Friday, October 18, 2013

Book Review and Giveaway! (The Wikomsette)

Howdy Peeps! It's the very last day of the Wikomsette Blog Tour!  What is the "Wikomsette" you ask?  Well it's a book a long time friend of mine wrote and the story was so intriguing and original that not only did I ask her if I could write a review and promote it, I also decided I would give away a digital copy of it to two lucky winners who leave a comment here.

Let me first tell you about my friend, Emerald Lavere...

(look at those gorgeous legs she has from dancing! She earned those baby!)

Emerald Lavere is a forty-something wife, mother, dancer, singer, writer, lover of comic book heroes and heroines, good dark chocolates (especially with liquor in them), and many different flavors of art, books, and men!

A fan of just about every genre, she aims to write stories that contain something her readers will find sweet, and something surprising as well. If hot, explicit, sexual encounters happen to be included in those stories, well, it's really not her fault. She is only recording the facts of what happens in the alternate universes, that the voices in her head tell her about. Often the voices won't shut up until their stories have been told, so really, what else can she do?

Living in Southern California with her family and a fluffy dog she met at the local shelter, Ms. Lavere enjoys time with her family, reading, and walks. A former professional performer, she now dances for fun whenever possible, and sings often, and loudly, in her car. When she has alone time and is not working on her writing, she enjoys watching old Smallville episodes, because hot damn, there are some fine ass men on that show.

(she's also a pretty awesome friend)

Now, about her book, "The Wikomsette"...

Here is the official description:

Title: The Wikomsette
Author: Emerald Lavere
Genre: Erotic Sci-Fi
Available at:  Amazon | B&N | ARe
Add to:  Goodreads

Regina lost her husband four years ago. Now she lives a solitary life—by choice. But her preferences are tossed aside when an unseen force drops her into a remote jungle. There, a mysterious band of handsome, athletic men are waiting to show her that the woman who takes on their tribe has no chance to remain lonely...or unsatisfied. Enlisted as the group's "Wikomsette" or "Wife", her emotional and physical desires are at first resurrected, then fulfilled. 

Eight men, but only one will truly claim her heart. Niku, the leader, is the first to re-awaken desire in Regina. Brannon, second in command is the most stunningly beautiful man she has ever seen, but his sweet talking may only lead to another heartbreak. Most of the other men could win her over as well, with some exceptions, such as Ax, who infuriates her mind as strongly as he  melts her body.

Maneuvering her way through the tribe emotionally, is not Regina's only concern. Kept in the dark about who they are and what their mission is,  leaves her to consider several theories. Could they be covert military men? Aliens? Part of a secret cult? Eventually she will learn not  only the shocking truth of who they are, but that she may play  a much bigger role in the mission than any of them could have  guessed, changing forever the course of her life, and of all life on Earth.

Now for my review:  Okay, when I first started reading this book and learned of the premise, I wasn't sure I was going to like this book (despite the author being my friend). Hey, I give honest reviews here, friends or not!  BUT (and that's a BIG but) I found myself quickly sucked into the story and found myself in Regina's place, not only rooting for her but also rooting for so many of the other characters.  And while I thought this story wasn't going to be up my alley, I ended up loving it.  It turned me upside down and made me rethink the situation, which I found I ended up loving and could even put myself in Regina's place and understand the culture which I thought I couldn't get past.  And boy do I love when authors introduce a story that is so original and thought provoking.  Once I started reading it, I literally could not put it down.  I kept reading through the night into the wee hours of the morning until I finished it.  So heck yeah, I'm proud of my friend's book (even if she never told me she was writing it until after, silly girl!)

Wikomsette excerpt:

"After several failed attempts to get more information out of Sebastian, he told me we’d done enough work for now, and escorted me back to my apartment. I wasn’t positive but had a strong inkling that I’d just been put in a time-out for being nosy.

Considering ways that I might coax more information out of this bunch, and who I should target for that, I was shortly jolted back to my primary duty when an unexpected man entered my room.

“Brannon,” I said, surprised. “I thought Rayne—”

“No.” With a dreamy look in his eyes and two quick steps to cross the room, he put his hands on my face. “Rayne will not come, and Captain Niku has passed over his turn with you.” He wrapped his arms around me, kissing my face, hair, neck, drowning me in that incredible scent… This wasn’t good. I needed time to mentally prepare for Brannon, to keep myself from being swept away. Niku, that’s who I’d think about. What was his deal? He stood me up? What the hell? Was he too good for me now?

It was difficult to shut Brannon out of my mind and heart while that warm voice washed over me. As before, he talked through our encounter, except in English this time. He poured his heart out, knowing I could now understand. “Regina, Regina,” he repeated while pulling his clothes off. I removed mine in a daze. “It has been agony, waiting for you. Waiting for you to arrive, and now, now that you are here and you are so much more than I ever dreamed of. It is unbearable to wait these many days.”

No no no! I panicked inside as tears threatened to appear. He wasn’t allowed to do this to me. How could he feel so strongly about me, anyway? They were just words. Maybe pretending he was so into me helped him get off. That must be it. He was a romantic, and it was all part of the fantasy. I took a deep breath, relieved. Yes, that was it. He didn’t really mean what he said. I had to be smart and not let him toy with my emotions just because he enjoyed pretty words.

He pushed his nakedness against mine, kissing me fervently and caressing every bit of skin he could reach. “Please,” he said, coaxing me onto the bed. While on my back, his hands glided over my body, even to my toes. Then he brought his face back to mine. “I adore you, my goddess, Regina.”

I moaned in pleasure, giving myself permission to relish his body and his scent. I just had to ignore those damn words."

So here's the fun part.  I'm giving away two digital copies of this book! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment.  You have until Sunday evening at 9pm Eastern time to enter the giveaway.  The winners will be announced on Monday.

aaaaaaand..... GO!



  1. Wow, my chances look good so far 😺

  2. Totally adding this to my tbr list & holy cow it sounds wicked HOTT!!

  3. Just getting this in under the wire. I'm with Jessica...this sounds spicy! I'd love to read it.