by Kaye Helm
Published by Indie
on February 8th 2014
Genres: Erotica, Quickie
Overall Grade: D+
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I was WAY too excited about this book. I think the idea of the forbidden fruit and the fantasy of being a naughty nun is hot. This short book is a compilation of three quick stories. Although each is different on their own, they all have the nun element. I enjoyed the first and the last the most, while the middle story didn’t do it for me.
A heat spread first from his cock to his legs and up through his chest as he watched his beautiful angel throwing herself onto his meat, writhing in pleasure and pain.
It’s hard to describe each story in detail when the entire book is only 91 pages. The first story is about a nun alone in a church when a stranger ends up on her doorstep after a terrible storm. It’s a nice little love story and I was happy with the sex scene in it. The middle story is a bit darker with two nuns dominating a delivery boy. They were more of your dominatrix types who were looking for a new sub toy. The last story was the hottest to me because it felt like my own fantasy written out. It’s about a nun volunteering at a shelter and hooking up with another volunteer who’s there because of community service. The sex in the last story was hot, but I wasn’t sure I like how it ended.
Sister Lucia sucked ferociously on my knob, occasionally inserting most of my cock in her mouth then licking feverishly at it before resuming her knob gobbling.
While this book got me off, I wasn’t overly thrilled with it. I felt like if one story could have been focused on and fleshed out a little better, it could have been really good. Instead I felt like three marginal stories were glossed over and never reached their potential. If this is a fantasy of yours, as it was mine, I would say give it a go, but don’t go into it expecting to love it. The writing was good, but to me, wasn’t worth the price tag.
by Shayla Black
Published by Berkley
on March 4th 2014
Genres: BDSM, Erotica, Menage, Sexy Romance
Overall Grade: D
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Accused of a horrific murder she didn’t commit, former heiress Callie Ward has been a fugitive since she was sixteen—until she found the perfect hideout, Club Dominion. The only problem is she’s fallen for the club’s Master, Mitchell Thorpe, who keeps her at arm’s length. Little does she know that his reasons for not getting involved have everything to do with his wounded heart…and his consuming desire for her . Has this ever happened in real life? Can someone please answer me that? Because if so, there are probably 700 men staring at me longingly but denying themselves. They may never allow express their love for me, for they are not worthy. That's what's happening. *crickets*
Enter Sean Kirkpatrick, a Dom who’s recently come to Dominion and taken a pointed interest in Callie. Hoping to make Thorpe jealous, she submits to Sean one shuddering sigh at a time. Has anyone seen Callie's nebuliser? She's doing the shuddering sighs again. It isn’t long before she realizes she’s falling for him too. But the tender lover who’s slowly seducing her body and earning her trust isn’t who he claims… No! Really?! Someone in a romance book BDSM club has secrets? *inspects fingernails*
When emotions collide and truths are exposed, Sean is willing to risk all to keep Callie from slipping through his fingers. But he’s not the only man looking to stake a claim. Now Callie is torn between Sean and Thorpe, and though she’s unsure whom she can trust, she’ll have to surrender her body and soul to both—if she wants to elude a killer… Wait...where did this killer come from? You can't just throw that in and end it!
We’ve met Mitchell Thorpe on and off in previous books in this series, and we’ve also caught fleeting glimpses of Callie (usually when she’s sassing Thorpe while he tries to contain his boner and stop it from destroying Tokyo). We know that Thorpe is hooked on Callie, but his secrets (*yawn*) and their age difference (*yawn that leads to a coma*) are stopping him from acting on his feelings. Callie, therefore, does what any sensible, self-respecting woman would do and moves on to the next. The next being Sean, who is kind and lovely but isn’t what he seems. But she can’t let Thorpe go…
Does this sound familiar? It should, because it’s almost exactly the same storyline as another book Black co-wrote called ‘One Dom to Love’. It also has an older, BDSM club-owning Dom who takes in a young submissive waif. It also shows this Dom falling for her but denying himself because of his secrets and his decrepitness. And it also features a young, strapping, kind Dom (with secrets, because BDSM) who begins a relationship with Waif-y Sub, much to the chagrin of Old-Man Dom.
Don’t get me wrong. I love this storyline and I would have forgiven the repetition if the story was any good, but it disappointed me. It took much too long to get going, and while the reader knows how’s it going to end up, Thorpe and Sean spend all of their time looking for a ruler with which to measure their swinging dicks. Callie pretty much just looks on and occasionally ineffectually flaps her hands in distress.
