Yes - this started out as Twilight fanfiction. Yes, it has obvious similarities to Fi...more5 Truly Surprising Stars
Let's just get this out of the way first.
Yes - this started out as Twilight fanfiction. Yes, it has obvious similarities to Fifty Shades. And for some people, those two points would be enough to say far, far away from this book. This series has gotten a bad rap because of the fact that it has gone through very little editing from the original version that was posted online (other than the obvious name changes etc). But, this book surprised the hell out of me. In a very, very good way.
I have been pretty much burned out on the Fifty Shades/Crossfire clones that seem to pop up every week. But I picked this up while browsing in my local bookstore the other day, read the first 4 chapters standing there in the 'Romance' section, and found myself immediately hooked.
The first thing that struck me is that it is very well written. Yes, there are obvious similarities to Fifty Shades present, but the actual writing is actually very well done. There are no run on sentences, or instances of the same phrases used dozens of times. The author managed to take a storyline that has been done to death over the last year, and put a neat little twist on it that, for me, was really addictive and enjoyable.
Yes, the BDSM elements are on the tame side, but Nathaniel states up front that he isn't a sadist (unlike our misbegotten Mr Gray). But, the sex scenes are still hot and...unlike in FSoG, it didn't feel like I was reading the same scene over and over again.
Without giving anything away, i have to mention 'The Twist'. It might not have surprised some people, but it took me off guard, and I thought it was great as surprise endings go. It added another layer to Nathaniel's character that made him much more endearing (in my eyes anyway...but maybe not to some). If I have a complaint, it's over the actual ending...there isn't really one. The story just sort of....stops. That was the one aspect of the book that really reminded me of FSoG...no clear cut ending.
All in all, The Submissive was a surprisingly enjoyable and well done and erotic tale that I couldn't read fast enough. Can't wait to get a glimpse inside Nathaniel's head in The Dominant.(less)
ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review
Super hot, super short novella introducing us to the main characters in the upcoming rele...moreARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review
Super hot, super short novella introducing us to the main characters in the upcoming release Torn From You.
I LOVED Sculpt (AKA Logan). He's an underground fighter, covered in tattoos, uber-Alpha and the lead singer in a rock band. What's not to love? His connection with Emily was instantaneous (maybe a little too instantaneous...hence why I am not giving this a full 5 stars) and scorching hot.
Gotta admit, I have NO CLUE where this story is going in the full length novel, but I'm excited to see where the author decides to take us.(less)
I dove into this book out of curiosity. It seemed like every one of my book blogging friends was readi...more
6+++ beautifully emotional and haunting stars!!!
I dove into this book out of curiosity. It seemed like every one of my book blogging friends was reading and reviewing this book lately. And while i very rarely seem to agree with the masses about books that receive a lot of hype, I decided to give it a try in the hopes that it might snap me out of my reading slump.
All i can say is, wow.
For the first time in months, i was IMMEDIATELY hooked on a story. Within the first couple of sentences, i knew this book was going to be one of those reading experiences that leave a lasting impression on me. Yes. I knew that quickly.
At first I thought, while incredibly addictive and well written, this was just going to be a hot, sexy read about a rich guy with a dirty mouth and the spunky girl that falls for him. But Night Owl ended up being so much more than that.
The first half of the book is very much an erotic story. The chemistry between Matt and Hannah is just ridiculous. I hereby crown this author the King/Queen of writing dirty talk. I seriously felt like I needed to smoke an entire pack of cigarettes after reading certain scenes.
And then we get to the latter half of the book.
The author throws us one hell of an emotional curveball that left me reeling and unable to tear my eyes away from my e-reader if my life had depended on it. Normally I am not a fan of an overload of angst, but here...because I cared so deeply for these characters and what happened to them...i completely bought the influx of emotion and pain.
Buried just beneath the surface of this seriously sexy love story, lay some mighty dark themes. And the author handles it perfectly. Beautifully.
The problems that plague one of our main characters - problems which are revealed slowly and deliberately - are handled in an honest and unflinching way. And there is nothing sugar-coated about this character's struggle to come back from such a dark place. It's raw and emotionally exhausting to experience as a reader. Which is exactly how it should have been. That is brilliant storytelling, folks.
This wasn't an easy review to write. I don't want to give too much away, so it's hard to touch on certain aspects of the plot that moved me, angered me, made me blush, made me giggle, and me cry ugly tears.
Let me just say this. If you go into this book expecting a sexy little story about likable characters with lots of steamy goodness, fine. You will get all of that in spades. But, you will also get so much more. By the end you will feel like you have been on a journey with these characters. And, I for one, feel so privileged to have gone on that journey. And I can not wait to see what else this author has in store.
