Though the blurb leaves something to be desired, the story itself is a laughter filled, light-hearted friends to lovers romantic comedy with an steamyThough the blurb leaves something to be desired, the story itself is a laughter filled, light-hearted friends to lovers romantic comedy with an steamy erotic overtone that will keep readers in stitches while wishing for their own “big rock.”...more
A spin-off of Wright’s popular Phoenix Pack series; this new series focuses on the Mercury Pack which is led by Nick and Shayla -from Carnal Secrets. Just as with her other PNRs, Wright builds an engaging story featuring strong men and women, humor, action, suspense, and some steamy hot love scenes. Smooth writing and strong dialogue keeps the story flowing fast and able to handle the multiple plot lines. Fans will love seeing plenty of old faces from The Phoenix Pack and getting some updates on previous couples. ...more
Favorite Quote: “It’s okay. We all got a sad story. Some more than others.”
Valentino, Casanova, and Romeo Moretti are considered bastardi, the children of mobster mistress. They sit on the sidelines, neither part of the notorious crime family they were born into but unable to walk away either. If they are unlucky enough to be notice, they must work their way up for any respect and protection. When their mother passed away, Romeo (Star-Crossed-book 2-Battered Hearts series) got guardianship of Tino and Nova, determined to keep them out of the hands of their father, Frank Moretti. Circumstances forced Romeo out of the picture when Tino and Nova were pre teens and they were forced to go live with their father. This was the beginning of their end.
“Turned out Romeo was the lucky brother. They just didn’t know it yet.”
Tino and Nova are forced into the family business-through threats and outright violence. Tino plays the game to save his brothers, destroying a piece of his soul one act at a time. Until the woman Tino loves, the woman he gave up and turned his back on, is threatened. Tino emerges from the shadows, a dark battered knight and begins to put in place a series of plans he has been working on since he was made an enforcer.
“I wouldn’t just bleed for you. I’d bleed motherfuckers out for you. I’d end worlds for you.”
Though this is Tino’s story, we learn exactly what all the Moretti brothers have done to protect each other. We have met them all throughout both series (Battered Hearts and it’s spin off- Untamed Hearts). Moon has always hinted there was far more to Tino then the perpetual happy, laughing, carefree, prankster whose love for his family is unconditional. Beware though. This not a fairy tale. This is not quite a romance. This is a tragedy. This is a love story about a boy whose love for a girl and his family was his downfall. This is a powerful testament of a man who gave life was taken from him. This is a story that takes you through hell as it prepares you for the redemption and revenge that will soon come. And you’ll want that revenge. You’ll crave it. But you have to earn it by reading his story. And you will pay in pain and sorrow.
“They broke me along time ago; now they have broken you too.”
There are two parts to Tino’s story. The Enforcer is the first part. It picks up and ends where The Slayer (book 2) ended, going into the past to show us Tino’s backstory. It leads us through his childhood and back to the present day. Moon shows us what shaped Tino into the man he is right now and she holds nothing back. A word of warning-anyone who has issues with abuse and graphic violence should beware.
This book HURT me. It is one of the hardest books I have read this year so far. In fact, in quite awhile. This turbulent emotional roller coaster ride tore through my heart, only to be made worse by the love I have for the Moretti brothers. Tino especially, whose compassion, loyalty, and unconditional love for his family and friends forced him down a very dark, brutal, and pain filled road. Moon paints a powerful picture of the life Tino has endeared. He has been used, betrayed, deceived, and abused yet he continues to shine with an almost holy inner light despite his own feelings of unworthiness and despair. He’s down…but he’s not out.
“Learn to fight your own battles. We have to be better than them. Stronger. Faster. Smarter. Lost boys have to fly.”
I raged while reading this book. I cried, shouted, shook my fist, ate a boat load of Tums, and wondered how I could get inside the story and protect this poor man. I wanted to burn this world down, salt the earth, and dance in the ashes.
Throughout the series we have been dancing on the fringes of the Moretti crime family and the various other borgatas that rule the underbelly of New York. Moon has only hinted to their dealings and the roles Tino, Nova, and Romeo have been forced to play. It’s in here we are submerged fully in the culture and learn exactly how Tino and Nova were accepted into the fold. It’s not pretty nor for the faint of heart. Yet it’s not all hopelessness and despair. There is a strong sense of family in here which offers us love and humor to give us brief reprieves from the overall seriousness. The Moretti brothers love one another and aren’t afraid to show it. Though they don’t always make the best of decisions and some choices have been taken from them, these three will always stand by one another no matter what the future holds.
“You need to get some cuff links too. Oh, you should get those dollar sign ones. Those are so fucking ghetto. They’re perfect.”
