I absolutely loved this little book of short stories when I first read it in the early 2000s and was surprised that it was written in the 1970s. It waI absolutely loved this little book of short stories when I first read it in the early 2000s and was surprised that it was written in the 1970s. It was required reading when I was at school and is responsible for most of the books that I now own.
The stories are a rewriting of a few of the old fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood and Bluebeard but with adult themes. We had to read a couple of the stories out loud during one lesson at school and let’s just say that there were a lot of red faces especially when it came to that naughty C-word!
I would recommend this if you'd like to see pre-Twilight supernatural horror/fantasy mixed in with the original pre-Disney fairy tales.
Definitely not for small children, or the faint-hearted. 5 stars....more
In some ways Enchanted isn’t too different from The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter – reworked fairy tales with an adult and somewhat feminist twist wIn some ways Enchanted isn’t too different from The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter – reworked fairy tales with an adult and somewhat feminist twist with a background commentary on gender roles (i.e. wife, career woman, princess, maid etc).
If I had stopped reading at the end of Mrs Fox I would have given Enchanted four stars due to the simply written and tastefully woven tales with clever and sometimes amusing twists. Lessons learned were truly learned rather than lectured on as they were in the second half of the book. For example the Queen in Mirror on the Wall learned that cosmetic enhancements did not automatically make you beautiful but in the Ugly Duckling (the last story) the lesson that beauty alone does not bring you happiness was practically shoved in your face. The same goes for Cinderella and The Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing. Both were about reigniting the love in their marriages but Cinderella was more subtle whereas the other story contained lengthy explanations on the subject.
The enjoyable highlights for me were Beauty and the Beast with Beauty missing her beast when he turns into the prince, Cat and Mouse about a male and female - equals jockeying (and negotiating) for position neither wanting to play the submissive slave, Mirror on the Wall for a mixture of old and new (old being the story and new being the cosmetic surgery theme), Mrs Fox with the lesson being that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side but it is a pleasant change every now and then, and finally Goldilocks and the Three Barons – I loved seeing her as a nosey busy body reporter who reports rumour, half-truths and absolute lies - an amusing comparison to the original story. ...more
For the genre this was pretty dark and depressing. I know nursery rhymes (which these stories are based on) usually have a dark twist to them but I diFor the genre this was pretty dark and depressing. I know nursery rhymes (which these stories are based on) usually have a dark twist to them but I didn’t expect them to be translated in to odd and sometimes downright creepy stories with unhappy endings. I really only enjoyed two: Curly Locks and Hot Cross Buns – the two with happy endings. The others just left me feeling uncomfortable.
A slightly disappointing sequel to the refreshing book Enchanted.
Imaginative tales cleverly written but too dark and intense for me. ...more
'Mind-altering drugs were used in the making of this book' -that's the disclaimer that should be printed on the very first page of Enchanted Dreams.
'Mind-altering drugs were used in the making of this book' -that's the disclaimer that should be printed on the very first page of Enchanted Dreams.
The first story Enchanted Forest especially says "psychedelic" because no sane person would use a tree root as a dildo. Or plants. Or flowers. Or let butterflies lick *ahem* down there. I suppose you could say she’s making love to nature. The end gives a possible explanation –is it her afterlife? Her heaven? Not what I was expecting when the title reads 'Tales of the Supernatural'. Far out, man. **peace sign** ---1 star.
Disenchantment - Cannibalism. Not Sexy. And I never want to meet anyone who thinks it is. Ever watched that Preying Mantis episode of Buffy? Well, this was that but with an added discussion on why relationships are so dysfunctional and the gender dynamics and behaviours at work which was interesting. I enjoyed it right up until the eating of human flesh. ---4 stars.
Dying For It -One of the more “normal” stories with a voyeuristic terminally ill human stalking the predatory vampire. Her teeth though, I could never imagine doing that to myself, I consider it self-mutilation. ---3 stars.
Expecting -Aliens, abortion and mental illness. Kind of depressing but maybe because I choose to believe it wasn’t real, it was all in her mind. It was too weird and she was too paranoid for me to think otherwise. ---1 star.
