Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Electrify by Lucia Jordan

Erotica Short Story
I've recently noticed that author, Lucia Jordan, has a lot of short stories available for free to download to one's Kindle from Amazon. 

I'd never read anything by Lucia Jordan before, until now. It seems like many of Lucia Jordan's short stories are popular with readers on Amazon based on the ratings. So, I decided to read one of her short stories for myself.

I chose to read Electrify by Lucia Jordan, which is a short story roughly 32 pages in length. I chose to read this short story based on the high reviews I discovered for this short story on Amazon and also because it was a FREE download to my Kindle. Below is my unbiased review of Electrify by Lucia Jordan.

I felt like Electrify by Lucia Jordan started out really well and was engaging. I looked forward to seeing where this short story lead readers. But the last 30% of this short story felt rushed to me and was unsatisfactory. I felt like Joanna and Zack rushed into having sex... Sure I felt like they were going to hook up and have sex by the end of the short story anyway... I mean that part was obvious, but better build up to them having sex could have been done better by the author. I just didn't expect Joanna and Zack to rush into having sex the 1st night at the chalet when they barely knew each other and that they were going to be together at the chalet for two weeks. I didn't like how Zack was really rough with Joanna in terms of the sex they had together. 

Plus, the cliffhanger ending sucked to Electrify! I hate it when author's write a series of books with a cliffhanger ending, especially when they give the 1st book in the series away for free... A cliffhanger ending just feels like a cheap trick to do to readers. Each book in the series should be a complete read and not have a cliffhanger ending.

The following is a summary for Electrify by Lucia Jordan from Amazon:
A powerful Contemporary Romance. Here is the first book in the ‘Electrify’ Series by Lucia Jordan, written in her signature style of high passion and emotion.

Will Joanna be able to seduce the man she loves or will she fall for his mysterious and drop dead gorgeous friend instead?

For years Joanna’s been secretly in love with her best friend Trent. So when he invites her to Aspen for two weeks on an all-expenses-paid vacation, she hopes the naturally romantic backdrop of snow-capped mountains and log wood fires will lead something more. Little does Joanna know that Zack Weston—Trent’s friend who owns the chalet and is paying for the whole trip—has other ideas…

Zack has never been able to get Joanna out of his mind since the very first time he saw her as she visited his friend Trent years ago at Yale. He knows that Joanna still lusts after Trent, but he also knows that things haven’t progressed beyond friendship between the two.

One way or another, Zack is determined to shake things up. But this time, will he finally claim the woman he desires?
I am giving Electrify by Lucia Jordan a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday --- A List of Books to Read in a Short Amount of Time!!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Below is a wide and varied list of short reads that I enjoyed reading. I hope you have a chance to read some of them and like reading them as much as I did!!

1. The Dispatcher by John Scalzi ~~ This is the only audiobook that made my list this week. The Dispatcher is AMAZING and very thought provoking!! Listening length is 2 hours, 19 minutes and narrated by actor, Zachary Quinto.

2. La Borinqueña #1 by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez ~~ Celebrate diversity with this graphic novel featuring a strong female, Puerto Rican superhero!

3. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot ~~ Check out these fabulous cat inspired poems that inspired the musical Cats. This book of poems is a short 56 pages of pure bliss!

4. Ivan (Her Russian Protector #1) by Roxie Rivera ~~ I read this erotica novella a few years ago and loved it! It is the first book in a series. It's a quick read with a lot of 'hotness' to it. Good storyline and characters.

5. The Forty Fathom Bank by Les Galloway ~~ Another novella I read a few years ago and remember really liking a lot... In fact, I'd like to read it again. It's a psychological thriller set in the San Francisco Bay Area and deals with shark fishing.

6. Grayson by Lynne Cox ~~ I love this short memoir by long distance swimmer Lynne Cox. She writes about her very memorable encounter with a baby gray whale during one of her long distance swims off coast of Seal Beach, California when she was roughly 17 years old. The gray whale had become separated from its mother and she stays with the whale until the mother is found. I've read Grayson twice and the writing is phenomenal. If you are an animal lover and enjoy reading memoirs, then this is a must read!

7. Nosebleed by Ged Maybury ~~ This is a children's novel written by a New Zealand native. It is funny and a fabulous read!

8. Deenie by Judy Blume ~~ I recently finished reading Deenie earlier this month and loved this novel for young adults. This is a full length novel but is a super quick read. I love that Judy Blume doesn't shy away from writing about deep topics that make you think!

9. Peeler  by Gord Rollo ~~ Calling all horror genre fans!! This 70 page read will creep you out. So, if you love reading horror themed books, then this short book is for you!

10. Flashy Fiction and Other Insane Tales (Volume 1) by Jen Wylie & Sean Hayden ~~ I believe this book was my first experience with flash fiction (super short stories) and I love the flash fiction in this book!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect #1) by Mary Frame

Unabridged Audio Version
I listened to the unabridged audio version of Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect #1) by Mary Frame from Audible and narrated by Rhiannon Angell.

Listening time for Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect #1) by Mary Frame is 6 hours, 37 minutes.

I really enjoyed listening to Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect #1)!! It is a marvelous novel. I enjoyed the storyline very much. All of the main characters are fun and well developed. I especially enjoyed reading about the leading character Lucy London... She's a genius and also socially awkward. We see Lucy transform from a socially awkward geek girl to someone who is more at ease in social interactions and also gains friends and a boyfriend by the end of the novel. 

