Tiffany Reisz gifts her newsletter subscribers a new Original Sinners short story every Christmas and they are always the peOriginal Sinners rejoice!!
Tiffany Reisz gifts her newsletter subscribers a new Original Sinners short story every Christmas and they are always the perfect fix to get fans through another year of homesickness from these well-established characters. A Midwinter Night's Dream is Reisz's 2018 gift and it is perfection!
A Midwinter Night's Dream is a very Victorian retelling of the history and mechanics that make up the trinity of core characters in this collection. Søren, Kingsley, and Nora become Lord Marcus Lennox Søren Stearns, his valet Kingsley, and his 19-year-old ward Eleanor, a former pickpocket. There's a wedding, French pornography, and a pair of leather gloves that are put to good use. Sound interesting? Check it out.
There is a tiny handful of authors I trust with the erotica I read and Tiffany Reisz is at the top of that list. She gives equal dedication to all comThere is a tiny handful of authors I trust with the erotica I read and Tiffany Reisz is at the top of that list. She gives equal dedication to all components within her novels which allows every character, every plot and subplot, every witty line and underlying theme, and yes, every delicious sexual encounter to be worthy of the readers entire investment. She has many popular works in her bibliography, but her name became even more well-known when 2017's The Red hit the masses. With such an addictive story and well-deserved success, readers (and apparently publishers) needed more! The Rose is Reisz's answer to their call.
Spoiler contains my spin on the book synopsis: (view spoiler)[Now a series, this second installment is set in England two decades after The Red. Mona's 21-year-old daughter Lia is secretly running an escort service. Is it any surprise that Malcolm's notoriously rakish influence continues? But when the source of her teenage heartbreak betrays her further by blackmailing her with this information, she must find big money fast. Enter artifact collector Augustine “August” Bowman who very much wants the Rose Kylix, a wine cup dated to 500BC, which Lia's father gifted to her on her 21st birthday. August makes outlandish claims about the magical powers associated with the kylix cup and he can prove it. Lia agrees to sell to August under a week's worth of conditions that will benefit them both. And so begins another collection of erotic adventures. Only this time, it's Greek mythology, and it's freaking amazing! (hide spoiler)]
Erotic romance meets mythological re-imaginings, The Rose could only come from the mind of Tiffany Reisz. Written to work as a standalone, this installment will perfectly satisfy readers new to the series as well as existing fans. Well-researched, funny, and delightfully creative, once you enter this dream world of goddesses, gods, and Godwicks, you won't ever want to wake up. Check it out!
Note: There is an identity mystery of sorts floating throughout this book. It will likely be no mystery at all to you as the reader even though it takes our heroine quite some time to make it to the big reveal. I believe it's spelled out for the reader intentionally. Who wants to be mentally distracted when there's so much fun to be had? I foresee this being a possible criticism so just wanted to put in my 2 cents.
Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of The Rose. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Author: Tiffany Reisz Publisher: Harlequin - MIRA Genres: Erotica Pub Date: April 16, 2019["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Spoiler contains my spin on the book synopsis: (view spoiler)[World champion bull-rider Jason Waters gets roped into posing buck naked for a charity cSpoiler contains my spin on the book synopsis: (view spoiler)[World champion bull-rider Jason Waters gets roped into posing buck naked for a charity calendar photo shoot. Simone Levine is the lucky lady who gets to snap the shots of his world-renowned derriere. Jason is quiet and country. Simone is bubbly and pure city. One would think the two of them have absolutely nothing in common. As Simone tries to ease his nerves with conversation, it's quickly revealed they have more in common than once thought. In addition to her photography, Simone works at a kink club, and Jason just so happens to have a kink he has been eager but very hesitant to explore. If anyone is gentle enough to help Jason accept and process his deeply hidden side, it's her. It's a match made in kink heaven. (hide spoiler)]
Picture Perfect Cowboy features elements of western romance and erotica. It has wit, humor, tons of sweetness, complicated emotions, gorgeous settings, and even a bit of education. The reader gets to learn right along with Jason as he explores a world he has only dreamed of. As some readers may be able to relate, Jason struggles with a strong sense of guilt and shame that stems from a conservative and punitive upbringing. Watching him process this internally with such a patient and supportive partner was lovely, and it showed how beautiful and therapeutic consensual kink can be. Picture Perfect Cowboy references and features characters that fans of Tiffany Reisz's Original Sinners series will be well-familiar with. However, this full-length novel serves as a successful standalone for Reisz newbies as well. It's followed by a bonus short-story: "Flogging 101 with Professor S" which again features this couple (and encompassed 8% of the ARC edition via Kindle). It's a two-for-one!!! ...and it's a winner!
Note: There’s an added bonus in the short-story so be sure to read it! You’ll learn how to correctly pronounce Søren’s name if you didn't already know. I can’t remember if this tidbit is in any of her other books but it felt new to me.
Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of Picture Perfect Cowboy. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Author: Tiffany Reisz Publisher: 8th Circle Press, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Genres: Erotica, Romance Pub Date: November 5, 2018...more
American Queen is the first installment in Sierra Simone's trilogy titled: New Camelot. This ongoing storyline appears to be a reimagining/retelling oAmerican Queen is the first installment in Sierra Simone's trilogy titled: New Camelot. This ongoing storyline appears to be a reimagining/retelling of the mythical King Arthur's legend. This first book is told from the point of view of the female lead and offers a heavy focus on the romance element. Themed with BDSM and a believable polyamorous relationship, the romance element was erotic, complex, and tastefully written. There are nods to the fantasy element of the legend with references to prophecies and possible supernatural gifts, and of course the characters' roles as president, vice president, and the future first lady mirror the popular medieval triad. However, these characters' roles outside of their romance felt incredibly one-dimensional and their youthfulness did not help matters. There was little focus on the political element in this book aside from pointing out villain(s) but be aware that American Queen does end on a [predictable] cliffhanger that I hope will provide the much needed segue into further world-building/character-building in this regard. Overall, American Queen was an incredibly engaging romance and I very much look forward to continuing the trilogy.
My favorite quote: “The first step to understanding anything—whether it’s the Bible or Fifty Shades of Grey—is acknowledging that we come to it with agendas of our own. We want it to mean something, we are biased whether we know it or not, and usually what we walk away with is what we want to walk away with.”...more
A Beautiful Thing is a novella (#.75) in the amazing Tiffany Reisz’s character-driven erotica/BDSM series titled: The Original Sinners. This story takA Beautiful Thing is a novella (#.75) in the amazing Tiffany Reisz’s character-driven erotica/BDSM series titled: The Original Sinners. This story takes place approximately three months before The Siren, and is set during Søren's birthday which falls right before Christmas. So you can choose to read this in series order, or while celebrating the holidays, or at any random moment just because. And guess what? Lucky for you, it's one of Tiffany Reisz's many generous gifts to her fans, waiting right there on her website for appreciative brains to soak it right into their hearts...because this short story really is a beautiful thing. It's subtle, nostalgic, palpably emotional, with threads of Nora's witty humor and incredibly sexy memories. I loved it, and if you follow Ms. Reisz's Original Sinners series, you will too ❤
My favorite quote: “Sometimes that’s all one needed to get through a hard day—someone just being there.”...more
Tiffany Reisz gifts her newsletter subscribers a new Original Sinners short story every Christmas and they are always the perfect fix to get fans throTiffany Reisz gifts her newsletter subscribers a new Original Sinners short story every Christmas and they are always the perfect fix to get fans through another year of homesickness from these well-established characters. The Christmas Truce was Ms. Reisz's 2017 gift and it was lovely. It's themed with the power that Christmas holds to humble hearts, grant forgiveness, and allow people to come together and put estrangement aside if only for a short time. I absolutely loved The Christmas Truce and highly recommend reading it this holiday season or anytime really. It'll make you laugh, cry, and sigh, and make it near impossible not to schedule a series re-read ASAP. I will be revisiting this small but powerful story many times.
Note: The Christmas Truce is set during Christmas, approximately three years before The Siren, when Kingsley and Nora were estranged from Søren...and the title tells you all you need to know. And to Ms. Reisz's erotica fans, don't worry, she put something special in there for you. Remember when I talked about the spirit of Christmas allowing people to come together? Yeah... Merry Christmas ;)
My favorite quote: "And that's when it happened, that's when Christmas came to her house. It wasn't in the tree and it wasn't in the kitchen and it wasn't on the mantel and it wasn't hanging in strands off the eaves or even knocking at her door. It was in that tiny hart on her card. If she'd blinked she would have missed Christmas."...more
The Teacher's Pet is a super short story written for Tiffany Reisz's fabulous Original Sinners series. It features Nora in her role as dominatrix withThe Teacher's Pet is a super short story written for Tiffany Reisz's fabulous Original Sinners series. It features Nora in her role as dominatrix with one of her female clients: Sheridan. Fans of the short-stories in this series have likely already met Sheridan, the famous actress who needs to let go of everyone's expectations once in a while and enter the zone under Nora's caring hand. Yes, caring. This story again shows how protective and nourishing Nora's role can be as she assesses exactly what her clients need and faithfully gives it to them. Of course Tiffany Reisz gives her readers exactly what they need too as she generously gifts many continued peeks inside this well-loved world.
Note: This particular short story is one of many available at no cost from Ms. Reisz (as of October 2017).
My favorite quote: "An hour of Nora's time cost her four figures but she considered it worth every penny. She wasn't buying sex. She was buying sanity."...more
Mischief is a novella (#8.6 in the Original Sinners series), perfectly timed during the Halloween holiday. It stars Nora and Nico as they vacation inMischief is a novella (#8.6 in the Original Sinners series), perfectly timed during the Halloween holiday. It stars Nora and Nico as they vacation in Salem, Massachusetts, taking full advantage of all the tricks, treats, and mischief Halloween has to offer. It's a little spooky, plenty funny, a lot sexy, and absolutely adorable. It also continues the relationship building between these two characters as the time frame is set after the final book in the series. Mischief is one of my favorite Original Sinners novellas to date. Check it out!
