This was actually a really good reads. It's been a long time since I've picked up a Harlequin novel...too much to read and all that... But I was in th...moreThis was actually a really good reads. It's been a long time since I've picked up a Harlequin novel...too much to read and all that... But I was in the mood for a straight-forward Christmas-ish romantic read...so this one fit the bill. And I was pleasantly surprised. Actually, I was thinking of looking up the author and reading some of her other "Men Out of Uniform" books. I think they are part of this series. So, yeah...if you like ex-military types as your leading men, then this little series might be for you!
Oh, actually, I was reading some reviews and a girl mentioned that the mere mention of "Magic Mike" was enough to bump up a star on her overall rating...and that made me remember how much I liked the author's voice in this book. I can't really think of any examples off the top of my head, but there was a lot of sarcasm and wit in this read. For being just a little Harlequin there was a lot of good dialogue back and forth...and the author's naughty sense of humor came through a lot as well. So, another positive. (less)
I found out about this book via Goodreads on an advertisement...I knew it would be erotica because the title is so like 50 Shades... My first thought...moreI found out about this book via Goodreads on an advertisement...I knew it would be erotica because the title is so like 50 Shades... My first thought was, is this the new title trend for online erotica? Any number, a word, and a color? lol.
Anyways, I didn't love 50 Shades but thought it was ok. And I feel the same about this one. I started out really like it, much like '50' but kind of lost interest. I really like the female character...she seemed interesting...what with her interest in sex, that she was a trained classical violinist and all that. It was all very interesting...but it was the parts about our leading man that put me off. Like '50' I found him controlling and overbearing...but the worst offense was that I found him bland and boring. At least 50 had a back story. The back story for this dude was his past love affairs and that just didn't cut it for me. The author went to all this trouble to talk about the girl's past, why not his?
To be fair, and if you are a fan of this book here is where you will want to strangle me for my complaints, I didn't actually finish the book. I lost interest about halfway through... So maybe he got more interesting later on in the book, but I kind of doubt it. I might finish it again one day...we'll just have to see.
For me, I think what I'm finding is that I like my erotica either paranormal, or with a more HEA type feel. So, not the book's fault it's not my style...(less)
To be fair, when my boss handed me this book I thought it was a children's book because of the cover...so as I read it I thought...wow, this is distur...moreTo be fair, when my boss handed me this book I thought it was a children's book because of the cover...so as I read it I thought...wow, this is disturbing and weird. So, not a great first impression. And even after knowing it was meant to be an adult humor book, I'm still not that impressed. Although, I at least get it now. To be honest, I thought the Suicidal Bunnies books are much more clever and very funny. So this got downgraded in stars because of its lack of zest and cleverness (in one girl's opinion...). Also, there is a pic of a guy making out with his dummy! How creepy is that??
And on one last note, wtf goodreads??? I normally feel like you're opinions are flawless! Wisdom of the masses and all that....but now that I've seen this has been rated over 4?!?!?! I am more than slightly outraged. (sigh)(less)
Well, hmmm. I have mixed feelings about this one. On one hand, I thought it was blown out of proportion and kind of lame...especially for a so-called...moreWell, hmmm. I have mixed feelings about this one. On one hand, I thought it was blown out of proportion and kind of lame...especially for a so-called "bdsm" erotic romance...and on the other hand, I thought it was pretty decent considering it is fan fiction. So this is what I though further explained:
"So-called BDSM": I've read several bdsm erotic romances and this one is very, very vanilla. Just like 50's and what's her name's sex. ;) jk. Actually, that's not what bothered me though. I will not claim to be a bdsm expert, as I am not "in" the scene, nor have I done extensive research. However, I have read Shayla Black before...and for those of you that have as well, you know that she gives you a pretty darn good insight into the world of bdsm and what it's all about. What ticked me off about James' portrayal of Ana was her sole focus on pain and negativity. I realize that the character, as with people, is able to feel however she darn well pleases...it just seem like if you are going to write bdsm erotica you would like to get your reader on your side. James' does a half hearted attempt at verbalizing 50 Shades' attempts at teaching Ana that the lifestyle is about trust...but mostly just harps on Ana's need to figure out what is wrong with him....was he abused? Neglected? bla, bla, bla. I was almost offended. Like, do you have to abused to be in the life? I guess according to the storyline, yes, but it just seemed off to me. And I felt like the book should be an anti-bdsm novel rather than an erotic romance. I don't know about other people, but I don't like to read about abuse of a child on one page, and a hot sex scene on the next. It's too disconnected for me. An erotic romance should entice the reader to want to explore their sexuality like the character...at least in their fantasies...and this book left me just wanting to put it away rather than beg for more. It just did.
