Posts Categorized: Romance

Book Review: TIED DOWN by Kacey Hammell

October 23, 2012 BDSM, Book Review, Erotica, Novella/Short Story, Romance 1

 

 

Title: Tied Down

Author: Kacey Hammell

Publisher: Decadent Publishing

Release Date: September 14, 2012

Rating: 4 Stars

 

 

The time has come for Brady Jacobs to grab hold of the woman he loves and their future. But his lady, Isabella Knowles, is skittish. He knows she’ll bolt at the mention of twenty, forty or sixty more years together. 

He needs to handle this with precise planning, tools to seduce and never give her a moment to flee.

Brady will tie her down, pleasure her, push her further than she’s ever experienced.

Then he’ll ask her …

 

This is a great little novella. It’s sweet, but not too sweet, and definitely hot. The sex scenes are well written and super-sexy. The story has so many elements that I love. A strong female lead, a hot male lead, kinky sex, a little bit of humor, and even some tear-inducing romance complete the package. That’s quite a bit packed into this novella that is worth reading!

“If all went well—if she said yes—it would be one helluva story to look back on. 

He came to a stop in the doorway of his bedroom. 

There slept the love of his life, her wavy red tresses spread out across his pillow, the sheets tangled around her sleek and gorgeous legs. Christ, even sleeping, she stole his breath. 

As he moved into the bedroom and to the foot of the bed, he made a mental note to take her Glock from the bedside table. 

He wanted to live to tell their grandchildren about how he proposed marriage. Knowing her as he did…she’d shoot first then ask questions.”

I received this book as a review copy from Decadent Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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NEW RELEASE Book Review: BEYOND SHAME (Beyond #1) by Kit Rocha

October 1, 2012 BDSM, Book Review, Erotica, New Release, Romance 0

 

 

Title: Beyond Shame (Beyond #1)

Author: Kit Rocha

Publication Date: October 2, 2012

Rating: 4.5 Stars

 

 

 

 

“All Noelle Cunningham has ever wanted is a life beyond–beyond the walls of Eden, where only the righteous are allowed to remain, and beyond her stiflingly restrictive existence as a councilman’s daughter. But only ruins lie outside the City, remnants of a society destroyed by solar storms decades earlier.

The sectors surrounding Eden house the corrupt, the criminal–men like Jasper McCray, bootlegger and cage fighter. Jas clawed his way up from nothing to stand at the right hand of Sector Four’s ruthless leader, and he’ll defend the O’Kane gang with his life. But no fight ever prepared him for the exiled City girl who falls at his feet.

Her innocence is undeniable, but so is their intense sexual attraction, and soon they’re crossing every boundary Noelle barely knew she had. But if she wants to belong to Jas, first she’ll have to open herself to the gang, to a dangerous world of sex, lust and violence. A world where passion is power, and freedom is found in submission.”

Beyond Shame is a gritty and intense dystopian erotic romance. Reading it is pure pleasure and just enough pain.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I’m really enjoying dystopian stories right now and Beyond Shame didn’t disappoint. I found myself wanting to keep turning the pages. The plot itself is engaging, the characters are interesting, and the sex is SUPER HOT. I am also impressed at the author’s ability to add just enough humor to provide balance to a story that is dark and edgy.

At the heart of the story is Noelle’s journey of self-discovery. Growing up in a wealthy family inside the City, she always knew that she was different, and that she would never be happy there. However, she was vastly unprepared for life in the sectors outside the City. Fortunately, Jasper finds her, rescues her, and ultimately falls for her. Jasper plays an integral role in helping Noelle find out who she is and what she really wants out of life, all the while hoping that it is him.

I enjoyed Noelle’s journey.The author is insightful and honest about the characters’ feelings, not just Noelle’s. She presents the reader with three-dimesional characters that are trying to reconcile complicated pasts with possibly more complicated futures. Jasper is easy to love. He is intense, brooding, and oh so sexy. I always fall for the damaged tough-guy with a heart.  Lex is another interesting character. She’s so strong and yet vulnerable in her own way. I thought her hard exterior provided a great contrast to Noelle’s softness.

Okay, let’s get to the sex. This book has some fantastic sex scenes. They are well written, very steamy, and there are a lot of them. I find that sometimes in stories that have numerous sex scenes that it can become a bit repetitive. NOT SO with Beyond Shame. There were definitely a few times I found myself a little breathless.

I gave this book 4.5 stars and highly recommend it.

*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: MILE BELOW PEEP SHOW by Nishi Serrano

August 30, 2012 BDSM, Book Review, Erotica, Romance 1

 

Title: Mile Below Peep Show

Author: Nishi Serrano

Publisher: Decadent Publishing

Rating: 4.5 Stars

 

“Lady Rose fears her best friend Abigail Bertram is growing lonely and embittered by her life as heir and sole proprietor to her family’s business. After experiencing the pleasures and induction to the Mile High Airship Club, Rose and her husband devise a plan to cure their friend of her prim ways and introduce her to a new, freer world of carnal desires. 

Taking Abby on their special vacation, the three friends embark on a steampunk carnival soiree under the sea brimming with mermen, a cast of lusty characters, and of course—exotic peep shows!

Will their adventure open Abby’s eyes to what she’s been missing, or will her heart stay chained to business as usual? However, a surprise none of them intended arrives to test Abby’s brass, and possibly melt her heart.”

 

I truly enjoyed reading this novella! Prior to Mile Below Peep Show I was a Steampunk virgin, and I’m so glad that I took the plunge. I will definitely read more in the future. (If you’re not familiar with Steampunk check out the wiki here.)
Serrano has created a fascinating and sexy underwater resort,  where visiting club members can make all of their fantasies come true. The novella is a delight to read. Somehow it manages to feel historical and futuristic all at the same time. The descriptions are wonderfully vivid and the characters engaging. There is lovely romance and steamy sex. I was completely taken in by the world that Serrano created, and look forward to reading more of her work!

 

*I received this book from the publisher 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: 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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