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Stepping Stones
Stepping Stones
Price: £2.44

5.0 out of 5 stars Family Ties vs. What You Really Want., 17 Oct 2014
This review is from: Stepping Stones (Kindle Edition)
(May contain mild spoilers.)

This is a story that has layers to it, and what you think at first isn't necessarily what you're going to get. It's a sweet romance (meaning not sexually explicit), but don't think that means there's no passion or sensuality there, because there is. Not only does this story contain a romantic thread (one that's actually quite complex for such a short read), it explores family relationships in a quite a real sense, friendships and how silence festers hurt - at one point I was screaming, 'Why don't all these people just bl**dy talk!!!'

Told in first person, we explore the journey through Margaret's mind, and although you feel annoyed with her for her many stubborn reactions during the first two-thirds of the book, you begin to understand her fears towards the end as it comes to light that her giving in to her (hidden) emotions earlier in life could have been catastrophic for her given the nature of them and what they would lead to, and with whom.

As always with Elizabeth's writing, I find it to be a mix of beautiful and descriptive, without losing the connection with the characters' goals at any time. I also think that there's a wonderful subtlety to her writing, even when she's writing knock-your-pants-off urban fantasy, and that was evident in this book, too. I always, always wish her books were longer (a mark of a good author!) and I did find myself wanting MORE of the 'happy' when we finally got to the end of the book. I would have loved her to take the conclusion into a steamy finale, but hey, that wouldn't make this a sweet romance, which was fabulous just the way it was.

Recommended.


Truth or Dare?
Truth or Dare?
Price: £1.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Short, hot, fun and sexy., 14 May 2014
This review is from: Truth or Dare? (Kindle Edition)
May contain mild spoilers.

Well, this is a HOT, short, fun read - about 25 minutes long. Perfect for that train ride, or that sneaky half an hour you have spare before bed :D It's the story of a guy and a gal who have fancied each other for at least a year, but for whatever reason, they never did anything about it ... until a game of Truth or Dare releases their inhibitions. Cameron is super-hot with a bit of a dirty mouth on him; Dani is snarky and doesn't want to get hurt. As long as you bear in mind the length of the book and the genre (contemporary EROTIC romance), you will not be disappointed. It's well-written, flows very, very smoothly and will leave you wanting to know much, much more about both of these characters.

Disclaimer: a complimentary copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review.


Razel Dazzle
Razel Dazzle
Price: £0.77

5.0 out of 5 stars A great concept and a feel-good, modern fairy-tale romance :), 14 Dec 2013
This review is from: Razel Dazzle (Kindle Edition)
I love adult fairy tale retellings, so already that's a huge plus for this book as far as I'm concerned and I jumped at the chance to read it :D

The thing I love most about it is the concept. I would never have placed Rapunzel as a modern day fashion model and have her prince as the photographer, and the way the evil 'mother' came to be integrated in the story was such a pleasure to read. You're clearly reading Rapunzel - that dark tale we all know and love - and I gobbled up every second of it.

If you're not into shorter stories, I implore you to forget that this is a 25,000-ish word novella and give it a go, because Elizabeth Morgan gives the characters a huge background and a lot of depth for a short novel. Her prose is descriptive and flows easily off the pages.

In essence, what you are getting is a feel-good, fairy-tale romance, and if this is what you're looking for, it will not disappoint! It's 45 minutes of forgetting the real world.

At the time of writing this, Razel Dazzle (love the title!) is listed as $0.99 (or 77p in the UK). For that price, this is an absolute steal not to be missed.

Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Body Temperature and Rising - Book One of The Lakeland WitchesTrilogy
Body Temperature and Rising - Book One of The Lakeland WitchesTrilogy
Price: £0.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drip-worthy, hot, witchy, erotic sexiness!, 15 Sep 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
(Reviewed in June, 2012)

Why did I take so long to read this book??? This is a 5 star read for its genre. Having tried to read paranormal erotica in the past, I've constantly been disappointed with plot - or lack of. THIS story has one hell of a plot, worthy of any you find in a good paranormal romance, but it's focus is on the sex, and how the characters get from plot point A, to plot point B, via SEX. Which of course, is what makes this erotica. Having said that, there is a huge amount of character building. You learn a lot about them all, and really feel for them in a couple of instances. My favourite character was Tim - I just love me a true-to-life, vulnerable hero, and watching him come out of his shell and build his confidence throughout the whole book was great fun - I was there with him all the way.

Marie, I related to a little less, but she was very likeable as a heroine. I call them hero and heroine for the sake of understanding, although please note that this is not a romance. There is relationship build-up, but not solely between these two, but between ALL the characters. The way that they all interact with each other is well written and way more than you get in most erotica stories.

Other characters: Anderson, the "make-me-drip with his poetic, old-world-speak" ghost; Deacon, the "make-me-drip with his evil, sexually demanding ways" ghost; Tara, the make-me-drip witch with her ... okay, you get the idea: there's a lot of drip-worthy elements to this book.

The writing: it's very good. What else is there to say? K D Grace knows how to write, and her style also makes it an easy read.

You know what one of the great things is about this book? It's EXCELLENT for anyone who's not sure about the difference between an erotic romance, and erotica. Since Fifty Shades of Grey made it big (and I love that trilogy, by the way), many people have been confused about what erotica is, and what romance is (and to another extent, what porn is, but I'm not even going there...). THAT book/trilogy is a romance (an erotic romance), despite the ending of the first book; THIS book/trilogy is erotica. If you're not sure on the difference, read Ms Grace's book and familiarise ;) I think this book would suit a more sensitive reader who LIKES sex in romance, but wants to push their boundaries, try a bit of erotica, try something more graphic, obviously without the romance aspect. None of the sexual acts in here were overly crude - very graphic, highly sensual, but not crude (of course, this is just my opinion - don't shoot me if you read it and think, "aaaarrrgh!"). If you're new to the wild sea that is erotica, and don't know where to start, start here. You won't quite be thrown in at the deep end, but it'll be deep enough so your feet won't reach the bottom.

So, if you're looking for a helluva lot of graphic sex, with ghosts and witches that can practically make you come just by breathing on you, multiple orgasms, group sex (and there's a tiny bit of m/m and m/m/f action in there too), sex magic, interesting relationship dynamics without the romance development, a steady, strong plot that continues for three books (the other two yet to be released), all of them novel length, this book is for you. I highly recommend it.

NOTE: I received this book from Writer Marketing Services, via the author / publisher, in exchange for an honest review. I then went ahead and bought the paperback because I liked it so much. This review is my own, personal opinion of the story.


On the Rocks (The Edge Series Book 53)
On the Rocks (The Edge Series Book 53)
Price: £1.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing's quite what you think..., 11 Nov 2012
Reviewed for Erotic Flashes.

Rating: 5 Flashes
Heat Level: 3.75 Flames

Source
Received via the author / publisher, in exchange for an honest review

My Review
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS:

This is a short (20 minutes), hot, erotic read, but it is also so much more than that. You think you're reading a standard erotica short, then suddenly, BAM! Everything changes, and all that you thought, wasn't what you thought. It took the story from a satisfactory F/F read, to a dark paranormal that left me feeling like I wanted to read the whole thing again - I love it when I finish a story and want to read it again straight away :D

If you're not familiar with Elizabeth's writing style, this is a good intro. You get a sense of how she writes eroticism, quirkiness, how she sets the scene, and how she dips into the dark.

If you're looking for a quick, different read to take up your lunch break, or fill up your time, give this a go. It's one I'll be going back to.


