Amazon’s Latest Volley

Whatever

Another day, another volley in the Amazon-Hachette battle, this time from Amazon, in which it explains what it wants (all ebooks to be $9.99 or less, for starters) and lays out some math that it alleges shows that everyone wins when Amazon gets its way.

Some thoughts:

1. I think Amazon’s math checks out quite well, as long as you have the ground assumption that Amazon is the only distributor of books that publishers or authors (or consumers, for that matter) should ever have to consider. If you entertain the notion that Amazon is just 30% of the market and that publishers have other retailers to consider — and that authors have other income streams than Amazon — then the math falls apart. Amazon’s assumptions don’t include, for example, that publishers and authors might have a legitimate reason for not wanting the gulf between eBook and physical hardcover pricing to be so large…

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The Advisor – Amanda Rogers #Spoilers #BookReview #Review


The Advisor – [kindle edition] 99¢
Cheryl Bracken is trapped in a bad marriage. She cannot escape the tyranny of an alcoholic husband.
Her escape appears one day in the form of a much younger student named Brandon Cole.
When she chooses to be taken by Brandon, she finds herself consumed by his passion and…his mystery.
As Brandon’s advisor, she must struggle between her fear of his past and her desire for his love.

 

 

**SPOILERS**

Okay, I am going to be honest and just say that this book, based on it’s description oversold itself. Here I was thinking that I would be reading a sweet May to December romance, when in fact, what I read was porn. Or should I say Hardcore Erotica. No, I’m going back to porn. My description of erotica is that there is an element of romance. While this book was supposed to have that element, it felt forced and in sincere. That said, may the filthy review commence.

I’m sorry, but I have to spoil this one for you. It has to be done other wise I won’t be able to share some of the absolutely ridiculous moments of the story. Let’s start out with Cheryl and her therapist. I’ll by pass the husband, bottom line, he’s a bit a douche bag. He drinks, uses her for sex and therefore she resents him. End of relationship. So back to her Therapist; Rochelle. Yep, Rochelle. I don’t quite get what Rochelle was in the mix of things. Part time therapist, part time friend, part time lover. I was very confused.

She then moved forward and pressed a soft kiss on Rochelle’s mouth

The plot was completely unnecessary to the story. It served no other purpose than to titillate and for me, it didn’t even do that. And the problem wasn’t so much that they were enjoying each other in a sexual way, it was they enjoyed each other in a sexual way to the very end, when it just felt like they shouldn’t be anymore.

And there was Brandon. He was just so fucked up as a character, I couldn’t keep my head straight. He’s a college student, he’s a druggie, he’s a drug dealer, he’s a master manipulator. What the hell is he? Who the hell is he? Why did he go to Rochelle’s house and steal her shit? One thing I do know about Brandon

I worship the vagina, meaning I treat it as if it were the best part of your body, and the most important part of our sex. To me, the orgasm is the single greatest thing between two humans. Specifically, a female orgasm.

And oh man did he. He was doing it every couple of chapters. I don’t think I’ve read so much vagina worship. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy reading about a man going down on a woman as much as the next person, but the amount of worshiping that was going on here was a little more than my mind could take.

I’m really glad that this was a short story, if this was a book that covered a series, it might have been better, at least it could have had a little more character development, as it stood. It was short, smutty and utterly filthy

Brandon pulled his cock out suddenly and a burst of cum shot from Cheryl’s pussy. She flexed her stomach muscles as tightly as she could, drenching Rochelle, who eagerly licked up the juice from Cheryl’s thighs

If that’s how you like your books, this is the one for you. And for only 99¢ it might even be a steal. Be warned though, there is so much going on and most of it is happening in the final chapters. But if that’s your speed, go for it I say…

Red & Wolfe: (Erotic Retelling) Part 4 – Ella James


Red & Wolfe Part 4: An Erotic Fairy Tale – [kindle edition] $2.99

Return to Rabbit Island for the heart-pounding conclusion to Red and Wolfe’s story.

Don’t forget your extra panties – but this time, you might also want to bring your gun.

