Sunday, 9 June 2013

Officer Off Limits by Tessa Bailey

Favourite Quote: "“I don’t feel like you’re grasping the urgency
behind my karaoke idea.”(Page 76) “Karaoke.” Jack cringed. “What a godawful
pastime." Story laughed, glad the mood had shifted back to normal. “See, right now in the light of day, I can agree with you. But last night after a few drinks, it
represented immortality.”"(Page 122). 

Notes: I received an ARC of Officer Off Limits from Tessa Bailey with the request to write an honest review on my blog and Amazon. However, I have also ordered a copy of the book (it was just that good!). 

Officer Off Limits is the third book in Tessa Bailey’s A Line of Duty series and features the sweetly naughty Story Brooks and the erotic playboy Daniel Chase. 

Now, I’ve made no secret of the fact that I am ridiculously in love with Tessa Bailey’s books. They’re sinfully erotic, extremely well paced with realistic and engaging plots and each of the characters has a voice and style of dialogue that is completely unique to each specific character. Officer off limits had all of those same wonderful qualities, but it also stands apart from the rest of the books in the series in way that really blew my mind. Daniel Chase is big, bad and very in control in a way that is so utterly delicious; it’s amazing that my computer didn’t burst into flames. However, he’s also incredibly vulnerable and achingly sweet in a way that was so organic and natural that it just about broke my heart. I guarantee that you’ll not only fall in love with Daniel for his totally badass moves in the bedroom (and other places…I won’t ruin the surprise) but also for his obviously huge and wounded heart. 

So, on with the review! Story Brooks is a kindergarten teacher from California who flies to New York to be with her father, who is in hospital after suffering from a heart attack. She’s just been dumped by her fiancé two weeks before the wedding, but she can’t seem to muster up any real feelings about the situation. Daniel Chase is a hostage negotiator in New York and is the protégée of Story’s father. They meet by chance in the hospital but sparks fly and the attraction and tension between the two of them simmers off the pages.
The plot of Officer Off Limits flows extremely well, but is much more in-depth than Tessa’s earlier books. There are a lot of key plot points that are established early on that seem inconsequential, but later, become a large part of the overarching story which was really terrific! It’s realistic and fast paced, and each of the subplots felt organic and really helped to build up the very natural flow of the book.  

The characters in Officer Off Limits are so rich, so inviting that you honestly feel like you’re in their world, experiencing the highs and lows of trying to get to know a deliciously sexy alpha male! As always, the background characters are a huge part of the story which lends realism to the plot that many other books are lacking. I absolutely adored Story’s best friend Hayden and the sisterhood solidarity in this book was AWESOME!! Each of the characters showed a depth and growth throughout the book that really enables the reader to engage with the characters. The dialogue, as always, is amazing! Tessa has a fabulous ability to create dialogue that has a cadence and style that is unique to each character, something that makes the characters so realistic it gives you Goosebumps!

And this time, I saved the best for last….the sex scenes. Holy moly guacamole!!! It’s like Tessa turned the heat up to super-max.  I recommend that you read this book in the presence of an extremely large glass of something yummy and icey. Trust me, you’ll need it. You may also want to stock up on batteries, because, well, again, you’ll need it! Tessa Bailey is known for writing dirty-talkin’ alpha males, but Daniel Chase takes that definition and blows it sky high. He’s erotic and dirty and mind-blowingly sexy and you wouldn’t think a kindergarten teacher would be a good fit for such a darkly erotic bad boy, but she gives just as good as she gets and as it turns out, has a penchant for being extremely naughty! There are scenes in this book that I will be dreaming about for years to come! But while they are very erotic, there are also elements of sweetness to them, with Daniel treating Story like her pleasure is his only reason for being…which is both goosebump- inducing and heart-melting.  Tessa Bailey has really outdone herself this time and she’s going to have to work very hard to top the yumminess that is the connection and chemistry between Daniel and Story. 

Officer Off Limits manages to be a multitude of things, achingly sweet, erotically sexy, passionately dirty and extremely well paced, and yet it’s cohesive and realistic in a way that only Tessa Bailey is able to accomplish. I’d recommend it to all and sundry and I’d be happy to shout it from the rooftops! 

Release Date: 10 June 2013
Rating: 5/5
Sex Scenes: Deeply Erotic, Playful and Sexily Naughty
Plot: Deep, Intriguing with Surprising Plot Points, Very Well Paced
Characters: Rich, Vibrant, Engaging and Hilarious
Dialogue: Authentic, Creative and Well Suited To Each Character

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Twisted (Dark Protectors) by Rebecca Zanetti


Notes: I reviewed this book for Kensington Books via NetGalley.

Twisted is a novella (book 5.5) in Rebecca Zanetti's Dark Protector Series and features Terrent Vilks and Maggie Malone.  

