Review of Without Judgment (Without #3) by Aubrey Bondurant

“Not adulting today.” 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 346 Pages

POV:  Alternating First Person

Description:

Do you know what I got for always being the good girl? A cheating ex, fake friends, and now a scandal that has even my own father ashamed of me.

No one believes it isn’t me on the video. My new bodyguard is no exception. Mason is not only my brother’s best friend, but my newly assigned babysitter who wishes he was anywhere but here.

He’s both hot and judgmental. It’s a maddening combination that has me wanting to push all his buttons.

With his bad boy vibe, alpha demeanor and the way he calls me princess, I’m convinced my draw to him is crazy. Until I learn under the tattoos and piercings there may be more than meets the eye. Turns out I may not be the only one fighting the attraction.

I’m determined not to be the helpless girl everyone thinks I am, even if it means taking drastic measures.

The question is whose side will Mason be on in the end?

*** Without Judgment is a standalone romance for mature audiences due to steamy bedroom scenes that are in no way contained to just the bedroom.***

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author.*

Everything went downhill after Avery broke up with her ‘perfect’ boyfriend. He leaked a video of him having sex, supposedly with her, although it wasn’t. She knew the truth, but no one would believe her. Her dad acts embarrassed, her friends basically tell her to enjoy the limelight, and her new bodyguard thinks he guarding some kind of party princess. She just wants it all to go away. Well…maybe not her bodyguard.

“He was sex on an angry stick.”

After the military Mason decided to open his own security company, but while starting it up his best friend aka Avery’s brother asked him to watch her until all the publicity died down and he couldn’t exactly tell him no. He would rather be doing anything else than guarding some rich princess that spent all day shopping and hanging with her friends, but he had a debt to repay.

“Are you wet for me, princess?”

 

Slowly Avery learned that none of her friends were actually friends. Her dad was always gone campaigning and all she had was the sulky bodyguard to keep her company.

“You going to take me over your knee and spank me?”

I love watching how they progressed from not caring to even talk to one another to Avery waking Mason with a water gun, to him taking her out of town (for her safety of course). That cabin was about as rustic as it could get and yet he made it perfect for her.

“I’m not as big of a prima donna as you seem to think I am. Although if there’s a spider, all bets are off. You can call me whatever you wish so long as you kill it for me.”

Without Judgment has the perfect balance of sweet and sexy, with some humor mixed in. Watching their relationship develop and watching the ups and downs of a father/daughter relationship were heartwarming. But don’t think it’s all mush. There’s a lot of chemistry between these two and when they finally give into all that heat the pages explode with their desires.

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Review of Without Regret (Without #2) by Aubrey Bondurant

“It was official: I’d been fucked senseless.” 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 307 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Rejection and I have an understanding: I don’t put myself out there and it doesn’t screw with my life any more.
I keep my feelings hidden, and my heart locked away.
It was working well until he came along and threatened my impenetrable armor, one honeyed word at a time.

With his clean cut looks, and southern manners, I’m convinced he’s not my type. Until I learn Trevor isn’t the same gentleman
in the bedroom as he is in the boardroom.

But once he learns my secrets, and my carefully constructed facade starts to crumble, it’s my turn to do the rejecting.

I only hope he doesn’t listen.

*** Without Regret is a standalone romance for mature audiences due to steamy bedroom scenes that are in no way contained to just the bedroom.***

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

If you read Without Apology first then you already know Emma and her like of tattooed and pierced men. In Without Regret you learn the details of why. She has a sad past and I think the way she’s dealt with it, dating wise, is even more sad. She actually isn’t sure how to love and the thought of actually falling for a guy terrifies the crap out of her…but sometimes you just can’t how you feel. Especially when it’s one determined cowboy.

“Despite telling him and myself I wouldn’t get attached, I was already missing his stupid face.”

Trevor isn’t the typical suit. He a tattooed, pierced, motorcycle riding, sweet talking… gentleman. He wants her from the time they met, even if it was a completely awkward situation that involved his hysterical sister, and he refused to take no for an answer or be permanently friend zoned. He’s one determined man who knows exactly what he wants and just how to get it.

“So much for friend-zoning my feelings – they were busy figuring out a way to friend-suck her bottom lip.”

Without Regret was completely captivating and difficult to put down. The characters were very well written and had no problem capturing my full attention. The storyline had just enough twists and turns to keep me interested and the satisfaction of finally getting to witness one well deserved person punched in the face was worth the wait. I look forward to seeing where the Without series goes…but can I just say that Trevor’s sister with Trevor’s best friend…now that is what I want to see…fingers crossed.

One of my favorite snip-its (I just love his gentlemanly determination mixed with her sass.)…

“What are you doing here?”

“That’s my question for you. Your date – what was his name?”

