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Friday, April 17, 2009

Ghost of A Chance by T. A. Chase



Ghost of A Chance by T.A. Chase
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Short (88 Pages)
Other: M/M
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by: Cactus



Padraig Monaghan has a problem. Most would consider dying in a bar fight ten years ago upsetting, and existing as a ghost wandering the world might be thought a real predicament. They might deem a second chance at life through a chance encounter with a dying man a serious dilemma. But for Padraig, finding himself face to face with the man he'd loved and lost a lifetime ago is the biggest thing on his mind.

Gareth Reilly stops at O'Toole's for a drink before he heads home. Tomorrow's going to be another lonely birthday for him until he's approached by a stranger. There's something about Padraig's bright green eyes and Irish accent that reminds Gareth of a man he once knew. Unable to resist, Gareth breaks his cardinal rule and invites Padraig home.

On St. Patrick's Day, when Irish magic is strongest, it'll take a belief in the impossible and help from a grateful elf to give Padraig and Gareth another chance at love.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices, violence.

St. Patrick’s Day is filled with magic and second chances as ghost Padraig Monaghan gets another chance at love with the man he missed out on ten years ago. Padraig’s sudden and unexpected death left the fiery sparks between him and Gareth unfulfilled and Paddy to wander the world as a ghost. With a little elfin magic on the special Irish holiday, these two might just have a second chance at love.

This is a lovely and delightful story about missed opportunity and the belief in love as the most powerful emotion. Padraig is wonderfully unrefined, an overconfident dockworker always seeming to find trouble yet charmingly insecure about approaching the educated Gareth. When faced with the rare chance to be with Gareth again, Paddy can’t help but jump at it and fulfill his fantasies, both sexually and emotionally. It’s clear both men have harbored lingering feelings for the other even over the span of a decade.

Gareth is appealing in his quiet demeanor and relatable with his loneliness and wanting to find someone special and not just another one night stand. His struggle to understand the path of how these two lovers finally were able to reconnect is touching and sweet. Together these two are an instant favorite couple with hot sex and a deeply loving relationship spanning the test of time. Add in a little luck in Padraig’s new life this time around and these two might just have an excellent start to the rest of their lives.

Strong writing and moving characters had me unable to put the book down. From the opening scene, I was drawn into the story and easily able to believe in magic, ghosts, and a love lasting through death. For anyone wanting a beautifully written story with well-developed characters and an engaging story, I highly recommend this charming tale.

Lessons in Love by Charlie Cochrane



Lessons in Love by Charlie Cochrane
Publisher: Linden Bay
Genre: Historical, Mystery
Length: Full (160 pages)
Other: M/M
Rating: 4 cherries
Review by: Cactus

St. Bride\'s College, Cambridge, England, 1905.

When Jonty Stewart takes up a teaching post at the college where he studied, the handsome and outgoing young man acts as a catalyst for change within the archaic institution. He also has a catalytic effect on Orlando Coppersmith.

Orlando is a brilliant, introverted mathematician with very little experience of life outside the college walls. He strikes up an alliance with the outgoing Jonty, and soon finds himself having feelings he’s never experienced before. Before long their friendship blossoms into more than either man had hoped and they enter into a clandestine relationship.

Their romance is complicated when a series of murders is discovered within St. Bride’s. All of the victims have one thing in common, a penchant for men. While acting as the eyes and ears for the police, a mixture of logic and luck leads them to a confrontation with the murderer—can they survive it?

Set in historical England, two new found friends just beginning to explore their passion for each other are thrown off course when students at the prestigious St. Bride’s university are found murdered. Fellows Jonty Stewart and Orland Coopersmith play Watson and Holmes to aid the police in finding the killer while handling the stops and starts of their newly discovered love.

It’s a rare delight to have a fully developed mystery blend with a mostly satisfying romantic entanglement within a historical setting – and all accomplished within a short 160 pages. The mystery of the murdered students was well done with just enough hints to keep the final resolution from being either overly simplistic or too clever. The book’s progression depended equally upon the characters and their slow growing romance as with the resolution to the ongoing murders.

Jonty and Orlando are complex characters that change and mature over the course of the novel and their relationship. From an innocent and sheltered virgin, Orlando blooms with Jonty’s attention and deliberate courtship and friendship. Although the passion between these men is slow in igniting, the author does gently carry these new lovers along as Jonty initiates Orlando in the various joys of physical love. Within the historical setting, the author is very aware of the social and legal ramifications of two men having sex and weaves that caution in flawlessly.

The mystery aspect of the book is well thought out and executed with a cast of characters who’s only compliant could be too numerous. The various students and cops who are involved in the murders taking place slide in and out of scenes without much distinction so they tended to blend together after a while. However, for that small problem, I really enjoyed a mystery with enough clues to guess the resolution without the author trying to be overly clever or tricky, nor spell out the murderer in an obvious way.