“Holy shite, yes. The ones with the tiny diamonds on them.”
“It doesn’t get more Silicilano then that.”
“Do you really think they’re ghetto?”
“Oh my God, Casanova.”
One shining light in Tino’s life is Brianna. Best friends with his sister, Carina, Brianna has been a constant source of goodness in Tino’s life since childhood. Moon builds their romance slowly and realistically, allowing the sweetness of their childhood crush to morph into a passion that transcends all boundaries and obstacles. Brianna truly sees Tino for who and what he really is.
She stood by him. Loved him. Unconditionally.
Though this story ends on a cliffhanger, it’s not an emotional deep hole that leaves the readers struggling to get up the next day. Moon makes sure we understand we had to see the past and deal with it in order to accept the future. I am ready for the future, which is titled The Enforcer’s Revenge. Release date to be announced. Kele Moon continues to excel at writing the anti hero into the forefront, giving her readers a man and a story that defies expectations.
“There’s this rule in chess.
If a pawn gets to the other side of the board, he can be anything he wants…once it hits other other side, it can be any piece.
A knight. A rook. A bishop. Anything…
All I wanted was to save one pawn.
To get him to the other side so he could be something different…”
Favorite Quote: ”…I could tell you a thousand times that I hate you, while one I love you was right there in my head all along.”
Letty Carmichael barely escaped high school alive and now is safely enrolled in college. She is shocked to see one of her tormentors sitting in one of her classes. Scared for her life, Letty races for safety only to fall and hit her head. When she wakes up in the nurse’s office, she discovers her once tormentor is the one who brought her there.
Tate Sullivan, champion wrestler, is ashamed of the way he and his friends treated Letty in high school. He will do anything to make amends and when they are partnered up for a class assignment, he grabs hold of the chance.
The more time Letty spends with Tate, the more she sees the intelligent, romantic, sweet guy he’s always kept buried. Attraction blooms, but can Letty truly forgive Tate for his actions in the past? Or is this nothing more than an elaborate scheme on his end to finish her off for good?
I’ve always been a fan of Stein’s writing. I love how she writes awkward, unconventional relationships with vulnerable characters whose wants, needs, and desires are slowly teased out in a flurry of dialogue and sexual exploration. In Never Sweeter, Stein takes it to a new level, offering forgiveness, redemption, and a second chance to a reformed bully and his former victim.
I’ll admit I went into this book with some trepidation. I wasn’t a huge fan of book one in this series with it’s odd narrative and insta-love premise. Also, after reading the prologue to this one, it was hard to imagine Stein could possibly redeem anyone who did the things he did to another human being. But she not only managed to redeem Tate, she made it seem realistic and relatable.
Told from Letty’s point of view, Stein digs deep into the psyche of both characters, pulling their emotions into the forefront. We feel Letty’s fear, pain, and anger over her former treatment and the fact that her bully dares to not only show his face at her school but in her class. She’s furious. She’s blinded by anger. She has worked so hard to overcome the scared, fearful girl who walked with her head down and always looking behind her back for the knife always aimed at her back and seeing him brings it all back like it never left.
“There was something about the way he was behaving that set her nerves on edge. As though his awareness of her was a ghostly presence around him, invisible to everyone else but clear as day to her.
He knew she was here.
She knew he knew she was here.”
Tate Sullivan was not at all like I was expecting. Reading the prologue and Letty’s memories, I thought I would see a bold, brash boy whose cruelty was the result of some deep, dark, angsty secret. I thought the story would follow a well-known plotline of the sweet, innocent girl who gradually awakens the anti hero’s conscience while healing his black heart; causing him to emerge anew from his chrysalis of hate. That doesn’t happen here though and frankly, I shouldn’t have expected it to. Not from Charlotte Stein.
Instead we get an enigma. It doesn’t take long for us to see the Tate of today is far different from the Tate of yesterday. He is a quiet, intelligent, thoughtful young man with some interesting bouts of insecurity. He gives us moments of sweetness, humor, sexiness, and romance-all focused around Letty. His regrets are plentiful. He eventually gives voice to his reasons for his actions in high school and I appreciated they were nothing more than a stupid, insecure boy wasn’t able to stand up to his equally stupid friends.
“It felt like I was trapped behind glass watching a really shitty version of myself operating my body.”
Communication is at a premium. Tate takes his time to gain Letty’s trust; showing his remorse and commitment to making amends. Her happiness is his happiness. He acknowledges that he knows she won’t ever truly forget what he did to her but hopes he can help lessen the pain. The notes they pass between them offers a whole new level of intimacy, allowing them to speak more freely, giving a voice to all their thoughts, questions, and growing feelings they aren’t comfortable saying verbally..
