3 1/2 but I'll round up to four because it surprised me.
“Looking for another shade of grey?” asks the blurb but I’m not sure why. I always assumed th3 1/2 but I'll round up to four because it surprised me.
“Looking for another shade of grey?” asks the blurb but I’m not sure why. I always assumed that there hinted at “grey” book was wall-to-wall sex but maybe I’m wrong seeing as I’ve never read it and I was nearly halfway through this one before the sexy times began.
Your Soul Was Made for Mine is a bit more than a sex-fest. If you’re looking for some Alexa Riley type action straight-away, you will need some patience. This is a story about over-coming grief, building a friendship through pages and pages of handwritten letters and, yeah, it’s also about a super-rich handsome man who knows what he wants when he sees it and sets out to make it his.
After a deathbed encounter, Nolan believes in fate, angels and souls that were meant to be together for eternity. He also thinks nothing of spending $40,000 on a bottle of bubbly in order to woo his soul mate Emmalyn who cannot resist his lusty ways once they meet in the flesh (and, really, why would you want to?).
This was an interesting blend of fantasy and romance and wasn’t at all what I was expecting after reading a snippet of the blurb. It’s more of an old-fashioned love story, the kind that takes its time getting to know the characters and building their relationship as well as creating the world in which they live. When the two come together it’s explicit but there’s more here than the sexy times and that’s not a complaint. The couple travel (he is a bazillionare from Ireland, after all) and the customs and landscapes are beautifully weaved into their love story.
I found the story a wee bit hard to get into, truth be told and no, it’s not because the sexy times were delayed, I like sexless books too! It's because the dialogue felt a little formal and unnatural and continually threw me out of things. I thought it was an aspect of the letter writing telling the tale for the first half but it pretty much continued as the story went along. I did get used to it but it took me awhile. I enjoyed the characters and thought they came across as real people meant for each other.
I’d recommend this to someone looking for a meaty, slower burn of a romance with a lovely side of erotic sex.
*The FTC makes me declare that I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest thoughts.
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This audio is like mixing up a big box of Kraft’s “cheesiest” macaroni when you are starving and too lazy to cook a real meal. You know it’s not goodThis audio is like mixing up a big box of Kraft’s “cheesiest” macaroni when you are starving and too lazy to cook a real meal. You know it’s not good for you but it’s just so cheesy you can’t stop! Before you know it, you’ve downed the entire thing. Same goes for this audio.
Lily is on her way to meet her future husband who is some old coot with a lot of money who will keep her well. Never mind him though because she is way-laid (yep, I see what I did there) before that nightmare can happen. Her carriage has troubles and she meets a very large wolf/man who leads her back to a cottage where some sexy stuff happens but the lovefest is cut short due to a curse, or something, something that has to do with virginity. Lily was having fun and gets all sassy, even stomping her foot but Marrick (the wolf-man) stays strong. For a short while anyway and then things happen.
There is nothing unique about this story, it’s overly wordy and pretty corny. It’s not even super, sexy, hot. More like lukewarm and vanilla. Still, I found myself enjoying the audio production. It even has sound effects for ambiance! Usually these things bother me but it works well here because the levels are right. The crickets chirping in the background were especially soothing. There are two narrators and Honey Scarlett does such a fun job with Lily’s character that I couldn’t stop listening. Her accent was hilarious and spot on and I just loved listening to her. Leeroy Will’s delivery of Marrick suffers in comparison. His delivery wasn’t as good, the cadence was slightly off and at times his accent sounded a little like Shrek. Sorry, that’s my take.
Anyway, if you’re looking for an amusing, non-brain taxing way to spend two hours and 39 minutes you could do much worse than this!
I received a copy of this audiobook courtesy of the publisher and Audiobookboom. I hope they don't regret it!...more
Swapship Troopers is a story filled with lots of giant bug killing and lots of sexy times. What more could you want?
I read one too many short story hoSwapship Troopers is a story filled with lots of giant bug killing and lots of sexy times. What more could you want?
I read one too many short story horror collections last month and was feeling the need to stop reading, maybe forever, and pick myself up a new hobby but instead I decided to give this one a shot (I did commit to review it, after all) and it knocked me right out of my mini-slump. I’m no fan of action or military maneuvers so there’s no need to be put off by the Starship Troopers resemblance if you aren’t either. I haven’t read Starship Troopers which, from what I’ve heard, may likely bore me to death but I did see the movie. I loved the movie. It was gory fun. This book is gory fun too and it’s not at all boring.
It’s about giant ant-like alien monsters who occupy planets and murder everything in their path and the Marines who risk their lives to keep civilians safe. All that alien murderation makes a man weary and eager to burn off some steam but the trouble is they are often deployed to planets where the only companionship they have are each other. In order to keep morale up, the military creates something called “Pink Vector” which is an injectable that turns men into women. There’s also a “Blue Vector” serum to turn them back once the fun is over.
Half of the men are injected and suddenly grow womanly parts. They’re all good humored and open minded and go along with this kooky plan. Much fun is had. Then they are turned back into men and are eager to get back to work.
Now don’t you go thinking too hard about the implications about any of this. This is a book that doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously and I loved that. Some of the men aren’t the comeliest of women but everyone just goes with the flow and has a good, kinky time. Yeah, what goes on is a little nutzo but I mean that as a compliment. It’s beautifully nutzo and even a little romantic when one paired up couple begin to have feelings other than the sexy kind for each other.
The blend of sexy times vs. action is well balanced. There is a lot of action but it never bored me which is kind of shocking actually. I thought it was hilarious to watch a tough Marine turn into a woman and then have to deal with pervy civilians as they treated him as if he were braindead and a toy for them to paw and insult.
I enjoyed this book so much. Yeah, so, it perhaps wasn’t the most believable of romances starting out but considering the circumstances, the author did a decent job of turning pure sexual attraction into something more in the end. It also never got angsty or dreary and was just what I needed after my series of dark and dreadful reads the month previous. It was totally enjoyable and that’s all that counts to me.
For an erotica freebie, this one was pretty good. It's only a novella and ends a little abruptlyKindle freebie (at least today 8/14/15), Amazon US.
For an erotica freebie, this one was pretty good. It's only a novella and ends a little abruptly but the story about a futuristic society and a sex worker trying out for a better position was kind of interesting. Weird that she was so perfect at everything but maybe that's explained somewhere in the future . . . I don't like reading this "part 1" installment type nonsense, finish your book already and release it when it's done, I'm too lazy to chase down sequels, so a 3 1/2 it is.
And, yeah. I'm miffed because the other two books are not available anywhere apparently. WTH? Now I'll never know what delights the future of sex have in store for mortals....more
Turns out the book lived up to its description too. 4 1/2 stars
Princess Miri is a lusty little story setYeah, like I could resist this plot synopsis?!
