Book Review: The Bounty by Author Ashlee Jay!

Ashlee Jay

Genre: Erotica, Romance, Interracial, Multicultural

Publisher: Lillium Publishing House LLC


The Bounty is the first story published by Author Ashlee Jay under Lillium Publishing. It’s an erotic short that details the explicit sexal encounter between Lara, a young woman just getting home from work who inadvertedly stumbles on the murder of her beloved neighbor, and Lorenzo, a demonic bounty hunter who’s doing the murdering. After deporting her neighbor–who also happens to be a demon–back to hell, he sets his sights on the only witness; Lara herself. After she stops him in his tracks with a well placed command that feels more like a spell to the seasoned hunter, and she freaking STABS him, they head back to her apartment and the tables turn. Fear and lust are only separated by a thin line. And it snaps.

My Review:

I genuinely enjoyed this story. I collect short stories to read in my downtime or between work and this one didn’t disappoint. Ms. Jay’s writing style is crisp, clean, and easy to understand, and the erotic scenes leave you feeling both satisfied and craving more. My only complaint was the pacing and what seems to be a missing story arc. While this is only a short story and obviously isn’t going to have lots of details, I felt a little jipped that more of the story wasn’t included. I want to know more about Lorenzo, his history and his powers. Speaking of powers, whatever Lara is has to be tied into the story somehow. I really hope she does a sequal to this as The Bounty is shaping up to be a great start to a long writing career.


“Lara Ferreira took one step out of the elevator and into the depths of hell. The pained cries of her neighbor, high pitched and guttural, sounded like a car dragging a box of helpless kittens. Her ears rang, but her feet refused to move. What on earth was going on in there? Glass shattered. Thump after painful thump vibrated the floor beneath her. Her body coiled as she backed away, only to be hit by the fast closing elevator doors. She sighed. How much crap would she have to deal with before she finally made it home? The sound of metal striking flesh came to a brutal halt around her. Someone was slammed into the metal apartment door, sending the six-inch slab of steel into the hallway and her neighbor tumbling after it.

Jackson, her neighbor, rolled off the door and promptly regurgitated his dinner on the hall carpet. His clothes were torn, his eye beaten shut and his once flawless jaw structure swollen beyond recognition. He was a complete and utter mess. Lara ignored her natural response to move forward and help him, choosing instead to stick as close to the elevator as possible. If he knew she was there, he didn’t show any signs of acknowledging her presence, and that was fine with her. His body shook violently as he raised a bent and broken arm over his face. The other, he used to try and push himself away from his attacker who stepped over the debris. Lara’s knees quaked as a silhouette appeared in the doorway. Large hands brushed at the fibers of his a dark blue suit. Her eyes were immediately drawn to blood dripping off of his knuckles to pool on the carpet below his feet.

She watched him step through the doorway, finally getting her first real glimpse of the attacker. Sweat beaded on her forehead, her treacherous heart betraying her stoic expression as it thud loudly against her ribcage. His head was close to the ceiling he was so tall, his body large and intimidating. She watched his equally large hands lift the door and toss it to the side like it was nothing more than paper. He tugged at the lapels of his suit, straightening, the Italian fabric and attempting to wipe the blood from his hands. His footsteps thumped loudly as he neared her hiding place and her breath caught in her throat but, luckily, he was fixated on his target and didn’t appear to notice her.”

Excerpt From: Ashlee Jay. “The Bounty.” iBooks.

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Grab The Bounty by Author Ashlee Jay here!

Why I think 2PM’s Taecyeon is the Perfect Man.

I want to start out by saying that this is an opinion post and that opinion is based off of what I’ve witnessed on various Variety shows, and behind the scenes videos, as well as what I’ve read on twitter and various other places online. I don’t know Taecyeon personally and if I did I wouldn’t be writing a blog post about him at three AM. So, now that the disclaimer is over, let’s jump right into the post shall we?

On any given day our favorite Korean stars, both male and female, are asked a very simple, yet very embarrassing question. Who’s your ideal type? And while few of them can answer with a straight face they usually either give really quick, really broad answers (I.E girls with straight hair, or guys who look good with a bare face etc), or, they prattle on endlessly about the different stars they like and who they’d like to meet. And while, I’m neither Korean or a star by any means, I’m going to take the role of the prattler tonight and dish on why I think 2PM’s Ok Taecyeon is not only my ideal type, but the perfect man. Period. Well, for someone like me anyway.

