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The Fifty Shades of Grey official first movie trailer comes out today! Because of that, I thought it’d be fun to do something a little different and special. I can’t quite create my own movie trailer (not yet at least…), but some of what I write is like Fifty Shades of Grey in a way, and I do have audiobooks, so…
I thought it’d be fun to create a YouTube sample of His Absolute Obsession: The Billionaire’s Paradigm!
(This is the scene when Elise first meets Lucent, before that fateful weekend they spend together trapped in the library during a record-breaking blizzard)
Trapped in a library during a blizzard, Elise finds herself stuck with the untoward magnate, Lucent Storme, who’s rumored to have more than a few forbidden desires…
What do you think? I love the narration and I think Irma Kent did a wonderful job at it. Just a little sneak peek there, but I really enjoy that scene, and it’s the start of so much more, too. Elise and Lucent are some of my favorite characters.
The rest of the audiobook is fairly long, but it’s only the beginning, too. His Absolute Obsession is over 2 hours of steamy romance, commanding intrigue, and dominant mystery. There are more audiobooks in the series, too. Can’t wait for the Fifty Shades movie to come out and want something to tide you over in the mean time? For less than the price of a movie ticket (and for more than 2 hours of romantic enjoyment) you can get His Absolute Obsession right now.
The e-book version is available on Amazon, as well.
Sweet Second Chances
This is a wonderfully sweet romance about past love and second chances.
The beginning of the novel starts right in the middle of everything, which I liked. Claire’s sister has just married a billionaire, while poor Claire is stuck single. Not only that, she’s tasked with housesitting for her sister and new brother-in-law while they’re on their honeymoon. I mean, maybe it’s not too bad, considering she’s housesitting for a billionaire, but I think maybe that makes it worse, too. Single and all that empty space? Kind of lonely…
Except in pops Robbie. They dated way back when, but things fell through, and maybe she’s never really gotten over him. Can 11 years change someone, though? He seems nicer, sure, but is it just a ruse? He broke her heart before, so I can understand why it’d be hard for her to give him another shot.
I liked that, though. It’s an interesting twist to the usual romantic start. I think it’s fun to read about characters that know each other but have a reason not to really like each other, you know? It’s different from just the mysterious attraction that starts from the very beginning. Robbie and Claire had chemistry a long time ago, but obviously that sort of fell through. Can they restart it, though? Is there even anything left to restart?
Sweet for Him is that kind of story. One thing that I thought was really powerful was the double self-conscious hit, because of Claire’s curviness and also how Robbie left her before. She’s definitely reluctant and hurt by him, but it’s one of those things where maybe she just really wants to believe that they can come back together? It’s been a long time, so they’ve both definitely changed, too. It’s fun to read about their differences over time, also. Their reminiscing about the past, and then how they’ve changed in the present, is intriguing and thoughtful.
I loved reading Sweet for Him, because I really could connect with these characters in a lot of ways. I think everyone always wonders about the “what ifs” in life, you know? Do people change, or will there always be a wall between us? Especially for high school, and when you go to your reunion and everything, it’s interesting to catch up. Claire kind of skipped out on hers, so this is more of a reunion between Robbie and her, but it’s the same sort of thing.
I just really enjoyed the premise and the intimacy and connection between Claire and Robbie. I wanted them to realize that maybe they both made mistakes in the past, but that sometimes we all need to make mistakes to realize what we’re truly missing. It’s a really powerful and romantic story in a lot of ways.
I’d really recommend this one! It’s sweet, and a little sexy, and very special. I think you’ll really enjoy it!
This was a wonderfully exciting dark romance. I really enjoyed it!
The premise was interesting. I’ve read similar before, but nothing quite like this. Badgered by her friend, Kendall reluctantly signs up for a matchmaking service catering to the excessively wealthy. Presumably they’re looking for a wife, but that’s not quite the actuality of it. Generally they’re more in the market for a fling, or…
Well, then Kace comes into play. He’s a Spanish billionaire who knows no bounds. He’s also the first one to take an interest in Kendall, and he always gets his way. No one says no to Kace, except… well, Kendall does! Repeatedly, in fact.
