Book Review

5-Stars for Robin Covington’s “Sweet Southern Betrayal” – Book Review

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Covington-Sweet Southern BetrayalPrivileged and ambitious attorney Teague Elliott is on the fast-track to getting everything he wants. All he has to do is stay on the straight and narrow and a high-profile political career is his for the taking. Until he wakes up naked with a Vegas showgirl…

Risa Clay has worked hard to put her showgirl past behind her and start fresh. But she owes ten grand to the wrong people, and to pay off her debt, she agrees to betray a stranger. . .but she ends up with a husband and guilty conscience.

Savvy and determined, she double-crosses the mob, goes on the run, and turns up on Teague’s doorstep armed with a dangerous secret, a marriage license, and the power to ruin his well-planed future. She thought using Teague again would be easy, but the passion that exploded between them in Vegas didn’t stay in Sin City and betrayal is the last thing on her mind.
Now Teague has to choose between the future he’s planned for all his life, or the one with Risa that he can’t turn away from.

My Review: 

“Messy is where the good stuff lives.” ~ Risa Clay

Sweet Southern Betrayal: A Boys Are Back in Town Novel (Entangled Indulgence), the third book of Robin Covington’s “Boys are Back in Town” series, featured attorney, Teague Elliot.  Known as a “fixer” among the elite power brokers of Washington D.C., he worked at one of the most prestigious firms and had political aspirations.  He stayed away from anything he considered “messy,” like relationships.  While attending his sister, Taylor’s wedding to his best friend, Lucky, in Las Vegas, he met redheaded bombshell, Risa Clay – his new showgirl wife.  His showgirl wife who owned a side business selling tasteful “marital aids.”  Not exactly the ideal woman for a man with dreams of living in the White House.  Everything about Risa was “messy.”  And personal.  And amazing.

They agreed to keep their marriage a secret.  Unfortunately, secrets have a way of taking on a life of their own, and soon Teague’s family, friends and colleagues found out about Risa.  As beautiful as she was on the outside, Risa was even lovelier on the inside.  She immediately tried to protect Teague from the possible repercussions of their Vegas nuptials, and knowingly placed herself directly in harm’s way.

At its core, Sweet Southern Betrayal was an “opposites attract” story, but as the layers were peeled away, we learned that both Risa and Teague were survivors.  They saw the dreams they never believed could be realized, in and with, each other.    It required that they to look past their set life plans, and into an unknown, unexpected and uncontrollable future.   How they navigated it was beautifully crafted, through self-doubt, heartbreak, betrayal, forgiveness, and the possibility of love.  In addition to some very steamy sex.

Many series have recurring characters that make cameo appearances, but Ms. Covington created a deep connection between the four friends – Teague, Lucky, Jack and Beck – that was itself another fully developed character.   The men formed a bond in childhood that sustained them through personal and professional successes and failures.   Ms. Covington took that circle of friendship and expanded it, as each man found love, and their family of friends grew.

While each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, I highly encourage readers to read A Night of Southern Comfort (The Boys are Back in Town Series) (Entangled Indulgence) and His Southern Temptation (The Boys are Back in Town Series) (Entangled Indulgence).  Ms. Covington is writing Beck’s book and it promises to be as emotional, entertaining and hot, as the rest of the series.

Disclaimer: While I received an ARC of this book for an honest review, I purchased it for my “Boys are Back in Town” Collection.

About the Author:

Author Robin Covington

Robin Covington, who NYT Best Selling authors, Robyn Carr and Carly Phillips, said was their new “auto-buy author”, writes sizzling hot contemporary and paranormal romance.

A Night of Southern Comfort, her best-selling debut novel was a 2012 finalist in the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Awards, earned 4.5 stars and was touted by RT Book Reviews as bringing a “fresh, modern feel to the genre while still sticking to the things that get our adrenaline pumping — sex and danger”. When she’s not exploring the theme of fooling around and falling in love, she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Joe Manganiello.

Robin is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Washington and Maryland Romance Writers, a faculty member at Romance University, a member of the Waterworld Mermaids, and a contributor to the Happy Ever After blog at USA Today. You can find Robin on her website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter (@RobinCovington).

Robin lives in Maryland with her hilarious husband, brilliant children, and ginormous puppies.

Book Review – “Still” by Ann Mayburn – Explosive Domme Doctor and Her Alpha Gunnery Sergeant Sub

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For some reason, I have been consumed by military romances this Summer, especially those that seem to hit close to home.   These stories feature men and women who have left active duty military service, returned to the US and reintegrated into civilian life.   The majority of the characters are suffering the effects of PTSD, and other physical, mental, and/or emotional trauma.    Perhaps this has been my way of working through some of my issues, as the wife of a former serviceman with PTSD.   Or maybe I just like spicy, erotica featuring former military members and the people love them.  Either way, anything that brings more attention to men and women who served, and continue to serve, is ok by me.

The latest story I read was Ann Mayburn’s “Still.”  TEAR-JERKING SCORCHER.

On the surface Michelle Sapphire was not a female character I would typically like, as she was the typical beautiful, tall, blonde, rich, smart doctor. (Meh). However, she quickly established herself as a multifaceted woman I would want to know, as a professional (Doctor) and as a friend. While she was deployed to Afghanistan as a Navy doctor, she met Gunnery Sergeant Wyatt Callahan and they established a strong “brothers-in-arms” bond.

