Shameless (Playboys in Love: Book 1) by Gina L. Maxwell

Shameless (Playboys in Love Book 1) by [Maxwell, Gina L.]

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC and Entangled: Scorched

Date of publication: May 30, 2016

Where the book can be found: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Genre: Romance, Erotica

Series: Playboys In Love Book 1

Book Synopsis:

People say I’m shameless. They’re right.
 
I like my sex dirty. It takes a hell of a lot to tilt my moral compass, and I always follow when it’s pointing at something I want. That goes double when it points straight at the one girl in all of Chicago who’s not dying for a piece of me.
 
She’s all I can think about, and that’s a problem, because she wants nothing to do with me. But I’ve seen her deepest secrets, her darkest fantasies, and they match mine to a fucking T.
 
I want her. Bad.
 
Now I need to show her how good it can feel…to be shameless.

 
 
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Each book in the Playboys in Love series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order. Series Order:
Book #1 Shameless
Book #2 Ruthless
Book #3 Merciless

My review:

3 Things I liked about Shameless:

  1. The storyline. One of the rare few times I will like the storyline of an erotica but I loved this one. I mean, sex aside, it was a solid story about 2 people falling in love with each other. And since we are on the subject of sex, the sex scenes were wow!! Except for 1 scene, I liked them.
  2. Jane. She is a character that I could relate to. I mean, she works 2 jobs, had to fix stuff herself via Google and YouTube, and she down to earth. If she was a real-life person, I can see me and her being BFF’s. I was also very jealous that she ended up hooking up with a Chris Hemsworth look alike.
  3. Chase towards the middle and end. I felt that Jane changed him. It might have started off as sex but it evolved very quickly and I liked seeing that. Gave me the warm fuzzies.

3 Things that I disliked about Shameless:

  1. Chase at the beginning of the book. To be blunt, he came across as an asshole. A huge, sex-obsessed asshole and I wanted to choke him.
  2. Addison. Jane’s best friend. I would have killed someone if they hired a stripper to come to my house under the guise of a handyman. Sorry, but that would have been a friendship ender for me. But Jane had the last laugh.
  3. The anal sex scene. I am OK with anal sex and light bondage and I am OK reading it. But when it crosses over into the gross category, I draw the line. And this was gross.

How many stars will I give Shameless? 3.5

Why? The characters were relatable and you really came to care about them. The sex scenes were out of this world hot and the storyline was fantastic. The story did stall for a couple of chapters but the author did a great job of getting the story back on track.

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Will I reread? Yes

Age range: Adult

Why? Extremely descriptive sexual situations. I would read and take a cold shower afterward!!!

Other book in series:

Ruthless (Playboys in Love, Book 2).

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

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Desiring Red ( A Dark and Dirty Tale: Book 1) by Kristin Miller

Desiring Red (A Dark and Dirty Tale Book 1) by [Miller, Kristin]

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC and Entangled:Scorched

Date of publication: May 30th, 2016

Where the book can be found: Amazon | Barnes and Nobles

Genre: Romance, Erotica

Series: A Dark and Dirty Tale Book 1

Book synopsis:

I’m indecisive when it comes to my shoes. Choosing a werewolf mate who’ll be with me until I croak? Pardon me while I take some time to think on it. But a steamy encounter before the final ceremony changes everything.

Reaper, the Omega’s eldest grandson, is fiercely loyal, scorching hot, and built for pleasure. He brings down my defenses, and before I know what’s happening, I succumb to the heat in his touch and the skill of his mouth. I’ve only just met him, but I need him like no other.

As part of my pack duties, I must parade in front of the Alpha, who has first choice of the pre-shifters. Rumors of his dark desires run deep, and I’ve always been intrigued. But the forbidden passion blazing between Reaper and me is too primal to deny. By pack law, Reaper can’t have me until the Alpha makes his choice…but Reaper’s never been one to follow the rules.

My review:

3 Things I liked about Desiring Red:

  1. The storyline. From what was revealed, it was a pretty interesting one. The Alpha isn’t the true ruler of the pack, it’s the Omega who calls the shots and has the money. Which I found fascinating, for some reason.
  2. Reaper. From what was revealed about him, he was a total badass, hot and very mysterious. So, in not so many words, the perfect man.
  3. Ivy. I loved her character. She doesn’t give a fuck about the ceremony going on and she goes after what she wants. But then again, is it really what she wants???

3 Things I disliked about Desiring Red:

  1. That it is a serial. I wanted to scream when I realized that. I loathe serial novels. The reason I loathe them, well because there is usually a huge gap between the novels.
  2. Lukas. I don’t know what happens in the next book, he seemed a little standoffish and full of himself in this one.
  3. The cliffhanger ending. Another thing I don’t like. Cliffhangers drive me nuts.

How many stars will I give Desiring Red? 2.5

Why? While it did captivate me and definitely kept my attention with the paranormal aspect, the erotica just didn’t do it for me. There was just something lacking there. Don’t get me wrong, Ivy and Reaper (and Ivy and Lukas) did have chemistry….but the sex scenes fell flat. It’s weird that I can’t properly explain it.

Will I reread? Probably not

Will I recommend to family and friends? No

Age range: Adult

Why? Very descriptive sex scenes

Other books in the series:

Dominating Red (A Dark and Dirty Tale: Book 2)

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**