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Monday, March 27, 2017

Review: Bound Together

Bound Together Bound Together by Christine Feehan
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

A tear-jerker from start to finish, Bound Together brings all the Prakenskii brothers back together. Of all the brothers, it is Viktor who moves me the most. This is probably because he is the oldest and has to sacrifice the most to keep his brothers safe. Safe in a way that they do not even comprehend and it is clear the baby of them doesn't even care. I am angry reading this book because Viktor did so much for his brothers and they do not seem to return it. There is a little plot device which this story hinges upon that irks me. The miscommunication in this book is one of the ways that drives me crazy because it could have been so easily avoided. However, without it, there would be a lot less conflict in this book and probably less heartache.

Viktor Prakenskii is the definition of stoic. He maintains a stiff upper lip even when he is tortured, beaten and violated. The abuse heaped upon him and the children he grew up with is horrifying. What is sad is that I can see this happening all to easily in some countries. Viktor's ability as a leader to pull together children and fight back is admirable. The fact that he can still hold a type of honour and walk the talk is even more impressive. All his suffering brings him finally to this end game and it is a long time coming. It is so close, his paradise that I can even taste it. What is his end game? A life with his wife, Blythe Daniels.

Now that threw me for a curve ball. Blythe is married to Viktor and yet no one knows, not even his brothers. How can this be? Talk about a dysfunctional family that does not communicate well. Blythe is the mother hen who takes care of everyone. Her chosen sisters look up to her for support. When Blythe falls apart, her sisters step in and lovingly return the support she's given them over the years. This bond of family is something Ms. Feehan excels at demonstrating. She generates a type of yearning to belong and shows how good it can be, to be part of a family. It is also nice to see that life isn't perfect. What happened to Blythe as a child is terrible and I am appalled at both her mother and aunts. I would not be nearly as forgiving as Blythe was. This makes Blythe the perfect match for Viktor because they come from similar backgrounds of neglect and abuse.

The chemistry between Viktor and Blythe is hawt. Of course, Viktor as a motorcycle club enforcer just screams sexy bad boy looking for trouble. For those who enjoy motorcycle clubs, this story brings it in quite nicely. These men and women are the ones who survived their childhood due to Viktor's determination. Their loyalty is unquestionable. Going "legal" is interesting for them and when they come into Blythe's small town, it is explosive. I like it.

The sex in this story is a bit edgier because Viktor is darker. The tone of this story is also darker which I enjoy. This book is filled with angst and just the right kind which feels like a hot knife stabbing into ribs. Viktor's tale moved me and I felt all sorts of emotions which makes this book memorable and enjoyable. Blythe's loving personality to Viktor's darkness is a nice balance that makes these two fantastic together. They get each other and accept each other just as they are. I love it. This paranormal romance is recommended to romantics who love bad boys with hearts of gold.

*provided by Berkley via NetGalley

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Release Blitz Back to You by C.J. Miranda

Four years later, she's home.
And there's a storm awaiting her.

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BACK TO YOU

CJ MIRANDA

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Publication Date: March 25, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cover Reveal of SEDUCING SENSEI by S.N. McKibben

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SEDUCING SENSEI

by S.N. McKibben

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Genre: MM Romance

Publication Date: March 31, 2017


Looking for love, Moriel Reis finds it—in all the wrong places.

A professional teacher by day, Moriel learns that students can sometimes be the best teachers. Two of his students, Scott and Itsuma, share similar interests. Emotions flare as Itsuma challenges "Mr. Reis's" authority.

After Moriel harshly disciplines him in front of the entire class, Itsuma wants a piece of his wounded pride back. Scott Cooper watches his homeroom teacher with dreamy eyes, but also feels loyalty for his smoldering friend and classmate, Itsuma Karter.

The heated conflict begins a fiery battle between the two. As this passion translation becomes a lustful tale, a surprising 'hot for teacher' story becomes a love affair, and a passionate adventure.

This venture out of the ordinary for the two students, allows them entrance into a world of erotic confessions, taking them on a journey into the velvet art of seduction that begins when the fighting ends. But as their skin privilege persuasions beckon for something more, in lies the question… do two wrongs make a right?