My favorite quote: “Next time you want to celebrate an American holiday, we’re celebrating motherfucking Thanksgiving.”...more
If you follow Tiffany Reisz's amazing Original Sinners series and you enjoyed meeting Griffin and Michael and watching their characters/relationship eIf you follow Tiffany Reisz's amazing Original Sinners series and you enjoyed meeting Griffin and Michael and watching their characters/relationship evolve, then you will love, love, love this collection of novellas. You'll get to know them even better and on a much more intimate level. Notice I said intimate. This does not only mean sexual, although there is plenty of that. But intimacy is much more than physical and Michael's Wings will prove it.
Michael's Wings consists of the following titles, all focused on this complex but lovable duo. Ms. Reisz noted where in the series each short story/novella falls and this should be taken into consideration to prevent spoilers for any newbies out there. Check it out!!
Michael's Wings Encompasses 30% of the collection. This novella takes place the autumn before the seventh and eighth Original Sinners novels, The Virgin and The Queen.
Griffin in Wonderland Encompasses 8% of the collection. This short story takes place approximately six years before the first Original Sinners novel, The Siren.
Gauze Encompasses 6% of the collection. This short story takes place during the second Original Sinners novel, The Angel.
The Theory of the Moment Encompasses 7% of the collection. This short story takes place shortly after the end of The Angel.
The Couch Encompasses 7% of the collection. This short story takes place shortly after the end of The Angel.
A Better Distraction Encompasses 9% of the collection. This short story takes place shortly after the end of The Angel.
Christmas in Suite 37A Part One: Blue Christmas Part Two: Silver Bells Part Three: White Christmas Encompasses 30% of the collection. This novella takes place two years and three months after the end of The Angel.
My favorite quote: Added on publication date: 11/7/17: “Same Sex, Opposite Sex, Kinky Sex. All relationships are hard. Even the good ones.”
Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of Michael's Wings. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Author: Tiffany Reisz Publisher: 8th Circle Press, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Genres: LGBTQIA, Romance Pub Date: 07 Nov 2017...more
Re-read: June 2018 So, so good! Listened to the audiobook version this time around and I absolutely loved all the delicious accents. Story and performaRe-read: June 2018 So, so good! Listened to the audiobook version this time around and I absolutely loved all the delicious accents. Story and performance are perfection!
My favorite quote: “Not all problems are meant to be solved,” she said. “Some are meant to be endured. All too often we learn more from living with the question than we ever would from the answer.”
Original review: March 2018 OMG...so good! So, so good!! The Chateau is the ninth installment in Tiffany Reisz's deliciously complex BDSM/erotica series titled: Original Sinners. It is a prequel of sorts that centers on fan-favorite: Kingsley at the young age of twenty-four years old. In my opinion, readers may benefit most from reading The Chateau in series order (along with Christmas novella: The Scent of Winter...sigh), but stay tuned for reading order recommendations from Ms. Reisz herself. The recommended series order at present is: The Red Years: 1) The Siren 2) The Angel 3) The Prince 4) The Mistress The White Years: 5) The Saint 6) The King 7) The Virgin 8) The Queen
The Chateau is an erotic thriller that offers twists, surprising revelations, agonizing choices, exhalations of painful satisfaction, breathtaking perspectives on the beauty of a BDSM relationship, and Ms. Reisz's personal love note/sequel to Story of O. In an interview with Ms. Reisz (located in the ARC edition), she describes The Chateau as "James Bond with blow jobs, BDSM, and an angst-ridden bisexual hero still in love with his ex-boyfriend." ...and yes, that about sums it up.
Tastefully fun, engaging, erotic, beautiful, palpable, and a total mindf*ck, Tiffany Reisz's The Chateau will take you captive and you will never want to be let go.
Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of The Chateau. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Author: Tiffany Reisz Publisher: 8th Circle Press, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Genres: Mystery & Thrillers , Romance Pub Date: June 5, 2018
August 2017: OMG!! Tiffany Reisz just described this book in a reply to a fan's "ask the author" post!
"THE CHATEAU - May 29, 2018 (erotic adventure novel, 24 year-old Kingsley goes undercover in a French sex cult)"
How delicious is that! Where's that one-click button!?!...more
If you are familiar with the goddess that is Tiffany Reisz then you are also familiar with Nora Sutherlin, one of her most well-known creations. In thIf you are familiar with the goddess that is Tiffany Reisz then you are also familiar with Nora Sutherlin, one of her most well-known creations. In the multiple novels that comprise the Original Sinners series, Nora's character was developed to be a writer of erotica and she [fictionally] authored a book titled The Red. Ms. Reisz demonstrates her love for her characters not only because she has so talently and palpably written them into life, but now she has allowed a fictional character's work to also take form. Ms. Reisz is only the second author I have seen do this and it is such a clever move. Not only does it pay tribute to an amazing character but it pays tribute to the fans. No, fictional characters aren't real but through God-given talent such as Ms. Reisz, they feel real and readers make genuine connections. It is such a joy to re-visit them at every opportunity and The Red allowed me to do just that.
