Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review: Brotherhood of Fire

Brotherhood of Fire
Brotherhood of Fire by Elizabeth Moore

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars Menage, series, contemporary, erotica

cover 5 stars
I really love it. It's hot! Really with double meaning. We can see that's going to be a menage and we also can see that's going to be some firefighters. :)

characters 5 stars
Garrett - Tall dark and dangerous! A bit wild, a risk taker, impulsive and intense! What's not to like?
John - Also tall, dark and dangerous! He has a sweet nature, calmer, emotional, thinker.
Really they both complement each other like a puzzle.
Carrie - I believe she is the star in this story. She is the best character. What a great heroine. She mix well emotions with rationalizations.
I've totally related, connected and understood the characters. I felt their emotions and suffered with them.

plot 4 stars
It was a good plot. What I like the best, was that it felt more real than most menage stories that are out there.
The author showed real struggles and conflicted emotions that maybe a real "menage" relationship must go through.
It was easy to follow and I was hooked from the beginning. I was always wanting to know "what's next" and the intensity of it was really good.
I just didn't enjoyed the end so much. It was a bit predictable.

sex heat 5 stars
This was hot hot hot! Take cold shower hot! Fan yourself hot!
The scenes were very descriptive and it had some originality to it.

credibility 4 stars
I believe this was the most credible "menage story" I've read.
Their struggles were very believable and we could see that maybe that's how it must happen in real life.

originality 5 stars
It was totally new. I've never read a menage within firefighters before and I've never read a menage that explore an already married couple's relationship adding another male into the mix.

editing 3 stars
It was fair. I found many little mistakes in my book. Nothing major that would make me stop reading it, but I believe if the author can update it to a next version it would be beneficial to the readers.

impressions and opinion
This was the most believable menage book I've read. Because, it started with a married couple, that didn't weight in the consequences of adding a third into the mix.
Personally, being married for so long, I was internally bother by how the husband introduce this into their relationship. But this is me personally, this has nothing to do with the book itself.
I've point out this, because I believe that the best books leave a mark within the reader. It bothers the reader somehow.
That's exactly how I felt.

I will certainly continue with the series and I'm really looking forward for what else the author has to add into this.

Amazing book!

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Review: Dillon's Gift

Dillon's Gift
Dillon's Gift by A.J. Hawthorn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5 stars Romance - Contemporary - Christmas - novella
I'm raising the rate to three, because of the wonderful cover.
cover 5 stars
It's a beautiful cover. I can see recognize the genre through the couple and the Christmas theme with the gift. The gold color makes it special.

characters 2.5 stars
Heroine: I didn't like her. I neither related nor connected with her and after that I struggle to understand her. She would be a 2 star IMO.
Hero: He was hot and kind, too sweet for me, but he was an ok hero. 3 stars for him
other characters: not enough to make it much better.

plot 2 stars
It was an easy story to follow, but it did not grabbed me.I didn't ending it wanting more. I found a bit of humor in it, but not a lot of intensity.
I'm not saying that it was a terrible story, but it was too vanilla for me. Too much TLC and not enough conflict that held me.

sex heat 2 stars
It was not original, not descriptive and very vanilla. But it did have some sex scenes.

credibility 3 stars
It was believable, even though I couldn't relate with it.

Originality 2 stars
Just average. It wasn't something new. I've seen this type of romance many times before.

Impressions and personal opinion
Lately for me to enjoy a very vanilla romance it has to have something extra. A very good plot, a very appealing story to held my attention.
I'm in a mood that too much TLC with not enough things going on with the characters, doesn't hold me for too long.
I wished for multidimensional characters, so I could relate to them.

I would recommend this book for those that enjoy vanilla romance with Christmas theme.

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Review: Significance

Significance by Shelly Crane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars. YA - PNR

I've read the book and I've really enjoyed it. I told my 14 year old daughter to read and I'm posting her review instead of mine.

