When asked to participate in the cover reveal for Feather Light I gladly jumped at the chance. I mean, c’mon. Have you looked at the cover? I...more3.5 stars
When asked to participate in the cover reveal for Feather Light I gladly jumped at the chance. I mean, c’mon. Have you looked at the cover? It’s hot, and sexy and completely erotic—three things I love. But I hadn’t yet read the book. A few days after the reveal I was still thinking about the smoking cover and decided to give into my curiosity and request the book.
Kelly Storm is the beautiful, pap hating actress—typical leading lady material. But then there’s our hero, Parker Davis. Handsome, successful, smart and blind. A twist to the normal, people. I love when authors throw in something to make their characters unique and Parker was just that. The story wasn’t all that original, but you can overlook it because the characters have such great chemistry that fire up the pages that I read the book at blinding speed just to get more of them.
There were a couple of things that irked me though, as they always do in erotica. Please, Oh Goddess of the Erotic Word, stop all authors from using the word “kitty” to name their vaginas. Pussy is fine—more than fine, actually. Keep it to the P word if you can’t summon up the courage to use the C word. Just no more kitties. I’m begging.
Oh, and while we’re at what not to refer to North of the Border as. There was one line that Kelly referred to Parker’s package as his weapon. I don’t know if it was the phrasing or the whole scene but it was hilarious—and not in a good way. Sorry, just, no. The author also liked to over use the description “his cock hanging with pride…”, in my opinion. Okay, we got it the first handful of times it was thrown around. His cock is glorious and all men would be proud to have it. We don’t need the constant reminder that he has a dick that would make a donkey envious.
Other than that Feather Light was a hot little read. (less)
I was really excited to get this one. I mean, have you seen the cover? Visions of hot sex and food flashed in my mind as I read the summary—two of my...moreI was really excited to get this one. I mean, have you seen the cover? Visions of hot sex and food flashed in my mind as I read the summary—two of my favourite things. I immediately dived right in, all but drooling on my reader as I started the first page and prepared for the blurry vision I expected to have from staying up all night to get as much of this treasure as I could before exhaustion took over.
I’m still asking myself where I went wrong.
First let me just say do not read this book if you’re hungry. But even if you’re not hungry prepare to be. The author does get your mouth watering with all the delicious meals described in the book, but I wanted more than my mouth to water. Again, have you seen that cover? And read that summary? Where was the hot sex I had dancing in my head like naughty little cherries coated in chocolate and rolling around in whipped cream?
My disappointment of the lack of sex in an erotic novel aside, it was just so long. At times it felt like the author was writing a cookbook rather than a novel with all the food that was involved. Yes, I understand that the book centers around food because of Milly, but there was just so much of it. It got to be repetitive. I would have liked to have seen more interaction between Milly and Lance/Will in a social setting than always at the restaurant.
That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the book, it just wasn’t what I expected. I did really love Serge and all his stories and foul mouth. He was the highlight, in my opinion. I just went into it expecting something completely different than what I received. Again, not a bad thing, just different. Ms. Cardiga definitely has a talent for storytelling (and making ones stomach grumble). (less)
I don’t understand why there aren’t more people raving about this book! I don’t understand how this book has gotten so little attenti...morePassion for Pages
I don’t understand why there aren’t more people raving about this book! I don’t understand how this book has gotten so little attention! Why isn’t it on more people’s reading radar?!
Even though I have a fascination with murder mysteries, I don’t usually read them. Why? Because authors rarely write them in a way that I find interesting. I like the detail that goes into the crime scene. I like the blood and gore—although if you asked anyone if that was true they’d laugh and tell you I’m the first to cover my eyes and gag if I see too much blood while watching a surgery on Grey’s. Yes, it’s true. I don’t like to actually see the blood and gore, but I do like to read about it. If you’re going to give me a murder mystery then I want exactly like! Don’t skim the details. It’s the reason I’m picking up your book in the first place.
Vanessa Skye did a fabulous job in her debut novel. Fab-u-lous. I could not put this one down. From the second I started reading I was hooked and refused to come up for air until I had read the very last word in this exciting, captivating novel. I was kept guessing from one suspect to the next and just one I thought I had it figured out I was wrong. I love that! I love that I wasn’t able to easily point the finger at one character so easily and come out right. It means Vanessa did her job as an author of a mystery so incredibly well! There is just so much detail and thought put into this book that I cannot for one second believe this is a debut novel from this woman. I’m blown away by that.
I’m also so confused on how I feel about Burg. I mean the girl has demons and rightly so. But she’s also walking a very fine line of being totally fucked up. I couldn’t help but sympathize with her and hate everything she went through as a child, but at the same time I’m sitting here reading everything she puts herself through as an adult and almost be in an erotic awe of her, but at the same time completely terrified. She’s a walking time bomb you can’t help but feel bad for and want to help even though you’ll be completely blown away when she finally explodes. You’ll know what I mean when you read this book—especially the very last section. No, not IF you read it, WHEN you read it. Yes, I’m demanding you go and buy this book as soon as it’s available. Really, you’ll thank me.
I don’t think I can say much more without actually full on gushing. It really has everything a fan of a murder mystery could want. The suspense, the detail into everything that happened, the whodunit air, the brilliant fucking writing! Can you tell this book is definitely being added to one of my all-time faves?
