A Wedding in Springtime by Amanda Forester-a review

A Wedding In Springtime by Amanda Forester-a review

a wedding in springtime

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Five minutes into Miss Eugenia Talbot’s presentation at court, notorious rogue Mr. William Grant made her laugh, ruining her debut. To hush up the scandal, Eugenia’s aunt hires a matchmaker to quickly find a suitor— anyone except the infamous William Grant—to help restore Eugenia’s reputation. But amiable Eugenia shows a disturbing tendency to follow her heart, and is again caught in the company of notorious Grant. When a traitor creeps closer, threatening to ruin more than just Eugenia’s reputation, her kindheartedness may be her ultimate undoing


5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

WELCOME to London England 1810 where manners and the way one carry themselves and/or places oneself in a public position could determine whether one is ruined or successful. Welcome to the regency romance genre!

“Ten minutes into her societal debut, Eugenia Talbot was ruined.”

I do love a book that begins with a good ruining don’t you?? LOL

A Wedding in Springtime by author Amanda Forester was CREATIVE and a multi-layered read! This author had so many sub-plots circling around the main plot that I feared at first it was going to get confusing and take away from the main story! Let me tell you something .. Amanda Forester has a talent for knitting all these sub-stories together to make the main story that much more exciting! I have read many historical romances and most follow a simple formula. Amanda Forester has completely ignored this formula and walked down a different path! It made her book stand out and I often was wondering if I was reading a romance or a mystery! In my opinion …. BOTH! 🙂

Our main character is Eugenia Talbot. Genie is the product of a scandal when her mother ran away from her privileged life and married a commoner. Now it is up to Genie to salvage the family name (she has been hosted by her stuck up aunt) and enter society as a respectable lady! Well about 5 minutes into her debut she loses her sense of “respectability” by laughing at the wrong moment in front of the wrong person. I tell you I was chuckling right from the start as her reason for ruin is HILARIOUS!

A large factor of her ruined societal debut has to do with a “good rake” (there is a full explanation of a good vs bad rake in this book ..lol) who encourages this laughter and adds to Genie’s demise. Mr William Grant. Grant is a devilishly handsome young man who embraces all the riches and indulgences of life and refuses to ever consider the sanctity of marriage. He would much rather frolic through his stages of life carefree and he ensures that this is common knowledge among the ton.

To ensure that Genie does in fact become married soonest to salvage what little reputation she has left, her stuck up aunt covets the advice of a dowager duchess (one who’s grandson just so happens to be betrothed to her daughter) and so begins the search for a proper suitor. During all this, a friendship and strong attraction is developing between Genie and Grant. I will not elaborate from there as I do not want to provide any major spoilers!

With the backdrop of Napoleon warring with England, many secrets, letters, codes and villians revealed, romances and the typical gossip of the ton, this story is a page turner. The cast of characters (believe me there are so many that I could go on and on) are so interesting that you cannot wait for more and hope that in the next book you get to meet them again. The wit and banter that Amanda Forester uses in conversation between her characters had me laughing out loud. The mystery and suspense she tangles in with the romance was like a cherry on a sundae!

I am so looking forward to her next book! 🙂

ARC from Netgallery was provided for an honest review.

Reviewed by Rachel


The Summer He Came Home (Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #1) by Juliana Stone-A Review and Giveaway

THE SUMMER HE CAME HOME (Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #1) by Juliana Stone-a Review and Giveaway

The Summer He Came Home

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Released April 2013

Sometimes the best place to find love is right back where you started…

Falling asleep in a different bed every night has made it easy for Cain Black to forget his past. It’s been ten years since he packed his guitar and left Crystal Lake to chase his dreams. Now tragedy has forced him home again. And though Cain relishes the freedom of the road, one stolen moment with Maggie O’Rourke makes him wonder if he’s missing out on something bigger than fame.

For Maggie—single mother and newly settled in Crystal Lake—love is a luxury she just can’t afford. Sure, she appreciates the tall, dark and handsome looks of prodigal son Cain Black. But how long can she expect the notorious hellion to stay?

