Afterlife (Afterlife Saga #1)

Afterlife

Author: Stephanie Hudson                                                                                          Published: June 26, 2012                                                                                                    Pages: 436

Stars: 2 out of 5

Synopsis:

Afterlife… just some gothic nightclub where gossip is fuelled by the presence of a rich and unearthly, handsome family or Afterlife…the strange place where time seems to stand still and guests feel the presence of something more powerful held within the confines of the VIP.

Keira is new to this small, cold town and is running from a past that seems to feast on her darkest memories. She finds living with her sister away from English soil to be just the ticket to the new life she is trying desperately to find. So when the offer of a job at the infamous Gothic nightclub Afterlife comes along she thinks that lady luck has finally found her. That is until its seductively dark and forbidding owner Dominic Draven sets eyes on her. All at once she is captivated and plunged into a world she never knew existed but the deeper her obsession with Draven becomes, the harder it is to decide…should she stay and continue to work within the shadows of the supernatural or should she run from a madness she thinks may consume her?

Review:

This book is ridiculously slow!! The author constantly refers to the book Jane Eyre. I don’t know about you but I did not care for that book and found Mr. Rochester’s character in the book repulsive. So the fact that the author continually brings this book up and tries to create ties between Jane Eyre and the one being written, is making it difficult to read the book.

But if you push through, the book does begin to get interesting. That is until the main character gets stuck in her thoughts and pulls the reader away from what is happening. I don’t care for Keira’s character. She is extremely weak, almost fragile. I found myself getting frustrating with her and how she reacted to others, doubts herself, and is constantly biting her lip. Not to mention how she is constantly stuck in her head.

Overall, I’m not even sure what propelled me to finish the book. The book wasn’t great, I’m not even sure I would call it good.

Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell #1)

Playing for keeps

Author: R.L. Mathewson                                                                                             Published: April 29, 2011                                                                                                    Pages: 220

Stars: 2 out of 5

Synopsis:

Done with being the world’s biggest pushover, Haley decides that things are going to change starting with the aggravating neighbor who has too much charm and not enough restraint. What she didn’t expect was to be sucked into his world, but Haley has a game plan and she won’t let herself forget just what the bad boy next door is capable of.

The last thing Jason expected was for his little shy neighbor to go Rambo on him over some ruined flowers. After he decides to take her under his wing he can’t help but notice that she fits very nicely in his life. Now the only thing left is to convince her that this is anything but a game.

Review: 

This book was entertaining, at times funny, but nothing spectacular. I felt like the author was trying too hard when it came to multiple scenes. Instead of making a realistic picture, the author went over the top and described something so far fetched that the reader stops and thinks: no way is someone actually like that or no way would someone do/say something like that. The last 20% of the book was the worst. The author changed Haley’s character from sweet, independent, strong to needy, desperate, and weak. But I should say that I did enjoy reading the book. Overall, it was a fun and easy read. Things in the book just didn’t add up and the overall plot was over the top.

Mystery Man (Dream Man #1)

Mystery

Author: Kristen Ashley                                                                                                Published: December 11, 2012                                                                                            Pages: 512

Stars: 1 out of 5

Synopsis:

Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He’s hot, he’s sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it’s a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he’s the one, she just can’t turn him away…

Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She’s gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone. Yet when Gwen is drawn into Denver’s lethal underground scene, Hawk’s protective nature comes out full force. The problem is, when Gwen gets a dose of Hawk’s Alpha attitude in the daylight, she’s not so sure he’s the one anymore….

Review:

First off let me say Gwen is annoying! She sounds more like a dumb reckless teenager than a grown adult. For example, she is more worried about looking pretty and that a guy thinks she is cute than the kind of situation she is getting herself in or that her life is in danger. Yet three attractive guys want her. Second, Hawks character is unattractive. When someone says no or says things are over, it does not mean they are playing hard to get. His actions are more stalkerish than romantic alpha male. The plot of this book is ridiculous! Once Gwen finally gets her head out of her ass and decides to be done with Hawk, all the other characters in the book regardless if they were/are anti-hawk tell her she is making a mistake and should take him back. I couldn’t finish the book. I’m sorry, this book is simply not for me!

