The Gentleman Mentor (Lessons with the Dom #1) by Kendall Ryan

Book Description:

Published: May 5, 2015

She’s a client. That’s all.

Or it should be.

But with every lesson, she’s becoming more.

The secrets I’m hiding behind the image of the Gentleman Mentor make telling her the truth—and having anything real—impossible.

I’m training her for another man, and that fact guts me every time I think of it.

I know she’s not mine … but part of me won’t accept that.

Am I willing to risk it all to keep her?

He calls himself the Gentleman Mentor.

Just reading his ad makes me feel more alive than I have in years.

He promises to teach me the art of seduction … and show me the most sinfully erotic pleasures. He’s going to help me become the kind of confident, sexy woman men can’t ignore.

Six lessons … with the most gorgeous man … who happens to be a Dom.

The only problem … now that I’ve experienced his brand of delectable domination will anyone else ever compare?

Review –

Five-star-feedback-on-oDesk

Although this is an erotic romance with light BDSM the whole story is tastefully done. As you can see by the five star rating-I loved it!!!!!

Hale trains submissives for other men but when he takes on Brie he realizes he knows her. This has never happened to him before and although he doesn’t know her personally he know that his roommate is friends with her. And to make matters even more convoluted, Brie wants to be trained so she can please Kirby, who is said roommate. She has no idea that Hale knows Kirby and he doesn’t let on.

After their first sexual encounter Hale feels differently about Brie, more possessive, more caring and that means trouble. It’s been two years since he caught his fiancée with another man and he vowed to not be taken in again.

At the same time, Brie feels bad that she hasn’t thought about Kirby at all since starting her training sessions with Hale. It is Kirby she wants, right?  Then why does she feel that it’s more than just sex with she and Hale interact with each other?

Eventually Brie finds out that Hale knew Kirby from the beginning and wants nothing to do with him and then sees Kirby for the man he really is and wants Hale back.  She goes to a BDSM club and surprises Hale and it all works out.

This is a fast read and it’s the first in a series, which I plan to continue.  There is explicit sex and crude language but neither are out-of-place in the story. 

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Teach Me Something New (Teach Me Series) by Summer Olsen

Book Description:

Published: May 5, 2013 – June 30, 2014

Lucy Montgomery has never met a line she wouldn’t cross.

Raised by activist parents, Lucy grew up challenging authority. Now 22, her wild behavior has nearly gotten her kicked out of college more than once. But she’s determined to earn her Master’s degree in Business and prove she can be practical, no matter how little it interests her.

She’s never known a man like him.

But Lucy has a passion for books and can’t resist the chance to audit sexy, single Professor Ryan Sherwood’s popular literature course. And when the Professor reprimands her on the first day of class, she discovers she can’t resist his authoritarian allure either.

Aroused by the hint of steel in Professor Sherwood’s eyes, the subtle command in his voice, and the fetish magazines hidden in his desk, Lucy embarks on an exercise in her deepest, darkest desires with the masterful Professor as her willing teacher.

Review –

This book  is a sexy introduction to submissive behavior  and  while  the teacher/student combo may seem cliche, Lucy is older, already a grad student and just auditing his class. I liked that this was not a rushed relationship. She was able to research and get used to the idea. The relationship did not begin until she pushed, and yet Ryan set a very slow pace. While this book is sexy, there is very little sex. This is just the beginning in Lucy’s journey to learn discipline and boundaries with just a little background as to why she might want to be submissive. This is meant to be episode 1 of a series. Very  enjoyable read and had me  hooked me right away.

There are a total of nine books in the series, all relatively short and each one a bit steamier  than the previous.

Great for these cold winter nights!!!

Adult/BDSM Erotica

 

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Blindness (Blindness #1) by Jose Saramago

Book Description:

Published: October 4, 1999

A city is hit by an epidemic of “white blindness” that spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and assaulting women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides her charges—among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears—through the barren streets, and their procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. As Blindness reclaims the age-old story of a plague, it evokes the vivid and trembling horrors of the twentieth century, leaving readers with a powerful vision of the human spirit that’s bound both by weakness and exhilarating strength.

