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Monday, December 31, 2007

Review: Christmas Cookies: A Sprite's Tale

Christmas Cookies: A SPRITE’S TALE
by Lexxie Couper

Having decided his uncle is due for a break, Santa’s nephew takes over the job of delivering presents and heads straight for the sun-drenched beaches of Australia.

After a cataclysmic sleigh disaster with a low-flying Qantas Stratos 1500, Santa’s nephew--aka Nick--finds himself rounding up reindeer on an isolated coastal stretch. When all seems lost--including Rudolph--Nick stumbles upon Chrissie, a woman just as mysterious as he.

Chrissie is an Australian bushland sprite, sent after Nick by his uncle. Santa has made his own decision--it’s time for his nephew to settle down. And Chrissie’s just the sprite to fill his empty heart.

Christmas is always hot in Australia. But this year, it’s going to be hotter!

Clever and unique, Lexxie Couper has written a yummy holiday fun-fest. Nick is trying to help out his uncle, but has been tied up--literally-–by a sprite who controls vegetation in an Australian rainforest. Chrissie knows what she wants, and she wants Nick. Nothing will stop this mischievous, winged hottie. She has her way with Nick in a scene that is wonderfully sexy and fun.

Using such interesting descriptions as “four-legged propulsion units” to describe reindeer, the author really immersed me into the world she created. This is not the same world we live in, but her lively descriptions made me feel as if I knew it just the same.

Reading both Chrissie and Nick’s thoughts in first person was an interesting choice, but one I felt worked quite well with the originality and fun feel of this short story. The characters’ personalities were very clear to me due, in part, to the first-person. They were fun and quirky, and I found myself liking both of them a lot.

There isn’t a firm relationship built through this hot encounter, but the couple is left at a place that could lead there--if not a "happily" ever after, we get a "hopefully" ever after.



Reviewed by Aster

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Review: The Firm: Nutcracker

The Firm: Nutcracker (Book 3 in series)
by Tuesday Morrigan

Kaden Lionheart, secret proprietor of Lyon’s Den, is shocked and intrigued when he finds himself attracted to another Dom, a Mistress that goes by Noelle. The two Alphas collide and the sparks are intense. When Kaden wakes after a night of wicked, uninhibited sex, he discovers the Mark of the Mate on his palm. Mistress Noelle is his mate. And he doesn’t know a single thing about her.

When the threat of blackmail brings Mistress Noelle to his door, Kaden discovers Noelle is none other than the infamous corporate powerhouse Sabrina Noelle, known to the many men she’s crushed as Nutcracker. Determined to find out who is using their desires against Sabrina, Kaden agrees to help her expose the blackmailer.

Kaden has three weeks to finalize a multi-million dollar deal, convince a woman known as Nutcracker that she wants to spend the rest of her life with a shape-shifting lion, and figure out exactly who is blackmailing her. Then there’s her irritating ex-boyfriend…

This was an interesting read that held my interest through each page. It’s always interesting to see how each author who explores the BDSM lifestyle will explain the feelings and relationships behind such needs. I was not disappointed by Tuesday Morrigan’s descriptions and insights.

Kaden is a great Alpha hero, who also happens to be a shape-shifting lion. He is accustomed to taking what he wants when he wants it,and from his first glimpse of Sabrina he wants her. Sabrina is an interesting heroine who is known for her hard and uncompromising boardroom tactics. She’s been hurt one too many times and just wants someone to relieve the pressure of always being in control. She is unique in that she can be either dominant or submissive, but both are equally important to her mental well-being.

I enjoyed this story, and found that I wasn’t overwhelmed, which can sometimes happen when trying to understand the BDSM lifestyle. I liked that it wasn’t made light of, or made to seem distasteful but, was given the understanding so often missing from these types of stories. It took a great deal of trust on both characters’ part to move beyond just the physical side of their relationship into the more emotional side. The entire story was very well handled and I liked the added elements of the supernatural that made the story that much more interesting and unique. A definite recommend for those looking for a “deeper, darker side of love” read.



Reviewed by: Viscaria

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Review: Mistletoe High

Mistletoe High
by Alexis Fleming

What’s the world coming to when a girl can get arrested for dealing mistletoe, aka happy juice?

When Christmas is declared illegal, Misty Toll finds herself dealing mistletoe to fund Santa’s revolution to bring back Christmas. Except Santa’s taking too much of his own product, Rudolph’s red nose turns out to be an excess of vodka, and there’s a bunch of rabid revolutionary elves on the run. Now she has the added problem of Zane Mason, the new man hired to work on the deer farm where she’s hiding Santa’s reindeer and where her secret stash of mistletoe grows.

What’s a girl to do but go with the holiday cheer…

The very first pages had me giggling out loud with the absolutely outlandish situations, particularly the way that Misty and Zane are introduced… by a very drunk and disorderly Rudolph the Red-nosed reindeer. Who can blame the poor dear (yes, pun intended) as he and all Santa’s reindeer have been outlawed and are fugitives, so he hits the sauce. The fact that Christmas has been outlawed, and anything associated with it as well, just adds to the opportunities for hilarity. The hilarity just continues at a steady pace from that point on.

I love Misty and Zane. They were an entertaining couple that really had me rooting for them, even though they are on opposite sides of the law. I mean, come on, he’s been sent to infiltrate her “operation” and get enough evidence to bring her down and send her gorgeous butt to jail. Misty, a half-elf, having taken on all the responsibility of caring for the out of work elves who can no longer make toys, and the still that makes the contraband Mistletoe Juice and organizing Santa’s runs of the illegal substance, is guilty as sin.

Zane still can’t get enough of her. Misty and Zane both fall fast for each other, although it starts out as a purely physical response on his part… at least that’s what he tells himself. Misty gives him her all before she realizes exactly who he is.

This was a very entertaining ride through an alternate world, where elves are common knowledge, (you even know exactly how to spot them), Santa and his reindeer are fugitives from the law, and a rebellion is in the making; a rebellion that will hopefully bring back Christmas. We are fed acronyms for federal agencies that bring a snicker to the fore, if not an outright guffaw.

I think the absolute best part of this story, aside from the love story, was the supporting cast of characters. Talk about riotous, ridiculously funny situations mixed with, or caused by, an engaging and hysterical secondary cast. Mama Mini is just one of the mob. She says she’s the housekeeper, and everyone knows she is militant about her home, her Misty and anything else she feels is her domain. Basically, she’s a drill sergeant with pointy ears, green hair and a roly-poly figure. Add to that a reindeer who needs to sign up for Alcoholics Anonymous, a Santa who can’t seem to avoid helping himself to the product, and a band of rabid, militant revolutionaries, and the stage is set for insane yet side-splitting adventures in bootlegging.

