An accidental meeting, a misunderstanding, and falling in love. When Oliver and Jaime end up at the same bar at the same time, they each see something they want in the other. Going to bed together that first night is easy. Building the lifetime relationship they both desperately crave will require trust, time, and a little misunderstanding.
Romance, Paranormal - novel
TBR Reviewer: Daniella
This is the second book of the “Of War” series and it picks up where “The Heart of War” left off. Ares and Alena have moved to Olympus and are eagerly awaiting their first child. The God of Gods, Zeus, is not happy with Alena being on Olympus and being with Ares. So with the help of Apollo he schemes and plans to break the lovers apart and get rid of Alena and her child. Ares and Alena´s life on Olympus is further complicated when it turns out that their son Raven, is a powerful, extremely intelligent and power hungry child. Now Ares has to do
what he can to keep his family together and watch as Alena is struggling with he rdeveloping powers, visions and a monster of a son.
This fel tlike a pretty typical second book in a series, with a lot of building events and plots, but no resolutions. I am very sure though that the author will tie everything up nicely and leave no loose ends in the next book in the series. This book was a very different read compared to the previous one. The people are much the same and the Gods of Olympus keep scheming against each other, however there was almost none of the physical violence that we saw so much of in the first book. Instead it is all about mind games and messing with mostly Alena´s and Raven´s heads. There was also a lot less sex in this book and although we were given a tender and intimate moment with Ares and Alena, there was very little of the playfulness and fun moments with the two.
The characters are still very well made, with a lot of depth and personality, and Raven is outright scary. I have no idea if I want him to be able to walk down a different path and redeem himself or if he is just meant to be as violent and scheming as his grandfather Zeus. This story was less action-filled than the last one, which actually was pretty good as it focused more on the main story and less on other events on the side.
If one enjoyed “The Heart of War”, then one should definitely continue on with this second installment. The reader just has to be prepared to be left hanging until the third part comes out.
Erotica, BDSM - novel
TBR reviewer: Shyla
Wow was the first word that came to mind when I sat down to review this amazing story. If you’ve ever wondered what goes in a Dom/Sub relationship or craved a glimpse into the inner workings of BDSM this is “The” book for you. Becoming Sage, is an in depth look at one woman’s journey from a single divorcee to a slave, active in the BDSM community. Her discoveries are so much more than sexual, and the tale becomes more of an experience, than a read. This was such a well written piece I often forgot that it was fiction. Kasi Alexander really did more than put pen to paper, she captured a portion of her soul, and shared it with us readers.
For that I say thank you, and had to give a much deserved five stars. The erotic content is not for the faint of heart, and some of the play may make you uncomfortable, but that’s sort of the point. Not every experience we have in life is enjoyable. This book plays a lot with sensations and pushing pass limitations, so be prepared for things, many may find extreme. If you go into this one with an open mind I think you’ll be pleased with what you find; even if it isn’t your cup of tea.
I’m going to have to do something that might look really strange to you,” she spoke quite slowly, obviously choosing her words carefully.
“Well, I don’t really want to tell you in advance, but I also don’t want you to freak out too badly. Just keep in mind that I’ve agreed to what’s going to happen, and unless you hear me yelling ‘Red,’ I am really perfectly okay. Can you do that?”
“’Red’? What the—“ I started, but Jessie reached over and turned my face back to look at her.
“I’ll explain all of this later,” she said. “For now, just keep in mind that there’s nothing dangerous, nothing to get upset about, going on. Everyone here is completely okay with what happens, and if I weren't willing to do it, I wouldn’t be here.”
“I guess,” I said, patting my purse absently to make sure the cell phone was still inside.
Rutger had walked up to Jessie and she turned to face him, and there was some kind of weird energy between them that made me back up a step or two. For some reason it felt like there was a sudden intensity in the way they looked at each other, like the air between them got thick with focused attention.
Then he made a motion and she suddenly pulled her dress up over her head, causing me to gasp and take yet another step back. Except for her stockings, she was completely naked underneath. Rutger looked down her body, glanced quickly in my direction, then snapped a leash onto the heavy chain around Jessie’s neck.
Then it got worse. Rutger led Jessie, naked except for her collar, leash, thigh-high stockings and high heels, into the middle of the room, which cleared out as they approached. I looked around, aghast, and saw that everyone was smiling expectantly. Were they filming a porn movie or what? Were they going to gang-rape her? Was I supposed to stand by and watch while they did?
