Hardy Cates was a self made man and always wanted more and he did all he could to get it. Then he found a woman, Haven. She was a woman he could not get but with her divorce Hardy was going to go after the woman he wanted.
Haven Travis had thought she married for love but she had been wrong. Now with a broken marriage behind her Haven will try to get her life together. She wasn’t expecting Hardy to come into her life.
Blue Eyed Devil is the second book to the series Travises by Lisa Kleypas. After I had finished the first book I was apprehensive about reading this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed this book. I picked up the book and kept reading from start to finish.
Hardy’s character was much better in his own story. I liked that there was no flirtation between him and Liberty. I didn’t want his pursuing of Haven to be tainted by that. I felt that he had matured some and wasn’t as cruel. Though he was still certainly rough around the edges and that will certainly help when he is needed by Haven. Now Haven’s character was the one that truly drew me into the book. I was drawn to her because of the mistake she made and cringed every time she was hurt. What I liked was she finally got the courage and changed what needed to be changed. She took her life back.
The villain is clearly Nick, Haven’s ex, who is a piece of work. He is an abusive man who wants only to have someone to beat down on. The other villain was Vanessa who seemed to be cut from the same cloth as Nick. I wouldn’t lie, I was pretty happy that there was some justice for their cruelty.
I am reading the third book next, Smooth Talking Stranger.
Liberty Jones had dreams of leaving, but when circumstances change her life is forever altered. Liberty does her best to do everything she could for her sister. Their lives will change when Liberty meets the Travises family but things will get complicated when her past shows up.
Sugar Daddy is the first book to the series Travises by Lisa Kleypas. I liked this book a lot. I found it dragging a little in the beginning but it was needed as you got to know Liberty’s character.
Liberty’s character was interesting. She was kind and tried her best especially with her sister. Where many would give up, she kept going. What drove me a little crazy was her obsession with Hardy. It was annoying as she kept comparing every man to one heated kiss she had received from Hardy years ago. I almost wanted them just to have sex so it would be over and done with. I figured once it was done they would figure out they wouldn’t last. Of course I was glad they didn’t as that would really end Liberty and Gage.
The Travises family were good people and very wealthy, but they were hiding something and that will connect them to Liberty. The hints are there and pretty easy to figure out. Within the family I really liked the father, Churchill. He was a kind older man who wanted friendship from Liberty. Gage, Churchill’s son, wanted more from Liberty. I liked Gage for the most part. He grew on me as he interacted with Carrington and Liberty.
Throughout the book I didn’t really like Hardy. He wasn’t a character I was rooting for. Yeah I am happy he helped Liberty in her childhood but he truly was ruthless and I think cared more about himself. Not sure how I am going to like him in the next book but I will try it out. I am reading Blue-Eyed Devil next.
Jackson Stone had found out some life changing news, his whole life had been a lie. Jackson will find three brothers he never knew, one of them was his twin. He will try to make a relationship with them even as they were weary, though he will get some help from Tara.
Tara Kent had finally completed her business degree and had gotten a promotion at work. Her world will change once again when she meets Jackson, Clay’s twin.
Dirty Sexy Sinner is the fourth book to the series Dirty Sexy by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde. This last book was enjoyable and a good ending to this steamy series.
Jackson’s character was not the rich kid his brothers had thought him to be. He had his own crappy childhood that had not been filled with love. I wanted to give Jackson a hug when his brothers rejected him, but that was only at the beginning. These Kincaid brothers were not easily trusting. It was interesting that Jackson was Clay’s twin and pretty tragic with how Jackson had been taken away from his twin. Despite it all he turned out well adjusted, just like his brothers. Tara’s character was a young woman who had her tragedy early on in her life. She rose above her own tragedy and was able to make something of her life. I loved Tara’s spunk but she was still very insecure, Jackson will help with that insecurity.
The ending was very sappy but I loved it. The authors gave a conclusion to these brothers and their wives.
Levi Kincaid liked control in his everyday life and especially in the bedroom. He will find his world getting twisted around when he meets Sarah. He will want her more than any woman he ever had and he will protect her at all cost.
Sarah Robins was on the run from her ex-boyfriend and the cult that had taken her in. She was trying to get her life together when Levi shows up in her life. She knows that nothing can come of a relationship but Sarah will give in anyways.
