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Saturday, August 4, 2012

July Book of the Month Poll Winner: Two Wild For Teacher by Delilah Devlin



Two Wild for Teacher by Delilah Devlin
Lone Star Lovers, Book 6
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (63 pages)
Other: M/F/M, menage
Rating: 5 stars
Review by: Lotus


It’s double the trouble when two ornery cowboys come courtin’, Texas-style...

Lone Star Lovers, Book 6

Sam Logan’s hell-raising twin sons have a bad rep in Two Mule, Texas. All of it earned. When it becomes clear those two troublemakers won’t settle down without another nudge—make that a boot to their butts—Sam reissues his challenge. Find a wife.

There’s only one woman who’s ever held Mace and Jason Logan’s attention for more than one night. Molly Pritchet, their former teacher. She’s been too worried about a pesky morals clause to let them close, but they’re older now and ready to prove to her that some rules are meant to be broken.

Molly thought her path was clear: always a teacher, never a mother or a wife. Until she finds those two Logan “boys” in her backyard, all grown up and digging around in her business. More accurately, starting her koi pond for her without asking. Well, it’s about time someone taught the Logan twins some manners.

A little mud, a lot of yearnings she thought she’d suppressed, and Molly realizes she’s the one being schooled in the art of indulging in forbidden desires.


Friday, August 3, 2012

Meredith’s Awakening by Sierra & VJ Summers



Meredith’s Awakening by Sierra and VJ Summers
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (146 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 stars
Review by: Mistletoe

Tony Renatto has worked five long years to make himself worthy of the beautiful, untouchable Meredith Worthington. He knows the truth—beneath her icy demeanor hides a fiery woman who deserves love. A woman he’s dying to break free.

Growing up with an abusive father and a brother who condemned her sexuality taught Meredith not to trust anyone. There’s no room in her life for a man like Tony, whose presence threatens her hard-won independence. Without it, Meredith is afraid she’ll fall apart.

Tony knows what his ice princess needs, even if she doesn’t. He’ll shatter her control with all the dark, forbidden things she craves. He’ll power into her soul by way of her body and teach her to trust again, even if that means pushing past her every sexual boundary. Tony loves Meredith, and he won’t stop until she’s free.


From the first and only night Tony has with Meredith, he knows she's the one but life has other plans for them and before he gets the chance to claim her she's whisked away out of his life. Their lives may be worlds apart but he has never forgotten her nor has he given up. When life gives him a second chance, so many years later, he's not one to waste it. Only this time he's met with a whole different person. The beautiful and trusting Meredith he knew no longer exists and a cold and distant woman has replaced her. Hopefully his love and understanding will bring the woman he fell so hard for back.

I enjoyed the storyline of this book but found the characters lacking, and a bit one dimensional. Tony's a good Dom but it seemed as if he took Meredith, a person who barely knows anything about the lifestyle, and instead of gradually introducing her to D/s he throws her into the deep end. She has feelings and enjoys the things that they do but I had a hard time seeing her do a complete 360 every time Tony wanted to do something more to her. Don’t get me wrong, the sex is extremely hot and consensual but it just seemed that Meredith acted out of character. She loves Tony and what he does to her body so much that she allows him to not only push past her boundaries but to blast them all to smithereens. It's as if doing this somehow fixes all that has hurt or gone wrong for Meredith in her past.

As this is the second book in the trilogy I'm hoping the unresolved questions involving the very reason for the near ending of Meredith and Tony’s relationship are answered in the next book. I liked watching Meredith begin to trust Tony and give herself to him and found myself hoping he could be the one to bring her back to the trusting and loving person she used to be. Even though this book may not be a top pick for me it was a hot read that many will enjoy.





Perfectly Imperfect by Joan Chandler



Perfectly Imperfect by Joan Chandler
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (188 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Lotus

Ali Baker is a corporate executive with a house in an upscale suburb of Houston. The only thing missing is the right man to share it with. But a lifelong struggle with weight has left her with low self-esteem that keeps her from taking a chance on love. A new fitness plan gives her a slimmer figure, but she hits a plateau before reaching her goal. Ali joins the local gym to rev up her metabolism, but she has no idea her love life’s about to go into overdrive, too!

When she meets British trainer Daniel Wells, the heat between them sizzles. They begin a torrid affair that takes them both by surprise. Then Ali discovers he hasn’t been completely honest with her, and old insecurities threaten to unravel their relationship. Daniel must fight to regain her trust, and he’ll do anything to become the one addiction she can’t resist.


Have you ever been self-conscious about your body? Ali Baker had serious body image issues and she had plans for attacking them with lots of exercise and some unexpectedly sexy calorie-burning extracurricular activities thrown in.

