Monday, September 30, 2013

Triad Rule

I've never been shy about the fact that I love triad stories. LOVE THEM. Common story lines often involve a long time couple adding a third and or someone discovering they are bi for the first time. No matter how the threesome is composed it's a complicated dynamic to maneuver, and when dishing it out in erotica I have one major rule; OVERWHELMING DESIRE.

That's right! Keep it strong!!

Whether the character is strait discovering a desire for the same sex or is gay noticing a person of the opposite sex for the first time, they have to have overwhelming desire. Overwhelming desire to touch, taste, and feel every inch of that other person. Especially the genitals.

For a couple to want a third they both better be dying without that other person. That sexual desire for the third person better be incendiary for that couple to risk the stability of their relationship.

And here is the really import part.

They must experience these feelings within the first 25% of a full length book. The first Twenty. Five. Percent. Any story under 200 pages needs to have to feelings percolating in all three characters by the half way mark. I don't want to read Chasing Amy. This isn't My So Called Life. I need to feel the tension trickling down my spine. I need the shiver effect. I need dirty thoughts going through my character's minds.  If I were signing up for a New Age Reality Bites type book, it would be okay for the slow route.

Not okay when in an erotica.

My vagina grows hostile when face with that much angst.

I've mentioned these books before, and I would like to mention them again. These are some of my favorite triad stories and the authors who rocked the triad.

Tymber Dalton,  Love Slave For Two; made me want to stand up for poly rights

Emma Holly, Bad Boys Billionaire Club; constant pantie drip

Samantha WaylandWith Grace and Destiny Calls; some of the hottest sexual combustion EVER

Which leads me to Kate Pearce. I Simply adore Kate Pearce. My first foray with Kate Pearce was her sci-fi Valhalla series. These book are fun and romantic. When I began reading her historical novels I didn't actual think it was the same author. These books are much more emotionally charged. I've now read most of her erotica and my favorites have always been her books featuring steamy m/m/f action.

The thing is, she's never written a triad book. Not that I know of. The featured m/m/f activities in her books have always been interchanges along the road of a couples sexual journey.

Until now.

The Power of Three by Kate Pearce

Soreya Lang has never met a male telepath before, let alone one who is willing to die for her on an interplanetary mission gone wrong. Risking everything, she acts on her instant telepathic and physical connection with Esca and encounters a level of psychic power she never knew existed.  
Esca can't believe he's finally met the female who will complete his sexual telepathic triad. He promises himself that if they survive, he'll take her back home, introduce her to his enigmatic First Male, Ash and pray that biology will do the rest. 
But nothing is ever that simple, and Soreya, Esca and Ash will have to find their own way through the ties of family and tradition to experience the full telepathic wonder of the power of three..

My first triad with Kate Pearce went very well. ; ) The chemistry between all three characters simmers throughout the book, the overwhelming desire becomes palpable as the story goes on. However you pair these three, the hotness factor will leave your panties dripping. I had to stop myself from openly drooling at more than one point in the story.

The Power of Three is light but is in no danger of being fluffy. I felt like Kate Pearce did an excellent job of combining the lighter feeling of her previous sci-fis with some of the emotional pull of her historicals.

The overall world building is kept at a minimum, but Kate Pearce makes up for this with her perfectly placed verbiage, such as frek, meershit, and oh Gods instead of God. They also used shuttles and big space ships. She has two distinct groups of people, the Estruscas, whom deplore any form of telepathy, and Pavlovans whom are a telepathic based culture that mate in groups of three.

I felt she dropped the ball only once, minimally, in one scene they ate fish and drank wine. Not flaky fresh basq from the nearby Pavlovan sea, with a bottle of sweet muki, but strait up fish and wine.

With that being said, when it comes to sci-fi I'm probably a harsher judge than most. I'm not big on Earth-isms blatantly being used unless the people or planet has an explainable link to Earth. ie; ancestors of Earth, etc.

That slight miss can be easily forgiven due to a great story and the fact I adored the use of telepathic links. To me there is nothing cooler. Being able to transmute your thoughts into someone else's head and or skim thoughts from someone's mind is just awesome. If I could have a super power that is probably the one I would choose.

