I loved Alice in Wonderland as a kid, and this book definitely has that feel (and even a few references). While a totally different vibe from the firsI loved Alice in Wonderland as a kid, and this book definitely has that feel (and even a few references). While a totally different vibe from the first book, I still realy enjoyed it. This one takes a more surreal turn, and will have readers saying "huh?" or giving their book weird looks as they try to figure out what is going on. ...more
Bibliolatry Me http://www.bibliolatryme.com Kresley Cole made her splash in the work with her IMMORTALS AFTER DARK series. She is now trying her handBibliolatry Me http://www.bibliolatryme.com Kresley Cole made her splash in the work with her IMMORTALS AFTER DARK series. She is now trying her hand at erotica, and man! what a hand it is. When I saw Kresley Cole and contemporary erotica on the description for Net Galley I clicked the link nine thousand eight hundred a few times out of sheer excitement. I was not disappointed
This is an erotic tale, so keep in mind the story takes a back burner to the sex. Knowing this from the start, I was surprised at how much plot this story actually contained. Natalie is swooped away by what she considers a Russian mobster to be taken to her long lost mobster father. Yeah, I know, not your run of the mill plot description. It definitely works. This first part is about 120 pages, so readers don't get much of what the plot will entail, but we get enough glimpses to see what the future books promise. Natalie is going to be in grave danger, and she has just the Siberian to keep her safe from the big bad.
I wish more erotic authors would create a female lead like Natalie. Unlike what has become typical in BDSM erotic novels, Natalie is not a complete submissive, I will do anything you ask no matter how ridiculous, oh you treat me like crap well that's okay, kind of gal. Instead she is strong. She discovers what she likes and goes with it.
"I took advantage of his daughter. I can scarcely believe I've touched you." In the moonlight, I could see color tinting his cheekbones as he muttered, "Struck you."
"I ended up loving every second of what we did." I, Natalie Porter, had gotten my rocks off while being spanked. And I was going to roll with it.
Sevastyan, on the other hand, is fairly typical of the alpha male found in erotic romances. Don't take that as a complaint. He is hot hot hot! And Russian too! Stubborn as hell though, which, like Natalie, drove me a bit crazy as I was reading waiting on him to give in already!
I really enjoyed the uniqueness of the part while retaining the spice. In a way, the plot reminded me a bit of Karina Halle's The Artist Trilogy, but the steam meter for THE PROFESSIONAL was much higher. Kresley Cole keeps readers and her characters on the edge. Giving just enough spice and mystery to wet your appetite, but not quite giving all.
I was left scratching my head over just one thing: Although this is called The Game Maker series, there is only one reference overall to a Game Maker, and there is little to no elaboration on it whatsoever. While the meaning is hinted at in conversation, it is meant I suppose to be inferred. That isn't good enough for me. If it was worthy of being the series name, give us concrete what is up.
It ended too quickly for my liking. We go from Sevastyan sharing his past, and he and Natalie working on it to the epilogue where they have returned to Russia. Sure all the major points are mostly wrapped up (although not all) there is plenty to go on to stretch this out into another book. Don't get me wrong, I am not a fan of authors writing more books "just cause," but this one really could have used it. There are so many points in the epilogue that really needed to be delved into more in my opinion.
Those minor points aside, this is an excellent series. It is gritty, blazing hot, and has a story and characters unlike any other. Cole is not afraid to step outside the box, and she does not pull any punches. I really hope she continues the series, and I believe there are many interesting characters to choose from ;) *wink wink*
My verdict is that if you like Kresley Cole's work try this series. If you like a lot of steam, try this series. If you like erotica but hate that they lack story, TRY THIS SERIES! You will not be disappointed! Read this review on Bibliolatry Me...more
This book was not quite what I was expecting. I knew to prepare for a lot of horror and psychological torment, but Arlidge takes it past my expectatioThis book was not quite what I was expecting. I knew to prepare for a lot of horror and psychological torment, but Arlidge takes it past my expectations and then some. I enjoyed the italicization distinguishing the parts thats meaning would be revealed at the end of the book when the killer was. This book is not a happy ending. I will remind you that people are not always good and more often than we like to think, a lot screwed up in the head. If you are looking for a horrific, mystery and suspense, this book is for you....more
I love this series! Fast paced and riveting, Lisa Gardner can really weave a story. The whole book was a mystery to me, but I enjoyed every second. BrI love this series! Fast paced and riveting, Lisa Gardner can really weave a story. The whole book was a mystery to me, but I enjoyed every second. Bravo!...more
I've only ever read Lora Leigh's Breed series, but when I saw she was writing romantic suspense, I wanted to give it another try. I enjoy sex and romaI've only ever read Lora Leigh's Breed series, but when I saw she was writing romantic suspense, I wanted to give it another try. I enjoy sex and romance in a book as much as the next gal, but I found there was all sex no romance or story in Ultimate Sins. Sure the couple is passionate, but I needed more from the actual plot and less between the sheets. I found my attention wandering or skipping full sections at a time. The book had great potential if the steam could be toned down a lot....more
Bibliolatry Me http://www.bibliolatryme.com I had high hopes for MANWHORE. The title is one that makes you stand up and take notice, the tagline interBibliolatry Me http://www.bibliolatryme.com I had high hopes for MANWHORE. The title is one that makes you stand up and take notice, the tagline interesting and drew me in. I wasn't a huge fan of Evans' Real series, but I didn't hate them, so I figured, why not give this new series a go? I'll admit, it wasn't my favorite.
