★★★★I'll Be Damned by Casey Keen
I was given this book in exchange for my honest review, so here goes.
While I liked the first 6 chapters, they were incredibly slow. We learn a lot of details, the who's, what's, and when's, but not the why's. This was slightly frustrating, because, I wanted to know. Starting late chapter 6, early chapter 7, we really get into the story. It became fast paced, and I found myself not wanting to put the book down. I was sad to see the book end, and seriously annoyed to have to wait til Fall 2013, to read part 2.
I'll Be Damned, is about a 29 year old, coffee shop owner, named Anna(The Grand Witch). Déjà Brew, is located in the heart of Savannah, Georgia. Kristy(best friend), works for her, and is always supportive. Anna, has always been different, from other people, and feared by most because of it. Martello(flamboyant friend, who, I loved), who believes in Voodoo, so doesn't mind her oddities. So, when not working at the coffee show, the ladies, hang out with him at his bar Wet Willies.
A mysterious man, Valen(werewolf), *purring* who is unbelievably hot, walks in the coffee shop, one day, and things become even stranger than normal. Later, Kristy tries to set her up with Shane(minion of The Prince of Darkness), *fanning self* another muscle bond hottie. Next breath taking male to enter, is Roman(warlock) *panting*. Cue stage right, Micah(Prince of Darkness),*blushing* appears, yet another, sexy male. Awe, poor Anna, whatever are you to do, with so many ripped abs and disappearing v's. All these mesmerizing, gorgeous males, chasing after you. You poor thing.
Her whole life has been leading up to this, but it is only beginning to become clear. She must now prepare for the Ball of the Netherworlds. It will be held on Devil's Night, also her 30th birthday. This had better go right, or all Hell will break lose.
I really did enjoy this book. Although, through all this talk of shadows in the dark, I think I might start to fear the night. Haha, not really, but I bet, I watch the shadows a bit closer, for awhile. As I got to the end, I couldn't help but think, "Well, I'll Be Damned," that Casey Keen, pulled me into her twisted Netherworld of PNR/UF. *laughs* Yep, pun totally intended. But, now I sit in anticipation, *tapping foot impatiently* for book 2. I would recommend, that you go read it now. And I look forward to a reread closer to the next release.
Thanks again, to the author, for letting me enjoy a taste of your world.
★★ End of Amnesia by Grant Palmquist
I won this R2R from LibraryThing members give away, in exchange for an honest review.
I'm not really sure what I think of this story. I truly have no idea, what the title has to do with this story. This is a short story with only 14 pages, but I'm guessing it covers a year to two years of time. So almost all detail is left out. This left me with more questions than answers.
For what it was, it was written ok, but it just fell short. This had the potential to be a really interesting story, but was just lacking too much. This read more like a prologue, than a completed story.
Thank you to the author for giving me the chance to read/review this story.
Black Heart by Morgan Dreiss
I was given this R2R through LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.
This is the story of paras in New York City. They have been known to the public for quite some time, however most still don't accept them.
Nasira is a wealthy business owner. She is well educated and very well put together. She is also a vampire.
Her girlfriend is Annie. Annie is the complete opposite. She's a mess. She owns a tattoo business. She also sells meth and weed. Her consist weed smoking and drinking cause her to be very short tempered. Not to mention she is a werewolf.
Nasira has been on edge with a serial killer in town, picking off female vamps. But when the killer discards a werewolf body, it gets even worse.
I liked this story. It was an interesting take on a PNR. The story was well written, and all the loose ends were tied up. I know what happened and what is going to happen, and am not left wondering. It is about time a book is ended properly.
Thank you to the author for allowing me to come along on the rescue mission.
★★★★★Lingerie Wars(Inventary, Book 1) by Janet Elizabeth Henson
I was given this book as an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
Sorry, folks, but I'm not given ya, any really goodies, since this book is not due out, til mid June, 2013. I read The Davina Code, by Miss Janet, and laughed my ass off. So, when I was asked, I was completely onboard.
Lingerie Wars takes place in the small town of Inventary, in Scotland. This is the home of Miss Kirsty Campbell. She was a famous lingerie model, who lost everything, when her ex-fiancé, ruined her life. Now, trying to rebuild her life, she runs a lingerie store.
