Surrender to Temptation Part 1 and 2

Surrender to Temptation Part I: Tempted to SubmitSurrender to Temptation Part I: Tempted to Submit by Lauren Jameson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's hard to review a serial series, so I guess I'll just review the pieces as separate entities.

Engaging.

Intense.

Confusing.

Alluring.

Just a few words that come to mind as I read the first part and before I could even check email or add this to my GR shelf I went in and bought part 2.

I know there are books out there that have the same tone as this one, but there's something about Mz. Jameson's voice that tugged at me far more than the famous names that have come before her. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed them, but this had something else that drew me in and wouldn't let me go.

This has everything you could want from a book. Even if I did swear just as much as Devon when I hit the end. ;)


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

part two of the Billionaire Zach story starts here. He's enticing, confusing, thrilling and the emotions bubbling under the surface are as destructive as magma.
At least they feel like that when you're in the middle of the moment with Devon.

Devon has moments of devilment in the middle of her insecurities that draws Zach. She's not a simple submissive, she's not afraid of him like most women are. Not in the dangerous fear aspect, but more because he's a powerful man that is used to people following his orders. On top of the dominant flavor of his sexual proclivities he's a force to be reckoned with.

Devon shatters him and it pisses him off as much as it compels him to want more from her.

Devon's confusion and near obsession with pushing Zach and herself for more is the driving force of this piece of the series.

And the sex scenes are breath taking.

I'm not really into the D/s stories. But there are some cases that take me out of my comfort zone and make me want to walk through the door into that world and experience it through the characters. Devon is at a crossroads. She's tired of treading water in her life and wants more, but doesn't quite know how to get what she wants.

Zach and his demons are just as dark and compelling as you could ever want, but it doesn't feel like he's as broken as other characters out there. And that's a good thing. I feel like Zach can have a happily ever after not just because of the love of a good woman, but because he's on the cusp of something more with Devon.

I hope to hell the rest of the series lives up to the emotions this bad boy is pulling from me.


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REVIEW: Banshee Charmer, Tiffany Allee

Banshee Charmer (From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency, #1)Banshee Charmer by Tiffany Allee My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a fun introduction to this series. Mz. Allee has a great way of drawing you into the procedural process, but not losing you in the specifics. She gives you just enough information for authenticity and keeps the storytelling moving forward.

These are two characters that have closed themselves off to the world for two different reasons. Mac is a half-breed and her back story will carve a hole into you, but it doesn't define her. It's a symptom to the cop she becomes, but the woman inside is strong enough to believe that she can be loved, she just assume it isn't going to happen.

And Aidan. Oh, Aidan, you're so full of secrets. Because this is a 1st person book, you learn about Aidan as Mac does. And sometimes that can drive me crazy. (One of the reasons that I NEVER used to read 1st person stories--I've opened my mind since then and glad that I gave this a try.) But Aidan really grew on me.

I wouldn't call this a steamy read. It's definitely sexy in parts, but the focus really is on the mystery. But I did get fulfilled on that end as well. I really want the sexy in my mysteries. I love the push and pull of a couple and it really sets the tone for the down times in the story.

Great job. I'll definitely be following this series.

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REVIEW: Need Me, Cari Quinn

Need Me (Unveiled, #3)Need Me by Cari Quinn My rating: 5 of 5 stars

How does a book become steamy AND sweet? Oh...it's a Cari Quinn book. Marcia and Tony have been the supporting cast for this series and they've been on and off together since the beginning. I love that the central story for these two isn't getting together, it's the owning up to being in love with each other that was the hard part.

The May/December romance is only part of this story. It doesn't matter how old either of them are. In fact, it's done so well that when it's mentioned I went...oh. That's right. I forgot.

I FORGOT.

The best part of this book--beyond the steamy holy crap scenes at Kink--is that I forgot they had a gap in ages. They were just perfect for each other. And that's the part that matters.

