Monday, November 25, 2013

Say "Yes!" to the Rogue's proposal

Overall: ★★★ (4 Stars)

I've been binge reading lately, and my two favorite areas are Paranormal and Historical. This one fits into the later category and man does it deliver.

The Rogue's Proposal can be found on Amazon.

Lukas Hawkins, the second son of the troubled House of Trent, is on a mission: find his missing mother and her alleged kidnapper, a brute named Roger Morton. If bringing the villain to justice means breaking a few laws, then so be it. But when he encounters a mysterious stranger with the face of an angel and a body made for sin, Luke suddenly finds his task-and his heart-in peril.

Emma Curtis knows of Lord Lukas's rakish reputation-and hopes to use it to her advantage. While most men of honor would never travel alone with an unmarried woman, Luke is quite willing to take Emma on the road . . . and into his bed. As their journey carries them to unexpected places, Luke and Emma indulge their every passion and share their most private fantasies. But just when their deepest desires are finally within reach, a secret is revealed that threatens to end their love forever . . .

Originality: ★★★

Regency romance is one of my favorites. And this does not disappoint. Rather than focusing on the heir of an aristocratic family, Haymore focuses on the "troubled" younger brother. *Swoon*. One of my favorite topics, and the fact that the heroine isn't aristocracy makes it even better. I love stories that aren't about the most privileged of the privileged, even if wealth is involved.

Character Development/Plot: ★★★

I really liked the Character development and the plot, although I feel like some things are left unresolved (as part of a trope). But it was a bit predictable. I don't mind that too much, but it is the reason I knocked off a star.

I also liked the way the main Hero developed. I was impressed with his growth over the course of the book. I feel for him, and I can see his plight. I thought she did a good job of ensuring that the readers would have empathy for him.

Appearance and Editing:★★

Cover is a bit outdated (think 80's romance), but I love it. Editing is professional. 

The Romance/The Sex: 

Steamy, sometimes a bit too steamy a bit too soon, but overall well worth the price tag (6.84 on Amazon). I felt myself swooning as they came together (literally and figuratively). I highly recommend. 

Veronica Hardy is a professional editor and author who enjoys writing reviews in her spare time, for fun. She is not compensated by authors, publishers or online retail markets for her opinions. If you are interested in a book review or editing services please email her at

Thursday, November 21, 2013

I've fallen under the spell of the Mys

Overall: ★★★★ (4.5 Stars)

I powered through this book. Seriously, could not get enough. It wasn't perfect, don't get me wrong, there were some plot holes, but it had all the right elements.

A fresh, meaty, sink-your-teeth-in-and-hold-on-tight new adult fantasy series kicks off with King Hall…

King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies.

Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing: survival. Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings. Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Rulers: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life.

Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realises the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the Revolution.

Originality: ★★★

Shifters, Vampires, and Mages have been done. And done. And done again. To the point where my 62 year old mother bought me a t-shirt and messenger bag that had a Vampire, a Shifter, and a boring shell of a girl on it because she heard it was "cool". But Scarlett Dawn turns those boring plot lines on their head with the way she frames this academy and the many Mysticals that live there. I was so excited as I read, because I found a new set of characters to root for. And a ton of emotional drops that left me feeling all kinds of ways.

And I needed something that made me feel that way.

Character Development/Plot: ★★★

I love the character development. I love the way Dawn has each character grow and change as challenges get in their way. Lily is superbly written, has a great voice and agency. I can't wait to read more and more about her as I go through the series. And believe me, I am hanging on for the whole ride.

There were some plot-holes, and I can't help but point them out. I felt like there should be a prequel to this book because at times, well, I felt lost. I know that she intentionally wrote it that way, but that being said, I just felt like enough wasn't explained up front and it could be confusing to younger New Adult readers who are not quite so patient. 

Appearance and Editing:★★

Cover is beautiful. Editing is professional. 

The Romance/The Sex: 

Beautiful, and sad. I loved the chemistry between her and the two love interests. I won't spoil it for you, but I will tell you it is worth reading about. 

Veronica Hardy is a professional editor and author who enjoys writing reviews in her spare time, for fun. She is not compensated by authors, publishers or online retail markets for her opinions. If you are interested in a book review or editing services please email her at

Along Comes Trouble Has Some Trouble

Overall: ★★★☆ 2.5 Stars

I hate to review a book that begins with a bad review with a bad review. But, I just wasn't into this one. I felt like it had some really really promising moments, but other times it fell flat. And I had to adjust my star rating accordingly.

