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  • Aching for Marvin on April 18, 2011

    I have to start by saying that I usually never give a 5 star rating to novellas and shorter stories, since they rarely have enough of a story and I usually feel like something's missing or that something could have been more developed etc. The thing is, Aching for Marvin (now when I've read it, I can't help but smile at the title) didn't feel like it was missing something at all. It's not often I don't have at least something negative to say about the book, but I can't think of anything. I absolutely loved it! It felt like it had it all; steamy, fun, embarrassing, annoying, cute scenes... You name it. And still it managed not to feel too rushed or like it had too much going on. The most negative I can think of? Well, I want more. Much, much more of these lovely characters. I read it in one sitting (I'm just glad I had a free period at school) and couldn't put it down. At the same time, I really didn't want it to end either. I loved the way I could actually feel what Christa felt in all of her awkward situations and I was almost as embarrassed as she was more than once! I also loved how it portrayed a normal wife and mother, trying to get the most out of her vacation (and be alone with her handsome husband of course.) It's not the kind of stories I usually read--or even hear about--but it was a nice twist to it all. I read the sample before giving it a try and thought it sounded really good. So, I decided I'd go for it, but I never expected to love it this much! I'm pleasantly surprised, as well as a little speechless. I definitely recommend it and am looking forward to read more novels and novellas by this wonderful author!
  • Tender Mercies on May 11, 2011

    As soon as I got this book downloaded on my Kindle, I had to pick it up right away. It didn't matter that I was already busy with another book--I had been looking forward to it for too long not to read it straight away! Even though it was school the day after, I ended up reading non-stop until 4am! That's how long it took for me to even realise that the time hadn't stopped while this book had me hooked on every word! I haven't been disappointed in any of Thomas' novels so far. I love her way of writing! Not only is it well-written, but the psychology really has your head spinning with the same thoughts and feelings that the characters have. I'm so drawn into these stories that it's almost impossible to let them go, even after I've finished them. And even then it's hard without getting to rave about them for a while! I'm very glad I actually managed to find a real life friend who loved Thomas' books just as much as I do. Like I've said earlier, this book is extremely psychological and focuses on real S/M relationships and the bonds needed to make these relationships work. Thomas' takes it to the extreme and explore real captivity, trust and traumas. Tender Mercies even takes place on a secret island where a real secret S/M society is set up. No laws are there to keep the relationships to work, but neither are there any laws to fall back on when you sign your rights away. Compared to her other books, in TM our heroine seeks this lifestyle herself without being thrown into it, and ends up in a horror scenario. What this manages to show really well, is the contrast between a real S/M relationship and this horror one. I really liked how the trust and bond between the slave and master become so much more noticeable; the masters are not just bosses over these women, they are also protectors. The relationship isn't one-sided, it goes both ways--just like all other relationships do in order to work. This book is brilliant; mixing the wonders of how psychologically frustrating it can be to combine the body's wishes with the minds. I loved how you could notice the bonding progress and I love how Thomas' takes this fetish and go as deep as she does. It's twisting and turning and you are lost in inner struggles as well as outer ones. We get to see how it is to give it all up to someone else, which I'm sure would be extremely hard in our society with the rights we grow up with being taught we will always have. This is nothing playful, this is the real deal. Yet, when the struggles with the mind are fading, it's when our heroine can be truly happy and free. I love Thomas' novels and I'm sure I won't stop. I loved Grace and Asher's story and would gladly have gotten to know more about their future! It warms my heart to see them finally getting what they've been looking for. Now I'll instead be (im)patiently waiting for more amazing stories, that I desperately hope will come! She is the best Erotica author I've read so far, without a doubt. I would take a careful look at the disclaimer while considering it though, since it's definitely not for everyone. However, those itis for will have a truly twisting journey to follow!
  • Half-Inch on July 07, 2011

    Half-Inch is definitely one of the most interesting novellas I have read. Even when looking through actual novels, this one definitely stands out. I’ve always found the thrillers where you get to see parts from the killer’s perspective very intriguing and therefore I’m not surprised that I enjoyed this one as much as I did. Half-Inch has a nice twist to this; instead of having a POV from the police or other investigators, this is completely from the murderer-slash-victim’s view–the abused wife. In some way this novella reminds me of Kitty Thomas’s novel Comfort Food. The stories are completely different, but they both have a bit of that twisting plot to it. Those twists that make the reader not hate a kidnapper who wants you as a sex slave and, in this case, makes you root for the murderer. Feeling all the things she is feeling, hoping that she won’t get caught… And most of all; showing that nothing is black or white. I also like that it shows–in so many ways–that what you think will make you happy, not always do. But some things may still be worth doing. All I can say is that I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would definitely recommend this book! I am also going to look up more books by this author to devour. I’m very intrigued to see what other stories she has out there.
  • The Auction on July 24, 2011

