Friday, October 17, 2014

Review / Chris Lange : A touch too much

She shall bring death to the race of vampires. 
If prophecies are to be trusted, Liv possesses the means to destroy creatures of the night. But in the real world vampires don't exist. At least not until one of them scents her. And pursues her. 
As she flees to save her life, she feels the power in her blood. The power that might eradicate a world of violence and darkness. The power that enchains her to the most ruthless vampire of all.

That was one very hot read that kept me guessing until the end ! Everytime I thought I had found out about Rogan/Rashkan, I was proven wrong. I liked that !
When I thought this novella had one major con, the author turned it upside down and gave me a good reason for things to be this way - I won't be more precise because I don't want to spoil. 

The heroin was not perfect, but she was not stupid, just being human and trying to cope with what was happening to her. The hero was evil and intriguing, the world building short but original.
I loved the steaminess, the mystery, the teasing. Well, I loved it all !
Only complaint : it was too short :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Update of the first part of the month : mid-october

During the hiatus, I'm still reading !
Instead of a weekly update with the Sunday post, I'm posting a bi-monthly update until my break is over.

Books read :

Books reviewed :

I am currently reading :

Then I'll be reading :

Borrowed at the library :

I bought :

- free :

- cheap :

 - full price :

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Review / Eve Langlais : Crazy (vampire love) - (Tall, dark and alpha boxed set, story 4)

"Please note, Crazy (Vampire Love) was originally published as Crazy by Liquid Silver Books from November 2010, until May of 2013. Published anew in October 2013 by Eve Langlais, this book has been expanded from its original short story length of 22k words to 32k. I hope you enjoy this plumper version of my poor crazy heroine and the vampire who can’t help loving her.
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Ella hears voices and they don’t like anyone.
Ella’s always heard voices and because of them, she ends up institutionalized at a young age. Everyone calls her crazy and she believes she is too until the night she meets a vampire and for the first time in her life, the voices shut up.
Zane just wants to enjoy his usual blood buffet, instead he runs into a wisp of a woman who makes him feel emotions he thought long dead. Rescuing her from the insane asylum, he brings her home, determined to seduce and feed from her, a plan that is foiled by ghostly voices determined to keep Ella untouched. But not even poltergeists can stand in the way of a vampire in love."

Ella hears voices. Plenty of voices. Hundreds. She’s been hearing them forever and found herself locked in a lunatic asylum at the tender age of 7.The voices are not always good for her, but they do their best to protect her since she’s among the few who can hear them.
Lunatic asylums are a place of choice for Zane : he’s a vampire, can feed there without being bothered or attracting attention. Until he falls upon Ella, who’s resistant to his sleeping suggestions, much to his surprise.
He helps her escape because he can’t keep from thinking about her and, let’s be honest, because he wants to have sex with her. It’s OK, she’s willing ! But her voices… they’re not.

She’s absolutely not afraid of him, merely very curious. He’s 327. She’s 25. He’s seen almost all there is to see. She may be naïve and innocent, but she’s clever and knows what she wants.
“Many of those present will have the ability to beguile humans. You won’t realize it is happening.”
“Is it like the sleep thing you tried to do to me ? The one that didn’t work.” An impish smile graced her lips and mirth danced in her eyes.”

To find a way around the voices, Zane takes her out to an older vampire to see if she can think of a solution.
“Of all the things he’d seen over the years, that incident ranked high on his weird-o-meter. Fathers with shotguns, boyfriends with fists, crying maidens and, yes, even archaic chastity belts, he’d seen and heard of them all, but flung items by invisible hands ? How unique, just like Ella.”
They find an original way to prevent the voices from hurting Zane physically.

