Another book I really wanted to like and gave it a good shot at maturing but sigh, no dice! Let's get the negative out of the way so I can talk about...moreAnother book I really wanted to like and gave it a good shot at maturing but sigh, no dice! Let's get the negative out of the way so I can talk about the good points. This story tried too hard, it was fully of fantasy, contemporary chick-lit, suspense and romance - but hey that sounds good, you might say. Yeah, it would be if the transition from one to another was smooth. Sadly it was not. Let me give you an example, sometimes there was a week or days between paragraphs, when something interesting was going suddenly you lost a week - I don't know if the author didn't want to show how these two fell for each other or if she was just pressed to create a lengthy romance - either way the effect was that I missed falling in love with the couple falling in love. The two of them seemed cold to each other even when things were heated it just read off and cringe worthy bad sex because you had no emotional connection to this couple. See the image below ( by reading the pages before will in no way effect knowing the couple better... )
Faced forward and nodded...
Like mentioned above I missed the emotional connection. Individually the characters were interesting most of the time, Bliss was cooky and ditzy, Drake was single minded but hot, the slew of other characters like mother earth and gods, vampires and such to good human friends kept the book filled with dialogue and scenes.
The cover is more erotic romance, but don't let it fool you, this one is classified as Mainstream, and it is.
Top three likes : liked the names Bliss and Drake, I like dragons... the cover.
Top three dislikes : no emotional connection, choppy scenes and bad sex.(less)
I found the story of a succubus using phone sex to survive a new one, the blurb promises a sexy erotic romance but with all the emotional reward of a...moreI found the story of a succubus using phone sex to survive a new one, the blurb promises a sexy erotic romance but with all the emotional reward of a love/mating story. Dominick is nothing but a wizard, not much compared to a demon like Victoria - so he's at disadvantage when it comes to wooing Victoria who's set up such walls she doesn't even bat an eyelash at being in the same room with her mate. Getting flat out rejected like that Dominick needs to come up with another way to date Victoria - and what better way than the anonymity of her Phone Sex Business.
I loved Victoria's coolness, and I loved when she caught herself giggling with Dominick on the line, she was dead set against love, for she'd hurt so many, even killed when she was first turned in the 1920's. I read a Rumi quote yesterday that I think was absolutely beautiful and applies to Victoria as well because it's not only love that breaks our hearts...
"You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens." ~Rumi
I loved to to have fully loved the love story with Victoria and Dominick but few things bothered me enough to drop one star away from the rating. Dominick was snapping with Victoria, when she tried to raise her shields to protect her heart he'd snap, quickly forget and move on, it wasn't that bad but a guy snapping at you for not doing anything worth reprimanding didn't sit well with me. That combined with very little about Victoria's business, the blurb makes you think there will be more hot phone sex around that place, but no and that I would have wanted more. Sure she just worked there, and the story was about their romance - but it was such interesting idea I wanted more world building I suppose.
That said I'm so glad I finally got a chance to read a Lea Barrymire novel! I have been waiting for this day! That girl is awesome, her blogs the bomb and her writing is entertaining as hell! She's a great erotic romance author, she knows how to write her characters with plenty of depth to keep them interesting, with enough soul to be cared and related to, and with tons of sex-appeal to keep your heart racing in all the right places! (less)
And the Westmorelands are back! I loved Canyon's story, not only was it about his relationship with Keisha, and trying to make her believe he never ch...moreAnd the Westmorelands are back! I loved Canyon's story, not only was it about his relationship with Keisha, and trying to make her believe he never cheated on her - but about discovering Keisha kept the birth of their son from him. There's something that are hard to forgive. I liked the fact that we started with him still having feelings for her, then he discovers he has a son and he gets mighty pissed off a Keisha. Add in the fact someone is trashing Keisha's house, and threatening his newly discovered son... No boring moments in this book!
There is something about these Westemoreland men that just revs your engines, all tall, dark and handsome, smooth, charming and sexy as sin - what's not to like honestly. Plus they are fiercely loyal and stick together as family in a way that is sexy on it's own... Canyon is a great addition to the mix he's all that and he takes into being a father like duck to water. It's sweet, adorable and again sexy. I know right, "stop saying sexy". ;)
Keisha had a lot to reform to, first Canyon discovering she'd held a son from him, her house trashed, moving in with Canyon and watching all those abandoned feelings reappear, unwanted mind you, she's not willing to admit maybe he didn't cheat on her those years ago, because if so then... just what has she done to both of them, to their son. Loved her story arch! And the kid wasn't annoying, wohoo!
And the romance, hot. With all the drama, they still couldn't help checking each other out.
Something I didn't address in the "Zane" review, this is actually the first series for me with african american couples - I thought these might have been harder reads, as I imagined somethings I might not get, but silly me that was not the case, I absolutely love these books and there are no references I didn't get.
