A follow-up to The Very Thought of Him and book II in the series! Less steamy more wistful, in this installment we see our protago**Author's Review***
A follow-up to The Very Thought of Him and book II in the series! Less steamy more wistful, in this installment we see our protagonist, Dara Troyer, torn trying to decide between what's real and what's fake. Come partake of her journey!...more
A wild read from the very first page. In "Night Dreams," Flandre offers a succulent concoction of erotic shorts that cross the poetic with the paranorA wild read from the very first page. In "Night Dreams," Flandre offers a succulent concoction of erotic shorts that cross the poetic with the paranormal with the profane and pant-inducing, intoxicating the reader and leaving them begging for more. From the comical "Cheerleader for the Labia" to the more intimate feel of "The First Night" each standalone story offers rousing glimpses of human sexuality and the human libido that will titillate both mind and body. An original and entertaining ride, and a title I'd heartily recommend for contemporary and classic erotica readers of both the 'advanced' and novice variety....more
This story was refreshing to read. So often, even with the bumbles and stumbles toward love and a relationship, the couple feels meant to be. What's mThis story was refreshing to read. So often, even with the bumbles and stumbles toward love and a relationship, the couple feels meant to be. What's more, when you hear step-mother falls for step-son, you don't know what to expect. The eventual couple in this book however was not your 'standard' pairing in an original and unique way--as what the story itself. What made Oliver fall for Celia,, their connection, based in part in uncomfortable, intelligent hackneyed conversations, was such a breath of fresh air to read.
I did find the style to be sloppy at times (i.e. an overuse of the protagonists' names in lieu of substituting a pronoun--he, she) but generally the overall unorthodoxy of the tale, the way it was written, the dark undertones...they all really spoke to me. And its that originality that made up for any lack of steaminess, constant melodrama or highly detailed physical (character) descriptions. Would very much enjoy reading more from this author.
A stark and educational read. Very straightforward in its advice, it offers lots of helpful and practical recommendations for the 21st century woman sA stark and educational read. Very straightforward in its advice, it offers lots of helpful and practical recommendations for the 21st century woman seeking to date and find 'her guy.' One thing I genuinely appreciated was the supportive undertone of this book; that it encourages women to value themselves as entirely worthy of a good man as long as they're willing to do the work. All too often, I find, a lot of dating advice books written for women by women deride the modern single woman, telling them what's wrong with them while interlacing it with advice here and there. I applaud the 'you deserve a decent guy because you're an amazing woman' undercurrent present in Smart's book.
Though I found some of the quotes from real daters felt a bit contrived and some of her generalizations felt...too broad, all in all, this is a book worth reading.
An interesting self-help offering, and one whose advice I hope to use going forward. :) ...more
I liked the core story overall, but didn't love it. On the plus side, the interplay between Giles and Anna was authentic and smart--th***3.75 STARS***
I liked the core story overall, but didn't love it. On the plus side, the interplay between Giles and Anna was authentic and smart--the sex, in tone and texture, erotic, sensual and well-choreographed. What threw me off at the outset, and ultimately throughout the story, was the contrasting tone. The storytelling language (the way the Americans speak to each other, academic and farmhand alike) feels very British, though we're told from the outset that we're in the American South. That really muddied the waters for me, making it difficult to feel genuinely steeped in the story and its environs. There were some cryptic and undefined bits (of language and symbolism) in the story that I think might turn off the average reader, some sharp twists and turns that sometimes lose you in the storyline (an abundance of names/characters to remember that made it confusing to know who's really consequential and who is not), a few heavy spots where the story labored/felt unfinished (people's aesthetics underdescribed, places we rarely see overdescribed), but overall the story was...good. I could even see it being made into a film. Ultimately though, I really wanted to love the book and the characters--the potential was there, I felt--but found that I couldn't fully warm to them.
A thoroughly entertaining, well-written, sizzling page-turner. Hot, steamy and palatable, even for those like myself who aren't ardent fans of the BDSA thoroughly entertaining, well-written, sizzling page-turner. Hot, steamy and palatable, even for those like myself who aren't ardent fans of the BDSM lit-erotic genre. Exciting scenes, unique twists and turns, a great read 'til the end.
Though the affinity the female protagonist, Brie, enjoyed from her 'supporting cast' seemed a bit over the top at times, I liked what this author did; making the BDSM world her own while still maintaining the basic foundation and authenticity of the realm. Well done, Red!...more
When I first began reading this novel, I honestly didn't know how to take it. The wretched excursion into self-created self-abuse...the intellectualizWhen I first began reading this novel, I honestly didn't know how to take it. The wretched excursion into self-created self-abuse...the intellectualized meaningless of just about everything John, our protagonist, does...the uni-dimensionally, soulless characters presented to the reader ad nauseum, all came to mind. It felt like artifice. Like an exercise in minimalism - Miller and Bukowski for the 2000s.
And then I realized, that's exactly what it was supposed to be.
MFA offers a symbolic commentary on all that's sensationalized about THE LIFE & TIMES OF THE TORTURED ARTIST. Through this semi-autobiographical chronicle, Rapczynski offers the formulaic yet entreating 'literary lifestyles' of these established greats as only equally as vile as the set blueprints that are pushed upon those seeking to 'become' a writer by way of academia - packaged, and offered up for your consumption.
In its nuance, MFA is a multi-layered jab at the writer-productive factory, at writing as taught and instructed, and, underneath it all, at the author himself for subscribing to these tenets in the pursuit of his own creative success. An excruciatingly lurid, often frustrating read and a tragic picture-in-picture narrative, it's not for the faint of heart.
Highly recommended for those with an eye for dark satire. ...more
An original and introspective story, Elene Sallinger's "Awakening" gives a new face to the BDSM romance. A softer, more gentle face. In this3.75 STARS
An original and introspective story, Elene Sallinger's "Awakening" gives a new face to the BDSM romance. A softer, more gentle face. In this tale, we meet Claire and Evan, two wounded souls who find each other and are bonded by a shared yet masked desire for love, acceptance and understanding. And lock meets key. Erotic yet thoughtful, the book goes beyond your typical timid sub meets masterful/controlling dom. We see each character compelling the other to open that which they'd thought they would never find, and with, hearts opened, discovering the happiness they both deserve. Truly enjoyed watching Claire blossom and become a self-appreciative woman through her own explorations and through Evan's love. A bit rushed toward the end and overly drawn out at the start, but, all the same, a very touching tale and a real page turner!
Not what I expected. Though I was one of those people who saw the film before I picked up the book. Apples and oranges. I initially fell in love withNot what I expected. Though I was one of those people who saw the film before I picked up the book. Apples and oranges. I initially fell in love with the film due in part to Pacino's incisive monologues in the film. None of them were in the book. Not one. And I dare say the book felt a bit thin in comparison...without them. I'd recommend this to those who have yet to see the film, however. A good read, not great IMO....more