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Friday, September 30, 2016

Review: Unraveled

Unraveled
@Jennifer_Estep #bookreview breathes magic into this series with intrigue and engaging characters #mustread

Unraveled by Jennifer Estep
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Giddy-up cowboys and cowgirls, it is time for a side trip to the wild wild west. After the terrible fiasco with Finn's mother, another blow hits him. She left him her theme park, Bullet Pointe. Needing some downtime to overcome the consequences of Finn's blind faith in his mother, this looks to be the perfect time to check out the theme park. Upon arrival, it is immediately apparent there is more than meets the eye. Is it just me or does trouble follow Gin? She can not seem to go anywhere without death, destruction and betrayal. Are we sure Gin isn't the cause instead of the focal point? Musing aside, this story continues the arc about this hidden group of elite movers and shakers.

More pieces to Gin's past is revealed and it is starting to show a slightly tainted version of Gin's dead mother. Although, the motivations behind Gin's mother is becoming rather apparent too - blackmail and threats. I hope this conspiracy arc starts to pick up more. It is moving rather slowly in the past few books. This one feels as though we are finally getting an overall picture instead of just quick glimpses of what lead up to Gin's family's destruction. There is a ton of action which does keep this story hopping. It is puzzling to me how Gin is taken down so often and somehow still manages to cling onto life. It truly shows how being known instead of anonymous puts a real cramp into an assassin's lifestyle. After reading this story, I'm eager to read the next book. Ms. Estep breathes magic into this series with intrigue and engaging characters. Highly recommended to urban fantasy readers.

*provided by Edelweiss

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Review: Chaos Rises

Chaos Rises Chaos Rises by Pippa DaCosta
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Betrayal, pain and constant warfare, that is all Gemma knows. She never asked for this life, but this is what she gets as a lab rat bred for unknown purposes. After she and her brother, Del, escape through the Veil and into the States, she makes a bargain with the devil. This series is a new spin off from Ms. DaCosta's Beyond the Veil Series. Whilst it isn't necessary to read the other series, it does help a bit.

This series did not pull me in as much as the other. Gemma seems to be a watered down version of Muse from the other series. It isn't that Gemma is bad or lacking, she just seems hard for me to warm up to. She is conflicted and twisted. She is in some senses an anti-hero. She isn't one I'm impressed with because at the heart of it, she is trying to stay willfully ignorant. It is clear she is being played yet she keeps lying to herself. Perhaps this is why it makes it difficult for me to become engaged. It does help set up for the next book as this one is all about chaos. The title is aptly named.

The world building is easy to follow for those who read urban fantasy. For those who are new to urban fantasy, it may be a bit rough and unfamiliar. I enjoyed this post apocalyptic world Ms. DaCosta's created. It will be interesting to see where she takes it. I can say that the males in her books are all so seductively evil. They have their hidden agendas and one can't help but be entranced by their power and promises. Ms. DaCosta excels in creating the ultimate bad boy who will probably leave a female burned and died. Yet she'll probably die with a smile on her face. This dark urban fantasy is recommended to readers who enjoy demons and their false promises.

*provided by NetGalley

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Review: Careful What You Ask For

Careful What You Ask For @candaceblevins Must read paranormal erotic with lovable characters and fabulous sex #5star #erotic 
Careful What You Ask For by Candace Blevins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Buy this book now! I've read this book about 8 times since I received it for beta review. Ms. Blevins writes another phenomena erotica with character development, world building and a great plot. This is as close as she gets to vanilla sex! Do not fret kinky readers, there is enough rough sex to keep you humming.

This story focuses on Briana who I thought was a throwaway character in a couple of other books. She is young (19) and desperately wants to be able to shift into her wolf. Her parents are wolves. Her brothers shift into wolves. She is the only stuck in human form even after trying to force the change through a shifter biting her. This is her last chance. She is trying to get a bitten shifter to bite her instead of a born one. Maybe this will be the one which makes her two forms finally come together.