    Warning: This book contains sexual situations of dubious consent, master/slave, multiple partners, girl on girl, alien sex, and oral play. If I ever doubted that Thomas was one of my favourite authors, I cannot say anything implying differently after this one. This is the fourth work I have devoured by her and they have all captured me from the very first page, not letting go until the very end. I adore the wonderful psychological twists, all meeting the issue of accepting yourself for who you are in the most extreme ways. The Action was no exception! It is showing how dominance and submission isn’t only a fetish, but indeed a natural state for living creatures. This novella does a different take though, taking place in a future society on a completely different planet. This society has taken a step back from the development of the present time and instead seems more similar to the society common when going back in our history. Our idea of marriage now also has a different meaning; here women are being auctioned and sold to the highest bidder–then belonging to him. Most women are, so called ”fake bought”, by their boyfriends from relationships before the right age hit them, but our heroine has the luck of being bought by one of the original inhabitants of the planet and one of the monsters. Luck, because normally these creatures are not allowed into the human city, yet no one sees her important enough to fight for. Interestingly enough however, she immediately feels a connection and attraction to this male… The characters in The Auction are probably the ones I have found the most interesting yet–something I think may have to do with the story taking place in the future and on a completely different planet. The original inhabitants were special, yet not too far of from our own species’ males. We only meet two brothers, Master and Sir, since real names gives too much power over a being. I found it extremely interesting seeing how they saw family and the traditions of sharing what they love between each other—even in ways that would be deeply frowned upon in our–and even the, in the novella, new–society. Yet, the reason for their traditions makes sense and I really like how their species care so much for each other. I also loved how they show S&M to be a part of their species ways; just like it is with most species on earth. As with all Thomas’s novels, I fell for the two males just like our heroine—once aging caught in the tangled thoughts of right and wrong. Annabelle was indeed the perfect mate for the brother and she was the perfect woman for being first in the experiment of involving humans with the monsters. I do admire her for her strength too, although I think any of the heroines in these more extreme stories needs to be. They only need to accept the fact that it’s nothing wrong with craving a master in order to be truly happy, which is harder then it sounds. Thomas shows this amazingly well and I cannot help to love anything she writes; even this one with a more science-fiction trait. She also shows how the monsters (which these creatures actually are) aren’t always the real monsters, which is probably more true than you would think. The word-building was extremely well done and even when it was shorter than what I am used to her work being, nothing felt too rushed. To be honest, my only complaint with this story would be that I want more! I wouldn’t hesitate recommending The Auction to anyone who likes deeper and more psychological twisted books with steamy sex scenes. As long as you are open minded and don’t have any problem with the warning, I say go for it! And as always with her novels, I also adore the cover!
  • Awakening on Jan. 16, 2012

    Warning: This book contains master/slave and sexual situations. Once again, Thomas succeeds. It doesn’t seem to matter whether she’s dealing with kidnappers in a contemporary setting, science-fiction or now mermaids; she continues to blow my mind with each new release and I can’t help but love every single story. Awakening is about the mermaid Nerina who, after one day of letting her curiosity take over, swims too close to shore and ends up caught in a fishing net. Terrified to end up as dinner, she should be happy when the leader asks for her to be taken to his chambers, but that’s not the case. He knows about the legend saying one can turn a mermaid into a human when awakening enough pleasure within them and he is determined to succeed. Always having mocked humans and had a distaste for their constant touching, Nerina is suddenly not sure if this turn out was the best one… First of all, I have to admit that this is the first book I’ve ever read featuring mermaids and I have to say that I have a new found love. I have no idea why I’ve never given any mermaid novels a try before, but that will have to change! In Awakening, mermaids aren’t those perfect-humans-but-in-water creatures, but they actually eat raw, living fish like a normal sea predator would. I definitely liked this, since I often feel like mythological creatures are made more human than they are, or perhaps should be. I also loved the legend circulating about turning a mermaid human when awakening enough pleasure within them. It was very fascinating, especially since none of the mermaids would have ever felt any touch before and grow up disliking it in humans. Even if I did feel sorry for Nerina being taking captured and taken away from her home, I did want her Master to succeed. I’m not sure if it was clear to her at first, but she did want it and she did need it; it almost felt as if it was something missing for her, even if the situation terrified her at first. It was definitely interesting seeing the novel from a non-humans perspective. Not only did we meet someone who had no clue about the human touch and emotions, but she also had everything to lose from her old self; also the only part she knew. In Thomas’s other books, it’s usually about the women having to give themselves up completely to someone they trust as well, but in Awakening, the whole situation had a very different meaning. I think that everyone (well, those 18 and over), should give Kitty Thomas a try. I’ve actually gotten some YA readers to read one of her novels (Comfort Food) too and they’ve been very surprised over liking it as well. Awakening especially, is one of her less intense stories, yet it continues to remain as a great novel. Thomas is just such an amazing writer and there is so much more to her work than sexual content. Even if I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I absolutley love her work.
  • The King's Pleasure on Jan. 16, 2012

