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Review: Wrecked in Love by Roxanna Cross

 

Wrecked in Love is an adult romance short with some scenes that may not be appropriate for younger audiences.

This Novella/Novelette follows the story of Josephine. She’s a city girl who visited her country family every summer as a child, where she spends time with her cousin and their best-friend Derek. That sets up – you guessed it – a love triangle.

I wouldn’t call this paranormal in any way, as the blurb suggests, but I would suggest reading the information there on Derek as much of that isn’t explained in detail in the story itself.

It’s a short with a sequel. That means from the get-go you know the plot won’t be resolved in this book. I can confirm that it leaves you wanting just a little bit more.

I love the story. Derek, however, I absolutely detest. I need to give a certain amount of credit to Cross for being able to muster up the emotions in me to hate a character as much as I can’t stand this man. Just to be clear, it isn’t his fetish that bothers me, it is his values. He, in my opinion, appears to use women without thought of the consequences when they find out. 

I want Josephine to run & I’ll be checking out book two to find out if she does.

Four out of five stars ~ 18+ readers.  

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Review: Prey by Kendra Mei Chailyn

I recently met the author at the Ignite Your Soul author event in London, Ontario and decided to give her new book a try. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Prey. The only thing I did know was that it was written with mature audiences in mind.

If you are a fan of romance, Prey is up there with some of the best I have read. The main characters are best friends. She is his daughter’s godmother. He’s a cop and her confident. Together they have a special friendship. A simple misclick of a mouse sends a few sexy photos to the wrong person – changing everything.

This is a great story. We see the characters deal with life issues involved in relationships at all phases. The adult scenes are well written and not overbearing, although there are some light fetish subject matters included.

Shane is a strong female character – talented and successful. She’s made a name for herself and her love life has suffered in the process. I liked her decision to have a somewhat risque photo shoot done for herself – to make herself feel more feminine. An empowering thing for a woman to do.

There is only one reason this isn’t a five star rating. At one point in the book the author takes all of Shane’s strength away from her for a couple of scenes – portraying her as almost desperate for a man’s touch. That feeling could have been avoided with a little extra attention on the transition from friendship to love. I would have liked to have seen a build-up from the first kiss to the bedroom.

Four & a half out of five stars. Recommended read for 18+ romance lovers.

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Review: Guise’ Arc Sample by R. M. Simone’

Admittedly I don’t read a lot of books that are listed in the erotica section. Lately however, I have seen the name R.M. Simone pop up on my news feed across several different social media platforms. I decided it was time to take a look. Guise Arc Sample by R.M. Simone happened to be offered for free on Amazon.

The premise behind the storyline is fascinating. A female author is heading to a business meeting in an unusual building. It is unclear at this point whether the main character is supernatural or simply has an author’s imagination. She is however, very intune with her own spirituality. The author builds an intricate puzzle made out of pieces from different cultures, religions and beliefs to create a core spiritual presence for her main character and then connects that directly to her spirituality. While I like the concept and understand what the author is trying to convey to her readers, it is possible that anyone who has not been exposed to a similar belief system might find the wording a bit confusing.

The building in which the meeting is to take place is the Gherkin Building in London. The author provides a history lesson on the building including linking it to a bit of dabbling in black magics, dropping the ‘Masonic’ name as being connected. You won’t have to google images as they are included. Unfortunately, the placement of the pictures in the eBook version creates some formatting issues.

In the end, I was very surprised that there was nothing actually erotic about this novella.

As I haven’t read anything else by this author, I can only guess from the title that this is a prequel to a yet to be released trilogy. It reads very much as a prologue would, providing needed information for a main story. My main comment is the blurb on the Amazon site doesn’t portray what is actually being provided.

While I found it an interesting read, it simply wasn’t long enough and didn’t have enough character building for me to become vested in an entire series. I would however recommend it as a free download for anyone considering buying the ‘Guise’ Trilogy.

Since I never did answer my original questions about this author, I plan to try one of her other available books soon.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Review: Pirate Princess by Catherine Banks

When I was a little girl, I loved to pretend to be a princess, but only some days. Other days were reserved for playing pirate or wizard. Never once did I consider being all three at once. That is exactly what Catherine Banks gives us in Pirate Princess.

Join a high seas adventure. Tilia is a young girl being brought up by her pirate father. Her mother, who passed away, was royalty and heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Crilan. As per her mother’s request, Tilia goes to live with her aunt and uncle to learn the finer points of being a lady. It is soon learnt that one can put a lady in a pirate, but can’t take the pirate out of the lady.

Tilia is the best of all fantasy characters. Not only is she a strong female protagonist, but she is an enjoyable one as well. The side of her that is a pirate does occasionally overtake the magical and fairy-tale princess roles, but overall, Banks has blended the three into one well-rounded personality.

The side characters are equally as fun. The current King and Queen (Tilia’s Uncle and Aunt) are regal and proper one minute and deadly the next.

