Book Review: A SEAL’s Temptation

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Author: Tawny Weber

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 4 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

Lark Sommers’s dry spell is officially a sex-starved desert. Since taking over her mom’s quirky coffee shop in Nowhere, Idaho—putting her own career on permanent hold—Lark’s been, well, miserable. But her friends have a plan…one that starts with a superhot guy with a rockin’ hard bod.

US Navy SEAL Shane O’Brian has no clue he’s being set up. All he knows is that Lark does incredible things to his libido. Still, Shane can’t quite bring himself to tell her what he does for a living. After all, their risqué business is temporary—no strings, no falling in love. Especially when there’s no way this SEAL would ever be tempted into anything more than a sexy little fling…

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I realize that formulaic romance isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Personally, I think there’s something to be said for picking up an easy romantic read and enjoy over a relatively short period of time. Sure, more complex romances are great—but sometimes your brain just needs a break, and when those times happen, I have no qualms about picking up a sure-read romance like A SEAL’s Temptation by Tawny Weber.

Technically speaking, the writing was pretty spot-on. It was fast paced, well structured, and easy to sink into. There were a few relatively innocuous typos, but nothing that pulled me out of the story—and seeing as my copy was an ARC—I’m not going to complain about it too loudly. Having 2 or 3 typos in a full-length novel is fantastic compared to a lot of the editing I’ve seen.

As far as the plot and characters went, it wasn’t anything genre breaking. It was a formulaic romance where two people who weren’t really looking for love found it anyway. Lark was adorably artsy, and Shane was charming and sexy…. and at times a little naïve about love. Together, they made a really sweet, sexy couple that I was happy to while the hours away with. There was a lot of steam to this story—a welcome change to my reading lately, but without the raunchiness that sometimes associates some romance novels.

Overall I enjoyed it. It was nice to spend an afternoon sinking into a story without having to think too hard about the plot or the editing. Did it wow me and break the genre? No… but I enjoyed it, and I’m glad I read it. If you’re looking for a tidbit of juicy romance to enjoy over the weekend or a sunny afternoon, you wouldn’t go wrong to pick this up.

Weekend Wrap-Up #9

What I Read

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Oh man, I can’t believe I missed two weekend wrap-ups… okay maybe I can. Here’s the thing: I read no books for two weeks, and I didn’t have any updates. There came a point where I was so ahead of schedule with my reading, that I had to stop and just mess around for two weeks. I’m still ahead of my reading by two weeks, even after slacking off. Yah, it was that bad.

The first of the three books I read in the last week or two was The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan. I picked this up in a GoodReads Giveaway, and decided to finally get around to reading it. The book was a Fantasy/Dystopian/Literary work, and it was an interesting book, but very slow paced. I liked it, but I can’t honestly say that I’d ever read it again. The book was a little too literary for my liking, and a little too unclear on the plot.

The second book I picked up was yet another GoodReads Giveaway book, this time a contemporary romance. The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter was amazing. It was rather long for it’s genre, but honestly, I’m glad. It was nice to sink into a bit of a longer romance for once, and it was really well written.

The third book I picked up, yet again another GoodReads Giveaway book, was Discovering April by Sheena Hutchinson. The book was a New Adult Contemporary Romance… and eh… it was okay. The writing and characters were a bit of a mess, but I didn’t hate it.

(obviously, I was trying to work my way through my Goodreads Giveaway shelf this week.) All of these will have reviews up in the very near future:

  • July 6 – The Gracekeepers
  • July 8 – The Hotter You Burn
  • July 13 – Discovering April

What Was Posted

What I Did

2015-06-24_00001So what did I do this week? Mostly, ran around in ARK: Survival Evolved a lot—and I do mean A LOT. This was sort of a strange week. My husband was out of town for work, school’s out for my daughter, and I was on a book ban for a few weeks so that my reviewing schedule could catch back up with me.

ARK is definitely my new favorite early-access survival MMO. It’s really fun, full of dinosaurs, and it gives me a chance to play games with my twin sister, Jamie, who lives in a different state than I do.

Other than playing games, I spent the last few weeks suffering from allergies, cleaning my house, and last, and more importantly, I updated my blog.

I finally set up my Copy Editing / Proofreading information so that hopefully I can get some brave indie authors to give me a shot as their editor. I’ve spent the last few years studying up on grammar and copy editing/proofreading, and I finally feel comfortable enough to open myself up to some freelance work. I’m new to the business, and I know it’s probably going to be awhile before I work up a base of clients, but I’m excited to get started. Editing has been a field I’ve always had an affinity for, and the extra income would certainly help my household.

Next Week

Let’s be truthful here… next week will be basically the same as this week. I have some reading I’d like to do, but otherwise, things are the same. My husband is once again out of town for work (and will be for the next two weeks), so I’m pretty much on my own and without a car. There will probably be a lot of ARK playing, cleaning, reading, and just waiting for the week to end. Man, summers always seem to drag on forever!

