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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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The Witch's Bitch (Quick & Dirty Sex)

The Witch's Bitch (Quick & Dirty Sex) - Emerald Ice I can't say that this story ever got me fired up at all. The idea behind it is almost a Grimm's fairy tale turned erotica.

The prince upsets the witch. The witch curses the prince. The witch wreaks her revenge. During the wreaking of the revenge, some hot sex ensues. The prince's manservant, a eunuch, also suffers, undeservedly in my opinion.

A mediocre story, with mediocre sex scenes.

On the upside, I found it quite amusing. It made me laugh.

It's OK, but there's better stuff around to read.
Turn Up the Heat - Randi Alexander Turn Up the Heat is a great, appropriate title for this story. The pot simmers on smoldering embers for an almost intolerable length of time.

Mackenzie Jarvis is a restaurant owner from a farming community in Wyoming. She's made it through to the final of a TV reality chefs' show, and falls madly in lust with the show's slick, attractive, city-girl presenter, Gina Volto. She cannot understand the intensity of her feelings. as she has always considered herself a straight, hunk-loving woman. She also finds it very difficult to control her feelings and not make the physical move on Gina that she is so wanting to make. However, it is public knowledge that Gina has a well-established boyfriend.

As the two women come so close to contact, time and time again, and Gina seems to give positive signs, I was almost screaming at Mackenzie to reach out and touch the object of her desire.

Eventually, of course, it happens: the pot comes to the boil, and keeps bubbling at that temperature for almost the entire remainder of the book. Between the wonderful sex scenes, there is a fair amount of character and plot building, and few good descriptions of the restaurant business and the keeping of horses.

Once the pace picks up, it is relentless. It left me breathless, and quite exhausted.

As far as I remember, this is my first ever venture into F/F erotica, and WHAT an introduction! The sex was extremely arousing. If I were a writer of erotica, which I hope to become someday, I can think of no greater compliment than knowing that a reader has actually pleasured themselves whilst reading my story. Well, [a:Randi Alexander|4885056|Randi Alexander|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1320769987p2/4885056.jpg], I can confess to you that your writing had exactly that effect on me. That is a dangerous admission to make, especially when I know that this review could be read by many of my GR friends, but your writing has given me the courage to admit to that level of arousal. So it must be better than good. What I won't say, in public, is how far that self-pleasuring went. Oh no! I shall not tell!

What I will say, without spoiling anything, is that there is one particular passage towards the end of the book, where Mackenzie and Gina get it together in the stables, that was so hot that I almost dropped my e-reader. The pages were burning my fingers!

In conclusion, I would recommend this book to all readers who already enjoy F/F erotica, and to all those who enjoy erotica more generally, and even to readers who have yet to venture into this genre. To the latter, I would say that this could be the beginning of a new path for you.
Mona Loves Monsters 2, Werewolf Sex Curse - Cherry Allen This is a great story! A bit scary in places, as it is meant to be, but it is classic monster erotica and will appeal to anyone who enjoys this sub-genre.

You can tell from the title that it is all about Mona's encounter with a werewolf, so I am not spoiling anything for you there. In his human form, the werewolf becomes Lucas. His pervie uncle provides a creepy side-plot.

The sex is rough and tumble, and the chase scenes are as fast-paced as the sex itself. There is a lot of detailed description, which does not detract from the arousal levels at all.

There are a few typos, which I always find distracting, but these can be easily forgiven and forgotten as you read on through the text.

I found parts of it a bit repetitive, which was a little irritating, but I could cope. Early on, I was worried that the repetition of phrases would be too annoying for me, but this proved not to be the case. For example, "Mona felt a shudder run from the back of her neck down to her groin." Then, on the very next page, "Mona felt a shudder run from her throat down to her groin."

At this point, I thought Oh no! Spare me!" But I was relieved to discover that this style of writing didn't prevail as I read on.

I really enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves werewolf sex stories.

Azincourt - Bernard Cornwell I just love good historical fiction! It brings history to life for me in a way that those boring history lessons at school never did. My favourite writers in this genre are Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell, although there are many others who light up all of my lights.

