When I first started reading The Boa Murders by Wayne Greenough, I had no clue it was part of a series. I hate that! No fault of the author, I take fuWhen I first started reading The Boa Murders by Wayne Greenough, I had no clue it was part of a series. I hate that! No fault of the author, I take full responsibility for not doing my homework before picking up this book, but I hate to be engrossed in a story and somewhere along the reading I start to feel as though I'm missing something. A quick search on Amazon revealed that indeed, I had missed at least two books prior to this one.
Thanet Blake decides to take on a case involving a serial killer who's hunting his prey among the city's red light district after two young ladies of the night seek him out. With no evidence and no help from local law enforcement, Blake uses his seedy contacts to try to track down the elusive killer.
The characters were the best part of the story, in my opinion. I found something about all of them that I liked, especially that of Blake. The story is told from his POV and he has quite the way of looking at things and sizing up people and situations.
The story, however, was a bit all over the place. The plot was good - if not a bit overdone- but somewhere in the telling, things started falling apart and I found myself re-reading earlier chapters to see if perhaps I had missed some telling detail.
Nonetheless, I was still able to enjoy this short story featuring a quite likable private eye - if your ideal of a private eye is one who is a womanizer, a drunkard and a bit of a prick. Fortunately, I like my good guys a little bit bad. With that said, I will be checking out the rest of the books in the Private Detective series. ...more
Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Spartan (not his real name) - the unlikeliest of heroes in that he's a guy you'll absolutely love...to hate. He's a jerk, aLadies and Gentlemen, meet Spartan (not his real name) - the unlikeliest of heroes in that he's a guy you'll absolutely love...to hate. He's a jerk, a womanizer, and a complete chauvinist AND I COULD NOT GET ENOUGH OF HIM!!! Really. He was such a douche on one hand and then on the other - an utter geek. And I loved him!
D.J. Lysander creates a guy who is so unbelievably arrogant and borderline offensive in how he deals with people that it's a wonder he manages to get laid at all. But he does get laid - a lot. In his quest to find 'love' Spartan encounters an interesting array of women - from the strong and seductive HR Manager to the deliciously ditzy office assistant to the mysterious masked woman. There are no damsels waiting to be saved here.
Spartan Nights by D.J. Lysander has laughs, depth and lots of steamy sex! Seriously, the sex scenes are SMOKIN HOT so be sure to have your significant other on stand by or make sure your 'bedside buddy' is fully charged and ready for use! I had a blast reading this and can't wait for the next volume! ...more
I must admit that I find myself mildly addicted to the 1NightStand series. One never knows exactly what one might be getting - much like the characterI must admit that I find myself mildly addicted to the 1NightStand series. One never knows exactly what one might be getting - much like the characters in this series who are all drawn together by the still elusive matchmaker Madame Eve. Unlike the passionate encounters that these characters find themselves in - all hits for them - I've come across some stories that fell into the "miss" category. Luckily, Power Play by Emile Cale dodges that category with ease.
Natalie's friend TJ wants nothing more than to thank her for setting her up with the love of her life. And what better way to repay the favor than by setting Natalie up with someone from the 1Night Stand dating service. When that someone turns out to be two gorgeous hockey players - Natalie's tempted to turn them away. After all, hockey players are so large and rough and....hmmm, maybe she might want to let them in...to talk of course.
Emily Cale could not have come up with two more perfect men for this situation - They were so flippin hot! Todd was the quiet one, Mr. Romance, that voice of reason that somehow persuaded Emily to do things she had no intentions of initially doing. And Ian? Now that thang right there made me want to tattoo my name all over him - with my tongue. I'm so real with it! He started off real quiet-like, laid back and then...BAM! He's Mr. Straight to the Point, Baby! Mr. I Can Show You Better Than I Can Tell You!
I HEART Ian! Todd could get it too but Ian would be my main course! Yuuuum!
The sex scenes were very raw and sensual and they were done 'just right'. Yes, there are wrong ways to do love scenes and Kristin and I have spent hours on the phone laughing and bitching about the particulars of certain love scenes. I actually called her after reading Power Play to tell her it was a darn good book from the front cover to under the covers and all the way to HFN ending. I call dibbs on this naughty fantasy brought to life but you're more than welcome to pick up a copy and share in the shenanigans. Hands off Ian, though - he's mine. ;)...more
I really enjoyed reading this collection - good stories, great illustrations. My only complaint is it seemed way too short for the $9Creepy Good Time!
I really enjoyed reading this collection - good stories, great illustrations. My only complaint is it seemed way too short for the $9.99 price tag. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed and look forward to future gatherings with Uncle Creepy and kin....more
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of stories by Rayne Hall! The author has a gift for creating atmOriginally published on Not Now...Mommy's Reading
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of stories by Rayne Hall! The author has a gift for creating atmosphere in each and every story that lends to the whole creeping effect. An example of this would be the following snippet taken from the story 'The Devil You Know':
An empty coke can rattled across the concrete, a crisp wrapper rustled along the track, and somewhere in the distance, a motor whined.
