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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Crossing the Line



Crossing the Line by Cat Johnson
Publisher: Linden Bay Romance
Genre: Contemporary, Action/Adventure
Length: Full
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus

In this modern day tale of forbidden romance, can love conquer all?

Carrie Armstrong joined the Air Force seeking education, experience, and travel. What she didn't expect to find was the one thing military rules clearly state she can't have, Staff Sergeant Beau Adams.

Throughout the 14 years of his life that Beau has dedicated to the Marine Corps, he's never had reason to regret his decision to make the military his career, until now, when loving Carrie, the only woman he can picture growing old with, could cost him his future.

As the tension between them increases to the breaking point, their ability to resist temptation weakens. Forced to make a choice, do they willingly risk everything they've worked so hard to gain by Crossing The Line?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book of love in the military. Both Carrie and Beau are career military and do not want anything to get in the way of their goals. Unfortunately, love doesn't care about goals. When Carrie gets assigned to Djbouti, Africa, the temperature is not the only thing heating up. The “Ice Queen” melts when she starts running with Beau. I love how they both are so competitive and neither one wants to slow up.

Carrie has a hard time with some of the secondary characters. Some of the women that she bunks with are very petty. I loved to hate Cindy. She is written as the perfect evil character. Even Beau's best friend, Crash gives Carrie a hard time once in a while. These characters play important parts in the development and forward movement of the story.

I did not realize that there was a fraternization rule in the military -- my niece met her husband in Iraq and they fraternized for over a year before getting married. Because of that rule, though, I enjoyed the conversations between Beau and Carrie as they danced around much of what they wanted to say for fear of others hearing. When they finally get together, the scenes are very hot and quite well written. I did not like how long it took them to realize the solution to their problem, and think the author dragged that out a bit longer than necessary. I did enjoy the ending of the story and the solution that Beau figured out. This was a sweet love story that had you rooting for Carrie and Beau the entire time.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Power Games



Power Games by Madeline Oh
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short
Other: M/F, BDSM
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus

John Kent only agrees to make up a foursome to oblige his friend and fellow Dom, Mark. After all, a blind date with Mark’s sub’s old aunt promises to be a rather dull evening. But when Aunt Ellen turns out to be an enticing young widow, the prospect for the evening really looks up. Then John discovers Ellen is also a submissive, and his Dom instincts take over, much to their mutual satisfaction. After a night of sex games and kinky loving, they discover they might just have a future together.

This book contains many of the characters that stared in Ms. Oh's book Power Exchange and deals with the same subject matter. I loved that both John and Ellen were older characters and both had lost their partners. When they meet at the station, the attraction was immediate and mutual. I can picture myself being drawn to this type of strong, dominant man. I enjoyed the dinner conversation between John and Ellen as she tried not to say what she wanted to in deference to her niece. The way their minds worked around subtle clues without directly asking was a delight to read. Annie's conversation with her Aunt in the restroom was great. I've had those types of conversations with younger relatives and it is just as touching and just as stilted.

Ms. Oh was very explicit and detailed in her scenes. I felt like I was in the room as the negotiations of what is allowed was settled. I could just about feel every touch Ellen received from John as I read. I laughed at the ingenious uses John found for household cleaning aids. The tenderness and care shown by John and Ellen made me realize that love can happen twice in a lifetime.

This book is not for everyone. It was for me and if you give it a try, it might also be for you.

Parallel Attraction



Parallel Attraction by Michelle Houston
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Alternate Reality
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus

Anna-Marie Dallas is having a bad day. She's in a hostage situation where the odds aren't in her favor. When the gunman detonates the bomb he's been threatening, her fears are realized--she' s going to die.

Instead of waking up in the hereafter, she finds herself in a parallel reality, that split off sometime during the second world war. In the alternate universe, a third world war decimated their population, and they're struggling to rebuild.

Adjusting to the shift in reality, Anna-Marie also struggles with her growing attraction to Alex Brent, and finds that her life is not done changing.

