Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sleeping with Dogs and Other Lovers

This is a cute book by Julia Dumont about a woman with a new business that is booming and just as things are starting to go right she hears from an ex and things begin to get interesting. Max was someone she felt needy for and who she was devastated over when he left and later got married to someone else.  She has a boyfriend right now but finds him boring and he just doesn't do it for her. She can't explain what IT is just that he doesn't have it. Max calls and wants her to meet him in a hotel where they had previously spent fourteen wonderful days. She tries to stay away from him by busying herself with work and things start going crazy when she meets this crazy dog lady.

To sum things up its a cute little story with some appearing and disappearing dogs and also annoying people but it also ends with a big question mark. I would rate this book a three out of five and can't wait to read the next one.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Cold Light

I haven't read the first book in the After Trilogy, but after reading Cold Light I have already ordered it on my kindle and will be reading it within the next few days. The way Traci L. Slatton has created the After world is amazingly real to a reader. I can picture it easily in my mind without even trying too hard. The characters in the book are very easy to  relate to  as well. The way people have to live now really hits home and makes me wonder if I would even be able to do that. Life without phones and computers and even tvs...kinda scary. As I previously stated I haven't read the first book but the way the author fills us in at different places in the book tells some of what I missed in the book. I didn't feel lost at all.

I have to say that I can only imagine how Emma must feel to be so deeply in love with Arthur and yet be married to Haywood. She does love Haywood as we know since she leaves with him and Beth her daughter to go back where they came from. She is deeply saddened to be leaving Arthur though and my heart goes out to her. I cannot wait to read the next part of the story to find out if Haywood survives and if so then does she still stay with him or does she go with true love and leave him and be with Arthur? I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 and recommend it to all my friends.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Perfect Score

This book by Beth Williamson was INCREDIBLE!!! I myself grew up on a bowling league and this book made me remember all those years of fun and all the friends I met all over the state in different tournaments. Because of those experiences I am able to relate to the characters in all three of the stories.

The first story in the novel is called One Night Stand which stars Babs as a nympho who seems to be sleeping with anyone who has balls and then kicks them to the curb after just that one night. To me it appears she is searching for something or someone as she talks about her feelings and how her latest one night stand was an idiot. Well to shorten this review, she meets a man she knew from years ago and realizes that she is still attracted to him. They play a cat and mouse game with him eventually coming out on top. He makes her realize she is loved and proposes to her. Then it goes to the next story.

The second story is called Widow's Weeds and stars Veronica who is a widow and always dresses in black from head to toe. This is a little much for me as its been awhile since her husband died and we no longer live in the dark ages. I couldn't relate too much to this story only because she finds love with another woman. It is a touching story of lost love and how you can find it again with the right person. Then on to the third and final story of the book.

The third story is called Marlene's Man and I absolutely loved this story. It brings to life how bullies can stay bullies even into adulthood and what their bullying does to the victims even years later. My only complaint is that it wasn't longer and ended a bit soon for my tastes. I love how Buck goes about wooing Marlene it is just sweet as can be. The sex scenes are pretty steamy but not disgustingly so. All works out in the end for them and I can only imagine they will end up together forever but we shall never know for sure.

All in all I would rate this book a four out of five and recommend it to all my friends as a must read.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

When The Siren Calls

When The Siren Calls was hard for me to get into, but once I did I found it hard to put down. I really enjoyed the sensual twists at every corner and love scenes weren't too much but also didn't leave anything unsaid. I would rate this a four out of five stars and recommend it to certain friends I know would enjoy it. Can't wait to read more by this author. 

Lust Unleashed

I have to say that Lust Unleashed wasn't a very interesting read for me. It was hard to get into from the beginning. It starts with a group of people talking about joining forces to hunt for the elusive Chupacabra  and from there I just lost interest. Usually mythological creatures interest me, however the way the author went about introducing the characters just didn't sit with me well. It wasn't written badly or anything, just seemed like it was an afterthought on giving them back stories. Then the more I read the more I had to force myself to continue, I understand the main character changes into a wolf, but the way he goes about even telling the woman he ends up sleeping with just kinda goes over weird to me. I just can't say what exactly I didn't like about the book, just that I didn't care for any of it really. I would rate this book a two out of five stars, and wouldn't recommend it to my friends to read. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Tragedy Paper

This YA novel by Elizabeth LaBan is a wonderful read, it's about the difficulties of being accepted, of young love and tragedy as well. 

