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Review: Brush with Catastrophe

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Brush with Catastrophe by Tara Lain

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Best friends to lovers is a theme which works so very well for a reason. Who hasn’t had a crush at one time on their best friend? Sammy is a geeky artistic witch who is finishing off his final year in college. While his witchy friends all have cool powers, Sammy can only paint boring prophesies. The pictures are of people doing mundane things. Some of them are just a portrait of his friends.

Several of the characters in this book are crossovers from the first book in this series. Aloysius, the black familiar cat, is a favourite return character. He’s less vocal in this book compared to the previous. One would think after the feat he pulled off in the last book, the same characters in this book would heed his hissing warnings. While it would be nice to understand the background and references made in this book to the first one, it is not required. Brush with Catastrophe can be read as a standalone.

Sammy is not a cha…

Review: Steel's Edge

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Steel's Edge by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Buy this book now! This is another stunning book from the fabulous duo - Ilona Andrews. The book made it to my house late yesterday evening and I read it yesterday. I've already re-read parts I enjoyed a couple of times. I LOVED IT! I'm so sad this is the last in this series. It's a lovely world they created. One can only hope a few spin offs may show up in the future. Better to end a series at it's high point than drag it out past it's expiration date. Ilona Andrews definitely understands "leaving them wanting more".

Steel's Edge was completely worth the wait. The latest main characters are Richard and Charlotte. These two were created with excellent chemistry. I'm always impressed with how witty the dialog is between the characters. The authors did an excellent job with character building as always. Charlotte is quite lovely. She's a healer who kills and in this world; …

Review: A Super Spanking

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A Super Spanking by Louisa Bacio

My rating: 3 of 5 stars





Suffocated by your father and older brothers? Every eligible male chased off by your protective brothers? Meet Samantha, newly graduated from college and still living at home with Daddy. Sam needs a life. Specifically, a love life! At this point, even a one-night stand would help scratch her itch.

Determined to live a little, Sam declares it's time to move out of the house. Despite resistance, Sam is now happily situated in her own little apartment. This is where she meets the apartment manager, Max, who is not too much older than Sam.

The short story quickly moves into a smexy spanking session. The buildup is quick and it is good. The kinky byplay between the characters is sweet and sensual. This fantasy is easily many women's dream when they first move into a place of their own.

If the story were a bit longer with more character building and additional erotic growth for Sam, it would be more pleasurable. Due to the len…

Review: Forever Wicked: Always

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Forever Wicked: Always by Megan Slayer

My rating: 2 of 5 stars





Peter Pan owns a BDSM club called Neverland. This definitely catches my interest as Peter Pan is a much-loved character. In ALWAYS, Peter Pan is part of the fae. He's been separated from Wendy Darling for over a decade. He still loves her and hopes she's into the BDSM lifestyle. Since Wendy is now a famous erotic novelist, he takes a risk and goes to see her.

This story is jarring. The reader is dropped into a world that is not fully explained. It appears most of the events that happened in this war torn world are only in the mind of the author. The reader must use the scant context clues to determine what is going on. The characters and how they interacted felt disjointed. Their dialogue is a bit stilted. Peter's reunion with Wendy would have been better if there weren't so many contrived misunderstandings. The conflicts between Peter and Hook made little sense.

The BDSM felt as if it were thrown in just t…

Review: Yvonne: A Courtesan's Compulsion

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Yvonne: A Courtesan's Compulsion by Lindsey Brooks

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Yvonne is a courtesan, not a common whore. This is something she keeps chanting to herself as she goes through degradation after degradation. She loves her patron, Marcel, yet she isn't submissive enough for him. She doesn't surrender completely, or this is what he tells her.

This story is mixed for me. While the humiliation and sadistic sexual acts were fun, the first half of the story while Yvonne is trying to figure out if this was all a plan or a tryst gone wry, it bothered me. I'm not exactly sure why it bothered me or put me ill at ease. I think it's because we are once again skating on my personal line of "is this romance or not". It can be one or the other, not both. It's a very delicate balance and only some writers can tickle my fancy right. Returning to the story, Yvonne loves Marcel and thinks each of these scenes are despicable yet she is aroused. Her con…

Review: The Prince

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The Prince by Tiffany Reisz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This is a must read book. Each book in this series is better than the previous one. The Prince is absolutely amazing! Nora is visiting Wes in all his royalty glory. As the Prince of Kentucky, his ancestral home is in a palace. He on the other hand, like any twenty year old male doesn't want to live at home with his parents. Instead, he stays in the guest house which is a converted slave quarters. How very fitting.

