Thursday, January 31, 2013

Review: Arouse

Arouse by Nina Lane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars light erotica, romance, family, series, emotion roller coaster

"Someone once said, "Communication is to love as blood is to the body." Take the blood out of the body and it dies. Take communication away and a relationship dies."
by Louis McBurney, M.D.

Summary Really a short one, just basic facts.
Arouse takes the reader into a journey through a couples life. From the moment they've met until their 5th year together, you will see the couple day-to-day life.
This book shows how a "perfect couple" that has a "perfect relationship" can destroy almost everything by a simple error in judgement.
It's a really emotional roller coaster!
Will love be enough, or better yet, is love enough? You must read this to find out!

Cover: 4.5

Really great cover. It's beautiful, elegant and classy! I would buy this book in a bookstore by it's cover because I would know it's an erotic read. I'm not certain I could really see it's a romance and that's why I decided to take .5 a star of the rating.

characters: 5 stars
Olivia: A perfect heroine, because she wasn't perfect at all. In fact Olivia is a woman like us all. With some flaws, doubts, insecurities, but strong enough to see when something is good enough and worth fighting for.
I related with her several times along the book, even though I've been married much longer, I've felt some doubts like her.
I connected with her through the book, I felt her angst and her love.
I understood where her insecurities were coming from, even though my life experience is totally different than hers, I felt her deep inside.
A character that I can relate, connectt and understand... is the perfect character for me.

Dean: A hottie professor. Who haven't once lust after a teacher or professor?
Dean was the wonderful professor, the greatest boyfriend, the perfect husband... until he showed he was not a super-hero, but just a human with flaws. And those flaws made him PERFECT! Really, who doesn't want a naughty professor to call it's own?

Plot: 5 stars
Nina's books are heavy on intensity and emotion. Really, Nina bares your soul and purge your fears and offers you redemption while you read her books.
I literally cried with this one!
The story is easy to follow from the first chapter and it kept me awake through the night trying to finish the book on my second time reading it!
I have just read this book at the end of last year, but I was still wanting more in this second-time-read.
Amazing! Heartbreaking and enchanting at the same time!

sex heat: 5 stars
This book is not about the sex, but all the sex scenes are hot, heavy and necessary for the flow of the story. Really! The author did an amazing job with the heat in this book.

originality: 5 stars
Is it new to talk about marriage and how it may crumble or how a couple can mend? No. But Nina has a way of giving a book the feeling of unexpected. There is something different in the way she tells a story. She usually goes through the longer road, to reach the end, but she makes the journey worth the time.
There is something refreshing in the way Nina decided to write this book. Almost each chapter is a different day, and some starts with the female POV others with the male POV. Really interesting!

editing:5 stars
I think because she has done this job before, she has a really capable team that helps her to keep her writing very rich.
Excellent job here!

Impressions, opinion
This book broke me and mend me back. It made me cry and laugh! I've possibly felt all the emotions possible in these hours that I spent reading it.
I ended this book and went to sleep still thinking of probabilities, of what ifs, of being thankful for my own journey with my husband.
This book has touched me! For that alone, I could have not rated any less.

I ended the book wanting more and thankful that soon we will have book 2. I still wished that Nina hadn't left me hanging so much as she did at the end.
But this was not enough to take any part of a star away from my review.

Communication is the key to this book IMO!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Review: The Erotic Dark

The Erotic Dark
The Erotic Dark by Nina Lane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars Dark erotica, BDSM, Domestic Discipline, Humiliation, Dubious Consent


Jane was a bad girl that needed to disappear before she was arrested. She ask for help from an old neighborhood friend, that offers her help with a price attached.

Jane becomes Lydia, a plaything/slave for this three totally different man.

Lydia finds in each man something different, but within the triad and her new place, everything she was looking for but didn't know.

Cover 5 stars
A truly beautiful cover. I love how it represents perfectly the main characters and I also loved the black & white colors. I would definitely buy this book just by it's cover because I would know looking at it, that it would be erotica with submission. Masterpiece!

