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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

Frodo's Frisky Friday

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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The Wicked Woods

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

Frodo's Frisky Friday

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

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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! ^.^