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Review: Her Best Shot by Shannyn Schroeder

best shotTitle: Her Best Shot by Shannyn Schroeder
Hot & Nerdy Trilogy Book One
Publisher: eKensington
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Length: Novella/Word Count: 35,000
Book Rating: B

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With college graduation looming, three childhood friends vow to make spring break their last blast of pure fun. But at least one of them didn’t count on such incredible heat…

Layla Sharpe is definitely more math ninja than bikini babe, and her future has been calculated with razor precision. Convinced to let loose over spring break, Layla is finally ready to party—until her car breaks down halfway to her destination, leaving her stranded in Georgia with a mouthwateringly hot pool shark. She knows more than enough about angles to learn the game, but this week she wants him to appreciate her curves…

Phin Marks has never met a girl like Layla. She’s more Star Wars geek than seductress, and when he offers her a place to stay while her car is in the shop, he’s counting on the attraction between them to set the nights ablaze, no strings attached. But every moment he spends with Layla makes it harder to let her go. Can he persuade her to gamble in the most dangerous way possible…on forever?

The Review:

Her Best Shot by Shannyn Schroeder is a scorching hot new adult romance that is fun, flirty and drama free. This first installment in the Hot & Nerdy Trilogy takes place over a few days and focuses mainly on the lead characters’ exploration of their sexual attraction but it is still a quick, enjoyable read.

Layla Sharpe is on her way to join her friends for spring break when car trouble leaves her stranded for a few days while she waits on repairs. She is drowning her sorrows in a dive bar when sexy pool player Phin Marks catches her eye. Layla impulsively accepts Phin’s offer to crash with him and their smoldering attraction quickly burns out of control.

The characters in Her Best Shot are fairly well developed for a novella. Layla is a smart, sassy and independent heroine but she is wound just a little tight. Phin is charming and easygoing, but he is not very forthcoming about his past. They come from completely different backgrounds but this diversity adds dimension to the characters and the overall plot.

Her Best Shot is a story that requires a suspension of disbelief to fully enjoy. Due to its short length, everything progresses between Layla and Phin at an accelerated rate. They are quick to jump into bed and their lust quickly gives way to love. The only conflict in the story results from Phin’s extreme reaction to Layla’s unexpected decision about her future. They resolve their problems fairly quickly with little angst but the book’s ending feels a bit abrupt.

All in all, Her Best Shot is an entertaining romance with likeable characters. It is a great beginning to Shannyn Schroeder’s Hot & Nerdy Trilogy that will leave readers eager for the next installment.  

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Review: Cop a Feel by Robyn Peterman

cop a feelTitle: Cop a Feel by Robyn Peterman
Handcuffs and Happily Ever Afters
Publisher: eKensingston
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Comedy, Mystery
Length: 325 pages/89,700 Words
Book Rating: B

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When you get time off for bad behavior, romance is the last thing on your mind–but good old-fashioned lust is a whole different story. . .

Life undercover isn’t exactly one big party–not when you’re a DEA agent–but it sure beats a desk job. Except when you screw up big and someone has to go in and clean up after you. In that case, even paper-pushing sounds better than babysitting an erotic romance writer with as many enemies as there are euphemisms for “throbbing manhood.”

I’ve been taking down drug dealers for so long, playing bodyguard to a woman named Shoshanna Lehump sounds like nothing more than a giant pain in my ass– and being partnered with the gorgeous egotistical jerk I never should have slept with in the first place just makes a bad situation even harder–especially when he pursues me as diligently as we’re supposed to be chasing the bad guys…What’s a girl have to do to get a happy ending anyway?

The Review:

Cop a Feel is another wacky romantic escapade in Robyn Peterman’s hysterical Handcuffs and Happily Ever After series. In this installment, a puzzling mystery reunites several of the characters from previous novels and Candace “Candy” Sanderson and the mysterious Luke Blakely find their happily ever while guarding erotic romance author Shoshana LeHump.

Still recovering from the wounds she received in her last case, Candy’s newest assignment finds her going undercover as Shoshana’s assistant. Candy is a hardnosed DEA agent who does not believe in love and she is less than thrilled with her latest assignment. Her enthusiasm wilts even further when she learns she will be attending an erotic romance convention with Shoshana and that she will have to don some very sexy costumes in her role as Shoshana’s assistant. But the biggest shock is when Candy discovers that her newest partner is none other than her ex-lover, Luke, and her greatest challenge is resisting the über sexy agent who is determined to win her heart.

