Tuesday, February 23, 2016

#BookReview: Not2Nite by Barbara Burke #WWII #HistoricalRomance #TWRP

Not2Nite by Barbara   Burke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When ARP warden Molly sees a light shining through the darkness of London on a cold winter's night in the middle of the blitz she's infuriated with the careless American who struck it. Doesn't he know there's a war on?

Guy's just trying to find his way through a maze of unlit streets. He's very sorry and Molly reluctantly forgives him. When he accompanies her on her nightly rounds the two learn about each other, themselves and whether it's really possible to fall in love in only one night - especially when there's no guarantee of tomorrow.

Kindle Edition, 105 pages
Published February 8th 2016 by The Wild Rose Press 
My Review:

This is a WWII era romance, set in London during the Blitz of 1941. Molly is an Air Raid Precautions warden. Her job is to look out for enemy aircraft so she can alert the neighborhood of danger and help people find safety during air raids. During the night, London enforces blackouts to make it more difficult for enemy bombers to find their targets. Molly meets Guy, a visiting American, as he is lost among the darkened city streets and lights a match to see his way. Guy is intrigued by Molly and finds every excuse to spend more time with her, even accompanying her on her lookout for the night. During their night atop a roof they learn a lot about each other and by the next morning they promise to meet again in four days. Meanwhile, Guy heads to Leicester in search of his uncle, whom his mother wants to return with him to America. When Guy returns to London four days later, he finds…. Well, I won't tell you what he finds. I don't like spoilers!

What I can tell you is that this is a charming and sweet romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. This is a story about love at first sight. The characters were well-rounded and likeable. The dialogue between the couple was flirty, engaging and witty. There are historical details woven throughout giving the reader an interesting glimpse of life in London during the Blitz. Not2Nite was filled with a range of emotions that kept me turning the pages with eager anticipation of the happily-ever-after these two characters deserved. Also, I enjoyed reading about Molly's cousin. I loved her spunkiness. I'd like to see her in a story of her own one day.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

#BookReview: #DoctorWho: The Forever Trap by Dan Abnett and Narrated by Catherine Tate

Doctor Who: The Forever Trap by Dan Abnett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When the TARDIS is invaded by a holographic marketing scam, the Doctor and Donna find themselves trapped on the Edifice, a purpose-built complex of luxury apartments in space. Their new environs leave much to be desired: millions of beings from across the Universe have been gathered to live side by side in similar apartments. Instead of creating neighbourly affection, it’s led to terrible battles being waged in the corridors and on the stairwells. The Doctor and Donna must cross the paths of deadly alien mobs as they search for the Edifice’s ultimate authority. Who - or what - lies at the heart of the incredible complex? What destructive scourge is eating away at the Edifice itself? And are the Doctor and Donna trapped forever in this living hell? Doctor Who: The Forever Trap features the Doctor and Donna, as played by David Tennant and Catherine Tate in the hit BBC Television series Doctor Who. Written specially for audio by Dan Abnett, it is read by Catherine Tate.

Published October 9th 2008 by BBC Audio (first published September 30th 2008)

My Review:

Ah, the Doctor. And not only any Doctor, but David Tennant's Doctor. One of my two most favorite Doctors along with Christopher Eccleston and Tom Baker. Since I can't watch any more television shows featuring these Doctors, I'm forever grateful that I can still enjoy learning about their adventures through books. And not only that, but hearing them narrated by my most favorite companion EVER is the best! Sorry, Rose.

The Forever Trap begins with Donna and the Doctor aboard the Tardis. A mysterious man appears on the ship, something that the Doctor claims is impossible. The man is a salesman of sorts, advertising a luxurious apartment. Before they can learn much more about how he's come to be here, Donna accidentally touches the man which seals the contract he has proposed and they are whisked away to the Edifice.

The Edifice is a building which houses the likes of all manner of creatures and aliens regardless of whether they are friend or foe, or even if the environment is suitable to their lifestyle. As in water creatures who are unable to breathe air. The Doctor and Donna are horrified at the conditions they find these abducted creatures are living and they search for who or what is responsible. And as always, the Doctor's mission to put things right at rather all costs.

