Cake on a Hot Tin Roof

Rita Lucero did not want to host the Mardi Gras party but was forced into the role. She will work hard to make the party a success but when one of the guest winds up dead a whole lot of trouble starts for Rita’s family.

Cake on a Hot Tin Roof is the second book to the series A Piece of Cake Mystery by Jacklyn Brady. I am really enjoying this series. It actually surprised me because of my lack of interest with mystery’s. Although to be fair this is definitely not a very serious mystery, this is what is considered a cozy mystery. It was fast paced and it kept me interested.

Rita’s character is out of her element with the amount of work to do. Although she is ready for that hard work. Personally she needs to take a break and chill out for a moment but that would be unlikely to happen. With the investigation Rita stays close to it as her family could be in trouble. I liked her tenacious attitude with the investigation but she was too head strong and acted first then thought.

The investigation was interesting as she did her own interviewing of the bystanders. I was wondering who had done it without too much success with guessing the right person. The main police officer was Liam Sullivan who had been introduced in the first book. Now as a romance reader I am always looking to see who will become attached. Liam definitely has a shot and then there is Gabriel the bartender. Only time will tell if Rita’s character will become more than interested in one of them. I just don’t want the whole love triangle thing happening. It gets annoying and I lose interested.

With each story I am also learning more about the staff and I have to say I am not too impressed by them. They are clearly resentful of Rita for invading their territory. Though I have noticed that some of the ice has thawed and they are warming up to her.

I decided to continue with this series and will be reading Arsenic and Old Cake next.

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Playing Games

Katy Short was only at the audition to help her brother but she will quickly be paired up with her brother for the reality tv show that was a race. Katy will be happy with the money that came with the show but things will get out of hand especially when her partner changes from brother to rock star.

Playing Games is the second book to the series Games by Jessica Clare. This series is clearly inspired by classical reality tv shows that are still very popular. This one was very much based on the Amazing Race and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a great follow up to the series.

Katy was a fantastic character. She was very genuine and I liked that as the race started she got that competitive edge. I also liked that she found something real in a reality tv show. The romance reader in me was cheering for Katy and Liam and hoping that they would find a happy ending. Liam’s character was a rock star that just wanted to write music. He was stuck on this show but he will be surprised by Katy and surprised that he found a connection with her.

The one thing that drove me was crazy was Brodie, Katy’s older brother. He pretty much betrayed his sister at every turn. Yet she tried to help her brother. If Brodie is in another story within the series I hope he isn’t such a villain, but more than likely he would be.

I am reading Ice Games next.

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband

Cecilia Harcourt was on her way to find her missing brother when she will find instead his friend Edward Rokesby. She will care for Edward and pretend to be his wife to do so. She hoped that he would be able to tell her more about her brother but then she found out Edward had lost his memory .

Edward Rokesby could not remember the last three months of his life which is why he didn’t question that he married Cecilia and could not remember. He will try his best to remember what he had lost which will bring questions about who was telling the truth.

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband is the second book to the series Rokesby by Julia Quinn. I found this to be a sweet story especially towards the end, the romantic in me was cheering.

I liked Cecilia’s character. I thought she was brave to go to New York and look for her brother. There could have been many things that could have happened to her as a woman on her own. Edward’s character was a good man and what I loved about him was that he truly loved Cecilia through reading Thomas’s letters. You knew the lie would hurt Edward but it was not one that was done maliciously. She lied to everyone to help find her brother.

The ending left us with the knowledge of the next Rokesby to have his story, which will be Andrew Rokesby.

Blue-Eyed Devil

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.

Dirty Sexy Inked

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.

Ride Rough

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.

Mastering Her Senses

Quinton Ross loved his job at Blasphemy but he wanted more. He wanted a partner in and out of the club. Quinton will find that with Cass but he will have to first help her fight her phobia.

Cassia Locke had been trapped in a cave for four days which created a phobia of the dark. For two years Cass tried to cure her phobia. She decided to come back to Blasphemy and ask Quinton for help.

Mastering Her Senses is the second book to the series Blasphemy by Laura Kaye. I really enjoyed this story. It was another look into the Dom/Sub but this one concentrated on sensory play. It also took a look into phobia which for me brought more to the story.

Quinton’s character was a fun loving guy who was kind of adorable. I instantly liked him when he was first mentioned. I will say I would be interested to know more about his background. You got to know some but just the facts. He was an interesting member of the club with the sensory play, I liked that he was able to help Cass with her phobia of the dark. Cass’s character was a young woman who was trying to heal herself. She was brave to try and help herself, but she pushed herself too much. I liked that Quinton was able to reel her back.

What I thought was interesting was Cass’s brother is a member of the Raven Riders which is another series by Laura Kaye. I wonder if Jagger will have his own story. I am looking forward to Maverick’s who will be in the second book of the Raven Riders, which I am on the list for.

The next story from Blasphemy will come out this June so I don’t have too long to wait.