Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Touching my Soft Spots this week

Last week I wrote:

The things I have a soft spot for are countless. There’s the contented purring of our 18-year old cat, my hubby’s sweet smile, chocolate (in all sorts and sizes), my hubby doing his sit-ups and pushups before bedtime in his boxer briefs *sigh*, the feeling of snowflakes on my skin, the playful twinkle in my hubby’s eyes, surprise parties, my hubby rubbing my feet… You see the theme here *grin*? I could go on and on, but before you start to dislike my hubby, I’ll cut it short.

From today I want to share what touched my book related soft spot on a weekly base with you. And my book related SS is most definitely touched by certain book covers, excerpts and to a lesser extent back blurbs.

I wanna try to do this weekly so I can keep track of those irresistible and interesting books that touched my SS one way or the other.
I’ll keep it short this week.
I saw a lot of interesting books while doing my blog rounds, but there were two books especially that touched my soft spot in a way that makes me running to the ebookstore. They both proof how much of a cover hussy I am…

The first of them is The Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter. I’m probably the only Romblogger who hadn’t heard of the Lords Of The Underworld series, of which this book is a part. I wanted to try to read some fantasy or paranormal romances and Leontine immediately offered to send me some of her fave books. This is one of the first-in-series-books she emailed me about. And I admit it… the cover immediately gripped me!! WOW, it’s so beautiful and sexy!

Back Blurb:
Bound by the demon of Doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers. So the immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom, victory his only concern... until he meets Gwendolyn the Timid. One taste of the beautiful redhead, and he craves more.
Gwen, an immortal herself, always thought she'd fall for a kind human who wouldn't rouse her darker side. But when Sabin frees her from prison, battling their enemies for the claim to Pandora's box turns out to be nothing compared to the battle Sabin and Gwen will wage against love....

I must say that the Back Blurb and the excerpt I read at BooksonBoard were (or are) some sort of Chinese for me, but they also got me intrigued. So yeah, I’m going to give this book a try.

But I could use some cheering from you gals though :)

The second one is a book I’ve been jonesing for: Never Say Never by Jenna Byrnes. It’s the second book in the Rose & Thorn Society series, but it’s a standalone. I’ve read the first book, Switching Seth, and did really enjoy that. I did a review on that one.

Back Blurb:
Book two in the Rose and Thorn Society Series

When Adam Reeve is drawn into the world of D/s he couldn't be happier - until his old lover returns, shocked to see Adam collared and vowing to win him back.
Adam Reeve can't keep his eyes, or his hands, off the sexy new stud working out at Full Throttle Fitness. Adam's policy is not to jeopardise his job by having flings with clients, but tall and gorgeous Nick is too hard to resist. Plus, it's been a serious dry spell since Adam's long-time love, Mitch Silver, callously walked out on him.
Nicolas Fontana is instantly captivated by the handsome personal trainer, sweet talking his way into Adam's bed and his heart. He doesn't tell his new love about his desire to dominate. Instead, he takes things slow, leading the less experienced man down the D/s path Nick craves.
Mitch returns with thoughts of reclaiming Adam. He's amazed and surprised by the changes in his old lover's life. Sure, Nick is handsome and definitely hot. But Miguel would never let anyone dominate him. Never.

Reader Advisory: This book contains explicit scenes of m/m intimacy, ménage, D/s, spanking and voyeurism.

Publisher Note: The stories in this series are linked solely by theme. Each story can be read on it's own and the stories can be read in any order.

I can’t find an excerpt of this second book, so I’m gonna treat you with the first paragraphs of the first book, Switching Seth. Be warned though, this opening of the book is really, really hot and involves bdsm. So please stop reading if you don’t want to be confronted with that!

Short Excerpt from Switching Seth:

The blindfold blocked the light of the bright, white room. Seth Carter found comfort and, in a strange way, security in the darkness. He tugged one of his wrists, but the halfhearted attempt was futile. Both hands were bound with nylon rope strung above his head. His thighs were cuffed, a spreader bar holding them wide apart. His feet were free, but the cool metal rod ensured a stance so wide, he wasn’t going anywhere. Excitement fluttered in his stomach.

He’d watched as the cuffs were fitted on his legs. Great care had ensured the perfect width spreader had been chosen. Seth had willingly extended his hands so rope could be knotted around them before they were pulled high into the air. Observing the bondage was part of the thrill. His c**k had been erect, leaking pre-cum, by the time the blindfold appeared.
I’m off to the ebookshops now before calling it a night!


  1. I am a super duper huper fan of my Lord of the Underworld.... Lucien, Maddox, Paris, Gideon, Aero, and how can one forget Reyes... that shower scene alone.... ROARRRRR>..... oh man... Whew!
    Nice thoughts to have before you head off to bed!!

  2. So, you will be cheering me on than, Cecile? I may need some encouragement here... :) It's all new to me.
    Yeah, I'm off to bed now, with really nice thoughts... of nipple rings, tats and other goodies *swoon*

  3. Oh honey, I will be cheering you for sure on with this series... I just love the men and some of the women in this series!!! Hawt!
    Oh damn.. those thoughts of yours... Hummm... Will go to bed with those thoughts too... =)

  4. ERR I love love love Gena Showatler. Her LOTU series is pretty good, each book get's better and better IMO. Seduce the Darkness has to be one of my favorite of hers.

    Your getting me all excited over here!

  5. hey hon..

    I have not read Gena.. Yet, but I have her on my before I die list...LOL

    Be careful of Cecile warnings - she is hell on earth, that hussy...

    And K.C. -As well...

    Byrnes - though, yup I have read ... good stories..

