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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Zara's Bois 3: Bouncer's Folly



Zara's Bois 3: Bouncer's Folly by Gracie C. McKeever
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery, Paranormal
Length: Short
Other: M/M, BDSM, IR
Review by Anthurium

Before her death in a tragic accident, Zara Benjamin was the epitome of spoiled rich bad-girl with no direction or purpose in life. When she's brought back to Earth in the body of rich directionless bad-boy Trevor Carmichael, she thinks it's just destiny screwing with her life again.

Slacker Trevor Carmichael is charming and smart enough to go far and accomplish much but is too busy proving his parents right by partying hard and freeloading off his forbearing twin, Travis. Fate soon intervenes, however, to stop Trevor's self-destructive spiral and give Zara one more chance to get things right.

Personal trainer and part-time bouncer Ramsey Logan has been the reliable go-to guy all his life and doesn't have the time or inclination to entertain people who aren't equally so. But there's something about the reckless and sexy Trevor that has Ramsey looking passed the impulsive façade to the wounded soul beneath.

This was a very interesting book, though a little confusing in the beginning because I had not previously read the other books in this series. But once I got going I very much enjoyed this authors book and intend to go back and read the other books in the series.

This is a reincarnation story of sorts. Zara Benjamin is sent back to life in the body of rich bad boy, Trevor Carmichael. It is very interesting to journey with Zara as she transforms from Zara the woman, in a man’s body, to Zara the Man.

It doesn't take long for her new male body to start responding to sexy bouncer and personal trainer, Ramsey Logan. The interaction between these two is full of passion and is even quite romantic at times. The love between the two is very sensual and, although there are issues that try to keep them apart, they are still drawn together. This M/M story gives us an inside view of true human beings, and the reader is really able to understand their feelings and the chemistry between them.

I recommend this story for any M/M Fans, it is scorching, and well worth reading, and although I have not actually read the first two books in this series, based on the skillful writing and interesting plot of this story, I'd think that they would be good additions to read also. This was my first Gracie C. McKeever book, but it certainly will not be my last.

The Pleasure Dome of Titan



The Pleasure Dome of Titan by Mikala Ash
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Sci-Fi
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Review by Eglantine

Idealist Joshua Hunt has been sent on a hopeless mission. He must convince the mysterious Professor A. Voss to cease her dangerous experiments which threaten the wolfen with extinction, or she will be assassinated.

To warn her, he travels to Titan, one of the inhospitable moons of Saturn. Expecting the studious "old maid" stereotype of a female scientist, he finds instead a coven of voluptuous vampires all named Voss, living in a sumptuous pleasure dome and one, a red-headed beauty, steals his heart at first sight.

Anna Voss is on the brink of a momentous discovery and will let nothing stop her, not even this gorgeous hunk of werewolf. Desire for the romantic Joshua, however, forces her to break down the barriers of prejudice which have kept vampire and wolfen apart for centuries.

Not only has a wolfen death squad followed Joshua to Titan, but he also runs smack into the evil Lord Draco and his equally malevolent consort, Mi-Kun. Evil plots and counterplots writhe beneath Titan’s roiling methane clouds as Joshua and Anna risk everything to save each other’s lives.

Werewolf Joshua Hunt travels to Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, to what he thinks is a small research facility with a boring professor and a few other staff. He has to stop Prof. A. Voss to stop her research, or she will die. But Joshua is in for a big surprise. The dome is more than a boring research facility, it’s also a nest of vampires indulging in their every sexual fantasy with willing human slaves. Except for Anna Voss. Unlike her sisters, Angelica and Anthea, she is interested in no more than her work, and hasn’t had sex since before she was turned. But when Joshua crosses her path, his werewolf senses driven mad with the intoxicating erotic chemicals suffusing the air in the dome, her mind most emphatically turns from work to something else altogether. The sex is scorching, but is it enough to convince Anna to overcome the ages-old animosity between vampires and werewolves? Can they unravel the complicated web of plots around them? Which A. Voss’ research is it that needs to be stopped, anyway, and why?