This book starts with a bang, literally -- beginning with a hostage situation and a bomb detonating and then, Anna-Marie finds that she hasn't died, but has instead awakened over the rainbow. Okay, not really, but that is how she feels. Alex Brent is beside her bed when she wakes and tells her a story of the String Theory, World War III, and genetics. Anna has sworn to kiss the first first available male she comes across, and Alex looks really fine despite the fact he is very possibly crazy.

I enjoyed the love story as it developed. It is a simple but sweet story of two lonely people who cross universes to find each other. The story focused on Alex and Anna-Marie and not very much on the universe they lived in. I wanted to learn more about Kansas City and the New World that Anna-Marie now lives in but the limitations of a short story made that impossible.

Unfortunately, there were quite a few editing errors in the first half of the story. It irked me that "strong theory" was typed once instead of "string theory", for instance, and threw me out of the story. Still, if you can get past the editing errors, this is a straight forward, heart-warming romance that brings together two lonely people from different worlds.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Turquoise Dreams



Turquoise Dreams by Betty Hanawa
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Cholla

Nita Ramirez Gonzalez and Calder (Call) Calverton have denied their attraction to each other for years. Now both are having erotic fantasies they can't ignore, especially when their dreams have them experiencing those fantasies through the legendary lovers who died 150 years ago.

With a combination of excitement, mystery, and a touch of humor, Betty Hanawa leads you on a journey to unite a couple that had been kept apart for entirely too long.

An enjoyable and beautifully written story, the uniqueness of the characters captures your attention. The Native American theme has always attracted me and having a heroine that's not only part Native American but a jewelry designer as well was a fresh idea for me. While attempting to work out their true feelings, Nita and Call discover there is more to their attraction than they first thought. This unexpected attraction between Nita and Call creates lots of tension they manage to release during their steamy and passionately driven love scenes.

A delightful story from the very beginning, I couldn’t stop reading once I started.

Sizzle and Burn



Sizzle and Burn by Lexie Davis
Publisher: Amira Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus

After spending fourteen years trying to get over her first true love, Autumn Callahan devoted her time to practicing veterinarian medicine. But when an arch rival makes threats toward her, her military father takes action and calls in the one man she didn't want to come to her rescue, Jackson Cooper. She can't deny she's still in love with Jackson, and he hasn't changed from his domineering ways. Jackson was brought back into her life for a reason and this time, Autumn's unwilling to let him walk away.

Sizzle and Burn is a unique story. I have never read a book that encompassed so many different things. Jackson Cooper comes back into Autumn's life to protect her from a threat. What threat could a beautiful veterinarian have? How about bombs, intimidation, and arson to start. Then we go into puppy mills and dog fighting. There is so much action in the book.

The secondary characters in the book are well-written, well-rounded and always in the picture and help move the story along. Autumn's brother, Davis is a key character as he knows everything that happened to Autumn. Davis is also Jackson's best friend and knows Jackson's secret. The Callahan family is very close -- their love and unswerving support for one another really make this story great.

The storyline continually moved, the action and suspense were constant with no lulls. I kept trying to guess what would happen next and had to restrain myself from peeking ahead. A few of the conversations between the characters made me smile but this is really a hot, hard story of trust and love.

The romance between Autumn and Jackson is meant to sizzle. Lovers, enemies, then lovers again. The interaction between them just simmers, sizzles and burns. A definite hot read for a cool night.

Room to Play



Room to Play by Lena Austin
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short
Other: M/F, M/F/M, ménage
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Dandelion

When a drunk driver leaves the beautiful and talented Claudia Peters, hairdresser to the stars, deprived of both her lucrative profession and her sense of self worth, her husband Andre fears the worst. Claudia’s sinking into a vortex of depression. Then Dante appears. The handsome physical therapist needs a place to live — and Andre and Claudia need his combination of tough love and Machiavellian cajolery to revive their spirits. But Dante wants more than just a job — he’s falling in love — with both of them! Andre can accept sharing Claudia with Dante. But can he accept sharing himself?

