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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Review Of The ARC Working Out The Kinks (A Short Story) By Kiki Howell

Working Out The Kinks (A Short Story) By Kiki Howell

Coming Oct. 17th, 2011
Genres: Pagan, Contemorary, Erotic Romance

Adult Content Warnings: Explicit Graphic Language and Sex Magic with mild BDSM Elements from Rebel Ink Press 

Making an appointment with his ex-girlfriend under a fake name, David buys himself one hour to get her attention. Hoping to apologize and remind her of their time together, he intends to do whatever he has to in order to make Meredith, a practicing Wiccan, forgive him for being idiot enough to have listened to those around him and choosing his political aspirations over love.

Meredith is resistant to let David anywhere near her heart again. Desperate, David plays all his trump cards and suggests a sexual magick ritual which incorporates the BDSM lifestyle he and Meredith used to experiment with. The methods he uses may be unconventional, like sensory deprivation and sensation play intended to build trust and to achieve altered states of consciousness. But David is more than willing to do whatever it takes if he can just get Meredith to agree.

Kiki has such a way of extracting deep feelings from her readers. She has such a handle on peoples emotions you would almost swear it was an otherworldly talent. Meredith is deeply hurt by what happened between her and David, her now ex-boyfriend. For his part, he realizes he let the best thing that ever happen to him get away from him because of outside peer pressure. I felt for both of these characters emotional struggles. Meredith for wanting, but letting go for what she feels, is best for him. David for wanting, but having to deal with the amount of hurt he caused the one woman who loved him beyond anything. Their journey of rediscovery was HOT, as well as tender and full of emotions. I enjoyed how Kiki captured the Wiccan elements and told them with much attention to detail. I, like David, am Roman Catholic but I have ALWAYS been fascinated by the occult and/or witch craft. Not until I was older did I realize it was more a religion (Wicca), a way of life that brings balance, peace, and harmony to all around. I love that after reading a story by Kiki I feel like, not only have I read a great story but I have learned something new about myself and a greater appreciation for all things Wiccan. On a scale from 1-10 I give Working Out The Kinks a 10. Ever since I read Torn Asunder, I knew miss Howell would be an author I would want to read over and over again. If you are looking for a great short story with actual feelings you can relate to and a love to hold on to and never let go of than this story is one you need to pick up on October 17,2011.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Review Of Grey's Lady (Carte Blanche Series Book #1) By Natasha Blackthorne

Grey's Lady (Carte Blanche, #1)
Grey's Lady (Carte Blanche Series Book #1) By Natasha Blackthorne

Format: ebook
Book Length: Novella
Published: August 8th 2011 by Total-E-Bound
ISBN13: 9780857156181
Primary Language: English
url: http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=1318
Series: Carte Blanche #1
Genre: Historical
Setting: Philadelphia, PA, 1812 (United States)
Source: GoodReads and Total-E-Bound Publishing
Purchase: Total-E-Bound (link to purchase HERE)
Age: Adult 18+*

*I added the age restriction. The age restriction was not provided by GoodReads or Total-E-Bound.


Seeking sexual excitement and conquest, poor but beautiful Beth seduces wealthy merchant prince Grey Sexton, only to find herself the pursued as he seeks to own her body and soul.

Flouting the moral standards of Jeffersonian America, temptress Beth McConnell lets no man touch her heart. Her motto is love them once and leave them burning.

But when she boldly seduces Grey Sexton, a self-controlled merchant prince from New York, she finds herself too fascinated by his ice-over-fire nature to stay away. His possessive determination to own her, body and soul, threatens to expose her secret erotic life to public shame.

But Beth will only surrender her love to a man she can trust. And Grey's materialistic approach to relationships leaves her little reason to believe he can ever give her what she truly needs.

For these two cynical yet lonely people, can deep sexual intimacy work a miracle and lead to the opening of their hearts?

