TITLE: Sweetly Bad
AUTHOR: Anya Breton
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.anyabreton.com
SERIES WEBSITE: http://www.ellorascave.com/series/curve-appeal.html
GENRE: A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
QUICK DETAILS: In Sweetly Bad, hot and explicit sex with the right (plus-sized) woman just might redeem this book’s paranormal bad boy hero. This eBook is the first selection in Curve Appeal, a new series by Ellora’s Cave that celebrates big, beautiful women and the partners who love them.
SYNOPSIS: Drew couldn’t imagine anything worse than being stranded in a two-cellular-bar town with a broken-down Ferrari…until his mother—his own mother!—marked him as a rogue Air witch and canceled all his credit cards. Now he’s kill-on-sight in the Underground, and the only person willing to help him is the curvy human mechanic who towed his car. A strangely delectable curvy human mechanic…The last thing Erica needs is a yuppie playboy freeloading in her garage. Still, she can’t bring herself to turn Drew out into the sultry heat, even if he is a bit of an ass. A gorgeous, incorrigible, everything-your-mother-warned-you-against ass. Soon the heat isn’t the only thing sultry in the garage and self-control is the last thing on her mind. They agree to a one-night stand, but Drew’s magical secrets are dangerous—and catching up to him fast.
My review can be found here. https://jeanniezelos.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/sweetly-bad-anya-breton/
Date with a Vampire. Raine English.
Vampires and Romance, two of my triggers so I was looking forward to reading this novel. Its a stand alone too – though I love books that run in series, I’m getting really tired of reading duos or trilogies that end on cliffhangers, and take six months or more before next part is out.
Anyway, began this and….ran into problems. Melody as a lottery winner being overwhelmed by all the publicity and fortune hunters I could understand. Going on TV to get out of it – I sort of saw the logic, but really didn’t agree with it. Guy too – he’s hundreds of years old, and time means nothing to vampires so why on earth would his father give him just sixty days to find a wife…ah well, maybe if I put my reservations aside I can get into the book.
Sadly that didn’t prove so. The reality show – I was expecting something along the lines of Jill Myles Wicked Games, a book I loved. That one really developed the reality show format and made it work, here the actual reality show part seemed to get glossed over almost, and we saw little of the “dates” or the other contestants. I liked Guy but he seemed a doormat to his father, and after all that while surely his father would see that Guy was the better heir, rather than his cruel brother. I felt the magic part was a bit too slick and convenient to get the players in the position they needed to be, a sort of short cut rather than an essential part of the plot. Still, as ever this is just my view and lots of people want a simplified, easy to follow plot.
This really just felt to me that it was a very simple romance, with a bit of magic and paranormal thrown in – it just didn’t work for me. I ended up skimming the book to finish as I just wasn’t invested enough in the characters, it just seemed a bit too unreal, and almost juvenile in parts considering Guy and his brother were hundreds of years old. Theo’s harem too – I didn’t see the point of including them, they didn’t seem to add to the story, and just took away time that could have been used for more of the reality show filming. Priced at £2.54 for 224 pages its a reasonable cost.
Stars: two and a half, overall not one for me but may be just what you want if you like lighter romances.
ARC provided via Netgalley.
ARC supplied via Netgalley.
I’d not read Wickedly Good, but these are stand alone novels, though linked by characters from each book so its still fine to read one without the other. Hurrah, like a series but without Horrible Cliffhangers!
Erica was a great female lead, strong, independent, curvy (hurrah!!) and ones of those genuinely kind people who never the less aren’t afraid to speak their mind, in a tactful way. And Drew certainly needed someone like her in his life. He’s a selfish egotist, brought up believing he has a right to whatever, and whoever he wants. That’s partly his mothers fault, she seems to be a powerful influence, and let her boys do whatever they want. He turns up at Erica’s garage with his broken down Ferrari, just as his mum has decided enough is enough, and its time he grew up and stood up for himself. Erica has had a bad time in past and her last ex is still harassing her to sell him her garage. Her sister walks all over her, continually using her to babysit, playing the guilt card. Poor Erica, she needs money and support, what she gets is a harassing ex, a user sister, and now a yuppie playboy…it’s time life gave her a break.
Drew, he was so typical of those in that group – the people who think their money and influence makes them important. Its not until he calls his string of girlfriends, who know he’s now rogue. therefore money and powerless, that he realises just how shallow his life is, and that no-one wants to help him. He thinks Erica, being a little plump, will fall at his feet if he crooks his finger, and yet…she doesn’t. She has some terrific comebacks, but her heart means she can’t just leave him when she hears everyone dumping him. Its great too, to have for a change a male lead who’s not Mr Wonderful at everything. When he kisses Erica and she tells him he’s awful at it, his shock is so funny. She’s right though, when books say “devoured with a kiss” they don’t mean we want to be hoovered into the man’s mouth, feeling suffocated and that we need to hold on to something to stop us disappearing down a throat… or slobbered on. That’s really off-putting, that feeling you need to wipe your face after a sloppy, saliva laden kiss. He’s a quick learner though, and somehow these two total opposites soon are into some hot and heavy action, and Drew is making some good changes to his life.
Its a short book though so the action takes place over a couple of days, rather than weeks, which is harder to accept. The paranormal witchy bit too is very short, really only a side issue to the story, providing reasons for his being money/power less. Its a fun read, but very light – a sort of Angel Delight book, like the dessert it’s light and airy, easy to finish but then after that you really want a bit more substance. Priced at £2.48 for 142 pages/252kb its not cheap, though id its one you’d re read that adds to the VFM ratio. For me though its just a one off read.
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