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Series Review: Walk of Shame by Victoria Ashley

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

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Synopsis for Slade (from Goodreads):
My name is Slade Merrick and I’m a fucking sex addict . . .

I’ve been told it’s a problem. But I see it as a passion; something that I’m good at. And who the fuck stops something that they’re good at?

They want me to seek help; get my cock in check. Don’t judge my lifestyle. You’re no better than me. Just admit it, you like to fuck too. Sex is what I do best; my own personal high, so I embrace it instead of being ashamed.

When I’m not fucking, I’m slinging drinks at Walk Of Shame or stripping my way into your bed; another thing I’m good at. Every woman’s darkest fantasy brought to life.

So, am I stopping? Fuck no. Sex is beautiful, raw and erotic and I get off knowing I can have it with anyone I want . . . with the exception of her.

Aspen.

She walks into the club swaying those hips, instantly drawing my cock to attention. She’s pure perfection. That is, until she opens that mouth, drawing me in and for the first time in forever I want something more than sex. I want her and she hates it.

Things get dirty. Dirty is what I like; it’s how I live. But . . . she’s playing a game she can never win.

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Series: Walk of Shame Trilogy

There is a spin-off series called Walk of Shame 2nd Generation

Author: Victoria Ashley
# of Books: 3 (Slade, Hemy, Cale)
Book Order: Connected but Chronological
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Adult, Erotica, Romance, Contemporary
Heat Rating: Smokin’ (Kink: mild)
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Dates: May 2014 – July 2015
Source & Format: Own–eBook

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Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

I don’t remember how I got these books on my Kobo but there they were when I pulled a star labelled “Slade” from my TBR jar for my Make Me Read It Challenge. While I didn’t read it for my challenge, I still wanted to read all 10 books that I pulled since they contribute to my Rock My TBR Challenge.

I love stories about cocky bad boys who get put in their place by their significant other but it has been a long time since I’ve read a straight erotica novel…so I wasn’t sure if I would be ready for all the sexy times.

The Concept:

Each novella focuses on a different male stripper from the club, Walk of Shame. So if you are picturing Magic Mike, you’re not far from the situation.

The Plot:

Considering the words “erotica novella” are plastered on the front cover, there was a lot more to the plot than I expected. I was worried it was just going to be filled with sexy times but there was actually substance to these characters and their story!

The boys all struggle with pasts that have lead them to their current situation. It was very addicting to get to the bottom of their pasts and see how they were going to right those wrongs.

The Characters:

These boys are bad through and through; but they have these redeeming qualities to them that make you like them.

What I liked about the girls was that they didn’t become overly dependent on these boys once they got involved. While I might not have liked how they handled some of the conflict thrown their ways, I appreciated their characters.

It was crazy how attached I got to all these characters! As soon as I was a couple pages into Slade I just had to know more about Hemy and Cale and what their stories might be.

The Romance:

Even though each story was a novella, I still felt like the romance developed at a great pace. I was actually surprised by how well the romance was established. Lots of novellas rush things but that wasn’t the case here.

The Sexy Times:

I think it’s important that you read the Author’s note before you consider picking up this series:

Author’s Note: Due to strong language and a very high amount of dirty, sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. This is #1 in the Walk Of Shame series of novellas that will all be standalone reads. If you’re not into, cocky bad boys with filthy mouths and even filthier sex, then this series is not for you. If you are . . . then, come meet the dirty boys of Walk Of Shame

It’s very accurate and if erotica isn’t your thing, this isn’t your series!

Series Rating: 4/5

Slade 4/5 | Hemy 4/5 | Cale 4/5

overall

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this series! Going in, I thought it was only going to be sexy times but there was actually substance to these characters. It was a blast getting to know them and their pasts better!

Read if You Like: erotica, stories about strippers
Avoid if You: erotica

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Single Sundays: Sexy Bits by Remi Wild

Single Sundays: While this blog may be focused on reviewing book series as a whole, we can’t forget about the good ole’ standalone novel! On Sundays, I will review a novel that is considered to be a standalone novel. Here is this week’s offering:

Synopsis for Sexy Bits (from Goodreads):
Imagine a twenty-three year old virgin in this century…then imagine that virgin stranded at an adult nude sex resort. Thanks to my best friend, Jess, I am forced to participate in the vacation of her dreams, while trying desperately to hold onto my v-card–okay, so I’m not trying that hard. It’s pretty difficult to hold onto something when your host for the week could melt butter with his gaze…

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Author: Remi Wild
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Heat Rating: Hot
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Date: March 31, 2016
Source & Format: Read It & Review It–eARC

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Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

When I saw this in the review program I’m a part of, it seemed like it could be a fun book. The whole premise is exciting and different; so I was curious how it would all play out.

Plus, it’s a novella which means it isn’t a huge time commitment.