There are many books about the Battle of Agincourt, but this has to rate as one of the best. That is unless you want the non-fiction, factual version of events. But who is to say what is factual? There is even much disagreement amongst the scholars of the period.

The story, as told by Cornwell, follows the life of an archer, Nick Hook. He is outlawed early in the narration for hitting a priest. The priest deserved much more than a punch in the stomach for what he did, but Hook would've been caught and hung had he meted out the correct justice.

Nick is a brilliant archer, and soon finds himself in France, in Soissons, where he witnesses some horrendous betrayal and violence, but those events lead to one positive outcome: he meets the lady who is eventually to become his wife.

I can't say much more without giving away the whole story, and I don't want to spoil it for you.

There is a lot of graphic violence in this book, but it is, I believe, the reality of that age.

One totally unbelievable episode in the book comes towards the end. Sir Martin eventually manages to corner Hook's wife, Melisande, and attempts to rape her. Whilst pinned down by her assailant, she manages to reach into her personal sack with one hand, load her crossbow, jam it between her body and his (wouldn't it be too big?), and pull the trigger. Ridiculous! If she'd stabbed him in the neck with a crossbow bolt, or a small dagger, I could've swallowed that, but this version of events was just impossible!

The narrative was generally fast flowing, but there were occasions when there was just too much detail, and that slowed the whole story down and irritated me somewhat.

I also felt that the book could really have benefited from the inclusion of a glossary of definitions of armoury, clothing, weaponry and other terms of the age. I don't wish to interrupt my enjoyment of the story by breaking off to consult my dictionary or encyclopaedia.

This small criticism aside, this is a really great read, and I would recommend it to all fans of historical fiction and Bernard Cornwell.

Note: You may well ask, "Why Azincourt rather that Agincourt?" The answer is that this is, and was, the correct spelling of the name of the nearby village which gave its name to the famous battle.

Flight 69 - The Mile High Club

Flight 69 - The Mile High Club - Chloe Thurlow Totally up to Chloe's usual [mile!] high standards of erotica.

There is the slow build up towards the inevitable. We all know that it is going to happen, except, appratently, the niaive heroine of the piece, Kelly Conway.

Kelly is flying business class for the first time in her life, having landed a plumb job in Houston. She is almost open-mouthed with wonder as a whole new world opens around her. The service is superb, and her flight gets even better when the sexy gentleman who helped her through security and the boarding gate plonks his gorgeous ass on the seat right next to Kelly.

The meal is interesting, and the flight steward is full of innuendo and thinly veiled implications.

An extremely explosive hour in one of the business class bathroom at 30,000 feet ensues. Chloe Thurlow tells it like she's actually been there and done that, but I may be wrong! Either way, I am envious, as it has been a life-long ambition of mine, since the age of fifteen, to join the MHC. One can only read and imagine!

Finally, without giving anything away, I will never look at a chocolate-coated marzipan bar in the same way for as long as I live!

Dancing for her Demon (Demon Wars, #1) - Cynthia Sax This is all action from beginning to end!

Julian finds it hard to control himself, and actually fails to do so on several occasions. His demon rage and his demon lust are erupting like the most volatile volcano. So watch out if you are either his enemy, or the object of his desire!

Larissa is definitely the object of his desire, and she wants him ...... NOW!!!

No! Yesterday wouldn't be soon enough for the raunchy, horny virgin!

But first, Julian must prove himself to Larissa's father, the boss of the big demon family. He passes test after test, and is getting impatient enough to break the rules and claim his lover.

Larissa is schooling as a dancer and seductress, and takes the tempting game into her own hands. This stirs up feelings amongst her audience, which get violently out of control.

Demon on girl and man on girl - the sex is hot!

I would love to see a sequel to this book, with a pitched battle between the two main demon families. It would involve lots of violence and lust, and I am sure that Larissa's sisters would all end up with big smiles on their faces. Julian's male friends would also gain satisfaction, in more ways than one!