“Room to Play” is an engaging short story that not only provides some hot ménage scenes, but also some good character growth within its brief pages. Claudia, former star stylist, is appropriately angry and frustrated after she‘s severely injured in a car accident--but she learns to heal her heart and her body thanks to the talented, patient, and extremely good-looking Dante. Dante is a great character, comfortable with his own bi-sexuality and attentive to both Claudia and Andre in the bedroom. Andre is the most interesting character here: he’s grateful for Dante’s help, and he enjoys watching the man make love to his own wife, but he’s hesitant to try the new waters of male-male loving that Dante suggests. The ways in which Andre slowly comes to terms with his own wants and needs was well done.

My only complaint about this story is the unrealistic way in which Claudia seems to recover from her injuries. In the beginning, she’s confined to a wheelchair, and even after she gains strength, she can’t descend stairs or dress herself easily. However, at the same time, she’s also walking around in sky-high heels and having acrobatic sex in the shower, the bedroom, and on the living room rug. Dante may be a good therapist, but I’m not sure he’s that good!

That lapse in logic aside, “Room to Play” features some hot sex scenes and some nice characterization as this threesome’s relationship develops--in more ways than one!

Hot River: Triple Shot Tracy



Hot River: Triple Shot Tracy by Kate Hill
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Action/Adventure
Length: Short
Other: M/F, Multiple Partners
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus

Desperate for a break from her monotonous life, Tracy decides a trip to the country is exactly what she needs. Little does she know that when she drives into Hot River Campground she's about to enter a real life and very adult fairytale.

After paying her fee at the campground, Tracy has no idea that the host, a pixie-like lady called Miranda, has hit her with fairy dust. The magic begins that very night when she is seduced three times by the most gorgeous man she has ever met. First he teases her with toasted marshmallows. Then he tempts her with a swim in the river. Finally he shows her just how erotic a sleeping bag can be.

She wonders how one man can have so much energy, but her curiosity is soon satisfied when she is attacked by a wolf in man's clothing. To her surprise, her campsite lover comes to her rescue, except he's not one, but three. The Princeton triplets--Oakes, Jeb, and Tripp—had come to protect Tracy. They've fallen for her as hard as she's fallen for them, but will anyone be safe with a werewolf on the loose?

Tracy felt out of place in her life, as if she didn't quite fit in. When I read about the cubicle she works in, it reminded me of a few of my workplaces. The description of the walls and how some people try to dress up their cubes. to make themselves individuals, was spot on.

Impulsively, Tracy picks a place out of a newspaper and tells her friend that she is going there on vacation. When she was driving to Hot River Campground and stopped for directions, I could hear the music from Jaws in my head as I read. Something ominous was going to happen.

After Tracy arrives at the magical campground for other world beings, the fun begins. She begins her night with a seduction that was so hot, I kept fanning myself as I read it. Considering it was with a stranger, I can't fault her for not noticing the difference in the triplets. She does spot some differences but they are shooed away by each of the triplets and if I'd had that hunk seducing me, I'd have forgotten everything also.

The story takes a twist when a werewolf -- the one who placed a compulsion spell to lure Tracy to the campground -- shows up. I rooted for the triplets the whole time. I am very glad I took a vacation with this sexy tale in the woods and highly suggest you take a holiday to Hot River, too.

Bid For Love



Bid For Love by Savannah Chase
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus

Her fantasy man is up for auction. Will Nico dare to bid?

Nico's history of romantic disasters has taught her when she gambles on men, she's fated to lose. That doesn't stop her from secretly lusting after Jeff, the handsome construction worker she sees every day on her way to work.

When the New York's Sexiest Bachelor auction begins and Jeff comes up on the block, she's seriously tempted to place a bid. The wager can't be taken lightly -- It might be for a good cause, but she's making a bid for love...

I thoroughly enjoyed "Bid For Love". It is a touching romance that has you rooting for both Nico and Jeff through the entire story and wishing for friends as true as Fran and Audrey.

Like many of us, Nico considers herself plain. She compares herself unfavorably to her buxom co-workers and other women. Jeff is extremely shy when around Nico. He doesn't consider himself that special and has a hard time believing he was listed as one of the ten sexiest men. I found myself wanting to force them to talk to each other and get together. I was kept on the edge of my seat as situation after situation happened to the both of them.

