Let me start with the “About the Author” found on the very last page: “Kitty Thomas writes dark erotic fiction that explores the psychologMIND…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. ...more
Yes! Sterling and Rhys are #5! And I'll take a possible release date over no release date. One of the 2 short story snippets for this couple (AvailablYes! Sterling and Rhys are #5! And I'll take a possible release date over no release date. One of the 2 short story snippets for this couple (Available on J.L. Langley's official website) - the one where Sterling shows up to spend the night - is very hot! And the teaser is free - gotta love that.
update: July 2010 Darn - based on the 6/29/10 update on Langley's website, it looks like we're waiting until mid 2011, at least, for this one...I hope we get some additional Rhys/Sterling short stories to tie us over :( http://www.jllangley.com/jllangley/Wo...
Update: April 2012 *STEAMING-MAD* As you can see, my last update was nearly 2 years ago, in 2010...and apparently, I missed a majorly f**king ridiculous announcement in March of 2011, listed as a small footnote on the author's blog post: Sterling & Rhys story will no longer be #5. I have NEVER ever come across an author promising readers that a couple would be Book #whatever, and even update their blog to post the progress on said book, and then say, due to "timeline" issues, the next book is actually going to be about someone else. I'm just not buying it. I feel mislead & jerked around and I tend to agree with "Bookwatcher ~Mary MooCow~" take regarding this delay: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... I wasn't going to quit the series after Sterling and Rhys if that's the reason for this delay...but now I'm so frustrated, I don't think I can stomach reading about Bambi - the new star of book #5 :(
**spoiler alert** PLEASE Please please…..have no doubts that this is a SPOILER VENTING of what I liked and didn’t like, intended for trilogy fans that**spoiler alert** PLEASE Please please…..have no doubts that this is a SPOILER VENTING of what I liked and didn’t like, intended for trilogy fans that have read Mockingjay. Last chance to beat it ;) * * * * * * * * * * * * Katniss gave that fake vote of “yes” and killed Coin, for Prim? Well, I damnit I’m downgrading to a 4 star review – for Finnick.
Finnick: For the love of God, Why why WHY?!?!?!? I understand this is dystopian and it’s not going to be all roses and lilac…but to take such a wonderful well-loved character, give him a sweet, heart-moving reunion with Annie (where they practically melted into the wall as one unit and I nearly cried right there)….followed by their wedding….and then to kill him?? That was completely unnecessary, and maybe, even a little cruel to the readers? The tender way Finnick cared for Annie, always holding her hand :( And then there is the manner of his death. Just left behind in that tunnel? I was in disbelief and had to read his death scene several times. During the first reading, when the reptilian mutt is about to go in for the death bite, and Katniss is just standing by watching this go down…I’m screaming – “GIRL! GET OUT YOUR BOW!!!!!”….And then Katniss seeing all the important memories in Finnick’s life, right before he dies? I was done for. Complete Niagara Falls – sobbing and crying out. Even 4 hours later, having finished this book and watching Labor Day fireworks, and I’m STILL getting teary-eyed over Finnick. So again, Finnick, this 4 is for you.
Prim: I don’t think I even cried when Prim died because as soon as the 2nd wave of explosions hit - POOF! Katniss wakes up and the war is over :( I didn’t even have a chance to PROCESS her death – it was just fast forward, it’s over. In my opinion, Prim’s death sullies the entire trilogy. Sure, sure…Katniss’ actions in the reaping helped to incite the rebellion….but her sacrifice was always about Prim. Not only protecting Prim, but creating a better world for her. But it’s going to be awfully hard to ever re-read books 1 and 2, knowing what I now know about Prim’s fate. At least partially, it will all seem kind of pointless. And to read about her cuddling up with her goat, and her cat, and her shirt tail sticking out…knowing the truth? I just don’t think I can.
Cinna: He’s thought to be dead. Really?!? One of the series’ most loved supporting characters? Really - that’s all he gets?
Gale: Yes, yes, I understand this trilogy is about more than “Team Peeta” vs. “Team Gale” vs. “Team No One”…but as a Team Peeta fan who still valued Katniss’ friendship, connection and love for Gale, even *I* was pissed off on behalf of the Team Gale folks out there. Katniss and Gale’s last conversation….and the later brief mention about Gale being very successful in another district…Quite simply, Katniss and Gale deserved better closure than that. And don’t even get me started on the way Gale behaved in this one – keeping secrets, not trusting her…again, Team Gale fans, I feel your pain on this one!!
But It Was Still Epic: Despite these things that pissed me off, and despite the slower pace during the 1st third of the story, Mockingjay was still a gripping, emotional and unforgettable read. I spent a good chunk of the book fearful about the possible deaths of Katniss, Gale or Peeta, and I’m a sucker for emotional turmoil :) I loved the explanation of President Snow’s blood and roses odor. And although Katniss shooting Coin wasn’t a surprise to me once I realized the “yes” vote was a lie, I was still on the edge of my seat, thinking a guard would immediately kill Katniss on spot, and that she had made the ultimate sacrifice for the good of Panem.
