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Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

This story is about Penny, who never seems to find happiness in her relationships. Each one is the same, unfulfilling, boring, vanilla, relationship. Penny finds herself just going through the motions in relationships and in life. One day, Penny decides to go to a vanialla, BDSM picnic. There she met Marcus.

*Side Point* This is my vision of Marcus:

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Marcus, like most Doms, can easily spot Penny out for what she is. Over the next week or so, Marcus and Penny begin a D/s relationship. Penny falls in love with Marcus, which, sometimes happens in a D/s relationship.

I won’t go more into the story, because it will provide way too many spoilers. I will, however, talk about how I feel about this story.

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One, I feel like MORE in depth sex scenes would have been nice. I feel that it is a little too Light BDSM for me. I know it was an “intro” for Penny, and Marcus, as a good Dom, really was trying to introduce Penny slowly. But, sometimes, you just kind of have to jump in and go for it 🙂 Second, the “climax” of the story, I wish there was a smidgen more. There are certain scenes that just kind of happen, and we never really know. Again, I can’t go into it without giving spoilers.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast and easy read. There were some grammatical errors, but the story was still enjoyable. I think it is a great intro story for D/s relationships. It also touches on briefly determining the difference between abuse and appropriate in D/s relationships.

My only wish was that there were more D/s non-vanilla encounters. I felt that it was a little PG13 for what it could have been. I feel it is okay to really dig into some of the toys and aspects of BDSM beyond some spanking and tying up to the bed. I also thought the menage encounter was good, but again, wished it had a little more BDSM. It is a light BDSM story.

Overall, I really did enjoy it. I could picture Marcus as this rustic, gorgeous, older man. I like that this story had an older man, and was not really NA Erotica. The same for Penny. I do like that she was older and that she had her life together (ish).

 

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LK Shaw lives in South Carolina with her highly spoiled and extremely needy beagle-mix pup. She began reading at an early age and devoured as many books as she could. Her favorite authors as a young teen were Christopher Pike and RL Stine. During the summer between her junior and senior years of high school, she ran out of books and asked her mom to loan her one of her “stupid romances”, and then she regretted ever calling them stupid. Because from that first book, she was hooked and hasn’t stopped reading them since. At one time, she owned over 1000 romance novels. Some of her favorite historical romance authors include Christi Caldwell, Courtney Milan, Mary Balogh, and Tessa Dare. Some of her favorite contemporary romance authors include Julia Sykes, Ella Dominguez, Skye Callahan, and Meghan March.

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Daughters of Men Blog Tour

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Daughters of Men

by A.R. Draeger

published April 5, 2015

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Devastated by the loss of her son, Rebecca is struggling to salvage her marriage to Jacob, a cold and detached pastor. When he goes on a men’s hunting retreat and does not return on time, Rebecca fears the worst. Jacob arrives three days late, citing bad weather and poor cell service as the reasons none of the men called home. Jacob appears healthy, but Rebecca is concerned with the deep gashes on his arms and is even more alarmed when he tells her that he stitched them himself. As the weeks pass, Rebecca begins to wonder what happened in the mountains. Jacob is not the same man he was before. While she is relieved he is no longer detached, she cannot comprehend why he’s become so flirtatious, so sexually aggressive. So obsessive. Jacob’s odd behavior mounts, and the actions of the men who joined Jacob on the retreat grow more and more strange, convincing Rebecca that the men who came home are not the men who left. Who are these pretenders… and what have they done with her husband?

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Daughters of Men is the second book published by A.R. Draeger. I received this book for my honest review and to participate in this blog tour. My overall rating for this book is 4 stars.

A.R. Draeger’s writing style is hauntingly beautiful. I fell in love with her flow in Of Ocean and Ash a while back, and Daughters of Men is no different. The writing is very fluid, and smooth like creamy milk chocolate (seriously). It just works. You don’t get that very often from big named authors, and to find it in an independent author is something very special and I am very glad to have that chance to experience it.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this story. From the synopsis, it is known that a group of church men go off on a camping trip and come back different, but there is nothing explaining how they are different really. What makes them different? I was pleasantly surprised at what that difference was (and for spoilers sake, I won’t give it away). It was not how other stories in the same subject are usually projected at being. These men came back very creepy, and I believe I would respond the same as Rebecca had my Eric came back the same way…that or I would have just left the moment I saw that change in the bathroom. I would have just rand out the door and fled until my gas ran out and then filled up the tank and kept on going.

Daughters of Men is a fairly quick read. It starts out a little slow, but picks up pace once the men go off on their trip. There is definitely a lot of death in this book, so don’t get too attached to any of the characters.

My one major flaw with the book was that I got really confused at the end, I am still not really sure what the heck was going on to be entirely honest. I finished this book on Monday, November 2nd, so I have taken a few days to really think and process the information, but I still am not entirely sure what I was reading. I can’t and won’t say it was because it was unclear, it may just be because I am really exhausted, and there is a lot going on in my life, but I just didn’t follow the last chapter.

All in all, it is worth the read. I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this blog tour for Amber. I can’t wait to read other books of hers. If you are interested in other books of hers, check out my posting for the blog tour Of Ocean and Ash.

