All posts tagged erotica

Book Review – The Professional

Published 25/04/2014 by leannecrabtree


Name: The Professional (The Game Maker, #1)

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica/BDSM

Release Date: 6th May 2014

Rating: 3½ out of 5 stars

I received this ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

He makes the rules…

Mafiya enforcer Aleksei “The Siberian” Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss knows no bounds, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, feisty redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Aleksei will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.

Rules are made to be broken…

Grad student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the dark and breathtaking Sevastyan before the professional enforcer whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. Every day under his protection leads her deeper under his masterful spell.

Are you ready to play?

Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Sevastyan spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-wealthy in Paris, the two lovers will discover that even their darkest—and most forbidden—fantasies can come true…

As a huge fan of Kresley Cole and her Immortals After Dark series, I was interested to see what this new book would be about since it was a contemporary romance.

From the first chapter I was fascinated by Natalie and her “manalyzer”, managing to figure out every guy in the bar just by watching them for a few seconds. That is, apart from Sevastyan who she can’t read and instantly catches her attention. Things quickly move along after this and she get’s spirited away to Russia to meet her family, but not without a few hot–and I do mean HOT–scenes between her and Sevastyan.

One thing I did like about the book was that the author didn’t do the typical Mafiya man as Natalie’s dad. In fact, I quite liked the man that was described; he seemed like a nice guy who had a love of clocks and family.

For the first half of the book it was kind of serene, everything was going well. Okay, that’s not quite true. There’s a sexual tension between Natalie and Sevastyan that despite the distance they’ve put between them is only growing and I have to tell you I couldn’t wait for it to blow.

I feel about now that I should mention that I’m not the hugest fan of erotica; I tend to get bored of the continuous sex. Depending on what’s going on and how much I like the characters is how I judge the scenes between them. I happened to like both Sevastyan and Natalie and the sex between them but the dirty talk while in bed always had my eyes rolling. That, I’m not a fan of.

After the half way point it seemed to concentrate more on the sex and the BDSM lifestyle, which I found a little boring after a while. BDSM is not one of my favourite things to read about and in small doses I don’t mind but it took up a fair bit of the book.

With about 15% to go, I got a little excited as some information came out that had me wondering what Natalie would do with it. Relationship difficulties coming to a head I wanted to know how it would all play out. And after another round of sex, we found out some things about Sevastyan’s past.

I’m glad I read this, simply because Kresley Cole is a great author and I was interested in reading something of hers that wasn’t paranormal. I read books for the romance and like to see it happening on paper/screen. The first half was great, it just wasn’t quite for me with all the sex and BDSM themes running through. If you’re a fan of it, then I’d check this out.

Next review(s): White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book Review – The Silver Chain

Published 30/06/2013 by leannecrabtree

the silver chain

Name: The Silver Chain

Author: Primula Bond

Genre: Erotica, Romance

Release Date: 4th July 2013

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This tells the story of Serena Folkes, a twenty year old photographer from Devon who decides to leave her seaside hometown to go to London in the hopes of her work becoming recognised and sought after. The next night, Halloween, Serena is out taking pictures of the children and other things when she runs into Gustav Levi. After leaving/forgetting her camera’s in his hands that night she is eager to get them back, only to find that Gustav has looked through her photo’s and is interested in hosting her work in his gallery…on one condition…

When I was offered this it was described as being like 50 Shades of Grey and the Crossfire series. Having liked both of these I thought I’d give it a go. In a way it was like them: young girl meets wealthy business man and can’t deny the sexual attraction. Unfortunately for me, it didn’t quite measure up. It didn’t draw me in straight away.

In fact, it took me a while to get into it. That might have been down to Gustav’s attitude and the fact he wasn’t very good at explaining what he wanted. It put me off a bit, I guess, and I couldn’t always understand the attraction. Serena, too, was a bit of a puzzle. The way she reacted sometimes; though that could probably be put down to her age.

After finishing the story I’ve been left with some questions. Why wouldn’t Gustav kiss her until near the end? Why did he with-hold from having sex with her for so long? What sort of lifestyle were Gustav and his wife involved with before? And why were Serena’s “parents” so horrible to her?

I suppose since this is the first in the trilogy that we will get answers to some of these in the following books. If I’m honest, I’m not sure if I’d be interested in continuing the series, though that ending has most definitely whetted my appetite.

Overall it was a god story that kept me wondering where it was heading but for me, having read 50 Shades and the Crossfire series, it just didn’t quite do it for me.

That being said, don’t dismiss a book without at least trying it for yourself first.

Next review(s): Acid or White Trash Beautiful

Book Review – Arrested by Love

Published 15/06/2013 by leannecrabtree


Name: Arrested by Love

Author: Virna dePaul

Genre: Erotica, Romance

Release Date: 27th May 2013

Rating: 3½ out of 5 stars

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

So this contains three stories. All three are about male cops who, whether undercover or in internal affairs have a hot sexy streak in the bedroom. Each one follows one cop on his quest to win over the one who got away. Book 1 is an undercover mission that could be blown if the reporter tells them who he is. Book 2 is a personal mission to get back the woman who left him to marry someone else. Book 3 is another personal mission of getting the woman who turned him down to feel sexy again after being violated in her own home.

Normally when I read erotica, I find the author tends to focus more on the sex than the relationship between the characters (bear in mind, I normally read short erotic stories) but this had a fair dollop of romance as well as some steamy sex scenes. Maybe that was why I liked it more than any other erotica I’ve read.

The characters were likeable, especially Noah in that last story. How he was determined to make her enjoy sex again by giving up all control so she could decided what to do and how. That’s not to say that Ty and Luke aren’t nice guys too because they are. Their women are equally deserving and very lucky to get them.

I only have one thing to say and that’s regarding Ty’s story and how it ended. If you’ve read it, feel free to help me out here. Did they keep the bad guy in jail or did he get out and his second in command blab about Ty’s relationship with Claire?? It just kind of ended with no real explanation. Any help??

Other than that, it was a fun, hot read and if you like undercover cops who are bad (in the good way) in the bedroom then you should read this.

Next review(s): Dance for Me