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Friday, December 28, 2012

REVIEW-EXPOSED TO YOU BY BETH KERY

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

...he slipped more ice between her lips...

"Suck. It's the only thing that's going to keep me from fucking your beautiful face and coming in that hot little mouth, so you better chill it off."
 
~Everett Hughes


How have I not read anything from this author before?! I absolutely LOVED this book. Exposed To You is a contemporary romance, laced with some kink and BDSM. Please note, there is graphic language and sex scenes throughout. I have a friend...and let me just say, when she gets around to reading this, her ovaries are going to blow out the top of her head! Ahem, anywho...

Joy Hightower hasn't had the easiest of lives. Her childhood has left her scarred and guarded. Despite everything she has maintained a close relationship with her uncle, Seth, who is only about 10 years her senior. They share a tight bond through both family and loss but they also share an amazing artistic talent.When she isn't teaching advanced art students at a local High School,  Joy works with Seth on movie sets, creating stunning allusions for Hollywoods finest. Having had an exceptionally trying day, Joy is shocked by the attraction and pull she feels towards the assumed movie 'extra' that she's painting... up close and personal. Joy throws caution to the wind and acts on impulse. She has nothing to lose right?

Everett Hughes is a mega movie star, America's golden boy, heartthrob and most eligible bachelor. He is flawless, gifted and loved by all. Everett has truly been blessed in life and all it has offered to him, yet in many ways, he feels cursed. Having never been 'lucky in love', he just assumes it's a cosmic balance for the otherwise extraordinary life he's been given. That doesn't keep him from longing for what his sister Katie has, love and family.



Just to be clear, this is a highly erotic read. That being said, there is a strong storyline to go with it. There is love, romance, loss,simply put... fundemental human emotion. Does it get kinky? Yes. Is there graphic language? Yes. Did I feel like he was just knocking her around for shits and giggles, void of any real emotional pull towards her (50*cough*Shades)...NO. Exposed To You is the type of erotic read that will break, quicken and warm your heart all at the same time.

The chemistry between Joy and Everett is off the charts, shakes them both to their core, leaving both quite vulnerable. They are from two different worlds after all, or that's Joy's story atleast and she's sticking to it. Their 'dance', however, as they discover one another, the pull strengthens despite her fears. A strong heroine, with one very crippling vulnerability that spills into other aspects of her life.

If you like a little kink in your actual LOVE stories, Exposed To You will not disappoint. The BDSM elements aren't just thrown in for shock value. It showcases more of the underlining meaning, purpose and gratification for said lifestyle, trust, power through submission and breaking down walls. While it's not for everyone, it melts into this storyline perfectly...pun intended. *wink*

If you have read Exposed To You, I would love to hear your thoughts!




Thursday, December 27, 2012

REVIEW-LORD'S FALL (ELDER RACES #5) BY THEA HARRISON

My rating: 3 stars out of 5

"...you might just make me one the happiest men alive, if you don't kill me first."

~Dragos

Lord's Fall is the 5th installment of Thea Harrison's Elder Races series. I have so been looking forward to this book but unfortunately, it fell short for me. I have a couple of friends who understand just how deeply I go into my books and that I have something to say on the matter at basically every turn. Bless you. lol Unfortunately, I noted my boredom, quite often.

I was at 50% or so before I even remotely cared about what was playing out in this book. I found this very odd, for two reasons. I have loved Dragos and Pia for the entire length of this series. Very much a standout couple for me. Secondly, I love this author. I noted to said friend mentioned above, that it was strange because, for me, this author is 'genius' when she wants to be. I enjoy a slow burn just as much as the next person but I do expect to be sold on a book by the time I'm a quarter of the way in. I have to admit, I found myself skimming at some points.

