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Sunday Free Reads: Erotica Romance Ebooks

In FREE READS, General on November 28, 2011 at 9:47 am

Award-winning erotic publishers, Xcite Books, offers quality erotic fiction across a wide range of genres. Founded in 2007 the company has rapidly grown to become one of the UK’s largest erotic publishing companies. For print editions of their books please click here.

Winners of ETO Best Erotic Book Brand 2010 and Jade Erotic Awards : Best Erotic Publisher 2010.

Xcite Books –http://www.erotica-romance-ebooks.com/romance-and-erotic-ebooks/free-reads.html

 

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Classifieds: Authors Wanted!! Christmas of the Damned is a coming.

In review on November 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Authors Wanted!

I need some authors willing to pimp themselves for the good of the holidays. I wish to have a total of twelve (12) authors, whom have books with a “Damned Christmas” theme or have releases in or close to xmas.

We at Naughtyeditionreviews are doing a 12 day event called “The Twelve Damned Days of Christmas” Stating December 10th to Dec 22nd.

I had started out with only using Urban fantasy authors, however I guess they are all busy so now I am opening it up to anyone with a good book; romance elements are a must; erotica no problem but just boring fiction…eh. No offense to anyone, I read all kinds but this is a paranormal/romance/urban fantasy blog that dwells in erotica too. Not for the faint of heart or the below 18.

Email me at (Rayna @ naughtyeditionreviews .com) no spaces. If we get more than 12 then I guess we will have some more pimpage. Thanks!!

Review: Taming the Stallion by Zena Leigh

In Contemporary, review, Zena leigh on November 24, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Taming the Stallion

By ZenaLeigh

Whispers Publishing

(www.whispershome.com)

Sex or lack of: lots and purposeful 4.5

Story/plot: 4

Overall enjoyment: 4

Rachel Sheldon is running scared – from both men and horses – so when she meets the sexually experienced Nick Sheldon at her former stables, only time will tell if the newfound desire he awakes in her will be enough to tame him.

It was a good book. Story worked and flowed; the sex scenes were integral with the story; it was a sweet and charmingly seduction read.

It was about a woman,Rachel, who raped by an employee and then trampled by a horse. (She has my “sucks to be you” award nomination BTW)Rachelthen returns to the stud farm where her life was changed. Moreover, upon meeting the new owner her life changes again. There were many parallels to horses and people. I guess it is the same principle most the time. However, where a few references are okay, too many makes for a skipper. (A skipper, is when the reader feels that she has read this same scene already but in a different part of the book therefore they skip through to some unfamiliar wording.)

 

Review: Death’s Sweet Embrace by Travey O’Hara

In review, Tracey O'Hara, Urban Fantasy on November 24, 2011 at 1:20 am

Death’s Sweet Embrace

by Tracey O’Hara

2nd in the Dark Brethern Series

If you want to walk on the dark side look no further than Deaths Sweet Embrace.  Its dirty, its gritty and its in your face.  The Dark Brethern are stirring and things are going to get messy.  I suggest reading or rereading Nights Cold Kiss, the first book in the series, before jumping into this book just to get up to speed with the reoccurring characters.

Its been eighteen years since Kitt/Kathryn has seen her twin daughters.  Daughters she was forced to give up at birth.  Just as she is getting the chance to know them, a serial killer is targeting paranormal children on campus.  Throw in her former lover, the father of her children, then add in a reunion with a family that shunned her and the twists and turns begin.

Usually in paranormal books, the various branches of the supernatural races are either at each others throats (no pun intended) or existing in uneasy truces but in Ms O’Hara’s books, they work together, live together and play together.  Each character while perhaps uneasy with the differences, works through these to understanding and acceptance of each other.  You can see the genuine respect.

You get pulled into the story. You barrack for the good guys and a shiver runs down your spine every time one of the bad guys appear.  These characters jump off the page and demand your attention.  Don’t think you are going to be able to put this book down because of real life because the storyline will go with you and play through your head until you sit down and continue the read.  The plot engages and you turn each page while holding your breath.

Once you finish the book, you’ll find yourself mulling over then ending and wondering what happens next.  It will also make you want to turn around and read it all over again

Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

In Patricia Briggs, review, Urban Fantasy on November 22, 2011 at 1:20 am

Cry Wolf

by Patricia Briggs

INTRODUCING THE ALPHA AND OMEGA NOVELS…

Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.

This was essentially a Mercy Thompson book, staring someone other than Mercy Thompson.  I was rather disappointed in Cry Wolf. For the first book in a new series, even one set in an established world, there should be more background.  The story starts immediately after a main character has been shot, then killed off his rival.  At no point in the book is this described, but it is referred to repeatedly.  Now, on to the good stuff.  The story is well written, the plot is well thought out and coherent.  The characters are believable, and written such that the reader feels invested in who they are.  The book seems a bit short, but I couldn’t put it down.  If I was to give it a rating it would be 3.5 Stars, and about 4.5 hours of sleep lost.

