Mar 27, 2017

ARC Review: DIRTY DOCTOR by Whitney G.


"Lean back on the table and spread your legs for me..."

Being a doctor in New York City has never been easy. Especially for someone like me who has a private practice and an incompetent staff who insists on leaving me to fill in for them.

Over the past six months, I've performed one too many pap smears, three too many "breast exams," and scrubbed in on several reconstructive surgeries. (This would be acceptable if I was still interested in general medicine, but I'm not. I'm supposed to be a goddamn therapist...)

When my team finally came to their senses and decided to bring someone more competent into the practice last month, I was actually elated.

Until I realized that our new "doctor" was none other than the woman I was supposed to meet over dinner two weeks ago. The same woman who stood me up with nothing more than an "I can't meet you anymore, sorry," after we agreed to move our online talks into reality.

I haven't forgotten any of the filthy fantasies she told me about, and I never deleted our dirty messages. And if she thinks that I'm going to act like a "professional" and pretend like that shit never happened, she has another thing coming...

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Rating: 3 stars
It's been a long while since I read anything by Whitney G. Even longer since Reasonable Doubt and its lovable asshole Andrew, so when Dirty Doctor appeared in my inbox promising to be a story just for sexy fun, I thought to myself that yes, I could go for something like that. After all, I couldn't remember the last time I read a book just for sexy fun. I still can't, and that is troubling. Anyways, the Dirty Doctor...

The story of the Dirty Doctor and the Resident had elements not unfamiliar in a Whitney G. book. In more ways than one it reminded me of Reasonable Doubt. I can't say I was too bothered by that, but I also can't say it had the same effect. My favorite of the two is crystal clear. To be fair, going in I didn't expect the Dirty Doctor to dethrone Andrew no matter how dirty he was. This was a book I chose to be my easy read on a lazy Saturday, and it filled that function.

Garrett (the Dirty Doctor) and Natalie, the main characters of this romance, first met online through a dating site. According to the site, they were a perfect match, but neither made a move to make a date in person or exchange real names. What they did was chat a lot about everything. Many emails were exchanged full of sexy banter throughout the novella. Whitney G's characters do seem to like that form of communication. So, the chats continued until a date was finally set for them to meet in person over dinner. Unfortunately for Garrett, his date stood him up.

Garrett is a doctor at a private practice and the owner, and Natalie became a new resident at the same practice. Neither of them knew that until Natalie came to their dinner and realized her date is also her new boss, at which point she did the "really mature" thing and fled before he saw her. Garrett would realize his no-show date was the new resident some time later at which point he would start acting "really maturely" and "professionally" towards Natalie all leading up to them hooking up and ultimately getting involved in a serious relationship.

Whitney G. described this novella as having no real plot, just fun, sexy banter, and sex. The first three were there, but the fourth happened only once and I found that a little surprising.

All in all, for a lazy-Saturday read, this novella did alright.

***An ARC was provided by the author.***

Until next time, happy reading!


Mar 3, 2017

ARC Review: AN UNSEEN ATTRACTION (Sins of the Cities, #1) by K.J. Charles


A slow-burning romance and a chilling mystery bind two singular men in the suspenseful first book of a new Victorian series from K. J. Charles.

Lodging-house keeper Clem Talleyfer prefers a quiet life. He’s happy with his hobbies, his work—and especially with his lodger Rowley Green, who becomes a friend over their long fireside evenings together. If only neat, precise, irresistible Mr. Green were interested in more than friendship...

Rowley just wants to be left alone—at least until he meets Clem, with his odd, charming ways and his glorious eyes. Two quiet men, lodging in the same house, coming to an understanding... it could be perfect. Then the brutally murdered corpse of another lodger is dumped on their doorstep and their peaceful life is shattered.

Now Clem and Rowley find themselves caught up in a mystery, threatened on all sides by violent men, with a deadly London fog closing in on them. If they’re to see their way through, the pair must learn to share their secrets—and their hearts.


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Rating: 3.5 stars.

An Unseen Attraction is the first book in KJ Charles's new trilogy Sins of the City. A new series by KJC is one good reason to bring out the celebrating-ponies gif, so here it is:


From what I've gathered from the blurbs, just like the previous series, each book in this trilogy will be about different characters. In this one we get to meet two sweet, kind, loyal men Clem Talleyfer and Rowley Green. Clem was a lodging-house keeper; Rowley was one of the lodgers. They'd lived under the same roof for eight months, in which time they'd formed a friendship over tea and conversation at night. However, both would have liked to be more than that, and this story was about them making that step towards a romantic relationship and becoming a couple. Theirs was a slow-burning romance, with them being careful around each other, and sometimes painfully slow. This could be why I wasn't as into the story as I usually am when I'm reading something KJC wrote. I guess I just prefer one that burns a bit faster, but I have to admit that for these characters the pace was just right.

An Unseen Attraction is romance and mystery wrapped up together, and the second part of the book was more about the mystery. That was the part I enjoyed the most. Dead bodies, arson, family secrets left and right, and that was only the beginning. Where it will go next, I don't know, but I look forward to finding out.

The second half was also the part where the other characters who will get their own books came into play, which is another thing I liked. Going on what I've read about them, I have a pretty good feeling about their stories.

3.5 stars is a little less stars than usual for a KJC book, but I am not one bit worried about that. You see, the author's last series is one I loved, and I mean LOVED. If I were to make a list of my favorite series, Society of Gentlemen would have a place on it, no doubt about that. However, if my memory serves, and I believe it does, I wasn't that much into the first book. The second was one of my favorite books ever; the third I also loved; the short prequel was amazing. With the first installment it took me some time to warm up to it, and by the end I couldn't wait to read the rest of the series. That's exactly what happened here: the story and the main characters didn't grab me from the get-go, but now I can't wait to read the remaining two books, and closely meet the other main characters and see where the mystery will take us next.

***ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

Until next time, happy reading!

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