Why is this so important? Ms. Blevins does an amazing job of showing the hurts of a young girl. Actually, any young child who is loved and part of a greater family only to be shut out when she isn't one of them. So far this is a no win situation because Randall, the pack alpha, does not want non-shifters to pine away where they can never achieve what other shifters can do. Forcing them to be in the human world is slowly bleeding them out. I get Briana's feelings of rejection. The subtle ways she is treated as an outsider or lesser class hurts her at a core level. Ms. Blevins shows how something as simple as which door she is allowed to enter into, because of her shifting status, can damage the relationship between her and the pack. This book really delves into the werewolf protocols and its world more. I liked it because we were able to see both sides. We are able to see Briana and how she's been treated. In the same breath, we can see what Randall needs to do to keep his pack safe and strong. Because another pack who doesn't follow the rules, provides an excellent contrast in lack of health and instability.

Whilst the main character is Briana, Randall's part is by no means small. He is only featured a few times and each one is key. This story out of all of them in this series makes me like Randall more. We get to see the human side of him and how he tries so hard to be fair. He needs to enforce rules even when he doesn't like them because of the greater good. On one hand we have the individual's needs and thoughts from Briana. On the other hand, we have the collective well being which Randall is responsible for keeping safe. When they clash, it seems the conflict may be too much to overcome. This is where Ms. Blevins excels her her plot. She creates an out that works for everyone. Everyone gets a little of what they want and need. Past hurts and slights are on their way to heal.

What I really loved about this story is the healing of Briana. She is a young girl who has it all together. She made it on her own and even though she knows she has a few hang ups, she works through them. She is sexually exuberant and she accepts the consequences of her actions. I love her. She is one of my favourite characters now. Honestly, Ms. Blevins writes characters I love, even when I hate them a bit in other stories. The ability to show both sides, maybe even more than two sides to a person is her strong suit. These characters are multilayered who are relate-able. This series is filled with people who could be you or me. They aren't rich. They aren't perfect. And they aren't complete losers either. They are normal people (as normal as changing shapes can be) who want a better life. Briana wanted something more and she worked for it. She received a lot more than she asked for... which is amusing.

The sex in this story is FABULOUS! I must confess I am quite jaded when it comes to reading sex scenes. More and more, I skim through them and *yawn*. It isn't to say that most authors suck in their sex scenes. It's just that I've read too many sex scenes and they don't trip my trigger. Ms. Blevins is one of the few who still melt my panties. The men are dominant without yelling, "I'm an alpha dominant! Submit to me!" Instead, they take control and just make me melt into a puddle. I love most of her men even when they are kind of a jerk when they want a blow job. It is a love hate relationship at times for me. Probably because I'm not 100% submissive. The sex scenes in this story are smoking hawt and not to be missed. There is just the right amount. Whilst there is a bit of SM, there is more BD and D/s which I like.  The cage had me over the moon.  The chain was also pretty hawt.  It seems having sex with a shift is a treat because he can be sized to order. *wink*

I highly recommend this paranormal erotic. For those who want a fun time with great characters and a plot, this is the book for you. It can be read as a standalone. Beware, if this is the first book in the series you pick up, you probably will pick up the rest of the series. It is that good.

* Gifted by the author for an honest review

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Enigma by Vanessa Liebe Cover Reveal



It gives us great pleasure to bring you the Cover Reveal for ENIGMA, the first novel in The Enigma Series by Vanessa Liebe! Enigma is wet, wild, and deliciously sensual... guaranteed to tickle your senses in every fun and imaginative way.
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About Enigma

Series: The Enigma Trilogy, Book 1
Genre: Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance, Marital Heat
Mark and Lucy Fuller have a great marriage, or so they think. But there is always room for improvement and there is one side to their marriage that they have never discussed or indulged in and that is their fantasies. When Lucy is referred to a new club where they can enact their fantasies, albeit only be intimate with one another, they become members and discover a whole new side to their marriage with some interesting and positive results.
READER ALERT:
Mark had no idea being kidnapped by his wife could be so arousing or that she could spank so well. Caution! When you read about Mark and Lucy’s sexual fantasies you may need that cold shower. Join them on a wet, wild and deliciously sensual ride and dare to wonder about your own.

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About Vanessa Liebe

Vanessa Liebe is the author of fun, sexy erotic romance and erotica, both contemporary and historical. She mostly writes in the Fantasy and Paranormal categories as she likes a man with bite. 

Vanessa is married with three children and resides in Hampshire, South East England. When not house training her children, reading or writing, she likes to sit in the garden with a glass of rose wine.  

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