Book Review: Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Dreamfever
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Rating: 5/5

Summary: The walls between human and Fae worlds have come crashing down. As Mac fights for survival on Dublin’s battle-scarred streets, she will embark on the darkest-and most erotically charged-adventure of her life.

Review: After I read this fourth book in the Fever series I had three words running rampant in my head for several days before I could fully process what I had just read, those words were OH MY GOD! – circling round and round and round my head. I was floored by this one, and at the end of the third I knew something like it was going to happen, but I did not expect it to be this temperature spiking!

Mister Jericho Barrons can pretty much call me whatever the hell he wants to call me after this wonderful installment to the series. If you thought that this man was naughty in the first three books, I must inform you that you have not seen anything yet. Mister Jericho Barrons needs a spanking for all that naughtiness and I know several individuals that will agree with me on this (though truth be told I wouldn’t mind him spanking me instead – wait, I think I just said that out loud…oops!).

I do however, have a favorite scene. It is an argument that is so simple, and yet so perfectly describes the relationship between Mac and Barrons:

He shakes me. “Say my name.”
“No.”
“Damn it, would you just cooperate.”
“I do not know that word, ‘cooperate’.”
“Obviously,” he growls.
“I think you make up words.”
“I do not make up words.”
“Do, too.”
“Do not.”
“Too.”
“Not.”
I laugh.
“Woman, you make me crazed,” he mutters.

See, perfectly yet intensely complicated. This book is far from over the top, and there is plenty of build up before anything even remotely sexual happens, and even then there are unnamed extenuating circumstances that bring about the explosive release to the sexual tension.

Barrons is HOT! Dear god that man sets my blood to boil and I want to let him do dirty things to me (much like I would let Christian Grey do whatever the hell he wanted to me), and I disliked him being gone for so long, but I understood that it was at some point necessary for it to happen. This series is fast paced and not one to beat around the bush for the most part, and I am more often than not hanging on every word and waiting to find out what happens next, and then I get to the ending and for the second time I am like WHAT IN THE EFFING HELL?!

I have not yet gotten my hands on Shadowfever which is the fifth and final book in the series, and of course I will have the same dread about going into it that I do every other final book in a series, but I will know that things are going to hopefully work out in the end! They HAVE to work out in the end or I am going to lose my grip on sanity and it will be entirely KMM’s fault.

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Book Review: Beneath the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Beyond the Highland Mist
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Rating: 5/5

Summary: He is a powerful laird, she a woman of the 20th century that was sent back in time by the fae. He wants her, she can’t stand beautiful men and is one of the first people in who knows how long to tell him “no” right from the start. A fun little story truth be told.

Review: I am a fan of historical romances, the time travel aspect is even more of a kicker to me if brought on by some touch of the faery folk. This series reminds me of Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series in so much that you’ve a “modern” woman taken from her time and thrust into the more primitive Scottish highlands. Though Adrienne de Simone did not come through at a stone circle like the heroine in the Outlander Series, she was transported from modern day Seattle.

Adrienne’s sudden appearance causes problems for quite a few people, least of all the Laird known as Hawk who has gained his name through becoming a legendary predator on the battlefield and in the bedroom, his conquests are monumental. Each time Adrienne denies him it only strengthens his want for her, his need to possess her and ultimately he does, ultimately there is the romance that is needed between the pair of them. A good first in a series book, and now I must find more of them, because I suffer from MRBIOs (Must Read Books In Order syndrome).

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Book Review: Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James

Title: Fifty Shades Freed
Author: E.L. James
Rating: 5/5

Summary: Not your typical romance. Now, together, they have more – love, passion, intimacy, and a world of infinite possibilities. But Ana always knew that loving her Fifty Shades would not be easy, and being together poses challenges neither of them ever anticipated. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own integrity, identity or independence; Christian must somehow overcome his compulsion to control, and lay to rest the horrors that blighted his past and haunt his present.

Just when it seems that together their love can conquer any obstacle, misfortune, malice and fate combine to make Ana’s worst nightmares come true. Alone and desperate, she must face down the poisoned legacy of Christian’s past. (Taken from goodreads.com, save for first line).

Review: This book, I knew would be difficult going into, it is usually hard for me to read the last book of a really, really good series and this one was no exception. Why? Because I know that the story is over and there won’t be any future additions to the series and that saddens me. However, this book right here, does not go quietly into the sunset, this book does not go down without a fight.

I seriously spent so many hours on the edge of my seat reading this book, because happiness has found Christian and Ana, but as we learned at the end of the second book, it would only last so long when a vendetta is called, hatred directed toward Christian puts everyone in danger and it takes some time to figure out why and that it is all tied to Christian’s sordid past. I wanted to scream, I wanted to cry, I wanted to laugh, but most of all I wanted to keep reading during every available time I could.