Ali is a corporate accountant who owns a home in Texas. She's decided it was high time to start living her life fully without excess weight, when she literally ran into Daniel Wells at the gym she chose to join. Daniel is handsome and apparently more of a catch than meets the eye. He's British and lives a double life, sort of. I loved reading about both of these characters. Ali has her priorities straight and is willing to work hard for anything that she wants. Her dedication and perseverance is very admirable. Daniel is also hard working and talented, but burning the candle at both ends. He is passionate about his work, his family, and Ali.

Although they seem to be a great match, Ali and Daniel encounter some obstacles in their relationship, especially with Ali’s tenuous confidence in her newfound slimmer self. I cheered for her when she and Daniel worked together to right an injustice. Score one for the girls who were blessed with less than perfect figures!!!

Ms. Chandler’s writing is promising, with good narrative and not overly descriptive or overly telling. However, I did find it a little too perfect of a situation with the hero being so successful. I love men who have a British accent, but everything with Daniel seemed to be all that was on a checklist for the perfect man. Still, the story was a great escape for me, reading about Daniel and Ali’s passionate encounters.

Perfectly Imperfect is the bigger woman’s answer to all the good looking women who look down on them. I highly recommend this book to women who are working on getting their inner slimmer selves recognized or for those who just need a great story with some hot scenes.





Flirting with Danger by Elizabeth Lapthorne



Flirting with Danger by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Publisher: Total E-Bound Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (97 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Aster

Skye Adams thought she was meeting her father for an ordinary lunch. Instead she ends up running for her life on a deadly mission with only one man whom she can trust to keep her safe-Jack Berick.

Skye Adams is looking forward to a wonderful lunch with her father – Victor Adams – to celebrate her birthday after he returns from a work trip. Instead of a good meal of Thai food, however, Skye ends up on the run for her life. Black-clad strangers try to kill her, her father’s partner Garth and decimate the restaurant to smoking rubble. Scared out of her mind, Skye turns to the only person she feels she can trust, Jack Berick, a rugged, mysterious man whom her father once insisted she believe in were all hell ever to suddenly break loose.

Piecing together a complicated web of lies, half truths and deceit, Skye and Jack must work out not only whom to trust, but figure out what happened to Victor and how to get him back – preferably whole and sound. The further they dig, the more convoluted everything becomes and Skye finally understands the world is not full of black and white, good and evil, but a messy mixture of grey.

In amongst the fear, fire and insanity, more and more Skye realized the searing attraction burning between herself and Jack is the only solid, reliable thing she can depend on. Losing her heart had not been part of the plan, but all too soon the intensity smouldering between them has raged way out of control, and Skye can only see one man dependable enough to remain by her side into the future no matter what might happen. That man is Jack, as they both tempt fate and flirt with danger.


How would you react if you found out your father had a deep super surprising secret life? Skye Adams learned that very thing when she was twenty-two years old. Despite assuming her father was paranoid and overly dramatic, they retained a close relationship until the day he disappears. The next 24 hours are a whirlwind for young Skye.

Ms. Lapthorne writes a very good action story. There are spies, guns, explosions and chase scenes. I was never sure what would be lurking around the next corner. While the action was good, there wasn't much suspense involved. Since this is the first book of a series, I'm assuming the next title may contain more of the mystery aspect.

What felt lacking a bit in this story was the romance. After her father, Victor, is abducted, Skye isn't sure who to trust or where to turn until she remembers to call Jack Berwick, a private investigator Victor trusts. Skye and Jack make an instant connection, but it did feel a bit rushed. I didn't get to know Jack very well, and never did learn what it was about him that made Victor trust him. In a very short amount of time, however, Jack and Skye were in the bedroom having passionate sex. While I didn't disagree with the pairing, the author just didn't give any reason as to why, short of the heat of the moment. Skye was emotionally upset after almost being killed, and the transition to them sleeping together after barely more than a conversation, and then only hours later professing their undying love and planning a future just felt rushed.

Following Jack and Skye through their journey was an exciting adventure, and I enjoyed the support Jack gave Skye as the story went on. I do wish I could have gotten to know Jack a little better, but Skye was a heroine who was easy to root for. Despite not being trained in the spy world, she held her own wonderfully as she fought to rescue her father. If you like a fast paced, quick read, this may pique your interest.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Sparks Fly! by Heather Rainier



Sparks Fly! by Heather Rainier
A Divine Creek July 4th Family Reunion
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (175 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/F/M/M, Menage
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Plumeria




Sheltered Jayne Sheridan, the town librarian, is ready to live the fantasies she writes now that she’s free from the shadows of her past. The art buff she meets in the library sets all her creative juices flowing.

