Thursday, 30 December 2010

Sweet Seduction by Maya Banks: Reviewed

He was the stuff erotic dreams are made of

Salon owner Julie Stanford wanted Nathan Tucker ever since she gave him his first massage. Getting paid to feel every inch of his body, stripped, oiled, and spread out in front of her? Stuff dreams are made of. But the sexy guy was oblivious to the signals she was sending - until she finished off his final rub-down with something extra. In fact, the best extra he ever had. Unfortunately, he came around too late. Now Julie's moving on...

She was everything he'd dreamed of

The woman was driving him crazy.  She lit fire to his insides then ran like a scalded cat.  And now she's going to someone else to have all her fantasies fulfilled? Over his dead body...He's more than willing to give her what she wants, and as soon as he pins the little minx down, he'd show her his own brand of sweet seduction.

Another great installment from the Sweet series although there were times when I wanted to hit the protagonists. A good slap would have told them to get their act together and get on with it, but then the story wouldn't be as much fun. It truly is a case of when two friends really like each other but then manufacture all these different reasons and excuses of why they shouldn't be, or why the other doesn't seem interested and why they should move on etc... Please don't let this put you off, because it is actually one of the things which makes this book so charming, I KNOW people like this. To be honest, I have been that person!

Julie is fun, strong, endearing, frisky (and no I am not talking about me *wink*) Nathan is hot, sexy and hung. Ok there is more to it than that, he is honest and endearing and a little possessive, not to mention caring and completely head over heels in love with Julie. He just doesn't know what to do about it. It is a story of misunderstandings, pride and life. How in a relationship you need to share and to understand the other party. I read this avidly and when I finished went online to buy Micah's book, which hopefully should be here soon! Oh yeah, the sex scenes are HOT.

You want a fun and interesting read then go for the Sweet series. I give this book 4 frilly knickers out of 5, a damp panty read.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Sweet Persuasion by Maya Banks: Reviewed

For five years, Serena has run Fantasy Incorporated and has devoted her time to fulfilling her clients' fantasies. Never her own. Until now...

Her most secret desire is to give ownership of her body to a man. Someone who will command her, pleasure her, and have complete authority over her. So she seeks out Damon Roche, owner of an exclusive sex club and a man strong enough to make her do anything he wants. Anything.

Together they'll journey into a world she's only dreamed of. She's given the opportunity to immerse herself in a different life while her normal one waits for her to return whenever she wishes. Damon has no desire to let her go, however. Serena is the woman he's long searched for, and it's up to him to convince her to stay when the game is all over with. He wants their fantasy to become their reality and for Serena to remain his pampered, cherished submissive.


Book 2 in the Sweet series by Maya Banks and just as good as the first book, albeit very different. That is one thing I have noticed in this series, each book is individual and stands alone, it is not a formula where it just replays the story that has gone before. The characters may be friends and some may work together but that is all they have in common. Each have individual wants, needs and lives, and for me that means the books are fully fleshed out and intriguing.

The book begins with Serena confessing her sexual fantasy during a girls pampering session, Faith puts her in touch with Damon and the book rolls on from there. With Faith and Gray's book you had the thriller subplot to move the story along, in this Serena and Damon have a romantic story where they fall in love against the back drop of sexual dominance, this allows their relationship to leave the bedroom and grow.

Serena is strong yet feminine, completely likeable, yet it was Damon who stole the show for me, I think it was the longing that we see in his character, the yearning and the need for someone to adore. It could have been so simple to set this up as a simple master slave novel, but it is not that, it explores a relationship without those labels.

I know, I am starting to waffle now so I will make this nice and simple. Great book, I loved it. I give Sweet Persuasion 4 frilly knickers out of 5, a damp panty read.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Sweet Surrender by Maya Banks: Reviewed

Sometimes the first step in taking control is surrendering.
Under Faith Malone’s deceptively soft exterior lies a woman who knows exactly what she wants. A strong man who’ll take without asking—because she’s willing to give him everything...
Dallas cop Gray Montgomery is on a mission: find the guy who killed his partner—and bring him to justice. So far, he’s found a link between the killer and Faith—and if Gray has to get close to her to catch the killer, so be it.
Faith is sweet and feminine, everything Gray wants and desires in a woman, but he suspects she’s playing games. No way she would allow a man to call the shots in their relationship. Or would she?
Faith sees in Gray the strong, dominant man she needs, but he seems determined to keep her at a distance. So she takes matters into her own hands to prove to him it’s no game she’s playing. She’s willing to surrender to the right man. Gray would like to be that man. But catching his partner’s killer has to be his first priority. Until Faith is threatened and Gray realizes he will do anything to protect her.

