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5 Stars for Caught on Camera: Part One by Lily Harlem – #MM #Erotic #Sexy @Totally_Bound @lily_harlem

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Title: Caught on Camera: Part One
Author Name: Lily Harlem
Publication Date & Length: December 26, 2014 – 41pgs

Synopsis

When Reece Carter is caught on camera canoodling with hunky gardener Cade Davenport, a new, super-sexy opportunity presents itself that he just can’t walk away from.

Reece Carter is sweating the in dirt and feeling the heat. It’s a scorching hot day and he’s slaving away indoors. But at least he has a nice view from the window—sexy gardener Cade Davenport—no job too big or too small—who is mowing the lawn minus his shirt.

Soon thirst overcomes Reece and he finds himself swimming, kissing and getting frisky in the hot tub with the super-confident, seize-the-moment Cade, whose wit, humour and cocky smile is irresistible.

What Reece doesn’t know is that the walls have ears and the trees have eyes. His every moan, gasp and erotic move is being recorded in fine and shocking detail.

But what does that mean? And what about the intriguing offer Cade puts to him? Shouldn’t he just punch his lights out for filming him without permission? And will Reece’s life ever be the same again after being caught on camera?

Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a serial.

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Review

FiveStars

Whew.. Designer meets Gardener and things get HOT.
Reece has been hired to repaint a room for Mrs. Henley-Smythe, but what he finds is an extremely hot man working on the yard out back. When Reece can no longer stand it, he heads down to see if the man takes his bait.
Not only does Cade, the gardener, take his bait, he takes things up another notch. Things get heated in the pool, hot tub and on the deck.
Reece can’t believe what has happened especially when Cade comes to find him and exchange numbers. Maybe this is his chance at finding someone to help him get over the brutal breakup he went through.
Oh but, there is so much more in play than Cade let on.
I flew through this as I couldn’t stop reading! I had to know what they were going next. Loved both the men and the situation felt genuine and was incredibly sexy. Can’t wait for more!
Renee

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Lily Harlem is a multi-published, award-winning author of contemporary erotic romance. She lives in the UK and writes for several publishing houses including Ellora’s Cave, HarperCollins, Xcite and Total-E-Bound. She also features in numerous UK and US anthologies, some of which all proceeds go to charity.

Her books are a mixture of full length novels and short stories, some are one offs, some are sequels or part of a series (all can be enjoyed as stand-alone reads). What they all have in common are colourful characters travelling on everyone’s favourite journey — falling in love. If the story isn’t deliciously romantic and down and dirty sexy, it won’t be written, at least not by this author. So with the bedroom door left well and truly open you are warned to hang on for a steamy, sensual ride – or rides as the case might be!

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4 Stars for The Marine by John Simpson and Robert Cummings – #MM Romance #Erotica #Military

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Title: The Marine
Author Name: John Simpson & Robert Cummings
Publication Date & Length: September 20, 2014 – 100pgs

Synopsis

Two young men, David Stauffer and Matthew Kendricks, meet while processing into the Marine Corps for Basic Training. David is immediately attracted to the red haired, Matthew. As their training begins, David pursues Matthew to find out if the attraction is mutual. To his great pleasure, David learns that his attentions are not unwelcomed, but rather feared. Matthew, unlike David isn’t as comfortable with his fellow trainees finding out he’s gay.
As training progresses David proves himself to be superior to the other trainees. As a reward, he is given a short, on post leave and is allowed to take Matthew with him. This allows them a chance to explore each other’s bodies, rather than just glimpses in the showers.
From that moment the spark between the two burns hot and sets the stage for what is to come. When training ends, questions about their futures arise. Both men are forced to make decisions that will impact their futures, and potentially out them to the entire Marine Corps.

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This story starts out with two perspectives. David is caught in a world of violence and hatred, Matthew is surrounded by family. However, each of these men only know a skewed version of family. David has been on his own for a while, despite living with his father and Matthew is fulfilling a familial obligation.
Simpson did an okay job developing the relationship between David and Matthew. It is after DADT is lifted, but they both realize that the culture is slow to catch up.  I really enjoyed their boot camp experience – it was refreshing that the higher ups were tough, but also progressive. Despite having a bully in their class, both David and Matthew develop a strong bond – a respect for each other and in turn, a respect for the Marines.
I really enjoyed that all of the commanding officers that David and Matthew served under were behind the couple. They supported them and then when new commanding officers were skeptical, stood up for them again. I also liked that David and Matthew were respectful of their fellow marines and tried very hard not to “flaunt” their relationship, but did not let prejudice hinder their relationship either. They became men throughout their relationship.
There was one section in chapter 10 that I believe needs to be edited further. There is a mix up in characters – I had to go back and read a few times to see who the author was talking about. Overall, this was a quick, easy read and I enjoyed it.
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  • What motivated you to start writing?
    • John Simpson had contacted me after I came home from Iraq. He wanted me to assist him in a police story and he ended up asking me to join him on the series. I keep writing because I love creating worlds and populating them with interesting characters and scenarios.

 

  • Who or what is your biggest inspiration for writing?
    • My lengthy law enforcement career and time in Iraq undoubtedly flavor all of my stories. Not to mention really, really bad choices in dating.

 

 

  • What is your writing environment? (Where do you write, what do you do to prepare right before you start writing)
    • I like to write secluded from any background noise or distractions. I have a room in my house that I sit in my Grandfather’s recliner and close the door to block out the rest of the world. My dog Boo usually curls up next to me and keeps me company.

 

  • What is the hardest part of a book for you? Any particular scene(s)?
    • When it comes to interpersonal relationships I have a hard time writing the more intimate scenarios. I’ve always been a close to the vest type of person but I’m trying to improve that.

 

 

  • If you only could write in one genre, what would it be? And if you couldn’t write in that genre what genre would you pick next?
    • I like to stick with what I know: Police and Military but if I couldn’t write in that genre I would probably do science-fiction.

 

  • If you could spend a day with one author, who would it be and why?
    • I have two answers for this question: Mark Twain because of his colorful personality and Harry Turtledove to pick his brain on alternate history writing.

