Athica Lane by Brynne Asher

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Cam Montgomery is a single full-time dad who knows his priorities: his kids, his job, his team, his business. Dealing with his disaster of an ex-wife is bad enough, not to mention delinquent football players and a meddlesome mother. Cam doesn’t have the luxury of time for anything more, especially a relationship. Even if it is Paige Carpino—smart and sweet but at every turn, knocks him on his ass with the unexpected.

That’s figuratively speaking of course. Paige might come in a small package, but she makes up for it in spirit. An energetic spit-fire who has some heat to her sauce, she’s dedicated to her new business, her family, and a select group of friends. She’s never put herself out there, but then again, there’s never been anyone worthy of putting herself out there for.

Until one day in a burger joint, an asshole practically enters her into a wet t-shirt contest with his drink. Who knew a disaster like that could be the beginning of your life? Or more importantly, that asshole would be your reason for being. But anything can happen when you finally put yourself out there for a single dad, ex-football player, and the hottest man you’ve ever run into. Throw in the Carpino’s, the Montgomery’s, and an eighty-five-year-old bossy woman in the mix, and it’s a recipe for something big.

Book: Athica Lane by Brynne Asher
Published: September 29, 2015
Pages: 482
Genres: Romance, Sexy Alpha Male, Athlete, Swoony Males, Single dad
Format: Kindle
Date Read: March 9, 2023
Rating: 4 Potatoes 🥔🥔🥔🥔

Holy Cannoli, why didn’t I read this book sooner?

Cam. I love, love, love him! He is stubborn and overbearing in some ways but I loved that about him. He was so sure of himself. And honestly, is there anything sexier than a dad who loves his kids? The quote below from the book speaks for itself!

Dadmire – defined by all single women admiring a man who’s hot to begin with, but his hotness quotient increases leaps and bounds by him doing hot dad things. Examples: calling his girl punkin’ pie, his boy buddy and looking like there’s nothing he wants more in this world than the two kids in front of him.

That being said – I did not like Cam’s incontrollable anger and how he disregarded Paige’s feelings on a lot of things. And I didn’t like how Paige didn’t push the issue of how she felt about things and didn’t force him to include her in things going on in her life.

I also felt that Paige was a little naïve but she is also a young adult so it wasn’t out of character at all. Other than that, I truly enjoyed her character. She was a good person and I felt like she was the perfect other half for Cam. I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow throughout the book.

I loved the kids and how family oriented both of their families were, even though they were sometimes overbearing. I can’t wait to check out more books in this series because I really did enjoy all of the characters!

Mystery Man (Dream Man 1) by Kristen Ashley

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Night time is the right time…

Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He’s hot, he’s sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it’s a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he’s the one, she just can’t turn him away…

Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She’s gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone. Yet when Gwen is drawn into Denver’s lethal underground scene, Hawk’s protective nature comes out full force. The problem is, when Gwen gets a dose of Hawk’s Alpha attitude in the daylight, she’s not so sure he’s the one anymore…

Book: Mystery Man (Dream Man 1) by Kristen Ashley
Published: July 11, 2011
Pages: 494
Genres: Romance, Erotica, Sexy Alpha Male, Series
Format: Kindle
Date Read: January 31-February 4, 2021
Rating: 4 Potatoes 🥔🥔🥔🥔

I have read at least a half a dozen of Kristen Ashley’s books and I always enjoy them. In fact, one of my favorite books to reread over and over is one of hers!

Mystery Man had me hooked from the get go and I truly enjoyed it. I thought the characters were very realistic and I loved each of their different personalities.

I find myself going back and forth with how I feel about the heroine, Gwen. She is a very wishy washy character. I completely understand why she is that way and the way she is portrayed is very realistic but it drove me nuts to read! I found myself yelling at her and rolling my eyes over and over.

Hawk. Cabe. Whatever you prefer to call his character, he was one I enjoyed a lot. For the most part, once he decided he wanted more with Gwen, he jumped right in and I loved that about him.

Bax, Meredith, Gwens friends, Mitch, Dog, Tack; I loved all of the other characters and would truly enjoy reading more about them.

I throughly enjoyed the ending of this book so much. I’m a sucker for a happy ending and I was so impressed with how well this author wrapped everything up! I feel like this book was closer to a 4.5 rating but Gwen drove me nuts so much that I’m keeping it at a 4.

Walking Disaster (Beautiful 2) by Jamie McGuire

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Can you love someone too much?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster; the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

Book: Walking Disaster (Beautiful 2) by Jamie McGuire
Published: April 2nd, 2013
Pages: 433
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Tattoos/Piercings, Swoony Males, Sexy Alpha Male
Format: Kindle
Date Read: April 02 to 03, 2013
Rating: 5 Potatoes 🥔🥔🥔🥔🥔

TRAVIS MADDOX! Five stars! That is all. I mean really, what else do you need to know? Its Trav!

Justice (New Species 4) by Laurann Dohner

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Justice North is the face of New Species. Seeing him up close makes Jessie’s heart race. He’s the ultimate alpha male-big, muscular, exotically beautiful…and dangerous. Of course he’s off limits. But then the sexy man purrs and all bets are off.

