R. Coker

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Smashwords book reviews by R. Coker

  • A Night at Glitterati - Sexual Discovery Series (Gay Erotica Romance Novel) on July 29, 2013

    This book was hot and sweet at the same time. Jackson was adorable, fresh faced and inquisitive while Tristan was a hot mountain of a man who perfectly guided Jackson through his first homosexual experience. It even had a few really good laughs from the audacious DeeDee the transvestite who managed to be Jackson's "fairy" godmother in every sense of the word. This was a fun read!
  • Transgender Marriage Rights in Texas on Aug. 03, 2013

    As a lesbian woman and a friend of a number of other LGBT people I am always interested in knowing more about my rights and their rights, and the battle to make things equal for everybody. When I ran across this essay I was immediately drawn to the idea of transgendered people having their rights taken from them in Texas. The author really provides a well thought-out and compelling essay about the limited (and possibly quickly dwindling) rights of transgendered people in Texas, allowing the reader to get the facts and arguments for/against the possible removal of those rights. Though I don't live in Texas or know anyone who does, I am certainly interested in knowing more, because knowledge is power... especially in a world where those who don't fit the definition of "normal" have their rights restricted.
  • Don't Call Me Baby on Aug. 06, 2013

    Fun, witty and charming. "Don't Call Me Baby" is a story about Lola, a spunky burgeoning private investigator who gets the opportunity to investigate the death of a rich playboy who died under mysterious circumstances. Her adventure doesn't stop at being a PI either, she's got the attention of two gorgeous men who just might turn her so-so live life into a free for all. Ms. Byers writes in a way that draws in the reader and makes you laugh, gasp in shock and giggle like a schoolgirl in equal turn. This fun and lighthearted adventure is a must-read for anyone who likes a strong, quirky and witty female protagonist.
  • The Race Card on Aug. 13, 2013

    I wasn't sure what I would be getting when I purchased the book, but I was intrigued by the plot anyways. As a white woman who lives in California I am pretty far removed from the difficulties and struggles that Fayola went through in "The Race Card", but the way the author wrote the story allowed me to get pulled in and engrossed in the events of her move to the Deep South and her struggles to live in a place where her race was like a neon sign calling out for persecution by the local militia group that are anti-government and the unfair treatment by the rest of the locals. I think what I liked best about this book was the journey Fayola took in her own faith and her Christian walk, how she used her struggles and her problems with the "race card" in the south as a means of taking a journey of self-discovery and finding of her own faith in Christianity. Overall, I found the book to be an enjoyable and heartfelt read that had an authentic tone to it that really made it memorable.
  • From Boy, to Guy, to Gentleman on Aug. 30, 2013

    Having a good relationship (whether with a significant other, a friend or a family member) is all about understanding who you are, what you're goals are for the relationship and being willing to work at it if you have value in the relationship. In the book "From Boy, to Guy, to Gentleman" the author explores this ideal of trying to navigate successfully relationships as a man. Often insightful, the book uses a host of tips, tools and advice to really fine tune the relationship process from working on yourself to understanding the ins and outs of a healthy relationship. The straight-forward and easy to use relationship guide for men is a big help in taking a lot of the guesswork out of relationships and going forward with purpose and success. I highly recommend the book for any man who simply wants to know more about relationships and be better at preserving them in a healthy, happy way.
  • Don't Shed A Tear on Sep. 18, 2013

    I have to admit that when I first ran across "Don't Shed A Tear" I wasn't sure what I would be in for since the book's description was short on details... however, I quickly found myself drawn into the world of Lola and her search for a brother that had disappeared a long time ago. The book was written with an eye for detail, a flourish of vivid imagery and a wonderfully fleshed-out strong female character that managed to capture my attention and make me believe in her PI case and her quest for Marley. It had great timing, always seeming to move at the perfect pace from slower when a more heavy moment called for it to fast-paced when the action truly began take place. I liked that Lola was strong, independent, intelligent and a go-getter... able to seek out the clues and unravel the mystery of Marley and the case with a flair for style and humor that just made the novel that much more enjoyable. Overall, I was thoroughly entertained while reading "Don't Shed A Tear" and am looking forward to seeing what else Ms. Byers has to offer readers as this was a wonderful introduction to her writing style.
  • Amanda's Descent on Nov. 18, 2013

    "Amanda's Descent" is one of those guilty pleasures that you just can't help but read and then read again because it was so good. The writing is lush, wicked, erotic, sensual, filled with sexual tension and has a dangerously addictive plot that sucks you in from the very first page. Amanda is a woman who succumbs to her baser needs and has a little tête-à-tête with the cable guy while her husband is away, only to find herself caught by his friend and at the mercy of a man who's willing to take her down into the most erotic and sexually fueled sex she's ever had. This is the kind of novel that is equal parts erotic and dramatic, pulling emotions from you from excitement to arousal to frustration and nervousness. Dylan Cross does a wonderful job of keeping the pace of the plot going along wonderfully, keeping the reader drawn into Amanda's ever widening "descent" into a sexually charged relationship that could lead her to ruin. Overall, the novel was deliciously erotic and well worth the read.
  • The Pelagius Game - Book One: Valstain on Nov. 23, 2013

