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Vanessa Wu
Latest book: Scandal. Published January 26, 2014. (5.00 from 1 review)

Smashwords book reviews by Steve

  • Like a Wisp of Steam: Steampunk Erotica on Feb. 17, 2011

    I love steampunk so I thought, steampunk and erotica how can you go wrong? Well the first story in this volume of 5 stories is NOT steampunk. It has no steampunk elements at all, it is some kind of alternate Victorian thing, but that doesn't make it steampunk. With all the great steampunk short stories out there I can't understand why they would chose this story, it wasn't even very good. But having said that, some of the other stories in the book are quite good, the Hysteria one and the one by Jason Rubis. I would have liked more of that. So my advice is don't waist your money ..
  • Of Dusk and Dawn on May 04, 2011

    good story line, finishes a little quickly.
  • 1901: A Steam Odyssey on May 25, 2011

    It started off good but then the story went no where, but had potential. But my main dislike is the language, which was awkward, whilst I can see the intent, was to come off like the style of Verne or Wells, it ended up reading like a public service legal document from days gone by. It suffered a lot from the style and was hard to read, a book should be a joy to read not a chore. I wanted to like this book the concept was good and story could have been good. But the writing let it down. Whilst this is supposed to be an erotic novel, it is more like porn it just goes from sex scene to sex scene - not that there is anything wrong with that. But the wording really makes the scenes quite boring and factual, definitely not exciting to read.
  • A Twisted Bard's Tale (An Erotic Erotica Lesbian Short) on June 13, 2011
    (no rating)
    An interesting short story, left me wanting more.
  • Tongue-Tied (succubus, bisexual short story) on Sep. 01, 2011
    (no rating)
    good concept
  • Black Velvet (erotic short story) on Sep. 01, 2011

    good plot line, and character development
  • Castle Queen on Sep. 07, 2011

    Pretty good story, although not all that erotic. I don't like incest in stories, however this wasn't too weird - so it's ok. It is well written and the plot kept my interest. I will add the squeal to my to-read list just to see how it turns out.
  • Safe With Me, The Beginning on Sep. 13, 2011

    This is a great read and very hot. She writes male characters very well, the only thing I found un-believable is the main character said "I hadn't gotten hard in public since the tenth grade." Really, cause I'm 36 and I haven't gotten hard in public since - yesterday, when I was reading this book on an interstate flight. But a seriously great read, I'll be buying the rest of this series.
  • The Mermaid on Dec. 07, 2011

  • The Song of the Sirens on June 21, 2012

    great, but left me wanting more
  • Wetter on June 25, 2012

    Great short story well written, the story flows well and the scene is set up nicely. I'd like to see this turned into a series of shorts perhaps
  • Taken by Midnight on Sep. 03, 2012

    This is not an erotic Regency story, as such l give it 2.5 stars l bought it expecting an erotic novella. This is a Regency Romance if it was marketed and sold as such I'd probably give it 4 or 5 stars. The story is engaging and the writing style flows nicely. Unfortunatly this is as spicy as a limp cellery stalk.
  • Taste of Her on Sep. 19, 2012

    There are a lot of good indi authors out there, but very rarely do you come across an exceptionally well written story. This is such a story. This is the first work of Ms Wu's that I have read but, if this is any indication of the rest of her work, I'll be buying all her books. The writing style is excellent and the story flows very well. But she makes you care about the protagonists, which is difficult to do in a short story. Unlike a lot of short story's (particularly erotic shorts) which tend to be a little one dimensional, this story is defiantly much deeper. Totally recommended, 5 stars for writing and 5 chillies for heat ;-)
  • The Swimming Pool on Sep. 20, 2012

    short but sexy. Very well written.
  • Surprise at the Library on Oct. 09, 2012

    sexy hot short story
  • Intense Sensations Volume 2 on Oct. 10, 2012

    I've been enjoying miss Wu's writing style. This book is another winner, she has have very good style and writes interesting characters. I would recommend any of her stories, so far all of her books I have read I really enjoyed (most memorable was the swimming pool).
  • My Russian Spy on Oct. 18, 2012

    Another great read. Why do I suddenly feel the need to go out and buy a telephoto zoom lens for my camera :-P
  • Black Silk Blindfold on Oct. 22, 2012

    Another master piece Very hot, very well written, as I have come to expect from this author. The story flows well and she makes you feel for the characters. I just wish she would publish a full length novel, these short stories are exceptionally well written but they leave me wanting more.
  • Love Has No Limits on Oct. 31, 2012

    Well I have nothing more to add that hasn't already been said. The story is exceptionally well written and a pleasure to read. You can't go wrong with any of this author's books.
  • Japanese Love Hotel on Dec. 03, 2012

    Quite good writing style. But sometimes I found the "suspension of disbelief" was a little hard to achieve. Which is the only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars.
  • Losing It In New York on Jan. 10, 2013

    Great read. My wife is Malaysian Chinese, so I guess this book had to live up to my expectations. I was not disappointed. The story flowed well and the writing was well done. It left me wanting more, and I hope this will turn into a series. Failing that I think I'm going to have to read the other works by this author.
  • Steampunk Erotica on June 03, 2013

    Good story line. The autor really has done a good job of setting the story and developing the charactors. The only critism I have is the technology terminology is wanting. Sometime I think the autor has never written steampunk before, but I guess I'm just nit picking. Don't let it stop you reading this story. It is otherwise a good read, and unlike some erotica it's not just smut with no story line - Not that there is anything wrong with smut with no story line. But sometimes it's nice to read an erotic story with a plot. I think now I will have to read the autor's other works.
  • Scandal on Feb. 18, 2014

    Another great read from this great writer. The characters and story line are well developed and a joy to read. I would totally recommend any of her books.