All of them are getting rave reviews on both Goodreads and Twitter so I’ll just do a quick run down of what I liked and didn’t like then you can decide.
Source: The following books were provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review
Fringe Benefits (The Ladies Who Lunch #4) by Sandy James~ Goodreads
HOT FOR TEACHER
As the new head of the English department, Dani doesn’t have much time for anything but lesson planning and literature. Romance—or even sex? Forget about it. But then the principal introduces her to last-minute hire Nate Ryan. Finding time to mentor a new teacher won’t be easy, especially when his incredible body and equally disarming charisma are enough to make her heart skip a beat . . .
Nate may be fresh out of school, but he’s confident in his teaching skills—and in his feelings for Dani. But while she’s everything he’s ever wanted, he knows his place on her staff—and his age—may be problematic for his sexy boss. How can he convince her to ignore the gossip mill currently in full swing in the teacher’s lounge and surrender to what’s meant to be?
Quick thoughts: I loved the idea of this one but the execution let me down. Dani and Nate are adorable together but the story ends up relying on several tropes (like forced roomies, an evil ex) that throw them together, break them apart and the age difference (the reason why I picked it up) is never truly that much of an issue. Add in really nosy friends – which I hate! this didn’t work for me.
If you like the older woman/younger guy dynamic (both were really sweet characters), a little light family melodrama and a close knit group of friends then this is for you.
Changing His Game by Megan Erickson
He controls the game, but she’s rewriting all the rules…
Marley Lake is no stranger to awkwardness, but getting caught watching a dirty GIF by the company’s hot new IT guy exceeds even her standards. That is, until she realizes he's as turned on by it as she is. But with a big promotion on the line, she refuses to let her current dry spell be her downfall. Maybe.
Austin Rivers has no business lusting after the irresistible editor of Gamers Magazine. He's a secret partner in the business—and technically Marley’s boss. One look at that GIF, though, and he’s ready to install a whole lot more than just software…as long as she never finds out who he really is.
But reality’s not as virtual as it seems, and when Austin’s identity jeopardizes Marley’s promotion, he has to change his game or risk losing the only woman with the cheat code to his heart.
Quick thoughts: I LOVE Megan Erickson and the humor she brings to all her stories. I loved the geek references and Marley was awesome but the romance (or I should say the dirty sex) went from zero to full speed in a nanosecond. It just felt weird/unprofessional to me to let an almost total stranger blind fold you in a closet at work. I would have loved a bit more build up because otherwise I liked Marley and Austin together.
But that’s just me – I’m not a fan of the BDSM-ish books or dirty talking heroes. I know - I know! What's wrong with me?? (I knew going in that it was going to be like this but I thought I would give it a try because of my love of this author) If you are then you’ll love this one. Changing His Game is a steamy, quick read with a dash of humor.
*Smexy Books really like this one so give her Top 10 Reasons to Read CHG a look
Signal Boost (Off the Grid #2) by Alyssa Cole
Release Date: May 4. 2015
When technology stopped working, the world as they knew it ended.
In a secluded cabin, John and his loved ones have survived. He should feel grateful. But his family is in his face 24/7, he has to watch his best friend, Arden, and brother, Gabriel, flaunt their love, and as a techie in a Luddite world he’s pretty much useless. The cabin is brimming with people, but he feels utterly alone.
Until he catches Mr. Tall, Blond and Gorgeous raiding their garden. Mykhail is an astrophysics student, he makes John’s gaydar ping like crazy and he thinks he knows what caused the devastation. He’s on a journey to his university to find answers, and John invites himself along. Partly to get out of the house, and partly because he can’t let Mykhail go without acting on the mutual attraction that’s so obvious even John’s mom is playing matchmaker.
The closer they get to campus, the more Mykhail lets down his walls. But with answers come secrets both devastating and deadly, and before they can save the world, they’ll have to save themselves.
My thoughts: I enjoyed this one a lot. The romance just didn't totally click.
I loved the diversity, world building and science more than the romance (which is really rare for me). It was fine but didn't wow me I guess. The story (especially the second half) would have benefited from a few chapters of Mykhail’s pov to flesh out the romance more. The story is told entirely from John’s pov. John is awesome but there were a lot of things that could have been explained better from Mykhail's perspective.
Signal Boost has great writing, humor, world building and characters. I especially loved the detailed science about the Pulse. The romance was fine but not as interesting to the apocalyptic backdrop and considering the romance overshadowed everything, that knocked things down some for me.
I really want to go back and read the first book in the series, Radio Silence. It sounds action packed and maybe darker.