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Daily Deals: Christmas amnesia, former almost priests, and sex toys

Daily Deals: Christmas amnesia, former almost priests, and sex toys

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Some Enchanted Season by Marilyn PappanoSome Enchanted Season by Marilyn Pappano. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Overview
Sometimes miracles do happen. When Maggie left her husband Ross that fateful Christmas Eve, their marriage was over. But a near fatal accident on an ice-slick road changed everything. Now another Christmas approaches. While Maggie hasn’t regained all her memory, she’s ready to test her strength at home–with Ross as her only companion. Sharing a house with him once more, putting on the best face for their neighbors, Maggie knows she’s living a lie. Then she glimpses Ross as he used to be: playful and passionate, the man of her dreams before ambition changed him. She couldn’t know he’s feeling the same regrets, the same heartache…or that he fears the return of her memory. What will happen when she remembers the reason she fled from him last year? It will take a miracle to send the walls of anger and secrecy tumbling down and reunite the divided couple. But in the small town of Bethlehem, miracles do happen….

I feel like I included this very same story a week ago but according to a search I haven’t. I guess couples broken up and reuniting are a real favorite of holiday stories.

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Bedding The Wrong Brother (Dalton Brothers Novels)  by Virna DePaulBedding The Wrong Brother by Virna DePaul . $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Overview
Approx. 55,000 words

Melina Parker has always excelled in two things: research followed by hands-on application. She prides herself on being a lady in public, but after she’s dumped yet again for being a lady in the bedroom, she’s ready to go back to school. Determined to find her inner sex diva, she enlists her childhood friend, Max Dalton, to tutor her after hours. Instead, she ends up in the wrong bed and gets a lesson in passion from Max’s twin brother, Rhys Dalton, a man Melina’s always secretly wanted but never thought she could have.

Quick read with some eye rolling deep discussions about sex toys per reviews and that the talk about hot sex isn’t met by the love scenes.

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A Little Too Much Lisa DesrochersA Little Too Much by Lisa Desrochers. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

In the follow-up to Lisa Desrochers’ explosive new adult novel A Little Too Far, Alessandro Moretti must face the life he escaped and the girl he left behind.

Twenty-two-year-old Hilary McIntyre would like nothing more than to forget her past. As a teenager abandoned to the system, she faced some pretty dark times. But now that’s all behind her. Hilary has her life on track, and there’s no way she’ll head down that road again.

Until Alessandro Moretti—the one person who can make her remember—shows up on her doorstep. He’s even more devastatingly gorgeous than before, and he’s much too close for comfort. Worse, he sees right through the walls she’s built over these last eight years, right into her heart and the secrets she’s guarding.

As Hilary finds herself falling back in love with the man who, as a boy, both saved and destroyed her, she must decide: Past or future? Truth or lies?

This is the follow up to “A Little Too Far” (on sale for 99c) and even at the low introductory price point of $2.99, the series doesn’t seem to have gained much traction. The hero in this book was the near priest of book 1 and the marginal reviews stem from the lack of Alessandro’s voice in the story. Both are told from the female protags first person point of view and at least one review mentioned that there wasn’t as much romance as she would have liked.

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All She Ever Wanted by Rosalind NoonanAll She Ever Wanted by Rosalind Noonan. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

For years, Chelsea Maynard has longed to be a mother. She’s imagined caring for a new baby in the lovely house she shares with her husband, Leo, fondly planning every detail. But after a difficult birth, those dreams of blissful bonding evaporate. Chelsea battles sleep deprivation and feelings of isolation. Little Annabelle cries constantly, and Chelsea has dark visions fueled by exhaustion and self-doubt. Her sister, Emma, insists she gets help for post-partum depression, but Chelsea’s doctor dismisses her worries as self-indulgent.

Doubting her ability to parent—even doubting her own sanity—Chelsea is close to collapse. Then an unthinkable crisis hits. And suddenly, Chelsea is compelled to face both the fragility and resilience of life, and the extraordinary depths of love.

With uncompromising candor and clarity, acclaimed author Rosalind Noonan creates a mesmerizing novel that is gripping, heart-wrenching, and unforgettably poignant.

An interesting look at post partum depression with a kidnapping thrown in.

