Eh, I'm not big on romantica. Still, not a bad story, and I can't deny some of the love scenes were hot. Not sure I'm comfortable with the heroine's s...moreEh, I'm not big on romantica. Still, not a bad story, and I can't deny some of the love scenes were hot. Not sure I'm comfortable with the heroine's situation, or the fact that she and the hero jumped right to the smexin so soon in the story, but hey, different strokes for different folks.
Expected Release Date: November 29, 2012 Publisher: Samhain Imprint: N/A A...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: November 29, 2012 Publisher: Samhain Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.moirarogers.com My Source for This Book: Gift from the author (Bree) Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Children of the Undying. Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
Clocking in at only around 100 pages, Demon Bait packs quite a bit of punch for what could be considered a relatively low word count. With a captivating universe where evil demons have taken over and the world’s human population has taken to the underground for protection, much of a person’s life is spent in virtual reality. Having blamed summoners for bringing down the scourge of demons, humans live in fear and prejudice against those who may carry demon or summoner blood.
Marci was wonderful. She was a strong character without being bitchy, and Gabe was alpha while still desperately trying to find a balance between his instincts and actual consideration for Marci.
While I do of course wish there’d been a few more details of both the history of the demon/summoner relationship and of the realities of the world outside of the compounds, I still found this an incredibly satisfying read.
As always, the love scenes are steamy without ever feeling gratuitous, and the ending was absolutely perfect.
A delightfully solid 4.5/5 Stars, and I’m very much looking forward to reading the sequel.(less)
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 cla...moreThis 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.
I admit, I had started this one a long time ago and put it down only a chapter in, because I didn't care for the fact that the book started off with t...moreI admit, I had started this one a long time ago and put it down only a chapter in, because I didn't care for the fact that the book started off with the heroine climbing out of the hero's bed after a drunken one-night stand.
I should never have put it down.
There was tons of intrigue, betrayal, angst, danger and excitement plus a good dose romance and sexual chemistry.
A very solid 4/5 Stars, with a full review to follow.
Expected Release Date: February 27, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: Har...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: February 27, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://darknessandromance.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
This one was a hard one for me to rate. On one hand, I absolutely adored the world that Ms. Knox has created, with both its strong emphasis on virtual reality and its gritty and bleak futuristic world. On the other hand, there were just a few too many times where I felt myself overly confused, and the inclusion of forced nudity sapped away quite a bit of my enjoyment.
In the end, despite my enjoyment of the plot and even the characters, I found that there were too many things that confused me or were left incomplete for me to really enjoy it.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Having never read anything by Erin Kellison, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but the fast pacing, captivating world-building, and delicious chemistry between the protagonists quickly had me hooked. As of right now, this story is a standalone, but I for one am sincerely hoping that it is expanded on in the future. 4.5/5 Stars
To Buy a Wife by KC Klein
Author’s Website: http://www.kckleinbooks.com Part of a Series: Set in the same world as Dark Future Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but worked well as a standalone. Steam Level: Hot
I’m a huge fan of Ms. Klein’s universe from Dark Future, so I actually picked up this anthology for this story alone. One thing I love about her writing is that she’s not afraid to push the limits of what might be “comfortable” to read, and instead explores the very dark side to what is turning out to be a very intriguing dystopian world.
While it was a bit painful for me to read the love scene due to the exhibitionism and forced nudity, I know that this was intentional — this world is not supposed to be comfortable, and it’s absolutely not. Women are treated as commodities and possessions, corrupt leaders (called Elders) control absolutely everything, and the individual people in society are left quite powerless. It’s a world that is absolutely ripe for revolution, and I’m highly anticipating future installments to the series.
I have never had the pleasure of reading any of Jessa Slade’s books before, but I can promise you, this novella will not be my last. I wasn’t quite sure, going into this story, whether or not it would be something I would enjoy — after all, “trained” lovers simply aren’t my thing in romances. However, I’m very glad I gave it a chance, because I soon fell not only for Corso and Benedetta, but for the entire world Ms. Slade had created. Full of subtle nuances and a horrifying betrayal, Enslaved By Starlight was easily one of my favorites in this anthology. 4/5 Stars – All three of these stories were well-edited, and none of them had a stereotypical “indie” feel to them, even though they were technically self-published. I know that a lot of readers tend to shy away from self-published titles for this reason, and wanted to reassure my readers that all three of these stories were high quality, not just in their storylines, but also in the technical aspects as well.
I highly recommend this anthology to any fan of sci-fi romance — all three stories were fast-paced, full of beautiful world-building, and highly romantic.
