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Frodo’s Frisky Friday: The Photographer’s Muse

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The Photographer’s Muse by Dominic Rod

Summary From GoodreadsThe Photographer's Muse

Nick lives a solitary existence in NYC. Invisible. Alone. Until a photographer walks up to him in the park one day and asks to take his picture.

Esteban lives in a world of art, sex, and domination. Nick is introduced to this world and he falls in love with it…and Esteban.

This is an 8,500 word short story. It contains graphic scenes of gay sex, rough sex, masochism and BDSM. It is intended for mature readers only.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

 The Photographer’s Muse is a M/M BDSM erotica story, so if that’s not for you I understand, maybe skip this one. However, if any of that sounds like your cup of tea, and if you want well written and deliciously descriptive sex scenes, then I’d recommend giving this a try.

The Photographer’s Muse is another solid entry from one of my favorite erotica sources, Luna Erotica, and it came with the writing level that I expect from them. The pacing is a bit quick, and the MC Nick does a serious 180 in terms of how he sees himself, but that doesn’t stop it from being an exciting journey of sexual discovery, as well of that of the self. I imagine that for some people The Photographer’s Muse would accurately depict how they came to find out whatever sexual preference they really had, or at least their first sexual experience in the new-found territory; slow realization, then incredible desire all at once.

The BDSM in The Photographer’s Muse is a bit tame compared to much of that sub-genre, almost done in a gentle way while still maintaining the control of it, but it is enjoyable. Also, if you have ever felt so average as to be invisible, something I can understand completely, then this might be the fantasy for you. Thanks as always for reading, and happy Friday!

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Frodo’s Frisky Friday: Daybreak

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Daybreak by Leigh Wilder

Summary From GoodreadsDaybreak

Both Jamie-boy and Damian have suffered since their break-up, but they are thrown together when a vampire is brutally murdered. Damian is too depressed to care and ready to let the cops deal with it–Jamie-boy is willing to do some investigating on his own.

Then there’s Lucas, a vamp tramp with a Daybreaker’s tattoo on his neck. Whose side is he on? How many people is he willing to hurt to get what he wants?

This is M/M romantica containing explicit sex, rough sex, BDSM, blood play, and violence.

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Daybreak is book 5 in the Deadly Liaisons series, one that I’ve enjoyed quite a bit, and this entry didn’t disappoint. Where the first four books focused on the points of view of Jamie-boy and Damian, Daybreak also takes a look at things from the POV of newcomer Lucas. It gives a refreshing new voice and perspective to the series, seeing things from outside of Damian’s immediate influence, and giving us a closer look at the Daybreakers aka the anti-vampire group.

However, the MCs are still in control of some of the action, and for much of the story in a bit of a role reversal. Damian shows that even an older vampire can be pretty childish when hurt, drinking and sulking around his room, and seeing Jamie-boy briefly at a crime scene doesn’t help.

Then there is the normally shy and subservient Jamie-boy acting tough, going to investigate in hostile territory where he could get himself killed, and messing around with Lucas who he barely knows. He keeps himself busy and involved to show Damian that he can be of help without him, and to keep his mind off their uncertain relationship.

This is erotica, so of course there are a few naughty scenes. I won’t spoil them too much for you, because that’s one of the most fun parts, but I will say there are a few new pairings for you to enjoy. Jaime-boy stars in a couple of them, one being a tad embarrassing, but both quite enjoyable. The one completely new pairing is a little violent for my taste, but I imagine those looking for the BDSM and such will like it. As with the rest of the book, though, all of it is really well written.

With the additional POV there weren’t a whole lot of surprises until the very end, but it still worked out pretty well. There was plenty of action, a solid amount of drama, and great character development. The ending leaves a lot of arcs up in the air, and that is the way I like it in this case. I can’t wait to find out what’s coming next! For anyone looking for some well written M/M I’d certainly recommend this series. As always, thanks for reading. ^.^

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Frodo’s Frisky Friday: He Needs Discipline

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He Needs Discipline by Dominic Rod

Summary From GoodreadsHe Needs Discipline

Their relationship never felt normal. Jake and Dorian never quite bonded the way they were supposed to.

It made things a lot easier when little twenty-two year old Jake came to older Dorian for help with his out of control lifestyle, and Dorian’s solution was…taboo at best.Jake needs discipline. Dorian is more than happy to dish it out.

M/M erotica. 18+ Contains BDSM, and taboo situations.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

He Needs Discipline is another great find that I discovered over at Luna Erotica. Luna has become one of my go to sites when I am looking for something of the naughty variety, but also want something really well written, and it has yet to fail me.

Containing somewhat incestuous as well as fully BDSM scenes, He Needs Discipline is certainly not going to be for just anyone. However, if you aren’t bothered by that, and certainly if that is your thing, then I highly recommend giving it a read. There is even a sequel already released that you can get here, just in case your desire isn’t completely… satiated.

There is plenty of M/F, and even F/F pairings in the world of erotica writing, but M/M is a bit harder to find. While this is short, as are most of the works from Luna, it will put you in just the right mood, and you don’t have to worry about it sounding like a fifth grader wrote it, something that happens far too often with this type of work.

The banter between the brothers is well done, the sex scenes and what might be considered foreplay is certainly exciting, and the stimulating aftermath isn’t shabby either. I’d definitely recommend giving it a shot, and if you like it check out what else LE has to offer. Thanks for reading and enjoy. 😉

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Sunday Post #23

Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

 

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I love participating in Sunday Post because I can provide a recap of books I read, talk about what is coming up next week, and discuss any books I received in the past week!

This week I didn’t really get much on the book haul front, but I did get one from Netgalley and a couple eBooks!

Book Haul

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (Via Netgalley) I Hunt Killers

He Needs Discipline by Dominic Rod

My Sister and the Priest by Rosalyn Coleman

In Decline (stories) by Michael Crane

The Unexpected Gift (The Hunted) by Amanda Shofner

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Last Week on the Blog

Monday – Mini Review Monday: The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr

Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read Horror

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday: Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

Thursday – Killing My Kindle: Elusive Memories by Amanda Shofner

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday: Daybreak by Leigh Wilder

Saturday – Book of the Week: Rogue by Gina Damico

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This was another fun blogging week, but a bit of an up and down reading one. I loved Rogue and Daybreak, and I Hunt Killers was thrilling in its own way, but there were a few books I had been looking forward to that either I didn’t enjoy or were just alright. Still, I have plenty of books that I am excited to get to, so hopefully this next week will be a bit better!

Getting back to consistent posts has been a lot of fun for me, and it has kept me distracted from real life which has been a pain as of late. I’ve been working since May on jumping through all the hoops, but this week I found out I won’t be on campus for at least the first semester back at the University of Minnesota, and I might not be at all depending on a financial aid appeal. If that falls through things get ugly very quickly, but I’ll deal with that if/when it happens.

I don’t have set posts yet for this week, but hopefully I’ll be able to continue this run of daily (or nearly daily anyway) posts! I hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you had a great bookish week, and thanks for reading. Enjoy your Sunday!


Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week on Top Ten Tuesday I get to gush about my favorite authors since those are the ones I own the most books from. I’ll let you know why I love them and give a mix of physical and ebook collections. Let’s get into it!

The Lightning Thief 1. Leigh Wilder – 31 – Wilder is a writer of naughty tales, a constant presence on my Frodo’s Frisky Friday feature, and one of my favorite authors. The collection I have from her is mostly in eBook form, since they are novella length and she doesn’t really do physical copies yet. I’ve read almost all of them, including ones from her alter egos, and the level of writing is always impressive.

 2. Zoe E. Whitten – 34 – Whitten writes books with mature content, though not necessarily the naughty variety, and like Wilder has an exceptionally strong level of prose. My collection for her is completely made up of eBooks, many of which I have yet to get to, but she’s awesome and I know they’ll be great when I do get around to them. I recommend checking out her more mainstream title, Nobody Special, which I wrote about here.

 3. Rick Riordan – 12 – You all know of Rick Riordan even if you haven’t read his books. I’ve only read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series so far, but I own the Kane Chronicles and the four released Heroes of Olympus books too. Oh, and all are physical copies. ^.^

 4. Jeremy C. Shipp – 15 – Another frequent author for this blog, Shipp is a horror/bizarro author that I absolutely love. His work is insightful, creepy, hilarious, and thought provoking. I own his Attic Clowns volumes in physical and eBook form (only counted each volume once though), and the rest is split between the two versions. I can’t recommend his work enough!

 5 and 6. – D.J. MacHale (10) and Eoin Colfer (8) – These two authors I put together because all of their books that I own are from one series each. I own both series in physical form, MacHale’s being the Pendragon series and Colfer being Artemis Fowl. I read both of the series when I was a kid and still love them to this day. They are great MG reads if you haven’t checked them out already!

An Abundance of Katherines 7. Kelly Apple – 10 – Another “naughty” writer, Kelly Apple is not only one of my favorite authors, but also a fantastic person, and someone I love talking to on Twitter. Nine of the ten books are from her Monstrous Tales series, which has been a bunch of fun to read, and all of them are eBooks. Take a look at her work if you would like some sexy monsters in your life!

 8. Larry Kollar – 8 – A MG and YA author, Kollar is a bit of a mixed bag. He’s written dystopian and fantasy for YA audiences, and is now four books into a MG fantasy series, but no matter what audience he’s writing for it has been enjoyable for me to read. I own all of his work in eBook format, and if you follow the blog you’ve seen me review most of them already. Give him a look!

 9. Sean Beaudoin – 5 – Beaudoin is an oddball, writing stories that make you question whether it was the content within that was crazy, or if it is really your own mind that developed the delusions. His books are hilarious, they always blow my mind, and are excellent for readers of YA or Adult. I’ll definitely be buying all of his other books as they come out!

 10. John Green – 5 – While many of the authors in this list are ones you probably haven’t heard of (unless you read this blog often) that doesn’t mean I don’t love mainstream authors too. I own every John Green book with the exception of Let It Snow, and that’s really just because I’m not big into holiday stories. The ones I do own and have read are all amazing, as you all probably know, though An Abundance of Katherines is actually my favorite, and is the one that speaks to me the most.

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There are other authors that I could have chosen, possibly even a few that might have more than 5, but those were the ones that immediately came to mind, and are my favorites. Do you have any of these authors in your list? What is your biggest number of owned books by an author? Let me know! Thanks as always for reading! ^.^


Frodo’s Frisky Friday: The Price to be Paid

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The Price to be Paid (A Fairy Tale Romance) by Leigh Wilder

Summary From GoodreadsThe Price to be Paid

Dairymaid Kay’s life is one trial after another, mostly caused by her father’s drinking. When he drunkenly brags of her ability to spin straw into gold (she can’t even spin wool) he attracts the attention of the cruel king. She has two options. Spin the straw into gold…or off with her head.

Fortunately she has some help…but is the price to save her life too high? This is an adult fairy tale and contains sexual situations. Short.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

The Price to be Paid is a naughty version of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale and is written by Leigh Wilder, one of my favorite authors. However, I can’t say that this short story is very similar to her other works because the sexual scenes aren’t nearly as descriptive and are brief even if they are frequent enough. Normally Wilder offers some new twist or spin on the fairy tale and then gives depth to the naughtier bits by making the scenes vivid and entrancing. I can’t say that was the case for this.

The Price to be Paid does give a bit of backstory that many who are familiar with the Rumpelstiltskin tale will recognize as pretty close to the original, or some of the modern adaptations (such as Once Upon a Time), but it is much of the same really. There is more of a sexual twist and that theme carries through to the end of the story, but there doesn’t feel like much weight is behind it.

The “help” she has is an odd, lustful creature, that is mischievous and only in it for their own sake. While there is nothing wrong with that, they are the only real innovation of the tale, where as the MC is more of a shell that exists because the story requires it.  So when, at the end, the odd creature doesn’t change in personality or intention, the MC just goes along for the ride, and the rest of the world is the same as the original I was left disappointed.

There is nothing specifically wrong with The Price to be Paid. The writing is still solid, the plot flows smoothly, and if you just want to experience a sexier Rumpelstiltskin story than this could work for you. As for me, I think I’m just too spoiled with Wilder’s usual level of expertise, so this didn’t do it for me. It was fine, just not special. Thanks as always for reading.

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Frodo’s Frisky Friday: Another Full Moon

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Another Full Moon: Deadly Liaisons SCD #1 (Werewolf Detective Story)

Summary From AmazonAnother Full Moon cover

This is a 7,000 word SHORT story.

Detective Julie Nova’s life was ruined three years ago when she was bitten by a werewolf. Now she’s the lead detective in New Franklin, Pennsylvania’s Supernatural Crimes Division.

A vamp tramp (someone who enjoys being bitten by vampires) is found ripped to pieces after a full moon. It’s up to an exhausted Julie Nova to fight her urges for a snack and a nap, and bring the wolfish killer to justice.

This is a companion story to the Deadly Liaisons paranormal romance series. It can be read as a stand alone story.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

While Another Full Moon may be set in the same world as the Deadly Liaisons main series, this first entry into the Werewolf Detective Story arc is far from the same kind of content. I would definitely consider this a mature read still, but because of a violent and graphic nature to some of the story, not anything sexual. There are some sexual tones that might lead to something later on in this new short story series, but it isn’t really the case here.

Another Full Moon, unsurprisingly, brings the focus to the werewolves as opposed to the vampire one of the Deadly Liaisons main series, and that brings a refreshing change of pace. Wilder’s werewolves aren’t like others you might have encountered though, with a darker, harsher side being unveiled that I urge you to take a look at. These aren’t Jacob clones, nor are they the somewhat over-sexualized ones of series like Jessica McClain, but hardier folk that have to go through some hardships because of their way of life.

