Review: Vengelys Series books 1 & 2

Through the Oracle’s Mist, Vengelys Book 1:

Through the Oracle’s Mist starts the story of the Vengelys brothers. This book is written in first person and alternates between Tynan, one of the Vengelys brothers, and Cyrenna, his match-mate (think soul mate). The brothers are banished from their home world of Amaranth to the human world. Cyrenna follows Tynan, and this book is the story of their encounters over many lifetimes on Earth.

Much of the historical events and places described are captivating. There is a formality to the writing style that took me a while to get into so I could read at a quicker pace. At times it seemed that the author had spent a lot of time crafting some of the sentences to the point that they had a poetic quality that matched the sweeping grandeur of the overarching tragic love story being told. Other times it seemed the author hadn’t paid enough attention, as the tense switched from present to present perfect to past to past perfect so often and with a degree of randomness that left me frustrated.

Despite some hurdles, I did find the story line interesting, so I give this book three cat kisses.

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Warrior’s Watchtower, Vengelys Book 2:

This book picks up where the last left off, only this time there are more narrators. There are still passages from Tynan’s and Cyrenna’s first person POV, but there are also passages from Tynan’s sister Jondre (her narrative is in first person and italicized in what, I presume, is an attempt to make it clear when we are in her head). In addition, a host of other characters get their stories told in a mostly limited third person POV (on occasion sections are omniscient third person POV).

Unfortunately, unlike in the last book, the person who’s head we’re in isn’t indicated at the beginning of each passage as it was in book 1. Combine that with the continued waffling between tenses, and this book is a bit of an aggravating mess to figure out. There are also more typos, misused words, and improper/confusing punctuation in this book. I was given a review copy, so it is possible some of the mistakes were cleaned up for the final version.

The story itself is interesting and the world continually becomes more complex, as do the characters. The cliffhanger at the end suggests an intriguing direction. I can’t say a whole lot more about the plot without giving things away.

It’s too bad that the writing isn’t more consistent and refined, as this series has a good concept and characters. However, I have to give Warrior’s Watchtower only two cat kisses.

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Cyrenna thought she died the day she watched Tynan and his brothers jump through the banishment portal in an act of solidarity with Rigor. Little did she know that it would be the first of many deaths she would experience in her quest to claim his heart. She would surrender not only her immortal soul, but a mortal one repeatedly. Through a deal with the great Oracle, she has multiple mortal lifetimes to change the direction of her future and have a chance with Tynan. From the GenPei War in Japan and the Silk Road west, to Cromwell, the Three Kingdoms and modern times, she lives and dies repeatedly hoping to get her heart’s desire.

Near the end, she makes a misstep, breaks one of the rules of her covenant with the Oracle, and cannot return. The burden falls to Tynan and everything she was able to share with him to that point. The only thing that is absolute is her fervent hope that he will come, but there’s one big problem. Through it all, he doesn’t so much as know her name.

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“I am yours and you are mine…Whatever comes now, we are one.”

Her heroes are gone, taken together in a flash by a vengeful God leaving Jondre to find her way alone. Befriended by a woman who knows more than she’s telling, she makes a choice to try to help what’s left of her family and finds herself at the seat of power but also the center of the expanding abyss. Her world is nothing that it seemed.

A Eupion raid near the boundary delivers a surprise to High House, a new tragedy to deal with and the catalyst for an even more difficult future to come. Just when she thinks there cannot be more, she sees the most fearsome immortal she’s ever encountered, and as match-mates are revealed, this one is hers. Nothing is simple anymore.

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About the Author

There is no simple description for Aedan Byrnes. Obsessive, dreamer, reclusive, compulsive, outdoorsman and wordsmith would be among the list if one were started. The displaced Gael lives in the upper Midwest with family between jaunts wherever the road goes. A frequent traveler, Aedan is as likely to be found rock climbing, spelunking, sitting fireside dreaming or aimlessly floating away as hiding with pen and paper working on the next tale.

