Fiery hot, Stetsons, sweat and rumpled sheets. This was an intense, exquisitely drawn out read...Dane gets the sexual balance right between S3.5 Stars
Fiery hot, Stetsons, sweat and rumpled sheets. This was an intense, exquisitely drawn out read...Dane gets the sexual balance right between Sara, Jace and Jasper developing the tension without devolving into raunchiness which can end up being so common in polyamour erotica.
Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts is a refreshingly erotic taste of the classics that will raise eyebrows, hemlines and strain breeches. Mit
Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts is a refreshingly erotic taste of the classics that will raise eyebrows, hemlines and strain breeches. Mitzi Szereto patterns her prose in a lively pas de deux that both amuses and titillates as she lays out an R-rated Pride of Prejudice…one we have not seen the like of before.
Szereto’s honest effort to channel a sensual Jane Austen amid the pleasantries and frivolity of polite English society is anything but tepid-every character in this very familiar piece has a secret…a hidden lust that they engage in secretly and with whole-hearted abandon.
Whether it be the predilections of a homoerotic nature between Bingley and Darcy (!), the birch wielding dominatrix bent of Caroline Bingley and Lady Catherine de Bourgh, the illicit drawings that Mr. Bennett squirrels away his money for, or the lusty brazenness of Lydia given full reign (and nigh an entire regiment) all of these succinctly tarty scenes will have the reader thoroughly amused. Szereto amuses with her depiction of bumbling Mr. Collins…that toady cousin to the Bennet’s…who I dare say…is very very naughty. Ahem!
Polite manners and civilized society are juxtaposed with the seething sexual undercurrents of Szereto’s devising. Some ardent Jane Austen fans might scream “Sacrilege!”, but indeed others might raise their eyebrows in interest at this innovative take on a classic as I do and say “Why not?”
Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts should be taken in the same vein as Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer or the equally off-kilter ITV offering Lost in Austen which as Amanda Price said so succinctly: “That's Jane Austen spinning in her grave like a cat in a tumble-dryer.” Quite possibly. But just keep that in mind when reading Szereto’s piece that it is a literal parody, and quite a scandalous one to boot.
You’ll never look at Darcy and Elizabeth quite the same again.
4.5 Stars Review to be posted in May. I don't know what to say (for once).
Read Collide twice yesterday. It made me want to cry, howl with envy. Emm an4.5 Stars Review to be posted in May. I don't know what to say (for once).
Read Collide twice yesterday. It made me want to cry, howl with envy. Emm and Johnny's romance was utterly unforgettable eclipsing time...age..and a way that left me longing.
Megan Hart once again wowed me. She did it with Passion Model and now Collide. Now whenever I want to read a passionate romance that will squeeze me dry and leave me wistful...Ill re-read Collide over and over again......more
Megan Hart’s latest release, Passion Model, is a delicious sensory sci-fi feast that manages to one-up its standing as erotica. Passion Model’s slick
Megan Hart’s latest release, Passion Model, is a delicious sensory sci-fi feast that manages to one-up its standing as erotica. Passion Model’s slick foundation and world-building is solid, believable from its pedtreads to gritty Oldcity, to the Lovehuts that house the vast swathe of pleasure bots that serve the general public.
But behind the pristine order and blanched hues of Newcity, hides a stringent system of checks and balances as citizens are rigorously ranked, their economy and access to goods dependent on a blind obedience of the rules. And within the strict confines of their society, anything that is not purely human is ostracized. As the Ruling Council moves towards legislation to completely segregate and strip human status from those with even minimal upgrades, Hart’s heroine struggles with her humanity.
For Gemma 4121609, a partially mechanized human after a deadly accident…her life was given back to her, but drastically changed. Leaving behind a marriage in tatters and a career flaming in ruins, Gemma’s only course was to be a Recreational Intercourse Operative where the partially mechanized can still earn decent credits and an exclusive ranking in Newcity. Patrolling the district Lovehuts, Gemma and her team track down defective Passion Model bots and pull them out of the general population.
