martedì 29 aprile 2014

Anteprima The Last Good Knight by Tiffany Reisz

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The Last Good Knight by Tiffany Reisz is a novella in the series The Original Sinners  divided and published in a five-part miniseries:

- Scars and Stripes (The Last Good Knight # 1), May 6, 2014
Sore Spots (The Last Good Knight # 2), May 7, 2014
The Games Destiny Plays (The Last Good Knight # 3), May 8, 2014
Fit to Be Tied (The Last Good Knight # 4), May 9, 2014
The Last Good Night (The Last Good Knight # 5), May 10, 2014

Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin Mira for the kind preview

Part I: Scars and Stripes

It's lust at first sight when Mistress Nora encounters a sexy newcomer to The 8th Circle. She's happy for the distraction, since she left her lover, Søren, but her session with Lance is cut short when her boss, Kingsley Edge, reveals they're all in danger….







Part II: Sore Spots
With a potential stalker on the loose, Kingsley hires Lance as Nora's bodyguard, but stipulates no sex while he's on duty. Frustrated by the ex-SEAL's noble chivalry, Nora is driven to seek release with the one man she's trying to forget….







Part III: The Games Destiny Plays

Shocked to see Nora's bruises, Lance is furious that she put herself in danger and demands to know where she got them. As Nora confesses her true nature, she's equally shocked to learn that Lance has some secrets of his own, drawing them together despite Kingsley's orders….





Part IV: Fit to Be Tied

With her feelings for Lance warring with her recent encounter with Søren, Nora returns to Lance's bed and finds herself toying with the idea of…toying with him on a permanent basis. But after she gets a glimpse into his personal angst, Nora realizes she has the power to rescue this white knight….




Part V: The Last Good Night

Now that the perpetrator has been apprehended, Nora sadly acknowledges she doesn't need a bodyguard anymore. She adores Lance and wants to keep him but is faced with a dilemma—if she uses her connections to help Lance, she'll have to give him up forever…





The events narrated in The Last Good Knight goes back to three years earlier than the timeline of the rest of the series already published.
I liked very much this story.
Nora in this moment of her life is a dominatrix, she broke off her relationship with Søren, even this is not so true. Theirs is a complex bond, you can't erase it with a sponge wash. And I sensed this myself, only in a few pages. Søren has is like a candle for a moth, which inevitably or at the behest of the  author, draws attention to himself, even if the male protagonist of the story is another: Lance, the perfect knight with shining armor.

If on five issues of this novella, one chapter deals with Søren and Nora, as well as other appearances here and there, there's no denying he still leaves his mark, and I daresay what a mark.
Lance was to be for Nora just a nice sub sexy, a casual encounter with whom spend a night inside the club;  Nora's approach with him is playful, funny and at the same time confidant, she saw something special in him and she can't ignore him.
Lance surprise Nora for his ability to submit in a perfect way, the embodiment of a dream, but hits her Dominatrix for the extreme security himself and knows how to show this: he is a man in search of the submission, a masochist, but he does not show the slightest uncertainty or shame in expressing his needs and preferences.
Nora at this point fails to maintain her usually distance that she shows with other people with whom she entertains during her sessions. She discover the secrets of Lance, she wants to know more about him and in turn she reveals aspects of herself who know in a few people.
After all these terms Dom, sub, etc ... you know what are the first two words that come to my mind thinking about this story: love and romance.
Despite all the scenes of BDSM sex present, actually what I was is the feeling of having read a beautiful love story.
A splendid knith and a heroine willing to do anything to make him happy.
I loved very much Nora for this, her unselfishness, her ability to the take second place while making happy a person that she cares for.

Lance is amazing, sexy, funny, loyal, he knows how to do the right thing at the right time, so he has no defect.
The final chapter is really beautiful to read, sweet and bitter at the same time, but very nice.
If you love Ms Reisz's books this story is definitely worth reading, to find another piece in the story of Nora.

