Nicole Thornton

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  • She's Gotta Be Mine (a sexy funny mystery/romance, Cottonmouth Book 1) on May 28, 2012

    Really enjoyed this story. Well written, great characters who acted, conversed and made decisions that felt true to their personalities, and a storyline that was enjoyable to watched unfold. Also liked how the secondary characters seemed to be well developed and were interesting in their own right. And most importantly, the female lead didn't need to be saved by the man, had some gumption, could think for herself, and the thought processes in her thinking helped to explain clearly why she was attracted to whom. Made it far more believable and not just a descriptive plot device. Thank you Jennifer Skully for writing a fun, well written read and I'm very pleased I can add you to my favourite author's list.
  • Her Viking Valentine on May 28, 2012

    Any longer, and it would've been too soppy for me. At this length though, it was fine. Good writing, story development, and story telling. It gets 3 stars coz the characters were just a little too soppy and irritating for me, not because of Kristen's in writing.
  • The Seduction of Gabriel Stewart on May 28, 2012

    Yet another well written story by Eva Gale. Well-developed characters, nicely explained, great tempo for the story within a short story format. Well edited too, which I love when reading self-published stories. Always like her stuff.
  • 101 Degrees Fahrenheit on May 28, 2012

    Really enjoyed the twist. Nice to see a plot which offers something different in this genre, that is well written and well edited. Keep writing Eva!
  • Hysteria on May 28, 2012

    Thanks for a good read.
  • Unforgiven Pleasure on May 28, 2012

    Liked the writing and story line for most of it. Story felt a bit rushed towards the last half, but didn't detract. If you let go of expectation about what constitutes reasonable character development and responses, then you should enjoy it. I did, and enjoyed the story for it.
  • A Twisted Bard's Tale (An Erotic Erotica Lesbian Short) on May 28, 2012

    Selena Kitt always writes well, has tight storylines, and interesting characters. Interesting take on the Romeo / Juliet saga.
  • Dark Mercy (Gothic Urban Fantasy: Preternaturals Shorts) on May 28, 2012

    Enjoyed this story. Good, self-contained story explaining the turning of a human into a vampire that felt like all the information provided was relevant and not just adding fluff to the story. Liked the writing of the characters and action that developed the story along.
  • Cat Fight (Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy: Preternaturals Shorts) on May 28, 2012

    The female character was annoying because of her tantrums, and if I was the bloke in this story, I'd be long gone. Who puts up with that type of behaviour and still has a strong loving relationship at the end of it. Leave now while you still can Mr Sorcerer man!! The writing was good but couldn't get past the annoying cat girl to be able to appreciate Zoe's ability to tell a good story. Sorry Ms Winters!
  • Hollowmen (The Hollows #2) on May 28, 2012

    Really enjoyed this dystoian sequel. A number of people complained how the love interest in the first book didn't end up how they thought they should in the second book. But these people are forgetting...it's the end of the world with zombies overtaking it, so things don't always turn out fair. That's how the story goes and, luckily for my interests in good storytelling, the author didn't give in to what she thought would sell her audience, but what she thought was important to the story. So thank you Ms Hocking for staying true to the story, and not pandering to the audience! Although, I do have to agree that it was pushing reality a bit that the lass could stitch herself back together after being left to die strapped down on the operating table. However, I am good at skipping reality a bit if it helps the story along, so don't get too caught up in whether any of us could do it. Just think about those women who gained superhuman strength to lift cars off their children when in accidents, and think that anything's possible!
  • Edith on May 28, 2012

    Loved this story. Great characters, even the secondary characters, really nice development of the storyline, dialogue was realistic for the people and situation, and most importantly, the two main characters didn't immediately desire each other with the usual mushy writing. I liked how we got to know the characters before things developed between them. Thanks for a really lovely, well-written story!
  • Gloria on May 28, 2012

    Really enjoyed this short story. Nice twist, story development and writing. Keep writing David. We always need good authors.
  • The Queen's Witch on May 28, 2012

    Enjoyed the strong female character, the action, the male lead (he didn't annoy me like most) and the writing. Definitely will read the rest of the series.
  • Needing Nita on May 28, 2012

    Enjoyed this story. Great writing. Thought the character development, story line and character interactions were all believable within the type of story it was.
  • Hannah's Choice (An Erotic /Erotica Short) on May 28, 2012

    Really enjoyed this story and the writing. Plus liked how it ended because, it being an erotic story, I've become a bit cynical in what to expect from this type of genre. But, then it is Selena Kitt. I should've been aware from her other stories that I've read - they don't always end the way you expect them too. And I like reading stories that aren't predictable. Thanks Selena!
  • Dating A Cougar (Book 1 of the Never Too Late Series) on May 28, 2012

