Michel Renaud

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  • Pride and Prostitutes on June 12, 2011

    In short, this is a page-turner pretty much from beginning to end. Plenty of hot, steamy sex sharing the stage with action that'll keep you on edge, and a plot that keeps you guessing and with twists that'll often make your jaw drop. You'll be hooked on the characters, good or evil. Without falling into the trap of flooding the reader with too much details, the authors' style makes it easy to "see" the story as you read it - some well-known authors could learn a thing or two here.
  • The Union of Heroes on July 03, 2011

    Superheroes for me have always been about comics from Marvel and DC Comics - flashy drawings and not so much text - so I didn't really know what to expect or whether I'd like a superhero story that's all text and no pictures. The novel starts a bit slow, but that lasts only a few pages and when the action starts, it just doesn't stop and the thing is basically a page-turner: I found it very difficult to put down. The characters are described well enough that you can "see" them, so that takes care of the lack of pictures. The good guys are all fun and kind of down-to-earth despite their powers, so in a sense you can at least relate to their "civilian" persona. Loads of actions, lots of subtle and not-so-subtle humor and dialogues that don't try to be more than they should be make this a light, addictive story. While I wish the book was longer, at the same time it doesn't overstay its welcome and does not fall into the trap of boring the reader with too much details or details not related to the story. I don't know if there will be a follow up to this, but I'll definitely be on the look out.
  • Cold Lady on Oct. 27, 2011

    At a little over 12000 words, this is a quick read, but the author makes good use of the language and packs a lot of details. The story is depicted in very realistic details, be it emotions, feelings or scenery. The story takes place hundreds of years ago in the great white north, and the author really succeeds in making you feel like you're there, like you're the main character. You'll feel the cold, and even the fear to some extent. Personally while reading this I was thinking "well, it's not THAT scary", but when I turned off the lights, I realized that I couldn't quite close both eyes, needing to keep an eye on my surroundings. Thankfully that dark shadow turned out to be the cat, but you get the idea. :) Cold Lady is a very effective short story told the way horror suspense should be told. I for one hope the author will be writing more stories in the genre. Highly recommended.
  • Sky Pirates of the Rio Grande on June 08, 2012

    I wasn't too sure about this, not being much of a fan of pirate stories, but having enjoyed other books by the same authors I went ahead and bought it anyway. Simply put, this is a page-turner, and a fun one at that. The development of the main character kept me smiling, if not laughing all the way through. A very inventive world with a base in reality and a fast-paced story kept me asking myself "what are they going to throw at us next" every time I turned a page. You have action, humor, suspense and lots of steamy, hot sex (though I'd give "Pride and Prostitutes" by the same authors a slight edge on that last one). One of those books you just don't want to put down.
  • Throne of the Depths on July 06, 2014

    I don't know if I'd go as far as to say that this is Adventurotica's best yet, but if not it's pretty close. I found it started a bit slow (first few pages), but once it gets going, it doesn't stop until the end. I found there was even a bit of a Jules Verne vibe when they get into the deep seas, though after that the real action starts and it's Adventurotica fantasy just the way I like it. Lots of hot, steamy sex scenes, as one would expect, but even if you were to take those away, this is an awesome story and a fun read. File under "page turner".