The teacher/student story line is as old as time and used by every erotic writer I have ever read. Of course there is nothing original about it,it's p...moreThe teacher/student story line is as old as time and used by every erotic writer I have ever read. Of course there is nothing original about it,it's pretty much a standard. It's fantasy, it's taboo.
With that said, the make or break is with what the writers do with the standard.
How much dirty sex can you get away with before alienating the reader? How much fantasy blurring the lines of reality can you push? Did the story go on to long, to short? Did the scene flow? Was the scene so ridiculous you would need to be a contortionist to even visualize what is going on? Did I do the seat shift or run to the closest pail to barf because um yeah, that was gross.
These are the ridiculous thoughts that run through my mind when I decide on a piece of erotica. And because of that, there are very few erotic writers I read, L.J Anderson is one of very few.
She is a master of the get in there, punch punch punch, and then get out of there. Her erotic stories always leave me with the proverbial...damn girl, you are naughty.
Basic Needs was quick and dirty. Nice clean writing, quick build up, the big O, and then out.
I enjoyed it and hubs will even more when I tell him...here's what we will be doing tonight...put this tie on and...
When I read Where We Fell, I had said in my review, "if it was any indication of the author's magic, she has a tremendous future ahead of her. Amazing...moreWhen I read Where We Fell, I had said in my review, "if it was any indication of the author's magic, she has a tremendous future ahead of her. Amazing debut."
Beatless is Amber L. Johnson's follow up release and it is a fantastic read!
Who knew I was psychic? Well, maybe not psychic. Maybe we just stumbled upon a new author who has the ability to tell a story that immediately grabs you. An author who gives you engaging characters, well rounded story lines, and an amazing flow to the ride she takes you on.
I had no idea what to expect when I started the story. I am not a fan of YA as many who know me are aware. I am just to old and wind up very annoyed at the characters, and not always in a good way. But I had read the author's debut, loved it obviously, so I was willing to give the follow up a chance...I am so glad I did. Not what I expected at all.
The summary to the story is spot on, it was exactly what the blurb stated. As I was reading, I kept stopping to think, how does someone write like this? The flow was stunning. You sailed through every chapter non stop. I could not put it down. I was so engaged with the story line, with the characters, and the reality of the characterizations. The story was so true to life when you are given the short end of the stick and have the proverbial black cloud hanging over you without being overly dramatic, grasping at cliches, or the typical YA "New Moonism". You know what that is, the ill fated and unbelievable "love triangle" topped off with the "one character leaves the other for their own good". That typical cliche just aggravates me, they are always so forced and loses the entire flow to the story. Hence why I am not a fan of YA.
None of those shenanigans happened.
Just a solid believable story line built with solid believable characters.
Mallory is a 19 yr old who in one year, smacks up against a bunch of dark walls. She misses much of her last year of high school due to mono, the college of her dreams is out of reach because of her parents divorce, they just don't have the money, her father doesn't come around, her mother leaves her for her job, her "best friends" leave for college and their friendship behind.
That's a lot of gloom and doom for one person. But it's how she handles it and moves on that I love.
Enter Aunt Sam.
What a great secondary character and the backbone to the story. Sam is Mallory's mother's sister who comes to stay with her while her mother is away. And Sam has some secrets of her own.
Then we have Tucker.
Tucker and Mallory know each other their whole life growing up. They reconnect, rebuild their friendship, and things just blossom is such way, it is totally believable.
Tucker also has a dark cloud and combined with Mallory's, the story intertwines and weaves its way right in to your heart.
I loved how the author told this story. Every chapter opened with a letter from Aunt Sam to Mallory offering guidance, support, love, secrets, and a glimpse of the future.
It was in those letters you understood Sam and more so, Mallory.
The ending was beautiful, heart breaking, and cheer worthy. It's not that it was a huge surprise, you just didn't know how the pieces were going to fall. I love that about the author's writing, there is always a little underlying trepidation in her flow, you just aren't sure what path you are heading until you get there.
Great story. Beautifully written. Thoroughly engaging. Believable characters.
Definitely give it a shot, you will not be disappointed.
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Jennyfer Browne delivers in this second installment of her In Your World trilogy.
I loved it.
But I knew she would. There wasn't a doubt in my mind bec...moreJennyfer Browne delivers in this second installment of her In Your World trilogy.
I loved it.
But I knew she would. There wasn't a doubt in my mind because this is an author who loves her characters and it shows in every word she writes.
Ms.Browne's writing is so palpable, so visual, I can see the characters, feel their emotions, and hear their voices. This combined with a solid romantic, low drama story line...what's not to love?
