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Smashwords book reviews by Melanie Simmons
- Night Blade
on March 29, 2013
OMG!!! I loved this book. Finished last night and was like, WTH?? I don't know what to do now. I want to move on to the next book. This book doesn't end in a cliffhanger (which I appreciate, I hate cliffhangers. I understand them, that doesn't mean I have to like them), but I'm still drooling over the next book.
Ms. Daniels is a sadist. I read a review where someone said she takes her pound of flesh from her characters in this book. I think she took more than one pound. Poor Kit keeps getting beat down over and over again.
This series is my new favorite from this author (and her other pen name, Shiloh Walker). My old favorite was the FBI Physics. This is way better.
If you like Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance, you will love this series. You will need to be sure to read book 1 (Blade Song) first.
on April 19, 2013
This book is a short story that can be read in about an hour or two. It is much tamer than anything else she has written. It still has the main character being held against her will, but the sex involved is not nearly as graphic as some of the other books. The main character in this book starts off as a virgin mermaid. I am not a huge fan of mermaids, though my only experience comes from Disney. I know some other authors that write mermaid stories and I could never bring myself to read them. I love Kitty Thomas' work, so I thought I would try this one. The fact that it is a short story helped. I am not sure I could have made it through a full length story. Not at all bad. Can't wait to read more of her stuff. I have read everything to this point.
- Beg Me
on April 19, 2013
I really enjoyed this book. It is a shorter book, kind of a novella. For the length, this book will take you on a wild ride. It is darker than most of the books Ms. Walker takes. I think it would be a great for someone who is wanting to try something darker, but hasn't ventured into the more dark erotica yet.
- Not His Kiss to Take
on May 05, 2013
There are really only the two characters in this book. The other characters are so small, I don't really remember their name. It doesn't matter, these two characters are so well done, you don't need any more. The dialog is wonderful. They banter back and forth the whole time. Jamie's names for Evan are extremely funny.
- Mafia Captive
on May 12, 2013
This is not your typical Kitty Thomas story. It is much less brutal in some sense and similar to other Kitty books in other. You still have the kidnapping and some nonconsensual sex. There isn't nearly as much sex as you would normally get in a Kitty book. You get way more character building in this story.
I truly enjoyed this story. I really like Leo and most of his family. There are something's about Faith the drove me crazy. It isn't often that I take the side of the captor over the victim, but that was the case in this book.
The one thing the surprised me most was that , even though there are tons of character development for the two main characters, I think I would've liked to have know more about both of their pasts a little bit more.
Overall, I loved this story. It was nothing that I expected.
- Molly's Lips: Club Mephisto Retold
on June 19, 2013
Really enjoyed reading from Mephisto's point of view. It was not what I was expecting after reading Club Mephisto. I would be a great free story to introduce you to this author if you haven't tried her yet.
- Killing Matt Cooper
on June 22, 2013
I was contacted by the author of this book and was given a ebook to read for an honest review.
This book is written in first person from the POV of a serial killer. I've never read a book from the serial killer's POV. It was a new thing for me. It took me a little bit to get used to. The thoughts that go through his head very repetitive. At first I thought it was not well edited, but the more I read, I came to the conclusion that this is probably how a serial killer would be in his own head. He goes on and on about "My Love" and keeps trying to replicate what he had with her, who was also his first kill.
This book is a very short story. It took only a few hours to read the whole thing. It is not broken into chapters, which makes it run on a little bit. I think I would've like the break of chapters more, but it didn't ruin the story.
I don't want to give too much away, but I thought the ending left too much unfinished. I still have a lot of questions about what wasn't written to end the story.
I was very intrigued with this story, as I said I've never been inside the head of a serial killer. It is a quick read and completely different from most of the stories I read. The method of killing was a surprise.
- Kept (Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy: Blood Lust, novella 1)
on July 01, 2013
This book is a compilation of three PNR novellas all by Zoe Winters.
Kept is the first novella. It consists of Greta who is a cat therian (another word for shifter), and Dayne, a sorcerer with a very bad reputation. Greta is sentenced to be a sacrifice. Her mother, who is refusing to save her, but helps her to escape and send her to Dayne for help. Dayne is in a bind because he needs therian blood to go after the head of cat shifter clain, but can't get it from his normal online source. When Greta shows up to his door, Dayne agrees to protect her until the full moon. There are several hilarious moments between the two. There is also many misunderstandings between the two.
Claimed is the second novella in this book. It contains the story between Anthony, a vampire running to be king vampire for the next century, and Charlotte (Charlee) a human friend of Greta. In a drug induced blood lust, Anthony drinks from Charlee and then attempts to wipe her memories, but completely erases her entire memories of herself. Anthony is forced to care for her while trying to win the tournament, to keep it from Lucas who is evil.
Mated is the last in this book. We meet Jane in Claimed when she is trying to stay alive in the vampire world. She has been able to see vampires for what they really are, which is part demon, since she was a child. Vampires don't like that much about her. They are also not able to control her mind, like they can with normal humans. Jane is given to the alpha werewolf, Cole, as payment for a debt. We learn a lot about Jane's past, which is truly horrific.
This is a great PNR series. I can't wait to read more. I would highly recommend this series to people who like PNR stories. The sex does exist in these stories, but not to the graphic detail as some other stories. I don't this this subtracts from the story in anyway.