I don't normally read comics or graphic novels so on a normal day, Black Wade: The Wild Side of Love would never catch my eye. But thanks to SmokinhotI don't normally read comics or graphic novels so on a normal day, Black Wade: The Wild Side of Love would never catch my eye. But thanks to Smokinhotbooks tantalizing review, my interest was piqued. Thanks to a bunch of twitter talk and peer pressure, I caved. I quickly bought Black Wade and I don't regret it! When BW first arrived, I opened the Amazon box in my bathroom. I took a quick peek at the pictures and then hid it on a shelf in my closet. I spent the next hour waiting for hubby and son to roll the f*ck out so that I could read Black Wade in private and without interruption. Thankfully, I was able to read it when hubby left to help out our neighbor and the kid decided to go play outside. Me and Black Wade were finally alone.
I must say the artwork is beautiful. The colors are vibrant and the drawings are very realistic. Let me just say this: I never thought I'd get turned on by looking at a drawing of a pirate's juicy booty. But I did. I love a man with a great ass. Whoever is responsible for the gorgeous artwork deserves a standing "O". Hee hee. The story is about the relationship between Black Wade and Lt. Wilkins. Black Wade is a typical pirate. He pillages and plunders. And when he captures Wilkins, he plunders him repeatedly. The sex is graphic, sexy, and hot. There are some come shots. And there's also scenes involving rape.
I can't believe how much enjoyed this book. I am so happy I stepped out of my comfort zone and purchased it. I owe a special thanks to K.C. If it weren't for her review, I would have never bought it....more
Sydney Zamora is an independent, no nonsense type of woman. She sees committment and marriage as traps that women fall into. There's no way that a womSydney Zamora is an independent, no nonsense type of woman. She sees committment and marriage as traps that women fall into. There's no way that a woman can have it all - career and marriage. Something has to give. She believes that once you're married, you lose your identity as a woman. She goes through life trying to avoid this trap by dating highly inappropriate men. Like every heroine, she eventually meets her match in Max who shows her that you can have possibly have it all.
I absolutely LOVED this book! I read it in two days!! I didn't want it to end. I re-read the last chapter twice because I was sad that the book was over. ...more
O.M.G!!! There are no words to describe how much I loved reading this book. It had a great plot, lots of humor and lots of hot sex, sex, sex!! I loveO.M.G!!! There are no words to describe how much I loved reading this book. It had a great plot, lots of humor and lots of hot sex, sex, sex!! I love Joy! This is how you write a female character. She doesn't have her life completely in order, she does things without thinking and gets herself in trouble but you still love her. She's not annoying and whiny. And her sticky situations are hilarious!
Great book, great characters, great read and hot sex!. I haven't read Bound To Please but it is on my TBR pile. ...more
A couple of weeks ago, I had decided to take a break from contemporary romance. Everything I read was the same. Nothing was standing out and I was tirA couple of weeks ago, I had decided to take a break from contemporary romance. Everything I read was the same. Nothing was standing out and I was tired of reading about characters in their mid-20s. I needed romance with characters who are established in their lives, who were closer to my age. I didn't think I was ever going to get that. And then I stumbled upon The Story Guy. The blurb intrigued me and when I saw that the heroine was in her 30s, I knew it was something that I needed to read.
The fact that The Story Guy is a novella and yet managed to completely blow me away is amazing. Normally with novellas you feel like something is missing. The author managed to portray every emotion in each and every page. I immediately fell in love with Carrie and Brian's story. Once I started reading, I could not put it down.
Carrie's life is good but she's in a funk. She answers Brian's ad on a whim, thinking that nothing will come of it. Brian's personal life only allows him to have Wednesdays at noon. He has tried relationships but the women end up not understanding his commitments at home. Brian allows himself this one hour, once a week, to be connected to another person.
I've always thought that attraction begins with a kiss. No matter how hot a person is, if they can't kiss, then what little attraction that is there, dies. When Carrie and Brian first meet up, the kiss is slow and thorough and totally sexy. These two people are alone and need someone to latch onto but not in a co-dependent unhealthy way.