Pia, for starters, has always been rough around the edges, snarky and independent. I love that about the character, or so I did. There was something about her in Lord's Fall that did not set well with me. She came off as whiney, bitchy and almost 'entitled' at times that was a huge turn off. Then we have Eva, the alpha female who heads up the group assigned to protect Pia while on her trip. Eva has lots of potential and while I enjoyed her snark towards Pia, I was turned off by the authors intent on reminding me at every turn that Eva is African American. That is how I perceived it atleast. She is gorgeous and natural but the excessive use of poor grammer (slang) was overkill for me. She's 'ethnic', I get it, but did she really have to come across as uneducated as well? I found that whole aspect of her character unfortunate.

While I understand that description is crucial, there is such a thing as too much. The scenery, wether it be in or outdoors, at times it just went on and on.  The grass is green and the wind is cold. Can we please move along? Hmm, I sound a bit bitter and maybe I am. Before reading Lord's Fall, I read the 'novellas', the 4.5, 4.6...yeah, that. There wasn't enough content to make time for review. One of the novellas was for Duncan. The fact that all he got was a rushed, pamphlet sized HEA pissed me off...to put it mildly. He deserved his own full. length. book. Before I really start rambling, I'll move on.

The good...Dragos. He was my saving grace. He can do no wrong in my book. He was the standout in his scenes with Pia. I didn't even remotely care what was going down with the Elves until he arrived. His odd little relationship with his sentinals always makes me smile. Rune and Gray...just...aww. <3 Then there's 'peanut'. We, the reader, find out what his name will be and I love, LOVE the chosen name. Eventually, Lord's Fall generated some intense action that involved most of the characters we have grown to love in this series, as well as new characters that I hope to hear more from as this series continues.

Overall, once it got good, it was quite good. For me, unfortunately, it simply took too long to get there.











Sunday, December 16, 2012

REVIEW-SOUL WALKER (A TOUCHED GIRL NOVEL) BY ROBYN JONES

My rating: 4.5 stars out of 5



"I've tasted your blood, Anna. I know how pure you are, but to see through your eyes...I don't feel deserving. How can you give yourself to a hunter like me?"

~Peter



**Please note, gifted by author for an honest review**


First I want to thank author Robyn Jones for requesting  that I read and review her debut novel, Soul Walker. I was intrigued by the blurb but what really grabbed me and drew me into this book was one word, autism. I have lost count of how many books I've read where the lead heroine is different and/or gifted. She stands out from everyone else, with some paranormal explanation being the link. While Soul Walker is a paranormal read, a YA romance, there is a new twist on the heroine. Outside of the paranormal reasons for this and that, her gifts, her strengths, Anna is autistic. The fact that Anna is autistic, created a richness that blended so well, adding charm to a teen heroine in a genre where most are rendered fragile, needy and in desperate search of thee boy to 'complete them'. Anna's parents, Sam and Sue Pierce, wanted more for their daughter, disability be damned.

The occasional nightmare isn't really out of the norm for a 5 year old girls active imagination. For Anna Pierce, however, it was much more than that. A little girl, her dream sister, Daniella was in many ways, Anna's best friend. Time with Daniella wasn't always pleasant. Anna began seeing violence, monsters and bloodshed. According to Daniella, the only way to stop the nightmares was for Anna to stop talking, and so she did. Twelve years later, just before Anna's 18th birthday, tragedy strikes. Anna's entire world is stripped away from her, leaving her with a hard nosed grandmother, a couple of cousins she hasn't seen in years and a mysterious boy that seems just. so. familiar. Such drastic changes would prove difficult for basically anyone, now imagine a girl who has lived inside her own head for years.

Soul Walker was such an amazing read for me. I'm not the biggest fan of YA but Ms. Jones did a fantastic job telling the story of a 17 year old girl without making the story childish or juvenile. The storytelling was fascinating and as the reader, you get a real sense of Anna, her quirks and what drives her. Anna does have a special gift and a connection to a world she knows nothing about, a world she didn't even know existed.  This brave young woman is now faced with moving forward in both of her worlds, worlds that slowly blend together creating one odd, delightful dysfunctional family. As the story plays out, Anna does make progress. She gets more comfortable, slowly learns some social do's and dont's but still remaining "Anna". Ms. Jones didn't magically 'cure' her autism. Another standout for me is Peter, our hero. Peter isn't 'typical' either. While his ethnicity is never actually stated, through descriptions, Anna's inner dialogue, we discover that Peter's skin is a gorgeous milk chocolate.  I can only speak for myself but I enjoy diversity in my sexy, vampy heroes so this was a pleasant suprise!