When it seems like every blog I follow is featuring one book and raving about it I know it’s a book I need to get my hands on. Especi...morePassion for Pages
When it seems like every blog I follow is featuring one book and raving about it I know it’s a book I need to get my hands on. Especially when it promises hot sex. C’mon, I’m a smut whore. Of course I’m going to want to get my hands on a book that has reviewers panting and running for cold showers.
After readers have dried off and taken care of their needs, they’ve found time to give N.K. Smith’s Hollywood Lies rave reviews. So I quickly logged into my email, sent the fabulous ladies over at TWCS a note and virtually batted my eyelashes to get a peek at this novel.
Now I admit the one thing that made me hesitant to request it before now was because of all the sex that was said to be in it. Obviously I’m no prude since I love my erotica, but I don’t love reading books that has sex thrown in just for the sake of having sex thrown in. In that case there is a thing as too much sex. I get bored with the repetitiveness of it and instead of finding it hot I just find it blah. I want it to be part of the plot, not just something tossed around to fill up pages.
But I’m getting a head of myself. Let’s look at the characters and story before I jump right into bed.
The novel is done in first person POV of both main characters Devon and Collette aka Cole. I’m not a fan of first person but the author made it work for me. Devon is the struggling actor, while Cole is the superstar who has been around the block a few times. And by that I mean she has been around every kind of block you can imagine. Sex, drugs, abuse, abduction…you name it, this character has experienced it. I loved that she had such a twisted past, although there wasn’t a whole lot of detail given about the horrible things done to her. I get why the author wouldn’t want to go into that kind of gore, but her past was the reason she was the way she was. It formed the person she become and it was hinted at and talked about so much in the novel I just feel it should have been more detailed out when she finally opened up to Devon about it.
But you’ll learn that Cole is a very private, shut off person who trusts no one and expects everyone to leave and disappoint her. And let’s face it, millions of women can relate to that and usually have enough past experience to feel that way. There were times I wanted to smack her and scream, “What the fuck are you doing?!” But at the same time I got why she was acting the way she was and I think she was justified in doing so.
Devon is the sweet, somewhat naïve, newcomer to Hollywood. He’s down to earth and intelligent (most of the time) and talented, even if there were many times he let his dick do the thinking. But that’s men, right? He falls fast and hard for Cole and seems to have everything he’s ever wanted—so why does he do the shit that he does? Again, another one I wanted to kick in the nuts. But alas, a story wouldn’t be a story without drama thrown in, right?
N.K Smith did a good job at mixing the sex with the plot, although sometimes I felt like the characters were just getting it to show how sexual they were and how many different ways they could make each other come—and to lengthen the book. I also found it kind of funny how both Devon and Collette gushed about finally being with someone who they could talk to about real, intelligent things, yet all they seemed to do was fuck. You want to gush about all those deep convos? I want to read about them!
Aside from that, I thought Hollywood Lies lived up to all the hype surrounding it. It’s another winner for this publishing house, in my opinion. (less)
I know a great book is about to hit my email inbox when I get a message from this author! The Satyr’s Curse did not disappo...moreReview on Passion for Pages
I know a great book is about to hit my email inbox when I get a message from this author! The Satyr’s Curse did not disappoint.
I love how all her books are set in New Orleans. I’m a huge fan of the South—whether it’s the food, the culture, the hot accents, I love everything about it. So to be able to read a great book set in my favourite location makes me oh so very happy.
If you read the summary for this book it pretty much gives away exactly what the book is about and what happens. Or so I thought. There’s enough little surprises along the way that made the summary not as simple as it seemed.
Love. Lust. Voodoo. Curses. This book has it all.
And can I just say how much I love Kyle. *swoon* Adding him to my list of book boyfriends. Yes he was hot tempered and acted like an ass at times, but he was also sweet and adorable and just wanted what was best for Jazzmyn and sure that made him act like a jealous dick sometimes but that’s okay. We forgive Kyle.
The most surprising thing for me was the ending. I thought for sure it would turn out totally different than it did and everyone would have closure in some way—even if it wasn’t in a good way. I don’t want to give too much away, but I definitely saw something different happening to Julian. But the ending does leave an option for a sequel. I would love to see what happens with these characters x amount of years down the road.
I really enjoyed the first novel in this series, The Last Keeper, so when I was asked if I wanted to be part of the blog tour for Last Chance...more3.5 stars
I really enjoyed the first novel in this series, The Last Keeper, so when I was asked if I wanted to be part of the blog tour for Last Chance I jumped to read the sequel. I didn't like it as much as the first, but it was still a very well written, interesting story.
I liked how fast paced it was--although I felt it didn't really get going until after 60 pages or so. And I really liked the bond that was formed between Serenity and Poppy in this one. Two strong, kick ass females coming together to save the ones they love? What's not to like about that? I get so tired of reading books where it's always the guy that saves the girl and the day. Authors who switch it up and make the leading lady--or ladies in this case--the one who saves the day gets a ton of cool points. We're not all helpless females waiting to be rescued by the muscles. Sometimes we're the muscle.
I think what made me enjoy this a little less than the first is I felt like it was kind of a repeat. The Last Keeper was basically along the same lines as this. Keepers are in trouble, families are being killed off, etc. I felt like I had already read this version and I was slightly disappointed by that.
