"The Lizard Man Affair" is an interesting tale about a lizard/man like creature that people have reported they've sighted in the Scape Ore Swamp in So"The Lizard Man Affair" is an interesting tale about a lizard/man like creature that people have reported they've sighted in the Scape Ore Swamp in South Carolina. Rumor has it a woman of ill repute was being attacked by a town so she ran off to the swamp. The locals called the swamp, The Escape Whore Swamp but over time with the local dialect it became Scape Ore.
Lucy Whittemore is a cryptozologist and just opened an office. She is also flat broke; so when she receives a phone call from lawyer, Spencer Watson claiming he saw the Lizard Man she decides to take the case primarily to debunk his claim. It seems, Spencer's father has been missing for a year after he went into the swamp but Spencer also found a letter from a woman he suspects his father might have had an affair with.
Lucy thinks Spencer should hire a private investigator but he is insistent that he needs her help. So, they go in the swamp looking for both the Lizard Man and Spencer's father, Walter. What they discover is hot sex and a mystery they need to resolve.
Although I enjoyed this story, it felt rushed. The storyline was minimal and lacked depth. In my humble opinion, it was a cursory plot. Additionally, the relationship between Spencer and Lucy happened a little too fast and quite frankly I was not really enamored with the character of Lucy. She seemed pretty self centered and lacking any real concern for anything but seeking vengeance for the downfall of her teaching career that quite frankly she lost to poor judgment. This was just an okay read for me so I doubt that I will go on with other books in this series....more
After reading a string of mediocre to mildly entertaining reads, it was such a pleasure to finally read something really good. "Chaos Rises" was thatAfter reading a string of mediocre to mildly entertaining reads, it was such a pleasure to finally read something really good. "Chaos Rises" was that book for me. The dark, multifaceted characters pulled me right out of my reading funk.
Half human half demon. Gemma and her brother Del are on a mission for their demon master, Allard. They are to capture a vitiosus demon to sell as a pet. Although Gemma manages to capture one she failed to see the hundreds that began attacking and chasing her. This caused her to be separated from Del, end up in the hospital and on the radar of human detective Ramirez. Even though Gemma skillfully dodged Ramirez's questions she is not truly free to go until Allard shows up and rescues her. He is none too pleased with her failure and being on the radar of the human police.
Allard makes sure Gemma knows her place but allows her to redeem herself by completing another mission: retrieve a demon artifact from a home. Gemma is smart enough to know that this task is not as easy as it sounds but she also knows that if she wants to get her brother back she will have to complete this task. She just wasn't expecting the house she was breaking into would belong to another half demon, Torrent. Of course he doesn't appreciate anyone breaking into home in a robbery attempt but the battle between them will set though on a course they will not be able to return from.
Allard is pleased by Gemma's success but it us short lived when Both Torrent and his mistress,Vanessa come for the stone. Before the setback, Allard allowed Gemma access to the basement where he showed her his most prized captive, Li'el, the demon of Pride. She is shocked that Allard has managed to contain him. However, she soon will find herself partnered with Torrent in an attempt to thwart Allard's plans for world domination.
This was one of those reads that grabbed my attention from page one and subsided for a short moment in the middle while I attempted to buy the second book (btw, it's not released yet). When I realized I couldn't get the second book I returned to this one with even more enthusiasm basically devouring it in one setting.
So, what was so great about this read? The characters were wonderfully flawed, the action permeated every page and the romantic tension between Gemma and Torrent will make beads of sweat pop off your forehead. Yum! If you are familiar with Poppa DaCosta's "Veil" series you will love this one as well since they are both set in the same world; but, you don't need to read the Veil in order to enjoy Chaos. Trust me on this one. The storyline is unique and you will have inhaled the pages of this read before you even blink your eye!...more
About 20 years ago I invested in cassette tapes of Anthony Robbins "Personal Power" program. Although it cost me around $200 at the time, it was wellAbout 20 years ago I invested in cassette tapes of Anthony Robbins "Personal Power" program. Although it cost me around $200 at the time, it was well worth the money and I never forgot what I learned. I'm at a different stage in my life now and feeling kind of sluggish and in need of some motivation; so, I decided I needed a refresher course via audiobooks with my favorite motivator, Anthony Robbins.
It was great to review the techniques that make Robbins a national coaching favorite. It also reminded me that I have what I need to accomplish what I need to do but I just needed a life coach to help me get there. The book/audio reaffirmed what I already knew as well as touched on somethings that I've either forgotten or did not know. It went surprisingly fast and I found myself wishing I had more of his audios to keep me going. I know I will continue to listen to this audio over and over until I buy another one of his courses.
No matter where you are in your personal journey, Anthony Robbins, can help you bridge the gap in order to turn your dreams, aspirations and hopes into reality. Try this audio course and see what I mean. You will love it! ...more
After reading "Discern" I truly struggled as to how to write a review that would do justice to this book. On one hand, the plot and premise for the boAfter reading "Discern" I truly struggled as to how to write a review that would do justice to this book. On one hand, the plot and premise for the book is very creative and unique but on the other hand, I feel that the author failed in the execution of the book.
