I really enjoyed this intro to the series. Through the carefully crafted prose, Ollie's voice is clear, and is as charming as his charisma. He can't pI really enjoyed this intro to the series. Through the carefully crafted prose, Ollie's voice is clear, and is as charming as his charisma. He can't possibly be headed toward good ends, yet turning away from his story is almost impossible. Fun to read as it is sexy, "Gigolo" is a fantastic opening to what I hope will be a great series.
I enjoyed this book. It was very easy to read, and evenly paced, for the most part. About 3/4 of the way through the development became a bit thinner,I enjoyed this book. It was very easy to read, and evenly paced, for the most part. About 3/4 of the way through the development became a bit thinner, thus the plot predictable. Also, near the end, I found the main characters' knee jerk actions toward each other not grounded in the presentation of their personalities up to that point. Despite that, the story is well-developed, the characters are endearing, and even though it's not hard to figure out where it's all going, you want to stay with it. St. James is a skilled writer, and she's one to watch....more
Richards delivers a stinging sensation in this light BDSM interlude. The writing is tight, the characters are rich, and the carefully metered path toRichards delivers a stinging sensation in this light BDSM interlude. The writing is tight, the characters are rich, and the carefully metered path to punishment is utterly worth the bait....more
I'm intrigued with deep psychology in erotica, so this was a great read along those lines. Roberts touches on a lot of the complexities of what we thiI'm intrigued with deep psychology in erotica, so this was a great read along those lines. Roberts touches on a lot of the complexities of what we think we want sexually and what really gets us off. It's not always pretty or clear; rest assured it's compelling.
I found some of the writing a bit problematic (typos, breaks in POV, misspellings). The voices are strong and resonant, though another round of editing would have tightened the whole story up considerably.
As well, I felt that the characters were not as emotionally available as the complexity of this story demands. Initially, Roberts takes her time developing the characters. She builds to the sex, taking ample opportunity to develop the relationship, layering the plot between desire and curiosity. The problem is that it took over 3/4 of the book to establish Kitten in her own power, a device that really needed to come sooner to avoid creating her as a weak feminine.
By the same token, heartening Caleb needed to be moved up a bit, to keep him from seeming hardened, then inexplicably, suddenly vulnerable, if not desperate. I think had these personality traits come out gradually then exploded, the trap of erotica vs dark reality would have been more powerful, yet also resolvable. As it stands, the epiphany is blunt, its resolution rushed, both disservices to all the hard work that came before.
This is not your classic 'stolen girl eventually submits' book. It's far more complex than that, yet had the personalities been more fleshed out, that provocative plot conundrum would have been even more delicious.
Overall Roberts accomplishes true erotica, which is rare in this publishing climate. Here, sensuality trumps sexuality, and that's what keeps readers engaged with this book....more
In only a few pages, Winter Frost delivers a well-written, strong whodunnit, mixed with a viable, complex romance. Between the empowered voice of herIn only a few pages, Winter Frost delivers a well-written, strong whodunnit, mixed with a viable, complex romance. Between the empowered voice of her narrator, Lily Jackson, and the enigmatic Breckenridge brothers, the characters are enthralling and relatable. As Lily puzzles out where she fits into Andrew's care, the Breckenridge mystery ensnares her. The more she learns, the more she has to decide between remaining as Andrew's caregiver, or preserving her own safety.
It's short, but Frost does a great job developing her story and surprising plot twist. Definitely a great read and enticement to read the rest of Frost's work....more
In this 1NS installment, Kerry Adrienne captures the magickal world of Druidy and the fae wonderfully well, grounding it into the lush imagery of anciIn this 1NS installment, Kerry Adrienne captures the magickal world of Druidy and the fae wonderfully well, grounding it into the lush imagery of ancient Ireland. Carrick, the gentle but unhappy Bard, seeks something more from life. Anya, a modern woman tired of the single scene, makes a special request of Madame Eve. Summer Solstice in the Grange ignites in them a fire they don't want to extinguish, yet forces them to face tempering reality. But which reality?
