RELEASE DAY – Still by Camilla Monk

51ylWXw2CbL._SY346_It always started like this, a pulse inside me, like a warning before the tide surged, roared… and froze everything. 
Twenty-year old Emma just landed in Rome, to find the father who walked out of her life more than a decade ago and was too busy eating pizza to call. Traveling with her is a secret she’s carried alone since childhood: sometimes, around her, time stops. People and cars freeze, rain hangs still in the air and there’s only her left in the silence.
To make things worse, instead of her dad, Em runs into a past she’d rather forget in the person of Lily, her step-sis. Kind, beautiful, Harvard honors student Lily: the perfect daughter Em never was. As the two of them reconnect, Em starts to pick up some creepy vibes from Katharos, the mysterious archaeological foundation Lily works for—and more specifically the ancient stone table they’re digging up near the coliseum…
Faust, the blind hobo Em keeps running into, might be the key to piercing Katharos’s secrets. Actually, he might even have something to do with that pesky time-freezing thing. With Lily’s life on the line and no one else to turn to, Em chooses to trust this unlikely ally, but behind his charming smile and lunar antics, the guy comes with some serious fine print…

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Monte – Kyle Perkins and Lila Vale

Trigger Warning: this is a dark erotic novella that contains scenes of a graphic nature that may be offensive to some readers. Please be aware of this and continue at your own risk.
A realist through-and-through, Victoria Wyric lives a practical life; she has no patience for the whimsical. Her friends are believers, however, and they plan a night of clumsy attempts to summon the supernatural in order to prove the naysayer wrong. She begrudgingly attends, if only to laugh at their foolishness.
That night, a mysterious, silver-tongued stranger shows up out of nowhere. An apex predator, he is as captivating as he is dangerous, and his sights are set on Victoria. In the course of an evening, everything she thinks she knows is thrown out the window.
Lured into the game of an unforgiving master, she quickly learns there is no such thing as harmless fun when it comes to the otherworldly.
Let me just begin my review by saying this: I’m not a fan of erotica. I LOVE romance, but if the book is nothing but sex–especially hardcore kink–then I tend to avoid it like the plague. However, this book surprised me. With that being said, did I skip over most of the sex scenes? Not going to lie, I did, simply because it’s not for me. But the bottom story line was intriguing enough to keep me going, and I have to admit that I don’t regret reading it. I tend to be drawn in by the paranormal genre, so I was immediately fascinated by the story line, and it was so different from other things I’ve read that I didn’t feel like I was just recycling one book for another. When I first began reading this novella, I was very put off by the initial sex scene. Like I said previously, I don’t really like erotica, and it was just too much for me. But the heroine of this novella, Victoria, has such a hysterical sense of humor and the story was so unlike anything else I’ve read that I couldn’t put it down until I finished. The last scene of the two of them together was too much for me as someone who doesn’t generally enjoy erotica, but the writing was good and with it being two different writers, it was impressive to see that the story line didn’t seem stilted and flowed just as easily as it would with one author. Kudos for that, for sure.
Also, holy cliffhanger! I am looking forward to finishing Monte and Victoria’s story, and I’m definitely curious how it’s going to continue, though I’m sure I’ll have to put my blinders on for some of it 😛
If you’re a fan of erotic fiction (especially paranormal), I would be willing to bet you would love this novella.
I received a copy of this novel from the author for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are mine.
4/5 stars
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