Now, I'm very familiar (and a little in love) with Rebecca Zanetti's work, having read her contemporary romance books Against the Wall and Under the Covers, which I'll be reviewing on my blog shortly for Brazen Entangled Publishing. But I've never read her Dark Protector series so I was a little out of my element and in the dark when I first started reading Twisted, however, key elements of the story that had obviously been established in the earlier books were recapped and explained, so it was reasonably easy to understand the world that Rebecca has created for the Dark Protector Series. Having said that, I wouldn’t recommend reading Twisted as a standalone book.

Twisted, inspite of being a novella, has extremely well-developed characters that have a great deal of depth. It's a book about longing and finding where you truly belong and Rebecca has created her characters in a way that you can feel that longing bursting from every page. Maggie longs to remember her past, to find out where she came from and where she belongs and Terrent longs for Maggie to remember him and what they had and to find a home and family. And honestly, there is something just so sexy about a big-bad alpha like Terrent craving his mate in such a raw and emotional way. Each of the characters have a unique voice, with dialogue and attitude that is as individual as their personalities are. The plot is, given that it involves werewolves and vampires, fairly realistic and the dialogue suits it perfectly. Twisted flows well and has a depth and a dyanamic edge that really sets it apart from other novellas, and definitely from other paranormal romances.

The sex scenes as incredibly sexy, very erotic and a little dirty. But they're well developed, fit extremely well within the plot and flow beautifully with the story. It's amazing that the sex scenes appear to develop and grow as the characters do, which is not something I've ever seen in a novella. Rebecca Zanetti has created a unique, sexy masterpiece and that definitely makes me want to read the entirety of the series!

Release Date: 28 May 2013
Sex Scenes: Sexy, Dirty and Natural
Plot: Well Paced, Intriguing and Very Well Developed for a Novella
Characters: Realistic, Deep and Interesting
Dialogue: Funny and Unique to Each Character

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Playing the Part by Robin Covington

 Playing the Part

Favourite Quote: “I’m scared,” she whispered. “I know. That just means it’s something worth taking a chance on.” He nudged her with his elbow. “The best stuff always is."

Notes: I recieved an Advanced Reader Copy of Playing the Part from Entangled Publishing under the condition that I give a completely honest review of the book on my blog and Amazon.

Playing the Part by Robin Covington features recovering-from-heartbreak romance author Piper James and sexy-as-sin playboy actor Mick Blackwell.

Having not read any of Robin Covington's previous books, I came into reading Playing the Part completely fresh and free from expectations. But after reading it, I can guarantee that I'll be picking up all of her books as soon as I can get my greedy little hands on them! It was playful, erotic and sweet and managed to touch on some pretty nasty stuff in a way that came across as organic and real. 

The premise of the book is that Mick Blackwell is staring in the film adaptation of Piper James's romance book. Mick is struggling with convincingly showing the camera he's in love, and Piper is brought in to help him connect with the male lead character in the book.  There was a lot going on with the plot, and quite a few twists and turns that made it engaging and entertaining and I loved reading a romance book about a romance author! There was one particular plot twist that was so realistic, I could feel the tension, the pain of the characters coming off the pages. It almost took my breath away it was so visceral! And I LOVED the realistic and natural way the characters dealt with the issues that were being thrown at them. It made you want to cheer for them at the end of every page! 

The thing I loved most about this book was the characters. Each one of them was so vibrant and engaging, it was like you could really feel what they were feeling as you read along. Even the supporting characters were great, particularly Piper's best friend Chris. The love between them was very clear and it practically jumped off the page! Piper had experienced so much pain in the short time before the book was set, and yet she was strong, knew exactly what she wanted and didn't let that fear keep her down. Mick was clearly a product of his past, having grown up with an actor father who played the field as much as he could, he passed those same lessons onto his son, but he was so sweet to Piper and it was clear how much he wanted to look after. The characters develop throughout the book in a way that is really beautiful to see, but was done in a completely cheese-free way. The dialogue was playful and sexy and had a huge dose of humour but was still very appropriate for the more serious plot scenes.

Now, I don't want to ruin the surprise, but there was a specific sex scene that well...I haven't seen a scene like that in a contemporary, mainstream romance book before! It was done in an extremely classy way and managaged to be sexy, and hot and very, very intimate rather than cheap or cringe-worthy. Actually, all the sex scenes managed to have a whole lot of naughtiness mixed with class and playfullness, which can be a difficult thing to achieve when you write fairly raw and erotic scenes.

My only real complaint about the book was that  we didn't get to find out more about the mysterious Lincoln, Mick's best friend! 

Overall the book was fantastic,  the ending took my breath away and the growth of the characters was organic and really entertaining to read. It was very well paced with great dialogue and even better sex scenes!

Release Date: 10 June 2013
Rating: 4.5/5
Sex Scenes: Playful, Erotic and Classy
Plot: Fun, Engaging, with Some Interesting Twists
Characters: Sweet, Strong and Entertaining
Dialogue: Hillarious and a Little Naughty