The One With A Winner and Two Duds

Posted July 15, 2017 by Nick/ 8 Comments

Sinful Attraction by London Hale

four-stars

Sinful Attraction (Temperance Falls: Selling Sin #2)Sinful Attraction has got to be my favorite book from London Hale to date. While it was still as steamy as the rest of their books, it had also had a sweetness to it that had my heart entirely too happy. Lola and Connor were so freaking adorable together, I wanted to smush them together. They start off the book as neighbors and good friends who are also wildly attracted to each other. But Lola doesn’t think that Connor will want her when he finds out her secret that she’s a sex worker. Of course she’s wrong because Connor just loves every part of her, and wants to protect her at all costs. He was such a great guy, and I loved how patient, and gentle he was with her. Is there really anything sexier than a romance hero who is delicate towards his heroine?! Lola was a really great girl too. She was hardworking, dedicated, independent, but also had an innocence to her. Connor and Lola together were fantastic together. I loved the trust between the two, and oh my gosh, the chemistry! Just read it, friends. Sinful Attraction was just the perfect balance of sweet and steamy. London Hale only seem to be getting better and better at these short stories.

Tease Me Tonight by Jules Court

two-half-stars

Tease Me Tonight (Hot in the City, #3)This was a book I requested because I liked the cover. Overall, it was a pretty decent read and I liked it enough to want to check out some of Jules Court’s other books. There wasn’t anything particularly spectacular about the love story between Will and Elizabeth, though I do think it had the potential to be a stronger romance had the book been a bit longer, but I wouldn’t say that I didn’t enjoy the book either. I found Elizabeth to be a bit frustrating at times. She’s very hell-bent on not wanting more than a fling, and in the process she pushes Will away a lot. I think I would have liked the book a little better if she got over her push-and-pull attitude a little sooner. I liked Will, though again, I can’t say he was exactly memorable. It was refreshing to have a male character who only wanted women in his bed. He was actually interested in building a relationship and to find love. I liked the secondary characters here, especially Will’s siblings and their partners. I might have to go back and read their books. I did feel like the story wrapped up a little too soon, which took away from some of my enjoyment of the story. All in all, this was a good read!

Jilted by Sawyer Bennett

one-star

Jilted (Love Hurts, #2)I normally like Sawyer Bennett’s books and I liked the previous one in this series okay, but this was just really meh for me. I didn’t feel like we got to know any of the characters well at all, and the little we did get to know, I wasn’t a fan of. They just weren’t characters I found myself wanting to root for. Both Eden and Coop were a little annoying, in my opinion, so I was never able to form a real connection with them. The romance was nothing more than sex. It really had no substance to it. Part of it is because this is a second chance romance, but we don’t really see them re-building their relationship as much as I would have liked. I also disliked  how most of the sexy times here started in the middle of the act. If I want smut, I need it foreplay and all! There was also the stereotypical mean girl in this book and I was not having it. Some of the other secondary characters who befriend Eden were okay. So yeah, I don’t particularly have more to say about Jilted, just that I didn’t like it.

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  • I really need to read more London Hale. I enjoyed the one book I did read. Sorry the other two didn’t work out. Great reviews!

  • Aww man, that’s such a bummer about Sawyer Bennett’s book Jilted. I normally really love her books, but I may just go ahead and skip that one. lol! Sorry to hear that it didn’t work at all for you. I just added Sinful Attraction to my TBR list tho! That sounds like my type of read. Great reviews!

  • You know…I have such a weakness for sweet and steamy reads, especially since they aren’t as common as I would like them to be.

    Normally I really love Sawyer Bennett, but I haven’t hard hardly any good things about Jilted. So probably won’t be picking that one up.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend darling.

  • Okay, so I have GOT to get my hands on a London Hale romance one day because of how much you love her books! Maybe I’l start with Sinful Attraction woohoo 😀

    Tease Me Tonight has a pretty cover but if you think it’s “meh” Nick I think I’ll pass. I’ve been pickier with my romance reads lately for some reason and this one just seems pretty mediocre.

    For some reason Bennett’s books aren’t a hit for me? I tried a couple, and I just felt like the lust attraction and sex got in the way of actual emotional connections and romantic feelings. Just me, though.

    – Aila @ One Way Or An Author

  • OMG. In terms of Sinful Attraction, I am so on board! I definitely agree that it is so sexy when a hero is gentle and tender with his heroine! Eeeeeeeep! I’ve not read anything by that author.

    I saw your Twitter/Goodreads update on Jilted and I giggled a bit. The one-star rating was funny to see. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it! Maybe you’ll enjoy a new book by her?

    Wonderful reviews, Nick! Have a fantastic week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  • Oh, I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy Jilted, Nick! I actually enjoyed that one a lot more than Love in the Sticks. I just felt meh about that one…
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  • Dang, good for London Hale! There aren’t enough romances out there that feature protagonists in sex work, imo. I think it can be really hard to do well (and sensitively) but it sounds like Sinful Attraction pulled it off! I’ve still got to read some of her (their? is this an author duo?) books, but I’m going to start with the hot dad one, per your instructions. 😉

    Tease Me Tonight sounds okay, but ‘meh’ and underwhelming are not words I want to be using to describe the books I read in my spare time. Thanks for the warning! I’m intrigued by Sawyer Beckett, but I think I may have to check out her other books rather than diving into Jilted since it sounds like they were much better developed.

  • A Novel Glimpse

    Covers get me all the time on NetGalley! Sorry this one didn’t work out for you!