So I'm a bit biased, as I have the magnificent fortune of being one of Ms. Summers' crit partners, BUT with all the honesty I can portray through theSo I'm a bit biased, as I have the magnificent fortune of being one of Ms. Summers' crit partners, BUT with all the honesty I can portray through the internet allow me to tell you that this is a hilarious, romantic, sexy romp that will have you laughing while you're... uh... we'll stick with the laughing for the review; you'll get what I mean when you read it.
Hot Shots is an anthology comprised of two short stories about friends and acquaintances on some hot summer days.
Spring Cleaning stars Leanore ElliotHot Shots is an anthology comprised of two short stories about friends and acquaintances on some hot summer days.
Spring Cleaning stars Leanore Elliot and her oh-so-helpful neighbor Sam McFlandry. Editor Leanore hates spring cleaning but in a flash of brilliance, decides to spark up her motivational juices by sparking up her own. Task one? Go through her private-time toys while fantasizing about “Hotty Scotty” Scotsman, Sam.
Fantasy comes to life when she realizes that her fantasy man is actually standing in her bedroom. Her considerate companion lends her a hand (by handling her own) in deciding what creative devices she should be saving and which ones won’t ring her bell.
Sam is exceptionally inventive in his methods and his domineering attitude melted me to the bone. This was quite the feat given that his accent, alone, could have scorched off my arm hairs from its sexiness (I have a thing for Scotsmen). The entire event is both instructional and motivational in the best of ways. Sam and Leanore had me panting as they explored themselves and took creativity out of the box. And sometimes back in again, if he said so (mwahahah).
Despite the short length of the story, both characters have unique voices and bring quite a bit to the story.
Summer’s Break tells us the happily never-ending story of Gordon Summers and Mrs. Dickerman, his boss’s wife. Summers is doing work for Coach Dickerman while studying to complete a degree in Sports Medicine. Coach “Dickhead” Dickerman pauses from the endless barrage of insults toward Summers and the other kids in order to task Summers with the care of Mrs. Dickerman, who is on a flight home.
Summers is none too pleased with this new arrangement, but goes to care for the old bat, regardless. What he finds is a woman of years and beauty.
And a great, grand helping of domination.
Mistress Dickerman proceeds to introduce our young Gordon Summers to the ways of Dominance and Submission.
Perhaps the most exceptional aspect of this story is the fact that it is told from Summers’ point of view. Summers makes an interesting self-realization while cleaning Mrs. Dickerman’s pipes (mm hmm). I absolutely loved the perspective. Additionally, DX takes a further step from the norm by introducing a submissive male that is in no way feminine. No, Gordon Summers is all man, he’s just a man with certain needs.
Needs that we get to meet right up front. And it’s De-Lish!
Neither of these stories contain romance, and they’re very Wham-Bam-Thank-You-Ma’am (that’ll be funnier after you read the second story, btw), but that doesn’t change the fact that DX Luc has written two sizzling hot summer reads. Each story entails a single encounter and you’ll be left wanting more, in the best sense!
DX Luc has truly done a wonderful job of writing two very short stories that are believable, hot, and scintillating! A lot of erotica is raw, but DX adds another dimension to them that makes the simple desire more spicy than not!
So grab your partner and get ready for a quick read that will lead to a long afternoon of heat and creativity!...more
I started this book without even realizing that I had read (and quite liked) its predecessor, Wife by Wednesday. When I made the realization, I hopedI started this book without even realizing that I had read (and quite liked) its predecessor, Wife by Wednesday. When I made the realization, I hoped it would be as good.
In fact, it was better.
Ms. Bybee writes authentic situations and expresses the good and the bad in such an equal way; making no excuses and leaving us to care for her characters because of their strengths, not because of drama stirred up by their weaknesses. Furthermore, the relationship is entirely believable and there are no odd jumps, bizarre reactions, or impractical situations; this could be a true story between two unique people.
