I just read this in the FAQ section of McGuire's website and cheered *grin*
Isn’t Beautiful Disaster a little racy to be classified as Young Adult?
Yes,...moreI just read this in the FAQ section of McGuire's website and cheered *grin*
Isn’t Beautiful Disaster a little racy to be classified as Young Adult?
Yes, that is why it is classified as contemporary romance. Beautiful Disaster is “rated” by the author as mature for strong language and sexual content, and is recommended for ages 17+.
Update: April 12, 2013
I finally read Beautiful Disaster and finished it just in the nick of time for Jamie McGuire’s signing event in my home state last night. I need to finally go ahead and create a blog JUST so I have a friggin’ place to stash my signing posts! :) With all my author stalking/signing groupie ways, it’s time. For now, I’m shoving it here, into this review :)
I started Beautiful Disaster on ebook but finished it on audiobook because pretty early on, I realized I couldn’t bear to stop reading for activities that didn’t lend well to holding a book in my hand. And despite knowing that I was going to also fork over $$ to get the paperback for the upcoming signing…I didn’t care. This book was so consuming in the very best way! Extra bonus was that Beautiful Disaster’s narrator is someone that I’m familiar with and already love: Emma Galvin, the narrator for Veronica Roth’s uber popular Divergent series.
At last night’s Walking Disaster signing and Q&A event in Dayton, Ohio, I told Jamie McGuire that I was constantly going back and forth over which Beautiful Disaster character was more fucked up; that her book took me on SUCH an emotional roller-coaster that it made me nauseous; and that it’s been awhile since I’ve been this affected by a book and I loved every minute of it…“You make me sick!” – I exclaimed, obviously joking! She responded “I LOVE that!”
-On why she had Travis give Abby the nickname Pigeon/Pidge? Jamie took it from Lady and the Tramp – Tramp nicknames Lady Pigeon/Pidge in the movie. She really liked it so she incorporated it into Beautiful Disaster (One of my friends at the signing really wanted an answer on this one because she considered pigeons the rats of the bird world *g*)
-Warner Brothers has optioned the movie. If they don’t make the movie within a specified amount of time, another studio can purchase the rights or WB can pay addition $$ to hold onto the rights for a longer period of time. The screenplay is being written right now. The expected completion date for the 1st draft of the screenplay is May 2013.
-Jamie envisions the really hot actor that played one of the Seal Team Six members in the film Zero Dark Thirty as Travis Maddox (Jamie MUST be referring to actor Taylor Kinney!!)
-The producer for the film adaption of Beautiful Disaster is Donald De Line, whose credits include I Love You Man, Green Lantern, and Michael Bay’s latest, Pain and Gain. (Hmm…I actually don’t like this news at all…Why did WB put an action film guy on this?...And I think everyone knows about how awful Green Lantern. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see and hope for the best! Don’t screw this up, WB! *shakes-fist*)
-When asked about more books in this series, Jamie said she will be writing books for Travis’ brothers. Travis & Abby will have cameos in their books. The order for the books (WHICH IS A SPOILER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ BEAUTIFUL DISATER, SO STOP READING THIS COMMENT IF YOU HAVEN’T)…. is as follows: Trent & Cammy (we meet Cammy in Walking Disaster) will be 1st. Thomas 2nd. And the twins will be 3rd and 4th.
-Jamie was in X-ray school while writing Beautiful Disaster. She actually wrote while in class, and in the evenings, but she still had awesome grades. Last year, with the movie deal and success of her books, and her desire to not be around X-ray machinery while pregnant if she didn’t have to be, she quit that line of work and became a full-time writer. Her husband became her business manager. Jamie believes you always need a Plan B/backup plan, so despite all her success (Walking Disaster is #1 on the New York Times and USA Today), she still keeps up with X-Ray continuing education classes. Smart woman!
-When asked about her favorite book bookfriend/hero from another author’s book, Jamie responded that it was the Twilight series’ Edward Cullen.
-Beautiful Disaster’s original name, as she was writing it, was “Red Flag,” but after hearing Kelly Clarkson’s song ‘Beautiful Disaster,’ Jamie thought “This is SO Travis!” and changed the title.
-Jamie also thanks Kelly Clarkson for the title “Walking Disaster” – she picked that up from the lyrics to her song, ‘You Can’t Win’
-In explanation of the Beautiful Disaster cover, Jamie says the cover artist gave a very literal translation of the title. Butterflies are beautiful. A butterfly in a closed jar is a beautiful disaster.
