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Friday, October 28, 2016

Review: The Tides of Bára

The Tides of Bára
For fantasy lovers who enjoy quests and impossible odds #bookreview @jeffekennedy
The Tides of Bára by Jeffe Kennedy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

To live without magic is inconceivable for Oria. When she is left with no choice by to flee from her homelands, she knowingly goes outside of her city walls to where the wild magic swirl and the land is dying without water. Full disclosure, I read this book out of order and it is not recommended to read this as a standalone. After reading this book, I want to go back and read the first two books to get my head on straight. Whilst it was easy to figure out where the conflicts are and at a high level what happened to Oria and Lonen, it was still a bit disorienting. Especially as I had no previous engagement with these two characters so it was a bit hard for me to warm up to them.

Oria came across as a sulky princess too delicate to do much other than complain. Granted she is physically depleted as the wild magics does render her unconscious. Her relationship with Lonen seems to be a constant struggle. Purposeful miscommunications because they are both at their lowest. It's interesting how well Ms. Kennedy brings out their flaws so that the characters can reflect and regret upon them. It's kind of nice to see characters who are flawed, know it and want to do better. Not the perfect heroes that always do no wrong. Nor the too stupid to live characters that everyone wants killed off.

This story is more about an arduous journey through wastelands, constant threat of death to Lonen's homeland. This quest is fraught with peril and the ending came a bit too fast for me. It is anti-climatic and leaves a reader feeling not too different than Oria. As if the potential is there yet never realized. Still, this isn't the last in the series so it is a build up for the next book. It should be interesting to see what will happen next for Oria and Lonen. Whilst I eagerly wait for the next book, I will be going back to read the first two so that I can be all caught up. Recommended for fantasy lovers who enjoy quests and impossible odds.

*I received an advanced copy

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Review: Oh Joy Sex Toy, Vol. 3

Oh Joy Sex Toy, Vol. 3 Witty, comical and educational, Erika Moen brings another well illustrated sex positive book to print @ErikaMoen
Oh Joy Sex Toy, Vol. 3 by Erika Moen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Witty, comical and educational, Erika Moen brings another well illustrated sex positive book to print. Had I know this was a kickstart, I would have put money down for the kickstart. I would love to own this album in paper. This is a wonderfully illustrated book detailing about different types of sex and sex toy reviews. This did tend to feel more like a book on sex toy reviews, but they were interesting. I liked how the review was presented and Ms. Moen made sex really fun and less intimidating.

The illustration style is attention grabbing in a soothing way for me. I thought I'd have issues because I loathe the colour pink. This entire book seems to be fifty shades of pink. Oh the horror! Still, I made it through with their clever observations and frank opinions. Several of the toys they featured I own or have been considering so it was pretty cool to see them reviewed and with pictures. That is what I liked most. They also mentioned a book I've read, The Sex Myth: The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality. Their take on it was quite different than mine.

What I enjoyed most out of this book in addition to the amazing illustrations is some of their word phrasing.

Your posterior will feel cheerier with this toy that is Superior for your anal interior! p. 165

One can't help but be amused by their silliness at times. They put the fun into sex. Nothing is taboo. That being said, for those who are just learning about sex and have not learned about different alternative lifestyles, this may be a complete shock to the system. There is a fair amount of wearing strap-ons and dildos by women. Some of it is for aesthetics and others are for pegging or giving it to a woman hard. So buyer beware, this may be a bit much for a beginner to sex.

It does seem Erika Moen and her partner receive a lot of sex toys for review. What does one do with all these sex toys? They actually have in their house a dildo hutch to display all the toys and ones they do not really use too often. *dies a little from laughter* This is fabulous. If my home was bigger, I think I would do the same to all the toys I have that I no longer use.

The book ends around page 200 or so, but never fear, there are other featured artists for another 100 pages. Some of them are *meh*; others are noteworthy. Watersports by sicklyhypnos is way too cute. The explanation of watersports and the characters used for it were adorable. Devilish deal by incase, wowza! It is steamy hawt and sexy. It is the only story in this entire book that immediately kicked my arousal into high gear. Forest friends by Delidah is also one that is smexy and sweet. I leave with only one last thought, menstrual sponge by Dwam. I have never heard of this and frankly, I'm impressed. I kind of bring up this this new-to-me device to any female who bitches at me about "recycling" and reducing. I am inspired. I requested this book as a lark, not thinking much of it even though I knew of the author. After reading through this book, I am a fan and want to read the first two books. In addition, I'll be on the look out for any new books coming out from them using Kickstart. Recommended to everyone who wants to learn a bit more about sex that your parents never told you.

*provided by NetGalley

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Review: Wild

Wild Wild by Eve Langlais
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This trio of erotic paranormal romance writers bring a delicious collection of smexy stories to life. Feeling a bit numb with all the books I have been reading, I picked up this book because I have had good experiences with Ms. Langlais. I hoped her book would pick me up out of my reading slump. She does not disappoint.