This book had a lot of promise that it didn't deliver on until the very end. The last chapter or two gets you excited and ready to know what happens. Then there was a cliffhanger. It's the main reason I will be continuing the series. I need to know what happens.
I almost DNF this book an hour in. Evans' writing style and I just do not get along. There is a lot of "tell not show" going on in this book. Rachel describes everything in painfully simple detail, and it didn't take long to grate on my nerves. Fortunately, as the story picked up this became less of an issue.
The plot had a lot of potential, but I just didn't feel like it delivered. There was no spark between Saint and Rachel. Nothing unique about the two of them that had me drawn to them as characters. There was little to no character development or anything to make me feel for them.
One last thing that just irritated me but will likely not be a big deal for others is Rachel's approach the article. Her boss explicitly states she is giving Rachel this project because she is single and can get "close" to Saint. Yet she approaches the article n a purely professional and cold manner. (This is made a big deal. That she should focus on the article. Ask only questions about his social media etc.) That is not what your boss told you to do!
Despite all my issues with the book, it wasn't terrible. A tad boring and unoriginal to me, but others who enjoy erotic, contemporary romance are likely to enjoy it. Read this review on Bibliolatry Me...more
I read the first part of this book a while ago and was really disappointed to discover there was no other part in sight. By the time part 2 finally beI read the first part of this book a while ago and was really disappointed to discover there was no other part in sight. By the time part 2 finally became available (separately from part one) I couldn't remember enough to really make it worth my while. However, when I saw both parts together in ESCAPING REALITY as a full book, I was ecstatic! i could reread part one and find out how the story ends.
ESCAPING REALITY was a suspenseful thrill ride, and readers will love every single second. As we go along, we find out more about Amy's mysterious past, and pieces of the puzzle begin to fall slowly into place. The passion and tension between Liam and Amy is hot,hot, hot, and sizzles straight off the page. A must read for erotic contemporary romance fans. ...more
The beginning of this book was not as fast-paced or exciting as I had hoped (hence the removal of one and a half stars). Penryn and Rafe being apart jThe beginning of this book was not as fast-paced or exciting as I had hoped (hence the removal of one and a half stars). Penryn and Rafe being apart just wasn't doing it for me. I really enjoyed them being reunited and the action really begins! I'm looking forward to more books in the series, but I hope the plot begins to take a different turn. Sister saving has been done a few times too many for me now. Overall, another excellent young adult read. I highly recommend this series!...more
I've been told to get on this book more times than I can count. When it popped up for review I decided to give it a try even though I'm not reading muI've been told to get on this book more times than I can count. When it popped up for review I decided to give it a try even though I'm not reading much young adult these days. In a world where young adult books have become all the same and somewhat boring, this little gem sits. ANGELFALL is fast-paced, exhilarating, and impossible to put down. The ending is heart wrenching, and I am really glad I did not have to wait years for book 2!...more
I highly recommend this series to fans of funny, romantic, sexy contemporaries. This is my fourth book by Christina Lauren (I'm working on getting allI highly recommend this series to fans of funny, romantic, sexy contemporaries. This is my fourth book by Christina Lauren (I'm working on getting all caught up!), and not once have I been disappointed. While Hannah and Will find themselves in a situation trope of a sort, geeky girl with hot player boy, somehow Christina Lauren manages to take it and make it all new.
Hannah is adorably dorky, and all nerdy girls will be able to relate to her. I loved her spunk and sass. I loved that she had virtually no filter, and anything she thought came right out her mouth. Will falls head over heels for Hannah the first day they hang out. I really enjoyed that while he was a player in the past, once he found a woman he wanted, he went for her. Feelings up front and out there. More often than not it is the man that hides his feelings or is in denial. It was refreshing to find a guy who isn't afraid to be upfront and honest.