So often erotica suffers from woefully inadequate plot and character development in favor of hot sex. What a pleasure to find a tale that sizzles, but at least has a solid plot and believable characters visible through the steam. The writing is more than adequate, and where it falters the story is strong enough to carry the reader through the missteps. I thoroughly enjoyed the clever twists and turns in the story. Worth the download price.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Walls



Walls by Bridget Midway
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Review by Violet

Some walls can't always protect you. A young woman learns that after confronting a man she's been watching, scoping, for a few weeks. Assuming an identity she finds on a business card, her interests are purely carnal as she walks with this handsome stranger along the Virginia Beach boardwalk on a hot July night. But when the watcher becomes the center of attention from an surprising viewer, will the realization bring down the very walls she's built up around herself or add another layer?

A young lady spends time after work in a diner watching a gorgeous man for weeks. Finally one day, he introduces himself as Carl and mentions it is a nice night for a walk on the beach. During the walk, the young woman assumes the false identity of Celeste. As she gets closer to Carl, she feels guilty for the using a fake name until she learns whose identity she really did use. Exactly who is that person that was watching them?

Peel back the first page and what do you get? Wow, very erotic. I enjoyed "Celeste's" character because she was the type of person who tells it like it is without being afraid of being too direct. Her humor is what drew me into her character. I always love humor in anything that I read but this character had that sarcastic sense of humor which makes me laugh every time. The scenes were very hot and I loved how the characters reacted to each other on a very primitive level. Towards the end of the story, it blew my mind. I did not see the twist coming and was very surprised by the ending. Bridget Midway is my kind of erotic writer--sharp, humorous, witty and an all around great! I will definitely add more of her works to my TBR list, and recommend that you do the same.

Under Cover of the Night



Under Cover of the Night by Megan Hussey
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal (Vampire)
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Review by Yarrow

Women flock to Club Nuit, a high-class strip club and bordello for women, looking for a rousing good time. Yet Carlotta Wilkes, a long-neglected wife, finds something more: Ramon Montague, a gorgeous and sensual lover ready to romance and seduce her. Losing her battle with temptation, Carlotta succumbs to the mysterious seducer who will stop at nothing to fulfill her deepest desires. The exotically handsome Ramon loves his work at Club Nuit, a club he co-founded with two other sexy hunks that thrive on women's sexual energies. When Ramon falls for Carlotta, his favorite customer, he fights to keep a secret that could threaten their love. It seems this gentleman of the evening is also a lord of the night.

Pay a visit to Club Nuit, where hot incubus vampires fulfill the deepest, darkest fantasies of everyday women. Ramon, Xavier and Rainyn rule the night with their otherworldly seductions; and in time, each 'gentleman of the evening' finds a special lady who earns his eternal love. The gentlemen of the evening are coming for you.

From the taste of Ramon’s kisses to the touch of his hands on Carlotta’s body, author Megan Hussey paints such a vivid picture of her setting and characters that it’s like walking into a lucid dream.

Under Cover of the Night is a short story that engages all of my senses. I only have to close my eyes to conjure up the tall dark Ramon, but once I have his image locked in my mind it’s hard to not think about him all day. If I listen keenly, I think I can hear the sounds of women being satisfied at Club Nuit and the seductive whisper of Ramon’s voice. I swear I can smell the plants and flowers in the garden that surrounds the Florida women’s club.

Carlotta and Ramon are a perfect fit. When an author successfully establishes this chemistry between her characters it’s like being taken on a carefree ride with an experienced driver: you sit back and let the journey unfold. With Ramon and Carlotta the journey moves from a platonic friendship with a strong undercurrent of lust to a public consummation that is so hot perspiration will bead on your skin.

Disappointment for me: there’s no such Victorian-style club in my neighborhood that is staffed by vampires devoted to teasing, pleasing, seducing and entertaining women. This First Book of Nuit is Ramon’s story, but I can hardly wait for the Second and Third Book featuring, Ramon’s fellow vampires, the golden haired, Xavier and the green-eyed, red headed, Rainyn. Well done, Megan Hussey!

