Ridiculous Book Sex

Alas, a subject I have been dying to write about. A topic that needs further discussion.

Sex in books.

Romance readers want to have a good time while reading. They want the heartache, the sappy moments, etc. If a romance has the whole package, including good sex scenes, then it´s a total win for us readers.

Reality has taught us that sex can be loads of fun ( If done right, of course. ) and reading about it in a book that has a drop-dead-gorgeous male protagonist in it makes the head theater much more fun.

When I´m reading an erotic romance I´m literally waiting for a good sex scene with great sex. You know- the mind-blowing kind. The kind of sex in books that take a reader to a complete new level of horniness. I´m not talking about reading a porn….I´m referring to a romance / erotica novel that has sex in it. ( okay….maybe erotica novels come pretty close to porn, or not. What do I know?!)

In my opinion – reading about sex cannot be compared to pornography because… Well, characters in books have background stories and go through emotional highs and lows. Porn doesn´t. Although, my husband disagrees with me on that one. Just the other day he tried to convince me that porn movies have an actual plot. * Hangs head * Romance novels keep it real to a certain extent.

ANYWAYS…. Back to book sex:
I bow before any author who writes about sex. Period. I cannot imagine how hard it is to write about 2 people screwing and gushing their feelings for each other. Some authors have so much talent in that department. I often ask myself if those scenes came from personal experience or if it´s just a thought up scene. Imagined. Either way…..I love extremely well written, fully described, sensual, intimate sex scenes in novels. Nothing makes me more happy to know someone put a lot of thought into a scene like that. It´s actually pretty cool if you think about it.

But then there are authors who just write about sex. You know…..the questionable kind. The kind that puts huge question marks on my panties instead of making them change their color.

Now- this is a subject we all can discuss to no end because everyone has a different opinion on what good sex is. Which is fine by me. We all have different tastes, right? I´m not judging anyone if they like to read about any type of bed sports. To each is their own. But in some cases ( no matter what kind of sex I´m talking about) the sex is too much to take in. It´s also almost tacky. Tasteless. 

Authors often over-do it with their sex scenes. I´m not talking about all authors. I´m only referring to 75% of self published writers who include sex in their romances.

I consider myself still young, with being 35. I´m practically living in the best years of my life. But not even I find it sexy to read about characters who screw at every given opportunity. I can´t, by all that´s holy, visualize a sex marathon that goes on and on and on without feeling some sort of mental exhaustion after a while.

You have to keep in mind that I´m 35, not 20. I have a hard time keeping up with fictional characters these days because all they want to do is have sex. Even if I wanted to, I couldn´t have as much sex as book characters have. It´s as if these fictional characters are trying to compete with rabbits.

I know that the stories I read ( especially in the romance/erotica world) aren´t meant to be realistic. Still…..cut me some slack here- At some point, a Heroine has to start walking like John Wayne after she´s been well screwed / shagged / fucked by the sex-God from down the road. I´d definitely need a weeks worth of bed rest if were a female protagonist from any sex loaded novel.

I live in Europe…which means people over here are confronted with sex on a daily basis in a healthy way. Sex is apart of life. No need to shut up about it.   Either people like it kinky, or they don´t. No one is utterly fazed or shocked over here. So, before anyone gives me the ” Prude” stamp- keep in mind that I´m as open-minded as anyone can be. You cannot shock me with sexual acts or dirty talk, or what-not. I just do not appreciate bad / too much sex in a book. That just distracts from the actual plot. Or a terrible dialogue, for that matter.

An author can make their characters as kinky as they want them to be…I still don´t think anyone or anything should have sex 20 times a day, as some authors LOVE to make their characters do. That just…..hurts to think about.

 

And, please, * slamming hands on table, leaning forward, giving the stern look*, what is it with the Dialogue during sex scenes? Has anyone noticed how the majority of romance / erotica heros do the ultimate „ You´re so wet for me“ line?

Or, wait! I got a better one!

