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Par Lance is where I come to talk with my friends, mainly to discuss books. 

Par can mean at face value,and Lance is just me.


From the Oxford English Dictionary:

Parlance /'pa:l(Ə)ns/

noun [mass noun] a particular way of speaking or using words, especially a way common to those with a particular job or interest: dated terms that were once in common parlance | medical parlance.

origin late 16th cent. (denoting speech or debate): from Old French, from parler 'speak', from Latin parabola 'comparison' (in late Latin 'speech').

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Girl Trade - Chloe Thurlow It is safe to say that nobody writes erotica like Chloe Thurlow. I wish that I could!

This story is so far-fetched that it could not possibly be true: not one part of it. It is pure fantasy. And that is what it is meant to be. It is superb erotic fiction. I am convinced that it contains many of the deepest fantasies of the author herself. If you read some of her other books, you may come to a similar conclusion. Whether that is true or not, and I like to think that it is, this makes for some damned good, and hot, reading.

Imagine that you are an office girl, or boy, and that you find the freedom to lie, naked, on a beach on La Gomera, the remotest of the Canary Islands. You see a small island in the distance that you have never noticed before. You swim, free and naked, over to the island and start to explore. This is when your freedom comes to an abrupt end.

You are captured, humiliated and abused. But, to your surprise, you find that you enjoy it. In fact, you do much more than enjoy it!

This is exactly what happens to the heroine of this book. She is beaten, whipped, sodomised, screwed, forced into oral sex, tied up, urinated upon, treated as a slave, transported to, well, many unexpected places. The Arab pirates, and particularly the sheik whose slave she becomes, Shamir, bring her sexual excitement and thrills beyond her wildest dreams. Her juices flow continuously, and her climaxes cum across page after orgasmic page.

She often wonders how she came to this new life from her completely contra-life as a London PR agent. Actually, the number of times that she wonders this began to grate on me a little. Perhaps she should just stop wondering and get on with her new, wonderful, incredibly horny, life.

It gets even better when she ends up in a Saharan village, and becomes friends, and a little more, with the beautiful belly-dancer, Maysoon. She learns the art of sensual, erotic dancing for herself, and a lot more besides. Sex with her "sister" is unexpectedly arousing for her, and for this reader too! When she eventually takes on the mark of ownership, it is quite scary, but hugely sexually charged at the same time. And she becomes proud of her new, beautiful tattoo.

Well done to Chloe Thurlow, a true leader of the genre.
Twisted Dreams - Bonnie Bliss This was an OK little story, which I enjoyed. There is a very loose connection to the story of The Wizard of Oz, but Dorothy's encounters with Glinda, The Witch of the North, are one helluva lot sexier than anything in the original! There are a few dwarves thrown into the mix for good measure.

Dorothy Gale, or D.G. as she is more commonly known, works in a cafe in Kansas, and dreams of saving up to escape to a better life some day. She is an orphan, living with her aunt and uncle on a farm. There are three hunky brothers working on the farm, who make D.G.'s juices flow like a river. She retires to her bedroom to dream and to play [with herself].

But what a dream she has! You'll have to read this book to find out more.

All I'll say to you is this: watch out for those outrageous heels on the witch's shoes!

It's a short story, so to say much more would be to stray into spoiler-land. Read it and enjoy.
The Legend of the Bloodstone (Time Walkers, #1) - E.B. Brown This is a really great, fast-paced story, which keeps you guessing about the final outcome right up until the last page. The only thing that kept me from awarding five stars to this book was the proliferation of elementary errors of both grammar and vocabulary. Perhaps I should mellow!

Maggie McMillan is working on her farm one day in 2012, tidying out the barn, when she accidentally travels back in time to 1622. How does that happen? She simultaneously cuts her hand and touches a bloodstone. Whenever these circumstances occur, the "victim" inevitably finds him or her self transported in time to some distant destination.

Maggie lands in front of a grizzly bear who is intent on taking her life. She is saved by a Powhatan warrior, Winkeohkwet, otherwise known as Winn. The tribes are well aware of time walkers, but Winn's uncle has declared that all such time travellers should be killed. Maggie is thus in much danger.

It turns out that she is in equal, or even greater, danger from the immigrant English community.

Maggie remembers something of her history lessons from school regarding the early seventeenth century violence and relationships between the native tribes and the immigrants, but not all. She remembers enough to know of an impending massacre, but not enough to be able to "predict" the exact consequences.

She falls in love with Winn.

Where does it all lead? I can't tell you without spoilers. You'll just have to read the book for yourself.

I just want to give you a few examples of the errors, which take the shine off the story for me.