“I know there’s nothing I can do to erase this. I wouldn’t want to erase it, or act like it never happened, or pretend that it’s not in your heart as well as right here under my hand. I get that this is always going to be there, saying you should doubt me. But I’m gonna work every day on making it easier for you to ignore. I want you to believe in me, and I got all the hours in the world to help that happen.”
All Stein books are guaranteed to have sensual, intense, and fun sex scenes; often opening with a deliciously earthy masturbation scene. (See last week’s Smex Scene Sunday post). I love how Stein uses their class project, Sex in the Cinema, to help introduce the attraction at a slow, steady pace. Letty realistically struggles over her changing feelings for Tate. She is disgusted and confused that she may not only like him as a person but may actually be physically attracted to him. The sexual tension heightens with each new interaction.
She closed her eyes and it was all she could see—the soaps suds slowly trailing over those taut curves, making everything glossy and golden. The glimpse of the dark shape between his legs when he turned a little, heavy-looking and as shocking as he had suggested, and most important, fucking private. She was intruding on his privacy in the grossest possible way—a realization that made her cheeks heat. […] Doing all of this was bad enough.
But doing it to Tate, of all people.
She didn’t find him gross at all, but she also didn’t find him attractive. So what was going on here? Was it just curiosity? Surely anyone would wonder about that thick, dark shape between his legs. And his butt was pretty spectacular. It was probably just natural to find yourself hypnotized by it.
Never Sweeter is a sweet, emotionally gratifying second chance romance that gives readers an intriguing hero and heroine who must deal with a painful point of their past if they are to move on with their future. Though I enjoyed the story overall, I did have two issues. One was the mobster angle. I’ll be honest, I really didn’t understand what the purpose was behind that. I also wish the story hadn’t ended so abruptly. I would have enjoyed an epilogue to assure us that Tate and Letty will be okay. Regardless, Stein didn’t disappoint and I am looking forward to book three, Never Better, set to release October 2016.
Favorite Quote: “We are all strange in our own way.”
Vasily is one of the Bratva’s top enforcers. Changes in circumstances and his own views has Vasily deciding the Bratva needs a complete overhaul to make room for a new path and a new leader In order to do this, he makes a deal with the council. If he brings them a lost artifact that is rumored to be blessed, they will throw his support behind him. Brawn and bullets won’t be enough for this job. He needs technological help and that calls for the Emperor. But he never expected the Emperor to be female…or to be attracted to her.
Naomi Hayes has spent the last eighteen months as a prisoner for the Colombian cartel; forced to use her genius intellect and skills to make them millions in exchange for her family’s safety. When her brother Daniel comes to her rescue, she is once again kidnapped, but this time by a surly Russian who demands her services. He promises to let her go if she helps him locate and secure the artifact he needs; but Naomi isn’t going to go quietly this time.
As Vasily and Naomi travel across Europe, avoiding the hitman sent to kill them, and following the trail to the artifact that leads them to some very interesting places, a relationship forms that soon takes over until only their wants and desires exist. But Vasily has to complete his mission to save the Bratva’s future and his own, even if it means giving up his heart.
Last Kiss picks where Last Breath left off and runs with it like a footballer with the world cup winning goal. In Last Breath, the hero, Daniel Hayes, was on a mission to rescue his sister from the Columbian cartel. He is asked to make a detour, as a personal favor to Nick (Last Hitman), to rescue his girlfriend’s best friend who was kidnapped and sold into prostitution. Daniel is forced to ally with Vasily for help extracting Naomi only to discover Vasily has other plans and spirits Naomi away for his own gain.
As with the other books in this series, you don’t have to have read the previous ones to enjoy the current one. Each installment stays centralized on the characters and conflict at hand with minor bleed over from previous installments. Though this one does not have quite the visible darkness the last installment had, there are still violent undertones and references to sexually illicit and abusive proclivities. Once again Clare and Frederick chose some difficult subject matters and they handle them with respect and dignity to all parties involved.
I enjoyed getting to know Vasily and Naomi. We met them in previous books but this installment is one hundred percent their story. They are both such wonderfully unique and compelling characters. Naomi has Aspergers Syndrome. Highly functioning and very intelligent, but extremely limited in her ability to handle everyday social interactions. She is completely honest in her observations and emotions. Her inability to process non verbal communication or the nuances of everyday conversations is heartbreaking at times.
I function differently than most people. I’m inside my head more than most, and I don’t know how to deal with people. I’ve been called everything from Rain Man to retard. I’m not.
