Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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Cheap books (I liked) I got for my Kindle

These romance books are cheap, but fun!

2017 was, without a doubt, a very interesting year for me. I overworked myself to the point that I am now starting to understand that I matter more than my job. On the other hand, 2017 was the year that I discovered erotica. I have to be honest and say that I've never had a good opinion about romance novels, in general, and erotica in particular.

And I still have part of that opinion in the sense that there are many writers who do not invest enough time in proofreading their works -- nothing's more frustrating than coming across typos when you've spent your hard-earned cash on a book.

I've talked about the ways I get free books before. Recently, I discovered Instafreebie and I've started using BookBub a lot more. So I got the following books either when they were free to download for my Kindle, or when they cost under $5. I'm sorry, but a $15 price for a digital copy seems entirely unacceptable, at least in my eyes, because there have been no trees ruined in the process. It's not like I'm saying the same amount of work wasn't put into writing a digital book as it was into writing a physical one. But come on, Kindle books used to be a lot cheaper, so I basically hunt down all of the sales I can.

I've been a Kindle user for a little over ten years now. I started with a Kindle 4 and upgraded to the point that I now own and use a Kindle Voyage (which I totally adore, by the way!). I'll try to make a post about my Kindles in the future.

Without further ado, here are some books you should consider if you like erotica and you want to spend as little money as possible. Oh, and another thing -- don't forget to check out BookBub and Instafreebie. These 2 sites are goldmines for cheapos like me. ;) And they both have a system where they send you emails weekly or daily to let you know what books on sale! I love that.

Before I get into the books, I'll tell you that I'll try to make a post like this one every week -- I think I read over 100 sexy books in 2017 and over 40 since the beginning of 2018 (it's February 20 right now). So I have plenty of material.

Seducing the Bride by Michelle McMaster

I liked everything about this book! It's a sexy Regency romance. On top of that, it's written beautifully, and the two main characters aren't idiots -- which is a breath of fresh air, I have to say. In fact, they are quite intelligent, both Becket and Isobel. Other things I liked about the book were the plot and Becket's friend, Lord Alfred, who I understand is the main character of the next book in the series, Taming The Bride.

What happens is that these two friends stumble upon a lady who's lost her conscience and is lying in the bushes while they are going home from the club. Becket is in a somewhat unfortunate position in his life, because he is on the point of losing his fortune and inheritance. He was engaged to someone but that someone left him when she heard about his financial troubles. Anyway, I liked this book a lot - it's smart, it's sexy, and the plot takes us to exotic lands.

Something that did bother me, however, was the fact that Isobel and Becket have a bit too many adventures, some of which are life-threatening and they miraculously survive all of them. I understand that it is a HEA romance, but still. I felt like their ability to remain alive was downright supernatural.
Nonetheless, I do warmly recommend the book as it had most of what I liked in a good old Regency romance.

Bear Season: A Christmas MPreg by Kaleidoscope MM

There's something about gay erotica that gets my pants on fire! I know I'm weird, especially because I'm a woman, but I honestly find this genre extremely sexy. Something I do find a bit bizarre, however, is MPreg. In case you don't know what that means, it's when guys are capable of getting pregnant by other guys. You need a bit of imagination to believe that men are capable of impregnating other men -- but it's really not that bad, in the end.

This was a short read (just 77 pages) detailing the love story of Brody and Cole. Cole is a bear shifter who broke it off with Brody without an explanation, and he basically left him feeling brokenhearted.  I really can't go into too much detail other than that, and that's because it's too short a read for me to describe the plot. But I do recommend it.

Bought by Lauren Landish & Willow Winters

This is another of those books where the guy is a billionaire and a BDSM practitioner and buys himself a sub from an auction. I have to say, this one was very well-written, and there are many twists to the plot that got me hanging on the edge of the couch.

Both Lucian and Dahlia are genuinely interesting and have back stories that might make them incapable of being committed to a serious relationship. He's the alpha male who doesn't trust women because he's had a disastrous marriage and is now in a never-ending lawsuit against his ex-wife.  Dahlia is vulnerable due to a traumatic experience she has had to overcome - something bad happened to her when she was younger. So they're both damaged, to some extent, and they help each other a lot.

But the thing is that Lucian buys Dahlia for a month and makes her experiment a lot of kinky things, which of course makes the book a lot more fun to read! Upon reading this book, I went on to read all of those in the Highest Bidder series and I enjoyed each and every one of them.

The Cabin by Alice Ward

Oh my God, Mrs. Ward! This writer creates some of the best erotica I've ever read. Of course, most of those I've tried have heaps of alpha males in them, but I suppose that's my thing. I have a soft spot for disfigured/disabled characters and loners who want to leave the civilized world and never have to interact with another person ever again.

There were some things that might not necessarily be appreciated by the readers... and let's go through them together, shall we? One of the things that might bother you is that the two main character have sex. Like a lot. Like all the time. Like they almost never stop (giggle). Another problem is that, when she gets to the cabin, Zoe has a concussion, so she's frail... and yet this guy, Gray, does her still. Isn't that a little weird?

But still, I liked the book on the whole and I recommend it. Sure, it had some problems, but I can understand that writing erotica needs to be similar to writing content for Internet websites - it makes too little money to be profitable unless you publish a new book every month or so. I somehow believe that Ward will either edit or rewrite some of the parts in this novel, at least if she has the time, what with her writing new ones all the time. 

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