Flowers For Angela -Creeped. Me. Out. I’d rather keep my free will than let myself be brainwashed and turned into a slave by my husband and psychotherapist. The violation of trust is staggering. Also, the eating of dog food was nauseating. Overall, just plain disturbing. ---2 stars
Jimmy -I really thought she’d run off with Jimmy the incubus at first but he wasn’t very considerate, which is exactly what I accused Ray of being. I was wrong. He was amazing once she confided in him. ---2 stars
The Incentive Program -Wow, after multiple WTF weird moments reading this book I never expected to find such a gem at the end. I’m with Georgia, get me into the future so I can join this programme just like Cassie did and meet my very own Craig, Steve and Peter. I LOL'd when Peter started reading Madore’s first Enchanted book to Cassie. I loved the Beauty and the Beast story he read. So sweet. ---5 stars.
For erotica I didn’t find it terribly erotic. Many times I felt like a child pointing and laughing at the strange goings on in this book. Even when I was beginning to enjoy it, I had to pull myself back after a few stories when I learned that liking a character could mean their death or being turned into the villain of the piece. I’ll admit the canabalism threw me. At that point I checked this book was actually listed as erotica because it made me think more of horror = erotic horror.
The main theme running through the stories other than the supernatural (or in this case crazy drugged-out hallucinogenic tales) was domination, control and the issue of consent. The predator and the prey. The dominant and the submissive. The victim and the villain. It wasn't always clear which characters were in which roles. And it didn't matter whether they were male or female. The aggressor could be either.
I'm always very aware of gender roles when I read Madore's books (she comes across as a feminist but not bra-burning, man-hating one) and I find her ideas on them intriguing so even though I don't always rate her highly I'm always interested in her work....more
Many people have been raving about this author recently so I took a gamble and read this book. It was interesting, intelligently written but it also mMany people have been raving about this author recently so I took a gamble and read this book. It was interesting, intelligently written but it also made me smile and chuckle to myself a few times.
The relationships between the group of female friends were very entertaining despite their constant bitching and fighting, it was obvious they loved each other dearly. Plus, the main couple didn't jump into bed straight away so it got extra points from me just for that.
My overall impression is that this series gets better and better so I'll be reading that next book quite soon....more
I know that this is only a short ebook but a little more story and this could have been 4 or even 5 stars. I wanted to know some more about Lars and tI know that this is only a short ebook but a little more story and this could have been 4 or even 5 stars. I wanted to know some more about Lars and the other were-coyotes. Perhaps we will be given more information on them in the next installment of the series....more
I skipped book 3 so I could read this. It was worth it. Virgin Daiquiri was a smoother and more satisfying read than the others I have read in this seI skipped book 3 so I could read this. It was worth it. Virgin Daiquiri was a smoother and more satisfying read than the others I have read in this series. 4 stars....more
I read this to challenge myself, and challenge me it did. Within a few pages there was rape, humiliation and degradation and it only got worse from thI read this to challenge myself, and challenge me it did. Within a few pages there was rape, humiliation and degradation and it only got worse from then on. Every now and then I would have to pause to take a breath in order to continue.
I was made uncomfortable, appalled and utterly disgusted. I desperately wanted to put this down but curiosity won out. How was it going to end?
The constant repetition ground down my abhorrence of some harrowing events which take place, to the point where I was almost desensitised and eventually bored by the end. Can you believe it?!
Although I understood the lesson (which usually appear in fairy tales), I can't say I appreciated or enjoyed the delivery of that lesson. I have read books that have conveyed it in a more...palatable fashion. That being said, the language was easy to read, if the content was not.
I recommend this to those not easily offended, and even if you're not, you might want to hesitate reading this anyway.
FYI, you don't have to be a prude to be shocked by this book. ...more
Stay away from it. Stay away. If you had any love for this series at any point, do not read this book. If you do, make sure you're a fan of erotica iStay away from it. Stay away. If you had any love for this series at any point, do not read this book. If you do, make sure you're a fan of erotica including m/m, m/m/f, f/f, and BDSM.
It’s shocking the abrupt u-turn the series takes with Bullet, deciding that sex (and lots of it) is better than guns, blood and action. The death of a character (not an important one so don’t worry) was anti-climactic, it was a good scene but I expected the death to be of someone a lot closer to Anita, and therefore more painful but she agonises over it anyway, despite knowing all along that they may have to die.
