Friday, 29 March 2013

Lover at Last - Review ( Contains Spoilers )

Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another....  Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young—just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. It’s hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. As he’s learned firsthand.  Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions... but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together... finally become one. 

Summary taken from Goodreads.

Lover at Last is the 11th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R Ward (( AKA: The Warden. The ultimate genius brain in the entire whole known universe who houses all our bestest book boyfriends )) It takes place mere weeks after Lover Reborn finished and sees Qhuinn and Blaylock finally take centre stage to get their HEA. Most BDB fanatics have been waiting for this book it seems for about a century. Especially since we learned it would be a full blown huge book size and not, as we were initially told, a teeny tiny novella because of its M/M content. I like to think the warden kicked the stuffy-assed publishers in the ass who told her a male/male story couldn’t be done in a mainstream genre and told them she was giving us QHUAY her way and to shut it. Swoon. She’s my heroine.
To cut back on my usual BDB ramblings in a review, I’ve invited a good friend Victoria to join me to discuss Lover at Last in great detail. It WILL be SPOILER HEAVY. Sorry. Not Sorry. It’s how we roll, yo’!

If you haven’t read the book yet and don’t want to know what happens... turn back now folks. Seriously, last chance..... go on.... off you go.....remember to come back when you have finished it!

Lover at Last is as all the other books are. FULL of different POV, sexy time heavy, bro-mance filled and the best book crack you could ever want.

So! On a scale of Phury’s book - 10 how much did you love LAL?
Victoria: -Laughs- Poor Phury. I wanted to give it 10 out of 10. But I think that’s my BDB hangover speaking. It was more of a 9 for me. Still a good mark, right? Some things I loved more than others. Some things I could have not had in the book at all and not missed them.
Bearsy: Nine is great! I’d go half a mark up and say 9.5. All the forelesser parts lost it half a mark. I just and still can’t get into their POV at all. I want baddies in my books. But not to see what they’re thinking or doing.

Assail -  drug dealer/user. Teaming up with the forelesser (Sorta) having a stalker (sorta) and wanting to bang her.... and discuss!
Victoria: Oh Assail! Even though his POV and Sola’s (( Stalker/PI human girl )) didn’t really FIT into Lover at Last at all, it felt like it was just dumped in for filler and to set him up for his own future book, I did love that guy. He’s cool to the point of icy and greed hungry. He doesn’t give a rats-ass about the hierarchy of the Glymera or who has the vampire throne. He just wants money and to make it however he can and with whatever foe he has to. We learned some new things about him. Like he samples his own wares. He has two twin cousins living in his glass house. One called Ehric. The other is nameless as yet. They seem cold blooded. Not sure how much of a role they’re going to play in the future, but since Warden has introduced them (( much the same as she did for the Moors all that time back with Rehvenge )) you have to think she has some plans for them also. But teaming up with the forelesser?! Someone needs to remind him he's a vampire.
Bearsy: I did not like that drug taking to help him stave off his hunger to feed. It’s too resonate of Phury and his drug addiction which bored me silly. So I hope Warden isn’t gonna progress that for Assail. But dayum, He is FINE! And I’m not even sure what it is I like about him, we don’t know that much about him, and yes as you said Vic, his story seemed to be just THERE not really connected at all to the main arc or even any other POV. But I did like it. Sola. Hmm I don’t have any feelings on her yet. I need more of her to see if she’ll join the ranks of favourite shellan ( that list is VERY small ) but she certainly seems feisty enough to handle the calculating nature of Assail. He seems attached really fast. But that is the BDB way.

Best Assail Quote: “There is nothing I will not do to bring her back. Do you understand what I’m saying.”

The King and how F-awesome he is - And discuss!
Victoria: -Laughs- Wrath IS pretty awesome. I’ve always loved whenever he’s on the page. He has such a love for his Queen and dog there’s no way it can’t melt your heart.  The entire Glymera meeting when he laid out plain and simply to the haughty head of the vampire families that if they crossed him in any way he would rip their heads off and enjoy doing it. Oh my. How can you not love him for that?  And he stands glaring at them while we the reader knows he’s blind but they don’t and they’re terrified clutching pearls and their balls. He is a force to be reckoned with, blind or not. And it’s in those moments when his Black Dagger’s are guarding him, they come together as not only a family but a team of warriors ready to do what they have to for their sovereign. It just gives me goosebumps.  
Bearsy: Agreed! There’s nothing I didn’t like about any of Wrath in this book. When Beth was upset and sat on his lap and he felt big as a mountain because he was the only one who could sooth his leelan, I swear my heart melted into a puddle clean down to my toes. And we see that Beth REALLY wants kids and Wrath does not. Ut oh. I foresee lots of arguing in future books and hot make up sex. wishful thinking.
Victoria: Please yes hot make up sex. and Hot angry ‘we’re not having babies’ sex. And hot making babies needing sex. And just hot King sex.

