Review ~ The Devil’s Metal by Karina Halle

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Title: The Devil’s Metal

Author: Karina Halle

Series: Devils #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s the summer of 1974 and 21-year old Dawn Emerson has only three things she wants to do: compete one last time in the Ellensburg Rodeo, win back her ex-boyfriend Ryan, and become the best damn music journalist at Central Washington University. But all her plans are left in the dust when she’s contacted by Creem magazine to go on the road with one of her favorite groups, the up-and-coming metal band, Hybrid.

At first the assignment reads like a dream come true. Not only will Dawn land some much-needed credibility as a female music journalist, but she’ll finally get to experience life from the other side of the stage, and maybe crack the drunken, enigmatic code that is guitarist Sage Knightly. Instead, Dawn finds herself on an aging tour bus filled with ego-maniacs, band politics and a whole lot of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. When monsters start showing up in dressing rooms and some of Sage’s groupies become increasingly strange and dangerous, Dawn discovers the band is not only going places – they’re going straight to Hell.

And Dawn has a backstage pass.

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The Devil’s Metal is the first book in a two-part New Adult Horror/Paranormal Romance and very (very!) loosely based on the author’s exploits as a music journalist. Hell comes in different forms.

Review

I had read a few reviews about this book and have heard nothing but good things about this author. If you do not know this book is actually on the paranormal side… It was a rocker book with paranormal undertones if you will.

It was more about the story of how the rockers started and how things were today (1970’s) Dawn was sent to do an article on the band. That is what it was about. We do get rockers from time to time and we get some of their stories. We get it all from her point of view as a fan and journalist.

I liked it and didn’t like it at the same time. What I loved was the beginning through to about 3/4 of the way. I just couldn’t understand the paranormal aspect. I wanted to I did and to be honest I always wondered if there was a possibility that maybe there are actual demons in reality because of how they are brought into this book. I think it could have been done in a way that could have made me love it but it just really wasn’t. I was left kind of confused when the paranormal stared because to be honest I didn’t know it was a paranormal read. I was expecting a rocker book, so maybe that is partially why I was not ga-ga over it.

I did like a good majority of it though, I kind of wish we found out maybe she could see demons from the start or she had something that made her different.

Over all it was a good read. I kind o wish I we got more on Jacob I liked him.

If you read this thinking that it is all rock star you may be disappointed so know that you get paranormal as well. Yet you don’t get much of an explanation until you get closer to the ending.  It was very interesting though. I am sure there are many out there who will LOVE this series.

For me it was just okay.

 

 


Back at it… Don’t forget to add these to your TBR list!

So I have been pretty busy with my kiddos. I thought the summer would be nothing but writing and reading. Not so much. Then I thought for sure once they started school I would be able to get back to it.

That was a bad assumption. I became more busy when school started for them. I had to drop one off at band practice, then take another over to football practice all the while trying to keep my daughter entertained as well as volunteering in her kindergarten class. I have still been reading, it has just been a little less than my norm. I also fell into a book funk, it seemed like the books I was reading just were not pulling me in the way I had hoped. BUT there were a few that did catch me off guard, that did stick with me,, ones that I have shared with my friends and the ones that are in my book group on facebook.

Since it has been a while from the last post I did I will do a quick little something for the ones that I will put here. I’m sure many have read them but if you have not these are definitely ones to add to your list of must read. I hope this is a promise of good books to come and no more reading funk. 🙂

 

….BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS….

The King by Tiffany Reisz

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Blurb
Bouncing from bed to bed on the Upper East Side—handsomely paid in both bills and blackmail fodder—Kingsley Edge is brilliant, beautiful and utterly debauched. No carnal act or chemical compound can relieve his self-destructive apathy—only Søren, the one person he loves without limit or regret. A man he can never have, but in whose hands Kingsley is reborn to attain even greater heights of sin. He plans to open the ultimate BDSM club­: a dungeon playground for New York’s A-list that’ll change the scene forever. 

The club becomes Kingsley’s obsession—and he’s enlisted some tough-as-nails help. His new assistant Sam is smart, secretive and totally immune to seduction (by men, at least). She and Kingsley make a wicked team. Still, their combined—and considerable—expertise in domination can’t subdue the man who would kill their dream. The enigmatic Reverend Fuller won’t rest until King’s dream is destroyed. It’s one man’s sacred mission against another’s….