Cari's my crit partner and I get the joy of reading all her stuff in every stage. My two favorite stages? First read and then RE-READING it when they come out in book form. She always drags me back along with the characters all over again. SO, so good.

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REVIEW: TEST SHOT, Cari Quinn

Test Shot (Hot Shots, #1)Test Shot by Cari Quinn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Layla. Aidan. Sawyer.

Such important parts of a wrenching story that you'll never see coming. Just when you think it's a simple menage story--you know, the first thirty pages make you think so. But oh boy is that ever wrong.

Mz. Quinn knows just how to wrench open a Pandora's box of problems for these three characters.

Aidan is a dominant character with secrets he's even keeping from himself.

Sawyer is an uncomplicated man that has finally found the woman that fits him perfectly and she's as unattainable as a star.

Layla is stuck between a love she's always known and a future that's uncertain and thrilling and just might be more perfect than she'd ever thought possible.

Mz. Quinn also knows how to make a reader work for every little tidbit of information. You're flipping pages to see just what's going to happen next. And none of it is predictable. None of it allows for an easy love, but by God is it a satisfying one.

With characters that will leave you breathless, heartbroken and a little bit changed she demands your full attention in this tale. And you'll want to give it to her. You'll end up wanting more.

Lucky reader, you get two more amazing stories after this one. The supporting characters in this book are just as all-encompassing. I can't wait for you to get Con and Drew's stories. And maybe a taste of someone you've already met before...

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“Like what you see?” Sawyer couldn’t help flexing a little for her. She was so pretty, and he wanted to impress her even if he knew this was a one-time thing. It didn’t matter. Right now, she belonged to him.

“You know I do. I love your body.” Layla fanned her hands over his chest, grazing his nipples with her pinkies. He stiffened at her purr of pleasure. “Sensitive here?”

She lowered her head to lap at one of them, then repeated the move on the other while she hooked one leg around his hip and massaged her heel into his back. Her wet pussy met his skin, leaving some of her arousal behind. First on his thigh. His belly. Finally on his cock. She eased back again, stirring up just enough air for him to feel every trail of her desire across his skin.

“Jesus Christ, Layla.”

“I need you. Hurry.”

Sawyer did a backward crab walk to the basket of supplies and grabbed a couple of condoms. Bright pink and blue. Man. But they’d get the job done.

He tossed a quick glance at the sofa and noted Aidan sat almost as placidly as before, if not for the tight lines of strain carving his face. Without shame, Aidan drew his gaze down Sawyer’s body. His eyes didn’t fire with anything but mild interest, but the look alone caused Sawyer to turn away.

This was new territory for him, being observed while he was with a woman. That watching-being-hot thing apparently only applied while everyone was dressed, because if he thought too much about Aidan studying them—and likely getting aroused himself—Sawyer had a feeling he’d go as limp as overcooked broccoli.

He tore open the condom and unrolled it over his length, hoping Layla would give him time for a repeat performance. If he didn’t get inside her fast, his thoughts would win. And he wasn’t about to let that happen.

“Pink’s your color,” she teased when he threw the other condom on the coffee table.

“It’s yours too.” He drew the swollen lips of her pussy apart, visually drinking his fill of the arousal coating dusky rose flesh. Her clit stood proudly, begging for the press of a finger or the flat tip of his tongue. He’d do both before the night was over. “Look at that, all for me.”

“Yes.” She jerked her head, and he knew she’d glanced at Aidan. “All for you.”

He stroked her with two fingers. Up and down he rode her seam, finally pushing them into her sheath. Fuck. So tight. Inferno hot, even more so than before. Her muscles squeezed him as he started to move, testing them both with his deep glides.

Good goddamn, she turned him on. Enough to forget where he was. Even why he was. There was just the two of them, giving and taking pleasure.