Claire and her roommate are fourth children born in their family. This makes them Aertes or children born with magical abilities and eligible to join the prestigious Katon University. When they begin to enter to the University, strange things begin to happen. First, spiders begin invading their apartment. Also, Claire has not determined her magical speciality leaving her feeling vulnerable. As Claire manuevers through her classes, she meets Austin, a very skilled young man in one of her courses. The only problem is he is arrogant and not very nice. She would like for him to help her hone her skills but she refuses to ask him. Now, she discovers that there will be contest that will allow three students to join a group of graduate students on an expedition to Moab's famous Arches National Park. She is determined to be one of those students.
As Claire competes with other students she finds that a strange book keeps showing up in her possession. Some how the book calls to her and when she is attacked by the spiders and tree limbs at her home she and her roommate unearth a hidden world of gore where the bones of missing people are found and an old lady who tells her she should read the book. Now, here is where things fall apart for me. In my mind, most people would have gone to the owner of the book (Claire's professor) and revealed what she had discovered from the old lady. Yet, Claire just goes merrily along on an expedition that includes the very book she has been warned about. REALLY?
As the group goes out to Moab, they discover what seems to be the husks of ancient beings. Half of the group decides to remove the bodies to dissect them while the others aren't convinced that the beings are totally died. The result is disastrous. Members of the teams will suffer horrible deaths and others will go missing. Yet, these beings are attracted to Claire and her cello music. Who knew?
What started out as an interesting premise ended up being a convoluted hot mess for me and in the end I found myself only mildly entertained. This book just wasn't for me. Therefore, I will not be reading others in the series. However, I highly recommend that you read this one for yourself to decide if it works for you....more
"The Haunted Sultan" is an erotic tale centered around one of the haunted mansions in New Orleans. The tale goes that a sultan came to the U.S. in 187"The Haunted Sultan" is an erotic tale centered around one of the haunted mansions in New Orleans. The tale goes that a sultan came to the U.S. in 1872 and built a home where the interior mimicked a palace. He was a man on the run who was only interested in fulfilling his desires for debauchery and pleasure. Then one day, the people of New Orleans awakened to blood pouring into the streets from the palace and all inside were slaughtered.
Sierra and her lifelong friend, Cecelia are on a trip to New Orleans where they are there to celebrate Halloween. Sierra begrudgingly agrees to go on a tour of haunted mansions with Cecelia even though that's the last things she wants to do. However, first, she has to find a costume on her meager budget. When they enter a mysterious shop, the exotic owner immediately steers Sierra to a harem costume that fits her like a glove. The woman gives it to her for free with the condition she must come to the aid of someone who asks with the help of whoever she is with. Although she thinks it's strange, she agrees. The shop owner also places a necklace that has a key on it around her neck.
When Cecelia and Sierra join the tour group she is immediately attracted to see handsome man named Owen. As they maneuver through the homes they are rather low key until the hit the site of the Sultan's Palace. Sierra and Owen bothered begin hearing tormented cries for help. They discover the key on Sierra's necklace opens the palace leading them on an erotic adventure they must might not survive.
The premise for this book was interesting but quite frankly the story was cursory and could have been so much more. I enjoyed it but just couldn't understand why the author rushed everything especially considering the book was only 114 pages. If you want a quick erotic read this could very well be the book for you....more
Urban fantasy and paranormal books are my favorite; but, sometimes they can get a little dark. So, after reading a string of dark novels, I like to miUrban fantasy and paranormal books are my favorite; but, sometimes they can get a little dark. So, after reading a string of dark novels, I like to mix things up with some lighthearted romance. Yeah, I know that most romance novels are pretty cheesy and sappy but everyone needs a little cheese in their diet (Lol). I must admit though the "The Best Man's Baby" took me by surprise. Why? Instead of the typical cheesy romance, this one had a little teeth to it.
Claire has always had a crush on Jake and now here she is at her best friend's wedding standing next to him. Being the daughter of the town's minister, she has always played it safe; but, tonight she decides to go for what she wants and that is Jake. When Jake approaches Claire at the bar he is surprised to see her drinking scotch. However, when she propositions him for a night of wild sex, he isn't about to turn her down.
It has been about four weeks since the fateful night Jake and Claire had there night of passion. Since then, he walked out on her, went out of town and she hasn't heard from him since. Now, she is attending a barbecue at her best friend and Jake's brother's house when she wants in with the one girl from high school she never wanted to see again, Amanda. Well, Claire isn't about to let Amanda or Jake's poor choice in a date get in the way of what she has to say; so, she removes and item from her purse, walks over to Jake, welcomes him home and stabs his burger with none other than her pregnancy test stick and announces he is going to be a daddy. Needless to say Jake is shocked
As Claire and Jake come to grips with the fact they are going to be parents, Jake wants to make Claire his wife but Claire refuses to marry someone who doesn't love her. Will he convince her that he can love her the way she deserves or will secrets from both of their pasts get in the ways of their future together.
