For those of you who are missing True Blood or are wishing there was another Twilight Saga book, try The Black Dagger Brotherhood on for size. It’s a completely different take on Vampires. In the BDB series, Vampires are born not made, and they don’t go through the change until about 25. It’s full of hot-as-hell dark heroes, strong beautiful women and multiple intriguing plot lines.
As Dark Lover starts out we meet Darius, a member of the elite warrior faction known as Black Dagger Brotherhood; that protects vampires against vampire slayers known as “lessers”. Darius has a meeting at a bar with Wrath, the last full blooded vampire on earth and would be king to their kind. Just the sight of him causes serious trepidation in the humans around him. He’s six-foot-six with long black hair and shoulders that are twice the size of most men’s. His face is handsome and menacing, making him look like a king and a soldier.
Ok. Do I really need to go any further? This would be enough to get me to read the book. Seriously.
Darius wants to ask a favor of his brother–in-arms, to help save his only daughter, Beth, who is about to transition. That is, change over from regular human to vampire. At this time, they must drink blood from the opposite sex to survive. Once this change occurs, the person may not go into the sunlight, and they can dematerialize. Like, poof! Now you see me, now you don’t. Many vampires do not survive transition, let alone a half-breed like Beth. Her only chance for survival is blood from a very strong vampire and Wrath is the strongest. Beth has no knowledge of her father. She was raised in the system. Darius kept his distance to keep her safe. Wrath flat out denies Daruis’ request and leaves. But eventually, events turn and Wrath decides to protect Beth.
Beth works as a reporter at a local newspaper and has a strong alliance with many of the local cops. After an altercation of her own, she wants to see her police-friend, Jose. Unfortunately, Jose is unavailable, but Butch isn’t. Butch is the large, handsome and capable detective who is very attracted to Beth. Let’s just say I like having Butch added to the mix. He might have a bit of a chip on his shoulder and he’s definitely a tough guy, but I always picture Butch as a cross between a buffed out Ryan Reynolds and David Boreanaz. (I know, they’ve both done vampire stuff, but a girl can dream!)
Someone is trying to lure vampires, who are not known to exist by the public, out into the open to torture and kill them. We get to see this inside the sociopath’s head every once in a while, which is a fresh take on the vampire novel. Wrath has a lot to deal with; Beth’s transition, his shellan Marrissa, the lessers that are killing vampires and the Brotherhood. Ragtag doesn’t begin to describe this bunch. The brotherhood is made up of Wrath, Darius, Phury, Vishous, Zsadist, Rhage, Tohrment. Oh, yeah! Did I mention Wrath is blind? He uses all of his other senses to “see”. I love the way that’s written.
There is a lot of plot, action, sex and emotion packed into this book, and it only leaves you hungry for more. Definitely a recommended read.
4 ½ kisses
What I Loved about Dark Lover
1. That Wrath gets Beth’s kitty, Boo’s motor running and Wrath answers with a purr of his own.
2. Butch. Rugged, street smart, and sexy with the best of intentions.
3. When Beth’s icky boss asks her if she’d like a ride home, she thinks, Only if it were raining thumbtacks and hairpins, you letch. That made me laugh so hard.
4. The scene where Wrath comes to Beth’s apartment smoking a red cigarillo. That’s not all that’s smokin’!
5. That Vishous is a Sox fan. A Vampire wearing a baseball cap is just ironic.
6. The first time Butch and Marrissa meet. Book 4 is their story.
7. Beth’s strength and depth of character.
8. The way the word leelan is used. I don’t want to spoil it for you.
9. Wellsie, Torhment’s shellan and the relationship they have.
10. Wrath’s emotions can manifest physically. Cold fury equals meat locker like temperatures. Hope you like seeing your breath, asshole!