Vasily is the victim of sexual abuse. Deadly, deceitful, and destructive- he is a full fledged sociopath. Sold into the Bravta at an early age, he is forced into a life that slowly chips away at his soul until there is nothing left. Like Naomi, he has trouble with sensory stimulation though his reasons stem from a far darker place.
I do not liked to be touched. I do not like women. Lust in not in my vocabulary.
Alike in many ways, they live their lives to the best of their abilities, forced to linger on the fringes of a society. It’s only when they meet and allow themselves to explore and grow within those boundaries do they truly get to see what they are capable of. They are two unusually shaped pieces of a puzzle that fit together perfectly to make a whole.
The story is told from both POVs, giving us an intimate accounting of how they feel in each situation they encounter without the overlap or recap that sometimes happens in this first person dual narrative. The chemistry and connection between them was instantaneous; literally smacking you in the face with their potency. Clare and Frederick take their time in slowly drawing out their personalities, introducing them to one another and peeling back the many layers to reveal their souls.
Vasily didn’t understand Naomi at first but as time passes he begins to and is soon able to anticipate what she needs to help her adjust to the situations he is putting her into without clipping her wings. He subtly pushes her boundaries, remaining a solid comforting presence at her back. He comes across so cold and unfeeling when in actuality I found his blunt speech quite romantic at times. He offers no useless platitudes or careless words to woo her into bed-he speaks plainly and directly from his heart.
I have lived a life worthy now that I have had the chance to love you.
Naomi’s evolution is quite adventurous and humorous at times. The changes in her emerge slowly as the story unveils. I appreciated the fact that she begins to understand that her boundaries are fluid and rationalizes these changes to herself in order to better accept them.
I’ve shared his germs. His mouth is safe now, in theory, because it’s something I’ve been exposed to. Maybe if I’m covered in Vasily’s germs, I won’t get sick when he touches me, because we’ll have communal germs. We’ll have been thoroughly exposed to each other’s bacteria.
Maybe he needs to kiss me all over.
The smooth writing and dynamic characterization I’ve come to expect from this writing duo doesn’t disappoint as they build an action packed suspense that engages from page one. Heavily character driven, Clare and Frederick do a fabulous job of intertwining the romance with the conflict, using one to feed the other. Well plotted and fast paced, it creates a satisfying arc of development for the main characters and culminates in two very different sort of conflicts – one that threatens the lives of Vasily and Naomi and one that threatens their relationship. If I had one qualm, it was I felt the resolution of one particular plot line was almost comical and didn’t present as I had been expecting.
Last Kiss was a satisfying read and I recommend this series to anyone who loves romance suspense with damaged characters, erotically charged romances, dry, witty humor, and non stop thrills and chills. I look forward to the next installment-Last Hope-set to release September 29, 2015.
The Slayer slays the heart in Moon’s 2nd book of her Untamed Hearts series. Love, hate, family, betrayal, hope, and redemption all blend together to bThe Slayer slays the heart in Moon’s 2nd book of her Untamed Hearts series. Love, hate, family, betrayal, hope, and redemption all blend together to build a lush and heart wrenching love story between a former gang banger, Chuto, and a preacher’s daughter, Aliane. If this sounds trite, it’s anything but. The brilliance lies in the characters who live in this story. Life is never easy and sometimes the hardest blows come from those you love the most and nothing even begins to prepare you for the blows this couple has to take for their love and happiness. Dark and forbidding at times, Moon doesn’t try to explain away the criminal element that permeates Chu’s life in order to give him a happy ending. Rather, she uses it as a learning guide, giving us the readers a chance to see the real man behind the deeds. Using the past and the present, Moon slowly shows us Chu’s life from the beginning and the friendship that has built between him and Aliane over the years. We learn the reasons why Chu has tried to stay away from her and the lengths Aliane will go to be with him. Fan will adore the heavy interaction with our favorite Italian boys-Novo and Tino; along with inclusions of past couples. Moon rips out out your heart and soul with The Slayer but in an exceptional fashion, she hands it back to you stronger than ever....more
While this certainly parallels McKenna's Willing Victim to an extent, the reasons behind the protagonists actions are darker, resulting in a deeper meWhile this certainly parallels McKenna's Willing Victim to an extent, the reasons behind the protagonists actions are darker, resulting in a deeper mental and emotional baseline. A smooth flowing storyline addresses multiple subjects lines while slowly peeling back the layers of two extremely complicated characters. Pace handles these subject matters with grace and careful handling as both parties are far more fragile then first assumed. Sexually explicit scenes only add to the edgy intimacy that permeates the book. Though we aren't left with an HEA, Pace leaves readers with a sense of hope they could have a viable future together. ...more
