Shadows of Light
Author: TC Collins
Length or wordcount: 161 pages
Genres: m/m romance, paranormal romance, romantic suspense
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read.
Heat: 4 - An Erotic Ride.
Matthew Rose is a telepath, an orphan, and hiding from the guardian that tormented him and made his life miserable. Unable to bear to be around other people, he hides in his soundproofed apartment, only leaving when he is desperate for food or other necessities. On one of those trips out, he "hears" a
murder and then is drawn to stumble across the body, where he passes out after calling the police. When he wakes up in the hospital, he meets Adam, the policeman there to question him, and discovers that there may be more to life than he has had so far. Unfortunately, the serial killer has now also set his
sights on Matt, and he will not allow anyone to get in his way.
The premise of the book was fascinating - I liked the telepathic angle and even how Matt had helped the police with various cases. I also liked the "True Anchor/Soul Anchor" connection to explain Matt's
instant comfort/attraction to Adam. However, it felt like there was too much going on in the story and the writing was choppy. There were too many villains and too many people instantly liking/wanting Matt. In the middle of the book, I finally became invested in the characters and guessed who
the killer was, so I had to see it through to the end, but it felt like too many story lines were intertwined. I would like to see some of the loose ends wrapped up, though, and an HEA for Jared and Xavier, so if a sequel is written I would probably read it.
Prometheus Unstitched by Lila Shaw
Genre: Contemporary, Superhero, Erotica
Rating: 5 stars – A Must Read
Heat: 5 – Orgasmic
What’s a girl who makes superhero costumes going to do when a hero makes her anger rise, lust overwhelm and can change her silver streaks? He also faints at the sight of blood and someone is
trying to kill her.
You have to read this book. Simple. It is freaking fabulous! So humorous and hot, what a wonderful read. I’ve never read any story with this plot, or anything similar. Superheroes (the B rated kind), humor, action, hot and well developed characters. Did I mentions the sex? Setting your Nook/Kindle/Computer on fire. So hot.
Lila Shaw delivers a flawless story with Prometheus Unstitched.
Lessons from the Professor by Shyla Colt
Genre: BDSM erotic romance
Length: novella (84 pgs.)
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Sutton, a thirty-one-year-old nurse, agrees to meet her friend Leigh and Leigh's husband
for dinner, along with Leigh's husband's co-worker. Sidney, a fifty-year-old professor, had been burned by a younger woman before, but he is still immediately attracted to Sutton. As they are drawn closer together, they have to navigate a minefield of family, ex's, and past history to find if they are able to be together.
First and foremost, this is a romance story - boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy almost throws girl away, boy gets girl for good! The details, however, make it a great read. Sutton turns out to be a natural submissive, loving the opportunity to let go of the control she has held since losing her father as a young girl. Sidney, although dominant, has past hurts that he must
get over before they can move on.
The supporting cast are quite amusing - Leigh and her husband, Sutton's mother and younger sister, and Sutton's ex-fiancé Jackson all play into the story. I really liked the fact that this was played out over months - the two characters did not fall into love or even into bed immediately, and their relationship started out as dating and developed over time. It also portrayed the BDSM aspects as developing slowly which I also appreciated. Sidney took his time with Sutton since everything they did was new to her. I enjoyed the confrontation with Jackson in the cafeteria and the final scene wrapped the book up well.
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.