Twisting his hand around, he gave her three fingers and used his thumb to toy with the button of distended nerves, each flick pushing her nearer to the point where she’d rain over him. He caught her gasps with his mouth and pushed into her harder. Knowing she could take it. That she yearned for him to shove her to the limit of her control. He could see all that, and more, in the glazed depths of her eyes.

Her orgasm approached with hurricane force. He could feel it gathering inside her, a vortex gaining speed. Drawing energy. He wanted her to break around him, a moment only they would share.

He pulled free, and she cried out. “Shh.” He quieted her with a kiss. “I’ll give you what you need.” He tweaked her nipples with his wet fingers, then licked off the juice he’d displaced.

She gripped his head in both hands, holding him while he tucked his nose into the curve underneath her breast and absorbed her scent as if it were air. Lovemaking had never before been this sweet—or this bitter.

“Sawyer, please.” She encircled his width and scorched him right through the condom. “Come into me.”

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REVIEW: Rock Chick Redemption, Kristen Ashley

Rock Chick Redemption (Rock Chick, #3)Rock Chick Redemption by Kristen Ashley My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I know I'm going to forget stuff when I'm writing up my review later. *sigh* I haven't even finished it and I know this one is going to end up 5 stars. Roxie is a bit smarter about not getting herself into trouble. This time she's honestly just put into bad situations where she should be safe and isn't. (except for the haunted house thing. DUH. LOL)

Hank is overwhelmingly male and alpha to the extreme, but my GOD does this man love her. It's so fast, but it's so complete that I'm willing to go with it. If I was Roxie--and man, I'd kill to be her. Well, after Billy is caught. THEN I totally want to be her because MY GOD. I want a man like Hank.

Double time.

Triple time.

100x's do I want a man like Hank.

1hr later...finishing up the book and here I am to finalize the review. I hate to compare Mz. Ashley to Evanovich, but there are parallels. They both know how to write madcap fun.

But Ashley totally pulls it off better. Her characters are crazy, but they make sense and there's so much growth by the end of the story that you feel satisfied instead of ready to murder.

The only teensy issue I had was with the end of the book. The flash forward then back was wholly unnecessary and just ruined the otherwise awesome pacing of the book. And I was so with the characters all the way that I just don't even care enough to take away my 5 stars.

*le sigh*

Vance is up next!

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REVIEW: Coercion, Cara McKenna

CoercionCoercion by Cara McKenna My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Goodness...What a beautiful book. I'm a huge fan of the first book, Curio, which was all Caroly's pov and now we delve into Didier's psyche. To see just why he is the way he is.

I'm fascinated by the male POV in this book. The lyrical way Mz McKenna explains the terror of agoraphobia, the happiness of falling in love, the absolute trust Didier has with Caroly. All of it should not be. He's a male prostitute. Yes, you read that right--he makes his living by creating fantasies for women. And within that world he is a god, but the moment he steps out of of that skin his doubts and his needs and his fears are so real and so heartwrenching.

Even with all the exposition and limited dialogue it reads exactly as it should. This is about a sensitive man that is on a journey. He knows he loves Caroly, but he knows he's not ready for a one on one relationship with her yet. He knows it would be selfish to ask more from her when he's not ready to give up his lifestyle, nor is he ready to be more than a beautiful caged bird of his own making. But he's closer.

And the beauty of Caroly is that she only wants what he can give. And that doesn't make her a weak character. Not at all. It's a journey for both of them.

And within all of the emotional tides in this story is a love scene that will truly rock your world. Caroly is curious about some of his clients and wants to expand her sexual horizons and MY GOD does she.

READER WARNING: Role playing of forced seduction involved. But if you've read Willing Victim from Mz McKenna...it's not to that level, but no less hot. WHEW!!

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Review & Giveaway: Cari Quinn's NO FLOWERS REQUIRED

REVIEW:

No Flowers Required by Cari Quinn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nothing makes me happier than cracking a Cari Quinn book. Not just because she's my CP. (no, she didn't pay me to say it either. *slips $5 in purse*) It's because this girl...ahem, woman...knows how to draw a reader in and keep them.