Nora believes it was her decision to come down to spend time with Wes. In actuality, Søren sends her to Wes to keep her safe. The past is coming to haunt Søren and he wants his most treasured possession to be protected. But who is his most prized possession? Nora or Kingsley?

This story is once again built in multiple layers. There is a plot within a plot. Or perhaps multiple threads which weave in and out into an absolutely fantastic picture. Ms. Reisz does an excellent job of bringing the reader along fo…

Review: Forever in One Second

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Forever in One Second by Finn Marlowe

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars



Forever in One Second is a lovely sentiment. The dedication at the beginning of the book was moving. It makes me wonder what happened to the author's husband. I have a guess, and if I'm right, it's sad. Eager to read the book, I'm a little disappointed.

In this story, Dane and Courtney meet again after years apart. Courtney was a good friend of Dane's deceased brother, Teddy. They meet when Court saves Dane's life. This was pretty cool. Court is a healer through laying of the hands. It's an amazing gift and this was pretty special. The concept behind the "Forever in One Second" is also great. The humour in this story was pretty good too.

What was not good for me and brought this book down from a 3 star to a 2.5 star was the editing. What happened here? I read one of Ms. Marlowe's paranormal romances and I LOVED IT! This book, it's all over the place. We have a B…

Review: Judgment

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Judgment by Denise Hall

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Human trafficking at it's finest is shown in this book. Cassie who's renamed as Mischief is forced into sexual slavery whilst she traveled in Italy. Cassie is a red-headed vixen who initially resists all forms of her training. The book goes through her early training and then the subsequent separation within the States from her Master.

This flipping back and forth of the story between her early years and ten years later was an okay technique. It was more disruptive for me. While I understand the usage of this, I tended to really want to know what was happening in present time. How would the storyline resolve? The sexual training, beatings and such were a secondary piece for me. This story is definitely a non-con with rape and breaking of a female. It's done in an erotic-ized manner so it's what I would consider BDSM fantasy. Nothing representative of the BDSM lifestyle, but a hot fantasy used for "spanking…

Review: Burn for You

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Burn for You by Annabel Joseph

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



This was a difficult book for me. Or perhaps a painful book for me. The first third of the book, I hated it. I mean, 1 star and I wanted to just wipe Molly out of Mesphisto's life. I guess it's true, you can't always control who you fall in love with.

Molly disgusted me. Ms. Joseph did an excellent job of showing the ugly side of this character. Molly is selfish, hateful and broken. She is broken and she revels in it. What is up with these psychotic submissive/slaves? And how does Ms. Joseph write them so damn vile? The cruel words spewing out of this immature drama queen is a shock to the system. I was really hoping Molly would commit suicide through her abuse of drugs, alcohol and unremembered random sex. Nope, not so. Mephisto to the rescue!

That poor bugger, Mephisto burns for her. Buddy, that is probably an STD she gave you. That's why it burns you *whispers - down there*. But seriously, Mephist…

Review: Sleep No More

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Sleep No More by Iris Johansen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Is there life after Bonnie for Eve? Apparently so. In this latest installment in the romantic suspense series, Ms. Johansen introduces us to a new character - Beth Avery. Beth's tie into Eve is a surprise to all. It's a nice addition and Bonnie's visit to Eve is lovely.

There has to be a suspense of disbelief for many of the "woo woo" stuff in these stories. Once that happens, these stories are quite lovely. I enjoyed this well edited if predictable plot. Joe and Eve are like a pair of comfortable slippers for me. See them together again while trying to solve a mystery is great. I'm a bit surprised how often Joe can just take off from work though. I didn't realize cops, even detectives could do it so easily w/o losing their job.

What I really enjoyed about this story is the fact that there are several strong women in this book and they aren't bitches to each other. Sure, they rub ea…

Review: Heart of the Dragon's Realm

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Heart of the Dragon's Realm by Karalynn Lee

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Love dragons and warrior women? Heart of the Dragon's Realm may be for you. While it isn't categorized as a young adult book, I tend to think it is one. The melodrama coming from an immature Princess Kimri is pure young adult chaos.

