BLOG REVIEW: Acquisition: The Complete Series by Celia Aaron

***3.5-stars
SPOILER-y Plot:

25yo loner artist heroine (h) reluctantly agrees to a 1-year contract to be owned by arrogant & controlling district attorney, 29yo Hero (H), to save her beloved father from being sentenced to prison & dying there per H's instructions. H wants to be indifferent to her & treat her like a possession as fitting of an Acquisition but he finds himself possessive & protective over her, esp during the Acquisition trials where others get to see naked & even touch her but she was able to fight them off. She'd like to hate him, esp after he viciously whipped her during the Acquisition ball, but she can't help being drawn to him too. He confused her since his vicious whipping didn't jive with the obvious remorse & desperate tending he did to her after she fainted from the whippings per her maid's info. Plus being part of the Acquisition was not his choosing. It took her close to 1 month to recover from her whipped back with help of her maid, who she soon found out experienced what she did 20 years ago as the Acquisition of H's mother. When H saw her again, she could see how haunted & sorry he was for hurting her & they soon hotly smexxed bareback with H pulling out but his bro watched them & goaded H re: sharing h. She got a little revenge by making H jealous, when she deliberately held her stepbro's hands & kissed him goodbye during her reward visit to her dad. But she softens & yields to him again, when he tenderly cared for her when she fell from her horse after a lightning struck them. They hotly smexxed bareback with both letting their feelings for each other come through. Right after though, they both tell each other that it can't happen again with H making a cryptic comment re: getting through the 1-year Acquisition trial. 

Things come to a head when H showed h the sale documents her father signed before she signed the contract, selling her to H for $1million. His jealousy over how she stood behind her younger bro made him see the truth about her dad, when she demanded to go see him at the hospital he was at. But she ended up hating him for the truth re: her dad so she told him she was choosing her younger bro (OM) as her new owner since OM just told them that she can choose him as her owner per their mom's info. H threatened her younger bro & told him he doesn't know all the rules & consequences but his younger bro threatened him back. She flies to Cuba with OM & tries to avoid the next 2 week while he's busy with their sugar business. But he puts the pressure on to yield to him but she rejects him since she's tired of men in her life using her for their own greedy ends. 

A farm revolt has her waiting in OM's room while he takes care of his rebelling farm workers. Hero surprised her, when he came into the room wounded from knife wounds she helps tend to as she sees him remorseful of hurting her thru the Acquisition yet stuck with having to continue with the Acquisition and feeling possessive over her. H makes her lie next to him but she refused until he grabs her. OM takes her from H as H was about to smex her. She lets OM kiss & touch her (i.e. finger her, kiss her boobs) a couple times as part of her plan to use OM's desire for her to mess with the 2 brothers & to escape from the stress of the Acquisition trials esp since OM has officially become her new owner. But that last time before the Christmas trial hunt, she told OM to stop before he smexxed her coz she realized she only wanted H. H rescues her from the Christmas trial hunt right after her stepbro got to her 1st & boasted re: smexxing her roughly in front of others but H knocked him out & got h back in the lodge while still wearing his hunting mask & pretending he's his brother OM. OM helps them make noise in his room so others will think he's raping her while H is carefully tending to h, who was surprised that he came back for her but he said always keeps his promises esp after his bro OM suddenly called him to let him know that he's transferring ownership of h back to him w/o explaining why & updated him re: the Christmas hunt plans. She asked him why he couldn't stay as kind as he was with her now & not turn back to a cold-hearted monster. H said he couldn't due to his obligation but wouldn't say anymore & became distant again, telling h to inform the Acquisition leader later that day that she wanted to transfer owners from OM back to H. She realized that he loved her & felt hurt when he had to hurt her. So, she was ok with & turned on with him inflicting some BDSM pain on her. 

Hero surprised heroine with a friendly spa team from Hollywood she befriended when they prepared her for the ball. They had a lovely Christmas dinner together, except for her missing maid who'd been tending to H's demented mom on the upstairs rooms. When h asked H about the spring Acquisition trial in 3 months, he clammed up & became cold & harsh with her again, telling her that sex with her didn't mean as much as winning the Acquisition did. She confronted him of his love for her but he denied it & told her he was just playing her yet she insisted that he did love her. She goes up to his mom's suite upstairs in hopes of getting some answers H won't tell her from her maid. But his mom was more lucid this time & willing to give her answers, despite her maid's pleas for h to go back downstairs. She found out from H's mom how she harshly molded H to be the cold & heartless man he is now, when he was still a child who she let witness her 1st murder of 1 of the Acquisition players at that time & had his workers killed also. H's mom also told h of the 7 Acquisition rules, with the 1st rule: the loser Acquirer will have to kill his youngest sibling. When H found out h knew everything re: the Acquisition, he left to stay in town & allowed her the run of his family mansion. 

Heroine trained for combat with her Russian former-fighter friend the next 2 months with her goal to dismantle the Acquisition once & for all, spurred on by knowledge that failing meant that H's beloved youngest bro will die. So, when H brought a beautiful date (OW) to his younger bro's bday party, h was hurt & had no problem sparring with him with all her might while asking him who OW was & if he loved her & why he'd been stayed away from h for months. H told her that he didn't want to distract her from her training & he was wooing OW (who's the Acquisition leader's daughter) as part of their plan to bring the Acquisition group down. She won 1x of the 2 battles with the other 2 Acquisitions during the Spring trial, where the loser has their family member brought there be savagely hurt or killed. She deliberately lost 1 battle to the male Acquisition who she befriended to save his young sister to the detriment of her father, who she didn't mind being punished for his lies & selfishness. 

