ONE NIGHT WITH AN EARL by Jennifer Haymore

one nightPUBLISHING INFO: Forever Yours, 4/1/2014
GENRE: Historical Romance
FORMAT: E-book only
SETTING: England, 1812 or 13
SERIES: House of Trent, # 2.5
MY GRADE: A-

From Publisher: Beatrice Reece, Lady Fenwick, has retired from polite society. Everyone knows her late husband treated her abominably, and she simply cannot bear the whispers of the ton. But it's the night of London's premier masquerade ball—and Beatrice's one chance to revel in anonymity. She hopes no one will recognize her beneath her mask, not even the sinfully sexy stranger across the room who holds her captive in his gaze.

Andrew Sinclair would know beautiful Beatrice anywhere from the gentle sway of her hips, the richness of her hair and the lushness of her body. When he asks her to dance, the attraction is instant and all-consuming. The only woman he's ever truly wanted is finally in his arms. But when the clock strikes twelve, will this one reckless night fade into the morning light?

MY THOUGHTS: This was pretty good but being a 129 page novella, it was too short and rushed. The heroine, brown haired and brown-eyed Bea, has been widowed for two years and is living with her over the top domineering parents. Her husband was abusive but how so, we weren't told. For some reason she's been shunned by most people since his death.

The hero, blue-eyed Drew, has been attracted to Bea since before she married. He recognized her at the masquerade party even though everyone was wearing an eye mask. They chatted and she was instantly attracted to him, not recognizing him at all. Things took a sexual turn real quick then got dramatic when his identity was revealed.

The sex scene was graphic and I liked that. I like both characters but we didn't get any background info on Drew and just a little on Bea. I wanted to know more about her abusive marriage and all she endured.

The things that bothered me were: Three days later they declared their love for each other, which was way too soon. More time should have lapsed between when they last saw each other and when they were reunited, like months, not three days. Their ages weren't given nor was it stated how long she was married. All we know is they knew each other when she married at seventeen. The year wasn't given but I know this story is wedged in between books two and three, which took place in 1812/13. Since they met at a masquerade party I think Bea should have been wearing a mask on the cover.

I received a print ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


FROM THE CHARRED REMAINS by Susanna Calkins

charredPUBLISHING INFO: Minotaur Books, 4/22/2014
GENRE: Fiction/Historical Mystery
SETTING: England, 1666
SERIES: Lucy Campion Mysteries #2
AUTHOR SITE: link
MY GRADE: C

From Publisher: Weeks after the Great Fire ravaged London, Lucy Campion—formerly a chambermaid, now a printer’s apprentice—is helping dig through the ashes of an old tavern, when a body is found stuffed into an old malt barrel, a knife through his chest. On the corpse is a small leather bag, promptly pickpocketed by a passing thief, and passed accidentally to Lucy. Inside the bag, Lucy discovers a strange collection of objects—the winnings from the last card game ever played at the tavern and a poem. These are also the only clues to the victim and his murderer. Not realizing that the poem is in code, Lucy persuades her new employer to publish the poem. This action leads to a chain of events that once again brings Lucy in direct confrontation with a murderer.

MY THOUGHTS: Well, the crimes themselves were interesting. The characters involved were not, except for Francis Clifford, who didn't make an appearance until near the end. I thought the murders were somewhat convoluted and a bit over the top, especially all the things involving Francis' parents, his mother in particular. Actually I think too much was going on and there were too many characters overall.

There's confusion for some time about who the murdered man in the barrel is. I just didn't like any of the characters that that murder introduced- Rhonda Water and Darius. There was something I found strange about them and I felt like they didn't fit into the story very well. That's when I started to get bored. A barmaid gets killed too. Revelations about a woman, Amelie, who had died before this story began come to light and we get introduced to her nutty father and Francis, her ex-lover. I don't like her father at all. I do like Francis. Too bad he wasn't in the story earlier.

