Monster or hero?
My name is Larkspur and I was born in the Colony, a labyrinth of tunnels and caves miles beneath the surface designed for prisoners. Being born among the criminals isn't an easy childhood. But I have a secret, my nails turn into sharp claws. I learned early how to fight dirty, hide well and never trust. All too soon, our world changes. Something happens to the prospering world above. The criminals desiring freedom and revenge push toward the surface. Me among them.
Humanity needs a hero, now more than ever, but all they get is me, a monster from the darkness.
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Erotica - novella
TBR Reviewer: Shyla
Renee is a woman in a man’s world. As a woman in a place of power in Corporate America she’s known for being a heartless bitch who busts balls. While her accomplishments are impressive, what they say is true. It’s lonely on the top. This is why she finds herself in a Sex Toy shop on a Friday night, drooling over the attractive young man whose standing yards away. Curious about why he’s inspecting dildo’s she strikes up a conversation and discovers, the cutie’s name is Toby and he wants the Dildo used on himself. Though he’s not gay she
completely understands why that particular fetish might send many woman heading
for the heels. What shocks her is that she isn’t one of them.Thoughts of dominating Toby via dildo dance in her head and lead her to dinnerwith the charming young man followed by a trip to his house. I know what you’rethinking, what if this guy is a murder? Ms. Brooks approaches that with Renee checking id, calling a friend to relay her address, and give a date and time to contact the police by if she’s not heard from. That small touch really helps keep you in the scenario Ms. Brooks and was much appreciated by me. There’s nothing worse than being taken out of the story because you just can’t believe what’s going on.
Toby is a sweet guy who went from geek to sheik when he made millions off a video game he created and sold. Lance is the opposite of Toby at almost seven feet, with golden blonde hair, a well-muscled body, and a pension for leather, whips and submissive behavior. His abnormally large cock has been a barrier between him and women for a while now. He’s hopeful Renee will be willing to take him on , but his sweet nature would make him happy to see Toby get what he wants from a decent woman.
From the minute I read the summary for Small Medium, and Large I was intrigued. Just what was pegging?( If you don’t know the answer, it is when a man has a dildo used on him) My next question, once I goggled the term ,was how is that going to work into the story ? The answer to my surprise and delight was very well, with a dash of humor, a ton of passionate sex, and a carefully chosen cast of characters. It took just the right type of men and the
right woman to make this kinky ménage work, and Ms. Brooks positioned each of them together like a puzzle piece. There was a rightness that resonated throughout the story, and tapped into the basic concept of those who did not belong finding their niche together.
I’m glad I took a chance on this story. I enjoyed Small, Medium and Large immensely, and learned many new things. I’d recommend this to those who like their romance on the scorching side, but be warned, if M/M interaction makes you squeamish.
Renee followed Toby to a part of town she’d never visited before. The houses were nice, rather than ostentatious, and the lawns were spacious and well-groomed. Except for Toby’s yard, which looked like a botanical experiment run amok.
“There’s something I should tell you before we go inside.”
Oh, here it comes…
“I have a…roommate.”
Isn’t that just ducky? Hook me with the pocket Adonis and then toss me to the troll that lives under the bridge. “And what does he like? Whips and chains?”
He cleared his throat.“Well, yes, but only if you use them on him.”
Oh, joy… “You mean he wants a dominatrix?”
“Does it have to be me?”
“Well…you don’t have to if you don’t want to, but I’m sure he’d appreciate it.”
“I’ll just bet he would,” Renee said dryly.
“Haven’t you ever wanted two men?”
“I dunno,” she replied with perfect truth. “Never really thought about it.” One was usually bad enough.
“If you’ve never thought about it before, this might be a good time to start. He’s a really nice guy, but he’s…well, you’ll see.”
Definitely a troll. “Does he have a name?”
He nodded.“Lance Svahnstrom.”
“Lance.” The name conjured up all manner of images, chief among them a timid little toad
given that name by parents who hoped to inspire him to be a warrior prince, or at least a quarterback. “Geeze, I don’t know, Toby.”
“That’s okay. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want, but could you please at
least think about it?”
“What the hell. By the time I’ve finished fucking your ass with a strap-on, beating the shit out of another guy oughta be a piece of cake.”
God, he was cute when he laughed. “That’s the spirit!”
Then he opened the door and called out to his roommate. “Hey, Lance! C’mere and say
hello to Renee.”