Renewing Hope picks up right where Healing Faith left off with Nathan and Kate returning to their homes in Iowa after their harrowing ordeal. They begin their lives together both taking steps for embracing "The Way" as well as their continuing discovery of their strength in each others love.
I really loved the beauty of their romance and their faith in that love. The story was packed full of wonderful characterizations and some great secondary characters, namely Benjamin who I am pleased to see is the focus of book 3 in the trilogy, Finding Love. Definitely looking forward to his story.
The In Your World trilogy is a must read for the romantics who just love a good story line with low drama. You will be smiling with all the emotions that envelop you!
ARC received from author in exchange for a fair review.
Perfect erotic novella! Short, quick read packed full of smexiness and a good story line to balance all the holy hotness. So important to have a good,...morePerfect erotic novella! Short, quick read packed full of smexiness and a good story line to balance all the holy hotness. So important to have a good, even if small story line.
Dorian and Rob were very engaging and their characterizations were spot on.
The whole premise of the story, delivered in small doses culminated in an eye opening ending, an ending that definitely put a smile on my face.
Looking for a quick, smexy read for your in between reading, search no further!
I am so not a fan of the "love triangle". I just don't buy in to them. I always find there is always that one in the triangle manipulative and selfish...moreI am so not a fan of the "love triangle". I just don't buy in to them. I always find there is always that one in the triangle manipulative and selfish. They are also very difficult story lines to pull off. What can possibly come from them? There is always going to be some one hurt whether by their own doing or as an innocent.
With that said, Elizabeth Hayley did an amazing job putting a very different and unexpected spin on the story.
I loved that she did not tie it all up in a cutesy little bow, spray some perfume on the stink of the situation, and best of all, was not afraid to make her heroine look less than ideal.
If karma had a name, it would be Lily Hamilton.
Boy oh boy was she unlikable. And as the story went on, I was disliking her more and more. She invoked all kinds of feelings in me.
Lily is grown woman, educated, a professional, comes from a good family, though a pushy family, but good background. Absolutely no reason for her to be making the poor and self destructive decisions she was making except for the fact she is a selfish. In Lily's quest for the journey of self discovery, she systematically hurts two very different men she has involved herself with.
As for the gist of the story, Lily meets Max Samson, a former professional hockey player. He is seriously hot, dominant, and just pure excitement. She has an impromptu "one night stand" in the airport on her way back from visiting her parents. Lily feels guilt and confusion after but slowly comes to terms with it until Max crosses her path again, as the new hockey coach in the school she teaches in. Initially Lily is hostile towards him but she quickly changes her feelings with a "why not" attitude. She is sexually attracted to him so why not just go with the flow of their odd little relationship.
I loved Max. I found him to be very misunderstood and there was just so much more to him then meets the eye. He was the epitome of the bad boy and I believe he truly cared for Lily. But Lily didn't want everything with him. It was just a "journey" so she thought.
Enter Adam Carter. Single parent of one her students. Adam is definite marriage material. Handsome, kind, giving, an architect, just all around "pieces of perfect".
Lily and Adam start of in a very typical dating fashion. Their relationship moves along very nicely and Lily really likes Adam. The only problem, she is still involved and having sex with Max.
Basically, you know what is going to happen. Lily does her damnest to keep the two of them apart without being honest with either one of them. She goes with the lied by omission, just leaving out the important things. Not a smart move and seriously makes her look very bad. The situation is a train wreck waiting to happen, but you just can't look a way because you know it is not going to be good.
I loved the ending. It was realistic and justly deserved.
Pieces of Perfect has to be the best love triangle story I have ever read. The author did a great job with the flow and the unrolling of the story line. By the end of it, I was so riled up with Lily and to me her actions were just unforgivable that she got exactly what she deserved!
There are consequences to all actions and decisions is definitely the moral to the story.
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The Little Drummer Boy has always been a family favorite of mine. From the song to the yearly Rankin/Bass Christmas time special, no matter where I am...moreThe Little Drummer Boy has always been a family favorite of mine. From the song to the yearly Rankin/Bass Christmas time special, no matter where I am or what I am doing, the lyrics always made me stop to listen, and smile.
When I was offered the opportunity to read the ARC, it was a no brainer, of course I wanted it!
I love Sydney Logan's writing style. Her words are always so palpable swirling and embracing you with all the feels. I was so curious to see what her spin on this classic would be and she does not disappoint!
A lovely little story of a couple who seem to have everything but the one thing money can not buy.
Short little story packed full of all the feels.
A great little read you won't want to miss.
"It's amazing what we can hear if we just take a moment and really listen."
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Drama, romance, love, heartbreak, smexiness, and mystery...the perfect contemporary read!