Turns out the book lived up to its description too. 4 1/2 stars
Princess Miri is a lusty little story set in a fantasy medieval world somewhere and is about a spoiled princess and the “pet” troll she receives on her eighteenth birthday. Thump is 10’ feet tall and has a tool the size of Miri’s forearm and she doesn’t give a damn what anybody thinks. She is keeping him!
Thump the Troll is described as ugly but I pictured him being as pretty as Bloodraven the Ogre. I guess I’m shallow that way.
Miri is bad-tempered, mean, and bossy and being the daughter of a King she always gets her way. She’s dating a boring guy whom she stole away from a chick named Fleur just because she could. Fleur holds a grudge and is the one who gifted Miri her new pet. Miri is oblivious to Fleur’s feelings and eagerly accepts the gift never realizing Fleur has some nasty plans up her sleeve.
Miri leads Thump around like a puppy dog and thoroughly enjoys the fact that he will do whatever she asks of him without complaint. Well, I guess it’s difficult to complain seeing as he doesn’t speak and can only grunt when they first meet . . . Once she realizes her sexual power over him, she finds a whole new way to torment and tease the poor beast, going so far as to use his erection as a towel holder. But even a troll has his limits and one day she goes way too far and he can’t help but ravish her. She discovers she loves it and only Thump can satisfy her. From that point on the sexual escapades never let up.
Fleur, of course, comes back later to haunt Princess Miri and stir up trouble but she gets hers in the end in a steamy epilogue featuring a Centaur. This scene bugged some people but I thought it fit right into this wacky fantasy world.
Surprisingly, I really grew to like Miri. Even though the story is drenched in sex, she softens and grows as a character by the end. She even begins to teach Thump to speak and their relationship is almost sweet as it develops. She’s so rude early on that it’s hilarious rather than irritating. Bored with her suitors’ inane conversation, she declares, “Your nonsense bothers me and I’ll have none of it.” And then after some unsatisfying sex, she says, “That was awful. I’ve got to go. Toodles.” And she leaves! Her rudeness is ridiculous and funny and never abrasive which is why it worked for me.
The story is very naughty and very silly and it’s probably not for everyone. It takes a lot to gross me out and I like strange things and I thought this book was great fun. Thump isn’t too bright but he is sweet. He does, however, drool a little when worked up. Some might find that too icky. The sex is descriptive and over the top and very gooey and wet. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Everything is put out there in graphic detail with no silly euphemisms like mounds, manhood or love portals. It gets a little repetitive in bits as some scenes are unnecessarily rehashed or over-explained but that's a minor nit. I’d say it’s pretty addictive if you’re into the weird stuff. It’s a slightly crazy fantasy romance and you have to go at with a sense of humor and an open mind....more
Sugar Baby is an erotic novel written from the manly perspective. I’m used to erotica written by women for women and was a little worried when I realiSugar Baby is an erotic novel written from the manly perspective. I’m used to erotica written by women for women and was a little worried when I realized this entire book was written strictly from the man’s POV. I guess I was expecting it to be an emotionless “Tab A goes into Slot B” sort of read but I can admit that I was wrong. It turned out to be better written than much of the erotica I’ve read (or attempted to read) in the past. It doesn’t skimp on the emotions and feelings of the experience which is so important and features a couple who are clearly still in love. I liked it a heck of a lot more than I honestly expected to so if you’re worried like I was there is no need.
“My wife and I have been thinking about hiring a Sugar Baby, a girl to hang out with and help us explore our sexual fantasies.”
Kyle and Brittany have been married a long time and are very happy together. With their son away at school they decide to spice up their lives by bringing in a “Sugar Baby”. A “Sugar Baby” is a sexy young thing willing to have sex for a monthly fee. Legal? Probably not but you have to go with it. Marissa’s online profile catches Kyle’s eye and they arrange a meeting where they all agree they’re up for it. Marissa is a college student in need of some easy cash. She wants to focus on her studies, not working. From there the sexy times begin and don’t let up . . .
Kyle, Brittany and Marissa spend some time getting to know each other intimately in and out of bed and quickly become the best of friends. They’re all into each other and up for whatever, whenever, wherever and there are no hurt feelings or insecurities messing up the fun. What can I say? It’s a fantasy. Because of this the book is an easy, angst and conflict free read. Sometimes that’s all you need.
I enjoyed it most because of the attention to detail and the easy writing style. Kyle describes what he’s feeling and does a good job bringing the two women to life too, even though we never do get into their heads. He does go all voyeuristic when they’re together and explains how it makes him feel but it wasn’t quite the same as being in their heads too. With that said, the relationships don’t feel forced which is usually a problem in this sort of story. There is a lot of focus on how “big” Kyle is and there’s a ton of oral play with his stuff which I found amusing.
Erotica novels are always so hard to review because there isn’t too much to say that doesn’t give everything away. It’s about sex, a lot of sex, some of it a little kinky but nothing seriously strange or over the top. There’s a toy in one scene, some minor spanking/switching and male fantasy stuff (cheerleader costumes, girl on girl). There are only three people involved in the sex and there are no random interlopers joining in so no worries if you don’t like that kind of thing. It’s strictly m/f , f/f/m and a little f/f . The very ending bit squicked me out a little and I could’ve done without the interruption to the fantasy by an awkward moment of reality but other than that I really enjoyed this one and recommend reading it if it sounds like something you’re into. ...more
This was the oldest book on my IPad. I was determined to get it read but I couldn't do it. I had to DNF or it may have taken up all of my reading timeThis was the oldest book on my IPad. I was determined to get it read but I couldn't do it. I had to DNF or it may have taken up all of my reading time for the next five years or so. The writing is ridiculously cluttered. Here's a little sample for your delight.
"It’s like the portrait of a different girl. Her face is pale, cheeks flushed with red. Her eyes, her Halloween cat’s eyes, are sparking with anticipation. The mouth with its pillowy lips is open, as if I’m out of breath. Those lips earned the nickname Fishy, taken up by every bully at school. Here’s my tongue, running along the lower lip, catching on the curve because the surface is so dry. I giggle into the silence and bite my finger. There’s a drip, drip of water from one of the cubicles. I press my hands on my head to try to calm myself down. It doesn’t work. I press my palms against my hollowed cheeks like Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Do I want to kiss Gustav? Is that it? Do I want him to kiss me? I don’t know. Not yet. I’m off men, remember? Too much going on in my head for that. So, no. I just want to get near him. He’s deadly, the way he pins you like a butterfly. I’ve followed him here without question, but what’s going to happen next? "
Now imagine reading a full novel of this. I couldn't do it. Holy hell, my head hurts....more
I’m a sucker for dark, gloomy novels and tormented characters. Combine that with a little deviant sexual behavior and you’ve got my attention. KeepingI’m a sucker for dark, gloomy novels and tormented characters. Combine that with a little deviant sexual behavior and you’ve got my attention. Keeping it? Well, that’s the problem . . .
Seductive Shadows is part erotica, part personal journey and part thriller with a smidge of romance thrown in there too. Charlie had a painful childhood. She grew up too fast, witnessed too much and now has a screwed up view on relationships and sex. I’m not going to go into everything but will just say that the author did a great job developing Charlie and I sympathized and understood her choices.
