Historical, Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: Romancing the Duke – Tessa Dare

romancing-the-dukeRomancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After #1
Genre: historical romance
Themes: fairy tale
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As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities.

And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one.

Ugly duckling turned swan?
Abducted by handsome highwayman?
Rescued from drudgery by charming prince?

No, no, and… Heh.

Now Izzy’s given up yearning for romance. She’ll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman who’s never even been kissed?

This one.

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Heat: ★★★
Rating: ★★★★

This was the kind of beauty that one could rightly call “striking”. As in, he felt struck by a brick.

The first word that comes to mind when thinking about this novel is “delightful”. This was the most wonderful historical romance, with some similarities to the typical Beauty and the Beast storyline. I was expecting a typical Regency romp, but what I actually read was honestly one of the cutest, most heartwarming storylines I’ve ever come across. That, juxtaposed with some surprisingly steamy sex scenes, really solidified this as perhaps one of the best historical romances I’ve had the pleasure of reading.

“Every time you wake up, you let fly the most marvelous string of curses. It’s never the same twice, do you know that? It’s so intriguing. You’re like a rooster that crows blasphemy.”

I very much liked the hero in this, his crude words and flaws making him fabulously attractive, and I absolutely loved that fact that, although a virgin and never been kissed, Izzy was not naive at all, and a highly intelligent woman. Their flirtatious banter was exceptional, and I read this with a smirk plastered across my face the entire way through. I really appreciated that Dare didn’t take herself too seriously here, using the Regency as a backdrop for a fairy tale adaptation, incorporating cosplayers.

The one thing Ransom wanted less right now than a swooning woman? A nuzzling woman.

Yes, it was cheesy, there were grand gestures (though maybe the most entertaining I’ve ever read, it has to be said), and perhaps it wasn’t the most believable plotline, but the fact that it was such an original plotline really, really made up for it. Reading this really was a pleasure.

Would I read the sequel? Hell yes. Gimme more cuteness and hilarity.

 

Mystery, Reviews, Romance, Science-Fiction, Space Opera

REVIEW: In the Black – Sheryl Nantus

In the Black

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When Sam Keller left the military, she ran to the far end of the galaxy. Now she captains the Bonnie Belle, a spaceship full of courtesans who bring a little pleasure to hard-up men on mining colonies. When one of her girls turns up dead, it’s Sam’s job to find out who killed her, fast.

Marshal Daniel LeClair is as tough as steel and quick on the draw. But when his vacation gets replaced by an assignment to help find the killer, he can’t help angling for a little action with the saucy, hard-charging Sam. She’s got brains, attitude and a body he wouldn’t mind investigating.

Sam, six months lonely, might just indulge him. But the Guild that owns the Belle wants the case closed yesterday. With pressure coming from all quadrants, Sam and her marshal clash over false leads and who’s on top. But when the killer threatens the Belle again, romance will have to wait. It’s a captain’s job to save her crew, no matter the cost.

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Title: In the Black
Author: Sheryl Nantus
Series: Tales from the Edge #1
Genre: science-fiction, space opera, romance, mystery
Heat: 2/5
Plot: 3/5
Rating: 3/5

This wouldn’t normally have come up on my reading radar, but it was selected as book of the month for the Vaginal Fantasy book club. I’m glad I read it – I found it sufficiently fun and interesting, and really liked the strength of Sam as the protagonist. To be honest, there wasn’t much substance here, the murder mystery aspect was pretty straight forward, as was the romance (if not a little inappropriate at times). There wasn’t really anything special or unique; even the characters were fairly one-dimensional, including Sam and Daniel, but I enjoyed it enough to want to read the sequel and follow these characters and the voyages/adventures of the Bonnie Belle a little more.

Erotica, Horror, Reviews, Romance, Zombie

REVIEW: Flesh – Kylie Scott

fleshTitle: Flesh
Author: Kylie Scott
Series: Flesh #1
Genre: erotic zombie-horror menage romance
Rating: ****

This book wasn’t perfect – it was confusing at times, particularly in the action scenes, and in some parts felt a tad rushed and underdeveloped, such as the subplot with Rachel.

Despite this, however, I fucking LOVED it. It was a smutty version of The Walking Dead, with steamy sex scenes, wonderful alpha men and a main female character who grew into her own. I was gripped from the very beginning, and thought that Scott’s world of women being commodities was massively interesting, and made a lot of sense. I loved how protective Dan and Finn were of Ali, how Dan immediately referred to her as his girl, how they all bickered and had some fabulous make up sex. The last few scenes even had my heart racing. I will absolutely be continuing to read this series, as some sort of horrific guilty pleasure. Because erotic zombie-horror menage romances apparently work pretty damn well.