Review: Every Steampunk I have read brings a different aspect of the genre to the table, when I started readingOriginally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
Review: Every Steampunk I have read brings a different aspect of the genre to the table, when I started reading Chronicles of Steele:Raven I was looking to be blown away. I wasn’t knock off my socks, but I am quite happy to have read it.
I really enjoyed this story, the characters, the setting, the old and the advance all merged together to create a quite likeable story of love, redemption and survival. Raven Steele is a reaper, an assassin a hit-woman. She is trained to survive and to kill, trained with purpose, trained to subdue even the biggest of opponents and she is good at it. Though after years of being a reaper her time to put all of it behind comes, the outcome isn’t what she expected.
I enjoyed how well the author exposes Raven’s feelings and desires. She explores her need as a woman, acknowledging that even when she is tough, controlled and focus she still wants and need to love and be loved. Raven’t character is one of those one can’t help but enjoy. Raven has everything I enjoy in a strong female, she is agile, loyal & intelligent. She represents women beautifully in a violent and men driven world. As an assassin she takes lives, but in an attempt to redeem herself she looks to save them as well.
The characters are well rounded, beautifully crafted and well thought-out. The science, the alchemy/magic makes the story wonderful. The details and settings are fascinating & intriguing. The love story grows as the story develops, and the characters get to know each other, developing trust, dependence and understanding.
I really enjoyed the story, the one thing I would’ve liked to see more was the implementation of more technology, the automaton were a nice touch but I think the story lacked the “steam” touch I am used to seeing in Steampunk stories. If you are a fan of strong characters and stories of redemption Raven is the story for you....more
REVIEW: Her Dark Angel is book #1 of the Her Angel Series. I have read a few books by**Post originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 3.5 of 5**
REVIEW: Her Dark Angel is book #1 of the Her Angel Series. I have read a few books by Felicity Heaton and I can honestly say I enjoy her writing style. This short story introduces us to Apollyon the angel of destruction and the witch Serenity.
The story isn’t long but it is nicely crafted. Serenety has had her heart broken by a cheating boyfriend. She seeks revenge and wants to make her ex-boyfriend pay. She seeks the help of Apollyon (Abanddon) but little did she know is that by asking for his help she would find herself losing her heart once again.
The story isn’t very long but it is sweet, heart felt and interesting. The characters are easily likeable, Apollyon possess a very strong sense of loyalty and Serenity gives her heart completely making this couple a favorite. Her Angel series started off in the right direction and I am certain I will be reading more of this series. Felicity Heaton knows when to add sweetness to a story and when to make it spicy creating a great balance.
If you are looking for a short sweet paranormal romance Her Dark Angel is for you....more
REVIEW: Blyssful Lies is the second installment in the Blyss Seri**Originally posted @ SinfulReads Blog** Rating 4.5 of 5
**IT CONTAINS MINOR SPOILER**
REVIEW: Blyssful Lies is the second installment in the Blyss Series. The story starts right where Blyss left off, Julie is recuperating from a confrontation with Nick. I was skeptical at how good the 2nd installment would be, considering I felt the first book in the series “Blyss” left me feeling like there was not much substance to the characters and the plot. I am happy to say that I was blown away this time around by the quality of this installment. The characters are a lot more developed and intriguing, giving me exactly what I expected to see and feel from them. The sense of uncertainty that I felt when reading Blyss has dissipated and in its place a sense of contentment as been put in its place.
(view spoiler)[The plot has thickened and it brings a new development to the story. Julie and Travis are on the run; Travis felt it necessary to take Julie away from Nick not without considering the retaliation and the force in which he would attack. However, there is the possibility that is it not just Nick trying to get Julie back. (hide spoiler)] The situations in which these three characters have found themselves are a creation of the world in which they live in. Nick though again we don’t get much from him has promised revenge and I am looking forward to the cruelty to which I am sure he will subject both Julie and Travis. Nick is showing his vulnerability, however his control and strength keeps his mind steady while his heart is in turmoil.
Julie has gone from frail and scared to a tigress ready to pounce and take control of her life and do anything necessary to make it happen. I think there is more to Julie than her beauty, her character feels a lot stronger now than she did before. She shows a stronger voice and her actions mirror her thoughts. Travis on the other hand is acting on impulse and that surprised me. I felt that he was in control, opposite to Nick’s volatile persona; however that hasn’t proven to be the case. Travis is letting his feelings drive him; his heart has decided what’s best for him and Julie without judging the eminent danger in which they have put them both. The author has done a superb job exploring the feelings and emotions of these characters. She has given us a more mature Julie and a very vulnerable Travis without portraying him as weak. Nick sees control slipping from his hands and that is something I would’ve liked to see more of. The author has given us a lot more of Julie & Travis relationship, their feelings are being exposed and their attraction and sexual tension has grown exponentially. It is a treat to see them interact, their dialog flows easily, their banter is sexy and their sexual encounters explosive.