Princess Kimri isn't happy about being sold off as a bride to the Mountain King. Her brother, King Dereth trades her for a hundred swords and ten thousand arrows. This is a pretty steep payment and will help with the war efforts. Still Kimri is disgruntled. Kimri is annoying because she behaves like a spoiled child. Yes, she has a "good heart". But she exhibits her immaturity with her lack of understanding when it comes to consequences. As far as character development goes, Ms. Lee does a decent job of creating a spoiled princess who's focus is on oneself. Fortunately, there is another woman who redeems the female race - Beatris. Beatris is the k…

Review: Second Hand

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Second Hand by Heidi Cullinan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Paul Hannon possess a little chipmunk in his head that chatters away at him with bad advice. This chipmunk is a varmint and needs to be terminated. I have issues with chipmunks in my garden. We terminate them with a 5 gallon bucket half filled with water. Paul, I recommend you do the same.

This book was a hard one to enjoy. The last half of the book was very good for me. The first half, I had to grit my teeth and bear down on it. Paul's girlfriend left him. He lives in a fire hazard death trap. He flunked out of vet school. Paul wants to know why he isn't someone's first choice. My answer, because he's a defeatist loser. I didn't think I was this judgmental. I stand corrected. I am judgmental. Ms. Sexton tends to create these main characters I despise. Paul is one of those. The sad part, Paul's probably a reflection many real life people. It matters not to me how Paul has screwed up his life…

Review: By Mutual Desire

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By Mutual Desire by Dalton Diaz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



An all inclusive resort which caters to sexual fantasies and helps a marriage grows stronger? Where is the signup sheet? Ms. Diaz’s By Mutual Desire is a hot tale of love, lost, sexual freedom and above all – communicating openly with the one you love. For a BDSM contemporary novel, the consistent message of open communication with trust is fabulous. Ms. Diaz never once preached or lectured. Instead, she cleverly demonstrated how open communication between lovers can heal deep wounds and build a stronger relationship.

Every once in a while, a book moves me so much, that a song comes to mind which I’d like to share with all of you. The song is not exactly the situation between the main characters Kelly and Ryan. It does show how Kelly feels about Ryan after ten years of marriage. The song is from Adele, Chasing Pavements.

“Should I give up or should I just keep chasing pavements
Even if it leads nowhere?
Or would it be a wa…

Review: Locked In Torture

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Locked In Torture by Kayla Stonor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



How does one change an alpha male into a submissive slave? Very carefully with a little help using CBT. CBT - ah, one of my favourite things when it comes to femdom. Ms. Stonor does another bang up job with a strong male submitting to a woman. The women in Ms. Stonor's stories aren't cruel either. Still, this is BDSM fantasy despite the contemporary setting. For those who want to use this as a guide to BDSM, go buy a non-fiction BDSM book. While this book does utilize some real BDSM devices, I wouldn't recommend using them without instruction.

Ryan Crichten is a covert operative for British intelligence. Unbeknownst to him, he is going to become intimate with the American agent he burned. Jenna Tayler is a FBI agent who needs to learn quickly how to be a convincing Domme to break Ryan into submission. It's break, because there is nothing consensual about it. The breaking of Ryan is HOT! Some of my fa…

Review: Empire of Bondage

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Empire of Bondage by Arthur England

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



If only the world still allowed slavery, what would it look like? In Empire of Bondage, Mr. England gives us a deliciously depraved glimpse into his Victorian slavery world. It is a wicked perspective. Within the introduction, the sexual compass is set with a delightful passage. “The nightly strapping away of his [slave boy] own member and strapping on of the dildo was designed to humiliate the boy. The dildo allowed him to service his mistress repeatedly until she was satisfied, while he became very excited but was unable to gain relief until his weekly servicing.”

This story is written in a clever manner. It’s designed to resemble a historical documentation of the British Empire in an alternative world. The sections are divided into logical parts. There is an introduction to the legal framework to help the reader understand the legalities and responsibilities of owning a slave. How a person becomes an owned slave is…

Review: The Pleasures of Winter

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The Pleasures of Winter by Evie Hunter

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars



Abbie Marshall is a serious journalist who is a pampered princess. She travels around the world to report on injustices and many times, she's in life threatening situation. Her latest story is placing her a step away from death. Stuck in Honduras, she needs to leave the country quickly before the drug cartels she's researching remove her permanently. Her luck holds out when she catches a ride back to the States with Irish actor Jack Winter. Currently the hottest and one of the most sought after men in Hollywood, his private jet is leaving from Honduras and has one spot for her.

