29 August 2012

Review: Antho Cherished - Lauren Dane with Sway

Title: Sway, book #1 in Delicious series
Genre: Contemporary  Erotic Romance
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Berkley
ISBN 0425247538 (ISBN13: 9780425247532)
Language: English
ARC received from author for review.

Summary from website author:
Levi Warner is an established, older man—wealthy, powerful, and above all, respectable. Then Levi meets Daisy, an uninhibited 24-year-old dance instructor and artist, not exactly the kind of woman Levi is accustomed to. But the young, free spirit, brings out something in him he only experienced in fantasies. When their scorching affair turns into something unexpectedly deeper, Levi finds himself torn between preserving his reputation, and exploring a wilder and much more satisfying kind of life.

Review:

The moment I knew Lauren Dane was going to write stories about the friends introduced in the Brown Sibling series I was all want for reading them. Add the BDSM element to the romance and I was full of readers glee. I don’t read May/December romances often but I was curious enough how Lauren Dane would deliver on this. What I got was exactly why I adore Lauren Dane’s stories. The sense of family and friendship, love, loyalty and passion, Lauren Dane effortlessly works these emotions into a signature romance that strikes a chord with me. Every.Single.Time!

With very little effort I submerged myself in the lives of this wonderful, enigmatic group of characters. Daisy, full of life and love for her art meets Levi, distinguished and successful in his work. From the bat their dialogues were a verbal seductive dance between two minds that loved the challenge. I couldn’t get enough of their chemistry, it sizzled the pages and made my spine tingle in anticipation for them to get all hot and bothered between the sheets. Lauren Dane has a knack for sexual tension and it was going on full force between Daisy and Levi.

The romance and the conflict born from the age difference was realistically portrayed. While the chemistry was very good and both characters new it, Levi struggled with his inner demons. This is also where the BDSM comes in to play. I would say the BDSM is light: some power exchange, use of toys, some spanking but what I loved so much about it was how it came so natural to the characters. Because Daisy wears her heart on her sleeve she is open about what she feels and that kind of honesty was refreshing to read. Instead of all the internal battles, Daisy wanted to explore what gave her such pleasure. And Levi was just the man to do it. Hot, in control and with the right equipment. The emotions were enough explored to resonate with me but I think it would have been even better in a full length novel.

Along with Daisy came a group of fantastic friends! The ‘Supper Club’ is a great setting for incredible conversations and for friends catching up. Lauren Dane combines art, cooking and music as a fundamental part in the lives of Mary, Jules and Gillian. I have a passion for the same things and it made the ingrained joy from the characters resonate even stronger with me and forged a connection that will last throughout this series! It made me extremely excited for each of the stories to come!

In Sway, Lauren Dane imbedded all I came to love from her. She evoked a gamut of feelings with her storytelling which make me ask for more each time. The new and recurring characters come alive with intensity, personality and humor. The romance is spine-tingling erotic and captured me from the start! Add the friendship and witty banter, which was utter recognizable, and I couldn't read the pages fast enough but wanting to go slow at the same time.

Sway is a great start to a new series which whetted my appetite for more!

4 stars

You can find the review of Maya Banks', Exiled here

Quote:
“What are you thinking, Levi?”
“I’m thinking you’re very young.”
She nodded. “I am.”
“I’m trying to find a way around that.”
“How about I explain to you that I’m twenty four, not fifteen. And that I’m perfectly capable of making my own decisions and choices.”
He took a deep breath and exhaled hard. “And I’m thinking I’m too old.”
“Too old for what? Do you have trapeze fantasies or something? And how old are you? Sixty? Eighty-four? Her mouth trembled as she held a smile back.
The pressure in his chest lessened.
“Eighty-three. Don’t age me before I’m ready.”
“You’re not too old. I’m not too young.”
She stayed where she was, his hands in both of hers. Those big brown eyes watching him carefully. Waiting for him. Christ. She had no idea what that did to him.
“I’m forty. I’m nearly twice your age.”
“So what?”
“Yeah. So what?” He took his hands from hers and touched her chin, tipping it. “I want your mouth.”
Her eyelids slid down a little and she took a deep breath. “Take it, then.”

