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Monday, January 21, 2013

ARC BOOK REVIEW ~ BEAUTIFUL BASTARD BY CHRISTINA LAUREN



Title: Beautiful Bastard
Author: Christina Lauren
Expected Release Date: February 12, 2013

ARC provided by NetGalley





Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other. Originally only available online as The Office by tby789—and garnering over two million reads on fan fiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release.




Book Review

There is an overwhelming number of fan fictions that have turned to main stream publishing. Sometimes that can be a good thing--readers can discover a brand new author with a talent to weave a beautiful and addictive story. 

Sometimes it can miss the mark, as in the case of Beautiful Bastard. 

Unfortunately there was nothing addictive or beautiful about the story of Chloe and Bennett. 

Beautiful Bastard had a great premise to what could have been an intriguing read, but the elementary writing and over-the-top dialogue had the story falling flat for me. I could not find a connection to either character or a desire to know what happened next. And for me, Bennett was just totally unlikable. Chloe was even more so, because she failed to be what could have been a very strong character. 

Beautiful Bastard turned out to be a bitter disappointment. 





Thursday, February 16, 2012

BOOK REVIEW ~ DELICIOUSLY SINFUL BY LILLI FEISTY

Title: Deliciously Sinful
Author: Lilli Feisty
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Mass Market Paperback: 310 pages
Release Date: December 1, 2011

Book provided by Net Galley

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Book Blurb:

Things are cooking in the kitchen...and the bedroom.
Restaurant owner Phoebe Mayle thought she had it all under control. Sure, her new chef has a bad-boy reputation - and a chiseled body to match - but she's positive she can whip him into shape.
But from the moment Nick Avalon roars into town in his Hummer, he makes her whole world sizzle. Now Phoebe has lost control of her kitchen, and Nick has taken over her mind and her body. His insatiable appetite for pleasure leaves her breathless with carnal cravings only he can satisfy. Yet can their hunger for each other be a recipe for a love that lasts?

Book Review:

Since reading Louisa Edwards books about the sexy world of Chefs, I find myself HOOKED. But DELICIOUSLY SINFUL fell short of the mark for me.

Nick Avalon is a conceited Chef who thinks he is all that and then some. He arrives in a small town in Northern California with a huge chip on his shoulder and a major attitude that I found somewhat annoying. I will admit that I love falling for the bad-boy in romance books, but I didn't find Nick appealing at all. There was no charm, nothing that pulled me to him and I couldn't like him.

This story has some strong BDSM elements, which I do love to read. However, the fact that Phoebe gets swatted with a wisk?  That wasn't erotic, it was too damn funny and lacked something that I just can't put my finger on. For me, when you have a scene between the hero and heroine, there should be something more than just the sex between them. There needs to be a connection. I couldn't see a connection between Phoebe and Nick.

I have read Lilli's other books and I thought they were great. But Deliciously Sinful fell flat for me. There was no believability that these two people could meet and fall in love.






4 Horny Devils



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Monday, January 30, 2012

BOOK REVIEW ~ KING OF DARKNESS BY ELISABETH STAAB

Title: King of Darkness (Chronicles of Yavn, Book One)
Author: Elisabeth Staab
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks
IBSN: 1402263155
Expected Release Date: Feb 7, 2012

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Book Blurb:

ETERNAL COMMITMENT IS NOT ON HER AGENDA…

Scorned by the vampire community for her lack of power, Isabel Anthony lives a carefree existence masquerading as human—although, drifting among the debauched human nightlife, she prefers the patrons’ blood to other indulgences. But when she meets the king of vampires this party girl’s life turns dark and dangerous.

BUT TIME’S RUNNING OUT FOR THE KING OF VAMPIRES…

Dead-set on finding the prophesied mate who will unlock his fiery powers, Thad Morgan must find his queen before their race is destroyed. Their enemies are gaining ground, and Thad needs his powers to unite his subjects. But when his search leads him to the defiant Isabel, he wonders if fate has gotten it seriously wrong…

PRINCE OF POWER

Anton and Tyra's story, book two of the Chronicles of Yavn, is scheduled to release January 2013!



Book Review

I love a good vamp story, one that you can really sink your, er…teeth into, lol.

Something that gives a different twist to the mythical creature and has me sitting on my seat waiting for the next chapter.

Elisabeth Staab’s debut book, King of Darkness, doesn’t offer much originality, although it is a decent read. I am sure fans of the paranormal genre will flock to it for the simple fact that it is a vampire romance. However, her hero, Thad Morgan, never completely took over the role as the ultimate Alpha hero. I never completely fell for him. He see-sawed between likable to slightly irritating throughout the book.

Thad, king of the Vampires, is searching for his Queen, the female prophesized to rule beside him. From the first chapter, I felt that Thad acted hesitant, unsure of how to rule, and not strong enough to pull of the role of a king. I was more interested in his second, Lee Goram, and found myself wanting more of his story. For me, a king should be strong, fierce, and certain. All the characteristics that Thad lacked, in my opinion.

Isabel seemed just as indecisive as her predestined mate. And her background wasn’t thoroughly developed as I’d hoped. I would have loved to have seen a stronger connection between the two besides that of the carnal nature.

The two lovers came together too fast, an explosion of hot sex, too little of the emotions. I never actually felt their connection beyond the bedroom.

This story’s secondary characters were more interesting than the hero/heroine. I loved Lee and his loathing for humans. He is attracted to Isabel’s human friend, Alexia and loses his cool when around her. Now THAT had the right dash of sexual chemistry and frustration that I love to read.

There were some humorous points for me in the book, and I hope to see a book for Siddoh in the future.

Overall, the secondary characters stole the show for me in this story. And were the only reason why I liked this book.


4 HORNY DEVILS

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