Ruthless Tycoon, Inexperienced Mistress by Cathy Williams
Cesar is tired of bailing his younger brother out of hot water so when Ferdinado asks for access to his trust fund, Cesar heads out to see who it is that has her gold digging claws in Ferndando. He finds not a statuesque model blonde, but a mannish, petite redhead. Not Ferdinado’s type and certainly not his. The two get stuck in a snowstorm. They have sex. Jude becomes pregnant and the real fireworks begin. Cesar is standard HP hero (alpha, hot, assholic). Jude isn’t a doormat but falls pretty easily for Cesar. B-
Up Close and Dangerously Sexy by Karen Anders
Given that the haikus have come to a close here at Dear Author, I submit my own:
Stranger danger here
As long as he gives good Os
No worries, she thinks
I stopped after the second scene. The heroine is in the sister’s apartment. Some stranger comes in and thinks she’s the heroine’s twin. He gets in bed with her and brings her to orgasm with his hand. “She had an orgasms with a complete stranger, a man who was close to her sister.” Then he handcuffs her, threatens here, and she continues to flirt with him. I had to stop reading to protect my Sony Reader.
Travis’ Appeal by Marie Farerrarella
I stopped at Chapter 11 because I just got bored with the story. There was no conflict at all. Travis was a hard working lawyer. Shanna is a devoted daughter who gives massages to anyone. She also wore gyspsy blouses (all the better to see your breasts, my child). Chapters 1-11 is full of talking and ruminating about stuff. Workaholic lawyer fiinds love in the arms of free spirit. The end.
Under the Influence by Nancy Warren
I liked this one and not just because the secondary romance involved a hot Asian guy (unheard of for romances) but because it was just a little different. Premise is the opposite of Travis’ Appeal. In Under the Influence, overworked female business consultant finds love in the arms of a free spirit. I think where the story fell down is when the heroine, Natalie, demands some kind of showing of stability from Johnny, the bartender, and we find out that he is, of course, financially secure. Either you love him because he’s a free spirit or you don’t. The ending, in other words, seemed like a cheat to me. B-