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Friday, February 15, 2019

Blog Tour (Excerpt & Review): Nice and Easy (Boys of the Big Easy, #3) by Erin Nicholas

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Nice and Easy, an all-new sexy standalone in the Boys of the Big Easy series from New York Times bestselling author Erin Nicholas available now! 

 

NiceAndEasy300.jpgA hot firefighter who just wants to take care of her and her little boy? Sign her up.
Moving in with him and his little girl who already has a huge chunk of her heart? Very nice.
Roommates with benefits? Yes, please.
Convincing this take-charge alpha to let her take care of him too? That’s not going to be as easy.

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Excerpt:

 
Lexi could feel Caleb’s breath on her lips, and his bunched muscles under her palm were hot and hard. She stared at his mouth. He stared at hers. And she decided that if he wasn’t going to look at her breasts, looking at her mouth like he was starving and she was a grilled BLT—his favorite food in the world—was just fine with her.
Being compared, even in her own head, to a grilled BLT might not seem sexy, but in her mind, it so was. Caleb devoured those sandwiches. He’d do almost anything for one. He made sexy moaning sounds when he first tasted them. And he’d proclaimed that hers were the best he’d ever tasted. Yeah, put that way, along with the schnapps still coating her brain, it was strangely sexy.
Caleb.”
She watched his pupils dilate and his jaw clench.
Her hand went to the front of his shirt and she bunched it in her fists, watching his eyes. He didn’t try to stop her. Then she tugged, urging him forward.
And he came, the hand next to her hip pressing into the mattress as she tipped her head to one side. Their lips touched. Softly. Briefly. But she felt it all the way to her bones. Heat, want, relief. She suddenly had to have more. She made a little almost-a-sob sound and licked her tongue along his lower lip.
Lex.”
Her name was more of a groan than a word. It was the sexiest thing she’d ever heard.
Caleb,”she breathed.
Then the next groan became the sexiest thing she’d ever heard. It was a combination of hunger and resignation, and she felt like he’d just set her nerve endings on fire.
Suddenly, Caleb’s hand came up to cup the back of her head, his fingers diving into her hair. And he took over.
His mouth opened over hers and his tongue stroked deep and hot. Every glide of his tongue felt as though he was running a finger over her clit. Some were firmer, some softer, some longer, some shorter, and her need ratcheted up with each one.
She ran her hands over his chest to his shoulders and up the sides of his neck, loving the hard muscles and the heat under her palms. Then she slid her hands down his sides to the bottom of his shirt. She slipped her hands underneath, moaning as she met hot, bare skin. He sucked in a quick breath and she smiled against his lips, loving having an effect on him.
And suddenly she was on her back and Caleb was moving over her. Her hands slid to his back, the muscles there bunching as he braced himself above her, still kissing her like it was his job. Instinctively, she slid her legs apart and he settled between them. The comforter was between them, but she felt him hard and hot and deliciously heavy against her. The feel of his cock pressed against her made her ache. She’d done that to him. She’d made him hard.
Hallelujah.



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About Erin Nicholas
ErinNicholasNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Erin Nicholas has been writing romances almost as long as she’s been reading them. To date, she’s written over thirty sexy, contemporary novels that have been described as “toe-curling,” “enchanting,” “steamy,” and “fun.” She adores reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines, and happily ever afters. Erin lives in the Midwest, where she enjoys spending time with her husband (who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books), her kids (who will never read the sex scenes in her books), and her family and friends (who claim to be “shocked” by the sex scenes in her books).
 
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Review:

Rating: ~4
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Spoilers?: No.


