To end my crazy literary adventures, I took a quick and impromptu trip to Cincinnati. May kicked off with my first Romantic Times Convention down in Atlanta. In the beginning of June, I attended a Feminism in Romance Novels panel at The Strand and then BookCon at the end of the week. During this time I learned about Lori Foster’s annual Reader and Author Get Together, or RAGT. More importantly, I learned that both J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning would be signing books on Saturday, June 10th. So like any other normal romance fan, I booked a flight to Cincinnati. Luckily, my mom encouraged this madness and even attended with me! We arrived on Friday and spent the day exploring the city before heading to the book-signing on Saturday. And boy did we have a blast! RAGT, for the little we attended, was an awesome event and totally on my list for next year! I had a great time hanging out in line for J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning and chatting with the guests! I brought books for both authors to sign. I also got books signed for the people who introduced me to both authors. One of my best friends has always given me the best romance novel recommendations and she, many years ago, insisted that I would loved Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series and she was totally right! When I was first reading vampire romance, back in my *hides face* Twilight days, I had read Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. However, I couldn’t get into the series back then, probably because I was a bit too young. When I started working at Barnes and Noble a few years ago, one of my coworkers recommended the Black Dagger Brotherhood and I tried them out again. Of course, I loved them. So I had to get a book signed for her as well. I truly had an amazing time and feel so blessed to meet such amazing authors. Every experience I’ve had in the romance novel community has been positive and I’m so grateful for such a supportive and lovely group of people. Okay, gushing done, time for pictures!
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Wicked Lies by Lora Leigh
HE’S TEMPTING FATE
Jazz Lancing is the stuff of legends. A mountain-bred ex-Navy SEAL with rugged dark looks, a tall muscled frame, and gorgeous blue eyes, he can have any woman he wants in the state of Tennessee. Except Annie Mayes. The beautiful, innocent teacher refuses to fall for Jazz because she’s hiding a secret more powerful than her own temptation …
SHE’S IN TOO DEEP
Jazz knows that Annie isn’t who she says she is-that she’s lying about her identity, her past, and her motives. But can she be trusted? Little does he know Annie has been craving his kiss for years, dreaming that Jazz would take her in his arms and save her from her demons. But telling Jazz the truth could put both of them in peril. In this deadly game of danger, deceit, and darkness, is desire worth the risk of losing…everything?
Review: I definitely enjoyed reading Wicked Lies. This book quickly pulled you into the story and it was a fast-paced read. The heroine, Annie has a secret background and there was clearly a draw between her and Jazz. Unfortunately, Annie’s identity is a major spoiler and I can’t really go into much of the plot without ruining it. Which, of course, makes reviewing the book, and analyzing the relationship between Jazz and Annie, very difficult. So this will be a short review.
I’m not the biggest fan of romantic suspense and I would have liked a bit more actions scenes before Annie’s identity and reason for hiding were revealed. It seemed like the bad guy was obvious as well. I’ve read other Lora Leigh books and I’m usually guessing about the bad guy until the very end. I also didn’t like the classification of Jazz as a man-whore just because he didn’t have long-term relationship. It’s becoming a pet-peeve of mine and one of my least favorite romance tropes. Romance novels are carefully not to call the heroine a whore, even if she is a courtesan or a mistress, but rather that she was forced into those circumstances. But if the hero doesn’t have long-term relationships, he’s automatically a man-whore.
The relationship between Jazz and Annie was built on their past, which is difficult to talk about without giving everything away. However, when they are together, it is clear they have a deep and lasting connection. Despite anger at each other, and some stupid actions because of it, everything they do is protect one another. I really like books where the heroine is as proactive in protecting the hero as he is her and this is one of those books. Also, wow, Lora Leigh knows how to write steamy books! I’ve read her erotic series before, and am a major fan, but I had stupidly expected this series to be tamer. I’m really glad I was wrong. The sensuality between Jazz and Annie definitely steams up the page!
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Hi all! I’ve been tagged by Shivalika at Whimsy Journals to do The BedTime Book Tag! This is my first book tag and I’m really excited to participate!
A Book That Kept You Up All Night ReadingStyxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon
I adore this book and every time I read it, I end up staying up all night.
A Book That Made You Scared To Sleep
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
This first time I read this book, I was 13 and ended staying up all night, partly convinced there was a crazy woman in the attic.
A Book That Made You Go To Sleep
Religion and the Rise of Capitalism by R.H. Tawney.
I had to read this book for a graduate class and honestly, I didn’t get further than the first chapter. The book just put me to sleep.
A Book That Left You Tossing and Turning All Night in Anticipation of its Release
Born of Fury by Sherrilyn Kenyon
I adore any Sherrilyn Kenyon book but I was really looking forward to Dancer Hauk’s book!
A Book That Has Your Dream Boyfriend
Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
I love Colin Bridgerton. That is all.
A Book That Would Be Your Worst Nightmare to Live In
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
I love Kate Daniels and Curran but I would not want to live in their world.
A Book That Had a Nightmarish Cliffhanger
Confessions of A Little Black Gown by Elizabeth Boyle
This book didn’t actually have a cliffhanger for the main couple but it set a cliffhanger up for the couple in the next book, Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress. I spent a horrible month waiting for the next book to come out.
A Book That You Actually Dreamed About
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I once had a dream where Jamie Fraser and I were doing Scottish Reels (the dances! Get your minds out of the gutter!) The sad part is he was wearing pants and not a kilt 😦
A Book Monster that You Would Not Want to Find Under Your Bed
Forbidden Pleasure by Lora Leigh
Spoiler Alert: The bad guy was hiding under the bed!
I really enjoyed doing this book tag!