Charlie is a struggling to make a better life for herself. She’s a part-time art student, paying her own way and working her butt off to pay off her mother’s enormous debt. One night she is approached by a recruiter who offers her a job she’s unable to resist. She knows upfront she’s going to get paid (a shit ton) in exchange for sex. She’s told she can leave whenever she wants and that she will be safe and protected and welcomed into a “family”. For a girl like Charlie this is a dream come true. She self-medicates with sex anyway and enjoys the attention, the release, the power and the anonymity of it all.
“Just because I was hired to provide pleasure, didn’t mean I couldn’t enjoy every moment of passion and every uninhibited deviant thought. I craved sex and attention. I needed it. I was turned on by the cameras that would point toward my bed, the lust that would be whispered in my ears, and playing out the fantasy that I would compose. The challenge would make my release so much sexier. ”
But, alas, nothing ever goes Charlie’s way for long. Soon after she takes on this sexy new job, she meets Cameron, a talented artist she admires and lusts after. He treats her with respect and appreciates her art and she starts falling a little in love. Here’s where the complications come in and boy are there some whoppers thrown at you in the last few chapters. Charlie is in a very dangerous and desperate situation because, shocker, the mysterious recruiter wasn’t exactly telling the truth . . .
This book is a hard one to review. As erotica it’s pretty good, it’s sensual, slightly dirty (but not squicky) and a wee bit dangerous which is how I like my erotic books. As a personal journey type of story it works too, Charlie has a lot of crap to leave behind and still finds the will to make a better life for herself. That’s admirable. As a romance it doesn’t work for me but that’s only because we never get to know much about Cameron besides what Charlie feels for him. But it is Charlie’s story so I can’t fault the book for that. But as a thriller? Hell. No.
The best and worst thing about Charlie’s story is the fact that her inner torment, her longing for a real family and her grief were so well painted. Her pain was so intense that at times it felt suffocating. That poor girl needed a break from the doom and gloom and so did I. There was very little joy or levity in the dialogue and story and I had to keep stopping because it was depressing the hell out of me. I usually dig this heavier stuff (Chase In Shadow, anyone?) but for some reason, either my bitchy, burned out mood (nah that can’t be it!) or the fact that I could only connect with Charlie and felt disconnected from everyone else, this book just wouldn’t go down easy. And then the WTF reveal arrives along with the unfinished ending and I was stunned in a really bad way. I actually clicked my next button at least ten times thinking something was wrong with my reader. Nope. Nothing wrong with my reader. The book was simply over and done, leaving some very important bits left swinging in the wind with no resolution (or not enough for me, at least). There is a sequel coming so I guess that’s the reason. Had I know that earlier I probably would’ve DNF’d this because it feels incomplete and this one was such a struggle to finish that I can’t see myself rushing to buy book #2....more
the alpha hole is very often confused with the alpha male. They have the same charac**spoiler alert** alpha-hole (courtesy of Broughttoyoubymybrain)
the alpha hole is very often confused with the alpha male. They have the same characteristics of the alpha male only they are assholes. The Alpha-hole always takes things too far. He often does and says unforgivable things, has a 'black out' temper, is possessive to the point of insulting, and never grovels. The alpha-hole is usually matched up with a nice doormat who'll take his shit with a smile.
Gabe the hero(?) is an alpha-hole. If you like that type of thing or are a forgiving sort you might be able to enjoy this book more than I did. If you don’t you should heed all warnings steering you away. I wish I had. I am not the forgiving type, it seems.
Many of my book friends warned me but I read it anyway. Unabridged on audio. In my car. Where there is no escape. I really enjoyed Never Seduce a Scot by this author and was holding out hope that everyone else was wrong. Deep down I sometimes like me an anti-hero. And like the sheeple I am I believed the reviews that said he gave good grovel at the end. I think I must’ve completely tuned out and missed that bit because I didn’t hear much groveling going on. Where was the pain? Where was the suffering? Where was the kick to the nuts? I wish I had DNF’d this because I didn’t enjoy any of it. By the end, I felt nothing at all besides a little lingering rage.
So here’s the gist. Mia has always been “forbidden fruit” but that didn’t stop Gabe from secretly wanting to take a bite. Now that she’s 24 and the fruit has ripened sufficiently Gabe decides it’s time to make his move on his best friend’s little sis. To hell with a lifetime of trust, friendship and important business ties. Gabe is 14 years her elder but the gap doesn’t seem quite so wide now. Though it might be when he’s done (ugh I’m sorry, this book has scarred me). Anyway, he can’t hold out much longer and he’s a man who always gets what he wants.
Gabe is a billionaire businessman who has been publicly burned by his ex-wife and he won’t ever let it happen again. Because of the public shaming where his kinks were revealed he has shut off his emotions and deals with his sexual needs the same way he deals with any business venture. Instead of putting up with messy emotional entanglements he writes up a contract that flat out says he will own Mia until he tires of her. He coldly admits that he does this with all of his lovers. It’s nothing personal. Mia must give up her life and work for him as his, ahem, “personal assistant” doing whatever he wishes, mostly while out of her undie pants and she cannot tell her brother. Her brother has raised her and he is the one person she feels closest to in the whole wide world.
Sound sexy to you?
Mia thinks so. She signs the contract after asking very few questions and getting very vague answers. He’s hot, he’s out of her league, he can have anyone and yet he wants her so she jumps at the chance to become a paid sex slave. Well, who wouldn’t, right?
Thus begins the border-line kinky sex and because there wasn’t any emotion tied to it I found it incredibly boring and started to tune out. During (or after?) their first time together I do believe I even heard him call her “little baggage” as in “get over here Little Baggage”. Ooo, now that’s how you woo a lover. I was hoping with everything in me that it was my imagination because I was only half listening but then I clearly heard him say “Keep your fucking arms where I put them” so perhaps my brain wasn’t unfairly putting ugly words in his mouth.
FWIW, at least he shows his assholish tendencies from the get go and stays true to character. Mia is just a little too forgiving and a little too bland for me to get behind though.
The rest of the book is filled with bossy sex, some silly dialogue “you’re a tigress. Ferocious!” and one scene that is truly unforgivable though it is very true to his character . . . There is spanking, butt plugs, anal sex and light bondage but it’s hard to find any of it sexy because Gabe was just such an angry prick. If you’re curious how this sort of scenario can be sexy and far more balanced you should check out James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal in Secretary.
Narration Notes: This book was narrated by Adam Paul. His voice rarely strays from bland-monotony except when Gabe is really angry (because honestly Gabe is always angry) and then the tone changes to bland-angry. At times he reads the words as if he’s in a hurry to end this gig as quickly as he can,which was fine by me because I pretty much felt the same way....more
*Please note I read this as an unabridged audio and I may get the spelling of character names incorrect. Details may be sketchy too because I just mig*Please note I read this as an unabridged audio and I may get the spelling of character names incorrect. Details may be sketchy too because I just might’ve dozed off here and there.
