Release Date: April/May 2017
Release Date: April/May 2017
Series: A Force of Nature Fairytale #1
Poppy’s delicate new love is shattered when she finds out why Storm really
wants to marry her. She’s only a means to an end, another piece of property.
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Forces of Nature Fairytale Series by M.A. Horst
Poppy (Book 1)
This is the first book in a six book series. I’ll be posting a review of each new book as it releases every Monday for the next five weeks. I received each book complimentary. I have voluntarily chosen to review the books, according to whether or not I like them.
Overall Rating: 3 (sXe)
Quick & Dirty summary: Storm Royal is being forced to choose a bride from amongst six of the Flowers girl. He begins to loose hope until he spots Poppy amongst the crowd. Poppy knows she at the party to hear of an engagement, but she hates the superficial people she’s surrounded by. When she meets Storm she has no idea that she’s about to be swept off her feet, but Storm will have to fight if he wants to prove to Poppy that she’s the love of his life.
This is a very short, insta-love romance based loosely on fairytales. It’s a quick and easy read if you want something lighthearted and steamy. The sex is pretty conventional, but if you’re not into this type of romance then the whole thing will read as one big cliché. However, taken in the right spirit, this book is sweet and simple, much like Poppy.
It didn’t rate higher with me primarily because the dialogue is pretty robotic. The vernacular used makes it seem like its set in the past, but the details provided in the story make it seem like it’s suppose to be set in the present. All that makes the short book a little confusing.
But, I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series. It should be entertaining!
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99)
If you’re looking for a quick, sweet book, then this is a pretty good one for a dollar. I’d recommend it even more if you have Kindle Unlimited. But if you want something with a bit of character development, then I’d pass.
The Dixie Warden Rejects MC Series by Lani Lynn Vale
Beard Mode (Book 1)
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Overall Rating: 3 (sXe)
Quick & Dirty summary: Aaron Sims is done with women. After his crazy ex-wife, Aaron isn’t exactly chomping at the bit to give another woman a chance at destroying him. But when he moves in across the hall from Imogen, he can’t help but feel the pull of the beautiful pixie. Imogen knows all about Aaron, or at least she used to. But now that Aaron is back, still sexy as ever but with new scars, Imogen isn’t sure if she’s the kind of woman Aaron wants.
I really wanted to like this book and in a bizarre way, I did. The chemistry between Aaron and Gen is sizzling. They are both fun characters because in many ways they are unexpected. Even though Aaron’s been hurt before, he doesn’t dither around like an idiot when it comes to being attracted to Gen. And Gen is a Marine Corps veteran! How unexpected is that?!
But I can’t really recommend it, or give it a good review, because the book is confusing! None of the characters are described in a way that makes me feel like I really know them. In fact, there are often times throughout the book when someone does something that makes me question the person’s character. That means there is zero character development since there is no baseline.
Also very confusing is the description of events. In one scene Gen is lying down, then suddenly she’s opening a door with no words to describe the in between. Of course I don’t want ALL the nitty gritty details (yes, I know she’s probably breathing), but knowing that she got up, out of bed, put on some clothes, drove to her apartment and THEN is opening her door would have been helpful. It’s also more of a problem in this story than in others because there is a lot of action. There are bombs exploding and guns being fired, so knowing where people are and what they’re doing is incredibly important following the action.
That being said, I really wanted to like this book. And the fact that I finished the book, despite the problems it has, is a testament to how much I enjoyed Aaron and Gen and the storyline in general. There is action, there is romance, and if there’s a few missing paragraphs or pages, oh well. In some ways I think that maybe my critique isn’t necessarily the author’s fault. I think, perhaps, it was over edited and many of the transitional sentences and paragraphs that would have held the story together more were cut in favor of saving a few pages. I’m not sure since I wasn’t a part of that process, but since the book is well written for the most part, I’m going to give the author the benefit of the doubt and blame the anonymous editing crew (sorry, I have to blame someone!). This explains why I gave it a three out of five instead of a two out of five rating.
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $3.99)
Unfortunately I don’t think it’s worth buying. I hate to say this since I know the author worked long and hard on this book, but I got more out of reading the Amazon description than I did reading the book.
Something else you might enjoy:
Check out Hells Saints Motorcycle Club series by Paula Marinaro. I read the first two books in the series a while ago and liked them, the first book more than the second. There are three books in the series, so it’s worth a try if you like motorcycle club books.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Sinners on Tour by Olivia Cunning
Backstage Pass (Book 1)
Rock Hard (Book 2)
Hot Ticket (Book 3)
Wicked Beat (Book 4)
Double Time (Book 5)
Overall Rating: 4 (XXX)
Follow the metal band, Sinners, as they tour the country and overcoming career destroying accidents. As they build on their success, they find love and have tons and tons of sex. These novels are erotica at their finest, meaning there are tons of exciting scenes intermixed with a solid storyline and interesting characters. Each of the books takes on some aspect or fetish within the sensual realm, so there are some books you may enjoy more than others depending on your tastes. Almost all of the stories include some component of voyeurism, exhibitionism, and threesomes. To me, the sweetest story was Wicked Beat with Rebekah and Eric, with Brian and Myrna in Backstage Pass coming in a close second. The hardest for me to take was Double Time because the storyline seemed a little rushed and weak compared to the other novels and Hot Ticket because I don’t really understand the whole need to have pain in order have pleasure thing. Despite that, I still enjoyed the entire series.