“Come for me, baby“  *shaking head* Am I the only one who noticed those two sentences in almost EVERY romance / erotica novel lately?

It´s not the sentences alone that are terrible. It´s the fact that those sentences come up in every damn sex scene. Let´s say characters X and Y are having sex for the first time. And all of a sudden X says: „ Oh, you´re so wet for me.“ Okay. It´s a line that isn´t original, but it´s still okay. If an author believes those words must be included, fine.

When X and Y have sex the second and third time ( in the same night, day, week ), X says the same words to Y. Uuhm… * scratching head * Does Y need a bucket because she´s so wet? Should X fetch the Tupperware just in case?

Obviously, X can´t get over the fact that Y gets wet! Y get´s utterly wet as soon as X touches her! Y is leaking.

And when X commands Y to orgasm ( or better…to come – to cum ) Y magically orgasms. Every single time! Some ladies might find that ” to orgasm ” on command is a hard task to do. But who am I kidding * wave off * I´m thinking way to realistic. What do I know, right?

Let´s rehash-

X is fascinated by the fact that Y gets so wet for him all the time that he needs to announce it.

Y can orgasm on command effortlessly because X is DA SHIT!

Let´s do a real life version of a novel sex scene ( of course, a woman has a few options on how to respond to the magic words)-

Guy: „ oh, Baby….you´re so wet for me.“

Woman: ( option nr. 1 ) „ U-huh.“

Woman: ( option nr .2 ) „ Really? How bad is it down there?“

Woman: ( option nr. 3 ) „ Yeah, I´m so wet for you.“

Or the woman might not give any answer and enjoy what´s bound to happen.

Guy: „ You want to come? Then come, NOW!“

Woman: „ Hold on…I´m almost there…“

Guy: „ No. I want you to come, NOW“

Woman: „ I can´t now. Just keep doing what you´re doing…almost there…“

Guy: ” NOW! Damn it ! N.O.W! Why can´t you orgasm on command?!“

Woman: „ Because I´m NOT  Y from those non-unique sex scenes!!!!“

Do you see my point? A dialogue like that can make whatever feelings I developed disappear into thin air. Poof! Just like that. Gone.

It´s also just as cringe-worthy when the words „moist“ and „cream pie“ are over used. There must be a way to replace those words with something more… fitting? Moist are my kitchen towels after I dry the dishes. And cream pie…. it´s a pie or cake, for heaven’s sake.

And now- while we´re at it… Let us comb through the phrases used in sex scenes. Let´s call it the sex lingo.

Ready?

  • …she tasted like honey…..“ ( I guarantee you, no one tastes like honey down south. Male and female do NOT taste like honey. It´s just a fact. If it were true then you´d be seeing a lot more people going down and having a 3 course meal with „honey“)
  • .. until I finally found her secret center…“ ( A vagina isn´t Narnja. It´s not the rabbit hole that leads to Wonderland. It´s not Barbie´s secret garden, either)
  • …his maleness, passing the petal soft folds of her womanhood…“ ( No vagina lips can be compared to petals. Touch a rose petal then touch vagina lips. It ain´t possible. But touch a turkey´s overlapping skin on his neck and then try touching a vagina. And vagina lips don´t fold. They´re bunched in your underwear. )
  • … I was drowning in her juices…“ ( How many characters are leaking? )
  • …I was blinded as I soared over the edge…“ ( I never went blind before/during/after an orgasm. Maybe I´m doing something wrong? And I never soared anywhere except for the one time when I woke up in the middle of the night and wanted to turn on the bedroom light but missed the wall and switch and went „soaring“ towards the floor. That shit hurt.)

Why compare food and drinks to body fluids? Why not stick to the truth instead of misleading the innocent and giving them weird ideas? Am I thinking too realistic here?

Sometimes people don´t smell like Christmas spices when they pull down their underwear. I can already hear you say „ Eeeeew“ after reading that but it´s true. Any person who´s sexually active KNOWS the dark secrets of sex. And no author has interest in coloring out the harsh reality of event.

