Genre: Fiction

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: Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy

Posted May 26, 2015 by Ginny in Reviews, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy / 0 Comments

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: Ginny
Also in this series: The Mark of the Tala
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
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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 imagined her loyalty would become an open question on palace grounds. That her father would receive her with a foreign witch at one side and a hireling captain at the other--that soldiers would look on her as a woman, not as a warrior.

She also never expected to decide the destiny of her sisters, of her people, of the Twelve Kingdoms and the Thirteenth. Not with her father still on the throne and war in the air. But the choice is before her. And the Heir must lead...


My Thoughts:

I began reading Jeffe Kennedy’s work a little over two years ago… and it’s been a really wonderful journey to take with her through her contemporary, erotic novellas into this full-fledged fantasy romance series.

When I began this series with “The Mark of the Tala” back in June of 2015, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Sure, she’d written some fantastical shorter novels before, but this seemed different somehow. I wasn’t wrong.

Jeffe Kennedy has joined the ranks of other amazing fantasy writers in creating her own world with its own rules and creatures; it gives you a full escape from reality and you’re swiftly whisked away into the Twelve Kingdoms and the drama and magic that unfolds.

In this third, and final book of the series, you finally get to see things from Ursula’s perspective. Ursula reminds me a little of Brienne of Tarth, from “Game of Thrones”, though the cover art would suggest a slightly more feminine-looking woman. But I digress —

Ursula is the eldest child, the big sister and the heir to the High Throne, much to her father’s dismay. Her father is a man’s-man, close-minded and small. And the depths of his deception surprised even me. But Ursula has been raised to be the son her father never had — a warrior with a code of honor. She’s always been good at handling her father, and taking the barbs he throws her way with the grace that would make any lady proud — she’s a beautiful contradiction.  She’s always attempted to make her father proud until the end of book two when she finally fully defies him and goes her own way to help her sisters.

Enter in Harlan, who is taken with her immediately — a mercenary hired by her father as extra protection for himself, due to his own personal paranoia. Their love story is a beautiful one, and definitely one of the better ones I’ve read in a while. I like the symbiotic relationship they have and how he’ll allow her to be herself, but also demands that she let him see behind the mask that she shows the world. He breaks her down in the best of ways and together they triumph.

This series has left me with a serious book hangover. Do not read this as a standalone novel — buy all three and enjoy the marvelous world that Jeffe Kennedy has created for us all… afterwards, put your own review up and show some love. I am incredibly happy that I was given the chance to review this, and to come full circle after reviewing the first book. You can be damn sure that I’ll be buying the hard copies of books 2 & 3.

Review: Extreme Close-Up by Julie Jaret

Posted January 2, 2015 by Ginny in Erotic Romance, Reviews / 6 Comments
Review: Extreme Close-Up by Julie Jaret

Extreme Close-up by Julie Jaret Series: Perspectives #1 Genres: Erotica, Fiction, Romance Published by Createspace Independent Pub on March 10th 2014 Format: Ebook Pages: 134 Source: Author Reviewed by: GinnyPurchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Extreme Close-Up contains sexually-explicit scenes, adult language, and is recommended for readers over 18. Approx. 40,000 words; standalone novel He’s hot, young, and way off-limits… But he might be just what she needs to get over the past and on with her life. Lisa Taylor’s life stalled after her divorce three years ago, and she never got it started up again. Now her shit-paying catalogue photography job is boring her to death, she can’t bear to look in the mirror, and she hasn’t had a man since her asshole ex left. When a gorgeous younger man reappears in her life, he promises to be the solution to all […]

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Review: The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne

Posted December 22, 2014 by Ginny in Reviews / 5 Comments
Review: The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne

The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne Series: Sex, Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, Romance, Romantic Comedy Published by Random House Publishing Group on March 3rd 2015 Format: eARC Pages: 237 Source: NetGalley Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: As Stiletto magazine’s authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma Sinclair writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte, North Carolina’s darling debutante and a blushing bride-to-be. Now she’s the ice queen of the Manhattan dating scene. Emma left her sultry Southern drawl behind, but not even her closest friends know that with it she left her heart. Now Emma’s latest article forces her to face her demons—namely, the devilishly sexy guy who ditched her at the altar. After giving up everything for a pro-soccer career, Alex Cassidy watches his dreams crumble as a knee injury sidelines him […]

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Review: Shifting Currents by Lissa Trevor

Posted October 3, 2014 by Ginny in Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 6 Comments
Review: Shifting Currents by Lissa Trevor

Shifting Currents by Lissa Trevor Genres: Erotic Romance, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal Romance Published by Loose Id on June 3, 2014 Format: Ebook Pages: 210 Source: Tour Host Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: After the meteorite wiped out civilization and most of the population, it took thirty years to scrabble together rudiments of society again. Sex is the main currency, for those who haven’t mutated special abilities. Bethany, a Tech, is able to channel electricity through her body and charge up electronics. When she saves a Shifter girl about to be sold at auction, the girl’s brother, Lucas, offers to repay the debt with his body. While Bethany would love to have Lucas at her beck and call, she’d rather have sex with someone who wanted her as a partner instead of an obligation. But unable to resist the sexy Shifter, […]

