Euryale will never forget the day the gods turned her into a monster. Knowing full well the gods can’t be trusted, Euryale agrees to take on a reluctant partner to track down whoever is murdering a growing number of gods. Asher’s unusual gift for eerily horrific sound effects make him a highly sought-after voiceover artist. While he keeps a low profile, there has always been a ticking time bomb in the form of the bargain between his banshee mother and his father, the god Ares. It’s time to pay up—or pay with his life.
As Euryale and Asher dance around their mutual mistrust, the friction ignites a fire of unexpected attraction. But love is almost as impossible as the dangerous task ahead. Because even if the murderers don’t stab them in the back, the fickle gods certainly will.
Fantasy, Adventure - novel
TBR reviewer: Shyla
Hayden has made up her mind. If she doesn't between the Namaels and the Majs then innocent beings won't die because of her. Of course, things can never be that simple and when she is taken prisoner by the humans a whole new problem arises. It doesn't take long before everything she thought she knew no longer makes sense. Could it be possible
that the prophecy was wrong?
I really loved the first book in this series, but this time around I just couldn’t get into this story. The pacing was off with too much happening at once, and an unbalanced resolution of conflict. An anticipated battle since book one, ends in hugs and requests for tea (no I'm not exaggerating) it’s a blow I can’t recover from. Too many times with this book I was left feeling let down and unsatisfied.
Our heroine Hayden is growing more powerful by the day, as the war between the Namels and the Maj’s continues to be waged. Each side is desperate to win, leading to kidnap attempts, and battles. Determined to remain neutral Hayden is constantly doing damage control, healing the injured, and offering those who were once enemies a different way of life among her group. I think her goal to remain peaceful is noble, but to me, Ms Chester took that concept too far. Hayden’s idealistic views put her in unnecessary danger time and time again, which placed her in the martyr zone.
I’m all for a strong heroine who can fight with the best of them, but if the situations she finds herself in are ones that could have been avoided, it loses its potency. There was plenty of action as Hayden and her fated mate Jasper forged forward, slaying enemies, gaining new information, and meeting some new friends along the way. The magical creatures just keep multiplying! This go around my favorite addition was dragons! I really do enjoy watching Ms.
Chester's imagination at work.
Sadly the pacing, and consequence scales outweighed her talent.
Erotica, historical - novel
TBR reviewer: B.H.
Jamaica, 1660. A tropical paradise seething with unrest. Untroubled by slave uprisings, Anne Falkirk is the proud mistress of a vast plantation. Secretly starved for love, Anne appears to be a cold, untouchable white goddess. But one night a shipwrecked sailor unlocks her passions, using his magnificent body to stir her senses to the utmost. Is Jeremy Bent the answer to Anne’s prayers? Or is he sweeping her to peak after peak of ecstasy for some darker purpose of his own? Jeremy Bent has turned his back on English civilization. Part Robinson Crusoe and part Robin Hood, Jeremy rules a group of runaways, proud Africans who
have escased the horrors of Spanish slavery high in the mountains of Jamaica. Seducing Anne is a way to win freedom for his friends -- but when Anne’s beautiful body inflames his own desires, how can the rugged castaway choose
between freedom and slavery?
The plot had potential.
There's some strange format issue in the very beginning. Nothing hindering but strange so I mentioned it. The scene changes are the first problem - there are none. She's walking one minute then suddenly in a tub. In the tub then suddenly in a white gown admiring her image. In fantasy with some magic, that might work but in historical erotica...nope. Then there's the punctuation. The dialogue is lack luster. But all that could be overlooked IF the story is over powering.
Our main character Anne is independent and tough, runs her own land. She goes to a waterfall at night, sees a hot naked guy. Okay, I would sneak a peek too. But to start a conversation with this stranger then she lets him undress her. Say what?! Ms. Storm even goes further into crazy land by having a kiss with this strange guy...and that was the end of my reading Island of Desire.
Thus the 2 stars, good plot, bad...everything else.
Horror - novel
TBR reviewer: Mark
Set in a dystopian, religiously-demented American Empire, the city of Las Vegas is no longer a city of sin. Now called Necropolis, it is a city that eats sin. The vampires of Necropolis wait
patiently for the Empire's weekly drop off of guilty Penitents; sinners and criminals full of fresh blood.
Hank Evans is one of those Penitents and he would gladly let the vampires take every drop of his blood if it weren’t for one detail: Toby. Toby is Hank’s only son. Now, Hank must do whatever it takes to escape the city of the dead and save his son from an Empire as bloodthirsty as the vampires it uses to keep its people in line.
