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Guest Review: Enchanted Palette by Brigit Zahara

Posted November 11, 2010 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Judith‘s review of Enchanted Palette by Brigit Zahara.

Still grieving over the loss of her fiance, Randi has lost her srtistic focus and even her will to paint. That is, until an ancient palette opens the door to an incredible world of adventure on the other side of the canvas. Transported into paradise, Randi’s desire to love and be loved is awakened by soul twins Zak and Adrian–half-vampire, half-shapeshifter, polar-opposite spirit siblings who were once a single tortured man. They are equally enticing–Zak’s pure soul and bright spirit over against Adrian’s primitive passion and brooding mystery.

For Randi, it is hard to say which is hotter–a slow, sensual union with the virginal Zak or a pulse-punding, explosive tryst with the dark and dangerous Adrian. But one thing is certain: when all three get together, the result is quite simply out of this world.

What would it be like to be standing in front of an artistic masterpiece one moment only to be then physically drawn into that painting and live in the world that makes up that reality? That’s exactly what happened to Randi–a hurting and wounded soul, still grieving over the loss of her life’s love, wanting a return of the joy and comfort she received from her painting, and coming to believe that her days of artistic expression are over. It would appear that Randi’s muse has departed permanently. Yet she strives on, hoping that somehow, in the sheer force of the activity of painting, that the spark will re-ignite and she can once again really feel. Even when seeking to tranfer the beauty of a re-occurring dream to the canvas, Randi’s inspiration is dead, right along with the man she loved. She is now prepared to sell her house and her studio and move on with something else in her life. Through the magic of an ancient artist’s palette, Randi finds herself in the forest of her own creating, wandering and wondering, bemused and bewildered. She is overwhelmed when she meets a beautiful unicorn, a mythical animal she didn’t believe existed, followed by an attack of a huge, feral wolf–little realizing that perhaps the images of her own tatoo have come to life. She hasn’t had time to put it all together. Their story moves on from here.

This paranormal, fantasy tale is, in many ways, metaphorical of actual human experience. Wanting love and being given a chance to love someone unconditionally is the dream most humans find is driving our desire to find that soul mate many believe is waiting for each person. In Randi’s case that soul mate was the two sides of a single person, one who had been cursed by an evil sorceress and imprisoned in this magical hidden world. It is a metaphor that points up the truth that in each individual, most especially that person who is most significant in our lives, there are two sides to that personality–not just the one we are most comfortable with. And as in Randi’s story, discovering those polar opposites can be uncomfortable and force each of us to stretch those emotional comfort zones we protect so zealously and which often need to be nudged and prodded to allow new realities to intrude. And do we not discover the deepest levels of involvement with the one we love when we are willing to take a “leap of faith” into the unknown, previously unexplored depths of human interaction, whether on a spiritual or an emotional plane?

So this is a novella that is beautifully told, that introduces readers to a mythical and fantasy world of beauty beyond one’s wildest dreams, that is the stuff of which fairy tales are made. In the midst of this world are two gorgeous men who are needing the love of a good woman, one who is willing to accept them for who they are and who is able, in that acceptance, to give her whole heart. Even in this fantasy world there is depth of character and each individual in the story has strengths that have grown to maturity under the stress of the unendurable. It is a romantic tale that is sure to please the heart and stoke the inner emotional fires.

It think fantasy/paranormal/romance readers should really put this novella on their “to be read” list and enter into a beautiful world of love, friendship, and the erotic. This is one of the good ones, folks. Don’t miss it. I give this story a 4.25 out of 5.

This book is available from Ellora’s Cave. You can buy it here in e-format.

You can read more from Judith at Dr. J’s Book Place.

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Guest Review: Stud by Brigit Zahara

Posted October 30, 2010 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Tracy’s review of Stud by Brigit Zahara

When it comes to sex, street hooker Sasha is a guy to die for. His blow jobs are things of legend, his thing is guaranteed to make you blow. Everybody wants him. But few can afford him.

So when mysterious, magnetic and immortal Kyan offers 5K for one night, Sasha ditches semi-regular and, as it turns out, very jealous, Tanner for a night he’ll never forget.

In more ways than one.

FYI – This review contains spoilers.

Sasha is a high-priced hooker that is worth every penny. When a gorgeous, compelling man offers him $5,000 for one night he’s more than happy to oblige. But one of his semi-regulars, a married magazine mogul, is more than a little ticked that Sasha has chosen Kyan over him.

