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Review: "Doctor's Orders" (Groves' Anatomy, #3) by Scarlet Cox

Doctor's Orders - Scarlet Cox

"How had the broad-shouldered doctor turned him from horny jock to tormented tramp in a single visit?"

Maybe by looking like this:

 

 

(Sorry, not really much of a review, I know. But the story was silly since it's PWP and I had a damned good time reading it, so it counts. Because I say so.)

Review: "Indecent Examination" (Groves' Anatomy, #2) by Scarlet Cox

Indecent Examination - Scarlet Cox

"Is that comfortable, Mr. Macintyre?" Groves' eyebrows furrowed gently, and he gazed directly into Neal's eyes.

"Uh." Neal swallowed. His mouth felt dry. "It doesn't hurt," he managed to croak.

 

I liked the first book in this erotica series slightly better.

 

Milking machines aren't really my thing, but it's still worth a quick read for people with a medical fetish love.

Hot Dudes Reading, #41
Hot Dudes Reading, #41

Review: "Doctor, Doctor" (Groves' Anatomy, #1) by Scarlet Cox

Doctor, Doctor - Scarlet Cox

"Would you describe this as pleasurable?"

If you are willing to

 

  • completely ignore the existence of the medical ethics of a doctor-patient relationship,
  • not mind at all that Theo, the patient, is totally cheating on his wife,
  • overlook the lack of condoms and safe sex, and
  • deal with some colorful wording such as "pussy-hole", "ass-pussy" or "man-pussy",

 

and just accept this PWP for what is, namely a storyline taken right out of a gay porn video, then you might actually enjoy this. I know I did.

 

There are worse ways to spend 20 minutes of your time, and there's definitely worse erotica out there.

Review: "A Fallen Heart" (Zero Hour, #2) by Cate Ashwood

A Fallen Heart - Cate Ashwood

"Ford took a deep breath and released it in a sigh. “I have never had a successful relationship. I keep picking these guys who are bad for me, or maybe they’re not bad for me, but somehow I turn them into guys who are bad for me.”

“You’ve had one bad ex. I get that he was an asshole, although you’ve never told me exactly what happened there either, but one bad relationship does not mean every relationship you have is doomed to be bad.”

 

This dialogue pretty much sums up my feelings towards Ford. Good Lord, if whining burned calories, he could hide behind every supermodel.

 

Nash was a sweetheart though, and he pretty much saved the story for me. Hell, he WAS the story for me. He was sweet, patient and passionate; perfect boyfriend material. And he put up with Ford and all of his stupid mixed signals when I would have kicked him to the curb a long time ago.

 

 

The "Cate 'I'm ALWAYS making all of my couples break up in the last third of my books' Ashwood" trademark felt even more forced and contrived here than usual. But since I was expecting it, it didn't bother me as much when it actually happened.

 

The criminal case follows the serial killer plot from the first book and it turned out much darker than I expected it to be. Some parts of it were truly heartbreaking. But the mystery lover in me outright HATED the conclusion to the case (if that's what it really was?). It seemed like Ashwood drew a random name out of a hat and just went with it. There were no clues, no hints and honest-to-Goddess, I had to go back and look up who this person, who appeared for half a page max, actually was.

 

 

But all in all, the writing was solid, the characters and their behavior and reactions were believable (but so very frustrating at times) and the criminal case was suspenseful (though quite unsatisfying in the end).

 

Oh, and the epilogue SUCKED!

My TBR list for the next couple of months.

If someone wants to join me in a BR, please feel free to let me know. I'm starting with the first picture and working my way up from the bottom right to the top left. So the first book will be Doctor, Doctor and the last one Enduring Night.

 

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Hot Dudes Reading, #40

Review: "A Forced Silence" (Zero Hour, #1) by Cate Ashwood

A Forced Silence - Cate Ashwood

"Adam watched him go, feeling the happiness radiating from him. It was in that moment, pants around his ankles, in a kitchen that looked like an IHOP exploded in it, he realized he was completely, totally, utterly in love. He waited, anticipating the fallout that accompanied such a heavy realization, but it never came. The panic never set in. The terror never took hold. He felt... good. Better than good."

 

I'm a little puzzled, because I shouldn't have enjoyed this book as much as I did. There were too many things that would normally annoy the ever-living fuck out of me:

 

  • a frenemies-to-lovers trope that doesn't really deserve that name, because it was never fully explained why Sam and Adam hated each other so much (other than Adam giving Sam the teasing nickname "Dex" (You monster! How dare you!) back in high school)

 

  • a relationship that was all about their physical attraction towards each other and only took place in the bedroom, with not one meaningful conversation between the MCs

 

  • a "mystery" (and I'm using that term loosely) that takes a backseat for 95% of the story, ends on a cliffhanger and therefore doesn't even deserve a mystery tag

 

  • the always annoying "deeply closeted guy who is afraid to come out because of his job" shtick

 

  • and of course Cate Ashwood's trademark "I'm breaking up with you for your own good" during the last third of the book

 

So I have no idea why I wasn't as annoyed as I should have been; the book kept me fairly entertained. Maybe because Sam and Adam's connection was so passionate and strong. Maybe because Sam never put Adam under pressure to come out. Maybe because the sex scenes were so well-written. I dunno.

