The virtual "cover" is the sexiest thing about this novella. Usually I'm a fan of EA and her spankoramas, but this one fell short of the mark in everyThe virtual "cover" is the sexiest thing about this novella. Usually I'm a fan of EA and her spankoramas, but this one fell short of the mark in every way. Worse, it left me feeling vaguely unclean and decidedly unsexual.
Neither the 30 year old hero nor the 18 year old heroine appealed to me at all. He spends way too much time wrestling with his conscience about how he raised his foster sister's daughter since childhood and shouldn't be lusting after her. Usually I have no problem with guardian/ward romances as long as there's no blood tie, but the hero dwelt on this so often and at such length, that even I got icked out. His initial strategy of talking to and treating her as if she was still a little girl gave off a creepy ol' perv vibe.
The sex scenes fell totally flat for me as a result, and I started feeling like a perv too for reading this stuff. Not the reaction I'm going for when reading romantica, you know? When they finally have intercourse the hero calls himself a "monster" and the scene "sordid". Way to kill the romance dude! Whatever buzz he didn't kill off gets slaughtered by the heroine's mother showing up and shrilly accusing him of rape and pedophilia. He defends himself by saying "I love her the same way you do - like a daughter". After he's just had sex with her. Why am I feeling that I need a thorough bath now?
The virgin heroine is a bimbo with a penchant for baby-talk. At one point she questions the hero about his cock - "how do you use it? How do you make it work?” This is what college girls have become? Her idea of seduction is to tell the hero that her pussy aches and ask him to kiss it better like he always kissed her hurts when she was little. Oyyyy, what is that queasy, roiling feeling in my tummy right now?
This is a light-hearted romp built around a what-if. Namely, what if modern day Vikings lived in carved-out mountains in the Alaskan wilderness? The aThis is a light-hearted romp built around a what-if. Namely, what if modern day Vikings lived in carved-out mountains in the Alaskan wilderness? The author takes this premise and has fun with it. This is not sci-fi or paranormal. If you want serious world-building and/or geeky explanations of why they have elevators but few light bulbs, then you'll have to go elsewhere.
The characters make this story. What's not to love about a strong, muscular Viking hero who's loving and patient with his heroine? Otar fell in love with Madalyn from her movies (especially the ones with topless scenes!). He longs for her love but secretly feels unworthy of her because of his low caste in his society. Madalyn is a good heroine, smart, wry and self-aware, fighting her feelings but drawn to her captor. Thankfully there are no TSTL or I hate you/now screw me blind moments.
Drake might be my favorite character. Paranoid, anti-government, alien-consipracy spouting, she gets most of the funny lines and scenes. Gutsily she manages to escape - her reaction to being captured again is priceless. I predict a happy marriage for her and her Alien Butthead.
The plot includes a revolution against the tyrannical jarl/king. Don't worry, there are no bloody scenes. The focus stays on the women as they worry about their men and struggle to earn money to buy food. Their unorthodox solution, a burlesque show for the jaded upper class, is as ridiculous as it is funny.
The sex is explicit and steamy, as befits an erotic romance. Otar is dominant as well as loving. Hot! There's no cheating, forced seduction, or menage scenes to worry about here. I recommend reading this when you're in the mood for or need something cheerful. Have fun :-) ...more
Good plot that kept me interested. Not terribly original - serial killer who preys on women looking for love, heroine searching the Internet for a hotGood plot that kept me interested. Not terribly original - serial killer who preys on women looking for love, heroine searching the Internet for a hot Dom, surly detective who's obsessed with finding the killer. We all know where this is going right? Well the journey is still fun, the Whodunnit is absorbing with some nice red herrings, and I appreciate that the author took pains to show the heroine's intelligence. In so many books like this the heroine is just TSTL and you end up almost wishing the evil predator would put her out of our misery. No so here. Nikki carefully gets an investigative report on "Richard" before she agrees to meet him, and she also tells her best friend where and when she's going. Yay for brains!