Marriage of convenience goes horribly wrong when the anti hero, who is an alpha jerk-abet a sexy one, falls in love with his “convenience.” I waited FMarriage of convenience goes horribly wrong when the anti hero, who is an alpha jerk-abet a sexy one, falls in love with his “convenience.” I waited FOR EVAH for this book to release and I liked it BUT I didn’t realize it was a duology and that the first book was all set up for the conflict that will appear in book two. Regardless, I will be buying book two because I must know what happens....more
Very one dimensional in characterization and storyline. Man kidnaps women; essentially taking her from one prison and putting her in another. Titi 2.5
Very one dimensional in characterization and storyline. Man kidnaps women; essentially taking her from one prison and putting her in another. Titillating but not engaging in the least. I am pretty much over dark erotica and forced BDSM. ...more
The Circus of the Damned is the second book in Cornelia Grey’s Deal With the Devil series. You do not need to read the first book to read this one thoThe Circus of the Damned is the second book in Cornelia Grey’s Deal With the Devil series. You do not need to read the first book to read this one though fans will recognise the devil, Farfarello, from book one. An M/M romance fantasy with a healthy dose of historical and steampunk attributes. A bold and interesting premise speaks of a damned circus whose unusual performers promise their soul to the devil in exchange for a safe place to exist. A circus made up of people whose extraordinary gifts and peculiarities make them suspect in the world. Gray attempts to paint a dark fantasy with vivid imaginary as flavors of unscrupulous deeds and acts set the base for her world. There is so much promise here it’s almost unbearable.
Unfortunately, the premise is far more ambitious than the story itself. Beautifully written with a flair for the dramatic, the purple prose and an overabundance of descriptive terms becomes suffocating and drags the story down on more than one occasion. It also doesn’t allow for an in-depth examination of any one particular subplot. In Grey’s efforts to create the perfect atmosphere for her creations, the storyline itself suffers.
The story starts meeting Gilbert Blake. Gilbert Blake is a con man. He uses his gifts of magic to swindle people but only so that he and his pet mouse, Emilia, can survive. Abandoned as a child due to his gifts, he has a layer of vulnerability that speaks of his need to be accepted for who he is though that same need scares him. Temperamental and prone to fits of anger, Gilbert tries very hard to maintain his illusion of normality. When his latest con lands him in hot water, he makes his deal with the circus ringmaster, Jesse, believing that it is just one more con and he can get out of it anytime. Of course, when you make a deal with the devil, the devil is in the details. He tries multiple times to leave only to find himself right back at the circus the moment he falls asleep. When he finally accepts his fate, he begins to see that this maybe his chance to have the family, love, and acceptance he’s always secretly wanted.
Jesse, the ringmaster of the circus, is a bit of an enigma. He made the original deal with a devil that put The Circus of the Damned in motion. In the beginning, we see a mercurial hard man who gives the impression he doesn’t suffer fools lightly. As the story progresses, Jesse loses his hard edges and we see a submissive man who regrets the deal he made so many years ago. Heartfelt and melancholy, he struggles to keep his family safe while dealing with the fact that everyone he loves dies around him.
A cast of eccentric and dramatic secondary characters gives some sense of depth and continuance to the story though Grey doesn’t really dig down to the meat of them. Well developed descriptions give us the physical aspects of the cast but we aren’t given any emotional details. What are their stories? What made them take the deal? How did they come to find Jesse or vice versa? The one personal story we do get was from a character that we have very minimal interaction with. The antagonists of the story do not present as well as the rest. The crime lord’s intentions are established but the resolution is anti climatic. He remains a caricature who never achieves the status of evil we are made to think he is. Same for the devil, Farfarello, who made the original deal with Jesse. His status remains up in the air as hints are made to an old love affair between the devil and Jesse. We are given only enough to wonder at their relationship but not any concrete answers to how or why this original deal came into play. Their history is left in the dark even though the base of the story is built upon it.
The romance is low key. Its evolution attempts to allow Gilbert and Jesse to reveal the hidden aspects of themselves to the reader and each other though. Sexy, steamy, and very lush in terms of sexuality, this couple blazes in bed. Chemistry wise they are well matched but the connection was just not made for me. I could see the attraction clearly but I never felt the shift from lust to love. It’s more of an affair than an actual romance. Their copulation happens rather fast. There is one particular scene involving magic “hands” that will leave you feeling a little breathless, proving that no matter what issues Grey has in the mechanics of the story, she certainly doesn’t lack any imagination in the romance department. WHEW.
A happy for now ending leads us to believe there will be more told from this world in the future. While I enjoyed aspects of the book, I wasn’t to keen on the overall execution. There were just too many loose ties left blowing in the wind with too many unanswered questions.
