Book Lovers is a compilation of short stories of erotica based on reading and the written word.
I just finished this book and none of the stories real...more
Book Lovers is a compilation of short stories of erotica based on reading and the written word.
I just finished this book and none of the stories really stick out in my mind. That being said, there were some that were really well written, exciting ones such as "A-Z" and some really really bad ones like Shafted (I think the thing that bothered me the most of this one was the main character saying 'dadio')
A lot just felt rushed or that I completely missed the point. Maybe it is because I read this at work, so I couldn't fully get into the story line, but some stories like "A Little Irish Honey" and "The Descent" was just like...what the point was that?
I liked that this book main feature was books. How books and the written word can turn you on, and satisfy your innermost desires. Plus, unlike this, it was written very well and beautifully. (less)
Gareth is a young earl who is looking for a wife. Obviously an older widow isn't preferable, but something about Eleanor intrigues him, who is coming...moreGareth is a young earl who is looking for a wife. Obviously an older widow isn't preferable, but something about Eleanor intrigues him, who is coming from a non-loving, abusive relationship, however as many women back in the day they wanted to be married, have security and social standing, so she was out to seek a husband, and definitely not just a lover.
The two meet at one of the royal dances, and flirting commences. When all of a sudden Eleanor leans ofver a chair and says 'you may fuck me now'... ummm... Really? After leanring that she just wants marriage, probably shouldn't be bending over chairs to wanton bachelors.
Eleanor gives Gareth one month to fall in love with her and to decide to marry. If he chooses no, then its a mutual parting of forever. She is interested in the main goal. What Gareth doesn't realize is that Eleanor is a little dominatrix in bed, something that her former husband wouldn't indulge and would punish her (not in the good sexy sense) for thinking such unlady like thoughts. It was refreshing to see the women play the dominant in books. All to often they are portrayed as the submissive, do what ever the man says role, so this is an aspect I liked from this book. That being said, you can tell that Eleanor only likes being the dominant role because she has control. Control that she didn't have in her first marriage. This novella central theme is trust. Trust to give yourself up to your partner and to yourself. This is all and good, but the way its played out kinda irked me.
I'm not really sure what I thought of this book. It was a historical erotic novella. Based on all the other historical fiction books out there, I don't feel like this story needed to be presented in this time period as it didn't really have anything to go with anything. Yes, I get that Gareth is an earl looking for a wife and needs to have one with proper standings, and Eleanor is a widow of proper standing. But other than that... I don't know. I just can't get past the fact that I'm sure Gareth would be freaked the fuck out if an older women was acting this way, especially if they weren't married- just based on the sexual limitations and repercussions placed on women back in the day.
So would I recommend it? Ummm...I guess..... I only gave it 3 stars. (less)
Lesbian love back in the day. You know it happened. You also know threesomes happened too.
Cecelia is married to Lord William Stanton, a known philander and sex lover Which was very evident on their marriage night. Again, she is a virgin and the act was nothing but painful for her. While complaining of this to her maid, Bess, she learns some valuable lessons. Bess becomes a teacher of sorts, teaching Cecelia there is much to be pleasurable in the marriage bed.
Cecelia is very fertile, and through every pregnancy her doctor tells her not to engage in sexual activity. This does not bode well to sex addict William. Throughout these pregnancies William goes to London and fucks around until Cecelia is ready to be his 'one and only'. However, William isn't the only cheater. She finds solace and love in Bess, using each of his escapes to London to strengthen their bond.
However, during one of her last pregnancies she finds herself witnessing her husbands infidelity (the same one that Catherine Bexley witnessed above), and she isn't mad. In fact she is turned on. And what to do with this, well she actually has the balls and tells her husband. *SPOLIER* She tells him a lot of things too, like that the rumours of her are true and that she liked watching him. And he doesn't flip out, instead he very much welcomes the newfound sexual desires of his wife.
I enjoyed this one very much. It was written very tastefully. But this one left me wanting more. What about the new found sexual needs and wants that each character had, their little menege trois. I feel this could be another novella that Viveka will write.
I didn't realize that they were co-existing books featuring the same characters( the secret diary of catherine bexley). I read the Catherine Bexley one first and was surprised to see that some names featured in the other book. That being said, you don't have to read the books in order. I did enjoy the Cecelia Stanton book a bit more.
Again, its a novella so it is a quick and easy read,but the author does a good job bringing you in. There are no cliffhangers, no unanswered questions but good ol' historical fiction erotica. I do recommend these if you want a short little entertaining read. They aren't going to make you all hot and antsy mind you.
Ahh, the good ol' tale of the man being to respectful while the lady just wants to get railed. Sorry for the crudeness.
Written in a diary style narrated by Catherine Bexley.
Catherine is new to marriage, and at that time this means being a virgin. Her husband, much older (but that's besides the point) is the epitome of being too gentlemanly, he performs his marriage bed duties, getting off but leaving poor ol' Catherine wanting more. She even questions that maybe women aren't meant to have an orgasm and is meant to feel this longing. (thank god that's not true).
Anyways, at a party Catherine stumbles upon a very illicit act that involves spanking and the not so respectful treatment that her hubby has been given her. She isn't scared away, she in fact is turned on by this act and now finds it to be her mission to get her husband to perform what she saw.