"My Thoughts on it being Fan Fic": I don't really get it. It's fan-fic for Twilight? How can that be? It's not paranormal? To me, that just seems like it would be a requirement. It does make me laugh that in order to write fan fic for Twilight that all you have to have is an abnormally hot guy, and a mousy, self depricating, whiny assed girl. Oh, and it must be in Washington. lol. But i digress...So, most people are complaing about the writing and how it sucks. Usually, this is not on my top things to complain about and it still isn't. Not really, anyways. When you compare 50 Shades with all the other self published erotic romances out there, it's a pretty darn good book. (Seriously, have you even read some of the drivel out there?? Pretty scary.) And I can see how it got all its hype. Unfortunately, when compared to authors who can actually write...its much less impressive.
So, I had more to say, but I'm seriously out of steam to dedicate to this book. With all my complaints, I still rated it pretty high... and that is because, ultimately, it did entertain me. And some of the sex scenes were pretty hot...even if they were surrounded by a creepy and annoying plot line. Also, I'm already resigned to reading the second one in order to find out what happens... I'm a sucker, I know. :((less)
Goodreads REALLY needs half stars! It drives me batty that they don't. ;) I went back and forth between 4 and 5 stars...and settled on 5 because of wh...moreGoodreads REALLY needs half stars! It drives me batty that they don't. ;) I went back and forth between 4 and 5 stars...and settled on 5 because of what this book it, it's great. It's just that straight erotic romance isn't really my thing. I tend to get bored. How can you get bored while reading all about hot sex?? I don't know, I just do. It's like how I don't really like vanilla romances either...I need some paranormal aspect or something to truly hold my interests. However, that's not Shayla Black's fault, and for being a straight up erotic romance, it was really good. To her credit, and another reason why i went with 5 stars, she does a really good job holding your interest without much plot, and that is because Black writes sex scenes really well. And i mean, REALLY well. I'm not into the whole bdsm thing, but she even makes me think twice about it. Like, wow, that sounds interesting...it was nice to get a positive look at bdsm...there are so many perversions of it out there, that it was nice to see the positive sides (i.e. the trust between two people, etc. etc.)(less)
YOWSA! This book is hot! So, based on what it is, why didn't I give it a 5?? Well, because while it does have more plot that a lot of erotica...it jus...moreYOWSA! This book is hot! So, based on what it is, why didn't I give it a 5?? Well, because while it does have more plot that a lot of erotica...it just didn't quite have enough for me to stay truly glued to the storyline. I'm more of a special ops erotica girl...but alas, it was still pretty darn good. Much better than a lot I've read lately. So anyhow, I'll have to get my good friend Jan at the library to order the rest of the series...not that I want to read them right now because I'm over it for now, but the next time I need to read something dirty I'll be looking for this author. :)(less)
I actually really enjoyed this book! It was a fast paced, funny, "who-done-it" with lots of loveable Italian characters and LOTS of yummy foo...more4.5 Stars
I actually really enjoyed this book! It was a fast paced, funny, "who-done-it" with lots of loveable Italian characters and LOTS of yummy food references. It felt A LOT like Stephanie Plum (just replace doughnuts with canolies and you've basically got a handle on this series), but hey, who cares? I love the Plum Series and have been begging for new material from Evanovich for years...so maybe this is my answer!(less)
I actually quite enjoyed this one. It's been a while since I really like a Stephanie Plum book. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Stephanie and these books.....moreI actually quite enjoyed this one. It's been a while since I really like a Stephanie Plum book. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Stephanie and these books...but most of the storylines at this point are old news. But this one felt different to me. It sounds like Stephanie is finally getting to the point where she's going to make a decision between Morelli and Ranger (Go Team Morelli!). I thought it was a good storyline to add in Dave Brewer, Stephanie's Mom's choice of boyfriends, and the cliffhanger ending was a good idea too! Finally Evanovich is giving us a reason to read the next novel rather than just depending on series loyalty! lol. Again, don't get me wrong, I don't want to see the series end...the other day I saw someone had some 7,8, and 9 on hold and I was so jealous...I long for the days when I was reading those books...the series was SO good!!(less)
I was a bit hesitant to read this one because it was recommended to me by someone who would generally prefer to read a cozy mystery to a really naught...moreI was a bit hesitant to read this one because it was recommended to me by someone who would generally prefer to read a cozy mystery to a really naughty romance. Whereas I LOVE the super naughty reads. She said it was funnny and I was like, yeah...sure...I'll read this one. And I did. And it was AWESOME!! I LOVED this book. In fact, the first thing I did after reading this was see if there was anything else by her. I couldn't find anything, with the exception of So I Married a Demon Slayer by Kathy Love, Angie Fox and Lexi George.
