L-L-L-Little Reviews: 6 Adult Romances

October 5, 2020 Review 3 ★★★★½

When reading picks up, then often my reviewing gets behind, as you can see once again this month! My audiobook listening is back up, and that is part of this, because 4 of the books I’ll be reviewing today are audiobooks.

Just the Tip by L.J. Shen and Helena Hunting:

L-L-L-Little Reviews: 6 Adult RomancesJust the Tip by L.J. Shen, Helena Hunting
Narrator: Jason Clarke, Stella Bloom
Published by Audible Studios on February 18, 2020
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Length: 1:36
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
My Rating: four-half-stars
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It was supposed to be a temporary thing.A gig in Paris while I tried to find my dad.Then I met him. Ho.The man.The suit.The professional escort...? I mean, he did go on two consecutive dates during one of my shifts - and I ended up being the third.It was supposed to be a one-night stand, but it turned out to be forever.Here was what I wasn't ready for - Ho held more than just my destiny and my heart. He held the key to unravel the mystery of my dad, too.

My Review:

This will be short and sweet the book itself was short and sweet. Both of the authors are ones I love, especially Helena Hunting, so this was a fun read. The title is funny, because I of course thought of something a little more risque, but it was still both fun and steamy and sweet! Definitely worth the very low price of $2.99 on Audible in my opinion.

Dirty Girl Duet: Dirty Girl and Dirty Love by Meghan March:

I’m going to do both of these together, but first let’s look at their info.

L-L-L-Little Reviews: 6 Adult RomancesDirty Girl by Meghan March, Elena Wolfe, Sebastian York
Series: Dirty Girl Duet #1
Narrator: Elena Wolfe, Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
Published by Meghan March on May 18, 2016
Genres: Adult Dark Romance
Length: 05:02
Format: Audiobook
Source: the library
My Rating: five-stars
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From USA Today bestselling author Meghan March comes a sexy new spin-off duet from The Dirty Billionaire Trilogy. Are you ready to get dirty again? 
Desperately seeking rich, famous, single guy with a giant cock to make my lying, cheating, should’ve-been-born-dickless ex-boyfriend realize what he’s just lost.Oh, and I give great head. Just sayin’.
No man in his right mind would answer that ad.Except thousands did.My name is Greer Karas, and I should never be allowed near another bottle of booze again. Because when I drink, my friend and I do stupid things. Like take a page out of my older brother Creighton’s playbook and post something completely asinine on the Internet. Waking up with a giant hangover to find my humiliating personal ad has gone viral is not my finest moment.Cue my look of shock when one of Hollywood’s hottest new bad boys, Cavanaugh Westman, comes knocking at my door and drops his pants to prove that he does indeed have a giant cock.What he doesn’t have is an explanation for why he disappeared from my life without a word three years ago, only to show up on the big screen two years later, killing bad guys in action flicks.And now he wants me again.What the hell do I do now?
Greer and Cav's story will conclude in Dirty Love, releasing 5/31/16. 

My Review:

So of course we ended on a cliffhanger, and it was kind of what I wondered about, but way more than I could have imagined. I liked so much of this, as I usually end up with Meghan March books. But the way they are so intense and dark, I have to pace myself usually. Take a break with some lighter reads in between. I did get frustrated with Cav keeping his secrets from Greer, it was like just go ahead and tell her before what happened at the end happens. But yeah, I know, drama needed. There’s also the one thing that they always seem to do in these dark books, a certain bedroom position/act that I just don’t know that I’m into, but it still is always hot the way she writes it. Although I really doubt it is like that in real life. However, I also once again realized I have got to go back and read the Dirty Billionaire series so I can meet Greer’s brother who has played into all these other duets I’ve read by this author lately.

L-L-L-Little Reviews: 6 Adult RomancesDirty Love by Meghan March
Series: Dirty Girl Duet #2
Narrator: Elena Wolfe, Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
Published by Meghan March on May 31, 2016
Genres: Adult Dark Romance
Length: 05:21
Format: Audiobook
Source: the library
My Rating: five-stars
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From USA Today bestselling author Meghan March comes a sexy new spin-off duet from The Dirty Billionaire Trilogy. Are you ready to get dirty again? 
Dirty Love is the conclusion of the Dirty Girl Duet, and should be read following Dirty Girl
Greer Karas has been mine since the first day I saw her.
I walked away because she deserved better than I could offer, but I always planned to come back and stake my claim when the time was right.
But true to form, Greer wasn't willing to wait. She threw down a challenge, and I’m meeting her head-on. 
I’m not walking away this time because sometimes you have to fight dirty for love.

My Review:

Okay so the conclusion was good. Still that one thing that I’m not really good with myself, but Meghan March knows how to write it so that I actually wonder. Enough that I even reached out to a guy on Tinder who had tried to do that type of conversation only with me to ask him some questions. 🙂 And then in the end, what I thought was so terrible for Cav to be hiding wasn’t really that bad, and it all worked out in the end. But again, I have got to read the beginning series that goes with this! And I’m also of course doing much lighter stories too for awhile.