Most writers would rather have you believe it´s fabulous to give your partner a blowjob after being on the road for 12 hours with 3 bathroom breaks in between ( without the possibility to wash up..like, at all). There are no rose scents involved there, trust me. Yet, authors will have you believing that the sexual drive between their characters is greater than anything else. They let their characters focus on their lust and ignore the wet fox smell.

As you can probably tell by now, I´ve read some crazy stuff over the last few years and I have a strong feeling that nothing is going to change.

Can we just try to call „his sword“ a penis? Use cock, for all I care….but sword? And how about vagina instead of „where she was moist and desperate“? It´s a vagina. It´s a penis. Either you have one or the other. And maybe it´s a good time to mention that sex is fantastic but sex doesn´t always sell. 

I´m just afraid if young women ( who haven´t had sex yet) read those scenes….they´ll think it´s supposed to be like that in real life. * head against table*

Authors should try to come up with better lines. These people aren´t called artists for no reason. Authors have so many ideas and words to work with…. it should be a piece of cake to come up with something better than „You´re so wet for me.“. It´s really not funny anymore to read the same lines in 80% of all books I read.

This is not meant to discourage writers to include sex in their stories. This is meant to help spark their passion for finding better, more authentic words for their scenes.

Book Covers- What Happened?

Book Covers

Book covers / cover images are the first thing we see when we look for books. Whether it´s while we´re scrolling through an online shop or simply combing the bookshelves in a bookstore- It´s always the cover that grabs our attention before anything else does. 

Let´s get one thing out of the way before I begin:

Book covers / images are a matter of taste. Everyone has a different idea on what is great or what´s eye catching.

Personally, I like book covers that hardly give away anything from the story. I believe a cover image should grab someones attention, not give the story away. A book cover has to make me stop dead in my tracks. I mean- it’s the first thing a reader sees, right? And if a reader doesn’t like the cover, how fat are chances the reader will buy the book unless they´ve been forced by a friend/family member to read the book? ( The power of recommendations. “It has a hideous cover but awesome story!” )

All this means- I judge a book by it´s cover. I know I shouldn´t. No one should, yet we all do it.

I love to see covers with lots of color / color clashes, unique symbols or anything that stands out ( eye catching, remember? ) Contrasts are also brilliant.

 I’m Amazon’s Costumer Of The Year. Alot of my hard earned money goes for books. I’m sure I’m not the only one with this devastating condition. But if you asked me about book covers then I’d have to say that maybe half of the books I own have decent covers and half from that half have AWESOME images.In other words- I find alot of book covers / images boring and sometimes questionable. 

While reading books from the Romance, New Adult, Young Adult, Erotica and even Horror genre, I’ve come to learn that each genre has their preferred book covers or colors.

Young Adult usually has some teenagers holding hands in a meadow ( colors are usually light ), New Adult covers are a bit more mature ( colors are more bold ), mostly showing some skin or a headless figure… you get the picture, right? We don´t really need to mention Horror covers because many of those covers are just down right brilliant. Creepy but cool.

Also, one has to see the difference between traditional published and self-published book covers. It most cases, self-published book covers / images aren´t done well. But then again- alot of traditional published books have horrible, tacky covers. I can’t really speak for trad-published authors because most of them don’t have a say in the matter. The publisher calls the shots and authors have no power over what cover will be used for their story. That all depends on the publisher and how tight the contract is. Some published authors are lucky and get to chose a cover image themselves. Very few have covers that are able to knock me out of my socks.

There are 2 types of book covers that do not grab my attention at all.  

  1. shaded, oiled torsos with tribal tattoos
  2. covers that look like every other cover

I can’t begin to tell you how many books I have that have black covers with some tiny animal, a key, a keyhole, pearls, diamonds or has some shadowed body parts on it. It’s a nightmare that will not end. 

