March 4, 2019

Review: Pleasure at Midnight & His Pick for Passion by Pamela Yaye & Synithia Williams

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Review: Pleasure at Midnight & His Pick for Passion by Pamela Yaye & Synithia WilliamsPleasure at Midnight & His Pick for Passion by Pamela Yaye, Synithia Williams
Published by Harlequin Kimani on March 5, 2019
Genres: African American, Romance
Pages: 448
Format: ARC
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three-half-stars

PLEASURE AT MIDNIGHT

Sent to Madrid to talk his firm’s top client out of canceling her tour, Roderick Drake quickly realizes pop star Genevieve Harris isn’t the diva he pictured. In fact, she’s irresistible. Genevieve wants a life away from the paparazzi—shared with the gorgeous lawyer who fulfills her in every way. Faced with devastating betrayal, can she trust her emotions and the sensual music they make together?

HIS PICK FOR PASSION

On and off the court, professional basketball player Will Hampton scores easily. Then he’s dared to seduce his sister’s best friend—the only woman who’s never fallen for his game. Marketing exec Erin Fry has transformed from tomboy to stunning beauty, but she doubts Will can change his ways. One mind-blowing night puts their hearts in play, but can Erin let her guard down—and let love in?

Pleasure at Midnight by Pamela Yaye

3.5 stars

Genevieve Harris is a bonafide superstar who’s burnt out dealing with a rigorous schedule, a demanding momager and a sister who’s always looking for a perfect social media moment. When she’s accused of assaulting a fan, entertainment attorney Roderick Drake steps in and flies to Spain to try to sort it all out.

Roderick and Genevieve are attracted to each other but it’s not an ideal situation. He’s up for a major promotion and getting involved with a client will not help his chances. She’s been burned before by love but she’s more open to it than he is. She’s tired and desperately needs a break, Roderick seems to be the only one who understands that. He listens to her and has her best interests at heart. He’s even willing to go up against her mother and his firm for her. They develop a friendship which eventually blossoms into something more.

It was a cute story. I liked reading about the backend of the music business from Roderick’s perspective, and I also enjoyed the locations we visited while reading Pleasure at Midnight.

 

His Pick for Passion by Synithia Williams

3 stars

Will Hampton is a famous basketball star and with his talent and good looks, has no problem with the ladies. His friends and family don’t believe he’s capable of settling down or finding love. Most people think he’s just a playboy and while he does have some of those traits, there’s more to him than that. Enter his sister’s best friend, Erin. They spend a great night together and though they both have feelings, miscommunication and outside opinions got in the way.

It took a while for me to get into the story, I thought it moved a bit slow at first. Will was portrayed as this illustrious playboy who wasn’t serious about anything but, to be honest, I don’t think I ever really saw that. Yes, he alluded to his past but once he settled down with Erin, he was all in. So many were afraid that he’d sabotage their relationship when in truth, Erin was more liable to do so with the accusations and unwillingness to compromise on time spent together.

 

I liked both stories well enough but wished for a bit more ummph chemistry-wise between the main characters. It was at a simmer most times, and I would’ve loved to see it turned up a little bit more.

three-half-stars

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Natalya is an Account Manager by day and an editor and author's assistant to passionate creatives by night. When she is not adding to her enormous book collection or stationery supply, she is catching up on her favorite television shows.

Natalya is the author of All The Things I Never Said, a soul-stirring collection of short stories, prose and love letters for the soulful wanderers, the brokenhearted and the hopeless romantics.

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