Like with the first book in this series, this one too wasn't very interesting when it could have and should have been. All the elements of a good mystery were there- the narrative just stunk.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


SCANDALOUS LIAISONS by Sylvia Day (formerly published as Bad Boys Ahoy!)

dayPUBLISHING INFO: Kensington, August 2013
ORIGINALLY PUB. AS: Bad Boys Ahoy!, 2006
GENRE: Erotic Historical Romance Anthology
SETTING: British West Indies and England, early 1800's
AUTHOR SITE: link
MY GRADE: C

From Publisher: Oh, those naughty rakes. With their wicked winks, sensual smiles, and bad boy habits, you just can t take them out in polite society. But who wants to go out when you can stay in...?


STOLEN PLEASURES
Sebastian Blake, Earl of Merrick, long ago fled the responsibilities of his title to become the infamous pirate, Captain Phoenix. But the booty he's just captured on a merchant ship is a fierce tempered minx who claims to be a bride...his bride, married to him by proxy on behest of their fathers. He could shame his hated family and return his beautiful wife untouched, but no treasure has ever proved more tempting to Sebastian, and making their marriage a true one-in every sense-is his one urgent desire ...

MY THOUGHTS: The story takes place in the British West Indies in 1813 and the story's 107 pages. This was alright. Sebastian, black hair and blue eyes, and Olivia, blond hair and brown eyes, had chemistry from the start. I don't know their ages and that bugs me. The sex scenes were graphic and my favorite one is when Sebastian masturbated some with Olivia watching. I also don't really like that they were already married to each other.

I'm confused about something. He attacked her father's ship and tied Olivia up, not even knowing she was his wife. What did he plan to do with her?

Graphic sex gets an A, story gets a C.

LUCIEN'S GAMBLE
Lucien Remington's reputation as a debauched libertine who plays by no one s rules-in business or the bedroom-is well deserved. He gets what he wants, social repudiation be damned. But society can keep from him the one thing he truly desires, the untouchable Lady Julienne La Coeur. Until she sneaks into his club dressed as a man and searching for her irresponsible brother. Suddenly she s in Lucien's grasp, his to take, and his mind is filled with the most wickedly sinful thoughts. A gentleman would walk away from the temptation she presents. But then, Lucien has never claimed to be a gentleman...

MY THOUGHTS: The story takes place in England in 1810 and is about 110 pages. I enjoyed the very graphic sex scenes. The language was more graphic, explicit words were used that weren't in the previous story and the sex scenes were messier. There were countless oral sex scenes and only one of penile/vaginal sex, right at the end of the story on their wedding night.

Lucien, dark hair and blue eyes, is obsessed with Julienne, who's got blond hair and 'dark' eyes. She's twenty and I don't know how old he is. She didn't seem nearly as into him as he was into her. I know this is a short story but it was too rushed. There was a 'love' triangle and stuff involving her brother, almost a full length story jammed into 100 pages. I think Julienne had something to do with my dislike of the story. I can't put my finger on why I didn't like her.

I give the story a C and the sex an A.

HER MAD GRACE
Hugh La Coeur never wanted to be the Earl of Montrose. Wine, women, and a hefty wager are preferable to responsibility of any kind. It's certainly preferable to spending the night in an eerie, neglected mansion owned by a legendary madwoman. The duchess's companion, the fiercely independent Charlotte, is another matter altogether. Hugh would be happy to spend as many nights in her bed as possible. He knows she's hiding terrible secrets, but for once in his life, Hugh has the desire to take on someone else's burden as his own, no matter what the danger...

MY THOUGHTS: This is my least favorite story of the three. Hugh is brother to Julienne, from the previous story. He was a wastrel, a gambler deeply in debt until his brother-in-law bailed him out. Now, three years later, he's wealthy (how?). I don't like that a character like him got his own story. His carriage has an accident and he ends up at Charlotte's while it's being fixed. I'm not sure how long he stayed there but it seemed like it was for just a few days or so. The story spans eight months, if you count the epilogue.

Charlotte's alright. She's Jared's ex-mistress and caretaker to his seventeen year old daughter. I like that Hugh doesn't mind that she was a kept woman. I wanted to know more about her life pre-Hugh. The story got real boring during the last 35-40 pages but I did like when Jared showed up near the end.

