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22 June 2011

Vampire Dreams, Gabrielle Bisset

Vampire DreamsSweet, Sexy Dreams.....

Vampire Dreams, a novella by Gabrielle Bisset is a fantastic, although short, read. The author packs a whole lot of story into the approximately 60 page tale of sensual vampire desire.

Brandon, the hero is one-hundred percent seducer, beckoning the sweet, if down on her luck, Arden in her witching hour dreams, hoping and waiting for her to accept him in her daylight awakening. But winning Arden's heart is not our hero's only challenge. His hedonistic sire, the powerful and ancient Vasilje, holds the power to bequeath or deny Brandon's request to bring his lover into his world, and upon witnessing the lure of Arden's innocent beauty, Visilje's enthrallment threatens to claim her for his own.

Using each page wisely, Bisset ably created threads of sexual tension throughout her novella, and the hero's entrance into Arden's dreams allowed the author to write an erotic vampire seduction while maintaining the heroine's uncertainty of the darkly delicious unknown.Vampire Dreams

~ Moira Naveen

15 June 2011

Ravished By A Highlander, Paula Quinn

A New Favorite Highlander For This Broad?.......

Product DetailsThe secrets surrounding Lady Davina Montgomery are dangerous enough to start wars and topple thrones.  Only a handful of players know that she lives, and she has been raised and educated secretly in a secluded Scottish convent in the event her existence may one day be vital to Catholicism's hold on the English throne.  But secrets are often found out, and the young lady's life is in constant grave danger. 

When Robert MacGregor, the first born son of a powerful highland laird happens upon the devastating attack on St. Christopher's Abbey, he rescues what appears to be the sole surviving novice of the order.  As Davina's secrets are slowly revealed and attempts on her life press from an unseen hand, Robert realizes that the only safe place for the bewitching lady is his home tucked away in the mysterious highlands, and within his arms.  Risking war for his clansmen and the threat of treason from the crown, Robert defies every power aligned against him for the enchanting woman who has captured his heart. 

Davina has many enemies and her mind has been ingrained to trust no one, but her heart begins to hope that this wild, highland warrior may be the answer to her many prayers and the one man she can entrust with her secrets, and her life. 

Ravished By A Highlander may well contain my favorite highlander to date in Robert MacGregor.  Tall, brawny, and powerful, Quinn's Scottish warrior oozes sultry sex appeal on every page.  She writes a thoughtful, intelligent man seamlessly within a dangerous death dealer, and the author boldly included a scene backing up the claim that the brutal highlander is the protector he declares himself to be.

I want one.  Truly I do.

I must commend Quinn's better than average dialogue in the novel.  The exchanges between her characters on a number of occasions stand out as superior, exposing emotion not in long description, but in well chosen words.  This Broad freely admits to having more than just a 'wee-bit' of a thing for a strapping highlander, so the accent written into the MacGregor's dialogue made him more delicious for me, but may not work for all readers.....It is called Ravished By A Highlander, so expect...well, a highlander.  But don't expect Quinn's novel to be short on story.  The storyline is intricate and involved.  It held my attention throughout.  The able use of intrigue and conjecture kept even this sharp Broad on her toes in the search for friend or foe. 

When the romance finally begins, (it does take awhile) it is scorching in intensity.  I'll credit the success with the fact that not only is the hero sensual and sexy, he 'mans-up' when faced with an impossible situation even when it is sure to cost him dearly.  In addition, Davina doesn't do all those crazy, stupid things that heroines often do.  She thinks them, that's it.  A Broad can relate to that......

With 337 pages devoured in one night, it's official.  Paula Quinn's Ravished By A Highlander is a new favorite.
~ Moira

10 June 2011

New Meme: Broads Under Cover

Welcome to our new theme ~ Broads Undercover........

 We Broads have been seeing some very interesting covers lately, and we wanted to showcase them. Some are really good, and we think they deserve not only praise but congratulations for great artistry. Then again, some are really bad, and there's just no way they shouldn't be called out for what they are. Our posts on these covers have nothing to do with the author's writing. These are just observations on book covers, no more and no less. And most of all, these are our opinions. You may agree or disagree, but we welcome your comments.

We begin our journey into the world of covers with a good one.  Always start with the positive, right?  This cover is from a Carina Press book titled Lessons In Indiscretion by Karen Erickson. 

Alexandria:  I like this cover a lot!  It's sexy without being lurid.  And hello?  That man's body makes me want to be the pupil who learns all about his lessons.  And there is a woman in the picture too, I realize, but let's be honest.  That body is the draw.  They didn't even include his whole head!  I'm ok with that, though. 

And at no point does the viewer get the sense that these two wouldn't make a fantastic couple as they explore those indiscretions.  That's important.  Trust me.  You'll see. 

In addition, the font is appealing, and the colors used throughout the image work well.  I don't read books because of covers, but this one wouldn't make me run from the room screaming.  I say this one gets a big thumbs up from me. 

Moira:   Alexandria, I like this cover as well!  As you point out, the font for the title and author's name is nice.  It stands out strongly against the picture, but still maintains a hint of femininity with the added curves of the lettering.  I like that. 

