Review: Her Last Fling by Ava Sterling

Title: Her Last Fling
Author:  Ava Sterling
Publisher/Year:  Red Lace Publishing 7/8/2015
Length:   21 Pages

Overview

Susan is nervous. Who wouldn’t be nervous the night before her wedding?

She spends her bachelorette party with her best friend at a male strip club but ends up leaving early. Within minutes, she bumps into the stripper who gyrated over her lap an hour ago. After a glass of wine, she sees her friend walking past–near enough to spot her sharing a drink with a man other than her fiancé. 

In an attempt to evade being caught, Susan rushes in the direction of the stripper’s hotel room. Now she must decide between getting a good night’s sleep for her wedding or being tangled in the sheets with her new mystery man.

My Thoughts

I always enjoy a good ‘final adventure before my wedding’ story – and that’s what we have here. Susan’s out with her girls for her bachelorette the night before and of course, when she ‘tries’ to be good, things go awry.

There’s always a bit of a sweet element to things when we see that ‘strippers’ have more underneath the hard body to give us a story that’s worthwhile. In this case, we have a guy who’s just moved to Vegas, and needed a job, and that’s how he fell into this as a temporary thing. We learn more of his back story than of Susan’s which is kind of interesting. There’s the added element that our author throws in about how he knows the owner of the hotel who offers to put him up in a room for a bit until he sorts himself out and offers to help him get a job. That makes you wonder what will come next for him once we leave this story.

Where we spend much of the time though in this installment is where Susan is caught off guard by the fact that he’s such a nice guy and that she’s feeling an attraction to him, and while we get a moment of guilt flash through her mind, to me, it doesn’t really seem like it’ll be a big deal to her to ‘cheat’ on her husband the night before. If anything, she seems to have regret that she’s not going to be able to see him again because of her plans and the impending wedding.

As she’s passing through the lobby to go back to her room on the earlier side, her attention is grabbed by this guy who’s sitting at the bar, and well, it’s not just intrigue and a good body that beckons her, it’s the need for excitement too i think.

There’s so much more that comes from this. The need to sneak around because if she’s caught by her friend or fiance then things will go awry. There’s the intrigue about learning more of this guy and seeing what’s possible on the sliy

There’s a slow build up to what’s possible for them, and it’s a bit corny at times but gets us there all the same. There’s the expected banter from a dancer, the naivete of a girl who’s been closed off her whole life. There’s the experience that Susan has with this man and the fact that he’s new, and unknown, and someone that she’s likely never going to see again which makes it that much more passionate and hot to read. All in all a sweet one for sure!

I think that where we are left off at the end of this is really around what the future holds. You are drawn into the guy’s story about how he’s just come to Vegas and I personally would love to see how things play out for him. We also have to wonder what this one night means for Susan and her soon to be husband. Will she tell him what happened or keep the secret and what effect will that have on their relationship? There’s also the question about what her friend will think when Susan finally gets back to the room since we know that part of the reason that she experienced all that she did was because she was trying not to get caught (at least that’s what she’s telling herself). So all in all, a great short story – one that leaves us with more questions than answers, but i think that’s often the trait of a good story. (or tease). Enjoy!

Review: The Empire (Filthy Trilogy #3) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: The Empire
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Lisa Renee Jones 3/12/19
Length:   227 Pages
Series:  Filthy Trilogy #3

Overview

Passion. Lies. Family. Eric and Harper will feel the push and pull of a dynasty gone wrong. Secrets remain. Danger is everywhere. And the pull of a forbidden love will not be ignored.

My Thoughts

I love this series – i think that we have something that’s exciting, passionate, heated, complex – all the things that we’ve come to love from Ms Jones! We pick up this third installment right where the second one ends, and as we’ve been gifted in the past, we have a quick recap from our author so there’s no question about what’s just happened and what it means for our favorites.

It’s a roller coaster- Eric is set on protecting Harper, and in that, there are secrets or bits of information that haven’t been revealed or shared and of course we know that it means that there will be conflict and distrust and pushing away as a result. Harper we learn throughout this story has her own share of secrets to deal with, and honestly she doesn’t even know or realize that she knows many of them. These are the points in a relationship that are make or break moments and that’s literally what we spend much of this book dealing with.