 

 

  • What do you like to see in book reviews? What makes a review better than other ones to you?
    • I prefer to see both sides of the coin; good and bad. I need to know what people love about the writing so I can continue to incorporate those things in my writing. I also need to know what doesn’t work so I can avoid any serious mistakes in the future.

 

  • If you could give one tip to new writers, what would it be?
    • Write what you know.
  • How do you make hard decisions with your books? Like the title of the book or some of the characters actions?
    • Honestly it’s whatever idea strikes me as I finish the story. I like to be playful with the titles.
  • If you could only use 4 words to describe yourself, what would they be?
    • Adventurous, open minded, naïve and loyal.

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David and Matthew were drawn to each other like magnets. This was one of the few times they could lay on top of each other without anyone commenting on it. The tight green shirt pressed against David’s lean chest, Matthew licked his lips as they squared off to attack.

“You go first,” Matthew insisted.

David charged at Matthew full speed, the boy attempted to grab David’s wrist but was unsuccessful. David did not want to humiliate the Matthew in front of anyone so he stopped and backed up. He laid his hand on top of Matthew’s and placed the clammy hand where it needed to be for a successful hip throw.

Matthews’s shorts began to bulge out in the front, “Flip me.”

“You didn’t do yours yet,” David said confused.

“Flip me now, I’m getting hard,” Matthew whispered into David’s ear.

David smiled and grabbed the red head’s wrist. He flipped him onto the mat and leaned down to help him up. David pulled Matthew up.  While he dusted his back off he slightly brushed his hand against Matthews tight little bubble butt.

“You’re not helping,” Matthew protested.

A drill instructor came over to them, “What in the ever loving world are you two doing? I better see more flipping and less jawing, do you get me!”

“Sir, Yes Sir!” they replied in unison.

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John Simpson:

John Simpson, a Vietnam-era Veteran, has been a uniformed Police Officer of the Year, a federal agent, a federal magistrate, and an armed bodyguard to royalty and a senior government executive. He earned awards from the Vice President of the United States and the Secretary of the Treasury. John has written articles for various gay and straight magazines. John lives with his partner of 35 years and three wonderful Scott Terriers, all spoiled and a breed of canine family member that is unique in dogdom. John is also involved with the Old Catholic Church and its liberal pastoral positions on the gay community.

Robert Cummings:

Robert Cummings lives in Pennsylvania with his partner and their black lab mix dog. Robert is an Iraqi freedom veteran with a seventeen-year law enforcement career. He enjoys the outdoors, family, and travel.

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5 and 4.5 Star Reviews for Test of Endurance by Kora Knight #MM #Romance

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Title: Test of Endurance (Up-Ending Tad #2)
Author Name: Kora Knight
Publication Date & Length: Oct 8, 2014 — 69 pgs

Synopsis

The last time Tad saw Scott, the ripped physical trainer left him with quite a lot to think about. And that’s pretty much all Tad’s been doing for nearly two weeks straight. At his wit’s end, he seeks Scott out, voluntarily, on his own terms. Will the completely different setting offer what he’s seeking; proof that their exchange’s unexpected turn was just a random mishap? Hormones run amok and truly nothing more? Or will being in Scott’s presence suggest something different… their newest encounter tempting Tad’s resolve while testing his ultimate limits.

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1) What motivated you to start writing?

Hiya and thanks for having me! How fun is this!? J

*clears throat* Okay. So. What motivated me to start writing… hmm. Well, I’ve always enjoyed writing, even as a kid. Would get lots of comments on my easy flow flavor. But I guess that never really resonated me one way or another because we have a lot of writers in the family tree. And then as a teen, my attentions were elsewhere as many I’d imagine are. As I neared graduation, I’d thought my future was in art, so I went on to get a degree in Electronic Graphic Design (computer graphics) but never really went anywhere with it. It just didn’t drive my passion like I’d hoped it would. It wasn’t until about ten years later, when by happenstance, I fell into a group with some super creative fan writers that I realized my calling. After writing for fun online for a good five years, (every single day, mind you), then moving to write my own idea-based stories—a few of my favorites being some seriously passion-drenched m/m story lines. *swoony sigh* 😉 At any rate, it finally dawned on me that this was my passion, my calling, my soul’s one true love. That I needed to do it to inwardly thrive. And screw it, I thought my ideas were pretty darn cool, so why not try to share them with a larger audience now that self-publishing was an option?  So I bit the bullet and gave it a go, and haven’t looked back since.  It hasn’t been easy, mind you, but it’s been liberatingly fabulous all the same. 😉

 

2) Who or what is your biggest inspiration for writing?

Hmm. That’s a toughie. It’d definitely be one of my favorite authors, most likely all of them, really. But I think if I had to pick one, it’d have to go to JR Ward. And dang, for so many reasons. I truly believe it was her books, her style of writing, that made me realize writers really didn’t need to conform as much as I’d thought. She writes “edgy and real” in a way that really connected with me and to what intrinsically drives my own creativity. And her metaphorical mind, I ate that thang up like pudding. She made me want to show the world my own brand of “off-brand.” 😉 My own sort of polished “unpolishedness.” If that makes any sense.  But even after she’d won me over, when she braved the road less traveled to do a full novel in her primarily m/f series about two men, I was ‘done.’ Done in the most glorious sense of the word. She’d lifted her chin, despite the potential backlash of disapproval, and given those two incredible characters the book and HEA they deserved. And the book was mother effing fantastic. One of my favorites of her whole fantabulous series.  So yeah, I’d say she’s inspired me on all fronts. To write, to write like I truly want to write, and to take a chance in the world of m/m erotica like I’ve longed to do for as long as I can remember. 😉

 

3) What is your writing environment? (Where do you write, what do you do to prepare right before you start writing)

My writing environment is my god awful , messy-ass office. But it has doors I can close to keep the noise out and access to wireless internet. 😉 Which is a double edged sword. It gives me way too easy of access to Facebook (gah) but it also provides me with the musical inspiration that feeds my writer’s soul. Youtube is my font for inspiration on so many levels.  When I’m writing a particular scene and need the music that’s literally the backdrop for it, I just pull that puppy up and get on with it.