Duncan is returning to Irving School for his senior year there, he is anxious to see what room he is going to be getting and what "treasure" has been left for him. He is also concerned about a paper he has to write called the Tragedy Paper, which is basically like a thesis for the school year. He is having issues over something that happened last school year, but we don't really find out what that is until close to the end of the book. He finds out he has the corner room that is smaller than the other rooms and also the room nobody wanted. He also finds his treasure is left by Tim, the previous inhabitant of the room. There is a note and a series of cd's that Duncan listens too starting his first night there. The cd's give us an inside look at Tim's life heading to Irving for his senior year and the incidents that took place. 

We learn through the series of cd's that Tim is in love with a girl named Vanessa who has a boyfriend that is possessive and a drunk at times, there are times Vanessa seems like she is falling for Tim as well, but she never pushes away Patrick, her boyfriend, Tim always comes last. It seems to me like Vanessa is aware of Tim being in love with her and is stringing him along knowing full well she would never be with him over Patrick. 

When not listening to the cds we learn about Duncan's involvement with Daisy and read about his struggle to involve her more in his life without pushing her away by hiding what he feels is a secret. Finally we learn there was a terrible accident involving Tim and Vanessa and she almost died. We learn Duncan feels responsible for the accident and the blindness that Tim has now after the accident. Tim's point in leaving the cd's was to let Duncan know him better and in the end he tells him that he doesn't blame him at all, everything leading up to the accident as well as what happened to him and Vanessa was his fault. 

I really liked this book and would rate it a 5 out of 5 stars. It may be a YA novel but the way it's written draws in adults too. It's something I would recommend to just about anyone.

The Pleasures of Winter

The actor's razor-sharp cheekbones and a strong jaw added to the tough-guy image. And yet, fighting that dazzling He-Man perfection, there was an irresistible sensual allure in the curve of his mouth. It wasn't right: no one should be that hot.

These lines written by Evie Hunter of Abbie's first impressions of Jack had me thoroughly  hooked. I could completely see Jack Winter as if he were right in front of me. The fact he is Irish just gave me goosebumps as I could hear his voice in my head.  I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and once I started reading it, I had a hard time putting it down. There are many different elements to the story that keep you guessing and turning the pages. The sex scenes are really steamy and will make you fan yourself from the heat.  I really liked reading of how Abbie learns she wants to be dominated. She struggles with this but also is so curious it's interesting to read about. Jack is a very alpha-male and wants to be the one to dominate her. 

I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 and recommend  it to everyone who likes BDSM books. I can't wait to read more books by this author. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Dead On Ice

Dead on Ice is a thrilling murder mystery by Lauren Carr that really grabs your attention with the drama at the skating rink to start off with then really makes your mind work overtime when you get to the mysterious disappearance of Angie Sullivan. The circumstances surrounding her disappearance make you wonder who, what, when and where. It was fun to continue reading all the theories throughout the book as to what really happened to her. When I got to the end and read what really had happened to her I was amazed at the way the author was able to keep me guessing through the entire book and I was still wrong. 

I loved the discovery of Cherry Pickens and the investigation that followed that discovery. It was written very well and was informative in the way that it had us guessing what was going on and how she had ended up stuffed in that refrigerator.  The author really keeps you guessing and throws out information at shocking moments. 

The way the characters are written it was easy to feel their happiness as well as their sadness. The introduction of Joshua Thornton and his romance with Detective Cameron Gates was interesting and very real. I was able to understand the way their relationship was going and even cheered when they got time to be alone as well as laughed when Joshua's son found them in the basement together. There are some very serous parts to this little murder mystery but also some little laughs as well which make it an awesome read for people who love mysteries. I would recommend this book to everyone. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Release Me

Release Me is an amazing book by J. Kenner about a woman named Nikki Fairchild who has finally gotten away from a controlling mother who forced her to do pageants and is now working for a company where she hopes to learn the business and open her own one day.Forced to go to a party by  her new boss, she is given the task of meeting Damien Stark and getting on his good side. Thinking Damien has probably forgotten their one meeting years ago at a pageant, she is reintroduced to him and everyone is surprised by the rudeness of that encounter when he walks away with a lame excuse.

Skipping forward a bit, Nikki is fired by her boss because Damien decides not to invest in the idea they had. Then there is one other problem,  Nikki has a burning desire to be with Damien but is afraid of how he would react to her scars. Nikki is a recovering cutter and has scars on the inside of her thighs that she thinks is disgusting and has been told by a previous boyfriend that her face was the only reason he could stand to be with her. When Damien asks Nikki to model for a nude painting for his new home she at first flat out refuses, but when he offers her a large sum of money she accepts since she needs money to begin her own business eventually. When she tells Damien that the painting has to be what she looks like exactly he is all for it and tells her that her scars do not matter, because to him they don't. He has scars on the inside worse than what she has on the outside.

