Finding fun and silly national “holidays” to form interesting #TBT recommendation posts around has been an exercise in creativity! This week we get to celebrate National Body Piercing Day on Friday, June 28th; digging through my backlist of books containing pierced peens and other fun parts was not a hardship. I remember googling a video of a fella getting himself an apa when I read about it for the first time, 10/10 do not recommend googling that video! Let’s pinky swear just to let the authors tell us fabulous stories of hot times once things have healed. Happy #TBT, it’s time to explore some fun books that are pierced for your pleasure.
Leave Me Breathless (Ross Siblings #3) by Cherrie Lynn
Leave Me Breathless was the spark behind creating this TBT list. It was one of the first books I read that sent me to Google to see what the pierced peen excitement was all about. I would like to reiterate my sincere wish that you do not google the actual piercing procedure, just please enjoy the explosive heat that comes from heroes like Ghost. Oh, that Macy is lucky on so many levels. Macy is a whole lota’ country, and Ghost is 100% rock and roll. In exact opposites attract trope-iness, Leave Me Breathless does not disappoint. I enjoy an opposites attract story that offers up main characters that are equally broken, even though the outside world might not know the severity of troubles. Macy and Ghost come from vastly different backgrounds, and on paper, they probably shouldn’t work. But, Lynn adds layers to their relationship that proves the point that together they are much stronger. And then there’s the piercing, there is one scene in this book that left me as speechless as it did Macy.
Shades of Wicked (Night Rebel #1) by Jeaniene Frost
Let’s spice things up with a paranormal pierced peen. Shades of Wicked (Night Rebel #1) by Jeaniene Frost is a spin-off of a spin-off from her Night Huntress series. Master vampire Ian is a character we first met back towards the beginning of the series, and we’ve known about his extra bling for a while. I selected this book because it is the first in his particular story, and I believe we will get a couple more books that focus solely on his story and HEA. Ian is several centuries old and has immense powers but his fated mate, Veritas, is just as tricky to manage as a vampire with a silver stud through his penis. Frost has a talent for multifaceted characters and storylines, and she does a fabulous job weaving series history into books without drowning the reader, new or old to the series, with unnecessary details. Ian has been a fan favorite for a while, so many of us have been eagerly awaiting his much deserved HEA. If the rest of his story pans out like this first book, it’s going to be as painful as that google video I can’t seem to erase from my memory.
Fight With Me (With Me In Seattle #2) by Kristen Proby
Jules and Nate blasted into my world in Kristen Proby’s 2012 book, Fight With Me (With Me In Seattle #2). This is an office romance that started when Jules’ amazing one-night stand ended up being her new boss. Nate isn’t one for rules, especially when they surround the gratification of his happiness. Jules makes him happier than he’s been in a very long while so you can imagine this rather ruthless businessman will stop at nothing to win the heart of this astonishing woman. The back and forth banter between these two makes up for the drama you know will ensue. And then, there’s the pierced part. I’ll let you read it for yourself but suffice it to say, there is something exceptional about a sharply dressed man with some tattoos peeking out and the possibilities of what might be blinged out in his pants.
Grounded (Up In the Air #3) by RK Lilley
James Cavendish is an extraordinary creature not to be messed with. Bianca knows precisely how to push his buttons. In RK Lilley’s Grounded (Up In the Air #3) Bianca maybe knowingly pushed his buttons a little too far, and punishment was deemed necessary. Have no fear, Bianca is down with that sort of play. I will admit when I first read this book, and especially this scene, all I could yell at my Kindle was “run woman, run!” Personally, I’m not down with my lover holding me down and piercing my nipples, but Bianca was, big time so I will not judge or yuck her yum. You do need to start at the beginning of this series to get the full emotional brunt of what some might consider the James/Bianca dysfunction. While they both look perfect on the outside, their insides are nothing short of messy. Relationships aren’t about being perfect, they are about finding the person that fits you, inside and out, correctly.
Edible (Exquisite #3) by Ella Frank
Speaking of perfect, I’m going to leave you with a couple that might just be the most perfect pairing in the bunch. The piercing award goes to Cole Madison. The caramel award goes to Cole Madison. The buttoned-up lawyer by day, freak in the sheets by night award goes to Cole Madison. Pretty much all hero awards go to Cole Madison of Ella Frank’s Edible (Exquisite #3). Rachel Langley is our heroine and the younger sister to restaurant owner, Mason whom we met in book one, Exquisite. Rachel is a pastry chef with control issues that stem from a rocky period years earlier. Rachel may not like being touched, but her character certainly touched my soul. She is a walking dichotomy of extremes, and to date, is one of my favorite heroines in my history of romance reading. Rachel and Cole’s story is one of the most compelling stories I’ve ever read. It is actually a frequent re-read for me for its complexity of issues, careful consideration of autonomy and consent as well as its smoking hot dirty talking sex scenes. There is so much to enjoy about this book, and I believe it can be read as a standalone; not that you’d want to miss any of the characters in Frank’s Exquisite series! Edible also wins because it sets us up for Logan’s book which, holy cow, if anyone could give Cole a run for his money, it would be Logan. However, Logan is a story for another day. Good gravy Ella Frank is a must read for me always and forever, amen.