It´s a trend, I get it. Still… It´s annoying. And when I see certain covers I immediately say to myself ” Uugh. Not again.”.

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( Those are only a few taken from my private bookshelf from only God knows how many )

Many would argue with me on the fact that black book covers aren´t an issue. They´re practical because they look good on a bookshelf, etc.  It truly isn´t an issue. It´s just nothing spectacular.

Then there are those covers with half naked, totally muscular, tribal tattooed, well oiled and well tanned, headless guys. In short- eye candy in it’s tackiest form. I stopped counting those covers because they’re endless. I know I know…sex sells and all that stuff…..but can’t someone stop this nonsense? Tribal tattoos went out of style a while back. Plus, I like guys who have a head. Hands can be sexy, too. Also-  I’m also not a huge fan of character covers, which is when the cover has a face on it. That ruins alot for me and I will ignore the book, risking the chance to read a fantabulous story. Why? Because a character image ruins my own personal image I like to create myself of a character. 

Another thing that brings my blood to boil is when there’s too much going on on a book cover. 

I once saw a cover that was in full color and had an oiled naked, tattooed bod, except- the lucky headless guy had arms and hands ( yay!) and those hands were holding a suit which hung from a coathanger ( I have never in my life seen a suit hanging from a hanger on a book cover before…NEVER) in the background stood the Eiffel Tower. The title- Caged. Can you imagine how confused I was? After taking all the images in I knew what the story was about. But the real question was- Was I interested in the story although I knew there was some godly guy in it, who was probably going to wear a suit at some point, paying the Eiffel Tower a visit? No, I wasn´t. Not even the coathanger was able to convice me.

My point- There´s no need to overload a book cover with dozens of images. That´s only confusing. 

Copying. It´s not a secret that many self-published authors like to copy. Which is fine. I´m the last person to point a finger at anyone in particular. Whatever works best for an author, right? Right. No wait- that´s wrong. Copying is wrong and often doesn´t work out well for an author who wants to make money. What worked for author A doesn´t necessarily have to work for author B. Many writers seem to forget that. 

What happened to self-published authors wanting to be original, standing out and making their book cover better than others? Any, if not all, want to make a living ( eventually ) off of writing, right?

I understand that cover designers are costy. And, yes. I´m aware of how prices are sky high. But they´re worth it. If an author finds a good, professional designer, and both communicate then nothing can go wrong. No one in the history of writing said it would be easy, or cheap. Unless writers don´t value quality and focus their attention more on their story. Then I´d say ” Whatever floats their boat.”.

Still, many don´t or are financially unable to take that path and invest in a cover designer. And if an author doesn´t have a clue what they´re doing when creating their own cover I´m 100% positive it will affect sales. Because, let´s face it- If I notice bad quality / a copied image then other readers will too.  There could be a chance people will ignore a not so great cover and read the story OR they´ll skip the book because of the cover. Who knows. I´m not an expert. But I´ve been watching this business for the last 10 years and can say that covers mean alot. 

I´m not out to ruin self-published authors. I´m not even out to diss traditional publishing houses for their often lack of taste in cover images. Just remember this before the next book hits the market:

1. Sex doesn´t always sell. ( Keep them well oiled studs in the late 90´s where they belong.)

2. Less is ALWAYS more. ( Be tasteful. Be creative. Be original. )

It may not be up to me to decide what cover image is acceptable for a book cover or not. After all- Cover images are a matter of taste.  But since I spend the majority of my money on books I can skip a cover that´s not original or won´t grab my attention.

My wish for the future? For writers to be more creative when deciding on a cover image. Or, invest in a designer. Although, I have seen a small inprovement in the past year ( see Colleen Hoover´s cover image for `Too Late`, for example. What a color explosion! ) so my hopes haven´t died completely.

( NOTE: A cover image alone won´t influence sales. Titles and excerpts play an important role as well. The cover is just what we see first.)