This masculine chest bares just enough to be tantalizing without being over the top.  I'm also okay with the fact that the man's face is partially cut out of the photo.  In fact, I wouldn't mind if only the jawline showed.  Thin lips just don't do much for this Broad.  But what makes this couple a winner in the contest for great  covers is the body language!  He's leaning back into her touch, and notice how his hand is grasping the thigh she is wrapping around him.  Delish......  I  like that the woman's body is somewhat obscured by his presence.  It hints at protectiveness, a quality that I think is a bit difficult to translate into a cover like this one because she is also actively participating in love play. 

With the sharper image of the great looking and well posed couple in the fore and the slight blurring of the background, this cover gets a big thumbs up.                                  

And now we move to the not so good one.  This cover is from a Siren Publishing book titled Elementum by Toni L. Meilleur. 

Alexandria:  Let me begin by saying I like the font for the title.  It's attractive.  I have no idea if it's appropriate for the story, but I like it.  That said, holy hell, what the hell is going on with this cover?  First, are these human models or some facsilime thereof?  And what is the look he's giving her?  To me, it says, "Back off, sweetcheeks.  You're up in my space, and I'm not digging that."  By no means is this cover sexy.  Remember what I mentioned about the two people in the first cover?  I don't believe sex between these two would be appealing.  And he has a very large barrel chest that extends far beyond what his body seems to indicate would be correct.  Unfortunately, he just isn't very appealing. 

And our fair lady?  First, I think she's descended from giraffes.  That's a serious neck she's sporting.  Other than that, she is supposed to look sexy, gazing longingly into his eyes.  How it comes off, however, is less sexy and more creepy, almost psycho. 

In addition, the items that have been photoshopped into the picture between them seem lame. I'm thinking that an old book shouldn't be so close to flame also. 

For me, this cover inhibits my interest in the story.  This is a major problem. Covers don't have to be the main selling point, but they shouldn't discourage readers.

Moira:  It's hard for me to offer more than you've already stated, Alexandria.  I concur on all the points you've made. 

Body language, people, is so important!  This couple (human or ....whatever...) absolutely does not project a sexy vibe.  As my undercover partner points out, this male's posture screams, "Awww shit!  There's no way I am getting out of this.  She's coming at me with a hint of crazy stalker in her eyes!  I don't want to do this......"  His body language actually insinuates that he is trying to back away from her.  Now this might have worked if the female wore a look of mischievousness, a glint of mockery, something other than that obsessed expression pasted on her weird face.  I could dig a Broad going after what she wants in an aggressive way, let's say maybe in an attempt to debauch a shy, backward young buck, but I don't get that sense at all from this cover. .......  And the author's name is hanging out at the top in lettering that is too plain.  An author writing erotica, as that red banner proclaims with its 'menage and more' tag, needs the publisher to put their name in a font that doesn't remind readers of the print in stereo instruction manuals. 

This cover is unappealing.  I would probably pass over the book because of it, and if you've read any of my posts before, you will know that I'm not all that influenced by covers in general when it comes to purchasing.  Less than fantastic covers don't necessarily irritate me, nor do overly plain ones.  This example, however, is just dreadful.  The story within may be fantastic, but this Broad will probably never find out, because crazy stalker woman and unattractive, reluctant man are too easy to set back on the shelf. 

06 June 2011

Scoundrel's Honor by Rosemary Rogers

Dangerous Crime Overlord Aids A Lady In Need.................

Product Details

Dimitri Tipova, crime overlord in St. Petersburg, Russia, agrees to aid the impossible Emma Linley-Kirov in the search for her abducted younger sister for one reason - revenge against the man who fathered him and killed his mother, but the young woman enchants the dangerous scoundrel like no other has done before. 
Emma, to his chagrin, wants no part of his generous offer to become his mistress, and makes it clear that the goal of finding her sister is her priority, and Dimitri, no matter his effect on her, is merely the means to an end.  The Beggar Czar seduces her body, but is unable to claim her trust, leaving the door wide open for another to attempt to do just that.

Rosemary Rogers has been writing romance novels for a long time and Scoundrel's Honor is one her her latest, published in 2010.  Her first, Sweet Savage Love is on this Broad's TBR pile.  Rogers created a wonderful storyline in Scoundrel's Honor, and I quite enjoyed her delicious criminal underworld hero, Dimitri, until the end of the book anyway.  He became too good, too tame for me.  Emma Linley-Kirov, however was for me, a disappointment.  Written as a simple girl from the countryside skirting St. Petersburg, Emma was just too bold, too reckless, and too lucky for her to be believable, as her given personality was reserved and very conservative.  The two halves of this lady just didn't mesh well within the story.

One highlight of this novel is Rogers' character, Rajih, a caliph of his people in Egypt.  He remained a mystery, leaving the reader to guess if he was friend or foe to nearly the end of the novel while coming across as dark and seductive throughout to this Broad's delight.  I'd like to read a story about him..........But I digress.

Scoundrel's Honor, by Rosemary Rogers is a well written novel, rich in description and emotion, and I enjoyed it despite the annoying Emma Linley-Kirov.  Read it to experience romance, Rosemary Rogers style.


~ Moira


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