We know that someone’s after Eric and Harper, and we don’t know if it’s Isaac, Gigi, the mob – or someone else. We do know that with the help of the Walker clan, we can feel a sense of security, although there are moments throughout that we see that they can’t have eyes everywhere, and that while they have massive talents, there are people who don’t want information found, which puts them to the test with their skills.

Throughout though, we see that Harper is a fighter – she wants to help Eric realize that he’s amazing and worthy, and Eric seems to want to do the same for her. Bringing Harper into his life, protecting her, making a home for the two of them. Every turn that they make brings something else at them, but the strength that they show together gives us hope for what will happen for them.

There are so many questions that come up through this finale. Will their father make it? Will he survive all that’s happened to him, and who’s behind the attempts on everyone’s lives? What are all the codes that have been given to Harper and Eric and who will decode them? will they get the answers that they want or are we going to see more churn and confusion?

What i love about this story is that we get puzzle pieces that fall in to place, and then answers that no one expected. There were easter eggs so to speak throughout this book giving us clues that things weren’t as they appeared, and as we get through each layer, we’re shocked, surprised and given more questions on whether there’s any way out of this mess. alive.

On top of all that, we get the tried and true recipe of a LRJ story – some of the hottest passionate chemistry that leaps off the pages just about every other page. The dominant need to control everything and using physical touch, sex, that’s a theme that always comes through in the best of ways. You have no choice but to be drawn into how this story is written, with all the angst and complexity while also loving the romance that’s underneath it all.

I’m sad to see this series come to an end, but i can’t wait to get more of the Walker Security guys since we haven’t seen the last of them. Enjoy!

Review: The Mister by E.L. James

Title: The Mister
Author:  EL James
Publisher/Year:  Knopf Doubleday Publishing 4/16/19
Length:   512 Pages
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Overview

London, 2019. Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. With his good looks, aristocratic connections, and money, he’s never had to work and he’s rarely slept alone. But all that changes when tragedy strikes and Maxim inherits his family’s noble title, wealth, and estates, and all the responsibility that entails. It’s a role he’s not prepared for and one that he struggles to face.

But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who’s recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past.  Reticent, beautiful, and musically gifted, she’s an alluring mystery, and Maxim’s longing for her deepens into a passion that he’s never experienced and dares not name. Just who is Alessia Demachi? Can Maxim protect her from the malevolence that threatens her? And what will she do when she learns that he’s been hiding secrets of his own?

From the heart of London through wild, rural Cornwall to the bleak, forbidding beauty of the Balkans, The Mister is a roller-coaster ride of danger and desire that leaves the reader breathless to the very last page.

My Thoughts

I am a huge fan of FSOG – it’s quite possibly the first series in the genre that i not only read but truly enjoyed. So when i heard that Ms EL James was giving us something new to read, i was beyond excited. There were moments that i felt like we were getting what we paid for, but there were others that i honestly felt let down.

We have a really sweet story here about a guy who’s finding himself in a situation where his world has been turned upside down with the death of his older brother, the one who was the heir and as a result, life as he knew it is gone. He has to take over his family’s legacy, he’s trying to console his best friend who happens to also be his late-brother’s wife, and he’s in a tailspin.

Enter Alessia though – a girl who’s had her own fair share of insanity – fleeing her home in Albania where we learned that she was betrothed to an abusive man, being kidnapped and almost sold into a sex trafficking circle, and finding herself being saved by a friend of her mothers (through their mothers actually) and getting a job as Maxim’s house cleaner. Little did she know that this was just the beginning of her new life.

Where i think that the story checks the right boxes is where we get to see an interesting group of mains, who all have their own intense back stories that weave a nice web of a plot. We also get to have the modern twists and notations that show us that Ms James is able to give us a story with great reference points of the past, yet be fully anchored in the present. And then once you get over a hurdle of sorts, you get some of the steamy scenes that you have come to love from FSOG.

To be honest though, there were so many moments that i was trying to figure out what the point was – what’s next and what’s the hook. The other factor is that we have questions that are asked but not quite answered and hints that are dropped from reactions to characters that if we had answered, the story would have gone from a 6 to a 12 in my opinion. I think that a lot of those bits are the best parts of stories like these.