But one neon-tinted night, Gemma mistakes Declan Adar for a Passion Model and within their entwined arms they find something they hadn’t known was missing: each other. With incorrectly identifying Declan as a bot, Gemma and he have committed a felony-one that threatens to alter the course of their lives. And when Gemma digs deeper in Declan’s past she unearths a monumental secret that brings the leader of Newcity and his sec bots down on her head.
The vein running through Passion Model’s heart is its conflict over humans and mechos. The age-old dilemma of what comprises human sentience and its potential reversibility by mechanized implantation. Do we cease to be human with inorganic complements? Hart directly address this conflict in both Gemma and Declan as they outrun the fist that slowly threatens to crush them in its grip.
For Hart, Passion Model provides a sci-fi vehicle that highlights her exceptional story telling skills. In many ways it competes with its original vision as an erotic piece. It simply excels as a piece of Blade Runner-esque inspired vision, and the torrid sexual passages are just frosting on already a stuffed cake. I found myself intrigued by Hart’s vision, and I want MORE.
Thankfully I am guessing there will be…Hart’s website states that Passion Model is Book 1, so with any luck I am going to assume that there will be a Book 2. In the meantime, I am checking out her upcoming releases, particularly Seeing Stars (out May 2011), and Virtue & Vice (out Oct 2011).
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Olivia Cunning continues her stunning wet dream of a rock ‘n’ roll fantasy in Rock Hard, the sequel to Backstage Pass. This time Cunning foc
Olivia Cunning continues her stunning wet dream of a rock ‘n’ roll fantasy in Rock Hard, the sequel to Backstage Pass. This time Cunning focuses her story around the bands’ lead singer and veteran wild boy Sedric Lionheart who must come to terms with the woman he let get away
Cunning uses a softer touch this time in comparison to Backstage Pass-that debut stunned and licked a fiery path of erotic decadence through each and every page. In Rock Hard, readers might be surprised at Cunning’s softer take to Sed. All Cunning’s delicious cues in Backstage Pass set Sed up to be the virtual bad boy from hell-with an insatiable sexual appetite that provided daily fodder for the paparazzi and tabloids. In reality, he is anything but.
When his girlfriend Jessica breaks it off with him after a bitter disagreement regarding the course of their relationship, Sedric loses himself in a mindless cycle of groupie flesh and alcohol. Existing in a perpetual state of denial, Sed is reluctant to admit that his affection for Jessica might have actually been love.
After leaving Sed, Jessica struggles to carve a path of her own that is solely dependent on her brains rather than her beauty. She is determined not to relive the mistakes her mother made, and her dream of attending law school has finally become a reality. But still, Jessica is hard-pressed to forget Sed.
She finds that funding law school purely on scholarships is simply not enough to make ends meet. When her scholarship is jeopardized, Jessica makes a tough decision to dance at a Vegas strip club for the summer to sock away the money for school. Little does she know that when she steps out on the stage one night as “Feather” that Sed will be in the audience…
Readers will not have a problem liking or even loving Rock Hard. The romance between Sed and Jessica is fraught with the typical he-said-she-said issues, hurt feelings, and provides a great deal of tension for Cunning’s story. The sensual situations are hot and frequent as Sed and Jessica have the habit of hooking up in public places. But their couplings provide moments where they endeavor to discover their deeper feelings.
But the overall flavor of the sequel is on the bland side. Whereas Backstage Pass (my favorite) was full of exploration and uninhibited situations (and love!), Sed and Jessica are purely vanilla and their relationship denouement is somewhat predictable. Cunning delivers some plot excitement in lieu of sexual enterprise in Rock Hard though-Trey is seriously injured in the fight to rescue Jessica from strip club hell and the ensuing exhibitionist liaisons between Sed and Jessica lead to a voyeur filming them that ultimately turns into a media nightmare.
Another conflict highlight is the David-versus-Goliath fight that Jessica embraces against her law school after her illicitly recorded video goes viral. In those moments Cunning’s female lead truly shines and the already strained relationship between she and Sed has a greater impact.
I liked Rock Hard, but Backstage Pass is dearer to my heart. I look forward to the next book thanks to Cunning who dropped yummy hints here and there about Aggie and Jace (!!) Hopefully they will be next in line to have their story told.
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