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Making the First Move by Reese Ryan

17800669Title: Making the First Move
Series: Bad Boys Gone Good
Author: Reese Ryan
Genre: MF / Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel (251 pages)
Publisher: Carina Press (July 22nd, 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Reviewer: Thommie
Blurb: Big promotion, complete with $300 pen? Check.

A hot man, who cuddles, spends the night and makes breakfast? Check.

Waiting for the other shoe to fall? Check.

“If it feels too good to be true, it probably is.”

Five years of obsessing over her career pays off when Melanie Gordon gets a promotion that could make or break her. But the new job takes her back to her hometown to face the family she’s distanced herself from, and forces her to leave behind sexy, mysterious philanthropist Raine Mason, who just might be the man of her dreams.

By the time Raine makes his move with Melanie, her one-way ticket to Cleveland is booked. He convinces her to take a chance on him long-distance, but can’t yet trust her with the whole truth about himself.

Raine and Melanie slowly peel back each other’s layers (starting with his bicep-hugging sweater). She is finally ready to give her heart to him…until she learns the dark secret of his past. He’ll have to prove to her that love is worth the risk.

Product Link: http://ebooks.carinapress.com/243AC142-88F8-4F69-8D8A-12BBD156600D/10/134/en/ContentDetails.htm?ID=563363A3-10E7-49F3-A913-3661CEB77DC0

Review: Awww!

Yes, I know, it’s absurd when it comes from me, but every once in a while there are these books that hit that special spot in me and turn me to puddle. Normally such books belong to the most violent genres. Action, Mystery, Historicals with a cruel side and I’m sold. But sometimes there comes that surprise from the romantic genre and makes me rediscover that deeply hidden romantic side of mine.

Making The First Move is a greatly written and quite acceptable romantic book that will make the hearts of every woman and perhaps some men too melt. The theme is one that has been written many times, but – even though I’m not familiar with this author – when a story has been written with a golden pen, then you love reading it no matter how much the theme has been exhausted.

Melanie is a woman who is running from her past by dipping her head deeply into her work. Crushed from a relationship gone horribly bad she leaves her hometown Cleveland and moves to San Francisco, where after years of hard work she’s finally made it up the ranks. She earns a huge promotion, but that comes with a price. First she has to go back home, to Cleveland, where the new branch is located and secondly her friend and for over a year “plus one” has just now made up his mind to tell her he has feelings for him. Feelings, which Melanie also shares. Can things get more complicated?

Yes, they apparently can because this author has a very solid and creative imagination. I loved the plot. It was exquisite. The events that follow are credible and come close to believable. Reality often hits this way and it made for a very accessible romance, one that made you feel like the heroine. Its twists and turns were fascinating without creating too much angst or drama. There were many parts that made you gasp and “awww” involuntarily, lacking though the sappy touch. I loved it, absolutely adored the plot.

The characters were also pretty damn fantastic. Melanie is that solid person one can find every day just by turning his/her head. She is a career woman, strong and confident, and full of her own inner issues and insecurities. She is a several layers character with unique depth and that makes you feel quite close to her. Yes, she’s also frustrating many times, but for the most part, she’s a woman one can easily identify with.

Mason is also an amazing character. Charming and very appealing he makes you melt even more when all his flaws get out in the open. Truth be told for half the book I had my doubts about him, as he was indeed too good to be true. But then the author made the leap and with just a turn of her pen made him human and very approachable.

The thing I loved the most though was the fact that the couple doesn’t overshadow the story by taking the entire spotlight. There are a great number of characters here and each and every one is beautifully portrayed without the overkill of many details. From Melanie’s boss to her ex and from her mother to her brother-in-law each and every character is unique and has a way to drag you into the story, making you want to be a part of it.

Furthermore, the romance and intimate scenes were absolutely gorgeous. It is a brilliant work in this aspect too as they are not too much and not too little either. The balance is perfect and the end result is quite alluring and sensual. As I said in the beginning this is a book that made me “awww” almost constantly without making me feel stupid for doing so.

So bottom end, what I’m trying to say is, if you’ve got even a “barely tolerate romance” side, you will love this book. It’s excellent and I definitely recommend it.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2014 in Book Review

 

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Seducing the Jackal by Seressia Glass

Seducing_the_Jackal_full-570x901Title: Seducing the Jackal

Series: Sons of Anubis #1

Author: Seressia Glass

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Length: Novella

Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne Cravings (April 1st, 2013)

Reviewer: Thommie

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Blurb: Centuries ago, tragedy severed the alliance between the jackal shifters and powerful Egyptian priestesses. But when four of his brothers succumb to a deadly curse, clan commander Markus kidnaps one of the witches and insists she undo the evil magic.

Although Tia can undo the curse, she insists her coven is not behind it–and she is shaken to her core by her intense attraction to her captor. The sparks between them quickly ignite, filling them both with passion and power unlike anything they’ve ever known. Will it be enough to heal the rift between their peoples?

Product Link: http://ebooks.harlequin.com/317C915C-2D99-4511-8CA6-40D5A83A205A/10/141/en/ContentDetails.htm?ID=C7890133-29C4-4835-886D-CC1007067636

Review: And so starts a series that promises fun, action and some serious romance. The Sons of Anubis is the new series by Seressia Glass with the first book Seducing the Jackal making an impressing debut.

The core of the story is a new take on the ancient Egyptian myths focusing on the god, Anubis, protector of the dead, and Isis, goddess of motherhood, fertility and magic. The Sons of Anubis and Daughters of Isis in this lore have been allies once upon a time, fighting side by side with the Sons hunting the unwilling dead and taking them back to the afterlife and the Daughters protecting/healing the Sons. However a tragedy severed the bond that once united them and now, through four millennia the Jackals and the Priestesses are in animosity.

This story begins with Markus, the leader of the Jackals, kidnapping Tia, a Daughter of Isis, in order to make her undo the curse that has befallen onto two of his brothers. Markus is convinced that the Daughters have cursed his Jackals for revenge and Tia, although willing to help, cannot agree with him, even though all evidence leads to that conclusion. To make matters worse there is this huge sexual intensity between them, something they haven’t felt before. But the Jackal and the witches are enemies and anything between them is impossible… Isn’t it?

This story really appealed to me. I cannot help melting into a puddle when ancient myths are involved and I have to say this take is more than alluring. The power chemistry between Markus and Tia is absolutely wonderful. The story starts with a great deal of animosity putting both characters simultaneously into a fight mode and enhancing their appeal. But, when the hormones start flying and the sexual intensity rises, then there is this fantastic spark that electrifies the entire plot and you with it.

Tia as a character is brilliant, what with her powers being hidden beneath and manifesting in huge amounts the more her passions grow. As for Marcus, dear gods, what a character, how magnificent. Makes one wish he wasn’t a fiction character, but indeed alive. I loved them both and boy, did they feel perfect for each other.

The story becomes even better when action takes place and the fighting, that I wouldn’t have expected, actually happened. I think that is exactly what made me a fan of this newborn series. The fact that it has more depth and action than just romance. I can’t wait to see how the story will continue. Hooking indeed.

So I will recommend this to all you that love a good romance tinged with some action and back by a brilliant lore, all wrapped in crackling heat and intense sensuality.

 

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Book Review

 

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