I love all my friends here on goodreads. You're all so serious about reading! Goodness knows I'm intense and tend to over-engineer projects here and t...moreI love all my friends here on goodreads. You're all so serious about reading! Goodness knows I'm intense and tend to over-engineer projects here and there, but sometimes...
Colters' Woman is a R-O-M-P (lotsa sex wrapped in a little storyline)! It takes a ridiculous situation, adds love-at-first-sight X 3, throws in a wimpy/wussy/whiny heroine for the 3 hunky brothers to fawn over, and then throws in an impossible life-or-death situation for suspense. At what point are we expecting to find a real story in here?
Maya Banks tends to write erotic romance lite. For a more serious take on menage a la Banks, try Brazen or For Her Pleasure. For a sweet, monogamous bit of erotic romance, try Seducing Simon.
If you want an intense story with a menage element, head straight for Shayla Black's Decadent.
Colters' Woman is an enjoyable lite fairy tale. And hey, I wouldn't mind having 3 hunky guys worrying about me breaking a fingernail (grin). (less)
With Decadent, Shayla Black once again demonstrates how erotica can also be good literature. Unlike so many writers in this sub-genre who focus only...moreWith Decadent, Shayla Black once again demonstrates how erotica can also be good literature. Unlike so many writers in this sub-genre who focus only on great sex, Black insists on little things like plot development, characters with personalities, character motivation and, you know, stuff like that.
I've read this book twice now. After the first read, I wasn't as keen on it as I was on the related story, Wicked Ties. But everyone I knew was raving about it so I thought that maybe I'd missed something...
Deke Trenton is really a deep character. He's haunted by a ghost and that ghost has determined his behavior with women since he was a teenager. At first glance, you think Deke is a major-league alpha male, while his cousin, Luc, is the ultimate beta. If you come away with that opinion, read the book again. Deke does display all the traits of an alpha male, except that of leadership. He doesn't lead, he follows. And the revelation about his past and the reasons for his uncharacteristic behavior only adds to his depth.
Meanwhile, our heroine, Kimber Edgington, shows tremendous growth in her character as the plot unfolds. The fact that she's drawn to Deke's caustic personality rather than Luc's gentleness is a reflection of the type of men she grew up around (father and brothers are all strong alpha types). What is puzzling is why she ever thought she wanted to be with a falsetto-singing wimp rock star...
After the second reading, I have a much greater appreciation for the characters' motivations and their actions. Despite heavy dom/sub and menage a trois (M/F/M) sex throughout the book, the depth of the relationship between Deke and Kimber tugs at the heartstrings. She is understanding, but not a doormat for his verbal abuse. He is self-loathing, but willing to rethink how his past colors his world when his cousin, Luc, finally knocks him upside the head. I always find external influences far more credible than sudden self-awareness and epiphanies.
I can't wait for Luc's story (Delicious) which is due out in Spring 2009. Once again, Black has demonstrated that you can have all the sex that defines erotica and tell a good story.
If you enjoy this book and you haven't read Wicked Ties, that should be next on your TBR list.
WARNING: This book does contain real, raw, raunchy, menage a trois (M/F/M) sex and lots of 4-letter words.(less)
Erotic romance, as a sub-genre, has always been loaded with sex, more sex, kinky sex, and then sex for dessert. But too many books in this category ca...moreErotic romance, as a sub-genre, has always been loaded with sex, more sex, kinky sex, and then sex for dessert. But too many books in this category can be considered plot-lite and character-lite. There was less concern about the hero's personality than his... umm... physique.
With Wicked Ties, Shayla Black (psuedonym of Shelley Bradley) raises the bar. The story is dramatic, the action (yeah, there's action apart from the sex) moves the story along and the plot draws you in.
The hero, Jack Cole (aka Master J), is the uber alpha male. He is portrayed as a sexual dominant (as in dominant/submissive), but not cruel. Like true alpha males, he is fiercely protective and possessive of the woman he has determined belongs to him. What sets Wicked Ties apart is in the revelation of what motivates this dom. He recognizes that with authority comes responsibility. He is responsible for her pleasure as well as his own.
Our heroine, Morgan, is really the enigma in this story. She hosts a cable-TV talk show where the topic is sex in all it's glory and varieties. Yet she herself is over-the-top repressed, heeding the criticisms of her mother and former fiance as if she'd had a labotomy. Thankfully, Black does not attempt to have Morgan do a 180-degree turn through an epiphany that causes self-awareness. Morgan's trust in Jack and acceptance of her own desires evolves throughout the story.
What I find to be the most pleasant surprise here is the difference between Shelley Bradley writing as Shelley Bradley and Shelley Bradley writing as Shayla Black. Bradley does plot-lite (don't bother with Naughty Little Secret, Bound and Determined is marginally better). Black does plot, theme, characters, motivation -- the whole nine yards of literature and this book has every right to be classified as such.
