Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Burton gives us a genuine, likable character in the heroine, country singer Riley Jensen. The story opens as Riley returns to her hometown, something she never considered doing until her publicist set up a taping for a documentary there. Years before when Riley was only eighteen, she left town after finding her boyfriend and best friend together in bed. Running away brought her something her hometown could never give her - a music career. Now with ten years of hit songs and Grammy awards to her name, Riley is heading home for Christmas. And the person she most hopes to avoid – her old boyfriend, Ethan – is one of the first people she sees when she steps out of her tour bus.
Ethan can’t believe Riley has come back after so long. He still loves her but knows it would be best to avoid a reunion with his past girlfriend so she can just leave and continue her singing career. Now a widower with a little girl who loves Riley’s music, he takes her to see Riley as she arrives in their town and is drawn into the reunion he both hoped to avoid and secretly desired more than anything at the same time.
In a paced storyline, Riley and Ethan come to terms with their past, find forgiveness and are able to look towards their future. Uncovering the misperceptions that set Riley and Ethan on their chosen paths provided the foundation for a strong plot. Their relationship progresses slowly, overcoming realistic obstacles to find their connection again.
For those who want a romantic holiday story, this is for you. Though Burton did a nice job of telling the story in a short format, I still wish it was a bit longer. I’m also wishing that next Christmas, perhaps Brody or Wyatt, Ethan’s brothers, may find love in their own stories.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Ryan is an almost twenty-one year old college student who is in love with his straight best friend. He lives in his mom's basement and does a weekly video blog in which he makes fun of his job and especially his boss.
Ryan's dad died when he was a child and Ryan has had to be the man of the house since then. He goes to college and works part time to help his mother with the rent and other bills. The only time Ryan doesn't act like a responsible adult is during his video blog where he can act like a clown and make fun of everything.
Greg works at the local recreation center and helps counsel some of the kids that come in. He is remodeling his house as a do-it-yourself project and shops at the grocery store where Ryan has a part time job and has admired the younger man from afar.
The two meet after a snowstorm when Ryan is out shoveling walks to earn some extra money before the holidays. The chemistry between the two men is instantaneous, but Greg is wary because of his job at the rec center. Ryan offers to film Greg as he does his remodel and posts the videos on Greg's blog site.
Over the next several weeks, the relationship between the two men grows into a strong friendship as well as mutual attraction. Greg is still reluctant to enter into a sexual relationship with Ryan in part because of his video blog where Ryan ends every week with a pretend masturbation session. He is concerned that should certain people see it, it might jeopardize his job.
This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Strauss and I can say that I will be reading more of her works. I felt that the characters' emotions and reactions were well written. The problems that each character had to work through were real and the ramifications of those actions read true. The story dealt with some real, current issues, but did not come across as an "after-school special".
I think some of my favorite parts were the tongue in cheek intros to several chapters that the author included. After all, who doesn't love a good innuendo? This book made me a fan and if you are looking for a little holiday cheer, SAGITTARIUS BLUES is a choice that you won't regret.
I give this book 4.5 chocolate dipped strawberries!!
This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews:http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=1091
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews: http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=1090.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Park this girl under the mistletoe and sign her up for elf duty. Marcia James' HEATING UP THE HOLIDAYS serves up a dish of romance and second chances with panache!
Nicky Paxton manages the family business, a chain of Southern department stores, which keeps her hopping and grounded to her Virginia roots. Too busy working to notice her life is passing her by, Nicky gets completely caught off guard when she re-encounters her old high school flame, Chris Spencer. Unbeknownst to her, he has returned to Paxtonville for good, to set up his law practice and raise his charming daughter following his divorce.
Nicky's ties to Paxtonville run deeper than the family-owned business. Striving to make something of herself, she really doesn't have time to worry over "the one who got away", primarily because she couldn't understand why he left in the first place. Chris returns and is immediately reminded of all the positives of why they were together in the first place, the only negative seems to be that he left long ago to create a life for himself outside their small town. Chris follows his desire to renew his acquaintance with the department store "elf", determined to date and see if the spark that flamed in their youths will burn again. Nicky, for her part, fears falling for the man this boy has become, trying to keep things light but knowing that with very little effort he could capture her heart.
