Reviews: Slip of the Tongue and Scot Appeal

slip of the tongue coverCan you be in love with two people at the same time?

This is the question that Sadie Hunt struggles with in Slip of the Tongue. On the one hand, there is her husband, Nathan, who–until recently–treated her like she was the centre of his world. Suddenly he’s become cold and distant with her and makes her feel like she is invisible and unwanted in his life. On the other hand, there is Finn, the sexy new neighbour who’s just moved in across the hall from Sadie and Nathan. From the moment she meets him, there’s a white-hot connection between them.

Now, before you ask: this is a novel about marriage and infidelity. So if you have a problem with reading about people cheating, then maybe you should still read this book to gain a different perspective.

What I loved about this book was how all three characters showed us their best and worst sides. No one is the good guy here. Even Nathan, who is presented as the good guy, is actually pretty selfish and manipulative when he wants to be. But what is so interesting with Slip of the Tongue is how Hawkins handles the affair. Even if you don’t agree with how it starts, you empathise with the characters. Well, at least, I did.

This is a very intense book with some very sexy moments. It’s also a book that takes a good, long look at what is marriage and what makes a good one…and what makes a bad one. It’s also about second chances at love. But what I think will resonate with readers is the emotional layers in this novel. It’s not a straightforward love story, but it is definitely a story about love–romantic, illicit, familial. And I loved Slip of the Tongue.

5_Star

MelissaBlueScotAppealMelissa Blue has done it again: made me absolutely adore the sexy Scotsmen she creates. Marcus, our ruthless CEO who’s pretending to be a handyman to get the company and the position he wants, is very, very sexy. And he thinks he doesn’t have the capacity to fall in love. Now, I usually avoid any stores about ruthless businessmen, because they usually bore me. But Marcus and his backstory are quite intriguing. And then there is Ivy–who is a virgin even those she’s closing in on thirty–but she’s not one of these insipid ones that goes around saying “holy cow!” or talking about her “inner goddess”. She’s kickass and she feels authentic and real.

What I really enjoyed about Scot Appeal (and the entire Under the Kilt series) is that the relationships and the conflicts the main characters experience feels very grounded and realistic. These are adults dealing with adult problems and behaving like proper adults and not as overgrown teenagers. And the way race is addressed is very subtle without it becoming an overblown sticking point.

Following this story of unlikely neighbors who become lovers was so much fun. I admit: I ignored my yummy Swedish hubby to finish reading this book and he was a good sport about it. I will have to make it up to him this weekend. 🙂

I loved Scot Appeal and the chemistry between Marcus and Ivy, and I think you will too.

5_Star

 

 

Review Tour: To One Hundred by Melissa Blue

Title: To One Hundred
Series: #DirtySexyGeeks #1
Author: Melissa Blue
Genre: Adult Romance
Published: January 7, 2016
When they met online they were equals…Then she walks into his classroom.

For four months Eva March shared almost every secret with a handsome stranger. It was easy when she didn’t have to meet his gaze in real life. The online flirtation was fun. She could be a strong, put-together woman without a sordid past. Most importantly, he’d never know the truth.

Grady Addison takes his job as a professor seriously. He doesn’t sleep with co-eds, much less his students. Eva doesn’t even fit his leggy, peppy blonde requirements, but he can’t walk away now. He’s spent too much time fantasizing about her, her smile and the way her eyes darken when she thinks of her past.

And her past is a problem. The secrets she hasn’t yet told him could end his career and for Eva, her life could just come crashing down…again.

 

“ If you are not into Geeks, after reading ‘To One Hundred’ you will be a Geek lover for sure. You will discover Geeks make great lovers. Waiting for the next one in this series!!!”-Goodreads Reviewer

“This was an interesting story! I am not a “geek” and I don’t know anything about the “geek”world, so this was sort of an inside look into the “geek world”-The Smutbrarians 

“This book was fun and super hot!! I can’t wait to see what else comes from this series, since it seems to focus on the 4 main men in the book! I’ll definitely be buying the next in the series!!” -Alpha Book Club

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What would you do if you found out that the man you’ve been chatting with online and established an online relationship with while bonding over your favourite sci-fi show, Firefly…is going to be your history professor? And it turns out your sister is interested in him as well? That’s the dilemma Eva finds herself in. Grady Addison turns out to be super-gorgeous, super sexy–a dangerous temptation for Eva, especially since something from her past could end up causing way too many problems.

As always, Melissa Blue totally delivers! To One Hundred is a sexy love story that hooks you from page one. And as someone who loves a sexy geek (and happens to be married to one) I could totally believe in Eva and Grady’s sizzling, off the chart chemistry.

Highly recommended!

