Desperate Housewives of Olympus by Saranna DeWylde

Desperate Housewives of Olympus
Grade-B
Hotness Level-Inferno
Kink Level-No Kink
Genre-Contemporary Set Paranormal
Reviewed by Kay
314 pages

Man, I enjoyed reading this book and had waited along time to do so. Oh, it was so worth it.

I’ve always loved Mythology although I’m no expert on it. I think my love of Mythology is because it’s a soap opera and I’ve always loved soap operas. What’s not to love? Love, sex,suspense, backstabbing and of course, it’s very own over the topness. I don’t know if topness is a word but you know what I mean. This novel is about several people. Hades, Persephone, Demeter, Eros, Zeus, Hera, Thanatos, Abstinence, Nyx (who I’d never heard of before) and Apollo(who I loved even after the book Styxx ruined him for me).

It’s kind of like the T.V. show, Wife Swap a little bit. The couples you think you know are together aren’t and you root for the new couples this very talented author created. You get so sucked in and invested in these couples’ stories so quickly. These couples find out that:

1.) Sometimes you get a second chance to get it right.

2.) Loving someone with the heart of your youth doesn’t mean forever but it’s still an important love.

3.) Age doesn’t really matter when it comes to love.

4.) Sometimes you get what you really need even if you never thought you wanted it.

5.) Trust and respect are the most important things in a marriage.

6.) Everyone answers to someone.

What a great read! This author is fantastic and I will absolutely read more by her. Try it if you love Mythology, hot sex, high emotion and finding love in unexpected places. I’ll leave you with my favorite quotes from the book.

“Nyx’s mother had been none to pleased and she was the scary bitch kitty deluxe in her family.”

“I love you like the sun loves the sky-content to burn in its arms for eternity. My love is more constant than the stars and when they shudder into oblivion, it will still be there-strong in my heart as the day it was born. When the mortal world is nothing but dust and ash and all that makes us sentinent has slipped away in the granules of sand through the great hourglass-yes even then. No matter if you never feel your hurt beat again inside of your chest, no matter if you never feel anything but lust for me, I will love you.”

“This is enough for me. I don’t need anything else but what’s in this space of breath between us. Can you feel it? Can you taste it?”

“I’m embarrassed to tell you.” “Persephone, after a god has been ears deep in your nether bits,as you’ve described them, and you’ve ridden his face like a pony, nothing should ever be a taboo discussion between you.”

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Waking Up Pregnant by Mira Lyn Kelly

Waking Up Pregnant
Grade-B+
Hotness Level-Blaze
Kink Level-No Kink
Genre-Contemporary
Reviewed by Kate
224 pages
 
Jeff and Darcy had one night of bliss in Las Vegas before Darcy snuck out. But what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there. Darcy ends up pregnant and heads to Jeff’s office to find out what they’re going to do now.
 
I was looking for a romance that was sweet and tender and yet spicy and this one fit the bill perfectly. Jeff and Darcy are open and honest with each other. There’s no secrets being kept between the pair of them. What a refreshing change from the typical everybody’s-got-a-secret storylines I’ve come across lately. And not only are they open and honest, but they talk to and actually listen to each other.
 
This one is loosely tied to Ms. Kelly’s earlier work Waking Up Married but can be read independently. Mira Lyn Kelly is a new author for me, but I know I’ll be going back to see what she’s got on her back list.

Blue Lines by Toni Aleo

Blue Lines (Assassins, #4)
Grade-B
Hotness Level-Inferno
Kink Level-No Kink
Series-Assassins #4
Genre-Contemporary
Reviewed by Kay

Piper Allen loves Erik Titov. She has wanted him for a long time. She knows the kind of man he is. He’s a womanizer through and through. She can’t seem to get over him, maybe because she sees him constantly. Being that he is her brother-in-law’s brother, it adds to the trickiness of her feelings. Then one night, they go home together from a bar and have wild hot sex. She never hears from him again. Then she realizes she’s late and takes a test where it comes up blue lines or positive. She tried to get a hold of him but he never called her back. So at six months pregnant she goes to his home and drops the news on him.

I really liked so much about this book. I loved the depth of Piper’s love for Erik. I loved seeing the characters from the other books. I loved Erik’s parents. I loved the fluidity of the writing. My big problem was Erik. He was a complete douche bag. On every level. So very selfish and cruel. Through almost 90% of the book I felt he was beyond redemption. Really. I truly wanted Piper to move on from him. I know his backstory and as horrific as it was, I just couldn’t handle his cruelty. It kept this book from being a five star read for me. I don’t think I have ever read almost a whole book hating the main character. When I was done reading, I only barely liked him.

Toni Aleo is my favorite new author of the past year. I love her books and can’t wait to read them. She wrote an almost completely beyond redemption lead male character and made you at least like him. She is a true writing talent and an auto-read for me. Her books are always a bit of an emotional roller coaster, which I love. The acknowledgement section at the end of the book broke my heart. I’m so very sorry for your loss, Mrs. Aleo as I am also a motherless daughter.