Well-written and smoothly paced, the story is thoroughly developed, fantastically believable. ...more
When I first read about this mini "Otherkin" series I was jazzed. Sadly, I see now why it was free. One more pass through an editor would have made thWhen I first read about this mini "Otherkin" series I was jazzed. Sadly, I see now why it was free. One more pass through an editor would have made this short story a more solid read. As it is, there are lots of typos and generally unpolished plot elements and character details. Beyond the general concept of Otherkin and the conundrum between Nikki and Merrick, it just didn't grab me at all. The writing wasn't at all clean or sharp.
I also thought the beginning moved way too quickly, and not just because it is a short story. The character development just wasn't there for me to accept the insta-magnetism between the two characters, which left their initial intimacy feeling coerced. It never built into a deep need, I just had to accept that it was because the characters said it was. Blah.
It's an interesting story, enough so that I'd read other works by the author, just not in this series....more
All-in-all, this is a fun little story. I'm generally not a fan of first person narratives, but this one is well done. I wasn't thrilled that half ofAll-in-all, this is a fun little story. I'm generally not a fan of first person narratives, but this one is well done. I wasn't thrilled that half of this "story" is a teaser for another of the author's books. A few leading paragraphs, fine, but a teaser as long as the short story? Too needy.
As well, there are a few typos and the grating habit of using Internetspeak in places. I'd be fine with that being the voice of the narrator were it consistent. Rather, the Internetspeak is random, making it a bit more work to read than it needs to be.
Hanson builds the story well, develops the characters well, and ends it right before it becomes too much. It's sexy without completely relying on sex to move the story. I wasn't thrilled with the trendy assumptions made about Wiccans all being witches, but there you go. She has a great feel for her story and I look forward to reading more of her work....more
I was interested in this book because I wanted to read a different take on the shifter story, and it is indeed that. I think that is the strongest comI was interested in this book because I wanted to read a different take on the shifter story, and it is indeed that. I think that is the strongest component of this installation of the Breeds series. Leigh definitely steps into a genre rife with mythological expectations and stereotypes. The problem with this book for me is that she doesn't step out of other stereotypes, which in the end weaken the story.
Initially the reader is thrust via adopt-a-soldier letters into the mind space of Cassie, an 8-year-old who is enduring a very traumatic time. Her story is the strongest, yet it gets lost in the erotic subplots. I think these could have been artfully woven together. Instead the result was a disjointed effort to tell two different stories in very different voices. It didn't work for me. Nothing ever tied the two together, except that the reader was just supposed to accept Cassie's insta-family.
The soldier, Dash, I wanted to buy into. He's a gruff military guy, but in the end I found his constant barking of orders and self-centricity so annoying that I didn't care why he was the way he was or if he ever reached an epiphany. His unchanging mannerisms got old and flat, which was a tragic loss in developing an otherwise powerful character. I also could never shake the feeling that I was reading him as a woman trying to be a man--what a man would do, how a man would react, what a man would say, rather than just letting the character speak, himself. When he finally did have a real emotion or two, the distance already so deftly set in his aloofness made him seem like he didn't genuinely have feelings but tried to express them anyway. He never read as real. Leigh builds him up to be gruff with a soft spot for Elizabeth, when there's no middle ground between the two. And the extremes just aren't cohesive, as it is written. Even his dialogue was stilted with the things a hypothetical woman would want to hear a man like him say:
"His voice was a dark, sexy rumble that had her ___ creaming with hungry abandon."
"Don't cry, baby. Your tears tip at my soul. Don't you know that? I would move heaven and earth to wipe away any pain you would know, if I could."
Of her breasts: "So full and sweet, with the prettiest little berries resting atop them."
I also found Cassie's mother, Elizabeth, to be a petulant little girl talking about protecting her child but not actually doing it. In her narrative we get lots of internal monologue about how hard things have been, so much running, worried for her child. Externally we gets lots of frustrated tears and sexual tension. The maternal expression gets lost in the mix, largely pointing back to the plot device that the reader (along with Elizabeth) just accept that Dash is in charge, even of Cassie. I never saw Elizabeth have an agreement in herself that this was the right thing. Rather, she complied out of duress. It didn't add up from the beginning, which cast a bad power dynamic on Dash and Elizabeth's relationship for me. As well, I never bought Elizabeth as Mother Pack Leader, thus equal to Dash, as it seems the reader was supposed to.
