The Lie, by Karina Halle

the lie

Grade: A

Doing it at:  58%

Catnip: Second Chance Romance, Guilt, Cheating, Hot For Teacher, Scottish Brogue, International Romance, #assbiting, Desk Sex, Sexual Healing

Shame Scale: Less than Zero (who’s RDJ & who’s McCarthy?)

Fantasy Cast:  Michael Fassbender, Jenifer Lawrence

Book Description:


Their love led to a lie
Their truth led to the end

Brigs McGregor is crawling out from the ashes. After losing his wife and son in a car accident and his job from his subsequent downward spiral, he’s finally moving forward, getting a prestigious teaching position at the University of London and a new life in the city. Slowly, but surely, he’s pushing past the guilt and putting his tragic past behind him.

Until he sees her.

Natasha Trudeau once loved a man so much she thought she’d die without him. But their love was wrong, doomed from the start, and when their world crashed around them, Natasha was nearly buried in the rubble. It took years of moving on to forget him, and now that she’s in London, she’s ready to start again.

Until she sees him.

Because some loves are too dangerous to ever indulge.
And some loves are far too powerful to ignore.
Their love just might be the life and the death of them.


Cleone: Let’s kick this off by talking about how Karina Halle has the best book boyfriend muses, last time it was Tom Hardy, and this time we got Mr. Big Swinging Cock himself, Michael Fassbender. #swoon

Mary: I think the phrase is Mr. Big Swinging Dick? Googling Big Swinging Dick vs. Big Swinging Cock does not route you to any grammar pages, just FYI! Ugh. This is the only stuff we fight about. Either way, if you’re the kind of gal who has painstakingly looked up every dirty Fassbender gif that the internet has to offer, all that work is going to pay off for you when you read this book and have the perfect mental library to back it up. (#TeamPervert) (All of those are NSFW by the way)

Fassy

C: I mean any Halle book is going to be 100 shades of scorching, but picturing Fassy sure doesn’t hurt! We were singularly excited for this one.

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Peachy Keen, by Kate Roth

peachy keen

Grade: A-

Doing it at: 8%

Catnip: Vacation Hook Up; Dual Narrative; Beards; Ginger Men; No Shame in Her Game; Secret Lovers; Best Friend’s Boyfriend’s Best Friend; Desk Sex

Shame Scale: The cover makes it pretty obvious what we are reading, BUT it’s ab free! The book has an actual story line, some really good dialog, and a heroine who doesn’t let people shame her. In honor of Georgia I say only the teensiest shame level for this doin’ it book

Fantasy Cast: Sam Heughan and Kate Upton

Book Description: 

Georgia Trenton has always been lucky in lust but hasn’t ever been interested in love. She prefers quickies to courtships, never seeing the need for more than just sex.

Years of listening to her best friend Danielle’s relationship woes had assured her she was right to avoid romance altogether. But ever since Dani returned from vacation in love and looking like the poster girl for happily ever after with her new boyfriend Evan Weston, Georgia has been questioning her wild ways and thinking about the future.

In an attempt to forget about the uncertainties that plague her and escape the constant symphony of sex noises coming through the walls of her apartment thanks to Evan and Danielle, Georgia jets off to Desire Resort & Spa hoping to enjoy the rowdy vacation hotspot the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

No strings attached. No commitments. And with one sexy stranger…no names.

But when strings appear, complicating what was supposed to be a carefree getaway, and commitment suddenly doesn’t sound as bad as it used to, Georgia finds herself wondering if lust is really enough.


We got this book as an ARC (advanced reader copy), it is scheduled for release on 05/18/2015, and the author sent it to little old us for pre-release review. This is super exciting for a fledgling blog, and I was worried that I wouldn’t like it and have to piss off the author. Luckily, I really like Peachy Keen. Specifically I really really like Georgia and Harrison.

