BLOG REVIEW: Getting Lucky by Sean Moriarty

****4-star
SPOILER-y Plot:

18yo sheltered virgin heroine (h) is relieved to be freed from the clutches of her controlling mob-stepfather & stepbro by 28yo hitman, ex-Army Ranger H, who shot them in their beds that night. He was shocked to be shot at by his slimy & sadistic mob cohort (OM) who turned on him when he was getting h out of the house. But her reaction to seeing OM aim his gun at him saved H. H takes her with him to his safe house while awaiting word & his getaway plans from his trusted connections while trying to figure out why his mob boss wanted to kill him & abduct h. H steels himself from h trying to get close to him & following him around constantly at his safe house for next few days while waiting for his contacts. He shows her how to shoot a gun coz by this time H accepts that h truly wants to be with him, including helping him get the bad guys. 

H shoots down some bad guys with his friend while h acted as  the alley-lookout who ended up shooting the sadistic guy who almost-raped her & who shot H. When they get back home, h knew that she wanted to be part of H's life long-term & that she was in love with him & they finally hotly smex with H confessing his ILY (I love you) to h after, which appalled him that he just blurted it out to her. When his mob boss wanted h in exchange for H's freedom, H said no. H later asked h to consider a future with him, knowing that they may always be on the run & the dark life he leads. She already wanted to answer him but he wanted her to take her time to think about. H almost dies at the shootout with the mob boss & his henchmen but h & H's friend able to get H medical help in time. Epilogue...4yrs later, they moved to the beach with their daughter & both happy & H more at peace & h with another baby on the way & still carrying a gun. HEA.

*166 pgs
*cute romance with some explicit Sex scenes
*average S chemisty, emotionality, & pacing
*overall good-enough writing that sometimes seemed simplistic & brought light-heartedness to the dark assassin-hitman-murder-in-cold-blood plot due to sometimes cute & playful bantering betweeen H&h as well as h's following H around everywhere due to feeling scared from murder & almost-rape trauma & partly from ensuring H doesn't leave her
*H&h's dialogue more like college-aged people
*liked non-squeamish & tough-inside but quite & patient & watchful h who's sneakily trying to seduce H by always sitting/sleeping closer to him,
*liked h's straightforwardness & non-game-playing in voluntarily confessing it to him to get his reaction
*liked hardened & jaded H who doesn't know what to do with unpredictable h & their unpredictable companionship
*liked that H has limits to who he kills (no kids, no raping) & tortures (not for pleasure but for info)
*funny moments like when H & the guy he was about to torture for info stared at h like she was crazy when she was asking how they were gonna torture the guy if like in the movies & made the guy fess up ASAP when she told him they could just whack off his balls
*liked how h quickly adapted from being sheltered & docile to being a gun-shooting hitman apprentice
*not dark & more action-filled with some funny moments due to quirky h & not-so-bad hitman H

BLOG REVIEW: Feral by Jenika Snow

***4-star
SPOILER-y Plot:

Loner (early 20s?) grocery-store clerk heroine (h) finally had the guts to say something to her crush, quietly brooding ex-Marine mountain-man recluse, mid-late 30s? Hero (H), at 1 of his monthly visits to the grocery store from his mountain cabin. She wanted him to know that there were people like her that didn't judge him like most people in town was, esp since she understood what it was like to be alone in the world. She had no clue that H's monthly visit to the grocery store was to surreptitiously see her since he'd been obsessed with her for years but thought her too young & him too messed up to be together. His seeing her 1x a month brought the only light in his cold lonely life the last few years & he's limiting himself to seeing her only 1x due to his growing obsession of claiming her as his. So, it was a shock to see find her injured from hitting her head from tripping over something near his cabin. She determined to go visit H to get to know him 1 week after seeing him at the grocery store, unwilling to wait weeks to see him again. 