Rutger cleared his throat and the room went completely quiet. I felt every muscle in my body tense, as though my legs were about to take off on their own accord and make a break for the door. But, even though I backed myself to the wall and my hands clutched at it behind my back, I forced myself to stay. I didn’t think I was going to faint, but if I did, I wanted it to be quietly against the wall rather than in the middle of a crowd of people who might be
tempted to take advantage of my helplessness.
Rutger looked around the room and said in his serious, macho voice, “For those of you who don’t know, my slave will be celebrating a birthday next week. Tonight, then, I am inviting anyone who is interested to come and give her one birthday swat, as hard as you want, but no toys—only hands allowed.”
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M/M, Romance - novella
THIS HAS A LOT OF SEX BUT NOTHING REALLY HOT.
Michael Maguire is living in the suburbs with his wife, a woman who is as unhappy as he is in their relationship, and two teenage kids that he barely knows anymore. Tired of being ordered around by his wife, and desperate from his lack of love life, Michael goes looking for a female prostitute in the dark corners of the local pick-up park. What he ends up with is James, a man in his early twenties, who tries to survive working as a rent boy. Despite James cheery
manners, he has his own emotional baggage. He is struggling with dyslexia, feeling inferior and stupid because of it and believing that all he can ever be is a prostitute. When the two men come together, both their lives are turned upside down and together they try to find a new, better place in life.
This was a very emotional love story, dealing with some of the sadder and tougher parts of life and the society in a believable way. With no instant fixes for a happy ending, we get to follow the inner thoughts of the main characters in their decisions and feelings as they work towards something different in their lives. It is a hard story to review as there are parts that were good but there was parts that weren´t as good and takes away points from the story as a whole.
One of the good things is that the author manages to create interesting, three-dimensional and likeable characters out of something that could easily have been caricatures from a well known and often used story line. The characters backgrounds and personal history are nicely done and fits well with how they act and how they attack their problems. This story deals with a lot of heavy things, such as sexual abuse, prostitution and infidelity. Although these are things that doesn´t appeal to all readers, I liked that the author kept it real and didn´t apologize for being real about it, while still being graceful about sensitive issues. The relationship between James and Michael draws you in and I liked how it moved forward and transforms in small steps, rather than just being insta-love. It keeps you interested the whole time and you really want the characters to succeed in their quests for a better life.
The bad things for me were mainly the sex scenes. There was something that bothered me in almost every one of them. For all that the book felt real and was beautifully written, the sex scenes were neither. Also, for no understandable reason at all, Michael decides to have unprotected sex with James, even though they know James has an STD and Michael is still officially with his wife (albeit in a relationship not really involving sex).
Even with those flaws, Something Different was still a good read.
Thriller, suspense - novel
TBR Reviewer: Kim
This is almost two stories in one but they do converge at the end in an astounding way. On one hand we have Nate (9years old), newly dead - murdered in fact, living out his death in Under-heaven (a sort of pre-heaven where souls come to terms with their death). Then we have Jesse (5 years old), very much alive, but gets caught up in his dads and things don't go so well for him.
This was very much a poignant story. It started off slowly but I think that was essential as the two tales were being told simultaneously. It certainly picked up after about 15% and ran away with itself! Nate's story was one of indecision. He didn't know how to resolve the fact that he had been murdered. After many years, with the help of various relatives (as angels) he makes a momentous decision.
Jesse's story is profoundly sad, he loves his dad with a passion but sadly his dad is a terminal screw up and just keeps letting Jesse down. Where does this leave him? At first it was hard to see what each story had to do with each other but then -bang- it hits you between the eyes. The merging was very cleverly done and when I came to the dramatic end I was in tears.
I totally recommend this book. Under Heaven is a moving and well written story.
I had been in that strange place for two weeks and almost daily had flashes of memories that churned my emotions like ocean waves breaking against a rocky shore. I was tormented by recollections of children teasing me and throwing things at me, but they were nothing compared to the reoccurring memory of a bearded man whose breath smelled like chewing tobacco and whose powerful visage left me gasping in terror.
How could I ever make sense of these bits and pieces of my life when I was too frightened to hold any one image in my mind long enough to understand? Just thinking about the man with a bulldog thick neck and arms like tree limbs sent chills sweeping up and down my spine. Each time I envisioned him, it was as though my imaginary monster reaching a clawed hand through prison bars for me.
Nerves already frayed to the breaking point, I didn’t know how much more I could take. As much as I feared answers, I resigned myself to finding out more. Though Grandma Clara usually wore some version of a nurse’s outfit, the one she wore that day was longer than usual with a high frilly collar and lacey cuffs. It made her look both elegant and professional, which seemed proper given what I had to talk to her about.
“Is this Heaven?” I asked.
“There are many names, but I like the term Under-Heaven.”
