Shirley Frances

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Smashwords book reviews by Shirley Frances

  • Symphony of Blood, A Hank Mondale Supernatural Case on Dec. 22, 2011
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    I put off reading it for a week, since it's not one of my usual reads. The first chapter was good. I enjoyed getting to know Hank and all the "investigating" that was done. However, once on Chapter 2, I lost much of my interest. I skimmed parts, just focusing on the parts I thought mattered. Its not that I wasn't interested in It's POV. I just found it to be too long but lacking in some areas. Anyway, on to Chapter 3, which I enjoyed since it's told from Hank's POV again and had some action and dialog. I loved the banter between Hank and Mackenzie. I think they're great characters, even if I though Mackenzie lacked some development. The conclusion left me with some questions, the confrontation between It and Hank was anticlimatic and the ending left me blank, but I think with some tweaks in POV's, some more action in particular scenes and more character development and this could be a fine book. All in all, a quick, interesting read.
  • Symphony of Blood, A Hank Mondale Supernatural Case on Dec. 22, 2011
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    I put off reading it for a week, since it's not one of my usual reads. The first chapter was good. I enjoyed getting to know Hank and all the "investigating" that was done. However, once on Chapter 2, I lost much of my interest. I skimmed parts, just focusing on the parts I thought mattered. Its not that I wasn't interested in It's POV. I just found it to be too long but lacking in some areas. Anyway, on to Chapter 3, which I enjoyed since it's told from Hank's POV again and had some action and dialog. I loved the banter between Hank and Mackenzie. I think they're great characters, even if I though Mackenzie lacked some development. The conclusion left me with some questions, the confrontation between It and Hank was anticlimatic and the ending left me blank, but I think with some tweaks in POV's, some more action in particular scenes and more character development and this could be a fine book. All in all, a quick, interesting read.
  • Siren Song on Oct. 07, 2012
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    Yes, I admit that what first drew my attention to this book was the cover. It was after I read the blurb that I was curious to see how this all played out and I’m happy to say that it was a very enjoyable read. This is the story of Lexi Darling and her pursuit to satisfy her hunger for wolf Duncan Tremain. Lexi was very determined in her mission and her story of lust and love was very interesting and hot. From the moment their eyes met they were both doomed and try as they might their lust could not be appeased. They fought, they flirted and in the end they ‘loved’ as fiercely as they fought their attraction. I really liked Lexi. She was a contradiction of sorts. A virgin with a very sensual side, fun, sarcastic and totally comfortable in her own skin, but with a heart so big and a vulnerability so great that my heart went out to her immediately. I have to say, I admired her tenacity – she knew what she wanted and she was going after it, dammed the cost. Duncan was everything a hero should be – strong, sexy, funny and tender when it was needed. I especially enjoyed his conversations with his wolf. It was great to see such a strong, capable guy fighting what was going to be inevitable and accept his destiny and his bond with his wolf. Each and every encounter between Lexi and Duncan were off the charts HOT. I enjoyed them so much that I found myself smirking throughout the book, wondering what was going to happen next. The author, A.C. Warneke, kept me intrigued all throughout waiting for when they were finally going to get together and when they did I was not disappointed at all. It was sexy as hell and very, very good. Totally lived up to its hype! As you can see, I enjoyed the characters and their chemistry. I also enjoyed the interactions between Lexi and her best friends, Dima and Cole. The dialog was great too, which added to the enjoyment of the book. In the sense of developing the characters, the pace and overall plot and resolution, the writing was very good. However, there were many grammatical errors, at least on my Smashwords version of the book, which sometimes confused me. That is the only reason why I didn’t give it five stars. All in all, a funny, sexy read with lovable characters and great dialog.
  • Inertia (Impulse, Book One) on Nov. 11, 2012
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    A sensual story of lust, trust and letting go. Derrick, a 31-year old handyman, has kept to himself for 10 years. No relationships, no casual hook ups - nothing. Just his work, his dog and his trustful hands. Gavin, on the other hand, is a 28-year old auditor who just ended a relationship and is reluctant to start a new one. But when they meet, their chemistry can't be denied. Their getting together was slow in coming, since both were reluctant to try it, but they talked and decided to take it a step at a time. It would be nice of me to tell you that once they got together everything was honky dory. But that's not true. Not even done with their first date and their first hurdle is thrown at them. I won't go into details since it is a pretty big part of the story. But I am glad they came out of that together. I was weary of Derrick in the start. I couldn't find a connection with him no matter how hard I tried. He kept to himself so much that there was nothing there for me to relate to. But I think that's mainly the point of all this. To see him let go and be a witness to his growth. To discover and explore his passionate side. To see him live. And once he did, it was beautiful. I thank the author, Amelia C. Gormley, for that. She put his emotions on the page in a way that truly touched me. I understood his hesitancy to continue this 'thing' he started with Gavin and felt his lust-fueled desperation about being with him physically. I was as overwhelmed as he was with all these conflicting emotions - insecurity, lust, happiness, protectiveness. In the end, I was cheering him on and curious as hell to see how it all played out. Gavin, on the other hand, won me with his flirting and easy manner from the start. And then he broke my heart and carved a place in it with his dreadful confession. He was so conflicted and honest with Derrick. How could I not feel for him when his pain was laid out there for me to see? He was sweet and considerate with a dominant edge that was hot as hell and melted me each and every time. I could picture him so clearly in my mind - his grin, his eyes and that suit! Uff! As you can imagine, their chemistry was pretty awesome. Filled with desperation, lust and a need so great that I was tapping the hell out of my tablet so I could get more. It was THAT good. Their dialog was honest and real, which helped me a great deal in believing this connection could happen. I appreciated how the author went about bringing them together sexually. Although there was no penetration, their sex scenes were not lacking in the least. Au contraire mon ami, it made their getting together even more sensual, more important, more desperate. It was awesomeness wrapped in pretty bow! As for the writing, it was very good. The story is told from Derrick's point of view, which I usually don't like, but I adjusted nonetheless. Of course, it would have been great to get inside Gavin's mind. But I think that will come soon enough. The emotions that were brought and the connection the characters established felt real. And I got to truly see Derrick grow, which I always appreciate in a character. My only complain was the ending. Why, why, why did she leave me hangin' when I was primed and ready to go?! That aside, I am so looking forward to the next book in the series. I can't wait to see how these two continue on their journey of lust and self discovery.