A lifelong lover of words and writing, Aedan claims a diverse reading appetite and the writing reflects the myriad influences. A self-proclaimed ‘reader’s writer’, the emotional and sensory results of word combinations outweigh the visceral comprehension of phrases for the stories and drives the prose.  The original ‘Eclectic Bard’ enjoys the special magick of storytelling, those who embrace the challenge of writing, and the dreamers who get whisked away by the words making the journey worth taking.

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“You promised no one would make me eat haggis” #MySexySaturday

293a6-headerforlynn_sexysaturdayThis week’s My Sexy Saturday theme is Our Sexy Thanksgiving, celebrating love and family. My excerpt cheats a little, as it talks about a feast for St. Andrew’s Day, which is observed Nov. 30. The heroine, Chloe, is visiting her boyfriend’s family in Scotland. Roberto is Jorge’s uncle and Adam is his brother. The just finished discussing a mysterious website related to shape-shifters. Roberto and Jorge are both shape-shifters. This snippet is from To Growl or to Groan, the second book in my Hidden Lines trilogy.

Roberto smiles at me. “I say we don’t worry about it. Tomorrow is St. Andrew’s Day and we’ll celebrate. Have you had haggis before, Chloe?”

I wrinkle my nose and turn to Jorge. “You promised no one would make me eat haggis.”

They all laugh, the Web site momentarily left to rest.

Jorge winks at me. “No one will make you eat it. I never said it wouldn’t be served. You might like white pudding better. And there will be plenty of neeps and tatties.”

“I can do turnips and potatoes. And white pudding doesn’t sound nearly as gross as haggis. Organ meats are not my thing.”

Adam snorts. “No one said there wouldn’t be plenty of leftover haggis, either. I think Dad’s the only one who actually eats it.”

We all have a good laugh before heading to bed.

Right now the first book in the trilogy, To Hiss or to Kiss, is only 99 cents. Books two and three are each only $2.99!

Review: Always the Quiet Ones by Cassandra Carr not as geeky as advertised

Always the Quiet Ones by Cassandra Carr is the story of IT consultant Marty, self-proclaimed king of the geeks, and how he finds himself entangled with two women–one who was more of a one night stand while traveling for business and one who has potential for more.

The story, which is fairly short, moves along at a quick pace. It’s a light read with emphasis on the sexual encounters and some narrative exposition to tell us how Marty is feeling (the book is from Marty’s POV).

The main thing that threw me about this story is that Marty kept saying pretty suave things to the women in his life and then wondering how he knew how to say what he said. I found myself wondering exactly the same thing. Not much about him seemed all that geeky, but then we never learned anything about his hobbies or interests.

Personally, I prefer books with a little more meat to the relationship building and character development, but if you want a quick read with lots of sex and a bit of kink, this would be a decent choice. I give it 3.5 cat kisses.

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King of the geeks Marty Johnston suddenly finds himself juggling two women. How did this happen? Even a principal IT Consultant like him can’t figure that out, but he does know he wants to get serious with his co-worker , Elizabeth.

So what about the one-night-stand-but-maybe-more Marty had on his last business trip before meeting Elizabeth? He’s comfortable dealing with computers, not people. Can he keep the one he’s falling for, or will he lose both with his bumbling ways?

 

Excerpt

After paying the bill over Elizabeth’s objections, they walked back to her car. Marty smiled again, wondering what kind of luck rained down on him that she’d parked a good block and a half from the happy hour bar, so they were unlikely to encounter coworkers. She hit the remote and the car beeped, but she didn’t get in immediately, instead turning and leaning on the door.

“I had a great time.”

Marty’s grin got even wider. He’d break his face at this rate. “Me too. Thanks for asking me to dinner.”

“Thanks for paying, even though you really didn’t have to do that.”

“I wanted to.” And he’d do it again and again for the chance to know her better.

She looked up at him from underneath her lashes and he remembered reading in a Maxim magazine on the plane a few months ago that when a girl did that she wanted him to kiss her. Did she want him to kiss her? Did he want to kiss her? Hell yeah, he did.

