Red Review at last!

What a gorgeous cover!Red
Kate Kinsey
eKensington
September 6, 2012

Truly, madly…deadly

Detective Tom Hanson has a string of grotesquely mutilated bodies on his hands and no answers—aside from the fact that the victims were members of an underground sex club catering to singular erotic tastes. Tastes the long, lean detective has sampled himself in the arms of his former lover, a fiery redhead who offered the most erotic, irresistible sex he’d ever encountered. Until the night she’d begged for the one thing he couldn’t give, and he lost her forever.

Gina Larsen is the only one who can guide Hanson through the fringe world of dark fantasy and desire that lies hidden deep beneath the Bible Belt. Lured into her lair by a quest for justice, Hanson discovers his hunger for Gina has only grown stronger and deeper…beyond the edge of control. Soon he’s shedding his last inhibitions in the search for answers, but the more she draws him into her erotic web, the less he can distinguish between passion and duty, pleasure and pain…good and evil.

~Amazon

Short review: Mind. Blowing.

Longer review: Let me start out by saying that I grew up sneaking my older brother’s John Grishams and lying to the librarian saying that my parents said I could check out Nelson DeMille when I was 10. I read this book while having a Castle marathon. I LOVE murder mysteries. That said, I’ve read so many murder mysteries, I can usual figure out the killer by chapter three at the latest. Not this book. I was well into 78% done before I started saying no way is that person the killer to myself. I barely guessed it before the delectable Hanson figured it out. It was that good a mystery.

But hey, isn’t this supposed to be a BDSM erotic novel a la 50 Shades of Vanilla Grey? Never fear, it was both and more. The aforementioned fanfic was written by someone who watched a few videos and read a book while typing on her phone. This novel was written by someone who lives the life of a submissive (and has a full grasp of spelling, grammar, and syntax along with a top-notch editor). She is part of the community and she knows what really is acceptable and what is just abuse wrapped in a silk tie. This is not “mommy porn”. This is The Life as it really is with a tantalizing mystery woven inside and around it.

The beginning is poetic and true. The first chapter is short and ends in heartbreak, but the characters are so well developed in such a short span the heartbreak is shared. I can’t say enough about how well written and detailed this book is in a tight 85,000 words.

The crime scenes are brutal and explicit as are the sex scenes. If you’re squeamish, this isn’t the book for you. If you love a good mystery and know real kink when you see it, dive right in! A+
Legal stuff: I received this book from NetGalley and eKinsington. I am not being paid for this review.

Season for Surrender Review

Season for Surrender

Season for Surrender
Theresa Romain
Kensington Publishing
October 2, 2012

Honor Among Rogues

Alexander Edgware, Lord Xavier, has quite a reputation–for daring, wagering, and wickedness in all its delightful forms. But the wager before him is hardly his preferred sport: Xavier must persuade a proper young lady to attend his famously naughty Christmas house party–and stay the full, ruinous two weeks. Worse, the lady is Louisa Oliver, a doe-eyed bookworm Xavier finds quite charming. Yet to refuse the challenge is impossible–he will simply have to appoint himself Miss Oliver’s protector.

Mischief Among Misses

Louisa knows her chance for a husband has passed. But she has no desire to retire into spinsterhood without enjoying a few grand adventures first. When Lord Xavier’s invitation arrives, Louisa is more intrigued than insulted. And once inside the rogues’ gallery, she just may have a thing or two to teach her gentlemen friends about daring.

-Amazon

Short Review: I liked it.

Extended review: I really liked it. No, really. The only thing I didn’t like was the petulant villain and duh, that’s what you’re supposed to feel about the villain. There were a couple of times I had to go back and read again because no way did that just happen only to find out that it did. The only suspension of disbelief I had was Xavier and Louisa being left alone for so long so often. I also wondered more than once why Xavier didn’t pound his cousin Lockwood into itsy bitsy bits, but the book would have been over pretty quickly if he’d listened to me when I yelled out “hit him already.” Seriously, I talked to a book. That doesn’t happen often.

The characters (even the villain) were intelligent and believable. The verbal sparring was sharp. All the words meant what the author meant them to mean. It was a hardship to put it down and go back to work after lunch. I know, when isn’t it a hardship to go back to work, but it was the book this time. It was a nice escape.

If you like Julia Quinn, you will love this book. I’m definitely going to look for more from this author! A+

Legal stuff: I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from NetGalley and Kensington. I am not being paid for this review.