I guess this is another 50 Shades clone (or so I’ve read) but as I still haven't read that series I can't compare the two. This one gets pretty decent reviews so I wasn’t surprised when I enjoyed the first half (or so) of Bared to You much more than Maya Banks Rush. The writing was better and the characters seemed to be deeper with their damaged pasts. They initially got me all excited thinking I was in for some major emotional angst that would make me feel that ache in the chest but it didn’t happen. Eventually it turned into a sex-fest and I found myself bored. There were also many jealousy and control issues that cropped up which the two would temporarily fix by screwing. I guess these books just aren’t meant for me. I was hoping to care for these two but I just didn’t. I cared more for a messed up secondary character (Cary? The roommate) and that was a problem.
If you don’t already know, this is a contemporary erotic tale featuring two beautiful, wealthy people who meet, fall in lust and enter into a screwed up relationship that somehow works for them. Gideon is 28 and a billionaire who just so happens to own every freaking building Eva frequents. Her place of work, her apartment, restaurants, a gym . . . This allows Gideon access to all of the details about Eva's life that will allow him to casually bump into her and make her go all squirmy with his gorgeous self (I guess an important businessman has nothing better to do). He can have anyone in the whole wide world but when he meets Eva he wants her and he wants her oh-so-bad. He can't stop thinking about F-ing her and tells her so every chance he gets. Yeah, that’s not creepy. He reminds me of a richer, handsomer version of that pervy dude from The Big Bang Theory. Anyway, Eva wants him too but she doesn't sleep with men she doesn't know outside of the bedroom and he is the type who sates his lust and moves on to the next one. For Gideon women are either friends or lovers. They are never both.
But Eva changes all of that.
I liked her for that, I really did. She wasn’t a naïve pushover and had a life and a best friend whom she did not abandon for Gideon. She even calls Gideon out on his "creepiness". He wants to do the "sex is a business deal" crap (but at least he doesn't hand her a contract, LOL) and she won't have any of it. But alas, hormones, his constant close proximity, alpha-ness and his sexy talk wear her down. She puts up a little fight but she wants him as much as he wants her and they get busy soon enough.
Keep looking at me like that Gideon. I'm ready for action.
But somewhere along the way things go start to go awry for me. Eva and Gideon get into this cycle of fighting (usually over their jealousy issues and/or his control issues), she runs off in a huff, he chases her down, they talk (but don’t reveal enough), they have superhotsex and all is good until the next chapter when it starts anew. This was ok the first time or two but eventually I wanted to bang their heads together. I have no patience and this kind of thing makes me crazy. They also fall into crazy lust but mistake it for love. I didn’t see or feel the love between them what with all of the fighting, possessiveness and insecurity going around.
Did I mention they both have messed up pasts? Well, she’s dealt with hers (though she’s still a bit of a mess) and spills all of the ugly details to him and he unfairly keeps his secrets to himself and has closed himself off so much that he believes she knows him better than anyone. She doesn’t. And I don’t either. I listened to this book until the very end and he reveals NOTHING! At least nothing I wanted to know. It just ends. I still don’t know what or who traumatized him so terribly and because of that it was difficult to feel anything for him but frustration. I guess I have to read the next three or four books to find closure and I don’t know if I can bring myself to do that. At least not today.
Narration Notes: The narration of Eva is friendly and breathy when it needs to be without ever jarring me out of the story. Gideon's voice is a bit on the creeper side but I went with it because it sort of suited his personality for a bulk of the story....more
Hey, don't judge. I needed me some truly brain dead reading and boy did I ever find it in this "Moan for Big Foot" collection. You can probably figureHey, don't judge. I needed me some truly brain dead reading and boy did I ever find it in this "Moan for Big Foot" collection. You can probably figure out what it's about from the title and the young beauty in the nightie who is lost in the woods. She moans for bigfoot and his disturbed mom who wields a vibrator, her two friends do too. She also moans for an older married man. Chick likes to get her moan on. There really isn't much more to say here, now is there?
It's silly and ridiculously gross and filled with rapey horror and TSTL cliches and the writing is very, very basic but you know what? I kept reading it . . . Totally worth my $3.99 haha....more
Nimia was taken by Sygarius as a war prize when she was a young girl. Treasured by her captor, she has avoided manual labor and anything that would maNimia was taken by Sygarius as a war prize when she was a young girl. Treasured by her captor, she has avoided manual labor and anything that would mar her beauty. Why, you ask? Do you really have to ask? No? Well, let me tell you anyway.
Sygarius, even though he’s married and has a bevy of beauties at his beck and call (he is a roman warlord, after all), has been biding his time, waiting on the day Nimia comes of age so he can deflower her and make her his concubine. His wife is perfectly fine with this because she’s a lech too. Now that Nimia is oh-so-close to womanhood, she’s been inundated with live displays of every possible sex act imaginable and this has left her feeling a little funny in her nether regions and worried but eager for her initiation. But (oh you knew there was a BUT, right?) a young, handsome visiting barbarian prince captures her eye and sets fire to those nether regions. A fire that just may spark a war (I know, I'm groaning at my tired cliché here too. Why, again, aren’t those blurb writers calling me?!)
“This man, something within me said. This man will take my soul. I could feel coils of fate wrapping around me, squeezing the breath from my body. My heart raced, a cold sweat breaking out over my skin. Gods, what’s happening? Who is he?”
Better than this getting ya, I suppose.
This book exists to set up a series. It’s only 70 pages or so long so I didn’t go into it expecting anything too emotionally involving or complete and thusly I was not left feeling too disappointed at the lack of relationship development or closure. This book is about the sexy bits and, I have to admit, the sexy bits are pretty good. Lisa Cach is a good writer. I’ve read a few of her books in the past and even gave one of them five stars because it managed to make me laugh a lot ( George and the Virgin ). But this one isn’t funny so it’s only getting a 3 ½ (rounding up to 4).
Nimia is a very young heroine and her loyalties are torn. She has a lot of growing up to do and she needs to stop being so easily swayed by whatever arrogant hot man is nearest. That bugged me a bit, well that and the fact that she risks her own life in order to have some hot sex with Mr. Sexy Barbarian but she does show an inkling of backbone so I hold out a big glimmer of hope that the sequels improve.
If you’re looking for heart eyes and romance you won't find it here. The relationships are purely lustful. Not that there's anything wrong with that and I will seek out the next installment. But, but, but, but I do hope the author does the right thing and finds a new favorite word for the feminine bits other than cunny. Anything will do, really. That word just grated on my last nerve. With that said, I will leave you with my little ode to Nimia’s irresistible and insatiable little cunny and hope this will be the final time you ever have to stumble across the word unawares.
Cunny like honey. Morning dew on rosebud waits. Touch sets Rome aflame.
I got this free at Amazon a little while back but now, it seems, they've made it "unavailable". WTH is up with Amazon pulling all of the fun books?