Promo: The Amanda Feral Series by Mark Henry

In Mark Henry, Urban Fantasy on November 20, 2011 at 1:20 am

Road Trip of the Living Dead

Blurb:

With a little help from a Korean-ghost hood ornament, a cadre of wayward psychics, and a masochist named Fishhook, celebrity party girl Amanda Feral, her zombie pal Wendy, and vampy gay sidekick Gil avoid a dangerous detour while crossing state lines to visit Amanda’s sick mother.

Happy Hour of the Damned

Blurb:

Amanda Feral, a newly turned zombie trying to make her way through Seattle’s undead scene while satisfying her craving for human flesh, discovers that someone or something is determined to turn the underworld into a place of true terror.

Review:

The Amanda Feral series, Happy Hour of the Damned and Road Trip of the Living Dead, by Mark Henry, get the two highest praises that an author can receive: I couldn’t put them down, and I immediately went out and bought the next book in the series.  Amanda is a snarky, vain, socialite that just happens to be a zombie.  With her clique of soul-mate ghoul friend, and flamboyantly gay vampire, she chews up the Seattle nightlife, sometimes literally.  Each chapter is annotated by Amanda herself, and comes with sidebars on how to make a green demon cocktail or the DJ’s set list at the club she’s gracing with her presence.  In between obsessing over shoes or wardrobe, she works to foil a corporate coffee conglomerate’s bid to take over the world.  (Yes, that one.)  She breathes new life into a sometimes stale genre of urban fantasy.  I’m just dying to get my hands on his third book in the series, Battle of the Network Zombies.  If it’s like these past two books,  it will be something to really sink your teeth into.

Battle of the Network Zombies

Blurb:

In desperate need of money, Amanda Feral agrees to appear on a new reality show called American Minions, but when the show’s host, a lecherous wood nymph, is found incinerated in a locked room, Amanda must figure out which inhabitant of “Minion’s Mansion” is responsible.

Review: Night’s Cold Kiss by Tracey O’Hara

In review, Tracey O'Hara, Urban Fantasy on November 18, 2011 at 1:21 am

Night’s Cold Kiss

by Tracey O’Hara

For centuries war raged between the humans and Aeternus vampires—until courageous efforts on both sides forged a fragile peace.

But the rogue Necrodreniacs will never be controlled—addicted as they are to the death-high . . . and bloody chaos.

Since witnessing the murder of her mother, Antoinette Petrescu has burned with fiery hatred for the vampire race—even for Christian Laroque, the noble, dangerously handsome Aeternus who rescued her. Now an elite Venator, Antoinette must reluctantly accept Christian’s help to achieve her vengeance—even as he plots to use the beautiful, unsuspecting warrior as bait to draw out the bloodthirsty dreniacs.

Tracey O’hara is a dragon keeper and if any of you get the chance to meet her, ask her just how close she keeps her dragons.  This is her debut novel and boy does she start this series with a bang.  What a fantastic title, Night’s Cold Kiss; if this book hadn’t been recommended I would have picked it up just for the title.

My favourite genre of all time for reading is sci-fi and I loved how Tracey managed to combine the sci-fi elements into a dark urban fantasy.  I’m not really a romance reader so I enjoy a book where the antagonism between the main characters and the plot are far more important than the “sex” and “love”.  Though, it was a bit confusing with all the different characters, the types of vampires and which government or non government organisation is what; however, I can see the beginning of a very complex world. I will continue to read this series to see whether the promise of the complex world and story line eventuate.  The story line is fast paced and bumpy, just the sort of roller coaster I like.

Okay, so the preface of a vampire huntress who falls for her enemy while battling evil is nothing new but this book is a really engaging read. Antoinette is tough and feisty while Christian has the “dark broodiness we come to expect from alpha vampires down pat.  The two of them clash as the chemistry burns between them.  The first sex scene was, for me, a bit out of the blue however it was only a momentary “ha what” before I was quickly engrossed back in the story. There’s also plenty of action and tons of mysteries and layers to peel back in the world of the Dark Brethren.

Ms O’hara’s take in a fairly saturated genre is fresh and new.  While some other readers expect certain rules or formula’s to be followed, I enjoyed this book all the more so for the differences.  Bring on DEATH’S SWEET EMBRACE.

Review: Dance of the Seven Veils by Cris Anson

In review on November 17, 2011 at 12:24 am

Dance of the Seven Veils

by Cris Anson

Dance series book one

Story: 3

Sex: 4

Overall: 3.5

Book 1 in the Dance series. Robbed of her self-esteem during a loveless marriage, recently divorced Lyssa Markham allows her best friend to drag her, costumed as Salome, to a masquerade. She’s shocked then intrigued to discover the participants are members of an exclusive sex club. Hiding behind her mask, she permits her long-submerged sensual side to re-emerge as erotic sights and sounds bombard her. Seeing a darkly sexy gladiator inspires her to dance for him, seductively removing one veil at a time until she falls naked into his hot embrace.Days later, she learns her ex has neglected to fulfill an urgent financial stipulation in the divorce decree. Unable to reach him, she storms into his lawyer’s office to resolve the problem and comes face to face with her gladiator. His first words, “Lift up your skirt…Salome.” Robert Savidge is everything a woman could want—rich, handsome, successful. Should she obey her impulse and run from him? Or can she find the courage to explore her nascent sensuality with this man who so obviously wants to teach her?

