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Sheila's Reads

I love to read. I am very eclectic in my reading but I especially enjoy erotica and erotic romance. I also like movies, live theater and concerts, hockey, and counted cross-stitch.

DAMNED IF YOU DO by Lisabet Sarai

Damned If You Do - Lisabet Sarai

Wendy is approached by a man at her local coffee shop that she can have the life and wealth she dreams of if she signs her soul over to him.  She is a hard sell but finally agrees if her demands are met in the contract.  Thinking he cannot lose, Bub agrees to her demands.  Wendy gets the fame as an author but she also faces the truth about herself and Bub and she must make a decision--to remain as is or use her out in the contract.


I liked Wendy.  She has to face herself and ask herself the hard questions--the easy way or take responsibility for her actions.  Bub is all seven sins and more.  When he is thwarted, he has his ways to bring Wendy to his thinking.  The sex is hot but Wendy realizes it is not the total sum of what she wants.  She puts Bub on notice but he thinks he can control her.  Wendy's agent, Daniel, figures prominently in bringing Wendy back from the dark side.  He is her source of strength.  Wendy's choices may not be the wisest but Daniel is there to guide her when needed. 


The story is interesting.  Good vs. evil, easy or hard, stay or go.  Wendy has to do a lot of soul searching to discover what she wants from life.  Somehow, it was never what she thought she wanted.  And when the fall comes nothing happens that Wendy expected.  I think it turns out much better than what she wanted or expected.

BETTING HIS WIFE by Ava Sterling

Betting His Wife: A Swingers Story - Ava Sterling
  Brett bet Rachel in a poker game with his best friend Taylor who had bet his wife, Charity. Both couples trade partners for the evening.

I liked this story. I liked Rachel and Charity. There was a little f/f play but mostly each couple enjoying the other’s partner while watching the other couple before playing together. It was hot, hot, hot!

I would like to see more play between Rachel and Charity. I always enjoy Ms. Sterling’s stories.


The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates - Wes  Moore, Tavis Smiley
  Interesting story about two boys named Wes Moore, born in Baltimore around the same time. One starts dealing drugs, is in and out of jail and prison, and finally receives a life sentence for the murder of a cop during a robbery. The other has problems and is acting out but has adults who step in to guide him although the choices are hard.

I liked how the contrasts between their lives were shown at different years of their lives. The similarities were also shown. Both could have gone either way but the one had a community of family and friends who stepped in and did what they could to help. The other felt alone. His older brother, Tony, tried to protect him and keep him out but since Tony was doing the same things he didn't listen. He did try to get out of the drug dealing as an adult but the pressures on him pulled him back in.

This is a good read.


The Beast's Desire - Emerald Ice
  A different take on Beauty and the Beast. I enjoyed it. I was surprised by the "Beast." I liked how instinctive protecting each other was for them. The story held my interest. I wanted to know more of this community.

V IS FOR VAMPIRE by Adele Griffin

V is for . . . Vampire - Adele Griffin
  Lexi decides to run for class president of the freshman class. While she was ahead of Maddy and Hudson in her quest for humanness, she uses her vampire habits in her bid for election. She also upsets the love of her young life as she runs for office. Meanwhile Maddy and Hudson make Halloween last the whole month of October and Maddy once again uses her hunting skills to take down another baddie. And during all this, they host a couple of pixies.

I love this family. They are funny. Lexi wises up the Mina and decides to strike out on her own. Maddy is wild. Nothing evil gets past her. She is still up to her finding and routing evil out of the neighborhood. Hudson still continues his environment protection and gets Maddy to protect him. She does have a way about her.

I wish this were not the last book in the series. I would love to see these characters again. I have a few questions I want answered.

RISING STORM by Erin Hunter

Rising Storm - Erin Hunter
  Fourth book of the first Warriors series. Bluestar is having a hard time getting over Tigerclaw's betrayal. Fireheart is learning to be deputy but he is thwarted by Bluestar's lack of presence in the clan. He is also having problems with Cloudpaw. When tragedy strikes Fireheart must lead his clan to safety while dealing with rogues.

I am enjoying this series. My niece got me into it and refuses to answer any questions. "You'll just have to read to find out," she tells me. I like Thunder Clan. I also enjoy watching Fireheart learn how to lead. He makes mistakes but is willing to learn and to listen to those of experience. He has problems inside and outside the Clan. He does his best in all situations.

The story is full of action and adventure. There is intrigue and some romance. Fireheart is clueless there. It is also good to see that blood does not always mean family. It means being able to trust those that have your back.

VAMPIRE ISLAND by Adele Griffin

Vampire Island - Adele Griffin
  This book starts the Vampire Island series. Maddy and her family have come over from the Old World to the New World in hopes of becoming fully human. There are rules to follow and the Argos watch over them. Maddy is not too crazy about following rules and she's the one most likely to remain vampire.

