Book Review: The Dom with a Safeword

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“Late at night on an amateur ghost hunt, Sabrina and her best friend Q are caught trespassing by the gorgeous, blond Jude. The embers of attraction sizzle when they discover Jude’s kinks match their own. Jude is a Dom on his last summer of freedom before starting the prison sentence that is med school. Q is a badass bi switch who knows what she wants, and for years it’s been her cute, doe-eyed straight friend Sabrina. But the only way to get into Sabrina’s heart and panties may be with Jude’s fist wrapped in her hair.” (From Amazon.com)

What I Thought:

I won’t spend too much time reviewing the synopsis of the book since Amazon does a pretty good job of it. This is a light and fluffy read starring two brats and a Dom just trying to make it work. Q and Sabrina are friends and room mates even though Q desperately wishes to be more. But Sabrina is straight, supposedly… She is also a ghost hunter and one night the pair wanders onto the property of Jude. Thus begins our story.

I really loved the dynamic of the group and I liked that even though there were off the chart sexy scenes we also saw the relationship progress just as a normal one would. I had been searching for a good f/f erotic romance to read a few weeks ago because it’s just not something that I’ve come across. There are plenty of great m/m romances out there but I feel like finding cute and fun girl on girl is a lot harder. I am still interested to read one so if anyone has any suggestions, let me know.

In the end, this was great because readers got to experience the relationship from a couple different angles. You have Q and Jude, Jude and Sabrina, Sabrina and Q, and all three of them together. I think it kept the book fresh and fun. I loved the “bratting” and also the correction from Jude each time. There wasn’t a whole lot of plot to the book with the exception of the relationship dynamic.

I greatly enjoyed this one, very funny, cute, sexy, and dare I say…bratty?

Final Review: 4/5.

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Book Review: Dominion

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“A paranormally-gifted female hunter is seduced by beautiful eight-hundred year old identical twin vampire brothers.” (From Amazon.com)

Eve Hayden is a pre-med student searching for her mother’s killer. She knows that her mother was murdered by a vampire while researching them. While digging thru her mother’s belongings she finds a manuscript but it’s in ancient French and she must have it translated. She meets with a professor at a university to find out more. But now all is as it seems and she discovers that she is speaking with one of the stars of the manuscript: Michel de Cernay, a vampire dead and born again in the year 1224.

Eve is sucked into a world she know little about – quickly finding out that she is a vampire hunter (an Adept) with special paranormal gifts meant to help aid her in the destruction of vampires. She meets Julien de Cernay, Michel’s twin brother and internal conflict ensues with Eve torn between her desire for Michel and following her mother’s lost cause.

What I Thought:

I did enjoy this book – but there were some key elements that I really didn’t like as well. I’m not sure if I’ll continue on with the series only because (and this may have nothing to do with the book itself but one can never be too sure) the book did seem to drag on in parts and I found myself getting bored rather quickly during some chapters. It didn’t flow from scene to scene (for me) as flawlessly as I would have liked it to.

I loved Michel’s character. He is a very old vampire who when human was a priest and eight hundred years later still struggles with his decisions/thoughts/emotions as a vampire. I enjoyed the conflict and thought the characterization was very well done. I regret not being able to see more Julien in the book though. The synopsis markets this book as more or less a love triangle but trust me, there’s nothing confusing about who Eve is with (in book one, at least.) We didn’t even get a good taste as to who Julien is versus Michel.

Which brings me to another dislike which is that the theme of Dominance and submission was the last thing I expected to see in this book. It markets as an epic and grand adventure – not erotica. Don’t get me wrong; I love alpha heroes (in fact, I can say I usually will not enjoy a book without an alpha hero) and I also love D/s but this was really heavily “leaned on” in the sex scenes and seemed forced at times. Of course I still enjoyed the scenes but I think they would have been better and more believable if Michel didn’t have to spell out every time that he needed to dominate her, needed her to submit, etc. etc.

At the end of the day this was a solid, strong book. And I appreciated the price. SE Lund seems to make this one free on Amazon every now and then and it it’s successors are all only $3.99 I believe.

Bottom line? Great start to a series with two lead characters who have steamy chemistry together but not as action packed as I’d have liked to see.

Final Review: 3/5.

PS: It is written in present tense first person. “He stares at me with wild abandon and I am walking to him.” Don’t let this alone turn you away, it was something I struggled with for only the first few chapters.

January

Happy New Year from Bitchin’ Books!!

I hope everyone enjoyed watching the ball drop…it’s back to work for me tomorrow but for those who get to enjoy the rest of their week off, read! (And relax, of course!) Here’s to hoping 2013 is a life-changer.

Now onto the book business. For 2013 I have signed up for six reading challenges…possibly more as I do happen to have my eye on some others. This is the first full year of Bitchin’ Books and I plan to make it a good one! We’re talking books, reviews, fun stuff, and possibly even some giveaways as the summer months come around.

But for now I plan to start posting a monthly blog entry detailing those books I may be reading over the next thirty or so days. Selfishly this is more for my own organization than anything else!

Right now, I’m finishing up three books: Shoulda Been a Cowboy by Lorelei James, Out of Time by Monique Martin, and Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning.

I also tentatively plan to read the following this month:

Kiss of Midnight

 

Kiss of Midnight is the first installment of Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series, which some have compared to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. VERY surprisingly (no sarcasm here, I was seriously surprised) I didn’t care overly for the BDB books so I’m hoping that Kiss of Midnight is an easier read for me.

 

 

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Fragments is book two in Monique Martin’s Out of Time series. It stars Simon Cross and Elizabeth West as lovers and time travelers. I’m almost finished with book one, Out of Time and have so far had a love/hate relationship with it. The romance in book one is not as steamy as I’d like it to be but the time travel aspect of the story is excellent and well-written. More on Out of Time to come.

 

 

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Hot Ice will be the first book that I read from Cherry Adair. I plan to read it as one of my picks for the Men in Uniform challenge. Taylor Kincaid is a jewel thief and Huntington St. John is the special operative that is on her trail.

 

 

 

(Click on the book covers above to be taken to its Goodreads page!)

And there you have it… I may come back to this page and edit/update it as I see fit throughout the month.

 

I hope everyone has a magnificent new year and a very happy 2013!