Taina Aponte, the sole survivor of an arson fire that killed her family, was taken to safety in Puerto Rico by her grandmother to escape the wholesale destruction of The Bronx. Thirty years later Taina, now a witch and still haunted by her memories, is back in the hood.
Taina’s search for the murderers uncovers a vast werewolf/dhampir conspiracy—and an alliance of fae to aid in her quest for justice. She enters into an uneasy alliance with Arnaldo Arroyo, a reformed addict turned community activist. The truths she uncovers shake her faith in everything and everyone she ever knew. Will she accept the mandate of the orishas to restore the balance between good and evil and take back the neighborhood?
Alex and Katija- high and mighty by Gordon Hooper
Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Rating: One Star - Not good.
Alex and Katija are a pair of swindling con artists, relying on the good name of the Detective Agency that Alex’s late father started in order to recruit new victims/ clients. But this time, they might have bitten off more than they can chew. Quite literally. Broke and stoned in Amsterdam, the pair find themselves facing off against a Vampire who feeds in a way many people might not ever expect. Can these not so loveable rogues live to fight another day or will all
their constant drinking, drug taking and partying get in the way?
This was a strange book that was written in a very crude, uncomplicated and loose style featuring two unique characters who were almost instantly proven to be unlikeable within just a few pages. This pair of ne’er-do-wells share no redeeming features between them whatsoever, other than they are not child abusers, and I shudder to think that any truly discerning reader might actually connect with them. The plot in this particular book ,such as it is, seemed to
consist almost entirely of them trying to solve a case they were coerced into taking through lack of funds, not out of any sense of justice or personal accomplishment then, but merely in order that they could instead go back to living the hedonistic lifestyles they had become accustomed to at the expense of others.
I am not sure exactly whether this book was intended to be amusing but if it was, it failed. Much like the two main characters themselves, I found little here of any redeeming value and thought it a complete waste of my time reading this. I got nothing out of it at all and was suitably unimpressed. I suppose, in its own way, the book had character but if so, it was one I didn’t particularly like. For me, the whole concept, plot and general characterization
all seemed a bit shallow and lacking and I couldn’t really see the point of this novel. To be fair, I doubt very much I am the intended target audience though I struggle again to see what this might be. All I can say is that for me, nothing about this worked or came together and reading it was an experience I would not want to repeat in a hurry...
Basement level 5: Never scared by L.R.Wright
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read.
Alexa Martinez is a Professional assassin who has worked covertly in the past for the C.I.A but who is now fully dedicated to putting her family first. So when attackers break in to her house intending to do her harm, the first thing she does is to make sure her children are safely
secured with her in an underground Safe Room; especially designed to keep them well away from any possible threat. From her base of operations here, several floors below ground, she then proceeds to try and discover who it is who wants to do her and her immediate family harm. It is an investigation that will take Alexa back into her past and cause her to examine loyalties as it quickly becomes apparent that not everyone around her is as trustworthy as she
This was an okay kind of thriller that certainly kept things moving throughout and never slowed its pace but which was hampered, in my honest opinion, by a cast of all too easily forgettable
characters. I found Alexa and her fellow family members to be slightly lacking in personality and for me, this made this book something of a struggle to complete. The constant flash-backs quickly became very annoying and often provided an unwelcome distraction from the main plot, this despite proving to be somewhat necessary to help explain the motives behind why everything was happening. For me though, despite their necessity, the flashbacks often just
served to break up the flow and quickly became an intrusion that I would have preferred to circumvent.
Unlike some of the books I have read recently, either for review or for personal pleasure, I didn’t think this was particularly badly written, it just wasn’t for me. I wasn't able at all to
connect with any of the characters and, as this was a very character driven book, this put me at a great disadvantage. If you like high octane thrillers with plenty of action, then you’ll probably find something here to enjoy but I am afraid to say it really didn’t do a lot for me and just seemed to lack a bit of depth in my opinion. I didn’t hate it but neither did I take much away from this book....and I would have preferred a bit more style over substance if I
wanted to rate this book any higher I’m afraid..
Frost by Taryn Kincaid
Genre: paranormal , erotic romance
Rating: 5 Stars - A MUST READ!
Heat: 4 Handcuffs - An Erotic Ride.