This story, while it may be short, is well worth the read, and Wilder’s talent shines through as they often do with her vibrant characters and vivid, unique worlds. Click the link or cover above to get a copy on Amazon, it’s only a dollar, and if you like what you find check out the main series, it’s naughtier but just as exquisitely told. Thanks as always for reading.

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Frodo’s Frisky Friday: The Dragon’s Bride by Leigh Wilder

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The Battle of the Dragon Slayer

Summary From GoodreadsThe Dragon's Bride

This is 18+ Shape-shifter erotica.

In the town of Paradise everything is perfect, thanks to the magic of a dragon. Every year the town must pay tribute in the form of gold, jewels, and a daughter of the town. Fiona’s perfect life is a bore–void of adventure and love. At first being taken captive by the dragon is terrifying, but once he establishes that he has no intention of eating her, she begins to warm to the idea of being his bride.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

In large part I could copy last week’s FFF review of Wilder’s The Battle of the Dragon Slayer (here if you want to read it) and it would apply, but this one does have a much different feel and tone to it. The Dragon’s Bride, like TBotDS, is light on the sex and features a pretty interesting story about a town in debt to a dragon. The sacrifice mirrors the previous book, though there is no relation between the two mentioned or listed, but what happens after is much different, and much more to my taste.

In my review of TBotDS I mentioned I wasn’t a big fan of the dragon appearing to be more of a beast than a sentient being, and The Dragon’s Bride fixes that. As the summary mentions this is a shape shifting dragon and regardless of form he is funny, sweet, and quite the charmer. I really liked his character, and though the MC, Fiona, didn’t blow me away the characters were well constructed and I would happily read more about them.

As for the tone, where as in TBotDS it was more humor/sex-crazed with more of an erotica feel, The Dragon’s Bride reads like a romance that just happens to include a sex scene at the end. The first half of the book is background, character layout, and giving us the magical setting all while the reader gets to enjoy Wilder’s excellent prose. The second half is grandiose, romantic, beautiful, and yes, pretty sexy too. Definitely a solid read if fantasy romance/light-erotica is your thing. Thanks as always for reading! ^.^

Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge #62/365; 2014 Ebook Reading Challenge #22/75

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Sunday Post #19

Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I love participating in Sunday Post because I can provide a recap of books I read, talk about what is coming up next week, and discuss any books I received in the past week!

This was a mixed week for me, great for getting books, but blah for reading. First, the new (to me) books!

Book Outlet Binge

The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell 

The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver

The Humming Room by Ellen Potter

Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

Mind Games by Kiersten White

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Seemingly Random Purchases

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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Last Week On the Blog

Monday – Wicked Valentine’s Readathon Vol. 2 Recap

Tuesday – Totally Random Tuesday: What Kind of Reader Are You?

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday: In a Handful of Dust

Thursday – Killing My Kindle: The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday – The Battle of the Dragon Slayer

Saturday – Middle Grade Books: Why I Love Them & Need to Read More

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Books Read Last Week

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge – 2/5 (Ugh. So disappointed.) unearthly

Sheep and Wolves by Jeremy C. Shipp – 3/5 (Not my favorite of his.)

The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe – 3/5 (Review above)

The Battle of the Dragon Slayer by Leigh Wilder – 4/5 (Review above)

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand – 5/5 (Review next week!)

Send in the Clowns by Sheena Stone – 1/5 (No to all of this, ew.)

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This Week On the Blog

Monday – Mini Review Monday

Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday #21

Thursday – Killing My Kindle

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday

Saturday – Book of the Week

Sunday – Sunday Post #20

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As you can see the book haul was pretty great this week! I got some new MG to read (see yesterday’s post all about that!), a couple I had been considering for a while (Mind Games & Uses For Boys), and two recommendation books (Bruiser and D&LBoD) from Book Outlet for (as usual) crazy cheap. Attachments was another recommendation book that I saw on ze booktube, and Slaughterhouse-Five is because Crash Course (John Green in this case) is going Literary and it is giving me an excuse to read classics! ^.^

On the other hand is my reading week…goodness that was brutal. I had high hopes for Cruel Beauty with that gorgeous cover, but 2/5 was generous and I’m definitely a black sheep on that one. Speaking of sheep, Sheep and Wolves by one of my favorite authors, Jeremy C. Shipp, wasn’t bad, but comparatively not nearly as good as his other work. Anne Merchant was one I really had been looking forward to and for the most part it let me down, and don’t get me started on the atrocity that was the clown book. *shudders*

The bright spots were The Battle of the Dragon Slayer by my favorite “naughty” author Leigh Wilder, and especially Unearthly by Cynthia Hand which I will be reviewing next Saturday for Book of the Week! They saved what otherwise was a sluggish, disappointing, and altogether blah reading week, but as a whole it was probably the worst I’ve had so far this year.

On the blog I did two more “original” and random posts where I asked what kind of reader are you and also all about middle grade books and how I need more of them in my life, so that was a lot of fun! Thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave a link to your Sunday Post or whatever other bookish meme you partake in over the weekend and I will be sure to check it out! Enjoy your Sunday! ^.^


Frodo’s Frisky Friday: The Battle of the Dragon Slayer

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The Battle of the Dragon Slayer

Summary From Goodreads

The village of Breakwell Mountain has been plagued by a dragon for centuries. Every year a virgin must be sacrificed to save the village from certain doom. This year Adelie turns eighteen and she must draw lots with the other village girls, but Adelie has a secret. Deeply in love with the betrothed Bella, she knows there is no place for her in the small town. She has decided to sacrifice herself to assure Bella’s safety, her final loving gesture to a girl who can never love her in return.

The day of the sacrifice a band of gypsies appear, claiming the ability to slay the dragon. Gypsy prostitute Rohesia is a new dragon slayer. She’s been training since her youth to do what few can imagine–screwing a dragon into submission before stabbing it through the heart.

Armed with a sword, a knife, and a big jar of lube, Rohesia and Adelie take on the dragon together.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

As has been the theme with Frodo’s Frisky Friday, The Battle of the Dragon Slayer is a short erotica with a lot of humor in it. With all of the fantasy-themed ones I’ve read lately I went in with the mindset that it was going to be goofy, and I maintain that it makes these all the more enjoyable. What better to be snarky about than dragon sex? ^.^

However, unlike many of the fantasy erotic tales that are out there, Leigh Wilder manages to fill it with excellent writing and wonderful characters to go with the naughtier bits. I thought Rohesia and Adelie were a great pairing and definitely characters I’d be happy to revisit if that opportunity were to arise. They were a sweet match and though the time with the dragon was well done, I’d be even more interested in just seeing how their relationship progresses.

The only downside to this novella is what happens with the dragon at the end. I knew it was coming because of the whole “dragon slayer” thing, but still, the poor thing doesn’t know any better. Also, I wasn’t prepared for it being more of a beast as opposed to the sentient version you normally see, such as in Kelly Apple’s The Wicked Dragon. I can’t say I enjoyed the change, it’s more fun when they have personality to them!