Significance by Shelly Crane is a very captivating and entrancing book. Maggie and Caleb are soul mates who are struggling with, but at the same time enchanted with their new, intense relationship. At first, I thought that their intensity would eventually get suffocating. The fact that they were so in tune with each other was adorable, but their frantic need to be together or face extreme circumstances was initially confounding. "I woke up again some time later with the worse headache of my life. I felt nauseas as my back was locked in spasms. My legs cramped (…) I needed him." (Crane 268) However, as the book progressed, I got really caught up in their sweet love story. Caleb is kind, patient, thoughtful, and extremely protective over Maggie. Maggie is a strong-headed character whom I admire. It was really nice to see her connection with her father grow throughout the book. Overall, I truly enjoyed the book. I really look forward for the rest of this unique series.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Review: Come To Me

Come To Me
Come To Me by Sofia Grey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars Erotic romance, PNR, ghosts

Since this is a short story, I will skip summary because my reviews already explains a lot of the book.

cover art 4 stars
I really like the cover. I even can see a few scenes from the book in that cover. If it had any touch of a cowboy, maybe a hat or instead of silk ribbon a rope it would have been perfect. :)
I would buy this book in a store just by looking at it. I would know it would be a sex read.

Characters 5 stars
Summer - she was a great heroine. First I really enjoy both her jobs. Second, she was a woman that didn't hide away from fear or pain and went after what she didn't even know existed. :)
Jake - What's not to like in a hot cowboy with that sweet accent and a dominating attitude? Jake was perfect!
I did relate, connect and understood the characters. Even though this was a short-story it never felt to me, like I was missing anything. I met the characters and I learn it all about them.

plot 5 stars
Fast, fun, hot read.
It was a great plot. Very well explained in such a short story. I don't think I'm missed any details.
The book keep me guessing "what's next" and I loved how the intensity grew into the story.

sex heat 4 stars
A short story with several great scenes. Wow, that cowboy was hot!
A few great descriptions of scenes and some originality also.

credibility/originality 4 stars
You must understand this is PNR, so not everything is very explainable. Still, she usually encounter spirits of dead people, but she found the spirit of her soul mate. Hard to believe! It worked for me though. :)
Very original! Nothing I've read before and something I would love to read more.

editing 5 stars
Excellent job! I don't remember any typo problems. I usually find them more often in short stories, and this one was spotless.

Impressions and opinion
I'm usually a hard-sale on very short-stories. I love details, emotions, to feel connected with the characters and usually this is tough to do in short-stories.
Sofia did it wonderfully. I believe I've learned everything I needed from both characters and I understood their world perfectly.
Well done!

I'm really looking forward for what's next Sofia! :)

I recommend this book for any romantic soul out there!

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Book Tour: Finding Abigail - Book Blitz Tour

Book Blitz Tour
Finding Abigail 

Tyler Cooper is the town sheriff and, in the past, had been the only person keeping Holiday steady. Though the community is now finding out that it’s town is magical, Tyler has always known it—it’s in his blood.  He has always known his fate of becoming a cupid, striking love into the hearts others, but an enemy from his past is set on keeping him from finding his own destiny—and love.
Abigail Clarke is leaving Holiday for good. She has to. After years of trying to fit in and make Tyler notice her, she’s giving up. She’s watched her friends fall in love and it’s heartbreaking. Acknowledging that the one man she’s always loved doesn’t want her, it’s time to move on and find her own future.
Right when the stars align and Tyler opens his eyes, his enemy is back and has his sights on Abigail. Abigail is in danger and Tyler may be the only one to stand up to him and save her.

Warning: Contains one sexy sheriff who turns into cupid, complete with bow and arrow, the sweetest teacher you’ll ever meet who needs to find her bad girl side, and a love of candy hearts that’s sure to bring them together

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A little about Carrie Ann:
Carrie Ann Ryan is a bestselling paranormal and contemporary romance author. After spending too much time behind a lab bench, she decided to dive into the romance world and find her werewolf mate - even if it’s just in her books. Happy endings are always near - even if you have to get over the challenges of falling in love first.
Carrie Ann’s Redwood Pack series is an bestselling series that has made the shifter world even more real to her and has allowed the Dante’s Circle and Holiday, Montana series to be born. She's also an avid reader and lover of romance and fiction novels. She loves meeting new authors and new worlds. Any recommendations you have are appreciated. Carrie Ann lives in New England with her husband and two kittens.
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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Review: Satin & Oak

Satin & Oak
Satin & Oak by Xavier Edwards

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Romance - light Erotica - Christmas

This book is really short, so I'm not sure how to review it. I will try to follow my standard guideline, but I won't write a summary. :)

Cover art 3 stars
I would not buy this book in a bookstore just looking at it's cover, but I would know it was about Christmas.

