I read book #1 “Curio” over the summer and really enjoyed it (check out my review here). In fact, it almost made yesterday’s “Top Five Summer Reads” list (as a “cheat” extra). Almost. Instead, I thought I’d save it for today and post it as a reading order guide. A short story, but kept me entertained for a few hours, and I actually didn’t feel like I missed out on anything. It had just enough depth and personal touches to make me forget how short this book really was.
Curio and the Curio Vignettes
Another awesome short story that had just enough of everything for me to feel like I got a ton out of it, and wished for more once it was done. This one’s been brought up a few times in my reading past, but I hesitated, due to it’s length.
Yanira: Curio by Cara McKenna and Damaged Goods by Lauren Gallagher. The guys in both are male prostitutes, but they are very human and there’s something very real amongst all the erotic element, which of course it’s there, but there’s so much more…
Hi Maryse!!! I was wondering if you know of any good mafia/mob/organised crime, bad boys romance type books?? I might drop a comment on your Bad Boys & Rock Stars thread and see if anyone else knows of any too!
In fact, I realized that some of my absolute favorite books involve some “shadier” (yet redeemable) characters. And I’m not just talking my usual tattooed bad boys that still fit within today’s social standards. I’m talking about the disillusioned social outcasts, the extreme nonconformists, the hustlers, and those that make their living on the streets. From the homeless to the richest mob bosses, the high-end escorts to the underground street fighters.
I was doing a bit of “What to Read After Fifty” research and happened upon this book. It wasn’t even on my radar until yesterday but OMG my jaw dropped (just look at that gorgeous cover)!! I HAD to know just who was the damaged goods in this one, and I so wanted to walk that path with them.
So… I downloaded the sample. You know… just so I wouldn’t forget it amongst my huge TBR list. Sometimes it’s out of sight, out of mind with me, and with a cover like that constantly in my face, I new I’d be on it soon enough. And I went back to the book I HAD been reading but I couldn’t stop thinking about this one. My current read was good, but this one was calling me so I went ahead and read that sample. And that was it. I was hooked.
Fallen From Grace
I’ve decided before going on to some fun book reviews (I have two coming up and many of you know exactly which ones I’m referring to – two hilarious romantic finds), I’m going to continue on our dark yet erotic reading path about unusual and troubled romance (see previous “dark & Dirty” review). Because this one was yet another great and emotionally investing read. And while the romance aspect was a bit more “in your face” (which I loved because there were some definite swoon-worthy moments), it too had a gritty, tormented feel. In this case, however, it was the hero that had a past to overcome and a future to accept. However to take that step, personal changes were needed, and in taking a new path he lead us all un an unsettling journey.