Review: Eighty Days White (Eighty Days Companion, Book 2) by Vina Jackson

Eighty Days whiteReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: Lily needs something to fill her empty life as her desires are waiting to be unleashed on the right man, but finds it is harder than it seems. She loves her music, and wants to change the course of her life as it isn’t what she wants. when she moves to London, Liana tells her about a new world of passion and adventure where she meets Leonard and Dagur the drummer with a rock band, acclaimed photographer Grayson and his partner, She.

Though she has found she can enjoy her new life in London, she still realises she has much more to enjoy but only if she is able to accept who she really is.

Review: Eighty Days White spends a lot of its time with the authors name dropping favourite rock stars and rock bands like Alice Cooper and Pink Floyd with the characters smoking endless joints and partying hard. Thirty – three pages in, Liana takes Lily into a bondage den, opening her eyes to the fetish scene where men and women wear latex and rubber sparingly, and spank each other into a stupor. I liked this one, unlike Eighty Days Yellow as I could understand the rock band references, and the characters more than before.

Lily meets several men, but they don’t attract her until she meets Leonard, after he came to the shop she worked at to sell his late wife’s violin. Once the sale has gone through, she had sent him an email about the purchaser, and they began to correspond which leads them to have an affair. Lily finds out what makes him the man he is, and she finds she loves him despite the age gap and his dislike of The Clash. A fleeting moment in a hotel room before he leaves the capital is all it takes to make her want him more.

Lily doesn’t go for younger men, even if she’s young. She goes for men like Leonard who are more mature. She likes the experiences they have gone through and she thinks he will be amazing between the sheets. She is right about him, but he is captivated more by her beauty:

“Oh God, Lily, the things you do to a man…” and the unforgettable: “Oh, Lily,” he said as he kissed me goodbye. “What am I going to do with you?”

Good bits:

  • The hotel room scene with Lily and Leonard
  • The bondage club – has to be seen to be believed
  • Their dinner at the Chinese restaurant

Bad bits:

  • Takes a while to get started with the main story.

Summary: Her problem with him is that he is much older than her, and not the sort of man her parents would accept as she wants to have him as her life partner. Eighty Days White is sensual, captivating and delicious to read.

Vina Jackson is the pseudonym for two authors who have worked with each other. One is an author, the other a published writer who works in the square mile. Together they have written other novels Eighty Days Yellow, Eighty Days Blue, Eighty Days Red, and Eighty Days Amber.

Buy: Eighty Days White

Review: Eighty Days Amber (Eighty Days Companion, Book 1) by Vina Jackson

Eighty Days AmberReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: Luba, a Russian dancer fell for a rare amber dealer who was dashing and handsome, yet dangerous and would leave her for long periods of time. When he called her, however, he would expect her to come running when he needed her. She couldn’t help but feel love for him, but when she finds out his secret, she has to flee Russia or face dire consequences.

Review: I remember liking Eighty Days White, but I knew why as I could identify with the characters and the kind of music that was in it. With Eighty Days Amber, it is back in the territory of Eighty Days Yellow, where the heroine is trying to find solace in a new land away from all the problems associated with Russia. Luba is a strong enough character who does her best to come to terms with her problems and try to make a new life as a dancer in America. She has help from some of the characters readers may remember from Vina Jackson’s previous novels.

Just about every woman has the ability to fall for a man who isn’t any good for her, and this is what Luba has done, and she knows what the consequences are of trusting anyone. She finds it hard through the novel to trust people even the ones she calls friends later on, but sooner or later she realizes she must trust those who deserve it or risk doubting her new life forever.

Good bits:

  • The meeting at the Groucho Club
  • The introduction to the story – it’s a real gripper!

Bad bits:

  • None

Summary: This is a fun, exciting novel about one woman’s life changing rather fast. It is similar to her other novels, Eighty Days White, Eighty Days Yellow, and Eighty Days Blue, but there is a honesty in how she writes that separates this one from the last. If you like the Fifty Shades novels, this will come as a nice surprise with its sensuality and unmasked kink.

Buy: Eighty Days Amber

50 Shades Enlightened

fifty shadesGuest blog by Sandra Scholes

Fairy tales have been the big theme for books, and this year major movies and TV series based on popular stories like Snow White, but in the UK women have enjoyed another theme coming back in a more mainstream way, the erotic novel.

Whether you like it or not, this novel has taken the world by storm, and it won’t go away until another themed novel takes its place. It’s the one novel in a series that everyone is talking about. It’s already been labelled as ‘mummy porn’ but whether you are twenty or fifty, you will probably not consider it that. It’s an erotic novel about a man
and woman having sex in an albeit more erotic way than most might even consider trying.

Fifty Shades of Grey started out life as a blog, the author herself not expecting it to get noticed and later snapped up by a publishing company who saw the potential in her work. They were prepared to publish it, putting it out into the world for everyone to buy and read. The book got mixed receptions, but in a way, it has opened the door for women to have a different view of what making love is all about.

So far, readers of the book and its subsequent sequels have been placed into two camps, the ones who love it, and the ones who hate it. The question is which on are you?

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Review: Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Book 1) by E.L. James

fifty shadesDisclaimer: I read parts of the story as a fanfic called Master of the Universe. It was okay, but nothing special. Still when a fanfic becomes a mainstream published novel I expect the flaws to be fixed and the glaring irregularities to be corrected. I expect someone to say to the author, “Hey you, what were you thinking, this makes no sense” or… “There is no way on the face of this planet a guy like your hero would ever say or do….” So the fact that I didn’t see any of that irks me and my review reflects that. If you loved these books stop now. Here is what I hated:

It relied heavily on readers already knowing the dynamic and personality and characteristics of the Twilight characters, especially Edward and Bella. If you hadn’t read Twilight and fallen for the romantic pair’s unique story, going into the BDSM relationship of this book is going to send up red flags. Allow me to explain in detail…

Ana is a novice when it comes to men, dating, sex, and submission. So if you didn’t know Ana and Christian were fated for each other and that it was true love, you would tell this girl to run as far and as fast in the other direction as possible.

Who would want to be with a guy that says to you, “I love hurting you and I need to hurt you to be turned on around you?” When you (and I am really speaking for Ana here, not someone into BDSM) wants Christian to want her in a vanilla relationship? There are some screws loose. All the sex scenes read like sex for sex sake and not as a spicy hot romance story. Lots of telling about feelings, and little showing.

Then there was inner monologue hoo-hah that had me cringe in the fanfic that managed to make it to the final draft. Did anybody read all that inner goddess crap and actually like it? Seriously—it’s crap, trying to be cute. Ana has multiple personality disorder and is oft times schizophrenic. That’s not sexy.

After the inner monologue, comes the real dialogue. Can we say, awful? Not to mention quite painful to read sometimes. Christian Grey’s “Laters, Baby” comes to mind right away. Shoot me now. There is no way this guy would say that because he is a stoic, uptight, always-in-control billionaire making 100K an hour. So no, I don’t buy it—the poor grammar, or the stupid nickname. He’d call her something else or leave it at just plain old Anastasia.

That’s just a few of the reasons I don’t like this story. Have you read it? What do you think?

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

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Buy: Fifty Shades Trilogy Bundle: Fifty Shades of Grey; Fifty Shades Darker; Fifty Shades Freed