Right off the bat we go into repetitive descriptive overload. Sex politics, self-pity and whining is in abundance. LKH even uses a three-year old boy in the first chapter to give us hope that Anita will rein in her loose ways, and then uses him again (at his expense, which offended me - children should be protected) at the end to stick two fingers up at those that dislike the porn. And I’m sad to say this did read like emotionless porn -the group sex with multiple voyeurs made me think "porn movie set" with everyone taking turns. And they were doing it to save lives or for political reasons rather than because they wanted it or because they loved each other. And since when was Anita OK with her men having sex with other women, or even Anita herself having sex with women? What?! Will the real Anita please stand up?
Which leads me on to the main characters themselves who've have changed in ways I don't feel are realistic and the number of side characters has grown to a point where I don't remember who they are. Although LKH attempts to soothe my newfound dislike of Anita at the end of Flirt by making her remorseful. I can’t say it worked. She has become all-powerful and arrogant, a combination which is off-putting to put it mildly. Plus the reference to her and others possibly doing evil things in order to do good has put me on edge.
All the bits that interested me, like the plot, shocking that there even was one but it was thin throughout. It was alluded to but there was little depth. Many references were made to previous books, characters reappear with Anita's relationships with them being reassessed however, big events happen elsewhere whilst we were stuck watching Anita have sex with everything that moved. I’m not exaggerating. I’m not even sure I have enough fingers to count out how many times she had sex, or even with the number of people. At least she wasn't the only one getting it this time. Although the m/m scene between Asher and Jean Claude was incredibly disappointing. They'd been pining for each other, desperate to re-consummate their love for so long, you'd think LKH could've taken the time to describe the emotional side of it better.
More happened in the concluding chapter than in the entire book, which focused heavily on the tigers. I couldn't care less about them really, the info dump was boring. Given the chance I’d have wanted to witness the events (especially in Atlanta) in that chapter rather than the sex or sex politics. Instead they were glossed over. So sad.
I dragged myself through this book, and employed everything possible to get to that last page. I skimmed, I skipped paragraphs/pages – there’s only so much repetitive description I could take. I can’t read another sex scene for a bit because I’ve had enough. Enough. Yep, that’s how I feel about this series now. Enough. I’m done.
If I sound angry, bitter and wistful it’s because I’m all of those things. I’m angry that old-Anita is nowhere to be found despite her reappearance in the past couple of books. I’m bitter because I wasn’t expecting the abrupt change back to everything revolving around sex. I had hope and LKH had encouraged it, that old-Anita was resurfacing. She crushed it so forcefully that I don’t want anything more to do with her.
This series to me is now a sick and mangy wolf that needs to be put down, it's begging for an end to it's suffering. It needs a Bullet to the brain....more
An absolutely brilliant sequel to Pack Challenge. It's intelligent, funny (my ribs are sore from laughing so hard) and incredibly sweet without beingAn absolutely brilliant sequel to Pack Challenge. It's intelligent, funny (my ribs are sore from laughing so hard) and incredibly sweet without being overly so.
Miki is shockingly honest with no filter between her brain and her mouth but she's ball-bustingly tough (scary tough) and Mensa-smart so she's great to have in an impossible situation. Her geek friends are also scary, they may be wimpy in appearance but they sure can ruin your life if you get on their bad side. You gotta love 'em for their bravery in threatening Connall to take good care of Miki.
Connall was amazing, he didn't take Miki's comments too much to heart, he played her games and accepted all of her unwitting challenges. He pursued her with kind of determination you have to respect, only a brave man like him had the balls (and the willingness to lose them) to take on Miki. Whereas Miki is all work, Connall is all play so they made a wonderful match.
There are so many ROTFL moments that this is most definitely a keeper to read on dark days to cheer me up....more
Tempting the Beast is a lesson in how not to write romance or a book in general. Editors do an important job and I wish a good one had worked on thisTempting the Beast is a lesson in how not to write romance or a book in general. Editors do an important job and I wish a good one had worked on this, heavily.
Me reading this book:
Heroine pushes her naive deeply stupid agenda *wince at poor use of language* sex hero whines *rolls eyes* sex *wince again* heroine whines sex more whining *more eye rolling* heroine stubbornly (and stupidly) believes she is right more sex a rare moment: non-sexual action spoke too soon, more sex "I love you" - *wince* hint of a plot heroine gleefully gets her stubborn stupid way -grr! THE END
The word "repetitive" is an understatement. I skipped many a sex scene. They got old real quick. Less is most definitely more. Instead of detailing every sex scene just simply say "And they had sex again" or something to that effect and move the hell on. Jeez. If a drinking game associated with this book doesn't all ready exist there should be one with every time you read "throbbing", "womb", "vagina", etc. Of course, you'd have to be hospitalised for alcohol poisoning long before you were able to turn the last page.
