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Friday, June 8, 2012

Near To You by Asha King



Near To You by Asha King
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (49 pgs)
Other M/F
Rating: 3 stars
Review by: Fuchsia

Twenty-something divorcee Niara Morgan has moved back to her small hometown, buying a cottage on the lake where she hopes to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. In fixing the place up, her path crosses that of Brady Trewin, a friend from high school she hires to help. He’s grown up and filled out, but her difficult past keeps her from contemplating anything more than business.

Brady has loved Niara for as long as he can remember, but long ago gave up the dream of ever seeing her again when she moved after graduation. He's saved up and is planning to finally leave his small town for good, just as she steps back into his life. One touch, one feel of her lips might get her out of his system...

Although this near to her after so long, he might never want to let her go.

Niara Morgan returns to her home town after a divorce, and buys a house that’s in need of fixing up. She hires a handyman who turns out to be Brady Trewin. Brady had a huge crush on her in high school but Niara never knew he felt that way. To her he was just the sweet kid who helped out at the school paper. Brady had previously decided to leave town, but first had to see if Niara was really back. When Niara takes one look at her new handyman she finds that she is very attracted to him. Feeling this attraction to Brady, Niara is a little skittish about acting on it so she calls her friend Deena for advice. Of course Deena, being a no nonsense grab it now kind if girl, tells her to go for it, especially when she finds out he is leaving.

It was fun getting to know Niara and Brady and to see how their relationship blossomed. Of course there were misunderstandings which any good story has, but it was interesting to see how they solved them and made it back to each other. The sex scenes were hot and made you wish you could find a guy like Brady. The only negative I have is that I wasn't ready for the story to end, I was hoping that her friend Deena would make an appearance and really stir things up. Maybe there will be a followup story with Deena coming for a visit? That would be fun. Overall I have to say this was a really good story and I enjoyed it.



Lessons in Love by Blake Deveraux



Lessons in Love by Blake Deveraux
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (181 pgs)
Other: M/M, multiple partners, anal sex, mention of rape, mention of abuse
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

College is a difficult time for the most confident student, but for Mitch Broward, college life promises to either be the beginning of a new life, or the extension of a painful lie.

When Mitch meets his flamboyant roommate Josh, he realizes just how hard it may be to find his place in the world. He is neither comfortable with his sexuality nor is he ready to put himself through the stress of being "outed".

He's hired to tutor Benjamin Walker and his attraction to the handsome football player is unmistakable. Mitch knows that Ben's teammates regularly harass Josh, tormenting him mercilessly.

Mitch finds himself in a tense friendship with Ben that turns out to be far more complicated than either of them ever dreamed. Mitch's final dilemma--is Ben is just another bigoted gay-basher, or is there more to the football player than meets the eye?

Angst, drama and hot men are in high order in this book!

In the matter of a few days, I've read almost all of the books by Blake Deveraux. It's been a great few days. I've been introduced to characters I can't help but fall in love with and stories I'll think about for days to come. Mr Deveraux has a talent for squeezing every last drop of emotion out of a scene and making the reader (me) want to know more.

Lessons in Love is probably my favorite of his books so far. Why? It's real. How is it real? These are characters that seem like they are people I know in real life. I can identify with Mitch and Ben's struggles and how they see life. Most of all, I felt like I was there. Mitch is a great character. He's emotionally strong and steady in the moments where he doesn't think he can be. I enjoyed reading Ben's determination to figure himself out. The whole book read like a movie, I could see it happening.

Okay, so there are a couple of typos and a few odd line breaks. Trust me, those really don't matter. I got so caught up in the book that my inner editor totally shut off. It did.

I think my favorite character was Josh. Flawed as he might have been, I liked him. Again, he's one people can identify with. Plus he's got that great snark going for him. His defense mechanisms are what made him memorable.

If you want a book with steamy love scenes between hot guys, a dash of action, and enough emotion for three books, then this is the story for you.





Getting Lei’d by Melissa Schroeder



Getting Lei’d by Melissa Schroeder
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (77 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe

Maribelle has always been unlucky in love. Bad relationships, bad men, just nothing good. The latest guy is her fiancé, who she found cheating on her at the chapel with her cousin. After dumping him at the altar, Maribelle swears off love. To mend her broken heart she goes to Hawaii to visit her friends Eddie and Sophia. She never expected Damon and Alex to follow her with seduction on their minds, and she never expected them to want forever.