This book is billed as one for those who are Fifty Shades of Grey fans. This is not a positive endorsement for me. Since that fan fiction is a travesty in BDSM mockery and filled with want to be BDSM errors, recommending this book for a review was definitely a leap of faith from the publisher. I'm pleased to say this book is …

Review: Slavery : Forced Feminization, chastity and BDSM : Part 1 & 2 : Captured & Operated on! Forced Transexual

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Slavery : Forced Feminization, chastity and BDSM : Part 1 & 2 : Captured & Operated on! Forced Transexual by Sabrina Jen Mountford

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Hankering for some sadistic body modification and non con sissification? Ms. Mountford burst onto the femdom scene and each book is pretty hot in the humiliation aspects. In this two part series, it's a BDSM sissification and body modification fetish lover's delight. A poor guy delivering outside heating units is tricked into trying out a BDSM restraint device. From there it goes all downhill for him.

He's forced into slavery. These cruel women are unapologetic as they torture him beyond his ability to handle. Make no mistakes, this is a pure BDSM fantasy story. It's graphic and the point of view is from the male submissive. Ms. Mountford reminds me of one of my favourite non con body modification femdom writers, Chris Bellows. It's not often a female writer will be so graphic in her fantasies. …

Review: A Kiss at Midnight

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A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



This was a book several people mentioned as an awesome book. 4 or 5 star material is what I was told. One of my favourite authors [a:Ilona Andrews|21748|Ilona Andrews|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1219436898p2/21748.jpg] loves this author too. I'd like to state that there is NOTHING wrong with this author. She just doesn't tickle my fancy. This story was well written with a plot, intrigue, character development and humour. I just didn't understand the rave reviews.

This is a fairy tale retold. Basically this is Cinderella in a historical romance. Miss Katheryn Daltry (call me Kate) is impersonating her step-sister, Victoria, while Victoria is ill. In order for the knocked up Victoria to marry her love - Algie, they need his maternal uncle's approval. They need to have Prince Gabriela approve of Victoria. There are so many holes in this subterfuge it's beyond ridiculous. Even Kate gets it. …

Review: Break and Enter

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Break and Enter by Rachel Haimowitz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Holy cow! Where the hell is the next book in this series? RACHEL!!!!!!! She does this to me on purpose. That is the only reasonable explanation I can come up with. I'm now going to boycott. Unless she has all her books written in a series, I'm not starting them. Hrrmpph. (I don't know if I can wait that long though.)

Break and Enter is an awesome cyberpunk book. This is definitely one I could enjoy. Cyke and Bear are both pretty cool characters. We don't get to learn too much about Bear the paramedic, but boy, he's pretty hot and what we do learn, it's all good. Cyke is the lethal half man half machine. But even better, his a WHITE HAT! Did I ever mention how I kind of lust after White Hats? Their minds. Mmm hmm good. And the fact that this guy is hot and a body made to kill, what could be better? Oh, right, if Cyke was NOT gay. Shoot me.

This was a fast paced and enjoyable book. T…

Review: Shadow

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Shadow by Laurann Dohner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Finally a story with a Gifted female with a New Species male. Beauty is a primate and easily mistaken as a human. She's right that she's still being treated like a prisoner even though she's been freed. I'm a bit startled how much they wrap her up in bubble wrap. It's a bit depressing. She's pissed about it and I can totally understand it. Who wouldn't be pissed being treated like a stupid child?

Fortunately, Shadow doesn't think she's a stupid child. He is hesitant but good think for Beauty. She convinces him otherwise. I did like the little phrase from Breeze - "gift wrapped" That was hilarious. I approve.

This story is the second one which doesn't include the "hater" group. I am thankful for it being missed. We can focus on the sweet romance between two damaged Species. It's a lovely thing to see them overcome their rape and be able to enjoy each other. …

Review: The Breast Punishment Primer

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The Breast Punishment Primer by Matt Nicholson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Review by BookAddict (LaCrimsonFemme)
Author: Matt Nicholson
Book Title: The Breast Punishment Primer
Date Reviewed: 10/31/2012

Heat Rating: Not Worthy

Sting (Kink) Rating: 4 Stars

Story Review Rating: 3 Paddles


Review
Interested in torturing tits and beating breasts? Ever wanted to know if what they showed in a photograph was real or not? In The Breast Punishment Primer, Mr. Nicholson covers pretty much every sensual to sadistic fetish impacting the breast. He also includes a decent history of breasts fixation and how they were tortured in the inquisition. He carefully explains the dangers of each type of breast play. Some of it is incorporated with anecdote experience. Others are details facts. What I found interesting is no matter which way a breast could be mutilated, I never saw a passage regarding how a breast could be separated from the chest if the bindings were too tight. Is this an u…

