The Changelings is almost like a paranormal version of The Hunger Games. And to put it simply? I LOOOOVED it! This series is so addicting I've already...moreThe Changelings is almost like a paranormal version of The Hunger Games. And to put it simply? I LOOOOVED it! This series is so addicting I've already read through book two before even posting this review - the cliff hanger ending was so freaking bad that I simply had no choice.
The heroine in this novel is a Jayne, a bad ass 17-year-old with a flare for using curse words at every turn in a surprisingly endearing way. She is so very loyal, clever, and simply awesome. We could totally be friends. ;)
In this first book, Jayne and her best friend Tony run away from home after Tony draws a gun on a bully at school. Once they reach Miami, they meet several other runaways and tentatively join them until they can figure out the next step in their unplanned vacation. In major need of money, the teens agree to participate in a psychological study that will pay them $500 cash if they complete it. Catch? They don't know what the study entails.
Once placed in a world as far away from "home" as Jamaica for a penguin, they must work together in order to make it to the end - but more than just money is at stake.
There are so many twists and turns in this novel that I never knew what was coming next. The unbreakable bond of friendship and the supernatural element connecting Jayne and Tony is a joy to read while Jayne's tough love attitude and big heart add so much to the developing relationships among them.
I literally couldn't put this book down (after about a 1/3 of the way through). The beginning is a little bit slow, but SO worth the end result. I'll be finishing this series in the next few days - hopefully keeping up with my posts and wifely duties and not just hiding away in my bedroom...but who am I kidding?
Taste is a unique book - written from the POV of intelligent, quirky, and slightly annoying 17-year-old Phoenix. After dealing with an unexplainable f...moreTaste is a unique book - written from the POV of intelligent, quirky, and slightly annoying 17-year-old Phoenix. After dealing with an unexplainable family death, Phoenix is more detached from humankind than ever - although she does have one friend...well, not quite a friend but a roommate - who she likes...mostly. ;)
Ms. Evangelista allows readers to grow with Phoenix, through her discovery of the Night Students and her own internal healing, giving us a book wrought with emotion, humor, and love.
Phoenix is a junior attending the famous Barinkoff Academy, home to only the most intelligent and wealthy students from around the world, which has one rule...students are not allowed on the premise after nightfall.
Phoenix is most definitely not a rule-breaker, or at least not on purpose. And yet, after falling asleep in the library, she finds herself racing to BA's front doors until the last school bell chimes away her school career. Knowing that her expulsion is sealed, she finds herself wandering the hallway and runs into the exceptionally beautiful and bizarre Night Students.
Here is where the story really begins, allowing us to learn (albeit slowly) of these students supernatural nature, meet two sexy and very interested "men" and watch as Phoenix is showed the path to healing.
Although I really enjoyed this book, it's missing a star because of a two things. One, the story moved much too slowly at the beginning. I wasn't really captivated until about 40 percent through, but once I got there, I blew through this book, enjoying the ride Ms. Evangelista took me on. Also, I didn't really connect with Phoenix. I HAD to keep reading, wanting to smack her a few good times to get her head on straight, but she ended up really growing on me.
With that, there was some awesomeness that occurred. I have an *official* fictional character crush on both Demitri and Luka. I basically love them and would totally play on that field. While very different, each is well represented with clear-as-mud sexy intentions that I just drooled over. I also really loved mad-scientist Dray - he was special-cakes. Oh oh and Luka's sister was awesome too. *sigh* I loved so many characters, even (and especially) the naughty ones!
Moreover, the conflict throughout was believable - and it's really what captivated me. I loved the multitude of problems and the clever stacking of layers that Ms. Evangelista manipulated, giving them more depth and realistic reliability. I mostly wanted MORE! Give me MORE BOOK! *Cookie Monster voice*
I really hope that we are going to get a series from Kate, but if not, this book does end clearly. If there is another, it will definitely be on my to-read shelf.