What I didn’t like about Dark Lover
1. Now I’m addicted to this damn series with at least 9 more books to go!
Loved this book! Clay was that rare alpha male who is not afraid to be vulnerable a little bit. I adored him. I loved the heroine! Melody was awesome.Loved this book! Clay was that rare alpha male who is not afraid to be vulnerable a little bit. I adored him. I loved the heroine! Melody was awesome. I believed the evolution of their love. I finish this book and find out Book 2 came out today! Wahoo! The sex scenes in this book were crazy hot, IMO. Love, love, loved it!...more
I loved this book! It may be my favorite Rock Chick book. I loved Daisy beating the shit out of Harvey. Awesome! "Hector looked good wearing a gun.".I loved this book! It may be my favorite Rock Chick book. I loved Daisy beating the shit out of Harvey. Awesome! "Hector looked good wearing a gun.". Lol. Drunken tattoo, all of it. I loved how wide Sadie's world got once she let Hector in. Plus Ralphie and Buddy were awesome. I adored them. KA kicked ass with this one....more
Wow! I just loved this book! I knew it was a big KA favorite. But I was about 50% in and liking it, but I couldn't figure out whyPictures at the end!
Wow! I just loved this book! I knew it was a big KA favorite. But I was about 50% in and liking it, but I couldn't figure out why this was a stand out for so many people. By the end, I knew. I got it. Sam was this loyal, affectionate, sexy as hell, uber-alpha (a shelf I created specifically for KA), but he had demons and they were keeping him from true happiness. But God, I still loved him! Even when he was frustrating as hell! I was rooting for him. (view spoiler)[ I loved he had a gun drawn on the intruder naked! (hide spoiler)]
And Kia was the bomb. Just amazing. Someone that was so hurt and abused, trust broken over and over, yet she could open herself up to love. Everyone who met her loved her. I knew why, I loved her too! When she met Sam's supermodel friend and widow of his best friend, Luci, she wasn't jealous or possessive. She saw Luci for the inner beauty that was there. I just loved that. She had very reason to feel insecure given her background, but no she let her sweetness infect everyone she came in contact with. And can't forget Memphis! Kick ass little dog!
And Celeste and Thomas, OMG! I just adored them. There are times in life when you meet people and just click, and thier connection to Kia felt so real. Utterly believable. And Kristen Ashley again brings together all of these people of different cultural backgrounds, like real life! I thought Sam's mom was such and honest to goodness real life character, she was a take no prisoners, you-may-be-grown-but-your-still-my-baby-so-listen-up mom. Loved it!
I'm just sad that this is a standalone. What about Hap and Luci? I GOTTA KNOW! Luci-
Great job Kristen Ashley!, How does she make me feel so much and from such an honest place? It spoils you for other authors! Shit!
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Great, great book. I was surprised by Eveline's condition, and it made for such an interesting and refreshing read. Loved it! She was a heoine with plGreat, great book. I was surprised by Eveline's condition, and it made for such an interesting and refreshing read. Loved it! She was a heoine with pluck, spirit, incredible courage and heart. I adored her. Graeme was such an amazing hero and leader. Not perfect, but perfect for Eveline. There's a scene in the end that brought tears to my eyes. I can't wait for the next book. ...more
Preliminary review-This book is amazing. Just amazing. Tiffany Reisz is so damn smart. She makes you think. She makes you feel. She makes you questionPreliminary review-This book is amazing. Just amazing. Tiffany Reisz is so damn smart. She makes you think. She makes you feel. She makes you question yourself and your beliefs. She's not afraid of the darknessthat resides in a character's soul and she's not afraid drag you along with her into that darkness.. Nothing is taboo with her, and she makes you feel like you should reconsider what you consider taboo. All of her characters are relatable. All are human, flawed and beautiful.
Søren, in the Siren, was not my favorite character. I like him much more now. I understand him better. We get to see the complexity of all of these wonderful characters. The addition of Michael is a beautiful one. There's a lot of character growth and definitely more sex. Reisz's characters have layers upon layers that are rarely seen in literature. She's a gifted writer. No one can write a Switch like Ms. Reisz, no one.
If you like BDSM, this series cannot be missed. It will be a classic one day. Of this, I'm sure.
