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#Review: Molly’s Sexual Curse by Sapphire Kande #erotic #BDSM

13 Jun

Molly's Sexual Curse
Molly’s Sexual Curse by Sapphire Kande
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this erotic paranormal short story. It had a bit of everything — suspense, magic, romance, a dash of dark. Oh, yeah, and did I mention BDSM? You all know how I feel about that. :)

I don’t do spoilers in my reviews, so I won’t get into the plot, but I will say that I thought the storyline was unique and well written. Ms. Kande gives the characters dimension and life.

Would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a BDSM romance, and for me, all the better because it had elements of the paranormal as well. A Win/Win.

Tristian…yum.

Will have to check out more from this author.

**Received a copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review.

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Book #Review: Need by Stephanie Lawton (@Steph_Lawton) @InkspellPublish #New Adult

18 May

Bex Brennan:

Since this is a NA title, I thought some of you might be interested in this title, and the review done by my “alter-ego”. Enjoy!

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Need
Need by Stephanie Lawton

Blurb: Isaac Laroche is cursed. All he wants to do is hide out and feel sorry for himself. Never mind that he got caught sleeping with his seventeen-year-old piano student, or that he abandoned her when the truth was exposed.

Isaac’s feisty high school sweetheart has different plans. Heather Swann has returned to their hometown of Mobile, Alabama, to regroup after breaking up with her troll of a fiancé. She’s restless and looking for a diversion, but she bites off more than she can chew when she sets her sights on rehabilitating Isaac with her unorthodox sexual, mental, and physical plans.

The two quickly reconnect, but their happiness is threatened by family secrets, old vendettas and the death of a beloved father-figure.

Can Heather handle Isaac’s baggage, or will her own come back to haunt them both?

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars for this decidedly…

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Review: Bite by Jenny Lyn (@JennyLynwrites) #erotic #romance #eBook

13 Nov

Bite
Bite by Jenny Lyn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Let me start by saying I really loved the cover of this erotic short when I had the opportunity to check it out recently. I have a weakness for men in aprons and an obsession with Gordon Ramsey, so this one really piqued my interest.

I was not disappointed. The story follows culinary disaster, Elle Connor to a cooking class run by a the owner of BITE, a very popular local restaurant. Kevin also happens to host a local TV cooking segment that Elle is obsessed with — and not because she cares anything about cooking.

I don’t do spoilers in my reviews, so I will stay away from the broader plot points and stick to my overall impressions. I found the dialog witty and the relationship between Elle and Kevin sweet and steamy in all the right places. While I think the story could have used a bit more in the way of tightening through the editing process, I found the author’s voice appealing and the characters likable and “real”.

A great steamy short perfect for a single sitting with enough romance and steam to keep this erotic romance dish tasty and satisfying.

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6 Sep

Bex Brennan:

Really enjoyed this one.

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Frozen Heart
Frozen Heart by Annabelle Blume

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I brought this novella on the plane with me when I flew to California and I have to say, reading it made the time fly by. Before I knew it, I was at the end of the story and looking for more.

Im not one to give spoilers in reviews, so I will stay away from anything too specific, but will say that I loved the descriptions and Ms, Blume really did a spectacular job of describing the dystopian world Cressenda lives in. I was hooked from the first page, and really enjoyed the interactions between her and Beckett as the story unfolded. The romance developed nicely and I never felt any lags in the story or action. A really stellar read.

I will definitely be looking for more from this author.

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Book Review: Charlinder’s Walk by Alyson Miers #dystopian (@novelpublicity)

15 May

Charlinder's Walk
Charlinder’s Walk by Alyson Miers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would preface this review by stating that I have not read a great deal of dystopian fiction, nor am I a huge fan of futuristic tales, but Charlinder’s Walk wasn’t quite what I expected it would be going into the novel. The story is presented with a more fantasy feel, than a sci-fi futuristic style, which I did appreciate and respond well to.

Charlinder’s walk is the tale of a teacher in 2130, Charlinder, who decides to embark on a journey to learn the origins of the plague that ravaged the planet in 2012. He is rather unprepared for what he might find, but intent to learn all he can about the past and the causes of the plague with the hope he, and his people may find a way to keep it from happening again.

Ms Miers writing style is easy to read and understand, while not losing any of it’s descriptive qualities. Some of the longer diary sequences in the novel I found a bit distracting — not for their content or the times when the author breaks to them, but the large sections of italics text were a little tough on my eyes and I found each time they popped up, I was jarred a bit from the depths of the tale and had to work my way back into it.