 

 

The Pawn ( Endgame #1) – Skye Warren

Book Description

The price of survival…

Gabriel Miller swept into my life like a storm. He tore down my father with cold retribution, leaving him penniless in a hospital bed. I quit my private all-girl’s college to take care of the only family I have left.

There’s one way to save our house, one thing I have left of value.

My virginity.

A forbidden auction…

Gabriel appears at every turn. He seems to take pleasure in watching me fall. Other times he’s the only kindness in a brutal underworld.

Except he’s playing a deeper game than I know. Every move brings us together, every secret rips us apart. And when the final piece is played, only one of us can be left standing.

THE PAWN is a full-length contemporary novel from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren about revenge and seduction in the game of love. 

My Thoughts

I loved the title…I loved the tagline on the cover and I enjoyed the story.

It´s sexy, it´s dark, it´s…… sadly predictable.

It´s hard for me to give just one reason why I didn´t fall head over heels for `The Pawn` ( Endgame #1). Maybe it´s because I tried to relate to the Heroine and failed miserably. Or, maybe I´m not emotionally attached to a hymen anymore ( like the Heroine is / was ). It´s been a while since…. Well, you get the point, right? The importance of my virginity is long forgotten.

The story is basically about a young woman, Avery, who comes from a wealthy family and loses everything overnight due to her father´s crooked businesses. Having no other choice, Avery decides to give away her virginity to a man who knowingly destroyed her family´s name. Gabriel Miller.

This is where I heard an imaginary buzzer go off in my head.

She lost everything and the family name was ruined beyond means. Why not just leave town, grow some boobs and start new? Characters always have different life struggles to choose from * shoulder shrug *.

BUT, Avery decides to take the gritty route and auctions herself off in an exclusive gentlemen´s club to raise money so she can pay for her fathers medical care. 3…2…1 sold, to the lucky bastard, Gabriel Miller, a.k.a. the mysterious, dark, criminal / business man.

Yeah, no….maybe. * throws hands up in defeat * I´m having mixed feeling all over.

The idea of the story isn´t bad but it was kind of drastic, fast paced and predictable.

But then there were parts I loved. For one- the sex scenes are the bomb! The sub-characters were interesting as hell and the details were great.

I wish I could say more about the story but I can´t. Not without spoiling more than I already have.

What I can say is that I haven´t given up hope yet. The story ends with a cliffhanger and I´m really eager to find out how the story ends ( despite my complaints ).

The Cover – 5 stars ( Gorgeous!)

The Story – 3 stars (  I didn´t buy the „I have nothing to my name besides my virginity“ thing in this one)

The Characters – 3-4 stars ( I disliked Avery but loved everyone else. )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Not completely satisfied but still eager to know how the story ends.

I´m giving `The Pawn` ( Endgame #1 ), by Skye Warren, 3 out of 5 stars

`The Pawn is available on Amazon.com. Just click here and enjoy!

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Separation Games ( The Games Duet #2) – C. D. Reiss

Book Description

These are the unbreakable rules in the game.
Stay collected. Compartmentalize. Think your next move through. Never let your heart dictate your tactics. 

The heart is impulsive. 
The heart makes bad decisions. 
The heart doesn’t see the long game. 

Because the heart may have decided to get Adam back, but when the endgame comes, the heart’s going to be the first thing to break.

My Thoughts

I started- I finished- Now I need a drink as large as the state of Texas.

Jesus H. Christ, what a read. To be honest- I feel little joy in reading Dom / Sub stories because they´re often SO tacky. Not this one. `Separation Games` ( The Games Duet #2 ) by C. D. Reiss is dark, it´s rough, it´s gritty, it´s business but it´s also sensual, sexy and full of emotions. I loved it.

In Marriage Games ( Games Duet #1 ) Adam wants to save his marriage with Diana by showing her the life he´s hidden so well, introducing her to a world she never knew he was apart of.

In `Separation Games` Adam quits the game to save both Diana and himself from getting in deeper..  with little success.