This book is outrageous! Read it!
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson As you would expect, there would have been plenty of events and adventures in the life of any centenarian. But Allan Karlsson is exceptional by any standards. You would not believe what he has been trough in his one hundred years on the planet. He has come close to meeting an early, and violent, end on many occasions, and this continues during his latest adventure which commences on his one-hundredth birthday when he climbs out of his bedroom window at the old folks' home to escape from his unwanted party.

He has met many world leaders of the twentieth century, and has consequently had a great influence on the history of the world.

As the story flips between the events of 2005, following his escape, and the adventures and encounters that he has had down the years, the readers is carried along through much turmoil, knowing that he survives the unsurvivable, because we are living through his hundred-and-first year.

The story put me in mind of both Harry Flashman's, amazing adventures of the previous century, and Walter Minion's fantastical adventures of the twentieth century.

If you want a good dose of amusement in your 2013 reading, I suggest that you take a look at The Hundred Year Old Man, and then move on to [b:Flashman|142458|Flashman (The Flashman Papers, #1)|George MacDonald Fraser|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320656064s/142458.jpg|1137467] and the ensuing series, and then on to [b:Walter Minion's Secret Life|8480551|Walter Minion's Secret Life|Patrick O'Connor|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1276984425s/8480551.jpg|13345620] and [b:Walter Minion's Therapy|1150755|Walter Minion's Therapy|Patrick D.T. O'Connor|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1181424971s/1150755.jpg|1138234].

Have fun!
The Little Red Kilt (Short Provocative Erotica) - Elizabeth Woodham This is a very quick read, and it comes to the boil a lot quicker than my kettle!

It is a very hot piece of writing, written in the style of a diary and in the first person singular.

Miss Merryweather certainly knows how to take control of a man and to get him exactly where she wants him. And she does exactly that on New Year's Eve 2012/13. A tartan microskirt, with black lace tights and no knickers help her cause, but she knows what she is doing. Her prey is at her mercy!

That is not to say that he doesn't extract a similar amount of pleasure from the encounter.

Perhaps you'll get the same level of pleasure whilst reading this shortie about a shortie too. The only way to find out is to read it, and it's just a quickie!
Letter from the Birmingham Jail - Martin Luther King Jr I have a reputation for writing powerful, effective letters, and I am proud to say that I have successfully fought for the rights of many individuals against the bigger society who have attempted to repress them. However, this letter is many leagues above any letter that I have ever written!

It is inspiring. I wonder if there is any public record of the response from the eight clergymen to whom this open letter was addressed?

My reading of this letter, on the day after Martin Luther King Jr Day (2013), was prompted by reading Rowena's review.

MLK makes a fantastic, reasoned case for the validity of nonviolent direct action to achieve the objective of bringing those who refuse to negotiate to the table.

You may well ask: "Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches, and so forth? Isn't negotiation a better path?" You are quite right in calling for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action.

He also addresses the assertion, made by the aforementioned clergymen, that his acitivities in Birmingham, Alabama, were "unwise and untimely."

Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct-action
campaign that was "well timed" in view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation.

His explanation, including examples, of the difference between just and unjust law are nothing short of superb.

MLK also uses many quotes from, and cites actions of, philosophers, biblical characters and American presidents. I particularly liked the references to Socrates. And, whether you believe in the truth of the Bible or not, you have to admire the way that he uses excerpts from that book to persuade his fellow religious leaders. There is no way that they can challenge him without endangering their integrity in their own churches and synagogues.

Finally, MLK apologises for the length of his letter, but justifies it by telling the recipients that he has long hours to while away whilst incarcerated in Birmingham Jail.

Do I recommend it? Much more than that, I urge you to go and read it now at this link! It will only take you a few minutes, and you will agree with me, when you reach the end, that your time was well spent.
Dunk Your Biscuit Horizontally: 106 Strange Scientific Facts - Rik Kuiper;Tonie Mudde Review to follow
The Christmas Bake-Off - Abby Clements How much can you put into a story about an annual village Christmas cake baking competition which is to be judged by a top celebrity chef? Well, quite a lot actually. More than you would think.

