Review: Shameless Corruption by Robert Fanshaw


ShamelessCorruption

3 stars

Read from August 24 to 25, 2015 — I own a copy

Synopsis: Company executive Caroline has until the final whistle of the World Cup to raise a million dollars, or risk a lifetime of servitude in a Macau brothel.

Her marriage in trouble, the glamorous Caroline has gambled her way to the heart of suave Mr Nim’s betting syndicate in Singapore. He introduces her to illegal gambling dens, where fortunes are won and lost.

When beginner’s luck runs out, she loses much more than just her money. She is left with nothing but sex to trade against Nim’s high-interest loans. He plans to enlarge his fortune in Brazil by fixing the tournament final, but the football authorities are closing in. Nim offers her unlimited wealth if she willingly joins his enterprise.

Has she betrayed her husband and her colleagues, or can she expose the conspiracy at the heart of football? While Nim’s men scour Rio to find Caroline, her estranged husband flies to Brazil in a desperate effort to reclaim the woman he loves.

Only one of them can win the woman they both desire. Continue reading

Review: Shameless Exposure by Robert Fanshaw


ShamelessExposure

ReviewStars-4

Read from May 27 to 31, 2015 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Synopsis: The second book in the entertaining ‘Shameless’ series by Robert Fanshaw:

Robert isn’t pleased when his wife Caroline agrees to model for a charity painting, especially when he finds out that the world famous artist is an ‘old flame’. Then Robert is dispatched to Scotland to take the case of a strangely familiar woman who has founded her own cult religion. The female acolytes drag first Robert and then Caroline into their pagan ceremonies and their marriage is tested to the limits. Continue reading

Review: Money for blood


MoneyForBlood

ReviewStars-4

Read from July 27 to August 02, 2014 — I own a copy

Synopsis: When Joseph McInerney returns with his millions to his childhood home on Australis Island, he hopes to capture something of the simple days of his youth. What he doesn’t bank on is his dysfunctional family, his friendly grocer, the publican or the hostile population of his hometown having their say when he finds the love of his life, the fearless but prickly Cloudy Bannon. The island is then hit by a series of murders and Joseph is about to find out that all the money in the world can’t always get you what you want, especially not the woman you love. Continue reading

AWW2014 Round up


So I’ve been a little slack with my reviewing on here, and I’ve not gotten around to posting all my Australian Women Writers (AWW) 2014 reviews yet, so here’s my round up post with their details, but keep your eyes peeled for reviews in early 2015 (while I catch up on my backlog).

This year, I read 22 books by Australian women writers, that’s one more than last year in total. My reading list was dominated by romance, thanks to Steam eReads who provided a large number of Aussie Romance books for me to read.

Favourite AWW2014 book goes to…

Bloodlines

The only AWW2014 book to get 5 stars, and also one of only three this year in my 93 books. Continue reading

Review: A man for all seasons


AManForAllSeasons

3 stars

Read from July 23 to 25, 2014

Synopsis: When successful rodeo rider and racehorse trainer Chad Cherub steps off the plane at Heathrow, love is the last thing on his mind. He’s travelled from Australia to do a business deal with the wealthy entrepreneur and racehorse fanatic, Walter Driscoll. However, he soon finds himself distracted by Wally’s gorgeous daughter, Seraphim.

Sweet, spoiled Seraphim, a gifted dressage rider, is also distracted. Engaged to the eminently suitable Barry Wellington-Worth, the arrival of cool, confident Chad forces her to re-examine her life. When she discovers the devastating truth that she does not love Barry, and learns that Chad’s cook has been injured, Seraphim jumps at the chance to take up the position on his remote property and escape the confines of her English life.

In the great dust bowl of the Australian Outback the couple find they have more in common than horses. Their love blooms as they work hard to start a new life together. But Seraphim’s family, and the past, threatens to tear them apart. It is only when the truth is laid bare that the barriers are broken down. Continue reading

The Baron’s Bargain


The Baron's Bargain

2 stars

Read on May 02, 2014

Synopsis: Etta Damian is a vampire living in Bonte Bayou, a tiny Louisiana town struck by a mysterious curse, following an epidemic of yellow fever in 1905. Etta’s guilt about her inadvertent role in the epidemic has kept her in Bonte Bayou, as its protector for over a century. In spite of Etta’s resolve to keep herself separate from the town’s human population, her kind nature has drawn several living friends to her. Among them is Marceline Prieto, a voodoo priestess, and Xavier Hermes, a talented baker.

Blaise Delaroche is also drawn to Etta, although Etta doesn’t welcome Blaise’s advances or his continued presence in Bonte Bayou. As Etta’s vampire master, Blaise has the power to force Etta do his bidding, to draw her into his embraces and electrify her with his sensual touches.

And although Etta is deeply attracted to tall, handsome Blaise, with his dark eyes, his sardonic wit, and his lingering traces of a Parisian accent, and she can’t help but respond to him, she bitterly resents him for turning her into a monster like him.

However, when Etta and Marceline concoct a plan to rid Bonte Bayou of its curse once and for all, they are forced to ask Blaise for his help. They intend to summon one by one the four Barons of the Guédé loas: the guardians of the dead, to help them in their quest.

Blaise agrees to help with the plan, though he has little interest in the welfare of Bonte Bayou. Etta doesn’t trust Blaise, but she soon realizes as they begin to summon the extremely powerful, unpredictable Guédé loas that it is not Blaise she needs to worry about.

Bookish things: 60 pages. The cover is lovely, especially how you can see what looks like some of the Louisiana countryside/Bayou along the bottom

Where to buy: Steam eReads in PDF, mobi or epub formats for $0.99 or Amazon on kindle for $1.04

My review:

Bookshelves: blog-review-req, paranormal, steamereads, 2-star-review, romance-ish, self-destruct, something-missing, too-short

Very short and too simple. That’s what the motto of this one should be.

Intriguing voodoo plot, but it was rushed and rather shallow in the details department.

The sex and other sexy type scenes were 2D and very basic in the language and sensory exploration. It really didn’t bring the reader in at all.

I would have liked more character description early on, as I didn’t have a clear image of the women until much later. I didn’t get to know Blaise very much either, which made developing any feelings for him difficult.

Ultimately, if you’re after a bit of titillation and not much else, as it is, this story might be for you. But as it also has the beginnings of a decent story, you might be drawn into this one a bit more than straight erotica.

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