goodness sakes! I loved and enjoyed every.single.word. Our review is here.

Blog Tour: The Redhead Plays Her Hand by Alice Clayton

We’re very happy to be today’s stop on the Redhead Plays Her Hand blog tour. *Fanfares please.* I know everyone who is an Alice Clayton fan has been waiting not so patiently for the final chapter in the Redhead series. Well, fear not! The wait is over…

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Book: The Redhead Plays Her Hand

Series: The Redhead Series #3

Author: Alice Clayton

Reviewer: Onnica

Basic story: Grace is about to take the television world by storm. Busy rehearsing for the pilot of ‘Mabel’s Unstable?’, the TV version of the successful stage show she worked on in New York, the world is soon to be Grace’s oyster. The only fly in the ointment? The Director and her manager/bff have suggested that she lose 15 pounds for her TV debut. Determined not to make an fuss in the face of her big break, Grace complies, upping her workout regimen and curtailing her candy habit. It’s only fifteen pounds right?

Meanwhile, Grace and Jack are going as strong as ever and he is about to embark on a new film. Practically inseparable, yet never admitting their relationship to the press, the pair are as in love as ever. So what if Jack had been hitting the party circuit a little harder than before. Grace puts it down to being 24, the toast of the town and the need to blow off a little steam.

When the weight loss plan goes a little awry, Grace decides not to stay quiet about her struggles any longer. As a mere size 8, she’s hardly a poster girl for plus size, but being linked to Jack Hamilton is a double-edged sword. The press and some of Jack’s online fans aren’t being very complimentary about her and so she decides to fight back. If only things were that simple when it came to handling Jack. He’s becoming increasingly surly with his manager and whenever she suggests that he party a little less, he goes postal. Is this just a phase, or has Grace lost her Sweet Nuts for good?

Why you should read this: I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting ages to see what would happen to Grace and Jack – would they weather the storm and be together forever? Can love conquer all? Of course it can. Alice Clayton has put a lot of heart into the characters of Jack and Grace – their story had me wanting more from The Unidentified Redhead. The level of angst in book two took me by surprise, but I feel that book three has ironed out a lot of issues and we got to see very different sides to all of the characters we thought we knew in depth already. This book is sexy, has a serious side and makes you think twice about reaching for the tabloids at the checkout on your next shopping trip.

What you might hate: This book is all about Jack’s wobble. In The Redhead Revealed, Grace had a massive wobble which led to a lot of angst and in this final book, it’s Jack’s turn. For me, he acted like a huge jerk for a significant portion of the book – completely out of character up until now and he behaved like any 24 year old, with a lot a fame would probably behave. It’s realistic, but don’t expect to love him for it. In fact, he really got on my nerves if I’m honest. At times, the couple were too scared to confront their issues and instead, just had sex as that part of their relationship never failed. The usual humour that Alice Clayton uses in earlier books was missing from this one too – I get that the honeymoon period was over for Grace and Jack, but this book felt a lot more serious than before. You’ll have to make the call whether you prefer bright and breezy or angst-ridden drama.

Rating3.5/5 – A satisfying ending to the saga that is Grace and Jack. I liked it – I liked completing their journey. I didn’t love it for the reasons I mentioned above, but I’m glad that I read it. It’s actually a very interesting commentary on how celebrities are treated by the press and how crazy their lives can get.

The Redhead Plays Her Hand is out now!

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Love The One You’re With by Lauren Layne

Book: Love The One You’re With

Author: Lauren Layne

Series: Sex, Love and Stiletto series (#2)

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Grace Brighton has had a rough few weeks. After finding a pair of red knickers in her bed – which most certainly didn’t belong to her – her perfect world with her longtime boyfriend Greg comes crashing down. She’s back at work after a leave of absence, newly single and determined to become a newer, better version of Grace. Grace 2.0 is now in charge and she’s sworn off men for six months in order to get her life back on track.

