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Friday, May 8, 2009

Fighting the Undertow by Eden Rivers



Fighting the Undertow by Eden Rivers
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Full (186 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/F/F, M/M, Ménage
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by: Amaranth

For Ian and Val, falling for each other is all too easy. But his sexy friends, her career goals, his writer's block, and a troubled spirit redefine the meaning of the words "complicated relationship." Fascinated by the ghost, Val presses for information about Ian's deceased brother, but meets a wall of silence. When she discovers that his highly emotional, sexual connection with his friends was what held him together after his brother died, she's intrigued and frightened by the eroticism of it. Truly entering into his world will involve expanding her sexual experiences in ways she's never imagined.

For Ian, Val's willing to take that erotic journey, but when she uncovers secrets about his family, his brother's death, and the group's sexual history, she panics at her own new hungers, and is overwhelmed by the searing passion of two emotionally charged ménages. Although the friends have become the family she always wanted, she's not sure whether she's ready to accept Ian's world of complex relationships and dark passions, or whether she and Ian have even a ghost of a chance at happiness.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, exhibitionism, group sex, ménage (m/f/m, m/f/f).

When Val meets Ian, she knows that she has met a very complicated man. She quickly learns that there is even more complication and she may be taking on not only Ian, but also his four friends and the ghost of his dead brother. To complicate matters even more, Ian invites her to meet his family shortly after they meet. Adding to the complications is her friend, Brenda, who warns her to steer clear of Ian, hinting that it is his present and not his past Val should worry about and that she may get hurt worse this time than she did with Dean, her ex-fiance. Eden Rivers has spun a complex story with even more complex characters and the dynamics of their relationship. Within the first few pages, my head was spinning with the possibilities and I was drawn into this book and held captive.

Val soon realizes that she will never get as close to Ian as she wants without hurting both of them. She has fallen in love with him. She has never felt like she belonged as much as she does now and she doesn’t want to give him or his friends up. She also knows that in order to be complete in the circle of his friends, she must meet them on their terms, meaning naked, but that will hurt Ian, because of his past with his ex-wife. Or does she really need to do that, not realizing that she is already a part of their little circle? Did I mention that these characters and story are complex and I am held captive in this story? Not only are the characters well-developed and the plot complex, but the dialogue is realistic and the descriptions are delicately detailed.

I will mention that this book has a lot of sex (including group sex with six people) to go with a lot of story. The characters and story are so amazing, if you can handle (or better, if you prefer) the abundance of various types of incredibly hot and graphic sex, then Fighting the Undertow is a must read! Author Eden Rivers obviously is skilled in weaving an erotic story and capturing her readers’ attention and holding them hostage until the end.

A Vampire's Claim by Joey W. Hill



A Vampire's Claim by Joey W. Hill
Publisher: Penguin Group, Berkley
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full (448 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/F/F, Multiple Partners
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Viscaria

Lady Daniela has never taken a full human servant. At two hundred years, she’s always put it off, having a bachelor’s attitude toward bonding with another, even an inferior human. However, on her return to her sheep station in Western Australia in 1953, she meets Dev, a war veteran and laconic bushman, who has the talents to help her reclaim her station from her mother’s lover, who usurped her position there forty years before.

But after she takes care of that nasty bit of business, she’s also intending to rid Western Australia of a corrupt Region Master who is 500 years old and therefore over twice her age and strength. While a full human servant, particularly one with Dev’s unique talents, can augment her skills and resources, the more she gets to know him, the more reluctant she is to bind him to her in a way that might get him killed. But Dev has his own thoughts on the matter, and she will soon find it’s easier for a vampire to survive in the desert sun than for her to survive without him by her side.

Have I mentioned before how much I love what I do? I’m sure I have, and I’m going to do so again! When this book hit my inbox I was reminded of how much I love books, and how much I love books by Joey W. Hill. For fans of Joey W. Hill this is a definite must have. The Vampire’s Claim is the third installment in the Berkley Vampire Queen Series, but it’s also a prequel to The Vampire Queen’s Servant as well as Mark of the Vampire Queen.

This book tells the tale of Lady Daniela (Danny) and Devlin (Dev) the man who becomes her human servant. We first meet these two as secondary characters in Mark of the Vampire Queen. I adored them when we were first introduced, they had an obvious love for one another and yet they understood how to conduct themselves in the Vampire Society in regards to that love. I found myself wondering how they came to be so … well… comfortable in their skins when Ms. Hill’s vampire society makes for stressful sexual encounters and dominance battles. It was a great pleasure to read their story and have the mental image in my head of how they would be in the future.

Daniela is a strong (and sometimes vicious) vampire who is surprisingly mild compared to previous vamps we have met in this series. She knows what she needs to do to survive and to make sure her power is recognized, but she equally wishes she didn’t have to be so harsh. When she meets Dev she knows she has what he needs to heal and to actually start living again, instead of simply surviving. She sets out to prove it to him, while still giving him as much of a choice as she can. She never wanted him to be pulled into her world, but she soon realizes that she can’t survive in her vicious world without him by her side.

I loved Daniela. I don’t know how else to say that. In typical Joey Hill fashion, Daniela is a character with surprising depths and amazing talents… not to mention killer instincts when it comes to sex. She sees so much more in Dev than he sees in himself and she’s willing to push so that he eventually sees those things as well. Another amazing heroine from Ms. Hill.

Devlyn is a bushman who knows his way around the Outback… and around a woman’s body. He’s not looking for any sort of attachment, so his fascination with Danny comes as a bit of surprise to him. Dev is a man who has been severely damaged and would rather keep himself from others. He meets his match in Lady Danny. He finds he wants to protect her, despite all her assertions that she could protect herself. His determination serves her in good stead and sets them off on their journey to love.

I don’t know how to describe my attachment to Dev. He infuriated me and made me want to pull him into my arms and coddle him in equal turns. An extremely headstrong man, he has issues that would turn most people in the other direction, and yet I found I wanted to know everything so that I could help him. Danny was the perfect woman to pull him out of himself and into the world again… even if it is a much more dangerous world than even he could think. Dev’s journey of discovery was gut wrenching and moving to witness, and one that will bring me back again and again to this man and his love.

The Vampire’s Claim is a book that I feel I can’t recommend enough. It is filled with action, amazing vistas beautifully described by Ms. Hill and evocative encounters between the varied characters, but especially between Danny and Dev. A definite recommend, this one is going in my “To read over and over and over again” pile. If you aren’t already a fan of Ms. Hill, then you may want to pick this one up, as I’m pretty sure she’ll quickly sway you to her side of the erotic fence. Another fantastic offering from Joey W. Hill… I can’t wait to see what’s next in the Vampire chronicles.

Cowboy Legacy by Stormy Glenn



Cowboy Legacy by Stormy Glenn
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full (157 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Lilac

Nyssa Dupre has always been different. She's been on the move from one town to the next most of her life, never quite being accepted for who she was or what she could do.

A stagecoach trip from Philadelphia to Applegate Valley in the Northwest Territory brings changes into her life that Nyssa never imagined. Starting with the extremely handsome Sheriff Lucas Nash.

Lucas is unlike any man she has ever met. Besides being domineering and sexy as hell, he decides Nyssa is the woman for him and his two brothers, Royce and Ian. For them, and the rest of Applegate Valley, it's normal to share a woman.

Finding out that her family comes from Applegate Valley and that she has inherited the family estate just adds to her problems. It could mean she has to settle down in one place and accept the fact that in Applegate Valley, her ability to manipulate air makes her normal.

But there are those that have their own plans for Nyssa. She turns to Lucas, Royce, and Ian to protect her. But can they save her from people that won't take no for an answer?

With a touch of magic and characters that intrigue, Cowboy Legacy is a fascinating story that I found to be quite enjoyable.

With her special abilities, Nyssa Dupre has never quite fit in anywhere she has lived. A trip to Applegate Valley changes everything for the young woman as she learns more about her background and meets the Nash brothers, Luke, Royce, and Ian. Nyssa can’t deny her attraction to the three men and soon learns that for them sharing a woman is a bit of a family tradition as well as being quite common in the town as many have this type of relationship. As Nyssa learns more about her past and family, she also discovers more than she expected as well as discovering a love and passion with the men. But the foursome soon finds their growing happiness threatened.

