New Release Review:
Losing It – A Collection of V-Cards
BookCrushin has been super excited to help share the word on the newest ebook collection to hit your eReader shelf, Losing It – A Collection of V-Cards! In our post today you will find all the book information, our review that includes some mini-reviews of some of the stories within the collection and some teasers! So be sure to grab this steamy read for only $0.99!!
Losing It – A Collection of V-Cards
Category: Mature, New Adult, Romance
Publication: February 10th, 2015: Elephantine Publishing
Purchase: Amazon, AmazonUK, B&N, iBooks, Kobo
22 Bestselling YA authors reveal what went on behind the curtain in your favorite YA novels! From paranormal to contemporary, this collection features over 200 pages of ALL NEW CONTENT full of deleted scenes, extended endings, and more from the young adult series’ you love.
In this YA/NA crossover collection, all of your favorite heroines are cashing in their VCards! YA just got steamy, sexy, and not afraid to go all the way!
Due to the graphic nature of some content, this collection is recommended strictly for mature readers.
Stories include excerpts and extended material—ALL NEW CONTENT – featuring the following YA novels & authors.
The Grimoire Saga by SM Boyce
The Death Series by Tamara Rose Blodgett
Penny Black Trilogy by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Dirty Blood series by Heather Hildenbrand
The Mythology Series by Helen Boswell
Stories About Melissa Series by Bethany Lopez
Keegan’s Chronicles by Julia Crane
The Tate Chronicles by K.A. Last
Fragile Creatures by Kristina Circelli
The Spellbound Trilogy by Nikki Jefford
Judgement of the Six Series by Melissa Haag
A Dark Faerie Tale Series by Alexia Purdy
The Double Threat Series by Julie Prestsater
The Elsker Saga by S.T. Bende
Ovialell Series by Tish Thawer
The Runes Series by Ednah Walters
The Cornerstone Series by Misty Provencher
The Waiting Series by Ginger Scott
Forged Series by A.O. Peart
The Arotas Series by Amy Miles
Funeral Crashing Mysteries by Milda Harris
The Wolf Trilogy by M.R. Polish
Losing It: A Collection of VCards is available now!
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Losing It – A Collection of V-Cards is such an amazing idea! We get to revisit 22 Young Adult stories where the authors share with us something a little more rated-MA (mature)! Some of these series are completed and this was our first glimpse back into those characters lives! I absolutely loved reading more about my favorite characters and how they ended up “Losing It!” It was even a great insight into some stories I have never read before! Now that my appetite has been whetted I definitely plan on reading more from those authors as well!
Here are some thoughts on some specific stories included in the collection! 5-stars this collection is worth well more than $0.99!!!
A Valkyrie’s Song by Ednah Walters – reviewed by Sara Meadows:
This is a teaser based on Ms. Walters’ Runes series, all of which I have read. I will start by saying that I love Torin and Raine. Also, I hate Norns. Hate.
In this snippet, Raine, an elemental witch, is high on the magic she used to restore the forests that her Valkyrie boyfriend Torin ruined after a climactic battle. Raine’ magic-high and Torin’s despair translate to other desires and the pages that ensue are hot, hot, hot. As I mentioned, I love this couple; they are one of my all-time favorite paranormal couples and I am quite protective of their interests, so I was yelling at my Kindle at the conclusion of this story. Only Ednah could write an ending like this and not have me hate her! Raine and Torin have so much tenderness between the two of them, and that tenderness mixed with their humor and love is what makes me cheer for them over and over.
I can’t wait for the release of “Witches” to find out what happens next, especially to those damnable Norns!
“I needed her tonight. Needed her in ways she couldn’t possibly understand.”
“I was up to my eyeballs in this witchy shit.” Ha! I laughed out loud when Torin thought that.
“His cockiness didn’t fool me. He was hurting. I saw it in his eyes.”
Fire Stone by Misty Provencher – reviewed by Kelly:
I literally fell off my chair when I found out we were getting more from the world of Cornerstone by Misty Provencher! I am a huge fan of the series – every book is a 5-star read. So original, swoony and action packed!
Included in this collection is an epilogue of sorts for the Cornerstone series – events take place after Capstone (Conerstone #4) the final book in the series. We are recapped slightly on the final events of Capstone and then–boom–whisked away into the scene where Nalina & Garrett finally get down and dirty and make their bonding official. It was sweet and sexy and almost everything I ever imagined in my head, since we never got this scene in the books, even though there were so many times you just wanted to scream at them to DO IT ALREADY! LOL
The ending was still bittersweet because this little chapter only opened my brain back into the world of Cornerstone and made me want more & more! Thank you Misty for writing such a series that will always stick with me and be one of my favorites and for giving this adult the scene she always wanted between Nali & Garrett!
