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Sheila's Reads

I love to read. I am very eclectic in my reading but I especially enjoy erotica and erotic romance. I also like movies, live theater and concerts, hockey, and counted cross-stitch.

LIVE BY NIGHT by Dennis Lehane

Live by Night - Dennis Lehane

I did not realize there was an earlier novel in this series. This is a standalone book. Joseph Coughlin is working on the opposite side of the law than his father who is hoping to become the Police Commissioner in Boston. Joseph is involved in robbery which leads to cops dying. He is arrested and sentenced to prison where he meets Maso, head of a powerful crime family in Boston. After his release from prison he goes to Tampa where he heads Maso's family branch there.

I enjoyed this story. The era of Prohibition, rum runners, and gangsters is portrayed very well here. Joe is not the strong arm. He works to get agreements from all parties involved. He gets involved with Cubans and gets them to work with him and cut out the others. He builds his own mob.

I liked the characters. They were complex--not all good or all bad. I like how Joe backs up his people and how he stands up for what he believes as he gets higher in the organization.

I will be reading more of this author

UNTIL YOU by Melody Heck Gatto

Until You: Prequel to the Renegades Series - Melody Heck Gatto
  Introduces the Pittsburgh Renegades series a little. Surfer Sam plays hockey in California. He meets Trina at the beach in Delaware. Turns out that Trina sings the National Anthem in Winnipeg and her brother plays hockey in Pittsburgh. Trina has many problems that she is dealing with.

I liked that Trina came to trust Sam. I also liked that Sam earned her trust. They were a good couple who learned that communication could deal with whatever was given to them. There is not much hockey but there is some hot sex.

I look forward to reading the full series since my appetite for the Renegades has been whetted.


The Lawrence Browne Affair - Cat Sebastian
  Georgie is a thief and con man. He is sent by his brother to Cornwall to check on the mental condition of Sir Lawrence Browne after Georgie runs afoul of his criminal boss. Lawrence is an inventor as well as an Earl. He is considered mad since his father and brother were mad before their deaths. Georgie checks it out and finds that Lawrence is different but not mad. Georgie brings stability into the household.

I liked these characters. They were perfectly matched. Where one was weak, the other was strong. They allow their feelings to grow for each other and realize they need what the other brings to the relationship. Even when Georgie tries to protect Lawrence, Lawrence thwarts his efforts and does the protecting. The story pulled me in from the beginning. I wanted to know what Georgie wanted to know and how he knew it when he finally figured out what was happening at Lawrence's estate.

I look forward to the other books in the series.


Should've Known Better - Cassandra Carr
  One of Cassandra Carr's best stories. She gets these characters right as they deal with timely incidences in their lives. Sarah does not want to go public with their relationship which causes problems for Sebastian.

I like the way the situation was handled. I thought it was well done and sensitively handled. I could understand both sides though not agree with Sarah and her reasoning. She needed to decide what was more important. When she did decide she almost lost what was most important. I am glad they were able to work it out.

CHECKING IT TWICE by Samantha Wayland

Checking It Twice (Crashing Book 2) - Samantha Wayland
  Alexei and Mike's Christmas story. They have special gifts planned for one another. They also are involved with Rupert and Callum's family this Christmas season.

I love these characters. This is a heart-warming story that made me feel good. Wonderful!

CRASHING THE NET by Samantha Wayland

Crashing the Net - Samantha Wayland
  Alexei is sure Mike does not know what he is asking for when Mike wants to hook up with Alexei. Mike knows exactly what he wants and he knows Alexei can give it to him.

I loved these two guys. They are caring men. They are strong. Both know their own minds and will grab what they want. They create a family with Rupert and Callum (from Home and Away) and their family. I love the dynamics between the two men and how they complement each other.

I cannot wait to read their next book.

THE BRICK WALL by Stephanie Julian

The Brick Wall (Redtails Hockey Book 1) - Stephanie Julian
  Good opening for the Reading Redtails series. Goalie Shane Conrad has been having a hard time in the net. Everyone's advice is to take some time off and quit thinking about hockey. He meets Bliss Vescovi and decides the others may be right. Both think it will be a one-night stand or over at the end of the season but their hearts decide for something else.

I enjoyed this story. I loved the characters. I liked that not every character was perfect. They had flaws and disabilities. Bliss has to stop thinking she can read others minds. Shane is a good guy who puts many males to shame. I liked the strong connection Bliss had to her family and I liked how others tried to tell her she could pursue other courses in her life.

I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.

HOME AND AWAY by Samantha Wayland

Home and Away - Samantha Wayland

  Dealing with reconstruction at the hockey arena as well as managing the Ice Cats, Rupert needs to find his little brother in England. He is not prepared to handle everything in addition to Callum Morrison, part owner of the team and NHL goalie. Callum has his own problems to deal with but he becomes a source of strength to Rupert as his life changes.

I liked all the characters in this book. I wish I would have bought the whole series at once because I want to know more about all these people. This was not a typical m/m sports story. There was so much packed in this book. I loved how these characters became a family though few of them were related by blood. It was a good portrayal of how regular life impacts careers and how what you think you want is not what you really want or is good for you.

There are pasts that come to light. There are issues within each person's life that must be dealt with. Watching Rupert and Callum open up to each other was wonderful. Watching them present a united front when dealing with Oliver, Rupert's young brother, and Christian, a pre-teen boy who may be gay is amazing. I could feel the love these guys had for each other, the children, and their friends.

