Review: One Night In Paris [Front Man #2]
All , Erotica , Short Stories / March 31, 2019

Title: One Night in Paris Author: Adora Bell Genre: Music/Erotica Publication date: 2013 Summary: The thrilling follow-up to the top-selling ‘Front Man’! Fate brought Jack and Sara together; now will scandal rip them apart?  Jack Carter, front man with the hit band Compass, is haunted by the ghosts of his past. Now they threaten to ruin the life he’s made for himself. Yet there is one ray of hope for the troubled star…the girl who rocks his world. This sizzling series contains scenes of a very sexual nature and is intended for a mature audience.  Please Note: Front Man: One Night In Paris is the second part of a series. While it can be read as a stand-alone story, the parts are best enjoyed in order. This story is approx 15,000 words long.      I’m still trying to understand what most people find so appealing about romantic or erotic novels. I mean, I do get the love angle but love (or sex) is not the only thing in a person’s life and those novels tend to obsess with that. Maybe that is why I don’t read so much of them – they just leave me with a ‘That’s it?’…

Review: Front Man [Front Man #1]
All , Erotica , Short Stories / March 19, 2019

Title: Front Man Author: Adora Bell Genre: Music/ Erotica Publication date: 2012 Summary: Jack Carter has it made. Rich, famous, adored by millions…but deep down, the ghosts of his past just won’t let him go. Sara has been in love with Jack Carter since he first exploded on to the music scene. Now she has the chance to meet the man of her dreams. She’s about to learn that her idol isn’t all that he seems. When these two meet, sparks are going to fly….    I’ve never been that much into fangirling over real people, except maybe a few writers, so I expected to be unable to relate or like Front Man by Adora Bell. Surprisingly, I was wrong.    The story revolves around Jack, the front man of a band called Compass, and Sara, his biggest fan since the beginning of the group. The plot twist here is that Jack is not the typical arrogant, better-than-you rockstar but a man with doubts and issues. I liked that although considering his anxiety episodes I am not sure how he could handle the pressure of being in the spotlight all the time. Sara is, well, she is a girl with…

Review: Clay’s Instinct [Wolf Call #2]
All , Erotica , Paranormal , Short Stories / March 19, 2019

Title: Clay’s Instinct Author: Abbey Polidori Genre: Paranormal/ Romance/ Erotica Publication date: 2013 Summary: Clay Adams is the sheriff of the small town of Faith, Montana. He is also a shifter. When the Temple of Thul arrive in Faith and try to take Clay, he narrowly escapes with his life and one of the Temple’s members as a hostage. But even though Clay knows the curvy beauty Lucinda is his enemy, his instincts tell him she is his mate.    It turns out this week would be romance/erotica week so here we go with Clay’s Instinct, the second story of the series ‘Wolf Call’ by Abbey Polidori.     Instead of the story picking up from where Logan and Sarah left us it switches to Clay, a local sheriff in a small city called Faith. He is also persecuted by a secret organization bent on catching and experimenting on superhuman creatures like werewolves and vampires (so far those are the only two types we have heard of but only have seen werewolves). The story itself expands and now instead of purely romantic/erotic storyline we have a bit of conflict. It’s still very much on the background since this story is…

Review: Logan’s Calling [Wolf Call #1]
All , Erotica , Paranormal , Short Stories / March 19, 2019

Title: Logan’s Calling Author: Abbey Polodori Genre: Paranormal / Romance/ Erotica Publication date: 2013 Summary: Logan James, wounded war hero, is obsessed with his neighbor Sarah Cooper. He watches her every night from the house that has become his self-imposed prison, locking him away from society. When he receives a package intended for Sarah, he musters the courage to go around to her house and meet her. But Logan discovers that Sarah has a secret, a secret that has placed her in danger. And the feelings he has for her run deeper than simple attraction.  Sarah is a shifter and even though he doesn’t know it yet, Logan is her mate.    Well, well, it’s been awhile since I’ve been this unsure about how I feel about a story. When I started Logan’s Calling I was fully aware what I was getting into – a short, erotic story with paranormal element. Sounds good enough right? Well, be careful what you wish for.      The story started alright, more than alright even. We have Logan – a soldier who served time in Afghanistan until an accident that left him scarred and his whole team – dead. I was honestly surprised…

