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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Book Release Blog Tour/ Book Review: NEED(Finding Anna #2) by Sherri Hayes

July 21, 2012 BDSM, Book Review, Book Tour, Erotica, New Release, Romance 1

 

Title: [amazon_link id=”B005EYTG1Q” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Need(Finding Anna #2) [/amazon_link]

Author: Sherri Hayes

Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop

Published: July 26, 2012

Rating: 4 stars

 

Thank you to The Writer’s Coffee shop for including me in the blog tour for the release of Need!

 

Need by Sherri Hayes is the dark story of broken young woman and the man who is determined to earn her trust and to help her heal. The second book in the Finding Anna Series, Need is a wonderful followup to the first book, Slave. Need takes us deeper in to Brianna and Stephan’s relationship as it grows and changes, and the sacrifices they both must make to keep it.

 

“As Brianna comes to terms with the realization that she is no longer a slave, she must figure out what she wants for her life. Forgetting her past isn’t an option. It is an integral part of who she is now, and it will forever shape her view of life. The one thing she knows is that she cannot imagine her life without the man who saved her, but can she be what he needs? 

Stephan never imagined falling in love with the woman he rescued, but the thought of her no longer being part of his life is physically painful. The scars from her past continue to haunt her, and he is helpless to stop them. All he can do is try to help her work through the traumas of her past. Can he be everything she needs and help her move on?

The two must figure out how to navigate not only their relationship with each other, but also the outside world. A friend from Brianna’s past shows up where she least expects them, and Uncle Richard continues to enforce his well-meaning agenda to get Brianna more traditional help. As forces, both friend and foe, threaten to tear them apart, Stephan and Brianna have to navigate the turbulent waters and find what they need in each other.”

 

I definitely enjoyed reading Need. As in the first book in the series, the story is told from both Brianna’s and Stephan’s perspectives. As I reader, I relished being able to know how both characters were feeling. That’s a luxury we as readers don’t always have the benefit of.

The primary focus of the story is the relationship between the two main characters. The handsome, strong and dominant Stephan has rescued the beautiful and broken Brianna and now he must continue to help her heal. He treats her with such excruciating tenderness all while pushing her limits, and somehow manages to control his need to possess her completely. In spite of the tenderness, he is forever the Dominant, which is exactly what Brianna needs. Somehow, they each must figure out how to be what the other requires, all while discovering who they really are. There is such genuine caring as well as an underlying burning desire between these two characters.

I gave Need 4 stars and highly recommend this read. It is dark and edgy, with a great twist on the traditional Dominant/submissive story. There is still heat and sexuality but all within a beautiful story of healing and love. I am eagerly anticipating the third book in the series. I am desperate to see where this relationship goes and if it can survive.


Brianna: “I nodded and continued to hold tight to him. He was my lifeline, and I was pretty sure he always would be. There was no place I felt safer than when he held me like this. Sometimes, I just wanted to stay here, in his chair, and never leave. The outside world could melt away, and I wouldn’t care.”

 

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



Book Review: MAKE ME SHIVER by Aline Hunter

July 18, 2012 BDSM, Book Review, Erotica, Romance 2

 

Title: Make Me Shiver (Just Make Me #1)

Author: Aline Hunter

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Release Date: December 21, 2011

Rating: 4 Stars

 

A love story complete with flowers, jewelry, romance, and KINK.

“When Lacey loses control of her vehicle and finds herself trapped by ice and snow, she knows there’s only one person to call for help. Unfortunately, Michael may cause more turmoil than relief. She’s lusted for the gorgeous Dom ever since she first laid eyes on him. Trouble is, he doesn’t do vanilla and she’s not a submissive…or is she?

Michael’s hungered for Lacey for months, so when he notices her fleeting glimpses and blush-stained cheeks as he rescues her from an altercation with a guardrail, he decides it’s time to push the sultry beauty’s boundaries…only to discover Lacey’s not as reserved as she thinks.

Physical attraction blossoms into something neither anticipates, taking Michael and Lacey beyond kink, dominance, and submission. Their newfound connection is strong until a flame from Michael’s past returns, shatters the fragile trust he and Lacey have only just developed and threatens to destroy something neither wants to surrender.”

This book was a great, easy read, with a good story and relatable characters. Here’s the thing: I loved Michael. Period. Blue collar, strong, undeniably sexy, and honest to a fault are elements I love in a male protagonist. Oh, and kinky. Do not forget kinky. Sweet and ultimately submissive Lacey complemented him well. I enjoyed their journey, especially Lacey’s transition and introspection. Michael knew right away that forever with Lacey was what he wanted, but Lacey wasn’t so sure.

At it’s heart, this story is a love story, a romance. This couple must learn to navigate the tricky waters of trust and kinky sex, and decide if they really can make it work.