The stories weren't overly scary in the blood-and-gore sense but were rather chilling and creepy like a well-told ghost story told around a camp fire. All the stories were great but the stand-outs, in my opinion, were:
Take Me To St Roch's Never Leave Me Scruples Through The Tunnel I Dived The Pandora Druid Stones Only A Fool
Again, all the stories were wonderfully written and I enjoyed them immensely! I will definitely be reading more by Rayne Hall....more
I've reviewed several short stories by various authors of Untreed Reads Publishing and My goodness! UOriginally published on Not Now...Mommy's Reading
I've reviewed several short stories by various authors of Untreed Reads Publishing and My goodness! Untreed Reads Publishing has been putting out some winners! The latest masterpiece is Mr. Elkins and the Zombies of Elbert County by Thom Adorney. This is not your typical zombie tale nor is it horror in the classical sense. The author instead focuses on the horror of facing the realization that a loved one has joined the ranks of the undead. That in itself is what makes zombies so utterly terrifying to me. The thought of being eaten alive is horrifying enough without having to deal with the thought of loved ones shuffling about in decomposing bodies. *shudder
Mr. Adorney takes this thought and runs with it in this touching and humorous story featuring a cast of characters that will stay with you long after the story ends. From the calm and sensible Mr. Bell to the trigger happy Dwight, the author presents a tale centered around the reactions of the townspeople to the zombies rather than the zombies themselves. And the ending? Simply Perfect....more
When I was a young girl, one of the first movies I can recall is one where Martin Sheen plays a mentaOriginally published on Not Now...Mommy's Reading
When I was a young girl, one of the first movies I can recall is one where Martin Sheen plays a mentally unstable man who takes a post-Exorcist Linda Blair hostage. The name of that movie is Sweet Hostage and I do believe that this is where my love for dark erotica began. You see, while many might have seen Martin's character as some type of monster for abducting the young girl - I saw him as misunderstood, tortured, sick...and Lovely Linda was his medicine. With that said...
Thank you, Skye Warren, for reminding me of this awesome movie and of why I fell in love with this genre!!! I had so many feels while reading this book!!! So many that I wasn't sure how I would be able to write this review without feeling like I was just rambling...which I might end up doing so bear with me.
Evie has always led a sheltered life. And by sheltered, I mean her overly-protective mother has attempted to bring Evie into her world of mental illness and hold her captive there. I was so glad that the author did address the issue of mental illness in this book and made it so painfully real in how it not only makes a prisoner of the one who suffers with it but those who silently watch as their loved one sinks deeper and deeper into the hold of depression and anxiety while trying not to get caught in its grip as well. Very hard to do and understand unless you've either done your research well or had a personal encounter with it.
Evie decides that if she stays with her mother - she'll more than likely end up like her - and so she leaves home. A very brave thing to do for a young girl whose only had contact with less than five people in her lifetime. While traveling, Evie stops at a hotel for the night and grabs a bite to eat at a diner where she meets Hunter, a truck driver, who insists on paying for her meal. Now Evie may be sheltered but she's far from stupid and right away she knows something is up and declines to let Hunter pay for her meal. Her instincts are confirmed when the waitress tells her, "There are some men you don't say no to".
Hunter is one of those men.
Not taking no for an answer, Hunter abducts Evie and the two make their way across country on a journey where they both learn about the other and the healing power of forgiveness.
This novel was so brave to me! So very brave! At first, I was a bit on edge while reading because I know that dark erotica can be a hard genre to delve in. While most romance readers were introduced to the genre by such authors as Kathleen E. Woodiwiss and Johanna Lindsey whose novels often featured forced seduction, nowadays many readers cry foul and are outraged at any sex scenes that remotely resemble a rape or consent of a dubious nature. To those readers I say: Don't let your political correctness mess up my good time, ok? I was convinced novels featuring this theme were a thing of the past until I came across Keep Me Safe by Skye Warren. I was giddy with excitement. Then I read Trust In Me and I knew I would never pass up a Skye Warren title again! By far my favorite with Wanderlust running a very close second! I kept waiting for the author to 'apologize' or make excuses for the sex scenes between Evie and Hunter and if she did - I missed them. Instead of coming up with something that seemed like rape...only not...Skye Warren instead allows the reader to look inside the head and heart of the victim and the perpetrator to see behind the reason for their actions. In short, hurting people hurt people. There were no excuses for the things Evie suffered at Hunter's hands yet there were no excuses for the pain Hunter had endured. Yet they both found a way to exist with their hellish circumstances. Exist - not live - because it isn't until they encounter one another that the two begin to really live.
Now the sex scenes are not the main focus of this novel at all. No, this story is driven by the developing romance between Evie and Hunter. And oh what a romance it is! So complicated, so heart-wrenching! A true emotional roller coaster filled with such poetic and meaningful phrases as:
"But life can take us to crazy places. I like to think things turn out for the best, you know? No matter how we got here."
He was my ship in a tempestuous sea. I was the talisman he kissed before a storm.
"I absolve you."
I found myself reading certain paragraphs over and over again, allowing myself to get caught up in the emotion of the scene that played out on the page before me and in my mind. And then there was the line that BROKE ME:
He looked back, his gaze hard, "I didn't scream, Evie. I prayed."
Oooh, I had to put my Kindle down and walk away! Compose myself before I could go back in, folks! I kid you not!
And Hunter - you psychotic, tortured and oh-so complex beast of a man...how I adore you! How I would give anything to hear the rumble of your 18-wheeler behind me and the squeal of your brakes beside me. I just want to squeeze you into heart-sized pieces and keep you close to me forever and ever. *le swoon
I would also like to have lots and lots of angry sex with you followed by lots and lots of makeup sex with you.
Wanderlust by Skye Warren is definitely a keeper and one I will be recommending to anyone who'll pause long enough to listen! ...more