No Exchanges, No Returns. Laurie Kellogg
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
Usually I look for high drama and emotion in my romances, angst that I can wallow in and that seeps into my pores. Sometimes though I just want to read something simpler, something easy to read that’s just light and enjoyable escapism. Unfortunately much of the contemporary romance novels that fit this are frankly too bland and sickly but I know with Laurie Kellogg that she’ll deliver what I want. This book was no exception. I wondered how on earth she was going to handle the transition of feelings from one sister to the other without anyone feeling awkward about it, but as ever Laurie manages it superbly. What I love is instead of just sweet sweet romance, then a bit of drama then the make-up and finish Laurie’s dramatics happen throughout the novel. You never can quite predict what’s going to happen and that keeps it fresh and interesting. Its one step forward and two back with conversations and motives being misunderstood, and its not just the baby/sisters/hunky doc main plot but others which involve jobs, homes, other people and the rest of the families.
Its people with characters that feel real and plots that are ones we see in everyday life. Throw in a look back to the way childhood problems have led to adult attitudes, and there’s much more here than just a simple romance, its a story that’s able to fully engross the reader in the dynamics of families and friends, and means its a great way to escape reality for a couple of hours. It’s priced at £2.49 for 238 pages.
ARC supplied by Netgalley.
Inch by Inch. (The Professor’s Rule, #3)Heidi Belleau Amelia C. Gormley
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.
I’d read book two in this series, though oddly part one seems to be between parts two and three, and I’ve not read that so there was some mental musings to work things out but its not difficult. These are all short novellas that deal with facets of the relationship between James and the Professor. After his sexy encounter with Satish James is keen to take their relationship further – but how will the Prof feel? He’s pushed James into encounters with other men where he’s either watched, or directed James actions and wanted an account afterwards but James doesn’t want Satish involved in that…he feels more for him, and that involving the Prof will diminish what they might have. Of course given that James has a need for the pain the professor can give him in their BDSM encounters, he needs to know if Satish can cope with that as its something he just can’t give up. Its not something I really understand this giving and receiving pain, but its clear here both of them enjoy it and get something they need from it especially James. Needing something like this must make relationships very difficult.
I was a bit puzzled at how James had managed without the Prof and his whips for past two years, and yet once back was so dependent on him that he risks what he might have with Satish. I like James, feel sad for him that he needs the pain outlet for his emotions, and would love to see him work things out with Satish. Its early days though and there’s some drama and heartbreak in store for James yet. Thankfully we get a suggestion things will work out for him at the end 🙂 I’d hate to leave him all sad…..
Stars: four, fun read, but very very short so its difficult to really get into.
NB: ARC supplied via Netgalley