This story was on fire! I wish I could tell you why but that would take all the fun out of it. This
satisfied my need for romance, sensuality, and smoking hot sex. I mean is there any other kind? Ms. Kincaid is like a lyricist. Her carefully chosen words set the mood beautifully.
I adored Dagney who was not your typical Succubus, and her smoldering hero. Not a bad ass like her older sister, or an ethereal like her younger, she’s longs for something more than a wham-bam-thank-you ma’am. Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and just this once she wants more than sex. Haven’t we all been there… sans the demon part. When a run in with arousing paintings turns her world upside down she runs for One Night Stand, a dating service sure to make her every dream come true.
Max Raine is delicious, dark, and sinful. Like chocolate with chipotle sauce. At first I wanted to eat him up, and next I was contemplating Vegas. What you never wanted a fictional character? Lol.
Frost was a phenomenal read I highly recommend.
The mine by John Heldt
Genre - Romance
Length - Novel
TBR Reviewer - Daniella
Rating: 4 stars - Recommended Read.
Joel Smith, a college student from Seattle, is travelling through Montana when he discovers an abandoned mine. While exploring the mine Joel sees a blue light just before blacking out. When he wakes up and gets out of the mine he sees that the ramshackle buildings that stood
outside the mine now look very new. And the cars that pass by look nothing like the cars he saw around when stepped into the cave. Joel realizes it is no longer the year 2000, but the spring of 1941. On a whim he travels up to Seattle, where he happens to meet his own
grandmother and her group of friends. When he first meets one of the girls in the group, Grace Vandenberg, he knows he has found the love of his life. But when Joel gets the chance to go back, he suddenly has to decide whether to go back alone or stay and risk changing the
course of his own life.
This was a great well-thought-out story with a lot of likeable and fun characters. Joel and Grace are a fun couple, but Joel´s grandmother Ginny and another girl in the group Katie are great characters too. Joel is thrown into this strange situation, but he really lands on his feet and fits in very easily in the 1940´s. It is an easy read, but still with a lot of depth. Joel lands in 1941 just before the US enters WWII, and you really feel for him, knowing how so many
things will change, but not being able to tell anyone about it. Time travel is always a tricky theme, but I think the author handled it great. All the details seemed to mesh and come together nicely, and the twist at the end was perfect.
I really liked this story, although there were some bits every now and then that were slow. This is a romance, but it is also sci-fi and historical, all rolled in to one, and should appeal to a wide range of readers.
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Eanna by Andre Santhomas
Genre: BDSM, Slave, Erotica, Fantasy
TBR Reviewer: Brutally Honest
Rating: 3 stars – A Good Read.
Heat: 5 handcuffs – Orgasmic.
Eanna was...spoiled. She was someone that I found hard to like. Even when she began to
adjust to the real world – she is a high and mighty hand maiden for the crown. As the story progresses and Eanna develops I did began to enjoy her. That said, there were still issues with this book. The POV kept jumping from person to person and it really put a damper on Eanna’s story. More of her POV would have really kept the plot going. There was also a very rushed feel to the story. Most scene were rushed, the details minimal where in the previous books the author really painted a beautiful picture of the scenery and people. Then there’s the terminology, some of them were so off, the one that really came up a lot was chewed. He chewed on her lip. Um, ew. Not sexy. At all. Once you get passed the strange expressions, the sex if freaking fantastic. As always the author does a fabulous job of heating up the pages.
This was still a good read. The world of Janos is a very interesting and damn sexy place. I can highly recommend the first two books in the series. If you fell in love with them as I did then you may enjoy Eanna. I am still very excited to read the next book in this series!
Kisses to remember by Christine DePetrillo
Genre - Romantic Suspense
Length - Novel
TBR Reviewer - Daniella
Rating: 3 Stars - A good read.
Heat: 3 handcuffs - Blush Worthy.
When corporate pilot Holden Lancaster discovers the shady dealings of his employer, he finds himself crashing his plane on a field in Nebraska. The field belongs to Johanna Ware, who lives with her son Kameron on a farm. The crash leaves Holden with amnesia and the company he worked for denies they ever employed him, but Johanna decides to open her home to a stranger. The sparks fly between the two from the start, but dare they take the chance and
open up their hearts, not knowing what may happen when Holden remembers his old life?