In a nutshell it is how Kingsly got the club and how it all started.  I LOVE King! I just kind of wish we got more of his personal favorite kink. 😉

Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

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On May 15, 1975, fifteen-year-old Ginny Lemon is abducted from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale by a member of one of the most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs in South Florida.
From that moment on, her life is forever changed. She gets a new name, a new identity and a new life in the midst of the gang’s base on the edge of the Florida Everglades—a frightening, rough and violent world much like the swamps themselves, where everyone has an alias and loyalty is tantamount to survival.
And at the center of it all is the gang’s leader, Grizz: massive, ruggedly handsome, terrifying and somehow, when it comes to Ginny, tender. She becomes his obsession and the one true love of his life.
So begins a tale of emotional obsession and manipulation, of a young woman ripped from everything she knows and forced to lean on the one person who provides attention, affection and care: her captor. Precocious and intelligent, but still very much a teenager, Ginny struggles to adapt to her existence, initially fighting and then coming to terms with her captivity.
Will she be rescued? Will she escape? Will she get out alive—or get out at all? Part psychological thriller, part coming-of-age novel, filled with mystery, romance and unexpected turns, Nine Minutes takes readers into the world of one motorcycle gang and inside the heart of a young girl, whose abduction brought about its fall.

This one was a good one. It isn’t as dark as I thought it would be but it was still good it is in past tense and in her POV so we only see the biker aspect through her eyes, it is more about her relationship with Grizz. It was still pretty good and was starting me on my path of good stories. 

Asylum by Lily White

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Words are funny things.
Their meaning, the pictures they paint in the minds of those that hear them: they’re not always the same and to me at least, that makes them meaningless.
Take for instance the phrase ‘black widow’. Those words conjure the image of a spider, an eight-legged creature with the red imprint of an hourglass on its abdomen.
However, instead of speaking of an arachnid, of the resident of a spindly and dew-laden web, the people who whisper those words are talking about something much different.
They’re talking about me.
From what I’m told, I’m called the Black Widow because no man I’ve ever loved has survived.
Yet, I have no memory of any of it.
My new home leads me to the definition of another vague and meaningless word.
It’s a place where I’m supposed to seek refuge.
A place of retreat and security.
It’s a place where I’m supposed to be kept safe because I’m sick.
But the definition for this place is wrong and the word becomes meaningless when you’re tucked away and made silent by drugs and pretty white jackets.
My name is Alexandra Sutton and this is the story of what happened when I was imprisoned inside an Asylum.

THIS one! I wasn’t sure what to expect I wasn’t sure how this was going to play out but have to say it was on the dark side, gritty, and even a little on the sick side. I LOVED it. I was so pulled in and thought I knew where things were going but ended up learning I was wrong. It was an awesome read!

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

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If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.
Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.
It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.
And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.
And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all…a love story.

This one I was not expecting. It has amazing reviews and I loved her other book Making Faces and knew I would most likely enjoy this one as well. She has a way with stories that are just so touching and just get to you. 


Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Madness by J.L. Vallance

Madness
By J.L. Vallance
 
Blurb:
I never wanted to fall in love.
I lived a life tainted by mental illness and the stigma that came with it. That illness almost claimed my life once and I had a promise to keep¬¬, a promise that I would live, no matter how much it hurt. All I craved in life was marginal happiness, a little success, and an unfractured mind. I longed for the normalcy that the rest of the world thrived on while fearing the intimacy that could snap the thin thread with which I held onto sanity.
I may not have had it all, but I was close…until he crashed into my world.
He turned everything upside down and shifted the scales of my balanced world. He was charming and charismatic with a healthy dash of trouble and volatility rolled in. He was completely and perfectly damaged. I tumbled hard and fast.
I fell in love with Rory O’Neill and our world was little more than madness….and it was fucking beautiful.
 
