Alluring Ties is a companion novella to the Bayou Stix series. It’s Book 2.5 Bayou Stix. In Alluring Turmoil, we were introduced to Lexi Sloane’s two best friends, Bradi and Erik. Alluring Ties will take you on a journey into their pasts and bring you to their present.
Bradi St. James is a force to be reckoned with. She’s strong, independent, and has something to prove. All of her life, she’s watched the world around her and is determined to have a different fate from what she’s grown up with. The path you’ve always believed to be the right path, may not be your destiny after all.
Erik Jenson is a kind man. A nurturer and the kind of friend everyone wants to have. Growing up surrounded by friends and family who support him, he’s a confident man. The choices he must make and the chances he must take as he lives and grows make him the strong, loving man he becomes.
Alluring Ties contains explicit sex, including some male/male, strong language and is not intended for anyone under the age of 18 or anyone who does not like M/M romance.
Review: Personally, I haven’t read the books that came before this one. I don’t feel that’s a problem. As this is the story of how these friends come together, it actually works for me to start here. Receiving this as an ARC from the author makes me want the two books from before. Personally speaking, I connect most with Erik, but we have a little something in common. This book covers the history of the two characters going about seven years back and is definitely filled with emotional moments, some definitely LOL worthy and some that might make you shed a tear. Of course, I don’t mind the M/M scenes. They were well done and tasteful, even for those not used to them (thankfully I am). I have to read the entire series now and then wait impatiently for the next one.
Skye Turner is an avid reader and an editor turned writer.
She attended Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University where she majored in Mass Communications, centering her studies in Journalism. Unfortunately life intervened and she made the choice to leave her studies.
She lives in small town Louisiana with her husband, 2 children, and 4 fur babies.
When she’s not chained to her laptop pounding out sexy stories she can usually be found playing Supermom, reading, gardening (playing in the dirt), listening to music and dancing like a fool, or catching up on her family oriented blog.
Synopsis: Thimble Down is a country village where death and malice lurk the quiet lanes. When the vile, drunken Bing Rumple acquires a gem-laden treasure, violence begins to follow him everywhere. Where did Bing find such a precious jewel, and worse, is someone willing to kill to possess it? In this fast-paced adventure, the village bookmaster, Mr. Dorro, and his young companions Wyll Underfoot and Cheeryup Tunbridge are in a desperate race to find the answer—before death comes to Thimble Down.
Thimble Down is the first book in the “Chronicles of Dorro” young adult mystery series, which follows Dorro, Wyll, and Cheeryup, on their exciting, but dangerous, mystery adventures. The second book in the series will be released in 2014.
Thimble Down is available on Amazon: http://amzn.com/1482510383
Review: I have to say, I love this story. It reminds me a bit of the hobbit, with halflings and elves, but at least these little people can defend themselves if they have to. Thankfully it’s not as long as the hobbit, so it’ll appeal even to those of the young adults that don’t like to read for too long. The story is interesting, giving insight into this world. I feel like it’s a cursory glance, that will hopefully be expanded later in the series. It’s a very interesting tale, fill with characters of ill repute, as well a honorable characters, and plenty of lazy and greedy people. It’s a nice mix. I personally would love to know more about the elves, but I liked Dorro. He’s not the bravest guy around, but he has his moment. He seems like he’ll always come through when it really counts, and it makes it so much better that he’s really just a librarian with a knack for solving mysteries. Great story, and I’d love to read book two.
Description: Ophelia Weller never believed in ghosts until the night she became one. But when the aftermath of a frat party on the most haunted campus in America leaves her face to face with her own naked corpse, she really has no other option. Now a wraith, Ophelia is a spirit hidden amongst the living. Forced to conceal her undead identity from the world, and struggling to remain visible to the humans around her, how will she ever manage to convince her dearest friend of the truth? Or muster the courage to tell her beautiful gym partner that she just may be in love with her? And, with no memory of her death, how will Ophelia solve the mystery of her murder?
Review: I enjoyed this. The concept is much different from the usual ghost story. Generally ghost stories have a ghost that can’t be seen or heard very much. This ghost is corporeal, when she wants to be. Without spoiling too much, Ophelia had a rough go of it. Her death definitely wasn’t an easy one. It’s interesting to watch her come to terms with the fact that she’s really dead and trying to figure out who killed her. The story does touch on some realistic issues with obsession, stalking, and the very rough issue of rape and of course, murder. Of course, Ophelia also has other conflicts to deal with, such as her growing attraction to a female friend and her best friend, a male, trying to accept her for what she is and not seek out revenge. All in all, a very, very different and entertaining take on a ghost story and I would love to read more.
Description: Kate Collier is still recovering from a vicious rape and trying to make a success of her dress shop when Jason Randal and Anthony Richards return to London from the Continent, intent on winning her. She’s known them for years, ever since they served with her late husband in the Peninsula against Napoleon. She’d been in love with them for almost that long. To discover they feel the same is a shock, but Kate isn’t ready to turn her life back over to a man, or men.Jason and Tony prove hard to resist, however, especially when their close friendship blossoms into desire for each other as they make Kate’s body burn with passion. The combination of their insatiable desire for her and their journey into a sexual relationship with one another is irresistible to Kate.A nightmare from her past tries to keep them apart, but the three long for a life together in spite of society’s censure, and they will not be denied.Reader advisory: Contains male/male sex scenes.