I just read Stern, so eyes open for that review early next month. ;)(less)
One Hot Knight is One Hot Read! There is only so much seduction from a medieval knight this girl can take! And I don't think I would have lasted as lo...moreOne Hot Knight is One Hot Read! There is only so much seduction from a medieval knight this girl can take! And I don't think I would have lasted as long as Regina. ;) The story of a Knight cursed to dogdom for 900 years only be rescued/changed back to man ( even though temporarily ) by a fetching dog groomer, then seduced and by the said knight was happy happy happy reading for me! Now I've only read two Entangled Covet books, and both are 5 Stars - I sense a trend. Christy Gissendaner is a pro at keeping this funny, light and entertaining! With enough depth to keep things grounded One Hot Knight was excellent addition to the lighter side of paranormal romance!
The romance between Yves and Regina was made to be, the two got on famously as girl and dog, there was some shock to Yves changing shape but she took it pretty well, and Yves snaking his way into her life and eventually in to her bed was a joyous journey of seduction and amusing dialog. Of course Maeve the witch who cursed Yves happens to still be alive so she puts some cracks on those happy walls and creates drama to keep things interesting and keeps you wanna keep reading on.
Top three likes: Yves' doggie thoughts were amusing and authentic, Regina's diet woes were cute, Yves' seduction techniques were delightfully medieval!
Top three dislikes: The dog show... why would he do that? Regina keeping the secret, another why? But that is all folks, other than those two I loved this!(less)
Reading this story made me so giddy and so happy it's still hard to contain my excitement, days later! Where do I start? The story, Makayla's second j...moreReading this story made me so giddy and so happy it's still hard to contain my excitement, days later! Where do I start? The story, Makayla's second job to pay off a debt collector brings her face to face with Torment, a sexy as hell tattooed MMA fighter who sets his sights on her and comes at her a subtle as the fighter he is. But jealousy and his violence scare Makayla, she seems to have the right things to say to calm him down, but with her own dark past with family violence is her attraction to Torment going to doom her yet again.
I loved Torment, he didn't just bring it to others but had a tormented past of his own. I loved the tall, dark and muscled looks on him, his hawk like focus on winning Makayla and his fascination with ropes and tying up Makayla when it came to sex, can you spell hot! Torment's penchant for domination and some bondage was sexy as hell, while staying off the bdsm scene. I loved how captivated he was after tying her up wither on his motorcycle or his office desk... you could see he wanted something ever lasting with Makayla from day one on. But he did have a dark side, he was violent, but he knew how to control it, the was protective overly so but Makayla seemed to know how to control his toeing on the line behavior. He was bossy, arrogant and over protective but Maykayla was his perfect match, knowing how to get him off the ledge, or maybe he did all by himself. That side of him was very very interesting, as I've never read a hero before with serious over protectiveness issues.
I absolutely, definitely loved Makayla, she was funny as hell, She kept cracking me up left and right with her observations and her dry wit, of course her reactions to Torment were as hilarious as they come. With all the amusement in her, she still had darker side, even though she abhorred violence, literally it made her hurl, she had a side that handled Torment, she had some fighter in her though even if she chose to deny it and be as far away from it as she could. Of course working in Torment's unsanctioned MMA club didn't help and she was forced to change, to become who she was supposed to be, and that wasn't a girl afraid of some blood and action.
The romance was so beautiful - man I wanna read this book again! It was hot, the chemistry was perfect and Torment being an MMA fighter just added to the intensity of it all. The sex was hot, wither he was playing ropes with her or if it were just intense on it's own, so so yummy.
This should be a series, I am serious, could read twenty more of these! :D(less)
This is the second book in the miniseries Wedding Season, where I wasn't fan of the first book I absolutely adored this one! Then again I've always be...moreThis is the second book in the miniseries Wedding Season, where I wasn't fan of the first book I absolutely adored this one! Then again I've always been nerdy, an astronomy geek and sci-fi fan evident by my FinnCon Weekend. ;) Cassie is like Big Bang Theory's Sheldon, just female and slightly less comical, she can't fathom why Tuck is her choice of drug, and she's mad as hell she can't focus on work with him in the same city. Cue in one night in bed to appease the lust to clear head... that turns into three nights in bed and soon Tuck has some logic she finds hard to argue with when he moves into her University town.
I loved Cassie, though her logic was infuriating at times, pretty much anything you threw at her she brushed off with logic, not just saying she didn't mind ( like us females tend to do ), but really, not giving a shit. Which left Tuck slagged jawed. Of course Cassie's innocence sex wise was adorable, she'd never orgasmed in her life, and Tuck was more than happy to open those gates for her. Of course for there to be a happy ending she needed to do some thorough girl time to figure out what us readers already knew.