Dominic (Slater Brothers #1)

Dominic

Author: L.A. Casey
Published: March 17, 2014
Pages: 337

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

WARNING: If you don’t like a leading male that is a possessive pr**k, Dominic is NOT for you. If you don’t like a leading female that is a stubborn bi**h, Dominic is NOT for you. If you don’t like over the top drama and characters who have bad tempers, Dominic is NOT for you. Most of all, if you don’t like characters who CURSE A LOT and say EXACTLY what they feel and are thinking without sugar coating it then Dominic is REALLY NOT for you.
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After a car accident killed her parents when she was a child, Bronagh Murphy chose to box herself off from people in an effort to keep herself from future hurt. If she doesn’t befriend people, talk to them or acknowledge them in any way they leave her alone just like she wants.

When Dominic Slater enters her life, ignoring him is all she has to do to get his attention. Dominic is used to attention, and when he and his brothers move to Dublin, Ireland for family business, he gets nothing but attention. Attention from everyone except the beautiful brunette with a sharp tongue.

Dominic wants Bronagh and the only way he can get to her, is by dragging her from the boxed off corner she has herself trapped in the only way he knows how…by force.

Dominic wants her, and what Dominic wants, Dominic gets.

Review:

I know this is bad but with a cover like this, thats an automatic star or two. But seriously, after reading this book all that comes to mind is unhealthy relationship. This book was funny and full of inappropriate behavior/language. If you are going to read this book, definitely take the authors warning about how the book is outlined. Overall, I enjoyed the book and am glad I read it – regardless of the crude language and behaviors.

The Siren (The Original Sinners #1)

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Author: Tiffany Reisz
Published: July 24, 2012
Pages: 432

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she’s sure it’ll be her breakout book… if it ever sees the light of day.

Zachary Easton holds Nora’s fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it’s no deal.

Nora’s grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining… and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him… or returning to his bed?

Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.

Review:

I’ll be honest, I wanted to put this book down multiple times. This book left me greatly disturbed and took me far from my comfort zone. And this is exactly why this book was so good. Although I found the plot and the main character to be disturbing, the author did a fantastic job describing- in great detail- events I could not have imagined/pictured otherwise. I rated this book so high not because I particularly enjoyed reading the book but because the author is a gifted writer. If you are looking to step outside your box, this would be a good book for you. The authors brings a new meaning to D/s relationships.

Sweet Temptation (Sweet #4)

Sweet

Author: Maya Banks                                                                                                    Published: April 6, 2010
Pages: 358

Stars: 3 out of 5

Synopsis:

He was a by-the-book cop who broke the rules in the bedroom…
Micah Hudson has painful secrets he’s run hard from. He has new friends, a new life, but he’s about to be confronted with the one person who reminds him of all he’s tried to forget–Angelina, the sister of his oldest friend David. She knows everything about his past, including how he and David fell in love with the same woman, and how they decided the best way to prevent her from tearing them apart was to share her between them. But then a terrible accident left Micah alone…

She was willing to do anything to make him see the woman she’d become…
Micah lost the two people who meant the most in the world to him. Angelina lost her only family. And she kept her deepest secret close to her heart. Her love for Micah. No longer willing to wait, she decides it’s time to go after him and bring him to his knees. She knows his secrets, his desires, his kinks and fetishes, and she’ll use whatever it takes to reel him in. Behind the easygoing, loves women exterior lies a man with dark needs and passions. She can give him what he wants. But will he decide she’s what he needs?

Review: 

I’m not sure how I feel about this book. It definitely brings a whole new meaning to pain and pleasure when it comes to sex. This book was hard to relate to because of the type of sex being described. The lead character brings a new meaning to being a submissive. Some of the ways Angelina reacted to Micah, I completly disagreed with. The author did a nice job creating an actual plot that wasn’t just about adventurous sex.

Bound Forever (Bound #2)

Bound

Author: Hanna Peach
Published: August 3, 2014
Pages: 234

Stars: 3 out of 5

Synopsis:

The stunning conclusion to Bound by Lies…

“Kitten”
Caden and I on the run. Together. But he still won’t let me touch him and I know he is still keeping things from me. I am determined to uncover everything – at any cost. Even if it tears us apart.

Caden
Jacob is back. He’s back and he knows about her. Now, everything that binds the three of us together are twisting and tightening, pulling us all together. I can feel the inevitable coming…
I don’t know how this will end… all I know is, there will be blood.