After her presumed date with the billionaire turns much darker, Kendall’s kind of trapped between worlds. She’s been striving to make ends meet, and while she’s fairly satisfied with life so far, it’s not always the best, you know? Kace could provide that for her, except is he even looking for a relationship or does he just want to use her for his pleasure for the week? Whether she likes it or not, that’s what his initial plans are, but sometimes plans have a way of going awry…
What I liked about this was Kendall’s sort of rough nature. She’s not all that impressed by Kace and his billionaire attitude. Yes, he’s strong and demanding, but why should she do what he says just because of that? She can be pretty headstrong and stubborn herself. It’s a match of opposites, but they end up going together in an intriguing sort of way.
Who will break first? Except do they even want that to happen? There’s a bit of danger and risk here, but I felt an interesting connection between Kendall and Kace that I really enjoyed. He’s used to getting his way, but in order to get it this time he’s going to have to do things that he might not really be ready for. Kace is strong and stubborn, but maybe sometimes it’s hard to keep it up if you forget the reasons for your stubbornness, too.
They don’t really go together very well at first, but I think that’s one of the reasons why I enjoyed reading about them. I was curious to see where everything went and how things would progress. I can’t really say that I wanted them to be together at first, but I wanted to see how they would react to each other and grow on each other.
It was a fun story to read, with a lot of depth and psychological intrigue to it, along with a thrilling dark romantic allure. If you enjoy dark romances, I think you’ll really like this one.
I’ve read all of the Kisses books by Krista Lakes, so I was really excited to check this one out, too. It’s a bit different from the rest of them in a lot of ways. The premise sort of opens up similarly to Saltwater Kisses, but then it changes a lot.
Olivia is the CEO of a small travel company with a lofty goal. It took some work, but she’s started doing really well with her company and it’s something she’s extremely passionate about. I really enjoyed that part of it, because it’s something I can relate to. Everyone has hopes and dreams, you know? She went out on a huge limb in order to make her passion a reality, and it paid off in the end.
Though… not without a price. Logan is kind of her competitor, but not really. His company can basically crush hers, and she originally went to him for some help with starter funding, but… that didn’t go so well in the end. He’s kind of full of himself and a little formal and pompous, too. Not so great of a match.
So when they meet during a working vacation at a new resort that’s looking to build some good business relationships, things aren’t so good. He’s a jerk, she’s the new girl on the block, their businesses are in direct competition, and unfortunately he’s drop dead gorgeous. (Why does it always have to be the sexy ones that cause so many issues? I just don’t understand…)
There might be more to Logan than meets the eye, though. There’s definitely more to Olivia. She’s not some pushover, you know? He’s going to have to make some concessions if he wants to show her how he feels, except I don’t really know if that’s in his character. The tension is palpable and wonderful to read about because of all these things, though. It’s not just flirty and sexual, but competitive, which I think makes the story really attractive in a lot of ways. Who’s going to win? What’s going to happen? Except in this game of love, if one person wins, what about the other? You sort of need two winners for a relationship, but I don’t quite think they realize that at first…
This is a great romance story, though. It’s a different sort of Kisses story in a lot of ways, but a really good one. I think it’d be a great summer beach read, too. If you like sweet summer romance and “I like you but I hate you at the same time” sorts of love stories, this one is definitely for you. I really enjoyed it a lot!
Emotional and Touching
This was a wonderful story about love and all it has to offer. I really enjoyed it.
It’s kind of different from what I usually read for this sort of book, which I found interesting. The beginning starts off on the slower side, but not in a bad way. It’s setting up what needs to be said before the tragic events happen that bring everything completely to a stop. That part was really heart-wrenching, especially with everything before that being so sweet and cute and playful.
I love Bea and Jeremy together. They’re a wonderful couple and I think they both bring out the best in each other. Their initial dialogue is some of the best I’ve read and it’s really true and down to earth feeling in a ton of ways. I can imagine seeing them as a couple out and about, being happy, which is exactly what I think two people in love should be like.