Characters 5 stars
Lydia - such a rich "heroine". An incredible multidimensional character, Lydia takes me into a roller coaster of emotions.
Yes she was a bad girl from the start, but she got her second chance/wind... and she really grabbed it.
I could relate with her, I did connect with her and at the end I understood her. What else could I expect from a character?
"Three men, all of whom had more control over her than anyone ever had in her entire life, all of whom had proven their ability to evoke infinite levels of both sensation and emotion in her physical body"

The triad:
Gabriel - Who wouldn't fall in love with him? He was the gentle soul, the safe harbor and the easiest to love of the triad.
I really enjoyed that even though she need the trio, she could love one, or better yet, she could feel loved by one of them. He was her favorite and he deserved to be.
He was the proud one. He only gave her, what she voiced for him. Even though he was the "Dom" she the "sub" he never gave her anything that she had not learned inside that she wanted.
"It might be the only thing keeping both her and me sane."

Kruin - His name really matches him. He is mysterious, but he is also the strength of the group. He made everyone feel protected, cared for.
He liked to discipline her. He was the more strict and them and the one she wanted approval from the most.
"Her warmth was also evoked by Kruin's enigmatic yet affectionate power"

Preston- He is a hard one to talk about. He is hateful really. He is in a quest for vengeance from some misgivings of a teenage that she wasn't even really aware. But I understood in the end how important his role is for the book and also for Lydia. He really knew her better than herself at some extent. He was obsessed with her since they were kids and to be able to understand and forgive him was a huge step for Lydia. In his crazy way he has always loved her. He liked humiliation and total submission.
"Your offer came with a heavy price, but if it weren't for you..." "You gave me a whole new life."

plot 5 stars
Lydia journey through self discovery is painful, hurtful, shocking, but so so so good. Really I did feel all of Lydia's emotions along the way. I did hurt and I did love with her.
The author explained so well her emotions and feelings.
She doesn't give us a lot of background on the man, but this book is all about Lydia and we learn and feel Lydia deep inside.
It was not a very easy story to follow at the beginning, but afterwards it gets the flow. I was always trying to guess what would happen next and the intensity of feelings grew along the way. I ended the book really wanting more. I want the second book NOW! lol

sex heat 5 stars
Wow! Yes it's mostly dubious consent, but is hot hot hot! Really really hot! Needing cold shower hot! Wow!

originality 5 stars
I love to rate thinking of what has the author offer me new.
Let me tell you, Nina Lane gave me a totally different book than anything I've read before. I do read a lot!
Is this all believable and credible? I'm not certain, but she sold it to me. :)

editing 5 stars
Excellent editing work. I remember only one typo mistake.
Her writing is also superb!

Impressions, Opinion

Nina Lane has a lyrical way of writing that it's not usually found in erotica read, specially contemporary books. I really like it, IMO it makes it richer and it matches her stories. But I know that it bother some people.

A book that takes me into a roller coasters of emotions, that offers me almost a cathartic experience is a wonderful book IMO!
So, for me, this book was PERFECT!

I'm really looking forward to the next book, because it does leave us with feelings of unfinished business.

I recommend to anyone that wants to read DARK erotica. I meant dark! It's not your usual BDSM books with predefined DOM/sub roles.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Interview: Mia Downing

On Thursday, January 24th at, author Mia Downing will be chatting with us and answering all our questions.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Review: A Taste for a Mate (Redwood Pack, #2)

A Taste for a Mate (Redwood Pack, #2)A Taste for a Mate by Carrie Ann Ryan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars, wow! PNR, erotica, series, hot

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Willow is alone in the world, but has made it. She has her own bakery and feels happy to have become someone.
Jasper and his wolf loved Willow scent, but they don't want to scare her, so he decides to visit her bakery everyday for almost 2 months.
Finally he ask her out, but fate and/or an evil enemy doesn't want it to happen.
This book explains better the ins-and-outs of the Redwood Pack, what they are fighting against and shows 2 great characters in Willow and Jasper. Oh, the author left a major cliffhanger at the end, that only made me want to read the next faster!

cover 4 stars
I really liked it. I would have bought it in a book store, but I wish the name of the book was a bit smaller. The couple is sexy and the wolf is even sexier, so I wanted to see them better. :)

characters 5 stars
Willow - I really loved the heroine, she was soft and tough at the same time.
Jasper- Oh, even better than Kade! Of course his book was longer, so I could see more of him.
Can I just say that I'm really looking forward to read more about all brothers. Oh, each one seem better than the other!

