Monday, August 27, 2012

Book Review: The Foundlings

                                                            Today's review is on The Foundlings by: R. M. Garcia

This is one of the more difficult reviews I have written.  Though there was a lot that I liked about The Foundlings, there are some aspects that I didn't.  And though it offers one of the more unique takes on the classic vampire love story that I have read in a while, it seemed to go on and on and on, while other books of the same size have seemed to fly by.  Yes, with the weaving of past and present historical people and events, Garcia creates the ultimate good vs. evil story.  And his use of the Native American spiritual belief's and the Catholic doctrine was well done, there were just parts of the book that didn't need to be there and simply just took up space.

It seemed that the world was against poor Donnie.  He lost his mother to Cancer and his father shortly there after.  The pain was so unbearable that he closed himself off to most every one around him but his best friend, his favorite teacher, and his priest.  All that changes however when Abbie walks into his life, and the love that Donnie and Abbie have for each other is put to the ultimate test.

Vampire Nazis, Native American Spirit Guides, Angles, and Satan himself are a lot to overcome for our young lovers; not to mention Abbie's over protective father, and Donnie will need all of his new friends to succeed and fulfill his destiny.

The Foundlings offers a delightful love story full of drama, sacrifice, and vampires.  It's just a bit long.

4 of 5 stars
Available at Amazon

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Book Review: Twice Around The Mulberry Bush

Today's review is on Twice Around The Mulberry Bush by Gerald Helland

It is said that "beauty is only skin deep", and we teach our children that it is what's on the inside of a person that counts not what's on the outside. Well now you can add this wonderful book into the mix. Twice Around The Mulberry Bush brings home this very concept. It is a fantastic tale of acceptance, of looking beyond that which is on the outside and seeing the person within.

Wesely McFaddon's 15 year-old life is forever changed one afternoon while hanging out with his best friend. Unable to cope with what has happened, he packs his bag and hits the open road. Along the way, he meets up with both friendly and not so friendly people, the best being the Woods family, and the worst being Morton Crawford.

While staying on the Woods farm, Wesely realizes that not only are things not always what they seem, that beauty truly is only skin deep, and that you can't outrun your problems.

I truly enjoyed reading this book, and I LOVE its message. This should be a mandatory read for people everywhere.

4 of 5 stars
Available at Amazon

Friday, August 17, 2012

Book Review: Safewords: Davenport & Chiffon


 Today's review is on Safewords: Davenport and Chiffon by: Candace Blevins


First and foremost I must repeat the warning listed on Amazon for this book.  "This title contains graphic language, consensual BDSM, bondage, intense sensory deprivation, extreme electrical play, enemas, and the use of toys including clamps, canes, plugs, cages, paddles, whips, and floggers."  With that said, if these things excite you, then you will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book.  And while the sex and exploration are almost nonstop, there is a also a fantastic story of loss and love.

Dana and Zach have both suffered the loss of their respective spouses and are trying to get on with their lives.  But love never tells you when its coming, and it jumps out at you at the most unexpected times.  In the case of these two, attraction is almost instantaneous when Dana is hired to redecorate Zach's home.  Dana makes it clear that she never dates her clients, so right after Zach hands over his final check ending their "business" relationship, he asks her out.

Though Dana is a Sub, she never thought she would be able to give herself over any other man, but there is no denying she is turned on by Zach and the many BDSM items he has in his home.  Not to mention his beautiful blue eyes.  And though Zach is a true Dom, he is not a Sadist, and Dana thrives on pain.

Will these two be able to overcome the obstacles?  Only time and a little exploration, both mentally and sexually will tell.


Dana and Zach are happily enjoying each other and their growing relationship, and though there are a few bumps in the road, they work them out with understanding and communication.  But when a terrible accident leaves Dana beaten and bruised Zach seems unable to even look at her.  Thankfully Jacob and Brent are there for her.

Once back home, Dana is further hurt when Zach is unable or unwilling to accept her submission leaving her no choice but to pack her bag and leave.   Not willing to return any of Zach's calls or emails though doesn't give him the chance to explain, and their relationship falters.  With the help of Jacob and Brent, and a unique twist on the classic game of Twister, the lines of communication and understanding open and become stronger than ever.

Many times I found myself strongly connected to Dana in Chiffon.  I cried along with her and was filled with joy when things worked out for her proving that this is not just a book filled with sex, sex, and yet more sex.  It is also a book with a serious plot, a plot that you cannot help but to fall in love with.

I love books that can take me out of my comfort zone.  They offer a chance for reflection and thought.  Safewords: Davenport & Chiffon is one of those books.  It brings with it a chance for intellectual exploration, and who knows, maybe a chance for a little sexual exploration too.

4 of 5 stars
Davenport is currently Available at Amazon

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Book Review: Dark Heirloom

               Today's review is on Dark Heirloom by Jennifer Brown

Dark Heirloom is the first installment in Brown's Ema Marx series.  Beginning with a life or death chase, the adventure is off to a great start.

With the overwhelming amount of Vampire Romance books out there today, it is necessary to have something a little different to make your book shine.  Thought I really enjoyed reading Dark Heirloom, and it did have a bit of a twist, I'm afraid it just didn't shine all that much better than many of the others I have read in the past two years.

Ema is attacked on the streets of Chicago by a strange man out to end her life.  but when his first attempt is thwarted, he try's once again only to find that Ema is now different.  Though she has never been bitten by a Vampyre,  she is suddenly becoming one.

Waking up from two days of "sleep", she finds herself in a strange but opulent castle, living among the very man, Jalmari, who was about to take her life.  Her one saving grace is Jesu, Jalmari's only brother, who seems to be the exact opposite of the evil Jalmari.

Jesu becomes her friend, her teacher, and quite possibly her love.  But as always life get's in the way, and Ema has an important role to fulfill.  She must defeat the infamous, self appointed, King Apollyon, but raveling through Hell and back may not be enough.

Though Brown's writing flowed beautifully, and I liked the characters, I would have liked a little more spice thrown in there.  I'm not talking erotic romance here, but I would expect a little more than a blushing Vampire who has been alive for thousands of years.  None the less, I will keep my eyes open for the next installment.  I have to at least see how Ema and Jesu's "relationship" plays out, if it ever does.

3 of 5 stars
Available at Amazon