Then Tuck, ex-quarterback, playboy, used to of blond and silicone sees a challenge in Cassie who brushes off his advances at a Wedding, next morning she's back to her nerdy clothes but to Tuck's surprise she's still attractive to her. Where Cassie's story arc is pretty much consistent through out, minus the end, Tuck's is much more broad, he's developing psychologically, emotionally and providing that springing board to Cassie as well. It's lovely to see a guy appreciate a woman for other than make-up and good looks, or slim waist and giant boobs - he truly dig into why he liked Cassie, the brain, the care not attitude her ethics and her quirky ways. Loved a guy as sexy as Tuck fall for a nerd girl with genius IQ.
This for all us nerdy, high IQ girls out there... and to those who love a sexy blond quarterback with a geek girl fetish. ;)(less)
I have to admit I have yet to have read a Succubus book but Monica sure gives them a good name! I liked her angelic yet sexy nature and her romantic f...moreI have to admit I have yet to have read a Succubus book but Monica sure gives them a good name! I liked her angelic yet sexy nature and her romantic feeling to Drew were quote sweet even with all the hot and heavy going on. Add in the excitement of a killer hunting the Succubus and Monica's stripper job all added up to really entertaining erotic read!
The author wrote this book so well, the language is top notch which made this story a joy to read. The characters have depth and act realistically even though the setting is great paranormality. ;)
I found Monica interesting, a fallen angel turned succubus could have easily been slimy and overtly sexy but Ms. Collins wrote her well and she has some depth to her which surprised me! I ended up liking her a lot, she's near starving herself just so she doesn't have to take lives... and then cue in Drew, her boss, her 'love' interest and don't-snack-on-him stud muffin who's wanting Monica but she can't know for sure if he wants her or if it's just her succubus allure working it's magic.
All in all, I liked this novel, it has a definite urban fantasy feel but with the benefits of erotica romance and the intrigue of romantic suspense. if you like any of those you're gonna like Soul Stripper. (less)
The blurb pretty much says it all. But instead of sci-fi and futuristic that it promises this is pretty much fantasy for me, how you ask? It's the lan...moreThe blurb pretty much says it all. But instead of sci-fi and futuristic that it promises this is pretty much fantasy for me, how you ask? It's the language they use, the hierarchy they have, the horse transportation, the archaic society, it was so fantasy, you just missed the elves. So you can imagine me expecting one thing and getting another took some adjusting. And we all know by now that I have issues with books promising one thing and delivering another. It's a pet peeve.
The sex was a little weird. There I said it. They used sex to be this higher connection to a sentience of the planet to protect them against an evil space race. Nothing wrong with that, it's not far fetch for me as my brand of spirituality includes tantric sex. But boy is it odd in this. There is a lot of shouting stop and crying and all kinds of weirdness that just wasn't sexy to me. At least she got tied up, that was interesting. ;)
The romance between Ari, Fleur and Doral was like mentioned in the blurb tough and Fleur's sheltered character didn't help matters, luckily as the book went on we begun to see courage and strength in her as well.
I got to say I acknowledged the excellent writing by Ms. Particia A. Knight, she's got the storytelling and world building done to a t, and that takes great effort and courage and she sure made it happen. She's also got a nag of making supporting cast credible and real, props for that! :)
I know I'm bit on my own in this review, as there are tons of 4 and 5 stars ratings for this at Goodreads, but all I can say is I expected sci-fi, and when I get something else I don't take it well. I imagine if I had expected fantasy I would have a whole lot of different stuff to say. Just my two cents.(less)
First of all I love Laura Kaye's books and I've loved the Hearts of the Anemoi series! She's a super talented writer with a nag for writing emotion fi...moreFirst of all I love Laura Kaye's books and I've loved the Hearts of the Anemoi series! She's a super talented writer with a nag for writing emotion filled, entertaining romances! That said I was slightly bummed with South of Surrender, it's not that the writing were bad, it was great but I had little bit of a problem with the plot this time...
Which leaked into the characters as well. First, I loved Laney, I loved her struggles, her strength in front of her deteriorating sight, I loved her freak outs and her skepticism with gods and furies and what not dropping in at the small farm house. What I had a problem with was this, the book was way too focused on Eurus, and Chrys way too focused on catching Eurus. When he was with Laney he though of catching Eurus, when he wasn't with her he was thinking about catching the guy. That just doesn't spell great romance to me. And I didn't really like Chrys for that, though he made a lot of it up in all the tender loving moments with Laney. :)
All the stuff that I love about Laura Kaye's writing was her, and pretty much the only thing I had a problem with, personally, was too much thinking of/on/about Eurus. I liked the book, but it just didn't have the Awesomeness to me as the first two books had. So I am slightly skeptic moving into the next book, but I will read it, I have to, I love the series! :)(less)
I liked how Alice’s Alpha was set in 1936, but that also kept my mind vary of could this happen, could that and not being 1930’s expert it did distrac...moreI liked how Alice’s Alpha was set in 1936, but that also kept my mind vary of could this happen, could that and not being 1930’s expert it did distract me a little. But, very little! Because the story is interesting, we get some back story while the wolf and bear reminisce, and we also get to know Jed and Alice separately very well before they are but together. I was expecting something with the whole Lon Chaney story line but he’s got nothing to do with the book, and I’m not even sure why he’s in the blurb, to be honest?