 
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Excerpt
“What do you want from me, O’Neill?”
Rory released a heavy sigh, leaning back
in the chair. He studied me carefully, as if he were attempting to solve a
puzzle. He could try for the rest of his life; I was one jigsaw he’d never be
able to solve.
“To date you,” he replied simply, and I
belted out a laugh.
“Why?” I asked, continuing without
allowing for an answer. “You are the type that goes on dates to get the prize
at the end. You got the prize, buddy. You didn’t even have to work for it. If
you are coming back because you think I’m a big skank-bank and you can get a
withdrawal whenever you want, you’ve got the wrong girl.”
It was his turn to laugh. It was an
erotic sound that put my already frayed nerves on a higher, more precarious
edge than they had been. I followed his posture and leaned back, but instead of
holding my stomach in gut busting laughter, I crossed my arms over my chest.
“Is that what you think this is?” he
gasped. “Christ, I could have slept with at least seventy women since you.”
“Is that supposed to win me over?”
“Yes,” he answered seriously. “I have no
problem picking women up.”
I didn’t doubt that. Hadn’t since the
night I’d met him. It was the charisma, the mega-watt smile, the sultry
sex-filled voice. His body, smile, voice, and touch promised a good night in
the making if one simply took his hand.
I want to
take his fucking hand. . .
“Good, then you won’t be alone tonight,”
I replied, moving to rise from the table when he reached out and grabbed my
arm, stopping me.
“I don’t want other women, Francesca. I
want you,” he said, the smile missing from his face.
“I’ve wanted nothing but you since
November.”
I shook my head.
“I’m not like other women, Mr. O’Neill.”
“Please, call me—”
“Rory, it doesn’t matter what I call you.
The message will remain the same.”
“Didn’t you ever stop to think that maybe
that’s what I like about you?” he countered.
No, no I didn’t. Being different is what
set me apart—in a bad way. That’s what makes people dislike me. Not that I mind that—being disliked. I’ve spent the
majority of my life being different,
being an outsider. I am the woman that I am, with the issues I have, and that
fact will never change. I’m proud of the obstacles I have overcome and look
forward to defeating the ones that are waiting in the wings.
“You don’t know me to know whether you
like me or not,” I argued. My dad had always told me I’d be great for the
debate team.
“I know what I felt with you.”
“You felt tequila,” I replied. “And my
vagina. Go find some Cuervo and a willing participant and repeat.”
“First, I have a high tolerance. That
tequila barely touched me. Quit trying to downplay what happened between us.
Take a little responsibility.”
“Ha!” I belted, placing a hand over my
mouth. “Listen, we had a really great time. But I don’t date, I don’t do
romance or happily ever after. That’s not written in my stars.”
“What is written in your stars?” he asked
with a quirk of the brow.

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“A bright future with me, myself, and I.”

 

 

About the Author

J. L. Vallance is a wife, mom, and nurse by day, while posing as a writer by night. Plagued with an overactive imagination, a lover of all things supernatural in nature, she has an extraordinary flair for the dramatic that adds flavor to life. There’s little in her world that Otis Redding and buttercream icing can’t fix. And of course, coffee always helps too. True story.

             
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One single anchor braceletOne anchor and infinity bracelet

One anchor necklace with stamped pendant that says “You are my anchor”.

One necklace with a gun charm and a stamped pendant that says “I keep a close watch on this of mine”.

And two ecopies of Madness

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Review ~ Black Lies by Alessandra Torre

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Title: Black Lies

Author: Alessandra Torre

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Brant:
Became a tech billionaire by his twentieth birthday. Has been in a relationship with me for 3 years.
Has proposed 4 times. Been rejected 4 times.

Lee:
Cuts grass when he’s not banging housewives. Good with his hands, his mouth, and his cock. Has been pursued relentlessly by me for almost 2 years, whether he knows it or not.

Go ahead. Judge me. You have no idea what my love entails.

If you think you’ve heard this story before, trust me – you haven’t.

Review

I have been in a funk lately and when I saw all the hype about this book, just about every other book blog I follow gave it 5+ so I figured maybe this will be able to get me back on my reading. I have been so busy I haven’t had time to really enjoy a good book.

I jumped in and have to say I was not as wowed by this story as everyone else seemed to be. I just wasn’t as pulled in as I thought I would be.

