The Space Between Us tells the story of Tesla, a 20 something barista facing a tempting offer. Her female crush, Meredith, suggest a a daring experime...moreThe Space Between Us tells the story of Tesla, a 20 something barista facing a tempting offer. Her female crush, Meredith, suggest a a daring experiment including her husband Charlie and Tesla. How can Tesla resist? A chance to get nearer to Meredith , who knows what might happen next. It sounds like an easy choice but nothing in life is as easy as it seems at first glance. An uncomplicated and liberal engagement can turn into something serious and strict very quick and so Tesla finds herself in tangle of hopes, expectations and little untold truths.
Tesla is not your ordinary girl even though she hates to see herself that way. She spent her childhood summers in a commune celebrating free life and love. Her past experiences did make her the woman she is now and her current living arrangements seem uncommon to the “ordinary” observer. She’s content with her current life- more or less, as most of us are. It’s what her life is and she accepts it. Tesla’s story is told in 2 parts. On the one hand we follow her current life and how her new relationship with Charlie and Meredith influences her life. On the other hand we get a glimpse of her teen years and made her into the person she is now. These two sides of the story show Tesla in many facets and gave me as a reader a really close grab of who she is. It’s hard to explain in a few words but at the end of the book you will see who Tesla is and why she does the things she thinks need doing.
I didn’t much care for Meredith though. She’s a glowing character who always seems to succeed in flocking people around herself. She needs the attention and even more so needs to be the center of everyone’s intention. She is a fun person, full of energy and ideas. She’s daring and always happy to take risks even if those might hurt some of the people around her. For me Meredith sometimes seems as if she really only cares about herself. She lives in her own personal little bubble and just ignores the needs of anyone around her. She’s selfish and too self centered for my taste. I had a constant urge to slap her real hard.
Charlie on the other hand is a lovely character. Oh this guy made me smile. I liked how laid back and nerdy he is. He’s taking a bit of a backseat in the story as the focus lays on Tesla but every time we get a glimpse he
The relationship between these three is portrayed rather realistic. It’s not your usual menage where everyone gets what he/she wants. We see the ups and downs, the good and the bad days. Like real life this relationship too has to survive the small problems and hurdles. It is, as I do expect from a Megan Hart novel, a retelling of the journey not the goal. I love that about her books! The close to truth factor you can find in each of Hart’s stories.
Another thing I loved is to see characters from other Megan Hart novels again. We do see quite some in this one. It’s nothing really prominent and I’m sure Megan Hart newbies wouldn’t even notice but well it makes my heart sing to see some familiar faces.
The Space Between Us is not your common romance novel. It goes deeper than the all shiny and happy HEA retellings and won’t make dream of unicorns and sunshine. It challenges not only your heart but also your mind. You will catch yourself contemplating the ins and out of such a relationship and how it would work in real life. I admit The Space Between Us is not my favorite of Hart’s work but still it made me turn the pages and tempted me to read just one more chapter till I reached the final one.
I have to admit that I’m actually a bit behind on this series. I haven’t read the last 3 books in it but a...moreReview originally posted at Book Lovers Inc.
I have to admit that I’m actually a bit behind on this series. I haven’t read the last 3 books in it but as these can be easily read as stand alones I couldn’t decline the chance to read this one.
Rogers’ Last Call series is a collection of short stories all set in the same place- Last Call, a bar where supernatural beings can sate their sexual needs without worrying about hurting someone unintentionally. The characters we meet usually have an ability which makes the hunt for a compatible sexual partner more than just complicated in real life. In Frostbite we have Kelsey- a siren. Her problem is that as soon as she says something her partners are so compelled by her voice they have to get off ASAP. Sounds nice at first but well she wants to be sated too and enjoy the journey. She wants to actually be craved because of herself and not only her voice.
On the other hand we have Cain- a dark and brooding guy with a wicked dry humor that made me chuckle. He’s a reaper and woman usually don’t go for that kind of job. I loved Cain- he’s all alpha male and still has this sweet and cuddle-worthy heart that makes us women swoon.
The one thing I need in a short story is to feel the connection to the characters. I know that some people say I shouldn’t be that harsh and expect this in such a short format but for me this connection is essential for me to like a book. Frostbite gave me this connection and I would happily read more about these two. I loved to see them “take shape” in my head and at the end I didn’t want to let them go.
The sex in this one is as hot as always. We have some BDSM and toy play but nothing too daring in my eyes. I loved to see these two discover each other. The sex scenes are full of witty banter and little teasing. I do like that. It made the whole book seem less tragic and made me even forget why we are at Last Call.