Favorite Quote: “What was it that Pam from Archer says? Oh right, you could drown a toddler in my panties right now.”
Victoria (Tiny) Corielli is a low paid bike messenger who needs money now. Her mother’s cancer has returned and Victoria needs to secure them new housing and pay for the mounting medical bills. While doing some deliveries for her questionable step brother, Victoria meets the most incredibly sexy man she has ever seen whose charm and good looks makes her melt right there on the street.
We aren’t strangers. Somewhere, at some point, we must have made a connection and we’re now recognizing it again in this lifetime.
Victoria runs away because the reaction this man pulls from her just from their first meeting scares her to death. She has no time for romantic entanglements; there is just too much on her plate right now. Weeks later, her step brother sends her out on another job that leads her straight back to him. He claims her brother is helping him secure someone for a special job but when she offers up herself, he doesn’t want her help.
“Are you sure I can’t help you?”
His fingers close around the frame and tip me toward him until I have no choice but to brace my hand against the hard wall of his chest. His hand leaves my arm and comes around me like a shackle.
“Let me be perfectly frank with you, Victoria. There are lots of things that I’d like you to do for me. Some of them involve you on your knees. Others require you bent over a table. All of them require me to be between your legs. But I don’t pay for that.”
Victoria once again flees but soon, everywhere Victoria looks, there he is.
Watching. Waiting. Wanting.
Because what Ian Kerr wants…Ian Kerr gets.
I want to say right off that I think the blurb for Losing Control is misleading in that it gives the impression this is your typical overly alpha stalker billionaire chases the naive and charmingly inept “I will do anything for…’ virgin romance. In reality, the book is far more than that. It is a steamy, sexy, funny and oh so good and dirty love story about two people whom fate has arranged to meet one another and their sparks light up the world around them. A certain Cinderella-esque feeling permeates the book as Ian steadily and at times bull doggedly pushes his way into Victoria’s life though Victoria is anything but a compliant princess looking for her prince charming.
“I’m not a toy. You don’t get to put me in Barbie’s expensive town home and play with me until you’re bored. I’m a fucking real person, and my mom’s a real person. And we don’t need this shit right now. I say who I sleep with and whose bed I’m in—and right now, you aren’t even in the same conversation.”
Her strength is heart wrenching which is made evident by all she does for her ailing mother. She will do whatever it takes to make her mother’s life better. She’s strong, fearless, intelligent, and wonderfully down to earth and funny. She has learned the hard way that nothing in life is free and sometimes though the price is high, you do what you can for those you love. And Victoria loves her mother more than anything.
“I’d do anything to keep my mother alive.”
Ian, Ian, Ian. *laughing softly* Ian Kerr is the ultimate alpha with his arrogance, money, and rather autocratic way of taking charge with or without Victoria’s permission. He is a gorgeous, bossy, sexy, generous, irritating man whose obsession turned adoration for Victoria makes you forgive him rather quickly.
“I’m a big collector of things.” “Am I a thing?” “No, your my heart.”
And his mouth. Oh. My. God. This man’s mouth should be illegal. He says the most dirty and delicious things.
“You’re done when I say so. Your pussy still wants me.”
His long fingers are still stroking my post-climactic nerve endings, more gently now but still firm. His thumb caresses my clit lightly, and I shudder with each pass.
“You’re so wet and hot and fucking beautiful right now and I want you to come. Now.”
Though the beginning started out slowly, the pace picks up rather quickly as we divulge into the characters lives and what exactly Ian’s job for Victoria entails. The romance develops at a slow seductive speed, intertwining with the various subplots, and pulling it all together into one explosive mixture. Fredericks allows ample time for Victoria and Ian to connect emotionally and mentally before pushing them into bed, which works perfectly for their personalities and the story overall. Dynamic chemistry, witty banter, and intense dirty love scenes brought this couple to life and elevated them beyond the normal offerings we have seen in this trope lately.
“I think of you non-stop. When I get up in the morning, I wonder if you’ll like the smell of the soap I used. When lunch rolls around, I wonder if you’ve eaten enough. I wanted to delay making love to you until I was completely sure you were with me – mind, body and soul – because yes, Tiny, you are mine. And this isn’t for show.”
The ending, while inconclusive, doesn’t leave us dangling from a cliff. Victoria’s and Ian’s story continues in book 2, Taking Control, which releases September 16, 2014.
