Pleasure Games

Juno Ashmore is a glassblower who is in desperate need of money. Her friend will convince her to enter in a contest to win the heart of a billionaire. With her being on the show she will automatically get fifty thousand dollars. Juno will be excited for the show but will want to back out when she meets the bachelor.

Heathcliff Forester had arranged an opportunity to get the woman he had loved back in his life. He will do all that he can to get Juno to understand he had never stopped loving her.

Pleasure Games is a novella within the series Games by Jessica Clare. I liked this novella but I was wondering if I wouldn’t. This was a version of the Bachelor if you could not guess. So, Heathcliff was doing all he could to get Juno back and he rigged the dating show to make sure that she would come to him. I didn’t like the lying but Heathcliff was doing it because he truly loved her, so I pretty much forgave him for the lying to Juno. Heathcliff was very suave but I liked to see a vulnerability when he was scared of losing Juno. Now Juno’s character was a girl who didn’t like handouts and had a problem with running away when she got scared. I wanted to laugh at Juno’s emotions at times because it felt real. She was fighting her attraction and claimed that she didn’t want Heathcliff but every time he talked to another woman she got jealous.

I was happy with the ending as Jessica Clare wraps up everything in a predictable way but nevertheless I wanted that ending.

I am reading Partner Games next which will complete the Games series.

Reindeer Games

Luna was excited to go to the island but will be surprised when Endurance Island is in Alaska in winter time. From the beginning Luna is annoyed because of the weather and that no one was listening to her. She will be quickly booted out thanks to the leader Owen. She will get to the lodge and will be surprised when the next contestant walks through the door, Owen.

Reindeer Games is a novella within the series Games by Jessica Clare. This was a fun and quick novella to read but for me it was really short. I wish it was a little longer.

At first Owen’s character was driving me crazy. Right from the get go he was very demanding and not even giving Luna a chance. Although to be fair Luna was very headstrong but it is a competition and you have to be tough. I did end up liking Owen once you got to know him. He was a pastry chef who actually liked Luna, it was just his competitive nature that took over while in the game. Well he was still competitive but it was now all for fun. Luna’s character was competitive as well but she was also quirky and I loved that she was a horror script writer. Once they were away from the game and in the lodge they relaxed a little and actually found a way to get along.

I am reading Pleasure Games next.

Eyes on You

Wolf Henrikson had been waiting on a potential meeting but was stood up. He will be alright with the situation especially when he meets Olivia. He will save her from a bad date and whisk her off, and thing will only heat up from there.

Olivia Foster wanted the date from hell to end but she wasn’t able to be saved by her friend. Then she will get saved by a man who will have her wanting more, even though they had just met. Olivia will follow her feelings which will lead her down a path she never thought to follow.

Eyes on You is a novella in the series Blasphemy by Laura Kaye. Wow is the word when you read this. It was steamy and will make you wish you had Wolf in your life. I really thought Laura Kaye did a great job with this novella.

Wolf’s character was a dream man. He was protective, funny, hot and knew how to work his body and his partners. He was also kind and thoughtful to help someone in need. He was one of the masters of the club and his kink was voyeurism. Now with the kinks that are part of the club voyeurism has to be the least threatening one that would cause any harm to one person. The scenes between Wolf and Olivia are very steamy and written well. I liked Olivia’s character for taking a chance on the wild side. She had once expressed a fantasy to an ex and he laughed at her. That broke her desire to tell others. I liked that with Wolf she felt safe with him to express her desires.

Now I said the author did really well with this novella, but there would be one thing I would change and that would be the length. There is a conflict within the book with her ex-fiance and I kind of wanted more on that story line. I think there was potential to write more which would create more tension. Though for the novella it was well placed and gave enough satisfaction with the solution.

The next story to this series will be coming out this September.

Charming Sir Charles

Sir Charles had been courting Lady Norwood but she was oblivious to his attempts. Charles knew that he had to step up his attempts and he will get the chance with the help of Sally’s niece.

Lady Norwood, Sally, was escorting her niece Meg. Sally was happy with the season especially as Meg had a suitor, Sir Charles. Sally thought they would be a good match but she was conflicted as she wanted him, though she knew she could never have him.

