Monday, March 27, 2017

Say I'm Yours: Corinne Michaels



The story is full of love and angst, as any good romance should be. The characters are fleshed out, the plot is believable, and the ending is satisfying.


How long is too long to wait for the love of your life to come to his senses? How much distance can you really put between yourself and your heartbreak in a small town? Does everyone always have to know your business? 


Trent Hennington can't commit, and he's kept Grace Rooney waiting for two decades. On again, off again, come and go, push and pull, this relationship has defined them both and Grace is ready for a change. Can she move on without Trent? Or will Trent finally man up and be the partner and man she needs him to be?



And Cooper! Cooper Townsend, best friend's brother and kind, open, honest, and very sexy; could Cooper be Grace's future? She'll need to be free of Trent to find out, but that's a little harder to accomplish than she'd expected. Especially when he keeps showing up and making things complicated.
Everyone from the first two books in this series is still here, and it feels a lot like visiting with friends. 



I will admit that the core conflict was resolved a little too easily for me, and there is a trope here (I won't specify which one) that is used in the first two books in this series and is repeated here. I found this to be conspicuous, though it was certainly a logical occurrence given the story. The rest of the book, though, was spot on.


Overall it's a good book and the Hennington brothers remain their hot, sexy, protective, romantic, funny selves; their wives and girlfriends are still smart and sassy, independent and, most importantly, good to one another. The moms are still meddling in their children's lives, working as domestic cupid's assistants.


I was really anticipating this book, because Say You'll Stay and Say You Want Me were so terrific, and Michaels is certainly in fine form here, as well. But to be honest, Say You Want Me is a really hard act to follow and a loved it an awful lot, and I originally gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because of that. Still, this is a very good book, with a really good story, some great plot twists, and heavy doses of emotion, love, pain, friendship, fear, courage, humor, and reality. There's also a fantastic surprise in here that I never saw coming. Kudos to Corrine for that huge surprise; it's what caused me to put that fifth star up there.


I'm hoping that there is at least one more book in this series, because Cooper Townsend deserves to find love, too. [Since writing this review, I've found out that Michaels plans a novella for Coop. Yay!]
Overall, I want you to get this book and read it and enjoy it. Because Corinne Michaels writes a great love story.  


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Friday, February 17, 2017

Featured Author: Heidi Joy Tretheway

Way back when, at a time when the Bookish Bitch was just emerging as a connoisseur of fine romance and sexy, steamy stories, we discovered Heidi Joy Tretheway and read her first book, Tattoo Thief. We were in love by the end of chapter one, and we're still going strong. We particularly love seeing her at author events; she gives great hugs!






One of the great things about Heidi, in addition to her sparkling personality and her generous nature (she's been known to spend an hour or more on the phone with an aspiring author or two, and has on more than one occasion gone out of her way to help a new writer get some attention), is that she continues to grow as a writer and to get better and better, and every book promises to be better than the last.  The fantastic thing about this is that her books were very, very good to begin with.

Heidi's Tattoo Thief series is the story of a bunch of rockers looking to make it big, verging on that breakthrough, and realizing that it's not all there is in life. They find love, and it complicates everything while making their lives so much better. From the tortured lead singer who runs away to find himself and ends up falling in love with the house sitter, to the man whore guitar player who finds satisfaction when he meets the right woman, to the cuckolded drummer who finds a truth and a love that combine to set him free, to the bass player who stands by the target of a revenge porn scandal, these stories are romantic, hot enough to melt your Kindle, and romantic as hell.  You owe it to yourself to give them a try; you won't be sorry. OOOH!  The best part?  A new installment of Tattoo Thief is due out this year!  We can't wait to read Skip a Beat.



Heidi Joy Tretheway is also the author of the Grace Colton stories. Grace, left widowed and childless in an episode of gun violence in Oregon, has become a member of congress, hoping to make change happen. She is approached to run for Vice President on an unlikely ticket, and along the way she discovers that life - and love - can change in an instant.  She discovers a few other things, too, and all of it makes for a great story. Two books of this trilogy are currently available, and while we don't know when book three is due, we're waiting with bated breath for it!


There are other books, too. We love A Handful of Gold, which takes your typical princess story and turns it on its ear. If your child needs to see a strong little heroine on a grand adventure, who is smart, kind, helpful, and victorious, this is the book to get. We love Audrey and we love this story.