Now that she's in his turf H is determined to keep her there with him. When she awoke, he asked her why she was up there & she honestly told him her reasons. He was upset that she went up there by herself coz he would've been devastated if she was attacked by predators if he had gone out hunting. So she felt really dumb but glad that nothing did happen to her. She fell asleep & H amazed at her courage to come to see him coz she wanted to be with him. He wanted to tell her who he was (i.e., he's killed people, blamed himself for not being there for his bro thru his drug use that eventually killed him) so she can make an informed choice whether she still wanted him after. When he did, she accepted him. He made it clear that he was not a light kind of person & wanted her with him forever. She was fine with it & told him that she was a virgin, which made him even more possessive & claimy with her. He let her know that he hadn't been with any OW for years since he 1st saw her & insta-wanted her. But now that he's going to have her to expect a pounding & relentless kind of smexxing with him. They hotly smexxed bareback. Epilogue1...1 yr later, they're married & h 5 mos preggo. H & h fine with their reclusive lifestyle in the mountains. Epilogue2...7-8mos later, they go into town with their 3mo baby son & people are staring at them, shocked that she's with H & with their baby. It let her know that she's become more like H, uncaring what others think & fine with their different lifestyle. H is building a cabin extension for their growing family. H&h still ravish each other with their hot pounding smexxing. HEA.

*71 pgs
*average S chem coz mostly hidden attraction
*good explicit Sex with emotions/romance with minor spanking
*not much info re: romance development—only that they've secretly wanted each other for years (no idea how many years coz not stated) since H 1st saw h in town after he came to settle there from the military & after his bro's death & not stated how many years h been attracted to H but she sounds much younger than H based on little info about her stats 
*loved that H celibate for years (10+ years) since he'd become a mountain hermit so part of celibacy due to his reclusive lifestyle & partly due to h since only wanting to be with her @ 1st sight
*loved H's OTT alpha-demanding possessive-protective claimy "mine" attitude towards h & his devotion to her
*their sexual & emotional tension & sex life obvious & strong but lacking in characterization
*wish we knew more about their individual lives like their hobbies & interests (we only know that H likes to hunt & likes to read & that h likes to read & both like to have sex with each other) & bit more background so their characters aren't so mysterious
*char development is hard to say due to lack of char info except that h gravitated towards H's reclusive & non-people-pleasing ways
*liked the uniqueness of their alternative off-the-grid reclusive non-materialistic mountain life that sustains them despite only getting money from H's monthly military disability check (no details re: what H's disability is coz he seemed fine physically)
*good writing overall but lacked character details/development

BLOG REVIEW: He's No Saint by A.J. Harmon

*1-star
SPOILER-y Plot:

24yo novice nun h (heroine) resisted her forbidden attraction to her new nunnery's priest, attractive early-30s H (Hero). H was captivated by her the 1st moment he saw her & heard her voice. He's obsessed with her & secretly watches her around the rectory. He's been struggling with celibacy since the 1st prostitute oraled him as payment for helping her with her problems 8 years ago. He finally cut ties with his 3rd regular prostitute a week or so ago at the insistence of his priest mentor. Saving h from being abducted by a vagrant created a primal need in H to protect her. And seeing his bruised & bloodied hands from hitting the vagrant who attacked her filled h with some strong feelings that made her touch them. It scared her to be so attracted to h & tried to hide it but her mentor nun normalized it & asked her to reconsider her motives for being a nun (i.e, escaping from grief of her dad dying at age 12 & her mom abandoning her for dating) & be open to other options. She purposedly said goodbye to her dad & forgave her mom & wrote her a letter to see each other & avoided H as much as she could. However, their hands accidentally touched when they were gardening together & they both froze with mutual desire, which was seen by the prostitute (OW) who H recently quit going to for a BJ. H&h continue working on the garden together daily, talking about various topics & both conscious about their unmentioned chemistry. 

H was shocked when h's mentor nun 1 day informed him that h had decided to no longer be a nun. He realized that he was in love with her & has had sexual dreams about her nightly, despite that he's only ever seen the skin of her face & hands. He's also continued to be tormented by the trauma of his deceased fiance who's killer was never caught. He was distressed when he found out h had already left. But her nun mentor recognized their mutual chemistry & H confessed his lvoe for her. She told him to give her time & space to adjust to her new life before she'll give him her address. He rescued OW from being injured by her rough customer, letting the nuns house her & give her a job as a housekeeper of sorts. Months later, H still misses h & not tempted to give in to constant sexual offer of OW. 11 months later, h still getting used to life as a single woman with her retail work & own apartment but still can't get over H. 