In Catch a Tiger by the Tail, Broderick is a tiger not to be messed with. This story is action packed and I am stunned with how much goes on in this novella. Ms. Langlais creates a fabulous world with engaging characters and a well written plot. The chemistry between the characters is smoking. The plot twists adds a nice heat to the story. I loved it and after reading this story, I hoped there is more in this world.

The meat in this threesome sandwich is Wild Passions by Kate Douglas. I thought this would be another forgettable werewolf finding their soulmate story. Whilst this is the plot premise, it is much more. The story is so smoothly written. It is like a fine scotch, enjoyable down to the last sip. This sexy tale of wolves running an exclusive mountain resort should be savoured as the men heat up the sheets for these women. Makes me wish for a woman's weekend to find some sexy time with wolves who may want to share. The sex is primal. The characters are all well developed and fun. This story does pack a lot into a short period of time.

Not to be out done, Ms. Arthur is the one to bring it home in Her Perfect Mates. This one hits a bit harder because instead of just yearning and sexy time, this one incorporates sorrow and a bit of angst. This story connected with me more because it pulled out more emotion and I felt something for the characters, especially Malec. This is a moving story starting out in sorrow and ending with a happily ever after. It is sort of like a sour patch kid candy - starts out tart and ends in sweetness. With the ménage aspect, it only makes this story hotter.

This collection of three definitely kicked me out of my reading funk and brought me out of my ennui. The stories are vivid and the writers weave an erotic spell. Each of the stories is a winner which is not always the case in a collection or anthology. This erotic collection is highly recommended to all paranormal romance lovers.

*provided by NetGalley

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Review: Going Deep

Going Deep
Prepare to be swept off your feet #bookreview Cady makes this story #mustread @annecalhoun

Going Deep by Anne Calhoun
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Prepare to be swept off your feet. Ms. Calhoun hits a home run for me in the latest book in her Alpha Ops series. This book can be read as a standalone. For a better feel of this world, reading the previous books in this series is recommended. This book features Cady Ward a rock star coming home for the holidays.

Lest a reader think that Conn McCormick is the character who will sweep us off our feet, let me correct this assumption immediately. It is Cady Ward aka Maud who charms and entices. Cady could be a snotty nosed rock star who deigns to talk to the little people from her hometown. Some believe her to be an overnight sensation. They would be wrong. Cady put in her time and learned from her experiences singing on street corners and at dive bars. She worked hard to achieve her success. Better yet, she never forgot her roots. She is grounded and a genuinely nice person. I really liked and admired Cady. She is the reason I enjoyed this book so much.

Cady personifies a person who does the right thing. Even in the face of betrayals from loved ones and those she believed to be friends, she still gives them chance to explain. She does not cut people off at the smallest slight. She gives people a chance to repair their relationship. She shares her perspective through a powerful medium… her lyrics and her music. Her highs and lows are all captured and used for others to connect with her. Who wouldn't like her?

Conn is the character in this book who needs to be saved. He is not exactly the damsel in distress but it is clear that he is the one who needs love most. Whilst this romance may feature an alpha male, he is not the white knight saving a damsel in distress. He does solve several mysteries for Cady, but it is Cady who brings him out of darkness and saves him from a life of loneliness. It isn't so much the love of a good woman to "fix" a man trope. It is more the confidence, belief and trust which Cady generously gives which helps to heal Conn. My heart weeps for Conn. His isolation and constant rejection pulls on the heart string of most romance readers. My heart was not exempt from his plight. Ms. Calhoun does a lovely job of creating lovable characters who enchant a reader and invites them into an exciting journey. This contemporary romance is recommended to readers who enjoy a bit of suspense, a strong female lead and a happily ever after.

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RELEASE DAY ~ Threesome Bonds by Sienna Matthews

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Series: Threesome Series, Book 3
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What happens after Lynne Morrison's passionate elevator interlude with hunky twins Mark and Ash Thompson? Well, they realize it isn't enough so they had to try out the bedroom and the kitchen table and the wall…er, you get the picture. When Lynne finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she faces a serious dilemma: she doesn't know who the father is! When Mark finds out, will it derail their growing relationship?

Meanwhile, her best friend Cara Wilson, aka Hot Blonde, isn't feeling so hot. In a relationship with lovers Kyle Lockwood and Max Brannigan, she comes home early one day and stumbles upon Kyle secretly proposing to Max. Her world shatters. Amidst her heartbreak, she decides to take the biggest gamble of her life, even if it means losing the thing Kyle cherishes the most…

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This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, male/male sexual acts, anal sex and ménage a trois (m/f/m and m/m/f).


