I picked up this book during Allromance.com’s 12 Days of Christmas promotion. People with ereaders – mark your ca...moreAllromance.com free download 12/17/11
I picked up this book during Allromance.com’s 12 Days of Christmas promotion. People with ereaders – mark your calendars for next year – there’s always interesting books for all sorts of tastes to choose from. I had never read anything by Melissa Schroeder before and I was pleasantly surprised. Just a word of warning – this is book 6 in the Harmless series. Go ahead, you can read this one out of order. It can be read as a standalone book and still be enjoyed.
A Little Harmless Submission was fun to read. Yes, there was even a good story between the hot, sexy times. Set in Hawaii (how can you go wrong?) the book follows FBI profiler Maria Callahan and Honolulu detective Rome Carino as they track a serial killer known as the Dom because he targets regulars at the local BSDM clubs.
I liked that the characters had depth. Maria was the daughter of a well-known FBI profiler. She received her on the job training from her father at an early age. Even though she is in law enforcement, she yearns to be a romance writer. Rome has all the makings of an alpha male: territorial, growly, possessive, even a little caveman at times. Oh, an added bonus – Rome is a much sought-after Dom in the BSDM community, too.
I enjoyed the chemistry between the two main characters. I loved how their relationship progressed and how Rome wanted to protect Maria. Their first night together was beautifully done. The secondary characters were amusing. I especially liked the girls Dee and May. Their shopping trip with Maria was hilarious.
I’ll be checking out the other books in this series. I can’t wait to read them.
Very short story - 12 pages - about a woman who sleepwalks into her new neighbor's apartment. He thinks that she is an art thief and he offers her a c...moreVery short story - 12 pages - about a woman who sleepwalks into her new neighbor's apartment. He thinks that she is an art thief and he offers her a choice: he calls the police or he plays a little game with her.
There is so much to love about Fifty Shades Darker. Fifty Shades Darker is a much more comfortable read...moreOh, Christian, you make MY inner goddess swoon!
There is so much to love about Fifty Shades Darker. Fifty Shades Darker is a much more comfortable read than the first book, Fifty Shades of Grey. This book focuses more upon the evolution of Christian’s and Ana’s relationship.
And boy, does it evolve. After a short but miserable separation, Christian and Ana realize that they need each other. In the previous book, Christian was very much in control of the relationship. In this book, the tables are turned and Ana is now in control. Christian senses that Ana needs a more conventional relationship and attempts to provide it for her in his own special way.
What makes this book different from others in this genre is that there is an actual story surrounding the main characters. The characters are multi-layered. Christian’s difficult childhood is slowly revealed to the reader, resulting in an understanding of his problems. Ana becomes more self-assured in this book, perhaps due to maturity and experience, yet she still has niggling thoughts as to whether she will be able to fulfill all of Christian’s needs. Ana also becomes more daring and assertive and she stands up to threats to her relationship with Christian.
I loved the dialogue and banter between these two characters, especially the emails where they used SHOUTY CAPITALS. It is interesting to note that Ana’s email communications with Christian were uninhibited. The emails allowed her to say exactly what was on her mind. Ana’s inner dialogues with her inner goddess and her conscious were entertaining as well. I found that Ana and Christian were much more playful in this book.
I don’t know how she does it, but E.L. James can make the most ordinary scenes sizzle off the page. Imagine what she does with the sexy scenes…so hot! I’ll never look at a pool table the same way again without imagining Fifty….and elevators, pianos, and, well, you get it, right?
I’ve been a fan for quite a while and I am so happy that there will be one more book in this series. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for E.L. James.
Note – This is a series and should be read in order. The first book is Fifty Shades of Grey.
Thank you to the author and The Writer’s Coffee Shop for a review copy of this book.
Very short story that takes place about a month after the events of the first book Aftertime. There are more details a...moreFree download - Harlequin 7/5/11
Very short story that takes place about a month after the events of the first book Aftertime. There are more details about the Box, and area where survivors have congregated. This story introduces the character Feo, a 9 year old boy.
I must admit, I hated the ER surgeon Luke right from the get-go. Talk about a man with issues. A well endowed man with issues. Hmmm….
Luke is a workaho...moreI must admit, I hated the ER surgeon Luke right from the get-go. Talk about a man with issues. A well endowed man with issues. Hmmm….
Luke is a workaholic doctor. Very little time is left for personal things, like love. A crisis at work occurs and Luke is ordered to take a 4 week break at the hospital’s private cabin in Big Sur.
Janica is fun loving, adventurous, and quirky. She is a successful designer. When it comes to Luke, Janica has the patience of a saint and an overactive sex drive. At one point I became very frustrated with her character and I just wanted her to get some self esteem. But when it came to Luke, Janica would do almost anything.
About halfway through the book, I really was frustrated with the book and the story. But something happens to the characters. Janica does get some self esteem and I was so proud of her. From that point on, I enjoyed the story. And the tears were flowing towards the end.
Thanks, www.allromance.com for introducing me to this author. I’ll be looking for some more of her books in the new year. (less)
This is a nice little story from the Soul Screamers series. I have not yet had a chance to read that series, but I think I will now look into it.
Tod a...moreThis is a nice little story from the Soul Screamers series. I have not yet had a chance to read that series, but I think I will now look into it.
Tod and his brother Nash are in a car accident. Nash dies. Tod makes a deal with the reaper and switches places with his brother. However, instead of dying, the reaper makes a deal with Tod. Tod is given the choice to become a reaper.
The story is told from Tod's point of view and I enjoyed his sense of humor as well as his sense of honor towards his family. Nice little twist of fate at the end of the story too.
Thanks to Allromance.com and their 12 days of Christmas, I was able to sample a genre of books that I would not have necessarily sought out.