When H's priest mentor died, she goes back for his funeral. He asks her to go to coffee with him & he tells her he misses her but she tells him there's no point to any r/s between them since he's still a priest & she was about to go but he blurts his ILY & didn't want to let her go. They go to her apt & catch up on each other's lives the past year. He asked her why she left & it's because she had feelings for him & realized that she wanted more than a nun's life. She told him they can't be together though coz he's still priest. He told her that she's worth fighting for & will prove it to her. He sent her flowers & visited her the next week & kissed her. OW followed him to h's apt & asked him out but he told her there can be nothing between them anymore & blamed H for why they can't be together. H&h called each other during the next week & she invited him to dinner. They kissed but h said they can't continue coz he's still a priest while H tells her its ok coz they love each other. He leaves but considers leaving the priesthood. However, OW's seductions & the sudden reappearance of his ex-con friend who went to jail for stealing the car with him when they were 17 interferes with his plans to be with h. He beat up his friend & call the cops on him, when he found his dead fiance's necklace on him & his friend confessed to raping & killing her 10 years ago out of jealousy & revenge against H. He goes to h's apt & tells her everything in his grief. She comforts him & they kiss & he helps her O with their clothes on. As much as she loves him, she's decided to end their r/s due to his being a priest. H doesn't tell her yet but he call the church bishop to quit the priesthood that day. They go out to dinner that night with h intent to break it off with him but H announced his quitting the priest & his ILY. So, they ILYed & finally smexxed at her apt, not knowing that OW is enraged at h being with H. 

The next day OW abducts h & H frantic but later able to find h & cops got OW. She's hospitalized for her head injury & wants nothing to do with H, since OW told him about their past r/s. H is pleading with h to forgive him of his past but she wants nothing to do with him. He promised to never let give up & will prove his loyalty & trustworthiness with h their whole life together. For next month, he writes her a letter everyday, telling her he' sorry & loves her & won't ever give her up. During OW's trial, H got h alone in private & confessed all re: his 2x weekly paid Bjs from OW & she's hurt. She goes to her hotel room & starts reading all 90+ letters her sent her. She decides to forgive him coz he showed in his letter that he's changed from being a selfish man to 1 who's changing for her. They say their ILYs & hotly smex a couple times. After OW's guilty verdict, H&h relieved then H kneels in front of h & proposes marriage with a ring. OW enraged & grabs an officer's gun & shoots H to death. She was also shot. Epilogue...1 yr later, h visits H's grave with their baby boy with memories of their love. The end.

*190 pgs
*good writing/pacing
*good sexual & emotional tension with some angst-poignancy
*sweet romance development & liked how clear to both H&h that they loved each other early on & answer to being together was to quit their religious orders
*likable h for her quiet simplicity & ability to move on & survive despite the hurt
*H was a self-absorbed spoiled man who became a priest to escape hardship & not really b/c he wanted to serve God & help people
*his 8-years of secret 2x-weekly sexual rendezvous with prostitutes who go to his church show that he only viewed being a priest as a job instead of as a calling or vocation & showed his lack of self-control & using women as objects which is hypocritical of his job
*liked that H eventually changed due to h's disgust at his using women only for his sexual pleasure while he was a priest
*hated that gets H killed off when they were FINALLY on their road to their HEA(happily ever after)!
*h had sex 2x (1 @ 14 & 1 @ 16) but unimpressed by it so saw no problems with celibacy as nun since didn't see the need for a man in her life & she didn't want to move with her remarried mom & she had no other life goals & liked helping people
*H loved sex since 1st time he tried it in college & manwhored himself until his fiance's murder made him become a priest & sex abstinence has been very hard for him so contracted weekly blow jobs with prostitutes willing to be discreet
*liked that H celibate since 1 week before meeting h & rejected OW's sexual offers could only wanted h
*hot S scenes but not too detailed & consummation happened after 50%
*good overall writing & was a 4-star by 90% but then H dies at the end...grrrrrrrr. What use were the 2 epilogues with h with their baby son 1 year later & then 20+ years later with h dying & still in love with H if H is dead?!!!!!!! I need my HEA!!!!!