When in strolls, the enemy, Lake Benson from England. He is ex-S.F. and is used to being in charge. He comes to town to recover his savings, that his sister, Rainn is foolishly flushing down the toilet. To make matter's worse, he realizes he has acquired a personal, evil little hobbit troll, Betty. He soon realizes, the lingerie business, his money was used for, is in far worse shape, than originally thought. And he knows why, the lingerie shop across the street.
Could this town, possibly be big enough for two lingerie shops? No!
So battle lines are drawn, and war is waged, Scotland vs. England. Let the war, begin. But as the case may be, there is a fine line, between love and war.
With the evil hobbit, on Lake's side, trouble is in store. But the same could be said for Kirsty, with Knit or Die, supporting her. So cue the music and "Let the shenanigans begin!"
I enjoyed the descriptions of the town, they drew me in, and I felt like I was walking down the cobblestone road. Christmas, in Scotland, seems so pretty. And as it goes in a small town, I now know everyone, and all their corky behaviors. Now, while most of the actions seem outrageous, I grew up in a small town, where I've seen crazier things happen, when a newcomer walks into town. You don't cheese off the locals, and hope like hell, you can get someone, other than the crazy old lady, on your side. Because in a battle of wit, you never know what will happen.
I'm looking forward to Book 2. I can't wait to see what kind of antics will happen next, because there is always something going on in a small town.
Thanks to the author, for showing me this new town, introducing me to a new group of friends, bringing back crazy small town, childhood memories, and teaching me a few new definitions. ;-)
That One Night in Vegas by Brindle Chase
Everyone knows the saying, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," and that is what this is. When a younger couple have a little extra money to spend, they decide to rekindle their marriage in Vegas.
The wife decides to take the husband to a strip club. She tries to by the husband a private dance. But behind closed curtains, anything can happen.
This was a quick, straight to the point erotica. There wasn't a bunch of useless page filler, just the nitty gritty.
My only issue is where was the condom use with a stripper. They are used in the rest of his books, but for some reason not this one.
Pack my bags, I'm going to Vegas.
Sometimes You Just Want to F*ck by Brindle Chase
Another straight to the point, short story. And sometimes you do really just want to get off. So she heads to the bar and starts having sex til she can get hers and goes home. Again, no useless page filler, just a to the point erotica.
Good girl, you may have been reckless in some eyes, but at least you were safe about it.
★★★★★Are You Game? by Brindle Chase
We too college roommates get comfortable with each other hanging sex while they are in the room, let the games begin. The game, roll three die, 1 location, 1 body part, 1 how. But nobody ever said which sex or partner you had to choose, so we will blame it on college experiments. This is a straight to the point, game of erotica.
F/M, F/F, F/F/M, F/M/M
Raveled By You by Clarissa Wild (Enflamed Series #1)
I was given this R2R in exchange for an honest review.
This is an erotica short, coming in around 35 pages.
Chloe Young is a 23 year old at the crossroads of life. Her relationship that has about fizzed out. She is not even sure if Ethan still loves her. He stopped showing her affection months ago.
She hates her job. It is getting her nowhere in life, other than barely paying the bill. So one day at her favorite coffee shop, she decides to browser the job ads in the paper.
While focusing on the ads, she literally runs in to a mysterious man, covering him in her coffee. But unlike Ethan, he is kind and understanding. He even asks her to dinner.
Now she's in a dilemma. She says no and goes home to Ethan. She is faithful to him, even if he is distant, and showing signs of abuse. But she can't get this man, Kaito our of her head. He's toying with her, seducing her, and he's not even around.
Now the struggle begins. Does she follow her mind, which tells her she has a boyfriend and stick with him? Or does she follow her body and heart? She longs for human touch and her heart needs to feel wanted.
I really like this one. It has some saucy erotica scenes. But it also has a nice little back story, that I want to learn more about. We really don't know anything about the characters at this point. I really want to know what Kaito does for a living.
Thanks to the author for sharing this "it felt so wrong, but it felt so good" struggle with me.