Author: Ginny

Review: The Guardians of the Realms Series by Setta Jay

Posted August 26, 2015 by Ginny in Erotic Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: The Guardians of the Realms Series by Setta Jay
Ecstasy Unbound by Setta Jay
Series: Guardians of the Realm #1
Genres: Erotic Romance, Fantasy, Menage, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Published by Self Published on January 29, 2014
Format: Ebook
Pages: 302
Reviewed by: Ginny
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

Book Description:

As one of the twelve Guardians, Urian has spent the last several centuries in a constant battle to keep the inhabitants of Earth’s Realms under control. Humanity has to evolve, hell beasts need to die, and Immortals need mates. But lately, Uri's mind is overrun with thoughts of when his sexy voyeur will find him again, watching him from the shadows, continuing their wicked game. All Guardians are forbidden contact with the little goddess and her brothers, but his need for her escalating, he finds it increasingly difficult to keep from pinning her down on the nearest surface and making her his.

Alexandra has managed to evade the Guardians and being cast out from the human Realm for centuries, ever since the Creators sent the Gods to sleep for their sins against humanity and banished all Immortals. Always sensing that she was needed on Earth, only once has Alex gone against her instincts and the price she paid will forever haunt her. It is for that reason she forces herself to stay away from the only male who has ever truly enticed her. The only one who has ever made her long for what she knows is dangerous.

In a desperate need to help her beloved brother, she will have to go to the enthralling Guardian, her dark obsession, and even though he will surely attempt to exile her, she won't go easily…

Warning: This book contains explicit and sizzling sex scenes with big dominant males. MFM, ménage, and light bondage.


My Thoughts:

I’m just going to go ahead and start this by saying JUST BUY THE SERIES!!! I’m loving it!! The only reason it took me so long to get through the books was because of a sudden promotion at work that came with double the work load.

Every spare moment I’ve had in between various duties to one faction or another, I’ve been engrossed in this series. I’ve only added the buy link to the first novel and the description of the first novel so there are no spoilers given away.  I’m going to attempt to continue the “No Spoilers” theme here, so bear with me.

Setta Jay has created a world that I absolutely adore. I LOVE Greek Mythology, and while I thought Sherrilyn Kenyon had ruined me for all others (in that I LOVE her books and thought no one would come close), Setta Jay has brought me right back in! If you love being taken away into a fantasy world so you don’t have to face reality for a little bit, READ THIS SERIES! If you like graphic sex scenes, and talk — READ THIS SERIES!

If I had to point out one fault, I feel as if some of the terms used seemed a bit plebeian when side-by-side with other terms that happen to be in Latin and/or Greek.  Alexandra’s “knowings” being one of them. But I also understand that with all of the terminology she has going, along with the characters, she’s actually provided a very helpful glossary of terms at the beginning of each book to help you remember who is whom and what is what. It’s wonderful and, did I mention I love it?

Honestly, the price cannot be beat, the books are a wonderfully complete world full of different villains (not just the same one for book after book after book, which gets old very quickly), and different obstacles for each couple to overcome. She writes three-dimensional characters with fascinating back stories of their own, with personalities of their own and personalities that complement their mates’. Also, the idea of the perfect mate — whether the term “soul mate” is used or not, is a romantic idea that I can completely get behind.

Is it realistic? Absolutely not. Which is why I love it. When I’m reading for pleasure, I’m reading something fictional that gets me away from reality and helps me escape the craziness of my everyday life. If you’re looking for that as well, seriously, buy the series and keep checking back to see what she comes out with next. I know I will.

PS> So far, as contrary as he is, my favorite Guardian is Dorian. You’ll understand when you get there.

Review: Beauty Submits to Her Beast by Sydney St. Claire

Posted July 16, 2015 by Ginny in Erotic Romance, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Beauty Submits to Her Beast by Sydney St. Claire
Beauty Submits To Her Beast by Sydney St. Claire
Series: Once Upon a Dom #4
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Fiction, Romance
Published by The Wild Rose Press Inc on June 26th 2015
Format: eARC
Pages: 201
Source: Tour Host

Reviewed by: Ginny
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Caitlin is a woman in control. Control of her own successful business, her personal life, and her family. Sometimes she is tired of having to be the strong one, the one who makes all the decisions. Even in bed with her ex-husband, she was the one in control. She has such a strong personality, not by choice but by her life experiences, that people automatically bow down to her. When a friend suggests that she try a bit of BDSM role-play, she does her research and decides to give it a try. She’s invited to Pleasure Manor to participate in their Fairy Tale event. She’s assigned the role of Beauty. Will she find her Dom to her liking? And can she give up control in exchange for the best sex in her life?