With a well-written story, excellent three-dimensional characters and a lovely prose, this book certainly satisfied and I enjoyed reading it. For me, the story dragged somewhat in the second half of the book as the men struggled to balance a new relationship with the mystery aspect and their ongoing social obligations. I would have preferred an established relationship working out the mystery as I felt the characters stumbled somewhat during that, but overall it was a highly enjoyable story. I can’t wait for the sequel and see how much further Jonty and Orlando’s relationship progresses and for anyone who loves a languid historical love story with an equal dash of well-written mystery, be sure to get this!

Snowfire: Tagged by Kira Stone



Snowfire: Tagged by Kira Stone
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Short (17 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 4 cherries
Review by: Cactus

The words echoed through Chade's body like the ringing of a warning bell. Little did he know he'd be drawn into a game of cat and mouse -- or in his case, werewolf and Fae. The gorgeous elf teased and tempted him... and eluded him for days. It wasn't until a dark and snowy night, when Chade was on the verge of giving up, when he found Evander and the true meaning of surrender.

What could a werewolf and a fae possibly have in common? Add in an erotic game of cat and mouse to heighten the sexual tension between two gorgeous and playful men who find out they just might have something in common after all in this chilly winter season.

In this sexy and fun short interlude, Chade is in a sexual lull. He’s not too interested in the various offerings around him and about to give up for the night when a pretty, playful elf bounces into him and starts a game of tag. As Chade spends the next few days looking for the delicious fae, Evander only gives teasing glimpses to keep the hunter in Chade hot on his ass. Finally just when the sexy were is thinking of giving up the game, Evander appears to satisfy both of their cravings in a delicious encounter complete with bonfire and stars.

Although this is a brief sexual encounter, both characters are delightful and fun to read. As the game progresses and Chade searches for his elf, while partaking of local pleasures as they come, both men show that sex and romance can be fun, playful and not necessarily forever. With instantly likeable characters and scorching hot sex, this is a great quick read for anyone wanting some steamy paranormal fun and games.

Divided Hearts by Tonya Ramagos



Divided Hearts by Tonya Ramagos
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy
Length: Full (180 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Spanking
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Lilac

Karan does not want a mate. Forget that she is the middle daughter of the Goddess Queen Ina and heir to the love goddess's throne. Tonight may be the night of her customary joining celebration but that does not mean she has to accept the man deemed to be her true heart. What she wishes most is to remain single for eternity.

When she finds herself transported through a door between worlds believed to be closed for all time and lands in the magical circle of Eric's casting, she knows she is in trouble. More, she feels that damned pervasive tremor--the sign of destined love--the minute she looks at him. She is determined to ignore the sign but Eric has a different determination in mind. One that will show her pleasures she never imagined and brings the boyishly handsome Cal into her life.

Divided Hearts is a charming story full of the unexpected.

Karan, a young demigoddess has no desire to marry and wishes to maintain her independence and design buildings. Cursed to “suffer a heart so divided that fear shall be her death” it is no wonder that she is reluctant to embark on a relationship. But she has no choice in the matter and is forced to attend the celebration where she is supposed to find her soul mate. Things go awry, however, when she finds herself traveling through to the portal to earth right into the backyard of a naked architect conducting a magical ritual.

Down on his luck and thanks to a former boss who is out to ruin, and quite possibly kill him, Eric is surprised, yet enchanted by the young woman who appears in his backyard during his ritual. Fiercely attracted to her he is determined to seduce her. Karan has met her match with Eric…literally…but despite her attraction she is determined to get back home. As the two seek to figure things out, Karan explores this new and unfamiliar world and gives into the passion that smolder between her and Eric.

This was definitely a unique and interesting story with two very headstrong characters who engage in a battle of wills and wit that had me smiling. I really enjoy Karan and Eric’s quick senses of humor and their interactions with one another. Both desire one another but are reluctant to take things beyond intimacy because of things going on in their life.

I’ll admit that I do wish more explanation had been given about Eric’s background in magical abilities and his coven as that part of the story felt a bit weak to me, but overall I was very pleased with the story. Even the slight suspense element of the story was interesting as someone is out to do Eric harm.

I do have to say that while this book can stand alone, it might be best to read the first in the series to get a full idea of the curse that Karan and her two sisters face, plus there are some potential spoilers regarding the first story in this one.

Overall, I feel this was an entertaining read with charming characters and a fun romance.

Ride ‘Em Girlfriend by Cameo Brown



Ride ‘Em Girlfriend by Cameo Brown
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (44 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by: Daisy

After surviving a degrading marriage and a disastrous love affair, Professor Rumani Gladstone isn’t just skittish; she’s determined. Vowing to never let herself get played again, she takes a teaching job as far away from her mistakes as she can get. Randy Stide, a strong, hunky cowboy with a sexy secret, offers Rumani a night of unforgettable passion that threatens her self-imposed exile and her self-control. Will the wary professor ride off into the sunset alone, or will she be smart enough to grab the reins and take a chance at love?