Favourite Wrath quote: His Beth was the heart behind his ribs, the marrow in his bones, the soul in his physical body.

Layla - Verily. And discuss!
Victoria: Sooo many mixed feelings here. I’ve never been a Layla fan. She, frankly, got on my ever lovin’ last nerve in past books. But being pregnant has done something to her. It’s given Layla a backbone. When it looks like she’s losing the baby -frown- she is an amazon standing up to Havers who -douchbag of the century- when he finds out she is a chosen refuses to treat her or even be in the same room as her as it goes against some holy law and he basically calls her nothing more than a vessel. Whatafuckingarsehole. He is one character I never ever ever want to see redeemed. He is horrid.
Bearsy: HISS! Hate Havers! Layla was amazing in that clinic scene and it was the first time I felt empathy for her instead of downright irritation. She has definitely grown and we see her go through a range of emotions. The whole Xcor attraction is quite endearing in its own way but it’s going to bring a bagful of OH HELL’s when they eventually try to be together. Not just because of the Brothers v BOB’s but add in to the mix she’s having Qhuinn’s child now. Step-daddy material he is not. Is Layla chosen enough to bring Xcor away from the darkside and it’s scythe shaped cookies? I don’t know. When Warden said last year we’d see a different side to Layla I was very much “Pft yeah Riiiiiiiiiiiiight” but damn, author genius did it. She changed my mind on the chosen.
Victoria: Hate to say it, but mine too. Verily much. She’s started to think for herself, she has this great friendship with Qhuinn, and that’s all it is, thankfully. And you can’t really fault her for falling for a bad guy.  The bad boys are ALWAYS the best -laugh-

The Bastards - And Discuss!
Victoria: You’re going to make ME say it first?! -laughing- Fine. The Band of Bastards brought another spectacular moresome scene in Lover at Last. You thought that last one was sexy? This is tipped right over the edge! I think four of the bastards are partaking of the woman, if I counted right. While Xcor watches. Naughty voyeur leader. It made me laugh when Zypher was just....finishing and he got shoved out of the way for another of the BOB’s to take his place. -inaudible noise- Some say the warden doesn’t really BRING the sex in her books, but come on, she does moresomes just right! OH and we got to know the other name of the bastard cousin. Syn. I like it.
Bearsy: Laughing!  Agree. What is better than an orgy with a horny bastard? The whole feeding from every vein was hot while Zypher was banging away. AND Xcor got handsy with himself (different scene) and also has a new tactic to bring down the King. UGH. It gives me a nervous tummy when he plots against Wrath. I don’t mind Xcor as a bad guy, he plays a great one, so fierce and determined and self loathing to the point I feel bad for him. But Do. Not. Go. After. The. King. Dude! He has such a hardon for the throne, and for what? I don’t know. He’s already doing what he loves. Using his lady scythe to kill the lessers. He needs to get a new hobby already. Go pursue your chosen. Leave Wrath alone!
Victoria: Because the die has been cast with Tohr being granted permission to be the one to kill Xcor it’s going to be interesting to see how that transpires and can it be stopped. Something big must have to happen for the bastard leader to change his course in life. I bounce back and forth from liking him to hating his guts. I wanted to see more of the others. We don’t know much of anything of the cousins, Throe or Zypher much past that they all enjoy sex. A lot. And fighting and plotting evil deeds against the brothers. I’m not sure if the BOB would lose some of their cool points and bad boy images if in the future they teamed up with the brothers. Would Wrath ever trust them to let them into the mansion? I don’t think so. But, the band of bastards as the new enemy, I really like. Just don’t kill the King! It’s more worrisome now Xcor knows where the mansion is.