Body Temperature and Rising (Lakeland Heatwave Book 1)
Body Temperature and Rising (Lakeland Heatwave Book 1)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drip-worthy, hot sex, with a great plot!, 23 Jun 2012
(Reviewed for Erotic Flashes)

5 Flashes / stars
Heat rating: 5

Why did I take so long to read this book??? This is a 5 star read for its genre. Having tried to read paranormal erotica in the past, I've constantly been disappointed with plot - or lack of. THIS story has one hell of a plot, worthy of any you find in a good paranormal romance, but it's focus is on the sex, and how the characters get from plot point A, to plot point B, via SEX. Which of course, is what makes this erotica. Having said that, there is a huge amount of character building. You learn a lot about them all, and really feel for them in a couple of instances. My favourite character was Tim - I just love me a true-to-life, vulnerable hero, and watching him come out of his shell and build his confidence throughout the whole book was great fun - I was there with him all the way.

Marie, I related to a little less, but she was very likeable as a heroine. I call them hero and heroine for the sake of understanding, although please note that this is not a romance. There is relationship build-up, but not solely between these two, but between ALL the characters. The way that they all interact with each other is well written and way more than you get in most erotica stories.

Other characters: Anderson, the "make-me-drip with his poetic, old-world-speak" ghost; Deacon, the "make-me-drip with his evil, sexually demanding ways" ghost; Tara, the make-me-drip witch with her ... okay, you get the idea: there's a lot of drip-worthy elements to this book.

The writing: it's very good. What else is there to say? K D Grace knows how to write, and her style also makes it an easy read.

You know what one of the great things is about this book? It's EXCELLENT for anyone who's not sure about the difference between an erotic romance, and erotica. Since Fifty Shades of Grey made it big (and I love that trilogy, by the way), many people have been confused about what erotica is, and what romance is (and to another extent, what porn is, but I'm not even going there...). THAT book/trilogy is a romance (an erotic romance), despite the ending of the first book; THIS book/trilogy is erotica. If you're not sure on the difference, read Ms Grace's book and familiarise ;) I think this book would suit a more sensitive reader who LIKES sex in romance, but wants to push their boundaries, try a bit of erotica, try something more graphic, obviously without the romance aspect. None of the sexual acts in here were overly crude - very graphic, highly sensual, but not crude (of course, this is just my opinion - don't shoot me if you read it and think, "aaaarrrgh!"). If you're new to the wild sea that is erotica, and don't know where to start, start here. You won't quite be thrown in at the deep end, but it'll be deep enough so your feet won't reach the bottom.

So, if you're looking for a helluva lot of graphic sex, with ghosts and witches that can practically make you come just by breathing on you, multiple orgasms, group sex (and there's a tiny bit of m/m and m/m/f action in there too), sex magic, interesting relationship dynamics without the romance development, a steady, strong plot that continues for three books (the other two yet to be released), all of them novel length, this book is for you. I highly recommend it.

NOTE: I received this book from Writer Marketing Services, via the author / publisher, in exchange for an honest review.


Witchcraft (Witchblood Series Book 2)
Witchcraft (Witchblood Series Book 2)
Price: £1.53

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plot-filled and sexy!, 16 Jun 2012
(Reviewed for The Erratic Reviewer)

Excellent sequel!

Witchcraft sees Jess develop as a character into a headstrong, but unsure young woman / vampire, into a very sure one who's still headstrong.

We discover more about her witch powers and how they affect her as a vampire. Emma did a GREAT job going into the intricacies of certain spells and rituals which were highly accurate and true to [Wiccan] life practices.

We learn more about Luke too, and about Sebastian, the yummy, dark-haired, vampire who clearly knows more than he ever says in an Eric Northman kind of way.

There were some super-sexy, blood-drinking scenes thrown in too ;)

All the characters from the first book are back, and we're introduced to 3 or 4 new ones who will undoubtedly be making an appearance in the next book... not to mention... the ENDING! OMG! Are there characters we will NEVER be seeing again??? Anything can happen in Emma's plot-filled stories...

Bring on book three!!!

*I was given a free copy of this book by the author / publisher in exchange for an honest review.