Nikki begins to suspect that Damien was sexually abused as a child, but hesitant to say anything to him about it, she only tells him if he wants to talk she is there for him. There is also the matter of a mysterious death of a previous girlfriend hanging over them. The ex's brother is constantly blaming Damien for her death saying that he murdered her. To protect Nikki he pays him off but then shit really hits the fan.......and leaves you waiting impatiently for the next book!!!!!

I really loved the way J. Kenner hooks you into the book and doesn't let you go! I read the entire book in one day because I couldn't put it down. I give high praise to the author and would recommend this book to anyone and everyone!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pure & Sinful

Pure & Sinful is a good book by Killian McRae dealing with good and evil in the never ending struggle between the two. We have a Catholic priest named Marc who has forbidden feelings for a witch and is willing to go to hell to be with her. We have a hot and sexy demigod named Dee who has lost a love and is a big playboy, then we have Riona who is a witch who has been in love with a demon named Jerry and also is falling in love with Marc the priest. Now I know that sounds crazy and you are asking yourself, how can she fall in love with a demon and a priest right? Well, I'm here to tell you that the way the author has written this out is spectacular!

I was able to relate to the feelings Riona has for both men, who hasn't either crushed or fallen hard for someone you know is bad for you and you will end up getting hurt in the end.  Riona fell for Jerry when he was in a human body and didn't know she was with one of Lucifer's top demons until he locked her in a room with someone in a kill or be killed situation. If she killed she would have been doomed for hell and to become a demon herself, if she had been killed, well the book would be over before it started. I really enjoyed learning how she became what we come to know as the Keystone, which is where Marc and Dee come into the picture as her sidekicks basically.

I really felt sorry for Marc who has hopelessly fallen for Riona and knows it can never be or it would mean something devastating for them both. They are what is known as Pure Souls, and if they are together it would be a sin and they would both be damned. Poor Marc is tempted throughout this book and finally caves in the end only to find out it was Lucifer in disguise. Marc had been doomed from the beginning if you really think about it. Riona tried to save Marc when she figured out what was going on, but arrived too late to save Marc, and is devastated when given the choice of joining Lucifer and Marc on the other side. Riona tries to make a deal with Lucifer to save Marc, but then Jerry, the demon she was in love with, comes into the room and Lucifer figures out who he is and is majorly pissed he has escaped hell to come help Riona. Lucifer then tries to kill Jerry who is in Dee's body, Riona jumps in the way and ends up with a deadly wound. Now Lucifer is trying to get Riona on her side before she dies so he can have her soul, but Marc who is doomed anyway kills himself to save Riona.

Now, this comes to the part that I disliked, after all the drama has settled down and Riona is grieving for Jerry who has been sent back to hell and for Marc who has also been sent to hell, we find out that Marc has to be replaced because there must always be a team of three. We also find out that the replacement is to be a former Keystone, then they use poor Marc's body to bring in the new teammate who just happens to be Jerry! I didn't like how the author left us with this big surprise, however it does leave me wanting to read the next installment, if there is a next installment.

All in all I would rate this book as a good read and fairly high on my to read list.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Jane Eyre Laid Bare

Jane Eyre Laid Bare is as the title insinuates, the classic novel Jane Eyre with an erotic twist. Jane first comes to Thornfield Hall to be employed as a governess, it is here she meets the lord and master of the home Mr. Rochester, and becomes instantly enamored by him. Jane has a sexual appetite that she feeds by touching herself  while frequently thinking of Mr.Rochester. Jane is so innocent in the ways of men that Mr. Rochester takes advantage of that by kissing her senseless at times as well as teasing her unabashedly. She falls head over heels for him and agrees to marry him only to find out he is currently married and his wife has been living upstairs the whole time awaiting Mr.Rochester to train Jane for the both of them to enjoy!

I thoroughly enjoyed the book as I have always loved the story of Jane as Charlotte Bronte told her story. I have never really related to Jane because I never lived in the situations she herself had to live in, but I always felt she was a heroine of sorts for being able to survive the terribleness her Aunt and cousin put her through, then surviving the death of her dear friend Helen. That takes a strong person I feel, then when she is to marry Mr. Rochester and learns of his previous marriage she is calm, I would have been throwing a fit, but what good would that do I wonder. I only write of the original novel because I wanted to make it clear that I am a fan of the book, while pointing out the differences in the novels. Jane Eyre Laid Bare is a very good book, it has all of the strength of Jane from the original novel and throws in her sexual appetites  from playing with herself in the bedroom to sneaking about and watching the butler having sex with a maid and playing with herself while watching. I have to say that having read both books I love the way that Eve Sinclare made me impatient to read what was on the next page. I couldn't stop reading it until I was finished and since then I have begun reading it again, just in case I missed something.

