Very sweet (and I don't just mean because there are no love scenes) -- a misunderstanding that could have been avoided though it did come with the ben...moreVery sweet (and I don't just mean because there are no love scenes) -- a misunderstanding that could have been avoided though it did come with the benefit of a groveling hero.
Expected Release Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Howling Mad Press Imprint: N...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Howling Mad Press Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: kendallgrey.com My Source for This Book: Gift from the author Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Just Breathe Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
I admit it — I’m not used to Urban Fantasy that doesn’t involve vampires, werewolves, or at a bare minimum, the fae. It’s because of this that when I picked up Inhale and found myself thrown into a watery world of marine science and psychic connections, of dreamscapes and prophecies, of Elementals and Sentinels, and of damaged heroes and heroines drowing in guilt, I simply couldn’t put it down. There was something so fresh and exciting about this story, and even though I found myself wishing for a more thorough world-building, I also found myself so enchanted with the characters themselves that I didn’t mind nearly as much as I normally would have.
In the end, while there were a few moments where I wished the editing had been a little tighter, I was certainly impressed by this story. With an original premise, interesting characters, multi-dimensional villains, and some delicious chemistry and sensuality, I really enjoyed it.
A very solid 4/5 Stars
Worth mentioning about this series is the fact that author Kendall Grey is donating all profits from the sale of the trilogy to programs that educate people about whales and the challenges they face! She also requests “ if you’re thinking of buying INHALE, please consider purchasing the e-book instead of the paperback. E-books save trees, cost less, and bring in much more money for the whales. If you don’t have an e-reader, you can…download the free Kindle app or Nook app for your computer, tablet, or phone and read e-books there.”
I myself would also like to add that Amazon has added a new online “cloud reader” that no longer requires you to install any software — just purchase and start reading!
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Self-Published Imprint: N...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Self-Published Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.angelaverdenius.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the Author Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Big Girls Lovin’ Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
When the author approached me about this book, I knew from the moment that I read the blurb that I was going to love it, and I was right.
Cherry, a nurse in a private hospital, has always been uncomfortable with her figure. A voluptuous woman, all she can see when she looks in the mirror is that her many generous curves don’t match up with all the other slim things she sees in the media, nor with the skinny misses she always sees getting their man. To make matters worse, men always see her as “one of the guys” — always a friend, but not actually girlfriend material.
Now 35, an incredibly frank discussion with her two best (and slim) friends leads her to make a move that she’d never in a million years pictured herself doing — hiring a male prostitute to take her virginity before she’s too old to enjoy herself.
One painfully embarrassing phone call later, and she has everything scheduled — she’s to meet Damien under an assumed name at a local hotel, at the bargain rate of $400 for two hours of entertainment.
Rick has just moved into town as a new doctor, about to begin his practice at the same hospital that Cherry works at. On the fateful night that Cherry is scheduled to meet with Damien, Rick has a few too many drinks at the bar and his friend Tim tells him that there is a little surprise for him back in his hotel room. When he reaches his room, he’s thrilled to find Cherry, and thinking that she is the surprise that Tim mentioned, he enthusiastically partakes of everything Cherry has to offer. Afterwards, he falls asleep holding her, and she quietly slips away, leaving payment in his wallet.
It’s not until the next morning when Cherry receives a phone call at her home from the escort service apologizing for Damien having not shown up the previous night, and Rick wakes up and realizes that he’s in the wrong hotel room, that they both realize that there’s been a huge mix-up, and while Rick is desperate to find the rubenesque goddess who completely rocked his world the night before, Cherry wants nothing more than to pretend the whole thing never happened and put the whole humiliating thing behind her.
Of course, once they return to work…
Since there was an issue for me about some of the wording and language used, I do want to remind readers that the author is Australian and that there is a definite language difference between Australian English and American English. I’ll let you battle it out over which one is better or more pure or whatever, but both of my issues with the language very likely stemmed from the difference in our location.
Overall, though, it was a very enjoyable story. Rick was a bit too arrogant for my tastes, and Cherry really did have some deep seated body issues, but I think they balanced each other very nicely. I liked that Rick was so incredibly attracted to Cherry, and not just for her voluptuous figure, and that he was the one chasing her. While some of the comments from people around Cherry seemed a little outlandish — I’ve never had any of the sort of comments that Cherry had to endure, though I do live in a smaller city than she does — I absolutely loved how Rick would stand up for her, and how she finally managed to stand up for herself which was a very big accomplishment for her.
Recommended for fans of heroines dealing with very real issues of not living up to society’s standard, heroes who think that real women have curves, and a sweet and spicy love story.
I sigh. I absolutely adore the Demonica series by Larissa Ione; it’s ran...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
I sigh. I absolutely adore the Demonica series by Larissa Ione; it’s ranks in the top five of all series I’ve ever read. That said, however, I was very very disappointed in one main thing about this book — there’s the dreaded “forced nudity” thing. *sigh* Those who know me realize that forcing a heroine to be naked, or even to be naked and viewed without her knowledge is such a huge turn-off to me. I absolutely cannot stand this literary device, and sadly, more and more authors seem to fall back on this one. Why? I don’t know. I’ve guessed that it’s because it makes the heroine more vulnerable, or in some cases (such as this one) help to move along the lustful feelings of the hero or whatnot. Regardless, it irks me and I was very disappointed to see this occur on multiple occasions in this novel.
I still loved it!
Even though this is the first book in the Lords of Deliverance series, newcomers should be aware that it is a spinoff of the Demonica Series, and as such, doesn't work very well as a standalone.
Overall, it was a very solid entry into the Demonica universe. While I wish that Ms. Ione hadn’t stooped to the forced nudity thing, I was able to get past that, though in the end, it did lose a star for me because of it. Final rating? 3.5/5, and I’m GREATLY anticipating Immortal Rider, Famine’s story, due out in December.(less)
It all started for me when I was poking around the other day on Catherin...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
It all started for me when I was poking around the other day on Catherine Anderson’s website and stumbled across the excerpt for this story (which can be found here for those interested). I had never heard of such a thing as “miniature guide horses”, and so after reading the excerpt, and performing a bit of Googlefu on the subject, I knew I had to read this one.
n the end, I enjoyed this novel, but wasn’t completely blown away. I thoroughly enjoyed the animals, as well as Mandy’s dysfunctional relationship with her brother, but was a bit put off by a few of Ms. Anderson’s “trends”. However, to be fair, there were several twists that I hadn’t been expecting, and at least one occasion where I was actually surprised because I was expecting a certain cliche to result and quite the opposite happened.
Overall, a very solid read, recommended especially to animal lovers, readers who enjoy heroines with an abused past, and fans of heroes who want a more committed relationship than the heroine.