Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: By a Thread

Title: By a Thread
Author: Jennifer Estep
Release Date: February 28th 2012
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon, BN

Gin Blanco returns in book six of the Elemental Assassin series. After killing Mab Monroe, her cover as The Spider has been blown and she has all the wannabe thugs out to get her in attempts to prove themselves. Talk about annoying, you'd think her taking out a big villain would cause people to not try messing with her. Anyway, she desperately needs a vacation due to all the pesky people. Her and Bria hit the road and head back to Bria's old stomping grounds. They meet up with Bria's BFF, only to find out that Callie, Bria's BFF is being threatened to sell her restaurant or else a vampire will do something bad like torch the place and kill her.

Gin and Bria are having pretty bad tension in this book. I've noticed similarities between Bria and Donovan in the past and knew he'd make a reappearance sometime soon. Much to my surprise, he actually reappears in this book as Callie's fiance. Gin basically has to deal with Donovan's bs while trying to kill the vampire that is out to get Callie. As per norm, there is a lot of plotting, fighting, and a big blow out near the end. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook, and will be getting the next one in the near future. If you're a fan of Urban Fantasy, I highly suggest this series.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thrifty Thursday [70]

Warlord Wants Forever - Kresley Cole
Driving Mr. Dead - Molly Harper
Some Girls Bite - Chloe Neill
Dirty Magic - Jaye Wells

The Selection - Kiera Cass
Bound Souls - Eric Krause

$3.79 - $3.99
My Bluegrass Baby - Molly Harper
Rhythm and Bluegrass - Molly Harper
A Matter of Choice - Nora Roberts

Hounded - Kevin Hearne

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Drea's Review: Pet to the Tentacle Monsters!

Title: Pet to the Tentacle Monsters!
Author: Lilia Ford
Release Date: April 9th 2014
Format: Ebook
Length: Novella/56 pages
Source: Netgalley
Buy: Amazon, BN

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Official blurb:
It’s been more than twelve years since the alien invasion wiped out much of the human population and forced those who were left into Refugee Communes. As far as Benji Tucker is concerned, a life devoted to bare survival is boring as hell. But when a stupid prank threatens to bring disaster down on the entire commune, the Galactic Enforcers show up and announce Benji is now eligible for adoption—by the invaders!

He wakes in a plain white cell to find three very different monsters determined to make him their pet.

Warning: Adult Readers Only. Contains plenty of hot, non-consensual tentacle action, including but not limited to tentacle spanking, tentacle gagging, and tentacle-sex. Quite separately, it also contains an adorable pink-rainbow-sparkle tentacle monster. Those who dislike adorable pink rainbow sparkles or hot tentacle action should definitely not read this book.

Melissa pointed this one out on Netgalley but didn't have time, so I volunteered to take one for the LilyElement team. First, a few upfront notes. The concept of tentacle porn isn't new to me because I have some warped friends, but I've never actually read anything with tentacles. I wasn't sure what to expect apart from tentacles in every hole. I'm also not a big fan of the concept. So, going into it, I was confident I wouldn't like it.

That said, it actually wasn't that bad. *gasp*

The writing isn't amazing but it's also not cringe-worthy. I didn't find myself putting the book aside because I was disgusted, irritated, or shaking my head. The hero didn't make me want to slap him with a wet fish (or an octopus?). And there is quite a bit of world building at the start to explain why there are tentacle monsters on Earth and why this human is stuck being the pet. These factors are why it gets the two stars.

I wanted to give this two and a half stars (maybe even closer to three) because it was an easy, fast read but here are the reasons why I didn't:
There wasn't any dialogue between the characters (until the very end) because...well, the "love interests" are tentacle monsters. Even though that makes sense given the concept, I like the back and forth between characters best and this has none. That made it harder for me to get into the story.

As far as this being a "hot" read as the author states in the blurb? Simply because there are tentacles going into multiple orifices doesn't make a story hot. Nor does the fact that it's non-consensual tentacle sex (tentacle rape?). There wasn't enough description of how the character felt using the five senses during any of that for me to be into it. I didn't get tingles, or shivers...I don't think Benji did either. Yes, he orgasmed and was humiliated quite a bit, and maybe some people get off on reading about that, but not me. I need the "showing" of sex rather than the "telling" of it. Thus I couldn't give this the extra star or half star because it wasn't sizzling as an erotic story ought to be.

However, the addable pink rainbow sparkle monster is, in fact, adorable.

WoW [114] - Servants of the Storm

Servants of the Storm - Delilah S. Dawson
Release Date: August 5th, 2014

A year ago Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction — and taking the life of Dovey's best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her.

But recently she's started to believe she's seeing things that can't be real ... including Carly at their favorite cafe. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined.

As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah — where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk — she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.

Dovey's running out of time and torn between two paths. Will she trust her childhood friend Baker, who can't see the threatening darkness but promises to never give up on Dovey and Carly? Or will she plot with the sexy stranger, Isaac, who offers all the answers — for a price? Soon Dovey realizes that the danger closing in has little to do with Carly ... and everything to do with Dovey herself.
Why I am waiting:
I love Delilah Dawson's writing style. While this isn't her Blud series, I'll definitely be checking this one out.