Review: This was interesting. Clearly set back in older England when there was a more defined high society, this relationship is clearly a bit of a taboo. That makes it all the more interesting to me. First we have Kate, who’s been a victim and is trying to take charge of her life. Then there’s Jason and Tony, two soldiers who’ve drawn closer together due to surviving the harsh conditions of war together. The story is clear.Jason and Tony both love Kate and want to marry her, but not in a conventional sense. They want to share her, and not in a selfish sense. It’s a little hard for the average person to comprehend, I suppose, but these two men are bisexual, even though they hadn’t truly admitted it. Add to this complex story the fact that Kate is shunned from high society because the man responsible for her rape, which was quite brutal, is in high society and of course makes it seem like she’s nothing more than a common whore, and there’s a roller coaster ride of emotion here. My only question throughout the steamier scenes is if people really talked this way during that time period. I expect vulgar language, I’m just curious as to if it’s appropriate vulgar language for the time period. Otherwise, it’s a great story and I’d love to read the rest of the series.
So, it’s been way too long since I’ve posted anything. Life gets in the way sometimes. As I approach graduation time, it’s pretty much crunch time to pass all my classes. Anyway, there are some updates for the books and such so lets get to it.
Blood Monarch is the next book in the Dragon Hunters series. While originally just Anaya and Galen’s book, it has now been made to include Vlad and Vacker, as it’s high time to resolve the issue of Vacker’s disappearance. It’s going to get rough, and Vlad of course finds his soul mate in an unexpected person. I’ll let you makes guesses at that until the book is finished and published.
The next book will be Andreas and Kazarian’s book. Yes, they get a second book. There’s so much more to Andreas than what was covered in the Lost Dragon. After all, he’s lived over 11,000 years. The skeletons in his closet are legion, and they’re about to come to the surface. It’s going to be a bumpy road to say the least for my first happy couple.
Journeys will be rewritten as I’ve decided Landon can’t be human. He seems to be a vampire, which is pretty boss with me. Still, this will be separate from the main series. Different lore and legends, abilities, reaction to daylight, etc. Same issues will be in there, just with some supernatural twists. I should be able to finish that shortly.
Now, for those sending review requests. I have gotten them. I have responded to one and gotten it, so that review will come soon. It’s mainly me again doing the reviews, and I choose the most interesting first. I have done some other non requested by an author reading that I need to post some reviews to. Expect those in the coming days. Not too many, as some of these should never have been published in my opinion and I don’t like to read bad reviews. Just a note to any who submit erotica to me: I love erotica and have no issue reviewing it, so long as you are writing erotica and not a porno script. If you don’t know the difference, you’re probably writing the latter. Now, it’s time for me to get to work on these reviews
Description: After millennia of faithfully guarding his post in the Garden of Eden, the cherubim Jayden flees. He leaves everything—including his sword—behind, disobeying orders for the first time in his existence, and all because he can sense her: his Temptation. She’s close, and Jayden can’t allow himself to be weak: to fall the way his brothers have for centuries whenever they encounter their very human, very beautiful Temptations. But he has a job to finish. He must regain the integrity the Trees have lost through being tested by vile humans, and it will require blood. And if seeking out the humans he must kill brings Jayden into contact with the one woman who could destroy everything he is, he may never be able to resist her.
A victim of rape, Grace Tucker, Ph.D. knows she can and must keep all men at a distance at any cost. She’s spent years perfecting her arsenal of man-deflecting weapons; her weight and acerbic wit are just two of her most effective munitions. Grace pours herself into her work, constantly seeking to fill the void of self-worth left empty by her attackers’ horrifying actions. And her latest job—translating a dead language engraved into an ancient sword—could be just the thing to finally launch her career and make Grace feel alive for the first time in years.
Neither Jayden nor Grace is prepared for what happens when they meet. A terrible accident places Grace at death’s door, and Jayden allows the unthinkable to take place out of guilt: he lets his intended victims heal her with the fruit from the Tree of Eternal Life. Grace immediately Impulse-pairs with him, an outcome he should have expected as she is the one woman on the earth who can bring him down.
Review: Because I write about angels, this book was given to me by the author to read. This is a different cry from my angels, sticking more strictly to the angels of the Judaic-Christian faith. There is a twist and this makes the story very interesting to me. The angels all have a specific temptation that will lead them to fall. For Lucifer, it had been power. For many others, apparently it is woman. Jayden’s Temptation is Grace, and its all the worse for him because he’s the guardian of the tree of life, which man has gotten hold of and eaten fruit from. Apparently this makes them immortal.
What I find most interesting is how the angels work. They actually act independent of God. One could argue that they’ve lost touch with God despite living in heaven. They no longer hear his voice and are clearly acting on outdated principles God himself no longer enforces. The conflict makes this so much more interesting and I would love to read more of the series to see how this goes. In the end, you can tell there’s something big brewing among the angels. I definitely want to know what it is