Editing, however, is done anywhere I have a few minutes free time. Living room couch, playroom while daughter gets her groove on to Just Dance Wii, and especially in bed until my eyelids start to droop. LOL

As for preparation before writing, geez, I’m pretty boring. A hardy dose of caffeine to get my brain waves surging, a bit of social connect time to get my inner mojo happy (I’m a hopeless extrovert, through and through) and some time to re-read what I’ve written the day before. *shrugs with a sheepish laugh* Wish I had something more eccentrically fun to report, but alas, I do not. My characters are a lot more interesting than I am. LOL

 

4) What is the hardest part of a book for you? Any particular scene(s)?

I enjoy writing pretty much all the parts that make up a book. The two that I love the very most, however, are dialogue (especially the bantering kind, and of course, the hot, sexy pillow talk) and love scenes. I swear I was born to be an erotica writer. It just comes so dang naturally to me. But it wasn’t until somewhat recently that I realized just how much. I mean, I always knew that my writing partners in the past got a little overwhelmed with my “stuff” from time to time *laughs* and because of that I’ve always felt compelled to tone down the images in my mind, reign them in, chill them out, despite how bad it went against my “natural grain.” And then reviews for some of my previously published works started coming in, saying that though the books were classified as romance they really fit better into erotica. I’d blinked at them, surprised, because those were pieces I’d specifically toned down! So maybe, in all honestly, the tamping down of the scenes I see and what I want to put on page is one of the hardest parts for me.  Which just goes to show how much I’m enjoying my journey with Tad and Scott in my new m/m series. It’s a no-hands-barred liberation I’ve never allowed myself before, and its wide range of positive feedback is utterly the icing on the cake.

All that being said, if editing can be considered part of the writing process, that is definitely the toughest part of the endeavor. It’s long and tedious and mind-numbing. And while the finished product is definitely rewarding, it’s one hell of a endeavor to get to the finish line. 😛

 

5) If you only could write in one genre, what would it be? And if you couldn’t write in that genre what genre would you pick next?

My true love will always be romance. Hands down (Primarily paranormal, but I do love all forms). I’m a sucker for hot love and all the elements that weave it into its sexy little braid of bliss.
But if I couldn’t write romance, I’d probably want to write high fantasy. Intense, heroic adventure gets my heart pumping like nothing else.

 

6) If you could spend a day with one author, who would it be and why?

*laughs* I’m gonna have to say refer back to question 2 on this one. If nothing else than to banter our asses off together.  Have a war of the snarky wits or some shit. Heh… And then I’d make Ms. Ward share all the private little unshared moments she’s seen in her head with my favorite characters of hers. We’d start off with her decadent bi-sexual BDSM mental case, Vishous, of course. *licks chops*

7) What do you like to see in book reviews? What makes a review better than other ones to you?

As far as reviews go, the most important thing to me is that people critique my stuff respectfully. Considerately. I don’t expect everyone to like my writing, in fact, I figure quite a lot won’t. But I am a human being like everyone else, with feelings and vulnerabilities. And when putting myself out there for others to see the utmost intimacies of my heart and soul, I totally appreciate when they word their opinions thoughtfully, keeping in mind that I worked very hard for a very long time on the works I put out for others to enjoy. It’s a lot easier to tear a writer down than I think people realize. I’ve seen some reviews of other authors’ books that just broke my heart for them.
Now with that being said, the best reviews out there in my opinion, whether they be one star or five, are the ones that explain what they did or did not like. I absolutely take everything to heart as I forge forward with future works. In truth, as long as it’s not delivered cruelly, I CRAVE constructive criticism. In many ways I’m a perfectionist with my writing (many friends call me an OCD Nazi even lol) so any insight that I’ve missed on my own, my brain eats up and digests like candy. 😉

 

8) If you could give one tip to new writers, what would it be?

Just one? Gah! I’ve learned so many do’s and don’ts!  *taps chin* Hmm…

Probably to not give up. To forge through until the end. If you truly believe your story is worth doing to begin with, then do not stop until it’s done. It’s gonna be hard, it’s gonna be frustrating, a times like pulling teeth. But no matter what, do not quit. Don’t look back until you’ve got it all down on paper. And that means no moseying back after a few pages to edit the freshly written stuff before moving forward! No, no, no! That’ll totally derail your momentum! That was a huge lesson for me to learn, costing me disgraceful amounts of time. Just get it down and do not stop until you do. Then the rest is downhill. *smiles, sighing happily*

 

9) How do you make hard decisions with your books? Like the title of the book or some of the characters actions?

As far as titles go, many times I do reach out to friends for their opinions. If I’m lucky, a book’s title just hits me upside the head. Unfortunately that hasn’t been the case for Volume 3 of Tad’s series. *sigh* In which case, I spend a hella lotta time on Thesaurus.com. 😉
As for characters and their actions, I typically don’t even try to write a scene until the visual is already very solid in my mind’s eye. The smaller stuff just kinda flows out as I put the major stuff into action. As for how I get those visuals so clear in my mind to begin with, at night when the lights go off and in the morning when my brain first starts to rouse, I make myself contemplate on the scenes I want to write. Many many times, the events unfold for me then, at which point, they penetrate pretty deep into my memory and allow me to jot the ideas down the first chance I get. From there, they continue to resonate until its time to write the scene. And by that time, it’s so clear in my head that there are rarely times when I’m not sure what to write.

 

10) If you could only use 4 words to describe yourself, what would they be?

Goofy, anal (mind out of the gutters, peeps! I mean ocd-wise with my writing 😛 ), passionate and … *sigh* insecure.

11) Do you know when the next part of Tad & Scott’s story is coming out? Or a general idea? I’m biting at the bit here.

Hehe! So glad to hear that. Yes, I’m aiming for their third installment to be out mid-November before the heart of the holidays kick in. I’m already fully entrenched in the thang, but got a ways to go. And as you know, the meatier stuff is always in the second half. And let me tell you, this one’s gonna be a doozy. It’s been hounding me since before I even finished volume one. *shakes head* So, yeah! Wish me luck! Please!

12) What made you decide to write Tad & Scott or M/M? Do you have plans to write more M/M or will you move to another genre?

