Sunday, 20 June 2010

Astoroth: Her Last Sin reviewed.

By Stella and Audra Price

**book provided by author**

Meet Astoroth, high duke of hell. When a woman at the end of her bucket list meets him in a bar in Las Vegas, he sees the possibility for some harmless fun with a human just at her expiration date. what he doesn't count on is deciding to keep her...

This is a little journey down the path of the Price Sister's fallen angels. As they say on their blog:

"Choices are made by everyone, choices that pull you one way or another. Well what if what you thought was good was in fact the evils that you strive against?

Fallen Angels thrive on chaos, deceit and deceptions... don’t they?

Carnality and desire have no true place Above. Neither do those who love who they are or what they are just for the sake of being themselves. When the High and Mighty turn their backs on those created to serve Him, those who realized that its better to rule in "Hell" then serve in heaven,when does the rest of the world realize that what they have been taught en masse is actually wrong.

When the chips are down, all humanity has between oblivion and their precious souls are those sworn against the "light", those whose dark wings flap in the deepest dreams of the dreamers, that tease in the darkest desires of man.

Ready yourself. The Darkness is the only thing that wants to save you. Not because of your soul, they will get that eventually, but because they enjoy the world they have created in their image, a world ripe with desire.

Heaven couldn't keep them. Praise the Fates."

In need of a summer quickie, a short erotic pick me up, then this could be for you, and it is quick at 8000 words; but this is reflected in its 99c price.

A tale of dying girl meets fallen angel who decides he wants to keep her. An erotic frolic which gives you an insight into the minds of the fallen and that they too are searching for love. Perfect for getting you hot under the collar if you have a spare 15 minutes at the doctors office or if you are on the bus or on your lunch break. Lets just hope you don't need a blood pressure check after it.

I give it 3 damp panties out of 5. A mini but erotic read.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Dragons Prefer Blondes- The Review

By Candace Havens

Alex Caruthers is a sassy socialite who knows when it's time to turn in her dancing shoes and kick some serious dragon booty. But when Ginjin -- the dragon warrior who's tried to kill her numerous times -- chooses her as his mate, Alex finds herself in a situation that's too hot to handle.

For help she turns to Jake, head of Caruthers security -- and a total hottie in a suit -- and asks him to pose as her boyfriend. Their relationship might be fake, but Alex can't deny that one touch from Jake makes her burn hotter than any dragon could.

Fun, fun, fun, fun! It's true, this is a fun book, which is why I am recommending it and the first book in the series, The Demon King and I, to all of you! I reviewed the Demon King and I as a guest blog over at Ramblings of a Book Bitch, you can read it here I said then that this was indeed a case of judging a book by it's cover and it is true. I love the covers of both books and the books inside are just as good! Dragons Prefer Blondes follows the dangerous life of Alex Caruthers, and trust me it is a dangerous life. Recently turning blonde she does indeed discover its appeal when Ginjin proposes. The story is complex with lots of twists and turns, we are introduced to two possible mates for the two remaining Caruthers sisters, an actor for one, and death for the other. Two books that I know I will look forwards to, but I digress.

Evil is again trying to invade the world, this time through the manipulation of dragons who are stealing humans as well as treasure. In her excursions to battle dragons she also discovers a stange safe house in Canada, run by the equally mysterious Mr M, but what secrets is he hiding?

Add the human trafficking, evil taking over, dragon marriage proposals to planning a wedding for her flaky best friend and meeting the love of her life and you have a good book. The thing is, she doesn't know or accept that Jake is the lover of her life... and when she does realise, will it be too late? Everyone seems to want her dead, and they almost succeed!

Alex is funny, brave and thoroughly engaging with a great left hook and a talent for one liners, Jake is strong, manly and sexy with his own set of problems. You can believe in their relationship, how it would work and how the sparks fly. However the romance is part of a larger plot about Alex's survival; if you want lots of sex scenes then be aware, they are few, but hot and towards the end of the book.

A thoroughly fun romantic read which I loved. I give it 4.5 frilly bikini bottoms out of 5 and a Minxy summer read recommendation!

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Love in the Time of Dragons: The Review

By Katie MacAlister

If you found out you were a famous fire-breather, you’d be freaked out too.

Tully Sullivan is just like any other suburban mom—unless you count the days every year that she zones out and turns base metals in to gold. Those are weird.

And now she’s woken up in a strange place surrounded by strange people who keep insisting they’re dragons—and that she’s one too. But not just any dragon. She’s Ysolde de Bouchier, a famed figure from dragon history.

Tully can’t shape-shift or breathe fire, and she’s definitely not happy being sentenced to death for the misdeeds of a dragon mate she can’t remember. All Tully knows is that she wants her son back. So she’ll have to find a way to solve the crimes of a past she has no memory of living…

Since I first read 'You Slay Me' I have LOVED the Dragon Sept books, Aisling was hilarious, Drake was brooding and sexy and Jim had all the best lines. The series moved into the books of the Silver Dragons and I followed it, finding I liked the character of May, she brought something new to the books, particularly with her problems with her demon lord and Gabriel's inability to perform foreplay. (You have to read them, trust me, it works.) So when we moved into the novels of the Light Dragons, I moved with them. Whilst the original books are still my favourites I did enjoy Love in the Time of Dragons. I am not saying it is a perfect novel, because it isn't, but I frequently smiled and laughed out loud which is what I want out of a fun book! And trust me I laughed! Why? Various things but mainly because of Jim, why? Because as I said he gets all the best lines, "who do I have to crotch snuffle around here to get some food?"

