Book Review: Slave of Passion (The Harishtu Saga Book 1) By Brian Warren

***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***

Harishtu is an “import” from another world to satisfy the Queen’s taste for exotic sex slaves. Queen Sekhem, a being of unimaginable power and a ruthless tyrant, is worshiped as a living Goddess by the vampire aristocracy of a war torn land where humans are expendable commodities used for work, food, and sex. Despite this, Harishtu falls in love with the notoriously cruel Queen and a twisted romance springs up between captor and slave. Thrust into a hostile world of violence and depravity, Harishtu must struggle not only to survive but to maintain her humanity surrounded by the many horrors of her new home.

16162296I enjoyed this 10 chapter book. A man (readers never found out his male name) had a dream of being transported into southeast Asia to find a girl, Sekhem. He found her in a bar, but he wasn’t a man anymore. In this world, he’s a woman. The story was told through this character’s first person point of view, and a couple of times it switched to Sekham’s third person point of view.

My favorite lines: 1) Guys cruised around the bars like sharks in a swimming pool, checking me out as I walked by. A wink, a sly half smile, their glances prodded and groped me, looking for a weakness, but I avoided eye contact and quickly made my way to an open stool at the very end of the bar. 2) Was she guarding me from danger? Restraining me from escaping again?

Sekhem was very powerful, yet jaded. Most of the people in her kingdom were ex-lovers, one she even had locked up. She’s a lesbian–that’s why Harishtu believed he had to change to a female form. She wanted a sex slave. It was funny when Harishtu picked his name because in their vampire language it meant “Royal Slut.”

I liked when Alluatha looked after Harishtu while Sekhem was away on missions. As a reader, I wanted Harishtu to wise up and fall for the nice girl instead of continuously being disrespected by the one he thought he loved. To me, it felt more like obsession and/or lust.

As the only human, Harishtu wasn’t safe by any means. There was an evil vampire trying to kill him, just because he wanted a plaything to toy with. And one of Sekhem’s ex-lovers was jealous of him. I loved the tension in these scenes.

This is just my opinion, but I didn’t care for any of the sex scenes. It seemed like the ‘p’ word was used way too much, and I didn’t find anything sensual about their lovemaking. There was only one part I found offensive as a reader and as a woman: Harishtu thought about if he was still in male form, then he could rape, just because he could. As in he was tired of being in a weak position, so he wanted to gain control and power back. This made me wonder what type of human he had been in the real world.

The story ended in a cool cliffhanger. Everyone knows if royalty is powerful, then someone will come along, attempting to destroy.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Captured By Kenya Wright

***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***

Brie and Samuel travel to the human town of Freemont and learn that Brie is being hunted. Brie is more than a domina. But what is she? And why is she being hunted as if she is the solution to a puzzle that the Quiet King has never been able to solve?

Samuel and Brie are forced to align with another, one that holds many answers and incites even more questions. Their journey drags them back to Capitol City and among the night life where sex and secrets mingle together within the light of the two moons. All this time Brie thought she’d escaped and gotten away free from vampires. But can she run away anymore or was she captured the whole time?

17255888I loved this 15 chapter book. It was told through Brie’s first person point-of-view. I liked how it started where it left off in the first book of the series. The same characters were introduced, some even had larger roles. Octavia and her mom had a lot to do with the ending (in the first book, their motives were told but only glossed over. With Captured, readers see how desperate they truly are to make Samuel the Vampire King).

  • I loved the twists and turns. Samuel thought of Ty, Ty’s wife, and Leeta as people who truly cared for him. In this book, we found out the truth. According to legends, humans can’t turn into vampires. Vampires have to be birthed by at least one vampire parent. Well, Brie was way more powerful than a regular domina. No wonder she was held as a special captive. I even liked learning the scheme of her husband. The characters were definitely sneaky and three-dimensional.

My favorite line: “You said you understood my need to start a new life.” The words came out a little shaky as I took Samuel’s huge form. “I won’t be your prisoner.”  Brie wanted to travel to Mage Territory where vampires are forbidden to walk on the land. Samuel wants to protect her and believes they can make a relationship work, so he doesn’t want to let her go. Their confrontational scenes were hot and steamy! It definitely seemed like, in this book, they didn’t care if other people watched them get intimate.

The ending was stellar, leaving things as a cliffhanger. I’m excited to see what the next book in the series brings.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: The Story Of Rachel By K.D. McLean

***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***

Rachel Collins is praying. And not for world peace. Thirty six years old and single, her prayer is self-centered. “Kill me now, Lord,” she pleads during her latest attempt to meet Mr. Right via the internet.

She’s not hoping for a billionaire or even a millionaire, just a guy who can strike a spark to her tinder! Is she asking too much? She’s a great gal! Just ask her parents! She might be a bit naive about some things, but capable enough- she’s a correspondent for a major magazine, after all. So there!

On assignment she meets Michael, 42 years old, also a writer. The attraction is immediate and intense. Rachel, who sees vanilla as only a baking ingredient, enchants him. Michael can whip up some pretty hot delights himself, outside of the kitchen. He introduces a curious Rachel to powerful experiences of sensuality. Her Ladylike sense of propriety engages in a running battle with her now sparked Tinderbox desires.