Dirty Sexy Cuffed is the third book to the series Dirty Sexy by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde. This was another book to the series that was very enjoyable. These books for me are very quick reads. I will say that I wouldn’t have minded a little more on the cult aspect. I think it would have added a little more to the story.
Levi’s character thrived in life with control. He avoided anything that would make him lose his control. I liked that with Sarah in his life he was letting go. Levi’s dominant control was always going to be there but he was softening. Sarah’s character was a young woman who needed help but she was too proud to ask and weary of strangers. I liked that Sarah was able to take a chance with Levi though he had to work hard to gain her trust.
This series has one more book which will be about Clay’s twin brother. I am thinking that this brother will be a surprise to the others as throughout the last three books no twin brother had been mentioned. I am reading Dirty Sexy Sinner next.
Mason Kincaid was ready for a hookup in Las Vegas but that will be stopped when he finds his best friend dancing on a bar. Mason will take Katerina away from the bar and before he could stop himself he will make his move. The move will change everything between them and will have Mason thinking of his future.
Katerina Sands has loved her best friend since she had met him. She never thought it would come of anything but with a one night stand everything changes. Katerina knows she had to distance herself but will be surprised when Mason doesn’t allow it.
Dirty Sexy Inked is the second book to the Dirty Sexy series by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde. I really enjoyed this book, possibly more than the first book, but to be fair the brothers are all very different with their personalities. What pulled me into the story was without a doubt the characters of Mason and Katerina.
Mason’s character was what you would considered a manwhore and he was very good at it. He was also crude and did whatever the hell he wanted. I liked when as the reader you got to read his thoughts, without those thoughts I don’t know if I would really love Mason. Because of those parts I wanted Mason to find that love he was afraid to reach for. I wanted him to be courageous and declare himself to Katerina. Mason will have you swooning when he steps up. Now Katerina’s character had my heart breaking for what had happened to her years ago. Mason and Katerina were very similar with a crappy childhood. I liked that Katerina moved on with her life and was making the best of the situation. What I didn’t like was she was sitting on the sideline and getting her heart broken every time that Mason was with another woman. I wanted her to tell him how she felt.
I am getting addicted to this series and will be reading the third book next.
Clay Kincaid helped those who needed it, but he didn’t like being acknowledge for his good deed. He will find another woman to help but something about Samantha will have him wanting more.
Samantha Jamieson had enough of her controlling parents. She wanted a way out so she ran away from home hoping that she could experience life. She will get some help from Clay.
Dirty Sexy Saint is the first book to the series Dirty Sexy by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde. I really enjoyed this first book to the series, it stayed true to its title. I had read some of Carly Phillips but I really fell in love with her writing when I read the Dare to Love series.
Clay’s character was certainly a saint when helping others but he was more a sinner when it came to women. Clay had a bad childhood but despite it all he wanted to tried to help those around him. I liked that he gave Samantha a chance even though he knew that she didn’t belong, which will in turn help her make a decision. Samantha’s character was a very privileged woman. She had everything she wanted except for freedom. I liked that she wanted a way out. She wanted to be her own person, not just a member of her family. She might not have excelled perfectly at the new job but she was excited to learn.
Her family were a bit much with wanting to keep her in that perfect life they had planned out for her. I did like that not all was lost for Samantha to have a relationship with her family.
Collin “Cole” Talmage, Duke of Trewyth, had been through hell with the war and he had not come out that battle whole. Loosing his hand had harden Cole which made him not be able to see the one woman he had been looking for.
Imogen Pritchard was a nurse at the local hospital and it will be there that she sees the man she had once spent the night with. Imogen had never forgotten Cole but the man that she saw was not the same man she had loved back then.
The Duke is the fourth book to the series Victorian Rebels by Kerrigan Byrne. I liked this book but it was by no means my favorite. I loved the last three books and couldn’t put them down. This one however was at times a struggle. I only continued to read because of the main character Imogen.