Still, it's a book worth checking out. The twists keep it interesting and there are a few surprises along the way. (less)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m a huge fan of Harlequin. I’ve seriously spent thousands of dollars on Harleq...moreReview on Passion for Pages
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m a huge fan of Harlequin. I’ve seriously spent thousands of dollars on Harlequin romance novels since I was 15. Shut up, don’t judge me. But this one just fell so flat for me. It had no depth. It had no pull on me. It was such a short book but I was so bored reading, it took me forever to get through.
Megan and Conner wake up married after just meeting and having a fun night in Vegas. What could have been a super sweet romantic comedy just came off as irritating and somewhat creepy. Conner aggravated the hell out of me. And honestly he came off as controlling and manipulative. Megan wanted to end things (the reasonable thing to do when one marries a stranger in Sin City) but Conner kept trying to get her to remember their night together and how they belonged together because neither believed in love but both wanted kids. Um, what? Of course books don’t have to make sense or be based on realistic events, but c’mon.
“But suddenly all he could see was a woman concerned with her image, and for the first time he wondered if he really didn’t know her at all. He shook his head. It couldn’t be right.”
He’s known her for, what, 12 hours at this point? Of course he doesn’t know her! This line made me roll my eyes so hard I was surprised they didn’t fall out.
The author wanted you to believe Megan was this awesome independent woman, and in some ways I can see how she was—except when it came to Conner. And what bugged the hell out of was the way she kept trying to sabotage the whole marriage deal as if she didn’t really want it in the first place and was just hoping she would fuck up enough for him to “let her go”—as if she was some kind of prisoner.
I can only hope this is not the kind of stories I can expect if I continue to pick up this new Kiss line from Harlequin. If so, I’ll stick to Blaze since I’m rarely ever disappointed by those books. (less)
You know what I liked about this book? It owned what it was right up front: fan fiction. Right there in the first...moreReview on Passion for Pages
You know what I liked about this book? It owned what it was right up front: fan fiction. Right there in the first few pages among the praise for Beautiful Bastard was a section praising its original version as The Office. There was no skirting around the issue where these words had first been. There was no pretending like it wasn’t a used copy, a story first built on someone else’s characters. Yes, most FF turned OF is obvious and if you don’t know where it originally started someone else does and you’ll soon be filled in. But, in my opinion, once an author decides to publish their fan fiction it’s as if most of them want you to forget where it originally came from. That’s not the case. Whether it’s the most amazing piece of work anyone can ever read it still started as FF, and it seems like (some) authors don’t want to be reminded of that.
These authors? They owned that by putting it right there in their book. Of course everyone and their grandmother knew about this story in the FF world so there really would have been no way to hide, but still. Because of that simple fact they have my respect. Maybe they were made to, who knows. But I can count on one hand the number of FF turns OF that I have read that have ever acknowledged it the way this book did.
That being said…the book was just okay for me. It was the same story I’ve read hundreds of other times. There was nothing special about it. There was nothing to make it stand out as a must read for me. Sure there were some funny parts, one or two touching moments, but overall it was the same assistant/boss plot that has been used over and over again.
I think the thing that bugged me the most was the sex. Yes, fine it was hot—at the start. But then it got boring. It felt like the sex scenes were thrown in there just for the sake of being able to write sex scenes. I’m all for a hot book filled with sex—when said sex is actually part of the plot and not just there for the sake of horny readers. I need it to mean something, to be a part of the story. I don’t need to read about just to the authors can write their own version of 101 Places/Ways To Get It On. Panty ripping? Hot. Panty ripping every single time? Boring and predictable and no one wants that in a book—or their sex life.
It also kind of got on my nerves how they always referred to each other as Miss/Mr—especially in their own thoughts! Yes, he’s your boss. But she’s also your assistant that you’ve been secretly jerking off to for a year. You’d think every once in a while first names would slip in there somewhere.
I do think these two authors are a great writing team, however. The book was well written and you can tell each brought something of their own to the table. I would be interested in reading something truly original from them in the future. (less)
First, let’s address the hotness of this cover. Can you say yum? Being a cover whore it was obviously the first thing that attracted...morePassion for Pages
First, let’s address the hotness of this cover. Can you say yum? Being a cover whore it was obviously the first thing that attracted me to the book. And once I was able to tear my eyes away from Ablicious, the summary caught my attention as well.
Now that I’ve read it I just have one question. Where has this author been hiding? TWCS has struck gold once again with the talent that has landed
Her characters are kick ass, take-no-shit Gods and Goddesses with so much heat packed into their million year old abs I’m surprised my e-reader didn’t catch on fire. Although, I have to say I was a little… I don’t know, irked by how Ismini went from fragile human to wicked, leather wearing Goddess in two seconds flat. I would have liked her to stay human.
But as kick ass as the characters were it did get somewhat old how every single character had pretty much the same attitude. I’m all for making strong heroes and heroines but there really didn’t seem to be any depth to any of them, it was like reading the same POV from each of them because the way they spoke and acted were identical to one another.
The way the story was written reminded me of The Black Dagger Brotherhood. There were so many similarities in the writing style it was hard not to compare—maybe too much similarity. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or not yet.
While the book is labeled Erotica there really are only two or three sex scenes. There’s a lot of smut talk but not so much action which isn’t such a bad thing. It proves that Blanco put the plot before the sex and only added it when necessary. As much as I love a rough and dirty adventure, I don’t want to read sex thrown into books just for the sake of having sex in it. I want it to be part of the story and Blanco did a great job of this.