The Brothers. Ahhhhhhh.....( Other and shellans)  And Discuss.  
Victoria: Oh Gosh. Where to start?! How about with the newest brother: QHUINN. He awoke to see himself surrounded by the brothers dressed in hooded black robes and thought the Honor Guard had come back to finish him off. He fought like a trapped animal. It was a beautiful scene with them all calming him down and he finally realizes what it is. I don’t mind admitting I bawled through it all. When Z petitions for him to be brought into the Black Daggers and then one after the other each brother does too. So many feels! And he finally has that sense of belonging to a family. It’s everything I wanted for Qhuinn and he makes a terrific brother. For the second time he’s saved their asses, first it was Wrath in Lover Reborn and then Z, flying him home in a Cessna and skidding it across the Mansion’s lawn. EPIC! That entire plane ride was so filled with feels I was going to burst. Him and Zsadist have the kind of rapport we saw many books ago with Z and John Matthew. I love Zsadist and always want more of him in every scene. But I could have done without the heartache when he got shot. Warden shoots her favourite! Twisted genius right there. I don’t think I breathed the whole time.
Bearsy: I love them all. That is all.
Victoria: When they all joke around about the Tuxedo. Adorable.
Bearsy:Loverboy’ from Z! too freakin’ funny!
Victoria: The EPILOGUE! How amazing was Qhuinn being all romantic? -sings ‘Don’t stop believing’ (( you’ll know what this means if you’ve read it )) It was just exquisite and Qhuinn finally embracing who he is and what he wants. I felt this book was more Qhuinn’s journey, much like the shellan takes a backseat in the story, Blay did for me. I was ambivalent towards him really. He was already settled in his own skin, he had parents who love and accept him for all that he is. How fantastic were they by the way? so lovable. So much like Wrath or Tohr or V had their own book. This was Qhuinn’s. And now we know why his book cover didn’t have the tat! It got changed. That would have been a huge plot give away. I quite like his new purple teardrop.
Bearsy: So many tears for Qhuinn’s induction. Not enough V though.
Victoria: Or John Matthew and Xhex. How did their differences get sorted? Are they happy again? We don’t know.
Bearsy: Lover at Last was so angst filled with Qhuinn and Blay constantly butting heads and not peen and asses so the funniest scene goes to Zsadist and Rhage:

Funniest quote: “Will you get off me!” “But I’m giving you CPR—” “I will die before kissing you, Hollywood.”

Victoria:  Beth cozying up to Layla to “catch” her needing. Pretty damn funny. I kinda want to see a royal needing -in a non voyeuristic pervy way-  
Bearsy: The shellan’s were pretty lacking in LAL. Nothing at all from Cormia. I think it was so Layla could take the spotlight.
Victoria: Trez falling for a chosen! Holy wow. Firstly, he’s a bit of a manwhore -laughs- and he’s mated to royalty! A mating he doesn’t want and is running from it. I am happy we saw more of the Moor brothers. We still don’t know EXACTLY what they are. They have fangs. They’re not symphath but they do a cool hazy shimmer materializing thing and can be invisible. iAm is fiercely loyal to his brother, to the point he got them both holed up in the brotherhood mansion to hide out from their people. The chosen thing though. Not sure of that, that might be my aversion to all things holy creatures, but Selena does seem.. nice. I’m surmising  because Trez has been SUCH a player he needs the complete opposite for his bonded mate. I think I’d prefer another human for him, however.
Bearsy: Verily yes! Phury will break all the Shadow’s bones if he swings his much used dick in her way.
Victoria: I still have the feeling Assail is related somewhere to Rehvenge.
Bearsy: Speaking of tall mean and purple eyed! His “all biz” attitude was so hot in the few scenes we saw him. .
Victoria: And for a final PS: I don’t trust Qhuinn’s brother Luchas. Not yet. Something is fishy about him turning up now. Can he be redeemed? Maybe.

