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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review: Stiff by B.B. Hamel

Title: Stiff
Author: B.B. Hamel
Format: Ebook
Release Date: January 24th, 2016
Length: Novel (412 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Erotica
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon
Rating: 3.0-stars

Melissa's Review:

Laney is a criminal justice student that gets a summer job offer from her stepmother she didn't know she had. She has a chance of a lifetime, to work with an ex-FBI agent that is now running his own private investigator business. That being all she knows, she heads home to accept the job and see her family. This is when we meet her new step-brother, Easton Wright and finds out that he is the ex-FBI agent that she'll be working for. It starts out with easy going cases, then it escalates to a serial killer that seems to be tracking and taunting Easton. All in the meanwhile, Easton and Laney are having a very hot relationship.

I feel like this step-brother genre is supposed to be taboo, but in this case, their parent's married later in life and Laney and Easton didn't grow up in the same house and didn't think of one another as brother/sister so I don't see what could be wrong with their relationship. The private investigator aspect of the story was interesting, though the serial killer bit was a bit rushed. I guessed who was behind it once I got to know more of Easton's story. The romance aspect was really hot, though I could have done with a little bit less. That's just my taste, though, other readers I'm sure would love it. If you're looking for a PI type book where the heat level is intense I'd recommend this book.


21 comments:

  1. It sounds like a good one but I'm anxious about the important hot part

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    1. Heat level is scorching in quite a few scenes

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  2. I am sure she meant it to feel taboo, but if they had not even met, then that is just silly

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  3. From the cover I would have guessed the sex would be ampted up. I don't mind sex in my stories as long as it doesn't overshadow the story itself. I hate it when something intense happens and all of a sudden the MC's are getting it on outside along the wall of a building while they are currently on the run and hiding from the bad guys. I never understand when things like that happen.

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    1. Uh huh I figured it would be hot, it happened a bit too much for my taste but I'm not a huge erotica reader :P

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  4. Sounds like a guilty pleasure read, for sure!

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  5. I will admit I am not sure how I feel about the step brother trope. Its one that authors have to treat very carefully. Sounds like this author did alright with this.

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    1. I'm the same way, I think this is my second one and I'm still like *tilts head*

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  6. The PI aspect and mystery parts of the story would definitely appeal to me. I see what you mean about the step brother part and how in this case they didn't even know each other. I had a couple of friends that were dating and his dad and her mom ended up getting married, making for a weird circumstance.

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    1. It's definitely not a normal situation but I wouldn't say it's taboo like what I think the author went for. I'm probably wrong and she wanted it the way she wrote it *shrugs*

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  7. I had my curosity peeked when I read 1 step brother so I done,.lols. They are most definitely a guilty pleasure read

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    1. I think you're right, it is a guilty pleasure read lol

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  8. I don't get the whole stepbrother thing, but I guess it's kinda become it's own subgenre.

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    1. I don't really either. The only thing I can think of is because it's viewed as "taboo"

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  9. I'm one of those who shy away from this trope. But I guess this was am kay step sibling romance. It's still better than monster erotica! lol

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  10. The step-sibling ones I've read so far have had like nada in the taboo department other than the name. I haven't read a TON of them but so far I'm like herm, okay, where's the naughty? lol I do like the cover on this one.

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    1. Hmmm then I'm confused, if it's not supposed to be taboo what's it supposed to be? Just something a bit different? haha I need more tea this morning <333 Yessss the cover on this one caught my attention ;)

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    2. It's really come across to me so far as like "I wanna be naughty...but not really" in regards to the genre/readers reading it. So they want the idea of taboo but nothing actually taboo. At least based on the ones I've read so far.

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