Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Descent (The Taker #3) by Alma Katsu #Review


Genre: Fantasy, Gothic, Paranormal, Romance
Author: Alma Katsu
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Reviewed by: Aimee
Source: Audible Audiobook Purchase
Rating: 5 out of 5 (♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥)
And then he appeared at the end of the hall, a shadowy figure backlit by the sun. My heart raced, being in his presence once again. Adair, the man who’d hurt and deceived me, loved and exalted me, brought a man back from the dead for me, given me all of time in the hope I would share it with him. Did he still love me enough to help me?

As I stood in Adair’s magnetic presence, everything that had happened between us rushed back to me in a tumult, all that passion and anger and hurt. The chaos of the strange world I had known when I’d lived with him tugged at me. I stood at his door ready to ask him to take a journey with me—a journey that wasn’t without risk. The bond between us might be ruined forever. Still, I had no choice. No one else could help me.

A new chapter in our history was about to begin.
I'm not sure what all the low ratings on Goodreads are about. I loved this book. I love this series, which I sometimes read and sometimes listened to in audiobook format. My favorite part of the whole thing is the author's style of writing; very elegant, very deep and poetic. So the ratings baffle me. I can only assume that people are so caught up in what's "expected" that they don't like it when something veers off course in the romance world.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Convicted (Consequences #3) by Aleatha Romig #Review


Genre: Psychological Thriller, Romantic Suspense
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Reviewed by: Aimee
Source: Kindle Purchase
Rating: 2 out of 5 (♥♥) for the whole series

This series should really be called...

How to Be a More Forgiving Victim

Consequences fans... you're not going to like this. I'm about to be a very unpopular lady. No worries, though. I've taken the liberty of taping a target to my back, just to make things easier for you when you pull the trigger. But I have to say... I'm not a fan. As a mystery, suspense, psychological thriller, the writing for this series is pretty decent. As a romance, it's disturbing. And I don't normally use pictures in reviews, but this series is so preposterous, I figured visual aids would be helpful.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Review: Heat by R. Lee Smith


Genre: Adult, sci-fi, horror, erotic romance
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Reviewed by: Aimee
Source: Amazon Kindle Purchase
Rating: 2 out of 5 (♥ ♥)
Her first week in L.A., she'd fallen in with a group of Goths and their middle-aged whacko leader. He told her he was a servant of Satan and gave her a mattress in his basement to sleep on. He introduced her to absinthe and bloodletting, told her that her true name was Isis, and informed her that the Devil wanted her to be the blood virgin during their rituals. Raven could even remember feeling a tremendous sense of pride and importance as she'd counted out drops of her blood into the black goblet they all drank from, all the while laughing at anyone who actually believed the Devil was real.

Well, here he was. The Devil's breath was on her neck. The Devil's arm was on her hip. The Devil's spunk was in her mouth, and obviously, her virginity had never been high on his list of wants.
Well, damn! I was on a roll, but I think I just hit a wall. I really hate to give negative reviews. Especially on the heels of reading, what I consider, the same author's crowning achievement. I loved The Last Hour of Gann, and I really liked Cottonwood (not as much as Gann though). But I think I really could have done without Heat. This story is definitely much more like horror than the other two books I've recently read by R. Lee Smith.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Review: Cottonwood by R. Lee Smith


Genre: Adult, sci-fi, horror, erotic romance
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Reviewed by: Aimee
Source: Amazon Kindle Purchase
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 1/2)
She hummed softly, caught herself, and stepped up to knock on the pressed-wood door. She heard something move inside. Someone, she corrected herself. "Hello?" she called, and knocked again. "Sir? My name is Sarah Fowler, and I'm from IBI—"

The door yanked itself open inwards, and there he was—the alien. Seven feet, dark brown with black streaks, snapping mouth palps, twitching antennae, and dull red eyes, glaring at her. He spat out a curt series of grumbles and clicks. "Fuck off," said an electronic voice in her ear. He slammed the door.

Her first instinct was to leave. She stifled it, nerved herself, and knocked again.

"Hello? Can you please tell me if I'm speaking to Mr. John Byrnes?"

A second spurt of insectile noise, one with no translation. Then he said, "No, you're speaking to—" Here was what obviously had a name in it, cut up by clicks and grunts. "—but you couldn't chew it with your mushy human mouths so you call me John Byrnes. Happy? Now fuck off."
Wow, R. Lee Smith certainly likes to write some brutally gruesome, violent stories. This is your only WARNING! I can't send you a boat or a helicopter (heh, sorry, inside joke for The Last Hour of Gann fans), so pay attention to that first sentence. If you're faint of heart, and can't take dark subject matter, I would probably steer clear of an R. Lee Smith novel. But... if it's something you're curious about or sounds like it's right up your alley, I highly recommend reading one. I've only read two so far, but they both deliver heavily on the shocking brutality and violence theme. That being said... this was another winner for me! Fantastic writing! Great dialogue! Excellent world building! Exceptional characterization.