Complexity (The Kinky Connect Chronicles Book 4) by Harper Miller

Complexity (The Kinky Connect Chronicles Book 4) by Harper Miller

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4 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy of Complexity by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Personal trainer Manny is always up for a good time. Doesn’t matter if it’s with a woman or a man. He’s secure in his sexuality and enjoys the no-strings sex he can get from the kinky website where he’s a member. But when Chris comes along, everything changes. Manny develops feelings he wasn’t looking for. Even if Chris feels the same, an open relationship between the two is impossible due to Chris’ life in the spotlight.

Complexity is book 4 in the Kinky Connect Chronicles, which features kinky standalone novellas with interracial couples. Each story is told as a confession of one of the Kinky Connect members, providing the reader with character-driven narration rather than the watered-down version found in typical fiction. This story is no exception with Manny’s slang and Hispanic phrases. As with all of the stories in this series, it’s well-written and enjoyable.

Beyond the method of the telling of the story, I liked both main characters and could understand their positions but had a bit of a difficult time grasping and accepting the conflict between them. Manny lamented about wanting to find his Lego piece (a metaphor I appreciated), and then he was upset with the situation when he actually did fall in love. I understand that the length of the story didn’t allow for much development, yet still felt something was missing that would have allowed me to connect more with the relationship. Manny’s anger at Chris for not telling him who he really was up front didn’t resonate with me either. They met through a website, so it was unlikely for either of them to spill their secrets before meeting in person.

Overall, it was an enjoyable tale with a unique style. Ms. Miller will keep me coming back for more with stories like this.

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Rach

Rach’s Top 10 Books of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, I thought this would be a good time to sum up my top 10 favorites for this year. Some were published during 2016, and some I just happened to read throughout the year. Since I read almost all genres, these run the gamut. They’re in no particular order, because how can you pick a favorite from your favorites?

How to Save a Life by Emma Scott: New Adult Romance with a bit of Paranormal mixed in, but the Paranormal feels so natural you don’t have to be a fan of that genre to love this story.

Rach’s Review of How to Save a Life

 

An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur: A Literary Fiction Saga that takes you on a journey through life, which isn’t always pretty. I have yet to meet a character of Ms. Laqueur’s I didn’t love, and this story is no exception.

Rach’s Review of An Exaltation of Larks

 

Drawing Me In by Tracey Alvarez: Although part of the Due South series, like all books in the series this is a standalone. But the entire series is full of fantastic beach romances and family drama. You just may want to start at the beginning. (Hint: In Too Deep is the first book in the series, and it’s perma-free!)

Rach’s Review of Drawing Me In

 

Heckled by Valarie Kinney: A true look at the ugly side of depression in this dark drama, probably not for everyone, but it’s beautifully written.

Rach’s Review of Heckled

 

Teach Your Heart by Tracey Alvarez: The latest in the Far North series, like Ms. Alvarez’s other series, this beach romance can be read as a standalone. But again, all the books in the series are entertaining, and book 1 can be found for free.

Rach’s Review of Teach Your Heart

 

Dirty South Drug Wars by Jae Hood: A debut Young Adult novel packed with action and romance, drugs and betrayal.

Rach’s Review of Dirty South Drug Wars

 

Full Tilt by Emma Scott: A heartbreakingly beautiful story that will keep you reading until late in the night. Part of a duet, but it can be read on its own.

Rach’s Review of Full Tilt

 

Noah by Cara Dee: A M/M forbidden romance that deals with overcoming grief and finding your place in life.

Rach’s Review of Noah

 

Mountain Charm by Sydney Logan: A sweet romance that just may make you believe in Appalachian Mountain Witches and the charms they cast.

Rach’s Review of Mountain Charm

 

The Ones That Got Away by Suanne Laqueur: This book is something else entirely, and the only one on the list that can’t be read as a standalone. Yet it’s worth including in the list because of the books it comes from. The Man I Love is probably my all-time favorite book, and it’s the first in The Fish Tales series. TMIL is a standalone within the series, and although it wasn’t part of my 2016 reading, I highly recommend it. Trust me, once you’ve started there, you’ll want to read the rest of the series and eventually end up at The Ones That Got Away.

Rach’s Review of The Ones That Got Away

 

What are your favorite books from 2016? Leave a comment and let me know!

Happy reading!

Rach

My Lady, My Spy (Secrets and Seduction Book 4) by Sheridan Jeane

My Lady, My Spy (Secrets and Seduction Book 4) by Sheridan Jeane

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3 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy of My Lady, My Spy by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Lady Josephine Harrington thought she’d found the perfect man, until she catches Frederick in lie after lie. As a widow, Josephine has no time for lies. Yet she’s drawn to Frederick despite the fact she knows he’s a spy and will frequently be unable to tell her the truth. When Frederick’s mission goes all wrong and Josephine steps in to help him, perhaps this unlikely couple will find a way to make their relationship work.

My Lady, My Spy is book 4 in the Secrets and Seductions series. It is a well-written historical romance with some action in the form of a spy mission taking place. Each piece was compelling in its own right, however the whole of the story left me wanting.

Since this book was received as a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review, I was told that it was a standalone story within the series as I had not read the previous books in the series. This was unfortunately the first issue I ran into. The story jumped right into the action. The main characters’ relationship was already established at the start, as was the spy mission. This left me confused and trying to piece together what was actually going on in the mission and how Frederick came to have his hands burned.

A lot of the story focused on each of the main characters thinking about how they felt about the other without so much interaction between them. I would have preferred to have more meat to the story showing their interactions instead of narration about their feelings. Because of so much narration, the spy mission didn’t factor very prominently into the story.

Overall, I can see how this story would be enjoyable as part of the series and the writing was well-done for what it was, but it lacked fulfillment as a standalone book. If you’ve read the previous books in this series you’d most likely enjoy this one more than I did.

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