The author has created some fascinating characters, each with a distinct personality and approach to this unconventional relationship. Nyssa is a bit insecure because of her past and finds it difficult to believe that the brothers and the town could be so accepting of her. She is confused by her attraction to three men, something I could easily understand. Lucas, the sheriff of Applegate, is a bit demanding and controlling. Royce is a bit more intense than his brothers while Ian is tender and a bit insecure. He is very charming and adorable and quite possibly my favorite of the three. Each brother has his own qualities and differences, which is something Nyssa also notices and it affects how she approaches her individual relationship with each of them…relationships that move quite quickly as things heat up almost within minutes of her meeting the brothers.

In addition the relationships, there is a magical element to the story and the town of Applegate that I really enjoyed and found very unique. I can’t wait to see what happens next in the series. And although there were a few times where the language or story felt a bit too modern for its historical setting, which threw me off a bit, overall it was an interesting story with a fascinating premise.

Good Will Ghost Hunting: Demon Seed by Lesli Richardson



Good Will Ghost Hunting: Demon Seed by Lesli Richardson
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc.
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Full (209 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: Best Book
Review by: Amaranth

Demon love...Will it be hellish or heavenly? Kalyani's about to find out.

Demon Seed: Book 1 Good Will Ghost Hunting Series.

Kalyani Martin is a virgin and has every intention of staying that way despite the overwhelming attraction she feels for the co-host of Otherworlds, her new ghost hunting show.

Devastated by the loss of his wife twenty-five years ago, Will Hellenboek is waiting to die. An archdemon, he bides his time co-hosting Otherworlds with his cousin, Aidan. His instant attraction to Kalyani is simply unacceptable to him. His only goal in life is his death, not sex. And certainly not love.

Ryan Ausar protects Earth from anything that would usurp man's free will. His job becomes much harder when his strongest archdemon stubbornly refuses to come back to work.

When lives are on the line, Kalyani, Will and Ryan must make the choice to give up what they hold most dear. Can Kalyani turn her back on the known world and find a little heaven on Earth in the arms of an archdemon?

Warning, this title contains the following: hot virgin-deflowering sex, hunky demons, a sweet love story, frequent snark, and a dogma-questioning Baptist minister's daughter.

In Demon Seed, Kal is the daughter of a strict Baptist preacher and, as it turns out, her soul mate is one of the most powerful archdemons who have ever existed.

Author Lesli Richardson drew me in from the start and held me captivated until the very last page. Her characters are so likeable and realistic; you can almost forget that a few of them are demons, and one the Devil!

Added to these amazing characters is an in-depth and complicated plot, with many twists and turns. Even though I learned a lot about these people and their stories, I know that there is so much more, because of the little hints dropped throughout the book. Thankfully, this is just the first book in the series; a series that I am sure is going to be exceptional, if this first book is any indication.

Demon Seed is a fast-paced, smoothly flowing book about Kal and Will. Kal is the daughter of a very strict Baptist preacher, and Kal has learned that she does not agree with all of her father’s beliefs. Will is an archdemon and at one time, he was one of the most powerful archdemons to ever exist. Combine these two intriguing characters with this interesting plot and you have one very powerful and enjoyable book.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Accidental Mates: Tav by Brenda Steele



Accidental Mates: Tav by Brenda Steele
Publisher: Amira Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short
Other: M/F, Multiple Partners, Forced Seduction
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Agapanthus

Fourth book in the Accidental Mates Series.

When a voice wakes Sandy in the middle of the night and leads her to watch the sky, she never imagined she’d see a lone dragon shape-shifter. Drelconians are now forbidden on Earth, but Sandy is curious to find out who the sexy man is who’s lost his memory.

While Tav’s mind might be damaged after what he suffered on Orel-X Four, his body is in prime condition, and its craving a night with Sandy. He should focus on locating his twin brothers, and he will, right after he battles Sandy’s second lover—-a Lycarn werewolf.

