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Need a romance for Valentine’s?

How about a quickie?…

I love reading novellas and short stories, especially if I’ve just read something really long. They’re great for getting over reading slumps, filling in time between books or for when you want some instant gratification… And they’re great as a taster to a particular genre.

I love reading novellas and short stories, especially if I’ve just read something really long. They’re great for getting over reading slumps, filling in time between books or for when you want some instant gratification… And they’re great as a taster to a particular genre or series.

100 – 200 pages

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Here There Be Monsters by Meljean Brook 110pages

Set in Brook’s Iron Seas universe, this prequel follows Mad Machen and his love interest Ivy as they journey across the sea and he tries to win her heart. It’s an Enemies to Lovers story  (love those!) and despite its short length the characters are very strong and well developed, as is the relationship between the characters. There are one or two things in the book that may not make sense if you haven’t read The Iron Duke (which you should definitely read) but they only have a small effect on the story and don’t spoil future books.

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The Darkest Fire by Gena Showalter 66pages

Another prequel, set in Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series (if you haven’t started it, get to it!). This is more of a Friends to Lovers story (or ‘person I know but don’t talk to’ story) following Geryon, the Guardian of Hell, and Kadence, the Goddess of Oppression. Set a long ass time before the series, we meet the characters at their post by the gates of hell and join them on their little adventure inside. Very quick read at about 66 pages and it doesn’t spoil a thing for the series. If you’re contemplating giving Lords of the Underworld a read but not sure, this is a fun story for a taster. My only issue with this one was that I thought it was really weird when the characters had sex…not that the sex was weird, just did not seem like the time or place for that kind of activity.

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The Darkest Prison by Gena Showalter 65pages

This one is set a bit later in the series but it’s spoiler free (I think…) Anyway, it’s a great story. Another Enemies to Lovers one that’s a lot of fun to read. Set in Tartarus and tells the story of Atlas, the Titan god of Strength, and Nike, the Greek goddess of Strength and Victory. These two have had quite the interesting relationship over the many many years their lives have been entwined. Nike is an awesome character, one of Showalter’s best.

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Happily Never After by Jeaniene Frost 106pages

I had a lot of issues with Frost’s Night Huntress series when I first read it. I couldn’t put my finger on what it was that I didn’t like but after reading this I think it’s the commando stuff I dislike. This story is set in the Night Huntress world and Bones makes an appearance at the beginning but this has no effect on the main series storyline. We follow new character’s Chance and Isabella as they try to save Isabella’s brother from the mafia. In true Frost style, this story is exciting with plenty of action.

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The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole 163pages

Oh, how I love Kresley Cole!! This novella was my introduction to her writing and it was love at first sight (or bite heh heh). Enemies to Lovers again here, which is a common trope in Cole’s books but it’s all good cause they’re fun to read. Here we follow the vampire warlord Nikolai and the seductive valkyrie Myst as they play a little game of cat and mouse with tantalising results. This is a bit of a raunchy one, just to warn you.

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Grizzly by Bonnie Bliss 154pages

This is kind of an Indie book written by a husband and wife writing team. It’s also pretty dang dirty! Perfect if you want something a bit steamier for your Valentine’s. Here we follow Sorscha and her bear shifting bodyguard Tethur as they battle orcs and get it on when they can. It’s a pretty fun story. Sorscha is a bit of a geek, I love the references to geeky shows and movies. Tethur is a bit overbearing (badum tish) but Sorscha is well able to deal with him.

200 – 250 pages

https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1426280852l/23636581.jpgBlurred Lines by Lauren Layne 221pages

I don’t often read contemporary romance and when I do, I don’t often finish it. This one I enjoyed right to the end! It’s a familiar Friends to Lovers story. Girl and guy are besties, guy sleeps with all the ladies, girl breaks up with boyfriend and asks guy to help her pick up dudes for casual liaisons. It’s been done to death but it works! It’s fun and easy going, perfect for Valentine’s. Hmmm, I might reread this one myself for Valentine’s day…

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Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder 240pages

This one is a bit of a rollercoaster emotionally. It may make you cry. It sure made me cry! It’s tagged Young Adult on Goodreads but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone under 16. I’d say it’s more New Adult although there is a teenage romance at the beginning. We mainly follow Nell and her relationship with her first love, Kyle, and later, his brother, Colton.

