It was already bedtime when I realized that my preorder for this book had shown up on my Kindle, but being from one of myJC Daniels Never Disappoints
It was already bedtime when I realized that my preorder for this book had shown up on my Kindle, but being from one of my favorite authors, I knew I had to go ahead and read it.
Let me say that this story was well worth ANY ill effects I may have from getting staying up far too late tonight to finish it.
This story isn't a light romance by any means, but then that's exactly what I look for in this author's books.
Our heroine, Silence, has been a slave for the past decade -- ten long years of physical, psychological, and sexual abuse that has honed her into a highly skilled assassin who is dancing the razor's edge of the last bits of her spirit that remain unbroken and demand that she continue to fight, and the sweet temptation to make a final surrender.
This story is not for the faint of heart -- though fans of this author may already be used to Very Bad Things happening to her heroines, this story took it a little further and allowed some of these things to play out in present tense and in explicit detail. While that would normally be a negative point for me, I think that in this case it serves to show us not only how strong Silence is, but also how weak and human she can be.
Of course from the blurb, I had suspected some of how this story would play out, but it's a testament to this author's skill that I often found myself quite literally breathless as I read. Several times I found myself panicking as I glanced at the progress bar on my Kindle and saw that there wasn't nearly as much left of the story as I'd assumed would be needed to reach a satisfactory ending.
I needn't have worried; this story was surprisingly lush in its world-building, while setting a furious pace that was absolutely perfect for the tale that needed to be told.
In short, I loved it, with its teasing dream sequences that have us (and our heroine) grasping for tiny details of her life before becoming a slave to Gold, the edge-of-your-seat moments of tension wondering exactly which course of action our heroine would settle upon, and of course, the hot and gritty love scenes that left my mind reeling.
Overall, an EXCELLENT read that has a satisfying ending while leaving me in agony while I await the sequel.
Expected Release Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Imprint: RomanThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Imprint: Romantica My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Overall, this was a very well-rounded steamy anthology, with a little bit of something for everyone. With stories running the gamut from contemporary to BDSM to paranormal polyamory to vampires to sci-fi and mythology, it’s a great range of short, steamy stories that all manage to have a *ahem* satisfying ending.
That said, because there is such variety in the stories, I would personally recommend this anthology more to fans of these specific authors than to newcomers to Ellora’s Cave. My own personal tastes in romantica tend to be quite wide, and therefore I enjoyed all of the stories to some extent no matter what subgenre they hailed from, but I fear that those readers with more specific tastes in erotica will find that only one or two of the stories might appeal to them.
Technically, I don't even know if this is the right book. I got Her Cyborg Awakes from Amazon for free, and I THINK it's a revamped version of this boTechnically, I don't even know if this is the right book. I got Her Cyborg Awakes from Amazon for free, and I THINK it's a revamped version of this book. *shrugs*
There were a lot of editing and formatting errors in my copy, which disrupted my reading experience, but I know that's often not actually the author's fault -- kindle reformatting is a beach sometimes -- so that didn't really count in my final rating.
I think it was hard for me to respect Sabralia as a heroine, since she used Qy for sex* while he was a cyborg. (*ehhh kinda. Kissing, sensual massage, and getting her off with a bath nozzle, but no actual "sex". Still.) Sure, it was hot, and she'd been told that cyborgs were literally nothing but mindless machines with humanoid bodies, but still, I felt like it cheapened their "romance" later on.
Plus, I was a little confused as to the... scourge? I can't remember what it was called, but the attackers that forced Sabralia to flee.
Once they escaped, the story got MUCH better IMHO, but even so, I couldn't get past her behavior in the beginning.
Still, not bad for a free/cheap read. There are a couple other titles from this author that have caught my eye, so I'll probably be reading one of them in the future, just to see how they compare.
This one had such great potential, but the ending is what killed it for me.
I love arranged marriages in romance, especially when there are culture claThis one had such great potential, but the ending is what killed it for me.