 

 

 

 

*Contains spoiler-ish type detail*

Okay, first of all, best $3 I’ve spent. I mean it!

Secondly; I love James Wolfe, I wish he was real. I wish I was Red and I was stuck on Rabbit Island, doing what rabbit’s do. This was such a good ending to the series. I was a little nervous about how it was going to end, but I was far from disappointed.

So let’s start here, I am strong advocate of a filthy mouthed alpha male character, James Wolfe aka Race embodies that to the core. Every time he said anything to Red, I was having a panty melting moment. He is up there as my number one (okay top 3) book boyfriends.

She has the nerve to look up at me impertinently, the naughty little cunt.

I know a lot of people aren’t fond of the “C” word, but I personally find it rather fabulous. It just sounds so naughty, taboo almost and every time he thought it or said it I would get so giddy, excited even, because everything about his character is exactly that. James Wolfe is deliciously dark, if we ended up knowing nothing about him, I think that I would have been okay with that. I didn’t need to know everything about him, other than he was hungry and desperate for Red.

You’re asking for a thorough fucking, Red. My cock, your pussy. Now

And speaking of Red, have I told you how much I enjoy her? She’s still spunky as ever in book 4. And while the whole owning her submissiveness was still up in the air for me even through the end, I’m just going to believe that she knew that, that was what Wolfe needed from her. I loved that Red had the spunky confidence to go up against Wolfe (sexually). She always challenged him, which I really liked. She wasn’t about to let someone she cared about so deeply just not take notice

I want you, Race. I have no idea why. Maybe I’m crazy. But when I think of leaving right now, I feel like I’d never stop looking back. So you want to fuck me?” I step toward the bedroom and curl my finger at him. “Come fuck me”.

One of the hardest things I struggle with when I read short stories like these is that, well, they’re short. Especially when you’re bringing together characters that you’re getting in this story. It feels like it’s a hard thing to balance the romance with the heat, but Ella James does a really fine job, in this last book. I worried that there would be heat than affection, but it’s the small moments that she throws in that makes it a really sweet love story of sorts

I reach Gertrude’s office last, and there he is—sitting in her rickety old desk chair, sleeping with my picture in his hand, as if he’s waiting just for me

I loved that there was a HEA, one that was believable too, considering the entire story as a whole. Ella has another fairy re-telling coming out sometime in August (Beast) and I am really looking forward to that.

I definitely recommend this story if you like face paced dirty reads it’s worth every penny in my opinion.

Dair Book 3: The Wild Side Series (Finale) – R.K. Lilley #review #BookReview


DAIR (The Wild Side #3) – [kindle edition] $2.99

ARE YOU READY FOR THE TRUTH?

I’d started writing everything about her down. I didn’t want to forget.
The color of her hair. The depth of her eyes. The stubborn shape of her jaw. The way her lips shaped words with such expression. The way her voice made my chest ache. The way she gave advice beyond her years.
The way she listened like she cared about every word.
The way she made me feel—Alive.
Every curve and hollow of her body was recorded, in my mind, and now my hard drive.
There was a bit of truth in every lie, and even if it had only been fed to me in the smallest increments, I wanted, needed to remember the real Iris.
Because in the end, there was one irrefutable thing that I couldn’t deny.
Hostage or hustler, sinner or saint, whatever she was or wasn’t, whether she lied to my face or taunted me with hints of the truth, all of this seemed always to defer to the more pertinent fact at hand.
She was mine.
Inconceivably.
Undeniably.
Mine.

After yet another shocking discovery, followed by a disturbing letter, Dair is almost certain Iris has left his life for good. He tries his best to move on.
Easier said than done, and when an unexpected and dangerous opportunity arises for him to find out what happened to her, he doesn’t hesitate to take it.
As usual, with Iris, the answer leaves him more lost than the question.
Every revelation is shrouded in mystery, and every disclosure leaves Dair more in the dark than ever.
And when finally, the messy truth is revealed in its entirety, will he be ready for it?

This is the final installment in Iris and Dair’s story
This book is intended for readers 18 and up.