Review –

Fantastic story of a blindness epidemic where instead of being in the dark, there is only whiteness and no one knows who started or what caused the epidemic.

At first the blinded were placed in a quarantined area, which was an old unused metal asylum and they were told they would be fed and cared for. That lasted about a day, okay, maybe two, and then the soldiers were afraid of catching the “blindness” and they just left the food in containers in a hallway and the people were on their own to get there and get the food back to the wards.

Soon there were many more people than there was food and eventually there was no food. As you can imagine, there were battles over food, beds, and control, which leads to horrific ends.

One woman does not go blind but she came with her husband and together with six or seven others they form a “family” and use the quarantine when a fire breaks out.

Because she can see, the woman is responsible for the care, cleaning  and feeding of the “family” as if they were children and eventually it takes a toll on her too.

There is no government, police force,or help of any kind. Everyone is blind.

The end of the story was a surprise and I’m not sure if I understood it or not. There is a sequel, so I guess it will be on my 2016 “to be read” list.

There was a movie made in 2008 starring Julianne Moore, as the woman who doesn’t go blind. Here is a link to the trailer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_WC4KNfBhw

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Mistress by James Patterson and David Ellis

Book Description:

Published: August 5, 2013

Ben isn’t like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he’s a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia-and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have. When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben’s infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life. Ben soon discovers that the woman he pined for was hiding a shocking double life. And now someone is out to stop Ben from uncovering the truth about Diana’s illicit affairs. In his most heart-pumping thriller yet, James Patterson plunges us into the depths of a mind tortured by paranoia and obsession, on an action-packed chase through a world of danger and deceit.

Review –

The character of Ben Casper is more likely to go off on a tangent about scenes, dialogue and his favorite actors from the movies, or list trivia of all the presidents. I believe he does this to stay sane. When he was eight his father killed his mother and blamed it on him (later, much later-we find out why) and all these years he has hated his father.

He doesn’t have a relationship with a female now or ever that we can discern, but he would love to have one with Diana Hotchkiss, whom he finds out wasn’t the person he thought her to be. 

The story is full of intrigue, blackmail, assassins, Russians, Chinese, secrets, deception and edge of the seat action.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it if you like an action-packed mystery.

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Murder of an Angel (Confessions #4) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Book Description:

Published: October 26, 2015

In the dramatic conclusion of the bestselling Confessions series, Tandy Angel’s next murder case could be her own!

Tandy Angel is losing her mind—or so she thinks. Even as she’s forced to fight for the family company, she’s imagining new dangers in every shadow. And as her detective prowess is called into question and her paranoia builds, she has to face the very real possibility that the stalker she’s convinced will take her life could be all in her head—or the very real danger that finally brings her down.

Review –
I had looked forward to this book for a long time and I’m sad to say it was very disappointing.
I think the author, James Patterson, was too busy with other projects to give this concluding installment of the Confessions series his full attention and do it justice.
We knew the identity of the “bad guy” from the get go and their was no mystery or depth to the characters this time. Instead, everything seemed rushed and the total outcome was underwhelming.
I’m glad I read it but I hate that there are still questions without answers and that it ended with a semi cliff-hanger (not really) but there are things said that could have led to another installment.
Maybe Maxine Paetro  should have done the majority of the writing  and gone on to write #5 and give it a proper conclusion.
What about it, Ms. Paetro?
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Mean Streak by Sandra Brown

Book Description:

Published: August 19, 2014

Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her.

While police suspect Jeff of “instant divorce,” Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won’t even tell her his name. She’s determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive.

Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can’t turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law.

As the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer.

Review –

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The last book I read by author, Sandra Brown, was in 2012 and I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to pick up another.

I found this one on Overdrive, which is a virtual library membership that is free. I placed it on hold and when it became available it came into my que.

