More Than Pleasure You (More Than Words, #5.5)
by Shayla Black Series: More Than Words #5.5 Published by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
on November 12, 2019 Genres: Contemporary Pages:
FINAL DECISION: This was an enjoyable read especially right now when I wanted something easy to read. Concise and fast-paced, I breezed through this one.
THE STORY: Stephen Lund arrives in Maui seeking distance from his father. At his rental, he meets Skye Ingram who is the caretaker. Skye is having a crisis. Her ex is getting married and she needs a pretend fiance to attend the wedding with her. Overhearing, Stephen offers to fill the role.
OPINION: I liked how these two worked together, and I’m always a sucker for the fake engagement trope. I really did love the relationship between Stephen and Skye which is funny and sexy. The story has some obvious turns and reveals, but that made this a comforting read. The complexity is in the relationship between the characters in the story — not only Stephen and Skye but also the supporting characters. Characters have deep and sometimes contradictory motives. What could have been formulaic villains end up being complicated — even if not always likable.
WORTH MENTIONING: This is a novella told in alternating first person.
CONNECTED BOOKS: MORE THAN PLEASURE YOU is book 5.5 in the More Than Words series. While it is not necessary to read the other books in the series since this book gives you the essential conflict, it does help to be familiar with the characters in the series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.
Closer: A Stage Dive Novella
by Kylie Scott Series: Stage Dive #4.6 Published by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
on September 24, 2019 Genres: Contemporary Pages:
FINAL DECISION: I really enjoyed this one with opposites attract. The story was tense with the stalker on the loose, but it also increased the tension between these two as they are stuck together. I loved Mae and Ziggy!
THE STORY: Mae Cooper, plus-sized model, ends up with a bodyguard when she receives a threatening package from a stalker. Ziggy Thayer considers himself a consummate professional until he finds that Mae shatters his non-plussed demeanor.
OPINION: I adored Mae. Sometimes reading one character’s thoughts can be too much, but I loved the quirky way she thought and how positive she was about her curvy self. Because we are reading Mae’s thoughts, it is a little difficult to get to know Ziggy, but his actions are clear. But I ended up absolutely loving the quiet steady man. They are a great match with the differences in their personalities.
The story is a sexy little treat. The pacing of the story worked really well. The characters get to spend a condensed amount of time together because of the stalker threat and so there is definite heat between these two. The sex scene was romantic and sexy and really funny. I thought it was a perfect culmination of these two.
As a fan of the Stage Dive series, I love the chance to get to reacquaint myself with some favorites while getting to meet those around them.
I also really loved that we get to see the Stage Dive crew with some updates on everyone and, of course, I loved seeing Mal.
WORTH MENTIONING: This is a novella and it is told from Mae’s point of view in the first person.
CONNECTED BOOKS: CLOSER is book 4.6 of the Stage Dive series. Although appearances are made by characters in the Stage Dive series, the romance here is self-contained and it is not necessary to have read any other book in the series. This book operates as a standalone.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
Eyes on You (Blasphemy, #2.5)
by Laura Kaye Series: Blasphemy #2.5 Published by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
on July 18th 2017 Genres: Contemporary
, Erotica Goodreads
FINAL DECISION: Enjoyable novella which is not deep, but fun and the personalities of the main characters made this a novella that I really enjoyed as Liv discovers herself.
THE STORY: Olivia Foster is on the blind date from hell when she meets Wolf Henrikson who “rescues” her from her boorish date. Fireworks explode when Liv and Wolf meet as they seem to recognize one another. Liv is a woman who has fantasies of being an exhibitionist and Wolf is interested in voyeurism and public sex as well. These two strangers quickly find that their complementary sexual interests might lead to something more.
OPINION: This is a short novella. Despite this, I really liked the development of the relationship between Wolf and Liv. The story progresses quickly but I really felt that these characters had a connection. The story was very, very sexy and was different than the other books in the series because of the particular kink the two share.
Liv is a woman coming into her own. Having been told by her ex-fiance that what she desires sexually is not “normal”, she finds freedom in her relationship with Wolf. I liked the fun interaction between these two as they work through the particular details of their relationship.
The story is quick and thus doesn’t go deep into the psyches of these characters, but I thought it was a fun read.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book has public sex (but only two participants).
CONNECTED BOOKS: EYES ON YOU is book 2.5 of the Blasphemy series about the owners of a BDSM sex club. While there are overlapping characters, this book can be read on its own.
STAR RATING: I give this novella 4 stars.