I'll get to Jim in a little while, I'll start with our main protagonists now, they are Ysolde and Baltic. We have met Baltic before, he has been mentioned since the beginning but in the last novel we discovered he had been reincarnated. The tale is told from the view point of Ysolde, a woman with no memory of being a dragon and who believes she is Tully Sullivan, apprenticed to an Arch-mage with a vacant husband and a son called Brom. We soon discover she is Ysolde, Baltic's mate, resurrected, but she has no memory of this, in fact she has no memory of many things! That is a mystery to be resolved which the books sets off to do. Because of this the book dips in and out of the past as Ysolde relives key moments in her life. This can be confusing, but then Ysolde is confused and she is telling the story, so do what I did and go with it... it all works out!

Baltic is intense, moody, dogmatic or should that me dragonmatic? He is not my favourite of the male heroes in the books, but then he would have a LONG way to eclipse Drake! But I liked him well enough, a 14th century Warlord in the body of a 30 year old dragon certainly can be amusing reading, his ideas on somethings don't quite mesh with Ysolde's and he is obsessed with his belief that she is kinky. She admitted to him, after he told her that his lieutenant likes men, that a fantasy of hers was to watch a little m/m action, I am not saying any more. I know this has already got some of your attention!

The best thing about the book is that fact that all your favourite caharacters are there. Aisling, Drake, Jim, Gabriel, Kostya, May, Cyrene... the list goes on. This gives the book fuel and a familiarity. When Ysolde is having flashbacks we discover more about the septs and the dragons. (Drake and 3 french wenches, need I say more?) I am not saying it is as good as the Aisling and Drake novels, I didn't take to Ysolde and Baltic the same way I took to them, so don't expect that, it is a novel in its own right and they are new characters.

The ending is open, this is not the last book and it is building to something big, whilst there is enough resolved for you to feel it is an ending there are still open questions to lead us into the next story. The main question for me is... what about those blood spots?

A fun, sexy, laugh out loud book, perfect for a summer read, has enough umpf for you do be able to ignore the kids upending someone off a lilo, but generally it is easy enough to follow so you can put it down and go for a swim (some bits I did have to reread after putting the book down, but they were not a huge amount). Just don't expect lost of sex, it has sexy scenes but the main sex scene is towards the end of the book and it has an interesting twist!

Sexy summer fun I give it 3.5 frilly bikini bottoms out of 5. A minxy summer read.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Teaser Tuesday... time for Dragons!

Inspired by The Book Vixen, who participates in Teaser Tuesday hosted by MizB at Should be Reading I think it is a FAB idea... she said to

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others.
* Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Ok so here goes, my teaser is from p17: of Love in the Time of Dragons by Katie MacAlister

"Ah no ill effects from it, I hope?" he asked.

"Not unless you call fifty-two elephants tap-dancing in combat boots while bouncing anvils on my brain an ill effect," I said, gazing longingly at the bottle of ibuprofen.'What the hell am I doing?"

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Steamed: The Review

By Katie MacAllister

Jack Fletcher's heart is about to get punked.

Computer technician Jack Fletcher is no hero, despite his unwelcome reputation as one. In fact, he's just been the victim of bizarre circumstances. Like now. His sister happens to disturb one of his nanoelectromechanical system experiments, and now they aren't where they're supposed to be. In fact, they're not sure where they are when…

…they wake up to see a woman with the reddest hair Jack has ever seen-and a gun. Octavia Pye is an Aerocorps captain with a whole lot of secrets, and she's not about to see her maiden voyage ruined by stowaways. But the sparks flying between her and Jack just may cause her airship to combust and ignite a passion that will forever change the world as she knows it…

This a book I have had for a while and only just got round to reading (I really must get through my TBR pile) I actually started reading it over 2 weeks ago and it has taken me this long to read. Why? Nothing to do with the book and more to do with altered deadlines for reports which interrupted me. So what about the book? This is my first venture into the Steampunk world and I enjoyed it. The premise is that Jack Fletcher and his sister Hallie and zapped into the world of Octavia Pye, an airship captain. But Octavia has secrets of her own, some of which are revealed in the book and some which aren't. Whilst this is the story of Octavia and Jack this has an overarching story which would connect future novels.

So what did I think? I liked it... I loved the characters... I loved the steampunk settings... the corsets... Jack's obsession with goggles... so why only like? The chapters are written alternately in the voice of either Jack or Octavia, I actually love dual narratives, however due to my circumstances and drawing out out reading it I kept having to think, OK who is telling this chapter. But that is my foible and I actually read the second half of the book yesterday and the dual narrative had no impact on my enjoyment of the story. What it did mean was that I had an insight into the feelings and fears of both characters.

Is it sexy? Yes! The sexual bantering and bristling between Jack and Octavia is fun, and when they finally get it together oh baby! I want to be Octavia Pye! I particularly enjoyed one scene in a secret passage way, the absurdity of it and the events which preceded it and followed it made it all the more fun, or intriguing and hot.

It is a book where everything that can go wrong will and that makes for a very interesting plot full of twists and turns, some of which you can guess, others which you can't!

A good book, interesting concept, interesting and mad cap characters, the cook who is obsessed with romancing Octavia is particularly fun, as is the disappearing Mr Llama! Perfect for a summer read!

I give this book 4 panties out of 5 a frilly panty read! Or as I am recommending it as a summer fun read, a frilly bikini bottom read!

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