Thursday, May 29, 2014

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas? Not always!

Only PretendOnly Pretend by Nora Flite
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Advanced reader's copy received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is the story of Celeste whose boyfriend has just not only dumped her, but fired her from her job, telling her she was "boring".

Boring?! Hmmm, well Celeste strikes out to prove not only to him, but to herself that she's anything but!

On a whim and out of a place to even stay for the night, she colors her mousey brown hair to a sexy blonde, gets her nails done, packs what few belongings she has left and strikes out for Vegas.

Finding that she really can't afford a room in a high end casino, she slips into the ladies room and puts on her sexiest outfit.. one she's never worn before, and a bit of 'Vegas Baby' makeup, thinking she'll just make herself feel better, have a drink or two and head to a cheaper motel on the outskirts of Vegas.

Then she meets a very handsome stranger, Leonide.

He's charming and sexy and he only has eyes for Celeste. She sure doesn't feel boring now!

Celeste follows him up to his room, doing her best not to be "Boring Celeste" by pretending to be someone she isn't. But she finds that playing pretend can land her in some very real trouble when she wakes up in unfamiliar surrounding and she's pretty sure she isn't in Vegas anymore!

She's in a world of trouble and pretending isn't going to get her out of it!

I'm used to very dark reads, and this isn't one that I'd really classify as "Dark" or "BDSM" for that matter. I would put it more in the New Adult genre. Over 18 only for a little bit of non/dub-con and a few naughty words. But nothing over the top. I would have liked more than one short chapter from Leonide, he had the potential to carry the story to a darker realm.

Only Pretend is a good read and it's very well written. Solid 4 Star read for me.

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Review: Destination Anywhere

Destination Anywhere
Destination Anywhere by Felicity Brandon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Road Trip!!

Alisa and her Master head out for destination.... anywhere! But Alisa is being a bit pouty and when her Master asks her whats wrong, she does the proverbial pouty "nothing". Doesn't make her Master very happy. Uh oh! Time to work on those communications skills, little one!

They stop at a little diner where he sends her into the men's room to wait for him. It's there that she gets her much needed (and "wanted"??) attitude adjustment! And what an attitude adjustment it is indeed!

Second in The Kink Between Us series, it's another hot & quick read that was a lot of fun and perfect to get lost in for about 30 minutes, and it'll leave you feeling more than a little flushed with a smile on your face!

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Review: Hide & Seek

Hide & Seek
Hide & Seek by Felicity Brandon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lets play a game!

I enjoyed this hot little read in which a submissive plays hide and seek with her Master. Only problem is, she forgets a major rule. Never go into Master's game room without permission. Naughty little subbie!

Whatever will her Master do to her to remind her of his rules?

This is a quick little read. Grab it for your lunch break or for those few minutes when you need to escape for a little hawtness! It's one of the things I enjoy about Felicity's books, quick, hot, and fun!

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Review: Enslaved

Enslaved by Claire Thompson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Twisted, but not dark enough to feed my kink of true non-con. Claire Thompson is one of my favorite authors and I usually enjoy her twisted, dark, taboo stories, but this just didn't do it for me in the way her other non-con's have.

Still a pretty good story, but just not as dark as the blurb sets it up to be.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Slave (Finding Anna, #1)Slave by Sherri Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sweet story… more sweet than really dark for the most part.

Rich Dom - check
Poor tormented submissive - check
A love story in the making - check
Dark - semi-check

I've had this book on my Kindle and on my TBR for quite a while, and thanks to a reading challenge on The Erogenous Zone, I finally tapped the glass on the front of my Kindle and started reading. And I didn't stop. Except when I absolutely had to. This book captured me in the first few pages and it didn't turn me loose.

Told from a dual point of view between Stephan and Brianna (Anna), the story unfolds quickly, but not so quickly as to feel rushed.