plot 5 stars
Not even a huge cliffhanger at the end, took out from this one.
It's a fast-paced full of action story. Easy to follow, at the same time kept me guessing what would come next all the time. I really enjoyed the intensity of how the relationship grew and the cliffhanger at the end made me start reading book 3 TODAY!

sex heat 5 stars
Carrie Ann Ryan's scenes are really wonderful. They are there for a reason, they are hot and creative. Oh, sometimes I wanted to know a little bit more, but that is the pervert in me. lol

editing 4.5 stars
Really good. Only a few minor mistakes with my edition.

originality 5 stars
I really believe this is the strength of this series. It's a romance with werewolves, but they are UNIQUE! I love the feeling of something fresh, new that her werewolves and Redwood pack world gives me. It's different, unexpected, something that I want to know more!

Impressions, opinion

Oh, I usually hate cliffhangers, lol and I probably would hate it more if I had to wait to read next book, since it's already inside my kindle, I have to say " Carrie Ann that was a masterpiece!"

Really looking forward to this series and I believe that anyone that likes a hot PNR should be reading it right now!

"Though a man is pure at heart, and says his prayers at night. He may become a wolf, and the wolf bane blooms, when the Autumn moon is bright." - Van Helsing

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Review: An Alpha's Path (Redwood Pack, #1)

An Alpha's Path (Redwood Pack, #1)An Alpha's Path by Carrie Ann Ryan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars PNR, erotica, series

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cover 5 stars
A really hot cover! I could see by the cover only, this would be an erotic werewolf book!! I would totally buy just looking at this cover.

characters 4.5 stars
Melanie- she was an ok heroine. She annoyed me a little, but I can see a future for her growth in this series.
Kade - He was wonderful! Dark, hot and handsome... but not too pushy. I can really see him as a future alpha!
I did connect with the characters and understood their choices.

plot 4 stars
This is a good beginning of a series, but as mostly prequels is a bit rushed. The plot is a bit unbelievable, but this is PNR, so all is possible.
It was easy to follow, I like how the intensity of the story grew and I ended the book wanting to know more about the Redwood Pack.

sex heat 5 stars
It was perfect! It was really steamy hot, but it had enough plot, so it wasn't too much. Really great scenes.

editing 4 stars
I didn't see that many mistakes and since this was a first book for a self-publish author I found it pretty good.

originality 5 stars
I really enjoyed the "new" feeling I got from this series. I love a "shifter" book and I'm always game to read it, but Carrie Ann's werewolves brought something different. I really enjoyed the 2 beings = 1 man of her wolves.

Impressions, opinion
A new author with a very promising series. I'm really looking forward to know more about the Redwood pack and to read more about this "new werewolves".

I recommend to anyone that loves a good hot read with wolves in the mix!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Review: Just Ask

Just AskJust Ask by Mia Downing

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars M/M, Romance, light kinky

Jordan has inherited an island from his uncle and as a last-wish-type-of-thing he visits to throw his ashes in a perfect place.
To find this perfect spot, he decides to spend a weekend in paradise, trying to reconnect with himself and his uncle.
There he meets his new partner, cowboy Ryan, that was also his uncle best friend.
Even though he has always been straight, his attraction to Ryan is explosive.
The book explores Jordan journey through self-discovery and teach him that if he wants something he only need to "Just Ask".

cover 4 stars
After reading the book, I totally understood it. But only looking at it first, I couldn't see it was m/m; but I would still buy this book by the cover in a bookstore. Hot guy and beautiful sea, that's a great combination!

characters 5 stars
I really loved both male characters. Both of them had weakness and were not afraid of working it.

plot 5 stars
I believe this is the strength of this book. It has an amazingly develop plot. It shows the journey of the characters to it's completion without leaving anything out.
It was really well written. The intensity of the story grew proportionally and I was always on my toes, wanted to now what's next.

sex heat 4 stars
It has great scenes. This was my first all m/m book and I was happily surprise. :) The love scenes are heavy on love, which made them sweet at the same time they were steamy.

editing 5 stars
It was really good. I don't remember a major problem I had with the typing.

impressions and opinion
This book was Mia Downing at her best!
We can feel the authors romantic heart, at the same time she uses just a bit of kinky so it doesn't get sappy.
Really a masterpiece!

