Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Publication Date - 6th December 2012
Paperback - 320 pages
Genre - Erotic Romance
Source - Received from publisher for review
Rating - 2 out of 5: It was ok
Reviewed by - Chrissie
Book Info - While Mia Curry's university students cram into her class on sexuality, Mia has always kept her own private fantasies carefully under wraps - until now...
Jagger James is everything Mia wants and everything that is taboo: he's young, gorgeous - and a student.
But how can Mia resist?
My thoughts - I recently read another book by this author writing under a different name (Pleasure's Edge by Eve Berlin) which I loved, so I was very excited to be starting this book. But unfortunately, I just didn't enjoy this book as much.
I love this author's style of writing. It's clear and easy to read and it's easy to get swept up in her words. In particular, the sexy times in this book are very very hot. If there is one thing this author knows how to do it's write a sex scene that will leave the reader feeling hot under the collar.
However, my main problem with this book was the ratio of sex to storyline... it was weighted far too heavily on the side of sex, leaving me with a feeling that the little plot that was there was rushed and used only to lead onto the naughty bits. I know that this is an erotic romance and that there will be a lot of sex in it... that's fine by me. But I still want to feel as though I know the characters. I want to feel as though I've connected with the them and that I actually care about what happens to them. But in Forbidden Fruit, that just wasn't the case. As far as I could see, there was a small amount of introductory story, lots of sex and then a very rushed and convenient feeling happy ever after, which I didn't really find all that satisfying.
The story goes backwards and forwards between two couples - Mia Rose and Jagger (teacher and student) and Karalee and Gideon (two other teachers at the same school) and although there is some background given for the main couple, very little is learnt about Karalee and Gideon. In fact I struggled to see why their story was included... other than to allow the author the opportunity to write about more sexy times. Now this is purely a personal gripe, but in Forbidden Fruit, one person in each of the couples has had a partner pass away which isn't a plotline that I particularly enjoy. Having been through that kind of experience myself I just feel that it is difficult for an author to handle that kind of grief effectively and realistically. And in this book, especially in the case of Gideon, it felt as though it was just mentioned in passing as an excuse for fearing commitment rather than actually being used for any real kind of character development.
Summary - Despite the author's writing style and the hot and steamy sexy times in this book, I will admit to having struggled to finish this one. I just didn't connect with the characters and I found it to be pretty unsatisfying overall.
Monday, 13 May 2013
This is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey that gives us all a chance to list the books that we read last week and what we hope to read this week.
Books We Read Last Week:Chrissie - Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #7)
Amy - One More Little Problem by Vanessa Curtis (Zelah Green #2)
Books Reviewed Last Week:Pleasure's Edge by Eve Berlin (Pleasure Dome #1)
Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich (Lizzy and Diesel #2)
Books We're Currently Reading:Immortal Eclipse by Sherry Soule
Books Up Next:Bare It All by Lori Foster (Love Undercover #2)
Saturday, 11 May 2013
Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
Things We Never Say by Sheila O'Flanagan
Abby Anderson is the last person to go looking for change. Yes, it's tough that she barely sees her mother these days - but in San Francisco she has great friends, a fun relationship and a job she enjoys. Then she's contacted by Irish lawyer Ryan Gilligan and learns in an instant that everything she believed about her roots is a lie. She must travel to Dublin to find out more - and to meet the family who had no idea that she existed. In Ireland, thousands of miles from home, Abbey faces a choice that will affect everyone she knows. How can she be sure she makes the right one? And can life ever be quite the same again?
Fire by Heather James
Is control over the elements a gift, or a curse?
Enter a world where it's normal to spark flames in your fingertips, or produce gale-force winds with a flick of your wrists.
Roxy thinks that she is in control of everything: with flames flaring at her fingertips and an equally fiery attitude, what more could she need? But then she meets Brae, a prince from a rival Realm, who turns her assumptions of superiority upside down.
Jasmine has none of Roxy’s confidence or intensity. But she does have a secret - and Brae - and she’s not going to give either up willingly.
Friday, 10 May 2013
Publication Date - 20th November 2012
Paperback - 352 pages
Genre - Paranormal/Mystery
Source - Received from publisher for review
Rating - 3 out of 5: I liked it.
Book Info - After the mysterious death of Harvard University English professor and hopeless romantic, Gilbert Reedy, Lizzy Tucker's once normal life as a pastry chef in Salem, Massachusetts is turned upside down. Following in Reedy's footsteps, Lizzy and her very attractive - but very unobtainable - partner, Diesel, take up his twenty-year quest to find the Luxuria Stone, an ancient relic believed by some to be infused with the power of lust.
But soon Lizzy and Diesel discover they are not alone in their search for the stone. Diesel's cousin, Gerwulf Grimoir, also wants to wield its power to fulfil his own wicked plans, and will stop at nothing until he finds it.
Treasures will be sought and the power of lust is undeniable in this ancient quest that is full of twisted riddles and high-stakes hide-and-seek.
My thoughts - Okay, so I've said this before and I'll say it again... the best thing about Janet Evanovich's writing is the humour. It is impossible to read one of her books without laughing out loud - a lot! That makes this book a perfect light-hearted read to relax with after a busy day. Something that doesn't tax the brain too much but is sure to cheer you up and make you laugh.
The other thing that Ms. Evanovich excels at is creating loveable and very colourful characters. It's absolutely impossible not to love all of the characters in this book. Even the villain of the piece is so over-the-top evil that she's funny. In Wicked Business, even a monkey and a broom become characters in their own right, and that takes a lot of skill.
