Book Monday: Recent reads in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and spoof romance

seductionhyposthesisThe Seduction Hypothesis by Delphine Dryden (Erotic/BDSM)

(1 Curious Sub + 1 Dom in Denial) – Inhibitions = 4 Naughty Nights

Wildlife biologist Lindsey thought attending a fan convention with her new boyfriend Ben was a great idea—until their relationship imploded. Lindsey still lusts after her ex—but if he wants her, he’s going to have to prove he can give her what she needs.

Ben will do anything to win Lindsey back, and when he sees her in her skimpy black vinyl convention getup, he realizes what she’s been craving all along. And he’s inspired to finally give in to his own dark desire to take complete sexual control…

Lindsey is surprised by her reaction to Ben’s kinky new seduction techniques, and suddenly sees the brilliant but boring code guru in a different light. After several erotic encounters in hotel rooms and stairwells, she’s falling for him all over again. And wondering if the intimate connection will last once they head home…

This is the second book in Dryden’s The Science of Temptation series. I talked about the first book in this post, Some Geek Romances Old and New and so was eager to read the second one when it came out recently. If you read my erotic geek romance, Beer and Groping in Las Vegas, and you don’t mind reading about the BDSM lifestyle, you’ll enjoy this book too! It also takes place with a fan convention as the setting, and is rife with geek references and humor, including a, uh, creative use of Gandalf’s staff (I will not say anything more). I really enjoyed the hero’s earnest, but adorable, fumblings. If you’re picky about how accurate BDSM is portrayed, don’t look to me, as I have no idea, but this was a fun read!

dontbitethebridesmaidDon’t Bite the Bridesmaid by Tiffany Allee (Light Paranormal)

Alice Shepard needs one thing: a date for her sister’s wedding. And not just any date. A hunk who will make her fiancé rue the day he left her for her best friend. Her drop-dead gorgeous neighbor fits the bill—even if he is a bit quirky and never comes out during the day—and Alice has downed just enough appletinis to ask him. But she makes it quite clear that there will be no funny business.

Spending a week on a cruise ship full of humans while sleeping close to his sexy next-door neighbor sounds like a helluva bad idea to vampire Noah Thorpe. But his friends need time to get him out of a shotgun wedding—a vampire bonding that will tie his fate to a female vampire he’s never met. And Alice’s offer comes at just the right time.

What could possibly go wrong?

This was a fun, light read. I’ve been having a bit of bad luck lately with light paranormals and finally read one that I enjoyed. The previous ones seemed to confuse light, quirky and fun with bad writing, sloppy one dimensional characters and flat plots. Just because it’s light, doesn’t mean you get to skip all the craft! This had the right blend of humor, characterization and an engaging plot. NOTE: I received this book from Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, I only post reviews for books I enjoyed, so if I got one from there that I didn’t like, you won’t see it on this blog. The formatting was off for my Kindle, but I’m hoping it was just that way for the NetGalley readers.

sealofhonorSeal of Honor by Tonya Burrows (Romantic Suspense)

It’s a good thing Gabe Bristow lives and breathes the Navy SEAL credo, “the only easy day was yesterday,” because today, his life is unrecognizable. When his prestigious career comes to a crashing halt, he’s left with a bum leg and few prospects for employment that don’t include a desk.

That is, until he’s offered the chance to command a private hostage rescue team and free a wealthy American businessman from Colombian paramilitary rebels. It seems like a good deal—until he meets his new team: a drunk Cajun linguist, a boy-genius CIA threat analyst, an FBI negotiator with mob ties, a cowboy medic, and an EOD expert as volatile as the bombs he defuses. Oh, and who could forget the sexy, frustratingly impulsive Audrey Van Amee? She’s determined to help rescue her brother—or drive Gabe crazy. Whichever comes first.

As the death toll rises, Gabe’s team of delinquents must figure out how to work together long enough to save the day. Or, at least, not get themselves killed. Because Gabe’s finally found something worth living for, and God help him if he can’t bring her brother back alive.

