Finding Opa by Latrivia Nelson
Yes! Yes all day. They are both widows, there’s a meet-cute, love is conquring all sorts of obsticles and family probs. I don’t want to review this because I don’t want to give anything away. Just let it unfold and enjoy.
Poetics by Aristotle
I know you’re like…psssht! Yeah right! But it’s true, I read some Aristotle. And it was dry, but good, but dry. First allow me to explain. I have complied a list of books on storytelling that are well known, and I plan to read them all before I decide on grad school.
So yeah. This book was really good, but hard because of the language, and it’s basically a critique on the best and worst of the writers of his time. (Homer was awesome..everyone else were posers!)
Anyway, this book should be read under the influence of a scholar because there is a lot that needs to be explained and broken down further. Honesty, I’m just proud I made it through with some understanding.
How to Sew Step-By-Step Sewing Techniques Made Simple for Hand and Machine, with 350 color photographs and diagrams by Dorothy Wood
Honestly, is there any need for a review?! The title pretty much covers it all. So besides for reading I also am a tad bit crafty. And this is a great book for beginner’s like me.
I used this book primarily for the variety of hand stitches, and it didn’t disappoint. Usually I write about fiction, so for this one I’ll say thread met cloth and live happy ever after.
The Darkest Fire by Gena Showalter
This tale is set at the gate to hell. With this book I pushed the boundaries of my affection for paranormal romance for sure.
This is a short prequel story to her Lords of the Underworld series. Although it is well written and sweet, I just wasn’t feeling it.
I would recap the story, but it’s already so short that I will undoubtedly ruin it for you. But the scenes are tenderly written and my Baptist upbringing is in the way of touching stories set in hell.
The New York Five by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly
On the second installment of “The New York” crew, life happens. Which was kind of a bummer. People are cheating on each other, someone dies, someone else gets knocked up.
Although the book may be true to life (not everyone finishes college, and life is complicated), it didn’t make for a ‘fun’ read like the first one. This graphic novel was all about growing up and watching the world carry your friends in all different directions.
Honestly, I wasn’t such a fan of this one…it just makes me want to track some folks down on FB to see if they’re ok. Maybe they’ll be a follow up, ‘cause I’d like to see if anyone turned out ok.
Sin Undone by Larissa Ione
This is last book in the series. It follows Sin. She’s Lore’s sister, fellow assasin and all around badass. She’s damaged and abused and in need of some old fashion lovin’.
In the course of the craziness of life she meets a wareworlf paramedic named Conall. He’s also a tough character but he convinces Sin to feel her feelings and let someone in.
Alot of this series was based on extreme circumstances forcing the pairs together and watching the intensity of the situations bring them to love. This steamy parts in this one were pretty hot stuff though. Really intense and overwhelming at times.
I suppose I’d say the Demonica series was a job well done by Ione. Paranormal romance is usually ladden with so much detail that the characters can get lost in the world that was created for them. But the author did a really good job this time around.
Now on to a few books with pictures…
Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione
So..yeah..I just had to finish this series. Maybe its the Virgo in me, but I needed closure.
Lore is a demon with a hand that can kill just by a simple touch. Idess is an angel in training sworn to protect important players on Earth. Well Lore has been held by this evil guy as an assassin. It’s all to help out his sister, but still…it’s a raw deal.
So Lore get his assignment and wouldn’t ya know it..he’s assigned to kill a guy that Idess is sworn to protect. They fight, they get steamy, they fight again. He falls for her tenacity and innocence…she falls for..well..I’m not sure. But it works people.
The best part of this book, IMHO, was the part that dealt with Idess being able to see lost spirits. She was able to help them pass into heaven and the author really wrote those scenes in a beautiful way.
Passion Unleased by Larissa Ione
In this series there is a really cute couple named Kynan and Gemma. In the early books I became somewhat invested in these two characters, but the author kinda glazed over thier romance and went on to another. So while I still enjoyed this book, I really wanted a full book dedicated to those two.
This book centers on Serena Kelly. She’s young, hot and a virgin with a secret. She’s really “Charmed” meaning she’s protected from all danger…as long as she stays as pure as the driven snow. Puritanical much?
But anway, one of the brothers, Wraith, is poisoned and the only way to save his life is to get that charm from Serena. That’s right he must take her virginity to live. (That’s right…it’s like “One @#$% to save them all!”
Well his initial plan is to woo and get her into bed quick, but she turns out to be a pretty awesome lady. Wraith starts to fall for her, and she starts to want to break all the rules with him.
This was a solid read, and the villans in the story really add some danger to this book. Very cat and mouse.
Book Review: Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione
Just in case you’re wondering all of these books have a “Noun Un???” type name. As I reader, I’m Me Unhindered. I had to keep going with this series even though I’m not wild about it. I just had to know how this whole thing panned out.
In this book we meet Runa. She’s a wolf/lady that is bitter about how her transformation came about. She has decided to take revenge on her former lover, the demon Shade. Well..fit hits shan and they both taken prisoner by a 3rd party crazy guy.
Shade ends up confessing his true nature to Runa, and she learns to let some stuff go. The really interesting and intense part of the book was when we learned the story of thier first meeting back when she was human. I really felt like that should have been the book and not just a flashback.
All in all it was pretty good. But I’m not feeling the wolf angle on this one.
Book Review: Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione
The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward messed me up. I’ve never been into any type of paranormal romance, but alas…thats right..alas..I’m hooked. I searched for another series to fill the void and came across the Demonica series.
This was a really hard start. I was raised Baptist, by Baptist for a Baptist type life. Reading about demons, even if they have ripped abs and hearts of gold was tough. The idea is that all creatures are capable of good and evil, no matter the orgin. Although I want to say “Heck Yes!” to that, it was really hard to become sympathtic and co-sign the stories. Ya don’t play with the Devil!
Well this story centered around a demon named Eidolon, who runs a hospital in the underworld. He’s a moody workaholic that lacks social skills but has been bred to statisfy the ladies. While on duty he meets a humand named Tayla. She works in the Aegis (a group dedicated to fighting evil) and has no patience for passive aggressive demon doctors. But of course his rippled whatnot…and her rippening so and so..and ta da! They are together.
There’s also demon brothers thrown in the mix that end up as the subject for the rest of the series. It’s a decent addition to the genre and it was a decent start.