Review: The Nameless One


TheNamelessOne

3 stars

Read on February 3rd, 2017.

Synopsis: An erotic horror short story…
Sometimes revenge can only be achieved with magic.
Laura and Julian Bennet were husband and wife Egyptologists who were looking for an ancient tomb of a lost pharaoh’s lesser wife…one who’d been so evil and destructive her grave has no name; she has no name. Legend and rumors said she’d been a stunningly beautiful and sensual sorceress who’d once had her lover, Rameses II, under her evil spell until the more powerful Priests of Amun captured and locked her into a magical sarcophagus for eternity–or so they’d believed. But when Laura and Julian found her tomb, the price it cost them was far more than they’d been prepared to pay. Julian’s life. Then Laura, heartbroken, had to delve into the most dangerous of black magics to defeat The Nameless One, extract revenge, and put the demon back where she belongs.

Bookish Things: 31 pages. The cover is adequate, not the most stunning, but not the worst I’ve seen. Apt for the story.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.33.

My Review: 

The Nameless One is a short horror story set in Egypt. It follows husband and wife, Laura and Julian Bennet, who are Egyptologists looking for an elusive tomb.

The book blurb leaves little left to explore when you actually read the book, but given its length, that’s not entirely unexpected.

The pace felt a little fast, some of the richness of Egypt missing because of this and the writing style. There wasn’t a lot of time given to building up the world around Laura and Julian, which I felt was quite a shame.

If given a bit more sensory information, this story could have been very creepy and horrific.

This is marketed as an erotic horror, but the erotic content is very light on and no great detail was given. The opportunity for exploring the erotic nature of the idea in this book was missed almost entirely, which was a shame.

Overall, this read well, if a little clipped, had a reasonable plot and had the beginnings of a good story with likeable characters. I only wish we were given more.

**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

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AWW Review: Leap of Faith


LeapOfFaith

2 stars

 

Read from January 29th – February 2nd, 2017. Recommended for: Horsey people

Synopsis: The highly anticipated new novel from beloved Australian writer Fiona McCallum.

Jessica Harrington is a promising horse-rider who dreams of representing her country. But the recent death of her father – her coach and mentor – has left her doubting her ability to continue in the sport. When she fails at the Adelaide International Horse Trials her fears are confirmed – and her world begins to fall apart.

Unable to bear seeing her well-bred, highly trained horses languishing in the paddock, she makes the snap decision to sell. She’s broken her own heart, but can’t see any other way – now she will just have to focus on a life without them. Her husband Steve and best friend Tiffany, however, can see through her bravado.

Jessica is dismayed when Steve brings home a horse from a clearing sale, a horse so skinny and forlorn he just couldn’t leave it behind. Unwilling to be drawn back into the world of horses, she’s reluctant to get involved. But when a summer thunderstorm brings on a life-or-death emergency, she finds she underestimated the heart of one little horse. Can Jessica put her trust in Faith? Continue reading

Review: Fractured Angel


FracturedAngel

3 stars

Read from January 20-29th, 2017

Synopsis: How would you go about trying to help your daughter who, suffering her first psychotic break at fifteen, is chased by her wounded mind to the streets of Santa Barbara? That is the dilemma that Lynne Swanson faces. Out of her element, and definitely out of her comfort zone for this professional woman, she is forced to seek the help of Kerry Wilson, a social worker for the homeless. Unfortunately for her, Kerry is a rough-necked loner that has no inclination to hold the hand of a woman who he feels is out for a lark at the expense of his homeless clients. The harsh and deadly realities of the streets in one of the wealthiest cities in the world and an attempt to close a homeless shelter just as winter sets in produces a dramatic race against time with the life of Lynne’s daughter in the balance. Continue reading

Review: Nocturnal Voyeur Series


NocturnalVoyeurSeries

ReviewStars-4

Read from January 17-18th, 2017. Recommended for: dark paranormal erotica lovers

Synopsis: Fiona had resisted giving in to her nightly sexual fantasy of an amorphous shadowy lover. But not tonight. What she finds on the other side of waking changes everything. A dream is not always just a dream.

Touched by nightmare, Fiona discovers her own power, an insight into the sexual fantasy worlds of others.

Can she learn what it means and to control it before it controls her?

Will her monstrous paramour return and want more?

Can Fiona find a way to keep her sanity?

Maybe if she could only find someone who understood the dream realm, someone who could teach and protect her… Continue reading

Review: One Hundred Days


OneHundredDays

2 stars

Read from January 10th – 17th, 2017

Synopsis: In 1917, the mud of Flanders soaked up the blood of a quarter of a million men. If the war continued like that, the Allies would lose. One battle turned that around and was the beginning of a hundred days of advances to victory. This is a story about how that was done.

Two Australian soldiers experience the last two years of the Great War. Martin Ward is a lieutenant working alongside Major-General John Monash, and he sees the transition from slaughter at Passchendaele to breaching the Hindenburg Line. Alec Morey is a gunner severely injured in Flanders, and he returns to Australia to watch on in amazement as the Australian Imperial Force plays the major role in victory.

This is a fictional account of a story not well known; using real events, fictional characters and real-life characters to tell the tale of how the Great War was won. Continue reading

2017 Review: The Seduction


TheSeduction

ReviewStars-4

Read: January 6th, 2017.

Synopsis: The first time Erica saw the black, low-slung sports car, she felt shock at its sensual pull deep within her soul — but when she began to succumb to its whispered promises, she didn’t suspect she might be losing more than her mind.

This 1500-word paranormal tale is a ‘short-short’ story from the “Monsters in the Machines” collection by Roh Morgon. An excerpt from her novel “Watcher: Book I of The Chosen” is included.

Bookish Things: 7 pages. This is a short story, but I quite like the cover. Very apt.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.78 or Smashwords for free.

My Review: 

Insta-love of the right variety, this short piece takes the reader on a journey with Erica, the woman who falls in love with the car of her dreams.

A great mix of seductive writing and technical information, this one certainly packs a punch. My favourite part was the freeway ride.

Definitely worth the few minutes time investment.