I'm amazed I finished this but somehow I did. The only book I've read that could rival this one in terms of number of sex scenes is The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty and they got tiresome too.
P.S. I feel the need to state that I like some erotica now and then but there was too much sex for the length of the book and not enough plot to keep me happy....more
Although it's not as great as the previous book, Go Fetch!, this was still a laugh-out-loud read.
What stopped me from giving a full 5 stars was AngeliAlthough it's not as great as the previous book, Go Fetch!, this was still a laugh-out-loud read.
What stopped me from giving a full 5 stars was Angelina's fashion fixation, Miki's drugging fetish, Sara's mean streak in not telling Angelina where Nik was which really hurt her, and I didn't like where she dumped him even though many thought that was funny -I didn't in this case.
What I did like was the wooing tiger-style (BTW I LOVE tigers!), Angelina's way of dealing with unwanted attention and her ability to turn anything, and I mean anything into a weapon, Miki's trouble-making addiction and Nik's willingness to follow Angelina and live where she wants to.
I just have Irene's story to read and then...well, there are no more Magnus Pack stories. :(...more
I picked this one up purely for Shelly Laurenston's tale, Miss Congeniality -Irene's story whom we met in Go Fetch!. In some ways she can be comparedI picked this one up purely for Shelly Laurenston's tale, Miss Congeniality -Irene's story whom we met in Go Fetch!. In some ways she can be compared to Miki in that book but she is different in one particular aspect: Irene is clinical, analytical and insanely logical in the way she approached everything, even sex!
Science is Irene Conridge's whole life and she has difficulty in understanding emotion and social interactions. She's very much like Dr. Temperance Brennan in the TV show, Bones. She doesn't actually like sex, until she's had it with the wonderful Niles Van Holtz, who ultimately turns her into a sex fiend!
Again, this was a brilliant story from Laurenston who's incredibly talented in making me laugh long and hard at her characters and their predicaments. I highly recommend her books to everyone who needs a good chuckle and a decent storyline.
As for Eden's short story, it was good enough but largely forgettable. I felt sympathy for Cain considering his past rejection due to his "beastly" nature and was happy he found peace with his new neighbour after hunting and destroying her serial killing vampire date from hell....more
Christmas Pride ~ 3.5 stars As teenagers they were best friends until Des moved away and was never heard from again. Twenty years later, Mace and DesChristmas Pride ~ 3.5 stars As teenagers they were best friends until Des moved away and was never heard from again. Twenty years later, Mace and Des are older and wiser, and when they meet again after Mace's return from his stint in the Navy and he encounters her trying to arrest his sister for murder, all those old feelings return in full force.
Des is a fiercely independent (human) woman who refused to be tied to Mace. I had this image of him in lion-form, king of the jungle chasing down his prey and beating her into submission. Not one of my favourite of Laurenston's stories but still entertaining. I especially loved the "omega" tattoo, LOL!
Shaw's Trail ~ 5 stars Continuing on from Christmas Pride, Shaw wakes in the hospital to that intoxicating smell of the woman he encountered just before he passed out from his injuries. His state is such that he succumbs to what the shifters call the "fever", something that temporarily scrambles the brain but kicks lust into high gear. He practically pounces on this poor woman, who is unfortunately a wolf. Those female lions are not going to be happy to let go of one of their breeding males to a dog...
This one was hilarious. Oh the things the characters get up to in this. Laurenston has a great imagination when it comes to making you laugh. Just imagine seeing a lion trot down the street and then start dancing to Xmas music. And that's only the beginning!...more
Not quite what the title suggests as it's not strictly incest. "Uncle" Ed is Fiona's uncle by marriage to her aunt. He's newly widowed so Fiona visitsNot quite what the title suggests as it's not strictly incest. "Uncle" Ed is Fiona's uncle by marriage to her aunt. He's newly widowed so Fiona visits to help him deal with her aunt's death before she goes off to college. She has always found him handsome, even as a child, and has grown to love him even more as a now adult woman.
Fiona developed physically early to the point where her mother was beating dirty old men off with a stick, and we find out Uncle Ed has secretly been admiring her for the past few years. It also doesn't hurt that she looks like her dead aunt.