In a sea of FSOG and Bared to You knock offs...Night Owl blows the lid off the erotic fiction status quo, and sets the new standard.
EDIT 11-6-13: It is now a few days after I finished reading this book, and much to my surprise I have noticed that many...many people were really upset by the ending.
I have to be completely honest here. When I read the epilogue...(view spoiler)[I assumed that Matt had found a way to "kill off" the M. Pierce persona in favor of having a more 'regular' life. And that the creation of "W. Pierce" was either his new identity, or his writing collaboration with Hannah. I never for one second assumed that his character was literally going to die. However, most of the other readers (or at least a large majority of them) took the 'death of M.Pierce' at face value and are really upset.
Of course now looking back, I can understand why so many people are freaking out about it. Talking to some fellow readers I have heard some rather odd scenarios as to how the next two books will be playing out. A lot seem to think that the next two books will take a hard left turn into paranormal romance and involve Matt's ghost haunting Hannah. At face value, if that is the case...i would be a bit disappointed. Okay....a lot disappointed. I think that would be a big let down considering how incredibly powerful Night Owl was/is. (hide spoiler)]
Frankly, my head is spinning from all the different theories that have been thrown my way over the last couple of days. And all I can say is, January better hurry up and get here soon, because I NEED to know what happens next!!!
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If I have learned anything by reading the first two books in this series, it is that Nicole Edwards is pretty much untouchable...more4-4.5 holy hotness stars
If I have learned anything by reading the first two books in this series, it is that Nicole Edwards is pretty much untouchable when it comes to writing super scorchingly hot sex scenes.
I adored the first book, Kaleb, and loved that it was pretty straight-forward in it's storytelling. Very little angst and heavy on the smutty goodness while still telling a sweet love story. With Zane, Edwards has added a heavy dose of angst (not one of my favorite plot devices), and a bit of OTT melodrama into the mix. And it is because of those two things that I am unable to give this book a 5 star rating.
Don't get me wrong. I really, really enjoyed this book. I love spending time with these characters and I love the family dynamic among the Walker brothers. However, as is so often the case for me lately...my main problem was with the female lead, V. I liked her spunkiness in the first book. But, here she was much too...whiny i guess is the only way i can describe it. Yes, i understand her being traumatized by the attack on Zane at the beginning of the book. But for me, far too much time was spent rehashing that one event. I found myself relating to Zane's attitude of wanting to move past that one incident, so I continually I found myself skimming the sections where we had to listen to V's inner monologue where she obsessed over the attack. Frankly I didn't like anything about that part of the plot, and could have done without it all together.
Now, moving on to what this book gets right....the smutty goodness.
I had no clue going into this book that Edwards was going to be teasing me with a little bit of M/M action. All I can say is, I approve and I wanted more!!
When I saw that Edwards was planning on a releasing a Walker brothers Holiday novella, I joked that it was going to turn into one massive orgy. Well, after reading this book...I might not be so far off. And I am TOTALLY okay with that.
The fact that so many of the side characters are involved with each other...it might have become a bit overwhelming and complicated, but for me...I loved it. One of the strongest aspect to these books are the characters and how they interact, so the more we get to see of them all, the happier I am.
And let me just state for the record....the Zane/Beau/V hook up (heavy on the Zane/Beau) was hands down one of the hottest scenes I have ever read.
If i had anything to complain about regarding that particular aspect of the book? The way Zane kept insisting to himself that he was 'only doing it for Beau'. Seriously?!
I mean, if you're going to include a M/M aspect to the story (which, if you hadn't guessed by now - I am totally on board for), the least you can do is have the characters embrace it. I mean, a guy is not going to have sex with another guy just to make the other guy happy. That is absolutely ridiculous. Period. End of debate.
Despite my problems with the book, I really did enjoy the heck out of it. And I can't wait to see what's in store for Travis. ;)
First off, I usually don't like novellas. Secondly, the numerous grammatical errors in this story should have been sendin...moreWell, that was.....different.
First off, I usually don't like novellas. Secondly, the numerous grammatical errors in this story should have been sending my literary OCD into overdrive.
But, despite everything it had against it, I somehow managed to really enjoy this twisted little story.
Silver writes bare bones, down and dirty smutty goodness. And even though I am not comfortable with her fondness for "breeding" (something that was only mentioned in passing here, but plays a more active role in some of her her other stories), I enjoyed the naughtiness of this. It was definitely different, and I think that's what I needed after suffering through a massive reading slump over the past few weeks.