The Story Guy is such a sweet, romantic love story. You can't help but fall in love with Carrie and Brian and root for them. I didn't want their story to end! The writing is so beautiful, almost poetic. Ms. Rivers is an author to look out for. She's already on my must read list. Do yourself a favor, buy The Story Guy now! It's only 99 cents on Amazon. You won't regret it. ...more
Let me get this out of the way first. Squeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!! This review will be spoiler free. It will be vague with a lot of gushing. Don't say I didn'Let me get this out of the way first. Squeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!! This review will be spoiler free. It will be vague with a lot of gushing. Don't say I didn't warn you.
This is what we Fever fans have all been waiting for. We anxiously counted down the days to the release of the 5th and final book of the Fever series, Shadowfever. I pre-ordered Shadowfever for my Kindle and woke up at 3am on Tuesday morning to start reading it. O.M.G.! I finished Shadowfever that same day. Karen Moning delivered everything and more!
Dreamfever ended with a hell of a cliffhanger. We were left wondering who Mac had killed. Shadowfever picks up right where Dreamfever left off. We get the answer to the Dreamfever cliffhanger at the very beginning and that reveal is a punch in the gut. Moning grabs you from the very first page and does not let you go until the end. There were lots of OMG and WTF moments while reading Shadowfever. There were so many twists and turns that I couldn't keep everything straight in my head. I used my Kindle's highlighting feature so much that I had a cramp in my thumb by the time I was done. Shadowfever was everything I wanted and more. I worried that with the book being over 600 pages, that it would not live it to the hype. For me, it did. There were parts that were drawn out and long. How could it not be? It has to be difficult to write a book of this magnitude and not have the plot slow down or stall a little. I suspected this would be the case before I started reading, so I wasn't too bothered by it. The endless paragraphs of Mac asking questions got annoying at times but I just skimmed over them. And maybe some things were wrapped up too neatly or exposed too late in the book. But I didn't care. None of these issues ruined the book for me.
When I finished Shadowfever, I was exhausted and happy. And then I started discussing Shadowfever with some of my friends and wanted to read it all over again. And I still do. I am suffering from PSSS (Post Shadowfever Stress Syndrome). I can't stop thinking about it!
Shadowfever was the perfect finish to an awesomely great series. It was the icing on the cake. It was everything I expected and more. Questions were answered but just as many new questions were brought to the forefront. One door closes and another one opens, leaving the possibility of a Fever spin-off series. So this is the end....for now. ...more
I went into reading Eternal Kiss of Darkness with hesitation. I read First Drop of Crimson a week ago and it didn't do anything for me. It lacked theI went into reading Eternal Kiss of Darkness with hesitation. I read First Drop of Crimson a week ago and it didn't do anything for me. It lacked the chemistry and humor that I've come to expect from Jeaniene Frost. I didn't believe in Spade and Denise's romance. Also I was never a fan of Mencheres. We saw glimpses of his personality in the Night Huntress books but for the most part, I found him boring and stale. With that being said, I didn't think he'd be able to carry an entire book. Boy was I wrong!
EKOD has everything that makes the Night Huntress series so great! There's great chemistry between Mencheres and Kira. Kira reminds me of Cat in a lot of ways. Kira is strong-willed, independent, and smart. Her snarky humor provided many funny moments throughout the book. She went toe-to-toe with Mencheres without backing down. She was never intimidated by him even when she was a prisoner in his house. And I loved the way she protected Mencheres like a mama bear protecting her cub.
Mencheres was a great surprise. He is still his dark, brooding, closed-off self. But he is also sexy. I didn't think there was a way for him to be sexy but Jeaniene Frost found a way. Ceiling sex anyone? Kira is the perfect match for Mencheres. He is "old as dirt" and is used to thinking for everyone but Kira isn't having it. She stands up to the four thousand year old vampire and never wavers.
Our favorite PNR couple (Bones and Cat) makes an appearance and I did not like them at all. Mencheres contacts them for help and they come to his aid. But instead of offering support once they see him, they lash at him and question his innocence. Yes, Mencheres has given them cause to not trust him but they don't even contemplate that he could be innocent. That really pissed me off and I loved how Kira comes to Mencheres' defense again. Not only do we get Cat and Bones but we also get Vlad! He needs his own book soon! Vlad is hilarious and supportive. He doesn't hesitate to aid his friend no matter how ridiculous or dangerous the situation is.
