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Book Review: THE ARRANGEMENT by Kelly Chambers

January 24, 2013 Book Review, Favorite Books, Novella/Short Story, Paranormal Romance, Romance 0

 

Title: The Arrangement

Author: Kelly Chambers

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

 

What would happen if you were forced to marry your best friend?

Lily’s about to find out. Even though her parents are wading through a messy divorce, they insist that she marry her best friend Mason. But why?

She searches for the reason behind their insistence that she marry Mason and learns a deeply buried family secret. A century ago, her ancestors saved her Fiance’s family from execution; and in return, he is to protect her from retribution.

Lily has caught the eye of a dangerous demon and learns Mason has a dark secret. Is she strong enough to save herself?

 

My Review:

Relatively short in length, I felt like I held my breath the entire time I was reading this. I was immediately drawn in by the characters and their story. Chambers expertly creates an aura of mystery around the cast, especially the two leading males. Each irresistible in their way, Lily has quite a choice to make. Lily herself is a fantastic female lead. She has great strength of character in spite of all she must face, yet remains humanly flawed, vulnerable, and relatable. For me, she is definitely a new favorite heroine!

The story is well-written and incredibly engaging. The author slowly draws you in, revealing the right clues at the right time. There is action, violence, romance, emotion, and angst, as Lily struggles to find her own footing in a world she is so unfamiliar with. The final scenes in this novella held me completely captive. I only wish the book was longer…. I look forward to reading the next chapter in Lily’s story.

“‘Do you love me?’ His words were a whisper, the fire in his eyes stirred excitement in my soul. Anger at his force rose in me and the words left my mouth despite my attempt to hold them in.

‘Yes! I do.‘ I stared up at him as the violence that filled his eyes turned to desperation. I lifted up onto my elbows under his weight, my lips meeting his in a painful kiss. He grew gentle and fire raced through my blood.”

*I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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Book Review: WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT By Heather Long

January 16, 2013 Contemporary Romance, Favorite Books, Novella/Short Story, Romance 2

 

Title: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Author: Heather Long

Publisher: Decadent Publishing

Release Date: January 8, 2013

Rating: 5 Stars

Have you ever woken up every day afraid of everything?

For single mom and widow Melody Carter, six months passed since an IED ripped her life apart. Everyone is sympathetic and offers platitudes of comfort and support. Everyone thinks they know why she’s grieving but Melody isn’t mourning her broken heart. She’s ashamed to be grateful her abusive husband won’t hurt her anymore and scared for her child. Born with a mild heart defect, her daughter needs lifesaving surgery and with her funds tight and her emotional scars tighter, she’s running out of options. When she receives an offer for assistance from Mike’s Place, can Melody put her faith in the men her husband called friend?

Have you ever woken up, day after day, to discover your body’s betrayal?

Marine Captain, Joe Anderson Cooper, received the Silver Star for Valor when he led his unit through heavy fire to rescue fellow Marines. Despite numerous injuries, the Captain refused medical aid, insisting that the medics attend others. A broken back and shattered bones put Captain Cooper in a wheelchair and every day is a battle to keep his recovery on track and his sanity intact. When a single mom moves in to the apartment next door to his and he recognizes a kindred—damaged—soul, can he overcome her fear and be the man she’s always needed?

Can these two lonely souls rise to the challenge or will their scars trap them forever?

My Review:

This story of a Marine meeting a nearly broken woman, helping her to heal and move on from her past, and ultimately finding love with her hit incredibly close to home for me.

It is beautifully written and deeply emotional, with characters that demand the reader’s devoted attention. Melody’s story is absolutely heart-breaking, but the author gives her such strength, even in her devastating vulnerability. She clings to the edge, finding hope in small places. When Joe comes in to her life, she sees someone who finally may catch her if she can’t hold on any longer. Joe is the perfect leading man, strong, supportive, handsome, and kind.

