Review – Betting on Bailey

Review of Betting on Bailey

Tara Crescent novel.

A billionaire businessman. A bad-boy celebrity chef. A curvy woman. Sometimes, good things come in threes.


Bailey Moore is not in the mood for love…

She just needs to learn to play pool in a hurry. Out of spite, her loser ex-boyfriend has saddled her with a rent bill she cannot afford, and Bailey’s not going to take it lying down. She’s going to hit him where it hurts, by beating him at his favorite game, in front of all his friends.

Now, she needs to join a pool league, find someone to coach her and get really good in a hurry. Perhaps her hot new teammates Daniel and Sebastian could be persuaded to help…

Sebastian Ardalan is too busy for love…

His restaurant has earned a prestigious award, and the offers are pouring in – cookbooks, TV shows, franchise deals and more. His focus should be on his career, but Sebastian can’t stop thinking about the curvy redhead who has just joined his pool team…

Daniel Hartman cannot afford love…

He’s shared women with Sebastian before, but there’s something special about Bailey. Before he knows it, he’s rashly bet fifty thousand dollars that Bailey will win a crucial pool game…

However, Daniel is negotiating a deal that’s vital to his company. If the sexy ménage becomes public news, all hell will break loose…

When the stakes have never been higher, can the three of them bet on each other and take a chance on true love?

My Thoughts:

Betting on Bailey is a M/F/M ménage romance written by Tara Crescent. It is the first book in her Playing for Love series.

The author’s writing style made this 276 page novel unique. Instead of your typical third person POV, Ms. Crescent attempted a first person POV for all three characters. I have to admit, I was skeptical when I began reading. I believed switching between three characters would be distracting, making the story hard to follow. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the author pulled it off exceedingly well. Each POV provided a smooth transition between characters and the story-line.

The book length is perfect for the story. It never feels rushed or like you skipped a section.

Main Characters:

Bailey – A college Professor. To bad this intelligent, curvy redhead lets her own insecurities hold her back when it comes to romance.

Sebastian – A sexy chef who owns two restaurants. Too bad he’s so hung up on his past.

Daniel – The billionaire playboy who doesn’t really play around. As CEO of the family business, he’s more concerned with public perception than his own desires.

Three well rounded characters to enjoy. The author did a wonderful job portraying each character individually. From the struggles they face in their careers, to the past that haunts each of them. How they confront their demons and triumph with love. Of course we mustn’t forget the sensual chemistry.

The interaction with the side characters allowed for a unique insight into the hero/heroine’s strengths and flaws and added extra tension for the subplots. The intrigue for each subplot is well placed and suspenseful. The ending was bittersweet.

Complaints: Warning, a slight spoiler.

I was hoping Bailey would get to bitch slap Juliette.

While I’m wishing — Can I request a black eye for Trevor?

Lets Sum Things Up:

The story is a cute ménage romance with my favorite kind of men. Handsome, with a few flaws thrown in to make them more realistic. So, we have some not so perfect men and one highly intelligent, closet exhibitionist. Go–go Bailey!

Sadly, I downloaded the e-book using Kindle Unlimited, so it’s going back. The good news? I already downloaded the next book in the series. As an added bonus, I’m considering picking up one of her sci–fi romances. A little alien love once in a while keeps my mind diversified. I gave this 4 hearts.

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Review – Ryse of the Ryders

Review of Ryse of the Ryders


There are many different creatures that exist in this world. They make up our most fanciful legends. They come from a time in shadow, now thought of as myth. They have been called many things, gone by many names, over the long centuries. They were hailed as gods and goddesses, the kings and queens of the ancient world. Shape shifters, both men and women, full of magic and power. They still walk among us.

Some have been willing to accept new ways, but others are forever stuck in the past. Many protect and guide us, champions of the innocent, but some choose to demean and abuse those that they see as inferior, weaker than themselves. Totally embracing the darkness, their powers and technologies have corrupted them. Known only as the Fa’allen, they long to rule as gods once again. The only thing standing between us and their total domination are the guardians, the Nephilim, the heroes of old, men of renown.

What do you do when you have spent centuries looking for your mate – the other half of your soul? When you have lost hope because no female has been born to your people in over a thousand years? The Ryders, those “humans” that God had chosen to join with them had thought to have been lost, killed by those who seek their destruction – the Fa’allen. What does a man do when God slaps him upside the head and answers his prayers – with a mate? A modern Careful what you wish for… you might just get it..

My Thoughts:

Ryse of the Ryders by Carole Hjellum is an amazing intro to what could be a fantastic series. I downloaded the e–book from the Kindle Unlimited program and I’m excited by this discovery. A brand new young author with a lot of potential.

Let me give a basic run of the story without giving too much away.

This e–book is a prequel to an up coming series. At approximately 54 pages, according to Amazon, the short story starts off by introducing us to key players in the series and their mates. Their mates are children at the time, and unreachable to them.

A fair warning, there’s a bit of baby talk in the conversation, which is sprinkled throughout the first 5 chapters. Actually, it reminds me more of Jar Jar Binks than a child. But, it’s only a small amount, so those who have a dislike of dialect usage, should be able to get past this.

Around Chapter 6, you get an adult version of the girls and let me tell you, their grown up sassy persona left me excited to read the next installation. I like where the story was heading with its witty repartee and peeks into the paranormal possibilities. She gave us just enough information to whett the appetite and develop an interest in all the different characters.

A definite recommend to those looking for a new twist on the paranormal world. I can’t wait for the series to start. According to her contact page, the first book in the series will be entitled To Run with the Wolves. I gave this 5 hearts.

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Tales of the Were: Red

Review – Redstone Clan Book 2

“Red” is the latest installment involving Ms. D’Arc’s Tales of the Were world. Book two of her new Redstone Clan series follows the story of Steve Redstone, known by his military friends as Red. He is the second oldest of the Redstone brothers and Chief Security Officer for the family company.

Below is the blurb borrowed directly from her website

A water nymph and a werecougar meet in a bar fight… No joke.

Steve Redstone agrees to keep an eye on his friend’s little sister while she’s partying in Las Vegas. He’s happy to do the favor for an old Army buddy. What he doesn’t expect is the wild woman who heats his blood and attracts too much attention from Others in the area.

Steve ends up defending her honor, breaking his cover and seducing the woman all within hours of meeting her, but he’s helpless to resist her. She is his mate and that startling fact is going to open up a whole can of worms with her, her brother and the rest of the Redstone Clan.

Trisha’s had to hide her special abilities most of her life, but with her brother’s Army buddy – the guy they call Red – she’s finally free to be herself. He calls to her in a way she’s never experienced before and while bad guys keep trying to abduct her, he’s her safe port in the storm. But can such dangerous beginnings lead to a life-long love?

Warning: This cat loves water and he doesn’t really care who’s watching.


Main Characters:

  • Steve “Red” Redstone – The second-in-command of the Redstone Clan, Steve is a former Army Green Beret and Alpha werecougar.
  • Trisha Morrow – She’s in Sin City with a group of friends when she runs into her brother’s old Army friend, Red, and discovers Big Red is way more than her brother ever led her to believe.
  • Derek Morrow – A human Spec Ops soldier who served alongside Steve Redstone. He’s probably the best human friend Steve has.


My thoughts:

This book has it all. Action: bar fights, car wrecks and a leap from a helicopter. Romance: Shifter sees girl from across the room and is entranced. As he spends more time around her learning her true depths he falls deeper in love. Sexy shifters with a sense of humor and the growling dominant alpha types that make a girl want to get on her knees and beg for attention. A perfect combination.

Like most of D’Arc’s erotic romances this book maintains the right blend of sizzle, action and humor to keep the reader wanting more. I loved the way this book focused on his desire for permanence rather than the driving need to have sex over and over again that most paranormal’s focus on. Not that there isn’t hot sex scenes. They are just tempered by the need for a connection that’s stronger than the one moment in time. This book was a definite 5 star winner. It was one of those books that once I picked it up I didn’t want to put it back down until I was finished.

My favorite and least favorite characters:

My favorite and least favorite characters actually only held minor roles in this book, but both left a lasting impression. My favorite character was Trisha’s older brother Deke. I liked his protective instincts, his curiosity and acceptance of the magical world and his sense of humor. Crossing my fingers in the hope that Ms. D’Arc decides to star him in one of her later books.

My least favorite character had to be Lynda. The small glimpses of her personality D’Arc gave us left me with a strong feeling of spoiled and selfish. Seriously hoping she doesn’t show up as Deke’s love interest. She so doesn’t deserve him.

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)