A MelanieM Review: ​Silent Hearts by Cameron D. James.

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Rating: 1.75 stars out of 5

 

In an effort to forget the past, Jake has anonymous hookups during his midnight shift at a hostel in the tiny Scottish village of Kyleakin. When Grant, a stud from Edinburgh, comes to stay for a week, Jake can’t get the sexy Scot out of his mind. It doesn’t take long for Grant to realize Jake is hiding, running from something, and when he confronts Jake about it, their tentative friendship explodes and living at the hostel becomes tense. Not long after, Jake’s tenuous relationship with his parents crumbles, leaving him with no family and no home.

Through the worst of times, no matter how poorly Jake treats him, Grant always shows up to comfort him. Old anxieties stir with every shared hug, every fleeting kiss, every sensual encounter, and no matter how hard Jake tries to escape from his hurts, the past–and the truth–always seems to find him.

It’s rare I come across books I just want to put down in the first few chapters.  Normally I find something that redeems them, characters, a unique twist in the plot…something.  But in Silent Hearts by Cameron D. James it was just one cringe worthy moment after another or just plain non interest in continuing on that plagued this story for me.

James immediately plops the reader into one of Jake’s nightly blowjobs during his job at the hostel.  Yes, it seems he puts the word out to all the travelers that well, he puts out and all take advantage of it.  You think the management would get a clue.  It’s cold, mechanical, and definitely not sexy.  And these scenes go on for most of the book. Lovely.

Jake himself is a mess of a character.  You get no clue really other than phone  calls back to the states (his relationship with his parents is the only reason this story didn’t fall to the one star rating).  Everything else is left to the author’s guessing game with the readers.  It makes Jake a blank that you care very little for, no matter how much the  other characters tell you should or that they do (a mystery in and of itself).

Then there is Grant, a nice guy who is abused and pushed away by the surly Jake for half the story and then abandoned totally after being a tremendous person.  The author leads you to believe that Jake will end up with Grant and then out of nowhere boom, the love of Jake’s life is introduced in the last pages and an ending that leaves you shaking your head appears out of nowhere with no narrative support whatsoever.

I was dumbfounded.  What a fail.

I may go back to that one star rating after all.

So no.  There won’t be any recommendation here.  I can’t imagine who this book would appeal to.  It’s not erotic in my opinion.  There’s no depth of characterization, the plot is a mess, and no support for the ending.  If you like reading about men giving blowjobs however, then yes, this is the book for you.  There, that’s something positive.

Cover art is ok, nondescript is enough to work.

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Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 110 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Deep Desires Press (first published March 3rd 2014)
Original TitleSilent Hearts
ASINB07CRH2TQY
Edition LanguageEnglish

An Alisa Review :Desires of the Deep (College of United Monsters Book 1) by C.B. Archer

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

What happens when you enroll in a monster college and end up stuck in underwater classes? Butt stuff. Butt stuff happens.

The once elitist College of United Monsters (C.U.M.) has recently fallen on hard times. In order to stay afloat it has been forced to allow humans to register. Humans, in a monster school? Ridiculous! Also, monsters are real and that was probably a bigger shock to the world than one school of them allowing humans to enroll.

Cliff Waters is a ridiculous human. Mistakenly assigned to the Underwater Wing of the college, Cliff has more problems than the average student—sudden surges in popularity, sudden urges in the sexy monster student body, and being forced to hold his breath for hours at a time to attend class. Will Cliff be able to survive in the Underwater Wing of the toughest college around where everyone wants to taste a sweet piece of him?

Honestly, it serves him right for having a punny name…and attending monster college.

This was a fun read.  Cliff is literally thrown in the deep end when he tries to get to his first class at C.U.M.  At first he loves the attention but it wears thin fast.

I am one that generally enjoys tentacles in my stories and this one delivered which I wasn’t expecting as the description doesn’t say anything about it but it was a wonderful surprise. I loved Humboldt’s shyness and how he didn’t throw himself at Cliff like many other students did.  It was great to see them find a way to be together despite there any differences including not being able to breathe underwater.

The cover art is wonderful and I loved the depiction of the story.

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Book Details:

ebook, 42 pages

Published: December 26, 2017 by Deep Desires Press

Edition Language: English

Series: College of United Monsters #1

An Alisa Review: Wolf’s Kiss (Polar Nights Book 2) by Siryn Sueng

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Rating:  3 stars out of 5

Nolan has heard werewolves love bondage and toys in the bedroom, but Halken brings more than just his kinky nature.

Under the lights of the beautiful city, Tromsø, the call for pleasure fills the snowy air.

Having left the deep north in an attempt to bury past demons, Halken finds himself drawn in by a gorgeous blond dryad. With his original plan to leave Tromsø tossed out the window, he takes his dance partner home, fully intent on mating with him.

Nolan has heard rumors about werewolves, what they like in the bedroom. He quickly finds out that most all of these rumors are true. Taken in by his sexy wolf, he finds himself in the most erotic of situations with Halken…and begging for more.

