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...

THE NAUGHTY SINS OF A SAINT by Tiana Laveen

THE NAUGHTY SINS OF A SAINT by Tiana Laveen

Description: When Saint, a dynamic, Egyptian-Asian motivational speaker meets Xenia, a popular radio show host, it’s chemistry at first sight. But can this couple clear a whole bunch of hurdles, including their often clashing strong wills, Saint’s mystical roots, Xenia’s disapproving family, and Saint’s many enemies? The Dilemma: I’m at a lost as to how to give this novel a proper review, and I don’t even know how I’d figure out how to give it any kind of letter grade. It’s an epic, polarizing book, and it has many qualities that people will either love or hate. For example… Saint: Saint is a fascinating hero, an engaging speaker who keeps it real and speaks his mind. Even if you don’t agree with what he...

THE CONTRACT by Zena Wynn

THE CONTRACT by Zena Wynn

Description: Cecily marries Billy, but is forced by his company to also take Billy’s brother Renardo as a husband and lover after Renardo’s wife dies. Drama. The Good: Ms. Wynn takes a complex situation and makes it surprisingly simple and extremely hot. The reader feels for her main character, who really put in a tug-of-war situation. Though the drama is plentiful it also feels organic and earned. Also, I loved that the main characters are working class. And Ms. Wynn’s world building is so seamless, I kept forgetting that this was technically a sci-fi romance. She never let the world building overshadow the story. The Bad: The emotional arc is well-plotted and earned, but it doesn’t necessarily feel like the sexual arc is fully resolved....

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...

THE PRICE OF PASSION by Stephanie Morris

THE PRICE OF PASSION by Stephanie Morris

Description: After one heated night of passion, Kaden and Sierra (who thought she was infertile) discover that they have a a very special Christmas package on the way. Can they overcome their baggage and give each other the love they’ve always longed for? The Good: This was such a sweet, sweet story. It’s always a tremendous treat to watch two nice, but extremely guarded people fall in love. Kaden is a gem of a hero and exceedingly easy to love. My heart was with him from page one. He’s written with great physicality and really gets in Sierra’s space. I loved that he saw his part in his divorce with his first wife — that’s so rare in romance novels. And I also loved that he and Sierra really communicated. There are so many...

PRICELESS by Lena Matthews

PRICELESS by Lena Matthews

Description: While poor newlyweds, Nia and Eric spend their first Christmas together in the cold city where he’s doing his residency, they heat up the winter nights with love and passion. The Good: Ms. Matthews does a wonderful job of making married sex very hot. She sets up great situations for the couple, and the love scenes are very well-executed. Nia is lovely and sweet and easy to root for. I was also a big fan of Eric’s best work friend, Dominic, and Lena’s best work friend, Julia. Can’t wait to read their BW/AM story. Last but not least, this story was a great length for the price. The Bad: The “Gift of the Magi” plot itself doesn’t really kick in for several chapters, so there’s not much but sex and banter...

HAPPILY EVEN AFTER by Lena Matthews

HAPPILY EVEN AFTER by Lena Matthews

Description: Two kids and one divorce later, Creigh finds herself pregnant once again from a one night stand. As it turns out, her ex-husband, Dean, just might be her knight in shining armor. The Good: I’m a sucker for situations I’ve never seen before, and I’ve never come across an IR romance in which the heroine is divorced, pregnant with another man’s baby, and falling back in love with her ex-husband. I weirdly loved all the pregnant hanky panky, and also liked that Matthews highlighted the romance of really knowing each other. In this book, familiarity breeds really hot sex. The Bad: These two fight a lot and it gets plenty petty on both sides. Watching another couple fight isn’t fun in real life, and it got to be a bit much at...