You can find the description on Amazon. 

Originality: ★★★

I like the idea. I do. I like the thought of two people coming together over food and photography. But a lot of the story was very predictable (I will get to that later) and it really knocked the originality down for me.

Character Development/Plot: ★★★

I liked the individual development of the characters... but the overall plot was filled with a lot of holes. I thought starting out with a bad review was a bad idea. I was bored before I even got to the 2nd page. I forced myself to push onward, however, because I wanted to root for the author. I wanted to like this book. But the descriptions drug out, there wasn't as much high stakes drama as their could have been, and at times I felt like I was reading a diary rather than an actual novel. Paragraph after paragraph of feelings and back and forth.

Show, don't tell. Show.

And the predictability... well I knew who Kelly was and what her purpose was as soon as she showed up in the novel. I thought it was too forced, coincidental and threw the entire story off for me. It didn't add an extra element, it just forced me to admit the 4th wall. 

Appearance and Editing:★★

The cover really really knocked me off balance here. I picked it up because I thought it was going to be country, not about a restaurateur's son and a photographer who have very little to do with the Wyoming countryside. I imagined  more country scenes and a beautiful landscape to backdrop their jobs and lives. But it didn't. It felt like it was just there to pull in people who like country contemporary, but never really touched it. 

The Romance/The Sex: 

The chemistry doesn't feel natural. It doesn't develop naturally at all. You have two people, an over sexualization of each of them in each other's minds, and then no real push towards each other. I skipped whole paragraphs (that I never even missed), trying to get to their conversations to feel that chemistry... and it was just a big bunch of nothin'.  

Veronica Hardy is a professional editor and author who enjoys writing reviews in her spare time, for fun. She is not compensated by authors, publishers or online retail markets for her opinions. If you are interested in a book review or editing services please email her at

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Free Holiday Smut! (Erotica).

Chanukah is knocking at my door this time of year, and Christmas is just around the corner . And being the wonderful author that I am,  besides celebrating two holidays, I wanted to give to the people. So, along with many other wonderful Smutistes (Artistes) decided it would be advantageous to present you with:


These red hot stories are here just in time to make sure you have a very merry holiday. Eight of today’s sexiest authors a serving up shorts about Santa’s dominant streak, Jack Frost’s cold hands, and a romantic Hanukkah night. Over 22,000 words of naughty holiday action!

Explicit content: This holiday smut contains bdsm and taboo PI scenes, interspersed with warm gooey romantica.

Keywords: bbw, bdsm, pseudo incest, m/m, christmas erotica, erotica anthology, holiday erotica

List of Authors:

Lindsey Flinch Bedder
Ellen Dominick
Antoinette M.
Scarlet Cox
Vivian Wood
William Cooper
Veronica Hardy (That's Me!!)
Kelly Anne Scott

Links: (Free Everywhere Except Amazon, please pricematch there so it can be free to the masses)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Review: In Love with Accidentally in Love with a God

Overall: ★★★
Accidentally In Love... With a God has a good deal of humor, is well written and has sparked an interest in all things Mythical. 

Twenty-two-year-old Emma Keane has a secret friend. He’s powerful, mysterious, and devastatingly handsome. In her dreams, anyway. 

In real life, he’s an enigma. Maybe just a teensie jealous. Definitely overbearing. He’s also a voice only she can hear.

So who or what is he? He won’t say. But if she wants to be free, to be normal, Emma will have to trek to the jungles once ruled by the Mayans and find the forgotten ruin holding the answers.

However, the ruthless deity she’s about to unknowingly unleash on the modern world might not be so easily extracted from her life. Bottom line, he’s got enemies, and now, so does she.

Originality: ★★★★

I love the idea of delving into mythology and turning it on its head. It draws me in like nothing else. As a result, you see things that are amazing and things that are... less so. This is one of those works that turned out really well. It was just a hare shy of being compelling, hence the 4 stars.

Character Development/Plot: ★★★★

Guy is one of those people that you either love, or he rubs you the wrong way. This can be a bit problematic, because without liking him, you can be turned off on the book. I happen to be one of those people who likes a character like Guy. I can see where others may get tired of him, or give up on the book, but not me.

Emma has a bit more gusto than many women I have read. She has a clear personality, and I really like that about her. I really want to see where her character develops over the next books.

Appearance and Editing:★★★

Professional. The cover could be a bit more high quality, but it is really good. I would buy this on a whim as a reader.