Jessie Dupree is a mouthy, fiery human female who brings out the animal in Justice. She wants to show him how to relax, and he’s all for anything she wants to do, but Justice has sworn to protect his people and to take a Species mate. He’s torn between the woman he wants and the oath he’s taken.

Jessie knows a relationship between them probably won’t end well; heartbreak is inevitable. But that won’t stop her from freeing the wildness inside Justice and spending every moment she can steal wrapped around his hot body, making him roar with passion.

Book: Justice (New Species 4) by Laurann Dohner
Published: November 11th, 2011
Pages: 222
Genres: Romance, Erotica, Paranormal, Sexy Alpha Male
Format: Kindle
Date Read: November 24, 2011
Rating: 5 Potatoes 🥔🥔🥔🥔🥔

This is by far my favorite book in this series and I have read them all.

Justice and Jessie are both so thick-headed and headstrong that they are such a perfect match! This book had a nice build up – it certainly wasn’t “instant love” like a lot of books these days seem to have! I just love these characters! It’s about time someone “claimed” the leader of the NS!

If you haven’t heard of this series, check it out! Better yet – check out anything by this author, she is amazing and I have loved every single thing she’s ever written!

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful 1) by Jamie McGuire

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The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Book: Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful 1) by Jamie McGuire
Published: May 26th 2011
Pages: 319
Genres: Athlete Hero, Romance, Tattoos/Piercings, Sexy Alpha Male, Swoony Male
Format: Kindle
Date Read: September 26 to 27, 2011
Rating: 5 Potatoes! 🥔🥔🥔🥔🥔

Love love love! I laughed, I cried and I yelled with this story. So good.

So um, where can I get a Travis?

ETA 2016: I have re-read this book quite a few times since my original review and I love it more each time. It’s a book I rate all of my books against and I always end up coming back to it and thinking of different parts at any given moment. I’d give it a more than 5 star review if such a thing was possible! I love Travis and Abby… I don’t think I’ve ever loved a book more. Movie, please!!

Hunted (Brides of the Kindred 2) by Evangeline Anderson

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A desperate girl on the run with nowhere to hide… A warrior who has made a vow never to claim a bride… Sophia Waterhouse is being Hunted and the only man who can save her is the one she fears the most…

Sophia Waterhouse has always been afraid of needles and vampires so there’s no way she wants anything to do with a modern day Count Dracula—even if he does come wrapped in the package of a huge Kindred warrior with blond hair and ice blue eyes. She’s only on the Kindred Mothership to participate in her sister Liv’s wedding and that’s all.

Sylvan is a Tranq Kindred who has made a sacred vow never to call a bride. After a devastating rejection on his home planet, his heart is a block of ice no one can melt—or so he thinks until he meets Sophia.

When their ship is forced down in the middle of a rugged mountain range Sophia and Sylvan are stranded. Running for their lives they have only each other to depend on. Will they give in to the intense attraction between them or will the evil hunting Sophia take its toll?

Book: Hunted (Brides of the Kindred 2) by Evangeline Anderson
Published: April 29th, 2011
Pages: 466
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Erotica, Sexy Alpha Males, Swoony Males
Format: Kindle
Date Read: May 21 to 22, 2011
Rating: 5 Potatoes 🥔🥔🥔🥔🥔

I didn’t think I could like this type of book more than I did the first one but Hunted proved me wrong! Someway, somehow I like this one even better than the first!!!

It was so easy to fall for Sylvan and Sophia – both have been hurt before, both so afraid to open their hearts! Sylvan was just the perfect alpha male – protective, sensitive, honorable and so freaking hot! *sigh* Where can I get my own Sylvan?

I loved this book from start to finish and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series!

Claimed (Brides of the Kindred 1) by Evangeline Anderson

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Olivia Waterhouse has just graduated from nursing school and has her whole life ahead of her—until she gets drafted. Problem is, she isn’t being forced into the Army, she’s been chosen as a Kindred bride.

The Kindred are huge alien warriors—a race of genetic traders whose population is ninety-five percent male. After saving Earth from the threat of invasion they demand a reward—the right to find brides among the population. The chances of being chosen are about the same as those of winning the lottery—guess it’s just Liv’s lucky day.

Baird is a Beast Kindred who recently escaped imprisonment and torture at the hands of the malevolent Scourge. Through the torment and pain only one thing kept him sane—the thought of finding and claiming his bride—Olivia. His need to possess her is a burning intensity that threatens to consume them both.

Angry at having her future and her family taken away from her, Liv vows to fight back the only way she can—by resisting. She has one month on the Kindred Mothership with Baird—their claiming period. If she can keep from having bonding sex with him during that time, she can go home and get on with her life on Earth.

