Exclusive with Eden Bradley…/Lover’s Moan by Savannah Chase

Today’s review is slightly different. One paperback book with Three authors. Three Stories. One Review., plus a short story by Savannah Chase.
Exclusive First up is Eden Bradley’s, “Sanctuary” where Devin meets Master Shaye. Devin’s best friend convinces her to go to a fetish club where the lights are high, the music loud and the play is insatiable. What started as going to make her friend happy becomes much more. Devin finds she actually is enjoying it.

Master Shaye is an experienced Dom who is one of the “players” at the Fetish Club, “Club X”…where Devin stumbles in and catches his eye. Shaye enjoys playing with the subs at the club, as he doesn’t have to risk emotional dealing with them. He can just play and they leave.

Devin has never been a part of the BDSM lifestyle. Can Shaye teach her to enjoy it as much as he does? Will he lose his heart to this innocent?

This was my first chance to read Eden Bradley but is not my last. I have since read Dark Gardens and hope to read many more in the near future. Ms. Bradley’s knowledge of the BDSM lifestyle is apparent in her writing and that makes it much more enjoyable for me. I tend to shy away from reading most BDSM as much of it is written by people who know next to nothing about it, other than it is a money maker, apparently. If you want real BDSM told with honest and truth, Eden Bradley is the first one I’d turn to.

Next is Wild Nights by Jaci Burton is a novella that stands alone but is better understood if you have already read her novel Wild, Wicked, & Wanton (Berkley Heat). This short novella connects us once again to Mike Nottingham. Mike has seen it all, and this leaves him jaded. He’s in Las Vegas looking for something, something different…

Grace Wylde is almost a mirror image of Mike. As untouchable as he is…and Mike doesn’t like it one bit. He’s used to being the one to let others down, easy or not…but Grace does it to him before he can do it to her. Grace doesn’t want commitment anymore than Mike…

When Mike accepts a friends invitation to an exclusive club, he meets the owner, Grace Wylde and nothing is the same again…Will he convince her he wants more than a fling? Will she convince him she does also.

Last up is Purple Magic by Lisa Renee Jones where Vampires coexist knowingly with humans. Jolene is trying to save her friend Carrie from the evil Alex who has captured more woman than just this one. Drago is a Slayer who is working undercover to bring the Vampire, Alex down…but when he meets Jolene, he finds that his soul crys out to him that she is his mate. Can he push the feeling down in order to complete his mission, to save not only Carrie, but the others imprisoned by Alex? Can Jolene trust this man, slayer with not only her friend’s life, but her own heart?

I had not read Jaci Burton or Lisa Renee Jones before reading Exclusive. I enjoyed their stories, but must say that Eden Bradley’s is still the one that resonates most with me.

If you want an enjoyable read, I suggest this book for sure. I read it over the course of several weeks, as I had a number of Dr. appointments and would read it while waiting each week. Otherwise, this could be read in several hours for certain.

Lover’s Moan by Savannah Chase
This was a very short piece of erotica that was enjoyable. Because of it’s shortness, I have decided to only link it and not do a review.

Storm Warning and Have a Little Faith by Kadi Dillon: Two for Tuesday Reviews

Thank you for bearing with me as I dealt with illness this last week.  I am feeling a little better now and decided to try to get up at least one series of reviews. (I have two more series of reviews to write, but they’ll have to wait. Nap is indicated now.)  

Storm Warning by Kadi DillonStorm Warning by Kadi Dillon is a short, but enjoyable story.

Tory Fairchild is terrified of storms, most especially tornado’s due to losing both her mother and father to one as a child. Now as an adult, Tory chases these storms.

Gabe Wills is a well-known photographer who pays to be with Tory and her group of chasers. Just the fact that Gabe has the money to do for the storm chasers what Tory cannot is enough to set up a dislike right from the start in Toni’s mind.

This book moves quickly and is quite believable to me.  I found the heated dislike which masked other feelings from Tory to be something that in my opinion made sense.  Then again, I’m unconventional to begin with.  I have to say, I loved the part where Tory’s about to be ex-boyfriend shows up and gets physical with her.  Tory doesn’t hesitate to bring him down by drop kicking his family jewels.  The ex comes back later, and the results could be deadly

I do recommend this book to anyone wanting a short, quick read with some good romance along the way. I give this a solid ****.  I will say, there were editing problems, but that is expected when reading an Advanced Readers Copy, (ARC) and the editing problems have now been resolved.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of Storm Warning to give an honest review of.

 

Have a Little Faith by Kadi Dillon is another short and enjoyable read.Have a Little Faith by Kadi Dillon

Alexandra Morgan will do anything necessary to save the ranch she calls home. Lane Tanner will take what he wants, including Alexandra Morgan. When to stubborn and willful personalities collide, the sparks of passion fly. Is it passion for what they each want, or passion of love? Only time will tell.

Alex’s father died and left a staggering debt. Her mother, wheelchair bound since the accident that claimed her body and Alex’s three-month old daughter is selling the ranch to Lane to turn into a Dude Ranch. Alex can’t allow that to happen. Faith is all she has…and she won’t lose her a second time, not even to a man used to taking everything he wants.

Lane has a lot to prove, to himself and to his father. He has even more to prove to Alexandra Morgan if he wants to claim her as his own.  When reason doesn’t work on her, he turns to Alex’s mother with a proposition. The land and Alex’s hand in marriage for a staggering amount of money that will take care of the debt Alex’s father left when he died.

Can Lane convenience Alex that it’s more than business? Can Alex ever explain how much Faith means to her and why she can’t leave the ranch? Read Have a Little Faith to discover the answer.

This book receives a **** from me, along with a laugh out loud at the ending paragraph.  You did well, Ms. Dillon…well indeed.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for giving an Honest review.

Solidarity by Adelle Lauden and Butterface by Gwen Hayes:Two for Tuesday

Both of today’s reviews are from short stories/novelette

Solidarity by Adelle LaudenSolidarity by Adelle Laudan was a short, quick read. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Shag and his friends, Larry and Bones are riding to Michigan for the Easy Rider Rodeo. They’ve been planning this trip for near a year now.

Bones is so massive, he dwarfs his midnight blue motorcycle, Fatboy.  His size alone had mothers scurrying to protect their children.  They are unaware this man is the same one who spends the holiday season organizing Toy Runs for kids in need.

Larry is antsy and ready to get going.. His 1953 Indian Chief with iridescent cream paint appeared to change color at each bend in the road. With is bald head and fair complexion, Larry could get lost in the color scheme with his bike.

The three bikers head out, letting their thoughts be carried by the wind, and riding the long open road ahead of them, all 650 clicks of it. (403 miles/650 kilometres)

Only a few pages in to the story, we discover that Shag has lost his leg due to a horrible motorcycle accident. We also find out he’s been ‘asleep’ a long time, but at this point, we don’t know exactly how long.  The book continues in this manner, with learning what lead up to the accident, how it happened, told in a flashback manner. Intermingled in an easy to read style we also see the ‘present time’ story of what’s happening now, and how both Shag and his wife, Lucy are dealing with the loss of the leg, Shag being unable to ride his motorcycle any longer, and his inability to cope with friends and family.

While being only 23 pages long, Solidarity tells a story well. It’s not an epic novel of pure inspiration, yet it inspires the reader. One understands easily why Shag is feeling as he does, reacts to people in the growling manner he now uses, and admire Lucy for sticking with him, regardless of how he speaks to her.  She knows he’s hurting, literally and figuratively and also knows a secret, which the reader finds out at the very end of the book. A sweet, wonderful ending ensues.

I recommend Solidarity if you’ve never read Adelle Laudan before. I hadn’t and this short interested me enough to try it and I did like it.  I’m now interested in finding more of Ms. Laudan’s work.

On a star rating scale, I’d give this a solid **** and recommend it to pretty much anyone.

Butterface by Gwen Hayes is a book about a girl I can understand.Butterface by Gwen Hayes

Elizabeth Anderson was born with Hemifacial Microsamia, a facial deformity. She had managed to not be inundated with the kidney and hear problems that plagued some patients with this birth defect. Often, “they” would say she was lucky.  In Beth’s mind, lucky people aren’t born with facial deformities. She keeps her hair messy as a curtain to help hid the scars from the deformity. She had learned how to hide the asymmetry of her face by camouflaging it with the hair in different ways, how she held her neck, her cheek. Anything that would soften the profile she had.

Lucas O’Leary, better known as Lucky is one of the University’s star soccer players, who lives with six of his teammates, rather than at the dorms on campus. He’s spending a lot of time at Bing’s Diner, because it was open all night and served breakfast 24/7. Several of Lucky’s teammates show up at the diner one night and suggest that he take Liz to the “Dog Dance.”

I related to how Beth felt, as I was born with a uni-lateral cleft lip, a cleft palate, and have scars and a flattened nose as a result of the surgeries. I remember going home I tears after not only kids but teachers made fun of me and my speech impediment. How Ms. Hayes managed to show us so quickly, and satisfactorily the two main characters and get us to like them is a testament to her writing ability.

This story will leave you with a smile, and hopefully, you’ll be drawn to learn more about Hemifacial Microsamia as I was.

This book receives a ****1/2 from me. Thank you, Gwen, for writing a story about an imperfect looking heroine.

The Fire and The Cloud by David Bigman/Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin: Two for Tuesday Review

The Fire and The Cloud by David Bigman

The Fire and The Cloud by David BigmanWhile I enjoyed my reading of The Fire and The Cloud by David Bigman, I must admit to feeling a bit out-of-place as a non-Jewish reader.

Much of this book was over my head in some respects due to not understanding a lot about the Torah. I still recommend this book to both Jewish and non-Jewish alike, simply realize that if you are not familiar with the Torah, it may be a bit puzzling to understand at times.

I only got about ½ of the way through, and that’s after about a year of reading this, as I kept going back to reread portions. This is not the fault of Mr. Bigman, but rather my lack of knowledge about the Torah and other aspects.

I fully intend to continue in my reading and research so that I shall be able to read it with a more comprehensive understanding.

On a rating scale, based on what I have read, I give this book a **** rating. I can foresee when I have finished it finally that it will support that same rating.
I received my copy of this book from Gefen Publishing House in exchange for an honest review.

Butterfly Swords by Jeannie LinButterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin

My experience with reading Butterfly Swords was pure pleasure. From the first page to the last, I was captivated and intrigued.

Ms. Lin weaves together a story you don’t want to put down, even when it is finished.At least, this was my experience. A Harlequin Historical, Harlequin did well chosing Ms. Lin to write for this imprint (line)

Set during the Tang dynasty, China, 8th Century, Ai Li is the only daughter of the Empor who was thrust on the throne, and not being born to it. Raised a princess, her grandmother taught her to use “8 chop swords”. which Ms. Lin refers to as Butterfly Swords in both the title and the book. Ms. Lin chose to use this name and not the name used by the Chinese because of the hard/soft aspect of the sound of it, and, the romantic and action-like  connotations that the name Butterfly Swords depicts of the Asian setting and time.

Whatever reason Ms. Lin chose the name, I’m glad she did. From the moment I saw the cover, and Ms. Lin revealed it would be published, I have wanted to not only read, but own a copy of this book. I now do, thanks to winning a contest on a writer’s blog in the not so distant past. (Several months ago, actually.)

Ai Li has been transported to meet her as yet unseen husband to be, when she discovers he is responsible for her Fourth Brother’s death. Unable to bear the thought of being with this monster, as she sees him, she flees with the help of a trusted supporter. Along the way, she meets a golden-haired barbarian, a foreigner to the Empire.

Ryam has been in the Empire for some time, fighting and living with a band of brothers, so to speak. His best friend is married to the former Empress of the Empire, who fled the throne, leaving Ai Li’s father the new Empor.  He has been battle-scarred, is tired and hungry when we meet him. He is struggling with the deaths of the men intrusted to him by his friend, and commander.

Ryam spots Ai Li, who has fled her betrothed, Li Taos,, due to his duplicity and is dressed as a young man in disguise. Our hero sees through this disguise and is amused that she seems somehow able to pull it off. Ai Li spots the hungry “White Demon” as her people call him and offers him her bowl of rice which he’s been smelling all the while watching her.  When her companions all begin to drop, and a band of men, most likely Li Taos, men attack her and try to take her with them, Ryam comes to her rescue with his sword and his ability to wield it. He also discovers that Ai Li is more than capable with her Butterfly Swords which she has studied with her brothers for a considerable amount of time.

Ai Li and Ryam head toward Changan, the hub of the Empire her father rules. The princess proves to be not only beautiful, but strong and courageous, though at times, a bit deceptive with the hero. The two fall in love as they walk, ride, and fight their way to Ai Li’s parents home where she hopes to convince them that she cannot marry Li Taos.

When things don’t go as planned, Ai Li and Ryam must decide what is most important. Honor and Loyalty, or Love? Neither believes it possible to have both.

This was such an enjoyable read. Full of exotic descriptions of the “Silk Road” and the Tang dynasty era, one cannot escape the love that simmers and then boils over between  Ai Li and Ryam. Throughout the book, Ryam calls our heroine Aylee, which in part helps us to understand how one would pronounce her name. This made reading Butterfly Swords just a little easier when it came to the heroine’s name.

If you enjoy reading historical, like Asian culture, you’ll enjoy Ms. Lin’s debut novel, which was a 2009 Golden Heart Winner. Unlike many historical set in the Regency period, this one gives us both a beautiful and dangerous time to read about.

I give this a 4 1/2 stars without a doubt. I encourage you to pick it up and read it. Like me, you’ll likely find yourself drawn to the other books since published by Ms. Lin, many of which are also set in the Tang dynasty era.

As I stated earlier, I received this as a prize from a blog of writer, not Ms. Lin. I chose to read and then review it honestly.

Have you read Butterfly Swords or THe Fire and The Cloud? What did you think of them? Perhaps you understand the Torah better than I and can explain it to me. Maybe, you are an avid reader of Ms. Lin and can recommend the next book of hers for me to feast upon. (I have read and reviewed “Capturing the Silken Thief”, a novella)