The elements of romance and first love do-overs captivate and melt hearts, like a gooey holiday treat. Big love in a small town is never easy but with two hearts destined to be reunited and a dash of mistletoe, all bets are off! Full of sass and fun, this holiday heart-warmer guarantees heat like flannel sheets on a cold winter night!
I give this Christmas bon-bon 4 Chocolate Covered Strawberries!
This review originally posted for The Romance Reviews. http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=1081
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Who doesn’t want to believe in a little Christmas magic? Who doesn’t want to hope that mistakes we make years ago can be reconciled? Christmas Past by Roni Adams is a story about those very things. It is warm, cozy and feels good to read.
This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can be found by clicking on the following link: http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=1070
Friday, December 24, 2010
ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS....MY BOOK CLUB GAVE TO ME.....THE ULTIMATE IN YUMMY EYE CANDY! (Courier and Ives eat your heart out!)
My turn again...no, I am still not in the holiday spirit - I am hoping Santa puts something good in my stocking anyway. Yes, I am still struggling with the psycho killer chipmunk in my house - half afraid I'm going to have to call one of those scary exterminators like that guy on A&E....yikes! Silver lining in all this, if I survive the night with killer rodent on the loose, I have basically all weekend to watch THE ENTIRE TUDORS COLLECTION (woohoo, happy dance). Many thanks to Tyra for feeding my (our) obsession with pretty men in tights....gotta love those frisky Tudor men of Showtime!
In the mood for a little holiday happiness? Try Loralei James' Mistress Christmas! The first in her Wild West Boys series (which so needs to continue beyond the current 2), brings major heat to the holidays! Holly North, mild mannered accountant, agrees to take on the persona of exotic club Sugar Plum's headliner, Mistress Christmas, for her friend Ivy Lane when illness lays her up at the peak time of the season. Dressed in skin tight red leather, Holly never felt so out of her element. A few shots of peppermint schnapps ought to provide her with liquid courage, especially to talk with the hunky patron eyeing her in the bar.
Detective Nick West arrives at Sugar Plums looking for the stripper who allegedly robbed a friend of his the previous week during a lap dance with the infamous Mistress Christmas. Once he lays eyes on the gorgeous masked goddess, his goal shifts from jail Mistress Christmas to nail Mistress Christmas! Nick has a hard time reconciling the sexy but naive stripper with the scam artist who drugged and robbed his friend, especially after she takes him off for a private lap dance that goes farther than it should.
Returning a second night to investigate further, Nick decides to make his move on Holly. They agree to meet for coffee which leads to a one night only fulfillment Holly's personal Christmas wish list. Arriving with a bag of surprises, Nick and Holly's sexual explorations are the kind that steam up the windows and fog up the glass. For a while, the manage to distract the two from their every day lives even! What will Nick do when he discovers Holly isn't who he thinks? Will Holly forgive Nick if she discovers his ploy? Can two lonely people find more than amazing chemistry and perform the ultimate Christmas miracle by falling in love?
Loralei James knows how to pen an erotic romance. Her heroes are alpha enough to make any girl swoon and her heroines are intelligent and quirky. The combination always makes for smokin hot romances that have substance and depth to both characters and story lines.
I give Mistress Christmas 5 Chocolate covered Strawberries - bring on the mistletoe and holly!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
O Holy Night
Ahhhh….. nighttime, my favorite time of the day. It means time to spend with my kids, or if it’s the weekend time, with my family. Also one of my busiest times too. Clean up the house and kids, pack book bags/lunches, homework, volunteer duties, errands and last but not least soccer practice. I have a stupid busy life and I love it and wouldn’t have it any other way. Night is also my time to read. It’s just a matter of time before I drop one of Tyra or Jenn’s books in the tub! Reason number one I’ll never borrow their e-readers. Although I think my time may be coming! This week I got moved to Thursday instead of my usual Friday. But hey, I’ll make the sacrifice in the name of the 12 Hunks of Christmas. ‘Cause that’s the way I roll! Besides did you all see the picture that was with my blog last Friday? I love Christmas lights even more now! This week I read a very very short story. Another “quickie” if you will, called I Thought It Was You by Shiloh Walker. It’s a short story, in between books, that brings some closure to a few loose ends.
