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Reviews by H.R.M.

45 Ratings
Avg - 4.76
Rise to Trust (MM with MF) by Lynn Hagen (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
Categories: Paranormal, Vampires/Werewolves, Alternative (M/M, Gay)

This reviewer's rating: 5 - Outstanding

I won’t lie. In the past I’ve been fairly harsh on this author, especially in regards to her Brac Pack series (at least, for the first two). They didn’t really work for me, the writing was sloppy and the second one, ‘Hawk’s Pretty Baby’, really made me uncomfortable – the last thing any reader wants to be when reading an erotica. That having been said, what a turn around this author has made in my eyes! I was really pleasantly surprised by this entire novel. The writing was tight with very few hiccups and the storytelling has improved by leaps and bounds from the early installments of the Brac Pack. Dorian, one of the main characters in the story and a human, was a character I could really get behind. Though admittedly he was flawed (every good character is) and at first a bit wishy-washy about where he stood on the whole human-nonhuman issue, he actually had a backbone and stood up for himself! He wasn’t a push-over! I can’t tell you how thrilled that made me. I know, I know, on the surface that seems a bit silly, but I cannot begin to count the number of times I’ve started reading a book – whether erotica or not – and just been bowled over by the fact that a supposedly strong character crumbled like a house of cards. That Dorian stood up for himself, both to Rick (an interesting character all by himself) and to others, really won me over. The other thing that won me over was that the author didn’t rush through things. True, the pace of the story was faster after the ball got rolling (a good thing), Lynn Hagen took the time to set things up, and I love it when an author does that. I get that most erotica readers don’t but most of the enjoyment I get out of a story comes from getting to know the characters, investing in them, and enjoying the byplay between them so that when they finally are together, I’m grinning because – yay! They finally got their act together! All the buildup was worth it! Sexytimes! On a similar thread, I really enjoyed all the buildup in the plot. It rather reminded me of a snowball rolling down a mountain, it started slowly and small and then built up and up until it was huge and fast and kind of intense. Really well done, in my opinion, and intriguing enough that I’ve already bought the next book in the series. In the end and even though I’m sure plenty of people will disagree, this was an excellent start to a new series and I truly hope that this author continues down this path of writing. If she does, I’ll probably be a fan from here on out.

Reviewed by: H.R.M. (Date: 02/27/2013)
Total reviews by this reviewer: 3 See all my reviews

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23 Ratings
Avg - 4.26

Despite not having read the previous installments in this series, the synopsis for this one really grabbed me – the gender mix-up alone seemed too good to pass up! – and while I’m happy I went ahead with buying it, I couldn’t help but feel as though I was reading the ‘highlights’ version of the novel. That sounds rude but there was so much the author didn’t capitalize on or address to the extent needed that it was a little disappointing. We never really see the mates bonding in any form; never learn why Meredith was so desperate to find a mate to begin with, and even the sex scenes – which could have been rife with tension – were fairly glossed over. It was almost as though the author had a set word count in mind and absolutely did not want to go over it – she really should have! Overall, while I really loved the idea behind this story, I think the author rushed it a bit too much and lost the chance to make a good story a fantastic one.

Reviewed by: H.R.M. (Date: 11/01/2012)
Total reviews by this reviewer: 3 See all my reviews

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36 Ratings
Avg - 4.36
One for Three (MFMM) by Becca Van (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

Even though this novel isn’t without its flaws, I must say I really enjoyed it. The relationship between Brooke and her men, despite developing a bit too fast, was fun to read about and the surrounding ‘mystery’ was equally as intriguing. I was a bit baffled by the extra paranormal elements the author threw in – they hardly seemed necessary – but am looking forward to the next in the series and hope it’s as good as if not better than this one.

Reviewed by: H.R.M. (Date: 10/22/2012)
Total reviews by this reviewer: 3 See all my reviews

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