Damon is a Dom. He deliberately seeks out encounters where there is no strings attached. He doesn’t want the responsibility that comes with a full time relationship, especially the emotional responsibility. He’s a man in charge and he plans to remain in charge of his life and only his life.
Damon will have past issues that make him a tortured hero. Maybe too much responsibility too young when adults should have taken care of him, or a relationship where he failed to care for another that had disastrous outcome like death and now he will only care about himself. Caitlin will sense this and her own need to control and fix what’s wrong will clash with his need to keep others at a distance.


My Thoughts:

This book is the first I’ve read by Sydney St. Claire (or Susan Edwards, as the former is a pseudonym), and I have to say that this is the second review book in a row where I’m torn…

The beginning of the book takes place at Pleasure Manor, over the course of a fairy-tale-themed BDSM weekend. Damon Steele is the Beast, and Caitlin Olsen is his Beauty.

My first four notes for this book went as follows:

Highlight: When Damon & Bryce are discussing Damon’s guilt over his men dying in the war, while trying to save him; discussing this in the middle of another conversation, with another person in the room.
Note: “Do men — soldiers — actually do this, or is it a fantasy of women?”

Highlight: “Hunk.”
Note: “Stop calling them ‘hunks’.”

Highlight: “Bod”
Note: “Seriously, are we in the 90s?”

Highlight: “Prime, yummy man parts.”
Note: “How old are we?”

The beginning of this book is fluff, with minimal set up… sexy fluff, but fluff nonetheless. I wasn’t sure I liked it, although if you want to read some pretty steamy sex, then this is for you!

My interest came towards the end of the book when Beauty & Her Beast have left their fantasy weekend, and are seeing each other outside of Pleasure Manor… This is a small spoiler, but Caitlin somewhat forces Damon to come to her horse farm and heal/deal with life. It was from about 75% of the way through the book, until the end.. and I found myself wishing that Ms. St. Claire had taken more time to write this part of the story, rather than the rest. She had the beginnings of an amazing tale of redemption, self-forgiveness and healing. I wanted to read more of that.

As it is, again, this is a sexy story, with a few metaphors that should end SO much sooner than they do, and the word “hunk” a few too many times, with a rushed ending. Had there been more to the secondary story — or had the secondary story become the prime, it would have held my interest a bit more and earned a higher rating. At this point, I’m going to go with a 3.5 out of 5.

Review: Catch My Breath by Lynn Montagano

Posted July 13, 2015 by Ginny in Contemporary Romance, Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: Catch My Breath by Lynn Montagano

Catch My Breath by Lynn Montagano Series: Catch My Breath #1 Genres: Contemporary Romance Published by HarperImpulse on July 31, 2014 Format: Ebook Pages: 272 Source: Tour Host Reviewed by: GinnyPurchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Lia Meyers' plan for a relaxing Scottish vacation is short-lived when one uncharacteristic moment of clumsiness lands her in the arms of a dangerously attractive Englishman… The perfect opportunity for a much needed holiday romance? Wrong! Lia’s still reeling from the mother of all bad breakups, and she really doesn't have the patience for Alastair Holden – despite his effortless charm and cute British accent! Arrogant and totally inscrutable, he's exactly the sort of guy she wants to avoid but can't: the man behind the mystery proves just too tempting to resist. Drawn to him, Lia is forced to battle with her own insecurities, and the closer […]

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Review: Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy

Review: Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy

The Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy Series: The Twelve Kingdoms #3 Genres: Epic, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on May 26th 2015 Format: eARC Pages: 438 Source: Publisher Reviewed by: GinnyAlso in this series: The Mark of the Tala Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Three daughters were born to High King Uorsin, in place of the son he wanted. The youngest, lovely and sweet. The middle, pretty and subtle, with an air of magic. And the eldest, the Heir. A girl grudgingly honed to leadership, not beauty, to bear the sword and honor of the king. Ursula’s loyalty is as ingrained as her straight warrior’s spine. She protects the peace of the Twelve Kingdoms with sweat and blood, her sisters from threats far and near. And she protects her father to prove her worth. But she never […]

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Review: Beneath You’re Beautiful by Tori Madison

Posted February 24, 2015 by Ginny in Contemporary Romance, Reviews, Romance / 4 Comments
Review: Beneath You’re Beautiful by Tori Madison

Beneath You’re Beautiful by Tori Madison Series: Beneath #2 Genres: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Women, Romance Published by Self Published on February 24, 2015 Format: eARC Pages: 211 Source: Author Reviewed by: GinnyPurchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Four words continue to haunt me . . . You. Have. Breast. Cancer. I associate them with the upheaval of my life to this point. The last few months have been a test of my strength . . . mentally, emotionally, and physically. Cancer is a monster. It preys on your mind and it consumes you, consistently reminding you of how your life used to be. Life before cancer. I was a successful business woman, running my own design firm, and was happily married to my college sweetheart. My life seemed perfect. Until it suddenly came crashing down all around me. So, here I am, in […]

