AMBER’S FANTASY by Pepper Anthony

AMBER’S FANTASY by Pepper Anthony

Description: When the otherwise practical, executive assistant, Amber gets caught with a stash of menage a trois novels by her company’s IT guy, Ray, she’s more than a little embarrassed. However, Ray’s intrigued and more importantly, wondering if he and his cousin, Carl, can make her fantasy come true. But how to get around their company’s pesky no-dating policy? The Good: This is a cute little love story with some nice will they or won’t they suspense. Perfect amount of story for the length. Ms. Anthony doesn’t go too big or leave her readers wanting more. Also, love that it’s set in Portland. The Bad: Amber’s bestie was a bit convenient, and Carl’s character was too intriguing to be given so little page...

TO HOLD AND TO LOVE and TO HOLD AND TO HEAL by Naomi Lecroy

TO HOLD AND TO LOVE and TO HOLD AND TO HEAL by Naomi Lecroy

  Description: TO HOLD AND TO HEAL: Nice is at her wit’s end, struggling to keep her alcoholic father’s bar and grill open after the death of her brother, dealing with flaky employees, and just about working herself to death. She more than needs some sexual diversion, so when a sexy vet with a limp offers her a one night stand, she takes him up on it–only to have him walk through the bar’s door the next day. As it turns out, he was one of her dead brother’s best friend’s. He promised her brother he’d take care of her, and he’s not going home until he does. TO HOLD AND TO LOVE: When Alyssa starts writing a Navy Seal in a pen pal program, she has no idea that their letters back and forth will eventually ignite sparks...

WHATEVER HE WANTS by Eve Vaughn

WHATEVER HE WANTS by Eve Vaughn

Description: When the shy, sensitive, and damaged artist, Noelle Greene, collides with the handsome, commanding, and also-damaged alpha male, James Rothschild, sparks fly, but dignity gets destroyed. The Good: What an intense novel and what a crazy and tumultuous relationship. I ripped through this book and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. It was like reading a paso doble. As someone with natural hair and anxiety issues, who ended up in a different field than what I studied in college, the character of Noelle and her journey to self-realization really resonated with me. But this also made reading this novel a little upsetting. Noelle reminded me so much of myself, that I had a very visceral reaction to her — I don’t think I’ve ever...

THEY SAY LOVE IS BLIND by Pepper Pace

THEY SAY LOVE IS BLIND by Pepper Pace

Description: When plus-sized Tory meets blind Floresian hottie, Lee, on the bus, she has no idea that she’s in for the romance of a lifetime. The Good: Ms. Pace has created yet another compelling couple in Lee and Tory. Loved the details of Lee’s day-to-day life as a blind man, and especially loved learning about Flores, an island country I had never heard of before reading this book. I appreciated that they were both insecure about things the other didn’t mind, size for Tory, sight for Lee. Lee is an excellent hero, and his big family really makes this lovable story shine. The Bad: The main characters fall in love very quickly, which rings false, considering how insecure they are. Also, the story treads water for a bit in the middle. The...

SHIRA by Tressie Lockwood

SHIRA by Tressie Lockwood

Description: Shira narrowly escapes an abusive relationship, only to find herself in the lair of much more dangerous, not to mention grumpy, predator — a leopard shifter named Max. But could this strange relationship eventually turn into love? The Good: I respected Shira’s desire to get out of her abusive relationship, and cheered for her to do so. Also, I liked that she had an even better relationship with Max’s leopard than the hero himself. The Bad: Great obstacles are set up, only to be somewhat clumsily surmounted. Max’s initial resistance to a relationship with Shira is overcome with an unexplained change of heart, and the final showdown with the main villain is a little too neat. The Naughty: Erotic.  Editing issues: Minor...

WORTH THE PRICE (Hart’s Fall, Montana) by Delilah Hunt

WORTH THE PRICE (Hart’s Fall, Montana) by Delilah Hunt

Description: With her father facing possible bankruptcy, Danika turns to his worst enemy, Brandon Sharpe, for help. Brandon agrees to help her, but under one condition. She must become his wife! The Good: I love, love, love, blackmail marriage stories, and I love Ms. Hunt’s writing, so this was a good combination for me. I’m also a sucker for a hero who isn’t traditionally handsome. Brandon is not only tortured and vulnerable, he also has both emotional and physical scars. Sexy! Sexy! Also, there’s a very intriguing B story with Danika’s best friend that will definitely bring me back for the next installment of the Hart’s Fall, Montana series. The Bad: The story starts off strong, but falters when Ms. Hunt runs into a rather...

LAID BEAR by Eve Vaughn

LAID BEAR by Eve Vaughn

Description: After a near-fatal collision, Zora Calloway wakes up in the cabin of three sexy bear-shifter cousins determined to claim her as their mate. Goldilocks and the three bears, indeed! The Good: This is a really sexy take on a beloved fairytale. Ms. Vaughn is a master of old-school erotic romance structure, and the sex really drives the story. But she also gives us a really interesting and well-executed mystery — it provides just the right amount of plot. I also loved that the level-headed, somewhat beta bear was in charge, and this word pairing: “awesomely serious.” The Bad: The relationship-building gets a little lost in the fray of thick sexual tension during the first half of the book. And Heath and Logan often read as alike, as...

HOT FOR TEACHER by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

HOT FOR TEACHER by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

Description: When Caja “a sex ’em and leave ’em” sort of woman meets Michael, a ridiculously hot Samoan teacher, she discovers the “leave ’em” part might not be that easy with this one. The Good: I loved that Caja was a really different kind of heroine. She’s the one who wants a jump-off. She’s also a former gymnast and has overcome an eating disorder. I loved this take on the romcom staple of uptight woman meets her match in laid back guy. Michael is a very sexy hero (Yay, Polynesian guy with tats!) and more importantly, a very good and level-headed match for Caja. He handles her issues well, and by the end of the book, they just make sense as a couple. I also loved the small Georgia town setting and flavor,...