Friday, July 31, 2015

Review | Taboo Unchained by C.M. Stunich

Taboo Unchained by C.M. Stunich
Published October 6th 2014 by Sarian Royal
Author's Website | Goodreads | Buy the Book on Amazon

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The taboo turns me on.

The dirty. The filthy. The nasty.

The man your mother f*cking warned you about – is me.

Hold onto your panties, ladies.

Lucas Carter is here to show you the dark side of the sheets.

***WARNING: This is a dark romance erotica – meaning lots of violence, sex, and emotionally disturbing inner dialogue. The main character does not, however, kidnap or force himself on women. The entire book is told in his point of view. This story does contain murder, tough choices, and strange sex.

***This book is entirely fictional, and the sexual techniques described within can be extremely dangerous. Read Lucas' story to spice up your sex life, have a little fun, and watch a man consumed by darkness grow into a different person. Please don't take any of the acts described within as instructional and always remember, safety first.


What I Think....*long review*

Goodness....where do I start? I have SO much I want to talk about, but it would probably come out in a whirlwind of broken words, so I'll start slowly. One minute I was connecting with the characters and moving right along in the story, then the next minute I wasn't. I played a game of back and forth during the whole novel! After taking a night to really mull over my feelings, I think I pinpointed my problem. I'm just not used to a novel being written in a male point of view! It threw me off my game for a bit, but once I got that kink worked out *hehe* I felt better about everything. It still blew my mind, that's for sure.

First, let me say, I really did enjoy this novel. Lucas Carter simply made my mouth water! With his sexy tousled hair, cold calculating eyes, and to die for body, I was totally consumed. He was SO right up my alley.....until he unleashed his inner demons. There were times I questioned his sanity, because some of the situations he put himself in truly baffled me. At the beginning of the novel, we are introduced to a very calloused, closed off individual, who's only focus was keeping his "darkness" at bay. He has a list of "clients" that he releases this darkness with; and gets paid for it. Make no mistake, his is NOT a prostitute, as he clearly states, because not all darkness is sexual. Sex does play a huge part in this novel though, just not entirely with his "client list".

A couple chapters in we are introduced to Audra Holiday, Luke's equal in all forms. She's got the "darkness" inside her as well, that intrigues Lucas, something that's extremely hard to do. Because of this, they become a sort of duo. Not so much a client-master duo, but more of a  "friends with benefits/ friends who drive you crazy" type duo. Together, they drive each other to their sexual breaking points, all for simple pleasure. Audra definitely isn't that woman who is supposed to "save" Luke, as other romance novels usually have. No, she definitely expels it out of him and leeches her own onto him. When an unparalleled event takes place, the two become allies in a sadistic formation. She struggles with her own identity and place in the world. It comes to a point where you have to ask who will commit murder first, that's how chaotic their "friendship" is.

To add some sunshine to this very dreary story, is Robbie Carrell; Luke's sweet eighteen year old next door neighbor. She is by far the most unlikely candidate for Luke, but something about him draws her to him. Like a moth drawn to a flame, she is consumed by his power. She's everything he isn't: innocent, emotional, caring, vibrant...the list goes on. So when she confesses her ever-persistent love for him, Luke's cold demeanor cracks. A decade older then Robbie, Luke knows he cannot taint her with his darkness. However, she doesn't give up on him. Because of her efforts, she is able to do what no woman has done before: get under Lucas Carter's skin. That to me, was a huge success. I just loved Robbie. Even though she was young, much younger then Luke, I felt like she was strong in her skin and in her personality. She knew what she wanted and wasn't afraid to put in the work to get it. That't not something you find in the younger generation today. Hard work and relationships usually do not go hand in hand, so I really liked that attribute of hers.

I just wouldn't be doing this review its due justice if I didn't touch on the mental health of our main characters. The moment I realized what exactly Mr. Carter did for a living, I started Googling sexual mental disorders. Don't get me wrong, dabbling in BDSM fantasies is hardly a mental disorder, however, sexual masochism and sadism certainly is. I mean, he was aroused by the thought of murder and dripping blood...not exactly sane thoughts. Audra, too, was infatuated with the high only found in blood exchange, so I had to do my research.  However, as grotesque as the situation was, I was still obsessed with reading more. I found it fascinating how Luke and Audra functioned, with their controversial desires always threatening to be exposed. Again, total eye opener for me.