(NOTE: Dubious consent, multiple lovers)

This installment in the Accidental Mates series picks up after Ryuu and involves the Drelaconian Tav. Tav finds himself wrapped up with another character from the earlier stories, Sandy. On earth once again, and with the introduction of yet another alien race to muddle things up, Sandy and Tav have to find their way to help others and work out their own problems in the process.

This is a fantastic story. The characters are well developed, and well rounded. The plot is, well it is like a very interesting snowball. It started out in Draco, progressed in Ryuu, now in Tav it carries on. I am excited to see where this great downhill slalom will end. I am eagerly awaiting the next story in the series.

Well written with excellent characters and an awesome ongoing storyline. I honestly cannot say enough good things about this story and this series. But for now I guess I just have to sit on my hands and wait for the next installment.

Toys from Santa by Lexie Davis



Toys from Santa by Lexie Davis
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short (73 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 4.5 Books
Review by Hibiscus

Jenny Myers is counting down the days until her sister gets married. Having lived with her since Shelly graduated college, she's in desperate need for her own space. The wedding is set for Christmas Day and Jenny is the maid of honor. She forgets to plan the bachelorette party and cold-calls four of her friends, neighbors and relatives to attend. But in the middle of planning the forgotten event, Dane McKenzie, the best man and brother to the groom, interrupts.

Sexual sparks fly every time Dane sees Jenny. He's an ex-marine turned businessman with a frivolous taste in women yet Jenny Myers stops him cold. He wants her, has wanted her from the time they met, six months ago at his brother's engagement party. And when he sees her sprawled out in the floor, planning a bachelorette party for her snotty sister that doesn't deserve it, he sees the perfect opportunity. After all, Christmas is the season for giving and with the sex toys all around, Dane plans to give Jenny anything and everything she wants.

I found a special present from Santa that was delivered after Christmas. Toys From Santa was a delightful story that kept me smiling from start to finish. From a Bridezilla to a west coast sex toy distributor, the story read like a well scripted movie.

Jenny Myers is the sister of the bride. The good girl who always does what is expected of her from her job to her boyfriends. I get the feeling that Jenny would like to be bad once in a while. Her opportunity comes with the appearance of Dane McKenzie, the groom’s brother, on her doorstep. I love how she plans a last minute bachelorette party on Christmas Eve.

I got the impression that Dane McKenzie is the epitome of a bad boy. I don’t think he really is but the whole explanation of Shelley’s pictures and why Dane calls her Shutterbug was not only hilarious but could convince some that he really is bad. Dane proves that he really is good when he saves the wedding.

Shawn McKenzie is a very minor character but his fiancé’ AKA Bridzilla AKA Shelley Myers is hilarious. Her bachelorette party, sex toy sales and just her general self-centeredness all add to make the story a very funny read.

Toys From Santa reminded me of a humorous chick flick with some sizzling hot sex scenes. I definitely would recommend putting this book in your stocking no matter what time of year it is.

Syren Song: Gypsy Cay 1 by Blaze Ballantine



Syren Song: Gypsy Cay 1 by Blaze Ballantine
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Short (74 pages)
Other: M/F/M, Ménage
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by: Amaranth

Enlora is a Syren caught between two lovers: Kai, the shark god, who wants her for himself, and Damon the assassin who needs her help. How can she choose only one when her heart belongs to both?

Both males want the Syren, but she's unwilling, or unable, to make a choice between them. The trouble is, she wants them both. And they both want her. So what's the problem?

The problem is they are two stubborn, dominating males who are used to getting their way, but when it comes to the Syren, they are willing to cooperate if it means keeping her love. Can two dangerous alphas share one woman? The Syren thinks she can prove that love does tame the most savage beasts.

In a compromise for her love, Kai and Damon find that three isn't always a crowd.

Enlora is a dangerous Syren and she likes dangerous men. As a Syren, she is beautiful to all humans, but it is her voice that arouses men, and sometimes women, to orgasm. Kai is one of her close friends and lovers. He is also Akua, a shark shape shifter. As an Akua, he is immune to Enlora’s enchanting voice, but that does not stop him from wanting her. Blaze Ballantine described each in such vivid detail, I felt as if I was looking at a picture, rather than reading a book. Ms. Ballantine’s descriptions of her characters and their surroundings are very good and make everything seem very real.