RATING: 4 STARS

domenica 20 aprile 2014

The Kraken King Part I - The Kraken King and the Scribbiling Spinster by Meljean Brook

Meljean Brook è la mia autrice di genere steampunk romance preferita e adoro la sua serie Iron Seas.
The Kraken King è libro la cui uscita è stata suddivisa in 8 pubblicazioni periodiche e per me che ho divorato la prima parte, questo è lievemente frustrante, ma l'attesa sarà sicuramente ripagata.

The Kraken King Part I - The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster
In passato Ariq è stato un ladro e un contrabbandiere, adesso è meglio conosciuto come The Kraken King. L'uomo dopo aver salvato una donna misteriosa e intelligente da un dirigibile sotto assedio da parte di un gruppo di predoni, non ha idea di cosa farsene. Indeciso sul fatto che possa essere una spia o una pedina nelle mani di qualcun altro, Ariq non ha intenzione di perderla di vista fino a quando non scoprirà la verità...
Dopo essere sfuggita al quarto tentativo di rapimento in un anno, Zenobia Fox ha imparato a celare la sua vera identità. Mentre suo fratello Archimede Fox è rinomato per le sue avventure, Zenobia non ne ha mai vissute di proprie, tranne quando le racconta nelle sue storie. Ma quando coglie l'occasione di fare un viaggio nella selvaggia Australia per fare delle ricerche per il suo nuovo libro, Zenobia scoprirà presto che questo viaggio sarà molto più avventuroso di qualsiasi storia lei abbia mai scritto...

Incredibilmente avvincente da subito, questa prima parte del libro introduce in modo esemplare i due protagonisti della storia, coinvolgendoli in episodi ricchi di azione e colpi di scena.
Zenobia l'abbiamo già conosciuta nel libro precedente, è la sorella di Archimede Fox. Mi era piaciuto molto il suo personaggio,è una donna che possiede un'intelligenza acuta, ama l'avventura e ha una fervida immaginazione che le permette di scrivere delle straordinarie novelle sotto pseudonimo. Finalmente in questo libro si avvera uno dei suoi sogni: vivere sulla sua pelle tutte le emozioni, che ha sempre visto da lontano, grazie ai racconti delle avventure del fratello e conoscere luoghi lontani e sconosciuti.
Ariq è un protagonista affascinante, che colpisce nel segno, grazie al suo carisma e ai suoi modi di fare diretti. Non fa mai giri di parole per esprimere ciò che pensa, è un ribelle, un leader che ha a cuore il bene del fratello e della sua gente. Zenobia lo intriga, lo attrae, ma intuisce che la donna nasconde dei segreti e vuole svelarli.
Lo scenario nel quale ci ritroviamo è un po' diverso dai libri precedenti, una realtà più selvaggia e ogni parte del mondo creato da Ms Brook è diverso dai precedenti: ha i suoi pericoli, le sue minacce e  creature terribili che possiamo ritrovare solo in questo genere di libri.
Belli anche i personaggi secondari in questo libro: le guardie del corpo di Zenobia, che l'accompagnano sotto mentite spoglie, l'amica di infanzia di Zenobia, Helen, che è un po' la croce che si deve portare dietro in questo viaggio e il tormentato fratello di Ariq, Taka.
Una storia che deve raccontarci ancora molto cose... e non vedo l'ora di poter andare avanti a leggerla.
Ringrazio netgalley e la Penguin Group Berkley / Signet Romance per la gentile preview.

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TITOLO: The Kraken King Part I - The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster
AUTRICE: Meljean Brook
SERIE: Iron Seas # 4.1
EDITORE: Penguin Broup Berkley / Signet Romance
DATA PUBBLICAZIONE: 15 aprile 2014


Meljean Brook is my favourite author for the steampunk romance genre and I'm in love with her Iron Seas series.
The Kraken King book release was divided into 8 periodically publications, and for me that I devoured the first part, this is slightly frustrating, but the wait will surely be worth it.

