Book Review: Taken by Everyone: Fun at the Concert

This is about Taken by Everyone: Fun at the Concert by Kendra Claire.

Short description:

Some people go to concerts for the music, but not Tobi. She goes for the action in the pit… her own special type of action. The band’s in town tonight, and Tobi’s going to ride the wave–and the gorgeous stallions in the mosh pit–for all they’re worth!

This 4,000-word erotic story contains a sexy young woman, two handsome men, and content so hot that we aren’t allowed to tell you about it in this blurb! Check the “Look Inside” preview for all the steamy details!


My two cents:

This worked well. Nothing too complicated: an adventurous girl went to a live rock concert, picking two men she liked and seduced them to fuck her on-site during the show.

Some practical points were fishy: how security did not clear her and the two guys off the floor, how no one tried to interfere or to join in. But assuming the intercourse was over quickly enough, it could have worked.

This was a short story of 15 pages, Ms. Claire jumped into seduction and the action almost immediately. Nice, hot read.

4 out of 5 stars in my book.

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Book Review: The Contract (The Boss’s Pet (BDSM))

This is about The Contract (The Boss’s Pet (BDSM)) by Tonya Kinzer.

Short description:

Book 1 (NEW Revised Edition) – Dom/sub, soft bondage content – Comfortable with her life, Sondra wasn’t looking to start a new relationship let alone a new life style but Nick presented a challenge to her. The time together at the office spilled in to more time away from the office that eventually leads to a deeper relationship. He introduces her to a Dom/sub life style she’d never experienced nor heard much about but is fascinated with.


My review:

First impression: the title has too many brackets, doesn’t look like a title. I’ll bet this book doesn’t pop up on Amazon or search engines. Not the smartest choice.

I applaud women who venture into the world of BDSM and write about it, either as a real lifestyle guide or as fiction. E.L. James got her phenomenal success by writing about it as a fantasy. Her trilogy was not meant as an authentic guide, but enjoyable as fiction from a woman’s fantasy point of view. Perhaps I’ll write about her book later.

But this one didn’t work as fiction. This was a classic case of the author trying to “preach” or type an instructional manual (or tutorial) with a story. It failed as a story.

Like I said, it’s great that more people want to explore the lifestyle and write about the subject matter, but writing fiction is a craft and art. Ms. Kinzer should have just tried to type out the lecture point by point, it would have been more readable and true to form.

2 out of 5 stars in my book.

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Book Review: The Siren

This is about The Siren (The Original Sinners: The Red Years – Book 1) by Tiffany Reisz.

Short description:

Some love stories you never forget. Some books will change your world. Be prepared… this is one of them.

She tore herself from the man she adored, who transformed her, who possessed her… who would have destroyed her. Now she is adored by a man she must not have. She thinks she knows what it means to be pushed to her limits. She’s wrong.

The Original Sinners Series: The Red Years

Book 1: The Siren

Book 2: The Angel

Book 3: The Prince

Book 4: The Mistress

The Original Sinners continues with The White Years

Book 1: The Saint


My two cents:

This was a daring, controversial book. I loved it.

Just because this happened to be published after the 50 Shades, refrain from dismissing it simply as a “spin off” because that phrase means nothing. Love, sex, pleasure in darker forms have existed eons ago. If this is a spin-off, any and all books on any subject matter is a spin-off. Also, spin-offs do not have to be bad fiction. They can sometimes exceed the artistic values of those that preceded them.

The whole book was well-written. I loved the smart-ass dialogues and the sex scenes were scorching hot.

Not for the feeble-minded. Those who want a gentler introduction to BDSM might want to dig elsewhere, but this was spectacular.

Intrigue, passion, pain and history in each character’s past, and conflict: the way authentic people really are.

The only thing that made me knock off 1 star was the fact that Soren was a Catholic priest in service. Touched a difficult cord there.

4 out of 5 stars in my book.

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Book Review: It is Time and Other Stories

This is about It is Time and Other Stories by Anna Bayes.

Short description:

This collection of 15 romantic bite-size stories is a must-have for Anna’s loyal fans and serves as the perfect sampler for new readers. Find out why fans from everywhere are addicted to Anna’s writing.

The collection begins with the tale of a woman who has decided that “It is time” to give her lover a final gift.

From the sweet, vanilla exchanges of love (such as “Love Letter,” “Gratitude” and “Ticket to France”), the electrifying thrill of instant attraction (“Stockings, Pendant, Arousal” and “Unexpected”), paranormal love story (“Lucy Reborn”) to steamy tales that stretch the mind and boundaries (for example, “My Reluctant Dom” and “Four Hot Guys”), these 15 stories promise to tease and gratify.

Note: Explicit sex scenes. Adult material intended for readers aged 18+.


My two cents:

The description said it’d be the perfect sampler for new readers. It was.

Each and every sex scene was hot and done just right. Intense but not over-dramatic.

These were short stories but all of them were intact stories, or hinted at a story in the background.

This was a good sampler of different styles and heat ratings. Some were sweet, some were more aggressive and downright dirty in the orgy story. I’m not a fan of paranormal tales as I’ve said before, but the one paranormal story in this collection, “Lucy Reborn” was nicely done. The otherworldly sex scene was appropriate.

I especially liked the first story, “It is Time.” Finally an author who admits that not all bad boys can be tamed to become a woman’s loyal partner. It was sentimental but realistic. The oral sex scene was hot but it was more than just a scene.

Well fucking done. I’ll be back for more, Ms. Bayes.

5 out of 5 stars in my book.

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Book Review: Eraser

This is about Eraser by Megan Keith.


Short description:

A man with no name.