    I have to admit that as soon as I read the cover for the novel I was immediately intrigued; I have a fondness for novels that mix fantasy aspects with religious concepts, so "Valstain" was right up my alley. Once starting the book I was swept up in the world of secret orders and fantastical concepts where Timothy Anderson is the only hope of saving everyone from deepseeded plots endanger them all, if only he can get to that middle ground between Heaven and Earth known as Valstain. The novel is well-written, fantastical without being overblown, imaginative with a truly engaging engaging plot, has a wealth of fully fleshed-out characters and overall, entertains the reader from the very first page to the last. R.J. Jerome did a wonderful job of bringing this novel together to create a wonderful novel that really sucked me in and didn't let go until the end; I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what Tim did next, if his efforts to convince Father Michael would be enough, etc. It was a great introduction to the author as a writer and certainly piqued my interested in the rest of the series.
  • Life's Little Book of Survival Quotes on Dec. 31, 2013

    Beautiful, Uplifting & Inspiring "Life's Little Book of Survival Quotes" was recommended to me recently and at first I was hesitant about purchasing it, merely for the fact that I'd never really delved into the world of inspiring quotes in anything more than a passing thought. However, I was persuaded to give it a try and I am really glad I did. This was a beautifully uplifting collection of quotes that manages to make you think, make you fell, give you strength and inspire you in equal turns. Each of the quotes has a distinctive meaning and a personal touch that takes them out of the realm of obscurity and makes them deeply personal for the reader... no matter the troubles, tribulations or heartache/pain the reader might be feeling. Larry Powell does a wonderful job of bringing these quotes to life and choosing survival quotes that speak to the spirit and uplift up while offering strength, support and guidance as well. When I finished "Life's Little Book of Survival Quotes" I felt like I'd just got a breath of fresh air and a boost to my spirit; the worries over money issues, career stresses and family squabbles melted away for a while and gave me a sense of purpose and determination to see things through. Overall, this collection of quotes really do bring out the survival instinct in you to persevere and to find meaning even in life's most trying times.
  • Home Finances for Couples. Resolve Money Problems in Marriage and Learn Easy Steps to Manage Your Family Budget on Jan. 04, 2014

    A Smart and Resourceful Guide for Couples After a particularly bad gripping session with my mother about the issues my husband and I were facing financially my mother decided to purchase HOME FINANCES for COUPLES for us to try and help us find a little peace and security. At first I was hesitant, I figured I knew everything I needed to know and it was the rest of the world (and my husband) that was the problem, but I ended up reading this and I'm really glad I did. Leo Ostapiv really takes this confusion and troublesome subject and not only simplifies it for couples, but helps to ensure that once a couple reads the book they are better prepared to face financial issues together... smartly. This guide is very thorough, offering a wealth of advice, tips and tools for couples to depend. He helps to identify problems, find solutions to common issues, provides smarter practices to ensure the couple is a cohesive unit and overall. just helps to swim through the mire of finances that many couples struggle and ultimately fail under. The book is well written, easy to understand and easy to easy as well. When I finished this I felt like I had actually learned quite a bit and even browbeat my husband into reading it as well so that we can both be on the same page from here on out. This was a smart read that I would definitely recommend to other couples struggling to resolve money problems now and in the future.
  • Dumping Princes on Feb. 26, 2014

    A Charming Gossip Girl-esque Novel Set Amid British Boarding Schools Dumping Princes is the kind of charming Gossip Girl-esque novel that sucks you into a world of posh girls, posh boys and the wonderfully "royals" atmosphere of elite British boarding schools. Tyne O'Connell does a fantastic job of setting the stage for a sassy, funny, endearing and all too drama-rich teen romance that is just as entertaining as it is well-written. Calypso is a character that continues to make you grin and laugh as she finds herself dumped by Prince Freddie... only to try and win him back to repay the heartbreak delivered to her in kind. Building off of teen romance and the upper society atmosphere of British boarding schools like Eton and St Mary’s Ascot, the novel has a smart, snappy and modern feel to it. This is a fun and endearingly engaging story that never ceases to keep you eagerly flipping to the next page as Calypso does her best effort to be among those with the honor of dumping princes on their resume. The whole plot has a drama-rich vibe that is scandalously fabulous. The novel is well-written with an eye for detail, a fantastic narrative tone, strong dialogue and authentic characters that feel as posh and stunningly gifted as they are wonderfully flawed. O'Connell has a talent for writing that never wavers in weaving a story that is as well crafted as it is superbly sassy. The author uses vivid imagery to set the stage and paint each scene with a fine tipped brush, making the story all the more enjoyable for it. Overall, this is another fun and enjoyable addition to the Calypso Chronicles and a great addition to Tyne O'Connell's resume as an author. The novel keeps you entertained and makes you eager to see just how Calypso will deal with the infamous dumping princes plot that has been cooked up. I would certainly recommend this novel and the rest of the series to readers looking for an entertaining story to sink their teeth into.
  • Duelling Princes on Feb. 28, 2014