There's plenty of guilt and daddy/daughter issues thrown around to make this one a realistic and interesting read....more
Although I enjoyed this one, it's more romantic than erotic which I don't mind but it wasn't one of Laurenston's best works. I loved Bobby Ray in TheAlthough I enjoyed this one, it's more romantic than erotic which I don't mind but it wasn't one of Laurenston's best works. I loved Bobby Ray in The Mane Event stories and Jessie Ann (aka Jessica Ward) was one of the more "innocent" of the author's heroines but I was hoping for some crazy action with the villain but he was just threatened and brushed aside. Never mind, she's still one of my favourite authors....more
The short length of The Panther's Lair impeded my enjoyment of this story. There wasn't enough time for the characters to properly fall for one anotheThe short length of The Panther's Lair impeded my enjoyment of this story. There wasn't enough time for the characters to properly fall for one another and read as "love at first sight" which I'm not a real fan of. Also the plot involving the ex would have gone a lot smoother if the book had been longer. Other than that the writing was good and humorous in places. If you're a fan of Moira Rogers or Shelly Laurenston then you might enjoy this....more
She is a PMS-Demon Slayer. Fighting the good fight for woman-kind. (May also treat male PMS too. Sex, with fast cars, how can they not like it?)
This woman knows how to instantly put you at ease and have you laughing your head off consistently throughout. And after you've finished, you'll find yourself still chuckling over the antics of her colourful characters.
Although Sissy Mae isn't one of my favourite leads, I loved her friendship with Mitch, which turned friends-with-benefits to lovers-for-life-with-a-shared-sex-addiction. If only I could find a man like that. Sigh.
I love the strong sense of family and community in these books, closing ranks and turning on the enemy outsiders even when you don't get along with the ones you're protecting.
The characters have strong personalities linked to their animal and the women are...uh...evil. Even the men are scared and rightly so. They are Crazy. Never, ever get on their bad side. Ever!
The stories may be predictable but they are always entertaining.
Words that will forever trigger laughing fits related to this book: crocodile, tug-of-war, wedgies and NASCAR. I'm now sporting a huge grin. ...more
Bears! My first bear shifter book and what an impression it made! He may not be an alpha male but Lock's very size (6ft 11 3/4inch human and 10ft bearBears! My first bear shifter book and what an impression it made! He may not be an alpha male but Lock's very size (6ft 11 3/4inch human and 10ft bear) and demeanour means he can pretty much do whatever he wants as evidenced by his treatment of the "kittens" Mitch and Brendon, sometimes forgetting he was still dragging them like battered ragdolls in his hands. He was very entertained by these two playthings, much to their chagrin...and need for a hospital afterwards. -LMAO!
Lock's bear nature was so sweet and adorable, riveted by the simplest of pleasures -playing with his toes and eating anything honey but woe betide anyone who threatens someone he loves, my god the boar rage -yikes! Oh and never startle a bear, never, that's if you want to keep your head on your shoulders.
His father's notoriously fierce curiosity was hilarious, even his toddler niece was aware of it. His mother's protectiveness -woah! Mitch forgot one of the major rules of dealing with bears -never get between a mama bear and her cubs. Whoops.
Gwen is a mixed breed as a tigon, a tiger/lion mix which has unfortunately meant that she's received much racism, both verbal and physical. She's overwhelmed and embarrassed by her mother and feels claustrophobic by her brother Mitch's protectiveness. She's beautiful but not high maintenance. She's a qualified plumber and an experienced beautician, well she had to be with her mother owning her own hair salon. She also has a homicidal streak she tries to hide but comes out when her BFF Blayne is injured in a strange and dangerous game, that only Lock can deal with (she can't get around his size, thank goodness).
I completely agreed with her when she realised what Lock's bear lips and other appendages could do when she said "Marry me" -LOL! I also found it very sweet the way she was reassuring Lock the perfectionist about his art, creating one-of-a-kind furniture out of wood. And the prices she negotiated for them -bloody hell! I bet every writer would want her for an agent!
I absolutely loved the story, adored the characters (yay for seeing Niles Van Holtz again), the abundance of laughs and the growing community we've got going and even the family feuds. It all made me very happy.
DeeAnne -What a relief...because I wasn't sure...Anyway, I can't wait to read her book now.
And remember: Conditioner -it's your friend. Nair, is not....more