Book Review: Isadora, by Ella Frank

Isadora AMAZON (1)Isadora, by Ella Frank
Series: Masters Among Monsters, Book Two
Release Date: January 12, 2016

My Review of Alasdair (Book One) can be found here.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

I received a copy of this novel from the promotion company in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

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Blurb:

A TRAGIC BEGINNING…

Isadora Nikitas understands what it means to be betrayed. That lesson was taught to her in the prime of her life, and when she is offered a chance to exact revenge, she finds it difficult to refuse.
Instead, she entrusts her survival to a mysterious vampire known only as Diomêdês, a male who wants nothing in return but to watch over her—in every way imaginable.

Gifted with speed, strength, and immortality, she determines that her life will no longer be governed by the needs and wants of a mere man. She has cowered for the last time, and with her Ancient by her side, she thrives and blossoms into the most formidable female vampire in existence.

But, once upon a time, like all little girls, Isadora believed in love. She believed it because she once had it. So, when it comes along a second time, she knows that it’s possible—but when you love someone, they become your weakness. Unless, in fact, they become your enemy instead…

A MYSTERIOUS PAST…

Fulfilling your life’s prophecy should be empowering. At least, that’s what Elias Fontana always believed. But, as he stands guard over the beautiful vampire he’s taken hostage, his convictions start to crumble. Made to believe by his creators that he and two others have been designed to destroy a dangerous race, he has difficulty connecting his current reality to the woman he once loved.

A TANGLED TALE TO UNRAVEL…

When friends become enemies and enemies become lovers, who can you trust in the webs of lies and despair? And, when your life is at stake and blood has been shed, how much are you willing to sacrifice to fulfill your destiny?

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Book Review: Flushed, by Susan Laine

laine-flushedFlushed, by Susan Laine
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 13, 2016

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Buy Link: Publisher

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Blurb:

To prove to his annoying older brother that he’s a man, well-to-do sculptor Rupert Pemberton tries to repair his broken toilet. But he has no knack for practical tools and no know-how. After a flood of biblical proportions, he has no choice but to call for help.

A gorgeous hunk of a plumber named Paul Cooper shows up at Rupert’s doorstep with a ready toolbox and a sexy smile. With Paul at his side, Rupert realizes he wants more than a quick fix. After a couple of cozy dates and a few bouts of steamy sex, Rupert wonders how he can keep Paul around for good.

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Book Review: Inferno, by Stormy Glenn

glenn-infernoInferno, by Stormy Glenn
Series: Pacific Cove, Book 1

Rating: 1 out of 5

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I don’t know why I bought this book. I honestly cannot tell you what my thought process was, to make me decide to buy this. I mean, I love cheesy erotica, and shifter novels, and twins, and probably all of these things factored in. Plus, the writing in the sample chapter was solid, definitely readable.

But I spent the entire time I was reading it wishing I’d spent a few bucks on a cup of coffee and donut instead.

Look, this is erotica, so it’s pretty much porn without plot, which I’m fine with. In fact, I’m pretty sure the basic premise– lonely, geeky boy who is not loved by his family finds that he is destined to mate with two super hot twin shifters– is a big reason for why I read it. Mindless, glorious fluff.

Still… a whole lotta “nope” for me!

1. Stop talking about “owning” people in a relationship. It’s not sexy. It’s creepy.

Abe and Ben are alpha males. They’re shifters, okay, I get it. But they alternate between treating Danny like he’s a piece of hot ass that they can own, and like he’s a fragile vase to put on a shelf. Danny is obviously a grown up. He’s survived his crap-tastic family, he’s going to school, supporting himself. Yes, he’s super klutzy, but he’s obviously not bothered by it.

So why do Abe and Ben have to act like he’s a cow that they bought at auction?

“Do you know the victim, sir?”

Ben glanced at the detective taking his statement. “Yes, his name is Daniel Lake.” He didn’t care if they hadn’t gone through the official commitment ceremony. Danny was his and Abe’s and he dared anyone to say otherwise. “He belongs to me and my brother.”

2. Unrealistic timelines

Danny meets Abe and Ben. He has sex with them like a day later. It’s true love.

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Even Danny points it out in the novel… just because they’re mated doesn’t mean they’re instantly compatible.

“Are you sure about this?” Danny asked hesitantly. “I mean, how can you know for sure we’re supposed to be together? This isn’t a romance novel.”

(Of course, two seconds after saying this, they’re having sex. So.)

And then there’s the background relationship between Nurse Betty and Vinnie (one of Danny’s friends). This novel happens over like two days. At the beginning of the novel, Danny introduces them. TWO DAYS LATER THEY’RE PLANNING THEIR WEDDING. Seriously.

3. Unrealistic sex

Oh my god. Stop it. Please.

Danny had just experienced six orgasms in less than an hour, no doubt a record for pretty much any man breathing.

What?!

And then the double penetration, which was another huge WTF moment.

I just.

No.

NO.

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4. Implying a plot but then not following through

This is such a pet peeve. If you’re going to write erotica with no plot, awesome. If you’re going to write erotica with a plot, also awesome. But don’t hint at all of this plot and then just ignore it until it’s convenient.

Bear shifters! Wars between shifters and hunters! Great tragedies in the past! Abe and Ben’s family! All things that were mentioned like once, and then ignored unless needed.

And don’t even get me started on the “villain” of the story. Let’s just say it was even more unbelievable than the six orgasms in 60 minutes thing.

Final Verdict?

There’s erotica that’s so bad that it’s good. This is not that. I was hoping it would be, because I really love cheesy erotica, but just nope. A whole load of nope. (But hey, it’s really short, so there’s that going for it?)

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Buy Link: Amazon

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