*This book was provided to me from the author in return for an honest review.*(less)
This is the first Terry Brooks novel I've ever read and maaaan was I in for an adventure! Although I really enjoyed the book, I believe having not rea...moreThis is the first Terry Brooks novel I've ever read and maaaan was I in for an adventure! Although I really enjoyed the book, I believe having not read her other series did leave me missing some character connections and world building. However, I still connected with the characters, LOVED the world, and enjoyed every moment learning about the Wards of Faerie.
Our main character, Aphenglow Elessedil, is an elf who disgraced her family by joining the druid order, a powerful group of mages from all genetic backgrounds who pride themselves on maintaining a balanced relationship between all creatures in the Four Lands. An outcast in the home of the elves and with only her sister and great uncle to guide her, Aphen begins her tale uncovering a secret of the past, one that may lead her to a great lost power.
This book was extremely well-written and developed. The characters were relatable and although there wasn't a lot of romantic relationship development between characters, but the tension and possibilities are set up for in the next books.
This book was told from several characters perspectives - but that didn't begin for quite a while in the book. I was very used to hearing from Aphen, and although I appreciated the other perspectives and they were necessary for the development of the novel, I missed her voice.
That being said, I did enjoy some of the secondary characters and the developments throughout the story, I guess I just felt as though not enough was uncovered. This was a book that I think can't be a stand alone...you NEED that second book to learn anything about the first and that's why it is missing a star. I think I would know more about the world and what is happening had I read Brooks' other books, however as the first book in the series, not much evolved from the initial problem. Some things yes - just not enough to make me satisfied.
Although I don't read a lot of epic fantasy, I love a great one and Wards of Faerie is pretty darn great.
*This book was provided by Del Ray Publishing via NetGalley in return for an unbiased review*(less)
What a beautiful, honest, and intriguing story. Moonglow had my heart pounding through action, devastation, romance, and more. While I wasn't fully immersed until I was about 20% into the book, the 80% that followed was simply incredible.
Moonglow is a stand alone novel from the Darkest London series. Although each book includes previous characters in the series, the main characters change with each book, enabling the reader to join in at any point.
Each of the female protagonists in all three of the series are sisters who are close and weaved into each other's lives often, which may have attributed for my lack of interest to start...maybe I was missing something from Firelight? Previous knowledge of Ian, or of Archer and Miranda? I'm not sure. However, I do know that while reading Moonglow, the reader was given so much setup and background for Winterblaze (Darkest London, Book 3).
Anywho, let's get back to it.
I quickly fell in love with Daisy, a feisty, troubled woman, adventuring to conceal her damaged soul with sarcasm, wit, and sex appeal. She is finally finished "mourning" her cruel and vicious husband. In desperate need of flirtation and freedom she hopes to find the piece of herself that has been deeply buried since "the incident."
Ian Ranulf is a mindlessly handsome rogue, bedding copious amounts of women and caring not for the holds placed on him in society. After being in exile from the Ranulf Clan, he yearns for a social connection while not daring to attempt one, having reaped consequences far to terrible to bare. I adored Ian, faltering with his thoughts of immortality and concealing much pain behind his humor and brashness.
Daisy and Ian's relationship begins in a difficult place. A murderer is scavenging the streets of London, following a very particular scent - a perfume that Daisy herself created. Drawn to protect a woman who hides more than she shows, Ian begins to feel alive once again. Keeping constant secrets from each other while trying to keep the other alive, may end up causing the death of them both.
The depth of storytelling and world building in this novel is just amazing. Ms. Callihan easily weaves her historic tale of the London streets and the creatures living among us. There were so many little treats to uncover throughout this novel that simply left me breathless. Beautiful writing, an honest and believably love story, and excellent adaptations of the paranormal intrigued and riveted - the best part? I now can go back and read book one. :)(less)
***This review is specifically for the short story The Dare by Jordan McKenzie***
Genre: M/F/M Erotica
The Dare is a short story written by the fabulous...more***This review is specifically for the short story The Dare by Jordan McKenzie***
Genre: M/F/M Erotica
The Dare is a short story written by the fabulous Jordyn McKenzie about a group of friends who take a camping trip after their college graduation...and they end up toasting much more than marshmallows my friends!