 

So I'm giving this book 4 weak stars, but 4 stars nonetheless.

 

Thanks to Julie & Elsbeth for the BR!

Happy Valentine's Day!
Happy Valentine's Day!

ON SALE: "How to Howl at the Moon" (How to Howl at the Moon, #1) by Eli Easton

— feeling money

 

~ ON SALE for $0.99 on Amazon FOR VALENTINE'S DAY ONLY! ~

Reading progress update: I've read 45%.

A Forced Silence - Cate Ashwood

Well, so much for "I understand. I would never do anything to jeopardize your safety or threaten the balance in your life. Whether or not to come out is an incredibly personal decision."

 

FREEBIE: "Taboo For You" (Friends to Lovers, #1) by Anyta Sunday

— feeling money

 

~ FREE on Amazon. ~

Reading progress update: I've read 25%.

A Forced Silence - Cate Ashwood

Someone please tell me they're not about to fuck in the morgue! O__o

 

Reading progress update: I've read 1%.

A Forced Silence - Cate Ashwood

*** Audiobook Edition *** ...

 

 

 

...and BR with Julie and Elsbeth.

 

Review: "Overlooked" (Gives Light, #6) by Rose Christo

Overlooked - Rose Christo

"Sky took my hand, opening my mind. I saw what he saw through small brown fox eyes. I saw that every single person had at least one good quality, and you could love that good one or hate the bad ones instead, but the choice was yours."

 

I'm afraid that this was the weakest book in the series for me. While I am still torn about the sudden paranormal shift which has been introduced out of the blue in the previous book, Rafael's psychic abilities approached absurd territory here and became more than a little ridiculous. I mean, am I really supposed to believe that he and his sister Mary can agree to meet up in their dreams where they can have full-on conversations?

 

 

What was even weirder was Mary's sudden urge to take out a blood law on Skylar's father (no spoiler, it's in the blurb). Where was that storyline in Looks Over? What makes this so bizarre was that Skylar wasn't kept in the dark about Mary's plans, but he fully knew about them. And yet this has never been mentioned in the second book WHEN WE WERE IN HIS HEAD.

 

 

All in all, I still liked the writing and the characters well enough to give this book 4 stars. Because I still love Rafael and Skylar and all of their family and friends. But the story hasn't really worked for me in the last two books. I'm worried about where this series is going, and I'm wondering if it's really for the best to retell the whole series through Rafael's POV when it changes the initial tone of the first books that much.

 

 
Oh, and BTW this made me LOL:

"I was seventeen years old.  I thought about sex every five seconds."

~ Rafael, mentioning sex for the very first time EVER in 6 books. And also for the last time. ~

Review: "Lending Light" (Gives Light, #5) by Rose Christo

Lending Light - Rose Christo

"I'd lived my whole life in the dark until I met the boy who blanketed the earth in his name."

 

This is the fifth book in the Gives Light series and a re-telling of the first one, only this time from Rafael's POV.

 

Now if you've been following my reviews, you already know that I've been DYING to read Rafael's story and to finally see Skylar through his eyes. And I wasn't disappointed. (Ok, maybe a little bit, but more about that later.)

 

It was so wonderful to see how Rafael's self-loathing at the beginning changed at the very moment that Skylar stepped into his life. How Rafael's view of the world, a world that for him only consisted of darkness, gloom and misery, turned bright and colorful, step by step, thanks to Skylar and his "light". Rafael's journey of self-acceptance, and his will to become a better person because he desperately wanted to be a better person, a person who's worth of Skylar's friendship and love, was just as wonderful as I hoped it would be and more.

 

 

And while this book covers the same storyline as the first one in the series, there are more than enough differences to keep this from just being a re-narration. Nothing here felt repetitive or redundant; it was a whole new story with a completely different feel to it.

 

HOWEVER (I always seem to have an "however" issue with this series), even after I finished the book, I'm still conflicted on how to feel about the inclusion of the paranormal element that was introduced here all of a sudden and out of the blue.

 

 

While I was reading the first 4 books, I just LOVED the idea that Rafael was able to understand and communicate with Skylar only by paying attention to his body language and his facial expressions. But now in this 5th book, the story unexpectedly shifts to supernatural territory. It turns out that Rafael actually CAN see people’s auras and literally feel their feelings just by touching them. He hears Skylar's thoughts clearly in his mind and the two of them actually have these full-on conversations, even without looking at each other. It was like Rafael suddenly became some sort of mind reader or something.

 

 

I have to be honest, Rafael's sudden psychic ability threw me off. And as strange as it sounds, but the inclusion of "magic" actually made the romance anticlimactically less magical for me. I still don't know if this series benefited from this paranormal component or not; but as for myself, I would have preferred to keep this universe realistic, without any paranormal or mystical component to it. I never really got over that shift during the course of the whole book.

 

 

But Rose Christo's prose was just as beautiful as always, and even though I always seem to find fault with every book in this series that prevents me from giving them a full 5 star-rating, I think a constant 4.5 star-rating is nothing to sneeze at.