Angela's Week in Review

What I Read This Week:

The Dumont Diaries by Alessandra Torre
The Dumont Diaries was originally a four-part mini-series, and has now been reformatted and put together into one book! I had never heard of the series until I ran across some of the author's other work, like The Girl in 6E and Sex, Love, Repeat. I fell in love with them and Torre’s writing style, so I decided to check this out. Normally, I think this series would have been off my radar, and that is why I didn't read it when it was originally published.

My friends know there are a couple of things I HATE to read about—cheating, or the H/h having sex with other people at some point in the book. Sometimes that isn't “really” cheating, but kind of cheating, or semi-cheating, as Kathy calls it. Nonetheless, this book was full of complicated relationships but still, I DID fall in love with it. The main female character, Candy, is not the sweet, virginal girl I usually love read about. She is a stripper who often has to resort to giving handjobs or BJ's to make ends meet. Does that make her a big whore? I don't think so. She is a sweet girl who has been dealt a bad hand a couple of times. It makes you realize how quickly you can go from being on top of the world to living week to week. I'm not sure how to describe the main male character; you just have to read about Mr. Dumont yourself!

I will say that I loved reading this book. I couldn't wait to get back to reading it when I had to put it down. I thought about it when I was driving to and from school to get my kids. This was a one-day read for me! I highly recommend checking it out.
I give it five stars!

 
Letting Go by Maya Banks 
I am a HUGE Maya Banks fan. I buy every book she writes on release day. I find her incredibly stalk-worthy. Letting go is the first in a new three part series about three female friends. I guess the female version of the “Breathless” trilogy.

The first book is about Joss, (whose name was SO similar to Josie in Burn, I had to go back and double check that it wasn’t the same!) a young widow trying to move on with her life, three years after the sudden death of her husband. She has found love once, and she know she will NEVER find it again. Did I mention NEVER? Because if I didn’t, I promise, it is brought up many, many times in the book. Dash is Joss’s husband’s best friend, who has been quietly waiting for her to stop mourning. He has been in love with her for a long time, and waiting for his chance.

The one thing Joss wanted in her marriage, that her husband couldn’t provide was Dominance, that is where Dash comes in. Dash is a Dom. All kinds of sparks fly when Joss decides to move on, with a purely sexual relationship, because, did I mention she will NEVER find love again... and runs into Dash at The House (where we run into some old friends from The Sweet Series, reading this book was worth it just to see these old friends!!).

I think one of the most disappointing elements to me in this book was the portrayal of Dash as a Dom. I think he was weak and he displayed many poor qualities. I was really surprised, because Maya Banks usually does a really good job writing BDSM. Not a lot happened in a relatively long book, and it kind of dragged along. This was not one of my favorite books by her. While it was a good book, overall, I would rate it three stars.
GOODREADS/AMAZON

Found in You by Laurelin Paige
 Found in You is book two in the Fixed on You Trilogy. I loved Found in You, and it was one of my favorite books of 2013. I loved this book also. Laynie and Hudson are such a mess. They both have such issues. Hearing the story from only Laynie’s point of view is so stressful. I just want to delve into Hudson’s mind and see what he is thinking. We see that he is manipulative, but not in the way he was in the past. Hudson’s crazy ass family is still around, causing trouble, and stirring up drama. There are new threats that left me stunned, and while I THOUGHT I knew where things were going, I was totally blindsided by where Laurelin took things. I can usually see how things are going to play out in a book, but I have to say, this one was a SHOCKER! I give it five stars.
GOODREADS/AMAZON

Cree by H.J. Bellus
Cree is the first book in the My Way series by HJ Bellus. I loved the sound of the book from the synopsis, so I bumped it up on my to be read list. I have to admit, I had mixed feelings. Milly is a young woman fleeing an unhappy marriage. She had an unhappy childhood, and allowed her husband to treat her badly because she adored her mother in law. After her mother in law passes away, she goes on a mission to ‘find herself’. On this journey, she finds Cree, and his adorable daughter.

What I loved about this story was the dialogue. It was fast moving and very realistic. I loved the relationships between Milly and her mother in law, between Milly and Cree, Milly and her best friend, even Milly and Cree and his daughter. Really the issue I had with this book is that it was kind of long and drawn out for what actually happened in the storyline. It seemed to drag a little in places. There was one issue that bothered me that I can’t tell you about without it being a spoiler, but it comes up occasionally in books and it makes me smack myself in the forehead and yell at my Kindle.

Overall, I did enjoy the book, and I would give it four stars.

 
Interview with a Master by Jason Luke
Wow, I’m not even sure where to start with this book. First of all, I really like the BDSM genre, so I was excited to get this one. It isn’t very often that you run across a male erotica author, so I was interested to see how this was going to play out. It isn’t a typical romance novel, it is the story of Jonah Noble, a BDSM Master who is telling his story to a young newspaper intern. Why is this elusive Master giving an intern his story? Because he is taken with her.

“With some women, you can just tell - you know instantly whether they like to be dominated, or not. As for you...? Well I’m still not sure.”

You quickly get wrapped up, as does Leticia, in the world of Jonah, as he weaves his tales of Dominance and submission. He gives us glimpses into how he entered the world of BDSM and eventually became one of the city’s most sought after Masters.

Trust me when I say there is no shortage of crazy hot sex in this book. It will keep you on the edge of your seat. Like I mentioned, it isn’t a traditional love story, although there are elements there. There is a budding attraction between Jonah and Leticia. This book really is a great glimpse into the BDSM lifestyle from a Dom’s perspective. There are so many great quotes, I had trouble picking a few to post. This is one of my favorites:

“When you strip all the props, the imagery, the erotica and the mystery away, BDSM is about two people, trying to discover what makes them happy in life - what gives them a sense of belonging and completion. The rest is just tinsel on the tree. It’s all decoration.”

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I give it five stars.
GOODREADS/AMAZON
  

What I'm reading next week:

 
The Girl in 6E by Alessandra Torre

 
Blindfolded Innocence by Alessandra Torre


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