Romance Roundup: tattoos, urban fantasy, erotica, and Ron Swanson

Title: The Tattooed Duke
Author: Maya Rodale
Publisher: Avon 2012
Pages: 371
Rating: 4 stars

We have a sexy duke who has been tattooed on his travels to Africa. And a writing girl who goes undercover as a maid in his household staff to uncover the mystery behind this foreign man for her gossip column. They develop a camaraderie that’s a little unbelievable for a duke and his house maid, but promises late night rendezvous. But can he get over the fact that she’s using their friendship (ahem) to run his reputation into the ground? Yes. Yes he can. And can she forgive him for proposing to Hade’s own harpe because he desperately needs the money? Well, we’ll just have to see.

This is the second book of Maya Rodale’s Writing Girls series that I’ve read. And I liked this one so much more than the last! I loved Rodale’s writing style, but her character development was lacking in the last book. This one had everything I wanted! When I finished it, I felt like Ron Swanson dancing for joy, drunk on love!

Title: Tarnished (The St. Croix Chronicles #1)
Author: Karina Cooper
Publisher: Avon 2012
Rating: 3 stars

Cherry St. Croix is a super feminist during the industrial revolution in England. She lost both of her parents in a laboratory fire and spent her younger days working for a circus type thing. Now she is a young lady living with a chaperone, who will inherit quite a fortune in only a year’s time. She is addicted to opium to calm her night terrors and she is a collector on the side to supplement her income. When she is called on to collect a man murdering prostitutes, she may be in for more than she anticipated. And when she starts to fall for a dangerous man (or two?), it could jeopardize everything she’s fought for.

This book was a little over the top angry feminist at points. And some of the urban fantasy elements were a bit over dramatic. Also it is the first book in a series! I should have been tipped off by the fact that you don’t meet the hero(s) until like half way through the book. Also by the cover saying THE ST. CROIX CHRONICLES. When I finished this I was pissed and wanted to throw something like Ron Swanson.

I effing HATE series books. You mean that’s the ending?! And the next book doesn’t come out until when?

Title: No Reservations
Author: Lilly Cain
Publisher: Carina Press 2012
Pages: 50 (ish)
Rating: 3 stars

Travis and Alicia were rivals in college. Both were smart and business minded. Alicia came on to him once at the end of senior year and he turned her down. When he calls her company 10 years later for a last minute flight to Boston to see his friends. She sees her opportunity to get what she wants (his bod) and to finally get back at him from the rejection all those years ago.

So this is incredibly short! You could read it in like an hour or two. My only complaint with this book is that it’s too short to really give us a sense of who our characters are and why they are good for each other. Basically they just have a bunch of really awesome sex and are like let’s give this a try.

And who knows better than Ron Swanson that great sex does not equal great relationship?!

About Natalie Ramm

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3 Responses to Romance Roundup: tattoos, urban fantasy, erotica, and Ron Swanson

  1. Erik says:

    Way to max out the Ron Swanson gif library! I may never read any of these books, but I might grow a mustache like Ron Swanson.


  2. Pingback: Romance Roundup: Sexy twin brothers and pirates | Books Are The New Black

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