Review:

This book wasn’t as good as the first book. Bound Forever was almost the opposite of the first book. Where the first book was more a tragedy and definitely not a happy ending, this book provided the reader with a happy ending. The outcome of this book was almost to perfect. The draw to the first book was that it was dark and touched upon the forbidden and ugly. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a happy ending as much as the next person. Overall, this book does a nice job bringing a close to all the unanswered questions the reader had.

Bound by Lies (Bound #1)

Bound

Author: Hanna Peach
Published: January 21, 2014
Pages: 312

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

Our love is on his terms. He contacts me only through notes − unpredictable and untraceable. When we meet, he can touch me, but I’m not allowed to touch him. When we make love, it’s only after I have been bound and blindfolded. It’s the only time I truly feel alive. Which is why I play along with it. For now.

Caden Thaine is the most sinfully beautiful man I have ever seen. But more than that, his touch sets me on fire. And dear God, do I ache for him. I don’t know where he lives or even what he does. But this doesn’t scare me. My only fear is that one day his messages will stop. I know he’s hiding something. But that’s okay. I am hiding things too. Like my real name and… who I really am. But the deeper I fall for him, the stronger my curiosity becomes.

I could never have imagined just how much our lives are bound. And that pulling at his tangled web of secrets would cause my own dark past to come back to try and reclaim me. Will we survive? Will our love?

Review:

I have debated reading this story for some time now but I am glad I did! This story is not a fairytale or a happy ending. This story is about abuse, unfulfilled love, hope, and so much more. At first I found it distracting and somewhat difficult when the author would sometimes switch the chapters from the present to the past but you get used to it. The author did an amazing job keeping the reader wondering who Caden is and why he is the way he is. Although this book could be classified as a romance/erotica book, it is just as much if not more a mystery book. The author does an amazing job describing disturbing scenes that it is difficult for the reader to detach themselves and not picture some of the unpleasant events described. Overall, this book was simply amazing!

Obsessions (Alpha City #1)

Obsessions

Author: Bryce Evans
Published: June 6, 2014
Pages: 234

Stars: 2 out of 5

Synopsis:

A city run by shifters? In Alpha city, wolves, bears, tigers, panthers, and jaguars live together in peace, centered and led by the Council of Alpha’s. Ryder Malone, is the Alpha of his werewolf pack. He carefully balances his responsibilities as the official head of the Council, and older brother to his sister Zoey, but when she decides to leave for college, he finds himself drawn to her roommate. Like an obsession, London Grey is under Ryder’s skin. To his shock, the young witch orphan, and her best friend decide to move back to Alpha City with Zoey to create a new business. But someone in Alpha City doesn’t want them to succeed. 
Like a bad itch, mysterious happenings haunt the newcomers and the town’s Alpha. Can they figure out the mystery before tragedy happens? Or will Ryder and London’s own chemistry cause them to miss the obvious?

Review:

I received this book for an honest review. It was difficult getting into the book for a couple reasons. The first was the dialog between characters and the internal monologue that took place. The author did a lot of telling or stating facts instead of showing the reader through actions so they could come to there own/the authors conclusion. There were a lot of grammatical errors, misplaced words/commas/etc that took away from the story.

The plot encompasses love, destiny, friendship, and an upcoming war. The chapters switched between character perspective and sometimes this happened within the chapters. When that happened, it wasn’t always clear on who was describing what was happening. The plot had some unrealistic elements, especially when it came to military grade spy equipment and the love between Ryder and London. Overall, I think the author had a good idea when creating the plot but wasn’t able to execute it 100%.

Deviant (Blood & Roses #1)

Deviant

Author: Callie Hart
Published: February 20, 2014
Pages: 164

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

Sloane

I’m not proud of the things I’ve done.
The things I’ve had to do.
The things I’ve given away.
but I’d give it all over again to find her.

Even if I die trying,
I have to find Alexis.
Zeth

She wants me to help her,
But I won’t.
She wants me to save her sister,
But I can’t.
She wants me to be her hero,
But I’m not a good man.

I am her damnation.

Review: 

This book is not for the faint-hearted. The beginning of this book is cruel. I’m not even sure it’s just the beginning. The entire book borderlines on a crude sexuality in which you feel like part of yourself should be embarrassed to read, while another part should be outraged. By chapter three, I was shocked into only thinking one word swear words and feeling horrible for the main character. Although there are grammatical errors throughout the short story, the author has a way with words that is almost poetic. This story is sexy and I am outraged with how the story ended. Talk about cliffhanger!! The only downside of this book was how short the story way.