    Really 3.5 stars. Thought the writing was well done, enjoyed the story line and characters, including the way they interacted with each other. However, found that the characters and story line were a bit predictable in terms of what happens to them, how they interact with each other, their emotional development (yes, I know. It's a romance, so things tend to work out well at the end. I wasn't talking about that type of story line!). I would still read the series, but spaced far apart from each other as I'll get bored with the books once you know what will happen to everyone throughout each book. It can all be the same after awhile.
  • Questing Beast on May 28, 2012

    Loved this short story. Really enjoy their writing and stories (it's a husband and wife team). I want my own Questing Beast!
  • Gotcha! A Tall, Hot & Texan Novel on May 28, 2012

    Same old story line as her other books. For me, the instant attraction was too instant before we actually got to know each character. So I never really got into their instant attraction as I never really connected with them when they were single and before they met each other. I got to the point of, "who cares?" so didn't finish it.
  • Divorced, Desperate and Deceived on May 28, 2012

    Book 2 and 3 of the series are the same as the first one, just with different female friends. It was all too similar, so too boring for me to finish. If you like the same type of rom-com plot, with love and sexual desire at first look, then this is right up your alley. It felt that the story was about the instant attraction that both parties tried to resist, with the mystery and such as fillers to put it in context. I prefer my stories to have a bit more substance to the background context.
  • Divorced, Desperate and Dating on May 28, 2012

    Book 2 and 3 of the series are the same as the first one, just with different female friends. It was all too similar, so too boring for me to finish. If you like the same type of rom-com plot, with love and sexual desire at first look, then this is right up your alley. It felt that the story was about the instant attraction that both parties tried to resist, with the mystery and such as fillers to put it in context. I prefer my stories to have a bit more substance to the background context.
  • Hollowland on May 28, 2012

    The start of this book takes you straight into the story. Loved the strong start. Especially loved how Hocking provides you with the background and context of a character's behaviour in small doses when it fits in with the dialogue or the scene. There are no big info dumps. Loved her writing, character relationships and world building, and how she keeps true to the characters personalities and situation (i.e. you aren't thinking, "hang on, where did that behaviour come from?"). I can see why this book has become so popular. Quite different to other YA lit out there at the moment. Strong characters (finally, a strong female lead!) and strong story telling.
  • Divorced, Desperate and Delicious on May 28, 2012

    Liked this first book in the triology, but found the other two following the same lines so got bored and couldn't finish them. This one was a good, fluff read, bit of escapism, competent writing and story line. Don't expect anything different for a rom-com.
  • Weddings Can Be Murder on May 28, 2012

    Liked this one of Craig's stories, but the rest are all the same plots and characters. This romance in this seemed a bit more plausible in terms of how fast each person falls for the other. Though, with how bad the baddie is who stalks her (based on comments from the police characters), I know I wouldn't really get so lost in the romance when I have such a bad pyscho after me. But, hey, that's just me!
  • Shut Up and Kiss Me on May 28, 2012

    Same old story line as her other books. For me, the instant attraction was too instant before we actually got to know each character. So I never really got into their instant attraction as I never really connected with them when they were single and before they met each other. I got to the point of, "who cares?" so didn't finish it.
  • In the Garden of Temptation (The Garden Series Book 1) on May 28, 2012

    Struggling to get through this fluff. Find the characters unrealitistic and can't really believe they will behave as they do. And don't really care. May finish it one day (ha ha).
  • Undeniable on May 28, 2012

    The first few words turned me off and had to work at going back to it. Who speaks and writes like that?!!
  • Wild Passion, Story 3 in the Wild Series on May 28, 2012

    Really 3.5 stars. Good piece of writing within the limits of a short story. Enjoyed the characters and how the author showcased their behaviour, their reasoning and interactions with each other.
  • Love Letters, Historical Romance on May 28, 2012

    Writing good, characters nicely developed (though why the baddie stays in his carriage for as long as he does before entering the scene, I don't understand. But good timing in terms of plot line!). Nice story progress within the limits of a short story.
  • The Ghost Hunter on May 28, 2012

    Made me a bit nauseous with the two lead characters at times. I clearly wasn't in the mood for these type of mushy characters!
  • Hush Money (Talent Chronicles) on May 28, 2012

    The teenage girl lead seemed believable and the romantic development between her and the lead male seemed believable. But mostly, I enjoyed the story of their powers. Plus the lead female actually had relationships with others, not just 2 or 3 characters. It was nice to see the interactions with her family and that whatever was happening was not just about her and the boy she liked (like most of these YA supernatural stories coming out lately). Characters relationship was more realistic and well-rounded than most books. Story didn't feel too long either, but that the author ended it at the right time.
  • Beneath a Black Hat on May 28, 2012