The sex was HOT, HOT, HOT. I was highly amused and aroused by the writer’s creativity and grasp of the sex scenes. There was one scene that sticks in my head… it was definitely one of the most erotic, inventive and playful quad ride I have ever read. You can get a quad (four wheeler/ATV) ride anywhere, but Ms. Fleming’s take on this one had me hot under the collar and breathing heavily before it was finished. Whew, way to go! This is a definite plus recommend on my part, and I would recommend it to anyone needing a comical holiday read that has a very satisfying end where our reluctant hero redeems himself.



Reviewed by Viscaria

Friday, December 28, 2007

Review: Stealing Carmen

Stealing Carmen
by Gail Faulkner

Jack knew all about secrets. The government trusted him to keep them, find them, exploit them. Home for a short rest from that world, he hadn't meant to overhear his sexy neighbor's darkest desires. Being the focus of those wicked wishes was news to him.

Introducing Carmen to the fantasy of being a submissive was a mission he didn't expect to last long. He certainly didn't expect her to show him natural sensuality that brought him to his knees.

A lifetime of looking at the other side of the fence brought a man to this. Investing more than he could afford and it wasn't cash. Carmen came with a dangerous price. One he'd willingly pay to keep this woman safe in his arms.

Let me say, I was so excited to get my hands on this book. I have been a huge fan of Gail Faulkner’s ever since I read the first one I tried on someone else’s recommend. I’ve eagerly awaited each new story of hers and have never been disappointed. This time was no different. Right away, this was an intense read, which is exactly what I love about Gail Faulkner. Her stories are intense and pull you right in from page one, and this one was no exception. I found that I didn’t want the story to end and was ready to start it all over when I came to the inevitable last page. This will definitely be on my reread “shelf”.

I loved reading about Jake, and he just made me shiver all over. I’m sure that was the goal. Jake is a rough-around-the-edges hero, which is really what is expected considering his job as an “undercover law enforcement officer”. He is also a sexual Dominant. The fact that he’s completely honest with himself and anyone else about the kind of man he is just endears him further to me. He doesn’t pull punches when it comes to what he wants, but he’s also realistic about the fact that it could frighten a potential partner. He is well aware that his profession limits any sort of expectations he or a lover may have regarding their relationship, unless or until he is ready to get out of the “game”.

Carmen is the seemingly shy, submissive who lives next door, and Jake has lusted after her from the moment he first saw her. Carmen returns the feeling, but neither one knows that the other feels the same way. So, lusting from afar, or at least from across the yard, ensues. The fun really begins when Jakes overhears one of Carmen’s phone conversations; a conversation that involves her attraction to him and what she wants from him… a Dominant to her submissive. Jake decides he’s done window-shopping, he’s Stealing Carmen, now.

There were many things that I loved about Carmen. She was funny and intelligent. She had needs without being needy. You have to love a woman who knows her mind. She is also someone who knows what she wants, it’s the getting it part that she’s having trouble with. No one else seems to push her buttons the way Jake does, and that’s from afar. She’s desperate for him to make a move and take what she wants to give, but she’s at a loss as to how to do that. Carmen is quite surprised to find that Jake is more than willing to fulfill her needs as a submissive, but not enough to turn down his demands.

This was a fantastic story that had my attention all the way through. I didn’t want to put it down… let the kids feed themselves! All joking aside, the interactions between Jake and Carmen were well-written and riveting, not to mention insightful. There’s just something about the way Gail writes a Dominant male that makes me drool. I sure wasn’t disappointed with this book, and I would continue to recommend Gail Faulkner at each opportunity.



Reviewed by: Viscaria

Review: Naughty In Norway

Naughty in Norway
By Layla Chase

A job promotion temporarily relocates Texan Dissa Booth to Oslo, Norway where she treats herself to a weekend mountain trip. The athletic moves of her blond, blue-eyed Viking of a ski instructor, Rolf Torger, set her lustful thoughts racing. Dissa cuts loose and lets him know she's interested in any moves he might make besides on the slopes. Will one night of sexy naughtiness be enough? Or does a chance exist for more?

This was a nice little story about a vacation fantasy we’ve all probably had a version of at some point. Dissa is away at a ski resort in Norway, where she is working as an American in Oslo. I appreciated that the author laid some groundwork before jumping into the sex. I thought that added to the story, and it certainly added to my own enjoyment of it.

Rolf is very sexy, physically. The length of the story didn’t really allow for much emotional development of him, but I liked him nonetheless. Dissa is looking for a good time on her holiday, but isn’t so brazen about it that it’s unrealistic. I liked her actions, and the dialogue was good, too.

The only drawback was the mechanics of things. At times they weren’t clear to me. They were in the hot tub, then he was out of it. How’d his hand get there? That sort of thing. I would’ve preferred more description in those cases, so they didn’t pull me out of the story to think about what was where and how. All in all, I really liked the story, sexual encounter and characters, but I would’ve liked a more substantial HEA tied into a neater bow.

Rating:

Reviewed by Aster

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Review: Curse of Brandon Lupinus

Curse of Brandon Lupinus
By Shelley Munro

Walk the ghostly world. Howl at the moon.

Jess Whittlebury purchases Tavistock Manor to convert into a quaint English bed-and-breakfast. But the manor comes with a resident—a werewolf ghost who steps right into her dreams, investing them with erotic toe-tingling pleasures, laughter and passion. Jess doesn't believe in supernatural creatures but her dreams are certainly memorable and very realistic—and she's decided to enjoy them for all she's worth.

Alone Brandon Lupinus until need forces you to act, as a decent man should.

Since the day a witch cursed him, Brandon Lupinus has walked alone, tied to Tavistock, his ancestral home. Jess' arrival brings unexpected changes—corporeal changes. For the first time in centuries Brandon experiences passionate, unbridled sex that ignites his ghostly world with new possibilities. New problems. Brandon is no longer alone but he still can't seem to break his curse and offer Jess the future she deserves. Until fate steps in, in an unexpected way…


The Curse of Brandon Lupinus is just what I expect from the talent of Shelley Munro, except for the ending. It was a very clever HEA twist I didn't quite expect.

Jess is a woman determined to realize a dream despite all the naysayers and gossips of the little town in which Tavistock Manor resides. I particularly enjoyed the beginning where the little old ladies,in their eccentric yet endearing ways, tried to pass on the village myths. Jess was the highlight of their day and I liked how Jess treated them with a smile and respect. She is a woman you want good things to happen to. She is spirited and practical with a bit of adventure in her heart.

Brandon is a man -- yet not. When he reveals how he became what he is, I felt so sad for him. Many times you read in historical romances about the rogues. They live life wild and large yet nothing horrible seems to happen to them, except maybe some bad gambling choices at Whites. We also see them rescued by spirited and beguiling women. No one came to rescue Brandon, no firm hand intervened for the wild men of his time. Brandon was a man who discovered his conscience too little too late and paid the price. Pergatory on Earth. He had plenty of reasons to howl his lament.