As always, Stunich goes above and beyond with her writing skills. Like some of her other literary works, this was dark, but it was by far darker then anything of hers that I've read thus far. To me though, that was half of the appeal. From page 1 I knew this novel would rock my world in only a Stunich fashion. The novel was extremely well written, has great specific details, and was an overall great read. However, make sure you read the warning label on this before you begin. I got SO annoyed with some of the review's I read because someone didn't take the time to read what the novel was about and then decided to get offended. Stunich boldly says that this is a dark erotic fictional novel, so maybe Google what those words mean before picking it up. If you already know what it is about and like that sort of thing, BUY IT! :)

Victoria ♥

Blog Tour Blitz | The Panty Whisperer (Volume 6) by Sloane Howell

THE PANTY WHISPERER (Volume 6) by Sloane Howell
Release date July 28th, 2015

eBook

Blurb: 

Have you ever been pushed to the edge, and then over it? Have you ever had your toes cramp and your head shoot to the sky, trying to log every touch, every feeling in your memory, to reenact every situation later in the shower, or underneath your cool bed sheets? Have you ever had someone own your mind, penetrating every single one of your sexual fantasies, unable to shake free of them?

The thought of me will be a thirst you can't quench, an itch you just can't scratch, a drug that you cannot have. Every time you run your fingers down over your body, longing for that unattainable feeling I gave you, that warm sensation shooting into your toes, that complete surrender of all inhibition, aching for me to have you just one more time, I'll be there, inside your mind...

My name is Joel Hannover and I am the panty whisperer. Some men are good at business, some gifted at mathematics--I'm good at making women come, hard. It's a gift I've possessed my entire life. If there was a girl nobody could bed, I was the first to get there. I always get there. I work as an accounting software consultant. That's a fancy way of saying I'm a salesman. Accounting departments are full of women, dressed conservatively, presumed to live boring, mundane lives. Nothing could be further from the truth. These women are unique, sexual creatures, yearning for someone to take them to their breaking point and beyond.

How will Joel cope with Quinn's rejection?  You'll have to read to find out...



ABOUT SLOANE

Sloane Howell is a writer of erotic fiction.  She lives in the Midwest U.S. with her husband and two children.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Review | Stepbrother Inked by Violet Blaze

Stepbrother Inked by Violet Blaze
Adult Romance Published June 19, 2015 
Sarian Royal  eBook
Author's Website | Goodreads | Buy the Book on Amazon

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Forbidden love shouldn't feel so good.

It also shouldn't hurt so much.

How could the one person I can't have be the only person I truly need?

Florian Harper Riley has my heart and he doesn't even know it. I used to think that was okay, that I'd get over him, but no matter how hard I try, I can't purge his sharp green gaze from my thoughts.

He's a tattoo artist, the love of my life, the man of my dreams.
But he's also my stepbrother.

Fate can be wicked cruel.


What I Think....

So, call me weird, but when I find a romance novel involving step-siblings, I have to read it. I don't know if it's the taboo of it all that calls me, or the fact that I don't have any step-siblings so I like looking at their relationships, but I never can resist. This book by far has been the best one I've ever read. Blaze does a great job of highlighting the romance, instead of focusing on the "brother/sister" relationship, which I thought was extremely tasteful. 

Abigale is a sweetheart, plain and simple. She's quiet, compassionate, and adores her step-brother Florian, or "Flor". We are introduced to Abi and Flor when she is fifteen, at her first high school party. When Flor finds her kissing another boy, he freaks out as a "brother" should, but not quite in a brotherly fashion. She has loved him since she laid eyes on him at five years old, but she's been waiting for him to return her feelings. After blatantly rejecting her, Abi is forced to move on. 

