When it comes to this genre, I’ve found that the books fall into one of two camps; they are either stand alone or part of a series. The series books, like Fifty, Redhead, Crossfire, and Original Sinners, are fun, though maddening as you wait for the next book to drop.
Stand alone books are great because you get the story all wrapped up by the last page, but I don’t know if I’ve just had meh luck in this department, but many of the stand alone smut books I’ve read go along great until the end where they go into warp speed and wrap everything up in a big red unrealistic bow. I mean, not that it’s realistic that people bang 40 times a day without so much as a yeast infection, but I digress.
I have four books to chat about today, both series and stand alone, that defy the stigmas above, and ended up being crazy good…and also crazy ugh.
Wallbanger, Alice Clayton
At last! I’ve been having Redhead withdrawal, and we still have to wait until spring to get our hands on the third book, but until then, the delightful Miss Clayton gave us an early Christmas present, Wallbanger. A stand alone book which originally had me all, noooo I want more Jack and Grace, I will accept no substitute, this is bullshit. But then, like, I read the book and…um… Sweet Nuts who? I’m a Wallbanger girl now, hands down. Everything about this book felt different. The story line was fresh, Simon was hot and spank-y without some sort of fucked up mommy-killing backstory, and again, Alice writes Caroline as a woman I can actually relate to. Plus she bakes, I mean, if there was no sex in this book (which there is, and it’s awesome), I would be A-O-K just based on the sheer amount of carbs they devour. Carbgasims, they’re a real thing, trust me, I’m occasionally carb-celebate and it’s like an endless case of cake blue-balls. Wallbanger was perfectly written, even at the end, when it looked as if things weren’t going to go my way and I started to get all bitchy about it and send Alice hate-texts, I continued to read, and ended up smiling, because it made sense. It wasn’t rushed or out of left field, it was perfection. Also, I’d like for my last name to now be Wallbanger.
Double Time, Olivia Cunning
This book is part of the Sinners on Tour series, and follows in the wake of Backstage Pass and Rock Hard. I love this series because I’ve grown to love this band of bad boys, and each new book focuses on the life of a different member, Double Time focusing on our beloved Trey. I can honestly say, I have adored every single one of Olivia Cunning’s books, but this time… *pinches bridge of nose*…. I don’t know. First of all, this book was clearly released out of sequence, because some of the backstory featured in the plot hadn’t even happened yet. Honestly, the book started out great. We all knew Trey was bisexual, that he loved Brian, and reading about his struggle with that and meeting a new girl, Reagan, and watching him fall in love was great. Loved it. But then…they add in another person, and it feels rushed and fake, the whole story Cunning spent building was essentially washed away by this randomly forced love trio. I didn’t buy it, and the whole thing was ruined for me after that.
Hot Ticket, Olivia Cunning
Sinners on tour, take two. Hot Ticket follows Jace, who up until this book, I had found to be the least interesting of the group. I mean, all we basically know about Jace so far is that he carries around a bag of S&M supplies, which should technically make him the coolest guy ever, but I just don’t, he just seemed boring. This book doesn’t release until February, so I don’t want to give too much away. I will say that, surprise, I loved this book, it totally redeemed the Sinners series for me, thank God. Learning the back story of these men, and watching them fall in love with women who are just as amazing to form this totally unconventional family melts my heart. And the fucking is hot, also.
Leave Me Breathless, Cherrie Lynn
Leave Me Breathless, while not technically a traditional series, follows the characters from Lynn’s previous books, Rock Me and Unleashed. This time we read along about the tattoo’ed Romeo and stick -up-her-ass Juliette love story of Ghost and Macy. From the outside, the story sounds a bit trite. I mean, she’s a good girl, how on Earth could her family accept a bald man covered in tattoos!? THEY ALL DIE AT THE END AFTER SOME SORT OF SUICIDE CONFUSION, DON’T THEY!? No, but it’s also not a boring read, it had enough twists and plot pieces that kept it totally interesting, and I’m all for a story line that involves goody-goody girls unexpectedly having something stuck in their butts.