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Book Review: Parlor Games Anthology – Border Lord by Julia Templeton

Parlor Games

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Fleeing an unfaithful fiancé, a nubile young lovely finds herself the prisoner of a lustful Scottish laird and must bow to his every erotic whim.

 
Parlor Games is the third book I’ve read using my Scribd trial. Scribd introduced me to Jess Michaels via the book Everything Forbidden – and suggested this title since I read Everything Forbidden. As of today this book is on sale at Kobo for $9.99.

Border Lord reminds me a lot of the book Warlord by Jaid Black. Both stories are situated in Scotland and both books contain unsuspecting time traveling heroines from the future. Strangely enough, I find that I prefer Warlord to Border Lord even though Warlord is much older and is a little more corny. There’s another time-traveling Scottish Lord story I read that was similar to this one as well but I can’t remember the title. That one also starred a cheating fiance, IIRC.

With that being said….there’s not a lot to Border Lord. It’s ok. It’s entertaining-ish. I enjoyed it for the most part but since I’ve read better with this same set up…I wasn’t as impressed as I expected to be. Border Lord is short and to the point without much more to recommend it.

2.5 Stars

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Movie Review: X-Men Days of Future Past *Light Spoilers*

X-Men: Days of Future Past

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The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

In a dystopian future, robots known as Sentinels are exterminating mutants, as well as humans who harbor the genes that lead to mutant offspring. A small band of mutants manages to evade the Sentinels with the assistance of Kitty Pryde, who can project a person’s consciousness back in time to deliver warnings. Pryde’s group convenes with Storm, Wolverine, Professor Xavier, and Magneto in a monastery. They decide to have Pryde send Wolverine’s consciousness back to 1973 to prevent Mystique from murdering Bolivar Trask, the creator of the original Sentinels. The assassination will make Trask a martyr, while Mystique will be captured and her DNA will be used by Trask’s followers to create advanced Sentinels that are near-invincible due to their ability to mimic and adapt to mutant powers. Xavier and Magneto advise Wolverine to seek out both of their younger selves for aid.
 
 
Cast:
Wolverine – Hugh Jackman
Charles Xavier (Young Professor X) – James McAvoy
Young Magneto – Michael Fassbender
Mystique – Jennifer Lawrence
Storm – Halle Berry
Beast – Nicholas Hoult
Kitty – Ellen Page
Bolivar Trask – Peter Dinklage
Iceman – Shawn Ashmore
Bishop – Omar Sy
Quicksilver – Evan Peters
Colossus – Daniel Cudmore
Blink – Bingbing Fan
Sunspot – Adan Canto
Warpath – Booboo Stewart
Magneto – Ian McKellen
Professor X – Patrick Stewart
Stryker – Josh Helman
Toad – Evan Jonigkeit
Havok – Lucas Till

 

3 Stars. Acceptable.

I honestly wasn’t in the mood to see this movie – I’m almost never in the mood to watch a movie, tbh. I’m really not a TV/Movie kind of person. I’m much, much more interested in books. Regardless of that, I ended up going to see this movie with some family members. I was a bit annoyed by this particular movie choice because I still haven’t gotten over my trauma from watching the first X-Men movie. “Do you know what happens to a toad when it’s struck by lightning? [pause] The same thing that happens to everything else.” *shudder*
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Old Skool Erotica Review: Warlord by Jaid Black

Warlord

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In the year 1052…

Euan Donald rules the Highlands with an iron fist. When a rival clan chieftain fails to deliver his betrothed to him, Euan decides to take matters into his own hands and acquire a bride the old fashioned way—he’ll go steal one.

Present day…

Janet Duval is in Scotland on business. One minute she’s leaving the local pub after having dinner and drinks with a friend, and the next she finds herself being chased—1000 years in the past—by a heavily muscled, grim-faced warrior hell-bent on possessing her.

Written erotica has been around for ages. I remember reading a couple of my father’s eroticas while in middle school (or younger!). During those days, erotica (at least, what I saw) was written and marketed primarily to men.

[Quite] some time later (about 1999), Tina Engler (Jaid Black) started writing and trying to sell erotica. Being constantly rebuffed, Engler started her own business to start selling her erotic romance fiction under the pen name Jaid Black. By 2001, Engler’s site was up and running – making Ellora’s Cave one of (if not the) first ebook erotica bookstore.

Erotica has come a long, long way since the opening of Ellora’s Cave and the publishing of Engler’s first novels. The cheesy covers have started to fade away, the language has changed, the plots have become increasingly complicated. Erotica has become…mainstream.
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