Ahhhhhh! Another sweet little peek into the lives of one of our favorite couples: Judd and Brenna.
They are one of my fave couples and it's so great t...moreAhhhhhh! Another sweet little peek into the lives of one of our favorite couples: Judd and Brenna.
They are one of my fave couples and it's so great to see them going strong and any time with them is a treat. The best part is it's a chance to see how Brenna is still healing Judd, and that in the end despite it all Judd is still a man. You'll be grinning and happy by the end of this one.
Many guides and readers state that this story is the 2nd—or first if you skip Tammy's—short you should...more****This is a review of Whisper of Sin only.****
Many guides and readers state that this story is the 2nd—or first if you skip Tammy's—short you should read before starting this series. Somehow Goodreads kept getting the reading orders mixed up so I had it has 8.5 in the series. Personally, I think reading this story later on only enhances it, especially if you're a first time reader. You know all the characters and enjoy seeing them younger (especially Dorian!!) and there isn't awkward moments of wondering why this or that character is getting so much stage time. The emotional connection is instant.
Speaking of connections. Finally Ria and Emmett. Ria has been a favorite of mine and I love that the reader gets to take peek back into 2070 and get a feel for the growing DarkRiver pack and some of the challenges they faced taking over LA as part of there territory. The mix of gang violence and vigilantly justice is so exciting!
Speaking of exciting! Ria and Emmett are magic on the pages. It's wonderful that this short story is so long, plenty of time to enjoy the heat these two cook up together. It's also nice to get a feel for Emmett. I've been so curious about Ria's mate, but besides his appearance in book one I don't actually remember him entering the story any other time up (I'm up to book 8 Bonds of Justice).
This is going to please Psy/Changeling fans immensely. New readers will probably get a yummy taste of what Singh has to offer through this series. It's hot, action between and out of the sheets, action(um, like fighting and stuff), humor, and the best part of a sweet romance of a great character that fans have been dying to read about. What's not to love?
Sexual Content: Yes, some yummy steamy scenes! Of course, some sexual humor!
***Sorry, I have hunted and hunted trying to find the link again! But I can’t!***
Dorian's and Clay's happy family get together. Along with kit and a f...more***Sorry, I have hunted and hunted trying to find the link again! But I can’t!***
Dorian's and Clay's happy family get together. Along with kit and a few other friends. It's another great peek into the DarkRiver pack and some beloved characters. There's ahhhhhh moments and plenty of laughs. Oh and a bake off between some hot dominants already mentioned above. Thank you Singh for another wonderful freebie.
This is a short freebie from the authors website, another window view. This time readers get to peep in on the Rats. The incredible spies that give Da...moreThis is a short freebie from the authors website, another window view. This time readers get to peep in on the Rats. The incredible spies that give Darkriver a huge part of the intelligence. It's nice to get this itty-bitty chance to visit them as I've been so curious with their “pack” and their history. In the end it's just what the title states. A conversation. It's nice to hear from the Rats how their alliance with Darkriver.
Sexual Content: Clean!
3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.
***Review copy provided through Netgalley for an honest review.***
Susan Krinard is a new to me author, but once I heard that there would be Valkyries...more***Review copy provided through Netgalley for an honest review.***
Susan Krinard is a new to me author, but once I heard that there would be Valkyries I was all up in this book! Norse mythology! Um, yes please. A classic trickster Loki that can change shape into anything he wants, male or female, making for a pretty steamy and deceptive read! Sexy scandals. Check. Did I mention Valkyrie?? This title had everything that makes me foam at my metaphorical mouth! Then a few pages into the book it hit . . .