The last thing either of them wants is something complicated. But sometimes love has its own plans


REVIEW: THE SUMMER HE CAME HOME is the first storyline in Juliana Stone’s new Bad Boys of Crystal Lake contemporary romance series focusing on a small town group of childhood friends who are brought back together at the funeral of one of their own. Future storyline heroes are introduced, each with a haunted past, but The Summer He Came Home is Cain Black’s story.

Cain is the epitome of a rock and roll star: tattoos, sexy starlet for a wife, and a lifestyle conducive to tabloid rumors and innuendo. But the day he returned to Crystal Lake for his friend’s funeral, all bets are off. Reeling from a double betrayal at the hands of his wife and a fellow band mate, Cain is instantly drawn to Maggie O’Rourke-a beautiful single mother who works hard and keeps to herself in the small Michigan town. But Maggie’s move to Crystal Lake comes with a few secrets, and if her whereabouts ever become public, Maggie will lose more than her freedom-she could lose her son as well.

The Summer He Came Home has the usual romantic storyline push and pull of the forbidden attraction. Juliana Stone writes a story with a build-up of the relationship, not jumping too quickly into the sex and morning after regrets. But if you are looking for the bad boy of rock and roll image, Cain’s character (back home) is nothing like what fuels the tabloid pages.

There are a few unanswered questions regarding Cain’s future and music career, especially as it pertains to his relationship with Maggie and her son, but perhaps these issues will be resolved in a future storyline when one of his childhood friends has his story told. There is also the fact that Maggie and Cain’s ex-spouses are still very much in the picture-hopefully there is some resolution on the horizon.

The Summer He Came Home is a storyline of betrayal and loss, finding yourself and being able to love again despite a history of failure in the relationship department. Juliana Stone introduces a cast of characters right from the pages of Small Town, USA and forges a bond between the reader and her hero/heroine and friends. I am looking forward to reading the next installment in The Bad Boys of Crystal Lake series.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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The Vampire Affair Part 1 by Vivi Anna-a review

The Vampire Affair by Vivi Anna – review

The Vampire Affair

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Re-released April 1, 2013

Makayla Bradley, a small-time journalist, risks everything including her job to get the goods on billionaire playboy Jonathan Devane. A man who enthralled her from a single passionate kiss months prior. A man who makes her blood race and her thighs tingle. A man with dark secrets…


A fast paced novella of one sexually charged game of cat and mouse. The sexual tension between Mikayla and Jonathan is tangible that sex just fizzles in the air around them. What starts out as a simple meeting of eyes in the club escalates to a sexy chase game.

Rookie reporter Mikayla is determined to make a niche for herself in the journalism world even if it means crossing a few lines. To do that she sought to make a story of famous and ruthless businessman who is also a renowned womanizer, Jonathan. What starts out as a story turns into obsession and ulterior motives of seduction. As Mikayala comes up with a scheme to assume another identity to infiltrate the hotel Jonathan is staying at so she can get to Jonathan and get the “dirt” on him.

As the two have more encounters with each other, is it still business and only about the story or has Mikayla bitten off more than she can chew and has fallen for Jonathan?

The humor is amusingly crude ranging from juice being thrown in a rival reporters face, ridiculous disguises, packages of penis chocolates and a very interesting convention. This novella was highly enjoyable but leaves you wanting more. This was truly was very fun read and I am excited to get part 2. I admit this book was a little raunchy and the plot reminded me of something out a of pardon my language for this but a porn yet don’t get me wrong because the book had body and life to it and I can respect and appreciate that. So words to describe this book are sexy, fast-paced and overall fun.

Reviewed by Xina

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Ana Blaze-Interview and Giveaway with the Author

Ana Blaze-Interview and Giveaway with the Author

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Ana Blaze

TRC: Hi Ana and welcome to The Reading Café.  Congratulations on the release of THE BEST MAN.