Overall thoughts:
Victoria: I was very happy with Lover at Last. It made me cry in all the right places, hold my breath, yell out loud and want 700 more pages. It didn’t skimp on the man on man sex, I didn’t care it didn’t have every last detail in there, I didn’t care there was no mention of lube. I see it as we never see condoms used in romance books, or people using the loo or have sleep gunk in their eyes when they wake up. Sometimes we don’t need or want the NORMAL mundane details. Those details are a given without us seeing the words “and he slathers up with pineapple flavoured lube” Besides, those boys have Black Dagger peens. No lube is needed, they can go in any hole just FINE! -laughs-
Bearsy: -laughing hard just nods in full agreement-

For any BDB fan, Lover at Last was what we wanted. An epic love story for two males that from day one have loved each other and gotten lost and caught up in a war and the shackles of a horrible childhood. It was about love and accepting who you are and being okay with that and fuck what anybody else thought. It was about budding new romances and bigger enemies and plots that will ripple down the royal line if paths aren’t changed. I can’t say I was disappointed with this installment of the BDB crack fix. Warden did the impossible and made a hit for the M/M audience AND more importantly had a lot of us changing our minds about that pregnant chosen. Whodda thunk it!!

What book do you think is next? I’m saying Trez and his chosen!

We give Lover at Last by J R Ward 4 out of 5 sparkles.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Mystery Man - Review

While drinking cosmopolitans, Gwendolyn Kidd meets the man of her dreams. Then she takes him home. Then she wakes up alone. But her fear that she lost her dream man turns into a relationship with a mystery man when, night after night in the dead of night, he comes back for more. Hoping it will blossom into something real, she lets him. But she doesn’t even know his name. Gwen’s struggling with the decision to end their crazy non-relationship when her sister-from-hell, Ginger’s best friend pays a visit and warns Gwen that if she and her sister don't get smart, they'll both get d-e-a-d, dead. Gwen has no clue what’s going on but she’s used to Ginger’s antics and decides to lay the problem on her sister’s biker boyfriend's doorstep. Bad choice. She hits the Denver Underground radar with a big, loud ping. This means Gwen’s Mystery Man, Cabe “Hawk” Delgado has to step in to keep her safe. But when Hawk gets a dose of Gwen in the daylight, he makes the decision that he finally wants real with Gwen. However when Gwen gets a dose of badass, bossy, straight-talker Hawk in the daylight, she decides she’s done. Thus begins the head-to-head of the Commando vs. Cosmo Girl as Hawk woos Gwen in his own unique way, Gwen survives firebombs, drive-bys, kidnappings, hot pursuits by biker hotties and gorgeous police detectives and discovers the heartbreaking reason why Hawk kept her at arm’s length. And as all this happens, Gwen finds that her sister’s troubles are serious trouble and she must decide who to keep alive: her sister-from-hell or the man of her dreams.  

**Summary taken from Goodreads**

You know those books that within a few pages just punch you right in the gut with just how freakin' F-AMAZEBALLS they are and you can't stop reading no matter what the time of night it is until you've soaked up the very last word??? Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley is that such book! 

Oh gawds. 

I'm going to babble, I know it. I'm breaking with Sparkly tradition  and saying right off the bat this is a 5 SPARKLES book, because I just KNOW babbling about all the ways I loved it is going to ensue. 

I'm going to put it out there, I'm a total noob with Ms Ashley's books.While talking books with a friend last night I came across Mystery Man quite by chance and being an uber fan of the alpha males I got right to reading about Gwen and Hawk. Mad love for both characters proceeded and kept me awake until 4am! 

Mystery Man (Dream Man, #1)It's well documented on the sparkly blog that It's hard for me to like many heroines, between being bitchy, or overly tough or just plain stupid, I'm rarely a fan of the lead girl. Gwen was brilliantly written, I loved her no filter between her mouth and brain, and her ability to run her mouth off with the funniest ramblings. There's this one such rant about her sister and barbie dolls that had me laughing out loud..she describes herself several times as a slut, for having this fuck-buddy (without the buddy part) with Cabe and later in the book falling into someone else's bed (my ONLY pet peeve with her ) but with a fucked up past with her mum and sister and ex-husband, I thought Gwen was just a typical girl, full of the usual neurosis we all have lol! 

And she has not one but THREE hot guys lusting after her ass. Damn. I want to be dipped in whatever she spritz's on every morning. I had a hard time at first believing that she'd been doing the hip-nasty with Hawk who she only knew as MM (mystery man) for a year and half and not question him about who and what he was ( since he seemingly let himself in and out of her house with no key. Houdini got sexy! ) or want more from this relationship, despite her doubts and insisting she was going to end it she never did. BUT then towards the end of the book we see that he can give four orgasms in thirty minutes! Game Over. Dude can break and enter my house and eat all the cheese from the fridge and I'd be good with that *laughs* that is a fiiiiine exchange! 

