I think this is my favorite so far in the series. I liked Zoe and Quent. Zoe is a tough nut to crack. She is emotionally distant, where as Quent is th...moreI think this is my favorite so far in the series. I liked Zoe and Quent. Zoe is a tough nut to crack. She is emotionally distant, where as Quent is the pursuer. Lots of series/storyline development. I can't wait to see what is next.(less)
His Fantasies, Her Dreams is an anthology of three stories by Ellora's Cave. I have reviewed each story individually below.
Title: The Jewel Author: She...moreHis Fantasies, Her Dreams is an anthology of three stories by Ellora's Cave. I have reviewed each story individually below.
Title: The Jewel Author: Sherri L. King Publishing Date: 2003 Genre: Futuristic (Erotic) Sensuality: Burning Rating: B
Samantha is kidnapped by a group of aliens looking for a birthday present for their king. Samantha finds herself surrounded by all kinds of strange creatures and these aliens want her to be a consort for their king. After Samantha comes to terms with her impossible situation, she discovers that maybe her new life isn't so bad after all.
I enjoyed The Jewel the best out of the three stories. I seem to be able to let go of reality better when the erotic story centers around a different planet or world. I liked the premise of the story and the creativity of all the different species the king has collected. More importantly this story revolved around the king and Samantha falling in love. I will say I was a little annoyed over how long Samantha kept up her defiance at her situation. But overall I found the story entertaining and a quick read.
Title: Learning to Live Again Author: S. L. Carpenter Publishing Date: 2004 Genre: Contemporary Sensuality: Hot Rating: D-
Michelle heads home after breaking up with her boyfriend. While on the train home she enters her room to find a man dressed in a toga passed out in her cabin on her bed. After he sobers up the next day Michelle and Josh hit it off over dinner and begin a budding relationship.
I did not enjoy this story at all. It started off fine but eventually progressed into weird territory. Some of the conversations and dialogue made me uncomfortable. For example, there are scenes where the Michelle is talking about sex openly with her Mom and scenes where Josh is watching a porno with his Dad. I didn't find this to be remotely sexy. Plus there were times when a phrase or sentence in the dialogue didn't fit or make any sense. I recommend skipping this story.
Title: Fantasy Bar Author: Trista Ann Michaels Publishing Date: 2005 Genre: Futuristic Rating: B- Sensuality: Burning
Jarod, a detective and good friend of a politician who has just been murdered, is searching for the victim/killer of the crime. He tracks Kira to Fantasy Bar on Klindor. This Fantasy Bar specializes in Fantasies. Customers come there to live out their sexual fantasies. There Jarrod discovers Kira is more than he bargained for and he must uncover what really happened that night his friend died.
Again the believability factor is easier to accept of a fantasy bar existing on another planet than my own. Kira is a sweet, likable character with a surprising internal strength. Jarod fortunately sees the truth about Kira early on and is instantly attracted to her. I actually wish this story was a little longer especially to set up the murder/mystery portion of the story. It had a lot of potential. There was a lot going on and it could have been fleshed out better if it had been longer. However, I did enjoy what was written.(less)
Calpurnia Hartwell finds herself firmly on the shelf and one of the tons most reputable ladies. Absolutely no scandal has ever graced her as she has a...moreCalpurnia Hartwell finds herself firmly on the shelf and one of the tons most reputable ladies. Absolutely no scandal has ever graced her as she has always held the up most propriety. Yet Callie doesn't want to have lived her life never really having lived, having experience all the wonderful, sinful things there are to experience. She creates this list of things she must experience to add excitement to her life. On the top of her list is be "kissed passionately". After imbibing a little bit too much sherry Calpurnia finds herself outside the house of Lord Gabriel St. John, with whom she has had a crush on from afar for the past ten years.
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake is Sarah MacLean's debut novel. It was chosen as a RT's book of excellence pick and has gotten favorable reviews on the blogosphere. I am on a historical romance kick and thought I would try out this new author. I was very glad I did give MacLean a chance as I felt that this was a very enjoyable book.
I thought the book started out a little rocky with the first chapter. It read more like a prologue and at first I thought Callie was a young girl who was obviously immature. Then the book quickly jumps ten years and she is practically an old maid. Quite a leap but the writing is very good and it all works out. Callie has sort of allowed herself to be put on the shelf even though deep down inside she really is lively and fun. Those who are closest to her know this but not many others do either. Then as she spends more time with Gabriel his jaded and cynical nature finds Callie's zest for life refreshing and appealing. She essentially makes him see life through her eyes and he finds himself really living again.
This book's main focus is the romance between Callie and Gabriel. There is no mystery to solve. Callie and Gabriel go through a transformation of sorts and this book is their journey. There are supporting characters, such as Callie's brother and Gabriel's sister that add additional insight to the story. And the sinfully handsome Gabriel has a twin brother who I foresee getting his own story. I definitely will be checking into her next novel. (less)
Ben Benedict is trying to make is way in the world after leaving the military because of suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He has joined...moreBen Benedict is trying to make is way in the world after leaving the military because of suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He has joined a task force in Washington DC to fight the ever escalating drug problem. Ironically enough, Ben finds himself back fighting terrorism when Al Qaeda operatives target Washington politicians as their next victims through a DC gang Ben has been working with. As if that isn't enough, he finds himself attracted to the doctor treating him for PTSD.
Outcast reminded me a lot of the 80's old school romances. Here, Ben is one of those hero’s who is a real jerk to the heroine and doesn't want to own up to his "softer" feelings. Ben has a lot of Mommy issues and only uses women for sex. He doesn't want to have to depend on any woman and then have her push him away and therefore leave him vulnerable to a broken heart. He'd rather break their hearts first instead of have his own broken. So this pretty much sums up his poor treatment of the heroine.
Even though, Ben is quite the jerk, it is a true testimony to what a good job Johnston does as a writer because she had me coming back for more time and again even though Ben annoyed me. The story is very gripping and entertaining. If you are looking for heroes of the old days and a gripping, dramatic story then Outcast is for you. Good news is that Outcast is the start of a new series and Ben comes from a very interesting high society Washington family. It looks like there will be more great books on the horizon featuring his brothers and sisters. (less)