I am getting the rest of this series. This book was so amazing.

SUMMER PASSIONS by Michelle McMasters

Summer Passions (Seasons of Love) - Michelle Mcmaster


3 short stories starting with CUPID’S DART.  Shooting the Marquess of St. Clair in the leg with an arrow was not part of Daphne’s plan.  She just wanted to beat him at something.  Now she must pay for her sin by nursing him back to health.  I liked Daphne.  I could see her eyes rolling constantly as he teased her and as she watched the parade of ton women visit him.  I could feel his need to harass her by being outrageous.  The story was too short and I felt like I was dropped into the middle of it when things come to a head between Daphne and the Marquess.  I would like to see this developed into a novella or full length novel.


Next is LADY ASHTON TAKES A LOVER.  Often left alone by her husband, Clarissa finally accedes to her friend’s advice to taka a lover for the summer.  Clarissa meets an Adonis at the ball but he disappears.  Going into the garden he reappears and becomes her lover while her husband is knocking at the front door.  I liked this story.  Clarissa takes matters into her own hands.  She finds the lover she wants and appeases her neglecting husband. 


The final story THE WEDDING PARTY has Lady Althea Ramsay taking a letter from her late brother to his friend the Duke of Wakefield asking for help.  Invited to the same wedding as her former fiancé, she wants Wakefield to go as her escort.  He attends as her fiancé and puts a plan in action to show the former fiancé what he has lost.  I enjoyed this story.  I liked Althea.  She seems a mouse but has a backbone.  I liked the scenes between her and Wakefield.  They are an evenly matched couple. 


I look forward to reading the other seasons in this series.

HER HAPPY ENDING by Ava Sterling

Her Happy Ending: An Erotic Massage Story - Ava Sterling
  Skye has helped her friend moved and is sore and stiff. She needs her masseur to loosen those tight muscles. Setting up her appointment with Blake, she fantasizes about how she wants him. When she finds out he does in-home massages, she schedules one.

I liked Skye. She knows what she wants and goes after it. I liked how Blake tried to play the professional card but knew he was outmaneuvered by Skye. This is a beginning for them. I want to see where they go from here.


The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts - Joshua Hammer

The title is a little misleading. While this does deal with the collection of the ancient manuscripts hidden in and around Timbuktu and through Mali, it deals more with the cultural and social history of Timbuktu as well as current events.

The story of the manuscripts is interesting--how they were gotten, preserved, hidden from the jihadists, removed from Timbuktu, and saved. The cultural history of the area and the manuscripts was more interesting. I learned a lot. The current history of the area was extremely interesting. This book opened my eyes to so much. This is only a drop of what I don't know. It makes me want to read more about African history, colonialism in Africa, the French Foreign Legion, whatever more whets my appetite to learn.


BDSM ROMANCE How One Man Recruited and Trained a sub - J.R. Luxor
  Master John places an ad on the internet for a sub. Curi answers her ad. Master John is looking for someone to train but she must be special. He thinks he may have found her in Curi.

I liked these characters. I enjoyed this story. As Curi is learning I learned also. Master John explained everything he was doing to her as they moved through their play. He also explained the difference between actual pain and the anticipation of pain. Curi asked questions. She wanted to please him. There is wonderful chemistry between Master John and Curi. Well done!


The Mysterious Mr. Blackstone - C. R. Lemons

Rachel thinks her boss is a vampire because he comes to the office at night although he does make the weekly meeting. As a first year lawyer she works with his quirks and gets the opportunity to make her first appearance in court. But she does need Mr. Blackstone's help. He helps her. She helps him.

This was not what I expected. It was a good story though. Rachel is so relatable. Mr. Blackstone is not what he appears and has reasons for his quirks. I liked how the two of them related with each other. I also liked Rachel's neighbor even if Rachel wanted the earth to open up and swallow her.

I will be reading more of Ms. Lemons

THE DATING TUTOR by Melissa Frost

The Dating Tutor - Melissa Frost
  Cute high school romance with Ellie asking best friend Alec to tutor her for dating Jake. Alec does it but his unacknowledged feelings for Ellie out come.

I liked Alec, Ellie, and Jake. They get themselves upset because they are all trying to hide their true feelings. They are likable and totally relatable.

I want to read more of this series.

SOMEONE I LOVED by Anna Gavalda

Someone I Loved - Anna Gavalda, Catherine Evans
  Adrien leaves his wife and his father takes her to the family's country home with her children. He tells her a story of falling in love with a woman while he was married. He does not want her to leave the family.

I believed the father-in-law was sincere in his desire to help his daughter-in-law through her husband's leaving. With his story he draws comparison between him and his son. He had to open himself up and shows a man that his children have never seen. He also had to take a hard look at himself. I also believe he wanted to show her she wasn't losing much but that happier times would come.

This is a fast read. I enjoyed the characters. I would read more of her.

ONE KISS by Lisa Fox

One Kiss: HarperImpulse Contemporary Romance (A Novella) - Lisa Fox
  Short intense novella of Dean and Kat at a New Year's Eve party. Dean learns Kat's reason for keeping her distance. She needs Dean's unconditional love and acceptance and Dean is not afraid to provide it.

I liked Dean and Kat. I liked the changing point-of-view. I got insight into what each thought and wanted. I respected Kat's point of view even if I did not agree with it. A good read.