NoI got this free at Amazon a little while back but now, it seems, they've made it "unavailable". WTH is up with Amazon pulling all of the fun books?
Now that I've read a little of this I can honestly say that it's everything I hoped it would be ;) There are three stories in this book and the first is a pervy take on The Little Mermaid. After watching humans go at it, this mermaid wants in on the fun and wishes for some genuine lady parts so she will able to do some very unlady-like things. The writing is light-hearted and fun and doesn't take things seriously.
So far? Totally worth what I paid for it ;)
A little later: Hmmm, this was not bad at all for a freebie but it became very repetitive, very quickly. One can only take so much anonymous screwing before one's brain goes numb.
The Little Mermaid story was decent (3 1/2 stars). Picockio (2 stars) was meh and the most repetitive for me. I just didn't dig the storyline, I guess. It's about a wooden sexbot and his wish to become a real man who gets sidetracked by sexy times and lakes of body fluid. The Snow White story was probably the best with a twisted up plot that was evil and sarcastic but, like the rest, repetitive. All of them could've been cut by quite a few pages, if you ask me.
Cool to the Touch combines two things that should never, ever go together. Zombies and sex. Yeah, you read that right. Zombie sex. Sex with4 1/2 Stars
Cool to the Touch combines two things that should never, ever go together. Zombies and sex. Yeah, you read that right. Zombie sex. Sex with zombies. Not exactly the stuff of which dreams are made.
“How consuming is love?”
Would you believe me if I told you this is a sensitive and eloquently written tale of love, loss, lust and utter hopelessness? You should because it’s true.
I quite enjoyed it. It’s not all up in your face gross as most of the “monster porn” I’ve read has a tendency to be (not that there's anything wrong with that either!). It’s sexy but not super explicit. It’s .99 cents for 12 pages of terrible beauty and if this author decides to write a full out erotic horror novel I’ll be the first in line to one-click buy it.
Read it if this is your thing. I won’t judge you. Come on. You know you want to. . . Here's a small sample of what's in store. You can blame Tressa.
"Things were precarious just then. I could feel the aftershocks of her own pleasure clenching me at the root, as if every drop of me might bring her back from the edge of depravity that she stood upon." ...more
Leanna is tired of dating wealthy older men who are either boring, out of shape or taken and who all end up being jerks. She’s decided to s3 1/2 stars
Leanna is tired of dating wealthy older men who are either boring, out of shape or taken and who all end up being jerks. She’s decided to set her sights on the cute bag boy at her local grocery store instead but she’s a little insecure about making a move. She’s visited the grocery store so many times her pantry and fridge are filled to the brim. This time she’s going to go through with it but a creepy neighbor butts in and attempts to ruin her well laid plans. Fortunately it all works out in her favor and Granger shares in her attraction. But behind Granger’s boy-next-door good looks lurks a man who likes to be in control in the bedroom. Leanna gets far more than she ever bargained for and she loves every minute of it.
This is a sexy little novella with some minor BDSM aspects and even though it’s only 42 pages it is not completely filled with wall to wall sex and it’s well written. There is time devoted to developing Granger and Leanna as people and there are quite a few surprises. I have to admit I liked Granger more than Leanna.. She’s a bit shallow and her crush seems a bit high school-ish for a 30 something but when she gets together with Granger those nitpicks were easily thrown out the window. Because the story is so short I really wish the skeevy neighbor suspense subplot had been nixed and more time spent in Granger’s dungeon. Guess that makes me a perv but there it is. There’s spanking, sexy pounding, bondage and discussion of safe words in this book. Sound like fun? Check it out. ...more
It's FREE, at least for now, and though I probably should've resisted and may live to regret it, I am weak. The reviews are VERY mixed and I'm worriedIt's FREE, at least for now, and though I probably should've resisted and may live to regret it, I am weak. The reviews are VERY mixed and I'm worried . . . But I won't let that stop me :)
So, I'm done. I think I'll give it a 2 1/2 or a 3.
This story is not based in any sort of reality. If you know that going in you’ll likely be okay. But I make no guarantees.
Tyler is a handsome fellow who suffers a tragedy in his youth and later decides to become a priest. The way I read it (and I could have read it wrong), it seems he did this not because of any true calling but to prove some point to someone that all priests aren’t sexual predators and life ruiners. Umm, sure, okay. Why not just become a counselor and truly help the victims? This all makes little sense to me but why ask why, you know? I suppose if he had gone that route the sex in Priest would’ve been less kinkier? So there is that and that is definitely something.
Sooo, when this studly guy in the priest outfit first spies luscious, ruby red lips through his confessional window, he’s aflame with a desire that will not settle down. He imagines all sorts of things he wants to do to those plump lips and they all involve his long neglected dingdong. And then he sees the rest of her and both heads of his nearly explode. Fergodsakes, even her eye lashes send a rush of blood to his man parts! Really, guys, eyelashes can do that to ya? So glad I’m not a guy.
He does his darndest to fight it.
He is a priest, after all, but she keeps coming around with those lips of hers and whoa are her confessions ever spicy and detailed. When he learns that (view spoiler)[ she’s been doing a lot of this in the booth
(hide spoiler)] well, he is completely unable to resist. Who can blame him, really?
So, after much sating of the loins and anointing of the holy instruments with body fluids, their affair is threatened by a man from Poppy’s past. Guilt, jealousy, avoidance, fear and no end of angst takes center stage. Ugh, it exhausted me and I should’ve just skimmed to the end when I started to get annoyed because the more I learned about Poppy, the less I enjoyed the story. I suggest you do the same unless you’re really digging what you’re reading.
Poppy was a character I just didn’t get. She’s a poor little rich girl whose parents gave her the best and had her life mapped out for her. Sucks, I guess, but life could always be much worse. (view spoiler)[ After she graduates from her Ivy League college, her lover decides to dump her for another for the dumbest reason on the planet. Want to know why? I’m going to tell you anyway. Poppy, you see, is too much of a sex bomb. Her high class lover doesn’t want his co-workers/co-horts thinking about his wife that way! So he’s marrying someone boring. What the what? So it’s then that she decides to “break free” from her stifling, unhappy life and live on her own terms by becoming a stripper in a high end (but of course) club. (hide spoiler)] Girl, please. THIS is your tragedy and secret pain? Get over yourself. Sorry, call me heartless (you won’t be the last) but I cannot find sympathy for you.
Priest is totally unrealistic and full of very dirty sex and if you are deeply religious this will no doubt offend you. There’s not a lot of plot here to go around either. I was also not at all fooled by Tyler’s silly proclamations of love. He can’t fool me, I know he was just falling in love with her boobs and pink parts. This book is all about the lust and I kind of felt bad for him.
So although this started out spectacularly, by the midway point I felt like I had been dropped into a steamy Lifetime movie what with all of the dramatics and I kept waiting for someone to turn up dead. All this drama was more than I signed up for. Really, I just signed up for the taboo sauciness. I suppose it’s my fault. Still, I’d probably read another . . . ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I agreed to review this audio book for audiobookblast because it sounded dark and haunting and emotionally heart-wrenching but it wasn’t any of thoseI agreed to review this audio book for audiobookblast because it sounded dark and haunting and emotionally heart-wrenching but it wasn’t any of those things for me and now I feel like a jerk because I didn’t like it very much. If I’m being totally honest, I didn’t even want to finish it but I did even though I had a few moments where I feared this may be in my future.
This cheating story line and the way it was presented made me angry instead of sympathetic. There is no other way to say it. I was crazy mad at Sebastian throughout most of the book. He was weak and pathetic when he was young and he weak and pathetic when he became an adult. Reading about him trying to keep his cake and eat other sexier cake too made me a little queasy.
Now, I can hear you all saying, “You dumbass. This is a book about cheating! How dare you complain about the cheating?!” Well, to that I say read Chase in Shadow by Amy Lane. That there is a character you will sympathize, empathize and feel everything for, unless you are heartless. Chase’s story will rip your heart to shreds even though he cheats. This guy Sebastian?
I thought he was spoiled, selfish and weak and couldn’t own up to what he truly wanted and he didn’t feel any guilt! I kept hoping he would get caught and his dick would get lopped off. If you are going to write a book about cheating please make it dark and painful and make me feel something other than anger for the jerk doing the cheating. Because, you know, it’s all about me.
Now there were some positives for me or I would’ve quit it. The narration was oh-so-good, truly excellent. Sierra Kline’s voice was seductive and perfect for this story. She performs the crap out of this book without going over the top and she makes the words come alive, even when those words were making me nuts. Ysa’s backstory was traumatic and I understood her more than any of the other characters. She’s broken and has to put herself back together. I got her. Her story was the reason I kept going. I could’ve totally done without the Sebastian/Julia characters altogether. That would’ve changed the story only for the better. For me, anyway.
So, what else? It is super long, there are too many filler scenes and there is far too much back story. It needed a little trimming, perhaps 200 pages or so, if you ask me. Oh, and it’s very explicit. The sexy scenes are sexy and well written but . . . but . . . but (there is some butt too, if you pervs were wondering), as I said in the beginning, the erotic bits began to make me feel a little sick in the belly what with all of the sneaking around and that makes me sad. You may think differently. Most of the reviewers do. ...more
Life is too short to read books that are doing nothing but pissing me off. When the sex scenes start making my eyes glaze over in tedium it's time toLife is too short to read books that are doing nothing but pissing me off. When the sex scenes start making my eyes glaze over in tedium it's time to DNF. 45% complete before calling it quits.
Zak is a tattoo artist and new to town. Stitch is a crusty biker soured on women, men and apparently life. As Stitch is drinking his recent divorce woes away in a local bar, Zak walks in and feelings that Stitch can’t outwardly express start a-stirring. He’s secretly in the closet, probably the reason his wife had had enough (well, there’s also his not-at-all charming personality). The two strike up a conversation, as you will, and Zak offers to cover up Stitch’s misguided tattoo of his ex-wife's name. It’s waaaaay up on his inner thigh but Zak decides to take a look right there anyway, as you will, and agrees to take on the job.
After he fixes the tat, well, things happen and then Stitch acts like an a-hole because he chooses to remain in complete denial about his sexuality. Well, there’s that and the fact that he’d probably be murdered by his MC if they knew. But basically he's just a drug running, jealous, violent a-hole and I won't be swayed into thinking otherwise. So don't bother trying to change my mind in the comments.
Stitch comes across as a pushy jerk and worse and there isn’t much character development, if that’s what you’re looking for, but there’s plenty of action – if you know what I mean.
I have to say, the book was pretty well written. I was expecting much worse because I've read much worsI read it. I knew better but I did it anyway.
I have to say, the book was pretty well written. I was expecting much worse because I've read much worse but, yeah, the billionaire (ugh) "hero" is a controlling fool who loves to buy people and that is impossible to ignore and the "heroine" is the definition of a brat and a user. These two kind of deserve each other. Just pretend she's 18, ignore the entire offensive premise and go with the flow and you may love this? I dunno. I do know there is another in the works and no one is "too young" (the author may need to change her series title tho) and I'll probably read it just to, you know, review it for you guys.
Well, it's no Trailer Park Virgin I'm sad to report. I thought it was extremely meh but people seem to love it, so what do I know? It takes forever anWell, it's no Trailer Park Virgin I'm sad to report. I thought it was extremely meh but people seem to love it, so what do I know? It takes forever and ten days to get going and when it does, it's just eh, is that all?
I'm not a fan of the "fated to f*ck, eh, love you and only you forevermore" plot device anyway. Even if I were a fan, this wasn't a good one, if you ask me. Too many words, too much sickly "sweets" talk (gag me), and a hero who is all snarly and grumpy. It wasn't romantic, or sexy or even vaguely interesting to me. It just made me a little grumpier and I had to walk away without reading all of the unrelated "extra" material that filled out half of the content pages. Grrrr.
So, to switch things up and prevent complete brain rot, I decided to read some literary fiction today.
Hey, it could happen.
Just not today.
This is thSo, to switch things up and prevent complete brain rot, I decided to read some literary fiction today.
Hey, it could happen.
Just not today.
This is the third book that I’ve recently read by Alexa Riley. If you’ve read one Alexa Riley book, you already know what you’re getting into. You’ve got your virginal heroine and guys in heat and insta-lust to the extreme but this one has a little something extra. Two “brothers” (not really, just bro’s) whose lifelong dream is to own share a lady and stuff her full of babies so she’ll be all soft and dripping milk. I didn’t make this up, truly I didn’t. And, well, things can get kind of messy when they are making their dreams come true.
When they first see farm girl Stella, who fortunately (for them) happens to have a lush of a dad who gambles away the family farm, they know she is “The One” and manipulate events and toss their money around in order to make her theirs. Ugh, yeah, you don’t want to be thinking about that too much.
Just as the “brothers” start truly living out their fantasy, a reality tv star, of all things, steps in and tries to ruin all the fun.
But no worries, it’s easy enough to skip over that contrived nonsense and that’s just what I did.
These books are terribly infectious. I don’t recommend you start reading them because you may be unable to stop even when you know you should.
I'd give this one 3 1/2 stars if I could but because I can't I'm giving it a three. ...more
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Someday I promise to write an actual seThis review and the rest of the crap I write can be seen @ my blog Bark's Book Nonsense . Stop by and say hey.
Someday I promise to write an actual serious review. But that day is not today.
Instead I decided to pluck another great piece of literary fiction from one of my tbr piles.
The Stranger has been sitting on the bottom of a pile of other unloved books ever since I bought it brand new in 1997.
Claudia is a widow in her 40’s and one day while strolling about her property, she spies a beautiful, naked young man having a good time with himself. She leaves him alone since he wasn’t harming anyone except maybe himself. Because that’s not creepy at all . . .
