Hot and Filthy: The Honeymoon, by Whitley Cox

Hot and Filthy: The Honeymoon (The Dark and Damaged Hearts Series)


Emma Everly didn’t know true love or happiness until she met enigmatic millionaire James Shaw. He turned her world upside down, all for the better, possessing her heart, body, and soul. He brought her over to the dark and dirty side and opened her eyes to the wild and kinky sex Emma didn’t even know she craved.

Now they’re married and ready to start their life together, and Emma realizes all her dreams are coming true. With a romantic honeymoon planned on a live-aboard boat in French Polynesia with nothing but her handsome husband and the fishes, Emma is positive James will take her body to newer and more extreme heights of pleasure. But James has other ideas, and even in the middle of their sexy sea adventure, their relationship is put to the test. Emma must find a way to come to terms with James’ demands or risk ruining their first holiday as husband and wife.


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

Much like the disclaimer in the beginning of the book, this story is Hot.  And Filthy.  And, oh, so delicious.  It was great fun revisiting this couple.  (Although this can be read as a standalone, it is suggested to read Parts 1 and 2 of “Sex, Heat and Hunger” in The Dark and Damaged Hearts Series for a full understanding of the highlighted coupling.)

The idea of a honeymoon story was sheer brilliance by the author not only to continue their journey but to show how far “James” has come in his progression of being more open with “Emma”.  The sex scenes were blistering and I found myself wishing I could dive into the ocean to cool off.  Instead I drank an entire gallon of iced tea I had made earlier in the day in an effort to keep myself hydrated.  Yes…it is that scorching.  And so completely worth it.

My rating:  Midleton


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35485714-hot-and-filthy

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Sex, Heat and Hunger: Part 2, by Whitley Cox

Sex, Heat and Hunger: Part 2 (The Dark and Damaged Hearts Series #4)


Emma Everly only ever dreamed of meeting a man like millionaire project developer James Shaw. She never imaged she would fall in love with him, a man so intense, so dominating he radiates power and control no matter where he goes. What begins as a sex-only arrangement for pleasure becomes a heated, hungry, all-consuming obsession. James claims the keys to her heart and her mind, opening them to the wilder side of sex and bondage. But her painful history with relationships gets in the way of accepting that he finds her beautiful and worthy of love.

James is devoted to caring for Emma’s every need, but his past haunts him, too. Guarded and evasive, he avoids Emma’s questions, unwilling to divulge his secrets. She knows the only way to truly earn James’ trust and get him to open his heart is to show him just how committed she is. Despite her lingering fears and people determined to tear them apart, can she go all-in and give herself entirely to him, body and soul?


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

This second half of the story greatly surprised me.  In a good way.  “James” really spun me on my head, and heart, with his passion.  Hunger is properly apt in this instance.  I may not have always enjoyed “Emma’s” reaction to events but easily could see how her character thought that the best course of action.  A nod to the prior releases with the appearance of Kendra and Justin but it did not detract from the storyline or make one lost if books 1 and 2 in the series were not read.

My rating:  Redbreast


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34627547-sex-heat-and-hunger

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Sex, Heat and Hunger: Part 1, by Whitley Cox

Sex, Heat and Hunger: Part 1 (The Dark and Damaged Hearts Series #3)


Emma Everly is ready for her happily ever after. James Shaw doesn’t know happiness. But Emma knows that there is more to the brilliant and sexy millionaire project developer. Yearning to experience the world of pleasure that James is offering her, with no strings and no future, Emma agrees to the parameters of his proposition. No love, just sex —and lots of it. After only one weekend, Emma feels her heart begin to bind to the man, and she knows she needs more, only James’ walls are up and he remains guarded and distant. He’s hiding something. As Emma falls hard and fast into his intoxicating world of sex and passion she fears that her own checkered past and James’ secrets may be what’s keeping their happily ever after just beyond their grasp.


My review:

I was excited to read about “James” having met him in the prior two books of The Dark and Damaged Hearts Series releases.  (You do not need to read Books 1 & 2 of the series to follow this story.)  And I was surprised.  I like that although I was going to read about a character I had already begun to form opinions about, this tale kept me guessing about his thoughts and motives since it is told from Emma’s point of view.  Nevertheless, I hungrily devoured this book and am excited to find out how this couple resolves the issues at hand in the next installment.

My rating:  Redbreast


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34224150-sex-heat-and-hunger

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Possession, by Brandy Ayers

Possession (Blue Line, #2)


One look and he fell…

Officer Bryan Coy was known as the Middleburg playboy. There wasn’t a night of the week that you didn’t find him at the Blue Line Bar picking up buckle bunnies. But then he gets assigned what most cops consider the crap detail. Set up a speed trap outside the home of a woman that complains nonstop about speeders in her neighborhood. Hand out tickets. Shut the lady up. Easy.

Then he sees her, running from her house to grab something out of the car. But that brief glimpse changes something inside Officer Coy. Now he can’t get her out of his head… or his heart. If only she’d give him a chance.

But he’d need to work for it…

Lexis Johannes has centered her whole world around her little boy. Dating, men, sex are a thing of the past. She’s happy with her life. But the smooth talking cop that keeps popping up at her curb is making her second guess everything. Long after the reckless drivers had all slowed down, Officer Coy is still there, watching out for them.

Letting him in terrifies her. But so does letting him slip away. Can she find room in her world for the larger than life police officer?

The drugs and crime are piling up in Middleburg, but Coy won’t let it touch what belongs to him. Despite his need to possess Lexis and protect her and Ash, trouble finds its way next door. 


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

This clearly should NOT have been read while at the office but I will re-read this at least another two times I enjoyed it that much.  The flirting was mature and the sass from both characters highlighted this story.  Another wonderful quick erotic tale when you only have a short amount of time to read. 

My rating:  Redbreast
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Love, Passion and Power: Part 2, by Whitley Cox

Love, Passion and Power: Part 2 (The Dark and Damaged Hearts #2)


The moment Kendra Black gave into temptation and took Justin Williams to bed she knew there was no turning back. There was something in him that she needed, that she longed for —safety, he made her feel safe, he made her feel cherished, he made her feel like for once she finally had a shot at love and a happily ever after. A damaged heart —so much like her own, she was drawn to him like a moth to a flame, an attraction so strong she would risk burning her wings just to be near him.

Now they are preparing to move in together and start their life. She’s eager to play sidekick to her superhero, to embark on new adventures both in and out of the bedroom. Kendra’s opened her heart, but trust doesn’t come easy, and love takes two hearts to make it work. Can Justin find a way to win over the love of his life, before her old demons come creeping back and cause Kendra to cut and run?


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

What a powerfully emotional “Kendra and Justin” focus. The insecurities were more prevalent, the personal speeches more profound, and the sex was unbelievingly erotically charged. I fully enjoyed seeing how two strong and independent people stayed true to themselves as well as to each other even through the many obstacles placed before them. “Dark and Damaged” has never been so enticing.

My rating:  Redbreast


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34224124-love-passion-and-power

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