Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dark Lover

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1)
By: J. R. Ward
Published: September 6, 2005
Paranormal, Fantasy, Erotic
Pages: 393

The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a paranormal romance series.  Dark Lover is Wrath and Beth's story.
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This book in three words.

 Hot. Hot. Hot.

That being said, this isn't my favorite book in the series.  It is full of suspense, action, humor,  and a new and elaborate world where vampires are not quite what we think. 

The Black Dagger Brotherhood is the elite fighting force of the vampires, their job is to protect the species from the Lessening Society.

The Lessening Society's job is to eradicate the vampire species.

Wrath is the unwilling king of the species.  He's been mated to a beautiful female he can't stand.  Now, his best friend has been murdered and left him in charge of taking care of his half-breed daughter's transition.  Oh yeah, and he's going blind. 

Beth is half human half vampire and has no idea. 

She's about to go through a change that could possibly kill her, enter into a world that's insanely dangerous and for kicks now she's got to drink blood for the rest of her life!

On a positive note, it will answer why she's never really been particularly attracted to a man before.

And boy does she go crazy!!!

The almost immediate chemistry between Wrath and Beth is definitely only in romance novels.  Where else does some freaky, scary, tall dark and mysterious peeping tom break in to your house then ravish you. Well, after you beg him:

"Touch me," she moaned.
"That's not what I'm here for," he said
"Touch me anyway."

Oh and just when the sex scene gets going, and oh baby it's all hot and steamy............Cut to the freaky weirdo enemy.

Yeah, I kept flipping the page back and forth......

What the fuck???? Am I missing some pages????

(this isn't the only time this happens..)

Fast forward to the awkward post coital "Umm, what's your name?"  Good one.

The males in Brotherhood have an interesting rapport, pretty funny.
 “Rhage nodded. “The place is also big enough. We could all live there without killing each other.”
“That depends more on your mouth than any floor plan,” Phury said with a grin.”

The language used by the brothers is a bit odd and outdated.

"Yo, cop.  We're heading for Screamer's."
"Damn, my brother," Rhage said, getting into the back.  "This a new system?"

Check out a fan made trailer, kinda neat:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Born of Night

Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of my favorite authors. OK, to be fair,  I think she tops the list.  This is the first book I read by her. 

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This is one of my favorite books, I can reread it over and over. 

This book is a science fiction, futuristic romance novel.

It is set in the Ichidian Universe.  It is comprised of  many diverse worlds, cultures and beings.

In this universe The League rules all. They are corrupt and ruthless.  Their soldiers are trained assassins. 

No one leaves The League.  No one quits The League.

 How ruthless are they?  Well, you are promoted to higher ranks by killing and that includes your fellow League assassins.  Nice.

OK so......... yeah, the basic premise of this book is: Save the Princess!!

No shit.

A little fairy tale-ish (hot sexy fairytale)

But she's kind of a badass princess, sorta......  Well, no, not Xena the warrior princess badass, but kittens claws hurt too!

The heroine is Kiara Zamir, professional dancer, princess, daughter of a a military leader, about 5'3 very slim.  She's a little bratty, but I love that about her.

Her character got my attention at being as small as she is and taking on two icky kidnappers.  Did she go all Xena and kick their asses????(we talked about that already.) No, but she wasn't afraid to get her hands bloody.

She hates that she's been sheltered, so she pretty much lives her work.  She's famous throughout the universe because she's the best (it's all she does).  She has no social life other than promoting her career, maybe one REAL friend who wouldn't sell her out, and a father who loves her but is busy running an empire. 

(I look like a fucking weirdo reading these books because they make me laugh out loud.)

“What the hell was that action?” Syn asked him.
“I think it’s something called ‘paternal concern.’ ”
Syn scowled at his bland explanation. “What . . . ? You sure? I thought that crap was a myth.”
Nykyrian shrugged. “No, really. I watched it once in a documentary. It was fascinating. Believe it or not, there are people out there who actually have feelings for their progeny.”
“Get the fuck out. No way. You’re screwing with my head again, aren’t you?”
“No. I swear. You just saw it with your own eyes. I did not make that shit up.”
Syn shivered. “Yeah but it’s really messing with my concept of the natural order of the universe. Paternal love? What’s next? Limb regrowth? Genetic splicing reversals?”

Insert Hero: Nykyrian Quiakides.  Tall, blonde, handsome, badass.
Command Assassin, best in the League.  Kindness and love are foreign concepts.

