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I won the SUMMER READING HAMPER Sweepstakes and was given a boat load of books!
Normally, I only review books that I want to shove in your face (meaning, I recommend them and want to talk about them with you), but since the goal was to get my review and buy more of the authors books, I am at least keeping to that expectation.
It's not really an expectation, it's a hope. The authors hope I'll like the books and buy more or give them a good review.
I will do what I can to give a review on Amazon but because of their freaky review policy I'm a bit turned off to write reviews for Amazon at this time. Though, I will try.
I'm posting reviews here on my blog but I plan on only reviewing the "shove in your face" books on Goodreads. Because it's called GOODREADS not badreads.
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For Those Who Have Been Here Before
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Each book & author is given a chance no matter the genre. Beware, I like many genres, but there are some I gravitate more than others. Those with a paranormal, romance, sy-fy, fantasy or contemporary flavor will attract me first.
Then there's the book cover.
If I find the cover intriguing, I'm going to open the book.
However, the blurb is also considered.
Slow as I read, the books I really like are ones finished in a day or two.
What I consider books I can recommend are books that interest me.
Take in mind, if I was not able to finish the book my tastes are eclectic.
With all the different distractions of t.v., other books, games, and various activities for fun & pleasure, if a book is put down it doesn't mean the story is bad. It just means I was not interested in it and I explain why in my reviews.
With that said, I have a few I can recommend!
Books I Will Shove in Your Face!
(Because I love them so much and will talk about them)
A Heaven for Taosters
Nicholas C. Rossis
Detective Mika Pensive has a new partner. He's hot. Smart. Funny. And an android.
Set in the near future, A Heaven for Toasters is more than a sci-fi crime adventure with plenty of romance and wit. It's the book that will make you look at your toaster in a whole new way.
I Will Not Apologize For Wanting My Own Sexdroid!
Robots, Androids and clones, OH MY!
Take note that the cover on my kindle is the one above.
There seems to be a newer cover on Amazon and I agree with the change. It's of a male body instead of two people kissing, (in which you can't really tell it's two people kissing on the thumbnail) it just looks like some weird effect.
The description on Amazon is somewhat lacking, so I'll give you my own.
Detective Mika Pensive finds herself the suspect and intended victim of an explosive hover-craft murder. While she and her new, android partner, Leo, look for clues and search a bizarre island where cloning is legal, Mika discovers how lifelike Leo can be. As the two grow close, they unravel a scheme that endangers all humanity.
Hey, it's my first try, I know I could improve on it. But this one was a five minute effort.
While I may want to rewrite the blurb for the author, the story was perfect! Engaging even though I was going...
Another detective story?
I fully enjoyed this off the cuffs adventure.
I would have like to have other cover grace my kindle though. This cover (above) didn't make me want to pick up the book, the title did.
So let me go a little more in-depth as to why I liked this story.
This could be a series.
I want it to be a series.
Please let it be a series.
Dam it! I'm writing the author and demanding a 5 book contract.
I WANT TO SEE MORE!
So, yeah, there's that book.
Books That I Can Recommend:
But didn't love
The relationship was over long before it ended, so when her boyfriend dumps her, Kristy craves a change in life. Kristy's best friend, Sherry, is into the BDSM scene, and on a whim and a bet, Kristy finds herself in the playroom at an exclusive club.
A disguised Dom named Master Jay uses sensation play and a piece of silk to help her discover the world of kink. She finds it enjoyable and addictive, but what she doesn't know is that Master Jay is really Jake, a much younger man to whom she's strongly attracted.
For the past couple of years, Jake quietly watched Kristy in his gym. He doesn't care that she's older than him; he wants her. When the virgin BDSM sub he's hired to train ends up being Kristy, Jake almost falls apart.
During the scene they play at the club, he fantasizes about getting her into restraints in his own playroom. But Kristy is shocked when she learns that the two men she desires are one and the same. Can Kristy who's led a vanilla sex life, and Jake, who knows nothing but kink, find a future together?
I like what the author states in the description here:
For mature audiences 18+
A note from the author:
BDSM is variable; it's not black and white, it's not always deep and dark. It's whatever the participants want it to be, it's individual, and there is no "right" way to do it - as long as it's SSC (safe/sane/consensual).
I've done my research. I've been to clubs, private play parties, demonstrations, forums, workshops, conventions, and conferences on the subject of kink/BDSM.
Don't let what you think you know about the lifestyle, or what you've read in novels affect your thoughts on the subject. Be open-minded.
Though a little on the preachy side, I agree.
I only liked this book.
Because there were no separations between scene changes. It cause me confusion.
There were also places where the story jumped unexpectedly from a scene.
I call this the Dumas.
Let me explain...
In the three musketeer's (the original version of the book) our hero's are fighting in England a top a roof.
*Turn the page.*
Our heroes are now running from the French army on the ground.
Just like this kitten... the reader is left hanging.
Prying invisible pages to catch up on how they got from England to France in a span of a not forthwith paragraph truly makes the reader wonder... did a page go missing?
It makes no sense.
Truth be told...
Dumas forgot where the hell he was in his writing─mid paragraph.
I guess he was the type to stop, come back weeks later and just keep going without checking where he was in the story.
"That's what editors are for!"
The Dumas happens when an author stops and starts and forgets what was happening in the scene and picks up where they left off, just not in the right place.
That, my dear, is a Dumas.
Or Dum Ass.
Hey dumass, you forgot a few scenes.
Write them back in.
This brought me out of the book in places. Soooooo.... Laci Paige has no editor or the worst editor ever. I vote no editor. Nor does Laci re-read her own book aloud after edits.
Despite the Dumas, the story wasn't bad. I liked the characters and it veered away from expectation enough to be a pleasant surprise. The hidden identity was actually done very well and the momentum didn't flag afterwards. Our heroine wasn't stupid and had real issues.
But the writing itself didn't capture me.
There are too many talented authors in the BDSM genre that I'd go to first. Being Elizabeth SaFluer and Joey Hill. I think I'll stick to them because...
Research does not make you a great writer. Practice does.
The practice of writing that is.
However, glutton for punishment is my kink, so I'll be giving Laci Paige another chance.
Books that Weren't For Me
Please take the tile of this section seriously. These books ARE for someone else. Just not me.
Additionally, I give you the reason why they aren't for me so you can determine if you might like it.
My honest opinion will show if our reading tastes are the same, and I'll pinpoint why you should just go read the ones I'd love to talk about above.
The way I define books that aren't for me... but could be for someone else, are:
I start with the status of the book, (DNF, Read through the train wreck, stopped half-way, etc.) then I give a short reason why the status in a short sentence followed by a longer explanation.
So, let's get started.
2 Readable, 4 Uninterested
That concludes this month's round of books! I hope you've enjoyed my rantings and if by chance one of the authors comes along to read my review, I hope I've given insight. My passion has always been to help writers build better books. Keep writing. You're only as good as your last book.
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