After you've enjoyed Wicked Ties, be sure to read the related story, Decadent about Jack's partner, Deke Trenton.
WARNING: There is BDSM sex and a single menage a trois scene. If reading this paragraph makes your skin crawl, don't read this book. The sex is real, it's raw, and it's graphic.(less)
**spoiler alert** The saddest thing about this book is it's uncelebrated publication as a Harlequin Temptation title, relegating it by association to...more**spoiler alert** The saddest thing about this book is it's uncelebrated publication as a Harlequin Temptation title, relegating it by association to the least popular brand rolling off Harlequin presses.
Readers who are fortunate enough to discover Jennifer LaBrecque will know after reading their first LaBrecque that they have found a treasure.
Despite it's humble packaging, Barely Mistaken contains some of the wittiest, most provocative dialog ever written for a romance novel. In the story, Luke and Olivia only consummate their relationship during their first evening together, but you'll turn to the last page and feel like you've just finished reading about a very, very steamy, passionate relationship.
And our hero, Luke, is HOT! LaBrecque fills his dialog with double entendres and suggestive comments that keep the reader and Olivia in knotted knickers.
What is truly a joy about Barely Mistaken is we see Olivia grow as a person as she becomes more comfortable with herself. Unlike some stories where the reconciliation between the hero and heroine follows an epiphany on the part of one character or the other, Barely Mistaken allows us to see the evolution in Olivia's thought processes. Of course, there is a moment of revelation that throws her over the edge. What is truly delicious is how she declares herself to the community and secondary characters. You can't help but cheer her on.
After you read this book and you want more of LaBrecque's style and wit, look for Daring in the Dark. Simon is every bit as lovable as Luke. (less)
**spoiler alert** I love/hate this book. I love this book because it evokes an emotional response. Hell, I'm in tears by page 16 and it doesn't let up...more**spoiler alert** I love/hate this book. I love this book because it evokes an emotional response. Hell, I'm in tears by page 16 and it doesn't let up (and I don't cry easily over romance novels). I hate this book because I'm in tears by page 16. I must be one sick puppy because as depressing as many of the passages are, I can't help but read and reread Regan's Pride again and again.
Ted Regan is not a lovable hero. Bitter toward his beloved cousin's widow, he is verbally abusive to her. Ignorant of the physical and verbal abuse she suffered from his cousin, his cruelty toward her is really difficult to read through.
So why read it? Because of all Diana Palmer's books, Regan's Pride offers great depth and emotional honesty in it's scant 186 pages. There is a happy ending, though Ted never becomes a sympathetic hero. At times, it is difficult to understand how Coreen could continue to love and want him despite his quick temper and cruel words. Perhaps the underlying message is that we are powerless to choose whom we will love and in the end, love does succeed in taming the beast.
Regan's Pride is a Long, Tall Texan story that shouldn't be missed. It's definitely on my keeper shelf and I'll gladly use up a box of tissues every time I read it. (less)
When a book can make me laugh a lot or cry a lot, it's almost always an easy 5-star rating.
Acting on Impulse is incredibly erotic and incredibly funny...moreWhen a book can make me laugh a lot or cry a lot, it's almost always an easy 5-star rating.
Acting on Impulse is incredibly erotic and incredibly funny. This is not a book you want to read in the office breakroom. Too many people would ask what is so funny and you really couldn't tell them without turning red.
Without a doubt, Linc is a very likeable hero. He's definitely not the stereotypical stockbroker. There isn't a trace of Type-A personality in him. And as the story progresses, readers can't help but appreciate his compassionate, gentle manner. Because...
Readers can't help but empathize with Trudy's efforts to move into the fast lane. Wasn't there a time when we all wanted to try our wings? Okay. Maybe we didn't go to the extremes that Trudy does... but it's a better story in that Linc doesn't pull the wings off this butterfly.
One thing that too often disappoints in the romance genre are the endings. They can be so... so... so anticlimatic. But here, Thompson shows her mettle. The ending of Acting on Impulse is anything but a dud. Right through to the last page, this story is exploding fireworks.(less)
I'm very thankful to the publisher for choosing a sedate cover for The Cajun Cowboy. This book is sooo funny, it would really be embarassing to read i...moreI'm very thankful to the publisher for choosing a sedate cover for The Cajun Cowboy. This book is sooo funny, it would really be embarassing to read in public if it had a racy cover. We're not talking grins or brief giggles, we're talking laughs that make your sides hurt and bring tears to your eyes.
This book is part of a series by Sandra Hill and I can't wait to read the others. The funniest character is Tante Lulu and I'm looking forward to reading more of her outrageous dialog in the other books.(less)