Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bared to You by Sylvia Day

This is a sophisticated, provocative, titillating, highly erotic, sexually driven read and is extremely well done. The title fits the book in more ways than one. It not only applies to the sexual nature of the book, but how Eva and Gideon give of themselves to one each other in body, mind, heart and soul. Eva is a smart, self-assured woman who finds herself drawn to the charismatic, enigmatic Gideon. Their relationship is initially based solely on sex, but their connection is so powerful, that they are overwhelmed with the need to be with one another. Most times their dates, rendezvous, encounters…whatever, result in some very primal raw sex. The two of them are insatiable, especially Gideon, who takes it to a level with Eva that leaves her completely undone. The scenes are quite vivid, and the feelings they exude…well WOW and WOW and WOW again!! Gideon is all about giving pleasure and then saving his for last. I was EXHAUSTED!! The misting fan could not compete with his exuberant bouts of sex, yet, none of this ever felt dirty, but necessary for the two of them. Much of this has to do with the fact that Eva and Gideon are tormented from past trauma and this is a form of healing for them. Eva’s confides in Gideon, and he is slowly opening himself up to her.

So, as the book came to its conclusion the story of Eva and Gideon did not. I was satisfied enough that I could leave them for a while, but I need to know how this all plays out, and that my friends will remain to be seen…hopefully in October! In the meantime...I can't recommend this book enough, you will run the gambit of emotions while you join Eva and Gideon on their quest to find themselves and each other.

This is my Gideon...I know he doesn't have blue eyes, but the rest...ahhhh!




Just my thoughts on this matter!

Much has been made about the comparison of Bared to You and Fifty Shades of Grey, and frankly I don’t see it. In any romance and sub-genre there are always going to be similarities, it can’t be helped, but the direction the story takes, the personality of the characters, how they are presented, and of course the writing, is what makes each of them unique. I enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey, but I loved Bared to You. There is no doubt that EL James is a gifted author, but Sylvia Day is a talented, skilled writer and has written an exceptional book. So, if I had to choose between the two…Bared to You...without a doubt is my pick!! Why? Because it's 50 times BETTER!






Karla








Sunday, April 22, 2012

Having My Baby and Taming Mad Max by Theresa Ragan


Fabulous freebie! I picked this up on a whim. I have other books from this author that have gotten some good ratings...all free at one time too...so I checked it out. I intend on reading all of them...after reading this little gem today.

When I read the blurb for the story, I thought this sounds ridiculous, so I clicked on "read the sample", because I'm so overwhelmed with books, I didn't want to add another one, just for the sake of getting it for free. I sampled, and needed more right away. I bought it...zero dollars...and then read until I was done. Very enjoyable and it left me with a warm fuzzy feeling. Sometimes you can't judge a book by it's description and you need to open yourself up to the ridiculous, or you might miss out on something good and this was good.
Derrick Baylor was sweet, charming, scrumptious and I want to have his baby! Jill Garrison was the recipient of his sperm, he wasn't present...damn, had his baby, and the two of them got mixed up in one crazy wacky love story. There are so many mentionable secondary characters, from Jill's assistant Sandy and her adorable daughter Lexie, to the delightful loving Baylor brood. They all added to this already heartwarming love story, albeit somewhat of a fantasy, but I like to dream, so it worked for me. There are also 2 other romances added to the mix, one which puts Derrick at odds with one of his brothers, and it also added some tension to the story.
The story is light on steam, but big on emotion, and the author gives the gift of a satisfying epilogue...delicious!! I hope that since the Baylor brood has more men that need women, and a few women that need men, that we will see this as a continuing series. I would love to hang out with these people again.
Free but well worth the full cost of the book!






Wonderful! Another great book by Theresa Ragan. This author really knows how to weave an intricate tale with a wonderful group of characters that all add to the storyline. The focus here is on Max and Kari, but the additional characters add so many layers to this well written, nicely developed book. Ms. Ragan has the uncanny ability to give us more than a one-dimensional plot. She adds bonus romances to the main one of a lost love and the possibility of renewal between Max and Kari. There is an existing relationship, Breanne and Joey’s, but it’s in trouble of being torn apart because of a life changing circumstances. The final one, Lindsay and Cole’s, is just starting to blossom. Somehow they all intertwine, because at the heart of each relationship, is the subject of children. A child that is the result of a one-night stand, an unexpected pregnancy, and woman’s hope to have one before it’s too late. I’ve read multiple romance storylines, but never one that worked as well as this one. There is no confusion or the feeling of being overwhelmed, it works and works well, because at some level they are all involved with one another.
Each of the relationships wraps up nicely, but the sweetest one and the ending that brought me to tears, was the one that took a backseat to the other two. When all was said and done, it had the most emotional impact for me. When a man really loves his woman, he’ll do anything and everything, to let her know that he’s willing to have it all, be with her, even if it life takes them down a different path. The entire book is filled with so many heartwarming moments, revelations, great dialogue, some humor, and because the writing is so good, it felt very real. It’s light on steam, but big on romance and relationships; lovers, friends and family.
This is another author that gifts her readers with an epilogue, which in so many cases allows us to close the book knowing that the characters that we’ve grown to love are living the lives they are so deserving of. Why is this so important to me? I don’t know, but it gives me the closure I need, and this author brought it home in a big way.