Well, that or being able to eat whatever I want and still stay at my optimal weight, with all my fat distributed evenly between my ass and boobs. As opposed to now which is evenly distributed between my belly and upper arms.

don't I know it

I was sad to see the story end. This book is only 134 pages and whetted my appetite for more. I would definitely love to see Kate Pearce write more hot triad stories based in this universe.

134 pages

Warning: This book contains delicious m/m/f, m/f, m/m, m/f/m sexual situations. A change of panties may be required. 

P.S. This book has been filtered by the nit-picky bastards @ Amazon, so make sure to click the link on my page or Ms. Pearce's if you want to check it out on Amazon.

For more on Kate Pearce, please visit @

Thank You Kate Pearce!!!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Putting The Fun In Dysfunctional

Women have been attracted to assholes since the beginning of time. I can just hear Adam saying, That crazy bitch Eve made me eat the apple. She's out their all day talking to snakes and shit. What am I supposed to do? Then he still talked her back into the sack, even knowing having children was going to hurt. 

And that's just the first chapter in history of women. Even when our options broadened we still went for the wrong kind of guys. After centuries of heartache, and many times being left to raise our children on our own, we ladies started making great strides to knocking the misogynist out of men. There will always be a little misogynist in every man, but the good ones reel it in.

I've had this talk with myself. I've had this talk with my girlfriends, ages 26 to 43. I've had this talk with my nieces and they've since started making better life choices. (they are 20 &22, but I should have done it at 16) So I'd like to make it a public service announcement, because this bears repeating. 

Don't mistake an asshole that's good in bed for being an alpha male worth your time. Some men are good for fucking with a condom on, but you don't get on that ride twice. You don't date them and you certainly don't marry them. Good orgasms trick the mind into thinking it's love and women are just as likely to think with their vagina as a man is to think with his dick. 

Be strong. Don't let your vagina do the thinking. If yours is anything like mine she's got some strong opinions and has made some horrible choices. My vagina got me stranded in a ghetto in the old country of Mazatlan Mexico at four am. Mine moved us into a hot messed up asshole's apartment across the country, whom we had only known a few days. 

There is a difference between good in bed and good to you and good for you. Don't settle for only one of those. A man worth keeping around is all three. 

On a side note; let's all remember fictional characters are much more likely to redeem themselves and a lot less likely to have STD's. And always, always remember to wear a condom. 

They're more comfortable than herpes, 
cost less than a baby, and are less traumatizing than an abortion.

So I read it. Last week I discussed Undeniable (book 1) by Madeline Sheehan and was unsure how I felt about it being a series. I felt Undeniable was untoppable, yet I felt compelled to read the second one. 

I was right, Undeniable was and is untoppable, but I still enjoyed the crap out of Unbeautifully. Only for slightly different reasons. 

Where as Undeniable was more of a not so loving love story, Unbeautifully unabashedly celebrates the love. Now, I say that directly after reading Undeniable, which I believe desensitized me quite a bit. Compared to other books it is a bit more off beat. Understatement.

Unbeautifully is the story of Danny, Deuces upbeat cheerleader daughter and Ripper, the Sergeant of Arms in the Hell's Horsemen MC. Madeline Sheehan again begins the blurb with a warning label, made specifically for this story, which I adore.

Warning: This is not a story about fate or destiny. This is a story about pain, sorrow, and suffering. This is an impulsive whirlwind romance between two lovers that are not meant to be together. Theirs is not a world of sunshine and roses. Instead their love blossoms in a secret world of crime, violence and death. Their story is about what can be born from nightmares. 

We meet Danny and Ripper in book one. Danny is a painfully young sixteen year old. She's nothing like Eva, who grew up in the MC and a part of the crime business, where as Danny is completely shielded. Other than having messed up parents she's leading a bubble gum life style. 

Bubble gum life style meaning, sweet, pink and changes as soon as it loses flavor. 

Book two Unbeautifully opens to an older more angsty Danny. She's been dealing with the aftermath of what happens in the end of book one and is stuck between bubble gum and jaded, not really fitting in to either. Then at eighteen her world flips end over end until she lands firmly in broken but still breathing. 

