Sugar Daddy by Rie Warren

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Author: Rie Warren

Genre: Contemporary Romance

ISBN: 9781616504656

Length: Novel (400 pages)

Publisher: Rie Warren (January 24th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Shay Greer is pure GRITS—a Girl Raised In The South–but nowhere near a demure southern belle. She’s looking for a way out of her broken down marriage when she lands an unexpected job offer she really should refuse. Position? Mistress. Fringe Benefits? Of course. Fraternization with sexy CEO Reardon Boone? Required. Lured by the promise of intimacy missing from her failed marriage, Shay signs on. She’s barely survived a hellish year of heartbreak and needs a fresh start, but she gets more than she bargained for with lowcountry-boy-made-good Reardon Boone.

Bankrolling Shay into his bedroom, Reardon sticks by his tried and true rules: no-strings-attached seduction, no messy emotions, absolutely nothing resembling a relationship. This sassy, sultry woman fits the bill precisely…until she arouses more than his erotic appetite.

So desirable he sets hearts on fire in everyone from downtown debutantes to downhome mommas, Reardon is as irresistible as he is unattainable. Shay falls hard despite their unorthodox arrangement. Determined to discover what’s concealed beneath his Forbes 400 facade, she has no idea how close to home the truth will hit.

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Review: So I read the title and an eyebrow rises near my hairline. Sugar Daddy… I keep reading the cover and I see… She wants a job and he wants a mistress …and everything I am screams at me to NOT read this book. This guy pissed me off even before I opened the damned book. So a very sane person might ask me why on earth I proceeded to read the book anyway.
Well, curiosity is a very old friend of mine, that, and my boss asked me to of course.

But damn, what an opening this book has. Not only the future employer is literally telling her the job he offers is that of a mistress, but the woman herself is married. Hmm, now I’m all for fun and slutting around but this hit my morals a bit too hard. I dislike cheating and deceiving with a passion.

But there is that underline sarcasm that spices up the text, this MC’s voice is so damned funny and hilarious and enticing that I must say it stroke up my curiosity even more and admittedly I am thankful of it, because I so enjoyed the flirtatious and downright sensual, while funny text I got to read.

As for the woman, well she somehow saved it by wanting the job in first place so she’d have the financial stability to leave her husband. Does it make it all right? I don’t know, everyone has their own hang-ups, and as for me, I didn’t mind it much simply because the writing bewitched me. It was fun and I was laughing right up to the point where the dialogues got on the real chatty side. Oh my, women can kill you with words, and words upon words, and then some more words. Damn it Shay, did you have to beat the corpse so much? And the tears, oh God, if this wasn’t a drama I don’t know what you would call it. It had a very soap opera feel to it.

The story itself is quite touching. It tells of pain and deep hurts anyone of us could suffer. It tells of people trying to overcome their hurts anyway they can, making mistakes in the way to their chase for happiness. It tells of a man having everything a man could want, yet lost the one thing he deeply loved.

Underneath his mouthwatering appearance and all his money and swagger, he was just a man. One whose heart hadn’t merely been broken, but a man whose very spirit had been destroyed.

The passage above is a very good example of what you will encounter and it’s only the man’s side. The woman, Shay, herself has a tragedy going on in her life as well. Her marriage crumbled under the weight of loss when she miscarried her baby. Not only had she to suffer the pain for her baby, but the rejection that came from her hurting husband as well. In her search for a way out of her misery and dark tunnel her life had become, she falls for the oldest trap of them all. Consenting to become a paid mistress for a man who was hell-bent on not feeling, she simply changed the rules one day at a time, making him feel, making herself feel as well, and ultimately getting trapped in a whole new world of emotions. All along knowing, it might end with a bigger hurt than the one she was trying to overcome.

Both of us always waitin’ for the other shoe to drop.

…Shay and Reardon get into a relationship with their eyes wide open this time. Hope and apprehension coloring the story, anticipation and wistfulness that this time Fate might have a good life for them in store and not yet another world of desolate and darkness.

Yes, this is a very emotional story, spiked up with sensual scenes and intimacy of the kind that makes your heart thump harder in your chest. The happy and fun moments go hand in hand with trepidation and tears, making for a roller coaster of emotions that assault you with the force of a tsunami. Somehow, even I that am known to dislike the too much drama and cheesy feelings, I felt for these characters and hoped along with them for a happy ending. A book that normally would not hold my interest became so much more. Was it the mother in me? Perhaps. But I enjoyed the book, the story, and the characters. I fell in love with Shay’s voice and her Southern upbringing, and I simply adored Reardon. Who wouldn’t; the way he was described was hotter than Hell.

Waaban: Dawn Kitten by Carolyn McBride

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Author: Carolyn McBride

Genre: F/F / Contemporary / Holiday

Length: Short Story (27 pages)

Publisher: Torquere Press (December 10th, 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥2 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: When April came out to her parents over a decade ago, her news was not met with support and love. She lost her home, family and everything familiar. She’s come a long way. She has a hot new girlfriend, a new career and life is going pretty well.

So why is she hearing voices that speak to her from the past, and in Ojibway? Why has she been chosen to care for an orphaned kitten, and how can it possibly all be related?

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Review: Honestly, this was quite a disappointing read for me. From the blurb I had the impression something major would happen, even some paranormal activity the way those dreams came into view. Reading it, that impression got stronger at first only to deflate as I continued reading.

This is a simple enough story that shows the peak of April’s life. Being thrown out of her house when she came out to her parents, April didn’t expect much happiness in her life, but things panned out and not only she found a woman to love and cherish being loved and cherished right back, but a loved one from her past comes back into her life making her whole.

The kitten I didn’t really understood what her point as a character was. Don’t expect anything to happen with her, she’s just a kitten. As lovely as they are, I was put off because frankly I expected her to be some sort of a shifter or something. Really, the intro made you believe that much. But no, it’s a simple addition to an already established relationship/home.

In  the end I have no idea what the point of this story was, but I’m going to take a wild guess and say it was motivational and maybe point out the fact that everything happens for a reason, and no matter how bad things are the sun always shines the next day. For me it was a flat read though, one I didn’t get to enjoy a lot as the possibilities this story had were numerous yet unexplored.