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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Review: Immortal Rider by Larissa Ione


Title: Immortal Rider
Author: Larissa Ione
Series: Lords of Deliverance,
book 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“The signs are everywhere...disastrous world events. Evil rising up, unleashed upon the innocent. The prophecies were there...but no one listened. Until now. The time has come for those who can either usher in Doomsday...or prevent it. They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Arik Wagner, a soldier with the U.S. Army's paranormal unit, the R-XR, kissed a girl and liked it. And then he went to hell as punishment. Where he's spent weeks being tortured...and plotting revenge.

Limos, Horsewoman of the Apocalypse, isn't your average girl. She's immortal, dangerous, and her fiancé is Satan himself. In a moment of weakness, she gave in to her desire and kissed Arik, triggering her fiancé's wrath - and his claim on her. In order to save Arik, and theworld, Limos must make a dangerous pact with her recently turned evil brother, Pestilence. A deal that might just cost her her soul...and her heart.”
Immortal Rider is the second book in the Lords of Deliverance series by Larissa Ione. 

Limos also knows as Famine is the third horseman of the Apocalypse. As contrary to her brothers she was raised as a princess in Hell and at a young age she was betrothed to Satan. After meeting her brothers and expending sometime out of Hell with them she realized she didn’t liked the person she was and the things she did. For her, lying and betraying was a sport and as entertaining as any hobby could be. Now a changed woman her past is coming to haunt her. Not only Satan is putting pressure to claim her as his bride, the lies she told are affecting everybody around her.
Arik Wagner has been involve with the supernatural world for more than half his life. He has worked with them for years always keeping his distance, until the day he mets Limos. There is something in her that attracts him deeply, so much he can’t resist kissing her… big mistake! In Limos betrothal contract there is clause that stipulates if Limos show any affection to any man this man will be brought to hell and he will be torture until he calls Limos name, the moment this man calls her name Limos will be magically taken back to Hell where she will marry her fiancé. Soon after Arik kisses Limos he is taken by some creatures to Hell, where he suffers for weeks all kind of torments, he never breaks, he is too afraid of what could happened if he says Limos name. 
After some planning he is able to escape but his nightmare doesn’t end there, some other complications happen and now he needs to be closer to Limos than ever. Ok, not too close because Limos wears a chastity belt that will chop to bit and pieces anything that comes too close to her. 

This is the first time I have a love/hate relationship with a character. I liked Limos humor, her capacity to kick some ass and her love and devotion for her brothers, but I hated her compulsive lying. She is a strong woman in a sense and a very weak in other aspects. I couldn’t understand her behavior and how seeing the damage she was doing with her lies she didn’t do anything to stop it. Also how she let Pestilence blackmailed her in doing something very foolish without thinking about the consequences of her actions. 

I liked Arik since Demonica series and loved him in this book. We learned a lot more about him and his past. He grew up in an abusive household. Since he has a young child he tried to protect his mom as sister as much as he could but sometimes it was too much for him to handle. His circumstances forced him to make stupid decisions, decisions for which years later he is still paying. I loved how despite Limos lies and deceptions he sticked by her and protected her even from herself. 

The sexual tension between this two is off the chart, don’t expect pages of down and dirty action because you won’t find them (remember chastity belt), but to be honest I didn’t miss them. Mrs. Ione does a wonderful job in heating the engines and leaving them idle until the great take off at the end of the book. I loved how descriptive Arik was while talking of what he wanted to do to Limos... *fans herself*

The secondary characters played a big role, specially Thanatos, his story was a hard one and very difficult to digest but so well portrayed that I suffered with him. I won’t give too much away about this but let me tell you it will play an important part in books to come.
Ares is also present with Cara. We see more of the guys from Underground General and Demonica series in general. Some have bigger roles than others and some will have more important parts in the future. One character I really like is Reaver, I also suffered with him throughout the pages, Mrs. Iona gives us a bit more info about him and me and my overworking brain have a very BIG theory about him, I’ll see in future books if I’m right… I can’t share it with you because it’ll be very spoilerish.

Immortal Rider is a book that will trap you in its creative world, with amazing characters that you would pay to meet and with non-stop action that would have you devouring its pages. Immortal Rider has a main plot and many subplots synchronized perfectly to make of the read a more entangling and enjoyable one. 
I recommend Immortal Rider and this series in general to all the fans of the Demonica series and anyone who wants to read very sexy, dark, paranormal romance. I also recommend you to read these books in order.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
Eternal Rider
Immortal Rider
Lethal Rider (June 1st 2012)

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday's Hot-Hot Hottie: Ryan Gosling

Today's Hot-Hot Hottie is the Canadian actor and musician 
Ryan Gosling
He was first known as a child star on the Disney Channel. Some of his most known films are The Notebook, Blue Valentine, All Good Things and Crazy Stupid Love. 








Monday, November 28, 2011

Review: Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh


Title: Lord of the Abyss
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Royal House of Shadows,
book 4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Harlequin
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.… 
As the dark Lord who condemns souls to damnation in the Abyss, Micah is nothing but a feared monster wrapped in impenetrable black armor. He has no idea he is the last heir of Elden, its last hope. Only one woman knows—the daughter of his enemy. 
Liliana is nothing like her father, the Blood Sorcerer who’d cursed Micah. She sees past Micah’s armor to the prince inside. A prince whose sinful touch she craves. But first she has to brave his dark, dangerous lair and help him remember. Because they only have till midnight to save Elden.”
Lord of the Abyss is the fourth and last book in the Royal House of Shadows series, this installment is written by Nalini Singh.
Lord of the Abyss is Micah’s book. Micah is the youngest son of King Aelfric and Queen Alvina of Elden. When the Blood Sorcerer attacked Elden’s castle killing the sovereigns Micah was only five years old. The Blood Sorcerer failed to kill him and his siblings thanks to his parents intervention, they used their last effort to perform magic casting them away from Elden. The only problem was that their magic was twisted by the Blood Sorcerer and Micah was sent to the Black Castle at the edge of the Abyss where he became the Lord of the Abyss. The Abyss is where the the souls of evil people end. Micah’s job is to collect them when they are lost and bring them to the Abyss. 
Liliana knows better than anyone the malice of the Blood Sorcerer, she is his daughter. A daughter who has suffer as no other under his hands and who knows he needs to be stopped before it’s too late. For that reason she risks everything and goes to find Micah to bring him back to Elden before the 20th anniversary of the Blood Sorcerer’s take over the kingdom. If Micah and his brothers are not back on Elden on the night of the anniversary everything will be lost for them and for Elden.
Micah is curious about the woman who magically appeared in the middle of the court. She’s not a beauty, completely the opposite but she’s the only woman who has ever look at him at his eyes without fear and see him, not the Lord of the Abyss but the man. 
Liliana is worried she won’t be able to get Micah on time to Elden. He doesn’t remember who he is or where he came from and every time Elden or his family are mention he suffers of intolerable pain. 

Liliana has suffered tremendously under her father’s “care”, he wanted her to follow his legacy but she doesn’t have one evil cell in her. To him she was a disappointment and he has let her know over and over in the most painful of ways of his feelings. Still he hasn’t been able to break her. Her heart is pure and good. I loved her strength and her determination and how she cared for others. 

Micah is a sweetheart even though he doesn’t know it. The only thing he has known all his life is being the Lord of the Abyss and since his first memories everybody has feared him. His only company have been a brownie that is his cook and care taker and his second in command, a big man who doesn’t talk much. Micah didn’t know he was lonely until he met Liliana and started to spend time with her. 

I really loved how their relationship developed, in my opinion it was perfectly paced. There was an attraction since their first encounter and slowly they started to act upon it. I loved how playful Micah was and how he didn’t care Liliana wasn’t a beauty, for him she was perfect. *swoon* 

The secondary characters were also great, from the Jissa the brownie to Bard the loyal one. I loved how they cared for Micah despite of him being the Lord of the Abyss and how Jissa and Bard play around each other. Other characters I loved were the mouses and I loved how Mrs. Singh introduce them in the story as they are in the Beauty and the Beast. 

I can easily say Lord of the Abyss is the book I have liked the most in this series. I loved the characters, the world Mrs. Singh created and how she masterfully mingled the fairy tale of The Beauty and the Beast with the story. 

The only thing that was a bit of a disappointment was the abrupt resolution to the saga. We have been waiting for three books, four if I include this one, to get to the point of the reunion of the siblings after decades of being apart and to the big fight for the Kingdom of Elden against the Blood Sorcerer. The reunion with the brothers was very brief and lacking of emotion and the ultimate fight wasn’t a big deal, I really expected a lot more. 

Lord of the Abyss can be read as a stand alone book without any problem. If you are a fan of Mrs. Singh work or if you love paranormal romance you should pick this one up.


My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Lord of the Vampires
Lord of Rage
Lord of the Wolfyn
Lord of the Abyss

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Movie Trailer: Brave

Brave is the upcoming 3D computer-animated fantasy film and the first fairy tale film by Pixar Animations, it's also the first film with a female protagonist (Merida) in a Pixar movie.
Brave is set during the 10th century in the highlands of Scotland. Merida is a young girl and skilled archer who defies tradition unleashing chaos and fury to the kingdom. She turns to a witch for help who granted her a wish/curse. To break the curse she will need to discover the meaning of true bravery. 

This film will be in theaters on June 22nd 2012 in the United States.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday's Short Review: In Close by Brenda Novak


Title: In Close
Author: Brenda Novak
Series: Bulletproof Trilogy, book 3
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: MIRA
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Claire O'Toole's mother, Alana, went missing fifteen years ago. That was big news in Pineview, Montana, the kind of town where nothing much ever happens. Then, last year, Claire's husband, David, died in a freak accident — after launching his own investigation into Alana's disappearance.
Is Alana dead? Or did she simply abandon her husband and daughters? Claire's determined to find out — and her former boyfriend, Isaac Morgan, wants to help. Although their relationship didn't end well, he still has feelings for her. And yet it isn't until he starts to suspect David's death wasn't an accident that he's drawn back into her life.
Together, Claire and Isaac search for answers to the questions that have haunted Pineview all this time. But as they soon discover, someone's prepared to kill so those answers won't be found. . .”

In Close is the third book in the Bulletproof Trilogy by Brenda Novak. 

I was really looking forward to this book, I thought it will be Pretty Boy/Rex’s story. Sadly it wasn’t. This book is about Claire O’Toole and the investigation on the disappearance of her mother fifteen years ago. We met Claire in book two (In Seconds). 

I had some problems with the story and the characters. Even though I tried I couldn’t connect with Claire. Her behavior felt childish and she cared too much what other people thought about her. She was a people-pleaser to the point of sacrificing her happiness for underserving people as her sister Leanne. Claire also asked difficult questions and when she got answers she didn’t accept them despite being the truth. 

Isaac was the character I liked the most. He has regretted the decision he took years back in regards to Claire. At the time he wasn’t ready for what she wanted from him. He had issues and traumas he needed to deal with before being ready for a relationship. Now he is sure he wants Claire and is willing to do anything to be with her. I loved how protective of her he was and how without expecting anything in exchange he took the reins of the investigation on his hands. 
Their relationship felt rushed. I understand they had a past together but it was too much too fast. 

I didn’t like any of the secondary characters starting with Claire’s sister Leanne. Her behavior was inexcusable and her story was left with many unanswered questions. 
One of the problems I had was that Laurel and Myles felt completely different from the characters I loved in In Seconds. It was as if they were not the same characters but completely new ones. 

My final thought: I was a little frustrated with In Close. First this is supposed to be the last book in the Bulletproof Trilogy and to say I was disappointed In Close wasn’t about Pretty Boy/Rex is an understatement. I felt cheated that the conclusion of the trilogy was the story of somebody we met quickly in book two instead of the story of the person remaining in the trio of friends from book one (Inside) and book two (In Seconds). I can say that from the three books of this series this one is the one I have liked the least. I blame it on the characters, the lack of closure of even mention of Pretty Boy/Rex and the abrupt and unsatisfactory end. Don’t take me wrong, everything wasn’t bad with In Close, Mrs. Novak writing is good as always and the mystery behind Claire’s mom disappearance had me glued to the pages, that I didn’t like the end it’s something else. 


My Verdict: 3 Paws


Other books in the series
Inside
In Seconds
In Close

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

CATS-ilicious Thursday


To all my friends in the United States

Here is a video of my girls. This one was taken last week during one of their first days together. 
The big-sister-cat is Kosita and the kitten is our new baby The Brave Ellie.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tuesday's Hot-Hot Hottie: PLAYGIRL Edition

I know many of you missed my Tuesdays post the most, for that reason this week's post will be a big longer/bigger than usual. 
Today's Hot-Hot Hottie is PLAYGlRL Edition.











Thank you DS for sharing these pictures with me.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Review: Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins



Title: Until There Was you
Author: Kristan Higgins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Posey Osterhagen can't complain. She owns a successful architectural salvaging company, she's surrounded by her lovable, if off-center, family and she has a boyfriend—sort of. Still, something's missing. Something tall, brooding and criminally good-looking…something like Liam Murphy.

When Posey was sixteen, the bad boy of Bellsford, New Hampshire, broke her heart. But now he's back, sending Posey's traitorous schoolgirl heart into overdrive once again. She should be giving him a wide berth, but it seems fate has other ideas….”

Cornelia “Posey” Osterhagen dreamed many times of the day she would cross paths again with her former crush Liam Murphy. She imagined many scenarios were she would be looking her best. She never thought she would see Liam again fifteen years later while wearing her old and unflattering waitress uniform at her parents’ restaurant.

After the death of his wife Emma, Liam Murphy decided to move from California back to Bellsford, New Hampshire where his in-laws live. He thought it would be good for his teenager daughter, Nicole to be close to her grandparents. Liam was known as the bad boy of Bellsford with a reputation to back up his fame; he did many things he wasn’t proud of during his teen years. His life changed when he met Emma, the golden girl of Bellsford. Now as a widower he is trying to be the best father for Nicole and wants to protect her from boys that are the way he was.

Liam remembers Posey as the scrawny daughter of the couple who gave him a job when nobody else wanted to give him an opportunity. He knew she had a crush on him but he never paid attention to her out of respect to her parents. After fifteen years Posey hasn’t changed much, she is still tiny, skinny and a bit awkward in a cute way. What Liam likes most about her is that she isn’t throwing herself at him as half the woman in town are doing. She is also funny and smart and without noticing he is enjoying spending time with her.

Posey has had a crush on Liam Murphy since she was fifteen years old. It doesn’t matter that on the day of her prom he inadvertently broke her heart or that his heart belonged to another one the whole time. Liam is one of those guys hard to forget and Posey’s treacherous hormones and heart are not listening to her head. Now he is back and they are spending time together. He has been clear with her, he doesn’t/can’t have a relationship because of his daughter. Even though Posey doesn’t want to fall for him, she is already halfway in love. Should she try to fight for what she wants or should she just let it go?

Until There Was You was a little bit different from previous books by Mrs. Higgins. In Until There Was You not only do we get Posey’s POV but Liam’s too. I was glad for that, I think with just Posey’s perspective it would have been very difficult to like/accept Liam, but seeing the way he thinks and feels made it easier for me to connect with him. Even though I didn’t agree with all his actions, I kind of understood him.

Posey is a woman with many insecurities. It’s not just that she is tiny , dark and skinny, she is also the adoptive daughter of a German-American couple. Her parents are a very tall and very blond couple, completely opposite of what she looks. This doesn’t mean she hasn’t felt love by them, they have loved her from day one, sometimes they love and care for her too much. Her mother is an overprotective mother who doesn’t want anything bad happening to her, to the point of hilarity. To add to Posey’s insecurities her perfect model-look cousin and famous TV chef, Gretchen, has come to live and help Posey’s parents with their restaurant.
What I liked about Posey was that she felt real, she is a woman with insecurities but at the same time she is strong and sassy. I liked her uniqueness and even though sometimes I wanted her to value herself more I understood her behavior as the result of many years of feeling and seeing herself as the ugly ducky of the family and town.

On the beginning Liam was a bit hard to liked, he felt a bit pompous but after knowing him more I started to like him. He was really fun to read, especially his issues with his daughter and boys. He was once the bad boy that slept around with half the girls in the school, now he doesn’t want his girl to be one of those girls. Sometimes his overprotectiveness was a bit over the top, making his character feel a bit exaggerated. At the end it was clear his actions towards Nicole and Posey were based on good intentions making them forgivable.

What I liked the most about Until There Was You were the secondary characters, especially Posey’s brother in law and best friend Jon. Jon is the partner of Posey’s brother Henry who is also adopted. I loved how Jon was there all the time for Posey and was always truthful to her. He also brought the laughs in the story. I also liked Henry but his obsession for amputations was a bit too much (he’s an orthopedist). I liked how their relationship was portrait as an stable and happy one.
Posey’s friend Katie was also fun, but her relationship with her son was not a normal one. She is a good mother and all that but in my opinion she crossed the mother/son line more than once.
I liked a lot Liam’s daughter Nicole, she is a teenager who has suffered the loss of her mother but knows she has too continue living and even though her father was crazy with his overprotectiveness she knew how to handle him and understood and accepted his behavior for what it was, him worrying for her well-being.

Until There Was You was Mrs. Higgins at her best, great characters, spotless writing, humor with a social context and a nice and fulfilling HEA. If you are a fan of her books I’m sure you are going to love this one and if you haven’t read anything by Mrs. Higgins Until There Was You is a great book for you to get to know her work.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Movie Trailer: Mirror Mirror Vs. Snow White and the Huntsman


From IMDb: "Two studio kingdoms dueled over their competing Snow White projects, with director Tarsem facing the unenviable task of turning around his spin (Mirror, Mirror) on the fairy tale in under a year, besting by more than three months Snow White and the Huntsman, the more grown-up version created by Rupert Sanders."

What happen to originality? Two Snow White movies in 2012. Mirror, Mirror produced by Relativity Media and Snow White and the Huntsman produced by Universal Studios. Which one do you like best?

Mirror, Mirror - Trailer


Release date March 16, 2012


Snow White and the Huntsman - Trailer



Release date June 1st, 2012

The Brothers Grimm must be very happy in heaven-land.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday's (Not-So) Short Review: Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore by Stella Duffy



TitleTheodora: Actress, Empress, Whore
Author: Stella Duffy
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Group
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“ 'Justinian took a wife: and the manner she was born and bred, and wedded to this man, tore up the Roman Empire by the very roots.' Procopius

Charming, charismatic, heroic - Theodora of Constantinople rose from nothing to become the most powerful woman in the history of Byzantine Rome. In Stella Duffy's breathtaking new novel, she comes to life again - a fascinating, controversial and seductive woman. Some called her a saint. Others were not so kind...
When her father is killed, the young Theodora is forced into near slavery to survive. But just as she learns to control her body as a dancer, and for the men who can afford her, so she is determined to shape a very different fate for herself.
From the vibrant streets and erotic stage shows of sixth-century Constantinople to the holy desert retreats of Alexandria, Theodora is an extraordinary imaginative achievement from one of our finest writers.”

Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore is the fictional biography of Theodora of Constantinople by Stella Duffy. Theodora was a lowborn woman with a disreputable past who later became Empress of Rome and a Saint in the Orthodox Church.

Theodora was the daughter of a bear trainer and a common woman. After the death of her father, at a very young age Theodora is forced to earn her living as an actress next to her two sisters. During those times actresses were also prostitutes who entertained an audience in from and back of the auditorium’s curtain at the Hippodrome. Theodora was not an accomplished singer or dancer but she had an special gift in comedy. It didn’t take long for Theodora to become the most famous and sought actress at the time. Theodora thought she was content with her life until the day she meets the new appointed governor of Pentapolis (Northern Africa), Hecebolus and falls in love with him. Following a short relationship Theodora decides to leave the theater and Constantinople behind and moves with Hecebolus to Pentapolis. After just couple of months in Africa Theodora realizes Hecebolus was not the man she thought he was and leaves him. Looking for a way back to Constantinople takes Theodora to Alexandria where she meets The Patriarch Timothy. He offers her help and safe passage to Constantinople in exchange for the atonement of her sins. After accenting Timothy’s offer Theodora spends one year in a desert camp in Africa where she finds her faith. After her conversion she becomes Timothy’s emissary and returns to Constantinople where thanks to Timothy’s schemes she meets Justinian, the nephew and heir of the emperor Justin. After assisting Justinian with the organization of some events they become friends. Justinian recognize Theodora’s good qualities and sees in her a good partner. After some difficulties they marry and following the dead of Justin, Justinian becomes the new Emperor of Rome and Theodora, his Empress.

I live in Istanbul, old Constantinople, I knew about Theodora but not much about her past; for that reason I decided to read Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore and I’m glad I did. Not only her history is an interesting and an admirable one, but some of the settings in the story are places I know and have visited, this made the story a more enthralling one for me. Mrs. Duffy does a great job depicting the city and the culture at the time, I’m sure you will enjoy this book too if you like to read about different places and cultures.

Theodora was a very interesting character, now only was she real but her life was not an easy one. She was a woman than since day one wanted more and a better life. She was strong and smart and used her wits to get to the place she got in life. Seeing her transformation from a child-prostitute to the moment she is crowned Empress was a very compelling journey. 

My final thought: Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore is a well-written and very interesting read. It’s obvious Mrs. Duffy did a very good job researching the historical facts of the time and intermingled them perfectly with the story. My only complaint when I finished this book was that I needed more. I wanted to learn about Theodora and her life as the Empress of Rome.
After visiting the author’s page on the Penguin Group’s website I discovered than not only Mrs. Duffy is working on the sequel (yay!) but also that Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore and the sequel have recently been optioned for a HBO television series.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Notice...


As many of you may know last week we adopted a kitten, her name is Ellie. I knew things wouldn’t be easy with my cat (Kosita) because she is not an easy cat, but I never imagine it’ll be this difficult.
Almost a week has passed and Kosi hasn’t accepted Ellie. There have been some improvements but nothing major. Kosi is still hissing every time she sees or smells Ellie. But the worst part at least for me is that Kosi is unhappy and is avoiding me. Kosi used to be on top of me everyday, she also used to follow me around the house the whole day, she was my little shadow. But since Ellie came to the house she doesn’t come to me anymore and doesn’t want me to touch her. We (with dh) have done some research and her behavior is “normal” and it’s supposed to change with time, but it still breaks my heart.
I got Ellie because I thought it’ll be good for Kosi to have a furry friend, just like her, but I guess Kosi doesn’t appreciate my good intentions.
This situation with the little ones has been difficult for me and to add to that one there is also another pressing personal matter that is affecting me. So, with the excuse that in this part of the world will be holiday until Thursday I have decided to take couple of days off from blogging.
I hope to see you all soon and thank you for understanding.
Marcela.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Movie Trailer: A Dangerous Method

A Dangerous Method is the upcoming historical film based in the non-fiction book A Most Dangerous Method by John Kerr. The screenplay is an adaptation of the stage play The Talking Cure based on the same book.
This film explores the turbulent relationship between psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud and Sabina Spielrein, the troubled woman who comes between them. 

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday's Short Review: The Gladiator’s Master by Fae Sutherland & Marguerite Labbe



Title: The Gladiator’s Master
Authors: Fae Sutherland
& Marguerite Labbe
Genre: M/M Romance, Historical
Publisher: Carina Press
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“When Roman politician Caelius inherits a stable of gladiators, there is one who captures his attention above the others...one whose eyes gleam with hate, pride and desire. 

Forced into slavery by Roman greed, Gaidres can barely conceal his contempt toward his new Dominus. Gaidres has a plan: kill Caelius and end the lineage of the Roman family that enslaved him. For his plan to succeed, he must make a show of respect and obedience-even when called on to service his master's desires. 

Gaidres is shocked to learn that in the confines of his quarters, Caelius doesn't want to dominate his slave, but to be taken by him. The sex is explosive as they break society's taboos and, to Gaidres's dismay, they form a tenuous relationship. Even when Caelius learns of Gaidres's plans for revenge, he knows he can't live without his perfect lover. Is he willing to risk it all to tame his gladiator's heart?”
Let me start this review by saying: Holy Freaking Monkeys this book was STEAMY SIZZLING HOT! Getting that out of the way I can tell you The Gladiator’s Master was a very nice surprise. If I’m honest I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did, but this book was great in many ways.

Gaidres is a man who lives for revenge. His previous owner Cruxos came to his little town and not only took him as a slave, he also murdered his lover. After Cruxos death, his nephew Caelius has inherited him and the ludus where Gaidres has lived the last couple of years. Caelius may not be the man who took him as a slave but just by sharing Cruxos blood Gaidres considers him guilty, therefore in his revenge plans he needs to die too. 

After arriving to the ludus and meeting his new gladiators for the first time Caelius is appalled at the conditions they have been living.  His uncle’s “care” left a lot to be desired. Caelius is a man who doesn’t enjoy violence but see the ludus as an opportunity to increase his political power; for that reason he wants to bring the ludus back to his former glory and decides to invest in the gladiators welfare. One gladiator has caught his eye, not only he is the one in the best shape but Gaidres also has a daring look. Caelius names Gaidres as the ludus representative and mediator. But what Caelius really wants is for Gaidres to come willingly to his bed.

Gaidres is intrigued by Caelius, not only he is a different kind of dominus but he is also a very attractive man. Gaidres knows Caelius wants him and if he is honest with himself he wants him too. Making his decision, Gaidres come to Caelius’ bed. On the beginning he wants to get closer to Caelius just to wait for the perfect opportunity to kill him, but after spending some time with Caelius Gaidres realizes that the Roman he should hate is slowly stealing a place in his heart. A place Caelius will be very please to keep if just Gaidres allows him.

I really liked Gaidres, he is the perfect tortured hero who needs to leave his sad and traumatic past behind to be able to embrace his future and all the good things that will come with it.
Even though I liked caelius I found his character a bit too modern for the times. I’m not so sure how a Roman society would have accepts his actions without a problem.

My final thought: As I said before I really loved The Gladiator’s Master. This book was not only sexy but also emotional intense. The characters are strong and well developed, the story line is interesting and entangling and the writing was beautiful. There are many (great) sex scenes but they are all masterfully written. At no time they felt like fillers but more like an important part in the development of the relationship.
The Gladiator’s Master is a book you will read with a grin on your face and a book I recommend you if you like m/m sexy stories.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

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