But most importantly, I absoLUTELY got the ending I wanted! I’m sorry – the signs were there all along. People, it was always Peeta :)
“You love me. Real or not real?” I tell him, “Real.” *gush!!!*
Katniss and Peeta still have nightmares; they don’t have a perfect HEA, nor should they. But what they do have is good enough for me, and how I always hoped they’d end up. Together in the Victor’s village. I’m very thankful for that epilogue :)
February 2010: The Peeta vs. Gale debate on here is intense! ;) There's a comment somewhere in Catching Fire where Katniss compares her kiss with Gale to her kiss with Peeta...and I think she said something about feeling more butterflies & excitement in her kiss wtih Peeta (*ducks for cover*). Bottom line, she loves em' both, just in different ways. I'm dying to see who wins her heart and I'm scared to see who pays the ultimate price in the fight against the Capital. I feel like one of the trio is going to die :( ...more
Erin McCarthy’s amazing Fast Track series is considered contemporary romance, but I think it’s a little hotter than most, and that’s just fine with meErin McCarthy’s amazing Fast Track series is considered contemporary romance, but I think it’s a little hotter than most, and that’s just fine with me ;) Flat-Out Sexy (#1) gave us the story of stock car race driver Elec Monroe, one of the sweetest, hottest beta heros you’ll ever meet. Hard and Fast (#2) was hilarious and the opening love scene was one of the most well-written, ever!, with Ty and his little “reversals”<--sweet torture.
The chemistry between divorced couple Suzanne and Ryder Jefferson was evident in the previous series installments and reaches the breaking point here :) In Hot Finish, Suzanne is still refusing additional alimony $$ from Ryder, and back into the wedding planning business for none other than Nikki Borden, that air-headed bimbo that was chasing Ty in Book 2-->Yes, Nikki’s still just as brainless, but this leads to a lot of laughs ;) Nikki’s finally snagged a driver willing to marry her, and Suzanne will do just about anything to make the high profile, ridiculously themed (thank you Nikki) wedding a success and secure the future of her business. Of course, Nikki’s an attention whore, too, so she has enlisted all the stock car race drivers you know and love, including Elec, Ty, and Ryder, to be groomsmen.
It’s clear very early on that Ryder never stopped loving Suzanne. The way he’s so supportive of her, and helps her in ways her sometimes stubborn ass can’t refuse, just melted my heart. Without going into too much details, communication breakdowns, false beliefs and unmet expectations led to the breakdown of their marriage on round one. Those problems don’t simply go away for Suzanne and Ryder because it’s their story, and I thought McCarthy did an excellent job of handling this. It seemed very realistic and at times, I felt like I was almost eavesdropping on a real couple - in serious trouble. Suzanne and Ryder were fiery in their conflicts when they hurt each other, but in the bedroom as well! Hot Finish has all the heat I have come to love and expect with this series. Suzanne and Ryder have none of that awkwardness that a new couple might experience. Ryder seems to realize their marriage is worth saving much sooner than Suzanne, so he’s almost wooing her? Damn is it hot! Especially when Ryder suggests a little change in scenery - YOWZA! But there’s more than smokin’ hawt sex - this is also full tender moments I love, like when Ryder wants to say more, and tell Suzanne that he loves her and wants a chance to be a better husband...but instead keeps things light for fear of scaring her off. I liked being in Ryder’s head, so to speak ;) And I’d like being in his bed, too, but I’ll just say ;) This was a great installment to the series, and I look forward to more, especially after the special preview to The Chase, (driver Evan Monroe’s) story, at the end of Hot Finish. If you need a fix to satisfy you until August, when Hot Finish is released, you can access 2 excerpts to Hot Finish, plus a plot summary for The Chase, by becoming a member of Erin McCarthy’s website (it’s free). Happy reading and enjoy these hot & sweet stock car race heros! :) ...more
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~...more
I could be...rejected for every single subsequent title I request on NetGalley this year...And I Would. Not. Care...Why? Becaus SPOLIER-FREE ARC Review
I could be...rejected for every single subsequent title I request on NetGalley this year...And I Would. Not. Care...Why? Because I read Truth early and nothing, absolutely nothing else matters! Finding Anna is the most crack-a-licious, absorbing, and addictive BDSM romantica series that I'm currently following. I was shouting when I got approved and immediately texting my fellow Stephan/Brianna fan-girlfriends screenshots of my email...That's how bad I wanted it, because that's how much this series f**king Rocks. Thank you so much, TWCS!