We spend much of this story wondering what will make Maxim fall in line for his new destiny, and what ramifications there will be to his family because he’s not Kit and not what the legacy calls for. We also want to know what Alessia can get out of life now that she’s trying to make her own way, albeit with a bit of legal confusion. then there’s the question of the relationships that are developed, broken, nurtured and destroyed throughout. You never know which character is going to become necessary and pivotal and which are throwaways – until they are in a scene.

So as you can see, i’m a bit confused with this story and i didn’t want to be. There were moments where i felt that we were getting the tried and true E.L. James and others where i didn’t know who was writing for us. Then there were the repetitive moments when i thought that we were #ad for Sonos. (sorry!). Anyway, i’d definitely say read it and let me know what you think since i’m curious if i missed something. Enjoy!

Review: Defy Me (Shatter Me #5) by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Defy Me
Author:  Tahereh Mafi
Publisher/Year:  Harper Collins 4/2/19
Length:   352 Pages
Series:  Shatter Me #5

Overview

Juliette and Warner’s story continues in the thrilling fifth installment of Tahereh Mafi’s New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series.

Juliette Ferrars isn’t who she thinks she is.

Still reeling from the explosive events of the Continental Symposium and the secrets Warner has been keeping, Juliette has nowhere to turn and doesn’t know who she can trust. 

She’s desperate for answers, but to get them, she’ll have to face the nightmares that have been chasing her for a lifetime.

My Thoughts

WOW. honestly, let’s just start by saying WOW. Where we have gone in this 5th full length installment is a place of insanity, intrigue, lies, questionable trust, fear, love even. All of that in this compact story!

Nothing is what it seems – what happened at the symposium didn’t happen, or perhaps didn’t happen as everyone ‘saw’ it and that was done for a purpose. To make people question the stability and sanity of Juliette and to cast doubt on everything that she’s been trying to put into place. Add to that, Warner and Juliette go missing – kidnapped and it’s a race against the clock to find them.

We spend the beginning of this story still seeing relationships at a turning point. Juliette and Warner are not in a good place and while you can still feel the magnetism that pulls them together, there’s so much anger that they are pushed further and further apart. Juliette is back in a shell of her own making because of actions that were made from Warners’ direction and that scares a lot of people.

Then there’s Kenji and Nazeera – the couple that won’t admit that they are attracted to each other. It’s so nice that we can continue to see how Kenji develops following his novella. the sweet human side that we saw is really the same Kenji that we get here. Seeing how he’s not able to be tough anymore around Nazeera and how shes’ maybe willing to take a leap of faith with him, that’s makes for a great few chapters.

On top of all that relationship stuff, the way that our amazing author wrote this story is even more complex and engaging than the others. We’re used to seeing chapters change from people’s POVs but in this story we’re not only alternating who’s telling us the story, but we vary in the time that things are happening. There are memories that are coming back from when they were children, when all this started and this really lays the groundwork so that as the characters begin to see what’s been kept from them, we get to see it as well.

The key here is that there are far more friendships from childhood than anyone knew. They were friends, they were safe places, they were reasons to keep living, and yet those same reasons for crying.

When Juliette realizes that she’s an experiment, that her sister is one as well ,all that the hands of Warner’s father, and her parents – things begin to spin. FAST. Juliette is really Ella, and her sister Emmaline is the one who’s in worse shape. The girls used to be best friends with Nazeera back when they were 5 years old, and when Ella was taken from her family, Warner was there to witness it all. Even Adam had a role in this as Warner’s father kept tabs on him and pushed him into the role that he had in Ella/Juliette’s life.

This story is an insane roller coaster. People that we thought died didn’t. People that we thought were killed in past books maybe aren’t dead. People that want to die save the lives of many, and people that we love get hurt.

Omega Point isn’t safe anymore, Sector 45 isn’t safe so they are left scrambling for another place to live while everyone hatches a plan to find Warner and Juliette/Ella before it’s too late. And once they find them, depending on the shape they are in, figure out what moves to make from there.