**May contain spoilers**

So here we have it folks, the final installment in The Wild Side series.
While this wasn’t my favorite of the three books, it was a good wrap up to the series. I worry that I had built it up so much in my mind as being fantastical that I think I was a little disappointed with the “why” Iris was doing what she was doing. I won’t give it away, but I’ll say that Turner’s suspicions were far more entertaining than the actual event.
Speaking of Turner, this guy needs his own story. I mean seriously, he is just hilarious.

…you’ve fallen for some wild young thing who was only taking her daddy issues out on your enthusiastic cock

I have another one that I have to share, because this guy just had me ballin’

You lost your belief in romantic love after twenty years in that bitch’s used up snatch

He is so hilariously crass, I just loved him. He was the perfect balance to Dair’s angst… Which was incessant by the way. Honestly it wasn’t his fault though. Iris disappears more than lost fucking socks in your dryer. He was clearly written a man in love, because the incessant “where is she? I love her so fucking much, I can’t move on with my life” was making me a little crazy. I just wanted her to fucking stay! They are so in love, but you have to wonder how in love are they because there she goes… off again.

Anyway, it’s still a great story and the May to December aspect of it, while it was supposed to be significant, didn’t feel important enough to be an integral part of the story. And that may be where I struggled, there were too many issues with Iris. It would have been better if the story could have just focused on one aspect of her, instead of the multiple arcs that she had going on.

I still think everyone should read this series. It’s delightfully filthy and I loved hearing things from the voice of Dair. It’s a nice change to hear things from a man’s perspective. It’s clipped and fast paced, so constantly moves, no time to drag things out. I would probably re-read the entire series again, because really I do like Dair (have I said that already).

One part of me was still in 100%, and that was my traitorous cock

This absolutely has a HEA if you need to know that before picking it up. Actually the entire book is a HEA from a one handed read perspective. Definitely on my recommended read list.

So now that this has ended, I’m ready for R.K Lilley’s next book, part of the Up In the Air Series: Mr. Beautiful.

Naughty Bits – Books 1-4 – Joey W. Hill #BookReview #Review #potentialspoilers

This review spans all four books since I think that it’s best to review it all at once, rather than book by book. , so there may be spoilers

Naughty Bits Part I: The Lingerie Shop – [kindle edition] $2.99

When finance executive Madison inherits a lingerie shop called Naughty Bits, she decides to leave behind her staid career and explore her every forbidden desire… Madison is a control freak with one wish—to lose control. Her hidden submissive cravings have led to a string of disastrous relationships. So when she inherits her sister’s North Carolina lingerie shop, Naughty Bits, she jumps at the opportunity to dump her boring finance career and bad history and try her luck down South. But before Madison can settle in, she catches the attention of the owner of the neighboring hardware store. Sexually dominant Logan Scott can see the hunger for command in Madison’s eyes and is anxious to help unleash her submissive desires. He presents her with three very tempting gifts—handcuffs, erotic cards, and an open invitation to join him at a submissive’s training session. Faced with the realization that she can’t sell fantasies to her lingerie customers without embracing her own, Madison accepts Logan’s offer. Now, she’s about to discover just how far her desire can take her…

Naughty Bits Part II: The Training Session – [kindle edition] $2.99

Madison may have ditched her well-ordered Boston life to run Naughty Bits, her sister’s North Carolina lingerie shop… but she didn’t expect to throw herself into such chaos—or to become intimate with the sexiest man she’s ever had the pleasure of meeting. After spending a night observing a submissive’s training session, Madison is ready for Logan to teach her how to feed her own deep fantasies—and get rid of all her lingering fears… Madison’s aching desire to submit is unlike anything Logan’s ever experienced before, and he’s determined to be the man to make her relinquish control. Still, Logan’s unsure if Madison is ready to take that first step to becoming his—until she shows up at his door ready to be commanded. Luckily for them both, Logan’s got more than a few surprises up his sleeve that he knows she’ll enjoy…