I definitely think this hilariously sexy read has potential for being a series....so here's hoping it will be out soon! :)(less)
I'm a huge Jennifer Crusie fan, but when she started writing paranormal stuff, I was left thinking, huh? Granted, this one was SOOOO much better than...moreI'm a huge Jennifer Crusie fan, but when she started writing paranormal stuff, I was left thinking, huh? Granted, this one was SOOOO much better than the last book...i can't remember what its called, but it took place in a demon infested amusement park. Honestly, Crusie is SO great at writing romance. She's funny, quick-witted and when she teams up with the Bob Mayer guy they are pretty good at adventure...so I just really wish that is what she'd stick with. And I'm a paranormal lover...but these just aren't ringin' my bell, so to speak. This one was more like her old stuff...so that made me happy...and I loved all the quirky characters. I wouldn't mind seeing a spin off of this one...maybe with Southie as the main studmuffin. :D (less)
Loved this book! Even better than the first one, Covet!! From the Angels VS Demon theme, to the Black xOPs hotties, this series is gold! I hate to say...moreLoved this book! Even better than the first one, Covet!! From the Angels VS Demon theme, to the Black xOPs hotties, this series is gold! I hate to say it, but I may even like this one better than the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. The Fallen Angels books have a sort of black humor about them that make them fun to read...and the characters are just so appealing...sexy and naughty and redeaming all at the same time. But without the ewwy gooey factor that generally come along with paranormal fiction that has sex in it. And I'm even the girl that loves romances...so you know that if I love it, the series is just THAT good. Great books, great author...and should appeal to both sexes. :)(less)
This is a great new series. I can't wait for the next book, "Everdark" to come out in June. In this story, Riley Poe, a gritty and beautiful tattoo ar...moreThis is a great new series. I can't wait for the next book, "Everdark" to come out in June. In this story, Riley Poe, a gritty and beautiful tattoo artist owns her own tattoo shop and raises her teenaged little brother. She may look like she parties hard, but Riley has gotten those days out of her system a long time ago...and now spends her time committed to her work and what little family she has left. That is until she meets Eli, a sexy vampire who ignites Riley's fire. Luckily, he shows up just as her little bro is getting into some BIG vampire trouble. Is this a coincidence? Not entirely. Through Eli's family and Riley's surrogate grandfather (who happens to be a Gullah root doctor/hoodoo conjurer), Riley learns there is a whole new world of the afterlight that she is about to become intimately involved with.
Knight of a Trillion Stars is the first book in the 'Matrix of Destiny' Series by Dara Joy. As the book begins, our heroine, Deana Jones, is having a...moreKnight of a Trillion Stars is the first book in the 'Matrix of Destiny' Series by Dara Joy. As the book begins, our heroine, Deana Jones, is having a super rough day. She loses her job, sits in (what may be) urine on the train ride home, gets caught in a traffic jam-- which leads her into a junk shop where she buys strange piece of jewelry-- to finally make it home and find an alien chillin' in her house. The up side? It's a super hot alien! And so the chaos ensues...
This was definitely a fun read. I read a lot of romance and it was a great experience to try reading "futuristic romance," or romance with a sci-fi twist. For those of you who think that sounds scary...it reads more like a fantasy novel than sci-fi...but it does qualify since there is time/space travel. Don't worry though, its not too crazy. :D (less)
Great book, even the second time around. I read this again for my boys bookclub. Laurie Halse Anderson does a great job writing from the teen male per...moreGreat book, even the second time around. I read this again for my boys bookclub. Laurie Halse Anderson does a great job writing from the teen male perspective (even my boys confirmed that), and I liked the realistic portrayal of the parents and family struggles....as well as it's resolution. (less)