I’ve always loved writing m/m. Always love WATCHING m/m. They are just such gorgeous creatures and to have their fantabulousness doubled up into one yummy-hot love package? It’s like the best of both worlds. Anyway, I tried my hand at writing m/m when I used to write with writing partners. I loved it. It was just so … decadently delicious. So yeah, after that, I knew intrinsically that it was a genre I’d always love to write. But it had to be erotica for me. I needed to get to the nitty-gritty, raw, toe curling details and that was something I hadn’t had the balls to do up until now. It’s not easy putting one’s intimately personal fantasies out on display for all to see, and potential bash. But when Tad’s story came to me, it came to me hard (pardon the innuendo, there 😉 ) and just wouldn’t leave me alone. So much so that I was pretty much finally like, “Okay! I’ll write your insanely hot smut, Tad! But if I get slammed for this shit, it’s all your fault and you’ll be talking to the hand for the rest of my mortified life!” Haha. Aaaaaaaand that’s when Scott sauntered into my brain with that lopsided smirk of his sounding way too much like Matthew McConaughey with his smug and sexy drawl, “Well, alright alright.” *shivers*
As for future plans, I do have obligations with other co-writers that I have to complete. But if readers keep showing interest in the stuff I put out m/m wise, I’d love to keep at this genre for sure. It’s a passion I don’t see myself shaking anytime soon.

13) Do you know how many parts Tad story will be or is it still up in the air?

Right now I see 5+ installments very clearly. To get to the climax of their story, that is. Of course, I’d love to write a few more ‘in the aftermath’ installments, where people can enjoy them and what they’re like together after they’ve cleared their hurtles. That’s the best part, in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely ADORE the sweet/spicy seduction of their story, but the thing is, these two guys are really fun individuals, so for me at least, to be able to see them let loose and just be themselves together is something I can’t wait to do. I am torn, however, because I know a lot of readers don’t like shorter length reads and might get irritated if I let their tale go on too long. I’m not in the business of pissing people off but unfortunately, with all the other obligations I have, this formula is the only doable route I can manage with the time I have at my disposal.

So we shall see. I guess in a way some parts of my journey in this particular genre IS up in the air and dependent upon the feedback I get from readers. Hell, I’d be open to doing a spin-off story with one of the other characters in this series if people show interest. I’m pretty sure most of those who’ve read up through volume two can figure out who I’m talking about. *wry grin*

 

Thank you for your time! I wish you much success as an author!!!

Thank you so much for having me! This was a lot of fun! 😀

Review

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This story continues where the first one leaves off. Tad is still confused about his reaction to Scott. He can’t understand whether it was a normal reaction, or if there really is something to his attraction to Scott.

Before leaving the scene in the last section, Scott offers to pay Tad for staring in some instructional work out videos. Tad doesn’t really seem to take this suggestion seriously. But, Tad begins to wonder if it was simply the circumstances that he was reacting to, so he takes a chance and goes willingly back to see Scott.
What ends up happening had me reaching for a fan! Hotness with a capital H.
I can’t wait for the next installment. Especially to see if they continue on their same path and if the roommate of Scott will play a role in future scenes.
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FiveStars
Again another AMAZING book by Kora Knight. I could not put the book down for two seconds even to get a drink! And you are definitely going to need one while reading this!
Tad decides to test whether it was a one time thing with Scott. Is the fact that he is constantly turned on and can’t get his time spent with Scott off his mind even after weeks just a fluke? Giving in he agrees to meet up with Scott to film the work out video he’d agreed to help with the first time they were together.
The pair both try to resist their hormones, but eventually cave to the inevitable. Super hot and sexy scenes between the pair while also we get answers that help clear up some of what happened in the first part while also opening up some new questions that I’m sure will be answered (and make me dying for) the next part.
I can’t wait to see where this pair is headed and hopefully for some more steamy scenes in the next part!!
5 Huge, HOT stars
Renee

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4.5 Stars for Bad Things by Varian Krylov – #M/M Romance #BDSM

Bad Things

Title: Bad Things
Author Name: Varian Krylov
Publication Date & Length: September 15, 2014 – 410 pgs

Synopsis

Xavier makes a lot of people nervous. The rest, he flat-out scares. More than his hulking, tattooed body, it’s his predator’s gaze that makes people feel vulnerable, as if he had the power to read their thoughts and see their soul. For his lovers, it’s Xavier’s ravenous appetite for all things carnal—for the taste of flesh under his tongue and the feel of a trembling body under his control, for whispered pleas and muffled cries—that makes him dangerous.

But recently, driven by a festering rage against the men who attacked his sister a decade ago, Xavier has developed a taste for a different kind of hunt and conquest: stalking men who do truly bad things and punishing the predators he sniffs out. The problem with vigilante justice, though, is sometimes the man in your trap is innocent.

Carson suspects he’s playing a risky game with dangerous men. But the lies are convincing, especially when they’re slipped to him among hundred dollar bills. He never guessed how big and dark the secret hidden under all the lies and money could be. And he has no idea he’s not the predator, but the prey, until it’s too late.

And you can’t beg for mercy when there’s a gag in your mouth.

But when Carson escapes from Xavier’s trap, he’s forced to accept that Xavier is far from his most dangerous enemy. Xavier may even hold the key to overcoming the painful past that has kept Carson prisoner for almost two decades.

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First off, I’d like to say Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions so me and my readers can get to know a little bit more about you!

 

Thank you for inviting me!

 

Now for the hard part:

  • What motivated you to start writing?

I’ve been playing with words since my earliest memories—scribbling adventure stories that my mom would type up for me when I was five or six, filling dozens of notebooks with angsty poetry through my adolescence and early twenties.

Even so, I was shocked when I wrote my first novel, Abduction, and this massive story emerged from my imagination, because I’d never written anything longer than a few pages, and had always thought I was too fickle to stick with one narrative long enough to write a four hundred page novel. But the nucleus of Abduction was a fantasy I’d had for years, so it was already elaborately developed, and once I started putting it on the page, it just flowed out of me. And it was incredibly satisfying, making those characters and their encounters concrete with written words—it almost felt like enchanted alchemy, making the phantoms in my head ‘real.’

  • Who or what is your biggest inspiration for writing?