Right now I'm torn between 3.5/5 and 4/5. I do love Ms. Drake's cyberpunk retakes of classic fairy tales, and this one was definitely a creative re-im...moreRight now I'm torn between 3.5/5 and 4/5. I do love Ms. Drake's cyberpunk retakes of classic fairy tales, and this one was definitely a creative re-imagining.
I think what bothered me mostly (outside of the rate of hair growth lol) was that because of the civil rights issues in the story, I couldn't feel that the ending was a true Happily Ever After. Which, I admit, isn't really fair of me, because if everything had been all perfect and wonderful, I would probably be complaining that everything was too neat and tidy :P
Hence, being torn on the rating.
Full review to (eventually) follow. Hopefully.(less)
After the disaster that was Burning up Flint, I'd said I wouldn't be reading this series. I had a few people message me though, telling me I'd probabl...moreAfter the disaster that was Burning up Flint, I'd said I wouldn't be reading this series. I had a few people message me though, telling me I'd probably like this one, and so I gave it a chance.
Just as with all of her other books, there is far too much telling instead of showing (though, to be honest, not as badly as with some of her other books), the hero of course ties the heroine up for sex (it's gotten to the point that it's like seeing Stan Lee in a Marvel movie -- you know it's gonna be there if you just wait for it), and if I ever need to get really drunk, I'm going to create a drinking game where anytime the term "vaginal walls" or "vaginal muscles" appears in one of Ms. Dohner's books, I get to take a shot.
However, even with all of that, I really enjoyed this one. There was a lot more... chemistry between the characters, as well as just a general feeling that the heroine was willingly being seduced instead of it being a forced seduction scene (forced seduction can be hot, but not every. single. book.).
Now, as I said, I've never read any other book in the series, so while I definitely got the Zorus-is-a-demented-jerk vibe, I never witnessed all of his asshattery as it took place in previous novels. I'm sure that probably made it easier for me to accept him as a hero, since I was able to see him without being biased by past books.
I was very happy to see that there was far less forced nudity (so not my thing), though sensitive readers should be aware that there is a(n almost) rape scene.
Overall though, I enjoyed it. I may actually read Krell's book soon, though I'll of course have to check my queue before I get to read any more books that I've purchased myself.
Expected Release Date: January 9, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harleq...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: January 9, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://www.zoearcherbooks.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, 8th Wing Series Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Overall, I adored this one. Full of action and chemistry, there was also quite a bit of character development for both Nils and Celene. I'm also a huge sucker for a "nerdy" hero, especially one who takes care of himself physically.
Celene's status as an incredible pilot has alienated her from anyone that she could have a true relationship with, because invariably, her lovers suffer from a bit of hero worship. When she does something "human", like just having a grumpy day, or making any sort of mistake that would be expected out of ordinary people, she quickly finds that her lovers were only with her because of her pilot status, and as such, she's very gun-shy about relationships.
Nils, on the other hand, is a valuable part of "Nerd Works", and despite his physical fitness is rather looked down on by pilots. Sure, he's got a bit of giddiness from being able to be around Celene -- the famous pilot -- but more than that, he's long been attracted to her as a woman.
With a vital mission throwing them together for a long period of time, there's plenty of actual romance in the story, despite the intensity of the action to the story.
A perfect space adventure with plenty of romance and chemistry, this one is definitely a keeper for me.
Expected Release Date: October 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harper...moreThis 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!).(less)
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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: October 3, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carin...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: October 3, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://fan-fatale.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Warm
Ari Golde is a returner — her job is to retrieve stolen items and return them to their rightful owners. When her latest mission to retrieve a statue goes wrong and she’s caught by three notoriously scary bear-shifters, she knows her night is headed for the dumps. Escaping with only the use of her wits and a touch of chaos magic, Ari flees, but it will not be the last time she comes face to face with one of the bears.
Maks is furious at the vixen who broke in his house and stole the statue that belonged to his parents. Determined to force Ari to hand over the statue, he’s stunned to learn that her returner magic proves that he is no longer the rightful owner of the statue.
Driven by the a strong attraction he’s determined to ignore, and the desire to get his family heirloom back, Maks accompanies Ari for a night that ends up being chock full of chaos, havoc, and magic
While I think the overall premise had a whole lot of promise, in the end, this book lived up to it’s name: there was an overabundance of chaos, and I think the overall story suffered greatly from it.
While the chemistry between Ari and Maks was crackling (and how sexy is it that Bear kept wanting to take her as a mate even when Maks was being stubborn?!), there was simply far too much going on far too quickly to actually make sense half the time.
