Review: Endlessly by C. V. Hunt


Endlessly

3 stars

Read from January 24 to 26, 2016 — I own a copy

Synopsis: When Ashley walks into a shop run by the vampire, Verloren, they both get the surprise of their lives. Ash is about to learn that she’s not just another pretty young woman, while Verloren is astonished to find himself falling in love. But how can a vampire love a human? And what if the human isn’t as human as she seems? When Ash’s true nature reveals itself, the entire power structure of the world’s outsiders teeters on the brink of destruction. Verloren and Ash become more and more terrified as they grope their way toward the ultimate truth: that they hold the key to something much larger than their own survival. Continue reading

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Review: Obsidian by Joshua Dagon


Obsidian

3 stars

Read from December 26 to 27, 2015 — I own a copy

Blurb: Aden has been living the Las Vegas high life with his friends Bliss and Nash. When an alluring stranger disrupts their charmed lives, Aden finds that he must use his own talents to confront a very powerful and deadly threat.

Bookish Things: 45 pages. The cover is plain, but it ties in with the rest of the series. This is the first book of five in the Glamour Stone Series.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $2.83

My Review: 

Well, this 45 page book certainly got my attention.

Psychics, clairvoyants, demons, witches and call girls all writhe about in the sinful city of Las Vegas around our protagonist Aden. Aden sees patterns and had an uncanny ability to sense things about people, like when they’re lying or about to die.

Aden and his two best friends end up getting involved with the alluring stranger and things start to get dicey.

A nice mix of paranormal and mystery, this is a short opening to the Glamour Stone Series.

Review: After Last Call by Derrolyn Anderson


AfterLastCall

3 stars

Read from October 20 to 21, 2015 — I own a copy

Synopsis: Lola is ready for a change. She’s blown the first half of the eighties drifting aimlessly through Miami’s cocaine-fueled nightclub scene, so when a sweet-talking stranger comes to town she allows him to sweep her off her feet and clear across the country.

Predictably, things in California don’t go according to plan and Lola finds herself on her own for the first time in her life. A new job offers her a second chance at a fresh start, but just when things begin to fall into place a reckless workplace affair leads to a friend’s disappearance, exposing two dead girls with one man in common.

Ensnared in a web of deceit and danger, Lola must decide whether to run from her troubles once again or take a stand and fight for her new life—only this time, she’s threatened with more than just the loss of her new found independence. Continue reading

Review: The Drakhom Taboo


DrakhomTaboo

3 stars

Read on October 19, 2015

Synopsis: Drakhoms were the offspring of humans and vampires. Typically beautiful and dark, they were known to possess strong sexual appetites, without the need for blood. Nonetheless, accounts of unusual sexual encounters with the species made Kate Randall wary of them. She had no desire to experience intimate activity that involved dangerously sharp teeth. Kate is instantly attracted to her new client, Tanton Manning. No surprise there—he’s strikingly handsome and successful. But she suspects that he’s a Drakhom.

Bookish Things: 23 pages. This is the first part of a three part series. All the overs are the same

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $2.85

My Review: 

What would a child born of human and vampire look like?

Pale and sickly? Sparkly with red eyes?

No, according to Celia Jade, they are glorious examples of the darkest coloring, hair, eyes, skin. And while mortal and not requiring blood to live, they still possess the tell-tale fangs of their parentage.

Oh, and they have heightened sexual appetite…just in case you were wondering.

An interesting take on vampirism, the Drakhom Taboo is a short work of erotic nature. It is rather flowery in its word choices (‘her quivering womb clenches his raging member’ as a paraphrased example).

I thought the smexy-time was different enough to be interesting (the mirror bit, a nice touch) but the rest of the story felt a tad rushed and disjointed.

For a couple of dollars on kindle, this short story (of which there are two more in the series) is worth picking up, if only for a quick raunchy read.

Review: Skeletal by Katherine Hayton


Skeletal

3 stars

Read on October 19, 2015 — I own a copy

Synopsis: Three months before she died Daina Harrow faced a bully at school.
Six weeks before she died Daina Harrow suffered an assault in the park.
One week before she died Daina Harrow stole a secret people had killed to hide.

That was ten years ago. Ten long years.

Now, her bones have been found on a building site. A coroner’s inquest has been reopened. A parade of witnesses is about to start.
And Daina’s here. Watching every day as her mother cries in the courtroom. Watching every day as her friends, and her enemies, and her killers lie about her on the stand.
Watching, and making sure that no matter what the coroner hears, you know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

So help you God.
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Review: Butterface


Butterface

3 stars

Read on October 19, 2015 — I own a copy

Synopsis: When love isn’t lucky…or pretty.

The scars on Beth’s face aren’t nearly as deep as the ones she nurses on the inside. She was born with hemifacial microsomia and was supposed to feel “lucky” that she wasn’t as disfigured as some people.

One boy, Lucky O’Leary, starts to find the cracks in her hard shell and finds himself falling for her. Only Lucky has a secret–he needs to bring Beth to a “dog dinner” or lose his spot on the team. She can’t find out that the guy who brings the ugliest date wins a prize.

Young Adult Short Story–8000 words Continue reading