Raine Thomas writes in such a way that you are completely env...moreDrama, romance, love, heartbreak, smexiness, and mystery...the perfect contemporary read!
Raine Thomas writes in such a way that you are completely enveloped in the characters world. From the first word to the last, you are thoroughly engaged. Lush, vibrant, and full of texture, the story line takes you on a trip of emotions ranging from laughter, tears, screaming, goosebumps, anger, rejoicing, and trepidation. A kaleidoscope of feels.
I was completely in love with Evan and Sierra.
Sierra was quirky, kind, with a unique sense of knowing.
Sierra and Evan meet at the wedding of Everly and Cole. The amazing couple from For Everly. I loved how the author tied the story together even though Meant For Her is a true stand alone.
There is instant attraction, and for Evan, the first in a very long time since the death of his mother that has just broken him emotionally. Sierra senses the sadness and responds to it comforting him in her own unique way. They don't meet again for a few months being brought together by baseball. I am not a huge fan of the game personally but it wasn't overwhelming at all, just added a nice background to the story.
The story starts moving from this point and there are many twists and turns peppered though out their budding relationship. Evan continues to try and keep himself distanced emotionally, all the while Sierra slowly chipping down his self imposed wall of despair.
The mystery aspect was really great too. It was the underlying factor to the story line putting Sierra right in the mix of things.
The ending was perfect after the huge kick in the pants Evan needed!! I loved him regardless!!
I really enjoyed this story and the characters. Raine Thomas did such an amazing job with the characterizations that I really felt I was part of the story, watching from the side lines.
Mystery, intrigue, multiple characters and settings all interwoven make up this purely delightful story. A truly suspenseful read peppered with romanc...moreMystery, intrigue, multiple characters and settings all interwoven make up this purely delightful story. A truly suspenseful read peppered with romance. The story completely took me by surprise!
There are basically 4 stories going on with a large multi ensemble. That's a lot and it felt a bit confusing at times trying to keep track. But once I got to chapter 5, the story really hit it's stride and all the little stories started to weave together, the characters links and relationships made sense, and the flow to the story line really had me going.
The story is about finding the missing granddaughter. Nick Gladstone, the billionaire, only finds out he has one from his only daughter he rarely speaks to. A daughter who is now an alcoholic and who has married against his wishes to a man you thought might have loved her at one time, but just aren't sure of anymore.
Because there is such a large ensemble, and all of the characters equally important to the story line, I'll give you a little run down...
Teresa is a maid whose sole purpose is to be hired by Laura Connelly, Nick's daughter. Laura and Matthew Connelly were quite the pair. With Laura's drinking and Matthew's philandering, living off of Laura's trust, making heads or tails of these two was quite the mystery. Once Teresa is there in the house, she has a plan and a purpose. Snooping daily looking for whatever it is she is looking for.
Then there is Austin. Laura and Matthew are in a lawsuit with Austin, Nick's partner, friend, and the trustee to the estate. Everything has been left to the granddaughter. A granddaughter that Matthew insists is dead and shows proof of. Laura really doesn't have much to say which made the scenario odd and you get the feeling the lawsuit is being pushed by Matthew. Lot's of mystery what happened to the baby and why no one knows anything about her.
Then we move on to Jackie, Carl, and Michael. They make up the Harlan Agency. Austin hires them to find the granddaughter. He was granted two weeks by the judge to produce her or the estate would go to Laura.
The bantering these three have was so good! Their conversations were quite funny and you could see how well they work together. They also have some very interesting background stories as well adding lot's of texture ad some additional mystery.
Now that brings us to Maggie and Jim. These two work at the worst company in the world. A company run by an unqualified and unscrupulous manager who readily fires people at a whim. Maggie and Jim are friends, Maggie's only friend, except for her online chat buddy, Bronco. A "relationship" she values as does Bronco. You know who Bronco turns out to be but you definitely don't see the connection until much later on. You also won't see the importance of their chats until much later. Again, some more mystery added to the mix.
There is also some really good secondary characters filling in all the little blanks and rounding our what is going on overall.
The story flows back and forth seamlessly between the mini stories giving you a lot of background and driving the story forward. The author held all the strings pulling them one by one, never loosing clarity to the story line.
I could go on forever trying to tell you chapter by chapter, but this is a story you need to read for yourself.
If you are a fan of mystery, suspense, and some romance, The Billionaire's Will is for you. Like I said, I was really taken by surprise in the most best of ways!
Big kudos to Marti Talbott, I really didn't think the flow would be as smooth as it was with all that was happening. She did a tremendous job pulling all the pieces together.
There was no rushing. You got all your answers, and a little surprise "who" the granddaughter wound up being too. It really was a good mystery!
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