Enlora lives on Gypsy Cay, an island inhabited mostly by paranormals, but the humans come from the mainland at night, to live the dangerous life at the bars. Paranormals are illegal on the mainland, making it dangerous for Enlora. When she meets Damon and he asks her to go to the mainland to help him catch a killer, Kai is immediately against it. Damon’s twin sister was killed by a powerful and illusive man. Enlora knows that she is not safe on the mainland, so she decides to lure him to the island so that she can help the surprisingly handsome and strong Damon. Enlora loves Kai and he loves her, but she is addicted to humans, whom she calls her throw away lovers. She loves Kai, but she needs Damon. Kai agrees to a threesome, just to prove to Enlora that he is better than the human. What ensues is passion and erotic sex beyond my wildest imagination. Again, this author used realistic dialogue and delicious descriptions, making me feel as if I am right there with these people, instead of just reading about them.

At first glance, I thought that this book would be more about the killer that Damon wants to catch, but that part of the book took up so little space. It was mentioned in the beginning, when Enlora met Damon, and then when the man was lured to the island, the meeting did not take up much more than a couple of pages. Damon got his killer and that was that, although the descriptions of the meeting were, as expected, very detailed. This book was more about Enlora, Kai and Damon.

Syren Song is steeped in realistic dialogue, flowing descriptions and some of the most erotic sex you can read. So, if you enjoy the above mentioned, then I am sure that this book is just what you are looking for.

Sunday’s Child: The Wise Guy by Lex Valentine



Sunday’s Child: The Wise Guy by Lex Valentine
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Short (97 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by: Amaranth

Randall Wise is the quintessential good guy. However, all of his friends are married and he's still single. Rand is positive that good guys finish last at love and decides he needs to change if he's ever going to find a woman of his own.

Brenna Thorne is a clutzy but cute would-be witch who moves in next door to Rand. Men always think of Brenna like a sister. They never see her as girlfriend or mate material. Brenna longs for a man of her own who sees her sexy side and all the love she has to give.

A little magic from Rand's godparents, a familiar who isn't a familiar, and a host of well-meaning but surprising friends help Rand and Brenna see that all you need to find your mate is a heart that is open to love.

Randall has always known that good guys finished last and now he has proof. Rand’s five best friends, none as nice as he, have all found their one true love and settled down in marital bliss, while he, the nice guy, is still single and lonely. Although it is his destiny as a Sabbath’s child to be a good guy, he decides to be a jerk, because he just has to find his mate. He knows that his mate is tied into his destiny, but he has no idea just how much. Brenna seems to be in the same boat as Randall. She is a cute and very good girl. She is also horny and desperate to find someone, but her best friends, Tyler and James, keep stopping her from acting unlike herself just to find someone to sleep with.

The Wise Guy has an intriguing plot, one that I would like to know much more about. I felt that this story may have been rushed just a bit and if it had been extended a little more, just to go into deeper detail, it would have been better. Lex Valentine did a good job with her characters and describing their surroundings quite well, it was the plot that seemed to suffer a little. Rand and Bren are both likeable characters, just your simple nice people, except with magic. When they meet, the attraction and passion that they both feel is explosive and really brings out their naughty side. At times, the dialogue seemed to become a bit unrealistic, but it flowed together nicely.

I would imagine that this book would be great as a series, so that the author would have an opportunity to expand on her plot and the mysteries of witches and mages. Her secondary characters alone would do well as leading characters in other books, because each character in this book was interesting and has a story to tell.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Passion in Paris by Helen Hardt



Passion in Paris by Helen Hardt
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (34 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by: Azalea


Attempting to overcome her fear of heights by visiting the top of the Eiffel Tower, Raine never expects to end up in the arms of a gorgeous Frenchman. But after fainting in the tower’s elevator, that’s where she awakens. Blaise is young, charming, and hot, so why, Raine wonders, is he attracted to her? And why does she have the strange feeling she’s seen him somewhere before?

What could be better than visiting the sights of Paris including the famous Eiffel Tower, than finding yourself in the Tower elevator with a handsome stranger?

Reine has acrophobia but is determined to overcome the fear by riding the Tour Eiffel elevator. Her attempt at bravery is short lived, however, when she falls backward and passes out. Rescued by a handsome stranger, she eventually thinks she recognizes him but all is not as it first seems. This story comprises all four levels, sweet, sensual, spicy and definitely hot, hot, hot.

If you’re a Francophile as am I, you will appreciate the sprinkling of French words interspersed throughout the story. The author teaches you a bit of French in a way that does not distract from the story. You will fall in love with the characters and especially Blaise, ooh la la, and find yourself fantasizing about a trip to Paris. Make sure you visit the Tour Eiffel!

Je t’adore. You will adore this sexy little romp too.

Just One Night by Lillith Payne



Just One Night by Lillith Payne
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Short (140 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking, Sex in Public
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Review by: Tiger Lily

Paden Kerr wasn’t used to anyone questioning his orders; Melina didn’t adhere to the concept. Surprised by his interest in her, he wasn’t sure if she hated all men or just him. He liked his life, was responsible to no one, and planned on keeping it that way. Women were disposable and they should just accept his rules and generosity while they had his attention.

Melina wasn’t prepared for the new sensual emotions settling within her. She’d let Paden touch her in ways no other man had during a time of duress drawing her into the world of his creative, erotic lust. She’d fallen in love with him and was under no delusion, deciding to take his attentions one night at a time, never forgetting his warning.

Finally accepting his feelings, he’ll find her again and when he does, he’ll make her his permanently.

Women express feelings. Women coddle. Women can take charge and when they do, men should look out or enjoy the ride. In the case of Paden and Melina, she shows him desire beyond his wildest dreams for Just One Night.

Ms. Payne writes exciting, erotic works. This novella doesn’t disappoint. Set in the 1940’s she supercharges what could be a staid historical into a sexy romance about a woman way ahead of her time. I liked that Melina was a widow. She had baggage in her life, but once she set her mind to acceptance she blossomed. I also liked that Paden was human. We all have hard times expressing ourselves. Some of us, like Paden, can only show love when we keep the object of our affection at arm’s length. That tendency made him easy to relate to and root for.

My favorite scene was the scandalous time in the empty pool. Oh, my! Very hot!

If you want a sexy read for a cool spring night, then Just One Night is the read for you. I give this novella 4 ½ cherries.

Power Position by Cerise Deland



Power Position by Cerise Deland
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (30 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus

When Amanda Prescott hired sexy ex-Marine Jake Wilcox to head her company's security, the lonely widow began to yearn for the hunky thirty-something to keep her safe and sound--and satisfied in bed. Jake knows the curvy boss lady wants everything he's got--and needs everything he's hot to deliver. On a flight to Dubai, he decides to help her reach new heights of sexual power. But when they come down to earth, will Jake and Amanda decide their encounter was only a few hours of mile-high ecstasy--or a lasting love affair?

Power Position gave me a different take on the typical power plays by executives. It told the story of Amanda Prescott, a corporate big-shot and one of her deals that she was working on.

Amanda is a fifty year-old widow who built her husband's company into world class corporation since his death four years previously. Unfortunately, she needed a male figure to help with the current deal taking place in Dubai. Amanda hires a bodyguard who has everything she requires but she’s afraid to close a personal deal with Jake.

Jake Wilcox is an ex-Marine who is big, brawny and brainy. I know I wouldn’t let a little thing like age stand in my way if he were to pursue me. Jake’s biggest challenge is getting Amanda to realize that age is but a number and his feelings are genuine. When Jake confesses to being alone in the world, I wanted to adopt him into my family.

I liked how everything was set in modern times. From the Lear Jet to the boardroom in Dubai where the deal was made, I could relate to everything and place in the story. Power Play is a good story that reminds me not to let any opportunity slip by.

The Challenge by Shermaine Williams



The Challenge by Shermaine Williams
Publisher: Phaze Books
Length: Short (56 pgs)
Genre: Contemporary
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by: Azalea

As a school teacher, Amanda has no intention of posing for any erotic shots when Benjamin, a photographer, asks her to, even though she has just had an erotic story published.

