Genre: Romance

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: 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: Ginny
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & 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 the midst of treatment, incinerating the remnants of my shattered marriage and attempting to piece the rest of my life back together. With three amazing friends pushing me forward, the ‘post-chemo’ finish line is coming into view.

And then . . . there’s him. The man I never anticipated. The one who breathes hope and meaning back into my life. A man who kisses my scars and shows me that I’m beautiful. I never expected him. Hell, I never expected cancer. I’m finally ready to write my future, a future I never planned on, but one that is sure to exceed anything I ever imagined.


One of the Best Sentences Ever:
“Project Fake Nips was now commencing.”

FIRST OFF:
If you have not read book one, “Beneath It All” — STOP READING THIS AND GO READ THAT!!!

This review will contain spoilers for book one, and you desperately need to read book one first!!!

— Did you read book one? Yes? Good!  OK!!! On to the Review! —

My Thoughts:

If it were possible to give a book (or a series) more than five stars… this would be it. Similar to Spinal Tap’s amp that goes up to 11, this book would go up to a 12.

I am incredibly grateful that a friend asked me if I’d like to review this book by an author that I’ve never heard of… At first I was a bit wary as a lot of review books have been letting me down lately. I asked her if I could read book two as a standalone or if I should read book one first, and she emphatically said that I needed to read book one. So I did… in about 24 hours.

I TORE through that book, and then I devoured book two (metaphorically).

As reviewers, we’re supposed to give honest opinions and here’s mine:  I am in love with Tori Madison and all that she writes. I literally got 30% of the way through “Beneath It All” and wrote to most of the women in my family and demanded that they read it.

Book two begins with Victoria calling Dr Blake Forrester back — after he’s transferred her to another doctor and asked her out for coffee… after her marriage fell apart due to her husband Noah being a lying, cheating scumbag… I was actually writing out my thoughts as they came to the aforementioned friend and informed her,  “I want to attempt to kill Noah in a slow, mangled process that leaves him horribly disfigured, impotent and in pain for the rest of his life because as he begs for death I’ll deny it to him.”

She found this hilarious and passed it along to Ms. Madison. A good laugh was had by all…. but seriously… Have you seen or read “The Princess Bride”? In the end, when Westley claims they will fight “to the pain”? Look up that quote. That’s what Noah deserves.

These books aren’t just about triumph over a disease that is prevalent in 1-in-8 women… it’s not just about loss and pain.. it’s about sisterhood, best friends, rebirth, strength, the ability to know when you need to be left alone… and the ability to know you need to be held and not be strong for a little while… Just when Victoria thinks she’s about to be free… cancer finds its way back into her life.

This book made me cry — and that’s a very rare thing for me. I’m not a crier. This book made me literally laugh out loud. I have so many quotes highlighted it looks like a coloring book.  Her use of music in the book is perfect, and she has my undying love for including the song “Falling Slowly” — arguably one of the best and most underrated love songs ever.

This book is wise, and innocent; it’s painful and free; it’s dark and filled with light; and it’s sexy (Yeah… some pretty awesome sex)… It’s everything that an amazing, memorable book should be. Tori Madison has that skill, rarely seen these days, of using a simple turn of phrase with dialogue and making it just click with something inside of you. Victoria is speaking to her friend, Bobbie Jo, saying she knows she will feel beautiful again “… someday” and Bobbie Jo responds with, “You’re beautiful every day…” — Where one would say “you’re always beautiful”, Tori Madison switches it up just enough to have it stick with you. It is reminiscent of moments of dialogue by Nora Roberts’ — which is one of the highest compliments I can give.

I can only hope that Tori Madison writes more — I know I’ll read pretty much anything she puts out.  If my ranting and raving hasn’t driven you away yet — good. Know that you need to read these books, and share them with the special women in your lives. Be aware of your body and spend time with those you love. Don’t ever block out love. Let it come to you. And never settle for less than you deserve.

Read these books. Find her on FB or Goodreads and let her know how they’ve touched your life.

Other Fantastic Quotes:

“I’m bald, I don’t have boobs, and my skin is dry and pasty. Let’s be honest, I look like the goddamn female version of Gollum from The Lord of the Rings.”