For those who have not yet met Nora, no worries! This novel stands on its own apart from the Original Sinners series. There are absolutely no prerequisites required to enjoy this story other than being open to 248 pages of erotic fantasy. But when I say “erotic”, believe me, this is some creative stuff right here. When you have elements of magical realism, fantasy, history, art (oh, the art!), and BDSM entwined with erotica, you know it's going to be an interesting ride. In my perspective, The Red felt like the ultimate fairy tale for adults. It was dark, imaginative, and fantastical, and the erotica component will make your head spin. You know if Nora's character authored this, it's going to be out-of-the-box explicit. But it's also lovely, mysterious, and has noticeable traces of Nora's witty humor. If anything in this review sparks your interest, seriously check it out!
My favorite quote: "She imagined the real Olympia. She must have existed, or a girl much like her. The painting had shocked viewers for the forthright way Olympia held up her head. Shameless, she was. Unapologetic. Why should she apologize? It was the men who paid her for sex. She was merely doing what she’d been told to do all her life: submit her body and will to men. How dare those men judge her? They’d created her. A woman can’t sell her body without clients to buy it. Olympia would laugh all the way to the bank and then likely spread her legs for the bank president in exchange for free checking. What a girl."
Olympia by Édouard Manet
Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of The Red. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Author: Tiffany Reisz Publisher: 8th Circle Press, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Genres: Erotica, Romance Pub Date: 11 Jul 2017 ...more
An Almond for a Parrot is an interesting mix of erotic romance, historical fiction, and magical realism set in 18th century London. This novel opens iAn Almond for a Parrot is an interesting mix of erotic romance, historical fiction, and magical realism set in 18th century London. This novel opens in the story's present-day with our narrator/heroine in prison for murder. She takes readers back to the beginning, where everything began...when she was married off at the age of 12. Don't worry, you won't be reading anything sexual at this age, but as with many women of that time who sought both survival and independence, her sexual awakening began early and was well-paid for.
“Women have no money in their own right and many are subjected to the tyranny and cruelty of neglectful fathers and husbands. If a woman leaves this so-called protection, she finds the road to virtue closed to her by poverty and necessity. Her body is the only currency she possesses.”
I ended up enjoying this book a great deal. I found it engaging, erotic, romantic, suspenseful, mysterious, and mystical...and it all worked! The only distraction noted during my personal reading experience was that the [maybe historically accurate] vocabulary caused me to borderline eye-roll during the descriptions of the sex scenes, ie: purses, mounds, and maypoles. But the quality of the scenes themselves were spot on: lots of internal emotion and complexity. Also, the author incorporated some f/f teaching/experimentation that was lovely because of its kindness and innocence. Above all, I loved the magical realism element. In a time when anything magic related was feared and punished, these characters embraced it and strived to perfect it. Overall, a great read for those who enjoy historical erotica. Check it out!
My favorite quote: "Laughter is by far the better remedy for all life's ills. Our days are measured too often in woes and too seldom in humor, which is a pity, for what is this world if not a farce, a comedy of follies performed without rehearsal, a stage waiting for a strumpet to tell her tale."...more
For real, this book is no joke. On the sexual tension scale, these characters are off the charts. Frigid boss/employee - turn respected coworkers - tu For real, this book is no joke. On the sexual tension scale, these characters are off the charts. Frigid boss/employee - turn respected coworkers - turn friends - turn equals - turn besties...all with this lingering but very forbidden attraction in the background. The his and her's POV give readers an inside look at exactly how hard they both are fighting it too. So on and on we go, until 84%! For the record, that's not a spoiler, look at the cover art...you know damn well it's going to happen. Eighty-four freakin' percent. That's a long time to wait but it was a fun and surprisingly emotional ride to get there and well worth the wait.
I loved that the author does not give readers a fluid storyline to follow in Love in Lingerie. Instead, the storyline time-hops forward to key moments (often sexual frustration moments but not all) and we get to see the characters' relationship evolve without the page numbers and the threat of a series. Alessandra Torre gives her readers a glimpse into the business world, the behind-the-scenes of lingerie design/production, all the palpable emotions that come with wanting (and loving) someone you can't have, and the satisfaction of a friends-to-lovers experience. Love in Lingerie is a fast-paced, engaging bit of borderline erotica that I enjoyed very much. It's Alessandra Torre! That's all that needs to be said. Check it out!
My favorite quote: "If our love was lingerie, it’d be leather, thin strips of binding that could withstand a hundred years of war and peace, fights and love-making. It would yield and give, yet never rip or break. It would be built to last, to wear forever. If our love was lingerie, it would never come off." ❤️...more
Absolutely stunning. Love this addition to an amazing series ♥
My favorite quote: "And just like that it was Christmas. No gifts. No music. No crèche. OAbsolutely stunning. Love this addition to an amazing series ♥️
My favorite quote: "And just like that it was Christmas. No gifts. No music. No crèche. Only lights. That’s all it took. The push of a button. It shouldn’t have been that simple, but it was. A little more light where before there was darkness. A little more beauty where before there was emptiness. All the bad things that were there before were still there, but at least there was one more small good thing in the world."