Valkyrie titles must be jinxed for me. Especially, the characters. To be honest I think Krinard was trying to make Mist the mythical legend—AKA the Valkyrie in question—more human. She isn't aware of how stunningly gorgeous she is, or when men are openly lusting after her. Mist also suffers from serious self doubt. Now I'm not saying those are bad qualities. But Mist is old. I mean she's a walking fossil old. At a certain point in her centuries old life I'd expect her to realize that "girls got sex appeal." One huge mistake in her past causes her to question every step she takes after that. It's just so unrealistic. Yes, it's good to question yourself. But not to a point where you would blindly trust a stranger, who clearly has evil intentions. Or to ignore your instincts when a "clue" just up and slaps you across the face. Mist has to be rescued numerous times, comes off as really-really stupid, and while her genuine kindness makes her endearing it can't save her character.
That stranger I mentioned above just happens to be a elf named Dainin. Who is a emotionless, cold hearted guy, who just happened to start Ragnarok. Of course he was tricked and is now living with a monster inside him. So for the write price he'd betray Mist. The majority of the book is set up to show what a hotty Dainin is, his suffering, and his eventual arrival to the point that he needs to help Mist out. Of course I can't forget that he would allow someone else to pay for his sins. Or the way he is willing to betray Mist. It's purely evil and it over shadows every move he makes, even when he's finally willing to die for Mist. Clearly he's the love interest in this series. One that I'm not feeling. He's a great character and highly fascinating, but it just doesn't work out for me. He still deceives Mist even after he realizes that he needs to help her. Hot N cold, sing it Perry.
This book was fairly long. But I felt like I just read the first half of a novel, where it's trying to frantically build up the world while making plot progress. For me there's barely anything that truly happens. Boredom is a feeling no reader should ever feel. The mythology was half baked at best and I felt that Krinard stepped back on a few of her "rules" of magic. There's too many questions running about at the end. Is Norse mythology the only true mythology of this world, are there others? How do they tie in? And on, and on! Plus, Loki's name gets mixed up with a few of the other characters. You can't have errors like that! Not when there is a character that can become anyone. I spent a good time wondering if it was an error, or if it was actually Loki.
In the end this title has potential I'm really curious as to what will happen in future books, but I'm only continuing if the next title can transform this series into what it could be. The action is tons of fun, even if Mist really never brings the heat. There's an interesting romance developing, even if I'm not that into it. The main reason for reading Mist is for Loki. Man is he scandalously delicious! Probably one of my favorite literary renditions of him. Come for the Norse mythology, stay for Loki.
Sexual Content: Nothing overly graphic, but there’s some sex and some naughty-naughty by Loki.
Yes. I proudly admit that gargoyle erotica, or romance, really floats my boat. Maybe it stems from my childhood crush on Goliath from Gargoyles. Been...moreYes. I proudly admit that gargoyle erotica, or romance, really floats my boat. Maybe it stems from my childhood crush on Goliath from Gargoyles. Been nurturing that crush for well over fifteen years. While I've read a few gargoyle romances, My Stone Lover is my first gargoyle erotica.
First off, I'm gonna say that sex with a stone penis would probably kill you. Especially the size that Cox is hinting at. If it didn’t kill you, I'm sure you'd never want to have sex again—or maybe couldn’t. Ever. Because it's going to do some damage. My take is that this line “his muscles moved like the stone had turned to skin, soft and pliable” means that when he starts magically moving he isn't 100% stone any more. That's my biggest issue with this book.
Despite its small size—my eReader states that it's twenty-five pages long—My Stone Lover accomplishes a great deal in it's tiny time. It's hot, steamy, and tons of fun. Yes, there are a few things unanswered and blanks. But you just roll with the flow and everything is good. I'll be looking forward to more from this author, and I'll be looking into more gargoyle themed erotica for sure.
***Copy received for an honest review by author.***
This was a step up from the last one. Not quite as jumpy, and the writing was a bit more clean. Hec...more***Copy received for an honest review by author.***
This was a step up from the last one. Not quite as jumpy, and the writing was a bit more clean. Heck, I even laughed more! Escaping Love relies heavily on tropes though, and this does little to flesh out Smith's skill. The male love interest, Clint, magically comes into money . . . by a timely coincidence. There also a lot of sexual phrases that were present from the last book, I found it a bit tacky.