Madam Periwinkle: Outlook Orgasmic



Madam Periwinkle: Outlook Orgasmic by Hannah Beckham
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Review by Hibiscus

Terri Smythe, a transplanted New Yorker, is trying to find her feet in Kansas City. After an emergency "save-me-before-I-slit-my-wrists-from- boredom" visit from her best friends, and a shopping spree at Madam Periwinkle's Erotic Delights, a Magic 8-Ball sets her off on an adventure of a lifetime.

That adventure has one name -- Niko. He's a gorgeous. He's strong. He's bold.

He's also a vampire.

I liked the character of Terri Smythe. She was a serious woman trying her best to make a new life for herself. She is studying to be a doctor and leaves everything she knows to move to Kansas City where she can afford to study medicine. This is how she ends up working in the morgue -- a classic horror movie scene: working on a dead body but the body isn't really dead. Or is it? The whole time in the morgue was beautifully written. I could actually feel the vapor in the air and the heat when Niko and Terri first touch was incredible. I felt Terri was like a bulldog in that she never gives up when she is looking for Niko. Her Magic 8-Ball was a stitch. I had a smile on my face every time she used it.

Nikolas Pappas was a character I really liked. I thought he did tall, dark and dead (or wounded) beautifully. At first I thought he was a bit arrogant when he met Terri and her friends in Madam Periwinkle's shop but as I got to know him in the book, I saw that it was just a front that Niko puts on. I could see that he was shaken when Terri talked about the psyche and then his love for her began to shine through.

There are several minor characters around which the story also revolves. First is the fairy Elijah, who was very evil. He thought Kansas City was his very own kingdom. There is also Niko's best friend,Jace, who has been with him since Niko came to Kansas City. Jace seemed to be a nice vampire, if a bit on the timid side. Jace is always afraid of Elijah in the book. The story has several twists that I did not see coming and an ending that completely blew me away.

Madam Periwinkle's Outlook Orgasmic was a very good book. I loved how each scene was set with intricate details that made me feel as if I were actually there in the story. I am thoroughly enjoying this series, and look forward to the next installment!

Imperative: Always You



Imperative: Always You by Belinda McBride
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Review by Cholla

In the future, we don't choose our mates; Nature chooses for us. Nature doesn't make mistakes. And if you don't pay attention to Nature's Imperative, you suffer.

She could always get under his skin. He could always send her spinning into fury. Marilyn and Neil aren’t like oil and water, they’re like dynamite and a fuse! Not only do these co-workers hate each other, but Mari’s still in love with her ex-husband, and Neil? Well, Neil is gay.

Nature’s got some explaining to do.

Boy does nature ever have some explaining to do! Once Neil and Marilyn made a pact to do what they need to do and walk away from the men bringing them down, Nature hits them full force with the Imperative. Neil’s coming to terms with his sexuality brings a very human, very natural tension to the story. You so desperately want them both to figure it out, to make concessions, to just be happy for once. The emotional intensity lends itself to some very dramatic scenes between Neil and Marilyn, as well as some very, very scorching love scenes.

The unique idea of Nature choosing your mate is, in itself, enough to draw my interest. However, the addition of such seemingly mismatched couples adds to the intrigue. The particular monkey wrench Ms. McBride throws into Always You has you scratching your head trying to figure out how this is going to get fixed! Nature surely has a sense of humor for help comes in the most unexpected form, sealing their relationship forever. A heart wrenching and honest story about love and life, Always You is a real winner on all levels.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Black Planet: Little Dragon



Black Planet: Little Dragon by Belinda McBride
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Review by Cholla

Following a devastating injury, Detective Rose "Little Dragon" Lee takes a courier job to make payments on her ship. The job was easy...safe...until her ship is captured by the dangerous, war-like Nephris.

Nephris Commander Arad Soheil immediately recognizes his captive as the one person his government would most like to capture and terminate. Arad immediately files a property claim on the dangerous female, making her part of his household. Rose means more to him than a warm body in his bed or a vessel for his children. She holds the key to his freedom and his sanity, to his very life.