Ana: Hi. Thank you so much for having me. It’s really a dream come true; so many of my favorite writers have been interviewed here. I’m getting bruised from pinching myself.



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TRC: We would like to start with some background information.  Would you please tell us something about yourself?

Ana: Certainly. I grew up mostly in New England, but currently reside a few miles south of Washington DC. I miss the ocean, but all the museums and cultural events around here are pretty great. Most importantly, this is where my husband is. Together we take care of our three rather pampered cats, watch way too much television and debate our relative preparedness for a zombie apocalypse.

TRC: You are a writer of several different genres. Which genre do you believe is the most difficult to write?  The easiest?

Ana: I’d say I’m a reader on many genres, but as a writer I’ve basically stuck with romance, some contemporary and some paranormal. While the paranormal elements can be fun, I think in the end a love story is a love story whether it’s between humans, werewolves, vampires, ghosts, djinn, witches, or anyone else. I would love to try my hand at an urban fantasy series if the right idea ever comes along. I think I’ll have a difficult time not wrapping things up in a pretty bow at the end of the first book.

The Best ManTRC: THE BEST MAN is your latest (April 29, 2013) release in the contemporary romance style.  Would you please tell us something about the premise of the book?

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Ana: Beth Chase is a professional wedding planner. She’s well on her way to a coveted partnership with Ever After Weddings when she meets Colin Pratt, the shockingly drunk best man at an event she is working. I love the idea that Colin, who you’ll find is normally a very responsible gentleman, had this one day of outlandish behavior and that day just happened to be the day he met the girl of his dreams. So he’s stuck trying to overcome that crazy first impression.

TRC: Are the characters based on anyone you know or an amalgamation of people –real or imagined?

Ana: I’d say my characters are always bits and pieces of lots of people.

The Best Man collageTRC: If you could virtually cast the lead characters of THE BEST MAN, which actors and models would be represent your ideal image?

Ana: I would love to see Beth Chase played by Kristen Bell and Colin Pratt played by Hugh Dancy.

TRC: What do you believe is the biggest misconception about you?

Ana: I have no idea. What a question! I can tell you that during college I had a crazy good girl reputation that was very hard to shake. I think there was an assumption that getting good grades meant you did nothing but study. I studied plenty, but it wasn’t all I did. 😉

TRC: If you could change something about yourself personal or professional, what would it be and why?

Ana: I would love to successfully become more of a plotter. I’m a pantser, but I’ve tried plotting my stories out in more meaningful ways a few times. I find that when I have a very detailed outline it takes away a lot of my excitement and drive to actually write the story. Basically, once the story is completed in my head I feel rather done with it.

TRC: Who is the first person you think about when you need someone to talk with and why?

Ana: Probably my mom, though I’ve been inordinately lucky in the friend department. My closest girlfriend, I usually call her my sister because blood isn’t as important as love, has been my rock since we were teenagers and my husband and I were friends for ten years before we dated, so that is very much the foundation for our relationship.

TRC: What five things would you like to accomplish in the next ten years?

Ana: I’d very much like to:
Grow as a writer.
Find a position with a publisher in editing or publicity.
Celebrate ten more anniversaries with my husband.
See our family grow.
Learn to age gracefully.

TRC: How do you balance family life and writing?

Ana: This is something I’m still learning to do. The thing about writing is it’s a job, but it’s also the thing you love to do, so stopping for housework can be tricky. That said, I try to put away my laptop for a while most evenings and my hubby and I always eat dinner together.

TRC: How do you deal with the stress and anxiety of writing deadlines?

Ana: Wine and kissing. 😉

TRC: On what are you currently working?

Ana: I always have half a dozen WIPs, but right now I’m most excited about a contemporary novella I’m writing as part of an anthology with a few writer friends. It’s all still early stages and very hush-hush, but I think there are going to be some hot stories.

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

Ana: Just thanks again for having me. I’m incredibly excited to introduce Beth and Colin to your readers.


Favorite Food- Saag Paneer with warm naan

Favorite Dessert-Vanilla cake with a mango curd. It was our wedding cake.