I gritted my teeth. “I don’t know.”

He leaned against my door jamb, amusement in his eyes. “We’ll go with Operation Make Trevor Jealous, then.”

My temper riled. “I did not leave with him to make you jealous.”

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Review of Without Apology (Without #1) by Aubrey Bondurant

“British and Sexy. Brexy.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 284 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

He’s neat, always on time, and a professed workaholic. I’m chaotic, always running late, and looking for more from life than just my job. Yet our mutual attraction is undeniable.

The last thing I expected after our first date was to have Simon show up at my office. The warm and funny guy I’d met was now gone, replaced by the cold and calculating man in an impeccable suit. While my professional future is in his hands, I can’t stop thinking about how his hands felt on my body.

Whatever had started between us can’t possibly happen now, but that’s easier said than done. Because the more I try not to think of his sexy smirk or delicious accent, the harder it is to stay away. And if our forbidden office kiss is any indication, his resolve is slipping too.

I’ve sworn I’d never fall for a man who puts his job first.
Too bad my heart isn’t listening.

*** Without Apology is a standalone romance for mature audiences due to steamy bedroom scenes that are in no way contained to just the bedroom.***

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Peyton is messy but organized, she’s funny, sweet, and completely likeable.

Simon is a suit! He’s always in suits, always super organized (a little OCD, but it’s funny), and definitely not ready for a Peyton in his life.

“I rushed this last time. Now I’m planning to savor you.”

Some people are just meant to meet. Thanks to a little small town familiarity Peyton is embarrassingly introduced to Simon at the grocery store checkout. Their first date is sweet. Then they meet again in a different venue and as two completely different people. Gone are the carefree people from the grocery store. They’re replaced with company red tape and lines that shouldn’t be crossed. But when you already had a little sample it doesn’t take long to go crashing across the imaginary lines and into each other’s arms.

“That was… Wow. I know you enjoy control, but I have to say I’m a big fan of you losing it.”

Without Apology was both fun and entertaining. It had just enough “work issues” to make the plot interesting and with Peyton and Simon’s characters so well written it was hard not to fall in love with them. There’s a little of everything in this book…the asinine people you want to hit with your car, the super embarrassing family, the smart-mouthed but loveable assistant, the romance, the sex, and even the grand gestures. There’s even an epilogue that made for a perfect ending. Looking forward to the next Without book.

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Review of Show Me Something (Something #5) by Aubrey Bondurant

“Sorry, it’s just, well, it’s a really great cock.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 301 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

The light of the future can only be found by stepping out of the darkness of the past…

After leaving her marriage, Juliette Walker wants to accomplish many new things, but meeting a new man certainly isn’t part of her plan.

Plagued with struggles over her past, she seeks the advice of a professional. But after unloading her most intimate thoughts to the handsome stranger with dark hair and glasses at a friend’s party, she discovers he isn’t the man she thinks he is.

Although Juliette comes into Mark Hine’s life like an unexpected tornado, he finds himself intrigued by the bundle of energy who spills her secrets in a drunken barrage.

Despite swearing off dating permanently since the tragic death of his fiancee, he keeps finding excuses to spend time with the single mom who makes him laugh and brings him out of his shell.

In the aftermath of Juliette’s most humiliating experience to date, she’s convinced Mark has permanently friend-zoned her, until the moment it becomes shockingly clear she couldn’t be more wrong.

But will demons of the past threaten to derail the opportunity for love? Or can two damaged hearts overcome their painful histories to find a future of happiness together?

***Show Me Something is for mature audiences due to steamy bedroom scenes that are in no way contained to just the bedroom.***

Full Length Standalone book with no cliffhanger. Fifth book of the “Something Series”.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Juliette is a single mother who is trying to make a new life for her and her son. After leaving her husband (a dirty, drug addicted cop who cheated on her) she has relied a lot on her friends and their generosity. She isn’t one for handouts though so she does everything she can to give back to those who have continually helped her.

Mark (Love him because he has my last name!) is an unorganized lawyer who has spent years, and I mean years, unable to move on from losing his fiancé in a car accident. He’s quiet in public and a little awkward at times, but he’s an extremely nice man.

Their initial meeting leaves Juliette embarrassed beyond words, but then again she tends to word vomit on a regular basis. Her insecurities and pretty much anything else she has on her mind (appropriate or not) likes to explode filterless out of her mouth.

“I think it’s clear that either I’m going to need to gag you, which has possibilities, or I’ll need to do some more dirty talking to distract you.”

Mark finds her adorable and continually finds little reasons to swing by and spend time not only with her, but her son. He’s afraid to want more because of his past, but when Juliette goes on a bad first date with someone else he cannot hold in his desires anymore.