I found the descriptions of Brandon's rediscovering the warmth of a woman's skin to be well written and quite sensual. I really liked the progression of vapor to ... well, what happens when he's not. Some serious thought went into those scenes and I liked that. I kept thinking that he was going to get booted out for having as much fun as he seemed to be, I mean he's cursed,right? Shelley doesn't do typical. She kept me guessing about what was going to happen. Well, you KNOW what's going to happen eventually, but getting there was half the fun.

Once they DO get together, the pages burn up. When Brandon realizes what he can do, what he can feel, reading became an arousing experience as he embraced each new discovery. My only raised eyebrow comes from one moment where Jess seems perfectly awake and actively engaging in what was supposed to be a dream. If she's sleeping, how can she know his eye color? Unless there was a psychic connection? Except for that minor head scratch, it read well and left me feeling heated.

I suppose it's possible that some readers might like a convoluted journey to Jess and Brandon's loving each other and decry its lack. Well, I think Jess summed up her feelings pretty well in the story and I am cool with that.

Woven throughout the story is some light suspense and conflict that propels the storyline forward. Don't let the lightness of it disarm you. It has a powerful impact on the breaking of Brandon's curse. It even assists in raising the HEA to a level that totally took me by surprise. So much so that I had to sit and re-read it.
Does it work? Yes. There was even a little bit of humor thrown in that is perfect for Jess's character. You are left with a smile for both their happiness and their cheek.

The dialogue flowed well and was realistic, the editing was fine and the POV shifts from Brandon to Jess and back again were seamless, logical and perfectly done.

The Curse of Brandon Lupinus may be a story short in length but long in appealing characters, stimulating bed antics and unique twists to delight you. You're in for a treat when you read this book.

Rating:

reviewed by Xeranth

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Review: The Christmas Kiss

The Christmas Kiss
by Mikala Ash

As a security guard, accidents can’t be tolerated, but accident-prone Gilly’s latest mishap results in her demotion: to the Dog Squad. Too bad she’s deathly afraid of dogs.

Jarrod the dog handler is instantly attracted to her, but the last thing he needs is a distraction, for he and his brother plan to steal the world’s largest opal statue, the Manushya – the mythological goddess of shape shifters.

Gilly impresses Jarrod with her courage in overcoming her fears of Satan, his vicious Doberman Pinscher. Her bravery fuels Jarrod’s hopes of her overlooking a little defect of his own and accepting him for what he is.

Gilly would never believe that she’d ever be attracted to a dog handler, but that’s not the only surprise Christmas has in store for her…

I originally chose this story because I love Christmas, I love paranormals and I love to read. So, a perfect combination for me was displayed in this book. I wasn’t sorry that I picked this one.

Gilly was an interesting heroine. Boy, did she have issues! I wasn’t sure at first how I was going to like a heroine with such blatant problems, as I’m not real fond of the wimpy-silly-woe-is-me heroine. Thankfully, Gilly was well-written and actually quite endearing. She was quite courageous in the face of her fears and phobias and grabbing onto the happiness that she sensed was possible with Jarrod. You just have to love a heroine with pluck!

Jarrod was a determined hero. He was determined to save his shiftless twin brother from himself, determined to complete the mission he’d set for himself, and determined to show Gilly that she could indeed do anything she put her mind to. Determination is fabulous. Jarrod was intense, and confident not to mention hot! Okay, I guess I’ll mention the hot part. *grin* From the moment he met Gilly, Jarrod was certain that she was special and that she would be very special to him. That was all he needed to know If only he’d met her at a more opportune time.

Right from the start I was intrigued and entertained by the ridiculous situation that Gilly finds herself in and how she is introduced to Jarrod. The story moved along at a good pace that didn’t lose me or confuse me, which happens quite a bit when you pick up a relatively short story. If there were any editing issues with this story, I certainly didn’t notice them, the story just moved along so well. This was an entertaining, relatively swift holiday read that was very enjoyable and a definite recommend.



Reviewed by Viscaria

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

A Were-Cat Christmas

A Were-Cat Christmas
by Dakota Cassidy

Meet Frankie Lane -- trapped in her Persian cat form, homeless, lost, stuck in a Dumpster in the back of a Chinese restaurant just before Christmas.

Sucks to be her.

Enter Glynice the savior and all 'round pushy broad -- secretary to workaholic Sam Carsters, who spends more time devoted to his law practice than enjoying life. Determined to give Sam a reason to come home at night, Glynice rescues Frankie and deposits her on Sam's desk at his house as an early Christmas gift.

In a cage.

With a big red bow around her neck.

Meet Sam Carsters -- criminal defense attorney, and proud new owner of his very own cat who's half human, rockin' hot and can't seem to hang onto her human form unless she's engaged in a little thing called mating fever. And engage they do…

Frankie's run away from the restraints her culture places on her and the mate who's been chosen as hers. A mate she doesn't want, but desperately needs in order to keep herself erect. Sam's just run away from emotional involvement and anything that has to do with a social life outside of his work.

Frankie needs a place to stay while she figures out what to do about her intended mate and that the guy whose desk she ends up on is hawt and makes her out of control hormones meow? Well, hoorah, baby.

My personal favorite lately is shapeshifter stories. Add to that some rocking sex scenes and some romance and you’ve got one great read.

The fact that Frankie is running away from having to mate with someone she absolutely finds icky makes the first sex scene kind of hilarious. The “curse” of being a werecat means mating with someone and that someone happens to be Sam Carsters at a most inopportune moment. Considering they start out as strangers who mate out of necessity, following their blossoming relationship kept me reading page after page.

I think this short story could definitely be turned into a full length book considering the subject matter. I want to read more after reading this.



Reviewed by: Snowdrop

Monday, December 24, 2007

Review: All She Wants for Christmas


All She Wants For Christmas
by Crystal Jordan

The wedding is off! Emma Richards just walked away from the only man she's ever loved, her overbearing parents, and the pressures of life. Somehow her well-ordered existence has spiraled out of control to the point that she's hiding in a bathroom stall until everyone leaves the department store with the wedding planner. When she makes her escape, she finds herself trapped in the elevator with her furious fianc?, who knows just how to convince her that giving up on the wedding is one thing, but giving up on their relationship is out of the question. Eloping is all Emma really wants for Christmas, and Paul is just the man to deliver.

Having had the pleasure of reading Crystal Jordan before, I was looking forward to reading this short holiday story. It didn’t disappoint. Crystal Jordan has proven again that she is a master of complex relationships.

Emma and Paul are wonderful characters who have realistic reactions and show a depth of emotion that is uncommon in such a short story. Their incredibly hot sex scene is both animalistic and tender.