My biggest issue was that just like the first book the males think (and I think even the women state it at some point) that the cure for what they're feeling is to have sex once and get it out of their system. And why is it that if she wants to have sex she refers to herself as a slut? Why? Is it wrong for a woman to have sexual desires and want to act on them. Or to act on them? No, it isn't. And I don't like that they have to call themselves sluts.
Alex is coming from sexist society yet has no issue with Clint buying her. Which was the fate she wanted to avoid. Yes, I understand the only other way to get a hold of her would be to have some kind of uprising or something. It just seemed like Alex should have been slightly offended. Just like the last book some sexist tropes are the motivator for the story and I just wish Smith would step outside of that for the next book.
In the end I don't think these are finished enough to spend money on. Smith still needs to put more work into it before I'd call it a book. World building!
Sexual Content: Sex scenes, sexual humor, and some evil sexual intentions.
***Copy received for an honest review by author.***
Transforming Love is basically, in house building terms, a frame without a foundation. The basic Pa...more***Copy received for an honest review by author.***
Transforming Love is basically, in house building terms, a frame without a foundation. The basic Paranormal Romance steps are here, but it feels like nothing is expanded on. After the last page turned—even while reading—the characters were instantly forgotten.
The sex scenes, definitely have potential. The romance wasn't fleshed out enough that the full affect of—what is clearly a great romantic concept—the courtship left me empty. The female lead (see still can't come up with names) was solid and I admired that she wanted to do things her way. The male leads acceptance and eventual sacrifice was amazing and I felt so bummed that I couldn't truly enjoy it.
The story feels like a rough draft. There needs to be more effort put in. It feels like I was reading a standard fanfic, an ode to the paranormal romance genre. There's clearly a lot of love for the work here. To be a true story there needs to be sheetrock, paint, wiring, and a lot of other things to make it a home to paranormal romance readers. Right now those wooden beams are mighty shaky.
All right! All right, I'll admit it! This little shorty made me tear up. It was so fun getting to peek in on Kit and Rina, they're both side character...moreAll right! All right, I'll admit it! This little shorty made me tear up. It was so fun getting to peek in on Kit and Rina, they're both side characters that I've loved seeing throughout the series. The best part was their banter. Rina is such a firecracker! Oh, she has to have a book!!! Anywho. It's great that we get to see the two interact together, and I love the family bonds that are shown here. If your a faithful Psy/Changeling fan you do not want to miss this.
Gargoyles, gosh how I love them! So I was only too eager to toss my money out and buy this book! No, really their was begging. Even though Anton Strou...moreGargoyles, gosh how I love them! So I was only too eager to toss my money out and buy this book! No, really their was begging. Even though Anton Strout's writing hasn't been my flavor in the past. I figured he was just underdeveloped at the time and now he'd be A-mazing!
Boom, always trust your gut instinct. Chapter 2, and I was living in a world of disappointment. Lexis (AKA Alexandra) was annoying. Weak willed, a push over (though I believe this was supposed to be taken as kindness, but no she had her bitchy moments), not independent, and lazy. Now she's a hard worker when it came to learning about her Spellmason/Alchemy skills. However, when she has to step in to help out the family business, she does nothing but complain. There's a lot of avoiding and—oh, yeah—complaining. She's had her whole life to do whatever and now when she needs to help out the family it's woe is her. Stanis, the gargoyle, was the only thing that kept me reading, I just knew why his memories had been stolen! And I had to confirm it.
Now the character connections, nothing felt real. Which is something I always find myself experiencing in Strout's work. It was like a fog was covering they're interactions. Most of the time it felt like Lexi, Rory—the best thing to happen to this book—and the nerdy Marshall where at each others throats! They're all supposed to be friends. Rory has been Lexi's bestie since forever! Lexi is bringing her friends into this whole new world and simply expects her friends not to have minds of their own.
Rory steps up and saves their asses from danger! Lexi: what have you done! Monster!
