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Friday, October 29, 2004

Rainbow Desire, by Leanne Shawler

In this short, but steamy, story, governess Kate Raselbury finds herself in the position to have the best of two worlds. She captures a leprechan's gold, and the leprechan offers her the best sex in the world if she'll pay him back the gold. And so Kate plans how best to invest and spend her gold, all the while paying Declan the leprechan for his amazing bedroom prowess. The gold and Declan's ability to be with Kate soon runs out. What will Kate do then?

This wonderful tale is a quick, and very entertaining read. The ending is a bit unexpected, and Kate's decisions refreshing. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and I look forward to more of Ms. Shawler's work in the future.

Available From:Amber Quill Press

Reviewed By: Vicki McElfresh

Vicki 9:45 PM

Monday, August 09, 2004

Earthchild, Allie Bates

A riveting tale of mistaken identity, deceit and betrayal set in medieval Scotland, Earthchild is a very well-written, entertaining read. Branwyn, an often-scorned healer, captures the imagination and makes for a saucy, yet feminine heroine, though her innocence is at times overdone. Llewellyn's secret identity lends a bit of mystery to this gentle, yet dangerous hero.

Earthchild makes for a fun read with plenty of spicy sex scenes, a few lip-biting moments, and a bit of mystery. I definitely recommend this book. I'll definitely look for more of Allie Bates's novels in the future.

Available from: New Ages Dimensions Publishing

Reviewed By: Vicki McElfresh

Vicki 12:20 AM

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Actually, since we're all getting caught up on various projects, we'll return in August with a new review.

Thanks for your patience!

Jennifer & Vicki

Jennifer 8:55 AM

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Ebookreader will be suspending reviews during the month of June. We will return the first week of July.

Vicki 7:53 PM

Friday, May 14, 2004

Opening Gambit; By: Clive Russel

In chess, an opening gambit is when a pawn is sacrificed to obtain a piece of a higher value. The novel of the same name is a cheeky, rollicky tale of a churchmouse who stows away in the cardinal's hat portmanteau for a trip to England during the time of Henry VIII. Giovanni, aka Spike, witnesses events such as the annual healing of the lepers, the plague, and all manner of events from the year 1528.

This is not a book to read while distracted by TV, radio or other family members. By that I don't mean that it is a hard read, but a book the requires paying close attention so it's sarcasm, puns, and clever innuendo is not lost on the reader. Opening Gambit is a well-written novel with word-play that would make Will Shakespeare grin.

Check this one out someday.

Available from: Little Lemur Publishing

Reviewed by: Vicki McElfresh

Vicki 11:16 PM

Friday, April 30, 2004

The Summer Of My Discontent, By: Mark Roeder

In this much anticipated sequel to Roeder's A Better Place, we return to Verona, Indiana to visit Ethan, Nathan, Brendan and Caspar who are better than ever and still in disbelief over their lives. Tossed into the mix is Dane, a runaway gay boy who's come to Verona in search of sex, Austin, a rent-boy who gives Dane a place to stay, and Boothe, a creepy ex drug dealer who's moved on to grave-robbing. Sex-starved Dane set out to make the gay boys of Verona miserable by making an ass out of himself, and end ups finding himself in more trouble than he'd ever imagined. And our heroes Ethan, Nathan, Brendan and Caspar work hard to make ends meet on their farm during a drought while bills and the threat of losing the farm hangs over their heads.

I wish I could say something good about this book, but I can't. I somewhat enjoyed Roeder's A Better Place. Caspar is one of Roeder's few compelling characters, but The Summer of My Discontent breeds only more discontent. I read the whole book waiting for some sort of plot, but I never found one. Dane's runaway character and calculating mischief had a great deal of potential, but the potential was wasted in pages of syrupy sweetness, adolescent lust, and too good to be true relationships. Even the somewhat sinister Boothe lost his creepieness after his first few appearances. I finished reading this book and wondered why I'd bothered. There is absolutely no story, no conflict, and no plot. As with all of Roeder's books, this one is chalked full of grammatical errors, but at least the phrase, "I still couldn't believe he loved me," only appeared a couple of times.

Available from: Iuniverse

Reviewed by: Vicki McElfresh

Vicki 4:22 PM

Sunday, April 18, 2004

A Fire In Arcadia By: Warren Ockrassa

In this prequel to Ockrassa's Beasts of Delphos, and entirely new world, closely mirroring the attitudes and actions of the United States is revealed through the eyes of Nikolas. As Nikolas matures from a child to a young man, he learns about love, friendship and heartbreak on his homeworld of Arcadia where love between two people of the same sex is forbidden and punishable by retraining and sex before marriage, even between members of the opposite sex, has severe consquences. Nikolas will learn all about the consequences in very personal ways, and he may or may not survive. In this stunning novel, Ockrassa weaves a tale about adolescent love that is both heartwarming and tearjerking.

I had asked to read this novel purely because it sounded interesting with no intentions of reviewing. I simply wanted to read it, and I found myself blown away by this story. Beasts of Delphos left me unsettled, but A Fire in Arcadia left me hungering for more. I fell in love with the characters of Nikolas and Jek, and I laughed and cried along with them. Though this novel is billed as a science fiction novel, and there are some science fiction elements in the story, do not expect space battles, photon torpedoes, or starships capable of warp speeds. This novel is highly character driven, and a story about the life of an individual in a society where difference and individuality are suppressed and often stamped out. This is a human story, a beautiful story, and I highly recommend it. The writing is superb. The characters lovable. But be prepared to spend a chunk of time reading it since it's almost 700 pages in length. And keep the tissues close at hand.

Available from: Nightwares Ebooks

Reviewed by: Vicki McElfresh

Vicki 12:14 AM

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