This is an agonizing issue. When I was in my early twenties, I actually stopped writing poetry because I thought my writing was terrible compared to the poets I admired. These days, I work pretty hard to be inspired by beautiful writing, without eroding my confidence by comparing myself too much to my favorite authors. That said, I was directly influenced by Roberto Bolaño’s novel The Savage Detectives, which is narrated by a series of first-person accounts, which inspired me to try writing something in first person. The result was Dangerously Happy. Dostoyevksy, Gogol and Bulkakov are all longstanding favorites, but these days I’m diving into a lot of Latin American literature. In addition to Bolaño, I love Julio Cortazar, Mario Vargas Llosa and Ricardo Piglia. I love novels that address serious societal issues via a fascinating story, rather than clubbing you over the head with a message. I’d love to get my writing to the point where I could manage to create a less literal story. Something a bit surreal.

  • What is your writing environment? (Where do you write, what do you do to prepare right before you start writing)

Where I write depends on my mood. Sometimes I thrive on a little bit of chaos, so I’ll take my laptop to a cafe so I can be out and around people. Other times, though, I need quiet to focus, so I’ll work at home. I don’t have a designated space for writing—sometimes I’ll work at the dining table, sometimes I curl up on the couch. I need a little variety—if I set up an office, I’d be sick of it after a week.

I don’t do much outlining or other formal preparation. Usually I sit or lie around with my eyes closed, and daydream the scene I’m about to write, playing with lines of dialog, choregraphy, and the feelings that will come out during the scene, etc. It’s a very intuitive process—when I feel threads from other parts of the story coming together, or get the rush of fear or arousal as I pit the characters against each other in my mind, I rush back to my laptop and try to get that intensity from my imagination down in words.

  • What is the hardest part of a book for you? Any particular scene(s)?

Writing the ending is always the most challenging. I struggle to get the balance between bringing the story to a satisfying conclusion, where the issues the characters have been struggling with are meaningfully resolved, and where they reach a place of safety within their lives and their relationships. But once the real conflicts in the story have been overcome, things lose steam quickly so I try not to dally forever, either, for fear of boring myself and everyone who’s reading.

  • If you only could write in one genre, what would it be? And if you couldn’t write in that genre what genre would you pick next?

I’m going to be rebellious, here, and say that I don’t think much about genre. I write the stories that I feel compelled to write, and then wedge them into a category for marketing purposes.

  • If you could spend a day with one author, who would it be and why?

Roberto Bolano, if we could resurrect him, because he was innovative and exciting in his approach to form and technique, but even more because his ideas about society and violence fascinate me, and because I get the feeling he was a delightfully odd and mischievous person.

  • What do you like to see in book reviews? What makes a review better than other ones to you?

I prefer reviews that offer a bit of analysis, as opposed to reviews that are mostly a synopsis of the story, Usually there’s already a blurb out there and we don’t need another plot re-hash, but it’s fascinating to see how differently the same story affects different people, and the unique interpretations different readers make.

  • If you could give one tip to new writers, what would it be?

Write what excites you, not what you think is going to be popular.

  • How do you make hard decisions with your books? Like the title of the book or some of the characters actions?

These creative choices are all down to intuition and gut instinct. I usually start ‘auditioning’ titles from the moment I begin the first draft, until I land on one that feels apt and hopefully a little provocative. Until I have the right one, the test titles always just rub me the wrong way when I see them, so I know I have to keep searching.

Character actions usually happen organically once the story is in progress—with every dialogue, every action, every internal monologue, I get to know the characters better, and their conflicts, reconciliations, and affinities develop almost outside of my control. At least it feels that way, when the writing is going well.

  • If you could only use 4 words to describe yourself, what would they be?
    1. Lost in my imagination.

 

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Review

FourandHalfStars

4.5 Stars

I was given this book for an honest review from Inked Rainbow Reads.
I felt that the blurb about this book is slightly misleading. I thought this book was about revenge and hate. This book is so much more than that. I feel that this story should come with a warning that there is some questionable consent given during some of the sex scenes.
The story begins on a path of revenge and then morphs in to a story about self discovery and love. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters that Krylov creates. Despite a few issues with the development of the characters and the fact that I was somewhat confused as to the relationship among all of them, I really liked each of the “good” characters and really hated the “bad” ones. Each character had their own quirks that added to the story. Even the danger that the bad characters portray in their personalities is very clear to the reader in how the author describes their actions and exressions.  I would have liked to see more background about Aidan and Dario’s relationship to Xavier, but overall, they definitely added to the story.
I felt that Krylov really was able to pull the emotional heart strings in this story. I was able to feel all of the emotions that each character was wading through. The author was able to truly capture past pain, current pain and eventually envelope the reader and characters in hope.
This book turned in to a wonderful read, if even at the beginning, it started out like a completely different story, with a completely different feel. The transition between the two “sections” – beginning and middle/end was a little choppy in terms of what I imagine the author was trying to convey versus what I thought was being portrayed in terms of what the story was supposed to be about and the overall tone, but in the end, even with the change in type of story I was reading, I really enjoyed it.
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Since her girlhood in a sunny coastal town in California, Varian Krylov has nurtured a love of words and a curiosity about the deep, dark forces at work in human nature, especially sexuality, and how they often paradoxically twine with our tenderest impulses. Her stories tend to explore the sometimes fine line between what arouses, and what frightens, what we’re driven to, and what we’re ashamed of.

As witty and seductive as I am sarcastic and self-deprecating, I spend as much time as possible thinking and writing about sex. No, not dense, inscrutable post-feminist texts on media representations of gender and the body–that was grad school. I write stories–short stories, novels, and starting a few weeks ago, screenplays–most of which poke and prod and the dark little corners of human sexuality. In a sense, nothing’s taboo, anymore. There’s no act, no fetish that hasn’t been made utterly banal in the proliferation of porn. What intrigues and excites me is the exploration of the conflicting impulses, the twisted psychology and turbulent emotions of people who find themselves unable to resist desires that lie beyond their own moral boundaries.

