Author: Melissa Blue

Down To Ash by Melissa Blue

Down To Ash by Melissa BlueDown To Ash by Melissa Blue
Series: #dirtysexygeeks #2
Published by Smashwords Edition on March 24th 2016
Pages: 172
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two-stars

She's his best friend's baby sister, and he's too broken to deserve her.
Victor Yang spent six years in the Army as a bomb tech, and when he came back from war, he was half out of his mind and completely dangerous to anyone who got too close to him. His friend saved his life, and now he's repaying that debt in the worst way possible.He shouldn't fantasize about Ashley's touch, her taste. Definitely shouldn't act on those urges. But he doesn't half-ass mistakes. One explosive night later, he's learned how sweet her forbidden fruit tastes, and is coming back for seconds. And if his friend finds out Victor knows exactly how Ash's skin feels beneath his tongue, his best friend will kill him.

Apparently, the violation of the so-called sacred brotherhood code is a big thing I never knew about, like the equivalent of the desecration of some religious rite which would incite extreme reactions from everyone all around.

Being a fan of the first book, I wish I could say I liked this book more, given its take on the best friend’s brother trope. My main quibble lay with the main characters themselves, whose self-indulgent and selfish ways were off-putting – particularly Ashley’s thoughtless and frivolous pattern of behaviour, always playing the victim somehow – but also inexplicable in their overwhelming idiocy that they display when it comes to the brotherhood code. Ultimately, this made the sudden revelation (and declaration) of love and the marriage proposal even more ridiculous by the end.

two-stars

To One Hundred by Melissa Blue

To One Hundred by Melissa BlueTo One Hundred by Melissa Blue
Series: #dirtysexygeeks, #1
on January 7th 2016
Pages: 192
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four-stars

When they met online they were equals...Then she walks into his classroom.
For four months Eva March shared almost every secret with a handsome stranger. It was easy when she didn't have to meet his gaze in real life. The online flirtation was fun. She could be a strong, put-together woman without a sordid past. Most importantly, he'd never know the truth.
Grady Addison takes his job as a professor seriously. He doesn't sleep with co-eds, much less his students. Eva doesn't even fit his leggy, peppy blonde requirements, but he can't walk away now. He's spent too much time fantasizing about her, her smile and the way her eyes darken when she thinks of her past.
And her past is a problem. The secrets she hasn't yet told him could end his career and for Eva, her life could just come crashing down...again.

Send a geek my way and I’m done for, or at least that’s always been the way my not-too-successful romp around the geek romance circuit has gone. ‘To One Hundred’ succeeds however, in delivering an unshakeable, solid hero of academia who’s pretty much the perfect package (to me) and one who finds his significant other online, in a Firefly forum no less but only meets her four months later – as his student in University. Grady however, isn’t deterred. Only Eva is, but while her concerns are justified, there were times I wish she could put herself out there despite her fears – at least, to be deserving of Grady’s dependability and loyalty.

That being said, I liked many aspects of the story, from the forbidden romance to the introduction of the other geeks who are waiting in line to get their story told and even the representation of the difficult familial relationships that can make or break a fledging romance. So despite Grady/Eva’s abrupt HEA and several glaring grammar faults that could have been cleared with more thorough editing, the mere thought of the goon squad swanning their way through this series will keep me coming back.

four-stars