Stephan's friend contacts him about a girl that is enslaved to another Dom, but he feels that she isn't happy, and hints at the idea she may not be there of her own free will. This piques Stephan's interest. The caring part of his Dominant side that demands that he protect a submissive, any submissive. Stephan's friend came to him because he knew that he could afford to "buy" her in order to help her.

The man Brianna is with at that point, Ian, is a cruel and heartless bastard. Not the kind of man that should own a guppy, much less a beautiful submissive. He has broken her so severely that she may never be anything but broken ever again.

Brianna is young and for the last 10 months all she's known is cruelty and constant abuse. She is scared and scarred, beaten and broken. And she doesn't trust any man, not even the kind Dominant, Stephan. All she is waiting for is the other shoe to drop. Figuring that the time will come when he will beat and abuse her too.

Stephan is a kind and patient, and he cares about Brianna. He wants to help her, not enslave her but he also knows that, at first, she *needs* to be enslaved then slowly build the trust and take her from the wrong kind, the demented monstrous kind of slavery to the loving and gentle kind, then let her decide what is right for her.

Which will she choose, a loving D/s relationship with Stephan, or her freedom? You might be surprised.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Forgotten Sins Is Unforgettable!

Forgotten Sins (Sin Brothers, #1)Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay, let me preface this with, this was a pretty good book. But there were some inconsistencies that kind of glared at me.

I enjoyed the characters, well, most of them. I liked Shane and his brothers of course, and Det. Malloy.

I found Detective Malloy to be a fatherly sort. Very protective of Josie. Sweet in his own way. A lot smarter than his rumpled suit implied. I loved the connection to the "nice ties" throughout the story, and I wonder if the Detective will get a chance to headline in a future book with the brothers, or at least feature in some way or the other.

Shane and his brothers were well... pretty hot! And Shane and Josie were just hot, hot, HOT together!

Josie... hmmm. She kept going on and on about how she didn't need help, she didn't want help. But was constantly putting herself in situations where she needed to be rescued, over and over and over. I don't think I've ever seen a character so susceptible to being kidnapped before! She was strong. She was soft. She loved Shane and could, didn't want to, live without him. She was tough enough to live without him. She waffled so much from page to page she should have been slathered in butter and covered in syrup!

But even with that, I still enjoyed the read.

The last 10% or so of the book was full of twists and turns, it kept me guessing and at times on the edge of my seat. But, there were a few... inconsistencies that really made me wonder. It seems the author got so caught up in the fight scene and wrapping up the book that she forgot something that was, in my opinion, fairly important.

--When Shane was running after the plane to get on board, "He caught a glimpse of dark hair in a side window. Dr. Madison turned her face, a smile lifting her lips..." So she was on the plane. Matt had already warned Shane that Dr. Madison was his (to kill).

--Fight ensues on board the plane, Shane and Tom fight it out. Shane of course wins this fight. Next they are in Montana at the ranch. What the hell? No mention of Dr. Madison at all once Shane entered the plane. It's like she evaporated. She was deadly and psychotic and she worked for The Commander so why didn't she get into the fight, do something to Josie, pick up the gun that Tom dropped and threaten Josie to get to Shane? Did she just sit there, tapping her nails on the armrest while all the craziness was going on around her? Was she taking a nap?

Some other things that stuck out to me.

--Shane had super hearing, could hear a horn honk blocks away, supersonic hearing even, right? But every time he was in the same building as Josie, and some other kidnapping plot happened, he could be just around the corner, but he never heard her being threatened, never heard her talking? Ever? Did he have selective supersonic hearing then tuned out Josie's voice? At times I could probably understand that!

--When Josie was taken to the 9th Floor with George. And she hit him in the head with the bolt cutters and ran, "she YANKED the door and ran inside". "Yanking" the door tells me that it opened towards her, so that means that once inside the storage room she had to "pull" the door closed. Then it goes on to say that she "yanked a shelving unit down in front of the door. Then another." Then she "grabbed several tiles and piled them between the downed shelves." "George pounded on the door." She kept piling the tiles until they were all between the shelves keeping the door shut. "Even if he had a key and could unlock the door, no way could he *push* it open." Umm, when did she lock it? And wouldn't he just have to reach down, turn the knob and *YANKED* it open?