  "Look at him.  Like some wild animal Trying to tear me apart. I couldn't ask for a better specimen."

How badass is he?  The only assassin to ever leave the League and live more than a few hours. Even they can't kill him.  He built the Sentella and became Nemesis, the most feared entity in the universe

“Do people always act this way around you? (Kiara)
You should have seen the reactions when I wore a League uniform. Those were actually comical. Except for the ones who lost control of their bowels. Then it was just messy. (Nykyrian)”

As a political move, a contract was taken out on Kiara to have her killed.  Kiara's father hires the Sentella to protect her.  After already saving her once as Nemesis, Nykyrian doesn't want to see her dead but he's distracted by her and distraction can lead to death. 

There are lots of supporting characters.  They are very well developed and truly hilarious.  Definitely adds to the humor of the book. Syn is one of my favorites (he has his own book too!)

“Not to mention, it’d be worth guarding her just for the eye candy alone – sheez, can you imagine being around  that day in and day out........" He paused to look at Nykyrian.  "Wonder if she sleeps naked…Bet she showers that way. Every day even. Think about it. I’ll even bet she’s naked underneath her clothes.”

For being over 500 pages, it moved very fast.  And of course left me wanting more!

Here's the video for the book series:

Monday, August 18, 2014

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey
By: E L James
Publication: April 17, 2012
Genre: Erotica
Pages: 1501

Fifty Shades Trilogy Bundle: Fifty Shades of Grey; Fifty Shades Darker; Fifty Shades Freed

(If you liked Fifty Shades, you might want to stop here.)

Yes. Frustration. Disbelief. Disappointment. Exasperation. Annoyance.
Fifty Fucking Shades of it!
Before the book was even released there was soooo much hype about how CONTROVERSIAL and SALACIOUS it was!!  (One could try attribute the letdown to this but that wasn't it.)  Libraries were refusing to buy it saying oh how they don't want that type of smut in there stacks! And the waiting lists for those that did were in triple digits!!! (By the way I looked up one of these libraries, that made it a point to very publically say they didn't want this type of book, yeah, I searched their books and found SOOOOO many 'worse' books...and yes of course I'd read them!)

     This is what I though we'd get.


  Oh I was so off. 


I have never wanted to strangle, maim, or smack the living shit out of a female character more than Anastasia Steele.  The "Inner Goddess" shit is annoying, as is Ana. She's a 21 yr old virgin college student whose more like a high school freshman that's been homeschooled all her life (without cable or friends).  Prudish, immature, sexually repressed virgin agrees to contractual D/s relationship..... What the fuck!!?? 
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Tween Disney TV shows are less annoying. 

Christian Gray, alpha male. He's mastered everything at the ripe old age of 27, he's a self made billionaire, pilot, fluent in French, mastered the piano, sex god, and oh so tortured. 

He's annoying, immature, confused, and an asshole. Completely unrealistic, even by romance novel standards!  He's a wanna be alpha.


Neither comes across as capable of being fully functional adults in society. 
 For all the media buildup, it took forever to get to a sex scene.  All the hyped BDSM. It's a poor excuse.  Mr. Grey continually threatens and never actually follows through (but he's an experienced Dom....huh?).  Oh and he's got a fucked up childhood so lets blame it all on that.
If you're curious, do me a favor, Google it and you'll learn more. The writing.......  It's like an elementary school student with a word a day calendar; Oh how can I fit that word in today??!! (She did say she was inspired by Stephanie Meyer, no shit, I swear, heard it in an interview)
26 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning When Basic People Use Them 
I can't even believe it was made into three books (yes 3!!).  I can't believe I read all 3! Why you ask?? (yeah.... I did too.)  If you've ever seen Napoleon Dynamite you might understand.  I needed to see how it ended.  Kinda like watching a train wreck.  I had to make it to the end.  
The last book is completely useless.  I think she put ideas in a hat and pulled one out to write the book.... "Oh yes! This would make a wonderful plot conflict idea!". Or maybe it was rock paper scissors.....

Annnnd their making a movie......  This had better be a case where the movie is a shit load better than the book.
Now, if she writes something in the future I MIGHT read it.  Her skills will no doubt have improved.  These are her first books and it does show.
Will I see the movie? *Sigh*  
I tend to prefer this trailer to the original ;) 
Still wanna read it? This book seems to be a love/hate book, judge for yourself, you just might like it! Click the link below to purchase: