Ex Libris Romance: Short and Sweet!

 

 I’m featuring some quick and fun romances today.  The first two reviews today are from a new line of novellas from Harlequin called Cosmo Red Hot Reads. You can read more about them here.

Find out more about my romance ratings here.

fearlessFearless
Author: Tawny Weber
Heat: Hot
Publisher: Harlequin
Available Now
There’s just one thing missing from Gia Renyard’s life: sexual adventure. And the one man she’d like to have it with is her hot co-worker, Luke Monroe. If only company rules didn’t prohibit her from asking him out. So Gia comes up with a plan: make herself over into a fantasy seductress, follow Luke to a convention in Sin City, and have her way with him for one erotic weekend. The man will never even know who did him. Everything is going according to plan—until Gia discovers that Luke is perfect for her outside the bedroom too. And suddenly she’s no longer content to let what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fearless was a very steamy read, but unfortunately, the premise of a woman anonymously seducing a guy from the office, was distractingly unrealistic.  On top of that, both Gia and Luke seemed very surface level and I just couldn’t care about either one of them.  I think that you can get people invested in novellas, as evidenced by some other titles in this line, but Fearless just didn’t deliver for me.

 

cake1Cake
Author: Lauren Dane
Heat: Hot
Publisher: Harlequin
Available Now
Art student-slash-bike messenger Wren Davis pursues what she wants. And what she wants now is Gregori Ivanov, rock star of the Seattle art scene. With his tattoos, piercings and sensual sneer, Gregori is the ultimate bad boy. Wren’s gotten to know the man beneath the body art, too—and it only makes her crave him more. But Gregori loves women like he loves cake and champagne—intensely, but only for the moment. And after Wren experiences just how scorching sex with Gregori is, she’s determined to show him that just one taste won’t be enough…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cake was a fun story about a mercurial Russian artist who was all tattoos and red mohawk.  The chemistry between Wren a Gregori was very hot and I liked how independent Wren was.  I’m not usually a fan of the moody artist trope, but Gregori still managed to remain appealing.  I definitely put this one on my recommended list.

 

reckReckless
Author: Skye Jordan
Heat: Hot
Publisher: Cygnet
Available Now
A couture wedding dress designer to the rich and famous, Lexi’s given up a lot of life to maintain her all-important image.  In a moment of weakness, she initiates a harmless, anonymous hook-up with a sinfully sexy bad-boy.  But Jax quickly threatens both her career and her heart, because he wants more. Lots more.

 

 

 

 

 

Although this isn’t a novella, it was still a quick read and one that I would definitely put on my buy list. I think what I liked about this book was that the “alpha male” that you expect to find just wasn’t there….and that’s a good thing.  Both of the protagonists were hard working, but Lexi really pulled herself up from nothing to build her business.  She was willing to sacrifice personal happiness to make her dreams come true.  Even so, she was not a cold person, so I found her to be well rounded and a character that I could relate to.  Jax was also a very appealing character because he was allowed to be vulnerable, which is something I don’t see enough of in romance, to be honest.  Overall, I really enjoyed this one.  Be warned that this was very steamy, almost bordering on erotica.

 

 I received these galleys in exchange for my honest review.

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Kate

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112 responses to “Ex Libris Romance: Short and Sweet!

  1. i wish i had a sensual sneer. 🙁 reading quick romance novels is totally my jam though so i appreciate this post! the anonymously seducing a co-worker sounds suspect though. and ooh i am curious about the last one now esp bc you said it’s a diff sort of “alpha male”!

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