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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
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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
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Reviewed by: Ginny
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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 they become, the more she recognizes her own weaknesses as she peels away his layers with every night they spend together. Discovering the past Alastair is so desperate to conceal, Lia must decide if they can heal one another together or if their deepest fears will tear them apart.


My Thoughts:

I’m just going to jump right in here and say that I went back and forth on this book… between thinking that it was a little too close to the Fifty Shades/Crossfire series and feeling a bit refreshed… There are moments where I’d read and I couldn’t stop, and then it would get to a point where I felt the book dragging.

I made a few notes as I went along that follow this pattern. It began with the ending to chapter one, as she’s at a dressy party on Friday night in Scotland, in which I highlighted the last words, “It was my handsome, mystery guy.” The beginning of chapter two is the next morning as she’s jogging, and I wrote, “That’s it? That’s how you end the chapter? Wtf?

Later on, it was remarked that Alastair was emitting pheromones and I thought (and wrote) “Necessary?”  — But later in the book, there was such a wonderful bit of snarky sarcasm that I highlighted that in appreciation.  You also have to wait for the first sex scene, but it’s worth it.

Alastair is brooding and mysterious and comes complete with the mood swings and dark past. Lia has baggage and a bad ex-boyfriend who stalks her.  Their relationship has so many ups and downs it’s dizzying and at some point you think, “Ok, this is just unhealthy. At what point do they realize that?” This book was as back and forth for me as their relationship.

On Goodreads.com, Ms Montagano’s profile touts her as “A fresh, new voice in contemporary romance…” — I’m not entirely sure I agree with the “fresh” part, at least not for this book.  I know it’s only the first book in a new series and at $1.99 it’s not a bad deal. I’d be interested to read the next book in the series, and hold my final judgement for after that.

For this book, though, I’m going with a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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: 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: A Christmas Code by Jacki Delecki

Posted December 18, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 7 Comments
Review:  A Christmas Code by Jacki Delecki

A Christmas Code by Jacki Delecki Genres: Historical Romance, Holiday, Novella, Suspense Published by Smashwords on November 10th 2014 Format: eARC Pages: 166 Source: Author, Tour Host Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Lady Gwyneth Beaumont has long awaited the opportunity to show Viscount James Ashworth that she is no longer the impetuous child who dogged his footsteps. Now a much sought-after debutante, she is determined to prove to the hard-headed rake that she is a grown woman and a worthy participant in both the spy game and the game of love. Ash, recently returned from three years undercover in France in His Majesty’s service, wants nothing more than to complete his final mission and retire to his bucolic country estate. However, what seemed a simple assignment to protect the Prince Regent at a Christmas party turns into a maze of […]

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Review: Love Me to Death by Marissa Clarke

Posted October 29, 2014 by Ginny in Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Reviews / 5 Comments
Review: Love Me to Death by Marissa Clarke

Love Me to Death by Marissa Clarke Series: Underveil #1 Genres: Erotic Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance Published by Entangled Select on October 28, 2014 Format: eARC Pages: 420 Source: Tour Host Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Medical research scientist Elena Arcos has always lived her life under the radar, which is not easy to do when you live with the craziest woman in the world. But eccentric Aunt Uza is a picnic compared to the other people who enter her orderly life after she is shot in a convenience store robbery. Elena finds herself rocketed from comfortable predictability to supernatural insanity courtesy of her own private angel of death who happens to have the sexiest accent on earth and a body to match. Her death angel is convinced she’s some kind of freaky half vampire thing and that her […]

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Review: The Circle 2: Blood Gate by Amy Lee Burgess

Review: The Circle 2: Blood Gate by Amy Lee Burgess

Blood Gate by Amy Lee Burgess Genres: Erotic Romance, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance Published by Loose Id on August 5, 2014 Format: Ebook Pages: 297 Source: Tour Host Reviewed by: GinnyPurchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description: Vampire Claire finds herself caught in the middle between her Master, Parker, and her Trigger, Andre. Little love is lost between the former friends, but somehow Claire must build a bridge between them when they are sent to Edgewood to settle their differences. The cost of her failure will be deadly. Deep in the cellars of Edgewood, a game of sexual bondage unleashes unexpected dangers, twisting open, loving Andre into a secretive virtuoso of manipulation. Is this just another part of the game, or is he losing his mind? Parker will take desperate steps to protect his apprentice, but he won’t be dragged into the game with […]

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Review: Skating on Thin Ice by Jami Davenport

Posted October 7, 2014 by Sherri in Contemporary Romance, Reviews / 8 Comments
Review: Skating on Thin Ice by Jami Davenport

Skating on Thin Ice by Jami Davenport Series: Game On in Seattle #1 Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Published by Cedrona Enterprises on September 29th 2014 Format: eARC Pages: 249 Source: Author, Tour Host Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description A billionaire’s mission to bring hockey to Seattle clashes with his passion for the woman who holds his heart. Ethan Parker, a billionaire determined to bring professional hockey to Seattle, will stop at nothing to realize his dream. After signing an agreement to purchase another city's team, Ethan plans to make the move to Seattle, but a gag order by the League forces him to keep the sale a secret until the season ends, leaving him no choice but to go undercover as a consultant to study his team during the playoffs. Lauren Schneider, Assistant Director of Player Personnel for the Giants […]

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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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