A few weeks ago, I reached out to Victoria Ashley and Hilary Storm to see if they wanted to join me on an episode of From Helios to Hollywood. I've juA few weeks ago, I reached out to Victoria Ashley and Hilary Storm to see if they wanted to join me on an episode of From Helios to Hollywood. I've just recently started booking guests, and I had seen a post one of them put up about an upcoming release. It was all still very hush hush at that point, even the cover was still a secret, but after having read Victoria Ashley's Royal Savage, I was intrigued. They accepted the invitation, and graciously offered me a review copy of the book to read prior to the podcast taping. Well, I got the review copy on Wednesday, read it on Thursday, and spent all day Friday up until it was time to tape the podcast raving about the book to my friend and fellow Pure Textuality PR staffer Dubo.
The series premise is all wrapped around AlphaChat.com, a webcam website run out of a mansion filled with a veritable cornucopia of hot boys, all covered in tattoos and extra bumpy in just the right places. This first book is focused on Lynx and he's is the alpha of the house.
Lynx is exactly what you'd expect from someone in his position. He's cocky as hell (pun fully intended), a total man whore, and he's a bit of an asshole. When I first cracked the book, I honestly worried that I wasn't going to be able to get into the book due to complete and total lack of sympathy with him. However, that quickly ebbed as I got to know him more.
The female lead, Rebel, is kind of awesome. She will make your head spin a little though because she goes from being sort of modest at one point to pulling a stunt so very over the top that you will not see it coming at all.
Rebel also has a room mate name Remi. Remi is that friend who you would love to have but would also TERRIFY you. She doesn't push Rebel to step outside of her comfort zone. She violently shoves Rebel out of it, but it ends up being good for her.
Overall, this was a great, quick read. The plot is solid and a lot of fun. These characters will have you laughing, crying, and blushing in the span of minutes. One of the things we talked about on the podcast is smooth blending when it comes to co-written novels, and Pay For Play has it nailed. None of the signature choppy tells of a co-written book are there. Obviously, if you're a fan of either author, you're going to love this book. However, if you've never read their stuff, I would compare Pay For Play to the likes of Kendall Ryan mixed with Kendall Grey. Hot and hilarious all rolled into one. ;)...more
I think this author is about to become my newest obsession.
HEX is the debut title from this Netherlands-based author. I read the blurb when the publisI think this author is about to become my newest obsession.
HEX is the debut title from this Netherlands-based author. I read the blurb when the publisher approached me about reviewing, but by the time I opened the book, I had completely forgotten what the book was about. I just remembered that it had sounded good.
HEX is hands-down one of the creepiest books I have ever read. Seriously, manage to get to the end, and you will have a mad case of the willies. I don't recommend getting out of bed in the middle of the night. lol You'll freak yourself right out.
I'm a lifelong Stephen King fan simply because of the man's ability to jack the creep factor up to 11. Thomas Olde Heuvelt has the same ability with a much more approachable writing style, something that anyone could read. It's like if you were to take Stephen King, strip away the all extra wording and trim it down a few hundred pages, but still deliver the gut-punching horror. That's Thomas Olde Heuvelt's HEX.
Overall, I loved it cover-to-cover. The story is tight with no plotholes. I didn't find that any questions were left unanswered. I did find a few spots where the story pace slowed a bit, but not enough to cause boredom and make me think of setting it down. It's dark, it's suspenseful, and it may very well cause nightmares. I cannot wait to get my hands on this author's next book....more
I picked this up a few weeks ago. It must have been on sale or something because contemporary romance purchases do not happen very often on my KindleI picked this up a few weeks ago. It must have been on sale or something because contemporary romance purchases do not happen very often on my Kindle account. I remember seeing the cover on Facebook, and once I was done wiping the steady stream of drool from my chin, I one-clicked that shit.
Yesterday, I worked straight through to 7pm with no breaks, so at the end of the day, writing was the last thing on my mind. I hit up my Kindle library in search of something to read and found the cover again.
Like, seriously?!? Can someone point me in the general direction of where they are growing boys that look like him??? I'm there. I'm so there.
Anyway, I cracked ROYAL SAVAGE, read the first chapter, and I was sold. The first chapter drops you in the middle of a horrific scene, with little-to-no detail about what's happening. You just know it is *not* good. As hooks go, that first chapter is a damn good one!