I will admit, I thought that this story was just going to be about two people who find love. That happens here but I certainly was not expecting the secrets from their that both characters were dealing with. It definitely made the read a lot more interesting. So, if you in the mood for a little light romance that also has a little kick to it, "The Best Man's Baby" could be the book for you....more
When I first read the summary for "Wordless" I thought that I might have stumbled upon a unique twist on vampire lore. Imagine a world where human slaWhen I first read the summary for "Wordless" I thought that I might have stumbled upon a unique twist on vampire lore. Imagine a world where human slaves for vampires are outlawed; yet, some of course will break the law leaving humans devastated in their wake. I will be honest, I just wasn't expecting erotica. No, I'm not a prude nor do I have a problem with erotica. I just wasn't expecting it.
Fay is a slave to the vampire Vincent. He is a cruel dictator and allows his slaves to be sexually abused and almost sucked dry by his guest. However, Fay is special. She is ab negative, rare and a valuable treat to the vampire palate. Although she is relegated to walking around naked, Fay has never been raped. Vincent insures she remains a virgin as if it might effect the taste of her blood.
One day, a knight named William come to her rescue and buys Fay from Vincent. She soon finds her fear of the new situation and her rescuer are unfounded as she is cleaned up, dressed to perfection and enrolled at the academy where she will learn of a whole new world. Unfortunately, that is not the fate her cousin Cece has earned thus causing her to present Fay.
Soon, Fay and William are undeniably attracted to each other, but will it be enough to assist them in overcoming the problems that are about to come. There is quite bit going on in this world created by May Sage. I just wish she hadn't rushed the relationship between Fay and William. The book is only 250 pages so allowing their relationship to naturally evolve would have enhanced the storyline. The cliffhanger ending was a nice touch and I can't wait to see what will happen next....more
I'm a fan of the writings of Sophie Davis since I first read her Talented series. So, when I received an author's update regarding the novella, "2446-I'm a fan of the writings of Sophie Davis since I first read her Talented series. So, when I received an author's update regarding the novella, "2446-89" I purchased it immediately. Imagine my surprise to discover I paid for a 35 page novella but could receive the 552 page book, "The Syndicate" for free. Or course I gobbled down the novella in no time but was struck with how little I still knew about the series and how much I wanted to know more. While 2446-89 was light on details, I found The Syndicate overly verbose and steeped in about 200 pages of unnecessary details.
Our story begins in 1796 with Stasis running barefoot in the streets of France after being caught searching for Napoleon's final letter to his wife. Now she is being pursued by the French guard, running through streets laden with human extremely and cursing her partner, Gaige, who is oddly missing.Then he catches up with her and throws her off a bridge into the unsanitary rivers below.
When Stassi and Gauge return to the island they call home, the meet with their boss, Cyrus Atlic who is none too pleased with Stassi's inability to follow protocol. She also learns that her roommate and best friend Molly was injured on her last time jump. However, before she has a chance to really discuss her roommate's claim to leave tg syndicate, she and Gauge are sent on another time jump to retrieve a copy of a rumored novel by a famous author of 1925.
As much as they prepared for this new mission, Stassi and Gaige were ignorant and ill prepared for the discovery of the Night Gentleman serial killer. Hobnobbing with Ernest Hemingway and other literary people of the time won't keep her off the killer's radar. Neither will it keep her off the radar of sexy Charles Dupree. Stasis is also very interesting in researching the origins of her locket, the one and only link to her long lost parents.
With all of the running around going on you would think it would 've been exciting, filled with delicious action and intrigue; but, in truth the story became bogged down in overly verbose text that added little or nothing to the enhancement of the novel. In fact, it actually detracted from its success. While the cliffhanger ending has me moderately interested in knowing more, I will not be going on with this series. It just wasn't my cup of tea....more
"2446-89" is somewhat of a difficult novella to review because just as you begin getting a feel for the world building and the characters the book end"2446-89" is somewhat of a difficult novella to review because just as you begin getting a feel for the world building and the characters the book ends.
Stassi was found wandering the streets at a young age. She was sent to an orphanage where she has worked until today when she turned 17. Now she has a chance for employment of prospective employers will overlook the fact that she doesn't cook. Then Cyrus Atlic shows up to inspect the girls and now she has a job albeit a dangerous one.
It seems Cyrus wants Stassi to travel back in time to steal artifacts before they go missing. Yep, the man just maybe off his rocker but that's no reason to turn down a job..She will just have to wait and see where this goes.
This was only 35 pages long and just enough to wet your appetite. So, now I'm curious enough about the series to go on. Hopefully, book one will pack the same wallop as other book in Ms. David's collection....more