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28 August 2012

Review: Antho Cherished - Maya Banks with Exiled

Title: Cherished
Genre: erotic romance
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Berkley
ISBN 0425247538 (ISBN13: 9780425247532)
Language: English

Summary via Goodreads:
Enticed to the island paradise where an enigmatic prince is living in exile, beautiful, virginal Talia is introduced to a world of forbidden pleasure where the prince's every whim is fulfilled and her fantasies are rendered in exquisite detail. But when the prince is summoned back to fulfill his duty to his struggling country, reality is thrust upon Talia all too soon. She returns home, heartbroken, convinced she was a passing fancy for an idle ruler and his most trusted men. Until the day they arrive on her doorstep, determined to have her back where she belongs.

Review:

Exiled was going to be my introduction to Maya Banks as an author and I looked forward to it. The blurb almost had an 80’s harlequin romance feel to it. Wealthy prince of an exotic land, an innocent woman whisked away to a place where they meet and romance would blossom. It made me a bit nostalgic but that feeling faded away quickly while reading the first chapters. Right then I didn’t know if Xander was going to be my kind of hero. I found him obnoxious in his demands and alpha behavior. I like it when a hero shows his devotion through his love but Xander pampered, Talia. She was to be treated like fragile porcelain, every wish of Talia should be fulfilled and it rubbed me the wrong way.

Talia was also a character I couldn’t connect with. She was somewhat clumsy, innocent, and the repetitiveness of her inner dialogues of what she was; whore, lover or mistress, was becoming boring really quickly. She signed a contract, knew what was expected of her, at some point I begged her to grow some sort of spine and just follow through on her promise she made in that contract! Also the fact that she instantly submitted her will to four men, without any emotional conflict felt very unrealistic.

The introduction of Xanders trusted confidantes, Sebastien, Nico and Garron, was interesting and they had enough characteristics for them to come alive. With all characters in play Maya Banks took some time to lead up to the night where Talia’s prized possession, her virginity, was to be taken. Of course as Alpha of the pack there was no question this was going to be Xander’s privilege. After that night it felt like reading a ‘red shoe diary’ story of sexual play between the handful of characters on a beautiful island. There was little to none emotional conflict or development. From beginning till end the characters remained the same only at the end the external conflict was solved and Xander and Talia professed their love. Too much sunshine and daisies for my taste to draw me in at any level.

The plot, where Xander was exiled from his country because rebellions took over his country, was nice in the set up but never did I feel any suspense or danger. And then the resolution, it made me roll my eyes as I read it. It was so easy, it almost felt like an afterthought and this added to the disconnected feeling I had regarding the whole story. I have no doubt the characters liked each other, there was definitely some fiery sex play between them but as a polyamorous romance it didn’t even came in the vicinity of hitting the bulls eye.

I’m not a fan of stories where all that is offered is romance fluff. I need a certain character growth and conflict for them to work through will it be able to give me a satisfying level of emotional gratification at the end. Plus it also left me with a double-edged feeling towards the happily ever after, Xander and Talia got their fairytale ending, but the three friends get what? Exiled just didn’t work for my across the whole of it.

2 stars

Tomorrow I'll have the second story; Sway by Lauren Dane up for review.

Quote:
“Fucking a beautiful woman,” Sebastien said sardonically. “Such a chore. I think we should ask for raises.”
Xander’s gaze sharpened. “You won’t be fucking her, Bastien. You’re going to worship her and pleasure her as you’ve never pleasured another woman.”
“I have no problem with that at all,” Sebastien said in a lazy voice that was full of satisfaction – and anticipation.

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27 August 2012

Guestpost & Giveaway: Katie Porter - The Playboy with a Heart of Gold

The Playboy with a Heart of Gold
By Katie Porter

Jon from Inside Bet is super studly and awesome.

I’ll tell you a little secret: this is Lorelie [http://loreliebrown.com] writing this blog post and Carrie Lofty gave me that sentence as a joke intro when we were sketching out this post. But it’s true. Totally. And if he were real, Carrie would completely have a crush on him.

Well, who wouldn’t love a sexy man with deep pockets and a secret smushy side?

The thing is, Jon Carlisle grew up with money. Buckets of it. His family is rolling it, and it could have affected the way he sees the world. In a way, it has. Jon likes the good things in life. He drives an Aston Martin DBS, after all. Have you seen those beasts? One of the sexiest sports cars on the planet. When he takes Heather to a hotel, there’s no fifty-buck-a-night hotbox for a man like him. No. They go all out.

