Rush

RushGabe Hamilton had been burned by love and will not have his personal life displayed in the press. Now he makes sure that the women he sees know exactly what they are getting into with a contract. Gabe will use the same contract on Mia who he has fantasied over the last several years.

Mia Crestwell has wanted Gabe since she was sixteen years old but with fourteen years between them she was always seen as Jace’s little sister. Mia will take the step she needs to do and agree to the contract. She will bend towards Gabe’s will and walk down the forbidden path with him.

Rush is the first book to the Breathless series from Maya Banks. I have seen the books around but I was waiting until the third book was available to start reading the series. I have all three now in my possession so I figured I would give the series a try. Now going into the series I knew there would be a lot of sex because Banks books tend to follow down that route, and I was right. Rush was filled with desire, sex, rough sex and some bondage so I would definitely categorize this erotic romance.

I really liked the book and found myself not wanting to put it down. The character of Mia was naive but very sweet and had desires like any normal woman. It was just that she didn’t know what she was stepping into with Gabe. I liked that she agreed to the contract but that she also was strong enough when it needed to be over. Now the character of Gabe grabbed me. He was so different from other characters I have read and I was drawn to him. He has his flaws and obvious kinks in the bedroom. I loved that he matched well with Mia. I thought it was creative with the contract but knew that it was going to be a problem down the road. There are several other little obstacles and one of them comes down to assault but I am happy to see that the person got a beating. There was a point which I didn’t think they would get their happy ending but a happy ending will take place for this couple.

Jace’s story is next in Fever.

Stay

StayAllie Larkin is the newest author we read for our book club with her first book Stay. We were able to have her talk with us during Skype which was fun as it always gives us more insight into the book. Not all authors are always available so we were lucky to have the opportunity to get her to talk to us.

Savannah ‘Van’ Leone has loved one man for the last six years but he sees her only as a friend. It all comes crashing down when he marries her best friend. Feeling sorry for herself Van will find herself ordering a dog over the internet after one too many drinks. Things will start to look up from there as she finds a friendship with her dog Joe and a man coming into his life, but trouble will still be coming Van’s way as she has to learn to stand up for herself and see how things truly are in her life.

I have to say within the book there were a lot of characters that kept me saying no I don’t like their attitude but then they change or rather Van sees beyond her own problems and really look at the people who have been around her. Van will grow up in this process and get herself in order and not be saved by the knight in shinning armor even though Alex would be a good knight. So I did like that she changed her own path. I also loved the dog Joe. He was a wonderful addition to have and funny as he was bought online on a drunken night. I also liked that the romance was there but not overwhelming as it did not seem necessary until the end very which was wonderful because it gave us what we were looking for.

Overall this was one of those books that is the perfect summer read. Its a quick paced book with fun characters who were a little off but had some complexity to them. You are left with a happy ending which was nicely wrapped up in a bow. The ending was a little too perfect  for Van but through all the trials she went through I was happy for her. Now as the romantic I loved that she found the happy ending she was searching for.

Pregnancy and Passion

So I decided I would venture on to another series by Maya Banks. Seeing that all four books of the series were available to check out I grabbed them. As they were all fairly short novels (under two hundred pages) they would be pretty quick to read.

Enticed By His Forgotten Lover

Amnesia was a hard thing to swallow for Bryony Morgan. The father of her child had walked away at least that’s what she thought. Then he gives her the story he was in a plane accident and lost those weeks. Bryony wanted to forgive him but there was a part of her that feared he wouldn’t remember or love her anymore. She was going to help him remember.

Rafael de Luca was a hard man and it killed him not to remember weeks of his life but he had to move on that was until he came upon a pregnant lover. He knew she was not his type but the passion they shared proved his body remembered her. Rafael will learn to love but then his memory will come back proving that he was not the knight in shinning armor Bryony painted him to be.

Wanted By His Lost Love

Ryan Beardsley knew betrayal as he looked into his fiance eyes hearing lies about his brother. Ryan felt hurt, lost to know she slept with his little brother. Dumping her quickly he cut the ties that held them together. Now months later Ryan is concerned that she had not cashed the check he gave her. He went in search only to find out that she was pregnant. Instead of throwing insults Ryan wanted a second chance no matter whose baby it was.

Kelly Christian felt the betrayal of her fiance not believing her. She needed his most when she was assaulted but he believed in the worst. Heartbroken Kelly ran. Now months later becoming bigger than a house with her pregnancy Kelly sees Ryan. He is controlling her life now giving her orders to keep healthy. Kelly wants to believe he wants another chance but as he still doesn’t believe her she can’t let him back in all the way.

Tempted By Her Innocent Kiss

Devon Carter was on a verge of a big deal there was only one catch. He had to marry the mans daughter to get the contract. Devon didn’t want too but he agreed. Sooner than later he found himself married to a very vibrant woman but that will crash when the truth will rear its ugly head. Devon will soon find himself missing her energy as it is replaced with a boring woman.

Ashley Copeland loves life. Loves chaos and now loves her husband but it all falls apart on her wedding night. She finds she was bought and paid for by her father. She was a business deal. She doesn’t want a divorce as she loves Devon. She wants his love in return. Her plan is to change to get him to love her. But the change destroys the person she was and leaves her heartbroken and pregnant.

Undone By Her Tender Touch

Pippa Laingley wanted sex for the night. She got and lots of it from Cameron but there was a problem. With the tear of a condom all her plans changed and not for the better. She soon finds out that having a baby is the last thing Cameron wanted. Pippa knows to cut him out of their lives but it is hard when you are in love with the man.

Cameron Hollingsworth had lost his family and didn’t want it to happen again. He thought pushing Pippa away would work but he couldn’t stay away. He kept helping her bringing her closer but he could not open up his heart to her. It was only when he thought he lost her did he realize what he let slip through his fingers. He had to fight back to gain her trust and love.

The series Pregnancy & Passion certainly holds up to the category of romance novels in the Harlequin family. All the stories had romance mixed with sex and of course betrayal that will tug at your heart strings. The series started with a bang in the first book and stayed that way all the way into the last book of the series.

I found that the themes through all of the books was find the right woman, screw up and figure it out hoping its not too late. That was the formula for all the stories but nevertheless I was engaged in each story as they were all a little different. I liked the amnesia mixed into the story of the first book. The assault on Kelly in the second story will break your heart but you will feel triumph with what Ryan does. While Banks gave us a marriage of convenience in the third book which is never a good idea but will find its way of working out. The last book I liked that Banks gave Cam the problems of trust. It was he who had to be healed.

Banks will make each of the woman strong in their own way. A woman who could leave the man they loved to safe themselves and their babies. They all had backbone and the men all had to pay for their behavior but not with money. They had to get on their knees to beg for forgiveness.

Pregnancy & Passion is a fun, engaging and fast paced series to read.