characters 3 stars
Both characters were good, even though I prefer Gerome.
I did not have time to connect or relate with them, but I did understand what their problems were.

plot 3 stars
I believe the plot a bit confusing. Since this was a very short book, the author didn't have the time to explain the "world built" in depth and I started thinking this was a historical short-story, but some parts mentioned made me think that it was contemporary.
If I left the time period aside, the story was easy to follow and it had a good flow. The intensity in the book could not be measured, because it was really short, but I did kept trying to guess what would come next.

sex heat 3 stars
I did see this book more as a romance, than an erotica tale. The few scenes mentioned had good descriptions, but they were not hot enough to be considered erotica IMO. I believe the self-made toy was very original. I enjoyed the idea. :)

credibility/originality 3 stars
I did not relate to the story, but I think setting aside the time period confusion it was believable. I really could see this happening to a family and a small village. It was not very original, but it was very sweet. :)

editing 5 stars
I usually see many typo and editing mistakes in these really short stories. Here, Xavier and his team were spotless. I thank him for that. I guess, since this was release at GR and for free, he could have gone the sloppy way. He didn't and the job was excellent done.

Impressions and opinion
This is the second sweet romance I read from Xavier. I believe I've found out that he is a romantic at heart.
In this book, his romantic side shone and the erotica was a bit forgotten.
Me, I love a good romance and I doesn't always need to be an erotic romance.

I recommend this: sit by the fire, curl up in a chair, drink something hot and read this romantic tale... you will feel a bit of Christmas Magic.

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Review: The Auction

The AuctionThe Auction by Kitty Thomas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars PNR - aliens - BDSM - D/s - dubious-consent - dark-erotica - short-story

"The man who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Since this is a very short story, I won't write a summary.

Cover art 4 stars
It's a beautiful, elegant cover, but I try to look at a few things in my covers and I could not find the theme in this one.
This would be a cover that would drawn my eyes in a bookstore. I would be certain that it was erotica. But I wouldn't be able to see that it was dark-erotica with PNR involved.
It reminds me of a renascence painting.

Characters 4 stars
Annabelle - I really liked her. She was a great heroine. Her strength helped her out through her situation and she used to see inside to find her true-self. She went into stages, of fear, rage, acceptance until love.

Master - I liked the creature, sort of dragon. Master was hot! Dominant, possessive, protector at the same time rigid. He was the sort of Dom that I like to read about.

Secondary characters - I see how Sir couldn't be as dominant as master and he was the perfect balance to counteract with Master's rigid nature. Lily, I can't say much about her.

So, why I didn't give them 5 stars? Because I never connect or relate with them. I did understand them though.

Plot 3 stars
This is one of those books that it could have been much better if it was a full novel. I was until the end of the book hoping that I would see something like "Read Sir and Lily's story in the next book".
So, the plot was ok for, but it lacked something which made me unable to truly connect with the characters.
The story was easy to follow and the story flow was great. A really fast read!
I believe it lacked intensity since the author did not have time to give us more details, to make us readers feel the characters.
It did not kept me guessing "what's next", but I did ended up wanting more. I hope the author continues with this story.

sex heat 3.5 stars
It was good. It offered variety, M/F, M/F/M, M/F/F, but it was a bit rushed and not very descriptive. At the same time when it ended it felt like it was only sex, since there was not much of characters and plot building.
It was original, with a few great scenes.

Credibility/Originality 5 stars
This is a PNR book, so it should be believable for what it stands, and this book was. I really enjoyed the author's veiled comparison to woman's role through out the history.
It was a very original book, that left me with the idea that I haven't really read this before. New idea that should be explore further!

editing 4 stars
This is a short book, but it was well written and I only remember one typo mistake. Great job!

Impressions and Opinion
When I start to write my review, I still wasn't sure what to rate the book. Now, I'm sort of adding up my rating for each category, so I can come up with my overall rating.

I can't say exactly what was missing, but for me personally, something was. I believe with a longer book, I would have connected with such a great heroine that was Annabelle.

I didn't feel it was non-con at all. The woman of the society represented in the book were raised for slavery and the female character was animalistic attracted by the male from the get go.

I'm not certain if I've grown used to dark-erotica, but this book didn't feel dark for me.
It was still a good, fast, fun short read and I would it recommend it those that like erotica with a bit of spice.

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