I love arranged marriages in romance, especially when there are culture clashes, and this was no exception. D'Minicah is an alpha heroine, from a matriarchal world where men take what we would consider to be "stereotypical female" traits, such as being physically smaller and weaker, subservient, and something to be protected and cosseted. Toran, on the other hand, comes from a world that is the exact opposite -- women belong in the man's bed and are considered to be less intelligent and certainly not warriors.
Neither of them is looking forward to the marriage, and are surprised by the attraction and chemistry they have (when they're not at each others' throats, of course).
The frustration of the culture clash, of being forced into an intimate relationship with someone they hadn't chosen, and the angst of not only rejection, but of D'Minicah's realization that in marrying, she may legally be giving Toran far more power in their relationship than she'd anticipated, were wonderful.
However, the ending felt very rushed, and the ILY's came far too quickly to be believable. I think had the story had another maybe 50 or 100 pages or something, I would've felt as though these two could have reasonably reached the point where they were actually falling or fallen in love with each other. Instead, the almost abrupt appearance of emotions deeper than anger, rejection, and frustration, really pulled the final rating down.
Ehhhh no. I'd thought they'd be along the lines of the New Species series (which I admit, are my guilty pleasure), but the groundwork laid by this oneEhhhh no. I'd thought they'd be along the lines of the New Species series (which I admit, are my guilty pleasure), but the groundwork laid by this one has pretty much ensured I won't be reading any of these.
Within pages of meeting each other, the hero forces the heroine to strip naked, lay down on the bed ("expose your vagina to me" is NOT a sexy command in bed btw), ties her up, and then, despite the fact that she's been convinced he was going to rape her, and despite the fact that she was humiliated and terrified, she's all like "Oh hey, you're gonna go down on me? Cool! Let's do this!"
Then there was the being naked in front of a large group of people, and the very clear idea that the other cyborgs (whom I presume will be heroes in later books in the series) are all about sharing humans as property, making me very leery of future books.
Soooo not my thing.
This is a VERY solid case of Your Kink Is Not My Kink (But Your Kink Is Okay).
Expected Release Date: October 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarperThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: October 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Impulse Author’s Website: http://kckleinbooks.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the author Part of a Series: Possibly* Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Dark, gritty, and utterly entrancing, this book absolutely blew my socks off.
Let me backtrack for just a moment. To be perfectly honest, things got off to a bit of a slow start for me. The first three chapters had me a bit wary — Kris, with her perfect manicure, carefully tamed and colored curly hair, cartoon-character panties, and rather cowardly attitude seemed far too weak to be a heroine of any sort of post-apocalyptic, futuristic story, and to be honest, my assessment was correct. That Kris absolutely was too weak to be a heroine.
However, Chapter Four is where the book really starts to shine, when Kris is catapulted into a world of pain, fear, tough decisions, and horrible sacrifices. Completely out of her element, she does what any modern day woman would do — she flounders, badly. Stubborn, angry, frightened, indignant, mouthy, and impulsive, she is quite literally her own worst enemy in a world that she neither belongs in nor understands.
Her relationship with ConRad gets off to what is quite possibly the rockiest of starts imaginable — thinking she’s an alien spy, he’s fully prepared to torture her for information, and makes no qualms about threatening her, physically hurting hurt, and doing whatever else may be necessary to coerce her into telling him the truth. He can’t believe she could possibly be from the past, and even if she is, she’s a danger to everyone in the compound. ConRad is a hardened warrior who has lived his entire life making tough decisions and sacrifices for the greater good of both their compound and of mankind in its entirety. He’s tough. He’s brutal in his decision-making. He’s unapologetically in charge and not afraid to use his authority as he sees fit, even when it tramples on the rights of others.
And I adored him.
This book is dark. It’s bloody. It’s violent. All of the characters, not just the main protagonists, are put through literal hell more times than I can count. And yet out of that darkness bloomed an absolutely gorgeous love story against seemingly impossible odds. Both ConRad and Kris have had quite a bit of trauma in their pasts, and throwing in her tendency to lie to him, and his utterly devastating betrayal of her, and it truly seemed as if these two characters never had a chance. Yet, I believed in their romance. Two lost souls, surrounded by unspeakable horror, finding solace in each other? Utterly and absolutely delicious.