The way I just described the story doesn´t sound nearly as exciting as it really is, trust me. It´s a game and either both of them lose or they win. There is no way inbetween for these characters.

This is probably the coolest mind-game story ever since the Consequences series by Aleatha Romig ( God, I love that series ).

The back and forth… the soul shattering emotions… the confusion… Both, Hero and Heroine, knew what they wanted, they just had a hard time fully accepting the fact.

If it were up to me I´d have beaten some sense into the characters. If only life was that easy…. I´d be able to cure heartache and repair alot of relationships. LOL. Sadly enough, I didn´t have the power to end  Adam and Diana´s suffering ( such a pity, really. Well, no. I´m happy I couldn´t cut in or else the book would have only had 35 pages instead of 340 ).

Now about the Dom / Sub issue I have:

Like I said above- Most Dom/Sub stories are just down right tasteless. There´s often no deeper explanation or greater meaning to a BDSM relationship in alot of books. It usually just is and that´s what pisses me off. In `Separation Games` I felt that there was more. Not necessarily a full background check on WHY Adam was a Dom but the fact that he knew his world and how it functioned, how he treated Diana and others in and outside the community was just fantastic! A joy to read about. I´m assuming the author did her homework or she is just brilliant.

Another thing I liked alot was that there was no evil villain. No one lurking in a dark alley waiting to rape someone. ( YAY ) No massive drama. The main focus was on Adam and Diana´s relationship, their lives, their existence.

I have one tiny, itzy bitzy complaint- The end didn´t do much for me. I mean- I was happy but I thought the story would have ended a bit differently. This is just me being picky, so… just ignore me. Lol

Did they make it? Ha. Better start reading and find out for yourselves. All I can say is that I thought it was a worthy read. Maybe even worthy of a re-read.

The Cover – 3 stars ( Yeah, no. I´ve seen so many b/w suits and ties to last me 2 lifetimes )

The Story – 4 stars ( A fantastic emotional read with LOTS of sex. )

The Characters – 5 stars ( Seriously- perfect. I want me a Manhatten Adam. )

My emotional state after finishing this read- Grateful I don´t have to worry about what´s going to happen next. I swear to God, waiting for this book was torture! I can now die as a happy woman.

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I´m giving `Separation Games` ( The Games Duet #2 ) by C.D. Reiss, 4 out of 5 stars

To purchase this book just Click here and enjoy the emotional rollercoaster ride!

Torture to Her Soul ( Monster in His Eyes #2)- J. M. Darhower

Book Description

Don’t say it unless you mean it…

It’s a simple concept, one I’ve said time and again, but something people don’t seem to comprehend. You should choose every syllable carefully, because you never know when somebody will hold you to your word.

Somebody like me.

I’m not a good man. I’m not. I know. I have enough darkness inside of me to rid the world of every stitch of light. But there’s one I could never harm, one light I couldn’t bring myself to snuff out.

Karissa.

She thinks I’m a monster, and maybe I am. I taunt her with my touch, get a thrill out of torturing her soul. But I’m not the only one. The world is full of monsters, and I’m not the most dangerous one out there.

Not even close…

God help me, I love her.

I do.

And God help anyone who tries to take her from me. 

My Thoughts

So God help me, I loved this book!

There´s hardly a day that goes by without thinking about Naz and Karissa. What a wonderful, 100% exciting story! And what´s best of all….it´s written from Naz´s POV  * dramatic faint *

For those of you who read book #1, Monster In His Eyes ( review here ) will find this story fulfilling in the best way ever. 

This book started off where book #1 ended- with Karissa hating Naz, and turned out to be an adventure of the two main characters trying desperately to win each others trust back without trying to hurt each other along the way.

* sigh * we all know that´s not possible. Love just doesn´t work that way. Lol. Not with Naz, and certainly not with Karissa.

