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NightmarZ: Asylum (Z Series Part 1 of 6) by Irma Geddon

Book Review

4/10

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Gabrielle’s life hasn’t always been easy, but her last year in high school is going great. That is, until she gets attacked in her sleep by her own nightmares. When her father arrives, they vanish, but nothing’s ever going to be the same again. She is taken away by paramedics to treat her injuries, only to discover she is being committed to a psych ward instead.

But her dad has seen what happened to her and knows that she is not crazy… He should get her out of there, why doesn’t he?

Held against her will in a creepy asylum where a different kind of monster roams the halls in a white uniform, Gabrielle begins to wonder whether she is cursed… or whether she is really crazy after all.

She knows she must find a way to escape her nightmares, even if it seems impossible. Unraveling the mystery of her curse is the only thing that’s left … before a monster of her own making will come for her and claim her soul.

This is Part One of Six of the Z Series, which is meant to be small installments read in chronological order. NightmarZ: Asylum is a short and quick read ranging around 40 pages. With its short length, the scenes are somewhat quick paced, and the first installment ends in quite a cliffhanger. Not to give away any spoilers, the ending is somewhat questionable in how easy Gabrielle finds her way past her predicament as well as some more questionable story plot situations.

The series has a great premise and story is delivered in the first person view. The cover is well done, and the synopsis is enticing. However, there are some elements in the story that leaves the reader wanting more than what the story delivers. Take this part of the synopsis: Gabrielle’s life hasn’t always been easy, but her last year in high school is going great. This part is never shown, if you didn’t read it in the synopsis there would be no other way to know this. But since this story is delivered in installments more of the story might be revealed in time so this might be a good thing not so much a negative.

The story starts off right when she has the nightmare and wakes up to be attacked by it. Which isn’t a bad place to start, but it takes a few pages for the main character to explain that this is what happened. If the reader wasn’t paying close attention or didn’t read the synopsis they might have been clueless as to what exactly was going on. There were moments that the way some of the other characters were addressed threatened to drive me insane. I had to remind myself that the main character is seventeen, but still, I wish the author had dropped the creepy nurse tag once the person’s name had been revealed instead of using both labels. There were also other name tags given to other asylum personnel that could have been avoided if their names had just been disclosed. The name tags are fun and interesting the first time, but an entire part of the series filled with them is too much for my liking. They distract from the story.

There are some elements or scenes that might not be for everyone. There is a rape attempt and physical abuse that might drive some readers away. It is wise to be aware that this series is intended for an adult audience and even though the main character is only 17 years old there are warnings about such content. There is foul language, disturbing scenes of sex (attempted sex) and or violence (beating up a person), and the author even warns that it may trigger panic attacks.

If you can move past the questionable conditions the story plot gives to move the story along this is a very interesting series, one I would love to finish reading. Unfortunately, it seems the author doesn’t have the rest of the series available anymore. She does have three other books on her Amazon page along with a paperback version of this first installment. I do have Part Two, I had downloaded Part One and Two when they were both available so look forward to a review on Part Two but other than that we might have to cross our fingers that she makes the rest of the series available again. There is still so much of the story that needs revealing.

Thanks for reading and see you in the next review.

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END An Apocalyptic Anthology

Review

9/10

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END features stories about the end of the world from indie publishing’s rising stars. The Mayan Calendar ends on December 21st, 2012, and some people believe that heralds apocalypse. What better way to go out than with a collection of shocking, thrilling, and sexy stories?

La Breithe by Kendall Grey

Great story, very intriguing and stellar ending.

Last Night in Vegas by Amelia James

Steamy and witty. Greatly written and quite enjoyable. The only story that has an erotic and romance theme to it. Yet this story was much more than just another erotic story, it was a tale of starting over, starting anew when the world is at an end.

A Starshot in Hell by Angela Kulig

Short and confusing due to its unexpected length. Had hoped it would have been longer. There was so much left unanswered.

Whimper by Morgan McCoy

More confusing due to the manner it was written. A combination of memories expressed as flashbacks and short story segments that slowly start to form the interesting story the synopsis promised. If you can get past the style, there is much to grasp.