Mystery Man drops you right into the middle of their story, no lead up just BAM, and I loved that, there's action and suspense, humour and all out flirting romance right from the get go, just when you think nothing more can happen to this ditzy loveable heroine it does! And she has gorgeous cops, sexy commandos and tattooed bikers all vying to swoop in and rescue her. I was already drooling like some whacked-out imbecile seeing TACK on the page. Leader of some biker gang/repair place, tall, tattooed and with a sweet tongue. I was ready to push him into 'book boyfriend' status, even though he was only a secondary character... 

“You need mouth to mouth?” Tack asked, leaning in. I took a step back, clamped my mouth shut and shook my head. “Shame,” he muttered, leaning back.
“All right, peaches, what I’m sayin’ is, you get in a situation, you mention my name. That means protection. Now do you get me?”

I SO get you! Unf. 

and then Cabe “Hawk” Delgado appeared and wasn't he just perfection itself. Swoon. A lot bossy. Some arrogant. Hellishly gorgeous with abs and tall-goodness and another sweet tongue that can make the simple word 'babe' into the most beautiful tummy jarring endearment. I loved him so hard. He's a 'get it done' kind of man, and I liked that we didn't know much about him. Mysterious is sexy! He has a past, that brings a tear, and a family who are adorable. God, his parents are so fab! It's not often secondary characters have much substance other than to play filler to the main leads, the author was brilliant in fleshing them all out, including Gwen's folks and best friends and did I mention the hot hot HOT cops and bikers and commandos? Dayum. 

Favourite Quotes: 

I felt my eyes get squinty. “Is that why you’re here?” He shook his head. “I’m here ‘cause when you come, you come hard, you don’t hold back but you do hold on and you do it tight. I’m here because when you call me baby in this bed, I feel it in my dick. And I’m here because you don’t hesitate throwing attitude when every other woman I know doesn’t have the guts to say boo to me. Seein’ you scared and wantin’ to do something about it was just an extra reason that made me want to be here.”  
“I need to quit,” Elvira announced. “I gotta turn in my resignation. I can’t work with a man knowin’ his capacity to give pleasure. I mean, I can work with a man guessin’ his capacity to give pleasure but not knowin’ it. This is it. I hit the threshold. I never understood TMI.In my opinion, no amount of information is too much information but I’ve found it. I’m here.”
He stared into my eyes then his head slanted and, just like Hawk, he gave me what I wanted most in the world. 

From page one to the very last word of the EPICally awesome epilogue I adored this authors words, written simply, in first tense, not usually a favourite of mine but she depicts a character like you're having a conversation with your best friend and it just draws you in. 

Gwen's cookie dough, shoes and little black dress obsession, to Hawk's overbearing bossy and closed off nature and all their wicked flirting and PDA's this is a contemporary romance book that is definitely put on my 'Must read WILL read again' shelf.  

The males of the book definitely reminded me of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, but in human form, they all have the same way of speaking and they're chocked full of the hero complex it's almost too much for a reader to contain a squeal or three. hah. 

I'm late to the party but I can't wait now to stalk every last written word from Kristen Ashley! 

An absolute MUST READ - I give Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley 5 Sparkles out of 5!! 

You get me?.. 


PS. Hawk buys Gwen a pair of Jimmy Choos. For that alone I would fall in love with him. 

PPS. I reaallly want to visit the Lair. 

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Colter's Daughter - Review

He let her go once. This time he’s playing for keeps. Callie Colter once chased sunsets all over the world. Until Max. Together they were a perfect storm of desire, and she reveled in the beautiful burn. Then he disappeared, and the betrayal drove her home to lick her wounds.  Who knew he’d have the gall to show his face in her brother’s bar.  Max Wilder figures he deserves Callie’s right hook to the jaw, but it changes nothing. He had his reasons for pursuing her across Europe, for making her fall in love with him. But when she took everything he gave and offered more, she changed all the rules. He had no choice in leaving her, but he’s back. This time for the right reasons.  Callie is angry and hurt, yet powerless against Max’s relentless onslaught. He’ll settle for nothing less than her complete surrender—and her love. Only when she’s back in his arms will he be truly happy. And the damning truth can stay safely tucked away.   Except the truth has a way of creeping to the surface, and now Max is out of second chances.  