- Where does she come up with these names, like America, Brazil, Shepherd? Those 3 names are names of Jamie’s real friends. If you didn’t catch it while reading the book, Brazil was actually the last name of the character Brazil. Jamie told her friend Shepherd she would name her 1st born son after him. She had 2 daughters, so named her character after him instead.
-In response to the question, “How much of Beautiful Disaster/Walking Disaster is based upon your own personal experience?” Jamie laughed “More than I’ll EVER admit to!”...She did admit that in college, the football team actually threw Jamie’s birthday party, kind of like Abby’s.
-Jamie’s hubby and baby girl attended the signing with her :)
I think I first met Tiffany Reisz in the fall of 2010. She was another fan, like me, excited for a Lorelei James signing in Lexington, KY....But she w...moreI think I first met Tiffany Reisz in the fall of 2010. She was another fan, like me, excited for a Lorelei James signing in Lexington, KY....But she was also a soon-to-be published author with Seven Day Loan's release just months away. The gorgeous bookcover and Tiffany’s exuberant personality lured me in, so I marked it on Goodreads and waited for its release, not knowing what to expect. Seven Day Loan sucked me in quickly and gave me my first taste of Eleanor (soon to be “Nora Sutherlin”) and Tiffany’s witty, intelligent dialogue. I was certainly excited to try more and eagerly antipating the release of The Siren but....
NOTHING could have prepared me for the brilliance that is THE SIREN.
It’s a total game-changer for the erotic fiction genre. The breadth of her knowledge. Her way with words.....It’s the kind of writing that will have you telling yourself...“I could never write like this.” She’s simply that good. I’ve been reading romantica with BDSM elements since ’06, but I’m a newbie to the erotic fiction with BDSM genre (just a few years). IMHO, Tiffany Reisz is right at the top, next to my other favs like Kitty Thomas. I own The Siren in ebook, audiobook and paperback and I’ll do the same for every one of these addictive Original Sinners stories.
Loved loved the setup. Nora Sutherlin, a popular bdsm erotica writer that also engages in bdsm off the page, has several HUGE secrets she would like to keep from the publishing world. Nora knows the latest novel, The Consolation Prize, is something special...Not like the other books she’s published. Something truly deserving of a top respected publishing house and the very toughest, most talented editor they can give her. And enters Zachary Easton. Sexy, British and very reluctant about being assigned to what he considers “pornography.” As Nora and Zack begin to work together, and he tries to resist being seduced, you fall for not only them, but the couple in the book they’re working on: Caroline and William. You get just a few snippets from The Consolation Prize, but they’re powerful and devastating, especially as Nora has made it clear from the start Caroline and William don’t belong together and the story is about their breakup.
*LeSigh* The character of Søren...Nora’s former Master who is clearly still in love with her. One of the most delicious and forbidden characters you’ll ever have the pleasure of reading about. I saw romance readers spoiling the secret of Søren all over Twitter, but I’m not going to do that. Even when you should have read this book by now - what rock are you living under? But I can say that Søren had the most jaw-dropping, shocking entrance of a character in a book. Ever. The line of popular joke is used to announce Søren's entrance into his first scene, and it took me a moment to realize it wasn't a joke! :) Bravo to Tiffany for going there. For not only Søren, but for all the other “taboo” elements that made this book rock.
Just as the story of Caroline and William, Nora’s characters, begins to break your heart and rip you apart, so too does the dilemena of Nora/Søren, Nora/Zach and woman Zach left behind in London. Add to the mix the love between Nora and her gorgeous, young virginal roomate Wesley, and equally intriguing supporting characters, like Griffin and Kingley - both of whom will have a stronger presence in the Original Sinners books to come.
The flashbacks scenes with Nora and Søren...*Pause - I just literally had to wipe my eyes after reminiscing for a few moments*....for the people that have read The Siren, can you BELIEVE we’re going to get a whole entire book about them? One of the books in this series will be a prequel where we see Søren fall in love with a very young Nora. Their flashbacks in The Siren were hot and intense....even the scene at the police station where he’s just LOOKING at young Nora in handcuffs...and the uniforn...and you know what’s on Søren’s mind...What’s coming. That book, whenever its released, may be the death of me *fans-self*
For The Siren's audiobook, I thought the narrator did a fantastic job. My only quibble would be Wesley's voice - the country twang was a little too strong for my personal preference, but aside from that, I really loved everyone else.
