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Never Entice an Earl by Lily Dalton (Review)

18296137Title: Never Entice an Earl (One Scandalous Season #2)

Author: Lily Dalton

Genre: Historical Romance

Rating: 4.25/5 Stars

Publish Date:  April 29th, 2014

Publisher: Forever Romance an imprint of Hachette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ~ Karen’s Opinion ~

Lily Dalton does it again with Never Entice an Earl,as she has written a charming romance. This is book number two in this Entice series by Ms. Dalton. I adore how Ms. Dalton weaves the lives of the heroine Daphne Bevington and Cormack Northmore. I don’t want to give too much away, but mistaken identity comes into play and several secrets are revealed during the courtship of Daphne by the cream of London society. Daphne, has pledge never to marry and doesn’t want to be courted. Cormack is in London for his own reasons and needs to be part of society to find the answers he is looking for, in order to avenge a family matter. As with her previous book, Dalton writes a classic, heartfelt and poignant love story well worth the read.

 Read Karen’s review of book one in the series

 

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6922589Lily Dalton grew up as an Army brat, moving from place to place. Her first stop after relocating was always the local library, where she could hang out with familiar friends: Books! Lily has an English degree from Texas A & M University and after graduation worked as a legal assistant in the fields of accident reconstruction and litigation. She now lives in Houston, Texas, with her family. When she isn’t at work on her next manuscript, she spends her time trying out new recipes, cheering on her favorite Texas football teams and collecting old dishes, vintage linens and other fine “junque” from thrift stores and flea markets.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book directly from the author or publisher. I was not paid to read or review this book. All opinions are my own, and I was never influenced by anything or anyone.
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5 Breathtaking Stars for The Saint by Tiffany Reisz

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Title: The Saint

Author: Tiffany Reisz

Genre: Erotica

Release Date: June 24, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin Mira

Rating: 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Synopsis

Before she became Manhattan’s  most famous dominatrix, Nora Sutherlin was merely a girl called Eleanor…

Rebellious, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn’t want to break. She’s sick of her mother’s zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, and declares she’ll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Marcus Stearns—Søren to her and only her—and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Eleanor is consumed—yet even she knows being in love with a priest can’t be right.

But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her. When she vows to repay him with complete obedience, a whole world opens before her as he reveals to her his deepest secrets that will change everything.

 Danger can be managed—pain, welcomed.  Everything is about to begin.

Robbie’s Review

Once there lived . . . a girl named Eleanor, a priest named Søren, a pirate named Kingsley . . .

A fairy tale setting in the heart of the Black Forest lends a mystical quality to The Saint as Tiffany Reisz, employing her character Nora Sutherlin as the storyteller, tells the tale her impatient readers have awaited to a rapt listener.  And you won’t even have a chance to get comfortable in your chair before the indomitable Mistress Nora begins to do what she does best. . . anything she wants to!  With a touch of sadism that would make Søren proud, Tiffany Reisz has made her readers wait until The Saint, the fifth book in her Original Sinners series, for Eleanor’s and Søren’s story . . . and she throws in just enough Kingsley to satisfy my pirate addiction!  Although we’ve had snippets from the early years between Nora, Søren, and Kingsley in previous books, The Saint tells the story of  how Eleanor Louise Schreiber becomes the girl seen by Søren in his dreams…the one he described to Kingsley in the Prince.

“Kingsley, I found her.”

They had dreamed of such a girl as this, dreamed but never dared to hope she actually existed.  The one girl wilder and more dangerous than the two of them put together…Søren had found her.  And he would share her.

Readers of my review, I am going to beg your forgiveness before I begin for my shameless enthusiasm for this book.  Søren describes Eleanor’s mind as a “marvelous playground”, and that description could certainly be applied to the mind of  Tiffany Reisz.  She doesn’t just write her books . . . she toys with words, crafting them into stories that lodge themselves in her readers’ minds.  I read a lot of books: some are good, some are very good, and most are entertaining and pass the time.  That sentence doesn’t even touch the experience that is The Saint.  When I think of all the boring books I had to read and was compelled to analyze as an English Literature student — I have to ask myself why we didn’t have works like this absorbing and evocative book to review? Yeah, yeah . . . I know it’s erotica and probably wouldn’t be considered acceptable in the classroom, but I’m of the opinion, when dealing with books classified as erotica, too much is made of the sexual acts themselves.  In The Saint it is the author’s rare talent for imagery, word play, and humor that informs the erotica.  There is no question Tiffany Reisz is perfecting her art with each book, and what a pleasure to have accompanied her on her journey!  She is the mistress of mind games who teases and taunts your emotions while she feeds your love of descriptive language with her words.

