Review: Soaring (Magdalene #2) by Kristen Ashley

» 19 March, 2015 » 4 stars » 1 comment

Review: Soaring (Magdalene #2) by Kristen Ashley

I love Kristen Ashley’s work. Her author voice, while it doesn’t always work for everybody, is very distinct and unique. I’ve read almost of all books — devoured them even. But lately, that seems to be changing. The last book I truly loved from her was Rock Chick Revolution, and despite what people deem as her weakest book in the series, I loved it because of Ally. But her last four books has been a miss for me but something about the blurb for this book grabbed me. I knew I just had to read it, and I am so happy I did because I really enjoyed Amelia and Mickey. Their individual journey, the romance, the way Ms. Ashley navigated the blended family trope was wonderful. American heiress Amelia Hathaway needs to start anew. Her husband cheated on her, and when everything she wanted in life slipped through her fingers, […]

ARC Review: Deep (Stage Dive #4) by Kylie Scott

» 8 March, 2015 » 4 stars, ARC Reviews » 7 comments

ARC Review: Deep (Stage Dive #4) by Kylie Scott

Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series is probably my favorite rock star series of all time. Every time she releases a book for each member of the band, I can’t help but fall more and more deeper in love with the characters and their journey to HEA. Lizzy Rollins has left her wild teenage years behind. Since then she has been nothing but a good and supportive sister to Anne, and a good student. Then she meets Ben Nicholson, Stage Dive’s laid back bass player, and suddenly, Lizzy found herself in the throes of infatuation with Ben. Despite being warned against pursuing Lizzy, Ben strikes a rapport with her and they started texting each other. Then Lizzy finds out that Ben wasn’t really into her as much as she’s into Ben, which became one of the sources of angst in the book. But the attraction is still there and it all […]

ARC Review: The Torn Up Marriage by Caroline Roberts

» 25 February, 2015 » 4 stars, ARC Reviews » 0 comments

ARC Review: The Torn Up Marriage by Caroline Roberts

Cheating is one of the more difficult tropes to pull off in genre romance. The angst alone would be enough to send a reader into a tizzy. I still can’t say that I love to read about cheating whether it’d be in my romance books or not. But once in a while, when the mood strikes, I’d pick one up and just hope to God the angst won’t kill me. Heh. Thankfully, while this was definitely not an easy read,  Caroline Roberts wrote it in a way that kept me engaged and reading even during the difficult moments of the book. And when I say difficult, it mean pull-my-hair-out-sobbing difficult. I think the title says it all. Kate and Michael have been married for a long time. They have two young daughters. Michael runs his own firm while Kate stays at home. Kate thought their relationship was fine until she […]

Book Tour: Floored (Frenched #3) Melanie Harlow

» 18 February, 2015 » 4 stars, ARC Reviews » 0 comments

Book Tour: Floored (Frenched #3) Melanie Harlow

It’s an exciting day for us here at The Racy Lit Reader. As you know, we’re taking part on Melanie Harlow’s book tour for Floored. And in connection with that, she’ll be giving us insight into her inspiration for writing Floored and this series in general. But before that, here’s my review for Floored. I loved the banter in this book. It was funny and hot at the same time. So read on and enjoy! Guest Post Melanie on her inspiration behind the Frenched series… This series was inspired by several things—my fascination with history, Paris and the idea of embracing the unexpected. With Frenched, I knew I wanted to set a book in Paris but I had to think of a reason to put Mia there alone and kind of miserable. I also knew I wanted her to dislike Lucas at first, but that he would end up showing her […]

Review: Prick: A Step-Brother Romance by Sabrina Paige

» 12 February, 2015 » 4 stars » 4 comments

Review: Prick: A Step-Brother Romance by Sabrina Paige

There is nothing more amazing than being pleasantly surprised by a book. Nothing. As you guys might have noticed, there’s a huge influx of “stepbrother” books in the market right now, thanks to Penelope Ward’s success with Stepbrother Dearest. Now everywhere you turn, there’s a new book with stepbrother on the title, and sorry to say that most of them are not just good. So when this book came up on my FB feed, I was a bit skeptical. Then I read the blurb, and it sounds interesting enough. Plus it’s only 99 cents, so what the hell, right? But then when I started reading I found myself giggling and then fanning myself…and laughing and before I knew it, it was 4 am and I already finished the whole book. I was zombie the next day but… Katherine Harrison is Brighton Academy’s resident Miss Priss. She’s smart, safe, and oh, […]