Cowboy Randy Stade is the only interesting thing in this town as far as Professor Gladstone is concerned. One night her car breaks down allowing him the opportunity to drive her home, and she invites him up for a nightcap.

"Ride 'em Girlfriend" is an interracial romance between an educated black professor and a cowboy that is full of surprises. The book is told in first person from the heroine's POV and full of details about both their lives, making the characters come alive. The dialogue is realistic, the writing clever. Even though the story is short you can watch both the main characters develop and grow stronger, overcoming self doubt and the demons of their past. This sexy treat is perfect for an afternoon read.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

For One Night Only by Luxie Ryder



For One Night Only by Luxie Ryder
Publisher: Siren Publishing Inc.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (200 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Review by: Tiger Lily

For one night only—that's all Dr. Bethany Shaw tells herself she can handle. Still reeling from a past relationship, she trusts no one. The encounter with a mesmerizing rock star threatens to change her life forever. Can she let go of the pain and learn to love again?

For one night only—that's all Latino rock singer Ruben Navarro can promise, both on stage and in bed. Bored long ago of the readily available women, his sole passion is his charity, until he meets a reserved but sexy doctor who makes him want to forget his past.

For one night only—that's all she ever had, but it would never be enough for the damaged young woman who watches Ruben's every move from the shadows. The promise of being with him again is all she lives for--and nobody is going to get in her way.

Mix one independent doctor with one sexy Latin singer, give them one night to shake things up, and allow to settle. What have you got? For One Night Only, by Luxie Ryder.

I like the characters in this novel. Ms. Ryder writes eclectic individuals who can take care of themselves, but would rather be in a relationship together. Ruben had the tall, dark, and handsome aura going for him. He meets Bethany and falls head over heels in lust. He seeks her out for a whirlwind courtship. Unfortunately there is an unrelenting fan that wants Ruben’s attention and Bethany out of the picture.

This story has many aspects that make it easy to relate to. We all want to be accepted for who we are. Ruben wants Bethany to love him with all his figurative warts. She wants his trust and love. Their emotional baggage and hardship with the past, gives their relationship bumps that many regular relationships must weather. Many women can relate to Bethany’s desire to make Ruben happy. She works so hard to satisfy him that she almost loses herself in the process. Her journey to become an individual again is touching.

I thought they took a bit too much time to get together on a more emotional level, but that made the story more enticing. You rooted for them to work things out. You also couldn’t help but hope that the fan got the help she desperately needed.

If you want a steamy read full of sweet emotion and captivating characters, then pick up a copy of For One Night Only. I give this novel 4 ½ cherries.

T Is for Temptation by Jianne Carlo



T Is for Temptation by Jianne Carlo
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery, Fantasy, Time Travel
Length: Full (345 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Lilac

Tallulah Trent, a conjuring witch with dicey powers, falls for Jake Mathews, her deceased husband's partner.

For months Tee's kept her secret. Not once during Jake's visits has she conjured anything peculiar. Then he makes love to her, on a raft in the middle of the Caribbean, and chocolate cupcakes pop up everywhere. Worse, she discovers he believes she and her dead husband embezzled millions from their company.

Jake knows Tee's keeping secrets, is positive they concern the persistent aroma of chocolate which seems to follow her. But when dead bodies start popping up and they all point to Tee, he feels a strange over-protective streak erupt.

The bottom falls out of Jake's world when Homeland Security comes after him and Tee. Thrown together on the run, they discover each other sexually, but trust doesn't always follow sex, at least not at first.

Full of the unexpected, T is for Temptation is a fun read featuring a witch with unusual powers and the man who wants her.

In the book, Jake Mathews has lusted after his business partner’s widow since the day he met her. But Tee is not quite over her bad marriage and her husband’s reaction to her abilities. She is reluctant to trust anyone and fears what Jake will do when he learns of her powers. But soon passion takes over and the two are in for some very eventful lovemaking as rose petals, cupcakes, and even gladiators seem to appear at the most inopportune times thanks to Tee’s lack of control over her conjuring abilities.

In addition to having to deal with Tee’s ability, the authorities are after the pair thanks to her unscrupulous husband is illegal activities. He has gotten the pair into a mess of trouble and Jake and Tee, along with the help of some of their friends, must figure a way out. In a twist I didn’t see coming the pair learns some interesting details about Jake’s past that turn out to be very useful as they try to solve their legal problems.

I really enjoyed the little twists in the story and the characters we meet as a result. The story is filled with strong, well-crafted characters including both the main characters as well as secondary characters such as Jake’s friend, Alex. Even the bad guys come across as believable and you are never quite sure who to trust or what will happen.

I also loved the exotic setting and the author definitely seems to have knowledge of the various locations. From Trinidad and Tobago to London to Scotland, with vivid descriptions and details the author made me feel as though I were actually there and I loved each new discovery about the settings.