It started slow for me. I wanted it to immediately pull me in and to be honest I don’t have that happen often at all but a girl could hope. I haven’t read a book in a few months so I wanted to be blown away right off the bat. Especially after all the reviews I was reading on this book.

There are moments in the story that we get other points of views and they are not really that long. I had a few moments when it went back to her point of view that I had to start that chapter over because I thought it was still in another persons point of view.

I lost interest at a few points and just put it down to do house cleaning. I had things to get done and that is how I know it didn’t pull me in.

So many were saying it was a mind-fu*$ and that is THE reason I jumped on it because I LOVE a good mind-fu&%.
That didn’t happen for me. I was not even half way through and I already knew what was going on. I knew what the big reveal was going to be. I am usually not that great at figuring things out before hand but this time I was a little disappointed that I was able to. So I felt I didn’t have the OMG moment others had. 😦

Now after finding out that I was correct as to what was going to be revealed I was hoping that we were going to get more on the whole explanation. We got some but not much.  I just wanted it to go into it a little more as to why it all happened, for me though it stopped just short of the “good stuff”.

I will say that I have not read another book that has the same concept so in that alone, I like that it isn’t like anything else that I have read so far.

It does make me want to know about her other books. 🙂


Review ~ The Saint by Tiffany Reisz

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Title: The Saint

Author: Tiffany Reisz

Series: The Original Sinners #5

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In the beginning, there was him. 

Gutsy, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn’t want to break. She’s sick of her mother’s zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, and declares she’ll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Søren Stearns and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Suddenly, daily Mass seems like a reward, and her punishment is the ache she feels when they’re apart. He is intelligent and insightful and he seems to know her intimately at her very core. Eleanor is consumed—and even she knows that can’t be right. 

But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her. She vows to repay him with complete obedienceand a whole world opens before her as he reveals to her his deepest secrets. 

Danger can be managed—pain, welcomed. Everything is about to begin.

Review

OH how I love this series! I love everything about it! From the fact that it touches on taboo subjects, that the main character is a switch. The fact that there is an awesomely hot and sexy sadistand he is a “major” sadistnot like these other’s you read about in other books who just like to spank, or whip only, he needs so much more. Then there is Kingoh how I am anticipating more about him, his “kink” is my favorite and I have yet to find a good story with it in there, and written well. We gets glimpses from time to time in the other books in the series.

Now this one, although it is part of the series and considered book #5 because yes, you need to read the other 4 books to have an idea of what is going on. BUT at the same time I believe there is a time gap. This is the “White Years” so it would be when she was a submissive. Where the “Red Years” is when she was a dominatrix.

I will say now that if you were not a fan of The Mistress and Nora’s story telling (which I kind of liked because we were able to get the best of both worlds. Some about the past as well as some of the present. This one is along the same lines. She is in the present, but she is recollecting her past. How it all started. Therefore, if you do not like that type of writing you will not enjoy this one. We get pieces of the past and how everything started as pretty much a bedtime story she is telling. I do enjoy Nora’s stories.

The meeting of Søren and Eleanorit was interesting to say the least. She is 15 and she want’s nothing to do with the church, but it means everything to her mother, and when she hears about the new Priest that drives a Ducati she can’t wait to go and see him, curiosity gets the best of her. She was so young and he was so “old” yet there was something there, something that couldn’t be ignored.

There are also things that happen with her father that kind of threw me a bit. We all know she is strong-headed and does what she wants for the most part, but her father wasn’t around much from my understanding. So when he called her and things went down the way they did it just didn’t seem right for some reason. I thought, okay, she can’t be that goodher dad isn’t around much and I don’t remember reading if she did it often so her skill was top-notch. But that was the only thing that seemed a little off. But that might just be me. 🙂

I also love how she is just this amazing person and people are so drawn to her. If only it were like that in real life. Well, I guess for some it is, but for most it doesn’t come that easy. 🙂 She is always having to break people’s hearts. I’m curious as to what is to come. I wonder what is going to happenare all the rest of the books going to be of  her remembering how things were when it all started, until she gets to the present time? hmm… Can’t wait!

I had heard about this series in the past, but had put off reading it for who knows what reason. Then after I read the first book I found that there were a lot of little novellas as well as a list of free short stories on her website. There is a lot of reading that goes with this series, but when I finished the first book I was drawn in and couldn’t get through all the short stories and novellas fast enough. They all tell you a little something about who Nora/Eleanor is. So if you can make it through them all you will know it is all worth it in the end!

