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review 2017-10-23 13:12
Vampire: A Sensual Romance Novella - Gwendolyn R Morris

WTF KIND OF ENDING WAS THAT?!!!!

See, this is what happens every time I go against my instincts. When they tell me not to finish a book, I usually listen. But on those rare occasions when I decide to go against that, this happens. I waste my precious time on a story. Yup. I'm mad. I'm mad because there were things here that caught my attention and kept me reading, but then the outcome made it not worth it. Basically it should not have felt like a chore, and taken me this long to get through a book that is only 120 pages long.

I had plenty of problems with the execution of this story. From the way these two MC's related and spoke to one another, to the events that occurred in their journey till the end. There was some hotness here though. The beginning of their interludes were very awkward. But as the story progressed, the passion, heat and naughty bits you would expect to see; finally made themselves known.

What I did like was that the Vampires here, they aren't fluffed up like we've become so entralled with concerning these characters in others stories. They kill. To survive and sometimes for the fun of it. They are who they are and they don't apologize for it. It was refreshing for me to see this type of take on a Vampire that's fallen in love.

I can't say that I would recommend this read though. It's just not all that great.

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review 2016-03-28 15:03
Deadly Bequest (Sensual Pursuits #1) by Sherrel Lee
Deadly Bequest, Book 1, Sensual Pursuits (Sensual Pursuites) - Sherrel Lee

Dani Brant believes there is no right or wrong in love..

When her uncle dies and leaves her his estate. She seeks the help of police detective Raylan Meeks believing her uncle’s death was murder. Her uncle has many enemies and was aware someone wanted to kill him, so he leaves instructions for private investigator Aiden Westmoreland to protect, Dani after his death.

Dani is no innocent young woman instead she is a lifelong voyeur seeking erotic experiences, she knows are available to those brave enough to explore them. As the murder is investigated her desire for Aiden and Raylan grows to the point she does not want to let either of them to go.

 

 

 

 

My Review:

I couldn't decide between a 4 or 5 star rating for this book. It has a mix of mystery/suspense but its lack of real romance falls into the erotic sex without the emotional entanglement.

Although that part felt a bit murky at times for me, I do feel that the book would have been just as strong without the investigation part added to it but it was an interesting addition none the less.

I think it was mostly my fascination with Dani's mind that kept me reading.

She felt like such an emotionally detached person for most of the book but then you had rising moments that included her personal vulnerabilities that she hid behind sex and sort of used as her measuring system for how she handled the rest of the world around her.

It made her feel naive and sort of selfish at times as well. I kind of liked that complexity in her that she wasn't all buff but it wasn't all wash either.

I did like that Aiden wasn't the kind of guy that was just a case of easy lay that gave in to a pleading pussy regardless of how easy it would have been like a lot of Erotica I've read and I would have been happy with the story only having the twosome lovesome but in comes Ray who I really didn't care for all that much.

Ray provides some hot sex scenes but I didn't particularly care for his personality, his excuses, or his interactions with Dani outside of the off and on thing they had going on.

Regardless of my personal feelings over that I still felt the story was good and worth the read.

 

 

 

 

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Note: Received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review

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text 2016-02-01 11:32
Another Great Kresley Cole Series
If You Dare - Kresley Cole

Wow! This woman, Ms. Kresley Cole, can write anything. I began reading her action packed-under and above the covers- Immortals After Dark series many years ago. I read quite a few, then put her books on hold for a while. I came back last year and have nearly completed IAD. As we Geminis love to do, we read at least five books at one time (depending upon our mood). In doing this, I thought I would try Ms. Cole's earlier works after having recently completed her new-amazing-contemporary erotica series, The Game Makers. Knowing how great she handled Contemporary in addition to Paranormal Romance, I had faith that her earlier works-The MacCarrik Brothers trilogy- would be fantastic. Well, I can honestly say that I placed my faith in good hands because this series, so far, is really wonderful. For those who like non-paranormal romance, don't mind period pieces with minimal historical details, and more detailed erotic scenes with brawny, sensual, loving, alpha-males who happen to be Kilt wearers, then this is your series. This book of three, is well written, has a good story line, is erotic but tasteful, and is an easy read! I highly recommend it. There is just a special way that Ms. Cole, and only Ms. Cole, writes sex scenes that are the most unique and erotic in general romance. I have never read anyone else that writes them like she does. It's strange because the scenes are so normal and vanilla, but they make you puddle on the floor every time. And oh yeah, did I mention there's an actual plot that takes up most of the book! I know, right?! Amazing how now we can get a two-for-one deal in today's literature. This book is indeed a "kilt lifter" not a " bodice ripper." Just to clarify ;) But not a cheesy Harlequin; one of few genres I detest vehemently. Yes, there is a clear distinction. So, check this first book out via Overdrive, it's free! You can't go wrong with that, especially if you are new to her works. Enjoy what's under the kilt, I mean cover ;)