I love Maddy. She just does whatever she wants. This time she is spying on the neighbors. She's funny as she goes about her spy work. She also gets in a lot of trouble. Good thing she has some of her vampire traits yet. I also like Hudson, her brother. He takes preserving the environment seriously, much to the disdain of his classmates.

I look forward to more of this family.

INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison

Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison

Beautiful prose. I loved the lyricism of his words. His writing flows. This book is a timely today as when it was written and during the time it is set. Unfortunately not much has changed in the U.S. regarding how people are seen or not seen and used. Everyone needs to read this.

LITTLE BLACK DRESS by James Patterson and Emily Raymond

Little Black Dress - James Patterson, Emily Raymond
  Jane believes that the little black dress she bought has caused her to open herself up sexually. She has trysts with men she has just met or picked up on the street.

I did not like Jane. I liked the secondary characters better. She did not listen to her instincts and ended up putting herself in harm's way. I was scared for her. Once she has put herself in danger she then thinks. Not something I would do. I had a hard time relating to her.


The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce
  I loved this book. I got so caught up in Harold's journey to save Queenie. I got angry when others wanted to join his journey. I liked that both Harold and Maureen had to look at themselves and their marriage while Harold was on his walk. Seeing them look honestly at their marriage especially their son and the last 20 years was cathartic. I cried. I laughed. This book is a keeper.


Seven Letters from Paris: A Memoir - Samantha Verant
  This is Samantha Verant's memoir of overcoming a bad marriage, debt, and starting over. She decides to reconnect with an old beau who wrote her seven letters 20 years earlier. Together they begin over again together.

I enjoyed this story. She's a likable person who has hit bottom. She's afraid of the future but knows she has to go back into her past for closure so she can move on. She meets the obstacles in her way, handles them, and moves on. The story flows nicely. I wanted to know what happened to her. I wanted to see her succeed. I loved the wedding cake. That is when I knew she would make it. A fun story full of courage and hope.


The Knaveheart's Curse - Adele Griffin
  Maddy and her family are hybrid vampire-fruit bats who are trying to become fully human and have moved to the New World. Unfortunately the 9th Knaveheart has followed them and is trying to find its heir so it can retire. Maddy must be on her toes so the 9th Knaveheart does not succeed.

This was fun. It can be read as a standalone. I loved Maddy. She is everything a pre-teen should be including being a vampire. She is sarcastic, snarky, and funny. She still holds onto some of the vampire ways but is trying to fit in. Her family is different. I enjoyed her brother. The two are what siblings should be.

The story was fun as Maddy met some otherworldly creatures. It is up to her to save the day and protect the Knaveheart heir from coming to fruition. I have got to find the first book in the series and I hope there are more books to come.


Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power - Noam Chomsky, Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, Jared P. Scott
  Very timely. Very interesting. It's the companion book to the documentary by the same name. I liked that he went back 50 years to put what is happening today in our government and society in prospective and giving us the history of what has led up to today. He gives examples as well as excerpts of his source materials. This is written so it can be understood by everyone. I learned a lot. There is a lot to think about in these pages.


Alien Mail Order Bride: Alyssa (Love Across the Universe) (Volume 1) - Meg Cooper
  Alyssa goes to another planet as a bride where there are not enough women for the men. She marries Brex, a farmer/rancher. Thus they begin their marriage.

This is a short book that covers the first two days of their marriage. They are getting to know one another and making mistakes as they try to figure it all out. Their sex life is moving along.

This sets up the series but I hope the other stories have more to them. This was sparse on story.


Tonight in the Rivers of Pittsburgh - Brian Lee Weakland
  I loved this book! It's about the governor's car plunging into the Monongahela River from the Fort Pitt Bridge and law enforcement's inability to find his body. There are many story lines but all are connected through the governor and his family.

I loved reading about my hometown. There is a little poetic license taken but not much. I could see where the story was taking place. There were places in the story where I was on the edge of my seat as the action went down. None of the characters was without flaws. All had secrets to hide. I did not like the governor at all. What a jerk! I liked most of the other characters. Some more than others. The story was good. I wanted to know how it was all going work out. I'd also like to know how the one story line ended.

I had this on my shelf for years. I wish I would have read it sooner.


Naughtiness is Contagious, An Orgy of Erotic Poetry - C. R. Lemons
  A book of erotic poetry dealing with submission and domination. I enjoyed the feeling invoked by the poems. I especially liked Confession, Know Your Place, Subspace, To My Paris Dom, Good Boy, and Muse. I liked how photographs were interspersed through the book with the poems overlaid on them. Fun read!