No shirt? No problem!
Ok. Deep breaths. I am a crazy Reapers MC/Joanna Wylde fan. So hearing there was a new novella coming out had me breaking out the grabby hands. But then I read it.
I live and die for the Reapers MC. I re-read the entire series, as a whole, at least once a year. I re-read my favorite books in the series two or three times a year. Unfortunately, Eli’s Triumph is definitely not going into the favorites pile.
Peaches and Eli have been enemies ever since childhood. They have a history of mean pranks, arguments, and misunderstandings. Eli gets out of prison and is all set to takeover his uncle Gus’ bar, which Gus actually promised to Peaches five years ago when Eli first got locked up. Major betrayal! And then there is the problem of Eli being so freakin’ hot– even as Peaches is sticking needles in his voodoo doll, she can’t help but reminisce over their drunken hookup back in the day. Can Eli make it right between them? Or will Peaches burn down the bar and everyone in it?
The problem with this book is that it is kind of small. It’s a small story– and motorcycle club romance isn’t really meant for small stories. There isn’t a lot of action happening. It’s mainly emotional drama. Peaches and Eli need to work out a lifetime of misunderstandings. Peaches and Gus need to come to terms over his broken promises. And Eli and Gus need to make peace with their past.
What the story lacks is the motorcycle club-ness of MC romance. The danger, the suspense, the vroom vroom roar of men and women riding out on motorcycles to face their destinies! Yeah, Eli and Gus are Reapers, but they could just have easily been ranchers, in the mafia, Navy SEALs or any other archetypal hero and the same story would have played out. So, even though it is a good enemies-to-lovers story, I was disappointed.
All that said, it really is a good enemies-to-lovers story. Peaches and Eli have so much broken history between them, and Gus’ betrayal cuts Peaches so deep, it seems almost impossible that things will work out. It’s a lot of fun watching Eli and Peaches fight and come together. 3 stars.
Who loves a hulking hero who intimidates everyone with his massive size and strength but is secretly just a lonely, misunderstood hunk of a man with a heart of gold? Me! Me! I do!
I really loved this short novella. It has a lot of heat, but also a lot of heart.
Locked into the basement together, Birdie quickly realizes Jerimiah is more than just an extremely attractive, huge football player. Jerimiah realizes Birdie is someone quite special who needs him to come out of his shell. So they fall in love! Surprise ending!
Is the insta-love extremely instant? Yes. I don’t particularly mind that so much when the hero and heroine are portrayed as being swept up in an overwhelming attraction for each other, obliterating doubt and putting common sense on the back burner. It’s ridiculous, but it’s such a romantic kind of ridiculous, you know? And Birdie and Jerimiah really compliment each other, each realizing they need to overcome their issues in order to be the best partner and friend the other could ever want. It’s really hits you in the feels, for such a short read. 4 stars.
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Woo hoo! It’s your fav mfred back with her fav kind of post. Book reviews!
I’m 30 books behind on my Goodreads reading goals for the year. TBH, I’ve been in a bit of a slump. Nothing much is appealing and I don’t want to read anything new. While waiting for the next good book to find me, I’ve been re-reading old favorites and my usual standbys. Then I found Layla Frost.
I picked up Until Mayhem first, because it was a motorcycle romance and y’all know I love those. Technically, this is out of order for the series, but it didn’t spoil much. Her books are connected but standalones, so you can pick and choose what suits you best.
What I really like about Frost is her Alpha-ish heroes. They are bossy, demanding, rough and gruff on the outside but have ooey-gooey emotional cores that melt around their true lady loves. In pursuit of the one true alpha, I’ve read some real doozies. Frost delivers a decent, yet still rough around the edges, hero.
Her heroines are sassy and smart and capable, which is a great combo. Like the heroes, they are insanely attractive and everyone is either totally into them/dying of jealousy. It gets a little old when all female characters outside of the heroine and her close friends turn out to be catty bitches, but I liked more things about Frost’s books than disliked, so I could put it aside.
