I've stated this before - Hill is the best at writing characters. They are so diverse and beautifully presented. On the surface, you have dominant vam...moreI've stated this before - Hill is the best at writing characters. They are so diverse and beautifully presented. On the surface, you have dominant vampires and their human servants. But it's much more complex than that. Each vampire and each human has his or her own desires and struggles. Each coupling (or tripling) is singular, seductive, and moving. I loved these characters. This book in the series was probably the most emotional for me. It truly is about finding and accepting love. And Hill is able to present it in a completely un-sappy way.
If you haven't tried this series yet and like vampire books, especially ones involving BDSM, I highly recommend you give it a shot. I haven't been let down by Hill yet. (less)
This anthology of holiday-themed BDSM short stories all have some sweetness to them, whether dealing with love, redemption, or reuniting. I was most l...moreThis anthology of holiday-themed BDSM short stories all have some sweetness to them, whether dealing with love, redemption, or reuniting. I was most looking forward to Joey W. Hill's story (she's one of my favorite authors), and it did end up my favorite of the bunch, but none of the stories were disappointing. Most of the stories were M/M, with one F/F, and a M/M/F. A great collection for those looking for some holiday cheer in their BDSM.
From the description, I thought this book might be all sex. But it's not. It's darkly erotic, but sex doesn't overpower the story.
So this story is da...moreFrom the description, I thought this book might be all sex. But it's not. It's darkly erotic, but sex doesn't overpower the story.
So this story is dark fantasy romance/erotica. Ava is a Thief. She devours magic, mostly through cannibalism. She keeps her hunger under control, though lately it has been getting harder and harder. She's in love with the mage, Reist. He found her living on the street and took her in at the Institute and now she works as his spy. But lately she has had to watch him fall in love with another mage and it's tearing her apart. In desperation she goes to Heyerdar. He is an Elemental, a person with old magic. Heyerdar has an interest in breaking them up too; the mage sleeping with Reist left Heyerdar for Reist. Ana and Heyerdar can use their magic together to push the two apart.
That's not the only reason these two come together, though. Thieves, like Ana, have gotten past the wards and into the city. They've already murdered a family. Ana is assigned to work with Heyerdar, as he's the Captain of the Imperial Guard, to find the killers.
Heyerdar can be quite crude. He's not always very nice to Ana, but it's obvious he's pushing Ana to see how she is being used by others and really, to be her own person. I liked these two together a lot, and couldn't wait for Ana to realize her own true feelings.
Between the sex magic and cannibalism, it's a dark story. It's very well written and the characters are fascinating. I wish there had been a bit more world building. And I found Ana's back story a little confusing. But other than that, I enjoyed this story very much. (less)
Regina has just moved to New York City to start working at the library of her dreams, the one her father always took her to as a child before he died....moreRegina has just moved to New York City to start working at the library of her dreams, the one her father always took her to as a child before he died. It's her first time living away from home; her mother always guilted her into living at home all through her schooling. One of her first encounters with Sebastian Barnes is walking in on him having sex with some random lady in one of the private collections rooms of the library. She soon finds out he is the president of the trustees and an up and coming photographer. Sebastian is not shy about pursuing a sexual, specifically BDSM, relationship with Regina. Regina finds herself intrigued and then enjoying being a submissive.
Regina is not sure if she can stay in the type of relationship Sebastian is asking for. She enjoys the sexual relationship she is having with him, but ends up wanting more. Sebastian has always had two types of relationships - one night stands or BDSM lovers. Even though Sebastian feels more for Regina than any of his past lovers, he's not sure he can give her what she truly needs in their relationship.
Also, trust ends up being an issue with them. Regina feels like Sebastian keeps secrets from her. I did feel like Regina was a little premature in one of these trust issues. Their relationship was still very new. She expected Sebastian to spill his darkest secret pretty quickly. Their trust issues also end up spilling into Sebastian's photography (in a fun way I thought).
It's hard not to miss some of the similarities to Fifty Shades - a naive virgin enters into a BDSM relationship with a slightly older rich fella. This book is much better written than the other. Regina is nowhere near as annoying as Ana. She may be a bit naive, but Regina is not a pushover. Sebastian is wealthy and enjoys the BDSM lifestyle, but he is never a jerk. BDSM is positively portrayed in this book. Sebastian isn't into it because he is emotionally screwed up (though he does have one dark secret); he just really enjoys dominating.
This is a romance, so it does end with a commitment between Regina and Sebastian. Though, to me, it felt more like a happily for now rather than a happily ever after.
I've read and greatly enjoyed Hill's paranormal series - Vampire Queen and Daughters of Arianne. I love her characters, every single one. She's just e...moreI've read and greatly enjoyed Hill's paranormal series - Vampire Queen and Daughters of Arianne. I love her characters, every single one. She's just extremely good at writing complex, messed up, dark, lovable characters. When this one popped up in NetGalley, I thought it a perfect chance to try one of her contemporaries.
This one is the fifth in the Knights of the Board Room series. And, of course, this book centers on the most extreme of the "knights". Ben is pretty messed up. All the guys in this series are heavily into BDSM. All but Ben have found their permanent submissive. Ben doesn't think that will change. He's just too dark and too severe in his mastering to keep someone around.
Marcie has known Ben since she was a teenager. He has always been there for her. He's always treated her like a little sister. But she knows she is the submissive for him. She knows she can handle his type of BDSM; she craves it. Making Ben see that she is perfect for him will not be easy. He pushes her away, tries to scare her off. But she won't give up.
Based off this book, Hill writes just as great characters in her contemporaries as her paranormals. I enjoyed Ben, but really liked Marcie and her determination. Both characters are emotionally wrung dry. It was exhausting to read, but hard to put down. I will be going back and reading the rest of this series.
Hmmm, so far the reviews are very positive for this book. I have to agree in liking the characters for the most part. Noelle is supposed to be very in...moreHmmm, so far the reviews are very positive for this book. I have to agree in liking the characters for the most part. Noelle is supposed to be very innocent, but she got a little immature for me at times. But I enjoyed the other characters very much, especially Jasper and Rachel. And the sex was pretty hot and plentiful. No real arguments from me on that.
I guess the biggest problem for me was the world building and the story beyond Noelle and Jasper's relationship. It just wasn't developed enough for me. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where few survived solar storms a few decades before. This book centers on the city Eden. I don't know if this means it is the only city to be built up after the solar storms or just the only one mentioned? The people in the City have really awesome technology, but a very strict moral code. People who do not follow their moral codes, i.e. no drinking or sex, are forced outside the City and are living in sectors along the city limits and must rely on themselves to survive. Or they are forced to live on farms, where I guess they are treated like slave labor? How or why this type of cultural divide developed after the solar storms is never really explained. How could they create such awesome technology so quickly after the devastation of the storms? Why the forced contraceptives? - overpopulation is mentioned, but does that mean there are not enough resources? or not enough non-ruined land to live on? I had too many questions by the end, and was left unsatisfied with the story.
So the point of the story, I think, was Noelle coming into her own, sexually and as a person. And I did enjoy that. But in the end, I just got too distracted with all my questions.