What I really love about the Last Call series is that the supernatural world it is set in always stays vague. We always meet another supernatural being be it a shifter, a demon or a siren. Frostbite was a short and entertaining read. You need some cheering up and have a free hour? Grab yourself a Last Call book and enjoy the ride- you won’t regret it.
Through all the previous installments in the Bloodhounds series Archer was the character who intrigued me most. We never learned much about him and hi...moreThrough all the previous installments in the Bloodhounds series Archer was the character who intrigued me most. We never learned much about him and his mysterious character with all its edges made me crave this book. And yes I do admit I’m a cover whore and I just HAD to read this one. Look how pretty it is. But back to the book behind this great cover.
In Archer’s Lady we finally get to know the man behind the cool and unattached Bloodhound. Archer is everything I wanted him to be: alpha without being too overbearing, a strong and powerful fighter with a big heart. On the surface he sometimes seems a bit cold and uncaring but with Grace he’s a different person. The way he treats her with care and without judgement warmed my heart. He always does the right thing even when his view of the “job” isn’t what it should be. He puts the needs of the community above his own and gives everything he has to make them feel home and safe again. And let’s not forgive he’s hot and totally rocked my world.
Grace isn’t my favorite heroine in this series though. It’s not like I didn’t like her but well in comparison to the previous books I missed something. Grace has a secret past she’s still running from. She’s ashamed of her deeds and in weak moments the only solution she sees is flight. She struggles with it and in the end she never actually does it. Chrystal Springs was meant to be her new start and now faced with such a desolate and threatening situation she is overwhelmed. When Archer joins the picture her character got more substance in my eyes. Through their conversations we get more insight into her thoughts and reasons for acting the way she does.
The sexual chemistry between Archer and Grace build up a the exact right pace for me. I loved to see them undo each other in with their affection. It’s always nice to see a strong warrior-type man unravel for the woman he’s meant for. Makes me all sappy and gooey inside. *happy sigh*
One thing I completely adored about Archer’s Lady is the community Rogers created in Chrystal Springs. All those people who stayed even though their lives were threatened really warmed my heart. We meet a variety of fascinating characters and thankfully the author took the time to make them more than just an ornament. It’s one of Rogers’ gifts to bring characters to life even in such a short format and I treasure their stories for that.
The story-building was wonderful. From page one I was drawn back into the world. I loved how easily all the needed back-story is woven in without being annoying by useless repetitions. I love the fight scenes and caught myself grabbing the eraser like a madwoman and cheering the good guys on.
I would have loved to see more of the previous characters in this series but by not including this Archer’s Lady is a great story to start reading about this world. I’m pretty sure even a Bloodhound “virgin” would enjoy reading about Grace’s and Archer’s journey.
Archer’s Lady is a splendid addition to the Bloodhound series. A wonderful strong and broody hero and a heroine who awakens his softer side. You will find a great plot, engaging steampunk action and a mystery you will crave to figure out. Archer’s Lady isn’t only for the fans of this series- if you haven’t tried these books yet this one is a perfect choice to start- you won’t regret it.(less)
The Breaker's Concubine is a very erotic but also controversial novel. It touches topics which are, at least for me, hard to swallow but it also offer...moreThe Breaker's Concubine is a very erotic but also controversial novel. It touches topics which are, at least for me, hard to swallow but it also offers an erotic tale of love and finding your mate. We also have politcal intrigues, prejudices and social systems that will make you shake your head till it nearly falls off. But let me start at the beginning.
Devnar is the prince of his world and a warrior at heart. When he finds himself as a slave intended to become the concubine of the queen on a foreign planet his first instinct is to fight with all his might. But when he is assigned to the petite breaker Melania everything slowly starts to change. .So here we have a captured man who is forced to become a sex slave of a woman he never met. His "breaking" is full of forced pleasure and mind games with the only goal of bringing him to accept his purpose. I didn't really like this theme. It made me uncomfortable to see him forced to feel pleasure in such a way. It is disturbing to think about something like that happening. The whole procedure was a mix of pain as a penalty for unwanted behavior and a constant onslaught of sexual stimulation. Well, I admit that my feelings were mixed while reading about it. Some scenarios where sexy as hell but I always had this doubt about the rightness in my mind. This is a very touchy topic and it is nothing for the light of heart.
Melanie is more than just being a breaker. Her life didn't treat her fair but her goal is to make the wrongness that happened to some of her subjects better in her own way. She doesn't have much of a choice either- breaking Devnar is her only chance of ever get a concubine for herself. Her appearance is seen as ugly and unacceptable flawed on her world so when Devnar shows real appreciation for her body she can't believe her eyes. It doesn't hurt that he has his own kind of appeal (see yummy cover *sigh*).