I grew up on Historical Romances so it was nice to actually get to read one again. Seeing as this book is set in 1812 you can imagine how little freedom woman had in general let alone sexually. Back then men could have mistresses aplenty with no one batting an eye lash but let a woman sleep with more than one man and have that become public knowledge not only would she be disgraced, she would be branded a whore. It was interesting that Grey, while he had more than one mistress, was truly a gentleman at heart and strives to stay true to that. Beth is a woman who goes after which ever man she wants with abandon BUT still manages to keep her sexual encounters from being know by her family and the public at large. When Beth and Grey meet for the first time there is no denying the electricity that sparks between them. This Novella is about these two people with such strong wills trying to fight for dominance in their red hot affair. Beth doesn't want to be a kept woman and feels she has no say in her life and Grey feels that because she is sleeping with him he has a right to dictate rules on how she should behave and that he must protect her from the ways of the world. Both stubborn to the core it was really enjoyable seeing how their story played out. I am interested to see what comes next in book 2 of this series. On a scale from 1-10 I give Grey's Lady a 10. It was an enjoyable read with a strong female heroine and an equally strong hero that is capable of reforming his outlook on how he behaves. Anyone 18+ looking for a HOT read and strong characters really should pick up a copy of Grey's Lady.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Review Of Gabriel's Inferno By Sylvain Reynard

                                                    KLB Virtual Events Book Blog Tour

I am so honored to be kicking off this book tour for Gabriel's Inferno. Not only to I get to start this tour rolling but I also get to give away 2 e-book copies of Gabriel's Inferno. That's right 2 e-book copies to two lucky people who follow KLB's blog located here will be entered into this giveaway. Please leave your email in a comment as well as format of the book you would like. Trust me you are going to WANT this prize because this book is Phenomenal. Giveaway ends on 9/27/11 at 12 PM EST and winner will be chosen using random.org. There is a tastefully done sex scene in this book so I should say this book is more for 18+ (possibly a mature 17 year old). Being a mom, I had to throw that out there....^_^.

Gabriel's Inferno
Gabriel's Inferno By Sylvain Reynard

Pub. Date: April 2011
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Sold By: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book (eBook) , 513pp
Sales Rank: 26,581
File Size: 661 KB
BN ID: 2940012336156
Genre: Contemporary Romance*
Source: Barnes And Noble (link to purchase HERE)
Purchase: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE)

*Source: Omnific Publishing


Professor Gabriel Emerson, a specialist in Dante and the art of seduction, believes he has already earned his exile to the lower circles of hell. Since redemption is impossible, there is no reason to refrain from indulging in a life of pleasurable sin, using his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm as a means to gratify his every whim. But when he meets Julia Mitchell, a brilliant, lovely, and innocent grad student with the achingly familiar eyes of an angel, all of his cynical convictions are challenged. Her mysterious allure and the havoc she wreaks on his self-satisfied existence cause him to lash out at her, while her quiet beauty and innate goodness consistently undermine his control, tempting him beyond measure.

Despite surviving a traumatic childhood, nothing has shaken Julia’s faith that redemption is possible for everyone—everyone but her. Her unworthiness torments her, since the only man she will ever love has managed to forget her very existence, failing to even recognize her when they reconnect. Too naive to see that Gabriel’s hostility is a mask for his increasing obsession with her, Julia forces him to come to grips with his past while she continues to unwittingly torment his senses. His fascination grows into a dangerous preoccupation, for Julia is forbidden fruit . . .

Will Gabriel survive the inferno, or will he succumb to the flames?