Okay, now to the gush: The Dare was HOT HOT HOT! Holy moly...I'm still freaking out from how much hotness can be packed into 39 pages. *fans self* Literally no break from the lovin' my friends!
I friggin puffy heart Alexis, our female protagonist. She's like hot-sauce-in-a-bull's-eye trouble with some sexy to boot. Shoot. :) *minor spoiler* My favorite Alexis-moment is when she actually punches this skank-muffin for running her mouth instead of debating internally until the moment was gone. High five Ms. McKenzie...high five.
Damian and Parker are two sides of the perfect coin. You have some sweet and tender with Damian and just pure sexual God with Parker. Button-up shirts and tattoos. Yum! More than that though, they communicate with Alexis and make her feel safe.
I still cannot believe how much world-building, background and character development were involved with this short-story. I really had a feel for each one of the characters and their role in Alexis' life. Even her garbage boyfriend, who was only present for 2 pages, was well developed and easily despised.
If you're in the mood for a quick, super sexy, and well-written read, you MUST buy The Dare.(less)
I am so happy that Alexia sent me this amazing book to review. Ever Fire is my *first* official ARC review, but I have 15+ coming within the next thre...moreI am so happy that Alexia sent me this amazing book to review. Ever Fire is my *first* official ARC review, but I have 15+ coming within the next three months that I can't wait to share with you all. *squee!*
This book releases this Monday, July 9th so if you haven't read this series, you have the weekend to catch up for FREE Ever Shade: A Dark Faerie Tale #1 on Amazon.
*minor spoilers from Ever Shade*
Ever Fire is the second book in the Dark Faerie Tale series and boy does Ms. Purdy pull you in! This book starts out with Shade having nightmares of her previous quest. Dylan is living with Shade because of the Blood Binding (and only after careful manipulation of Shade's mom) giving him the opportunity to support and help Shade adjust to her new life.
Shade is learning to cope with her new-found powers by training with the lovely Ilarial, strengthening her water control and experimenting with fire. She is also bettering her self-defense, learning about weapons from Dylan and sparing with Soap. Soap is still no Dylan, but I sure would suds him up! Ban pun...sorry. ;)
Dylan is called back to the Queen of the Teleen and unfortunately leaves us for most of this book, but his departure is necessary for Shade's growth. Also, the evil queen and her army are finally real and making their way for the world Shade loves.
Throughout this book Shade must meet with a Prince, handle death, learn of her family, pay the price of love, and test her own commitment to Faerie.
Down to the Nitty(/u)
Ms. Purdy really allows Shade to grow in this book. Even though she isn't yet decisive in her personal relationships, Shade's tone is a bit more mature - which I really appreciated. And can I just say that I ADORE Dylan?! Yum!
I had a love/hate relationship with Shade and her growth process, but it was that of a typical teenager - two steps forward and...you know the rest. Also, there was a bit lacking in why an explanation was given, or maybe it was just the "how" that was off. Conversations sometimes seemed forced or too informative, not quite realistic of what you would shout during an ambush. And it was a bit confusing because there were times when an explanation (of a new Faerie creature or power) wasn't given and the story just flowed.
Overall, I really enjoyed the darker elements to this story, which sneak up at the end. I really hope to see more of them continuing in the series. I also enjoyed learning more about Faerie and the creatures within.
There are still a lot of questions to be answered after Ever Fire and I am DYING to get my hands on Ever Winter, which releases in 2013. I would more than suggest reading this series, my friends!
*Thank you to Alexia Purdy and Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing for sending this ARC to me. You guys are wonderous!*(less)
Sterling is the first novel in Dannika Dark's Mageri series and boy did it start off with a bang! The blurb does a gre...more4.5 Stars from Between the Bind.
Sterling is the first novel in Dannika Dark's Mageri series and boy did it start off with a bang! The blurb does a great job explaining the novel so I'm just going to jump right in with the review.
This is the first book that I've read by Dannika Dark and man did she knock me out with her characterization. Zoë and the three sexy men introduced throughout were unique and interesting, requiring some definite *fanning* over here! I loved reading from Zoë's point of view. She is someone that women can easily relate to. She is tough but not unbelievably so. Experiencing what she experienced didn't immediately become inconsequential, instead, she had to heal emotionally and physically from her past and with each new incident. Simply put, she was a real woman dealing with bizarre circumstances at every turn.
Now onto the men. Adam is the human male who found Zoë after that terrible night. Zoë has many reasons not to trust men but Adam is the first to really open her up to the possibility. Then, Zoë meets Justus. And although I love Adam, Justus and his pure honorability and alpha-ness made me love him just a teensy bit more. There is much more beneath his sexy and commanding exterior and even through the end of the book the reader doesn't know the half of it. Finally, there's Simon. And boy did he heat up the pages! A bad boy with a soft side, Simon has Zoë wanting to take a bite in no time. All three of these men added to the depth of the story and kept me reading late into the night.
I also loved the creativity of the creatures in this story. Even the creatures that exist in most fantasy novels were purposed differently in some way with different abilities or names. Even with these unique changes, my favorite creatures were the new types that Dannika introduced. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
Although I adored the voice of Zoë and appreciated her point of view, I felt like the pace of this novel was a little off towards the beginning. There were times that it moved very quickly and others when it slowed a bit too much. Honestly, this was small potatoes compared to how much I loved Sterling but it's what prevented the full 5 Stars.
Wonderful and unique characters and creatures mixed with creative writing make Sterling and the Mageri series one to add to your to-read shelf.(less)
For those of you haven't read the previous 20 books (truth) in the Anita Blake series, Kiss The Dead is not the book to start with. Honestly? KTD and...moreFor those of you haven't read the previous 20 books (truth) in the Anita Blake series, Kiss The Dead is not the book to start with. Honestly? KTD and I have had a week long love/hate relationship. Usually I can get through a book in a day...or two. Not the case with my wily friend here. Now lets get straight to the good stuff.
The Good: The book begins with Anita on the scene with some of my favorite secondary characters, Zerbrowski, (newly lobotomized) Dolph and friends, getting ready to take out a potential vampire "kiss." Here is where they attempt to rescue a 15-year-old girl who "made the choice" to become a vampire. The blurb says it all once Anita busts in and does her thang, all stank-tastic in her heels, 'hoes, and skirt suit, ready to blow someone's head and/or heart out. She seems to feel more comfortable in her skin, not caring what others think of her and just doing her job both psychically and physically - consequences be damned!
Skipping ahead, I enjoyed the little bit of time spent with Jean-Claude (even without his naughty bits...sad panda) as well as meeting up with our Claudia and the other body guards. Just the mini-reunion with some of the characters made me all nostalgic and happy-face.
The Ugly: In between the job, Anita gets to go home to meet up with Micah and Nathaniel and gets some sexy time in. But on her way, she is busy wondering if she can handle killing the "monsters" anymore when she loves so many of them...and here we go...is one herself. *FACE PALM* Whyyyy! I was so disappointed that Anita was still hung up on her monsterness and really thought she could compartmentalize between bad monsters and good ones. I understand her confusion of wanting to quit her job...but it's never ending.
After all of her self doubt and nonsense, she gets home. And I'm hoping for some nice ménage action to help repair my brain after the whining. But of course there is conversation and crap to fix with her other men before any real action. Again, slightly acceptable because she has so many of them to please and LKH is giving us a taste of the negative side of so many sexy's. Eventually, we start to get somewhere and *snore*. This romp literally put me to sleep. I mean really - like passed out in the middle of a sex scene. -__- <---disappointment.
Another side argument and internal debate is the continuance of Anita complaining about Cynric, being a senior in high school and all, and how he's much too young for Anita to ever love. Ahhh, but there is the rub! She's still sleeps with him. I mean, the lady doth complains too much and I for one am completely over it. OWN it, Anita! Or kill Cynric off, Ms. Hamilton. Either way he's free - and so are we.