Destroyer of Worlds by Dennis Sharpe

Long but well worth the read. Great stir of emotions and heart-wrenching. It did leave me wondering if I should lick a penny to find out how it tastes.

Such Sinners We Are by Ron Vitale

This story was written in a form of a letter so it didn’t leave much room for ‘show don’t tell’. I wish it had been broken into segments, showing some action and description of what the sister was thinking while reading the letter. Interesting story, really enjoyed how he portrayed the villains.


Hope you enjoyed this review, the layout was a little different since it was an anthology. Great read and a pretty good collection of stories from authors I hadn’t heard of. Looking forward to reading more of their works.

The Creative Writer’s Survival Guide by John McNally is next.

Greasy Boy by P.L. Ripley

Book Review

6/10

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For Simon, sex had always been clean, gentle and safe. Now a chance encounter in a gas station bathroom gives Simon the opportunity to see what he has been missing. That is, if he can overcome his fear to delve into a greasy stranger through a glory hole. (M/M)

This is a BL story (boy love)/gay erotica.

Fair warning, there is mention of bodily fluid stains and a brief armpit action that might not be suitable for the squirmy. I know I kind of started to cringe at those parts, but other than that the story was interesting and steamy. The writing was well above what you expect for an erotica and a quickie story. Overall very enjoyable with the exception of those questionable moments mentioned above.

The publisher of this title, ForbiddenFiction (a part of Enspire Publishing), likes to stand out in their writing. Their stories lean more towards breaking out of the norm when it comes to the boundaries of original erotic fiction. Their stories tend to combine strong acts of sexuality with a bit more etiquette writing. Make sure you read the labels and tags for each title before buying to make sure you know exactly what you are going to be reading.

Now that we got that out of the way, there was one small repetition and slip in a scene regarding a character doing an action that had already taken place a few sentences before. This might have been caused due to fast writing or quick editing and doesn’t hinder the story or the quality of the writing. I must also point out that the writing does pick up and gets dirtier towards the end in regards to smut and BDSM situations. But even with this, the story is quite more than getting it on, it has a point and a lesson for the main character to learn.

Sum it up: A very greased up one night stand, well story takes place during the day but you get my point, that will make some jaws drop.

What I liked most: That the writer didn’t fear going outside the comfort zone of typical erotica stories.

What I liked the least: The like and dislike are kind of the same for me here. It had a very interesting premise, but there were some things that happened that kind of take away from the story.

Would I read the sequel(s)? Yes, as long as I ain’t eating while reading. But since this was a one-shot, will have to try his other works.

END An Apocalyptic Anthology is up next.

Tangled Beauty by K.L. Middleton

Book Review

10/10

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Sinclair Jeffries thought she knew what she was getting into when her zany, gay friend, Jesse Eddington, talked her into portraying his girlfriend during his parent’s anniversary party on Huntington Beach. That is, until she met Reed, Jesse’s sexy as hell older brother, and ends up getting much more than what she’d bargained for.

Reed Eddington assumed his future was settled until he met Sinclair, his brother’s so-called “girlfriend”, but the raw, sexual tension between them is hard to ignore. As he watches their ruse from the sidelines, he finds himself wanting to uncover more than just their amusing little facade.

This review was long in the making simply because I faded into the background that is daily life, but the book needed to be shared. Forgive me for the short and brief review, this book deserves a far better written one. Without further ado…

This was a very well written story and I enjoyed every minute of it. Tangled Beauty by K.L. Middleton has become one of my favorite reads of all time, so much so that I have since then added many of her books to my collection. This book is the first of a three book series that doesn’t fail to deliver.

If you like sexy, steamy, and top-notch romance escapades, this book is for you. From the funny and interesting scenario of a gay friend convincing our heroine to portray herself as his girlfriend to the having to figure out what to do when she meets Reed, her gay friend’s brother, this story doesn’t let you bet bored.