All I know is I will read ANYTHING that Tiffany Reisz puts out there because her writing is amazing and her storytelling is awesome! I love the characters, plus you can’t go wrong with how she touches on some things that are on the verge of taboo. Love it all! Tiffany is becoming one of my favorite authors! 🙂


Blog Tour ~ The Erotic Dark & The Erotic Light by Nina Lane

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Title: Erotic Dark

Author: Nina Lane

Genre: Erotica/BDSM

Sexual Content: Adult Erotic

Publisher: Snow Queen Publishing

Purchase: Amazon

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SUBMISSION IS HER ONLY ESCAPE…

And punishment takes many forms. Seeking escape from her criminal past, a woman agrees to enslave herself to a trio of men who own an antiquated Louisiana plantation.

Known only as Lydia, she becomes controlled by three very different men – the malicious Preston, the inflexible Kruin, and the gentle Gabriel, all of whom introduce her to a world in which the lines between pleasure, pain and shame are irrevocably blurred. The plantation becomes both Lydia’s haven and her prison as she surrenders to the desires of her unholy trinity.

Lydia’s submission is fraught with tension and hunger, but what happens when the outside world enters her dark, anonymous sanctuary?

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This was the first book I have read by Nina Lane I have heard that her books are great so I jumped at the opportunity to read these. I love a great dark read and so with Dark in the title I figured I couldn’t go wrong.

Although I enjoyed the story and following Lydia’s journey into submission. What I did enjoy was how each and every guy was different. I have to say that reading it, I absolutely loved Gabriel from the get go. Reading about their time together as well as Kruin I enjoyed it. Now Preston on the other hand, I didn’t care much for him. I know he is the guy that helped save her from being charged for the crime she had committed, but I really did not like the guy. I tried to see good in him, but he just creeped me out.

Now for me, this was not a dark story. I felt like I was waiting and waiting for something to happen that would make it dark but I just did not get that feel from it. It was a woman who made a choice to submit and give herself to these 3 guys and do as they want, and she would in turn be safe from being charged with the crimes she committed because Preston has these connections that could help her stay in hiding and nobody would know where to look for her.

I also didn’t get much of a BDSM feel to it. It just seemed like guys who were trying their hand at it. I think between the 3 Kruin would have been the best Dom if it came down to it. Gabriel, I think would be a good Dom but he just doesn’t seem to have the desire to do so. Preston, well he just was a dick. He is one of those guys who wants to control a woman for his own pleasure and could care less about her because it is all about him. He hides that behind being a “Dom”.

For some this may be a dark read, but for me it really wasn’t. I did like the differences in the men I enjoyed reading about her finding out what she liked and didn’t like. I have not read many books where the woman desires to be with someone they don’t care for. That their body craves it. That for me was a bit strange. BUT I have also read books where a girl is taken against her will and is forced into doing things that they eventually start to desire. So I guess this has some aspect of that. Although she was not taken against her will and could have left whenever she wanted to.

 

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Title: Erotic Light

Author: Nina Lane

Genre: Erotica/BDSM

Sexual Content: Adult Erotic

Publisher: Snow Queen Publishing

Purchase: Amazon

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~ Synopsis ~

SUBMISSION IS HER ONLY POWERand her desperate means of control.

When Lydia is ordered to leave the haven of the Louisiana plantation known as La Nouvelle Vie, she thinks she is free from the twisted desires of her dark trinity. Yet as she struggles with the question of whether or not she even wants to be free, Lydia finds herself again submitting to the depraved demands of the obsessive Preston Severine.

AS IN THE EROTIC DARK, THIS BOOK CONTAINS GRAPHIC SCENES OF SPANKING, CANING, DUBIOUS CONSENT, ENFORCED SUBMISSION, AND EXPLICIT SEX.

Read only if these themes do not offend you!