At this point, I would buy anything that Crystal Jordan writes. She has a special gift of combining hot sex, complex characters and deep emotion.



Reviewed by Aster

Review: Christmas Cookies: Frost Bite

Christmas Cookies: Frost Bite
by Tuesday Morrigan

When Julian wakes to find three beautiful women on his bed his thoughts are predictably X-rated. When he discovers that the three women are the Fates, the gods responsible for the death of his beloved, he is livid… until he hears their proposal. They will give Julian three days with Jacklyn. Three days to love her, touch her, kiss her, and change the course of history. Three days to tell her his secret.

Three days to prevent the death that never should have happened.


After losing Jacklyn the first time – Julian is not willing to lose her when given a second chance. The Fates send him back a few days before Jacklyn’s death to allow Julian the time to tell her what he truly is. When he finally tells her his secret, he has done something to upset her terribly and she flees him. Only while following her closely, trying to make sure she is okay does he find the opportunity to save her from dying and allowing her to live out her days with her lover.

Some scenes are quite erotic and sensual. There are quite a few dominant/submissive scenes that are very well written. Jacklyn and Julian are the epitome of soul mates in every way. A good, hot, romantic holiday read.



Reviewed by Snowdrop

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Review: Christmas Cookies: Sideways Glance

Christmas Cookies: Sideways Glance
by Camille Anthony

A heated sideways glance from a handsome suntanned hunk sparks a desire in Cheryl to celebrate life. She’s black, and doesn’t mind that he’s white. Together, they burn up the sheets, sharing a steamy, toe-curling afternoon before her job interferes and they go their separate ways.

Six months passes before Cheryl sees Paul again. This time, he’s back with an angry father at his side. Seems Paul left something out of his introduction. He’s an Apteran, a virgin alien whose sideways glance was a shy proposal of marriage. The results of their summer fun just pressed the perfect outline of a tiny foot against his daddy’s belly.

Shocked, Cheryl discovers she’s been cast as the “Playa” in this Baby’s Mama Drama!

I got a kick out of this short, holiday story. "Holiday" as the main character, Cheryl, celebrates Kwaanza more so than Christmas. It was a short read, very short, and I finished it quickly. The situations were ones we’d all read about, heard about, heck even experienced. Except… they weren’t. Everything was in a different perspective than what most of us have become accustomed to. That was a pleasant surprise.

The characters were funny, and a little raunchy and struck sparks off of each other. Cheryl has no problem telling it like it is, sometimes to the point of overkill. Paul knows how to get her engines revving, and “speaks her language” and isn’t afraid to get dirty with her. They both enjoy each other and then somehow part ways. We don’t find out exactly what happens as we jump from their time together to six months later. Let the drama ensue.

I generally have a harder time with short stories because, if it's good I want it to be longer. I want more, always more. More development, more relationship, just more! You don’t get that with a short story, but you do get fun, usually. This story was written in first person, from Cheryl’s perspective and I did have some issues with the storytelling. That is what it felt like: storytelling. The way you would describe an encounter with someone to an outside party. I enjoy a story so much more when and author “shows” me what happened, not recites what happens. Don’t get me wrong, the story came across great, bumps and all. I especially like how different from Earthlings the Apterans are. The roles are reversed: the woman is the head of household, always: the man does the housework and all the other “woman” stuff. I can’t really say more, but I enjoyed having the tables turned on a man for once. All in all, I was entertained by this short story and thought it was great for a quick holiday read.



Reviewed by: Viscaria

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Review: Jingle Buns

Jingle Buns
By Judy Mays

Daniella Becker should have a great life. The pastry shoppe, Jingle Buns, which she owns with her closest friends in Chicago, is a great success. She’s young, pretty and attracts the interest of more than a few men -- attracts their interest but then loses it because of small birth defect, an enlarged clitoris, that frightens them away. Her heart has been broken often enough that she’s sure she’ll spend her life alone.

Her friends, however, refuse to give up and decide to find a man who will appreciate her natural endowment. And there just happens be a tourist from Germany who’s discovered their pastry shoppe, Maximilian Arnalt. They’re sure he’ll be perfect for her. After all, everybody knows many Germans like kinky sex.

The one thing they don’t know is that Maximilian is a vampire.

I knew, just knew that this story was going to be one I could sink my teeth into.
When I read the blurb for Jingle Buns, I was in a lather to review this book. It was worth the wait.

When we first meet Danielle, I wanted to give her a BIG hug. Especially after what that jerk did to her. Even worse is what he did to her later and at that point, I wanted to dump him into a big vat of itching powder.

What the author did when she wrote this story is bring to the fore something I've heard of; women with enlarged clitorises. But I never thought it was that big a deal, that it could subject those women to rejection and ridicule. To be emotionally traumatized by rejection about something so natural blew my mind. Yet, I accept that there will be guys out there who will reject women who aren't their ideal and unfortunately, aren't very nice or considerate in making those refusals.

Thank goodness Maximilian came onto the scene. Now he's my perfect ideal for a vampire hero. He's alpha in a big way (his job demands it), hard of body, strong in determination, clever, graceful, debonair, hot, sexy and he's hot. *grin* I enjoyed seeing him be first perplexed by Dani and then fall fang over heels for her. I figured it was perfect that he found her enticing, seeing as how he's lived so long -- he knew the value of the kind of person Dani was. The author's little tell-tale signs that Dani is more than Max suspects is unique and refreshing. And what's a good vampire romance without a good Bite scene? Judy has Max deliver and oh, how I wanted to be Dani right then. Yummy.

I also was impressed with how Judy introduced me to the intricacies of the world in which Dani and Max live. The Loremaster is an interesting touch. I even got teased with vampyre politics and potential conflicts for future stories. I'm intrigued enough to want to learn more, to read more about this world. What a delight.

Bet you are going to enjoy the secondary characters too, Penny and Teddy. They're great friends and the verbal interplay was adorable. I found it refreshing that these people were so open about their lifestyles - you get to enjoy the teasing, the laughter and the warmth they all had for each other. Makes you feel good.

The dialogue flowed naturally, the scenes were well written, editing was great and time zipped by so fast that I couldn't believe it when I got to the end. The ending wasn't mushy or an over dramatized romance - it was pure Daniella Becker.

Jingle Buns will have you celebrating romance,love and hunky vampires.

And Judy Mays is going to tease you with something at the end too. A pleasent surprise is in store for you,the reader. Talk about a sweet ending!