These books are automatic buys for me, and as soon as they arrive on my kindle, I can't help but devour them. I had already started another book when this one arrived, and even though I told myself I would wait, I started it that night. I couldn't help myself, and once I start, I can't stop. Barely long enough to work, even.
Caleb is the hot older firefighter who is taking care of his niece, and Lexi is a young, single mother, who's just recently finished nursing school. They both work long hours, and have been co-parenting for a while now, just without the relationship part. When Caleb discovers that Lexi needs a place to stay, he insists that she move in with him.
Despite Caleb's impression that Lexi needs looking after, that she's meek and too young and impressionable, she proves to him that she's not. She can take care of herself, whether he wants her to or not. But Caleb has some trust and control issues, and Lexi and him have to come to an agreement on a few things.
While this is definitely a steamy romance, it's also very much a family, and parent, story, as most of this series is. Caleb's niece has some health issues that he discovers in this book, and he has a hard time dealing with that. Lexi's son is rather easy, but he's still young and has tantrums sometimes. Both kids get quite a lot of attention, as we watch how each parent handles situations and teaches them things. It's really heartwarming, most of the time, too.
Now, the romance. Caleb and Lexi have been attracted to each other for a while now. Caleb has always held back, ignoring any possibility of a relationship, whereas Lexi just plain doesn't think he's interested at this point. There are some mixed messages at first, but finally, Caleb decides to let go of his restrictions on it.
Which goes into my favorite part of the book. Lexi is sexually submissive, and Caleb mistakes this for meekness at first. The way that Lexi acknowledges this to herself, how she knows she has somewhat odd fantasies and has to consider how important they are to her, when she doesn't think Caleb will be able to handle it, is so great. And then the way that Lexi tells Caleb these things, and how they have real discussions about this aspect of their relationship, is so well done. I was surprised by this part of the story, and I really appreciate how it's all talked about and handled. And then, when things get started, it is super hot. Nicholas doesn't seem to think this is her steamiest story, (which means I must need to read more of her older stories,) but it definitely was to me. It might be the light D/s elements, but I've also thought that her more recent stories have gotten steamier than her previous ones. I'm definitely happy about it, though.
This might be one of my favorites so far, but even saying that is hard, because I've loved so many of her books. I'm excited to read the next one, (as the hint we got in this book was very promising,) and I'm already super excited for her next series. I really want Owen's story, honestly; but I do love all of the guys, and want to meet their women. Though, I do think I'll miss the parent element of this series.

TL;DR: I loved it. It was hot and intense but also super sweet, especially with the kids. Would highly recommend if you enjoy contemporary romance.

An ARC was provided by the author and Social Butterfly for an honest review. Thank you so much!

 

Manga Review: Shortcake Cake, Volume 2, by suu Morishita


Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: November 2018
Volumes: 10+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3.

Goodreads Synopsis:

An unflappable girl and a cast of lovable male roommates at a boardinghouse create bonds of friendship and romance.

When Ten moves out of her parents’ home in the mountains to live in a boardinghouse, she finds herself becoming fast friends with her male roommates. But can love and romance be far behind?

Ten has moved into a boardinghouse with other high school students to avoid a long commute home through the mountains. Ten accidentally overhears Riku talking to Chiaki about his feelings for her. Ten and Riku try to act as if nothing has changed between them, as Chiaki watches them with mixed feelings.

Review:

I am enjoying this series, and I'm quite liking the odd dynamics. But I'm also so very unsure of where it's going.
This is not a typical love triangle, or even reverse harem. Chiaki seemed like the obvious pick at the beginning, and then Riko seemed like the surprise, better pick for her. But then how the cliffhanger from the last volume concludes throws all of that out. And then we see Rei again, and he starts trying to cause trouble.
I appreciate that Ten doesn't really go along with any of it. She's just honest about her interest, and doesn't really let it get to her. Riko is sweet, and I like him a lot; I'm curious about what his part in this impending drama is going to be, what his history is. Then there's Chiaki. Chiaki is straight-faced and book-minded, and I have never related to a character more. He's honestly my favorite, though I don't know if I'm rooting for him or Riko more at this point. I also really appreciate the friendship between Riko and Chiaki; they're close, and mostly honest with each other, and I like that.
This doesn't feel like a typical shojo to me, and that makes me a little unsure of what direction it's taking, but I also really like that. I'm enjoying the characters the more I read of it.