This story was wacky and over the top raunchy, but I enjoyed the crazy ride.(less)
K.I. Lynn, what did you do?!? I am seriously at a loss right now after fin...more3 WTF-happened-to-my-Nathan stars
*WARNING: disappointed fangirl rant ahead**
K.I. Lynn, what did you do?!? I am seriously at a loss right now after finishing this book this afternoon. As my glowing reviews for the first book in this series, Breach (and it's companion novella Dissolution) have shown, I am an unapologetic Nathan fangirl. Yes he might have come across as manic and overly possessive, but I was on board the Nasty Nathan train. FULLY on board! And going into this book i had the feeling that his...intensity...might be dialed back considering the events at the end of Breach. However....the Nathan that is present in Infraction bares little resemblance to the uber-alpha male that I fell for in the first book.
Some may argue that seeing a softer side of Nathan was a good thing. And while I agree that he needed to do some major groveling to win back Lila (and by the way, I have issues with her in this book as well, which I will get to in a minute), but...but...what happened?! There is a running joke in this book about Nathan getting a lobotomy, and frankly...that sounds about right.
Nathan went from being the take-no-prisoners, slightly crazed Alpha male with the filthy mouth, to being...sensitive? Romantic? He calls Lila "Honeybear" for fuck's sake! HONEYBEAR?!? Seriously??! (okay, maybe once or twice Honeybear was kinda cute...but, I'm on a roll here, people!)
Speaking of Lila. She needed a swift kick to the girly bits in this book. I understand her issues. I do. And yes, Nathan made some mistakes, but...(view spoiler)[ to refuse to go back to him until he declared that he loved HER more than he ever loved HIS DEAD WIFE?!?!? (hide spoiler)] That is wrong on just about every fucking level there is. Period.
Okay...okay....the book had it's moments. There were a couple of glimpses of the old Nathan and his dirty mouth, but by the time those scenes happened, I already felt like I was reading another series. The shift in how the characters acted in this book was HUGE. And I couldn't force myself to get past it.
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5++ Oh-Nathan-Let-Me-Comfort-You stars - even though it was FAR too short, even for a novella
Not too much to say about this one that hasn't been menti...more5++ Oh-Nathan-Let-Me-Comfort-You stars - even though it was FAR too short, even for a novella
Not too much to say about this one that hasn't been mentioned in other reviews. It was really nice to get inside Nathan's head for a little while. Even though it can be a very dark, and crazy place.
My love for Nathan in the first book is no secret. Yes, he was caveman-esque at times. (Okay, most of the time), and yes the reasoning behind his trying to push Lila away felt slightly forced. But, I was able to ignore the faults in the storyline because I truly do love his character so much and want to see him happy and humping like bunnies with Lila. :P
Again, this novella was EXTREMELY short (24 pages), so we really didn't get the kind of glimpse into Nathan's mind that i would have liked to have had. But since the series is going past 2 books...there's hope that fans of the series may get another chance.
Side Note #1: I found out after reading this that the series was inspired by Twilight and/or started out as fanfic. I have no problem with fanfiction in general, but I have to admit...i really don't want the image of Rob Pattinson trying to take over the perfect vision I have of Nathan in my imagination. I kind of wish I hadn't found out, or at least not until I had finished the series. Just one of my little quirks.
Side Note #2: Truth - the conversations between Nathan and his "beast"? Kinda creepy. Maybe a little more than kinda. LOL
**WARNING: graphic language and fangirl hysteria ahead**
His body was sin. His cock was sin. And I was a sinner.
Holy hotness, batman!
With Breach, K.I. Lynn has created one of the most intensely erotic books I have ever come across. Ever. Not to mention the fact that she introduces us to one Nathan Thorne. Unquestionably, my newly crowned KING of the dirty talkers!!!
"It's what i want. To stretch you open and have your pussy suck me back in."
"That is the best sight in the fucking world," he whispered, licking his lips as he stared down at my body. "You look so fucking good covered in me."
"Your fucking pussy belongs to me. And I'm going to make sure everyone knows it's taken."
I have always had a weakness for the tortured soul. And, Nathan is definitely fighting off some pretty intense demons. To be quite honest, there were times when he slipped away from just being damaged, into being possibly unstable...
"I slept with my dress shirt on last night because it smelled like you. And that pissed me off!"
And finally once even slipping into full on creeper-land. The whole "marking his territory" scene in the bar?!
Um...I wasn't sure if I should feel turned on, or scared. Okay...I was both. Mostly turned on. Don't judge me, people!!! Until you have felt the power of Nathan's dirty mouth, you don't understand!!! LOL
I wanted to be part of it. To be part of his soul. He was my god, and I worshipped him.
