While this book is listed as a Romance, I found "the Best Man" to be an enjoyable story about family, friends and lovers - in that order of importance. Humor and intelligence along with a small town in upstate New York and a family owned winery created an interesting setting for the first book in an engrossing dramatic but not gritty series.
I enjoyed about 98% of Kane's story, particularly how he volunteers to spend time with boys who need positive male attention. Kane meets Ginger, a single mother with an invalid father, through her young son. Ginger is a dedicated mother and daughter who lacks self respect.
It was amusing when Kane tried to to help Ginger as she heals from an accident, but all too soon he turns into a jerk who thinks it's sexy to dominate and abuse women. As a lawyer, Ginger should recognize the early signs of domestic abuse and tell Kane to hit the road.
Does Ginger really want Kane to teach her son that hurting women is acceptable behavior?
Without his "Alpha male/asshole behavior", Raising Kane would have been an excellent erotic romance. The Lorelei James is extremely talented with a great sense of humor.
As a dog lover, I just love when novels feature a great dog character like Bridget. I will absolutely buy the next book in this series.
What a wonderful surprise - a realistic story about adult friendship and romantic love. Don, a college professor of genetics, has trouble relating to human emotion and women in particular (due to Asperger's syndrome or something similar). I found Don to be quirky but very likable with a truly good heart - he just didn't know how to decipher facial expressions, slang and feelings.
Don is totally out of his element when he meets Rosie, an attractive barmaid, while on a quest for his perfect wife. While Rosie doesn't meet his standards, Don enjoys her company and volunteers to help her find the man who got her mother pregnant 30 years ago. Rosie prompts Don to be less rigid while Don helps Rosie to realize that some men are dependable and worthy of her love.
Rosie's Project, set somewhere Australia, is a humorous, thought provoking and thoroughly entertaining novel. It explained Asperger's in an engaging manner, showing the advantages and disadvantages, appealing for understanding but not pity for those whose minds perceive our world differently. The narrator had a pleasant voice but the accented words were sometimes hard to understand.
I found this story about a 20 year old film student incredibly boring (especially the first 2 hours) and too unbelievable for words. Grey goes to LA against her father's wishes, on a scholarship and she DOESN'T think she will need to get a part-time job. No, she waits until she is desperate & hungry, then becomes a stripper... Please! She's on campus for 2 years before asking about the details of her financial aid. Really?
Then a young, attractive millionaire movie star (Dawson, late 20s) comes into the rundown titty bar where Grey works and instantly KNOWS that Grey doesn't belong there. Dawson rescues Grey from herself; there's lots of drama, stupid misunderstandings and insecurity, and eventually hot sex. Dawson miraculously morphs from immature man slut to Knight-in-shining-armor, blah, blah, blah..
Jasinda Wilder is talented with great potential; she wrote some very funny moments and dialogue, However, this book should be listed as a young teen novel or the characters need to act their ages. I think Audible should give more detailed descriptions so that readers have a better idea of the content, such as age level, sexual content and level of violence.
I was instantly engrossed by the story of Tyler, a male escort who is injured by a brutal Dom in a sex club. Allie, a lawyer & friend of the club owners was asked to help Tyler and see if he wanted to press criminal charges. Seth, one of the owners and bi-sexual, offers Tyler a safe place to get well, even though he is attracted to both Tyler and Allie.
I really liked Tyler and Allie's characters but Seth was inconsistent; considerate one moment, domineering bully the next. I understood why Tyler, who was used to being abused by clients, was willing to endure anything for the allusion of caring & kindness, but absolutely baffled why Allie would agree to become a doormat for a few orgasms.
If the author had left out the master/slave stuff and had the 3 individuals interact as mature equals, the story of their budding relationship would have been great. There was so much potential in the threesome, but soon it was just another idiot getting his rocks off by bossing others around. What a disappointment!
Unlike the previous novels in the Sweet series, Sweet Seduction is about a confident, smart woman who wants a man who doesn't abuse her. Julie makes a pass at Tucker, who misses the ball. Then he chases Julie until she wants to be caught.
While the main characters from the first 2 books (acquaintances of Julie who are in abusive relationships) make appearances, this book is mostly about a woman who goes after the love she wants and deserves.
Plot: Cassie (44) was unhappily married for 20+ years and sexually unfulfilled. Somehow this smart woman decides that she wants to experience meaningless sex in a D/S club. So Cassie visits the club, meets one of the owners Jake, immediately trusts this complete stranger and allows herself to be screwed.
I liked Cassie in many ways - she was dedicated, intelligent and caring - but I thought she suffered from alarming low self esteem. She didn't have the guts to confront her husband and get what she needed from her marriage (or end it). Then Cassie magically had the courage to trust her physical and emotional welfare to a professional Dom, someone who is paid to inflict pain on others - not my idea of a trustworthy individual.
Jake just gave me the creeps, with his attitude of instantly knowing "what Cassie really needs", which of course was sex with him. Just another horny man with a "lifestyle" that gives him permission to bully; hitting as foreplay, humiliation was a bonding experience. When exactly did bossy, self absorbed jerks become romantic heroes?
While I believe in freedom of choice for consenting adults, I hate when self destructive behavior is romanticized, brainwashing women into thinking that physical abuse is okay. I wish this very talented author would write books about independent & confident women who demand to be treated with respect and kindness from the men in their lives.
Illicit is an entertaining story about Lindsay, who meets 3 hunky bi-sexual guys in an elevator, and ends up spending a weekend with them. The characters are well written and the guys are respectful toward Lindsay, no violence, no dominance.
While I'm not crazy about male on male sex, the men were funny & caring friends who honestly like women. An enjoyable, erotic romance with warm and humor.
While extremely well written, the main character of Tangled Drew has the emotional maturity of a 5th grader. He's a rich investment banker (maybe late 20s, early 30s) from a loving family who only have one night stands with strange women - no girlfriends, no 2nd dates. What a prince!
When Drew finally falls in love with an engaged woman (Kate) who is hired to work in his father's firm, Drew becomes even more obnoxious and selfish. Drew may be a devoted son, brother & uncle, smart, hardworking and kind to old ladies but he is NOT good boyfriend or husband material.
This was my first Emma Chase book and I think she is extremely talented. Perhaps Emma is writing for a much younger audience who thinks that "taming a man slut" is an erotic and challenging experience. I just wanted to slap Drew silly and tell Kate to run for her life.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book, after reading other novels about rich arrogant men (jerks). The plot: Noah, attractive billionaire, buys a virgin companion willing to spend 2 years at his beck & call. Delaine (early 20s) is desperate for money to help her family and takes a crazy risk to do it.
Rather than taking advantage of the unequal situation, Noah tries to make the arrangement as pleasant and caring as possible. Delaine is a spunky, smart young woman who learns to hold her own in the unfamiliar world of the ultra rich and earns Noah's respect and affection. Noah, with his own demons & insecurities, gets more than he anticipated with Delaine.
I was quickly engrossed in their developing relationship and had to purchase the next book to see what happened to Noah & Delaine - loved that one too.
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