“How did I die?”
“I don’t think that’s for me to say.” Her eyes squinted in sympathy.
“Because you already know.”
My monster rocked viciously back and forth. It was like all the terrible people from my past, or what I thought was my past, wrapped into one horrifying body, and it wanted out. The key to its cage was in my hand again. As though it was scalding hot, I dropped it and forced the vision away.
“Why don’t I remember?” I asked. Just voicing the question made my chest tighten and my throat constrict.
“You will, little one,” she said. “But it has to be at your own pace.”
“I hate not knowing, but I’m also terrified of what I might learn.”
Grandma Clara drew me into a tight embrace. “I’m so sorry I can’t help you with this.”
“It’s not fair,” I said, pushing her away. “I have to get this over with.” Even as the words left my lips, I knew it was a lie. I knew I didn’t have the courage to face that monster, and I doubted I ever would.
“You have to choose your own timing, Nate. That’s part of growing as a soul. I have faith you’ll remember when the time is right.”
I closed my eyes and was suddenly overcome with the image of my mother. I hadn’t realized before then how much she looked like my grandmother only younger. My body clenched at the sight of her tear-filled eyes.
Why were you crying, Mom?
What a horrible past I must have had!
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Steampunk, Pirates - novel
TBR reviewer: Christine
It’s the sequel to Lady Mechatronic and The Steampunked Pirates. I’m so excited to read this. I’ve been waiting since I read the first novel. The beginning is pretty much a recap of the first novel. I hate that. It was an information dump that should have been avoided. That comes down to editing. It made me cringe every couple of sentences: Run-on’s, head hops, ect. Yes, the editing is bad but the story more than makes up for that lack.
As always it’s the crew and how the author managed to pack so much punch into each character. From the one legged, one armed, eyeless, nose less and earless Lucky Pete to the delicate Susanna. Captain Hartwell is all honor and dignity while Lady Mechatronic is a bundle of everything. The action is swashbuckling entertainment with a few lightning bolts and fine
metallic whips from arms. It’s unique and well written.
You all know how I feel about ‘to be continued’endings. They suck. They cheat the reader and I’m highly against them. (Except in this series, because I like it that damn much.) So, you were warned about the ending in advance but try this book. Despite the problems, Journey to Pirate’s Cover is truly a treat.
The Lady Mechatronic series is Pirates of the Caribbean meets the sci fi channel. I really like this series and would love to see it as a movie.
Horror - short
TBR Reviewer: Brutally Honest
Abbey has died and she’s not going straight to heaven. The world freezes as she leaves her body and Abbey is forced to confront her 'father' with the sins that filled her life. It’s not stealing and cheating that’s for sure, apparently Abbey was a psychopath...
Last Dance of a Black Widow was an interesting, dark tale of Abbey’s previous husbands and how they all died at her hand. Editing is a major downfall in this book but the plot was solid. The ending was okay but lacked and there was too much promotion for the author. That took up a couple pages that was more begging than anything else.
Last Dance of a Black Widow is a promising story but needs to be fleshed out and gain a better editor.
Paranormal, BDSM, F/F - novel
TBR Reviewer: Luta Wolf
Layna made a promise five years ago. A promise that she feels compelled not to break. Never mind that when she made it she never intended to keep it. Though her best friend is truly terrified for her and that the cards foretell death, Layna knows she must face the past in order to ever truly be free from it.
This book is heartbreakingly well written. I was emerged in details immediately and found myself lost completely in it’s haunting beauty. The author did a more than admirable job of pulling me into the dark dismal story-line of the occult. She did her research well as everything was accurate in concern with the good and bad practices among the occult. I didn’t feel the need to roll my eyes once.
The characters are anything but mainstream, too in-depth and dimensional for that. While she does have characters that are clearly light and dark, she mostly leaves it to the reader to decide.
Brandon really is bad news. He is the bad boy that all good girls should stay far away from. He knows this about himself, hence why he pushes Layna away. There in lies his redeeming quality and why as the reader you’ll find yourself rooting Layna on despite the fact that your thinking she is ten kinds of stupid for wanting him.
So here we are with me giving nothing but complimentary comments and yet it’s only a four star. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and have every intention of re-reading it again. However with that said, I can’t really recommend this read to a majority and would actually advice some readers too stay far away. Setting aside the fact that this has some serious graphic BDSM with lots of pain, most emotionally impacted readers won’t be able to read this either. While I appreciate the amount of work it took for the author to inspire such emotions as
fear, anticipation, suspense, despair, agony, and much more. She didn’t put the same amount of work into pulling us the readers out of those emotions. Your left with and almost melancholy feeling despite the book ending well. Really though for those that think they can handle it, Painted Love is worth the read.