Favorite TV Show(s)-Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek, X-Files, True Blood, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Once Upon a Time, Torchwood, Veronica Mars, Firefly, The Colbert Report, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, The Walking Dead, The West Wing, The Daily Show, Vampire Diaries

Last Movie You Saw- Side Effects-it was quite good.

Dark or Milk Chocolate- Milk Chocolate, preferably with peanut butter.

Famous Secret Crush- None of my crushes are very secret: Alan Rickman, James Marsters, Alexander Skarsgård, David Tenant, Robert Carlyle, Benedict Cumberbatch.

TRC: Thank you Ana for taking the time to answer our questions at The Reading
Café.  Congratulation on the new release and we wish you all the best in
your writing career.


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The Best Man by Ana Blaze-a review

THE BEST MAN by Ana Blaze-a review

The Best Man

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 29, 2013

Beth Chase is too busy planning perfect weddings to worry about the lack of action in her own love life. But if she was looking for a man, she wouldn’t be looking at Colin Pratt. Her boss swears that Best Man Colin is a quiet scholar and science fiction writer who couldn’t possibly cause a fuss at his own brother’s wedding. He’s clearly never met the man in question. Snarky, sexy and more than a little inebriated, Colin is the final obstacle between Beth and the last perfect wedding she needs to make partner. Of course, when she helps him into a taxi at the end of the night she has no idea that he’s only just begun to poke holes in her professional exterior. Colin might have the skills to seduce a romance professional, but can he convince her that he’s the best man to share her happy ever after?


REVIEW: THE BEST MAN is a contemporary romance storyline focusing on wedding planner Beth Chase and Colin Pratt-a self proclaimed quiet Scottish professor who, but for the quick actions of Beth, almost destroyed an entire wedding ceremony before it ever began. As the best man at his brother’s wedding, there is more to Colin than meets the eye.

The storyline follows as Colin endeavors to apologize to Beth for his recent behavior at his brother’s wedding. A quick series of mishaps will force the couple together and out of guilt, Beth invites Colin to stay at her place for a few days. Colin and Beth are instantly attracted to one another, and Beth tries but fails, to keep Colin at arm’s length. Beth doesn’t do relationships-although we are not privy as to ‘real’ reason why- and Colin wants more from Beth than a couple of days of relaxation and fun- he wants forever.

Colin is a man possessed-possessed by the need to be loved and find a woman who will accept him. There is plenty of humor as we watch Colin seduce his way into Beth’s bed on numerous occasions. Colin’s backstory is revealed and we learn that he really is the quiet, nerdy professor. And Beth-she is a strong, independent, successful woman, who is afraid to lose everything to the man who has stolen her heart. But she may be too late when she finally realizes that Colin is the man for her.

THE BEST MAN is a fast paced, short story and humorous look at one week in the life of Beth Chase and Colin Pratt. From Colin’s first drunken stumble to his last declaration of love, he is the man who would find his way into Beth’s heart and her life. Ana Blaze has written a cute storyline that pulls you into the hectic life of a successful wedding planner who is reluctant to find love in a quirky Scottish professor.

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Reviewed by Sandy


The Awakening: Aidan by Abby Niles-a review

THE AWAKENING: Aidan by Abby Niles-a review



ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 21, 2013

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Is the gift of eternal love a blessing or a curse?

After years of counseling grieving shifters, psychiatrist and half-shifter, Dr. Jaylin Avgar has become jaded on shifter mating. She wants to marry a human and forget about the love for eternity crap. Then she meets Aidan O’Connell, an infuriatingly laid back shifter who represents everything she doesn’t want. Yet, the more he pursues her, the more she craves a future with him. Only one thing stands in her way: death. Can she overcome her fear of losing Aidan to the one guarantee in life?

