Review of “Claimed” by Stacey Kennedy

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Presley just ended her engagement when she found our her fiance cheated on her.  She is not a bitter person.  In fact, she is a timid woman that has conformed to the life that is expected of her…till now.  She has found vanilla sex lack-luster and wants to be more adventurous. 

Listening to her friend, Cora, she decides to go to Club Sin, a BDSM club that she hopes will be more fulfilling. 

Master Dimitri is not only an expert in BDSM and owner of Club Sin; he is just what Presley needs.  And, as it turns out, Presley is just what Dimitri needs.  Master Dimitri decides to train Presley himself and so the love story begins.

What I liked about this story is the manner in which this relationship begins.  I love stories where you have a timid partner that needs to be taught about sex and how to reach that euphoria that everyone strives to reach in a relationship.  This is the perfect story for that and the author did it justice.

I really liked the characters Cora, Dimitri and Presley.  I thought they were very nicely described and had unique traits that you could fall in love with.  I also liked that the other Masters of Club Sin were described enough to produce a series – I would love to read a book about Cora and Aidan.  I didn’t really like the Steven character and thought that the story could have been more intense if written differently.  I didn’t think he was scary enough but that was clearly the direction that the author was going.

Overall, I liked the book and was glad that I read it.  I would give it a solid 3 stars.

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Review of “Elite” by Rachel Van Dyken

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This is a story with hidden information that makes it an intriguing read.  We have Trace – a young girl about to enter college.  She has had a tragic youth; losing both of her parents at a very young age.  There is a story there but you have to read the book to get it…no spoilers here.  The book begins with Trace being driven to the Eagle Elite college where the rich and influential go.   Those that go there become very successful and powerful adults.   Trace is neither rich nor influential having been raised on a farm by her grandfather.  She won entry to the school through an application process.

First impressions of the school leave much to be desired for Trace and very few good things come out of the first day that she is there.  The college is more high school like with a click called the “Elect”  The rules are very strict with the most important being that you don’t touch or talk to them.  Trace doesn’t get wrapped up in clicks and so she is not really compliant with the rules from the start.  This in turn leads to trouble that she is not quite sure how to deal with.

The leader of the “Elect” is Nixon.  His mafia like rule is quite believable but Trace is drawn to him anyway and Nixon to her.  His cruelty has meaning however lost on Trace at the time that the cruelty is delivered.  He is tough and authoritative, handsome and elusive.   I grew to love this character as I continued to read. 

There is a hidden story within this story that leaves you hanging trying to understand why Nixon is being so cruel yet sometimes so thoughtful and caring.  He is the epitome of an oxymoron.  The story line was not your typical story for a college group of people; to me it felt more like high school behavior.  With that said though, I think the author did a pretty good job telling the story and keeping me interested through to the end.

I would give this book 3.75 stars out of 5.  More because it is not a typical college story and it was written with enough intrigue to keep you guessing and interested in these characters.  It’s not a book that I would go screaming from the rooftop demanding that you read it but I did not feel like stopping or that I wasted my time.  Overall…

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Getting the Ugly Cry out – Review of “Present Perfect” by Alison G. Bailey

As other bloggers/reviewers have stated, it’s really hard to do justice to this book in a review, I will do my best to articulate how absolutely fantastic this book was and live up to the awesomeness held in less than 300 pages. 

This is a story about a girl and her life time soul mate and how they survived childhood, high school, college, hatred, horrible events and illness to find eventually bliss with life. 

The book starts out with the story of how Amanda got her nickname…Tweet.  I have to say, I was questioning the book at that point but it was well written and I began to relate with Amanda and the baggage that a parent can unload on a second child and her not living up to the perfection of the first child as well as a teen girls self image or lack thereof.  

This book was realistic from the start and that endeared me to this author.  Her characters had no special sixth sense and no innate ability to kiss and make everything better.  The author took the approach of a journal written from Amanda’s perspective all the way to the end but she was very good at ensuring that the other character’s emotions were adequately conveyed without feeling that we missed out on a different perspective.

Amanda is your typical girl who has been compared to her older sister in everything she does by her parents.  For that reason she feels inadequate and not worthy of someone like Noah – her best friend, soul mate and “knight in plastic armour”.  She is adorable, naive and quite frankly stupid and clueless but what teenage girl doesn’t have some self doubt about their looks and measuring up to societal demands for beauty.

Noah is the perfect high school boy who absolutely falls head over heels for “Tweet” from day one and spends his youth trying to convince her that she is worthy.  He truly is the perfect guy from the start. 

If I could give this book a million stars, I don’t think it would be sufficient.  It is certainly beyond a 5 star rating by far!

I have read a lot of books in my life and I can say without a doubt that it’s rare that  you find one that is so profound that you are literally so drawn into the book that you think about the book and it’s characters when awake, eating, driving, sleeping, dreaming and everything in between.  I have been fortunate to find my second book that meets that criteria this year in “Present Perfect”.  And like the other book, whenever I hear this couple’s song, “Everything” by Lifehouse, I will think of this story and the great characters within. (In case you’re curious – Poison and Wine by The Civil Wars is the other song – see if you can tell me the book).

Alison G. Bailey you wrote a beautiful story…Thank you for sharing Noah and Tweet with the world!  I truly hope you write a book about Brad because right now…not liking him too much, please change my mind.

To all the readers out there – get this book, read it!  You too will love it! But have Tissue…lots and lots of tissue!

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Reviews of “The Submissive” and “The Dominant” by Tara Sue Me

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Here is a story about Abby and Nathaniel.  Nathaniel is a dominant that wants to have nothing more intimate than sex.  He believes he doesn’t want emotional attachments or anything long lasting.  But then comes an opportunity with Abigail King – a woman that he is obsessed about – and she wants him to dominate her. 

The Submissive is from Abby’s POV while The Dominant is from Nathaniel’s POV.

I decided to review these books together because they are the same exact book from different POVs.  I really like books like this and when I don’t get an opportunity to understand the other persons POV, I feel cheated in some way.  That is what I liked most about these books.

 

With that said, I would only give these books a 3 star review and here is why.

1.  Good chemistry between Abby and Nathaniel but just a bit clunky to me. 

2.  Nathaniel seemed a bit wimpy for a dominant.  He comes off very hard, sexy and VERY dominant but cold.  Then he turns into this mushy gushy wimpy guy that is following Abby around like a lost puppy.  In the beginning of the book I pictured Nathaniel as this strong, gorgeous, self-confident dominant and by the end of both books, I thought of him as the pocket-protector-wearing nerd afraid of rejection.

3. Intensity – or lack thereof at times.  There were times in both books that I lost the intensity and the desire to read it because – to be frank – this story is just not as strongly intense as some of the other D/s books that I’ve read.  I know the author wrote these books long before FSOG or the Cross series but I would still call it the wanna be of what those books are.  Not because the story itself but the intensity within the book.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked both books but I didn’t LOVE them.