Masked Innocence is the second installment in Alessandra Torre's erotic/romance trilogy titled Innocence. Masked Innocence picks up where BlindfoldedMasked Innocence is the second installment in Alessandra Torre's erotic/romance trilogy titled Innocence. Masked Innocence picks up where Blindfolded Innocence left off, and has a similar writing style as it starts with a glimpse at a later scene and then slowly catches up. However, a significant difference between the two books is thriller/mystery element...and then a huge revelation at the end. Ms. Torre definitely knows how to keep her readers invested in a continuing storyline! If you enjoy erotic series/trilogies, consider picking up Innocence. Please read in order though. It's not just sex thank God- there are great characters and an interesting story to follow as well. Check it out!
My favorite quote: “Julia, you are incomparable. I know what I risk in straying from you, what I would lose if you left me. I promise to never kiss, caress or f**k another woman without you there, watching it happen. And I promise to allow you to be as unfaithful as you want, as long as I am there to make sure you’re satisfied.” His mouth curved into a grin and he brought my hand to his mouth, kissing it gently. “Or flirt.” “What?” “You can’t flirt with women either. And by the way, you really do suck in the romance department. Hallmark will never put that last paragraph on a card.”
I just finished reading another one of Alessandra Torre's books in which Brad DeLuca's character played a small role as a divorce attorney. Let me claI just finished reading another one of Alessandra Torre's books in which Brad DeLuca's character played a small role as a divorce attorney. Let me clarify, his role may have been small but his presence was massive. I had to keep reminding myself who the main character was. To avoid spoilers, I usually wait until after finishing a book to read reviews and that's when I realized there is a whole series dedicated to DeLuca. Needless to say, I jumped right on him...um, I mean the books. I jumped right on his books. Yeah.
Brad DeLuca is a bit lost in his life currently but he is simultaneously always in control if that makes sense. He loves women, or rather he loves passing the time with sex, and when young newbie intern Julia enters his line of sight, he goes in for the kill. But fresh-faced, pencil skirt Julia has a few surprises. She is a challenge if there ever was one. She doesn't just fall at his feet like most women seem to. But predictably, that just makes him chase her more. After all is said and done, Blindfolded Innocence offers dominant characters, clashing personalities, a forbidden office romance, plenty of erotic satisfaction, a bit of kink, and one hell of a Las Vegas scene. Those who have read this book will know exactly which scene I'm talking about. This was a great book that hit me when I was in the perfect mood for it. I one-clicked the rest of the series and I'm about to gobble them up like Thanksgiving dinner! Check it out!!
My favorite quote: "The act of sex is healthy, normal, God-given. It's the emotions and entitlement that everyone attaches to it that is harmful."
Oh this was a fun bit of erotica. Sexy latino Beatriz makes a living (and a hobby) out of writing reviews for various sex toys. Of course she has to tOh this was a fun bit of erotica. Sexy latino Beatriz makes a living (and a hobby) out of writing reviews for various sex toys. Of course she has to try them all out in order to write an honest, proper opinion. Poor Beatriz.
When heading out to her sister's wedding, she gets her next assignment: to write a review on a sex position manual. However, it's not like a goodreads book review...like this one. She has to review the actual positions. Kinda hard to do that by your lonesome. That's when a second-chance romance makes an appearance and the rest is history. If you like creative spins on erotica, you've got to check this one out. It's short, fun, and it's Tiffany Reisz. You can't really go wrong.
My favorite quote: "No sex position, no matter how well-written, can make up for the lack of a good partner. A good partner can make even awkward sex enjoyable. If the sex doesn’t work, at least you can laugh about it together." ...more
Ruled is the third installment in Elle Kennedy's erotic dystopia series titled Outlaws. Ms. Kennedy excels at writing strong characters in story-basedRuled is the third installment in Elle Kennedy's erotic dystopia series titled Outlaws. Ms. Kennedy excels at writing strong characters in story-based erotica. It's not just sex. There is a whole ongoing dystopian storyline throughout this series and every character has a significant purpose outside of the bedroom. But inside the bedroom? OMG. The world these characters have to survive in creates a live in the moment atmosphere, and Ms. Kennedy ensures each of her characters lives in the damn moment.
The heroine in Ruled is Reese, and followers of the series have already met her. She is an incredibly strong and confident woman and an equally capable outlaw leader, and she has no time to seek out what (and who) she really wants when it comes to leisure. She must protect her people always and that means not letting down her defenses. But when she finally makes herself somewhat vulnerable, we see her character open up in complexity, explore relationships with desired partners (plural), and learn to live in the moment. For fans of erotica, there are scenes featuring m/m, m/m/f, and m/f. I don't often read erotica but when I do the content is written by a tiny handful of authors who have earned my trust in the genre. Elle Kennedy is one of them. Check it out!
My favorite quote: "She'd always liked giving blow jobs. There was real power in it even though the woman was on her knees. The man was at her mercy."