As I already mentioned the relationship between these two starts in a rather unusual and controversial way. They stand on opposing sides and both have an own agenda. When the forced pleasure morphs into something natural and real the emotions start to change too. The mix of primal attraction and mutual compassion is breathtaking and well the sex scenes are unbelievable hot. Mayburn knows how to set the pages on fire. We a vast variety of encounters without drifting off into unnecessary repetitions.
The plot itself is strongly woven around the science fiction setting. The different cultural and social systems are introduced on the go and I never felt overwhelmed by the information. I loved that we learn all these tidbits about Melania through Devnar's eyes. The setting itself is disturbing in so many ways but it shows us how wrong society can go even when it started with the best intentions.
The Breaker's Concubine is a very sexy and erotic read with some controversial plot points. It has a great setting that wraps seamlessly around the plot about intrigues and inhuman politics. This book will take you to your limits and before you even noticed it pushed you over. I dare you to give it a chance.
I give The Breaker's Concubine 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.(less)
I read my fair share of menage stories but I have to admit this one was my first with two woman and a man. I wasn't sure what to expect or if I would...moreI read my fair share of menage stories but I have to admit this one was my first with two woman and a man. I wasn't sure what to expect or if I would even like to read about it. Even more this is a short story and I was a bit scared that the characterization or the world building wouldn't be enough to pitch the threesome line to me. It did work for me and that rather good. *wink*
We meet Sabrina in the middle of the woods waiting for her blind-date with an alpha couple. She knows their names and which pride they belong to but nothing more than that. On the one hand she is excited and hopes to finally find her mates but on the other she's already prepared for dissapointment. Sabrina was fun- she is a beta but still she felt very strong to me. She took a chance with the blind date.
Madeline is a blond sex bomb or that is what her looks want to make us believe. She is after all a strong alpha leading a pack of shifters. She is desperate to find a girl that both, herself and her mate Nick would like. After a bad incident in their past Nick is reluctant to let another woman near Madeline even though they both need the release a beta could give them.
I loved the how this story just felt so smooth. The conversations between these two girls were awesome- they made the story so much more vibrant. The teasing and joking was fun to read about and well it was so hot to see them explore their sexuality. Surprisingly I liked that the girls met alone first and the first sexual encounter only happened between them. It was new and different to me but well very very hot.
The plot itself was a bit predictable but I think this story lives more through the character interaction. Amber Moon was a surprising fast read that will leave you hot and happy at the end. Shifters alone in the woods- what is not to love.(less)
I was prepared to be thrown into a story like non I read by Burkhart before and that is exactly what Golden did to me. It surprised me- in a very good...moreI was prepared to be thrown into a story like non I read by Burkhart before and that is exactly what Golden did to me. It surprised me- in a very good way. The setting and feel of this one are something special. An enthralling oriental world of intrigues and deception all wrapped around a foreign romance that enthralled me and didn't let me go till I read the last word.
We meet the golden eyed Jin- a young woman at the court of the Emperor. Her goal is too woo the Emperor into her bed because she is sure that it is her destiny to give him the release of his darker urges. She believes only she can give him what he truly wants. Her "love" for the Emperor seems foreign and perhaps even a bit missguided at first.For me, it felt more like an obsession based on things she thought to knew about him- a bit like "pop star" worshiping. When the story progresses we see where her love comes from and how it seems to grow with every interaction between our pair. Jin is a strong woman, not only because of her preference of bearing the pain her Emperor has to give her. She has a cunning mind and a set plan to reach her goals. But she is not stubborn- she knows how to improvise. She is really smart and not as submissive as you would think her to be.
The Emperor stays a mystery through the whole book. we get little glimpse of his character here and there but he always stays the figure she create in her imagination. His motives stay hidden till the end of the story. This actually increased the mystery and allure of his character.
Surprisingly the sex scenes in Golden worked for me. Usually I prefer the emotional ones where you know what both characters want. I always thought that the emotional aspect makes the sex really sexy for me but it seems this is also true for a one sided story. For the most time I thought that the Emperor didn't really care for Jin and still oh my the scenes between the sheets were hot. Well I should say that those are really dark and not shy of BDSM action. I loved it!
The plot itself was enthralling- the workings and intrigues of the court drew me in and I sat on the edge of seat begging for the good outcome. I loved how Burkhart penned all the different factions and their goals without leaving me confused or out of the loop. For those who know me I usually don't care much for historicals because the court aspect and the low regard towards woman puts me off. Well it worked in this one.
All in all Golden is more than I hoped for. It was a really fast read but still delivers everything that makes a story worthwhile- a unique setting and plot, a romance that will pick your curiosity and just the right amount of sexy times to give it the needed spice. A highly recommended read- take a chance and try something new.(less)