The one main downfall of this book, and I have found the same to be true of most other books I've read by this author, is that the plot is fairly predictable and simple. There were no real twists along the way and there were no really exciting events either. So, all-in-all, the plot was pretty bland.
Summary - Although the plot leaves a fair amount to be desired, the characters and the humour do make this an enjoyable read. If you are looking for a light and humourous read to make you laugh out loud, while not making you have to think a whole lot, then this is the book for you.
Other books in the series:
1. Wicked Appetite
2. Wicked Business
Thursday, 9 May 2013
About the book:
Even being dead isn’t enough to get you out of maths class.
Dying wasn't on sixteen-year-old Riley Richardson's to-do list. And now, not only is she dead, but she's stuck in a perpetual high school nightmare. Worse still, she's stuck there with the geekiest, most annoying boy in the history of the world, ever.
In a school where the geeks are popular and just about everything is wrong, Riley has become an outcast. She begins a desperate quest to get back home, but her once-perfect life starts to unravel into something not nearly as great as she thought it was. And maybe death isn’t really that bad after all...
Welcome to Afterlife Academy, where horns are the norm, the microwave is more intelligent than the teachers, and the pumpkins have a taste for blood.
Amy (Once Upon a Series): For the readers, what’s your name & where do you call home?
Jaimie: Hello! I’m Jaimie Admans, much too close to being 30 for my liking, and home is a tiny, boring village in South Wales, UK!
Amy: What three words would you use to describe Afterlife Academy?
Jaimie: A paranormal romantic comedy! Or death after life - that’s three words and that’s really what the book is all about!
Amy: How long did it take you to write Afterlife Academy?
Jaimie: It was about a month to get the first draft down, but that’s the easy part. I do quick and messy first drafts and worry about fixing them later! It was another four months to get it edited into readable shape, and then another couple of months of final tweaks and preparing it for release!
Amy: Where did you get your inspiration for the Afterlife Academy? Was it simply just from thinking about going to school when you were dead?
Jaimie: That’s it. It’s often hard to pinpoint where the inspiration comes from as it’s usually just a fleeting thought or seeing something written somewhere or a picture or watching the news, any small thing can spark off a snowball effect of thoughts that end up being a book plot. For Afterlife Academy, I was just thinking about teachers and how strict they are, and I thought ‘I bet they’d even make you finish your education if you were dead!’ – Lightbulb moment! Things snowballed from there – the idea of a previously popular girl being dumped in a school where suddenly no one likes her, being stuck with the uncoolest guy she knows, classes specifically for dead kids, etc. Things quickly spiral when you start thinking about them!
Amy: What were your school experiences like? Did you ever skive like Riley did when she was alive?
Jaimie: Very much so, I’m afraid! I skived whole days rather than the odd lesson here and there though like Riley does, so I was pretty much worse than her! And, like Riley, maths was my most-hated subject! We had a horror of a teacher for maths, and all she ever accomplished was to give everyone in her class a life-long hatred of maths!
Amy: What made you want to write Riley as a once popular character and Anthony unpopular but then vice versa in 'Afterlife Academy'? Or did they do this themselves?
Jaimie: They did a lot of it themselves. I started with the idea that Riley would experience the opposite in death than she had in life, and that this geeky boy who she thought was a loser would become the popular one while nobody liked her. Everything else the characters did by themselves. I never intended the relationship between Anthony and Riley to develop as it did, I never intended that she was the main person who bullied him in their previous life, all that backstory made itself up as I went along!
Amy: So, you find characters end up leading the novel to places you hadn't predicted?
Jaimie: The theme is usually in place before I even start writing, so it generally stays the same, no matter how many characters try to derail it! So often, you write in what was supposed to be a minor character and they end up taking over the whole book and getting a sequel written about them! You can’t argue with the characters though, once they start leading, you just have to follow!
More about Jaimie: True or False!
She likes goats (and sheep) as friends... "You can't live in Wales and not!"
Jaimie Admans isn't a pen-name... "If I was using a pen name, I would have chosen something much easier to spell than this!"
She owes a lot to caffeine (and also edible goodies... perhaps some food contains caffeine too?)... "I owe everything to tea and chocolate!"
She loves the ‘bad guy’ in novels... "Particularly if they’re not outright evil and you find they do have a not-so-bad side too."
She's done research for novels... "I’d like to meet a writer who hasn’t! Reindeer pregnancy was probably my weirdest, unexpected, research topic!"
She's good at angry birds... "I'm rubbish at it! That's why I play it so often - only to get better at it, honest!"
She's written (includes writing now) one YA novel... "I’ve written a few, some to be released later this year!"
She dislikes natural hair colours... "I don’t dislike them, I just haven’t had a normal hair colour for years now! In fact I’m considering whether to dye mine back brown and just leave parts of it pink. I’d have to leave pink in there somewhere, I wouldn’t be me otherwise!"
She's published traditionally... "I’m all indie and proud! Like most writers, I would love a traditional publishing deal..."
She finds editing easy! "I can get a first draft done in a few weeks – it’s the editing process that takes much, much longer! I hate editing with a passion, but there's also a great satisfaction in it because you know you're making a better book! But it never gets any easier to cut sentences you love or scenes you thought were really clever! My novels usually get re-written four or five times before they go off to a professional editor..."
Thanks Jaimie for taking the time to answer our questions today. It has been great learning more about you and your writing process! Now for the readers... here are the dates and destinations for Jaimie's blog tour that starts tomorrow. Please go forth and stalk!