Well-traveled Seth Carter, Divine’s new tattoo artist, believes life experience and globe-trotting are overrated. He encounters Jayne in the library and thinks she’s too good to be true.

Matchmaker Grace Warner has enigmatic Seth and her cousin Jayne in her crosshairs. All she needs is an excuse to bring them together. Add in a Fourth of July celebration and a reunion with the Divine Creek Ranch family and what happens? Sparks fly!

Sparks Fly! is a sexy little romp that intimately reacquaints readers with all the beloved characters in the entire series and introduces Seth and Jayne, the main characters in the upcoming twelfth Divine Creek Ranch novel entitled His Tattooed Virgin.


Who doesn’t like fireworks on the Fourth of July?

Ms. Rainier aptly named her newest addition to the Divine Creek Series. The sparks fly not only in the sky but on the pages of this fun novel.

The book starts off with the series matriarch, Grace Warner and her equally sassy sister Charity, as they try to strong arm their cousin Jayne into joining the Independence Day activities. She is blissfully unaware of her cousins' match making scheme, and decides to join in on the fun. While working, she bumps into, literally, the other victim in Cupid’s game, Seth. Sparks fly (see what I did there?) when these two collide and without any extra help.

The rest of the book touches base with all of the couples from the series. The author did a really great job of staying true to each couple or group as I saw where they are in their relationship after the foundations of each relationship that readers were originally introduced to have grown since their respective tales. I saw how married life is faring for most, the balance and compromise of having multiple partners, a big announcement for some, dealing with emotional issues for others, but two things stood true for everyone. One was the love that was expressed:  overwhelming and sweet, yet perfect. At times I worried that the love was going to ooze off the page and smother me, but Ms. Rainier has a wonderful ability of keep balance on the page. Which brings me to number two, sex. Lots and lots of wonderful, naughty, emotional, bonding, dirty sex. My personal favorite, and I am sure other fans as well, was the scene with Charity and her husband Justin. Two words: Viking marauder.

Again, the author did an excellent job of teasing us with the next pairing for the series and whetting our insatiable appetites for more of our favorites. I am eagerly anticipating Jayne and Seth’s story.

Bend Over, Cowboy by Paris Brandon



Bend Over, Cowboy by Paris Brandon
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (38 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Toys
Rating: 4 stars
Review by Clover

Kitty is sexually adventurous and her lover of two years, rodeo cowboy Tyler “Tall” Garrett, has always been up for any challenge. But when Kitty finds herself itching to strap on a cock and give Tall the ride of his life…will he be game?

Pleasure-seeking Tall wants a woman who can give as good as she gets. And Kitty’s latest choice of sexual favors—bending him over and taking him until he begs for mercy—has his blood racing and his ass twitching. Game on!


Want to know what it’s like to wear a strap-on and do a cowboy? If so this is a book for you!

Cowboys are big and tough and take control, or so Tyler ‘Tall’ Garrett always thought, but when his girlfriend of two years, Kitty Jones, suggests she top in the most intimate, sensual, exciting of ways, he’s prepared to push those pre-conceived ideas out of the window in the hope of finding a wonderful new way to climax. Kitty, however, didn’t know whether to make her bold suggestion, but with a hunk of hotness like Tall to play with, she just could resist, she had to know if he’d let her play with her new toy.

Boy, is this book hot, it's sex, sex and then more sex with whipped cream and sprinkles on the top. I fell for Tall right from the very first paragraph; the author’s description of him makes this cowboy irresistible. There was a nice amount of history given to the couple, how Kitty had bid for him in a charity auction two years previously and their romance had blossomed from that first dinner date. It also becomes clear that this couple were still seriously hot for each other and very much into the physical side of their relationship. As you turn the pages with the undercurrents of what is ultimately going to happen, the reader gets to see them at play and building up to the main scene. I adored how Kitty was both masterful and sensitive to Tall’s needs, and the writing was artfully crafted so that Tall, even while vulnerable, was still all man, and very much the hero of the tale.

Bend Over, Cowboy is the kind of book you’ll want to devour in one sitting so make sure you have ample time to ride to the grand finale. The writing is seamless, the characters sexy and above all likeable and I will definitely be looking out for more erotic romance books from this author.



Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Mending Fences by Susan Laine



Mending Fences by Susan Laine
Cowboys of Snow Lake 3
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (144 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Getting his life back together is not an easy task for Clayton Jennings, a rodeo cowboy who was accidentally outed as gay in front of his fiancée. He finds himself alone, drunk, and beaten up on a daily basis.

Enter the knight in shining armor.

Jesse Brown, the sheriff of Snow Lake, rescues Clayton. Healing the man from the pain of physical wounds is one thing. Healing him from the hurt of self-loathing and sense of worthlessness is another. Jesse has his work cut out for himself if he means to save Clayton from his enemies—and himself.

