Seven great stories! Do you love an intelligent hero? Do you like the awkward girl getting swept off her feet? Do you like things kinky, sweaty, wild or virtual? Then we’ve got a story for you!
Fall Quiet by Zoe York
A chance meeting on a Caribbean island gives Navy SEAL Quinn Parry another opportunity to impress the sexiest Army sergeant he’s ever laid eyes on. But Leah Saunders isn’t interested in an over-the-top alpha male…unless he wants to submit to her.
To Score or Not to Score by Angela Quarles
One blind date. One case of mistaken identity. One Navy SEAL faced with his high school crush. What could go wrong?
Once she mistakes me for her blind date, my plan is clear. Be this Rick the Lawyer she thinks I am. And for the space of this coffee date, talk to the only woman who’s ever made me feel any spark outside of combat. Best case scenario, I get to be outside my skin—free to be whatever the hell I want. Worst case—she recognizes me as we chat. She’ll be pissed, call me an asshole, but it won’t be anything she hasn’t called me in the past, so… Win/Win?
The Adorkable Girl and the Geek (Gone Geek 5) by Sidney Bristol
Best friends Nate and Cara have the same secret, they’re hopelessly in love with each other. Embarking on an emotional and often boundary testing discovery, they delve into the depth of their feelings. But Nate has secret desires that might tear them apart before they’ve even begun.
The Girl Next Door by C. Jordan
When ex-Navy SEAL Derek Forrester takes a job working security at a local sci-fi convention, he’s thrown together with his next-door neighbor, Katie Jones. A good girl— not his type. But he wants her anyway. And now she’s wearing racy costumes. Shy, geeky Katie only comes out of her shell when cosplaying. She can be a different woman—a sexy, confident one. One who can be as bad as Derek wants.
Bath Bomb by Clara Leigh (Forbidden Bad Boys)
Recipe for a wild weekend: Take one geeky actor, a video game idol, and cinema’s best known towel model. Add a chocolate-box cottage, a liberal sprinkling of snow… make that lots of snow, and an oversized bathtub.
Join Lorne, Jasper and Mikayla as they shed their winter woollies, and get wet ‘n’ wild in the wilderness. Identities are mistaken, feelings get bruised, but plenty of hot stuff happens too.
In the Spotlight by Ally Decker
Pretending to date a movie star definitely wasn’t on Sylvia Urban’s agenda but a girl has to do what a girl has to do. And after a paparazzo catches them in rather uncompromising position, this is exactly what this girl has to do.
Greg Abrams really needs everything to go right if he wants his new project to get green-lighted, but when the cute Broadway geek almost literally falls into his life, things get complicated really fast.
As the pair grows closer, the ‘pretend’ part of pretend dating gets thrown out of the window, but after they started off as a lie, it’s hard to know what’s real and what’s not.
And the clock is ticking.
Play by Olivia Devon
Aaron Eldridge’s passion for his latest virtual reality program skyrockets when he meets a woman who shares his obsession for all things geek. The premier launch of HyperLyfe at Lux, Manhattan’s hottest sex club, would be a perfect opportunity to get Katie Martinez to check out his new toy, and the kinky sex ideas he has in mind.
What if your deepest fantasies could come true?
In virtual reality, anything is possible…
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Book 1: Fall Quiet by Zoe York
Genre: Romance – Military, SEAL, kink
Stand Alone: Yes
Part of a Series: Book 9 of the SEALs Undone Series
POV: Leah and Quinn
Steam level: Pretty Toasty
Although I have several already, this is the first book I’ve read by Zoe York. Fall Quiet was a lot of fun with a perfect mix of steam and sweet. Although dealing a little with kink, it was light and didn’t push a lot of boundaries (well maybe the characters’ boundaries but that’s part of the fun). I really liked Leah with her bossy and independent attitude and Quinn with his easy-going personality. The interplay between these two characters was fun and light-hearted. I would have liked to get to know both Leah and Quinn’s background a little more but I understand that the book can only be so long. Overall a good book which makes me look forward to read more of Zoe York’s books.
She was going to use his eagerness against him, because she was mean like that – and he’d like it
Book 2: To Score or Not to Score by Angela Quarles
Genre: Romance – Sports (Hurling), Military (SEAL)
Stand-alone: Yes (Mostly) To see how the team does in the playoffs you need to read the other books which are not out yet. Also has (what I’m assuming) is the set up for the next couple that will be featured in this series.
Part of a Series: Yes – Book 1 in the Hurling Series
POV: Pepper and Luke
This is the first book I’ve read by Angela Quarles and I really enjoyed it. It was quite fun and entertaining and I found myself smiling throughout. The chemistry and push pull between Luke and Pepper was intense and hot. At one point I found myself getting a little bored but then the author drew my right back in to the story. Angela Quarles is definitely an author whose work I want to explore more in the future. Overall I really enjoyed this story but was a bit disappointed in the fact that we have to wait to find out about what happens in the playoffs.