Flutter factor: Mencheres and Kira are no Cat and Bones but they are pretty close. Kira is the woman! I loved that she is so spunky! Mencheres' sexiness was an unexpected delight. My opinion of him completely changed after reading this book.
Eternal Kiss of Darkness is a fantastic book that I could not put down. I started reading the book because my Kindle was charging. I'd decided to read a couple of chapters and then go back to the book I was previously reading on my Kindle. It didn't happen. Once I finished the first chapter, I could not put it down. EKOD is a definite must read. Frost is back on her game with this one! You will not be disappointed.
Laid Bare starts with it being 10 years ago. Erin is in a band with her brother. She has dreads, piercings and tattoos. Todd is the hot neighbor who cLaid Bare starts with it being 10 years ago. Erin is in a band with her brother. She has dreads, piercings and tattoos. Todd is the hot neighbor who can't keep his eyes off of her. They are complete opposites but are totally attracted to each other. Todd and Erin finally give into the attraction and start having a sexual relationship. But Todd's refusal to give in to what he really wants pushes Erin away. Fast forward 10 years later and Todd is back in Seattle, ready to reclaim Erin and be the man he always wanted to be.
Laid Bare is a sizzling, smokin hot love story with characters you believe in and are rooting for. I was drawn in from the first page and could not put it down. The writing is fantastic. The characters are realistic. The story of what Erin went through during the 10 years she wasn't with Todd will have your heart aching. She's relatable as a woman who experienced the worst loss possible and who is trying to continue on with her life with the help of her sexy brothers, Brody and Adrian.
There are a lot of sexy men in Erin's life and she is one lucky woman. Not only are they sexy but they are also supportive. When Todd and Erin decide to bring Todd's best friend, Ben, into their relationship, the book gets even steamier (if that's possible). Now that Todd has lifted the veil off of his sexuality, he starts to see Ben in a different light. Ben has always been bisexual but never made any moves towards his best bud. As they move forward in this unconventional relationship, Todd and Ben slowly start getting more intimate with each other, which Erin wholeheartedly encourages. I was hoping for more m/m action between Todd and Ben. Even though I wanted to see them take it to the next level, the progression of their relationship was real and believable.
I absolutely loved Laid Bare. It held my attention from start to finish. It is such a great book. If you want to read a book that has realistic characters, hot sex and threesomes, light m/m love and sexy protective brothers, then Laid Bare is the book for you.
Take Me has been on my radar and wishlist for a year. I wanted to read this book so bad but I wasn't willing to pay $11.99 for an ebook. I kept hopingTake Me has been on my radar and wishlist for a year. I wanted to read this book so bad but I wasn't willing to pay $11.99 for an ebook. I kept hoping that eventually the price would drop and thankfully it finally did! I bought the book and started reading it immediately. And OMG, all I have to say is that reading Take Me was definitely worth the wait!
Lily was friends with Luke and his twin brother, Travis. But when Luke and Travis's mother died, Travis changed. He went from being one of her best friends to being a virtual stranger. Travis ignored her, ridiculed her. Lily grew up always conscious of her weight. As an adult, she doesn't want to be seen so she dresses in ugly, shapeless clothing. When her sister asks Lily to fill in for a model at the last minute, Lily resists. But she is always there for Janica so decides after several glasses of champagne, she won't have any problem walking the catwalk. Travis is in the audience and when Lily struts out onto the stage, he takes notice. He'd never seen Lily look so beautiful and so hot.
Travis and Lily have so much chemistry that it should be illegal. Take Me is smoking hot with some of the best and hottest sex scenes I've read to date. But not only is Take Me extremely sexy, it is also very emotional. Even though Lily is constantly heating it up with Travis, she is very insecure about her size. No amount of extremely hot sex can rid Lily of years of hurt and ridicule. And the person that she loves most was part of that. Lily wants to believe that Travis doesn't care about her size and that he truly likes her for her, but she is constantly on edge, waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Lily's low self-esteem and self-doubt was very frustrating. But I understood that growing up feeling unattractive and being called fat takes time to get over. I wanted to yell at Lily, "stop sabotaging yourself!" Just when Lily started to think that Travis was legit and was giving into her feelings, Travis puts his foot in it. This is when Take Me started being more about trust and security and love. I was so emotional while reading the last 25% of the book and my heart broke for both Travis and Lily. Even though they have sexual chemistry in spades, they both had to navigate through emotional landmines in order to realize that they were meant to be together.