Peachy Keen opens with Georgia taking a solo vacation to Desire Resort, which is the setting of 2.5 other books in Kate Roth’s Desire Resort series, and is basically a sex resort. Yes, shame readers, Georgia is taking the vacation of which we all dream. Her best friend, Danielle, went to the resort, met a celebrity, and improbably fell in love. Georgia isn’t looking for love, but she is looking for some fun anonymous sex, a break from listening to her friend have hot sex and swoon over her boyfriend, and a vacation from a job she hates.

Her first night at Desire, Georgia heads down to the bar to troll for action and finds a bearded, gingery, giant reading ‘The Great Gatsby’ and drinking beer on his own. This is basically cat nip city for me, I believe I audibly sighed “oh, yes please.” Georgia does too. She sits down to flirt, to size him up, and to eventually slide her room key across the table to him to let him know she’s down for a little of what the resort is famous for. Her nameless man is down for it as well, countering with his own room key and “I’ll bet mine’s bigger.” Georgia is worried he might need some direction and need her to be the aggressor during this encounter, until they reach his room:

He jammed the key in the box and opened the door in the same lightening quick motion that he picked me up and threw me over his shoulder. A laugh burst out of me at the caveman move and I kicked my heels off. I heard the clicking of the door as it shut as he sent me freefalling onto the plush mattress. The man didn’t need any direction.

Georgia and her mystery man have hot sex, that’s verging a little bit towards too intimate for commitment-phobe Georgia, but she’s feeling very into him and down to stay the night in his room so they can go for round two when they realize they kind of know each other. Hot, ginger, bearded giant stranger is her best friend’s boyfriend’s best friend (did you follow that?). The boy that she’s supposed to meet for the first time at his own birthday party in two weeks, back in the real world. And Georgia didn’t even tell Danielle that she was going to Desire for a little sexcation, so explaining that she has not only met Harrison (that’s sexy ginger giant’s name y’all) but that she’s also boned him is out of the question for her. Harrison and Georgia decide very reluctantly that this one night has to be it. Sure they’re super attracted to each other and just had the best sex of their lives, but they musn’t upset their friends! Book people are always way quicker to sacrifice for the good of others than real people with real sex drives.

As these things always go Harrison and Georgia aren’t good at the whole not banging each other on vacation thing. Especially if Georgia is going to show him the tricks she learned at her strip aerobics class– what other kind of aerobics is a sex resort going to offer? Harrison adores her, he makes no qualms about it, and he defends her against some fellow resort guests who try to shame her. Possibly my favorite thing about Peachy Keen is how it handles Georgia’s past: Yes she has slept around, yes she likes sex just as much as any guy. At no point is this an issue for Harrison. He doesn’t care how many other guys she’s been with, he doesn’t care that he met her at Club Doin’ It. Harrison likes Georgia, period. In a genre that often has man whores falling for virgins or girls who have only ever had one partner, a girl who owns her sexuality was really refreshing. Liking sex doesn’t make you a slut, lets all embrace and live that truth (PSA Over).

Harrison and Georgia agree to have sex just one-last-time before he goes back to the states. Steamy hot sex, where she puts a condom on him with her mouth – a feat I’m pretty impressed by to be honest. This does nothing to get the attraction out of their systems, it is obviously only going to be a matter of time before their romance bleeds into real life. Georgia might not be all aboard with a full fledged relationship, but Harrison is. He reads her to sleep over the phone, and braids her hair, and encourages her to quit the job she hates to follow her dreams. He also enthusiastically gives her orgasms and loves her “so high school” belly button ring.

I don’t want to give away anymore plot, because I really liked the HEA in Peachy Keen. The dialog is great, true to life and it has cute text convos which are a weirdly specific catnip of mine. Georgia’s commitment phobia irked me a little and I had to subtract I Love This Points for use of the word “humped” during an otherwise really enjoyable sex scene. It gains a point for having Georgia’s grandma accuse her cousin of having resting bitch face at a family holiday. I gave Peachy Keen a solid A-. My bad habit of not reading books in order (Mary HATES me for this) means now I need to go read the other books! This was a smart, sweet read with a book boyfriend that I’d be happy to have materialize into my real life (#teamharrison), and fun sex scenes starting early on and staying strong through the end. This is one you’ll want to check out when it’s released.

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