Sunday, 26 February 2012 14:55
“Lust in the Library” by Amelia Fayer (erotic, Avon Red, February 2012, $0.99, 96pp): First off, I was intrigued by the title of this book. As a librarian, I can’t help but be interested in books that feature libraries or librarians. It is a bit of a compulsion. So, I didn’t bother to actually read a description of this one before I requested an e-ARC. I mention this because “Lust in the Library” was not what I was expecting it to be. It actually has two separate although related stories, and in my opinion is much closer to erotica than erotic romance. While I do read erotica, I much prefer erotic romance – and generally don’t review erotica. This all makes me a bit uncomfortable or unsure about how to discuss my reaction to these two stories, especially since this one didn't work so well for me.
The first story is “Necking in Nonfiction” and explores the blossoming sexual relationship between Sara, the librarian, and William, a researcher. Sara and William are attracted to each other, but neither have been able to make a move – until Sara tracks William down in the stacks one day. This leads to a hot and heavy necking session that is followed by some oral sex in the elevator, some solo action in the stacks and the big finish in Sarah’s office behind the circulation desk.
Thursday, 23 February 2012 11:45
“Angels' Flight” by Nalini Singh – anthology including “Angels' Pawn,” “Angels' Judgment,” “Angel's Wolf,” and “Angel's Dance” (paranormal, Berkley, February 2012, $7.99, 368pp)
Giveaway: Berkley is giving away one copy of this book to a US resident who comments on this review. Contest is open until Monday, February 28, 2012 at Noon EST. Winner will be chosen at random.
Series: Guild Hunters
Sunday, 19 February 2012 22:01
“A Desperate Wife” by Brienne Jolie (ebook)
“Lust Becomes You” by Desiree Holt (ebook)
Sunday, 19 February 2012 17:33
“Nightfire” by Lisa Marie Rice (erotic, romantic suspense, Avon Red, February 2012, $13.99, 320pp)
Series: The Protectors
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 20:22
“Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel” by Samantha Grace (historical, Sourcebooks, February 2012, $6.99, 412pp): How do I talk about “Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel,” Samantha Grace’s debut historical romance? I don’t really know. I had a very difficult time reading this book. While it had a strong setup and characters I thought were great together (well, at first), the central source of conflict between the hero and the heroine was The Big Misunderstanding – ok, really The Big Misunderstandings that happened again and again and again. The story showed such promise but that promise was not realized.
Miss Lana Hillary is in her second season – and is still unwed. Her mother is obsessively worried that Lana has no prospects and is pushing less than desirable men at her daughter. Lana catches the attention of Lord Andrew Forest, a younger son of a duke who is rake, scoundrel and pleasure seeker. Yet, something about Lana calls to Drew, so much so that he cannot stay away from her – despite his brother’s explicit order to leave the innocent woman alone.
Monday, 13 February 2012 21:11
With the prevalence of ebooks and self-publishing, book lengths have changed dramatically. The ebook market is flooded with short stories (under 7500 words), novelettes (7500 to 17,500 words), novellas (17,500 to 40,000 words), etc – stories that are shorter than novels (over 40,000 words). It takes a while to get used to checking prices against word counts in order to be sure of exactly what one is buying. I think that I’ve got a handle on this now and very rarely buy a book without be very aware it its length.
However, I’m noticing something new-ish (at least to me) in digital publishing: e-shorts that are prequels, bridge stories or introductions to full-length books that are being released in both print and paper. I’ve read three of these e-shorts recently, and I’m having trouble with the concept.
Monday, 13 February 2012 18:47
“Karma” by Carly Phillips (review copy)
“Irresistible: Erotic Romance for Couples” anthology edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (book)
Monday, 13 February 2012 13:55
“The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae” by Stephanie Laurens (historical, Avon, January 2012, $7.99, 496pp)
Series: The Cynster Sisters’ Trilogy & 18th Cynster book
Sunday, 12 February 2012 21:32
“Intimate Exposure” by Portia Da Costa (erotic, Carina, February 2012, $3.99, 40,000 words)
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 15:13
“Not Wicked Enough” by Carolyn Jewel (historical, Berkley, February 2012, $7.99, 320pp)
Series: Seducing the Scoundrels