“I suppose I shall leave you alone,” she said coolly, and, teeth clenched, she turned to leave.
“You will stay.”
Her breath hitched and excitement slithered down her spine at the command in his husky voice. On the other side of the door, a growing crowd mumbled in the gallery.
She wanted to hop across the room like an eager puppy, but she forced herself to slink casually to him. She didn’t want to appear as eager for his touch as she actually was. She met his piercing eyes through a veil of mascaraed lashes.
“You’re beautiful.” He tucked a lock of hair behind her ear. She nearly moaned at his touch as heat rushed from his fingers to her sex. Her growing arousal was nearly uncontrollable.
She grabbed his hand and pressed her lips to his fleshy palm. “Let me please you.” His scent, his touch, the dark, heated look in his eyes, it was a toxic cocktail, and she was drunk with it.
He smiled fiendishly at her plea. His evil grin sent electric currents zinging through her whole body. Pure devilry sparkled in his dark eyes.
“On the floor. On your knees.” He jerked her hand and threw her to the floor.
She scrambled to the floor and hiked up her dress. So much for trying not to appear eager. She watched him over her shoulder hungrily as he knelt gracefully behind her and unzipped his trousers. She arched her back and gyrated her hips in the air. Her lust turned to necessity.
He tugged her damp panties aside and brushed her wet lips with his finger. She shivered. He grabbed both her hips and slid his hard shaft into her. She bit her bottom lip and stifled a moan. He pumped her furiously in a desperate race to completion. Every thrust sent shocks of pleasure through her body and created sparkles behind her shut eyes.
Somehow, between the pulses of heat that throbbed through her, she was able to remember the door had no lock. On the other side of that door was a growing crowd of people, and at any moment, anyone could walk in and find them rutting like animals in the middle of the floor. The wantonness of it added to the thrill. She came hard, clenching around his shaft and grunting back a wail.
He pulled her hips back and buried his cock deep in her. She shuddered and balled her hands into fists as her orgasm peaked, then slowly subsided.
Her breath had not yet slowed when she remembered she was supposed to be pleasing him, not the other way around.
He pushed her off of him and sat in the nearest chair. “Finish me,” he ordered hoarsely.
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Erotica - short
TBR reviewer: B.H.
(This was a personal read purchased by the reviewer.)
Landry wants kink in her life but her husband is as straight laced as they come. Things turn into a bizarre event when a sex club mating goes wrong and she discovers her ‘talents' can be used by the government. This kinky girl has a decision to make...
Be warned: Adultery. Landry goes to a sex club with her bi-sexual friend Derek. It’s all very sensual and full of raw appetite. The editing is really bad so that will definitely bring the rating down. There’s also very little with details or surroundings. Knowing me if you’ve read any of
my reviews, I will get pissed at this and possibly stop reading. In this case, I continued. Landry captured my interest. So in this sex club they have a drastic change of events, sex turns into knife wielding craziness. Considering the bad editing, the story is rather interesting. I like the quick change of pace and the heat is certainly there. Then things get even more...titillating and I am not talking about the sex!
The ending was not a ‘to be continued’ but it damn near bordered on one. Still. One Naughty Girl was an interesting and different erotica.
M/M, Romance - novella
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Severin, a sixth-level wizard is thrown out of Sanctuary for the crime of defending a human family against a vampire attack. He chooses to leave his world behind and move to a small town in Australia where he opens a bakery called, Decadence. He leaves behind a lover of many centuries that does not understand why he will not fight the political machinations that got him banished. However, he finds himself questioning many things when one of the first people he meets, Will, the lawyer that handles the sale of the bakery, turns out to be someone his wizard side knows he could love. When Severin finds that someone has leaked his whereabouts to his enemies, he again questions who he can trust and if everything he has ever learned is wrong.
I enjoyed Will and Severin's interactions - especially as Will seemed to play up his Aussie slang more whenever Sev was the most confused. Will's sister and Sev's ex-lover were wonderful side characters. They were both protective of the people they loved, even to the point of jumping into a fight that wasn't theirs to begin with. I would have liked more of the political wrangling that played out in the background and would have loved to see the villain's
come-uppance, but all in all it was a fun magic-filled story. I especially liked the no calories, lose weight while you eat them, erotic pastries that Severin made - I wish I could find a wizard baker locally!