It is a little hard forming a serious opinion about this book. The writing is really great and the story flows at a good pace. The characters are very well done, even if they are all just a little
bit to perfect. I actually enjoyed most of it. However, to really enjoy the story, one must embrace what is at times a pretty implausible plot. Still, this is a nice story about finding love and choosing your own family. This would not happen if the doctor didn´t release an amnesiac man to live with a stranger, or the police would have bothered to investigate a plane crash causing the death of a man, or anyone had bothered to try and find Holden´s family or friends when they have his wallet with his name and address. Also the bad guys were kind of cartoonish, you know like in old superhero shows, where the hero gets tied to a table under a laser beam, the bad guy walks away without actually checking that the work is done and is then surprised when the hero shows up again.
Still, the writing style, the great characters and a sexy couple pulled me in.
By, Katherine Wyvern
Page Count: 35 pages
Genre: Gay Romance, Futuristic
TBR Reviewer: Luta Wolf
Rating: 4 stars - Recommended Read.
Heat: 4 handcuffs - An Erotic Ride.
Never judge a book by it’s cover. No one looks past Laz’law’s looks to see the being and capability underneath. He’s known nothing more than abuse, that is until he is assigned to be with Lune. By first appearances Laz’Law is sure he has just been dumped on some oldie to keep him out of trouble. He soon learns how a gentle hand can sooth not only a horse but the broken soul of a man.
I was so excited when I read the blurb. Then I began to read the book and thought I’d made a terrible mistake but a few pages later and I’m happy to say that I didn’t. This is really a great find despite the slow start. The plot is unusual in that we are transported to a different
planet and a different way of life. Though an abuse plot is not new the way it’s handled in this book is refreshing. There is no magic dick in this book that just happened to cure the abuse, but instead this book shows that it takes a lot of patience and understanding.
I love Lune, maybe because I have someone in my life just like Lune who is very dear to me but I truly appreciate the aging knight character. Laz’Law carries a bit of attitude but it’s used to cover the vulnerability of a very thin skin. He’s been through so much that you just want
to snuggle him.
This book is a really quick but it doesn’t feel like it with all the dimensions added to it. Head Shy is a really steamy, enjoyable read.
Curse of the twisted rose by Lee Lackey
Genre: Paranormal thriller
Rating: 1 Star - Yeah, it was that bad.
Marlie Franklin is a Cop who is also trained as a kick-boxer. As such, she doesn’t take any hassle from anyone and is known for not taking prisoners when making arrests. But when a witch curses her at the scene of a call she and her partner have responded to, she finds her life almost immediately turned completely around. Suddenly monsters are drawn towards
her with the intent of taking her out and when one of these disguises itself as an Internal Affairs Detective, Franklin loses her badge. Forced to seek employment hundreds of miles away in the small town of Lockwood, Franklin must fight to keep her son safe as she comes to terms with the true nature of the curse and battles an ancient evil that lurks just below the surface of the town...
I wasn’t sure about this right from the start but decided to give it a go as the plot did seem to show a little bit of promise. Unfortunately, for me, that promise was short-lived. This never really reaches anything near its potential. Marlie Franklin reads like a caricature of herself rather than a true and believable character and accepts too readily, for my liking, the paranormal events that seem to befall her in quick succession. She barely blinks an eye at creatures experimenting on humans at an abandoned petrol garage and her son is not much better. He seems to be much more worldly wise in magic and the paranormal than he initially lets on to his mother but that is no explanation for how quickly he just accepts this new world he and his mother soon find themselves in.
This book seems set in a world very much like our own but separated by just a few heart-beats. But it is not a very credible world and I could find little about this book that I actually liked. As a thriller, it failed to captivate my interest and was more than a little bit of a let-down...
Dyletri, God of Fertility, has locked away his powers. No woman is allowed to touch him, not until he can return his long-dead lover back to life. All he has to do is sacrifice one human girl, a girl who unlocks his powers and rips his dormant lust right out of his body. Trapped by his promise, Dyletri has no choice but to watch Ismini die, no matter how much he wants her.
Yet the darkness of his calling is spiraling within him, demanding he claim the human as his. If he goes back on his promise, the energy of the Fates will cause untold destruction in the Universe. That doesn’t change how Dyletri’s begun exhibiting symptoms that point to more than just lust. How does he allow Ismini to die when she’s come to own him from the inside out?