Warning: This title contains adult language, explicit sex, rough sex, anal sex. In other! Also contains themes of D/s which might offend some readers.  Lots of angst, emotion and betrayal. Second chances and lots of warm fuzzies  - Gotta love a book that comes with its own warning! 

**Summary taken from Goodreads**

I am a huge fangirl of Maya Banks and her Colters' Series. Colters' Woman and Colters' Lady such terrific reads, hot and full of romance and one lucky girl having THREE brothers to herself. So I was eager to finally read all about the daughter in the family. Colters' Daughter tells Callie's story. Pampered and spoiled by all the males in her family, but strong willed and with a good heart she left the family home to travel and returns heartbroken having fallen deeply and quickly in love on holiday and finds herself unceremoniously dumped and went home to lick her wounds. And this is where the story takes a different slant from the other two books in the Colters' Legacy series. There was no three brothers all falling in love with Callie. Noooo! Say it isn't so!? Just one man; Max. Gorgeous and bossy Max. So before I could sulk over not having three heroes to fall in love with, in strode this amazing character filling the pages with his dominating presence and I was submerged in their story.
Colters' Daughter (Colters' Legacy, #3)
Loved it so hard.

Max has a struggle on his hands trying to win back the hurt Callie, he wanted to dominate her and made no secret of that fact. And Callie, wary and guarding her heart from being humiliated and hurt again fights against  him, ultimately though, she loves and wants to be with him and despite the unusual set up of her family she worries about letting him control so much.

With a major twist thrown in towards the end that I didn't see coming, Colters' Daughter is everything you want from this series with revenge and redemption being the underline premise throughout. A sexy and lovely story, the dynamics between the characters drawing me in instantly. And I was a happier fangirl to see cameo appearances from the past characters. Swoon eyes. 

Favourite Quotes: 

she loved fiercely, but she was also capable of holding a grudge forever.
It bordered on obsession. His need to possess her. To mark her. To stake his claim—again. This time… This time he wouldn’t let her go. Not ever again. He simply wasn’t whole without her.
Anyone with eyes could see that Max had all but pissed on her and marked her.

A must read for all Maya Banks fans and newbies alike! Go read Book One!
I give Colters' Daughter by Maya Banks 4 sparkles out of 5! 

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

The Last Girl - Review

Six years ago strangers broke into Juliette’s house; she was home alone and only thirteen. She kept her eyes closed, praying that if she didn’t see anything, she wouldn’t be killed. No one harmed her. In fact, one of the thieves protected her. Now Juliette’s dreams are haunted by him. Christian has waited to take her, resisting the urge each night. It always ends badly with human pets. They’re too fragile. The longer he can wait, the better, because the moment he takes her, the clock on her life starts ticking down. Then she’ll be gone forever.
Warning: This book is dark erotica meant for a mature audience only.

Disclaimer: Received for an honest review. 
**Summary taken from Goodreads** 

You know you've read a Kitty Thomas book when you're left a little stirred up, feeling better about your own brand of kink and with a head full of fuckedupness! She's good like that, gets right into your brain, in the part you keep all locked up for fear the normal folk will discover your weirdness for the special sexy time she writes about and she draws it all out. One perverse sentence at a time. 

I loved The Last Girl. Christian was this side of twisted and sadistic and a little crazy. And a vampire! Oh yes. FINALLY a vampire story written from my favourite dark erotic author. His arrogance oozes from the page until you think you can't like this character. You just can't! But hell if I did. There is an old charm about him, I found him amusing at times and I could definitely see the attraction Juliette felt towards him, even when she was utterly paralyzed with fear for the vampire too. 

The Last GirlI don't usually enjoy first tense stories, I find my brain wanders too much or tries to translate it to third tense. But for this book it works well, it puts you right in the moment with Juliette from the first time she encounters him when him and his vampire buddies break into her house and she knows she's going to die, her dibilitating fear leeches out until you're holding your breath with her. I loved that. 

Most of The Last Girl is told from Juliette's POV, I would have liked more of Christian's sick mind too, but that's just me as a reader and fan of the author being greedy.  

