Smut Book Club: Naughty November Begins With The Best Of October

by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on November 1, 2012

in And Then Some,Book Recommendations,Smut Book Club Book Recommendations

Voracious? Addicted? I prefer “dedicated.”

I’m dedicated to my self-appointed job as a Smut Peddler. It’s given me endless hours of emotional turmoil, not just the mommy guilt for reading (“IT’S MY JOB, CHILDREN!”) while my kids mindlessly watch TV, but the kind of emotional roller coasters ridden through a well-written book.

Because of all the emo-ness, I’m thinking of asking my psychiatrist for an increase in my meds. All of these feelings feel weird.

My favorite part of my self-appointed job as a Smut Peddler is getting to write articles for super awesome websites like Yummy Mummy Club. Today, I have a list of the Top 5 Romance Book Releases for November. Lucky for me as a Smut Peddler, I’ve already read all 5 of the books coming out. I know. I KNOW.

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Holy JEESUS, October started me out with an emo bang and it continued through the month. Here’s all most of the books I read in October and suggest you read them, too. You’re welcome, horny smut readers. This is what I do for YOU.

Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts

Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet, #1)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

for Kindle • for nook • for Kobo

While this book was elegantly written and the story premise is poignant, it was difficult to read through the torture of the kidnapped girl. This is DEFINITELY not a book for anyone with a violent past or a weak stomach.

After finishing Captive in the Dark, I immediately started it’s sequel, Seduced in the Dark. I stopped about 20% into the book because it was just too hard to continue. 4 weeks later at the encouragement of many who had read it, I picked the book back up where I left off, and finished it quickly. Though it was difficult and emotional to read, I’m REALLY glad I finished.

Seduced in the Dark by C.J. Roberts

Seduced in the Dark (The Dark Duet, #2)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

for Kindle • for nookfor Kobo

The writing in this book and its predecessor is impeccable. Other than having to know what happens with Livvie and Caleb, the writing is what pushed me through to the end of the book. I’m more than glad I was encouraged by others who’ve read it to read on. The dark, disturbing story is one I think should be read by anyone who reads romance or erotica for the knowledge gained by getting a glimpse into human trafficking. This is one of those stories that will live on in my mind, not just as a love story but as a reminder of the need for social change.

Club Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair

Club Shadowlands (Masters of the Shadowlands, #1)My rating: 5 of 5 stars

for Kindle • for nook

I wish I could give this 4.5 stars, but I’m weighing on the heavier side of 5, so that’s what I’m giving it. Though the book didn’t focus on character development as much as many others like it does, I was drawn to the struggles Jessica weighs in her head when making her decisions. Sir is so understanding and caring for her, I would probably do anything he thinks is best for me, too.

This is a great book for BDSM beginners or even those of us who have read many books about the lifestyle. Because it’s the first in a series, I hope to get more from learning about the characters in upcoming books.

Deep Desires by Charlotte Stein

Deep DesiresMy rating: 5 of 5 stars

I liked this book way more than I expected to for not knowing much about it other than the vague title. The great character development and VERY long, VERY intimate sex scenes made me want so many good things for these two.

Highly suggested if you like a quick, heart-warming, bits-warming read.

Love Unrehearsed by Tina Reber

Love Unrehearsed (Love, #2) My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved this as the love story it was written to be. Ryan’s obsession for keeping Taryn happy and safe was palpable. There was much more sexytime detail than what was in Love Unscripted, and I was all too happy to read it.

I’m totally hoping there’s a third book in the series!

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

On Dublin StreetMy rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved it. With Joss’s horrible past and the mystery surrounding her issues, this is slightly more than the typical romance story.

A HUGE must-read for romantic horny smut lovers.

 

The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst

The Marriage Trap (Marriage to a Billionaire, #2)My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’d have rather read this on Lake Como and in the hillsides of Italy than lying in my marital bed. Maggie and Michael may have been the main characters of the book, but Italy its own character that wrapped up these two in a wine-soaked blanket of lust.

Simply, I loved this book. I read The Marriage Bargain several months ago, and I don’t remember liking it as much as I like The Marriage Trap. It’s a sequel, but only in that there are some of the same characters. The writing seemed better, the sex scenes seemed more intense, and the characters had much more depth.

2 favorite quotes:

You will serve your husband dinner tonight, Margherita, by your own hand. And this is not because you are beneath him, or he believes you are less. It is because you are more. So much more.

