Something Wicked Comes This Way

Something Wicked Comes This Way

by Jaid Black, Diana Hunter, Regina Carlysle, Katalina Leon, Aubrey Ross and Laurann Dohner.

Genre: Romance, anthology, erotic, contemporary, historic fiction, were/shifter, ménage, sci-fi, vampires, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy.

(Kindle Edition.  Published May 1st 2012 by Ellora’s Cave)    
*The publisher provided  me with this book for review, via Netgalley*

Something Wicked Comes this way is pretty much what you would expect from an erotic literature anthology.  Some of the stories are good, some are bad and some are just damn bizarre.

All in all the book was good.  The stories were well written, well-developed and really imaginative…sometimes TOO imaginative. I am going to go through each story (as they appear in the book) and give you my thoughts on each one.

-Scarred and Kilt by Luarran Dohner:  This was a typical paranormal romance story.  Take one curious girl, one massive hulk of a vampire, add a desk and…you know where this is going.  This story is completely unrealistic, but it takes that fact and runs with it.  It doesn’t take itself too seriously and because of that it ends up being fun.

-Tinderbox by Regina Carlysle:  This is a mating/shifting/menage story.  I am not going to lie, menage is not really my thing but I know there are a lot of readers out there that love these stories.  The plot was ok, the characters were ok it was just ok.  I found the main female character to be a little bit of a wet blanket and that is generally something I am not a fan of.  But if you are a fan of this particular type of story then I think you will like it.

– Asterion by Katalina Leon: I actually quite liked this one.  The story (especially in the beginning) was really quite interesting.  It was atmospheric and intriguing.  The characters were Good especially Darron who was all kinds of cute and endearing. There was a plot which I really liked.  I would have liked more of it and think it would make a great full length novel.  The ending felt rushed which was a real shame.

– Decadent Dance by Aubrey Ross: What is blue and has two penises?

NO! (I actually have no idea how many penises smurfs have but they are a bit weird so…)  The correct answer is the male protagonist of this story.  This to be quite honest is Avatar porn (who knew Sam Worthington was hiding that in his pants!) I cannot pretend that I enjoyed this story.  My tastes are a lot more…average.  I liked the idea though and the aliens sounded really pretty! But apart from that I didn’t really like it, it wasn’t just the alien business there were also some questionable behaviour from said alien that I didn’t quite like.

– Sahara Heat by Diana Hunter: This was my second favourite story in this anthology.    It had great characters that bounced off one another brilliantly.  There is a spark between them and their banter is entertaining.  I am not the biggest BDSM fan but this was on the light side so I was ok with it.  It also has a great male protagonist.  He looks like Thor, enough said.

– Fatman and Robyn by Jaid Black: This is by far my favourite story of the collection.  There is a great plot, it is well written, the characters are likeable, it is cute, hot and they don’t rush into having sex! 90% of this story has no sex in it at all and because of that you get to know the characters and you end up caring for them because you know them.

Something Wicked This Way Comes is not going to change you life.  Some of it is great and some is pretty bad.  If you are a fan of the genre then it has a little something for everyone.  also, despite its sometimes silliness there is plot to be found in these stories which is something I think should always be praised with these books.

My Rating 3 out 0f 5 stars!

What do you think? Let me know in the comments

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The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

Title: The Iron Duke (Iron Seas book 1)

Author: Meljean Brook

Genre: Steampunk, romance, adult, sci-fi

Average Goodreads rating: 4.03:5

My rating: 3/5

(Paperback, 378 pages, Published April 12th 2012 by Berkley UK)

Blurb: After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control he instantly became a national hero.  Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power – and fear – of his name.  And when a dead body is dropped from an airship on to his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.
Mina can’t afford his interest, however, Horde blood runs through her veins, and becoming Rhys’s lover would destroy both her career and her family, yet the investigation prevents her from avoiding him . . .
But when Mina uncovers the victim’s identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England.  To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and perilous oceans – and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen, as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.

The Iron Duke is the first steampunk book I have ever read.  I didn’t quite know what to expect.  I had a vision in my head of what a stempunk world might look like and I wasn’t repulsed by it, but putting that world in words seemed a little too much for me and I thought I would hate it.  In the end I was pleasantly surprised.  I did like this book, and I did like steampunk.

The world in this book was unlike anything else I have read; I swallowed it up whole and enjoyed the craziness of it.  It was extremely imaginative and I happily gorged myself on it.

The story was great.  I was expecting the norm paranormal romance/adult stuff (Likable characters, hot scenes and so much sexual tension you could drown in it) but was surprised to find that this had a lot more substance, it had a decent storyline and didn’t just rely on sex and a dominant male character.  Sure it had all the normal stuff in it as well but there was much more to it than that which was a nice change.

Another thing I liked about this book was the characters.  Mina and Rhys (the main characters) were great, especially in the beginning when there is a ton of tension and banter between them.  But it is in the secondary characters where this book really gets its personality.  Scarsdale (Rhys friend) literally made this book for me, I utterly adored him.  He was charming and cheeky and by far the funniest thing in this book.  Also Newberry (constable to Mina’s Lieutenant) deserves a mention for being utterly adorable.

Unfortunately, for me, this book had some major problems.  My main issue with this is that a majority of the time I wasn’t quite sure what was going on, it confused me and used words and terms that I didn’t understand.  I am not sure if this is because it is a steampunk book and I am unfamiliar with them of if it is just this book.  Either way I felt that it shouldn’t have been so difficult to comprehend.

At times the book seemed to move and an agonizingly slow pace.  It took me a long time to read it.  A whole day for just under 400 pages (I read really fast and can normally read two books of this length in one day.) I felt like every sentence was full of stuff that needed to be processed but still the plot never moved on.

Also, I had an issue with the romance between Mina and Rhys.  It was weird because I was never quite sure what was going on with them.  He, at times, seemed a little forceful and she was a bit of a tease.  It was not the worse romance I have read by a long shot but still I struggled to get fully behind them.

Overall The Iron Duke was an enjoyable read that I would recommend to fans of the genre and of romance.  It was a good introduction into a genre that I knew nothing about and it has definitely made me want to read more steampunk.

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