Hard Fall (Trophy Boyfriends #2) by Sara Ney:

L-L-L-Little Reviews: 6 Adult RomancesHard Fall by Sara Ney
Series: Trophy Boyfriends #2
on August 18, 2020
Genres: Adult Sports Romance
Pages: 263
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
My Rating: five-stars
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"Hard Fall"
That's what my mom is always saying: "The bigger you are, the harder you fall." She's talking about love—I've never been in it myself, but that doesn't stop me from secretly matchmaking for my friends. Who would suspect me, a world class athlete, of meddling in other people's love lives? I love Love, especially when it’s not me who’s doing the falling…
"No Thanks."
That's what Hollis Westbrooke said when I asked her on a date. Well, propositioned her, actually—but it was all a big joke; one she doesn't think is funny. My stomach is in knots since I might actually like this girl so the joke is on me. Hollis’s father is my boss—and she doesn't date players.
The bigger they are, the harder they fall—especially when biggest player is me.

My Review:

Okay, Buzz Wallace is now up in my top book boyfriends who make me laugh along with Jason Orson from The Lineup by Meghan Quinn and Mal Ericson from Play by Kylie Scott. In fact, this book kind of cemented for me that I really want a funny guy like this. I mean Hollis’s text replies of lol were weird to me at first, until I realized that I was actually laughing out loud constantly at Buzz. But I also really connected with Hollis in some of the ways she said she wasn’t great with certain things. And it wasn’t just the funny laughter and romance, Sara Ney can also write some very steamy scenes as well! Now, I’m on her ARC team so I should get an e-ARC of the last book, although I’ll have to buy a paperback copy to match my first two of the series.

Beard Science (Winston Brothers #3) by Penny Reid:

L-L-L-Little Reviews: 6 Adult RomancesBeard Science by Penny Reid
Series: Winston Brothers #3
Narrator: Joy Nash, Chris Brinkley
Published by Penny Reid on November 28, 2016
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Length: 13:55
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
My Rating: five-stars
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13 hours and 55 minutes

Make a deal with the devil and you might get what you want, but will it be what you need?

Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate.
And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.
Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce, and now he’s in a pickle. Despite being convinced of his own omniscience, extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise. So... what’s a maniacal mastermind to do?
Likely, the last thing you expect.
'Beard Science' is the third book in the Winston Brothers series, is a full-length romantic comedy novel, and can be read as a standalone.
©2016 Cipher-Naught (P)2016 Cipher-Naught

My Review:

All I really need to say is I Love Cletus. LOL! It’s kind of funny that I actually am just now reading/listening to this book! I think I’ve owned the actual paperback for awhile now, but I haven’t had time to pick it up and read. So I decided to purchase the audiobook through Audible. Because I knew I could listen, and I was really getting anxious for the full Cletus and Jen story after reading the books that come after, including the new cozy mystery set very shortly after this one, Engagement and Espionage. It was nice how the characters in this one didn’t immediately think they were attracted to each other, in any way. In fact Cletus had his mind set on how he had found the woman suited for him, which I knew from reading the books later in the series who she was actually going to end up with. But one thing I loved about this book is the description about how the Winston family seemed to use any excuse to get together. My family, my mom’s side anyway, used to be like that. It’s changed a little as cousins grew up and moved away or got married and had other families to spend time with. And then this whole pandemic thing has totally put a damper on so many of our traditional get-togethers as well. I also loved how Jennifer was as likely as Cletus to get in a pun joke here and there, because I do love a good pun! And then, you know a Cletus story would not be complete without a good bit about his sausage. And in this case, it was his brothers teasing him, and as usual, I laughed so hard as I was sitting in my car, if anyone saw me during that part they probably thought I was crazy.

It’s About Time (The Love Connection) by Anne Edmondson Barbour:

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

L-L-L-Little Reviews: 6 Adult RomancesIt's About Time by Anne Edmondson Barbour
Series: The Love Connection #1
Published by Mission Point Press on June 3, 2020
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 244
Format: Paperback
Source: the author
My Rating: three-stars
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Widow Austen Wiley, unable to spend as much time with her four-year-old son, David, as she wanted to, drives from her home in Kansas to a summer job in Nebraska's panhandle near Chimney Rock. When she arrives, she learns that Mark Thomas, the owner of TrailWays, which provides historical treks on the Oregon Trail, was expecting a man. Perhaps because he and David established an instant bond, he decides to let her stay.There was constant strife between the two, but also an immediate attraction, obvious to everyone. They tried to ignore it because of past experiences, and continued to address each other as Mrs. Wiley and Mr. Thomas, but there were instances when they couldn't avoid their attraction and it came close to becoming something so much more than "almost" kisses.

My Review:

So technically I didn’t get this from the author herself. But one day one of the teachers at my school brought it to me and told me to look through it. I guess his wife’s grandmother wrote this and got it published this past summer. The beginning was intriguing enough that I decided I wanted to read the whole thing. As a fellow aspiring/beginning author myself, I wanted to give her a read and a review! Now this isn’t my usual type of romance, it didn’t quite have the steaminess I usually prefer. It was definitely more of a Christian story really. There was insta-love without a reason really, it reminded me of how the Twilight movie is when you haven’t read the books. I definitely got annoyed with the two of them for being so stubborn or not picking up on totally obvious clues between the two of them. Austen was definitely too sensitive on some points, and Mark was too quiet and stubborn and yeah. Those are the things that frustrated me about the characters. There was a lot there that could have been done to make it an even better story, and I think a couple of the characters are going to get another book, so for some people this will be a winner!

3 Responses to “L-L-L-Little Reviews: 6 Adult Romances”

    • Lisa Mandina

      Even though I know everyone thinks he’d be totally annoying in real life, and I’m sure he would be, I feel like I might be kinda like that myself. LOL.

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