I recently saw a weekly event over at Write Note Reviews that I really like. It’s called Sunday Shout Out and the basic premise is: Is there ever such a thing as too many books? I don’t think there are too many books to read, but there can definitely be too many to review. Sunday Shout-Out aims to acknowledge these books. (You can read the full description here).
I too find it difficult to write a review for every book I read…even when I love it, so I’ll be featuring 2 or 3 books a week…at least til I get caught up…if I ever get caught up 🙂
Up first is Unwound by Lorelei James.
Publisher: Penguin (NAL)
This is book 2 in the Mastered series, and I loved it as much as if not more than the first one (you can read my review of Bound here). Ronin Black is a book boyfriend you won’t want to miss out on. I loved everything about this book and the way it’s written. The story is different and fascinating, and it earns a huge recommendation with a 5 rating.
When sensei Ronin Black first encounters Amery Hardwick, the fire in her eyes ignites a sexual spark a thousand times better than the primal rush he used to get from mixed martial arts matches. She accepts his darker edges and admits to him that her desires aren’t as wholesome as he believed. And before long Ronin is grappling with emotions he’s never felt before
Yet despite demanding Amery bare her body and soul to him, Ronin holds a part of himself back. When she learns Ronin’s secret and walks out, his life begins to unravel. To regain her trust he must let go of his pride and prove to her that it’s more than passion binding them together. But after their private pleasures are made public, Ronin is unsure if he’s the right man for Amery. Can they face the consequences together? Or will their differences rip them apart?
Next up is The Valentine’s Arrangement by Kelsie Leverich
Publisher: Penguin (Intermix)
This is a good, fast paced read with lots of heat. I loved that the heroine, Ronnie, is a feisty tattoo artist who just might be the perfect match for Kale Emerson…neither of them is looking for a long term relationship. It’s a book I enjoyed a great deal and give it a recommendation with a 4 rating. O…and you don’t need to wait til next V-day to read it 😉
Tattoo artist Ronnie Clark is counting the days until Valentine’s Day is over. Ronnie doesn’t do romance. She doesn’t do flowers or dates, and she sure as hell doesn’t do love—not anymore. Love leads to heartbreak, and she’s vowed never to let herself get hurt again.
Sergeant First Class Kale Emerson is home on his mid-tour leave from Iraq, but he only has one thing on his mind—returning to his soldiers to finish leading their mission. He’s dedicated to his men and to his country, and he’s not interested in getting wrapped up in a distracting relationship…but casual sex, that’s a different story. From the moment he sees Ronnie, he wants her. And he agrees to her terms—no romance, no fluff—just passion.
But as their sexual chemistry ignites, the lines of their arrangement get blurry, and Ronnie starts to push Kale away. And when Kale realizes he’s found his match in this razor-tongued, gorgeous woman who is hell bent against love, winning her heart could be the toughest battle he has ever fought.