Forbidden by Haru Ichiban

Summary

A promise of unbound carnal delights. That’s what her sultry, proud classmate Lei is to Sween. However, only known to her, much more than just lust binds her to this man.

Despite competing against a love rival which holds the upper hand, her carefree college days are full of laughter, but they hide a sinister reality: if Sween succeded in making his heart hers, being branded a criminal and relentlessly chased down by angels would only be the beginning of her problems. However, if only Lei loved her back, she would not mind breaking every law for him. No matter the consequences. Even if it meant living a forbidden love with a dubious future as she defied everyone and everything in Heaven… and everything she once stood for.

Forbidden is the first book in a long saga of romance full of sweetness and erotism, plots with substance, smart heroines, manly and sensitive heroes, morally ambiguous main characters, a mysterious supernatural world, detectives and lots of humor.

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Characters

This book is written like steaming consciousnesses every thought is on page. I could not for the life of me like Sween for most of the book. I found her over the top, obsessive, and obnoxious. I actually thought she was a very ugly person. Although later on I felt there was a clear issues with the contradiction/dichotomy between the virgin and the whore—a concept that could have been really powerful. Lei was a little easier to like because you understood he was ‘controlled’ by a demon. So his behavior, although ridiculous and cruel at times, was easier to swallow. I cannot say I liked Sween by the end of the book but I no longer disliked her as much either. There are a few supporting characters but they mostly seem to come and go.

Plot

Sween wants Lei. Wants to kill the demon controlling him and be with him. That much was easy to see. Think high school angst with mature content and a paranormal flare (interesting take on angels and demons). It felt like reading an over the top anime or manga. Sween and Lei are attending police academy and there were some very interesting facts there—almost felt out of place with the story at times, but well done there.

Overall

This book needs an editor—badly (just look at the two spelling errors in the summary above taken directly from Amazon). I rarely post this unless it is painfully apparent or detracts from the story and in this case it does. The first 20% of the book could be significantly reduced because I felt like I was stuck in a unexplained and unclear loop. Same information, actions, and no furtherance of a story. That being said—I noticed a significant shift after a scene were Lei drives her and a group (about 20% of the way in). It was the first crystal clear scene that actually sucked me in—like those bloody Buggypop were a hoot. Some of the nonsense was great and some of it was just…well nonsense. The sexy parts were decent but I had a hard time just because it felt like a fantasy (as in so far outside reality) so I ended up laughing instead.

The biggest redeeming factor for me was I could feel how much the author loves to write. I have a distinct feeling the author sees each character clearly in their mind and each scene is no doubt like a movie. There in lies an issue—the author assumes you can see what they can see. Which we, of course, cannot. It leaves a lot of context and description out. And just like that driving scene, there were some amazing concepts and ideas that really showed potential!

Rating

2 stars

Great concepts, specially on the paranormal side, so others may enjoy it but it was too unpolished for me.

Where did I get a copy?

Author provided me a copy. This review is voluntary.

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Gabriel’s Send-Off by Elle Danielson

**Contains Adult Content**

Summary:

Practically every woman at Klingman and Landis Accounting has a crush on their office manager Gabriel. He’s thoughtful, honest, and fills out a business suit like a GQ model. Of course there are strict policies against hooking up with the boss, but when Gabe announces he’s leaving the company, a few of his most ardent devotees come up with a plan to show him their appreciation. Will their beloved supervisor take them up on their offer?

Overall

This was an erotica with a sweet vein. I have too say there are two redeeming factors in this book – the main guy, Gabriel, seems like a genuinely nice guy and the steamy scenes were very sexy. There was a sweetness to them mixed with the hotness. Although there were a few words used that were more crude and disrupted the flow, there weren’t many of them.

It is fast paced and easy to read in one sitting. There were a few character inconsistencies that weren’t logical, but for the genre it wasn’t the focus. I was surprised at the depth of character development and it brought an extra layer to the story. The biggest drawback was the story felt like it rushed to be something that didn’t fit quite right. Although it was cute it was also very impulsive.

Rating

3. 5 stars (rounded up)

I have to round this up just for how sweet Gabe was. He really did feel like a nice guy. Drawbacks aside this was a cute short read with just the right amount of steam.

Where did I get it?

Picked up a copy on Amazon.

Beauty and the Beast: An Erotic Tale (Sensual Fairy Tales Series Book 1) by Jax Lawrence

Summary

Every year the village sacrifices a maiden to the beast. The maiden disappears, and no one knows what happens to her.
Beautiful and passionate Belle couldn’t care less, she’s more interested in catching the eye of her father’s handsome stablehand. All her fears are realized when she’s kidnapped by the villagers and left, bleeding and naked, at the mercy of the beast.
Yet the Beast does not turn out to be what she expected. For one, he’s the sexiest thing she’s ever seen. For another, he’s not interested in killing her. He’s interested in something else, something she’s always fantasized about.
Is the the one who can break his spell? Can she sexually dominate him for three days?

Characters

Belle is naughty from the first chapter. Will seems like he will be an important character but doesn’t get much of a role after Belle is taken. There were talking inanimate objects, which was surprising and nice to see. As to the Beast I felt like he didn’t really have a personality or it just paled in comparison to Belle’s.