Shining In Crimson is a modern-day horror tale set in an alternative future where the government of The United States Of America has been replaced by a heavily religious Imperial Empire that holds its citizenship under dictatorial rule. Most serious crime, including crimes of morality, are punishable by death though not by execution. Instead criminals are dropped off in what was once the center of sin and immorality, the city formerly known as Las Vegas; there to be fed on by the Vampire population that live there as part of an agreement with The Empire. Hank is just one of these criminals, arrested for being caught with a prostitute, but Hank is different. Because Hank intends to survive....
From the moment I read the synopsis for this novel, the first in an upcoming series, I was intrigued. It sounded exactly my sort of thing, right up my alley and something I could really sink my teeth into (no pun intended). Unfortunately, after the first seventy pages or so and the initial excitement of the main character being dropped off in a city heavily populated by nothing but Vampires, everything started to go to down hill! The whole plot became overly convoluted, there were flashbacks galore as characters shared each others memories and experiences from one moment to the next and it quickly became increasingly difficult to separate who was who as everything else just seemed to descend into cliche!
This was a book with so much potential and a real chance to attempt something different with the whole Vampire genre but instead the author retreads old ideas and seemingly forgets about the aspects of this book that so attracted me in the first place. The whole idea of Las Vegas as Necropolis goes largely unaddressed other than as a basic premise and there is little reference as to how The Imperial Empire managed to seize control of the good ol' USA in the first place which, to me, would have been an excellent angle to explore! I know that this is the first part in a series and these things may be gone into further in subsequent volumes but for me, the author lost a real chance and opportunity to hook me in and keep me interested beyond about the halfway mark!
Overall, that which was mentioned above ruins any chance Shining In Crimson had of being outstanding by not living up to the potential it promises from its initial premise. I really wanted to like this. It is a bad sign of a novel when you no longer find yourself caring about the characters and, with a hundred pages to go, I began seriously wondering whether I cared enough to go on. The answer to that question was yes but it was a very close thing.
Would I read any more in this series? Probably not. Life is too short to waste on books that don't live up to potential.
Mystery, thriller - novella
TBR Reviewer: B.H.
The Ghetto is the hottest attraction in Atlantic City, an adult fun house where the frights aren’t supplied by skeletons and goblins popping out of the dark, but by ghetto scenes
played out in front of the audience. When a loud mouth patron and his companion are executed, the audience howls with delight. After all, it was all part of the show. Or was it?
I thought this was such a unique concept. New and dark, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I think it could have been great if only the author and editor knew a little something about POV and head hopping.
Oh my God, I hate head hopping. The author, unless this is their first publication and even then, should know not to head hop. Now if she didn't know, the editor should have! This was such a disaster as far as editing goes and it cut a brutal gash into the story. Then there's all the character introductions, add that to the head hopping and it's a mess.
The bottom line: cool plot, but needs a lot of work.
M/M, Science Fiction - Novel
TBR reviewer: B.H.
Space has no fury like an intergalactic sex fiend given free reign. From the twisted, seductive mind of director John Bruno comes DEEP PROBE, penned by best-selling authors A.J. Llewellyn and D. J. Manly.
DEEP PROBE, a hot M/M science-fiction tale set on a planet far, far away features six astronauts on a rescue mission to a distress signal. They find no signs of unusual life. One of the crew. however, pockets a mysterious green rod. He soon finds it has a mind and sexual tastes all of its own…
After reading and loving AJ Llewellyn’s novel Back to Black, I went through his titles. Deep Probe instantly caught my attention. Astronauts stuck in space with a rod that has a mind and desires of its own. *Grins wickedly* Yes, I just settled back in a comfy chair in front of the fireplace and immersed myself into this unique tale. The beginning, I’m just going to call it...a sex bag was introduced, very cool concept.
After that, it went all downhill...nude.
I’ve never said this about an erotic before but TOO MUCH SEX! Yes, those scenes are well written and scorching hot but where’s the story? This is only 89 pages and if you were to take out the sex scenes, it would probably be 6 or 7 pages. That is a ridiculous amount of naked men. (And I love me some hot nude guys.) The plot was so unique and had such possibility but it was drowned out by the sex.
Paranormal - Novel
TBR reviewer: Christine
NEVA JONES IS ON A QUEST
But she's not quite sure what she's questing for. A crow told her to take off all the iron she was wearing, a stag told her to get a lock of pale hair and a lock of dark, and an owl told her to jump into a lake.
Neva is a businesswoman in the New South, not a character in some fairy tale -- but she'll take on this quest if it means no longer feeling like she's going insane. So she dives right into the lake and into a crazy dream-world where nothing makes sense, giants speak in riddles, surfers throw tea parties, and there's ocean as far as the eye can see.
One thing seems certain: the hottie she met on a business trip in Wales is here, and needs
to be saved from living the cycle of a curse over and over. Neva's saved herself plenty during her thirty-one years; she figures she can save a dark-haired, blue-eyed Welshman by solving a bunch of riddles. And then, if this really is a fairy tale, they'll be together forever.