As with the previous books in the Handcuffs and Happily Ever After series, the plot and characters are a little absurd but that is what makes reading Cop a Feel so much fun. However, underneath the silliness, there are some serious undertones as Candy and Luke put their hearts on the line and overcome the tragedies of their respective pasts. The characters are introspective and their astute observations help one another put things into perspective. The mystery element of the storyline is easy to figure out, but it is still enjoyable watching the various characters put all of the pieces of the puzzle together.

Robyn Peterman good-naturedly pokes fun at romance convention with some very outrageous situations that made me giggle uncontrollably. Hands down, the best scenes in the novel involve… twerking. Truly unforgettable and absolutely priceless twerking.

The pièce de résistance of Cop a Feel is the fabulous epilogue which perfectly wraps all of the various couples happily ever afters. I have loved every delightful installment of this crazy series and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a delightfully raunchy story that has plenty of humor, sizzling hot love scenes and a whole lot of heart.

Read my reviews of the other novels in the Handcuffs and Happily Ever After series HERE.


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Review: Size Matters by Robyn Peterman

Title: Size Matters by Robyn Peterman
Handcuffs and Happily Ever Afters
Publisher: eKensington
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 294 pages/97,400 Words
Book Rating: B

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A few hard truths…Don’t bet on Hasselhoff, Bigfoot might actually exist, and searching for the impossible may lead you to your heart’s desire…

It’s a big fat hairy deal when I lose yet another bet to my best friend, Rena. Not only do I end up attending Bigfoot meetings with her kooky Aunt Phyllis, I find myself traveling with a band of reality TV, Sasquatch-hunting nut-jobs! Not to mention a suspiciously shady film crew. As if those little nuggets weren’t enough to send me on the express-train to Crazytown…I stupidly swore off men!

Clearly all this would mess up any gal’s social life, but the worst part of the story? The minute I send my libido on vacation, I meet Mitch. Yep, Mitch, the sexiest cop ev-ah. The hottest, best kissing, finest tushied, SINGLE guy I’ve ever laid eyes on. I’d rather be hot on his trail than anything that involves the word Big or Foot. But sometimes what you’re hunting for has been right in front of you all along …

97,400 Words

The Review:

Robyn Peterman’s Size Matters is another outrageously zany caper that is just as over-the-top and hilarious as the first book in the Handcuffs and Happily Ever Afters series, How Hard Can It Be?. In this outing, after losing a bet to her best friend, Rena, Kristy is forced to take Rena’s Aunt Phyllis to her Bigfoot meetings. When the group is chosen for a reality series, Kristy is selected as the (unwilling) host for the show and she, along with a several of the wacky yet lovable members, are off to Duluth to hunt for the big hairy beast.

Size Matters has a motley cast of characters that are lewd and crude but they each sport a heart of gold. Heading up this assorted group is Kristy and boy, is she in midst of a run of bad luck. Having her heart broken by her last cop boyfriend, she is giving dating a vacation when she meets Mitch, an amazingly gorgeous man who is keeping some secrets that might just spell trouble for their relationship.

Kristy has had atrocious luck with men and she is certainly entitled to a few trust issues, but her attraction to Mitch is impossible to resist. They have only just begun secretly (due to another bet with Rena) dating, when she learns he has not been completely truthful with her. The final nail in their relationship coffin is Mitch’s inability to tell her details about his super secret law enforcement job.

In the aftermath of another disastrous romance, the hunt for Bigfoot is looking pretty attractive to Kristy. Accompanying her on the reality show (mis)adventure: octogenarian sisters who have driven construction workers to tears, a nose breaking twenty something named Mariah Carey and her psychic sister Boo, the unattractive but kindhearted Rich and rounding out the list of looneytoons, Hugh and Kim, the leaders of the Bigfoot meetings. They enthusiastically embark on their search for Sasquatch, but their suspicions are soon aroused by the producers of the show. But the scariest thing for Kristy? The possibility that she is rethinking her position on Bigfoot’s existence and Mitch’s unexpected reappearance in her life.

The plot of Size Matters is ridiculous and silly but that is what makes it such a fun read. The dialogue is peppered with crude language that is humorous but it is also a little repetitious. The colorful cast of characters is likable and full of hidden depth. The romance between Mitch and Kristy is deliciously sexy and their sex scenes are scorching hot.