Rating:

Reviewed by Xeranth

BTW - if you check the site to buy this book? You'll notice the blurb there has Danielle named Gabriella Becker. Do you realize that is the ONLY typo I found? LOL

Review: Christmas Cookies: Yule Tied


Christmas Cookies: YULE TIED
by Marteeka Karland

Ilyia has worked for Da’Main and Son Shipping on the planet Solum for over a year. During that time, she has admired the handsome and sexy as sin “Son”. While she thinks him totally fuckable, she’s a little leery of the rumors she’s heard about his sexual play. Specifically, she doesn’t like the idea of being bound and helpless before any man, including the hunky Dalion De’Main.

Dalion could give a damn if Ilyia is tied and helpless beneath him, as long as she’s beneath him -- or over him, or beside him -- but he has a feeling the voluptuous vixen protests bondage just a little too much for it to be believable.
Oh well. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it…

I enjoyed the complete other world that was created for this short story. The titles and descriptions of other-worldly things and places were very well done. I also enjoyed how the author used expressions to further immerse me into this world.
I was convinced early on through Da’Main’s thought process that he sees Ilyia as much more than the pleasure they could share together. I liked that it was a priority to both Da’Main and the author to bring that across to the reader and not just make it about the sex.

The sex was hot, but parts were also much more tender than I thought they would be, based on the title and description. It added nice depth to the story and to their relationship.



Reviewed by Aster

Friday, December 21, 2007

Review: Chloe's Christmas: A Cinderella Story

Chloe's Christmas: A Cinderella Story
by Kayla Janz

Chloe Anderson had a passionate encounter with a gorgeous blue-eyed stranger on the last night of her tropical vacation. The next morning, she slipped out of his bed, hopped on a plane and headed for home. No harm, no foul, right? Wrong.

As Skyler packed his bag, he found a size six flip flop under the bed—Chloe’s sandal. With a quick change to his itinerary, he’s off to Denver to find her.

If his plan comes together it will be a perfect Christmas…Chloe’s Christmas
.

After spending a wonderful time on vacation and meeting the sexiest man of her dreams, Chloe vows to not think of him again and remind herself that he was the one night stand she always wanted. Or was he? The insanely hot sex they had keeps haunting her every thought and dream.

Skyler follows her three thousand miles to her hometown just to see her again, all the while pretending to be who he claimed to be the night they met. He can’t seem to find the right time or thing to say to tell her the truth. But you can’t help but fall for Skyler in the same way that Chloe did. Self-assured, sexy, gorgeous blue eyes – what’s not to like? His only downfall is the lie to cover up who he truly is. He does his best to make it up to her and even prove how much he really loves her. A perfect ending for Chloe’s Christmas.

There are quite a few steamy scenes in this book that had me wanting to keep reading just to get to the next hot part. Warning though - there is a scene involving anal sex, although it is not too deeply detailed, just enough to be a passionate scene.



Reviewed by Snowdrop

Review: Uniform Desire

Uniform Desire
By Layla Chase

Rikka is fighting her secret desire for guys in uniform, even if the fire department had been called four times since moving to Arroyo, a small west Texas town. They’re just accidents that keep happening. Newly installed Captain Malloy arrives to investigate the incident and observes her fascination with the working crew. Sparks fly and they succumb to the lust until interruptions pull them apart. After another interaction ends similarly, Connor makes a plan to explore their feelings. Can he convince Rikka the sparks between them are more than her fetish?

This was such a fun read, I found myself flipping back to the beginning to start it over. I found that I wanted to experience it all over again. All I could think was, “Well, how cool is that?”

Rikka is a hilarious heroine who had me snickering from the beginning. By day she’s a modest school teacher, by night--well any other time actually--she’s obsessed. With what? With men in uniform. It doesn’t matter what kind of uniform, although she seems to have a preference for firefighters. Who can blame her, really? At the beginning of this story she has decided that she will overcome this… weakness, and behave herself. That is until a glorious mishap, something she is notorious for, brings the fire department to her backyard as well as the new Captain of the Fire Department to her door with routine questions. Suddenly, her good intentions go out the window!

Conor is the new Captain of the Fire Department and he is determined to find out why Rikka seems to be so accident prone. Entirely routine, of course. Can he help it if he has a weakness for redheads with green eyes and freckles? He goes along for the ride when Rikka gets all hot and bothered by his authority mixed with his uniform. He soon finds, though, that he doesn’t want to be another in her line of “men in uniform”, and decides he’s going to stake his claim.

This short story was fun and had me laughing at Rikka’s over-the-top behavior. Knowing you have a problem and being truly willing to do something about it are two different things, and the riotous situations that emerge kept me extremely entertained. The sex was hot and fulfilling, not to mention believable. The sequence of events was entirely believable, which is unexpected in such a short story. Not once did I find myself wondering how we had come to that point. This was a very enjoyable read and I would recommend it for a quick, fun read that will raise your temperature.

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Reviewed by Viscaria

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Review: Fool Me Twice

Fool Me Twice
By Beverly Rae

Jane Riggins, like all the other women working at Barton Enterprises, secretly lusts after the very sexy, very wealthy Brandon Barton, but believes she has no chance with him. When she meets cute and likable Charlie Hinderman, she sets her sights on the mediocre salesman, giving up her dreams about the debonair Brandon. But Brandon’s finally noticed her, even as her two best friends rig the charity event drawing, making sure one of them will win a date with the billionaire.

With Charlie’s help, she double crosses her friends’ scheme. But fate—or is it magic?—steps in when she wins the drawing and is whisked away on a romantic midnight date with her former fantasy man, Brandon. Jane, torn by her attraction to both Brandon and Charlie, can’t understand why the two men seem so much alike. From their smoldering eyes to the black stone necklace they wear, each man drives her crazy—emotionally and sexually. When she finds out they’re the same man, she has to decide. Does she love the illusion of Charlie more than the reality of Brandon?


What a fun romantic tangle this story turned out to be. Fool Me Twice is a delight to read and has many wonderful moments for a reader to enjoy.

Brandon is quite different from many rich guys you read about. Unlike the stereo-typical alpha billionaire that arrogantly rides roughshod over the target of his interest, be it money or women, Brandon is a softy at heart. His early experience in the African wilds permits him an unusual defense from the corporate world where it's the women who are more fiendishly clever and aggressive than any dealings he has in the trenches of the boardroom. However, like the best heroes, he's ripped, rich and packs a serious tool. *ahem*

Jane is a fun girl. I enjoyed reading the parts with Jane. There I was, thinking she's a 'good' girl, sighing over her someday meeting her prince when I find out she's just as comfortable taming a wild bronco as the next femme fatale. I found myself grinning a lot when I read Jane's POV. She was down-to-earth, confident yet not, and a clever mixture of sincerity and spice. Her friends are a hoot and quite liberated in their thinking, if you know what I mean. And yet ... when it comes to love, true love, Jane ends up surprising me with her truly traditional views. It was so sweet.

