Nose in a Book Reviews: Calling the Shots by Christine d’Abo

Calling The Shots (Long Shots #4)Calling The Shots by Christine d’Abo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Genre: Erotica

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC of Calling the Shots.

Calling the Shots is the fourth book in a series that all take place in and around a sex club, Mavericks and a coffee shop, the Pulled Long Cafe. I read the first three of the series and really enjoyed them.

The last book isn’t about the Long siblings who run the Pulled Long Cafe, but rather it’s about Josh Scott, the owner of Mavericks where much of the previous installments took place.

Josh is bi, and previously was part of a threesome involving Paul & Sadie (see Double Shots). Ever since his encounter with them he’s been feeling lonely and doesn’t know what to do about it. He’s been finding the random hookup unfulfilling and has thought about opening up another sex club in Montreal just to get away from the happy couple.

When his manager, Beth Norris and head bartender, Oliver Stephenson suggest they get together, it’s too much for him to resist.

The story is filled with twists and turns, some of which seemed a bit too much, but I enjoyed the story regardless. I liked how Christine d’Abo told the tale in a pretty realistic way. She didn’t sugarcoat the difficulty of having a relationship with two people at the same time. She showed the various emotions and hurt feelings that can happen when dealing with such a relationship. Overall, the sex was steamy, the plot was well written and my only complaint is based on the ending of this book, it seems like this is the end of the series. I’ll miss these well crafted characters and would always welcome if d’Abo decided to write a little more of any of these relationships.

I recommend the entire Long Shot series if you like fast paced, a little kinky, a little dirty all encompassed in a sound story.


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Nose in a Book Reviews: Just One Night by Eve Gaddy

Just One NightJust One Night by Eve Gaddy

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC of this book.

Just One Night is a cute and quick little read. The story revolves around a bomb unit detective, Alex Sheridan and Architect, Luke Morgan. The two meet when Luke attends a bomb awareness seminar that Alex is speaking at in San Diego. Luke hits on her at the bar and the two spend a night together having crazy sex, but Alex leaves in the morning without a goodbye.

Luke knows enough about Alex to know that they both reside in Dallas, but Alex is trying to forget the whole thing and has no idea he lives in the same city until a bomb detonates at a building Luke is working on.

The sparks fly as Alex investigates the explosion and tries to resist her attraction to the main suspect in the case, Luke. She eventually can’t stay away from the man who’s been haunting her dreams since San Diego.

The story is quick paced and does have a nice smattering of suspense thrown in as well. My issues with the story was that in real life, Alex would have NEVER been allowed to stay on that case. EVER. No matter what – if she wanted any of the evidence she worked on to hold up in court. Second, I was still confused as to why an architect was attending a conference on bombs, but whatever.

The sex was steamy and there was a lot of it. If you want a quick little beach read, go check out Just One Night.

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Nose in a Book Reviews: Until There Was You by Jessica Scott

Until There Was You (Coming Home, #2)Until There Was You by Jessica Scott

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Genre: Romance/Erotica

Thanks to NetGalley & Random House for the ARC of this book.

This book started off promising enough. Evan, a straight-laced, by the book sort of officer is being forced to attend a military party. Claire, also an officer, is feeling about as excited to attend this event as Evan. When the two meet, sparks fly, but they both fight the urge. Evan doesn’t date military women, and Claire guards her heart too closely to let anyone in. I enjoyed their first meeting and I could feel their instant attraction.

Unfortunately, the next chapter jumps three years in time when the two are in Colorado Springs trying to help train a company to be ready to deploy to Iraq. The chasm of time is large enough that without any sort of detailed commentary about what happened over those three years, the readers are forced to wonder what the hell happened to make Evan and Claire dislike each other so much.

The two go back and forth for what feels like forever, fighting their feelings and bickering about how best to train this group of soldiers. By the time the two did get together, I was so annoyed, I just wasn’t invested in them as a couple any longer. The writing was well done, but perhaps not being in the military, much of the discussion was either over my head or relegated to the ‘I don’t really care about these details’ section of my brain.

I was a little confused too, because the story wasn’t really a traditional romance but it also wasn’t a traditional erotica story either. I’m at a little bit of a loss about how to classify the genre of this book.

All in all, just average for me. Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it.