Dillon James has made it his goal to avoid the trappings of the corporate side of his family's business, but he realizes he needs to take a more active role when his parents decide to retire. The only problem? He's met an amazing woman that thinks he's just a handyman and hates his legacy, Value Hardware, with a fiery passion.

So what's a man to do?

Lie.

Stupid man.

But...I can't blame him. Ha had no idea just how important Alexa Conroy was going to become to his heart, his head, and his future.

And Cari makes sure that the boy has to work for every lie. And that's why I love her.

Alexa is another strong female lead as only Cari knows how to write. She makes sure that her characters are evenly matched both in the bedroom and intellectually.

With witty dialogue, a rooftop scene that could NEVER be adequately reviewed...instead, it must be experienced, and a twisty road to happily ever after--I truly loved this book.

I love how she made the pieces of Alexa and Dillon fit and merged them into better people by the end of the story. And the supporting cast of characters will leave you breathless for more of their story. ESPECIALLY Cory. People...when you get to Cory's story you are going to be in such trouble.

Read this book.

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Title: No Flowers Required (Love Required, #2) Author: Cari Quinn Genre: Category – Contemporary Length: 281 pages ISBN: 978-1-62266-967-7 Release Date: August 2012 Imprint: Brazen

 

Blurb:

Love Required - Book Two - by Cari Quinn

He’ll give her everything she desires…except his identity.

Flower shop owner Alexa Conroy had it all before the recession hit and her customers fled to cheaper shopping grounds. Desperate to make ends meet, she sells her dream home and moves into the rundown apartments above her shop. When she spots six feet of sexy distraction—complete with muscles, piercings, and tattoos—ripping up flooring, Alexa knows the karmic windfall she’s due just landed on her doorstep.

And the attraction’s definitely not one-sided.

Dillon James, reluctant heir to the corporation about to foreclose on Alexa’s shop, is not about to jeopardize their scorching chemistry by admitting he’s not the building’s handyman. But with only weeks until her business goes under and his identity is revealed, Dillon must find a way to convince Alexa cooperation isn’t a dirty word, help her save the shop from his brother’s greed, and persuade her that he’s not the enemy…or risk losing the only woman who’s seen the real him.

 

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http://www.entangledpublishing.com/no-flowers-required/

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REVIEW: Pushing Her Buttons, Sabrina York

Pushing Her ButtonsPushing Her Buttons by Sabrina York My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy Hanna! In my opinion, this is the perfect kind of D/s book for ME. Not for everyone, but someone like me that only likes the elements, but prefers a more romantic twist on the D/s roles.

This was beyond hot. The elevator scenes ratcheted up the tension till I was almost as much of a wreck as the woman was.

There was obvious pain in her past. A Dom that sliced and hacked into her psyche instead of making her feel safe and connected. I really liked that she had to overcome so many fears to make this union work.

And the scenes were off the charts.

And hell, it was FIRST person as well. Which is definitely not my fave kind of book, but it damn well worked.

I'm still fanning my face.

Bravo Mz York.

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REVIEW: The Siren, Tiffany Reisz

The SirenThe Siren by Tiffany Reisz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've read many books in my life. But nothing prepared me for this one. And I might just have to kiss the author for it, followed by a swift and brutal punch. (I have a feeling that Mz. Reisz will understand and smile when I say this.)

I can only hope that I will have 1/10th of the honesty she has in her writing someday.

Forever, a piece of me will be grateful for reading it. But in the same token this is a book that shall never EVER be re-read. Because of the moment that I read it. Because of the importance of the message and the characters at this ONE time in my life. All of it may never be duplicated. And I need its moment of perfect perfection.

A re-read might never be the same again and I can't sully its beautiful hold.

The characters are so honest and so amazing that it was painful to watch everything unfold. The brilliance was terrifying. That the author never wavered, never took the easy route--NEVER let me rest through the book was only part of its power.

Books are supposed to change you.

They rarely do.

This one did.

If I could give it 6 stars--11 stars--100 stars, I would.

Thank you for writing this book.

Thank you for pushing every characters to the edge.

Simply...thank you.

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REVIEW: The Return of Rafe MacKade, Nora Roberts

The Return of Rafe MacKade (The MacKade Brothers, #1)The Return of Rafe MacKade

by

Nora Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I just looked at the original copyright date on this one. 1995. Yeesh. I was twenty years old the first time I read this. Nora has always had the ability to write families that you can't help but care about and the MacKades are no different.

"He's hooked." Jared grinned and lifted his beer. "And his heart looks so pretty, right there on his sleeve."

It's banter like this that makes me laugh right out loud and what always keeps me coming back for more.

This was a fun re-read. A few places felt rushed, but DAMN, I do love Rafe. Rough around the edges, a little wild, and a he fell in love so hard he was snarling the whole way down. Just like I like my men.

Reagan was a perfect foil for him. Buttoned up and crisp on the outside, and a volcano under all that perfection.

Combustible chemistry and a quick read.

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REVIEW: The Witness, Nora Roberts

The WitnessThe Witness by Nora Roberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay...I'm mildly biased about LaNora books. She is my all time fave author. (Yes, I know some will roll their eyes. Seriously, between work ethic and pure talent this woman deserves every success she's had.)

Brooks and Abigail will stay with me for a long time.

Abigail made me laugh, cry, want to fight, and ultimately made me just sigh in pure happiness. This character has been so much and still had a core of goodness and openness that is astounding. The one thing she wanted was someone to love her--she'd pushed the idea of it away from her for so many years she simply had no idea what she needed until Brooks Gleason walked into her life.

Brooks.
*sigh* Fun loving, fierce, loyal, brave, honest and a host of other things that makes a woman swoon. Not too perfect. Not so that you were sickened. He knew how to compromise. He knew how to love. His family is and will always be the most important thing in his life. He's a cop, but he's not a black and white one. His shades of grey made him even more appealing and real to me.

The line of suspense shook you from the beginning and always lingered in the back of the story. The overlapping plot and parallel storyline based in the little town highlighted all the things she was running from and made for one more satisfying layer to the story.

It never slowed down for me. Even in the peaceful moments, it drew me in and seemed to spotlight the ever fascinating way that Abigail's mind worked.

As an aside, her social awkwardness reminded me a lot the Bones character from the Fox tv show, but it was definitely a different level. Just that logical mind that had to learn to bend and grow and maybe even learn just a little bit more to let love in. Because man...Brooks was SO worth it.

A must read for the Nora fans and a brilliant way to draw new readers as well.




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REVIEW: Heart Signs, Cari Quinn

Heart Signs

Heart Signs

by

Cari Quinn

My rating:

5 of 5 stars

Okay, you'll see from the quote-a-palooza on GR that I loved this story.  (See them here.) Sam Miller is one of those characters that climbs into your brain and burrows in for a good long stay. He's emotional, rough around the edges, sad, guilt ridden, hopeless, hopeful, and a host of other adjectives. You know why I can keep listing off things to tell you about Sam?

Because Cari showed me again and again just what Sam was thinking, feeling, and doing all through this novel. And man...I felt for him every inch of the way.

Then you have Rory Fowler. She's never trusted her own instincts when it comes to relationships. Instead, she hid behind friends with benefits relationships that she knew would never move beyond that level. She liked the uncomplicated. She may have even needed the uncomplicated. Watching her come to terms with the emotions that Sam brings out in her is messy, funny, and sometimes sad. And through it all you couldn't help but root for these guys.

The sigh factor is about as huge as you can get.

Read this.

NOW.

Even if you're worried about the 'sad' factor because of Sam's circumstances. It's worth the journey.