The gargoyle suddenly attacks poor Marshall. Rory and Marshall get worried and question Stanis. Lexi: He doesn't deserve that, he's our hero!
Really!? It felt like they were hating each other constantly. Marshall is bullied non-stop, even when he comes in handy. Nerds are funny, they make wonderful comic reliefs. However, I don’t like to read about bullying. Even if it’s trying to pass as affectionate friendship. Phew, I'll stop.
Stanis and Lexi had to have romance. That's what us Gargoyle fans want! Forbidden love of the ultimate beauty and beast variety! Lexi thinks of Stanis as a servant or toy at the beginning. Which I found strange considering that despite his lack of emotions and his missing memories, it's clear that Stanis is more then a lump of rock. Plus, if Lexi is as sweet and kind hearted as readers are being led to believe, why would she just assume he was a lump of stone? Why am I still complaining? Lexi starts to fall in love with Stanis! That love had there was no development. Boom! We've jumped to a budding romance, with no stalk to support it. (Yes, flower comparisons.)
There were plot holes. Huge ones! An enemy recognizes Stanis, but then later on in the book no one knows him. How did this random—expandable minion—guy know what really happened? Also, Lexi runs into other stone critters who have once been human. Wouldn’t a logical jump be to think that something as complicated as Stanis and these strange living rock men be related? Sure one is cruder looking then the other, but let's make logical jumps here! Plus a few other issues that I don't want to spoil the book with.
Though I have to hand it to Strout. Despite this book being really predictable, he pulled one over me. Here I am all this will happen next and this—BOOM! Total-awesome plot twist. Loved it! Then I realized that maybe about 72-ish percent in, Alchemystic finally grabbed my attention. (About where the “BOOM!” happens.) It was a fun rush and suddenly boring hunts for gem stones turned into Indiana Johns adventures! Er, with a few really stupid mistakes to make it grind my nerves. However, the last 20 percent was awesome. The emotions started to connect just a little bit better!
When a brick and wire made character becomes the highlight of your reading experience with the lead’s page time, something is wrong. When you like the best-friend more, another bad sign. Though Rory is an amazing character and it's hard to top her—a dancer with fighting instincts—she should have been the main character. Lexi felt like a character created for Lanis to protect. That's his job, but there should have been more depth all around. As said the last 30 percent made this book so . . . cool. Yet, I still feel torn, and I almost gave up. Which I hardly ever do. That last 30 percent can not be what I judge this book by. In the end I will say I have to get the next book, but I might try to find a copy to borrow before I commit to this series. No begging shall occur.
Sexual Content: Pretty clean by book peeps. Heck, I vaguely remember some sexual humor!
****Review copy received for an honest review.****
Witches are my top favorite paranormal "creatures"—next to shifters of course. They tantalize me whe...more****Review copy received for an honest review.****
Witches are my top favorite paranormal "creatures"—next to shifters of course. They tantalize me whether they be dark and disturbing, or sparkling good. One of the sad parts about witch themed books is that many times they come a crossed too juvenile and undeveloped. The Witch Collector thankfully is one that I can tell everyone the good news about! This is solid craft people!
With that said, this review has taken me so long to put into words. I enjoyed the read and the story was fun. However, I kept trying to remember why I liked the book when there was very little meat to the story. I was nibbling on scraps and by the time I finished reading it I felt . . . hungrier. Then it hit me, I had only read the first half of a book. Don't confuse it with a cliffhanger. All of it was "setup" storylines that make me grumble and moan until I get to the good stuff.
The concept of the witches here are promising and I love what the book is hinting at. Everyone knows how picky I am about my witches, I don't just want happy chanting and pretty rhymes. There's also hints of other magic such as alchemy, demons . . .
The main character's parents haven't given her enough info and they of course vanish and she's left with this whole mystery to solve about her special witch magic. For someone who grew up in a community of witches she's almost as ignorant as the reader. The characters are something that definitely stood out to me, they helped to add depth to the story. The love interest is building up nicely and is hinting at a love triangle . . . and that's where I have to stop.