She took a relatively standard storyline and made it amazing. You know there's going to be an HEA, but don't try predicting the plot; I have a feeling you'll be as surprised as I was. Where most would have gone a much different route, Ms. Bybee took the story and made it shine by going that extra mile. The action and thrills aren't overdone but add just enough touch of spice to keep the reader on the edge of her seat.
The conflicts and resolution in this book are beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. I found myself tearing up during the last three chapters. I’ve only done that twice before.
All-in-all, Catherine Bybee has a winner in Married by Monday. I can't wait to read the next book.
If you want an engaging tale of true love, danger, sacrifice, and happiness: this is one you definitely shouldn’t miss!
This little gem is going on my Keeper Shelf where it will be treated with love, care, and periodic re-reads!...more
It took to me a good twenty minutes to just get into the story. Not because it was bad... but because you can only read a book the first time a singleIt took to me a good twenty minutes to just get into the story. Not because it was bad... but because you can only read a book the first time a single time. It was like falling in love: I didn't want it to start because it would eventually finish!
Alas, the book did eventually finish.
And it was worth every. Single. Minute.
Dani O'Malley is the young teenaged Sidhe-seer seen quite often in the antecedent Fever series. She's spunky, charismatic, and lives life to the fullest. She's also a superhuman with super-speed, super-hearing, and super-strength. These unique characteristics have put her on Ryodan's radar... and made her public enemy Numero Uno for the Fae that are still dominating a crumbling Dublin.
The book starts out literally right as Dani hightails off after Mac finds out some rather disturbing information at the end of [i]Shadowfever[/i] (no spoilers, darlings!). Off to her own devices, Dani must continue her pursuit of saving humanity and Earth, while managing to stay out of the crosshairs of her former best friend and quasi-sister Mac (MacKayla Lane, MC of the Fever Series).
Something is icing Fae and humans alike and Dani's not about to let her species go the way of the Dodo, so off she goes to discover a cause. With the unwanted but removable help of Ryodan and his band of Glaring Men. Christian, once Highland Hottie turned Fae Fabulous and Fae Frightening has decided that Dani is his future. Meanwhile, Dani runs for shelter (whether she admits it or not) to her darling dear Dancer, an older teenager whose brilliance will save her life- and everyone else's- more than once.
New Fae, new fears, and new foes will force Dani to see the world through eyes she's always dreaded: a grownup's. "Can't stop Mickey from ticking", as they say, however, and growing up is something she can't hide from. Fortunately, no one ages quite as gracefully as our self-aware, self-assured Dani The Mega O'Malley.
With every new turn comes a new surprise, and yet more dead. Unfortunately, it's hard to surmise much of the story without giving all of its literary goodness. Suffice it to say: if you happened to like The Fever series, you're going to flip out and fall in love with Dani's series!
She's smart, sassy, and honest, and you'll find yourself suddenly adrift in a world of Ms. Moning's making.
The narrative is brilliant, the characters are perfectly heart wrenching, and the plot moves as smooth as $50 shot of single malt Scotch. Not to mention, you'll want to pet Ryodan and Lor. Or try to kill Jo... Still working through that bit.
Read it, love it, and enjoy it.
Ms. Moning, brava, my dear, brava! You have nailed it, once again, with the best Apocalyptic Fantasy (or Fantastic apocalyptic?) series I've read.
Readers: She doesn't shy away from the pain so be ready to really feel the darkness, the happiness, the fear, and the lust.
It was gooood. Sad at times, but definitely good. I've really enjoyed her series! I have a tendency to either really like heroines or absolutely hateIt was gooood. Sad at times, but definitely good. I've really enjoyed her series! I have a tendency to either really like heroines or absolutely hate them and it seems to be perspective of the author, given the tendency for me to generally always dislike an author's heroines or always to like them. Ms McCarty's heroines are pretty darn cool! I love how she balances the fact that they are independent, but that they are also women and want to be cherished. There is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with that. In fact, I think a strong woman can be both cherished and adored while following her heart. And furthermore that a strong woman is a woman who can balance them and cherish her man, at the same time. So good on ya, Ms McCarty! Another book well-done! Looking forward to Kenneth's book, and definitely for Gregor McGregor's, if he's going to have one, because I do so love to watch a hottie fall in love. Why deny?