  • Acceleration (Impulse, Book Two) on Nov. 30, 2012
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    A beautiful story of growth, acceptance and new beginnings. In this installment we find ourselves right where we left off in Inertia. Derrick and Gavin continue to unleash their lust and desires and decide to take their sexual relationship to the next level. If you read the previous book, you know that although Derrick and Gavin have been intimate, they have not had intercourse and that it would be an enormous step for them to take. I applaud the author, Amelia C. Gormley, for the way she went about this. It was a big step for them and she addressed the importance of that moment while still keeping the passion level on HIGH. The scene that she created was brilliant. There was expectation, surrender, desperation, vulnerability and ultimately trust. She brought forward Derrick’s need with his every moan, both their lust in every kiss, nip and suck and Gavin’s hesitation and concerns in a way that was very real to me. It was everything I expected and then some. Every detail she provided shed some new light on Derrick’s desire to let go and give himself to Gavin and only reinforced my belief that these two are perfect together. I was enjoying it so much that I was grinning like a fool and in the end I was as exhausted as them from tapping the hell out of my tablet. Of course this book is so much more than the sex. That’s just the cherry on top of all the goodness. It’s about Derrick learning to let go of his past and letting Gavin be his future. It’s about accepting that some things in life are uncertain and that you need to live each day to its fullest and enjoy each and every moment you have with those you care about. It’s about Gavin’s need to find a partner that will be there for him, to share the good and the bad and accept him for who he is – strong and confident with a touch of insecurity, demanding and controlling in bed while surrendering his all to his lover. It’s about the fear of new-found love, acceptance but most of all it’s about trust. And that is what these characters found. Through each event in the book their trust for one another grew. I liked how the author added some obstacles along the way that pushed them to fight for one another. That just made their new relationship more believable to me. Each character developed throughout the story and I was so proud to see where they were headed and now I am more eager than ever to know how they will end up. I am emotionally invested in these characters. How could I not when I get to see how overwhelmed Derrick is by all these emotions he’s feeling. He is discovering every part of himself. He is learning to be a lover and a partner, while still learning and trying to understand his needs and desires. And Gavin, so confident and strong, but with a tenderness that melts me. I admire his determination to want his needs in a partner met. He doesn’t want to go back to where he found himself before even if it means that he has to let go of Derrick. The writing once again was excellent. The way the author went about telling this story was amazing. Each event and every emotion expressed came alive and added to the enjoyment of the story. The characters, their dialog and their feelings were beautifully combined and brought forward in a way that touched my heart and added to my connection with these adorable characters. I am looking forward to the next book in the series because Derrick and Gavin have won a piece of my heart and I can’t wait to visit with them again.
  • Sublimation on May 09, 2013
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    So there I was trying to get my M/M Romance groove back when I remembered I had a little treasure saved up on my library. My goodness, what a way to get back into the genre! I sooooo want to hug Vee Hoffman for giving me insight into Dominic's thoughts and feelings. If I had anything to complain about the previous books (and even then I didn't) it would have been the fact that I still had not had the chance to know firsthand how Dominic was dealing with his relationship with Michael. Vee outdid herself with this snippet into Dominic and Michael's weekend. She brought an overwhelming range of emotions to the page that helped me to fully understand how deep the connection between these two is and how Dominic has grown into a matured, young man. Through his thoughts, I could see that he is open in exploring everything that his relationship with Michael entails. I saw how loyal he is to him and that his emotions run deeper that just a school boy's crush on his teacher. Yes, I had assumed this was the case, but it is so much better to be certain! I loved it. I could feel Dominic's need for Michael - his passion, his love. But most of all I got to see Michael through Dominic's eyes. Sublimation was everything I wanted and then some! With only 38 pages Vee Hoffman has ratcheted up my need for more Dominic and Micheal. As I said before, I am emotionally invested in this couple and this short story just added to my obsession need to see them achieve their happily ever after.