While there were a couple of loose ends that I wish were tied up a bit better, overall this was a fun and cute story with a bit of suspense. It was definitely far from predictable and I never knew what was going to happen next in this complex story. The different twists and turns captured my attention and really helped to add to my enjoyment. T is for Temptation is a great read full of surprises!

Anytime Darlin’ by Julia Barrett



Anytime Darlin’ by Julia Barrett
Publisher: Cerridwen Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Length: Full (186 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Stephanotis

A young runaway is found unconscious. Jake McKenna is one of the first responders. She’s desperately ill and has been beaten and sexually assaulted. Jake saves her life and is determined to protect her from the man who is equally determined to destroy her. Ultimately Jake realizes he must allow her to make her own decisions about her future, though it breaks his heart.

Devlin Barre survived the destruction of everything she held dear then learns she has been given into the care of the very person who stole her life. Her risky escape nearly kills her. One man brings her back, Jake. She loves him, but he has his own path to travel. Devlin refuses to become a burden. Brokenhearted, she leaves to rebuild her life.

Years later Jake and Devlin meet again. Has their connection survived? What of the monster who attempted to destroy Devlin? He’s still waiting for the opportunity to finish what he started.

As the book opens, we meet young runaway, Devlin Barre. She’s starving, dehydrated and has been beaten. She tries to take refuge in a store but passes out. One of the first responders to the scene is Jake McKenna. Jake makes an instant connection with Devlin and spends his off duty time at her bedside. As Devlin slowly recovers from her injuries and sexual assault, Jake learns that her family was killed in a road accident and that she’s been living with her aunt and uncle. And it’s her uncle who beat and raped her.

As Devlin gets stronger and more independent, she decides to leave town. A disappointed Jake knows he has to let her go. The two meet years later and when Devlin’s life is once again in danger, Jake is there for her once again.
It won’t take you long to fall in love with Jake. He’s everything women love in a hero. He’s tough, but yet shows his gentle side with Devlin. He’s caring, but yet still has his faults.

Devlin is also a likable character. Despite that she’s obviously very down on her luck when the book begins, she doesn’t wallow in self pity and you can see what Jake finds so appealing about her.

From early on in the book you start worrying about how these two are going to get together, especially when they say their goodbyes about a third of the way through the book.

Ms. Barrett does a great job of keeping you in suspense about whether these two characters will have a happy ending, especially after their time away from each other. She also did a first rate job with the dialogue which was very natural sounding. And her portrayal of supporting characters was well done too.

As any romantic suspense should be, you worry about both the outcome of their relationship and the mystery element.

If you’re looking for a book to sit down to read on a rainy afternoon, I’d recommend you give Anytime Darlin’ a try.

Snowfire: Express by Sophia Titheniel



Snowfire: Express by Sophia Titheniel
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Sci-Fi, Futuristic
Length: Short (15 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Review by: Cactus

Thorn is not a newbie. He's been running all across the barren wastelands that make up what once was America since he was fifteen -- he knows his shit. He does not need one of the psychic kids running with him to save his neck, no sir. No matter how good Rae is at his job.

When their run goes incredibly wrong, and they narrowly manage to escape somewhere across the snow-capped mountains, Thorn has to admit that having someone along is not all that bad -- especially when Rae provides more fun ways of resisting the bitter cold…

Being chased into the snowy countryside may not be so bad for Thorn when he discovers his traveling partner Rae has been hiding a delicious secret. With only snow surrounding them and a flask of whiskey for warmth, these men are hot enough to melt the snow surrounding them.

Escaping scavengers, Thorn and Rae are forced to debate their options to stay warm when Thorn realizes Rae has been hiding his sexual attraction from Thorn. Determined to entice the younger innocent man into giving into his desire, Thorn ratchets up the heat and intensity quickly in this delicious erotic interlude. From their first kiss to exhausted collapse, their chemistry fairly sizzles off the page against a vivid futuristic backdrop with hints of more to come.

Anyone familiar with the author will recognize her distinct voice for prose as well as the setting, which is used in another series of books by her. The character of Thorn has appeared briefly in another of the author’s work so it was a treat to see him with his own story and sure to please followers of the series.

This short sexual escapade hit all the highlights in erotic romance for me. Incredibly hot men, futuristic backdrop, intense and mind blowing sex all wrapped up with a happy for now ending with a bit of humorous and witty dialogue. If I had a compliant, it would be that this was really too short! I would have loved to see this as a longer novel rather than just a taste but as an introduction to a new author I was thoroughly satisfied. I can easily recommend this quick story for anyone wanting an incredibly hot and intense sexual encounter against a futuristic backdrop.