Another excellent addition to the series BEAUTIFUL PLAYER does it again. I highly recommend this series on audio. Grace Grant is by far my favorite female narrator. She can not only switch from female to male voices and make them sound normal (I know right!?), but she also manages to take all the leading ladies; Chloe, Sarah, and Hannah; and make them sound unique and their very own. While I enjoyed Jonathan R. Cole's reading of Max, Sebastian York did a fantastic job (as usual) bringing Will to life. ...more
There were aspects of this book I really enjoyed, while others just didn't quite do it for me. I was glad to see present Ethan and Cassie. It was niceThere were aspects of this book I really enjoyed, while others just didn't quite do it for me. I was glad to see present Ethan and Cassie. It was nice to see how the characters grew and developed. I was glad there was no instant recollection and that the more realistic and slow development of their relationship was present. Cassie didn't just let him back into her life easily, and for what it was worth Ethan didn't push it either. Things were able to take their natural course.
I need to give Leisa Rayven a round of applause for her transitions between past and present as well as her ability to create meaningful and witty dialogue. I really liked her writing in BROKEN JULIET, and that is a big part of what made the story good.
One thing that didn't do it for me was the diary. I understand that we needed to see Ethan's feelings for Cassie, but it just didn't work on my end.
Overall, BROKEN JULIET is a good read. I really enjoyed the story and the characters. Whether you loved BAD ROMEO or were not impressed, I still recommend giving the second Starcrossed book a go. ...more
AFTER DARK ended up being a bit of a disappointment for me. I'll admit, I struggled to get into NIGHT OWL, but I really really enjoyed all the twistsAFTER DARK ended up being a bit of a disappointment for me. I'll admit, I struggled to get into NIGHT OWL, but I really really enjoyed all the twists in LAST LIGHT. After it ended, I had high expectations for this third book it just didn't quite meet.
I agree with some other reviewers that Matt and Hannah just didn't get along well in this book at all. They never seemed to be on the same page. Of course, along with this came the drama. Not just from them but from several side characters and plots as well.
Overall, I can't say I hated the story. It had a sweet ending that left me wanting more explanation into the couple's future. I feel like the book was just missing something as a whole. If you enjoyed the first two books, still give AFTER DARK a try. It was a pretty good read that other fans of the series will enjoy. ...more
I was intrigued by the plot of the book, and decided to request it despite my young adult requesting ban. I really enjoyed the story, characters, andI was intrigued by the plot of the book, and decided to request it despite my young adult requesting ban. I really enjoyed the story, characters, and delivery. The worldbuilding was spectacular and will really put readers right in the thick of things. However, readers may have a hard time connecting with the characters. Even though we were told things about them, I never really felt like I got to know Wren and Lark. Overall a good young adult read....more
Bibliolatry Me http://www.bibliolatryme.com THE FALL is an intriguing and unique take on storytelling. It made me want to go back and read Poe's "TheBibliolatry Me http://www.bibliolatryme.com THE FALL is an intriguing and unique take on storytelling. It made me want to go back and read Poe's "The House of Usher." I really enjoyed how creepy and disorganized the book was. We get points from her childhood, to adolescent, teen, etc. before finally coming back to present day. I recommend this to young adult suspense and horror fans. I have never read anything quite like it, and I will be looking for more from Bethany Griffin in the future. Read this review on Bibliolatry Me...more
Bibliolatry Me http://www.bibliolatryme.com MAYHEMis a cute, engrossing book with fun characters that are sure to delight fans. I love me a good rockeBibliolatry Me http://www.bibliolatryme.com MAYHEM is a cute, engrossing book with fun characters that are sure to delight fans. I love me a good rocker and bad boy romance, and this book definitely delivers. MAYHEM will have readers vying for dibs on this new book boyfriend.
Adam is sexy and fun and every bit the persona a rockstar should have. He has all the ladies, and he enjoys ever second. I like that he is intelligent, he and never comes across as the dumb kid that went into music because he wasn't capable of much else. Seriously sexy, full of snark and wit, Adam is my new book boyfriend.
Ro and I, unfortunately, did not get along as well as me and Adam. I liked her in the beginning. She was smart and fun, but sensible while her wild friend Dee helped balance things out. However, as the book went on I just wanted to smack her. She was obviously attracted to Adam and he her. All the signs point to "GO! He's different with you," but she holds back for really no particular reason. For me, Ro was every bit the immature and naive college freshman.