There are many funny scenes in Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect #1) that had me laughing out loud in several parts... I rarely find myself laughing with glee while reading novels, so was happy to find a novel filled with some humorous scenes.

Rhiannon Angell is a good narrator for Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect #1), which only added another dimension to my listening enjoyment.

The following is a plot summary for Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect #1) by Mary Frame from Audible:
Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. Having obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of 20, she's amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her - people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her confuses and intrigues her, so when she's offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity.
Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy's neighbor and the one person she finds appealing. Jensen's life is the stuff of campus legend: messy, emotional, and complicated. Basically, the perfect starting point for Lucy's study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what's more important: analyzing her passions...or giving in to them?
I highly recommend reading Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect #1) by Mary Frame. I look forward to reading other novels in the 'Imperfect' series in the future. I am giving Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect #1) by Mary Frame a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

What Are You Reading For Women's History Month??

I am not reading anything specific for Woman's History Month that would fall into the women's history genre. 

However, during the month of March 2017, I am only reading books written by women! So far, I've read and reviewed eight books written by women this month. 

I have three more books in progress that I am hoping to finish reading and reviewing by the end of the month.

So, are you reading anything special this month for Women's History Month?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream

Unabridged Audio Version
I listened to the unabridged audio version of Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream and narrated by Matt Addis. Listening time for Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream is 6 hours, 37 minutes.

Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream is the first novel 'The Blood Prince Series' and is a shifter paranormal romance novel, with a Cinderella vibe/feel to it.

I thought that Matt Addis did a good job of narrating Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream. I also enjoyed that this novel didn't have a cliffhanger ending. 

As far as shifter paranormal romance novels go, I thought Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream was simply okay, nothing special. The introduction of this novel took a bit of time to get into as a lot of characters were introduced at the beginning of this novel and many of the characters from the beginning of the novel didn't have a major role in Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream after that, so I am only assuming that they make an appearance in later novels in 'The Blood Prince Series'. 

I didn't like the 'instalove' factor between the main characters of Loupe and Etienne in Before Midnight. I also didn't like all of the Cinderella elements that the author chose to incorporate into the novel as well... It just made the novel feel weird. I think it would have been better to just focus on the novel as a shifter paranormal romance without making the story have the Cinderella elements that were strewn throughout the novel.

The following is a plot summary for Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream from Audible:
Cursed. Kissed. Bitten.
The prince is throwing a ball. But he's not looking for a princess. He's looking for a werewolf. Start this USA Today best-selling series now and see if the prince gets a kiss...or a bite.
An alpha wolf fighting a powerful curse.
The werewolf prince Etienne is turning into a human. A fierce and loyal pack, Etienne and his family have protected their kingdom with tooth and claw - literally - for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, the spell of a well-meaning witch is slowly stealing the beast from inside him. Only the bite of a cursed werewolf - one who was not born with the beast inside - can save him from losing everything. He has no time for anything that will not lead him to a cure for the curse. Not even the beautiful maiden whose gentle nature soothes his soul even as she tempts him into primal pursuits of an entirely different nature.
I am giving Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy listening!!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Lamplighter's Love by Delphine Dryden

I read the eBook edition of The Lamplighter's Love by Delphine Dryden. The Lamplighter's Love by Delphine Dryden is a steampunk, erotica novella approximately 64 pages in length.

I was able to download The Lamplighter's Love by Delphine Dryden to my Kindle from Amazon. Below is my honest, unbiased review of The Lamplighter's Love by Delphine Dryden.

I really liked this novella! It's well written and I liked the storyline a lot. The Lamplighter's Love by Delphine Dryden incorporates steampunk, romance, and erotica along with interesting characters and a plot twist along the way.

The following is a summary for The Lamplighter's Love by Delphine Dryden from Amazon:
Mary has trained for years to become the next Lamplighter of London. When her chance comes, however, she realizes the massive difference engines of the Lampworkers' guild would be a cold substitute indeed for the passion she's begun to explore with the current Lamplighter, Nicholas. 
But Fate, it seems, is determined to separate them. A rival threatens to upset all Mary's hopes and dreams within the guild, and with her newfound love. Even as snow blankets London in readiness for Christmas, intrigue blazes in the secret labyrinths of the Lamworkers’ guild below.
Through bitter deception and scorching erotic discovery, Mary and Nicholas must find a way to shine a light on a new future—one they can spend together. 
The Lamplighter's Love is a 20,000 word erotic romance novella.
I am giving The Lamplighter's Love by Delphine Dryden a rating of 4 stars out 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Top 10 Irish Books to Read for St. Patrick’s Day!!

Looking for some good Irish reads in time for St. Patrick's Day? Look no further! I found an article titled List of Lists: Top 10 Irish Books for St. Patrick’s Day by Jordan Osterman. In the article, Jordan Osterman writes:
This entry was curated by Jim Rogers, director of the Center for Irish Studies and editor of New Hibernia Review.
It’s not east making a list of essential books when you’re talking about a country the size of Indiana that has produced four Nobel winners in literature and scores of other fine writers. But here’s a shortlist of 20th century titles that all Irish-minded readers ought to know.
Click on the top link to see which books made the list of must read Irish books! 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Little Free Library in Danville #2, California, USA

Yesterday afternoon, I once again visited another two Little Free Libraries with my husband. This time around, we discovered two Little Free Libraries in Danville, California. I love finding Little Free Libraries. I ended up leaving two books at each Little Free Library we visited today and came away with only one free book titled, Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto.

So, have you ever visited a Little Free Library? Do you visit Little Free Libraries regularly?