Oh and then there is Asher. Stupid. ******SPOILER****** Please stay exiled because Anita, JC, and everybody else is tired of your nonsense ******END SPOILER******
The ugliest and hardest to forgive was the extremely repetitive and condescending writing that kept appearing at the end of every stinking chapter. It was insanely frustrating and unnecessary, making the chapters or thoughts seems careless and unimportant, when some of them were the opposite.
Conclusion: I did see some light through the darkness and haven't lost complete faith in the series, but one more book like this one and I may. Self-doubt is persistant and the lack of memorable sex is on repeat too. But I truly enjoyed seeing the characters that have been behind Anita through her journey finally make a reappearance after so many books away. I loved the new addition with Marshal Brice too. But, there was still some heart missing. I guess I'll always be hopeful for the next one.(less)
Ashor Vlahos is the perfect alpha male, leader of an ancient Egyptian magi group, created and resurrected by the gods to protect human kind from Hashi...moreAshor Vlahos is the perfect alpha male, leader of an ancient Egyptian magi group, created and resurrected by the gods to protect human kind from Hashishins and demons. After years of fighting evil and not yet finding his senariai, or soul mate, Ashor is fighting back the darkness threatening to take over his soul.
Kira Hardy has been fighting her supernatural need to heal by becoming a doctor in the human world, using her gifts sparingly to help diagnose and save those in need. After her parents were murdered, Kira's been continuously on the look out for Terek, the illusive man who she swears is responsible.
I loved Kira and Ashor. Kira is hilarious and headstrong, even when fighting against her undeniable attraction to Ashor. While Ashor is the sexy and anguished warrior who can't help but fall in love with the sassy Kira. My favorite character in this book is undoubtedly Kira. I loved her honesty and determination. She doesn't play games and goes right for what she wants.
Moreover, I was compelled by the elements woven together by Zoe Forward. The witchcraft, demonology, history of the gods, and reincarnation helped to create rich and unique scenes from start to finish. I did, however, have some confusion with the terminology and didn't actually find out that there was a glossary until I finished the novel. That being said, I would've been a lot less confused had I read the meanings behind these terms in the beginning.
Zoe writes a story rich with romance and unique paranormal elements. The point-of-view of the story switches from Kira's to Ashor's and we even get a brief view into the mind of the antagonist, which is atypical and appreciated. And again, the relationship development between Kira and Ashor is well-paced, their intimacy is hot, and I cannot wait to read more about them and the fellow Scimitar Magi in the next installment in this series, Forgotten In Darkness, release date, TBD.(less)
This book begins where Persephone left off, we jump right into epic page turning (or Kindle clicking as it were) adventure. Persephone is still coming...moreThis book begins where Persephone left off, we jump right into epic page turning (or Kindle clicking as it were) adventure. Persephone is still coming to terms with her new responsibilities as a Goddess and with her mother's dishonesty. Moreover, she is learning to balance being a wife to the Lord of the Underworld and a teenage girl with Goddess-size problems.
While reeling over her ignorance with her inadvertent promise to Thanatos, stopping her from telling anyone about his treachery, Persephone pushes all who love her away. This lie festers throughout the story and we watch Persephone slowly fall apart piece by piece while putting on a brave face and working with those she is destined to hurt.
I loved the characterization in Persephone and DOTEAS shows much of the same. We are introduced to a new goddess, Aphrodite, who is all that she has ever been in Greek lore. Beautiful, ethereal, and a Goddess of pure charm. Being around someone so perfect gets even the most confident girl to question her security. There is also a new guy on the scene...but you have to read to find out more about him!
Our villans remain constant with a few more added. We hear more from Thanatos and finally meet Zeus who both remain simply hateable. Even more so if you can believe it. The Reapers are included in Thanatos' plan thereby filling the preconception humans have of them. Finally, it seems to be that Persephone plays her own villan, working through her personal demons, which is always much more difficult than conquering external ones.