When she woke up after the battle, heroine's wounds were being tended to by her maid & learned that H had gone to fly off somewhere with OW for a few weeks. Her uncertainty re: H's real relationship with OW & hurt from his lack of contact with her weakened her resolve to succumb a bit to his bro OM's kisses with help of alcohol he plied her with but put a stop to it coz could only think of H, although turned on by OM's sexual touches. OM agreed to sleep with her without trying anything & that's what H walked into the next morning, when he was eager to see h since he'd missed her so much & doing his best to make an ally with OW. He felt hurt & betrayed at thinking h finally succumbed to OM so said some harsh words to her, when she happily saw him again but felt hurt & betrayed herself by him defending OW & rejecting her. As much as she wanted to hurt H as he hurt her for assuming she'd smex his bro OM, she couldn't take revenge on him by betraying him with his bro coz she wasn't like that & she was glad she's retaining this part of herself despite all that's happened. So, when H ordered her to give up her room for OW & sleep in the barn & be at OW's beck & call, h complied coz she wanted H to win to save his brother so then she can be done with them & leave them forever. It hurt more when she realized that H was now engaged to OW but she kept her cool during the engagement dinner filled with Acquisition players. But, when she was almost anal-raped by her stepbro who was 1 of the dinner guests, H realized his love for h could overlook her smexxing his bro & was relieved to find out from h's maid re: h not smexxing his bro OM. 

Hero apologized to heroine & told her his ILY (I love you) & that he never intended to marry OW but was covering up for her & her real BF coz intends to ruin her father soon. She told him her ILY& would only forgive him if he promised to completely demolish the Acquisition with her & he complied. Their affair blossomed with H at times spending time with OW to cover up for her romance with her secret BF. H's mom had 1 lucid time, where she confirmed to H that she wanted him to do away with the Acquisition & that she hoped that his & h's love for each other will save them. The last trial came as a surprise with a surprise visit from the Acquisition leader who told h &H to go to the destination with him. She chose to be the 1 beaten by the leader instead of her beating H as the last Acquisition challenge. H became the next Acquisition leader due to the sacrfice h made for him, which was 1 of the secret Acquisition leader rules. He tended to h the next few weeks sorry for what she had to go though for him & awed that she would do so. They planned the demise of all Acquisition players the next 3 weeks. So, at H's coronation day, his 1st plan was to revoke himself as the Acquisition leader & pit each player against each other to be the next leader with weapons he put out there at their disposal. They all started killing each other while H&h & their group snuck outside in the secret door while all the doors were locked. She lit the fuse which blew up the mansion with all the Acquisition players in there. Months later at Christmas time, her stepbro stabs her maid & almost abducts her but H's younger bro got there but he shot him. She went after stepbro with a knife & killed him. Epilogue...2 years later, H&h married & have a toddler son & she's almost due with twin girls. H's bros are happy & healthy. HEA.

*556 pgs
*good suspenseful writing & pacing, esp when h & the other 2 Acquisitions were being hunted down
*loved h's quiet but tough inner strength & determination to survive her 1-yr enslavement(with whippings & forced tattooes) with cool grit as she can muster & not let H or anyone else involved in the Acquisition break her down & instead quietly store up her rage into vengeance for all involved
*good emo with angst/poignancy from H&h's secret care & longing for each other that they had to resist & can't show coz of others & H thinking she slept with his bro so banished her to the barns & made her be servant to OW he was now engaged with
*good char change with h transforming from a somewhat placid wanna-be artist recovering from her suicide attempt to becoming more fiery & then determined to survive the Acquisition intact & bloodthirsty for revenge
*loved H's character change from an indifferent & cold-hearted manipulator who only wanted to be on top to being protective & secretly caring of h that he was haunted by his whipping of h & what he had to do for the Acquistion game. H was inherently a kind & caring person as it shows with his youngest bro but being the 1st-born trained to continue their Acquisition role by his crazy mother warped his character but being with h gradually helped steady him
*loved H's alpha demanding possessive-protectiveness over h. But wished he was quicker about chasing after h the 2 times she went away with his brother OM, who was obvious about desiring h. Instead, it took him crucial days to weeks to finally go after her coz he was either moping or feeling helpless. Then, he'd act jealous, demanding, & worried with h for possibly smexxing OM now.
*loved having both their POVs coz got good grasp of the inner workings of both characters 
*average S chem
*good explicit S with emo & some BDSM-y spankings & rough smexxing but not overdone or overfocused
*h tried to commit suicide a few years ago by slitting her wrist but her dad found her & rushed her to hospital. It took her 1 year to recover but was still a loner for years after.
*h only had sex 1x & it was with her ex-stepbro (their parents were only married for 6 mos) coz she was still an emotional mess from her mom's suicide death & she considered the sex a “non-event”
*liked that she let her anger out by frankly confronting him on his abuse of her & slapping him to defend herself from him to a limit & her petty revenge re: playing it up with her stepbro
*liked that she stood toe to toe with him emotionally including feeling possessive of him
*didn't like how h was sorta easy with letting men kiss/touch her that she even let her stepbro devirginize her even though she wasn't into him coz she just wanted to escape her bad feelings
*good rom/rom dev & emotionality