Later that evening a storm moves in and she hears some frantic knock, knock, knocking on her front door.
What’s a girl all alone in the world to do? Why, open up that door, of course! Turns out it’s the young guy she spied on earlier. He’s afraid of the rain, I guess, because rain is scary, and he’s in need of a safe, warm, place to call home. He also has no memory of who he is but he sure knows how to make himself at home pretty swiftly . . .
Thus begins Claudia’s reawakening to the saucier things in life. Now she finds herself looking at everyone in her circle as a potential sexual plaything and they’re all up for it because, well folks, this is a Black Lace book, after all. It’s incredibly unrealistic but, hey, does anyone read these for the realism?
So clothes are dropped and stuff happens between one, two, and sometimes three people that I will leave up to your imagination. In the end Claudia finds her womanly super-power and everyone is blissfully exhausted and I have learned two new words!
‘Oh God! Oh my God!’ chuntered Paul as she plagued and played with him.
Chuntered: to mutter or grumble incessantly in a meaningless fashion.
And, my personal favorite: The Love-eye!
Nope, not that kind of love-eye! I admit I was afraid to look that one up but I think I got the gist.
This was okay in dribs and drabs but it got repetitive. I think I’m spoiled by today’s novellas. A full out novel about “awakenings” is possibly 200 pages too many.
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So, a beauty walks into an auto repairThis review and the rest of the crap I write can be seen @ my blog Bark's Book Nonsense . Stop by and say hey.
So, a beauty walks into an auto repair shop, has work done, conveniently forgets her cash. The sexy, bearded mechanic is all, “Well, well, then! Show me your kitty-cat and we’ll call it even”. I suppose most normal people might be a little skeeved out by this.
But this little sheltered chickadee? Well, she’s all turned on by this bad boy and kind of flattered too.
So she shows him her goodies because this is an Alexa Riley story, after all, and then stuff happens and happens again and again.
If you were wondering, and I’m sure you were, yes, the heroine is a virgin and, yes, the hero is an over-protective alpha on steroids who falls into that sweet, sweet kind of insta-lust that he calls love. Alexa Riley never disappoints.
But wait! There’s more to this story. The heroine is a poor little rich girl who is being forced to marry a slimeball because her daddy says so. Daddy also threatens that she’ll never, ever be able to see her sick granny again if she refuses. Instead of telling granny the truth, you know, like a normal person would, she says, “ok, daddy” but is so turned on by the mechanic that she’s got herself into quite a predicament now. But how on earth can she be expected to resist such sweet words of love such as these?
"I plan on c*mming inside you until you're bred." and "Tell me you want it deep inside you, coating your unprotected womb.”
I admit that these books are not the best written literary treasures out there in Kindle-land. This one has some grammatical errors that even I noticed which means they must be super obvious and the characters are all similar shades of each other but they’re infectious in their over-the-top way and hard to put down. When you pick up one of these you know what you’re getting. This one even includes a little bonus story that I think I liked more than the main story.
I won’t give it all away because you’re either dying to read this by now or you just won’t admit it yet! ...more
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Sean Sparrow is a thief planning to rob a bank. It will be his last job, he says. He intends to retire after this nasty bit of work and live a life of leisure with Tessa, the curvy bank employee. Only she doesn’t know any of this. She doesn't even know him!
Things start to get screwy the moment Sean sets his eyes upon Tessa’s luscious and virginal bod (he doesn’t ask around town, he just knows). He wants her and he cannot wait until after the heist to have her. He fully intended to woo her up after the theft because he’s a good guy and all but, alas, his dick cannot wait. They meet, 15 seconds later he declares her his forevermore and she thinks something like, “Oh my, you are the sexiest man I have ever seen, you couldn’t possibly want little ol’ meeee” and falls on for him. I think all of Alexa Riley’s heroes have a superpower that allows them to hypnotize virgins with one look from their sultry eyes. Or perhaps it’s their way with the words.
“You'll take me inside your little c*nt until I fill you with every drop of cum I have.”
So, he breeds her (his words, not mine) until he figures she’s so deeply in love with his penis, she’ll forgive him when he later robs her bank, puts her life in danger and sweeps her off her feet and away to his private little island for a life of breeding debauchery. She’s in such a sex daze that she won’t complain, right?
Still, she gets a little mad.
He apologizes and she tries to understand. But she soon realizes it’s just who he is, all controlling and sexy and stuff, and he just can’t help that.
Debauchery and breeding starts anew.
These books are full of WTFery but are so ridiculously hard to put down. I don't recommend starting one or you'll likely end up buying them all. ...more
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I was innocently perusing Netgalley wheThis review and the rest of the crap I write can be seen @ my blog Bark's Book Nonsense . Stop by and say hey.
I was innocently perusing Netgalley when I accidentally stumbled upon this book. Somehow I hit request and now it is mine ;)
When I drafted this review I was too lazy to look up the title and saved the file as “The Randy Duke”. Now, I know I haven’t read a historical romance in a long time but I don’t remember them being anything like this one. It starts out with the hero revisiting his path to self-destruction and involves a visit to a party where he walks in on his best friend who is doing a very naughty thing to a woman’s backside.
My, how things have changed while I was away reading my innocent little horror tales!
If you’ve ever wondered what those stiff upper class historical romance gentlemen get up to when they leave the fancy ballrooms, this book fills in all the blanks in vivid detail!
Hell, if I had only known I may have been reading little else. Ahem. Anyway there is a story here. Let’s see if I can find it . . .
Portia, a firmly on-the-shelf spinster, is just living her life, saving orphans and such when one day she is kidnapped, brought to a secluded island and awakens to find herself stuck in a house where a non-step orgy is about to occur. Her innocent eyes are shocked by the sights she spies but also very, very intrigued. Especially when she sees her old flame and former fiancée, The Randy Duke or Sin, as he prefers to be called, is also milling about and is as handsome as ever.
Oh my. Betcha know where this is heading!
After he broke off his engagement with Portia, the supposed love of his life, for reasons, Sin has spent the past ten years throwing orgies and indulging his darker urges. But alas, when he sees Portia again he wants what he feels he doesn’t deserve because of his oh-so-dark and tainted past. As he struggles with those feelings, he does his best to keep her safe and figure out who kidnapped her and brought her to sex island. And then someone is murdered, smothered by boobs fergodssakes, and a game of super sexy Clue begins.
I’m not going to lie, this book is not going to be to everyone’s taste but I thought it was a joy to read. I’ve always loved the game of Clue and its over the top silly characters and this book seemed to take a lot of inspiration from it. There are greedy women, callous and arrogant men, a few misguided souls, quite a few murderous intentions and there’s a lot of kinky sex going on even as people continue to DIE. I basically loved it all. But I especially loved the complicated sexual tension between Sin and Portia. There was a lot of pain there for the two to wade through and all of it Sin’s fault because he had no willpower, was very broken and had very little self-esteem when they first fell in love. I don’t know if I totally buy into their HEA but I’m okay with that because there were some genuine feelings of love behind the whole mess and I do feel like Portia was a good match for The Randy Duke and went into it with her eyes wide open and well aware of his faults.