Favourite Quotes: 

"He knows I locked the door to keep him out. I’m prey, hiding, hoping the predator with thebig, sharp teeth doesn’t smell me." 
“You waited for six years to take me. You watched me and listened to my thoughts. Why would you harbor such a fixation only to kill me in less than a day?” 
He is both the disease and the cure. 

Another brilliant story from an author I will and do always recommend to my more open minded reader friends. And to some of the vanilla's that need some hardcore delicious sexy time on their reading shelves. (heh

I give The Last Girl by Kitty Thomas 4 sparkles out of 5! Fangtastic!  

The King's Pleasure - Review

In the kingdom of Himeros, Abigail is despised for her gypsy heritage. Pushed to the fringes of society, she’s forced to break the law in order to help feed her family. When a castle guard catches her stealing bread, he intends to cut off her hand for the offence. Niall has just taken the throne and is determined to prove he isn’t a monster like his father. Awakened by the cries of a gypsy, he spares her from the guard’s blade and takes her as his slave instead. When he learns she doesn’t understand the kingdom’s carnal ways, he becomes determined to strip her of all inhibitions until her every desire is in service to the king’s pleasure.

Disclaimer: Received for an honest review. 
**Summary taken from Goodreads** 

The King's Pleasure
Gorgeous Cover Art
With any Kitty Thomas book, she takes you places not many other authors do. The third book in her erotic fairytale collection 'The King's Pleasure' is no exception. It has an 'olden day' feel to the story, despite the Kingdom having modern conveniences such as electricity and showers, I kind of liked that aspect, it made the whole slave and King relationship more plausible for me.  

This book plays heavily on non consensual Master and Slave acts, and as I say with all Kitty stories, they're not for everyone, the more vanilla reader may not like the bondage or sharing the sexual wealth, as Niall does with Abigail, But I enjoy the brand of kink she writes about. It's hot in a forbidden kind of way, exploring a female's inner wants before she even know she wants them! 

Except for the dog. Lawd. No, I didn't like that part. I thought Kitty was beyond shocking me since I think I've read all her kinky tales. But tossing an animal into the mix, my eyes they burn! I don't ever EVER think my kinky tastes would ever stretch that far. Poor pup. Bad Bad King Niall! 

Abigail is innocent in the ways of a King's slave, and despite a little shyness, takes to all the sexual feasts and orgies like a proverbial perverse duck to kinky water. She's soon kneeling at his feet, mouth open willingly for all the delights he wants her to experience and endure. Niall, I thought, was a good character, for the whole, He was a fair King, only new to the Himeros throne, and knew he wanted half gypsy Abigail as his only slave in his harem to bridge the gap between his people and the gypsies. He takes care of Abigail's family, and banishes anyone who even dare question him having her as his own. 
But then towards the end, he turned into a jackass of huge proportions making the balance of "like" for him diminish. Once again, Bad King Niall. 

Favourite quotes: 

His invasion was delicious and decadent 
“Not yet, little one. I want you to beg me for it.”
What was happening between them was mild  and probably nothing compared to his dark and perverted appetites, 

For all KT fans and fans of hot kinky toy wielding bondage stories, this is a must for your shelves and e-readers. I enjoyed meeting these characters and seeing into their perverse world. 

I give The King's Pleasure by Kitty Thomas 3.5 Sparkles out of 5. Spankilicious! 

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Antebellum - Mini Novella Review

Antebellum is the one place that Lydia can go to feel free. Living in a city she barely knows and working a job she can barely stand has her going every weekend to the Goth club and drooling over the one person she looks forward to seeing, Declan Misari. But Declan is more then he appears, and he’s been looking for a woman to sate his carnal desires for longer than he can remember. It’s going to take the intervention of Lydia’s personal faerie Goth mother to bring her together with the darkest of her hearts desires on one special night…
Disclaimer: Received for an honest review
**Summary taken from author website** 

Inside Masquerade Desire is four paranormal novella's. The one I read was Antebellum written by writing duo Dagmar Avery and Charlotte Steele. It tells the gothy tale of Fae Prince, Declan, who meets his ideal sexual mate in the form of human, Lydia.