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Monday, October 24, 2016

Review: Night Watch

Night Watch Night Watch by Iris Johansen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kendra is back and stronger than ever. This story takes us back to the beginning with flashbacks of Kendra when she was a blind teen with no hope of seeing. When her determined mother forces an experimental procedure to be used on her, it allows her to see. The leading scientist to help bring sight into her eyes is Dr. Charles Waldridge. His research which is part of the Night Watch Project in merry ole England is supposed to help the world become a better place. When he visits Kendra out of the blue in California, her spidey scenes go into overdrive.

I love Kendra. This character is so well designed and I love how observer she can be with all her senses. Ms. Johansen does a marvelous job of creating a plausible character through existing science and a bit of fringe science. Kendra is a multifaceted intriguing character who inspires me to do better and to observe more. She is thankful of every day she can see and appreciates even the littles things. Her cognitive abilities are off the chart. She is an over achiever whom makes me want to do more and strive to be better. I love her character and each time I read about her, I am more impressed. This time around, she further demonstrates her loyalty to friends. She is not perfect and I also enjoy that about her. She is human in the same way as we are with relationships. She creates strong friendships and she also is leery of romantic entanglements. It is quite amusing to watch her be fox to Adam Lynch's hound. She leads him on a merry chase which only brings exhilaration and excitement. The sexual tension in this tale is well done and I enjoy how Ms. Johansen continues to build and tease the reader with it.

This lengthy novel is to be savoured like a fine wine as the reader follows along in this suspense thriller. Chasing down the reasons why Charles is kidnapped and saving him makes this story action packed. It moves fast and keeps me engaged. This is a page turner which is physically painful to put down the book when it is time to work. It is best to set time aside to read this book from beginning to end, otherwise any interruptions make cause the reader to become a growly monster. Ms. Johansen's writing gives a reader the shotgun seat, riding along with Kendra and Adam as they solve this mystery. The emotions invoked in this story are sharp and real. The anxiety Kendra feels as she is searching desperately for Charles leaps off the pages. Ms. Johansen is a masterful storyteller who captures the reader's attention and holds them in thrall until she deems time for release. This story is so good that after I finished reading it, I immediately started reading it again to re-live some of the highlights. This is one of my favourite books in this series' universe. I cannot wait to see what new adventures Kendra will take us on. One only hopes Adam will continue to appear and woo her with his special mercenary connections and skills. This book is highly recommended to everyone for reading. It can be read as a standalone.

*provided by NetGalley

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Review: The Master's Toy

The Master's Toy The Master's Toy by Jason Walker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Screwing up has never been so good as it has been for Ashley Wallace. Ashley makes the mistake of running over a person's lawn and totally ripping up their sod. She is not able to pay for it through money, but she does meet the home owner who has a very different offer for her. No, it isn't sex for repayment but it is pretty darn close. Daniel and Evangeline are in a TPE which is not unfamiliar to Ashley. When they make her an offer to become a toy for them, she leaps at the chance.

This story is a little over the top and a lovely fantasy. For those who want a sexy threesome and the ultimate revenge upon a mean girl, this book is for you. For me, it was a bit too hokey at times and I may have rolled my eyes more than once. Still, I enjoyed the book. Mr. Walker is a new to me author who writes out the fantasies women tend to have in their mind when they are just daydreaming.

Who wouldn't want a millionaire to bring them into their close circle of friends, rising them up from the brink of poverty? Who wouldn't want a new home which is totally out of their means along with a brand spanking new job and a luxurious new car? There are all hallmarks of a dream for a sugar daddy. I confess when I was in my teens, I had these wishful dreams too. Which is why I ended up enjoying where Mr. Walker took me in this BDSM romantic fantasy where a woman is swept off her feet and lives the good life.
Daniel comes off as a perfect rich dominant. He is the kind naive females dream about. His brand of BDSM is a nice blend of fantasy and reality. Some of the things he does to Evangeline are spot on. Others are an exaggerated author's creative license. One thing that bugged me about him was the locks of hair he cut off of Evangeline. This really irked me and I neared ended the book there with a did not finish. However, I pushed through and Mr. Walker redeems his character at the end with a nice twist. Daniel turns out to be not that perfect, which I like. The hero worship he receives from Evangeline and Ashley was too much for me though. I wanted to gag several times as they went over the top in almost romantic prose about how domly dom he is compared to the lessor mortals fawning at his feet. None could compare to his majestic kingly state. All he needs is a crown and a gold riding crop to rule over all the little kinky people. As I said, some of the story was a bit exaggerated which produced unintentional hilarious moments for me.

What I think some people will like is the plotting to bring about the destruction of a nasty person. This is something I think many people can relate to and enjoy witnessing. Is it a juvenile pipe dream? Most definitely, but this is a fun story where it seems to just "all work out". Overall, this is a BDSM fantasy which tickles some kinky fantasies as well as pushes some pet peeves. It is a fun read and recommended to kinky readers who enjoy erotica with a vengeful twist.

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