I was completely captivated by Melody and Joe’s story. It is devastating, touching, and heart-warming; two people finding light in complete darkness. I loved that that they took the necessary time to heal themselves before coming together as a couple. I cried more than a few tears for these characters and rejoiced at their eventual happy ending. I absolutely love this book 🙂

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Decadent Publishing

Author Bio:

Heather Long lives in Texas with her family and their menagerie of animals. As a child, Heather skipped picture books and enjoyed the Harlequin romance novels by Penny Jordan and Nora Roberts that her grandmother read to her. Heather believes that laughter is as important to life as breathing and that the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are very real. In the meanwhile, she is hard at work on her next novel.

 


Book Review: THE ANGEL by Tiffany Reisz

August 25, 2012 BDSM, Book Review, Erotica, Favorite Books, New Release 0

 

Title: The Angel(The Original Sinners #2)

Author: Tiffany Reisz

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA

Release Date: September 25, 2012

Rating: 5+ Stars

“No safe word can protect the heart. Infamous erotica author and accomplished dominatrix Nora Sutherlin is doing something utterly out of character: hiding. While her longtime lover, Søren—whose fetishes, if exposed, would be his ruin—is under scrutiny pending a major promotion, Nora’s lying low and away from temptation in the lap of luxury.

Her host, the wealthy and uninhibited Griffin Fiske, is thrilled to have Nora stay at his country estate, especially once he meets her traveling companion. Young, inexperienced and angelically beautiful, Michael has become Nora’s protégé, and this summer with Griffin is going to be his training, where the hazing never ends.

But while her flesh is willing, Nora’s mind is wandering. To thoughts of Søren, her master, under investigation by a journalist with an ax to grind. And to another man from Nora’s past, whose hold on her is less bruising, but whose secrets are no less painful. It’s a summer that will prove the old adage: love hurts.”

*Note: If you have not yet read The Siren(The Original Sinners #1), this review contains spoilers. 

The Angel by Tiffany Reisz is at once beautifully written, mesmerizingly sexy, and wickedly entertaining. The Original Sinners series is fast becoming one of my all-time favorites.

I was eager to be back in the world of the captivating Nora Sutherlin, and was not disappointed one bit. Reisz once has again delivered a book that had me holding my breath, wiping away tears, laughing out loud, and thinking deliciously dirty thoughts. I was thrilled to be back in the Underground and so pleased to get to know more about these characters and the pasts that shaped their current stories. The story transitioned easily from flashbacks to the present.

For me, The Angel is about the relationship between Nora and Soren. I realize that Soren, being kinky, a sadist, and a Catholic priest, is a polarizing character. Though he is extremely handsome, terrifying, and damaged, he is also loving, devoted, and human. I adore him. I loved being able to see more of he and Nora together. As always, Nora does not disappoint. She is strong, brilliant, and sexy with just enough vulnerability. Though theirs is an unconventional love story, it is a beautiful love story just the same. Soren’s handling of the situation with Suzanne, the reporter, only made me love him more.

Nora and Soren are apart for a large part of the book so we get to spend more time with some of the other characters in the series. We get more insight in to their pasts, their lives, and what makes them tick. Michael and Griffin’s journey was a wonderful surprise and offered and element of healing and redemption. And of course, Wesley is there, still in Nora’s heart, and he has a secret to reveal.

Dark, sexy, and subversive, The Angel is a must read. I can not wait for the third book in the series!!

“You belong to me…always.”

“Always”, she repeated.

 “I will do whatever I must so you can come back to me.”

I know you will, sir.”

And we will keep our promise to each other.”

Nora reached up and touched his face.

“I will die in my collar.” She repeated her part of the pledge.

Soren turned his head and kissed the inside of her palm.

“And I will die in mine.”

 

*I received this book as an ARC from the publisher(via Netgalley) in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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Click Here for my review of The Siren, book #1 in The Original Sinners series.


Book Review: THE SIREN by Tiffany Reisz

June 27, 2012 BDSM, Book Review, Erotica, Favorite Books 0

Title: The Siren (Original Sinners #1)

AuthorTiffany Reisz

Rating: 5+ Stars

 

Beautifully written, heartbreaking, and incredibly sexy, The Siren by Tiffany Reisz held me completely captive and left me spent. On more than one occasion, I had to remind myself to breathe.