When Jane and her heart's desire get together, watch out. Sparks fly as do the cuffs. But, you have to read it to find out who cuffs who. *wink*

Then there's Charlie. What in the world is she going to do about Charlie? Well, the reader knows. Heck, even Brandon knows. I've seen this ploy used before but Beverly had fun with it; pushed the envelope and created memorable characters that made it seem fresh and new.

The dialogue flowed well and the the editing seemed tight and perfect. The repartee between characters, the humor, fun and mystery - at least for Jane- as well as the HEA, all came together to present me with a wonderful story worth staying up late until I finished. The only thing I wished were different about this story would be the addition of an epilogue. I want more. I want to go to their wedding. I want Ro to get side-swiped by Stan. I want to see Mel meet a man she couldn't wrap around her finger. I want all those nasty women in that office to get green with envy as the rest of Jane's friends get thier HEA. That's how fun this story is ... I want to go back and visit. Isn't that great?

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Reviewed by Xeranth

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Review: A Cry in the Night

A Cry in the Night
by Paula Calloway

Long before man knew of their existence, a bond formed which allowed Vampires to protect the Bitten and destroy the Beast so the Were and Humans survived.

His bitten beloved turned Beast and murdered by a cold Hunter, Talen continues as a Gatherer. When a Bitten stirs his heart, moves his soul and ignites his blood, he fears a repeat of the past, but fate tightens his grip.

Liana longed for someone who would love all of her, plumpness included. Never in her wildest dreams did she ever imagine something like the handsome boss her company stuck her with.

A Cry in the Night is an interesting bit of worldbuilding. The prologue helped me figure out what was what instead of reading it all in the story and trying to extrapolate the differences.

This story is well thought out as to character relationships, political hierarchy and how everything works within the cultures of the world that Paula has created.
Not an easy thing to do but the author has sprinkled the story with well written 'showing' so that the reader can easily follow the Gatherer and Hunter differences.

In this story, we first meet Talen at a much happier time in his life. There's a bit of foreshadowing that quickly comes true and we understand his POV as he continues on with his life. He seems to be a vampire who's only reason for living is his job - a Gatherer. A workaholic vampire. Not much of a life, is it?

His duty brings him into contact with a new Bitten, and his heart takes notice, much to his shock. Liana is a character that I enjoyed reading about. She's on the plump side and yet she doesn't get mired in self-destructive thinking. She has a brief visit to her own pity party but it passes because she knows her self-worth. She is just frustrated because no one seems to get it; to see HER, the woman and mind within. I thought it was adorable that Talen comes from a time when ladies like Liana were all the rage.

I noticed that Talen seems stuck in his own time - his choice of addressing Liana seemed out of sync with the current time he resides in. But then again,living as long as he, I suppose he could chose any manner of being; he's seen enough to figure out that all modes of societal mores is fleeting. I guess being a long-lived vampire, he can be what feels right to him and to heck with everyone else. Wish I could do that.

As for Liana? I personally felt she could have put up more of a fight in accepting Talen's explantions however, since she was HIS Happy Ever After,I wasn't too bothered by it. It was enough to appreciate her wit (she had quite a few clever lines) and her saucy thoughts when she viewed Talen's assets. I liked her spunk.

I will tell you that I found myself enjoying A Cry in the Night and reading about Talen and Liana's heated romance as well as the world that Paula built for them to live in. However, I have to warn potential readers about some serious editing issues that compromised this story enough to effect my rating of it. Some terminology was repetitious and verbs tended to be in the wrong tense. If you can expect these editing burps, then the story won't lose its impact for you. If it weren't for the editing, this story would have been perfect.

Other than that, A Cry in the Night is well worth reading for fans of werewolf and vampire romance stories. Paula has introduced many unique elements that made this a fascinating read. She also introduced a character named Ditmyer who absolutely hooked me. I went from not liking him to being curious about him because towards the end, Paula injected Ditmyer with some intriguing personality cues. If A Cry in the Night is the first in a series then I am more than willing to visit again. The story is that good.

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Reviewed by Xeranth

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Review: An Honoured Wife

An Honoured Wife
By Viola Grace

One male Xarit, An Honoured Wife, a death, and two new husbands? Sounds like quite a week for Emily.

Emily has been abandoned by the Alliance on a planet inhabited by a race so alien it is toxic to her. Despite their differences, she has become the honoured wife of their chief.

When a shuttle caught in a comet’s tail falls to the planet, it is up to Emily to rescue the inhabitants. Her talent for precognition is a liability as she foresees the inhabitants of that shuttle becoming her mates. Both of them.

Will she leave her status behind to become the mate of two men she doesn’t know? Or will she remain on the planet to stay An Honoured Wife?


I have to say right off that this story had a decent storyline and was entertaining. It was set in a sci-fi fantasy world where Emily is content, if not happy, in her role as Honoured Wife to the tribal chief of the Xarit. As the Xarit are not physically compatible with humans, or Terrans (they are in fact poisonous to humans) the title of Wife is in name only. Her precognitive abilities are not very strong, but they do give her glimpses enough of the future that she knows to expect the two men she knows are her true mates.

The two male characters, Tabor and Vallej, are twin brothers of a race that is compatible with Terrans, and therefore with Emily. They had been sent to rescue her, but find themselves caught in the same comet tail that originally crashed Emily’s ship. They also knew beforehand that they were destined to be mates with Emily, if they could successfully rescue her from the planet she had disappeared on. When all three meet, the bond is unmistakable, and they set out to fulfill that bond.

I did have issues with this story. I felt the writing didn’t flow as well as it could have. In some areas it seemed rather stilted, and more informational than inspired. The love scenes between the three (yes, I said three) of them were definitely hot, and read a little easier. I realize that when the story is so short it is rather hard to get enough detail and descriptive phrases in to satisfy ones creativity as well as needing to get the information across that is needed to further the story, in that aspect it was well done.

However, despite the bumps, I enjoyed this story. It was entertaining to see how Tabor and Vallej reacted to the differences between their culture and Emily’s. It was touching how the two men were willing to bend over backwards for Emily when they felt she was upset. I really loved the concept of being so attuned to someone else, as the three of them were, and that it was actually a ritual and part of their culture to bind themselves closer than just physically. All in all, I enjoyed this story and would recommend it to any lovers of paranormal romance looking for a quick, fun read.

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Reviewed by Viscaria

Monday, December 17, 2007

Review: Captive Fantasy

Captive Fantasy
By L. Rosario

Seraphina Scala has just confessed she’s never had an orgasm and now her friend has the perfect solution, a night spent at Captive Fantasy, a club that guarantees to fulfill every deep, dark, secret desire. Sera would rather admit she’s a vampire than join her friend at such a place, but she doesn’t, and she finds herself surrounded by ravenous women and drop-dead gorgeous men. One in particular steals her attention.