I am really happy to have read this second installment. Blyssful Lies is explosive & sexy. The action and sense of danger brings the most needed balance to the story without taking away the dark, romantic and sensual flow of the story. The plot is provocative and hasn’t steered away from its dark and painful nature while the characters have maintained and developed whole new levels of control, sadism and promise of pains. I am a big fan of anti—heroes and that is why I am rooting for Nick. I think readers will feel captivated by the new developments, by the romance and the possibility of great danger. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
REVIEW: When I came across Ticker on Amazon and I was given the chance to participate on the Kindle First pr**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog**
REVIEW: When I came across Ticker on Amazon and I was given the chance to participate on the Kindle First program. I am happy I did because Ticker was a lot of fun to read. Ticker is a YA Steampunk filled with adventure, science and witty characters.
I enjoyed reading Ticker, the story was fun and entertaining. Penny Farthing is smart, beautiful and hardheaded. Her love for life usually put her in situations not always desired, her heart may be weak but her spirit is strong. The Farthing family suffers from a condition that threatens the women to die at a young age, after Penny's older sister die suddenly during her eighteen birthday Penny knew it was just time before death claimed her too.
Penny's way to mourn put her in a precarious situation when her selfish behavior caused her to have an accident and as a consequence her heart gave up. This accident started to unfold a chain of events that would put Penny's life and those around her in great danger. The author gives us a great story, beautifully written and filled with fascinating description of old London. She also portrays the madness behind a scientist and his desire and need to evade and cheat death. His heart once broken by the death of his beloved Dimitria and a promise that would one day bring pain to those he once loved.
Mad scientist usually make great villains, that's exactly the case of Calvin Warwick, a scientist whose grieve was deep and maddening enough to send him into a rampage of crime and murder all in the name of science. The action was non-stop, I liked how well and nicely paced the scenes were. The intensity of some of them quite graphic and thrilling. I enjoyed every aspect of this story. The romance though it wasn't greatly developed it was paced nicely. It was not intense or the main focus, but it played an important part on bringing some of the characters together. The characters were well rounded and smart, their interaction and dialog greatly developed and their connection beautifully exploit. The technology and science was nicely explored giving this story a unique and interesting twist. Ticker has all the needed ingredients to make the story interesting, it gives us human interaction, friendship, romance, deceit & forgiveness. All of this makes Ticker a fun and sweet holiday day that you would like to share.
Overall, Ticker is a great YA Steampunk that would keep readers entertained. Fans of Kady Cross may find themselves enticed to read Ticker. If you chose to do so, you will not be disappointed....more
REVIEW: There are times when we crave a story that can break the mold, a story that is capable**Originally posted @ SinfulReads Blog - Rating 3.5 of 5
REVIEW: There are times when we crave a story that can break the mold, a story that is capable of putting us on edge, capable of putting our head on a spin and our heart in turmoil. Debt Inheritance is one of those stories. When I came across Debt Inheritance I was looking to find something different, something that didn’t reflect on stories I have read before, or sounded similar to stories that have been buzzing around Twitter & Facebook.
Debt Inherent is the story of a cruel and old legacy left by a family that was wronged many years ago, a legacy that despite time it still lives in the life of those who maintain the tradition trying to make right what was once wrong. Nila Weaver comes from a wealthy family, a family that for many years have maintain wealth and financial freedom through the their work in textiles, and which has pass from generation to generation.
Nila is an accomplished fashion designer, a young woman who despite her wealthy life, she dedicates her time to working and keeping her face out of the spotlight of cameras and gossip magazines. Though in her 20s, Nila lacks the experience most girls her age posses, always kept in the dark and under heavy protection from her brother and father, not able to do much besides work. Nila’s life takes a turn when she meets the stone cold Jethro Hawk. A man she has never met before but a man who seem to put her father on alert, a man who seems to keep his control safely guarded and cold as he keeps his heart.
The story flows nicely following each characters turmoil, indecision and demons. The way in which the story develops takes us into a slow and detailed world of old money, tradition and a sect like family that keeps their promises and their past close by. I enjoyed the premise of the story, new and unexplored. Two families both wealthy, one indebted by the actions of the past, a legacy of money, lies & a chain of intriguing events make this story one of its kind. The way in which each family keep its secret adds the needed suspense, the tasks “debt payments” combine sex and pain, which are not always supposed to be pleasurable but due to the connection & attraction between Nila & Jethro the line between pain and pleasure crosses path more often than intended. The characters are interesting, not necessarily unique but worth exploring, their history unexpected yet enjoyable, their actions reckless but satisfying. I enjoyed every aspect of how this story flows, the sense of “real” is easy to accept. I enjoyed the sex, the innuendos, their reactions and inaction, their realizations and acceptance, their exchange and dialog, the combination of all of this makes Debt Inheritance an interesting first book. If you enjoy stories with manipulative men, dark family history and dirty laundry Debt Inheritance is for you....more
REVIEW: I don’t usually follow a certain criteria when I read books, nor I tend to read boo**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 4.5 of 5
REVIEW: I don’t usually follow a certain criteria when I read books, nor I tend to read books in a series one right after the other. This is perhaps the 2nd time I do that since I have been reading and there is a good reason behind it. The Artists Trilogy is one of those series that leaves you craving for more. I wasn’t 100% sold on the trilogy when I read the first book (Sins & Needles), but now that I have read the 2nd book I am happy to see how much this trilogy has to offer.