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4.5 and 4 Stars for Loser Takes All by Kora Knight – #M/M Romance #Erotica #BDSM

Heads or Tails

Title: Loser Takes All (Up Ending Tad: A Journey of Erotic Discovery Book 1)
Author Name: Kora Knight
Publication Date & Length: September 4, 2013 – 63pgs

Synopsis

Tad’s weekend started out like any other; hitting a college frat party with a handful of buddies. But just as the evening hits its peak, things get up-ended fast. Ditched by his drunken, trolling friends, Tad winds up getting hustled by three jocks playing poker. Now he’s forced to pay his dues in the most outlandish of ways; accepting a couple broken bones or spending an hour with his victors’ favorite flogger, Scott. But the guy’s tantalizing torture quickly proves to be the least of Tad’s worries… and the kickoff to a night of raw, shocking lust.
Experience the graphic, minute-by-minute account of that hour spent at the hands of Tad’s insatiable tormentor. Addicting chemistry lights the stage as Scott ignites Tad’s reluctant desires into a frenzy of forbidden need.

Warning: this 20,270 word story contains bondage, flogging, oral sex, anal play, orgasm denial and explicit gay sex.

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FourandHalfStars

Whew.. This is one freaking HOT and SEXY story. I have to give MAD props to the author for being able to keep it so good for such a long period of time considering the entire novella is basically one scene.
Tad is straight, but gets hustled into an incredibly awkward situation that lands him in a man he doesn’t knows house for a flogging… which leads to so much more.
I have to say I absolutely loved this book except for one thing. I didn’t really care for how the whole situation came to be, it didn’t really work for me. I didn’t know why Scott would be willing or want to either. So that was a bit hard for me to get over, but other than that… Loved the whole naughty and look what I can show you storyline.
~Renee

FourStars

This story starts somewhat in the middle of a story. Tad has lost a large gamble. His inner dialogue and description of the scene where the large, muscled frat guys are standing behind him waiting for him to enter the house for his punishment is somewhat comical, to me.  I thought it funny that these muscle bound guys would send someone to their punishment without wanting to witness said punishment.

Scott is the flogger and I liked him right away. I thought he was funny – I enjoyed that he was able to poke fun at Tad right away and knew Tad’s thoughts. I enjoyed the banter between the two characters and also that Scott was not overly forceful.

Tad was somewhat of a mystery – in what I would consider the non-pc term of bi-curious. Despite his reservations of accepting this punishment, Tad follows through and without whining, which I liked too.

The room that is described, with the movable wall – the “wall of confliction” was awesome! I loved that title. The relationship, while brief, between Scott and Tad is filled with curiosity, fun and hot sex. However, the author also lends a hint that perhaps there could be more for one or both characters.

This story was enjoyable, the sex was exploratory for Tad, fun for Scott – the author makes me want to see what happens next and whether or not Tad will seek Scott out again.

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Tad could feel his jaw ticking, even as his cheeks reheated. “Fine.” He shucked off everything but his boxers, then glared at the obstacle looming in front of him. “What the hell is this thing, anyway?”
“My roommate and I have lovingly coined it: the Wall of Confliction.”
Tad quirked a brow. “You seriously call it that?”
Scott’s tone turned wry. “We most certainly do.”
“Why the fuck for?”
“Mm. That’d spoil the surprise.”
“Whatever,” Tad scowled, still not facing the guy. But the sound of feet padding closer had his blood pressure climbing fast. Not that his heart wasn’t already pounding.
“Boxers, too, Tad,” Scott murmured in his ear. “I’m to give you the full-body treatment.”
Tad groaned. Even his ass was going to get whipped? Cursing under his breath, he ditched the last of his clothes. “There. Happy?”
A low, dark chuckle. “Oh, shy boy, you have no idea.”
“Stop calling me that.”
“Stop playing the part.”
Tad bristled, but then stiffened as Scott took his wrist and lifted it up… to a buckle restraint attached to a resin-coated chain. It must’ve been tucked in the wall’s upper right corner. Swiftly, Scott secured it into place.
Tad struggled not to freak out. “Is this really necessary? I agreed not to leave.”
“It’s necessary,” Scott assured, doing the same with his other arm. He dropped into a squat to hit Tad’s ankles next, firmly easing them apart.
“For shit’s sake,” Tad groused. “My fucking feet, too?”
“Mm Hmm.”
Tad glowered, even as his heart rate rose to jackhammer status.
Ankles secured, Scott made a satisfied sound. Like a deep purr of pure male appreciation. Tad stilled, not sure how he felt about that… or the big palms now moving up the back of his legs.

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4 Stars for No Boys Allowed by Lucy Felthouse – @CW1985 #F/F

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Title: No Boys Allowed
Author Name: Lucy Felthouse
Publication Date & Length: November 5th, 2012 – 33pgs

Synopsis

Three sexy Sapphic tales from the pen of Lucy Felthouse:

No Boys Allowed
When Leigh goes to meet with some potential housemates in a sought-after part of London, all she’s interested in is making a good impression. The last thing she’s expecting is to find out that one of the girls is a lesbian, like her. Kacey’s not home yet, but when she arrives, Leigh knows one thing for sure: she’s smitten. But will her feelings be reciprocated?

Something in Common
Nerd and amateur photographer Justine is partaking of one of her favourite pastimes—visiting a historical site—when she bumps into Amber. It turns out they’re both equally enthusiastic about exploring stately homes, abbeys, stone circles and the like—and their surprise at meeting someone with similar interests leads them on another adventure together, which doesn’t end at the site.

Little Miss Goody Two Shoes
Izzy and her girlfriend are visiting a beautiful stately home in the British countryside. Taking a stroll around the garden, Izzy’s shocked to see a statue of a female—totally naked. Her girlfriend, astounded that Izzy is such a prude and a Little Miss Goody Two Shoes, proceeds to show her just what fun can be had in a country garden with a statue to hide them from prying eyes.

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Review

FourStars

Three short stories in a quick, naughty novella.
This is my second piece of Lucy’s work that I have read and I have to admit that I rather enjoyed her style of writing. It flows nicely and keeps the reader interested in flipping the pages to find out what is going to happen. I enjoyed this one more than the one I read before though because I felt like we got to know the characters more and they were all more relateable.
I did feel like the naughty scenes were missing the sensual aspect that normally comes with them, which made me not care for them as much. With two women, I suppose I expect more sensuality and sexiness since women are sexy creatures. At times I became confused which character was doing what, which does happen sometimes with two female characters.
I have to say the first story was my absolute favorite piece of Lucy’s work I’ve read. It was longer than the other ones have been, but we also got to see more story development with it. The second story I felt was really great too because we got to see how much the two characters had in common.
I think another thing that was missing for me personally was that some of these characters were engaging in hot, passion filled sex, but somehow or another they always made it to a bed instead of other surfaces, which I would thing would be utilized when you are so lust driven and desiring the other person so much. You wouldn’t want to wait to get to the bed. It’d be the couch, the wall, anything that was along the way to the bedroom even.