BLOG REVIEW: Dirty Billionaire bk3 by Meghan March

***3-stars

SPOILER-y Plot:

22yo Kentucky country singer 22yo heroine (h) drives to her grandma's house, feeling distraught about her marriage & feeling like she's lost herself. Her car dies & the popular bad boy in high school is now the mechanic who hauls her out of her house & get her around town to help her out of her funk. She gets drunk at the old bowling alley she worked at & where she had her singing career started until her husband, billionaire Hero (H), shows up & tells her she's had enough. She doesn't relent until she sings a few songs, including 1 about being an ornament in a rich man's life for a little while. H knows he has to convince her that she is his life. He tries to take her home in her drunken state but h's bad-boy friend isn't making it easy on H, telling him that he didn't do right by her & threatening him if he doesn't treat her right. 

Next morning H told her to stop running away from him & that, if she has a problem with him next time, to talk to him about it & they'll figure it out. He told her he never want to feel like that again & will do whatever he can to make sure she doesn't leave him again. She promised she won't run away again. H said that he's staying with her b/c she's there & that they don't need to be complicated & that he ILY (I love you)-ed her. She was stunned at his ILY & he told her that he doesn't expect to hear it back until she can say it freely without games or manipulation on his part. Then, they hotly smex. They shared their childhood upbringing (H's beloved missionary parents killed in Africa & he was shipped to boarding school by his uncle coz he was unwanted while his younger sister raised by his aunt). She soon tells him her ILY as he's openly affectionate even in public & keeps telling her how much he loves her & his willingness to do anything to make her happy. 

H has to go back to NYC due to urgent business matters but doesn't give details to H & h doesn't ask either. Next morning news hits re: H buying out her recording company & the financial troubles with her uncle linked with it as well as details of his 1st marriage per her mom's given info. She didn't know why H didn't share his troubles with her esp since he bought the recording company for her sake. She's mad at him for failing to share them with her but didn't run away from him this time. Instead knew she it was now her turn to stand by him & fight for him. She also changed the locks on her grandma's house & finally resolved to toughen up with her mom's proclivity to make trouble. He's happy to see her supporting him & they say more ILYs & figure out how to fix his uncle's business threat with unexpected help of his mafia bio dad who he just found out about & just met. Epilogue...9mos later, she wins a CMA (Country Music Association) award for the single she wrote about meeting H on 5th Ave & she's pregnant with their daughter & they're going on their honeymoon. HEA.

* 150+ pgs
* 3rd book was sweet with H certain & open about his love for h
* liked that Hero groveled some by showing how constant he was in supporting her in her career & openly showing his love for her.
* h's character change in bk3 was both good & bad for me. Good was that she became more determined & feisty. Bad was that she became more (& unnecessarily) mouthy & crude, which took away from the sweetness & innocence that I liked about her character in bks1 & 2. Her tendency to run away from H/her problems also got old & irritating. But she did (wo)man up & stayed to work with her problems with H instead of running away again.
 * less emotional impact & no real angst compared to bks1 & 2 since their romance became more stable in bk3
* good S chem/explicit sex with romance with some anal rimming/sex in bk3
* overall good writing/pacing
* overall liked quiet but strong inside country girl h with her honesty & straightforwardness & feistiness when pushed where she doesn't want to go
* overall loved alpha demanding dirty-talking H with his unusual possessive-protective claimy “mine” obsession with h

For Book 1's review, click here.
For Book 2's review, click here.

BLOG REVIEW: Dirty Billionaire bk2 by Meghan March

****4-stars
 SPOILER-y Plot:

22yo newbie country-singer heroine (h) is back in Nashville & hurried through her apt to get her stuff to get on the tour bus in time. Businessman Hero (H) still hasn't called or texted her. And she only left a 2-line “goodbye” note for H in their apt. When her country-signer BFF (best friend) grilled her on why she didn't fly on her husband's private plane, h reluctantly told her that H basically forgot about her. Her BFF sympathized with her but also suggested that she give H a 2nd chance when he comes for her to grovel, knowing about h's trust issues due to her neglectful mom. When H gets back home after an 8-hour meeting, he was shocked to find her gone but leaving all the stuff he gave her, esp the guitar. He admitted to his business partner BFF that he forgot about h & her plan to fly back to Nashville for her concert tours. He looks all over for her from Nashville to TX & finally got to see her singing in concert while waiting to see her in person & he was amazed at her talent. 

When he finally gets to see her again, he immediately apologizes for not fulfilling his promise to fly her to Nashville in time. Then he demands that she's no way going to stay the night in a tour bus with a bunch of men & that she's spending the night with him in a hotel & be back in time for their tour bus leaving the next day. He demands her to strip right away & she tells him “no” even when he reminded her of their marriage deal coz she told him they were done when she realized he was putting her chance at realizing her dream with her just-starting singer career at risk by just conveniently forgetting about her. When he told her that's gonna take care of that, she basically told him she didn't trust him to do that since their prenup made clear that she'd get nothing if they got divorced. So, she can't count on him but only on herself. He told her that he knows he's the one that messed up & he intends to put their marriage back on track the way he knows how. Since she knows that their sex life is pretty much the only thing in their marriage that's guaranteed, she strips for him & they hotly smex after dinner. H is realizing how much he wants to stay married to h & it's not as easy as he thought but it's worth it for him. So, he goes on tour with her the next 10 days in their own tour bus he got her & watched how hard she works in her career & how amazingly talented she is. 