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review 2015-11-01 00:00
Beloved: A Sensual Noir Thriller
Beloved: A Sensual Noir Thriller - Laine... Beloved: A Sensual Noir Thriller - Laine Cunningham First off, this is not a normal read for me. I’m expanding my experiences, though, and I’ve heard good things about this author.

I have to admit, I found the first part of the book extremely difficult to read. Like, I had to take a week off to get over it, and even then, I had to skim over most of the sections involving Cole. He’s the serial rapist, and to be honest, the anger and brokenness of this character was a little too much for me to handle.

Once past that, I found Priya’s character to be strong, beautiful, and compelling, and her relationship with Randal is kind of epic.

There was also a beauty to the way Lawrence, the serial killer, was portrayed. Despite his heinous crimes, something about the way they were described almost drew you into his delusions.

I think the author struck the perfect balance of beauty and evil, and the way Hinduism weaves throughout the story brings a touch of magic that is easy enough to follow along with, even for someone as uneducated in the religion as I am.

There is a lot of sexual content, some good and some repulsive, so if that’s not your thing, I recommend you stay clear, but if you can handle all that, then I think it’s worth the read.

I received a free copy of this book for review.
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text 2015-03-04 15:17
Delivery: Midwives in Romances
Butterfly Garden: A Sensual Amish Historical Romance - Annette Blair
Virgin River - Robyn Carr
Lady in the Mist (The Midwives #1) - Laurie Alice Eakes
The Midwife and the Lawman - Marisa Carroll
Karma - Viola Grace
By Julie Garwood The Secret - Julie Garwood
This Golden Land - Barbara Wood
Never Less Than a Lady (Lost Lords #2) - Mary Jo Putney
A Midwife Crisis - Lisa Cooke
The Midwife of Venice - Roberta Rich

Call of the Midwife and a rethinking of Western childbirth practice are giving the midwife the spotlight in popular culture but these heroines have always been abundant in Romance Novels. 

 

A powerful part of women's work in any time period, these heroines deserve a starring role.

 

Here is a diverse array of Midwife Heroines from Romanceland.  My lists are never in any particular order. 

 

1. Butterfly Garden: A Sensual Amish Historical Romance by Annette Blair

 

Amish woman Sara Lapp, all but shunned for studying with the English doctor to become a midwife, is shocked that, after months of waiting, her first call to tend a birth comes from self-appointed outcast Mad Adam Zuckerman. For his wife’s sake, Sara boldly tells Adam that he is killing Abby with so many babies so close, but Abby is already dead.

Adam did not call Sara to tend the birth, but to give her his children. Though Sara knows Abby’s girls belong with their father, how can she leave them with a man who seems not to care for them? As much as she loves and wants the girls, she decides that she will only take them long enough to teach Adam to love them.

As a child Adam heard the words, “I do this because I love you,” with his father’s every abuse. Adam is afraid to love his children, afraid that in doing so, he will hurt them. Without Abby to protect them, Adam must find someone else, and he can think of only one woman strong and brave enough, Spinster Sara Lapp.

 

2. Virgin River by Robyn Carr

 

Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against a backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal-clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included.

When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad, she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to reenergize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arriving: the cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Realizing she's made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning.

But a tiny baby, abandoned on a front porch, changes her plans…and former marine Jack Sheridan cements them into place.

 

3. The Secret by Julie Garwood

 

Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another, private reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, Laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.


In a spirited clash of wills and customs, Judith reveled in the melting bliss of Iain's searching kisses, his passionate caresses. Perplexed by her sprightly defiance, bemused by her tender nature, Iain felt his soul growing into the light and warmth of her love. Surely nothing would wrench her from the affection and trust of Iain and his clan...not even the truth about her father, a devastating secret that could shatter the boldest alliance, and the most glorious of loves!

 

4. Karma by Viola Grace

 

Olive has wanted to take midwife training, but the waiting list is nearly a decade long. When she is offered the chance to take the training and go into space, she takes it. Who wouldn’t?

