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A Midsummer Night’s Romp (Ainslie Brothers, #2) by Katie MacAlister

A Midsummer Night's Romp (Ainslie Brothers, #2)A Midsummer Night’s Romp by Katie MacAlister

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: A Midsummer Night’s Romp
Author: Katie MacAlister
Series: Ainslie Brothers, #2
Pages: 352
Publisher: Signet
Date: May 5, 2015

Summary:

Lorina Liddel is terrified of embarrassing herself on national TV as the face of Dig Britain!, a new archeological reality show. Lorina would much rather keep her head down and her hands in the dirt underneath Ainslie Castle, but her on-screen partner is proving to be a major distraction.

Brother to the castle’s current lord, privileged, perfectly sculpted Gunner Ainslie is a sure bet to keep viewers glued to their screens. Lorina intends to keep the ladies’ man focused on the job at hand, but Gunner is confident he’ll soon have the beauty falling into his bed.

When an unexpected find turns the academic dig into an all-out treasure hunt, Lorina and Gunner get swept up in the excitement. But when their steamy tryst is caught on camera, it’ll take more than an award-winning performance to get them out of the hole they’re in…

Review:

MacAlister’s books are always fun to read. The plots are enticing, but it’s really the humor which keeps me coming back. And by humor, I mean laugh out loud, wipe the tears from your eyes, humor.

A Midsummer Night’s Romp is no exception. Sometimes the dialogue was so staged, it was almost too much.

Gunner: “ . . . as a man who values you for more than just your delectable body, and enticing breasts, and truly magnificent ass, I will take it upon myself to provide that distraction so that you might be comfortable, mentally speaking.”

I mean, really, that’s a bit over the top. This sort of dialogue happens over and over again, but it’s not bad writing. It’s completely intentional.

And then there are lines like these, which make me laugh out loud.

Lorina (who has the really bad habit of blurting out whatever she’s thinking): “I did it again. Or rather, my mouth did. I can’t take it anywhere anymore.”

There’s a villain, or is it two? A hidden treasure and a couple falling in love. A horse crazy teenage girl who has manipulation down to an art . . . and a Roman archaeological dig.
Somehow MacAlister makes it all work.

You really need to read these two books in order. A lot of the background for “Romp” is covered in the first book and I can’t wait for book three. There’s no word yet on a title or who the book will be about, but there are plenty of characters to choose from.

If you are in the mood for something light and entertaining, grab these books. Grab anything by Katie MacAlister. You will not be disappointed.

This book was sent to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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Waiting on You (Blue Heron, #3) by Kristan Higgins

Waiting On You (Blue Heron #3)Waiting On You by Kristan Higgins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Does being nobody’s fool mean that you’re nobody’s love?

Colleen O’Rourke is in love with love… just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis and staying more or less happily single. See, ten years ago, Lucas Campbell, her first love, broke her heart… an experience Colleen doesn’t want to have again, thanks. Since then, she’s been happy with a fling here and there, some elite-level flirting and playing matchmaker to her friends.

But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town, handsome as ever and still the only man who’s ever been able to crack her defenses. Seems like maybe they’ve got some unfinished business waiting for them—but to find out, Colleen has to let her guard down, or risk losing a second chance with the only man she’s ever loved.

I loved the first two books in the Blue Heron series, but this one was absolutely wonderful. I hated the time the two were apart and the problems that had when they finally met again. However, when you consider how dysfunctional their childhoods had been, it’s amazing they ever worked things out.

This one will hurt your heart, but the ending makes it worthwhile.

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Unraveled (Mastered, #3) by Lorelei James

Unraveled (Mastered, #3)Unraveled by Lorelei James

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was a really slow start for me. I resisted reading it because I was not interested in a story with a submissive male. The only thing that kept me going is the fact that I really enjoyed the previous books in the series.

Surprisingly enough to me, I did like the book. The submissive male will never be popular with me, but the author handled it very well. Like Knox, I always assumed male submissives were weak. She showed me that was not necessarily true.

The sex scenes which became love scenes were excellent. At no point was Knox depicted as weak just because he accepted Shiori’s direction. I did think she was cruel to not always let him come, but I do understand that was part of the power dynamic.

The only true criticism I have of the book is the number of characters involved. I have read all of the books, so it’s not like I was dropped in the middle of the story. I don’t believe there was enough explanation of who the different people were and what the relationships were between them. I felt I was struggling to keep everyone straight.

Unraveled will never be a favorite of mine, but it does add to the Mastered series. Do NOT try to read it without reading the previous books. Even though the main characters from the prior books are not the focus of this one, the secondary characters are critical.

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Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega, #4) by Patricia Briggs

Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega, #4)Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Dead Heat
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega, #4
Pages: 336
Publisher: Ace
Date: March 3, 2015

Summary:

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way…

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

Review:
Wonderful, just wonderful. I love the Mercy Thompson books and these are a spinoff of that series. I love that Mercy is such a kickass heroine and she gives her mate Adam a fit.

And I love Anna.

Anna is nothing like Mercy. Anna is a rare type of wolf shifter known as an Omega. Charles is not the Alpha of the pack, but he is an Alpha and he is his father’s enforcer. His life has been violent and he is feared by almost everyone. Everyone but Anna.

As an Omega, Anna is not influenced by the orders of an Alpha. She is outside the hierarchy of the pack. None of that matters though because Charles and Anna are so much in love. Like any couple, they have their difficult moments, but you can always tell the love is there.

In Dead Heat, Charles and Anna are finally getting to spend some time together that does not involve Pack business. They are visiting an old friend of Charles’ and looking for a horse for Anna.

Guess how well that goes.

Enter an evil Fae who is attacking children, Pack children, and it definitely becomes Pack business.

I really enjoyed this story. We got to see Charles and Anna together without all the drama of relationship problems. Even though they are very much together, the focus is on saving the children, not on them.

An important subplot is Charles’ interactions with his old friend and his family. And that is the only place I had problems with the book. Because of the number of generations involved and the fact that one of the men is a shifter, I stayed confused on who was who. Charles’ friend is an old man who is dying. His father (the shifter) appears to be in his twenties and his son is maybe in his forties. I understand the relationships, but I kept mixing them up.

The Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series are two of my favorites. You can read this one as a standalone, but it will be much better if read in sequence. And they’re great books, so why wouldn’t you want to do so?

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