I loved it! It's pretty much Yarn Porn for me, AND we get a wonderful romance..what else can I ask for? Rance is so grumpy and yes..an ass! I loved him...moreI loved it! It's pretty much Yarn Porn for me, AND we get a wonderful romance..what else can I ask for? Rance is so grumpy and yes..an ass! I loved him. Ben is just too damn cute not to fall for this bunny lover. I highlighted way too many passages of this book. My book is pretty much just one big highlight lol
I’m always worried when I try a new author. I can count on my fingers the number of times I b...more(This review was originally published on Book Lovers Inc)
I’m always worried when I try a new author. I can count on my fingers the number of times I blindly trusted it would be worth my time and/or that I wouldn’t end up slowly rocking, curled up in a ball. As it is, I trusted Riptide Publishing to publish a book of quality. Suffice it to say I’m glad I did! Santuario is the first book of a new series by G.B Gordon and this is their debut novel. See it was risky on many levels!
If you want to enjoy Santuario, I think you just need to trust that the author will get you where you need to be. Don’t try to make sense of it all from the first page. It’s a new world, new rules and even if you feel a bit lost, it’ll all make sense. At least that’s how I felt about it. I think one of the best thing about this book is that the author isn’t trying to dump all the world-building on you in the first chapter. This is often a problem with 1st books in series set in a different world. All you need to know is that there are 2 different civilizations, the Skanians who arrived first on the planet, and the people from Santuario, who arrived afterward and who have been secluded ever since to the Island now called Santuario . Most of the time I felt like I was in Bengt shoes. When he arrives on Santuario to investigate a murder he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on. We get to understand how Santuario works, pieces by pieces much like him. This is really something I loved. I don’t like feeling like I’m the only one not getting it, but here I could recognize myself in Bengt. He was just as lost as I was We really get to understand both civilizations through the eyes of Bengt and Alex. See my point? Just trust the author!
The Skanians Vs the people from Santuario is pretty much the North vs the South. Santuario is ruled by the Familias, while they give the illusion of a real government to the outside world, they actually do what they want. Their island, their rules. It’s a very brutal world they live in.
Alex is part of the Santuarian police but since the Familias rule the country and enforce their own ‘Justice’ , he’s never had before to investigate a murder. The Skanians send Bengt to investigate with Alex and that’s when the fun begins. The 2 of them couldn’t be more different. Bengt grew up in a world where friendship and family is what builds a person. No one would ever consider him different for being Gay. Alex on the other hand, has always been on his own. His brutal childhood and the violent world he lives him forced him to be self-reliant. He built a wall around him to protect himself. No one on Santuario would even think it possible to be openly Gay, that would be the fastest way to be killed.
Alex never even considered that there’s a very easy explanation as to why he doesn’t feel whole when he’s with a woman. Homophobia (or at least the fear linked to this concept) has been ingrained in his mind from birth. He is a very strong person. Child abuse didn’t prevent him from being a strong-headed man. He never really gives up. Even when he knows he’ll end up beaten to a pulp. I really admire him.
Bengt is a piece of work. This gorgeous giant is not the most patient person in the world. I loved that he was often THIS close to loosing it. Many times he just balls his fists trying not to punch Alex. He is very honest and open about his feelings. I really loved that about him, he tried to talk things out to understand what is going on. You can see how this could be a clash of cultures with Alex. Alex avoids confrontation, he either flees or hides behind a wall of silence. There’s a quote that really touched me. This is something Alex finally conceded to Bengt and it felt like a victory :
'I can’t repair my wall as fast as you can tear it down.'
I admit I was fascinated by the investigation but I didn’t really care who was the killer. It was mostly interesting because we finally got to see all the players in the game. Alex’s world is a complicated one. His relationship with Luis is a fucked up one. I wanted to hate Luis (well I did hate him) but he ended up being more complex than meets the eyes. I should also mention that I’ve recently developed an addiction to the Big violent Russian thug type so I couldn’t help but like Leonid. Yes if you’ve read the book you must be thinking that I’m crazy. It’s okay, I know I am
I realize this review is getting very long but I really loved this story. It was highly original and I felt transported to a different world. You can really experience how claustrophobic it feels to live on Santuario. There’s no escaping the Familias and their enforcers.
Now I need to explain why it wasn’t a 5 stars read for me. The ending. Seriously, if this book had been a stand-alone novel the rating would have gone down a whole star. Why? Because I didn’t care for the ending, it felt rushed and incomplete. But since this is the start of a series I’m very excited to see what happen next. Yes we got some kind of ending but this budding relationship really is just that…budding! I need mooooooooore. I actually understand why it went this way. I would probably have complained if the 2 characters has rushed into something together. Alex needs time to understand himself and what he wants. Anyway I will stop now because I could go on forever
Santuario is a fascinating story. It’s a great start for a new series, highly original and very well written, it’s something you have to experience for yourself. I will be impatiently awaiting the next book. G.B. Gordon is an author I will definitely follow closely.