Assigned as midwife to a pregnant Terran on an alien world, she is immersed in a world of fighters, trainers and paparazzi.

Regaran knows that a Terran would be a good match for him, but the only one he knows is taken. When he meets Olive, he is stunned by his response to her soft words and shy manner. After she gets a good night’s sleep, he finds out that her words are carefully chosen and she is not as demure as she looks. She’s a warrior who picks her battles, and he is looking for a fight.

 

5. Lady in the Mist by Laurie Alice Eakes

 

By virtue of her profession as a midwife, Tabitha Eckles is the keeper of many secrets. Dominick Cherrett is a man with his own secret to keep: namely, why he, a British aristocrat, is on American soil working as an indentured servant.

In a time when relations between America and England rest on the edge of a knife, Tabitha and Dominick cross paths, leading them on a journey of intrigue, threats, public disgrace, and . . . love. But can Tabitha trust Dominick? Finding true love seems impossible in a world set against them.

 

6.  The Midwife and the Lawman by Marisa Carroll

 

If Devon Grant had her way, she'd turn her back on Enchantment. There's simply too much history in that small town. But her sense of honor has her returning to help her ailing grandmother run The Birth Place—even though she's still angry about her grandmother's past actions. And there's also Miguel Eiden, the man who broke her heart ten years before.

 

Then Devon uncovers a secret and must decide what to do and who to trust—because in order to help three innocent children she might have to bend, if not break, the law. Not so easy when the new chief of police is her old love Miguel.

 

7. This Golden Land by Barbara Wood

 

Eighteen-year-old Hannah Conroy has always dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps as a healer. But in nineteenth-century England, the medical profession is closed to women. She sees midwifery as a back door into that world, but her fledgling career is crushed by personal tragedy. Seeking to escape a possible murder conviction in England, Hannah’s world is turned upside down as she boards a boat bound for Melbourne. Young and naïve, with some laboratory notes and a handful of medical instruments, she hopes Australia is a place of a new beginning and a fresh start, a place where she can begin a midwife practice. Arriving during a period of enormous change in Australia, Hannah faces a myriad of challenges. Not only must she fight for acceptance as a medical professional, but she also falls in love with and must decide between two men: an American photographer seeking a new life in Australia, and a rowdy outlaw fleeing arrest. This Golden Land presents a love story that neither time nor distance can erase.

 

8. Never Less Than A Lady by Mary Jo Putney

 

As the sole remaining heir to the Earl of Daventry, Alexander Randall knows his duty: find a wife and sire a son of his own. The perfect bride for a man in his position would be a biddable young girl of good breeding. But the woman who haunts his imagination is Julia Bancroft--a village midwife with a dark secret that thrusts her into Randall's protection.

Within the space of a day, Julia has been abducted by her first husband's cronies, rescued, and proposed to by a man she scarcely knows. Stranger still is her urge to say yes. A union with Alexander Randall could benefit them both, but Julia doubts she can ever trust her heart again, or the fervent desire Randall ignites. Yet perhaps only a Lost Lord can show a woman like Julia everything a true marriage can be. . .

 

9. A Midwife Crisis by Lisa Cooke

 

Due to her family’s meddling, an Appalachian midwife finds herself with three eager fiancés, but it’s the new doctor in town who makes her pulse race.

 

Katie Napier’s zany family has decided she needs a husband. And when Katie’s family puts their mind to something, it’s as good as done. In fact, they’re so good, they’ve arranged three fiancés for her in less than a week. What’s a midwife to do?

 

Dr. John Keffer is used to helping people. It’s why he came back to the Appalachian Mountains—to build a new practice and leave behind the painful memories of the big city. But usually his help is of a medical nature, not advising the most captivating woman he’s ever met which man to wed. A difficult task, especially once he decides he wants to keep her for himself.

 

10. The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich

 

Hannah Levi is renowned throughout Venice for her gift at coaxing reluctant babies from their mothers using her secret “birthing spoons.” When a count implores her to attend his dying wife and save their unborn son, she is torn. A Papal edict forbids Jews from rendering medical treatment to Christians, but his payment is enough to ransom her husband Isaac, who has been captured at sea. Can she refuse her duty to a woman who is suffering? Hannah’s choice entangles her in a treacherous family rivalry that endangers the child and threatens her voyage to Malta, where Isaac, believing her dead in the plague, is preparing to buy his passage to a new life.

 

 

Did I miss your favorite? Let me know! Vote on my Goodreads list: Delivery: Midwives in Romances.

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