Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Loving the Wonderful Ms. Kramer!

Leave it to Kieran Kramer to write a regency twist to the Brady Bunch!  Kramer has a natural knack for penning fantastic romances that can be tied back to pop culture.  In Loving Lady Marcia the author once more does not disappoint.  Out of three sisters, Lady Marcia seems to live a charmed life. At the tender age of fifteen Lady Marcia fancies herself in love with Finn the young and reckless rake. After devastating news that her true love has been shipped off to greener pastures, Lady Marcia retreats to a life as a headmistress of a girl’s school. Four years later and determined to remain single despite her family’s pressure for Marcia to marry, she settles for a life she believes to be her destiny.  Enter in Lord Duncan Chadwick, Finn’s slightly tarnished older brother. All it takes is a single glimpse of Marcia for Duncan to become fascinated with the lovely Lady. The sparks begin to fly as these two come together. Yet the road to romance is not as simple as it should be when Finn returns determined to reclaim this ravishing beauty. Loving Lady Marcia is a delightful book with all the elements needed for a gem of a book. You cannot help but fall in love as Marcia and Duncan come together and overcome the obstacles that seem to fall in their paths. Once more Ms. Kramer has written a keeper of a novel. I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of the sweet and funny regency romances.

Wonderful Trilogy, But Fifty Shades They are Not!

The reissues of the Sleeping Beauty trilogy are being marketed towards fans of the Fifty Shades of Gray books.  Having read both series, I can safely say that there are very few commonalties in these books outside of both containing BDSM elements. The key factor that is making the Fifty books so wildly popular is lacking from the Sleeping Beauty books and that is the romance between the main couples.  One cannot compare Beauty and Prince to Christian and Anastasia. I would class both books in different categories. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty and its sequels Beauty’s Punishment and Sleeping Beauty’s Release are erotic novels, about the exploration of BDSM between Beauty and the Prince. It is the awakening of what Beauty truly desires. I would more so compare Beauty to novels by the Marquis De Sade.
While they are not like Fifty Shades of Gray, I could not help fall in love with this series all over again. I first read these books in my teens, and still enjoy them to this day. They were originally written under the pen name A.N. Roquelaure, and being reissued under her true name Anne Rice.  If there is one thing that Anne Rice understands its fantasy and the Beauty series is just that fantasy. They are a classic fairy tale with a twist. Sleeping Beauty is under a spell and in rides the prince to rescue her, but not with a kiss but with ravishment.  This begins a new adventure for Beauty, a spectacular adventure full of BDSM and its rituals.
If it is eroticism and fantasy you are looking for then I Highly recommend the Sleeping Beauty trilogy. However if it is romance you are looking for, you will not find in the Sleeping Beauty series of books.  The Sleeping Beauty series is wonderfully written, and one cannot help but fall in love, but they cannot be compared to Fifty Shades of Gray.

Got Demon? Saranna De Wylde Does!

How to Lose a Demon in 10 Days is one of the funniest books I've read in a very long time. Grace has ten days to shake her Russian mobster ex and save her son. So what does Grace do? She summons a demon to do her bidding, and what she gets is not just any demon but Caspian who is not just any old demon but the Prince of Hell. Add in an entire cast that runs the gamut from a dead hooker turned dominatrix demon gunning for his soul to the devil himself and you have a laugh a minute ride. Typically a book this funny loses the romance side of itself, but that is not the case in How to Lose a Demon, the romance builds at a fun and sexy pace, making it an absolute delight to read. I have read many comical romance authors but never one that had me laughing from the first page to the last. The pure insanity of this book has me anxious to come back for the rest of the books in this series. If you're one that likes your light paranormal, heavy on the steam, and insane on the laughs then I highly recommend this book.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Edgy and Suspenseful!

A whim purchase and a good whim at that. The book contains a lot of back story about the main couple Devon and Luke. It also has a major secondary story that surrounds Luke's brother Quinn. All in all this was a good suspense. Fast paced in just the right spots, and it will keep the reader guessing until the end. The romance is plotted out in just the right way as to not take away from the over all picture of the book. I know I'll be hitting the second book in this series in order to find out more about Quinn.