In Truth, Stephan is still the controlled and s...*now my eyes are totally glazed over just THINKING about this man*...As I was trying to say :) Stephan is still the controlled and sexy Master, and it's not just in the bedroom. It's 24/7. And it's also in Stephan's interactions with his family and the employees at his non-profit organization. He lives and breathes it and he just IS. I hang on Stephan's every word, even during his conversations with secondary characters. It's a testament to Hayes' skill with characterization.
Holy Hot Hell do things heat up with Stephan and Brianna! Remember the wrecked, traumatized girl that went comatose - literally - at the sight of Stephan's erection, or at his heated stares??? GONE! :) It's a great place to be in their relationship. Brianna now knows she's Stephan's slave, by choice, and he's expanding her boundaries...but he wants and needs to take things further. It's who he is. And you feel that tension just under the surface of this entire book. Brianna is far from emotionally healed, and she may never be after having suffered 10 months of involuntary slavery & sexual torture, but she is getting progressively better with book. 'Truth' Brianna gets disappointed and thinks something's wrong if Stephan doesn't take her every night *grin* And yet, she's so damaged that even the thought of a Brazilian wax causes her fear and anxiety because even that act has been perverted by her former sadistic Master. Some of Stephan and Brianna's closest family and friends are aware of her torture at the hands of Ian, and of Stephan's need for physical sexual sadism. Needless to say, they're horrified by the relationship, especially when it becomes quite clear it's a sexual one. Will Brianna be capable of fully meeting Stephan's needs? Or will simply being with Brianna be enough for him? Or will that leave him feeling incomplete? These are the questions that plagued me and kept me on edge.
Things are further complicated with the appearance of Brianna's father, whom she feels is responsible for her kidnapping, and Stephan's efforts to get her former Master Ian indicted.
All issues are entwined and lead to a shocking conclusion...There I was, initially chastising a character's actions, thinking I had the book ending totally predicted...then *BAM!!*...I should have seen it coming and I LOVED it and where she's taking this series for it's final installment next year. Yes, that's right - Fear not Stephan and Brianna fans - this series is a Quartet. I had a chance to speak with Hayes earlier this month. This is a 4 book series and we will not have to wait as long for it's conclusion. She hopes to publish it by early June 2014, in time for the Reader Author Get Together Con. I think 4 books is the right number. Brianna was such a emotional & physical mess in Slave and her progression in both areas has felt very real and perfectly paced. I'm so happy this series dedicates a majority of its pages to the progression of the relationship with plenty of H/h time. That aspect is what I'm anticipating most in the upcoming conclusion.
My personal history with the Finding Anna series I first became intrigued with this series when I randomly had breakfast with Hayes at the 2012 Reader Author Get Together. We were among the last stragglers making our way downstairs on the very last morning of the Con...I love BDSM romance - You write it - Awesome! Let's eat and chat! :) We talked about her writing process for Slave and the extensive detail and care that went into some of the scenes. She reached out to people in the BDSM community - sometimes messaging back and forth into the wee hours of the morning - to get the dynamics of even a Dom to Dom conversation in the presence of a slave correct. Remember Stephan's interactions with Ian and Brianna when he was purchasing her? That was the result of one of Hayes' late night convos. Well, I'd heard enough. Aftewards, I totally stalked Hayes into the parking lot after breakfast (but she said it was okay!)...and I had her open her packed luggage to sell me a copy of Slave. It was just one of those situations where you have a gut feeling and you KNOW...'I'm going to love it.' And I've been having a fantastic ride, doing group reads on this series ever since.
ARC provided by The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House (TWCS) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...more
If you haven't read Possession, there are major Fallen Angels spoilers. Some I wish I could unhear as I'm only about 25% through the book. It was a great event. Very relaxed. Maybe about 150 people? She personalized multiple items for everyone.
Many of the deets below have already been posted on JR's Facebook page. But some stuff was excluded, especially the additional details on s'Ex. And a few of her funny quips.
-Tohr's book fast forwarded the BDB world 1 year, so BDB and Fallen Angels books are no longer on the same timeline.
-It feels like forever, but Eddie's only been dead for 1-2 week.
-At the end of Possession, when Sissy goes into the mall and sees the guy with the long ponytail? That's not Eddie.
-Someone ACTUALLY wasted a question on "Is John Matthews Darius?" *sideeye*
-Lots of John Matthews in The King. Darius made the deal with the Scribe Virgin in order to have a relationship with his daughter...JR will use The King to show us what their relationship is like (Darius/John with Beth)...but JR added that "I can't put everything in there" Then JR quickly added under her breath, "That's what she said")...Audience uproar of laughter and JR was in tears...If you need some help on that one, JR was talking about Wrath's cock *g*
-She won't tell us the name of Beth and Wrath's baby.
-Why did Sissy stay on earth rather than go up to the mansion of souls? JR jokes Jim wouldn't be able to bang someone he liked...then gave serious answer that there are two souls left and it should be PAINFULLY obvious who the two souls are...Keep reading.