What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas. Two strangers marry and divorce in a span of twelve hours, opening the door to a sexy conflict4.5
What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas. Two strangers marry and divorce in a span of twelve hours, opening the door to a sexy conflicted romance that addresses the need for control and the benefits of giving it up to the right person. Humor and angst balance well together as our lovers learn the art of compromise....more
Not bad. Less action packed then the rest of the series. This one focuses more on the protagonists and their drama and less on external conflicts. ToNot bad. Less action packed then the rest of the series. This one focuses more on the protagonists and their drama and less on external conflicts. To be expected since the series on going arc was resolved in Tiny. I liked Killer and Kelsey even though Kelsey reminded me of Angel who I'm not a fan of.
Color me surprised, I actually liked this. Our hero is a jerk. I found his honesty refreshing and frankly funny at times. He trolls on line dating sitColor me surprised, I actually liked this. Our hero is a jerk. I found his honesty refreshing and frankly funny at times. He trolls on line dating sites for casual hook ups and once he's hit it...he quits it. In his defense, he's honest about it. He doesn't lie or use manipulation to score. The women know everything up front. It's one night and one night only of dinner and sex.
He has one online friend whom he engages in conversation and some naughty talk. When he finally meets her, he discovers everything about her is a lie. To late though, he has fallen for her and that angers him beyond belief.
The story is quick, unpadded, and lays it all out in a liner way with explicit terms. No real development doesn't allow for the reader to connect to the characters nor validate the connection they seem to be forming with each other. I can't say I really liked either of the protags. The hero has some deep seated issues and a potty mouth while the heroine is a liar.
The ending is melodramatic and stops on a dime. Heck of a cliffhanger. I got a deja vu feeling as there was another trilogy I read that used that same plot device at the end of the first installment. I am guessing the next two installments will devulge more into the MCs backgrounds and give us the needed information to see hows and whys to the way they are and if they stand a chance for something more.
I didn't like the the sense of double standard concerning the hero and his dismissal of the women who ignore his rules. He is portrayed as being mean and cruel for not softening his rules for the women trying to push him into something more both sexually and emotionally. If a man were to try and push a woman that way, we would be screaming he was being creepy, pushy, and crossing boundaries.
Regardless, I shall probably read the second installment. ...more
Hmmmm...I have mixed feelings for this book. The premise interested me-a semi autobiography story about a Master dom and his feelings on what BDSM isHmmmm...I have mixed feelings for this book. The premise interested me-a semi autobiography story about a Master dom and his feelings on what BDSM is and what it entails from a male pov. Told in a narrative style using an interview to tell the story, it engaged me in the beginning. I enjoyed the authors views on BDSM especially as he explained what he felt being a dom meant and the different ways a D/s relationship can work. It's actually pretty much dummied down for the lay person-emotion not entering into it.
That being said, it began to unravel at the half way point when it abruptly introduced the romance. The author's voice switched from the detached in instructional style storyline to the arrogant billionaire erotic romance storyline when he began to spin his "stories" in order to titillate the woman interviewing him. We watch him reel her in only to slap her down as the classic issues plot line is slowly set up. I was disappointed in how quickly Leticia, the interviewer, lost her maturity and became a needy weepy lip biting mess whose attachment was better in line with someone who had actually been a relationship with the Master. I'm sorry, but a single kiss does not grant you rights to demand he or she loves you.
The ending is somewhat of a cliffhanger and I give it to author that the great reveal is not one normally employed. I was hoping for something a little more awe inspiring or darker in nature but, what can you do? We are also given clues that there is a second woman who will employ a Machiavellian MO in the future to keep the Master with her.
All in all an interesting book that had it's moments. Will I read the next one? Probably. While I didn't buy the romance, it definitely needs more development and depth, I did find the Master and his stories interesting. ...more
LA Witt and Aleksandr Voinov takes us back to the elite Market Garden for more erotic play when rent boys Tristan and Jared are hired by Mr. Rolex toLA Witt and Aleksandr Voinov takes us back to the elite Market Garden for more erotic play when rent boys Tristan and Jared are hired by Mr. Rolex to once again turn him on and inside out. Except, Jared decides to go a little further this time when he begins to weave his spell of seduction on Tristan.
HOT-HOT-HOT is all I can say. Though only 38 pages, you'll feel like you've read for hours as Witt and Voinov put their formidable skills to full use in this erotic niblet. ...more
Ugh. This will teach me not to reach the excerpt first. Another erotic romance that is really nothing more then a story about an abusive man and the MUgh. This will teach me not to reach the excerpt first. Another erotic romance that is really nothing more then a story about an abusive man and the Mary Sue he needs, wants, and eventually controls. Hero is a sadomasochistic who bullies heroine into a S&M slave/master relationship. No safe words or contracts are used because he needs it to feel "real."
He paused. "I don't play games. No club scenes, no safe words, no compromise. It's my way and you'll do what I ask of you."
