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April 29, 2007
Due to a new fulltime job,which is taking away a lot of reading and reviewing time, I am not actively accepting review request for the time being.

However, there can be exceptions if the request is made early on and the time allowed to read and review the book is at least 8 weeks.

Please read HERE how to request a review at Pearl's World of Romance

April 28, 2007

The Shareem. Males created to be tall, muscled, sexy, and…enhanced. They come in one of three levels—pure sensual pleasure, games and wicked fun, or the ultimate barbarian complete with whip. They know how to bring a woman to ecstasy and exactly how to keep her there.
When Lady Talan d'Urvey reads the diary of a woman who spent one wicked week with a Shareem, she longs to experience the same carnality in one last fling before she takes her vow of celibacy. She goes in search of a Shareem and finds Rees, tall and blond, with Shareem-blue eyes. Just looking into those eyes makes Talan wild with need.
But Rees is a Shareem experiment that never should have been made. Rees is all the Shareem levels rolled into one, and then some. Rees is uncontrollable, Rees is unpredictable. Even Rees's creators could never, ever be sure exactly what he would do…

Well, what can I say about this book.
Not the first erotica on my bookshelves but it is the first one I’ve read, the others still lie there unread...but maybe not for long.

It was easy to read, of course there were quite some erotic scenes but it wasn’t all about the bed scenes. There was also the story between a man created to please women and a woman wanting to discover how it’s like to be pleased by a man. And along the way they discover that there’s more between them than just wanting to teach and learn about sex.

I can’t quite put my finger on it but something was missing or off and I can’t describe what it was exactly. Maybe it was a lack of intensity, maybe it was a lack of emotions, maybe it was a lack of witty humor, maybe it was a combination of all of the above.
I only got pulled into the story at the very end when Rees lost it and was afraid of hurting Talan and Rio was called in.
That was when I thought: “Yes! This is what I want to read."

But still I can’t say I didn’t like the book. I was intrigued by these Shareem and their levels, I was intrigued by the friendship between Rees and Rio, so there is certainly more to be explored here and I most definitely won’t dismiss Ms James or the erotica genre after just reading this one.
I can’t say it was a keeper for me but it surely was a nice and fun read when your in the mood for something different.

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Pearl's World of Romance accepts review copies for romance novels or fiction with a strong romantic element.
All requests can be send to me by email directly at mbarten72(at)upcmail(dot)com or via my contactform.
Both print books and e-books are accepted. In e-books the preferred formats are: .epub or PDF

Please make sure to include the following information in your request:
Title of the book
Release date
Any additional information (blurb, website) about the author or book.

My preferred subgenres within Romance are:
Romantic Suspense
Contemporary Romance
Erotic Romance
Historical Romance
Paranormal Romance

I tend to shy away from:
Urban Fantasy
Science Fiction

I do not read:
Young Adult
GLBT Romance
April 27, 2007
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April 26, 2007
The first (english) review I wrote:

I read this book in February 2007

Widowed Anna Wren is having a wretched day. After an arrogant male on horseback nearly squashes her, she arrives home to learn that she is in dire financial straits. What is a gently bred lady to do?

The Earl of Swartingham is in a quandary. Having frightened off two secretaries, Edward de Raaf needs someone who can withstand his bad temper and boorish behavior. Dammit! How hard can it be to find a decent secretary?

When Anna becomes the earl’s secretary, both their problems are solved. Then she discovers he plans to visit the most notorious brothel in London for his “manly” needs. Well! Anna sees red—and decides to assuage her “womanly” desires . . . with the earl as her unknowing lover.

Elizabeth Hoyt starts her debut in a great way: a near collision that throws Edward from his horse into a pool of mud covering Anna in said mud.The tone is immediately set when Edward bursts into cursing, he’s got sort of a short fuse…but Anna stands her ground and answers him cool and collected.
Circumstances lead to Edward hiring Anna as his secretary and immediately you notice there’s something smoldering between the two of them, and they both have their different reasons for not wanting or daring to do something with it.

Edward is a scarred man, both inside and out, with a terrible temper and little patience. But at the same time he’s endearing in the way he tries to involve Anna in his daily business, so that he can spend lots of time with her.
Anna is a widow, hurt by her deceased husband and therefore she doesn’t trust men. She’s feisty, open-minded and liberated, she knows when to bite back en sometimes just doesn’t care what “people” think or find appropriate.

It’s a Regency, but one with an edge. Certainly not the standard, usual Regency.
The underlying, smoldering attraction is very well written.
The story’s composition is fluent and I couldn’t find anything disturbing in it. Side characters and side stories (of course something has to be solved and in this case Anna is being blackmailed…) are well placed but are never overbearing. You’re never sidetracked from the real story, that of Anna and Edward.
A nice touch is that every chapter starts with a piece of a story: “The Raven Prince”. This is a book that belonged to Edward’s sister, Anna finds it in his library on her first day working for Edward.
The love scenes are beautiful but also pretty explicit, but again they are not disturbing because they are complementary and not the focus of the book.
The romantic relation and feelings are always on the foreground and the love scenes just underline them.