Desire and torment spiral into something much darker than obsession, more turbulent than an addiction, and something much more brutal than a mere soul-mating. As a war is being rekindled right under his nose, Dyletri will have to come to terms with a destiny eleven thousand years in the making. He thought he’d known what path his future would take, but he’d been wrong. Now the one woman he truly loves might pay the price for his decision.
Blood Flows Deep in the Empire is the first in a series that will pit free-will against Destiny, Destiny against Fate, and love against brutal desire. Everyone likes to think they have
a choice as to who they end up with, but as they rise to face the greatest threat they’ve ever known, even the Gods will learn they have to bend to Destiny’s whim to survive.
Dyletri is the God of fertility but he fell in love with a human woman and she was murdered after going crazy. However, she’s not truly gone. Her soul’s twin may be able to bring him a happy ending. That is if he can find her soul twin eleven thousand years later and sacrifice her to return his lost love.
I love stories where Gods are explored. It thrusts me back into the world of Xena and Hercules. In this story, each God and Goddess had unique powers as well as personalities. The author did a great job building this world where the Gods watch over the mortal humans. It was a
difficult to scroll back to find the explanations to certain words on the index since I was reading on my Nook. Along with these ‘alien’words were common curses so it was silly to have an index in the first place. Still don’t let that deter you. Dyletri is a fantastic character. I constantly found myself amused or smiling at his thoughts and actions. Ismini is the girl he is supposed to
sacrifice and I instantly liked her. She was tough but also vulnerable. Ismini really hit a nerve with me. Her best friend Evesse was one of my favorite characters and the author hints at Evesse being mated to one of the other Gods. Some parts were long winded and I had to focus on not skimming. Still everything intertwined nicely to give this story a real bang.
The romance aspect of the story was wonderful and very sweet. That scene in the temple was scorching! Yes, there was action, a lot and very well written. Then we come to the ending, where I sat on the edge of my seat, eyes glued to my Nook. The ending of this book was intense and explosive. I couldn’t get enough! I can't wait to read the next book in this series and really hope it’s Evesse’s story!
Blood Flows in the Empire is an intense, wild adventure!
TBR REVIEWER: Christine
N. Isabelle Blanco, the woman who would come to be known as “Nyddi,” was born in Queens, New York. By age three, due to an odd fascination with studying her mother’s handwriting, she’d already begun to read and write. By the time she reached kindergarten, she was reading at a second-grade level, not to mention talking up a storm and showing off her extensive vocabulary. Her obsession with words and reading ended up bleeding into every aspect of her life. As she got older, romance novels took the reins of her obsession, leading her to devour
every romance story she could find.
Thanks to the world of Japanese Anime, N. Isabelle was introduced to the wonderful universe of Fanfiction. She would come to write fanfics on and off again as a hobby for the next ten years,
but it wasn’t until the Twilight phenomenon came along that she began dedicating hard hours to writing. For the next year and a half, she amassed a following that, by her own admission, she would never be able to live without. It is those fans that encouraged her to step beyond the fanfic realm and take her talent out into the publishing world.
N. Isabelle’s first ebook novel, Destructively Alluring, came out in July of 2012, followed by "Addictive Lunacy" in September, and "Allure Magnified" in November of 2012. The Writer’s Coffee shop Publishing House has recently signed her first print novel, the highly anticipated first book in the Szolite series. Blood Flows Deep in the Empire is scheduled to be released in March of 2013 and will be available in both print and ebook formats.
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Ovia by Andre Santhomas
Genre: BDSM, Fantasy, erotica, f/f interaction
TBR Reviewer: Brutally Honest
Rating: 4 Stars – Recommended Read
Heat: 5 Handcuffs – Orgasmic.
We are once again in the Realm of Janos. This time it is Ovia going up for a master. She is not yet completed with her training but the council has picked her and she’s feeling quiet nervous. Will her master approve or will she be rejected?
This is the second in the series. The first was a hit and I was very excited to read ovia’s story. This was a little rough when it came to editing. By the way, the word chewing is not sexy when it comes to body parts...at all. There was still that lack of balance with sex vs. story. Too much sex! Ovia was an interesting character and very well written. As with the last book, the submission is freaking fabulous and the relationship growing between slave and master is skillfully portrayed. There’s an intricate dance and story about the history of this world. It was really rather interesting and of course, arousing.
As with the first book, if you’re not into submissive women do not read this. If you have an open mind, go for it. Ovia is a very sensual novel that added to the enjoyment of a unique series.
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