Special Delivery Book Three, TOUGH LOVE is Coming April 8th!

~Penny’s Rating: A- ~ I feel like I waited forever for this book to come out. I am so grateful to Heidi Cullinan for the ARC, because I don’t think I would have been able to take it if I had to wait all the way to April 8, 2014. For those of you who have managed to stay sane, the wait is almost over, and Tough Love will be hitting the shelves next Tuesday. *Dances happy dance* Tough Love is a nice continuation of the SD series. For me, it was like coming home and visiting old friends. It was so good to see Mitch, Sam, Randy, and Ethan (the boys) again! We get to meet Mitch’s half-brother Chenco Ortiz, (squeee!), a talented drag performer trying to make a name for herself and bad-ass kinky daddy Steve Vance. They make quite the pair, let me tell you. It’s an SD book, so of course there is plenty of drama, antics by Randy, Crabtree’s there too (the sadistic bastard), and of course they end up in Vegas, because Vegas is just as much a character in the SD series as the people themselves. The Sex: The sex is hot. HAWT….

John Goode’s Tales from Foster High Series

Penny’s Rating for the Series: A+ ~I’ve been meaning to write something about this series for a while. Since the tale of Foster High is now finished, I thought it was time. By the way, this whole post is basically going to be a love letter to author John Goode, combined with me rehashing my own coming of age, so if you want to skip it, I understand, but seriously, these books are awesome, and you should read them. I would  love to see copies of these in every junior high and high school library, because there are some kids out there that need to read this stuff. Like maybe they will not kill themselves if they read them, or maybe they’ll realize that they have the power to make things better, make a difference, change the world. It does get better. These books make me want to be better. Not magically bright and sunny, with rainbows and unicorns better, but be a better person. Expect more from myself, better. Do better. Take a stand, kick some ass, change the world, better. Not many books do that. I wish that this series had existed when I was in high school….

A DOUBLE BLIND (Special Delivery #2) Re-Release Review

By Heidi Cullinan Penny’s Rating: A Happy Valentine’s Day All! In honor of the re-release of Book 2 in the Special Delivery Series which will be hitting shelves on March 4, 2014, I thought what could be better than a V-Day review with a little kink? FYI- this review contains mature content. I first read this novel back in 2012 not long after I finished Special Delivery. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I have read this series several times and did re-read the Samahain re-issue of Double Blind, provided to me by the fabulous Heidi Cullinan herself, thank you Heidi, so I could have the story fresh in my mind for this review. Double Blind is an amazing compliment to Special Delivery. Sam and Mitch are in the story, but the focus is on Randy, who if you didn’t fall in love with him in SD#1, you will here. This is Randy’s story, and Ethan’s story as well. If you haven’t read Special Delivery, this novel does stand on its own. Still, I would recommend that you read it, because you are missing the back story. And the kink-awesomeness that is SD#1 The Characters: I love that Sam and…

SPECIAL DELIVERY is BACK!

Squeeeeee!!!!! One of my favorite series of is back! Special Delivery is awesome. Heidi Cullinan is awesome. The Special Delivery series is back with all new publisher, Samhain Publishing! This book will melt your socks off and leave you in a giant happy pile of goo. I am re-posing my original review of this fabulously kinky, sexy novel below.  Since this review, I have read this novel several times and every time, I love it. Also, there is an excerpt on Heidi’s website!!! There will be more to come  in the next few months on this series: Double Blind, bool two in the series is re- releasing on March 4, and an all NEW book in the series, Tough Love is releasing on April 8! I’m so freaking excited! This was first published July 19, 2012. Special Delivery (Special Delivery, #1)  By Heidi Cullinan Penny’s Rating: A+ Please Be Advised: This review contains Mature Content.  My safe word will forever be Violet, and it is all Heidi Cullinan’s fault. Oh. My. GOD. Oh my freaking GOD! I can honestly say that I have loved everything I have ever read by Heidi Cullinan, but this book, oh my GOD. This is the hottest book…

Penny’s Best Reads of 2013

OK folks, Here is my list of books/ stories I read in 2013 that I gave A’s/ 5 stars to! I LOVED these. You can’t go wrong reading any of them! The average ratings listed below are from Goodreads, as well as links to Goodreads book and author pages. Happy New Year everyone! Penny’s Top Rated Novels of 2013 cover title author avg rating date pub (ed.) Notes From Penny The Sky Is Dead Brown, Sue * 4.18 Apr 17, 2013 Full review with excerpt at: PennyReadsRomance Until Forever Comes (Mates, #2) C., Cardeno * 3.85 May 20, 2013 Love Lessons Cullinan, Heidi * 4.09 Oct 01, 2013 Full review with excerpt at: PennyReadsRomance Dirty Laundry (Tucker Springs, #3) Cullinan, Heidi * 3.97 Jan 28, 2013   Family Man Cullinan, Heidi * 3.94 Mar 12, 2013 Fire (Dreams of Fire and Gods, #2) Erich, James* 4.19 Mar 01, 2013   Gods (Dreams of Fire and Gods, #3) Erich, James* 4.86 Oct 17, 2013   Fettered Gala, Lyn * 4.04 Feb 22, 2013   Learning Curve (Life Lessons, #4) Harper, Kaje * 4.42 Sep 06, 2013   After the End Kidwell, Alex* 3.98 Jan 21, 2013   Tell Me It’s Real Klune, T.J. * 4.31 Feb 15, 2013 I laughed so much while reading this that…

Love Lessons

By Heidi Cullinan ~Penny’s Rating: A~ Whenever I really love an author’s work, I get a little angsty before I read their latest and greatest, because I really want to love their new book as much as I love their other works. Heidi Cullinan tends to be pretty hardcore, and I usually freaking LOVE her work, but, when I heard she was coming out with a new “new adult” novel, I wasn’t sure quite what to expect. The good news is that Cullinan, even when conquering a new genre, does not disappoint. Love Lessons is adorable. This is Cullinan’s version of a slow burn love story, with the angst turned up to eleven. It is sweet, and cute, and a little fluffy. Everyone’s in college, and yes, the sex is vanilla, (awesome vanilla, in fact). Not only that, but the MC’s Kelly and Walter are real, genuine, awesome human beings, that you fall in love with and root for every step of the way. Blurb: Love doesn’t come with a syllabus. Kelly Davidson has waited what seems like forever to graduate high school and get out Worst of all, he’s landed the charming, handsome, gay campus Casanova as a roommate, whose…