Damon and Alex have been in love with Maribelle for years. When Damon’s stupid brother loses her because of his cheating ways, the best friends decide it’s time to let Maribelle know just how they feel. Seducing her is easy, but convincing her to stay with them is going to be a challenge—one thing neither man has ever backed down from.

On the day of her wedding Maribelle finds out what kind of man she's about to marry. Finally deciding to stand up for herself, she leaves the him at the alter. She escapes to Hawaii with two of her best friends. Her other two good friends, Damon and Alex, have longed for more from Maribelle for many long years. When she runs to Hawaii to lick her wounds the men follow Maribelle in hopes of showing her just what she's worth.

I loved meeting all the characters in this book. The author does a wonderful job of bringing them all vividly to life. She does it so strongly that I felt as if I was there in person. I loved Maribelle and her men and hated her ex-fiancée and the woman he cheats with.

Alex and Damon are so sweet and endeared themselves quickly to this reader. They love Maribelle unconditionally and want her to see for herself just how much she's worth. I cheered at seeing Maribelle come out of her shell. She's a smart and strong woman that's loved dearly by many. With the help of her two men she begins to feel her worth.

Watching their relationship move from friends to lovers was not only a hot read but also a beautiful romance. The emotions shine through in everything they do, making this story a great read. This book is fast paced and entertaining, it kept me glued to my seat and had me quickly turning the pages to see if Maribelle would get the happy ever after that she so deserved. I really enjoyed visiting Hawaii again and revisiting with some characters from past books and hope to be able to revisit again.





Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Little Bit Reckless by Suzanne Rock



A Little Bit Reckless by Suzanne Rock
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (87 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Exhibitionism
Rating: 3.5 stars
Review by: Mistletoe

Eden arrives at her high school reunion in Larona Falls, NH, never suspecting she’ll hook up with her old flame, the sexy and wild Vincent. She acts as if she has everything all figured out, but as they relive all of their kinky sexcapades, Eden realizes her life is far from perfect. She wants another chance with the bad boy of her youth, but will Vincent be willing after he learns her secrets?

Ten years ago, Vin was dumped by the love of his life because he was too reckless. Now that he’s respectable, he wants Eden back. She might think he’s a one-night stand, but Vin has something more permanent in mind. Love always comes at a price, however. Will Eden want the straitlaced businessman as much as the troubled boy she dated over a decade ago

A small town girl leaves for the big city, leaving behind her man and her past. But she finds that what she was looking for was in that same small town all along. Eden has always tried to please her parents and in doing so she left Vin and her hometown for what she thought she wanted; a so-called better life. Yet after living in New York for years, Eden finds herself longing for the past and one man in particular. When Eden returns for a reunion she doesn’t know what to expect. Will Vin even be there? Will he welcome her home with open arms or has she lost him forever?

There was so much emotion in this book. I enjoyed meeting both Vin and Eden. Vin may come from the wrong side of town but he's a good man and has done well for himself. Eden is more than what you see. She has finally started to realize just what it is she wants. I enjoyed seeing Eden finally start to grow up and come into her own.

The only thing that bothered me with this story was the characters constant berating of themselves. All the "woe is me" started to get to this reader and the constant fretting about not being good enough became a little much. I enjoyed the storyline but wished that there was more to the story than Eden and Vin complaining.  The love these two have for each other is great and when they finally realize it, the sparks fly.  While this book may not have been my favorite, I still enjoyed it and I am a huge fan of this author so will continue to look for more from her.





Hunks Pulled Over by Marie Rochelle



Hunks Pulled Over by Marie Rochelle
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (131 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

Chance Cutter didn’t know what to do. He was at a loss. For years, he used his winning smile and charm to win over women who crossed his path, but when he wanted those traits to work the most, they didn’t. He had done something he never thought he would ever in his life…he had fallen in love. Unfortunately, the woman who made him want to turn in his bachelor card hated him.

Emerald Stone wouldn’t believe a word that came out of Chance’s mouth. He had gotten his way for too long and he wasn’t used to hearing the word "no." However, she was here to give him a crash course in leaning what the word meant. There was just one teeny tiny problem. Chance didn’t know it, but she was falling for his dimpled smile and carefree ways.

What in the hell was she going to do? She wanted a hunk of her own, but how in the world did Chance end being the man who wanted to fill those shoes?

