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For the Love of April French, by Penny Aimes

26 Jan
Cover of For The Love Of April French, showing a while woman with slightly square jaw and long blonde hair looking out to the viewer with intense, almost sad eyes

I got this one because author K. J. Charles tweeted a link to her review, so I read the sample, and then proceded to read the book in one sitting. This is a lovely, soft, sweet story about two lovely, soft, sweet people, and while there’s a bleak moment, it’s very much in context with the story and the characters, and it’s not unduly drawn out.

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Haven, by Rebekah Weatherspoon

24 Jan
Cover of Haven, shows a muscular white bearded man, naked from the waist up, superimposed on a misty background of forests and snowcapped mountains.

How come I didn’t know this was in first person?

Generally speaking, it’s very rare for me to enjoy first person narrative, and it’s even more rare when it’s alternating points of view. Despite all of which, Ms Weatherspoon snagged my attention from the first page and never let go.

Content note for violence (the protagonists meet when he has to shoot the people chasing her, who have just murdered her brother off the page), language and graphic descriptions of sex, including almost-but-not-quite exhibitionism in public. 1

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Committed, by Sidney Bristol

16 Feb

RomanceI bought this book when it was posted as a sale over at the SmartBitches the other day. There was no actual recommendation, only a mention that while the plot was somewhat thin, it’s an interracial erotic romantic suspense.

The cover hits all my good buttons for erotic romance, so I read the sample over at amazon and one-clicked it.

I don’t recommend anyone else do the same, though YMMV, as always.

Be aware that there is plenty of graphic sex, a lot of talk about power exchange and kink, and general cursing. There is also graphic violence, some of it against the heroine. If any of these offend or otherwise upset you, you may want to click away now.

Committed, by Sidney Bristol¹

This is the first in a series, and I could guess at least one of the next couples after reading about twenty percent of the story. This isn’t always a bad thing, though, and there were other things going on that I liked, so I kept going.

There were some good things going on, though I confess that I had expected to have my socks blown off, because of what happens during the main characters very first conversation. But hey, one never knows, all the good stuff could happen after the abrupt interruption mentioned in the blurb, so I kept reading.

And then a character is introduced and I got very angry.

After I calmed down I read on, and then on top of getting angry again, I started to feel sort of cheated, and after that it got kinda messy. Let me ‘splain.

First, the blurb, from amazon:
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Now, this? *This* is censorship.

6 May

You know how, when a blog owner doesn’t allow certain things to be said in her comment threads, or when an online forum’s guidelines specify that no discussions of religion or politics are allowed there, there are people who start screeching immediately about their right to free speech and how both of those things are censorship?

(Never mind that a) the right to free speech as per the First Amendment of the US Constitution has no bearing on discussions that involve people from countries other than the US–such as gee, this one–or that b) censorship in a private space doesn’t violate said amendment.)

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