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Review of Beyond Control By Kit Rocha

Beyond Control

Beyond Control (Beyond #2) by Kit Rocha

Genre: Erotica, Ménage, Dystopia, BDSM, Adult Fiction.

 Published: March 2013

Format: ARC from Publisher

In the first book, Beyond Shame, I really liked the characters Lex and Dallas.  So I was excited that Beyond Control was their story.

Alexa “Lex” came from sector 2 where there was a lot of poverty and people were not treated like animals.  When she escaped, she joined Dallas’s sector 4 and found a place where people were treated like humans and not like slaves.  Dallas is the leader of sector 4.  He loves Lex, but he knows that he cannot push her to do anything, least of all commit to him.  However, when Lex decides to give it a try and give him a chance at a relationship, business calls at sector 2 where bad memories are still at the core for Lex.  Will Dallas’s agreements with Sector 2 affect their relationship?

Dallas and Lex are two very strong people who like to be in control so it was interesting to see the change in the dynamic in this book.

I loved the start of the book and I loved the last 25% of the book.  However, some parts in the middle, I felt got off track.  I loved the general plot in the book, but in the middle, I felt like a lot of it was masked with all the unnecessary sex.

When Dallas and Lex were thrown into the “mix” with Noelle and Jasper, I started to think that there were no real feelings for each other. However, I am glad that when Dallas and Lex finally committed, their most intimate moments were in private.  I had no problem when they liked to “play” with others in the book, but sometimes it got a little too much.

I love the fact that the author added the POVs of Bren, Six, Rachel, Ace and Cruz.  To be honest, those characters’ POVs were my favorite parts of the book. I cannot wait to read about Bren and Six in the next book.

  • Did I skim? Unfortunately yes. Like I said the middle got a little carried away for me.
  • Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes.
  • Do I look forward to the sequel? Yes.
  • Will I reread? Probably not.
  • Pace of the story? Okay
  • Positives: Author has a great writing style and there is a good plot. In the end, it is a good dystopian story.
  • Negatives: I think I said it a couple of times already…the middle.
  • Do I recommend?  Surprisingly yes. There are great characters in these books. You may just some of the “interactions” between these couples a little uncomfortable.  However, overall this is a good series.

 

Series Reading Order:

Beyond-ShameBeyond Shame (Beyond #1) – Published September 2012 – Check my review

Beyond ControlBeyond Control (Beyond #2) – Published March 2013

Beyond PainBeyond Pain (Beyond #3) – Expected Publication  Fall 2013

Beyond JealousyBeyond Jealousy (Beyond #4) – Expected Publication End of 2013/Beginning 2014

Kit Rocha Website: http://kitrocha.com/

Kit Rocha Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thebrokencircle?fref=ts

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2013 in Dystopia, Erotica, Menage, Series

 

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Review of Truth and Author Interview Aleatha Romig

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Review

Truth (Consequences #2) by Aleatha Romig

Genre: Suspense, Mystery, Dark, Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction.

Published: October 2012

Length: 468 pages

5 out of 5 Stars (It was a really good sequel…loved!)

I am always so leery of sequels.  Many are just “fillers” until the third book in the trilogy comes out.  I hate that.  However, that was not in the case with Truth the sequel to Consequences.

Synopsis: When Claire finally is released from jail and from Anthony Rawlings, she makes it a mission to rebuild her life.  After being under the control of Tony for so long, she knows it will be a struggle, but one she cannot fail at. How easy will that be when she knows that Tony likes to control everything in his life and even though she is no longer “in” his life, she knows that Tony will not give her up that easily.   However, what Claire begins to learn is not everyone is fooled in the façade that Anthony Rawlings put out for people to see.

The second book in the Consequences series was so well written, so original; I loved the twists and turns.  Just when I thought I had everything figured there was an unexpected twist.

I am emotionally invested in the lives of Claire and Tony.  I don’t know if I will regret saying this, but I started to like Tony. Yes, I know!!!  I saw him as a different man, but not sure if I am blinded by all his “everything.”   Readers, you know what I mean!!!!

And what an amazing job the author did by having me change my opinion about certain characters.  I can’t believe I started hating some and loving others. Maybe I am suffering Stockholm syndrome??!!  Can I get that as a reader????

My favorite… favorite scene in the whole book is the scene when Claire meets Tony at the restaurant for the first time after she has been released from jail. I read Truth twice already and that is still my favorite scene in the entire book.  That scene was just so…Tony.  I don’t want to give away specifics but from the minute Claire walked into the restaurant to the end it was everything I could see Tony do.  I seriously love and hate that man.  I need help!!

