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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Barclay Publicity Presents: Alexandr's Cherished Submissive; #Audiobook & #Review


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Barclay Publicity and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

Title: Alexandr’s Cherished Submissive, Submissive’s Wish #3
Author: Ann Mayburn
Author Location: West Virginia
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Page Count: 466 pages
Publisher: Fated Desires Publishing, LLC
Format: Digital eBook
ISBN: 9781623221560
Rating:  5 Stars

BDSM and Erotic Romance looking for something to read after Fifty Shades of Grey need to look no further than Alexandr’s Cherished Submissive by Ann Mayburn. 

Author’s Note: This is part One of Two for Alex and Jessica’s story. In Alexandr’s Cherished Submissive we get a look into the past and the events that shaped Alex and Jessica into the people they are today. Part Two, Alexandr’s Reluctant Submissive, is present day on, and the expected release date is early Fall 2015.


From the moment Alexandr Novikov met the young auburn haired woman bartending at her uncle’s pub in Ireland, he’d been fascinated by her delicate beauty and fiery spirit. Unfortunately, he is in no position to offer her the kind of safe, normal life she deserves so he attempts to put her from his mind for her own good. Something easier said then done when a deal is struck between the Novikov Bratva and the Irish Cleary Gang, an arrangement that includes Alex and his men being on twenty-four hour bodyguard duty with the object of his forbidden desires.

Jessica Venture came to Dublin to spend some time bonding with her birth mother’s family, a connection she desperately needs after losing her adoptive parents within a year of each other back in the States. The last thing she expected was to fall in love with a handsome, mysterious, and sometimes scary man who was well known for his sexual appetite, but rejected her attempts to seduce him. 

There are outside forces that will do anything to keep them apart, and Jessica will have to make a desperate choice that will change their lives forever.

Warning: There is light bondage, domestic discipline, spanking, and a F/F scene that is a voyeuristic Doms delight. 

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My Thoughts:

After listening to the audio edition of this book, I don’t think I could go back and read the book – not unless Mr. De Angelis can come and read it to me in person.  It’s been a long time since someone read me a story and I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end.  Be prepared to have lots of extra underwear handy.  And if you plan on listening to it more than once, make sure you have double.

I got some Bluetooth headphones and personally that is the way to go.  You’re not tied to whatever device you’re listening to the story on.  Plus, it makes listening to the book while you’re driving much easier.  You don’t have to worry about who’s next to you and if they can hear.  And I listened to this everywhere.  I took it to get my coffee, when I went shopping and any time that I got in the car.

What I loved best about the story was the narrations. By having an audio version with these two narrators, the reader gets more of what the characters are feeling. They also had me feeling like a voyeur - which if Alexandr and Jessica had been in the room while I was listening, they probably would have enjoyed it.  It was like listening to a movie without actually seeing the pictures.   But, with listening to these two narrators tell the story I had no trouble playing it out in my mind.

Edo De Angelis' performance is what brought the Russian characters to life. He made me wish that I had an easier time in learning languages. I never realized how sexy the language is - I'm a fan of his.  He was the perfect choice for this series.  What I loved about Stephanie Wyles performance is she's the perfect compliment to the male narrator. The reader will have no trouble believing that the Jessica Venture character has come to life.  

You will also have no trouble being able to tell how much these two characters come to care for each other. The part that stirred the most emotion in me was when Jessica got some very painful news and became very afraid as well as angry.  You almost want to cry right along with Jessica.  What a perfect way to engage your readers.

It was also a great way to find a new favorite author.  I already have plans to listen to the other two audiobooks – and ladies, Edo is the narrator for those as well.  Those that are vanilla readers or don't like the BDSM scene should stay away from this book because the author puts the porn movies to shame - they should take lessons.

Audiobook Sample

About Ann Mayburn:

With over forty published books, Ann is Queen of the Castle to her husband and three sons in the mountains of West Virginia. In her past lives she's been an Import Broker, a Communications Specialist, a US Navy Civilian Contractor, a Bartender/Waitress, and an actor at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. She also spent a summer touring with the Grateful Dead-though she will deny to her children that it ever happened.

   From a young Ann has had a love affair with books would read everything she could get her hands on. As Ann grew older, and her hormones kicked in, she discovered bodice ripping Fabio-esque romance novels. They were great at first, but she soon grew tired of the endless stories with a big wonderful emotional buildup to really short and crappy sex. Never a big fan of purple prose, throbbing spears of fleshy pleasure and wet honey pots make her giggle, she sought out books that gave the sex scenes in the story just as much detail and plot as everything else-without using cringe worthy euphemisms. This led her to the wonderful world of Erotic Romance, and she's never looked back.

   Now Ann spends her days trying to tune out cartoons playing in the background to get into her 'sexy space' and has accepted that her Muse has a severe case of ADD.

  Ann loves to talk with her fans, as long as they realize she's weird, and that sarcasm doesn't translate well via text.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

DRC Promotions Presents: Into the Flames Anthology; #ReleaseBlitz & #Review

INTO THE FLAMES: Firefighter Multi-Author Boxed Set Anthology
Release Date: Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
ISBN: 978-1626228832 (Seaside Publications)
Amazon ASIN: B014V84EUI

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from DRC Promotions and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

Seven smoldering stories. One HOT price. Only $0.99!