The Kraken King Part I- The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster
A former smuggler and thief, Ariq—better known as the Kraken King—doesn’t know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she’s a spy or a pawn in someone else’s game, Ariq isn’t about to let her out of his sight until he finds out…
After escaping her fourth kidnapping attempt in a year, Zenobia Fox has learned to vigilantly guard her identity. While her brother Archimedes is notorious for his exploits, Zenobia has had no adventures to call her own—besides the stories she writes. But when she jumps at the chance to escape to the wilds of Australia and acquire research for her next story, Zenobia quickly discovers that the voyage will be far more adventurous than any fiction she could put to paper…


Incredibly exciting from its very beginning, this first part of the book introduces in an exemplary way the two protagonists of the story, involving them in episodes full of action and plot twists.
Zenobia, we already known her in the previous book, is the sister of Archimedes Fox. I had previous enjoyed her character, she is a woman who has a sharp mind, she's clever, loves adventure and has a vivid imagination that allows her to write extraordinary novels under pseudonym. Finally in this book come true one of her dreams: to live on her skin all the emotions, which she has always seen from afar, thanks to the stories of the adventures of her brother and learn about faraway places.
Ariq is a fascinating protagonist, hitting the mark, due to his charisma and his ways of doing. He always speaks his mind , is a rebel, a leader who cares about  his brother and his people. Zenobia intrigues him, attracts him , but he is sure that the woman hides secrets and he wants to find out them.
The scenario in which we find ourselves is a little different from the previous books, a wild reality and every part of the world created by Ms Brook is very different from the others: has its dangers, threats and terrible creatures that we can find only this kind of books.

Amazing even the minor characters in this story: Zenobia's bodyguards, which they go in disguise, her childhood friend , Helen, who is her little pain in the neck,  that she must bring with her trip and the tormented brother  of Ariq, Taka.
A story that should tell us so more things ... and I can't wait to go back to read it.
Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Group BerkleySignet Romance for the kind preview.

RATING: 5 stars

TITLE: The Kraken King Part I-The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster
AUTHOR: Meljean Brook
SERIES: Iron Seas # 4.1
PUBLISHER:  Penguin  Group Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance
PUBLICATION DATE: April 15, 2014







venerdì 18 aprile 2014

Anteprima: Forged by Jacquelyn Frank

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Forged is the a new book for the series The World of Nightwalkers by Jacquelyn Frank,  scheduled for April 29, 2014  a series still unpublished in Italy.
Thanks to Netgalley and the Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine for the kind preview of the book.

When Katrina Haynes discovers a large man lying wounded in the snow, she fears he is at death’s door. But as Kat tends to his injuries, she quickly realizes that they’re the least of her worries. With an irresistible Scottish brogue and a strange ability to harden his chiseled body like a statue, the stranger awakens a desire she is unable to resist—and a fascination about the intriguing world he exists in.
As a proud Gargoyle, Ahnvil must safeguard the Nightwalker to whom he’s sworn fealty. But as this bewitching woman nurses him back to health, arousing an almost uncontrollable hunger within him, he is possessed with the fierce impulse to protect her as well. And he will have to shield her—for by coming to his rescue, Kat has placed herself in the middle of a supernatural war . . . and exposed herself to dark, powerful magic. As human and Gargoyle forge an unbreakable bond, Kat will discover that despite his intimidating strength and size, one thing Ahnvil does not possess is a heart of stone.


