Touch of the Gods :The Wager
TBR Reviewer: Shyla
Rating:4 Stars - recommended read.
Heat:3 Handcuffs - Blush worthy.
The idea was interesting and the back story for Hephaestus gave the author plenty of room to play. Still there were things that held me back from giving it a five star rating. There was a lot of background that felt heavy to me because it was sort of unnecessary and bogged down the story. At times I felt like I was bouncing from one scene to the next with no time to recover. I'll be honest and say it was a struggle for me to read in certain parts. Ie: One minute I was on Mt Olympus watching Hephaestus cut ties with his philandering wife and the next we were in a bar making bets and then on earth with the heroine, her flaky sister and her best friend and co-worker. The fast changes accompanied by the information overload made my head spin.
Still, Touch of the Gods was filled with humor, my favorite, had characters that weren't just likeable they were relatable and had sex so hot it'll make your panties steam. No, I'm not kidding this was hot with a capital H. And yes, despite the God/Goddess theme there's a human feeling to this book. Luc's take on Olympus is the most humanized I seen. They punch time cards for god's sake :winks: Get it?
I loved the hero Vanessa! She was your every day women with a regular job, out there sister, self doubts and dry spells. She made me laugh, aww, and root for her when happiness was in her grasp. As for the hero. You'd have to be heartless not to feel for Hephaestus, born with
an imperfect body on Olympus he's had a hell of a life. I mean come on; if you were dropped out of the sky at birth, you'd be grumpy too. Unlike ole Hep though, losing your temper wouldn't cause volcanoes to erupt. You can see how this would be a problem eh? :laughs: Despite it all Hep has a real sense of humor that really lent to the books style and helped lighten some of the heavier emotions dealt with.
If you like the Greek Gods , meaningful smex, and humor this will be the perfect choice for you.
Imagine having someone so devoted to you and you don't even know it. What if that person, that perfect one was right under your nose? What if that person was not only the hero of your heart, but a savior to many? Dorothy Gale found herself growing older and was stuck in neutral. She wanted adventure and love. Yet her love life was non-existent, with only fantasies of hot sex and being dominated keeping her company. Lacking in human companionship, she felt blessed to have her devoted dog, Toto. He was her solace. Little did she know, her dog had a big secret and an even greater destiny.
Fantasy - novella
TBR reviewer: Brutally Honest
This is a new erotic take on The Wizard of Oz. It sounded like a fabulous twist but things went very wrong. The prologue was a mess. We’re thrown into a scene, it’s obvious where we are as I’ve seen the movie, but the author rushes this drastically. Very little details with no surroundings.
There’s a scene where Dorothy is attacked and Toto has to shift and save her. He does turn into a naked human, kicks the attackers butts and then turns back into the beloved pooch. This is all before Dorothy opens her eyes. One question: Who did she think made the attackers run off? She doesn’t even wonder why the attempted rape just stopped. That gave the story such an unrealistic feel and the characters a swift kick into the downward spiral.
Then we come to a rainbow colored twister and train which was unique. It still needed a lot of work both editing and fleshing out. It was so very choppy and read like an outline. From here Dorothy and Toto land from the twister. It gets so hard to even try to enjoy this book. The writing is extremely rushed and choppy.
One minute Toto and Dorothy are in a land with strange fauna and flora (I don’t know how strange as the author used no details) Toto is looking for shelter as the night approaches. The next few feet they’re in a desert walking for hours. What happened to sunset? Then Toto finds a cave and he huddles together with Dorothy to keep her warm. Weren’t they in a desert? These inconsistencies really ruined the book.
As the stories progress the characters change, they become one dimensional and then there’s the editing issues. As I stated above, a mess. Finding Home had so much potential but the author needs more practice and a better editor.