As with most young adult fantasy books, readers may find falling in love a little too easy for the main characters. Hold onto your hats though, this sets up some large adventures later in the book.

The cover art, in my opinion, is a smidgen too grown up for the story. A younger model may benefit potential readers.

The language and subject matter is geared towards young adult audiences. More mature readers may find that the outcome is a little too easy to predict. The story, however, is enjoyable for all ages.

Recommended read for pirate lovers!

Rated: 4 out of 5 stars

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Review: Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch

Touched by an Alien is the first in Gini Koch’s Alien series and I must say it had as much action as it did romance. It is a romance sci-fi about a woman named Katherine ‘Kitty’ Kat who falls in love with a man named Jeff Martini, one of many Alpha-Centaurians (A-Cs) living on earth.

They don’t live in secret; they have their citizenship and work for the government. The men and the women in the group all wear Armani suits and pack a lot of heat because they are always on dangerous, life threatening missions. The story starts when Kitty is attacked by Mephistopheles who in short is the A-C devil.

The A-C’s look human but aren’t on the inside. They have two hearts and are more agile and stronger. They have lots of stamina and some have special abilities; for example Jeff is an empath and Christopher can manipulate images and recreate them. The sex is graphic but it is a woman’s fantasy to meet a hot sexy alien who would kill for you, is great in bed, and can kick ass saving the world all at the same time. She and Jeff do fall for each other very quickly but that was partly because of Jeff’s empathic abilities. They do address how fast things are going in the story.

The A-C’s on earth are here because they are religious refugees. On Alpha Centauri there is only one religion and you either believe it or you don’t. They are born and raised with it there is no other way. So Christopher and the gang are here on earth for different personal reasons doing the best they can for humanity because they believe you can be redeemed.

I recommend this series to women who want a well written action sci-fi romance. The book is long but chapters are short. It keeps you on the edge with action and in the other books you learn more and more about the characters.

If you are looking for a sci-fi romance this is the series to read. There are over 10 books in the series and no chance of it ending anytime soon. If you want an action packed alien/human love story this is the series to read. Each book is better than the last.

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Review: The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez

First published in 1991 and re-released in 2016, The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez is a vampire novel spanning 1850 to 2050 America. It centers on a woman escaping slavery and her journey in becoming a vampire for the next two hundred years while still trying to retain her sense of and connection to humanity.

The book has a distinct lack of background story for what Gilda, the main protagonist, has learned and is learning about what it means to be a vampire. Much of it is alluded to and is meant for the reader to intuit, perhaps allowing readers to fill in the blanks based on prior knowledge regarding vampire lore. However, this is such a different kind of vampire story that a little more exposition regarding this very important aspect would add a depth to the story that is needed.

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Review: An Odyssey of Love, Nature & Life: Poems by Vic Tomlinson

Art comes in so many forms. When attending a museum, patrons expect to find paintings, but that isn’t all that can be found there. Art enthusiasts may find they enjoy sculptures, pottery, sketches, photographs or other creations. Likewise, when choosing something to read, novels are the norm, but poetry shouldn’t be overlooked.

I don’t pretend to be a connoisseur of fine verse. Luckily, that isn’t required to enjoy a book of poems.

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Review: The Adventures of John Paul Chavalier by Nicklaus Lee

 

I purchased an eBook copy of this Novel from the Canadian Amazon site as a read and review request for an online book club. The Adventures of John Paul Chavalier is a work of fiction.

The focus of the book is an evil coin. The author rests everything important on the coin itself and the struggle it creates. Even the cover art is a depiction of the coin. The idea itself is quite brilliant.

The plot is a creative look at the struggle between good and evil that manifests within each of us. The coin is the object that brings that manifestation to light. I found myself asking moral questions of my inner self. – If I could wish for anything and have it granted what would it be? – Is it evil to wish for something that makes the world ultimately better? – Is it wrong to sacrifice the few for the sake of the many? Lee’s writing questions the lines that are drawn and in some cases redefines those boundaries that have been set by society as the norm. These parts of the novel are worth a 5 star rating. I give a round of applause to Lee for his ability with words to bring out these deep thoughts for his audience to ponder.

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Review: Bearly Awake by D. R. Perry

First a disclaimer of sorts. The author requested we review this book. However, we were not paid in any way and did not receive a free copy of the book.

This was a series I was interested in reading anyway, so you would have been seeing a review for it soon even if the author hadn’t requested it. Especially since I took a road trip this week as a passenger, so I got to read while traveling.

That said, let’s get to the important part… the review!

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Review: Star Nomad (Fallen Empire: Book 1) by Lindsey Buroke

Rating: 4 stars

Fighter pilot Captain Alisa is stranded on a distant planet after barely surviving the last battle in a civil war against the empire. With no resources to get home to her daughter, she’s chosen to steal a ship with the hope of making it off planet. Despite the odds against her, Alisa is determined not to let anything stand in the way of getting home. Battling against imperial soldiers, and uncooperative machinery, there is no shortage of problems to delay her.