Review of Their Twisted Love by Amelia James

Evolved Publishing presents the 2nd book in The Twisted Mosaic series, a follow-up to the award-winning Her Twisted Pleasures. This steamy mosaic novel tells the story of the love triangle that is Talia, Will, and Alex. And oh… what a twisted triangle it is. FOR ADULTS ONLY. Alex has everything he wants. He loves the power that comes with his job, and fooling around with his boss provides the illicit kink he needs. He’s in charge and trusts no one. Will should’ve learned something from his disastrous past, but he’s distanced himself from everyone who loved him, keeping the pain in protective custody. He has no use for entanglements. Talia has a new man, safe and secure—and boring as hell. She won’t sleep with him until she knows she wants only him. But she can’t forget, or forgive, the men who indulged her wildest fantasies and violated her trust. They’re happy apart… until Alex’s case forces them back together, and Talia discovers she still craves both her former lovers. Can only one love her enough to satisfy her twisted desires and provide the stability she needs? Sometimes, the wrong reasons are the only reasons “His Twisted Choice,” the final piece of “The Twisted Mosaic,” will be available July 22, 2013. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way and the opinions here are my own. Review: Amelia James doesn’t hold back.  Every chapter in this steamy, sexy follow up to Her Twisted Pleasures is filled with deeper and deeper explorations of fantasy.  From role playing, to...

Review of Nira/Sussa by Julian Darius – Dangerously Trasgressive and Beautifully Erotic

He’s a tenured creative writing professor. A well-respected novelist. And a recovering sadistic pervert with a penchant for young girls. His name is Julian Darius, which by great coincidence just happens to be the name of this novel’s author. She’s a teenage groupie who insists he buy her a collar before they have sex. She seems to know his desires better than he does. And she wants to fulfill them — even ones he claims not to have. The result is a strange love story that explores how far we’d really go, given the opportunity… and whether men and women could truly live together, if they were completely honest about their desires. This erotic and violent novel, criticized as pornographic, is nonetheless supremely literary and won its author a Ph.D. in English. CAUTION: SEXUAL CONTENT, VIOLENCE, TRANSGRESSIVE THEMES, INTELLIGENCE. Disclaimer: I bought this book, the opinions of this review are my own. Review: Now and then there are books which remind you why it is you love the things you do, why you started down the path you now find yourself.  At one time I devoured books which crossed over the bounds of morality and common decency, now I spend more time breaking down the academic value of Vampires.  Not a bad thing to spend your time on, sure, but not at all where I started. Nira/Sussa brought me back to the girl I was when I discovered Antonin Artaud, when I revelled in his unrequited and insane adoration of Anais Nin, when I first read of June Miller, a woman who could have everything but wanted nothing. I...

Review of 7 Days with Adam by Jay Speights

BLURB: 7 Days With Adam is a brilliantly crafted work about Adam, the first man, who visits the author and shatters many of his core beliefs about God, creation, the basic nature of humans and this world. He has astonishing revelations about his and Eve’s real legacy. After the 7 day visit, he leaves the author enlightened with actual exercises, prayers and meditative techniques that we can all use to access our Divine Inner Power and achieve mastery in our lives. This book is a testament to the value of storytelling in spirituality, and to disciplined spiritual practice, as well as being attuned to the Higher Self and Divine Inner Light that is in all of us. Review: 7 Days with Adam is a unique approach to interfaith teaching.  While I wasn’t 100% about it, I have to give the author major kudos for trying something unique and accessible.  7 Days with Adam reads like a confessional of someone going through an awakening.  Many of the concepts presented are controversial and difficult for many people to wrap their heads around.  This approach brought the idea of deeper allegories of Spiritual texts into the world of the everyday reader. At the beginning of the second chapter (Day), Speights quotes one of my favorite religious verses: If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you.  If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.  This is from the Gospel of Thomas, verse 70. The simple inclusion of a quote from the Nag Hammadi is an...

Review of The Dark Inside by Donna Galanti – 5*s and now I need a copy of her next book! STAT

Heartbreak, danger, lust, and betrayal blaze to life in this collection of stories that reveal the dark places hidden within us. When what you most desire is on the line how far will you go to get it, and what will you give up? A young man desperate to leave a world that doesn’t accept him–and a father who hates him. A tormented man imprisoned as a science experiment experiences love for the first time. A secret agent gives in to his carnal desires and risks exposing the one secret he wants to keep. A college freshman betrayed by her lover takes matters into her own hands. A young girl is determined not to suffer at the hands of her molester anymore. A sadistic leader who thrives on mind control leads his people into a new life. A teen seeks escape from his abusive foster father and faces a life-or-death situation to survive. They must either fight the dark inside or embrace it. Which will they choose? Disclaimer: I receieved a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way. Disclaimer Part II: I am thanked in the acknowledgements!  The thank you is based on a conversation where Donna mentioned she was writing these stories and I said “Write one about X-10 losing his virginity!  That would be epic!” and she did.  I did not help with the writing or plotting of this story at all.  But what she came up with is like 10x (hehe) better than anything I could have thought up. Review: The...

An impossibly good book which is impossible to review – Forbidden by Tony Williams (With giveaway)

Please don’t ignore this post based on the cover of the book and summary.  The cover is so bad my husband was surprised I let the book in the house (and the man on the cover looks NOTHING like the character he’s intended to portray) and the summary is about the last 3rd of the book and doesn’t begin to cover the scope of this novel.  But I post it here so you’ll have a frame of reference before reading my thoughts.  Please note – there are spoilers in this review! On the heels of the slave uprising in Haiti, the French Empire is rocked by another slave revolt, this time in its colony Saint Helen. The upheaval pits the settlers and slaves against each other, and plunges the colony into a racial war that keeps blacks and whites divided long after Emancipation. Born into this polarized society where the colour of one’s skin determines one’s social status, Christian Joseph, a mulatto, finds favour because of his complexion and being brought up by priests. His world is turned upside down when he discovers that he was born out of wedlock and fathered by the insane son of a sugar planter. To his dismay, he further discovers that his father has died and willed his estate to Christian’s mother – a poor black village girl – to the disbelief and outrage of many in the community, including the priests. This forces Christian to return to the village of his birth to try and uncover the secrets of his past. Along the way he befriends a young woman named April and...

Giveaway and Review of The Thing With Feathers

Title: The Thing With Feathers Author: Anne Sweazy Kulju Genre: Historical Fiction/Saga Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC Format: Paperback, Ebook Length: 328 pages (85,000+ words) Purchase: Author Website | Red Room | Amazon | B&N | Book Description:When an itinerant Baptist preacher arrived with his baby daughter and a wife lost on the trail, there was no one prepared to suspect what lurid secrets and heartbreak he might be concealing. As the preacher sets his sights against those who might oppose him, the names, reputations, even the very lives of the good people of Cloverdale may not be spared. Yet in the midst of the machinations of a mad man, virtue and valor can persist. The Thing with Feathers is known to fly through wars, depressions, and natural disasters. But will the Marshall clan and the good people of Cloverdale find it in time? Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for the purpose of reviewing.  No promise of a positive review was made and I was not compensated in any way. Review: The Thing With Feathers by Anne Sweazy Kulju is an old fashioned multi-generational drama.  Gritty and disturbing, Kulju looks at humanities darkest corners and finds the spark of beauty in even the worst situations.  It’s hard to believe, but the bitter sweat ending of this book was neither surprising nor unsatisfying.  In fact, you close feeling like yes, this is how this story ends.  The title didn’t quite jive with me.  I get where it’s coming from and the reference and reading the book it’s a lovely theme, but as the...