Better late than never, right? So here are some books you may have missed, released January 2021. All are US publication dates, and all buy links are to Kindle Editions. (NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) Goodreads links lead to my star-ratings (out of five) and any thoughts.
JANUARY 2021 RELEASES
Abigail Barnette: Sophie: Buy
Simone Buchholz (translated by Rachel Ward): Hotel Cartagena: Buy
Megan Hart: All the Things We Need (previously published as Vanilla): Buy: Goodreads
Samantha Hayes: Single Mother: Buy
Kristi Helvig: Dreamscapes: Buy
Melanie Raabe (translated by Imogen Taylor): The Shadow: Buy: Goodreads
P. J. Tracy: Deep into the Dark: Buy
Paul Tremblay: The Little Sleep: Buy
Rachel Vincent: Every Single Lie: Buy
Posted in Abigail Barnette, Imogen Taylor, Kristi Helvig, Megan Hart, Melanie Raabe, P. J. Tracy, Paul Tremblay, Rachel Vincent, Rachel Ward, Samantha Hayes, Simone Buchholz
Tagged All the Things We Need, Deep into the Dark, Dreamscapes, Every Single Lie, Hotel Cartagena, January 2021 Releases, Single Mother, Sophie, The Little Sleep, The Shadow
The Hook-Up (The Boss, short story)
Abigail Barnette (US: 8th December 2013)
Free (Worldwide) (legally free – price set by the author)
Since I haven’t read the novels yet, this free short story (set after The Boss and The Girlfriend) is my introduction to the “Boss-verse”. Rumour has it the series was created as an “anti-Fifty Shades of Grey” – Dom/sub, boss/employee, billionaire/middle-class, but without the abuse. That seems fair, but it does mean the inclusion of tropes that piss me off: Both parties in a couple are never truly happy without the other, the most insecure in the relationship is the most loved, etc.
I think I’ve read so much erotic romance (m/f, m/f/m, m/m/f) that I’m getting bored. Maybe because of the groupings, but also the lack of conflict. A romance guarantees everyone (or at least the main couple) lives happily ever after, which means any conflict in the story doesn’t feel real, because you know it’ll be solved/tolerated in the end. This is why I prefer erotic FICTION (rather than erotic ROMANCE), but hey – The Hook-Up is free, so I gave it a chance.
So yeah, the beginning and ending don’t work for me because they’re Neil/Sophie lovey/lusty talk. But the middle with Neil and Emir is AWESOME and actually ground-breaking for me as a reader. Condoms and lube are both common in the romances I’ve read – as they should be – but The Hook-Up also features condom-oral, dental dams, and latex gloves (which I’ve never read in fiction unless a sex worker is involved). Sure, Neil and Sophie probably go unprotected because One True Love, but this is the story’s unspoken nod that infections do exist in Fictionland after all. (Perhaps even unwanted pregnancies; who knows?)
Overall, a pretty great introduction to the Boss-verse, and at such a fabulous price (it’s legally free) it shouldn’t be missed.