Book Review: Midnight Mass by Sierra Simone

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Midnight Mass by Sierra Simone

Series: Priest #1.5 (Novella)
Published: December 8th 2015 by Self-published
Language: English
Print Length: 128 pages
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Target Reader: Adult

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We are told that God will punish the wicked. That sinful men will reap what they sow. We are told to scourge our souls with prayer and pain to become clean once again.

Well, here I am. Wicked and sinful. Desperate to become clean…even though it feels so good to be dirty.

But even I never expected what came next.

Even I never expected my punishment to come so soon.

***Midnight Mass is a novella and a sequel to Priest. It’s intended for mature audiences only.***

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REVIEW BY ELLE

I know I’m not really friendly with Priest. FYI, Priest was still a guilty pleasure read for me. I believe Ms. Simone has beautiful writing and good plot but somehow that just didn’t work.  I have major hangover with another priest. Sorry Father Bell! I just wanna know what happened next after Tyler and Poppy are married. I never expected this ‘heavy’ for a short story.

After their marriage for some years, Tyler and Poppy still has scorching sex as ever. But because of their own business, time become valuable. While Tyler is chasing his PhD title, Poppy look after her dance studio. Slowly, Tyler consumed by jealousy and thinks Poppy didn’t deserve him. He couldn’t be the husband when she need him.

Midnight Mass told from Tyler’s POV. I find her attitude is unbelievable. For me, Poppy changed so much and better than the previous book. Even I didn’t know what’s in her mind, I believe she’s doing her best to be a perfect wife for Tyler. Mostly, the problem in this story is focused with Tyler. He’s still feel guilty for leaving church to be with Poppy after all of this? Please… You’re already married to her. Do communicate with your wife. Tell her what you need and what’s she need. You’re grown up man and ex-priest. You’re better than this. Again, I couldn’t handle their drama.

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Sometimes I pity Poppy with how Tyler’s mind only focused with sex and sex. He’s horny all the time with her. I could’t count how many Tyler had hard on around her. Pfft. What a filthy man.

“What to do with a bad girl who enjoys her punishments, hmm? I could fuck your mouth, but I already know you like that too much. I could fuck your cunt, but a whore like you would get off on that, wouldn’t she?”
Slut. Bad girl. Whore.

Overall, Midnight Mass is a decent short story for Tyler and Poppy’s fans. Three stars for the sex; not the story. Who could forget this pervert priest? Hmph. Sorry. Btw, the epilogue was just… Uh huh. I’m speechless. Are they really did that?

OVERALL RATING

3stars

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Mini Review → Fairest: Levana’s Story by Marissa Meyer

Fairest: Levana’s Story by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Release Date: January 27th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
Language: English
Print Length: 272 pages
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Fairy Tales, Dystopia
Target Reader: Young Adult/Teen

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Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

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REVIEW BY ELLE

“Come here, baby sister,” she whispered, and despite the terror twisting inside Levana’s stomach, her feet obeyed. “I want to show you something.”

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Wow… Even for a novella, I was surprised with the story. Omg, this is very DARK read for Young Adult. It’s just pure evil in many ways. Levana is the main character in Fairest along with Channery; her sister queen. Poor Levana… I don’t want to spoiler but this is a must read. I know it’s so sad what happened with Levana, then I realized what’s behind all of her condition. She’s smart, very ambitious and determined since a little girl. We will know the glamour behind Levana. Ever her cruel sister, Channary who become queen seems stupid and ignorant. She doesn’t care about the kingdom until the point she realize that she need a heir to secure her position. She has unrequited love with her royal guard but she didn’t care. She keep pursue him until the point she has to use her power over him. Her thought is more disturbing since her nephew; Selene born.

She has learned that there is no kindness and pity, otherwise she wouldn’t survive. Levanna learned the hard way to achieve everything she desired. Her love was blinded by jealousy and obsession. She has consistency for being DARK and CRUEL more than Channary. It’s just WOW… I liked it! But I don’t think this book is a good read for children because some material is a little disturbing. The ending is a quite unpredictable and somewhat heart-breaking. Well, I couldn’t wait for Winter. Almost my question and guess already answered in Fairest but i still need the conclusion in Winter 😉

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OVERALL RATING

4.5starshappyreading

Book Review: Craving Flight by Tamsen Parker

Craving Flight by Tamsen Parker
Series: Bound by Ink
Published: September 16th 2015
Language: English
Print Length: 130 pages
Genres: Erotica, Contemporary, Romance
Target Reader: Adult

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Tzipporah Berger is thirty-seven and single, which is practically unheard of in the Orthodox Jewish community she now calls home. Her increasing religiosity and need for kink may have broken up her first marriage, but she’s decided it’s time to try again. And the rabbi’s wife has just the man in mind.