The sex was very graphic, so that gets an A+. The story gets a C-. I didn't care for the silly map and buried treasure she was looking for.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


 

EROTIC CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE NOVEL TRILOGY GIVEAWAY- S.E.C.R.E.T. by L. Marie Adeline

 
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GIVEAWAY RULES
 
Open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only.
One winner gets a set of 3 print books, which ship from publisher.
Giveaway ends April 4 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Winner will be
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DEATH COMES TO THE VILLAGE by Catherine Lloyd (Kate Pearce)

deathPUBLISHING INFO: Kensington, 11/26/13
GENRE: Historical Mystery
SETTING: England, 1816
SERIES: Kurland St. Mary Mysteries, book 1
AUTHOR SITE: link
MY GRADE: C

From Publisher: A wounded soldier and a rector’s daughter discover strange goings-on in the sleepy village of Kurland St. Mary in Catherine Lloyd’s charming Regency-set mystery debut.

Major Robert Kurland has returned to the quiet vistas of his village home to recuperate from the horrors of Waterloo. However injured his body may be, his mind is as active as ever. Too active, perhaps. When he glimpses a shadowy figure from his bedroom window struggling with a heavy load, the tranquil façade of the village begins to loom sinister. . .

Unable to forget the incident, Robert confides in his childhood friend, Miss Lucy Harrington. As the dutiful daughter of the widowed rector, following up on the major's suspicions offers a welcome diversion--but soon presents real danger. Someone is intent on stopping their investigation. And in a place where no one locks their doors, a series of thefts and the disappearance of two young serving girls demands explanation. . .

As Robert grapples with his difficult recovery, he and Lucy try to unearth the dark truth lurking within the village shadows, and stop a killer waiting to strike again...

MY THOUGHTS: I was very excited to read this book by Kate Pearce because I'm such a fan of her Simply series. She's writing in a different genre this time around as Catherine Lloyd. The plot sounded so interesting but the story was incredibly slow and boring, sadly. It was only slightly interesting until around 100 pages in, then the story slowed down even more. On page 170 something involving Lucy happened. That incident should have happened much sooner. Much.

Twenty-five year old brown haired and brown-eyed Lucy and Robert have been friends since they were children. I never once got the feeling that they were true friends. Robert doesn't seem to really like her and was rude to her at least a few times. I sensed no chemistry of any kind between them. I don't really like Robert at all. When Lucy told him about an incident involving her he didn't believe her when he had absolutely no reason to doubt what she'd said. Another time she told him her theory about a stolen item and he thought she was crazy. I just found him to be rude and annoying.

I don't understand why Robert's fiancé was added to the story. She was completely unlikeable and she didn't serve a purpose. I'm just puzzled by why she was added.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


THE HOUSEGUEST ADULT DVD

Houseguest, TheSTUDIO: Vivid
BACK COVER: link
RELEASED: 2006
LENGTH: 83 minutes
RATING: XXX
MY GRADE: B

From DVD: Tom Byron lives by himself in the Hollywood Hills. He has a nice big house but it gets lonely sometimes. So he frequently has house guests. And since he's in porn, that part's never lonely... because his houseguests never stop fucking. After several weeks of voyeurism, he decides to take a break and go it alone...until Stefani--who's not in porn-- comes to town. She asks if she can crash at his place, and he reluctantly says yes, because at least she's not in porn. And then she shows him just how hot a "civilian" can be!

 
 Condoms are used for two of the four hetero scenes.  

SCENE 1: Stefani, the blonde on the cover, wearing bra and underwear, walks into Tommy's room. She sits on the bed and he sits beside her. She takes her bra off and they kiss, him rubbing her clit through her underwear. She lays back and he eats her pussy. She kneels on the bed and blows him while he's standing up beside it. They 69, then she lays back, right leg up, and he fucks her. Her vulva is totally bald. Spoon position on their left sides, reverse cowgirl, doggie position on bed. He comes on her chest.