When I sit down to read a book I want to become completely involved in the lives of the characters I'm reading about.  If the opening paragraph does not grab my attention then I know that the rest of the story will probably not interest me. This book however threw me right into the deep end by introducing me to the main character by way of his attitude.

Chance Cutter is a love-them-and-leave-them kind of guy. His best friends Nash and Brian are blissfully happy because they found the love of their lives, which Cutter can’t and won’t understand. He couldn't imagine being with the same woman for the rest of his life. The author gave me a little insight into the bitterness Cutter feels towards relationships and how he manages to alienate his two best friends because of this. His attitude changes when he meets the assistant medical examiner, Emerald Stone, who, unbeknownst to him, is the best friend of Nash and Brian’s girlfriends.

Emerald wants nothing to do with him and as the story progressed, I found out that there was a reason behind her dislike of him, even though he makes it his mission in life to pursue her. This story was enjoyable and entertaining and had characters that were likeable and who made me care about them. I got to see behind Chance’s bitterness to the vulnerability he tried to keep hidden. I also got to see the close relationship Emerald had with Nash’s fiancée, Shauntie, and Sapphire who is Brian’s girlfriend.

This book is part of a series but can be read as a standalone. My only problem with the book is that I felt the author rushed the ending. Without giving too many details, I simply felt the author wanted to end the book and did not fully flesh out the ending. It needed just a little something more that would make you say "yes, I’m glad she did that". That being said, I still enjoyed the book and it was a good read.





Dangerous Deceptions by Blake Deveraux



Dangerous Deceptions by Blake Deveraux
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (181 pages)
Other: M/M, voyeurism, multiple partners, spanking, anal sex
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

What is more dangerous than a lie?... The truth.

Doctor Joeseph Demitri has met the man of his dreams, his practice is just getting on its way and happiness seems an attainable goal. When his former lover, Andy resurfaces and works his way back into his and Charles' life, he knows the man holds the power to destroy the life he's building.

Even as the two men discuss marriage, Charles is getting closer and closer to the truth. One question remains, will the truth bring them together, or will it be the final blow to their love?

I wanted Joe's story and boy did I get it!

In the space of three days, I’ve read the entire Men of Danger series by Blake Deveraux. Was it worth my time? Absolutely. I can’t think of better characters to sit with for a few hours. I got wrapped up in them, wanted to hug all of them, and thought about them long after I closed the book. Dangerous Deceptions is the third book in the series and it was worth the wait. Joe and Charles needed their story told and I’m glad Mr Deveraux listened.

Dr Joe is a complex man. Most of the time he’s cold and distant. Then there’s Charles. The younger man has the power to draw Joe out of his shell. There’s a lot of love there in Joe and way more than meets the eye. I liked seeing him come into his own. I also liked how his secrets come out. Yes, there are secrets, but the book wouldn’t be nearly as good without the angst.

Then there’s Charles. Back in Dangerous Liaisons, I wasn’t sure how I felt about him. He’s very moody and dramatic. But that’s his charm. He wears his heart on his sleeve. He cares deeply, even when he’s not sure what he’s caring about or how he’s supposed to deal with it. Seeing him in action made it easier to identify with him. Without giving spoilers, there’s a moment with Charles that made me cry a good cry.

As with the other books, there’s a bit of telling over the showing, but Mr Deveraux gets better with each book. This is probably my favorite of his tales. The sex is hot and there are secondary characters I’d love to get to know more. Andy should have a story if he doesn’t already. That guy needs his HEA. Plus, I’d love to see Quinton and Ben again for old time’s sake.

If you want a book, or rather a set of books, with characters you won’t forget, then this is the one for you. I recommend all three Men of Honor books.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Until Paris by Ellen Trubody



Until Paris by Ellen Trubody
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (75 pages)
Other: M/F, anal sex, spanking
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review by: Amaryllis

For Emma, Wills is the perfect husband—and a tirelessly sinful lover. At their home, in dark corners at dinner parties, in carriage rides across London, they explore each other’s bodies in a consuming passion that won’t end. But then a devastating illness turns pleasure into peril and Wills realizes one careless mistake could cost Emma her life. He moves far away to Bath, where his unceasing desire can no longer harm her.