This isn't the first Doctor Who audiobook I've listened to, but I believe it is now one of my favorites. The story was interesting and mysterious, just the way I like it. But, also, I think the talented Catherine Tate's narration was one of the reasons I loved this story. She did a fantastic job at creating voices for these alien creatures and even the Doctor. And it was a delight to hear Donna's voice again with her snarky comments. A pure joy!

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Book Spotlight ~ The Wathcman by Arla Dahl #historical #erotica

“The Watchman (Immoral Virtue
Book 3)”

Arla Dahl

November 20, 2015

Historical Erotica


Evil is found when evil is sought.

“For when those in authority neglect to reprove sin, then very
often the good are punished with the wicked.” – Heinrick Kramer, 1486, The
Malleus Maleficarum  

For yielding to the proud tears of an accused witch, The
Watchman’s soul may have been blackened by evil. To prove himself unmarked, his
body free of the witch’s branding, he must stand naked before all and submit to
the governor’s thorough and shameful examination.

Though Giles Scott would resist the governor’s practiced and
patient touch, only complete abandon might prove his innocence. And since the
witch cannot feel, only Giles’ arousal can spare his neck from the noose. And
so, he surrenders.

Yet screams from another chamber – perhaps pained, perhaps
pleasured – awaken memories from Giles’ dark, torturous past, and the
governor’s touch no longer teases but stings…much like the punishing bite of a
whip against the flesh of THE

From the Author:
THE WATCHMAN, Book 3 in the Immoral
Virtue Trilogy is a dark erotic twist of an already twisted period in American
History, the Salem witch trials. Due to its explicit sexual nature, with forced
consent, M/m, M/f/f and other BDSM concepts, THE WATCHMAN is intended for
audiences 18 and over.

readers are saying…

“Fifty Shades-meets-Shakespeare in this eloquent, erotic tale.”
– Debra Druzy, Contemporary Romance Author

“A well-crafted, wickedly erotic romp through witch trial hysteria. Arla Dahl
will whet your appetite for more.”  –- Candy Caine, author of contemporary
interracial erotica

“The Watchman was so hot and satisfying, the perfect conclusion to this
trilogy.”  – Chloe and Sabine’s Smart Mouth Smut

“Erotic and immensely satisfying.” — D.B.Shuster, author of the Neurotica

Come help celebrate multi-published, bestselling author Arla Dahl’s latest addition to her “Immoral Virtue” series, “Watchman”  Thursday, February 4th, 7-9 PM EST. Prizes, games, chats, the unveiling of secrets, and various and sundry shenanigans await!!

Don’t miss out on books 1 and 2 of this sizzling series!

“The Mark (Immoral Virtue)”
Be this a witch?
In 1600’s New England, it was decreed thus:
“Whoever lies with the beast will bear a mark that is insensible and in their
most secret parts, and may be located only through diligent and careful

Accused of witchcraft, Abigail Prescott must strip for the
masses and submit to the Governor’s inspection. She is ill-prepared for this
shameful, grueling probe as it permits him to see and test her every inch and
every hollow.

Governor Jameson Foster has examined many before, but Abigail
enchants him like no other. Before he succumbs to her sweet charms, he must
uncover the dark truth of this bewitching.

Should she feel his prodding and respond to his touch, her
innocence will be proven. And this night he will claim her. Should she resist,
fail to cry out in pain or in pleasure, then all will know she is a witch who
bears The Mark.

“I defy you not to squirm and moan right along with Abigail as
you read The Mark. Rejoice, erotic-fiction fans. Arla Dahl has arrived!”
–best-selling author, Pam McKenna

From the Author:
THE MARK, Book 1 in the Immoral Virtue Trilogy is a highly erotic,
non-romantic tale of sexual awakening and abandon, of the duty to submit vs.
the desire to resist. Due to its explicit sexual nature, with elements of BDSM
and dubious consent, THE MARK is intended for audiences 18 and over.

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“The Accused (Immoral Virtue
Book 2)”

There is no shame in pleasure.

