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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Review: Master of the Mountain by Cherise Sinclair

Title: Master of the Mountain
Autor: Cherise Sinclair
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC
Genre: Erotica/BDSM
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Decription (Bookreads)
When Rebecca's boyfriend talks her into vacationing at a mountain lodge with his swing club, she quickly learns she's not cut out for playing musical beds. Now she has nowhere to sleep. Logan, the lodge owner, finds her freezing on the porch. After hauling her inside, he warms her in his own bed, and there the experienced Dom discovers that Rebecca might not be a swinger…but she is definitely a submissive.
Rebecca knows that no one can love her plump, scarred body. To her shock, lodge owner Logan not only disagrees, but ties her up and shows her just how much he enjoys her curves. Under his skilled hands, Rebecca not only loses her inhibitions, but also her heart. Damaged from the war, Logan considers himself too dangerous to be around the enticing little sub. He sends her away for her own safety, not realizing she believes she has once again been rejected because of her size. As Logan's mountains echo with her voice long after she's gone, he realizes she's taken his heart with her. But when he arrives in the city to reclaim her, Rebecca's phone has been disconnected and her apartment is empty…
This story is about Rebecca, a workaholic whose boyfriend Matt convinced/blackmailed her to join him on a swinger weekend. At the same time he hinted that this would be her last chance to show him that she is not frigid. During the first day Rebecca realises that she can't just sleep with someone else and she doesn't want to see Matt screwing the other women either. His shows little sympathy and if she doesn't want to join in bed she has to find herself a new room. As everything is booked out she ends up in the cabin owners, Logans, bed. And for the first time in her life has great sex, and even kinky great sex. As it turns out Rebecca is a submissive and Logan as a well trained Dom shows her the world of light BDSM. After some struggles they end up together.

I enjoyed reading this book. Rebecca is not the typical heroine. One the one hand she is a successful business woman on the other hand she is shy and has a terrible picture of herself. She is convinced that she is too fat and that the scars she got from a dog attack are disgusting. Her boyfriend Matt is not supportive in any way and seems to be quite self-concerned. Overall I had no sympathies for him, especially after he told Rebecca that she should reconsider eating more because of her shape. I like that Rebecca was immediately drawn to Logan and the chemistry between these two could have set my book on fire. Logan is a damaged dom who is fighting terrible nightmares from his time in the war. Because he already hurt his brother he doesn't want to get to close with anyone. But he is still massively attracted to Rebecca. These yearnings are written in a lovely way. Rebecca becomes more self-confident in the story as she realises that she is strong and may be beautiful. Logan needs some time to come around but in the end they stand by their love.
And as a short side-note. I absolutely adore the cover. Great Work!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Review: The Girl for me by Failte

Title: The girl for me
Autor: Failte
Publisher: online/fictionpress
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Description (Goodreads)
Straight jockboy Kevin thinks he has gay, cross-dressing Danny under his thumb. Kevin only likes girls.
So... why does he keep thinking about her?
Or him.
Whatever.

This is an online publication on fictionpress and a really sweet love story between two high school students. The unusual element is that both are guys and one of them dresses occasionally as a girl. It's about  Kevin, a junior who plays football and is terribly bad in school and even thinks of himself as stupid and Danny/Dani, is a clever junior who just moved into town. They have met each other in the football team. During a party Kevin sees this hot and beautiful girl which turned out to be Dani. He is shocked because for him homosexuals and cross-dressers are "unnatural". He is blackmailing Danny to give him private lessons and over time they become friends and then even more as Kevin realises that he likes Danny/Dani more than in a platonic way. He struggles with him being homosexual but in the end even comes out in front of the whole school. Danny/Dani has to come to terms with the fact that he/she is not really gay but rather transgender, a girl in a boys body.
I like the style and writing of this story. There are not than many gay/transgender love stories published or written. And when you find one it's most of the time porn. Therefor it was great reading about this high school students gay/transgender romance. The characters a well described and I liked them a lot. The story involves some struggles and becomes more real this way. I liked that nothing is just black or white, there is a range of grey as well. For example Danny/Dani first thinks he/she is gay and just likes to cross-dress. Only after some sexual experiences he/she comprehends that she maybe transgender. It's a process where the main characters have to deal with their sexuality, the expectations of their people and friends. They do make mistakes. 
Their families are not role model families. Though I appreciated that Danny's family is very accepting. Overall a great book, worth being published as real paper book.

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Review: Stranger in my arms by Lisa Kleypas

Title: Stranger in my arms
Autor: Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Description (Goodreads)
One year after Lara thought her husband was dead in a shipwreck, he returns home to her. But is he really her husband or an impostor? Although the evidence is inconclusive, this new Hunter Hawksworth is very different, and much improved, from the first. Not given to introspection, Lara is willing to put her doubts aside for this man who embodies all her dreams, and desires her with a ruthless and seductive persistence that overcomes her considerable sexual fears.
I found this book in my own library. I thought I read everything ever published by Lisa Kleypas but obviously I missed at least one book. I should really check if there are more unknown publications of her out there. Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite authors. Normally I just inhale her books. Therefore I was quite happy to discover this novel.