The Saint is a book that transcends any arbitrary rating system.  You’ll be tempted to read it quickly to find out what happens . . . but you won’t.  You’ll backtrack, highlight, sigh and cry, and savor every word.  I don’t mind confessing it is one of a handful of books I began to re-read as soon as I finished.  There are no extraneous details, there is no gratuitous sex . . . every word is important in this tightly written book.  Be prepared to lose yourself as the author uses her unique word brush to paint indelible images of her characters in your mind so that regardless of how you see their actions, they become your people.  The Saint is not really a standalone book.  Readers will be doing themselves a disservice if they don’t read each book in The Red Years Quartet, and in order — The Siren, The Angel, The Prince, The Mistress — before reading The Saint.  Old questions are answered and new questions are asked as Tiffany Reisz shows her readers everything.  Mistress Nora orders you to read every word of The Saint and wait patiently for The King!

“Not every story has to end.”  ~ The Siren

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book directly from the author.  I was not paid to read or review this book.  All opinions are my own, and I was never influenced by anything or anyone.

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Tiffany Reisz is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Original Sinners series for Mira Books (Harlequin/Mills & Boon). Tiffany’s books inhabit a sexy shadowy world where romance, erotica and literature meet and do immoral and possibly illegal things to each other. She describes her genre as “literary friction,” a term she stole from her main character, who gets in trouble almost as often as the author herself.

She lives in Portland, Oregon. If she couldn’t write, she would die.

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Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

13007632Title: Best Served Cold

Author: Joe Abercrombie

Genre: Fantasy

Date: July 9, 2009

Publisher: Hachette Book Group

Cover Artist: Photography by Michael Frost; Photo Illustration by Gene Mollica

 Rate: 4.5/5

Synopsis: Springtime in Styria. And that means war.

There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, and behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

War may be hell but for Monza Murcatto, the Snake of Talins, the most feared and famous mercenary in Duke Orso’s employ, it’s a damn good way of making money too. Her victories have made her popular – a shade too popular for her employer’s taste. Betrayed, thrown down a mountain and left for dead, Murcatto’s reward is a broken body and a burning hunger for vengeance. Whatever the cost, seven men must die.

Her allies include Styria’s least reliable drunkard, Styria’s most treacherous poisoner, a mass-murderer obsessed with numbers and a Northman who just wants to do the right thing. Her enemies number the better half of the nation. And that’s all before the most dangerous man in the world is dispatched to hunt her down and finish the job Duke Orso started…

Springtime in Styria. And that means revenge.

Review:

Joe Abercrombie’s name happened to come up while I was corresponding with an author. For some reason that name pricked at me and I couldn’t figure out where I heard it. Then I looked at my book shelf, and there he was, still waiting to be read. Perhaps he was mixed in the shuffle and I forgot he was there,  likely, the inch and half  binder was intimidating and I merely chose to ignore him. If I remember correctly, my husband and I were at a Barnes & Noble in Columbus where we purchased several books. Not familiar with his works, I picked this one up based on the above synopsis. To others new to his work The First Laws Trilogy was written before Best Served Cold. I did not read the First Laws Trilogy and this book does read well as a standalone. So I am very excited to go backwards.

First off, this book is heavy, as in weight.

It goes without saying that I have been, like so many of us avid readers, spoiled by technology. Where’s my highlighter? I can’t make notes. Is that a real word? What does that word mean? I was seriously getting irritated at page 100 and I had 640 more to go.

So, much to my regret, I bought the ebook; traitor that I am.

First off, this cover is very impressive and the artist did a beautiful job.

The woman in the front is our protagonist Monza Murcatto a female mercenary bent on revenge against the seven who betrayed her. After a torturous recovery from her overwhelming injuries, she assembles her own group of men and women to help her with the task of exacting vengeance.

“He remembered the moment he first laid eyes on her: a wild-haired girl of nineteen with a sword at her hip and a bright stare rich with anger, defiance and the slightest fascinating hint of contempt.” ~Nicomo Cosca

Having read Martin’s books, and having a fondness for fantasy/action/adventure,  I knew this would  be sure to tingle the literary senses. I just wish I discovered Joe Abercrombie sooner.

It’s brutal. The scenes are not written for the squeamish, and this author will have many surprises as you make the journey with Monza. With so many characters in this book, it is a wonder that the author does not lose the reader’s interest.  But there I remained, captivated with each one. Each voice, singular, their individuality distinct. But not so rigid that they are not able to transition and develop.  I may offend some readers when I say I prefer his writing style to Martin’s, although, I’m not sure why. I stopped reading Game of Thrones after A Song of Ice and Fire.

I suppose it could be the fact that Martin had children in his books and Abercrombie did not.  Flashbacks of Monza’s life as a child is provided in Best Served Cold and as a reader, I can easily disassociate myself from her earlier struggles in life.  In Games of Thrones, you can’t.  I also found Abercrombie writes good comic relief, a wonderful ingredient when reading  twisted caliginous books.

The fight scenes are detailed.  Muscles shredded, organs speared, this book has no shortage of mutilations, and the battles are specific and intelligently written. Lies, deceit, and treachery are ever present, the heroes are loathsome and flawed. As much as I liked the book, I found the end a bit lacking. The surprises were nice, but the ending was just not enough for me. I do hope he expands more on her Monza’s life in his future works.

In hindsight, I would have bought the book anyways, in hopes of one day getting it signed. Wishful thinking on my part as he lives across the pond and signs only at prestigious events ie, Comi Con in San Diego this summer. Unattainable for this reader on a budget.