Ripper is more of an actual hero and kind of the opposite of Deuce. He grew up in a good home and a stable family. His parents die when he's seventeen and that's when he begins his life of crime and debauchery. He's seen love and goodness, he just doesn't recognize them in himself until Danny. 

When he realizes he loves Danny he embraces his feelings. He wants them to grow together, even knowing it's a bad idea. Then of course, shit get's real and the couple is separated. This gives still young and sweet Danny time to go really dark and angsty. When they do finally get together Ripper is far less gruff than Deuce. The role of faithful cherishing husband fits much more comfortably on Ripper than any other characters with 'old ladies' we've seen thus far. 

Unbeautifully spans over three years to the epilogue from book one, then keeps going into an epilogue a year out. We get a lot of secondary stories in this one. Something I really enjoyed yet at the same time felt they took over and drew away from the emotional integrity of Danny and Rippers story.  

Madeline Sheehan does a great job showing and telling us Ripper's pain and past traumas, but we really only see Danny's trauma. We don't get her chapters of nightmares, devastation and self destruction from her ripped out soul. We just see her fall apart and I didn't really feel her guilt or sorrow. I needed that.  By the time the epilogue rolled around I felt cheated out of a chunk of Danny and Rippers story. 

Don't get me wrong. I still fucking loved it. Couldn't put it down. 

With that being said, Unbeautifully is set up in a way that it fills in the missing pieces between other characters from Undeniable since that book's epilogue is five years later and Unbeautifully begins three years before that epilogue. You get a lot of the dysfunctional MC family life in this book, and really drawn into the characters that will be in future books. 

Overall a bit of a lighter feel to this book. You have to have read book one to understand that. There are a lot of scenes between Danny and Ripper that are scorching. Everyone experiences a lot of growth. Definitely not a stand alone. 

362 pages

Warning: Vulgar language, strong violence, and enough misogynistic fuck all to have your inner feminist concerned by the number of young women who love these male characters. Including myself.

Unattainable (book 3) is newly released and even better than I expected.

Thank You Madeline Sheehan!!

For more on the Undeniable series and Madeline Sheehan please visit @

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Hang-fucking-over Inducing

Have you read this book? Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan

I ask because I'm one of the few people who hadn't read this book, until recently. It's a Sons Of Anarchy, MC (motorcycle club) type non-romantic romance, perfect for the jaded girls that at sixteen sneaked smokes, stole their brothers clothes, listened to Led Zeppelin and probably still regularly carry a pocket knife....And sported some serious wet panties around bad boy assholes that were generally hotter the more damaged they were. 

He's their poster boy.

 Had I really truly understood that, I may have read it sooner.

 I've had an unread sample of it on Princess Buttercup (my kindle) since December 2012, when the book was released. I had every intention of reading it until I was distracted by something shiny. 

Frankly I adored the blurb, which begins with a warning label,

Warning: This is not a typical, sappy love story. This is an all-consuming, soul-crushing, tear-your-heart-into-pieces story. It's intense, gritty and raw, dark and disturbing, and it doesn't happen overnight. This is an epic love story that knows no boundaires and has no time limits. It grows and develops-- with hurt, sacrifice, and heartache--over the span of a lifetime.....

But I waffled, then got distracted.

Over the year I've seen it many times in passing. There was too much hype. Too many mainstream reviewers buzzing about it. Undeniable had become so mainstream that it had completely lost my attention, until recently when Mandi from called it horrifying and admitted she felt guilty for liking this book. 

Mandi is a sweet romance and spicy urban fantasy reviewer. Although I enjoy some of her reviews, our taste in literature don't normally coincide. I knew if she felt guilty for enjoying this book, I was probably going to love it. 

Which I did.

It fucking wrecked me. 

Admittedly, Undeniable is supremely fucked up. I think that is half of why I loved it so much. Madeline Sheehan holds no punches. The characters are intriguing like a beautiful catastrophe. You may like them, you may even love them, but you will hate, HATE so many of their actions. Yet you will not be able to walk away from this book once you start reading.