Trust pays back always, and how if it pays! This is the fourth book in this series The World of Nightwalkers and I fell in love with the male protagonist, Ahnvil, I adored Kat, the heroine of the book and I was completely satisfied by the story.
Believe me I pulled a real sigh of relief ... When you love a writer and you remain disappointed, as was I from previous books, your hands shook a little is when you are about to start reading a new chapter in the series and if I must put it right through the book's been there quite a while to wait.
Ahnvil? Let's talk about him, this Gargoyle who embodies everything that I love in a male character. Damn sexy thanks to his perfect physique and his strong Scottish brogue; this is the first time that I get the urge to try to listen to an audio-book. He is proud, very protective and full of attentions towards Kat. When she tells him: "everything  is well", he knows what lies behind this phrase of circumstance and he push her until she tells him the truth. As well as once he discovered the attraction she feels for him, he loves to taunt her  in every way and given they are isolated in Kat's house because of a blizzard and the fact that he needs to be taken care of, let us say that the occasions to show off his beautiful body are a lot... A game of seduction that sometimes, thanks to the two protagonists, it is also very fun to read.
Kat is human and pentite compared to the Gargoyle, but she knows how to get respect.
In this book we find even Bella and Jacob, one of the most beautiful couples in the previous Nightwalkers series, the demon and his partner half human and half  Druid. They Are going through a stressful time, like many couples, after the birthes of two sons, which made me smile because it's a very human situation ... solution? A great vacation, a second honeymoon, childless. Of course there are good intentions, but things don't go exactly as planned.
In fact, this is the opportunity that the author takes to bring together for the first time Nightwalkers breeds that are unaware of the existence of each other. A spell has separated the twelve Nations of these creatures, with many species, dividing in two groups of six. According to an ancient prophecy to defeat the terrible enemy of the Bodywalkers, the God Daemon Apep, which is a threat for all, the Nightwalkers must come together and fight.
The book is very focused on the story between Ahnvil and Kat, but it opens scenarios that I believe will lead to a profound change in this series.
Jackson/Menes, the powerful Pharaoh Bodywalkers' leader, this time is relegated to a secondary role, but I have to say that his exchanges with Ahnvil are very cute and funny.
This time promoted with flying colors the author, she puts the cherry on the top by wearing a kilt  to  Ahnvil ...

RATED 4.5 stars

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sabato 12 aprile 2014

Exclave - a BDSM erotic romance bundle by Emily Ryan- Davis

Exclave è una raccolta di due racconti BDSM dell'autrice Emily Ryan-Davis.

CLAIMING LAUREN

Una notte sarebbe dovuta essere abbastanza...
La ventisettenne Lauren Brant è la moglie perfetta per una vita mondana nell'alta società. Organizza e ospita cene per i colleghi del marito. Partecipa a eventidi beneficenza. Si comporta sempre in modo appropriato... a eccezione del suo intenso bisogno di sottomettersi a un uomo che conosce solo con il nome di Master.
Incapace di non cedere al suo forte desiderio, organizza un incontro con Master. Niente nomi, niente facce, null'altro che sottomissione e sensazioni. Eccetto che non è abbastanza. Prima ancora che la notte sia giunta al termine, Lauren sente di aver bisogno di più.
Ma "di più" non è parte dell'accordo, ed è costretta a tornare alla sua vita perfetta, dove scopre che il marito è tornato a casa, mentre di solito vivono vite separate.
Dopo cinque anni durante i quali è stata invisibile agli occhi di Jacob Brant, Lauren non sa che cosa fare con lui. Lui, invece, sembra saper perfettamente cosa deve fare con lei...

Tra i due racconti di Exclave questo è stato quello che ho preferito.
La frustrazione nel vivere la sua vita sposata praticamente con uno sconosciuto è palpabile. Soldi, prestigio e una vita in apparenza perfetta non le bastano più e decide di vivere nella realtà quella che è una sua fantasia, ma anche un profondo bisogno.
Il racconto è puro erotismo. Sia l'occasione, ma anche la modalità con il quale avviene l'incontro tra Master e Lauren. Le dinamiche BDSM direi di un livello abbastanza intenso, e ben scritto, con la giusta dose di mistero, che aumenta il fascino del proibito.
Mi è piaciuto molto e preferisco lasciarvi scoprire da soli la piccola sorpresa contenuta nella storia, anche se leggendo il racconto, tra le righe, qualcosa si può intuire.