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One night, they could have one night where the complications didn’t matter. Right? Didn’t mean there would be more. For months she’d wanted to know Grady, in the flesh. Would they still spark, laugh and have an easy comfort between them? The consequences seemed so far away when she couched their circumstances in that light.
Maybe the inner debate was all lies to appease her conscience, but Eva grabbed her purse and followed him out of the coffee shop.
He revved his bike’s engine when she stepped out onto the sidewalk. She shook her head and walked over to him. “Let’s just announce to the world I’m leaving with you.”
Grady’s eyes were still guarded but he smirked. “Didn’t think you’d see me.”
He’d parked right outside the shop. She couldn’t have missed him. “Where are we going?”
His hands tightened against the bar handles. “To meet my brother Wade.”
Her heart shot into her throat. “What?”
His smirk somehow deepened. “You want the truth about him. I’ll let him tell you.”
She stuffed her hands into the back pockets of her shorts, trying to appear relaxed even though a storm of butterflies fluttered in her stomach. “What exactly will that do?”
The smirk dropped away from his lopsided smile. “It’ll get you on my bike, your arms and legs wrapped around me. Outside of that, we’ll play it by ear.”
All he needed was a James Dean leather jacket to perfect the bad boy statement. Then again, maybe not. He was lethal enough without one. “So you’re done being the kind, understanding nice guy?”
His smile transformed into a grin that promised a multitude of wicked things. Yeah. No jacket necessary. “You have to admit, it was wearing thin.”
Grady offered her the helmet. Taking it spelled trouble in all languages. Jumping on a motorcycle with a guy who wore a smile that had no good intentions behind it…Yeah. But the facts were different with him. He wasn’t just her professor. He didn’t prey on her vulnerabilities. And most importantly, he hadn’t made her feel broken once.
Eva took the helmet, fastened it and then climbed onto the back of the bike. She wrapped her arms around his chest. One could say she copped a feel as she ran her hands over his stomach. The soft cotton shirt hid taut muscles, but now she could feel every ridge. His stomach jerked beneath her hands.
“Eva?” he asked, his voice low and tight.
She leaned forward until her mouth was at his neck. “Yeah?”
He revved the engine again. “You might want to hold on really tight.”
She locked her fingers together. “I know.”

Melissa Blue’s writing career started on a typewriter one month after her son was born. This would have been an idyllic situation for a writer if it had been 1985, not 2004. Eventually she upgraded to a computer. She’s still typing away on the same computer, making imaginary people fall in love.
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Review: Kilted for Pleasure by Melissa Blue

Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 06.22.02A few months ago, I bumped into Melissa Blue on Facebook. I don’t remember if it was in one of the promotion groups or during a release party, but I do remember seeing the cover for one of the books from her Under the Kilt series and deciding I should check it out.

I started with the first book in the series, Under His Kilt, which was sexy fun and perfect for reminding me why I like Scotland and Scottish men like Ewan McGregor so much. Jocelyn and Ian had great chemistry and the story of a woman with a bucket list and exploring her fantasies with someone who should have been off-limits was a page turner. 😉 Ditto Her Insatiable Scot. Loved the set-up of the former con man Tristan (who just happens to be Ian’s brother) and the shy Keri (who just happens to be Jocelyn’s cousin) and what happens when they have to pretend to be Ian and Jocelyn to help them get the house of their dreams was another plump dollop of sexy, funny frothiness that made me laugh and cheer for a couple who were obviously meant for each other.

It didn’t take long for me to move on to Kilted for Pleasure. This time the story moves on to Callan, Ian and Tristan’s cousin, and Victoria, who works for Ian, and what happens during the three months that Victoria is in Scotland. Ian has sent her there to convince Callan to help work on restoring and repairing some antiques. And the last thing that Callan wants is to be distracted by a woman he thinks could still be wet behind the ears. And Victoria? Well, she’s been burned in the past by a man she trusted and she’s cut love out of her life.

Of the three books in the series, Kilted for Pleasure was my absolute favorite. Why? I love a story with good characterisation and deep point of view. And we get that in Kilted for Pleasure. Melissa takes us deep into both Callan and Victoria so we get a great sense of who they are and *why* they are this way without simply telling us. She shows us. Add to the mix the loveable cad, Douglass Baird–also known as the Baird–the patriarch of the Baird clan–who assumes the role of our unlikely Cupid.

You’ve got to love a book featuring a sexy, brooding Scotsman. Kilted for Pleasure is not just a sexy summer read, it’s a story about two people who’ve given up on love and who are afraid to give themselves emotionally to one another. Instead of admitting what’s in their hearts, they focus on pleasuring one another–even when they both know there are consequences. Throughout the novel, there’s so much sexual tension and release but there’s also a hell of a lot of soul-searching as these two very flawed characters traverse an emotional minefield. Neither wants to admit their feelings, yet both are falling love. And for Callan especially this is torture (in a good way) since he’s still dealing with the death of his wife. And I think that’s one of the most interesting aspects of Kilted for Pleasure (even if I do love reading about sexy Scotsmen)–not only are we watching a man fall in love, not only are we peeling away the layers of his rough and ready image, we’re experiencing the guilt and turmoil he feels as he tries to hold Victoria at bay (though he cannot stay away from her since he’s so drawn to her) and come to grips with the realisation that loving Victoria does not mean he is betraying his deceased wife.

Are there frustrating moments? Of course there are! And that’s why we love sexy rom-com. Will you fall in love with Callan? Yup! Will Victoria drive you insane even as you’re cheering you on? Yup! Will you want to go to Scotland even though you know it will be chilly and rainy during the summer? Indeed! 😉

Fun, sexy and set in Scotland. Loved it!

My rating?

5_Star