33/100 Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston

Okay, so this is a re-read.  The main difference is that I listened to this book on Audible this time.  Boy what a difference listening to a book makes.  However, that change is not positive in this case.  I really enjoy the characters, the narrator is phenomenal with the Bronx and southern accents.  It really makes a difference. On the other hand, the amount of graphic sex in this book is much harder to skip over when I’m driving a car than when I’m sitting down and reading.  If you don’t mind graphic sex then this is a good listen, if that squicks you out then it is a decent read if you are willing to skip some parts.    This is the start to an amazing series, there is some graphic sex throughout but the characters are so easy to fall in love with and laugh along with I ignore the sexy times.

Happy Reading!

28/100 Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken

This was a pretty good book, well book and a half really. The initial story, the beginning of the series, is a fascinating introduction to a very interesting world. There was a little too much graphic sex once that got started but the characters were funny and easy to relate to. If you are looking for a very ‘girl power’; ‘girls unite’ mentality like in her Crow books then you will be a bit disappointed. However if you are looking for strong female characters that know what they want and work hard to get it, then this is a decent book.

My favorite part was when the main character thought that the knight and dragon were separate entities. She had to make a hard decision, Aiken didn’t skip over that decision but included that aspect of the story.
I found this to be an enjoyable read, not wonderful or compelling me to get the next book in the series but enjoyable. I plan on reading the next book in the series to see if the writing develops to the level I am used to from this author under their other pseudonym.
It is my opinion that the ‘prequel’ half story adds to the background, but really is more graphic sex than much else.

23/100 Prince of the Moon by Megan Derr

This is a heart wrenching book, I found myself crying for the prince at one point.  In this book taking out the crimes of the mother on the son is taken to the extreme.  While the prince is allowed to grow up and there is no physical abuse visited upon him the effects of neglect and emotional abuse are certainly present.  Then one day a man comes, a witch, that the prince had written to so that he could break the curse his mother laid upon the land.  From there love blooms, well you’ll have to read the rest to find out how it turns out.

There were a couple of scenes of graphic sex, but most of the plot was heart rending and sweet.  If you like a good Gay Romance with a fragile prince and the dashing witch come to rescue him *except that’s not why he really came* then this is a good book for you.

21/100 Bear Cop by Zoe Chant

If you want to read a romance novel with little to no character development, that jumps straight into shallow sex, and resolves the conflict almost before it begins then this is the book for you.  I am not sure why I even finished this book, I guess I kept hoping for something to happen that added depth to the characters.  They met, had a wreck, had sex, she confessed everything wrong, they were attacked, he confessed everything, then in a nice tight bow they fell in love, the conflict was resolved, and I’m left hanging.  There was a lot of graphic sex I had to skip over so that may have contributed to my extreme dissatisfaction with this book.

If you want a quick and dirty read with little depth then this is the book for you.

19/100 A Tooth For a Fang By Liv Olteano

This book sort of sucked.  Admittedly there was a lot of character development. I really began to feel for the characters but then they would do something stupid or insensitive and there goes my sympathy right out the window.  I really do like the universe.  Most of the characters are funny and easy to get along with.  Honestly, Travis might not be a complete jerk however his is not that far from it.  For Rick this is a very confusing time in his life.  He just broke up with an abusive boyfriend/boss, goes on vacation, is thrown into the paranormal world, then before his 2 week adjustment period is over he has Travis as his mate throwing him into the paranormal world and confusing the heck out of him with hormones and mating drives.  Then Travis goes and does something sweet (not to mention the tantalizing hints that Travis has been messed with on the partner front).

There are parts that are quite amusing, but really, if you want an emotional roller coaster combined with a lot of really explicit sexual innuendo (I skipped over as much as I could without losing the plot) Then this is the book for you.  One of the very few positives that this book has going for it is the utter lack of Mary Sue’s.  Nothing in this book is perfect, finding your mate isn’t a done deal (you can still hate them) the Lycans and Were’s can make mistakes, the stinky troll is a sweetheart, there are faults and flaws throughout this book.  Since I like my escapism there was a little too much reality for my taste, but the overall plot was not bad.

If you like your characters flawed, don’t mind Gay, can stand mentions of explicit sexual congress, and are okay with mentions of abuse then this is the book for you.  I wasn’t in the mood for a traumatic read but got one anyway.

Laurell K. Hamilton

I try to not preach about another person’s morals.  I will say if an author utilizes explicit sex to titillate their audience, simply because I would like a warning in the same vein.  If someone recommends a book to me and doesn’t mention that there is graphic sexual material and I stumble across it then I am not pleased.  There is a line where authors go from mentioning and describing explicit sex to recommending dangerous practices.  I had previously stated that I would not read Jason due to what I perceived as a lack of plot.  Upon reading some reviews for the subsequent book, Dead Ice, I found that there was an explicit scene mentioning erotic asphyxiation…more specifically choking a lover until they turn blue; then continuing as though this were a positive experience.  Some dirty sex in a book is something that I can skip over, but I cannot ignore this.  It’s horrible and I cannot in any form of good conscience purchase or read any more of these books.  I’m trying to read some non-fiction and other books for now.

67/100 Hit List by Laurell K Hamilton

This is a return of the Anita Blake I had been missing for so many books while she got her love life and relationships under control.  I have still lost a  lot of respect for Anita as a character and Hamilton as an author.  For at least a few books she took a wonderful series and made it into little more than pornography.  She seems to be getting back to Anita as a vampire Hunter not just sleeping with everything and everyone in sight.  I loved how Anita and Edward worked together, solving problems while explaining where some legislation is going.  I loved hearing about how the new Paranormal Units are being trained and what false information they are being fed to keep the recruits from thinking of the shifters and vampires as human.  This is a return of a few beloved characters, and I hope that they continue to be truer to themselves than they have been.

Edit:

I will not be purchasing Affliction, or even borrowing it from the library.  I have read a few spoilers and since sexual Asphyxiation comes into play as a positive element I will not be reading anything else that Hamilton has written, or will write in the future.  People’s personal lives are just that but when one is encouraged to hurt another person for their own personal sexual gratification, I’m done.  The pursuit of one persons enjoyment should never be at the expense of another.