SCENE 2: Kimberly is standing there facing the camera wearing a denim bra/shirt thingie and denim skirt. She takes both off and pulls her red thongs down. Jay, father to Jerry from scene 4, is sitting there watching her. He goes over to her, they kiss then he sits on the bottom stair of the staircase. She stands above him and he eats her pussy. He stands, takes his clothes off and she kneels and blows him. She kneels on the steps and he's behind her, fucking her. She blows him while he sits on bottom stair. She sits on his condomless dick, reverse cowgirl, and rubs her clit as she rides him. He lays on the floor and tells her to sit on his face because he wants her 'pussy juice', so she does. He sits on the stair, she straddles his mouth so he can eat her and he's jerking off while doing it. He comes on her face.

SCENE 3: Stefani and Faith are wearing bra and underwear and are sitting across from each other in the living room. Faith walks over to Stefani, Stef bends over, Faith takes her underwear off, kneels behind her and eats her. Stef turns around and sits in front of the fireplace. Faith takes her underwear off and Stefani eats her pussy. Stef lays back and Faith eats her and fingers her with two fingers. Faith lays back, Stef eats her. Stefani kneels and Faith uses a realistic flesh colored dildo on her then makes Stef suck it, then they both lick it. Stef lays back and Faith fucks her with it while Stefani rubs her own clit. Faith squats down a little and leans back against the fireplace while Stefani fucks her with it. Faith rubs her own clit.

SCENE 4: Kate is wearing a matching lavender bra and underwear. She's stripping for Jerry in the living room. He goes over to her and smacks her ass and licks her asshole while she's bending over. She takes his clothes off and they kiss. She blows him. They 69 on sofa, then she straddles his face. she's on her left side, right leg up and Jerry's fucking her. He's wearing a condom. She squats on the floor and blows him. She kneels on sofa, he fucks her from behind. Reverse cowgirl. Tom Byron walks in, asks if they need anything, she says 'water' so he gives her a bottle of it. She gets on, facing him. He comes in her face.

SCENE 5: Tom walks into a room and Faith is sitting in a chair wearing bra and underwear. He leans down and kisses her. She kneels in the chair, he takes her bra and underwear off and eats her pussy. He lays on the bed, she blows him for awhile. He has her turn around on the bed and he fucks her from behind without a condom. She gets on facing him, then reverse cowgirl, her rubbing her clit some. Spoon position on their left sides. He comes in her mouth and she sucks him clean.

BONUS MATERIAL

Bonus scenes, totaling just over a hour.

1- Clip starring Lexa and Vince Vouyer, from Babylon.
2- Clip starring Savanna Sampson and Manuel Ferrara, from Kiss Me Stupid
3- Clip starring Evan Stone and Mercedez, taken from Lay Me Down.
4- Clip starring Stefani Morgan and Trent Tesoro, from Star.
5- Clip starring Mark Davis and Raylene, from Zoom.

Previews for Vivid titles: Dinner Party, Colors, How Far Will You Go?, Illicit.

MY THOUGHTS: I liked this one OK. It wasn't really a feature film like it was marketed as, which is fine with me. There wasn't any dialogue really. There was no 'houseguest' either, just different scenes put together, I think. I don't know what they're talking about in the dvd description.

Scene two with Kimberly and Jay was awkward to watch. She didn't seem to be into the intercourse part and those scenes weren't long enough. She also looks horrible with blonde hair.

I should have enjoyed scene 4 with Jerry but I didn't think much of it. I found Kate's huge implants, tattoos and piercings (nipples, clit) ugly and was disappointed that she was given a scene with Jerry, aka Mr. Hot Shit, see bottom of post here.

I liked that both Jerry and his father were in this (I have a few more with both of them in it) and that only one of the four girls had breast implants.