Let's talk supporting cast. Anna's grandmother, Ella is definately rough around the edges but you can't help but love her. She too has to adjust to what fate has handed her. It isn't easy but she isn't one to give up easily. Then we have the the cousins. Sara, a teen mom to be, who seems very sweet and wants to look out for Anna. Betsy on the other hand, is bitchy, snarky and often a pain in the ass, but she too seems to have a heart of gold. Peter comes with his own odd little family as well. His Sire, Lillian is a Queen amongst the vampires. Lance, her mate and also the resident meterosexual of the group, well...I just couldn't get enough of him. Then there's Jared. Jared, in some ways, remains a question mark for me. He is the most fascinating of the supporting characters. His personality and charm, you can't help but love him as well. I expect alot more about him as the series progresses. He too has a past, a rough history where love is concerned, and a growing attachment to our heroine. Did I meantion he's also Peter's bestfriend? Towards the end of the book we meet Billy and his coven. They live very different than Peters current 'family', definately more from them and I can't wait!

Why not 5 stars? I had a couple of minor issues. A turn of a phrase can make or break for me. Anna would often say 'pray to the Gods of...', soft landings, gods of this or that. For whatever reason, that just annoyed me. Also, at one point, Peter has to be away for a few days and leaves both Lance and Jared to watch over and protect Anna. They don't exactly stay in the shadows. They're always hanging around and yet no one really questioned it. That struck me as odd especially considering Ella doesn't really know them yet there they were, hanging around her house. Not questioning it didn't seem to flow with Ella's personality.

Overall, Soul Walker is a fascinating, fresh approach to paranormal romance. I can't say for sure that this is a YA series. Keep in mind, in book one, Anna is 17 and learning how to cope with touching and being touched, what is appropriate and what's...well, not so much. lol I can only hope that it matures right along with Anna and her relationship with Peter. I have already recommended this book to two friends and now I'm recommending it to all of you as well. March can't come soon enough, I can't wait for book two!

For more on Soul Walker, visit Robyn Jones on her blog,  http://robgirlbooks.blogspot.com/.





Wednesday, December 12, 2012

REVIEW-I AM THE MAN BY ADRIAN SAHR

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars



"When I lie to you, I love you the most. Truth is for the ones I despise."


~Adrian Sahr



**Please note, gifted from author for review**

~*WARNING*~
 Graphic language below



I haven't a clue how to even begin to review this book. Nor can I count how many times I asked myself, 'What the fuck am I reading?' or 'Just how much vodka have I had?' I Am the Man is much different than my usual brand of literary escape. There is no story, no plot, no character development whatsoever. We learn immediately that he is divorced but from that point on, it's one sexual encounter after another. The reader isn't introduced to the male lead and since this is loosely based on Mr. Sahr's own personal experiences, I'll name him my lead.


Adrian Sahr is a crude, arrogant, violent, self absorbed, damaged man. This book is all over the place. It's sex, sex, blasphemy, then back to more sex. His outlook on women, religion, love and life in general is as fucked up as I've ever seen, read or heard of. There were times that I wasn't sure even the author himself knew wtf he was talking about. An acid trip gone bad perhaps? I couldn't even wrap my brain around half of his rants and let me just say, I will never look at a Pepsi bottle the same way again. EVER. Now that I've gotten all of that off my chest, to you, Mr. Sahr...



Wait. Hold on, let me explain. Everything I said above still remains true. That being said, there is an underline genius to his ramblings. While thoroughly shocked and disgusted by his rants, I also often found myself thinking 'hmm, he does have a point...' This book is NOT for everyone. His approach is extremely cynical and crass, most would find this book extremely offensive. I noticed that Mr. Sahr names Chuck Palahniuk, the mastermind behind Fight Club, as a favorite author. The influence is evident and is splashed throughout.


