Friday, January 4, 2013

On Dublin Street

I can't believe my fortune in reading not just one, but two outstanding romantic reads in less than one week. Alas, I ended up reading them way too fast, and now I've got nada in the potential department. Oh well, anyways, here you go. Quickly becoming a fan favorite, even with its myriad of angst and errors/typos. But, if you can look past the little things, you might be in for a good read.

On Dublin Street
In one word-Hot. Okay, maybe two words-Hot & Sizzle. The couple in this book made the pages sizzle, and then some. I can't really categorize this book as a Romance, Chic-lit, or even Erotica, due to its style and various subject matter. The main character is a troubled girl, but seems pretty mature for her age.

Sparks ignite when she meets a charming and very hot man on her way to finding a new flat. This one has it all, heartbreak, love, and sizzle dizzle. Lots of sexy times, but also a lot of heartfelt feelings from this emotionally crippled young woman. There were a couple of lulls at the beginning, but it quickly gets going and turns up a notch once the couple is in full swing. The banter and sexual chemistry from this couple alone make it worth the read, even with all the angst and mistakes I found throughout.

Now on my list of all time favorite couples, right next to Cat & Bones. I look forward to more.

-Life is too Short to Read a Bad Book-

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Romantic Pick of the Week


A hilarious, sexy, addictive, up all night read. Yes, I found yet another one, and it wasn't at all what I expected either. With its Erotica classification and descriptive cover, I figured I was in for yet another mundane erotica read. What I got was a laugh-out-load, sexually charged Chic-Lit read that I couldn't get enough of. Let's just say it's more akin to Bridget Jones, not Fifty Shades, which is a good thing.

Fan-fiction aside, this was a pretty good read. Hilarious, with just a bit of raunchiness, it satisfied without being too cliched or perfect. However, yes, it was definitely written with the reader in mind, but I ask what's wrong with that? Sometimes you just need a little bit of self-indulgent romantic fun, that doesn't leave you bored or a little sad.

Better written than Fifty Shades by a long stretch, I feel a little less guilty in indulging in this bit of Twilight Fanfic. Still not a literary masterpiece, but if you take it for what it is, you may be in for an enjoyable read as well.
Caroline has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a KitchenAid mixer, and no O (and we're not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O. Adding insult to O-less, since her move, she has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she's ever heard. Each moan, spank, and--was that a meow?--punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has, yep, you guessed it, no O.

Enter Simon Parker. (No, really, Simon, please enter.) When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has, well, mixed results. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension's gonna be thick... In her third novel, Alice Clayton returns to dish her trademark mix of silly and steamy. Banter, barbs, and strutting pussycats, plus the sexiest apple pie ever made, are dunked in a hot tub and set against the gorgeous San Francisco skyline in this hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight.
-Life is too Short to Read a Bad Book-