What do classic fairy tales tell children? Too often, women are valued for their beauty, they must be rescued by princes, and a girl’s highest aspiration is to attract the eye of the prince. 
A Handful of Gold was inspired by classic fairy tales, but it reveals a fresh, spunky character who needs neither her beauty nor a prince to bravely battle bandits. Audrey is an unlikely heroine who is always willing to share, to help and to have an adventure. 

Remember when we mentioned Heidi's generosity? Well, how about this: Bookish Bitch is doing a giveaway on our Facebook page, and Heidi has donated a signed book (or maybe two) for that purpose.  And as we know, signed books are always better! For a chance to enter the giveaway, click her to go to the Bookish Bitch Facebook page and like, share, and tag on the appropriate post. It's that easy. 

Whether you win or not, check out Heidi's books. We've reviewed a few of them here, too. (Some were reviewed long ago and were lost in a revamp of the blog.  Sorry, Heidi.)


OH! AND A FREE BOOK FOR YOU, TOO!!!!!

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Other Reviews on Goodreads


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We love and adore Heidi and her stories. She's talented, her heroines are strong, her heroes are sexy, and her romances are hot. The stories are meaningful and relevant, and the settings are real. You're gonna love Heidi's writing, and her take on life and love. Since the first one's free, what's stopping you from starting today?????


Monday, February 6, 2017

Featured Author: Kendall Grey







Kendall Grey is incomparable as a writer. She writes for the sake of writing, going so far as to give away some of her work, just so people can read it. (More on that later.) And she writes well, whether her stories are about riotous rock stars or dystopian anti-heroes, or oversexed eco-warriors, or presidential candidates, her books and characters are amazing. She could write instructions for using toilet paper and make it great.



But beyond making you laugh, or snort-laugh, or swoon or groan or even get horny, Kendall Grey makes you think. Because behind the filthy language, the over-the-top sex, the libertines and rockers and repressed types, there is an intellect at work.  Every Kendall Grey book contains two stories: The one you read, and the deeper meaning behind it.




Yes, the language would make Lenny Bruce blush, and yes, the sexual situations are insane, and yes, the entire story is just nuts. But that's not the actual story. That's the frame for the picture of the real thing Grey is trying to show you. Because Kendall Grey is trying to change the world, one reader at a time. That, or she's trying to make us all engage in some pretty questionable activities. Could be both, I'm not sure about that, but if she is, I'm all in.




I cannot heap enough superlatives on this woman's work. She's brilliant, and, as so often happens, an artist of this magnitude is not always appreciated in her own time. The Bookish Bitch wants to change that.  So, here are links to some things. Her Facebook and Amazon author pages. Her Wattpad page and her website.  Which you really ought to do, by the way.




Oh, and remember the giving away free thing? Well, currently, she's serializing the latest in her insane Hard Rock Harlots series, BANG!, for free. On Wattpad. As in GRATIS! And it's fantastic, although I'd suggest reading Strings, Beats, Nocturnes, Love Notes, and Rock before starting Bang. Because it helps, and because you need these lunatics in your life. 

We've reviewed a few of Kendall's books here, and elsewhere, too.   

Strings    Beats     Nocturnes   Rock   Love Notes  

Ghosts   Ghosts (again) 


And we've pimped her before, as well. (Please note: The giveaway on that page is over.) 

On the up side? We're doing it again!!!!!! All you have to do is:

1. Like Bookish Bitch on Facebook 

2. On the post titled Giveway!!!, tell us if you've read a Kendall Grey book before 
     If you have, tell us which character you like best
     If you haven't, tell us which one you'd like to read
3. Like the post, and tag a friend who might like it, too

Somewhere around the 12th of February, a random commenter will be chosen to win a Kendall Grey book of their choosing.

Bookish Bitch LOVES Kendall Grey, and we're not ashamed to say it. Give the girl a chance to win your heart, too!




Monday, October 31, 2016

Tears and Cheers Corinne Michaels' SAY YOU WANT ME! You're gonna love it!


I want you to know I am RUINED! I loved this book so much that I cannot start a new one yet. The book hangover is strong with this one. In a good way... no, wait. In a FANTASTIC way. Corinne Michaels killed it with this amazing story.

Angie and Wyatt are awesome. I don't want to give anything away, plot wise, so instead, I'll tell you that this book starts out with a shocker and there's lots of activity and romance and fun and sadness and tears and joy and love, love, love, love! Fast paced, except for the romance which... well, they're just not sure about that whole thing.