I distinctly remember that the day I finished it, as per usual, I’d gotten to a very suspenseful part and that meant it was time to start my shift, so away went my Kindle, and then I swear I was like a kid waiting to open presents on Christmas morning, my break couldn’t get there fast enough for me to find out what was going to happen next. Seriously it drove me crazy, one of my co-workers was like, now I want to know what is happening now when I was talking to her about the book.

Very good read, and must be read AFTER you’ve read Fifty Shades of Grey and then Fifty Shades Darker.

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Book Review: Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

Title: Fifty Shades Darker
Author: E.L. James
Rating: 5/5

Summary: Not your typical romance. Anastasia has left Christian, attempting to create a career for herself at a Seattle publishing house, however, her thoughts are perpetually on Christian and her libido constantly yearning for him. Christian proposes a new arrangement, one vastly different than he is used to and one that Ana cannot refuse. However, they each have their own demons to deal with – Christian and his Fifty Shades, and Ana and the women who have come before her.

Review: Seriously and utterly sucked into this series. I issue my plea again, please Santa leave a Christian Grey under my tree in those sexy playroom jeans, barefoot, and the top button of the fly undone as is proper. That is all I want!

The romance has continued, picked up after Ana has left Christian which is the most torturous time for both of them. E.L James has only improved since the first book of this series. You live each tortured moment that encompasses Ana’s emotions and even Christian’s past. You cannot help but fall in love with these characters and the families of them. Ana is much stronger, much more determined for this relationship to work, and sets some rules of her own that Christian is trying very hard to adapt to.

Between all the struggles and heart breaking events that fill these pages you cannot help but be swept away with all the love and compassion that is in these books. However, they CANNOT be read out of order or you lose key information, you lose important details.

Read Fifty Shades of Grey first, and then this one and then move on to Fifty Shades Freed, to ensure that you do not miss a moment of this heart-stoppingly wonderful story.

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Book Review: Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder

Title: Fire Study
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Rating: 3/5

Summary:  Yelena is a Soulfinder, meaning she can capture and release souls, and she makes people nervous because well, the last Soulfinder wasn’t a very nice person at all.  However, Yelena is at the mercy of the Council.  Yet, when is Yelena’s life simple,  there is a plot rising against her homeland by a murderous sorcerer that Yelena has already defeated before.  Ultimately Yelena will have one chance to prove herself and save the land she holds dear.

Review:  The third and final book in the Study series (not counting the subsequent short stories).  This book, in retrospect, did not really satisfy my hopes for this series.  So, my initial rating of five stars has now been dropped to three.  The first book in the series was by far my favorite, Magic Study was another that was good, but this one was just lacking somewhere, and there were parts that I felt myself skimming through (which is something I very rarely do).

The direction wasn’t what I was expecting, not that it is overall a bad thing, it is just something different than the tone that had been set previously in the other two books.  It frustrates me as a reader, but I do understand that the Author has their own vision of how they wish things to be and I respect that, in this case it just left me lacking.

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Book Review: Viridis by Calista Taylor

Title: Viridis
Author: Calista Taylor
Rating: 5/5

Summary:  Lady Phoebe Hughes, developer of the herbal Viridis and owner of a club becomes the center of attention when Lord Hawthorne is murdered after leaving her establishment.  Her beloved, Mr. Seth Elliott – a brilliant tinkerer, returns from his post in the Outlands, and that causes a stir.  Beneath a back drop of revolution, conspiracy and murder Phoebe must struggle to free her love and find her happiness again.

Review:  Lady Phoebe Hughes has created an herbal elixir that is all the rage amongst London’s elite.  Viridis brings an experience of euphoria, heightened senses and holds the potential to bring the consumer to orgasm with a singular kiss.  However, not all is euphoric for Lady Phoebe.  A lord is murdered after leaving her club, and as it turns out the lord had been working for the Special Services to infiltrate a movement known as the Cause.  This however, was not the most shocking detail revealed upon Lord Hawthorne’s death, it was the fact that he was in possession of her secret formulation for Viridis.

The tinkerer that stole her heart, Mister Seth Elliot, also returns and adds to the issues she is already facing.  Phoebe loses herself once more to Seth’s affections, which adds another layer of drama and intensity to Phoebe’s already hectic and chaotic life when a powerful rival for her affections accuse Seth of attempted murder.

The one thing that irked me about this particular novel, was that Phoebe had a martyr complex, always having to be the one to make things right, and even willing to suffer atrocities to ensure that things came out alright and in her favor.  I do not condone the behaviors that she did, and personally I would have let the hunky Gavin MacKay handle it than submit myself to the hands of Lord Victor – and I like a little spice in my sex scenes.   However, I understand that it aided in solidifying the character’s development throughout the book and further solidified her relationship with Seth (especially after it brought Gavin and Seth to a sexy Scotsman fist fight).

I look forward to reading the sequel to this book, as soon as I have the money to spare for it.

Recommendations:  Steampunk, Victorian Era, Romance/Erotica readers.

Purchase information:
Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Viridis-Steampunk-Romance-Mystery-ebook/dp/B005KT028Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1334758789&sr=1-1

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/85710