Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Review - Unwrapping Lily © Chloe Cole & Ink Spot © Lissa Matthews


Ink Spot

Author: Lissa Matthews

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

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By night, Mandi is a waitress in her best friend’s adult entertainment club, complete with long raven hair and bright blue eyes. By day, she’s a boutique jewelry maker with a flair for the occasional naughty design. She’s shy, quiet, a definitive Plain Jane—and completely in lust with the one man who wouldn’t ever be interested in her. He’s big, menacing, and inspires every one of her dirty girl desires. If birthday wishes came true, he would be hers.

Tattoo artist. Business owner. Lover of vintage cars. Drummer. Jaz is far from the average guy. Built like a brick wall and inked from head to toe, he can scare the faint of heart with just a look, but faint of heart isn’t what interests him, isn’t what fuels his fantasies and keeps him hard from dawn to dusk. It’s her—the waitress, his sister’s friend, the birthday girl.

Mandi is given the best present ever—Jaz. And she’s got one night to make every wicked thought and erotic dream she’s had about him come true.

My Thought

I picked this one up the other day as I have heard so much good things about this authors voice and her touch with erotic material.  I will admit the cover helped alot in my decision to try out this book as well.

INK SPOT turned out to be an odd little story for me – Firstly the story is about the moment when Tattoo artist Jaz gets his greatest wish, the girl he has been lusting after for month. This happens on the night of Mandi’s (the girl in question) birthday and Jaz is her surprise gift. By page five he makes no bones about what he wanted and then they proceeded to burn up the pages of this short story.

INK SPOT didn’t work for me on some basic level - for one I didn’t like the protags  - at all, while it was nice that they were not coy or played games about what they wanted I just didn’t like them, I just couldn’t connect with their personality.

My secondly niggle with the book was that it was all sex – literally. The sex itself was not the problem it was the lack of questioning, the assumed and just some really odd moments like Mandi “taking the pill because the boss told her employees to”.

While I accept this book is more of a romp, it was just odd to have a book of 93 pages having so much sex scenes that it actually overshadowed the few moments when the protags converse and tried to know each other. 

The book also start too abruptly and right from the outset I could tell there was something missing. This book just happens to be the third in a series of books based around a tri of guys who have are on the verge of finding their perfect girl – this just happen to be Jaz’s story.

I only found that out after I read the book and went searching.

If you have read the first two books in this series, them by all means you must finish up the lot, but please do not attempt to read this first as it is just flat on it’s own.



Unwrapping Lily

Author - Chloe Cole

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

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Gabriel Sandoval is crazy in love. His life with his wife Lily is everything a man could ask for. She’s beautiful, funny, smart and sexy. She even swallows. There’s just this one little thing…

Lily Sandoval is wild about her man. He’s strong, supportive and gorgeous. There’s no one in the world she would rather spend time with, and their sex life is off the charts. But she knows that deep down, Gabe has a secret wish. And this Christmas, Lily will let go of all her inhibitions to make that wish come true.

My Thoughts

I love books where the protags are already in a committed relationship – it’s that wanting to see how the couple face the challenges and the realities of life after the moment of first lust has lost it’s sheen.

Gabriel for the most part is happy in his life and with his marriage - his wife is wonderful and he really can’t believe he luck out on a girl that like sports of all things.

So what’s the problem -  it’s the sex, it great but it could be better.

Lily is the lucky lady and she knows that Gabriel wants more, to see more and she intend to make this holiday the season that her naughty boy gets his.

This is a short tastefully done erotic romp and it was so wonderful to read.  I won’t give a full round up as I would be giving the entire book away but UNWRAPPING LILY touches on the moment when two people are still trying to fit their life's together after marriage. The things that you have to face up to – like getting naked in front of your partner or that moment when you have to use the toilet while your hubby is having a shower.

The fears and concerns of Gabriel and Lily I thought were all well thought out and once Lily made the decision to give it up – it added a spicier dimension to their sex life.

This is my first time with this author voice, and I really liked it. The pacing of the book was also very good and even with the little bits of characterization that I got it was enough to make me like Gabriel and Lily..

A cute couple that the author brought to life for me.

2 Speak To Me:

Blodeuedd on 5 January 2011 at 21:25 said...

wow, that guy is way to inked for me.

Nice quickies :)

Erotic Horizon on 6 January 2011 at 10:27 said...

I love them ink Blo'... and the bald head to match it all..