This is a controversial read at best. The writing is often frantic and chaotic, more polishing is needed in my opinion. That being said, I am curious to see what is next for this author. Again, read at your own risk. Just the ending alone...what. the. fuck.

This book kept me fascinated, even if it was a morbid fascination, a trainwreck I couldn't turn away from. 



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

REVIEW-LUCAS (VAMPIRES IN AMERICA #6) BY D.B. REYNOLDS



My rating: 4 out of 5 stars


"I can handle it. Although I will expect some expressions of sympathy and admiration once this is all over with. Maybe you can stroke my forehead and say things like, 'Poor baby. You were so strong.' That sort of thing."

~Lucas


What can I say? Lucas is another great addition to the Vampires In America series. These particular vamps are a cocky bunch in general. That being said, I think Lucas may stand above and beyond by having a tongue as sharp as his fangs. He's a quick witted smartass with a lazy smile, Irish charm, not to mention as lethal as they come. Lucas is the epitome of 'Alpha Male', he is his Sire's creation afterall...

Kathryn Hunter is a no nonsense FBI agent who leads a very straight and narrow life. Her job is the most importatnt thing in her life, right behind younger brother Daniel that is. Daniel is a famous photographer who is known for going off on his own in questionable terrain to get 'the shot'.  When Daniel seems to have fallen off the face of the earth, Kathryn finds herself in The Badlands of South Dakota and in need of a certain Vampire Lord's help.

Lucas is a fast paced read full of action, romance and a healthy dose of just plain ol' smut! Is it weird that I was thrilled by how violent it was as well? Hmm...a thought for another time. Anywho, it's more than just bells and whistles. Lucas has a backstory that will break your heart and tie in nicely to the his present situation. The reader will be given insight as to why he is the way that he is, and love him even more for it. Lucas is one of those hard alpha males with a gooey center. His heart is so pure, but cross him, and he'll rip yours out and show it to you as you die!  He is fiercely protective, impulsive yet every move or non move, is calculated precisely. He is to be feared as much as he is to be adored. I'm gushing, yes...I know.


The storyline is fantastic. The 'who done it?' suprised me and the ending? Well, lets just say I hope book #7 comes along QUICKLY. Lucas also has a fantastic supporting cast that I hope to get to know a bit more later on in the series. I really liked Nicholas and Kurt specifically. I'm not sure how many books total Ms. Reynolds has in mind but with each installment, she introduces more and more characters, building on her 'world', leaving me wanting more!


 Now that I've made my way through this series and have enjoyed every minute of it, can I talk covers for a moment? Just...no. This is a fantastic series that I think most PNR/UF fans would devour, if they can get past the covers. Vampires In America is proof that you can't judge a book by its cover, but I will admit that I too am guilty of passing on a book because the cover is just an upfront turn off. I hope no one passes up on this fantastic series because of some unfortunate cover choices.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Guest review by FATHIMA

 
 
 
 4 out of 5 stars

“Well, sometimes if something is really important to you, it gets stuck in your body,” he said, poking her ribs and making her laugh. “So even if your mind thinks that it’s gone, it’s still in there, kind of hiding inside of you, just waiting for you to remember. It never goes away.” Michael Michael Michael ....


Boy , you made me cry ..

* sigh *

I'm a huge sucker for 'second chance' romances and the question I asked myself after reading this book was,  ' Why the hell didn't I read this sooner ??!!! ' .. Sooo absolutely good. See the thing here is that, the same concept or the same story can be told many times but what makes it stand out is the way the author chooses to tell the story. In short, the story telling ability of the author can give the same old story of 'girl-meeting-boy-then-boy-leaving-girl-only-to-come-back-after-a-period-of-time' a new breath of life. And that's exactly what Priscilla Glenn does with Back to you .