“Even so, I clung to Garrett just as tightly as he held to me. He was a distinct part of what made me what I am, and the one part that I never wanted to lose again.”
“I forgot how hard and smooth his lines are. Skin like velvet. His Amazingly smooth nose. But nothing could ever compete with the aphrodisiac of his smile.”
To Love A Werewolf by Melissa Haag – reviewed by Kelly:
This Losing It feature falls at the end of the events of (Un)Wise, book 3 in the Judgement of the Six series, however book 4, (Un)Bidden, has already been released, but does not outpace this chapter.
I have to say as swoony the actual books are I had no idea Melissa Haag had such steamy & smoking hot scenes in her head! I made the mistake of reading this chapter at work on my lunch break and I had to leave the building to compose myself. Pretty sure I was beet red! I knew Michelle and Emmitt were the smexiest characters in the series so far…their connection was hot from minute one, but I was so not prepared to be panting like a wolf after reading this!
I know as a reader of the series this scene is even hotter because you are emotionally wrapped up in these characters lives, but my blogging cohort who hasn’t read the books yet, read this scene and she too was loving it and now the books are definitely on her radar! But remember the books are YA and this story is definitely MA!
“He deepened the kiss and robbed me of reality. I sighed and wrapped my arms around his neck.”
“Emmitt pushed away from the wall, his eyes never leaving mine as he crossed the room to stand before me. He didn’t speak, just held out his hand.”
Discovery by S.M. Boyce – reviewed by Sara Meadows:
I have yet to read S.M. Boyce’s Grimoire series, though I do have the first book in my Kindle’s “To Be Read” collection. Everyone who has read these books loves them and after reading Discovery, I totally understand why. Alien races? Good son versus evil father? A war to end all wars? Yes, please!
The setting of Discovery is a cave nestled behind a waterfall, and Boyce’s beautiful, image-laden writing brings to life the location with ease. Kara and Braeden are spending what is apparently some rare downtime together, savoring their last quiet moments before the aforementioned war commences. And, when I say savoring, I mean savoring. Phew!
The awkwardness and teasing between Braeden and Kara was sweetly endearing. It takes Braeden three attempts to unlatch Kara’s bra, and I was thrilled to read that part because, damn it, sex isn’t always seamless. It’s nerve-wracking and inaccurate and giggly. And, for these characters, it was also quite satisfying!
I can’t wait to read these books and familiarize myself with these characters because I know that, as much as I enjoyed Discovery now, I will enjoy it that much more when I’m truly invested in the characters.
“Dapples of sunlight glittered across the cave floor, its beams flickering as water crashed over the stone entrance.”
“He’d never known love before her. And now, he would never have to live his life without it.”
Love Spell by Nikki Jefford – reviewed by Sara Meadows
Nikki Jefford is another author whose Spellbound series await in my “To Be Read” pile. I have to say that, out of all the stories in this collection, Love Spell was my favorite. It reads like a standalone story. The interaction between the main characters, Adrian and Gray, is snarky and sexy, and Adrian is just downright H-O-T, on fire hot.
Adrian and Gray are apparently enemies, though their relationship is fraught with sexual tension and resented desire. Seriously, aren’t the best relationships built on these qualities? In “Love Spell,” Adrian is at a bar, “surrounded by halter tops” and planning on how he’ll get the three girls inside of those halter tops back to his apartment, when in walks Gray. The Adrian groupies fade to nothing, as Adrian and Gray only have (sex) eyes for (sex) each other.
I enjoyed the interactions between these two characters, the flirting and the mystery. The writing was fun and effective; I could picture Adrian lounging against the bar, awash in female bodies, or leading Gray out of the bar hurriedly, in anticipation of what was going to happen next.
“Let’s be clear. I’m not bringing you home to trade tricks. Once you walk through the door I’m taking you straight to my bed. No nightcap, no chit-chat, and no pleasantries.”
Wolf Passion by M.R. Polish – reviewed by Kelly:
I haven’t read any of The Wolf Trilogy by M.R. Polish but after reading Wolf Passion I am positive it will move up my TBR list! I never felt lost while reading; this story felt complete however I was biting at the chomp hoping for so much more. It only scratched at the surface of the bigger plot that lies underneath this little sexy glimpse of Es & Ian’s relationship.
This story is definitely hot but also a little awkward then again that seems pretty accurate. Most first times are awkward right? Also, graphic. Definitely no fade to black in this scene! And when I say hot, it’s more like someone get me a fan hot, I need to cool down! Definitely looking forward to reading this series as the conflict that we glimpsed seems really cool!
“Looking into his eyes, I couldn’t imagine a better present than to be with Ian in my dreams.”