Review: Conquering India by Melissa Schroeder

Conquering India

by Melissa Schroeder

Siren Publishing

March 2010

[Menage Amour: Erotic May-December Menage a Trois Romance, M/F/M]

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Caterer India Singer is getting her life on track, hoping to make it big with her new company. She doesn’t need any distractions…especially a younger man. She won’t get involved with another man destined to leave her. But security expert Wade Thompson won’t take no for an answer.

Wade knows exactly what he wants and just how to get it. He’s pulling out the stops because he’s sure India’s the woman for him and his best friend and business partner, Marc Jasper. Marc isn’t too sure and tries to keep India at arm’s length.

When a threat to India has her in constant contact with Marc, the lure of the curvy older woman is too much to ignore. But when both men raise the stakes and ask for more than just a fling, will India play it safe to protect her heart, or will she take another chance on love?

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Conquering India is a steamy sensual story with believable characters and a heart warming tale of love between three. Ménage fans will cheer for the timid but sassy more mature heroine India. She’s been burned by her ex but is strong willed and hard working with a shy loveable innocence. The duo of young hunky ex-Marine heroes; Wade an impulsive fun-loving flirt, and Marc a brooding and cautiously sensitive heartbroken man, fall for the lovely upstart caterer.

Each of the three main characters brings a much needed element to the fantasy of forever love with three. The love scenes are fantastically erotic and tender at the same time. A great read you will have a hard time putting down.

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Review: Negotiations by Vivien Jackson

Negotiations

By Vivien Jackson

Paperbag Press

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Stuck in Barstow with car trouble is not the place to be on a carefree weekend. Greg begins to care a bit more after meeting his mechanic, Lindsay.  Just enough axle grease and a sweet ride of her own, to show off; Greg’s weekend turns out to be more than he bargained for. And there is more bargaining to do.

I have to admit that I am not a gear head. I don’t know a camshaft from a transmission.  I do however know how to call a tow truck, an auto shop and get a good deal. But this guy makes me look bad. Not only did he get great sex with a super hot woman; he also got his car fixed, all in one evening. That is freaking awesome.

Now there were a few things that I didn’t like, because I didn’t understand it all, car talk. I had to look up the car and get a good idea of what I was imagining. But once I did I could see the beauty in it. Though I think I t would be hard for the average reader to. This being the age of instant gratification, they are not going to be curious and look it up.

I do hope she writes more of the adventures of Greg. He really seems like the kind of guy that just likes to have fun. But maybe with a companion or best friend to make it really interesting. *wink wink* *nudge nudge*

Excerpt

“Lindsay looked vaguely surprised for a moment, but then she smiled, slow and knowing. And then, very deliberately, her gaze dropped, settling in somewhere south of Greg’s belly button. Her eyebrows hitched up, and she parted her lips. “Depends on how fast you want it done.” Greg swallowed. Whoa. Did she mean what he thought she meant? She couldn’t, she wouldn’t, and yet…

“Sometimes it’s better if these things are done slow and right,” he said.
Lindsay’s grin widened. “I agree totally. Step on into my office, and we can work up some figures.”

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Review: Friday Night Bites By Chloe Neill

For those of you who follow this blog, thank you for putting up with the reviews I write that are maybe a bit critical. However with Rayna’s guidance and a bit of pot luck I have been finding some “new to me” authors that are absolute gems. To reel them off I’d have to say LA Banks (Rayna, hats off to you for the recommendation), Nancy Haddock and to add to that list now, Chloe Neill. The thing that all these authors have in common for me is a fresh take on the same ole same ole that I’ve been whining to Rayna about. When reading their books I feel invigorated and refreshed. This leads me to:

Friday Night Bites

Second novel in the Chicagoland Vampires series
by Chloe Neill
ISBN: 9780451227935
Trade Paperback
Release date: October 6, 2009

The great thing about this book is that it spends the first couple of pages giving a brief run down about what had happened in the previous book. Not enough to feel like this book is rehashing the first; just enough to refresh your memory if you haven’t had a chance to read them back to back. Merit is back at her snappy best. Seriously, I love this characters attitude and spunk. It’s delightful watching her trying to reconcile her stubbornness and go your own way attitude to a life in a House with rules and regulations. Even down to the clothes she wears. The fact that she might bitch and moan a bit or be conflicted, really gives the character life. You can easily place your feet in her shoes and wince with her when she makes a faux pax.

There are circles within circles happening as you read and you never know what to expect – one minute you are heading down one path and then suddenly you’re doing a 180 degree turn and heading in another.

I love how Ms Neill describes the sensation of Merit’s vampire half undulating under and along her body. As it was described in the book, I could almost feel it happening. I really felt invested in Merit and the situations that she was finding herself in. A couple of times it reminded me of when I was younger, I had inadvertently “let something happen” by saying nothing because I was afraid it might hurt someone’s feelings.

If I was pushed to make a criticism, it would be the way Merit describes men or guys in general as pretty, and that is all I got there, no expounding on it at all, just pretty.

In the end the flow of the book just happened. Reading this book was a pleasure. It was like drinking a fine glass of wine where you sip it slowly wanting to make it last or the rush of sweet taste of great chocolate exploding in your mouth. The pace wasn’t too fast or slow. I got carried away with the story. I was eager to find out what was going to happen and then when it did I was like “I didn’t see that coming. How could I have missed it?” I loved the book from beginning to end. I loved the return of the nemesis and I want to know what’s next. Ms Neill has been able to show that her characters are not defined by what they are rather that they are defined by what they do and who they are. The fact that they are vampires only adds another layer that is yet to be fully explored. Boy, am I glad I got to read these books and I want MORE!

Can’t wait for Firespell, Chloe’s next book.

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