If you like werewolves, femdom and extreme bondage, Blood in the Moon is the book for you. But, if you like a good detective/crime action adventure st...moreIf you like werewolves, femdom and extreme bondage, Blood in the Moon is the book for you. But, if you like a good detective/crime action adventure story, Blood in the Moon is probably a good bet, as well.
I have to say, the crime aspect to the book really kept me going. In fact, the last quarter of the book is non-stop action and I was on the edge of my seat.
Dillon is a NYC police detective. He and his partner, Cody, are tasked with protecting a witness who will be instrumental in putting away an organized crime boss’s son. Rosallano, the crime boss, is pretty scary and gets scarier as the book progresses.
Dillon and Cody notice a gorgeous blonde woman in the street outside the precinct and Dillon is completely smitten. They get the chance to meet again when it turns out that she’s working for Rosallano… But don’t get upset, there are extenuating circumstances.
I’m not going to tell you any more about the plot because I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you. But what about the femdom and werewolves, you ask. OK, here’s the thing: I’m always looking for good femdom to read and I’ve enjoyed Lady Blade’s books in the past so I was excited about reading this one. If you are into extreme bondage (and I do mean extreme bondage) this is the book for you. There’s definitely chemistry between the main characters but I’m more a fan of consensual slavery, rather than nonconsensual, even when it turns out the victim is really into it, but you get caught up in the plot and the action.
There are two downsides to the book: First, and this is a big one for me, it ends in an extreme cliffhanger. I know this is getting more and more popular but I really don’t like it. I like a book to wrap up. If I like the characters and the story line, I’ll buy the next book. I don’t need a cliffhanger to force me and, in fact, it tends to make me angry, which isn’t a good thing to do. Second, and maybe it’s my editor hat, but I noticed a number of grammatical and typographical errors. Lady Blade is a good writer and I know these are just errors, but the book could have used a good copy editor.
All in all, I’d recommend the book if you’re into femdom and crime. Oh, and werewolves, of course! (less)
The Panama Laugh is brilliantly imagined apocalypse fiction; it's greed gone wild. Thomas Roche's action/adventure zombie book is completely rendered...moreThe Panama Laugh is brilliantly imagined apocalypse fiction; it's greed gone wild. Thomas Roche's action/adventure zombie book is completely rendered and cinematic in scale and it's both one of the funniest and most terrifying books I've read. I'm not going to go into the plot because the other reviews do that very well. I will say that it's a reading adventure that starts out with a bang and doesn't let up. Chapters alternate between past and present until the reader gets the complete picture of the anti-hero's backstory and world. It's a very terrifying world; the military politics and 1% are upsettingly close to reality and you can almost see something like this happening. Well -- maybe not zombies, but who knows? It's a roller coaster ride that speeds you along.
I also love the hat tip to a current popular porn empire, as well as the ever present lunatic fringe of our world. So, why four stars? Why not five? The story, the plot, the fully rendered characters, the sheer cleverness are all worth five stars plus, but I was jolted from the world too often by a lack of competent editing. If it were cleaned up a little, this book could be a runaway best seller. It also cries out for a film treatment. Here's hoping the right people discover it so we can go see it on the big screen.(less)
You may even love this book, the way I do. What I'm saying is that you don't have to be part of the kink community to enjoy T...moreYou will like this book.
You may even love this book, the way I do. What I'm saying is that you don't have to be part of the kink community to enjoy The Killer Wore Leather. You can learn about it along with Nancy, the reporter who feels put upon to have to cover such a dog of an event: the Mr. and Ms. Global Leather and Boot Black contest. You'll like it because, here's the deal: it's a murder mystery, and you like murder mysteries.
And, if you happen to be a part of said kink community, you will LOVE it for its hilarious representation, hey, you might even see yourself caricatured within its pages -- you know your friends will... And actually, if you've ever been to a convention of any size, academic, science fiction, romance, engineering, you name it, the book translates.
I have been a fan of Laura Antoniou's writing and wit since I picked up my first Marketplace book way back when. She's a brilliant teller of tales who knows how to turn a phrase -- turn it on its ear. Not only is the plot riviting (because you really do want to know who killed Mac Steele, ass that he is -- and when you think you know, you're wrong...just saying) but the book is laugh-out-loud funny. From Boy Jack to Boy Jack (yes, there are two) to the fabulous acronyms for all the groups and organizations (be sure to spell them out as you read!) you won't be able to put this book down and you won't be able to stop laughing.
Writing comedy is a real gift. This book holds its own well with the likes of Christopher Buckley, Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, (oh, and maybe a little Damn You, Autocorrect, too) not for its content, but for it's wit, style and outrageous humor. I'm not going to rehash the plot. Others have already done that. Simply know that you will like the book, regardless of who you are or where you come from. So do yourself a favor and give yourself a little present.
In full disclosure, I was given an advanced reader copy by the publisher--but I would have loved it just as much if I'd bought it with my own hard-earned money...(less)