We’re constantly debating who to trust – the Supreme Commanders’ children aren’t to be trusted, or are they? The Unnaturals (those that have special powers) find that there’s an interesting link there, and that they were all destined for a different life at the hands of someone that’s become important. Castle still knows more than he shares but never opens his mouth. Nazeera is a true wild card and continues to make us question every single thing she does, especially when ghosts pop up.

Where we are left at the end of this installment is even more uncertain. We have moments to think there may be hope for the future, but at the same time, we see that there are still so many powerful forces against them, with money and weaponry to beat them that it seems bleak. Is Ella strong enough to take control, will she and Warner reconcile? Will Castle finally share all that he knows? Will we ever get to the bottom of what the Reestablishment stands for and what can be done to bring them down? SOOO many questions and far far too long until we get the next installment to get answers. Enjoy!

Review: Blonde for a Day by Ava Sterling

Title: Blonde for a Day
Author:  Ava Sterling
Publisher/Year:  Red Lace Publishing 11/1/2018
Length:   14 Pages

Overview

She has her husband’s fantasy to thank for their night of swinging.

Mari can use a little bit more excitement. Married to an accountant with their intimacy in a rut, she longs for some thrills, which is why she’s intrigued when her husband, Parker, pulls out a blonde wig and offers to do a little roleplay. He’s even nice enough to come up with her backstory and the name Candy.

Come to find out, there’s also a woman named Candy who works in the building next to his office. Suspecting an affair, Mari goes to confront her but discovers how nice she is…and how attractive her husband is.

Faced with her own curiosity, she invites Candy and her husband over for dinner without Parker knowing. When Parker arrives home, he’s confronted with the woman he’s been fantasizing about, only this time with his wife in the room.

My Thoughts

i’m always intrigued by how different the story lines are with everything that i’ve read from our lovely Ava Sterling. This is another example of how you can have a story in a similar category to others, and yet have something completely new and fresh.

We start off with our leading lady, Mari who is apparently married, and has a less than stellar sex life with her husband. we’ve only discovered this because her friend got a bit nosey (accidentally of course). So what that turns into is a revelation of sorts which makes Mari wonder if she should be angry, jealous or just confused.

Being the strong woman that we have to assume she is, she decides confrontation is her best approach, and while we would always want to confront our partner first, she goes another route – tracks down Candy and has a conversation of her own. What comes out of the conversation is a completely new direction and something that takes our story on a hot and interesting journey.

Candy is married and very much in love with her husband Rolf who happens to be beyond attractive in a nordic sort of way. When Candy shares that as a couple they tend to be more open and adventurous, well, Mari is on board with that and sets plans into motion. She’s completely over the idea that maybe her husband was fantasizing over Candy and turns this into a fantasy that they can act upon.

What starts off as a dinner quickly forms into something else, a competition of sorts to see who can make whom feel the best and how quickly can it be accomplished. This scene is fast, and concise, and steamy. Everything that you could possibly imagine when you have a couple who’s in their first swingers experience.

Mari allows herself to not just experience something completely new, but to participate actively, really enjoy what’s going on and welcome the adventure. Something that she’s definitely missed with her husband.

The interesting twist at the end of course is what Parker, Mari’s husband does just as we’re finishing up the book. I’m not going to share that for once, but i think that you should read it because it sparks another question! One that’s sort of expected but kind of not so much.

This story has so much potential yet again to become a full length story – to see what lies ahead for Mari and Parker, and even to better understand their dynamic since we didn’t really get any insight into that. This is what i’d call entry level swingers – since it’s not the spiciest that i’ve read yet by Ms Sterling, but one that’s still got all the right parts to make for a really fast hitting combustible snack. Enjoy!

Review: Shattered With You (Stark Security #1) by J Kenner

Title: Shattered With You
Author: J Kenner
Publisher/Year:  Martini & Olive 3/23/19
Length:   221 Pages
Series:  Stark Security #1

Overview

With his lethal skills and criminal connections, former British agent Quincy Radcliffe has fast become a key asset at the newly formed Stark Security. But Quincy isn’t the man he appears to be.

When the woman whose body he once worshipped and whose heart he broke pleads for his help, Quincy knows he must either turn his back on her or risk revealing his dark secrets to the one woman who can—and will—tear open his old wounds.

