Tag Archive | interracial romance

-Letter Z– Werebear Hero’s Nurse @AprilAtoZ #atozchallenge #bearshifter #IRromance

Alyse Zaftig – Werebear Hero’s Nurse

Z is for Zaftig

Werebear Hero’s Nurse

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Synopsis
Shane is in the military and is discharged after he loses a foot. He needs a nurse to help him while he recuperates. He is also a bear shifter.

Alicia is the nurse who is helping him. She works as a home health nurse.

Opinion
First of all, the story was short.
It can be summed up as this: boy meets girl. Girl is a nurse and takes care of him. Boy fires girl so that he can date her. they live happily ever after.
There is a little bit more to the story than that summation, but that is pretty much it in a nutshell. because of that, there is not a lot to the story that is outstanding to me.
I thought the story was cute because of how Shane tried to win Alicia over. I did think that the story went too quickly. A lot was glossed over that I think could have helped develop the characters to the story.
Because Shane was a werebear, he had super fast healing. That was the only reason that him being a shifter added to the story. Other than that detail, this could have just been another interracial romance.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BORROW. The story was good but too short for me.

Book details
Print length: 256 pages (I dont think thats right though- story was short)
Series: None
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥

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-Letter X– Across the Tracks @AprilAtoZ #atozchallenge #IRromance #BWWM

X is for Xyla (Xyla Turner)

Across the Tracks

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Synopsis
Lisa and Rich had a negative racial experience with each other as children. While Rich did not give it another thought, it helped to form Lisa into who she is and the career choices she decided to make as an adult.

When Lisa and Rich meet as adults, there is an intense attraction. They have to decide if they will act on it and how it will impact their lives.

Opinion
I loved this book like I have not loved another IRR (interracial romance)!!! This story was REAL and focused on how true love can conquer everything. I think a lot of IRR gloss over the negative aspects an interracial couple has to face. There are the sideways racist comments and people that will try to sabotage the relationship for no other reason than they do not want to see the mixed couple together.

Rich probably had the most development to make in the course of the book. He was a product of his environment because his father was so prejudiced. I know men like Rich that have racist families but they do not let that define who they decide to love.

Lisa might not have been overtly racists, but she had her own internal issues that she had to come to terms with and decide what was most important to her.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
I say BUY especially if you are a fan of IRR. This is a story like no other.

Book details
Print Length: 167 pages
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥
Series: None

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-Letter T- The Red Scot #swirlromance #IRromance @aprilAtoZ #atozchallenge

T is for Turner (Twyla Turner)

The Red Scot (A Curvy Girls Club Novel #1)

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Synopsis
When Payton comes into Bradyn’s gym, she might not like all the fact that there are so many big muscular men there but she has been assured it is a safe space for her to work out. Payton has been dealing with the aftereffects to a trauma that happened in college. Years later, she still has panic attacks and is generally skittish and wary of men in general.

Bradyn is a heavyweight MMA fighter who owns a gym. While he might be a beast in the ring, he is tongue-tied when it comes to trying to speak to women. This is doubly true when the woman in question is the most beautiful woman he has seen. However, every time he tries to talk to Payton, it seems that he scares her.

Thankfully, Payton’s three best friends are there to help along the relationship and give Bradyn the encouragement he needs to break down Payton’s walls and win her heart.

Opinion
I bought this book based on the review from Coco of My Reading Nook 
I don’t think I have read another book where the heroine was so fearful of the hero because of his physique. Given what Payton experienced, I can understand. It was at a very impressionable time in her life that everything happened. Besides her issues with muscular men, Payton was strong, opinionated and usually told it like it was.

I LOVED LOVED Bradyn. When she first walked into his gym, it was a wrap. He was down for the count. LITERALLY. When he worked up the nerve to talk to Payton, he was too cute, stumbling over his words because he was too nervous when trying to speak to her. Never mind the fact that when he would frown at his internal dialogue, Payton was misinterpreting it.

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Because of their respective communication issues, I am glad that Payton’s friends were perceptive enough to help them along. It was not that Payton was giving him mixed signals. She was giving no signal at all. However, they could see that there was a lot of potential if she would open up and give him a chance.