Valentino was literally created to make fantasies come true. He's used to the eager women who flood into Captive Fantasy every night to take what he offers, but when he meets the shy Sera, he knows he has his work cut out for him. Something about her strikes a chord deep inside, and he soon realizes he wants more than just a breathy thank you for a "job" well done. Valentino awakens a side of Sera she's kept locked away for nearly three centuries, and now she must confront her past, her present and her future. Doing so won't be so bad with Valentino by her side, but will he want her once he realizes what she really is? Or will his secret be the one thing they cannot overcome?

The first thing that comes to mind when trying to describe this book is, “Whew!” I know, not really a word, but hey, spell-check didn’t flag it! I felt like I was on a roller-coaster ride the entire time I was reading this story, and I do love roller-coasters. The slow, but tantalizing climb to getting to know our main characters a bit--their meeting each other as we wait to see how they will react--then that desperate plunge into a hot and heavy relationship. Just throw your hands up and squeal through the ride.

I found the two protagonists well-defined and emotionally accessible. I never doubted why they were doing what they were doing, or feeling what they were feeling. I loved this book.

Seraphina “Sera” Scala is a shy, reserved librarian who has never really had an orgasm, and especially not one during sex. She is also a three-hundred year old vampire who has never really felt she was cut out to be a vampire, so you see her frustration. She is beginning to think that it’s just not possible for her to reach a sexual peak during intercourse when her closest friend suggests she visit an all-male review club with her. Sera’s not so excited to tag along but allows herself to be talked into it, only to come face to face with some of them most gorgeous men she has ever laid eyes on. It isn’t long after entering the club that she finds out it’s not just a strip club… it’s a sex club. The gorgeous men are there to fulfill every woman’s fantasy, and that includes sex – much to Sera’s chagrin.

Valentino is a “performer” at the club, Captive Fantasy. He was literally created to fulfill any and every woman’s fantasy. It’s all he’s ever known, but lately he finds he is restless, and uninterested in the many gorgeous women vying for his attention. The problem? An attitude like that could get his employment “terminated”. All that changes when Seraphina walks through the door and into his life. He finds he is desperate to keep her in his life, but with no real understanding of how to make that happen. When Valentino discovers Sera’s reason for coming to the club, he knows he’s up to the task. The only obstacle is that he doesn’t want to let her go once he gets her into his arms.

This story had an interesting, if not fully creative take on the vampire story. Some of the elements were those that we see in many other vampire novels. The politics and unknown agendas behind the actions of those in the Vampire Coven are an interesting storyline, even if it did seem I’d read or seen something similar before. I do, however understand that there have been so many vampire stories written that there isn’t a whole lot out there that one can add to. It did not detract from the story in any way. In fact, it made it easier to follow along with the main characters and not try to wrap my brain around new theories and behaviors. We also get to meet supporting characters that have me looking for their stories, as well as a villain who’s not really a villain and who I would seriously love to see redeemed.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and will be adding it to my keeper pile. The way Sera and Valentino react to each other and their differing worlds kept me guessing as to how they would resolve their conflicts in order to find their Happily Ever After. The love scenes between the two were so hot, I found myself looking around to make sure no one else could see how hot and bothered I was just from reading about them. This book was a fun and exciting take on the classic vampire tale and I would recommend it to all lovers of vampire lore or anyone else looking for a HOT romance.

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Reviewed by Viscaria

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Review: Take Me Again, Sam

TAKE ME AGAIN, SAM [Destination Pleasure 5]
By Megan Kerans

Belly dancer Dove Rickland travels to Casablanca to improve her dancing. But she never expects to receive hands-on lessons from sexy restaurant owner Samir Macias, or that they'd be so pleasurable.


I really enjoyed Dove and Sam’s verbal foreplay in the beginning. Sam’s combination of control and impulsiveness was really well-done and added to the steaminess of the scene.

The dance instruction-turned-foreplay was so incredible erotic. I could practically hear the escalating beat of the drums as the scene progressed. The lounge chair scene – especially the first part – was an exceptionally creative and erotic moment by the author. Totally hot.

The story was seamless, and the sex hot, hot, hot. I thought the ending would creep up on me in such a short story, but it all fit really well and left me very satisfied because Sam’s feelings at the end were communicated so well.

This story is not about a deep relationship, but it is about a connection that could lead to something more. Coupled with the outstanding sex, it’s a fabulous little romp in a far off land.

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Reviewed by Aster

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Review: The Awakening

FORBIDDEN: THE AWAKENING
By Samantha Sommersby

The past two months have been the longest of Byron Renfield’s three hundred and seventy-nine years. After almost four centuries of dedicated service to his clan, four centuries spent in the pursuit of redemption, the powerful vampire did the inexplicable and unforgivable. In an impulsive act of passion he claimed the beautiful Violet Deeds, a human, as his mate.

When Violet found herself stranded on a remote island occupied by the charismatic Byron she never imagined that she would be saving him, but the fiery red-headed psychologist did just that – bringing the immortal to life and introducing him to love.

Now, afraid of retribution from his clan and afraid for Violet’s safety, Byron takes steps to protect them both. But will it be enough? Irrevocably bound together, as the tie between Byron and Violet strengthens they step into one another’s worlds, awakening long buried desires and threatening the balance of society and nature.

A kidnapping, and underground world of rebel vampires, an elaborate network of elite clansmen led by an ageless prophet, and a rescue mission that will keep you on the edge of your seat all come together perfectly in this thrilling sequel to Samantha Sommersby’s Forbidden: The Claim. An erotic romance you won’t be able to put down, Forbidden: The Awakening will have you begging for more.


Forbidden: The Awakening is the second installment of Samantha Sommersby’s intriguing new take on the vampire tale. We were first introduced to Byron and Violet in Forbidden: The Claim and let me say that I was anxious to pick up where that story left off. While The Claim was more of a tease to get your interest piqued in the coming story, The Awakening grabs hold of your imagination and doesn’t let go, even as the last page is turned.

We return to Byron and Violet’s story as Byron is finally able to rejoin Violet after a two-month long separation. Byron had previously sent Violet away in order to protect her from the possible, if not almost guaranteed, consequences of their mating. He has been working hard to put all the pieces in place in hopes of guaranteeing Violet’s and, by nature of their mating, his own safety. Their reunion is poignant, but their happiness is short-lived as the very people they are trying to be free from find them. The danger that has been circling them closes in and the story gallops along at a fast pace.

Although there is suspense and intrigue as Byron and Violet fight for their love and the chance to have a life together, Samantha Sommersby still manages to inject moments of levity with her intriguing cast of supporting characters who I find myself absolutely adoring. Our hero is also led along on a journey of discovery and redemption as he reevaluates his previous beliefs and starts to form his own values that are contradictory to those he had been taught his whole life. These realizations come as he fights to protect the woman he loves and the future he realizes he needs to survive.