Her books aren’t really romantic suspense, although each has some action and mystery that usually culminates in some kind of epic showdown right at the end. Really, tho, the books focus on the relationship building… and the sex. Yowza, there is a lot of sexy good times in these books!
Piper is a up and coming baker just trying to catch a break and get her business off the ground. Instead, she catches the eye of Jake Hyde, the insanely attractive yet aloof yet possessive mechanic. Jake plays it hot, then cold, then hot again and Piper calls him on that bullshit, because she adamantly refuses to play games. 4 stars.
Harlow Cooper is hiding things. Kase wants her, and wants to figure out all her secrets. Also, Kase is a big time romantic dude, and is willing to work to win Harlow’s trust and affection. He just wants to be loved, you guys. Nicely, his ethnic Hawaiian identity is present in the novel, but not put on the weird, semi-racist exotic pedestal that a lot of romance novels are guilty of. 4 stars.
Gus finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her the same day she is supposed to move in with him. With no place left to turn, she agrees to dog-and-apartment-sit for the hunk of a neighbor next door. Nox falls for Gus on first sight, and does everything in his power to care for her and be there for her when she needs him. Also, Nox is a something of a bad guy kingpin with a heavy Irish accent, if you are at all into those kinds of things. 3 stars.
Yay beefcake motorcycle dudes and then women
they kidnap fall in love with! This book was the most over the top and fun. After creepin’ on a hot biker in the grocery store, Ophelia finds herself suspected of skulduggery by said biker, so he KIDNAPS HER! Also, he’s really, inexplicably attracted to her and wants to be with her forever, etc. Now Judge has to just convince Ophelia that they were meant to be together. 4 stars.
Cover reveal from Love in Panels!!!!
Here’s Cat’s unofficial summary, since the blurb isn’t ready yet:
This book is about Mary Wilkins, a light-fingered lady’s maid you might remember from The Soldier’s Scoundrel, and an impoverished gentlewoman with a Mysterious Past who works as her employer’s companion.
They team up to avenge wrongs by stealing things and humiliating bad men.
At one point there’s Only One Bed!!!
Out August 6!!
Fifty cent paperbacks at the library sale! I think I scored some winners.
Pumpkin went chomp chomp.
I like historical romance novels, but I want to branch out into more epic-adventure/fantasy novels with a strong romance part. Does anyone have any recommendations? I enjoy the show the legend of the seeker, and Star Wars, and Stardust. If that’s helpful to define what I’m talking about… I’m pretty open tho.
May I recommend:
Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen (a retelling of Peter Pan told through the POV of Captain Hook. Spoiler alert: Hook is the good guy in this one).
An adult fairytale version of Neverland? (Read: a story worthy of Jason Isaacs’s Hook?) Smashing that purchase button!
Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules.
With Stella’s knowledge of folk and fairy tales, she might be Hook’s last chance for redemption…
I highly recommend the Sharing Knife series by Lois McMaster Bujold. It’s very romantic and has great fantasy worldbuilding.
Here’s the review I wrote 7 YEARS AGO GOD HOW LONG HAVE I BEEN ON THIS HELLSITE.
I originally read this back in 2016 and gave it 3 stars. What was past mfred doing with her life? Obviously not appreciating fabulous romance novels.
Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
Lady Calpurnia decides she’s had enough of the spinster life and makes a list of nine outrageous activities to do in order to really live. Lord Ralston needs Calpurnia to remain staid and respectable in order to introduce his half-sister into society. Except Ralston can’t quite stop kissing Callie every chance he gets.
This book hinges on the idea that the hero can’t accept/understand love. If you buy that, then all the romantic tension and plot shenanigans fall into place. I think MacLean does a pretty awesome job of selling Ralston as a jaded, unrepentant rake with a (damaged) heart of gold. It’s not perfect, but it worked for me. And the way Callie challenged and overcame her own loneliness and passivity by being willing to take risks and seek out adventure really spoke to me. 4 enthusiastic stars.