I absolutely loved Take Me. When I finished it, I was ready to read it again if only to read one of the hottest bathroom scenes EVER! Buy Take Me now if you haven't already!
**contains spoilers if you haven't read books 1-5 of the Fever series and minor spoilers if you haven't read ICED**
Like everyone else, I was so worrie**contains spoilers if you haven't read books 1-5 of the Fever series and minor spoilers if you haven't read ICED**
Like everyone else, I was so worried when KMM announced that she was doing a trilogy in the Fever World with Dani as the heroine. Say what? Dani was so annoying in the Fever books. And she's 14. The big questions were: Is this book going to be YA? And can Dani 'Mega' O'Malley be a likable heroine that can carry an entire book? Will Ryodan be her love interest? Why oh why did I doubt KMM? We should know by now that she knows what she's doing. I will never doubt her again.
The first thing that blew me away was that I actually liked Dani! Yes she still had her annoying moments (they increased in frequency towards the end of the book) but I had to remind myself that she's only 14. She was kept in a cage and neglected by her mother and then she lived in the abbey with Rowena (ugh) and the other sidhe-seers. Dani doesn't know what it's like to be normal - have friends, love and affection from adults, to just be. So some of her actions were selfish and frustrating and wanted her to be knocked down a pedestal or two. Her bravado became annoying but then I realize she doesn't know how to be any other way. She has seen and done a lot in her young life but at heart, she's still a kid.
Here's a rundown of how I felt about the major players:
Ryodan - He *could* give Barrons a run for his money. Ryodan is intense and methodical. He pushes Dani and doesn't take her shit. The big question is will Ryodan be Dani's HEA? I can say after reading ICED, that I don't see it...yet. Right now I see Ryodan as someone who is using Dani to get what he wants (like Barrons did Mac) and he is her mentor in an odd, fecked up way. He protects Dani but he pushes her as well. We'll just have to wait and see where their relationship is headed. The only way I can accept them in a non-platonic relationship is if KMM fast forwards 4 or more years to where Dani is an adult. I really like Ryodan. He's very sexy and intense and he doesn't wear underwear because it....chafes.
Christian MacKeltar - I loved Christian in the Fever books but he started changing in Shadowfever when Mac fed him Unseelie to save his life. Being a Druid, the Unseelie flesh started turning Christian into an Unseelie Prince. In ICED, Christian is still changing and he is obsessed with Dani. Like psychotic, stalker obsessed. By the end of ICED, Christian is pretty much batshit crazy. LOL! Whenever he was around Dani, he made me uncomfortable. He is now full on Unseelie Prince. He has his black wings and he can sift. Is there no going back for Christian? I don't see how he can change back. All I know is, he's loco in la cabeza and Dani needs to get her distance before he buys her a White Mansion! *inside joke*
Lor - One of Ryodan's men, Lor was surprisingly an interesting and funny character. He's like Ryodan; he don't take no shit. But he's the eyes and he sees things that no one else sees. Lor has a front row seat to everything that's going on between Ryodan and Dani and Ryodan and Jo. Lor is going for providing some levity and humor and insight.
Jo - I never paid much attention to the other sidhe-seers in the series. Jo showed up at Chester's to rescue Dani and ends up working in the subclub and becomes Ryodan's lover. I don't know what's Jo's purpose? Right now she seems to be nothing but a warm body for Ryodan and Dani's personal punching bag. I did feel sorry for Jo when Dani went all psycho bitch on her. I don't see Jo as a compelling character and maybe it's time to send her back to the abbey.
Dancer - He was mentioned in Shadowfever. He's Dani's friend and about 3 years older than her but he treats her like an equal. He's smart, resourceful and Dani trusts him implicitly. They have a strong friendship but I'm wondering if Dancer is Dani's eventual love interest. There's one thing I do know, there's more to Dancer than meets the eye. I can't wait to find out more about him in the upcoming books.
Kat - Kat is the new Grand Mistress (now that Rowena is dead) and she doesn't want the job. But the girls are counting on her to lead. But she can't lead properly if she's constantly doubting herself and sexing up Cruce in her sleep. Yep. The Unseelie Prince, even though he's imprisoned underneath the abbey, has found his way to Kat in her sleep. She's fighting falling under his spell but her utter lack of confidence in herself is making her easy bait for Cruce.