For years, struggling actress Eliza Tucker has tried to forget the decadent weeks she shared with Quincy Radcliffe. His smoldering good looks had drawn her in, while his British charm had enchanted her. But it was the wildness of his seduction and the ferocity of his passion that captured her. She’d given herself to him—and he’d shattered her like glass when he’d walked away.

Now, he’s the only person who can help find her missing sister. She’ll use him because she has too. She’ll pay any sensual price he demands. But she won’t fall for him again.

My Thoughts

I have always loved anything related to Stark, and the more people that we’re introduced with through Damian’s web of work and friends, the more complex, interesting and exciting this all becomes. We’ve become close with the Security folks in Starkland – through our time with Ryan Hunter as head of security, moving over to Dallas – who built Deliverance, to all of the guys who now work for SSA. So it’s one of those guys that we get to know deeply in this first installment to the spin-off series.

Quincy – sexy, British, and a man of means, power, money and a dark dark history. That’s exactly the kind of man that we need as our leading man, because we know that nothing will be easy with him, he will fight what he wants every step of the way and it’ll of course take a wonderfully amazing woman to win him over.

Enter Eliza – a girl who was forced to endure far too much at a young age. Her sister raised her because her mom died, her father abused them and the girls had to protect each other, provide for each other and survive.

When they cross paths in London 5 years prior, sparks fly and the following three months turn into the greatest of their lives. Then darkness happens, and Eliza is left to pick up the pieces – thinking that she’ll never get over him.

We find ourselves in the present now, when Emma – Eliza’s sister is missing and the only thing that Eliza can think to do is to impersonate her sister to get to the bottom of what’s going on. The twist here of course is that Emma is a PI with links to some Intelligence agency, so we are about to get deep into something fast.

The case that Eliza’s working on is one that overlaps with one that Quincy is working on, and we see that what was already a tense and stressful task has now becomes layers more complicated. When they see each other, there’s this need to stay away, but the chemistry and attraction is stronger than ever and we all know that there’s no use in fighting it because something that intense and strong is not easily beaten.

The journey that we go on with these two and all of SSA is beyond complex. They work with the organization to get to the bottom of who’s behind a trafficking scheme, who’s kidnapped a princess in the hopes of selling her to the highest bidder, where is Emma through all this and how is she connected.

Every turn we take in this story we begin to wonder who can be trusted, how people are staying one step ahead of them at every turn, especially with the intel, tech abilities and skill that SSA has. Are we able to hope for a happy outcome and what other twists and shockers are going to be thrown our way before the story ends?

What i can tell you is that in true J Kenner fashion, we get some of the hottest scenes ever. The chemistry that Eliza and Quincy shared back in London hasn’t dulled at all, it’s grown hotter and it’s so flammable that anyone near them will go up in flames too. There’s the physical stuff sure, but they bonded on a deeper more emotional level as well, and when Quincy is pushed to share where his demons are and why he walked away all those years ago, you get to see a whole new side. Those ghosts and demons pop up again in the worst way in this story and it’s intense to see how it plays out.

All that being said – i’m sold! this is a great new series and every time we get a new story or series from J Kenner, i wonder how it will be different, engaging, exciting and super hot compared to all others that i’ve read. and yet, it’s ALWAYS done it!

I can’t wait to read Broken with You which is the next book due out in June, because it focuses on Denny, her husband and what definitely won’t disappoint because of the twists and sadness that we’ve already been teased with . So on that note, enjoy!

Review: Tough Love by Ava Sterling

Title: Tough Love
Author:  Ava Sterling
Publisher/Year:  Red Lace Publishing 6/10/17
Length:   17 Pages

Overview

Lingerie is Kate’s ultimate weakness. That, and spanking.

The spanking kink between Kate and Colin started years ago, and it’s only heated up since then. But with Colin away at a conference, Kate falls back into her old ways of overspending on lingerie. The lingerie is mostly a gift for him, after all.

The only problem is the budget and the credit card interest. As soon as Colin gets home, he’ll likely be upset, and what better way to dole out his punishment than bending his fiancée over his knee?

My Thoughts

I have to of course thank our amazing author for sharing this story with me – I honestly don’t know she’s able to come up with so many unique story lines across so many different categories within the erotica genre. It’s impressive!