Believe the hype - there’s a reason why nearly every romance blogger has given this 5 stars, why nearly everyone is calling it the book of the year, why even bloggers that were challenged and uncomfortable by some of the material worked through their reluctancy and completely fell hard for this incredible story.
There’s also the added intrigue of the parallels between the heroine of The Siren, Nora Sutherlin, and The Siren’s author, Tiffany Reisz. Both petite brunettes, open about their love of the bdsm lifestyle. Both daring, entertaining as hell (if you don’t follow Tiffany on Twitter, you need to), and immensely talented. And of course, they share the same email address *grin*
This quote from The Siren sums up the awesomeness of the book itself: Zach is having a discussion with his boss about how Nora is capable of more substance than sex in her writing...
“If she did it, she could set the world on fire, and she wouldn’t even need a candle.”
And that’s exactly what Tiffany Reisz has done.
Favorite Quotes from The Siren
Nora describing The Consolation Prize to Wesley: “It’s kind of a love story. Not my usual boy-meets-girl, boy-beats-girl story.”
Zach: “Have you considered going a more mainstream route with your characters?" "I like virgins, perverts and whores," Nora said without apology. "I couldn't care less about the people who just fuck for fun on weekends."
Griffin to Zach: “Real sadists don’t need to fuck. They need to fuck you up.”
And the one that ripped this Søren fangirl into two: ”...But you made me wait until I was twenty.” Søren inhaled slowly. “That was my mistake” “Miracles do happen. You just admitted to a mistake. What was your mistake? Not fucking me sooner?” “It was my mistake--” he turned and met her eyes “--thinking we had all the time in the world.” (less)
If there was ever going to be a book to make me make good on my New Year’s resolution to update Goodreads more...it was goi...moreI want his Russian Filth :)
If there was ever going to be a book to make me make good on my New Year’s resolution to update Goodreads more...it was going to be this book. I need an intervention. It’s barely been out 1 month; I’ve already read it twice; and I’m dying to do it again...It was THAT kind of awesome.
#10 (Malkom and Carrow) was one of the best in the IAD series, so Cole had already proven that she can still crank out the hits. And while I also loved #11, I wanted more pages dedicated to hot Regin and Declan smut. So for Lothaire, the ultimate, witty, scene-stealing bad boy, who often had the best lines in other Loreans’ stories, the expectations were extremely high. I was hella nervous, almost afraid to ask my speed-demon reading girlfriends what they thought. And what does Kresley Cole do? She gives me one of the hottest and entertaining PNR books I’ve ever read. And also one of the funniest books I’ve ever read, in any genre.
To pair the arrogant vampire with a human girl born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains resulted in comedy bliss, like Lothaire and Ellie’s discussion on why she can’t possibly be his fated mate:
"Because fate would not slight me so unspeakably. I'd seek a noon-day sun if I were paired with one such as you." "Such as me," she repeated blandly. She'd been mocked too often over her lifetime to take offense. Her skin was as thick as armor. "Yes, you. An ignorant, mortal Kmart checkout girl." He took the sharpest knife from his place setting, absently turning it between his left thumb and forefinger. "Kmart? I should have been so lucky. Those jobs were hard to come by. I worked at my uncle's outfitter shop." "Then you're even worse. You're an outfitter checkout girl with aspirations for Kmart."
I. F*cking. DIED. And there are just countless moments and interactions like this throughout the book. Even during an immediate re-read of Lothaire, I found myself laughing just as hard the 2nd time around.
And wow....The Sex...There was no formula here. No major impediment to the “big claiming scene” that doesn’t come until the end. NO. There was wicked hot sex throughout. This is the HOTTEST IAD book, period. Loved the love scenes, including the creative feeding. Whoever works for her publisher, Gallery, and ok’d this? Needs to stay assigned to Cole’s books.
The Audiobook. Let me tell you, I don’t care if you have the hardcover already. Get the audiobook, too, just so you can hear narrator Robert Petkoff’s killer job on Lothaire’s Russian filth. The way he...[excuse me]...*fanning myself*....There’s reading “F*ck! Hot little piece!” and “Fuck Elizavetta!” on the pages of a book...and then there’s hearing Petkoff’s renditions that are so good, you think to yourself, “did things get awkward in the recording studio?” He’s that good. In full disclosure, I’m not a huge fan of Petkoff’s IAD heroine voices, but his Scottish Lachlain and his Russian Lothaire are so fantastic they more than make up for his girl voices, which in my opinion, sound a little too much like a guy trying to sound like a girl.