HOW TO MAKE LOVE LIKE A PORN STAR: A CAUTIONARY TALE by Jenna Jameson with Neil Strauss With Explicit Porn Clip

PUBLISHING INFO: It Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780060539108, paperback
ORIGINAL PUB: Regan Books, 2004, hardcover
ISBN: 9780060539092
GENRE: Memoir
HER SITE: link
MY GRADE: A

From Publisher: In the underbelly of Las Vegas, a cesspool of warring biker gangs and seedy strip clubs, gawky, brace-faced Jenna Massoli was transformed into the bombshell Jenna Jameson. Today, Jenna is the biggest star in the history of adult movies, consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful women alive. But behind the glamour and the meteoric rise to fame was a path paved with tragedy and heartbreak. As a teenager—drawn into a dark and chaotic world where rape, abuse, and murder were commonplace—Jenna began her rapid downward spiral of addiction and degradation . . . while at the same time becoming the porn world's biggest crossover success story.

Her intimate memoir, How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, is a shocking sexual history, an insider's guide to the secret workings of the billion-dollar adult film industry, and a gripping thriller that probes deeply into Jenna's dark past. Mix in hilarious anecdotes, adrenaline-pumping triumphs, and photos from Jenna's private collection, and you have a tell-all autobiography unlike any other.

MY THOUGHTS: I've always had a real hard time reviewing biographies/memoirs because I'm terrible at expressing myself. These books are so different than novels. All I can say is that I've known of Jenna since the late 90's when I used to see her on The Howard Stern Show (when his morning radio show was filmed and aired on CBS on Saturday nights), when he had one.

I've always liked her. Her life hasn't been easy despite the fact she's wealthy and the most famous porn star of all-time. She's had a drug problem since she was seventeen and I don't think she'll ever be free of them. She's brutally honest and her words are graphic. She's left no stone unturned, even telling about several rapes when she was a teen.

I loved the book and all the photos in it. It was first published nine years ago and needs to be updated. So much as gone on since, like another divorce and she's become the mother of twins and has had cosmetic surgery on her face and her ass has mysteriously gotten much bigger.

Up and Cummers 11, her first m/f adult film scene from 1994, when she was not quite twenty, and still had natural breasts. She'd only done one sex scene, f/f, before this. This was the last adult scene before she got implants. Her scene is with Randy West. Here's the cover.

E! True Hollywood Story, from 2003. This is a two hour biography that is really worth watching. Originally aired on the American cable network E! in late 2003.

A rare old video of her when she was 20, in 1994, the year she got implants (shortly after her birthday).



THE DARK SIDE OF PORN: Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered (documentary with lots of nudity)

This episode is from a British documentary series called The Dark Side of Porn. This is episode three that aired in the U.K. in 2005. The adult film Debbie Does Dallas is from 1978.
 
In the documentary, no one knew what happened to Debbie, aka Bambi Woods. Two years after this documentary, someone from the website Yes But No But Yes claims to have tracked her down and interviewed her.
 
The song playing at the very beginning is Filthy/Gorgeous by Scissor Sisters.

My review for Debbie Does Dallas is here.
 


NIKITA'S EXTREME IDOLS ADULT DVD

Nikita's Extreme IdolsSTUDIO: Club Jenna, distributed by Vivid
RELEASED: 2005
BACK COVER: link
RATING: XXX
MY GRADE: B-

From DVD: Nikita's Extreme Idols redefines the typical game show. You'll be on the edge of your seat as Sandra Romain sets off hardcore by having her way with Sascha and Tyler Knight. Next we see the beautiful Barbara Summers send a heat wave thru the city as she screws the great Randy Spears. Then we see our last contestants, Talon and Brittney Skye as they sex each other up for an attempt to win. What will the judge say? Who will Nikita pick? Watch how Nikita congratulates and rewards the lucky winners with her nasty self, in an intense and very aggressive sexual finale.


No condoms were used except for scene 5, which was all anal.

SCENE 1: Brittney and Talon are standing in front of the panel of judges (Nikita Denise, Hershel, Big Delicious). The host asks them their names, ages, and where they're from. She said she was 23 when she was really 28. Brittney kneels down and blows the naked Talon. She's naked and laying back on a huge round black cushion that's a few feet high. He's standing between her, fucking her, her left leg over his right shoulder. She's rubbing her clit. Her vulva is totally bald. She squats over her face so she can blow him. Doggie position, reverse cowgirl, her rubbing her clit some more. She kneels and he comes in her mouth. The stand in front of the judges and get critiqued.