Dance Wars 1: Left Side of the Moon by Sophia Titheniel



Dance Wars 1: Left Side of the Moon by Sophia Titheniel
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Futuristic, Paranormal
Length: Short (62 Pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Review by: Cactus

The Pony Express Rides Again… On a motorbike.

Lachlan enjoys living on the edge, and in a war-torn land rife with savagery, life as a Pony Express Rider puts good cash in his pockets and, on occasion, a roof over his head. Any roof will do. Doesn’t have to be his.

Until his path clashes with Adair’s. At the Chlodwig, a ramshackle pub renown for its dance fights and high stakes betting, Lachlan and Adair’s heated argument turns into something far more raw and powerful -- something neither of them is prepared for. Something Lachlan’s not sure he can recover from. This time, he’s met his match.

But beyond the cover of the dance fights, Adair belongs to a group of scavengers, thieves who make Pony Express Riders their intended targets. Is Lachlan prepared to risk his loyalty, his job, and everything he thinks he’s earned -- for a werewolf?

Set in a futuristic world, Lachlan is more than a little crazy not only to take the most dangerous jobs but also to become obsessed with an incredibly sexy werewolf with whom he’s had the most mind-blowing sex of his life. Everyone he knows tells him it’s a bad idea to seek out his rough lover, yet Lachlan can’t help himself once he’s had a taste of what Adair has given him.

This is a graphic and compelling story that is definitely not your typical romance. Set in the backdrop of futuristic America where gangs of scavengers are out roaming the streets to attack, rob, and steal anything that makes a living, Lachlan is a bike messenger for the Pony Express. Except they use motorcycles held together by duct tape and happy thoughts rather than expensive and stylized equipment. During a highly dangerous run through Washington D.C, Lachlan stops quickly to fill his whiskey flask before moving on but finds himself mesmerized by the silver eyed leader of a scavenger gang. Their altercation leads to rough and gritty sex in a darkened alley, an encounter that burns into the minds of both men.

Lachlan, for all his begging during sex, is a strong willed, slightly crazy but intelligent man. Stupid men don’t last long as messengers but only those with wits, skill, and more courage than brains seem to flourish. His encounter with Adair, while graphic and boarding on violent is seared into his brain and leaves him wanting more, beyond all reason. He takes out of characters risks to see Adair again, shrugging off the very real danger to them both to seek out the indefinable connection and undeniable chemistry between the two men.

Adair is a strong top and leader of his pack. His personality fairly oozes confidence yet he has the eloquence and ability to dance and dance well as demonstrated in the unique twist of the Dance Wars amongst various crews. Even as he’s expected to kill Lachlan each time he sees the biker, Adair can’t bring himself to do it. He is unquestionably almost cruel of his treatment of Lachlan and their sex is visceral and graphic, yet there are glimpses of emotion that shine through in a touch, a brief look, a sound hinting at deeper emotion neither man is ready to claim just yet.

Although this isn’t a sweet and flowery romance, there is no question the sex is more than scratching an itch for Lachlan and Adair. Their dynamic and rough encounters are the perfect setting for two strong men within the violent and turbulent backdrop of their world. The excellent writing and truly smoking hot sex scenes make this a book I was unable to put down. The pacing was quick and easy, flowing very well from scene to scene with great characters. This isn’t the type of book to appeal to everyone with it’s hard hitting setting and men, but for those that like this genre, you’ll be sure to love this book as much as I did. I eagerly await the next books in the series and can’t wait to see how Lachlan and Adair’s relationship progresses.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sexy is Never Ignored by Destiny Blaine



Sexy is Never Ignored by Destiny Blaine
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (Novella)
Other: Menage, M/F/M, M/F/M/M
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Val

He is Sports and Entertainment World's Man of the Year. She is the woman lucky enough to marry the highest paid quarterback in the history of the Professional Football Confederacy, but Cassie Teller's luck doesn't stop there.

They are the Tellers and some believe they're untouchable. They enjoy a lavish lifestyle with all the perks to go along with it. This includes a discreet threesome.

But those living in the public eye seldom escape the press unscathed. When Cassie decides she wants one more man, a bitter ex-wife drives the press closer and closer to unveiling one very dark secret. Soon two professional football super-stars face the unthinkable--losing their careers.

This is an "atypical" Menage Amour title with spousal sharing.


Cassie Teller is a woman who has everything she could ever want. What Cassie Teller wants, Cassie Teller gets, it's a mantra that she has lived by in the past and with the men in her life, she plans on maintaining that mantra. Married to Corby Teller, Sports and Entertainment World's Man of the Year, Cassie is no stranger to the limelight. Corby can do no wrong in the eyes of the press although they have a secret that could ruin a lot of people. He will do anything for his wife and who she chooses to bring into the bedroom is no different. Fueled by hatred, an ex-wife does the unthinkable and in the end, it could cost the Tellers EVERYTHING.