Nucking Futs Nix. Very touching and revealing moments between Nix and Lothaire. Getting to learn about their entire history was a welcome surprise and part of what made this book so perfect and complete. Lothaire stayed true to character, deadly and sinister, all the way through to the very last line! The only thing that bothered me in this book was Ellie's nickname for Lothaire. I wanted to strangle her after she butchered up his name like that...other than that? Perfection. I’ve always listed IAD as my 2nd favorite PNR series. I think Lothaire pushed it to the top.
We're so lucky to have such a talented writer in our BDB fandom - this is a MUST READ for any Qhuay fans. Ridiculously hot (running shower plus leathe...moreWe're so lucky to have such a talented writer in our BDB fandom - this is a MUST READ for any Qhuay fans. Ridiculously hot (running shower plus leather pants = *DIED*) with laugh out loud moments thrown in - enjoy!!!(less)
“I am, therefore I want to f**k Jericho Barrons” ;) Me, too, Mac! Me, too! Seriously, Shadowfever was every bit the series conclusion I hoped it would...more“I am, therefore I want to f**k Jericho Barrons” ;) Me, too, Mac! Me, too! Seriously, Shadowfever was every bit the series conclusion I hoped it would be – I bow down to Karen Marie Moning, and I will certainly be trying some of her Highlander series soon. Last 200 pgs were simply incredible. I have a little Fever withdrawal now. I’m especially sad that I won’t be getting any fixes in the future.
I’ll end with probably my favorite Shadowfever quote, although there are many: “Some people bring out the worst in you, others bring out the best, and then there are those remarkably rare, addictive ones who just bring out the most. Of everything. They make you feel so alive that you’d follow them straight into hell, just to keep getting your fix.”
This is one of those stories…where you’re only 30 or so pages in….and you just know with absolute conviction that it’s going to make its way onto your...moreThis is one of those stories…where you’re only 30 or so pages in….and you just know with absolute conviction that it’s going to make its way onto your favorites shelf. This. Was. Everything I could have hoped for in the If I Stay sequel - Hell, any sequel! It was beautifully written, haunting, emotional and deeply satisfying. I mean….just every single clichéd adjective you can think of. I did not want to leave the characters when Where She Went concluded – I desperately wanted more of their amazing story that has pretty much shamed nearly every other YA or YA romance I’ve ever read.
If you have not read If I Stay (If I Stay, Book 1), stop reading this review right now. Trust me. I would not even glance at the book summary for Where She Went until I finished If I Stay, and I’m very happy with that decision. And go get If I Stay and get with the program!! ;)
Where She Went picks up 3 years after the ending of If I Stay, and as the Goodreads summary indicates, Mia completed physical therapy in Oregon, accepted the admissions into Juilliard, dumped Adam, and never looked back. Adam Wilde is now a bona fide rock star – a singer, guitarist and main songwriter for his Oregon –rooted band, The Shooting Stars. But Adam is in every way an absolute mess. Tension with his bandmates. Anxiety issues. A shell of a relationship with his celebrity girlfriend…He is on the edge. It may have inspired his best material, but Mia’s breakup, and the manner in which it was done, had lasting, devastating effects on Adam. And God did I love being in his head. I was really excited when I read this would be in Adam’s POV. How many times have you read a romance and wished the author would give you some of the guy’s POV? Another brilliant move by Gayle Forman.
It is in this messed up condition that Adam encounters Mia in her new home, and one of my personal favorites: New York City. The awkwardness, the emotions, seeing Mia only through Adams interpretation - this was SO great to read for me, and with the NYC descriptions, I felt like I was there again. On a chance encounter the night before their careers are about to move them in very different directions, they go on this journey – throughout one evening and well into the morning hours – of Mia’s favorite places in the city. Through flashbacks, we get to see some of Adam and Mia’s past relationship through his eyes as well as Adam’s struggles in the last 3 years. Through their conversation during Mia’s NYC night tour :) you get to learn about what tore them apart and how Mia has become the young woman she is now.
