BRILLIANT! This is now on my list of all-time favorite books. Steamy, passionate, tender and moving, Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan have collaborated to create a truly outstanding book. I stayed up late and woke up early just so I could keep reading. This is not your garden variety anthology; the two stories are expertly connected and interwoven. The sex scenes are very graphic (which I love), so readers should keep that in mind. This is definitely a must read.
*I won a free ARC of this through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program*This would be a great read for anyone who enjoys futuristic sci-fi romance and lots of action. I had a hard time getting into the storyline, and found myself skimming some sections because I was losing interest. My personal preference is for a heavier balance of romance and character development, with less military action. I did enjoy the interactions between characters, especially between Bronse and Lasher, and Bronse and Ravenna. I loved the cover, too. I’m not sure if I’ll read the rest of the series or not.
What I liked: The chemistry between the H/H was intense and fantastic. They were very likeable and intelligent.My only criticisms: The "secret" was completely obvious very early in the book. Mercy was a doormat to the point that I wanted to slug her.
Another terrific installment of the Argeneau series. A funny, sexy, low-stress read, just like the rest of the series. The part about the tin foil hat had me laughing out loud. A little predictable, but still an excellent brain candy for paranormal romance fans.
I expected to enjoy this one more than I did. I usually love stories where the H/H have been best friends forever, but I just didn't feel much connection between these two (although I did feel her frustration), and the book ovcrall was pretty depressing.
JAX (aka Jacquelyn Frank) has created a very interesting world in ‘The Bid’. This is primarily a sci-fi romance, with some erotic and paranormal elements. The sex is hot, tasteful and intense, and the emotions ring true. I really felt Najir’s love for Hanna. I also felt some frustration with the rules of the society in this book where slavery is a huge part of their economy and culture, but so did the main characters of the book, which is as it should be. There is a very big secret in this book, and I won’t ruin it by giving any spoilers. I just wanted to mention that the build up of suspense is very well done, and I was turning pages as fast as I could to learn what the secret was. I have to admit I’m not usually a big fan of sci-fi romances, so that probably affects my overall rating of the book. However, of the books in that sub-genre that I’ve read, this was a pretty good one. What I liked: hot sex scenes, action that kept things moving and was pertinent to the story, a heroine who was strong, intelligent and likeable, and a killer surprise.What I didn’t like: a rather weak villain (though his weakness showcased the heroine’s strength nicely), the love triangle (I felt terrible for Najir), and some things that felt like they weren’t really fleshed out. Despite the fact that I wouldn’t list this in my top favorite books, it was still a good read and I’d be interested to see if this turns into a series, especially if Najir gets his own book and the happy ending he deserves.Note: I received a free copy of this book as part of a First Reads giveaway on Goodreads, but that did not influence my rating or review. Free is always appreciated, but I was notified of the win at the end of October and didn't get the book until mid-January.
The conflict at the end seemed a bit rushed and the loose ends tied up too easily, but it probably would have been frustrating if it had been any other way. Great characters, great passion, great story. I'd probably give this 4.5/5 stars, because while I really liked it, I try to reserve 5 stars for all-time favorites.
This is absolutely the best erotic historical romance series out there. I love, love, love Kate Pearce. I'll post my full review once it's written.============Lisette Delornay-Ross is not your typical nineteenth century young lady; her mother owns an infamous house of pleasure, and she and her brother were raised abroad. She’s known for her flirtatious ways and she isn’t the innocent miss one might expect. The man who isn’t immediately taken with her charms intrigues her. Major Lord Gabriel Swanfield is a guest at her father's house party, but he isn’t really there to socialize; he’s there to buy horses. He was a prisoner of war and he’s very reserved. But he’s drawn to Lisette's ability to be comfortable in social settings while also being very sensual and forthright. He feels equal parts frustration and attraction. Gabriel won't let himself fuck anyone; he doesn't believe in sex outside of marriage. What he doesn’t initially know is that Lisette is exactly what he needs. She isn’t afraid of his raw sexuality and unconventional desires. She doesn't judge and loves him just as he is, emotionally damaged and all. Gabriel was accused of giving away military secrets and now society shuns him instead of giving him the hero’s welcome he deserves. And now the military issues are being brought up again, primarily by the members of his family who are unhappy that he inherited the title. But with Lisette at his side lending him her strength, Gabriel can overcome most anything. Simply Forbidden is simply outstanding! Honestly, I wait on the edge of my seat for the next book in this series to come out. One of the things I like best about this series is there’s usually an open communication between the main characters. If they’re upset about something, they talk about it instead of stewing and fretting about it. That honesty is very refreshing. I’ve been looking forward to Lisette's story since we met her in a previous book. She's a flirt but she's very kind and non judgmental. The chemistry between Lisette and Gabriel is delicious, and Kate Pearce has a notable talent for writing smoldering sensuality. When I read her books I feel like I've crawled inside the brain of a creative genius and there's no place I'd rather be. If you like erotic historical romance, the House of Pleasure series is the best of the best.5 Kisses, 2 Peppers (M/M, M/M/F, M/F - sex toys, anal sex, voyeurism), Recommended ReadReviewed for TwoLips Reviews