Monday, March 31, 2014
Allie has held a brightly burning torch for Wade since college. They were part of a writing group together, and everything about those days with him and their friends Kitty and Cameron fills her with longing. When their former Professor leaves them his rambling mansion in his will, it's a chance for them to reunite. But there's more than friendship bubbling beneath the surface.
As secrets are revealed and relationships rekindled, the stories get dirtier and the stakes get higher. And now Allie's realized that she isn't quite sure who she wants…fun-loving Wade, or quiet, restrained Cameron. Neither have been honest about their feelings, and now they have the chance to act on all of the tales that ignite their most primal desires.
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What I thought about Telling Tales
I love reading Charlotte Stein stories because I know I'm always going to find some fresh and interesting. She has a way with writing characters that are unlike any other any characters I read. She takes us right inside the narrators head, and gives the reader an intimate view of their thoughts, feelings and desires like no other author.
Allie and her three friends from the Candy Club are reuniting for a month long vacation at an old professor's house as part of his will. She thinks she's in love with Wade, one of the group. They get together and read stories that they've written to each other. Erotic stories.
It doesn't take long for her to find out that they are all repressing sexual feelings for each other, but most surprising to her, is the realization that it isn't Wade she wants, it's Cameron.
Over the course of their stay, they find out just what that's going to mean for all of them, through their stories and their "hands-on" experiences. (Okay, it's not just hands-on, this is erotica -- filthy and no holds barred for these four friends).
Even though this was a bit slow in spots, it's hot and steamy. Charlotte Stein takes you so far into a character's head that you feel like you are wearing their skin, and while that works for me, sometimes hearing every single thought can be a bit exhausting.
So, overall, a fun and sexy erotica tale.
Award-winning author Charlotte Stein writes short stories, novellas, and novels. Her first novel, Control, was recently called “a non-stop crazy-hot sex book.” When not writing, she can be found watching terrible sitcoms eating jelly turtles. She lives with her husband and their imaginary dog in West Yorkshire.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
His name was Joshua Carter. Now it's whatever she wants it to be.
She is a Deliverer.
She lures young men and delivers them to be sold. She delivers the strikes that enforce their obedience. She delivers the sexual training that determines their purchase price.
As long as she delivers, the arrangement that protects her family will hold.
Delivering is all she knows.
The one thing she can't deliver is a captive from slavery.
And her stubborn slave thinks he can deliver her...from herself.
Stand Alone (no cliff-hanger). The sequel is coming Summer 2014.
Stand Alone (no cliff-hanger). The sequel is coming Summer 2014.
Van’s big body blocked her view, pressing in, violating her comfort zone. She raised her chin and searched the depths of his hood. Shadowed and vacant, his expression mirrored her presence of mind.
The back of his hand made a slow trace of her scar, brushing her hair from its path. When he reached her lips, he coiled several strands around his finger.
She grabbed his wrist, and the tendons in her grip turned to steel, immovable. She closed her eyes and braced.
He yanked, sparking a burn where the follicles gave way.
At the sound of his retreating footsteps, she opened her eyes and watched his broad back move toward the trees. “Someday, we’re going to talk about those fetishes of yours.”
Without acknowledgment, he continued in a slow, dispassionate stride until the shadows between the trees swallowed his silhouette.
What I thought about Deliver
There isn't a lot of sympathy for Liv in those opening pages, at least until you learn more about her circumstances. I'll be honest, I had a moment when I considered not finishing this. Pam puts some serious intensity into the first 15% of Deliver which is a testament to her writing, and that’s where the trust comes in -- I had to trust that there was another side of this story, that there would be light with all of the darkness. So I kept reading.
Things do get a bit less intense once more is revealed about Liv and her mysterious partner, Van. Van is not only the muscle, he was Liv’s trainer, and there are significant ties between them. He was also a very intriguing secondary character in this story. Pam had me teetering on a fine edge of revulsion and sympathy for Van and I’m still not sure of the final verdict at the conclusion of the book.
It turns out that not all is what it seems with their victim either. He’s not like the others, and he causes changes in the dynamic between the Liv and Van. It’s not just the effects of the abduction and subsequent slave training Josh endures -- there’s the discovery of his own sexual needs and his growing feelings toward Liv. I just loved what Pam did with these characters, how finely drawn and complex they are. It kept me turning the pages of this story.
The pace is very good in Deliver, the action easy to follow and there are some satisfying twists and turns. I liked that about this read. I’m not so sure that I totally buy the time lapse on this though, the romance part happens very quickly, but I could overlook that for the great character development and suspense.
If you like a dark romantic suspense, this might be a book for you.
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Saturday, March 29, 2014
FEVER PITCH (Heavy Influence, #1.5)
By Ann Marie Frohoff Release Date: March 25, 2014 Paperback, 150 pages Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Tough Issues / New Adult
I WAS CRUSHED BY MY HUNGER FOR HIM AND I COULD BARELY BREATHE.
Desire? Definitely. Forever? Maybe.
When Jake and Alyssa's virtual affair peaks while his band tours Europe, Alyssa decides it's Jake that she wants for her 18th birthday. She surprises everyone, including Jake, with a planned trip to London.
After three years apart will it be everything they've both dreamed of? Alyssa is soon thrown into Jake’s stardom, delicate family matters and a side of him she's never seen before.
What I thought about Fever Pitch
In Fever Pitch, Aly is about to graduate from high school, and Jake is in London pursuing his music career. They've continued their relationship online, and Aly makes arrangements on her own to go visit him for her 18th birthday. She's ready to give him something, and you can probably guess just what that is.
Even though their reunion is sweet, from the start it is clear that Jake is not being completely truthful with Aly, and she knows it. But when he makes a big gesture and they take their relationship to a new level, she pushes the texts and phone calls from his "other girlfriend" to the back of her mind, at least temporarily.
When Jake's mom Kate shows up to interrupt their reunion, things take another mysterious turn as she won't divulge why she's there. I like Kate and Notting and whatever the new development is, it is not revealed in Fever Pitch. hmmm...
Kate returns back to the States, with more questions, setting things up perfectly for the next book in the series. I'm looking forward to seeing if their relationship will survive.
Fever Pitch does a good job of reacquainting the reader with these characters, and what I liked most about it was that for a good part of the book, it's just Jake and Aly so you can get an idea of whether their connection still exists. Yep, they are both still smitten with each other. The question will be whether their feelings can survive when they are together, rather than apart.
There are some nice moments here. I especially like Jake's interaction with some fans, and Aly getting a good idea of what it means to have the paparazzi after your boyfriend. Aly's parents also surprised me. I enjoyed this novella and I think it sets things up for the next book beautifully.
A must read for fans of this series.
Ann Marie ("Annie") Frohoff grew up in sunny Southern California. As a teen and young adult, she spent her time frequenting and living in nearly every beachside city up and down the coast.
Ann Marie is an author whose vision to tell a story started out like many other aspiring writers, with a dream, literally.
After taking her then eight-year-old daughter to a concert, her dream weaving took on a life of its own. Long story short, she quit her high- paying corporate job and went for broke to follow her dream.
The first installment in her Heavy Influence Trilogy, FIRST KISS, released June 11, 2013 — The series is a story about young, reckless love between a rising rock star and his younger muse, spanning 10 years of their tumultuous and passionate relationship. Each book in the Trilogy will come with a soundtrack of original music, of which the lyrics will appear in the pages of the books.
Annie has settled in the South Bay area of Los Angeles with her family.