Left to her own devices, Emma plans a new life for herself in Paris. She writes to Wills—tearful letters, pleading letters, letters threatening to leave him, letters begging him to return—but he never responds. She decides to confront the stubborn man in the flesh but finds him unwilling to say goodbye. Wills loves Emma and he has until Paris to prove they’re meant to be together—and to show her dark, forbidden pleasures unlike any she’s known before.


What if your passion might kill the one you love the most? This question is handled with delicacy and detail in this Victorian romance. Emma is a heroine who's gentle and strong at the same time, driven by her desire for her beloved husband. Yet despite a white hot sexual life, her marriage has not been easy. Emma appeared to be barren until after seven years of trying, she's suddenly pregnant. She’s overjoyed. But after her physical her husband has misgivings which are eventually proven correct when she suffers a tubal pregnancy and nearly dies. Another pregnancy might kill her.

With no sure birth control methods available, Wills tries to remain chaste in the marriage. But when he does this, Emma is sure he will slip away from her, possibly into the arms of a former mistress. Emma is determined to hold on to her husband with every ounce of her will and powers of seduction.

Unable to cope with the constant onslaught of his wife’s seductive charms, Wills knows he must separate himself physically from Emma. He cannot take the chance that his sexual hunger may make him do something that will cost the life of the woman he loves. He puts his medical studies to work, trying to find a way to have sexual expression with his wife that will not put her at risk.

Much of the story is told in flashbacks to the couple’s previous sexual life. In between are layered scenes of seemingly impossible emotional and sexual tension. The sex is written in vivid erotic detail yet there is much tenderness and love between the couple. Love, respect, passion, that’s what this story is all about. It’s achingly romantic, blisteringly erotic and thoroughly engrossing from beginning to end. I am very glad that I selected Until Paris for review.





Dangerous Obsessions by Blake Deveraux



Dangerous Obsessions by Blake Deveraux
Puiblisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full length (170 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal sex, masturbation, Voyeurism, Menage, M/M/M, Multiple Partners, Forced Seduction, Mention of Rape, Toys, BDSM
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

What can bring a strong career Marine to his knees?

Daniel Deveraux is a man of action. He doesn't allow his life to be complicated by anything or anyone. He left the Marines after deciding that the don't-ask-don't-tell policy was more than he could abide. He returned home in search of a simple life, one devoid of the insanity he'd endured in Iraq. Love for him was a distant dream.

Brandon Matthews is an exceptional man, both in body and in mind. His magnetic personality and exceptional good looks were an impenetrable wall behind which this damaged man safely hid. His journey found him working days as a carpenter, and nights as "eye candy" at a local gay bar.

The two men find themselves on a tumultuous journey of emotional and sexual revelation that threatens to destroy them both. The intense sexual relationship binds them in a way neither one expects.

The question remains—will the deep sexual bond bring the two men together in a deep and enduring love? Or will it destroy them?


So much drama, so much angst, but such a great read.

I must admit I've had this book on my shelf for quite a while. I'd walk past it and take it down, only to put it back. Why? I'd read the first few pages and was sucked in, but I put it back because I didn't want the story to end. I knew it had to--there's only 170 pages. I'm glad I read the book, I only wish I'd gotten to it a LOT faster.

Initially I wasn't impressed with Brandon. He grated on my nerves because he had so much baggage. That said, the farther I got in the book, the more I respected him and the more I fell in love with him. He's complex and Mr. Deveraux wrote him with such care, I felt like I was right there and could hug Brandon. Heck, I wanted to. The descriptions put me right in his shoes. I liked Daniel, even when he got irksome. Why? I understood his feelings and could identify with him. He's a good man trying to figure out how to get what he wants out of life. Loved it.

Before I go any further, there were a few things that kept me from fully enjoying this book. Many times the same descriptions were used for the same character. I liked knowing how hot both men were, but felt there were times when I didn't need to be told again. I enjoyed Mr Deveraux's story telling. There were times I wasn't sure where the characters lived, but it never yanked me from the story.

I do have to mention there are more than a couple scenes that aren't for the faint of heart. There's a great deal of sexuality in the story and Mr Deveraux handles the emotions behind the acts well. If the reader isn't expecting a BDSM scene, then it could come across as a shock. Don't get me wrong, the scene made the book and gave me greater insight into the characters. The scene scorched the pages of the book and left me needing a cold drink. Yeah, it's that intense.