Despite her resolve, she can't shake his attention and soon finds that her defences dissolve when she meets him, making him wonder what else he can convince her to do...

Ask yourself – Would you pose nude for a perfect stranger? Something to think about as you follow Amanda’s reasoning about whether to do it or not. An email from a stranger brings her to a crossroads in her life. Can a teacher who writes erotica actually indulge in it herself?

Amanda is a beautiful black woman who finds herself being cyber stalked by a stranger who wants her to pose nude for him. Why not do it reasons her best friend, Carmen who encourages her to pose so that Amanda will have some really great pictures to look back on when she’s older.

Will Amanda get more than she bargains for if she accepts the stranger’s proposal? The writing is good and the heat level rises as the story moves forward. Not a love story by any standard definition but shows perhaps a promise of one to come.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Wyndmaster’s Lady by Charlotte Boyett-Compo



The Wyndmaster’s Lady by Charlotte Boyett-Compo
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Full (216 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by: Tiger Lily

Sierran Morgan is a man living on borrowed time but Anna Celeste Allen is the key to keeping him alive.

Thrown into the dungeon of a madman, Commander Sierran Morgan does not expect to survive his encounter. Tortured brutally, he knows he is living on borrowed time. When he is rescued by his men, Sierran will garner his revenge on the dungeon master by taking the man and his innocent daughter hostage. The last thing he counted on was Anna Celeste Allen’s willingness to help him heal from her father’s vicious abuse.

Anna Celeste had been a virtual prisoner in her own home all her life. She was never to know a home and family of her own though her fevered dreams were filled with daring knights coming to rescue her.

Falling in love with Anna wasn’t something Sierran planned but he falls hard for the beautiful young woman. On board his ship, he takes Anna as his bride amd vows to give her all her father had denied her. But when he returns home, he is stunned to learn his family had married him by proxy to his father’s mistress so they could gain an inheritance Sierran never wanted.

With one wife he’ll fight to keep and another he would rather die than touch, Sierran’s life will never be the same.

Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, violence, graphic torture.

Heroes come in many forms. So do monsters. Some people rise above their station while others sink to new depths. In The Wyndmaster’s Lady, the characters do this and more.

Ms. Boyett-Compo’s work is intriguing. Her characters are intelligent and captivating. Her antagonist is brilliantly evil, while the protagonists work together to bring about the climax. Although there were many characters to follow, the story never waned. I liked the unique mix of historical and fantastical. That mix drew me into the story and held my attention to the last page. I also liked that the antagonist wasn’t always clear and that the evil characters were truly evil.

My favorite scene was the initial love scene on the boat. What could’ve come across as contrived or silly was written in a very human fashion. Who was honestly suave the first time they made love?

If you like historicals, then The Wyndmaster’s Lady is for you. If you prefer fantasy titles, again, grab this book. I give this unique novel 4 ½ cherries.

Mail-Order Bride for Two by Elle Saint James



Mail-Order Bride for Two by Elle Saint James
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Genre: Historical
Length: Short (93 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, menage
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Lilac

Running from an employment disaster, Clarissa Barnes escapes to the badlands of South Dakota with the promise of home and hearth with a stranger. When her mail order bride contract falls through upon her arrival, two gorgeous cowboys step up to save her with a seductive offer she can't refuse.

Logan Granger and Derek Brand engaged a "special" bride from back East already willing to serve as companion to them both. When their mail order bride jumps from the train rather than meet them, they opt to convince a beautiful stranded woman the opportunity for seductive pleasures.

Can three strangers make a life filled with passion in the harsh wilderness of the Badlands?

And what will Clarissa's two lovers do if her past comes back to haunt her?

This fascinating historical provides a new twist to the mail-order bride premise as two best friends seek a single wife for them to share.

When Clarissa Barnes’s intended marries someone else, the mail-order bride believes all is lost until she meets Logan Granger and Derek Brand, two intriguing cowboys whose plans to share a mail-order bride have also fallen apart. Logan and Derek seem like the answer to her prayers so with no other choice, Clarissa agrees to their unconventional agreement and the three embark on a fascinating and passion-filled relationship.