The blurb doesn’t do the plot justice and is a bit misleading.

Dr. Emory Charbonneau is rescued by a big, tall, good-looking(in a dangerous way)man who refuses to tell her his name. Events occur that lead her to believe that he may be responsible for her head injury and unconsciousness when he found her on a secluded running trail. The weather turns bad and he is prevented from taking her back to town so for four days she is his “guest”  in his cabin, although sometimes she feels like his captive. Her marriage is not in a good place and she feels drawn to this dangerous man with the gravelly voice and the night before he is able to drive her back to town they have mind-blowing sex.

The police who have been leading the search for her believe that her husband, who they discovered is having an affair with her business partner and best friend, is guilty of murdering her but haven’t found concrete evidence to prove it.

There are many  twists and turns and we learn that things are not as they seem on all fronts and I won’t give away anything by saying that the feelings generated by the chemistry of the man, later named as Hayes, and Emory are akin to a roller coaster. One minute they are arguing  and being distance and the next there is more hot sex. Ninety-nine percent of the sex is implied and I think that made the book more erotic than if the author had laid everything out. This was an audio book and the narrator, Jonathan Davis, did a marvelous job and gave Hayes a sexy,hot, gravelly voice that I would listen to even if he were reading a phone book!

The identity of the person responsible for knocking Emory unconscious came as a total surprise to me and it made the ending even better.

This is a wonderful who-dun-it with sexual undertones and I highly recommend it.

 

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Aunt Dimity and the Summer King (An Aunt Dimity Mystery #20) by Nancy Atherton

Book Description:

Published: April 14, 2015

There’s trouble in Finch. Four recently sold cottages are standing empty, and the locals fear that a developer plans to turn their cozy village into an enclave of overpriced weekend homes. But for once Lori Shepherd can’t help.

Her infant daughter, her father-inlaw’s upcoming wedding, and the crushing prospect of her fortieth birthday have left her feeling inadequate and overwhelmed. Until, that is, she has a chance encounter with an eccentric inventor named Arthur Hargreaves. Dubbed the Summer King by his equally eccentric family, Arthur is as warmhearted as the summer sun. In his presence, Lori forgets her troubles—and Finch’s.

But Lori snaps out of her happy trance when she discovers detailed maps of Finch in the Summer King’s library. Next, a real estate agent comes knocking. Is Arthur secretly plotting Finch’s demise?

With Aunt Dimity’s otherworldly help—and her new daughter in her arms—Lori mounts a crusade to save her beloved village from the Summer King’s scorching greed.

Review –

I love this series but I was a bit disappointed by this installment.

As usual, Lori is being a busy body and sticking her nose in places it’s doesn’t belong but her zaniness seems to be gone.  I don’t know if the birth of her last child tamed her a bit but she didn’t have her ususal flare for the dramatic.

A lot of the dialogue is very predictable, especially when Aunt Dimity is “speaking” and after the nineteen previous books it gets a bit boring.

The plot  as a whole was very good and I loved the characters of Bill’s Aunt’s from Boston and of course, The Summer King. His character was grand and made the book a joy.

Will I stop reading this series? Not on your life. I’m already anxious to read the next book.

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Caught for Christmas (Stripped #3.5) by Skye Warren

Book Description:

Published: December 8, 2015

I’ll be home for Christmas…

The plan is simple. Break into the club and steal the money I need to save my father. The ex-military bouncer isn’t going to stop me, even if he is hot as hell.

If only in my dreams…

Except he has a curious knack for knowing my next step.

And there’s something dark underneath his desire, something dangerous. If he catches me, he might not let me go.

Review –

I’ve only read a couple of books in the Stripped series so when this one was offered free, I had nothing to lose.