Sum it up: Well worth your money, but wait, it’s FREE so that is even better than finding a pot of gold under a rainbow. Ok, then let’s just say it’s well worth the read.

What I liked most: The characters and the situations they found themselves in.

What I liked the least: That it wasn’t longer. I didn’t realize I had reached the end until I did. Good thing there are two more books in the series.

Would I read the sequel(s)? Heck yes! I loved these characters too much to not see them again.

 

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Here is how the old cover looked like. 🙂 Smexy. This author also has many of her ebooks for FREE on her Amazon page. Thanks for reading.

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Greasy Boy by P.L. Ripley is up next.

Stirring It Up by Mary Leo

Book Review

7/10

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When a gypsy’s prediction begins to come true, Rose Cupido dismisses it as a coincidence, but when a past estranged boyfriend shows up reminding her of the love she once felt for him, Rose can’t help wondering if that gypsy had true magical powers.

Stirring It Up is the third in a series of short edgy and upbeat light romances with a touch of sexy. Though each part is written by a different author (or maybe alias?), Stirring It Up contained enough backstory of the other characters and their love interests connecting the story as a whole. The parts can be read as stand alone or in order. I recommend the latter for better reading enjoyment.

This book is another one that gave me mixed feelings. I almost put it down and gave in to leaving it unfinished, glad I didn’t. The reason for this was that the first chapter had me wondering what the heck was going on, partly because I read it out of order (see notes above), and the main character kept jumping from one thought to another and back again. After chapter one  I was able to catch on quickly and enjoy the story very much.

There were many appealing sides to this story even with the jagged start. The gypsy prediction was a sweet overall theme. Rose’s love interest, Max, was more than a sexy lover from the past kind of guy that made their sexual tension real. The ending was cute and satisfying, who doesn’t love happy endings?!

Though a light read, Stirring It Up is well worth the time. It also received a cover makeover clarifying that this story is more than just an erotic story, it is a story about second chances.

Steamy? Enough for the four chapters in length.

Long enough? Yes. It presented a very nice satisfying and adorable ending.

Rating: 7/10

Hope you enjoyed this book review and in case you want to see the old cover here it is:

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Tangled Beauty by K.L. Middleton is up next.

Accidental Passion: Seduction by Meagan Hedin

 

Book Review

9/10

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The life that Piper has known for the last seven years is changing. No longer needed as the mother-figure for her brother, can she let go of the past when another man desperately needs her? Can she allow herself to reignite the desire and passion that she had kept carefully locked away before dark forces tear her from those who love her?

Accidental Passion: Seduction is written by Meagan Hedin and published through BigWorldNetwork. This is the first book I’ve read from this author and the third title I have read from this indie publisher. Accidental Passion: Seduction does not fail to deliver on what its title and cover suggest. There are quite a handful of steamy scenes and enticing situations throughout the book to satisfy any fan of romance and erotica. For those seeking a little more, a wonderful mixture of suspense, romance, and light comedy makes this book more than just an erotic story. It makes it an enjoyable read for any genre fan.

The story begins with what seems to be a normal set of events, with Piper accompanying her brother to his new place followed by a return trip and finally leading to a nasty discovery. This opens up the path for the reader to get introduced to Noah Williams, the detective that will play Piper’s love interest. Though it is now clear that the situation that lead up to their meeting is highly suspenseful all on its own, each situation that follows keeps raising the bar.

But before one can discover this, the story takes a shift towards Piper’s brother love endeavors. With Piper and Noah’s story packed with so much tension Sam’s story seems a bit slow going. However, his story does progress and eventually picks up steam as he manages to find his own set of conflicting situations. Not to mention the moment where these two stories collide the end result delivers a large amount of drama and suspense that more than satisfies.

Each chapter leaves off with enough interest piqued to drive the reader forward. Each story arch is filled with an array of interesting characters, minor and major, good and bad. The villains are as unique from each other as they are to Piper and Sam. They are dark and evil in their own right, some more than others. From enticing chapter titles, to interesting main characters and delightfully chaotic situations, this book has it all.