Shooting Scars is book 2 in the trilogy and this time around I was overwhelmed by the quality of this installment. This series has turned out to be exquisitely addictive. The story as well as the characters have develop greatly this time around, the plot and the characters’ voice and presence feel stronger and with more purpose. The drama, angst and conflicts are non stop.
While I wasn’t entirely supportive of Ellie Watt on the first book, now I am enamored with her as a character. In her attempt to redeem herself after all the things she has done as a con artist and after having hurt Camden so deeply – Ellie goes back with Javier thinking that her sacrifice will give Camden a chance to reunite with his son and ex-wife. One can’t exactly say that Ellie is the selfless heroine who has put everyone else’s needs before her, not at all. She has been selfish & reckless. I think the author depicts Ellie exactly as her characters requires it. She doesn’t take away from the crude reality of Ellie’s life, she emphasizes the connection and history that exist between her and Javier and also explores the dark and deep needs that exist between them. It brings out the what if of life, making her question her true motives behind her selfless act to give up on her love for Camden. What I enjoyed the most on this installment is how well we get to know her emotions, not because she still suffers and hurts for Camden but because we also get to explore how her mind works.
The attraction between Ellie and Javier & Ellie and Camden isn’t necessarily an attraction made from love, but an attraction that seem to exist in the deepest and darkest part of the heart, one that requires more than just love. The confessions and actions that follow the capture of Ellie help us understand the close connection and the thin line that exist between love and hate & between need and obsession. The author manages to create a contrast between these characters while clearly exposing the derailed & dysfunctional passion that exist between them, showing us that their need for each other can only be measured by the intensity of their desired.
Shooting Scars has it all, passion, deceit, sex, love and never ending action, with a roller-coaster of emotions that add amazing twist and turns to a story that seems to catch every aspect of human nature. This story is captivating, there is so much more to it than a story one redemption and second chances. The complexity and always evolving characters add to the story the necessary suspense to make this a page turner. If you love anti-heroes & villains, then you are going to love Javier. I am a fan of anti-heroes & villains, for me Javier deserves happiness as much as any other character. I think we have yet to see to what extend his love and need for Ellie goes, and for Camden to demonstrate how far is he willing to go for the woman he loves....more
REVIEW: Captivating Bridge is War’s story, one I was looking forward to and happy to have read. Wha**Originally posted @SinfulReads ** Rating 4.5 of 5
REVIEW: Captivating Bridge is War’s story, one I was looking forward to and happy to have read. What I like about War is not just his talent and his bad boy persona, I also loved the way he was described as sexy, broken, with a black heart and deliciously dangerous.
We all know War from his outburst of anger and his over the top personality that kept putting himself and those around him in situations that were less than desirable. War had a horrible childhood, an absent father and a less than loving mother, his reality was always rough, he was always getting in trouble and his though personality was part of his charm.
I enjoyed this story for many reasons, it showed up that behind every tough and uncontrollable guy there is a bleeding heart. I liked how the story focused so much in his feelings and how beautifully exploited they were. I was eager to find out what would trigger deeps emotions, how much was he willing to give in order to find that one woman who would forever heal his heart and make him the man he was destined to be. I enjoyed how brutal and raw his feelings were, how deep his suffering went and how his childhood affected him in ways that defined him as a man. Though I not always agree with how he acted and reacted to things on regards to his friends and relationships with women I do understand that at times the heart has a different plan from what your head and mind seems to have.
I think the author explored War’s demons beautifully, giving us a man who was not only broken, but who was guided by mistrust. She also gave us a guy who finally understood that life has a lot more to offer, and a man who was willing to show the world who he really was. His qualities went beyond that of a great artist, he knew when he was ready to change his life around and how much the people around him cared. I think that the author portray the reality of many people, the lack of substance in their life and how much love can change and affect us all in many ways.
War’s story clearly explores the reality of an artist, a man who even when he is surrounded by people and fans still holds a deep, hallow and dark hole in his heart that is almost consuming and suffocating. His reality wasn’t any less or any more than the reality of a regular person, but his deep sense of self-destruction showed us how deep and uncertain life can become without the love and support of friends and family. I think Shaina was the perfect female character for War. Even with flaws and a damaged heart, she understood that their heart needed mending and they found in each other the needed support, understanding, and dedication to do just that. Her need to help and love those around her made her especially likeable because she was selfless and caring, giving War exactly what he needed. I think the author gave us the perfect story and end to War’s bleeding heart. I found myself hurting for him, he is my favorite character of the series and I am very glad to see him finally happy. A great story about second changes and found love, redemption and forgiveness.
REVIEW: Master Over You is a very dark romance novel. There are times when stories are too raw, too painfu***Originally posted @ SinfulReads Blog ***
REVIEW: Master Over You is a very dark romance novel. There are times when stories are too raw, too painful and all together to much to handle. Master Over You is one of those stories. The plot develops around human trafficking, a subject that is not only dark, raw & painful but one that holds a certain fascination.
When I requested this book for a review I was expecting something dramatic, painful, filled with angst and raw emotions. I got exactly that, the story tells about the dark minds behind the act, and suffering of the victim of abuse, it also gives us the story of two characters that after suffering horrendous circumstances take a path for the worse. The plot was gripping and the characters crafted to show their darkest nature.
