Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bitten’s She-Wolf Pack Thursday Review for November – COME MONDAY by Mari Carr

COME MONDAY (Wild Irish Book #1)
Mari Carr
Date Published: November 6, 2009
Ellora's Cave
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Length: Ebook, 112 pages
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Monday’s child is fair of face…

After the death of her mother years prior, Keira Collins willingly put aside her dreams to become a surrogate parent to her six younger brothers and sisters. At twenty-seven, she’s finally pursuing a college degree. Between classes, working at the family pub and still tending to siblings, she’s no time for romance. So why is she spending all her rare free time fantasizing about hot Professor Wallace bending her over his desk?

Will Wallace recognizes Keira’s unfulfilled desires, her habit of hiding her beauty, her obsessive need for control in every aspect of her life. But Will has needs of his own—and they run far darker than Keira’s. As he initiates her into his lifestyle, offering sweet punishments and sweeter rewards, Will’s sexual authority slowly strips away some of her precious control. The one thing Keira’s not ready to relinquish…

Reviews and Ratings

Bitten's She-Wolf Pack's Ratings and Reviews

Nookmom’s Ratings

Review:  4 – A Pack Howl
Sexual:  4 – Four Alarm Fire #@!%$

This is a quick read and one I enjoyed.  I really liked the characters in this book and found I was able to easily relate to Keira.  I totally understood her need to control everything and be the caretaker of the family.  I know how hard it can be to let go and how easily it is to lose yourself in the process.  Mari Carr's writing is well done and her characters were very real to me. 

The book contains hot sex scenes, even if some of them are just fantasies.  The only thing that kept me from giving this a higher rating is the first date between Keira and Will.  I understand he is a Dom, but the scene in the parking lot and the conversation at the table put me off a bit.  I think I would have slapped a man for talking to/insulting me in that manor.  Keira takes his comments on her appearance, clothing and behavior entirely too well.  Other than that scene, I liked Will, even if he is a Steelers fan! 

Ollie’s Ratings

Review: 5 – An Alpha Howl
Sexual:  4 – Four Alarm Fire #@!%$

This is the first time I have read a book by Mari Carr and I have to say if her other books are like Come Monday then the author has just found herself a new follower. I was surprised that such a short book could pack so much oomph in it.

Keira is a 27 year old woman trying to be everything to everyone except living and enjoying her own life. Taking on the task of raising her six younger siblings after their mother died along with helping run the Irish family pub/restaurant with her dad and going to school to further her education, it doesn't leave much room for Keira to have fun and enjoy life. That is until she starts fantasizing about her hunky English professor which she sees as a problem versus a solution to her non-existent love life. As it turns out Will, her gorgeous professor has been having fantasies of his own about Keira, but his run a little darker as he is a Dom who would love to make Keira his sub and together experience some kinky fun.

Will introduces Keira to some kinky stuff that I was at first surprised that she would so willingly and eagerly engage in as she has never heard of some of the stuff that he introduces her to. Her willingness to engage so freely in sex toys and in some back door activity, without any arguments or concerns made me wonder if it was too easy or too fast. The end result was some very hot, scorching scenes that jumped off the pages and made some cold showers necessary.

What was wonderful to see develop was Will's growing feelings about the nature of the relationship and about Keira herself. In the beginning he may have felt this would be just another Dom/sub relationship, but Keira's determination to maintain control in various parts of her life and Will's discovery that there was something more happening between the two of them then just physical gratification made him a lovable character. Will is a very hot, Alpha male who knows how to bring Keira some unimaginable levels of ecstasy, but is able to demonstrate kindness , love and the willingness to let her be her own woman.

Warning this book has scenes of bondage, sex toys and some anal action so if you feel uncomfortable reading those types of scenes you have been warned, however that being said, they were some of the hottest and most erotic scenes I have seen written and definitely get an A for setting the pages and the reader on fire.

Artemis’ Ratings

Review:  4 – A Pack Howl 
Sexual:  4 – A Four Alarm Fire #@!%$

Mari Carr, you have earned yourself a brand new fan!  I picked this up from B&N not knowing what to expect - it being a free-read and all.  Well HOT DAYUM!!!  Not only does Ms. Carr deliver up a smokin’ D/s romance, but she introduces a likeable Irish-American family too.

Keira is a college student with the hots for her teacher, Professor Mr. William Wallace.  And here lately, her imagination has been getting the best of her as she:

envisioned herself tied spread-eagle to his bed as he whispered her name again.  Tied to his bed?  What the hell kind of image was that?

The relationship between Will and Keira develops quite swiftly.  Will’s Dominant is a joy to watch as he struggles to come to terms with the “innocent” Keira and his desire to have her; especially since she isn’t his type.  Keira is overworked at the family restaurant/pub and terribly undersexed.  Well, until Will enters the picture.  I especially liked that Will is a caring Dominant who explains his actions to Keira. 

Oh yeah, Girls, keep the ice water handy!  And this is only Book One of Seven of the Wild Irish Series.  Count me in….

WildAboutBones Ratings

Review:  4 - A Pack Howl
Sexual:   4 - Four Alarm Fire #@!%$

Very sexy and a real quick read.

Keira is a 27 year old who has gone back to college after taking care of her family for the past six years. Imagine her consternation when her creative writing professor is so hot she can't keep her mind on the class. "He made her think completely inappropriate thoughts and she’d be damned if she became a cliché—the college coed who falls in love with her professor."

Will, 35 year old Professor Wallace, has tried "to understand the grip this young woman had on him. He’d never been attracted to a student before, yet from the first moment she’d stepped foot in his class, Keira Collins had shaken [him]."

With only two weeks left, Will invites Keira to his office to go over her C grade which he is sure she is not happy about.  They agree to meet in the mornings to help her bring up her grades.

As soon as the semester is over, Will visits Keira at her family's pub and restaurant and ends up asking her out to dinner.  From there, it is full speed ahead.

Delves a bit into the BDSM lifestyle but nothing over the top, mostly dominance and a little bondage.

Laurie’s Ratings

Review:  4 - A Pack Howl
Sexual:   4 - Four Alarm Fire #@!%$

I really enjoyed the writing style that Mari Carr offers. This is a good read for people who likes D/S and for new readers to D/S.  This is a short novella that takes you into a heated romance relationship and a woman who is trying to learn to live again after her mother’s passing and taking care of her siblings. You get quite a bit emotions along some smoking hot sex in a quick no brainier read how much better can you get? You can’t in my books.

I enjoyed this installment and will be reading the rest of the series.

Kris’s Ratings

Review: 5 – An Alpha Howl
Sexual:  4 – Four Alarm Fire #@!%$

Just read this over again for the BittenbyParanormalRomance group read. I loved it even more the second time. Keira is such a strong, caring, and amazing woman. She spends her time trying to take care of the pub and her family on top of taking college classes. Watching her fall hard for her professor was a treat. Will is intelligent, kind, and very much a Dom. He was more of a full-time Dom since he definitely took it outside of the bedroom. He did it in a way that was obviously based on his desire to completely take care of Keira. Not for everybody, but it worked for her. The sex scenes in this story were plentiful, extremely well written and smoking hot!

It's a short so the focus must be limited to make it a good story. In this case, it was focused on the two of them deciding to move forward in a relationship. There was plenty of dialogue so I felt like I really got to know both of the main characters. There was also a bit of an introduction to all of the brothers and sisters which are featured in their own stories.

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