    Nice read. Writing is a bit quick when get to key romance scenes so don't really get into the characters and their emotional responses. Liked the story and female lead was enjoyable (although her actions did seem out of character for some scenes)
  • BECOME (Desolation #1) on May 28, 2012

    What a joy to read. A YA book where the story is not just about the female and male leads, but about the relationships with her friends too. Really like that the female lead had a strong story with her friend that was written well, developed nicely, and felt plausible. Really enjoyed the writing, characters, plot, and the journey of the story. So nice to come across such a well-written story.
  • Deadville on May 28, 2012

    Really enjoyed the writing, plot, story telling, characters, and pace. The story developed at a realistic pace, with the characters behaving in ways that made you believe in their actions and responses and conversation. I hope Daniels writes more about these characters (and not just about the two main protagonists as the secondary characters are also interesting and fleshed-out). Thank goodness for good writing and story telling!
  • Elina on May 28, 2012

    Enjoyed it nicely!
  • Black Silk on May 28, 2012

    Wasn't bad. Writing good, plot line alright
  • Witness to Dust on May 28, 2012

    Good tight story. Enjoyed the originality of it and the writing
  • Lucky in Love on May 28, 2012

    This one took me by surprise. Thought it'd be your typical Regency romance, but no. Had quirkiness, good writing, interesting story, but what I liked most about it was it's sense of fun with the storyline and with the development of the characters over the life of the story.
  • Stirring Wishes on May 28, 2012

    Fluff, bad writing, sloppy plot, boring. Hoping her other books are better as I feel a bit bad to give such a terrible review. I have read authors where their first book was terrible, but they improved outstandingly as they continued to practice their craft.
  • Alexander (Vampire Morsels) on May 28, 2012

    Great short story about her characters. Felt like this was a peak into a long history of these characters, and not something that's just made to fill the space.
  • Shades of Gray on May 28, 2012

    Really enjoyed this story. More grittiness to the characters and writing than have come across in a while. Looking forward to reading the rest of her series.
  • Genesis on May 28, 2012

    Enjoyed the story, writing, characters. Really enjoy Kate's writing. This story didn't feel soppy or cliched.
  • Blindsight:: A Mirus Short Story on May 28, 2012

    Really enjoyed the writing and storyline. Characters actions were realistic and wasn't soppy and love at first sight. Nice to have a female lead who had a bit of gumption and personality in her.
  • Plantgirl on May 28, 2012

    Great writing, story and characters. Good tight writing and got the feel and point across of the storyline in a short story. Wanted to read more about the characters and where the story would go. Hopefully she extends this story into something bigger.
  • Cattitude on May 28, 2012

    Liked the story idea (especially liked that it was different and original), good writing and conversation btw characters. Though it was obvious where the story was going so was a little bored with it. Unfortunately, the lead female character annoyed me to tears. Who puts up with that behaviour? I've had cats over the years, and I suppose their personalities would not translate the same way if they were human. They would be less arrogant for a start, but would definitely sleep lots! My cat is currently snoring beside me as I write, so she would probably snore in human form too.
  • Turned (Book #1 in the Vampire Journals) on May 28, 2012

    One star for potential and 2nd star because the first half was good. Last half I wanted to slap the lead female character because she was acting stupid and playing dumb. Did she seriously expect the hero who rescued her to fall in love with her after 20 mins? Seriously? You get a slap for stupidity girl. Action scene leading up to and during fighting where she was rescued was good. After that it got whiny and sloppy and made no sense. Couldn't finish it because I was getting to annoyed at the chick. Silly, silly girl!
  • Blood Lust (Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy: Preternaturals Book 1) on May 28, 2012

    Really enjoyed this one. Thanks Ms Winters!
  • Save My Soul (Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy: Preternaturals Book 2) on May 28, 2012

    Lead female character was whiny, dithery and I kept yelling at her to take her head out of the sand. She was really annoying. Writing good but story seemed too long and couldn't bring myself to care about it after a while. Secondary characters (the prostitutes) helped the story, but too fluffy and girly for me. Couldn't get through the last 1/3 of book. Feel like this would have made a great novella not a longer novel. Loved Zoe's other books though, so looks like some of her characters and stories are just not for me!
  • Heart Spell on May 28, 2012

    Good, enjoyable short story. Didn't capture my emotions that much and draw me in, but Ms Zane's writing and plot were great so looking forward to reading other stuff of hers.
  • Fool's Gold (A sexy funny mystery/romance, Cottonmouth Book 2) on May 31, 2012

    Again, really enjoyed this second book. This book is slightly darker and sadder than her first book. And this is why I enjoyed it so much. The books in this series are not the same formula as some books are where all you need to do is insert the new names, add a slightly different scene and hey presto, new book in series. Skully's series is not like that. Which is very refreshing, and allows the reader to enjoy them as stand alone books or part of the series. Great writing, depth, characters and story-telling. Looking forward to her other books.