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Nose in a Book Reviews: About Last Night by Ruthie Knox

About Last NightAbout Last Night by Ruthie Knox

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Genre: Erotic Romance

Thanks to Random House Publishing and NetGalley for the ARC of About Last Night.

This story is so cute and lovely. Cath is a reformed bad girl, trying to walk the straight and narrow after making a lot of bad choices in her past. She takes the Tube into work every day and watches the other commuters who take the same train with her everyday. In her mind, she thinks she knows what each person is about, and what their life is like. There is one sexy banker, ‘City’ who she watches but never meets until one fateful evening when she’s forced to go on a blind date gone wrong.

Then there’s ‘City’. The posh and well-to-do banker with an artist hidden deep in the depths of his soul just trying to break out. ‘City’ comes from a very wealthy and stately family who holds his life and purse strings in their tight grasp. His mother expects him to bring home a woman of equal stature or else he will be risking his future in the family banking business.

This tale is as sweet as it is sexy. Cath and ‘City’ both have incredible chemistry together and the book is solidly written. They both have secrets and are flawed in ways that is really believable. Cath keeps pushing ‘City’ away, because she feels like all she touches she ruins, and to her, ‘City’ is too good of a man to do that to.

I truly enjoyed this book and the climax just broke my heart. All in all, an enjoyable read I’d recommend to someone looking for a book that will make you smile, with a minimum of angst. Smut with an actual plot. Check it out!

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Nose in a Book Reviews: Long Shots: books 1-3 by Christine d’Abo

Long Shots: Books 1-3Long Shots: Books 1-3 by Christine d’Abo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Genre: Erotica

First, thanks to Carina Press and NetGalley for providing the ARC for this little threesome called Long Shots: Books 1-3.

The three stories revolve around the Long family who all work at the Pulled Long Cafe, “where the coffee is hot and the sex is hotter.” I really enjoyed reading all three of these stories in quick succession.

First – there’s Double Shot. The story revolves around the youngest sibling, Sadie. She’s been lusting after her good friend Paul for more than a decade, yet she’s too worried about ruining her friendship to try and put the moves on him. Paul is part owner in Mavricks, the sex club where much of all of these stories takes place. Sadie’s been suppressing not only her attraction to Paul, but her fantasies as well. When she’s finally put on the spot, Paul helps all of her fantasies come true.

Double Shot was my favorite of the three stories. I related to Sadie and her threesome with Paul and Josh was really steamy.

Second came A Shot in the Dark. This novella tells the tale of Paige, the older sister and ‘wild child’ of the family. She’s been down the BDSM road before only to have the scene ruined for her by an ex-boyfriend. Along comes Carter, a sexy fireman who wants to help Paige get exactly what she needs. This story didn’t do it for me as much as the other two did, but it was hot and sexy and Carter is pretty smokin’.

The last story, Pulled Long tells the tale of Ian, the gay brother of the two Long ladies and has a lot of personal issues he hasn’t dealt with. All throughout the first two stories, he’s flirting with a man know only as ‘Blue Eyes’, who as it turns out to be, a bisexual man just coming through a divorce, to a woman. This throws Ian for a loop, and having been burned by a bisexual lover in the past, he doesn’t think his heart can take the risk again. I enjoyed the playful banter between Ian and ‘Blue Eyes’, AKA – Jeff. Jeff, while he may be bi, knows exactly what he wants, but won’t put up with Ian’s BS about his past. I liked that Ian was forced to face his issues before he could realistically have a relationship with Jeff.

All and all, I enjoyed these stories a lot and kind of wish there was another one that gave us another glimpse into the future of the Long family. Well done, and will be reading more from Christine d’Abo’s collection of work.

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Nose in a Book Reviews: Down to You by M. Leighton

Down to YouDown to You by M. Leighton

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Genre: Erotica/Romance

This book had a lot of potential. The plot was interesting and the twist, while I figured it out ahead of time, was one that I found relatively unique. My problem with this book was that it was horribly in need of a good editor and pre-reader who might have helped M. Leighton avoid some of the things that make me crazy as a reader.