They have different lives, they live different places, and they need different things out of each other; can they find common ground and adapt to one another or is this thing doomed from the start?

If you read Say You'll Stay (and you totally should) then you know that Wyatt and Angie started out with a bang... literally. And you know that neither one of them is really the relationship type. And you know that Wyatt is a good guy but definitely a man-tramp. Angie is happy with her life as-is. How are they ever going to get together? Or will they? Will fate make them a happy couple or will their own misery keep them apart?

There's attraction so strong it can't be denied, but is that all it is? There's love, new and fragile, but can it survive a tragic loss? There's fear and pain so intense that suffering seems like the only option; can they get each other through it? There's hope for the future, but is that future the same for both of them? Can a man and a woman love one another enough that love is really the only thing that matters? Or is it possible that, sometimes, love just isn't enough to heal the wounds?

I cannot say enough good things about this book. Because... it made me cry, folks, and that hasn't happened since Angela's Ashes in the 80s! That's how good Corinne Michaels is. I am now a dyed-in-the-wool, card carrying Corinne Michaels fanatic! Say You'll Stay was good and I knew I wanted more of Michaels's kind of romance, but Say You Want Me was more than I could have hoped for. If this pattern continues, Say You're Mine (due out soon-ish) is going to slay me. And I can't wait!

If you are a fan of a strong, feisty, independent woman finding a strong, dedicated, loving man and of watching what happens when their worlds collide and the universe pushes them together, then this is the book for you. If you like sweet romance, true love, commitment, surprises, gut-wrenching tear-jerkers, and a great love story, this is the book for you. If you like hot guys who have hot brothers and who all need to find love, if you like meddling old ladies and loyal friends and a good cup cake, this is the book for you. If you like books, this is the book for you!

Let me warn you that there is a very emotional situation in this book, and if you are one who cries easily, you might want to buy a box of tissue when you pick up this book. It's totally worth it, though. Really.

Read it. Enjoy it. Read Say You'll Stay first, if you haven't already, because really, it's a great series and it's always fun to start at the beginning.

Seriously. Fab book. You'll love it.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Say You'll Stay by Corinne Michaels

This book was the first by Corinne Michaels that I've read, but it won't be the last! This is an amazing story, told amazingly well.



Presley comes home from work to find her almost perfect life isn't so perfect anymore. She loses everything. WARNING: It's been a long time since a book made me cry. Angela's Ashes, I think it was, in the late 90s. So when I say that Say You'll Stay made me tear up and get all sniffly, know that this is some serious heart wrenching going on. Have the tissues handy.

Returning to her home town, Presley is humiliated, depressed, and having a really hard time coming to terms with her new reality. Living with her parents, sleeping in her teen-age bedroom (complete withe posters!), and raising her kids in an environment that is totally foreign to them, while trying to straighten out the mess of her recent past is just too much; at least she doesn't have to deal with her former boyfriend. The one she'd loved from the time she was a girl, who'd left her and gone on with his life. It's a little easier to know he's no longer living in the small Tennessee town she's returned to, so she won't be running into the guy who destroyed her world 17 years ago.

Or not. Because he's there. And IT'S still there, too. The attraction, the fire, the passion. The love. Zach is just as handsome, just as sweet as she remembers, but now he's living in town and dating the school bitch, who hasn't changed at all. It'd be so much easier for Presley to avoid Zach at all costs and go on with her life, but fate - and Presley's and Zach's brothers - aren't having any of that. Good thing, because what kind of romance novel would it be if all they did was avoid each other for 310 pages?

This story will make you cry at the outset, then fill you with hope. There are laugh out loud moments, too. There's joy and hope, heartache and fear, romance and arguments, a meddling family (and town), a bar, nearly a bar fight, a bunch of horses, a misunderstanding, and a parade.

The ultimate questions are these: How do you take a life that has been burned to ash and turn it into a life worth living? How do you take love betrayed and make it back into a love forever? How can a woman who's lost everything, who has nothing, and who is afraid that heartache awaits no matter what action she takes, become the strong, confident, and powerful woman she needs to be? And can she do all that while raising her sons and falling in love with her roots, and her ex, again?