But when they got back to NYC to make it to H's charity gala, she encounters OW who informed her that she was H's 1st wife & she left him b/c he's all about winning & told h they're marriage won't last since she is out of place in their NYC life & he'll eventually tire of her in pursuit of his next win. She was in shock that H didn't inform her of his 1st wife even though he did of his 2nd wife & her words about not fitting in & that she'll just be a liability to H & that being his wife will likely mean pushing her career aside coincided with her own insecurities & doubts. So, she had a little panic attack & fell back on the museum wall & somebody got H to check on her. When they got home & H had his doctor check on her, he insisted her tell her what happened so she told him about meeting his 1st ex-wife & what she told her. H told her that marrying his 1st ex-wife when he was young was a mistake & a whim, which sounded to h like their own marriage. When H said she & his 1st ex-wife have nothing in common, she told him that's what his ex-wife said about her & H & that she's just H's new toy-of-the-moment with an expiration date. H realized he was in love with h & that it hurt for her not trust him after everything he did for her, including her not yet knowing about the buying out her recording company she was under. So he told her that if she's looking to leave him again then she'll likely find one but he's not gonna beg her to stay & then he leaves, after she didn't say anything. She sits there alone with need to get out of H's penthouse coz she felt that she didn't belong there. So she packs her stuff & leaves to the only home she's ever known and again leaves H the same 2-word “goodbye” note. Cliffhanger ending.

* 150+ pgs
* 2nd book was angsty with some sexy marriage-sex 
* 2nd book with H making some emotional, romantic, & character development but h still kinda confused but doing some growing pains too
* 2nd book with good emotionality with some angst-poignancy with h viewing herself as H's current entertainment but is not really valued by him for herself esp when he didn't even call to tell her about his business meeting that interfered with her set plans to fly out to Nashville for her tour & just made her wait & made her think he just forgot about her & what's important to her
* good emotionality with angst/poignancy before she left H
* good S chem/explicit sex with romance with some anal rimming/sex in bk2
* overall good writing/pacing
* overall liked quiet but strong inside country girl h with her honesty & straightforwardness & feistiness when pushed where she doesn't want to go
* overall loved alpha demanding dirty-talking H with his unusual possessive-protective claimy “mine” obsession with h

For Book 1's review, click here.
For Book 3's review, click here.

BLOG REVIEW: Dirty Billionaire bk1 by Meghan March

****4-stars
SPOILER-y Plot:

22yo trailer-park contest-winner heroine (h) is looking for her 1st ONS (one night stand) ever in a NYC bar as her Christmas gift for herself on her 1st Christmas alone since her beloved grandma died & after 8 frustrating months of her 1-year contract with her record company to pretend to be the GF of a flailing but scandalous country singer. She's rescued by a handsy paunchy man by jaded manho billionaire businessman, 33yo Hero (H), who'd been watching h since she 1st came in the high-end bar, looking innocent & refreshingly out of place. She soon recognizes billionaire H from the mags she's read & amazed that he'd be interested in someone unsophisticated like her but doesn't let on that she knows him. H plans on claiming her in a primal possessive way he's been feeling towards her from the 1st and that he'd never felt before for any other woman. She beats him to it by asking if he's interested in a ONS with her. She nervously takes him to her hotel room & has to talk herself into going through with it & he's stunned that she doesn't want to exchange names. They hotly smex 4 times that night with some spanking & making H feel like he's never before with his countless past lovers. So, waking up with her & her stuff gone & the hotel adamant about not giving her name or info makes H frantic to find her. 

H puts a newspaper ad that goes viral, looking for mysterious h he had a tryst with & wanting her to meet him at midnight @ same hotel room on New Year's Eve to receive the engagement ring & prenup he'll be bringing her. She is in shock & torn at reading it esp since her recording company had already planned to have her fake BF propose to her on New Year's Eve to boost their careers & failure to do so would be a breach of contract. She chose H, despite the lust-only motive & likely divorce & getting her emotions tangled up but at least the monetary payoff will be worth it to jump-start her flailing career per her current recording contract. When she told him her name & that she was a country singer, he realized she had a well-publicized BF & his plans to propose to her that night so he told her he drew the line at marrying a cheating whore like her since he had a no-cheating rule. She was set to leave, kicking herself for the wrong choice she made, until he insisted in asking her why she came to him tonight & why she went to the bar to pick him up a week ago. She told him it was to escape reality & it was a Christmas gift to herself, given that she'd been celibate for 14 months. He wasn't going to let her leave & demanded more details re: her 14-month celibacy & so she hesitantly told him the PR secret re: her fake BF. Then, H told her they're off to Vegas to get married with a detailed 50-page prenup. They hotly smex on their wedding night with h wondering what she got into with H's dominant ways in & out of the bedroom. 

