Monday's Muse

Monday, June 14

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This week's Muse has been inspired by an erotic romance series that I devoured over the weekend. I was having a hard time getting into Knight of Passion by Margaret Mallory (even though it was a book I couldn't wait to read) so I decided to put it down for a day or so and read an ebook (meaning I had the intention of only reading one) from my ever sexpanding digital library.

I decided I was in the mood for something on the steamy side so I selected Club Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair (a BDSM erotic romance). I've read one of her books previously (Master of the Mountain) and really enjoyed it so I thought why not....I've been thinking about having another "Submit to Your Desires" week and wanted to see if I might want to feature this book for the BDSM themed week. That "why not" turned into reading not only Club Shadowlands, but then additional e-book purchases and quick readings of the next three books in the series, Dark Citadel, Breaking Free and Lean on Me. Each book in the series kept getting better and better so I read them all :)

I know some people don't like the idea of BDSM romances...and I have to admit that sometimes, depending on the intensity of the "play" described in the story, they are still too much for me.  But Cherise Sinclair  strikes just the right balance and is a master at writing romances featuring BDSM erotic romances (at least to my comfort level). The books of her's that I have read focus on one couple...their discovery of each other, their limits, learning to trust and accept their needs and desires and never explore anything that borders on the pleasure of inflicting pain. I just can't get into romances like offense to anyone who enjoys them...they're just not my cuppa.

I had only intended to read just one, but much like your favorite indulgence (ie chocolate)...sometimes only one just doesn't satisfy the craving. So I read them all :) If you haven't read Cherise Sinclair, or are tempted to try a romance with what I would consider "light" BDSM, then I would highly recommend the Master of the Shadowlands series.

And before I forget...for those of you who are booklovers of this subgenre of erotic romance, and have any books you would like to suggest for the next "Submit to Your Desires" week, please leave a comment and tell me what books or authors that you love that have some "kink" you'd like to see featured at Seductive Musings.

Have an inspiring Monday!

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Artemis June 14, 2010 at 3:30 PM  

Thanks for the suggestions. I, too, enjoy reading BDSM, but just haven't invested in an e-reader yet. Still haven't made my mind up yet which one I want. Any ideas and comments are greatly welcome.

Estella June 14, 2010 at 6:06 PM  

I have read the Club Shadowlands series and enjoyed every word of it.
Have Master of the Mountain,but haven't gotten around to reading it yet.

Booklover1335 June 14, 2010 at 6:22 PM  

Hey Artimis,
Here's my take on ereaders. Test drive them and buy used at a place like ebay for your first one.

I debated long and hard before buying my first ereader (a Sony) on Ebay. I looked at the Kindle, and when the Nook came out I considered getting a new one....what I've decided to keep my trusted Sony.

Here's why: I like the Kindle and the wireless upload and the many free ebooks you can get. HOWEVER, not all of the ebooks that I like to read are available at Amazon and while you can sometimes convert or purchase the titles elsewhere in a compatible format it kind of defeats the wireless upload. AND I like to price shop and have several favorite ebook retailers that sometimes have discounts or promotions that are better than what you can get at Amazon. You pay more for the Amazon convenience, and for the ebooks that you purchase in Kindle format you are stuck with the Kindle format....unlike the PDF which many ereaders can use none of the current ereaders can use Kindle format books. I don't like having that choice taken away from me. I also don't like that I don't outright own the books you purchase from Amazon.

The Nook at first glance seems nice, and is the same price as the Kindle BUT it has had lots of software issues...sure they are working to do upgrades and fix the problems but when I buy something like this I want it to WORK. Reviews have been mixed on the Nook and the lend feature that everyone was so excited about will only allow you to lend the book ONCE...ever. So to me it's not really a fantastic feature anymore.

So for me it's Sony all the way. It reads many formats it's easy to use and costs less than both the Nook and Kindle....and since it costs less and if something better comes along later I can easily justify upgrading and you can believe that all of the ebooks that I have already purchased will be able to be used on any new device that I purchase.

I've also read many complaints that neither the Kindle nor the Nook allow you to organize the ebooks, the Sony software allows you to create "collections". Sometimes I create collections for authors, or genre, or if I have several ARC's for one month to read I will put them in a collection together. Does it save a lot of but I like the ease and convenience of finding the book I want quickly.

I can't take notes or highlight with the Sony that I have (which is the only thing I wish it did), nor can I upload via wireless connection, but for the basics...I would choose it again and again.

I know Best Buy carries the Nook and the Sony and I saw the Kindle at Target today. I know there are other ereaders, but these are the top three. And after playing with all three I still prefer my Sony (which I bought on Ebay as a "new" item).

JenM June 15, 2010 at 10:48 PM  

Loved the Club Shadowlands books, and especially loved that they are on my ereader and therefore no one sees the cover LOL. I'd also recommend Violet Summers' Worthington series. They are pretty hot and well-written.

Booklover1335 June 16, 2010 at 7:25 AM  

Thanks for the recommendation JenM. I've not read a Violet Summers book so I will definitely add her to my list of authors to check out.

I'm going through Shadowlands withdrawal so this could be just what I'm looking for :)

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