Review: Kingdom of the Wicked [Skulduggery Pleasant #7]
Adventure , All , Children Literature , Fantasy / March 9, 2019

Title: Kingdom of the Wicked Author: Derek Landy Genre: Fantasy/ Children Literature/ Adventure Publication date: 2012 Summary: Magic is a disease. Across the land, normal people are suddenly developing wild and unstable powers. Infected by a rare strain of magic, they are unwittingly endangering their own lives and the lives of the people around them. Terrified and confused, their only hope lies with the Sanctuary. Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are needed now more than ever. And then there’s the small matter of Kitana. A normal teenage girl who, along with her normal teenage friends, becomes infected. Becomes powerful. Becomes corrupted. Wielding the magic of gods, they’re set to tear the city apart unless someone stands up against them. Looks like it’s going to be another one of those days…     Oh, how I missed Skulduggery and Valkyrie. It has been a long time since I read the last book and now that I am thinking about it I am not sure why I allowed such a big break between them. Derek Landy is definitely one of my favorite authors – his humor, his easy-going style and the numerous adventures packed tightly in single book do not allow room…

Review: Blood of Elves [The Witcher #1]
All , Fantasy / March 1, 2019

Title: Blood of Elves Author: Andrzej Sapkowski Genre: Fantasy/ Adventure Publication date: 1994 Summary: For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf. Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world – for good, or for evil. As the threat of war hangs over the land and the child is hunted for her extraordinary powers, it will become Geralt’s responsibility to protect them all – and the Witcher never accepts defeat. The Witcher returns in this sequel to The Last Wish, as the inhabitants of his world become embroiled in a state of total war.     After reading the first two books I was left with mixed feelings for this series. I really wanted to like it because many of my friends read it and liked it, and because I’ve seen some of the cinematic of the game and they looked awesome. So I said to…

Review: Sword of Destiny [The Witcher #0.2]
All , Fantasy / February 27, 2019

Title: Sword of Destiny  Author: Andrzej Sapkowski Genre: Fantasy First Publication date: 1993 Summary: Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety. In this collection of short stories, following the adventures of the hit collection THE LAST WISH, join Geralt as he battles monsters, demons and prejudices alike…       I have finally finished Sword of Destiny, the second collection of short stories accompanying The Witcher series, and I am left with very mixed feelings. By now I realized that Andrzej Sapkowski‘s style is a bit too philosophical, too pompous at times and I have come to terms with that. Maybe it is just the translation, as I am reading it in English, but there are times when the characters talk and talk about things…

Review: The Last Wish [The Witcher #0.1]
All , Fantasy / February 23, 2019

Title: The Last Wish Author: Andrzej Sapkowski Genre: Fantasy/ Adventure First Publication date: 1993 Summary: Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin. And a cold-blooded killer. His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world. But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good… and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth. A collection of short stories introducing Geralt of Rivia, to be followed by the first novel in the actual series, The Blood of Elves. Note that, while The Last Wish was published after The Sword of Destiny, the stories contained in The Last Wish take place first chronologically, and many of the individual stories were published before The Sword of Destiny.    I had The Witcher series by Andrzey Sapkowski on my reading list for years but somehow I never got around to reading it. After finishing the Kate Daniels series I needed something new and different so here we are, jumping into another world of magic, mythical creatures and a man that desperately tries to escape what he is.    The Last Wish turned out to be more of a prelude rather than the…

Review: Magic Triumphs [Kate Daniels #10]
All , Fantasy / February 23, 2019

Title: Magic Triumphs Author: Ilona Andrews Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Adventure Publication date: 2018 Summary:     Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She’s made friends and enemies. She’s found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.     Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate’s doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.     Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.     For her child.     For Atlanta.    For the world.    Every good things must come to…

Review: Iron and Magic [Iron Covenant #1]
All , Fantasy / February 20, 2019

Title: Iron and Magic Author: Ilona Andrews Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Adventure Publication date: 2018 Summary: Hugh d’Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast.  Elara Harper is a creature who should not exist. Her enemies call her Abomination; her people call her White Lady. Tasked with their protection, she’s trapped between the magical heavyweights about to collide and plunge the state of Kentucky into a war that humans have no power to stop. Desperate to shield her people and their simple way of life, she would accept help from the devil himself—and Hugh d’Ambray might qualify.  Hugh needs a base, Elara needs soldiers. Both are…