    Warning: This book contains master/slave, group sexual activity, mild sadomasochism, oral and anal play, exhibitionism, and voyeurism Wow. As always I’m blown away by yet an amazing read by Kitty Thomas! It doesn’t matter if it’s a novella or novel, they all manage to hook me just the same and refuse to release me even after I’m finished. I always crave more of her work, so when I hear another story is coming out I can’t help but be excited and The King’s Pleasure was of course no exception. After having read it I can only say it definitely didn’t disappoint. Thomas’s work is different from anything I’ve ever read and she’s without a doubt one of my top 5 favorite authors! In The King’s Pleasure we meet Abigail who is half gypsy and because of her heritages, therefore isn’t quite accepted in either society. One day she’s caught stealing bread from the castle and faces the punishment to have her hand cut off. Woken by her screams however, the king himself saves her. Intrigued by her heritage which hasn’t taught her about the same sexual freedom the kingdom itself has, he decides to take her as his slave, an honor, instead of any of the specifically raised women in the castle and she will now serve for the king’s pleasure… The world was really interesting as it is a mixture of modern technology in a more historical setting and I have to say it’s definitely the first time I’ve read anything about a society with such sexual freedoms as this one! But I do admit I, just as Abigail, found it quite fascinating. Especially their bigger events! It was also quite fascinating how the king instead of choosing a queen got to choose a slave or a harem. There’s actually a really good quote explaining this reason from the novella itself: “Typically it was an honor to be brought into the king’s harem, not an insult. This was especially true of the woman chosen first, whose status was hardly different than that of a queen in other kingdoms. Most queens were little more than slaves when you thought about it. As long as there existed a king, her power was whatever he indulged her with. Was honesty in labels not a better thing than polite lies?” I really loved both characters and how they bonded throughout the story. I admire Abigail for so quickly coming to accept the new ways she was introduced to and trusting Niall so completely. I thought Niall himself was a wonderful Master as well. Even if he did have a moment of doubt that ended up quite awful, I could’t dislike him for it. I continued, as I always do with Thomas’s work, to feel what Abigail herself felt towards him, who already trusted him and quickly forgave him. Seeing things from his point of view also helped getting a clear understanding of why certain actions were taken. I actually think in the end their bond was one of my favorite ones I’ve come across yet in Thomas’s stories! If you’re a fan of Thomas’s work already or enjoy your erotica dark with a bit of a psychological twist to it, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this one. However, I realize that not everyone will enjoy her work since it is quite intense. The King’s Pleasure is also not one of the less intense she’s written, but like she said herself when I received it for review; it’s way dirty and most definitely on level 11! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I absolutely love her work!
  • I Eat Butterflies: Tales of Vampires, Mages & Mutants on Jan. 16, 2012

    I have to say that I was really surprised by how much I ended up liking this book! Yes, it did sound good, but at the same time I was afraid it wouldn’t be something for me. I love sexy, dark fantasy stories sure, but I’ve never been a huge fan of Science-Fiction. But since there was more than one story to go on, I decided I’d give it a try, and I’m definitely not disappointed! Something I can say for all of these stories is that I found them both well-written and in a writing style I loved. Sometimes it’s hard getting into new styles of writing, especially with shorter stories, but I had no problem at all. Rather, I was thrown into the first story right away! No complaints there. The second one was a bit harder to get into, but I quickly got back on track and the third one didn’t give me a chance to slow down at all; the first sentences were just too teasing for me not to find out what was happening! Sadly, in my opinion, all of these stories definitely could have been more developed; it’s almost like each of them could have needed their own book. Especially the third one—there was just too much scientific information for such a short story. Oh, and if you don’t like those BOM endings when you’re left in shock? Perhaps the last story isn’t for you either. I was in serious shock after reading that ending; I turned the page and it actually took a few seconds before I realized it was actually over. If we’ll overlook the pace of the story (and amount of information) I loved them all! Seriously. They were unique and very well thought out and I admire the author for having such an amazing imagination. And they certainly were darker stories, especially The Brides of Dracula and Velocity Syndrome. I loved the take on Dracula’s Brides and all of the twists and turns in that stories; a lot of side characters, all being connected in the end. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard about any take on Dracula similar to that one before! But the same goes for Merlin’s Knot and Velocity Syndrome as well. Merlin’s Knot was a favourite because of the magic (which I adore) and I absolutely loved Phreak. He was probably my favourite character together with his children! And Velocity Syndrome… Well, I’m not sure what to say really. A dark action story with a frustrating ending! But definitely not easy to forget about; it’s probably the one I remember the most actually. I Eat Butterflies definitely include some sexy and darker stories and I wouldn’t hesitate recommending it if it sounds like something for you! It gives you what it promises, no doubt about it. I will have to check out more books from this author.