My favorite part of the book has to be when Mr. Rochester proposes to Jane and she agrees then gives herself to him finally. The way they were all over each other was very much the way most people would be having become engaged. I also loved when Mr.Rochester played the part of the fortune teller only to be able to spend time alone with Jane, I thought it was well played on his part.

The part I did not enjoy in the book is when we find out that Mr.Rochester is a submissive and is sent to train Jane only to have her join him and his wife. I really didn't enjoy that as I have always pictured Rochester as a dominate man, as well the author here wrote him out to be until the very end. It was just disappointing that Jane and he didn't end up together as they do in the original. Now on that note I didn't hate the fact that Jane runs away with the sole purpose of getting far away from Thornfiend Hall and Mr. Rochester forever. I applaud the girl for her courage to run even though she was deeply in love with Rochester and with him begging her to stay and claiming his true love for her.

Even though true love didn't win out for Jane in the end I still would rate this book high on my to read list and recommend it to those who love classics and always wondered what would happen if things were a bit differently written.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fifty Shades of Mr. Darcy

Fifty Shades of Mr. Darcy is a book by William Codpiece Thwackery and is basically a mockery of Pride and Prejudice with sexual overtones. Mrs. Bennett is obnoxiously loud and  vulgar  to the point that it became almost unbearable. I admit after just the first few pages I was hesitant to read the rest but wanted to give my honest opinion on this book so I forced myself to finish it. 

Don't get me wrong now, I love a parody when done right, but for some reason I was unable to connect with this one. When Mr. Darcy shows us his kinky kind of sex toys I was trying to find it funny, honest I was, but when someone is throwing tomatoes at someone I just don't get it. He has a fixation on watching Elizabeth eat and gets sexually turned on by it. I found it amusing when he told her he had buttered scone in his pocket for her and she searches for it in vain while he starts breathing rapidly obviously being turned on by her hand in his breeches searching around. Another silly part of this book was what the fifty shades are, he collects lamp shades of all shapes and sizes....seriously???

When Mr. Darcy asks Elizabeth to be his submissive I thought oh boy here we go maybe it will get good now. That would be a no, for a dominate he is a bit of a pansy I think, also he talks himself up a lot only to do nothing but spank her with toothbrush and a newspaper, even Elizabeth is yawning at this point.  One of the best parts of the book has to be when Elizabeth beats up Lady Cathrine, who is dressed as a dominatrix I might add which is quite funny. The only other good part I personally found in the book is when Elizabeth finally has sex with Mr. Darcy, after reading this I was thinking to myself FINALLY something happens. 

I realize the author attempted humor while writing this book and at times he accomplished it, however, I would sadly rate this book low on my to read list

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

For What It's Worth

For What It's Worth is a good book by Karey White about a woman named Abby and the triumphs and disappointments she goes through in opening a wedding cake bakery while also dealing with falling in love with Dane and making enough time for him as well as the bakery. When business booms she has trouble making time for Dane and this strains their relationship to the point that they take a "breather". When Abby has to go make a cake for a celebrity and has no help, Dane appears and helps her in her time of need and they appear to have worked things out. In the end everyone is happy and Abby has learned how to balance business and life.

I was able to relate to Abby being that I have a business of my own as well. When Abby gets overwhelmed and is basically running around like a chicken with her head cut off, I wondered why it took her so long to realize she needed help. Obviously you will need help when you plan on doing all the baking for your business, that was something she should of started out with to begin with, hiring a receptionist to schedule appointments is a must in any successful business. The more you try to do yourself the more miserable you will be. You have to be able and willing to delegate to a certain degree. I love how Abby comes up with the plan of only doing the three cakes a week and for her employees doing their own cakes and deciding how many they want to do as well. When she learned how to balance life and business I cheered for her silently in my head. 

My favorite part of the book is when Dane comes to help Abby in California, I love how even though they hadn't been together really for months he goes out of his way to help her when she is in need. Even though she didn't even ask him to come help. If that doesn't show love I don't know what does.

All in all this was a great read, I can only hope to read more from this author in the future.