Xianne: A Comedy of Cultures: Volume Two

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A review by Terri Kinckner

Description of the book:

Abstract:
At the Moon, Jim Street and Saxon Caine leave XIANNE, with Chief Moses Jones, for a mission down to the famed settlement of Sunita and the nearby Duncan Industries HQ—hub of Captain Duncan’s Helium-3-based financial empire. There they encounter Chief Financial Advisor, Harry Dobbs, and the lovely Alex Andreivich. But by the time they get acquainted with the amazing siblings, Pod and Clark, there are revelations and even more mysteries about Captain Tom Duncan and his enchanting wife, Dr. Sharon Miles. Jim and Sax must meet very personal challenges as their journey continues aboard XIANNE….

My take:

I received this book from the author as a beta read. I loved the first volume, and the second did not disappoint! I do have one warning about this book… do not read this in places where laughing out loud is not appropriate! (I think I irritated people in my doctor’s office waiting room, but oh well!)

After reading the first volume, I had really come to love the characters Jim and Sax. They are the quintessential opposites that begrudgingly become friends. Living in a porn culture that Sax fully embraced, Jim is quite the opposite, having a sexual orientation of “nay”. When they leave the Xianne, for the lunar city of Sunita and Duncan Industries, they meet an entirely new group of interesting people.

Mose and Dobbs were so funny! Their banter was brilliant and their friendship was more like a marriage at times. Learning more about their pasts made them even more real to me. I adored them!

Alex was wonderful! The chief of security certainly blew any preconceived notions of what a person in his position should be. I fell in love with him right away! He seemed to bring Jim a little bit out of his shell, and dragged Sax right out of his closet!

Pod and Clark were also very interesting characters. The siblings held high positions in Duncan Industries, and as seemed to be the status quo, were full of surprises themselves. I really loved the early interaction between Pod and Jim, and it only got better between those two!

There are so many scenes of absolute hilarity, ranging from a bathroom fight with boxers on their heads, to Jim sending Sax into a trap situation with Pod that had me laughing so hard that I was in tears! Speaking of tears, that’s how this book ended for me! The ending was brilliant, but left me stunned. I am waiting with bated breath for the next volume. I can’t wait to see what adventures still await these guys!

Here is just a small part of one of the many hilarious parts of this book:

That’s when I lunged forward to snatch the little blue
panties out of his hand. From that point on, however,
everything just seemed to go wrong….
Not being completely acclimated to Lunar gravity, my
lunge caused my legs to collide rather violently with the
bench that separated us. I lost my balance and fell in a
sprawling fashion over it, one hand still outstretched as Sax
whipped Sharon’s panties out of my reach like a matador
teasing el toro.
Of course, everything doesn’t really move in “slow
motion” under one-sixth g; but, relatively speaking, things
seemed even slower as I realized what was about to happen.
In fact, I’m quite certain that all of the anguish, agony,
desperation, and despair ever experienced throughout Human
history was reflected upon my face. My soft, freshly-shaven,
boyish face…which glided smoothly along the length of a
massive erection to finally make full contact with the soft,
freshly-shaven, manly scrotum of Saxon Caine….
Saxon Caine: the undeniable Spawn of Satan.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!

Cover Reveal: Bind Me (Roommate Romance Series- can be read in any order) , by Rene Folsom

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Bind Me Information (including a steamy excerpt) can be found on my website at: http://renefolsom.com/2013/04/bind-me/

Title: Bind Me
Series: Roommate Romance Series (can be read in any order)
Genre: Erotica / Light BDSM
Length: approximately 6600 words
Genders: (M/F)

– Synopsis –

** Bind Me is an erotic romance short story for ADULTS ONLY! This novelette is roughly 6600 words and contains light BDSM scenes between a curious woman and her very dominant male roommate. **

Lily had a suspicion her new roommate was the type to always take control, no matter what the situation. It wasn’t until she accidentally peeked in on Chaz dominating another woman, that her suspicions were realized. Lily watched with amazement as Chaz masterfully played the female like a sensual instrument, bringing her the most intense gratification Lily had ever witnessed.

After witnessing his sexual expertise from a distance and noticing the careful attention he gives to his lovers, Lily wanted nothing more than to have his hands sculpt every inch of her body. Unable to forget the incredibly erotic scene Chaz so skillfully played out, Lily sought to make her desires known by casually submitting to him throughout their daily lives.

To her excitement, Chaz invites Lily to his prestigious art show opening at a local gallery. All it takes is a slinky dress, a pair of kitten heels, and a tiny scrap of lace to drive Chaz wild, causing some very heated moments.

Add Bind Me to your TBR list on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17729923-bind-me

– About the Author –

Being a mother of three and wife of one, Rene has had to juggle career, kids, family, grocery shopping, and stain removal. Years of experience have provided her plenty of creative material to work with. While her artistic side as a graphic designer will always be a source of inspiration, using both words and design to take these very different experiences was just the next step in her journey.

Residing on the beaches of sunny Central Florida, Rene is now branching out into the literary world, combining her love of art and reading by providing contemporary and paranormal romance stories to her readers.

– Follow Rene –

Website: www.renefolsom.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/renefolsom
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Apocalypsis: Book 4: Haven, by Elle Casey

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A review by Terri Kinckner

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest and fair review. Any review I can do providing detail will be nothing but spoilers, so I will not. This final book was incredible! I gave the previous books in this series a five star rating, and if I could, I’d give this book ten!

When you get to know a group of characters like you do when reading a series, they become your family. Everyone wants their family to have a happy ending. There were plenty of those, but not without their fair share of heartbreak and loss. This post-apocalyptic America was so believable, these characters so unique and diverse, that one can’t help but be drawn into this world themselves. These young people are adjusting to their new life, and finding ways to make it better. Bryn has transformed. We all knew she was tough and rational and hilarious, but it was really nice to see her mature and let her kindness show. I laughed and cried with her (A LOT) during this book, and held my breath in the tense situations. I loved that she wrestled with her guilt, and chose honesty over the easy way out. Bodo has grown a lot in this series as well. Looking back to the first book, the change in them both is evident, and for the better. I am going to miss them both immensely! I’m sad that I won’t get to know Jackson and his sister better. They were a really cool addition to the book!

The “canners” in this book got even more horrible. They were vicious, heartless killing machines, and they truly scared me. I forgot that they were humans, let alone kids! On the subject of gore, being a post-apocalyptic world, they had a lot of unpleasant things to do. These scenes turned my stomach, but they were integral to the book and frankly, written extremely well! The combination of horror and characters that you absolutely forget are fictional is an amazing combination.

The book did NOT end the way I thought it would. I knew Elle couldn’t end the series on a cliffhanger (that would be so mean!), so I was prepared for her to find a way to stun us in the end. She sure delivered! Oddly enough, it’s not the ending I imagined, but it was perfect. At first, I literally yelled “NO!”, but by the time I finished the last page it seemed that there was no other way for it end.

I only have one gripe, and that is with the epilogue. Five years later. This tied up the entire story…almost. I loved it, but I wish I knew what happened to a certain someone that left Haven. I don’t want to spoil the story by giving a name, but man… I really wish I knew what the future held for them! I am now forcing myself to let these characters go, but even just typing that brought tears to my eyes. This is definitely a series I’ll keep reading over and over again!

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars (and a tissue rating of one whole box…sniff sniff, I’ll miss you!)