“This goes beyond kink. It’s essential as breathing. Either you have total faith in the person you are with, or you don’t. It’s that simple.” 

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Book Review: SEVEN DAY LOAN by Tiffany Reisz

July 15, 2012 BDSM, Book Review, Erotica 0

Seven Day Loan (Original Sinners 0.5)

Tiffany Reisz

Publisher: Spice Briefs

Release Date: Nov. 16, 2010

Rating: 4.5 Stars

 

Eleanor is trained submissive and the possession of an unlikely and powerful Dominant. Against her wishes, her master has loaned her to his friend. Daniel’s wife passed away three years prior, and he has yet to heal from the loss. Daniel is a Dominant as well, and Eleanor’s master believes that having her there will help him to move past his wife’s death.

At first Eleanor is angered by the arrangement, but she is too well trained to refuse. But, she is determined to keep an emotional distance from Daniel. “To get through the week, she needed to keep her guard up. She’d let him have her body if he demanded it of her. She’d give him nothing else.” Before long, Eleanor realizes she and Daniel are more compatible than she ever would have imagined, sexually and otherwise. She also wants to help him heal. Now, she has a choice to make.

I really enjoyed this novella. I read The Siren first (see review here), and was excited to read more about Nora. Young Eleanor is willful, defiant, clever, and caring. I was happy to see that she still possessed some amount of naivete’ at this age and that there was a small part of her that could still consider a happily-ever-after for herself. I was completely smitten with the brilliant and broken Daniel. There was definitely a part of me that was rooting for Daniel and Eleanor.

I gave this book 4.5 stars and look forward to reading more of Nora’s story.

 

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Book Review: THE THEORY OF ATTRACTION by Delphine Dryden

July 9, 2012 BDSM, Book Review, Erotica, New Release 0

Title: [amazon_link id=”B00814M37U” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Theory of Attraction[/amazon_link]

Author: Delphine Dryden

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: July 9, 2012

Rating: 4.5 Stars

 

The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden is a fun, witty, and very sexy read.

 

“Camilla can set her watch by her hunky rocket-scientist neighbor who jogs past her window each day. She relishes each glimpse of his shirtless abs, and is dying to see more. But it’s hard to connect with a man who doesn’t seem to know she exists…

Ivan feels at home in the lab, not in social situations. When he finally approaches his attractive neighbor, it’s not for a date—he wants tutoring in how to behave at an important fundraiser. Ivan doesn’t expect the chemistry between them to be quite so explosive, and is surprised when Cami actually accepts his proposal to embark on a series of “lessons.”

Cami soon discovers Ivan’s schedule isn’t the only thing he likes to be strict about—he needs to be charge in the bedroom as well. She’s shocked at how much she comes to enjoy her submissive side, but wonders if a real relationship is in the equation…”

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had so many elements that I love. It is quick and easy read, without feeling rushed. In fact, it took quite a while to get to the first sexual encounter between Camilla and Ivan, but the build up was orchestrated perfectly and the pay off was well worth it. The main characters are intelligent and interesting, allowing for witty banter between the couple. I love it when characters make me laugh. The BDSM sex scenes are well written and super HOT.

I like both main characters very much. Ivan is offbeat, socially awkward, brilliant and a sexy Dom. Camilla is his neighbor who finds him incredibly handsome but has no idea of his dark sexual tendencies. I almost always enjoy a story of a first time submissive and The Theory of Attraction did not disappoint. I loved watching Camilla grow in her own sexuality and self-awareness as she comes to terms with who Ivan needs her to be.

Overall, this is a great, fun book, without being too light and fluffy. There is a nice balance between humor and darkness and the sex is as steamy as the Texas summer.

“He called it taking , but I felt as though he were giving me these things, these actions, like pieces of himself. Challenging me to receive these odd gifts because they were all he had to give. His attention, his regard. His respect, which was the strangest of all, because I had expected to feel degraded in all this and instead I felt valued beyond measure. Cherished. Strong.”

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

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Book Review: SLAVE(Finding Anna #1) by Sherri Hayes

July 1, 2012 BDSM, Book Review, Romance 3

Title: Slave(Finding Anna #1)

Author: Sherri Hayes

Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop

Published: July 28, 2011

Rating: 3 Stars

Slave by Sherri Hayes is a compelling story of a broken woman rescued by a handsome and philanthropic Dominant.

“Stephan has lived the lifestyle of a Dominant for five years. After several rebellious teenage years, it gave him the stability and control he had been seeking after his parent’s death.

As president of a not-for-profit foundation, he knows what his future holds and what he wants out of life. All that changes when a simple lunch with his college friend and Mentor, Daren, leads him to buying a slave.