The Angel by Tiffany Reisz: Blew. Me. Away. It's the kind of read you wish wouldn’t end with twists and turns you'd never anticipate, evoking emotions you never expected.
The Angel picks up a year later after the ending of The Siren. Nora is back together with Søren. We get to see some play scenes between the two of them, which we fans have been waiting to see for so long. Those two live up to the hype, let me tell you. And finally! We get to see some love and tenderness between these two! Tiffany Reisz (TR or Mistress Tiff) made us wait a long time for that! But it was definitely worth the wait.
To protect everyone involved from a work issue that's dogging Søren, he sends Nora away and has her take Michael (the White Room Virgin from The Siren) with her to begin his training as a submissive. Nora decides to go to upstate New York and visit Griffin. We all remember Griffin from The Siren, right? Sexy Dom with great muscles, hair, and smile? Yum. So it's just the three of them in Griffin's big house for the period of exile.
With Griffin topping Nora, who's topping Michael, this equals to so much sexiness, it makes you squirm in the best possible sense. The three of them together and all their debauchery for a summer were some of my favorite scenes. At one point, Griffin is wearing a kilt and nothing else. Be still my heart!
Add to the landscape, Suzanne, a reporter investigating Søren. Suzanne has demons of her own – namely a brother who committed suicide, the biggest triggering factor having been molested by a priest in childhood. Her faith is in question. Suzanne has a very primal attraction to Søren. She wants him. With Nora gone for the Summer, Søren is short a play partner...
Suzanne gets to go a bit down the rabbit hole, but all under the guiding hand of Søren and of course Kingsley the Omnipotent. Suzanne's investigating an anonymous tip she received about Søren, and through her digging we learn about Søren's beginnings. I have to say, I like Søren a LOT more in this book, than I did in The Siren.
We get to see some of the bricks of his foundation and to say it's shocking is an understatement. This is where TR shines. She can take a book that is so enjoyable and sexy and bring an abysmal darkness into it. All the while, she protects you from the deep despair that would normally accompany reading such a harsh subject matter. Usually, it would be hard for me to move to a lighter scene after such darkness is exposed, but TR is just so good at weaving the human conditions which plagues us all. Her writing makes you feel protected, I think much in the way Søren's subjects feel protected by him. You may take the fall, but she'll give you a soft place to land. I have no idea how she does it. But it's one of the things that has always made her one of my favorite authors.
Notably missing is Wesley, but not for long. I'm not going to spoil you on this one. But just so you know, I desperately covet Wes' combs.
The Angel is not to be missed. TR is like one of those World Record setting Domino Toppling Players. You know – the ones who set up tens of thousands of dominoes; up stairs, around corners, then back down stairs, and it all starts with one. . . little . . . push. The Angel is brilliantly woven, with wonderfully sweet moments as well as incredibly disturbing revelations. While on this journey, I have no idea where TR’s taking me, but I love the hell outta the trip! I have the feeling we've only just begun our Original Sinners journey and I eagerly await the next installment - The Prince.
What I liked about The Angel:
Reunion. I finally get the reunion between Søren and Nora that I wanted in The Siren. Tenderness included. Søren. I have now fallen prey to Søren's hotness. Back story. We get more of Søren and Nora's back story. Together and Separate. Hold onto your hats! Griffin. I adore him. Sexiness aside, his playful nature and huge heart would have even the coldest reader swooning. He is a natural Dom, protective to the Nth degree and a smart-ass to boot. Love, love, love Griffin! Tattoo time and everything that went with it. Everyone should get their tats from a purple-haired, Scottish chick named Spike. Healing. Søren's assistance in helping Suzanne heal. Wesley's talk with Søren. Boy's got cajones. Nora's big heart. She may be a switch, but she's also a nurturer. Michael, Nora's Angel. I love his sweetness, his bravery, his capacity for love. His submission is beautiful. He's very special and TR makes sure we know it. The ending. Here's how I feel about the ending-*twirly, whirly-gig, Lucy from Peanuts dance, ending in beautiful ballet on tip-toe, (I took tap and jazz, I don't know the names for these, sorry!) and Plié.*
**spoiler alert** This is the non-orgy edition. I liked the orgy edition a bit better. I know why it didn't work for some, but Trey exerting complete**spoiler alert** This is the non-orgy edition. I liked the orgy edition a bit better. I know why it didn't work for some, but Trey exerting complete control over his mate and sharing her is the ultimate in Dominance.