Spotlight Tour: Rough Rider by Victoria Vane

» 6 February, 2015 » 4 stars » 0 comments

Spotlight Tour: Rough Rider by Victoria Vane

 Cowboys. I haven’t meet one in real life but I’ve fallen in love with quite a few in my books, and Victoria Vane just added two more to that list: Wade and Dirk Knowlton. Wade was the hero in Slow Hand while Dirk is the main man in Rough Rider. Victoria Vane just released Rough Rider last February 3, and in conjunction with Rough Rider’s release, The Racy Lit Reader is doing a spotlight on Rough Rider. I’ve read and personally loved Dirk and Janice’s story. I can’t wait to share my thoughts about this book, and also give you the opportunity to win one of the three copies of Slow Hand, the first book in the series.  So…about Rough Rider… Two wary hearts … Janice Combes has two loves, bucking bulls and Dirk Knowlton. But Dirk only has eyes for a dazzling rodeo queen. How can Janice ever compete […]

ARC Review: Floored (Frenched #3) by Melanie Harlow

» 3 February, 2015 » 4 stars, ARC Reviews » 2 comments

ARC Review: Floored (Frenched #3) by Melanie Harlow

I love rom-com books. There’s nothing better than sitting down with a book that will make you laugh, gasp and get you hot and bothered, and Floored delivered on all of those and then some. I had a great time reading it and found myself smiling even after I’m was done reading it. So what is it about? Erin Upton has always been a good girl but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t indulge in some very naughty fantasy. One night while she was indulging in one of her fantasies, her house was burglarized. Enter Charlie Dwyer, who is now a police officer. Charlie and Erin grew up next door to each other when they were kids. He was such a little shit back then, tormenting Erin and holding her hamster hostage, so Erin was quite flabbergasted when Charlie grew up to be hot, and worst of all, she’s attracted to […]

Review: Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire

» 29 January, 2015 » 4 stars, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire

For those who don’t like the hero being in love with another girl in the previous book, this book might not be for you. For those who like their heroine to be first in everything in the hero’s life, this book might not be for you. For those like to have a clear assurance coupled with a grand gesture to show the hero’s love and devotion, this book might not be for you. Now for those you who have no problem with those statements above or at least would like to try, then this book is for you. It’s been quite a while I’ve picked up a Jamie McGuire book. After Walking Disaster, I just couldn’t find it in me to read more about the same couple. I would have read Beautiful Oblivion but reviews and spoilers from trusted friends warned me to stay away, so I did. But the moment […]

ARC Review: The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

» 26 January, 2015 » 4 stars, ARC Reviews, Reviews » 5 comments

ARC Review: The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

It is no secret how much I love Penny Reid’s writing. As I’ve said before, she writes the kind of stories and characters I want to read. LH Cosway is a new-to-me author. Meaning this is my first book from her. Don’t look at me like that. I plan to rectify that oversight in near future. The Hooker and the Hermit is the first collaboration from these two authors, and I have to say that their writing style complemented each other very well. So it’s no surprise that I enjoyed this one very much.  Annie Catrel is a hermit by choice. She’s very introverted and shy and doesn’t do well in social situations. Despite that, she is brilliant at her job as the social media expert at one of the most prestigious media company in New York. And not only that, she is also the purveyor of a very popular […]

ARC Review: Trade Me (Cyclone #1) by Courtney Milan

» 21 January, 2015 » 4 stars, Reviews » 0 comments

ARC Review: Trade Me (Cyclone #1) by Courtney Milan

This had the makings of being a 5-star read for me until I hit the last 20% or so. But this is still so much better than what is currently saturating the New Adult market out there. And Courtney Milan can definitely write NA contemporary as well as she does HR. She has always had a distinctive voice, and it definitely shined in this book. Tina Chen is a struggling college student who’s trying to keep her head above water despite myriad familial responsibilities that stop her from enjoying her life. Blake Reynolds is the son of a billionaire, a wunderkid who enrolled himself in college despite his father’s protests. Both of them had an interesting backstories. This is where Milan’s writing shined the brightest. Tina and Blake are well drawn characters. I was shown the nuances of their personalities, the dynamics of their relationship with family and friends bit […]