Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Review for Double Punch

Review of Tilly Greene's Double Punch. You can find it on Amazon for $4.99.

I have already reviewed another of Ms. Greene’s other works Hephaestus Lays Down the Law when I had wanted to read this work instead. The other work was somewhere, in length, between a short story and novella. One of my critiques about it was the short length, so I can’t tell you how happy I was when Ms. Greene offered to let me read her novel-length work, Double Punch. This was a take on the Castor and Pollux myth, but not as a retelling, as a continuation – what happened after they joined the constellations. Unlike Hephaestus, which I loved because it was set in the ancient world and gave a nice look at a rather forgotten god, Double Punch took place in the moderm world of business.

The twins are brought down from the heavens to join the gods at court – Zeus gives them a new task, one he is being made to offer since their mother won’t let him rest (or enjoy her) until its done. The task: find your true love. The reward: immortality. In other words, find your true love in a given time frame and then you won’t have to return to the stars, but can stay as a god on Olympus. Unique idea, though, not the most creative. The storyline is trite, at best. Also trite, of course, the boys waste all but a few weeks sowing their oats and living large as mortals.

Nevertheless, the perfect woman is found for them by a well-meaning Marcus, an employee, who only wants the best for his handsome employers. Anissa enters the story with an interview chock-full of background story. Reads a bit funny for a business interview, but I did get wrapped up in her history and absolutely loved her name, so moved quickly by the oddity.

What happens next is the worse kind of language and bothersome sexual details. I understand the twins are young, rough, handsome, alpha males, but still, their language is shocking and just kind of seems like Ms. Greene is trying way too hard to sound like a man. Also, never in my wildest dreams would I want anyone trying to romance me to use the language these two use while trying to seduce poor Anissa. She seems so kind, so gentle, so much like the perfect girl, the cute girl-next-door, that when she says she likes her sex rough and dirty, I immediately disliked her. Honestly, once the sex started, I had a hard time forcing myself to read on. Don’t misunderstand me – I’m not a prude, I am, after all, writing erotica and I surely don’t mind threesomes, but this got gross very quickly.

Anyways, by the end of the story, I kind of hoped Anissa would come back to her senses and lose these two. She could have really found someone so much better for her than either of the twins. They deserved their fate in the stars, they were easier to love and admire for their loyalty when I didn’t have to know them…

Best parts - the characters of Anissa and Marcus, the buildup to a sweet, erotic romance, and  the relationship between the brothers. Worst parts - the language, the womanizing (not normally so much a part of a romance), and the sex.

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Can love conquer hate, revenge and even family duty?

Caitlin, daughter of the most powerful god Zeus, has one mission. Hunt down the Titan who betrayed her father and kill him.

But what if your target is more human than deity, more wickedly attractive and sexy than anyone you’d ever met?

But Zeus is a god who does not forgive and Caitlin swore to obey the decree of Olympus.

Can she complete the quest asked of her? Or will a Titan, a sworn enemy, show this goddess that true love really can conquer all...

Excerpt and description taken from Amazon site.

The Goddess Redemption #1 - To Cast a Stone & #2 - Spellbound

"The Goddess Redemption Series" will give you an exciting and sensual reading experience & awaken your innermost desires."

“Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, was in love. Many suitors had tried for her heart and her maidenhead, but they belonged only to Orion, her companion of the hunt. The lovers had tired of hunting regular game and were looking for a greater challenge, one to suit the skills they possessed as gods.”

“The shifters were part man, part beast and all cunning. Some were designed from wolves, some from leopards and tigers, others; she formed from bears, both black and brown. They were the perfect prey, these creatures she created to join the hunt. But what happens when the balance of nature is no longer held in check and the hunters no longer hunt?”

˃˃˃ This is the first part in The Goddess Redemption Series. A Paranormal Romance Erotica.

In this installment of the Redemption series, a cruel twist of fate causes the goddess of the hunt, Artemis, to take the life of her lover, Orion, on the day of their betrothal. As punishment, Zeus locks her away in a stone prison, vowing that she would always search for love and never find it, that her stubbornness and anger rule her and that his death lay at her feet. He strips her of her power and knowledge and casts her in stone. Her punishment is swift and severe. The goddess of love has other designs for the Huntress and works out a plan for Artemis to redeem herself and come home. What entails is a story of redemption, a story of true change, and a tale of a desire that burns feverishly in every heart. But there is also a deeper lesson to be learned along the journey. Great power should be shown great respect.

Finally, the wait is over!
Spellbound continues the story of Artemis and Orion as they face the challenges of being human. In this second installment of the Goddess Redemption Series, our beloved huntress is posed a new task on her journey to redemption. Powerless and only beginning to recover her memories, Artemis finds herself in the role of Sara, a wood’s witch caught in the middle of a terrible war between the shifters and the gods whose power is threatened by the creature’s very existence. Victor is an adept hunter with a secret. He knows how to kill the shifters, but when his memories return, can the god of the hunt, find happiness in his human form?

˃˃˃ This is the second part in The Goddess Redemption Series. A Paranormal Romance Erotica.

As the gods argue among themselves, their power slips away and Aphrodite is torn between her loyalty to Zeus and her loyalty to love. Spellbound takes you deep into the heart of the battlefront, where the lines have been drawn between good and evil and the humans pay the price.

Excerpt and description taken from Amazon site.

The New York Times Book Review Archive is Searchable by Keyword

So, while surfing the Internet, the only kind of surfing I can actually do as it turns out, I stumbled upon a nifty little tool whereby a person, in this case me, can search the New York Times archives of the paper's book reviews by topic or keyword... cool, right?

Well, who would I be if I didn't share this gem of knowledge with my loyal followers and those who just so happen to stumble upon my blog by accident.

This is for you all!

I typed in the keyword: mythology

Enjoy to your heart's content and maybe you'll find some new book to interest you. Bona Fortuna!