-The halos that Sissy sees identity The Soul In Play. (But Sissy and Jim still need to figure out the significance of the halos)
-The only way Havers is getting a mate is over JR's dead body.
-The Angels' house...Very interesting...Someone asked a really detailed questioned, talking about heavy drapes and vampire comment made in relation to that (I only 25% threw Possesion - I had no clue about what they were referring to)...I didn't catch everything, but basically, people wanted to know about the origins of the house. JR won't tell us about its origins right now. But she does tell us this: Eddie is in the attic...It's Eddie's sheer presence that's renovating the house.
-The crazy clock in the Angels' house? Some "mystical shit going on with the clock"
-If Eddie is able to regenerate the Angels' house, can Eddie can come back by regenerating himself? JR thought this question was way off.
-JR used Rehv's book - the first hardcover - to really go "balls-to-wall" and do what she wanted to do with the series. That's why it had a different feel to it.
-Is Devina a completely lost cause? J.R. "She ends up with Lash" (major screaming and applause ensued)...JR added, "Bitch needs a man and he needs some of that"
-It's about time for Muhrder to come back, but he's not in The King.
-The women that always asks about the Hoe Patrol and getting the Chosen laid :) She asked again today. JR says they're gonna get some, but not all at once *g*
-Trez very much into Selena, but she has issues
-Hardest scenes for JR to write? JR names several, including Rhage coming back into the bedroom and sitting on the edge of the bed...after he'd just banged another chick, Tohr listening to Wellsie's voice on the answering machine then the brothers appear to tell him she's dead, and Bella running out of the mansion screaming in Lover at Last as she realizes Zsadist is in the plane.
-Nigel is really and truly 100% DEAD. He did kill himself, but it was brilliantly done-->Nigel is always about the game, 1st and foremost, even before Collin. Now JR is worried about Collin....
-There's a followup question about Nigel popping back up? JR joked, "Bitch! What part of dead do you not under..." LOLOL!
-The Scribe Virgin favor that Wrath owes? It might have something to do with her return, but it must be something extraordinary to make her come back.
-JR refuses to tell us what BDB book will follow The King, but she does tell us the next Fallen Angels will is titled "Immortal"
-She now finally knows the answer to whether Lassiter's book will be a BDB book or a Fallen Angels book, but she won't tell us.
-Will there be a conthest between Xcor and Throe? Keep reading
-s'Ex is the Enforcer for the Queen of the Shadow. He's terrifying/awesome. JR is super excited about him, and now, I am, too. He wears a robe with a hood, like an executioner from the Middle Ages. Initially, you'll think he has a white tattoo all over his body. But actually, s'Ex has been injected with poison to prove his masculinity. The poison has turned his skin white, but some of his darker skin underneath shines through in some areas. The white/poision induced skin is all over, head to toe, because s'Ex is a badass and had the poison injected all over his body and endured so much pain to do so. JR tells us of this awesome conversion where I fell in love with him a little...s'Ex is having a conversation with iAm. He's trying to talk iAm out of doing something, and he lets him know, "If you do this, I'm going to murder your parents. I'm going to shave your mother's hair, tie her down, rape her, kill her, and then make what I do to your father make that seem like a cakewalk." s'Ex doesn't want to do this, but he will if iAm makes him. The conversation is about something iAm wants to do to get his brother back from Saheev? <--spelling? I had no idea on that last word, but that's what it sounded like :) JR is clearly in total lust with s'Ex :) JR added that she's happily married, but she "needs some of that"...This s'Ex stuff will be in The King.
-JR is a huge Duke fan - yes, he'll finish medical school.
-JR won't answer "Will Jim will have to take Nigel's place and who will be the new savior?"
-Question: I feel like we're gearing up for something big...Will we lose any of the Brothers in The King? J.R. looks troubled, starts to pace with her head down, then she says, "No - I can't..No" like she wants to answer and she's on the verge of answering...The questioner begs JR Ward not to kill her baby daddy. (JR is familiar with the question asker---she knows which Brother she is referring to when she says "baby daddy"...I unfortunately do not...More on that later)....People begin to BEG for an answer to this question....Then one of JR's people up front (Publisher? Beta Reader?) - I don't know who - but this person firmly yelled at JR, "WATCH IT!"...Then JR apologized to us and said she couldn't answer. Then the questioner started whining about her baby daddy, so JR reassured her, "I told you it's not your baby daddy - What The Fuck Girl?" LOL....
My personal speculating into this...The word choice..."it's not your baby daddy"...So if it's not the "baby daddy"/favorite Brother of the question asker...does the way she phrased her response imply that a Brother does die, just not this particular Brother? And also...who in the Hell is this "baby daddy?" :) Because clearly, this dude is apparently SAFE, so now I want to know who he is. So yeah, I feel the word choice in JR's response may have given something away. Hope I'm wrong though~
-Layla and Xcor DO hookup. I piggy-backed on someone else's question and added, "Just them?"...I had threesome with Throe on my mind. JR answered that Layla is "somebody's baby mama now"/she's not gonna do all that crazy kinky sex like JR's infamous dirty fireplace scene.