Mac and Barrons - We have glimpses and mentions of Mac and Barrons. During the entire book, Mac is looking for Dani. And we know why. At least we think we know. In Shadowfever, Mac finds out that Dani led Alana to the alley where she was killed by Unseelie. Dani is positive that Mac is looking for her in order to kill her. I honestly don't know. I wouldn't mind seeing a showdown between the two.
Inspector Jayne - He's an asshole.
Cruce - Up to his old tricks and I won't be surprise if he escapes his prison in the next book.
I loved ICED. I enjoyed it from start to finish. I love being back in the Fever World. I enjoyed the multiple POVs. Ryodan is HOT! Lor is hilarious! Dani is a great heroine despite being annoying at times. I can't wait to read book 2. Write faster KMM! Write. Faster.
This book touches on extremely taboo subject and made me really uncomfortable but I could not stop reading. All I have to say is, Silvio is more effedThis book touches on extremely taboo subject and made me really uncomfortable but I could not stop reading. All I have to say is, Silvio is more effed up than I thought....more
All I have to say about Dreamfever is this: Barrons! Barrons! Barrons! I swoon for Barrons and wish that V'lane would stay the hell away! Dreamfever iAll I have to say about Dreamfever is this: Barrons! Barrons! Barrons! I swoon for Barrons and wish that V'lane would stay the hell away! Dreamfever is longer than the previous books and for good reason. It has so much going on. It is packed full of action, vengeance, more secrets, desire, and chaos. I could not put my Kindle down. Thank goodness I read it over the weekend. I finished it last night (Monday night) before going to bed. I was staying up late on a work night. I couldn't help myself. There was no way I was going to sleep without knowing how the book ends. And guess what? Another terrible cliff hanger! I wanted to scream! This was the worse out of all the cliffhangers. So we have to wait until the end of December, when Shadowfever, the 5th and final book in the Fever series, is released to find out what the hell happened. ...more
How I love Wraith, let me count the ways. In the first two books, Wraith comes off as a selfish prick. He makes no apologies for who and what he is. YHow I love Wraith, let me count the ways. In the first two books, Wraith comes off as a selfish prick. He makes no apologies for who and what he is. You can take it or leave it. This can be a little off-putting and it made me wonder if I was ever going to like him. His character would have to grow leaps and bounds to become likable. In Passion Unleashed, he does. This is my favorite book of the Demonica series so far. I love Wraith! He's top 5 book boyfriend material. Passion Unleashed starts with it being a year later. Wraith is still up to his old tricks until he's poisoned while he's out hunting. In order to save himself he must convince (ahem seduce) a human female (Serena) to give him her charm. Sounds easy, right?
I could not put my Kindle down. Passion Unleashed had me enthralled from the beginning. I was on pins and needles waiting for Serena to find out the truth about Wraith and his agenda. As I've once admitted on twitter, I hate surprises and have the tendency to skip ahead while reading a book just to know what to expect. Well, with my Kindle, I haven't quite figured out how to do that without losing my page. I was itching to skip ahead just so that I'll know when and how Serena reacted when Wraith's true identity was revealed. But I didn't. I exercised major self-control.
Wraith evolved in this book without losing what makes him Wraith. Serena can hold her own and she's exactly the type of women that Wraith needs. The Sem Brothers underestimate Wraith and don't think that he can be selfless and responsible; and who can blame them. In the past, Wraith has never given them a reason to believe otherwise. But he surprises them over and over throughout the book. Wraith even surprises himself.
Passion Unleashed surprised me. It wasn't as dark as I thought it would be. It was full of humor, adventure and hot demon smex! Serena could dish it out and take it just as good if not better than Wraith. I loved it. I hated for it to end. But alas, it had to.
My favorite Wraith quote: "Not only no, but f*ck no. In fact, let me count the ways I can say no."
When I finished reading Comfort Food, my first thought was "WOW". And I continued to say "wow" the next day. It is hard to put into words what I feltWhen I finished reading Comfort Food, my first thought was "WOW". And I continued to say "wow" the next day. It is hard to put into words what I felt while reading this book. But I'm going to try because what happens to Emily Vargas is beyond anything we could comprehend.