In a way, I envied Cassie Teller in that she was absolutely adored and pampered by the men in her life. She was a very confident character who really didn't care what the world thought of her, but did worry about the reputations of her men. Part of me was thinking, "now why can't I be like that, minus a man or two". I was really shocked that Cassie could pull the power card as easily as she did, but when you think about it, she was the only woman and if things didn't go her way, well let's just say NO ONE would be happy at the end of the night. She had her limits on what people could call her and I admired the way she stood up for herself. A girls got to set the limits after all.

Corby was the emotional pillar in the group and the one man who was legally married to Cassie. I fell in love with his character because he knew when to show her how much he loved her and knew when to stay back when his temper got the best of him. He stood out as the go to man for any major decisions in the relationship but did everything in the best interest of his wife.

Steve was the best friend and Cassie's ex-lover. He set the basis for what Cassie looks for in a man and he seemed to be the muscle behind the group. They were all men of great physical stature but Steve knew Cassie better than anyone and there would be hell to pay if anyone came close to hurting her.

Mark's character started out a little chauvinist to me. I didn't like him at first but as I kept reading, I grew to have a fondness for him. Yeah, he was all macho and being the newcomer didn't know the rules but when he got into the swing of things, watch out, Mark was a force to be reckoned with. As you read the book, you will see what I mean. He was more than endowed in the bedroom.

I felt that the group together, not just in the bedroom but as a group, worked so well together. There was humor, adoration, loyalty and a respect for each other that would not be broken by anyone. The characters were written in such a way that even if you didn't agree with what was going on, you really wanted to be a part of the Teller clan, it was that exciting.

I have been a fan of Destiny Blaine since the very first book I read of hers and let me just tell you, this book is above and beyond any book than I had read from her yet. It was scorching hot and I am surprised the book didn't spontaneously burst into flames. The ending of Sports Wives 3 was brilliant and it couldn't have ended in a better or funnier way. If you are a lover of menage writing, then Sports Wives 3 is definitely the book for you. If watching a football game on Sunday is not your thing, leave your man to watch it while you read this book and the outcome will be a very exciting afternoon. You will be a lover of at least football players when you are finished reading it. Be sure to have a pitcher of cold water, you are going to need it. This was an arousing and brilliantly written book and now I am off to read books one and two!


Once in A Lifetime by Jade Falconer



Once in A Lifetime by Jade Falconer
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full (220 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Lilac

In Ghost of a Chance, Percy's mischievous ghost was instrumental in getting Ryan and James together. But how did he get to be a supernatural matchmaker? Percy's story is full of romance and tragedy. He wanted true love, but it wasn't easy for find to find.

But when he did, his life changed forever.

In this prequel to Jade Falconer’s Ghost of a Chance, a young Lord discovers love and heartbreak as he is determined to remain true to himself.

Even though I had read Ghost of a Chance and had an idea of how Percy’s story would turn out, I still enjoyed this story a great deal. As a gay man during a time when it was not accepted, Lord Percival Elgin faces quite a few difficulties. We first meet Percy as a young man exploring his sexuality with other males and engaging in clandestine affairs, including one with a professor that changes his life. But Percy faces heartache as he knows he must do his duties as an Earl, including producing an heir, as well as deal with an angry ghost.

This was a highly passionate tale filled with many erotic encounters as Percy explored his sexuality and tried to find love and happiness. Percy is a fascinating character and I enjoyed watching him on his journey. He met quite a few interesting characters and each one seemed to play a part in making him who he was. I found his love story to be quite touching if a bit tragic.

And although I wish there were a bit more plot and less sex, overall, this was an interesting story featuring a character that I found extremely fascinating and whose story intrigued.

Slave of My Own Desire by Eve Summers



Slave of My Own Desire by Eve Summers
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday, Interracial
Length: Short (65 pages)
Other: M/F, Bondage
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus

Can hot steamy chocolate and warm vanilla mix or are they separate? Never the two to twine? Is it time for a nice treat or is it only a trick, a slight of the hand?

Clare’s ex-fiancĂ© treated her like a queen: he was kind, attentive to her needs in bed and b-o-r-i-n-g. He never made her do what she wanted him to make her do.

From the moment Clare sets eyes on David at a Halloween party, her hormones go wild with desire. His arrogant smile promises something darker, deeper and more intense. He is Trouble - with a big, big T. And yet, the mistake of letting him would be even bigger.

David believes love is not worth the pain it brings, no matter how divine Clare looks in her goddess costume. To him, she is just a rich white girl bored of vanilla sex, and he is happy to show her a good time.

So why does he melt inside every time their eyes meet?

I found Slave of My Own Desire to be a very unique story. I loved that it told the story from two viewpoints, his and hers and yet it did not repeat what was told but continued on from where the last left off.