-Wolfen is a subspecies, like the Shadows.
-I heard the questioner ask, "Are Xcor and Tohr brothers?" - and JR pretended like she couldn't hear the question (basically a "Keep Reading" answer)...but on JR's facebook page, the wrote the question, "Are Xcor and Throe brothers"
-Duke is on the Possession cover
-There's talk about the BDB and Fallen Angels series catching up with each other. 2 options for end of FA series: (1) Jim loses (obviously not going to happen since BDB world is still around). (2) Jim wins, but is the end closed or open?...Different possibilities for Eddie... JR speculates - Can Eddie come back in FA book 7? Or will he be resurrected by Lassiter? She doesn't know.
-Assail is very much in The King. He's basically on a killing spree for the last quarter of The King, so much so JR worried it was too much. She likened all the kills to video game hits.
-Saxton has a huge role in The King. JR originally thought he would die, but now she thinks there's someone he ends up with (Yaaaaay!)
-The Twins are in The King. Their scenes are some of the funniest parts of the book.
-JR is almost finished with Rhage and Mary's novella.
-Payne's regenerating abilities create a problem for JR as a writer. If Payne can regenerate everyone, then the "stakes are in the shitter." So Payne has diminishing abilities (JR likens it to a draining battery). She laid her hands on George - he'll live for 900 years....Boo doesn't need Payne's abilities.
-JR Ward is doing a new series in a new universe. She refuses to answer whether this new series will be PNR (paranormal romance), but she does promise it'll have "plenty of good hard men."
-Muhrder never bonded with Xhex.
-Discussion about awesomeness of "Ad torturing Devina" scene and her ending up at her therapist as a result.
-When Jim told Sissy, "You're Mine", but that he'd regret telling her that - what was up with that? JR: Jim missed a soul because he's more focused on Sissy in this book, rather than saving everyone's soul.
-One question asker is creeped out by Jim/Sissy age difference. JR discusses how the wall has changed Sissy and how Sissy's suffering felt like an eternity to her. She might still have the bodyof a 19 year old, but she is not the same girl.
-Butch and Marissa news? - He's still hot. They're fine. She hopes to revisit them. Someone piggy backs - Any kids? JR says she doesn't know, then discusses how not everyone wants kids and that's fine.
-Same city for The King's book signing! March 29th at the Millenium Hotel (that's downtown). They're working on getting a block of rooms. After the Q&A session, one of JR's assistants said they're working on having some of their official merchandise there for purchase.....**If you were like me and got a case of the SADZ when you realized the bar at the back the Music Hall ballroom (Lover At Last signing) did not serve alcohol, Please Note: There is a bar at the Millennium Hotel :)
-Last question/answer was a doozy and a perfect way to end the Q&A "Will Beth have a human or vampire pregnancy? JR: I was completely surprised and shocked by the kind of pregnancy Beth has. Half breeds like Beth can "pull from both sides" "...what if there's a third option?"
Alien baby? I'm clueless. One of my girlfriends at the signing thought it meant Beth would have twins - one vampire and one human, and one is born later than the other one. I don't know, but we're having fun guessing :)...more
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 “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! :) ...more
There’s nothing better then having an erotic-romantic suspense jump right in and immediately hook you. Literally, first sentence, Thomas Nicasio has iThere’s nothing better then having an erotic-romantic suspense jump right in and immediately hook you. Literally, first sentence, Thomas Nicasio has interrupted Dr. Sophie Gable’s annual summer getaway by appearing on her lake house dock. This is the sexy, ex-Navy explosives specialist who has been been giving her heated glances and, not always discreetly, checking out her body. Though they’ve only had a few flirty conversations in the lobby of her medical practice, it’s Thomas’ face Sophie sees whenever she’s self-pleasuring. And here is he on her dock, the normally GQ’d dresser....uninvited, injured, disheveled, on edge, he doesn’t even know HOW he got to Sophie’s place so he’s suffering from short-term memory loss...and thankfully *grin* Thomas is masking absolutely none of the desire he’s been trying to temper for months. They have an amazing first night together...one he promptly forgets!
Sophia knows his brother and nephew both just died in a tragic accident, but considering the extremely tense nature of Thomas’ former position with the Navy, she finds it highly doubtful that their deaths were the trigger for Thomas’ current emotional and physical state. Something else even more colossal must have just happened to Thomas, and boy is she ever right!