 

~ Review ~

I liked this one better than the first. I felt like it had a bit more of a dark feel to it.  Only because of Preston. I knew I didn’t like that guy. She has learned that while she was living with the 3 guys she has become used to living the way they had her, no makup, dresses, no panties and ready at all times. She goes home and her mom instanly wants her to become who she was before hand. Getting her hair done, desiner clothes, mani & pedi’s. She realizes that is not who she wants to be anymore.

I felt like this could have been better though, added in more things that could have happened. There were so many things that ran through my head that I was wondering….what if this happens, what if that happens. But in the end nothing that I had thought might or could happen did.

There are things that happen that did upset me and make me want to hurt Preston. I wanted some very bad things to happen to him at some points.

I did feel like the way it all ended wrapped up way too fast. I felt like it was a bit abrupt. I kind of wish we could have gotten a little more. I wonder if there will be another.

 

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USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances and spicy erotica. Originally from California, she loves traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Nina also spent many years in graduate school studying art history and library sciences.

Although she would go back for another degree if she could because she’s that much of a bookworm, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer. Nina’s novel The Erotic Dark hit #1 on Amazon’s Erotica Bestseller list.

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Review ~ The Collector by Victoria Scott

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Title: The Collector

Author: Victoria Scott

Series: Dante Walker #1

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He makes good girlsbad. 

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple: weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal-opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within ten days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect, he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collectorand uncover emotions deeply buried.

Review

Now I heard about this one when it came out I LOVED the cover when I saw the cover reveal. I LOVED the teasers I read before the book debuted. BUT when it came out I had so many other books I was reading already that it just got put on my TBR list and I knew I would get to it eventually. I don’t read many YA books, but I do like them from time to time. I wish I would have read this earlier. I enjoyed it very much.

Dante is the kind of guy that is just oozing confidence that you can’t help but like him. He is a bit arrogant, so that is kind of irritatingbut in all honesty, how many of us know a guy like that? We all know someone. 🙂 You know he’s a bad guy and does bad things, but you want things to be different, you want him to be a good guy, you want him to not work for the one he does.

Okay the one issue I did have was the fact that he talked about how good he was at his job. SO that being said if he was as good as he says he is there at the beginning, and believe me he boasts about it throughout the book how great he is. The book would be half the size. Because he would go in, get the job done and that be that. There are things that come up, things that he didn’t see.

I had an idea where some things were going, but some I was absolutely surprised by. I liked the humor. It was good, I thought. As I read YA I always want to find something to pass on to my 15 year old son. I thought that this one might be a good one for him. It is interesting as well as keeping you on your toes and wanting to know what’s next. I didn’t really feel the connection between Dante and Charlie the way I was hoping I would. I wanted to feel that there was something there that I honestly just didn’t feel.

The message though, that is something that made the story awesome. Something that you look for in a YA story. Love, forgiveness, trust, good over evil, heaven and hell etc. There are things that kids do in life growing up and I believe that this book is a good way to explain to teens that what they do now does and can affect their future. The ending was pretty awesome, I thought. 🙂


Review ~ The Replacement Guitarist by Lori Toland

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Title: The Replacement Guitarist

Author: Lori Toland

Series: The Replacement Guitarist #1

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Blaze Shinozuka has two goals: get a job as a guitarist and lose his virginity. At an audition for a famous pop star, he draws the attention of celebrity manager Jason Stockton—and their instant attraction sends his world careening off its axis just as he is thrust into the gritty world of rock ‘n’ roll.

Straight-laced music manager Jason Stockton is always professional and never dips his pen in the company ink. But there is something about Blaze that leaves him wanting what he shouldn’t. The guitarist’s exotic beauty and compelling innocence is a temptation Jason can’t resist.

After one lie in the national media pushes them apart, Blaze must decide whether he will trust Jason, a man he shouldn’t touch, let alone love. The cutthroat, jealous world of rock ‘n’ roll, has chewed up and spit out the toughest musicians, and Blaze vows he will be the last man standing, even after the music stops.

Review

I don’t read M/M romances often, but I do love when I find an author that I enjoy reading. There are a couple authors that are on my list who do a damn good job when writing M/M. Kele Moon and Lori Toland would be my top two favorites.