Sasha and Kyan head off to Kyan’s penthouse for a night of hot, steamy sex. Though Sasha had some misgivings about Kyan at first he soon falls into the wonderful experience of non-stop erections.

When Sasha wakes up the next evening he really wants to stay with Kyan but is again uneasy about why he feels so attracted and pulled to the beautiful man. What exactly does Kyan have that Sasha wants so badly?

This was an interesting novella that brought a hooker and what seemed like a gorgeous but “normal” businessman together. Only there’s more to Kyan than just good looks – he’s a vampire who’s chosen Sasha as his one and only; the one person that he wants to turn and subsequently spend the rest of his life with. I gotta say that the vampire aspect of this book took me a bit by surprise. Yes, the blurb says immortal but for some reason I wasn’t thinking vampire – my bad. That being said it kind of worked for me.

Sasha seems to be getting a bit tired of the hooker life but doesn’t quite know what else to do with himself. Kyan is obviously looking for that one man to make him happy for the rest of his long life. The thing I think I liked about the book was that it didn’t go straight to the “I love you’s”. It ended more on a HFN note but you knew that the two men would be together forever.

The only part that I didn’t like was the jealous john. He was a bit of a knife-wielding psycho and what he did to Sasha made me cringe with distaste. Not something I want to read about on a regular basis! lol

In the end it wasn’t too much of an in depth story but the great sex and gorgeous men more than made up for it.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

This book is available from Extasy Books. You can buy it here in e-format.

You can read more from Tracy at Tracy’s Place.

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What I Read Last Week

Posted October 11, 2010 by Tracy in Features | 18 Comments

Hello there!
Another week has started!  How was your weekend?  Mine was spent running errands, looking for Halloween costumes for, and with, my girls (which would drive many people, including me, to drink heavily) and hanging with the kids. 
I can’t say I’m in a reading slump, exactly.  I haven’t stopped reading but I started 3, yes 3, books and kept putting them all down!  What is up with that?   See the thing is, none of them are bad.  They’re all quite good, in fact, but they weren’t keeping my attention.  I finally just picked 1 up this morning and said – I will finish this book and of course, it’s wonderful.   *sigh* oh well.  Hopefully the other 2 will end up being just as wonderful.
Um, what else?  Huh.  I guess that’s it.  On to what I read last week…
First up was Stud by Brigit Zahara.  I read this one for The Book Binge.  It was the story of a beautiful and highly paid prostitute, Sasha, who is swept away by gorgeous Kyan for a night of passion.  Only Kyan is not exactly what he seems and he wants more than one night from Sasha – he wants eternity.  Not bad.  Pretty good sex scenes but also graphic maiming scene as well (not between Sasha and Kyan) so not for the faint of heart. 3.5 out of 5
Next up was Love Bites by Adrienne Barbeau.  This was book 2 in the Vampyres of Hollywood series and it was a great vampyres against werewolves – as well as other kinds of wolves – story.  You can read my review here as well as enter to win a HC copy if you leave a comment by 11:59pm on Wednesday, Oct. 13. 4.25 out of 5  (and is it me or does the chick on the cover of the book look like Milla Jovovich?)
My Tracy’s TBR challenge read for the week was Love is Blind by Lynsay Sands and I freaking loved it!  This has got to be one of my favorite of her historicals so far.  They all have the typical Sands humor and this was no different.  Lady Clarissa is blind as a bat without her spectacles but her evil stepmother won’t let her wear them because she thinks that no man will want to marry Clarissa after they see her in them.  So the stepmother actually breaks the glasses – the bitch!  But nobody wants Clarissa cuz she’s a clutz and just a menace to society without her glasses.  But Adrian Montfort, the Earl of Mowbray, looks beyond the blindness and does some absolutely lovely things for Clarissa – such as reading to her since she has no glasses, and giving her on a picnic during a ball because her stepmother won’t let her eat or drink anything in public for fear she’ll spill.  It was just a touching and very sweet love story.  5 out of 5
Next was Unrequited by Abigail Roux.  A cute story that lacked a bit of depth.  One man who’s in love with another but is determined to forget about him during a month long vacation with his best friend.  Only the best friend has for him too.  You can read my review here if you’re interested.  3.5 out of 5
Next I read an Ellora’s Cave books for The Book Binge – Horsing Around by Wynter Daniels was cute.  It was a pretty short story and told of a woman who had come to settle her deceased father’s estate.  Only there’s a business partner there that she didn’t know about. They start a hot affair but then what’s to happen to them when she has to sell the business?  Like I said, cute, but short and I felt like I wanted more.  3.25 out of 5
Next was Shaken by Dee Tenorio.  This was a book that I will review on Wednesday about a man and his wife who are dealing with a divorce and grief over the loss of their daughter.
Next was another read for The Book Binge (trying to catch up!) called Waiting for Wednesday by Mari Carr.  Lane goes into the pub that Tristan’s family owns every Wednesday.  She looks forward to these weekly visits because her marriage is crap and Tristan has become her best friend.  When she tries to leave her husband and he beats her, Tristan is there for her.  But Lane disappears to try and get her life together and doesn’t come back for a year.  When she returns, divorces, Tristan can’t hide his love for her any longer and he’s determined that Lane will  accept him into her life. 4 out of 5  You can read my review here.
Last on the list for the week was another for TBB – Nebulous by Shiloh Walker.  A fantasy/historical read that deals with demons and reincarnation.  A good story but I was left hanging with one of the characters and now I want to read her story! lol  4 out of 5
My Book Binge reviews that posted since last Monday:
Moonlight Protector by Jessica Coulter Smith (this one was from almost 2 years ago! lol)
Happy Reading!