Phew! I feel exhausted. This story is captivating. Just plain fascinating. I couldn't stop reading even though it was sooooooooo dark, brutal and viol...morePhew! I feel exhausted. This story is captivating. Just plain fascinating. I couldn't stop reading even though it was sooooooooo dark, brutal and violent. But wow I still feel like there's a weight on my chest.I'm still a bit shell-shocked. It definitely pushed all my limits but it's very well written and you can't help reading more and more. I love both Mat and Dougie. They are very different and they do not deal the same way with the 'torture', but they are both ready to do anything for each other. I'm seriously hoping there's HOPE for them in the next installments. I'm not sure I could bear it if nothing good came out of it. Now I just need to stop thinking about this book LOL What a haunting story. Wow.
I will adapt the rating depending on the following installments. It could very well be a 5 stars if I don't end up crying. ;)(less)
Gold Digger is like Cheesecake, you start with a bite you end up eating the whole cake. (Warn...more(This review was originally published on Book Lovers Inc)
Gold Digger is like Cheesecake, you start with a bite you end up eating the whole cake. (Warning this review might have been written after a Cheesecake Orgy). Yes I started my review with the end but I needed to warn you of how addictive this book is.
Since I’ve been ‘stalking’ the author on Twitter/Goodreads (etc… <== Being vague: Way to avoid restraining orders *wink*), I knew before starting that this would be a light and cute romance (not the heavy tortured kind from previous books by this author**). Oh and how it worked for me! I loved how this book made me feel. I smiled so much my cheeks ached. <3 I really needed this.
If you’ve read Aleksandr’s Special Forces books (Free on his website) then you already know about Nikolai and his family history. More particularly his father Vadim, who was the hero of the Special Forces series. But never fear, you don’t need to have read it to read Gold Digger. It’s just the cherry on top of the cake.
Nikolai never stays put, always travelling for work his life can fit into 2 suitcases. His family could at best be described as a dysfunctional one. Nothing ‘normal’ about it. I think I loved that this made him open to anything. He’s a very loyal friend and he cares deeply about his job. When his work leads him to meet the (corporate) sharks of Lebeau Mining, he never expected he would meet someone like Henri.
Henri LeBeau is probably the only decent human being in the Lebeau Mining company. I loved his flirty, humorous ways. He has a thing to put Nikolai at ease, he’s friendly and well…openly gay. Nikolai knows better than to stick to the old ‘straight/gay’ categories, his family is proof enough that life is more complicated than that. Until now he’d only been with women but when Henri make him a very tempting offer, he’s not afraid to act on it. I loved that there was no ‘angst’, Nikolai doesn’t freak out or have a revelation about his identity. It feels like the natural progression of his life.
Henri knows what he likes, he was wild enough in his past to know what he wants now. Henri and Nikolai together just worked for me. The sex is hot, I mean…HOT. They are both quickly on the same page when it comes to their little fantasies. Nom. But past the great sex they both enjoy their time together. Henri is so endearing and funny. I loved how they started off with just a physical affair and ended up with a tender and adorable relationship. I’ve reread the first time they kissed at least ten time <3. Yes it all went a bit too fast to make it really believable, but I’m ready to bend the rules this time around.
The other really awesome thing about Gold Digger is seeing Nikolai work at having a real great relationship with his dad. It made me feel so happy to see them together. Also it’s just perfect seeing Vadim’s HEA *wink*. I told you it’s an adorably sweet story.
Gold Digger is a quick, sweet and sexy romance. It’ll make you smile and leave you feeling good and happy. It’s like that piece of awesome cake that makes you drool minus all the calories. In other words, go ahead and eat it up!
I give Gold Digger 4,5 Stars
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After reading Aleksandr Voinov’s Dark Soul series I knew I would read more from this author, I nee...more(This review was first published on Book Lovers Inc)
After reading Aleksandr Voinov’s Dark Soul series I knew I would read more from this author, I needed to read more. I decided to trust the author and read Skybound even though this is the time period I always avoid like the plague. I’ve never been attracted to World War stories but I’m glad I read it. I would have missed out on a beautiful and touching story.
Skybound is a short story but in 40 pages the author still works his magic and makes you care for the characters. It doesn’t even feel rushed. The use of ellipses in the story makes you feels like you’re watching a movie, it feels intimate, as if the author didn’t need to tell you because you can fill the blanks with all your emotions. I couldn’t help but love Felix and Baldur, their budding relationship felt so natural and without any trappings. Felix stops living when Baldur is on a mission, he keeps looking at the sky, hoping the plane will come back safely. I was right there with him, I feared with him and kept hoping everything would be fine.