All in all, another delightfully enjoyable read by Robyn Peterman. I am definitely looking forward to the next madcap installment of the Handcuffs and Happily Ever Afters series!

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Review: How Hard Can It Be? by Robyn Peterman

Title: How Hard Can It Be? by Robyn Peterman
Publisher: eKensington
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Comedy
Length: 265 pages
Book Rating: B

Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley


What happens when an accountant decides to grab life by the horns and try something new? Apparently a pirate named Dave, a lot of pastel fleece, and blackmail—just to start with…

Visualize and succeed, Oprah said. I was sure as hell trying, even if my campaign to score a job as the local weather girl had ended in a restraining order. Okay, TV was not my strength. But a lack of talent has never stopped me before. Which is why I’ve embarked on a writing career. I mean, how hard can it be to come up with a sexy romance?

Leave it to me to wind up in a group of porno writing grannies who discuss sex toys and apple cobbler in the same breath. Also leave it to me to leak an outlandish plot idea to a bestselling author with the morals of a rabid squirrel. And only I could get arrested for a jewelry heist I didn’t commit—by a hunky cop whose handcuffs just might tempt me to sign up for a life of crime. Maybe I’ve found my calling after all…

The Review:

Robyn Peterman’s debut novel, How Hard Can It Be? is an outrageously funny novel that will keep you laughing out loud as Rena Gunderschlict discovers that writing a romance novel is nowhere near as easy as she thinks.

Accountant Rena Gunderschlict is looking for a career change. Her attempt to become a weather girl ended with a restraining order, a few hours in jail and a spot on the local news. When she decides to try her hand at penning a best-selling romance novel, Rena joins a romance writers group where she meets four porno writing grannies. When she discover that best-selling romance author Evangeline O’Hara has been blackmailing the octogenarians and stealing their ideas, Rena comes up an outlandish plot to derail Evageline’s career and save her new friends from her evil clutches.

How Hard Can It Be? is an over the top and absolutely hilarious story. It is absurd and unrealistic but that is what makes it such a fun read. The dialogue is witty, delightfully raunchy and rather obscene. The situations Rena manages to find herself in are totally ridiculous but hysterically funny.

Rena is a charmingly flawed heroine and she has a heart of gold. The grannies are quirky but quite loveable. Rena’s love interest, Jack, is definitely swoonworthy. He does not blink an eye at Rena’s antics and he is so sexy! Evangeline, the villain of the story, is overblown, larger than life and I could not wait to see Rena take her down. She is the type of character that everyone loves to hate.

While How Hard Can It Be? is mainly a comedy, there is also some depth to the plot. It is a wonderful story about friendship and loyalty. There is an underlying theme of acceptance as some of the characters learn to embrace all aspects of their personalities. And of course, there is also a delectably steamy romance between Rena and Jack.

How Hard Can It Be? is one of those books you read for pure entertainment value. It is a fast-paced and zany romp that is as sweet as it is funny. I enjoyed every silly moment of it and I am very much looking forward to Robyn Peterman’s next book.


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Red by Kate Kinsey

Title: Red by Kate Kinsey
Publisher: eKensington
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Erotic, BDSM
Length: 85,000 words
Book Rating: B

Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley


Truly, madly…deadly

Detective Tom Hanson has a string of grotesquely mutilated bodies on his hands and no answers—aside from the fact that the victims were members of an underground sex club catering to singular erotic tastes. Tastes the long, lean detective has sampled himself in the arms of his former lover, a fiery redhead who offered the most erotic, irresistible sex he’d ever encountered. Until the night she’d begged for the one thing he couldn’t give, and he lost her forever.

Gina Larsen is the only one who can guide Hanson through the fringe world of dark fantasy and desire that lies hidden deep beneath the Bible Belt. Lured into her lair by a quest for justice, Hanson discovers his hunger for Gina has only grown stronger and deeper…beyond the edge of control. Soon he’s shedding his last inhibitions in the search for answers, but the more she draws him into her erotic web, the less he can distinguish between passion and duty, pleasure and pain…good and evil.

85,000 Words.

The Review:

Kate Kinsey’s Red is a compelling mystery that takes the reader deep into the world of BDSM. Their investigation of a string of grisly murders takes Detective Tom Hanson and his partner John Griggs into the local BDSM community. Needing an insider’s assistance, Tom turns to his former partner and lover Gina Larsen. Forced to resign from the force following a very public sex scandal, Gina is now working as a professional Dominatrix. Despite their unresolved issues and simmering sexual attraction, Gina reluctantly teams up with Tom and John to help catch a killer.