I laughed out loud at several of Ms. Chase's descriptions. Her wit is razor-sharp and shone throughout this story. I especially loved when she spoke about wanting variety and visiting the local ice cream parlor. There are several situations I've also wondered about. With the detailed descriptions in this story, I now know all about speed dating and bachelor auctions. My heart was in my throat during the entire auction.

Savannah Chase's story, "Bid For Love", is an enjoyable read that I completely enjoyed and heartily recommend.

A Fling in Vampiropolis



A Fling in Vampiropolis by Selena Illyria
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Short
Other: M/F, BDSM
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Snowdrop

Determined to have fun and relieve some of the stress from her job, Nevada Justice decides to take a vacation to one of the few all-vampire cities in the U.S., Vampiropolis.

What she doesn’t count on is meeting vampire Lucian Sandros and having a hot, steamy affair with him -- or falling in love. But it can’t last, can it? After all, this was just a fling in Vampiropolis. Now it’s time to go home.

What will Nevada do when Lucian hunts her down in Normalville to claim her for his own?

To be honest – after reading this story, who wouldn’t want to have such a hot, passionate and desire filled fling while on vacation? The things that Nevada and Lucian do are the things that every woman’s fantasies are made of. The sex scenes are extremely hot, very detailed and include some tasteful BDSM.

I love how this story flows. It has real background information on the main and supporting characters. It’s not just a bunch of fluff written to get you hot and bothered. I love the use of Lida as a supporting character for both Lucian and Nevada.

I absolutely adore reading vampire novels, especially vampire romance novels. I love the authors choice of details about vampire life – since every author can change minor things about how vampires act, what their powers can do, etc.

The banter between Lucian and Nevada are typical conversations between loved ones – and it’s interesting to see that Lucian being a vampire does not bother her one bit. She treats him exactly how she would treat any boyfriend – dead, undead or alive. I would definitely recommend this to someone looking for vampire fiction. This author is now on my don’t miss list.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Bourbon Street Heat



Bourbon Street Heat by Lisa Perry
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus

Stacy Newport, CEO of Elite Advertising Company in the Big Apple, is dragged away from the rat-race by her best friend, landing amidst the mayhem of Mardi Gras for some much needed fun after years of hard work and social sacrifice.

Hesitant to leave after firing her current CPA, Stacy realizes how badly she needs to get away. Will the city's seduction and the sexy allure of a masked man luring her through Bourbon Street be too hot to refuse?

"Marcus" may be just what Stacy needs—in more ways than one.

In this neatly penned, hot story we meet Stacy Newport, a workaholic who runs her own business. Her best friend from Junior High School, Rochelle, is a model who plans a three day getaway for Mardi Gras. Practical Stacy almost backs out of the vacation due to needing a CPA for her business. Rochelle is a party animal who manages to talk Stacy into going. The banter between the friends is loaded with sexual innuendo's. Typical girl talk, very cute and also quite funny.

A stranger in a mask, Marcus as we later find out his name is, seduces Stacy in the middle of Bourbon Street. I could feel the sexual heat pouring off him as he leads her to an alley. After doing things backwards, they decide to get to know each other. I could feel every moment of their time together in the cafe and later in his room. I think the main characters worked so well together in the story was because they were both after the same experience in New Orleans.

This is a well written short with sexual scenes I could feel between Marcus and Stacy. The story is simple and the ending is easy to predict but all in all a very sexy read.

Spicing it Up



Spicing it Up by Mia Bailey
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus

Cara Manning has worked very hard to get to the top of her career. Staying on top is going to be the hardest work she has ever done. Running with the current trend in cooking shows, she pitches 'Spice It Up!'. Now all she needs is a sizzling chef to host the show.

She definitely finds that in Jack Monroe, an aspiring restaurateur who has a flair for haute cuisine, a scandalous reputation, and a killer smile that makes Cara's knees melt like butter. From the moment they meet, their heat is evident.

Jack can see beneath Cara's uptight exterior is a woman with passion. But can he shake the rumors of his "bad-boy" escapades to be with an uptight, corporate executive? Can Cara take a chance with a man who, technically, works for her, without risking her career or losing her own identity?

