The erotica anthology Lustfully Ever After is a collection of fairy tales that have been re-written with a more "adult" spin to them. I love fairy talThe erotica anthology Lustfully Ever After is a collection of fairy tales that have been re-written with a more "adult" spin to them. I love fairy tales and was excited to read this collection. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations. I am aware that some readers don’t mind the content of an erotic novel as long as it’s "hot and heavy on the sexy," but I need a good story. In fact, I find myself tempted to skip over most love scenes in romance novels if I find the story content to be lacking. With the exception of two stories that I found to be exceptionally good--"Gretel’s Lament" by Jeanette Grey and "Matches" by Anna Meadows, I could have passed on this anthology. (Originally Reviewed for Risque Reviews)...more
Behind O’Grady’s Pub is part of a short story collection by author Stormy Knight. An interesting concept with a catchy title, Behind O’Grady’s Pub lacBehind O’Grady’s Pub is part of a short story collection by author Stormy Knight. An interesting concept with a catchy title, Behind O’Grady’s Pub lacked substance and at times read more like a melodramatic soap opera than a steamy fantasy. While some readers may read erotica for the sexual content, I tend to look for a well-written story with a slightly believable plot and likeable characters. Yes, even when reading erotica I look for a good story. Even while reading conventional romances, I have no desire to read through the love scenes if I haven’t found myself engaged by the story or interested in the development of feelings between the characters. With that said, I found little of the above in this short short and will likely pass on reading any other titles in this series. (Originally Reviewed for Risque Reviews)...more
When I initially read the blurb for Ravish Me by Cindy Jacks, I was intrigued by the words "ravishment fantasy". Having read (and enjoyed) several booWhen I initially read the blurb for Ravish Me by Cindy Jacks, I was intrigued by the words "ravishment fantasy". Having read (and enjoyed) several books featuring non-consensual and light bondage themes, I was curious as to how "ravishment fantasy" differed. I now know and can say that this is a sub-genre of erotica that I will be adding to the list of themes that I enjoy. Don’t judge me. I have been to enough message boards and discussion forums to know that the subject of "forced seduction" is a controversial subject matter to many readers. I have always enjoyed this theme ever since I read my first historical romance The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss and refuse to feel guilty for it because it’s not "politically correct". Most romances written during the 80's featured this theme and were very successful. As Ravish Me has shown, there is a genre for everyone. My best friend happens to enjoy erotic novels that feature were-animals mating with humans. If I’m not mistaken she said that some of these encounters took place while the were-creature was still in animal form. I happen to have trouble differentiating this from bestiality. I enjoy reading the occasional vampire novel; another friend will only do so if the vampire is not of the undead variety as she views this as necrophilia. And I recently learned that there were novels featuring such themes as: M/M, GLBT, Ménage (another theme I enjoy), partner-swapping, etc. My point is: There is something for everyone and we should all be allowed the freedom to read what we want without being made to feel abnormal for it. *stepping off soap box
When I came across the term "vanilla lover" in the blurb, I thought this might be an interracial romance. This was not the case. A quick Google search revealed that to refer to someone as a "vanilla lover" is another way of saying the person is very conventional in their sexual practices, or as I like to say "bland, boring, and routine". I continue to learn something new as I broaden my reading choices. I also learned a new word I had never heard of nor come across before: tchotchkes. You’ll have to look it up as I did and then try to pronounce it.
I really enjoyed Ravish Me by Cindy Jacks. The author does an excellent job of introducing the idea of "fantasy rape" into the story and easing the reader into it. The reason behind Jane’s desire to be sexually dominated made a lot of sense. Matthew’s transformation from gentle gentleman to dark dominator was quite believable and his initial aversion to this form of role play was understood. The love scenes in this book were hot, hot, hot!!! It was just a really good read. My one complaint was the author’s use of the word "squealed". Squealed is not a favorite word of mine. It makes me think of a pig in pain.