Elan Klein is the neighborhood butcher whose intimidating size and gruff manner hint at a deliciously forceful personality. But BDSM isn’t exactly something you discuss during an Orthodox courtship. Will a marriage to Elan solidify her place in the community that she loves and provide the domination and pain Tzipporah craves or will she forever have to rely on flights of fancy to satisfy her needs?

**Please note, CRAVING FLIGHT is a 37,000 word novella. This ebook also contains a sample chapter from PERSONAL GEOGRAPHY**

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“… Out there, we live as a man and wife, as equals. In here, though… this is a different matter. We’ll have our own little contract that says you’ve signed yourself over to me and my wished. You’re going to call me master.”

I really wanna cry. I mean, positive cry. Craving Flight was very unique kind of erotica that I’ve never read before. Written beautifully and tormented my inner bitch. Poetic words and flowed nicely. Part of the religious side was really surprised me. I thought i was insane for a moment. I just couldn’t wrap the Orthodox Jew in my mind with this story. Tamsen Parker really bring a whole new level kink mixed with religious background. There is many rules and i don’t think i can follow it. LOL

“I’m going to silence all that noise. The only things you’re going to be thinking of is me. Your only concern is pleasing me. Do you understand?”
“Yes, master.”

Through some tradition, Tziporrah and Elan met several times and married. Their connection feel so raw. Tziporrah has kinky side that needs to be hurt when having sex. Surprisingly, Elan has no problem with it. They live their lives like usual in the outside. I loved how they respect her in any aspect. But in bedroom, Elan has full control and always in command. Even they don’t have label as BDSM, it feels so different.There is no Dominant or submissive but their vibe and chemistry told otherwise.

“Stay still. You’re mine to do with as I please and I want you to keep your hands above your head. And don’t close your legs. Open for me. Always open for me.”

Even Craving Flight is a light novel, it was emotional, intense yet erotic. It makes me think even we’re religious people, our bedroom is still could have different taste. Whether you’re kinky or not. I loved their journey in so many forms even the hardest part. Their sex scenes felt so erotic yet soothing, not dictated. There is no rush and it was very sexy and enjoyable.

I wouldn’t categorize Craving Flight as romantic story because they have some unfinished business. There is lack of communication between them outside the bedroom. They never talk about their feeling towards each other. Their marrige is liked based on respect and religious aspect. I don’t think it was love and affection. And, i still curious about how Elan know all of this kinky shit? :p So, is it a happily ever after? For me, it’s a just fresh start for Tziporrah and Elan. They still have long journey to express their love for each other.

OVERALL RATING

4stars

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Book Review: Willing Victim by Cara McKenna

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Willing Victim by Cara McKenna

Series: Standalone
Release Date: August 6th 2010
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Language: English
Print Length: 132 pages
Genres: Erotica, Contemporary, Romance
Target Reader: Adult

For the past couple years Laurel’s been coasting, hiding in the backseat while her life drifts off course. Then one summer afternoon a tall, built bruiser named Flynn strides in and steers her straight into an infatuation she never saw coming.

Flynn introduces Laurel to things she’s never imagined—to the violent but exciting realm of the underground boxing circuit, to rough sex and even rougher role-playing, and to an attraction she craves even as it intimidates her. As Flynn invites her deeper into his world and his life, Laurel has to make a choice—let fear keep her holed up where it’s safe, or take a chance and fight for the man who makes her feel more alive than she’d dreamed possible.

Reader Advisory: Although all sex acts are 100-percent consensual, Willing Victim contains role-playing scenarios that may upset some readers who are sensitive about rape, even in a simulated capacity

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Review by Elle

Well, sejujurnya aku membaca Willing Victim ini karena seorang reviewer Goodreads merasakan dejavu sewaktu membaca Asking for It karya Lilah Pace. Aku menyukai tema erotica serupa dan memang agak kesulitan mencarinya. So, aku senang ketika mengetahui buku ini memiliki tema tersebut. Yang membuatku sedih adalah halamannya yang termasuk sedikit, yah… mungkin karena sudah terlewat jadul (tahun 2007) dan pada saat itu sudah tergolong ok. Aku berusaha berpikir netral sewaktu membaca ini dikarenakan perbedaan tahun yang tidak bisa dibandingkan dengan cerita2 yang sudah kubaca saat ini.

“Just like me wanting to pretend a man is forcing me once in a while doesn’t mean I secretly think I deserve to get raped or that I’d ever in a million years want to be. It’s all about control—having it or giving it up. It’s really freeing, when it’s your thing.”