 
 
Lauren Monroe teaches and takes care of kids at Learn and Grow Day Care. She is a very kind, very lovable kind of a person. Optimistic and assuring, she always manages to see and bring out the best in people. But one fine day, she comes face to face with a face from her past. A face that mirrors and harbors a lot of emotions and feeling within her. The face of Michael Delaney. Michael Delaney is a changed man. A man who always used to let his fist do the talking somehow managed to keep his demons under control because of a friendship he shared with a very special girl .. A girl who saw the human in him and not the monster. But then one day he broke her heart. How, why, when, where .... ? Those are questions you need to tackle on your own ... I'm just gonna leave this bit here with this :

 
 
 
The story is beautifully woven ...
 


I cried
 
 
 
 
I laughed
 
 

 
 
I smiled
 
 

 
 
 
I swooned
 
 

 
 
The journey that was Michael and Lauren's relationship was just breath taking! I loved Priscilla Glenn story telling ... I loved how the story moved back and forth from the present to the past . Everything felt the same yet felt different. The first time Lauren met Michael in the past, her feelings were those of intrigue and curiousity. But when she meets him again in the present, her feelings are that of being surprised, a little anger, a little disappointment and a whole lot of confusion ... What I really enjoyed about it as a whole was that, it kind of seemed that history was repeating itself, by bringing these two face to face again, but this time it only took a different route with different obstacles to cross. They had each other then, they have each other now. Will the same mistakes be repeated, or will they finally be together .. Read the book and find out!!!
 
 
 
One of my fav characters other than Michael and Lauren was Erin, Michael's daughter! Sometimes kids I tell ya, they act way more mature than adults do! And she definitely was the mature one here! I loved Michael and Erin's relationship. I loved how he wanted to be the world for Erin. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G !!!

If you love a story that makes you cry sweet, happy and sad tears at the same time, then Back to you is just for you !!!!!

Friday, December 7, 2012

New for 2013

Hi everyone, hope you're enjoying your Friday! While enjoying a mid afternoon snack,



I decided to do some brainstorming. As you may have noticed, there have been a few guest reviews over the past few weeks. I love to see how various readers view books, their approach to reviewing those books, and how their personality shines through. Not only do I hope to have more guest reviewers for the rest of this month, I also hope that by January, one (or more) of those guest reviewers will joining PRUFreads fulltime.  So...if you yourself would like to do a guest review or know someone who might, you can email me at prufreads@gmail.com


I'm also planning giveaways, blog hops, random contests and who knows what else! If you have any ideas or suggestions, feel free to email those to me as well. Enjoy your weekend and be on the lookout for the next guest review coming soon!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Guest review by LITTLE LAMB

Sweet Surrender
 by Maya Banks
 
**SPOILERISH**
 

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

As the sexual tension between Gray and Faith grew stronger, my sexual tension was about to blow a gasket! I don't think I've had an itch to scratch that bad since reading Kristen Ashley's - The Gamble. So I held my expectations pretty high in hopes that my patience would be awarded - Nope. The BDSM theme in this novel was actually pretty tame. (A word I never thought to associate with BDSM!) But it was. The first half of the book was no touching, no sex, not even a few dirty words.. and even Gray's thoughts about Faith were pretty tedious. Then all of a sudden when we see their first sexual encounter at The House (which only took eighteen-freakin' chapters to get to), Gray is abruptly pushing her down on her knees and telling her to "take it deep."? I admit, after seeing humble Gray for so long, I was thrilled when seeing Faith being paddled sent Gray's temperature off the scale and his way of 'retrieving' her was pretty hot. Afterwards? A recipe of public displays, anal, a strange ménage (which we will come back to) and a dash of SOFT d/s play. I could stand most of them, sure, but the more sex there was in Gray and Faith’s pivotal week together, one scene just faded into another. I found myself skimming the multiple shower/bath scenes. (This book had enough bathing to have their skin wrinkle and dissolve.)