All in all, Ravish Me is a great read and not too long. I read this highly recommended, hot fantasy in one evening. (Originally Reviewed for Risque Reviews)...more
**spoiler alert** Georgia Fox can write erotica. Her The Ever Knight is no exception. My first read by Fox was The Wagered Wench which I absolutely LO**spoiler alert** Georgia Fox can write erotica. Her The Ever Knight is no exception. My first read by Fox was The Wagered Wench which I absolutely LOVED!!! It was also my first novel involving a ménage (MFM). I'm not even sure I have the abbreviations right because I didn't know novels like this existed! My best friend had mentioned ménages in the books she was reading, but these seemed to be geared towards the paranormal romances and usually involved were's and packs and other animals. But a medieval novel featuring a headstrong heroine and two of the most drool-worthy men you could ever have the pleasure of reading about?! Say it isn't so! But it is, and I'm now a fan of Georgia Fox for turning me on (pun intended) to this genre!
While the ménage in The Wagered Wench featured a man who had won the heroine in a bet and another man who she had been previously promised to and involved both men constantly battling one another for her attentions until finally allowing her the choice of either, the ménage in The Ever Knight featured two brothers who were willing to share the heroine. And, for this reason, I found it to be lacking. I don't know…But I like my alpha males to be the jealous over-protective sort who might forgive a tryst with another man as long as he was included in the activities, but he would never willingly share her with another man on a regular basis. Nope. Not my guys. They would sooner abandon the situation and confine themselves to a life of lonely solitude, yearning after the heroine or annihilate the competition, before they would knowingly and willingly share her with another man. However, I would definitely recommend this short read, The Ever Knight, to anyone looking for a hot well-written read as well as the rest of Fox's Conquerors series. (Originally Reviewed for Risque Reviews)...more
Slightly Twisted Sisters by Ken Charles is a collection of short stories that centers around women, primarily, who have an affinity for spanking. I waSlightly Twisted Sisters by Ken Charles is a collection of short stories that centers around women, primarily, who have an affinity for spanking. I was able to read this 64-page e-book in a matter of hours. And it wasn't until I was nearing the end of the book that I noticed the spanking theme. Clearly, I'm not the most observant of people.
Ken Charles is a great author with the ability to change the "voice" of his stories. Most of the stories were enough to keep me reading. I even found myself chuckling a time or two. Out of the fourteen tales presented, I felt 3 could have been omitted (Bedraken Justice, 3 Black Cats and Cane, Bell, and Candle), 4 were okay (The Card, A Matter of Conscience, Creme of the Crop, and Undercover), 6 were quite enjoyable (How Betty Sue Billington Became Senior Class President, Sinful One, The Naughty Maid, This Just In, Feeling No Pain, and A Royal Birth which was predictable but cute). By far, the star in this short story collection was Psyche and MetaPhysic --absolute genius. The story's execution was brilliant! All in all, I would recommend this title to anyone looking to pass the time with a quick read. ("Originally Reviewed for Risque Reviews")
I enjoyed Trust In Me much more than Keep Me Safe. Skye Warren is a great writer and I look forward to reading many more titles by her. Yes, this bookI enjoyed Trust In Me much more than Keep Me Safe. Skye Warren is a great writer and I look forward to reading many more titles by her. Yes, this book is dark - VERY dark! - but there is a realistic feel to it. I would describe this book as more of a thriller than erotica though. Whereas Keep Me Safe seemed to focus on the over-the-top sex scene, Trust In Me focuses moreso on the brutality of Mia's life and the conditions any woman might find herself in when at the mercy of sex slave traders. Tyler was a good hero but the strength of the story comes primarily from Mia who endures much to free a cargo of women who have recently been acquired for the purpose of human trafficking.
Very intriguing story that I would recommend to those who enjoy thrillers with a bit of edge to them. Be warned though, the humiliation and abuse Mia endures at the hands of Carlos is very extreme!...more
**spoiler alert** I was really surprised and initially pleased to find out there was a sub-genre in romance called "non-consensual". I was first intro**spoiler alert** I was really surprised and initially pleased to find out there was a sub-genre in romance called "non-consensual". I was first introduced to romance in the 80s and the popular theme then was "forced seduction". Not a very popular theme now but I have no problem with it and I read what I choose.
This story was very well-written. Very. The beginning was like wow! I felt for the woman but then when it was revealed that the guy was actually an FBI agent undercover and he had to force himself on her in order to keep her from being gang-raped and also so his cover wouldn't be blown - it made it "easier" to read, if that makes sense.