Kaitlin Bevis writes so descriptively that the reader feels physically and emotionally invested with every decision Persephone makes. It killed me to know that her secret was trapped inside of her, that she was hurting and being hurt but couldn't reach out for help. But with that being said, this book is laugh-out-loud funny! KB develops such witty, quick dialogue and I find myself more than pleased with the balance of humor, darkness, discovery, and experience.
I cannot WAIT to read book three of the series due for release sometime in 2013, The Iron Queen. Each chapter in DOTEAS kept my brain reeling and fingers twitching. This is definitely a book that should be read and re-read.(less)
Aleron was very well-written with unique vampire lore and ideas that fascinated. And while I was reveling in said chara...more3.5 Stars from Between the Bind
Aleron was very well-written with unique vampire lore and ideas that fascinated. And while I was reveling in said characteristics, this book really felt like a stand alone novel to me. I don't really have any interest in reading the next 4 books in the Strigoi series and because of that, I would have to give it a 3.5.
With a tone and writing style compared to the infamous Anne Rice, I believe that Kane's vampire memoir remains unique because of several elements. Some of them being the way that vampires are turned. This isn't a typical pretty vampire romance novel. Being bit by a vampire - friggin hurts. And being turned in one? Well, it's an 11 day process and you wake up in a pile of your now unnecessary organs. Gross? If you think so, you most definitely shouldn't read this book.
Kane is poetically vulgar, and even though I am not at all a fan of horror, because I'm a scaredy chick who has very vivid nightmares, I really enjoyed his ability to make me uncomfortable while still understanding why I had to be.
Here are some of my issues with the book.
It was explained that vampires have an obsessive desire to keep their maker's safe and happy, thus putting their own immortal lives at risk to protect their maker. I enjoyed this concept which explains what drives a vampire to create immortal children. However, if said vampire's maker is still alive, they will still have the bond with their own maker...meaning that all the children would end up just protecting the eldest living vampire. But, Kane made exceptions to this rule allowing said children to make their maker extremely unhappy and even unsafe. That annoyed me.
Also, most of the vampires in this book are women and men are not allowed to be turned. Although it was alluded to, it was never really explained why that is. The best reason at this point is because Vlad didn't want them to. Lame. Maybe that is because the next four books are going to explain it somewhere? But I don't care enough about that to read them.
This book seemed like it could've ended with only a swift changing of a sentence. I wasn't attached to any of the vampires really. Although I enjoyed some more than others, I was okay with any of them dying to serve Kane's literary goal. Being mad at an author is how I know for sure that they are amazing, and I wasn't ever upset with Kane. Just flipping pages. Waiting for the end. Enjoying leisurely. And friends - that's not my style.
Anywho, although I enjoyed this book (and I think those who adore Anne Rice will too) it just wasn't quite up my fantastical alley. I suppose with the above reference, I shouldn't be surprised that I'm not interested in reading the next book...because I only read the first in Anne Rice's series too.
*I received this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review*(less)
Moon Sworn is the 9th and final book in the Riley Jensen series. And boy do I loooove Ms. Arthur's world...more**4.5 Stars from betweenthebind.blogspot.com**
Moon Sworn is the 9th and final book in the Riley Jensen series. And boy do I loooove Ms. Arthur's world! She's created one of the most addicting series I've ever read and Moon Sworn is the perfect ending to such a dynamic series. I was most impressed with the characters growth. Ms. Arthur gave them room to evolve without compromising who they've been in the past 9 books. In her heart, Riley is still Riley, straight out of Full Rising, only with more internal and external scars, that even shifting can't heal.
I did have one main issue with this book, that being the removal of Quinn, Rhoan, and Lisander from the bulk of it. I understand the necessity of them taking a back seat to Riley's journey - I mean, it is ultimately her series...however, we have grown to love and build relationships with these characters and being that this was the finale, I just wanted to immerse myself in each and every one of them. Even if Ms. Arthur was able to just add more Quinn to Riley's journey, it would've been a 5 star for me.