Because Arad Soheil is not what he seems, and his time is running out.

Set in Belinda McBride’s own futuristic version of Earth and space, Little Dragon is an adventurous ride through the galaxy. Tiny but deadly Rose Lee isn’t afraid of anyone or anything – except for her fantasy man. Commander Arad holds a secret that only Rose can help him with, even if she doesn’t know it. Ridden with guilt, Arad wants what he believes he shouldn’t have; Rose holds an alternative belief.

Ms. McBride creates rich worlds, in which nearly anything is possible, even hope for two seemingly doomed creatures. She delights in bringing together the most unlikely couples and makes you want to cheer for them. Packed full of fast-paced action and scorching love scenes, Black Planet: Little Dragon will take you on a cruise through the galaxy while rubbing elbows with one of the nastiest, most egotistical races in the universe.

Nothing But Trouble



Nothing But Trouble by Jamie Hill
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short
Other: M/M
Review by Yarrow

Adrian Scott doesn't expect to fall in love with his employer after spending one night with him. Graham Elliott is handsome and exciting, a very wealthy man, not in Adrian 's league. But their night together was intoxicating, and Adrian can't shake the thought of making a life with this older man. As per their arrangement, they have twomore nights together. Will that be enough time to convince his boss they belong together, or will the deal prove to be nothing but trouble?

Nothing But Trouble reminded me a bit of the British Mills and Boons books I used to read as a teenager. I loved those chaste doctor/nurse or boss/secretary storylines where the heroine was always out of the league of her beloved, and only dared to dream that she would ever end up with him.

Like those early heroines, Adrian Scott is young (24 years old) and pretty much alone in the world: his father is dead, he takes care of mother while doing the survival job of waiter/bartender. When his closeted boss, Graham Elliot proposes a paid liaison between the two of them, Adrian agrees. Adrian had always been attracted to the sophisticated and wealthy older man, but never imagined that he would be so lucky as to actually become intimate with him.

Unlike those early innocent heroines, Adrian and his boss have grunting, hot, man on man sex that is described in full detail. The explicit dialogue and sexual activity shouldn’t really blend with the traditional nature of the storyline, but somehow, author Jamie Hill manages to weave together the opposing elements quite successfully.

As Adrian’s lust for Graham turns into love, I couldn’t help but connect with his feelings of vulnerability, and the pain he experiences knowing that he is in love with a man who is adamant about maintaining his façade as a powerful and straight casino owner. On the other hand, I also understood that, as an older man with a public image, it is not as easy for Graham to be “out” as it is for the younger Adrian. It is also not easy for Graham to admit that someone as young as Adrian could love him for more than his money.

For me, Nothing But Trouble was a quick, enjoyable quick read, that made me want to grab a fan one moment and reflect the next moment about those romances of the past.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Call of the Wild



Call of the Wild by Sierra Dafoe
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Short
Other: M/F/M, Ménage
Review by Cholla

Welcome to Wolf Creek Cove...

In an isolated area of northern Manitoba lives an unusual breed of wolf. They are the Shumani, the wolves who walk as men. But the longer they go without contact with humans, the more they regress into wild wolves.

Larak and his den-brother Kam watched helplessly as the Shumani dwelling in the hills above Wolf Creek were taken over by Hunt, a vicious black wolf who will do anything to retain control of the pack. Now, with the arrival of the only human they've seen since cubhood, Larak and Kam vow to end Hunt's domination.

Sarah Hartwell, domestic disaster and wolf aficonado, has left her fiance to spend eight months studying the wolves. Little does she know she will become a pawn in the battle for control of the Shumani -- a pawn Hunt is determined to remove from the game.

Can Larak and Kam convince her to give up a safe, secure life among her own kind for one of danger, passion, and the call of the wild.

Disillusioned with men and the relationships that come along with them, Sarah Hartwell treks out into the great outdoors to study her real passion: wolves.