I don’t read a lot of romantic suspense, but oh boy–that cover! The chesticles and that stance! *grabs fan* This is the first in Burrows’ HORNET series and I really enjoyed it. It had me turning pages and Gabe was so opposite personality-wise from Audrey it was fun seeing them mix, but you could see why each needed the other. Presumably the rest of the wacky team will be featured in future books, which promises some great reading. NOTE: I received this book from Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, I only post reviews for books I enjoyed, so if I got one from there that I didn’t like, you won’t see it on this blog. The formatting was off for my Kindle, but I’m hoping it was just that way for the NetGalley readers.

piratedave Pirate Dave and his Randy Adventures (Career Ending Romance Spoof) by Robyn Peterman

Free on Amazon, so you can’t beat that! Robyn Peterman’s novel How Hard Can It Be? had the heroine make up a crazy plot for a romance novel to foil a plot-stealing best-selling author and Peterman’s readers asked to have that story told in full. And this is the hilarious result! Not for the easily squeamish, this is an hilarious, profane romp featuring conjoined twins, a handsome but dirty pirate, and other zany characters and scenarios. Not to be taken seriously folks!

Have you read and enjoyed any of these? What are you reading right now?

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Some Geek Romances Old and New

Since Monday Hunk Who Reads is now only once a month, I thought I would keep Mondays to topics that would interest readers. Today I thought I would share some geek/nerdy romances I’ve read recently for fellow geeks who love them some nerdy heroes :)

In no particular order, well actually, let’s make it the order I read them in….

The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden (Erotic Romance/BDSM–July 2012)

Love a nerdy hero? How much more nerdy can you get than a rocket scientist? And Ivan is smoking hot, and incredibly endearing. Here’s the official blurb:

Camilla can set her watch by her hunky rocket-scientist neighbor who jogs past her window each day. She relishes each glimpse of his shirtless abs, and is dying to see more. But it’s hard to connect with a man who doesn’t seem to know she exists…

Ivan feels at home in the lab, not in social situations. When he finally approaches his attractive neighbor, it’s not for a date—he wants tutoring in how to behave at an important fundraiser. Ivan doesn’t expect the chemistry between them to be quite so explosive, and is surprised when Cami actually accepts his proposal to embark on a series of “lessons.”

Cami soon discovers Ivan’s schedule isn’t the only thing he likes to be strict about—he needs to be charge in the bedroom as well. She’s shocked at how much she comes to enjoy her submissive side, but wonders if a real relationship is in the equation…

More Than Words, by Karla Doyle (Erotic Romance–Aug 2012)

They meet playing online dirty Scrabble, what more can I say? I’m a sucker for humor in my reads, and this one had me giggling every page when they first “meet”. I also like my contemporaries to have the men reacting a bit more like how guys would really react (freaking out, making mistakes, etc.) and poor Travis is his own worst enemy.

A brutal mugging two years ago left Calli terrified to go out after dark, and incapable of real dating. Hanging out with a resentful Chihuahua every night hasn’t filled the void, and all the sex toys from the store she owns could never replace a flesh-and-blood man. An online Scrabble site promising anonymous, flirty fun sounds like just the ticket. A like-minded geek, that’s what she needs. Unbeknownst to her, the man on the other end of the game is anything but geeky.

Tired of the party scene, Travis seeks a venue where he can meet a woman who is drawn to his mind, not his profession. Having women chase after his bad-boy musician persona has grown stale. After heating up the tiles online with Calli, he knows he must meet her in person. Touch her in person. And when he does, their chemistry is undeniable. She stimulates him, mind and body. But when he discovers her tragic past he realizes it will take more than words to win her heart…and her trust.

How to Tell a Lie, by Delphine Dryden (Erotic Romance–Nov 2009)

Sexy, smart and funny! I know when I was reading this at a restaurant the other night, I was getting some funny looks because I was literally giggling out loud. I also felt like I identified with Allison so much as far as her fear of getting involved in a real relationship with potential. My only complaint was the ending seemed rushed, but it’s probably because I wanted to keep spending time with them.

Allison Moore does her psychology research from the safety of the internet, where she can study her subjects’ lying ways without the need for pesky human involvement. Online games are the perfect place to look for liars and have fun at the same time. Seth Brantley is a fellow professor who can make even economics seem sexy. When he and Allison realize they’ve been “researching” in the same game, a face-to-face meeting seems inevitable. After all, they’re practically neighbors–they’ve been working in adjacent buildings for years. Fresh from a breakup and afraid to take a risk, Allison wants to keep her affair with Seth strictly electronic–but she can’t deny their virtual antics are hot enough to melt their keyboards. Can Seth convince her to give up the safety of cybering and take a chance on passion in the real world?

None of these have cardboard cutout heroes and heroines and each really gets into the psychology of a relationship–not overtly, just that the characters and their conflicts have depth. Enjoy! I know I did :)

Read any great geek romances lately? I need more…