Laurel bertemu Flynn seperti terasa seperti takdir. Pertemuan pertama mereka berbuah kepada keingin tahun Lauren yang tertarik pada Flynn dan ingin mengetahui seberapa ‘hitam’ keinginan Flynn. Sex yang ditawarkan Flynn bukan main2 apalagi mereka berdua adalah orang asing. Laurel yang merasakan panas dalam tawaran Flynn; menerimanya. Sikap Flynn yang cukup gentleman dan tidak begitu manis membuatku merasakan betapa ‘kasar’ kepribadiannya apalagi Flynn adalah seorang underground fighter. Yes, he’s RAW!

“I’m a selfish prick, and I want to be the greatest fuck of your life and ruin you for every man who comes after me. But I’m not a mind reader, so I need some help.”

Wow… jujur deh sexnya sudah tidak diragukan HOT dan KINKY, so i love it! Chemistry diantara Lauren dan Flynn juga ga bohong. Mereka memang berniat hanya untuk bersenang2 tapi aku merasakan sesuatu yang ‘lebih’ dari hubungan senang2 mereka. Flynn nyaman bersama Laurel begitu juga sebaliknya. Dari hubungan tersebut, mereka berdua sama2 tertarik satu sama lain dan ingin tahu lebih dalam tentang kehidupan masing2. Aku menikmati segala percakapan Flynn dan Laurel yang tidak monoton diluar sex. Porsi kehidupan sehari2 mereka dan hubungan sex mereka termasuk seimbang. Kita dapat melihat tidak hanya betapa ‘gelap’ sex yang ditawarkan Flynn kepada Lauren, namun permasalahan yang mereka miliki disampaikan dengan baik.

Penulisan Cara Mckenna ini tergolong bagus, mulus dan menarik. Aku hanya berharap pada akhirnya hubungan mereka bisa lebih dalam karena masing2 yang ingin lebih terbuka sehingga muncul rasa percaya yang lebih dalam. Aku berharap halamannya lebih panjang karena ending yang cukup; sepertinya terlihat HEA tapi agak menggantung.

Overall Rating

3.5stars

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Book Review: First Verse by Emily Snow

First Verse by Emily Snow
Series: Unknown
Release Date: July 10th 2015
Publisher: Self-published
Language: English
Print Length: 70 pages
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Music
Target Reader: New Adult

From the moment Kinsey Brock walks in on Emmett Hudson in the shower, she knows he’s going to be trouble. He’s sex with a Southern accent and a guitar, and he makes her heart go from zero to sixty just by darting his intense moss green eyes in her direction. But he’s also the grandson of the woman who took Kinsey in when she had no one else—and that means he’s off-limits.

Too bad for Kinsey that word isn’t in Emmett’s vocabulary.

But want, need, and more sure as hell are.

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Review by Alexa

“The first cut … it had hurt. It was deep, and I’d feel it for years to come.
I needed to be grateful he’d made the choice for me, and there wouldn’t be a second one.”

Aku jatuh cinta pada pandangan pertama pada desain cover novel Second Verse. Dan saat si penulis Emily Snow menginfokan bahwa dia membagikan file free novelas prolog novel ini, aku merasa seperti kejatuhan durian monthong. Dan setelah mengenal dua karakter utama novel cute ini, sumpah aku tidak menyesal. Ah cover First Verse juga tidak kalah cute dan artistik. Love it.. Oh ya ini FREE DOWNLOAD lho… Jadi buat yang punya aplikasi pada link di atas bisa langsung baca 😉

Novelas ini cukup pendek tapi padat berisi. Gaya penulisan yang ringan, seksi dan smart membuat aku bounding pada karakter Emmet (kurleb 20-21 thn) seksi badboy yang sedang merintis karir sebagai penyanyi pendatang baru dan Kinsley, anak asuh neneknya yang berusia 18 tahun dan juga jago menyanyi.

Chemistry mereka terbangun ekspress dalam kalimat-kalimat yang seksi, flirt yang nakal, dan steamy scene yang romantis. Secara umum kisah ini berpotensi bisa mengaduk-aduk perasaanku di masa depan. Kisah yang cute dan manis tapi tidak berlebihan.

Aku berharap proses pdkt h/h lebih panjang karena yaaah, banter dan tarik ulur mereka sangat menarik. Walau aku sadar sebagai novelas, semua dibatasi dengan halaman tapi proses “lumernya” Kinsey agak terlalu cepat menurutku. Konflik awal dan twist kejutan masih sinetron banget, tapi cukup mengaduk-aduk perasaan.

Novelas ini singkat tapi cukup mencolok-colok hatiku. Membuatku merasakan emosi Kinsey dan membuatku mendamba dosis lebih dari mereka berdua. Aku bisa galau dan penasaran untuk mengetahui bagaimana nasib cinta mereka di kemudian hari eh tahun..

Overall Rating

4stars

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