Hidden Pleasures by Brenda Jackson

Hidden Pleasures

Brenda Jackson

Rating 4.5

The Price of Love

Brenda Jackson returns to the scene with another Steele this time the Phoenix clan also known as The Bad News Steele’s’. The Steele brothers were truly their father’s sons and their love for woman was obvious as well as their need to hold on to their bachelor cards unlike their cousins’ in North Carolina.

Brittany Thrasher was the umpteen of prim and proper so when she meets Galen Steele she is very disgusted with the way he presents himself and had no problem telling him as such. Brittan grew up in a situation that left her insecure with who she was so when she receives word from a woman in Phoenix stating that she may possible be able to bring closure to some questions in her life she finds herself on a journey to find and find the answers. Galen Steele had never forgot the chocolate beauty he had all but bullied out of her cab but when he sees her at a Phoenix auction he’s determined to find out more about her and get to her in his bed and out of his mind. After he learns information that he realizes is the key to getting what he wants he puts his plans into action. Brittany knew she had to win the auction on a vital piece of information but when she gets into a bidding war with a man, she realizes that she may not be able to achieve her goal. When a man she isn’t aware of snags it for an amount that is total over her range Brittany is determined to negotiate her way to collect her piece. When she realizes the man is Mr. Ill Manners from New York she is ready to walkway but when he gives her the proposal of a lifetime Brittany is determined to do a little soul searching and gaining the property but not before fate has a little fun between Galen and her.

Brenda continues the Forged Steele Series with a hot one right of Phoenix. I get the feeling Drew’s boys are going to fall hard but wont’ go down without a fight.

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Chemistry by Kim Louise





Kim Louise writes a sweet romance that shows how interest draws people but sometimes fate has to play a part to make things go forward.

Kyra Douglas is set on making one thing happen and that is getting her poetry published in a literary magazine that will recognize her for her works. However until that day comes she will continue to work as a techie at Com-Tel America. Kyra has been gone for a month to enjoy a writing retreat and when she returns things have been shaking up a tad bit and when she is, introduce to Race Jennings with his computer problems she finds herself in awe with him. When she finds out that her best friend is dating the new CFO, she looks at him as off limits but not before they share a few heated moments. Race has decisions to make when he finds himself attracted to the techie he realizes that he can’t have both woman and he has to decides and because he was seeing Chantal before he got to know Kyra he does the gentleman thing and goes after Kyra. Fate has a way of playing with people. Race knew the relationship with Chantel was strictly lust but he was not sure if it was worth pursing but when he finds that, she is, interested in poetry he is willing to try it. He likes what he is seeing but when things begin to build and he starts to realize things is not what they seem things begin to make sense and attractions begin to fly.

Kim twists romance and poetry with the corporate world producing a sensual word play story that leaves you with a smile. While the story seem to almost be predictable, it was nice to see a romance writer write a story without any major drama of today’s society.


I took the time to actually take a breather not really doing much reading or anything but just relaxing. For those who may have been reading my post on a regular my apologizes a white rose is offered as a piece offering SMILE.  Coming soon I have a four book review on the Hollington Reunion series coming from Harlequin featuring Sandra Kitt, Jacquline Thomas, Pamela Yaye, & Adrianne Byrd.  I am also now a reviewer for another group more news to come soon on that.  But I wish you all a beautiful holiday and look forward to seeing and hearing from everyone in 2010.

Campaign for Seduction Rating 5


Gamble 4 Luv

Ann Christopher delivers a hot stopper. Campaign for Seduction was sizzling hot amber of a book that kept my attention from beginning to end.


Liza Wilson has had a fail marriage but has become a successful journalist now that she has a chance to clinch the spotlight she refuses to allow anything to stop her until she meets Senator Jonathan Warner who is also running for president. Liza has other ideas in her mind when the sparks between the flow. Senator Jonathan Warner has found himself in a situation where he is behind in the polls and in love with a journalist who he thought did not know he existed unless it dealt with a personal interview. Jonathan knew he had to have Liza but the question became would she give up her career for him or would a scandal end both of their careers. John is determined to have his way to win it all from his personal life to his professional life and he goes the limit to make it happen.

I can’t wait to go back and check out the first book of the Warner family but one thing I would love for Ann to answer is… will Jillian get her own book?

Wrong Dress, Right Man (Rating 3)

Mac & Cinammon

Mac & Cinammon


Shirley Hailstock writes a comedic story about a man and woman who swear against relationships due to past relationships however, fate has a different idea.

Cinnamon Scott has realized that she has wasted her time in Boston because no one seems to take her serious therefore; she worries about making moves in her career so when her grandmother passes and leaves her a home she is presented a opportunity. However, her fresh start was not a smooth transition as she thought especially after a dress shows up at her house that is not hers.