Before reading Claimed, I hadn't read any of Elle Kennedy's books. She was one of the authors I had prejudged as being zero storyline beyond the erotiBefore reading Claimed, I hadn't read any of Elle Kennedy's books. She was one of the authors I had prejudged as being zero storyline beyond the erotica component. Don't ask me what I based that opinion on because I can't remember...and because I couldn't remember, I took the hilarious Kelly's recommendation and finally checked it out.
One thing I loved about this book is the strong dystopian/post-apocalyptic storyline. Yes, the sexual content was generous and intense but it fit into the desperation of the world Ms. Kennedy created and bumped the whole experience up a notch. Plus it was just plain fun to read ;)
I would recommend Claimed to fans of story-based erotica. Through this reading experience I was reminded to never judge a book by its cover and never judge an author...period!
My favorite quote: “There is no tomorrow, Hudson. Right now is all that matters.” “Live in the moment,” she murmured. “That’s what we do, sweetheart. You take pleasure where you can get it, because who knows when you’ll get another chance. So yes, we live in the moment … And what a fucking moment.”
Note: Just for fun, I am noting a few things I can look forward to after the apocalypse (based on this book): (view spoiler)[I will still be able to maintain a "hairless mound" even though men will have a hard time finding unrusted razors for themselves. Maybe a sticky tree sap wax will work. Genital piercings will be immune to infections and everyone will be STD free and able to have all the bareback group sex their hearts desire. There's a bright side to every situation, right? (hide spoiler)]...more
Addicted is the second installment in Elle Kennedy's erotic dystopia series titled Outlaws. Although the storyline picks up right where it left off inAddicted is the second installment in Elle Kennedy's erotic dystopia series titled Outlaws. Although the storyline picks up right where it left off in the first book, there didn't seem to be a focus on the dystopia element in this one. The erotica/romance element took precedence in my opinion which was both enjoyable and disappointing. Although, I love a good friends-to-lovers story, the thing that hooked me on this series was the strong dystopia component. The balance of a well-rounded storyline combined with the erotica component made the first book a winner for me. In Addicted, there were small pieces of storyline here and there, but overall I found the balance heavily lacking. I will still be following this series, no doubt about it. I don't give up that easy!
I adore this series. As you can see at the bottom of this review, I have been looking forward to its continuation for well over a year. In TheOh boy.
I adore this series. As you can see at the bottom of this review, I have been looking forward to its continuation for well over a year. In The Sister, the sixth installment in The Boss series, you can expect a lot of movement in regards to romantic, family, and work relationships. Some I am looking forward to continuing and some make me very, very apprehensive.
Things that caught me off guard: (Seriously these are huge spoilers. Don't click on this spoiler unless you have already read the book.) (view spoiler)[-Sophie sure can spend money now. No reservations. $20K shopping sprees, offering to pay for transplant surgeries, giving away her magazine. Damn. In a nutshell, she moves up from "the working class" to "the 1% elite" in this book. As much as her internal dialogue suggests otherwise, it has happened. At least she's not complaining about marrying into wealth anymore... -The tone of the erotic scenes go from sensual to more playful in my opinion. They are way too excited with each other versus the sexy, intimate chemistry I always look forward to reading from Ms. Barnette. I am probably not saying it right but the deep emotional connection during intimacy is what drew me to this series and it kinda turned me off to see them bouncing on their heels, laughing, bantering, etc. -El-Mudad is formally introduced as a permanent fixture in Sophie and Neil's relationship. I can deal with this and actually applaud Ms. Barnette for showcasing a working triad but Sophie and Neil's time alone appears to be negatively impacted when El-Mudad is absent and I can't deal with that. Their words say otherwise but their sex scene after El-Mudad went home left me with a sense of foreboding. Yes, I know he came back. -The father issues persist. Seriously Sophie... Although I did quite like the incorporation of Sophie's half siblings. -The fact that Sophie can't donate her kidney to her half sister because she is a type II diabetic came totally out of left field. Wouldn't she have yeast infections and UTI's if she was an untreated diabetic... and with their sex life? Hmmm... No, I don't want to read about yeast infections and UTI's but if you're going to integrate a very nonfiction condition into your fiction then symptoms of said condition are bound to come up. -And for God's sake, will authors please stop sharing their political viewpoints through their characters. You all have a blog or webpage to post your own opinions on. Stop bringing it into your fiction. Ms. Barnette did this but not to the extent that would warrant this reaction from me. It was just the last straw so to speak. I have seen many authors do this in recent new releases and it is a huge pet peeve of mine and I'm sick of it. Rant over. (hide spoiler)]
Yes, I know that was a whole lot of negatives. When you are passionate and protective about your favorite characters/series, then any disappointment is going to be equally passionate. I don't know how these authors do it. To keep a story moving nonrepetitively while keeping every fan happy is impossible. I gave this book an extra star just for that. I could see Ms. Barnette try to keep the material fresh in order to prevent boredom but it didn't quite work for me personally. I'm not done with this series by a long shot. I've happily made it this far - there was bound to be an installment that didn't click with me. I'm already looking forward to the next one. There's nowhere to go but up!
My favorite quote: “Expectations sometimes have that dismal effect on reality.” (True story!)