- Flung through time by someone unknown force
- chuckling at the site of them washing clothes together
- while pushing a bowel of food into the man's hands
- also a smaller house to keep their gathered food and supplied.
- and ran her fingers over his taunt nipples to entice him further.
- and certainly not sufficient enough to risk an attempt with her captives. (Should've been "captors")

I am really looking forward to the next installment: [b:Return of the Pale Feather|17371916|Return of the Pale Feather|E.B. Brown|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1366737813s/17371916.jpg|24074851] (expected publication June 2013). It looks like Maggie's life is further complicated by the appearance of more time walkers.

What I would really like to find out, but doubt if I shall, is what happened to Benjamin when he returned to the twenty-first century, and how Marcus reacted when he was either confronted by the returning Benjamin or when he discovered the buried note which Maggie had written four centuries in the past. The story of Benjamin returning to the present day is particularly intriguing, as it would be very traumatic for him. He has lived most of his life in the seventeenth century, so the jump forward could be even more traumatic than the jump backwards in time.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes time travel stories, or native American history, or erotica. If you like all three, then you are already onto a big bonus!

I have always loved time travel stories and the intrigue that they bring. This one is authentic, both in the method of travel and in the natural dilemmas that shifting through time would throw up. Although I am far from being an expert, relying mainly on Hollywood for my sources (!), the native American history appears to have been well researched and seems realistic. I am fairly new to erotica, but the smattering of close encounters, especially between Winn and Maggie, are very sexy indeed.

So, I would urge you to read and enjoy [b:The Legend of the Bloodstone|17236730|The Legend of the Bloodstone|E.B. Brown|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1359574155s/17236730.jpg|23756089] and I hope that I don't have too long to wait for [b:Return of the Pale Feather|17371916|Return of the Pale Feather|E.B. Brown|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1366737813s/17371916.jpg|24074851].
Willing Victim - Cara McKenna Mock reluctance from a willing victim. Laurel really wants to try out some rough sex acts, but, at the same time, she thinks it's wrong and she doesn't want to do any of it. But, then again, she REALLY does!

Are you still with me?

If you are confused, I can't blame you. Read the book, and you will be confused no longer.

Laurel is an engineering graduate who is waitressing to keep her head above water. She encounters Flynn, who is a backroom-of-a-downtown-bar boxer, who gets off on dominating his sexual partners. He doesn't want to get together with any lady who can't take this, and he is definitely up for a serious relationship.

Initially, he rejects Laurel's persistent advances. Eventually, he tells her to come along to the bar and watch the fighting. She goes along, and enjoys herself very much. She loves his power. She is befriended by a lady who is the occasional sex partner of Flynn. She secure an invitation back to Flynn's place to see what they get up to, but has to sit quietly in the corner and just observe. She is totally ignored by the couple. It does get violent, but they are both obviously enjoying the action.

Laurel is enjoying it too. She becomes extremely aroused. She wants some of the action for herself. A date and time is arranged, and Laurel spends most of the ensuing days and night with her hand firmly lodged between her legs and her mind firmly lodged on the action to come.

There is pain. There is a tried and tested safety word. There are mountains of pleasure. A reltionship, reluctantly develops.

The author does a great job of describing the feelings of both of the main characters, both during the sex scenes and as they think about what could, or could not, develop. The detail is extremely arousing. Even if you are not into BDSM, which I am not, I think that you will still become very aroused by the descriptions in this book. You WILL be turned on!

Most good erotica that I have read does two things for me. It turns me on, and it makes me laugh from time to time. I didn't laugh too much whilst reading thia, although there are a few light moments, but I can honestly admit that I was seriously aroused!

Great erotica writing by Cara McKenna. Possibly some of the best I've read to date. Thoroughly recommended, even to those who have never read erotica before. Give this one a try.

Kilted Lover

Kilted Lover - Nicole North There's a pretty good story in here, underpinning loads of smoldering sex.

Leslie is in a very unsatisfactory relationship with her golfing boyfriend, when she quite literally bumps into caber-tossing, man-mountain Scott at the Highland Games (known in America as the Scottish Games) in South Carolina.

A nasty British crook is after Leslie's seemingly worthless amulet, and it all turns a bit violent. Scott, and his mate Paul, save Leslie's life, and they hide out on a boat. The on board proximity leads to plenty of hot, steamy sex, with a bit of voyeurism thrown in for good measure. The couple who live on the next boat down like to put on a display!

I can't reveal to much more about the storyline without a few spoilers, but there is some very erotic rumpy pumpy, and a very happy ending.

Grab a bucket of ice and pick up this erotic read.
Syd and Marcy - Beaird Glover As I read through this, my rating swayed between 3 and 5 stars. The story is very good. It reminded me a little bit of Bonny and Clyde. A young couple believe that they are on their way to Hollywood, and that life, and death, are just scenes in a movie. There is a great deal of violence, dark humor, backwoods incest, strange relationships and bent cops.