Do any of...moreThanks to Allromance.com and their 12 days of Christmas, I was able to sample a genre of books that I would not have necessarily sought out.
Do any of you remember The Rocky Horror Picture Show? Do you remember how it started on that dark and stormy night? Brad and Janet’s car broke down and the only house in the area was the spooky mansion? They arrive soaked and are told that there is a private party going on?
Well, this ebook had a very similar start. Jessica skids off the road and walks over to this large mansion. She knocks on the door and asks for help. She is told that a private party is going on and she would not be able to stay. The owner of the house Master Z sees her and invites her to clean up, shower off the mud, and get into some dry clothes while she is waiting for help. Now, this is no ordinary party, and there are papers to read and sign prior to entry. Jessica figures that she has nothing better to do, so she signs the papers without reading them and enters the party.
I really enjoyed how the author portrayed this particular lifestyle. There was a dignity and respect for the subs that I did not know existed. Master Z (Zachary) was particularly sensitive to Jessica’s needs. There are some hot and surprisingly sexy moments. I also melted when Master Z called Jessica Kitten. Now where have I heard that before? Funny it had the same result with me.
The description of the club was very interesting. So many different things happening - some in public and some in private. I was fascinated by all the rules and regulations involved in running such a place. I like how abusive doms were treated – they were kicked out of the club and blacklisted.
My only disappointment is that the next book in the series does not continue Zachary and Jessica's story. It would be nice to see how everything turned out for them.
I had a lot of fun reading this book and I will be looking for more of Cherise Sinclair’s books in the future. (less)
**Update 7/21/12 - This book is now available for free on Amazon.
Wow! What a ride!
Stolen Fury is the story of Dr. Lisa Maxwell, an accomplished archae...more**Update 7/21/12 - This book is now available for free on Amazon.
Wow! What a ride!
Stolen Fury is the story of Dr. Lisa Maxwell, an accomplished archaeologist. Lisa is on a quest to find three ancient Greek artifacts – reliefs of the Three Furies. The book takes us on a chase through Italy, Greece, Chicago, Miami, and the Caribbean. While in Italy, Lisa meets the suave Rafe Sullivan, who woos her and manages to steal one of the Furies. Lisa is furious and enlists her police officer brother Shane’s help in tracking Rafe down. She finds Rafe, confronts him, and then becomes partners with him in order to track down the remaining artifacts.
I really enjoyed the story. It did feel like a female Indiana Jones story, albeit without the whip. The author maintained a good sexual tension between the two main characters. The supporting characters were interesting as well and I understand that the next books will focus on them. The villain was especially deranged and a little bit of a surprise.
At first, I disliked Lisa’s character. I mean, someone drugs her and steals a precious artifact from her, and she travels from Italy to Florida to confront him? On her own? And then partners with him to find the remaining artifacts? Lisa, have you no sense of self preservation? But Lisa’s character grew on me and by the end of the book, I really did like her.
Part of my initial dislike of Lisa’s character was due to her attraction to Rafe Sullivan. Rafe is described as being an Antonio Banderas lookalike. (What’s not to like there?) Rafe is a thief with a conscience and a duty to his family and friends. Rafe really has a difficult time reconciling his need to steal the artifact from Lisa and his attraction for her. Eventually, the attraction does win out and the sparks begin to fly. I liked how the author slowly revealed parts of Rafe’s life and his personality so we could see exactly why Lisa was attracted to him.
I found the book to be a great distraction during this busy holiday season. While I could not believe all that went on in the novel, it was worthy of suspending belief and just enjoying a good read. I’m starting the next novel in the series Stolen Heat today.
Scent of Shadows has some intriguing ideas. The book pits comic book hero type characters in a battle between Light and Shadow using the symbols of th...moreScent of Shadows has some intriguing ideas. The book pits comic book hero type characters in a battle between Light and Shadow using the symbols of the Zodiac. Each Zodiac sign has a corresponding fighter in both Light and Shadow. There is a prophecy that the Kairos will come, and the Shadow forces are hunting him or her down.
The Light and Shadow heroes track each other by scents. They each have their own specialty weapon exclusive to themselves. If they are killed by their own weapon, the killer gets to have 12 hours of “unscented” time where they are virtually invisible to their enemies.
A little confusing, but it is a clever idea, and one I haven’t seen before.
The setting for this book is in Las Vegas, which was perfect for this type of book. I can just imagine a TV series made with this book in mind. It could work.
The main character Joanna/Olivia was a kick-ass heroine, but I felt that she wasn’t as strong as some of the female characters out in urban fantasyland. She was tough, but not the most likable character out there. Her merry band of Light Zodiac heroes were not the most welcoming out there, although I did like Hunter and Warren the best.
I had a few things that I disliked about this book. I did feel lost at times, waiting for an explanation, a clarification, or further development of a plot point. There were large expanses of slow moving activity. I never did understand the principle of metamorphosis or why it happened. There was a tiny bit of romance, and even though I didn’t expect it, it just was not enough.
The last 100 or so pages did get exciting. I may look into the second book, but not right away. (less)
Nice, short story setting up Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series. I enjoyed this story and will definitely be reading the rest of the series. I lov...moreNice, short story setting up Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series. I enjoyed this story and will definitely be reading the rest of the series. I loved the heroine Kaylee and how she struggled to deal with her ability to sense impending death.
She has a rather wry sense of humor and when her aunt sends her some clothes to the mental health institute, Kaylee puts on the clothes. Later, she notices that the sweatsuit is made of a sparkly material. She comments to herself: "Great. I'm psychotic and sparkly."
Nash makes a cameo appearance. Looking forward to seeing more of him.
This book was available as a free download and you can read it online on Goodreads.(less)