Review: “The Unexpected Infatuation” by Sara Dobie Bauer

unexpected infatuationDisclaimer: I consider the author a friend; however, I purchased this short story ebook for full price. 


I wasn’t sure about this short story at first. I’m not keen on the idea of anyone cheating in a relationship, nor do I particularly find the “gay for you” trope appealing. The writing of this story, however, is extremely elegant and evocative of the time period and the narrator himself, so I found myself swept along anyway.  Continue reading

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Review: Lord & Master (The Billionaires #3) by Emma Holly

Lord & MasterI had a great time reconnecting with my favorite trio, but this book threw me for a bit of a loop. Not in a bad way, whatsoever. But it was a distinctly different sort of story than its predecessor.

Part of what I loved about Beck & Call was that the three characters grow into a relationship together. During the immersive role-playing drama of the sequel, we’re returning to tried and true narratives, where the lord of the manor wants to share his new wife with his long-time friend.  Continue reading

Review: Beck & Call (The Billionaires #2) by Emma Holly

Beck and CallI think it’s a testament to how engrossing I found this book that I didn’t realize the title was a play on two of the main characters’ names until over halfway through reading the story.

I read this book on the recommendation of a blogger that I enjoy who talks about her romance pet peeves. In this particular case, Beck & Call was held up as an example of how to do a romantic threesome the right way. This isn’t even the case of a couple opening their relationship and falling for the third together. Instead, each character tracks a steady arc of developing feelings for the other two, which was a journey I enjoyed thoroughly.  Continue reading

Review: The Billionaire Bad Boys Club (The Billionaires #1) by Emma Holly

Billionaire Bad Boys Club

So much for taking a break from the romance and erotica books! This read (and probably the subsequent reads in the series) was inspired by a blog post by author Cara McKinnon, where she discussed how one of her romance pet peeves is three-way relationships where there’s only a real relationship between two of the people. She mentioned this series, and I had to find out how this book measured up.

Per the idea that a proper three-way relationship should include three real and distinct relationships, this book mostly works. In each relationship, the friends (or acquaintances) to lovers is incredibly quick. This could be a point against it, but Holly writes each character so well that the connection between each of them is immediately obvious, and you can’t help but cheer once the kissing starts.  Continue reading

Review: Lights, Camera, Cupid! (Bluewater Bay #6)

Lights Camera Cupid“Just Another Day” by L.A. Witt: I loved this quick check-in with our first Bluewater Bay couple, actors Carter and Levi. Levi is his usual cantankerous and loveable self, Carter is still too perfect for words, and I’d be jealous of those cats if I didn’t own three ridiculous Siamese of my own. Also, those guys have to stop breaking social media in the best ways possible. 4 stars

“Nascha” by Amy Lane: I’m not sure I’ve ever laughed AND cried this much during a short story before. Continue reading

Review: Outside the Lines (Bluewater Bay #22) by Anna Zabo

Outside the LinesDisclaimer: I am friends with the author of this novel; however, I purchased the ebook for full price.


My metric for how I view a good romance novel has turned into whether the interpersonal relationships are occurring between mature adults. I don’t have time for whiny teenage angst produced by characters in their twenties, thirties, or beyond. This novel succeeds in this goal, and even the necessary miscommunication necessary for a romance plot was realistic rather than over(melo)dramatic. In short, I loved this book.  Continue reading

Review: DAILY GRIND (Takeover #4) by Anna Zabo

daily grindDisclaimer: I consider the author a friend and have promoted her projects on my blog. However, I purchased this ebook for full price.


This novel was sweeter than the others in the series, but certainly no less hot for it. Brian and Rob go through a much more traditional meet-cute and love story, with the added twist that this is the first time Brian is going through these steps with another man. Watching his character explore new things, both in life and business, was rewarding as a reader. That’s not to say I didn’t want to smack him upside the head a few times! But the promised happily ever after is still delivered.  Continue reading