Karla





 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Chase in Shadow by Amy Lane

A very powerful and emotional read. I had no idea the journey I was going on when I started this book, but it was one filled with unbelievable high and lows, amazing characters and a story that damn near ripped my heart out of my chest.

Slowly the layers are peeled back on Chase’s past as his story progresses in the present, and you can understand why he has chosen to hide behind the image of being straight. The guilt that this boy carried around for most of his life was unimaginable, and the façade he hid behind because of tragic childhood, never allowed him to be his true self. He became a porn star as an outlet for his sexual needs and in every other aspect of his life lived as a heterosexual man. Despite all the hate he endured as a child, Chase has grown up to be a good man who tries to do right by everyone.  Underneath he is a ticking time bomb ready to explode into a million heart wrenching pieces.

When he comes undone, breaks apart, loses himself to his guilt and memories, I don’t know how else to describe it, it’s so overwhelming, you wonder if he’ll ever being able to pull himself back together. Tommy his true love, and a character with his own issues, is with him every step of the way.  The love they have for each other is awe-inspiring…breathtaking. One could only hope to find love like this at least once in a lifetime.

His childhood friends Kevin and Donnie just accepted him as he was and never questioned his family life. Donnie, a gay man himself, suspected that Chase was gay, but never pushed the issue when Chase denied as much. When they find out how much Chase suffered as a kid, they are hurt he didn’t trust them to tell, but also dismayed that they never did more for him. The only person Chase ever revealed himself too was Tommy. There is a whole host of secondary characters that add so much to this story, namely Mercy, Chase’s girlfriend. This lovely girl is a much a victim of Chase’s past as he is, when she becomes a major player in the lie that Chase lives. Doc Stevenson is the man who pulls Chase back to reality, and even though he is introduced late in the story, his role is huge. I loved the way he was portrayed, crotchety older man who knits during therapy sessions, calm, effective, but strong and forceful when he needs to be. 

The writing is superb, although the story does bounce around, but once you understand Amy Lane’s style, it becomes easy to follow along. This book is strong on emotion, tragic events, sexual content, and at times is quite vivid. It’s also filled with love, strength, compassion and a WONDERFUL, HEARTWARMING, PERFECT HEA!!

On a personal note, it appalls me to think that there are people out there who feel the need to hide their sexual preferences because of the consequences they would endure from family, friends and the public. How horrifying to think that rather than face the judgment of others, the better option is suicide. It truly saddens me.






