Review: Unholy Matrimony by Sonny Zae

UNHOLY MATRIMONY

By Sonny Zae

Publisher: Roane Publishing

Release Date: May 19, 2014

Genre: Fantasy Romance (with Erotic Theme)

Keywords: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, BDSM themes, Romantic Comedy

 

Blurb: Sonny is so handsome, he doesn’t need magic to get what he wants, except when he gets into trouble. And, he’ll do anything for love or money, except work. So, the thought of marriage represents the worst of all possible worlds, a danger he avoids at all costs.

His plans for getting rich the easy way—by stealing—go awry when he meets Ariella. She is not only lovely to look at, but just may be as slippery and greedy as he. Better still, she becomes highly stimulated at the prospect of helping him hijack a treasure.

But, in addition to helping him steal “goald”, the cunning Ariella might just steal his scoundrel heart.

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Excerpt:

 

“Tell me where you hid the amulet.” Her lips touched my ear lobe and I almost lost control of my spleen. “Confess your theft, and I will reward you, will complete the passionate interlude left unconsummated last night.”

“For you, my dear, I would confess anything.”

“Go on, do tell.”

“I confess my desire for you, my passion is aroused by your touch.”

“That is not what I want to hear. Confess you took the amulet, and tell where you hid it.”

“I will.” My heartbeats pounded in my ears. “But first, caress my trouser weasel, stroke it as you were doing last night.”

“Oh, no,” she cooed into my ear. “You tell me where the chicken foot is, and then you will be rewarded.”

I smiled to myself, despite my predicament. Such moments in life were few and far between, moments when fools thought they had the better of me, then discovered they needed to curry my favour, instead of the other way around. “My dear, I will confess nothing. Abler men than you—well, men, at least—have tried to break my spirit, and all have failed.”

“Where is the chicken foot?” she hissed, grasping my ear and twisting it. The pain was sharp and delicious.

“I do not know!” Strangely, it was true.

“Liar! Tell me, or I shall kick you.”

“Kick me if you must, but I refuse to tell you.” I fervently hoped she would carry through her threat. “What will you do with the wedding gifts? I shall tell the people of your village it was all your idea.”

“Oh, my! Dear me!” Ariella responded, mock fear dripping from her lovely lips. “Do you think they will believe you, a stranger, over a beautiful and innocent young girl?” She punctuated the question by kicking me in the gut.

“That did not hurt,” I lied. “Throw your whole body into it. Do you have a pair of pointy shoes? Kicking me with pointy shoes might at least discomfit me…while you are kicking, at least. The pain fades almost immediately and you shall never get the truth out of me at this rate.”

 

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About the Author:

 

Sonny Zae lives in a small town on the edge of reality.  His only remarkable characteristic is imagination.  He ignored his grade school teacher’s repeated admonitions to stop daydreaming and get to work.

 

Sonny’s book WIZARD SEEKING TROPHY BRIDE, is also available on Kindle.  It is a story about the exceptional difficulties involved in finding love and happiness for an elderly and strange wizard, not to mention the difficulties of dealing with an elderly relative—an elderly relative who is also a wizard.

 

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 My Review:

Sonny reminds me of Matthew Broderick’s character in Philipe Gastone in the movie Ladyhawke. He’s boastful with his words but when push comes to shove, he’s more of the submissive type. Or as some may say, a beta male. Except that Sonny has an anaconda in his pants and dark flowing locks. Don’t worry if you forget this, he’ll remind you–repeatedly. Perhaps that’s one of his traits, thinking he’s the man who makes all the woman swoon and drop their bloomers. Well, until he meets Ariella who is far more the con than he is. Perhaps their a perfect match for each other, even though she gets the upper hand on him numerous times, I think he quite enjoys when she gets the lower hand as well–if you get my meaning. These two would-be love birds try to swindle their way through town but small towns being what they are, the jig is up soon enough. If you love those stories about two fools trying to out game each other in their con artist way only to find that’s what attracts them to each other, I highly recommend this story.

 

 

Review: Old Flame by Annabelle Blume

I was given a copy of this for an honest review. This review may contain spoilers so you’ve been warned.

Blurb: Hannah Sullivan has spent the past three months stalking her ex-boyfriend, lurking in the bushes and hiding behind fake social media personas, convinced she can eventually rekindle the love they once shared. But when she meets Marc, who is everything James never wanted to be and more, she begins to wonder if she’s got it all wrong.

Hannah must come to terms with her own demons before she can decipher between her delusional mission and the man of her dreams.

Review:

Wow does Hannah have some issues! I felt sad for her in the beginning when she was literally stalking her ex-boyfriend. Creeping around, making sure her next semester’s classes lined up with him so she could catch a glimpse to actually parking her car on the street to spy on him during the night. Sadness quickly turned to wanting to slap this character upside the head for being a creepy stalker. I got to admit, though, the whole thing sparked emotion in me which is a good thing. Kudos to the author for that.

