I have mentioned it before, I am always a little wary of picking up...moreTo read this review and others like it check out my site at www.homelovebooks.com
I have mentioned it before, I am always a little wary of picking up erotica books by authors I don't know, especially of the BDSM persuasion, mostly because I don't like books that are one hundred percent sex and no story. What can I say I am a girl who needs substance, even in my erotica. But I have heard good things about Stacey Kennedy, and I really enjoyed my last erotica book I took a chance on (thanks Jeffe Kennedy), so I went for it.
I honestly think if you are looking to try out a BDSM book then I think this would be a good one to start with. It's not super over the top, and because the girl in the story starts out with no knowledge of the lifestyle, you get to learn along side of her. Also, while this book is in the middle of a series, you don't need to have read the other ones to enjoy this one, this one stands on its own.
So Ella basically is starting over in Las Vegas, having left her abusive husband behind in Savannah, and is completely determined to live her life differently, saying yes to things she would have never said yes to before. So when she attends the wedding of her boss and this super hot cop approaches her, she finds herself saying yes to everything he wants. I liked Ella for the most part, I liked that she left her abusive husband the first time he physically hurt her, I liked that she was willing to take chances on things. I liked that she was easy to get along with, people just found it easy to be friends with her because she was just a nice person in general. I do have some grumbles about her though, she's a bit on the demanding side about certain things. Like she is completely adamant that Kyler treat her like she was never abused, and it was just completely unreasonable, and then she even says things like well if you can't ignore the abuse then we can't work. It just was too extreme of a reaction, I mean I get the embarrassment and not wanting to dwell on it, but at the same time, its not like he was pulling away from her or something, he just wanted to ease into some of the harder BDSM things slowly, totally reasonable.
Kyler (interesting name), was a good male character for me. I liked that the author explained his views on dominance so fully, I mean it wasn't really about control a woman completely, I mean yes there is a control element there, but at the same time it's more about bringing happiness to the woman he is with. I liked that he knew he wanted a relationship, even though Ella wasn't ready for that yet, and that he didn't push it. I liked that he was so protective of Ella. But more than that I liked how understanding he was. He never had any judgement for Ella, never questioned her actions, only wanted to understand why she did things, he genuinely wanted to get to know her, no judgements, and what girl wouldn't want that?
This book is definitely sex heavy, so if you aren't looking for that then I would pass on this book. But if you are looking for a BDSM book with a love story, then this book might be for you, and like I said before I think it would be a good way to investigate the BDSM theme with this book because it's really not over the top at all. It's a solid read and I definitely enjoyed it. (less)
I will admit that the reason I looked at this book was because I kin...moreTo read this review and others like it check out my site at www.homelovebooks.com
I will admit that the reason I looked at this book was because I kind of fell in love with the cover, yes yes, I know, don't judge a book by its cover, but I couldn't help it, it was all sparkly and I love sparkly. That being said I loved the book about a million times more then I loved the cover, it was just so awesome and wonderful, and I never wanted it to end (BRING ON THE SEQUEL)!
So the book basically starts with Dylan attending the wedding of her ex-boyfriend with her gay best friend (who is also her employee at the bakery she owns). Of course this a tad bit on the awkward side. That is until she falls into the lap of tall, dark, and yummy. Needless to say Dylan has her mind on one things and one thing only, hooking up the the yummy guy, so some no strings attached wedding fun times. The scene that happens in the men's bathroom is pretty epic, hot and steamy, and totally more than Dylan or Reese could have imagined. So of course that means it can't end there.
Dylan doesn't want a relationship (for reasons you will find out) and comes up with all the rules for their between the sheets only relationship, like no sleep overs, no fun times in a bed, you know standard I'm not getting to involved rules. I think it's actually pretty funny how much Dylan clings to this non-relationship title. But even so, I really loved Dylan. She's an awesome character. She's full of life, has great friends, is a good person, is strong, independent, and just fun to read in general. Yes she's like every other girl on the planet and insecure about certain things, but she's identifiable and easy to read. I connected with her right off the bat.
I liked Reese too. He is kind of adorable all while being alpha male at the same time. He sends Dylan these adorable packages and notes, it's just too cute for words. He calls her love too, and I love that. I liked that he was willing to give up so much of the control in the relationship because he wants Dylan in his life in whatever way she is willing to give him. There are some definite misunderstandings between the two of them, but never let it be said that Reese doesn't fight for Dylan, and how can you not love that.
My favorite part I think has to be at the end with the bet, it's kind of the perfect culmination of everything that had gone on throughout the book, all the ups and downs, and it all comes down to a huge group of friends and one bet (you'll understand when you read the book). I seriously loved this book. It was steamy in more ways than one, great chemistry not just between the H and h, but also between the friends in the book, they all just play off each other so well. It was so easy to get lost in this book and never want to put it down, great pacing, great story. Everyone should pick up this book immediately, cause it rocks. (less)
Another book with a musician (I think I'm on a new obsession with mu...moreTo read this review and others like it check out my site at www.homelovebooks.com
Another book with a musician (I think I'm on a new obsession with musicians and motorcycle guys, but hey if it ain't broke don't fix it). So the big difference her for the musician theme is that the guy is not a rocker or a country star, no he's a big deal in the hip-pop world, that's right folks a rapper... sign me up!
Okay so first things first, I love the way Mason and Ellie meet, I mean she's literally climbing into the window of his rental house when she loses her skirt and he finds her a** up in his bathroom. No she isn't some crazed fan, she works for the realtor company and thought the maid had locked the key inside the house, Mason wasn't even suppose to be there. Definitely a great intro for me.
So, things I like about Ellie. She's smart. She's super qualified. She's a good person. She may have gotten some attention lately from a viral video, and while people might think less of her for the video, the fact of the matter is she was defending her own honor in the video, so mad props to her. She works hard. She doesn't want money/attention/a job from anyone unless she has earned it. I loved that she was a strong woman. I loved that she didn't know who the heck Mason was, and more than that, the first time in the car together she makes a comment that she doesn't like the song on the radio and unbeknownst to her, it's one of his songs. I'm glad she wasn't a fan, it made it all the more better.
Now for my feelings about Mason. I liked that he likes Ellie for being Ellie. There are a couple of instances where he makes some offers to help her out in her life, but he respects her saying no, and I think he enjoys the fact that she doesn't want anything from him. I liked that he was so willing to open himself up to Ellie, about the stuff no one else knew about, I liked that it was so easy for him to trust her. He brought her into his world, but he never pushed it on her, and he made her feel welcome, went out of his way to do so and I liked that. I didn't like how easy it was for him to believe some of the things other people were saying, this becomes a problem towards the end, also that at one point it was so easy for him to throw all that trust he had for Ellie out the window. I went through most of the book really loving him as a character, but by the end I only liked him. He made up for it though at the very end (no spoilers).
Overall, I liked how this book was really about how Ellie was introduced into Mason's world, but at the same time, it was about how even though Mason is a celebrity, he's just like everyone else, with friend/family drama except his life is played out for everyone. I thought this was a fun and easy read, and I enjoyed it. I think it will appeal to a lot of people because it is more about the perils of celebrity and less about the perks, and I think people will enjoy seeing celebrities in a manner that make them just like the rest of us, so check it out :) (less)