Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Book Description:

Published: May 13, 2014

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.

Review –

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This book was very  Stephen King-like and also reminded me of Blake Crouch’s Wayward Pines both of those authors are at the top of my favorites list.

There is a strange phenomenon causing people to go blind worldwide and aren’t told right away what exactly that is, but later we do find out that there are creatures from another place (world, time, parallel universe ) and they have some how found their way into our lives.

To survive one must always be blindfolded because it was discovered that just a glance at the unknown creatures causes blindness followed by madness. During the madness people kill others and sometimes themselves.

It’s the story of a mother and her “twins” and her desire to find a safer place to live.

The story is told in alternating past and present chapters and will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is mesmerizing and will keep you turning pages to the end.

It is fantastic!

Five stars *****

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Freed (Club Sin #4) by Stacey Kennedy

Book Description:

Published:  November 4, 2014

Mary Schmidt knows only too well how thrilling a Master’s touch can be. Her husband, Charles, had been her ultimate fantasy, a seducer in the erotic dance of dominance and submission. She misses the sensual lifestyle they shared, but mourns him so deeply she cannot bear to embrace her submissive needs with another Dom—until a man who exudes temptation reawaken desires she can no longer deny.

Elliott Foster is dazzled by Mary. He instantly knows that she’s the woman he’s been waiting for—a woman who turns games into need. As her Master, he dares to unlock the deepest pleasures of her flesh, releasing her from pain and healing her mind. When Mary’s lithe body comes to life under his, he knows their connection goes beyond sex. Now that he has found the perfect woman, the perfect partner, the perfect submissive, he desires only to give her everything she craves.

Review –

All of the Club Sin books are hot as blazes and this one is no exception.

Mary Schmidt is a mature woman, a doctor and alone since her Dom husband died several years ago. She happens to meet a Dom in her age bracket and  is immediately drawn to him but closes herself off because of her deep love for her dead husband.

Elliott wants Mary and he tries to get through to her about leaving the past behind  and moving on with her life, but to no avail, at least at first. Elliott wears her down and finally she gives in and lets her heart and needs lead her to sexual contentment.

The sex scenes are HOT even though this couple is older. Just goes to show that the embers burn deep! Great series!!

Adult

Five stars *****

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Gas or Ass (The ‘Cuda Confessions #1) by Eden Connor

Book Description:

Published: April 17, 2015

Not every relationship is about love.

The odometer on my sex life was stuck at zero the day my mother dragged home a husband I’d never met. Dale brought his two grown sons to help pack and move us into their house. Both were hard-bodied and handsome, but Caine didn’t speak to me. Colt, on the other hand, said crude stuff like, “Wanna ride with me? Then I’m gonna need gas or ass,” but I couldn’t take my eyes off his rippling muscles and challenging blue eyes.

Some are about speed, sex, and defiance.

When Colt offered me a ride to school, I thought the ‘gas or ass’ thing was a joke, but he wasn’t kidding. Though he barely touched me, he shattered the innocence I couldn’t wait to shed. Even then, I sensed I’d never be the same. He and Caine soon upped the stakes, putting me behind the wheel of cars that could reach insane speeds. They kept challenging me to find my inner wild child, pairing illegal drag races with high-octane sex games, games like ‘winner gets head’.

And some are about trying to break you.

It wasn’t long before I was hooked, but I always planned to walk away. Then everything spun out of control and walking wasn’t an option.
I had to run.

Review –

This was offered to me as a free digital book and I almost passed it by because of the title. It just sounded vulgar.

vul·gar
ˈvəlɡər/
adjective
lacking sophistication or good taste; unrefined.
“the vulgar trappings of wealth”
synonyms: tasteless, crass, tawdry, ostentatious, flamboyant, overdone, showy, gaudy, garish, brassy, kitsch, kitschy, tinselly, loud; More
antonyms: tasteful, restrained, genteel, decorous

making explicit and offensive reference to sex or bodily functions; coarse and rude.
“a vulgar joke”
synonyms: rude, indecent, indelicate, offensive, distasteful, coarse, crude, ribald, risqué, naughty, suggestive, racy, earthy, off-color, bawdy, obscene, profane, lewd, salacious, smutty, dirty, filthy, pornographic, X-rated

And then I thought , “who  am I kidding -I read vulgar books all the time”, so I downloaded it and almost completed it in one sitting.

 It really is one of the nastiest books that I have read in a very long time.