**Please only continue reading if you don't mind series SPOILERS** In the beginning of Moon Sworn, Riley is reeling after killing her psycho soulmate, Kye, in response to him murdering her close friend Kade. After the loss of both of these people, she is trying to find herself again - her self assurance, a way to heal her broken soul, and how to move forward with Quinn. Riley has yet to give all of herself to Quinn and she is debating whether or not she still wants to be a Guardian.
While this internal debate continues, Riley begins working at the Directorate again, needing to have something to distract her from her emotions and obsessing with her loss. She gets involved in a case where released criminals are getting brutally murdered. During this investigation, revenge is taken on Riley in the most unexpected way - and we may just lose the character we have all come to love. Please join Riley on her journey as she tries find what was lost and faces her darkest demons.
That's all I can really say without ruining this book for you - but man, PLEASE read this series - so you can get to Moon Sworn and reflect on the epic wonderousness that is Keri Arthur's Riley Jensen series.(less)
Kate met Master by chance. An accidental text message that turned into the most beautifully fulfilling relationship she's ever had...with a ma...morePart One
Kate met Master by chance. An accidental text message that turned into the most beautifully fulfilling relationship she's ever had...with a man she's never met.
During the day, Kate is an advertising representative for the large ad firm Matthews & Son. Her day to day life is filled with the same as anyone else - stress over her firm's potential closing, money concerns, and date spilling with the girls. But meeting Master allows Kate to move past the stress in life and just be. She isn't able to think of anything else when he takes over because he demands all of her, body and mind. She wouldn't have it any other way.
Allowing herself to let go of the preconceived notion that she must "know" her Master before she loves him, Kate still cannot stop herself from dreaming of the day she actually meets him. Master finally says that he is coming to her house, but that she needs to remain blindfolded. After pleasing her competently, Kate is left reeling until their next meeting, with another blindfold, and new way to be completely completed.
I really enjoyed this story. It was a very quickly paced read with sexy and demanding scenes that I couldn't stop turning the pages of. I couldn't wait to see where Master brought Kate next. Taking the absurdity of inviting a lover you've never met into your home and putting it aside, I really enjoyed the concept here and it was easy to get to know, and like, the characters.
Vivien weaved a sexy web, filled with a young woman trusting a man she's never seen to take her to and then past her hazy line of sexual desire. Master pulls Kate out of her shell, revealing herself to him completely before he finally shows her who he is, and for Kate, it's perfect.
In part two, Kate has decided to marry Master, who continues to push and explore her relentlessly. The story begins with the two in a lingerie store, trying on pieces for their honeymoon. After Master leaves Kate for a moment, a man appears in shadow and takes her forcefully in the dressing room. Kate seems confused although pleasured by the experience and although simple to follow, the confusion of whether or not she was with the right man was difficult for me to understand.
When discussing with Master this encounter and her thoughts, Kate says that she knew it was him the whole time but that just wasn't clear in the writing of this scene.
Kate now gets to meet Master's ex-wife, Samantha. Feeling like a mouse in a room of beautiful tigers, Kate retreats into herself and loosing some of her trust in Master, allowing jealousy and confusion to rule her thoughts. Samantha misleads Kate, and now Kate is paying the price - her lack of trust may have ruined the best thing she's ever had.
Disregarding the part in the beginning, I loved this second installment. Kate explores with Master as he pushes her to places she never thought she would go and into someone's bed that she never saw herself going into. Having a w/w experience in this book was very interesting, but I understood the necessity of this exploration.
I cannot wait to read the next part in Vivien's series. Well-developed, sexy as all get out, and honest in its entirety, this short-story is one to add to your to-read list.(less)
The series, in my opinion, gets progressively better! The first four books are setting you up for one of the most amazing paranormal romance experienc...moreThe series, in my opinion, gets progressively better! The first four books are setting you up for one of the most amazing paranormal romance experiences (seriously) ever. Guilty Pleasures is interesting, honest, and exploratory, although this is the young Anita...it certainly does get a heck of a lot more interesting and compelling throughout the series.(less)