Reading Skybound was a new experience for me, to be honest I didn’t know much about Berlin during the War. I didn’t even imagine once before how it felt to be on the German side of History. In school (at least here in France) we’ve always been taught from the ‘other side’, no matter how ‘neutral’ history classes are supposed to be, they never really are. The author did an amazing job at making you feel the desperation and fear of the characters. I felt hopeless and resigned and it made me ache for the characters. I loved how Felix and Baldur find a way to make the most of the time they have left, how they find comfort in each other. I was rooting for them all along.
What a beautiful story of love and courage. The ending took me by surprise and I ended up with teary eyes. The author takes you back in time and makes you experience a very difficult part of History. I recommend it to everyone. I will definitely be waiting for Aleksandr’s next novel.
How I missed Todd, Ben and Erin! I fell in love with them in Laid Bare and it was pure pleasure getting bits and pieces of their life in all the follo...moreHow I missed Todd, Ben and Erin! I fell in love with them in Laid Bare and it was pure pleasure getting bits and pieces of their life in all the following Brown Siblings books. But THIS...this novella was the cherry on top! All about the 3 of them. <3 And we finally get to see Ben and Todd together. I mean, I've been dreaming about this and YES it was just as good as I imagined it would be.
It broke my heart to see that the ghosts of the past were magically gone forever but I loved how they handled it. This is a real treat for those who loved Laid Bare. (less)
5 Stars. Aleksandr Voinov must have some magical talent because he write the most outrageous stories and I am loving every sentence. I never thought I...more5 Stars. Aleksandr Voinov must have some magical talent because he write the most outrageous stories and I am loving every sentence. I never thought I would love a book with such controversial themes. But Volume 3 is my favorite so far. It's dark and edgy, violent and sexy, hot beyond measures...and SO addictive. I especially enjoy the different POV in each story, all revolving about the awesome Silvio. 2 thumbs up.(less)
4.5 stars. Wow this is very addictive. When I got to the last page all I wanted was to start volume 2 asap! I loved it. It's unconventional and hot and...more4.5 stars. Wow this is very addictive. When I got to the last page all I wanted was to start volume 2 asap! I loved it. It's unconventional and hot and I love Silvio! I want more!(less)
Loooooooved this book. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did a great job. it was riveting. The book is fascinating. It was just so good I c...moreLoooooooved this book. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did a great job. it was riveting. The book is fascinating. It was just so good I can't wait for the next book. That's real quality Fantasy.(less)
It was awesome!! Hot and funny and HOT and sweet and HOT...wait did I say HOT already? lol My only complaint is that it ended way too fast. I want to k...moreIt was awesome!! Hot and funny and HOT and sweet and HOT...wait did I say HOT already? lol My only complaint is that it ended way too fast. I want to know what happens next! AHHHHH(less)
I will admit when I saw that there was a new Pennyroyal Green novel com...more(This Review was originally published on Book Lovers Inc)
What an awesome book.
I will admit when I saw that there was a new Pennyroyal Green novel coming out, I just jumped on the occasion to read it. Julie Anne Long writes the most entertaining stories. Only after having it safely on my E-reader did I read the synopsis. Honestly, if I’d read the blurb first I might not have jumped on it and I would have missed a very awesome story.
I am, I guess, old-school when it comes to my heroines, and I’ve never really enjoyed a book about a courtesan or an actress (even less both!). So when I started reading the first few pages, I nearly stopped reading altogether. It sounded so very wrong. I’m not sure why but these 10 first pages nearly put me off completely. But then we switched narrators to Adam and after that I just couldn’t stop reading. (Btw completely random but the hero is named Adam Sylvaine and Sylvaine is my middle name so it made me smile every time I saw it. Hey I did say it was random! lol)
This book was nothing I expected it to be. I was scared it would turn into a farce or that I’d hate the heroine for being, well, a former courtesan, or that I wouldn’t warm up to a hero being a vicar. This book blew me away by the shear awesomeness of it. It’s not a big ‘dark drama-packed’ story, it’s a slow discovery of who really Evie and Adam are.
Evie is a young widow, she’s lived through many scandals in London and is now retiring to the estate she inherited from her dead husband…in Pennyroyal Green. As you can imagine, all the women here already know of her scandalous past and they aren’t very keen on associating with a courtesan.
Adam is a vicar. Doesn’t sound super exciting now does it? You can see why I was scared I wouldn’t warm to such a hero But oh boy, was I wrong. Adam is very level-headed, he cares deeply for his parishioners. He’s been there for them in all the stages of their life, Christenings, Weddings, Last rites…he’s always there for them. Mind you, Adam is absolutely worshiped by all his female parishioners. I think it doesn’t hurt that in addition to being the kindest person ever he’s also a very handsome man.
