Archive | May 30, 2013

Taken by Him: A Billionaire’s Club Story Red Garnier.


Taken by Him: A Billionaire's Club Story (The Billionaire's Club)

ARC supplied by Netgalley.

The Billionaire’s Club is a series new to me and although there’s already one book out each are stand alone so it was no problem to read this not having read book one. The books share characters and this one is about one of the members, Luke Preston. Playboy Luke has been shot by a jealous lover, and the police have yet to capture him so his friends persuade him to lay low for a while and take a sex break. Unheard of for Luke but he agrees after some persuasion on their part. They’ve been friends along time and he knows they have his best interest at heart.

However only a short while into his break on a secluded Cancun resort he sees Peyton, and his attraction is immeadiate…and Peyton is there hoping for a fling to shake off some of the staidness her life has become.

I liked both characters, really felt for Peyton with her determination to let go and yet still she felt afraid of what she was doing. Once she took the plunge though she was a wildcat and it was great to feel her grown in confidence. Luke took a bit of time to warm to – he started as a typical arrogant, selfish manwhore – “they all know the score so..” is his feelings about his love them and leave them lifestyle. He doesn’t care if the ladies end up broken hearted as he feels he’s given fair warning. Well of course this time the boot is on the oter foot. The novel is quite short at just 112 pages so of necessity the action takes place over the first few days then a gap of a few weeks and another few days interaction. In a short novel such as this it works well rather than trying to cover too long a time span and lose the essence of the book.

Its hot and steamy, with smouldering sex scenes. The attraction between Luke and Peyton is instant on both sides and the sexual tension leaps of the page until she says “yes” – then its all action and non stop sex for the couple. Inevitably the stay comes to an end and they go their seaprate ways and thats when Luke discovers this time he’s at the other end and what is he going to do about it?

Its a great fun romance with a HEA – well written and edited and packed with emotion. The scenes are very realistic and I felt that the couple could easily be real, the settings and the action blended so easily.

I’m not really a novella fan, but I did enjoy this and for a quick easy read to make you feel good and brighten your mood this is just perfect. It doesn’t have great drama, no deep dark plots as its not got the length, and Red sensibility focusses on what will work best – a simple, emotive, erotic love story.

Priced at £1.98 for 112 pages it’s at the upper end of my personal VFM scale but for those who love to re-read a short, steamy romance it’s better value of course. Horses for courses and all that….


Stars: four – great fun, hot read but a one off for me.


Bad Mouth Angela Mccallister.


ARC supplied by publisher.

I love a good vampire romance and this one was no exception. So many romances are jut a light, brief plot carrying the romance, but here Angela has given us a decent storyline and fantastic cast of charters that could (IMO) continue into a series. Val is definitely anti vampire when we first meet her, thanks to her ex husband but the delicious sexy vampire Kade, obnoxious and rude though he is, soon changes her mind. Funnily enough he’s been ordered by his superiors to work with her, a human investigator for the Vampire Liaison Organisation, knowing that he also hates humans. A match definitely not made in heaven 🙂 Its really interesting the way Angela shows us via these two people how wrong it is to pre judge, to take things at face value rather than looking for the facts behind them, and as the truth slowly emerges the affect is has on Kade and Val is astonishing. I really enjoyed the way this part worked out and they learned the need to trust in each other, and not just act on their attraction to each other but to listen and understand the other person and their motives. There’s some terrific, steamy, sexy interludes between them – and their romance is one step forward two steps back all the way it seems. I like all of that, I don’t want everything to run smoothly but for there to be problems, blocks in the way, puzzles to work out.

The romance side of this book is great but the story carrying it was very good too, and it took some working out just who was moving the pieces behind the scenes. Loyalties were tested, and both Val and Kade were in for some big surprises.

As I said earlier Kade and Val were terrific characters, both very definite in their views about the other people around, and both were very strong minded. Val wasn’t going to curl up and be simpering and meek (once she found her voise at their first meeting!), even though Kade was drop dead gorgeous vampire prince and Kade, he wasn’t lying down to take any orders from a human! Even one as sharp and attractive as Val. Sparks flew as you’d expect and it made for an outstanding story, that kept me guessing what was going to happen right to the end. The others in the cast were interesting too and I think the main characters would transfer easily to further novels in the world Angela has created. I don’t know if that’s the plan, but I hope so as I’d love to read more from this group of characters.

As always from Entangled Publishing excellent editing and quality of writing, and at 180 pages for £2.63 its around normal pricing. It’s strong enough to bear a re read and that adds to the value for money for me, and its one to join the keepers file.

Stars: I love long novels and feel this has such a strong story and group of people that it could have been longer and I’d have given it five stars then but as it is for me personally its a four and half star read.

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