“Wherefore for the sake of fulfilling their lusts (women)
consort even with devils.” -Heinrich Kramer, 1486 “Malleus Maleficarum” (The
Hammer of Witches)

To clear their names and save their souls the accused are
stripped and bound before all as they await their governor’s examination.

At the governor’s direction, Abigail Prescott, herself accused
as a witch a mere hour past, will help test the women’s responses, for a witch
marked by the devil cannot feel, no matter how gently caressed, no matter how
deeply probed. Under the governor’s scrutiny Abigail is to thoroughly examine
their naked flesh for the black mark of the beast.

But the prideful Elizabeth Hobbs withdraws consent. And her fate
is sealed. Taken deep into the forest by the watchman, she will remain naked
and open to the elements to await her punishment.

Stirred by her proud tears, the watchman touches her. Soothes
her. But when a man succumbs to a witch’s charms, he too stands among THE ACCUSED.

“Explosively erotic with unexpected twists and surprises that
keep the pages turning.” – 2013 RITA Finalist, Pamela Hearon

From the Author:
THE ACCUSED, Book 2 in the Immoral Virtue Trilogy continues the highly
erotic, non-romantic, tale of resistance and of submission. Due to its explicit
sexual nature, with elements of BDSM and dubious consent, THE ACCUSED is intended for audiences 18 and over.

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About the Author
Arla Dahl is a lover and avid reader of all things sexy and
suspenseful. She gets her inspiration from daily headlines, and is often
surprised by how today’s issues mirror those from the distant past. 

When Arla’s
muse goes stealth, she spends her time trying recipes from exotic locales, with
rich flavors and provocative scents that tempt and tease and satisfy.

A New Yorker, born and bred, Arla is forever fascinated by the
varied cultures of her city. Beyond the rich diversity, the close and heady
feel of a moody late night jazz club is her favorite part of living in the Big

In her current work, the Immoral Virtue trilogy, which is set
during the witch hysteria of the 17th Century, Arla twists an already twisted
history into a daring erotic work of passion and pleasure.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

#BookReview: A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle #mystery #Sherlock

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the debut of literature's most famous sleuth, a dead man is discovered in a bloodstained room in Brixton. The only clues are a wedding ring, a gold watch, a pocket edition of Boccaccio's Decameron, and a word scrawled in blood on the wall. With this investigation begins the partnership of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Their search for the murderer uncovers a story of love and revenge-and heralds a franchise of detective mysteries starring the formidable Holmes.

My Review:

This is my second time reading this book. I started reading Sherlock Holmes over a decade ago and I was completely smitten. I got hooked by the characters, the storylines, the incredible detail and the author's voice. And since watching the BBC Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, I've been wanting go back and explore the literary works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once again.

A Study in Scarlet is the first of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's works and introduces us to the main characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Watson, returning to London after his time away at war and nursing a wounded leg, he finds lodgings with a man going by the name of Sherlock Holmes. As he learns about his new roommate, he discovers that Mr. Holmes is a consulting detective, the one and only of his kind. He finds the man is a complex study of humankind. He was as ignorant as he was brilliant. Knowledgeable of numerous subjects as well as knowing very little about others. And yet, he can clearly see the smallest detail in a scene that many others overlook. This ability is displayed when Scotland Yard consults Sherlock on a case that has them stumped. Dr. Watson comes along and witnesses the extraordinary ability of Sherlock as he is put to the test to identify the curious murder of a man.

I won't go into details of the investigation since I know I'll unwillingly include spoilers and this is a story that is best read without knowing what happens at the end. Well, other than the fact that Sherlock solves the mystery. But the journey to that discovery is an entertaining one.

Although I enjoyed reading this book immensely to re-discover the origins of two of my favorite characters, I must admit the section concerning Utah and Mr. John Ferrier and his daughter, Lucy, was a bit dull at first. Not until close to the end of that section when the action increased. I muddled through because I knew it would get better. For some reason, I didn't remember that part from the first time I read this book.

Other than that, the writing was interesting, full of details and gorgeous Victorian language. The mystery was puzzling and it was a joy to read how Watson portrayed Holmes. I would recommend this book to any mystery fan.

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