“The Siren is a modern-day retelling of My Fair Lady with uptight English literary fiction editor Zachary Easton as an unwilling Professor Higgins and well-known wild child Nora Sutherlin as his erotica-writing Eliza Doolittle. Zach only has six weeks left at Royal House New York before he heads to Los Angeles to take over as Chief Managing Editor at Royal West. When his boss orders him to help Nora Sutherlin rewrite her latest novel, Zach agrees to work with her only if he is given complete control over the fate of her book. If Nora doesn’t rewrite it to his satisfaction in six weeks, Royal won’t publish it.”

The Siren amazed me. The story is a book within a book, and told beautifully. It is dark, haunting, and utterly seductive. I loved the timing of the story, the way we are introduced to each character and begin to know them, without revealing too much before it is time. There is no rush to the storytelling. The reader is given time to get to know the characters, witness their pivotal moments, and feel their emotions. That being said, the story does not move too slowly. I was always eager to turn the pages and find out what happens next. Within the first few chapters I had laughed out loud, shed some tears, and fallen in love with the beautiful and arrestive Nora Sutherlin.

I loved unraveling the story of Nora and her men. Her staid british editor, Zach, the young, handsome, and virginal Wesley, and the mysterious and extremely dangerous Soren were each perfect compliments to the many sides of Nora. Because she was such a dynamic and complex character, it seemed to me she needed all three of them to balance her out. Wonderful characters in their own right, each man brings to the surface a different part of her, perhaps a possiblility of who she could become if she only would allow her self take that path.

At the very heart of the story is a journey to self discovery. Not just for Nora, but for her men as well. As she draws them in, they are forced to face demons past and present, while she battles her own monsters. Each character must decide who they really and what their own path will be. I hope that we get to see more of these characters in the future. I look forward to continuing on their journey of love, lust, sin, and redemption.

I gave this book five stars. I would give it more if I could.

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10 Books I Read Again and Again

June 24, 2012 Favorite Books, Lists 0

I love reading a new book as much as anyone. However, there are a few books out there I love so much that I read them over and over. Some of them for many years. They are old friends. I can trust them to take me where I want to go, when I want to go there.

Do you have books that you read multiple times? Please leave a comment and share!

 

1. The Beautiful and Damned: F. Scott Fitzgerald. My favorite book, I have read this countless times. I actually can’t remember the last time I read it all the way through. I carry around this old, beat up paperback copy covered with highlights and notes and just open to any page and read for a while.

2. A Ring of Endless Light: Madeleine L’Engle. I can’t recall the first time I read this book but I must have been in elementary school. I read it repeatedly back then and I occasionally pick it up and read it straight through. I still love the characters and beautiful, heartrending story.

3. The Hunger Games Trilogy: Suzanne Collins. I know, it’s three books. But I always read them straight through as one book. Each time I read it, I’m surprised at the effect it has on me. I go through a huge range of emotions and I’m left exhausted, humbled, and maybe a little hopeful.

4. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty: A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice). The first erotic novel I read, and I was probably way too young. I was hooked. I read all three books in the series but this is the one that stuck.

5. Violin: Anne Rice. My favorite of all of the Anne Rice books and I have read them all. This was the first I read and has always remained my hands-down favorite.

6.Wicked: Gregory Maguire. As a small child, I was obsessed with The Wizard of Oz. I still am. I love where Maguire takes the characters I have always loved so much. His vision of Oz and the people of Oz is absolutely breathtaking.

7. The Art of Racing in the Rain: Garth Stein. This is my favorite quick afternoon read. It has a lovable protagonist, race cars and a loyal pooch. Three of my favorite things.

8. Breaking Dawn: Stephanie Meyer. I enjoyed all of the books in the Twilight Saga but this one was by far my favorite.

9. Lisey’s Story: Stephen King. I’m a King fan in general but this is a dark psychological thriller. It always manages to take me to a place that is at once both beautiful and terrifying. I read it when I want to be afraid, in a good way.

10. Lonesome Dove: Larry McMurtry. Sweeping. Epic. Western. Enough said.