Regarding the joining of Elizabeth and Dash, there wasn't much distinction in the narrative voice between Dash and Elizabeth, using the same descriptors over and over --rasping, throbbing, moist, "pleasure/pain." Leigh actually wrote "pleasure/pain," and an editor allowed it. Such chewing left the writing feeling lazy, and it left otherwise hot sex reading as formulaic and intensely purple. The sex in this book is the most prosaic clinical mating ever. Were it not for the introduction of wolf anatomical curiosities into the mix, it would have just been any other verbose romance, flailing at BDSM.
In all I give this book 3 stars because ultimately Leigh broke new ground in the physicality of genre, and for her courage to sustain momentum in trying something different. I'm not crazy about her style of writing or characterization, but I see that she's a good worldbuilder and is very good at fleshing out her plot across this series. I'd just like to see more of the plot with less purple prose in the flesh. I'd also like to leave this review with the book's best lines, from Dash: "I've always loved you. I just haven't always known you."...more
"Short story" doesn't have to mean "not fleshed out," which was my impression of this introduction to the series. The premise is great and has a lot o"Short story" doesn't have to mean "not fleshed out," which was my impression of this introduction to the series. The premise is great and has a lot of promise. In places the writing is really quite lovely. The emotional development of the characters was lacking, so I didn't really engage with them. Not engaging with them left me not really caring what happened to them. As well, the transitions in the piece are choppy, something that could have been smoothed with a good, solid edit. It's a compelling start, though I found the writing problematic enough not to read more of the series....more
When Jennifer Roberts’ new anthology, Some Like it Bi: Erotic tales of bisexual ménage fell into my greedy little hands I knew it would be so hot it wWhen Jennifer Roberts’ new anthology, Some Like it Bi: Erotic tales of bisexual ménage fell into my greedy little hands I knew it would be so hot it would burn. I was right, so I licked my wounds and tore through it, beginning to end in one read.
From seasoned play enthusiasts, scene-curious introverts, surprise rendezvous mischief-makers, to romantically bound triads, this collection of stories covers all the myriad configurations of the love triangle, with promises to entice and ensnare. If you want a glimpse into the world of threesomes, queue up to this little peep hole:
While some of the stories don’t read as polished as others, the spirit of menage prevails throughout. Particularly worth noting is “Surprise” by Laura B. Cooper. It’s hot, well-written, and has a strong voice. This story stands out from the others, as its jaded, swinging narrator thinks she’s done it all and is a bit bored with her wild sexual pursuits. She walks away from her overly sex-slaked life only to stumble onto a new fondness–with her husband, no less–right in her own backyard. Sort of.
The collection’s editor, Roberts’, contribution is “Seducing Sunshine,” a sweet, personable story of an unsuspecting trio finding abandon together. The backbone of the collection, it provides a hint of genderqueer that the other stories don’t embody, and really taps into the vibe of young poly relationships.
Apart from being the only paranormal piece in the anthology, “Y’Know, They Come In Threes,” by Anthony Beal sets itself apart as a beautifully written, haunting, and engaging story. Beal builds a world in a mere few pages that is dark and enthralling, as well as a relationship that I really cared about. That it’s steamy is a bonus. I really fell for its art in lines like, “Eden, in turn, regularly spent them like found money, capriciously, as if each moment of pleasure with them were her last…” Despite that it ended exactly as needed, I wasn’t ready to stop reading it.
Some Like It Bi features the work of Mistress Rae, Daisy Dunn, Laura B. Cooper, Jennifer Roberts, T.S. Addison, K. Rowe, Anthony Beal, and Dani Brown. Read more about the contributors and the anthology at the League of Extraordinary Indie Authors’ Facebook page....more