OMG, this book was beyond AMAZING. When I was told how fantastic this book was I was skeptical because you just never know. I read the blurb and I was interested. When I started reading it I so know what my friend meant. I had such a hard time putting it down. I was so desperate to keep reading it that when I was at my 3 year old niece's birthday party I pulled out my iPod so I could keep reading it. THAT is how HOOKED I was....LOL. Gabriel's Inferno is so hard to put into words because I am having a hard time trying to make you all understand just how much this book is A MUST READ. My friend described it as EPIC and I can't tell you how much I agree with her. Gabriel is such a complex character that, at first, you want to write him off as a BIG TIME jerk but upon further inspection you realize he is just an extremely self-tortured soul. I say self-tortured because Gabriel doesn't allow himself any room for forgiveness, therefore, he is always consumed by what he perceives to be a nonredeemable soul. Julianne, is just a young girl at heart, with a crush that never went away but she is also a woman with, what she believes, to be a shameful secret. Julia has loved Gabriel since the first time she ever saw him, but circumstances beyond either of their control has kept them apart for 6 years. When Julia comes face to face with her secret crush she is devastated to realize he doesn't even remember who she is, let alone what she means to his family. Gabriel, for his part, is almost blind to what is right in front of him. To him, miss Mitchell is, nothing more than a bothersome grad student who happens to be in his Dante Seminar class. BUT, the more time he spends around her the more he starts to feel things he never thought possible.  When he learns that Julia is his long lost "Beatrice", Gabriel pulls out all the stops to make Julianne see how much they belong together. Even though both character's are struggling with their own inner turmoil they are determined to not let the other one see for fear that it will ruin their fragile serenity. Julia's innocence and Gabriel's jaded past is what makes these two such captivating characters. This book is PHENOMENAL, I  can't stress that enough. To me, this series (yes, there is going to be a book 2) is right up there with The Twilight Saga and The Harry Potter Series (in my humble opinion). On a scale from 1-10 I give Gabriel's Inferno a 20. Yes, it is off the scale because this book is just that incredible. I can't think up enough creative words to say how amazing this book is. Everyone needs to pick up a copy of this book. Don't forget, 2 lucky people who follow KLB's blog and comment with their e-mail address, as well as, format of the book you would like will win a copy.

The next stop on the tour will be tomorrow on Hanging With Bells.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Review Of Rhapsody By Mahalia Levey

Rhapsody By Mahalia Levey

  • Pub. Date: August 2011
  • Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
  • Sold By: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Book (eBook)
  • Sales Rank: 438,814
  • File Size: 140 KB
  • BN ID: 2940013088740
  • Source: 
      • Barnes And Noble (link to purchase HERE)
  • Purchase: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE)
  • Age: Adult 18+*

*I added the age restriction. The age restriction was not provided by Barnes And Noble.


Neveah Harris finally has her chance. Two albums in a row she’s worked with and tee’s he sports, she’s quickly becoming groupie fan number one. The only problem is, he 
doesn’t notice her dropped jaw every-time he enters the same room. Her age and weight are issues she must face in order to drum up enough courage to get his number.

Wade ‘Garrick’ Stevens is psyched to work on the newest cover for his band mates. They have a vision that only one sexy graphic artist can bring to life. The last two sold goldmines thanks to her brilliance. Underneath her professional front he senses she may be into just more than a working environment, which is just fine with him.

Years younger than her, he plans to convince her on one date. He’s sure sparks will ignite.

Wow, Rhapsody was fantastic. This story was such a refreshing change from the usual girl crushes on a guy and wants him to notice her but takes a year and a day to do it. It was great to see Garrick wanting Neveah just as much as she wanted him. The fact that he went after what he wanted was nice to read. Even though there was an age difference it didn't matter so much at the end of the day with Garrick and Neveah. This is a story I would love to see a sequel to. I want to know more about these amazing characters. Mahalia has NEVER disappointed me with any of her books. She has such an amazing ability to tell a great story, as well as, making it SMOKING HOT!!!! I also love the fact that she writes realistic characters. The fact that Neveah wasn't a skinny minny was awesome. I always read stories where the heroine is almost always a petite girl who is like a size zero. I applaud the fact that she made her character a size 10. Thank you for keeping it real and not playing to, what most people, perceive as the perfect ideal woman. On a scale from 1-10 I give Rhapsody a GIGANTIC 10 and encourage everyone 18+ to read it. If you are looking for a great short story about two real people exploring the possibility of love then this story is so for you.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering The 10 Year Anniversary Of September 11,2001 - September 11,2011

Take a moment today and light a White Candle in remembrance of all the men and women who lost their lives September 11,2001. We will NEVER FORGET and they will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

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