I would recommend to anyone that loves a good written romance. Even for those like me, that hasn't venture into M/M before, I would say: Live a little, give it a try!

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Review: Hard Candy for Christmas

Hard Candy for ChristmasHard Candy for Christmas by Ella Dominguez

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars Erotica, PNR, Menage, Short-story

Cover: a 5 star. I really loved it. I can see it's all about Christmas, it's erotica and it's the female character. :)

Characters: 4.5 stars overall Lia: 5 stars Dale: 4.5 stars Nick: 4 stars
I really love the heroine, she was funny and feisty. ;)
Both males were good, as often in a menage, they complemented each other. Even though I usually like best the dark-dangerous one, in this matter the blond won!
Dale was shy and kinky. How could I not love him?
I did understand all the characters and because of if I felt a connection with them.

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Plot: 4 stars
Real good for a short-story. The author really managed to explain every bit of detail really well.
It was an easy read that left me feeling "I want more". I really enjoyed the humor of the characters and I love the intensity of their relationship.
It was believable, specially because it was a PNR story. I just expected more at the ending. ;)

Sex Heat: 5 stars
Real steamy! Kinky!

Editing: 4 stars
Just a few errors and some skipped words. Since this is a first copy posted for the readers on GR I really rated it good.

Impressions and Opinion

I really loved Ella's writing style and I could relate with her characters.
I'm looking forward to read other things from her.
I really enjoyed the author's originality and I saw some different things from what I usually see around. :)
I didn't rate it 5 stars, because I found the ending a bit lacking. I wanted more! :)

I would recommend this book to anyone that likes a fun-sexy-read!

Thanks Ella, in the name of KW for this wonderful book!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Review: Trained for Seduction

Trained for Seduction
Trained for Seduction by Mia Downing

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars erotica, menage, light bdsm, series

I really liked this cover. I could see it was going to be a hot military read! :)

I really like Kate. A strong, but sometimes fragile female character. Very complex, like most of us women are. I did connect and understood her.

Chase- a good hero. A bit complex, tortured hero - the tall dark and dangerous type. Usually, the type that I love most. But IMO, it was overshadow by Jake.

Jake- YAY! I totally loved Jake. I can't wait to read his book and know more about him. Wow, what a friend, what a man!

The credibility it's so so. The first couple chapters were even harder to believe. It was not amazingly belivable, as I'm certain that's not how it happens in goverment agencies, but as I got hooked into the story, who cares if it's very credible or not?

After the first two chapters the story was pretty easy to follow and it keep me in my toes until the end. I never knew for certain what exactly would happen, since the characters were very complex. I really enjoy the little twist at the end. When we think it all fine and solved.... something happened.


In a scale from 1 - 5, I would totally scream 5! Oh, it was steamy, cold shower alert!
Specially, I found some originality into the scenes and the description was great.
Oh... can I just say again that I'm totally in love with menage scenes. :)

It was pretty darn good, I don't remember any major mistake.

Impressions, Opinion

Oh, I'm so looking forward to read the next book. Just knowing I will see more of Jake it's good enough for me. :)

If it wasn't for the unbelivable first 2 chapters, I would have rated 5 stars. :)

I recommend for anyone that likes to have fun with steamy hot scenes!

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Review: A Man for the Season

A Man for the SeasonA Man for the Season by Xavier Edwards

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars. I would love to read a sequel for this short-story. :) Holidays, erotica, romance

It's not a bad cover, but it doesn't tell me anything from the story. I don't know, I would like a more holiday themed cover.

I was really intrigued by the male character. It was unexpected. I had no idea I would read about (view spoiler)[Santa (hide spoiler)] having sex. lol It was unexpected, fun!
The female, nothing memorable really. She was ok.

Again, it's different from what I've read from Xavier before. I really like his twist with the identity of the character, but I wanted maybe a more complete ending. lol Of course, this is a good book to have a sequel.

It was a 2 in a scale of 5. It basically had one scene, which was good. Again I was surprised by the bend over. :)

Impressions and opinion

This books seems like a prequel for a great story. I have never read a Kinky story with (view spoiler)[Santa (hide spoiler)] and would definitely be game to read one. :)

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