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What Matters Most by Reana Malori

81Kz4VN1ixL._SL1500_Title: What Matters Most
Series: Heroes Crossing, #5
Author: Reana Malori
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (51apages)
Publisher: SHara Azod, LLC; First Edition (February 15, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Major Evan Knight was a battle-hardened man who had always put the Marine Corps before his own needs. Sierra Walker, a single mother raising a nine-year old son, wanted more from life than what was in front of her. A school project for her son would bring Major Knight into their lives and give them all something they never knew they needed…each other.
Product Link: http://www.sharaazod.com/ebook/what-matters-most.html
Reviewer: Portia
Review: I don’t know what I was expecting with What Matters Most, but I was intrigued when the opening paragraphs weren’t about any kind of grown up love. Instead, the book starts with a young boy writing a letter to a soldier. His childish words brought a smile to my face, and it was so easy to hear Dust’s “voice” in my head. Yeah, I’m a sucker for a good love story that includes kids.

Sierra is so well crafted, as a character. I got the feeling that she did not sign up for single motherhood, but once she accepted that her baby daddy wasn’t her forever guy, she handled her business. I could relate to her wanting to keep her son safe, yet wanting him to experience new people and activities.

And, I’m also sure that falling for Evan was not in her master life plan either. But, I loved the fact that she didn’t run from her attraction…but she also didn’t fall into the trap of playing the woe is me card. Their romance had a nice pace.
Now don’t get me wrong, when she did finally give up the panties, he made it well worth her time. I don’t normally quote from books, but I swear, when I read,

“I’ve been watching you all night, and I need you, Sierra. I pray to whoever listens to battle-hardened Marines that you want me the same way.” His breathing was deep and ragged, as if saying this words drained every ounce of will he had inside him. “If you want me to leave, I’ll leave. But know this–if I stay tonight, I will make you mine in every sense of the word and I will not let you go in the morning. Decide. Now.” Evan pulled away slightly, giving her time to make a decision, although one of his
hands never completely stopped touching her. All the time in the world would not change her mind at this point. It was time to go big or go home.

I was hollering at my Kindle for that woman to give that poor man some…or I would.

I recommend this title to readers who like real woman lovin’ real men and sweet little boys who love them both.

 

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2014 in Book Review

 

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Complicated By You by Kenya Wright

18130644Title:  Complicated By You

Series:  Coventon Campus, Book #1

Author:  Kenya Wright

Genre:   New Adult Contemporary Romance

Length:  Novella (102 pages)

Publisher:  Swoon Romance (August 2nd, 2013)

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts

Blurb:   COMPLICATED BY YOU is a sexy New Adult love story about a girl who loves so deeply that it may cost her everything.

Evie’s childhood friend Jay has always had her back. But college complicates things as Jay starts dating Evie’s roommate Cynthia. Now, Evie spends her nights trying to sleep while Jay and Cynthia go at it like rabbits a few feet away!

Evie hates feeling like a third wheel and hates wishing it was her in Jay’s arms even more. It doesn’t help that Jay won’t let Evie date or even hook up without interfering and making sure everyone on campus knows that she’s off limits.

Something has to give. Evie can’t continue pining away for Jay, and Jay can’t continue to act like he owns her when he won’t so much as touch her. And worse of all, Evie can barely look Cynthia in the eye for fear she will know just how she feels about Jay.

Then one night shift Evie, Jay and Cynthia into a web of love and deceit, tangling their hearts and forcing one of them to come to a compromise that will change all their lives.

How far should someone go for love?

Until it’s no longer convenient, or until it’s tearing apart their soul? Evie soon realizes that love isn’t always easy and loving someone isn’t as simple as it seems. Sometimes, it’s COMPLICATED.

Look for Evie and Jay’s story to continue in December 2013!

Product Link:  http://www.amazon.com/Complicated-You-Coventon-Campus-ebook/dp/B00EB3F0A2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376614329&sr=1-1&keywords=complicated+by+you

Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  Evie and Jay have been best friends since they were children. They share everything, including a mutual attraction for one another, and yet, they are both completely unawares. Perhaps the fact that Jay has a girlfriend, Cynthia, who happens to be Evie’s roommate, sent some mixed signals!

Evie is a fierce character. She’s written as a strong young woman with backbone and common sense. She usually checks her brain at the door when it comes to Jay, but the heart does strange things when it comes to love. Cynthia seemed like a manipulator at the start of the story, but as you learn more about her, her past and some issue’s she’s struggled with you begin to sympathize with her. Again, at the start of the story Jay came across as the stereo typical guy that wanted to have his cake and eat it too. Along the way you learn he really is in love with both these vastly different women.

I really didn’t see the book ending like it did, but that was a definite plus. I like surprises and stories that can take a twist from where you think they are going and you end up on a completely different route. Wright has taken the all but worn out love triangle aspect in books today, and twisted it to fit her world for Evie, Cynthia and Jay. I can’t wait to see where the next book takes these characters.

It’s not a HEA, but it is a HFN. There are a few speed bumps in the story, but the oddities in the plot kept me intrigued and engaged throughout. If you’re looking for something that’s just a little different and definitely sexy, this just might be the book for you.

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2013 in Book Review

 

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Buttercream by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

Title:  Buttercream

Author:  Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

Genre:  Interracial erotic romance

Length: Novella

Publisher:  Loose Id (July 19, 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

 

 

Kiss Rating: 4.5 Kisses

Blurb:  Like the sinfully decadent treats she whips up in her bakery, Poppy Blakemore is irresistible, even to a battle scarred warrior like Matthew McAlister. Unfortunately, except for a love for delicious pastry and a passion so hot it leaves them scorched in its wake, the two of them have nothing in common. He is a straight-as-an arrow helicopter pilot who has been traumatized by combat, while she struggles to reconcile her capitalist tendencies with her counter-culture background.

The passion between them is undeniable, but Poppy knows that anything more than a sexual relationship is out of the question. Matthew wants so much more. Are sex and buttercream going to be enough to hold them together, or is their love doomed like an overcooked madeleine?

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content and graphic language.

Reviewer: Portia

Review:  I loved this book.  It was so refreshing to find an interracial book that didn’t mention race.  Not to say that race isn’t important…but, come on…is it really the only obstacle a couple can face?

Okay, off my soapbox.  Poppy and Matthew are very different people.  She was raised by hippies and her family portrait looks like a Benetton ad.  Matthew is a professional soldier.  Despite their difference, they are burning up the sheets on their first date.  Now for those of you who aren’t black women, you might not understand what a no-no that is.  There is an unwritten rule that plainly states that men you sleep with after a first date are shelved in the booty-call box.  Matthew obviously didn’t get that memo.  As far as he is concerned, it was just a fabulous beginning.  Unfortunately…Poppy didn’t get that memo.

Lots of issues may have been avoided if they had talked about their relationship, but they were too busy knocking’ boots at every opportunity.

In addition to some very well written, steamy sex scenes, I loved Matthew.  He is so beautifully flawed.  I know it’s expected to have an Alpha man starring in any romance novel, but Matthew is more like a real guy who reacts like a real guy.  Whether he is trying to sweet talk Poppy out of her panties, reliving his time in Afghanistan, or licking his wounded pride, he was beautifully written.

The only reason I didn’t give this 5 kisses was Poppy.  I’m not sure what I was waiting for with her…but I know I didn’t get it.

This was a much more sensuous read than anything else I’ve read by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb.  I was very pleased to discover she could up the heat without losing any of the sweetness that I expect when I pick up one of her books.  I highly recommend this book.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Book Review

 

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