Thrust into a situation he never thought he’d be in, Stephan can’t walk away. He is compelled to help this girl in the only way he knows how.

Brianna knows only one thing, she is a slave. She has nothing. She is nothing.

Can Stephan help Brianna realize that she is much more than just a Slave?”

I found the premise of Slave very interesting. There were so many things about this book I liked very much. I loved the handsome hero and the young, beautiful, broken girl he comes to care for. I like that the book was a relatively quick read, the story flowed easily and I wanted to read the book cover to cover. I enjoyed watching these characters change as their relationship with one another evolves. The story could have easily become completely depressing, but there was heat, a spark. Telling the story from the point of view of both characters gave a nice insight into what they were each thinking as the story progressed.

I wanted to love this book but in the end I only liked it. As much as I liked both the story and the characters, for me there was something missing. I felt a disconnect with the two main characters. I knew what they were feeling but I didn’t quite feel it myself. There was heat there, but I was left a little cold. I wanted to really know them and be a part of their story. I did feel a connection with Lily, a secondary character. I would love to see more of her and hear her and Logan’s story.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book I just would have liked a closer connection with the main characters.

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

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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.

 


Book Review: GIVING IT UP by Amber Lin

June 22, 2012 Book Review, Erotica 3

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Warning: This book contains sexually explicit scenes and adult language.

Title: Giving it Up

Author: Amber Lin

Rating: 4 Stars

 

 

GIVING IT UP is a dark and portrait of people caught in lives they didn’t ask for, with pasts they must escape. Allie and Colin must save themselves, in order to save each other.

“Allie prowls the club for a man who will use her hard and then ditch her. Hey, it’s not rape if she wants it. Instead she finds Colin, who looks tough but treats her tenderly, despite her protests.

He tempts her, but kindness and a few mindblowing orgasms aren’t enough to put her back together again. Allie has no hope for a real relationship. Two years ago her best friend betrayed her in the worst possible way – she’d be stupid to trust a man again. Besides, she has her daughter to think of, the only good thing to have come from that dark night.

But when her rapist returns, threatening her sanity and custody of her daughter, Allie turns to Colin. Under his protection and patient touch, Allie begins to heal and learns to hope. Colin’s no saint, though, and his criminal past draws danger of its own. Allie must fight to protect her child and the man she loves, hoping her newfound power will be enough to save them all.”

I enjoyed this book very much. It was easy to read. The story moved quickly and I found myself wanting to keep reading to find out what happens to the characters.

Watching Allie and Colin’s relationship evolve was very interesting. The reader must find out how they are feeling mostly through their actions. Neither character are big talkers, especially Colin. Allie’s feelings are so distorted by her past traumas and her current desperation to survive. It was so heartbreaking to watch her struggle to please Colin without realizing that just by being her she was good enough. He wanted nothing more than to save her, but her own self-loathing would not allow her to trust him. Strong, handsome Colin is controlling and protective, both of Allie and his own heart. I wanted nothing more than to see Allie and Colin defeat the demons of their pasts, and to be able to rise above the lies and betrayals that threatened to tear apart their fragile new relationship. I was rooting the whole book for their little unconventional family to survive.

GIVING IT UP is a story of healing, love, undeniable lust and steamy sex. It left me wanting to read more. I want to know what happens to Allie, Colin, Bailey, Shelly and even Philip. I want to see and know more about these characters and I am definitely looking forward to reading another book from this author.

“What was this thing that felt like trust but looked like lust?”

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

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SHADOW AND BONE (The Grisha Trilogy #1)By Leigh Bardugo

June 17, 2012 Book Review 0

Title: [amazon_link id=”B007NKMQGQ” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy #1)[/amazon_link]

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Rating: 4 Stars

“Unlike anything I’ve ever read.” -Veronica Roth (bestselling author of DIVERGENT)

 Following Alina Starkov on her journey of self-discovery through this stark and beautiful landscape was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

 Alina Starkov grew up an orphan in the kingdom of Ravka, in a Russia very different from the one we know, with one friend and companion, Mal.. Shadow and Bone tells the story the discovery of a hidden power that Alina possesses. This power has the potential to change her entire world, or as she comes to find out, destroy it completely. As she struggles to master this extremely rare gift she must face failure, loss, and betrayal. Through this process however she gains strength, physical beauty, character and self-awareness. She must struggle to keep this power her own.

I loved the character of Alina in this book. Even with great supernatural power and in landscape I can only imagine, I can still relate to her. She is so human. She can be selfish one minute and willing to give her life the next. She is flawed. She makes mistakes. She is seduced by power and beauty but willing to give it all up to save others. She falls in love. She is loyal. She is real.

I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this series. The real story is just beginning and I’m so looking forward to finding out where it takes Alina.