The characters are broken, ruined and violated in ways that would forever altered their future and their nature. I think that aspect of the story was beautifully exploit. However, the way in which the story flows between the two main characters is not what I expected. At some point during the story, we as readers are supposed to connect and be able to identify with the characters we read about. Angeline & Noah are very different, they are not your typical characters. One can’t identify Noah as the hero nor can one identify Angelina as the heroine. As characters they both have strong voices and strong personalities, however the lack of interaction and dialog between these characters makes it almost impossible to connect with their suffering and anguish.
The plot deals with each character separately, they both seem to be going on different paths. Neither Angeline or Noah maintain an open dialog, their inner monologue makes it difficult to connect them in a way that supports their love story, each held anger, passion and disturbing emotions that made them unique and passionate yet incompatible. Their hate runs deep, their sadness perhaps justified but their actions and reactions made them at times feel like there was no connection and that their love story was forced.
The story has a lot of repetition, Noah’s constant declaration of who he is and what does was a bit distracting. Noah’s inability to communicate and express his emotions was disconcerting. Angeline’s constant need to hurt Noah was exhausting and unnecessary. Though both characters shared a terrible past, they did not seem to share the same passion for the future. Their love did not have a strong foundation, Angeline’s anger and Noah’s detachment did not seem enough for a happily ever after, yes their sexual chemistry was high and explosive that did not give them enough to hold on to. Love doesn’t feed on sex, there is more to a relationship than the sexual connection, it needs passion, it needs understanding and mutual respect. These two characters did not do it for me.
The story is about second changes and found love, redemption and forgiveness. If you enjoy dark romance, dirty mouth anti-hero and an almost psychotic anti-heroine Master Over You is the story for you. Do not expect sweet talk and loving talk between the characters, do not expect undying love and acts of heroism. There is none of that, but do expect however a man who calls his woman a bitch and who seems to be more in-love with her body than her heart and soul, and who is unable to speak with passion or love to the woman he has promised to spend the rest of his life....more
REVIEW: Sins & Needles is the first book in the Artistry Trilogy, in this book we are intrOriginally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 3.5 of 5
REVIEW: Sins & Needles is the first book in the Artistry Trilogy, in this book we are introduced to Eden (Ellie) Watts, a troubled, damaged twenty six year old woman whose life has being difficult and nightmarish from the start. At an early age, Eden learned the art of robbery, the art of lying and the tricks of hiding in plain sight. Her life has never been easy, she has done everything she needed to do to survive and to always stay ahead of the game.
Sins & Needles is quite different from many romance stories I have read. The concept unique, refreshing and interesting because it puts a different spin on the heroine. The plot flows between the present and a series of flash backs giving the reader an idea of what happened to Eden during her younger years and helps in a way set the grounds and justification for her actions.
The story flows as we get to know the many ways in which Ellie has been wronged by her parents and how her life slowly turned into a disaster. From her predispose future set on course by her parents, to the ways in which she rip the people she loves off and gets involved with the wrong man, this is one of the kind story, the author did a great job crafting Ellie’s character. Her anger, her dark nature and attitude makes her an interesting character. Though at times readers may accept her actions as a justification for her terrible childhood, readers may also find it difficult to agree with her reasoning and question her sense of survival. This dark romance has every bit of uncertainty, sexual desires, a combination of dark personalities & violent attraction between the characters. From the character callous ways in which she takes advantage of people she loves, to the way in which her expectations and egotistic attitude gets her from one trouble to the next, this story nicely maps out her life and exposes her vulnerabilities in many ways.
Sins & Needles has a bit of everything, the darkness that makes it interesting and the romance that makes it likeable adding a touch of spice to make it a hit. The male characters are enthusiastic and perhaps the one thing that adds edge to the story. This story will appeal to readers who like me enjoy flawed & broken characters and characters driven stories, but I have to question the reason behind her non stop and impulse in which she gets herself in one trouble after the other. Readers can expect rocky relationships, characters with selfish motivations and agendas but all the while maintaining redeemable qualities.
Sins & Needles is one of those stories that have many good things, enough to counter balance the negatives and one that readers may end up loving it as much as they hate it. It has a good story line and evolving characters with strong voices. If you enjoy stories where the heroine is not the usual damsel in distress then you will enjoy Sins & Needles....more
**Originally posted @ SinfulReads - Rating 3.5 of 5**
REVIEW: Blyss is the first book of the series by the same name and the debut novel by J.C Cliff.**Originally posted @ SinfulReads - Rating 3.5 of 5**
REVIEW: Blyss is the first book of the series by the same name and the debut novel by J.C Cliff. Blyss is not your typical romance book, while it does have romance and very spicy sex scenes it also explores an interesting and explosive topic, sex trafficking. The characters are not necessarily complex and can be easily compared to others we have read in the past but that did not deter me from enjoying it.
Julianna Oakley is the daughter of a very affluent man, one who keep hidden a very dark secret. While I am not particularly attracted to “innocent” female characters I find Juliana to be a charming, sweet and funny. Not necessarily one that I would confess to love and admire but one I can see growing as a character.
The story pretty much flows slowly without major incidents until Julianna is kidnapped and forced into a world she knew nothing about. Not only is she exposed to the world of sex trafficking but she is also exposed to an experimental drug that “enhances” women's libido in ways never experienced before, giving the story an interesting twist.
