Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Taste Of Fire by R. Tezak

What a surprise!!! This was the darkest, most lustful, sensual, gritty and sexiest book I've ever read. It was just ... I don't think it was categorized as erotic but it's one hell of a romance. The way the author pulls you into the words and how they wrap around you ... It was ... I felt like I was sitting in a room with a guy that I wanted, quite badly, and he was just taking his time in coming over to me. The closer he got, the more heat my body produced and the more I wanted him.


The feeling was so intoxicating.

Zara is a tall, gorgeous, African American woman with no memory. Her memory extends to only 4 years ago. However, during the last 4 years that she's been 'awake,' she has worked on earning herself a PhD, gotten herself a great roommate/bff , a set of 'parents' in her professor and his wife and ... Found a man she can't resist. That man is a Russian vampire named Jonah. He's rich, he's pale, dead sexy, a bit of a smart ass and the king of the double entendre ... Especially when it has to do with something sexual. Anyway ... Zara is attacked in an alleyway after work and that is where we're introduced to Jonah. He saves Zara's butt. It's obvious to us that he's a vampire but it takes a while for Zara to be open to that possibility. When she does become aware that he's a vampire, it becomes even more harder to find out that he is not only connected to Zara's past but IS her past. Her past love and everything in between.

As I said before, this book is dark, gritty and very sensual. The passion shared between the two is never nasty, the sex is never nasty ... For a person who despises reading anything with a hint of eroticism (me), I was gripping my chair and enjoying every single word of it. I have always been a fan of the LA Banks (RIP) wrote the sex scenes in her Vampire Huntress series ... This is about as close as I'm gonna get to that. This is so much darker and just so f*cking sexy that I couldn't think while reading. Damn.

Anyway, lol ... It had a few spelling and punctuation errors. Not many. Everyone was characterized and written beautifully, even annoying Detective Hadley. Their are some historical references ... Not a lot ... But their is a historical part to the book in the form of flashbacks. When you're dealing with really old people and you need back story, this has to happen. It was so wonderful. This is the first time I've dealt with a book that did flashbacks involving slavery and they didn't pull any punches. The book did slow down just a bit when the flashbacks started but did pick back up. They were all pertinent to the story. The ending was great. Our main problem was resolved and it gave us a small taste of what's to come in book 2. I freaking can't WAIT for book 2. CAN'T WAIT!

By the way ... I am completely a fan of vampires ripping neck chunks out ... It was done. *drops mic*

New favorite author on my list ... R. Tezak.

5 Stars
IR: Zara (AA), Jonah (Russian ... Well ... He spoke a bit of Russian and some French ... He's definitely white)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Boyfriend From Hell by Jamie Quaid

Saturns Daughters, Book 1

I'd spent a good amount of time wondering if I should buy this book. $7.99 for the Kindle version. I've paid that before but refused to pay full price for an unfamiliar author and new series. Thankfully, I hounded my local library and got it that way.

Mary Justin Clancy (Tina/Justy) was minding her own business when her boyfriend decided to run her over with her own car in The Zone. The Zone is a place where chemicals have been dumped and it altered the terrain and maybe the people. That part I loved. While Max, the boyfriend, was accelerating towards her, Maxine verbally damned him to hell. When Max dies in a blaze after that car drove into the bank and caught on fire, he began popping up in her mirrors, from hell. Weird gets weirder when we meet a cat with really good instincts, an invisible thief, a chimpanzee and butt loads of 'agents' that are out to get Tina. Not to mention, every time Tina visualizes something, it actually happens.

The fact that something about being a daughter of Saturn didn't mean a whole lot bugged the crap out of me. It kept popping up, it's even the name of the series, but you really don't get much good information about it. Most of the info you get is that a Daughter of Saturn is a dispenser of Justice. I was really hoping that since the book was dragging so much, and it was the beginning of the series, that we would get all those bits of info out of the way so that book 2 could really get moving. Sadly ... It doesn't happen. The reviews on the book were so good that I was super excited to read it but now I'm wondering if we read the same book. Don't get me wrong, it's good and has potential to be great but I feel like I've missed something major.

For one ... Tina is supposed to be well versed in Martial Arts. Yes, she had an issue with her leg not working but I at least thought she could do something. All she could do was swing a tire iron ... Which I can do ... and stomp on some toes ... Which I can do. So the fact that she had all this martial arts training, meant absolutely nothing when it was needed. Also ... What was up with Andre and his hugging and what-not? No closure on that.

The murder mystery was actually quite predictable. We wanted to know who killed Max and did all the other damage. The answer was easy to get but we went 18 ways from Tuesday to be sure. The ending was VERY anticlimactic but the small twist at the end showed promise.

Overall, the book was decent. The characters were cool even though Jane was useless. I'm not sure if I want to continue with the series, though. However, I don't want to deter anyone away from trying it out. Give it a try, you may like it. The setting was my favorite and the band of characters were pretty entertaining but the heroine was just not on the level she should have been. Who knows ... Maybe it will be a slow burn like the Black Suns Daughters series. That one took a while but it ended up being really good.

2 1/2 Stars
IR: Tina is Middle Eastern ... Not quite sure what Max was other than white.