Blood Flows Deep in the Empire is the first book in this new series and I have to say that I’m really looking forward to reading more from this author. (less)
I’m not a football fan, but after reading Red Zone all I wanted to do was watch men in tights tackle each other—much to my...moreReviews on Passion for Pages
I’m not a football fan, but after reading Red Zone all I wanted to do was watch men in tights tackle each other—much to my husband’s joy. He’s been trying to get me interested in football for years. I think he wants to send Sherri Hayes a gift basket for making this miracle happen.
I admit that I was a little hesitant to request Red Zone. The summary was catching and made it sound like a good read, but the only book I have read by this author was Slave and I wasn’t a huge fan of it. So yes, I was a little worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it and end up giving it a not so favourable review. But I’m so glad to say that wasn’t the case. And have you seen the cover? Yummy.
I can’t say that I was a fan of Rebecca’s. To me she was just so one dimensional. Maybe it was because she had a hard time expressing her feelings or was unsure of how to feel about everything, but she really just seemed to lack emotion most of the time. Even when, as a reader, you knew she did care she was just so reserved that it was hard to connect with her as a character. It was clear she cared for her sister and even for Gage, but it would have been nice to see a little more depth to her.
It also seemed a little off for an FBI agent she didn’t really seem to know all that much about being undercover when it came to looking and acting the part. It was a minor thing, yes, but it just bugged me. I would think it would be second nature for her to know that if she was playing Gage’s girlfriend that she should look the part. I get why Hayes had her the way she was, so the hero could draw out that side of her no one else saw, but it just made her seem very unprofessional.
I did love Gage, though. I have a thing for cocky, arrogant asses who are actually sweethearts beneath their cold layers. Although, I found myself wishing he was older the entire time. Not too much older, like 5-10 years, maybe. He’s twenty-six, so early to mid-thirties at the most would have been better for me. Maybe it was because of his actions or the things he said, he just seemed older than his twenties. Although being an athlete I know the older you get the sooner you’re out, so making him young made sense. (Plus, he’s the youngest of four brothers) Either way I still loved him.
If you like a little mystery with your romance than you should pick up a copy of Red Zone. It is the second novel in the Daniels Brothers series, but it does stand alone. I haven’t picked up the first novel, but I think Behind Closed Doors will be the next one added to my (very long) TBR list. And with two more brothers in the family there is potential for two more books—I’m hoping for a “Paul and Megan” story to follow. (less)
To say I was excited to read another book by Lissa Bryan would be an understatement. I loved her debut novel Ghostwri...moreAll reviews on Passion for Pages
To say I was excited to read another book by Lissa Bryan would be an understatement. I loved her debut novel Ghostwriter and couldn’t wait to get my hands on her new novel. Even though mixing supernatural elements—or in this case, the end of the world as we know it—with romance isn’t something new, I love the way Bryan does it. Her writing flows in a way that completely draws you in and it’s so easy to imagine the novel as pictures that you’re viewing rather than words that you’re reading. What she’s trying to get across in her story is just so clear.
Whether people want to admit it or not, 2012 was probably the most contentious year ever. You had some who were running around preaching about the end of the world while others sat back and laughed at the idea. Personally, I don’t believe we will see the end of the world in our time, or our children’s time or their children’s time, etc, but one day it will no doubt happen. All good things must come to an end, and all that.
What I love about The End of All Things is Bryan put a spin on the apocalypse and made it an infection that took out (most of) the world rather than the world exploding or whatever its supposed to do. Her characters were once again ones that you cared about, that you were worried for.
I want a Justin in my life to take care of me if I’m faced with starting over in the world. He was smart and resourceful, take charge yet not bossy or suffocating with his opinions. At first I was worried Carly would be one of those women who lived in denial and just went along and let others make decisions for her because she couldn’t deal with what was happening around her. I was happy when she realized she was so much stronger than she gave herself credit for when she stepped up when Justin needed her most.
And can I just say how much I loved the secondary characters—the animals. The relationship that Sam and Tigger had was just as touching as the one between Justin and Carly. It’s sweet and charming and at one point completely heartbreaking.
In the opinion of this reviewer, it’s another hit for Lissa Bryan (less)
I loved his Immortal series, so when I discovered a new Doucette book, you better believe I snatched it up as quickly as I...moreReviews on Passion for Pages
I loved his Immortal series, so when I discovered a new Doucette book, you better believe I snatched it up as quickly as I could.
Fixer is another one of those books that you will not be able to put down. I love the way Doucette spins a tale—his writing style is just so fresh and new. The creativity that goes into his books is just something that makes you sit there and wonder how one man can be so bloody brilliant.
It’s not a romance novel by any means, yet I fell head over heels for Corrigan. I want a Corrigan. Big, strong, burly motorcycle riding piece of yum. Sure he might be a little crazy, but it’s the insane ones that will always keep things interesting.
But is Corrigan really insane?
No. Absolutely not. He’s as sane as I am….um, well that might not be a very good comparison. Okay, so maybe he’s slightly insane, but really it’s an insane that means well. Corrigan is a fixer—he uses his ability to see the future to stop life threatening accidents from happening. So you can understand how the man might feel a little loony when he’s living seconds ahead of everyone else in time.