Emily Vargas is a motivational speaker and author of self-help books. She's a minor celebrity and lives a great life doing what she loves to do. And then one day her world completely changes when she is taken captive. She wakes up blind-folded and tied to a chair in a cell, not knowing where she is, why she was taken and whether not not she's going to live or die. Emily's imagination runs wild, thinking of different scenarios of how she is going to die. Emily's captor doesn't speak to her; only feeds her, chicken noodle soup with the "good" crackers crumbled in the soup. He refuses to talk to her and it starts driving her crazy. He does the one thing that is worse than death - denies her human contact. She starts craving human contact; any kind of contact and she's willing to do anything to get it. Emily's acquiescence insures that her life as a prisoner is easy. When she disobeys, she is punished and is sent back to the bad cell. Emily realizes that she is never going to be free and is willing to give in to her captor to make her life easier. Her captor's goal is to break Emily emotionally and psychologically. He bends her to his will. He becomes her Master and she is his slave.
Comfort Food is told in 1st person narrative. There's very little dialogue but as you're reading, you get an accurate account of the environment and what Emily's going through. During the sex scenes, the POV switches to 3rd person, as if to disassociate Emily from what was happening. Instead of being inside Emily's head, we are on the outside, looking in. Comfort Food is a dark novel that is a total mind fuck. There, I said it. That's the best way I can describe how I felt after I finished reading it. While reading it, there were several times where I had to put it down because as a reader, I was nervous/scared about what was going to happen next. I felt like I was in that cell. I could not put this book down. As disturbing as it was, I was intrigued. I'm an avid romance reader so I'm used to Happy Ever Afters. There is no HEA in this book, at least not in the traditional sense.
Flutter factor: Comfort Food is a book that stays with you. I finished the book two days ago and I still have it on my brain. I worried about how I would be able to write a review without giving away too much. But I also worry that I wouldn't be able to put into words how fantastic and disturbing and powerful this book is. Do not let the fact that it's labeled as "erotica" or "BDSM" deter you from reading it. Comfort Food is a great story with a lot of emotion that will have you thinking about it long after you've finished reading the book.
I'm going to start off by saying that I absolutely loved this book! And I honestly didn't think I would. When I read Wake, I thought that it was a fluI'm going to start off by saying that I absolutely loved this book! And I honestly didn't think I would. When I read Wake, I thought that it was a fluke that I liked the book so much. Fade did not disappoint. Like Wake, I could not put it down once I started reading. Fade starts off where Wake ends. Janie and Cabel are still seniors in high school and are working undercover for the local police department. They get assigned to a new case that requires Janie to do more than slip into someone's dream. This case puts Janie's health and her relationship with Cabel in danger.
I loved that the growing intimacy between Janie and Cabe was realistic. They're teenagers. They are attracted to each and are in love. It's natural that they would want to become more physical with each other. I thought the author handled this with great care and responsibility. As the reader, you knew that they were having sex without the author having to be graphic and explicit with the details. As a boyfriend, I loved Cabe and thought he was a perfect match for Janie. I loved that he called her "sweets." I "ahhh-ed" outloud when I read that line. In Fade, there was less focus on Janie's friendship with Carrie and her interactions with her fellow students in this book. Janie's mother was hardly mentioned at all. I was okay with that because I was all about Janie, Cabe and the case they were working on.
I haven't read many YA books as an adult. I am being introduced the genre thanks to other book blogs that I read. I've never liked a YA book this much since I read Twilight and New Moon (purposely not mentioning the last two because I thought they were horrible). I was worried that Fade was going to disappoint but I was wrong. I am definitely looking forward to the release of Gone (release date Feb. 9th).
Note: Even though this book is categorized as Young Adult, there's bad language, sex, drug use and rape in this book. I think this book is suited for ages 16 and up.
When read the preview to Changing the Game, I thought to myself, "how in the world will Jaci Burton make Liz likable?" In The Perfect Play, Liz went bWhen read the preview to Changing the Game, I thought to myself, "how in the world will Jaci Burton make Liz likable?" In The Perfect Play, Liz went beyond her sports agent duties and betrayed Mick in the worse possible way. I don't think anyone who read The Perfect Play liked Liz by the end of the book. In Changing the Game, not only is Liz completely and totally likable but you are rooting for her til the very end.
