Audio Review: How (Not) to Kiss a Prince (Cindy Eller, Book 2) by Elizabeth A Reeves

howtonotkissaprinceLet the Magical Mayhem begin! Cindy Eller has not one, but two weddings to prepare for in less than two weeks when the cupcakes hit the fan – a mysterious man has appeared, claiming to be betrothed to Cindy and that she must marry him before her sister’s nuptials can take place. Obviously this doesn’t sit well with Cindy’s Ordinary boyfriend, Timothy. That’s the way to cake – and the wedding – crumbles!

Start at the beginning: This is the second book in the series and there were times as I was listening that this became quite clear for as a reader I didn’t know what the author was referring to, which is fine, as I generally didn’t really need to know it. Because this is the second in the series, the conclusion is a happy for now with some threads left open for the next in the series.

How to know if you’ll like this book: Are you a foodie? You’ll love this. Lots and lots of descriptions of baked goods. You’ll want to open up a shop and start selling some of the goodies described.

Is there romance between a chef and a prince? One of my favorite scenes is when the prince kidnaps Cindy because he read a romance novel and thought it was considered romantic. Bwuahahaha.

Narrator: Michele Carpenter’s narration and accents give all the characters flair. She does a great job using a similar accent for all the characters so they sound like they’re form the same region, without making any character too similar. They are all distinguishable.

Disclaimer: Michele Carpenter is the narrator for my own trilogy.

Buy: How (Not) to Kiss a Prince (Cindy Eller #2)

[rating:4]

Review: A Virgin for His Prize (Ruthless Russians, Book 2) by Lucy Monroe

virgin prizeSummary: Society heiress Romi Grayson broke it off with sexy Russian tycoon Maxwell Black when she realized he wasn’t looking for commitment. There’s a reason Max held back, but now he’ll stop at nothing to have Romi as a willing bed partner. A little blackmail never hurt anyone, right?

Review: One of my new favorite books! This one is a keeper. I found the sexual and romantic connection between the characters to be off the charts. Maxwell is exactly what you’d expect in an alpha male and you’ll love him for it. At least I did. I also like a blackmail/MOC aspects to the plot. It’s always a good sign when the hero offers marriage, even if he doesn’t think he’s in love… because we all know there’s a “yet” involved.

[Rating:4.5]

Buy: A Virgin for His Prize (Ruthless Russians Book 2)

Review: Bedding the Wrong Brother (Bedding the Bachelors, Book 1) by Virna DePaul

bedding the wrong brotherSummary: Melina Parker has been dumped again for being the opposite of what a man desires in the bedroom. She doesn’t understand what she’s doing wrong. Enlisting the help of one of her close friends, a trusted playboy with a heart of gold, she plans to get practical hands-on experience to improve her future performances. Little does she know that Max Dalton plans to substitute his twin brother Rhys for the sexual teaching/awakening.

Review: Max got in the way of Melina and Rhys when they were in high school and has felt bad ever since. Rhys hasn’t ever really moved on, so when Max is propositioned by Melina to turn her into a sex diva he jumps on board in hopes of making amends. It’s little work to convince Melina to drop the spectacles and push his brother into the hotel room. Once the door is shut the rest is on them. This story starts off very sexy but derails a bit as the story progresses. I found future scenes between the two lacking that initial heat and passion. A lot of time is devoted to unraveling the threads of the past, getting over hurt feelings, and then figuring out if the relationship is worth it. (Max and Rhys are traveling magicians; Melina wants 2.5 kids and a white picket fence.)

[Rating:2.5]

Buy: Bedding The Wrong Brother (Bedding the Bachelors, Book 1)

Review: Friends with Partial/Full Benefits by Luke Young

Reviewed by Cara Lynn

There are now 6 books in this series. I received the first 2 for free at different times when they were offered free for Kindle. (Book 1 is permanently free.)

This is not my usual genre as they are erotica, but to me they were laugh out loud funny, with silly situations, some were unreal (still funny.) And some scenes seemed like parodies. (He actually has written a parody Chocolate Covered Billionaire Navy SEAL: A Parody whose title itself is funny. That one only has 3 stars.)

I suspect the later books may be more explicit. Some call it porn; others erotica. There really isn’t gratuitous sex, but there is a lot, and there is a lot of love between characters.

Here’s the cast:
Jillian, famous wealthy romance author, caught her husband cheating, now divorced; tennis player; hilarious book excerpts as she morphs her ex into scenes and has to rewrite them. She loves her son and he loves her.
Victoria, her long-time girlfriend, widowed, always on the prowl, with her reason(s).
Both have good bodies — better than good.

Rob, Jillian’s son in college, who doesn’t like tennis at all.
Brian, his friend, who really loves tennis.

The first book has a surprise at the end (a good one.)

full-benefits-400In the second book we meet Brian’s awful parents and his younger brother Jim. It’s a wonder either of them turned out good.

And there is a surprise at the end of the second book (also good.)

Here’s the disclaimer on Amazon for the second book:

NOTE: Recommended for readers 18+. This book contains explicit language, sexual content, slightly inappropriate humor and is recommended for mature audiences who like that sort of thing. This book is also a less explicit version of Ian Dalton’s novel Secret Thoughts. For more information, please see Luke Young’s Amazon author page.)

Jillian and Brian fall in love.