David is a fascinating character. He dresses as a devil at Gina’s Halloween party. At first, every move that he makes seems like a clichĂ© but it all thrills me in this story. I loved him from the time he introduced himself as Danger and stated “Danger is my middle name.” The air crackled as his eyes met Clare’s. I could tell that there was something special in the works. Then when he shows up at Clare’s door and asks Trick or Treat, I would have answered Trick also. David was very innovative with not only the champagne but the DVD. I felt bad for David as Gina warned Clare about the totally inappropriate man who was interested in her at the party. I then felt much better as I kept laughing when David played with the volume of the DVD and then came out of the bedroom when Gina was standing in the hallway.

Clare seemed very introverted. She did not want to do anything to make others think less of her and was very conscious of what her family thought. I was glad when she showed her wilder side and thrilled when she crossed the line to do what she really wanted when David showed up at he door. Clare cared deeply for David and her level of trust in him was shown as she allowed him free reign over her body and soul. I loved it when Clare shows her level of commitment to David by inviting him to the Sunday family dinner.

Slave of My Own Desire not only is a very good erotic story but it is an excellent moral story that opens doors in romance that are seldom opened. A great story that I would recommend everyone read at least once.

Blade's Desire by Leah Brooke



Blade's Desire by Leah Brooke
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (174 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Lilac

Newcomer to Desire, Oklahoma, Kelly Jones wants to get over her past. Physically and mentally abused, she wants a new start. Falling in love with a self-proclaimed Dom, Kelly wonders if she isn't in over her head.

But she underestimates Blade Royal's patience.

Little by little she falls under his spell and soon her body burns with a need she knows only he can fulfill. Her body demands relief so she makes a bargain that has her putting her trust and her body in Blade's hands for the next six weeks.

Kelly fights to hide her love from him, not knowing he's already determined to make her his own. Blade knows she has hidden passions that are a perfect match for his own.

He only has to show them to her.

In a story oozing with sensuality and blazing passion, a young woman seeks to overcome her past and finds passionate relationship with a strong and handsome man.

Deeply affected by her life with an abusive ex, Kelly Jones has been reluctant to get involved in any type of relationship. But she finally feels ready to move on and to try to overcome her fears and asks her friend, Blade Royal, to help her. Blade, however, is a Dom who trains other Doms and submissives. Kelly is fearful of getting involved with a Dom and having to give up control. But Blade has watched and desired Kelly for a while now and believes she is ready if she will only trust him. As the two come to an agreement they embark on a sexual relationship that heats up the pages. But both long for more as they truly care about one another, but fearing the other might not feel the same neither reveals their true feelings. When Kelly’s past comes back to haunt her in the form of her abusive ex, they both must face their feelings for one another.

The sex play in this story is definitely not for the prudish or faint of heart. Highly erotic and sensual, Blade and Kelly share a passionate intimate relationship. With treatment and sexual interactions that might come across as a bit harsh, the author demonstrates a true D/s relationship and what it involves. As the story progresses, we learn more about D/s through the actions and words of the characters, which I found enlightening and interesting.

I loved the relationship between Kelly and Blade. Blade is a great hero full of patience and understanding. He has both a gentleness and forcefulness about him that is hard to resist. Through his actions and understanding of Kelly and her needs, he helps her to gain confidence and to allow herself the give up the control that she is reluctant to let go of. By the end of the story Kelly has really grown as a character and I enjoyed watching as this happened.

Blade and Kelly’s touching relationship and sexual journey make for one great and scorching read.

Frost Fair by Erastes



Frost Fair by Erastes
Publisher: Linden Bay Romance
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (198 Pages)
Other: M/M
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by: Daisy

Gideon Frost is willing to do whatever it takes to earn enough money to save the printing shop that was left to him by his father. But when faced with the prospect of having to engage in acts society deems unnatural and the law declares punishable by death, he realized there are limits as to how far he’ll go. Then he meets the privileged and handsome Joshua Redfern, the one man who tempts Gideon to break his own rules.

Joshua Redfern has no title or important relations, but his independent fortune allows him a life that is more than comfortable. And more importantly, it enables him to offer assistance to the unfortunate but beautiful Gideon just when the man needs it most. Joshua realizes his interest in Gideon is far more than charitable, but is the man similarly attracted or merely indebted?

When the Thames freezes over and London hosts the great Frost Fair of 1814, trouble and necessity bring Gideon and Joshua together. But just as ice is destined to eventually crack, will the circumstances break these two men as they learn that life isn’t always fair?

Erastes is paving the way for gay historical romances with Frost Fair. A regency romance with gay main characters is a rare find, but fun to read. Frost Fair follows Gideon Frost’s life. He inherits his father’s engraving and printing business, along with some unpaid debts. To escape debtor’s prison or worse, he is forced to find a way to pay up. Prostituting himself only gets him a few pennies, not enough to buy more than a few days of freedom. Luckily, he is able to set up his shop printing lithograph prints of a fair on the ice until disaster strikes.

