Sunday, December 21, 2014

Review: Razor Wire

Razor Wire
Razor Wire by Lauren Gallagher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Corrective rape is an abhorrent concept yet apparently live and well. In Razor Wire, Ms. Gallagher takes a dark look into the military. Are all military like this no? I would argue that this situation is prevalent in male dominated industries where a woman is not welcome. Kim Lockhoff is the sexy navy officer whose wanted to be in the Navy since she was a kid. Unfortunately her good looks make her prey to men who want to fuck her. In this world, most of the men either want to fuck or kill the woman. That's their mentality and it's sickening.

Ms. Gallagher shows the world of the "old boys" club and how they terrorize females and believe they are above the law. What's worse, even the women turn on each other in this book. The characters here exhibit some of the worst flaws in humanity. It's a sad look on how a woman who doesn't put out is called a bitch and one who does flirt will be called a slut. To make it worse, when a woman finds other women attractive, males in this world believe the women need to go through "corrective rape" so that they are no longer lesbians. Ms. Gallagher pulls no punches as she vilifies essentially every male in this story.

This is an interesting look at what women go through and why some women don't report rape. Sexual harassment is alive and well in this day and age. Whilst readers could argue this is just a story and exaggerated into something impalpable to normal human beings, I wonder if that is really true. This story may be a bit extreme in some senses, but it does contain a kernel of truth. This is what makes the story feel real and more distressing. Ms. Gallagher does a nice job of showing character growth. She also does a good job in the conflict. What is surprising is how this story ends up because it really looked like a no win situation.

The F/f piece to this story is really why I read it. It's difficult to find good f/f tales. Usually it's just porn mind candy. This one is a well written story where two women find they have common experiences and bond over it. Hope is not lost. This story is recommended to f/f readers looking for strength and loyalty among women.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Review: Spell Bound

Spell Bound
Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What happens one a person relies too much on powers instead of their own strength and intelligence? They loose their confidence. Savannah's magic powers as a witch and sorcerer daughter came easily. She can even do the dark magic without much trouble. When her powers disappear without an explanation, it throws Savannah off her stride. Instead of the cocky devil may care attitude, she falls into a heap of fearful mess.

It's frustrating to see Savannah in this manner and yet it definitely makes sense. Ms. Armstrong does a great job of knocking Savannah down so she can grow more maturely. This new plot with the supernaturals who want to expose themselves is a great compare and contrast for Savannah. It shows just how much she's grown since she was first introduced to readers.

Bringing back beloved characters from the earlier series - Elena and Clay is a foreshadowing. This is the beginning of the end. This will be the end of this lovely series I first starting reading over ten years ago. The ride has been smooth and at times heart breaking. There are growing pains for Savannah in this story which are also heart breaking. I love it. The romance stalling between Savannah and Adam is finally out in the open. They are going to acknowledge it. This leads into more interesting times.

One thing I didn't like is the way this book left me hanging. Fortunately, I immediate found the next and final book in this series. This helped to bring it to a nice closure. This series is recommended for those who enjoy well written paranormal romance with strong female leads and a little bit of every supernatural being.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: In Arrears

In Arrears
In Arrears by Morgan Hawke

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Where is the rest of this story? GAH! Yes, I've penned a note off to talented Ms. Hawke to find out if there will be a sequel to this tasty tidbit. 3.5 star for me because it was too short and the ending left it hanging.

From a world building, there isn't much. From a non-con with acupuncture involved as well as an OIL enema, woot! Really, the sex in here is hawt and arousing. Spank bank material for sure. If only the five days were more in detail and Roth suffered a bit more under the mysterious Fox. There were hints here and there but never enough to satisfy me. And really, Roth got off way too easy. How much in debt was he? And only about 10 sexual assignments as a whore to pay back what he owed? If they only charged 2K, that would mean he only earned 20K payment. I think he owes more. Plus there's the cost associated with making this happen.

I did like the clever title. It makes me laugh. If only more happened to Roth's rear. Fisting, spanking, sexual toys would have all been a nice touch. Still, a little tease from Ms. Hawke is better than nothing. A reader can only hope for her to write more deviant and non-con stories. Her sex scenes are always hawt and her characters are engaging. Recommended for those looking for a bit of non-con turning into dub-con.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: The Perfect Witness: A Novel

The Perfect Witness: A Novel
The Perfect Witness: A Novel by Iris Johansen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Once in a while, I read a book with no BDSM in it. Yes, my GR friends are in shock. I've been a fan of Ms. Johansen since her historical romance days. Her contemporary romantic suspense have me coming back for more. Her line of paranormal-esque ones are a bit iffy for me. Still, it is Ms. Johansen so I can't help but want to read it.

This one is a 3 star - maybe a 2.5 star. First off, Ms. Johansen is a great writer. Her grammar, plot, world building - all of it is good. There is no question about it in my mind. It's her characters which are becoming a bit bland for me. That is why I'm having a hard time writing this review. While I can appreciate her long and well written story, I just couldn't connect.