A deep, rumbling voice replied from an adjoining room. “Who?”
Renee heard the sound of what was probably a recliner being righted, followed by a
heavy tread. Fee, fi, fo, fum was sure to be his next line. She held her breath.
As Lance entered, the first thing Renee noticed were the six-pack abs, followed by a bush of blond hair, cleft chin, square jaw, and muscles out the wazoo on what had to be a seven foot frame. And all he had on was a pair of cutoff jeans. Holy shit.
He held out his hand. Renee automatically offered her own and watched as it disappeared into his huge paw. Completely.
“Nice to meet you, Renee.”
M/M - novella
TBR Reviewer: Becca
How far are you willing to go for love? Are you willing to put aside your pride and allow yourself to be open to abuse if it meant being with the one you can’t help but admire? Ren finds himself exactly in this situation as his attraction to prickly Shin heats up but all everyone else can see is Shin watching Kyouya.
I feel as though the summary blurb for this book is a bit misleading on the plot. You go into the book thinking that there will be a good suspense and a bit of who-done-it but that isn’t the case at all. Not to say that the author didn’t do a very good job at suspense but it was suspense involving the characters and not that plot. That plot actually fell through for me but the one involving the romance of these characters held tight and was top notch.
The chemistry between the characters literally sizzled on the pages, you could feel the draw between the two even as Sin tried to continuously push Ren away. If you enjoy books that don’t immediately have the characters going at each other then this should be at the top of the least. Because of this delay we got and awesome in depth look at these imperfect characters and just what made them tick.
What the book could have use more of is details, not in characters because as I mentioned before that was well done but in the overall telling of the book. More could have been put into how the characters looked and my God, describe the surrounding area! It took awhile for it to dawn on me that these characters are in Japan and not some made up place brought to life by the author. Part of that I blame on me being an idiot but I also feel that had the author put a some detail into the scenery than I might have caught on faster.
While it’s not perfect Incognito is good for a sizzling hot read involving frustratingly interesting characters.
Sweet Romance - novel
TBR Reviewer: Brutally Honest
You know, with everything going haywire in life I wanted, no, needed some light and
uplifting. As soon as I read this blurb I had to read this book. ( Deborah Zimmerman’s life is not going well right now. She has to deal with a deadbeat dad, teenagers, financial stress, and a store manager’s glare. The cake that lands on her head isn’t helping any. When she bumps into Brandon Nash, her heart skips a beat. Could this be love at first
sight or the signs of a heart attack?)
Deb is so sweet but has some really crappy luck. Then she meets a hot sexy Brandon and
happens to drop the cake on them. I was laughing at several scenes in this books. There are one liners that will have you smiling like a fool. I usually find family stories in romance to be boring and intruvise on the romance. Not here. Ms. Bain wrote a fantastic blend and I really enjoyed it. Don’t think less of me but I did find myself tearing up as I read this. The struggles, that bastard Michael, it was all such an emotion ride.
The story itself was jumpy at the beginning but Game of Hearts was so good I couldn’t bare to give it less than 5 stars. Ms. Bain gained a new fan.
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M/M, science Fiction - novel
TBR Reviewer: Brutally honest
Kirk is a pretty boy, the rich son of a billionaire who’s somehow mistaken (Or is it a mistake?) and now being sold as a Slave. Lyndarum is a shifter who is of no value because he has freckles. Together they’re stuck in this grueling slave market and that's just the beginning of their problems.
I noticed the editing was a little worse with this book. Things popped out very frequently, both grammar and head hops. The relationship between Kirk and Lyndarum was way too quick, almost instant. I think if that was flesh out they would have felt more connected. That does change as the story progresses and the main characters have more time together. The science fiction is amped up in this story. More fantastic details and an awesome space chase. The space battle was freaking epic! There a very hot sex scenes, some shocking revelations and more action. As the plot unfolds and twists the story becomes an adventure, a race against time to save Lyndarum’s people.
Atlantica Dream is a sexy adventure and a great addition to the Schism Universe Series.
Paranormal, Romance - novel
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Quenton Blake is the most powerful of the Greek Muses, immortal beings that inspire others in exchange for feeding off their souls. Unfortunately, dead Muses become Shades, unnatural beings that invade and stretch out dead bodies, creating zombie-like creatures and looking for the next meal. Quenton and his team try to kill off the Shades. When Quenton's ex dies in a car accident and becomes a shade, he heads back to the home he left behind to claim his toddler daughter. Marie is Anna's daycare provider who steps up and offers to be her nanny after the car wreck. Unknown to Marie, she is about to enter a world she doesn't understand, where she is bait but could also be Quenton's salvation, for her soul could make him mortal.