If gambling were involved, the bookies would stop taking bets on Kate, the owner of the village cake shop. She is, after all, a professional. But then they wouldn't be expecting sabotage, local relationships, the experienced granny's sympathy for an entrant who appears to have no hope at all, and a few emotions and hissy fits.

It's a nive short story, with a bit of tension and fun.
Ladies Uncorked (Napa Valley Naughties, #1) - Sonia Hightower Review to follow
In the Barn (Sibling Lust #2) - Selena Kitt This was a free download, which, combined, with a few good reviews from friends persuaded me to dive in and give it a try.

The naughtiness of a relationship between two young cousins in in a strictly religious society is greatly enhanced by the fact that if 'Da' catches them, there'll be, almost literally, Hell to pay!

When Sarah discovers her adopted brother, first cousin, Eli, beating his meat in the top of the barn, it stirs strange feelings in her tummy which she doesn't understand. Her secretive voyeurism becomes a regular event, and the feelings become stronger and stronger, until she surrenders to her natural physical inclinations.

It doesn't take a lot of imagination to work out what ensues, but it makes for a great short, hot story.
Sorry - Zoran Drvenkar Have you ever felt sympathy for a murderer?

What? Never?

Do you really believe that it would be impossible for you generate such feelings?

Well, read Sorry and you may change your mind!

Don't get me wrong. This story is dark, and sinister, and horrific. But it certainly challenged my own vIews and values.

Initially, the narration is confusing. The chapters flip between the main characters of the book. The narration also flips from first person singular to third person singular and back again, and then into second person from time to time. It is a little creepy and disconcerting to be on the receiving end of "you", especially when the character in question is one of the darkest in the book!

Eventually, one gets used to the style, and it works really well. However, throughout the book, I was wondering who the he, she or you of each chapter was referring too. But that is part of the mystery and excitement of the story.

The tension builds throughout. There are some horrific, horrible scenes. You can't afford to be squeamish when you read Sorry, that's for sure!

Some of the sentence construction irritated me, and there were often commas when there should have been periods (or full stops).

I found it difficult to decide whether this book merits 3 or 4 stars, but plumped for four in the end.

I would recommend it to friends who like a good thriller, but only to those who are likely to persevere through the initially confusing chapters.
Stranded (Night Calls, #1) - J.C. Valentine This is a fairly pleasant story. It is not hot, gushing erotica. Rather, it is comfortably warm and moist.

A man falls asleep at the wheel, crashes his car, dices with death before escaping the wreckage, then makes his way to an isolated country house where is is more than adequately cared for by the sexy young divorced lady who lives there with her ferocious, soft-centered dog.

There are lots of sexual cliches, and the story is straightforward. I would have enjoyed it much more if it were not for the many errors in grammar, sentence construction and typos. For such a short book, the number of errors is inexcusable, and they distracted me from what would have otherwise been a smooth and enjoyable read.

The two main characters are likeable, and they deserve their brief interlude of happiness whether it is set to continue or not.

Perhaps a sequel would reach new heights, but this didn't really turn on my lights.
A Discovery of Witches  - Deborah Harkness It has taken me almost three months to labour my way through A Discovery of Witches. I admit that I have not dedicated all of my reading time to this single volume. Far from it. I have found it necessary to divert my attention to more enjoyable books.

The concepts which underpin the storylines are absolutely brilliant. So much thought has gone into the connections between the witches, vampires, daemons and humans, and all of the timelines, which should have made this a gripping read.

From most of the reviews that I had read, I was expecting much more. Perhaps I set my expectations too high, and deafened myself to the negative reviews that told me it would be a drudge.

However, the introduction must have taken up around half of the book before the action finally got under way. It was all so long and drawn out. If the whole thing could have been condensed into less than three hundred pages, I believe that the result would have been stunning.

The parts that I enjoyed, were the brief spells (forgive the pun) of magic, the time travel, and the references to the vampires experiences and encounters throughout history.

One reference that really caught my attention, and I don't think that this is in any way a spoiler, was to Christopher Marlowe and Faustus.

This is not a book that I would especially recommend to my friends, even if they are heavily into magic, witches and vampires, although some may see some appeal.