This book is like the Long Island iced tea of literature. You can suck the whole thing down in one sitting, not realizing you're going to be fucked up for hours after you've finished it. 

 I stayed up until nearly four in the morning reading this book. My eyes were glued open like a thirteen year old boy seeing his first pair of titties. The Hulk couldn't have have pried me away with a stick. I've had two days since finishing this book to process and I can't move on to another book. I'm still mentally replaying the brigade of what the fuck, scenes I just read. 

I think it's safe to say fuck was a running theme through my head the entire time I was reading this story. Holy Fuck, What The Fuck, Fuckin Fuck, Oh Fuck, I ran through them all. Many times. 

So many great quotes in this book. Eva gives a speech about wild pussy that is hilarious and made me want to stand up and cheer. Deuce is the epitome of fucking asshole, but the shit he says bleeds raw emotion. I loved him one moment for how adamantly he demands women be protected but then hate him for how he treats those same women. 

Now that I've read the book I'm actually a little surprised there is a book two Unbeautifully, which features two main secondary characters from Undeniable. Book three Unattainable newly released, book four is in the works.

I had felt complete closure when reading the epilogue. It gave me the warm fuzzies I needed after the shit storm of turmoil that is the rest of the story. It also really closed out the stories of a few of the other secondary characters....I thought. 

Honestly, I wasn't even going to look up what or who the other book was about. I didn't want to taint the awesomeness of this book with a story that may be just another version of what I feel is an untoppable book. Different characters, likely the same shit. 

Wasn't. Going. To do it. 

Then I looked up the cover image for this post and there it was. Unbeautifully's cover with the character pairing and my mind screamed, WHAT. THE. FUCK. 

I of course downloaded it and I started reading it as soon as I finished typing this post. These books fall into a category all their own and are competitively priced at $2.99 in e-form. Whoever set the pricing on these is kind of brilliant. No matter why you may be waffling about getting the book, you're going to think to yourself, Fuck it. For $3 why not? ::click and buy::

 332 pages

Warning: This book contains subject matter that may induce the reader to think and say the word FUCK repeatedly, and in many forms. For days. Lots of vulgar language, strong violence and tons of super offensive shit. (trust me, you still want to read it) Reader discretion is highly advised. 

Thank You Madeline Sheehan!

For more on Madeline Sheehan please visit her @

Sunday, September 15, 2013

YA Book Say What

When did Young Adult books loose their innocence? Not that I'm complaining. I think it's kind of great. I've enjoyed a few YA books immensely, but those books didn't seem like they should be YA books at all. They seemed like regular mainstream fiction with iniquitous subject matter as the headliner. The only thing that really gave these books rights to be a YA fiction were the teenage protagonists.

For those of you unsure, YA or Young Adult fiction, previously termed juvenile fiction is literature specifically designed and marketed for adolescents in the 13-19 year old range. Even though the definition and psychological range of an actual young adult is 20-40.

These books are booming right now and many of them aren't nearly as virtuous as Harry Potter or Twilight.

So, back to what I was discussing before. When did YA book content become so twisted an adult could enjoy it? When did the darker side of rape, death, and dismemberment become active themes in YA books? And not in an after school special way. I'm talking about in a Steven Lastrapes's Inside the Outside kind of way, sans the lesbianism.

Was it when adults realized teenagers were reading adult content anyways? Was it when teenagers that read Stephen King, V.C. Andrews and their moms romance novels grew up and started writing their own books?

In 2008 or 09 Romance Review magazine did a spread on Hunger Games. It was the first time, that I can remember, Romance Review did a spread on a YA book.  My girlfriend and I sat sipping our morning joe, discussing our surprise and general intrigue into this new development. We thought the book looked interesting but we didn't get them until a few more years down the road, after the series was finished and the hype was high.

My girlfriend and I were teenagers in the 90's. Young adult books were nearly non-existent. The books that weren't wholly fantasy were Dawson Creek-ish before there was such a thing as Dawson Creek. Not to mention set in or around Washington State.

Everyone hearted Seattle in 90's, big time.