With building’s exploding, FBI agents trailing Thomas, and accusations of family mob ties, Sophie feels he’s in danger and does her best to keep him stationary at her lake house, the setting for the majority of this book. Well, excluding that ridiculously hot scene in the office building, most of the sex in Explosive takes place in and around the lake house property. Beth Kery is a master of sensual, erotic romance, and this story did NOT disappoint. There’s always BDSM, at least for every full-length contemporary I’ve read of hers in recent years, but each story kind of has its own flavor. With Explosive, I’d say this one has the kind of BDSM to satisfy the fans of this particular genre, PLUS the folks that don’t want it too extreme or too hard. Only 1 small quibble - Thomas improvising with use of a kitchen spatula very briefly killed the sexy for me...I couldn’t look at my KitchenAid tools the same for a little while! *g* That aside, the sex is varied, detailed, and hot with even some minor exhibition play thrown in. There’s a reason why I drop everything for Beth Kery’s books - I hope the next release is coming up soon! The wait and anticipation for Explosive, considering my preference for tortured or damaged heros, was KILLER! Happy reading :D...more
ummmmm....that's quite possible one of the BEST COVERS EVER!!! *fans-self* I love the premise, too. Something to look forward to :D -------------------ummmmm....that's quite possible one of the BEST COVERS EVER!!! *fans-self* I love the premise, too. Something to look forward to :D ---------------------------------------- actual review:
You can’t deny…this sport-themed contemporary has one of the hottest romance covers. EVER. But I actually enjoyed the story, too, despite occasional irritations with the heroine.
First off, I’m not huge American football fan. I only enjoy high pressured games towards the end of the NFL playoffs, and I occasionally get excited about the Superbowl matchups. But like author Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Chicago Stars series, The Perfect Play had just a small sprinkle of football scenes & lingo. This book remains focused on the developing romance between San Diego Sabers’ star quarterback Mick Riley and single mom and “event planning” business owner Tara Lincoln.
Mick comes from an Irish family that’s blessed him with an irresistible combination of jet black hair and gorgeous blue eyes. He’s nearly 30 years old, just like Tara, so he’s feeling the pressure of the new young and eager backup recruits just salivating at the opportunity to step in. His aggressive but talented publicist Liz (more on her later), has been throwing models & actresses at him for years. The photo ops get him on magazines and help fill those stadium seats, but Mick’s sick of the meaningless relationships and he’s yearning for something more.
Within the first chapter, this story jumps in with Mick’s seduction, something he’s not accustomed to. He begins flirting heavily with Tara while she’s overseeing the Sabers’ team party. With all the more glamorous beauties in attendance, she can’t quite believe he’s even attracted to her, so it’s a big ego boost any woman would enjoy. Tara does her best to keep it professional that night, but when Mick surprises her by waiting hours for her – until all her job duties are complete and even all the hired staff have gone home- the chemistry and conversation continues upstairs in his suite…Later, Tara pulls a gangster disappearing act in the morning that had me cheering :)
Tara’s had her one fantasy night with a hot NFL star – and even though it was the most incredible night of sex in her life – she wants nothing more from him because she’s afraid Mick will quickly get bored or toss her aside once the regular football season kicks in. But like his athleticism, Mick’s persistence pays off. He begins inserting himself into all aspects of her life, even developing a relationship with her teenage son, Nathan. Tara’s doubt and hesitancy continue to plague the relationship. But you have to cut her some slack as a protective mother coming from rough beginnings. She’s never before introduced a man she’s dating to her son. And the almost hero-worship her son feels towards Mick is enough to make any woman nervous. Breakups are bad enough, but when your son's heart is clearly involved? Even worse.
My annoyance with Tara came from her blaming Mick or her relationship for ridiculous things – like her son getting drunk at a party. Tara’s line of thinking and her often brash reactions irritated me, but Mick’s patience and just general yumminess more than made up for it. He’s not a selfish lover – which is what you’d expect from a star athlete who never has to work for it. I would say the length and style of these love scenes falls somewhere in between romance and erotic romance. Not quite 15 pagers or anything like that, but they do escalate in boldness as the story progresses and the scenes were evenly spread throughout :)
My only complaint with Mick was him making one too many comparisons of Tara and the other women he usually dates. Don’t get me wrong – it’s about how Tara’s different in a good way and all completely complimentary. For Mick, it’s usually shallow women chasing him and relationships just for show and PR (beneficial to both sides he admits). With Tara, she’s a competent, independent business woman who isn’t even interested in a relationship with him. Still, there was just one too many comparisons to past lovers/dates. Women don’t like to hear about how they compare to other women you’ve dated…even if it’s good.
The best part about this story was that Burton convinced me that this hot shot athlete had really fallen in love and wanted to settle down. As a bonus, we get to know the series’ next heroine, Liz, who has a bitchy, cutthroat exterior but some depth lurking underneath. The preview contained in the back of this book was very hot and explicit and one of the biggest TEASE teasers I’ve ever read. I can’t believe she stopped there! I’m definitely continuing this series with Changing the Game. ...more
Something about those Irish heroes – they get me every time! :) Addicted To You’s Rill is no exception. This is a friends-to-lovers erotic romance setSomething about those Irish heroes – they get me every time! :) Addicted To You’s Rill is no exception. This is a friends-to-lovers erotic romance set in a backwoods town, Vulture’s Canyon. Rill is a talented film writer and director who has abandoned his life. He’s been living in isolation in a secluded cabin, depressed and heavily liquored up, ever since his wife’s sudden death. He’s no longer writing and he’s unwilling to interact with the community, save a few meals and store visits to replenish is alcohol supply.
