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Passion Shields Series, Kiru Taye (Review)

Passion Shields Series, Kiru Taye

Bookswagger Marcia: Four Crowns, good read, on the way to swagger. This was an interesting series, one reason I enjoy Taye is she provides another perspective, a different cultural view while still dishing the romance. This series packed some serious bedroom heat, I was surprised ( I never knew she got down like that). The dominant/submissive elements were an added bonus and I loved how she approached it. This was for the bedroom only, Ben or Benjamin when he is in dom mode knew he married a strong woman in Selina so he did not try that 24/7 ish with her.  The connection between Selina and Ben was so hot and that is what kept me in the series, that and the family drama. I mean this is romance, we need that conflict and a man that goes toe to toe for his girl is hot!

I do have to admit the start of the series was a little jarring, so much so I had to look it up to make sure I was reading book one. Ben and Selina had all this history and I felt like I joined the party late, but after that first XXX scene, I knew I was sticking around. So give at least book one a try, you will want to read on.

Straight to the Swagger: The bed is on fire, with these two hitting the sheets! Conflict and watching a man go hard for his woman (so hot),plus a chance to peak into another culture.

 

Description Provided: This is a multi-part series following the exploits of the sexy men and women of the Moss Star Security firm owned by Benjamin Moss and Christopher Star. We meet the lovers they possess, the clients they protect and travel internationally from London to Freetown, from Johannesburg to Los Angeles in sexy stories packed with sizzling secrets and thrilling suspense.

Contains: XXX situations, strong language and some violence.

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The Sweetest Taboo, Harper Miller (IR/MC/BDSM Romance Review)

Sweetest Taboo Harper MillerThe Sweetest Taboo: An Unconventional Romance, Harper Miller

Micah Foster is submissive, she knows what she wants and it is a dominant man. Now finding that man…

Dom Rick Thomas meets Micah at Spanxx the local fetish club but before he can get to know her as a Dom he is in doctor mode helping her through dire circumstances in the real world, beyond the anonymity of Spanxxx.

Micah thought she did not want to get to know Dom Rick Thomas better, but Dr. Thomas proved to be the Dom she needed to make her want a serious relationship.

These two deal with real issues while coming to terms with what they want and need from each other.

Bookswagger Marcia: Four Crowns, good read, on the way to swagger. Okay, I like Micha, she was not damaged, raised by two sane parents who we got to meet. I mean if I had to read another BDSM book where the heroine has turned to bdsm because of some childhood or teen dating drama. Dag I know we need black moments in these reads but let’s dig a little deeper. So I was like OMG she is AA, has herself together this is going to be good and it was. The relationship was intimate, very little club scening most of the xxx scenes took place in the bedroom or home playroom. Micah and Rick relationship progressed how I would expect one of my good, good girlfriends relationships to progress, if she were oh so lucky, as to meet a hot dominating doctor but I doubt they grow on trees, at least not in North Carolina.

Now a few things were a little jarring like the summer of 2009, beginning flash back and the heroine referring to herself in lowercase i. I get the “i”, I have seen it before in bdsm books, the sub refers to herself in lowercase and the 2009 stuff really was not necessary, just read on you will get to the good stuff it was just a few pages.

Straight to the Swagger: It is so hard to find a heroine with all of her right mind, you will find it in this read. The Sweetest Taboo is all about a couple getting to know each other and hot XXX.

 

Broken Open, Lauren Dane (IR/MC Review)

Broken OpenBroken Open, (The Hurley Brothers, 2) Lauren Dane

This is one of those stories that reads so realistic (If you run in the circles of rock star ranchers that is) you just fall in love with the hero, heroine, their friends and families. You want to believe people like this exists balancing out those *holes you run into, hopefully not on a daily basis. Erza is a strong alpha male who thrives on being the go to guy, captain save’em and a lil freaky dominant between the sheets he was a perfect match for the confident Tuesday.

Tuesday a widow had some realistic struggles to live with, dealing with falling in love with a man after losing who she thought was the only love of her life (the book starts several years later). Erza also has some issues he is dealing with. He is having issues accepting the love he feels for Tuesday which feels to much like an addiction to him, something he has struggled with and overcome.

Bookswagger Marcia: Five Crowns, major swagger a must read. Erza and Tuesday are a hot grown couple, they both have things that make them an ideal match and able to understand each other, but their past issues make for good reading. What is a romance without some conflict? Erza has massive commitment he just does not want to be that guy he was, that guy who was a threat to his family because of drugs. Even though he knows Tuesday is the woman he wants ( I know over the top right!) but it is well done, I promise, you can hold me to it. We get to see the two deal with each other lifestyles, families, baggage all the things you would in a normal relationship but this is a romance so it is a little more over the top and fun.