Overall it was an enjoyable, quick read, and it has just enough “sexy time” for those looking for just that. I really enjoy Wilder’s work and I’ll continue to read her material as long as she is writing it. Check this one out, and Kelly’s for that matter, and see which kind of dragon tale you prefer! Thanks as always for reading!

Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge #55/365; Mount TBR Challenge #39/200; 2014 TBR Pile #39/50; 2014 Ebook Reading Challenge #19/75

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Top Ten Books That Will Give You All The Feels

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Totally Random Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week on Top Ten Tuesday it is about books that make you cry. The problem for me is I don’t really cry when I read a book, no matter the genre or subject matter, it just doesn’t happen. So, instead I am going to talk about books that give you all kinds of feels. Here we go! ^.^

Unhinged by A.G. Howard 1. I Ship The Heck Out of This Romance! – Unhinged by A.G. Howard – You know that feeling you get when you are reading a book and EVERYTHING about the pairing does it for you? Like you can’t imagine them being with anyone else? I’m fully team Morpheus, and I felt all of those feels when it came to their pairing, regardless of what actually will come to them.

not a drop to drink 2. I’m Going to Throw This Book if They Do That! – Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis – A common example of this is when animals are on the covers of books in dystopian books where I see bloggers saying how upset they will be if it dies. Without spoiling too much, in Not a Drop to Drink there is a little girl that joins the story about a third to halfway through and she has a rough go of it at times. I felt physically ill at the thought of McGinnis killing her off, I won’t say if she did or not, but a very strong feeling indeed.

 3 & 4. Why Did They End the Book Like That?! – Beta by Rachel Cohn – Last year I read this book, if you want the review it is here, and loved it for 99% of the way, and then the ending killed me. I hated it and it made the character’s decisions seem pointless because they went against everything they stood for. I raged on Twitter a little bit and even though I gave the book 4/5 it fell from “I’ll mention this all year as a favorite read” to “good but can’t think about it without being disappointed” so there’s that. (Honorable Mention – This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales – review soon to explain)

 5 & 6. Stop Torturing These Beautiful Characters! – Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons – I just reviewed this one yesterday, so the wounds are still fresh, but suffice it to say that I really felt all the suffering Ember and Chase went through. The imagery and depictions of the situations were done extremely well and the visuals were crazy powerful in my head. Can’t they be happy for more than five minutes? Please?! (Honorable Mention – Shades of War by Sarah-Jane Lehoux – review here)

Ready Player One 7. I Connect With This Book Completely – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – I loved this book because of how much it brought out my geeky side. There were gaming references of all varieties, old pop culture references and music, and throughout all of it I felt like the book was designed purely for my personal enjoyment. All of the happy feels for this one!

 8. I Am An Empty Shell – Paper Towns by John Green – You might be wondering how a book that stripped me of all my emotions, leaving behind an empty husk of a person, could be anything but The Fault in Our Stars. TFiOS is fantastic and I can see why some people would get very emotional because of it, but Paper Towns resonated more with me. I’ve got family members who have had cancer, but I’ve BEEN Q before, led down a crazy adventure that somehow ends up teaching you about yourself, all started by an amazing girl. By the end of this book I was completely drained, but in the best way.

In The Dark 9. Let’s Get Physical! – In the Dark by Leigh Wilder – Most of her books would qualify here, but this is reserved for any “naughty” books that get you in the mood. In the Dark is the first one of hers that came to mind with plenty of action and well written sexy times. Hey, these are definitely a powerful type of feels too!

 10. Everything in This Book Is Awesome, Can I Live There?! – Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger – This reaction is saved for books where the world is amazing, the characters are awesome, the writing is beautiful, and the events that occur within are so fantastic that you can’t help but talk about it with EVERYONE. While some might suggest things like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings for this, I could not choose them because so many terrible/sad events took place within, but for the entire time while reading C&C I was enthralled and having a blast. Definitely reserved for books giving emotional highs!

So those are the top ten books that gave me all the feels, even though they’re wildly different in which ones they illicit! What is your top ten list for this week? Did you manage to compile a list of cry-worthy books or did you have to tweak the theme like I did? Was there any common trait or pattern with the books you chose that explains your strong reactions to them? Let me know! Thanks as always for reading! ^.^


Frodo’s Frisky Friday: The Goblin Market by Leigh Wilder

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Summary From GoodreadsThe Goblin Market

“Goblin Market” was written in 1862 by Christina Rossetti. Now Leigh Wilder takes the suggestive imagery in this classic poem and builds on it. Eliza and Laura swear never to be parted by man or beast, but when Laura is tempted by the forbidden fruit of the goblin market, Eliza must go to great lengths to bring her back from the brink of death.

Contains erotic lesbian content.

Also included is the original poem and author’s notes.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

This is Leigh Wilder at her finest in terms of showcasing her beautiful writing and abilities. It stays true to the poetry of the great Christina Rossetti, and maintains that classic feel, while still mixing in some modern touches to the older way of speaking. It’s fun, incredibly sweet, and truly quite romantic in some ways.

My only complaints, and they are minor, are that it is shorter than I had hoped and while there are some more risque scenes, they are brief. I think the latter part actually works for the most part, even if I wouldn’t have minded more given Wilder’s other pieces and how much I enjoyed them, and it keeps The Goblin Market lighter than I had anticipated. However, the length was disappointing, and while I understand staying true to the poetry and working within those confines, I thought there was room for expansion.

I liked the characters as Wilder portrayed them, and I wanted MORE, so perhaps it is a good thing that it was a short sweet sample of Wilder’s talents. Did I enjoy it? Absolutely. It is easily the tamest piece I have read by her, which isn’t much of a surprise given this wasn’t even filed under “erotica” unlike most of her others, and it was nice to see this side of her. I recommend it for poetry lovers, people who want to get their feet wet in something naughty before diving in, and just fans of great writing and/or LGBT works. Thanks as always for reading. ^.^

Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge #34/365; 2014 Ebook Reading Challenge #12/75

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Frodo’s Frisky Friday: Club Midnight by Leigh Wilder

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Club Midnight

Summary From AmazonClub Midnight

Jamie-boy and Damian are settling into an odd life together, but money troubles force Damian to ask for assistance from his sire. While he’s away Jamie-boy is introduced to Club Midnight, a sadistic sex club catering to Daybreak, the anti-vampire group responsible for the destruction of Damian’s bar.

What Jamie-boy sees there ignites a passion in him, but there’s more to Club Midnight than kinky sex. The leader of Daybreak is cruel and manipulative and the fledgling vampires of New Franklin are in over their heads without Damian. Lives are at stake, but can Jamie-boy and Damian rescue their people, bring down Club Midnight, and still have time to get it on?