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REVIEW: Everything You've Got, Erin Nicholas

Everything You've Got (Anything and Everything, #2)Everything You've Got by Erin Nicholas My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh Luke and Kat...I've been waiting for you. I horked down the companion book to this one, and here's my review if you care: Anything You Want. GOD, I just loved the characters. I felt really bad for Luke. Not bad enough to have Marc screw up the AWESOME thing he had with Sabrina...but bad. Because obviously he's a great guy. And I hate how the world perpetuates that nice guys finish last.

Okay, so I love a bad boy. I DOOOOOOOOOO. But man, someone like Luke? He deserves his happily ever after and Kat was perfect for him. I'm so glad he had to fight for it though. Luke's been the golden boy of their small town for far too long. So long, that he's forgotten how to really have to work for something. And believe me, Kat requires some work!!

She's a great character. I have to admit I wanted to swipe her upside the head a few times because she wouldn't confide in Luke, but when she did. Whoa boy. Talk about a wild ride of awesome, and conflict and the best kind of love. In the end, I got my HEA and the character growth made me sit there and cheer. (And possibly a booty dance. Just sayin'.)

Thanks so much, Mz. Nicholas, for letting these guys have such a perfectly perfect happy ending.

I can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve.

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REVIEW: The Marriage Bargain, Jennifer Probst

The Marriage BargainThe Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst I really enjoyed this book. The strong, unloved hero and the open, loving foil to all his best laid plans. Nick doesn't want to love anyone. Doesn't want to open himself up to the hurt he felt as a child when his cold and selfish parents were more worried about themselves than their children. But throughout the story we learn, as Nick does, that your past doesn't have to control your future.

Alexa's got a lot of pride to go with that open heart, but a past with Nick as a teen girl colors the way she deals with him. And again, we have a character that has to learn to let go of her past to embrace a man and love that will outweigh her fears.

It was a lovely ride, rich in texture and emotion. And man alive can Mz. Probst write a love scene! Whew! But it suits the couple and moves the story through a few bits that might have started to drag. Add in the most mangy and sad dog and the damn author got me tearing up through the ending with a sigh at my HEA.

I can't wait for her friend--and Nick's sister--Maggie's story. It's going to be a real trip.

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REVIEW: Angel's Blood, Nalini Singh

Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1)Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While there were times I thought the story was a little overwrought and that the pace needed to pick up and not be about Ellie and Raphael's lusty gazes, I can't possibly give this anything less than 5 stars.

Intense--amazing--overwhelming--brilliant--frustrating--sensual.

These are just a few words to describe this tale. This story is not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of violence in the story, but the arc of change in Raphael from his Elena was complete and delicious.

I'm onto book 2.

ASIDE: The narrator was rather delicious as well. Differentiating voices and tones, even sarcasm and the cutting dry wit...Justine Eyre was quite simply astounding.

Can you tell I loved the story?

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REVIEW: Table for One, Ros Clarke

Table for OneTable for One by Ros Clarke What a delightful read. I'm not a foodie, but by the end of this story I was starving for everything that Ward put on the table. Sexy, sensual flavors and textures heightened the experience and they began a journey of self-awareness.

Of course we can't have the road go too smooth. All those overwhelming passions make for high emotions and Mz Clarke uses them beautifully. I love the backstory and the reasons why Ward is so wary about journalists. It suits the story and isn't too over the top. It also gives really good background as to why he doesn't trust easily.

Claudia has her own problems with falling in love, but she realizes that Ward is different. And holding back isn't something she wants to do. The little twist was great and made me love the story even more. Taking the plunge in a relationship isn't easy, but I think these two make a great study in how compromise and trust is the true basis for a relationship. And while they found each other through passion, they stayed together because of so much more.

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The Danger of Reviews

“The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews. ” ~William Faulkner

I've been a reader longer than I've been a writer...just barely. But nonetheless that's a truth that I sometimes forget. And when you enter into the actual business of being an author all of a sudden the comments you'd normally let fly off your tongue--or fingers as it were--can hurt an author you've become friends with or could become friends with in the future.