The story is faced paced which is always good, but beware: you’re thrown back and forth into past and present flashes so fast that if you’re not paying attention you’re left wondering “wtf just happened?” Paying attention to this book shouldn’t be a problem though so you’re confusion level should be just fine.
As entertaining as the book is, once it was over it really made me stop and wonder about the concept of time, and if it’s really that easy to manipulate it. You’ll know what I mean when yhou read it for yourself. And trust me, you HAVE To read this book. If it’s the only book you read in 2013 make it Doucette’s. You know you’ve just read a truly amazing book when not only do you finish it feeling more than satisfied but you walk away from it pondering huge questions. (less)
I think I found a new favourite series in Bondage and Breakfast. This is the kind of BDSM I like. Hey, if you’re a tru...moreAll reviews on Passion for Pages
I think I found a new favourite series in Bondage and Breakfast. This is the kind of BDSM I like. Hey, if you’re a true D/s and that gets you off all the more power to you! But for me, characters like Bella and Marcus, who know they like a little kink but aren’t professional by any means and just like to experiment and have a good time, I can definitely relate to.
Both out of recent relationships, Bella and Marcus are cautious about their feelings towards one another, but more than that, they’re scared of how each other (and the rest of the world) will react to their “forbidden desires” in the bedroom.
I loved that the author made Bella “full figured”. I am so tired of reading the same type of woman in books. C’mon, not everyone is built the same freaking way with a size two waist and legs that can wrap around a guy two or three times. Sure, whatever, that’s what most of society deems acceptable and sexy, and honestly it pisses me off. So an author who makes her women with a little more curve and a lot of confidence to go with those extra inches is my type of author!
Marcus, the insanely hot paramedic/firefighter, was sweet as much as he was confused. I loved watching him sort out his feelings for his bedroom preferences and learn to trust Bella. I would have liked a little more backstory on his breakup with his ex though. We know it has something to do with him wanting to experiment in a D/s relationship but it was never fully explained.
Alice, Edna and Myrtle were the perfect senior citizen threesome. I really adored the relationship Bella had with them and how Marcus grew to be part of their little group and looked out for them.
If you’re looking for a hot read and are curious about the fun side of the D/s world, grab yourself a copy of Forbidden Desires. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in this series. (less)
On Dublin Street was yet another book I picked up because of its popularity. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. It...moreReviews on Passion for Pages
On Dublin Street was yet another book I picked up because of its popularity. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. It kept me wanting more, but not in a stay-up-all-night sort of way.
Joss had a rough start, losing her parents and sister in a car accident when she was 14 and being thrown into foster care. Because of this she closed herself off emotionally to everyone around her, which at times got to be downright annoying. What I really didn’t understand was why Joss went into foster care in the first place. Surely, with how liked her parents where, there must have been someone her family would have set up as guardian. It just seems a little odd that they made sure everything was set up financially for her in case something happened to them, yet they didn’t bother to make arrangements for her care otherwise. It said Joss had an uncle but he didn’t want to be bothered raising her. Fine. What about those close friends/neighbours? They were like family, why wouldn’t they take her? It’s just something that didn’t sit well with me.
Braden is the hot Scot with a fairly messed up past and family situation himself. Is it odd that I loved how he had imperfect teeth? I get so tired of reading about these men who have no flaws whatsoever, so reading that this guy had somewhat crooked teeth and wasn’t totally image perfect made me like him even more.
I didn’t like how he controlled Joss, though. Like with her hair being down and wanting to be the only man who knew how beautiful she was. That bugged me. It made me wonder what else he would want to end up controlling in the future.
He also came off as kind of a child considering his age. When he found the ticket to Virginia and Joss told him she was going home, he didn’t ask any questions like a normal person would, like “for how long?” “when?” “why?” etc. He just stormed out of her bedroom and pouted like a five year old. And then he stole the freaking ticket! Seriously, he’s supposed to be 30, not 3.
Now I get it, Braden is hot. But Joss is apparently always so wet around him I was starting to get concerned she may develop a mildew problem. And her constant freaking out over him doing things that were intimate? If I had to read “it was more than sex” one more time, I was going to give up sex because it would forever remind me of that phrase—or at the very least, scream.
Her constant shutting people out was annoying after a while. Yes, I get it. Once you lose someone so close, or several people in her case, it’s hard to feel like the bottom won’t fall out from under you again and leave you drowning. But she didn’t even try.
“His words sank inside me so deeply I couldn’t breathe. Who was this guy? Was he real? He lifted my hand to his face, his fingers gliding softly along my jawline, and curving down my neck. I shivered. Yes, he was real. And for the next three months he was mine.”
I thought this was the start of something, the start of Joss letting him in, of letting someone in. But no, of course not. That would have made it too easy to not screw things up.
Although, even with all her damaged shit, Joss never really pissed me off—until (view spoiler)[she took Ellie’s tumor and made it all about her. She was the curse. She couldn’t believe this was happening again because of her. She couldn’t face dealing with it. She didn’t want Braden or Ellie to need her. She was going to lose Ellie. There was no thought of Ellie’s family or anything, it was all about her and how it was going to affect her. (hide spoiler)] Self-absorbed much, Joss? What a selfish cow! How about thinking about someone else for once?