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Club Midnight is book three in the Deadly Liaisons series. For those of you who haven’t read this series, and I encourage you to do so, this is M/M sub/dom with the sweet and innocent Jamie-boy being the sub, and Damian, a vampire with a hard exterior but an inner soft side being the dom. Club Midnight has the most action, and in this case I actually don’t mean the naughty variety, though there is plenty of that, of the series. There is a pretty crazy fight scene, and when vampires are involved you know that will pick it up a couple notches.

Club Midnight is also the naughtiest of the three books. It features BDSM, and at the sex club…well they take things to a whole new level, but I won’t spoil that for you. The relationship between Damian and Jamie-boy continues to grow stronger but their devotion is tested a few times in Club Midnight. Damian has to battle his feelings for his sire, Jamie-boy meets a very tempting individual at the new club, and both of them have to decide how important their relationship is and what they’ll sacrifice to keep it.

I really enjoy reading from Damian’s perspective. There is a lot of depth with his character and while his affections are pretty clear, it always seems that Wilder could take him in a thousand different directions. We are slowly seeing what makes him tick and how devoted he is to the town he lives in as well as the people he cares about. Wilder is slowly breaking him down for us and it is wonderful. As for Jamie-boy, despite his tendency to be a bit clingy, his character has grown on me. He’s a simple, sweet character, and while that might seem cliche (for a sub especially) it just works here. Club Midnight shows him at his most daring, a side I wasn’t sure I’d ever see. It added another dimension to his character, he isn’t (just) a love struck fool anymore, he breaks some rules, and gets a bit of a (soft) edge to him.

Overall I would say that this is my favorite of the three books. Clearly there is more character development which was great, there are some very naughty scenes for those interested in just that, and the plot is really intriguing and I would love to know what comes next. The relationship between Damian and Jamie-boy is really very sweet and it is hard not to fall in love right along with them. Club Midnight is steamy, naughty, witty, and is definitely a read I would recommend. Thanks as always for reading! ^.^

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #143/200

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Fraterfest Wrap Up

Fraterfest

Fraterfest Wrap Up

Fraterfest Read-A-Thon is a fun way for bloggers to attack their TBR piles, specifically the books that contain “things that go bump in the night” (think vampires, zombies, werewolves, shapeshifters, ghosts, etc.) and is hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Hey everybody! I hope you enjoyed Fraterfest as much as I did and that all of your reading goals were met, surpassed, or destroyed by all of the reading you got done! ^.^ I had a lot of fun reading some twisted books, one with some naughty vampires, and even a MG! I managed to finish a total of six books despite having two days of not reading and they are:

Cursed by Jeremy C. Shipp

Outpost by Ann Aguirre

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Club Midnight by Leigh Wilder

One of the best things about the readathon was that I enjoyed all of the books I read, which might be more luck than anything. My favorite read was Doll Bones by Holly Black, a middle grade read, and something that is normally not in my range of go-to books. Reviews for all of these will be posted in the coming weeks. I didn’t participate in any of the challenges and I missed the Twitter chat due to homework, but overall I had a lot of fun and a book/day is pretty good.

How did your Fraterfest go? Did you meet the goals you set? If you didn’t are you satisfied with how much you did manage to read? Let me know, and thanks as always for reading! ^.^


Frodo’s Frisky Friday: Saturday Night by Leigh Wilder

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Saturday Night

Summary From GoodreadsSaturday Night Leigh Wilder

When small-town cop Charlie is run off the road he expects an arrest and a slightly more interesting than normal Saturday night. Instead he finds himself handcuffed–with his own cuffs–and bent over the seat of ex-con Jake Miller’s truck. Charlie doesn’t mind…as long as he gets his turn next Saturday.

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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!

My first read of the Doin’ It Dirty readathon, Saturday Night was a great way to kick off the naughtyness fest. It’s M/M which is a change of pace for me even within the Erotica genre. Saturday Night is a really short piece, at around 2,500 words, but it definitely got me in the mood to read some more. The chemistry Wilder creates between Jake and Charlie is excellent and I would love to revisit that coupling again if she were to go back to the well.

Wilder has an incredible gift at eliciting a very strong reaction in such a short span. I’d recommend this to any fan of Erotica, steamy and with a well written naughty scene it’s the perfect kick start to the sexy part of your day. It can be good for a fantastic finish as well. 😉

You can get Saturday Night for FREE on Smashwords here https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/257036 Thank me later ^.^

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #116/200; Mount TBR Challenge #67/150; 2013 TBR Pile #67/150

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Frodo’s Frisky Friday: The Beauty and the Beast by Leigh Wilder

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The Beauty and the Beast

Summary From Goodreadsbeauty and the beast

The Beauty is a dominant in the local BDSM scene. So is the Beast. Nathan invites Kate to dinner with only one purpose: to ask her to marry him. Their like personalities struggle for control–will the beast be tamed, or will the beauty be devoured?

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Even though Leigh Wilder is an auto-buy author for me that doesn’t mean even she is infallible, though she’s pretty close. The Beauty and the Beast is the first piece by her that I didn’t LOVE. For this short piece I’ll do a PRO vs CON list, are you ready?

PRO

The sex scene is pretty good. Wilder definitely has a special touch for creating the right amount of sexy tension during the act and I love every second. It’s steamy, it’s naughty and the back and forth in this piece was really well done. That struggle for control worked wonders.

The detail in the Beauty and the Beast is exquisite. Describing things many authors would forget such as the rose’s thorns are touches that elevate a piece like this. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the house which just sounds amazing. Pictures please? I don’t care if it is fictional!

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The characters and I just don’t mesh. “Beast” or Nathan, whatever you would like to refer to him as, felt like a cluster of cliches rolled into one hulk of a guy. He’s really good looking, big and muscular and has that outer dom/inner softie combo going on. Sound familiar? As for Beauty/Kate it wasn’t much better. She did have a more robotic edge to her that I actually found myself liking, but at times she felt too contrived. She had a similar outer dom/inner softie thing going and it’s just…been done.

I didn’t feel the same spark during the build up to the sex scene. While much of it was forced by design you could really feel that quality in the way the book flowed. It was as if Wilder’s creative side was being held back and then when the sex scene came it was unleashed with the power of a typhoon. Maybe it was due to having to pay some homage to the original fairy tale in the beginning? I don’t know.

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While the end result is a positive one there were notable flaws in the character originality and the story in the beginning just didn’t do it for me. The details and descriptions were great and the sex scene is, as always, Wilder’s shining moment. I liked it, but didn’t love it. Borderline three-Frodo piece but due to two major category flaws (which I describe in detail in my rating system explained page) it is a two. Still worth the read but my least favorite of her pieces thus far. Thanks as always for reading! ^.^

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #117/200; Mount TBR Challenge #72/150; 2013 TBR Pile #68/50

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Addicted to the Bite by Leigh Wilder: Frodo’s Review

Addicted to the Bite

Summary From GoodreadsAddicted to the Bite

After one night of passion with Damian, Jamie-boy has decided pursuing a relationship with the vampire is better than committing suicide. Damian, master vampire of the city of New Franklin, PA, has a lot on his plate. A mysterious vampire is dumping drained bodies in public places all over town, and werewolf cop Detective Julie Nova is on his back about it. He doesn’t have time to deal with over-eager Jamie-boy.

Jamie-boy is determined to get what he wants–sex and pain–but to look elsewhere could mean death.

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Leigh Wilder’s latest book in the Deadly Liaisons series, Bloodlines, just released so make sure to go get it here!

I really love this series! Jamie-boy and Damian make such a cute couple and Wilder’s writing is just to die for. The love that Jamie quickly develops for Damian is so sweet and innocent, yet deep and passionate and that it gives him a desire to live is just beautiful. Oh and Damian? He’s such a softie despite all the fronts he puts up regarding his growing feelings toward Jamie-boy, combine that with him being an old vampire and it’s almost too much cuteness to bear, but I ❤ it so!

This series, for me at least, is Wilder’s crowning achievement. It’s novella length (~13,000 words) but it is longer than her other pieces which are closer to 3,500-5,000 words. This allows for more storyline and in this series she excels at it. I love the characters as I mentioned earlier and the plot Wilder goes with in this novella is stellar. Putting Jamie-boy in danger to get a reaction out of Damian is classic, but Wilder executes it with such expertise that it doesn’t feel like an old trope at all.

As I’ve said countless times, Wilder is best when it comes to the sex scenes and she doesn’t disappoint in Addicted to the Bite. The chemistry between Damian and Jamie-boy is fantastic. The combination of Jamie-boy’s innocence and Damian’s experience and slight Dom tendencies allows each to have some new experiences and the results are more than satisfying. The only complaint I would have is that it was such a short scene and it left me wanting more, so much more. Though I suppose that is what book 3 is for!

Damian has this inner conflict going over if he wants to continue being with Jamie-boy but whether it is the latter’s intense desire or Damian’s lack of willpower I am glad they can’t stay apart. This is one of my favorite M/M couplings I’ve ever had the pleasure of coming across and I can’t wait to read Club Midnight, book three in the series! I definitely recommend this series to anyone, they are quick reads with surprisingly intense and intriguing plots as well as some steamy goodness, what’s not to like? Thanks as always for reading! ^.^

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #118/200

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Doin’ It Dirty Giveaway!

The Doin’ It Dirty inspired Leigh Wilder Giveaway!

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I am taking part in the Doin’ It Dirty Readathon and I decided to celebrate I would hold a giveaway associated with the author that I will not only be reading works of during the readathon but that made my short auto-buy author list! Who is this amazing writer? None other than Leigh Wilder! I will be giving away her ENTIRE collective works to one lucky winner, all in Kindle format, sound good? I think so! Click here to check out Wilder’s work on Amazon and see all the awesome you’ll be vying for! Make sure to click on the link below to enter the giveaway, which is only open tonight (during the readathon which ends at midnight CST) and good luck!

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Doin’ It Dirty

Doin’ It Dirty

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All ze naughtyness shall be had! I can haz schmexy reads? Why yes you can! Also you can apparently have a bunch of made up words, huzzah for you! (I wrote this while I was really tired and about to collapse, my apologies.) So what is this? A READATHON!!! All about sexy, dirty and naughty stories meant to set your body on fire (well not literally) and to give you a break from all those other types of books you normally read. Unless you read erotica type stuff all the time, which is totally cool, basically keep doing that.

Anyhow! It’s for one day, 12 hours (of which I’ll be available for about 8 of after work) and there is sexy reads to be had, an awesome twitter chat to join and even drinkage (if you are old enough) so you should join up! If you want to take part click the sexy picture above! Now, onto my goals! I saved a bunch of Leigh Wilder’s work so I’ll be reading ALL of that stuffs. Other than hers who knows?! I have a few things on my kindle I can/will read, a sexy book to finish by Tina Folsom in print and I’m sure I could be roped into buying some stuff if you have suggestions! So without further ado my list (of potential reads that I won’t likely get to all of):

Addicted to the Bite by Leigh Wilder

Club Midnight by Leigh Wilder

Saturday Night by Leigh Wilder

The Beauty and the Beast by Leigh Wilder

The Red Shoes by Leigh Wilder

Brian is Gay (and so am I) by Leigh Wilder

Boy by Leigh Wilder

Gabriel’s Mate by Tina Folsom

Wicked Lustful Tales Volume 1 by My Writing Den

Restored to Love edited by Antonia Adams

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Stats

Currently Reading: The Red Shoes by Leigh Wilder and Gabriel’s Mate by Tina Folsom

Books Finished: Addicted to the Bite, Saturday Night and The Beauty and the Beast – all by Leigh Wilder

Pages Read: 59

Amount of Time Spent Reading: 35 minutes

Snacks: Pizza!


The Summoner and the Satyr by Leigh Wilder: Frodo’s Review

The Summoner and the Satyr

Summary From Goodreads

Stepping away from the Romantica genre, Leigh Wilder writes a short erotic fantasy of pure lust.

Asyra is a Summoner, bringing forth creatures from other worlds to do her bidding. Since taking a position as a professor at the Dracon School of Magic she hasn’t had a man, and as she lusts over her students she knows she’s getting desperate. Asyra decides to summon the most sexual of beings–a satyr–to sate her growing needs. Can she handle the masculine beast, or has she taken on more than she can handle?

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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!

Another short piece by Leigh Wilder? Yes please! Wilder is quickly becoming one of my “instant buy” authors, with each piece I read I crave more. The Summoner and the Satyr is in a subgenre of Erotica called PWP (Porn Without Plot) which is brand new to me. The lack of plot didn’t lower my enjoyment of the piece whatsoever and her writing continues to impress. It was sexy, naughty and left me wanting more, just like Asyra in the story. Using a satyr in erotica is something I had not come across before and that originality gave this steamy novella a uniqueness it otherwise might not have had.

Per usual, Wilder incorporates some humor and is unabashed when it comes to showcasing Asyra’s enjoyment and desire before and during. I would recommend this, as with the rest of her work that I’ve reviewed, to anyone looking for a short but very arousing piece. You will not be disappointed. Thanks as always for reading! ^.^

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #112/200

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Auto-buy Authors: Randomness by Frodo

Auto-buy Authors

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I saw the always entertaining Gaby at Queen Ella Bee Reads do a Top Ten for authors on her auto-buy list and decided to talk about my own, why I consider them “auto-buys” and a bit about auto-buying authors in general, thanks Gaby!

First a bit about auto-buying books from authors. In a follow up post Gaby took a step back and after really looking at her list realized she didn’t have (at least as many) authors she really auto-bought. Whether this was because of genre changes or jumps from one target age range to another (MG/YA/Adult/etc.) it altered that immediate “Must Buy NOW!” mentality. That’s where I differ. I really do have a bunch of authors where it doesn’t make a difference what they are writing about, what age they target or really any qualifier out there, if they write it I will come.

