Mariann McLaughlin


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Smashwords book reviews by Mariann McLaughlin

  • Creed on Sep. 17, 2012

    Saying that I am a HUGE fan of Kristen Ashley does not even come close to the way I feel about her writing!! Every freaking book of hers has blown me away and left me wanting more!! Sure, there are Kristen Ashley stories that I like more than others, but that is based solely on the characters!! I am definitely addicted and I hope that I continue to be. I think it is a true sign of how AWESOME a writer is when you can continue to reread their books and it is like reading them for the first time and this always happens for me with her books. Kristen Ashley has a way of writing her characters unlike anything I have ever read. Her strong, loving, arrogant, possessive, dirty~talking ALPHA males suck me(hehe!!)into the stories along with their usually kick~ass, sweet, loving, funny females on the way to their HEA. And I am so happy to say that Creed is no different. OMG...Creed hit me with such an emotional punch that it had my heart aching through the journey between Sylvie and Creed's past and present. I LOVED Sylvie immediately and of course of I LOVED Knight but I was nervous about Creed. I should have known better, Kristen has a way of totally making you hate the hero and then has the ability to make you fall totally head-over-heels in love with him. And, for me, this continued with Creed. He definitely is one of my favorites heroes of hers. Just absolutely loved him!!! *sigh* The necklaces, the tat, his kid's names, and his dirty~talkin mouth. *sigh* Knight had some great moments and I just loved seeing him again!! And then there was Sylvie. Definitely my favorite heroine of hers. She was kick~ass but she was also sweet, caring, loving, and funny. Loved her!! Such tortured souls that I needed desperately to have their HEA together. Kristen just knocked me out with Sylvie and Creed and their story stayed with me long after I was finished. I was on an emotional roller coaster with this book and I was worn out by the end!! But, oh, how I didn't want it to end!! I loved seeing Sylvie and Creed in the past, but I was biting my nails as Sylvie grew closer and closer to her 18th birthday!! BEST EPILOGUE EVER!!*sigh* I can never get enough of Kristen Ashley's writing and I cannot wait for Raid's book next!! Thank you, Kristen, for another book that took me to a world that I didn't want to leave and can't wait to return to!! Creed absolutely has a place in my keeper pile, right next to Knight, to be reread. BEST OF THE BEST rating.
  • Every Night Forever (Hyena Heat One) on Dec. 09, 2012

    I love a good menage book (especially a shifter menage book) with 2 or more men loving, adoring, cherishing, showering 1 woman with attention and HOT sex. There are only a few authors that are able to write a menage that includes a great story along with HOT sex. R.E. Butler is definitely one of those authors. This is the second menage that I read from R.E. and it's one of my favorites. With each book I read from her I find myself becoming more and more of a fan and that's saying something because after reading The Wolf's Mates series, I was already a pretty big fan!! Loved Jason's (especially after I just found out that R.E. patterned Jason's character from Jax on Sons of Anarchy *sigh*) and Linus's books in that series. I have to say that after reading Every Night Forever, this is now my favorite of all of her books. Wow...just absolutely loved it. I actually went back and reread when I was finished because I didn't want the story to end. I am definitely under the spell of Dante, Cairo, and Mason. *sigh* Dante, Cairo, and Mason were introduced in Michael & Shyne's book and I instantly loved them, even though they didn't behave themselves and caused a ton of trouble for Michael & Shyne. I was so happy to read that R.E. was giving them their own book and a chance to redeem themselves and find their HEA. Such a great story. Mason was sweet and sentimental, Dante was more serious and thoughtful being the older brother, and Cairo was a mixture of the two. And they were all HOT, muscled, sexy, charming, and loving. Alyssa was one lucky character!! She was a perfect mate for them. I loved how they all interacted with Alyssa and I loved how she was with them in return. One of my favorite parts is with the rings~theirs being tattooed and the meaning behind them and then the rings that they each gave Alyssa. She was "their butterfly, their 4th, and their heart." So sweet. There was no shortage of HOT sex in fours and as a couple (strictly m/f/m/m or m/f ~ no m/m or m/m/m) against the wall, in the shower, on a desk, on a couch, under a tree and finally in a bed. lol ;) Can't wait for the next book in this series and I love how R.E. introduced those characters in this book. Sounds like it will be another good one. Great start to a new series and again probably my favorite book by R.E. so far. Definitely a keeper to be reread. I also wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book. Another great cover!! BEST OF THE BEST rating. Mariann at Belle's Book Bag (