    Sassy, Entertaining & Well-Written I have to say that Tyne O'Connell continues to capture my attention with the Calypso Chronicles, as the once fish-out-of-water American schoolgirl, Calypso Kelly, catches her stride at the British boarding school St. Augustine's. "Duelling Princes" is a sassy and snappy novel that manages to make you giggle like a schoolgirl and grin like an idiot as you witness Calypso juggling the trials of school, popularity and dating an English prince in style. The novel is refreshingly lighthearted, sucking the reader into the fun and lively adventure of boarding school life, via the life of Calypso. Calypso continues to be a character that draws you into her orbit with an authentic personality and an ineffable quality to her that you just can't help but love. Calypso is the kind of character that is completely relatable, yet makes you want to be her and live her fabulous life as well. The novel is fast-paced and vibrantly written, bringing the story to life in a wonderful way. It's smooth, vivid with imagery and uses a strong narrative tone to really set the story apart from the rest of the young adult book genre. This is a well-written novel with an entertaining tone that blends a little bit of Bridget Jones' Diary with Gossip Girl and a posh girls vibe for a little bit of modern flavoring. Overall, I had such a great time reading this and once again diving headfirst into the fun life of Calypso Kelly and her adventures at St. Augustine's boarding school. Ms. O'Connell did an excellent job of entertaining me from beginning to end and has me eager to read the next book in the series.
  • Noticing Jamilla: A Tale of Andor on March 09, 2014

    An Intriguing Read! "Noticing Jamilla: A Tale of Andor" is the kind of novel that sucks you into it within just a few pages, weaving a captivating tale of teen drama, magic juju, emotional upheaval and intrigue. M. K. Theodoratus takes the reader on an engaging ride, drawing you into the world of Cassy Mae and her move to Docket's Diggings and all of the weird, strange happenings that come with it. The novel is well-written with a sharp, lush tone and vivid imagery that perfectly paints each scene with a fine tipped brush. The book uses strong dialogue and authentic characters to draw the plot along, adding layer after layer to the story and bringing this uniquely enjoyable tale to life. The author does a wonderful job of taking Cassy, Jamilla, GrammyJo and Lydia Markhem on a truly entertaining ride... adding in excitement, emotional drama, suspense, magic and the supernatural to create an exceptionally enjoyable read. Overall, I had a great time reading this and would certainly recommend it to other readers. It was well-written, intriguing and well worth the read.
  • Thump on March 10, 2014

    What I loved about this book was that it had a hard yet sexy edge to it that delved into some hard hitting issues and left me feeling as if I'd been thoroughly entertained. The author has a gift for weaving a story that is filled with emotion, action, drama, suspense and intrigue. Thump is a story that is rife with tension, from racially charged commentary to insights into office sex, harassment and discrimination. With a clear aim to not only make the novel enjoyable, but to start conversations about the delicate subjects explored in the book... this was an exceptionally engaging novel that had me eagerly flipping from one page to the next until the very satisfying end.
  • The Cuban Chronicles: A True Tale of Rascals, Rogues, and Romance on March 10, 2014

    Insightful, Engaging & Thoughtful I have to say that when I started this I really had no idea how much I would enjoy it. "The Cuban Chronicles: A True Tale of Rascals, Rogues, and Romance" is the kind of thoughtful memoir that sucks you in and takes you on an adventure of spirit, soul and life... weaving emotions, actions and thoughtful insights around you as you trek right alongside Wanda St Hilaire. The author really has a gift for writing that shines through as she recounts her experiences in Cuba, from romance to preconceived notions and everything in between. The writing is lush, refreshing and vividly engaging; Ms. St Hilaire draws the reader into Cuba, it's culture and her honest opinions of everything to do with the country from the oppressive regime to the beautiful people who inhabit the island country. The book is a thoughtful exploration of Ms. St Hilaire as a woman, as a tourist and as a human with emotions and discoveries to be revealed. Overall, this is a wondrously engaging and well-written travel memoir that delves into Wanda St Hilaire as a person and her experiences within the beautifully restrictive boundaries of Cuba. This was well worth the read and I would recommend it to others looking for an enjoyable and enlightening travel book to read.
  • Waiter to the Rich and Shameless - Confessions of a Five-Star Beverly Hills Server on Dec. 20, 2014

    "Waiter to the Rich and Shameless" is one of those memoirs that manage to not only entertain you, but impart a few life lessons and wisdom along the way. The book centers around author Paul Hartford's life catering to the whims of the elite of society... and all of the drama, stress, frustration and entertainment to be found from it. The well-written book keeps the reader engaged from start to finish as Mr. Hartford explores his time at The Cricket Room and all of the truly shocking events that he bore witness to. Once I started this book I really couldn't put it down, it's the kind of addictive memoir that you just have to read all in one setting because it's just too good to walk away from. Paul Hartford has a sassy, engaging, fast-paced and entertaining writing style that makes this a book true treat to read.