In the end she did redeem herself, though. And even though I didn’t love the book, I have to admit I did kind of love the epi. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I love a good mystery—actually my favourite is an erotic mystery. Now, while Harbour Fall doesn’t fall into the erotic cat...moreReviews on Passion for Pages
I love a good mystery—actually my favourite is an erotic mystery. Now, while Harbour Fall doesn’t fall into the erotic category, it was a good mystery novel.
Maddy Fitch goes back to her hometown to write a novel surrounding the unsolved disappearance of a local girl. Swept up in the mystery of Fade Island and suspecting everyone, Maddy soon finds herself attracted to Adam Ward, the main suspect in the disappearance of the local—his fiancée.
Adam has been attracted to Maddy since their high school days. Now that she’s back and living on his island it seems like the perfect time to make his move. Only how will he feel when he founds out the real reason she’s back in town?
Harbour Falls is one of those novels that once I got into it, it sucked me in and I was suspecting everyone of murdering Chelsea. It definitely kept me interested and wondering who done it—until about half way through when I figured it out. Well, I figured half of it out. There is a little twist in there. There is also a mystery within the mystery of this book since it’s the first in a series.
There were a couple of things I didn’t like, though. There’s a scene where Maddy and Adam set up a date and she sees him drive by with a woman in the car and gets completely jealous and wasted before he shows up for their date. I didn’t like her constant insecurities when it came to Adam, or her actions that night. Any man in his right mind would have taken one look at her drunken jealous behaviour and hit the road.
Adam went from being slightly childish to super aggressive and possessive in a flash. Like when he left the café when Julian (Maddy’s ex) arrives, yet sneaks into her cottage afterwards as if it’s okay. I don’t like controlling men…you know, unless it’s in the bedroom. So his stalker like tendencies irked me.
Speaking of Julian, I thought his visit was pointless. Even though he is mentioned in the book as Maddy’s ex, I don’t think there was a need for him to be a real character. Except to make Adam act like a territorial ass, which he succeeded in doing, but it was still pointless.
Over all I really enjoyed the book. It could have done with another edit or two, but the minor misspellings and grammar errors weren’t enough to pull me out of the story. There are a lot of unanswered questions I have so I’m really glad there’s a squeal. I look forward to reading the next one in the series. (less)
When I received an email looking for review for a new book stating it was like Seduction and Snacks (only snarkier) I responded with yes, I’d like to review it. Um, I’m not entirely sure where the similarities to the book are, though. The two are nothing at all alike, in my opinion. Tide’s Ebb is more of…I’m not sure even how to label it. Dark humour? Crude humour? I have no idea; I just know the two should not be compared. (Seriously, authors, stop comparing your books to the current best-seller. Ten to one they aren’t anything alike and even if they are, that’s not always a good thing.) When I read the summary I assumed I was in for an everyday romance story; it sounds pretty normal. This book is anything but normal.
There wasn’t one character in this book that I liked. Marianna was a cold, selfish, self-centered, judgmental woman. There was no way to take this character seriously. And then, it dawned on me, maybe the book isn’t meant to be taken seriously. I really, really hope this is the case. So I stopped comparing it to the book it was supposed to be so much alike and started thinking of it as it should be thought of—a tale of a crude, egotistical lawyer with a donkey obsessed ex and an attraction to a sexually confused (maybe?) seaman.
Seriously, I’m just confused how to rate this. Normally it’s something I would hate because of the writing style, lack of plot and tedious/horrible story. However, if the author was going for dark humour (although boarding on more annoying than humorous) with characters that you’re supposed to hate and a story that is so far-fetched and in places almost makes your eyes roll out of you head with all the bullshit that’s going on, then the scoring would be high. There were a few one liners that were funny, but mostly it was just too outrageous for me.
So this is how I’m breaking it down with my rating. If I was rating it like I would a normal book it wouldn’t even get 1 star (I hate saying that because I know how much it goes into writing a novel but I can’t help the way I feel) However, because I’m confused by what kind of genre this book is supposed to be, I’m going to base my rating on all the absurdity the novel has (and there is a ton) and how much I truly hated the characters—which I hope was the point—and give it 2 stars based entirely on those two points. Otherwise, like I said, this book would be getting a horrible review from me. (less)
I am emotionally exhausted right now. This book brought out so many fears that I, as a daughter, a mother and an aun...moreReview posted on Passion for Pages
I am emotionally exhausted right now. This book brought out so many fears that I, as a daughter, a mother and an aunt, have. Beneath the message in this book there is a love story, but the romance will take a backseat to the real thing that Huffman’s novel is about—human trafficking.
Can I just say that it’s almost refreshing—as absurd as that sounds—to read a story that’s completely focused on the topic without throwing in sex or erotica or falling in love with your captor or buyer. Human trafficking is a serious issue, and even though Devil in Disguise didn’t get into the real gritty details of what happens it does focus on the problem and weaves a story around it.
Stories like this put fear in my heart. I watch my children play and just thinking of their innocence being stripped away from them makes me sick. I’m not saying that Devil in Disguise was entirely realistic, there were a few things that made me raise my eyebrows in question, but the subject is all too real. I think the author did a great job in spotlighting a horrible thing in a way that doesn’t glorify it by having these girls (or boys) falling in love with those who harm them. She wrote about the fear, the consequences and the fight. (less)
I finished this book a couple of days ago and I’m still somewhat confused on how I feel about it. It was a very quick read...moreReviews on Passion for Pages
I finished this book a couple of days ago and I’m still somewhat confused on how I feel about it. It was a very quick read—I finished it in two hours, and the writing itself was good. I guess my problem lies within the plot. I just felt like something was missing.