This book had some confusing twists and turns, mainly because Marie has no idea what is going on and keeps bumbling into things she doesn't understand. There were a lot of convoluted threads to the plot - missing women, Tobin's hostility, Anna's illnesses, Marie's fears, Quenton's close-mouthedness - but all in all, the plot was entertaining. I enjoyed the fact that it was a different version of paranormal than many others out there in the market. I
liked Marie, who as fearful as she was with her past history, still stood up to the jerks in her present. She was a strong woman character. With all the factors ranged against him, Quenton didn't come off very well, so I had a hard time seeing them as a couple. There were also several editing errors that really bothered me, but overall the story had real promise and I want to see where the series goes. It also had some great lines in it; my favorite was when Marie though Quenton looked like "An extra hulky, extra irritated mime on meth." It is certainly worth a read if you are looking for something different in paranormal romance and do not mind occasionally fumbling to understand the plot.
Mystery, Suspense - novel
TBR Reviewer: Daniella
A funeral home developing a new way to freeze dry the dead. A man who loves his work and the beauties that he has preserved. A 15 year old prostitute that goes missing during a break in at the funeral home. A homeless boy looking for his friend gone missing. A young reporter who writes a column on the street life of Chicago. A man who has given up a successful practice to work as a counselor at a shelter. In order to expose the shady business and find the missing girl, the boy and reporter must put their preconceptions and trust each other.
This is a crime/suspense/mystery kind of book, but at the forefront are all the characters that Debra R Borys portrays so well. This was one of those books where you start reading and before you can even blink you are almost done with it. I was so caught up with the characters of this book. Chris, who has chosen to live on the streets so that his parents have one less mouth to feed, is jaded from the hard life he lives, but he still tries to help others and stand up for those more vulnerable than him. Jo, has estranged herself from her family because of her father’s crimes. She writes a column with stories from the streets, but she has never really seen the people that live on the street until she is involved in the lives of Chris and his now missing friend Lexie. Even Sidney, the man who works at the funeral home and who has a strange fascination with the dead is an interesting character.
This is a book that is very far from my own sheltered reality and it certainly makes you think. I can´t usually take too much harsh reality when reading fiction, but this was such a well told story, that in all the misery it still focused on the positive.
Painted Black was a great story and I am glad I got a chance to read it!
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TBR Reviewer: Shyla
I really felt like I knew the heroine Maddie, and not just because she was a writer ;). Sort of shy, soft spoken and a wee bit awkward, Maddie, often wishes she lived the life she’s made up for her pen name, Kathryn West. When her ten year high school reunion approaches, Maddie vows to make a splash and be more like Kathryn She’s convinced the way to do that is to come in on the arm of a bad boy. Hilarity ensues as she hits the bars in New York in search of Mr. Bad ass for hire. She’s in her third bar nursing her first beer when she meets Scott Brady. I have one word for this hero, YUM.
Scott Brady is a leather jacket wearing, bike rider with a heart of gold. His lithe tattooed frame and dress make it easy to misjudge him. Scott is amused not only by the offer, but by the woman herself. When she has three too many beers he sees her home personally on his Harley and agrees to go along with her plan in exchange for some acting of his own. He needs to convince his close friends he’s paired up so they’ll stop setting him up on blind dates. They seem to have an agreement until one kiss sets them both on fire, and changes everything.
Rules of the Game was a delightful romance full of humor, secrets, and good old fashioned sexual tension. I have to say Ms. James, far acceded my expectations. The blurb did not do this book justice. I had no clueI was going to be taken on such an interesting journey. The twist and turns of this story kept me wondering as I devoured one page after another. I did have some issues with the way she choose to handle an issue that happened in her past, so this ended up being rated a four instead of a five. Sometimes I think honesty is the best policy, and the decision to keep certain details under wraps, didn't sit right with me. I would go into more detail but that would ruin the surprise, so instead I say, read ahead and find out.
It’s been a while since I enjoyed a contemporary so much. Ms. James not only earned a wonderful rating, she earned a fan.
