Monday, May 30, 2016

Break Me by Sophia Scarlet

Break Me (Absolution, #2)Break Me by Sophia Scarlet

Writing: ★★★★★
Story: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★★

Overall rating: 4.3

*****4 "Broken" Stars*****

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* 

This was the second book in the Absolution Series.

Break Me picks up right where Bend Me leaves off... and the ride is *scorching*!

Agnes Eliza Bright met her first Dominant, Marcus, online, and when they first met face to face, back in the first book, it looked like it was going to be a great relationship.. until Marcus' best friend David Lake enters the club where "Eliza" is waiting. One look at each other and all bets, and time with Marcus, ended up being called off.

Now Eliza has agreed to be David Lake's submissive for 2 months to see if they can build a relationship. David is very much a Dominant, and Eliza is a submissive.

Eliza breaks one major rule. She has not been honest with David. She hasn't told him her real name, or that she's still married. Although she's signed her divorce papers, her estranged husband has not. The signed paperwork sits day after day on the breakfast bar at home, and day after day, Jonathan ignores them.

She knows she needs to tell David... but how? When will be a good time? If she does, what will happen?

This story was good, but at times the actual *story* was overshadowed by sex. The sex was hot, yes, but there was just too much of it. I much rather read a story where the sex is not taking place every other page, for pages, where the story is about the characters, what's going on, and the sex doesn't feel like the main component. I ended up skimming a lot because of that. But all in all, when I drilled down past the sex, the meat of the story was a good one.

Worst thing about this book was the major cliffy at the end, so be sure you have Bind Me locked and loaded!

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Dark Notes by Pam Godwin

Dark NotesDark Notes by Pam Godwin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Writing: ★★★★★
Story: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★

Overall rating: 5.0

  ****5 "Wild and frantic crescendo" Stars****

Oh the emotions this book wrung out of me! It grabbed me in the first few pages and didn't turn me loose until it had completely drained me.

I wanted to turn away... Ivory is only 17, and her *teacher* is 10 years her senior. I wanted to be appalled... but it was written so well, and it was mentioned that 17 was the "age of consent", and Ivory isn't your everyday 17 year old. I found her to be so much older, she'd seen so much, been through so much, and lost so much.

So I settled in and enjoyed the ride and Pam Godwin didn't disappoint. She wrote this book with the perfect elements of BDSM, erotica, and (lightly) dark, and dark erotica is one of my favorite genres.


    "She's a dark portrait of soft curves and chestnut hair with deep golden skin that seems to absorb shadows in the room..."
Ivory lost her dad a few years earlier, she was very close to him and with his death came physical abuse from her drugged up brother, her brother's best friend, Lorenzo, (who is a real douchebag, by the way), rapes and sodomizes her, and her mother neglects her chasing her next high. At school she's the "odd girl out"... the girls don't like her, they look at her like she's white trash because of where she comes from, and the boys only want one thing from her.

She tutors... actually she *does* homework for some of the boys... and they take her body for the privilege... and then pay her. Don't be quick to judge though, it's the only way she can "keep the lights on" at home, buy food for her cat, and maybe a little food for herself. She has one friend, Stogie, who owns a run down music store where he lets her work in the summer time for a little money and allows her to practice her piano each night. In turn Ivory cares for him the best way she can.

Even though Ivory and her family are quite poor, her father sacrificed everything before he died to make sure she got into the prestigious and expensive, Le Moyne, a preforming arts high school.

It's there, walking in late to her class on the first day of her senior year that she finds that her beloved teacher has been removed and the devil stands in her place.

Emeric Marceaux

    "In the depraved innards of my soul, I thrill at being the thing she fears. I want to claim her apprehension, dread, and uncertainty. I want to take ownership of all of her emotions and be the sole reason she trembles and cries."

Mr. Marceaux is to be not only Ivory's new music teacher, be her private tutor in classical piano. Ivory wants to go to Leopold, but that isn't really why he's there.

His Dominant side is immediately drawn to Ivory, he must possess her, no matter the risks to himself, but he is concerned with the risks to her and her future if he makes a mistake.

Emeric has three rules for Ivory. "Don't question me. Don't lie to me. And never look away from me."

And she won't. She may... "omit" a few things, but that's okay, right?

Emeric & Ivory

    "All my disgusting secrets have finally caught up with me. But for the first time in my life, I don't have to face them alone."

Together Emeric and Ivory are a symphony of sexual heat, lust, desire, discipline, caring, trust, want and need, that practically burned right through my Kindle. This author writes a story about 2 people, and intertwines some of the most beautiful sex around them. The sexual scenes in this book are perfectly placed, realistic, and damn hot!

    "This brutal man is my home. His hell is my heaven. I'm his Ivory, and he's my darkest note."

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Echo by A. Zavarelli

Echo (Bleeding Hearts, #1)Echo by A. Zavarelli

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Writing: ★★★
Story: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★

Overall rating: 3.3

Two Weeks.

That's what it took me to get through this book. The first 70%, give or take, was a yawnfest for me. The story would start to move forward and then *BAM* sex scene. I'd skim over that.. A LOT.. the story would pick up and then *BAM* ANOTHER sex scene.
At that point it felt like the story was built around the sex, and it really didn't add anything to the story.

But towards the end, the story got pretty good. Mainly cause the main characters didn't have time or opportunity to screw. This was the redeeming factor in this book, making it a solid 3 Star read. Not bad.

I don't mind sex in a story... actually enjoy it most of the time.
- When I'm connected to the characters
- When it adds to the story
- When it isn't over the top ridiculous

The one thing I was pretty ticked off about is that this book ends in a damn cliffhanger. Really? What was the damn point in that, could have just taken out some of the sex, and finished the book.

So yes, now I'll be reading the next book... hmm.. guess *that* was the point in the cliffhanger. *smh*

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