This was no easy, gentle, let’s-get-it-on kiss. This was a no-holds-barred war with no survivors.

A perfect 4.5/5.

The Marriage Mistake by Jennifer Probst

The Marriage Mistake (Marriage to a Billionare, #3)My rating: 4 of 5 stars [Advance Readers Copy provided]

Much like the first two Married to a Billionaire books (The Marriage Bargain & The Marriage Trap), The Marriage Mistake is based around a love story of two people discovering one another and that they belong together. There’s no doubt that they will eventually end up in bed together, but how it happens is the central question. With the feistiness and stubbornness of Carina and the mislead desires of Maximus, the two tease the inevitable. Probst offers some surprises that I’m glad to have read, enough so that the book redeemed itself from being just another romance.

Blindfolded Innocence by Alessandra Torre
Blindfolded Innocence (Innocence, #1) My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The author teases with hints of what will happen, giving away hints of an upcoming submissive or menage relationship. It’s true that the lead male is a sex-crazed man whore, but you have to read through the whole story (some lengthy details in the middle of the book are skip-worthy which is why I gave it 4 and not 5 stars) to understand his motives.

I can’t WAIT to read the sequel.

Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh
Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Of course I’ve read a few vampire-laden romance series by other authors, but I was hesitant to read something that was truly paranormal. This book has changed my opinion of closing off other paranormal books because I thought them to be too “weird.” Singh’s writing style is carefully crafted word perfection. There’s not a single word in the book that does not have purpose. There’s not a paragraph or chapter you can skim over because it’s “filler.” Every nuance is necessary and meant to convey what she intends.

I can’t say that the story is realistic in any way, but I can relate to Elena’s inner dialogue and her struggle to accept her feelings. That Singh is able to weave this realism into a paranormal character is an art form.

Archangel's Kiss (Guild Hunter, #2)Archangel's Consort (Guild Hunter, #3)

Archangel’s KissArchangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh

My ratings: 4 of 5 stars

The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle
The Mighty Storm (Mighty Storm, #1)My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really, really liked this story…once it got going. I almost quit reading after the first 1/4 of the book when I got tired of reading every nuance of the day, but thanks to friends telling me to push on, I did. And then I cried through the last 1/4, happy to find out that a sequel is coming out soon!

The Prince by Tiffany Reisz

The Prince (The Original Sinners, #3)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars [Advance Readers Copy provided]

I can’t properly express just how much I love this book and love how it fits into the first two in this series (The Siren & The Angel). If I could rate The Prince infinity stars, I would.

Basically, I want to marry Tiffany Reisz, name her my personal biographer, and make all of my fantasies come true.

Fortune by Annabel Joseph

FortuneMy rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finally, a smut book where the girl is neither sweet nor innocent and she doesn’t fall deeply head-over-heels in mere days. And that’s not to say that the guy isn’t a manwhore either, but at least we’re not starting from zero in the bedroom with Kat and Ryan. He sees something in Kat that he has to own, and over the course of (thankfully not days or weeks) time, he trains her into submission.

Anything He Wants by Sara Fawkes

Anything He Wants

My rating: 4 of 5 stars [Advance Readers Copy provided]

This was suggested to me by another voracious smut reader (lookin at you, Maria), so I had high hopes that it would be good. Maybe I had my hopes up too high because aside from wanting my own billionaire to dominate me in an elevator, a limo, an office, the bedroom, etc, I was left wanting to know more about that billionaire. I never really got to like him because I never got to know him. I also found that the first half of the book didn’t seem to match with what happens at the end of the book. What started as a story of a sexual relationship shrouded in mystery turned out to be a criminal mystery sprinkled with sex.
And it’s those sex scenes alone that make this a book I’d suggest you read. Just know that you may be left wanting to feel more for why the sex is hot unless mystery (in and out of the bedroom) is your thing.

Hot Ticket by Olivia Cunning

Hot Ticket (Sinners on Tour, #4)My rating: 5 of 5 stars [Advance Readers Copy provided]

I cannot get enough of these guys. No, really. I could read them for all of eternity and never get tired of delving into the back of the Sinners’ bus.

Olivia Cunning can pen a sex scene better than any other author I’ve read. They go on for pages yet I never get tired of reading about the character’s exploits. She gives just enough information to make it titillating, sexy, and still want to read another sex scene. In Hot Ticket, the scenes get a bit darker than the other books in the series due to the characters’ history and penchant for BDSM. But unlike most other BDSM-heavy books, this book gives just enough of the dark sexuality behind mixing pain and pleasure.

