BOOK REVIEW X 3: FRENCHED/MELANIE HARLOW, FOREPLAY/SOPHIE JORDAN, WALLBANGER/ALICE CLAYTON

Having recently returned from a pretty epic honeymoon to Miami, Key West and New Orleans, I’m suffering sandy-beach withdrawal symptoms and blazing-sun deprivation. Waaaaah!! Send help. However, I did at least get to power through a good few reads while sipping cocktails on the lounger, leaving my palate well and truly cleansed. So here’s three-for-the-price-of-one review, and each of these a super-tasty treat. Do yourself a favour, book yourself a holiday and dive in! Or at least read these and escape into a book. Just as good, eh? Meh. But seriously, read ’em.

Frenched

FRENCHED by Melanie Harlow

Delicious escapist fare from Ms Harlow, in which our heroine Mia escapes from the disaster of her ruined wedding and takes the damn honeymoon to Paris anyway. There she meets sexily dishevelled Franco-American bartender Lucas (who immediately called to mind the gorgeous, criminally underused Liam from Nashville, even though the actor who plays him, Michiel Huisman, is Dutch, but still… hmm I digress), and everything that you think might happen does. But in a well-executed, fun, very sexy way, and, like, in Paris. The characters are fun to be around, they have a realistic background hum of ‘what happens after this trip ends’, but not in a way that drags the story down. It’s great. Enjoy.

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Frenched-Mia-Lucas-Melanie-Harlow-ebook/dp/B00J1UOR68/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1429252870&sr=1-1&keywords=frenched+melanie+harlow

Cringe Factor                                   2/5

Is it Hot in Here?                             4/5

For the Love of Feminism!             3.5/5

Overall Tasty Goodness                4/5

Foreplay

FOREPLAY by Sophie Jordan

Taking it sensual with a story of not seeing what’s right in front of your eyes. Clever, sweet girl Pepper has followed her high school crush all the way to university, and now he’s finally single, she’s a little nervous about knowing how to put the moves on him. So, reluctantly taking the advice of her friends, she finds a buddy with benefits to learn the ropes. That won’t lead to anything complicated, right? Ms Jordan handles the sexy-with-no-sex tension excellently, and the emotional entanglements with our brooding anti-hero Reece (another bartender! Clearly a sexy profession…) are well executed. Another tasty, non-insulting-to-intelligence romantic read!

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Foreplay-Ivy-Chronicles-Sophie-Jordan-ebook/dp/B00BATNQDS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1429253169&sr=1-1&keywords=foreplay+sophie+jordan

Cringe Factor                                   2/5

Is it Hot in Here?                             3.5/5

For the Love of Feminism!             3.5/5

Overall Tasty Goodness                 4/5

Wallbanger

WALLBANGER by Alice Clayton

Despite the cover image (at least on my Kindle edition) with a be-suited man pressing up against a woman in a ballerina-esque dress, this isn’t some Fifty Shades power struggle, but a fun, funny, very sexy romantic-comedy featuring noisy neighbours, tempting tension, and a cute little kitty. (Not that kind. OK, yeah, that kind as well). Caroline’s apartment shares a wall with loud lady-pleaser Simon (super English-sounding names to me, but this is set in San Francisco), and she’s not happy about it, particularly as she seems to have misplaced her ability to orgasm (hah!). But sparks fly as their paths cross, and they become friends, and we all wait and wait for them to become lovers. Wallbanger entertaining as hell, induces a chuckle and is sexy to boot. Nice, Ms Clayton, niiiice.

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wallbanger-Cocktail-Book-Alice-Clayton-ebook/dp/B00BEH3B0Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1429253195&sr=1-1&keywords=wallbanger+alice+clayton

Cringe Factor                                   2/5

Is it Hot in Here?                             4/5

For the Love of Feminism!              4/5

Overall Tasty Goodness                4/5

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