Monica McCarty remains on my Auto-Buy list and shows no signs of ever leaving. :)...more
Let me begin by saying that I found Catherine Bybee by chance, when I read her book, Married by Monday. Luck was truly on my side with that purchase.Let me begin by saying that I found Catherine Bybee by chance, when I read her book, Married by Monday. Luck was truly on my side with that purchase. The author’s ability to fashion and create believable characters has held up through three books and I’m already starting the next in this trilogy.
The story begins with Tara McAllister, a 25 year old virgin in the 21st Century, attending a Ren Faire with her best friend. Unbeknownst to either, the Faire’s Gypsy Queen has ulterior motives and none of them are good.
Enter Prince Charming.
Hawtie Highlander, to be precise.
Duncan MacCoinnich and his brother, Fin, are also attending this year’s Ren Faire. It was a bit of a trip for them, I admit. It only took a few centuries to get there. The MacCoinnich’s are a Scottish clan who are living in 1576. They’re also brilliant Druids and quite a funny bunch.
But I digress.
Duncan and Fin are set on a rather interesting journey. Their mission? To deflower maidens.
Necessary, however, since the blood of a virgin descended from Druids is necessary to free the evil Gypsy Queen (who is actually a black witch and former Druidess, herself) from the curse placed upon her as punishment for her past quite heinous deeds.
Duncan’s mission is a bit harder, this time around, as he develops rather unique feelings for Tara the moment he sits on her lap, by accident, in the dark.
Tara resists any and all of Duncan’s persuasive seductions (for the most part) due to some past history that has left her terrified of the consequences of a simple dalliance. You know, simple things like: having a child for the rest of her life with no one to help her raise him, things like that. ;)
Eventually, Duncan is forced to take Tara back to his home in 1576, to keep her safe from the evil witch. Tara, while thankful for being saved, is furious at being kidnapped away from her single-mother sister (did I mention the past history?) and nephew, her world, her dreams, and, well, her own time period. Even if Ms Bybee hadn’t done such an awesome job of explaining Tara’s emotional journey, I think Tara’s concerns are understandable.
The relationship between Duncan and Tara is beautiful and quite honest. While Tara may have changed her tune rather quickly, Ms Bybee is brilliant in making it believable and logical. There is no “Oh, fine, I like you, let’s go hop in the sack.” Rather, we’re walked through reasonable circumstances for the change in Tara’s stance.
To be entirely candid, this is perhaps one of my absolutely most favorite things about Catherine Bybee: her character development and character-driven plot.
Yes, the story is lovely and simple, but the characters are what make it truly a wonderful read. I’m never left thinking “Um, okay, I’ll just go with it.” No, instead, I find myself nodding and thinking, “Exactly what I would have done… I can see it.” It really draws you into the story and makes you want to know more about every character you meet.
Catherine’s also supremely talented in giving just enough narrative to guide your imagination without boring you with unnecessary details. I’m quite impressed! Catherine’s feel for narrative vs dialogue is outstanding. In scenes where build up is needed, Catherine gives the exact narrative needed to give the tone to the scene, rather than just imagery of what’s around them.
Catherine isn’t just an author, she’s a story-teller, through-and-through.
Duncan and Tara’s story is sweet, strong, and romantic. I’m highly anticipating Myra’s, Fin’s and Lizzy’s tales, as well! (In case you’re wondering: no, I didn’t spontaneously decide to write in APA format; the Oxford comma was dropped for a reason, *wink wink*)
This was well worth the purchase! I wish Duncan and Tara the best as they continue on and can’t wait to read more about them as I find out the destinies of their siblings! More on that to come!...more