Sunday, 29 June 2014

Guest Review: The Professional by Kresley Cole

This fantastic review is by my dear friend Sunny from Love Affair with an E-Reader please consider visting her blog.

Published: 6 May 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: The Game Maker #1
Format: eARC
Source: Net Galley
Reviewed By: Sunny
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Book Buy Links: Amazon UK / AmazonUS





BLURB
The highly anticipated complete novel of The Professional—the first installment in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s scorching Game Maker series, an erotica collection that has readers asking: How hot is too hot?

He makes the rules…
Mafiya enforcer Aleksei “The Siberian” Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss knows no bounds, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, feisty redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Aleksei will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.

Rules are made to be broken…
Grad student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the dark and breathtaking Sevastyan before the professional enforcer whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. Every day under his protection leads her deeper under his masterful spell.

Are you ready to play?
Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Sevastyan spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-wealthy in Paris, the two lovers will discover that even their darkest—and most forbidden—fantasies can come true…

Review 
Natalie Porter is a Nebraska graduate student in history (I already like her as I too was grad student in women’s history). She studies hard, works hard, and is as “normal” as can be. One night she meets a mysterious stranger in a local bar, one whose vibe screams “yummy” and “danger” at the same time.  Like a fine wine she “sens[es] top notes of European – along with strong undertones of dangerous!” She is soon being whisked away to Russia to meet her birthfather, a Russian mafia boss.

Yes, there is danger and yes, there is a bit of suspense, but this story is really about the relationship between Natalie and Sevastyan.  Natalie is looking to find some balance after being knocked over and completely overwhelmed by Sevastyan.  He is both irresistible and unattainable.  He opens up new worlds to her and keeps her in the dark.  He is a study in interpolarities.

The conflict and need Natalie experiences is provocative.  There is so much tension throughout this book, I found my jaw clenching as if I were driving down the 405 Freeway on a Friday afternoon (traffic in Southern California).  Sevastyan is an anti-hero, a professional henchman (and second in command) for Natalia’s father and her personal bodyguard.  He is cynical, proud, moody and very, very, damaged, but has a capacity to love as deep as the ocean. But can he love her in the way she needs to be loved? It would be easy to wonder if this question can sustain an entire book.  Yes!  It can and Kresley Cole does it very well. 

Kresley Cole writes with humor, focusing particularly between the relationship between Natalie and her best friend, Jessica. She writes with intensity, pages brimming with sexual tension: “As I gazed up at him and sucked his thumb, his eyes darkened with possession. Deep. Brutal. Never-ending.  He regarded me like I was a trapped thing, already his to enjoy.  Never-ending.  Never-ending. Never-ending. Dear god, what had I done?”   Whew, take a breath.

IN A NUTSHELL

“I thought pleasure was only rated on a scale of one to ten, and then this guy had seductively whispered, “Didn’t you know?  The upper scale is infinity.”  It was a pleasure to read this book.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a honest review. 

In A Nutshell: Take a nice, smart, Nebraskan farmgirl, mix in some danger, action and a hot anti-hero.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Review: Jemma 7729 by Phoebe Wray

Published: 29 January 2008
Series: Stand alone
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopian
Format: ebook
Source: Own Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5
Book Buy Links: Amazon UK / Amazon US

Blurb
The Government's dossier on Jemma 7729 flags her as "independent thinking" of a "rebellious nature" exhibiting inappropriate behavior.

On the day Jemma is to freely choose what she will be for the rest of her life, the state intervenes and chooses for her -- committed to custody without parole!

But Jemma escapes, criss-crossing the country, avoiding recapture, and destroying the chemical plants used to "alter" women the government can't control. Jemma knows she has made the best choice of all - freedom!

Review
I feel sorry for this book, as it hasn’t got the recognition it deserves. I can understand why because the cover is atrocious and the blurb is rubbish. So let me try to convince you to purchase and read this book because if dystopian is your thing I recommend Jemma 7729 for you.