Halken talks little of himself, preferring to keep his past exactly where it belongs. In the past.

But what he left there has a mind of its own. A deranged rogue wolf stalks the city, following the scent of what he wants—and he will have it, one way or another.

Okay, so I’m still not sold on how the mating works in this world; there apparently needs to be a pull but it isn’t completely being picked by a more dominate partner.  Nolan can’t believe his luck when Halken chooses him but Halken has some stuff from his past that will have to be resolved first.

The conflict of the fae continues into his story but not much happens with it.  The main focus is the rogue wolf who wants to mate with Halken, with this we get a little more insight into mating but not enough for me.  Nolan and Halken find happiness but we don’t get much in the way of relationship building or anything, they pretty much mate and then deal with the rogue shifter and they are good.  I enjoyed seeing the characters from the first book and hope that as more books join the series we continue to learn more about this world.

The cover art is great and follows the style for the series.

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Book Details:

ebook, 59 pages

Published: November 7, 2017 by Deep Desires Press

Edition Language: English

Series: Polar Nights #2

An Alisa Review: Incubus Touch (Polar Nights Book 1) by Siryn Sueng

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

Sex with the dark incubus, Jakai, is far more erotic than Valyn ever imagined it could be. But when Valyn spots a terrifying figure in Jakai’s yard, the peace in Tromsø, Norway begins to break apart — and their presence is just the beginning…

 

Sex under the northern lights has never been so arousing.

 

Valyn enjoys the snow-covered city of Tromsø, Norway, because of the long nights, and the northern lights that bring more than just color to the skies above. As a siren, the energy that floods the city beneath the strong pulses of the aurora are both needed for magic and sought after for intense pleasure.

 

During the winter, the urge to be claimed drives many of the mythical populace. It is Valyn’s third winter without a partner, and the overwhelming need for sex is almost too much to bear. Until his search in an underground club leads him to an incubus named Jakai. Finally, after so long, Valyn has found the man to share his life with. Jakai is mysterious, but kind, and the sex is far more erotic than Valyn ever imagined it could be.

 

But in the deep dark, there are things that crawl through the snow. The fae are far less civilized and out for blood. When Valyn spots a terrifying figure in Jakai’s yard, the peace in Tromsø begins to break apart — and the fae’s presence is just the beginning.

 

This was an interesting world to read about.  I’m not sure my thoughts on how they basically mate with the first person who chooses them and hope it all works out.  Valyn has been looking for a mate for years and goes back out in hopes to find one when Jakai is attracted and catches him in the club.  Considering Valyn has never done anything sexual with another the incubus completely blows his mind in their first night together.

 

Despite Valyn’s innocence he has spent a lot of time thinking of the sex he would have once he had a mate and it doesn’t stop once he is claimed.  Jakai seems to want nothing more than Valyn’s happiness, it would have been interesting to see how they actually join their lives together but the events in this story happen over such a short time period that isn’t possible.  The fact that none of them really knew about the fae seemed strange since there were so many paranormals interacting.  Despite anything I’ve said I did really enjoy this book and look forward to reading Nolan’s story and I’ll know what to expect a bit more.

 

The cover art is great and works perfectly for this story.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 91 pages

Published: May 30, 2017 by Deep Desires Press

Edition Language: English

Series: Polar Nights #1

An Alisa Review: Louder Than Words by Siryn Sueng

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

A local teacher takes silence as rejection from his coffee-shop crush, but then he learns that his crush is mute, and is determined to show that his love is deeper than any words can express.

 

Derrek is a local teacher in Clearwater, Florida. He frequents a nearby coffee shop before work every morning, where he finds himself enraptured with a young barista, Alex. But Alex never seems to notice him, even when he’s handing Derrek his morning coffee.

 

After weeks of hiding in his corner under the pretense of working, Derrek finally gains enough courage to ask Alex on a date. He’s crushed when all he gets for an answer is complete silence. He thinks it’s the end, until he finds out that Alex has a disability that has paralyzed his vocal cords.

 

Sign language is Alex’s way of communication, and it’s something that Derrek knows little to nothing about. With renewed determination, Derrek asks Alex to teach him sign language. Derrek wants to be able to talk to Alex, to tell him how he really feels, and find out if Alex feels the same.

 

But more than anything, he longs for a relationship that goes deeper than just words alone.

 

This was such and adorable and sweet story.  Derrek runs when Alex is silent after the he asks him on a date but with the encouragement of a friend he goes back later that day to set things right and learns that Alex is mute.  Derrek ends up with a weekly date disguised as learning sign language [even though it really happens] and gets to see Alex on his own away from the coffee shop.

 

Derrek is so awkward (and a little bit oblivious) it’s adorable and you can see that Alex just wants someone to love him for him.  We see their relationship progress slowly but it seems natural for them.  We see how Derrek will do anything to help and support Alex even when it drives him crazy.  I loved both of these characters and it was great to see them find what they had been longing for.

 

The cover art is wonderful and perfect for this story.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 67 pages

Published: April 11, 2017 by Deep Desires Press

Edition Language: English