Ms. Bailey writes a very detailed, suspenseful and steamy book revolving around a cooking show at a television studio. Reading "Spice It Up!" was like seeing a movie. I could visualize every scene in my mind and it kept moving at a good clip.

Jack Monroe is a “bad boy” chef who is hosting Spice It Up. Cara Manning is the Program Director at WROK television. She is a woman in a good old boys club and she is trying hard to prove that women can succeed in the broadcasting world. When she and Jack meet, things go from a simmer to spicy hot. Jack has some hints of a dark side which we see come out when he sexually dominates Cara in the bedroom. Cara likes giving up control after office hours. Their lovemaking is very emotional and moving.

The secondary characters are very well written and completely fleshed out. I know almost as much about them as I do the main characters. From Liz, the best friend who orchestrates Jack being in Cara show; to Richard Warren, station Station Manager and Cara's idol; to Jeremy Steele, station “Golden Boy” and Cara's abusive ex; I enjoyed the interplay among the characters as they helped move the story along.

Throughout the book, there are glimpses of a stalker. He plays an integral part of this book. When everything begins to be revealed at the end of the story, I was amazed that such a level of suspense was achieved. The ending just blew me away. For scary suspense and scorching hot sex, "Spicing It Up!" fits the menu.

Lyrical



Lyrical by Victoria Blisse
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short
Other: M/F, BHM
Rating: 4 cherries
Review by Xeranth



Living in a world of lyrics, she sings his song and he is powerless to resist.

Peter is anti-social. He doesn’t speak to a soul at work and listens to his music 24/7. He thinks he is too fat to fit in. Rock chick Chloe disagrees and slowly pulls Peter out of his shell. She finally wins him over with her beautiful singing voice but he just does not know how to deal with this beautiful woman and her lusts. Does Chloe have the patience to teach him to play her song to the rhythm of their shared sensuality or will he be forever doomed to a solitary life with only his music for comfort?

Lyrical is a first for me in that it involves a rather large man who is innocent, sort of endearing and totally bemused by the opposite sex. He’s found ways to shut himself off from co-workers to the point that he is completely alone. He thinks he is perfectly fine and justifies the cocoon he’s encased in.

As with all cocoons, inside is something that has to emerge and take wing. It can be beautiful and amazing and when Peter emerges from his seclusion, his true nature is tentative but truly beautiful. Unlike the critters you find inside that kind of comfy enclosure, Peter needs to be prodded and pestered into peaking out of his comfort zone to taste the flavor of life. He gets repeatedly poked by Chloe, his new co-worker and tormenter.

Chloe is a beautiful woman who is adventurous, sexually sure and is able to see beyond the prickly hedgehog demeanor Peter presents to the world. She reaches him in a way no one ever has and keeps at it. Her persistence was fun for me to read, and irritating to Peter, which continued my enjoyment.

Peter’s self flagellation and Chloe’s steam roller antics to get to know him made this mismatched pair a delight to see get together. Lyrical is told in Peter’s POV and I think this works. It made Peter’s character more sympathetic and easier to connect to. I don’t think this story would have worked as well if told from Chloe’s perspective so I have to give Ms. Blisse credit. I get the feeling Ms. Blisse really cared about her Peter’s happiness.

Lyrical is a sweet and saucy romantic tale that ends with optimism amidst the universal language of music. It is a short story that embraces the notion that differences aren’t obstacles to love and romance. We need to be reminded of that from time to time and this story shows it well.

Cowboy



Cowboy by Delilah Devlin
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 Cherries
Review by Xeranth

Caught in a sudden thunderstorm on a lonely stretch of Texas highway, I pull into a dingy little diner to wait out the rain, never dreaming the cowboy of my dreams would follow me inside. Now I have a couple of choices, play it coy and safe? Or go for the big brass buckle?
“Cowboy” is a short story that seduces the reader the same time Carly seduces her cowboy. The descriptive visuals will surely have a reader reaching for something cold and wet.