Book Review: Bite Me

 

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Title: Bite Me [Pride 9]

Author: Shelly Laurenston

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Humor

Rating: 5 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

Livy Kowalski has no time for idiots. When you shapeshift into a honey badger, getting through life’s irritants is a finely honed skill. Until she gets stuck housing her nutso cousin and dealing with her dad’s untimely and unexplained demise.

That’s where Vic Barinov comes in—or his house does. Vic can’t step outside without coming back to find Livy devouring his honey stash and getting the TV remote sticky. It gets his animal instincts all riled up. But he’ll have to woo her at high speed: all hell is breaking loose, and Livy is leading the charge…

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

I received this book directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I did not expect what I got out of this book. I love paranormal romances, so when I saw Bite Me by Shelly Laurenston floating around NetGalley, I immediately requested to give a review. I was expecting your typical shifter-romance with a brooding, animalistic hero, and a very overwhelmed heroine. that’s how these things normally go. I haven’t read any of the previous books of this series, or other books by this author, and I didn’t read the synopsis—and I’m glad I didn’t. Bite Me was not like the other paranormal romance books I’ve read, but it didn’t take me long to realize how much I was going to enjoy it.

The book was written in snarky tongue-in-cheek humor throughout, and I outright laughed more times than I didn’t. The Characters were vibrant and exaggerated personas of their animal counterparts, and it didn’t take me long to fall in love with all of them—especially the main characters, Livy and Vic. Honey Badgers are not a species of shifters you see in a lot of paranormal romances—in fact, this was my first time experiencing them—but they quickly became my favorite of all the shifters. Getting to know the outrageously strange Livy (who sleeps naked in other people’s cupboards and hoards honey) was like watching the most entertaining drama-filled reality show ever imagined. Her family was a train wreck of absurdity that made me grin from ear to ear. I adored these characters in a way I don’t think I have in almost any other book.

Livy may be the most entertaining female lead in a book I’ve ever read. She was rude, violent, uncaring, sometimes even downright blood-thirsty, but it was balanced out with a strange naiveté about polite society that almost gave her an edge of innocence (but please don’t tell her I said that, I like my eyeballs in my head, thank you). I adore Livy and all her strange quirks. Unlike most heroine’s, she was balanced in a way that didn’t make me question her intelligence or even her morals (and let’s be honest, she doesn’t have many of those). I believed her as a character without question.

Vic on the other hand, was a bit of a strange character for me. I’m used to strong, broody males in books like this, and that doesn’t quite describe the tiger/bear hybrid. He was essentially a very big teddy bear most of the time… if teddy bears had prehensile tails and could throw cars. He was strong when he needed to be, but the rest of the time he was laid back and soft—which may have been what made him a perfect match for Livy. Other times, he was just as violent and overbearing as his little Honey-Badger girlfriend, and at those times, she was downright giggly. Their dynamics were fantastic, and though I normally like my hero’s to be a little more broody and a little less cuddly, I think in this instance, I have to concede the point to Ms. Laurenston. I can’t imagine this couple any other way.

I will admit, there came a point when I stopped being able to remember character’s names and species. There were a lot of characters. For instance, I can’t name a single one of the Jackals, wolves, or various cats… but the Honey Badgers and Bears? Totally on my speed-dial. unfortunately, that’s a side effect of having a thrilling plot like this one where characters were running around all over the world in different groups. I don’t know that I’d say there was an abundance of unneeded characters, but there were certainly more than I’m used to dealing with.

The plot itself was an action-packed thrill ride complete with a shifter mafia, hockey teams, crime rings, art dealers, and poachers that didn’t let up until the end (and let’s not forget the steamy sex scenes!).  The writing was clean and engaging, and sucked me in from the very first paragraph until the last. If I had one complaint –at all- about this book, it’s that it ended too soon. I would have happily wiled away a few more hours with Livy and Vic (and the rest of Livy’s family, let’s be honest. I love those honey badgers!) But alas, every book must end.

I sincerely loved this book. I can’t think of a single scene that didn’t have me laughing or at least grinning (my favorite will always be when Vic found Livy in his cupboard the first time). Honestly, it’s one of the best reads I’ve had in a long time, and I’ll definitely be looking out for more from this author. Would I read this again? Hell yes. Would I recommend it to others? Any day of the week. Bite Me was a humorous romp, and I enjoyed every second of it.

Free Fiction Friday #9

Hello and welcome to Free Fiction Friday #9! Every Friday I post 10 e-books that are 100% free (and 4+ stars) to download from Amazon (usually revolving around a single theme) for you to enjoy over your weekend. This week, we’ll be looking at Historical Romance! Enjoy, and I hope you have a great weekend!

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In The Mail #9

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Today in the mail I received my copy of Broken Illusions [Midnight Dragonfly 2] by Ellie James, which I won in a Goodreads Giveaway over a month ago (man it took awhile to get here!) The awesome part was though that It was signed by Ellie James herself! It also came with a signed bookmark, and a signed insert for Shattered Dreams – the first book in the series. So cool! Ellies James has really pretty handwriting :3