Jake Malone is a very ambitious, yet easy going journalist, with a serious case of wanderlust. He’s been working his way up the career ladder but feels restless in the current safe environment of Oxford magazine. He’s tired of the nine-to-five and wants to start work as the magazine’s travel correspondent. His new boss has ok’d it, but with one caveat: he has to team up with a reporter from Stiletto magazine and do a few articles on attraction. Less than impressed with the idea, but really having no choice if he’s to land his new job, Jake agrees. Jake and Grace have to go on dates, go through the motions of romance and write up their observations on who could read the other’s behaviour better. Simple. But when fact starts to muddle fiction and the assignment becomes more elaborate and complicated, who will come out on top?

Why you should read this: I absolutely love this series. If you read and enjoyed After The Kiss, then I guarantee you’ll love this one. It’s funny, it’s touching and Lauren Layne has a way of taking situations that could be super-cheesy and somehow she manages to find a way to deliver it with a wry sense of humour that makes it new. Jake is hot – he’s everything you could want in a male – he loves women, he’s well brought up and is respectful outside the bedroom. Grace is awesome – she’s likeable, a little prim perhaps, but her inner dialogue is hilarious. There’s a shortage of likeable heroines in books at the moment – sad to say, but true – so I’m always happy when I find one. I cannot wait for the next book, due out in March 2014, which will be Riley’s story.

What you might hate: Nothing about this book to hate on in my world. It was fun, it made me smile. The sexy times made me smoulder. The couple bickered and bantered like an old screwball comedy. There was no heavy angst. What’s not to love?

Rating: 4/5 for this second book in a very entertaining series – love Grace and Jake as a couple. There was real emotion here but it didn’t descend into melodrama. Another triumph for Ms Layne!

Love The One You’re With will be out on Dec 9th.

Ruined by Tracy Wolff

RuinedBook: Ruined (An Ethan Frost Novel) Loveswept

Author: Tracy Wolff

Release date: January 7 2014

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Chloe Girard is ecstatic to have secured a summer internship at the prestigious Frost Industries – a company so impressive, it could rival Google. It’s unpaid, but thanks to a generous friend she doesn’t have to worry about rent. Keen to get on and make it as an intellectual property lawyer, she’s not about to mess up this opportunity. She’s determined to remain independent, away from her family’s grasp and finally be free. Her first day passes well enough – until she meets an obnoxious smoothie-maker in the lunch room. He’s totally arrogant and is sure that he knows what she’d like. They verbally spar and she makes a quick exit. Little does Chloe know that she’s just met the big boss Ethan Frost – what the hell was he doing posing as a smoothie maker? The man is infuriating!

On their second meeting, Chloe is struck by Ethan’s down to earth nature, his obvious interest in her and his ease with his employees. The attention he gives her does not go unnoticed and before long, Chloe resents the position Ethan’s actions have put her in. Her fellow interns and her boss are set to make life difficult for her. To cap it all, Chloe has to fight her own nature in order to maintain the employee/employer relationship and keep her distance. Her past traumas and vulnerability are never far from the surface and giving herself to Ethan is not something she can do if she’s to keep the demons buried…

Why you should read this: Ok – before you start in on ‘why are you choosing another Fifty Shades knock off?’ – calm down. Yes Ethan is rich – but he’s a millionaire, not a billionaire, so there, he’s practically a pauper! He’s also extremely fun, fairly uncomplicated and so far, not a neanderthal. The dialogue between he and Chloe made me smile and it was very well written. There’s no repetition between their interactions and the action moves on at a steady pace. It’s very sexy and considering this book is set over a period of 2 weeks and very intense.

What you might hate: Had it with broken heroines? Stop reading now. Chloe’s got more issues than my last subscription to Psychologies magazine. Girlfriend has a past that she keeps alluding to but won’t reveal to anyone. I kind of guessed what was up pretty early on, but there were surprises along the way. I guessed the cliffy at the end too – but I was happy to go with it. There is drama aplenty, but at no point did I want to stop reading, as the author took great pains to create a different setting and create a different dynamic between the hero and heroine than the usual alpha, submissive tale. I would have preferred that this story be set over a longer time period – 14 days to fall in love and have this level of drama felt a little fast in my opinion – but that’s just my opinion.

Rating: 3/5 I enjoyed this story – yes a lot of it follows a pattern – a rich alpha trying to woo a younger broken female, but believe me when I say that this is one of the better renditions of a somewhat tired tune.

Ruined is out Jan 7th.