Driven to desperation by the dangerous and crazy wolf, Hunt, den brothers Kam and Larak plot to end his reign of terror. When Kam is injured by an old, rusted hunter’s trap, Sarah takes in the wolf and his brother. When she nurses Kam back to health, she winds up with so much more than she ever bargained for!

Taking the standard wolf-shifter story and turning it into something entirely her own, Sierra Dafoe presents you with an intriguing tale of two brothers and one woman, each searching for something and finding it with each other.

Sierra Dafoe not only brings you to a beautiful, isolated area in far northern Canada, she also brings the action with her. Fast-paced and engrossing, you constantly want to know what's going to happen next, when Sarah's going to figure it all out and will she stay or will she go? Wrought full of tense emotions and blistering sex, you are on an emotional roller coaster ride, ending in a secluded glade and one hot finale.

Lycan Lore



Lycan Lore by Shannon Leigh
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Genre: Paranormal, Shape-shifter
Length: Full
Other: M/F
Review by Hibiscus

Being the tag-along on a camping trip with Heather and Graham is not what Cassandra has in mind for her long weekend. However, when a tall dark stranger with staggering green eyes shows up to lend a hand with her tent assembly from Hell, she has to rethink her predicament. Despite the mixture of excitement and apprehension he incites with his soul-startling stare, the possibility that she's just found her brawny Tarzan in the depths of Redwood National Park suddenly doesn't seem so absurd.

Cray feels an equally potent draw to the fiery red head with the soft hazel eyes, attractive features, and tempting shape. Despite his resolve, she provokes a primordial calling he's long sought to contain. He wants this female, he can't deny, but he knows giving in to such unabashed urges can lead to disaster, and he refuses to sentence this woman to his own horrid fate.

But just as is powerful as Cray's attraction is his unexpected surge of protectiveness. There's something about Cassandra's male friend that needles his suspicion. Graham invokes his predatory sense of dominance, and that doesn't bode well. If his instincts are correct, Graham is more than he appears and Cassandra's life is in danger.

Lycan Lore is a great blend of an old and a new werewolf tale. We have Graham, who was turned on a Canadian hunting trip as the old time werewolf who has no control over his change when the moon is full. Needless to say, Graham is the “evil” werewolf in this story. There is also Cray who is a natural born werewolf and thus he can control his changes and impulses. Cray is the “good” werewolf and he hunts “evil” werewolves.

I liked the character of Cassandra. She is a strong woman who has her degree in Psychology. Cassandra is familiar with people who believe they can change into an animal but is certain that they are just delusional and she tries to cure them in her job. Cassie's friend, Heather talks her into accompanying them on a camping trip for the weekend, claiming that she will meet a hunk. The scene where Cassie is trying to put up her tent is very funny. Her help arrives in the form of Cray.

Cray is everything I look for in a hot, sexy hunk. He is a perfect gentleman when he assists Cassie with the construction of the tent. He even offers to take her on a hike the next day where he again restrains himself. I could sense that he cared for Cassie. Cray holds himself back from claiming Cassie for fear of turning her into a werewolf even though he thinks she is his mate. Like a knight in fur, he protects Cassie when she is in need. Cray eventually gives in to Cassandra's urgings.

Lycan Lore is a hot story of werewolves with a twist. I found myself looking for something to cool me down when I wasn't on the edge of my seat yelling at Cassie what she should do. I recommend Lycan Lore for those who like a different type of paranormal story and I, for one, can't wait to read the next story in the series.

Lycan Lore 2: Offspring



Lycan Lore 2: Offspring by Shannon Leigh
Publisher: Amber Quill Press Heat
Genre: Paranormal, Shapeshifter
Length: Short
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage
Review by Hibiscus

Nine months ago, Heather's life took a dramatic change. She became a werewolf. Shortly thereafter, a lycan hunter named Cray murdered her sire, leaving her to struggle through her horrible existence alone.

But if turning into a bloodthirsty, ravenous, beast of the night wasn't bad enough, she'd also conceived a child on the evening of her attack. With the next lunar cycle about to begin, the hunter hot on her heels, and her unborn child at stake, she's desperate to stay alive. Hoping the hordes of partying females will mask her scent, she flees to the crowded shores of South Beach, right into the arms of a local college student named Mike, a man who could prove more than a one-night stand.