The sex is okay (falling a bit short of Black’s reputation) but there was very little energy in what should have been an exciting, hot story.
by Jenika Snow
Published by Evernight Publishing
on February 7th 2014
Genres: Erotica, Menage, Paranormal/ Sci-fi, Quickie
Overall Grade: C+
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This book is 40 pages of pretty good erotica. I was a little disappointed while reading it because it felt like if given some more time this could have been a really awesome story.
“Touch yourself, Tessa. I want to see my female finger her pussy while I fuck her ass.”
Tessa is a human who has been kidnapped and sold at an auction to Rylan as a mate. Little does she know that she will also be mated with his brothers, Zarek and Soran. The brothers live on the planet Hades that is described a little like what you might think of as hell. It’s really hot and there are volcanoes and lava everywhere. Even the guys are kind of described as devilish. They all have red skin with really dark hair, black eyes, black claws, and big wings.
“She’s sweet and musky, and so fucking wet. My face is covered in her cream.”
This story is essentially a sex-slavery breeding book that has one hot sex scene. The one scene has full on ménage, complete with anal. It was great, and while I loved it, I felt like this story was a missed opportunity for something bigger and better. The price sucks at $2.99 for only 40 pages, but if you want a quickie with a hot scene then go for it.
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by Nikki Narvaez
Published by Indie
on February 9th 2014
Genres: Sexy Romance
Overall Grade: C-
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Kaiya Marlow has always been cautious, precise in every decision she makes. When her dark past threatens to resurface, she decides to take precautions to protect herself by enrolling in self-defense classes at her gym. The only self-defense tactic I know is shitting yourself if someone's trying to rape you. It's called the Eagle Method and it always works.
Her instructor, Ryker Campbell,
Did someone say Ryker?
is the tattooed womanizer everyone warns about. Kaiya attempts to resist Ryker's advances, but the more time they spend training together, the harder it is for Kaiya to resist him. She obviously isn't being taught the Eagle Method. That'd get him away from her pronto.
Ryker's view on relationships is simple: strictly sex, nothing more. And mounting and dismounting chairs in the sexiest way possible
Haunted by demons from his past, he never allows himself to become attached to any woman. No attachment means no weakness, no vulnerability, no pain. He doesn't realize that his whole world is about to be turned upside down when Kaiya enters his self-defense class. Determined to have her, at least for one night, Ryker sets a plan into motion that will change both of their lives forever.
Will love be able to heal their scars, or are they too deep to overcome?
Kaiya is having a tough time. She’s been physically abused and the center of her world at the minute is her brother, Kamden, and her job. When she decides to join the same gym as her brother, she meets Riker – the hot, muscly manwhore who wants to flex her glutes and pull her hamstrings (I’m stabbing blindly in the dark with these gym terms because I’m as familiar with gyms as I am with social cues).
As the story goes on, we get more details on Kaiya’s abuse by Kaleb. At first we’re left in the dark about who Kaleb is but with a brother named Kamden and her own name, it doesn’t take Stephen Hawking to see that there are some Kardashian-esque naming practices going on here and siblings with names beginning with K is officially a thing . Kaiya has been let down and abused by so many people – by her physical abuser, by her parents who have torn loyalties – that she deserves someone trustworthy and kind. And that’s where Ryker comes in. A man as stupid as his name, he’s the type of person who you wonder how he got this far in life without chewing off his own foot. He pervs on the young female gym clientele, he judges his overweight clients and has clearly lost his respect for others down the back of some slut’s sofa. Oh, you didn’t like that I called a woman a slut as a pejorative? Get used to it because that’s how Ryker sees the women he sleeps with – they’re sluts, whores, bitches. These words are tossed out so casually, but I got the feeling I wasn’t supposed to be as shocked and grossed-out as I was. Ryker got a boo-boo on his feelings a few years ago (a whorish, slutty, bitch-cunt was responsible, of course) so now he uses women for sex and nothing more. This also means that he hates all women. Every one of them. So when he sees Kaiya, he’s shocked by how pure and unwhorish she is. Joy! But it isn’t that easy to entrap the princely prize that Ryker is. Even during their ‘courtship’, Ryker fucks his way around town, dodging whiny women who expect respect and basic courtesy. Stupid sluts – don’t they realise a woman hurt his feelings a few years ago?
