Hot as the cover with a great story inside

Pounding Skin (Skin Deep Inc., #2)Pounding Skin by L.A. Witt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Absolutely as hot as the photo on the cover! Overall I enjoyed this one more than book one, even though I’ve given them the same rating.

There’s far less angst in this one, for most of the book the MCs are happily together just getting on with having some of that amazing sex LA Witt is so, so good at writing.

There’s little in the way of outside forces creating tensions, it all comes from the relationship development itself and even that isn’t particularly bad.

Jon needed his eyes opening to see what he was potentially throwing away and Matt needed to wake up and realise he wanted more and that he wouldn’t wait around. Thankfully some proverbial head knocking resulted in some top class grovelling and an epic HFN nudging into a HEA.

Nice to see Colin and Daniel from book one not only still together but thriving and I’m loving the book three pairing.

#ARC received from the publishers via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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My favourite one yet in this great series

Owning It (Metropolis Book 3)Owning It by Riley Hart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve loved both the other two in this series but this was the one I’ve been waiting for – we finally get Derek’s story and its a delight.

While this one is as ridiculously hot and sexy as the first two, there’s a lot off heart to this one which comes from the fact Derek’s lover is an older man, Jackson.

And oh my, how much did I love Jackson. There aren’t enough words for me to describe just how lovely, and seriously sexy, Jackson was. He’s the guy you’d wish your kids to find for their true love, that’s if you couldn’t steal a Jackson for yourself.

He’s kind, loyal, thoughtful, closed off, scared of coming out of his comfort zone, excited to get back in the dating world and a whole host of other contrasting character traits. But most of all, he’s perfect for Derek.

Derek, the brash, outspoken, loud and carefree power bottom we first bumped into in Gary and Travis’ story, doesn’t believe love is for him. He hides a real hurt but also a huge secret – his heart is damaged by his experiences and by what’s happening in the corner of his life he keeps hidden from his friends.

There’s a real slow burn for these two which makes it all the more special, and incendiary level explosive, when they finally come together – deliberate pun intended.

The development of their relationship is handled beautifully by these two authors and it carries you along with it with only a couple of hiccups, and believable ones at that, along the way.

Now Frankie and Evan next please and then the other guy whose name we’re all avoiding mentioning so we don’t spoil anything 🙂

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Mixed bag of seriously scorching hot sex and slow burn romance

FU: Fixer UppersFU: Fixer Uppers by Devon McCormack

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is 100% a Devon McCormack novel, it oozes sex almost on every page, narrated with that Southern boy charm and humour he exhibits in his own life.

Mikey and Scott started off with just the scorching hot sex but as they began working on fixing up Mikey’s sister’s place, that chemistry slowly began to burn off into something much more deep and meaningful.

Personally I’m not sure the sub plot element which created the low level angst about Mikey’s issues with his parents worked as well as it could have. Some of the scenes with his parents felt forced, dramatic for the sake of plotting rather than a smooth transition to explain why he had relationship issues.

Scott’s relationship with his dad, in contrast, seemed more organic and was a good background for why he felt himself unattractive and lacking in confidence.

But, those issues aside, the slow burn extension of their relationship from f##k buddies to friends to eventual lovers and partners was very well done and the epilogue was all ends up awesome.

The cover gets the book 5* all in its own 😉

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