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Posted November 8, 2012
Cherished was absolute perfection!
One very vulnerable girl and four very dominant men! That fantasy just doesn't get any better for me. Talia is the perfect blend of honest innocence without coming across childish. I cant choose between Xander, Gavon, Sebastian or Nico! Maya has a way of developing her characters so you truly care about them and want them to all have the HEA. OH and the sex scenes...Damn!
To the reviewer that accuses lover's of these types of books to be condoning rape...I am truly sorry for what you have gone through and continue to go through. The fantacy of dominance is NOT the same as rape! I wish you could have chosen a different forum for your argument.
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Posted August 8, 2012
Both of the stories in this book were wonderful! They were distinctive, so it was definitely like getting two books in one! As usual, these two authors did not disappoint! They are the best! Maya, my husband thanks you! Lauren, he'll benefit from your story tomorrow!
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Posted September 10, 2012
WHEN did RAPE become acceptable, even ENCOURAGED?!??!??! Let me tell you ladies, rape is NOT FUN. It is sick, demented, cruel, vicious, and totally unacceptable. I have gone on calls to pick up what is left of these women to get them medical care. They are NEVER THE SAME. Their lives are RUINED.
It isn't sexy, hot, or wonderful. It is a horrific, demeaning, nightmarish CRIME against women. Rape isn't "love" or "sexy" or "hot". Anyone who commits rape is a sadistic, controlling monster who cares only for their own control and power over their victim, NOT for the well-being of their victim. Would you think it was "hot" if the guy/guys beat the "heroine" with a metal pipe? Tied her up and put a blowtorch to her skin? Ripped her hair out by the roots and cut off her fingers with knives?
I see women who have had this done to them every day, and sometimes the saddest are the rape victims, as our society tends to blame the victim for rape, not the perpetrator. These women are the ones who self abuse after their attack, or wind up on a slab in the morgue from suicide.
Shades of Gray is apparently responsible for the beginning of this type of written madness, but there is something sick and twisted about the fact that these types of books are looked upon and ENCOURAGED as acceptable by so many women??? And before you ask, yes, I KNOW of what speak. Been there, done that, have the therapy bills, bottles of pills and scars to prove it. Take off the blinders, women. If you really think these books are acceptable, maybe you should visit the nearest rape crisis center, emergency room, or morgue and see the truth about what you think is so cute and harmless. If you still find it cute and harmless, maybe then you should check in for some serious counseling. As should the writers who write these books. Rape victims are in NO SHAPE FORM OR FASHION "Cherished".
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Posted August 31, 2012
I could only stand to read to first story from this book it was so disturbing invoicing imaiges of gang rape and calling it love. I found it to be so disturbing that it gave me nightmares. If I were you I would stay away from this one.
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Posted November 25, 2012
I enjoyed Talia. She wasn't a pushover. Good read.
To the reviewer with regards to rape - please understand that erotic fantasy and rape are two different things. The key is safe and with permission. I agree with previous poster.
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Posted August 10, 2012
I enjoyed both novellas - no missing pages in my e-book. Usually novellas feel rushed and like you are skimming the world the author created. I did not feel that way with either one in this book. Maya's novella created a stand-alone escape to a tropical island and Lauren Dane's is a great starting point to her new series.
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Posted February 8, 2013
Good read! I don't know how rape got brought into the discussion in the reviews, but everything in here is consensual. I loved the Lauren Dane side of the book. The Maya Banks side was good as well, but I'm not a huge fan of how Talia gets to do absolutely nothing (like not even put on her own lotion) because she has 4 men to cater to her every whim. Two men with one woman is good, but three is a bit of a crowd, and 4 just makes me wonder where everybody is going to go.
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Posted October 4, 2013
Love Dane's Novella!
Sway by Lauren Dane. Book 1 of the Delicious series
Taken from Ms Dane's website - SWAY will be in the CHERISHED Duology with me and Maya Banks – both our books will have a contemporary BDSM theme. It’s also the start to my DELICIOUS series, the spin off from The Brown Siblings books.