Upon returning to the U.S. Michelle and Wyatt were reunited suddenly when she bailed him out of jail, following an event triggered by his PTSD. She gave Wyatt two options: go home and never speak to her again, or agree to live with her for a month, as her submissive.

Wyatt accepted the challenge, and together they worked through their relationship, survivor’s guilt and commitment issues. Wyatt learned how to trust Michelle and their connection. Michelle, a Domme, learned to embrace another submissive into her heart and life. She dominated their scenes, but always ensured that Wyatt felt safe and cared for. The more they opened up to each other, the hotter the action got, and the deeper their emotions ran.

This was one of the most realistic depictions of PTSD, in men and women, I have read. Wyatt already respected Michelle, as a higher ranking Officer, so stepping into the role of her sub was a logical transition. By using the D/s relationship, Ms. Mayburn fully incorporated Michelle and Wyatt’s existing (non-physical or emotional) Officer/NCO connection to help each other through the realities of PTSD. It only helped to strengthen their D/s bond because they already trusted each other.

At the end of the book, Ms. Mayburn included a list of resources for service members and their families/friends that provided support services for everything from PTSD and other health concerns, to relocation, and homelessness. This was already an emotional read for me, and seeing the list at the end (in addition to Ms. Mayburn’s note to her readers at the beginning of the book) made me cry.  She absolutely understood.

I hope Ms. Mayburn writes Yuki and James’ story, soon!

Here is the link to my Amazon review:  Explosive Domme Doctor and Her Alpha Gunnery Sergeant Sub

 

Book Review – “Charming Carmen,” by Anna Leigh Keaton and Madison Layle – Delicate Domme Meets Strong Sub

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After reading so many books, some good, some bad, some great, about D/s relationships, I was looking for a novella that featured a Domme (Fem-Dom). I wanted to delve into the mind of a woman, who was a exploring, or discovering, her dominant nature. I was not interested in reading about a stiletto boot-wearing, riding crop-wielding, man-hater interested in cuckolding men, or a switch, or another ménage `n friends, etc. It was a short list. A very short list. I was happy to find Charming Carmen (Incognito 6).

Carmen’s friend Olivia (from Seducing Olivia [Incognito 1]) shared some of her experiences as a sub and Carmen was intrigued. Olivia (and her two husbands) invited Carmen to Incognito, their BSDM club, to see and learn more about the lifestyle. When she was introduced to some of the members, it was clear that Carmen was a Domme. She just had not learned how to express it. When Carmen saw Carl, she knew he was the sub for her. There was only one issue: Carl belonged to Kat, Domme and owner of Incognito. Oops? Awkward.

Carmen “won” a weekend with Carl (as her sub) as part of a fundraiser. They were both surprised to discover the connection they felt when the first met, was intensifying and could become deeper. Carl, an experienced sub, became her teacher. As they began to trust each other, emotions they sublimated also began to surface.

Their scenes were deeply personal and the writing really did Carmen’s character development, and growth into her Domme nature, justice. The scene where Carl finally submits fully, was beautifully constructed, and moves slowly and seductively. The sex was hot, and the connection between Carmen and Carl was palpable.

I did not read this series in order. In fact, as of writing this review, I have only read Charming Carmen (Incognito 6). The story stands alone, even though characters appear throughout the series in each other’s stories. I downloaded Collaring Kat (Incognito 5) and will likely read it next. I may work my way backwards, through the series, as most of the novellas feature more “traditional” D/s relationship with male Dom(s) and/or ménage.

Charming Carmen (Incognito 6) was such an unexpectedly, pleasant surprise and I want more books like this!!

Here is the link to my review on Amazon:  Delicate Domme Meets Strong Sub

Book Review – “Logan and Jenna” (Wolf Mate #6) by R.E. Butler – Sassy Fairy Meets her Alpha Wolf

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Short, sexy read. Logan and Jenna may be my favorite couple of the “Wolf’s Mate” series. Jenna surprised me at how strong she was, both physically and emotionally. Logan was so much sweeter than I had imagined him to be, which endeared me to him. As a couple, they were protective of each other and oh, so HOT.

Here is the link to my review:  Sassy Fairy Meets her Alpha Wolf

Book Reviews – “Wrong Bed, Right Guy,” and “Chasing Mrs. Right” by Katee Robert

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Book 1 in Katee Robert’s “Come Undone Series” – “Wrong Bed, Right Guy”

Sweet, sexy romance where the tattooed bad boy grows up before our eyes, into a good man, worthy of a lovely lady.

 

Book 2 in Katee Robert’s “Come Undone Series” – “Chasing Mrs. Right”

I wanted to know what happened to Ian and Roxanne, who were secondary characters in Wrong Bed, Right Guy (Come Undone) And, I’m a sucker for a tortured, military veteran, so I was expecting to like this story.

Holy cow! I LOVED it! This is case of the second book being hotter and more emotional than the first, in a series. Both Ian and Roxanne are dealing with deeply personal commitment issues and are wary of a relationship. Hot sex is ok, GREAT, even, but intimacy is a no-no.

So, both are caught unaware when they start falling for each other, effortlessly. They need to put aside their own baggage, to be there for the other one. I appreciate that Ms. Robert spent time allowing this part of their relationship develop organically. It was not rushed, and felt real.

I look forward to reading Two Wrongs, One Right (Come Undone) Nathan’s story. From the hints given in the first two books, it plans to also be an emotional rollercoaster.

Great series!