“This book is for anyone who has ever lost a loved one, for anyone who has woken up crying and gone to bed the same way, for anyone who has had to learn that it’s okay to not be okay. Surviving isn’t strength, it’s continuing to breathe one day at a time; strength is learning to live despite the pain.” – Jasinda Wilder

Series Short Stories

These ones should be probably be avoided if you haven’t been reading the series they belong to. I wanted to include them cause they’re great stories. I’m not going to talk much about the plot of each cause it’s hard to mention what happens without spoilers and you should only read them if you’re into the series.

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The Darkest Angel (Lords of the Underworld) by Gena Showalter 118pages

This is one of my favourite books in Lords of the Underworld. Should be read after book 4. The romance between Lysander and Bianka is a lot of fun. Bianka is another awesome leading lady by Showalter.

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Curran POV’s (Kate Daniels) by Ilona & Gordan Andrews 157pages

How could anyone not fall in love with Curran?? This collection shows Curran’s point of view during several integral moments during Kate and Curran’s developing relationship. Should not be read before books 1 – 4.

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A Family Affair (Cassie Palmer) by Karen Chance 46pages

This is a short story from Pritkin’s POV. Cassie isn’t in this one much. We learn so much about Pritkin’s character in this. If you’re on team Pritkin, this is a must! Should not be read before books 1-4.

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Shadowland (Cassie Palmer) by Karen Chance 54pages

This is a continuation of the previous short story, A Family Affair. More Pritkin time woohoo!!

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Father Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood) by J.R. Ward 91pages

Zsadist *swoon*. You should not read this before books 1-6. This story is so sweet! Zsadist is going to pull on those heartstrings yet again.

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The Day of the Dead (Cassie Palmer) by Karen Chance 52pages

You could actually read this one without reading the Cassie Palmer series but it’s helpful to have some background on Thomas. Really quick fun story.

What I’m Reading

I have mostly urban fantasy planned for this month with one or two romances. I might throw in a reread of Blurred Lines but I’ll most likely read one of the planned ones. Which are…

714585Master of Seduction by Kinley McGregor

I decided to read this book because of the cover. I mean, look at it!!! It is so damn cheesey, I HAVE to read it!!! I don’t even know what it’s about! I’m guessing pirates…

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I love shapeshifter romances!! This one was recommended to me by a member of my book group (can’t remember who, sorry). I’ve read one of Ashley’s historical romances, The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie, and it was brilliant! I recommend it if you like historical romance. It’ll be interesting to see how she does paranormal romance.

Well that’s it! I ended up talking about way more books than I had intended to. Hope you didn’t get bored!

If you decide to read any of these or you have already, I would love to hear what you think of them. And I would love to hear about what books you’re reading this month as well.

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Geek Guys Anthology – Em Taylor

30620922Title: Geek Guys Anthology
 
Author: Em Taylor
 
Genre: Romance
 
Series: n/a
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.67/5
 
 
Why I read this:
 
Synopsis:

An Anthology of three hot Geek Guy Romances by Em Taylor

Bounty
When Gemma Scott’s shuttle crash lands on Alcatraz prison planet, she’s sure of one thing: if the impact doesn’t kill her, the inmates will. She wakes up in the hut of a convicted terrorist and wonders how long it will be until the handsome but dangerous man discovers she was the one who arrested him two years earlier. As their attraction grows, they work together to help Gemma escape the dangerous planet. But they can’t deny the sparks that fly between them.

Fan Girl and the Geek
Rhett Williams, the hunky captain on the TV show Starship Einstein, is coming to a convention in the UK, and Shona Ross is determined to meet him. Having spent years dreaming about the handsome actor, she nurtures dreams of becoming more than just a fan. When Rhett does not live up to expectations and leaves Shona despondent, Daniel Adams, the geeky kid from the show, befriends her. Only he’s no longer a geeky kid. In fact, her attraction to him is almost interplanetary. Can Shona get over her infatuation, forget about Daniel’s weak role, and see the man for what he is now?