As their ‘romance’ unfolds, Kaiya has to deal with the prospect of her abuser being released, Kamden’s over protectiveness and her friend with benefits, Bryce. Here’s where Kaiya lost me. She and Ryker truly are soulmates because they see nothing wrong with treating people like shit. It’s clear that Bryce has feelings for Kaiya (and it’s impossible to believe she doesn’t realise this) but she continues to sleep with him whenever the mood strikes. Bryce is clearly a good guy. He worries about her and wants her to be safe, but Kaiya treats him like an irritant, despite having hauled her ass out of his bed only a few days prior. Who is raising these characters? Does no one listen to Aretha Franklin anymore?
Having said that, it’s an entertaining book – I’m just particularly sensitive when it comes to manners and people being mean. There are a few really worthy and valuable features in this book, however. Kaiya takes a lot of self-defence classes and they’re described in such a way that the reader can conceivably pick up a lot of tips. This never comes across as preachy or lecturing, rather it brings the reader deeper into the story – verifying Ryker’s ostensible ‘good guyness’. Along with that, there is a page on sexual assault resources and information at the back of the book. I can’t stress how welcome this was. The author took a responsible, mature and sensitive approach to the book’s subject matter, so while I may not have been captivated by the characters, the author won a fan in me for this.
by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Published by Indie
on February 27, 2014
Genres: Erotica, Sexy Romance
Overall Grade: B
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When Cash Mayson was forced to choose between the love of his life and his unborn child, he knew exactly what he had to do. No matter how broken it left him.
When Lilly Donovan was forced to accept that the guy she loved wasn’t who she thought he was and became a single mother, she knew exactly what she had to do. Plan his gruesome murder? Proving just how strong she was. Plan his gruesome murder while pumping iron?
What happens when years later you find out that everything you thought you knew was a lie? Like when I discovered there's no 'n' in dilemma. I still can't get over that it's not 'dilemna'Can two people who once loved each other overcome the obstacles that are thrown at them and fall in love all over again?
Cash Mayson had forgotten how it felt to be loved Until Lilly came back into his life. And now that he remembers, he will do everything within his power to keep not only the woman that he loves, but also his children.
The power of love is a beautiful thing.
I read the first chapter of ‘Until Lilly’ immediately after ‘Until Trevor’ and I was hooked. The basic premise broke my heart: Cash meets Lilly, they fall in love at Mayson-speed and, unknown to Cash, Lilly gets knocked up. Before he met Lilly, however, it’s clear that Cash couldn’t keep his pickle in the pickle jar and got another girl in the family way (his sperm must do P90-X or Insanity or some shit). Cash decides to do his fatherly duty and dumps Lilly in order to marry the mother of his child, Jules. That seems a peculiarly nineteenth-century solution but I went with it. “But,” you say, “Lilly is on stork watch too! What the fuck?!” Trust me, reader, I know. And I must ask you to refrain from using such foul language. Lilly texts Cash looking to meet him to tell him about being up the duff but he replies with texts telling her to get over him and to get rid of the baby. This breaks Lilly’s heart, so she resolves not to have anything to with him ever again (this was something that pissed me off. If someone did that to me, I’d storm over to their house and elbow them in the crotch. Probably best that Lilly isn’t as violent as I am what with the baby and all).
And here we are. It’s a pretty heavy-going and action-packed first chapter, but the rest of the book doesn’t follow in the same vein. It’s calm and sweet, and rather than enduring more ups and downs and trials and tribulations, we get to see Cash and Lilly try to rebuild their relationship and build a family. They’re happy, their kids are happy, they have amazing sex (Cash and Lilly, not the kids) – it’s the ultimate feel-good book. The sex is super-hot and while I was reading it, I was stumbling around with the goofiest smile on my face. It isn’t a book with non-stop action and drama (their kids adapt pretty quickly to their new circumstances, that’s for sure) – it’s pretty quiet but it’s immensely enjoyable.
Aurora Rose Reynolds has already proven that she can write incredibly sweet, engaging, downright great books. But while the basics were wonderful, the book was let down by some truly awful editing. While the author is ultimately responsible for the book, I can help but feel that the book would have benefited from an editing process that was more vigilant, more cohesive and more attentive. Reynolds brings the story, the words and the magic (and she always brings magic to her stories), but it’s up to the editors to bring accuracy and fluidity, but that wasn’t the case here. It was truly disappointing to have such a potentially great book marred by simple errors that could and should have been caught in the second or third draft. The book, the story and the author deserve better.
Despite that, if you liked the previous books in the series, if you love romantic, sweet books with hot guys and hotter sex, you should most definitely read this book. We also get a peek at ‘Until Nico’, the next book in the series and it’s amazing. So you can expect me to be first in line to read that.
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