After striking out in five other bars, I wound up at Trixie’s. At least that would be the name of the place if all of the fuchsia neon lights had been working.
The first bar I’d chosen had great potential. Plenty of buff guys. Oodles of black leather. So much testosterone it left a haze in the air like some masculine version of cigarette smoke.
The third guy I targeted finally had mercy on me and told me everyone in the place was gay. Shit, my gaydar had to be way off.
At bar two, the moment I walked in the average age of the customers dropped a good twenty years. Gray hair and black leather really weren’t a sexy combination, and I had to fight hard to prevent images of Grandma and Grandpa dressed like Hell’s Angels from forming.
I blocked memories of the other three bars in hopes of avoiding post-traumatic stress disorder.
Trixie’s in Jersey City looked as good a place as any to end this humiliating night.
The bar area was crowded, smoky and smelled of stale beer. Surely in this group of men I would be able to find a guy who fit the bill. All he had to be was gorgeous in a roughneck sort of way, a good actor and poor enough to need the money Ioffered.
My tired yet still desperate eyes swept the long wooden bar. This was a saloon and pool hall, for pity’s sake. There had to be plenty of guys to choose from, any of which would knock my old high school classmates on their asses. Figuratively speaking.
Okay, maybe literally speaking.
The music thrumming through the place seemed the ultimate in the irony that constantly surrounded my life. I needed something like “It’s Raining Men,” but what I got was “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction.” That sure didn’t bode well.
At least there were plenty of guys to choose from. Almost every barstool was occupied. One by one, I judged them like pieces of steak at the supermarket.
Too much fat.
Past the expiration date.
Just don’t like the looks of it.
Damn it. The guy I needed was nowhere to be seen. Maybe Trixie’s wasn’t my lucky spot after all. Strike six, and you’re--
“You want a drink?” a husky Lauren Bacall voice called.
I want several. Do you make a good mimosa? I looked over to see a woman with gray hair and the brightest red lipstick I’d ever seen. A half-smoked cigarette sat pinched between her lips, and a bar towel lay slapped over her shoulder.
“Um…I guess,” I replied.
“What’s your poison,sweetheart?” she asked as the three guys sitting close to her turned to stare at me. They appeared to have come straight to the bar from some local meeting of Over eaters Anonymous.
Three sets of bloodshot eyes raked me from head to toe. I might have been desperate, but I was definitely not desperate enough to choose Larry, Curly or Moe.
Where’s Russell Crowe when I need him?
I almost ordered a wine cooler until I realized Trixie’s probably only carried the rough stuff and beer. “Whatever domestic you’ve got on tap.”
She filled a mug from the tap and handed it to me before turning back to flirt with the Three Stooges.
As I sipped my beer, the clink of balls on a pool table drew me toward the attached pool hall. The smoke grew thick. As my eyes adjusted, my mood improved.
This was what I had been searching for all night.
Bikers in black leather encircled all eight pool tables. Some younger than I needed. Some a little older. As I looked at each man, I started to feel like Goldilocks, fearing none would fit the bill.
Then I saw Mr. Just Right.
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Western Romance, Suspense - novel
TBR Reviewer: Brutally Honest
This is the 4th installation in the Thunder Creek Ranch Series. Let me tell you this series made me fall in love with Cowboys all over again. Each can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading them in order to get the full effect of how talented Ms. Nelson is.
It starts with Leah and finding out the man she thought she loved it a cold blooded murderer. The beginning certainly pulls the reader in. There were a few editing issues that popped up but nothing to take away from this entertaining story! What did take away was the cardboard dialogue between Luke (Leah’s brother) and her when she’s telling her story. She’s talking about rape, abuse, murder and she talks about it so impassive, not a tear and even giggles at one point when she goes for a cookie at the same time as Zakia
(Sister in law). It does get more substantial and soon the story takes off. Car chases, secret kisses and that’s just the beginning. She did a great job writing the action although some parts, like the end of the action scenes, felt very rushed. Some scenes just didn’t add up such as the car explodes and Michael goes out to get help. She doesn't hunker down and prepare or hid she eats dinner. What?! After an explosion? Like I said some scenes just didn't add up.
Now for the four star rating. Despite those issues it was still a very entertaining read. By the end I really loved the characters and was cheering for their happy ending. A Cowgirl's Pride is about the act of finding and capturing true love.
Cowgirl's Pride is a strong four star read that I definitely recommend.