Moriel, Scott, and Itsuma learn the answer.


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Slave to a 100 lbs. GSD (German Shepard) and a computer she calls "Dave", you'll often see her riding a 19 hand Shire nicknamed "Gunny" to the local coffee shop near the Santa Monica mountains. Stephanie reads for the love of words, and writes fiction about Dark Hearts and Heroes revolving around social taboos. When ever asked, she'll reply her whole life can be seen through a comic—sometimes twisted, sometimes funny, but always beautiful and its title is adventure. Come play!

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Review: A Darkness Absolute

A Darkness Absolute A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Hostiles are labeled hostiles for a reason. Everyone in this hidden town of Rockton knows to stay away from them because hostiles are savages. Or are there? This little bit of doubt is seeded throughout the book in key locations. It makes a reader wonder what the third book will feature. It is bound to be something exciting and frustrating. In the second book to the Casey Duncan series, Casey and Eric are thrown into a mystery as one of the people who was thought dead is found fifteen months after her captivity, a dark hole in a cave, in the middle of no where. As the story unfolds about Nicole's torturous time at the hands of an asshole, it only gets worse.

W.T.F? Where does Ms. Armstrong come up with these ideas? It seems most of her stories revolve around males who are dysfunctional around women. They are broken and can't seem to relate or build a healthy relationship. In this story, Eric may be a bit broken, but he is able to create a meaningful relationship with Casey. Nicole on the other hand suffers at the hands of a crazy stalker, not too different than the abuse Casey's ex-bff Diane enjoyed. Diane is still the jealous scorned woman. I loathe Diane and her channeling of Jan from Brady Bunch.

I do love Eric and how he tries to woo Casey. Puppies are a good way to a woman's heart. The puppy, named Storm, is adorable. Eric is adorable. He reminds me of Clay from Ms. Armstrong's other series. This could be why I like him so much. Another new character I like is Mathias - crazy French butcher. He reminds me a little of the guy who plays a mix between Hannibal in the tv series, Hannibal and Dexter. I like him!

The mystery is messed up. Ms. Armstrong keeps a reader guessing and places so many red herrings, my head is spinning. Finally when it all comes together, it makes sense and I'm exhausted. This mystery is a 3.5 star and recommended for those who like to figure out who is the killer with little to go on.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: Dangerous Curves Ahead

Dangerous Curves Ahead Dangerous Curves Ahead by Tymber Dalton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Romance Review

This is the third book in the loose three book arc. This can be read as a standalone but better when read after Beware of Falling Ice and Beware of Falling Rock.

After a couple of M/f maledom kink, it is nice to return to some kinky m/m erotica. Even better, it is a threesome-- triple the fun. Justin Rede is Rachel's brother who just graduated from college in the book, Beware of Falling Ice. Eager to escape his oppressive relatives and be closer with his sister, Justin takes a little vacation to Florida. Florida is very different than the more conservative South Dakota and Justin finally feels like he fits in. Even if he blended in with his relatives, he kept his true self hidden--his kinky homosexual self.

This sexual awakening and coming of age tale is sweet and erotically hawt. Justin learning at the hands of experienced dominants, Wade and Glen, is a fantasy come true. It is delicious and smoking hawt. The BDSM scenes between the three men definitely kick up the heat. What turns out to be some fun ends up being more. This tale provides a nice closure as Ms. Dalton closes the circle with Justin's happily ever after. It isn't all rose as Ms. Dalton enjoys throwing obstacles in the path of new lovers. I like when she does this because it makes the love feel more earned. As in the characters are invested in this relationship and put effort in to make it work. Nothing is ever easy for Ms. Dalton's characters.

From a character perspective, Wade, Glen and Justin are all nice guys. Wade and Glen may be sadists in the sack, but they are like cuddle bunnies in bed. I like this contrast and makes their kink scenes that much hotter for me. This erotic romance is recommended for m/m ménage lovers who enjoy kinky alpha men.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review: Beware Falling Rocks

Beware Falling Rocks @TymberDalton Lovers of Cardinal Rule, this is a book for you. Bit of a tear jerker.
Beware Falling Rocks by Tymber Dalton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Romance Review

This story loosely follows the previous book, Beware of Falling Ice. It can be read as a standalone but it is better read after the previous. It is not necessary to read the entire series to understand what is going on in this book.