The story begins with the arrival of Rill’s best friend’s little sister, on a mission to save him. Katie has been in love with Rill for years, as he was a close family friend. Despite his seemingly perfect relationship with his now deceased wife, she couldn’t help her feelings, but she never acted on them. Rill is completely plastered when Katie arrives – so much so that he doesn’t even recognize her – but he knows one thing, and it’s that he has to have the woman before him like he needs to breathe. But their encounters go from wicked hot to awkward the very next day. Rill want Katie out! Out of his cabin, and out of his life. But Katie has given up a successful but unsatisfying law practice. She’s going to see this through, even if she has to use her body to save Rill from himself.
Rill has some heavy emotional baggage that has been lingering since long before his wife’s death. He has a wild, dominant and nearly insatiable sexual appetite, but having dealt with his alcoholic, neglectful and promiscuous mother during his childhood years, Rill has kept that part of himself repressed for the whole of his adult life…until Katie….And there’s no closing that door once addiction sets in. No surprise if you’re familiar with Beth Kery/Bethany Kane’s work, but the love scenes were HOT and creative – there’s always something new and inventive. This time around, there were 2! It was Rill’s clever use of an outdoor tree swing, and the scene with the Double Dutch Door...WOW...I’ll leave it at that.
Beyond the healing and self-acceptance at the core of this story, we also meet a few lovable characters from the town and learn about some of the challenges in preserving its way of life. Addicted To You is a series starter, and I’m hoping the next one continues to give us more angsty romance. A solid 4.5 stars.
I loved Payne for all the reasons that she thought she was unworthy - her occasional jealous growling, her aggressiveness and her general kickass demeI loved Payne for all the reasons that she thought she was unworthy - her occasional jealous growling, her aggressiveness and her general kickass demeanor :) Another fantastic installment. And holy hell - that hotel scene? Can Qhuinn & Blay's book be JUST as hot? Please and THANK YOUUUU! :) ...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“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.”
A nearly perfect contemporary romance set in Chicago with an alpha undercover agent who usually gives an "I don't do relationships" speech prior to beA nearly perfect contemporary romance set in Chicago with an alpha undercover agent who usually gives an "I don't do relationships" speech prior to bedding any woman, but breaks all his rules for the beautiful wine shop owner and billionaire heiress he's trapped into posing as his girlfriend. I enjoyed this even more than Julie James' release from last year, Something About You. In addition to the great chemistry between the h/h, as a wine lover, I really loved the incorporation of wine into nearly all aspects of the story - even the foreplay and actual love scenes, especially during that hot little detour to the Napa Valley. I'm hoping some of the mentioned wines are real - if so, I plan to seek them out ;) This book was a real treat!...more
I don't know which Shawn Lane fans pressured her into giving us more of Dusty and Malcolm, although I have a few suspects - but thank you, thank you,I don't know which Shawn Lane fans pressured her into giving us more of Dusty and Malcolm, although I have a few suspects - but thank you, thank you, thank you, because this was such a sweet treat :)
If you've read , then you've already met Dusty and Malcolm. They've been friends since junior high and finally admitted their love for one another in The Best Gift. This follow up story takes place 5 years later. Dusty is working long, hard hours at an LA restaurant where he's rumored to be the next head chef, and Malcolm *I just love him* is writing gay erotic romance and working as an actor doing local theater. Malcolm has surrounded himself with snobby theater friends who give Dusty the cold shoulder because of his profession.
When an opportunity to arises for Malcolm to perform on Broadway, he takes it, but with Dusty's blessing. They truly love one another and want to see their partner's dreams become reality. Will the distance and time tear their relationship apart? Is fame on Broadway what Malcolm really wants? As you can guess from the title, there's a very tender, sexy satifying HEA. This author delivers :) ...more
This is the Perfect Chemistry trilogy conclusion and should absolutely be read in order. This review assumes that you have read Perfect Chemistry (BooThis is the Perfect Chemistry trilogy conclusion and should absolutely be read in order. This review assumes that you have read Perfect Chemistry (Book 1) and Rules of Attraction (Book 2).
Perfect Chemistry blew me away, so much so that I was not pleased to find out it was becoming a trilogy. How could Elkeles top that? Just leave my perfect book alone!....But I was mistaken. In the same way that Suzanne Collins’ Catching Fire topped The Hunger Games, Rules of Attraction did just that. It’s no surprise that at one point last year, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Rules of Attraction held the TOP 3 spots on the New York Times bestseller list for YA. Yes, this series is awesomesauce :)
But sadly....just like the Mockingjay trilogy conclusion, this final installment fell a little short for me. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but I had some moments where I was furious (see below). And that’s a first for me where this series is concerned. Hence the 4 stars.
