The Fervor, by Xandrie Kovak

kovak the fervorSeries: Sinful Supes # 1
Genre: Paranormal Erotica Romance (so close but not quite…)
Published: August, 2016
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EVERYONE KNOWS MONSTERS EXIST.
BUT SHE NEVER EXPECTED TO BE ONE OF THEM…

Thanks to her great- great-grandmother, loner Claire Sommers’ DNA results are succubus positive. To make matters worse, her college is forcing her into the Supernatural program. The last place she wants to be is in a room filled with ferals, vampires, and other monsters from her nightmares. The absolute worst thing she can imagine? Getting hit with her first fervor in the middle of said classroom. Especially in front of the new alpha of the Red Crescent pack, Lucas Masters.

With every Supe in scenting distance caught up in the pheromone frenzy, Claire realizes she’s probably not going to survive the night with her dignity intact. She may not even survive at all…

Thanks Grandma.

The Fervor is the sizzling first installment of the Sinful Supes series. If you’re a fan of dominant werewolves and dark suspense, sign up for the free advance review copy today.


Katelynn’s Review

Rating:  4.5 / 5
Format: ARC E-Book
Started: August 27th, 2016
Finished: August 27th, 2016
Drink Pairing: Drink?! WHEN IS THERE TIME TO DRINK WHEN YOU CAN’T PUT IT DOWN!!?! (But pass me a rum and coke…)

Thank you to Xandrie Kovak for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

It’s not very often I go so quickly from being way to into a book and thinking I’m the perverted one, to stumbling back in mild shock and wondering “HOW DID YOU NOT EXPECT THIS TO HAPPEN?! *idiot*” and then continue to read  on shamelessly.

IN FACT! despite having an early 5AM start this morning I was still determined to finish this book, even if it was at 1AM. Shock factor or not I could not put this book down.

My morbid curiosity has been piqued and I cannot resist the chemistry and originality of the characters. Kovak’s dry wit and smooth, easy to read writing style and characters that practically walk off the page make it the perfect novella for when you’re bored and need something interesting that keeps the pages turning (TIP: unless you’re a fearless/saucy/flirty/brave/i-don’t-give-a-**** type of person, it’s probably best to avoid people reading over your shoulder. But that’s just my shy-reader/romance-noob’s opinion).

I have only one qualm with The Fervor and that is the ending – specifically with our leading lady and how she decides to end things (because, REALLY?!). However, my frustration is stemming purely from a reader’s hope for more and not from the author’s master plan. When I took a step back, I started to realize all the wonderful things this ending could end up leading too – probably more shock and frantic reading on my part. Oh gosh, trust me – if I could tell you more I would, but I dare not share any spoilers. Just know that I cannot WAIT for that sequel!

So do I recommend for my fellow devilish fiends or any other curious kittens looking to come to the dark side? If that synopsis above didn’t convince you well then –

Yes. Why, yes I do.

Another romance that I’ve enjoyed and recommend?!
*shock*
I couldn’t even hold back posting this review – SEIZE THE DAY!

Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James

james fifty shades of greySeries:  Fifty Shades # 1
Genre:  Erotica because there is nothing romantic about this.
Published:  May, 2011
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When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

This book is intended for mature audiences.


Kassandra’s Review

She liked it.

And then read the next two.


Katelynn’s Review

Rating:  negative fitfty thousand billion million / 5
Format:  Library Ebook Rental (not a penny spent on this)
Started:  April 25th, 2016
Finished:  April 26th, 2016
Drink Pairing:
 Bleach.

She didn’t like it.

*relief*

I was going to try and write this into paragraphs, but I actually quite enjoy reading my thoughts point form. Can’t get much more accurate than this!