The Stranger is a prequel novella to Abigail Barnette's erotic romance/bdsm series titled The Boss. This series starts six years after the lead characThe Stranger is a prequel novella to Abigail Barnette's erotic romance/bdsm series titled The Boss. This series starts six years after the lead characters have an absolutely incredible one night stand...like the kind that ensures nothing and no one else will ever measure up. They never expected to see each other again but life had other plans.
As a whole, the books in this series make multiple references to their night together six years prior but not until The Stranger (published in August 2016) are we allowed to watch it all play out. And, oh was it worth the wait!
The Stranger can be read (and re-read) at any point in the series. I have had so much fun following this ongoing story and this sexylicious novella was such a treat. Check it out!
My favorite quote: "At least seventy percent of good sex is communication. Remember that. It's important.
Something Nice is an Original Sinners novella (#1.5) written by the amazing Tiffany Reisz. Since all the focal books in this series have been completeSomething Nice is an Original Sinners novella (#1.5) written by the amazing Tiffany Reisz. Since all the focal books in this series have been completed, I claw at any little tidbit that brings me back to these characters. Something Nice was a freebie Ms. Reisz gifted to subscribers of her newsletter and lucky, lucky me ❤️. Beautiful, sweet, funny, desperately sexy, a little sad, but also happy...this novella was just what I needed. I will be revisiting this little story over and over again. It's a favorite for sure.
My favorite quote: “We put each other through Hell,” Søren said. “And it was a Hell of our own making. Perhaps Paradise is of our own making too. Maybe nothing is final, even when it seems like the very end of the world.”
A short, funny, and very sexy novella in Tiffany Reisz's amazing Original Sinners series. It falls in the series as #0.4, a prequel to The Siren. CharA short, funny, and very sexy novella in Tiffany Reisz's amazing Original Sinners series. It falls in the series as #0.4, a prequel to The Siren. Characters featured include Nora, Kingsley, and Brad (the competition in the lucrative world of kink). This short story is offered to fans for free so take a brain break and have some fun!
My favorite quote: “If I let you in, will you promise not to break anything...or anyone?”Nora spun the crop one more time. “Nope.”
30 Nights is the second installment in Christine d'Abo's adult romance/erotica series titled: 30 Days. The 30 handmade to-do cards gifted to the 30 Da30 Nights is the second installment in Christine d'Abo's adult romance/erotica series titled: 30 Days. The 30 handmade to-do cards gifted to the 30 Days's heroine make a reappearance in this book and they help a new set of characters find confidence and connection. I wasn't quite as invested in these characters' circumstances as I was in the first book but I was still glued to this story because of Ms. d'Abo's engaging writing style. 30 Nights features fairly complex characters, fun romantic tension, sexy scenes, and once again a lesson in fruit-based sexual activity...and yes I just had to google this particular act to make sure it was a real thing - which apparently it is. Why does this surprise me? Haha.
Erotica is not my go-to genre but I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and I find myself searching for any new releases from this author. If you enjoy this genre then check it out!
My favorite quote: "Bad things sometimes happen to good people. It's what we do in the aftermath that's key."...more
★★★★ 30 Days is an adult romance/erotica novel written by author Christine d'Abo. While terminally ill, Alyssa's husband gifted her a set of 30 handmad★★★★½ 30 Days is an adult romance/erotica novel written by author Christine d'Abo. While terminally ill, Alyssa's husband gifted her a set of 30 handmade to-do cards meant for her to use as a way of reuniting with her sexuality once he is gone. Such a generous and selfless gift and one that Alyssa had no intention of opening and exploring due to her grief. But time heals most wounds and two years later, she glances through them. Hmmm...an eye-catching new neighbor may have had something to do with that.
I won't say any more but I do want to add this: 30 Days is by no means a "forget about my dead husband and jump into a hottie's pants" book. Alyssa is reacquainting herself with her sexuality after a grave amount of grief. She continues to reflect on her love for her husband while moving forward. Key words: move forward. This is healthy and normal and not to be looked down upon. I found myself cheering for Alyssa throughout this story as she processed this next stage in her life. Many people feel empty and lost after a terminally ill spouse or loved one has passed and watching Alyssa overcome some of this was an intimate experience for me as a reader. But remember, this is erotica in my opinion so be prepared for some amazing and very graphic scenes - some may even teach you something new...like using grapefruit...on a certain body part...while simultaneously - well nevermind. Let's just say that scene lead me to a YouTube tutorial I kinda wish I could unsee lol. Anyway, the scenes in general slowly build up in intensity and I usually find the sexual tension ends up being even more fun. Enjoy :)
Note: 30 Days focuses on Alyssa and the cards and does not spend much time showing her with her late husband. I did find this odd in the beginning but her present-day story heavily engaged me and it ended up not bothering me much in the long run.