I really liked this novella. This is my very first story by Eve Langlais – and I’d been looking forward to it since I read an awful lot of good about her novels. She didn’t disappoint. This seems to be the introduction to a series and it’s intriguing, with good characters, a beguiling story you long to know more about.
There are a few orthographical mistakes and repetitions, but nothing overwhelming.
Example of the voices' reactions :
“She’s finally going to kill him.”
“Stake the cheating bastard.”
“Who wants popcorn ?”
Hotness and humor. Great combination. Count me in for the next adventure.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Review / E.L. Friel : Most wanted (The shadow blade series #1)

From a top YA author writing under an assumed name comes this thrilling and intensely erotic new fantasy romance series for adults only.
Bounty Hunter Ariel McQueen has just days to find and capture a lowlife vampire, claim her reward and pay off a debt. Being fifty percent demon herself (and one hundred percent kickass), she’s not sweating it.
What she doesn’t count on however is the mysterious millionaire demon slayer Jax Sayer killing her bounty and totally screwing up her life in the process.
Teaming up to hunt down a serial killing bloodsucker, the two born enemies find themselves fighting an army of demons, underworld mobsters and the ghosts of their own pasts. But nothing’s as dangerous or as deadly as the white hot desire that’s simmering between them.
Between love and slaying there’s a very fine line.

First, I was happy because not only was there a tough, kick-ass half demon heroin, but the writing was fast-paced and witty, and there was a world building with demons I haven't yet read about (Chameleons, Shadows, Scarab demons and so forth). Vampires were certainly not as glamorous as usual ! The story had a "noir" feeling to it. Nice change, so.

Then, there was a lot of sex. And when I mean a lot, I mean it in the "is there ever going to be a story ?" kind of way. This impression was reinforced when they delt quite rapidly with what I thought would be the main plot : I felt like I'd been cheated. 
Fortunately, there was another plot on-going and it introduces the next installments of the series.

Ariel has mostly relayed upon herself all of her life and is wary of relationships. She's not that young (28) and is ruthless. Jax I really liked. Not that he was especially alpha, but for a supernatural guy, he was rather... normal ! Hot normal, but normal, with lines of laughter around the eyes, an easy smile. And, prepare for the shock.... ta-dam ! He is NOT a man whore ! Come on, how refreshing !

There is an instant physical attraction between them, which rapidly evolves into tenderness and love. Which doesn't prevent them from fighting for control, in bed as well as during their missions.

There are major drawbacks in the story, though : they have unprotected sex every time... The first time they slept together, there is no mention of her cleaning before she puts on her jeans... commando. Yuck ! 
She also has a tendancy to blame herself for things happening to those around her. Jax doesn't like it either and wishes to change that, I agree with him.

But in the end, I really enjoyed this original, hot story. I loved both main characters, their interaction and how he gradually wins her, the details of the worldbuilding, the fast pace - I'm looking forward to the next, "Most desired" !

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Review / Victoria Ashley : Hemy (Walk of shame #2)

My name is Hemy Knox and I’m a f*cking heartbreaker . . .
I’ve hurt the one person that means the most to me in life; the only woman I have ever f*cking loved. I let the drugs, alcohol and wild life take over ; consume me. I got her where I wanted her and ripped her fucking heart out.Since then, I’ve spent countless nights having dirty, meaningless sex with a multitude of people; only leaving them wanting and begging for more with no regrets. Some may even call me the devil ; soulless.They look and judge, but there is one thing they don’t know ; no one does. I want more than this life of stripping and sleeping around; the never ending party. I want love and everything that comes with it ; that high that never ends. The problem is . . . I only want it with her.Onyx.She refuses to be mine . . . again. She’s smart and it’s a mother f*cking pain in my ass ; guarding her heart while ripping mine right out of my chiseled chest. I can’t say that I blame her. I always was a dumb ass when it came to the emotions of a woman, especially her.She wants to see me suffer as much as I made her ; watch me wither and f*cking die at her feet. She wants to crush me until I’m no longer breathing and I will let her, because it hurts far less than not having her as mine.I will stop at nothing to make her mine again. The pain only drives me harder; feeding my fury and giving me a reason to live . . . her.
***Author's note*** Due to strong language and a very high amount of sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. This is #2 in the Walk Of Shame series of novellas that will all be standalone reads. This includes F/M and F/M/M so if you’re not into dirty sex scenes with filthy language, then this book is not for you. If you are . . . then, come meet the dirty boys of Walk Of Shame.