From reading the summary, I expected there would be some trouble between the characters. Maybe something dark considering how Harry’s attraction to Sylvia is mentioned. But there really wasn’t any story there. Sure he had dirty old man thoughts, but he never tried anything with her. He was pretty harmless as “bad guys” go.
I also expected it to be a love story about Sylvia and Alexander, but there was so little interaction between the two of them that it wasn’t really a story about them at all. I was incredibly disappointed by that. I felt the author spent more time telling us about Sylvia’s past and jumping from time frame to time frame that she forget to tell the story of our hero and heroine. Because really, a handful of encounters between these “star crossed lovers”, most of which they only spoke a sentence or two to each other, is not enough for me.
I like the idea of the story, I really do—even if Sylvia’s actions scream “stalker!” I understand the direction the author took the book and why she did it, and I even like the twist and that she didn’t make everything perfect between Sylvia and Alexander, but I really think it would have made the ending even better if there had been more between the two main characters. I just didn’t feel like there was chemistry between them, mainly because we weren’t given enough time with them.
But still, the author did put a lot of detail into Sylvia’s past and present and made a story there. So, while I’m disappointed there wasn’t more between Alex and her, I didn’t feel like the book was a total let down. I enjoyed learning about Sylvia, I just feel the summary misleads the reader about what to expect. (less)
The one star is only because I have to fill something in--nothing more.
I requested this book so I really only have myself to blame, I suppose. The summary sounded good, although a little too much like Shades and that itself should have warned me to stay away. But I didn’t; I was desperate for some erotica. I think I could have liked this book until I read this line…
“His casual dismissal annoyed me.”
….and saw red. She’s trying to fight off this guy’s advances and the author refers to it as a “casual dismissal” when he ignores her and continues to do whatever the hell he wants to her?
Um, this isn’t like an idea being brushed off by your boss. This isn’t your boyfriend shrugging off the comment that you’re pissed at him. This isn’t your mother telling you you’re just being overly sensitive when she comments on your slight weight gain. All of those would be “casual dismissal” of your feelings or thoughts.
This is a woman fighting a guy off who wants to have sex with her. Just because she was too shell shocked in an elevator and went along with his feel up doesn’t give him the right to attack her in a parking garage and ignore her attempts at fighting him off. I don’t care if she wasn’t afraid or angry, she told him to let her go. This isn’t some role playing act between lovers; this was a second attack by a guy she only knows by riding an elevator. That is called rape—not a “casual dismissal”.
“I would never take a woman who doesn’t want me.” What the fuck did he think he was doing?! She’s struggling to get away, even if she suddenly finds herself turned on, and he won’t let her go! She hasn’t said yes, yet he’s feeling her up all the while telling her he would never take a woman who didn’t want him?
Hey, I’m all for sexy reluctance play; it’s sometimes hot to be coaxed into giving it up—by my husband. Not some random creep off an elevator. This was not sexy. This was…degrading. Disturbing. Sickening.
But then he says the “magic words” and suddenly she’s into, so I guess that makes it all okay, right? Fuck. That.
Keep in mind however, by the end of book one she does sell her body and soul and becomes a glorified whore personal assistant. Sure, whatever. She’s been living with a friend for too long, she has student loans to pay off, blah, blah, blah. Call it whatever you want, the only personal assistance she was going to be giving was to her boss’s dick.
That’s as far as I got and I couldn’t put my poor brain through anymore—the twenty minutes it took to read those first 60 pages was painful enough. I didn’t like the original 50 Shades; I can’t torture myself to read another billionaire taking a sudden interest in yet another plain, boring doe eyed woman. Make these women worth something! Make them work for it! Make them have at least one redeeming quality to make a man want them. I’m sick of reading the same alpha male hero seducing the same innocent, meek female lead.
I read some of the other reviews for this book and think maybe I gave up too soon. But the truth is, even with my rage aside from that rape sex scene, if I had been reading this as separate books like it had been originally written I would never have picked up the second part, therefore this is a did not finish for me. (less)
Perfect Bait was not really what I was expecting. The summary on NetGalley sounded great and caught my attention ins...moreReview posted on Passion for Pages
Perfect Bait was not really what I was expecting. The summary on NetGalley sounded great and caught my attention instantly, but the book was a slow read until about 60% of the way in. For me, that’s where the story really started to get going and finally got interesting.
It’s told in first person POV by Corey Phillips. What irritated me, though, was it still had several other POV’s in it. And unless Corey is also psychic, it just didn’t make any sense for one character to tell the story in first person, yet also tell what was going on with another character when he wasn’t even around. The book really should have been written in third person if the author wanted to have the extra POV’s.
Another reason this book caught my eye was because it’s labeled Erotica. It’s not erotica. Yes, there are one or two descriptive sex scenes, but most are just glossed over, and there’s nothing erotic about any of it. It’s more of a murder mystery/thriller. There are violent scenes, but again, not as graphic as some reviews say. The author didn’t go into great detail about the murders, he just told what happened. Same thing with the rapes—yes, the book mentions rape. But there is no detail to it, so don’t let that turn you off. It’s just talked about. A lot.
