One With The Night by Susan Squires is my first Regency Vampire Romance read and if they are all as Originally published on Not Now...Mommy's Reading
One With The Night by Susan Squires is my first Regency Vampire Romance read and if they are all as well-written as this novel, it won't be my last. I absolutely loved how the novel started out - I was immediately drawn in and wanted to know more about Callan Kilkenny and what he endured at the hands of the beautiful yet sadistic, Asharti. Tramautized and hellbent on seeking a cure for vampirism that has condemned him to a life bereft of peace and love, Callan is the type of tortured hero I swoon over!
If Callan is all things swoon worthy then Jane is all things noble and admirable - a truly likeable heroine. I adore heroines that are intelligent and don't fit into the neat little boxes that society has carved for them. It seems that no one truly appreciates what a rare woman Jane is, her father included. The only man who appears to notice her is Callan who oddly enough, seeks to remain in the shadows while a cure is being worked on by Jane's father.
Most vampires have a signature about them and Susan Squires vamps are no different. Their signature? Red eyes and cinnamon which I found to be rather interesting. The novel was filled with some of the most poetic prose I had ever read. For example, one of my favorite lines was: The crescent moon was pregnant with a shadow belly where it hung low over the loch. How beautiful is that? And as a true logophile, I was ecstatic to discover a word that just rolled so eloquently off the tongue: gloaming. Gloaming. *le siiiiiigh
Another thing I found especially endearing was how it was mentioned repeatedly that Callan's eyes were not blue but were rather a gray-green....but no one ever looked closely enough to notice this about him. I got it. I just...got it. The novel had everything that made it so right: the right amount of sexual tension, steamy love scenes, heartfelt emotions, and quite a few laughs. Thank you, Susan Squires, for such an awesome introduction into a new genre for myself - I look forward to reading more titles by this author!...more
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