Hours after finishing the book, I was thinking about the characters.  I rarely say this about a book, but I am not sure if I want an HEA with this series.  The ending had me asking “what just happened???” And this is why I loved the book.  I love that I am not sure which way I want the story to go.

  • Did I skim? No. So much happens in this book, you can not skim.
  • Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes!
  • Will I reread? Already have and probably will again before Convicted comes out.
  • Positives:  Well paced. The sequel did not disappoint.
  • Negatives: My only gripe is that we have to wait for the release until the end of 2013/beginning of 2014.
  • Do I recommend? Yes. I loved it!!!!

 

Author Interview (Part II)

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Aleatha Romig

What was the hardest part about writing Consequences and Truth?

The hardest part was writing a trilogy and not knowing I was writing a trilogy! I wrote Consequences as a standalone book.  I left it “open”.  However, I had no idea where it would go. Then with Truth and now with Convicted, I have to check dates and work diligently to be sure everything fits together.

How long did it take you to write Consequences and Truth?

I wrote Consequences slower, it was all trial and error.  Truth, once it started flowing, which was about 5 – 6 months into it, I wrote the entire manuscript in four months.

Did you learn anything from writing Consequences and Truth? If yes, what was it?

OMG! I’ve learned SO much.  I’ve gone to seminars and workshops. I’ve talked with talented amazing authors. I’ve listened to readers and reviewers.  The entire process has been one big education. I’ve learned to know the rules and know when to break them.  Value others opinions but write for me.  If I don’t love what I write, no one else will.

Did any parts or scenes of Consequences and/or Truth come from personal experiences or of experiences of other people? 

There are a few snippets here and there.  However, most of the material is from fiction, books, TV shows, and movies… all woven together.

Did your husband and children read your books? If yes, what were their reactions to the story?

My husband is my “sounding board”.  I often read scenes to him. My children have not read, but they know the story. We’ve had many dinner discussions regarding Claire and Tony.

Is there a meaning behind the cover of Consequences and Truth?

Yes, at the end of Consequences, the note in the box says, “You’re just a piece of the puzzle”.   The entire book is a puzzle for the reader to put together. Remember, things are not always as they appear.  And Truth, I wanted to stay with the “game” theme.  The entire book is like a chess match.  I also like the inclusion of Claire’s pearl necklace.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Follow your heart and get a good editor!

Do you have anything that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you! I could never have imagined how loving and outgoing readers could be.  I’m enjoying every minute of this fantastic ride.  Please continue to tell others about my books.  Word of mouth is still the best recommendation.

What is your favorite movie? Favorite book?

One of my favorite movies, I’ve watched so many times I know by heart is: Overboard with Goldie Hawn.   Favorite book, I always say: Gone With the Wind.   Truly, there are too many to pick one!

What is the most shocking thing a fan has asked you since Consequences and Truth have been published?

That! lol   Nothing comes to mind.  Maybe I’m not easily shocked.

Will Convicted be the last book in the series?

Yes, it’s time to move on.  However, no matter how many more books or series’ I write, Tony and Claire will always be special – they’re my first.  You always remember your first!

When will Convicted be coming out?

The release date isn’t set.  I’m hoping for late 2013 / early 2014.  We’ll see!

Thank you for this interview. I cannot tell you how excited I am for the release of Convicted.

Thank you so much for having me here! And thank you for telling people about my books! I’m very excited about Convicted too… I promise more twists and turns! I have a reputation to maintain.

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Series Reading Order:

Consequences (Consequences #1)

Truth (Consequences #2)

Convicted (Consequences #3)

 

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Review of Rule (Rule #1) By Jay Crownover

Rule4 out of 5 Stars (I really liked this book.)

Genre: Contemporary Romance, YA/NA/College (18+), Bad Boy.

Publication: December 2012

Length: 327 Pages

Okay, let me start by saying that I really liked this book. I am not positive if Rule was Jay Crownover first book, but I could not find anything else by her.  All I can say is that she has a new fan and that is me.

I was getting a little frustrated and losing hope that I would not find another good, hot bad-boy with tattoos meets sweet cute girl love story. Well this book brought me out of that drought because I loved it.