My favorite quote: "There's something to be said for new beginnings."...more
The Queen is part of Tiffany Reisz's erotica/BDSM series titled Original Sinners. It is book #8 in the series as a whole and book #4 in the prequel seThe Queen is part of Tiffany Reisz's erotica/BDSM series titled Original Sinners. It is book #8 in the series as a whole and book #4 in the prequel series distinguished as The White Years. The Queen picks up right where the last book The Virgin leaves off and continues to offer readers flashback scenes which has come to be expected of the The White Years installments. Readers will see what happens after Søren, Kingsley, and Nora's year apart, and how Eleanor becomes Mistress Nora and earns her place as queen of the underworld.
Every book in this series makes reference to Nora and Søren's vows to each other: She promised him forever and he promised her everything. The Queen shows these two treasured characters make good on their vows to each other in their very own way. I ended The Queen on the most satisfying and beautiful sigh. If this is the finale of the series then I can honestly end it happy. Of course if it's not the end, I will be even happier because I love these books and characters so much I don't want it to stop. I'm considering making a "favorite series" shelf just so I can add this one! Thank you Tiffany Reisz for some serious quality entertainment these last few months. BTW, I loved Nora's perspective about her attachment to the characters she writes (Nora's character is an author of erotica). You can't fool us though...we know that was your little love note to your very own original sinners ♥
My favorite quote: “Romance is beautiful, it's a gesture, it's a walk in a park with a pretty girl. Romance whispers sweet nothings. Romance gives an engagement ring. Love is ugly sometimes. It crawls into a war zone to save a friend. Love tells painful truths. Love takes a bullet.”
The Virgin is part of Tiffany Reisz's erotica/BDSM series titled Original Sinners. It is book #7 in the series as a whole and book #3 in the prequel sThe Virgin is part of Tiffany Reisz's erotica/BDSM series titled Original Sinners. It is book #7 in the series as a whole and book #3 in the prequel series distinguished as The White Years. Some of the previous installments in this series make reference to the time when Nora left Søren. In The Virgin, Ms. Reisz offers the reader generous details about this incident. The factors that led Nora to this decision were painful to read - I didn't cry but the emotions were incredibly palpable.
The Virgin proceeds to detail what Nora's time without Søren was like and also how Kingsley chose to cope with the aftermath. Although Nora's story was an enjoyable focal point, my favorite part of The Virgin was Kingsley's chapters. I also secretly enjoyed the glimpses of Søren grieving the loss of Nora. With so much of this series focusing on the characters emotional dependency on him, it was nice to see that they have the power to equally affect him.
Overall, I liked this addition to what is quickly becoming one of my favorite series, although I enjoyed some parts more than others. Below, I broke down the scenes most memorable to me and rated them accordingly. Of course this is based on my reading experience only.
Nora's birthday present OMG!: ★★★★★ Nora's awakening as a Dom: ★★★★☆ Nora year at the the abbey: ★★★☆☆ (just wasn't a huge fan of Kyrie) Kingsley's time away: ★★★★★+ Søren's grief: ★★★★★ The wedding mystery: ★★★½☆ The kilt scene...or almost scene: ★★★★★ Total: 4.35 Stars
So sad to say I have only one more book to read in this series. If anything, I can start reading from the beginning again. These final books shed so much light on the characters and events from the past that starting over at the beginning will be a fun and insightful experience.
My favorite quote: “I love orgasms. I say a prayer of thanks to God for them every day." "You say a prayer of thanks for orgasms?" Elle asked. "Of course. I mean, they're a gift from God, right? A woman doesn't need to have an orgasm to get pregnant, right?" "Right." "So if they have nothing to do with reproduction, then why do women have them?" Kryie asked. She raised her hand and pointed a finger up at the ceiling, at the sky, where God lived. "Orgasms are God's way of saying He's sorry about periods and cramps." "Apology accepted," Elle said.”
The King is part of Tiffany Reisz's erotica/BDSM series titled Original Sinners. It is book #6 in theOMG! This book was just too much...of everything!
The King is part of Tiffany Reisz's erotica/BDSM series titled Original Sinners. It is book #6 in the series as a whole and book #2 in the prequel series distinguished as The White Years. This installment focuses on Kingsley's story. Kingsley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He might just be my favorite character in the series after reading this one. Ms. Reisz excels at building his character beautifully. He's far more complex (and generous) than I ever suspected.
Readers will visit each and every emotion on the spectrum while learning of Kingsley's experiences and motivations. His love for Søren simply cannot be measured and my heart broke for him time and time again. I was on the edge of tears so many times, but I was also on the edge of something else so many times... OK, I'm not a crude reviewer but the sex scenes in this novel were off the charts. Whether or not you are into mm, mf, mff, bdsm, and any other acronym that may apply, it really doesn't matter because the acts are so secondary to Kingsley's emotions. The scenes are beautiful, they are heart wrenching, and yes, they are orgasmic. Sorry...but they are.
The King is sexy, powerfully moving, passionate, and surprisingly very funny. Why isn't there a goodreads option for 10 stars yet???? Well-done Ms. Reisz!
My favorite quote: "It hurts coming back to life. It's a brutal, dirty business. Paddles on the chest pushing electric current into the dead heart. Doctor Frankenstein shooting lightening through his monster's corpse. Life is a force so strong, it can blow a stone off a tomb. It's never easy, resurrection. It's violent and it hurts."