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If I want to link to The Siren on Goodreads, I can.

 

if I want to link to The Siren on Booklikes, I have no idea how.

 

You can go to my shelf, click the book, look at the popup window, and then follow the Read More link to Amazon. Or you can click the Go to Amazon link in the same window and do the same thing. I am not sure this is what Katie Fransen was looking for below.

 

 

"Some decided to leave Goodreads behind. "I've used Goodreads for about three years now, but today I made the decision to permanently delete my account," Katie Fransen declared on Huffington Post. "I'm not going to lie -- I'm afraid. Amazon has taken over major ways of buying, publishing, and now exploring books. I don't want a giant corporation telling me what to read.""

Katie Fransen, Can Booklikes be the next Goodreads?

 

 

Some Booklikes First Impressions...

I was going to link to an article in the LA Times but after pasting in the paragraph I wanted the Insert/Edit Link on  the editor broke so I am going to try again.

 

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Still broken after a Save and Edit.

 

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Okay I was using it wrong.

 

 

 

 

This Is Who I Am (Masters of the Shadowlands 7)

This Is Who I Am - Cherise Sinclair

Jane and I have teamed up once again on another review. Go check it out at Behind the Chintz Curtain. I think it is safe to say we both really enjoyed this one.

On Becoming His

On Becoming His - Cassandre Dayne Jessie ... I mean, Jezebel ... I mean, Jessie is entering a BDSM and Domestic Discipline relationship with her boyfriend, Luke, who is 10 years older than her (she is a 45 year old executive) and a somewhat experienced Dom. Essentially we are in her head through out the beginning stages of the relationship.Honestly I hope he knows what he is getting into. Jessie is extremely needy and I do mean extreme. She also had a tendency to Top from Below. He was enthusiastic but she was something else.On the one hand, I found the mixing of the styles interesting because I thought it was the kind of thing people could do in real life. I just thought it got kind of muddled. The whole issue of having a third person in their relationship only confused me that much more.It was an interesting read and I already have the sequel ready to go (it was available for free so I picked this one up first) but I really wish an editor had spent some more time with the book and work on the punctuation errors.Not really my thing but I could see someone enjoying this if this is their particular fantasy.

The Compound

The Compound - Claire Thompson Can a BDSM novel make you think of the Beetles? Jane and I found this one did. You can read (and listen) to our reviews over at Behind the Chintz Curtain.

The Vampire Queen's Servant (Vampire Queen Series #1)

The Vampire Queen's Servant - Joey W. Hill I read [b:Beloved Vampire|6149219|Beloved Vampire (Vampire Queen, #4)|Joey W. Hill|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1348769188s/6149219.jpg|6328263]. I thoroughly enjoyed it but there were a lot of things I didn't understand about the Vampire/Servant Relationship. I don't feel so bad now because I don't think Lyssa understands it completely and she is over a 1,000 years old.Jacob was born to be Lyssa's servant. Really. He had almost been twice before and the third time was the charm.What they had to figure out was how this big dominant alpha male could serve her. It wasn't easy for him. It wasn't easy for her. It especially wasn't easy for either of them when there were other vampires around.I have to say something about the writing, though. It is so good it just sort of sucks you right into the story.

With This Collar (Mastered, #1)

With This Collar (Mastered, #1) - Sierra Cartwright Two of these quotes are from the first chapter. One of them isn’t from the book. The answer is down at the bottom but don’t skip ahead."He didn't demand her servitude. He didn't threaten or compel her response. She gave it.""The strongest chain that can bind a female slave is, of course, love, love for her master. That is the strongest of all bonds.""Your mouth says one thing but your pulse betrays you. The way you bit your lower lip betrays you. The way you're trembling betrays you."I have to admit that I was nearly as confused as Julia at first. I understood the way the wedding ceremony suddenly switched to a collaring ceremony. What I didn’t understand was why Lana didn’t give her any warning at all. But actually it made sense when you found out.Frankly I thought Marcus came on a bit too strong. In all the other things I have written by Sierra Cartwright, the submissive was either initiating things or experienced enough to handle what was being thrown at her. Marcus is really lucky that she didn’t haul off and slap him in the first 30 seconds.In the end, I still wasn’t quite convinced they were the match they both needed. Honestly, on the Dom scale, I thought he was a bit more than she seemed to be ready for at the very least.Oh, and the answer is the second one. That I borrowed from [b:Beasts of Gor|582669|Beasts of Gor (Gor, #12)|John Norman|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1213903821s/582669.jpg|569539]. Of all the conversations between Gorean Masters and their newly arrived Slaves Girls from Earth, I always thought that particular Norman work had some of the more intriguing. And the whole conversation between Marcus and Julia made me think of that.