When the amnesia occurs… it’s just a lot more difficult. It made me sad a lot of the time. It’s like… I mean, obviously they were happy, and now they aren’t, but it’s not through the fault of anyone, per se. I think amnesia like that is a really difficult thing to deal with, you know? In a way, it kind of reminded me of some of the scenes from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, since I thought that was a wonderful love story, as well.
If you’re looking for a story that’s got love, but also all of the other emotions that come along with it, this one is definitely for you! It’s different, but really good. I think Emma South is a wonderful writer!
This is a beautiful story in all aspects. The prose is just delightful and was a pleasure to read. I know that maybe that’s not as important to some, but I’ve always had a thing for really poetic sounding sentences, and basically everything in Me, Cinderella? is like that. Kind of like high quality chocolate for the literary mind, as opposed to a generic Hershey bar.
The actual story itself is fascinating, too. To be perfectly honest, I’m not the best with math, but I really enjoyed the mathematics added into the plot. It’s different, you know? It gave the whole thing a somewhat exotic feel for me, like I was spying into some new and foreign world.
The plot starts strong and goes on to finish wonderfully, too. To be honest, some of it was a little off to me at first, but I enjoyed it still. The instant attraction between Brynn and Eliot seemed sort of strange, but it was just that – a flitter of intrigue, before moving on to become something so much more and full of depth and excitement.
I’m somewhat at a loss for words as to how to explain how beautiful this story. The whole thing really comes together. It’s not just the plot, or the characters, or the structure of the sentences and the power of the words used, but all of it combined, and I really feel like Me, Cinderella? is something special. There are a lot of good books out there, and even some great ones, but this one is beautiful.
A Seductive Confliction
I’ve read all of the Hard Body Rock books by Nora Flite and really enjoyed them. I’ve also read Tears of Tess, though I haven’t delved too deep into dark romance besides that. I do like it sometimes, but I think other times it’s done a bit oddly and too far for me.
Saying that, I really enjoyed Only Pretend. It had some of the same elements that I’ve come to enjoy from Nora Flite’s books, but with a sense of something more like in what Pepper Winters’ writes.
Only Pretend is a wonderful story, but there’s a definite sense of darkness and depravity going on. After Celeste is not only fired from her job, but also broken up with by her boyfriend, for being “boring” as he says, she decides to find a new life for herself. I really liked the idea of that, too. I think sometimes everyone imagines what it’d be like to pretend you’re someone else for a day, right? So this is like that, except…
She gets what she wants in a way, and then way more than she could have ever imagined. Leonide is sensually provocative, but with some absolutely dark desires. He’s that man you love to hate, who can pull your strings and bring out the best in you, providing you with immeasurable pleasure, but… what does he want in return?
That’s really the driving question that I kept wondering about throughout the novel, and I think that’s one of the things I liked most about it. We start off knowing a little about Celeste, but not everything. And Leonide is a complete mystery initially. Where did he come from, what is he doing, and why?
Celeste started off trying to pretend, but maybe there’s even more pretense to all of this than we know?
If you like Nora Flite’s other books, or Tears of Tess, I think you’ll really enjoy this one. It’s got a seductive style that really keeps you reading. I liked the thrill and suspense aspects, too. There’s some darkness, obvious, so you really need to be able to handle some adult themes, but… I think everything in this book is the sort of thing you really want to read about, but maybe not talk about in “polite” company? Haha. Curiosity is a dangerous and compelling thing! But oh so wonderful, too.
Highly recommended! I loved this book.
Sensual Sorcery & Storytelling
When I saw that this book was out, I was extremely excited to check it out. I was reading something else, but I put it off to the side for a second so I could start on this one. I might have gone a little overboard with that, too… it’s quite a long story, but I couldn’t stop reading. I might have put off a few other things in order to make more time for this book.
It was definitely worth it, though. I was excited to come back to the characters, especially after the last volume. The story starts right in the thick of things, with a lot of sort of magical mystery and intrigue going on. It reminded me somewhat of some of what happens in Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Legacy series, with that kind of fantasy suspense and mystery, you know? If you’ve read that, I think you’ll know what I mean, and it’s done really well in this book.