Shelby’s mom marries Dale out of the blue without telling her and they are moved into his house with his two sons, Colt and Caine. These boys are half brothers, same father, different mothers and the mothers did;t want them. Dale and his two sons are BIG into NASCAR and quarter-mile drag racing soon Shelby is right along with them. The loser of the race has to give up sexual favors  and she later finds out that Colt, whom she has a huge crush on, has been pimping her out behind her back.She feels like a whore and knows that if her Mom found out she wouldn’t believe that her step-brothers would do that. The thing is Shelby enjoys all the sex and feels conflicted about it so she  can’t wait to leave for college. One of the brothers hides her acceptance letter to a university and things take a drastic turn and Shelby hitchhikes out-of-town and goes to the university hoping to plead with the Dean to let her stay. She is accepted and doesn’t go home for almost four years.

It’s a great story and in the next book, which I’m reading now, you find out something about the brothers and all the lies they have told to Shelby.

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The Last Good Girl (Anna Curtis #5) by Allison Leotta

Book Description:

Published: May 3, 2016

Emily, a freshman at a Michigan university, has gone missing. She was last seen leaving a bar near Sigma Pi, the prestigious and secretive fraternity known on campus as “the rape factory.” The main suspect is Dylan Brooks, the son of one of the most powerful politicians in the state. But so far the only clues are pieced-together surveillance footage of Emma leaving the bar that night…and Dylan running down the street after her.

Anna Curtis is on the case when she discovers the video diary Emma kept over her first few months at college, exposing the history she had with Dylan—and accusing him of rape before she disappeared.

Emily’s disappearance gets media attention and support from Title IX activists across the country, but Anna’s investigation hits a wall. Now Anna is looking for something, anything she can use to find Emily alive. But without a body or any physical evidence, she’s under threat from people who tell her to think hard before she ruins the name of an “innocent young man.” Inspired by real-life stories, The Last Good Girl shines a light on campus rape and the powerful emotional dynamics that affect the families of the men and women on both sides.

Review –

Although the subject matter is very important and definitely “ripped from the headlines”, I found the story tedious to read.  This is the first in the Anna Curtis series that I’ve read and it’s number five and maybe that’s the problem. I wasn’t invested in the characters and really couldn’t feel any chemistry between any of them. So, for me it was just okay.

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Arouse (Spiral of Bliss #1) by Nina Lane

Book Description:

Published: December 24, 2012

One day I’m going to touch you in a thousand different ways and show you how to touch me,” he said.

And he did.

Struggling with a tormented past, undergraduate Olivia Winter once led a practical but isolated life. Then she met Professor Dean West, a brilliant scholar of medieval history who melted Liv’s inhibitions and taught her the meaning of both love and erotic pleasure.

But after three years of a blissful, lusty marriage, Liv and Dean now face a crisis that threatens everything they believe about each other as dark secrets and temptations rise to the surface.

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This is a contemporary/erotic romance with  sexy characters and hot, steamy love scenes but also dark hidden secrets which come to light and could cause the end to a very happy marriage if Dean and Olivia can’t make peace with the situation. The moral to this story is DO NOT KEEP SECRETS. They always come back to bite you in the ass.

I loved the chemistry between Dean and Olivia and their blazing passion and the heated anger when his secret is made known. I’ve read the other books in the series but this one is my favorite. 

Adult

Five stars *****Five-star-feedback-on-oDesk

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One Winter Night (One Night Collection #2) by Isla Dean

Book Description:

Published: December 20, 2014

During a New England snowstorm, spirited single mom Emerson Brown is stuck in the castle of elusive billionaire Liam Wyatt and she’s less than happy to discover he sent for her under sneaky pretenses.

The one-night stand they’d shared years earlier, full of spontaneous adventure and seductive passion, has stuck with Liam throughout the years. Thoughts of the vivacious redhead who’d captivated him provided light during the dark times of dealing with his brother’s illness.

And now, each trapped away from family and responsibility, those dormant desires spark to life and the two must decide if it’s just another night together, or if they will take their second chance to turn the fairytale into reality.

Review –

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Very nice standalone story about a man who couldn’t get a woman from a one night stand out of his mind and so he manipulates things in order to get her to his “cabin”, really a mansion, in hopes of rekindling the heat and passion they felt that one night years ago. Is he successful? I guess, if you’re really interested, you’ll have to read the book for yourself. It’s short and sweet but still very steamy with explicit sex scenes.  A very nice way to spend a few hours.

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Thrash (Bayonet Scars #2) by J.C. Emery

Book Description:

Published: January 9, 2014

Loneliness suffocates the heart. Acceptance breaks down walls.

As a Lost Girl to the Forsaken Motorcycle Club, Nicole Whelan knows how to party. She’s not cut-out for relationships and her life is way too complicated for anything more than casual encounters. But one night when she falls into Duke’s bed at the clubhouse, he sees something in her that he can’t let go of—no matter how many times she tries to run.