In this sweet novella, we have a couple who’s very much in love, very devoted to each other, and a couple that has figured out how to survive the tests that life and time throw at them. In this instance, it was the introduction of a means to correct Kate’s bad behavior, a punishment of sorts. But for anyone who’s into BDSM, or light play, spanking is clearly not about punishment, but about pleasure. And that’s what we get to see Kate discover and enjoy.

Where spanking leads is always a hot hot scene – both for the spank-er as well as the spank-ee. Colin is clearly well versed in the best way to prep, tease and perform an amazing spanking, and while it may not exactly get Kate to behave how he wants (i mean, you have to understand the pleasure that you can get out of a good spanking), he gets to experience something amazing and fulfilling with her, and vice versa.

They both get exactly what they need, as does the reader i’d imagine, and we have another story that leaves us wondering is spanking as far as they’ll go? Is there potential for more? Is Colin really more a dominant and that could be something that they choose to play out? I guess only in our imaginations will we find out. Enjoy!

Cover Reveal: Be Careful What You Wish For by Ava Sterling

Happy Friday Everyone! As I’ve had both the pleasure and enjoyment of reading quite a few of Ava Sterling’s existing library, i’m happy to be able to bring you some first looks and reveals for upcoming stories! On the descriptions alone, I think that it’s safe to say that we won’t be disappointed!

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She never expected to magically wake up as a man, but today happens to be that day.

Layla’s never good with social gatherings. She usually finds a corner to hide in, talking to her friend Suzanne, for the most part. At this particular party, she kills time by asking Suzanne about a strange pendant with a shining green stone in the center. Suzanne describes it as a “wishing pendant,” one that her parents picked up in South America.

Out of frustration with a frat guy at the party, she wishes on the pendant to become a man, never thinking it would actually do something. When she wakes up the next morning, however, she has a big problem to solve…with a few fun pit stops along the way.

If you enjoy steamy stories of fantasy gender swapping and male-for-a-day fun, you’ll love Be Careful What You Wish For.

Review & Giveaway: One Last Try by Ava Sterling

Title: One Last Try
Author:  Ava Sterling
Publisher/Year:  Red Lace Publishing 1/25/19
Length:   23 Pages

Overview

One last chance to loosen up her husband. If this doesn’t work, nothing will.

Madison’s marriage to Mike has its ups and downs. Right now he’d say it’s an “up,” but she isn’t so sure. Mike’s a vanilla, straight-laced guy. He likes to eat the same thing for breakfast every morning and doesn’t like spontaneity. 

Unfortunately, he’s a bit sluggish in the bedroom too. Anything that flirts with being kinky he won’t try. She’s desperate enough to try anything to jumpstart the spark in their marriage, even to the point of trying to get him aroused by her old best friend, Joanne.

She hasn’t seen Joanne in years, but a phone call and an hour of catching up is enough of an opening to invite her and Mike over for a fun getaway. Being under the same roof as a saucy newlywed couple like Joanne and Marco might do the trick for Mike.

By the end of the weekend, Madison will either have exactly what she wants or her love life might crash and burn. Either way, it’s worth a try.

My Thoughts

First, thanks again to our lovely author for giving me something to start off the month of April with! I’ve been a fan of menage before, there have been series with more than 3 partners, but never have i ventured into the swingers realm (outside of BDSM i suppose), so this was a nice break.

Madison and Mike are the couple that you want to be – they are an established couple, out of the newlywed stage, happy with life, each other, just a nice set of people. The challenge of course if that Madison seems to want more – she’s much more sexually charged, and sexually driven than Mike, and that starts to make her frustrated.

The great thing though is that she has this friend that she’s gotten a sense of wild adventure from in the past and that’s something that’s so ideal for what she needs now. When she and her husband go have a weekend trip to go visit the friend and her husband, you can only imagine the crazy that unfolds.

Madison hopes that by making things seem competitive between Mike and Marco (her friend’s husband), that there will be a chance for things to get hot and steamy fast. It’s always nice to see two men feel like they need to one up each other to stake their claim in the room. When it’s decided that no one is too tired to continue the evening, the heat ramps up quite a bit and quickly, and what we get from there is insane.

Mike and Joanne pair off, leaving Madison and Marco together, and even the women get a bit competitive with one another on how quickly and well they can please their respective men. The picture that our author paints for us as this goes down (pardon the pun), is hot, sexy, intense and quite detailed. What they experience is something new and different, and of course where we are left off raises the question on what it means for each person and couple since you can’t go back from experiences like that.

I don’t know about anyone else, but this story makes me wish that I were married and that i had an adventurous best friend (or maybe i could be the adventurous one) who was also married so we could take a stab at this. I can say I’m definitely a fan now of the swingers story lines, and I can’t wait to read the next one! Enjoy!

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Review: The Shores Beyond Time (Chronicles of the Dark Star #3) by Kevin Emerson

Title: The Shores Beyond Time
Author:  Kevin Emerson
Publisher/Year:  Harper Collins 2/12/19
Length:   512 Pages
Series:  Chronicle of the Dark Star #3

Overview

It is Earth year 2256—but the fate of the few who even remember Earth is perilously in doubt. Mina Saunders-Chang and many of the surviving humans are stranded in the Centauri system, having barely survived their confrontation with the Telphon refugees. Now everyone—human and Telphon alike—is caught in the blast zone of the Centauri supernova. And yet there’s only one question Mina is asking:

Where are Liam and Phoebe?

Having barely made it through the battle at the Centauri system with their lives, Liam and Phoebe awake on a mysterious ship in the middle of a dead universe. The ship bears the markings of a human starliner that disappeared decades ago—but even more disturbing than that is the massive alien machine floating in the starless space before them.

A machine long abandoned but now showing signs of life. A machine that has begun speaking to Liam in a voice only he can hear. . . .

My Thoughts

I honestly have no idea how our author came up with most of the stuff in this story! We are on such a roller coaster with things constantly changing, evolving. New characters being introduced, and alliances built and broken. We begin to question whether we know WHO we’re talking to, WHEN they are talking and what’s going to happen.

It’s hard to believe and often so hard to remember that Liam and Phoebe are so young. Ten i believe when we started this journey with them. I know that they’ve theoretically aged decades throughout this series, but still, being in stasis wouldn’t give them the maturity that they exhibit throughout.

When we left this story at the end of book 2, we are teased with the notion that Dark Star is connected to the humans, to the Artemis somehow, and that’s scarier than the cliff hanger that we were left at the end of book one, realizing that Pheobe wasn’t who she said she was.

So we spend much of this installment in Dark Star, whatever that is, and trying to get a sense of what this place is, what the motivation is, and what’s caused the Supernovas to happen. What’s the end game.

As expected, we are taken on an insane ride – because it seems like the Captain has more information about things than he’ll let on, and that was teased during the prologue chapter that he was featured in back on Earth. The fact that he wasn’t going to abide by the social norms, and the expectations of those in his class, well, it means that he can’t be trusted.

The chronologist plays a key role here as well – at least one of the chronologists – the one who seems to have befriended this duo. He’s given them insight into things, broken a few rules and norms where it was necessary, however the twist that we learn at the end blows the roof off of everything that we thought we had read throughout the other installments.

Dark Star is something that I could never have imagined, and something that I would fear immensely. AI is something that’s on the technological horizon (even in the now), but this is something entirely different. Building a colony, a place where millions could inhabit it, and that poses endless questions.

The nice thing about this third story too is that we’re reunited with family. We knew that there was so much disaster that had hit the streamliner, and the notion that Mina and Liam were able to stay connected and find each other again, and Liam was able to save their parents – we to see another perspective to things that’s also intense. The dynamic between Phoebe and her parents carried consistency from book 2. There’s still so much pain and hate, this need for revenge and the difficulty that her parents have with being happy with her bond with Liam. That bond proves to be even more substantial than anyone realized, and is something quite amazing.

There are so many social and philosophical undertones throughout this series that are so relevant any time you read this. How can cultures that are fundamentally different co-habitate, and should they do it? Is it even possible? How do we continue to question and seek knowledge, thinking that we have this hunger for more, but know when to stop pushing and let the future just happen? There are so many companies out there that are looking to give people eternity, to elevate knowledge and awareness and consciousness, and there’s a perspective in this story that makes you continue to question.

All in all, intense, amazing and i’m so happy that i found this series! Enjoy!