“You know what? I’m done hearing Noah’s name. I don’t want to hear it anymore.” “You mean, fuck-nuts?” “What? Did you just call him ‘fuck-nuts’?” “I sure did. Isn’t it fitting?”

“Because let’s be honest, breakfast without bacon was a crime.”

About Tori Madison

Happily married and the mother of two, Tori Madison is active in the world of philanthropy and finds joy in making a difference in lives of others. She is an avid reader, lover of life and a breast cancer survivor. Currently residing with her family in Minnesota, she can often be found at Caribou Coffee or at the dance studio with her kids. With a well-known weakness for dark chocolate with sea salt and cheesecake, she also has a fondness for chips and fresh salsa.

Writing a book was never on her radar. After a challenge from a friend to write 1,500 words the story came to life and a new opportunity to make a difference was born.

Her debut novel, Beneath It All, released on September 24, 2014. Beneath, You're Beautiful is her second novel and the sequel to Beneath It All. It is a two book series.

“If this story can touch the life of just one woman, then I succeeded.”

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: 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: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

Posted November 25, 2014 by Sherri in Giveaways, Reviews / 9 Comments
Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost Series: Broken Destiny #1 Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance Published by Harlequin on September 1st 2014 Format: ARC Pages: 384 Source: Publisher Reviewed by: SherriPurchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate. Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her. Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn’t mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search […]

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New Release Review: A Rake by Any Other Name by Mia Marlowe

Posted October 22, 2014 by Sherri in Historical Romance, Reviews / 5 Comments
New Release Review: A Rake by Any Other Name by Mia Marlowe

A Rake by Any Other Name by Mia Marlowe Series: Somerfield Park #1 Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on November, 4 2014 Format: eARC Pages: 352 Source: NetGalley Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: When his father, Lord Somerset, tumbles off the roof, Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, is called home from his Grand Tour to take the reins of the estate while the marquess recuperates. Somerset is in serious financial difficulty, which can only be remedied by marriage to an heiress, Miss Sophie Goodnight, lately arrived from India with her nabob father. Unfortunately, Richard believes he has already lost his heart to Lady Antonia Pruett. And Miss Goodnight isn’t too keen on becoming Somerset’s purse with feet, so she foils their families’ attempts to throw her and Richard together at every turn. To make matters worse, the […]

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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: Torrent by Gemma James

Posted September 5, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 9 Comments
Review: Torrent by Gemma James

Torrent by Gemma James Series: Condemned #1 Genres: BDSM, Erotica, Romance Published by Createspace on July 22nd 2014 Format: eARC Pages: 210 Source: Author, Tour Host Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: I’ve been obsessed with Rafe Mason since I was thirteen. The twisted part of this story is that I still want him, even now. Now that he’s holding me captive on an island. Rafe has his reasons for doing what he’s doing, and if I’m honest, I can’t blame him. I’m the girl who sent him to prison for a heinous crime he didn’t commit. But now he’s free and the tables have turned…now he’s the one driven by obsession. TORRENT is a new adult dark romance with disturbing themes and explicit content that includes sexual situations and violence. Intended for adult readers 18+ only. Part one of the […]

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Review: Dirty Deal by Christine Bell

Posted August 25, 2014 by Ginny in Contemporary Romance, Reviews, Romance / 6 Comments
Review: Dirty Deal by Christine Bell

Dirty Deal by Christine Bell Series: Perfectly Matched #2 Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance Published by Entangled Brazen on August 25, 2014 Format: eARC Pages: 250 Source: Publisher Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: A sexy category romance from Entangled publishing’s Brazen imprint… Professional matchmaker Serena Elliott spends her workdays helping clients find love. It’s the perfect gig. She gets to see the good part of the relationships…before things inevitably turn to crap. She leads her own love life the same way. Get in, and get out before things get too complicated. One date with sexy army doctor, Bryan Metcalf, won’t be enough to make her change her mind, no matter how hot it gets… Bryan has had his share of crazy women and isn’t in the market for another relationship that ends by way of restraining order. When Serena Elliott gets […]

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