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Review: Cold Showers

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Ah… getting drunk at a bar, going home with a handsome stranger to shag, and waking up in the morning full of regrets and mortification when he tries to give you money because he thought you were a prostitute. Oh, come on, that happens to everyone… right? (Crickets) Jayda Wright, career-driven woman who was just made a partner at the law firm the tender age of twenty-nine, remembers she has a boyfriend, goes home to him to celebrate, and finds him there with a whole new girlfriend. Jeez, Jayda, when was the last time you talked to this dude? An occasional "U up?" would have prevented this awkwardness. Anyway, he tells her he's tired of being taken for granted and wants to be with someone who actually wants to hang out with him. He gives Jayda some shit about being a career woman and she leaves brokenhearted.  Well, honestly, not all that broken up about it, maybe. She goes to a bar and tells the bartender she intends to get fucked up and fucked in that order 

Review: "Prince of Womanizers"

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TRIGGER Warning. This is my first ever review of a web fic novel. Written by Niño Noel Manalo, "Prince of the Womanizers" (which is in Tagalog), this romantic comedy novel is set in the Philippines and starts out when the two lead characters are in their teens. Word of warning: The male lead Aivan Marcus Gonzales is a dick. If you are not a fan of asshole heroes, stay clear of this one. However, if you're a bit of a masochist like me and curious as to how the writer can possibly turn a cruel, misogynistic, physically and mentally abusive fourteen year old boy who bullies his foster sister (which includes sexual molestation), then you're reading the right book. If you think this character should be boiled alive, skinned, then set on fire, then you're probably not going to enjoy this one. Now, a story like this can only really truly work if the female lead can give as good as she gets, but that only happens in the latter half of the book and our heroine

Review: The Secret Virgin

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The Secret Virgin by Carole Mortimer My rating: 2 of 5 stars I admit I picked up this book because I was tantalized by the title and had hoped that the aforementioned virgin was the hero because I’ve grown weary of heroes who have screwed half of the Eastern seaboard and most of the French Riviera and doesn’t hesitate to screw the heroine without protection. That’s just bad manners. Why is it the heroine who’s always the virgin? I can write a whole book on that alone. There’s something about virginity that’s always guaranteed to thaw the hero’s cold heart and bitter cynicism that all women are whores, except this one good one with a pure heart and a unicorn vagina. Virginity separates the whores from the whore-nots. That’s in the Bible or something. Trust. Tory Buchanan is asked by her friend, the famous actress Madison Famous Actress , to pick up her brother Jonathan Mcguire , an American, from the airport. He will be staying on a holiday at Madison’s house on the Isle

Review: The Dominant Male

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The Dominant Male by Sarah Holland My rating: 4 of 5 stars Gabriel Stone is one of those heroes we just love to hate on, but ugh, he ended up charming me, anyway, even though he is a self-proclaimed “proud chauvinist” and sexually harasses the heroine at every opportunity. If Gabriel Stone were an IRL character, he’d be one of the powerful men being currently brought down by the #Metoo movement and it’d be a shame because by the end of the book, he’d presumably become a reformed rake and going to be living a happily ever after with the heroine and in twenty-five years, have a handful of grown kids and touring the Caribbean with heroine in their giant yacht or something. But because he has to face all his accusers accrued over years of being a sexually harassing chauvinist pig, he’d probably lose a bunch of his money and the numerous court cases would put a strain on his marriage, and Rhiannon and the children would probably leave him. Good thing Gabriel Stone is not a rea

Review: House of Glass

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House of Glass by Michelle Reid My rating: 4 of 5 stars Here’s another book that’s going to be hard for me to not get shouty about because it holds some personal triggers and made me so mad at the so-called hero that I found it hard to forgive him at the end even if he did try to make up for his dickishness. His assholery in this book and his overall boorish behavior toward the heroine are just epic hall of fame stuff, bordering on psychotic, even considering the events that transpire. But then again, it’s a Michelle Reid, so it’s compulsively readable and of course, super angsty. Dane is mad at Lily because he really, really wants to have sex with her all the time, not just once, ALL THE TIME, but he can’t, because Lily is married to his younger brother, Daniel. He’s extra super-mad at her because he found out Lily is hella into him just before she married Daniel because they made out in his apartment and Lily was really responsive, but she married Daniel, anyway, becau

Review: Baby Makes Nine

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Baby Makes Nine by Vivian Leiber My rating: 3 of 5 stars It’s so hard to review this book on its face because it was very triggering to me as a Liberal American and there was a lot about the setting that raised my hackles a little bit and made me cringe a whole lot with the un-PCness and everything. Two examples: the heroine is desperate to gain the respect of her neighbors because she’s always wanted to be a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy and… she names her child after Andrew Jackson because he saved Louisiana… or you know, he slaughtered a bunch of Native Americans in the Trail of Tears, the motherfucker . Screw that guy, seriously. Anyway, Jack Tower is some big-deal neurosurgeon in Boston who gets all the chicks and the accolades and I’m sure all the CNN interviews or whatever and he’s up for a very big promotion in his big fancy hospital, but first he has to fill a requirement that he never got around to doing before because he was so busy being ahead a

Review: Smoke in the Wind

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Smoke in the Wind by Robyn Donald My rating: 2 of 5 stars The hero Ryan Frane is infamous in the HP messageboards for being one of the worst heroes in HPlandia and with good reason: he is not a good guy. He is cynical, arrogant, selfish, and a proud chauvinist. You’re probably thinking that’s pretty standard for an HP hero, but Ryan does something that’s pretty unforgivable in the book: he falls in love with someone else and dumps the heroine. And that someone is the heroine’s cousin. Venetia is an up and coming reporter in New Zealand when she meets Ryan who is a world-famous Kiwi who makes political documentaries that have been known to topple dictators and despots. The two of them hit it off immediately, but Venetia wants to play it cool because Ryan is a known playboy and a commitment-phobe. She was briefly married when she was eighteen since she got pregnant but the baby miscarried and the marriage was scrapped immediately and she hasn’t had a lover since then, but