I thought It Was You by Shiloh Walker
Ren and Elle spent centuries together but it just wasn’t meant to be. Elle has moved on and is about to marry her happily ever after Michael. Ren has moved on as well…. sort of. You see all three are part of a group called the Grimm. They now are hunters trying to protect the humans. Ren has been sent to Elle but for what reason he or she doesn’t know. Their caretaker so to speak Will does some strange things and questioning him will get you nowhere fast. As it turns out Ren and Elle have been bought back together one last time for closure to their past, in other words - one last roll between the sheets. This time there’s a third: Elle’s husband-to-be, who is more than willing to give Elle this one last time with Ren to give her closure. He makes it very clear to Ren this is a one time deal only. When all is said and done Ren has found the strength to move on and Elle can now start her life with Michael. Don’t worry the next full length book is Ren’s happily ever after.
I give this story 2 chocolate dipped strawberries. I did enjoy the story and it was very short and by that I mean like 30 pages short. I also have not read the full length stories that go with this short story so that probably has made a difference. But I am reading the other full length stories in this Grimm series and am starting to get into them. All the stories are twisted versions of the Brother’s Grimm fairytales. So should be fun to read.
So have yourself a merry little Christmas now and to all a good night!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The mind forgets, but the body remembers. Everything.
Grimm's Circle, Book 4:
One look at Jack Wallace and Perci know's he's going to be trouble. Even surrounded by soul stealers, he's a one-man wrecking crew. What does the need Grimm training for? He's already hell on earth, a warrior bent on destruction. And something...more.
He's too strong and fast to be a mere mortal. Even covered in blood, he makes her forget she's only here to do a job and get out. It's twisted. Sick. She hasn't felt this alive in three centuries.
Born with a natural talent for killing unnatural things, Jack has always known things he shouldn't. The fact that Perci is one of them glows all over her. Giving him an unholy urge to see just how far he can push her before don't touch me melts into touch me there.
When they come together, it isn't careful or cautious. It's heaven and hell, exposing all their raw and wounded places to healing heat, resurrecting memories of a destined love from the distant past. But the evil that destroyed them once before has tracked them here, threatening their second and last chance at forever. Demanding a sacrifice no one, Grimm or human, should ever be asked to make....
Definitely not the cheerful version of Rapunzel being touted in the theatres this season as Tangled, The Tarnished Knight portrays the beleaguered and destructive tale of Persinette and her husband Luc. Gifted with the ability to heal almost anyone, Perci suffers the worst at the hands of those who should protect her the most. Held captive, poisoned and drained of her abilities for not healing her mother-in-law's second husband while pregnant, Perci's torment continues long after the deaths of her spouse, champion and children. Resurrected as a Grimm, Perci joins her husband in a life-after-life fighting the powers of evil in the world, guided as always by the cryptic and mysterious Will. Her greatest regrets prevent her from forgiving and re-loving her husband and they decline into self-torturing partners for the next 300 years.
Jack Wallace knows things, about people, events, the Grimm. Will appears to him and soon after partner's him with the strange Perci. Their connection is immediate, their chemistry smoking hot. Perci fights the attraction with everything she has but their connection crumbles her walls. Separated from Luc, she has the ability to finally start to heal from the guilt, the pain of loss, the devastation. Jack too has known loss and his healing comes about once he realizes his place in this mess. The question remains, how deep does his connection to the Grimm go? Will Perci through fears and caution to the wind and seek the deeper connection that seems imminently brewing? Will the battle for souls save them or damn them both?