I loved this little twist to the mail-order bride concept and enjoyed watching the bond and relationship develop between Clarissa and her new husbands. They introduce the young woman to some unexpected delights in several passionate scenes and she slowly begins to fall for the handsome men. They are just as taken with Clarissa and their protectiveness and caring is obvious as the story progresses and Clarissa must face her past.

While we learn a bit about Clarissa’s past, we don’t get much background on Derek and Logan and I would have loved to learn a bit more about them and their reasons for wanting a wife to share. But despite this, overall, this quick read is one that I found fascinating and very enjoyable.

Shadow Lover by Lillith Payne



Shadow Lover by Lillith Payne
Publisher: Loveyoudevine
Genre: Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short (41 pgs)
Other: M/F/M
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Azalea

1924, The Gold Coast of Long Island

Camilla is frustrated by her family’s hold over her money and lifestyle. In an act of defiance, she leaves her New York City home, choosing to reside permanently in their country estate away from cruel and demonstrative relatives.

Rankin understood her ambivalence towards her sexual needs before she acknowledged them herself. For him, her confusion is an open door to release her repressed sexuality. Being with Camilla is the perfect solution to his situation. Shifting between his sexuality to suit her mood will release them both to a fulfilling future, even if it’s not a conventional one.

In a perfect world, she could have either gender lovers without guilt or repercussions. Will she take the chance to fulfill both their life’s desires and dreams forever?

This is a well written story that carried me along nicely. Though the book cover for this story threw me upon first glance, after reading the story I was able to understand the reasoning behind it.

Camilla’s shadow lover is a surprise…both to Camilla and the reader as well. There are some nicely descriptive sexual encounters that are bold, titillating and sensual and graphic in a non-vulgar way. Very well done. I enjoyed the descriptions of the time period, the 1920s along the Gold Coast of Long Island, NY.

There was a mention of a sideline to the story which the author never really explained which left me wondering. Overall though it was a good, short read.

Love in a Box by Eliza Knight



Love in a Box by Eliza Knight
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical, Time Travel, Fantasy
Length: Short (48 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus

Colin MacDuff has grown up learning the ways of Highland warriors from his father, Donell--but he's never believed his parent's fanciful stories of time travel, true love and a brooch known as the Highland Jewel. Until…he lands on his butt, literally, in the year 1648. Before him is the most beautiful, not to mention sexy as hell, woman he's ever seen. The only thing is, she refuses to be his or to believe in the power of the brooch.

Sera MacRae wishes she'd been able to escape the Highlands like her sister and vows she won't marry for anything less than love, refusing to be a pawn in a marriage deal. Until…Colin shows her what she's missing. He takes her body to the heights of heaven and back, all while proving to her that true love is possible.

Now, everything and everyone depends on the future of these two lovers. Will Colin stay in the past to save the future, and will Sera succumb to passion and love?

Love In A Box is the third story in The Highland Jewel Series. There are a few references to Warrior in a Box, the first story and Lady In A Box which was the second story in the series. I must say that it is possible to follow the story without first reading the previous books but the characters and the references they make are easier understood by having done so.

I loved the character of Colin MacDuff. He is a modern man who exists to go back in time. I loved that he was proficient in the use of bows and arrows and broadswords. I know it surprised Sera that he could best her with her own weapon of choice. I loved how Colin was persistent in his pursuit of Sera. With his upbringing, Colin knew he was meant for her and the ways he tried to sway Sera to accept him as a husband I found very enjoyable.

Sera MacRae is the leader to be of her clan. She is like a warrior in that she is schooled in warfare and the running of a clan. Sera struck me as a woman who desires peace but who will fight for what she wants. I like how she took it upon herself to return the stolen brooch to the Clan MacDuff. The episode at the little stream when Sera happened upon Colin was very good. I felt that I was there gazing at Colin. I could not help but laugh as Sera forgot the reason she went to the stream.

The only fault I found in the story was that there was no reference to the brooch being rubbed three times. I know how the characters are sent through time from reading the previous titles in this series. I just missed it being mentioned. I recommend reading the previous stories first but it is still possible to follow everything in the story without doing so. Love In A Box is a very good third book in this imaginative series.