Despite all of that, I found myself empathizing with Syd and Marcy, particularly Marcy, as the story evolved. They are murderous, but likeable. That may sound strange, but read it and you may feel the same. I can't say much more without telling you the story.

By the end, which is unpredictable by the way, I'd worked my way up to four and a half stars, which could've been five. However, I recalled all the irritating typos and little grammatical errors that were scattered throughout the text. For example, "you're" instead of "your," and "they're" instead of "their."

I could tolerate those errors in the interests of a well told story.

A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar - Suzanne Joinson Disclosure: Received (if I am lucky in the draw on 10th April) as a Goodreads First Read.
The Photo Traveler - Arthur J. Gonzalez Poor Gavin! Everything in his life seems to go wrong for him. He lost his parents in a house fire when he was very young. He got fostered many miles from home by an initially very kind couple. Bang! It goes wrong again for him. His foster-Mum gets shot dead whilst trying to protect him in an armed robbery. This turns his foster-Dad's mind, and he becomes very cruel towards Gavin, whom he blames for his wife's death.

To top it all, he discovers that his paternal grandparents are still alive and appear to have given him up for fostering after his parents dies.

This very believable and tragic background provides a strong foundation for the main, imaginative time-travel story.

Gavin has the gift to be able to travel through images. Not just photographs, but drawings and paintings too. As the story progresses, he comes across more people with the same gift, some of whom he can trust, and some who are definitely his enemies.

He also has a gift for photography, which leads to a good friendship a with a boy called Mario when they are paired up for a school project.

Gavin's travels lead him into all sorts of dangers. There are many of the paradoxes that you would expect in a time-travel story, and the twists and turns continue all the way through to the final paragraph.

All the way through, I had it in my mind that this would all end tragically. Was I right, or was I wrong? Well, you'll just have to read it for yourself to find out!

The pace and the tension are maintained throughout. There has to be a sequel. There will be. Arthur J. Gonzalez is already working on it.

I love the cover too!
Just Another Day at the Office (#1) - Hedonist Six It just ain't fair!

This story is really well constructed. The main two characters, Cathy and John, build very nicely. The author allows them both a voice, so the story is written in the first person singular from both their points of view, in turn. The reader gets are real sense of their emotions and their feelings, both for each other, and for the people with whom they work.

The office manager, Richard, or more appropriately, Dick, as Cathy thinks of him from her first interview, is a real stinky, slime-ball. That's not a spoiler, 'cos it comes out in the first two pages.

The sexual tension rises throughout the book and builds towards its inevitable climax. Again, this is not a spoiler as yo know it's coming, one way or another. The part I won't tell you, is how [a:Hedonist Six|6887659|Hedonist Six|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1358071915p2/6887659.jpg] cleverly crafts the intertwining of their two stories.

The big problem that I have with this book, and the reason that it fell from a nailed-on four star read to a mere three stars, is that the long introduction is hardly over when the book ends with promise of more to come in part two. It just ain't fair!

It just reminds me of the time when I had put so much effort into ensuring that my Mum and sister would be out for the night, leaving the house to the sole occupancy of me and my girlfriend, Aileen, so that we would be free to exchange our respective cherries. He pale blue knickers and her tights were lying on my sitting room floor, we were very cozily snuggled up on our comfy settee, and there came the scrunching of gravel in the driveway outside. My sister and her boyfriend had had a row and he'd brought her home early! Moments later, as the sitting room door opened, Aileen's knickers and tights were in her handbag, the condom was in my trouser pocket, and all that remained of the evidence of our close encounter was out embarrassed blushes. Aileen went off the next day to commence her nursing training in Inverness, and I went off to start my long military career. We never saw each other again from that day to this.

So that is how part one of this story leaves me feeling. Will I ever read part two? I don't know. You can't leave a story hanging in this way and just call it part one of a series. It is clearly half a book!

Yes. I am upset!
A Curve of Claw - R.E. Butler Although I have rated this book as OK, which is two stars in my book, it was a huge disappointment to me. It came nowhere near to my expectations of a great story wrapped around oodles of shifter(mainly bear)/human (mainly witch) sex.

There was a fairly good story, but very long and drawn out, but a lot was lacking.

For a start, the heroine of the piece, Elizabeth, is supposed to be a very powerful, "natural" witch. In the whole book, she only casts two spells! One of those is to "collar" her were-bear husband. The other! Well, I won't say because it comes near the end of the book and would be a spoiler, but I can tell you that it is very undramatic.

The first quarter of the book is devoted to describing the aging of witches at one witch year to every twelve human years, and the politics and relationships between the covens and the various were packs, their leaders, and who has mated with whom. YAWN!

Then there came an expression which irritated me, right in the middle of some flowing narrative. "Go figure." That could only happen in American English!

