These books were either too short to justify a full review, or there was just smut and no plot. In some cases, both!
Mr. Taboo Daddy by Aria R. Blue
Look, sometimes I just read a book because it has a stupid title. I also needed some smut after reading some YA romances. Sometimes you want to read about people just fucking for 90 pages, OK!
Anyway, this book was about Layla, who at 18 tries to seduce her next-door neighbor. He also happens to be her father’s best friend, Logan. She is rejected, and then the book skips ahead 5 years. Logan sees Layla for the first time and realizes she is super hot. Layla has never forgotten Logan and she starts catfishing him. Eventually, he realizes she is the girl he has been talking to online and they start a secret relationship. They have a lot of sex and then they get caught by her parents.
This book was just meh. Not a lot happened. I have read worse though.
Double Pucked by Lauren Blakely
Trina discovers her boyfriend is cheating on her when her dog vomits up panties that don’t belong to her. In retaliation, she steals a Hockey prize package her boyfriend had won and uses it herself. She gets VIP tickets and a hangout with two hockey players, Ryker and Chase. The players are best friends who are on rival teams. They find out what Trina’s now ex did to her and offer to help make him jealous. Things get a little out of hand, and they have an incredibly hot threesome. Trina then finds out that she is basically homeless for a week until her new apartment is ready. The guys offer to let her and her dog live with them, and they have a super hot poly relationship.
This book was super sexy. I loved the banter between all three main characters. There wasn’t any sword crossing though. Boo!
The Tease by Lauren Blakely
Jules is a 25-year-old virgin for reasons. Mostly from mistrust of guys her age which I can relate to. Guys in their 20s are garbage. She gets invited to a job to play piano at a secret society masquerade that is basically a sex party. She decides that this is the time to be outrageous and try to find someone to hook up with. Of course, the guy she finds is 15 years older than her and also her Dad’s Best Friend, Finn. Finn also is a single dad. He is ALL THE TROPES. He finds out Jules is a virgin and wants to make sure she has a good first time, and they are only going to have sex one time and that’s it! HA!
For an age-gap, dad’s best friend, single father book, it was surprisingly heartfelt. I really felt Finn fall in love with Jules. Of course, the kid was adorable too. They always are. This was a fun read and I really enjoyed it.
Madame by Sara Cate
Sara Cate is hands down my favorite romance author, and The Salacious Player’s Club is my favorite smut series of all time, so I knew I was going to love this book. I just didn’t know how much. Eden St. Clair, also known as Madame Kink has been a minor character in the series since the first book. She has given pep talks to almost all of the female main characters at one point or another. She’s like a sexy Yoda. Readers were salivating to get her back story, and I was absolutely floored to discover that she had a secret kid. This whole time our favorite Dommy Mommy was an ACTUAL MOMMY!
The story starts with a prologue where Eden meets the King of Kink, Ronan Cade, the MMC of the last book in the series. We knew they were best friends and that he did something for her, but we didn’t know what. Apparently, he helped a pregnant Eden get away from her abusive husband and introduced her to S&M clubs. Eden discovered how much she loved being in charge and how much money she could make and made a home for herself at the Salacious Player’s Club. She knew not to get attached to clients, but after Clay Bradley became a client, she started to develop feelings for him. She refused to admit them, and a brokenhearted Clay left Eden.
That was all the backstory! The book starts there. Clay is now in a secret relationship with his boss’s daughter, Jade, but he can’t get Eden out of his head or his heart. Eden pretends she is OK, but one day while she is out with her son, she runs into Clay and Jade. Jade wants to know who this stunningly hot woman is to Clay and then starts seeing Eden on the side for Domme lessons.
I absolutely loved this book, even with the unnecessary 3rd act breakup. Eden’s story deserved to be told, and this was a wonderful ending to my favorite series. I only hope we can have a spin-off or something. My heart belongs at Salacious.
Heartless by Elsie Silver
Cade Eaton needs a summertime Nanny for his 5-year-old son, Jack. His future sister-in-law recommends her best friend, Willa. Cade had already met Willa at a local coffee shop when she accidentally dropped a pair of panties out of her purse right in front of him. How awkward! However, Willa gets along wonderfully with Jack and Cade is kind of desperate at this point because he needs someone to watch Jack while he runs the ranch.
Cade is the definition of grumpy and Willa is a wild redhead, so sparks fly immediately. I would classify this book as a “Hallmark After Dark” kind of book. City Girl moves to a small town and falls in love with a single Dad. They just have a lot of dirty talk and sexy times.
This was my first Elsie Silver book. She will be at a big author signing I am going to this weekend and I’m glad I was able to read this beforehand so I can tell her how much I liked it!
Priest by Sierra Simone
Father Tyler Bell is a priest in a parish where the previous priest was fired for sexually abusing children, including Father Bell’s sister, who committed suicide as a result. That’s a pretty heavy backstory for what I thought was the “Smutty Priest Book”. One day, a new woman in town stumbles into his Confessional and he is smitten just from the sound of her voice. After a few weeks of this, he meets her face to face and learns that her name is Poppy and she is just as attracted to him as he is to her. They try to avoid their feelings for a while, but eventually, they realize they can’t keep their hands off of each other. They begin a sexual relationship and fall in love. Father Bell has to decide who he loves more, the Church, or Poppy.
I avoided this book for a long time. I was raised Catholic. I went to Catholic School from First through Sixth Grade. I still have a major phobia of nuns. I have a lot of religious trauma I am still working through even though I am an atheist in her 40s. This book was nothing like I expected. It was beautiful. This was my first Sierra Simone book and I was NOT prepared. I can’t wait to read more! I get to meet her on Saturday and I am stoked!