Shiloh Walker creates a world where the darkest fairy tales and legends come to life. The pain of Persinette has so deeply saturated her soul there is great fear that she will not overcome it. The yearning and love felt by Luc, Sina, and even Jack and Perci stirs the emotions. Not a sappy tale, there are moments of true pain and true happiness. The erotic components add another element to the story, and aide in defining the coupling of Jack and Perci.
Not your kid's or your mom's fairy tale standard, I give Tarnished Knight, a tasty little 4 chocolate covered strawberries (mostly cause I adored Candy Houses and Crazed Hearts so much). And I cannot wait until Will finally gets his story....
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Elle spent years trying to get over her so-called Prince Charming, and she’s finally getting the hang of it. A Grimm—a guardian angel with unique gifts—she spends her nights trolling for demons and kicking ass, and lately, her days have been spent with her on-and-off-again lover, Ren, a fellow Grimm. But fate has other plans in store for Elle, plans that include Michael, the prince from her youth who broke her heart.
“What do you choose…live for her? Or would you rather die?” That was the choice Michael was given all those years ago. Although he knew she’d never forgive him, when Michael was given the chance to become a Grimm, he took it. Still, he isn’t so sure Elle needs him in her life. With a lover at her side and a mission before her, Elle looks like she’s doing just fine without him.
Elle is hunting down a Succubus that is feeding off of souls in a nightclub. She has her friend and sometimes lover Ren there to help her out, what she didn't need was the blast from her way way past, Michael, showing up to help. But show up he does and as soon as she sees him again all of the old feelings resurface.
Michael is there to help Elle kill the Succubus and if he can get her to fall in love with him again even better. He will do anything to be with Elle again....and that might just include dying for her.
I have to say that Sister Walker's version of Cinderella, blows away the Brother's Grimm. I liked the first book in this series, Candy Houses, but I LOVED this book. I enjoyed the twist and turns on the old fairy tale and can't wait to get to the next book in the series. Shiloh writes strong female character's and male character's that aren't afraid to show that they care. The story line moves quickly and has your heart pounding, both from the sexual chemistry and the dramtic ending.
I give, No Prince Charming, 5 chocolate dipped strawberries!
Monday, December 20, 2010
ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS....MY BOOK CLUB GAVE TO ME....SOME MORE YUMMY EYE CANDY!!!! (now give me that present!)
It was my task to read Crazed Hearts by Shiloh Walker for this week. I was a bit resistive because I am 1.5 books away from completing a series of books where I have a significant love-hate relationship with the main character. So with a scowl, I began my task on Sunday morning. I even warned the group that I couldn't possibly be expected to finish by my designated date, and could I please switch out to blog on a later date perhaps? (Some might think I'm a bit of princess right now.) But I started reading so that at least I could sleep without a guilty conscience.
Overall, Shiloh has a style that I can really appreciate with just the right amount of information and background to capture the imagination and the spirit of the reader so that you are left thinking….when does the next book come out? I'll be hunting that down next for sure; but first I need to read 1.5 books before Christmas!
I give Shiloh Walker's Crazed Hearts 5 choc strawberries for sure !
Sunday, December 19, 2010
my book club gave to me...
another hunky eye candeeeee!
I've been doing a lot of reading with my youngest son lately - two snow days and the start of Christmas vacation will do that to you! Since he let me choose the books the last few days, I decided to read some of the more traditional fairytales that I wasn't sure he really knew. It was fun - he thought some were scary - he thought some were sad - but in the end, he asked for a Suess book the next night. I agreed. I think we both had enough of those fairytales.
Now I assure you the fairytales I read to my son are far from the one I will review today. Do you think you know all there is to know about fairy tales? Guess again because the way Shiloh Walker tells them is nothing like I’d ever heard on Grandma’s lap.