I first saw this paperback on the shelf. The cover caught my attention. I read the blurb but was undecided. Of course, by the time I went to pick it up another woman grabbed it and that was the last copy. Two stores later, I finally had it in my hands. This sounded so interesting and unique.
I'm sorry to say I went to all that trouble for nothing. It's not bad but very slow moving. The main character is Neva whom I personally didn't like. She was very one-dimensional. There was no depth, if something didn't seem right she never really questioned it. If her first experience at The Serpent’s Kiss was odd why return? And if a man followed you from Wales to Alabama, I’d be seriously concerned no matter how handsome he was! Then there's March. He was just a good looking young man with an air of old wisdom. He never leaped off the page. His character was just there.
The entire story just went on. There was no real grabbing of my attention.
I read several chapters in and forced myself to go a little further with the hopes my search for this book was not in vain. Then I took my bookmark out and started something else. I just could not get into it. The scenery was great and the magical odd but believable. It's the characters that made me not care about their ending.
Maybe you'll like it better...
Futuristic - novel
TBR reviewer: B.H.
Breeding Stock is Melissa Harlow's most controversial novel so far. It tells the story of a colony of survivors after a virus wipes out most of the population, and 'Drea Zelleck wants to make it back home to find the first and only man she ever loved, Jackson Burgess. Jackson is
alive, but his life has changed since 'Drea left. Once a farmer, he now runs a colony of survivors where the women are kept in cells as breeding stock, in the hopes of repopulating. Kidnapped from a bus by Jackson's second in command, 'Drea finds herself unexpectedly attracted to the sexually controlling and demanding Bennett. Taken at gunpoint to the colony, she learns that she is expected to be 'bred" to each of the men there. Jackson is still in love with the girl who grew up next door, but the willful, defiant woman she's become responds with such submission to Bennett's commanding ways that Jackson finds he doesn't mind sharing her with him. Now the question is, can he and Bennett keep her from the rest of the colony, or is 'Drea destined to be colony breeding stock?
Handcuff free zone: This has sex but nothing steamy.
It was all about the blurb. I love virus or apocalypse survivor stories. They always intrigue me. This is about a virus wiping out most of the population. ‘Drea is a survivor and she’s trying to get to the man she used to love Jackson. Along the way she’s kidnapped and finds out Jackson is in charge of a colony where woman are used as breeding stock. Will she change the ways of Jackson or does his second in command, Bennett, now occupy her heart?
The beginning is a little slow. I should also mention I hated Jackson. Really hated to the point where I didn’t understand how later in the story she would go looking for him. I felt for ‘Drea after Jackson took her virginity and acted like such a bastard. Even when we switched to his POV and we find out why he was an ass...I still wanted to hack his dick off for ‘Drea. I give kudos to the author for really pulling the read in. She did an amazing job with the characters.
In Chapter Three, when this virus is unfolding...Oh my God...gave me goose bumps. I could not stop reading; it was like a have-to-find-out-what-happens trance! I find it horrific about The Colony. What exactly could survivors do to help repopulate? It’s a scary set of thoughts that Breeding Stock seems to bring up.
This is really well written and interesting but this is NOT erotica. It’s cruel and not at all sexy. I could easily see a perverted man writing this with a malicious grin. I’ve read books with bdsm and voyeurism as well as forced role-play. I found the sex scenes in Breeding Stock revolting and my hatred of the men simply grew. I really wanted ‘Drea to go on a killing spree and eventually blow up the entire colony. Maybe ride off with a smile and a lit cigarette as she hears the men scream as they burn alive. As more sex scenes passed the more sick I felt. I was very ready to skip those scenes as they were more like rape scenes and call this a Did Not Finish.
Of course, there was still that little hope that maybe ‘Drea would get even.
How could ‘Drea possibly love Jackson and Bennett? After reading this entire novel I still don’t understand how, the author was way off base. She just threw in a 'happy' ending. The only reason this isn’t getting a one star is because the author can write really well. She pulled a lot of emotion from me while reading this but not good ones. I have the second in this series in my review folder. The plot for that sounds a little less...nauseous. I’m rather nervous about giving it a try but I will.
TBR reviewer: B.H.
From the beginning of Figg’s employment, there is something not quite right about the bar. There are few customers, a parade of neighborhood psychics and pentacle adorned visitors, all coming to hold court with her enigmatic boss. Figg is not sure what is going on, but she
is determined to find out!
When the local voodoo queen shows up, and the next morning her grandson ends up dead outside the bar things get interesting.
Figg pesters Lian into telling her the truth about his former life, and is thrust into a world where the things that go bump in the night are real. There’s a murder to solve, zombies to lay to rest and a villain that neither of them saw coming.
This plot was different. It didn’t necessarily entice me but gave me enough intrigue to pick the book to review. Lian is a bar owner with a shady past and Figg is his bartender, as we later learn, his mate. Then there's voodoo and zombies thrown into the mix.
The beginning was very quick, too fast to really get a feel for the characters and there was very little detail on what the bar actually looked like. There’s also no details on what the characters look like. Sure, the author explains one customer is a hippy but no real details and thus I couldn’t really see the images to accompany the words. The scenes are also very choppy. There’s no smooth transition.
None of those issues compare to the fact that Ms. Simmons uses first person point of view for each character! I’ve never, in all the books i’ve read, heard of this. There’s a reason why. The confusion for one. I had to read the beginning of chapter two twice and only when I got to the phone call did the point of view start to make sense. Why in the world would an author want to plot a story this way? It makes it difficult to follow.
When in Lian's point of view it was very feminine. He didn’t think or speak like a man and it was obviously a woman behind the man. That was another jarring aspect of this novella. It made the role of Lian hard to believe.
Then there's the dialouge between characters. It’s so jerky I had to reread. Let me tell you I am not a happy reader right now. Instead of sinking into the story that sounded vaguely interesting, I’m getting frustrated.
Yes, there are a lot of bad points but I kept reading. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because Figg was an interesting character. Maybe because the romantic scenes between Figg and Lian entertained me. It could be Figg’s shoe fetish, I was sighing in relief with her, when the person who broke into her apartment left them untouched.
Overall, Ms. Simmons writing had a lot of potential, but I can’t possible recommend
Fantasy - Novella
TBR reviewer: Luta Wolf
Nya has enjoyed her time on Arcros, mediating minor disputes and arranging marriages. She never expected that she had been offered the position based on her suitability to be a Draikyn mate, and that her soon to be lover was working his way through stone pathways to her side. Hyfor is not what she was expecting, but as she was expecting to work in obscurity, she wasn’t really prepared for anything. Mating with a dragon might be a good bar joke, but the
reality far eclipsed the fantasy.
Nya knew that her new job was controlled by someone behind the scenes but she never expected it to be her mate. She never expected him to be a dragon or that she would be genetically altered to be able to accept him. Hyfor has been sleeping simply waiting for his mate to come along but now that he is awake, he is taking matters into his own hands.
The are some good points to this book. The plot is not one I’ve come across before and I found it very interesting. I loved the details which really brought the world, in which the story is based around, alive. That being said, it could have been better and with the writing ability that this author has, it should have.
The beginning is very confusing and I had to re-read several times to figure out who was who and what was what. You get the general feel of the characters but no real depth. We know that Nya is laid back and not quick to anger. Hyfor is very dominate but Nya’s happiness is more important than anything else. Other than that we don’t really get to know the characters better, which is most likely due to the very rapid pace of the book.
Honestly I feel that if the author had just given a little more depth and length, this would have been an entertaining read. As it is, while not bad, it did lack.
Paranormal - Novel
TBR reviewer: Shyla
All I wanted was to be a normal, ordinary girl whose biggest worry was what to wear to her twenty-first birthday party. I needed for a few hours to forget about my mother’s murder and the monsters that inhabit the night. With all my heart I wished for a little romance, for a man who could make me forget the bloodshed and death. I longed for a prince charming who would sweep me off my feet and kiss me under the stars. Then fate kicked me in the teeth and granted my wish.
My perfect prince charming turned out to be a vampire.
Can I just say I wanted to kill Bunny’s cousin Bambi within the first two pages! I shudder at the thought of a slayer being so flaky and weak. I’d take my chance with the vamps solo thank you very much. I like my vampire killers, bad ass, with a killer sense of humor and a serious set of skills. Our heroine Bunny is a woman whose had her life stolen. Once destined to be a slayer she had her power and her title taken away when she slept with a vamp unknowingly at sixteen. With her powers stripped away she’s now an Alfred. An Alfred is
basically a servant to a slayer. Think Robin to Batman.
Locked in a battle ever since he stole her virginity, McGregor and Bunny have spent years playing cat and mouse. He chases, and she runs and hides while taking potshots at what he loves most, his vintage car collection. If you’re a fan of old cars, the skunk bombs, and explosion incidents will make you cringe. Ms. Bunny may only be an Alfred but she has some nice toys! Earrings that are UV bombs! I like the way Ms. Koger’s mind works. When Bunny
discovers she and McGregor have a common enemy, everything changes.
I wanted to like the story more than I actually did. It was a humorous take on vamps and weres in the city of sin. Ms. Koger is witty, and creative. I think if she had put a little more time into the characterization it would have made a huge difference. As it stood, the story was so action packed I never really got a chance to know the characters. The Nasty Vamp had an air of unbelievability that kept me from really getting into it. I know it's fiction, but there has to be something in the character you can relate to and I didn’t find that here. The sex wasn’t closed door but it was brief and glazed over. I’d love to see future work from Ms. Koger. I think next time she’ll nail it on the head.