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Drea's Review - The Millionaire Affair

Title: The Millionaire Affair
Author: Jessica Lemmon
Series: Love in the Balance, #3
Format: e-book
Release Date: June 24th, 2014
Publisher: Forever
Length: Novel (260 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 4-stars

Drea's Review:

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

It’s Landon’s turn to watch over his young nephew for a week, but this executive doesn’t have time to chase a six-year-old around his perfect condo. In steps Kimber on Landon’s sister’s suggestion. Kimber doesn’t know the first thing about being a nanny, and she’s had a crush on Landon since she was a teenager. She needs money—money to buy out her ex’s half of her business. But this is a recipe for disaster. Nevertheless she reluctantly agrees to take the temporary live-in gig. Landon and Kimber both have baggage that would keep them single. So of course they make a sexy no-strings-attached agreement ;)

These are both great characters, the love scenes are hot, and the plot is believable. There’s no insta-romance…some because these two knew each other as kids and some because they each have things the other needs. Landon was a hero who needed to cut loose once in a while and Kimber was just the boho gal to help him. And Kimber needed a stable guy who wasn’t going to cut out on her for once.

So why didn’t I give it 5*? There’s a bit of miscommunication that makes the story drag on a little longer than I’d have liked.

Grab this one if you like reading about uptight professionals who finally lets loose for the perfect woman.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Spotlight: How to Reprimand Your Rock Star by Mina Vaughn

Grab your e-reader and enjoy How to Reprimand Your Rock Star and many more e-books this summer. Wherever you go, Pocket Star-E Nights are guaranteed to make your evenings shine!

Title: How to Reprimand Your Rock Star
Author: Mina Vaughn
Release Date: July 21, 2014
Publisher: Pocket Star

In this fun and saucy romance novel, all-star college basketball player Thea dominates on the courts—and off—with a rock star who is determined to win her over.

Thea is a star basketball player at UConn on track to be Rookie of the Year. That is, if she can stay focused on the game. Lately that hasn’t been going so well, as her knee has been bothering her. But that’s not the only thing on her mind…

Ever since rock star Keaton Lowe surprised her in the girl’s locker room, Thea can’t stop thinking about him. On top of his status and enticing ways, he seems to know everything about her. But some of his actions cross the line, and Keaton needs to be punished. Will Thea keep her head in the game, or get distracted by her other favorite pastime—reprimanding her rock star?

Buy links: AmazonBN

The locker room welcomed me with the smell of freshly washed uniforms and leather workout equipment. The familiar scents tickled my nose and I envisioned my locker room back home. I remembered giving speeches to my team, rallying them against our foes. I felt like a general
sometimes. Here, I just listened. Sure, I liked everyone, but I really wished I could just be myself. I rolled my stiff shoulders and decided that tape wasn’t all I needed—a long hot shower would do my body a world of good. And I didn’t want to let the guards have the satisfaction of getting me out of their hair so soon.

I dropped my clothes at the threshold of the locker room and the adjoining shower room. I was never weirded-out by the team showering together. It was what athletes did. When you’re there, making jokes under the steaming water, splashing and commiserating, it was almost better that you were naked. It showed your trust. The team saw you at your most vulnerable. I wanted them to know they could trust me, so, therefore, I let them see my boobs. Common sense. It did kind of make me sad that even though we’d been playing together since September, I couldn’t really call many of them my friends. Except for my roommate, Callie.

The weirdest thing was the only person I had met besides Callie that I really felt a connection to was the team’s landlord, whom they had nicknamed the Red Devil. Her real name is Scarlett. I had actually never spoken to her, but something about her drew me in. She was intimidating as
hell—tall like us basketball folk, flaming-red curls that hung to her waist, and heels that could kill small animals that skittered into their path. The team hated her strict curfews and neat- freakery. I liked her. Powerful women were cool, and it pissed me off when they were labeled “bitches” just because they knew what they wanted. Plus, I liked that she owned a little new-age shop in town that, rumor has it, has a secret back room. So yeah, Scarlett was cool. Scary, but cool.

I made my way across the white tile floor, dodging cold puddles, and cranked my lucky showerhead number thirteen to a scorching blast. Every time I had picked this one, we won, so I never showered anywhere else. Except at home—my real home, that is. I stood under the scalding deluge and tipped my head up to feel the hot spray in my mouth. I had to
singe off the thin layer of failure from last night’s game. I grabbed a loofah and scrubbed my skin to a near polish. Rolling my shoulders, I took a squirt of the lavender-scented shampoo and worked it into my long curls.

Sighing, I let my naked back slouch against the cold tiles as I worked my scalp. My ex, Ty, had loved giving me massages. But that was all he wanted, touching. College was supposed to be a fantastic dating scene, but all I ever got were guys who wanted me for the wrong reasons. Boys
who were lazy and easy. Not that I had an ideal guy in mind, but I just wanted to work for it. I wanted the hunt. Lamenting my permanently single status, I watched the last few soap bubbles drop from my hair to the floor. Absentmindedly, I turned and reached for my towel and found
nothing. I glanced around the empty room. Always, without fail, I’d put my towel within arm’s reach of my lucky showerhead. How could I forget that today? I really was off my game on several levels. Padding wetly, dripping like a mermaid, I made my way toward the locker room’s entryway where my clothes sat.