God-there’s noting like being in the shelter of a brawny male body.
Book 3: The Adorkable Girl and the Geek (Gone Geek 5) by Sidney Bristol
Genre: Romance – Friends-to-Lovers, Contemporary, Comedy, Interracial, Kimk
Part of a Series: Yes Book 5 of the Gone Geek Series
POV: Cara and Nate
Steam-Level: Warm but not too hot
This is the second book I’ve ready by Sidney Bristol and I really enjoyed it. The Adorkable Girl and the Geek was a perfect mix of fun, heat and emotion. The themes of being yourself, having the courage to put yourself “out there,” being honest and open and taking responsibility for your actions run throughout. I love that the characters grew-personally, as friends, and as a couple. In the beginning Cara kind of annoyed me but by the end I was loving her. I’m a big fan of the friends-to-lovers genre and this book is a fun take on it.
- Liking statuses and sharing memes isn’t a fried Being there for her, talking to her, helping her – that’s a friend
- Conversation between Nate and Care
- Nate “I can be scary.”
- Cara”As a teddy bear.”….
- Nate “I’m scary.”
- Cara “Sure, you are.”
Book 4: The Girl Next Door by C. Jordan
Genre: Romance – Next Door Neighbor, Comedy, SEAL
Part of a Series: Yes – Book 2 of the Forrester Brothers Series
POV: Derek and Katie
Steam-level: Sexy AF
This is the first book I’ve read by C. Jordan and definitely won’t be the last! It was almost embarrassing how quickly I read The Girl Next Door, staying up well into the night without even realizing it. I absolutely loved both Katie and Derek. Katie’s mouthy/sassy side had me laughing out loud. Derek was sexy, sweet, and just the right amount of alpha. This was a fast and fun read that I found funny, sweet and absolutely could not put down. I absolutely cannot wait to read more of C. Jordan’s books. This is definitely my favorite book so far in this set.
“…that’s sexual harassment.”
“It’s only harassment if you didn’t enjoy it.”
Book 5: Bath Bomb by Clara Leigh (Forbidden Bad Boys)
I tried to get in to the book but I couldn’t. I gave it three chapters (one for each character) and I had to push myself even finish those three. While I’m not big on menage books I’m not against them either. But they have to be done right. This book just read to me like a stereotypical porno:
Character 1 – Sexy guy who swings both ways and is totally infatuated with his new sexy male costar. Plans a weekend getaway to “practice” for their upcoming show. “Accidentally” books a cabin with only one bed.
Character 2: Sexy costar who’s totally straight (and uses Character #3 for his personal spank bank) but thinks costar #1 is hot. What are these unwanted feeling/urges? Was the one bed thing planned?
Character 3: Super smart fantasy of Character 2 who “accidentally” stayed longer at the cabin than she was booked for. Oh and her secret fantasy is watching two guys go at it. But only if they’re not really gay, only into each other. Oh and they have to let her join and play too.
No, just no. Other issues:
- Secluded cabin has a car – must be some random car
- Oh look a jacket – guess someone is going to be cold
- Cabin comes with food – but if cabin comes with food, someone has to restock it. If said restocking person came, they obviously didn’t clean the bathroom so yuck.
I had to push myself to get through the first three chapters of this book. It was awful! Skip this one.
Book 6: In the Spotlight by Ally Decker
Genre: Romance – Fake relationship
Part of a Series: Prequel to the New York City Fixers Series
POV: Sylvia and Greg
Steam Level: Toasty Warm
In the Spotlight is the first book I’ve read by Ally Decker and it was a lot of fun. It was a quick read with fun banter that left me smiling throughout. I enjoyed the chemistry between Sylvia and Greg and would like to read more of the New York City Fixers series. I already added all of the books to my wishlist and look forward to reading more of Ally Decker’s work!
Book 7: Play by Olivia Devon
Genre: Romance – Fantasy, SciFi, Comedy, Kink, Suspense
Part of a Series: Yes – Part of the Manhattan Lux Series
POV: Katie and Aaron
Play is the an enticing mixture of comedy, suspense, and fantasy, set in both the real world and virtual reality. The steamy bits were VERY hot but they only made up a small portion of the story and had a purpose to them (so not sex for the sake of sex but sex for the sake of the story and character development). I love the themes of being able to choose who you are and what you look like but learning to love yourself. The theme of Wabi Sabi was the best and something that more people need to incorporate into their lives. This is the first book I’ve read by Olivia Devon but definitely will not be the last. Play kept me engrossed in the story. And the interplay between life and fantasy was a fun concept. I absolutely loved it!
- The only way to predict the future is to invent it.
- “My job is to protect all of his interests, any way I can…Today,…I’m hoping that involves murder.” – Aiko
- If you aren’t scared then you aren’t pushing yourself…If you aren’t pushing yourself, you aren’t growing. If it’s hard, then good, you know you’re on the right track because nothing worth doing was ever easy.
I received the Some Like It Geek Anthology from NetGalley. This is my honest (and late) voluntary review.