Then as I continued to read - well, I had recommended it to my best friend and I actually stopped reading long enough to call her and apologize for the recommendation because it just got BRUTAL! She was thoroughly disgusted and I...well, I won't shy away from reading another Skye Warren novel but this novella was NOT what I expected! Again, BRUTAL.
However, the writing was great and for that I actually bumped it up a star....more
This book is kind of hard for me to rate because I thought it was "okay" on one hand and then on the other hand as I continued to read it I kept thinkThis book is kind of hard for me to rate because I thought it was "okay" on one hand and then on the other hand as I continued to read it I kept thinking "How did this get published?"
It started out pretty good - I really liked the focus being on a Creole family and the relationship between the lighter-skinned mother and her darker-skinned daughter. I was even okay with it when the daughter decided to be a stripper as a way to "rebel", I guess. And when Thierry recognized her and got angry instead of turned on - I was like - Okay now, this might be interesting.
And then I was through.
First of all, Thierry's habit of calling Angelique "sugar" every other sentence annoyed the heck out of me! Sugar? Really? Is that even sexy anymore? Was it ever?!
And the sex scenes...uuuggh! Every time Thierry found his release it was the most intense release ever! Okay, so what about the fifty-eleven times he released before?
And then the grammatical errors were too numerous to ignore. Really.
The writing was a bit amateurish to me at times and at other times it was downright ridiculous. I kid you not.
Example: It stood out proud, red, and furious with pearly drops of fluid escaping from its one eye.
Oh! Oh! And let's not overlook Angelique "cooing" while in the throes of love-making.
Yeah, so this didn't really do it for me. At least not enough for me to want to read any other books in this series. ...more
I so enjoyed this book that I read it in one day - mostly at work. Shhh!
I didn't care for the names of the heroine or hero - Gillian because I couldn'I so enjoyed this book that I read it in one day - mostly at work. Shhh!
I didn't care for the names of the heroine or hero - Gillian because I couldn't figure out if her name should be pronounced Jilly-ann or Gilly-ann. I stuck with Jilly-ann and pressed on. Lennon because although different - it isn't a name I would place in the grown and sexy category of names. Anywho...
I've typically stayed away from interracial romances because it's 2012 and let's be real - it's not that big of a taboo so when most authors go on about how "wrong" it is for the couple to be together, it just irks me. However, Lena Matthews pulled this off wonderfully. Primarily by having the heroine share feelings that I identified with. Although Gillian found men outside of her race attractive, she couldn't see them as serious prospectives for a relationship and her reasons...well, she didn't really have any reasons. Works for me. I loved Gillian's best friend, Minta! She was very well-written and her character was sassy and funny and definitely someone I could see myself being best friends with.
Lennon. Mmmm...Mmmmm...Mmmmm. WHERE ARE MEN LIKE THIS AT?! SERIOUSLY!!! Do they really only exist between the pages of fiction?! Uuuuggh! He was everything I want in a man: uber-sexy (I imagined him as a Gabriel Aubry in way of looks), dominating, possessive, and sexually aggressive! And his dirty talk....LE SWOOOON!!! The sex scenes were sooo hot!!! *fanning self wildly I smiled and squirmed my way through the entire book!
I hope there author chooses to make this a series because I would love to read more about Lennon's friends and even Minta!
To say that I actually read this book would be a bit far-fetched. Skimmed through the last few chapters would be more like it. Interesting concept witTo say that I actually read this book would be a bit far-fetched. Skimmed through the last few chapters would be more like it. Interesting concept with the whole vampire/vita thing but the writing was a bit juvenille in my opinion and the sex scenes were quite lacking. Read more like something you'd find on a "fan fiction" website or something. Blaaaaah. ...more
Guy bets his secretary that he can go through the alphabet by having sex with twenty-six women within a certain amount of time. Interesting plot and pGuy bets his secretary that he can go through the alphabet by having sex with twenty-six women within a certain amount of time. Interesting plot and pretty good read. If you tend to blush easily, might want to put this one down and head over to the romance section because some of the scenarios are pretty "out there". I rather enjoyed the ending also....more