The romance is hot of course, it starts with you getting a hint just hard it’s been on the boys to be mateless all these years, and then enter Alice whose sent drives Jed mad, though he hides it pretty well for the first few minutes. ;) Then its toe sucking and our heroine’s a goner. ;) Of course Jed and Alice had the main romance but eventually the other two wolves return to the cabin and all hell breaks loose, Alice wants nothing to do with any of them – and that creates great conflict! And that’s not all of it, in Ann Gimble’s world humans are taught to believe all shifters are evil, kidnap babies and eat them kind of way - so Alice isn't exactly raving happy when the trio’s species comes up.
Alice’s Alpha is a great short story of wolf shifters, a tough cookie heroine, the irresistible mate bond and 1930’s - and it’s an awesome read, even with the little snags on the road.
You should know : The sex is pretty tame for a foursome, for example no backdoor play.(less)
First of all I love archaeology, I love mythology and I love Greece! Needless to say I quite fell into love with The Nymph's Labyrinth! I expected the...moreFirst of all I love archaeology, I love mythology and I love Greece! Needless to say I quite fell into love with The Nymph's Labyrinth! I expected the story to be just about romance but there was a nice touch of suspense with the Sisterhood protecting their secrets and beau hunting to find the Labyrinth of the Minotaur, there was so much to like!
I loved Ariadne, she had the sweet juxtapose character she was quite obedient with her Sisterhood but showed great character and power when she was with Beau. See, weren't they just meant to be! ;) I loved her emotional struggle to make a decision wither to be with Beau and his son or stay with the Sisterhood. I also quite enjoyed Beau, even though I'm not a fan of the get-an-insta-kid storyline, all his scenes with either mythology or Ariadne I loved! Kaden was fun too, showed some bluster but ended up being a good kid, he was 18 but read quite much younger.
If you love Mythology and like to get new modern twist on them then you'll like The Nymph's Labyrinth, there is romance but nothing too hot, more sweet with few hot spots. And great job on the cover, I was immediately drawn in!(less)
I do love a good murder mystery, when added to that is mythological creatures and a love story what is there not to like. Montana Mustangs is a fantas...moreI do love a good murder mystery, when added to that is mythological creatures and a love story what is there not to like. Montana Mustangs is a fantasy romance with suspense weaved in, Aura's hundreds of years of existence seem to vane in comparison to finally opening up and finding love with a mortal man.
There were plenty of secrets and that created nice chemistry between Aura and Dane, but the mystery of the washed a shore body had it's own major chuck in the book, which I liked but had not expected. The same thing with The Nymph's Labyrinth. I was expecting more romance, and got plenty of suspense added to it, which I did like a lot.
I liked Aura, she wasn't what you might think a nymph would be, she was very likable and pretty single minded about finding her sister Natalie, I loved her ability to talk to wildlife horses especially and pretty much though she was adorable, but with a definite strong streak. Dane was well written as well, he was suspicious of Aura and her meddling in his business, but she grew to be a distraction he wasn't expecting and that just added to the chemistry between these two.
Want a romantic suspense with mythology and murder mystery sprinkled in it? Then pick up Montana Mustangs.(less)
There are so many things I love about this novella! * counts with fingers * Rockstars. Werewolves. Archaeology. Strong Heroine. Super sexy 1 Night Sta...moreThere are so many things I love about this novella! * counts with fingers * Rockstars. Werewolves. Archaeology. Strong Heroine. Super sexy 1 Night Stand turned Forever. It's a handful of yummyness! I can't seem to read a 1Night Stand novella and not applaud, whoever is gathering these gems together is doing a banging job! Yes bun intended, lot of banging going on in these. ;)
Loved cocky Aaron and his werewolf rockstar stamina! He was genuinely surprised that Melody hadn't heard of him and even more pleasantly surprised to find out she was to be his mate - one night was quickly forgotten to be replaced by an ache for forever. Melody was a no nonsense kind of girl, her adversity to glitz was charming as were her care-not attitude towards the "rockstar wannabe" statues of her one night of fun - that she was guilted into by her brother. These two had chemistry a mile wide, and Melody's brassiness surprised not only Aaron but me, who knew an archaeologist with no outside-work desires wasn't afraid of a little dirty talk!
Oh and if you're a bit of a cover whore like me... isn't the cover just drool worthy!?(less)