In the story, I never got to know Carly’s full name. She wants to stay anonymous because she doesn’t think things are going to be any different from the rules she’s set down. But, there’s something about the man who walks into the deserted diner that speaks to her. The way Ms. Devlin described Cowboy was enough to send me into a hot flash. It’s not a wonder that Carly ends up contemplating a most sensually spontaneous plan.

Cowboy is a mystery. One thing I can say is; the man has dialogue that packs a sexual punch that would make any woman weak in the knees and give her butterflies in her tummy. He’s a gentleman but is not afraid to take what is offered or demand a give and take. And wow, does he give some hot lovin’.

The amusing twist comes from a certain realization at a certain time which had me grinning from ear to ear. What a clever and hilarious bit of writing. Ms. Devlin has a cheeky wit which enhanced this story tremendously.

My only disappointment is the ending. It has promise for a very passionate HEA, but there is no true commitment to the promise and I was bummed. Carly and her cowboy have some serious sparks left smoldering and I want to know what happens next. Ms. Devlin simply has to pick up the thread and weave some more hot magic between this couple and I’ll be right there in line to get the book.

I liked Carly and I want to get to know her cowboy and since it’s in first person POV, I can’t get to know him until Carly does. Therefore, I fervently hope that Ms. Devlin plans on giving us more. If not, I just may have to start an email campaign.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Unexpected Encounter



Unexpected Encounter by Samantha Gentry
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Bittersweet

A proper bank employee climbing the career ladder, Shasta Brooks fantasizes about sexy computer consultant, Dane Wingate, every time he's in the bank...and even when he isn't. Much to her dismay, he hasn't asked her out even though he openly flirts. Then her friends throw her a well-intentioned thirtieth birthday party and hire the hottest male stripper in Seattle to help her celebrate. There's no mistaking the man behind the mask. Dane's secret is safe with Shasta, but now that she knows, she's ready for a private performance.

“Unexpected Encounter” caused a smile to spread across my face from page one. The smile became a wide grin when the two main characters casually meet again, and a grin became a sigh of pleasure as I got into their delicately detailed love making.

However, as I delved deeper into the feelings of each character, nervousness surged through me. What does Dane hide? What is this dark secret which incapacitates him, making him unable to share an emotional relationship? How about Shasta, will her wish come true? I devoured every page, indulging in the sexual encounters, so well described that I couldn't help but imagine myself in Shasta’s skin. I lusted... not only for that, but for the truth to come out between the pair of lovers. Finally, disaster which I hoped so fervently would be avoided, strikes.

In barely a few pages Samantha Gentry, gets you traveling through a rainbow of assorted feelings. Her well thought out characters make it all the more realistic; something that could happen to any one. The neat point of view exchanges and the well described scenes make it an easy and fast read.

The only negative point was the rushed ending, which -- after so much tension -- left me wishing that it wasn’t all over so suddenly. However, even if a bit quick, the coup de grâce is well mastered and left me once more staring at the screen with a satisfied grin.

Masked Encounter



Masked Encounter by Samantha Gentry
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus

When fantasy becomes too hot to handle, what's a girl to do? Trish Andrews wants one fantastic night of hot sex with her boss, Jonathon Rutledge, without risking her pride, her identity, and ultimately, his rejection. When an invitation to a masquerade lands on Jonathon's desk, crashing the party in a killer red dress seems like the perfect opportunity to turn fantasy into reality.

“Masked Encounters” plays upon many of our secret fantasies. Who of us at one time or another in our lives haven't imagined having sex with our good-looking boss? Unlike us, Trish doesn't lack the nerve to something about it. What about the fantasy of sex with a "stranger?" Again, Trish has this angle covered when she hatched her scheme. Though she's a bit nervous, that doesn't stop her from implementing her plan to get her boss into bed.

As Jonathan begins to develop feelings for his mystery lover, I began feel sorry for him and I, for one was glad he began to look in his own backyard so to speak. The story offers a cute take on Cinderella throughout, as well. For everyone who likes good, incredibly hot sex, a sweet story and happy endings, “Masked Encounters” is a feel good read for any afternoon.