Michael is an excellent cook and knows how to turn up the heat. Sampling the flavors offered, Rachel experiences humorous hiccups. On a date, Michael ramps up the risqué, resulting in a memorable skirt swirling salsa dance. Rachel’s “What the hell, I ain’t getting any younger” attitude spurs Michael to take her to the exclusive, adults only club Pandora’s. Here, Rachel witnesses even more variations of earthly delights, and begins a lifelong friendship with another guest.

Michael is a realist, convinced that within 90 days, his affair with Rachel will be but another painful memory of loss. He is neither willing nor able to yell ‘Geronimo’ and fall for her. He can’t, and that’s that.

Maybe he should just get a damn dog.

This modern, urban, grown up love story is a recipe –three cups romance and one cup of slapdash humor. Blend in spices of eroticism, and beat until smooth.

17255718I liked this 22 chapter book even though what I expected and what I read were totally different. I was expecting erotica, but Rachel and Michael didn’t hook up until Chapter 6 and there weren’t many sex scenes. I’ve read more sensual details in romance novels.

  • However, I liked the story for what it was. It had a good sense of humor. Rachel was on Plenty of Fish and kept getting duds for dates. As a reporter, she had an assignment to go to an erotic art exhibit where she met Michael (a freelance writer). I enjoyed their back and forth; the sexual tension was pretty hot. My favorite scene OPEN THE DAMN DOOR had me rolling.

My favorite lines: 1) She liked the word ‘craved’; it almost sounded dirty. 2) His face grew dark. In an instant, joy was replaced by stone. 3) “I really don’t get this at all. I think you’re just making it harder on both of us, for no good reason.”

I loved the conflict throughout the story. They finally made love (instead of D/s), then he acted like a jerk, avoiding her at all costs. Rachel was not amused. I especially enjoyed the scenes where Michael met her friend at the bar–he was pretty rude, and when Michael visited Rachel’s parents.

There was excessive headhopping, so there was no chance to feel what the characters experienced. Or to get a chance to really care for them. Plus, it eliminated all the suspense of when they’d get together since readers knew every single angle of the situation all at once.

This was the author’s debut novel. It was pretty charming, causing me to smile a lot. I liked the main characters as well as the supporting ones.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Stolen Nights by Rea Thomas

Last month I gave myself a reading challenge where I will buy books that I find interesting from blogs and author forums.  Preferably, I wanted ebooks to use my kindle, but I’ll go for PDF format and paperbacks as well.  I’m saying this because most of the books on my list wasn’t in the kindle store, so I’ll have to try a different approach.

I officially brought my first book; it happened to be my very first one downloaded to my kindle, which is funny since its erotica.  Three ways Stolen Nights is my first!

I found Rea Thomas’s blog by seeing a post about the cover of her book.  When I asked her the plot, she was so passionate about her story that I had to give it a chance.

Here’s my thoughts on Stolen Nights by Rea Thomas:

He’s fast.  She’s faster.

Lisabeth Baker is the best professional thief in the business and she’s just acquired a mythical golden flute–the same golden flute her rival, Vikram Singh, desperately needs.

Life in their business is a lonely one and Lisabeth has been struggling to find a man who can satisfy her needs.  Vikram is everything she could want in a bed-mate and she’s willing to cut him a deal–two nights of no-strings sex, during which Vikram must satisfy her every whim and desire, no questions asked.  He’s the only man who’s ever been able to match her wit and handle her acerbic attitude, and Lisabeth discovers that with every sexual encounter, her feelings for Vikram deepen further, leaving her far outside her comfort zone.

For Vikram, Lisabeth is the most infuriating woman he’s ever met, which makes it difficult to understand why he wants her.  The occasional glimpses of her softer side have him contemplating what a life with Lisabeth Baker would be like, and he soon realizes two nights won’t be enough.

This 16 chapter book had be laughing from beginning to end.  Not in the this-writer-doesn’t-have-a-clue-what-they’re-doing way.  Quite the opposite.  The story was funny and very entertaining.  I loved the back and forth of trying to one-up each other that the main characters did.  My favorite moments were when they first met, when she tried to get away but the battery was taken out of the car, and the ending at the airport.  What Lisabeth did was very realistic to her personality.

This is erotica, so of course, it involved sex scenes.  YOWZA!!!  Those scenes are not for the prudish.  It involved rough, somewhat kinky sex.  But, those pages didn’t overrun the story; it had the right balance between story and sex.  When the characters did it, you knew why.  There was a reason behind it instead of the writer just putting in many sex scenes because the genre requires it.

The book was a fast read.  Rea Thomas has a gift of being very descriptive, and she knew her characters very well that I (as a reader) got lost in the story.  I understood Lisabeth and Vikram’s point of view clearly.  In fact, I got so lost in the moment that it came across as a movie.  Not the Skinemax kind.  But, it felt like an action Blockbuster.  I could picture Megan Fox or Olivia Wilde as Lisabeth, and Jason Momoa or Timothy Olyphant as Vikram.

Overall, I’m glad I was open-minded and gave this book a chance.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby