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Frodo’s Frisky Friday: Restored to Love edited by Antonia Adams

Frodo's Frisky Friday

Restored to Love

Summary From Goodreads: Restored to Love

An Xcite Books collection of five erotic stories with supernatural and paranormal themes.

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Restored to Love had been sitting in my Kindle for quite a while and in the mood to read some naughty stories because of the recent Doin’ It Dirty readathon I decided to dive in. Plus supernatural and paranormal mixed in with erotica? That’s a combination I can get behind! As there are only five short stories I will do a short review of each and then an overall summary at the end. Sound good? Then let’s get into it! ^.^

Restored to Love by Anna Rockwell – Ghosts. Sexy ghosts to be specific. Restored to love combines a historical feel with some naughty ghost action and a very steamy threesome. The story outside of the sexy scenes felt a bit off at times in terms of flow, but overall I enjoyed the piece. 4/5

Rite Place, Rite Time by Elizabeth Coldwell – Bahahaha. This one had me in fits, I just couldn’t stop laughing at the ridiculousness of the story and the choice of words. “Oh Lowdale Man, do it. Fill me with your spunk.” “freakishly big dick” “thick gnarled finger” I just…I can’t possible take this story seriously. I hope it was supposed to be funny but I kind of doubt it. 3/5 for the laughs

Gabriel by Athena Marie – Have to be honest this one was brutal. The writing style drove me crazy and not in a good way. Stuff like this > “And always I hope that in losing myself I will find myself.” It was awkward, the sexier parts were bland and I just felt nothing. No spark. 1/5

Awakening by Beverly Langland – The only G/G story in the group and the best written piece as well, I fully enjoyed Awakening. There was some creepy business going on with souls and what not, but the erotic parts erased everything else from memory. The sex scenes were fantastic, the build up perfect and overall just really freaking hot. Loved this. 5/5

One for the Toad by Michael Bracken – Yes, this story is indeed as weird as it sounds. Multiple toads. Yes, they talk. I honestly don’t have anything else to say about this one, sex scenes meh. Wasn’t bad, wasn’t great, just odd. 2/5

Overall

I’m glad I took the time to read this one. While there were some stories I didn’t love the good ones were done well enough to make it worthwhile. Awakening was excellent and that plus the namesake Restored to Love which I also enjoyed are enough to recommend this small anthology to erotica readers looking for a change of pace. This isn’t classic paranormal erotica (if there is such a thing, think vampires and werewolves) and I really enjoyed that originality in a genre that can feel repetitive after a while. Thanks as always for reading! ^.^

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #119/200

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Day 84: Oddities by Larry Kollar

Day 84

Summary From Goodreads

An odd little anthology of flash fiction and short stories, for those who love fantasy and science fiction.

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Today was the release day of Oddities by the always amazing and entertaining Larry Kollar so I thought it only fitting that I review it today! You can get it from Amazon here for only 99 cents! Oddities is separated into two halves, the first made up of fantasy stories, the latter science fiction, both with one entertaining story after another. As usual with anthologies I will do a list, this time of my five favorites with a little about them and why I enjoyed the stories. So without further ado, my top 5, in reverse order of course:

5. Siren in Training – It’s exactly what the title would suggest, a short story about a young girl that happens to be a siren. She just finds this out at fourteen and after finally accepting of her new powers puts them to use. These powers do have some limitations and some…side effects on her life that are a nice twist on the usual siren story. A funny little story, quite enjoyable.

4. The Seventh Sage – A story that shows nothing is as it might seem. Great warriors can become great scholars if the path they choose dictates they must. The message seems to be that the greatest rewards are those that you are not even searching for, but find naturally. A more deep-thinking story, but enjoyable.

3. Bait – Another sci-fi story as well as being yet another humorous entry, Bait is about a world where humans live but are under the power of aliens, apparently which like to fish. While the aliens have a different objective, the humans believe they do so to capture them. However, the only currency remaining is obtained by risking this capture. The ending is the selling point for Bait and definitely made me chuckle as it was a pretty good comparison for how humans often assume they know what the other people are thinking when the reality is quite different. If we take Bait as words of wisdom it would be to work on communicating more clearly with other cultures and thus bring us closer together.

2. Spark – One of the science fiction stories, Spark is another one that causes some deeper thinking. In this case the story examines our dependence on technology as well as the virtual reality that so many of us lose ourselves in. It asks us what we might lose in exchange for the way we are spending our lives and whether we are willing to pay the price. Will we risk losing our spark? I loved this one, it brings up quite the quandary.

1. Asmus and the Dragon – Filled with both subtle humor (the name of a certain land Asmus, the main character, traveled to was rather funny in a punny way) as well as the downright hilarious (two words: allergic. dragon.) this story was fabulous. Though one of the shorter ones it had me laughing throughout and my only wish is that it had been longer. Besides, who can resist a good dragon story?

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #84/365

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Day 65: Fading Light: An Anthology of the Monstrous: Companion

Day 65

Summary From Amazon

The light has failed: the era of man is at its end.

Born of darkness, the creatures of myth, legend, and nightmare have long called the shadows home. Now, with the cruel touch of the sun fading into memory, they’ve returned to claim their rightful place amidst humanity: as its masters.

The Fading Light Companion contains 5 bonus stories from CM Saunders, Regan Campbell, Jonathan Pine, Peter Welmerink, & Alex Marshall.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

This companion to the full anthology of the same name features five extra stories, ones that couldn’t be included in the full length novel but were exceptional enough to get Marquitz to create this novella. While the premise behind the companion was good, there are always new ways to show the monsters around us or among us, this companion seems to focus on the more literal of the monstrous. While the first story, Torrential by Regan Campbell, was solid, the rest couldn’t really hold my interest. Roadkill by CM Saunders in particular seemed entirely too invested in creating character depth (even though they never actually came to life as memorable ones, at least to me) and let the “monstrous” play as more of a joke than anything else. I would be willing to give the full length anthology a chance because I think the intent behind it and the direction Marquitz wants to go could work, but this companion didn’t do it for me. Good effort on Campbell’s part as the exception among the five.

Just too much dialogue and not enough oomph for my taste. Thanks as always for reading, come back again tomorrow for Day 66! ^.^

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #65/365

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