The Concept:

This premise is something I’ve never really encountered before. Do adult sex resorts even exist? I’m too scared to search that in Google…

The Plot:

There isn’t a whole lot to this plot besides the obvious. Claire (the lead) arrives, freaks out and then promptly makes the best of an odd situation. It’s pretty straight-forward with some minor surprises along the way.

The Characters:

Claire started off a little all over the place. I couldn’t figure out if she wanted to keep her virginity or lose it. Her attitude about the resort also seemed to be flipping on a dime. All of that made it hard for me to like her or her journey. I did warm up to her by the mid-way point though when her development seemed to be steady.

The Romance:

This novella has more heat packed into than your average contemporary read but it isn’t full blown erotica either. It’s definitely more open about the sex than other novels as well.

The romance is pretty basic but enjoyable.

My Rating: 3/5

overall

This started shaky for me, but once I got comfortable with it, I enjoyed it. I think the whole sex resort aspect though might be awkward for some readers.

Read if You Like: unique premises, novellas
Avoid if You: dislike the idea of a “sex resort”
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Single Sundays: Touch of Eden by Jessie M.

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):
I’m Joshua… 25 years old and full of myself.
I hang out with my like minded pals, obsessed with sex and hooking as many girls as I can…

Until one day, one fateful day, I go too far and commit a dreadful sin.
My whole life collapses around me. I don’t want to be me anymore.
I start to change and the next thing I know my whole world stops spinning when I fall in love.

But she says she doesn’t want me. Because of who and what I am and my track record…
You see she knows me. She knows me better than anyone else because she just so happens to be my best friend… This is my story. Our story.

Review:

I actually got this book from Kindle for free near the end of August. The cover and plot premise intrigued me enough to pick it up despite it only being 130 pages long. The page number is an important thing to note because I tend to avoid novellas whenever possible (unless they are a part of a series as a side-story/bridging story) because I find I don’t like how quickly the plot progresses and I find I just end up unsatisfied.

After reading this book, I am a bit unsatisfied. I felt like it had started a little too slowly and then it ended rather suddenly (read: no epilogue). I just couldn’t get into this book and when I finally did, it ended.

Josh was a hard character to like. At first, I thought he was a complete moron when it came to the English language; and then I realized that this book was set in the UK and not the United States like I assumed. Once I sorted that out it went a lot better. But Josh’s character itself was hard to get a firm grasp on. The book is only told from his POV and as a girl, I find it hard to connect with a guy’s mind at times. I’m all for the reformed playboy characters (they are my guilty pleasure) but I didn’t find anything redeemable about him (though he got a bit better near the end).

Overall, I felt like the plot was missing a few dots in the flow. You can really divide the plot into two sets: the romance and Josh’s everyday life. The romance happens quickly and rather unexpectedly. It was literally a BAM moment and he knew he was always in love with Eden. I really didn’t get it so that threw me for a bit. Though I really did like the two of them together and I wish we got to see more of that in the book. The rest of the plot again just felt like it was lacking something. I think part of the problem was everything just starts and ends so quickly that there is a lot that doesn’t reach its full potential. I also kept expecting some twists and turns but they never came so that left me disappointed.

Conclusion:

As a free book, this was a good book. Nothing overly fantastic but I enjoyed reading it. I just wish it was a bit longer and had a more developed plot because all the dots were there, they just needed to be strung together. Would I pay the $3 on Amazon that it is listed at now? Probably not but I wouldn’t discount books from this author in the future if they were the right price.

Rating: 2.5/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Drama
Recommended for: 18+
Similar Reads: Frigid by J. Lynn

Book Review: Kidnapping the Laird by Terri Brisbin

While this blog may be focused on reviewing book series as a whole, we can’t forget about the good ole’ standalone novel!

Author: Terri Brisbin
Genre: Romance, Historical, Highlanders
Heat Rating: warm

Thoughts on Kidnapping the Laird:

I actually got this book for free from Kobo and I am glad that I did.

This book showed a lot of promise but because it was only a novella, it just didn’t have enough time to fully develop. If it was a full length novel, I would have really liked it.

It was a super cute read and story. Padruig and Cat were likeable and you wanted to cheer them on. I liked Cat’s plot to get Padruig back and thought it was a great plot line to follow. It was a refreshing highlander read which is why I wish it was longer and more developed.

There isn’t much more to say as it was only a few dozen pages long and I don’t want to give everything away.

Conclusion:

A cute, SUPER quick read that if you can get for free like I did, is worth the short amount of time it takes to read.

Rating: 3/5

Similar Reads: Taming the Highlander by Terri Brisbin (The MacLearies, #1)

Synopsis for Kidnapping the Laird (from Goodreads):
Catriona MacDonnell is a wife of convenience who discovers that she wants more from the handsome, sexy laird she had to marry.

Padruig Grant was not happy when his wife kicks him out of her bed, but his pride prevents him from returning to it. When Catriona takes matters…and her husband…into her own hands to claim the love they both deserve, should he resist her valiant efforts or should he surrender?