I LOVED this Book! It was wonderful! The heroine, Taryn is snarky, smart, strong and funny as hell. She's all of this despite being ostracized by herI LOVED this Book! It was wonderful! The heroine, Taryn is snarky, smart, strong and funny as hell. She's all of this despite being ostracized by her pack for being a "latent wolf" or not being able to shift into wolf form. She's has very special healing powers, and still, her stupid pack picks on her. But Taryn is an Alpha, whether she can shift or not, she's powerful. Taryn's dad is set on mating his daughter off to someone Taryn knows will abuse.
Enter Trey, Alpha wolf badass of the Pheonix pack and sex on a stick! He makes a deal with Taryn. They pretend to be mates for 12 weeks, hoping to gain alliances through Taryn's pack and for her it a get out of an abusing mating free card.
It starts off as an arrangement, but of course it ends up as so much more.
The peripheral characters are wonderful. If this gets made into a movie, Betty White has to play Trey's crotchety grandmother! I'll simply have it no other way.
The sex is crazy hot. Because between two Alphas, submission has to be gifted. Trey loves having to win her submission.
I like the way the the writer talks about the inner wolf. For instance she might say, "Taryn didn't like that at all, but her wolf was all for it. Hussy." The wolves inside are almost a separate entity within the same body, and one that often fights for dominance. But at the same time, the two halves are completely reconciled.
The one thing that may drive some readers batty, is that the Point-of-view skips around a lot, without delineation of any sort. This did not bother me. I liked knowing how the two main characters felt in the same scene. It was sometimes, paragraph to paragraph.
I really enjoyed this book and will definitely read the next in the series!...more
This book was fabulous! I was in a slump after reading Motorcycle Man. Nothing was working for me. Well this did! It featured a man, Sam, who was writThis book was fabulous! I was in a slump after reading Motorcycle Man. Nothing was working for me. Well this did! It featured a man, Sam, who was writing his dead wife love letters and taking out billboards to do so, even before she died. And Rory works for for the billboard signage company. When Rory finds out that Sam's wife has died, she calls to offer her condolences. Sam asks her to lunch and things grow from there. Sam is rusty when it comes to love. He and his wife were estranged before her death, but Rory is anything but shy. They adore each other from the beginning and a sexual relationship starts to grow slowly between the two, including some very hot phone sex. it's a perfect combination of sweet, sexy and nasty-hot! Plus! It has a KICKASS EPILOGUE! Which for KA fans is a must!
Tack! We finally get Tack’s book and boy was he worth the wait! We first met Tack in Mystery Man, Book one ofAs reviewed for Read Our Lips Book Blog!
Tack! We finally get Tack’s book and boy was he worth the wait! We first met Tack in Mystery Man, Book one of the Dream Man Series. Click here for that review. He’s a hot biker guy, who’s a real badass in the ‘protect and take care of what’s mine’ arena of the Alpha Male, and Kristen Ashley can write the hell out of an Alpha Male!
Tyra is a smart, got-it-all-together chick, who has been living off of her savings for the past two months after leaving a toxic work environment. We meet Tyra after she’s had a one night stand with Tack, thinking he’s her dream man, but after some seriously hot sex, he kicks her out of bed and it breaks her heart a little. Fast forward a day or two we get to see Tyra show up for her first day of work at Ride, the garage belonging to Chaos, the Biker Club of which Tack is the leader.
What is the first thing Tyra sees upon getting out of her car at Ride? Tack kissing a tall, beautiful brunette goodbye. Whatever, Tyra needs this job. She’s been without one for too long. She’s going to do whatever it takes to survive.