SCENE 2: Barbara (from the Czech Republic) and Tommy are standing in front of the judges and give their names, ages, and where they're from. Tommy's laying back on a huge black chair. Barbara's blowing him. Nikita goes over to them and tells her to 'suck that fat fuckin' cock.' Barbara stands up to the left of the chair, puts her right leg up on it and Tommy's sitting in it eating her. She gets on top of him and fucks him. She kneels on the chair, he fucks her from behind. Reverse cowgirl anal. He rubs her clit some and so does she. He comes in a clear glass mug that's filled halfway with water that she's holding and she drinks it. *gag/vomit/puke* They stand in front of the judges and get critiqued. I think she has implants but I just couldn't tell.

SCENE 3: Eva and Randy stand in front of the judges and give their names and where they're from but he didn't give his age (he was 44 at the time). She blows him while he's standing. She's wearing eye glasses, a green shirt and black thongs. She spits on her chest and he titty fucks her. They're naked in the chair, reverse cowgirl. She said she came. Now she's facing him and she said she came again. She blows him then he fucks her from behind while they're standing, her leaning forward on chair. She comes again. He comes on her glasses and on her mouth while she's kneeling. She licks the lenses clean and lays them on the judges' table. They stand there while the judges critique them.

SCENE 4: Sandra (from Romania with small natural breasts) blows Tyler and Sascha (from Germany) as she kneels between them. Reverse cowgirl anal with Sascha in black chair. She's rubbing her clit a lot. She's on her back and Tyler fucks her ass and she fingers herself with two fingers. Tyler lays back in chair, she's on him, reverse cowgirl anal, and Sascha stands in front of her and is in her pussy. They come on a table and she licks it all off.

SCENE 5: The judges discussed the contest and crowned Tommy the male winner and Sandra the female winner. Their prize is to have sex with Nikita. Nikita has small natural breasts but appears to have gotten implants, and a million more tattoos, since. They blow Tommy as he stands and they kneel on either side of him. Tommy lays back in the same huge black chair and Sandra gets on for reverse cowgirl anal. He's wearing a condom. She rubs her clit and Nikita takes his dick out, sucks it, then puts it back in Sandra's ass. The girls kiss and Nikita fingers her, then eats her pussy. Sandra lays in the chair upside down, legs back. Tommy's sitting in front of her on the back of the chair fucking her anally. Nikita leans down, licks Sandra's pussy. She takes Tommy's dick out, sucks it and puts it back in Sandra's ass. She fingers Sandra with two fingers.

Nikita's on him for reverse cowgirl anal. Sandra takes his dick out of her, sucks it then puts it back in. Sandra smacks Nikita's left breast hard while standing next to her. She slaps and rubs Nikita's pierced pussy. Nikita has an orgasm. Tommy and Nikita stand up, he fucks her from behind while she leans forward on chair then puts her left leg up on it. He comes on their faces. The spit it into each others mouth.

BONUS MATERIAL

Twenty minutes of behind the scenes that consists of no sound other than low music playing while the women's on-set photo shoots were happening.

A three minute commercial starring Jenna Jameson with no sound, just music, for Club Jenna, Jenna Jameson's production company at the time (that she later sold to Playboy).

Club Jenna dvd trailers for: Krystal Therapy, McKenzie Made, Jenna Loves Pain, Bella Loves Jenna, The Masseuse, Krystal Method, I Dream of Jenna.

MY GRADE: I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed in this. The scenes weren't long enough and two of them were threesomes, which aren't that interesting to me. The last of those was all anal, which isn't as visually stimulating to me as vaginal. I didn't like that all scenes took place on the same set.

Nikita's from the Czech Republic. She has brown eyes but in most promotional photos of her, and in some of her films, she's wearing blue contacts. She's got a really deep voice that you can hear here.