 A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Manga Review: Gangsta.: Cursed. Ep_Marco Adriano, Volume 4, by Kohske and Syuhei Kamo


Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: VIZ Signature (VIZ Media)
Release Date: May 2018
Volumes: 5.
Spoilers?: Light.
Volume: 1. 2. 5.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A spin-off series from the hit manga Gangsta that tells the backstory of Marco Adriano.

The man named Marco Adriano is a loyal and beloved member of the Cristiano Family, helping them protect the persecuted Twilight population in the city of Ergastulum. But he was once a boy code-named “Spas,” raised as a Hunter and assigned to the Destroyers Second Group for a single purpose: to track down and kill Twilights.

No longer able to ignore what his conscience is telling him, Spas finally tracks down Maverick and confronts her. With time running out and deaths piling up, can he convince her to turn away from her twisted ideology of salvation?

Review:

There's just utter chaos in this volume. They're killing twilights and everyone involved with them, and it's bloody and brutal. But then, as Spas realizes what they're doing is wrong and tries to stop it, they end up fighting each other, as well.
Everyone is fighting everyone, and there's blood everywhere, and arguing, and attempts at saving people, and it's hard to tell who's winning, if anyone is.
Marie and Spas have it out in this volume, and it's not good. With the cliffhanger, it looks like more bad things are in store for Spas, as he stands up for what he believes in.
This series is a bit hard to take. I definitely wouldn't follow it, or have picked it up, on my own, but it does intrigue me. I kind of want to know who comes out of this massacre alive.


 A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Manga Review: Fruits Basket Another, Volume 1, by Natsuki Takaya


Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: July 2018
Volumes: 2+
Spoilers?: Very light.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sawa Mitoma, a shy and unconfident girl, has just started high school, and it's already not going well...until she makes friends meets the President and Vice-President of the student council. But little does she know, they're Sohmas!? It's Fruits Basket...again!

Review:

I was really wary of starting this book. On one hand, I was extremely excited to get more Fruits Basket. This is one of my absolute favorite series, and the idea of getting more makes me so very excited. But then I heard some iffy reviews of it, and I wasn't sure what to expect. As it started, I thought maybe she was just recreating the original story. But then it becomes apparent that this story is following the original cast's kids, and the ending of the original hasn't changed.
There's still some question of what happened in the Sohma household, and what everyone is up to now. It's unclear who all is together and how they're getting along, but it's also clear that they're happy.
Each kid looks very much like their parent, and whenever there's mention of them, it makes me unbelievably happy. We see Yuki's son Mutsuki and Kyo and Tohru's son Hajime, as they meet the protagonist Sawa. She has a lot of self-confidence issues, and the whole volumes starts very reminiscent of the original Fruits Basket beginning. Mutsuki and Hajime are extremely similar to Yuki and Kyo. I have mixed feelings about this, because they also seem a step ahead of where those two were at the beginning. These characters having a nice home background is a big change for them.
Reading this volume made me extremely happy. Even getting to hear about the original cast and that they're all doing good and doting parents now makes me giddy. At the end of the reprinted final volume, Takaya mentions that she intends for this series to be short, and to not show the parents. I really hope she does, though. Reading this only proved to me that I would rather have a continuation of the original. I want to see Yuki and Tohru and Momiji and everyone grown up and living their lives. Even a continuing 4-koma manga, where they're just going about their days, would delight me.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Release Blitz: Nice and Easy (Boys of the Big Easy, #3) by Erin Nicholas

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Nice and Easy, an all-new sexy standalone in the Boys of the Big Easy series from New York Times bestselling author Erin Nicholas available now!

 

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A hot firefighter who just wants to take care of her and her little boy? Sign her up.
Moving in with him and his little girl who already has a huge chunk of her heart? Very nice.
Roommates with benefits? Yes, please.
Convincing this take-charge alpha to let her take care of him too? That’s not going to be as easy.