Greta didn’t get her happy ending her first time around. In Walker’s truth, she was actually the abused step-sister of Hansel, saved when she met a kindly woman living in a little cottage in the woods. Greta was given a second chance at a happy life as a Grimm. The problem is that romance is hard to find in her new world and when she does find the man who kick starts her heart, Rip, she’s scared right out of his arms. That was before and now Rip is back just in time to help Greta with a big mission.
Rip lives knowing he has been misunderstood for centuries because of his fairytale and hates the reputation that has preceded him. He has only found solace in the arms of one woman, Greta; but he’s avoided contact with her since she ran from him years earlier. So it is a shock when he crosses paths with Greta again while on a serious mission. As they come to terms that they need to work together to complete their missions, their relationship also becomes more solid.
A bit rushed at the end, the final battle of their mission did not seem as dangerous as the lead-up inferred and some character motivations were left unexplained. But I was happy Walker took the time to tell us how Greta and Rip’s love story played out. And while the romance was lovely and the action was exciting, what I liked most was the twist on the fairy tale which I have to say is nothing short of brilliant. I mean, really, who sits around thinking this stuff up? Clearly Walker does!
That's 4 chocolate-dipped strawberries for this Candy House.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Merry Friday everyone! Hope everyone is feeling the Christmas spirit. It’s a crazy busy time of the year but there’s nothing like decorating, baking, shopping, wrapping and spending time with your family. I could totally do without this current snow we have going on right now but I’ll get over it. That will teach me to not wait till the last minute to start shopping! No worries, I always squeak by! Since I work for a fine University I am blessed with a long Christmas break that I will use to spend time with my kids and read!
This week I will be reviewing Anya Bast’s Tempted by Two. You may want to get a cold glass of water before sitting down to start this story. I’m just saying and with that being said...
Miranda just wanted to be normal and forget her past. She carries the memory of an abusive father who ended up killing her mother and himself in front of her eyes. She now helps other women find shelter and a fresh start from their abusive significant others. It takes a special person to do this kind of work but it turns out that that’s not the only “special” thing about Miranda.
Miranda can see goblins! This new skill is somewhat discerning to say the least. But she has her best friend Olivia to help her thru because Olivia has the same power also. Along with this new power comes a new life style. Not only are you just someone’s mate but you belong to two men! Olivia has met her two mates Mason and Will and has come to terms with this life style. Miranda’s mates face a huge challenge. Miranda fears commitment. Her pair Theo and Marco must find a way to ease her into her powers and new life style without scaring her away. One by one Theo and Marco make their way into her heart.
Just as Miranda is settling into this new life she has a bad run in with one of the women’s husband from the shelter who feels she’s keeping his wife from him. He kidnaps her and plans on teaching her a “lesson” on obeying. He knows her little secret and makes her think twice on trusting Theo and Marco. Miranda has to take action and save herself. As she fights for her life Theo and Marco stand by and watch. Will she come back to them?
Thursday, December 16, 2010
THE TWELVE HUNKS OF CHRISTMAS....on the fourth day of Christmas, my book club gave to me...a dreamy surfer santa...(my new favorite flavor eye candeeeeeee)
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
THE TWELVE HUNKS OF CHRISTMAS....on the third day of Christmas, my book club gave to me...another hottie heartthrob...(my favorite flavor eye candeeeeeee)
Anatol rescues the self-absorbed, superficial Evangeline on the eve of a dark and bloody revolution. Together they learn to make their way, supporting one another until they fall under the safe wing of the revolution's leader, Gregorio. Evangeline's magical gift allows her to sense the emotions of all around her and direct it elsewhere. She shut her emotions down after being removed from her family at an early age and appears incapable of feeling love and other intimate emotions. Anatol has known Evangeline forever while growing up preparing for the Royal Court and has loved her for nearly the entire time. It becomes his greatest undertaking to help Evangeline learn to feel, to love. Before long, her strong emotions of anger and dislike for Gregorio evolve into lust, passion and love. Once her walls come down and she feels emotions wildly, her two men recognize that Evangeline needs both of them and they work together to be what she needs. As their bonds grow, Evangeline finally allows herself to acknowledge the passion and love between them as real.
