Congrats to all my 2015 5 Star authors …..:
In order to qualify all books have to have been published in 2015
COMPROMISING HER POSITION
Meet the men of Oxford magazine! In the first captivating spin-off of Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series, a not-so-friendly battle of the sexes turns into a scorching office romance.
Hotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing for Oxford for years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures he’s got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudes—and write circles around them, too. Cole usually likes his women flirty and curvy, but he takes a special interest in his skinny, sassy rival, if only to keep an eye on her. And soon, he can’t take his eyes off her.
Penelope Pope knows all too well that she comes off as just one of the guys. Since she’s learned that wanting more usually leads to disappointment, Penelope’s resigned to sitting on the sidelines when it comes to love. So why does Cole make her want to get back in the game? The man is as arrogant as he is handsome. He probably sees her as nothing more than a barrier to his dream job. But when an unexpected kiss turns into a night of irresistible passion, Penelope has to figure out whether they’re just fooling around—or starting something real.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren’s gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.
Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.
Don’t miss out of the Sex, Love & Stiletto Series
where the “Oxford” guys first appeared!
AFTER THE KISS (Book One)
LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH (Book Two)
JUST ONE NIGHT (Book Three)
THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE (Book Four)
“You really go around calling yourself that? A Head Mistress?”
“It’s what I do.”
He looked vastly amused. “For proper people, you British sure do have some racy job titles.”
“We’re not talking about that now; we’re talking about the fact that I dropped off Mary Poppins and I came back to find Madonna.” His gaze took in her new outfit, purchased at one of the mall’s inexpensive teen boutiques. The sleeveless black T-dress was perilously short and closely fitted, with a zip-neck. Unzipped. Or at least unzipped far enough to be noted in a memo to London.
“Really? You think I look like Madonna?”
“You don’t look anything like Madonna.” He lowered his voice to a growl that only she could hear. “What you look like is a nymphomaniac Mary Poppins.”
Trope: England meets America
One-Sentence Summary: An English school teacher looking to lose her goody-two-shoes image meets an American golfer struggling to keep his reputation intact.
Review: Okay I have two major outstanding questions after reading this book:
1) How the hell did Emma get to be headmistress at/before the age of 30, especially at an English boarding school?!
2) Why the hell did Kenny with his million-pound endorsements didn’t offer to fund his beloved sister’s emu farm?!
Apart from those two points and Kenny being a tiny bit dickish (nothing like other SEP heroes though!) I really enjoyed this book and it’s definitely my favourite in the Wynette series so far (thank God there wasn’t any massive time jumps!)
There was some hilarious dialogue and comic scenes that are one of my favourite things about SEP romances:
“Now,this is where I draw the line! It’s bad enough everybody in town’s going to be thinkin’ I’m sleeping with a depressed, lice-ridden, hemorrhoidal foreigner who likes to be tied up and might be pregnant, although—since she’s just about cornered the market on condoms—I don’t know how that could have happened. But I will not —you listen to me, Emma!—I absolutely will not have anybody thinkin’ a woman of mine needs avaginal moisturizer , do you hear me?”
Ted was adorable (and yes a part of me did want him to end up with Emma) and there was the perfect secondary romance of Dex/Tori – to be honest I kind of wish they were given their own book.
ARC received from: Netgalley
Trope: Sports romance
Review: This book was hawt! I loved the spunk Chloe showed especially at the beginning of the book where she gave as good as she got in the verbal foreplay with Ryan.
Trope: Fake Relationship
Chemistry: Damp squid
One-Sentence Summary: It’s not paranoia if people actually are out to get you ….
Review: Well, this was a big fat disappointment. After having to wait 2 years for the latest installment in the Wilde series, I was practically salivating at the thought of another awesome addition the series.
Instead we got this.
It wasn’t AWFUL per say, and maybe my standards are just ridiculously high, but this book just did absolutely nothing for me.
Some things that irritated me:
1. WTF is Greer’s deal?! His brother ends up in hospital and when poor wounded Reese gives him a call he’s basically like “yeah, I knew everything that was going on” but he didn’t think to share that piece of information with his brother?!
2. Vaughan’s obsession with Lara is more than stalkerish. Did we even meet her? I presume so but cannot remember. And some joke about considering suicide by pulling the parachute too late. Not funny.
3. Reese’s finance issues seemed to sort themselves out remarkably easily at the end given the burden they’d been causing him for the whole book.
4. What are the odds that the arsonist just happens to be the same person blackmailing Shelby and just so happened was tipped off by the husband of the woman who was blackmailing Reese who was only doing it to cover said husband’s problems and then sent the blackmail photos to yet another person out to ruin Shelby – and, wait, the PI doing the actual stalking of Shelby to get the blackmail photos gets involved with Shelby’s crazy ass Mum. Confused? I don’t blame you.
5. Shelby and Reese themselves – I was completely uninvested.
6. Shelby’s crazy ass Mum and judgemental sister Eva (the latter broke my heart because I loved her book).
“No,” she said, her voice breathless. “No more. We had our walk down memory lane, but that’s all it was. We were both tired and overwrought and we lost our heads.”
He arched an eyebrow at her. “I have never been nor will I ever be ‘overwrought'”
Bridgett’s eyes narrowed and she released an exasperated huff. “No, but you are insufferable. You wore me down once, but it won’t happen again. You are a client. Nothing else can or will happen.” She jerked her chin up in the air, defying him to argue with her.
Jay felt a grin break out – not to mention a very nice hard-on begin to develop -at her belligerent stance. “That would have sounded a lot tougher if I didn’t have your panties in my pocket.”
Trope: Reconciliation romance
Chemistry: Off the charts Scorchio
One-Sentence Summary: A lawyer and a sports team owner are forced to confront the circumstances of their breakup
Review: This book gave me the FEELS. I was one hundred percent invested in Jay/Bridgett and their story. Apart from the scorching hot chemistry between them, the best thing about it was that their backstory actually had, you know, a STORY. All too often two characters break up over the smallest misunderstanding and you’re like “seriously, THAT is the big reveal?!”. Well, Jay/Bridgett’s backstory had young romance, angst, interfering friends, and I LOVED how Solheim made you wait to find out the whole story, slowly dropping hints throughout the book but making you race through the pages just so you could get to the truth.
I loved the setting as well, with the corporate world entwined with the sporting world. Secondary characters were lovable as well (well, apart from GWEN. I had to dig deep to find some sympathy for her) and I presume Blake is going to get his own book next? And Linc/Charlie? Surely they deserve a novella at least? (Pretty please, Tracy?!)
So why did it lose the star?
As much as I loved Jay/Bridgett and I appreciated the circumstances, I did feel the whole “no we can’t get involved – oops we slept together – let’s never do it again – PAUSE – repeat previous three actions” cycle was a bit repetitive. I mean Bridgett is a strong, smart woman, you would think she would be able to control her libido if she really wanted to and if she didn’t, then don’t keep protesting!