These are of course my favorite type of YA/NA stories.   Bad boy meets good girl.  Bad boy has issues as does the good girl, but they start a relationship with a lot of baggage and other drama.  Rule, the bad boy, is a male slut. He is angsty and moody.  Shaw Landon is a beautiful, smart, good girl who happens to love Rule even though Rule has no idea.    Rule and Shaw have known each other since they were 14 years old.    Rule is estranged from his parents after his brother died in an accident 3 years ago.

Every Sunday morning, Shaw picks up Rule and drives him to his parents’ house for brunch only to find Rule with a different girl naked with him in bed. Shaw has not become immune to seeing Rule with those girls.  Shaw just keeps her feelings for Rule a secret, because she knows that he does not share the same feelings that she has for him.

This book had me yelling and frustrated with Rule and yet I could not stop reading.  The story has you sucked in at page one.  It does not drag. Even with the grammar and editing issues, I really enjoyed this book.  The romance was steamy, their relationship was hot and I loved all the characters.

  • Did I skim? No.
  • Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes.
  • Do I recommend? Yes.
  • Will I reread? Yes.
  • Pace of the story: Good
  • Will I read the sequel? Yes. I cannot wait to read Jet’s story.
  • Positives: I liked that the author had one of the obvious angsty issues happen early on in the story.  I hate when the author leaves the obvious conflict for the last 20%.  In Rule, the main characters deal with the obvious conflict in the first half and then the characters deal with another conflict that I did not see coming later on, which made the story all the more interesting.
  • Negatives: Grammar and editing.  The Kindle book edition I had said the editing problems were corrected, but I still saw a lot of misspelled words and grammar issues.  However, once I got passed it, I really enjoyed the story. I think Jay Crownover is a very talented writer and I like her writing style.

 

Series Reading Order:

RuleRule (Rule #1)

AANo Cover YetJet (Rule #2) – Expected Publication 2013

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2013 in Contemporary Romance, Series, YA/College

 

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Review of Turning Point (The Kathleen Turner Series #3) By: Tiffany Snow

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Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Fiction.

Release Date: February 19, 2013

Length: 444 Pages

10++++ Stars (I LOVED!!!)

The third book in Tiffany Snow’s, Kathleen Turner series, did not disappoint. I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed this book.

I am ecstatic that there is going to be book #4 and I already loved the first chapter that was the preview in back of the book.

When I finished Turning Point, I immediately when back and read my favorite scenes.  I did not want this book to end.  I could not put this book down.  It was such an amazing read.  I cannot think of the proper adjective to describe or tell you just how much I loved this book.

Like in most sequels, I thought that this book would start out slow.  NO, this one does not.  Tiffany Snow has such a great imagination that there is not one dull moment.

I first was introduced to Tiffany Snow’s Kathleen Turner series when I went away with my husband on his business trip and was stuck in the hotel room because of bad weather.  While my husband was in all-day conventions, I had nothing to do. So, I randomly purchased some books.  One of them was No Turning Back. I never heard of No Turning Back or Tiffany Snow.  I don’t know what made me purchase it. The minute I started, I could not put it down.  As soon as I was done with No Turning Back, I immediately picked up the sequel, Turn to Me.  That was another amazing read.  I was actually glad I was stuck in the hotel room while there was a storm outside and no one to interrupt me. I don’t think I even ate until my husband came back from his meetings and asked if I was hungry.

My love letter to Tiffany Snow: This is going to be a shameless letter to you. I do not know how to tell you what an amazing writer you are.  I hope there are 100+ books in the Kathleen Turner series.  This is hands down my favorite romantic suspense series and you are one of my top 5 favorite authors.

Plot: Kathleen Turner is promoted from working as law-firm-runner at her boyfriend’s, Blane Kirk’s office to work with Blane’s brother, Kade, as an investigator.   Kade is a well-known assassin-for-hire who also happens to have some interest in Kathleen.   Kade and Kathleen go on a lead to solve an old case only to come across some people who are willing to kill just so they are not found.  Meanwhile, Blane is defending a ruthless man who is accused of raping a woman.   Kathleen, Blane and Kade must atone for the sins of the past and the present. The fallout will force Kathleen to a turning point…in her career, and her life.

This book carries everything you need in a story to be satisfied.  There will be no regrets reading this book.  You will not feel like you wasted your time.

If you like romance with a bit of suspense, you will love this book. And if you think that you are not into romantic suspense novels, you will be after reading this incredible book.