Having been left to raise her teenage brother, Jeremy, she’s already got her hands full and isn’t looking for anymore complications. But Duke’s just watched his best friend fall for the only girl he couldn’t have, and then almost lose her so shortly after, shaking him to his core. Faced with his own loneliness, he’s more determined than ever to break down Nic’s walls and show her that he can be good for her; but he’s got a bad track record and she’s got a bad temper. Changing his ways isn’t easy when he’s not sure what he’s even changing for.

The violence and turmoil are at an all-time high, and Forsaken is in a vulnerable place when a twist of fate breathes new life into the club. It’s a much-needed beacon of hope for the embattled biker family, even if everyone’s not exactly on board. With Duke and Nic’s relationship already on shaky ground, and something even more important at stake, the Forsaken Motorcycle Club will fight like hell to keep their family together and whole.

Love is never more precious than when it’s new.

Review –

Each one of the books in the Bayonet Scars series could be considered a stand alone but they also finish off the previous one, if that makes sense.

In Thrash Ryan and Alex from Ride  get their HEA but the book primarily deals with Nicole (Nic) and Duke.

Nic and Duke have a past together and he hurt her badly so that’s why she has kept her distance but now she can’t and she gives in to her need and desire for him.  Likewise, Duke knows he has hurt Nic and knows he probably will again but that doesn’t stop him from claiming her as his own, no matter the cost.

A great steamy read with sizzling sex scenes.

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Once Upon A Power Play (Risky Business #2) by Jennifer Bonds

Book Description:

Published: November 16, 2015

He’ll do whatever it takes to get her against the boards…

Sidelined by a potentially career-ending injury, the only thing hockey player Ryan Douglas should be thinking about is recovery. But after sharing a near death experience and a night of passion with a spunky brunette, the only thing on his mind is five and a half feet of sexy sarcasm. And he’ll do whatever it takes to get her back in his bed–even if it means playing dirty.

Chloe Jacobs is done with fairytales. And men. She’s kissed her share of frogs and what’s it gotten her? Dumped by text–again. Determined to eighty-six illusions of romance and prove she’s more than just a good-time girl, the last thing she needs is a pushy, arrogant hockey player testing her resolve. Especially one who’s sinfully good with his hands and thinks date-by-blackmail is a perfectly acceptable social convention.

Ryan wants to play ? Fine by her, but this is one faceoff he’s going to lose.

Review –

This was offered as a free digital book this morning and the blurb was promising so I gave it a try. (Very glad I did!)

Even though it is an erotic romance or contemporary romance, whichever term you’re more comfortable with, there is a real story hidden amongst the steamy hot sex scenes. What I really liked about this story was some of the dialogue between the two main characters because it was DIRTY and sexy as hell. For me explicit sex scenes can get a bit redundant and on the same old same old side but DIRTY talk livens up any conversation. 

I read this book in one sitting and my nerve endings were all tingling by the time I was done.

Fantastic job done by the author.  Hats off to Jennifer Bonds.

 

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Week-end Surrender (The Surrender Trilogy #1) by Lori King

Book Description:

Published: September 23, 2013

In book one of The Surrender Trilogy: After another painful betrayal and break up, Rachael Morgan sets out to prove to herself that she can handle a good time with a man and walk away sexually satisfied and with her heart intact. She could have never imagined that she would be agreeing to the proposition of a lifetime. Every woman in Stone River, Texas would jump at this chance, but she’s afraid she’ll leave pieces of her heart behind.
Raised on their family ranch the four Brooks brothers have always shared everything. Even women. When they find themselves face to face with the one person who could complete them all, they set out on a journey to claim her for their own.
Fate can place them all in the right place at the right time, but will Rachel be able to overcome her relationship scars, or is she destined to live her life alone believing that no man ever stays?


Warning: Sexually explicit content M/F/MMM

Review –

This book is about four HOT cowboys brothers who enjoys sharing women.  They have had their eye on Rachel for sometime now thinking she’s the one to make their lives complete. Up until now, Rachel had been seriously dating someone else so they kept their distance but once she’s on the dating scene again, that’s a completely different story.

Rachel shows up at a bar with the intention of finding a man to take home and  get her mind off her recent break-up and finds herself surrounded by the brothers who suggest she come home with them for the week-end and let them show her they way they would treat her forever if she would decide to stay with them permanently. She agrees, not really understanding their full meaning.

The rest of the book is pretty much explicit sex scenes between Rachel and the four brothers, Hudson, Parker, Sawyer and Rogan.

I swear the pages were smoldering from the heat of the words describing their pleasure. Does she stay and marry them? You’ll have to read it for yourself.

This was a free e-book and I don’t intend to read the others in the series unless they are offered free at another time.  Good read.

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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?

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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. 

Adult

 

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