I’m not really the type of woman who pays very much attention to the physical. I’d liken myself to an intellectual who knows better than to pick a prospective mate based on their abdominals or how symmetrical their faces are. I’d much rather dedicate my life and time to a man who has a personality, preferably one that doesn’t clash with mine. I, unlike most of the up and coming generation, was taught that abs grow soft overtime, and that ‘Hottie McHotterson’ you picked as a husband is going to one day get old and pudgy. And instead of being with someone with an actual brain for the rest of your life, you’ll be saddled with an idiot who keeps falling face first into the toilet in an attempt to save himself from drowning…I’ll just let that sink in.

While I’d like to think I wasn’t as shallow as the rest of the planet, the fact is, I’m a healthy human female and there are certain things that I find attractive in the opposite sex. For example, I like them tall, broad-shouldered and Asian. The next woman may tell you she prefers men who are closer to her in height with a dark complexion and light eyes. There are a million combinations ranging from the practical to the out right extreme and, while that may seem strange, that’s your human female for you. For further verification of how strange a woman’s tastes can be, it’s a widely known fact that a woman’s preference in men changes depending on whether or not she’s menstruating but more importantly, whether or not she’s ovulating. Science Daily writes that “Around the time of ovulation, a female’s preference apparently shifts from avoiding negligent parenting to acquiring the best genes for her offspring. At other points during the cycle, women will prefer more feminized male faces, as they might signal a higher willingness of the males to invest in offspring (Indiana University 2008).” There are women who appreciate men who are a bit softer, a bit more intellectual, and then there are those who enjoy their males a little bit more on the manly side. Which brings me to the first major point of this post. Taecyeon seems to have dual personalities in the fact that he can be either.

Now, I’m not saying the man is two-faced by any means but he does display two very distinct personality types depending on what situation he’s in. Off stage he appears to be this really sweet, humorous, all around good guy. He’s who his fans have affectionately coined ‘OKCat’ for his natural aegyo (cute behavior). His face seems to soften behind his glasses as if they’re a shield that holds in the beastly image he’s very well known for. He’s like flipping Clark Kent with those glasses and it doesn’t help my libido at all that he’s utterly adorkable in them. And then you have Taecyeon, the beast idol who gyrates on stage and causes all the teenaged fangirls in the audience to wet their seats just from the thought of being next to that amazingly well sculpted body of his. He’s like a lion, stalking around the stage with that toothy-grin of his. His voice…I mean I can see why he’s the lead rapper of 2PM, his voice is composed of ovarie exploding goodness. And when he moves…I’m not going to get into that. I’ll just provide a little viewing material for you folks.

To sum things up. Taec can be beastly, adorable, or just plain dorky, and my ovaries are fine with that. In fact, they love the fact that he can be who they need him to be.

Point two of this post brings me to something I think all men should have; a reliability factor. As mentioned earlier there was an episode of 2PM show in which the band decided to ‘prank’ an extremely exhausted Taecyeon just to see if the poor guy would snap by the end of the day. They annoyed him with everything they could think of, from forcing him to be the MC of the day, to physically beating him, and still he did his job without once stopping to retaliate or complain. And the man was on camera the entire time without knowing it! He could have snapped at any time and flattened one of his bandmates, and I mean easily as the man is huge in all the right ways. But he didn’t. He was as patient with them as a careful, doting father figure. Lets face it folks, patience is something a lot of people are lacking in today’s society. Despite all the interference, poking and prodding, he did his job, making him very reliable in my eyes. Against all odds, the man does what he’s been assigned to do.

Point two leads us right into point three where I say, quite honestly, that I think he’d be a spectacular dad. He’s patient, he’s reliable, he can be both funny and serious; in my opinion these are qualities of the perfect father figure. Someone doting and caring yet at the same time can be disciplinary. Lets face it, children are growing up faster and faster every year. I’ve met thirteen year olds online who complain about trouble with their boyfriends and fifteen year olds screaming YOLO while they pose for pictures with their pregnant bellies hanging out of their teenie bopper tube tops. They’re obviously lacking a lot more than just discipline but I can’t help but think that if they had a bit more of it in their lives they wouldn’t have turned out the way they did. I think that Taecyeon, even at the age of twenty three, would make not only a wonderful father, but an excellent dad. A father is a provider, that strong person in your life that is supposed to make sure you have everything you need when you need it. But a dad is someone you can run crying to in the middle of the night, and after he tucks you into bed and dries your tears, he goes and finds who or what made you upset, and kicks its ass. There are lots of fathers out there, and then there are also lots of dads. But there aren’t very many people who could easily be both. Taec seems to be a dying breed of man all together.

For the record, I think ALL of the 2PM members would make great dads. It’s like JYP put together a small army of super studs to father the next generation of JYPE trainees.

I won’t make this post any longer, it’s already huge, so I’ll wrap things up here. But you can bet your period panties I’ll be touching on this subject again in a part two.


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