Charming Sir Charles is the fifth novella to the series Dashing Widows by Anna Campbell. I was a little disappointed with this novella. It really didn’t have anything to do with the plot as I liked the idea of the plot. A younger man (only by four years) was wanting a mature woman instead of a school lady who would be eighteen. This plot had promise but for me it was slow going and not as fun as the other. The reason for me was Sally’s character. I thought Sally was a good woman and was trying to do what was right but she was so unsure. She drove me a little crazy with the switch of wanting Charles and then not wanting him. I just wanted her to make the decision. I also just wasn’t connecting with her character.

After reading this one from Anna Campbell I am hoping that the sixth novella from the Dashing Widows will be better. When the sixth story comes out I will give it a try and hope for the best.

Gabriel’s Gift

The holidays are upon the Prescott family and Gabriel is looking to spending that time with his family on Christmas day. Gabriel will quickly find that he wouldn’t be alone in the house on Christmas Eve. He will find a young girl hiding out in the attic and immediately begin to figure out where she is from, but he can only do that with the help of his family.

Gabriel’s Gift is a novella to the series Lost Hearts by Christina Dodd. This novella gives a little insight with how this extended family has grown over the years. The main character to the novella is obviously Gabriel. Gabriel’s character was a man who was still hurting due to his past but he was a good man. He loved his family with all his heart and his wife. When he interacted with the runaway girl he will have to talk about his past to help this girl heal, along with himself.

I have been a fan of this series, Lost Hearts, and Fortune Hunters which is linked through Gabriel’s character. This novella was very sweet and fun to read. It was actually very mushy with all the emotion but I thought that was just fine because this is a Christmas novella. It was supposed to be filled with love and hope and I think it delivers. The only criticism would be that it could be longer so you get more of this family.

Once Upon a Moonlit Night

Once Upon a Moonlit NightHippolyta Royle was having a very bad night as she was running away from a duke who was blackmailing her so he could marry her. Hippolyta will find help from a man in a carriage even though he doesn’t believe her story.

Matthew Mortimer was on his way to his family home when his carriage was stopped. He will find a young woman who claimed to be an heiress. Matthew doesn’t believe the woman but he will help her anyways, then he finds out she was telling the truth.

Once Upon a Moonlit Night is number 10.5 in the series Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt. I really loved this novella. I loved that Hoyt starts off Hippolyta’s story right where the tenth book ended her part in story.

Hippolyta’s character was privileged but she wasn’t stuck up. She was a kind girl who was just trying to survive in this new environment. I thought she was a little too soft spoken at times but that was just because she was shy. She became more talkative about her life with Matthew which was what she had been hiding from everyone. By being brave and talking about herself gives her the strength to stand up to those who would look down upon her. Matthew’s character was a man who worked and now he had inherited an earldom which he wasn’t looking forward to having. He was determined to make things work, he was also a kind man as well as passionate. I liked that he showed that compassionate side and helped Hippolyta even though he had no obligation.

I am really looking forward to the eleventh book which I will be reading next.

Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding

beauty-and-the-billionaire-the-weddingFor a year Gretchen has been planning her wedding to Hunter. She wants the craziness to be finished so she could start her life with her husband but there will be a problem with Hunter and that situation could unravel their wedding.

Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding is the last book to the series Billionaire Boys Club by Jessica Clare. I really liked this novella. I thought it wrapped up the series nicely and it was entertaining to read about Gretchen and Hunter again. I felt at times that it was very short but with Gretchen mentioned in the other books from the Billionaires and Bridesmaid I felt her story was complete.

It was fun to read about Gretchen and Hunters wedding. I had liked them from the beginning. Gretchen is still very outspoken and Hunter is still very shy but he is in complete love with his soon to be wife. Jessica Clare stayed true to how her characters were and interacted with each other especially with the conflict that comes between the couple, though it didn’t really, as it was all blown out of portion in Gretchen’s mind.

What surprised me was the other story line with Daphne, Gretchen’s sister, who was the singer/druggie. She was getting clean and I liked that she was staying clean. I was still not a big fan of hers but I liked that she did have some redemption and was becoming the woman she used to be.

Well this is it for me with the series from Jessica Clare but I will be back to this author.