I loved Slade so much that I was wary about Hemy, could the author pull it off again ? Boy, she did !!
(Oh, and Anna, he's got a pierced cock, if you want to add him to your collection ;)

It was steamy, and dirty, and desperate, and hopefull, and passionate, and did I mention dirty ? This is the kind of flame and passion I'm looking for in contemporary romances and Victoria Ashley sure can deliver, I've found a new fave author who makes me sweat and vibrate !
"What's the fun in sex if you aren't breaking shit and putting holes in the wall ?"

This is a second chance story : Hemy threw his life away a few years ago, but he destroyed Onyx's heart in the process. Now she's back and wants some revenge, he's willing to let her to prove himself :
"Don't be shy, Onyx. This is what you wanted." I bite my bottom lip in anger. "Take his clothes off. Show me how it feels to be the viewer, witnessing the ultimate betrayal from someone you trust. Hurt me like I hurt you. My heart is yours to stomp on."
There was a little more drama at the end, but not too much, it didn't last long and was a big surprise.

Bonus, as we read about Hemy and Onyx's story, we see how Slade and Aspen evolved, it's good to know. 

All in all, this is one steamy emotional number that grabs you and doesn't let you go until the end. I left the author's note in the blurb because it's a fair warning of the steaminess level inside - hawt hawt hawt ! 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review / Victoria Ashley : Slade (Walk of shame #1)

My name is Slade Merrick and I’m a f*cking sex addict . . . 
I’ve been told it’s a problem. But I see it as a passion ; something that I’m good at. And who the f*ck stops something that they’re good at ?They want me to seek help; get my c*ck in check. Don't judge my lifestyle. You’re no better than me. Just admit it, you like to f*ck too. Sex is what I do best ; my own personal high, so I embrace it instead of being ashamed.When I'm not f*cking, I'm slinging drinks at Walk Of Shame or stripping my way into your bed ; another thing I'm good at. Every woman’s darkest fantasy brought to life.So, am I stopping ? F*ck no. Sex is beautiful, raw and erotic and I get off knowing I can have it with anyone I want . . .  with the exception of her.Aspen. She walks into the club swaying those hips, instantly drawing my c*ck to attention. She’s pure perfection. That is, until she opens that mouth, drawing me in and for the first time in forever I want something more than sex. I want her and she hates it.Things get dirty. Dirty is what I like; it’s how I live. But . . .  she’s playing a game she can never win.

Wow ! For a contemporary story about a stripper that I thought I wouldn't probably like, it really did swallow me, fuck with me and make me completely hot ! I won't write a long review because I still can't think straight.

The first time I read the blurb, I thought it terribly tacky. I wanted to replace all these "c*ck" and "f*ck" with the entire words. And a guy who moves his ass to the music and takes off his clothes in a club ? Not my kind of hero. But Naomi really loved it, so I gave it a try.
The minute I opened that book ? I couldn't let it go. Eating, sleeping, working turned into despicable chores. I wanted only to read ! The story ? The characters ? The teasing ? The hot sex ? The passion ? The flame ? They all were there ! This was all delightfully sinful and dirty, I really looooved it !

Victoria Ashley writes in a terrific way : brushes the scenes in a few words, grabs you by the collar and never leaves you until the end. And she leaves you wanting, craving for more ! Which is why I am (as I'm writing this review) reading Hemy, the next Walk of shame novella. Do yourself a favor and read Slade asap !

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Update of the month : september

During the hiatus, I'm still reading !
Instead of a weekly update with the Sunday post, I'm posting a monthly update until my break is over.

Still on hiatus, feel much better, but I'll sum up what happened these last weeks :

Books read :

Books reviewed :

I am currently reading :

Then I'll be reading :

Borrowed at the library :

I bought :

- free :

- cheap :

 - full price :