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The Red Scot (A Curvy Girls Club Novel, #1) by Twyla Turner Review

The Red Scot (A Curvy Girls Club Novel Book 1) by Twyla Turner  2.5 Stars! 

She’ll be the greatest fight of his life…

Bradyn ‘The Red Scot’ MacTavish is the best heavyweight MMA fighter in the world, despite his humble beginnings as the fat kid growing up. A tragedy that befell his life changed him and made sure that he never felt helpless again. He spent years making a name for himself in the octagon as an alpha beast, but when it comes to the ladies he is a fumbling mess. Always feeling like the unpopular kid. The day that Payton Bailey walks into his gym changes everything.

When it comes to men, Payton is as clueless as she is with social cues. She prefers to stick with what she knows: Sci-Fi, comic books, video games and web design. After a heartbreaking incident her freshman year of college, she was never able to look at big muscular men the same way again. So imagine her surprise and absolute fright when she catches the eye of the massive, hulking MMA fighter, who she secretly nicknames The Red Giant.

The computer geek has done her best to avoid, ignore, and even maim Bradyn but the stubborn Scot has no intentions of letting the skittish lass slip through his fingers. And with the help of her three friends, he just might win the fight of his life.

Review

I enjoyed this book a lot but there are writing errors and almost all the tropes of the book are heavy handed.

What saved it was fun dialogue, a great circle of friends, a wonderful sweet hero, and a geeky heroine.

Our hero and heroine are both shy which is fun. The hero is very self aware and kind. The heroine has PTSD from a past attempted rape.

The hero’s lovely wooing of the heroine plus the fact that that he is a super hot Scot let me enjoy the book despite the telling passages, lack of complexity, and typos.

Jumping Barrel (Cyborg Sizzle Book 7) by Cynthia Sax Review

Review:

Jumping Barrel (Cyborg Sizzle Book 7) - Cynthia Sax

He requires an Expert. She needs a hero.

Barrel requires an Expert for the Tau Cetian orphans. He’s looking for a female who is willing to commit to a lifespan-long role, who is comfortable with moving off planet, and who, preferably, has the ability to speak the offsprings’ first language.

Nola wants the role Barrel is offering so badly she bends a few truths. Yes, she was born off planet but she has lived almost all of her lifespan in sheltered Academies. Yes, she has learned Tau Cetian but she has never spoken with a local. Yes, she plans to follow the rules but his deep, sexy voice tempts her to rebel.

When a fact-morphing human academic meets her battle-worn cyborg warrior, deceptions are revealed, passions flare, and circuits sizzle. Wrong seems right. Lies turn into truth. The candidate least qualified for the role becomes the one candidate Barrel can’t let go.

 

Review

 

This is one of those short stories that make me very sad it is a short story. It started off grand. So, funny and sweet.

 

The hero is great and so is the heroine. Then sex. And then done. Sigh. I would have adored another few chapters of living on this world and being together.

 

Zip’s story is going to be a blast.

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Size Matters (A Perfect Fit #1) by Alison Bliss Review

    Size Matters (A Perfect Fit) by Alison Bliss

Leah Martin has spent her life trying to avoid temptation. But she’s sick of low-fat snacks, counting calories, and her hyper-critical mom. Fortunately, her popular new bakery keeps her good and distracted. But there aren’t enough éclairs in the world to distract Leah from the hotness that is Sam Cooper – or the fact that he just told her mother that they’re engaged . . . which is a big, fat lie.

Sam sometime speaks before he thinks. So what started out as defending Leah’s date-ability to her judgmental mother soon turned into having a fiancee! Now the plan is to keep up the fake engagement, stay “just friends,” and make Leah’s family loathe him enough to just call the whole thing off . But Sam has an insatiable sweet tooth, not only for Leah’s decadent desserts but her decadent curves. Her full lips. Her bright green eyes. Yep, things aren’t going quite according to plan. Now Sam has to convince Leah that he’s for real . . . before their little lie turns into one big, sweet disaster.

Review

This book has all sorts of cat nip for me with a curvy heroine, friends to lovers and a fake engagement.

However, all that fun could not overcome a lack of a body positive point of view and tedious self esteem issues around weight that kept popping me out of the story.

I just couldn’t settle in because I was hoping for a book that had a richer understanding of size.