I got all the answers I wanted and everything made sense. Their love? This story? How the book ended? Perfect, powerful and everything I hoped for. This story reads like a series conclusion, but I wanted more and was saddened to be done. My Goodreads girlfriend Brandy was SO right – this blew me away, brought tears to my eyes and I loved it even more than book 1. (less)
Let me start with the “About the Author” found on the very last page: “Kitty Thomas writes dark erotic fiction that explores the psycholog...moreMIND…IS…BLOWN
Let me start with the “About the Author” found on the very last page: “Kitty Thomas writes dark erotic fiction that explores the psychology of ownership. She believes there is no topic too taboo to write about and that fiction isn’t meant to teach morality. If you haven’t developed morals by the time you start reading erotica, it’s probably too late.”
Oh yes, this book is a dark and delicious mind f*ck. The best of its kind that I’ve ever encountered and it’s absolutely going on my “favorite” shelf, despite the past few days of, “Oh, are you really going to put yourself out there by ‘favoriting’ this book?” that’s been floating around in my head…But to hell with that because this book is so worthy. Countless times throughout this book, you keep telling yourself, “OMG, this is SO f*cked up…and so am I for loving it.” After having this lendable Nookbook sitting on my ereader for months, I loaned it to a friend who sent me numerous texts as she was reading. I’ve never included text messages in a review before, but I’ve just got to, because she was cracking me up, and you’ll better understand why I had to move this book to the top of the TBR mountain and yank back my Nookbook before the 14 day loan period even expired. So here are my girlfriend’s texts, in all their fangirling glory:
Sat 2:06 a.m. “Just finished Comfort Food. WHAT…THE F*CK!! Read it in 4 hours. This b*tch has me fucked up! Crazy book. Erotic, but I feel dirty for being turned on by it!” Sat 8:38 a.m. “Girl!!!!! Have you read it yet???” Sat 8:42 a.m. “Let me tell you….!!! Mmmm mmmm mmmm ….It totally has me f*cked in the head. I’m going to a coffee shop later & I’m tempted to read it again.” Sat 12:43 p.m. “Quickly & frustratingly learning that I shouldn’t stray far from home & bed *wink*when reading certain novels.”
That’s right. She was getting too aroused at the coffee shop and had to stop.
After reading a few Comfort Food reviews when it first starting getting buzz, I knew I’d like it. And I knew I didn’t want it spoiled for me. Is she an actual kidnap victim, there against her will? Or is this just some sort of BDSM game they’re playing? That question has now been answered by the disclaimer in the Goodreads book description above. And it’s also crystal clear by line one: she’s been kidnapped. Forreals.
I really don’t want to give too many details on the actual story. You need to go in blind like I did and just trust that much of the suspense comes from not knowing. And my feelings with this story – the shock, arousal, guilt, submission, acceptance - mimicked the heroine’s journey. Everything that happens is, in the Master’s mind, “by choice”…but not really…but then yes…Really. But wait a minute, how could it be? She shouldn’t be wanting this – it’s all his fault…and am I really rooting for what I’m rooting for...as an HEA?? Yes, I did. And did I get the HEA I wanted? I’ll say no more. Find out for yourself.
This is a well-written, riveting, sexy dark psychological journey. It is the kind of book that would make you follow an author forever. I wanted to immediately re-read upon finishing it.
I’ll end with a few review quotes that captured this book so perfectly: My Goodreads buddy Cat Russel~Addicted2Heroines~: “I am ashamed to admit how much I enjoyed this book. It’s just wrong! It’s dark, degrading and twisted…and I would absolutely read it again!”
And Goodreads member, Jaymzangel, discussing her frantic texts to the buddy that recommended Comfort Food to her: “I give kudos to Bear for reading it & not having anyone to OMG to because I was IM’ing her like crazy with things like, ‘I think I need to have my head examined. I’m finding this so hot.’ to which she replied (perfectly, of course) ‘he has you, doesn’t he?’ oh yes, he did.”
Yes…he has me, too.
You will want to recommend this to all your BDSM loving girlfriends, but you can’t. This is just not for everyone…but if it’s for you, it will become an instant favorite and keeper. I dare you to find out which side of the line you fall on. (less)
Oh, how I loved this one! When is book 2 coming out? Mexican Heat is broken up into 2 parts. In Part 1, Gabriel Sandalini, a sexy, fiesty and capable...moreOh, how I loved this one! When is book 2 coming out? Mexican Heat is broken up into 2 parts. In Part 1, Gabriel Sandalini, a sexy, fiesty and capable SFPD Detective, has been working undercover for over a year for West Coast drug distributor Ricco Botelli. Gabriel is basically working alone, and in my opinion, he’s a little in over his head! Botelli is about to partner with a major supplier from the Mexico supply line. A drug bust involving one of the Mexican supply lines would not only be the bust of Gabriel’s career, but would be one to go down into the books.