The secondary characters really help bring this story to life, though. I love Leti, Shawn, Mike, Dee, and even Joel. I am looking forward to a book featuring each finding their perfect match. It will be interesting to see, not an opposites attract, but likes butt heads in RIOT, Dee and Joel's story!
Overall, MAYHEM is a good new adult book about a rocker boy and a good girl. I was not blown away by originality and found the story a bit bland, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. I am looking forward to books two, three, and hopefully four. Jamie Shaw is a great author who can captivate her readers with words, I just was not impressed with the female protagonist. Read this review on Bibliolatry Me...more
Bibliolatry Me http://www.bibliolatryme.com MAYHEM was a cute story about good girl meets bad boy. It seemed to be missing emotion. Something to makeBibliolatry Me http://www.bibliolatryme.com MAYHEM was a cute story about good girl meets bad boy. It seemed to be missing emotion. Something to make me feel for the characters. RIOT makes up for it and then some. Dee and Joel are not opposites attract. They like sex, and they like it a lot. With each other, one or more people, it really doesn't matter...at first.
I really enjoyed how Shaw explored both character's backgrounds fully so readers can see why they are who they are, and why they make the seemingly stupid decisions they make. Dee's mom left her as a child. As a result, she cannot bear to become her mother and refuses to get close to anyone. Even the guy she is falling for. Joel had to make his own way. He is an independent rocker doing what he loves.
While I still wanted to smack Dee and Joel from time to time, being able to understand really helped me relate to the characters and not want to knock some sense into them as bad. Though there is nothing surprising or overwhelmingly original happening in RIOT, I loved the characters, the story, and the development. I recommend this book to new adult romance, rocker fans everywhere. MAYHEM does not need to be read in order to understand RIOT, but I do recommend it so that you can love all the side characters a little more and understand Dee and Joel's relationship to everyone else. Read this review on Bibliolatry Me...more
I've read Milan's historicals before but never a contemporary. I like that Milan was able to take the billionaire aspect and create characters who areI've read Milan's historicals before but never a contemporary. I like that Milan was able to take the billionaire aspect and create characters who are equals. Even though he is insanely rich, and she is struggling financially, I did not get the sense that there was a power balance between the two. While I enjoyed the story and the characters I found nothing overly unique or different about the story. Another girl meets billionaire. ...more
UNVEILED started off about like I was expecting after reading DENIED. For the first good part of the book, I was not impressed and somewhat bored. HowUNVEILED started off about like I was expecting after reading DENIED. For the first good part of the book, I was not impressed and somewhat bored. However, my curiosity won out, and I kept reading. I am glad I did because as the story progressed, the pace picked up, and the book became much better.
While UNVEILED still had a lot of angst and drama, I felt like it was relevant this time. Things are finally coming full circle from the first book, and we are discovering how Miller and Olivia's story ended.
Readers who enjoyed the first two books should definitely finish the series. I have my qualms, sure, but overall, it is a good read with well developed characters that will tug on your emotions (good and bad). I think I will go back and read her other series after finishing this one. ...more
I loved loved loved LOVE, IN ENGLISH, and I was really excited when I heard about a spinoff. However, I just couldn't quite get into this one. I strugI loved loved loved LOVE, IN ENGLISH, and I was really excited when I heard about a spinoff. However, I just couldn't quite get into this one. I struggled to connect with the characters. I did like that she writes from Joshua's point of view initially instead of giving us insight from Gemma straight off the bat. Of course I love Halle's writing. She is able to depict a great story. I have found I am a sucker for travel romances as well. WHERE SEA MEETS SKY is different than Halle's other works because it is not as dark or dealing with taboo topics. Overall, though, it is a cute new adult story I think readers will enjoy. ...more
Bibliolatry Me http://www.bibliolatryme.com I knew when I saw the cover of CONFESS and read the blurb that I was going to love it. The realness and raBibliolatry Me http://www.bibliolatryme.com I knew when I saw the cover of CONFESS and read the blurb that I was going to love it. The realness and rawness of a confessions premises drew me in, and I knew I had to have it. The paperback copy of course. I am pleased to announce I was right!
Colleen is known for her emotion charged, tear jerking reads, and this novel is no exception. It is not as emotionally wrenching as SLAMMED for example, but it will definitely pull your heartstrings. I've heard several reviewers say that this book had a pet peeve of theirs. I can only guess exactly what that means, but I will say I don't think it takes away from the story. If anything, it drives it forward.
While one of the things I disliked about UGLY LOVE was the chapters that were oddly written in the past, I really enjoyed how she shared both Owen and Auburn's past here. The book is completely in the present except for the very beginning and the end. You would think ending the book on a flashback wouldn't work. It would take away from the ending, but it just made the whole story click.