Yum, yum, yum! Definitely a sweet book, I came to this series from a recommendation from Sparklybearsy (#showingsomebearlove)  I'd already read some Banks books, the Colter's series in particular after other blogger recommendations and generally enjoyed them, however Bearsy told me I must read the Sweet series and she was SO right, why? Because I loved them! For me one of the nicest things is being able to read a series back to back if you come late to it, and I was able to do that with this series as I had the first 3 on my TBR pile since the summer. I have book 4 being delivered any day now.

Why did I like them? I think it is because, as the title suggests there is something sweet about them, something that hints of deep and real emotions, the kind that sneak up behind you and whack you over the head with a lead pipe and leave you panting in the bedroom with Colonel Mustard. Ok so there is no lead pipe or Colonel Mustard and I have been playing too much Cluedo over the festive period, but hopefully you will get my rather odd analogy.

They are a fun frisky romp with real emotion and tension.

But first things first and my feelings about Sweet Seduction, the other two will follow over the next two days. There is a real thrill in this book, in the sense of the plot line of a thriller novel woven in with the story of a burgeoning relationship. Gray is strong, sexy, brooding and grieving for his dead partner, he goes to work for Faith's adoptive Father as a way of getting close to his partner's killer. He tries his best not to fall for Faith, but he struggles, when he finds out she wants dominance his fate is sealed and he can hold out no longer. When her life is put in danger he will do everything he can to save her.

Faith is no push over, she is feminine and innocent on the outside, but she knows what she wants and is prepared to go out and get it. This need for something different sends her to The House and has her meeting Damon, this journey also sends Gray's temperature off the scale and the scene where he goes and retrieves her is so hot!

Not only do you have two smouldering main characters but you have a host of well rounded supporting characters all who provide a relevant role, and whose own stories are fleshed out in later novels. Loved it, and if you haven't read them already... do!

A sexy damp panty read and I give it 4.5 frilly knickers out of 5!

Monday, 27 December 2010

Ink Spots by Lissa Matthews: Review

By night, Mandi is a waitress in her best friend’s adult entertainment club, complete with long raven hair and bright blue eyes. By day, she’s a boutique jewelry maker with a flair for the occasional naughty design. She’s shy, quiet, a definitive Plain Jane—and completely in lust with the one man who wouldn’t ever be interested in her. He’s big, menacing, and inspires every one of her dirty girl desires. If birthday wishes came true, he would be hers.
Tattoo artist. Business owner. Lover of vintage cars. Drummer. Jaz is far from the average guy. Built like a brick wall and inked from head to toe, he can scare the faint of heart with just a look, but faint of heart isn’t what interests him, isn’t what fuels his fantasies and keeps him hard from dawn to dusk. It’s her—the waitress, his sister’s friend, the birthday girl.
Mandi is given the best present ever—Jaz. And she’s got one night to make every wicked thought and erotic dream she’s had about him come true

For me another great read from Lissa Matthews, I have made no secret about the fact I loved Vinter's book *fans self* and this set me off on a little trek through the next two installments, both of which have left me feeling squirmy and hot under the collar. Why? I don't know, it could be a combination of the kind of coincidences that, in your fantasies, you hope will happen to you, and characters you like. Whilst what happens to them might be a little outside most peoples realities (if only) there is something truly likeable and relatable about the characters. Mandi is a jewellery designer who waitresses in her friends strip bar to pay her bills, she has the hots for her friends brother, and he has the hots for her. Jaz is intimidating and stares at her like he wants to eat her, thankfully with a little manoeuvring from her friends, he is able to do just that.

Jaz introduces Mandi to his world and allows her to embrace her sexuality, he knows just what he wants and is no longer afraid to go and get it. The book also reunites us with Vinter and Dallon, and introduces Jackie and Mac.... I wonder if Jackie and Mac could be the next installment *bats eyelashes hopefully*.

If you want something to get your new year started with a bang, then this could be the book for you, let Jaz and Mandi spice up your life, perhaps it will make you wan to start the year with a little ink. 

A new years frilly recommendation, I give Ink Spots 4 frilly knickers out of 5, a damp pantie read with birthday candles on top!

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