Category: Sex

Review: Madly & The Jackal

How deep does love run? Deeper than the ocean? Deeper than memory? Deeper than magic?

Following their plan to save Atlas, Madly and Jackson return the spirit of Wolfhardt to his prison beneath the sea. But even the best laid plans couldn’t account for the surprises they find. This time, Lore aren’t their only challenges.

Title: Madly & The Jackal
Author: M. Leighton
Published: May 29th 2012 by M. Leighton Books
Links: Goodreads
Received: Bought on Kindle
Rating: 5 of 5

My thoughts: I thought Jackson was sexy in Madly & Wolfhardt, but that’s nothing compared to this book. Leighton goes all the way with Madly and Jackson, and it’s not without its Neptune Pool and escaping from Leviathan. The story begins with Madly and Jackson breaking into Atlas. We meet her father and I’m not sure if he’s to be trusted. We know that Atlas is on lockdown, citizens are on high alert. Madly and Jackson sneak in and barely get back to Slumber alive.

In between the sexy sex and make out scenes, Madly and Jackson are searching for the Jackal and Hyde.

The only drawback is that I see hints of 50 Shades of Grey in this book. It might be me it might be Leighton, but regardless, it works for the characters. Jackson has some serious moves when it comes to the bedroom and though at first he’s all “Not ready for that step yet.” Madly pretty much crushes it because well, they did go through Neptune’s Pool and all. I’m not going to tell you what that means, you’ll have to read the book. Hell, go read it anyway because it mixes a fantastical mermaid story and includes sex.

And I have to thank M. Leighton for making me realize that I’m Indie now, these books come from me, and if I want to put a steamy sex scene in them, I can. She just proved that you can write a book that’s damned good, includes all the action, drama, and intensity, AND you can have sex. Have I said sex enough in this review yet?

Either way, this book ends on a positive note, I’m really excited to see what happens in the next few books. I mean there were eight prisoners that escaped if I remember correctly, and we’re down two, we have a third that’s been revealed as the mastermind, all we need to know is who is the mole and how Madly will ever save her people.

Oh, and Jersey needs to find out about Madly and Jackson and the Neptune pool thing, I have a feeling that is NOT going to go over well.

I’m looking forward to more fun in the third installment of this series!

Namaste,
Rhi

What it feels like writing a sex scene

At first you’re like . . .

And then you’re like . . .

And then you’re like . . .

And then when you’re done . . .

Happy Monday Everyone!

Sexy deleted scenes and a trace of betrayal

I’ve been thinking a lot in the past few weeks about my place in the book world. I’m struggling to fit in, like I usually do in just about every circle I’m part of. I’m not a niche market, or a number, I’m just someone who wrote a book, and thought it was good enough to let other people read it.

Sadly, the people I’d really like to work with don’t seem to get on board with me. I have no idea why I’ve been passed up by just about everyone in publishing, but that’s where I stand. I’ve got books out there, and it’s the non fiction that does well.

I’m not a glory hound. A couple months ago I realized that all I ever wanted to do was write a book. I didn’t care if it got published or became a bestseller. Those were ideas that were shoved into my head by the well wishers who have since betrayed me or turn away from me. I feel heart broken that I let the book I worked on for six years, get sullied the way it did. I regret the previous direction I went in, chasing some silly dream of being the next Julie Kagawa or Cassandra Clare. I regret working with people I knew weren’t going to stick around unless they saw my book become the next best thing since Harry Potter. I regret putting my all into something for someone else.

I don’t regret writing the book.

The relaunch is something I felt I had to do because of the fall out, and in hindsight, it’s a good thing. I’ve been able to take the manuscript through another excruciating round of edits, and I’ve added a couple of scenes I deleted the first time around. Both of them because I thought they were too steamy for YA. For the parents who read this blog, do not let your nine year olds read my books please. I’ve been asked countless times if kids under ten can read my books and the answer is no. Twelve and up, or fourteen and up even would be great.

In one of my conversations with my editor he asked me about the romance between Kaliel and Krishani and specifically where my inspiration came from for that. Obviously they are the focal point of the whole series, so evidently all my inspiration revolves around their relationship. And in my head, there was a lot more sex. I told my editor that if I had written it the way the story was fed to me (through my guides) it would have been rated X and classed erotica.

For the sake of the story I veered away from the sex. There’s too many erotic stories out there that gear directly for the sex and have no story line. They don’t take other life situations into play. I wanted my story to be more about the tragic love story than about the hot steamy romance.

But the relaunch . . . gives you both. Hot steamy romance, and tragic love story. It’s aimed at older teens who have been in similar situations. We have to face a fact that over fifty percent of today’s teen population is having sex. Keeping it censored from a book isn’t going to stop them from experimenting. In not holding back, I’ve managed to give the readers more of the truth. Kaliel and Krishani had a serious relationship. They weren’t “hooking up”, but they were definitely doing more than sleeping in that cave.

And if you’re lucky, I’ll post those scenes right here on the blog.

Namaste,
Rhi

REVIEW: Stolen Dreams by Stacey Kennedy

Synopsis: Tess Jennings has the ability to see and talk to spirits. On a daily basis, they harass and annoy her to save their souls. Sometimes she helps, other times she ignores them, but one ghost will give her no choice. Kipp McGowan, a cop with the Memphis Police Department, uses his ghostly charms to gain her attention and forces her to expose herself to his partner.

As she’s pulled into the five year old cold case of Hannah Reid she wants no part of, she finds herself in more than one precarious situation. But that’s the least of her worries―Tess begins to have a serious problem on her hands. Kipp might be dead, but he’s drop-dead gorgeous and she’s beginning to forget that he’s a ghost.

Murder and corruption has brought Tess and Kipp together. But as her feelings for Kipp deepen, she suspects she just signed herself up for a one-way ticket to the nut house, and can only hope, straitjackets come in a size four.

Review: There were many many sexy moments in this book. I swear, if there was a situation to be had in a book this one has it. It starts out sexy from the hop and continues down a road of awesomeness, pretty much right to the end. Stacey has a way of pulling you into her world and making the characters jump off the page at you. She also had a way of making it impossible to put the book down, which is good! You’ll find yourself enthralled with this one, and probably turned on by Kipp. The only thing you will do that might be bad is scoff at some of the cliche ghost moments, which are par for the course. Just put yourself in Tess’s shoes and you’ll find yourself asking the same cliche things.

Go pick it up!

Namaste,
Rhi