The story is set in America way in the future. Life is very different to how we know it. People live in cities under huge domes which control the atmosphere because they are told the countryside is toxic and you will die if you venture outside the dome. Women are treated very differently, they have little choice in their life and are basically wives and mothers. Men have a lot more going on in their lives.

Jemma is a 5 year old little girl but she is a bit different to other girls. Unlike them she questions things, has opinions and stands up for herself at school when a boy bullies her. This is thought of as wrong, girls shouldn’t behave this way, women are inferior to men. After all women have been blamed for the wars which have made Earth the toxic waste that it is.

Jemma eventually makes it to her choosing day. The day where she gets to choose what she will do with the rest of her life, be it a wife, a mother etc but Jemma doesn’t want any of that she wants to be free but that isn’t a choice so Jemma, at the age of 7 gets thrown into prison also known as rehab.

Jemma learns lots through her time there. Most importantly Jemma learns that women aren’t to blame for the wars nor are they inferior to men. So Jemma makes it her mission to escape and make a difference by blowing up the altering plants where opinionated women are altered into brain dead zombies to please their men. We then follow Jemma’s story over the years and how she tries to bring about change to her world.

I really enjoyed this book, it is quite different from other books I’m reading so I found it refreshing. It reminded me quite a lot of the film The Stepford Wives which I remember seeing as a young girl. Jemma 7729 gets 4 stars from me. Please don’t be put off by the cover and blurb, if you like Dystopian please give it a go.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Review: Bang by E. K. Blair

Published: 19 May 2014
Series: Black Lotus #1
Genre: Dark Twisted Romance
Format: ebook
Source: Own Copy
Rating: 5 out of 5
Book Buy Links: Amazon UK / Amazon US

Blurb
They say when you take revenge against another you lose a part of your innocence. 
But I’m not innocent. 
I haven’t been for a very long time. 
My innocence was stolen from me. Taken was the life I was supposed to have. The soul I was born with. The ruby heart embedded in a life full of hopes and dreams.

Gone.
Vanished.

I never even had a choice. 
I mourn that life. Mourn the what-ifs. 
Until now. 
I’m ready to take back what was always meant to be mine.

But every plan has a fatal flaw. Sometimes it’s the heart.

**Due to the dark and explicit nature of this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only as some scenes may be particularly disturbing.**

Review
OK so I am not going to tell you anything about the plot of Bang. To do so would be to spoil it for you. Yes there are reviews out there that will give snippets away but I urge you to think carefully before finding out more about the plot than what the blurb says. As I said I think that would spoil your experience of reading it.

I will say however, that this book is twisted…really fucking twisted. There are scenes that will upset you, some in particular involving child abuse. It is not pleasant but you need to get through this if you can to understand the characters and what happens next.

Now at one point I thought the reason for revenge was utterly stupid and I got really annoyed until Carnegie the talking caterpillar…I kid you not….helped with the explanation.

Bang will bring out a range of emotions in you whilst reading. It will have you fanning your face (yes it is steamy), crying, sitting on the edge of your seat, screaming angry, hopeful and sad. It does end on a cliffhanger so if you particularly hate these it might be best waiting for book 2.

I have read one of E K Blair’s books before and really disliked it but this one was awesome. Can’t wait for Black Lotus #2. Bang gets 5 stars from me.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Review: Raw by Belle Aurora

Published: 2 January 2014
Series: Stand alone (I think)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: ebook
Source: Own Copy
Rating: 5 out of 5
Book Buy Links: AmazonUK / Amazon US

Blurb
Growing up the way I did, you’d think I’d be more screwed up than what I actually am.

Soon as I turned sixteen, I left that bump in the road I called home and took my chances on the street.

Best decision I ever made.

Now, at the age of twenty six, I’m educated, employed and damn good at my job.

My friends have become my family. Like me, they know what it’s like to grow up unloved.

But the saying is true.

The world makes way for those who know where they are going.

That’s me.

I know where I’m going and I’ll get there eventually. On my own terms and at my own pace.

But then there’s him.