I loved her friends so much, I had friend envy. I especially liked the fact that they could call each other out on whatever they had issues with because nothing was off limits. I wish I lived closer to my besties so that we could go to lunch every weekend and talk about everything under the sun.

When Bradyn and Payton finally come together, I was cheering for both of them. Oh yea, he knew what he was doing. What Payton did not have in experience, she made up for it in enthusiasm.

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I do agree with other reviews that the villain/conflict was predictable. That was fine with me because all I really cared about was Bradyn and Payton getting their HEA. And the epilogue…BE STILL MY BEATING HEART. Because I am geeky girl too, it touched a special place in my heart. I loved it that much.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BUY. I believe this entire series will be a BUY for me and I am very excited.

Book details
Series: A Curvy Girls Club Novel
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 (it was slow getting started though)
Print Length: 269 pages
Publisher: Novels with Curves (November 18, 2016)
Publication Date: November 18, 2016

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-Letter R- Stavros Returns #tigershifter #IRromance #review @aprilAtoZ #atozchallenge



R is for Rose (
Dahlia Rose)

Army Beast Resurrection: Stavros Returns 



Synopsis
Although surviving an IED blast, Stavros, a tiger shifter, was severely wounded. He made his way to Alaska nursing these injuries. He does not contact his team because he thinks he is too damaged. While in Alaska, he meets Amari.

Amari is a fun loving sweet nurse falls hard for Stavros. She has to make him understand that she does not care about his scars. When Amari’s past threatened her life, Stavros needs to call his old team to help him before it is too late.

Opinion
The story was the standard beauty and the beast trope.

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I thought it was entertaining even though the villain was super predictable. The story was short and not heavy on character development. The story was a standalone romance but I think if you read the other books in the series, it will help you understand Stavros’ character.

I did not read the other books, but I did think it was necessary for Stavros to swallow a lot of pride when he has to ask his brothers for help. I knew he would since that was essential to the plot.

The story loses a heart ❤️ because it could have benefited from an editor. A few examples include: Kindle location 469 (you’re and your) 758 (finding and funding) and 784 (in and on).

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TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
Borrow. I think the story was too short and as mentioned the typos need to be corrected. This is a book I’m paying for, not a text message that I am trying to decipher.

Book details
Series: Army Beasts
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥

Print Length: 51 pages

Fae Spark #review #amreading

Fae Spark 

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Synopsis
Eero is a fae man that is ready to choose his companion to have his children. In this world, fae choose human women to bear their children. This is an enviable position for most women because having a fae child means that they will be taken care of and be able to live in luxury the rest of their lives. Fae men usually choose their consort based on looks alone, but Eero also wants someone who he believes will genuinely love and care for their children.
Liana is a human woman and the chosen consort of Eero. She does not want to be chosen by any fae to be a consort. Mainly she believes that she is not the skin tone or body shape that could attract any fae man.

Opinion
The story started really strong and I was drawn into the world that the author created. But (and you know I am about to let the other shoe drop now) Liana was a tremendously stubborn woman. It was draining.

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She signed the contract to accept Eero and be his consort, but then she spends the majority of the book resisting him. She knew she thought he was attractive, but she acted like she had to fight the impulse at every turn.

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I could tell that she had low self-esteem because she did not believe that someone who looked like her could attract someone who looked like him. There were some mentions of her skin tone and body size as if she had a complex because of her looks. Eero thought they belonged together, but I felt that she did not deserve him.

Do not get me wrong, I am all for the big brown girl to get the hunky hotty.

However, in this case, it was infuriating to me that she would repeatedly be overly negative to him when he was trying to get her to understand why he thought there was a connection. How much disses can one guy take? If she could only get it through her thick head that he was not with her just to have a baby!

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TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
If the story had stopped after the first few chapters, I would have said unequivocally BUY. But with the rest of the story, you might find it as tiresome as I did. I kept reading because I was hoping it would get better. There were some interesting side plot lines that peaked my interest, but I am not sure it was enough to make up for Liana’s bad attitude.

Book details
Series: Mates of the Fae
Publisher: Hard Candies Publishing; 2 edition (May 5, 2016)
Publication Date: May 5, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC