The Prince with Amnesia by Emily Evans

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Despite the fact that the title could be a little more alluring and that the reader has to suspend all reality for this book, (because no way is a hot, seventeen year old, European prince, second in line to his county’s throne, going to go to a public high school in Texas. That’s just stuff of fairy tales, not real life.) (Damn it!) this is a surprisingly good story. In fact, in my opinion, if it had been fleshed out a little, with more character development, more insight into the hero, Kai’s family, and had not left the reader hanging at the end, I would’ve given it 5 stars.

**Spoiler Alert**

Kind of…

The ending is not really a cliff hanger, per se, more like it just ends without any elaboration. We get the bones of the plot but not the meat. We’re given little hints about things, such as Kai’s grandmother’s involvement in the cause of his amnesia but no further explanation. There’s the whole reality show set up that we’re led to believe is to bring attention to the small country, but seems to just be an elaborate cover up for Kai’s… assassination? (It’s not spelled out but that’s what I concluded even though he’d been in Texas for most of it.) And what’s with Violet’s overbearingly strict parents not letting her date all through high school but allowing her to run all over Europe with a group of her classmates, with just her eighteen year old male cousin and one woman teacher as chaperones? See? Just not enough build up and transition from one plot point to the next.

I know it sounds like I didn’t like, The Prince with Amnesia, on the contrary, I liked it a lot. I think that’s why I’m leaving such a critical sounding review. I’ve read other books by Emily Evans and I know this one could’ve been something great.

Best wishes for great books,

Charli

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The Bastard (The Baddest Boys in History #1) by Inez Kelley

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History teaches us that some men are just plain evil. Stalin, Genghis Khan, Hitler, Vlad the Impaler… All have reputations for being terribly evil by torturing and killing many, many people but to some, these men were heroes.

To his countrymen, Vlad Dracul (No ‘A’. It was later added by Bram Stoker) was a great leader who warned his enemies away by impaling their comrades and putting them on display. To this day, Romanians will tell you that he was not evil.

Most of the world knows Hitler was a sadistic psychopath who killed people simply for the color of their hair, in some cases. To the Nazi’s, Hitler was a man of vision who could take the whole world to a new level.

That said, it seems it’s all in the way you look at it, your perspective, which side you’re on, or what version of the story you’ve heard.

In Inez Kelley’s, The Bastard, the Creator of All, has declared war on evil that has lasted centuries. In present time, the remaining warriors serving on earth, are the “bravest and the best” but, according to History’s point of view, are some of the meanest, cruelest men in all of history. These men are loyal to only one, besides each other, the angel that acts as their leader, the archangel, Josiel, or Sela, as she is known, the head of the Forsaken. The Forsaken is one half of the Creator’s army. They fight the good fight, on Earth, protecting the souls of humans from eternal suffering. The other half of the Creator’s army consists of the Righteous, angel warriors who protect the Heavens, led by the archangel, Michael, himself.

In the beginning of the book, the reader has no clue as to what’s going on. All we know is that a woman is attacked by paranormal beings and is then saved by paranormal beings. There’s talk of soul dust and tattoos that become weapons and, before you know it, you’re sucked in and, as the information is given, you are more and more intrigued. Pretty soon, you wish you could read faster so you can find out all the good stuff but, you also wish the book would last forever because it’s so dang good!

This story is so engrossing and full of information that, someone looking for a light read should save this one for a later date. Once you get sucked in, there’s no getting out until the end. Your emotions will be all over the place as you read. You’ll find yourself cheering for the heroine, Lacey, when she doesn’t give up despite all odds being against her. You’ll sigh dreamily over how sweet Erik is to her and how good they are together. You’ll fall in love with the warriors, and will be delighted by their personalities and camaraderie but shocked by what you find out about them. You’ll also be happy and mad, by turns, and, not giving anything away, wonder what the heck Ms. Kelley did that for. (You’ll have to read it to find out!) It’s like an on-going roller coaster of emotion, with occasional pauses for absorbing bits of history and celestial knowledge.

The best part, besides the very satisfying ending? The warriors are all totally drool-worthy and make great romantic hero material. With, The Bastard, being the first book in the series, I can only patiently wait (NOT!) and wonder excitedly, who the next book will be about.

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‘Enjoying the Chase’ by Kirsty Moseley

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 First, let me say that I love Kirsty Moseley’s stories. This is the third one I’ve read, and I’ve enjoyed them all, very much. Her characters have a lot of depth with realistic personalities and I found myself really falling in love with them. I’d even go so far as to say, that the main male character, Nate Peters, is my new favorite male character! He’s not only extremely masculine and good-looking but he’s romantic, thoughtful, affectionate, loyal, honorable and has a terrific sense of humor! I could go on but let’s just say that he’s pretty much perfect, and leave it at that. 
 
The plot kept my attention, was very believable and put me through a lot of different emotions. I found myself saying, ‘Just one more chapter’ a lot, and was a bit sad when it ended. The ending is a very satisfying, happily ever after, though, and there’s even a brief glimpse into the future, which I love! 
 
Now comes the hard part, the things I didn’t love…. 
 
It’s very apparent that Ms. Moseley doesn’t use a professional editor, if one at all. There are so many errors that I was taken out of the story several times, which I hate. I read as an escape and I don’t want to be reminded that it’s just a story by grammatical errors and misplaced words. Unfortunately, this book is riddled with them, and it’s a shame because it’s really a wonderful story. It’s also apparent that Ms. Moseley is not from the U.S., where the story takes place. This isn’t as big a problem for me as it was in the first book in this series but it can be distracting. If you can overlook the errors and misplaced words, I think you’ll truly enjoy this story.
 
I gave it 4 stars despite the errors because I enjoyed it that much. I truly hope that Kirsty Moseley finds a good editor, preferably from the USA, because she’s doing herself and her readers, a big disservice by not using one. Once she does, I think her story-telling talent will take her far as an author. I’m looking forward to reading more from her.
 
Happy Reading! 

Lily Harlem: Em Petrova is here with some fun, sex facts…

Em Petrova is here!

Please welcome the very lovely Em Petrova to my blog today. She’s going to fill us in on some fun sex facts, take it away, Em…

Lily Harlem: Em Petrova is here!.

Hi Lily,

Since I write erotic romance, sex is one of the most important parts of my writing. I love hunting down new information about the topic. Recently I ran across some fun facts and thought I’d share.

1.The vibrator was invented in the 19th century as a medical treatment for female “hysteria”. I know I’d get hysterical if I had to be as stuffy and pent-up as women of those times too! There’s a new movie about this exact theme. Take a look at this Youtube trailer

2.Anyone have a “Rabbit”? Ever wonder why there’s a cute smiley face on the tip? It’s apparently to make the Japanese population feel better about the production and buying of this orgasm-inducer. Their customs don’t take kindly to devices that resemble phalluses, so this was their solution. ☺

3.Fun Fact—semen contains zinc and calcium. Both prevent tooth decay!

4.The average size of a penis is 5 inches and 3 inches flaccid. Here’s an amazing map broken up by region and cock size: 
Now I know some of you will be emigrating!


5.If you hate working out, just hop into bed! Active sex burns 200 calories in just 30 minutes! Now why isn’t there an infomercial on it…?


Hope you’ve enjoyed my fun post! And don’t forget to visit my website  for a peek at my weekly obsessions from sexy men to amazing shoes!

Thanks for reading, and thank you to Lily for hosting me.

Em Petrova
~where words mean so much more~

www.empetrova.com

It’s been a delight having you swing by Em, and readers, don’t miss her fabulous new release… Phew, it’s getting hot in here!!
 

Charli’s review of Antichrist 16: The Becoming

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http://www.amazon.com/Antichrist-16-Becoming-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B0083AB0EO/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

It’s taken me a while to figure out what to write in the review for this story. Not because it was bad, on the contrary, because it was so good! I wanted to be able to do it justice. It’s a very original plot, at least one I’ve never run across before, and I really enjoyed it from the first page.

The Antichrist, Nathan, is one of those characters that you feel you actually know. He’s a typical teen that has the uncanny ability to charm his way out of trouble, most of the time. He enjoys hanging with his close friends, he routinely gets picked on by bullies, he gets along pretty well with the teachers at his school, and he has a pretty good relationship with his family. The only thing in his life that causes him pause, besides the bullies, is that he’s adopted and occasionally mentions wondering about his real parents. He takes it all in stride, though, and doesn’t feel as though his life is lacking in any way. For the most part, he appears to be well-adjusted with a great, snarky sense of humor.

Feeling this way about Nathan, I had a problem knowing he was the Antichrist in the story. I wondered how the heck he could be something evil when he seemed to be so sweet. As the story progresses, the author explains their version of the Antichrist as not being evil so much, as being the Uniter of the survivors after the Apocalypse. This put a totally unique spin on the concept of the Antichrist for me. Now, I’m not saying there’s not some badness going on there but I don’t know that evil is the word I’d use to describe it.

I’m not one to include spoilers in my reviews, so I’ll just say that the journey from the explanation of Nathan being the Antichrist, and the end of the book, is one hell of a ride. There were so many twists and turns I stopped trying to anticipate where the story was going, and just enjoyed it. It was definitely worth the ride! I read the last page with some disappointment not knowing when the next installment was due to be released. I sure hope it’s soon!

Goodreads | Charli Denae Mercer’s review of Antichrist 16: The Becoming.

I did not see that coming… at all!

I’m feeling very mixed about this story. It’s really long and kind of flops back and forth quite a bit. Just when you think it’s going to wrap up, some other epic thing happens and it keeps going. Now, this is not really a bad thing, it’s just that there were a few places where I questioned what was happening and was almost getting mad at the characters and thinking, ‘Enough already!’ When I got to the end, which knocked me for a loop as I did not see it coming, at all, the aforementioned complaints became completely clear. I discovered the reason that the plot seemed to go back and forth so much. I also was right to question what was going on. I just didn’t know it at the time.

That being said, I seriously could not put this book down. It kept me intrigued and involved throughout. The main heroine, Abby, brings the reader over to her side pretty quickly. After a terrible tragedy that crushes her spirit, her family is convinced that she’s cracked mentally. She labors to convince them that she’s not crazy through the entire story and, when she finally has evidence that she’s telling the truth, the entire thing blows up in her, and our, face. I’m not going to give the ending away but, let me just say that, if you see it coming, you’re a lot smarter than I am, because it caught me entirely unaware! I’m usually pretty good at figuring out what’s going to happen in movies and books, too, but not this time. As I read the last word, I just kind of sat there for a minute to let it digest before turning my Kindle off. It was like the sun coming out from behind the clouds. Everything was suddenly clear! I think I actually said, “Wow” out loud. LOL!!

This is where my feelings are mixed. Though I obviously enjoyed the story, a part of me was a little disappointed at the ending but, another part of me was awed that the author had the guts to end it the way that she did.

If you like paranormal stories that include angels and demons, you’ll love this story. If you like dramatic stories that involve heroines with personal dilemmas to solve, you’ll love this story. If you like stories with a ‘I totally did not see that coming’ ending, you’ll definitely love this story. I received this story in exchange for an honest review, and I honestly can say that I would spend the money on it, to read it again.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/412638571

Charli Denae’s Reviews > ‘Feyland: The Dark Realm’ by Anthea Sharp

       Charli Denae Mercer‘s review

Sep 20, 2012
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I was sent a digital download of ‘Feyland: The Dark Realm’ by the author, Anthea Sharp, in exchange for a fair and honest review. I’d read the synopsis and thought it sounded interesting but really, hadn’t the ‘teenagers-being-sucked-into-a-computer-game’ plot been done before? What really intrigued me, though, was the mention of the computer game being ‘a gateway to the dangerous Realm of the Faerie’. I love fairy tales, especially retold tales, so I decided to go in with an open mind. I try to always be open-minded and positive about things. I don’t want to jump to conclusions or pass judgement before I truly understand what’s going on. I’ve been burned before when I’ve done that and, even though I was pretty sure I knew what to expect, I still wanted to give the book a fair try. What I really didn’t expect, was to be actually drawn into the game myself! All I can say is, ‘Wow’!
The description of Feyland and it’s characters is, in itself, a great reason to read this book. The writing is like prose only… not so much. It’s hard to explain but you actually feel the words. I mean, ‘Sparkling like moonlight on frost’… ? Yep. Can’t you picture it… almost feel the chill? Or how about, ‘It was a cobweb whisper through his mind’? I know, right? You can actually hear a faint whisper floating through your head but then, you’re not quite sure if you really heard anything, or not. The whole book is like that. It’s wonderful! Even if you don’t have a very creative imagination, you’ll find yourself being able to see every level of Feyland in your mind.The Realm character descriptions are equally as magical. You’ll find yourself gasping at how wickedly beautiful the Dark Queen is, or wrinkling your nose at how bad the goblins smell. Your heart will quicken when there’s danger and you’ll catch your breath once you’re safe. You’ll recall fairy tales you saw or read as a child in every character you meet but they’ll seem totally unique, at the same time. 

The human, or real world, is a drastic contrast in itself, as well as to Feyland. Everything is either decrepit and precarious, or impeccable and unassailable, almost like a sterile prison. In fact, the whole story seems to be a contradiction of itself as the two worlds fight against each other. As they start to bleed into one another, you begin to question where one world ends, and the other begins. 

The mortal characters are pretty cool, too. Jennet, the heroine, has an endearing vulnerability that she continually pushes through to draw on her inner strength. As she travels through Feyland, she draws on this strength, at first, to save herself but eventually, to save those she loves, as well as all of mankind. Tam, the hero, is less than poor and, at first, seems kind of cold and aloof. He assumes that Jennet is judging him and works to appear indifferent. You find out why as his home life is revealed but you wonder how he’ll be able to help her with so much already on his plate. It’s soon apparent that there’s much more to Tam than you first assume. He’s a champion ‘Simmer’ (simulation computer game player), very responsible, and loyal to the bone. I’m convinced he’s among the very best Young Adult heroes out there.

The secondary characters aren’t described in much detail but, miraculously, you tend to get a pretty good picture of them through various situations and conversations. Some are detrimental to the plot, and some are just there to move the story along but the author gives you the sense that all of the characters are just as important as any of the others. There’s a definite ending to the story but, at the same time, there’s hope that the story will continue because it’s just that good. These briefly mentioned characters could very well play a larger role in Tam and Jennet’s future but, if they don’t, you feel as though you got to know them anyway.

I really, really enjoyed this book. This is one of those books where the words just flow so smoothly that you lose track of time. It’s almost like you’re actually lost in the play of a game and can’t believe what time it is when you finally look up. Books like that don’t come along all that often but when they do, you almost mourn them when you’re through. You miss the characters and actually yearn to read it again just so you can reconnect with them. Give this series a try, I’m convinced you won’t be sorry. You may even share a love/hate relationship with me once you’re done, sad that it’s already over.

Goodreads | Charli Denae Mercer’s review of Feyland: The Dark Realm

(The 2nd book in the Trilogy, ‘Feyland: The Bright Court’, is out now, with the 3rd to be released this fall, 2012.)