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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted February 1, 2009 by Tracy in Features | 12 Comments

Hey kiddles! How’s tricks? Things are good in the Tracy household. Never a dull moment. My oldest sprained her ankle and has been on crutches for the past few days but she’s walking on the foot now so I’m sure she’ll be crutch free by tomorrow. My youngest fell off an apparatus at school and banged her head. She was a trooper though and luckily there was no outer or inner damage. 🙂 Gotta love those kids with hard heads! lol She obviously takes after her mother.

I’m looking forward to this next weekend when Lisabea of Nose In A Book will be visiting our little slice of America. We’ll have a So Cal. Blogger Get-Together on Sunday which will be fun, fun, fun I’m sure. According to weather.com it’s supposed to be 70 and partly cloudy that day. Hopefully we can pull out some great CA weather for her.

Ok, reading…I started off with 2 great books by JL Langley: Without Reservations and With Caution. Both m/m werewolf books and both wonderful. I really liked how JL brought these men together and showed us their lives. I can’t wait for the next story in this series…which according to JL’s WIP page will be Matt’s story. Very cool.

Next up I read Sizzle by Jennifer Crusie. According to Crusie’s site the novella was the first book she wrote and she’s trying to forget it. I don’t know, it had a pretty hot scene with a desk involved. lol Although it had some great dialogue and funny scenes I didn’t love it. The hero didn’t listen and the heroine was trying to get him to do so…but I wasn’t all that interested in the heroine because in her own way, she wasn’t listening to him either.

Smart Girls Think Twice by Cathie Linz was my next read. It was a pretty cute book. There were some things I didn’t care for – like when the hero was trying to push the heroine away because he was scared of his feeling he was downright nasty – being one of them. I just don’t think there’s ever a call to be that nasty, but I can’t love every word of every book, now can I?

Next I read a short called Sandwich Play by Brigit Zahara. Ok, I hate the name of this book! I get that the guys played football in high school and that was one of the names of their plays…but I still hate it! lol It was very short but there was some incredibly hot sex involved. A widowed cop and the two men she had the hots for back in high school run into each other and love play ensues. But when the men aka vampires tell her what they are she accepts it just too easily for me. And then the book is done. Wha…??? I was wondering where the rest of it was! 🙂 I know it was a quickie but a few more pages would have done the story a world of good.

I started reading Border Moonlight by Amanda Scott with great expectations. I’d not read one of her novels but really liked the blurb for this one. Unfortunately it didn’t work for me and was my first DNF for 2009. I read it for The Book Binge and my review will be up sometime so if you’re interested in more details keep your eye out. 🙂

My last book for the week was my first foray into the work of Megan Hart. I’ve seen so many great reviews about her books I was looking forward to reading one of her novels. She did not disappoint. Broken was the book I read and it was amazing. Narrated by Sadie it brought me into her struggles with every day life having a quadriplegic for a husband and also her weakness in meeting the same man the first Friday of every month to hear about his sexual adventures. It was so incredibly well written and even when my heart was hurting for so many different reasons I couldn’t stop myself from reading it. This isn’t a light read by any means and it’s not a romance – just so you know. But it is an incredibly amazing book.
Here are a couple of reviews that go in to more depth about the story if you’re interested: Dear Author, I Just Finished Reading

Happy Reading!

Oh I almost forgot. I added a new feature over to the right…a list of books read in January and their ratings. Enjoy!

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