Yes, this book had a few minor issues. There were some unanswered questions in the world-building, only a fly-by mention of why there weren’t a ton of paradoxes created by the time travel, and at one point I found it very hard to believe that Kris had emotionally recovered so quickly from what was a truly horrible betrayal and some of the most brutal torture I’ve ever read about in a romance. But you know what? I don’t care. Even with all of those things, I loved this book so much I want to marry it and have its babies (if, you know, I weren’t married already, and it weren’t both illegal and creepy to marry a book), and I am desperately hoping I am able to get my hands on more of this author’s writings in the future.
A very raw 5/5 Stars
*There is a sci-fi novella planned for February release based in the same world but with different characters. Details have not yet been worked out as to whether or not there will be an actual sequel to Dark Future (but oh how I hope so!)....more
Expected Release Date: October 1, 2011 Publisher: Red Sage Press Imprint:This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: October 1, 2011 Publisher: Red Sage Press Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://heathermassey.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the author Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
A giant battalion of Calithian invaders are moments away from crushing Earth’s forces, when Captain Michael Drake makes the momentous decision for his ship, the Relentless, to retreat, knowing that sometimes the best hope for success is to live to simply fight another day.
Limping away from battle, the Relentless’ integrated Calithian technology interferes with navigation, dropping the ship out of their jump in orbit around Vardos — a planet orbited by a maximum security penitentiary, and dubbed with the befitting name, Hades Station. Knowing that the war would have caused interruptions in supply shipments, Captain Drake and his crew board the station, fearing they might find nothing more than the remains of starved prisoners and guards.
Instead, they are quickly taken captive by a gang of convicts, and Drake soon comes face to face with Queenie — their ruthless yet beautiful leader.
Queenie was born and raised to be a leader of the people of Hades Station, and when a UFE starship is dropped in her lap, she immediately takes action to ensure that her people gain control, knowing that this might be their only chance to escape their prison. Ruthless and cold-blooded, Queenie is cruel by necessity, never hesitating to deal pain and violence to those who oppose her. Falling for a sexy starship captain, who wants nothing more than to manipulate her and her people into fighting a war to save a planet that long since abandoned them, is not an option.
But soon Drake’s fairness, honesty, and sense of loyalty get beneath her skin, and it isn’t long before he begins to convince her to see things his way. For a woman whose whole life is defined by her leadership and loyalty to her people, can she find a way to fulfill her duty to the other inhabitants of Hades Station while still giving her heart to the handsome Captain Drake?
Drake was delicious, Queenie herself was a delightful blend of ruthlessness and vulnerability, and the entire world with the Calithian war and the prison outpost made for an exciting read.
Queenie’s Brigade is currently a standalone novel, but there is a lot of potential for this one to expand into a series. While the author tells me that there are no concrete plans to transition into a series, both she and the publisher have expressed interest in possibly continuing the story some day. I for one hope that they do, because I think the war with the Calithians could lead to many interesting situations, and frankly, I’m rooting for Drake to finally find the redemption and forgiveness he’s seeking after his sister’s death.
Recommended for badass heroines who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, of tortured heroes battling between duty and attraction, and of exciting space operas complete with alien computers and lot of explosions.
Expected Release Date: December 6, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: EThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.com.
Expected Release Date: December 6, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.ninacroft.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2 Blood Hunter Series Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
I loved BREAK OUT, but no matter how good that book was, this one was even better. Jon was an absolutely wonderful, tortured hero, and while I wanted to pimp-slap Alex half the time for her reckless behavior, they made a perfect couple.
With tons of action, romance, and plot twists, this book kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Not only were Jon and Al interesting, but the rest of the crew added an enormous amount of interest as well. The intrigues, twists, incredible action, and delicious tension to the story all kept me glued to the pages, and ensured that I quite literally couldn’t put it down.
Recommended for fans of exciting space operas, vampires and werewolves who despite being around for centuries have never quite figured out how to fit in with society, and of a hero and heroine who are perfect for each other despite their differences.