What I really loved about this book is how a lot of the plot and excitement all came together. There were some great hints and foreshadowing previously, but I wasn’t exactly sure where everything was going. It was interesting, though, and I definitely wanted to see how it all turned out. One of my favorite parts of this book was the revelation of the Marechal’s past, and what he’s been searching for all this time. I mean, there were references to it before this, but it always seemed like there was more to it. And… there was! Haha.
The backstory was masterfully done, with a nice hint of love and lust, along with betrayal and redemption. I liked the glimpse into the past from the point of view of Melisse and her present predicament, too. She’s been torn away from her old life and pulled into this new and eldritch world that she’s just beginning to understand. The entire idea is wonderfully fascinating.
I love the world building involved, but one of the things I like most about it is that it’s not too over the top “fantasy” if that makes sense? I like fantasy stories that are more approachable, without too much confusion. This entire series is very well written in those regards, and it makes it a pleasure and a thrill to continue reading. I never felt lost or dazed and confused like sometimes happens with other fantasy books.
I love the romance aspects, too. It’s like a fantasy romantic suspense love story, basically.
I don’t want to give anything away, but I’m extremely interested to know what happens with Melisse and the Marechal, too. There were a lot of additions to their story in here, but I’m definitely wanting to read more about them and their situation. My favorite part was probably with the Goddess Tear from Lys. I just think that sounds so nice and fancy, haha. That part was one of my favorites because I think it started a huge turning point in the series, like the calm before the storm.
Overall, honestly, this is a really great book in a really great series. Definitely a must read for fans of fantasy and romance. If you like paranormal romance, this one is very approachable, too. I know that fantasy stuff can get kind of crazy sometimes, but this is more down to earth and nice. Highly recommended and one of my favorite stories so far.
I’m a big fan of a lot of the authors in this boxed set, and I’ve started reading more dark romance, so I was really excited to check this one out. I started dark romance with Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters, and basically from there I was hooked. It’s a tricky thing with these types of stories, though, you know? Sometimes it can get a little too dark… or sometimes it’s not dark enough. I like the right amount of darkness, though it’s difficult to say exactly what that is.
I’m happy to say that, for me, this boxed set had the right touch! I haven’t read every single book yet, but I’ve read most of them, and the ones I’ve read are definitely worth it, especially for the price.
I’m a big fan of Skye Eagleday and I think most of Skye’s stories are always so interesting. Most of Skye’s stories take a different sort of twist from the norm, and they’re always interesting and exciting to read because of that. I liked this one, because it was sort of dark, but also with some of my other favorite genre things (BDSM and billionaires, I’m a huge fan of both, haha). Great story there!
I haven’t read a ton of Elixa Everett’s stories, specifically, but I’ve been a huge Terry Towers fan for awhile now. I like her coffeeshop girl’s books, but those are a bit more lighthearted. This was a dark turn away from that, though with a writing style I really like, and I enjoyed her book a lot.
Abby Weeks’ Tangled Rose is one of my favorite darker MC romances, and I read that one before getting this boxed set and loved it. I’m a huge fan!
Cheri Verset’s books sometimes take a turn for the dark and forbidden, and this one was definitely like that. It was a nice story, though. A perfect sort of dark.
I really enjoy most of M. Keep’s books, too. I’ve read a lot of others, but hadn’t had a chance to read this one yet.
I’m still working on some of the other stories, but I’ve read books by Savannah Reardon and Alara Branwen before, too. Emilie Criss and Adele Allaire are new to me. I recognize Aya Fukunishi’s name, but I don’t know if I’ve read anything from her before… I think I have. (I have to go look now… I can’t remember!)
If you like dark romance, and boxed sets, this is basically a sure thing. It’s a great deal and for some great stories by some great authors. I’m already a huge fan of most of it, and I like that I get to try something new from other authors, too. Definitely highly recommended! I think you’ll enjoy it a lot.
Love Charms, a collaboration between ten bestselling paranormal romance authors, was released earlier this week. There’s some really great authors in there, some of which have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers lists.