But these were just a few things in a very long, fun book. I'll read the next ones in the series... Maybe I'll find out what happened to Dr. Madison!

This was a 3.75 star read, and i have hopes the rest of the series just gets better and better.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Review: Round One

Round One (Dom Wars, #1)Round One by Lucian Bane
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book. Really?

I felt it did nothing but make fun of the lifestyle. Took everything about it and stomped it in the ground making light of it. Turning the collar into something insignificant. Making fun of what a Dom and a sub are. Anyone *not* in the lifestyle would be confused as to what a Dominant really is and what a submissive really isn't.

I couldn't make a connection with these characters. Mainly Tara who is a pain in the ass. I didn't like her, she's neither Dominant or submissive in the lifestyle sense of the word. Her constant whining throughout the whole book grated on my nerves. Her "acting" as a Dom and then having Lucian put a collar on her and lead her around gave me one of many "eye roll" moments.

Lucian... I don't even know what to say or think about how this character is even remotely either Dominant or submissive either. Lucian is a Dom? Really? He sounds weak to me. Not believable.

And all the laughing about other peoples kinks that Tara does. "Ew" this "giggle" that. Drove me insane.

This is obviously written by someone that knows not one damn thing about the lifestyle.

These characters, if anything, should have been written as Tops or bottoms. They aren't even Switches. Both characters are weak, both trying to gain the upper hand and failing miserably.

I almost felt insulted by this book having anything to do with the D/s lifestyle.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Right idea... wrong execution...

AlphaAlpha by Jasinda Wilder
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a tough review, and one I find that I have to write with much regret. I think maybe my hopes were too high for this book, I loved the synopsis, or maybe it was just the premise of the story, which was actually brilliant, it grabbed my attention, made me anticipate this book. It was also a Book of the Month on my group and I could hardly wait to start it.

The story idea was great, it started out pretty well with a little mystery and intrigue, but then it started to fall flat before it even got my complete interest. Kyrie and Layla sound like 16 year old high school girls instead of 26 year old women. They were not believable in their interactions. And frankly they drove me a bit crazy.

Roth sounds like a stalker to be quite frank. And I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop with him, which I think might have made for a much more interesting story.

I never thought I'd say this, but OMG toooo much sex!

All it was, was bouncing boobs, throbbing clits, pebbled nipples, and a bobbing penis. Page after page after page of over the top descriptive, and at times downright boring, sex.

I actually started skimming the book. Erotica I enjoy, but it's got to feel real between characters that I connect with, neither connection or realism were present for me.

Kyrie was always having these descriptive orgasms. I get it, the girl can cum, again and again and again... great, but cut back on the over the top descriptiveness. Again, there was just no connection.

All the years that Valentine Roth watched Kyrie, started sending the checks with cryptic little words on them, then sending Harris, his right hand man to "collect" Kyrie. Sorry, but it really was just plain creepy. But, it seemed he was willing to do anything to have this girl.

There is a big deal made of this *not* being a BDSM relationship, that he's not a Dominant, but they play around the edges of it. He "owned" her, she "belonged" to him. He spanked, tied up, threw her over his shoulder and carried her out of a restaurant, used a "sharp edged tone"... from a person that loves her BDSM reads, this was skirting on the edges of just that, and could have, would have, made it MUCH more interesting if that avenue had been explored instead of trying to desperately deny it or cover it up throughout the story.

Some areas did keep my interest at the time, but at the moment I really can't remember what they were. I finished the book less than 2 hours ago and already it's drifting away. Coming in at 429 pages was a bit much. This story could have been told in about 200 pages.

Oh and finally, what the hell kind of name is "Valentine". Really? Nothing else came to mind when naming the lead male character in this story?

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