I liked the book in the beginning and middle. It started out sexy, hot and steamy, then some awesome scenes in an office. And it seemed to be looking up gearing for a really nice erotic love story, then the plot or scenario became clouded. I was not sure what the conflict was after a while. It was unclear until the characters started to change there train of thought in some situations. There was not to much inner dialogue that would suggest that the problem was other then the obvious messy divorce from an asshat bent on ruining her life.

I believe the author could have stopped at any point and concluded it. I think it would have made for a better book. But as it is now, I felt that it was too long. The ending was anticlimactic and I felt deflated.

Review: Guilt By Association by Marcia Clark

In Marcia Clark, review, Romantic Suspense on November 16, 2011 at 1:19 am

Guilt by Association

by Marcia Clark

Release date: 20th April 2011

Los Angeles D.A. Rachel Knight is a tenacious, wise-cracking, and fiercely intelligent prosecutor in the city’s most elite division. When her colleague, Jake, is found dead at a grisly crime scene, Rachel is shaken to the core. She must take over his toughest case: the assault of a young woman from a prominent family.

But she can’t stop herself from digging deeper into Jake’s death, a decision that exposes a world of power and violence and will have her risking her reputation–and her life–to find the truth.

With her tremendous expertise in the nuances of L.A. courts and crime, and with a vibrant ensemble cast of characters, Marcia Clark combines intimate detail, riotous humor, and visceral action in a debut thriller that marks the launch of a major new figure on the crime-writing scene.

Wow what a ride this book is.  I was sucked in from the first page.  The main character was focused and smart but at the same time very likeable.  The plot was fleshed out but stopped short of an information overload.  Each chapter revealed more of the story within a story and the crafting of the two divergent plots to the final culmination was a masterful stoke.

This novel is action packed and brings to vivid life the working of the DA’s office.  Once I read about the author, I could understand why there was so much detail.  She knows this stuff because she’s lived it.  The books starts with the death of DA Rachel Knights close colleague Jake.  She can’t believe that he has done what he is accused of but is given a big “hands off” by the police investigating.

Determined to find out what really happened while handing her own case load plus the extra case she inherits from Jake, Rachel puts her reputation, career and even her life on the line. You need to pay attention to all the little pieces of the puzzle to be able to work out where the author is heading and this to me is a sign of a great suspense novel.  There is enough information dropped throughout the book that you can never be too sure of how it’s going to end until the end.

Only negative I can say is that I wanted to know more about some of the secondary characters however knowing that this book is the first of a two book deal I look forward to learning more about the secondary characters in the subsequent book

Review: Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland

In Diana Rowland, review, Urban Fantasy on November 14, 2011 at 1:19 am

Mark of the Demon

by  Diana Rowland

Mark of the Demon is the first published novel of Diana Rowland. I had won the novel from her blog with a little toilet humor. http://www.dianarowland.com/weblog/?p=452 . After some post office and assistant difficulty I finally got the book last week.  I was pretty excited.  Here is a blurb:

When Homicide Detective Kara Gillian finds traces of arcane power on a body, she quickly realizes that this is no ordinary murder. The serial killer known as the Symbol Man is a nightmare that Beaulac, Louisiana thought had ended three years ago, but now he’s back for an encore and leaving every indication on the flesh of his victims that he is well-versed in demonic lore.

However, Kara is a Summoner of Demons, and may be the only cop on the city’s small force who can stop the killer. Able to see and interact with a world most people can’t, Kara must draw on her skills as a police officer and master of the arcane to stop the Symbol Man from killing again and possibly summoning something even she can’t control.

But with a demonic lord of unearthly beauty and power haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in way over her head….

Excerpt

I absolutely loved this book. I stayed up until dawn reading it. Diana Rowland has a very good grasp on what it takes to make a book hot, sexy, with a dose of fear.

The Heroine, Kara, has had some tough times, fear of being found out she is a Summoner of Demons is just one of them.  When the appearance of Rhyzkahl, a hotter than hell sexy-ass Demon Lord, has proven to have ulterior motives. She sinks further away for mankind as a whole except for casual friends and her Aunt Tessa. I don’t blame her people are and can be very cruel.

There are some sad parts too. It’s not all sex, demons and guns.  I would have to say this book has a little bit for everyone; Sex for us voyeurs and demon-slaying for the gun-toting paranormal addicts and some suspense for the mystery lovers.

We are never really sure who to believe in the book until the end. But even then I was still WTF! At 4 a.m. I thought it was my brain making stuff up. But yeah the ending of the book was a real surprise.  I can’t wait for the next one, Blood of the Demon. I have now added it to my buy now list.

Diana Rowland’s Blog ; Diana’s Twitter ; Website