The book contains several type errors and missed words. The information isn't really anything that hasn't been published on the interNeeds a republish
The book contains several type errors and missed words. The information isn't really anything that hasn't been published on the internet. I support authors, however, and there was some information I hadn't read before. Once the text has been cleaned this would be an excellent resource for concise information in one location. ...more
Witches and werewolves and vampires, oh my! Twilight over Moldavia is the second book in a series of paranormal romance. I have to say I was very enteWitches and werewolves and vampires, oh my! Twilight over Moldavia is the second book in a series of paranormal romance. I have to say I was very entertained. The story starts a little slow, but once it gets rolling, it's an entertaining read. The main character, Stefan, is a well groomed leader for his country: remarkably calm and reserved. He is betrothed to Caroline who steps in to fill her sister's shoes after her untimely death. The unification of Romania is a large piece of the story and the marriage of the pair will create the unity they search for. The story weaves in Romanian history and touches of the rich culture and is reminiscent in feel to Malificent. The author spends time fleshing out the scenery as they pair tour over the country.
As much as I liked this book, the “tour the country with my bride to be and we fall in love” trope was easy to call despite their falling in love being a gradual progression throughout the book. Stefan and Caroline suit one another well and seem to shore one another's weaknesses. It's a good match.
I'm tempted to pick up the first book in the series so I can learn a little more history behind a few of the elements touched on in remembrance. I think it would bring the story alive a bit more for me....more
Taken by Passion, the first in the Wonderland series, tells the tale of the curvy Alice O'Brien and her bad history with men, of her comparisons to heTaken by Passion, the first in the Wonderland series, tells the tale of the curvy Alice O'Brien and her bad history with men, of her comparisons to her twin sister Alexi and the story of the King of Hearts, King Jarronn of Tarok.
Tarok is a land inhabited by weretigers. The kingdoms were divided by the King and Queen into four separate but unified kingdoms for each of their four sons. Their daughter, however, was not given a share in the kingdom. For this slight, she bailed on her brothers, married a ruler to the south and put a mind curse on the women of Tarok so they couldn't bear children.
In order to continue the bloodline, Jarronn takes a bride fortold in the Tarok version of tarot cards. The woman just so happens to be Alice who has just had her heart broken by her boyfriend and lost her job because she wouldn't sleep with her boss. She falls down the rabbit hole of pudding and winds up at the base of a Doctor Seuss tree. She is taken captive by Jarronn, tied to the room with magic all in the guise of protecting her and made to submit to him.
Now Alice has displayed submissive tendencies before showing up on Tarok, but it was really hard for me to swallow that she would give in so easily. I also don't dig the AlphaOmega one-and-all kind of Doms. I really had to force myself to keep reading through the mind control tactics. My mind kept screaming Stockholm Syndrome.
As I kept reading, Alice found it easier to submit and Jarronn stopped being such an asshole. He got to know Alice, showed her kindness.
Then I came to another screeching halt when he told her he would punish her for not thinking she was beautiful. Well no shit she wouldn't! Society shuns girls deemed fat. It's one of the first insults thrown at a girl by her peers. And it destroys them, mentally and emotionally. Especially when that torture has been repeated even though adult life. I found it unrealistic that shutting her in a room by herself would bring her to the realization she was beautiful. Time and effort on her Dom's part would have made the transition a lot easier to swallow.
However, after drinking a magic potion, Alice cries out that she is beautiful and she believes. Magic! And the plot continues!
With all the talk the brothers do about their sister, one would think she would have been attacking their plans. She might try to take Alice away. She might do SOMETHING. But she does nothing until the climax where she hits Alice with a whip. Jarronn and his brothers swoop in and save the day.
I was disappointed with the climax. The guy gets the girl. The girl gets the guy. All Alice wants is her sister. The end, happily ever after. The villain they set up as this shunned sister with a powerful mental powered army was a villain who tripped and fell down the stairs. I expected the astranged Princess to rush in during the bonding ceremony and try and kill Alice. Nada.
The writing was slightly redundant. Jarronn kept going over and over the same things in his head. Alice kept thinking the same things over and over in her head. I was really reminded of Gorean practices reading this book. Women exist only to be pleasure to men and men exist to own women. The most exciting part of the whole book was in the afterword to set up for the next book.
The book was at least well written. Parts were in passive voice. If you like overbearing dominant men and lots and lots of kinky sex scenes, this is the book for you....more
This book needs to come with a trigger warning for rape. Nowhere in the book description was this mentioned and I unwittingly stumbled into a rape sceThis book needs to come with a trigger warning for rape. Nowhere in the book description was this mentioned and I unwittingly stumbled into a rape scenario. That being said: this story takes place as a series of flashbacks.
Passing the Torch is a story about Mesa, her father and their cabin previously owned by her grandfather. Mesa and her father went to the cabin every so often for father/daughter time. During one such journey, a disheveled woman came stumbling from inside the cabin. As her father raced off in pursuit of the mysterious woman, Mesa followed. He held the woman to the ground and throttled her as she fought desperately, but the death blow came from Mesa herself who strangled the woman with the keys from the truck.
The incidents became more frequent and each murder put another puzzle piece into place in the Mona Lisa her father was putting together.
Finally unable to take any more of the killings, Mesa sets the cabin on fire. As it blazes, Mesa is taken into custody by police. She tells them her story of the dozens of killings that have taken place, that have been buried in the back yard. While police investigate, Mesa's story unravels in her mind and the ending takes a dark twist.
This novella is well written and engaging. The action slowly draws the reader in until the last page is turned. Despite the ending being personally triggering for me, I enjoyed the story. The ending was unexpected, but if one is paying attention, all the signs are placed for the reveal....more