1. Immature and overuse of the internal monologue. She overused this in all of her POVs, including the males’ in the story. I found Olivia’s thoughts to be completely childish and incredibly distracting from the story. The males, Nash and Cash (yes, you read that right and I’m rolling my eyes almost out of my head over these terrible names) had thoughts that made me wince. It felt like someone was tweeting about their thoughts. (OMG, she’s so hot.) You get the idea. The men weren’t manly enough because their thoughts read more like a teenage girl’s than a mid-twenty’s stud-muffin.

2. Exclamation points. This story had so many, I think the running tally would have given the McDonald’s Most Served number a run for its money. Seriously. Not every inane thought ends with an exclamation. Reading a story like this made me feel as if she was an excitable puppy who pees on the floor the second you show it any attention.

I tried to read around these two MAJOR flaws and did find the story had a pretty interesting plot. I hope M. Leighton tightens up her writing and gets a better editor for the supposed sequel to this story.

If you liked THE BOOK THAT SHALL NOT BE NAMED with all the inner goddess crap, you’ll probably really like this book.

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Nose in a Book Reviews: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

SpeechlessSpeechless by Hannah Harrington

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult

I was fortunate to receive an ARC of Speechless from Harlequin Teen.

The story is essentially about what happens when you can’t keep a secret. Or that you just enjoy spreading gossip so much, you don’t see the ramifications of what your actions have on other people.

Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret.

This is the very premise of the story. Chelsea at the beginning is your stereotypical teenager who has been granted access to the popular crowd because she’s best friend with the queen bee of the school. The reality is Chelsea at the beginning of the book is the most annoying, self-serving and vindictive person I think I’ve read in quite some time. In fact, after the first section of the book, I had to put it down because of how strongly I despised Chelsea’s voice. Thankfully I decided to pick it back up after a few days.

Now I have to give major props to Hannah Harrington for managing to turn my opinion of the main character completely around by about a third of the way into the book. See, Chelsea lets a very personal secret out that ultimately almost costs someone his life. When she finally decides to do the right thing, she becomes an outcast in her school. She decides to take a vow of silence since she can’t seem to say anything that doesn’t get her in trouble. Once we’re allowed into Chelsea’s thoughts, her annoying teenage verbal diarrhea ends and we actually get a glimpse into someone who actually has to think before she writes out what she wants to say to someone.

I really enjoyed how Chelsea grew as a person and ultimately how the rest of her new friends grow by being friends with Chelsea too. Friendship is a two way street and it was lovely to see the new relationships blossom underneath her silence.

Of course no Y/A books are complete without some sort of love interest, and Chelsea does eventually find someone unexpectedly in Sam. He’s pretty swoon worthy all the more because he’s not someone she would have ever seen herself being attracted to when she was still perched among the popular crowd.

Aside from a few minor editing problems and that my nook hates PDFs, it was a lovely read.

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to my young adult genre readers out there.

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Nose in a Book Reviews: Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha

Beyond Shame (Beyond, #1)Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha

My rating: 3 1/2 of 5 stars

Genre: Erotica/Dystopian

First, thanks to NetGalley and Moira Rogers for giving me the ARC of Beyond Shame.

A couple of weeks ago, this book was all the talk around my feed and the reviews were mixed. Being an inquiring mind, I had to see what all the fuss was about.

The story is set in a dystopian society where the city of Eden is a prim and proper place. Trapped within its walls you are safe from the wild west like atmosphere in the sectors, but sex, promiscuity, and basically anything considered vulgar is against the law. When the daughter of a councilman rebels one too many times, she’s sentenced to what is considered the worst punishment of all, eviction from the safety of the city walls.

Noelle is thrown into the streets outside the city and finds trouble immediately. Her savior swoops in by the name of Jasper. The story twists around the wild, anything goes lifestyle in the sectors. Noelle is quickly initiated into the crazy, sexual ways found in Sector four.

The story has its moments. It was a very sexy, dirty and hot book, but while the story was interesting, if not always completely believable (a naive young girl involved in a threesome within a day of being evicted from the city? Seems unlikely.) it was not executed as well as it could have been.

I’d never read an erotic story set in a dystopian society and I really wished the author had perhaps done a better job of describing and rounding out her new world. It just felt like sex thrown in among a story, but I didn’t really get enough of either. The writing was quite good, I just wanted more, and I think Kit Rocha really could have delivered it. Hopefully if there are subsequent books, she’ll round out the story a bit better.

Overall an admirable job by Rocha, I just wanted a bit more.

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