The male characters are exactly what we have come to expect, sexy, beautiful, sexual, and experts in the art of sex. Travis who is the “hero” and Nick the “anti-hero,” have unique qualities but again nothing we haven’t seen in other characters before. While I would’ve liked to get to know Nick a bit more, the story focusses entirely on Julianna and Travis exposing their new found attraction and the awaking of feelings they didn’t think it was possible to experience. The author does a great job exposing Julianna’s feelings and the intensity of her turmoils, her new sexual awakening and her attraction to Travis, while at the same time exposes her internal debate between her guilt and her attraction towards her captor.
Though we can experience Travis strong voice, there is a lack of background on Nick making us weight his importance in the first book, which allows for a fairly easy prediction that book two will focus entirely on him. References to other books and characters were inconsequential to the story and unnecessary in certain scenes. I felt there was a lack of description and perhaps not enough background on sex trafficking and its consequences, which I think would’ve added the dark twist I was expecting to find in this story. Overall, I think the Blyss series has the necessary ingredients to pick the interest of readers who enjoy Fifty Shade of Grey, The Dark Duet & This Man Series. ...more
REVIEW: Someday We’ll Tell Each Other Everything is a great love story. One that left me won**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 4.5 of 5
REVIEW: Someday We’ll Tell Each Other Everything is a great love story. One that left me wondering at what point in life do we know when love has arrived and how thin the line between love and lust really is. This story takes place in Germany during the last days of the German Democratic Republic. Maria a 16 year old girl is still trying to find herself in a changing world. There is no longer a wall separating the Eastern from the Western Germany and Maria finds herself growing in a society that is changing dramatically, and around her people and society are moving towards unison.
After meeting Johannes at a protest rally, Maria moved to the Brendels’ farm and was now living with Johannes. While she was trying to adjust to her new home Maria starts to questions her role with her new family and her future. Though she was in her final year of school her interest was slowly disappearing and she finds herself enjoying the stories she finds in her books more than attending school.
As she passes her days in the farm helping and learning things she meets Henner, a rough 40 year old man whose reality has roughen him up and has damaged him in unexplainable ways. As Maria start experiencing a certain attraction to Henner and him towards her, she starts to discover things she didn’t feel before. Her inexperience and curiosity slowly brings her into his arms. It is then that they embark into a love affair that at times is violent while other times raw and passionate.
“He lay awake at night, desiring her, and he had her.” I look over at Johannes, who’s still asleep and knows nothing. I ‘m utterly ashamed, and yet – I keep the note.
As things changes around them in a promise of a better life, Maria understand that many of those changes can be consequential to her, Johaness is planning a future with her but in terms Maria plans a future that does not include him. For Maria life begins and ends with Henner, she is experiencing changes within her, the way her body and heart reacts to Henner isn’t the same as when she is with Johannes. Maria’s life changes but while the changes brings hope and contentment those changes also bring awareness. They are both aware of the consequences of their affair, her immaturity at times shows by her reactions and actions. Maria realizes that her heart and body reacts different when she is with Henner her sense of loyalty and compassion for her boyfriend Johannen pushes her into a deeper state of deceit. Maria give herself to Henner but not without realizing that by doing so everything has changed, she isn’t the same 16 year girl who she once was, she has now become a woman who looks into an uncertain future. Her desires and needs all include Henner, but while she dreams and wishes them to be together forever, she also wonders if the dream she is now living will end soon.
I think this story clearly shows us how difficult and different living in Germany in the 1990s was, not only for young teenagers but for a society that found itself gearing towards a new era of unison and development. The author did a superb job giving us a story in which love transcend age but not without consequences and judgement. Maria’s curiosity and wonder about the people’s past and secrets kept her self evaluating. Her interest in what they thought, what they felt and what drove their passion was a times beautifully explored. Maria however understood that sometimes some secrets are better left unknown and untold, especially when she wasn’t ready to share her own.
As Maria’s affair with Henner progresses so did the difficulties of keeping their affair going and in secret, her sense of deceit did not sit well with her and her feeling of guilt weighted heavily. I found the passion between these characters deep and raw, they were driven by the pure force of their attraction and experiences but they were also experiencing a new high which neither of them felt before.
The story narrative is fantastic, the author exposes a subject which may not sit well with many, a relationship between a teenage girl and an adult man is more than enough to bring more than one argument to the table. How can there be passion and love between them when the experience of one is as great as the inexperience of the other.When is love enough to justify aggression and violence. Nowhere in the story did the author forced these experiences on Maria, the story flawlessly shows a natural attraction between Maria & Henner. The story follows a natural rhythm, an affair that starts as sudden and it ends, a story in which characters have the need to experience love, lust and loss. The relationship between these two characters is told in such way that the reader can’t help but feel understanding and longing without judgement.
The reader will feel compelled to like Maria, her innocence as well as her desires brings us back to our younger years where curiosity and longing took us in path that weren’t always the right one. This is one of those stories one keep coming back to because it explores the reality of a young girl trying to find her in in a society that has been awaken into a reality of unison and acceptance. The reality of a girl whose eyes have been open to experience unknown to her, where her body and soul crave for something forbidden, and her heart brutally exposed to the ups and downs that love always offers....more
REVIEW: I was super excited when I was given the opportunity to read Slow Satisfaction – boo** Originally posted @ SinfulReads Blog - Rating 4.5 of 5
REVIEW: I was super excited when I was given the opportunity to read Slow Satisfaction – book 3 of the Struck By Lightning series by Cecilia Tan. It brought back the amazing, sexy, sensual and mysterious James. A man whose identity was a mystery and whose kink and dark desires brought all those hot scenes that can put Christian Grey to shame!
