Tuesday, August 3, 2010

"Playboy Boss, Live in Mistress, Nothing but Trouble, & A Firefighter in the Family"

Playboy Boss, Live in Mistress
Release date: June 2008


Playboy billionaire Alexander Wentworth is the man who has everything and regularly acquires more—more wealth, more power and more women…. His personal assistant Sienna Raleigh, however, is determined to keep things strictly business—no matter how tempted she is!
But when they are forced to work and live together, Sienna soon discovers that Lex is just as demanding away from the office. He wants her to be his mistress, and he isn't a man to take no for an answer!

I first have to admit i rarely if ever read this type of romance. In fact i think it's the only second one i ever read. Mostly because i find these short ones not to be in my taste. "Playboy Boss, Live In Mistress" actually wasn't that bad. In fact i really enjoyed it. It's not one that i'd read over and over again, but it was a good one time read. The thing that made it only a one time read was that once Sienna submitted to her attraction of child hood friend Lex the book got a bit sex filled and less story filled. Plus there were many elements that seemed to be just shoved in. There were many instances where i had to re-read a paragraph because it simply didn't make sense. I felt like a page was skipped in printing or something. Like one moment Sienna was talking about Lex, then money,and then some never before mentioned paintings made it way into the paragraph. It seemed like kelly though "hmm what does the story need. Oh i know. A mystery" and then proceeds to shove it into the story instead of progressing it in. In fact the whole "missing paintings" didn't even make one ounce of sense. I felt like our beagle puppy when she doesn't understand something "turning my head from side to side". 

The thing that made the book enjoyable was the abundance of brilliant one liners and paragraphs like {"Oh look. He'd found a flight attendant. Now he was smiling crookedly at the woman; murmuring to her. Now she was smiling back. Surprise surprise".} on page 18. 

Overall a 3 Bunnies.  Nice story, but there was elements in it i didn't like. The story also became less of a story and more of a sex filled soap opera. 

Nothing but Trouble by Rachel Gibson 
Release date:  April 27, 2010

Chelsea Ross's acting career has been a total bust. The closest she ever came to stardom was her brilliant performance as "Pretty Dead Girl #1." But leaving Hollywood to become the personal assistant to a famous hockey player could be her stupidest career move ever. 

Injured superstar Mark Bressler's glory days are over. The one time bad boy jock could at least be civil to the pint-sized, pink-haired bombshell who the Seattle Chinooks hired to be his P.A. If Chelsea didn't need the money, she'd be skating away from the world's biggest jerk-on-ice as fast as her feet could carry her. 

Chelsea can deal with Mark's rotten attitude and dark moods. The problem is those biceps and that red-hot hockey-toned bod! And when the bad boy starts to put the moves on her, Chelsea knows it's time she banished him to the penalty box...if only she could resist the kind of trouble he has in mind


Hmmm My theme song for this book is "Where is the love" because seriously. For a romance book it was rather lacking. In fact i found the whole Chelsea/Mark relationship rather lacking. It was just missing something. The relationship never really progressed pass assistant/ employer who are in lust with each other. Maybe it's because i'm not used to contemporary books but this felt really odd for. Sorry this is such a pitiful review, but i really have nothing to say about the book. Nothing. It was just an ok read whom i have no thoughts about. 

 Rating: 2 bunnies

A Firefighter in the Family by Trish Melborn
Release date: June 2008

  As a kid, Randi Cooke couldn't wait to follow her father and four brothers into a firefighting career. But after a terrible accident at her very first fire, she fled her Florida hometown. Three years later an arson investigation brings her back to face her estranged family…and Zac Parker, the friend and lover who betrayed her when she needed him most. 

Zac Parker had a home with the local fire department, until a false accusation cost him his career. Now he and Randi have to work together to find the culprit in another suspicious fire. He let her down once before. Can he earn Randi's forgiveness and give them both a second chance?

Ok I'll be the first to admit that i've read about 1 contemporary romance to every 20 historical. This is not a genre i typically read. I won this book in a prize package for a "finish the paragraph contest". I decided to try it because it to mix things up and because it had a dog in it. I adore animals in every form. Now that is cleared up i shall proceed to my thoughts. 

I wasn't all that thrilled with the book, but it was quite better than i expected. I really liked the hero/Zac and Heroine/Randi in this book. I just really wish the author could have expanded the book more. It really felt rushed and i guess it had to be since it was only 209 pages. The premise of the book is that Randi comes back to her Florida hometown to investigate the burning of the nearly completed Horizon Vista Resort. Poor Randi quickly finds out that every single member of her hometown didn't want the hotel coming in and therefore are all possible suspects. The number one suspect is her ex-boyfriend Zac. Randi quickly learns that Zac had quite the fire department and opened up a bar on the other side of the would be hotel. This compounded with the fact that her brothers, who are the head firefighters in the area, hate her for being the leading cause of their father being stuck in a wheelchair; quickly makes Randi want to leave town and the investigation. Things don't get better for her when she starts getting threats against her and her dog. 

Zac wishes to clear up his name as being an arsonist after being falsely accused of starting a fire a few years ago. He sets off to help Randi discover the arsonist and perhaps earn her forgiveness for siding with her brothers over her fathers accident years ago. 

The story ends with Randi finally discovering the arsonist was a serial arsonist and one she never suspected in her life. The arsonist holds her at gun point and Zac quickly charges in and saves the day. Randi then decides to stay in town and become a firefighter again. 

Now in all honesty this book was kinda of all over the place. Randi never really did that big of an investigation till the last two/three chapters. It was sort of a bunch of events made up so Zac and her could run into each other. These types of events weren't really well done either. The characters were also rather one dimensional. One Randi seemed to have more than one emotion. I could really sympathize with her when she was freaking out about Thor(her dog) possibly being hurt and then not wanting to let him go when she discovered he was safe. I would also see her complete disbelief that the serial arsonist was a person she had looked up too and trusted all her life. 

My overall rating is 3 Bunnies 
Semi-good plot, well written heroine, use of animals as character, tiny injects of humor, and a believable romance.