I have never participated in the #FridayFiveChallenge, but found all the Twitter posts about it rather intriguing. It took me longer than five minutes because I wound up caught in the delicious sinfulness of shopping for books. Next time, I will try to limit my time.
#FridayFiveChallenge was created by Rosie Amber and these are her rules:
Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.
In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?
AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?
My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….
1) Go to any online book supplier,
2) Randomly choose a category,
3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,
4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book,
5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,
6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?
This is definitely a fun way to discover new work and new (to me) authors in various genres. For this challenge, though, I naturally chose Erotica. The book I selected is WITCHES’ WAVES by Teresa Noelle Roberts
Find a copy here from Amazon.com
This cover grabbed my attention for a couple of reasons. First is the word “witch” since I’m all about the Salem witch hysteria. I also LOVE the colors here. The cold blue showcasing a stunning male vs. the glorious hot red hair and green eyes on the woman. That cold vs. warm feel oozes tension. For me, this is definitely an attention-getting cover.
Book Price $5.50
Book Description: The ocean is on their side. But the fight is on land—and it’s about to get dirty.
Duals and Donovans: The Different, Book 4
Long held captive as the Agency’s secret weapon—a blind witch with visions—Meaghan has come to a line she refuses to cross. Rather than betray the infant “child of five bloods” to the Agency’s scientists, she chooses death. Except when she throws herself into the ocean, she doesn’t die. Her repressed water magic comes to life.
When the sodden, delirious witch drifts into Kyle’s arms, his otter dual instincts tell him to get her to the Donovans as fast as possible. Even though one particular surfer-dude Donovan broke his heart.
Declan Donovan continually kicks himself for pushing Kyle away, but his touchy combination of water, earth and lightning magic is too volatile, and Kyle wanted more than Deck was ready to give.
When they come together to help Meaghan control her new magic, it leads the Agency straight to the child of five bloods. They’ll have to dive head-first into total trust—in their magics, in themselves and in each other—to save the child and stop the Agency once and for all.
Warning: Contains an oceanful of sex between an ethereal blind heroine who swears like a pissed-off Marine, an overly serious otter shifter, a would-be beach bum who may be descended from a Norse god, in permutations as fluid as the sea – and themes of abuse and recovery.
Number of pages 280
Reviews: There were only 4 reviews of this book on Amazon.com and all were 3-stars or higher. 2 5-star, 1 4-star and 1 3-star.
Since there are only four reviews, I read all of them in full. They were incredibly detailed, and actually enhanced some of the hinted-at plot points from the official description. If I had been unsure about the book at first (which I wasn’t), the reviews completely sold me. This is book 4 in the series and a couple of reviewers said they hadn’t read the original books. They mentioned stumbling a bit over some details because of that, but not terribly so. Also from the reviews, I understood more about the erotic element of this book. There is light BDSM, m/m action, m/f/m and m/f. The Dom and sub are switches, too, which I find exciting. The paranormal element, with shapeshifters, adds yet one more layer of anticipation. It sounds like this story has something for everyone who enjoys this genre.
Would I BUY or PASS? BUY
This is the 4th book of a series. I haven’t read any of the first three books, but this one feels as though it could stand on its own. I was taken by the book’s description and feel it’s compelling enough that I’d be willing to sort through some series details on my own in order to dig into this one.
A shifter, a witch, past animosity overcome in order to save a child… but not just a child, a special child. It all sounds so mysterious, sexy and exciting. It’s a definite *buy* for me.