NOTE: I was told by the author that the order of the books’ releases were changed by the publisher, thus creating a bit of a mix-up with the story lines. If you are familiar with the Sinners On Tour books and know this ahead of time, it’s a minor issue. But for those who aren’t familiar with them and start reading in the middle of the series, it’s very confusing.

Easy by Tammara Webber

EasyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars

The term “New Adult” is one I’m understanding to mean “totally hot yet not graphic,” and Easy fits this description perfectly. I love how the book mingles a message with a story of discovery. A must-read for all romance readers, especially “new adults.”

The Pleasures of Winter by Evie Hunter

The Pleasures of WinterMy rating: 4 of 5 stars [Advance Readers Copy provided]

In terms of a BDSM story, this is a bit unusual in that it’s a minor part of the book however being a large part of the character development. The characters’ relationship builds as a D/s but atypically from typical BDSM sexual practices I’ve read in other erotica novels. Additionally, the story starts much differently from most other romance novels, but turns out to be a basis for the relationships.

I admit there were continuity issues with the story (What happened to the vibrating plug? Where did her suitcase go? How long did it take for XYZ to happen?), but overall, I liked the story. Because it brought wee tears to my eyes two different times, I’m rating this 4/5 stars and not 3/5 for continuity issues.

Mercy by Annabel Joseph

MercyMy rating: 4 of 5 stars

So much goes on within the story of this book that it’s hard to sum it up concisely. It’s different, dark, alluring, and heart-wrenching. Admittedly, I found some parts of the domination upsetting in its humiliation, and that’s not my “thing,” but I admire how it fits with the relationship. Mercy is a definite must-read if you find BDSM compelling.

What’s coming (heh) next for me to read? My Goodreads To-Read list and Amazon Wish List tells all.

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1 Marci November 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Wonderful rundown! You are doing me no favors with my VERY long to-read list. Many titles will be added based on these suggestions. You haven’t steered me wrong yet!
An Awesome post on Marci´s blog … The Siren by Tiffany Reisz

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2 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] November 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I’d say I’m pretty good at picking good books.
An Awesome post on Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]´s blog … Mr. & Mrs. Obama, Circa Halloween 2008

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3 Jennifer Probst November 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Whoot! What a fantastic, thorough, awesome list! I am so honored you chose my books to be on it – thank you – and I am now going to purchase a few that I have not read that you suggested. PS: I wanna marry Tiffany Reisz too. I’m sure she’ll take both of us ha ha!
An Awesome post on Jennifer Probst´s blog … The Marriage Mistake Hits Stores Election Day! Tuesday, November 6th…

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4 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] November 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I have a strong feeling Tiffany would be able to take advantage of us throwing ourselves at her feet.
An Awesome post on Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]´s blog … Mr. & Mrs. Obama, Circa Halloween 2008

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5 kelley @ magnetboldtoo November 3, 2012 at 12:26 am

just this morning MPS is all ‘you don’t use your kindle any more’

So maybe I should just download all this smut and HE can do the housework!

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6 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] November 3, 2012 at 11:06 am

I vote YES. Now, get on it and read some smut.
An Awesome post on Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]´s blog … Mr. & Mrs. Obama, Circa Halloween 2008

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7 bramka sms November 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Great list! I’ve already ordered a few titles on ebay and now can’t wait for them to be delivered!

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8 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] November 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Sweet!
An Awesome post on Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]´s blog … Read. This. Book. The Sea Of Tranquility.

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9 Julie November 7, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Leave Me Breathless by Cherri Lynn (Ghost and Macy’s book) was also released on Nov. 6th. Pretty sure you mentioned Unleashed and Rock Me, the first 2 books in the series, at some point?? Both were fun reads, so I have high hopes for this new one!
Thanks for all the great recs!

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10 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] November 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I read Rock Me, not realizing it was the 2nd in a series, so I still need to go back and read Unleashed, which I just bought today!
An Awesome post on Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]´s blog … Read. This. Book. The Sea Of Tranquility.

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11 Tina November 11, 2012 at 7:55 am

I needed a new list! I recently read 3 other stand alone books by Cherise Sinclair and really loved them. I have been holding out on starting the series. I am now off to scoop that up.
Best,
Tina

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