Levi Warner is an established, older man—wealthy, powerful, and above all, respectable. Then Levi meets Daisy, an uninhibited 24-year-old dance instructor and artist, not exactly the kind of woman Levi is accustomed to. But the young, free spirit, brings out something in him he only experienced in fantasies. When their scorching affair turns into something unexpectedly deeper, Levi finds himself torn between preserving his reputation, and exploring a wilder and much more satisfying kind of life.
I really enjoyed this novella. It is a erotic ROMANCE. It has emotional complexity and a simply wonderful heroine. She radiantly knows herself and is loved and demands love.
Levi is more messed up. He had an awful marriage, thinks he is too old for our heroine, and is a Mr. Scaredy Pants with risk. Never the less, I get why Daisy digs him and he grovels real well.
If you have read the Brown series and the other books in the Delicious series, you will find this yum yum yummy.
It is unexpectedly moving and has perfect balanced of believable BDSM. love, and humanness.
Exiled by Maya Banks
Enticed to the island paradise where an enigmatic prince is living in exile, beautiful, virginal Talia is introduced to a world of forbidden pleasure where the prince's every whim is fulfilled and her fantasies are rendered in exquisite detail. But when the prince is summoned back to fulfill his duty to his struggling country, reality is thrust upon Talia all too soon. She returns home, heartbroken, convinced she was a passing fancy for an idle ruler and his most trusted men. Until the day they arrive on her doorstep, determined to have her back where she belongs.
Banks is a very good writer but for me this novella is mainly erotica and not erotic romance. I actually like polyamorous love story a great deal. I have reread The Ninth Orb by Kaitlin O'Connor so many times if it wasn't on my ereader it would be in shreds.
But I struggle with contemporary or basically non paranormal, urban fiction, or fantasy set poly love stories. I like the anthropological look at love within a culture that accepts multiple partners. There are some writers (like Dane) than can write convincing long term commitment menge set in our world, but Bank's novella failed on that level for me.
I think it didn't work for me because of vigin fetish mixed in with the BDSM and the fact the lead hero was the king of a small island country. This is sort of high fantasy in itself but not workable for me.
I never connected emotionally. Its really well done erotica though, if you are looking for that kind of fun.
Posted August 3, 2013
Very different story line. But worth the time. I think if the word whore was never used it would have been better. What woman wouldn't want four lovers who adored her cherished her and loved her.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted April 1, 2013
I seen several.comments about this book making "rape" a good thing. I read the book cover to cover and never did i read anything about someone being taken by force. Some of the sex was unconventional, but no one was forced. Some people apparently need to understand is that is when someone is forced, against their well. Rape is NOT unconventional sex that some odf us may not understand.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 18, 2013
Maya Banks is a fantastic writer and had me hooked from the very beginning. I couldn't stop once I started reading it! When I finally went to bed my dreams were very very pleasant. Lauren Dane as usual didn't disappoint. I loved Daisy's story and found Levi to be quite scrumptious. This was definitely not for the faint of heart.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 11, 2013
Usually I do not like romance books with multiple partners, but this one made the experience hot. The writing was excellent as well as the story telling.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 26, 2013
I love Maya's writing however I'm beginning to feel left out with all of the May-December romances. It's so stereotypical. C'mon Maya - there's a whole world of women waiting to feel involved.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 25, 2013
Exiled, Maya Banks 3*
I enjoyed this book but its not one of my favorite Maya Banks stories. I story started out really good lost me in the middle then relied me back in the end. I liked Xander, Sebastian, Garon and Nico they were all hot alpha type men that knew what thy wanted. I liked Talias character but I guess she's one of the reasons the book lost me in the middle. I had a hard time connecting with her.
Sway, Lauren Dane 4*
I really liked this book, Daisy and Levi are wonderful characters with great chemistry. I loved Lauren's Brown Sibling series so I've waited a long time for the series to start. This book is a great start to the Tart series and I can't wait to read the next book.