    Not saying anymore...

    P.s Love the flash thing on your side bar - will look into that..


  6. I've never read Gena Showalter :)

    I've never read Jenna Brynes either but that was has def caught my interest!

  7. I'm a Gena 'virgin' too, altho I think I have her on my author radar, looks like I need to check her out sooner rather than later tho';)

  8. I have not read a lot of Gena Showalter, only part 1 and 2 in the LOTU but loved those warriors, sighhhhhhhhhhh..... And I like the blurb of that Jenna Byrnes!

  9. @Cecile: Thanks, hon! I had some sweet dreams ;)! You?

    @Smokinhotbooks: *grin* You are getting me excited here too!!

    @E.H: LOL, Thanks for the warnings about those gals!
    So, you haven't tried Gena's books yet! Maybe, you can join me than? We can 'try before we die' her books together ;) 'Cause you never know when you'll die, right?... Sorry, I'm just saying...LOL
    I bought Never Say Never last night, together with another story by Jenna Byrnes: Night Shift. Just couldn't resist! :)

    @Mandi: No Showalter? Not your cup of tea than? Or just never got to reading her books? Wanna join me?
    The Jenna Byrnes cover did it, didn't it? ;) Have you read E.H.'s review yet? It'll tell you a lot more about the book! :)

    @Adrienne: Your a virgin too! I thought I was the last girl on earth who hadn't read her series LOL!
    Why don't you join me (and E.H. and Mandi?) in the 'try before you die' reading club, girl?
    *lightbulb* definitely something I wanna spend some more thoughts on!

    @Marissa: You've got me curious about them warriors, girl! But why did you stop at book 2 than!??
    If you like the blurb you should read E.H.'s review too! :)

  10. Hey... Now I come with a warning label, lmao!!!!
    Well, Ms. Trouble Maker Cecile Smutty Hussy XXX is here reporting for duty!!!

    Some say that the series just falls flat of what they expect or that her "storyline" was to similar in each book. But hey, it is a form of hot, alpha male, sexy beasty loving for me!!! And they are all great!!

    See... at least I am not a virgin in this category, hee hee!!! But I will stand by your side honey and talk Lords with you all day long!! =)

  11. LOL Ms. Trouble Maker!! I'm glad you'll stand by my side, sweetie! 'Cause I'm the virgin this time... :)
    BTW About YOUR virginity ;) ... When I was over at Total E-bound last night to buy me the Jenna Byrnes book this other book slipped in my cart...*grin*... Turquoise and Leather by Kim Dare :) I thought maybe I can read along with you when you decide to lose your M/M virginity for real...

  12. I stopped with the LOTU because I had other books screaming at me read me read me!! My tbr pile is more than 800, I need more time!!!!!!!

  13. OMG girl, 800?? That's not a typo? I thought my tbr pile was huge with a little over 100 books! But seriously, 800!?? Well, I guess you won't run out of books in this lifetime, huh? :)

  14. OMG... Marissa... 800 are you sure that was not a typo?!?!? Girl, I am with you Janna... Mine might be a little over 100.... but damn... 800!!

    Girl, I will stand by your side through thick hot, alpha, sex on a stick men... books!! You ready!!

    OMG... you are kidding me, you bought that one too!!! Oh honey, We will definitely read that one together!!!! I can not wait!!!
    Hope you had a great day honey and an even better night!!!

  15. You need some cheering? Some more Lords Of The Underworld...let me introduce you to Sabin:

    It was such a hoot to interview him ;)

    And I'm so laughing, I'm used too Mariss her enormous TBR pile by now but yeah, 800 shocked me at first too. I have roughly between 500-600, books actually get lost now LOL

  16. @Cecile: Yes, I am ready! For hot, alpha, sex on a stick men I'm always ready!!
    Looking forward on this reading together thing! Just let me know when you start and I will be there with you :)

    @Leontine: LOL! That was a fun interview with this uberalpha Sabin!! I'm starting to build up some courage to start reading The Darkest Whisper. Girl, you know it's over 400 pages, right? *grin* That's a lot, of a world that's so unknown and 'dark'!! But I'm getting there... thanks to all the cheering of you gals! :)

    OMG, you and Marissa are def true booklovers with such enormous tbr piles! No wonder you're talking about Mt. TBR when you refer to it!! ;)
    Just saw you're email coming in. Gonna read it now...

  17. I need to rectify it since Pearl is grumbling and talking about "registering the rights to the expression; Mt. TBR" LOL So I'm going to keep it my TBR pile ;) Mariss and Pearl are truly veracious book buyers but already hearing hubby mumble; Ain’t 600 books ‘nuff of a pile to read?

  18. Yeah, I heard Pearl grumble too :)
    So, I guess it's not true than, that us Dutchies are so cheep ;)

    BTW I have this not so binding agreement with myself to read at least 10 books of my tbr pile before I go shoppin again! It looks good on paper, it's just so hard to follow through ;)

  19. I have the first Showalter but I have not read it yet! Horrible really since I bought it cos people are drooling over them

  20. Shame on you, Blodeuedd! *wink*
    Now, luckily, you joined the RYOB Challenge, so you can read it together with me! It would be great :)

  21. I just finished Darkest Whisper last week and reviewed the series so far. I am looking forward to learning more about Paris and Torin... dark and brooding warriors really do it for me! :) Have fun!

  22. Hey KV, welcome at my place :) I just read your review of the first 4 books of the series and I understand now that The Darkest Whisper is the 4th book?? Can I read it without reading the other books first? Well, I don't mind dark and brooding warriors at all!! :)


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