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Posted January 9, 2014
"Maybe you ought to give up men for Bingo and water aerobics."
LMAO! There are comedic zingers like this sprinkled throughout this story about two opposites who definitely attract and heat up the page. Wolf's sexy, alpha charmer personality was a nice counter-balance to the all-up-in-her-head heroine, Becca. I kept me wishing Wolf would try on those damn leathers already! He was out-going, but I loved that he managed to be vulnerable at the same time. Too often I think the heroes are cookie-cutter crafted, but not Wolf. Finally, a hero who writes poetry - yes!
Ms Davis has a very strong voice that will bring me back to her books. The sex was hot, the banter crisp, and the characters varied and interesting. Definitely a fun, light-hearted read. I hope there's more to come with these characters because I'm invested. :)
Posted January 7, 2014
I am, of course, a huge fan of Vonnie Davis's. She writes with an emotional realism that I need in my books and she usually couples it with characters you could meet in real life, but she has outdone herself with this one. This one was superb. It's laugh out loud funny in parts (and I mean that...chapter six-ish had me in tears I was laughing so hard), wonderful depth of emotion that I'm used to from her, characters you expect to find living next door (including the secondaries), chemistry that is off the charts (this is her sexiest book yet! *phew*). And a hero to die for. Oh Wolf is swoon worthy. An ex-SEAL firefighter with a heart of gold? Oh my. *fans self*
Pardon my french, but I enjoyed the hell out of this book. If you're thinking about picking it up, you won't be disappointed.
Posted December 26, 2013
Becca has been keeping to herself ever since her divorce ended last Christmas. She is focusing on her career and blogging about her next door neighbor is one step forward in the right direction. She cannot believe how many women he has coming and going out of his house, so when he flirts with her one morning and invites her to his upcoming birthday party she immediately rejects him.
Wolf has always been taking care of his family and even now that they're all grown up it's no different. Ever since the day he moved into his home he's been harboring an attraction for his neighbor. He's never made any kind of approach and doesn't think that his first attempt served to bring him any closer to drawing her attention.
Surprisingly, Becca attends Wolf's party and once there, they discover that they had more obstacles to get through before they can even agree to see each other.
This was such a fun story. Vonnie Davis did a great job in drawing me into the story by making Wolf and Becca's first interaction fun and intriguing. There was something about the man that called to Becca and that made me curious too. I loved their banter and how their tempers flared occasionally.
I appreciated the author's effort to shed light into Wolf's past and Becca's struggles to start anything kind of romantic entanglement with a guy. Her doubts and hesitations were founded, but I did enjoy seeing her let go of her past and letting Wolf in. Wolf's first attempts to capture Becca's attention were sweet and charming and I couldn't help but fall for him too. I especially enjoyed watching them getting to know each other better.
Of course, their chemistry was awesome. I loved watching them all flustered and trying to act all unaffected when in reality they were anything but. The connection was slow in coming but with enough time spent together they did form one and Vonnie Davis made sure that it developed some as the story progressed.
All in all, a wonderful, hot little read with a nice mix of humor, emotion and sensuality wrapped up in a holiday setting.
*I received this title from the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion.
Posted December 16, 2013
I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
When a book's first line is "My new neighbor is a man-whore", you think you're in for a great, entertaining read. Unfortunately this isn't it.
This story had so much potential and it just fell flat.
Becca Sinclair, a reporter for the local paper and blogger, is still dealing with the aftermath of her father walking out on the family and
the divorce from her cheating ex-husband when she encounters her new neighbor as she's returning from exercising with her dog.
Dan Wolford (Wolf to family and friends), former Navy SEAL turned firefighter who develops instant lust for his standoffish neighbor,
and decides to invite her to his birthday party. Of course Becca has no intentions of attending the party, but as they do in these books,
fate (namely a sister-in-law) intervenes and suddenly Becca decides to not only attend the party, but to glam it up.
Of course there is the requisite tension between the characters; actually, that't not accurate. Wolf has made it clear what he wants,
Becca wants nothing to do with him (or any man for the matter). Although once Wolf learns of Becca's occupation, he suddenly wants
nothing to do with her.
The tide shifts when Becca sustains an injury and Wolf is there to help out. She decides the next morning that it's perfectly okay to do
the horizontal tango with him. I'm still trying to figure out what the catalyst was for her decision; seriously, I'm rereading as I'm typing my
review and for the life of me can't figure out what made her change her mind.
So the rest of the book limps along to an underwhelming conclusion. Becca is assaulted while investigating a story, and the assault
takes place at the same time Wolf is responding to a fire at his sister's hair salon. Again, as it happens in these stories, a
misunderstanding takes place and causes a separation/break-up of the main characters. Once everyone comes to their senses,
it's happily ever after.
I wish there was more time spent on the fires, the one involving Wolf's parents and the one that destroyed the hair salon. Were they
both due to arson? As I said, this book could have been so much more if certain parts of the story was elaborated on.
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Posted December 8, 2013
SANTA WORE LEATHERS starts with the best first line I've ever read in a romance novel: My new neighbor is a man-whore.
Vonnie Davis stories are always an absolute pleasure to read, but I struggle with writing a review because there is no way to actually make my words physically glow. It's a rough business when you know starting out that anything you say is going to fall short of being adequate praise.
SANTA WORE LEATHERS—I really really loved it a lot. The story is told in a smooth style with vibrant word usage that energizes the reader's imagination. The dialogue is snappy, especially the back and forth between the hero and heroine. The sexual tension sizzles on the page and the romantic climax is emotionally wrenching.
Reporter/blogger Becca Sinclair starts off a bit prickly but becomes a wholly sympathetic character once it becomes clear her cynicism is the result of a broken heart. Fireman Wolf is the essence of hunky hero, but also has his own scars. Following the death of his parents, he gave up his military career in order to raise his younger siblings and made any number of sacrifices for them. His experiences have left him suspicious of reporters. Conflict in the story is derived entirely from the hero and heroine's trust issues. As befits the holiday, the romantic scenes are over the top and wonderfully extravagant but there were times when I wanted fewer showy gifts from the hero and more integrity.
Certain secondary characters simply stole the show. Becca's panty stealing dog, Einstein, provides one hilarious antic after another. You'll laugh until you cry. Einstein was far and away my favorite character, but neighbor Mrs. Minelli has some absolutely brilliant zingers. I absolutely adore a strong element of humor with my contemporary romance and the author just hits the ball out of the park.
SANTA WORE LEATHERS is a definite page turner. Highly recommended.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Posted November 29, 2013
Santa Wore Leathers. Vonnie Davis
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.
Having just read a couple of fairly heavy paranormals I wanted something light and easy – and this was just perfect. ….....its a short, sweet read, with some great humour. Becca's a lovely girl, dumped by her ex on Christmas Eve she's not ready for a new relationship. Then the man next door moves in, sex on legs, he has a steady stream of gorgeous women visiting him. Becca writes about him in her blog, calls him the man whore, and describes him and his visitors in a humorous, whimsical way. She needs to get the blog stepped up as part of her career move. Then she learns more about Wolf, as her neighbour is called, events bring them together and then...just when all's going well he learns she's a reporter – and he hates those...
Its a gentle romance, with some spicy parts, lots of humour – and I love Einstein her dog, and his penchant for her underwear....if you're looking for something light to while away an hour or so this is perfect. Its a short read at 112 pages, but that's what many busy people want, a book they can finish. Personally I usually want longer books, but sometimes, as in this instance, I just want a light, quick and easy read and this does that.
Stars: four. Fun read, too light for a five from me but a good four.
ARC supplied via Netgalley
Posted June 6, 2014
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