There aren't many books with characters who stick with me after the last page. This book is one of those rare exceptions. I wanted to spend more time with Daniel and Brandon. Good for me, there's two more books in the series. I can't wait to get my hands on them. If they are anything like this book, they will be worth the read. If you want a book that's strong on emotion and sex as well as a pair of characters guaranteed to wrap around your heart, then this is the book for you.





Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Mountain Jewel by Tracey Lyons



Mountain Jewel by Tracey Lyons
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (260 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Reviewed by Aster

A dangerous love, any way you cut it.

After four years at a conventional Boston boarding school, Hannah Jackson is perfectly content to live a quiet existence at her grandparents’ Adirondack homestead. However, her peaceful existence is soon shattered by the arrival of the formidable Chase Malone, a representative of Tyler Mining.

Though the year is 1880, nineteen-year-old Hannah isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Garnet mining would ruin North Creek, the life blood of her sanctuary. Carrying her stubborn resolve with her like a shield of armor, Hannah vows to keep that from happening.

From the moment Chase and Hannah clash, more than simple conflict ignites. He is a man with secrets—a U.S. Customs agent on an undercover mission to prove Tyler is passing cheap garnets off as priceless rubies.

In the raven-haired beauty he finds a fearlessness to match his own—and an intelligence behind those sapphire eyes that sees too much. Soon they are both entering the world of gem smuggling—and encountering danger from which their love may not save them.

This book has been previously published.


The old west, beautiful picturesque countryside, threats of danger and a young couple falling in love. This story has all the elements of a wonderful escape and when I read the summary, I was excited to dive in!

I give all the credit in the world to an author willing to tackle a time and place that none of us have ever experienced. It has to be a challenge to pull a reader into a foreign environment, but Ms. Lyons does a nice job setting the time and place. She has a good grasp of terminology and the consistent reminders of things like transportation or clothing as the story progresses to help keep the reader in the correct setting. Her descriptions of the sights, sounds, and even smells were very descriptive and helped to paint a nice a picture.

Her main characters are flawed, but for the most part, likable. The heroine, Hannah, is a precocious young woman who repeatedly makes the wrong decision, although perhaps for the right reason. The hero, Chase, is a admirable guy who finds himself in a difficult position; for the first time in his life he has a woman he cares for, but has to lie to her to keep her safe.

The relationship is initially antagonistic, which was fun to read. They are on opposite sides of the mining trade, which forces Hannah to defend the beautiful Adirondack Mountains from certain destruction from the group Chase is heading. In an attempt to quiet Hannah from her fierce opposition to the mine, Chase befriends and begins a relationship with her, and the two quickly fall in love.

I didn't dislike the story, but what I found consistently throughout was what I'll describe as "missed beats." The attraction between the main characters was believable, but they went from a first kiss to consummation in a very short amount of time, without establishing what their relationship even was, much less a declaration of love. Considering the norms of the time, I didn't find their coupling very believable, particularly since there was little discussion nor even acknowledgement of it in the days and weeks that followed.

There was quite a bit of repetition in the course of the story. Hannah's eyes are regularly referred to as "sapphire eyes" to the point it was obvious, and another description would have eventually been preferred. Some conversations were remarkably similar as well; on several occasions Chase had to leave town and Hannah's only reaction was, "I'll miss you." It felt to be the same scene played more than once.

Unfortunately, Ms. Lyon's writing does tend to do a lot of telling instead of showing. I didn't feel the connection to the characters I would have liked, and I attribute at least part of that to the writing style. The sentences were often short and choppy, and didn't flow eloquently the way they could have if blended together. For example, "After several minutes, Chase went downstairs. He walked into the smoky saloon. There were five men standing at the bar. Jeb was pouring a whiskey for a tall man who stood at the end of the bar. Chase's attention was fixed on the man whose back was to him. He was dressed in black from head to toe." While there is nothing technically wrong with the sentences, if rephrased or rearranged, the writing could become a bit more sophisticated and eloquent - and therefore easier to read. The distraction of the choppiness, I think, kept me from completely losing myself in the story.

There were frequent point of view shifts, and while I don't find them distracting the way many do, there were times I wasn't sure when or if we had shifted. It was sometimes jarring to figure out a paragraph later that we were now in the hero's mind instead of the heroine's. The most difficult thing, however, was the occasional combination of dialogue, both characters speaking, within the same paragraph. That was definitely hard to get past once I realized what had happened.

As a whole, the story was good. I enjoyed the time period and the conflict between characters, and while I would have liked to see it explored a bit more in depth, it was an overall pleasant read. If you like to read about historical time and place, particularly the old west, this story could be a nice option.