The characters are well-developed and multi-layered. Tom has not come to terms with the guilt he harbors over his relationship with Gina. While he was eager to participate in kinky sex with Gina, there were some lines he was unable to cross. He is still struggling to accept his darker desires when he encounters Gina in the course of the investigation.

Tom’s partner, John, is unapologetically rude and outspoken. He has no filter between his brain and his mouth and he is astonishingly politically incorrect. But there are unexpected depths to character and he really grew on me. By the end of the novel, I was surprised to discover that I actually liked him.

Gina is a complex character and she embraces her sexuality. She is who she is and she refuses to apologize for her desires. She does come off as cold and unfeeling, but there is also a vulnerability to her that softens her rougher edges.

While Red is a fairly well-written novel, the first few chapters are rather confusing and disjointed as different characters are introduced. However, by about a quarter of the way in, the pieces finally fit together and everything begins to make sense. From that point forward, the story becomes so engrossing, it is virtually impossible to put down.

Based on her personal experience with BDSM, Kate Kinsey does an excellent job dispelling some common myths and misconceptions about the lifestyle. Her sex scenes are raw, gritty and intense. There are no tender emotions or declarations of love. It is sexual desire at its basest and most realistic, and realistically portrayed with emphasis placed on safe and consensual sex between willing partners. There is one scene that is borders on non-consensual, but it is integral to the plot and characters involved.

The mystery aspect of the storyline is fairly well done. Although I figured out who the killer is early on, there are a few startling twists and turns that I did not see coming. The final scene of Red is quite shocking and the reactions of the characters were very unexpected.

Kate Kinsey’s debut novel Red is a page turning thriller that I recommend to anyone who enjoys murder mysteries with a bit of an edge.


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Tucker’s Crossing by Marina Adair

Title: Tucker’s Crossing by Marina Adair
Sweet Plains, Texas
Publisher: eKensington
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Word Count: 105,000
Book Rating: C+

Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley


Sweet Plains, Texas, wasn’t so sweet to Cody, Noah, and Beau Tucker. But now the Tucker boys are men, ready to take on the questions that have haunted them since they left home. . .

Cody Tucker shook the dust of his two-bit hometown off his boots ten years ago–right about the time his college sweetheart, Shelby Lynn Harris, married his so-called best friend. But when his dad dies, Cody finds himself home again and knee deep in the past. Except now his rowdy beer buddy is the sheriff, his housekeeper is a blue-ribbon chili chef, and the family ranch is in the red. The only thing that hasn’t changed is Shelby Lynn…

Shelby Lynn has gone through a lot of heartache thanks to Cody. But that’s all over now. She just wants a chance to live the life she’s made for herself in peace. The trouble is, the Sweet Plains chili cook off is heating up, the Ladies of Sweet are as riled as hornets, and as soon as Cody gets near, she’s forgets all about peace. Cody is pure temptation–and she knows just how good it feels to give in…

The Review:

Tucker’s Crossing by Marina Adair is a sweet reunited lovers romance. Cody Tucker’s return to Sweet Plains brings him face to face with Shelby Lynn Harris, the woman who broke his heart ten years ago.

Shelby Lynn Harris and Cody Tucker have experienced more than their fair share of heartache in their lives. While both of them carry the wounds of their dysfunctional childhoods, Cody’s was the most traumatic and he keeps his emotions and life tightly under control.

Cody and Shelby Lynn’s reunion is full of unresolved issues. Past betrayals continue to be a source of friction in their present day relationship. The tension between Cody and Shelby Lynn is intense with a lack of communication and trust playing a big role in their inability to move forward. There is so much internal and external conflict, it is almost exhausting to read. Their emotions fluctuate between love and hate, often in the same scene, which makes for some confusing reading.

The secondary cast of characters is quite colorful and well drawn. Ms. Adair brings the town of Sweet Plains vividly to life. The glimpses of Cody’s brothers are quite intriguing and I am looking forward to reading their stories. Equally fascinating is the relationship between Shelby Lynn’s friend Gina and Sheriff Logan Miller and I am eager to see how their relationship plays out.

All in all, Tucker’s Crossing is an entertaining and sexy romance. It is a fabulous beginning to a promising new series and I cannot wait to see what Marina Adair has planned for the residents of Sweet Plains.


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