Sigh.

Playing It Cool (Sydney Smoke Rugby, #2) by Amy Andrews Review

Review:

Playing It Cool - Amy Andrews

Harper Nugent might have a little extra junk in her trunk, but herstepbrother calling her out on it is the last straw… When rugby hottie,Dexter Blake, witnesses the insult, he surprises Harper by asking her out. Infront of her dumbass brother. Score! Of course, she knows it’s not for reals,but Dex won’t take no for an answer.

Dexter Blake’s life revolves around rugby with one hard and fast rule:no women. Sure, his left hand is getting a workout, but he’s focused on hiscareer for now. Then he overhears an asshat reporter belittle the curvy chickhe’d been secretly ogling. What’s a guy to do but ask her out? It’s just alittle revenge against a poser, and then he’ll get his head back in thegame.

But the date is better than either expected. So is the next one. Andthe next. And the heat between them…sizzles their clothes rightoff.

Suddenly, this fake relationship is feeling all too real…

 

 

Review

 

I love Amy Andrews and I love rugby sports romances. What could go wrong?

 

There were many good moments in this book and a basically liked the characters but I think this being a brazen book pushed the sexy times to take up space needs for relationship development and character development.

 

Sexy times can do that but mainly these love scenes didn’t work that way for me.

Sigh.

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Alien Indiscretions (Clans of Kalquor, #9) by Tracy St. John Review

Review:

Alien Indiscretions (Clans of Kalquor) (Volume 9) by Tracy St. John (2015-03-25) - Tracy St. John

 Cissy Salter is more than ready to shed Earth’s repression when she moves to the planet Kalquor. She leaps headlong into drinking, partying, and liaisons with young alien men. She would be having the time of her life if not for the disapproval of a certain rich, gorgeous Dramok she can’t avoid. She’d love to despise him, but her heart has other ideas.

Dramok Diltan sees the bawdy, unrefined Cissy as a thorn in his side. The last thing he needs is a woman who drives him crazy every time they meet. Yet the spark in her eyes kindles a fire he can’t ignore. His enthralled clanmates Wal and Rolat are determined to get the two to stop fighting, at least long enough to explore the possibility of making Cissy part of their clan. When they discover Diltan’s past misdeeds, Wal and Rolat issue an ultimatum: help them seduce the Earth woman or face punishment.

As Cissy and Clan Diltan discover each other’s true nature and love blooms, the long-hidden secrets of Kalquor’s leadership are revealed. An old conspiracy brought to light shatters Kalquor’s peace, driving the Empire apart … and tearing Cissy from the arms of the three men she can no longer live without.

This book contains mild BDSM including discipline, Domination/submission, and bondage.

 

Review

 

This is a really interesting romance.

 

At its heart, it a love story that shows that you don’t have to be perfect or overcome all of your flaws to be deeply loved.

 

One hero is ambitious and a bit stuck up. He tends to push hard for what he wants and judge quickly. He makes errors for judgement. But he has regret and sees his mistakes even if he keeps making them. The reasons he makes them come from a good place.

The other heroes are much more straight forward though the more passive judge is a lot of dirty fun.

 

The heroine is defensive and crass and really not self reflective. But she is super protective, fun and loving.

 

I don’t really adore the characters but I don’t have to do so to enjoy the book.

The series plot arc takes up a lot of space in the the book as does the BDSM erotic elements which leaves less time for the love story than I would like especially in a poly relationship where there is a lot to negotiate.

 

I was also sad that we get no time on the part of the hero’s sexuality that is bisexual and focused on each other. It is weird that after many years together that would be absent in the sexy play.

 

So, interesting.

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Heart’s a Mess by Kylie Scott Review

Review:

Heart's A Mess: A Short Story - Kylie Scott

Former wild child, Violet, has vowed to get her life in order. To find a good job and settle down. To open a savings account and stop falling for the wrong men. But whatever happens, to most definitely not accidentally sleep with her hot newly single boss.

Review

 

A quick pleasure read with a high heat level, lots wit, and characters you will love.

 

Alex is recovering from a divorce and his internal dialogue is wonderful as are his brothers.

 

Violet is a never say blink kind of gal I can’t help but love just like Alex.

 

Good stuff!

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