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Review: Rogue’s Paradise by Jeffe Kennedy

Posted September 28, 2014 by Ginny in Erotic Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 5 Comments
Review: Rogue’s Paradise by Jeffe Kennedy

Rogue’s Paradise by Jeffe Kennedy Series: Covenant of Thorns #3 Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal Romance Published by Carina Press on September 8, 2014 Format: eARC Pages: 280 Source: Tour Host Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Pregnant, possessed, and in love with a man I don’t dare to trust—those are the consequences of the risks I took to save my life. But Faerie, the land of blood and magic, is filled with bitter ironies, and the bargains I made now threaten me and my unborn child. The darkly sensual fae noble Rogue still tempts me to danger and desire. As we await the birth of our child, I’ve been forced to question whether our offspring is part of a bargain Rogue once made to save himself. He can’t tell me the truth due to a spell the vicious Queen Titania has […]

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Review: Life of Anna, Part 1: Enslaved by Marissa Honeycutt

Posted September 22, 2014 by Ginny in Erotic Romance, Reviews / 5 Comments
Review: Life of Anna, Part 1: Enslaved by Marissa Honeycutt

The Life of Anna, Part 1: Enslaved by Marissa Honeycutt Series: Life of Anna Genres: BDSM, Erotica, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance Published by Self Published on September 6, 2014 Format: eARC Pages: 202 Source: Author Also in this series: Embraced Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Anna's entire life was scripted out before she was born by Devin Andersen, a man who doesn't have her best interests in mind. She is to be a tool in his hands to gain ultimate power in the USA. No, not as the President, but as the man who controls the President. Raised by an extremely abusive guardian, Anna was molded into the perfect sex slave for Devin's use. Devin will use Anna's unique gifts to control everyone around him and eventually take her gifts for himself. When Devin took her for himself at […]

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Review: One Night of Scandal by Elle Kennedy

Posted September 19, 2014 by Ginny in Contemporary Romance, Reviews / 5 Comments
Review: One Night of Scandal by Elle Kennedy

One Night of Scandal by Elle Kennedy Series: After Hours #2 Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance Published by Macmillan on September 8th, 2014 Format: Ebook Pages: 230 Source: Publisher Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint… The wrong man never felt so right… Ex-fighter Reed Miller has been secretly lusting over his best friend’s girl for months, but he refuses to jeopardize a friendship over a woman—especially one who doesn’t like him all that much. Now that Darcy’s on the market again, it’s even more imperative to stick to his strict hands-off policy. But the sizzling attraction between them is too powerful to ignore, and once he’s had a taste of her…all bets are off. Darcy Grant is tired of walking the straight and narrow path. She’s on the hunt for passion, and there’s […]

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Review: Finding Miss McFarland by Vivienne Lorret

Posted August 20, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 7 Comments
Review: Finding Miss McFarland by Vivienne Lorret

Finding Miss McFarland by Vivienne Lorret Series: Wallflower Weddings #3 Genres: Fiction, General, Historical, Regency, Romance Published by Harper Collins on 2014-08-05 Format: eARC Pages: 300 Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Delaney McFarland is on the hunt for a husband—preferably one who needs her embarrassingly large dowry more than a dutiful wife. After the unspeakable incident at her debut, Delaney knows marrying for love is off the table, but a marriage of convenience—one that leaves her free to live the life she chooses—is the next best thing, never mind what that arrogant, devilishly handsome Mr. Croft thinks. Delaney plans to marry for money … or not at all. Ever since the fiery redhead burst into his life—in a most memorable way—Griffin Croft hasn’t been able to get Miss McFarland out of his mind. Now, with the maddening woman determined to […]

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Review: The Midnight Society by Logan Patricks

Posted August 8, 2014 by Ginny in Reviews / 8 Comments
Review: The Midnight Society by Logan Patricks

Semblance by Logan Patricks Series: The Midnight Society Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Fiction, Mystery, Romantic Suspense Published by Strangecrow Books on December 23, 2013 Format: Ebook Pages: 300 Source: Amazon.com, Personal Copy Purchase Links: Amazon Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Semblance  (Book 1 of the Midnight Society): Whoever said money couldn’t buy happiness has never starved a day in their lives. My name is Aria Valencia, a third year classical music student at the University, and I was down to my last dollar. Some nights, I seriously considered stripping at the Skin Bar just to make ends meet, but the thought of my dad’s spirit–God rest his soul–scowling at me while I shoved my breasts into some pervert’s face was enough to turn me off the idea completely. And then one night, chance came knocking on my door under the guise of the Midnight Society, a […]

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