Liam Kelly was a retired rugby player and he needed an outlet. With the help of his friend he put out a job application for a professional nemesis. The job required the nemesis to push Liam to work out and get out his aggression. Liam found an applicant, Sam, and liked him immediately from the text. Liam will be shocked that Sam was actually a woman.
Samantha Hess was jobless and looking for a job, any job. She will find one being a professional nemesis. Sam was hesitant as she was not assertive but she found herself liking the job. But then feelings start to play into the job when Sam finds herself attracted to Liam.
The Nemesis Affair is a novel by Erin McCarthy. This is a quick and fun book and a little strange with a job being a professional nemesis.
Liam’s character was a tough guy who needed an outlet and that outlet was someone yelling at him to work out harder. I thought the idea was a little strange but it kind of made sense. It was comical when Liam finds out Sam is a woman and that makes him work harder to impress her. Sam’s character was passive especially when it comes to getting what she wants. I liked that Sam’s character grows to be more assertive. She becomes a stronger person but she is still scared which shows at the end. Though she will become brave a take a chance which I liked.
Tamara was spending New Years Eve alone at a friends cabin as she didn’t want to make a mistake and sleep with a guy which she had no future with. Tamara will be surprised when Luke, Georgia’s little brother, comes to the cabin. Instantly Tamara will be tempted and will fight hard to keep away from Luke.
Luke was home after nine months and just wanted to relax. He will be surprised to find someone else at his parents home, though surprise will quickly turn to lust when he sees Tamara. Luke will do his best to seduce Tamara and to let her know he was looking for more than one night.
‘Tis the Season to Be Kissed is a novella by Amy Andrews. This is a quick and steamy book which was fun to read.
I thought that Luke was sweet. Yes he wanted to have sex with Tamara but he was also wanting more. He was also making their night fun. He had that sense of humor you wanted in a guy and even though he was five years younger than Tamara you knew that he was more mature than others his age. I liked Tamara’s character. She was having a pity party but she wasn’t really depressed. She just wanted more out of life, especially her love life. I liked how she let herself have fun and trusted that this time the guy would be leading to more.
Sophie Talbot hated society while her family loved it. She just wanted to get out especially when she insults a duke. Sophie will runaway which will have her sticking close to Kingscote. She loathed him on sight. All she wanted was to be free to have her own life. Though things will not go as she hoped especially when she starts to feel things for Kingscote.
Kingscote, the Marquess of Eversley, never wanted to love. He was perfectly happy being a rogue. He will be instantly annoyed with Sophie and want to get rid of her as quickly as possible but he will not be able to keep her away. Though through their journey King will find himself wanting Sophie more than he should. He will have to stop himself from truly acting like the rogue his reputation stated.
The Rogue Not Taken is the first book to the series Scandal and Scoundrel by Sarah Maclean. I really liked this book.
When I first started I wasn’t really sure I would like Sophie. She first seemed too silly but really she was the most practical of the sisters, and the bravest. She was stubborn to do what she needed but she was also very caring. I hated that she was overlooked as she was not the prettiest or looked as the boring one. Well Sophie will change that when she leaves which will cause a scandal in itself. King was a surprise. His reputation was telling everyone that he was a rogue and a scoundrel but he was not all that everyone thought. King was hurt long ago and that stayed with him and it shaped the man he was today. I liked that he really was a good man, he wasn’t perfect but he was a good.
The banter between Sophie and King was very entertaining and it kept me invested within the story.
I loved how Maclean ended the book because for me as a romance reader it was the perfect ending for these characters.
The second book is coming out and I am looking forward to reading the next book.
Devon Ravenel doesn’t want the estate he was given but he would do what he could. Devon and with the help of his brother will reshape the estate and tenants. Devon will also pay attention to the former lady of the estate, he will pursue Kathleen until she gives in to his pursuit.
Lady Kathleen Trenear was wary of the new owner but she would do what she could to protect her sister-in-laws. Kathleen will be surprised when Devon will not sell the property but help it become profitable again. She will also be shocked by his effort to seduce, she will fight it but for only so long.
Cold-Hearted Rake is novel by Lisa Kleypas. I really loved this book. I was so happy that Lisa Kleypas is back with more of her historical romances. Though I will say it did take a little for me to get into the story, but once I was into the story I couldn’t wait to read the rest.
Devon’s character did not want the estate or the title that went with it but he softens especially when he starts interacting with Kathleen. He first came as someone who didn’t care and he really didn’t but he changes. I liked how Devon treats his cousins, he is definitely a softy when it comes to them. Kathleen’s character was definitely icy when it came to Devon and it made sense as she knew she would be kicked out of the house. Kathleen was also very protective which I liked though she was a little too determined to help, she didn’t ask if they needed it.
