Frostbitten by Charlotte Stein

A quick erotica read for those who like strong female leads and are partial to vampires and threesomes.

Vampire erotica; is it as terrible as it sounds? Yes and no.

2/5 stars.
ebook, 110 pages.
Read Oct 28, 2016.

A big thanks to Netgalley for allowing me an ARC edition of this book to review. I picked this book as I had previously read Control by the same author and I thought that was a pretty killer piece of erotica. For the record, what I define as a good piece of erotica is one that is decently written and contains more sex than romance. Because let’s be honest, if I wanted something romantic, I’d read romance. I read erotica because I want to read about some steamy sex.

Cora is a nurse who has the hots for her co-worker Zeke. He makes her uncomfortable. To the point where she isn’t sure she loves being around him or can’t stand it because she feels she is constantly embarrassing herself. However, things are taken to a whole other level when at the Christmas party the whole building explodes. Cora finds herself remarkably alive and captive by Zeke and his very cold and serious friend Merrick. She also seems to have an insatiable thirst for blood and desire for her two gorgeous captors.

I found this brief novel very disappointing. The writing felt rushed and poorly composed and did not compare to the previous book I had read by this author.On top of that I found the sex scenes rushed and lacking their desired effect, which is unfortunate as the context had the potential to be really steamy. I mean, come on, two guys and one woman? Heck yeah! Sadly, this book failed to deliver.

The one thing I was sure I would not like was the vampire theme but I actually feel that this is the one thing the author did well. The theme wasn’t too over the top and tastefully done. However, the romance at the end was icky. Just too cheesy for me. I do, however, appreciate how the author makes her female characters strong and independent which, is probably what I enjoyed so much about Control.

Overall I would recommend this book for those looking for a quick erotica read with a strong female read and are partial to vampires and threesomes.

Sex Love Repeat by Alessandra Torre

Originally published on January 3, 2014

3/5 stars.
(ARC) ebook, 275 pages.
Read from December 03 to 05, 2013.

I embark again with another piece of Erotica! My second now. Thanks again to Netgalley for providing me with a copy.

Erotica novels are hard to review because you pretty much have to admit what turns you on and like anything erotic, everyone is different in terms of what gets them going. With out shedding too many personal details, there were definitely some very hot scenes in this book and I enjoyed the way the author wrote them. My problem with this book, and hopefully this isn’t a perpetual theme with Erotica, is that the story and characters are extremely superficial. I understand that, as with all fantasies they are often somewhat unrealistic but I found that this one was a bit too hard to believe. I mean really? A guy that’s so madly in love that he doesn’t mind that the love of his life is also having mad, crazy, rough sex with someone else on regular basis? ***SPOILER – Start***And, in the end, it turns out to be his brother? What’s even more unrealistic is that everything was all happy and dandy in the end ***SPOILER – End***.

I don’t read a lot of romance novels either so perhaps the cheese and unrealism is a theme there too because the romance that occurred after Maddie hurt herself and was in the hospital didn’t do much for me either. I really just wanted another steamy sex scene but instead I was taunted with endearment between the characters. Don’t get me wrong, erotica needs to have a plot and I think it’s a hard to find a balance as there needs to be just enough smut to keep the genre but at the same time, just enough story to give it substance. The story itself was intriguing and each character was developed well it just wasn’t my type of story/romance and unfortunately I am particular about romance.

With that all that being said, it was still an enjoyable and sexy read! I would definitely recommend it to people who love both erotica and romance. I am still expanding on this genre and hope to add a few more to my repertoire soon.

Misconception by Morgan Black

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Originally published on December 15, 2014.

2/5 stars.
ebook, 46 pages.
Read on November 26, 2014

I’d like to thank Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book!

Misconception is a very short erotica novel that is the first in the Finnegan Brothers series. The novel follows Lena, a young college student whose parents have recently divorced. Before leaving her hometown she was in a relationship with Blake Finnegan, who has an older brother named Slade. Things were really strong between Lena and Blake but on the night her parents break the news to her about their impending divorce, Lena makes a pretty naughty decision. With not even a goodbye, Lena leaves town with her mom and sister where she hopes to leave her past behind her. Unfortunately a few years later, her father is getting married and she is required to return back to her hometown in order to attend. ***MILD SPOILER*** She hopes that the Finnegan brothers have left town and that she won’t have to worry about encountering either of them but as fate will have it, she runs into both of them in less than ideal circumstances.***END SPOILER***

I’ll just say it, I hated Lena. She is juvenile and made some really poor choices so it made it really hard to like this novel. I mean, I know that most erotica characters have to make some poor choices in order to find themselves in some sort of sexual dilemma but I had little sympathy and interest in Lena so it really took a way from the focal points of the book, which, are the sex scenes. With that being said, I wanted way more sex as there were only two sex scenes in the entire book. I know that this novel is short but I really wanted more, mostly because I didn’t care about Lena or the divorce or anything like that. Sadly, because I wasn’t involved in the characters, the sex scenes that did exist really lacked luster for me. ***SPOILER*** Besides, Slade is a womanizing asshole so there isn’t anything sexy about that.***END SPOILER***

I should also mention that this book has a major cliff hanger at the end. I’m sure it was a marketing ploy because based on the length of this book I can’t imagine it was meant to be read on its own.  So if you like series, can tolerate cliff-hangers and are looking for a quick read that may raise your pulse a mild amount, then give this one a go. You may have more tolerance for Lena than I did or find yourself involved in the story a bit more.

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