A lot of that has to do with my reading tendencies. I don’t stick to genres or often even to YA, Adult or what have you, I bounce from one type of book to the next at random and that works for me because it keeps the reading experiences fresh and makes each book stand out more. So the following authors are ones that I either own their entire collection (in print or eBook format) or that when I have the monies to I will and that will continue as long as they write. Here we go!

  • John Green – Most of you know who this is, best seller, Vlogbrother, leader of Nerdfighters, Crash Course teacher, master of the emotional sucker punch as well as all around funny guy, John Green is all of these things and much more. I’ve seen all his videos (and Hank’s too of course) so it is only fitting that I love his books. I’ve never given a book by Green less than 5 Smiling Frodos and that isn’t because of any bias, they are just that good. An Abundance of Katherines remains one of my favorite books that I’ve ever read. The only piece by him I don’t own is his collaboration with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances (yes I even own one of the prizes he gave as a perk Double On Call and Other Stories) and that is one I’ll likely get when I get paid on Friday. Not sure why I put that off. So ya, I’d recommend his work to anyone.
  • Sarah-Jane Lehoux – Sarah-Jane is pretty much the opposite of John in every way. He’s contemporary she’s fantasy with an edge to it. She’s an indie author. You (sadly) may not have heard of her unless you have been following my blog/Twitter for ages where as Green is like crazy huge in so many communities. Green writes brainy characters and complex relationships, Sarah-Jane creates incredibly detailed and amazing worlds and kick-ass heroines. You get the picture. Something else you may not realize about Sarah-Jane? She’s just as amazing a writer as Green is. I want EVERYONE to know that and to check out her work, but for now her collection will at least reside on my (virtual and real) shelves. I can’t wait for more of her work in the future!
  • Ann Aguirre – Back to an author that needs no introduction. It all started with Enclave which I won in a giveaway and devoured and loved immediately upon arrival. Fast forward to about a month or two ago where Twitter is buzzing over a post Ann wrote, This week in SF, which received both incredible support and infuriating backlash. I made a few comments on Twitter and decided I would do one of the two things I believe are the best ways to support authors in any fashion, I bought her entire collective works. At once. I wish I could say I read them all already, but alas there are seemingly infinite books out there and only so much reading time for this hobbit. (In case you are wondering the other way I feel is best to support authors is to review.) She now has a section all to herself on my Wall O’ Books and I can’t wait to dive into each book as well as any she writes in the future. She happens to be one heck of a writer (I gave Enclave 5 Smiling Frodos and called it the benchmark for Dystopians). ^.^
  • Leigh Wilder – Every now and then I like to get a bit naughty and that includes my reading. I discovered Wilder completely at random on Twitter and decided to check out her work. I now own every sexy piece she’s written that I could get my hands on, virtually at least since hers are all eBooks. She usually writes either short pieces or novellas and each leaves me craving more. I’d recommend her to any fan of Erotica. I’ve rated three of her works so far and they’ve always been a 4 or 5. That says a lot. Check her out!
  • Rick Riordan – Here is another author you’ve all heard of. I don’t technically own all of his work (yet), but I do own box sets for Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles as well as books 1-3 of The Heroes of Olympus with book 4 on pre-order. Pretty good right? I’ve actually only read The Lightning Thief and The Sea of Monsters by him, but as with Aguirre he has his own section of my Wall O’ Books and I can’t wait to read more of them when I can. Not much more to say, he’s just really, really talented.
  • Zoe E. Whitten – An author of some of the most controversial books I’ve ever read, Whitten is an author you may never have heard of but definitely should check out. She writes about taboo subjects and refuses to hold back, something I give her major credit for, and if you can handle that I urge you to give her a shot, she deserves it. Her writing level is incredible, some of the best prose I’ve ever seen and the emotions she elicits (at least from me) are the strongest I’ve ever felt while reading a book. Her characters are dynamic, their personalities unique yet relatable and I love them all for different reasons. I won’t gush further but seriously, just go read her stuff and thank me later. Oh, and I own every one of her ~35 pieces, ya she’s that good.
  • Malcolm Gladwell – While the authors I have mentioned so far span a variety of genres this is the first where I am tearing you right out of fiction and thrusting some non fiction goodness onto you. Gladwell is brilliant and makes me use all of my brainpower which, to be honest, I don’t do often enough. Sure some books make me think about a variety of issues, but Gladwell’s books force me to view the entire world in ways I never would have considered. The inner workings of society, how people achieve success, chance and the people that benefit from it and why, so many aspects of life I never would question otherwise I have because of him. Give your brain a workout and check out one of his books. I own them all and have his newest, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants on pre-order. ^.^
  • Angela Kulig – If you follow my blog you’ve seen me review her work, talk about her awesomeness and squee over how excited I am to read her upcoming work. Angela is incredibly talented, jumping from the creepy to the hilarious and back again, sometimes in the same piece, with an ease that few can match. I own and have read all her work and look forward to sharing more of it with all of you in the future. Much of her work has a darker side to it and I love that. It isn’t morbid by any means, but it isn’t happy-go-lucky either, and sometimes I think we need that dose of reality. Check her out!
  • Jeremy C. Shipp – I feel like the Adam’s Family song should play here…oh well. Shipp’s books are definitely creepy and spooky, kooky, and yes sometimes downright ooky, and I love them all. His Attic Clowns pieces are the best Horror/Bizarro Fiction I’ve ever read and always leave me laughing and wishing there was more. I don’t own all of the anthologies he has been a part of (because of the sheer volume) but if it’s just him I’ve got it in one format or another. One of my favorite authors and Twitter follows, Shipp is just a great writer plain and simple. Can’t recommend his work enough.
  • Sean Beaudoin – Similar to Shipp but with a lighter side, Beaudoin examines the human condition in every one of his pieces at a different angle. The Infects shows our inner animal, for some prey and for others predator, and brings them to light. Going Nowhere Faster is the vast majority of teenagers personified by Stan, the MC, and his attempt to get out of neutral and at least into first gear with hilarious results (and far less car puns). Fade to Blue is insane in every way and I loved it, examining the world around us and the potential worlds we can create (in our heads and in reality). Beaudoin is talented, creative and always packs his books with more laughs than I thought possible. I own all his books and have his newest, Wise Young Fool, on pre-order. Go take a look!

So those are my auto-buy authors. Somehow I ended up at a nice round ten auto-buys though I assure you the list wasn’t padded or cut down in any way, these are my favorites and I happen to have ten of them. ^.^ There are a bunch more that are borderline for me. I either own almost all of their work and just haven’t gotten to a few, love their work but some of their pieces don’t interest me or I’m just not quite as obsessed with them (yet). Some of those are: John Grisham, Stephen King, D.J. MacHale, Larry Kollar, Jill Archer, Christopher Paolini, Brigid Kemmerer, Maureen Johnson, David Levithan, Samantha Durante & Tina Folsom. There are plenty more but I don’t have all day and neither do you I’m sure. Thanks as always for reading and it would mean the world to me if you would at least click on those 10 author links and just check out their work when you have time. They are worth it and then some. ^.^


15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 9

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 9

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The awesome people over at Good Books and Good Wine came up with the fabulous 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge!