 

 

Amber DraegerABOUT THE AUTHOR

A.R. (Amber) Draeger resides in rural Texas with her husband, Josh, and son, Logan. When not writing or reading, she is watching reality TV shows or tromping through the nearby woods.

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Of Ocean and Ash Blog Tour

 

 

Of Ocean and Ash

 

by A.R. Draeger

 

Series: Falling In Deep, #3

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Release Date: June 9, 2015

 

 

Of Ocean…

Cast into the sea at birth, human-born Ia found her adoptive family among the merfolk. While her underwater upbringing was peaceful, Ia’s blood-heritage and the strict societal rules of the merpeople lead her to wonder of the world above the waves.

And Ash…

When a storm lands Ia ashore, she discovers her body has transformed into the human she would have been. Taken in as property by a callous plantation owner, Ia works alongside the slaves until she can make her way back to the water. There is nothing Ia wants more than to go home, that is, until she meets a handsome, troubled man named Matthias, who has a touch that can be as kind as his tongue is harsh.

Torn between two very different lives, Ia must choose – stay in his world and risk her life for a love untested, or return to the familiar arms of the underwater world that raised her and risk losing what may be the greatest love she will ever know.

Will Ia’s choice lead to happiness or her destruction?

 

 

 

Goodreads rating: 5 stars

I was given a copy of this book for my honest review, I was not paid for my review or my thoughts. These are my own.

I have to admit, I have been excited and nervous to review a book of someone I know, someone I communicate with. Granted, we are not best friends, we do not hang out on weekends or go have coffee and talk about recent trips and adventures, we do talk. Her and my mom talk. However, even though I know her, my rating still stands at 5 stars because I am here to rate her book and not her as a person (and she is pretty damn cool in my opinion 😉 ).

First, the writing is amazing and very fluid, the story has moved a long very quickly. Every aspect of this story flows together in one smooth motion, like spreading rich, creamy peanut butter on a piece of freshly baked bread. You become enamoured with Ia from the very beginning. You want her to succeed at becoming a Caller, but at the same time, you don’t want her to succeed because you want her to have the freedom to escape the likes of Ro. It is a historical romance piece, set during 1736 in the Caribbean. I believe the amount of research needed had to be immense to get the amount of detail for the different types of servitude (slavery, indentured etc). Reminds me of the picture Amber actually posted on her page, but I have seen other writers on my news feed posting lately:

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I like history, I like how it is explained in the context of the story, how it is explained to Ia, who does not understand or know the differences, because it shows that a lot of research was done to get it correct. I do not read a lot of historical romance often, and I like the paranormal and historical romance combination to create this piece.

My least favorite character is Ro. I would not want to be forced into Ia’s position where I would either have be Ro’s bride or have Ro force himself upon me and there be nothing anyone could do about it due to being a Lesser. The scene that Ia had witnessed at the beginning where Ro raped another Lesser was sad, and when Ro discovered that she did in fact see, he didn’t care and informed Ia that one way or another, she would be his.

One qualm I do have with the story, some terms I had to just kind of figure out. The mer-society Ia is a part of is interesting, and though some terms I could figure out on my own, such as Lesser, it would be nice for a small dictionary somewhere (maybe there is and I just didn’t know) where other terms would be. I gathered that a Caller would be similar to a Siren, maybe, because of my work and how much of it I have been doing on little food and sleep the past few days, I didn’t connect the dots right off on my own, but some of the roles in the mer-society, would be nice to be listed out.

I have been trying to decide my feelings on Mathias. He warns Ia of the dangers of Lord Malcom and other Overseers, but something inside me kept telling me to be mindful of him. Him being in a position of power is just as capable of hurting Ia. I feel too often, his moods are bipolar. I do like that he does care, and I can appreciate the risks he puts himself in by some of his actions. In the same respect, Ia does not fully comprehend the exact risk because she is not of land. He did grow on me, but even by the end, I still have mixed feelings with him. Men. Should have listened!

I wanted to cut Lord Malcolm. He was well written. If you want to hate a bad guy, he is written to be hated! As a reader, you wanted to kick him, cut him, punch him and come to Ia’s rescue every chance you get! (I won’t go into more because I do not want to give spoilers, but brace yourself, poor girl).

I have to admit, as I was reading, I often kept thinking of the Little Mermaid. Maybe, this is because it was my first mermaid story I read, but Ia reminded me of Ariel so often!! The first time she saw her legs after she was washed up on the shore after the storm, when she first saw a spoon to use for her soup before chores, and pretty much any other time she had any experience with a human object. I found myself hoping the entire story she would return to the ocean, even if there were aspects she did not like in being a mermaid. I know that is selfish of me. Ia was born crippled, and tossed into the ocean at birth by her father who would rather her die than try to raise her in this world as a cripple. When she was washed up on the shore, she lost her fins and gained her legs back, but they were crippled like she was at birth. Ia had to learn how to be human when she has never been human other than the few minutes when she came into existence.

In true form to my book reviews, I didn’t want to give away any spoilers, read the book. It is sooooo goood!!!! And it gets even better, like OMG amazing once it hits the climax!!! DO IT!

 

 

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A.R. (Amber) Draeger resides in rural Texas with her husband, Josh, and son, Logan. When not writing or reading, she is watching reality TV shows or tromping through the nearby woods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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