As with any novella, you don't get much background on either character, but what you do get is substantial enough to build a story to justify all the erotic content and it doesn't feel like it's just tossed together. I really liked Sorcha, Declan's friend and fairy cupid. She chooses Lydia for his partner for the night after hearing her thoughts and how she desires the man.

Fast forward to them meeting inside the club, and soon there after he's leading her through a palatable orgy feast of people all indulging in their desires. Lydia is pretty much unfazed by this, I get the impression she is a live in the moment, go with the flow, kind of girl, it later explains why she instantly believes when she hears the truth of what exactly Declan is.

For a short novella, Antebellum is packed full of the sexy time. Hot and well written, it's certainly made for those humid summer nights when you want something quick to read and submerge into for an hour. My only query about reading it was the little f/f action we see, but that's just my own preference. As I've said before,I'm all for the man nipples (heh)

I found it fun reading about the Fae Prince and his moon Princess. And all their wild frolickings.

Favourite Quote: 
“I feel like Alice in Fuck-me-land,”

I give Antebellum by Dagmar Avery and Charlotte Steele 3 Sparkles out of 5! Steamy read! 

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Sapphire - Review

A successful executive, M. Taylor Hamilton is on track with her ten-year plan. Too bad her personal life consists of hitting the gym and grocery shopping. Enter the seductive Adam Kirliss. They may have a working relationship, but everything changes at an office party when he handcuffs her to the rail of a yacht. Taylor writes off the adventure as too much champagne, but when Adam challenges her to a date, she agrees to meet up with him. And follow his rules. They share a night of exquisite intimacy, brimming with both pain and pleasure. But afterward, fearful of losing her heart, Taylor pulls back emotionally. Adam is determined to prove that she longs for the loss of control he can give her--and the passionate release it provides. How can he make her see that he wants her, and not just her body?

Disclaimer: Received for an honest review.
*Summary taken from Goodreads*

When do I know I'm going to love a book? When I'm writing notes within the first few minutes of starting it. I was only on page two of Sapphire by Jeffe Kennedy when I noted about the lead heroine "This buttoned up chick needs an orgasm or three" Taylor, is a career woman, a go-getter, a ball buster and that's pretty much all you know about her at first. I got the impression she was highly organised, that sex in her life was secondary to climbing the corporate ladder, and that she'd most probably schedule in an orgasm every third Thursday of the month just to check it off her to-do list. ( Vibrator; check. Minty fresh clit cream; check. Ten minutes; check. let's do this thing! ) That was until business associate Adam turned her world upside down and painted it in a tint of KINK. And although she gave a token struggle against what he wanted from her, she got exactly what she needed.

Beautiful book cover!
Oh Adam. Where have you been all my life?! Here is a hero I can swoon over. He wont be to every woman's tastes. He is this side of bossy and controlling. But hellishly charming and my eyes had the swoons reading about him. He wants Taylor and doesn't give her much room to say no. Within the first few moments of being on the page together he's cuffed her, pocketed her panties and his hand is up her skirt making her pant like some asthmatic feline!

SEE! He's pretty much perfect. And when he slides his jeans off. Lord. I found it one of those most erotic scenes from the book but it seemed to take an AGE for him to show skin! The author teased my very eyeballs with the salacious description of the very simple move until I had to note down "c*ck teasing author. Well played"

A short erotic read. But beautifully written, it feels smooth and effortlessly, nothing rushed and I felt as If I could be in Adam and Taylor's world for much longer and be happy there being a dirty voyeur.

With any erotic book you want to know how the smex Is ( I know It's not just me?! ) There is a lot packed in there. And that's no pun to Adam's size. CoughBigBoyCough. It ticks a lot of boxes and will please the rabid kinky reader. Bondage, D/s elements, begging, safeword, butt play and that's all before his jeans come off!

My favourite quotes:

 This man reminded her of some of those dark and unsettling fantasies she tucked deep away
“I find it…unsettling, that you talk like I’m two different people.”
“It’s understandable. You need to put up a token
effort for the propriety of your conscious mind. You
maybe find the struggle thrilling. I’ll let you in on a
secret.” Kirliss leaned forward and stroked the petals
of the rose. “I confess I like it when you struggle too.
It…stirs me.” 

Such a lovely read. Hot and spicy with characters I loved getting to know.
I give Sapphire by Jeffe Kennedy 4.5 Sparkles out of 5!