Adam doesn’t judge people, he wants the women of Pennyroyal to give a chance to Evie and from their first encounter he’s fascinated by this strange woman. Evie turned out to be a fantastic woman. We learn about her past and how she came to be who she is today. I think I loved that she isn’t using her looks at all to seduce. And the hero doesn’t fall for her because she’s beautiful, his interest was piqued when she first started cursing like a sailor . She just wants to live a quiet life in her new home…and make friends. She’s kind and intelligent, she is not ashamed of her past and she cares deeply for her family. I loved to see her interact with the people from Pennyroyal. She just wanted to be part of the community, there’s no deception in her, she’s selfless and will do what she thinks is right even as her detriment.
I love that this is not a ‘London’ story. We get this huge feeling of community and we meet people with real values. This book made me fall in love even more with each new pages. Both Adam and Evie know nothing can happen between them, no one would accept for the vicar to fall into the traps of such a scandalous woman. The connection between them built slowly and from very innocent encounters. One of my favorite scene only included a kiss on her neck. This simple thing with so much meaning to it…my heart was melting. I do love me some ‘forbidden’ love. In the end, Adam made me cry,from joy of course (Now I’m wiping a new tear even thinking about it again) I think he might very well be the perfect man, and he’s definitely ones of the best hero I’ve ever encountered. The ending made me feel so damn good and happy. I was crying and I didn’t care.
Julie Anne Long once again worked her magic. This book is a study of characters. I had prejudices and it changed my mind completely. It’s sweet and oh so touching, it’s funny and unexpected, it made me feel so connected to the characters I never wanted to leave them. A Notorious Countess Confesses is one of my favorite book in the series. Don’t let yourself be put of by the title or the blurb, it’s really worth rading. I can’t recommend it enough. I will be waiting for the next book and I really hope it will be about Olivia and Lyon!
The Ugly Duchess is the 4th book in Eloisa James’ Fairy Tales series. I devoured the previous...moreThis review was originally published on Book Lovers Inc)
The Ugly Duchess is the 4th book in Eloisa James’ Fairy Tales series. I devoured the previous books and I just couldn’t wait to read this one. To be honest I’m torn. I loved half of the book and not so much the other half. It just doesn’t make for an easy review.
Theo is an awkward, gangly young woman (teen I should say). She is very thin and her profile is often compared to one of a man. For once I was very happy that the heroine wasn’t considered a beauty. It made for a more challenging love story. When her childhood friend, James, the future duke of Ashbrook asks for her hand, she wants to believe he loves her and always has. When a book starts with a wedding, it can only mean one thing…things will not go well.
James stole my heart from the start. He’s the heir to the duchy but his father has lost everything. The Duke has even started embezzling money from Theo’s inheritance. To avoid the scandal and save the family name there’s only one thing that can be done. James must marry Theo. It was seriously heartbreaking, because James do care for Theo and he feels very guilty for such a ruse. He wished their union hadn’t started on lies. I love how passionate he becomes with Theo. He wants her and tries to shelter her when Society brand her The Ugly Duchess. I was lulled into believing everything would go well, the passion and sparks between them promised a fantastic union. But of course everything goes to hell when Theo hears her Father-in-law talk about the lies behind their union. Ughhhh my heart ached for James and Theo. When in a rage Theo asks James to leave the country she never expected he would really leave.
We follow James on a journey to India but which quickly become his journey to becoming a pirate. It was both exciting and painful to see him change and become a completely different man. This was my favorite part of the book. I loved to see him struggle with his guilt, his despair and his hopes. It felt like a real adventure. What a man a becomes!
Here’s to the part I didn’t enjoy so much. Years later, Theo has also become someone else. And I admit I didn’t like much who she became. Theo was a young and naive woman, full of hopes and dreams. When James broke her heart she decided to be her own woman. She starts her own companies, she also embraces her form and she becomes a cold and detached woman. I didn’t care much for her at that point. I understand why she would become such a woman but it was harder to like her. There was also way too many references to swans and duckling . It made me dislike her even more that she now considered herself a ‘swan’.
When James and Theo finally reunite, It just didn’t live up to my hopes. I was hoping for a real struggle and for James to have to slowly woo her back. Oh it was a struggle alright! But something didn’t work for me. Theo changed her mind too fast and too radically.
So as you can see I loved the 1st half of the book. The other half wasn’t bad but it just didn’t live up to the 1st part It was still a very nice story. I love James and his pirate transformation. I was rooting for him all along. All being said, I still love Eloisa James’ style. Her books are very hard to put down, I was completely engrossed in the story.