Sum it up:  A story that is more than spice meets paper, it is a well woven on the edge romantic thriller packing one heck of a punch.

What I liked most: The chemistry between Piper and Noah and not to mention that ending! I am an action, suspense junkie and this book fed me enough chaos to last me a while.

What I liked the least: The slow development of Sam’s story. Piper is to blame for this, her story took off at rocket speed and never let up.

Would I read the sequel(s)? Yes! In fact I have harassed the author about a sequel and other works. Ok, maybe not harassed but inquired and received a very appeasing reply.

Hope you enjoyed this book review, which will make it my 25th review. And if you are into erotic romance/thriller why not read Accidental Passion: Seduction and let me know what you thought of it. Stirring It Up by Mary Leo is up next.

 

Dominion by Doug Goodman

Book Review

10/10

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Dominion has been taken from man. Now, six friends must cross an apocalyptic wasteland dominated by a hell’s menagerie of mega-fauna. Their middle-class suburban skills are no longer applicable to the world they live in. To find a safe haven in this world they will need to develop a new set of survival skills and fight the mutated denizens of the animal kingdom for every step of their terrifying journey.

Dominion is a post-apocalyptic thriller written by Doug Goodman. It was published through Severed Press, which is known for its military horror and apocalyptic stories. Dominion fits right in with it’s adrenaline pumped pace and climatic twists.

The story starts right smack in the middle of the chaotic event with Jaxon and Peter scavenging supplies for the rest of the group. Things get complicated for all of them and a set of choices are taken giving the reader a taste of the wonderful and violent nature of what it is to fight for survival. The story takes a brief change in pace with a flashback revealing how it all started or at least the beginning of the chaos the main characters find themselves in.

By stepping back in time characterization is driven up a notch. Now you don’t have a group of young people striving to survive, you have a group of young people you care about go through loss and change in a world that has mutated to kill them. The heart pounding race to stay alive continues accompanied by a few smaller and brief flashbacks that never let up in adding to the realism of the characters.

The way the story is set causes the horrors that are occurring to become even more riveting and nerve racking. Thus one isn’t simply reading a post-apocalyptic story, one is transported into the story itself. The desire to urge the characters forward, to question and pry about their choices, their need to survive each and every stumble they comes across becomes second nature.

From the roc, the grackle, the relentless wargs, the unexpected tricking form of the Dryder and the tentacle monstrosity Malifax, the horrors and dangers come in many shapes and forms. Add in the over grown bees, bats, and my own personal favorite-the squirrel, and you have an array of creatures that are more horrific than the last.

Though it is never explained exactly why the animals and creatures came to be what they are now, the story is filled with heart pacing, nerve wrecking moments that propel the reader all the way to the end. Dominion gives you all the horrors, tension, and mishap a post-apocalyptic setting offers with an even more surprising and moving ending.

Great imagery, realistic characterization, sense driven description, and witty dialogue all make this story far more than just a post-apocalyptic story, it makes it enjoyable, moving, and a must read. Dominion is the first I have read from this author, publisher and genre. It differs from the usual end of the world zombie norm and will keep you screaming and jumping in your seat.

Sum it up: A different and fresh take to the end of the world delivered in a whole new level of horror.

What I liked most: The intensity of the story, the various creatures and the ending, gosh I loved the ending!

What I liked the least: The formatting. Every page or so had the page number and title of the book somewhere in the page distracting me from reading. But I think my kindle setting was mainly to blame for that and the fact that I was reading an ARC. The original eBook does not have those issues.

Would I read the sequel(s)? Yes. Not sure if there will be a sequel, but the ending has enough reminiscence for another one and if it does I want to read it. In fact, getting the paperback of Dominion is quite tempting, this story deserves to be read more than once.

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Hope you enjoyed this book review. Doug Goodman is one of our guest authors we had the privilege to take part in last year’s NANOWRIMO pep talks. Check out what he had to say about harvesting ideas if you missed it and don’t forget to come back to read our next review on Accidental Passion: Seduction written by Meagan Hedin. Like the title suggests, our next review promises to be steamy and seductive. 🙂