I’m dancing in Parker’s strong arms. I’m a tad bit tipsy, but have taken Cleo’s advice to heart and paced myself, keeping the water coming between drinks. The food was so good, I couldn’t help the moans of pleasure as the complex, orgasmic flavors burst over my tongue.
When the song ends, I grab Parker’s hand and drag him outside. I need a minute to cool off. Once outside, I take big gulps of air. Grabbing hold of the bottom of my dress, I pull it up and down, trying to get a breeze up my dress because I’m roasting.
Parker’s leaning against the building when I turn to look at him, his sexy mouth kicked up into an amused grin.
“Having fun, pretty girl?”
“I have never in my life had this much fun.”
“I’m glad. Seeing you smile makes me hard.”
“I’m fairly certain Wally Cleaver wouldn’t talk so crass, Parker.”
Feeling way braver than I truly am, with the vodka flowing through my veins, I slide up to him and snuggle close. His hand clings to my lower back and his eyes are laser focused as he studies my face. His hands slide down, cupping both butt cheeks.
“You’re playing with fire, my little Sprite.”
“Maybe I want to be burned.”
His large hands reach up to cup my jaw. My next breath is stolen as his lips land on mine. It’s a gentle kiss that tells me exactly how he feels about me, and it feels much deeper than I expected.
The blip blip of a police car has me jumping about a hundred feet. “You’re a dick, Peterson.”
“Just making sure I don’t have to write an indecent exposure ticket, P-Man.”
Headlights pull my gaze to the left and I see a fancy car pull up and park, but I’m pulled inside before I can see who gets out. Benny and The Jets are on, and Paul and Lucille are dancing downright nasty. The geriatric hip grind is going down on the dance floor, and the whole place is in an uproar.
We get to the bar and Parker orders another round for us. When Margo sets the drinks down, her whole body goes still. Turning around, I see Dane, Ali’s dad, and holy mackerel, the man is sexy—a total silver fox.
Parker holds out his hand and Dane pulls him in for a bro hug. “What’s up, Dane.”
“Heard there was a party going on, so I decided to come on down.” He turns to me and gives me a hug. “Happy twenty first birthday, and congrats on the license, Amy.”
I crack up laughing and give Parker a kiss before heading back out to the dance floor. With Sweet Emotions blaring through the speakers, I sidle up to Ali and dance to my heart’s content.
V is for Vale (Catherine Vale)
Ross Cameron was cursed to become a dragon by a witch because he refused her sexual advances. Years, later, he is able to have the witch killed but the magic that turned him into a dragon remained.
When Arianna comes to his castle to do research about the legend of a dragon in the area, he falls for her. However, he does not know if she will stay once she learns his secrets.
I thought the story was a little sad because of all that Ross suffered. He was basically a slave for hundreds of year. Some of the things that Ross was forced to do while under the witch’s spell were depressing.
I felt like they jumped into bed with each other too quickly and the whole story seemed choppy.
I was not sure how each detail flowed with the rest or if some of the characters mentioned were important to the plot.
Plus, I did not understand why the author had Arianna look so much like Ross’ dead girlfriend.
What was the point?
As much as he protested (it was mentioned A LOT), I still think a part of him was attracted to her because she looked so much like his dead girlfriend.
TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BORROW. After reading, I did not finish this book with a satisfied feeling of happy-ever-after. I felt sad in a hope-they-make-it kind of way. If you like dragon shifter romances, you might like this because the storyline was different than many other from the same genre.
Heat Level: Steamy 🔥 🔥 🔥
Print Length: 153 pages
Publisher: Growling Romance; 2 edition (October 5, 2016)
Publication Date: October 5, 2016
J is for Joyce (T.S. Joyce)
Clinton has had a problem with the Boarlander shifters pairing up with mates. He has said mates bring problems. However, when his first love and mate comes to town, he cannot stop himself from being with her. He is even convinces himself that their past can stay hidden since she has no memory of their time together. They can finally have their bright future.