There is a lot of sex in this one and that isn’t so much a problem, but for me, I kind of felt like there was a bit of a disconnect. Like they rushed into it and there wasn’t much of a connection between the two before hand. But the sex, wow, it was hot. It happened often and that was find but they didn’t talk much it was just a lot of sex and then they loved each other. I kind of wish we got more of the mushy stuff to watch the relationship grow. I know they were both so busy with Blaze being in a rock band and Jason the manager and so he is always all over because of that.

I just kind of wish we had more of the beginning of a relationship. It just seemed too perfect. (if that’s possible haha) They were perfect for each other and fit together so well and everything worked out. It seemed like the only time they really talked was after or during sex. 😉

Lori does a great job of pulling you into the relationship that you always forget what else is going on. I forgot a time or two that it was about Blaze in a rock group. I enjoyed the break from my normal reads and this was definitely different. Like I said I don’t read many M/M because I am picky when reading them. I enjoyed the story, it was fun, I thought. I just wish we got more, I will read the others in the series to hopefully fill that hole I fill was left. There is so much that isn’t said between the two of them that I can only wonder will it work out, will there be drama, will things stay amazing for them? When will Blaze come out to his tutu? It does leave you with questions wondering what will come.

 


Review ~ When Everything Isn’t Enough by Ed Wyns

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Title: When Everything Isn’t Enough

Author: Ed Wyns

Series: #1

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What happens when three lives with deep, conflicting needs cross paths? Meet: David Tanner – A man who believes he’s lost everything that makes him a man but doesn’t understand he’s losing the most important thing to him… Mia Collins – A woman who suddenly realizes the man she’s built her life around no longer wants what she desires to give him… CJ Fields – A self-made man who finds himself irresistibly drawn to a woman who definitely is not his type… They are on a collision course that threatens to destroy each of them in “When Everything Isn’t Enough”

Review

This one sounded so interesting from the blurb and I couldn’t wait to start it. Let me start off by saying that I was not a big fan of the cover. The main reason would be because I have never been a big fan of putting people on the covers when you can see their faces, not unless you are planning on making the characters look exactly like them. For me it was not my favorite. After finishing the book I looked back at the cover and will say that the people on the cover look NOTHING like I had imagined in my mind as I read, especially the female. But that has nothing to do with what is inside 🙂 but many do judge a book by its cover.

Now let me say that there are things that happen in this book that may be hard for some to read. There is a lot of sex and that to me was not an issue. But there is sex between teens and it does get pretty descriptive and that along with some things that happen to children that is described and may be hard for some to read (molestation, murder, rape) I don’t like to give things away, but I think when it comes to some of the things that are in the book that some people should know before starting because they may be a trigger for them. There is also cheating and fidelity issues and I know that there are many people who would rather stay away from books with that in it.

I will have to say that when I started it, I was curious as to where things were going to go. It starts off in the present (2003) but soon changes to the past, when David is a teen (1984).  This is going to be where if anyone has a problem with the book will have it I believe. I am by no means into reading about teen sex, but I don’t think that this was written with the intent to be a teen erotica story. It is written to explain where David came from. How things were for him growing up and what he went through. Now that being said anyone can say that it could have been left out and that may be so BUT I think that would have taken away from building up his character as well as his relationship with Mia. I think it went well with the story (but there were parts I think could have been less descriptive).

The story starts off in 2 POV’s We have Mia’s as well as David’s. Later in the story we get C.J’s. I kind of wonder why we got his POV, but not Nikki’s. There is so much backstory for David and Mia and I did enjoy it because I grew up to marry my high school sweetheart so I enjoyed seeing that in a book.  I am a big fan of reading a story that has the male POV written by a man. I know that many women write male POV’s and it works, but no one can nail it the way a man can. As I read the book and would get David’s side of things as well as his cousins I can say that I loved it because it was so dead on (at least I thought it was, so many guys I know think the same way). I even asked my husband a few things and he pretty much said yup, we are guys that’s just how we do things. So even if it seems cold, cruel or just like an asshole move at times that is just how some men are, and I believe it worked well in this case.