Firefighters. The word ignites bold images of heroes in dust covered helmets and ash stained turnouts who defy the odds and press on in the presence of danger.
Men of Valor. A dedicated brotherhood of first responders whose honor, strength, and courage overcome obstacles to save lives.
Into The Flames. Seven NYT, USA Today, bestselling and award-winning authors offer romantic suspense, contemporary, historical, and paranormal tales of tough, iconic heroes who risk it all for their communities—but at the end of the day, seek the tender embrace of the women they love.

Rescue Me by NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author N.J. Walters
When firefighter Frank Ellis rescues an old flame from a burning building, sparks ignite. He’ll do anything to protect her, even if it means she discovers he’s a mythical phoenix.
Flashpoint by Award-Winning Author Desiree Holt
...When everything explodes
Where There's Smoke by Award-Winning Author Cindy Spencer Pape
Firefighting in the 1920's is dangerous business, but so is falling in love.
FireBrew by Amazon Bestselling Author Liz Crowe
Fate throws them together. But the horrific memory of a fiery disaster could tear them apart.
Hook Me Up by Bestselling and Award-Winning Author Adele Downs
Firemen don't free cats from trees anymore—until a pretty schoolteacher gets trapped on a limb with her kitten and the county's hottest firefighter comes to their rescue.
Slow Burner by USA Today Bestselling Author Sam Cheever
A love that burns slowly burns longest, creating the greatest heat.
Uncontrolled Burn: A RISEN Team Novel by USA Today Bestselling Author Nina Pierce
A woman forced to live a life she didn’t choose. A vampire bound by honor to protect humans. A deadly game of revenge that threatens both their lives …

My Thoughts:

Overall Rating:  4 Stars

Told in the first person.

George “Trey” Lattimer III is interested in something from Harriet “Jane” Terrance.  Our author uses Trey as the force that will keep you reading this short story.  He is something of a mystery – one you will find that you want to solve.  Jane is a woman that wants to be the best at her job.

I found that this was a strange read but that didn’t stop me from keep reading.  Even the word weird comes to mind.  Maybe it was just my day but I just couldn’t get into this story – I found it disconnected.  Our main characters never seemed to have that connection that we look for once they become a couple.  The story ends with a happy ending which is always a good thing.

I do love to read this author but this is my least favorite of the ones that I have read.  Just because I didn’t like this one story as much doesn’t mean that I won’t read her again.  Also, just because I couldn’t connect with the story doesn’t mean that you won’t.  Only you can decide.

Hook Me Up by Adele Downs

Lexi Wentworth starts our story off in quite the predicament.  Knox Townsend is a man who takes his job very seriously.  It’s her predicament that weaves their lives together.  This is one story where you can understand how the title of the anthology came about.

This story is all about the heat that ignites between these two.  You can see how their relationship develops.  I found that this author has written a few books and if not for this anthology, I might never have discovered her.  I’m looking forward to reading more of her work.

Slow Burner by Sam Cheever

Duncan Yves job has him coming into contact with an old friend.  Hilda Bennet has someone who’s not very happy with her.  This author creates a mystery that will bring these two together.  With any good mystery nothing is revealed too early.

There will be times where you may find yourself wanting to hold your breath just like any good suspense story does for its readers.  This author created a story that had me riveted from beginning to end.  I just could not put it down until I read the very last word.

What is great about an anthology is that the stories are short enough that you can get them read in a short amount of time.  And if you want, depending on your schedule you can read more than one story in a day.  It’s a great way to rediscover some of your favorite authors or to discover new ones.  I think that you definitely get your money’s worth when you pick up this set.

About The Authors:

N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author who’s always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.
Desiree Holt is an award-winning author known the world over as The Oldest Living Erotic Romance Author. She has won an EPIC E-Book Award, the Holt Medallion and many other awards. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The London Daily Mail and numerous other national and international publications.
Cindy Spencer Pape is an award-winning author of 19 novels and more than 40 shorter works. She lives in southeast Michigan. When not hard at work writing she can be found dressing up for steampunk parties and Renaissance fairs, or with her nose buried in a book.
Liz Crowe is an Amazon best-selling author of 27 books, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and sports fan. She is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse. Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction hybrid, “Unconventional Romance. Worth the Risk,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).
Adele Downs is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than 20 romance titles, including those written under another pen name, and is a former journalist with hundreds of articles to her credit. When not writing in her home office in rural Pennsylvania, she can be found reading a book on the nearest beach or riding in her convertible.
Sam Cheever is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes romantic paranormal/fantasy and mystery/suspense, creating stories that celebrate the joy of love in all its forms. Known for writing great characters, snappy dialogue, and unique and exhilarating stories, Sam is the award-winning author of 50+ books and has been writing for over a decade under several noms de plume.
Nina Pierce is a USA Today Bestselling author who spends her days at the keyboard writing stories of fated loves and soul mates, blissfully creating chaos for her characters by throwing in a villain or two, a little murder and a whole lot of mayhem as they struggle toward their happy-ever-afters. When she’s not writing, Nina enjoys spending time with her soul mate of nearly 40 years, their three adult children, one love-sick son-in-law and two precious grandsons.

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