I got really into this story from book one (Slow Surrender) – from the moment I met James I knew his character was going to be different. Being a musician and an artist overall I knew this would make him different from many of the other stories I have read in the past. If you have been keeping up with the series you already know how much has happened between James & Karina. From their first meeting to their encounters at a sex club in London everything that had developed between these two characters had molded their relationship and strengthen it. I like how well and slowly the author brought their feelings out, it wasn’t that love at first sight, but it was a feeling of comfort and connection.
I think Karina is perhaps one of the few characters I have read in Erotica that isn’t portrait as the damsel in distress that has come to be so predominant in romance and erotica in general. Karina has a very strong voice, her independence is a burst of fresh air, her non-sense type of attitude made her even more likeable and her easy to relate personality was even more surprising.
James on the other hand is a lot more reserved, he slowly gets into the readers heart by showing concern, care, passion and lust which I must say is perhaps one the hottest things about him. Slow Satisfaction takes us into a kinky journey, a journey of discovery, pleasure, pain and lust that awakens all our senses and one can’t help but enjoy every bit of it. Cecilia Tan has written a story that will resonate for a long time, a story of trust, love, discovery and understanding that can’t be compared. I love every aspect of this story, from the characters to the many settings and locations from NY to London to Vegas is unique. The artistic side of it, the creativity is sometimes lost in many stories but Slow Satisfaction bring it all together nicely.
The sex scenes were hot, the interaction between James & Karina were spicy and explosive. From sex in a roof top to sex on a bungee jump, I can tell you that the author’s imagination goes from awesome to dirty and I wish I could live in her head for just a few minutes. The dirty talk, the lusty insinuations and the sexuality that both characters feel is outstanding. Slow Satisfaction is everything I expected it to be. The perfect closing of the curtains to a story that had a fantastic ending, an ending that didn’t promise a future of undying love, but it promised a future of unimaginable sex and fun.
REVIEW: The title of a book should always entice readers to open the book, that’s exactly what happened wh***Originally posted @ReadingDiva's Blog ***
REVIEW: The title of a book should always entice readers to open the book, that’s exactly what happened when I saw Avenge Me by Maisey Yates. The title said READ ME and I was not able to walk away after that. I started reading the book with zero expectations hoping that it would surprise me and bring me excitement.
Avenge Me is the type of story that holds a unique plot and one that teases the reader enough to keep us entertained. They say revenge is best served cold, and that’s exactly the case in Avenge Me. What I liked about Avenge Me was the premise of the story. The plot is quite interesting, not necessarily complex but it is entertaining nevertheless. Avenge Me shows us the injustice forced upon Sarah a girl who found herself involved with the wrong person and ended up costing her her life, by giving us the heroic and selfless actions of a lawyer who fight to protect and advocate for women’s rights and safety. Yet it also exposes the reality that comes with power and that in many cases overshadow the true intentions of the anti-hero. Though the story doesn’t give a lot of details to start with, one can easily deduct from the first few chapters that the characters were very involved and connected in many ways which in terms made a lot of the outcome predictable.
The story lacks surprise and suspense which is something I have come to expect in this type of stories. However, the story does go into revealing who is responsible and who will take charge into making those involved pay in ways they wish never to experience. The main characters are introduced early in the story, their role are defined and presented with ease while letting us know who will form alliances, who is going to demand justice and who will find ways in which make the responsible pay.
I liked most of the characters, they have potential, however the plot left me wanting and waiting for that point where hell breaks loose and your are left gasping for air. The point of surprise never came and I was left waiting for a climax that was not going to happen. Don’t get me wrong, not everything is lost in this story. The chemistry between the characters is flawless and enticing. The dialog didn’t feel pushed or rushed and they had a simple yet easy voice that made them all quite likeable.
Austin is handsome, intelligent and the man any woman would love to have by her side. He is hunted by the death of his dear friend and feel responsible for all she suffered. Austin has a great personality and that’s one thing I think readers will find appealing about him. He is caring and sensible yet strong and imposing. I think Austin is what makes this story more interesting. His connection to the anti-hero makes him vulnerable but not at one instance he loses his predominance and control, I think he makes the story whole.
Katy is likeable, she demands justice for her sister and she would not rest until getting it done and making the person responsible pay. She would do anything to make sure this happen, even if she has to form an alliance with the least of people. While I think Katy is strong, sweet and intuitive I also think she come across as inexperience, driven by her rage and hate. I liked how mature she was but I was left feeling that she could’ve been a better character. Her decisions are at times rushed and not always thought-out and that could put her need and desire for revenge in jeopardy.