Download your copy today!
Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/NiceandEasy
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2MWtNaW
Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2QQQUs3


Start the Boys of the Big Easy series for FREE with Easy Going!
Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/EasyGoingEN
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2yOqmNz
 


About Erin Nicholas
ErinNicholas.jpgNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Erin Nicholas has been writing romances almost as long as she’s been reading them. To date, she’s written over thirty sexy, contemporary novels that have been described as “toe-curling,” “enchanting,” “steamy,” and “fun.” She adores reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines, and happily ever afters. Erin lives in the Midwest, where she enjoys spending time with her husband (who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books), her kids (who will never read the sex scenes in her books), and her family and friends (who claim to be “shocked” by the sex scenes in her books).
 
Connect with Erin
Stay up to date with Erin by joining her mailing list: http://bit.ly/2Gj56oC


Manga Review: Case Closed, Volume 65, by Gosho Aoyama


Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Shonen Sunday (VIZ Media)
Release Date: January 2018
Volumes: 95+
Spoilers?: Very light.
Volume: 1. 64. 66.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Can Detective Conan crack the case…while trapped in a kid’s body?

Jimmy Kudo, the son of a world-renowned mystery writer, is a high school detective who has cracked the most baffling of cases. One day while on a date with his childhood friend Rachel Moore, Jimmy observes a pair of men in black involved in some shady business. The men capture Jimmy and give him a poisonous substance to rub out their witness. But instead of killing him, it turns him into a little kid! Jimmy takes on the pseudonym Conan Edogawa and continues to solve all the difficult cases that come his way. All the while, he's looking for the men in black and the mysterious organization they're with in order to find a cure for his miniature malady.

On the trail of a gang of bank robbers, Agent Starling teams up with the Junior Detective League. But she finds more than she expected when she uncovers evidence that Agent Akai, believed to have been assassinated by the Men in Black, may be alive! Then Mr. Moore is summoned to a mansion to investigate a strange murder, only to find that the killer isn’t finished. Why were five gifted people invited to live in the mansion, and what is the secret of the Red Wall?

Review:

 The Kaito Kid plot ends rather quickly, and then Conan and the kids end up stuck in a bank hostage situation. Of course, Conan figures it out much too easily, and they don't realize who they're dealing with, as usual.
After that, Doc and Anita get stuck with two potential-murderers, but who end up being police officers that Conan knows. This causes some fun confusion, and of course leads into the next plot point.
I don't mind this series. It's fun to catch up on, and generally I enjoy reading the mysteries Conan finds himself in. But sometimes I wish it had a more serious plot line going, and that he could be a teenager again.
Still, for episodic mysteries, this is a very good series to look for.


A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Manga Review: Black Torch, Volume 2, by Tsuyoshi Takaki


Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: November 2018
Volumes: 5.
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ninja and animal lover Jiro Azuma’s life is changed forever when he finds himself in the middle of a war of ninjas vs. demons.

Jiro Azuma is descended from of a long line of shinobi, and he also can talk to animals. One day, he rescues a very unique black cat named Rago, a supernatural being, and is dragged into a secret supernatural war.

There’s a new squad at the Bureau of Espionage—code name: Black Torch. The squad, run by Shiba, consists of Jiro, Ichika and one more rookie named Reiji Kirihara. However, Reiji has no intent of working with a guy who fused together with a demon! Will this squad ever be able to work together?

Review:

 Now that Jiro has officially agreed to be part of the Black Torch squad, he gets to meet his new teammates. Mainly, Reiji, who he instantly dislikes. They get to fight it out, and they're pretty evenly matched.
We meet a couple of other mononoke in this volume. I'm intrigued by both of them—one bad, and one good. The good one gives the three a test; a hallucination/mental test that they have to get past to wake up. We get to learn a bit about Reiji and Ichika during this, as the test features something bothering them from their past. It looks like Jiro might have a tougher one, though.
I haven't read a good action shonen series in a while, like this one. I'm enjoying it. I like the banter, and I'm enjoying the characters; I'm even intrigued by where the plot is going. And the artwork is very nice.


A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Manga Review: The Young Master's Revenge, Volume 3, by Meca Tanaka


Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: September 2018
Volumes: 4.
Spoilers?: Light.
Volume: 1. 2. 4.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Love’s revenge can be sweet.