Today’s Challenge is: Why do you blog about books?

This is something I touched on in challenge #7 when I spoke about my blogging quirks. Most of my posts are reviews, for a variety of reasons but mostly because I feel (and have been told) that they are the most helpful for authors. Will I do them in conjunction with a blog tour? Absolutely. Regardless of whether the review is part of something or just because I want to share my thoughts about the book the goal is to bring the book to a wider audience. This is true for both positive and negative reviews. If I loved a book I want more people to read it that may not be aware of the book or might be on the fence on if they want to read it. Conversely, if I am not a fan of the book I’d like to explain why so that other people can potentially avoid that one and spend their valuable time reading something else.

This is especially the case with indie authors. They work so hard to garner even a tiny fraction of what the “big boys” get and if I can help share their book to just a few people that wouldn’t have heard of it otherwise then it’s more than worth the time and effort spent. Plus, blogging has allowed me to connect with these authors when I likely wouldn’t have otherwise so I’m reading pieces I wouldn’t otherwise as well. Examples of some fabulous authors I wouldn’t have encountered otherwise and that I reviewed a piece (or a few) for: Zoe E. Whitten, Leigh Wilder, Angela Kulig, Larry Kollar, Starla Huchton, Sarah-Jane Lehoux as well a bunch more.

The community. The book blogging community is just incredible. They’re intelligent, helpful, caring and willing to deal with each other’s obsessiveness, insanity and frequent squees. The joy I see in book bloggers when they are talking about a book they just read that they loved, a book they are super excited to get or really anything book related is like no other group. It’s infectious and uplifting how the community supports its fellow members through seemingly everything. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

It’s freaking FUN! I get to talk about books all the time and people actually talk back to me about the ones they loved or their thoughts on whatever, how great is that?! I use it to participate in readathons which are always a blast (marathon reading + twitter chats + giveaways + challenges, heck ya!). Plus I get to record my progress and see how much I’ve read whenever I’d like, and with pretty cover pictures included! Plus it is (hopefully) helping my writing and helping me to understand what I like/dislike in books so that if when I write my own I’ll know what to look out for or what to utilize.

So that’s why I blog about books! Why do you do it? What parts are your favorites? Let me know and thanks for reading! ^.^


Review: In the Dark by Leigh Wilder

In the Dark

Summary From GoodreadsIn The Dark

Katrina and Alex have been skirting around each other and never quite getting together, until they get trapped in an elevator, and Alex has to keep Katrina’s claustrophobia from getting the better of her. He has a…creative way of going about it.

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Warning: The following book contains mature content and erotic situations.

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!

Looking for some instant sizzle? If so In the Dark is definitely for you! (That sounded like an infomercial, let’s try again) Wilder mixes in plenty of humor to go with the steamy situation and wastes no time diving right in to the action. While we don’t learn a whole lot about the characters, Alex manages to spark some life and personality into the short piece, enough to entice you to read further.

If all you are after is some wonderfully written erotica that gets right into the fun from the get go, In the Dark is perfect. Giving just enough tension between the characters, and with Katrina’s claustrophobia as a small barrier to overcome Wilder keeps the piece from being a one-and-done sex scene. However, the scene that does ensue is sweet, sensual and downright sexy as hell. The chemistry between the two and the dialogue they have is excellent. You’ll be caught between laughing one moment and moaning the next, quite the feat by Wilder. I definitely recommend it to any Erotica fans looking for a wonderful quick read. Thanks as always for reading!

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge: #108/200; Mount TBR Challenge #62/150; 2013 TBR Pile #62/50

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15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 6

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 6

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The awesome people over at Good Books and Good Wine came up with the fabulous 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge!

Today’s Challenge is: Describe how you shop for books.

How do I shop for books? I’m not sure that there is necessary an overall method to my madness but I do have some trends when it comes to book buying. While I do have a full time job (albeit a crappy entry level one) I also have bills to pay and I’m saving a bunch as well so I have a finite amount I can spend on whatever every two weeks and that includes books. So how do I decide which pretties to add to my ever growing collection?

  1. Fellow Book Bloggers – In one of the previous challenges I spoke about some of my bloggy BFFs whose opinions I trust completely. If I see they really enjoyed a book I was considering buying I’ll quickly grab it and the reverse is also true, if they hated it (especially if it is a consensus among the group) I will likely avoid it. I do go against them on occasion, but for the most part they’ve led me to some fantastic reads. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that I bought using their advice that has received less than three smiling Frodos, not bad at all.
  2. Favorite Authors – This is pretty obvious and something I’m sure most book buyers do. If you love a book by an author chances are you’ll at least enjoy the rest of their work. This isn’t foolproof, I’m sure there are exceptions where you’ll detest one book and love another, but for the most part it’s a solid method. If you have read my recent reviews you’d know I really enjoyed pieces by Leigh Wilder and Zoe E. Whitten, so much so that I now own almost every piece they’ve ever written. That’s how my money goes poof, if I LOVE your work I want it all and I don’t take no for an answer. Other authors I have done this with: John Green, Sean Beaudoin, Ann Aguirre, Rick Riordan, and Jeremy C. Shipp.
  3. Ooo Pretty! – That’s right, I see or hear about a book and when I go to check out the cover my mouse is already hovering over the one-click purchase button on Amazon. I do check out the synopsis and if I have never read anything by that author before or haven’t seen anything about the book/author on a blog then I might even check out the preview if there is one available. This also happens in physical stores, mainly Target for me simply because that’s the most frequent place I go to for stuff and they do have a (limited) book section. I try not to “judge a book by its cover” but it sure as heck helps to have a cool one to entice me from the beginning.

So those are the main ways that I find books and my “process” for which ones I buy. It’s pretty haphazard to tell the truth, but basically if I love one book by an author most of my book money goes to the rest of their stuff because I HAVE to read more. I also do genre searches if I am feeling the desire to dive into a certain one or want to stock up for an upcoming themed readathon but that is less common. One other big factor is if they are an indie author. Even if I haven’t LOVED their books, if I’ve enjoyed them I am more likely to buy another of their books to support them then I am to do the same for a “big” or “mainstream” author. They rely on support from the bookish community to be able to continue to write and to reach audiences, I’m happy to do it. I don’t even want to get into how long I looked on “recommended for reader’s that enjoyed this book” lists for a book like John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines, stuff like that leads me to random books I’d never find otherwise (ex: Prodigy by Dave Kalstein), oh, and I never did find any like that one. =/

Anyway, what is the method to your madness? Do you have any ways you narrow down which books you buy? Do you go for all print or are eBooks more your thing? (I’m a mix.) Do you go on author binges? Genre ones? Let me know! Thanks as always for reading and look for another review tomorrow as well as Day 7 of this challenge! ^.^