Gabriel didn’t have a great childhood, and he’s pretty much a loner, into only one-time, no-repeat, hot sex with strangers. He doesn’t like to get involved in the touchy feely – and he does NOT do relationships. Also, Gabriel has a tendency to want bigger, stronger dominating men. He wants his lovers to make him submit….I mean, he literally wiggles and struggles like a trapped cat ;) And don’t you dare make Gabriel actually look at you while you have him – none of that face to face. And don’t you dare make him say he wants it~ So of course, he meets a gorgeous dominating lover who does just that :D As the first pages of this story unfold, Gabriel is scoping out a club connected to the drug cartel. He eyes a mysterious, tall, dark & gorgeous Spanish man on the dance floor. Later that night, Mr. Mysterious catches Gabriel snooping in an upstairs office, pins him to the desk, and begins to explore without Gabriel’s permission…but by the end of this office encounter, Mr. Mysterious has made Gabriel do everything I just described above that he supposedly hates ;) And JEEEEZZ was it smokin’ hawt!! But when it’s over, despite Mr. Mysterious’ attempt to see him again, no names are exchanged and Gabriel crumbles his phone number right in front of him. The chemistry between these guys was off the charts!
Shortly thereafter, Gabriel reports to Botelli’s headquarters for their “big first meeting” with the Mexican supplier, and he’s shocked to discover that Mr. Mysterious is actually Miguel, the Mexican supplier’s ice smooth, 2nd in command, Lieutenant. Of course, they pretend to not know each other, but the situation gets awkward, tense and hot, especially when both bosses suggest that Gabriel and Miguel take a trip to Mexico to see the manufacturing first-hand. This is where you learn about “Mexican Heat” - *deep breath!* And yes, as some previous reviewer commented, it involves doing strategically placed potent body shots.
I just loved this couple! I swooned whenver Miguel referred to Gabriel as his “gatito” (Spanish for kitten). Oh, the tension between these 2 – Miguel wanting more, and Gabriel’s resistence, is my favorite kind of romance. But it’s not just hot lovin’ here: Gabriel’s not sure if people are trying to kill him because Botelli’s daughter wants to sleep with him, or because his cover is perhaps blown. He’s starting to fall for Miguel, one of the freakin’ leaders in the organization he’s trying to bring down – so there’s mystery, adventure, and heat<--not just from the Mexican jungles. Part 1 comes to a very explosive, exciting finish with unexpected ramifications for Gabriel and Miguel. Things aren’t what they seem and not everyone comes out unscathed. I’m not discussing Part 2 – I don’t want to reveal any more. This book was just awesome and I’m happy to hear the series will continue, but I’m disappointed to learn authors Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon are no longer continuing their partnership. Even so, sign me up for Book 2! (less)
I have a massive library fine now - why? Because I'm being selfish and don't want to give this one up. After reading , I was excited about the change to a trilogy, but doubtful that one of my favorite YAs could be topped. I was pleased to be wrong - to echo a few friends who read this with me, Rules of Attraction was in a league of its own. This heroine, who wears odd clothing combos and has a stutter when she's nervous, was more likable than Perfect Chemistry's heroine. When you read a library copy, then insist on owning your own copy, you know you've found a winner. It's not imperative, but I would recommend reading this trilogy in order. Also, the video teaser for Rules of Attraction is pretty impressive, and not at all cheesy like the very inaccurate video for Perfect Chemistry. Unfortunately, the Rules of Attraction video hasn't been uploaded to the Goodreads author page yet, but you can catch it on her official website. Elkeles has once again given me a gorgeous, complex latino bad-boy hero to fall for in her interracial romance series, and I'm not all surprised Rules of Attraction debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list, right behind my other favorite YA series, The Hunger Games trilogy (Books #1 & #2). The ROA bookcover is just perfect, too - that's an actual scene in the book! :) Everyone I've rec'd this series to has also fallen in love with it - you won't be disappointed~(less)
Well, the way Kresley has made me fall so hard for this hero, I so wish I could say “Malkom is Mahlet’s” *sigh* I bow down to Kres...more “Carrow is Malkom’s”
Well, the way Kresley has made me fall so hard for this hero, I so wish I could say “Malkom is Mahlet’s” *sigh* I bow down to Kresley for delivering such a beautiful, intense story ten - count that - TEN! - freaking books into the IAD series. This is quite possibly the strongest IAD book yet. For the last few years, whenever I encountered another IAD fan, I always had to throw in a “Lachlain and Bowen are still my favorites, but I really loved __so and so’s__ book, too!” No more. There has got to be room for Malkom’s book. Really - just one of the most tortured, fierce and protective males in the PNR genre.