Bianca has grifters for parents and they have involved her in their schemes dating back to when she was a young child.  This time she is told that her Dad has been taken hostage by the mob and they want $50,000 or else they will kill him. Bianca agrees to rob from the club the Grand, where she’s working as a stripper. She been giving most of her pay checks to her parents to pay off their other debts as it is and she sees no recourse by the steal from the club. Little does she know that the ex-Marine bouncer, West, has been watching her and so he is there when she attempts to rob the safe. He knows she’s had a rough life and can’t help but have feelings for her.

He decided to let her go and when she returns to her apartment her mother shows up wanting Bianca to let her in. She doesn’t and then finds out that her father has never been a hostage of the mob. It had all been a ruse for her to get money for them. 

West makes sure Bianca is safe and then gets rid of the grifters (making sure that they never come back into her life) and the story has a HEA ending.

There is really no Christmas connection other than the story takes place at that time of year. There is enough hot sex to melt any snowman so this is an Adult only story.

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Submerged by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Book Description:

Published: February 20, 2013

From the international bestselling author that brought you CHILDREN OF THE FOG comes a terrifying new thriller that will leave you breathless…

Two strangers submerged in guilt, brought together by fate…

After a tragic car accident claims the lives of his wife, Jane, and son, Ryan, Marcus Taylor is immersed in grief. But his family isn’t the only thing he has lost. An addiction to painkillers has taken away his career as a paramedic. Working as a 911 operator is now the closest he gets to redemption—until he gets a call from a woman trapped in a car.

Rebecca Kingston yearns for a quiet weekend getaway, so she can think about her impending divorce from her abusive husband. When a mysterious truck runs her off the road, she is pinned behind the steering wheel, unable to help her two children in the back seat. Her only lifeline is a cell phone with a quickly depleting battery and a stranger’s calm voice on the other end telling her everything will be all right.

Review –

Fantastic book that will keep you on the edge of your chair, especially during the scenes in which Rebecca is being bumped from behind by a huge truck with hunting lights on the top of the cab and when she is in the river in a slowed submerging car.

Marcus is a  911 operator, having lost his former job as a paramedic during to stealing drugs and being an addict. He lost is wife and son in a similar accident and now is determined to save Rebecca and her children from the same fate.

During his extremely brave rescue(all on his own) of Rebecca and her children in the submerging car, he used a tool to break out the driver’s side window and cut the seat belt call a “Res Q Me tool” and I was so impressed and determined never to be in the same situation as Rebecca that I put  the audio book on pause and ordered one from Amazon, here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/resqme-Original-Keychain-Escape-Black/dp/B000IE0EZO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1449938196&sr=8-1&keywords=rescue+me+tool 

Even though the story is predictable for the most, part the identity of the person who orchestrated the attempt on Rebecca’s life was a surprise.

If you like “life and death” situations in a crime mystery where the hero is not all shiny, this is the book for you.

I love it!

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Exit 9 (Project Eden #2) by Brett Battles

Book Description:

Published: December 18, 2011
Before, it was just a test, a little demonstration to see if the virus worked. It did, and so much better than its creators could have ever hoped.

But the testing phase is over. It’s time for Project Eden to take the next step. If its members have their way, humanity is about to get a reboot.

It’s up to Daniel Ash and the others in the outnumbered resistance to keep the Project from severely downsizing mankind. But can their small force succeed in the face of a plan decades in the making?

The human race had better hope so, because if Ash and his friends can’t…

Review –

I read Sick, which is the first in the Project Eden series in 2012 and I loved it so I don’t know why it took me so long to read the follow-up, but with the year drawing to an end I thought this would be  good time to do so.

Exit 9 is a count down clock to the carefully thought out and planned annihilation of 99% of the human population so that the human race can come back as it was meant to be. At least that’s the thought of the directors of the Project Eden group. They plan to release into the air, from established sites all over the world, a bacteria that will cause the Sage Flu and horribly painful deaths will occur in a couple of days. The directors and their family have been vaccinated against it, but I’m wondering if something will happen to mutate the bacteria. I guess I’ll have to read the other books in the series to find out.

There is a lot of cloak and dagger in this story along with human interest so it is a story that everyone can identity with and I highly recommend it.

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