Heather stepped inside…and dropped her jaw. The suite was massive. To the left of the marble entryway was a half bath and a coat closet. Beyond there waited a full dining room and living room. The far wall was made almost entirely of windows. She walked deeper into the white, cream and gold opulence. The bedroom and master bath adjoined the living areas, with a graceful chaise situated beneath another bank of glass. They overlooked the pool deck far below.
She’d seen such suites as part of her work. The casino heads liked to show off their properties as a special treat to her firm.

To stay in such a place…?
Of course that’s fun to read. There’s whole series categories that are based on the appeal of a rich, sexy man who’s determined to sweep you off your feet with the better things in life. That’s the appeal of a Harlequin Presents, after all. (I love those things! Snack ‘em up in a night, sometimes.) A swank guy who’s got the means to support a girl isn’t just about being taken care of. Personally, I think the appeal comes from the idea of being exposed to a side of life that I wouldn’t have any chance of seeing otherwise.

But what’s even better? When that gold upper crust splits to reveal true worth. Jon’s entire paycheck as a F-16 fighter pilot? Goes to charity. It’s practically too good to be true, right? Well, I promise you Jon has plenty of flaws as well. He’s stubborn. And challenging. And he’d mow over most chicks who didn’t have the backbone to stand up to him. Heather doesn’t have that problem at all.

Thank goodness. Because otherwise we couldn’t have written the smoking hot book that we did.

Up next for Katie Porter, the co-writing team of Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown:

Now that both RT BookReviews 4½ Star Top Picks DOUBLE DOWN and INSIDE BET have been released, we're looking forward to the September 25th arrival of HOLD 'EM, featuring wild child Leah and a surprising reunion with a fellow pilot. The final two installments of the "Vegas Top Guns" series will follow in 2013.

November brings the m/m Christmas-themed CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR, and in January, LEAD AND FOLLOW will launch the five-part “Club Devant” series of erotic multi-partner romances set in a hot New York City burlesque club.

Where to find us:

Katie Porter Books
Twitter: @MsKatiePorter
Or individually: @carrielofty and @LorelieBrown

GIVEAWAY: We'd like to give away a copy of DOUBLE DOWN or INSIDE BET (winner's choice) in any format. Just answer the question: What heart-of-gold move would melt you? Taking care of babies or puppies or working for Habitat for Humanity on the weekends?

Thanks again to Leontine’s Book Realm for featuring Katie Porter and Inside Bet!

12 August 2012

Sunday's Brunch: Books found & leaving + Nine degrees of submission

The last few weeks I’ve been struggling to find a reading rhythm that makes me read one book after another. The last book I read in almost one sitting was Kristen Callihan’s Moonglow and after that it was a few chapters here and there *sigh* I’ll get it back, I always do but with so many interesting reads on my TBR pile I want to snuggle on couch and just read for hours at a time.

In other news, since my birthday is in two weeks I’ve done a bit of book shopping and found two interesting new releases coming up. What kind of woman would I be if I didn’t share them *wink*

Alison Kent’s Undeniable. When I heard about this new series on twitter I looked up Alison Kent’s blog. I read the first sentence of the blurb and got weak in the knees. Very weak! “There was a time when Crow Hill, Texas’s notorious Dalton Gang ran wild.”


Oh yes, ranching, cowboys, hot men, strong-willed women and a family secret. Jeebus, what could I want more?!

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Then, this week I did some link hopping and for the life of me I can’t remember how I got on Christina Ashcroft’s site but I’m glad I did!! A few years ago Angels introduced themselves in to the paranormal and urban fantasy scene and never left. Since then some angels have touched my heart in unexpected ways. Somehow I have a feeling Archangel Of Mercy will do the same. The whole blurb speaks to me; the impossible love, the tortured and arrogant archangel, the heroine discovering her powers, ancient forces at play. Yep, I’m eager for this release as well!

Christina Ashcroft on the www:
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With all these new books coming in I’m saying goodbye to other books. Yesterday I had a fit of the cleaning rage, doesn’t happen often but as a result I now have a stack of books who need new reading love. Below you’ll find a picture. If you want books, just tell/e-mail me and I’ll try to ship them to you ASAP! (first come first served!!)

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Some books I found in my mailbox this week made me squee with glee. That’s why I need my reading rhythm back…I want to read these books soon!!

Squee - smoke jumpers *heart*

Kresley Cole's new series *double squee*

I also received book happy from Joely Sue Burkhart *love*
Speaking of reading. I started to read Cherished on Friday and I had my Maya Banks cherry popped with Exiled. I don’t have a complete disconnect with a story often but I had it with Xander and Talia. The story development just rubbed me the wrong way and the characters lacked depth and emotional development. I was ready for a movie-fest and give up on reading this weekend. But then I thought, Lauren Dane is next in this duology. With a kick-off on a highly anticipated series. Just give it a few chapters. Well, I can say those few chapters turned in to a hundred and ten pages before my eyes got droopy. The BDSM element is light but the chemistry, the friends, the romance and dialogues...it hit all my good spots for readers glee.

So today I’m going to finish Sway, then *does happy dance* finally I can read Eternal Beast from Laura Wright. With a WoW date this afternoon and some studying to do tonight my Sunday is filled to the max!!

Have a great Sunday everyone *blows kiss*

PS: Fun fact. When I researched the term of ‘nine degrees of’ I got a link to a page titled; Nine degrees of submission. Very interesting stuff!!!

10 August 2012

ARC Review: J.C. Daniels - Blade Song

File Size: 726 KB
Print Length: 257 pages
Publisher: Shiloh Walker, Inc. (August 1, 2012)
Series: Colbana Files
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Main Characters: Kit (half-breed), Damon (Cat shifter), Jude (Vampire), Es (With)
I received an eARC from the author for review.

Summary from Goodreads:
Kit Colbana—half breed, assassin, thief, jack of all trades—has a new job: track down the missing ward of one of the local alpha shapeshifters. It should be a piece of cake.

So why is she so nervous? It probably has something to do with the insanity that happens when you deal with shifters—especially sexy ones who come bearing promises of easy jobs and easier money.

Or maybe it’s all the other missing kids that Kit discovers while working the case, or the way her gut keeps screaming she’s gotten in over her head. Or maybe it’s because if she fails—she’s dead.

If she can stay just one step ahead, she should be okay. Maybe she’ll even live long to collect her fee…

Review:

When I read Blade Song I was caught in the middle of my likes and I cannot even say dislikes, but rather the inability of certain elements to truly pull me in to the story. The beginning was intriguing. I got introduced to the main characters and a plot was initiated with enough mystery to trigger my inquisitive mind. The more chapters I read though the more the story kept at a level of interesting and me really liking the characters. I found nothing really unique that set me on fire which would keep me completely focused on the story at hand.

The world building felt very formulaic with the witches, the shifters, vampires. This isn’t bad but if I don’t find anything to make them stand out; whether this is in culture, rituals, magic or even physique it remains basic ingredients. The world around them was nicely envisioned, especially the outdoors. Then the plot of kidnapped children and the Alpha cat’s nephew, Doyle was intriguing. The tension was good and definitely brought along enough action with it to get the blood pumping. It also was a tool to introduce the various races and supporting characters. In which T.J., Goliath and the Green Road witches were instantly likable. Strong women to the core, each have an enigmatic personality and Goliath, is a friend I would have at my side any day of the week.

The characters were the strongest element in Blade Song and something that J.C. Daniels excels in. I really liked Kit from the start. She has attitude, backbone, knows how to work her sword and her past brought a gritty side to the story I loved. Even though sometimes I felt the balance off in terms of a little too much focus on her weaknesses it was necessary. Her past has formed the amazon warrior she is today and a part of me liked the fact that her weaknesses were real and made her vulnerable. Each time she chooses to fight it is because her heart was also in it, that is something that truly resonated with me.

Damon is a cat shifter that was ordered to keep Kit safe during her job at solving the mystery of Doyle’s vanishing. He has a sharp tongue and a caring heart with a strong willed personality to make him stand his own next to Kit. If there is another thing I enjoyed from beginning till end is the sarcastic bantering and enigmatic dialogues between Damon and Kit. They were evenly matched and the fast paced interaction was titillating at various times. There was an attraction and a sultry heat was growing between them. This doesn’t have the main focus but as I loved seeing these two together it was an added bonus to get some hot and sexy time as well.

The challenges for Kit and Damon also lie in dealing with the vampire, Jude Whittier and the cat Alpha, Annette. I didn’t like them at the beginning and there was a sparkle of ‘loving to hate these characters’ at the end. Jude, he irked me in so many ways but his ‘I’m king of the world’ attitude really put him on the list of unlikable persona’s. With his scheming, Jude adds a tension to the plot and overall story that kept me on my qui vive. Towards the end the plot accelerates in action but the conclusion was a little bit easy. There was no ‘aha’ moment but the possibilities for future stories are interesting to say the least. I think Kit will surprise me in so many more ways in the future. I know Damon definitely surprised me in Blade Song!

So, while the world may not have the engrossing or contain the “pull me in’ factor, the plot was nice and the characters were the ones that kept me engaged. I loved the grittiness of Kit’s emotions, the power of Damon’s character, the friendship from the secondary characters and the evilness of Jude and Annette. Enough to make Blade Song an enjoyable read!

3.5 stars
Quote:
My sword arm is mighty
I will not falter.
I will not fail.
My aim is true.
My heart is strong.

I’m the descendant of some truly legendary badasses and I’ll damn well make myself wake up-


Quote:
She sent me back a smiley. Hey, don't let the sexy asshole bite you. I think that’s their sign they’ve accepted it.

Quote Damon;
“Your mouth was another problem for me,” he muttered, leaning in and licking my lower lip. “You fucking smart ass. Mouthing off from the get-go. I've never found a smart ass so appealing until I met you.”


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06 August 2012

ARC Review: Kristen Callihan - Moonglow

Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Forever (July 31, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1455508586
ISBN-13: 978-1455508587
Series: Darkest London #2
Genre: Gothic/PNR Historical romance
Lead characters: Ian Ranulf, Daisy Ellis Craigmore.
I received eARC from Publisher via NetGalley

Summary (Goodreads):
Once the seeds of desire are sown . . .
Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy's door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors . . .

Their growing passion knows no bounds . . .
Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect the beautiful, fearless Daisy, who awakens in him desires he thought long dead. As their quest to unmask the villain draws them closer together, Daisy has no choice but to reveal her own startling secret, and Ian must face the undeniable truth: Losing his heart to Daisy may be the only way to save his soul

My Review:

Up till now, Kristen Callihan is one of the two authors in 2012 who instantly shot to my favorites list with the first book I read by them. In Firelight I was entranced by everything that story had to offer me. In Moonglow, Kristen Callihan ups the ante even more, which I didn’t think was possible! Characterization, plot, world and romance development, four basic story ingredients that in the hands of the right author means being whisked away into another exciting world, experience rip-roaring suspense and witness an epic romance ignite. Kristen Callihan is such an author!

From the first page I was thrust into a scene of brutal murder. The hero and heroine met and their combustible personalities created verbal firework. The overall plot arc in Moonglow takes such an exciting turn with poppy and inspector First Class, Winston Lane at the lead. The more I read, the more I wanted to know, the more I found out, the more I was engrossed by the story unfolded! It almost felt addictive.

Ian Ranulf is nine degrees of complication that made him an incredible character to unravel. His issues enabled the reader to gradually see very deep in to the persona, what made him tick, where did he come from on certain matters. He’s gruff and coupled with his, at times, wild mannerism gave him a dangerous edge. One minute Ian shows intense emotions and the next he’s completely feral. He kept me on my qui vive how he would react, act and fall in love. He surprised me in more ways than I can count which made him such an exciting male lead to get to know!!

Daisy is a woman I could connect with. I love the women, Kristen Callihan portrays in this series. When I think of the sisters in this series I’m somehow reminded of Lisa Valdez’s Dare sisters. Their capable, strong, talented, opinionated, passionate and in the case of Daisy and her sisters, come with a unique gift. Daisy gave as good as she got opposing Ian. I loved their verbal sparring. The fact that she played an integral part in the investigation. Her personality practically burst from the pages and her intensity really resonated with me.

Daisy and Ian together are two bold distinctive persona’s, they clash and they let the other know exactly what they want. The dialogues between them is alive with emotions. It was so good to see them almost at opposite ends and see the feelings blossom. Their bickering gradually transforms in to a deeper emotion. Their chemistry burned between them and it made the sensuality spine-tingling good. I felt the love bloom between Ian and Daisy. It wasn’t instant but rather a process of strong wills succumbing to the powers of love. The imagery, Kristen Callihan portrays in the mind’s eye was vivid, alive with a spectrum of feelings and it made it all very easy for me to envelop myself in this world she created.

If the romance spoke to my heart then the world building spoke to my imagination. I thoroughly enjoyed what Kristen Callihan brought to Firelight in terms of world building but she knocked it out of the park in Moonglow. The depth and layered diversity intrigued me. The new characters introduced brimmed with personality and I couldn’t get enough of it. Especially the secrets revealed in Moonglow were mind blowing and had me gasping in shock at the revelation! I wanted more with each chapter read, it was a compulsion I couldn’t ignore!

The plot played a big part in revealing all the new. It also added tension to the whodunit plot. Often I get a sense with the clues uncovered where the author is going, this author however inserted the surprise factor with her plot. At the end I was “OMG”, “You got to be kidding me”, “No, no, nooooo”, and then I was crying. I was so engaged with these characters, what they had to endure and uncover, and it was all due to the incredible writing style of Kristen Callihan. When an author can establish such a strong connection between me and the story she has to tell, well, that is the author I would love to read stories from over and over again!!

Moonglow took my breath away with its beautifully captured romance, the spine-chilling plot, the amazing world, but most of all, the phenomenal characters who wiggled their way in to my heart.

5 stars

Quote Daisy:
Loneliness, need, and despair made him quake. A flash of something darkened her eyes as she looked him over, understanding, pain that was her own, and then it was gone. If she treated him with pity, he’d howl and leave her standing alone on the street, but her pert chin merely lifted. “If you have plans to swoon simply so you can look up my skirt, I’ll kick your head and leave you where you lay.”

Quote Ian:
For a moment, she simply breathed, the Northrups’s raw voice broke over her. “I cannot think.”
She closed her eyes and concentrated on the cool feel of his shirt against her hot cheek. “Why?”
“My mind is filled.”
Her free hand, heavy with languor, drifted along his arm and he trembled softly.
“With what?” she whispered.
“You. All the time. You.” He sighed. “Daisy has up taken residence here.” Yet it was to his heart he pressed her hand, to feel its pounding. “How to keep you safe. How to keep you out. How to keep…you.”

Quote Daisy:
Strengthened by it, Daisy pulled herself up. Fear me. Besides her, Conall looked at her if seeing a ghost. She smiled with grim satisfaction, the feeling of fearlessness like a drug in her veins. Run away, little wolf, or I shall kill you.

Quote Ian:
“This,” he whispered thickly, “this is what I thought of when they had me. Touching you.” He kissed her again. “Tasting you.” He touched her cheek, his mouth brushing over hers. “You were my safe harbor.”

(any and all mistakes in the quotes are mine as I had to copy them in handwriting)

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05 August 2012

The adventure of Love Letter Convention, Berlin 2012: Day Three

Last night I had a conversation with Delilah Marvelle, Tiffany Reisz and Pearl about the next Love Letter Convention. I talked about the possibility of them attending, of going to partay in a club and writing up a blogpost “Dear Love letter Mag” where Pearl and I are going to reveal our ‘author wishlist’. With that convo happening right before I went to sleep, I can tell you I had the weirdest dream where we were invited to a meeting with Love letter Mag. That night however we met up with Delilah Marvelle and Tiffany Reisz and went to a club where I suddenly was teasing Ryan Reynolds with a feather until he begged for mercy. The moment I wanted to join everyone the club was one fire, we all ran out to safety but I left Ryan Reynolds shackled to the floor but he was saved by a hunky firemen and they kissed…

Weird dream!

Anyhoo, my twitter convo fueled my desire to write up the third post of my Love Letter Con experience. At least of what I remember after two months 0.o

It began with me waking up at an hour where my body was still broken en recovering from the night before. But I had to get up. By this third day the LLC gave me a lot of energy but dang my body felt all of its thirty-five years and was severly protesting. However, Natascha and I made it to the breakfast room. During our breakfast Natascha had to deal with my zombie-like state but I slowly woke up. We met with the rest of Dutch horde (as we were dubbed by fellow readers) at Starbucks and went to the LLC building.


The first thing we did was wait for a reading with Nalini Singh and Larissa Ione's. We had to take of our shoes in that room and plant our butts on cushions. It was a very informal setting and I loved it. Nalini Singh read from, I think it was Archangel’s Blade but it was the scene from Kiss of Snow that had everyone in an emotional puddle. It was a part of the dancing scene between Hawke and Sienna. I cried, I love that scene, I love the emotions zinging between Hawke and Sienna and I LOVED the way Nalini gave the intonation to the dialogue.


After the group settled down again it was Larissa Ione's turn. I have started to read Pleasure Unbound twice now but every time obligations in one form or another made me abandon it again *gasp* I know you all will be in shock over that. *SORRY* It is now that I’ve met with Larissa, now that I’ve heard her witty and wicked humor in real life and in her book, I mean, ‘pony-boy’ roflmao, that I can’t wait to inhale her stories. It was funny how me meeting various authors actually fueled the need to read their books.

An hour of reading was a fantastic way to start our last LLC day! We then went to a panel with Maya Banks, Shannon McKenna and Lisa Marie Rice to talk sex. But nothing really stuck in my memory about that save the somewhat ‘look-at-me-I’m-the-only-man-here’ behind me with his endless questions.

Oh dear lord in heaven... ;)
I also remember a Q&A with the paranormal authors which was a hoot. Especially the woman leading the convo. Even though it was part German, part English it somehow wasn’t bothersome. It added to a wonderful vibe of romance readers/authors united.


And suddenly it was time to lunch. I discovered that day when Pearl says she’s hungry we needed to eat something thirty minutes ago! Her hunger monster is something voracious and I think I heard her growl at one point. But we loves her so and took her to this donut shop. Oh.My.Gawd. That donut shop was HEAVEN for my taste buds! They don’t have those kind of shops in the Netherlands *cries*


Sugar was pleasantly rushing through our veins as we headed back to the con. I remember me and Natascha going to the social room and Pearl and Lucy heading to a new panel. We enjoyed the sun which was peeking through the clouds every now and then. We had awesome convo’s with our new found friend, Meike about German releases. As we talked one of the organizers from the LLC walked up to me and she told me she recognized me from a readers con six years ago. I was stunned. I went to that con so I could meet Sherrilyn Kenyon.

WARNING!! Giant Dutch lady!! photo 2006
It was my begin days of reading English. I was devouring Sherrilyn Kenyon, Karen Marie Moning, Kresley Cole and the likes at that time. It was a small con but I had fun. And this woman recognized me, even after all these years. Apparently she got wind of our fun-filled times in our hotel lobby with Larissa Ione and Shannon McKenna *grin* We also talked about the LLC. How much the readers were enjoying themselves. How much I appreciated all the efforts gone in to organizing this event. How I and the rest of the Dutch horde hoped there were many more to come. All cons are so USA oriented while there are so many readers in Europe too. It was a fantastic convo with another amazing person. We also heard we could pin cards on a board with messages and perhaps suggestions for what author’s you would love to see invited. I wrote down a message and a short list of authors but when I got home I knew I could do better. So I’m going to do a post in the near future!

The afternoon went by so quickly…we had an awesome Q&A with Lara Adrian and Larissa Ione and after that one with Shannon McKenna and Lisa Marie Rice, or the other way around, I don’t remember anymore. Save to say, it was way to quickly time for me and Natascha to say goodbye to everyone, head back to our hotel for our suitcases and catch our train at 5.08 PM.


I can tell you that leaving on a con day is not something we will do again. We were tired, the trains we were in. OMG, one train was like from the fifties. The seats were sagging, it stank of pee and Natascha and I were smashed together. We got more tired after switching trains and the last one even had a group of very annoying, very loud, drunk farmer sons. We reached our tax of what we could handle. But then…oh, we were home. A myriad of emotions coursing through me, overwhelmed by all the memories, all the laughter and amazing convo’s. I laid my head to rest and slept like the dead for at least eight hours.

Natascha and I decided that next year we were going for much longer. Saying goodbye from everyone when the con was still going on, when our peeps still had a fantastic dinner that night with Nalini Singh and her mother, was a very bittersweet thing.

The Love Letter Convention was an awe-to-the-some experience where the joy for romance was celebrated. I loved being there and share the love, fun and laughter with each and everyone there!