“Uh, yeah. I don’t know how you missed the whole groaning like a wild animal and grunting out my orgasm inside of you.”

Show Me Something is a laugh out loud while fanning yourself from the heat kind of book. It’s a little slow progressing, but once there’s fire holy cow there’s dirty-talking-gotta-have-you-now fire.

Honestly the only thing that kept me from giving this book a 5 star rating was I expected the thing with her ex to get a little more suspenseful. It had the opportunity to and then all of a sudden it’s taken care of, leaving another more heartfelt and sad issue to stand in their way. Besides, that it is a great read. And if you loved the previous Something Series books you’ll enjoy that some of the characters are very fully front and center in this one.

Review of Teach Me Something (Something #4) by Aubrey Bondurant

“…life is too short to fake an orgasm.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Book Length (Est.): 298 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Life is short, and sometimes you have to take chances…

Catherine Davenport is successful in her career, but doesn’t have the same skill when it comes to her love life. After a painful divorce, she’s finding the new world of dating both intimidating and frustrating.

Tired of striking out, she takes the extreme measure of enlisting the help of an instructor in a private club who offers sessions on how to improve her dating strategy as well as her overall sexual confidence.

‘Calvin’, the masked man with the piercing blue eyes and husky voice not only challenges her to step out of her comfort zone, but encourages her to unlock her repressed adventurous side with various lessons.

She feels like she’s making progress until her worlds collide and the identity of the man privy to her most intimate details is shockingly revealed as someone she knows.

Can Catherine put her insecurities aside to take a chance on love where she least expected it? Or will her past interfere with her ability to plan a future with the one man who truly knows the real her.

Full Length Standalone book with no cliffhanger. Fourth book of the “Something Series”
Recommended for mature readers due to situations of language, and sexual content.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I loved this book! Hell I’ve loved this entire series! If you want laugh out loud comedy combined with damn I need my man here right now hotness then The Something Series is for you.

I truly enjoyed Catherine’s character in the previous books and I was so happy to finally read her story. She’s divorced, mid thirties, and has no kids and all she wants is to settle down and have babies with someone, but she can’t seem to get over the dating hurdle. With a little assistance ‘Calvin’ helps her work through her issues. However, ‘Calvin’ isn’t his real name and a mask can only hide so much when all the other details are so memorable.

“I would have put on my clothes, but the ball told me not to bother.” ~another Magic 8 ball decision. Some of these are quite hilarious.

‘Calvin’ realized who his masked client was when they were hanging out together as friends. Talk about awkward; realizing his client is a friend that he seems to hang around a lot because of their mutual friends. And what oh what to do about it when it’s obvious they both realize that their identities are no longer secret, especially when he has his own secrets to hide.

“We’re just rolling with this and not overthinking it. I mean it, Cath. You’re going to turn your brain off and listen to your body, which I plan on being inside of in about five minutes.”

These two ignite the pages with their steamy romance in Teach Me Something. Let me just say…oh yes, he’ll definitely teach her something. Between their stubbornness, his easygoingness, her mother’s over the top remarks, and the oh-my-goodness sex I couldn’t put this book down. And yes I have the red puffy eyes to prove that I was literally up all night reading.

My Favorite Laughable Moments have to be Catherine’s mother’s comments.

“My God, would you look at those abs? Cathy, please tell me the word ‘friend’ is only a cover so your parents won’t know you’re in reality sleeping with this man.”

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Review of Bet Me Something (Something Series #3) by Aubrey Bondurant

Bet Me Something

Love Watching A Bet Being Collected

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 426 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Being able to stand on your own two feet, sometimes requires getting knocked off them completely…

McKenzie “Kenzie” Lane is newly graduated from college and looking forward to a dream internship she has lined up for the summer in LA. Unfortunately, her controlling mother has other plans.

Colby Singer, with his hot-as-sin looks and wicked charm, is never without attention from the ladies. Despite suspecting how Kenzie feels about him, he’s always kept her comfortably off-limits since she’s the baby sister of one of his best friends. But when he’s determined to distract her temporarily from the stress of her mother’s ultimatum, deciding to show her some fun, he quickly finds that keeping her in the friend zone is not as easy as he’d hoped.

Once Kenzie realizes this may be her last opportunity to gauge her long-time crush’s true feelings, she puts it all out there in the form of a bet. It’s the perfect idea for her perfect man.

Until he isn’t.

Will a dose of reality lead to true love? Or will it crash and burn before it can even get started?

Full Length Standalone book with no cliffhanger. Third book of the “Something Series”
Recommended for mature readers due to situations of language, and sexual content. 

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

The Something Series is addicting and the latest release Bet Me Something only goes to prove that once again.

