Monday, 21 March 2016

The Edge of Temptation by Megan Crane

Review by TashNz 
Edge of Temptation
by Megan Crane


My first introduction to Megan Cranes Edge series which was kindly provided by Netgalley. 

Wowsers!  What a read!  Not for the faint hearted and very far removed from Caitlyn Crews world of writing.  I did see hints of Caitlyn Crews humor shine through. 

Maud escapes her Nunnery, the only thing shes known since she was a young pre teen – sold by her parents.  Meeting Warrior Gunnar in the desert, she takes her chance and begs him to take her with him, where she doesn’t care, as long as It is far away from the Nunnery.   Demonstrating her skill at “praying” Maud is sure she’s convinced Gunnar how she can come in handy on the trip, but Gunnar needs a sacrificial virgin to seek his revenge and to bring back his loved mate from the dead. 
Set in a world that I wasn’t too sure if it was the past, present or future I still found the story to flow and understood why Maud was looking for escape.  I thought she fell for Gunnar quite quickly and she was so submissive so quickly and I guess the desire to save her life changed to a decide to stay with Gunnar.  Gunnar was a warrior and his description was one of strength and determination but clearly he had a heart buried deep.  He had issues he need to fix and I enjoyed watching him struggle with what he wanted to do and stay on track. 

I would call The Edge of Temptation a  mix of R18 erotic, submissive and paranormal historical. Might sound a confusing mix but it helped me turn the pages to find out what was going to happen?  Was Maud going to end up a sacrificial gift, was Gunnar’s dead mate really a traitor?  Does Gunnar’s brother get his own story? Will love prevail? 

An intense love story with very graphic details that are not for the faint hearted. 

I am a huge believer in trying different genre’s and I am glad I did.   

THE EDGE #2
PUBLISHED 5 APRIL 2016 BY ST MARTINS PRESS

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Husband Sit by Louise Cusack

Reviewed by Nas


HUSBAND SIT by author Louise Cusack is a February 2016 release by Flirt Press.

In need of urgent money, she takes on the job of husband sitting for rich wives. To keep their husband’s at home while they go off on holidays.

This is a fun, sexy and steamy romp. It takes a reader on an alternate journey of what happens when plans go wrong and she falls in love with her first subject. The journey she takes to try and make him jealous is sexy as well as emotional.

Highly recommended for all readers of fun, sexy but emotional stories!







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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Coming Home by Lydia Michaels

Reviewed by Desere



When I started reading this book,  I immediately picked up that this is not the first in which is obviously a series. This of course has always annoyed me , I always want to be sure that I got all the nitty gritty from the first books before I read the next, so yeah off I went on my mission to find out more about the first two.  Sadly I could not trace the first two in print and thus I made due with the little bit of information I could find on the Internet.

Then I was as caught up as I could be , and oh my gosh !!! I could not wait to dig in !!! I was so intrigued and as I started reading I pretty much had my mind already made up that this author is a talent that I wish I had discovered years ago!

Now let me tell you a little about the plot, it tells of Evelyn " Scout" Keats and how her perfect world comes crashing down when she learns that she has been nothing more than a pawn in a game so twisted it will make you sick to your stomach, worse, it's pretty much everyone in her life that has used her for their own gratification. The book takes the reader on the journey of Scout trying to comprehend the cost of her broken heart and learning to know when to take a risk in order to be happy.

Now for the review , this author is one that that knows how to draw out each and every emotion to the extent where I actually felt physically drained, but still wanting more.  The characters went beyond developed I can't fully express what I mean by that, I am battling to find the right wording ( odd I know), I guess best way to say it is  that the characters were more than just just, they were alive and leaping from the pages, as oppose to the usual well developed characters that after wards still feel just like characters from a book, these characters were real to me , very real.

Beautifully written, intriguing, powerful and memorable are just a few of the words I would use to describe this book.  And inspiring , I have come across many powerful , fighting spirited heroines but not quite like this, I wanted to trade places with this one ! I am going to end my review by saying that this is not just a love story , it's about courage , fighting back  and taking risks when there is no hope.