Evangeline, Anatol and Gregorio embark upon a true menage (M/F/M) relationship wherein all the focus of the two men is on the woman. The scenes are spicy hot and entirely re-readable! Bast peppers the dialogue with sassy verbal foreplay once Gregorio enters the scene. Prior to that, Evangeline and Anatol developed a nice little romance but it seemed to lack something and once that final ingredient was found - voila!
Evangeline was decidedly not my favorite heroine of late - she felt very much like a petulant child who had to be told what to do constantly. This opinion, no doubt, stems from my obvious preference for strong, take-charge heroines and dark, understated wit. Nevertheless, I must say, I was pleasantly surprised when mid-way through the story things flipped from frustrating historical to spicy erotic romance! The plot pace was action packed through the first half but seemed to go nowhere, lots of riot scenes and moving about in order to avoid detection. Once the action slowed down, the characters became more multi-dimensional and the romance developed some power, heat...some je ne sais quoi! All I know is, this menage is definitely oh-la-la!!!
Always a fan of the lovely Anya Bast, I give Jeweled 4 Chocolate Covered Strawberries....a definite diamond in the rough (and diamonds are a girl's best friend after all - next to shoes, chocolate and wine!)
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
TWELVE HUNKS OF CHRISTMAS....on the second day of Christmas, my book club gave to me...another tasty piece of eye candy...
It's been a crazy few weeks getting ready for Christmas. Since I hate shopping, I reward myself by reading a book everytime I have to go to a store! So... I've been getting a lot of reading done. If you click on the "Bookshelf" tab above, you can see my most recent reads. Today I am focused on Anya Bast's latest fantasy romance, Jeweled. I thought it was a gem (wink! wink!). Enjoy the review and tell me what you think; i.e. COMMENT BELOW!!!
A world-building queen, Anya Bast has remarkable talent in creating distinctive worlds that incorporate unforgettable characters. Her newest fantasy romance, Jeweled, is a top example of Bast’s talent and is a must read. Her world building is fantastic with magic richly woven throughout the story, slyly creating the basis of the story’s conflict. And as the characters evolve, so does their world.
Monday, December 13, 2010
They share something else-they're both targets of low-born revolutionaries. Rescued by Gregorio, the brilliant revolutionary mastermind, they're given sanctuary. But in this warm refuge, Evangeline soon finds herself torn between the magic of one man she has always desired, and the excitingly new and radical moves of another. For her, there is only one choice: indulge in pleasure without limits.
Jeweled was written to tantalize the reader with an awakening heroine, two strappingly handsome yet vastly different good guys and a seriously warped bad guy. While these characters have the traits that could either draw the reader in or repel the reader, I found it most difficult to identify with the heroine. I am usually looking for a way identify with characters through either humor, sarcasm or an overall kick-tail kind of mentality. I could find none of these traits in Evangeline - our awakening heroine.
Anya does a lovely job of setting the stage and tone of the story, while taking a wee bit more time than necessary in the beginning to set the scene. Moving along, it felt as if the story rushed through areas where I would have liked more detail and plot, and idled too long in areas that really didn't enhance the plot and felt more like a commercial that I wanted to fast forward through.
Keeping in mind that, by nature, I enjoy a longer read than this book, I will always be disappointed in the stories that are less than 300+ pages. There just isn't enough time to build the characters and interweave a thoroughly tantalizing plot in less pages is shown in this book. My understanding is that Anya has written other books that fill the parameters as such, so I will be sure to check those out. I haven’t given up on her writing – just wasn’t a fan of this particular book.
I give Jeweled just 2 chocolate-dipped strawberries. -Liz
Sunday, December 12, 2010
When I first saw the self-advertisement for Shiloh Walker's BEG ME, I was intimidated by the subject matter. But after reading the reviews, I couldn't help it - I had to read it for myself. The book deals with a heroine who lost her husband Kyle, was raped and now believes she can take back her sexuality, which includes extreme fantasy, by sharing it with a man she can fully trust. She turns to Drake, Kyle's best friend and now her primary support system.