Joshua Redfern tempted Gideon from the first meeting and it was for him that he broke all his self made rules. Making the relationship much more meaningful for him, but it also made it easier for him to get his heart broken. Joshua helped him when he needed it most., and gave his money freely but that only made him question whether Gideon felt anything more than grateful.

Historical romances are always interesting to read. You pick up some details about life during that era, so you learn a little too. In Frost Fair, the author filled the book with rich details about everyday life. Her characters were unusual with quirks that made them even more realistic, but the romance didn’t seem to be the main focus of the book. It was late into the plot that the love interest was introduced and even later before anything really developed. Still, the story held my interest, and I completely enjoyed the read!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dance Wars 3: Bad Moon Rising by Sophia Titheniel



Dance Wars 3: Bad Moon Rising by Sophia Titheniel
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Futuristic, Paranormal
Length: Short (78 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 4 cherries
Review by: Cactus

The Big Bad Wolf is at the door…

It’s that time again. Mating season. Adair can scent it, getting closer, harder to resist. Mating needs are not something he can control, not any more than he can control his transformations, but so far, Lachlan’s been right there for him after every full moon.

But what happens when Lachlan’s not there, and Cedric, Adair’s ex-lover, the werewolf who turned him, shows up instead? Will Adair be able to resist the pull of his instincts, going against his own nature, or will he succumb to Cedric’s advances and risk everything he and Lachlan have fought to build together?

In the third book of the Dance Wars series, all elements work against Lachlan and Adair as they struggle to define their relationship in a world seeming to be against them at every turn. Although these two made up after the disastrous encounter between Lachlan and Adair’s crew, they’re forced apart due to bad weather and Lachlan’s job. With the full moon coming quickly during mating season, Adair needs Lachlan more than ever as his very nature dictates actions his mind and heart rebel against. When Lachlan stumbles across Adair earlier than usual, their confrontation comes to an emotional climax.

In keeping with the theme of the series so far, the third book offers even more hot and intense sex but due to the geographical separation between Lachlan and Adair, most of the sex scenes are dreams, memories, and wishes. It serves to further cement the strength of their relationship and commitment to each other, one neither man openly acknowledges yet both feel strongly about. Each man is propositioned by old and new temptations offering temporary relief and consolation in the dark lonely hours and days they’re apart.

As impossible as it seems, the author has managed to increase the intensity of their relationship ever so slightly yet again, deepening the emotion and need for one another. Their struggles while apart speak to the raw honesty of their situation and reality of the futuristic world they live in. The harsh and dangerous conditions both men face daily serves as a reminder their passion is a fleeting indulgence.

For as well written and concise as the series has been so far, this book is no exception. The fast paced plot and easy reading make this story one that I read quickly and happily. Engaging characters with realistic drama combine with genuine emotion to give a satisfying story. The only misstep in the series so far came in this particular book though. While not giving any spoilers, the ending resolution was weak and unfortunate. With the strength of the story and characters up to now, I was greatly disappointed with the easy and unrealistic resolution to the conflict created. This was a jarring aspect in an otherwise wonderful set of books.

The story and characters are best understood and appreciated when read in the order of the series, giving greater depth and connection with each successive offering. Although I had problems with the ending, it was the sole misstep of an otherwise strong and steaming hot book up to that point. The futuristic setting is very well done with solid characters and tight writing and if you can get past the ending, this is another great offering from the author. I can only hope the series continues with the strong core of writing established so far.

Bewitching Angel by Heide Katros



Bewitching Angel by Heide Katros
Publisher: Firedrakes Weyr
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (252 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Review by: Tiger Lily

Bewitching Angel is about a woman accused of a murder she didn’t commit. As Angelique flees for her life, she runs straight into the arms of American sea captain, Brett Demaraux. While she carefully guards her secret, Brett has one of his own, one that might cost Angelique her life.

Many things can happen in an instant. One can meet a new friend, fall in love, lose a loved one, or learn a new language. In the case of Bewitching Angel, Brett Demaraux finds a new companion and loses his heart to the one woman he can’t understand – Angelique de Perrot.

Ms. Katros novel is bright and captivating from page one. In her home village, Angelique is thought to be a witch. Through the help of her maid, she escapes and runs into – literally - Captain Brett Demaraux. He mistakenly sees her short hair and thinks she’s a frail male street urchin. Because they speak different languages and her fear for her life, she cannot tell him of her true identity.

The characters are smart and cunning. I enjoyed Brett, the quintessential American alpha male. He made her swoon, while keeping the reader enthralled as well. Angelique’s character came off a bit weak in the beginning, but grew as the story progressed. I respected her strength and determination to show Brett her true feelings. Their mutual passion passed beyond the language barrier and was strong enough that the reader could feel them as well.

The villains in this story are truly inexcusable and bring a sense of contrast to the story that drives the conflict.

If you want a sweeping historical romance filled with steamy nights and blazing passion, then Bewitching Angel is for you. I give this novel 4 ½ cherries!