Much to my delight…Naz and Karissa didn´t disappoint. Angst ( lots of it), love & sex  and, of course, their struggle to keep each other and make a decision between right and wrong. And let me tell you- some scenes sent chills down my spine ( in a good and bad way)!!

An absolute MUST READ about love that shouldn´t have existed to begin with.

The Cover – 3 stars ( * shaking head * Not feeling it. It´s fine but the title is better.)

The Story – 5 stars ( Just as brilliant as the first book only this time told from the Hero´s POV)

The Characters – 5 stars ( Intense, hot, BRILLIANT )

My emotional state after finishing this read: I needed lots of wine to recover from the action and relationship drama.

I´m giving `Torture to Her Soul`( Monster in His Eyes #2), by J. M. Darhower, 5 out of 5 stars!

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This book is available on Amazon.com

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Monster in His Eyes ( Monster in His Eyes #1)- J.M. Darhower

Book Description

Ignazio Vitale is not a good man.

I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I’m thinking before I even do.

It’s alarming and alluring. It’s dark and deadly. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.

It doesn’t take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it’s too late. He has secrets, secrets I can’t fathom, secrets that make it so I can’t walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that’s both terrifying and thrilling. He’s a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.

I want to hate him.

Sometimes, I do.

But it doesn’t stop me from loving him, too.

My Thoughts

I can hardly believe it myself but I actually loved Monster In His Eyes (book #1). What a fun and adventurous, dark and addicting read! Such a mind blower and panty dropping story.

With this author being new to me I had absolutely no idea what to expect ( except for reading the book description, D´uh.) So, I began and I couldn´t put this book down, even if my life depended on it. And now…I don´t feel any guilt what so ever because this story was worth every minute of my time.

Fabulous storytelling. The pace, the settings, the characters….all were far more than I expected.

There´s no beating around the bush with this one. I loved it.


A 100% non-predictable story. I swear…I thought I had the story all figured out after each chapter only to discover I was so far off * gg *. No. Actually, this story was in a way predictable. I knew something awful was bound to happen but I didn´t know when and how or what was going to happen. That was the worst part of it all. That…and the cliffhanger * head against wall*

Karissa Reed is an 18 year old college student. She lives off Ramen soup,( I personally LOVE ramen soup ) and struggles with one of her classes.

One fine day, she forgets something in the classroom and is confronted with a guy who´s drop dead gorgeous. But not just any guy. No. He´s mysterious to the core and he was going to change Karissa´s life forever.

Naz ( Ignazio) Vitale is a man who has it. Period. The attitude, the sex appeal, the language ( especially the body language….* sheesh*) He was frightening as hell with an attitude to compliment his appearance. So, I knew he wasn´t THAT squeaky clean on the inside as he seemed on the outside. He is death on two legs!

Anyways- Naz and Karissa come closer and end up in something like a relationship which consisted of Naz adoring Karissa to the bone and Karissa just wanting to be with Naz ( isn´t that just beautiful? * depressing sigh*) I began to get suspicious when I kept reading about how good/loving/caring Naz was. No guy has it all no matter how much he princesses a girl, right? Yes, right. I was right * proud shoulder pat* All is good with the main characters until shit hits the fan.

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Dear Lord….I wasn´t prepared for this story at all. I kept waiting and waiting for something to happen. Something that would put me at ease or make me stop chewing my hair. The suspence was brutal! WHO THE HELL WAS NAZ and what was he going to do?

NOTE: the sex in this book isn´t over-the-top/out-of-this-earth, but it´s still good enough to need some cooling afterwards ( just giving you all a heads up). Decent sex…just decent sex. Ok. Telling myself the sex in this book was decent won´t make it decent. It was far from decent. It was sexy. DUDE! Find me a Naz!

This book will shock a reader in the best way ever!

Warning: Book-hangover will happen.

Double Warning: Nasty cliffhanger ( I absolutely hate cliffhangers)

Told from the Heroine´s POV.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants something dark, mysterious and angsty!