I feel his eyes on me. I see him hiding in plain sight. He watches me.

He makes me feel.

It’s unconventional.

But it’s real.

I’m sure you’re wondering how a person falls in love with their stalker.

So am I.

This isn’t a story.

This is my life.

Review
Wow I loved this! From reading the blurb you might be led to believe that this is a Dark Romance book. Well it isn’t. Don’t get me wrong it isn’t all fluffy rabbits and rainbows either but it isn’t what I class as Dark.

Lexi is a 26 year old woman who is like a social worker. She looks after kids who are homeless or who are in trouble. She has always been one of those people who likes to help others even as a 6 year old she helped her 8 year old neighbour after his father had beaten him. Lexi has had a tough life too so she is determined to make a difference.

Lexi also has a stalker. She can’t see past the hood he has pulled down low but he is always there….watching. Things happen and suddenly Lexi gets rescued by her stalker, Twitch. Lexi can’t help having feelings for her Hero. He is a tall, built, gorgeous uber alpha male who Lexi thinks is homeless. He is also as sexy as sin and Lexi loses her mind when she starts a kinky, controlling sexual relationship with him.

Raw is fantastic, I couldn’t put it down. It is very steamy and Twitch is magnificent, scary, controlling, hard and loveable. The ending is a shocker and leaves it open for there to be a book 2 but I don’t know if there actually is one. I really hope there is because I need more Twitch and Lexi in my life.

I like Belle Aurora’s writing but I find it very similar to Kristen Ahsley’s style of writing. In fact Ms Aurora states that she is a fan of Kristen Ashley and the story line of Raw reminded me of Dream Man by KA. There are a few typos in the book which I found annoying. I normally wouldn’t mention it but this is such a good book I didn’t want any mistakes in it. I highly recommend Raw and I’m giving it 5 stars.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Review: Taint by S. L .Jennings

Published: 19 May 2014
Series: Stand alone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: ebook
Source: Own Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5
Book Buy Links: AmazonUK / Amazon US

Blurb
Right now, you’re probably asking yourself two things:
Who am I?
And, 
what the hell are you doing here? 

Let’s start with the most obvious question, shall we? 

You’re here, ladies, because you can’t f*ck.

Oh, stop it. Don’t cringe. No one under the age of 80 clutches their pearls.
You might as well get used to it, because for the next six weeks, you’re going to hear that word a lot. And you’re going to say it a lot. 
Go ahead, try it out on your tongue. 
F*ck. F***ck.

Ok, good. Now where were we?

If you enrolled yourself in this program then you are wholly aware that you’re a lousy lay. Good for you. Admitting it is half the battle.

For those of you that have been sent here by your husband or significant other, dry your tears and get over it. You’ve been given a gift, ladies. The gift of mind-blowing, wall-climbing, multiple-orgasm-inducing sex. You have the opportunity to f*ck like a porn star. And I guarantee, you will when I’m done with you.

And who am I?

Well, for the next six weeks, I will be your lover, your teacher, your best friend, and your worst enemy. 
Your every-f*cking-thing. I’m the one who is going to save your relationship and your sex life.

I am Justice Drake. 
And I turn housewives into whores. 

Now…who’s first?

Review
How awesome is that blurb? I just had to get this book after reading it and Taint is a really good book but it didn’t quite live up to the blurb for me. I thought it was going to be a bit more raw and sexy than it was.

Justice is sex on legs. Handsome and dirty talking you can’t help but fall for him, add in his vulnerability and he is adorable.

Ally is a young rich wife whose husband cheats on her constantly. Her husband has her convinced that the problem lies with her and that is why she is on this sex course. Justice prides himself on his control but he comes undone around Ally and the two have a passionate affair, but it can only last whilst she is on her retreat, can’t it?