Millionaire consultant, Aidan O’Connell knows he’ll one day meet a woman who’ll awaken an unrelenting mating instinct. Unfortunately, that woman is Jaylin, who has no qualms about telling him that he and his so-called eternity can shove it. When she pushes him away, he takes a drastic step so she can no longer escape. The close proximity throws the instinct into overdrive. Can he control the need engrained in him until he’s certain she will reciprocate the bond, or will a moment of weakness doom him to hell on earth?


REVIEW: THE AWAKENING: Aidan is a contemporary paranormal, shifter romance storyline that builds upon the various emotional and physical states of shifters when the male is rejected by his female mate. Although this particular installment focuses on Aidan ( a cougar shifter) and Jaylin, much of the story’s premise is driven by a mass of world building and, the emotional and psychological breakdown of Aidan’s friend Liam when his mate rejects him after she has been marked.

The story follows Aidan as he is desperate to find help for his best friend and ‘brother’ Liam, who six months after rejection, is bordering on permanent withdrawal and suicide. Much of the novel’s focus is dependent on world building with an influx of terminology for each of the various stages of finding one’s mate, bonding and rejection. As an introductory storyline, The Awakening: Aidan is awash in plenty of background information and psychological description, courtesy of Aidan’s future mate Jaylin Avgar-a half shifter who wants nothing to do with shifters in both her personal and professional life. As you can imagine, Jaylin’s rejection of Aidan sets into motion another shifter spiral into the depths of despair and despondency over the potential loss of one’s mate.

The character building is fairly fluid, but Jaylin’s personality and need to prove her rejection of everything shifter got to be a little too much at times. She was annoying and difficult to like especially when at every opportunity she gave mixed signals to the shifter who wanted nothing more than to claim and bond with his mate. It was even more frustrating watching the hurt from Jaylin when she realized that Aidan was no longer going to play her games and walk away. What did the woman expect when she continued to reject and deny her mate! Jaylin knew that Aidan was her mate but after watching so many shifters go through life despondent and depressed, she refused to put herself into the position where the death or loss of a mate, meant death for the other. But it will take another shifter, one who survived the death of his beloved, to prove to Jaylin, that life does go on, even in death one’s happiness is not always dependent on another.

THE AWAKENING: AIDAN is an interesting storyline, with a bit of a twist on the shifter-bonding premise. Abby Niles’s world building is detailed but will pull you into the storyline with the continued use and application of the various psychological stages of shifter mating so that by the end of the book, hopefully everyone is on the same page-so to speak. 😉

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Reviewed by Sandy


Bound With Pearls BLOG TOUR and Giveaway

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Bound With Pearls
by Sidney Bristol

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Thanks so much to The Reading Café for having me today! I’m celebrating the print release of my first Taboo line book, Bound with Pearls. It’s crazy to think that this book is out in all formats now. I wrote this title well over a year ago and it’s gone through many rounds of revisions and a lot of tough love to reach this point. It’s very cool from the author side of things to see a book come to life, the way it grows and changes into something I didn’t even know it would be when I started with a blank page. Now all I can do is hope people like it!

This might be a strange thing to say, but the writing of Bound with Pearls pushed some of my limits as an author. I think is a good thing for me, and for my readers. While I was comfortable writing erotic romance and I was comfortable with the practice of BDSM and the knowledge behind it, writing the two together was something I’d never done before. It was exciting, uncharted territory, and really pushed me to grow and step back and think about preferences, limits and activities from another point of view.

sharkWe all have limits of things we’d never do, stuff we could be convinced to do and things no one can hold us back from doing. For example, I’d go shark diving either with a snorkel or in a cage in a second, but you couldn’t pay me to go cliff jumping. Up until December, I thought I’d never willingly get a pedicure, but now I get them regularly. I don’t really like them, I’m way too ticklish, but the pretty toenails have seduced me into it. So long as they don’t scrub my legs with that sea salt stuff our punch my calves. I was not a fan of that.

The point is that there are definitive limits in our lives, for whatever reason, they exist. It’s not wrong or bad. It’s natural and acceptable to not want to do some things. Like, say, jump off a cliff into a river full of gators. Not a good idea. But people still do it.

But still yet, there are limits that exist to be pushed. It’s part of growing as people and making a personal choice to change. I’m a super picky eater, for example. There are loads of things I just do not want to eat, but I regularly try to eat things out of my comfort zone because I know it’s a good idea and also to prove myself wrong. I used to not eat fish, now, I love a good Tilapia filet. This last weekend I tried an avocado. I was not a fan, but I tried it.
In BDSM there are generally two kinds of limits. Soft limits. And hard limits. I say general because there is no hard set rulebook to BDSM, so take what I’m saying with a cup of salt. There’s room for all views under this umbrella.

Girl with ChainsSoft limits are things that are a, “No,” but for a lot of individuals, with the right person, they could reconsider that. For example, a person can have a soft limit of no gags. Gags prevent a person from speaking and saying a safe word or ending play unless another, non-verbal signal is agreed upon beforehand. This individual could refuse to engage in play that included gags until they reached a certain familiarity with a new partner. Or, they could use gags with one partner but not another.

Hard limits, however, are the things that we would never consider doing. Ever. For anyone. No matter how hot they are, how much you love them or if there’s a water balloon about to fall on you when you’re wearing white. I’m sure we can all think of some very extreme things we would never allow another person to do. Some of the most common hard limits are things that do with human excrement, blood, restricting breathing or cutting the skin. However, there can be other, not so “scary” hard limits. I hate, hate, hate being tickled, for example. Someone else might refuse to do anything that involved a whip because of their personal take on that item. There’s no right or wrong answer for why something is a hard limit, it just is.

I knew that I wanted to explore a few limits in this book. The characters have vastly different comfort levels when it comes to some activities, so it was natural for them to challenge each other. I won’t give away too much, but it was a lot of fun to explore and research character specific activities to weave into the book. How one character’s strengths encourage the other to rise to the occasion, and vice versa.

I think as human beings we naturally push one another into bettering and furthering ourselves, either from encouraging or simple competition. I’m naturally very competitive so I like to surround myself with people who can do things better than me and learn from them.

Can you think of something you, a friend or family member talked you into doing that you never thought you’d do?

BOUND WITH PEARLS by Sidney Bristol
Series:  Atlanta BDSM Series, Book 1

Bound with Pearls

Release Date: December 12, 2012
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary erotic/BDSM/Taboo

Purchase: Amazon.com / Amazon.ca / Barnes and Noble / KOBOEllora’s Cave
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The last thing Christine wants to do is another favor for her sister, but Lucy always gets what she wants. This time it’s Chris playing sub to a demanding Dom. Their relationship begins with a power exchange and progresses to time spent between the sheets. Now emotions are getting complicated and the Dom isn’t just a hunky guy in black.

Daniel’s expectations are turned upside down when he meets Chris. She’s more than a well-trained submissive. She’s a woman with a body he wants to memorize. He’s willing to spend as much time as it takes to learn her, because she might be his match and his muse. He’ll make her come so hard he’s imprinted on every inch, and then he’ll offer her the most precious thing he can, himself.

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Sidney-Bristol-PicIt can never be said that Sidney Bristol has had a ‘normal’ life.  She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, and tattoo addict. She grew up in a motor-home on the US highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents. Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas where she splits her time between a job she loves, writing, reading and belly dancing.

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Sidney Bristol’s Bound by Pearls Tour Schedule
4/22-  Reading Between The Wines
4/22-  Toot’s Book Reviews
4/23-  Book Monster Reviews
4/23 – Literal Addiction
4/23-  Riverina Romantics
4/24-  HEA Romances With A Little Kick
4/24-  Seductive Musings
4/25-  My Reading Obsession
4/26-  Babbling About Books
4/26-  Books-n-Kisses
4/27-  The Jeep Diva
4/28-  The Reading Café

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Grand Prize:
$25 gift certificate to Amz/B&N/Ellora’s Cave.

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Bound With Pearls by Sidney Bristol- a review

Bound With Pearls by Sidney Bristol-a review

Bound with Pearls

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The last thing Christine wants to do is another favor for her sister, but Lucy always gets what she wants. This time it’s Chris playing sub to a demanding Dom. Their relationship begins with a power exchange and progresses to time spent between the sheets. Now emotions are getting complicated and the Dom isn’t just a hunky guy in black.

Daniel’s expectations are turned upside down when he meets Chris. She’s more than a well-trained submissive. She’s a woman with a body he wants to memorize. He’s willing to spend as much time as it takes to learn her, because she might be his match and his muse. He’ll make her come so hard he’s imprinted on every inch, and then he’ll offer her the most precious thing he can, himself.


5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

What a HOT, SMEXY SMEXY, WILD read! (*Fanning Myself*)

So before I begin this review I have a secret to reveal! I LOVE me a hot smut filled book. However if you add great characters and a great story then I LOVE LOVE LOVE me a hot smut filled book. This was a LOVE LOVE LOVE! LOL

Bound with Pearls written by Sidney Bristol is all about the formation of a dom/sub relationship and the many (did I mention MANY) emotions that are explored during this formation.

This book is not for the easily offended. There are extreme sexual scenarios that are played out and extreme language used. This is a dirty, gritty and sexy book that exploits many common and not so common (pass the ginger …lol) sides of the dom/sub relationship.

Now that I have armed you a little .. let me “de-arm” you! This story for a BDSM book was FUN and much less intense than many books in the BDSM genre that I have read! While some scenes were intense, there was so much blooming within the forming relationship that it didn’t feel “heavy”! Don’t get me wrong, all emotions were felt but I never went to a dark ugly place. Not sure if that makes sense but it’s the best way I can explain it! LOL

So our submissive’s name is Christine. Christine is an unattached submissive that had adopted the lifestyle many years ago and was well trained by a previous dom. After being begged by her horrible, spoiled brat bitchy sister Lucy, to please fill in as a sub (bitchy sister’s dom lost a poker game and bet the use of his sub to another dom … DUDE REALLY???) on her behalf, Christine agrees to spend one night with the winning poker game dom named Daniel.

Seeing as neither Christine nor Daniel know each other (either by rep or by looks) this makes for a very uncomfortable situation and both are NOT looking forward to this “play session”! Well aren’t they pleasantly surprised when they are clearly not only attracted to each other but they also “fit” together. I had to chuckle when Christine suddenly wanted to take back many of her “limits” and go all the way. I also melted a little when Daniel said NO and refused to take advantage because the .. er… um …. did it just got really hot in here!? LOL

From this one night, these two decide to see each other again and again, and trust builds between them (that’s pretty great considering a dom/sun relationship REQUIRES that)! Tenderness like you can never imagine, and serious boundaries are crossed! Limits are pushed. I found while I was getting angry I was completely smitten as well.

Loved this blurb and it paints the perfect picture.

“Any man could get her off, but she needed him. Their connection, the chemistry wasn’t something easily found.”

This is a shorter book and I hate giving anything away, so I will leave this review at that! I really truly loved this book and I was fulfilled in all aspects that I have learned to expect and appreciate when reading a BDSM story. I believed in this relationship and I was cheering them on throughout their journey to each other!

I have to comment quickly on this books cover! IT’S BEAUTIFUL! You understand why the title was named what it was, and the model is exactly how I pictured Christine. This is BDSM in it’s sexiest! 🙂

As I do for many of my reviews, let me leave you with a yummy blurb of a breakfast tied up…. that made me …er… um…. yup it’s definitely hot in here .. WINK!

“You aren’t in trouble.”

She hurriedly chewed and swallowed. “I’m not?”

He chuckled. “Nope.” One side of his mouth kicked up in a lopsided smile, giving him a boyish look.

“Then, why …” Her voice trailed off as he pressed another bite of pancake to her lips.

“Why did I tie you up?” he filled in for her. “Because I like you tied down and at my mercy.”

Yes Sir Daniel .. SIGH! LOL

Copy supplied by the author

Reviewed by Rachel