Review: Scared of Beautiful (Scared Series, Book 1) by Jacqueline Abrahams

Scared of BeautifulReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: Maia and Jackson seem to be two different people walking a different path. Maia wants to go to college without anyone bothering her. She has a need to escape her privileged upbringing of wealth and control to live her life the way she always wanted to. Jackson feels rejected after his high school sweetheart left. The result is he turned into a guy who has one-night stands with many girls until he admits to himself that he made a mistake and decides to go to college and study, leaving female attention and dating aside due to the problems they bring.

Then the two of them meet – at the same college.

Review: As expected, Maia and Jackson are very different people. She’s rich and privileged with all the trappings of her high social status while he’s hot and comes from a normal background. The two of them shouldn’t get on in theory, but we are talking about a romance novel here and by these standards, they are bound to hook up.

Maia is an in your face type who puts up a defensive wall around everyone she comes across at college, pretending that her life is alright when she knows something is missing, a man she can love and trust. Jackson has come to study and do well at college, but when he meets her, he goes back to his cocky and arrogant self. The more he gets to know her, however, the more she sees him for what he is, and in a way they actually do get on.

The idea that their coming together isn’t love at first sight is interesting as it isn’t other than mere sexual attraction; there is no reason why they should have got together in the first place. Maia struck me as a troubled woman from the start. She tends to hide it behind a bitchy, snobbish attitude, but Jackson notices this and in his own way tries to take her down to her most basic level to find she is also an emotional wreck.

Good Bits:

  • Hits the reader emotionally
  • Well developed characters
  • They are an opposites attract love match that surprisingly works

Summary: Although the characters can be seen as tough to get used to as their personalities aren’t that likeable, once Jackson takes apart Maia’s wall of nastiness and pretence, I started to like them more. The bitchiness is seen as more of a misunderstanding than anything else. As a debut novel in the Scared series, I enjoyed it as it played out different to the usual romance novels I normally read and look forward to reading more by this author.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: Scared of Beautiful (Scared Series Book 1)

Review: Dirty Teacher by Harley Baker

dirty teacher harley bakerReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: For Linda Moore, sex is something she doesn’t get much of as she considers herself undesirable to the opposite sex, but that is before she meets Zac. Linda is a kind woman who wants to do her bit to help others learn more than they could in a society that doesn’t like drop outs and the sort of kids she teaches every day. Her main annoyance is her urge to help these kids versus the fact she’s exhausted all the time when she comes home from work. Zac Jones is the sort of man every woman wants, he is attentive, handsome and kind – it could be said he is the best she could ever want, but her only problem is the fact he is 19 and a student at the college she works at as a teacher.

Review: You might recall I previously reviewed Harley’s other story, Two Friends and a Bartender. I liked it, and wanted to read more from what I would call a new author who specialises in erotic works. Like the previous story, this one is set into several chapters too even though it’s the same length. This makes it easier to read as you can separate the blocks of text. I liked Linda, she’s a teacher, and let’s face it, we all hated them when we were at school, but she thinks what we would be thinking if we took her class every day for a whole year with the same drop out students. She wants to make a difference to the world, but knows she might not even make a dent with the heavy work load she has plus the student most girls would swoon at who has his eye on her. What is a girl to do? Linda’s history with men isn’t so good, her previous boyfriend resented her for being at work most of the time, and she feels as though she is getting older an hating the thought that soon she might be past her prime. She sees everyone else at college as being lucky not having to go home and grade papers, but lucky for her – she soon has a young man who could love her for who she is.

Good bits:

  • Linda is a kind-hearted gal, so she gets a hot guy for her troubles!
  • Zac smoulders on the pages and acts like the bad boy you can imagine.
  • The story is well paced and fun.

Bad bits:

  • The story can be seen as a might unrealistic with Linda risking her career for a fling.

Final Thoughts: This was another short but sweet story from Harley, and taken on a purely fantasy basis, reads nice and steamy, just the way I like it, but if this were true, a career woman like Linda wouldn’t risk her job for a fling with a young man like him, even though there are many who have made the mistake, Linda knows the rules and what she’s risking and she doesn’t care. Other than this, I liked the build-up and the character development on such a short story – it’s well done and has what I would call a happy ending for now.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Buy: Dirty Teacher

Review: Magic University Book Three: The Incubus and the Angel by Cecilia Tan

by Sandra Scholes, guest reviewer

If Tarot cards are your thing, you might like this one as they are, in part responsible for one man investigating some strange goings on with a female friend he knows. She is having nightmares when she shouldn’t have, and doesn’t know the reason for them until she discovers she has an incubus who visits her nightly and gives her very sexual dreams.

Alex and Kyle are both friends who see what goes on around them, and know all about the occult, the benefits of it, and the down side to knowing more than they should. As an apology for something he’s done before, Alex tells his fortune by spreading the cards for him one night, even if he does think he’s no good at being able to predict anyone’s fortune. Kyle thinks different though, as he has already proved he can do it – his predictions so far have been spot on, and he wonders what the next spread have in store for him.

The cards can tell a person anything, love life, the possibility of wealth, even a new start for the one involved, but in Kyle’s spread there are quite a few negative cards, the positive ones meaning he could be in store for a new relationship if he’s lucky, but he doesn’t see the future even if he does believe what he has told him. Kyle has nightmares, and he feels for Lindy who is not in control of what the incubus is doing to her nightly. He discovers the only way he can help her is to use sexual magic to ward the demon off her.

I liked the fact Cecilia had Kyle as a moderately bisexual male in the novel, one who had a touch of femininity to him that could make him relate to the women he meets, especially Jeannie and Lindy. After his relationship with Frost, he wants to discuss other things with him that do concern him as he tends to jump between guys and girls, and doesn’t have any stability.

Cecilia’s use of Circe’s Tit as a retort reminded me of Arthur Weasley’s utterance of Merlin’s Beard when he sees Harry Potter. It’s funny and gets the point across.

Kyle has had his fair share of romances, but wants to find his true soulmate, not just feel that the sex is right – he wants to feel for the other person, have a connection with someone that goes beyond sex. He has never felt that close to a girl or boy who took his fancy, and thinks that someday he will find the one who is right for him, even if it is a girly notion for him to have.

Rating: ★★★★★

Buy: Magic University: The Incubus and the Angel