Sometimes I find it really difficult to review a book.  It is much easier if you really love it or really dislike it and I don't have either feeling about Taint.  As I said I was expecting more from this book but it was still good. The sex is hot, but could have been hotter there is drama of sorts and there are funny one liners. I still do recommend you read it however and I’m giving it 4 stars.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Review: Unteachable by Leah Reader

Published: 27 July 2013
Series: Stand alone
Genre: New Adult
Format: ebook
Source: own copy
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Book Buy Links: Amazon UK / Amazon US

Blurb
Maise O’Malley just turned eighteen, but she’s felt like a grown-up her entire life. The summer before senior year, she has plans: get into a great film school, convince her mom to go into rehab, and absolutely do not, under any circumstances, screw up her own future.

But life has a way of throwing her plans into free-fall.

When Maise meets Evan at a carnival one night, their chemistry is immediate, intense, and short-lived. Which is exactly how she likes it: no strings. But afterward, she can’t get Evan out of her head. He’s taught her that a hookup can be something more. It can be an unexpected connection with someone who truly understands her. Someone who sees beyond her bravado to the scared but strong girl inside.

That someone turns out to be her new film class teacher, Mr. Evan Wilke.

Maise and Evan resolve to keep their hands off each other, but the attraction is too much to bear. Together, they’re real and genuine; apart, they’re just actors playing their parts for everyone else. And their masks are slipping. People start to notice. Rumors fly. When the truth comes to light in a shocking way, they may learn they were just playing parts for each other, too.

Smart, sexy, and provocative, Unteachable is about what happens when a love story goes off-script.

Review
There are so many rave reviews for this book. Many of which are from friends, whose opinions I trust. I thought I would love it too but unfortunately I didn’t. I think part of the reason is because I don’t like New Adult books. I know, if that’s the case why did I read it, well because my friends liked it so much.

First off let me say that I do like Leah Reader’s writing style, her voice is beautiful. So that wasn’t the issue with Unteachable, I just could not get into the book. I had zero feelings for the characters. They are quite horrid to each other and I couldn’t care less what happened to them. Maise has had a tough life which you would think would endear her to you but it didn't, I just couldn't like her. And where some people may find Evan swoon worthy I just thought he was an old perv praying on young girls. When I purchased this book it was 99p and now it is selling for £6.99, there is no way I would pay this much for any Kindle book never mind this one.  There’s not much else for me to say except this book wasn’t for me and I am giving it 2.5 stars.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Review: Spin by C. D. Reiss

Published: 12 March 2014
Series: Songs of Corruption #1
Genre: Erotica
Format: ebook
Source: own copy
Rating: 3 out of 5
Book Buy Links: Amazon UK / Amazon US

Review
***You do NOT need to read Songs of Submission to read Spin***

Mafia capo, Antonio Spinelli blew through my orderly life like a cyclone.

Gorgeous and passionate, with a breathtaking brutality, he put me under his spell the moment he touched me, drawing me into his underworld of risk, violence and betrayal.

And I found, just as this sophisticated savage didn’t trust me, I didn’t trust myself. Something happened to me. Some alchemy from the heat between us.

I discovered I was a savage, too.

Review
Spin follows the story of Theresa Drazen the sister to Jonathan Drazen from Songs of Submission. Theresa gets involved with an Italian guy named Antonio Spinelli who is a businessman/lawyer/mafia kingpin. He’s bad, she’s good, they have hot sex, fight a lot and basically that’s it.

I loved C. D Reiss’ Songs of Submission series so naturally thought I would love this one too, but I didn’t. It’s not for me I’m afraid. Actually it was like somebody else had written it. The plot was all over the place and at times I didn’t even understand what was going on. Theresa seemed to have more mood swings than a room full of PMT fuelled women and it just confused the hell out of me.

Now apart from the fact I enjoyed Songs of Submission I also bought Spin because I do love hot Italian men, shallow of me but there you go. So I was intrigued to read about Antonio but I found him to be a bit of a dick and not the alpha heartthrob I hoped him to be.

Some of the scenes are pretty hot but this isn’t a BDSM book like Songs of Submission so don’t go buying it if that is what you are looking for. I doubt that I will carry on with this series and I am giving Spin a mediocre 3 stars.

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