Born a lycan, bred a hunter, Cray McCorbin has learned to control his inner beast, as well as accept the responsibility of eliminating other wolves who can't. He's not proud of his job—killing isn't something he enjoys—and prefers to consider himself a protector of humanity, despite his own heritage. Nine months ago, however, fate intervened in his miserable life and fulfilled the old lycan lore, presenting him with a mate. Cassandra, Heather's best friend, is all Cray's ever dreamed of and more. But destiny can sometimes come with a cruel hand. Though he'd gladly give his life for her, his duties as a hunter come first. He can't allow any renegade werewolf to escape, not even Cassandra's best friend...

Lycan Lore2: Offspring continues where Lycan Lore left off. Cassandra and Cray are a couple now and hunt rogue werewolves together. Their main target is Heather, who has been on the run for nine months since Graham had attacked her, and the people she changes during the full moon cycles each month.

I found Heather to be a very compassionate and highly sexed woman. Even at nine months pregnant, Heather is sexually active. She picks up two men, Dave and Mike, at a bar for fun and games. Heather shows how much she cares for Mike by making them leave before her change comes as she doesn't want to hurt Mike. She meets Mike the next day and I learned more about lycan born and lycan made and natural mates. I loved the third night of the full moon scene. It had me biting my nails to see what the outcome was.

The character of Mike was pretty well developed. He wasn't just your average college student. I could see his depth of devotion to Heather when he went up against Cray behind the restaurant and in the hotel room on the third night. While Mike is no Cray, he is a sexy college man who I wouldn't mind having by my side.

This series just continues to get better and better. There are a few good hints dropped at the end of this story that give me hope that a Lycan Lore 3 is in the works. Take it from me, this hot paranormal story with a twist is a definite read for those who like a different type of werewolf.

Dream Lover



Dream Lover by Topaz Jordyn
Publisher: Amira Press
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Full
Other: M/F
Review by Amaranth

Prince Devlin is a fearsome vampire warrior, heir to the throne, and the leader of the infamous Omega Force Fleet. Devlin is a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield and in the bedroom a real player, until he lays eyes on his betrothed Tankura. She is all he never knew he wanted in a mate, the sexual intensity of their passion threatens to consume them both in an abyss of ecstasy.

A forced marriage neither of them wanted, a sexual bond so strong that neither of them could deny. Devlin battles to hold unto his heart, while Tankura is determined to steal his very soul. Devlin will transform from Tankura’s “Dream Lover” into the mate of her fantasies.

Topaz Jordyn has put a new spin on vampires in her book, Dream Lover. She has created an imaginative and thoroughly interesting vampire society and a wonderful storyline, filled with strong and admirable characters. Devlin is prince of the vampire society and, as such, is very strong and determined to live life as he sees fit. In the beginning, I could not decide if I really liked him, after his not so nice thoughts and actions, but soon, I was falling in love with this amazing alpha male. Tankura is of a very old, strong vampire bloodline and is to be Devlin’s bride, because of a pre-arranged marriage when they were infants. She is beautiful, trained for her station in life, and is a strong lady with her own thoughts on how life should be and how she is going to live her life. When Devlin and Tankura meet, the explosion of passion is extraordinary between these two strong-willed characters.

Dream Lover has a well-thought out and very complex storyline. It is almost too complex, leaving this reader confused at some points. I felt that, although the story has fast-paced action, it seemed a bit rushed at times and jumped time too much without a lot of explanation of that time. I did not care overmuch for the dialogue, however it does fit the characters in the background very well. This book is very good, but would have been better, in my opinion, if it was just a bit longer, to slow down and elaborate just a little for the reader.

Overall, this book was interesting and, as I mentioned before, gave a whole new, interesting spin on vampires. If you enjoy hot passion, fast-paced action, and very strong vampire characters, then this book would be a great read for you.