Alyssa dreams of a boy who was very important, possibly the love of her life. When she meets Clinton, they have a connection like no other. It is crazy that she’s in love with a guy she just met. But Alyssa wants to know his secrets.
This story had so many layers. Up until this point from what I knew of Clinton in the previous books in this series, I was prepared not to like Clinton because he was such a jerk. I knew that his attitude has to have been based in some bad experiences. I thought that his trauma better be severe for me to feel sorry for him after all he put everyone else through.
Reading Clinton’s history and getting the full story almost made me cry. Saying he went through so much does not adequately express it. It was heart wrenching. I do not usually get emotional over books, especially FANTASY, but this story got me in the feels.
I am speaking in vague terms because I do not want to give anything away. It is necessary to read the story and not know what’s going to happen in order to get the full effect.
Clinton was thoroughly redeemed for all his douchebaggery.
I had mixed feelings about Alyssa. She seemed okay to me but I was not sure how I felt about her reaction when certain things are revealed. She comes around but I was feeling so sympathetic towards Clinton that I wish she had been more understanding sooner than later.
TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BUY. The is a entertaining standalone bear shifter story. For the FULL experience, I recommend reading the whole series like I did.
Print Length: 238 pages
Series: Boarlander Bears
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥
H is for Hunter (Sable Hunter)
TEXAS WILDFIRE by Sable Hunter
Titan has been in love with his captain’s wife since he first saw her. He did not know she was married at the time. Once he found out, he made sure that he did nothing that might be perceived as improper. He is content to lover her from afar because he is too honorable to break up her marriage.
Makenna has no options. Her husband is abusive and she fears for her life. Everyone thinks that he is great which only exacerbates her isolation. What helps her cope is the fantasies she has about Titan, wishing she had married him instead.
When Titan finds out about her dire situation, it makes him wish that he had done something sooner.
I really liked this book because it addresses the number one question people ask a person in an abusive relationship: “Why did you stay?” This is a true to life situation.
Makenna thought she did not have any options and was resigned to being abused. She lived in her fantasy world because that was better than dwelling on the fact that she married a man with Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde persona.
There are 2 issues that I usually deduct points (1) being on the rebound (2) one of the main characters being legally married.
Technically I think that she is not on the rebound because she has not been in love with her husband for years. She would leave if she was not in total fear for her life.
Yes, on paper, she is still married, but considering he is trying to kill her, I did not penalize the story’s rating. Even with the budding emotional relationship, Titan and MaKenna were still respectful to the fact that she was married when it came to getting physical.
Overall, I am glad that Titan and MaKenna have a HEA, but I wish that her ex suffered more than he did. I hate bullies.
TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BUY! I think the author handled this topic in a very gracious way. All the while, she highlighted how domestic violence can occur and subtly emphasizes why victims need so much moral support instead of people turning a blind eye.
Series: Texas Heroes
Paperback: 252 pages
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥
D is for Douglas
Seb restores old cars and has a reality show.
Skylar asked Seb to restore her uncle’s car because (1) he is a fan of the show and (2) he is seriously ill. She does not have the money to pay for the restoration but she offers to work for him to pay off the debt.
The story moves along well but Skylar makes some unwise decisions that negatively affect the relationship. As always, I try to give the girl the benefit of the doubt, but in this case I think Skylar made an idiotic move. She knows Seb is a hottie with a great personality, but she would make poor decisions to mess that up.
I think when there is instalove (as in the case in this story), neither party should be disappointed when there is a lack of trust.
They went from strangers to love in 0.2 seconds even though he is commitment shy. Now her feelings are hurt because he does not trust her.
It’s her OWN fault!
I understand how it happened, because I have a friend who did something very similar. However, that does not excuse the fact that Skylar should have realized that withholding information could lead to loss of trust. I think that Seb had a good basis for falling in love with Skylar, but I understand how he had been hurt before would affect his view of her actions.