Luis Fuentes is just as cocky and gorgeous as his brothers, though not as funny as Carlos. He’s still the smartest and youngest Fuentes brother, a straight A student with his sights set on obtaining an aeronautics engineering degree from Purdue University and becoming an astronaut. The story begins with a younger, 15 year old Luis, getting lots of attention from the girls and being a daredevil. Then he attends Alex and Brittany’s wedding *yay!!*, which was just as juicy and entertaining as a telenovela. There was drama and passion with our lovely pair from book 1, but this IS a romance series, so you can guess how that all turns out. It’s at this point that Luis first meets Latina beauty Nikki Cruz. (I think it’s great that at least one of the Fuentes brothers’ heroines is Latina). Nikki has just suffered major heartache courtesy of her 1st love, so she has a LOT of baggage in the area of trust. She’s very prickly, but Luis likes a challenge :) Unfortunately for Nikki, her personal issues take a deep, traumatic dive...and then we flash forward about 3 years.
After their brief but memorable encounter 3 years ago, Luis and Nikki are thrust back together as seniors attending Fairfield High School, in the outskirts of Chicago. Luis begins to wear down Nikki’s resistance, but it’s not easy, despite the fact that she’s been fantasizing about him naked for the last 3 years :) But the gang drama begins when Chuy Soto gets out of prison and puts the pressure on Luis join the Latino Blood.
In the middle of the budding romance and gang drama, we catch up with my favorite trilogy couple, Carlos and Kiara, several times. They had a little drama, too, but I loved how it ended. A little nitpick, but I thought Kiara only stutters when she’s nervous. I loved that she was stuttering in Rules of Attraction. She was so quirky and endearing, and her stutter just added to her layers. I did think it was odd that she stutters in nearly every line she has in this book, although she’s not nervous in all of them.
My problem....why I occasionally SCREAMED at my book-->Luis’ handling of the situation with the Latino Blood. I’m sorry, but I could not see a straight A, top athlete senior, with his sights set on one of the toughest engineering disciples (aeronautics), and with an ultimate and realistic goal of becoming an astronaut...doing or saying the stupid stupid STUPID things this kid did. Luis may have had the above-average grades, but his brothers were killing him when it comes to street smarts. The risks he was taking...and the justifications for them? Maybe it’s my ignorance because I don’t live in a tough, gang-infested neighborhood near Chicago....but for whatEVER reason, I could not see such an ambitious young man doing the things Luis did.
An observation on sex in YA....something that happened in books 2 and 3 of this series. And also both of the romance books from another favorite YA author of mine (Jennifer Echols)....I don’t like that the “almost” sex scenes are really hot and pages pages long (these were VERY hot by the way!). But then the actual sex happens later in the story, and it’s so fast, you’ll almost miss it if you blink. My sister read this book at the same time as me and said she had to re-read the sex scene immediately, because she didn’t realize it had just happened. It was kind of vague. Look, I get that is is YA. I do NOT expect a Kresley Cole or Erin McCarthy sex scene up in a YA book. But if the makeout scenes are going to be super hot, is there some rule in YA publishing that the actual deed can’t be? If so, I don’t like it.
This is still one of my favorite YA series, and I did enjoy this read, but the characters fell a little short compared to Alex/Brittany and Carlos/Kiara, so this is the only installment that doesn’t get 5 stars. ...more
If you're behind on the amazing IAD series, you may consider this comment a spoiler: * * * * * WHOA! So crazy dude who’s currently torturing Regin in DemonIf you're behind on the amazing IAD series, you may consider this comment a spoiler: * * * * * WHOA! So crazy dude who’s currently torturing Regin in Demon from the Dark is her MATE?!? Love, love LOVE this twist!! I was already excited for Regin’s story, now I can’t wait!! Just one month to go :)...more
I'll keep reading the author's work, but Going Too Far was amazing and my expectations were sooo high coming into this one. But Forget You didn't quitI'll keep reading the author's work, but Going Too Far was amazing and my expectations were sooo high coming into this one. But Forget You didn't quite do it for me. The heroine was annoying. The things she let her father get away with saying about her mother, and the threats she put up with. And the way she kept throwing the "You went to juvie" in Doug's face - even preventing him from getting a job at her family's water park - bugged me. And I really did love the hero Doug, but the stupid things he did in the name of getting Zoey to call him (i.e. show up late to swim practice daily....although he's counting on a swim scholarship to attend college), but he's intelligent and well-read? It just didn't make sense to me. There were hot moments and the chemistry between Zoey and Doug was really good, but I was hoping to enjoy the story more. ...more