Karla

Friday, April 13, 2012

Knight by Kristen Ashley


I’m very torn about this book. Knight had me up at nights, totally enthralled and at the same time frustrated. I loved it, and then I hated it. I don’t know how many discussions I had about this book with friends but weirdly also with myself (not out loud, mind you, but in my head). For me, Knight is like glue that just keeps sticking to me even though I try to get it off. While that does speak for a really good book with a well told story, there were too many things that bothered me to fully embrace it.
I’m not going to go on about the plot because frankly, there isn’t much to tell. Girl with wacky friends meets a mysterious guy she gets involved with. She has doubts, they fight a bit, have lots of sex, trust issues get solved, happy end. While the plot of Knight is very simple, Kristen Ashley added a very complex dimension through her characters. Knight is mysterious but we get the feeling that he isn’t a good guy from the start. There’s just something about him that screams dangerous territory. I feel that Knight is really what this book is all about. In the story Anya has to accept him the way he is in order to be with him but as the reader, we kind of have to do the same thing. If you can accept Knight and his dark side, then you’re probably going to love this book. While I was intrigued by Knight at first, he didn’t win me over and that’s the reason for my 3 star rating.
I don’t want to give too much of the book away. I don’t want to rob you of anything but in order to explain my problems I have to go into detail a little bit. I don’t care if you call it BDSM, S&M, bondage, light bondage, Dom/Sub, or whatever you can come up with, those are just terms and don’t define the book. The fact is that Knight is into control. In the bedroom that is totally fine with me but, for my liking, he overdoes it. He tells Anya not to dance, she doesn’t dance. He doesn’t want her to have a few drinks, she switches to water. Really?? This is not taking care of someone, or having their back, that is freakishly controlling and I don’t like it. Simple as that. I found it annoying and I felt insulted on Anya’s behalf. I got angry for her, when she should have been, but wasn’t.
While there is an explanation for Knight’s behavior, it shouldn’t have been an excuse. Anyway, Anya doesn’t care, so I thought, I’m not going to judge and just keep reading. There were a few bumps along the road but the book was growing on me…until the end, when Anya finds out about Knight’s little side business. I’m not saying that the business itself is a problem for me, because it isn’t. Some women find themselves in situations we can’t imagine and it’s better they have a safe way of doing what. What most irked me is that Knight almost portrays himself as a Samaritan, as if he does it out of the goodness of his heart. That’s how I perceived it and it bothered me a lot.
He might not be a cruel man but Knight is just too dark and too bad for me. I couldn’t stand how Anya follows him like a dog instead of standing up for herself, because Knight would break it off if she did. He likes control, remember?
That said, I still love Kristen Ashley. I am a die-hard fan and I actually love her more for this book. Why, you ask? Because she writes what she writes and you either get her or you don’t. At the same time, she writes a variety of genres and types of books. There’s something for everyone! Her style is what kept me reading and not just dropping the book. Her writing is unique and exceptional and I always enjoy it, even though I might not be in tune with the content.
Last but not least, I quickly want to mention Kristen’s Author’s Note. In the Author’s Note of Knight, she talks about the beauty in everyone and how we are all special in our own way.
This is my favorite part:
“Embrace yourself, even your faults, and understand you have something to contribute and more, people want it, love it, crave it. […]Just as every woman should feel beautiful and worthwhile, she should feel desirable and explore her sexuality with a partner who makes this safe and protects her and their relationship along the way”
This made me appreciate the book and the message Kristen Ashley wanted to send, even though the story didn’t suit me personally.
I had problems with Knight but I still recommend it. I find that it’s a very personal book and everyone has their own opinion on it. It is just a matter of what’s working for you, so read it and I’ll be looking forward to hear what you think!

**I erased all possible spoilers, but if you want to read this review with slight spoilers, click here**




Steffi

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sheltered by Charlotte Stein

Tyler “Van” Vandervoort is a dream come true. A knight in shining armor, only his armor is body art, piercings, funky hair, and his ride of choice is a motorcycle…what could be better?! Oh, maybe that he’s the sweetest boy you could ever meet, all wrapped up in a big brawny delicious package! Van is the angel who will be Evie’s salvation. Living behind the walls and beliefs of her strict parents, Van gently coaxes her out of her sheltered life offering her kindness and friendship. When she finally emerges, she comes out guns a blazin’ and full of lust and desire for this beautiful boy who befriends her. She’s missed out on life way too long, grabs ahold of Van and doesn’t let go. Hidden beneath her plain clothes and stodgy ways, Van sees the true beauty that is Evie!
He never pushes Evie to have sex, but helps her explore her sexuality, takes care of her needs without having her reciprocate. When he feels it’s too much, he walks away, and takes care of his needs on his own. He is the voice of reason when her passion consumes her. Then one day he tells her it’s “not enough” and she assumes he means they should take the final step, consummate their relationship, but all he wants is to spend more time with her, just be with her…OMG, if only he was real. The dialogue that I wanted so badly throughout the book more than made up for it as the story wound down. Then when the unthinkable happens, this gentle boy, who treats this girl, his girlfriend, like she’s made of glass, steps up to the challenge and becomes her protector…WOW!
I wish that that there was more dialogue, but I did enjoying delving into Evie’s mind. Her knowledge of sex was based on the limited exposure that she had. She used that and embellished it with her fantasies. Some of which were very humorous. This is an enjoyable, sweet, delicious romance and I wanted more!




Karla
 
 
 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Looking Forward To: Tall, Dark & Heartless by R.L. Mathewson


Today we have another upcoming release for you that we’re very excited about!

R.L. Mathewson is a self-published author, who has been getting a lot of attention lately. Her books are sweet and sexy but most of all, funny. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard and had so much fun with a book. I was introduced to R.L.’s writing through her Neighbors From Hell series. Playing For Keeps was my first book by her and I’ve been a die-hard fan ever since.

R.L. has already visited our blog a few weeks ago and we were able to interview her. If you want to read the interview, click here.

R.L. Mathewson offers something for everyone. She writes sexy paranormal, hilarious contemporary; her books have laughter, drama, emotion and sensuality. Now she has a new book coming out, Tall, Dark & Heartless, her third book in the Pyte/Sentinel series. After Ephraim and Madison from Tall, Dark & Lonely, I’d say we’re in for a real treat. Tall, Dark & Heartless is set to be released this April. We certainly can’t wait to read another book by this talented author!