Very fast paced, with a plethora of characters, it was a fast, energetic read full of fight scenes, trickery, chemistry, and fun, but in the end, it was simply too chaotic for me to keep up with.
Was interesting, but I didn't realize it was part of a series when I originally got it, and was still pretty confused several chapters in. I'll be loo...moreWas interesting, but I didn't realize it was part of a series when I originally got it, and was still pretty confused several chapters in. I'll be looking to read the rest of the series in the future, and will come back to this one (someday) :)(less)
Expected Release Date: December 6, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: E...moreThis 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: July 4, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 4, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://www.jamie-craig.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
During World War I, demonic looking creatures appeared on Earth. Fighting them back through the rift they had entered through, a group of soldiers disappeared along with the creatures. Now, a hundred years later, a new rift has opened in Antarctica, and small secret group of elite soldiers is charged with keeping these creatures from invading Earth.
Captain Charlie Weller is one of these elite soldiers, and thrives on the challenge of fighting these massive creatures while still protecting her teammates. After felling one of the monsters, she is stunned to see a man crawl out of the rift onto the ice, half dead. Taking him back to base, she helps a teammate warm him back up and then is amazed when he introduces himself as Lysander Davies, a descendant of one of the missing soldiers who had gone missing during the first world war. Lysander's claims that not only is he from a place called Ilyria, the world on the other side of the rift, but that the giant monsters Charlie's team has been battling are actually gentle, sentient beings who have been captured by an enemy called the Yellow Cross.
Skeptical, her team is both amazed and thrilled when they discover that Lysander is telling the truth, and the possibility begins to form of using these creatures to help battle the real enemy to protect the people of earth.
It soon becomes obvious, however, that the only way to close the rift is to send Lysander back to Ilyria, but even knowing that their time together will soon come to an end, Charlie cannot help but give into the feelings growing so rapidly between them.
As I was preparing my review, I was very pleased to realize that Jamie Craig also wrote a m/m sci-fi favorite of mine, Outcast Mine. This book has the same easy, fast-paced style as well as the same delicious intensity and forbidden elements to the romance that I'd come to love from them.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Being that it was sci-fi based, it is easier to suspend your disbelief at times, especially in regards to alien creatures and technology, which I think made it easier to swallow some of the details. The open ending makes me hopeful that there will be a sequel, as well as possibly another romance from Charlie's team.
Expected Release Date: July 26, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Random H...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 26, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Random House Publishing Imprint: Ballantine Books Author’s Website: http://www.jacquelynfrank.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, The Three Worlds series Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Hot
Official Blurb: ICY RECEPTION Ambrea Vas Allay is the rightful heir to the throne of Allay. But when she is summoned home from exile, she discovers that her father, who had executed her mother, has died. Her young half-brother, controlled by their uncle, has taken power. Ambrea is torn by an impossible choice: renounce the crown or waste away in prison. The last thing she expects is to be liberated by a huge, tattooed Tarian—or to feel a searing passion for her mysterious rescuer.
SMOLDERING DECEPTION Rush “Ender” Blakely loves being part of the elite force of the Interplanetary Militia and the mission to save the princess Allay. But the tough Tarian hides a fiery secret—a blazing power that makes him literally too hot to handle. He must be crazy to carry a torch for this strong, beautiful princess—when any intimacy between them is bound to be explosive.
BLAZING INSURRECTION As Ambrea steels herself to take back the throne, does she dare entrust this scorching stranger with the fate of an empire—and, even more so, with her heart?
While I wasn't too thrilled with the speed of Rush and Ambrea's relationship, I definitely enjoyed not only the intrigue and politics involved but also Rush's awesome powers. I don't often get to read stories where a character can manipulate fire (unless they're a dragon-shifter or something), so that was a lot of fun. Plus, it was great watching Rush learn to trust again after that horrible incident in his childhood.
I was also happy to see that this book worked well as a standalone. Previous readers will likely enjoy the large role the hero and heroine from the first novel play in this one, but even without that background I was still able to follow along without feeling as though something was missing.
The love scenes were sizzling (sometimes literally), there was plenty of action to keep your adrenaline pumping, and tons of political scheming and intrigues that kept you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Add to that Rush's increasingly powerful ability and Ambrea's determination to make him see it as a gift rather than a curse, and you end up with a delightfully gratifying read. 4/5 Stars(less)
Expected Release Date: July 15, 2009 (Available Now!) Publisher: Samhain...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 15, 2009 (Available Now!) Publisher: Samhain Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.cathryn-cade.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Orion, Book 1 Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Scorching
Tryon Jag is an alpha-male Tyger — a man whose powerful instincts allow him to be one of the few people who can successfully guide ships through the deadly Cattarus system. When a shift in planetary alignment forces him into his yearly mating shift on the Orion instead of his home planet, the captain must take a volunteer among a select group of females — young, clean, and unmarked by the scent of multiple males — to submit to Tryon’s fierce mating and bring him back from the edge of insanity in time to steer the ship clear of a deadly asteroid field.
Calla Fellura is a tyger female who, while not a virgin, has never experienced the powerful sensuality of a shifted male. Knowing that her choices are limited, and unable to deny a fierce attraction to Jag that she’s felt since first arriving on the Orion, Calla volunteers to be his shift-mate. Realizing that a male of Jag’s pedigree would never choose her as a life-mate, she vows to keep her heart unattached, but when faced Jag’s sensuality and unexpected tenderness, she fears she may be very well on her way to being in love with the powerful male.
Just when it appears that things are back under control, a violent group of eco-terrorists attack the Orion, destroying their navigation system. Forced to rely on only his instincts, can Jag pilot them all to safety, or will the Orion, and everyone on it, be eliminated?
Overall, it was a very fast, very hot little read. The basic plot line of a male driven insane by a yearly mating shift, and a vulnerable female volunteering to help him regain control is delicious, but the subplot of the eco-terrorists was poorly done in my opinion. The overuse of feline references (no that’s not a euphemism either) also pulled down my enjoyment level, and when one of my big pet peeves (forced nudity) was brought into the mix, I had no choice but to greatly drop my rating.
Recommended for fans of forced exhibitionism, of intense sexuality driven by instinct, and by arrogant males completely blindsided by a minuscule female. 2.5/5(less)
Expected Release Date: July 31, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avo...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 31, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://www.joss-ware.com/ My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Envy Chronicles Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: “Ex” In The Picture Favorite Tropes: Physically Imperfect or Scarred, Phobia
I’d forgotten how much I enjoy this series. This one features a heroine who has a physical disability, and a hero with an emotional one (phobia/PTSD) — very interesting combination to say the least, especially when the combination of the two makes their relationship seem almost impossible from the beginning.
And of course, the overall story arc with the Elite, Atlanteans, the zombies, and Envy all continue towards their conclusion, which was pleasing to me as a fan of the series in general. As this is book 5 in the series, I wouldn’t really recommend it as a jumping-off point to newcomers, though I have to admit, Ms. Ware did a fantastic job of giving relevant backstory up to this point without ever feeling as though it were out of place or a case of “info-dump”.
Expected Release Date: June 13, 2011 Publisher: Carina Press Imprint: N/A A...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 13, 2011 Publisher: Carina Press Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.lillycain.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, The Confederacy Treaty Series Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Hot
The people of Earth have recently discovered that they are not alone in the universe, and are in the process of forming a treaty with an alliance of worlds that will hopefully be beneficial to all parties involved. During the peace talks, Captain Susan Branscombe was captured and brutally tortured by terrorists, and the information that she gave them was used to orchestrate an attack on the peace talks. Now rescued, Susan has come under suspicion of treason, and is to be given over to the Inarri for interrogation.
The Inarri are physically similar to humans, with the exception of nerve pathways all over their bodies that resemble henna tattoos. They also have what we would consider to be psychic powers — they are able to communicate telepathically amongst their own race, and by utilizing touch, are able to probe the minds of humans as well. Amongst their own people, the Inarri also use touch and sexuality as a way of comforting each other, and are much more uninhibited (and some might say, promiscuous) than their human counterparts.
Asler is the Examiner assigned to the case, and it is his duty to relive Sue’s torture with her in her mind in order to gain the truth. He is not at all anticipating the process, however. He knows that being forced to relive her torture might just break her, and while he knows what he has to do for the good of his people and the future treaty, he’s not a cruel man who would take pleasure in hurting her. Unfortunately, neither of them has a choice in the matter, and Susan is soon taken to the Inarri ship for interrogation.
This book had one of my favorite premises — one of the main characters was severely physically injured. I also loved the psychic elements, and Susan’s own potential with it. The sensuality was delicious without being PWP, and as always, I loved the political machinations that they had to deal with.
Since forced nudity is so squicky to me, it did lose an entire star from the final rating, despite the fact that Sue stopped caring about her embarrassment in a very short amount of time. Readers who are not bothered by or enjoy this type of thing will likely rate it much higher. Recommended for fans of heroines with a traumatic past, psychic bonding, and political machinations, all with a healthy splash of delicious sensuality. 3.5/5 Stars(less)
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Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harper Collins Imprint: Eos Author’s Website: http://www.saracreasy.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Scarabaeus Book 2 Series Best Read In Order: Yes. Steam Level: Warm
Please note, this review contains spoilers for the first book in the series, Song of Scarabaeus, so if you haven’t read that book yet and plan to, you may wish to skip this review.
