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review 2019-11-24 09:07
Of Beast And Beauty
Of Beast and Beauty - Stacey Jay

I got this as an Audiobook during one of the SYNCs (these provide some audiobooks for free for a limited period of time), and I don't know why but this was the second Beauty and the Beast retelling I got to listen to in this way.

While I like retellings, it is always a little bit problematic because you already know where the story is going. And when things start to feel rushed or forced, as was the romance in this case, I don't really like it. Isra, who lives by the well-being of a set of enchanted roses, had a lot of angst and was very passive, even though she was supposed to be ruling the city. I liked the setting, but had more hopes for the execution of the story.

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review 2019-10-25 07:04
Shared World Novels what what
Lord of the Abyss - Nalini Singh

This was an odd little experiment, which I undertook because I'm so on the hook for Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling novels, but then I haven't been down for much else she's written. I'm not sure what the official name for this series is -- Lords of [Something] would be my guess -- but it's four different paranormal romance novels with an overarching plot written by four different writers. I find this sort of thing fascinating -- when novel writers collaborate like television or comic writers.


The last series like this I read was the Crimson City novels. Most of them are by someone called Liz Maverick (which is surely not a pen name at all), but the second is by Marjorie M Liu. who, before she racked up all the awards for Monstress, wrote this fucking brilliantly weird PNR series called Dirk & Steele. I mean, she really moved the markers for what you can pull off in the sometimes boring vampire/werewolf snorefest you can find in the genre. Liu took the kind of premise that made me exclaim, wait, what?? like a hundred times when I was reading the first novel, Crimson City, and in her story, grounds it so completely in believable interpersonal concerns that my brain stopped screaming every 15 minutes about how nothing about the world made any sense. That's some godamn writing right there. 


Singh's outing in the Lords of [Something] maybe wasn't at this level, but I actually made it all the way through to the end of the novel, which is something I cannot say about the other three books in the series. Some of this is just the silliness of the premise, because all of the books are riffs on various fairy tales. There's one based on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, for example, where our fair haired maiden finds a rock hard cock which was just right, and I just couldn't stop my brain from squealing immaturely, and then breaking into laughter.  


Lord of the Abyss is very loosely based on Beauty and the Beast, and it works in the places that Singh tends to excel, and otherwise is kind of a mess. She does an excellent job writing characters out of trauma and abuse. She doesn't go for the magic vagina, the ladybits that can cure all, but constructs believable psychologies warped by neglect, and then slowly, carefully, draws them out. But the world, and the magic, is slapdash, so the parts of the plot that intersect with that are shaky at best. 


So, fun to see a writer I tend to enjoy, at least in one limited context, pull off something in a shared world. Didn't captivate me like Psy-Changeling, but it was a perfectly cromulent way to pass the time. 


ETA: Ok, I actually looked, and the series is called Royal House of Shadows, which seems kind of stuffy and conceited, but what do I know. 



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review 2019-09-26 05:53
4 Star Alien Beast
Beauty and the Alien Beast - Sedona Venez


She was abducted from Earth by alien slavers, rescued by a hot alien warrior who flees with her into the hostile wilderness of his home, but Ella is uncertain about where they stand due to the inability to communicate with her savior. He was on a mission to find evidence to shut the slavers down for good, but when Teken saw Ella, he realized she was his one true mate.


This new series is off to a wonderful start with a romance that is out of this world energetic and passionate. The story starts off with high levels of suspense and excitement and just keeps building from there as these strong, vibrant characters pull readers into their world. The fast pace keeps readers on the edge of their seat as the couple faces all the dangers of a hostile wilderness and its inhabitants while trying to outrun or hide from the slavers chasing them and that’s not to mention the added complication of not being able to communicate with each other.


The romance is sweet and the chemistry sizzles with electricity despite the communication problem but that is quite a setback in terms of relationship building especially when Ella wants to find a way home. The author has created a delightfully fascinating world with some unique elements and sexy warrior alien wolf shifters that has hearts pounding (beware also may cause some drooling) and some surprising twists including death traps that ensure that there is never a dull moment in this exhilarating and energetic alien romance.


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review 2019-06-24 17:01
Beauty & the Billionaire Beast, Maria Hoagland
Beauty and the Billionaire Beast (Destin... Beauty and the Billionaire Beast (Destination Billionaire Romance Book 6) - Maria Hoagland,Amberlee Day,Kaylee Baldwin

I enjoyed this romantic mystery. I received this for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 4.5* rating. This had a touch of Romeo and Juliette because of 2 close families through the generations set in New Orleans, Louisiana featuring the old plantations. Add a funny little twist to the everyday workings of one of the smaller plantations, giving tours, renovations and general fixing up of things, and you find yourself pulled into the mystery.

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review 2019-03-22 14:25
The Beast's Beauty (Beauty and the Beast #2)
The Beauty's Beast (The Beauty and the Beast #2) - R. Phoenix

I have to say I knew nothing about this book or series but just bought it for the cover. LOL. I gobbled up these two books and while it is so wrong...it was so right. I loved the mental play happening here. There is no physical torture and no penetrative rape, but there is humiliation, puppy/kitty play and just an interesting exploration into the mindset of a kidnapper and his victim...into submission and needing to become someone else in order to survive.


This series may not work for everyone but it totally worked for me.


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