Only, my clothes weren’t there either.

I took a tentative step into the locker room and turned toward my locker, where at least a practice uniform would be waiting for me. Or maybe I left my clothes there. Get your head together, Thea.

Every time I saw that locker, I’d chuckle. My obnoxious Greek last name was too long to fit on the nameplate, or my jersey for that matter, so instead of reading PAPASTATHOPOULOS, it just said PAPAS. That’s why the team had taken to calling me “Pops.”
But instead of seeing my truncated name or a pile of clothes, I saw a guy.

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New Releases 07/22/14

Poison Promise - Jennifer Estep
Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed “The Spider,” she’s a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target.

There’s a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name “Burn” sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight…

Desired: Club Sin - Stacey Kennedy
Kyler Morgan, Master at the legendary Club Sin in Las Vegas, knows how to give women what they want—too well. He hasn’t had a real challenge in a long time. Then Ella Snow enters his life. Beautiful, inhibited, and innocent in the ways of submission and domination, Ella is the new blood he’s been lusting after. Soon, the thrill of training her to embrace his world brings forth desires Kyler cannot control.

After ending an abusive relationship, Ella makes a promise to herself to start living life to the fullest. It’s one of the reasons she seeks out Club Sin. Here, Kyler’s every touch is a lesson in liberation, stirring passions that have no bounds. But as she falls under Kyler’s command, Ella discovers that some secrets are so dark they must come to light. Submission alone may not be enough to save her, leaving her Master with only one question: How can he help Ella heal while unlocking the deep pleasures she craves?

Revive - Nina Levine
He doesn’t do relationships. Neither does she. But they can’t fight the attraction any longer…

Nash Walker hides the demons that consume his soul. He buries them deep and distracts himself with sex. Anything to avoid facing a past full of heartbreak and regret; anything to numb the pain that he struggles with daily.

Velvet Carr has spent years fighting her demons. It’s a fight she’s winning. That is, until Nash crashes his way into her life and into her heart.

It started out as a bit of harmless fun between friends; it wasn’t meant to get complicated for either of them. But when two broken souls come together and arouse unwanted feelings in each other, complicated is what happens.

Can Nash and Velvet help heal each other and revive the love in their lives that they’ve both been refusing to allow in for years? Or will they let their demons ruin any chance they may have at happiness?

Trapped at the Altar - Jane Feather
Torn between a true love and family duty…

Ariadne "Ari" Carfax has never been one to play by the rules; she’s an heiress to the Carfax family, banished from London when Oliver Cromwell seized the throne from King Charles, who has since gained notoriety for pillaging, thieving, and ruling the Carfax Valley with an iron glove. All too soon, Ari finds herself in her family’s legendary vise, forced into a marriage to Ivor Chalfont, Ari’s childhood friend and confidante, against her wishes.

While the Carfax family has only its own interest at heart—a union between the Catholic Carfaxes and Protestant Chalfonts will guarantee the Carfaxes’ reinstatement at London court, and the rehabilitation of their noble name—Ari cannot bear the thought of being separated from her secret lover/poet, Gabriel. She vows to fight her family—and Ivor—every step of the way, even when forced into the marital ceremony at her own grandfather’s wake, in a treacherous coup de etat that leaves her wed to another, and eternally broken-hearted.

Sending Gabriel to the temporary safety of Lord Monmouth’s outpost at The Hague in Scotland, Ari resigns herself to her new life as Lady Ivor Chalfont—at least until the newlyweds travel to London, and she can escape her new husband and reunite with Gabriel. As the two make their preparations to travel, however, Ari finds herself entertaining entirely uncharacteristic thoughts about her new husband: she finds that she likes him as perhaps more than a friend, after all. Not wanting to be disloyal to Gabriel, but simultaneously more and more attracted to Ivor, Ari can’t help but give into the physical pull between her and her new husband, and the two embark on a tentative, post-marital courtship that just might hold the seeds of love…until, that is, Gabriel spots Ari in London and makes it his mission to get her back. Ari is caught between a lover who might be better left in the past, and a husband who she just might be able to love; who will win Ari’s heart?

Set in 1600s England during the tumultuous Monmouth Rebellion, this is the epic story of what happens when the one thing we think we can trust—our hearts—turns out to be the most duplicitous.

The Witching Bone - RG Alexander
Emmanuel forced his way back into the world of the living after traveling the crossroads...but there is always a price to be paid. When the debt comes due, the Adairs, Toussaints and Rousseaus must join forces to help regain what's been taken and stop Emmanuel from losing his soul forever. In Skin and Bone, A Wolf With A Bone and The Bone Witch--Kelly, Ive and Emmanuel will all get a turn at the wheel of fate. Will it land on love or loss...and more importantly...will anyone survive Bone Daddy's return?