Imogen’s character had been a nurse and barmaid at a brothel, and now a lady thanks to her marriage. I loved her character for her strength and her intelligence. After all she had been through she wanted to help those around her, to make the world a better place. Cole’s character I felt was the complete opposite. He was selfish and cruel. Now the other heroes from the previous books were broken men but there was a strength about them, and there was goodness inside them. With Cole’s character he kept just being cruel and insulting to Imogen. The romance reader in me still wanted Imogen to have that happy ending and in the end Cole showed he loved her but it was a struggle to really like his character.
Kerrigan Byrne is continuing the series with the fifth book which will come out this October.
The Duke of Griffin needed a chaperone for his sisters and he immediately found one with Esmeralda Swift. He was determined she would be the right one. The problem was he started to feel things for Esmeralda and he needed to be clearheaded with a possible threat to his sisters.
Esmeralda Swift was working hard to keep the agency afloat. When The Duke of Griffin comes for employment her prays are answered. Though the job will get tricky when Esmeralda will start to have feelings for her employer.
Last Night With the Duke is the first book to the series The Rakes of St. James by Amelia Grey. This was a cute romance that was very quick to read.
I thought that Griffin’s character was wonderful. He was a rake but those were the old days. Now he just wanted to make sure his sisters had a chance in society. I liked that he took the situation seriously and wanted the best for his sisters. I also liked that his wanting of Esmeralda was more sweet. He didn’t act the rake he had been and rush her to the bedroom. Esmeralda’s character was all about business and keeping herself and sister safe from the poorhouse. She took her work seriously and I liked that she didn’t given into Griffin the moment the attraction was known between them. It was sweet as they became friends, then something more.
The scandal that happened with Griffin and his friends was a mistake and one that was making things difficult. It was cruel but no one had been ruined. Now with Griffin’s sister’s making their coming out he had to protect them from possible threats of ruination. I will say the threat was more overplayed in the book, that I had wondered if anything would happen.
The next book to this series will be coming out December 2017.
Maverick Rylan was on a mission to protect the woman he loved even if she didn’t want him. He saw that Alexa was in a tough situation, though she had not connected the dots yet.
Alexa Harmon had everything she wanted or at least she thought. She will start to notice changes in her fiance which will start to scare her. She will find help with her ex and his motorcycle club.
Ride Rough is the second book to the series Raven Riders by Laura Kaye. I enjoyed this book but not as much as the first book. For me it started out a little slow and the battle between this other gang really didn’t add to the story, at least I thought. It wasn’t like the Churchgang which was in Hard Ink series. I think the best part of the book was Maverick’s character.
Maverick was a man who would do anything for those who he loved. He had made a mistake five years ago and didn’t fight for Alexa, well he is making up for that time missed. I loved the interaction he had with her cat, Lucy. It was adorable. Alexa’s character was a battered woman in an abusive relationship. She was using the classic lines that it wasn’t the man’s fault. She did this too herself. Now her relationship wasn’t really about physical abuse but verbal abuse was there and Grant was very intimidating. Though it will get to physical abuse but it is more subtle than a beat down. You wanted Alexa to fight and to step away from him and to believe in herself. She will make the decision on her own but with the help of Maverick.
The third book is coming out this October which I am looking forward to reading. The book will feature Cora and Slider.
Piper Dove was trying to make something of herself and bring back Dove Investigations. She will get a job but will be found out quickly, though it will turn around when he hires her.
Cooper Graham was an ex-quarterback who had opened his own nightclub. He was living life but then Piper thrust herself into his world and it was forever turned upside down.
First Star I See Tonight is the eighth book to the series Chicago Stars by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I enjoyed this story. It has been about two years since I had read the seventh book. Luckily you don’t have to know the characters from the previous book, although they are mentioned, this could be read as a standalone novel.
Piper’s character was out there. She was a little crazy but really it was a defense mechanism to keep those around her at an arms distance. Even though she was unconventional she got the job done. When it comes to relationships she doesn’t want one as she knows it will lead to disappointment. I was glad that Coop was resilient. Coop’s character was a man who had gotten whatever he wanted and he liked it that way. Getting together with Piper was not in his plan but he went with it. I liked that Piper kept him on his toes and that he never truly gave up.
The rest of the novel is filled with strange friends, some thieves, kidnapping, and a buy out that was going wrong. There was a lot that was happening but somehow it fit and made sense.