I am off to continue the search for the first two books, I have to know the rest! A define page turner, highly recommended !

5/5 star review
" Coming home, after the long road of sorrow" 

** Copy provided by Penguin Random House South Africa in exchange for a honest review 

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Dream Job by Mickey. J. Corrigan


Review by TashNz


A fast paced novella which got me thinking and nodding at the end of the story, the possibility of what I read could happen... which I can't say here with out giving the entire plot away, but you'll know what I mean when you read Dream Job my Mickey J Corrigan, a July ebook release.

Adrianna has a test driver position at a Dream software company; mixed in between her day life she is plagued by HOT dreams about her boss, The dreams feel so real spill over to real life almost. Then to make life more complicated her sad sack of an excuse of an ex boyfriend is trying to get back together...  

Like all Mickey J Corrigan books the main character is a zany wonderfully likable character who always finds herself in the most incredible predicaments. Adrianna is no different.  Unable to get any other job she signs up for her dream job, having no clue what it entails but hey the boss is H.O.T so what does she have to loose.  Then things get really strange (in a great way) and she has to unravel what is going on.  Things are not as they seem in more ways than one.

An entertaining and thought provoking read which I really liked and recommend. In terms of genre I think it's a mix of lashing of adult content, with light sci fi tones novella.

I read this on the treadmill... and was so caught up, I realised I was still walking 45 mins later! Great workout!

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*ARC provided for my honest opinion.

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Reviewed by Nas
 
DREAM JOB by author Mickey J Corrigan is a unique story. This tale takes a reader on a journey inside the dream world of the main protagonist. She is one of the dream catcher, but coming to earth she forgot her purpose. And is confused by all the dreams she's experiencing. She is on a mission to stop a software thief from using the software.

Mickey J Corriagn has her own way of telling a story. The premise and setting of this story is full of twists and turns. If you are looking for something different  to read, then this book is certainly for you. 

Monday, 29 June 2015

Grey by EL James


Grey (Fifty Shades, #4)

Reviewed by Desere 

After the hype of 50 Shades everyone knows what the world about Mr Grey and his little Miss Steele and their very out of the ordinary ( but only if you have never so much as thought about just how kinky sex can get) sex life is about, so I doubt that there is need for me to break down the story again. 

So instead I will dive right into Grey itself.  From the first three books it was very clear that the main focus was on Ana and the overwhelming set of new feelings she has to deal with when falling for a off the charts hot rich Mr Grey and is strange sexual desires. 

The books delved into Mr Grey's POV but only just lightly touching the dark subjects rolling around in is mind,. So of course I was over the moon with excitement that the author finally penned down the story from Mr. Grey's side. 

Sadly I was let down very badly indeed. The mind of Mr Grey is dark ,but that is something I already knew from having read the series, the sad part is that I was expecting the author to offer me a good and proper look into his POV.

What I got instead was a truly terrible , misguided, sloppy compiled look into a man that;s mind is not only dark ( no shock) but so messed up that it was completely impossible to believe any of it. 

And the words used by the author to express what exactly Mr Grey is thinking, oh my word, it was so tacky that it was as if I was stuck in a bad porn movie and the only way to get out was to shut the book !

Of course being a professional reviewer shutting the book before the end is not my style and I hung on till the very end. But it's three hours of my life I will never get back. 

The first three books are ones I have recommended , and I still do but this one not so much. It adds nothing to the story and only messes up the entire perception all of us had of Mr Grey. 

Copy provided by Penguin Random House South Africa in exchange for a honest review 









Saturday, 2 May 2015

Fifty Shades Freed by EL James





Reviewed by Desere

It's the big finale ! This time around Ana and Christian are Mr and Mrs Grey and the stakes are a whole lot higher than before.

One would think that the final part of the journey would be without a little less uphill but it's everything but. This book is the real full blown roller-coaster ride for Ana and Christian.

More drama , more emotion and  heck of a lot more get's added to the secrets of an already filled to the top secret packed trilogy. Kidnapping, near death experiences and of course the famous butt plug!

Mr Grey is again the rich, mysterious always get's what he craves character he was before and of course still full of kink. As in the first two books he is still the stronger addition to the relationship, and again I will have to add that Ana was still a little under developed, I felt that the author definitely made an effort to bring her into full view but there was still something missing and at the end of the day Ana was still a bit of a mystery character to me.

Ana's patience and persistence for dragging Christian from the dark depth's of the hell we found him to be trapped in the first and second book was neatly done by the author and despite not loving the character of Ana so much ( I mean blaming an accidental pregnancy on your PA, really?!) and at the end of the book I could see just how far Ana had dragged Christian back into the world of reality.

I particularly loved the author bringing in the kidnapping scenario, it made the bond between the characters stronger and definitely took the focus off from the entire " always about sex" element that almost completely overshadowed the entire series.

It also added that exhilarating danger element that no matter the kind of reader you are everyone loves danger it heightens the senses and add's that action packed punch.

I recommend this book for anyone that  absolutely has to know the end to this trilogy but again I warn if you don't like reading about kinky sex, or think that Ana is off her rocker for letting Christian control her in the way that he does ( I will add the author brilliantly let the true meaning of the control eventually shine through) then this read is not for you But if you can look past all the sex hoopla and focus on the actual journey of love however crazy it may be, then this is a read not to be missed.

5/5 star review
" He's found the freedom from the chains , but will he be able to free her? 

** Get a copy now at Penguin Random House South Africa 

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Fifty Shades Darker by EL James

Reviewed by Desere



So this is book two from the world wide phenomenon an I must again first off start by saying that it is again like book one filled with lots of kinky sex and some woman will shout out " Why the hell would I let a guy do that to me?" and again with the ever surprising Mr.  Grey being full of kink and making readers go " WTF?". But for me it again came down to it being a journey of love. And the wild sex? Well let's just say each his own, it if keeps the spark in your relationship alive then enjoy!

Now that I have that out of the way let's get down the business.  For those that have read book one , you will know that book one ended rather abruptly  and it was the moment where millions of readers went" Huh? That 's it? Why, why why!!" Of course we all know why, because good books always have cliffhanger ending and of course I could not wait to get back into it, not for the crazy sex because again it works for some but for me not so much.

I was more interested to find out how the romance journey will continue and oh my gosh I was not disappointed. Because this book was so much more than book one, I bawled my eyes out ! During book one I cringed and I had plenty of " Really!?" moments but with this one, I had a box of Kleenex at all times and for the full two days I looked like I had lost my best friend, red puffy eyes and the mask of heartache plastered all over my face.

Of course I am not going to go into detail as to why all the crying because that would honestly ruin the book for anyone interested or brave enough to read it. I know of quite a number of readers that have said they want to read the series but worry about what others will think of them, that of course is their battle and not mine.

Another thing I loved about this book is that this time the author delved deeper into the psyche of the characters, I felt like I got to know the characters far better than in the first book. And of course Mr. Grey's dark secrets are brought to light this time, all I have to say about that is " Shame poor guy!". There was as I mentioned lots of tears but there was also some great " Oh man's that's so awkward !" moments and had me bursting with laughter.

To sum it up in a nice little ribbon tied bow without revealing too  much and spoiling it, I will say this  book is a great addition to the series, it's the tale of a remarkable love story filled with many truths of life that in real life most people hide. Even if you hated book one you have to give this one a try, the author delves deeper and it get's a whole lot and I do mean a whole lot more emotional than book one. But of course if you hated book one due to the kinky sex than this most likely again will not be a book you will love, and there's not much to be done about that, everyone has their own taste.

Special thanks to Penguin Random South Africa for the reviewer's copy.


4.5 star review
" Life is about to get darker than before and Mr. Grey is trapped"