If you’re looking for a decadent, erotic read and can suspend your disbelief about, well, about most of the things that happen here, then this one is for you! ...more
This is actually a decently written monster-porn featuring . . . groceries! Yes, groceries! But not your average, everyday cucumber. These groceries hThis is actually a decently written monster-porn featuring . . . groceries! Yes, groceries! But not your average, everyday cucumber. These groceries have been hexed by an angry woman and turned into a monster-man. There really is no need for a review of this, is there?
“What do you want from me?”Ashley’s voice sounded small and timid. The creature’s voice rumbled like fresh-tilled earth, as lush as rain-soaked melon vines. “To plant my seed. Rise, woman. Give me what is mine.”
LOL, that's all I'm giving you. You'll either want to read this or you won't....more
Ruthie Toombs does deviant behavior and sarcastic characters oh-so-well. I discovered her writing with Deviant Memoirs which was independen4 1/2 Stars
Ruthie Toombs does deviant behavior and sarcastic characters oh-so-well. I discovered her writing with Deviant Memoirs which was independently published and really deserves a bigger audience.
When Feeding the Need begins Lilly is a hard-working, loving mother, wife and friend. She’s content and happy, a little stressed. She is the mother of a seven year old recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and a toddler but she seems to be dealing well. I liked her immediately. She’s sarcastic and real. She is not one of those perfectly nice mommies.
When a brat she thinks is an annoying whiner (not hers) hands her a flower she thinks, “maybe I like the little suckass a tiny bit.”
Describing a teacher: “The pretty woman looks really well put together with a sweater vest and pressed slacks considering she spent the day chasing nose pickers.”
One day, as her husband sees she may be near to losing it, he offers to take on the carpooling duties so she can have some quiet time. She takes him up on it, visits a local park and is clocked in the head with a flying tree limb. When she awakens in a hospital nine days later she learns she has a lesion on her brain that may cause behavior changes. What she doesn't tell the doctor, or anyone, is that she is intensely and painfully aroused and can think of little else but sex.
This becomes a major problem as the need for sex consumes her thoughts and her husband is unable to dim the “need”. He’s tired, poor bastard, but it’s not just that; she’s craving more, something forbidden and she fights these cravings with everything in her. But it becomes increasingly difficult with each passing day. Eventually feeding the need becomes more important to her than her family and that’s when the truly dangerous behavior begins.
You know what I love most about this book, well, besides the fabulous sarcasm? It’s complicated and unpredictable. Many genre books focus on good overcoming evil and feature main characters that may do naughty or evil things but almost always turn out to be good at the core, if you dig in deep enough. This work explores the idea that maybe some people only think they’re good people because they’re doing what is expected of them. What happens when impulse control is stripped away and one only feels truly satisfied and sane when doing what society deems deviant and destructive? What happens when a person is fighting for a life they’re not sure they really want anymore? This book explores that. It’s not pretty and it’s not safe but it sure is fascinating.
This is a story about sexual obsession and the destruction it wreaks on Lilly and all of those who love her. It is erotic but in an ugly, can’t look away, sort of way. It’s funny but also melancholy and brutally honest. In a short period of time Lilly’s behavior completely screws up her entire life and she is unable and unwilling to stop it. The more she gives in to what she really wants, damn the consequences, the more selfish and empowered she becomes.
“I am powerful in these moments. I’m not just somebody’s wife, or mother, or a goddamn food dispenser. I am alive and feeding on the stolen desire of others and I don’t want to stop.”
The characters are well drawn and I felt sympathy for Lilly, her husband Nate and the two little kids who were losing their mother. Lilly’s character changes immensely during this story and she drags the reader straight through the wringer right along with her.
Watch out for those flying tree limbs people because as the ominous prologue states:
“. . . there are things worse than death.”
I can’t wait to read whatever Ruthie Toombs writes because her voice is most definitely unique and one that works for me....more
An erotic dystopian novel? You have my attention. The world, ravaged by “solar flares”, has split off into “Eden” whereFREE today (10/21/14) @ Amazon.
An erotic dystopian novel? You have my attention. The world, ravaged by “solar flares”, has split off into “Eden” where the wealthy live in luxury and thrive beneath puritan rulers as long as they follow the rules. If they dare break them, they are cast out and forced to make their own way in one of the less desirable “sectors”. The sectors are ruled by gangs who live on the wild side; boozing it up, cage fighting for fun and screwing each other with no inhibitions. Their lives are very different from the sheltered, stifling rules of Eden.
Noelle has just been booted out of Eden for being a naughty girl and wanting to indulge in some sex and drinkies. Despite the fact that her dad is one of the biggest big wigs in Eden, she’s shunned and spit out and now has to find a new life. She’s very lucky that she happens upon Jasper and Lex who take her in and immediately make her a part of their gang which is ruled by Lex’s lover Dallas. Noelle soon learns there is little luxury and no free rides in Sector 4. You strip, suck dick or wait tables. She ends up doing all three and pretty much loving the freedom and sexuality she’s finally allowed to experience without guilt and shame.
I liked this book and will definitely read the next one but unlike a lot of people I didn't love it. I wanted to love it. I tried to love it. I honestly don’t know why I couldn't love it. It was violent and sensual and the characters were decently drawn but for some reason I just didn't find it Amazing, you know? It was only Pretty Good and I kept putting it down to do other stuff or play Dragonvale. It took me over five weeks to finish it if my records are right. Despite all of the wild sexuality on display, the characters weren't able to grab at my emotions and hold my attention for more than a few chapters at a time.
Noelle secretly craves being told what to do and being in control of her partner's desires but I didn't feel that her secret wishes were always truly fulfilled when she was with Jasper. He was almost too nice to her sometimes (I know I’m crazy, right? I can’t believe I’m calling a guy too nice who smacks her bum hard enough to leave marks and ties her up, believe me!). There was also a little too much non-communication on Jasper’s part. He’s a tough guy, he’s stubborn and he’s very protective and Noelle is as smitten with him as he is with her, but he’s the type to keep his feelings to himself, even going so far as to break off all ties with his love interest “for her own good” if he has to. That kind of thing always bugs me.
If you don’t already know, there’s a lot of sex happening in this book. The relationships between gang members are “open” even when they are committed to another and it felt right in this world and never forced. They somehow make it work. I enjoyed all that and the world building was only a little lacking but certainly not an afterthought. It was the relationship building between the main couple that didn't completely work for me. There are many characters, many complicated relationships and it seems like this book was an obvious “setup” book for more novels to come but I'm not complaining because I will more than likely buy them. In the end, this first book just wasn't as mind-blowing as I’d hoped but I am very interested to see what happens in future books with this group now that we've gotten to know a few of them quite intimately ;)....more