Temptation (Under Mr. Nolan's Bed)

Temptation (Under Mr. Nolan's Bed, #1) - Selena Kitt I didn't quite understand why this one was so controversial.Leaving aside the ending, I just didn't connect with it. The first sex scene was fine. But the rest of it - and there was a lot - just got really repetitive.I am actually surprised I didn't see the ending coming. It was pretty obvious when you thought about it. I certainly wasn't shocked.I won't recommend this one to anyone and now that I understand that this is the first book in a trilogy I don't ever intend to getting around to finishing it.

A Vampire's Claim: Vampire Queen Series, Book 3

A Vampire's Claim  - Joey W. Hill I went into this one not expecting to like it as much as the first two. But in some ways I really found it more interesting.I love the way you rake my skinI feel the hate you place insideI need to get your voice out of my headCause I'm that guy you'll never findI think you know all of the rulesThere's no expressions on your faceI'm hope that some day you will let me goRelease me from my dirty cage - Control, Puddle of MuddFor Danny and Devlin, the attraction was there right from the beginning. But there was no destiny driving them together. If they were going to make it work, they had to do it on their own.This is the first time we see what happens when a Vampire pushes her Servant too far. Not very pretty. Fortunately, things works out in the end.

The Mark of the Vampire Queen (Vampire Queen, #2)

The Mark of the Vampire Queen (Vampire Queen, #2) - Joey W. Hill Everything that Lyssa and Jacob went through in [b:The Vampire Queen's Servant|1285704|The Vampire Queen's Servant (Vampire Queen, #1)|Joey W. Hill|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1348423507s/1285704.jpg|1274773] was just sort of a prelude for this one.Basically everything they had been working toward came down to the Vampire Council meeting. And Jacob has to go through some things that would test the resolve of any one who wanted to be a dedicated servant - or at least most any confidently heterosexual man.Fortunately, though, for Jacob, the ending may mean that he doesn't have to go quite through such an experience again.

The Devil of Whiskey Row

The Devil of Whiskey Row - Renee Rose Jake runs one of the two brothels in a California Goldrush town. Cora works at the other one - and not by choice. Are these two ever going to have a chance?Of course. Otherwise we wouldn't have a story, silly.Nothing especially ground breaking in this one, but a nice love story with lots of fun spanking scenes.

Laura Meets Jeffrey

Laura Meets Jeffrey: Both Sides of an Erotic Memoir - Jeffrey Michelson, Laura  Bradley Sex. Drugs. Rock & Roll.Okay, maybe not so much on the latter although there is a cameo by one of the Fab Four and an appearance by some guys from E Street.In fact, there is actually more Literature since this includes one of the Greatest Writers of the 20th Century.But definitely lots of Sex and Drugs.I am giving this a 5 based on the fact that this is a true story and our two protagonists actually survived.Quick note about the BDSM aspects: There are a lot of expected protocols in modern stories. You won’t find any of them here. Don’t try this at home. In fact, don’t try any of this. Just read it and leave it at that.

As She's Told

As She's Told - Anneke Jacob So maybe starting this the night before we learned about what Ariel Castro had been doing in Cleveland wasn’t the right time.“I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years, and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now.”Because it really bothers me that Maia wouldn’t be able to do what Amanda Berry did. In fact, I don’t think she would even try.Anders. I don't like Anders. In fact, I can’t stand him.“When they get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, they will become corrupt as in Europe."Thomas Jefferson was talking about governments, but I think this applies to Anders as well with all his ranting and raving about urban sprawl. I am confident that Jefferson wouldn’t like him either.I finally figured out what was missing. It was actually something simple: Love. Maia didn’t want someone to love and cherish her, she just wanted someone to control her. And Anders didn’t want someone to love and cherish, he just wanted someone who wouldn’t ever say no.In the end, instead of a relationship, I thought they would be better off with a whole lot of therapy.