Really? What woman wouldn't jump on that?
But our heroine does. Then she leaves. Then she comes back. Then she leaves. Then he hits her, tells her only he can give her what she wants and needs and she will obey him (paraphrasing here) and suddenly, is he's in nirvana. She gets it.
"If I ever catch you talking, walking, looking at the people on the street, I will beat you until you're too sore to walk out the door."
Let me be frank here, pain is NOT my scene but I don't judge anyone who engages in it. I do, however, judge those who don't respect their partners and engage in safe, consensual, BDSM. No safe word? No contract? No spelling out hard/soft limits? Not willing to discuss your partner's wants and needs? Tell that person to walk because they aren't respecting you and don't want to have a safe relationship with you.
I really feel this was not a romance. Our hero goes into it admitting he wants someone in his life on a permanent basis he can beat. 0_o I think if the book showed character growth-our hero calming down and getting to the root of his anger issues and the author being able to prove to me that the hero and heroine did indeed fall in love...then I would have been a little more satisfied with it. But that doesn't happen. He goes on and on about wanting to break her. Does that sound like love to you? Even his mentor admits that the best feeling he ever had was going to far and breaking a woman.
Favorite Quote: “No judgment. No limits. No shame.”
Cassie Robichaud’s life is at a stand still. Grief and guilt over her husband’s death has put her in a prison of her own making. A prison of loneliness and sorrow. When she finds a notebook a customer leaves behind, her curiosity leads her to read it and suddenly she finds herself shocked and titillated by its erotic telling of a secret society and the fantasies the author has enjoyed. When the author comes back to retrieve her journal, Cassie learns that the mystery woman is part of a secret club called, appropriately, S.E.C.R.E.T. A club for women to explore their sexually in a safe and controlled environment. Cassie is invited to join the club and soon embarks on her own personal journey towards self fulfillment and empowerment through a series of individual fantasies.
S.E.C.R.E.T. is a coming of age novel that while erotic in essence, concentrates more on the emotional, mental, and sexual awakening of our protagonist, Cassie. Told in the first person, we are given insight into her personal thoughts and feelings throughout her journey. She is told to write down ten fantasies and they will be made possible by the club. Each fantasy revolves around the concept of acceptance and healing.
This was a difficult book for me to review. On one hand, I enjoyed the premise of a secret society that focuses purely on catering to women’s needs, both on a sexual and emotional level. A secret society that embraces the notion that exploration of your sexuality can empower you and elevate different aspects of your life. I also enjoyed the notion of a sisterhood that embraces you for who you are. These women came to support Cassie on many levels, without judgment. Its strong characterization is well developed and stays steady throughout the story. Cassie’s metamorphosis rings true and the overall story’s fast pacing kept my attention.
Part of me, though, wasn’t convinced. While reading, I never connected with the characters or the storyline. I felt as though I was an outsider, looking in. Cassie always seems a bit uncomfortable with the whole journey and that in turn made me uncomfortable. I don’t buy the aspect that sexual fulfillment with multiple partners is the way to build self esteem. It can free you but can it truly make you happy? Furthermore the author never convinces me that Cassie is happy. I see her awakening sexually, and coming out of her shell, yet in regards to her dealings with those outside of S.E.C.R.E.T., I don’t see a huge change in her personality. She still seems so self contained. She still allows certain characters to be rude and dismissive of her. We are told she is stronger but I never really saw it.
The erotic scenes are sexy and well done in relation to the ten steps but that is all. It is merely a series of brief sexual encounters. They are short and sweet with no real emotional backing, once again confirming my belief that Cassie isn’t really enjoying the encounters beyond a superficial level. I was also dismayed to find we don’t learn as to why the men are part of it and what they get out it it. I can’t believe it’s merely for sex yet nothing is given to challenge this belief. I would have loved some one on one time with one of the men, just to hear what their motivation is.
I admit I spoke to another author who had read the book and her thoughts opened my eyes to what I am struggling to say here. She helped me realize that I started the book with the expectation that this would be a romance and it’s not. I equate sex with love. Not a very enlightened opinion but it is as such. I expected Cassie’s path to eventually lead her to a singular romantic entanglement and when I was essentially denied that, it colored my perceptions of the book. That is all on me. The ending Ms. Adeline choose was not to my liking; it is abrupt and leaves us hanging on the edge with many unanswered questions. I felt Cassie’s decision was more reactionary than truly what she wanted. Yet, it was a bold move and speaks well of the overall storyline’s intentions.
There is a sequel that is slated to release in October 15, 2013. I am very interested in seeing where Ms. Adeline takes us this time and if my thoughts and feelings will change with this next installment.