Im not one to post spoilers in my reviews, so I won’t go heavy into the plotline, but would state that the story explores Charlinder’s voyage to adulthood in a world much bigger than he’d ever expected when he started his trek. It also touches on religious ideals, gender roles, and holistic healing methods. All interesting stuff.

I would suggest Charlinder’s Walk without reservation to any dystopian fiction fans, or anyone interested in a well written coming of age tale with some really interesting and unique plot twists.

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About the author:

Alyson Miers was born into a family of compulsive readers and thought it would be fun to get on the other side of the words. She attended Salisbury University, where she majored in English Creative Writing for some reason, and minored in Gender Studies. In 2006, she did the only thing a 25-year-old with a B.A. in English can do to pay the rent: joined the Peace Corps. At her assignment of teaching English in Albania, she learned the joys of culture shock, language barriers and being the only foreigner on the street, and got Charlinder off the ground. She brought home a completed first draft in 2008 and, between doing a lot of other stuff such as writing two other books, she managed to ready it for publication in 2011. She regularly shoots her mouth off at her blog, The Monster’s Ink, when she isn’t writing fiction or holding down her day job. She lives in Maryland with her computer and a lot of yarn. Connect with Alyson on her website,blog, Facebook,Twitter or GoodReads.

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Book Review: Immersed in Pleasure by Tiffany Reisz (@tiffanyreisz)

13 May

Immersed in PleasureImmersed in Pleasure by Tiffany Reisz

My rating: 3,5 of 5 stars

3.5 stars for a unique, romantic, modern day tale with an almost fairy tale feel.

After my first foray into Tiffany Reisz’ writing with SEVEN DAY LOAN, I thought I knew what to expect with IMMERSED IN PLEASURE. I was pretty wrong. Where the former was dark and sultry, this short was sweet and light.

I’ve not read a Spice Brief before, so I don’t know if they are all about the same length, but this was a bit short for me to really sink myself into the characters enough to be emotionally vested in whether or not the main characters, Derek and Xenia actually “make it”. More sweet and romantic than sultry or erotic, I think the length may have done a disservices to the readers investment in the characters. Despite that, this was a well spent hour or two and I enjoyed the twist on the traditional Little Mermaid tale.

I loved Fathoms, and quite frankly would love to visit a club like that at some point in my lifetime. I could totally see there being a ritzy themed club like that in LA or NYC.

I’d have given it a solid 4 stars, if not for the super short length to it, as Tiffany Reisz’ ability to weave words is something I, as an author aspire to.

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4 May

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A review of Eternal by J.A. Belfield

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Eternal
Eternal by J.A. Belfield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read Darkness and Light, the first novel in the Holloway Pack series, so I was really interested to see what this prequel novella had in store for me. I was not the least bit disappointed.

In this short, we meet the original Sean and Jem (circa 1800′s). If you read Darkness and Light, you understand what that means. I really enjoyed getting a look at the beginning of the Sean/Jem saga, and seeing how that first pair managed to “make it”.

I love the Sean in this one and how adorably gruff he is. I particularly liked the way he was so afraid of Jem’s mom when he was trying to muster the courage to ask for her hand in marriage. Ms. Belfield did a great job sinking the reader into the historical 1800s setting and dealt with the…

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Book Review: The House of Order by John Paul Jaramillo #review @novelpublicity #giveaway

30 Apr

The House of Order: Stories
The House of Order: Stories by John Paul Jaramillo

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

3.5 of 5 stars

House of Order may be one of the more gripping, interesting and unusual collections of short stories I have ever read. I have to admit, it took me a little while to “get into” the book, as the MC, Manito, uses quite a bit of Spanish in the stories. It has been far too long since I have read any Spanish, so that held me at arms length for a bit.

Once I got past the feeling of being on the outside looking in, I was able to really sink myself into these short tales as narrated by Manito’s uncle, Neto.

John Paul Jaramillo paints a bleak, but vivid picture of the harshness of Hispanic life after the steel industry closes down. I really like the style he uses — a minimalistic approach as it were, telling and showing us so much with so few words. He holds nothing back, making sure to show us the brutality of the lives they lived. We see the Ortiz family struggle with drugs, alcohol, religion and familial abuse.

At only 108 pages, the stories are short and to the point, but even with their brevity, they speak volumes about what it was like to grow up in that harsh environment, and I really felt like I had a much better understanding of the Hispanic male psyche by the time I finished the last page. I would warn that this is not what I would consider a “happily ever after” type of book. I found myself a bit broody when I was finished — as some of the truths and realities expressed in the book are just that heartbreaking.

I think of all the stories (or chapters), my favorite would me “Little Blue Box”. The story had me laughing out loud and my boyfriend wondering what the heck I was reading that had me so entertained.

Despite being a white, Irish girl, I still felt drawn into the experiences of the characters as if I was living through them alongside Neto and his family.

Overall, I would say I enjoyed this book much more than I expected, and would give it 3.5 of 5 stars.

I would recommend this one to any fan of short story collections and for anyone looking for a glimpse of what life is really like in a Hispanic family.

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About the author: John Paul Jaramillo grew up in Southern Colorado but now lives, writes and teaches in Springfield, Illinois. He earned his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Oregon State University and, currently, holds the position of Associate Professor of English in the Arts and Humanities Department of Lincoln Land Community College. Connect with John Paul on his website, Facebook, Twitter or GoodReads.

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Book Review: You Never Have to Remember The Truth by Kelly Moran and Dominick Gugliatto

13 Apr

You Never Have to Remember the Truth: The Nick Gugliatto Story
You Never Have to Remember the Truth: The Nick Gugliatto Story by Dominic Gugliatto
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I came into this book not really sure what to expect. It is the first memoir I have ever read, so I don’t have any basis of comparison, nor reason to believe this would be the type of book I would enjoy. But, when I decided to make public my opinion about the things I read, I also decided it meant I would have to broaden my literary horizons. I would have to read something other than fiction.

I was absolutely pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this story. As the description for the book aptly explains, the story is Nick Gugliatto’s version of events surrounding his aiding Lawrencia Bembenek to escape from prison, where she was incarcerated for murder. I don’t remember the crime, personally, so all of the story was new for me. It was really interesting to see through the proverbial peep hole into something that apparently held the eye of the media for some time.

The author cleverly weaves the facts and doles them out in a way that gives the impression of sitting across from Nick at the kitchen table while he recounts his actions and the reasoning and truth behind them. The story was more a novella in length–perfect to my estimations. I never felt bored or dragged along during the read. After this, I would say I might just be a fan of this type of work. A must read for true crime addicts and those with an eye for conspiracies or the inner workings of the justice system.

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Interview with Kelly Moran:

Bex: At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

Kelly: LOL. When I first learned to talk? As far back as I can remember, these characters and stories have been in my head.

Bex: What would you consider to be the best book you have ever read?

Kelly: Oh man. So unfair. Um… There’s quite a few. Pride & Prejudice–for the ultimate tease. A Cottage By the Sea, by CJ Ware–for thousands of reasons. Seaside Letters, by Denise Hunter–so sad and sweet. Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbour series is awesome. Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series rocks. You know, we could be here all day. I’m refusing to answer!

Bex: What is it that you like to do when you’re not reading/writing?

Kelly: Hm. What I like to do or have to do? I love sappy movies, cooking, MLB, and NFL. Other than that, sleeping when I can. Oh, coffee and chocolate. I have 3 young boys, so I do a lot of chasing too.

Bex: If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?

Kelly: Oh, definitely a grumpy bear. Unless you brought coffee. I wouldn’t eat you then. :)

Bex: Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.

Kelly: Frustrating. Lonely. Limitless.

Bex: What one word best describes you?

Kelly: Stubborn.

Bex: Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

Kelly: England or Ireland. I’m Irish, and would love to see it. I have author friends in the UK, and there’s so much history there. Why? Can you arrange this?

Bex: I so wish!
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Book Review: The Wolves of Argonne by Kastil Eavenshade #erotic #fairytale

16 Mar

The Wolves of Argonne
The Wolves of Argonne by Kastil Eavenshade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What an enjoyable fairy tale oriented, steamy read this was. I really have to say I enjoyed a more “adult” fantasy story of this type. While it played off of the real Red Riding Hood story, this take by Ms. Eavenshade was quite original and I truly felt immersed in the world she brings us into.

I particularly enjoyed the D/s aspects of the story. The erotic elements were realistic and not overdone, as is found in so many stories of the erotic genre. I identified well with the characters and felt drawn into the story from the first page.

While a short tale (basically a novella), I felt the story suited the length and I appreciated that I never felt like I was reading filler. Everything contained was relevant to the overall plot and storyline.

I recommend this one to anyone with a taste for erotic works, especially those with an interest in D/s themes. It should also appeal to those with a love for the fairy tale genre, assuming you can handle the steamy bits.

I will be looking for more stories by this author.

The Wolves of Argonne is part of Evernight Publishings “Naughty Fairy Tales” series and can be purchased from their website here: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/the-wolves-of-argonne-by-kastil-eavenshade/

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