Overall Avenge Me is a good story, I liked the writing style and I think the series has great potential. It has the ingredients I look to find in dark romance, passion, power-hungry characters, sensibility, understanding, sex and unabashedly desire. I think the premise is there, though not execute to its full potential. I will read the other two books in the series because I want to see how far this revenge goes and how it all unfolds. But If like me you enjoy character driver stories you will also hope that the other characters in the story are better develop....more
REVIEW: When I come across a series I am usually skeptical because more often than not series can drag on fore**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
REVIEW: When I come across a series I am usually skeptical because more often than not series can drag on forever and the stories and characters start to take a toll. The IAD series just keeps getting better. I have been hooked from the moment I read the first book in the series A Hunger Like No Other. MacRieve was perhaps one of the most anticipated books in the series and one I am happy to have read. The MacRieve brothers have been some of the hottest of the series/lore and by hot I mean dominating in sex-appeal among the other species (vampires & demons). Very few authors are able to write a prologue like Cole, the deep and sad details of MacRieves childhood was heartbreaking. The details and the reasons why allow the readers to sympathize with him without viewing him as weak.
MacRieve is the story of Uilleam, the Lykae whose life was marked at a very young age and who has been dragging a pain so deep that not even centuries have been able to erased. I love this story for so many reasons, not only do we get to see a very hot and lusty lykae but also a man whose past has come back to hunt him and in the worse way possible. MacRieve believed to have found his mate at a very young age, an age when he didn't understand the difference between love and lust and when he wasn't able to understand the very dangerous ways in which members of the lore would be able to hurt. I liked the way the author brought us the whole story about MacRieve and how his past made him a dangerous man, a man who is equally feared and desired in the lore. His desire for killing are as strong as the beast he keeps trying to control.
Kresley Cole knows how to write sexy, lustful stories that bring readers to their knees. She gives us alpha males who fight for their female fated while struggling to accept that their hearts no longer belong to them. Uilleam MacRieve was one of those characters who was capture by The Order and who suffered the horrors, the nightmares brought back every aspect the tortures he suffered during his captivity. MacRieve is utterly and surprisingly sexy. There is plenty about MacRieve's story and Chloe, the moment when McRieve finds out who his mate is and how he handles things is a times funny and frustrating. The way in which Chloe handles her situation with MacRieve to the moment she accepts her fate is surprising. This story unlike many others in the series does not involved a lot of action or fighting but that doesn't take away from being exhilarating.
Kresley Cole has proven to be one of the kind author, one who isn't afraid to push boundaries and mix angst, passion, love and lust. The Immortal After Dark is one of the hottest series in Paranormal, if you haven't started you are missing out, if you are yet to read MacRieve don't wait any longer. The next book in the series promises a treat....more
REVIEW: Ah, Steampunk, young romance and a futuristic Victorian London — nothing sexier a** Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 4.5 of 5
REVIEW: Ah, Steampunk, young romance and a futuristic Victorian London — nothing sexier and better combined. Kady Cross brings back my favorite group of friends, Griffin, Finley, Emily, Sam & Jasper. This time around they are trying to fight an invisible entity that doesn’t seem want to stay dead. The Machinist has taken Griffin into the AETHER and is going to kill him. I really enjoyed this book because I just loved how much fun these characters are. Their ingenuity does not take away their intelligence and agility.
Throughout the series they have been facing all sort of obstacles, trying to spare humanity from things they wouldn’t be able to understand and fight. As Griffin gets a hold of his power and learns to control it, the Machinist seems to get stronger, making Griffin more aware of his weakness. Oh but the fun doesn’t stop there, Jack Dandy is back and so is Mila. Oh I loved Mila, her intelligence & beauty unmatched and her big heart growing more human.
I enjoyed so much seeing her character grow. Her character though it is new and somewhat different was able to integrate easily to the story. Her hunger for knowledge and her need to experience life only added more appeal and interest to the story. I enjoyed every aspect of Mila’s interaction with Jack. I loved her curiosity, her inability to lie and her ability to express her feelings. I liked her enthusiastic and energetic personality. Her character made the story sweet and funny. The experiences of a first love, first kiss and touch proved to be exactly what the story needed to balanced out the evil that the Machinist kept bringing upon them.
I admire the authors ability in creating a modern yet old Victorian London. The way she describes the scenery, the locations and the world around can easily transport the reader to those times while also preparing them to imagine and picture what a modern Victorian London would look like. The plot in this story was a combination of first love, found love and the perpetual fight of good vs evil. The Girl With The Windup Heart was nicely crafted & beautifully executed. I enjoyed every aspect of this story, the characters and their emotions, the characters interaction and action not to mention the many discoveries they have come to experience individually and as a group.
Kady Cross is a great Steampunk ambassador, she has kept me hooked on the genre and I have yet to discover a flaw in her books. I loved everything about them, I highly recommend it if you enjoy an imaginative story in which magic and technology meet to create a world of young love, courageous people and true friendship....more
REVIEW: When I was given the opportunity to read this book and I saw it was an international b**Originally posted ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 4.5 of 5
REVIEW: When I was given the opportunity to read this book and I saw it was an international bestseller I was very excited. The moment I received the book I jumped to read it as if there wasn’t any other book in the world. I devour it and I enjoyed every sentence, paragraph and every page. The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair is a murder mystery/thriller that will keep you on the edge of your sit from beginning to end. Joel’s ingenious story telling is outstanding.