Review: Under By Treaty

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Under By Treaty by Kayla Stonor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Now this is a book which is filled with hot domination and alien lifeforms. Jaden is a 30 something General of what used to be the United States. 30 is young, but since the world has been decimated by the Qui, it's more plausible. Jaden is a strong man who's always in command. The leaders of Earth trust him and rely on his strategy. No one is more surprised than Jaden when the Qui offer to give Earth independence if Jaden surrenders himself. The term surrender here is loosely used. Basically, Jaden a dominant male needs to submit to any treatment the Qui determines necessary to break him and make him loyal and loving of the Qui.

So basically we have a male who is being sold into slavery and in order for this to work, he has to willingly fall in love with the ruler of this alien empire. In addition, the ruler may at any point share him with other aliens of both sexes to be sexually violated. I'm sorry, exact…

Review: Under By Duress

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Under By Duress by Kayla Stonor

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars



This was a pleasant surprise and ranks a 3.5 star in my books. Ms. Kayla Stonor is a new to me author. She's burst onto the scene with hot femdom stories which show both character development and plot. Best of all, the women aren't cruel psychotic bitches from hell. The men aren't some pushover doormat wanting to be degraded.

This is a non-con story which definitely turned into dub con. Tahima is a submissive who's been burned badly. She's also a switch, which is interesting. While Tahima is doing her best to get over her heartbreak of trust broken, she literally runs into Gian. Gian is a mafia son's boss on the run and an alpha male to boot.

Watching Tahima snap and then kick Gian into submission was pretty funny. They say a cornered animal is the most dangerous. It appears to be true for Tahima. The plot pretty good with a bit of suspense. The answers were easy to deduce yet the ending was …

Mummification

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What is mummification?

Mummification is a when a person is constrained usually using some type of wrapping. Some people use cloth. Others use tape. The most popular right now is using plastic wrap. For the purposes of this educational piece, I will be discussion only plastic wrap.

Why do people do this?

There are several different reasons why people are into mummification. It is especially popular with the bondage crowd because it is a form of bondage. There are also people who enjoy dressing up in plastic wrap. There are ways to create clothing from plastic wrap which not only limits your subs movement but also clothes them in a way for a play party.

Safety First

As always, I have a safety section.

1. Always have a pair of scissors on hand. The type EMT use are a good one. These are easily found on Amazon for less than $5. Just type in EMT Shears and various types will pop up.



2. Water on hand. With plastic wrap, it gets to be very hot. Depending on the env…

Review: Chasing Bliss

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Chasing Bliss by Sophie Oak

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Death by Strawberries! That's a new one. But seriously, I have two friends who are allergic to strawberries and they carry their EPI pen with them. At any functions, we are super careful about strawberries in our salads or desserts. Last thing we want is someone to go into shock. It's not a pretty sight. In Chasing Bliss, Gemma is the disgraced big city lawyer who went postal. Personally, I think she was justified. Patrick was an asshole and "big tits" whatever her name was a be-yotch.

For the most part, I felt sorry for Gemma. She's this super hard worker. She possess ambition and her plan was sound. Her execution was even great. Unfortunately, her focus was off. Patrick was a big mistake. She sacrificed and compromised when she should not have. For a supposed "ice princess bitch", she sure was softhearted.

Jesse and Cade are a bit confusing for me. I thought I understood Jesse'…

Review: Belle Starr

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Belle Starr by Belinda McBride

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



How did I not know this was in the same world as [b:An Uncommon Whore|7644545|An Uncommon Whore|Belinda McBride|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1264483099s/7644545.jpg|17758706]? I love that world! This book features the AmWere. These are some hot smexy werewolves from Earth. Belle - Marshall Annabelle Oakley is a science experiment hybrid. Who knows what kind of DNA is mixed into her genes? She's a red headed Amazon at 6'3". I think I just fell in love. On top of this, she's a bi-sexual switch! She even wears a strap-on to peg either male or female ass. She has a vibrating anal probe. I'm close to overload in sexual desire here. The fact that she is a kick ass heroine who is kinky and smart, I'm just a puddle of submissive desire.