Changing the Game is hot from start to finish. The first 20+ pages are beyond steamy! Gavin is one hot sexy man who likes to give orders and talk dirty. Mick's book my have had the best cover but Gavin beats Mick hands down with the sexy. First off, Gavin has a goatee. I *love* a man with facial hair. Gavin is straight-forward with what he wants sexually. He doesn't hold anything back. The way he gives orders and make demands in the bedroom is such a turn on. I love a man who knows what he wants.
In The Perfect Play, Liz was utterly unlikable. But in Changing the Game, I was rooting for her. Liz and Gavin have explosive chemistry. Liz has been in love with Gavin for 5 years but of course, has not acted on it. She's his agent and it's a conflict of interest. When Gavin makes the first move, there's no way that Liz can resist. And who can blame her? Gavin and Liz decide that they going to be f*ck buddies for as long as they feel like being f*ck buddies. Of course, for Liz, this means that her time with Gavin is going to come to an end and she's going to have to make sure her feelings for him never surface. Gavin has no problem bedding Liz. She's hot, sexy and they have great chemistry in and out of the bedroom. As long as they are both enjoying themselves, where's the harm?
Gavin wins hands down as the sexy brother. Sorry Mick! Gavin is dedicated to baseball. Even though he's rich and famous and is successful in his own right, he still lives in the shadow of his older brother, Mick. You don't realize how much it affects him until Mick tries to come in between Gavin and Liz's relationship.
Liz is a woman who is driven, ambitious and who has to be in control. She came from a home where her father ruled with an iron fist. She never wants to be with a man who will control her. She holds onto that control like it is a lifeline. Liz is in love with Gavin but won't cross the professional line between agent and athlete. Liz truly understands Gavin and understands what makes him happy, even if he's not willing to see it for himself.
Changing the Game was a scorcher from start to finish. I wasn't sure if I was going to like Gavin and Liz together but I am so happy that it worked. Their relationship totally worked for me and I loved it. I never thought that I would be wanting to kick Mick in the ass and totally be on Liz's side. Mick was a total butthead to her and he was pretty unlikable throughout most of the book. His problem with Gavin and Liz's relationship almost ruined his relationship with his brother and his family. I think Micks reluctance to forgive Liz was portrayed realistically and I liked that even though Mick was a total butthead. I love the family dynamic. The Riley's are a great, supportive family. They rally around each other and are not afraid to say when someone is being dumb or out of line. I look forward to visiting the Riley's again in Jenna's book.
Changing the Game worked for me from start to finish. It was sexy (a scorcher I tell ya!) with great characters that had chemistry in and out of the bedroom. Gavin turned out to be such a surprise! He's sexy, yeah, but he's also a sweetheart. Here's an example:
I think you're worth fighting for, Elizabeth. Even if I'm fighting you for you.
Swoon! Sexy, sweet and sensitive! Winning, duh!
Changing the Game is a must read that I highly recommend! Jaci Burton outdid herself with this one. When you start reading Changing the Game, make sure you have a towel handy! It is That. Damn. Hot.
The Dark Magick series is a series that gets better with each book. Dark Enchantment is the 3rd book of the series and it is the best book of the seriThe Dark Magick series is a series that gets better with each book. Dark Enchantment is the 3rd book of the series and it is the best book of the series thus far.
Charlotte Bennett is a human whose father hates the Fae. Some of his prejudices have rubbed off on her but not completely. She has preconceived notions of the ugly, non-human looking fae. Charlotte suffers from nightmares that she has had since a child. Because of these nightmares and the hatred spewed by her Father, she doesn’t have a high opinion of the Fae. When a strange, sexy man starts visiting Charlotte in her dreams, she is compelled to follow his orders which lead her to the city of Piefferberg.
Kiernan is a Dream Wraith. He forges a bond with Charlotte through her dreams and uses his gift to compel her to do his bidding and travel to Piefferberg. The Unseelie need the 3rd piece of the bosca fadbh and they think that Charlotte can help them find it. Charlotte doesn’t want to have anything to do with helping the Unseelie Court bring down the walls of Piefferberg. She doesn’t appreciate being taken against her will and forced to plot against the Phaendir. Some of her prejudices against the Fae surface while she’s around the Unseelie and Kiernan is determined to make her see that all Fae are not evil creatures that harm and eat humans.
