BRUSH STROKES by Dee Carney

BRUSH STROKES by Dee Carney

Description: Tanya, a blocked artist, turns to her hot model, Joe, to help unlock her painting — and perhaps  her heart. The Good: I really got a kick out of reading about an artist as the main female character, and their first encounter was very hot. There was also an instance of sophisticated juxtaposition, when a literal fire raged as the H/H argued. Love the cover! The Bad: I was left with a few unanswered questions, most of which concerned Joe, the thinly drawn beta hero, who never did manage to reach three-dimensional status.There were also lots of unnecessary details, which made for chunks of clumsy exposition. The Naughty: Steamy. Hand job.  Editing issues: One incident of head hopping. Awkward grammar in places. Weird word choices. Publisher: Black...

DON’T CALL HER ANGEL by Cara McKenna

DON’T CALL HER ANGEL by Cara McKenna

Description: Emily, a sweet Georgia blond, and her husband, Rasul, a hard Middle Eastern man, have created a mutually-beneficial, Dom/sub marriage for themselves. Will inviting another man into their bedroom disrupt or further fuel their passion? The Good: This is a really, really, really unusual read. It’s not quite BDSM, but not in any way your run-of-the-mill romance. The narrative is more slice-of-life than straight-forward, and in many ways this story feels more like a character study, with the author digging deeper and deeper into the three people at its center. The sex is written incredibly hot, and I have never read a couple quite like this. I love that they’re both in direct conflict with the way they were raised. If you’re looking for...

HELLRAISER by Kelly Wallace

HELLRAISER by Kelly Wallace

Anybody else sick of me talking about me? Good! Then let’s delve back into these reviews, which I really missed posting in the run up to getting my new book, HER RUSSIAN BILLIONAIRE up and at ’em over at Amazon. First up this week, HELLRAISER by Kelly Wallace. Description: When bitter and cynical recent divorcé, Dr. Zach Taylor, agrees to buy into a practice in Baltimore sight unseen, he’s expecting an elderly white partner, tending to adult patients. But what he finds is Dr. Sam Winslow, a kooky-but-really-sexy black woman, who dresses up in costumes to tend to her pediatric patients. Can opposites this extreme attract? Oh yes, they can! The Good: Well, Sam is a total pip and very hard not to adore. I also really liked that the hero was serious...

ROCK STAR by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

ROCK STAR by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

Description: When Bryan Spencer, the lead singer of Storm Crow, moves to a small southern town to recover from his best friend’s death, he meets Callie Lawson, a bookstore owner who helps him to heal. But can their small town romance survive within the world of his big time career? The Good: The story is very compelling, and it was so nice to read an IR romance with a hero that leaned beta. Not every author can pull a beta off, but Holcomb does it well, and crafts a very attractive hero in Bryan Spencer. It was also refreshing to see two characters bond over a mutual love of reading. On a setting note, ROCK STAR has really great local flavoring.  And, on a crafting note, if you’re going make the controversial decision to head hop, look at ROCK STAR....