For those in love with Dark Fantasy/Scoundrel Lit, this book, and the author will not disappoint.

If I had to choose a favorite character, it would be Nicomo Cosca. The man is full of surprises.

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Book Review: Exploration by Peyton Sloane

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Title: Exploration (The Potential Trilogy #1)

Author: Peyton Sloane

Genre: Erotic Romance

Date of Publication: June 19, 2013

Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars

Synopsis

Being with the same man since she was 18, 26 year old widow Jazz Mickelson is hoping to catch up on all the life experiences that could have been hers had she not leapt into a committed relationship so young.
Julian St. Sauveur is looking for three things: romance, comfort and trust. He mistakenly thought he had them once many years ago. He sees potential for him and Jazz but knows it is too soon for her.
Will she accept his unusual proposition, one that allows him to hold on to her while she catches up on life?…and will she choose him after experiencing all the wonders that await her?
Find out as Jazz and Julian explore their potential…

Robbie’s Review

Exploration is an amazing debut novel for author Peyton Sloane.  Like her main characters Jazzmyne Mickelson and Julian St. Sauveur, the author is exploring her potential and shows great promise.  Jazz and Julian first meet on a flight to Paris.  After years of caring for her terminally ill husband, Jazz is treating herself to a very special trip.  Her decision to break her budget by flying luxury class introduces Jazz to the opulence that is Julian’s world.  If you’ve ever had a fantasy about meeting an attractive stranger and acting on an instant passionate connection, this book will definitely appeal to you.

He wasn’t male model handsome, but striking and commanding.  Along with his remarkable height he had dark tousled curly longish hair., shockingly green eyes and wide shoulders.  From the way his suit fit, he was probably the whole package.

Neither Jazz nor Julian is looking for a long term commitment.  Jazz is looking to make up for the time she lost while caring for her late husband and Julian is looking for a showpiece to accompany him to his high octane social events.

She couldn’t deny Julian’s charisma, but she wasn’t looking for another relationship.  She wasn’t going to jump in like she had with Ryan — she had things to do and places to see.

 But Julian gets more than he bargained for and finds himself intrigued by Jazz and her unique take on life.

When Julian asked what she was passionate about aside from her Harley and riding, he wasn’t surprised when she responded that she just didn’t know yet and was hoping to find out on this trip.  He chuckled when she said she was exploring the potential.

Despite Julian’s undeniable charisma and the intensity of their developing relationship, Jazz isn’t prepared to give up her dream of exploration.

“What scares me about you Julian is that nothing scares me.  It’s like you have completely disarmed any instincts for self-preservation I have.  You could do anything to me and I’d let you and I want to do anything for you.  There’s a whole bunch of wrong in feeling like that about someone I’ve just met.” ~ Jazz

Julian finds that he doesn’t want to let Jazz leave him behind as she continues her adventure and proposes that they continue their relationship, but with a twist that Jazz finds unorthodox and provocative.

“But just so you know, I have no  intention of completely relinquishing you.  I know you feel this incredible chemistry between us and I will do everything in my power so you want to spend more time with me.” ~ Julian

Exploration has a fascinating story line that will reel you in from the beginning.  Jazz is a sweet and quirky heroine who is not the sort of woman Julian would be expected to find attractive and Julian…every time he calls Jazz “Chère“,  I just get visions of New Orleans and those delicious Cajun accents.  Exploration is filled with wonderful descriptions of Paris.  These alone are worth the read and they are integrated very well into the story so the book doesn’t read like a travelogue.  There is a lot of sex between Jazz and Julian but the scenes are written with creativity, passion, and humor, and often have a playful quality.  Angst-phobes will be glad to hear there is not a lot of angst in the book although Jazz does manage to befriend a fellow American who threatens to spoil her attempt at a carefree adventure by forcing his attentions on her.  We strongly suspect that Julian has a hand in getting him to back off.  Since I am not a fan of the current trend toward first person narrative, I found this book refreshing with its third person perspective.  Exploration is in need of some editing and even though it is a trilogy, I thought the ending was rather abrupt.  Despite those two things, I found myself fascinated by the relationship Julian proposes to Jazz and definitely want to continue to follow their story.  A synopsis for Obstruction (The Potential Trilogy #2) can be found HERE.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book directly from the author.  I was not paid to read or review this book.  All opinions are my own, and I was never influenced by anything or anyone.

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peyton sloane

Personally, I am a wife, career woman and mom to 2 amazing little divas, hence their photo on my page, rather than mine, they are WAY cuter…

I ride a Harley, have ink, a smart mouth and a dirty mind – this latter always with apologies to my mom who wishes she could wash it out with soap!

This journey of writing I am on is by far the most landmark moment in my life. I will always hope that my characters and their stories will bring as much enjoyment to my readers.  I have been an extreme bibliophile since I was a kid, precociously finishing my first read of “Gone with the Wind” at age 12. I’ve had lots of stories whirling around in my head over the years and am grateful for the opportunities afforded by the relatively new world of self-publishing.

 

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