Dark Enchantment grabbed me from page one and did not let me go. I immediately liked Charlotte’s character. She didn’t take kindly to having her free will taken from her. Her reaction when she came face to face with Kiernan was hilarious. Any woman brave enough to punch an Unseelie in the face has balls. She may think of the Unseelie as the supernatural equivalent of the Boogey Man but she doesn’t back down when she is forced to deceive the Phaendir and help the Unseelie Court locate the last piece bosca fadbh. Throughout the book, we see Charlotte’s prejudices about the Fae slowly go away. Her eyes are opened to the fact that the Fae are no different from humans. Each species have its bad side and good side.
I love the gradual build-up of Kiernan and Charlotte’s romance. It is obvious that the attraction is mutual thanks to the steamy hot sex dreams Charlotte had thanks to Kiernan. They both have prejudices of the other that they have to get over before they can truly work together and trust each other. Oh, and Kiernan has a nasty little curse where if he falls in love with someone and that person returns his love, they will both die. Kiernan thinks that he is safe from falling in love with Charlotte; she’s a human after all. And once she finds the missing piece of the bosca fadbh, she’s going to be high-tailing it out of Piefferberg and back to her life in Portland. The attempt at having a sex only relationship fails; let’s just say the heart wants what the heart wants.
The side characters from the first two books continue to play an integral role in this series. Niall is awesome and I am so excited that his book is next. We see Aislinn in full Unseelie Queen role with Gabriel at her side as the Unseelie King. Aerick and Emmaline are happily married. And Brother Gideon is still creepy as ever. We get a brief look into his past and discover why he is such a sicko.
I absolutely LOVED Dark Enchantment. From start to finish, I was engrossed in the story. I hated that the book had to end. This book can be read as a stand alone but I suggest you read the first two books of the series, Wicked Enchantment and Cruel Enchantment. Although each character has their own story and Anya Bast does an excellent job recapping what happened in the previous books, I think to get the whole picture, read books 1 and 2 first.
We were left with a humdinger of a cliffhanger at the end of Dead, Undead and Somewhere In Between. And we had to wait forever (at least it felt likeWe were left with a humdinger of a cliffhanger at the end of Dead, Undead and Somewhere In Between. And we had to wait forever (at least it felt like it) to find out what happened to Rhiannon. The Renfield Syndrome starts off with Rhiannon travelling (transporting?) 101 years into the future thanks to a deal she made with a demon. New York isn't what it used to be. It's a wasteland and no one stays outside once the sun goes down. Rhiannon needs to figure out a way to undo the deal she made and get back to her time but the task isn't going to be easy. And once she returns, she is going to have to deal with the fall-out of her actions that took place 101 years in the future.
The Renfield Syndrome was a non-stop, edge of your seat, roller-coaster ride. I honestly didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book. I didn't expect to be totally blown away! There were times while reading TRS that my mouth was hanging open in shock or I would gasp out loud or say, 'Oh no!'. I'm sure those around me thought I was crazy but I don't care. This book brought out strong feelings and that's a good thing. First off, I have to say I love the introduction of the werewolves and I *love* Carter! I hope to see him in future books. I mean, seriously, he needs to be a contender as a love interest for Rhiannon. Disco who? His actions in TRS proves that he is not worthy of Rhiannon. I was never a Disco (Gabriel) fan anyway. I'm sure I'm alone in that sentiment but whatever. He can go kick rocks. *chants* Carter! Carter! Carter! And Paine, *swoon*. Throw him in the mix too. Throughout the book, he proves that he is a true friend and has Rhiannon's back and I can't wait to see how his friendship with Rhiannon progresses and whether or not his relationship with Disco changes.
I want to say more but I can't. Trying to keep this review spoiler free.
The Renfield Syndrome was a great follow-up to Dead. I could not put this book down. I even did some sneak reading while at work. I was anxious to find out what was going to happen next and was impatient to find out. The plot kept me engaged and had my stomach twisted in knots. I think I got anxiety while reading it. TRS ends with a huge question mark regarding what is going to happen next with Rhiannon, Disco, Paine and et al. I hope we don't have to wait too long *hint* for The Ripple Effect. :P
If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy then I highly suggest you read The Renfield Syndrome. But read Dead, Undead or Somewhere In-Between because this book cannot be read as a stand-alone.