As I said previously, this book was fabulous and a definite page-turner. Samantha Sommersby has a real talent for suspense and intrigue without losing the poignant love story in the process. This one is definitely a keeper and I find myself eagerly awaiting the next installment to Byron and Violet’s story!

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Reviewed by Viscaria

Friday, December 14, 2007

Review: An Afternoon Tryst

AN AFTERNOON TRYST
By: Modeska Rose

Marissa is struggling in her five-year marriage. Her husband, Norm, seems distant, and the intimacy they shared is almost nonexistent. To recharge the marriage, they decide to play a game.

When she meets "Cole" in the local grocery store, the encounter leads to an afternoon affair, in which he fulfills her every fantasy, including hot, steamy sex and a rose-petaled bubble bath.

Marissa craves the closeness she once shared with Norm, but Cole treats her like a rare and precious jewel—giving her everything in the marriage Norm doesn't. While she struggles to get through each day, anticipating her next tryst with Cole, Norm pulls further away and Marissa is forced to choose.

Will she cling to Cole for the excitement he offers, or is Marissa's love for Norm strong enough to recapture the intimacy she longs for in her "normal" marriage? Or can she have both?

I initially didn’t want to read this story because I find the subject matter of an affair to be offensive. Therefore, I was surprised at how easily the author had me indulging in this exciting and forbidden relationship.

This sexy and naughty little secret come-to-life was about passion and desperation, longing and a feverish intensity that drew me in. The vulnerability in both Norm and Marissa is tangible, and I found myself routing for them, in spite of the incredible heat between Cole and Marissa.

Clandestine meetings turn into more than they were intended to be, and Marissa has to choose what it is she really wants. This was the most meaningful and important part of the book, for me. It was written wonderfully and done with respect – and most importantly, love.

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Reviewed by Aster

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Review: The Bell Curve

The Bell Curve
By Amelia June

Jason Bell Book 2 - An author finds thrills and romance in the pages of her books, along with a sexy main character to play with.

Jen's life has been a blast since she became the author of fictional Jason Bell's stories. She's gleefully tortured him both on paper and in person. But when the boundless bounty hunter goes missing, Jen begins to worry. A strange summons on her computer lands Jen in Jason's universe, a place of danger and badly written science
fiction. Oh no!

Spider Princesses, angry revolutionaries and a ship built for sex on the run--Jason Bell's universe is not to be trifled with. Can Jen make it out in one piece? And who will suffer the consequences of an author's presence in her own work?

Having not read Book 1, I wasn't too sure about jumping into Book 2, but my concerns were groundless. Not only was it was easy to figure things out after the first few paragraphs, it was actually fun to immerse myself in this wacky and fast paced world full of humor, silly sci-fi and romance.

Jason is real, yet not. Until Jen gets sucked into his world and finds out he's more than even she imagined, I chocked Jason up to be a classic Good-Time-Charlie. I figured the story would be mostly about Jen. In a way, it is.

The thoughts that whirled through my mind as they zipped through space in adventures that left my head spinning, were of pen pals. I remember hearing about people who fell in love through their written words. When finally they meet, they marry and stay that way for fifty years.

Even though Jen wrote Jason to life, there's the element of the creator falling in love with their creation - very Greek Myth, very classic. Like Greek myths, things don't always end quite the way you'd expect and Amelia June threw me a curve ball. No wait... a curve BELL, lol.

The HEA wasn't what I expected, neither was it clear cut, but if the purpose was to explore Jason a bit better in the NEXT book, then I'm all for it. Because the written Jason Bell had unexpected depths, couldn't the real Jason have them too?
Ah! Did I say "real" Jason?

This sci-fi romp was a quick read for a snowy house-bound day. It left me smiling and liking Jen and Jason. Their sex antics were hot and super fast - kind of hard to bask in the afterglow when you keep getting interrupted. *VBG*

If you are looking for a spicy light, fluffy read with the zing of adventure, then this story is for you.

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Reviewed by Xeranth

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Review: All She Needs [Legacy of the Celtic Brooch Book 8]

All She Needs [Legacy of the Celtic Brooch Book 8]
By Crystal Jordan

If ever Jen Campbell needed a magic charm, today is the day. Lucky for her, fate lands exactly what she needs on her door step. When her best friends, Emma and Paul, ask her to be their son's godmother, she's happy to agree. Until she finds Paul's brother is the godfather. Kevin Miller, the only man she's ever loved, and the only man she can never have. Their brief relationship ended in disaster, but one look is enough to convince Jen she'll never be over him. Can she resist the Kevin who says he's confronted the demons in his past and is determined to pick up where they left off--right in the middle of a hallway during a huge party, guests be damned? More importantly, can she trust that a man as stubborn as Kevin can truly
change and be all that she needs?


Heartfelt and meaningful, Crystal Jordan has created a story filled with love and longing. The sense of desperation within the desire to be loved instead of just wanted is so real. I absolutely loved it.

This story is told solely from Jen’s point of view, and it is better for it. With warm, real characters and relationships, this short story has a depth that belies its length. The emotion and sexual tension between Kevin and Jen build like a crescendo, creating a compelling story.

There were two very evident editing mistakes that should have made me rate this book lower, based on our site’s ratings level descriptions. With them I certainly should have rated it lower. The typos are not so distracting, however, that they lessen the wonderful nature of this story, but I thought it was important to mention them.

This installment of the Legacy of the Celtic Brooch has certainly made me want to read more of them. The author combines love, desire and sex on an emotional journey. Even though the sex was incredibly hot, the author managed to effortlessly make it about the love at the core of their relationship. This is a book I recommend highly to all lovers of true romance that don’t mind if it happens to really sizzle.

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Reviewed by Aster

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Review: Double Deutsch

DOUBLE DEUTSCH
By Shayla Kersten

Needing a fresh start after her husband divorces her for a younger woman, advertising exec, Catherine Lakeland, takes a position in Germany. Curious about sex with a man other than her husband but wary of the complications of a relationship, Cat trades places with her new friend, a sex worker at a brothel, for one night of pleasure but double the fun.

Cat is really stepping out of her comfort zone by posing as a sex worker at a German Brothel, but she’s ready to experience sex with someone other than her ex-husband. Boy, does she get what she was looking for! As the title of this tale eludes, she gets not one, but two sexy strangers that want to have sex with her at the same time.

The sex in this book was hot, hot, hot! Ritter is a sex god on the page, which is just what you want when reading about a fantasy come-to-life. Cat has an amazing night in the brothel, but will it be what she was looking for? She learns so much about herself through this one encounter, which is an added bonus to the sizzling sex scene.

Shayla Kersten has written a great little story about hot sex and self-discovery.

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Reviewed by: Aster