Plot

It is an erotica. Most times when I read a book, even an erotica, I look for certain things. There were so many ways this book could have gone and been a little more creative. It was a good read, but it felt like all the other parts were RUSHED through. Weird for me to think a book went too fast but it did. The premise was a bit much for me and I was left wanting on the plot side.

Overall

It was a quick read that lived up to its genre. It is a darker erotica and gets into domination. As short as this was, it did have some steamy scenes. The explicit scenes were well detailed and left very little to the imagination – a good and bad thing in my opinion. The writing itself was satisfactory and the book contained limited errors which did not distract during the reading.

Rating

3 stars

I thought it was okay. I sort of shrugged when it was over. This needs a little more to make it a worthwhile read in my opinion That being said, if you are looking for a short read that is all about the naughty moments, not much for plot and limited characters this is a great book.

This is not a standalone book and there appears to be more to the story.

Eronica Unbound by Scarlett Vaughn

Summary

Lady Eronica was a woman any man in the five kingdoms would have wanted: beautiful, strong-willed, submissively erotic, and beguilingly dangerous. Captured by an enemy pirate ship and on her way to be sold in a foreign land, she bides her time, as she endures bound pleasures she has been trained to enjoy. For in truth, Eronica is an agent of the crown, sent to get close enough to the heretic Sultan of Shebwai to empower her King to strike him down.

But matters are becoming complicated fast; the pirate captain, James Jovark, is more than he seems—certainly more alluring and possibly the only man who can help her. But once she is torn from his grasp and taken to the harem, she must do her best to hide from Shebwai’s dark magician. Complicating matters more is the Sultan himself, an equally attractive and powerful man with his own deep desires. When Eronica discovers that her King has been killed, she realizes she might have no means of escape from the harem. Now she is trapped in the Sultan’s realm, at the mercies of its fiendish pleasures and those of his terrifying Necromancer.

Warning: This is a fantasy tale of bondage, sex and erotic romance. This story was written to unlock your darkest fantasies and innermost desires; it is not your mother’s bodice-ripper. It contains a confident heroine in both consensual and reluctant sexual situations, including pirates, harems, an auction, a powerful Sultan, fellatio, cunnilingus, rough sex, group sex, S&M, a shape-shifting mage and more. All of the sexual descriptions found in this book are very explicit in nature. It is erotica intended for open-minded readers over 18 years of age. Read at your own risk.

Characters

 

The main character is Lady Eronica and she is anything but a lady. She loves her country and is willing to take on a dangerous mission to protect it. I like her willfulness but she has a lot of character flaws that felt convenient. She is shortsighted for one and doesn’t do a very good job of doing the job she set out to do. I would have liked to see her get herself out of a situation instead of just resigning herself to it or railing against fate internally and waiting for someone to save her.

Her little servant is basically a convenient companion and a sex minx. Not much in the way of personality until WAY into the book. The pirate captain is supposed to be a sort of anti-hero and at least he gets his own chapters so you can get glimpses into his personality. The sultan is the least interesting person in the book and felt like a board – you know what it is and it would fall flat if it something wasn’t holding it up.

Plot

 

This is an erotic and all about the sex scenes. The story is sculpted in such a way to support as many and varied steamy scenes as possible. It has adventure, intrigue, and romance but this book is all about the sex first and foremost. If you are looking for a fantastic plot and some steamy scenes – go elsewhere. This doesn’t apologize for being what it is nor does it try to hide what types of sexual moments it has – it hits on everything and is basically written porn.

Right out of the gate you’re slapped in the face with F/F which quickly turns into a threesome with a mix of bondage. That honestly sets the pace but it does get better. I didn’t like this book in the beginning but I expected character building and other information, not just straight into erotic scenes. Once I actually got a feel for the characters and the characters started to show emotions beyond raging sex animals I was more on board.

It really all changes once Captain James Jovark starts in. That’s when the characters, plot, and the steamy bits get good. Why? Because they develop feelings for each other. After that, the book is pretty good.

Overall

This book is an erotica through and through. Don’t look for fancy, clever plots but that’s okay. I went in with no expectations beyond there were going to be at least more than one erotic scene. I rolled by eyes at the beginning but if you can get past that it picks up. There is more plot, more character development, and as a reader I felt more invested.

This is a good book to read if you are in the mood for mindless reading and just need something to get the libido going. The erotic scenes don’t disappoint – they are described in detail. If you don’t like the regular sex play, there is a little bit of everything to feed in to some of the darker desires.

 

Rating

3 Stars

This is an erotica but if the author would have spent some time building characters at the beginning instead of tossing the reader into a threesome – this would have been a 4 star book. Beyond that it wasn’t anything I hadn’t seen before and felt that it was okay. It did what it was supposed to at a minimum – had steamy scenes and a passable plot. It deserves these 3 stars for the detail in the erotic scenes for sure. I personally like a little plot and character development before the book gets to the steamy bits.

As a side note, I noticed that Eronica is one letter off from erotica. Coincidence? I think not.

Where did I get it?

Received a copy through Erotica After Dark in exchange for an honest review.