Get this book. Read this book. LOVE this book. Because a strong, satisfying, romantic story about a strong woman overcoming tragedy is always a good thing but this one gets the blue ribbon.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Creighton Karas is on sale!!!! Meghan March's Dirty Billionaire, 99 cents

Warning: If you can't handle an over-the-top alpha with a mouth filthy enough to make a veteran smut-lover blush... This one isn't for you.
But if you want a different twist on your billionaire trilogies, grab DIRTY BILLIONAIRE for only 99 pennies and start your binge-read today!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Gotta Love It! - Beneath These Lies by Meghan March



Who loves a hot, sexy, commanding, powerful, romantic alpha male or three?  Who wants to be an independent, intelligent, strong, beautiful, multiply orgasmic heroine? Who loves finding adventure, excitement, suspense, danger, twists, romance, and surprises in their books? My answer to all of these is, ME!!!!!  I'm hoping you feel the same.

There's so much I want to say about this book. So freaking much!  But I can't. I promised I wouldn't.  Because Meghan March knows when she's outdone herself and this book is definitely the next step up for her. She wants you to go in cold, just like I did, so the full effect of this story begins with the first line.  Trust me on this; not knowing what to expect is just going to make this book better for you. I swear. There are a few things I can tell you though.

You get it all with Meghan March's 5th outing in the Beneath Series. Hot, gorgeous, tattooed men, beautiful, sexy women, steamy hot love scenes, and underneath it all, a yearning for the kind of love that sets your soul and your body on fire. It's all here. And you're gonna love every word of it.

We aren't giving you any hints here, folks. No character names, no plot lines, nothing. Why?  Because I received an advance copy of this novel for an honest review and I was so impressed, and so happy with the whole story; I want you to be as surprised as I was when you finally read the last words.

I will tell you this, though.  Beneath These Lies is proof that Meghan March gets a little better every time she sits down to write.  Considering how good she was to begin with, that's high praise.

The writing is outstanding and the characterizations are great. You will buy into this, hook, line, and sinker.  I promise. And no, no one goes fishing, so that's not a hint.

Here's a hint:  If you like good writing, good romance, lots of the unexpected, plenty of action, and alphas, alphas, alphas.... get this book. Don't go skimming, or skipping around in it.  Don't go reading the last few pages, and definitely don't spoil anyone else when you give this piece of reading heaven the five-star review it so richly deserves!

As always, click on the picture to buy it on Amazon.


Monday, February 8, 2016

GHOSTS is now available in paperback and ebook!!! GHOSTS by Kendall Grey!

Under the blazing cover of a post-nuclear, technology-crippled world, Sarah Coolidge is an expert at being neither seen nor heard.
She was an afterthought to her abusive parents.
She’s invisible to the criminals she works with.
And she’ll soon be the death-dealing ghost her enemies never see coming—if she can just shake loose the one person who does see her.
The one who could ruin her.
The one who gives her a reason to live.

I have been harping and nagging at you about this story. This amazing, incredible, surprising, outstanding story that, up until today, as totally free at Kendall Grey's website. It's a fucking masterpiece, written by a goddamned genius.  I swear it. But, you can't get it for free anymore.

Starting this week, the only way to take this unbelievable and totally relevant-to-your-life journey is to buy the book.  It will be available in paperback and e-book formats.  Not free, but worth the price. In fact, it's worth it at ten times the price. Trust me on this. You are going to be amazed at this story, and at Kendall Grey's masterful execution of a tale full of love and fear, pain and redemption, good and evil, truth and deception, unearned kindness and undeserved cruelty, and ultimately of finding the heart of your life and becoming whole. It's about writing your own story, no matter where you are in your life, and not giving in to propaganda and the ramblings of madmen.

The book is called GHOSTS, and it's really, really, really good.  Great. Fantastic.  I cannot heap enough superlatives on this book to really convey to you how utterly intense and rewarding this book was for me. As I read each installment, I went further down Grey's rabbit hole, lined though it was with nuclear weapons, medical experiments, and secret agendas. I waited eagerly for each new work day so I could start my mornings with coffee and post-apocalyptic, dystopian adventures.

Parts of this book are FUCKING BRILLIANT!  You will read words and phrases here that will make you stop, take a breath, and really rethink things before you move on.  Because this story, despite the fact that it takes place in a decidedly dark and dangerous future, is the story of everyone.  Each of us has lived in hopelessness at least once, experienced misery and misfortune, sought answers, found love and connection, then lost it. It's a true story, despite the fact that it's a work of immense fiction. This story, and its truth, will haunt you.