Much like with the Crossfire series, both the H/h Nathan and Lila have a LOT of issues to work through. And while I can admit Nathan's reasons for pushing Lila away are a bit paranoid and OTT, it does make a crazy kind of sense in a way. Or maybe that's just Nathan's dirty talk distracting me into buying into almost anything. ;)
This book ended on a cliffhanger. Of. Course. And it was a DOOZY. Be prepared to read the companion novella Dissolution (which gives us 2 chapters from Nathan's POV)and book 2 Infracture immediately after finishing this.
This book was crazy hot and a definite wild ride that I loved to pieces.
"Oh God!" "Not God, baby. Nathan. That's the name you'll be screaming when you come."
This is obviously one of Hart's early stories, and it definitely shows. It's far too short to have any real impact, and i...moreThe...cover. Holy moses. LMAO
This is obviously one of Hart's early stories, and it definitely shows. It's far too short to have any real impact, and is written in a rather over the top, and flowery way (her 'magic bean'? Honestly? Is that supposed to do anything other than make me giggle?!).
Not the best introduction to this author's work, but I'm willing to give one of her full length novels a shot.(less)
Sylvia Day definitely knows how to write a damn good story.
Much like her Crossfire series, this novella was compelling and addictive. In Ja...more4-4.5 Stars
Sylvia Day definitely knows how to write a damn good story.
Much like her Crossfire series, this novella was compelling and addictive. In Jax we have a mysteriously brooding hero....definitely from the same mold as Gideon. Not that that is a bad thing.
The only thing keeping me from giving this a 5 star rating is my annoyance at the trend of breaking stories into mulitiple parts instead of releasing the entire story at once. But, SD is one of my autobuy authors so...consider me on board for part 2.(less)
Summary: Isabelle has learned the hard way how hard life can be when fate isn’t b...more
The Axel Book Blog Tour is Finally here!!!
4 drama-filled, lusty stars!
Summary: Isabelle has learned the hard way how hard life can be when fate isn’t by your side. It can hand you dreams on silver platters, but it can snatch them right back and hand you nightmares. One thing Isabelle knew for sure fate was consistent with was taking away everything she ever loved.
For the last two years Isabelle has been slowly clearing the clouds of her past. Happiness is finally on the horizon. She has a thriving business, great friends, and her life back. All she has to do is jump over the last hurdle…her ex-husband.
When problems start causing her to fear her new life, and memories that are better left forgotten start rushing to the surface the last thing she needs is a ghost from her past to come knocking on her door.
Axel never thought he would look into the eyes of Isabelle West again, and he wasn’t sure he wanted to now. He’s carried his anger for so long he isn’t sure he can just turn it off, but when he is faced with protecting her and an unexpected desire to have her again, life gets a little more complicated.
How will Axel and Isabelle deal when all their cards are put on the table and everything they thought was true blows up in their faces?
It's not often that the first few pages of a book grab me the way this one did. The prologue was incredibly powerful and sooo well done, that I knew I was going to be in for a wild ride with this book. And that was definitely true. When Axel begins, Isabelle is trapped in a terrifying situation, and it is only by sheer determination and strength that is she finally able to escape and attempt to create a new life for herself. And through it all, she can't help but know that she is missing out on the life she *should* have had.
One with the man that she was meant to be with, but who was seemingly ripped from her life in a very tragic way.
Writing this review is difficult for me because I really think this story should be read and experienced without knowing too much about the story beforehand. But, I will say that it is amazing for me to sit here and say that this is Harper Sloan's first book. She writes with a confidence that authors who have been around for decades would love to possess and I for one was truly impressed by how she crafted this story.
Having said that, my only true complaint with this book is that the drama was at times, way over the top. I have never been the biggest fan of an overload of angst in my romance novels, and this one has a lot. A LOT. But, even with that issue, this book fun, and addictive and I loved our H/h so much that I was able to mostly overlook it.
Isabelle & Axel truly are the definition of "soul mates". They may have had a long, hard road to find their way back together, but as a reader we never stop rooting for them and wanting them to find a way to back to each other.
As for the steam factor?!
I LOVED Axel and his dirty mouth. I loved that boy to such a degree that it might have been slightly harmful to my health. Harper Sloan definitely knows how to write sexy times in a way that will have you squirming and reaching for some ice cubes to cool off. Or for your partner to help relieve the...*in my best Frank-n-Furter voice*...tension. ;)
So...in closing, Axel was an amazing, if angst-filled, joyride. And I can't wait to see what else Harper has in store for all of us in the future!
**This book was provided by the author in an exchange for an honest review**
Just not feeling this right now. Which breaks my heart since the first book is one of my fave reads of 2013. I will go...moreARC Received on 5/25/13
DNF @ 32%
Just not feeling this right now. Which breaks my heart since the first book is one of my fave reads of 2013. I will go back to it eventually, and hopefully I will end up it enjoying it more at that time. :((less)