Expected Release Date: April 26, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN AutThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: April 26, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Author’s Website: http://susangrant.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Lost Colony series Steam Level: Steamy
The Tassagon are a warrior people — superstitious and rowdy, they fear the Kurel’s sorcery, and in turn, fear the Kurel people themselves. The Kurel are a peaceful people, who live quite differently from the Tassagon people, and having been forced to live in a ghetto where few Tassagon people will enter, they and their “sorcery” are frequently used as scapegoats for everything from plagues to bouts of bad luck.
Tao, a Tassagon, returns home a war hero after a long campaign fighting the Gorr — a ruthless (and furry) alien species thought to be completely feral, with only the few alphas able to think and communicate on a human level. Celebrated by the people, he’s regarded with suspicion and jealousy by Xim, his king, who has long since felt both insecure and jealous of Tao’s ability and renown. A careless slip of the tongue provides all the excuse that Xim needs to accuse Tao of treason, and he’s immediately thrown into the dungeon to await both torture and public execution.
Elsabeth is half Tassagon, half Kurel, and having had her parents murdered by Xim’s men several years prior, has joined the rebel movement whose goal is to depose Xim and place Tao on the throne in order to unite the Tassagon and Kurel people.
Forced to work together towards a common goal — that of removing Xim from power and of ultimately uniting the human tribes against the Gorr — Elsabeth and Tao learn to put their prejudices aside until not only are they able to embrace the best of both societies, but also to find a passion and love that neither of them ever expected.
Overall, I was highly impressed. This is my first Susan Grant novel, and I have to say that it most certainly will not be my last. I am absolutely dying to read more in this series. I want so badly to read about the Riders, as well as the Sea Scourge (I love pirates!), and cannot wait for the next installment. I highly recommend this for readers who love Romantic Fantasy, and am happily adding this series to my own auto-buy shelf.
Oh my! Is it hot in here to you? No? Whew. I guess it’s just me then aftThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Oh my! Is it hot in here to you? No? Whew. I guess it’s just me then after reading this book.. *fans self*
If you’re a fan of M/M erotic romance, especially in a sci-fi/futuristic setting, I think that you are going to love this book.
It was sweet, sexy, romantic, and intense. The sci-fi elements were enough to add a bit of side interest, but not enough to distract from Jay and Kaz’s relationship, and the social dynamic certainly kept both characters on their toes. The attraction between them, both sexual and otherwise, felt incredibly real, and their love scenes were enough to scorch your fingers while holding the page.
This book was well and truly awful. I mean not just bad, but really and honestly horrible. It started out great, great premise, showed lots of promiseThis book was well and truly awful. I mean not just bad, but really and honestly horrible. It started out great, great premise, showed lots of promise, but things just went way downhill. A ruffly penis, waist length GORGEOUS curly hair, purring, magic semen (called "snard" for crying out loud), the constant dripping of "coronal fluid" crazy dress-code, nose f*cking (yes, you read that right), public sex, partner sharing, you name it lol
And, to top it off, it was written in a very rambling first person narrative -- it was rather like when you're telling someone a story and you get sidetracked and go off on a tangent for ten minutes then remember what you were talking about in the first place and come back to it.
So, why the 3-star rating?
Because it wasn't just bad. It was Rocky Horror bad lol It was so ridiculous (and absolutely NOT sexy) that I finished it solely for the camp factor.
Expected Release Date: April 25, 2011 Publisher: Hachette Book Group ImpriThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: April 25, 2011 Publisher: Hachette Book Group Imprint: Grand Central Publishing Author’s Website: http://www.sherrilynkenyon.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, The League Series Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
When I saw that Netgalley had a copy of Born of Shadows up for grab, I literally squeed. Loudly :D
I’ve read almost all of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s novels, and I’m a huge fangirl. While that doesn’t make me blind to the faults of the novel, I wasn’t disappointed.
Born of Shadows is classic Kenyon. Both Caillen and Desideria had pretty lousy childhoods, and both have been betrayed over and over during their lives, making it hard for them to trust anyone.