I find it very interesting when a book can convey so many different emotions in a reader, frustration, angst, uncertainty, sadness, laughter and love. All these emotions makes us who we are and even though at times we tend to avoid them, there is very little we can do when we experience them but to let them drag us wherever it is they will take us. When I started reading The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair I wasn’t sure I would experience exactly what I listed above, I thought I would be reading a murder mystery with gruesome details about the disappearance of a young girl, however, as I kept reading and reading those feelings started invading my mind and heart making me at times unable to put the book down.
The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair is ingenuous, a book that tells us the story of a struggling author trying to find his way back to writing the masterpiece he has always dream of writing, and one that will put his name back in stardom. It is also about the love affair of the great writer Harry Quebert whose life and reputation was destroyed by the discovery of a thirty three year old love affair.
While this novel doesn’t necessarily reads as a literary thriller, it does however contains criminal elements, mystery and suspense that keep the reader glue to the pages. Readers will experience thrilling enthusiasm while reading this book, the added humor gave the story the lightness that it required a times but it also gave it a sense of “real” that a lot of stories lack. The story starts with Marcus Goldman (Marcus The Magnificent) as he was known during his high school years, a young writer who is struggling to write a second book after the first book he ever wrote sent him to stardom. From the start I became a fan of Marcus, his conversations and arguments with his mother made me laugh out loud, while also giving me a sense of pity as he struggles with writers block.
His chance and inspiration comes in the form of an scandal, a scandal that would change his life and the life of his best friend and mentor Harry Quebert. Harry Quebert’s story is fantastically drafted, detailed and enigmatic, twisted and all around thrilling. When the news of Harry’s legal problems and terrible accusations hit Marcus his first thought was to run to be with his friend, without knowing that the events that followed would change his life forever. Harry Quebert became the focus of Marcus story, in his attempt and need to help his friend he started to discover everything that happened in the summer of 1975, which would soon be his new book. The new book, the story of Harry Quebert and his love Nola Kellergans a fifteen year old girl who became Harry’s inspiration for his masterpiece is tragic and mysterious. The tragedy didn’t just rumble that small town but it also destroyed the spirit of one of the greatest writers of his time. Once Marcus started his investigation, he will learn the lies, the betrayal and the dark past of his friend Harry Quebert.
This book has a fantastic plot, it has a clever dialogue and complex characters. This is exactly what distinguishes The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair from many other mystery novels of its kind. Readers will discover a fun, seductive, twisted and utterly engrossing story which will keep readers talking about it for a while....more
REVIEW: House of the Rising Sun is the new spin off series of House of Comarre by Kristen Painter. Fans of**Originally posted at ReadingDiva's Blog **
REVIEW: House of the Rising Sun is the new spin off series of House of Comarre by Kristen Painter. Fans of House of Comarre will be in for a treat, Kristen’s writing style and imaginative setting and world building will not disappoint.
Based on characters of House of Comarre and new characters of course the story takes place in the mystic and magical city of New Orleans. The backdrop serves as foundation to a new series with great promise. As every book written by Kristen Painter, expect an engaging plot, an interesting and unique world building and characters that suck you in. There isn’t a dull moment in this story and I am happy to see Kristen’s writing quality is still superb.
Augustine is one of the characters introduced in the Comarre series, he was the person who helped Chrysabelle and Malcolm go into the fae plane which is prohibited to humans. This token of friendship set off a series of events that would determine Augustine’s future. After having gone into hiding for a few months, Augustine decides to return to New Orleans without considering the consequences he might’ve been facing with his return. He is happy to be back but coming back to a city where chaos is imminent wasn’t exactly what he had in mind, with the sudden increase in crime committed by rogue vampires Augustine isn’t sure of what this mean for him and what it will mean to the city. He knows that nothing will stop the Elektos from coming to knock on his door. It is very difficult to keep telling you about the story without spoiling it. Expect to see a very different and more mature Augustine, the consequences of his inaction will hunt him when tragedy strike close to his heart.
I really enjoyed Augustine’s character. He is a playboy, always looking for fun and never worrying about who he brings to his bed, well to their hotel bed. He is funny, sweet, and all around sexy. His story comes with a bit of baggage, his childhood wasn’t exactly a happy one and feeling rejected was a constant reminder of his nature. Even when his childhood marked him profoundly, Augustine did not allow that to pre-determine who he would become. He is smart, caring, thoughtful and very sensitive towards those he cares and love. His love is tested and his loyalty weighted. I think House of The Rising Sun will be a hit, readers who enjoyed House of Comarre will enjoy this series. The characters will pull you into the story making you feel like you are witnessing the events af if you were there, there is a lot of action and discovery. Augustine chance to love isn’t lost to him, it is right in front of him but it will not be easy to obtain it. Kristen did a great job giving us a story in which the characters have a lot more than their own personal drama to deal with. After a great loss, Augustine real personality comes alive sparking twists and unexpected decisions. It was nice to see other characters from the Comarre series even though they were just slightly present and didn’t have a big impact on the story. The world created by Kristen requires a great deal of imagination, the characters are well rounded and each has a very distinctive and strong voice. Their dialog and interaction is at times funny, other times serious and most time fascinating. I enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to see what else Kristen has for us in the next installment of House of The Rising Sun....more