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Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati.

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4 Stars for Illicit Relations by Lucy Felthouse #M/M #Romance #erotic

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Title: Illicit Relations
Author Name: Lucy Felthouse
Publication Date & Length: December 18, 2013 — 64 pgs

Synopsis

Terry’s had a crush on his second cousin Justin for what seems like forever. He’s hidden it as well as possible, knowing that the other man is out of bounds, forbidden fruit. Second cousins getting together isn’t actually illegal, but for Justin the relationship is too close—he just can’t contemplate them being together.

But when some new information comes to light about Terry’s birth and his place in the family, the whole game changes. Suddenly the relationship isn’t so impossible, and things soon begin to get hot and heavy.

Review

FourStars

I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.

Lucy Felthouse portrayed a very close knit family that celebrates everything together.  The story begins mid struggle for two cousins, Terry & Justin, who love each other on a romantic level, but social norms dictate they should not feel that way about each other.

I thought the author did an amazing job in portraying how Terry was feeling – his inner struggle with wanting more of a romantic relationship with someone he was related to. I wish we could have known more from Justin’s point of view, however, Felthouse was great at creating an amazing family for both characters.

You see that Terry has very perceptive parents – so perceptive that they risk a lot in revealing long held secrets to both Justin and Terry. Those secrets held the power to either heal or destroy the family, but because of the love they felt for their son, Terry’s parents were able to not only ensure their son’s happiness, but also their nephew’s too.

The story was short, the sex was hot and the family was one any person would be lucky to have.

~AvidReader

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4.5 Stars for Say Yes by Silvia Violet Book Blast #M/M #eroticromance #erotica

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Title: Say Yes
Author Name: Silvia Violet
Publication Date & Length: August 18, 2014

Synopsis

Rex Aiken recently started his own business, Grass Fed Texas, supplying organic beef to restaurants and catering companies. When he hosts an event for potential clients at a prestigious hotel in Asheville, the event coordinator, J, impresses him with more than his professional expertise. They indulge in a delicious one night stand, but Rex’s taste of J leaves him wanting more. Rex intends to savor J, and he refuses to see the distance between them as an obstacle. He’ll do whatever is necessary to convince J to say yes.

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FourandHalfStars

I have to say based off the cover of this book, I wasn’t expecting much. I don’t think the cover does this book justice at all. It was sexy, it was romantic, it even had a bit of angst. It was, however, not about steak. Sure, Rex sells steak but the book isn’t about that. It’s about the unexpected situation that occurs between Rex and J and what they do about the intense heat that engulfs them both every time they barely touch.

1/4 star reduction for the cover that isn’t nearly as good as the book. 1/4 star reduction for lacking flow at times.

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“So…um…you’re going to do some sightseeing tomorrow?” Jordan asked.

“I am. I haven’t been to this area since I was a kid, and it’s so beautiful this time of year.”

Jordan nodded. He’d picked up a pen and was rubbing the end of it over his full bottom lip. Rex wanted to replace it with his tongue. Jordan put the pen down and flipped through papers in a folder. When he licked the tip of his finger to help him unstick a few pages, Rex had to cover a groan by turning it into a cough.

Jordan glanced at him quickly before closing the file and slipping it into a drawer. “If there’s anything in particular you’d like to do, I could help you find the best—”

“I’d like to kiss you.” Rex hadn’t meant to be so bold, but he’d never been particularly good at restraining himself. His bluntness had served him well in business and almost as well in his attempts to pick up men.

Jordan made a strangled noise and looked up. “Mr. Aiken, I’m not sure that would…um…”

He looked terrified. Rex realized he was doing the same thing to Jordan that Lucy had done to him—putting him in a position where he could easily believe saying no would affect his job.

“I’m sorry. That was out of line. You did me a favor, and you deserve more respect from me.”

Jordan’s cheeks were now bright red. “I’m not offended, sir. I’m just surprised.”

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Silvia Violet writes erotic romance in a variety of genres including paranormal, contemporary, sci fi, and historical. She can be found haunting coffee shops looking for the darkest, strongest cup of coffee she can find. Once equipped with the needed fuel, she can happily sit for hours pounding away at her laptop. Silvia typically leaves home disguised as a suburban stay-at-home-mom, and other coffee shop patrons tend to ask her hilarious questions like “Do you write children’s books?” She loves watching the looks on their faces when they learn what she’s actually up to. When not writing, Silvia enjoys baking sinfully delicious treats, exploring new styles of cooking, and reading to her incorrigible offspring.

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3.5 Stars for Sweet Spot by Lucy Felthouse #F/F #LBGT

Sweet Spot

Title: Sweet Spot
Author Name: Lucy Felthouse
Publication Date & Length: June 18, 2014 – 70 pgs

Synopsis

Virginia Miller is an up-and-coming tennis star. She’s gone from a ratty tennis court in a park in south London, England, to the world’s top training facility—Los Carlos Tennis Academy in California. In awe of the talent around her, Virginia is all the more determined to make the most of the opportunity and show that she’s worthy of her place there. Her mentor, Nadia Gorlando, has every faith in her.

But Virginia finds herself distracted—Nadia, as well as being a top-notch tennis player, is seriously sexy, and Virginia’s mind keeps wandering where it shouldn’t. Will her crush get in the way of her career, or can she find a way to push the other woman out of her mind before it’s too late?

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ThreeandHalfStars

This novella had very good pacing in it, and I was able to get into the mind of the MC very quickly. What I loved was being able to hear V’s voice in my own head as I read through the novella. The plot line is quick, but it still allows for anticipation of the romance aspect to be built. I was definitely rooting for V to get over her fears and do something about it.