Tack spots her and assumes that she’s there for him. But when she explains that she’s there for her first day of work, he informs her she can’t have the job because they’ve slept together. Tyra refuses to take this lying down and fights to keep her job. Tack states that if she’s in his bed again, she’s out the door. Then it’s on like Donkey Kong as Tack sets out to seduce her and Tyra is determined to resist.
Kristen Ashley books are really something special. She writes from a very honest place. Her characters resonate deep emotional truths that just plain ring true. She writes heroines who are so real. They are strong, beautiful, flawed, smart and always full of fire. Tyra was no exception. She had fears and insecurities but those were drowned out by how wonderful she was. So kind and accepting, with a heart of gold.
Tack has two teenage kids from a previous marriage that Tyra accepts and loves. Not because of their Dad, but because they are awesome kids and they earned it all on their own. She has layers and layers to her, all of them wonderful an fascinating. Tack sees this from the get go.
The way Tyra describes the effect Tack has had on her life, is that her world was black and white until she met him and brought color into her world. They are a fun pair to watch unfold. Tack being the tattooed, hawt, badass biker that makes pancakes and fajitas for his family and does anything he can to protect them, even from his ex-wife. And Tyra, the beautiful woman who decided long ago not to settle for anything less than her dream man, but when she finally finds him, it scares the bejeesus out of her. Tack is not without complications.
Tack and Tyra have amazing sexual chemistry and Tack is such a sexy dirty talker. It works. It works really well. The dialogue between the two becomes more and more intimate, as Tack is surprisingly sweet.
But their journey isn’t without outside strife. We have to deal with Tyra’s best friend and some trouble surrounding her, as well as problems with the Russian mob! But to sweeten an already great book, we get to see the other couples and Elvira (yay!) from the other books in the series a few times.
The magnificent Kristen Ashley does it again. Amazing characters, wonderful story, beautiful epilogue. Definite recommended read.
What I loved about Motorcycle Man:
*Tack calls Tyra “Red”, but won’t allow anyone else to call her that. *Badass bikers with bigass hearts! *Pepper spray smackdowns. *KA’s descriptive writing. Nothing like it! *Tattoos. Existing and proposed. *Tabby and Rush. Great kids. *How and why Tack checks for a pulse on the people he loves to reassure himself that they are ok. *That Tack made Chaos not only run clean, but in the black. Giving it’s members a good life. *Pizza and The Color Purple. *Cherry Red 1967 Mustang Eleanor Fastback. *The word “Greedy” has now become hot! *Tack’s sweetness and Tyra’s inability to take it without crying. *Dog tags for no reason. *That Tack was willing to do whatever he had to to get his kids out of a bad situation from their home with their mother, Naomi. *How Tyra dresses to come to work at a garage. *The epilogue. Oh, how I love a Kristen Ashley epilogue.
What I didn’t love about Motorcycle Man:
*BeeBee the skank. *That Tack was a bit of a jerk for a time. (This resolves.) *The requirement of Tyra to turn a blind eye to someone’s cheating. I get it, but it feels like the sisterhood take a hit. And Kristen Ashley handles it with aplomb.
Here is a picture Kristen Ashley posted as having a Tack vibe.
Here is the playlist I made for Motorcycle Man using mostly youtube videos.
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I loved this book and it's motley crew of strong women. I loved Nick and all that he was. I'd love some more Rock and Lara and their story. This serieI loved this book and it's motley crew of strong women. I loved Nick and all that he was. I'd love some more Rock and Lara and their story. This series is a win for me. I usually don't enjoy Historicals, but these are fun....more
This book was good, but it had a lot of parallels to To Command and Collar. The heroine was raped then was given to the two broA new Sinclair! Yippee!