I absolutely adored the first book in the series, Song of Scarabaeus, and had it not been for the cliff-hanger in that book, I think it would’ve very easily made my top ten favorites this year. So when I started reading Children of Scarabaeus, I assumed that being the second book in the series, it could never stand up to the awesomeness of the first.
Never assume – This book. Was incredible.
We pick up a short time after the horrific cliff-hanger that was the end of Song of Scarabaeus (can you tell I’m still bitter about that cliff-hanger??). Edie is still in the process of dying a slow and horrible death, the group is still on the run from Natesa and the Crib, Finn is still leashed to Edie and as such still has a personal investment in her survival. They’ve managed to find someone who has possession of the neurotoxin that Edie needs to survive, and meet on a space station to make the buy, only to find out that it is a trap set by the Crib. They escape (barely) and stow away on an unmanned freighter, and put themselves into cryosleep in order to basically drop-off of the face of the galaxy and hopefully cause the Crib to stop looking for them.
Unfortunately, the plan goes awry when the freighter is captured a year later by Crib milits and Edie is taken on board and woken from her cryosleep. Using her cooperation to force her captors to return for Finn, she’s horrified to discover that while they won’t torture her for information on Scarabaeus, they will use her leash to torture Finn — via a very skilled cyphertek, one who is just as good as she is.
To make matters worse, Natesa shows up and forces Edie’s hand — she now has to resume work on the seeding technology that she abandoned when she was originally kidnapped, or Natesa will show Finn absolutely no mercy.
Used to being manipulated and treated as a commodity rather than a person, Edie reluctantly agrees, and soon discovers something even more sinister — the Crib is now using children from her home world as the next breed of cyphertek. Can Edie succeed in keeping Finn safe, saving the children from a fate identical to her own, and perhaps most importantly, solving the mystery behind the failure of the seeding project and of Scarabaeus’ own extraordinary evolution?
Overall, I adored this. While I think there was enough information given to make it work as a standalone, I do suggest reading these in order to get the full impact and nuances of the MC’s relationships, as well as “getting to know” Scarabeaus. I will admit, that I had just finished the first book when I started this one, so it was not only very fresh in my mind, but I was also still feeling very invested in the characters.
In this book, finally get some resolution to Finn and Edie’s relationship, and some insight to Edie’s childhood, as well as some closure on a few other isues that had occurred in the first novel.
So much happened in this novel, that even though a lot of time passed, it never got boring. The lack of sensual romance was a disappointment, but since this is technically a sci-fi novel rather than a romance, I didn’t let that bother me too much. I did appreciate the more satisfying resolution, and while I have no idea whether or not there is to be another book in the series, I know for a fact that I will buy it if there is.
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Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://www.zoearcherbooks.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1 in the 8th Wing series Steam Level: Hot
I had forgotten how much I like a good space adventure, but this book certainly reminded me. It had everything I love -- tons of heart-pounding action, corrupt politicians, enemies coming from every angle, and incredible sexual tension.
Overall, this was a tasty, easy, entertaining read. The tension and love scenes between Kell and Mara were absolutely delicious, and despite the fact that their romance developed over a very short amount of time, the pacing still felt right. A very cheerful 4/5 Stars (less)
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Expected Release Date: May 31, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin TEEN Author’s Website: http://www.kadycross.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1 in the Steampunk Chronicles Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Chaste
First things first, is that not an absolutely gorgeous cover?! I love it. I know, I know, you can't judge a book by its cover, but let's get real, a lovely cover does tend to draw a reader's attention at the start.
I think I came to two very different realizations in reading this book. First, I forgot how little patience I have for the rampant silliness of YA novels. Second, and probably most importantly, I'd forgotten just how much fun a good YA could be.
I did love the main premise, and of course, I was completely enamored with both the "bad boy" love interest and the incredibly awesome attire (where can I get a steel corset?!). While much of the story was more fanciful than I typically read, even in Steampunk and PNR, it was a very fast, fun read.
In the end though, while I certainly enjoyed it, but I wasn't blown away. The presence of the love triangles, the disorganized presentation of various powers and inventions, and immaturity of the main characters definitely detracted from what could've been an absolutely brilliant novel.
To be fair, the main characters were in their teens, and as such I can be a little more forgiving for immaturity and horrible decision making, but even so, I found it rather distracting.
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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.