  • Steele is a very misleading last name – especially as I know how the book goes
  • There is the randomized spattering of incredibly verbose and over-technical words to make you feel like you’re reading from something intelligent. The rest is incredibly average.
  • Christian Grey is a stalker. He knows it and warns her but then he can’t help pursue from the distance to ensure the prey is receptive in an incredibly submissive manner.
  • When you need to sign a waiver before sex with someone – BE WORRIED
  • Inner goddess.  What the actual fuck?
  • Also, if this Ana chick is graduating from Uni, she’s still managing to act like a child when it comes to seeking attention. She pouts waaaaay too much. Grow up. And seriously? You keep calling him a stalker and but then asking him back?! I’m seeing where the Twilight fanfic aspect came from.
  • There are much more flirtatious ways of saying things than how Ana says them. She really does come off as innocent. Yet she was totally fine with having her hands held above her head on the elevator… How did he grab both her hands with one hand?!
  • She’s a virgin. Of course. Got it. Awkward flirting and obtuse comments = understood.
  • I HAVE IT. At points, the writer gets too in character..  there is no mystery to the writing – no room for imagination – and eventually it’s like you’re reading from a script or detailed analysis of what happens at each moment. It’s short and choppy, or long and convoluted.
  • She says his name a lot. Is she afraid she’ll forget it?
  • THINK OF THEM AS A UNIFORM?!!  WTF. Why not sign up at the brothel down the street? (I don’t actually remember what the uniform was, but I think they were either handcuffs or leather straps or a chain or something.)
  • I can see how people would want to read this thinking they’d get to explore their extreme side, but if someone in a weak mindset read this would they think this relationship is something to strive for? The creepy stalker who wants you to bow down and lick his boots? Or is this why it appeals to them?

Mini rant at 30%:

“Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.” I’m sorry but what the fuck?? There is nothing romantic at all about this, and the only thing that is deeply moving is the revulsion squirming under my skin like maggots. I’m 30% done this book and the only thing I can see why this is so unbelievably hyped is that there are people who want to explore their fantasies for having someone take absolute control over everything you do (food intake, exercise regime, clothing, hairstyle, grooming) and then they make you please them by doing whatever the hell they want. I’m not sure at what point this is something you’re into, but I’m not. I’m really not. And the whole “inner goddess” thing is an absolute ball of crap. What the fuck is an inner goddess? And what is she doing letting you go gallivanting off into the dungeons with the sadist??

As for the BDSM, if you’re into it go for it but find a different book. The entire book is about how extreme Grey is, but then whenever he’s with Ana he goes all soft (metaphorically speaking of course) and they do nothing kinky. Its misleading, so there’s nothing kinky at all about this.

… and continue:

  • He doesn’t even want to let you order your own drink?! This is worse than telling her what to eat.
  • “I have an email address?” …..? Am i just being incredibly cynical and skeptical, but she can’t be *that* computer illiterate!
  • She doesn’t know how to work a MacBook. The tablet that is made for people who don’t know how to work a regular computer.
  • Someone must have dug her out of the stone-ages.
  • I think I’m offended equally by her abhorrent inner goddess as I am with her technical ineptitude.
  • It’s an infuriating juggle between, “I can’t be his Sub because I have a free will and I don’t like following directions,” and “But I want to be with him and I don’t want to offend him, and maybe my taking too long to say yes has ruined everything and he doesn’t want to talk to me anymore!”
  • Her self-conciousness is irritating.

I’m glad I can finally say this is as horrible as I thought it would be.

Honestly, though! I’ve been poking fun at this book since the hype picked up years ago, and I’ve always refused to read it. I was so worried that I’d enjoy reading the kink in the book but there wasn’t any, the relationships were seriously fucked, and the writing was atrocious. I don’t know why this is so popular, seeing as it’s a bad book, but whatever.

If it floats your boat I’m jumping ship.

Switched, by Evangeline Anderson

anderson switchedSeries:  Brides of the Kindred # 17
Genre:  Supernatural Romance Erotica
Published:  March, 2016
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A warrior with a talent that could get him killed
A girl transported to a new existence with no warning

When the two of them trade lives, it places them in mortal peril.
Not to mention really screwing up their love lives!
Will they ever be able to get back in their rightful bodies?
Or have they been forever…Switched?
What happens when you wake up in someone else’s body?
And what if that someone happens to be a huge, hot, Alien warrior?
Frankie is about to find out…the hard way.