This book was good, but it had a lot of parallels to To Command and Collar. The heroine was raped then was given to the two brothers to be mentored, then they slowly brought forth her sexuality in a way that she felt safe. I'm still processing....more
I liked this hook, though not as much as the first. I would have liked to see more of Wrath and Beth. I love John Matthew and adore Tohr and Wellsie fI liked this hook, though not as much as the first. I would have liked to see more of Wrath and Beth. I love John Matthew and adore Tohr and Wellsie for the role they play in his life. I love those two. I thought Rhage could have just explained to Mary why he kept pulling away. And I think Mary should have communicated better. Plus, everything a section about the lessers came up, I lost some momentum. I find them boring and evil at the same time. Weird huh?...more
3.75 Stars. A good, hot at times, tender scifi read. I liked it. Buddy read with Carrie, can't wait to see what she thinks about these Cyborgs who ove3.75 Stars. A good, hot at times, tender scifi read. I liked it. Buddy read with Carrie, can't wait to see what she thinks about these Cyborgs who overcame their programming and saved themselves. They have their own planet, which reminds me much of Laurann Dohner Cyborg seduction series, which I liked a bit better. But still a good read....more
I enjoyed this very much. I love the Maya Banks Highlander Books. This one had a heroine who was very strong and inspiring despite all of the trials sI enjoyed this very much. I love the Maya Banks Highlander Books. This one had a heroine who was very strong and inspiring despite all of the trials she'd been put through. The Hero was wonderful. He was kind and tender with a lass who had been sorely a used and championed her. Their story was very sweet. :)...more
I love the Kindred series. The first book blew me away. But this one, though it had a lot of good story, it lacked the polished effort Andersone usualI love the Kindred series. The first book blew me away. But this one, though it had a lot of good story, it lacked the polished effort Andersone usually puts into her books. The tone of her author's note in the beginning was a little angry. I get it, but I don't know, it seemed so angry that it put me in kind of a mood. Ya know?
I'll probably read the next book, though not right away. :)...more
Wow. This was really something. It was very well written, descriptively so. Told memoir style, this is the story of an upper class whore. Plucked fromWow. This was really something. It was very well written, descriptively so. Told memoir style, this is the story of an upper class whore. Plucked from her life as a Master's degree prepared art appraiser, to be auctioned off to the highest bidder after being tried out by several prospective buyers. She is bought by a 60 year old man, whom she calls her Merchant Ivory extra. She feels he could have walked out of Masterpiece theatre.
He orchestrates a couple experiences including watching her have sex with a woman for the first time. A woman whom she ends up having a simultaneous affair with. Another experience includes swapping her with another whore for the night from the club.
Her bonuses from those experiences leads her to engineer kinkier and kinkier schemes. Including: her being a Domme, giving him golden showers, arranging for various combinations of multiple men/women to join them, a she-male (who has large breasts and an equally large cock, much to Merchant Ivory's delight).
All of these arrangements are so that she gets better and better financial incentives. These include: diamond earrings, a trip to Tiffany's to pick from three gorgeous diamond necklaces, a trip to London with a stud of her own, a fur coat, a Black American Express Card for the day and more.
This book had sex in every paragraph. I think kinky bi-sexual men would go ape shit for this book. It was very intriguing. The ending was quite abrupt. An epilogue was desperately needed. I also felt sorry for her and disliked her at the same time. Her greed was astronomical. To get through most experiences she either smoked joints, did Valium or drank Champagne. Or a combination of those.
But it must be said that the book was intelligently written and worldly. If I had to guess a time period, I'd say it happened in 1983. Excess being all the rage and no one, not ever, used a condom. *collective gasp*. I know! She was tested before being sold, but then she brought lots o' strangers into "bed" with them. I'm talking double digits here. What good is a million dollars if you die from AIDS. I mean seriously! So that's why I say 1983. I'm going to ignore the fact that she had a cell phone, which is easy to do because she also had a pager. Yup. Instead of texting, messages were sent via pager, even though they had mobile phones. Hmmm. But hey! She bought a house in Cape Ann with the money. Wherever the f*ck that is!
So kinky bi-sexual men! This is the book for you!...more