The book fast forwards three years, when Abi moves in to her very first apartment. Finally she's an adult, a brand new eighteen year old, moving in with her best friend Addison. Flor is twenty-one, and one hell of a bad boy. He co-owns his own tattoo shop with his best friend Max, and together they rule Eugene, OR. At first, we notice how sparse he is with his interactions with Abi. It's like he's there, but only skin deep. After an agonizing, quite redeeming, car ride, Abi lays it out on the line for him. They must work hard against all odd to find the love they both deserve. 

Again, I cannot praise this novel enough! The passion and love between Flor and Abi is staggering. Once Flor accepts that his love for Abi cannot be denied any longer, they slowly begin forming a life together. They battle the stigma of incest and disgust found among their family and friends, which takes a heavy toll on both of them. Again, Blaze doesn't at all make this story awkward or even borderline "incesty", which I think would be hard to do. It is not at all distasteful, which I prepared myself for, as I normally do given the content. So my last comment is to go buy it right now! You won't be disappointed! 

Victoria ♥

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Review | JUST ONE LIE by Kyra Davis

Just One Lie by Kyra Davis
Adult Romance published July 28, 2015
Pocket Books
Author's website  |  Goodreads  |  Buy the Book on Amazon

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In the instant international sensation Just One Night, sensible Kasie Fitzgerald unleashed her passions and found herself through an explosive affair. In Just One Lie, we meet Kasie's wild and tortured sister, whose impulsivity and lack of self-control has set off a chain of events that changes her family forever.

Melody Fitzgerald is the opposite of the "perfect" daughter. The lead singer of an indie rock band, she is impulsive and creative, with a rebellious streak that both defines her and becomes her greatest enemy. Her lover, the enticing and unpredictable Ash, shares her free spirit and penchant for trouble. On the face of it, he seems to be her perfect match.

So why is she so drawn to her soft spoken, reliable drummer, Brad Witmer? How can a man who wears polo shirts and reads the financial section of the paper be of any interest to her at all? And why on earth does someone like that appear to be so captivated by her?

Before she knows it, Melody finds herself on a path of self-discovery, passion, and affairs of the heart. But will a dark secret from her past derail it all? Or will its exposure be the very thing that unburdens her heart and allows her to seek a future with the one man who loves her completely?
My Thoughts...
This is touted as a standalone novel and technically it can be, but I did read the first book in the series Just One Night first and although I didn't review it, I did enjoy it.  This one, however, I didn't really connect with.  This book is about the sister that Kasie (from the first book) thought was dead.  Her parents told her that Melody died of a drug overdose, but obviously that's not the case.  Melody was, I believe, close to 10 years older than Kasie so she was easy to fool.

Melody is now Mercy and the book starts on New Years Eve 1999.  Mercy is in a band playing small clubs in LA.  I just never connected with her character.  She's all over the place and much of what she does and says makes no sense to me.  She has a rough childhood and to me it really sounds like she was probably ADD or ADHD as a child and her parents never got proper help for her.  As an adult she appears to be non-diagnosed bipolar, but it's never really addressed at all.

Mercy and Ash have a past, we don't find out the details until much later in the novel.  At first I thought I was going to like Ash, but when he told his first lie, I was out. He is a dog, plain and simple and that Mercy allows him to treat her badly repeatedly annoys me to no end.  Brad on the other hand was what saved this book for me.  I have always had a thing for drummers and the fact that he's hot and incredibly fit doesn't hurt one single bit!  He's clearly the good guy and worth rooting for. 

This story had SO much potential that, for me, was lost in a convoluted timeline and issues with continuity.  Just one Night takes place in present day (or close to it), but since Kasie is a child when Melody "dies", to tell her story we have to go back to close to when it all happens.  Then toward the end it goes forward 6 years, then another 5 to where it's supposed to be in present day again.  There were some pop culture references and product references that didn't seem to fit in to the time she was writing about.  These took me out of the story since I was constantly wanting to Google to see if that product, TV show, etc...was actually around in that year.  I think it's best to be more vague about some things when your story happens in the past. 

I think there will probably be more books in this series, but honestly, I don't think I will pick them up. So far, this book has gotten great reviews on Goodreads so I think it's just something that I didn't personally connect with.

XOXO, Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

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