At the mere age of 6, Malkom’s whore of a mother handed him over to a male vampire - knowing he would be used as a blood and sex slave. As the vamp wasn’t interested in drinking from or abusing anyone too old, Malkom was tossed on the streets at the age of 14. He survived and turned himself into a fierce warrior, under the command of his only friend, Prince Kallen the Just, leader of the Throthan demonarchy on the hell plane, Oblivion. As the Throthan’s are betrayed by one of their own, Malkom is turned into a vemon (a demon poisoned with vampire blood) against his will. He’s disgusted with what he has become and hates himself. Through no fault of his own, he becomes enemy #1 of nearly every creature on Oblivion. Illiterate, dirty, wild, territorial, with absolutely NO sexual experience with women - not even first base! - Malkom has lived alone in his mountain den for centuries, waiting for revenge. He had one hard and fast rule - no one betrays him more than once, and everyone who has betrayed him, save one, is dead.
“Carrow the Incarcerated” is one of the witch coven’s wild childs - always in jail, causing a raucous and seemingly happy. She's not at all shy and definitely experienced, unlike Malkom. When Loreans of all kind (fey, lykae, sorceresses, valkerie, demons, etc.) begin disappearing, Carrow gets scooped up as well. They’re imprisoned on an island cloaked in magic, wearing special collars preventing use of their powers. We get to see what’s going on with Regin the Radient, who disappeared at the end of Book #9. The head captor, Chase, has taken a special interest in Regin, torturing her nearly every night (more on that in Regin’s book - up next in February *woot, woot!*). With an innocent life on the line, Carrow agrees to her captors demands: study the file on Malkom, enter the hell plane Oblivion, secure his trust, and get him back to the portal within 6 days, so Malkom can be captured, studied and tortured as well.
Carrow feels guilty as hell, but she agrees. As soon as she sets foot onto Oblivion, Malkom senses the mate he never even dared to dream about. His attraction is whole and instant, but not Carrow’s. He struggles to restrain his vemon strength, and he’s filty and overgrown so she can barely see his face! He speaks in Demonish, and she speaks English - the language he forced himself to forget. So initially, they communicate through physical gestures and just a few words. Their days together in his den were simply magical. Carrow’s quick to realize he’s never been with a woman, but Malkom’s quick to catch on with how to please a woman! ;) As the time to deliver Malkom to the island captors draws near, Carrow becomes more and more distraught. But she doesn’t see any other path.
Demon From The Dark has some of the best angry and emotional sex I’ve encountered in PNR. The intensity!!! Remember what I said about Malkom’s one hard and fast rule? I appreciate Kresley not making things easy for Malkom and Carrow - the internal conflicts Malkom deals with don’t just get swept under the rug with a quick, “Oh well, it’s alright...she’s my mate after all.” Meanwhile, all hell is breaking loose, literally. There’s fantastic action scenes. And one hell of a set up for Regin’s book (#11). This book was awesome, fresh, and one of the best yet in the IAD series. I have to echo a friend who described this book as perfect. I vow to never get behind on the IAD again, but I am super thrilled that my wait for Regin’s book is so short!!! haha! :) (less)
One of the best YAs romances I've ever read. Thanks to my GR friends for bringing this one to my attention. I'm looking forward to the next installmen...moreOne of the best YAs romances I've ever read. Thanks to my GR friends for bringing this one to my attention. I'm looking forward to the next installment featuring Alex's brother, .