This first historical by Elizabeth Hoyt for me certainly creates high expectations for the next books in this series: The Leopard Prince (april 2007) and The Serpent Prince (september 2007)

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April 25, 2007
Andrea Kane - Twisted (in preparation for ARC)
Andrea Kane - Drawn in Blood (ARC)

Sarah Abbot - Destiny Bay
Cherry Adair - Hide and Seek
Jami Alden - Caught
Lori G. Armstrong - Blood Ties
Allison Brennan - The Prey
Allison Brennan - Speak No Evil
Allison Brennan - Killing Fear
Shannon K. Butcher - No Control
Shannon K. Butcher - No Escape
Catherine Coulter - Born to Be Wild
Jordan Dane - No One Heard Her Scream
Ashley Gardner - The Hanover Square Affair
Lisa Gardner - Alone
Cindy Gerard - To The Limit
Linda Howard - Cry No More
Gennita Low - The Protector
Marliss Melton - Forget Me Not
Elisabeth Naughton - Stolen Fury
Kathy Reichs - Deja Dead
Lisa Marie Rice - Dangerous Lover
Karen Robards - The Midnight Hour
JoAnn Ross - Freefall
Roxanne St. Claire - Kill Me Twice
Anne Stuart - Black Ice

Jessica Andersen - Night Keepers
Nina Bangs - Eternal Pleasure
Shayla Black - Tempt Me With Darkness
Lucy Blue - My Demon's Kiss
Jeaniene Frost - Halfway to the Grave
Larissa Ione - Pleasure Unbound
Kathryne Kennedy - Enchanting the Lady
Sherrilyn Kenyon - Dream Warrior
Deidre Knight - Red Fire
Marjorie M. Liu - The Iron Hunt
Cheyenne McCray - Dark Magic
Lucy Monroe - Moon Awakening
Karen Marie Moning - Darkfever
Alexis Morgan - Dark Warrior Unleashed
Alexis Morgan - Dark Protector
Gena Showalter - Playing with Fire
Nalini Singh - Slave To Sensation
Susan Sizemore - Primal Needs
Kathryn Smith - Be Mine Tonight
Kathryn Smith - Before I Wake
Christine Warren - Wolf at the Door
C.L. Wilson - Lord of the Fading Lands

Victoria Alexander - A Little Bit Wicked
Joanna Bourne - The Spymaster's Lady
Shelley Bradley - The Lady and the Dragon
Anna Campbell - Claiming the Courtesan
Anna Campbell - Untouched
Meredith Duran - The Duke of Shadows
Suzanne Enoch - After the Kiss
Gaelen Foley - Lady Of Desire
Anne Gracie - The Stolen Princess
Kalen Hughes - Something Wicked (eBook)
Jillian Hunter - The Wedding Night of an English Rogue
Kimberly Killion - Her One Desire
Julia Latham - Thrill of the Knight
Stephanie Laurens - The Lady Chosen
Kinley MacGregor - Taming the Scotsman
Kinley MacGregor - Anthology: Where's My Hero
Kinley MacGregor - Sword of Darkness
Kat Martin - Heart of Honor
Delilah Marvelle - Mistress of Pleasure
Sarah McKerrigan - Lady Danger
Sophia Nash - A Dangerous Beauty
Paula Quinn - A Highlander Never Surrenders
Sherry Thomas - Private Arrangements

Jennifer Ashley - Confessions of a Lingerie Addict
Shelley Bradley - A Perfect Match (eBook)
Pamela Britton - Dangerous Curves
Jaci Burton - Nothing Personal (eBook)
Jaci Burton - Dare to Love (eBook)
Jaci Burton - Unwrapped (eBook)
Christina Dodd - Trouble in High Heels
Lori Foster - Say No To Joe?
Karen Kendall - Take Me If You Can
Susan Mallery - Delicious
Susan Mallery - Accidentally Yours
Jill Mansell - Perfect Timing
Lucy Monroe - 3 Brides for 3 Bad Boys
Lucy Monroe - Safety Guaranteed
Susan E. Phillips - Nobody's Baby But Mine
Karin Tabke - Have Yourself a Naughty Little Santa

Bella Andre - Take Me
Shayla Black - Decadent
Shayla Black - Dangerous Boys and their Toy (eBook)
Sydney Croft - Riding the Storm
Madison Hayes - Miss February (eBook)
Jasmine Haynes - The Fortune Hunter
Kathleen Dante - Entangled
Kathleen Dante - Dreamwalker
Kate Douglas - Wolf Tales I
Allyson James - Maia and Rylan (eBook)
Lora Leigh - Coyote's Mate
Lora Leigh - Dangerous Games
Lora Leigh - For Maggie's Sake (novella in Anthology: Real Men Do It Better)
Lora Leigh - Nauti Boy
Lora Leigh - Forbidden Pleasure
Lora Leigh - Marly's Choice
Susan Lyons - Champagne Rules
Shannon McKenna - Hot Night
Shannon McKenna - Anytime, Anywhere (novella in Anthology: Baddest Bad Boys)

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  • Vampire in Atlantis - Alyssa Day
  • Vampire Dragon - Annette Blair
  • Captive Spirit - Anna Windsor
  • Chosen by Blood - Virna DePaul
  • Rebel - Zoe Archer
  • Stranger - Zoe Archer
  • A Taste of Desire - Beverley Kendall
  • Mistress by Midnight - Maggie Robinson
  • To Desire a Devil - Elizabeth Hoyt
  • To Tame a Dangerous Lord - Nicole Jordan

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  • Tempt Me - Shiloh Walker
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  • Playboy Prankster - Pamela Britton
  • Just Like That - Erin Nicholas
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