H's decision to marry h was impulsive with goal of getting more of the amazing sex he's had with her and with clear intent of not getting attached but he's not sure where his possessiveness of her is coming from. While h thinks she's just his new toy of the moment but will likely tire of her later. She puts her foot down when he tried to railroad her singing career by telling her she can't go to Nashville to go back on her tour coz she has to work around his work schedule. She told him she wants out of their marriage now but he told her he's not done with her & apologized for minimizing her career & promised her to make it a priority. However, when she was schedules to fly back to Nashville via H's private plane, H didn't come through & he didn't answer her numerous texts & phone calls from her. She got a hold of his business partner who told her that H was stuck in an important meeting he couldnt' get out of while h's manager had finally threatened that she'll be off the tour if she didn't show up for their concert that night. She felt disappointed in H for not giving her the common courtesy to contact her to inform her about his business meeting & delayed flight, when she made it clear to him just the day before how much her singing career meant to her. She was also disappointed in herself for trusting H even for a short time & solidified her view that she really can't count on anyone but herself. So, she left NYC & paid for a commercial flight to Nashville with her own money & brought only her own clothes & left the credit cards & clothes he gave her & even the nice guitar he gave her. She once again felt treated like she was secondary & only good for the others' convenience ala her neglectful mom who made her follow along from 1 trailer to the next per her boyfriend change & finally dropped off at her grandma's at age 14 when her mom found her inconvenient with her new RV-ing BF. Cliffhanger ending.

* 150+ pgs
* 1st book was sexy & good S chem with some angst at the end 
* good emotionality with angst/poignancy before she left H
* good S chem/explicit S with emo 
* liked h's mix of naivete and ambition & determination as well as her quiet strength couple with her elegant sexiness
* overall good writing/pacing
* overall liked quiet but strong inside country girl h with her honesty & straightforwardness & feistiness when pushed where she doesn't want to go
* overall loved alpha demanding dirty-talking H with his unusual possessive-protective claimy “mine” obsession with h
* H a regular manwhore used to 4somes. h only had 3 other lovers (a high-school BF & a FB at the bowling alley she worked at) & an almost-lover with songwriter who she oraled or was oraled by but stopped coz didn't want a ONS with him

For Book 2's review, click here.
For Book 3's review, click here. 


BLOG REVIEW: Catch Him by S. Doyle

****4.5-stars
SPOILER-y Plot:

28yo SF cop heroine(h) accepts date with dashing British stranger, 30s businessman Hero(H), who she met the night before as a suspect for breaking & entering at his friends' house due to house alarm going off for not having the passcode. She asked him why pick someone ordinary like her instead of a supermodel with his billionaire lifestyle. H thought her honesty & openness refreshing, with her informing him sex is off the table on their date since he ended up buying her expensive dress & shoes for their posh dining he insisted on & she didn't want to feel like she was paying him back with sex. She agreed to go to another date with him the next day, with him informing her that he's not buying her clothes & shoes coz he plans on getting her to have sex with him. He took her to a baseball game & she shared her issues with her father who lives with her & used to be a SFPD cop but started taking money from the mob to help pay for her mom's cancer txt & he was fired b/c of it & still lost her mom. He understood due to his alcoholic mom & him having to take care of her & his younger sis. He hugged her when she cried, which was unusual for her. So she tells him he's a good guy but he told her that he's not & warned her he's a ruthless guy. 

When she goes home with him, she knew it wasn't just for dinner & knew it was a temporary affair since she knows he's only visiting SF & she's not his usual woman but would take advantage of this Cinderella-type experience with someone so hot & cosmopolitan like him temporarily interested in someone ordinary like her. She didn't know what to do after dinner since H was just watching the news & not really engaging with her so she told him she's just gonna go home. He responded instead with asking her if she wanted to make love or be f**ed & proceeded to detail what he would do if she chose either. She chose the latter & then he had her strip & they hotly smexxed with a little spanking. She was about to leave to go back to work but he asked if he could sext her & she said ok. 

The next 3 weeks they continue their affair & their connection deepens as they go to fancy & casual restaurants & just hang out. But h finally asked the question about when he was leaving & H just said if they could just enjoy what they have like they were. She said that she knows that it's temporary but she didn't want to get into deep with him & he said he already was & that he was in love with her. She yelled at him that he can't do that coz he's leaving & realized she was already in love with him & didn't like to see him with the sad look he gets sometimes. She told him she needed some time to think about it all &, when she got home to her shared apt with her distant dad after 3 weeks of at H's, she realized that she was gonna ask H to take her with him. But when she got to his house, he was gone with no trace of him or the stuff she left with the whole house cleaned & the cops there with a very irate owner who had no clue who H was & had his safe cleaned out & wanted to press charges for dismantling his alarm 3 weeks ago. She was completely shattered that H lied to her & their 3-week affair was a charade. She got suspended from her job but she quit instead. 