Tucker is Belle's partner. He's also a wolf. She rescued him from an illegal preserve and he's been loyal and faithful to her ever since. He's als…

Review: The Forbidden Lady

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The Forbidden Lady by Kerrelyn Sparks

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



Interested in colonial times? Do the Sons of Liberty with their spies and intrigues interest you? If so this historical romance may be for you. Virginia Munro despises the Red Coats and Tory lovers. Raised in the Colonies, Virginia is a proud patriot. When she runs into Quincy Stanton during her visit to Aunt Mary in Boston, it reaffirms her beliefs. These Loyalist are condescending and rude.

Ms. Sparks is an author I greatly enjoy when it comes to her paranormal romances. It is with regret that I did not enjoy this book. Despite the well edited story with a decent plot, the characters in this book is what made this book hard for me to read. Virgina is a too stupid to live female lead. She bumbles around wreaking havoc with her attempts to be patriot. Her inability to deduce Quincy's subterfuge does not make sense. If she could notice Quincy is not what he seems and she knows Quincy's uncle is a strong P…

Review: Raven Cursed

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Raven Cursed by Faith Hunter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Jane's life is crumbling down around her. In book four in this series, the "shit just got real". This takes place right after the last story ended. It's almost seamless which is so nice to enjoy when reading books in a series, back to back. Jane is back in her hometown on assignment for Leo. For someone who doesn't want to be involved with vampires, she certainly seems to be make more and more ties.

This latest story is about lost. Lost of families, friends, herself and even a bit of her own humanity. Ms. Hunter pulls no punches as she puts Jane through the wringer. How does Jane survive all this destruction? It's hard to say. I'm not sure Jane came out of it stronger and better. Right now, she seems to just be barely holding on by a thread. It's sad since Jane does the best she can between the choices she's been dealt. There are no good answers. On top of this, someone is always n…

Review: He Is Worthy

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He Is Worthy by Lisa Henry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Alea iacta est is one of the phrases most meaningful in this book. The die is cast . What does this mean? For slave Aenor renamed as Canis, it is the motivation for him to withstand horrible torture. For Patrician Novius Senna, it stands for a release and freedom he yearns to feel again.

Set during the Roman Empire, this story makes a reader question what really did happen during Nero's reign. My memory of Roman history is sketchy. I do remember Nero portrayed as a tyrannical emperor. I don't recall any of his allies or enemies. Regardless of actual history, Ms. Henry's version is interesting.

The sexual slavery involving, rape, hot pokers, knifeplay, castration, sissification to name a few were delightfully sadistic. Despite all these sexual torments, I'm hesitant to classify as a BDSM story. It's not exactly a BDSM fantasy. I think the difference for me this time compared with Ms. Henry's previous…

Review: Archangel's Storm

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Archangel's Storm by Nalini Singh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



"Good," Elena said with a shoulder nudge. "You'd never fit in our club otherwise."

She [Mahiya] blinked at the startling statement. "What"?

"It's for those of us who are insane enough to fall in love with seriously badass men more sensible women would run from screaming. You've now superseded Honor as the newest member." Elena grinned. "I'll teach you the secret handshake."


With dialog like this, how can a reader not love Ms. Singh? Returning to the Archangel world is a bit of a dread for me. I'm not sure if I will like it or not. Sometimes Ms. Singh hits it dead on. Other times, I'm left grappling for some semblance of a meaningful story. In this one, Ms. Singh nails it.

My theory is, because she's incorporating information she knows first hand, it enhances this story so much better. It's true when they say, "write what you know&quo…

Review: Daughter of The Spellcaster

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Daughter of The Spellcaster by Maggie Shayne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Lena Dunkirk is the second sister of the Babylonian witches, trying to save the Lilia's lover Demetrius. Lena is a practicing witch with her mother, Selena, as her guide. Lena is a powerful witch since she was a little girl. She's seen the past and created fantasy stories about it. As an adult, she has left it all behind as whimsical dreams. This is, until she meets playboy, Ryan McNally.

In this past lover reunited story, Lena is stronger than the first sister, Indira. It isn't just about her power and faith, it's about her character. Lena seems to be able to handle her own problems. She is supposed to come across as a savvy independent woman. Or at least the reader is told this information. Lena is unable to demonstrate it. So far, she's knocked up out of wedlock, unemployed due to her resignation and she can't communicate to save her life. She comes across as a temperamental, em…