Happy Endings by GA Hauser



Happy Endings by GA Hauser
Publisher: The GA Hauser Collection
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (224 pgs)
Other: M/M, BDSM, Anal sex, Toys
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Twenty-seven year old, Kelsey 'Kellie' Hamilton was caught up in the economic housing disaster. Losing his home, his job, and having to reinvent himself, Kellie went back to school for his certificate in massage therapy and is hired by an elite spa in West Hollywood. Though Kellie had experienced 'happy endings' in the past while getting massages from older men, he was going to abide by the rules and not get sexual with his clients.

Montgomery 'Monty' Gresham, ex Navy SEAL plans to open up a SEAL training boot camp for civilians, and decides getting referrals from a celebrity club in LA would be a perfect idea. While Monty recruits members to his military training center, he meets the handsome massage therapist, Kellie Hamilton.

The contact between Kellie and Monty while Monty is on the massage table instantly sends both men into a state of pure sexual arousal. In this heightened state, where two opposites certainly are attracted, Kellie needs to decide if the tough thirty-eight year old ex-military man will be his Happy Ending, or if living happily ever after is just a fairy tale.


Twenty-seven and thirty-eight are certainly looking great. Have I intrigued you? Wondering what the numbers mean? Okay, there's nothing really exciting about them other than they are the ages of the characters in GA Hauser's book, Happy Endings. The ages didn't matter to me, but the guys are smoking hot.

I picked up the book because I already love the work of Ms Hauser. I know when I grab one of her books, I'll be transported to the world of the characters and walk away feeling like I've spent time with close friends. This book was no exception. Kellie likes to refer to himself as boring. Trust me, there are things in his life that are not boring. He's got a past the reader, like me, can relate to. He's had to work to get where he is--again. I liked that there were times when he let his past bog him down, then got right back up. It made him believable as a character. I couldn't get enough. Monty is exciting as well. Ex-Navy SEAL, guarded, he's a conundrum I enjoyed reading about. Coming out is hard and even harder when you don't feel like you can. That's how Monty felt at times and again, it was nicely realistic. I did think the dancing between Monty and Kellie took a bit long, but I could understand why. Two men, scared that things could collapse at any moment, but wanting to try. It's great stuff. Oh, and that session in the massage room in the middle...I'm pretty sure parts of the book melted.

I'll gladly pick up more by GA Hauser and recommend Happy Endings. If you want a book that's got sass, huge cupcakes, men with more muscle than should be legal and lots of heart, then this book is for you.



Submitting to the Rake by Em Brown



Submitting to the Rake by Em Brown
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (65 pages)
Other: M/F, BDSM, Spanking
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Amaryllis

Desperate to save her cousin from certain ruin with a notorious rake, Miss Heloise Merrill impersonates her cousin and takes her place at the infamous “Chateau of Debauchery”. Heloise intends to convince the rake—Lord Cadwell, Earl of Blythe—to turn his attentions elsewhere. What she doesn’t intend is to be splayed across his legs and spanked!

Deprived of his intended guest, Sebastian Cadwell intends to provide the meddling Miss Merrill a much deserved set-down. But when his hand connects with her lovely derrière, he finds he wants to do more than just administer a light spanking. He wants to tie her up and hold her down. In short, he wants her total submission.


A sex obsessed aristocrat meets his match in a somewhat spoiled, willful young lady. Lord Cadwell has a sadist streak and he enjoys tying women up and giving them pleasure through pain. He has his sights on Josephine but Heloise shows up instead. He shrugs and decides to give her his usual treatment, much to their mutual pleasure.

Both Josephine and Heloise are more sexually experimental and less naive innocents than most young women of their time. Yet at the same time they seem a little spoiled and emotionally impulsive. This did not take away from my enjoyment of the story. Not in the least. I enjoy flawed characters, who wants perfect all the time? And one might imagine that there would be quite a bit of spoiled young ladies in this time. It creates plenty of tension between hero and heroine that helps to fuel the passion in this tale.

Ms. Brown does a great job of describing the scenery and setting the stage. The prose is smooth and reads easily. This story remains light to the point of romantic comedy from start to finish yet it is predominately an erotic story. I enjoyed Submitting to the Rake very much and the happy ending made me smile. It’s a quick, kinky, hot short story. A great read.