Teresa aka Allie is a girl with special powers. Not only does she have perfect recall, she can also see into a person's memories. This is not the most pleasant experience when the people she is surrounded by are career criminal thugs with violent pasts, present and future. Allie's skill is something her father exploits until his untimely and premeditated demise. Her escape is facilitated by Andre who is mysterious, dangerous and sexy.

Now, Andre is the one I like. Why he is hooked on Allie when she is spiteful and ungrateful, I don't understand. What is with these male characters who have to suffer a shrew? And make no mistakes, Allie is a shrew needing a lot of spankings.

This story is littered with violence and serial killers. Allie's mother is a pathetic excuse of a parent. It appears Allie's power are from her mother. While the story never says anything directly about Allie's mother's power, it's quite clear the picture Ms. Johansen paints.

After reading through this book, I have a few things I've learned. Killing is good, especially when putting down a psychopath. Matricide is not a bad thing depending on the mother. In fact, in this case, I fully endorse it. A tiger starved as torture is a terrible thing and I can't abide by it. In fact, that was the only disturbing part to this book. I can't stand animals hurt and the tiger in this book is abused. So to be clear, this story is for those who are okay with putting down bad people and not okay with animal abuse.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review: Into His Keeping

Into His Keeping
Into His Keeping by Gail Faulkner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Expecting a baby mama and an uber jock dominant getting it on? This is not the book for you. One should know that Ms. Faulkner wouldn't write something as dismal or cliche. Into His Keeping is a sweet love lost romance reunited with some kinky D/s hawtness. I have to admit, the domination scenes in this story near the end are panty wetting goodness which is why this is a 3.5 star book.

Holden is a very sexy man. He's a man who's had one goal in his life. His sole purpose is to find the first woman he loved and win her back. When Jill finds him again, the explanation of his disappearance is almost unbelievable. As a plot device, it works. One of the other threads for this plot, specifically the criminal element did not make this story better. It was okay.

From a character perspective, Holden is the kind of fantasy romantic alpha dominant women dream about. He's rich. He's sensitive. He is commanding and he's super hot. What is really attractive about him is his possessive nature. He's possessive and protective which is what pulls women in and makes many of them swoon. He's not creepy overly possessive which helps. He isn't w/o flaws which is a good call on Ms. Faulkner's part.

Jill is usual damsel in distress who has not one, but two men wanting to sweep her off her feet. She's fragile and sweet. She may have a strong core in that she figured out how to survive all alone and pregnant, but overall she's forgettable to the reader.

The BDSM scenes were well done and erotically smoking hawt. I could have done with a couple more panty wetting scenes. As it was, it did get the juices flowing and the vibrating humming. Recommended for kinky readers who love happily ever afters.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Review: Turning Tricks

Turning Tricks
Turning Tricks by Daisy Philips

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Romance Review
A woman down on her luck needs to do what it takes to make rent.

Lida Lawrence is looking for any man willing to pay for one night of sexy time. It's rumoured escorts could make several hundred dollars in a night. She may even be able to make her goal of $1,500. Now to find a business man willing to plow her.

Dave McKenna is the man Lida picks up at a bar in a hotel frequented by lonely businessmen. Perhaps Lida will end up being alright after all. All she needs to do is lay back and let him ride her.

Ms. Philips is providing a fresh and great way to write kinky couple stories. After reading her third book in the series, I had to pick up the first two and read them. They are truly fun to whip through. These smexy books are great for couples to read and ignite their own roleplaying scenes. The way the twist in this story is written is amusing and almost reminiscent of couples videos from early 1990s on how to spice up sex.

This story is recommended to kinky readers who want to know how being an escort can be fun and financially fruitful.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Review: Crawl for Me

Crawl for Me
Crawl for Me by Daisy Philips

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Romance Review

Be careful of what is said out loud at the office. Lida Lawrence learns this all too well when her boss, Dave, overhears her crush on him. Her kinky offhand comment to crawl naked for him is too much for Dave to pass up. Before Lida knows it, she is put in a position to put up or shut up. What does Lida do? She barks.

Yes, this a bit of puppy play! Lida is sexily taken in hand by Dave. Dave's sexy abuse of power at work seduces Lida into rolling over and spreading her legs like an obedient dog. For those who enjoy boss to subordinate mischief, this is a quick and light read. There is just enough boss behaving badly to stoke the fires and wet the panties.

Ms. Philips does it again with her smexy tale. She takes a fetish which is a bit on the taboo side and makes it sexy fun. Whilst there is a bit of humiliation incorporated in this story, it is very light. It arouses the reader and may even encourage them to seek out more puppy play books. This erotic coupling is recommend for kinky readers who enjoy mischievous puppy play.

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