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REVIEW:  Torn From You by Nashoda Rose

REVIEW: Torn From You by Nashoda Rose

Torn from You (Tear Asunder #1) by Nashoda Rose

Dear Nashoda Rose:

This book was recommended to me by someone in my twitter stream. It’s a weird disjointed story. The prologue introduces the main protagonists as Emily and Logan. Emily is a young woman with body issues from her evil mother but she’s captured the attention of Logan, an illegal fighter and a budding musician. The book reads like a potpourri of trendy cliches – fighter, musician, dark angst, bad boy, mob, etc. etc.

And then names are ridonkulous. Sculpt. Ream. Kite. Deck. Crisis. CRISIS, you guys.  Then there’s “Slexing” which is supposedly sleep after sex. If that is a play on words like sexting it misses the point. Sexting is texting sexy words. Slexing should be sex while sleeping. But hey, with names like Crisis, should I really expect the made up words to make sense. No.

In the PROLOGUE, Logan begs Emily to come on tour with him even though she wants to attend college and then he takes her virginity. The next 100 pages or so is Emily kidnapped by a sex trafficking group that includes Logan. She’s tortured, beaten, digitally penetrated but still thinks Logan is the hottest thing this side of the sun so she can’t help but fall into bed with him repeatedly. I can tell by the obvious hints in the book (Logan’s clenched jaw and fists flying into the wall) that he does not want to humiliate Emily and treat her like an animal, he only does so because he is forced.

The second half of the book takes place two years later as Logan returns and pursues Emily relentlessly. And then everyone gives her shit for not taking Logan back because he walked back into hell for her. I think this conversation pretty much sets the stage for it.

“Jesus,” he growled. “Not once did I take you without your consent. And you know it.”

“That’s because if I didn’t, the consequences were worse.” Okay, I was lying, because I was mad and hurt and yes, I was a little scared too. I had no clue why Sculpt was here, and the thought of going back … no, I’d never go back.

His voice was quiet, “I never beat you, Emily. I tried to protect you.”

“Is that how you live with yourself? No, you just took away my choices. You watched while other people beat me. You bled my self-esteem. Damn it, you tore my fucking heart out.”

“I got you out when I could.”

“Yeah, in pieces.”

“You bled my self-esteem” is indicative of the writing along with ““Go repair from this place, Emily.”  I get what the intentions are of the sentence but I have to mentally rewrite them just as I had to fill in a lot of the character development and justification.

The real problem with this book is that I’m supposed to go places with the author but there is no real preparation. Emily’s narrative slips in and out of being a captive. One minute she’s just totally lost in desire for him and the next she’s thinking “I needed to make certain I wasn’t sold.” It’s like sex scenes were written independent of the narrative. Within any given scene, the reader jumps forward and backward in time without any warning.

The last 60% of the story is Logan pursuing Emily and bascially telling her she had no right to be mad at him because he was really just doing the very best that he could in a bad situation. So she got knocked around a little and was water boarded. He didn’t let anyone rape her other than that one time she was forced to suck someone’s fingers or the time that another person digitally penetrated her. And every time he took her she wanted it. And he didn’t want to do these things to her so she should just suck it up and forgive him.

As Tori from SmexyBook said, the first part is written for shock value and the second part is an emo fest. It’s as if the author tried to fit a longer trilogy into one book in order to avoid the dreaded cliffhanger. But I spent most of the book confused about the motivations and the poorly thought out plot didn’t help.

There’s no authenticity in the book, not in the sex trafficking ring, not in Emily’s escape, not in the “rock star” bit. And I just kind of laughed to myself when Logan is transformed into this signing, guitar playing rock God from his illegal fighting, sex trafficking self.  (We don’t know how involved he was in the sex trafficking only that he doesn’t like it and whatever he did was to save Emily). Weirdly in the last 80% there are a few scenes from Logan’s point of view even though the rest of the story is told in first person from Emily’s POV. That felt like very lazy storytelling. The suspense plot kicks in much later and much like the preceding pages, it’s kind far fetched. I guess on the plus side there’s a lot of story in one book even if  a lot of it is eye rolling.

According to Goodreads, this book is full of the feels. I’m just dead inside. D

Best regards,

Jane

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