The Bringer
The Bringer

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, tender and loving., 7 May 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Bringer (Kindle Edition)
(Reviewed for The Erratic Reviewer)

This was a personal buy. I read this book last year, soon after it was released and found it truly beautiful. That's how I felt when I read it - beautiful. There's a sweetness and gentleness to it that was refreshing, despite all the crazy stuff that begins to happen. This was written in the first person, and either I'm getting better at reading first person POV, or writers are getting better at writing it. I certainly never used to be a fan of it, but it worked really well here. I really felt for the main character, Lucyna, all the way through, from her longings, her curiosity, her feelings of hurt and jealousy, to her anger. (But Lucyna's such a sweet girl that even her anger's kind of sweet too :))

James is a very realistically portrayed hero, and again, I felt it refreshing that we're not talking all superman-type musclebound, but a regular guy with a job and regular thoughts and urges. And the author did this without making him weak at all - he was still very sexy and it was obvious how much he began to feel for Lucyna.

I didn't see the big twist that happens about two thirds into the book - always a plus!

In short, this was a tender, loving story combining heaven and heavenly beings, with love, death, longings of the heart and soul, and a good plot that begins to unfold half way through the book. A beautiful read and highly recommended. It's the only book of Samantha's that I've read so far, but I'd definitely like to read more.


Witchblood (Witchblood Series Book 1)
Witchblood (Witchblood Series Book 1)
Price: £0.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual take on vampires and a great read!, 30 Mar 2012
Reviewed for Romance With Bite!

4 Fiery Hearts

This was a great read! The plot, and the elements that make up vampire existence in this book were quite unique. I was hooked from the first page, and the fact that it was set in my beloved UK is a bonus for me.

Emma sets a scene really well, making the reader feel like they're right there without any effort, and the characterisation was also really good. There was something happening in every chapter in this book, right from chapter one, and I wasn't bored at all while reading it. I mention this because I can often get quite bored when I read YA fiction (I don't read it that often because of this) - maybe it's the angst and the usual teen trauma. Although there was angst in this book, I didn't feel that it dragged on, and thought it was very realistic (in so far as a paranormal book can be) and true to the character.

You've got a little bit of everything in this vampire story: bloodlust, sexual urges, a vampire society, the dichotomy between holding onto your humanity and being drawn to your new vampiric life, witches, a tiny bit of magic, and ... other (I won't say what it is in case people consider it a spoiler).

So, why 4 stars instead of 5? Because 5 stars says to me that it simply can't get any better, and from reading the chapter one teaser of the next book, Witchcraft, that you get as a bonus in this one, I just know that the second book will be even better - that's quite a first chapter - drops you straight into the thick of it!

If anyone's looking for a new YA author to try, I definitely recommend Witchblood. It's an excellent start to what looks like will be a fantastic series, and I can't wait to read book two :)

Source: I was given a free eBook copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review.


The Cottage in the Woods (Erotic Gem Short) by Lucy Felthouse (Erotic Gems)
The Cottage in the Woods (Erotic Gem Short) by Lucy Felthouse (Erotic Gems)
Price: £0.77

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to F/F romance., 27 Mar 2012
Reviewed for Erotic Flashes Reviews

Rating: 4 Flashes
Heat Level: 2.5 Flames

Lucy has a great talent for weaving an unusual storyline, and keeping you reading until the end. This short story, which took me about twenty minutes to read, was surprisingly sweet. Heidi is quiet, but quite a strong woman with her own mind, I thought. And Ava is more shy, probably due to a lifetime of keeping people at a distance because of who / what she is. In such a short story, Lucy managed to give the characters strong personalities that lead you to understanding who they are, instead of telling you outright - excellent.

For me, the eroticism of the story was for the most part quite subtle, found mostly within slight touches, eye contact and exploring the way that the two women felt about each other. There is a love scene, and I thought it was very tastefully written, and I didn't feel it was the focus of the story - the focus being the romance between these two.

If anyone is new to reading F/F romances and doesn't know where to start, this is a really good place, as it eases you in gently.

A great, short read.

Note: I was given a free copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.


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