But Baird isn’t going to make it easy for her. Every week he is allowed to touch Liv more and more intimately and according to the contract she signed, she has to let him. She’s determined to resist him but his touch sets her on fire. And just as she thinks she knows what she wants, a twist of fate and an attack by the faceless Scourge AllFather changes everything…

Book: Claimed (Brides of the Kindred 1) by Evangeline Anderson
Published: February 9th, 2011
Pages: 321
Genres: Romance, Erotica, Sexy Alpha Male, Paranormal
Format: Kindle
Date Read: March 14 to 15, 2011
Rating: 5 Potatoes 🥔🥔🥔🥔🥔

I LOVED THIS BOOK! I loved how different and unique it was. The alien ship and the way things were so different and advanced there was so fascinating to me. It was great!!

I loved the banter between Baird and Olivia. So cute!!! I even found myself laughing at their antics many times! Poor Baird just wanted a mate and was so good to her. But, if I was in her place I wouldn’t give in so easily either. I mean, being taken from everything and everyone you know is not an easy thing to deal with or accept.

Oh and the sexin’ was hawt. I want to be ‘drafted’ now. Yep, I want my own Kindred!

GREAT read! I loved it from start to finish and I can’t wait to read the next one once it comes out!

Loving Lies (Men of Summer 1) by Lora Leigh

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Love will find a way…

Slade was Jessie’s life, the first love that filled her heart and soul and bound her woman’s spirit. Years of waiting culminating in an incredible weekend of sexual abandon—teaching her everything she needed to know to be his woman and branded her as Slade’s woman for life. Jessie was certain Slade had to love her.

Until he whispered the lie, the ultimate betrayal, and walked away only to wed another woman.

Now five years later Slade returns, his soul has withered without Jessie’s presence, and now he’ll have her, one way or the other. The love for her, the fierce overriding hunger and need consumes his heart and binds his soul. No matter the obstacles, Slade will get her back.

Whatever it takes.

Whatever he has to do.

Book: Loving Lies (Men of Summer 1) by Lora Leigh
Published: February 14th, 2006
Pages: 276
Genres: Sexy Alpha Male, Romance, Erotica
Format: Kindle
Date Read: October 21, 2010
Rating: 5 Potatoes 🥔🥔🥔🥔🥔

Okay I absolutely loved this so much I read it twice before I could review. The story made my heart ache so bad for Jessie and Slade. All they wanted was to be together and time and obnoxious people kept getting in the way!

Slade was hawt! So yummy, loved the alpha male in him.

Jessie had a lot of spunk and didn’t just jump right back in his arms when he finally came back – I loved that about her!

Jessie and Slade fought hard and loved just as hard! This book was wonderful and I expect nothing less from Lora Leigh.

Oh and the lovin’ between Jessie and Slade? So hot!

To Professor, with Love (Forbidden Men, #2) by Linda Kage

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Junior in college. Star athlete. Constant attention from the opposite sex.

On this campus, I’m worshiped. While seven hundred miles away, back in my hometown, I’m still trailer park trash, child of the town tramp, and older sibling to three kids who are counting on me to keep my shit together so I can take them away from the same crappy life I grew up in.

These two opposing sides of myself never mix until one person gets a glimpse of the true me. I never expected to connect with anyone like this or want more beyond one night. This may be the real deal.

Problem is, Dr. Kavanagh’s my literature professor.

If I start anything with a teacher and we’re caught together, I might as well kiss my entire future goodbye, as well as my family’s, and especially Dr. Kavanagh’s. Except sometimes love is worth risking everything. Or at least, it damn well better be because I can only resist so much.

Book: To Professor, with Love (Forbidden Men, #2) by Linda Kage (Goodreads)
Published: April 26, 2014
Pages: 388
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Erotic, College, Romantic Comedy, Student-Teacher Relationship, Swoony Male
Format: Kindle
Date Read: September 16-17, 2015
Rating: Five Potatoes! 🥔🥔🥔🥔🥔

Okay, first off can I just say how much I love Noel? I LOVE NOEL! He was just so adorable and swoony and romantic… need I go on? And to think I was going to skip this book in this series because its a teacher/student relationship. That would have been such a huge mistake!

Aspen…. I didn’t really care for. In my opinion, I don’t think she was as bad as some of the other reviews made her out to be but she is definitely not one of my favorite heroines. She was very wishy washy and no matter how young she was I don’t like the idea of her going out with a student or **spoiler alert** messing around with one in a janitors closet! There are a lot of other things she did that I don’t agree with but I don’t want to give away the entire story! However, I did feel bad for her awful childhood and the terrible way her parents treated her. I would have liked to have more closure with her parents, I don’t like the way things were left with them, more was needed. But, Aspen fit very nicely with Noel – they had amazing chemistry! And it was very obvious how much she truly loved and cared for him.

Noel, Noel, Noel. How I love thee; let me count the ways. Noel was sweet, caring, adorable, sexy, a true alpha at times and a total family man when it came to his siblings… Basically, Noel was a perfect guy all wrapped in one package. All he needs is a bow!

I loved the ending – I’m such a sucker for a happily ever after and each book in this series leaves me with such a smile on my face! And it was so awesome to see Mason and Reese again! I loved them. Oh and Sarah, of course! I loved a lot of the new characters introduced in this one as well – I can’t wait to see what happens to all of them.

I love this series, so much. Thank you so much to Linda Kage for creating this amazing series and weaving such great tales for each couple!