Gorgeous sexy Latino Blood gang member and secretly smart high school student, Alex, falls for a blond cheerleader named Brittney...but it's so much more than that! Shannon and Danielle the Book Huntress have already written amazing reviews which completely sold me on the book. The chemistry is positively electric. Their struggles are real and accurately portrayed. The narrative switches from Alex to Brittney with each chapter, so throughout the romance, you get into both their heads. I'm a fan of getting both the male and female perspective, so this was much appreciated. You won't be disappointed with this one. I can't wait to share this with my younger sister in a few years. There's some alcohal/drug use, sex, and definitely strong language. 12 yro is too young for this IMHO. Just perfect for me though ;) (less)
Z, Rhage and now Rhev have my favorite books of the series thus far. Very intense conclusion in this one with a cliffhanger ending that will have you...moreZ, Rhage and now Rhev have my favorite books of the series thus far. Very intense conclusion in this one with a cliffhanger ending that will have you BEGGING for John Matthew's book this April.
I'm so glad I suffered through Phury's book to make it here. Lover Avenged not only told Rhev and Elena's story, we had the added bonus of Wrath & Beth and John Matthew & Xhex drama and hookups. The scene in Wrath's office. On the desk. On the floor. If you read this, you know what I'm talking about. Smokin' heat index and very well done for an erotic PNR. I had this on audiobook in my car and I really should have pulled over because I wasn’t ready for that! :D
The battle scene at the end was one of the biggest and most emotional confrontations in this series to date. Just epic with ramifications for the future. I bow down to J.R. Ward. This is my favorite PNR series now. (less)
I read this book nearly 6 months ago...but there it sat, in my GR "currently reading" stack because I loved it so much, I just didn't think I could do...moreI read this book nearly 6 months ago...but there it sat, in my GR "currently reading" stack because I loved it so much, I just didn't think I could do it justice. And I still don't think I can. I will say it's deeply moving, emotional, and unlike any erotic romance I've ever read. It tore at my heart and felt so very real...and for those reasons, it was one of my favorite reads of 2009, one I can see myself reading again. There's heartache, love, regret, sex...you'll feel it all. The book goes back and forth between the "Then" and the "Now" with each chapter...but as the chapters get shorter, the truth of the "Then" collides with the "Now"....The heroine Beth is having a summer relationship with sexy, bad boy Nick in the "Then"...and a more mature (although he looks exactly like he did 20 years ago) Nick - if it's really Nick...in the "Now." I. Just. Loved This. No other book has made me feel like this one. I was initially turned off by the premise - is he ghost?? What's going on?? I thank my sister for urging me to read this. This was very unconventional and hard to describe, but just amazing and you'll never forget it. And I'm thrilled to have more work by Megan Hart books in my book closet. (less)
Catching Fire, Book 2 in the Hunger Games series….what can I say other than this trilogy is fantastic, amazing, addictive and one of the best I’ve eve...moreCatching Fire, Book 2 in the Hunger Games series….what can I say other than this trilogy is fantastic, amazing, addictive and one of the best I’ve ever read. The Hunger Games (Book 1) was so wonderful – I wasn’t sure Suzanne Collins could top it – but she did it for me with Catching Fire! The last 20 pages or so, I was refusing basic human function - I was so compelled to finish and completely sucked into this world. Romance, adventure, heart – I have 2 sisters (ages 11 and 32) just as addicted to this series, plus a 20-something male grad student. I’m trying to turn everyone I know onto this trilogy.
I’m going back and forth on who will ultimately win Katniss’ heart. I know who I think it should be, but will someone die and make the ultimate sacrifice for her in the final book? Will she even live through the final book? There’s a reason why although Steve King hates Stephenie Meyer’s writing, they both agree on the addictive quality of this series. September 2010 (final book released I think) seems like an eternity from now, but I guess we’ll have to be patient.
On the upside, I recently found out that Lionsgate acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the film version of The Hunger Games in March of 2009…that’s only 6 months after The Hunger Games was released…yes, it’s that good. And thankfully, Collins is writing the screenplay as well.
Update: 8/21/2010 Just finished my THIRD read of this book in less than 1 year. I cried at the end this time. And various other parts. I don't think I even cried at the end during my first read. It wasn't a sad cry - it was more being overwhelmed with emotions and excitement. 3. More. Days!!! Until we get this amazing story's conclusion. *squee!!!* (less)
update 8/10/2010: Just completed my third read of The Hunger Games in just one and a half year's time. Yes, it's that good. And now exactly 2 more wee...moreupdate 8/10/2010: Just completed my third read of The Hunger Games in just one and a half year's time. Yes, it's that good. And now exactly 2 more weeks until the trilogy conclusion: Mockingjay, is released at midnight!!(less)