They were the types of books that a fourteen year old girl could enjoy but a women would find tedious. I loved a series called the BoyFriend/Girlfriend Club. These books were set on an island off the coast of Washington State (of course), and were the grown up version of the Baby Sitters Club. There was drinking, mild drug use, kissing, implied sex, pregnancy scares, heartbreak and enough teenage angst to sink the Titanic.

Everything had a Lifetime channel, after school special message to it.

Now a days those types of teen drama books are everywhere and they are usually carry some paranormal elements. Not only that, their are some books that can actually be enjoyed by adults and I question their title of YA. The Hunger Game series was great. I read that series and my inner fifteen year old was totally jealous. My inner adult kept thinking, This is a YA book? For girls? With all the killing, and gore, and well.... killing?

Why yes, the blood thirsty masses ate it up and cried for more. And they got it.

Months ago a book called Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki, came up on my Amazon recommend list. I read a spectrum of weird stuff so I get recommended a spectrum of random books. This one, I couldn't figure out if it was a fiction, a romance or what.

The cover is ambiguous and nothing in the summary was screaming a definite genre besides dystopian Earth. I'm a sucker for a dystopian setting. After reading the blurb I didn't really care what it was. It sounded fascinating and I downloaded it without reading a review or looking up the authors.

"Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best. Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I've been accused of a crime I didn't commit and now the hole is my new home. 
Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain. 
Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won't die. I won't let them win. The Hole can't keep me. The Hole can't break me. I am more than my brand. I'm a fighter.My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story."

Many reviewers have compared Branded to Hunger Games and I can see why. It's the most relevant comparison. A teenage female heroine, a dystopian setting, and some fucked up circumstances. I say 'fucked up' because 'messed up' just seems to mild of a phrase for this book.


I was hooked from page one. This is one of those books that is really hard to put down. Lexi is captured and taken to the Hole. The Hole makes the Hunger Game's world seem warm and fuzzy. From the beginning you get the sense people here will rape you, kill you, then eat you, because humans are barely human inside this place and food is scarce.

Wrongfully and rightfully convicted men women and children are stripped down  then herded holocaust style to await getting painfully branded. They are then thrown in the Hole to be forgotten. The Hole itself is miles and miles of desert wasteland.

Lexi is given a guard and put on suicide watch. This is a normal 48 hour procedure. Her guard Cole ends up being assigned her permanent guard. Through out the book I wasn't sure why she had a personal guard, when no one else does. By the end of the book you find out why she specifically is being kept alive, and it is shocking.

Rest assured, she isn't just given a guard in order for her to have a love story. Although, I'm sure it helped.

Lexi isn't a Katniss Everdeen. She's not the badass heroic super girl. She has strength, she is resilient, but she's more of a lucky survivor and has more than one break down. I would like to point out, before the story even starts Lexi has already lived through many worst tortures than what Katniss experiences in all three Hunger Games books. Also, Katniss goes into a near catatonic state by the end of book three for around six months.

Lexi's angst did annoy me at one point, but I cut her some slack. She goes through the kind of stuff that fills up psych wards. Her weak moments seemed like a reasonable response to her traumas.You don't find out the extent of Lexi's trials until near the end of the book, but you do find out.

There is a scene near the end of the book where she breaks down one last time and has to be carried. I was disappointed with the authors. By this time in the story Lexi has earned her badge of honor and deserved to walk on her own two legs, head bravely held high. I thought it unjust to her character and devalued her hard work.

Overall a fantastic read. The first half of the story is gut wrenching. By the midway point I was sure the book was going to end on a cliff hanger. After some unexpected turn of events the book does wrap up, but in such a way it's obvious there will be a book two.

More than 75% of this book felt like a regular fiction with a teen protagonist. Although there were a few moments that felt distinctly YA, my thought upon finishing this book was, that was fucked up.

I was also still unclear to this book being a YA or not and had to visit the author's page to find out. I can't help think this book should be filed under regular fiction. This is the kind of book I would recommend for the over seventeen crowd. My twenty two year old niece would adore it, yet it would probably give my twenty year old niece nightmares.

