Elf 2014 – Elf and Paul with ropes

“Paul you’re going to enjoy everything about being tied up.  I know lots of tricks to try with your candy cane!”

28 paul restraints

“Oh, Sir Elf!  Thank you, Sir!  May we do more, Sir?  We could still try that blindfold…”

Click on Elf’s answer:

Blindfold

No thanks, I’m heading back to the party.

If the links aren’t working yet, don’t worry, they’ll be available soon.  Until then, check out the Elf on the Dirty Girls’ Shelf from this year so far and the years past!

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Peanut Goes to School by Thea Harrison

Grade: A
Hotness Level: Spark
Kink Level: No Kink
Genre: Non-Romance, Paranormal, Shifter
Series: Elder Races #6.7
Published: 7/14/14
Reviewed by Anne
49 pages

Note: This is *not* a romance, but it’s an awesome short story that I recommend for readers who have enjoyed the Elder Races series, or even just Pia and Dragos’ story.

Drago and Pia have a son, Liam, nicknamed Peanut.  He’s biologically about 6 months old, physically about 6 years old, and mentally even older.  Oh, and he’s an incredibly cute magical shapeshifting dragon.  He’s maturing very fast, and his parents want him to have some social experiences at a school before he progresses too far beyond his physical peers.  So they send him to first grade.

Most of the story is told in Liam’s point of view, and I really enjoyed his voice.  He runs into situations at school that were a little far fetched, but I’ll accept it as normal in a world that holds dragon shifters.  I especially enjoy the world building and explanation of predator and prey as explained from a young boy’s point of view.

It’s a cute story that could stand alone – I know I have only read a couple in this series and still really enjoyed this one.

Then Came You by Jill Shalvis

Grade: A
Hotness Level: Blaze
Kink Level: No Kink
Genre: Contemporary
Series: Animal Magnetism #5
Published: 7/1/14
Reviewed by Anne
186 pages

I’ll be honest, the past couple Shalvis books I’ve read just haven’t worked for me. They were ok, but not wonderful. Well, this one, Then Came You, was WONDERFUL! This is my favorite Shalvis book ever!

Emily has a PLAN for her life. Having a plan has helped her survive some really tough years. Now she’s finished veterinary school and is on to the one year internship that came with her scholarship. Unfortunately, it’s not in L.A. like she planned. Nope. She’s in Sunshine, Idaho. So she’s altered her plan and is counting down the 365 days before she can get back on track.

Wyatt is one more thing she didn’t plan on. He was a one night stand at a convention a few months ago, and now… he’s her supervisor. This probably shouldn’t be a problem. They’re both professionals, after all. But he’s really cute, and he wears funny tshirts, and she thinks he’s hot looking no matter what he’s wearing. And then there’s the blisteringly hot chemistry that keeps popping up and they just can’t deny. They both know the score, though. Wyatt’s looking for roots and permanency. Emily is doing her time and moving on. They just need to remember not to fall for each other.

If you’ve read a few of my reviews, you know that I like low conflict contemporary romance. Lauren Dane’s Brown Siblings series is one of my favorites. This book is a lighter, funnier version of that kind of romance, and I loved it! Emily and Wyatt actually talk to each other (most of the time.) They have messed up lives and siblings and friends. And as always in a Jill Shalvis book, the humor and the dialog shine!
“You do realize that I totally blame you,” she said, breaking the silence.
“For?”
“Sitting there wearing a goofy-ass tie, driving like you do everything else, which is so stupid sexy I can’t think.”
He swiveled his amused gaze her way. “Anything else?”
She blew out a breath. “Fine. Mock me. Just…keep your hands to yourself.”
He lifted them in a surrender.
“And your mouth.”
Said mouth quirked, and he mimed zipping it closed.
God, she was out. Of. Control. She covered her face with her hands and took a deep breath. “I’m going in now.”
She didn’t go in.
“This is so ridiculous,” she finally whispered.
She felt his fingers grip hers. He lowered her hands from her face. “It’s fine,” he said. “You don’t want anything to happen, nothing’s going to happen.”
She stared at him. “It’s not.”
“Well, not unless you want it to, and then instigate things in a big way.”

That was when she lost her tenuous hold on her sanity, reaching for him at the same time he tugged. She landed in his lap, straddling him. “Hi,” she said against his lips. “I’m instigating.”

This story was hot, sweet, and funny! I highly recommend it and it’s going on my best of the year list! I’ll add that I read the first two books in this series a couple of years ago and then just lost track of it for a while. So I basically read this story as a stand alone, and it does just fine. If it’s the first one in this series you’ll have no trouble jumping in.

So how about you? What’s your favorite Jill Shalvis book? Or if you haven’t read any Shalvis stories, who is your favorite contemporary romance author?