• Robbie (Confessions, #1) by Ella Frank

    Robbie (Confessions, #1)Robbie by Ella Frank
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Either you love or you hate the throuple trope. I, for one, adore it when it’s done well. When it’s not done well…the relationship between the three characters can seem strained or unfairly imbalanced. With Robbie, the first book in the Confessions series, author Ella Frank knocks it out the ballpark.

    This is the story of the princess (Robbie), the prick (Julien), and the priest (Joel). Julien and Joel have an already-established relationship and have a habit of inviting a third to their bed to quench cravings they are unable, for various reason, to satisfy for each other. They find in Robbie the perfect addition to their relationship to become their permanent third. All three have baggage they are shouldering and each has a unique ability of soothing another when the weight becomes overbearing.

    My advice to anyone intending to read this book is to have a tall glass of ice water handy before cracking this one open. The writing is off-the-charts hot. I’m pretty sure I had to take a breather at several points during the story, it was that scorching. Having Julien speak French a majority of the time, and having Joel respond in kind, only adds to the hotness.

    In the beginning, both Julien and Joel come across as difficult people with very strong personalities. Robbie acknowledges this and has misgivings about getting involved, not only because Julien and Joel are married, but because he has his own issues with their rough parts.

    This was a satisfying read for me. And no, I’m not just referring to the fantastic sexual chemistry. The romance and emotional connections were just as strong as the physical attraction.

    Past relationships and events are referred to in the book, and at times I felt a bit lost because I didn’t have the background knowledge for all the pieces to fit together. I now know that Robbie was a minor character in the author’s Temptation series, and Robbie, Julien, and Joel have prior connections. While reading the books in that series isn’t essential, per se, I think doing so would have added more dimension to Robbie and shed more light on the potential complications of his accepting Julien and Joel’s unconventional offer.

    Robbie ends on a cliffhanger, and readers will have to wait until May for Book 2, Julian. In the meantime, I’ll be reading the six Temptations books.

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  • The Pick Up (Up Red Creek, #1) by Allison Temple

    The Pick Up (Up Red Creek, #1)The Pick Up by Allison Temple
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    4.5 out 5 stars

    Hot for teacher! Cute single dad! Stoic love interest!

    Guys, I didn’t want this story to end. Blabbermouth Kyle is too cute to dislike. He’s had a rough time when the story opens, raising his six year old daughter as a single dad. Adam, his daughter’s hot teacher, doesn’t have the time or patience for any of Kyle’s excuses.

    I love how Kyle endears himself to Adam, and gets Adam to open up the teeniest bit. Adam has his own his issues he’s working through, though.

    As a mother of a five year old, Kyle’s struggles with his daughter, Caroline, are totally relatable. I adore their relationship and Kyle’s determination to be the best father he can be. His love for Caroline comes through in all their interactions.

    And the chemistry between Kyle and Adam…WOWZA! I felt the heat coming off the pages. These guys were meant for each other.

    I really connected with Kyle. He’s a great character and was fleshed out well. Adam still felt like an enigma at the end of the story. I wanted to know more about him, get more insight to his reason for leaving his previous job and moving to Red Creek. I guess I needed more background on him to relate to him.

    I also wanted to know more about Caroline’s mother’s family, and Caroline’s relationship with them. This was briefly touched on, but not enough to satisfy my curiosity.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this story and the characters. I’m looking forward to reading the next books in this series.

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  • New Heights by Quinn Anderson

    New HeightsNew Heights by Quinn Anderson
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    James is a planner, a list maker. Mika is fly by the seat of his pants, a risk taker.

    They meet up at the airport, where the story is set, both coincidentally headed for the same flight. Due to a series of unforeseen circumstances, they are thrown together at every turn.

    The clash of their polar opposite personalities leads to some hilarious high jinks. One prank in particular had me rolling on the floor. With every snarky comment or cheap shot, the guys start developing real feelings for each other.

    I loved both of these guys. The entire story is absolutely adorable. The dialogue is sharp and witty. The romance is sweet. This is a definite re-read for me when I’m feeling down.

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