The Little Sex Shop Around the Corner
All Cassidy Moore wanted to do was support her little lingerie boutique by selling a few sex toys to boost her profits. But the local Tory Member of Parliament is gunning for her and the Small Business Association don’t approve either. Everyone appears to be against her. That is until she meets the new comic books store owner. Handsome, rich and kinda geek chic, Gavin Wallace seems to have it going on, and he tells her he’s on her side. They really hit it off.

Of course, when Gavin has to tell Cassidy that John Wallace, the local Member of Parliament is his dad, it seems she begins to wonder whose side he’s really on. With passion an irresistible force drawing them ever closer, will his posh upbringing continue to be an issue. Can he help the two people he cares about find common ground? Can Cassidy learn to trust Gavin with her business, her heart and her body? Their shops may be just around the corner but their backgrounds are miles apart.

Three intelligent guys, three great stories. Whose arms will you choose?

This book contains adult themes.

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What I thought about the book:
Great collection. There’s not enough stories with geeks.
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Favourite Story: The Little Sex Shop Around the Corner
 
My Rating:
4 paws
 
Smutometer: 
Smut 4

Venus in Furs

427354Title: Venus in Furs
 
Author: Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch
 
Genre: Erotica
 
Series: n/a
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.65/5
 
 
Why I read this: Wanted a quick read
 
Synopsis:‘Venus in Furs’ describes the obsessions of Severin von Kusiemski, a European nobleman who desires to be enslaved to a woman. Severin finds his ideal of voluptuous cruelty in the merciless Wanda von Dunajew. This is a passionate and powerful portrayal of one man’s struggle to enlighten and instruct himself and others in the realm of desire. Published in 1870, the novel gained notoriety and a degree of immortality for its author when the word “masochism” – derived from his name – entered the vocabulary of psychiatry. This remains a classic literary statement on sexual submission and control.
 
What I thought about the book:
This was so much more than I expected it to be. It isn’t really sexy but it’s very interesting and beautifully written. It’s more a story of obsession and misguided desire. There is some whipping in it, though, don’t worry!
I’m not into S&M and honestly I don’t get it. There’s a lot of books out now featuring S&M after 50 Shades, making it hard to avoid (still haven’t read 50 Shades, though), but none explain the drive behind it as well as this. I could understand these people and knew love dictated their actions.
 
Favourite Quotes:
“A slap in the face is more effective than ten lectures. It makes you understand very quickly.”
“The moral of the tale is this: whoever allows himself to be whipped,
deserves to be whipped.”
 
My Rating:
4 paws
 
Smutometer: 
Smut 1

Tempted by the Pack by Anne March

16116603Title: Tempted by the Pack
 
Author: Anne March
 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
Series: Blue Moon Brides #1
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.4/5
 
 
Why I read this: Free on amazon, wanted a quick read before starting my next novel.
 
Synopsis:
Once in a blue moon…
For Rafer Breaux, life in the Louisiana Bayou is harsh, violent—and deeply sensual. The Cajun werewolf lives for his Pack and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep his brothers safe. The longer a wolf lives without a mate, the harder it becomes for that wolf to shift back. To remember that he is a man—and not a monster. And those mates can only be found during a blue moon. When a blue moon finally rises, Rafer will need every weapon in his sensual arsenal to tempt one special woman into his arms and the heart of the Pack.The Pack hunts for mates
Fighting to keep her family farm, Lark Andrews isn’t looking for love. Even if the very sexy Breaux brothers make her dream of hot bayou nights spent in their arms. When the blue moon leads Rafer to her door, however, Rafer has her rethinking her position on all work and no play. Now, the bayou nights are heating up as Rafer fights to convince her, one sensual touch at a time, to give love and passion a chance. But Rafer isn’t a one wolf deal. Is there room in Lark’s heart—and bed—for Rafer and his Pack?

What I thought about the book:
This one surprised me. It was much better than I expected it to be. I thought it was going to be all sexy times but the story was pretty good. I’d read this as a novel.
 
