A Buckeye Girl Reads

Reviewing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Erotica and everything in between.
Beauty From Pain (Beauty Series) (Volume 1) - Georgia Cates This was ok..but I wanted more from both Jack and Laurelyn.
Devil in Winter - Lisa Kleypas Loved this one.
It Happened One Autumn - Lisa Kleypas The first one is still my favorite. This was a little predictable, I adored Westcliff but Lillian drove me crazy.
Love, Technically - Lynne Silver This is more of a 3.5-3.9 star. :)

Love technically was a cute novella. I loved Sark. He was adorable and the whole reason I kept reading. He was alpha without being alpha at all if that makes sense. I loved how vulnerable he was. He has all this money, yet at the same time can't trust anyone because of the money. He's young, and isn't sure who to trust. He likes Michelle because she's so innocent and has no idea that he's the CEO of the company because he didn't give her his real name-Noah Frellish, he gave his nickname that all of his friends use.

While I loved Noah/Sark, Michelle drove me nutso. She was young and innocent, naive and while all of that is fine it made me want to slap some sense into her. Michelle does really grow as a character, but by the time she grew I had kinda stopped caring about her. Despite my non connection with Michelle, I still ended up really enjoying the book which tells you how strong the writing was and how awesome Sark was. There is just something about those geeky boys that I love!

This Time Next Year (1Night Stand Series)

This Time Next Year (1Night Stand Series) - Catherine Peace I liked this one a lot. :)This is more of a 3.5-3.9 star review. I was lucky enough to meet the author at the Lori Foster Reader/Author Get Together in June (I swear I will get my recap post up soon!) and have been twitter friends with her for a long time. I have to say I was really excited to read this book because vampires just never get old!

There are three things that I've come to expect from a 1Night Stand novella: a compelling storyline, hot sex and super likable characters that make me wish the novella was just a chapter or two longer. This Time Next Year didn't disappoint me.

I think what I liked most about this story was that it wasn't your traditional vampire story. Kiernan was vulnerable, and really felt bad for what happened to Moira's family all those years ago and wanted to make up to her. Madam Eve works her magic and brings Moira into his life again..but while Moira is vulnerable, I loved that she was also independent and made decisions on her own terms. This was just a sweet romance with a lot of passion! I want to say more, but it was just 38 pages and I don't want to spoil anything. This was one of the best debut books I've read in a long time!
Hurricane - Moira Rogers Liked this one a lot.
Kamikaze - Moira Rogers This was one super hot novella! Couldn't get enough of it.
Damaged - H.M. Ward I had a love/hate relationship with this one. It had great potential, but there were small grammatical errors that annoyed me-was her name Sidney or Sydney? For the first handful of chapters it was spelled both ways. I also don't understand why they just couldn't wait till she graduated and the relationship would have been a mute point.
Big Girls Do It Wetter  (Big Girls Do It, #2) - Jasinda Wilder I enjoyed the first one in the series much more.
Big Girls Do It Better (Big Girls Do It, #1) - Jasinda Wilder As a big girl, I liked this one a lot-thought her feelings were really valid, can't wait to read the next volumes. Full review to come.
Happy Acres Haunted Hotel for Active Seniors - Gini Koch The thing I love most about Gini Koch is despite whatever genre she is writing in the fun never stops and the most unexpected story lines will leave you shaking your head at all the crazy that goes on, yet makes total sense.This was a fun read mainly because the subject matter was so different then what I normally read. It was about seniors! I didn't think I would be able to connect to any of the characters, but as usual I was wrong! This is just a fun, quick read with twists and turns that will have you laughing and groaning and the same time. It's not a place for the faint of heart to live. :)

--copy provided by the author for a fair & honest review.
Beyond Pain - Kit Rocha I wanna be an O'kane.
Warning: Gush Fest ahead. (It couldn't be helped.)

This series is just blow your mind amazing. It's dark, gritty, fabulous and so, so hot there really aren't enough adjectives to describe how hot it is. This series is not for the faint of heart. It's not light hearted or fluffy, but that is what makes the characters in this series so fantastic. They all have issues, and to me that is what pulls on my heartstrings-you just want to give them all a big hug and help them get through their troubles so they can find their match!