Kerov knows his people used to have the ability to Switch bodies with their bonded mates, but he has no idea who the girl in his head is. And the fact that she’s controlling his body goes beyond awkward…it could be lethal if anyone finds out. On his home planet of Tarsia, Switching is a crime punishable by death.
But there are worse things than dying as he finds out when he gets stuck in Frankie’s body as well. What is a Brazilian bikini wax anyway? And why does he have to remove his pants to get one?

Will Frankie and Kerov ever get back to their own bodies? And what do the steamy dreams they’ve been sharing have to do with their destinies? You’ll have to read Switched, Brides of the Kindred 17, to find out.


Katelynn’s Review

Rating:  2 / 5
Format:  Kindle Ebook (I can’t believe I paid money for this… SHAME)
Started:  April 16th, 2016
Finished:  April 17th, 2016
Drink Pairing:
  I need a rum and coke. On the double.

Smut Count:  I don’t even know.

Mmkay, does that synopsis not sound hilarious?! I thought it would be funny – it sounded like something off a movie. Like She’s the Man but with a lot more sexual tension, inter-species mating (that look like humans so is there even a difference?), and extra sci-fi awesomeness.

And yes, it does kind of have it, but there’s way more weird stuff and awkward stuff and.. and –

What the fuck did I just read?

I don’t know what to think of this.

I don’t know what I’m feeling.

And I’m exceptionally confused.

Switched is weird because it makes everything feel like smut when it isn’t, but it really is. And because this is sci-fi, all bets are off and even though there’s no limits to cross, SOMETHING WAS CROSSED.

There was a plot. Unfortunately. It was the focus of the story: it even has a start, middle, and end with good guys, a super-evil villain hellbent on destroying anyone standing in his way of intergalactic domination. Yet Anderson somehow managed to make everything feel sexual even when it wasn’t. Or maybe it was, I don’t even know anymore!

I almost quit as soon as they switched bodies. I even updated Goodreads to my did-not-finish shelf that I had to make because I was certain there was no way I would bring myself to finish this.

I “finished” it at 6am (it was really just me skimming through because I couldn’t sleep not knowing how she was going to end it – it ends weird).

There is definitely a lot more focus on the fact that a dude goes into a woman’s body, and a woman goes into a dude’s body, and yeah – I’d be confused and conflicted and would have no idea whether that’s awesome or mortifying or bad. Frankie and Kerov try their best to maintain the lives of the other, and due to their “cultural” differences it is actually really funny..

But the first third of the story is funny and not weird and kind of cute in a I-can’t-believe-I’m-giggling-and-actually-liking-this-because-what-just-happened kind of way, and the fact that I can’t quite leave this review alone is the only reason I’m giving it a two stars. Is it fair to say that I was intrigued and confused and conflicted but still read it and that’s why it wasn’t completely horrible?

I realize now that this is book 17 in the series. I not longer worry about not understanding the plot.

The ending is just.. fucked. I really didn’t like it and probably didn’t read most of it (super fast skim read through to the end to say I made it) and I don’t understand anything. There are characters brought it from probably the other 16 books before this that I don’t care about and didn’t understand, but there was no way in hell I’m reading more of this to figure it out.

If you’re in the mood for something quirky, I would recommend the first half/third of this book. It was cute (although something incredibly uncomfortable to read) until Frankie and Kerov need to meet on some other Deathstar spaceship thing. The vegetarian in a fuck-vegetables alien dude’s body was hilarious, and the big burly tactical Commander in a yoga exam was funny. I will never read anything like this ever again and I’m really not recommending this to anyone unless you’re curious because I think I’m a little scarred, now..

WAIT! I found it! The word for how I feel is violated. I felt violated reading Switched.

I couldn’t decide whether this needed a full review or just a GIF, but it got the full review because one GIF does not have enough WTF for an accurate review. I can’t really critique the plot any more than this because I barely read it so.. uh.. pretty much this book is Chthulu riding a Griffin and wielding a dildo-sword to a gynaecological exam weird. I’m so ashamed to have read this.

Violated.. so violated..
Warning: If a book says “BBW” it means the chick is voluptuous and they point it out every chance they get. “I like big butts and I cannot lie” should really just be sung throughout the entire book.