Slave Girl by Lisa Cach

Grade: D-
Hotness Level: Inferno
Kink Level: Mild Kink
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Series: 1,001 Erotic Nights #1
Published: 7/28/14
Reviewed by Kate
90 pages

Nimia has been Sygarius’s slave for 9 years now.  No one is allowed to touch her and she’s not allowed to do any hard labor.  Sygarius, a Roman leader, is training her to become his concubine when she becomes a woman.  And that time is drawing closer.  Nimia is looking forward to the time she will finally be able to use all of her training, until she spots Clovis.  Clovis is the son of the king of Franks and has come to Sygarius’s along with his father for discussions.  When he spots Nimia, they are drawn to one another.  But she is Sygarius’s alone, or is she?

The writing in this one keeps you turning the pages.  There are politics aplenty that keep you guessing what comes next.  Being told only from Nimia’s point of view, the reader is kept clueless as the events unfold.  We are left wondering at the true intentions of Sygarius and Clovis.

Sygarius’s obsession with Nimia is borderline disturbing.  Borderline, simply because she is his slave and in this world that appears to be acceptable.  And the fact that he is saving her for himself almost makes him her savior.  Clovis is instantly drawn to her, yet approaches her without regard to the effects it may have on her life in Sygarius’s household.

As for romance in this one, I’m going to say that there’s not really any.  There are relationships with both Sygarius and Clovis, although there appears to be no feelings from either (other than possession).  Nimia herself doesn’t really seem to have feelings for either of them.    Fair warning:  this one is filled with swords, branches, and rods.  As well as flowers, petals, scabbards, and cunny (gak-that’s my least favorite ever).  So although it is extremely descriptive, I found myself chuckling at times.

Sadly, this one didn’t work for me on many levels.  Maybe it was all the “cunny” references.  Or perhaps her initiation rite.  Yep.  Probably the initiation is when I decided I was done.  It is the first one of a serial so perhaps there is hope.  If you like your heroine with multiple partners and like politics, this one might be worth a shot, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone looking for a more standard boy-meets-girl-and-instantly-falls-in-love romance.

So the word cunny is going on my list of descriptors I never want to read again.  Along with the combination of sword and scabbard.  How about you?  What are the words that you never want to read in a sex scene?

Tempting Alibi Review by Savannah Stuart

Grade: D+
Hotness Level: Inferno
Kink Level: Mild Kink
Genre: Contemporary
Published: 8/19/14
Reviewed by Kate

Michaela and Scott have barely spoken to each other, even though they’ve been neighbors for months now.  But when Michaela’s car needs some work, she takes it to Scott’s garage.  While she’s there the sheriff comes in and asks Scott where he was the night before.  Michaela pipes up and tells the sheriff that Scott was with her.  Later that day, Scott knocks on her door to say thank you and the relationship builds quickly from there.

I was happily reading my way through the pages of this one and then the last page snuck up on me.  I knew it was on the shorter side as far as length goes, but I didn’t feel like the story was done yet.  It almost felt like a long exerpt from a novel rather than a complete story in itself.  The summary made me think there was going to be a lot more conflict than there ended up being.  The main conflict would be the issue with the sheriff, but after she provides an alibi it’s a complete non-issue.  And even the climax of the book (no, not that kind of climax) was rather anti-climactic.  I didn’t feel like there was much, if any, character growth.  Rather than watching the pair of them discover each other and themselves this one seemed to be a matter of one of them finally getting up the nerve to talk to the other.  After that, all communicating was done in the buff.  And there was a lot of in the buff stuff being done.  All in all, I was left with a definite feeling of “there should have been more.”

True Love West by Claire Charlins


Grade: D+
Hotness Level: Blaze
Kink Level: No Kink
Genre: Historical
Series: Mail Order Romance #5
Published: 11/14/13
Reviewed by Kate
147 pages

Sarah feels lonely and ignored at home, all the attention is turned toward her older sister.  Add that to the fact that there’s a shortage of men in the area and Sarah sees a bleak future stretching out before her.  When her sister suggests becoming a mail order bride, Sarah hesitantly agrees to look at some of the adds.  And then she reads Charlie’s letter and knows that he’s the one.  He feels lonely and invisible as well.  Sarah boards a train, anxious to meet Charlie.  When she arrives she discovers that Charlie has kept a secret-he has an infant daughter.  How can she marry a man who has lied to her?

I love, love, love a mail order bride romance.  From my first, Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke, right through my more recent reads like the erotic Bride Train series by Reece Butler. I just can’t seem to get enough.  That being said…

This one was filled with tons and tons of emotional drama for Sarah.  Seriously.  She spent days agonizing over whether or not she could marry Charlie after he had lied to her, while we, the reader, could tell the decision had already been made.

What I typically like in a mail order read is watching as the hero and heroine become acquainted and figure out how they’ll fit into each other’s lives.  Sadly, there was none of that in this book.  Charlie was practically a saint, other than his one lie.  There seemed to be no adjustment at all for either of them.  It was all about Sarah having to make her decision.

The sex in this book barely warrants mentioning.  If Lauara Ingalls Wilder had written an erotic romance, I think the sex scenes would have read similar to this one. In fact, the writing style, in general, reminded me of the Little House books.

If you’re like me, and enjoy mail order bride stories, you may like this one.  Just prepare yourself for lots of drama and rather dull sex.