  • Did I skim? NO
  • Did I fell connected to the characters? Yes.
  • Did I look forward to returning to the book when I had to stop? Yes.  I asked my husband to make dinner for the kids and put them to bed so I can finish this awesome book.  I could not stop reading.
  • Will I re-read? Yes. I already re-read my favorite parts.
  • Pace of the story? Perfect.
  • Will I read the sequel? YES. Without a doubt. Is there someone I can bribe to get book #4 now??!! How will I be able to wait until December???!!!!
  • Positives:  The story never got dull.  There was always something happening. Great writing.
  • Negatives:  It ended. I did not want it to end.  I cannot think of anything negative except that I will have to wait until December to read book #4.
  • Ending/Cliffhanger:  AWESOME!!!  I already read the Epilogue three times.  10+ stars.

Series Reading Order:

No Turning Back2No Turning Back (The Kathleen Turner Series #1)

Turn to MeTurn to Me (The Kathleen Turner Series #2)

Turning Point 3Turning Point (The Kathleen Turner Series #3)

Out of TurnOut of Turn (The Kathleen Turner Series #4) – Expected Publication: December 17, 2013

Thank you to Amazon Publishing and Net Galley for providing a copy for an honest review.

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Posted by on February 16, 2013 in Contemporary Romance, Series, Suspense

 

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Review of Beg for Mercy (Cambion #1) By: Shannon Dermott

Beg for Mercy               

4 out of 5 Stars (I really liked this book)

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Published: August 2011

Length: 473 Pages

Who would think that one kiss could be so deadly??

That is the story of Mercy Moore who is a junior in high school and has only been kissed by one boy…one boy she almost killed with that kiss.

I read another book by Shannon Dermott and loved it so I decided to pick up ‘Beg for Mercy’.  It did not disappoint.

There is a lot of inner dialogue from Mercy, so we really get to know and connect with her character quickly.  In the beginning, it took a little time for me to get used to all the inner dialogue, since I am not a fan of that type of writing style. However, in this book, it works.  You get a great understanding of how this 16 year old sees her life, school, mom, friends and boys.  Yes, there are a lot of boys in Mercy’s life.

You may find some of what Mercy says or thinks is immature, but you have to remember she is 16 years old. Also, she has only kissed one boy and that did not go well so she has been staying away from boys ever since.

Mercy’s mother holds a lot of secrets as to who Mercy is in this world.  It was frustrating for me since I had some issues with her mom.  However, I love how Shannon Dermott has me not like the mother, but yet try to understand where the mother was coming from by holding all these secrets from Mercy. Many times, I wanted to yell at Mercy’s mom (more like my Kindle) and say “just tell her or she will resent you.”  So, yes, I got emotionally involved in the characters.

As the story progresses, we learn why a girl who has only had one boyfriend in her life immediately draws the attention of four.  By the end of the book, you will have a ‘boy crush team’ that you will be rooting for.  I have mine, but keep switching back and forth.  Every time, I am rooting for specific boy, another one does something that makes me switch back.  Would it be bad if I was rooting for the devil??? *sigh* YES that was a sigh for the devil.!

I don’t particularly care for love squares/triangles times two. No joke, Mercy is able to attract all types of boys and change them.

Once you have finished this book, Shannon Dermott, wrote a few POVs that are on Figment from Flynn and Sebastian, Two male characters in the series.  I love these guys! Who am I kidding???  I think I love all male characters in this book. I am telling you, if you read this book it will be so hard for you to choose your favorite “team boy.”

Plot: Mercy Moore has only kissed one boy when she was 14 years old.  With that one kiss she almost killed that boy.  Now she is 16 years old, has not been since that scary night and is stuck at a party with her best friend playing ‘spin the bottle’ and the bottle that the hottest boy in school spun just stopped on her.  What is she supposed to do?? She wants to fit in?  Be like any normal junior in high school. As Mercy learns more and more about her “curse” she meets more characters that may have the answers as to why her kisses are so deadly.

Did I skim? No

Ending/Cliffhanger:  I wanted to immediately to start the sequel.

Did I feel connected to the characters: Yes

Did I look forward to going back to the book when I had to stop? Yes

Do I recommend? Yes. 

Positives:  Great story. Great characters.

Negatives: Mercy can be a little repetitive with her thoughts.