In its most basic form, BEG ME is a story of a woman finding the strength to take the power back in her life. Because Tania and Kyle's intimate relationship involved rough sexual role-play, the rape leaves her feeling as if even her sexual relationship with Kyle was wrong and that her inner desires are dirty. The story quickly shifts as the heroine begins to take back her life, not only the power of her sex life, but the power to love again.
Aware Drake has the same type of sexual preferences, Tania asks for his help. Though Drake questions if he can give Tania what she needs to heal while not losing his own soul, he cares for her and is willing to give her what she wants. Tania doesn't realize how much she's asking from Drake but as they cross that moral line, they come to some realizations about each other and their relationship changes forever.
This was an emotionally charged book. Walker does an exquisite job of exposing the heroine's psyche, allowing the reader to view the story through her eyes. Even though the sexual encounters did not appeal to me, I enjoyed the emotional thread woven throughout the book. Tania finds the strength to fight back with the help of a man willing to sacrifice himself for the woman he loves. Is there anything more real, more beautiful than that? It's because of these messages - strength, sacrifice and love - that I recommend BEG ME. It is in a category all by itself.
Warning: This book involves light bondage play, rape fantasy & role-playing. The acts between the hero & heroine are consensual, but they may not be ideal for all readers.
I give BEG ME 4 chocolate-dipped strawberries.
This review originally posted at The Romance Reviews:
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Jonathon Reese first encounters Karl Erb-Pfalzgraf von und zu Neuschlosswold-Binder on opposite sides of a battlefield in the Crimea, but now his country wants him to spy on the royal. Jonathon never understood why the man spared his life that day but has thought of him often in the years that followed. The war is over and Jonathon cannot return to the small English village that he grew up in after everything he has seen and done, so he goes into a secret branch of the government where being alone and working in the shadows is exactly what is needed.
Jonathon is a man who has become accustomed to living on the fringe and doesn't trust easily. He was betrayed by his Captain and lover, and as a result, prefers to be alone.
Karl von Binder is a man torn between two countries; his mother is English and his father is the Count of Neuschlosswold. He has returned to England after having fought against her in the Crimean war and is therefore suspect. Karl's father would like him to use his time in England to further his political agenda, but Karl refuses, preferring to spend his time on holiday.
Karl is a man who has enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest except during his time on the battlefields. When a chance encounter with a man that he suspects has been following him leads to a revelation that he is the same man whose life he spared all those years ago, everything changes for them both.
It soon becomes apparent that someone is trying to kill Karl and Jonathan is determined to stay close to the man to keep it from happening. The two men are drawn closer and must learn to trust each other, while dealing with the intrigue and subterfuge that surrounds them.
I enjoyed this book for two reasons, the first is the historical information is informative and sets the tone for the book without being overbearing. The second is the development of the relationship between Karl and Jonathon, two very different men, one with an open and carefree attitude and one use to living alone. I felt the connection between the characters and thought the feelings they both had were believable. The mystery of who is trying to kill Karl was written with just the right amount of twists and turns to keep you reading to find the answer. With bombs and betrayals and some scorching hot love scenes, I think anyone who enjoys a well-written story will enjoy this book as much as I did. I give this book 4 chocolate dipped strawberries.
This book was originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews and can be found at this link:http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=1032
Friday, December 10, 2010
Whew! What a week! I don’t even wanna talk about it! Let’s just say it’s been one of those weeks where you’re just waiting for the other shoe to drop and things to get ugly. With that said let’s move onto more fun things; like talking about “my boys” and by that I mean the four Chase brothers from one of my very most favorite series...
Ok my peeps, that’s all I got this week. I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I do. I have re-read them a couple times. That’s how much I love them. I give them 5 chocolate dipped strawberries with ice cream (hmmm…ice cream, I think I’ll leave that one alone. LOL).