I wouldn't recommend this book without giving a bit of a content warning, mostly for strong violence. Which begs the question, is it still a YA if it needs a content warning? And why aren't content warnings on YA books that have swearing, strong violence and or sex?

There is a different cover for the book on their page.

I'm glad this isn't the cover that is marketed. It screams YA and I would have hated missing out on this story because I had judged a book by it's cover. 

318 pages

Warning; This is a YA that doesn't quite read like a YA book. Contains strong violence. Reader discretion may apply. 

Thank You Abi and Missy!

You can find more on these ladies @

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Reviewer and The VILF

Appeasing the masses isn't easy. Even the top rated authors get blasted regularly. Many people only review a book when an element in it upsets them. Others just really enjoy playing the critic to every book they read.

Hell, I recently discovered, the only way a book makes any kind of 'recommend' list by Amazon is to have the right mixture of reviews, ratings and sales. More reviews, even bad reviews, can equal higher ranking.

Now I almost feel guilty I'm not a traditional reviewer. I don't review even a fourth of the books I read and I post about even fewer. I really have to connect with a book on some level, or be extremely excited about something in it, to want to write about it.

Most books I read fall into the category of good solid reads, but nothing in them called to me. Bad books I usually just walk away from, choppy dialogue, plot holes and all. (new writers, beta readers are your friends yet they shouldn't always be a friend) Plus there are always plenty of reviewers more than happy to lambaste a book in a point by point break down of where the author went wrong.

I'll admit sometimes these reviews make me want to read the book just to see if it is as horrible as the power point presentation makes it out to be. Upon reflection, I've actually bought quite a few books out of sheer curiosity.

My decision to buy my first Tracy St. John book was based purely on curiosity peeked by harsh reviews. There were just so many readers freaking out over her book's content. Not editing, not plot holes or dialogue, just plain old too much sex, too dirty of sex and too provocatively rough sex. Color me intrigued.

How could I not read a book after that kind of controversy?

Then there are those books, other people love, that I want to pick apart from stem to stern. I also walk away from writing negative reviews for these books because it clearly was't the book's fault.

We just weren't compatible.

I'm a positive reviewer and I don't care for punishing a book because I'm not into the main pull. The pull or niche of a book is the main or underlining theme. Magic, FemDom, BDSM, Spanking, Menage, DD, etc. Sometimes a mix of these elements.

My pet peeve is when a reviewer can't find anything wrong with a book outside of it's underlining theme, then gives it a horrible review. I see this all the time and I just can't understand it. For example, why would you buy a spanking story, then give it two stars and complain it was all about spanking and felt it derogatory to women? <palm to forehead>

 Reader Martha Holman summed it up best last week when she wrote, "It's like buying a Christian romance, then complaining there are too many references to God." 

I couldn't have said it better myself.

This is why I rarely post about paranormal books, and I've never ever posted on a vampire book.  I'm one of the few people who aren't into vampires.

I know, I feel weird about it too.

Like most of us, I enjoyed Interview with the Vampire. I watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I loved Angel. I of course later loved Spike, maybe even more. I just never got into the literature, and who could have predicted the plethora of vampire lit that would follow after Buffy?

Until recently, I hadn't found a vampire book that really drew me into the characters and story. Although I have found a few vampire books I enjoyed, I find most of them meh.

I know what you're thinking. Obviously I'm not reading the right vampire books. Right or wrong, no vamp guy has ever made it into my naughty files. So imagine my surprise when not only do I find my VILF, he's a somewhat cliche VILF.

Don't worry, he doesn't sparkle.

Honestly this book contains all the hallmarks that usually induce me to the state of gratuitous eye rolling, ancient vampire billionaire and hot chick with mysterious powers included.

I'm Nial, 
I smolder and I have a hint of an European accent.

Yet I didn't roll my eyes, not even once. More importantly, I'm really into the vamp hero. That has never happened for me.

Blood Knot by Tracy Cooper Posey

Nathanial is a master manipulator, a fact professional thief Winter is all too aware of. When he comes asking for favors Winter is reluctant to even talk to the enigmatic sexy vampire.  
Guard up, Winter agrees to go with Nathanial to find her missing ex-partner in heists, Nathanial's ex-lover Sebastian. Craving the acceptance and open honesty Nathanial offers her, Winter allows herself to be seduced, and starts questioning everything she's ever been told about him. 
When they finally find Sebastian all past hurts for between these three come to the surface. Trust and motivations are questioned. Feelings are stirred to boiling point, and the fate of their lives rest in acquiring evidence that would expose the vampire community to the world in the harshest light. 

Okay, you may giggle, I was actually cruising the internet for cock knotting stories when I found this book. The title caught my eye and I figured it was a vampire story, but had my fingers crossed it was a cock knotting menage vampire story, since the delicious cover has the two fellas.

Sadly no cock knotting, but it is a menage vampire story and even better, it's a m/m/f story.

Turns out Tracy Cooper-Posey and I share a love for hot well written m/m/f. And this book is definitely hot. These three characters have smoldering chemistry and plenty of scenes that steam up the old kindle screen. Winter and Nathanial are a decadent buffet for the senses. Once they find Sebastian tensions climb and the heat racks up another notch. Sebastian has a lot of angst and creates a raging storm of emotions for all involved in this triad.

I felt the emotion, but it didn't feel overly dramatic. I really fell in love with these characters and I think a big part of that was the dialogue. There were just a lot of lines that really spoke to me. One of my favorite lines that stayed with me is;
"It's a curious thing. When two outsiders stand together, they're not outside anymore. They're inside their own world."
Another thing that I really enjoyed is the technical break down of what is usually played off as magical abilities. Those elements still have a mystical origin, but Tracy Cooper-Posey works biological science and government into her paranormal world giving it credence and a sci-fi edge that plays to my sensibilities. An added bonus is her ability to reveal and hold back the perfect combination of information to keep the reader engaged and turning pages.

I really felt for all the characters involved and love where this story went. By the end of the book you get a sense of hope for the future of the Vampires and not-quite-human humans like Winter and Sebastian. There is a set up at the ending for the next book Blood Stone, which so far has excellent reviews.

I'm looking forward to seeing where this story goes and if lighting can strike twice with Blood Stone.

271 pages (and a great warning label)

Warning: This book contains two hot, sexy alpha heroes, frequent, explicit and frank sex scenes, anal sex and use of toys. Don't proceed beyond this point if hot love scenes offend you.

*No vampires were harmed in the making of this novel. 

Thank You Tracy Cooper-Posey!

For more on Tracy Cooper-Posey please visit her @

Monday, September 2, 2013

Write To Be Marketable

I haven't read Brenda Joyce since she stopped three books shy of finishing her Deadly series. Her publisher said it just wasn't marketable enough.

That's just cruel and unusual. 

I know authors often make decision based on profitability. I've seen quite a few romance authors switch to paranormal young adult and wonder each time if it's what they really want to write or if they are following fads. The same thing with duke and billionaire stories. Eloisa James recently posted the question on FB: 
If you see Duke or Billionaire in the title of a book, does it make you feel more like buying the novel? Do you remember when "millionaire" and "sheikh" were the magic words?

Some one needs to write a paranormal young adult turned erotic bdsm story about a millionaire turned billionaire, vampire part shifter sheikh, who discovers he's a the lost duke of somewhere. He will of course fall in love with a sassy strong yet fragile raga muffin virgin. It will be a series and the most marketable books ever. 

Hell, it would be a serial drama on the WB before you could say Joss Whedon. 

The cruel truth is it pays to be marketable. I get it. When you quit your day job the pressure to write towards the trends can be overwhelming. Lord knows that most writers are paid flee market prices and being able to pay your bills while still doing something you love is more than enticing. It's practical. 

What happens when a sci-fi erotic writer decides to write what she wants to write the way she wants to write it?

Fans divided.

You win some you loose some or that's how the story goes for Tracy St. John. The author loves non consensual/coerced seduction and anti heroes and so do some of her fans. These fans read Alien Embrace and Alien Conquest and yelled ENCORE!

