Review: The Hands of Tarot by SM Blooding

The Hands of Tarot
SM Blooding
Available: August 7, 2012
Format: E-book & Paperback
She killed his father.
She imprisoned and beat him.
And now she thinks he’s her trophy.
Synn El’Asim will do almost anything to prove her wrong. But he’s only proving her right.
Queen Nix awakened his Mark of power and inducted him into the House of Wands. She knew what she was doing. The son of the two most powerful Families standing against her is the ultimate prize.
What she didn’t take into consideration was that maybe he was too strong for her.
But the Families aren’t. They’ve been weakened and it’ll take a lot more than one young man with a powerful Mark to take on the Hands of Tarot.
At first, this book took me a while to adjust to and really get into.  I was not sure for a little bit, but once I got adjusted to the world it was very hard to put down.  One thing I can say about SM Blooding is she is outstanding at world building.  I could really picture the airships and the cities in which the story took place.  I think that the other things that took me a while to adjust to was the darkness of the book, this one is very violent in my opinion and while it was not a deal breaker for me it was something that took some time to get used to.  I have bee reading much lighter books so in the end this was a welcome change.    
Synn, our main character, with the help of his support system, realizes that he must face his fears and stop Queen Nix or she take out all of the families.  His biggest worry is that no one will stand with him when he takes his stand because he certainly looks much weaker that his foe.  Synn is written with excellent attention to detail and the plot of this story is done well giving you enough room to get caught up just at the right times.  This story is very intense at time and the author realized that sometimes the reader needs a moment to catch up and she gave us that through out the book.  
Overall, I feel like I have a hard time putting my thoughts on this story into words for a review.  I think that the author did a fantastic job and while this book doesn’t fit into the normal group of books I would normally read, I am really glad that I gave it shot because I enjoyed the change.
About the Author:
SM Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, their new addition, Mr. Bird, who’s a real bird. She likes to hike the beautiful Rocky Mountains, and is learning to play the piano and guitar. Currently, she’s trying to MURDER them both. Friends call her Frankie.
She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.

She’s also an investigator with a 
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Sinister Seducations

What a great collection of Seduction stories.  There was a little bit of everything in this collections so you are bound to find something that meets your interest.  It might be a poem or a hot and steamy short story.  I though that there were nice breaks of short poetry between the longer stories that gave me a chance to switch gears before moving on to the next story.  This collection is mostly paranormal but a very diverse collection of work.  I had a lot of fun trying to get what would be coming next.  I don’t think that I could pick a favorite story if I wanted to, I enjoyed each one for a different reason.  I would recommend checking out this collection of work.  Sinister Seductions was well edited and had a nice flow between the authors.



Sinister Seductions
A Crushing Hearts Black Butterfly Anthology
Edited by Roxanne Rhoads

Delightfully dark tales of paranormal desires and sinister seductions grace the pages of this CHBB anthology filled with short stories and poetry from: Raven Corinn Carluk,  Amanda Browning, Ann Gimpel, Roxanne Rhoads, Adam Clark, Lisa Goldman , Nathan Squiers, Selena D. Jenkins, DJ Shaw, Livia Olteano, Joseph J. Langan, and S.J. Thomas
Werewolves, vampires, demons and more will take you on a journey of forbidden seduction luring you into lairs of devilish delights and sinister depravity.

Indulge yourself in darkness.

Table of Contents:
A Sinister Seduction
Intro Poem
By Amanda Browning
Dragon’s Den
by Raven Corinn Carluk 
Wolf Bytes
By Ann Gimpel, Ph.D.
Underneath the Fangs
By Roxanne Rhoads
Drain the Blood
A Poem
By Adam Clark
Detonating the Bomb
By Lisa Goldman
A Howl at the Moon
By Nathan Squiers
A Magikal Match
By Selena D. Jenkins
Devilish Delights and Rancid Offerings
By DJ Shaw
A Poem
By Roxanne Rhoads
by Livia Olteano
Sin With Me
By Amanda Browning 
By Joseph J. Langan
Forbidden Taste
By S.J. Thomas
Midnight Mistress
A Poem
By Roxanne Rhoads

About the Editor and Author:

Story strumpet, tome loving tart, eccentric night owl…these words describe book publicist and erotic romance author Roxanne Rhoads.

When not fulfilling one the many roles being a wife and mother of three require, Roxanne’s world revolves around words…reading them, writing them, editing them, and talking about them. In addition to writing her own stories she loves to read, promote and review what others write.

Roxanne is the owner of Bewitching Book Tours and operates Fang-tastic Books, a book blog dedicated to paranormal and urban fantasy books.

When not reading, writing, or promoting Roxanne loves to hang out with her family, craft, garden and search for unique vintage finds.

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Halloween Heat II By Rachel Firasek, Selena Illyria and Dawn Montgomery

Halloween Heat II By Rachel Firasek, Selena Illyria and Dawn Montgomery

18+ Review Only!

  • BN ID: 2940015575736
  • Publisher: Etopia Press
  • Publication date: 10/6/2012
  • Series: Halloween Heat , #2
  • Source: From Author (Rachel Firasek) for Review


Halloween Heat II
An Anthology of Erotic Paranormal Ménage

Three stories of blazing paranormal ménage. Hot dragons, sexy wolf shifters, and scorching threesomes to make an unforgettable Halloween night.

“Master Me” by Rachel Firasek
“Dragons at Samhain” by Selena Illyria
“Witchvine Seduction” by Dawn Montgomery

My Thoughts:

I am always curious about collections of stories and how they will play together when published in a collection such as Halloween Heat II.  I was pleased with the balance between each of these three erotic stories.  Each story has a clear plot line yet there are similar threads that waves the main idea of these stories together and more than just the heat level.  Don’t get me wrong there is a ton of heat in each of the stories.  If you are looking for a hot and steamy group of short stories that have a Halloween theme this is the book to check out.  It is hard to review a group of story stories without giving too much of the story away.  What I will say is that all three of these authors brought they best to the table.  They are fun, hot, sexy and well written stories.  Each has it own twist that draws you in and heats you up.  Great collection.

My Rating:

4 Penguins