Paranormal, Romance - novel
TBR reviewer: Luta Wolf
Sometimes fate steps in and runs roughshod over your life. All you can do is hang on and make the best of it. When Sasha Edwards agreed to meet with her friends she never imagined her normal life would be turned upside down. That night her life is severely altered but with strength she survives and if she can find more strength to face the oncoming challenges than the worst night may turn into the best.
As a reviewer, I write my reviews for the readers out there wanting to know if they should waste time and money on a book but sometimes I see such potential that I can’t help but write a review for an author also. When I pick a book, I always look at the ratings, I like a challenge of mixed ratings because it’s up to me to explain why. When I first started reading Destiny's Path, I was absolutely dumb founded that it was getting mixed ratings because I hardly ever see detailed writing like this outside of mainstream authors. Trust me when I say that I’ve read every shifter plot out there since I started reading them at the age of twelve, so while shifter plots are hard to make original the author kicked ass on twisting and tweaking and in the end owned it. Not only that, but the passion and the emotion of the story really comes through.
So why does this book get mixed ratings and why is it only a four? The problem is the characters. Don’t get me wrong their good and the author made a solid connection with them but she also took some calculated risk where she totally forgot age of the readers she is pitching to.
When we first meet Sasha, I’m loving her, she’s a normal girl over the age of twenty-five with some wrinkles and love handles but she’s embracing it and as a reader you’re feeling that empowerment. Then Sasha is changed into a wolf and because of that her metabolism kicks up. She loses the wrinkles and love handles. While it didn’t completely diminish her appeal because she is still a strong and relatable female, it was still a nick that I couldn’t quite get over. It actually dimmed some of my appeal for the book. Then you have Flynn who is your normal Beta leading wolf/man. I love the strong, supporting, and adoring male role. Yes I really did love Flynn. Though I truly believe that it had more to do with the author doing a kick ass job of really bringing that character connection through. I just felt that there could have been more depth, a twist or an Achilles heel to really make him stand out against all those other leading men you see in other books. The third thing is that there is a part in the book that latterly screamed Twilight to me. Were we find that a child that is to be born will be True Mate to Gab this two hundred and something yearr old wolf and the dad couldn’t think of a better person/wolf he’d want for his daughter. That just icked me out a bit because as a mother I’d not be okay with that. I’d be sending that grown wolf off and away so that my daughter could grow up without pressure or you know going through maturity before she was maybe ready.
So though I can totally see why this book got mixed ratings, I still have to say Destiny's Path is one of the best shifter books I’ve read in a long time. I’m also crossing my fingers that maybe the author will see this and take into account what I’m saying when writing her next book.
"As you can see, this is not a hospital," Roan began. "When we saw how bad your injuries were, we had you flown here."
"Flown? Why in the world didn't you take me to a hospital? And where is here?" she snapped. Her patience was running thin.
Roan held up a hand, silencing her. "Please. You wanted an explanation, and now I'm giving it to you. If you have questions, please wait until after I've finished. I'll be happy to answer
them all then." He waited for her reply.
"Okay, I guess I deserved that. But I don't like not knowing. It makes me impatient."
"Understandable under the circumstances." He smiled, then continued. "Here is my home in Montana. When you were stabilized enough, I had a helicopter pick you up and bring you to
my private jet, where you were worked on until better facilities could be made available. Flynn is a doctor with his own practice, so I knew you would be in good hands."
Sasha looked at Flynn, giving him a smile of thanks. He smiled back, accepting her thank-you. He still looked on edge, though. Maybe it was from lack of sleep from caring for her, she decided. I know I get cranky when I don't get at least eight full hours.
Roan's voice snapped her back to attention.
"Now, as for the attack, that wasn't a dog. He was a Lupus. My and Flynn's grandfather, as a matter of fact."
"Huh?" She frowned with confusion.
"A Lupus. What humans refer to as a werewolf."
That caused her to pause a moment as she glanced at Roan, then looked over at Gabriel and Flynn, coming back to Roan. None of the men appeared to be too shocked by Roan's statement. In fact, all three looked at her rather expectantly.
"Oookay. I think it's time I left now." She started to slowly rise from the bed.
"Remain where you are," Roan ordered in a steely tone.
Sasha narrowed her eyes. "Excuse me?"
"You wanted to know, and now I'm telling you."
"Give me a break, will ya? I wanted to know what was going on. Not some story about werewolves." These guys must really think she was stupid, or naive.
"It's no story, I assure you. The Lupus are quite real. Your attack by our grandfather was
"The dog was a werewolf—excuse me, Lupus—named James, who just happened to be your
"I can see where you would have doubts."
Sasha snorted, wondering how such gorgeous men could be complete crackpots. It was a shame really. But it just went to prove that even looks hid a loose mind.
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