I loved Royal. He's a tiny bit scary and a whole bunch of hotness. He's covered in tattoos, rides a Harley, swears too much, looooooooves his whiskey, and smokes like a fuckin' chimney. Basically, he's every bad choice I've ever made in a relationship. lol AND I LOVE HIM, DAMMIT.
Avalon is a decent character as female leads go. The biggest problem I have with contemporary romance is I usually hate the female lead. I dont like distressed damsels because they usually come off as stupid and helpless. Ava is anything but either of those. She's strong, a teency bit stubborn, and she's just reserved enough to not be a ho, but she also doesn't throw a prude vibe either. She's likable all the way around.
The side characters are the shit, too. I love the boys at Savage & Ink. I didn't know this book was the start of a series until I started to draft up this review. I really hope we're going to get a Jax book. When this book started, I thought Jax was going to be a main character. I didn't read the synopsis before I started reading Royal Savage so it could have been about termites and I would have bought it with that boy's face on the cover. He's certainly part of the main cast, but he's this book is not his story. He's just in it enough to make every girl who reads the book turn into a gooey pile of lady mush at the mention of his name.....
I think Blaine's book might be a little bit too ridiculous for me. He's a whore. Like, a great, big, slutty slut-faced whore. His libido definitely steers the bus most of the time. That being said, I could be way wrong. Who knows? His book could be amazing because he's got a really sweet side we catch a few brief glimpses of in this book.
The story is tight. There are no plot holes that stuck out to me, and I read this in one long sitting, starting it at around 9:00pm and reading THE END at approx 3:00am. There are only a few token contemporary romance conveniences. You know what I'm talking about. The conversations or situations that line up too perfectly, way too fast to be even remotely realistic. However, the conveniences in this book are relatively small compared to most contemporary romance.
There are a couple of twists you will not see coming until they're staring you in the face, and there are at least three scenes that will reduce you to a useless puddle of estro-laced tears. For real, keep the tissues handy. All of those parts are in the second half of the book, but when you hit one, you're going to be struggling to see your page/ereader.
One warning I will give you is if you are a FREAK about the technicality of proper writing and you demand a typo-free zone, you're going to twitch if you read Royal Savage. Personally, this does not bother me. I'm looking for a good story and Royal Savage has that on lock. Howeverm Royal Savage is very much written in a conversation tone (as if one friend telling it to another), and there are typos throughout the whole book. Not a lot, but I caught at least 10-15 of them, and, as ridiculous as it may be, that's a deal breaker for some people.
Overall, this was a great read. I am super-picky about contemporary romance. It's not a genre I tend to gush over (urban fantasy readers, REPRESENT!), so when I come across a book I couldn't put down, it has to be pretty exceptional. If you're a fan of Kendall Ryan, you'd probably love Royal Savage by Victoria Ashley. :) ...more
So, be jelly, readers. Be very jelly. When Amber Lynn Natusch was writing this book, I was lucky enough to get to read it AS shAnd she does it again!
So, be jelly, readers. Be very jelly. When Amber Lynn Natusch was writing this book, I was lucky enough to get to read it AS she was writing it. As she finished chapters, she would send it to me. If you ever have the opportunity to beta for an author in this fashion, it’s kind of awesome. It’s like waiting for your weekly fix on fanfiction.net. lol Except I was getting it every day.
From the Ashes kicks off a brand new series from Amber Lynn Natusch. If you’re familiar with the Caged series and expecting another Ruby, you’re not going to find it here. Piper is a brand new character and she’s distinctly different from Ruby. She’s got her own world of trouble to deal with and while it’s nothing like the Caged series, Natusch’s familiar writing and snark are readily recognizable from the first page.
What paranormal romance would be complete without a book boyfriend? Well, fret not, ladies. From the Ashes has a whole CAST of book boyfriends. Each guy has an original personality and as the reader, I fell in love with each of them right off the bat. You’ve got your alpha male types, the lovable types, and the types that you kind of want to slap around a bit right before you force them into a bear hug. You guys are very familiar with my penchant for bad guys and Natusch has a couple to choose from in this adventure. :)
Overall, I love it end-to-end, and I cant wait for the next book in the series. The author has created a new world that somehow feels familiar without also feeling like just another chapter in her existing series. The characters are complex and well written, the dialog is witty, and the action is never-ending. If you like urban fantasy series such as Mercy Thompson or Kate Daniels, then you’d like From the Ashes....more