Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sunday Soup - June 21

In The Soup This Week... Alisha Rai, Katee Robert, Tiffany Reisz

Soup Dish:  on my mind
Not a lot of topical stuff for me this week, mostly just reading, reading, reading.  I do hope to kick off a series featuring the Reading Until Dawn conference and authors.  Look for that to debut on Thursdays.

What I'm reading
I guess it must be summer, because the majority of what I've been reading lately is hot, hot, hot.

I saw a passing deal for Alisha Rai's Glutton for Pleasure, and I really enjoyed it.  I don't normally go for twins in menage, so I'm kinda glad I didn't know that was the premise--this one managed not to squick me at all on that point, which is not a given.  The heroine has this perfect balance of sweet shyness, and yet sticks up for herself when it's important and doesn't take any nonsense from either of her partners. Also, I think there should be some sort of important industry award for the use of "turgid flesh" in the opening paragraph.

Katee Robert's Protecting Fate was also a total win. I've read a number of the kidnapped-for-her-own-protection tropes lately, and it's very rare that they work for me. This one was not a kidnapping, but it was still not exactly the heroine's preference. She did reluctantly agree to go along with escaping to a secure location, alone with a hunky bodyguard, and hijinks-- delightful, dirty hijinks-- ensue. This one hit all the right notes for me.

I downloaded Tiffany Reisz' The Virgin a little while ago, and finished it this past week. This series is just a super-reliable read for me -- always enjoyable. What I liked about this particular book is that some of the relationships that were originally presented as more or less easy-come, easy-go hookups gained a bit more emotional resonance in the flashbacks, and as a reader you start to understand how the characters have been shaped by all these experiences. I really liked it.

I finished up the Karina Bliss What the Librarian Did. Meh. It wasn't terrible, but I just didn't buy the characters and never found myself engaged.

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