A COIN FOR CHARON is a breath of fresh air among the psychological thrillers flooding the market today. Dallas Mullican creates a descriptive and engaA COIN FOR CHARON is a breath of fresh air among the psychological thrillers flooding the market today. Dallas Mullican creates a descriptive and engaging world full of unique characters: a compassionate serial killer, a depressed therapist, a suicidal cop, and a lonely husband. Readers will delve into not just the mystery and violence, but also inside each characters' head as they navigate toward one central story. What will happen? Read to find out!...more
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