The story is about the young Lara, which discovered her independence as a widow. As her marriage was not a happy one she is quite distressed when her husband Hunter suddenly arrives one year after his supposed death. First she isn't sure if the man is really her husband as he look and behaves slightly different. But he knows facts only her husband could know. They resume their married life but Lara doesn't trust him and don't want to share any intimacy. More and more Hunter proves to be a worthy human being and Lara falls in love with him. Just at this moment she gains evidence that her returned husband is indeed a stranger who took over the identity of Lord Hawksworth. Now it is up to her to decide if they should continue living a lie or if the false Hunter should be prosecuted.

The book is writing in a very descriptive style and easy to read. Though I like the story I was a bit annoyed with the heroine, her motives and her occasionally almost childish behavior. This is one of the early books of this author and I think she evolved since then. All Lisa Kleypas books I read before are characterised by the clever dialogues which I did miss here. The blot was more interesting than expected and I really wanted to know who this new Hunter is. There were quite a few indices that he is another man altogether but there were no apparent hints who his instead. inIt's a nice and lovely romance but nothing more.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Review: Camwolf by J. L. Merrow

Titel: Camwolf
Autor: J. L. Merrow
Publisher: Samhain Publishing 
Genre: Paranormal GLBT
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Description (Samhain)
There’s his tendency to change into a wolf on the full moon. And his visceral attraction to Julian Lauder, a troubled young German student. Despite his determination not to act on his desire, Nick’s brutal response to seeing Julian with another man frightens them both. At first.
Then Nick learns that Julian is not only a naturally submissive werewolf, but one who has learned better how to deal with just being a werewolf. That explains the attraction, but it doesn’t make it any easier when the tables are turned, and Julian—once the student—is now teaching Nick…who still isn’t happy about conforming to the “werewolf way”.
Meanwhile, reports of a strange wolf stalking the town barely register on Nick’s radar—until Julian disappears. Accusing eyes—both wolf and human—are turned toward Nick. Even with the help of friends, hope is growing as cold as the kidnapper’s trail. Unless Nick gives free rein to the wolf’s inhuman power…
This books fits several of my favorite book categories. It's fantasy, better even urban fantasy, it's an M/M novel and it takes place in a city I actually now and have been, which makes the whole story more real (if you can say this about a fantasy book). The story is well written. I was a bit annoyed by Julian's inconsequent behavior in the beginning of the book. I got drawn into the book as the story evolved though I was a little unhappy how Julian's behavior changed. The spontaneous outbreaks of violence seemed to be slightly over the top for someone who is described as easy-going. Though I know that this is due to his werewolf personality I didn't enjoy this parts. Otherwise the story is easy to read and entertaining and the happy end doesn't hurt either.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Review: Just like heaven by Julia Quinn


Titel: Just like heaven
Autor: Julia Quinn
Publisher: Piatkus 
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Smythe-Smith Quartet #1
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Description (Amazon)
Honoria Smythe-Smith, the youngest daughter of the eldest son of the Earl of Winstead, plays the violin in the annual musicale performed by the Smythe-Smith quartet. She's well aware that they are dreadful. In fact, she freely admits (to her cousins) that she is probably the worst of the bunch. But she's the sort who figures that nothing good will come of being mortified, so she puts on a good show and     laughs about it. Marcus Holroyd is the best friend of Honoria's brother Daniel, who lives in exile out of the country. He's promised to watch out for Honoria and takes his responsibility very seriously. But he has his work cut out for him when Honoria sets off for Cambridge determined to marry by the end of the season. She's got her eye on the only unmarried Bridgerton, who's a bit wet behind the ears. When her advances are spurned, can Marcus swoop in and steal her heart in time for the musicale?
Reading Julia Quinn is like meeting an old friend. I was already very much looking forward to get this book into my hands and did indeed enjoy reading it enormously. Once again I was surprised how well Julia Quinn can write. Reading the dialogues between the two main protagonists is so much fun that I more than once had to laugh out load. As I have read the whole Bridgerton Series I was quite pleased that the famous Smythe-Smith girls would get their own series.
Honaria has a lovely character and can deal with her sometimes quite embarresing and tone-deaf family in a patient and still adorable way. With Marcus the author created a shy and humble male main character. As he is the best friend of the heroines older brother he is already part of the family. I loved that the classical gener roles are little bit bend in this book. Whereas Honoria is outgoing and rather active, Marcus is in an adorable way passive and shy. Furthermore Honoria saves the life of Marcus and during this event both realise that there is more than just platonic love between them.
I couldn't lay this book down and read it through in one session. This is a keeper.

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