The other half have been tearing it up in the review since book one. They are the I loved it, but I wish she'd throw in more romance fans. Others in this group complained, the guys were too mean and the coercion was too rapey. <----I'm paraphrasing, but that's the gist.

I'm not even going to get on my non-consensual/coerced seduction fantasy soap box. (warning label for a reason people!!!!)

So, Tracy St. John let romance prevail and tried to make her guys more understanding while not folding completely. This seemed to work and was an instant crowd pleaser. Those recommended to read Tracy St. John on Goodreads could indulge in some erotic alien lovin' and not be too scandalized because it has romance and a safe word.

(FYI, Goodreads lists ALL books containing sex under Romance. I've seen many one-two star erotica reviews on Amazon, from people  recommended a Romance by Goodreads)

The birth child of Goodreads and Amazon

But what about the other fans that loved that nitty gritty stuff the masses thought was too harsh?

Well, now Tracy St. John has got them covered. Turns out Tracy St. John missed writing that stuff as much as we missed reading it, so she started a side project book that is crammed pack full of everything that would send the average romance/erotica reader screaming.

Ravenous Virtue. 

Ravenous Virtue by Tracy St. John

Raven is a kick ass and practical gal that thankfully doesn't hold sentimentality high up on her priority list, making her the perfect woman to serve as protector and lover to Vendeen and Daagiis.

Daagiis, aka Douglas Bringer, get's Raven to agree to come with him and serve his master, Gilothian supreme judge Vendeen. Daagiis knows Raven accepts to be an indentured servant under duress, but the Paatiin warrior shifter will do anything to protect Vendeen and save Raven.

Raven happens to share a common goal with Vendeen, so while she's not thrilled with her new slave status or the feelings her new master invokes in her, she willingly serves and protects him.

Tracy St. John posted about Ravenous Virtue before it came out and she warned the crap out of her readers that this book wasn't going to be anything like what she's done before. I believe the exact phrase was, If you're going to read this one, make sure your big girl panties are on.

My big girl panties were firmly in place and I friggin loved it!

I adore her Kalquorian series but for me, in many ways the Kalquor guys have gotten too understanding and mushy. Don't get me wrong, I still think the average Kalquorian male possess all the qualities you should look for in a man. I still would gladly climb aboard the shuttle marked for Kalquor. I still enjoy a good romance, but sometime I need a book with antihero type of men that are ruthless and unyielding.

I've been dying for Tracy St. John to break out and do something like her first few books that made me fall in love with her stories.

Ravenous Virtue is just what I've been waiting for. An unconventional love story, set in an awesome new sci-fi universe, with hot alien antiheroes as the abductors.

While it's not nearly the most extreme erotic book I've ever read, it is probably the most extreme book Tracy St. John has ever written. It contains quite a few of my favorite things as well as a few things I've never read before. Comfort levels will pushed.

Vendeen and Daagiis are the perfect antiheroes and deliciously wicked Masters. Don't expect these guys to pull any punches. They'd fight to save Raven and each other. They'd even die for her and each other, but their love is a gritty twisted entity that is as warped as it is hot.

And yes it's love, dammit.

Early in the book you can feel the depth of emotion Daagiis has for Raven. It also becomes clear just how much Daagiis and Vendeen mean to each other. Anti hero love stories don't always use the term I love you. This one does but as a rule the words are not necessary, and the love the characters share is never conventional, yet it is still love.

The first chapter for me was set up, I was more accurately hooked by the second chapter and swept away by the third. For me, the book kept getting better as went along.

I would love to see more from this universe and hope characters like Kimi, Saazzer, Laaruu and Mikroe get stories.


Warning: Contains strong elements of BDSM including captive/coerced sex, bondage, punishments including whippings, anal play/intercourse, multipule sex partners (m/f/m) and homoerotic sex (m/m/f, m/m, and f/f)

Not into the heavier slave/Master and sadomasochistic fantasy? That's okay, it's an acquired taste. Tracy St. John has not forsaken her readers on more of a romantic bend. Her newest Kalquor creation, Alien Caged will be hitting the e-shelves as early as October. 

Like many others, I am greatly looking forward to reading it. 

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Thank You Tracy St. John!!!