Once a week he frequents the bar where Mackenzie works. He orders the same drink, scotch on the rocks, and he sits back on the same lounge chair, quietly watching… waiting…

He has money – that much is obvious. He wears his tailored suits well. He smells divine, of expensive cologne, and orders his scotch from the top shelf.

He drinks alone, but he never leaves that way. With a snap of his fingers, a flick of his eyes, a glimmer of a smile, he gets the attention of the most attractive women in the bar.

This time his focus is on Mackenzie. Instead of feeling nervous Mackenzie is enthralled, intrigued… and aroused.

WARNING: This novella contains explicit sex scenes (including BDSM) and is for mature 18+ readers only.


My review:

The subtitle read, “A Dark and Erotic Novella” so I expected something dark. Might be my past interfering but the novella wasn’t quite as dark as I imagined.

I liked the mysterious air about the man. I liked the atmosphere of the bar. There were instances where it could seem as if the bar was located any time in the distant past, present or even the future, i.e. a touch of timelessness which worked well.

There were some points where I was not sure about the man’s real feelings for Mackenzie. Did he really obsess over her, or was she just a plaything, a short-term prey? It was proven near the end that his intentions were pure and that he felt deeply for her, but it was almost added as reassurance. I would have shrugged and said, “Ok, if you say so.”

The sex scene was nicely done. The deliberate delay prolonged the girl’s desire and made it more enjoyable. That part worked.

The chemistry was present, but I never was sure if both parties felt anything “real” for each other or if it was just a hunter-and-the-hunted temporary thrill. The ending made the author‘s intention clear, but it did not feel like the most logical revelation. It was not forced, but it did not come across as that destined or sure as the male character claimed to have felt.

It was a promising story, so much built up to make it perfect, but something was lacking in-between the dialogues, the explanation of the main characters’ psychology and how the certainty of that great love was ascertained. I had begun reading this book thinking it looked like a 4-star read, but the absence of that convincing link made me scale it down.

3 out of 5 stars in my book.

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Book Review: Open Your Legs For Me

This is about Open Your Legs for Me (The Initiation) by Aphrodite Hunt.

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Short description:

Shy freshman Gina Wesley wants desperately to get into the greatest club her college has ever known. Standing in her way is the gorgeous Max Devlin.

But Max has an interesting ‘initiation’ method . . . involving metal clamps, a hard shaft, some mysterious nozzles, and the most creative double penetration Gina will ever scream to. That is . . . until she progresses to Level Two.

WARNING: Not to be read at work!


My review:

This was top 2 in Amazon’s Erotica category? That’s what’s wrong with this country.

To sum this all up in one word: No.

(Spoiler Alert)

I know BDSM, I know humiliation play, and I know very well all the devices that can incite pain and pleasure.

I made countless stupid mistakes in my youth, so I get Gina’s desperate attempt to get into an elite club at college, and I understand her willingness to have kinky sex for entry into that club.

The asshole who takes advantage of girls in desperation? He might be the only reasonable factor in the story.

A BDSM-virgin saying that 6 metal clamps on her labia does not induce pain, and only intense pleasure? No.

Same BDSM-virgin being double penetrated while 8 metal clamps and chains on her most sensitive parts (vagina and nipples) are being pulled during vigorous sex which continues for an extensive period of time and still saying that all of the above combination does not cause any pain? No.

She’s even an ass-virgin, but ok, some girls can take it rough even for her first time. Plausible.

But, the same girl also willing to be humiliated? Real humiliation: have a strange man pee on her while her vagina is stretched wide open? Very far-fetched mindset.

Hate to be the Grammar Nazi, but one either “removes” clothes or “takes off” clothes, one does not “remove off” clothes.

The writing is smooth in general, that is the only redeeming factor.

2 out of 5 stars in my book.

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Book Review: Lie to Me

This is about Lie to Me by Chloe Cox.

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Short description:

The man who saved her is also the man who destroyed her… or is he?

Seven years ago, I decided I wanted to be a fighter. Marcus Roma showed me how.

Six years ago, my parents died in a car accident. Marcus Roma picked me up off the ground and held me until I could stand on my own two feet.

Five years ago, I fell in love with him.

And then Marcus Roma disappeared. No warning. No explanation. Just gone.

Yesterday, he came back.

And now I have to decide who’s telling the truth, and who’s lying. Who wants something from me, and who wants…


If I guess wrong, I could lose everything. I need to think clearly. But Marcus makes that impossible. Marcus makes me weak. Marcus makes me want, in a way I’ve never felt before.

Marcus Roma will make me fall. The only question is—will he be there to catch me this time?

LIE TO ME is a new adult / adult contemporary romance novel about truth, lies, and redemption. It is not intended for readers under the age of 18.


My review:

I was fairly warned: it was a new adult romance, so I expected some juvenile things creeping in.

Ms. Cox chose to write in the first person from the points of view of both main characters. That helped me understand their way of thinking because I was, after all, literally inside their heads. But writing from two different view points and making them both convincing is a challenging task.

Harlow was a likeable girl. She thought a lot and her resolve and ideas wavered greatly (cue in the early warning of this being a new adult romance), but she certainly sounded like a girl. At a number of points throughout the novel I caught myself thinking, “Pfft, that’s too much.” but I tolerated it as the style of the novel.

For me, a lot of the indecision and flashbacks could be trimmed.

Marcus was likeable as well, but there were numerous places where I smiled and figured that those were woman-logic infused into a man’s mind. I knew that the author was female so I could be biased, but at least it was done quite well. I “could” believe that it was a guy.

The sex scenes were hot. Indecisive girl who was obviously head over heels in love and lust over the man made a very sexy read.

All in all, a good story. Emotional at some points, too sentimental for my taste, but convincing and an enjoyable read.

3 out of 5 stars in my book.

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