Each novel is a standalone with a happy ending. There is no cheating and no unexpected pregnancy scares.
Here’s a quick & dirty summary:
Backstage Pass tells the story of Brian Sinclair, guitar legend, and Myrna Evans, psychology professor. Myrna is instantly attracted to Brian, largely because she loves metal music and is an expert on male sexuality as expressed through guitar riffs. Brian likes Myrna because she’s hot, but he’s also hoping she can look past his famous persona, Master Sinclair, to love Brian. (Threesome)
Rock Hard follows lead singer Sid Lionheart as he is reunited with his ex-finance Jessica, who dumped him in order to follow her dreams to law school. Sid has been a dick ever since, taking it out on Brian by stealing all of his girlfriends. But Jessica isn’t interested in reuniting with Sid, she’s just looking for some great sex and is planning on dumping Sid before he can do any more damage to her heart. In the process, Jessica and Sid learn a little more about each other and discover that their love is still as strong as ever. (Exhibitionism)
Hot Ticket reveals the major trauma that bassist Jace Seymour has experienced as he connects with dominatrix Aggie. Aggie quickly realizes that her attraction to Jace is worth fighting for and does everything within her power to help Jace heal from his past. Jace and Aggie follow the BDSM lifestyle, without degradation or blood. (BDSM)
Wicked Beat introduces Rebekah Blake to the bus tour, taking over from her brother who was paralyzed in a bus accident. Rebekah is the new soundboard operator and is excited at not only the professional opportunity, but the personal opportunity to get closer to Trey. However, it isn’t Trey that she experiences red-hot attraction to but drummer Eric Sticks. Eric knows a good thing when he sees it and will do whatever he can to keep Rebekah all to himself. (Role Playing)
Double Time finally settles Trey Mills sexuality once and for all. Trey seems to attract and pleasure people of all types, men included. But when he swears off men, Reagan Elliot is the perfect woman to keep him on the straight and narrow. The only problem is Reagan’s smoking hot ex-boyfriend and bodyguard Eric. Once Trey and Reagan both come to the realization Trey is truly bisexual, they invite Eric to complete their triad of love. (Threesome & m/m sex)
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $8.49 for the box set)
Yes, I think it is absolutely worth buying, especially if you like variety in erotica.
Something else you might enjoy:
Rock Chick Reckoning is the sixth book in the Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley and I’m recommending it because it turns the rock star trope on its head. The rock star in this book is Stella, the lead singer for the band The Blue Moon Gypsies. While it’s not erotica, it is still hot and music is at the heart of the novel.
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Dragons of New York by Terry Bolryder
A Paranormal Romance Series
Desired by Dragons
Overall Rating: 3 (XXX)
Quick & Dirty summary: Dragons are the most rare and strongest of all shifters, acting as the security force of the shifter world. Because of their unique place in the shifter world, they are paired together for work and for life. In order to mate, they must find a woman who has a dragon heart, someone who will survive the change from human to dragon. When they mate, they complete their triad, making them more powerful.
Essentially these novels are literotica. The plot lines are mostly there to carry the threesome sex scenes. I like that all the women have to be courageous. On one level it makes sense that you’d have to be a brave woman to take on two dragons, but on another level, it indicates that the women themselves have a special characteristic that they bring to the triads. Also, each character throughout the series is unique so that there isn’t one type of dragon. Rather, they have special powers according to their dragon colors that influence their personalities.
These are short novels, so there isn’t much to say, other than please read them in order.
Would I recommend it to my BFF?
I wouldn’t recommend them to my BFF, largely because I don’t think she’s into literotica. But, if she was into these type of books, I wouldn’t dissuade her from reading them. They are sweet, short novels that I think are worth the time it takes to read them.
Something else you might enjoy:
By far the best literotica I’ve read is the Tales of the Shareem series by Allyson James and Jennifer Ashley. These novels are INTENSE. So don’t tell me I didn’t warn you.
My love of series was fated. My dad and mom both love them and I begun life hearing my mom read me the Laura Ingalls Wilder series. Once I learned to read I loved the Box Car Children and Sweet Valley High. So it isn’t a surprise that I enjoy reading books that are part of a larger world created by the author. I wanted to give you a sense of my taste so as you read these reviews you understand how we may be similar or different in what we enjoy.
My Favorite Author: Jane Austen (full disclosure: I wrote my MA thesis on Austen)
My Favorite Novel: Northanger Abbey (xoxo) (this changes from time to time)
My Top 3 Series:
1. Knitting in the City by Penny Reid (sXe)
2. Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley (sXe)
3. The Bridgertons by Julia Quinn (sXe)
I know these are my favorites because I have re-read them countless times. I tend not to re-read novels, so this is the highest recommendation I can give and it’s what usually marks a book a 5 for me. You’ll find that I very rarely rate novels a 5. You’ll see my reviews differ from the reviews on Amazon in that aspect. So by all means, if you are looking for something fun, read a book I’ve rated a 4, unless you’ve very, very picky of course. As a side note, if you click the links to the books you’ll be taken to amazonsmile (or at least that was my intention). I am not getting paid to link these books to amazon, but I thought you might like the extra information and at least a portion of any sale will go to the Sierra Club Foundation. But if you like to go old school like I do, borrow them from the library. That’s how I read the Rock Chick series. It wasn’t until after I read them all that I started buying them to support the author and so I could read them anytime I wanted. To me it’s better than OnDemand–nothing trumps a good book except maybe a good hug.