Straight to the Swagger: If you have ever wanted to try a rock star, rancher, IR romance with a little BDSM

My neighborhood has a Little Library

My neighborhood has a Little Library

If you do not know what a little library is, it is like a over large bird house, they can come in some pretty adorable aCaelan at the Little Librarynd funky designs, it just depends on your hood. Well I was on my way to the grocery store and I noticed one in my hood. Excited party of one, now came the dilemma of deciding what book or two to add. I mean I could not be selfish and turn my whole hood into romance fiends…Right?

The whole concept of the Little Library is to add a book for others to read and then you can take a book, the good ole honor system. I had to explain that to my nephew last night, but only twice. You see he wanted to take a book but I brought two so we were covered. In all fairness he was along for the ride he did not understand it until he saw it.

The two books I added to the collection.

A Personal Matter, Karyn LanghorneOne A Personal Matter by Karyn Langhorne. I enjoyed this book it is a reread for me even though it is only told from the heroine’s point of view, but I really feel it will fit the neighborhood, which is a mix of college students, middle to lower income, elderly and very ethnic. (Check out my review).

I also added a newer book Tangled (Tangled, 1) by  Emma Chase. I have not read it but it is really hot right now and I see some good reviews on it. It is very shiny, and sometimes covers attract readers and I want to attract readers to the Little Library!

Do you have a Little Library in your hood? What book would you add? I wrote a little note to include in A Personal Matter, I just wanted the person to know why I chose the book and why I love reading, I want a book pen pal!

His Woman, Sam Crescent (MC/IR Review)

his-womanHis Woman, Sam Crescent

Drake cannot understand why Rachel ignores, avoids and all out runs from him. Women find him attractive yet Rachel goes out of her way to be polite but distant.

Rachel finds Drake to be more than she can handle. After a relationship gone wrong in the city, she has resigned herself to a single life living with her father on her family’s ranch in Crest Hill.

Drake knows what he wants, he has never been shy about it and will not let Rachel’s fear or her overprotective fathers shotgun stop him from claiming the woman he knows is meant to be his.

Bookswagger Marcia: Three Crowns, swagger jacked, decent read. This was a cute read, I found it interesting how the author weaved in Rachel’s parents romantic history. Her father is white and her mother was AA and it was unheard of in their time, especially in the small community they reside in. Rachel and Drakes romance moved pretty darn fast. They knew of each, a product of growing up in the same small town and we are definitely getting the vibe Drake is ready to do what he has to do to make Rachel his after she avoids him for the second time. He is willing to go slow since she is the big V…Yes, I know annoying to some readers in romance land.

Straight to the Swagger: It was alright. The heroine was extremely innocent. Did not know her own beauty and you hear about her overprotective father and his shotgun a lot…So here is another read that can be used for the reading drinking game. Every time you read shotgun. Throw one back for Bookswagger!

Falling, Kassanna (Review Multicultural/IR Romance)

fallingFalling, Kassanna

Some may think Whit is a sucker in fact she knows they do but she cannot let an innocent baby be placed in child protective services. A product of foster care herself she knows the type or lack of safety some of the foster homes provide. She steps up to take care of her friends baby, a baby she helped welcome into the world and already love as her own, not knowing he comes with a father attached to a hate group.

Bobby Jack has only one thought when he is released from prison. Not strengthening his hate group ties but finding his son and the mother of his child. He is not prepared to find his child being taking care of by a black woman. A woman belonging to a group he has always professed to hate and has the tats to prove it.

The two bond over their love for one baby and find they have more in common than they thought, starting with their desire for one another.

Bookswagger Marcia: Three Crowns, swagger jacked, decent read. This was a different read for me. I was not bothered by the language or the hate speech, the author did warn us and you hear worse in an episode of SVU. The author touched on some touchy subjects. The one line that stuck with me is things have gotten worse since President Obama was elected ( I paraphrased), to be frank I have heard that before.

I felt like I was reading about the experience of two separate people who were searching for a way to survive the ordeals of everyday life. Two people who eventually connected and found they liked facing those ordeals together. The romance almost took a back seat, to me when they were actually getting together and building their relationship the book ended with the two talking on the phone. Either there is going to be a book two or this ending left a lot to be desired.

Straight to the Swagger: Read for the experience, seeing two people from different backgrounds coming together. If you are reading for the romance alone you will probably be a little disappointed. But if there is a book two I am in!