Later, I came across, "He growled into my office." Huh! What's that about.

OK. There was some good m-f-m sex buried in there somewhere, but the rest of the sex scenes and the vampire feeding on witch scene (singular) were all pretty tame.

The biggest disappointment of all, for me, was that there was absolutely NO shifter(mainly bear)/human (mainly witch) sex at all!!! In fact, there was very little shifting. It might as well have been all in human form with interactions between a variety of human sects and cults.

I would not love to read a great book involving a bear shifter and a human or witch. Can anyone point me to such a book?
Fucked by the Lake Monster - Brandi Burlington After so many recommendations from friends, I just had to read this. I was not disappointed.

This is a hilarious glossary of erotica. Brandi Burlington uses so many words, some of which I am sure she has invented, for sexual acts, items and anatomy in this book that it must qualify as a glossary. It is wonderful!

The story is great, original, and very amusing. I really loved it.

What brought it down from a five star read to a four star read, for me, were the numerous typos and errors in the English. These were just too irritating. However, I have become an instant fan of fun Brandi.

Here are just a couple of quotes from the book to whet your appetite without spoiling the story for you.

It was a good thing for Lake Monsters that they didn’t get erections very often, it made swimming difficult and worked like a rudder. A very large and unwieldy rudder, but with a mind of its own!

Her naked body was blasted with lake monster spooge.

I just love that word: spooge! It was first brought to my attention by Laima, when she reviewed this very book. However, I prefer my slightly amended version of the word: splooge.

In conclusion, I recommend this one to any fans of monster erotica, or anyone who lies a good laugh.
Fucked by the Lake Monster 2: What Cums Next? - Brandi Burlington This wasn't as nearly as good as [b:Fucked by the Lake Monster|14319085|Fucked by the Lake Monster|Brandi Burlington|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1337912384s/14319085.jpg|19960889]. It really went nowhere.

Cassie returns to her college dorm and witnesses one of her friends engaged in a sex act which she finds totally unstimulating, although many readers could find it quite arousing.

In the meantime, Dr Anna Stockhausen finds herself drenched from head to toe in semen when she visits the Lake Champlain to look for the rare black-tailed night bird. The semen seems to have fallen from the sky. Her scientific mind soon deduces that it is much more than the elusive bird could have produced in a single load. Being who she is, there is no alternative but to investigate.

More to cum in the next volume, no doubt. I look forward to that!
Ruth's First Christmas Tree - Elly Griffiths This is an OK short story, but I am glad that it wasn't any longer. It didn't really go anywhere at all, and was all a bit pointless in the end. Perhaps I am too thick to "get it."
A Dreadful Murder: The Mysterious Death of Caroline Luard - Minette Walters I liked this as a quick read.

It is based on a true murder in Edwardian England.

The detective work aimed at solving the murder itself, and the switching of suspicions amongst the suspects is not the most satisfying aspect of this book. What I liked about it was the way that the class divides, and the inequality of the sexes, in those times are brought to life. These conflicts make the police work difficult and cause a lot of animosity, which turns to violence at times.

The research is good, and it is obvious, from the author's comments at the end of the book, that Minette Walters has her own opinions on what actually happened.

Worth picking up to fill an hour or two of your life with some pleasant and interesting reading.
Wrong Time, Wrong Place - Simon Kernick Pacey, tense, horrific and unpredictable

The pace is fast. The tension is tense. The violence is horrific.

From the moment that a dysfunctional quartet of hikers in the Scottish Highlands rescue a young, naked East European woman from her pursuers, they are in serious danger. It is not long before the blood is spattering all over the place.

It is very unlikely that you will predict the ending.

This is one of the better quick reads. You'll read it in one sitting as you won't be able to put it down until you've read the last word.
The Door into Summer - Robert A. Heinlein I really enjoyed this book from beginning to [almost] end. The reason for the "almost" will become apparent.

The story of time travel by various means was excellent. When reading this story, you should remember that it was written in the 1950s. Some of Heinlein's predictions are amazing, and some are way off the mark. It's amazing to follow his line of thinking though.

You can see an outline of the plot in the description. It is fairly predictable, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story at all. It was fun, and it was refreshing to read such innocent prose.

Although some people might be offended, there was some narrative that would be considered non-PC these days, but was just part of life in the 'fifties. I actually found that quite refreshing too. I get so irritated by the over-sensitivity to political correctness these days. You can't even tell a good Irish joke, or drop your pants in a US bar to proudly show off your British tattoo, these days, without drawing comments from the puritans.

The story was great right up until the final chapter. This was a bit of a damp squib, Heinlein felt that his hero had to justify and explain his actions and how several instances of himself could coexist. I would have been far more satisfied with the explosive ending which could so easily have been there.

Having said that, I would strongly recommend this book to all lovers of time travel and sci-fi books.