Now back to that ménage..
Borderline creepy threesome with her friend Micah? He thought of her like a little sister for over 3 years! Then suddenly he gets the golden ticket to gang bang with her and Gray so he jumps at it? Not on my watch!
Where did that even come from? Just seemed kinda random considering we didn't see much interaction with Micah until towards the end. Maybe if Faith and Gray had developed their relationship further, it would have made more sense. Ménages have just never been on my hot-&-heavy list sadly. I mean, hey, I gave it a shot. This book was just not the one to make me a believer in the art of group groping.

Enough ranting over sex (which pains me to say) - time for some character/plot critiques. I admired Faith wanting a real dom, not a guy playacting. I guess because that's how I see most books - they're just acting it out. Banks however makes any woman want to submit, especially if it means getting pampered and having naps all day like Faith does. Her demeanor towards her mother was awe-inspiring. I was so ecstatic to read about a female protagonist that did NOT give into the antagonist's demands! Good for you Faith! Thus, I was a bit in denial when she considered an armed madman's word over Gray's.. and who the hell asks questions of an armed madman?! Surely her relationship drama could've waited. Lastly there was Damon. Did anyone else have a weird crush on him?? Just me?? Good! 'Cause he's mine! I was so depressed to see how woefully underdeveloped his character was though - just as the other secondary characters were.
Unfortunately, the mystery/action part of the plot left me flat. While I enjoyed seeing Gray and Faith’s relationship grow, the other side of the story was forced and frankly, a lot of times did not make much sense. There were glaring inconsistencies and at times (like at the end), where the plot became rushed.

Other than those few little blips, this is an okay book. The writing is very fluent. There’s always a nice flow and rhythm throughout the story. I never found myself tripping or stumbling over a phrase nor dialogue. So if you are looking for a well written relationship and chaste d/s, this is definitely a book for you. If you are looking for a strong plot and blush inducing sex scenes, then you might want to look elsewhere.

Check me out on GoodReads! :)
 

 


Saturday, December 1, 2012

REVIEW-DUNCAN (VAMPIRES IN AMERICA #5) BY D.B. REYNOLDS

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


"I'm not a man at all, Emma. And while some may consider me bad, I'm very good at what I do."

~Duncan

Seriously. Hands down, my favorite so far. I love it when a series seems to get better as it progresses instead of burning out. Duncan doesn't miss a beat. It picks up right where Sophia left off. Duncan...my mind was sent reeling immediately. Since the beginning of this series, Duncan was my crush, my cutie, my aww factor. He's still all of those things, and then some! That being said, that sweet, quiet demeanor, don't feel bad. Shy Duncan had me fooled too!

Duncan's personality jumps off the page in this 5th installment of D.B. Reynolds' Vampires In America series. While his relationship with Raphael remains just as tight as ever, Duncan's days as #2 are long gone. Embarking on a new territory and a new role isn't the only thing Duncan has on his plate these days.


Emma's best friend is missing and she demands answers, sneeking onto the local vamp 'embassy' for starters! It is there where she first lays eyes on Duncan, and Duncan lays eyes on her. I will admit, there was really no build up at all. The attraction was instant but that was perfectly fine by me. This was still a fast paced, action packed, steamy read. It was gritty and had me trying to 'guess who'. I love how it continues to become more and more apparent just how much Raphael means to Duncan and how much he has influenced his immortal life. Even his choice in women, has Raphael's influence written all over it. There is some brief Cyn/Emma interaction that had me giggling at the possibilities of those two coming face to face. Cyn has grown quite fond and protective of Duncan afterall.

It seems that even the vamps in Washington D.C are corrupt. Just how corrupt is quite disturbing and the more Duncan and his people uncover, the more disgusted he becomes. The situation in D.C. pushes his limits, making it most difficult to maintain that cool composure we've come to love from him. Though a little rushed, Duncan and Emma still make for a great pairing who challenge and humble one another at the same time. There are more fantastic characters introduced in this book, characters that I hope to hear more from down the line. Great read!