Not Since You by Fiona Riley

I am a huge fan of Fiona Riley’s books. I though her Match series was such a great collection of books. With that being said, Not Since You was not my favorite of Riley’s work thus far. There is nothing technically wrong with it, not by any means. I just thought the book was more erotica than romance. That will totally work for some, but for me, I would have loved to see more dialogue between the two mains. I want that push-pull, I want those little moments that grab at your heartstrings. This one just did not go there, its a lot of hot steamy scenes in the sheets but thin in other aspects plot-related.

Lexi Bronson has worked as a bartender on for a cruise line for the last ten years. With no family back home, Lexi finds comfort is the traveling nomadic lifestyle that this industry provides.

Charlotte Southwick has just ended a three-year relationship. She came home early to surprise her fiance and found her in bed with another woman. Charlotte decides to take their honeymoon cruise alone and runs into her high-school ex-girlfriend, Lexi.

This one goes very much into you broke my heart at eighteen, and I have carried the hurt around for 10+ years to naked time. (The naked time is super hot by the way.) I just thought the plot needed more. If you are looking for a traditional romance this one might not be for you. If you are looking for something hot and steamy, you will love this one.

2.75 out of 5 stars

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You’re Fired by Shaya Crabtree

Sarcasm is often hard to get across in daily interactions. It’s great for banter with your close friends, but can often make you look like a negative ass in other social situations. People often misinterpret this form of communication negatively. This is enhanced even further when writing. Slipping a sarcastic comment in dialogue adds to the dialogue between characters, add too much and your character just looks like a prick.

Rose Walsh works a part-time as a data entry clerk for Gio Corp. She hates her job, often wishing she could just quit and find something else just as meaningless but more fun to do. 28 days to go and she will have saved enough money to go back to just focusing on grad school. As the office Christmas party nears, Rose decides to liven up the event by giving her secret Santa an 8-inch dildo as a gag gift. Unknowingly, she gives the gift to the company president, Vivian Tracey.

Rose as a character is a conundrum. She is said to be super intelligent, an applied mathematics major, but talks like a super sarcastic teenaged boy. She takes nothing seriously, especially work, which to me rang false for a character that is said to be working diligently to finish her masters and pay her own way through school. If you are mere semesters away from graduating, and all you need is less than a month’s pay to take care of tuition and bills why you would jeopardize that with a dumb prank? Then once you do pull the prank and it backfires, like everyone said it would, why freak out on how you are going to support yourself, school and an unemployed mother. This isn’t a logical sequence of emotions or reactions. This is just one of many where Rose just doesn’t come across a realistic character.

Vivian is the head of the D.C. branch of Gio Corp. She is serious, stern and all business. She sees Rose as a ridiculous annoyance and is ready to terminate her after her little present stunt. The only reason Rose doesn’t get her walking papers is because of her schooling. Vivian needs someone to find out who is embezzling from the D.C. branch of the company.

Vivian is hard to imagine as the president of a major company. She is super serious, all business but sleeping with not one but two subordinate co-workers. Again a conundrum.

This book was very little substance and a whole lot of sex. Sex scenes were completely unrealistic. Tell me again how to lick a g-spot, no seriously, please tell me! I think humor was supposed to be interjected throughout, but it was hard to take. I don’t know about you, but ass breath in the morning isn’t a turn on, well to Vivian it is. Instead of being sexy, or funny, it was more of a WTF.

Overall, this book needs more character development. The main characters both come off as shallow and sophomoric. Neither their personalities nor their love story was convincing.

2 out of 5 stars

  • Publisher: Ylva Publishing
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Scissor Link by Georgette Kaplan

Wendy Cedar is an intern for an aerospace engineering company with diverse interests, think Lockheed Martin. Wendy is totally unsatisfied with her career up to this point. Her boss is a mega-jerk who treats her like a high school student rather than the masters in engineering grad that she is. What makes matters even worse her love life is even more dismal. Everything changes when Janet Lace enters the picture and not only steals her heart but gives her a chance to advance her career.

Janet is a recent divorcee. Her wife of forever is having a mid-life crisis and therefore leaves Janet for a new woman and a new career. Janet is used to her life being more routine, so when her wife leaves her for another woman and a new career, Janet isn’t all that sad, she’s more lost than anything. To make matters worse she has begun having a crush on the much younger, Wendy, who she just acquired on her team.

This book is an interesting combination. One part romantic comedy, one part edgy and then mix in a bit of BDSM thrown in just to keep you on your toes. This interesting combination works because of the fun and quirky banter between the two mains. Kaplan is extremely skilled in creating dramatic and interesting dialogue between her characters. Where I would say the book is a bit weak is that while you like Wendy and Janet, you don’t completely buy into their relationship. I never felt like oh yes they will make it, this is true love. I think the book needed to spend more time with the characters together. Wendy and Janet’s relationship is in the building stage and then all the sudden goes at breakneck speed till the end. I wanted more togetherness. Overall this book is fun, and well written the romance left me a tad flat. Still a huge fan of Georgette Kaplan’s work thus far though!

3 out of 5 stars

Scissor Link
by Georgette Kaplan
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Never-Tied Nora by Cheyenne Blue

Never-Tied Nora is a quick, sexy read. This is a romance that leans heavily towards erotica. So if that floats your boat, you definitely want to give this one a whirl.

Nora Kelly is your love’em and leave’em type. Everybody knows Nora has no desire to settle down. Even her large Irish family gives her a hard time about her revolving door to the bedroom. Everything changes the very second she lays her eyes on Geraldine Flannery entering a local pub.

Geraldine is a junior architect, who has her heart destroyed once and has no desire to repeat the process. Her guard is up when it comes to women, she wishes she could let the past go, but finds it hard to put herself out there again. This all changes as Nora forces her to a share a glass of wine. The only problem is Nora is a Kelly and Geraldine is a Flannery and these two families hate each other.

This book is quick read and Cheyenne Blue does a great job of creating likable characters right from the start. You really want these two be each other’s happy ever after, feud be damned. One thing I would have liked to see is more of the feud in the later half of the book. The tension was wrapped up just a tad too quick and too easily.

If you are looking for a sexy read, with some majorly hot lady loving scenes this is your book. If you are more the slow burn uber-romance type, this book is not that. It’s hot right from the start. Fire extinguishers might be needed!!!

3 out of 5 stars

Never-Tied Nora (Girl Meets Girl Book 1)
by Cheyenne Blue
Amazon Link: http://amzn.com/B018SSJJUC