He bent his head very slowly and gauged her reaction. She didn’t cover her mouth or knee him in the gonads, which he took for a good sign. By the time he brushed his lips over hers his pulse pounded and he hoped his eagerness didn’t, um, display itself too much. She leaned into the kiss and he took it deeper, licking over the seam of her lips and pulling her into him by her hips. Elizabeth’s arms crept around his neck and he felt her go up on tiptoe as her mouth opened for him. A little moan escaped her and he wanted so badly to push her against the car and have his way with her, but didn’t want to scare her either. With reluctance he backed away.

Elizabeth’s lips were swollen from his kisses and her round, firm tits heaved. He needed to get the hell out of there before he took things faster than he’d intended.

About the Author

Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning romance writer. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra’s books have won numerous “Best Book Of” awards and her novella Unexpected Top was nominated in the E-book Erotic Romance category of RT’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

She thinks the best part of being a writer is penning stories about love and sex while most others struggle with commutes, micro-managing bosses and cranky co-workers.

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Book spotlight: Tatted Love by Kathryn Jacob

Warning: I didn’t edit the author bio, but it makes me wonder about this book. I did agree to post about this book, though, so there you go. It’s got a nice cover, which is what made me sign up for the tour.

Lexi Starr is an 18 year old college student with a simple life, excellent grades, and a sweet boyfriend. She always has things planned out ahead of time, until she meets a rude boy named Derek, with too many tattoos and piercings who shatters her plans.

 
 

 
About the Author

Kathryn Jacob was born and raised it Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before getting into writing she showed the All American Quarter horses around the world. Kathryn has won many prizes. After she sold her sat horse in August 2013, she decided to start writing. Who knew that it would take her a year to release Mated to the Alpha. This is a huge accomplishment for a 19 year old give and to this day she will continue to write.

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Review: The Capture blends sweet and erotic aspects of long-term love

The Capture is the latest Invitation to Eden story. It also happens to be part of Erika Wilde’s Marriage Diaries series, which follows Jillian and Dean as they rekindle their passion after twenty years of marriage. This story has some smoking hot scenes, like all the Invitation to Eden stories. There is a nice balance between playing out the couple’s sexual fantasy and seeing them as themselves. This is a quick read that is as sweet as it is erotic. I give it 4 cat kisses.

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You can also check out my reviews of some earlier offerings in the series here.

There isn’t much that Jillian Noble can resist when it comes to her sexy, gorgeous husband, Dean.  She’s become very independent in her daily life, but privately, behind closed doors, Jillian finds she loves submitting to her husband’s more dominant, erotic demands.

When Dean surprises her with an Invitation to Eden and promises to fulfill one of her secret fantasies, she can’t wait to find out what’s in store.  While on the mysterious island, she’s auctioned off to a rogue pirate and imprisoned as his slave. What he commands of her is shocking, but there is no denying this dark, forbidden stranger, or the exquisite pleasure that comes with her ultimate surrender.

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About the Author

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Erika Wilde (aka Janelle Denison) is the USA Today bestselling author of over 50 contemporary romances for multiple print publishers.

So, why the new pen name?

As Janelle Denison I’ve always written sexy books, but lately my writing has taken on more erotic elements that I wanted to keep separate for readers because not everyone likes their reading material on the spicier, kinkier side of romance. However, please be assured that even as Erika Wilde, you will still get an emotionally layered story with characters you’ll care about and fall in love with. That is always my goal, whether I’m writing straight contemporary romances, or more erotically charged stories.

Currently, I’m working on The Marriage Diaries and making sure that Dean and Jillian enjoy exploring the more erotic side to their marriage. The series will be on-going, with no foreseeable ending as of right now, for as long as readers want to be voyeurs to Dean and Jillian’s sizzling new relationship.

I’m also planning a spin-off series in the future, featuring the hot military men that work security for Dean at Noble and Associates. Sign up to receive my newsletter for updates and news!