With her dad's suggestion, she intended to hurt him like he hurt her & started tracking him down via the credit card used for the clothes he bought her & his leased office. She went to his office & was given a letter by a temp employee from H, apologizing for hurting her & that the house owner was not a nice guy & that if she didn't get her job back that he would make some financial reparations for her & that he deliberately left the receipt on the clothes back for her to track his office down but that was the end of his trail. She read it a few times & later got mad at his condescension & now more intent on finding him with the help of her dad. She barges in to the houseowner's house & demands some answers, making a deal for 25% for finding whoever stole the drugs from his safe. H couldn't believe his tracker lost her & that she found his sister at his well-secured farm & is now with her. He quickly went to his sister who h now knows is the reason why H stole what was in the safe—the only photo of him at his sister's wedding that terrorists & villains world-wide are vying for as their 1st sight of mysterious contract-agent H with his multiple aliases. And also to keep his sister safe from her abusive husband, the houseowner. He & h had it out with how H duped her & H welcomed her to have angry sex with him & repeatedly telling her he loved her. They hotly smexxed bareback with H hoping she'd get pregnant coz he never wants to let her go now that she knows all about him. He also told her that he realized that letting her go was a mistake & he already planned on getting her back once everything died down but she got to him 1st & he told her he'll never underestimate her again & knew he had to work to get her to trust him again. 

They setup H's sister's ex-husband & his villainy lawyer dad to go to prison but his sister's ex got shot for trying to attack his sister. She was there for it all & was not turned off by the dark side of H's world, which made H feel really loved. 2 weeks of hot smexxing & ILYs, H surprised h with a wedding at the farm with dress & shoes & with her dad there. HEA.

* 159 pgs 
* good tight writing & great pacing
* good emotionality & romance with some angst/poignancy 
* good action-suspense & likable characters
* really liked h's openness & plain-speaking & telling H she's not into games & even feeling awkward at knowing what to do next since she doesn't date very much & not used to someone of H's calibre
* likec that h is sure about who she is & ok with that & grateful for experiences outside of her norm without letting it fool her into thinking it's gonna change or chase her
* liked H's quiet suave mystery with his sometimes jovial & casual & underlying alpha demanding-ness
* good character development, especially h who became tough & determined with a no-nonsense approach to being intimidated or scammed (i.e. houseowner lowering her fee % from 25% to 20% for finding H) & used her dad's bad-cop rep & his mafia connections to threaten back with her mad but calm vengeful streak against H totally duping her & insulting her with his condescending letter
* loved how OTT devoted possessive claimy H was over h
* although it's good that H & his ex-lover are just now really good friends & business partners, I didn't like that H wanted more in their sex affair than ex-lover was willing to give so they had to end it but very minor point & ex-lover & h teamed up as badass fighters & to shut down H's arrogance

BLOG REVIEW: Her Bestie's Older Brother by Kate Gilead

****4-stars
SPOILER-y Plot:

21yo recent-college-dropout-due-to-finances heroine (h) planned on asking her best friend's (BFF's) 38yo brother, construction-owner Hero (H), for a job at his company but decided not to, after their hot 1st kiss at his parents' patio. She's had a long crush on him & even chose her ex-BF coz he looked like H

The last time she saw H was 3 years ago & thought the attraction was only 1-sided. But now he's clearly flirting back with her & kissed her but they were interrupted by the party people going outside too. She thought he left since his car was no longer at his parents' driveway by morning & tried to not be too disappointed at H's fleeting interest in her. But he was back in a few minutes & sweetly but hotly kissed her to continue where they left off last night. He told her how beautiful she's become & how strongly she impacts him. She awkwardly let him know that she's thought he was hot for years & they made out again with H touching her breasts but had to move away, when they heard his sister approaching. When her sister told him re: h's interest in getting a job at his company, she saw his eyes look hurt & harden & tried to explain that her interest in him had nothing to do with her getting a job with him but he became very distant & told her to send her resume to him & then just left. She couldn't call him to explain yet since she promised to go shopping with his sister. 

After he picks them up from their car accident & before h was about to leave his sister's house for her apt, she finally braved telling H in front of his sister that she didn't want him to think that she was only glad to see him last night coz she needed a better job & briefly told him about quitting school due to lack of finances. H was concerned about her quitting school & believed her story so told her to give him her phone # so they can talk more that week. Yet he still had a reserved look & didn't call or text her for days. By Friday night, h got depressed at his lack of contact & thought he must still think she's a gold-digger & has lost interest in her. On her way back home with wine she bought from nearby store, he came by to see her. He apologized for not calling her but that he wanted to talk to her in person, when she asked him why he didn't call. They talked about how long they've liked each other, with H confessing that he was glad she moved away when she was 18 coz she would've been too much of a temptation for him. They hotly smex bareback with no sexual-history/safety discussion. Then, H discussed why it took him awhile to contact h, needing the time to sort the change in their r/s from friends to lovers. She clarifies about her financial situation & changing her mind about working for H once they kissed. H offered her his asst job & that it'll be hard work. He also told her to shared their r/s news to their parents coz he didn't want to sneak around but h wanted to wait since it's new so H understood & said they'll keep it private for a month & her working with him will ease their romance news esp to her parents. They spend the night talking about their interests with H asking her about her beliefs about things & her thoughtful answers seem to please him. 

In next month, they get busy working together while practically living together. She's more exhausted & its her BFF that figured out she's likely pregnant. The pregnancy tests confirms it with h in shock since she was taking birth control but not during the 1st weekend they smexxed. H was quite when they told him &, at his sister's encouragement, told H that he's been in love with her for years but thought it could never be so never showed it or pursued her. She told him she loved him back with his sister very happy about their relationship, having known for years that both were in love with each other but didn't know it about the other. They told their shocked parents with H informing them that he loved h & was happy to have a family soon. Epilogue...8 months later, they're living together with their wedding 3 months after baby's born & h with 1 more semester of college left. H&h get it on constantly with always horny preggo h. 3 days later, she gives birth to a boy. HEA.