Like I said, the book didn’t really get interesting until about 60% through. I felt most of the first half really could have been cut. We’re told about Corey’s childhood, his failed marriage, meeting Jennifer, finding and fixing the boat—which had more detail than any other part of the book. I was kinda bored reading all that. Sure there were things a reader should have known, but other parts just made the book drag on for almost 400 pages.
I liked how Jennifer and Jaz were strong female characters. I didn’t like how they just went along with whatever the guys wanted from them and nothing seemed to ever bother them. I know that sounds like a contradiction to them being strong, but it really isn’t. They had their own thoughts and did what they wanted and didn’t take any shit, but still when it came to the men everything was just perfect and they could do no wrong. Like when Jennifer finds out Corey is married. She has a thirty second, “OMG you’re married” freak out and then all is well again.
It’s well written, don’t get me wrong. This being the first novel I’ve read by Michael Fowlkes I think he’s a good writer. But this book just didn’t do it for me, really. The reason I wanted it turned out not to be true (Erotica) and the summary of the book didn’t get started until the book was almost over, and then it was wrapped up pretty quickly.
The Whispers of the Sprite is one of those books that make me think I should start reading more Y...moreReview posted on Passion for Pages
More like 3.5 stars
The Whispers of the Sprite is one of those books that make me think I should start reading more YA novels. Especially paranormal YA novels like this one. I admit, the summary didn’t really pull me in, and if it hadn’t been for the paranormal element I probably would have passed. But I’m really glad I didn’t!
Ania leads an ordinary life with a controlling mother until she is finally able to escape and head off to college. But things don’t go as smoothly as she had planned, and on her first night in a new city she is attacked and wakes in the hospital with a new kind of gift. Ania now has the ability to see Sprites—more commonly known as fairies.
Sprites are assigned a human to watch over and unknowingly provide guidance to. They’re like a guardian angel of the fairy world. Gabriel is Ania’s fairy protector and when she wakes in the hospital he is astonished that she is able to see him—something he isn’t aware that could be done. But the Sprites live a certain way, have rules that can’t be broken unless they want to face death. One of those rules being humans cannot know about them, Sprites are forbidden to reveal themselves to non-mortals.
The story follows these two on a journey of love and discovering a world Ania didn’t know existed. But it isn’t just a love story; there is also an element of mystery to it. The author has you wondering about so many things while reading this novel. From who attacked Ania, to how she and Gabriel can be together when he is betrothed to another fairy and forbidden to even speak to a human without the threat of death. (Although, I was a little confused on this part since no one has ever had the ability to see Sprites before Ania so how could they communicate with them?)
Ania did irritate me a few times with the things she did—like using George (an ex-boyfriend) to make Gabriel jealous. Even though I wasn’t a George fan, to flip out on him like she did when she invited him to see her was a little much. Her moods went from one extreme to the next so fast it was like emotional whiplash.
I wish there had been more Gabriel—I didn’t feel like I could connect to him because there was hardly any information given about the character. But I suppose this will be cleared up in the sequel?
There is a cliff hanger at the end of this novel, but it’s not one that leaves you feeling completely unsatisfied. It feels right where the author left it off to continue it in the next book. I, of course, was frustrated as all hell because I just want to know now how it all plays out, but I will definitely be looking forward to the follow up The Dark Night Whispers.
**I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. (less)
I’m not usually a fan of sci-fi—if you glance at my review policy you will even read th...moreThis review was originally posted on Passion for Pages
I’m not usually a fan of sci-fi—if you glance at my review policy you will even read that I don’t accept sci-fi books. There are only a handful that I’ve read and liked. However, when I received an email about Remember Me and read the summary I was instantly intrigued.
On the eve of Andrew’s fiftieth birthday, an everyday chore of mowing the lawn suddenly turns into anything but normal. Andrew finds himself sucked into a wormhole through his “junk pile” and landing in 1985. The whole thing has a “Back to the Future” feel to it, but if you read the story you’ll learn that it’s so much more than a Marty McFly rip off.
Be prepared, this story is looong. Like 446 pages long. But it definitely has its moments when all those pages are worth it. I think what I loved most about it was the love story buried deep within the pages. It wasn’t a romance novel, in my opinion, but the love that Andrew has for his wife Amy seeps into every page that’s written—especially when future Andrew meets past Amy.
There were things that bugged me, though. Andrew was a tad too quick to accept what happened to him. He landed in 1985, came to and was all like, “Okay, well obviously I’ve just time travelled which is totally not normal but I’m going to go with it and not question a thing.” Seriously, the guy didn’t even blink at being shot back 25 years.
I also didn’t like that he basically gave up hope of ever going back. He didn’t even try to find a way to get back to the present. He just accept that 1985 was where he was supposed to be and lived his life—all the while missing what he left behind. I found it to be more about a man starting over in the easiest way possible (making bets on sports that were already played in his normal time to make money) than it was about a man trying to find a way home—which is what I thought it was going to be about from reading the summary.
The author was clever of linking people together—although giving a creep like Tom the opportunity to make millions just to say close to Amy should have been a big no-no. And my interest started to fade about a quarter of the way though—mainly because all the author had Andrew doing was betting—but it was the last 100 pages that really caught my attention. I felt that was where the story really shone, and the ending surprised me.
All in all it was an okay read for me. I expected a different kind of story, but there were still bits and pieces that I thought were entertaining. I definitely recommend it for the true sci-fi fans! (less)