 
My Rating:
4 paws
 
Smutometer: 
Smut 4
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Beauty and the Beast by Jax Lawrence

30985130Title: Beauty and the Beast
 
Author: Jax Lawrence
 
Genre: Erotica
 
Series: Sensual Fairy Tales #1
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5
 
 
Why I read this: Read a good review, it’s short and I couldn’t sleep.
 
Synopsis:
Every year the village sacrifices a maiden to the beast. The maiden disappears, and no one knows what happens to her.
Beautiful and passionate Belle couldn’t care less, she’s more interested in catching the eye of her father’s handsome stablehand. All her fears are realized when she’s kidnapped by the villagers and left, bleeding and naked, at the mercy of the beast.
Yet the Beast does not turn out to be what she expected. For one, he’s the sexiest thing she’s ever seen. For another, he’s not interested in killing her. He’s interested in something else, something she’s always fantasized about.
Is the the one who can break his spell? Can she sexually dominate him for three days?
This fast-paced erotica includes BDSM (with safe words), masturbation, and a beast. A very big beast.
 
What I thought about the book:
This was not so good…there was potential for a good story but it didn’t deliver.
There’s no real character development or description….Which is fine I guess… it’s very short and the whole point was for Belle and Beast to do the nasty (with whips).
There’s no real ending. I’m guessing it’s meant to be a cliffhanger but it seems to just end in the middle.
The whole thing was meh.
 
Favourite Character: n/a
 
My Rating:
1 paw
 
Smutometer: 
Smut 4

Slow Ride by Lorelei James Review

9529585Title: Slow Ride
 
Author: Lorelei James
 
Genre: Romance
 
Series: Rough Riders #9.5
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.89/5
 
 
Why I read this: Wanted something quick to listen to while working at computer. Only an hour long.
 
Synopsis:

A Rough Riders free read.

Keely McKay Donohue is enduring the longest wedding reception of her life: her own. The only saving grace is that Jack Donohue is finally hers. Usually her hunky man gives her everything she wants, so why is her groom denying her the one thing she wants right now?

Jack thought his secretive wait-for-the-honeymoon plan was romantic, until he realizes he’s only put Keely in a fighting mood. If he wants to get back on his temperamental bride’s good side, he’d better find a way to sweep his cowgirl off her boots…fast.

 
What I thought about the book:
Didn’t really like the narrator for this one. A bad narrator can ruin a book with audio. This was pretty good, though, nothing special but entertaining enough.
I didn’t realise this was a short story in the middle of a series but I don’t think it really matters. Seems to be a little ‘what happened after their happily ever after’ story.
Sweet story. Might start the series, seems pretty steamy.
 
My Rating:
2 paws
Smutometer: 
Smut 3

The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Title: The Raven Prince

 
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
 
Genre: Historical Romance
 
Series: Princes #1
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.99/5
 
 
Why I read this: One of the Scribd Selects for July in auidobooks and I wanted something to listen to while writing up Candybook Land.
 
Synopsis:
There comes a time in a lady’s life…

Widowed Anna Wren is having a wretched day. After an arrogant male on horseback nearly squashes her, she arrives home to learn that she is in dire financial straits.

When she must do the unthinkable…

The Earl of Swartingham is in a quandary. Having frightened off two secretaries, Edward de Raaf needs someone who can withstand his bad temper and boorish behavior.

And find employment.

When Anna becomes the earl’s secretary, it would seem that both their problems are solved. Then she discovers he plans to visit the most notorious brothel in London for his “manly” needs. Well! Anna sees red—and decides to assuage her “womanly” desires…with the earl as her unknowing lover.

 
What I thought about the book:
I listened to this on audio on Scribd to keep myself entertained while working on the computer. I picked it based on cover and ratings (and cause it was free), didn’t even read the synopsis. Very happy I did!
It’s a delightful story with echoes of The Princess Bride. Edward even says ‘as you wish’ a few times. Each chapter begins with an excerpt from a novel featured in the book called The Raven Prince which confused me a few times with the audio but I got used to it. I even found myself looking forward to the little snippets.
I loved how the relationship between Anna and Edward grew and how Anna took the bull by the horns and got what she wanted from him.
 
My Rating:
4 paws
 
Smutometer: 
Smut 4