* 92 pgs
* good solid romance writing
* average emotionality
* average-good S chem & sorta explicit S scenes with romance
* good romance development with focus on how their romance stabilized their 1st few weeks of being together & working together
* likable characters with h portrayed as younger yet willing to learn & grow & be a partner to H
* liked responsible & honorable & mature H who was considerate with her feelings & introspective & open at discussing his feelings & opinions to h yet can be playful & sexy alpha too with his getting turned on when h called him “daddy” & some dirty talk
* liked H's sister/h's BFF too in her positive & encouraging peppy attitude & support of their romance
* liked how their parents were brought into the story w/o distracting from their romance
* sweet developing romance
* h had 1 lover/BF before H. H sexual history consisted of some casual dates & 1 single-mom GF, which didn't work out before his romance with h.

BLOG REVIEW: American Gangster by Tiffany Lordes (aka Jordan Silver)

 *1-star
SPOILER-y Plot:

22yo wanna-be artist heroine (h) gets abducted by the stepbrother she doesn't recognized (or seem to have any knowledge of), 25yo Alaskan drug-dealer Hero (H), after he shoots the gangster guy (OM) she was forced to sleep with the last 2 weeks due to her debt to him. H rapes h including anally & also with a gun and she seemed to get into it soon enough. He threatens to kill her if she tells. He takes her back with him to his remote house in Alaska. He smexxes her with a flashlight & anally and she verbalizes how much she wants him. He videotapes all of it with intent to send it to his rejecting dad who made him & his now-deceased mom leave their mansion when he was 10 due to replacing them with his new young wife & her 7yo daughter h. At the end of their bareback smexxing, he tells her that he's her stopbrother. The end.  

* 44 pages
* not romantic at all. No love or feel-good emotions. Too dark with no-HEA ending. 
* didn't like that h was a druggie & used to being a sex toy for men.
* overall good writing with some spelling mistakes
* H a usual dark villainy Jordan Silver hero but no redemption or love for h or character change at the end. H was merely obsessed with h in a cruel & cold & non-romantic way. He viewed her more as a convenient sex toy & revenge trophy against his rejecting dad & his stepmom (her mom).
* H had no compassion or sympathy for any pain & humiliation he put h through sexually & was actually cocky about h's sexual response to his rough ministrations. 
* lacked S chem coz only got H's POV 
* explicit Sex scenes in a rape-y, vengeful & degrading way...He used a flashlight & his pistol to vaginally make her orgasm. At his 1st time smexxing her, he penetrated her vaginally 1st, then anal, and then made her oral him to his orgasm. The only good thing I could say about it is that, at least, he douched her vaginally & anally before raping her to clean OM's stuff from her. He must be an expert doucher coz he's a big douche himself :( 
* I'm a Jordan Silver fan but I'm staying away from her "Tiffany Lordes" books 

BLOG REVIEW: Marry Me by Kira Ward

**2-stars

SPOILER-y Plot:

22yo unemployed grad student heroine (h) enters a bachelor-type TV show, when she finds out that the show's bachelor is her 4-year-crush, late-20s/early-30s billionaire software-creator Hero (H). He was a guest lecturer at her high-school senior class & made her feel special by his thoughtful reply to her class questions. She's a quiet wallflower who's used to being overlooked. She's also motivated to join the bachelor show coz she'll get paid for being a participant up to $300k if she's the final pick & get free housing the next 6 weeks while being on TV, after recently losing her apt & moving back in with her parents 2 months ago due to her low funds & being unemployed for the past 8 months. She excitedly signed all proper documents including the marriage certificate for the show's required ending in case she gets picked but believed she wouldn't be. H is doing the show primarily for fun & possibly finding someone he'll get along with well enough to marry & settled down to please his mom. What neither of them knew was that the TV-show's producer picked h as a surprise fluke to put some desired tv-tension among the group of 6 psychologist-approved participants who seemed to match H's tall-&-sexy-blonde type & his sophisticated wealthy lifestyle. 

When h found out on her 1st day at the bachelor house that she was handpicked to be the oddball of the group, she pushed through her insecurities & stayed for the money & adventure of being part of a reality-TV show. He wasn't that impressed with h's looks and bothered by her quiet & standoffish nature, when compared to the OW (other women) who were sexy & obviously into him. On the 1st night at the house, they had a nice moment alone together when they both happened to go to the kitchen to get something to eat. They discussed the book he was reading that was 1 of her faves & had a stimulating conversation. She realized he wasn't as shallow as he seemed to be earlier that day & thought ,at least, she'll get some intellectual conversation from him during their 2 weeks there. But it quickly deflated the next morning at finding H making out with a blonde OW1 he found the sexiest of the 7. It confirmed to her that it was likely all just a game for H & her presence was only as a sideline to make the OW look better on TV. H took OW1 to his bathroom where there were no cameras & smexxed her with a condom, although aware of her siliconed breasts & her bored-sex face that she masked later. But since she was hot to look at & he hadn't had sex in awhile, she turned him on to quickly O. OW1 was upset & then quickly masked it, when H told her that he hadn't decided to choose her as his wife yet since there were 6 OW to choose from since she insisted that H was for sure going to pick her. 