This one is a bit of a tear jerker. For readers who fell in love with Cardinal Rule by Ms. Dalton, this one generates a similar feel, just not as intense. Ms. Dalton show the negative side of an open marriage. Or specifically when a married couple is not open and honest with each other. If just one partner in the marriage doesn't want to open the marriage, it is a disaster waiting to happen. Ms. Dalton shows the aftermath when play partners who are not married get screwed.

Paul was happily married. He had his cake and ate it, too. He loved his wife and enjoyed having Lynn as a kink partner. What could go wrong? My unsolicited opinion is, don't marry a person who isn't into kink and expect it to work out. Rather than drag the reader through a messy jealousy-ridden drama, Ms. Dalton skips to the aftermath.

Lynn's been without her Dom for two years. The break between her and Paul broke her heart and she could barely function. What is even sadder is that Paul was still no happier away from her. It isn't as if his marriage healed and everything became better. The complexities of this tangled threesome relationship is explained well and all too realistic. I am always impressed with how Ms. Dalton educates readers on the intricacies of a poly relationship. It captures both the good and bad without passing judgment.

The plot of this story is one of those dream come true ones. Lynn's sudden windfall into good fortune makes it so that she can reexamine the priorities in her life. This is the fantasy part of the story that I daydream about too, especially after a particularly hard day at the office. I loved what Lynn does with her good fortune. How she and Paul get back together is interesting. It reminds me of when my best friend decided to get back with the girlfriend who broke his heart. He did it behind my back because he knew I would disapprove and flip out… just like Lynn's best friend, Terrie. Terrie did remind me of yippy Yorkshire Terrier. It is good that Lynn is strong enough to make her own decisions and move forward.

The rekindling of a love that never died is a beautiful story. It isn't an easy journey back and Ms. Dalton throws many obstacles in the way of these two lovers. Still, this story is more happily ever after with a sweet ending. This erotic romance is recommended to hopeless romantics who love second chance themes.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: Beware Falling Ice [Suncoast Society]

Beware Falling Ice [Suncoast Society] Beware Falling Ice [Suncoast Society] by Tymber Dalton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Romance Review

A kinky family is one of choice because sometimes, blood family are not nice and should be left behind. Rachel is an independent woman who still shakes when she returns to her aunt and uncle's place. Whilst her nasty relatives may have given her a shelter over her head, they also treated her abysmally. She grits her teeth and returns to the narrow-minded community to support her brother's graduation. Fortunately, Rachel's play partner, Andrew, volunteers to run interference. How bad could it possibly be? Famous last words…

The kink in this story takes a bit of a back seat with the plot focused on Rachel. Returning to where she grew up complete with bad memories of how she survived her parents' death was not ideal for Rachel. What I liked about this series is that Ms. Dalton showcases people from all walks of life coming to the kinky lifestyle. Based on Rachel's upbringing, a reader could postulate that she would never do anything remotely kinky. Especially when her uncle placed her in a bad position that could have turned out worse. Rachel is a determined female who rose above those who tried to bring her down. I admired this survivor skill in a character. She didn't turn hateful or try to fight fire with fire. She chose to ignore them and move on with her life. Much healthier than fixating on the wrongs.

The kink in this story is as always spot on. This one is a bit more sweet and fun. Andrew and Rachel's relationship needed that little bit of kick to take it to the next level. The two are cute together and it seems like a long time coming. What I also appreciated in this story is the humour and the description of mishaps. Many times erotic stories make kinky sex seem perfect. This can be intimidating and unachievable. In reality, there are funny mishaps and Ms. Dalton's sexcapades gone wild had me bursting out laughing. They are vividly described and completely plausible. Loved the attack of the vibrator scene.

This erotic novel is recommended for kinky romance lovers who enjoy a glimpse into the realities of kink.