Jim falls for a college girl, sorta, who sorta falls for him.

Jim and Victoria fall in love, sorta.

Rob…

I really enjoyed the characters and would like to know what happens next. I give the books 4 star. Nothing is off limits to talk about. There is some anal sex, which doesn’t appeal to me. But it is funny … ah well…

Friends with Partial Benefits [Rating:4]
Friends with Full Benefits [Rating:4]

Buy: Friends With Partial Benefits (Friends With Benefits Book 1), Friends With Full Benefits (Friends With Benefits Book 2)

Sneak Peak of Mia Epsilon’s If You Want Me

Hi everyone,

Thank you for having me here again today.  I was trying to figure out what to talk about today and then I realised that I wanted to share something special with all of you… an exclusive sneak peek at Book 5 of the Weddings by C &C, If You Want Me. I hope you enjoy it!

“This will change her life, and her husband’s, and I have no doubt yours as well.” Em brought up her hands and patted his. “Go in to her now. The doctor should be back any moment. She probably prefers family with her right now.”

Adam swallowed, dropped his hands, and bent his head. A life changer usually meant very bad news. Why the hell hadn’t he insisted Anna go a doctor sooner? His heart felt like a lump of lead in his chest. “Thanks for staying with her.”

“She’s a wonderful lady.”

Adam gripped the door handle. “Yeah, she is. There’s only one lady finer.” He went inside and sank into the chair beside his sister’s bed. Her skin appeared ashen, made more so by the whiteness covering her. He’d promised to protect her and here she lay in the hospital. Some brother he was. He slid his hand under hers and reached for his cell phone. He better call Robin and let him know Anna needed him.

The door swung open before he could dial. A tall black haired man strode into the space and halted at the foot of the bed. “Mrs. Bates?” he called in a loud tone.

Anna opened her eyes and began to stir as Adam leapt to his feet and muttered at the man’s abrupt manner. “I’m her brother and you are?”

“Doctor Goldmin, the physician on call.” His dark eyes scanned over Adam and seemed to dismiss him. Adam gritted his teeth not to say more. “I have your test results and it’s as we thought.”

“Okay.” Anna pushed her hair away from her face. “My husband’s been away. I had some issues at work and everything’s been so crazy busy I figured stress or maybe a stomach bug from one of my students. I guess I should have known.”

“What? Known what?” Adam almost grabbed the palm pilot from the doctor’s hands to see for himself as his heart now raced. “What’s wrong? What are you going to do to help her?”

“There’s nothing we can do.” The doctor shrugged and continued to tap the tablet. “I suggest telling your husband as soon as possible though to discuss your options.”

Adam would have preferred the other man take out a needle the size of California and stick it in him. Options? True fear made nausea churn in his stomach and turn his blood to ice. Oh God, not Anna, who’d never hurt anyone in her life and only wanted to teach and make children happy. Not his sister the person he remained closest to besides their mother. Resolve flooded through him as he straightened his shoulders. They wouldn’t blindly accept what some small town doctor said. Adam gathered her to him and just held tight. Her heart raced against his chest. Strong. He had to be strong for Anna and for Robin. “We’ll find another doctor, a specialist who will help you.”

“You do need to consult your own doctor. From your tests and the information you provided, I’d say mid October.” Doctor Goldmin keyed in something on his tablet. “Give or take a couple of weeks either side.”

Just over seven months? Adam wanted to rip something apart, scream until he went hoarse, anything to vent the fury and injustice of it all. “Oh, God, I’m so sorry, sweetheart.”

So…have I grabbed your interest? Please let me know.

Mia xx

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stuckonyou_200x300Once you marry True Love, then what?

Robin and Anna are back. The wedding is over, they are happily married, and living in Anna’s beloved hometown. Plus they have the blessed new challenge of twins. Sure, each has annoying bad habits, they’re seriously sleep deprived, and a few cracks have appeared in their unblemished marriage. After all, this is the real world not a fairy tale. Nothing will destroy this idiotic existence.

Then Robin is offered the promotion of his career. It’s perfect except it means a big move away from their family, friends, and home. With neither willing to bulge on the issue, the first major fight of their marriage shakes it to its foundations.

Then a tragic accident changes everything. Can this couple find their way back to each other and stay Stuck on You?

Buy: Stuck On You (Weddings by C & C Book 4)

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Mia Epsilon lives with her ever patient and tolerant soul mate hubby in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, USA. She’s an avid reader of almost anything but particularly romance with too many favorite authors to name. Mia is a huge Doctor Who fan and adores the new Doctor with his Scottish accent. She also happily suffers a chocolate addiction which causes her to visit her favorite chocolate store, The Chocolate Fetish an abnormally high number of times.

Mia can most often be found at her computer spinning new tales or in a quiet padded nook (a nook, she swears, not a padded room) with her e reader engrossed in a new story. She’s currently hard at work on her series ‘Weddings by C & C’ and trying to build its reputation from ‘just another wedding story’ to ‘OMG you have GOT to read this book!’ She appreciates all reader input and comments on her Face Book, Twitter, Amazon and Good Reads pages. Her released titles include: ‘Wedding Belle Blues’, ‘Take a Chance on Me’, ‘When You Believe’, ‘That Night’, and ‘Stuck on You’ along with a short story in The Wonderland Tales ‘Leave Your Hat On’.

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