The Cover- 3 stars ( Yeah, it´s okay. Nothing fancy but still okay.)

The Story – 5 stars ( Heavens, this book is worthy of a re-read and a re-re-read )

The Characters – 5 stars ( Way cool. 100% loveable )

My emotional state after finishing this read: Spent. Drained. Exhausted… but I want more!

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I´m giving `Monster In His Eyes` ( Monster In His Eyes #1 ), by J.M. Darhower 5 out of 5 stars

To Purchase this book all you need to do is click here and start reading!

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Conquer Your Love ( Surrender Your Love #2) – J. C. Reed

Book Description

Meeting Jett was like bad luck. Dangerous. Unpredictable. And better avoided. In his game, the stakes are high. But are they worth the risk?

Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, finds forgetting is hard, but forgiving is harder. When the man she trusted, betrayed her, the only way to forget is to move on. Brooke is determined to start a new life, until she meets him again: the green-eyed, sexy as sin, six foot two sex god. The man who played dirty. The man who played her.

Sexy, rich, and arrogant Jett Mayfield knows he has made mistakes. He could have any other woman, and yet it’s Brooke he wants. When second chances collide with secrets and Brooke is threatened by the past, Jett is determined to protect her. She accepts his help unwillingly because she needs him but she wants to play his game on her own terms. And she has no intention to forgive or let him back into her bed.

When the man she is supposed to hate is the one she should trust, will he conquer her…or lose her forever?

A woman who can’t forgive.
A man who has made mistakes.
Two lives that are about to cross again and more secrets laid bare. 

My Thoughts

Here´s what happened:

I found this book on my bookshelf the other day. I shit you not! It was there. I honest to God cannot remember buying this one. I mean, I obviously did buy it but can´t recall when or why. It was just there between all the other black book spines, collecting dust.

This is sort of a big deal for me because I don´t buy paperbacks unless I loved the ebook copies I´ve read before. I´m pretty sure someone smuggled this one on my bookshelf because I would definitely remember a less appealing cover. ( Not really my cup of tea.) Or, I´m finally losing my marbles.

Anyways- despite being worried about the loss of my memory I was thrilled I had something new to read. I prepared myself to be blown away.

I really need to stop getting my hopes up. Or I need to do some massive brain-training so I can remember shit.

There came a moment when I wanted to DNF this book. `Conquer Your Love` by J. C. Reed wasn´t for me at all. Or, maybe it would have been if it had been properly edited.

Alot of people don´t realize the importance of having an editor look over a story before it hits the market.

Plot holes, misspellings, poor character development… those are the things I noticed while reading `Conquer Your Love` and I´m not even a professional editor ( I´m not any type of editor, Lol. ) It says alot when a simple reader can pick out faults in a story. Nevertheless- I saw the idea the author had and I still didn´t like it much. 

It was a struggle to get through yet I managed to finish.

There was too much drama, too much eyebrow raising from my end and way too many reading breaks.

Would I re-read `Conquer Your Love` ? Nope.

Would I recommend this book? Without wanting to ruin the author…. I´d say no. I wouldn´t recommend this one to anyone who´s looking for something with more depth.
STILL- I can see why alot of people would love this read. Totally weird, right?

The Cover – 1 star ( Nope. Lots of nopes. Tribal tattoos went out of style years ago. I´ve also seen my fair share of naked bods on book covers. They´re not too appealing.)

The Story – 2 stars ( Despite the poor editing I think I´ve had my fill on these stories. Too much of the non-important and far too less of the stuff that actually mattered )

The Characters – 2 stars ( Exhausting, to say the least. )

My emotional state after finishing this readutterly pooped out.

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I´m giving `Conquer Your Love` ( Surrender Your Love #2 ), by J. C. Reed, 2 out of 5 stars.

If you still want to find out what kind of a story `Conquer Your Love` is then, by all means, go for it. Click here and see for yourself.

Happy reading!

xoxo