The fire between Devon and Kathleen is definitely there but they fight it. Devon fights it at first and only very little. Kathleen will be fighting it with everything she has, but she will give in.
There is another story that is happening with Helen and Winterborne, and I am curious with what is the deal with Winterborne. I wasn’t sure I would like him but at the end you know there is more to the man than what you see. I can’t wait to read their story which has come out and I am on the list for.
Max has wanted Lucy for years and he will finally make a move at her brothers wedding. Max knows that he will be able to seduce Lucy and he will do what he can to hold on to her, to show her that they belonged together.
Lucy has wanted Max for years but she closed her heart for him when he had married another. She will find herself then taking a chance when Max pushes for more.
Dare to Seduce is the third book to the series NY Dare to Love by Carly Phillips. I liked the book.
Lucy’s character was like her brothers in regards to being very guarded and damaged from their past. I felt that Lucy was even more so because of her age. Lucy drew away from people to protect herself from further hurt. I liked that she gave a chance to finding something with Max even though she wasn’t completely committed. Max’s character was another dominant man. I thought with how Max was acting this book would be going towards the darker side of BSMD but it didn’t. Well Max was probably rougher than all the men though I was okay with that as it was not in the whole book. I liked that Phillips focused on Max and Lucy who yes had that chemistry but they were also damaged due to their past.
Carly Phillips next book to the Dare to Love series is out but before I read that book I am moving on to a couple other authors, then coming back to the book.
Decklan wanted no relationship which is what he found. Though he will be distracted by one woman that he wanted to have a night with. Decklan will force himself to stay away because he knew that he would want more, but he will go against his gut feeling and get Amanda.
Amanda had been looking for something at the club but she had little luck. Then she will see Decklan and know he would be the one to satisfy her. Amanda knew the moment she had him she would want more which made her wary. Though before Amanda knew it a relationship had started to form, but she knew it could not last.
Dare to Submit is the second book to the series NY Dare to Love by Carly Phillips. Well as I noted on the first book that the series would go towards dom and sub, and in this one it happened. I was happy to read that again it wasn’t to hurt each other. I guess its a lighter version of it and I was happy for that. I actually really did like the story. I thought the plot was more towards the characters which I liked. Phillips got into their past which I found interesting as the past shaped who they were. Well asides from the interesting characters there was a lot of sex, and I mean a lot. I was kind of wondering for a while if that was all there was going to be, but as I said Phillips creates an interesting plot with her characters.
So Decklan’s character is without a dom and he likes control. He doesn’t want a relationship which would leave to more. He doesn’t want to feel emotionally for any of the woman he has sex with. Though Decklan will take a chance when he goes after her. His past is tragic with his parents dying in a car accident which leaves him vulnerable as he is out of control. He takes control when he is a dom and it is intense. Amanda’s character is without doubt a sub. She is craving for someone to control her and she finds that with Decklan though her life is complicated. First of all she is a mess with insecurities that will make you very angry at her mother’s treatment of Amanda. That treatment really did a number on Amanda. For Amanda, she doesn’t want a relationship. Decklan and Amanda would be perfect for each other as neither want a relationship but as they are very compatible, they want more from each other. The reason for Amanda not being able to have a relationship made sense but it was an unfair situation.
For the couple to find happiness with each other there is a lot they have to work through, and it will happen. Of course there will be a big unexpected problem that happens that threw me at the end. Phillips throws in a little action and danger towards the end.
I am reading the third and I think final book from the New York Dare’s.
Gabriel had wanted Isabella the moment he saw her but he did not take her because she was in a relationship. With her free Gabe will do what he can to entice Isabella to him.
Isabella had to get out of her relationship and she was able to but she soon found that she had no where to go. Isabella will be rescued by Gabe, the only man that had her feeling more. She wanted to take a chance with Gabe but she had to fix herself first.
Dare to Surrender is the first book to the NY Dare to Love series by Carly Phillips. I had finished the other series, well I finished all the books that were available to read, and decided I wanted more. So after reading several other books I am back with the author and I will have to say that this was really good. I think that this series will be more steamy than the other, although the others were very steamy. My thinking is because of the titles, Dare to Surrender, Dare to Submit, and Dare to Seduce. Well after reading this book I would say that the books will more than likely go into the route of dominant and submissive. I will be okay with that but I really don’t want to read about the characters really hurting each other because they feel pleasure in that.
Well like I said above this verges on the dom and sub but it wasn’t that bad. Gabe’s character liked control and it seemed that Isabella like to be submissive even if she didn’t really know it. What I liked about the book was Gabe did not force anything on Isabella. He made it all her decision, well he will be persuasive but ultimately it is her decision. Isabella’s character had lost herself in her previous relationship. I liked that she finds herself again which made her more confident. She gets her job back and little by little she is the person she had been before.