Kenzie has been lucky, she’s always had her older brother, his best friend, and his best friend’s brothers looking out for her. Only downside, they all considered her their little sister, and yet she’d been in love with Colby since she was a little kid. He was off-limits so she settled for the next best thing, being his friend. She kept all her other feeling for him locked away. That is until she has the opportunity to get what she’s always wanted…all she has to do is win a bet.

Colby has always thought of Kenzie as a little sister and best friend, but somewhere along the way those feelings became a lot less little sister and a little more scary. She was off-limits, her brother would kill him, hell his brothers would kill him too, but when she wins a bet that will make the lines between them a lot more gray he’ll have to decide if she’s worth facing their murderous brothers.

They each have reasons to be scared, but sometimes love is worth risking it all.

The chemistry between Kenzie and Colby was refreshing and fun with a side of hot. The pages are filled with humor, friendships, and family. The friendships and family ties will be pushed and tested, but they’re no contest for stubborn hearts. The part I enjoyed most is that no matter how serious the situation when a little humor is added in it not only lightens the mood, but it warms the heart.

“Nothing happened between us last night, Kenz. I held your hair when you puked and put you to bed. Your brother Brian would’ve done the same.”

“Really? Because I don’t thing he would’ve climbed into bed with me, stripped down to his boxers, to spend the night.”

A vein on the side of Colby’s face throbbed. “Nothing happened,” he reiterated.

I grinned. “Well, I’d be greatly disappointed if something had, and I woke up without being the least bit sore.”

My Favorite Laughable Moment: When Kenzie finally gets to collect on the bet she’d won only to realize her imagination was way better than the real thing. What’s even funnier is Colby’s reaction to her response.

I can honestly say I’ve never read a moment like that. Props to Aubrey Bondurant for veering left when I bet everyone assumed she’d go right.

Jenn 5 Heart

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Review of Ask My Something (The Something Series #2) by Aubrey Bondurant

Ask Me Something

Hooked and Breathless

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 418 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

How do you ask the question, when you know the answer may change everything?

Sasha Brooks has been focused on one thing her entire life: her career. Newly promoted as the vice president in a New York advertising company, she has beauty, brains, and one hell of a fierce reputation. But she also has a secret that she keeps carefully guarded.

Brian Carpenter is finding out that managing his newest VP isn’t without its challenges, but when it comes to Sasha, he’d expect nothing less.
His easygoing personality and Southern charm are the yang to her yin and the calm to her storm.

Over the last eight years of their friendship, the flirtations, innuendos, and chemistry have almost led to more, but Sasha has convinced herself they’re better off just friends.
Almost.
Until the moment she thinks he’s with someone else.

Is she too late to admit her feelings?
Gathering the courage to ask the question, Sasha discovers she isn’t the only one keeping secrets.

You think you know someone….

Full Length Standalone book with no cliffhanger. Second book of the “Something Series”
Recommended for mature readers due to situations of language, and sexual content.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Holy Cow and Hot Damn!

Yes, that’s exactly how I would describe this book. Ask Me Something is intensely filled with such sexual desires and needs that it’ll leave you wanting to snuggle up with someone and show them all the things you just read and dreamed about doing. However, it isn’t only filled with sex. The characters are very well developed, you can’t help but love them. The storyline has just enough curves and loops to keep you interested in seeing what happens next. And overall, it’s just a fantastic read. I love The Something Series!

“You view needing someone, even for a moment, as a weakness, whereas I see it as a privilege to be that person for you. Would it help to hear that I needed to  come home to you tonight? Needed to see your face and hear your voice?”

Sasha is a woman in a man’s world, but she’s earned her place there. It doesn’t matter that there’s a pool at the office wondering who she’ll sleep with first, or the fact that she can be very intimidating and fierce, what matters is that all the things people see and think she is….she isn’t.

Brian wants Sasha, but he has a little issue with unwanted attention that he’ll have to deal with before he can move forward into a world he’d only dreamed about. And it’s definitely his own private dream world, one filled with rules, games, and lots and lots of apologies.

“I’m hoping I would’ve been brave enough to ask you if you ever think about more.”

His fingers stroked my cheek. “Every fucking day.”

Brian may be Sasha’s boss, but anyone can keep their business and personal lives separate…right?!?!

Love, pain, desires, secrets, humor, sentimentality, insecurities, and sex – this book has a little bit of everything all rolled into one. It is a wonderfully entertaining read that had me unable to put it down. Not to mention that one of the reasons I absolutely loved it was that the interactions between Brian and Sasha reminded me so much of someone in my life that I could have sworn Brian was based on him.

“Because I want to eat your pussy for days, kiss every inch of your body, and then fuck you until you can barely walk.”

My Favorite Rule: Rule number one! Angry sex!

“I foresee a lot of rule number one being evoked.”

Jenn 5 Heart

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