DOMINATING AMY

Finché morte non ci separi avrebbe dovuto abbastanza...
Mac Corcoran ha impiegato molto tempo per cancellare lo spettro del matrimonio dei suoi genitori pieno di abusi e violenza. Ha faticato molto per tenere a bada i suoi desideri più oscuri e incanalare le sue energie per costruire un solido rapporto basato su parità e rispetto.
Però ci vogliono due persone per far funzionare un matrimonio, e quando Amy Corcoran raggiunge un punto di rottura a causa del suo bisogno di sottomissione, la donna si trova davanti a solo due possibilità: lasciare l'uomo che ama, oppure obbligare il marito ad accettare la donna che è adesso. Anche se questa donna non è la stessa che ha sposato dieci anni prima.
Non è più il momento di scappare, potrà Mac superare le sue paure e diventare l'uomo Dominante del quale Amy ha bisogno, oppure la paura di ripetere il passato gli costerà l'unica donna che ha mai amato?    

Quello che ho apprezzato in questo racconto è il fatto che Amy continui ad amare il marito e voglia trovare in lui il partner per affrontare il suo bisogno di sottomissione. Sicuramente gli forza un po' la mano, ma di fronte alla possibilità di perderla per sempre, è costretta a ricorrere a scelta un po' estrema. D'altra parte nel racconto si nota comunque una certa tendenza alla dominanza da parte di Mac. Devono trovare un equilibrio per far funzionare la loro coppia, soddisfa do le esigenze di entrambi.
Idea carina, mi è piaciuto il racconto.

Ringrazio Netgalley ed Emily Ryan-Davis per il libro.

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TITOLO: Excave- a BDSM erotic romance bundle
AUTRICE: Emily Ryan-Davis
SERIE: Exclave # 1& 2

Exclave is a bundle that contains two BDSM novellas by Emily Ryan-Davis.

CLAIMING LAUREN.

 One night should have been enough...

Twenty-seven-year-old Lauren Brant is the perfect society wife. She hosts dinners for her husband’s colleagues. She attends charity functions. She’s entirely appropriate…except for her clawing need to submit to a man she knows only as Master.
Unable to deny her cravings, she arranges to meet Master. No names, no faces, nothing but submission and sensation. Except it isn’t enough. Even before the night ends, Lauren needs more.
But “more” isn’t part of the arrangement and she returns to her polished life only to discover her estranged husband has come home. After five years of being invisible to Jacob Brant, Lauren doesn’t know what to do with him. He, however, knows exactly what to do with her…


Between the two stories of this Exclave bundle, this is my favourite.
Lauren's frustration in living her married life with practically a stranger is palpable. Money, prestige and a seemingly perfect life are not enough for her and she decides to live in the reality her fantasies, but also her deep need.
The story is pure eroticism. The opportunity, but also the manner in which the meeting takes place between Master and Lauren are very steamy. I'd say the BDSM dynamics have a very intense level and also well written, with the right dose of mystery, which increases the allure of the forbidden.
I really liked this novel and I prefer to let you discover on your own the little surprise in the story, although reading it, between the lines, you can guess something.

 DOMINATING AMY

Till-death-do-us-part should have been enough…
Mac Corcoran spent a long time running from the specter of his parents’ abusive marriage. He’s worked hard to suppress his dark urges and channeled his energy into building his own relationship upon a bedrock of respect and equality.
It takes two people to make a marriage work, however, and when Amy Corcoran’s submissive needs hit a breaking point, her only options are to walk away from the man she loves or force him to acknowledge her as the woman she is now. Even if that woman isn’t the same one he married ten years earlier.
With no more time for running, can Mac overcome his fear and be the Dominant man Amy needs him to be or will fear of repeating the past cost him the only woman he’s ever loved?

What I appreciate in this story is the fact that Amy continues to love her husband and wants to find in him a partner to satisfy her need for submission. Surely she chooses to shock a little bit her husband, but she faces the possibility of losing him forever, so she is forced to come to terms with an extreme choice. On the other hand in the story Mac has a certain tendency to be a kind of Dominating guyby. They have to find a balance to make the things right as a couple.
Nice idea , I liked the story.

Thanks to Netgalley and Emily Ryan-Davis for the books.

RATING: 3 STARS

TITLE: Excave- a BDSM erotic romance bundle
AUTHOR: Emily Ryan-Davis
SERIES: Exclave # 1 & 2