Mackenzie Grier is deadest against weddings ever since he was jilted at his own wedding. Mac as he is affectionately known seems to have been invited to every wedding in the town. Mac sister Allison is getting married and is running him raged but when Allison’s dress ends up at Cinnamon’s home, which happens to be a place he had stayed when he needed solitude.

As Cinnamon’s story gets out Mac finds himself more intrigued as well as curious about her but when the charade of a wedding surrounding Cinnamon’s wedding gets out there Mac finds himself attempting to protect her but they find theirs eves linked to the point people assume they are getting married all because of a ring. While this story started with a comedic flare the book seem to lose its flow by chapter four and it did not pick back up until towards the last four chapters. While the male character was perfectly described, the author fails to describe the female. Mrs. Hailstock is a favorite author of mine and I cannot wait for her next work.

Bittersweet Love (Rating 4)

Eaton #1

I Love U/I Hate U

Rochelle introduces a new of family educators who seem to need a little education their selves.

Belinda Eaton never saw herself as a parent but when she becomes the mother to her nieces as well as her goddaughters after a tragic accident she finds herself dealing with the man she had come to dislike Griffin Rice is her nieces’ uncle/godfather. When she finds herself having to co raise the girls with him she realizes her life is going to change for the better or worse she’s not sure yet.

Griffin Rice is a prominent lawyer who enjoys dating and women but when he finds himself, a father to his twin nieces he realizes that life is not always about parties. He starts to realize that he wants to make an impact on their lives but not before, he finds himself falling for their aunt who he had always considered stuck-up.

Griffin & Belinda have found their selves looking at each other in a new light as they begin to spend more time together but when tragedy strikes close to home it helps Griffin and Belinda realize their feelings for one another. Rochelle writes an extremely strong story dealing with delicate issues without losing focus on the romance of the story. Rochelle’s characters were strong as well as real cannot wait until we meet the next Eaton to meet their match.

Sercet Agenda: A Hideawy Series

Book #13

Book #13

Rating 5
Certified Classic


Rochelle Alers returns with her thirteenth Hideaway book bringing us a glimpse into the lives of the children of the men & women we fell in love with a decade or more ago.

Diego Cole-Thomas is his grand papa’s twin when it comes to running a business not only is he intimidating to many but he’s a private man who goes after what he wants and doesn’t stop till he gets it. Diego has been on the search for an assistant who can balance his life and business life but with a few stipulations so when he meets Vivienne Kay Neal he is at awe with the woman presented to him because he realizes she does not fear him, which only makes him respect her more.

Vivienne had been at odds with herself when her husband had been killed but she also knew that her marriage had been over way before it could really start. Playing the grieving widow had driven her nuts leaving her to find exile away from it all. However when she finds herself going toe to toe with Diego she refuses to become an arm ornament and she pushes his buttons to get responses to see what worked and what got what.

Diego & Vivienne cross the line of employee and employer taking an office relationship to a completely new level. Rochelle does an excellent job of allowing Diego & Vivienne playing alpha characters without taking away from the book.

I cannot wait for book number fourteen. Who will it be?

Come Back To Me “An Erotic Short Story” by Kimberly Kaye Terry



Rating 3

Kimberly K Terry has been known for her erotic interracial novels and this time is not any different with the exception that she is ventured into the short stories. She still brings the exciting sexual scenes with an enough in between information that you do not feel that you are getting a straight fuck scene instead your getting a small part of a story that pulls the story together in a manner that questions are answered within the few pages of the story.




Avid Rating 5


Elaine Overton takes us into the lives of some of the most professional people and helps us to realize that even professional people have problems to.

Noelle Brown is the owner of Love Unlimited and with all that it takes to run a small business she realizes she needs a little help even with her impressive record of accomplishment so when Derrick Brandt calls she has determined he is the publicity she needs even if there is room for damage.

Derrick Brandt has had a hard life and to say that it shows in his actions would be putting it lightly. No one really understands Derrick so they never get to know the man underneath everything else.

When Derrick meets Noelle he realizes she is the woman he has been looking for however Noelle is not paying him any mind with the persistence of man on a mission Derrick places him in her life but will it cause more harm than good?

Go along with Derrick & Noelle as they battle this thing called love.

Deifying Desire by AC Arthur



Avid Rating 4.5

Ghosts from The Past

Deifying Desire is the third book to the Donovan family and as everyone suspected when the last man falls he falls hard.

Trent Donavan met Tia St. Claire when he went to help his brother’s girlfriend out during a fashion show but never before did he suspect to begin to have a desire for her that led to him extracting the number from his soon to be sister in law.

However, Tia St Claire has ghost from her past that haunts her daily leading to her secluded life until Trent steps in. Trent & Tia go through a lover’s quarrel that could end their relationship only to realize that their love for one another is what makes them strong and the Donavan clan knows how to meddle just enough to see it through.

AC Arthur pulls off another exciting book from the Donavan family bringing the last Triple Threat Donavan to his feet. AC is defiantly an author to keep your eyes on as she continues to bring heat and passion to her stories and the romance world.