Places like Goodreads have taken on a new role in my life. For awhile it's been a place that readers and authors alike have been adapting as homebase to keep track of books we want to read, have read, or are currently reading. I admit I go on there a lot and follow a heck of a lot of reviewers and fellow authors. It's fun to see what people are reading...even informative to read a review. I know it can help influence me when I buy a book, whether it's to try a new author or steer away from a story that wouldn't be my cup of tea.

But what happens if you're the author on the receiving end of a not so glowing review? When you're an author and a reviewer there's a murky area in there. I want want to give an honest review, but I don't want to hurt an author's feelings either. *sigh* Did I mention murky area?

My idea of a great book is 4stars because I'm REALLY stingy on my 5star ratings, but another author might not feel the same way. And while we tell ourselves that we need a thick skin in this business we have to worry about review sites and the general public as it is, do we really have to nitpick at a fellow author as well?

Now that I'm part of two different networks of authors I have to think about what I say from a professional standpoint, not just me spouting out my opinions. To be fair to my friends and fellow authors, and as a compromise, I think I'm going to have to move myself to a no-rating system and just post what I like about a story and leave it at that.

REVIEW: Anything You Want, Erin Nicholas

Anything You Want Anything You Want by Erin Nicholas My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*Insert new fangirl squeal*

I loved this book. I'm officially in love with Marc and could only hope I'm as good at character building as Mz. Nicholas is someday.

What an awesome ride. From the hilarious and somehow sizzling way Marc renamed the place he had to rescue Sabrina from...Muddy Gap (one of his nicknames Dirty Gulch...and there were tons more. lol) to the slow and delicious build of character, I was utterly sucked in.

I loved that she was able to make me like Sabrina when the premise promised anything but a likeable character. I loved the family background and the way she showed that dreams are just as important as being responsible. I love that Mz. Nicholas managed to insert heat and awareness in such a way that it didn't feel forced or cliched.

I simply loved everything about this book. I don't want to give too many details because the read and the experience was where the pleasure unfolded.

Read it.

You won't regret it.

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REVIEW: Defying the Odds, Kele Moon

Defying the Odds (Battered Hearts, #1)Defying the Odds by Kele Moon My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(4.5 Stars)

I really enjoyed this book. I do love a big, grouchy guy that falls hard for the girl. And I really loved that Melody, our heroine, was so focused on making sure she could take care of herself. I understand that. When you've been dependent on a man for any length of time, I think you end up doing the exact opposite when things don't work out. And for her, it REALLY didn't work out.

Clay's used to being alone and when Mel shows him a simple kindness he realizes just how dark and lonely his world has become. They both strengthen as people the more they fall in love. Mz. Moon does it so slowly and sweetly in such small ways. It's filled with hard lessons and a love that makes this reader want to believe that's out there for all of us.

The only thing that held this back to a 5 star was the southern slang dialogue. I understood it suited the majority of the characters, but I don't think it needed to be used for everyone. A small qualm, but it kept nagging at me by the time I hit the end of the book.

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REVIEW: Unlocked, Courtney Milan

Unlocked (Turner, #1.5)Unlocked by Courtney Milan My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well then. That was my first Courtney Milan and I daresay it will NOT be my last. Everyone talks about her books, but sometimes hype falls flat for me. Yep. The hype is deserved. It was a short story, but Evan and Elaine resonate. Mz Milan knows how to rip your guts out and gives just enough detail in off subjects--in this case, mountaineering and astronomy--that you are interested, but not bored.

The characters were delightful and the love grew between the characters organically, even in a short story setting. (and being an author myself, I applaud that feat. One, I'm still attempting to figure out.)

This was a great introduction to Mz. Milan and I've been told to read Unraveled next. Now, all I have to do is dig out from Christmas so I can have my book budget back...

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