R.L. was so kind as to give us an excerpt of her upcoming book to share with you:

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“Oh my god, you sick bastard!” Danni snapped as she struggled to hold onto the tree limb he’d left her on twenty minutes ago.

 “Stop being such a baby and get down here,” he said, gesturing impatiently once again for her to simply let go of the limb and float the thirty or maybe it was more like eighty feet down here. It was really a simple concept and he couldn’t for the life of him figure out why she was having such a tough time of it.

 “Get me down!” she snapped, which of course was followed by a little squeal as she opened her eyes and looked down before snapping them shut once again.

 “Are you going to go get her?” Jax asked, standing next to him and still pointing that damn flashlight on Danni, which of course could be one of the reasons why she was squeezing her eyes shut. The man didn’t need the flashlight. Thanks to his Alpha blood he could see just as clearly as Caine could, but the rest of his pack couldn’t and they would bitch and whine if Jax shut it off.

 He considered going back up there and getting her, but really, how would she learn anything if he did? When they left the comfort of their tent an hour ago they worked on controlling her fangs and eyes, but when it became obvious that she wanted to see if she could kick his ass he decided that they should move onto other things.

 If all she wanted to do was spar he would probably be alright with that…..in time, but no, not Danni. She wanted to go full-contact and see if she could hold her own against him, or judging by that devious little smile she sported just before he floated her ass up to that tree limb, she wanted to see if she could kick his ass now that she’d turned. She wouldn’t be able to of course. Well, not now anyway since she didn’t have full control of her abilities yet and they would never find out one way or the other, because he would never be able to raise his fist against her. He loved her too much to do anything that would upset her.

 “This is kind of cruel,” Jax said, making no moves to get the woman down, he noted. Then again the man knew him well enough to know that he’d simply grab her and put her sexy little ass right back up there. Actually, he’d probably put her a good ten feet higher to teach her a lesson about letting other men touch her. The other reason the Alpha wasn’t moving his ass to save her might have something to do with the little betting pool they had going. Not him, the pack. Jax bet that when she fell she’d break both legs, half her ribs and her arm.

 That was pretty stupid, because he’d catch her before she hit the ground. He of course mentioned that when the stubborn pack decided that he couldn’t partake of the bet. Cheap bastards. For clarity sake he of course pointed out that if he didn’t catch her, which he was ninety percent sure that he would, that she would probably break all her limbs, a few ribs, her hip and her neck on the way down on the long thick branches that would slow her fall, but they wouldn’t listen to him.

 “Do you have a better way of showing her how to float?” he asked, gesturing to the woman hugging the tree branch while muttering, “Don’t look down,” every other second.

Where the hell was the trust? He told her he loved her, so why the hell was she worried about getting hurt? To prove her love and devotion to him she should let go and get her hot little ass down here and finish tonight’s lesson so that he could get her beneath him again.

 Jax pursed up his lips in thought as he studied Danni. After a long minute he exhaled long and loud while shaking his head. “I really don’t.”



© R.L. Mathewson

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Check out R.L.'s website. Her books are amazing!

Steffi

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Control by Charlotte Stein

This book was not at all what I expected; it was so much more. It made me LOSE my control! It started out as a very “juicy” erotic read and then developed into a lusty love story! It’s told from Madison’s POV and the style of writing is certainly different. It took more than a few pages to get use to it.

Madison owns an erotic book store. She wants to hire an assistant and ends up have some very bawdy trystssssssss, as in many steamy and sizzling, with Andy, a hot hunky applicant. She certainly was attracted to him, as he was to her, and the man was a living, walking, breathing fantasy, they lust but they don’t love. The misting fan was spinning like mad!!! Yet, she ends up hiring Gabriel, a shy, inhibited, somewhat nerdy, but charming man. Sort of reminded me of Clark Kent…Superman, but he’s Super Sexy! She catches him sneaking reads of the books, eggs him on, teases him, all the while sensing how limited his sexual experience is. Madison takes him on, decides to school in sexual pleasure, and has Gabriel “rising” to the challenge quite easily. He’s a pushover, loves being controlled and the two of them are in a constant state of arousal. All Gabriel wants is to please Madison; he tells her that he’s good at putting the written word into action. Hell yeah, he definitely retained what he read!!! My heart ached for Gabriel, as he slowly revealed pieces of his past and I found him to be as charming and alluring as Madison did.

What I never expected was the sweet love story and the subtle humor that accompanied this book and it really brought it home in the end. It was a wonderful read and left me with a warm fuzzy feeling…and in a sexual haze…it was very HOT!

I find myself taking from the book of “Wendy” and can see how David Gandy fits the role of so many of the heroes we read about. So thanks Wendy, for schooling me in the ways of DG, I’m looking, not touching…he’s all yours, but he sure makes for some great photo ops!

Gabriel:








Karla