She tries to seduce him, and he being the gentlemen (aka prude in my books) doesn't get it. She also feels she can't straight up and ask him, as that would be very unlady like. Being a 19 year old, newly married she isn't aware of the protocol of it either. And surely you have to be respectful to whatever your husband wants!
Finally, the poor girl gets what she wants! (sorry for the spoiler) But it was a happy day.
I enjoyed this one. I couldn't help but feel bad for women back in the day. I'm sure this happened all too much. The women was there just to take the man and sire a child. No desire. No satisfaction. Just being used.
Again, its a novella so it is a quick and easy read,but the author does a good job bringing you in. There are no cliffhangers, no unanswered questions but good ol' historical fiction erotica. I do recommend these if you want a short little entertaining read. They aren't going to make you all hot and antsy mind you.(less)
Its a pretty straight foward diet. Basically allowing you 2 cheat days a week- this is done so your body isn't deprived of anything. The clean eating...moreIts a pretty straight foward diet. Basically allowing you 2 cheat days a week- this is done so your body isn't deprived of anything. The clean eating menu sounds doable- and I pretty much only eat stuff off of that anyways, but the thing that scares me is they only net 1200 calories, if that! Ummm, that sounds like starvation, especially if you are expected to work out for 48 minutes every day!
I enjoyed the recipies given, and it was interseting to read a bit more about Dolvett's life prior to The Biggest Loser. (less)
An ARC via netgalley in excahnge for an honest review. I requested this book on the cover art alone. It just had a very vintagey feel to it....more
4 stars -
An ARC via netgalley in excahnge for an honest review. I requested this book on the cover art alone. It just had a very vintagey feel to it.
This book is mainly about two characters: Kate and Aiden
Kate Walker is a high school senior who was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Kate just got dumped by her longtime boyfriend, and is taking it really hard. She also is taking the diagnosis very hard, and not doing a very good job at cehcking her insulin and keeping everything in check. Her worry is wearing an insulin pump. I get (well not first hand) how hard a diagnosis like this is, especially for a teenage girl, who you can presume from the novel was popular. Of course she is going to be a little vain about it. No excuse. But still semi-understandable. She really does need a reality check to kick her in the face for her to realize that this disease can kill her and that she really does need to give a shit about it. (foreshadowing...perhaps)
Aiden Connely is a 19 year old war vet who lost his arm. Obviously he is having a little PTSD. I mean, he wanted to be a soldier his whole life and suddenly he is trying to figure out how to live life within normal society, without an appendage, as well as his Sergeant who died the same time his arm went. As I said, Kate just got dumped and needs a distraction from that and diabetes, Aiden just lost an arm and needs a distraction. Aiden is living with his aunt and uncle and his cousin Jen. Jen is Kates best friend. See how it all works out nicely? Distraction made possible.
They start falling for each other. Kate has no filter, and Aiden loves that. He gets the sense that everyone else is to scared to mention his arm, while Kate 'jokes' about it. Throughout all of this budding romance Kate fails to mention her diabetes. You can probably guess where this is going so I won't spoil anything.
I did like this book. Yes at times it was juvenille and the writing seemed a bit like a 17 year old was writing it, but then again half of the book was written in a 17 year old girls point of view, so there is that. Kate came off as a stereotypical girl. She wasn't written as a strong role, but that's life. I think a lot of teens who will read this will undesrstand her very well and come out with the take home message that sometimes saving your life means giving up some vanity. I liked the character of Aiden better though. He seemed like a good guy dealing with some shit.
All in all, I give it 3.5-4 stars and would recommend it for a light YA read.
I received this book through netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jack, aka Bones is sent to an eating disorder clinic to aid him in overcoming...moreI received this book through netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jack, aka Bones is sent to an eating disorder clinic to aid him in overcoming his anorexia. And I have to say it was refreshing to see a book about eating disorders from a males perspective. Anyways as luck would have it, his roommate his nicknamed Lard. Lard is the exact opposite of Bones, suffering from overeatting. I liked that this book talked about the spectrum of eating disorders, as many people think it is only about those who deprive themselves of food.
Bones begins to become infatuated with Alice, a very dangerously thin ballerina. She is so focused on being the best and thinnest dancer that she breaks the rules constantly, like melting exlax onto magazine pages so she can lick them off later.
I enjoyed that the book tackled some difficult issues, like why people start this road of self destruction.
Things I didn't like:
- They did make anorexia and bulimia seem like the same thing, which kind of irked me. - The flow of the book. At times I felt like I missed a few pages and wasn't sure if this was because it was the pre-edited version, or what? I also felt that there were a lot of holes in the story. - The way it ended. SPOILER!STOP READING NOW! What happened? Did Bones get better? Did Alice die? Did Lard overcome his over eating and become a chef? So many questions!
All in all an okay read. I honestly don't think I would have picked it up if it didn't feature a males perspective. I wanted to see a different view point, and while I did, it just didn't wow me to recommend it to others. If it didn't have as many holes in it, then I would have liked it a lot more! Expected to come out on March 1, 2014(less)