When Leo was a young boy, he had his pride torn to shreds by Tenma, a girl from a wealthy background who was always getting him into trouble. Now, years after his father’s successful clothing business has made him the heir to a fortune, he searches out Tenma to enact a dastardly plan—he’ll get his revenge by making her fall in love with him!

Leo has been trying to get the down-to-earth Tenma to fall in love with him, but she’s remained immune to his advances. In his dreams, Leo meets a younger version of himself who guides him into his past to reveal his true feelings for Tenma. But even with the purest of motives, can Leo ever win her heart?

Review:

Leo has fully realized his feelings for Tenma, just as her family shows up to take her away. While she's mostly been oblivious to the romantic tension up till now, when she's forced away from Leo, she starts to realize her own feelings.
Aside from the romantic tension, though, Tenma gets to take a stand for her own life, decide what she wants to do with herself, and then she gets to try to make her own living. Live by herself, of her own choosing, and the hardships that come with it. Though, really, Leo has more issues with this than Tenma does.
This is a cute series. I like seeing Tenma become aware of herself, and then see her come into her own as she has to live on her own and work for what she wants. That's always a plot line I enjoy.


 A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Manga Review: I Hear the Sunspot: Theory of Happiness (Volume 2) by Yuki Fumino


Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: One Peace Books
Release Date: February 2018
Volumes: 4+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Because of a hearing disability Kohei is often alone. Taichi is outspoken and cheerful. At first, Kohei keeps himself well guarded, but after he meets Taichi he slowly learns to open up.

Review:

We meet a new character, Maya, in this volume. She does put up some issues for Kohei and Taichi, get between them a little. She has her own issues and thoughts on her deaf-ness. But, really, Kohei and Taichi's conflicts mostly come between themselves.
Now that Kohei has confessed, it's making Taichi acknowledge his own feelings, and he doesn't know how to respond. It makes things a little awkward, but also harder between them. They haven't figured out how to talk to each other, with all of these unsaid things and feelings between them.
Maya is an interesting contrast for this series. And it takes a while for Taichi to say something, to voice his feelings to Kohei. And meanwhile, Kohei is dealing with issues with his hearing decreasing even more.
I'm so glad there's more of this series to go, and that it's been licensed. I can't wait to read more.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Manga Review: Hatsu*Haru, Volume 2, by Shizuki Fujisawa


Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: August 2018
Volumes: 13.
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3.
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RightStuf Synopsis:

Kai, ever-suave, is used to being the target of affection. But deep inside, he's in turmoil because the girl he loves has eyes for another! Can he find a way to be direct and confess his feelings?

After things on the school camping trip don't go his way, Kai's left dumped and convinced he's better off just giving up on girls and dating altogether. Yet somehow his friends rope him into a group date, and he ends up at the amusement park with...Riko!? But when Suwa-sensei turns up at the same park with another woman, will Kai be able to hide what he saw and protect Riko from experiencing heartbreak like he has?

Review:

This volume develops more of Kai's feelings for Riko, but a large part of it explores the side characters, too. Kai's friends get more dimension, and we meet Riko's friends, and a new girl. As they all end up on a group date, they have to even out.
As they break off in pairs, we get to see their personalities better. Two of them already hate each other (or at least the girl hates him), then there's the odd match of innocent tall girl and short boy, and the new reporter girl that invites herself with the aloof guy. I like how this series seems to easily be switching up stereotypes. Kai is the playboy, a bit of a wimp, and he's fallen for Riko, who's violent and straight-forward and a bit oblivious. There's the mix of height-differences with the one forming couple. And the overprotective girl friend, who dislikes the supposed playboy, who's actually just a nice guy, I think.
As the volume goes, we also get to see the true friendships. Kai's group of guys are very close, and I really like their friendship. They're there for each other, trying to help when they can, especially when they realize Kai's feelings. There's also Kai's family, who are big and close, and I quite like all of them as well. And how Riko isn't used to it, but clearly likes it.
I enjoyed the first volume, and this one only expanded on that even more. I'm excited to read more.