10 scorching paranormal romances for ONLY 99 cents! LIMITED TIME ONLY! (REGULAR PRICE: $9.99)
Escape into the world of paranormal romance, a magical journey featuring delicious demons, wanton witches, zealous zombies and more that promise you a hauntingly good time! Featuring spell-binding novels from popular New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble bestselling authors, including Ava Catori, Selena Kitt, Cerys du Lys, Deanna Roy and more, these enchanting books will be sure to charm, beguile and bewitch you!
Blinded by Magic, A Witch Romance by Ava Catori: Raven’s weakness is mortal men. She’s fallen hard for Derek. There’s just one problem, he doesn’t know she’s a witch. Can he accept her truth or will their relationship crumble?
Blind Date by Selena Kitt: Selena Kitt’s Blind Date ventures into the strange and surreal realm of magical realism in a hot Valentine’s Day romance that takes on the classic Greek myth of Eros and Psyche.
Breathless by Cerys du Lys: Sadie and Evan live in different worlds. Brought together by fate, and held there by hope, can they bridge the gap dividing humanity, or will long held fears and prejudice force them apart forever?
The Passion Cure by Deanna Roy: Jet is a Nix, an outcast enchantress with zero power. To conjure a love spell to save her family, she seduces a handsome enchanter who is willing to break the rules, and possibly, her heart.
Marked by Charisma M. Cole: Jade Murray is a witch that can communicate with the dead. After a summoning goes awry, two murders rock the human and supernatural world. One thing connects the gruesome acts: Jade.
The Warlord’s Concubine by J.E. & M. Keep: As a servant to the princess for much of her life, Mirella sees the conquest of the land as an opportunity to elevate herself.
A Demon and His Witch by Eve Langlais: Remy’s seen a lot during his tenure in Lucifer’s guard, but nothing can prepare him for the witch with the acerbic tongue–and voluptuous figure. Can he convince her to love him and not kill him?
Psychic Appeal by Michelle McCleod: Psychic Sofia Parker has fallen in love, a problem because her new relationship drives the lovesick ghost of her ex-boyfriend to come back from the dead…anyway he can.
Memoir of a Reluctant Shaman by Ty Nolan: When his love spell goes wrong, our hero is exiled to be fully initiated as a Shaman in this spicy tale of New Orleans Voodoo and Native American magic.
Vampire Lords of Blacknall Trinity by Shirl Anders: Only a creature of the night can save her. Lady Beth Winslow never stays home at night. She fears her stepbrother. Then a monster stalks her in the dark woods and she cannot tell beast from savior.
For this collection, I offered up my book, Breathless.
Breathless is a lot different from anything I’ve ever written before. I loved writing it, but some parts of it were very difficult. I needed a way to portray the confusion that Sadie has to deal with in this new world she’s been forced into, but I wanted to also show a sense of redemption and love, too. Admittedly, Sadie and Evan come together fast once they meet, but I don’t think it’s unbelievable. The circumstances and situations they’ve been thrown into are kind of crazy, and you don’t have time to worry or overthink things, you know? You either trust someone or you don’t, and you don’t have a chance to second guess yourself later. It either works out, or it doesn’t. I really liked that sort of “black and white” mentality going on. The other thing I liked is that not every character in the story follows along with that mindset, either.
Everything in Breathless is heightened in a way. The characters need to figure things out fast, or deal with the consequences. Granted, these aren’t always bad consequences, but every single thing that they do will have a reaction at some point in time. Literally everything. If they step outside and go for a walk in the morning, that could have dire consequences. If they fall in love, it could change their lives forever. In Breathless, the idea of dating someone, then breaking up with them… it just doesn’t exist. The world is too complex for something like that.
I wanted to capture that aspect of it, of the “survivor” and people’s will to survive. I wanted desperation and desolation, but I wanted hope and fighting against the odds, too. I wanted to write the sort of story that I think characters like Sadie and Evan deserve, and so that’s what I set out to do. I really like how it turned out, and I hope you’ll enjoy it, also!