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...

SURRENDERING TO SUMMER by Kortny Alexander

SURRENDERING TO SUMMER by Kortny Alexander

Description: When Summer Showers moves to Whispering Mountain for a new job, she takes an offer to stay with her cousins-in-law Dillon, Denver, and Dalton Durden until the remodels on her house are done. Cue the menage¬†quarto! The Good: Summer is an enthusiastic partner, and the sex scenes are scorching hot with tons of variations. Also, I really loved Summer’s job. She’s a landscape engineer — how cool! The Bad: This book is basically a bunch of good ideas with no craft whatsoever. I can see the author’s raw talent trying to claw its way up, but it’s buried under poor writing (telling not showing, stilted language, weak character motivation, head hopping) and underdeveloped characters. Ms. Alexander has an innate sense of structure,...