The twist in the middle of the book was an interesting one, and one that I saw coming. It was not unexpected, and I’m glad it wasn’t. My only issue is the resolve from the twist seems to have happened far too quickly to be 100% believable to me. I felt the resolve had to come about more quickly in order to get enough sex into an erotica romance novella, which I can understand, but at the same time, with the twists subject, it didn’t seem like it flowed together well.

The erotic aspects of this novella were very hot and tantalizing. It fit with the two characters and kept the story moving. Overall this is a very well-written erotic romance novella. I wish there had been more erotic scenes throughout it, but alas, can’t always please a young woman’s heart!

3.5 stars – AJ

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ThreeandHalfStars
This is a short, sweet, sexy romance. It was a quick and fun read

I tend to prefer a lot of plot, even in romance and erotica. Sweet Spot delivers a pleasantly surprising amount of interesting storyline for such a short work. Another thing I enjoyed was that although there is good, steamy sex, it doesn’t overbalance the rest of the story.

There were only two disappointments with this work. First, the women in the story fit what I call the “acceptable lesbian” stereotype–feminine-but-not-girly, athletic, and attractive even by men’s standards. I prefer to see a bit more diversity in both body type and along the gender-expression spectrum. Second, the sex had a few too many erotic cliches, such as “tongues battling” and a whole lot of female ejaculation. Again, some diversity in sexual experience would be nice.

Even so, the characters are likeable and the story is cute. I definitely appreciated the side of social justice delivered in the second half of the novella. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to checking out other works by Ms. Felthouse.

3.5 Stars – Amy

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3 & 3.5 Stars for A Perfect Dream by Raven J. Spencer #F/F #Erotic Novella

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Title: A Perfect Dream
Author Name: Raven J. Spencer
Publication Date & Length: June 22, 2014 – 48 pgs

Synopsis

Sex and politics can be an explosive combination. Beatrice, wife to a conservative lobbyist, can’t imagine being out in the open about her preferences and orientation, but lucky for her, there’s A Perfect Dream. Secret parties that only the privileged have access to fulfill every fantasy and need she can think of. Beatrice didn’t count in meeting Sage, a woman who not only satisfies her in every way, but challenges everything Beatrice has believed about herself so far.

Review

ThreeandHalfStars

I was given an ARC of A Perfect Dream for an honest review.

I read A Perfect Dream in a few hours, following the storyline of one character, Bea, as she discovered herself through a lot time of repressing it. I’m rating this book at three and a half stars mostly because it didn’t wow me. It’s difficult to wow with erotica in such a short space of time, but I was impressed with the writing and story line.

This novella has quite a bit of sex in it, as one can imagine, it is erotica after all. It’s an interesting premise, the “Gay for You” trope turned into “Out for You” and it definitely works in this piece. Raven takes a character who most would assume to be unlikable and gives her a story that makes her likeable.

This rating is a 3.5 because I felt the erotic scenes could have been better, more sensual, more sexy and spicy. They seemed fairly vanilla for a woman going to a sex club. Even though the character wanted to try all different sex acts when she went to the club, she did not, and it turned out, she was much more comfortable with what she knew. Most women these days, however, know what a vibrator with clit stim looks like and how to use one—so Bea not knowing where certain parts went was a bit unbelievable to me, particularly if it was not her first visit to A Perfect Dream.

The writing was great. My only issue was in the beginning when it would switch from third person to second person. I think the story would have been a lot stronger and better if the author had stayed in third person and described everything from Bea’s POV. It would have also allowed the reader to get into her head more quickly. There were only a few grammatical issues I found (and… I’m picky about grammatical issues, so this is a HUGE compliment).

This book was good for a quick read late at night. I would definitely read another from Raven.

~~AJ

ThreeStar

A Perfect Dream by Raven J Spencer is a short story about Beatrice, the wife of a conservative politician who spends time at A Perfect Dream with Piper, the woman with whom she is having an affair. A Perfect Dream is exclusive, expensive, discreet, and offers almost anything Beatrice can imagine. On one of the weekend get-a-ways, she meets Sage, the woman of her dreams, who turns out to be more than meets the eye.

I was excited about reading this story because it seemed like it had a lot of potential. The premise is strong, with a lot of possibilities and room for growth and I was excited to see where Spencer took it. So, first, the good:

The writing is well done. There are a few stray commas here and there, and a few odd word choices, but overall, it’s well written. Better than a lot of things available on the market, and it’s highly readable. It’s also a quick read. This took me less than an hour to get through. Lastly, it’s a completely self-contained story. No cliff-hangers here. You get a beginning, middle, and an end where everything is wrapped up.

Second, the meh: Let’s talk about the sex. This is supposed to be an erotica. The majority of the story takes place at a resort where the whole point of going is to have sex with as many people as you want in as many ways as possible. There is actually not a ton of explicit content in this book. Some readers will prefer the softer descriptions and having things left up to the imagination. However, for me, I would have preferred to have had fewer more descriptive and explicit sex scenes than what we got. This just didn’t seem like erotica to me. It’s erotica-lite.

Also a meh is the plot. It’s an interesting plot and I’d have liked to have seen more done with it. At 48 pages, this is getting almost into novella territory and if the author had taken some time to give more development to the plot twist with Sage(which was totally out of left field, by the way. Seriously, some foreshadowing would be good) it would have felt more complete to me.

Now for the bad: The beginning is not good. I had a hard time getting past it. There is a lot of exposition in this story and it detracts from the plot and the movement of the story. It feels like Spencer gets lost in the minutia of the details in some places and in others she doesn’t give some very needed descriptions about the surroundings. Also, just a minor thing, but there are apparently a hundred bathrooms in A Perfect Dream. Character development gets lost here, too, and some of the characters feel a little one-dimensional.

The bottom line: I think it’s worth a read. I don’t feel like it was a waste of my time, but I’ve read better, and I don’t feel like this is erotica. Spencer has good writing skills and the plot had promise but it needs developing. I would be much more interested in this as a novella or a full-length novel. She’s tried to cram too much into a short-story and lost a lot of the elements I like to see in order to feel satisfied after finishing a story.

Rating: Three Stars

~Sirena

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Raven J. Spencer, lesbian, married, loves everything sensual and indulgent which led her to write erotic romance and fantasies. When she’s not writing, you can often find her on Pinterest in the pursuit of inspiration.

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