The Romance/The Sex: 

I like romances that are tugging matches back and forth, and this is one such book. I like the internal dialogue and the tension between the two characters. There is a lot of it. I wanted to know more, I found myself turning the pages to find out how they develop together. How their romance builds. Positively delicious. 

Veronica Hardy is a professional editor and author who enjoys writing reviews in her spare time, for fun. She is not compensated by authors, publishers or online retail markets for her opinions. If you are interested in a book review or editing services please email her at

Saturday, November 2, 2013

WEWRIWA #3: Mistletoe and Curves

 Weekend Writing Warriors
I love 8 Sentence Sunday:

Bryce understood the message she was sending and he reciprocated by swooping down upon her lips. His kiss was urgent with a pressure that she longed to relieve as he molded her lips to his. There was a power in his kiss that she had never felt in another man. One that radiated authority. He was going to have her, she knew in that moment, and there was nothing she could do to stop it. Not that she wanted to.

Jenny surrendered herself to him, her lips soft and pliant against his as he forced them open and invaded her with his tongue. At the same moment he reached over and unbuttoned her blouse, each button coming undone with a swift pop before he moved to the next.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Plus Size Fiction, October: BBW Roundup

Every month I give a list of plus sized masterpieces for your reading pleasure. Erotica, Romance, I cover them both. Some great  BBW Works hit the storefront in October.

Title: Bewitched, Buggered, and Bound

Author: Nora Nix

Link/s: Amazon , Barnes & Noble , Smashwords , and All Romance eBooks .

Length: 13,480 words/48 pages

Genre: Paranormal Erotica

Genders: M/F

Blurb: Sam grew up with stories about the witch of Hollow Hill. Drunk at a Halloween Party, his friends dare him to sneak up to the house and steal a pair of the witch's panties. Reluctantly, Sam follows through with the dare, only to get caught - by the witch herself! Although more beautiful and curvaceous than Sam could have ever dreamed, he finds that she most certainly has a dark side as he's forced to don the purloined panties and bend over for punishment. Will he be able to resist her sexy spell? Or will he find himself bewitched by a BBW?

Kinks: Pegging, Bondage, Spanking, Anal Virginity, Forced Feminization, BBW.

Title: Billionaire's Love Big Girls

Author: Stacy Wood


Length: 21 Pages

Genre: Erotic Romance

Genders: M/F

Blurb: Kelsey was living an average life as a photographer until her boss gave her a photoshoot she would never forget. She falls helplessly for billionaire Evan Cole and he's just as crazy about her curves. But will Kelsey be able to move past her demons and let Evan in?

Kinks: BBW

Title: Classroom Curves

Author: Anni Ray 

Length: 4,000 words 

Genre: BBW, Schoolgirl Domination Genders: Hetero 

Blurb: "Dear Diary, I got punished by my teacher yesterday for being a bad little girl."

Tanya always gets distracted in class by her teacher. Like all 18 year olds, she is prone to fantasizing. Especially when it is about the gorgeous and sexy Mr. Martins.

Tanya is endowed with a delicious, curvy body, but will it be enough to get her what she craves?

Kinks:Spanking, BBW, Dom

Title: Big Girls Take The Big Apple

Author: Cora Hart

Link/s: Amazon, Smashwords, B&N

Length: 49 Pages

Genre: BBW, Black Men, MMF Threesome, Role Playing

Genders: F/M

Blurb: Three curvy beauties travel to NYC for the first time. Each of them has a new sexual adventure they’ll never forget. Cherry meets a handsome and suave black man and can’t wait until they leave the bar, Stacy has two men falling over her and decides that two sexy men are far better than just one, and Hannah breaks out of her shell after an attempted mugging with a dangerous fantasy. Each story is from their perspective as they live it up in the city that never sleeps.

Kinks: BBC, Threesome, DubCon

Title: From a Breakup to a Billionaire (He's Loving my curves)

Author: Alice May Ball

Link/s: Amazon


Length: 6,400+ words
Genre: Erotic romance
Genders: MF
Blurb: Big, beautiful Bethany doesn’t have the best luck with men. Her optimistic faith in her current relationship will turn out to be horribly misplaced. But the breathtakingly handsome man she met and lost sight of just a few days before may have plans for her.

What dark secrets await her on his yacht in the Hudson River, and what shocking demands will he make of her?

Kinks: BBW, BDSM, voyeurism, light bondage, remote stimulation, toys