When she meets Marc–a waiter at a restaurant–she decides to cozy up with him, though she STILL pining for the other guy. Her roommates are no help to her mental illness either over her mad James fascination. They seem more obsessed with partying than seeing what she’s become. They were merely flies on the wall to her crazy existence.

I wanted to see Hannah wake up from her obsessive behavior regarding James. When she woke up in the morning in her car across from his house, I thought she’d snap out of her stalking drama. Not really nor did I feel like she fully healed from it. It’s throw in that she bounced from boyfriend to boyfriend after James and the immaturity of them all. Maybe this older guy Marc would be more mature (HAH! He’s a guy! Not happening!). I didn’t really care for that kind of thinking, really.

She has a wild weekend of doing the nasty (closed door) with Marc which, considering her turmoil of James, I found that she was sort of using Marc to screw away James’ memory. So, while she had her regrets and got mentally prepared that it was a one night stand, it turns out it wasn’t. This guy had been into her for a bit which is lovely.

The story ends with me wondering what will become of this relationship, mainly because I think Hannah enters it for all the wrong reasons. I would have liked to see her not compare Marc to James and see him for the man she wants. Sure, it’s what a woman would do, I just didn’t want the ‘norm’. Besides, as I noted before, older doesn’t mean they’re more mature in nature. Though Marc was a successful business man, that shows maturity of an intellectual level, not emotional. I also would have loved this story to be bigger and see Hannah’s struggle with her addiction to James with more of a brutal lens. He’s painted as quite the douchebag and it’s believable.

Even with this, I found it to be a sweet short romantic story with very good writing from the author. I liked it and would recommend it to those who enjoy a straight romantic novel. Three out of five stars from me.

Review: Wild Wild West Succubus by Lila Shaw

I’ve been a fan of Lila Shaw’s succubus stories, both published and unpublished, for a bit now. I was privy to them when she posted her works on the private writing site we belong to. So being able to get a sneak peek at this one was a no brainer. I’d read this story in its rawest form and really wanted to see what became of Pris. She was the kind of character I liked. Bad to the bone yet not so evil that she didn’t regret draining a body or two during a fuck fest. The backstory, too, has a nice twist.

Liquid Silver Publishing snatched this one up and I must admit they’re on my list to submit…as soon as I start writing more naughty stuff again. Wild Wild West Succubus is due out on August 19th but if you preorder at the publisher’s site, you get a discount so check it out here: Pre-order linkage.

Blurb:

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A woman damned… Priscilla Goodnight, a widow in the harsh Kansas frontier, has a cattle ranch to run. She can’t afford to reveal any cracks in her tough exterior or indulge in sexual liaisons with her ranch hands. But a hungry succubus can only exercise so much self-restraint, making discretion, disguise and memory-wiping her top managerial skills.

The mysterious stranger who knows her darkest secret… Priscilla doesn’t remember hiring the man with the wily smile and the flannel voice. At all. Yet his name is on her payroll. Men as physically appealing as Hugo Desmond rarely escape her bed, let alone her memory. And how is he able to move so fast, yet nobody notices but her?

Is she his target, his mission or his bait? Hugo is a gargoyle—a specially-trained executioner—sent to purge the west of evil. With succubi falling squarely in demon territory, Priscilla has every reason to fear him … yet she can’t stay away. Hugo says he needs her help and wants to save her soul. But is redemption possible for a woman as wicked as Priscilla, or will love thaw her heart just enough for Hugo to crush it?

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Now for my review.

I’ve read succubus stories that have the character with no redeeming value whatsoever. In fact, as a geeky players of Dungeons & Dragons, the succubus was often thrown in to tempt the male characters of the group. It was all fun and games until your friend’s character’s soul got sucked into oblivion or become a sex slave for life. So it’s not out of the realm of possibility to have them be out for the one thing that fuels their existence and nothing more.

Enter Pris. She’s sinned in the past and freely admits it. In fact, she’s a bit ashamed of her former self before a demon fucked her into succubus service. What I like is she didn’t totally get consumed by her guilt. She also didn’t allow herself to be a doormat either. I’m a big fan of strong female leads. Too often the woman are swooning ninnies, allowing the men to be domineering apes.

Along comes Hugo and he’s got a lot in store for Pris, making her wonder each day whether he’ll end her life. Hugo knows what Pris is and he’s trained very hard to track down and terminate any ‘evil’ supernatural being. He’s arrogant but not prideful and really struggles through it all not to fall for Pris’s charms. The kind of man who tries to see the good in everything and being that he’s had his eye on Priscilla for a good bit, you just pray he’s on the right track.

I don’t want to give away the ending because, to me, it’s the ultimate test for the characters. Kind of like the trust exercise of falling backwards into your partners arms and hoping they catch you instead of watching you fall for their entertainment.

there were times I wish I could see Hugo’s side of things but, as this is totally from Priscilla’s perspective, we don’t get that aspect. It’s the slight downside to first person storytelling, Not that it takes away from the overall story because it keeps you guessing on what the big old hunk has in store for his little succubus temptress.

Can a succubus be redeemed? Read Wild Wild West Succubus and find out. You’ll be glad you did.