I know this is something new publishers are trying, but it doesn't work for me. I want to read the whole book, not one half at a time. It feels like I can't accurately review this book. Because at this point it's just an average read, who knows what the other half is going to contribute. Normally I'd give it a 2/5, but the author’s world and writing is strong enough that I feel confidante enough as to where this series is going. Yes, it cuts of right in the middle of where things are finally building up in the story line and we're going to see some action. Despite the standard plot tropes this book is worth a read, and I am looking forward to the next installment!
Sexual Content: Clean, there is some mild sexual content.
3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.
****This is a review of Stroke of Enticement only, book 3.5 in the Psy-Changeling series.****
Ahhhhhh! This may not be an important short story to the...more****This is a review of Stroke of Enticement only, book 3.5 in the Psy-Changeling series.****
Ahhhhhh! This may not be an important short story to the overall plot in the Psy-Changeling universe, it is an enjoyable read. Zach is a pack member of DarkRiver—cat leopards—and Annie a cool teacher—and a wicked cool human. Sure their romance happens within 48 hours. Yet it never feels rushed.
The easy plots/mysteries that I've experienced from this series isn't an overshadowing the story and I can simply enjoy the romance. Zach heals Annie's emotional scars caused by her parents marriage and her mothers controlling manner. It's so tender watching these two.
Don't miss this cute story if you're a fan. The story of these two characters is well worth it. The cameo's of some of the other characters from previous books are so fun, plus Zach and Annie's mating comes up in Mine to Possess. The over shadowing darkness of what is happening in other other books is here, but it focuses on the brighter side. Honestly, I loved it!
Sexual Content: Just as hot as the other Psy-Changeling books.
This short story is not paramount to the series. Skipping over it is not in anyway going to take away from the plots in a later book. Nope. The purpos...moreThis short story is not paramount to the series. Skipping over it is not in anyway going to take away from the plots in a later book. Nope. The purpose of this short is to see Sascha and Lucas after the events of Slave to Sensation. It's sweet, fun, has one really quotable section that will make readers swoon. It adds some more depth to some favorite characters. I think that makes this short worth it.
It really is a short, like the author states a peek through a window at a moment. If you love the characters you'll want that glimpse.
Giggling. It is a word I now cringe to see on the page. Everybody giggles in this book. Laughing and chuckling do not exist. Every time a strong male...moreGiggling. It is a word I now cringe to see on the page. Everybody giggles in this book. Laughing and chuckling do not exist. Every time a strong male character, or even the lead herself, started giggling I was completely pulled out of the book. In real life giggling is annoying, I think on the page it's only made more annoying. Don't even get me started on some of the other grammatical errors.
Yes, this book made me laugh. No, the plot was not engaging. The male lead, Jake, was horrible. He is a sexist prick and up to the point that I read to he doesn't get over it. The strong female lead justifies his action. The excuse that he's a man in power and is just enjoying the perks of those powers does not cut it. He treats his three concubines horribly! He doesn't treat them like humans, but possessions. Even after he develops and admits his feelings for Sam he's still sexist. Jake never truly makes the revelation that the way he acts towards woman is wrong, even after he gets his HEA with Sam.
Sam is a strong female and the character that is being built does not fit the stupidity that leaps out and slaps the readers. She doesn't want to be a possession anymore, but she lusts after Jake immediately even after she realizes he’s a sexist jerk. My understanding is that there love makes her accept Jake's over bearing personality, possessiveness, and all that annoying stuff. But I didn't feel it.
The book is rough, and I'm beyond disappointed by all the positive reviews. Even if the story was brilliant, the writing would have pulled it down. Here Be Sexist Vampires tries too hard. The few laughs were great, but the story was frustrating.
Sexual Content: The majority of the book has no sex scenes. There’s plenty of sexual humor abound. A few sites have this labeled under erotica, to me it reads like a PNR. The most mild erotica I have ever read.