He was so hot for her! If he didn’t get these damned jeans off soon, his erection just might pop the zipper. That’s how hard he was for her—so stiff the skin stretched tight over his cock and it ached.
She suddenly pulled free and backed away from him. He almost swore out loud in frustration, thinking she’d changed her mind, but she’d only gone to close the vertical blinds at the windows.
“Just in case,” she said, smiling a come-hither smile as she turned back to him.
He felt guilty for his unjust thoughts, but closed the distance between them in a heartbeat, relieved to have her back in his arms.
“I’ve missed you, Cal,” she said as she ran her fingers through his thick, wavy hair.
“No more than I’ve missed you. I was beginning to think you’d never come home.”
“Oh, I wanted to, so much, but it just wasn’t possible.”
“You’re here now,” he said, grabbing the hem of her sweater and pulling it over her head
to expose beautifully shaped breasts enclosed in see-through peach lace. “And I’m so glad you’re back.”
He bent to suckle her nipples through the lacy cups, her mindless purr of delight going straight to his groin. If he got any harder, he’d explode. Still, he took his time, banking his desire as best he could to give her pleasure.
Slipping his hands inside the waistband, he worked her blue jeans and sexy peach colored
thong down over her hips, promptly falling to his knees at the sight of her curls. He leaned forward, reaching out to touch her satiny skin, smell her spicy vanilla scent and taste the creamy essence that was Leah. He wanted—needed—all of it—all of her.
Horror - novel
TBR Reviewer: Mark
Noah is sleeping in his Grandmother’s basement, during one of his parent's monthly visits to her Farmhouse, when he is woken in the middle of the night over fears that the basement might flood. A heavy storm has erupted outside but it is unlike any other storm seen before in the area......this storm shows no sign of abating and the water that begins to lap at the Farmhouse’s porch has curious properties. Not only that but there are creatures in the water. Creatures with less than honourable intentions towards the Forrest family. And
then there is the mysterious Doctor Saxton who turns up on their doorstep stranded; a refugee from the nearby Spearpoint Technologies Installation. How much does he know about what is going on? As the water rises, so does the danger level and soon Noah and his family find themselves caught up in a battle for survival with time steadily running out...
This was a really great novel that started off well and carried on through to a truly brilliant climax. Right from the start, the tension levels are set extremely high and maintained throughout. Much like C.K.Burch’s The Icarus Void (which I reviewed recently), the novel’s characters are thrown into a very stressful situation very early on from which they are forced to do anything to survive. And just as with Burch’s novel, though the plot here at first is less than an original one, borrowing from inspiration such as Stephen King’s The Mist
among other sources, Williams succeeds in taking the story to new depths (no pun
intended), making it entirely his own! Rarely have I read anything quite this tense and chock full of suspense and what starts off like your average, standard traditional Monster tale soon becomes something much, much more!
I really, really loved this ~ so much so that I stayed up until 1 in the morning trying to finish it! I quite literally could not put this down and was not disappointed even when I reached the novel’s end! If this is the high standard that can be expected from this author in the future, then this is one reviewer who will definitely be checking out more of his work! I cannot recommend this enough and book is right up there with some of the best horror I
have read all year. I don’t want to say any more because this kind of novel works best when the reader isn’t quite sure what to expect but, suffice to say, if you DO decide to pick this up then get ready for one hell of a rollercoaster ride! Because this is one book that will stay with you long after you turn the last page!
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Fantasy - novel
TBR Reviewer: Kim
This is the story of Tsom, a 19 year old sneak thief. He has the misfortune of stealing one of the Rings of Power from a race called the Katar. He runs away to the Resistance to hide and soon finds himself embroiled in a plot to overthrow the Katar amongst a Civil War with another race called the Tarth. Along the way he meets people that can help him learn more about himself and powers he never knew he had.
This was surprisingly good. The beginning seemed a little confusing at first but once I had sorted out who was who and what went where I was well away! The descriptions of the different worlds and races were rich and vivid. At times I felt like I was there riding along with Tsom and Shara. Tsom was a believable lead, learning about his new life and powers. His heartache at the loss of his friends was heartbreaking. The war scenes were detailed but were not overly complicated or lengthy. I enjoyed the pace of the book once it started to
pick up at around a quarter of the way through. The ending was poignant and satisfying.
The Katar Legacy is a great fantasy read!