Thomas was a hot, sexy hero. He has issues sure, but they don't involve being cruel or abusive to our heroine. The sexual tension is good, with some nice verbal byplay revolving around his nuts (*wink*). The sex when it finally happens is smoking, with definite D/s flavor and some spanking. I could have done without the Daddy moment though (squick). My one complaint is that there are only 3 sex scenes - I want more and I want longer! Oh well. This is a mainstream paperback so I guess Jaid Black felt she had to tone it down a touch. Nice HEA with the hero showing a bit of insecurity and needing reassurance that he's loved for more than his Masterful spanking hands. Awwwww :-).
So why not 5 stars? There are 1 too many scenes with blood and/or the serial killer getting his jollies. I skimmed over them and you may want to too. I feel it wasn't necessary to show us that much, so I had to (reluctantly) take 1 star off for that. ...more
I read this a while ago and have been debating whether to give it 3 stars or 4. The things I like about it, I like a lot - the steamy D/s sexuality, JI read this a while ago and have been debating whether to give it 3 stars or 4. The things I like about it, I like a lot - the steamy D/s sexuality, Jaid Black's touches of humor. Both Kris and Jack are well-drawn and likable. I love a surly hero and Jack is wonderfully surly!
The plot is simple but sufficient for an erotic romance: a staid professor wants to experience the submissive side of her personality in an anonymous setting. Of course her nemesis, the very guy she's been verbally battling with for the past 2 years, shows up in the same place. He's been secretly lusting after her all this time, natch.
So what didn't I like? There's a whole lot of exhibitionism going on, the heroine (and all the women) are naked for the whole week at the resort, and the heroine gets fondled by men other than the hero. (Note the heroine does not actually have sex with any other man. And there are no ménages).
The biggest problem is that 9/10 of the book is a lead up to the moment when Kris gets auctioned off and must sexually serve the hero for 3 days. I'm thinking yummm. But except for some light bondage, the sex turns out to be very vanilla. No spanking, no butt play, just the hero demanding a BJ. It was a bit unsatisfying and felt rather rushed too, considering all the build-up.
Nevertheless I did enjoy reading this book, so in the final reckoning I'm giving it 4 stars :-) ...more
I highly recommend this anthology of 3 erotic stories, with the last one being a gem and particularly suited for the Christmas season. All are well-wrI highly recommend this anthology of 3 erotic stories, with the last one being a gem and particularly suited for the Christmas season. All are well-written, with decent plots and highly indecent sex scenes :-)
Adam & Evil - 5 stars The shortest at 50 pages, this shows Jaid Black's trademark humor and D/s sex. Julia is an alpha woman who despises her father's match-making attempts. She puts on the nasty to scare away daddy's latest robot. Sam however is no robot, he's unfazed by her rudeness - her curvy body fazes him fast though. When their plane goes down near a deserted island, Sam wastes no time putting on the moves and finds out that feisty Julia is delightfully submissive when it comes to sex. But will what happened on the island stay on the island, once they're back to their real lives?
Holly - 3 stars This story features explicit BDSM, with a woman who's been hurt by a previous Dom and needs to heal. This should have been right up my alley, but it left me cold for a reason I can't quite put my finger on. Ethan is rich, well-built, dominant, so why aren't I drooling over him? Maybe Holly's past requires him to pull his punches too much, so to speak, and the BDSM scenes fall flat for me as a result. Maybe it's because Holly is an experienced submissive, she's done it all before, and I prefer a couple to experiment together. Who knows? The writing is good, although the dialogue gets a bit stilted at times.
His Christmas Cara - 5 stars The longest novella here, this shows Shiloh Walker's special mix of sweet and sexy. Based upon A Christmas Carol (of course) Eben Marley is the corporate jerk who's visited by spirits. Cara is the woman he's hurt in the past - they had sex one night and he transferred her into another division the next day so he wouldn't have to see her. He now resolves to go after her. Cara is sweet but no pushover, she loves Eben but she's wary of getting hurt again. The sex scenes are erotic but full of feeling too. A warm read for Christmas :-)
(Note: there are no menages/infidelity/abuse except for Holly - the story opens with her being abused by her former Dom). ...more