Beyond Pain just made me fall in love with Bren and Six. I loved how Six (Yes, that is her name, and it's explained why in the book) reacted to being thrown into Sector 4. She wasn't brought in under the best of circumstances, and is fighting to find a place and isn't convinced that she really belongs. I love how shocked she is at everyone's openness in their feelings and sexuality. She doesn't get how Dallas O'Kane can lead his gang this way-it was just very different then Sector three, where she was from and had a very hard life. I loved watching her struggle and overcome her insecurities with Bren. While she was insecure, she was still tough as nails and not afraid to speak out or kick some butt. It's rare that this mix works, but with Six it just did. I was cheering her on while wanting to give her a hug at the same time.

Bren made me feel a bit guilty because I didn't think I'd like anyone as much as I did Jasper and Dallas. I felt like I was cheating on those two with my new crush on him. :) I loved him so much because he got Six and was tough yet endearing at the same time. Like everyone else in Sector 4, the boy has issues, and had a lot to work out. He wasn't from the sectors, but from the big city of Eden. In Beyond Pain we learn more about why he was tossed out. I just wanted to tell him to forget his revenge, but at the same time so badly want to see him go after the guy who wronged him.

As with previous book, the pov changes so much that it really should be one big discombobulated mess, but somehow everyone's stories pull together to make you an emotional mess at the end. In Beyond Pain there is one scene at the end between Cruz/Ace that just well, made me want the next book right now. It was just well.....*shudders*and enough to make me wish I was a beta reader for Beyond Jealousy.

This series is one you really want to take a chance on and really is my favorite erotica romance series. Kit Rocha has become an auto buy author for me. The It has everything-compelling characters, heartfelt romance, fabulous world building and scorching hot sex scenes.
Beyond Control - Kit Rocha Total hotness. Loved this world-The O'Kanes are some of my favorite fictional characters now. Full review to come.
Beyond Shame - Kit Rocha loved.
Playing the Part - Robin Covington I've got to be honest. I have no idea why I agreed to review this one because we all know my track record with contemporary romances: it's not good. However, I am a sucker for a story line with a hollywood actor and throw in a romance writer and you have me sold on the plot. I was a little worried when I started this one because the formatting on the e-book I had was so bad. I swear my kindle fire hates books that I've converted into mobi format! However, once I started reading this one I couldn't stop and the bad formatting didn't even bother me at all after the first chapter. It was just that good.

This novella had great chemistry between the main couples, the sex scenes were smoking hot and I loved that despite the need a fan hotness of the book, the plot never wavered and was strong throughout it. Piper was my favorite type of heroine-strong, independent, yet vulnerable at the same time. I loved that she knew she wanted Mick and wasn't afraid to go after him-on her own terms. I also liked that he accepted her terms, but then the table flipped and he was the one changing the rules trying to convince her to stay with him just a little longer.

To use one of my favorite terms, this book was just sizzling hot and had a little bit of everything. The hero, Mick Blackwell was just swoon-worthy and an instant book boyfriend. I loved that he was bi-racial. You just don't see enough of that in romance novels. I loved watching him fall for Piper because he was just so not used to being the one going after someone.

The secondary characters were just as wonderful as the main characters Piper and Mick. There was Lincoln, Mick's tortured singer best friend roommate (I would love a book with him in it!) and Chris, Piper's gay best friend who I loved because he stood by her and had his back no matter what. I just wish the secondary characters had a bigger role in the book!

The only problem I had with the book (and it was slight) was that instead of describing that Piper had downtime with Mick (i.e. cuddling on the couch, talking about random stuff) that the actions would have been shown instead of just talked about after the fact, because I would have loved to have seen that side of Mick.

All in all Playing the Part is a great summer read and I can't wait to read other books by Robin Covington.
Beauty and the Wolf - Marina Myles This one had a great premise, but I had trouble with it. Full review to come. this is more of a 2.6--2.9 star.