Naughty Bits Part III: Bound to Please – [kindle edition] $2.99

After inheriting her sister’s North Carolina lingerie shop, Madison is discovering how delicious it can be to lose control… thanks to her master’s exquisite skills. Logan is committed to awakening Madison’s long buried desires, and after he shows her the depths of ecstasy they can reach with a little bit of roleplay, he’s ready to take her to the next level. But when Madison’s old fears resurface, Logan grows wary of pushing her too far too fast. He can sense just how deeply she longs for release from past regrets, but what surprises him the most is the intense yearning his innocent new sub is awakening in him. Now Logan must decide to what lengths he’ll go to convince Madison to give herself over completely…

Naughty Bits Part IV: The Highest Bid – [kindle edition] $2.99

To understand her customers’ desires at her lingerie store, Naughty Bits, Madison must explore her own deep yearnings with the help of neighboring store owner—and oh-so-sexy Dominant—Logan. After overcoming her fears and allowing herself to truly submit, Madison is ready for her ultimate sexual adventure: an auction where she’ll be offered up to the highest bidding Master. But when her fantasy brings her face-to-face with her true feelings for Logan, she’ll have to figure out if she’s ready to trust her heart as well as her body to him forever…

I don’t know what I was expecting when I started reading this. I really thought that it would be a mild introductory BDSM novel. It’s not. Actually it’s not even close. This is what I’ve imagined a good BDSM novel should be about with romance at the forefront. Two people needing each other, not just because they are broken, but because they really do need each other in the simplest and purest form.

We start with a woman who comes to take over her sisters lingerie (and so much more) shop.   Madison, is not unlike many other women, career driven, focused on herself and not really sure of what or who she is.   Her sister who is no longer around was the opposite; knew what she was, who she was and always trying to help her baby sister find herself.  Throughout the story she’s a constant voice to Madison, not literally, though.  Alice, Madison’s sister is a critical piece throughout. I loved hearing about her and learning about the relationship that they shared and there were moments when JW Hill would allow you a small glimpse into their relationship, allowing you to feel that connection that they had.  I would at times be upset that we would never get to learn more about Alice, but understanding at the sometime that we’ve learned all we need to. Understanding that what’s important is how she brings the two main characters people together.

Madison is really well developed throughout the series and I was happy that she wasn’t ever stuck. She evolved, had her own sense of self in a reasonable amount of time as the story carried on.  She was a woman trying to find her own path after spending so long trying to walk away from it. It was really wonderful seeing her own every aspect of herself.  It never felt as though she was giving up a part of herself, rather she was gifting it to someone who was deserving of.

Logan, I don’t even know what to say about Logan. He was utterly wonderful. He’s not your conventional leading male. In fact outside of his role as a Dom no matter how handsome he was described to be, I felt like he was plain, that slightly boring looking guy next door that you don’t really look at, until you look at him. I don’t even mean that in a bad way, I mean it in the best of ways. I vision him to be strong, rugged and manly, not overly handsome, but it was never about how he looked but rather the power and confidence that he exuded. Logan is what I imagine a true dominant to be like. He always, always put Madison first, even when it didn’t seem like he was doing so. My favorite part of him was that, he was like a conductor, he knew every way to get the best out of her, knew when to push her, knew when to make her think differently even when he saw her pulling back. I know that I’ve read books before and gushed about how wonderful a guy is, but Logan? He felt real. He wasn’t perfect, but his confidence? That confidence that a true Dom has. The one that pulls in a submissive like a magnet, that was where Logan was perfect.  He also said the most wonderful things to Madison, in the most normal of ways.  They weren’t over the top lush lines, they we’re poetic truths.

I don’t know about those shit-for-brains men you’ve been with, Madison, and I wish I could have spared you the pain they caused you, but I won’t regret a minute of it if it brought you to me as the person you are

There are only a couple of other characters in this story, ones that are important to the story; Troy, a whole lot of fun and in the same boat as Madison, though for completely different reasons and his partner Shale.

This is one of those series that sings, each line, each sequence, building and coordinating to a beautiful finish. I’m so sad that this I’ve wrapped it up, but in a way glad, because yes there could be more, but sometimes you have to end on that high. This accomplished it and so much more. I’ll definitely be on the prowl for more Joey W. Hill books, because if this is an indication of her writing, she certainly has a fan in me!