Use the buy links and get the damned book.  I am going to really be on you about this! The story is so fresh yet so recognizable. The characters are real, the plot is engrossing, and the writing is beyond stellar. Yes, it's dark.  Depressing at times. Thought provoking. It's also a fucking demonstration of a writing talent that is so woefully under-appreciated it's fucking criminal. This shit is the real deal.

Buy links are below.  Your mission? Go. Get. GHOSTS. You need to read this story and let it move you, let it scare you, let it turn the fucking lights on in your head, and let it, ultimately, amaze you.



Saturday, January 9, 2016

A lovely finish to a steamy-hot series: Dirty Together by Meghan March


Meghan March wraps up the Dirty Billionaire series in style! An excellent read.

We catch up with Holly, looking for herself in her past, and with Creighton, looking for his frequently-gone-missing wife. We find that they're both looking for the same thing: To love and be loved without having to give up the things that matter to them.

This story plays out as you might expect, with obstacles and misunderstandings and steamy, dirty, wild, smokin' hot sex. The story is resolved nicely, if a little unrealistically, and is entirely satisfying. This is romantic fiction about a billionaire alpha and a young woman from the trailer park who is desperately seeking a better future, after all; realism isn't nearly as much fun to read! 

Overall, I enjoyed this book and the entire series. You will find a twist to the story that I didn't particularly like, but it didn't affect my overall satisfaction with the book or the series. In the end, lovers of romance, dreams, billionaires, and sex will find this story - all three parts - to be well worth the time spent reading it.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

The romance, the music, the fighting, and the hot, dirty sex continue! Dirty Pleasures by Meghan March




After the great ride that was Dirty Billionaire, I was a little concerned that March's sophomore entry into this series might come up lacking.  Silly me; part two moves our story along nicely.

Our heroine, Holly, has left her new husband, afraid that he doesn't realize how important her career is to her.  Creighton isn't happy about this turn of events and sets about retrieving his runaway bride.  In the course of reuniting - or not - we learn more about both partners, we see some bad things happen that turn out to be not so bad, and we realize that both of the main characters are experiencing some similar feelings about their situation. The writing is smooth and emotional, the sex is insanely hot, and both characters are well-drawn.

There's a but at the end of that last sentence.

I try very hard not to give away plot points, not to spoil stories, and not to ruin the book for anyone.  However, I feel the need to explain why I gave Dirty Pleasures four stars, when I wanted to give it five. So, without giving away too much, here you go:

There are tried and true tropes and tricks in every genre of writing, including romance. Some are great and really make the story better.  Things like  having your hero lose something that matters to them and have to fight to get it back. Sometimes a pregnancy scare can fit the bill, or an ex-lover showing up. There are, unfortunately, some little things that I dislike very much in writing. This book contains three of them.

     1.  I am not big on cliff-hanger endings. I knew going in that this book would have one, though, so that's not my biggest issue here. I also know that March will give me a fantastic climax to the story (much as Creighton does for Holly so often) and a satisfying, happy resolution to things. So I can live with the cliffie.

     2.  Miscommunication can work well in a story.  However, when the lack of understanding occurs because one character won't shut up and let the other offer an explanation, or when one assumes that what they think is what actually happened and won't listen to anything else... it makes me nuts. I realize I'm not explaining this well, but I think most of you know what I mean. Maybe you were late for dinner because you decided to have a go at the blonde in  your office, which is what your business rival told me, or maybe you just held up in traffic due to a 2 car accident; assuming my version is correct, and refusing to let you tell me what happened, and then blaming you when the relationship isn't working?  No. March employs this particular  ploy and in my opinion it detracted from the book.

     3.  Why is it that no character is ever honest about their feelings until it's too late, or almost too late?  I don't get it.  This is not March's fault as it's part of the plot, but it makes me want to tear my hair out!  I hate this particular trope and I wish she'd found a way to write this story without using it. That said, it's effective as heck.

None of which is a criticism of Meghan, because the woman is a fabulous writer.  I love her work. I'm just being honest here.

Read Dirty Pleasures.  It's a good story.  Don't let my own personal preferences deter you.  Holly is still head-strong (even pig-headed at times), as is Creighton. The pairing is fun, the naughty bits are very, very naughty, and the writing is excellent. Besides, you want to be ready when the conclusion to this series, Dirty Together, comes out!

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