Now when we end up back at the present time (2003) and things take a turn my heart kind of breaks for David. I said it before but will say it again seeing infidelity along with other issues he has to deal with from a man’s POV is so different than other books I have read. We always get the woman’s side. Probably because most of the books I have read are written by women, so who can write women best? Women. They know what specific things feel like so they can write it well. I have not read many books that have infidelity from the man’s POV. I will say that I’m not a fan of reading about it, but I do get sucked in from time to time and it gets me everytime I do. I wanted to scream, cry, beat and break things. It was pretty hard to read, and that is for personal reasons (probably the reason some won’t read them) it can bring back memories of things that one has actually been through.

Now this book touches on things that many would find taboo. I enjoyed the book/ journey. Seeing how a boy who grew up and could have gone down the wrong road, but decided to make something of himself. To do better with his life, just to have things ripped out from under him and make him question who he is as a man. There is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of this one. I am looking forward to the next one. I want to know how things play out and what happens.

 


Review ~ Love Redeemed by Love Blevin

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Title: Love Redeemed

Author: Love Belvin

Series: Love’s Improbable Possibility #4

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Love Redeemed – the conclusion of the of the Love’s Improbable Possibility series:

Life’s complicated… 
Life’s not fair…
All is fair in love and war…

Find out in this riveting conclusion how Rayna reconciles her inability to trust and willingness to explore love in ways she thought she wasn’t worthy of. See love redeemed for someone who thought it was not in the cards. Also, experience Azmir’s lessons on love, forgiveness, and acceptance as his world is transformed to include a life partner. 
Review

I am SO glad that I was able to read this series. It is written in a different style which I love. I am so happy I was able to enjoy this series. I some will not enjoy it because of the urban feel to it, but I think that made it that much better. I love reading about anyone who came from a place that could have ruined them and turn it around and make something of themselves. I love the way that Love writes.

There was so much that could have happened; and in some moments in this book, it happened. I got to some parts that I was SO happy happened because they were long awaited. I even sent a message to the author and told her “Thank you!” for having one part happen. I will say that to some extent Azmir is a bit much to handle. I love that he is so set in his ways and expects nothing but perfection. I wasn’t sure how things were going to happen, or finish up, but she did a great job I thought.

With the ending we get a feel of completion. A feeling of knowing that things worked out the way they should. I know many who are in relationships where they feel they can’t always talk to their significant other about anythingwhich is kind of how Rayna and Azmir are. It is a very realistic aspect of their relationship that I liked. Wanting to tell him something, but not sure how he will take it or handle the situation so you just keep it to yourself. It almost always comes back to bite you in the ass, but Azmir is not exactly the easiest person to talk to.

They always say that men are the type that if you come to them with a problem they want to fix it. So you have to watch what you say to them. Because if they feel like they can’t do anything to help or fix it, they feel like they are coming up short somehow. I personally don’t understand this because sometimes we just want someone to talk to. Men are very hard to understand and Azmir is no exception to that.

I can say that this is the first book in a while that I read that wraps everything up really well. There are not many questions left. You know where things are going and how things are going to be from then on out. I love Azmir but I think being with a man like that so demanding as well as controlling would drive me nuts. They are fun to read about though. To see how they work things out, how they deal with situations. There are so many things about him that all of us would love to have in our men. I mean, who wouldn’t want someone like him?

Following the journey of Rayna was so fun. She had been through a lot and watching her grow and come into her own was done so well. Not once did I feel that I was left with a story that was lacking or just so over the top, because I can honestly see this happening.

I really wish more people knew about this series. Hopefully it will be more out there and more people will enjoy it the way that I did. There is something that is so intriguing about Devine and something that is so easy to connect with when it comes to Rayna. I know for me it was easy to connect with her.

Over all, it was a good series and I loved it as I read it! I was so drawn into each and every book. I was left wondering what was going to happen and where it was going to go. I will say that with this one we do get conclusions to situations that happen in the previous books. I only felt like we didn’t get enough of the in person situation when things are being dealt with when it comes to a few things. We kind of got an overview of what happen when it is brought up later. I kind of wish we could be ‘right there’ when some of the stuff happens. But I know when Azmir deals with things he doesn’t do it personally. 🙂 He has people for that.

There will be more not about Rayna and Azmir but about Azmir’s friend Jackson. (Love’s Inconvenient Truth ??) 🙂 I LOVE when we get little hints in books at what’s to come.
Thank you Love for allowing me to follow along this journey with you! 🙂