Seeing H ignore the OW1 he just had sex with that morning to flirt & makeout with 2-3 more OW the next 10 days made h feel disappointed with herself to expect H to be different than other guys & acted like a shallow womanizing jerk. She was also feeling a little bad for not returning her nice & considerate cameraman's attraction but appreciated his friendship. H was feeling bored with the ditzy women he'd been spending time with the last 2 weeks. He'd end up making out with them just to make them stop talking about nonsensical things. He was now longing for some intellectual challenge, which finally reminded him of quiet & "mousy" h who he'd forgotten about since their book discussion that 1st night. He was surprised at how good she looked after her makeover so he requested to go on the 1-on-1 date with her 1st. He was curious as to why she'd been so standoffish with him & kept to herself the last 2 weeks. She frankly told him that he disappointed her for acting like a shallow & cruel frat boy playing games with OW & she's not impressed with him any longer.
She told him about being impressive with him at her high school 4 years ago & their book discussion 2 weeks ago. She told him she'd rather go back to the house than continue spending anymore time with him & left their date, despite his protests of spending more time with her. H realized he liked her coz she's not ditzy & shallow like the others & he wanted to clear her misunderstanding of his character

Her accusations did make him start thinking about how he'd been acting the last 2 weeks. It made him wonder if it's her disinterest in him that's making her more appealing to him now than the 6 OW around him. And seeing her smile often with her touchy cameraman made him feel jealous. So, he stalked his claim on her 1 drunken party & carried her to his room & then kissed her. She asked to smex him & they hotly did bareback-due-to-forgetting. Kissing her made H feel things he's never felt before with any OW. But she snuck out of his room the next morning & was videotaped doing her walk of shame to her room with OW1 egging her on about how great of a lover H was. H kissed her at the pool & she tried to wall him off coz she was done with his game-playing since she knew he was going on planned dates with 3 more OW. H told her that he was serious about her & not gonna let her turn her back from what they did last night & he wanted to explore their new relationship. H felt that h was someone he really wanted his mom to meet & there's no OW he'd ever felt that way before. His dates with OW showed him how shallow they were & that he wanted love in his marriage & not just stability or companionship. He knew it was h he wanted more. 

They hotly smexxed the whole afternoon in his room, after she injured her knees from falling. But his producer knocked on his door & told him they're making h leave for breaking the rules when she got her makeover for making a phone call to her sister using her cameraman's phone. H demanded h not get kicked out or else he quits the show too. They agreed to get votes from the 6 OW & she was voted to stay. But when h told him again taht she didn't want to play the bachelor-game anymore since H was still to got on more dates, H told her that they should've just let her leave the show instead & then he left her room. H now vacillating re: if h was really the 1 for him since he was tempted by some feature of whichever OW he was dating. He kissed 3 more OW so he can seriously consider all of them & see if h is really the 1 for him. 

He took a day off the shoot & went to see his mom to ask her how she knew she was in love with him confessing that there's more than 1 woman he was considering. The day of choosing he picked h but the producer interrupted with her stolen pregnancy stick to announce that H will be the father. H punched him & then took off with her. Epilogue..H&h got married in Maldives with family & only 1 cameraman. Their daughter was born & H seemed happy with his choice of h as his wife. The end.

* good overall writing & pacing
* didn't like that H was unsure of h up til the end coz tempted by sexier OW
* hated that H had to make a choice to sacrifice sexiness & temptation with intellectual stimulation & non-money-focused character coz made h seem like the 2nd-best option at times
* hated that H forgot about h including her name on his 1st 2 weeks there while he was making out &/or flirting with the 6 OW & had sex with 1 of them on the 2nd day after his nice talk with h just the night before
* hated how shallow & easily-tempted H was 
* loved that she directly confronted H on his shallowness on their 1-on-1 date & left him despite his protests of wanting to get to know her, liked that H really cherished his immigrant-German mom who sacrificed & worked many jobs to help him have a good life & who wanted him to settle down with a wife & kids
* at first liked opinionated but shy & quiet h who had a positive attitude but yet realistic also but she regressed later
* hated that h regressed a bit from being this strong & quietly confrontive person to being weak with seductive H & a doormat who let H go on dates & kissed the OW while she moped around at the house passively about how they were on a dating show so ok for H to sample OW so he can be really sure who he wants...ugh!
* inconsistent S chem coz H flirted & kissed OW & forgot h but then would get all turned on by her WHEN he'd actually remembered her
* explicit Sex scenes
* h dumb for smexxing with H with no condom & no talk of sexual safety esp when she knew that he smexxed OW1 just 2 weeks earlier
* some angst from H forgetting about h the 1st 2 weeks to makeout with OW & only to remember her when he got bored with the shallowness of OW & then wanted to spend time getting to know her now so treating her like she's 2nd choice after he got bored with 1st choice 
* un-likely HEA coz he'll likely be tempted by some sexy blonde hottie years down the line when his marriage to h becomes stable/boring/predictable
*overall weak romance but somewhat good emo...I'm done with this author!...for now ;)