Caillen has been a favorite of mine ever since he was introduced into the series. Unashamedly a thief and a smuggler who lives by the seat of his pants, Caillen has always appealed to the Hans Solo fan in me. He’s a rogue and a scoundrel, and an unrepentant womanizer to boot, yet he’s also incredibly intelligent and resourceful, and intensely loyal to those few that he counts as family.
Desideria is a warrior princess from a matriarchal world where every honor must be earned, including that of being recognized as an adult. At 26 years old, she’s still completely innocent as far as interactions with the opposite sex, since in her culture, a female must have earned her adult status and have proved herself for a year before being allowed to fight for a consort. Thankfully, however, she didn’t come across as one of those ignorant virgins who freaks out at the slightest hint of physical desire, so there was none of that “OMG what’s happening?!” reaction to any of Caillen’s touches, which was refreshing.
While I do think that new readers would benefit from reading the entire League series before nabbing Born of Shadows, it’s been long enough since I’ve read the last one that I feel confident that those unfamiliar with the series wouldn’t be completely lost. As a previous reader, it was nice to get a few snippets of some of my favorite past characters, including Syn and Nykerian as well as Caillen’s sisters.
There were one or two instances where I was forced to pause for a moment and re-read as I had forgotten that certain technology existed in this world (such as teleporting), so that sort of thing may be a slight jolt for new readers as well. Overall, I have to say I think it would work fine as a standalone, though as with any series, it is important to read all of the novels to fully appreciate all of the characters and their relationships.
Despite my disappointment with some of the plot twists, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Crappy childhoods, messed-up families, loads of backstabbing, tons of chemistry and plenty of twists make this a story that should appeal to any Kenyon fan. 4/5 Stars ...more
I really enjoyed this one. I admit, it reminded me quite a bit of Grimspace by Ann Aguirre, but that was probably just because they're both space operI really enjoyed this one. I admit, it reminded me quite a bit of Grimspace by Ann Aguirre, but that was probably just because they're both space operas with similarly angsty/tortured heroes.
I loved Gabriel! It was hard at first to get used to him talking about himself in the third person, but definitely by the end of the novel it both makes sense and becomes second nature.
**spoiler alert** This book was so good that I'm hesitant to read the sequel because I know it can't possibly be as good as this one lol
I love the cha**spoiler alert** This book was so good that I'm hesitant to read the sequel because I know it can't possibly be as good as this one lol
I love the character progressions and how Ann Aguirre wasn't afraid to kill off major characters over the course of the story... That gave it a gritty realism that you have to respect, not to mention keeping you on your toes as a reader, because you never know who's gonna bite the big one next...
The first person POV helped as well I think, since I've recently discovered a strong liking for first person POV in my reading ;)
No really though, I adored Nykyrian. Even if I truly was about to stab myself in the eye if I had to(Kindle Book)
Ahh Acheron by any other name... lol
No really though, I adored Nykyrian. Even if I truly was about to stab myself in the eye if I had to read one more bloody time about how unworthy he was and how he was nothing but an animal and blah blah blah. Yeah. I get it. The man hates himself. Cool. Move along already.
I have to say Sherrilyn Kenyon is the queen of (literally) tortured characters. Good heavens talk about a miserable childhood for pretty much everyone in the story, but no one more so than Nykyrian. I can't even imagine anyone even resembling sanity after being put through all that, but despite his self-hatred and profession, Nykerian rocked my socks off as the absolute scariest good guy I think I've ever read.
Kiara was a bit annoying at times, but really no more so than her character called for -- in the beginning she was naive despite both her past and her belief that she was worldly, and she really was just as unfairly judgmental of the assassins as Syn accused her of. However, I do think that her character matured a lot over the course of the story..
The side characters were incredibly fascinating too.. Syn was probably my favorite (and is the hero of the next book, Born of Fire), with both Darling and Dancer being a close second.
I'm definitely looking forward to the rest of The League novels (I have them right here on my iTouch, ready to read!).
I'm kicking myself for waiting this long to buy the series, and I just hope the rest of the books live up to this one. 5 Stars....more