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Review: Midnight Run by Bailey Bradford

Posted February 19, 2015 by Ginny in Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 4 Comments
Review: Midnight Run by Bailey Bradford

Midnight Run by Bailey Bradford Series: Alphas #10 Genres: BDSM, Fantasy, M/M, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance Published by All Romance eBooks LLC, OmniLit on February 10, 2015 Pages: 50 Source: Tour Host Reviewed by: GinnyPurchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Always the lone wolf, never the mate… Alpha Jack Herman used to have a pack, but he’s been alone for a long time. When he catches a whiff of another shifter encroaching on his preferred hunting grounds, he’s determined to put a stop to that immediately. There’s only room for one wolf in Jack’s territory—Jack. Captured as a pup, Malakai is a shifter, but he’s neither wolf nor alpha. What he is, is scared, exhausted, starving, and close to giving up. Hunted by a predator, Malakai fears his newly found freedom is about to come to a violent and abrupt end. Instead, he finds […]

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Review: Crushed by Lauren Layne

Posted February 13, 2015 by Ginny in Reviews / 3 Comments
Review: Crushed by Lauren Layne

Crushed by Lauren Layne Series: Redemption #2 Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance Published by Flirt, Random House on April 14, 2014 Format: eARC Pages: 240 Source: NetGalley Reviewed by: GinnyAlso in this series: Against the Ropes, In Your Corner Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Lauren Layne’s latest novel about the healing power of redemption tells the story of a crush gone wickedly wrong, proving that what you want isn’t always what you need. Growing up in New York, Michael St. Claire never expected to spend his twenties wearing cowboy boots. But that was before he learned about his real father, a total stranger with a family in Cedar Grove, Texas. Once in the Lone Star State, Michael meets Kristin Bellamy, who is exquisitely refined and everything Michael always thought he wanted in a woman. The only problem is that Kristin is […]

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Review: Alpha, Delta by RJ Scott

Posted February 4, 2015 by Ginny in Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Reviews / 3 Comments
Review: Alpha, Delta by RJ Scott

Alpha, Delta by RJ Scott Series: ARe ALPHAS #2 Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M, Military Published by All Romance eBooks LLC, OmniLit on February 2nd, 2015 Format: eARC Pages: 66 Source: Tour Host Reviewed by: GinnyPurchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Officer Finn Hallan has never run from a fight. With Niall’s life and love at stake, he’s not about to start now… Finn Hallan is a member of the elite Norwegian Emergency Response Unit, code name Delta. When the team is sent to respond to a hostage situation on an oil platform in the Norwegian Sea, he has to face demons he thought he had buried a long time ago. Scottish engineer Niall Faulkner’s skills in oil platform decommissioning takes him to the Forseti platform at the worst possible time. When he’s captured by terrorists, his only thought is that he will never […]

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Review: The Word Master by Jason Luke

Posted February 3, 2015 by Ginny in Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance / 4 Comments
Review: The Word Master by Jason Luke

The Word Master by Jason Luke Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Erotica, Romance Published by Self Published on February 3, 2015 Format: eARC Pages: 256 Source: Author Purchase Links: Amazon Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Imagine it – a sexy BDSM Master talking to thousands of radio listeners every night… giving women an erotic and sensual insight into the world of domination and submission. Jericho James is the man – the man with the power and the voice to make women around the country swoon and submit. But his personal life is haunted by a dark tragedy from his past, and a mysterious listener to his program who wants more from Jericho than he can possibly give. Because there’s one thing he just won’t do… One line he simply will not cross. Erotic BDSM written by a man from a man’s POV. Jason Luke is an Amazon […]

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Review: The King by Tiffany Reisz

Posted January 28, 2015 by Ginny in Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance / 8 Comments
Review: The King by Tiffany Reisz

The King by Tiffany Reisz Series: The Original Sinners #6 Genres: BDSM, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Menage Published by Harlequin MIRA on November 25, 2014 Format: eARC Pages: 443 Source: NetGalley Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Cunning. Sex. Pure nerve. Only this unholy threesome can raise him to his rightful place as a ruler of Manhattan’s kink kingdom. Bouncing from bed to bed on the Upper East Side, Kingsley Edge is brilliant, beautiful and utterly debauched. No carnal act or chemical compound can relieve his self-destructive heartache—only Søren, the one person he loves without limit or regret. A man he can never have, but in whose hands Kingsley is reborn to attain even greater heights of sin. Kingsley’s plan to open the ultimate BDSM club—a dungeon playground for New York’s A-list—becomes his obsession. His expertise in domination can’t subdue […]

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