Pace of the story: Good

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Series Reading Order:

Beg for MercyBeg for Mercy (Cambion #1)

WFMWaiting for Mercy (Cambion #2)

No MercyNo Mercy (Cambion #2.5)

Angel MercyAngel of Mercy (Cambion #3) – Expected Publication: February 26, 2013

 

 
 

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Review of Wild Man (Dream Man #2) By Kristen Ashley

Wild Man

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Erotica, Suspense.

Published: October 2011

Length: 343 Pages

3 out of 5 Stars (It was not my favorite Kristen Ashley book, but she is still one of my favorite authors!)

I love Kristen Ashley.  She is one of my favorite authors.  However, this book was not a favorite of mine.  It started out good, but then nothing happened until the very end.  Plus, it was very similar to another book written by her.  I like that Kristen Ashley writes about strong, controlling alpha males.  However, I like these men to have different stories.

Tessa O’Hara married the wrong type of guy and stayed married to him for 10 years.  An undercover DEA, Brock Lucas, is assigned to investigate Tessa and see if she is involved in any of her ex-husband’s drug dealings.  Tessa does not discover that Brock Lucas is an undercover DEA until after she spends 4 months with him and falls in love. Brock knows after a short time of meeting Tessa that she has nothing to do with her ex-husband drugs, but after all those months of lying to her, how can he make her see that he has begun to care for her to?  Plus, Brock has some history and secrets he is keeping from Tessa.

This story sounded interesting.  Just the type of description I expect from a Kristen Ashley novel.  However, it was dry. There was sex, but it was just okay.  The book felt like parts were taken out of other Kristen Ashley’s books.

Did I skim? No

Did I feel connected to the characters? A little. They were similar to other Kristen Ashley characters.

Do I recommend? I would not recommend this specific Kristen Ashley book.  However, there are others that I would highly recommend. I am still going to buy and read all of Kristen Ashley books!!

Ending/Cliffhanger: It was okay.  I was exactly how I expected it to end.

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Sequels:  Mystery Man (Dream Man #1) – Published: July 2011

Law Man (Dream Man #3) – Published: February 2012

Motorcycle Man (Dream Man #4) – Published May 2012

 

 

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Review of Up to Me (The Bad Boys #2) By M. Leighton

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3 out of 5 Stars 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Suspense

Length: 289 Pages

Published: January 2013

Do not read review if you have not read the first book in the series Down to You.

Plot: (taken from Goodreads) Olivia finds bliss unlike any she’s ever known in Cash’s arms. He sets her skin on fire and melts her heart right inside her chest. Unfortunately, their happily ever after is short-lived when a shadow from Cash’s past threatens to turn their world upside down.

Dangerous people from his father’s world have discovered that Cash holds information that could put them away for a very long time. And they’re willing to do anything—and hurt anybody—to get it back. Giving it up means Cash must choose between the life of his father and the life of Olivia.

Having nearly overcome her wariness of bad boys, Olivia’s trust is shaken when this new threat arises. Now she finds that Cash is not only a danger to her heart, but his family has associations that are a danger to her life as well. She soon discovers that there are some situations in life where trust is a girl’s only option. And this is one of them. If she’s to live, she must trust Cash with her life. But to Olivia, that’s much, much easier than letting go and trusting him with her heart.

I loved the first book in this series.  I highly recommend ‘Down to You’.  However, ‘Up to Me’, the sequel, was awful . Sorry I can’t think of a better way to say it because at about 60% all I kept thinking was how this book could have been so much better.  With all the inner dialogue and Olivia’s insecurities, “does he love? Does he not?” UGH! Seriously, you are in your 20s and you question his feelings like you are in high school???!!!! I have read YA books that had the female MC more secure in her relationship with the “bad” boy than Olivia.

The sex was hot in the beginning, but at 60%, I got bored, I did not care anymore about Olivia. If I am not emotionally attached to the characters or the relationship, it is just words describing sex.

I wanted more tension. Something could have been thrown in there. I loved the first book because there was sexual tension and other drama. The mafia drama was not enough for me to get me through the second book. I originally thought with the new twist early in the book that we were going to go somewhere interesting with the story, but it was a letdown.

I will read other books by M. Leighton.  I think she is a great writer.  I just don’t know what happened with this book.

Did I skim? Yeah at about 60% where the story and characters were getting on my nerves.

Did I feel connected to the characters? In the first book, yes, I did.  With this book, I could care less about them.

Do I recommend? No.

Will I read the sequel? If it is $.99 or free.

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Sequels: Down to You (The Bad Boys #1) Published: September 2012

 
 

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