The only way to do that is teach the cowboy who has lost everything to accept that maybe he’s not a charity case after all, but the object of a man’s desire, adoration, and love.


Sometimes knowing the difference between a strong hand and someone who intends to harm can be hard to differentiate. Clayton’s story helps display the difference between the two in a way that kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting more. Part of this is because I can see so many others stories in his.

Jesse cannot stand to watch Clayton continue to destroy his life, just because he feels as if he deserves to be punished. Jesse’s strength is awe inspiring and made me want to wrangle up the first cowboy I see. Even his silence says more than a ten page letter. Jesse's willing to give Clayton what he needs, which may not always be what he or Clayton wants. His ability to see what's needed and give it to Clayton was another characteristic that I envied. If more people had this ability, relationships would be much easier in real life.

With two completely different personalities, Clayton and Jesse’s story kept me mesmerized. I even enjoyed how their past played a role in their present. They had a unique connection that was evident from the beginning of the story, and made me want to learn more and more about them individually as well as together.

The supporting characters and additional subplots also kept the story entertaining. Whether it be the town bigot or the ex fiancé, it seems as if both men had plenty to deal with. This added an element to the story that helped to bring these characters together, as well as kept them apart at times. It created a more dynamic and realistic story line.

This is my first story of this series, but it most certainly will not be the last.





The Rebellious Princess Chooses Two Lovers by Carolyn Rosewood



The Rebellious Princess Chooses Two Lovers by Carolyn Rosewood
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Length: Short Story (81 pages)
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Futuristic
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/M, BDSM, Anal sex
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Bittersweet

In a post-apocalyptic world where medieval kingdoms have once again evolved, Princess Cadence is forced to choose only one lover, and he must be a real Prince.

Dominic of the Northern Free Zone received a Royal Invitation to journey to the New West Dominion and meet Princess Cadence by mistake. He’s not a real Prince at all. Still, he isn’t about to pass up a chance to meet Cadence, who it’s rumored can please beyond imagination in bed.

Cadence turns out to be more than Dominic bargained for, both in and out of the bedroom. When he realizes Ethan, one of the Royal Gardeners, has worshipped her from afar for years, he invites the servant to join them in the Princess’s bedchamber.

But what happens when Dominic’s true identity is revealed, and the King and Queen find out their daughter has bedded a servant?


Cadence is the spoiled princess, Dominic is just looking for some fun and Ethan just happened to be in the right place at the right time, and is helplessly in love.

The Rebellious Princess Chooses Two Lovers was a fun, light, sexy read without an overly complicated plot and full of lots of scorching sex.

Though I enjoyed reading this short story, relating with the characters was not an easy task. Cadence knew what she wanted and how she wanted it but she was a little too passionate about everything. She vowed her love, she vowed revenge, she vowed to uncover the truth…I believe the author was trying to construct a strong and enthusiastic character but I found her ardour annoying and a little shallow.

Dominic, on the other hand, was the ruthless man looking for a good time who falls for the pretty girl. He was attractive and inquisitive when it came to the sex and his secrets were genuinely surprising.

Finally, Ethan was really sweet, but at times he felt like a filler character, placed into the story so that Cadence could have sex with both men. It was a shame, because I really would have liked to learn more about the servant.

One thing is for sure, the author knows how to portray the chemistry between the characters, and her descriptions when it came to the sex were sizzling. There was male-female, male-female-male, a little brushing up between the two hot male protagonists and even some spanking. Based in a “pseudo-medieval kingdom”, the crude language the author sometimes employed just made the story a whole lot more fun to read.

Overall, The Rebellious Princess Chooses Two Lovers is a fun, light and hot read, perfect for a quick bedtime story.





Wild Horses by Zoey Daniels



Wild Horses by Zoey Daniels
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (37 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, F/M/M, ménage
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Bold, independent, and free, Callie's worked hard to become the best courier on Leman. Always too adventurous for polite folks and too blunt not to make enemies, now she's got a chance to break ground and blaze trails on the newly colonized agri-moon known as Leman. She's found the life she was born for.

And she's not the only one to notice. As Callie traverses the sparsely populated prairies, two unusual stallions begin to shadow her every move. They may be young, but these native shapeshifters are as adventurous as Callie, and they're set on proving they're old enough to handle her. They've got enough "horse sense" to know this fiery filly is riding hell-bent-for-leather right into a wild ride that's more than she can handle alone.

Time for the stallions to take the reins.


Bonding between horses and women is a centuries old reality. Where I live, more women than men have horses so this sexy little science fiction romp puts a new spin as to why there could be such an attraction. Of course, to get the kind of action that takes place in this short story one has to travel to a galaxy far, far into infinity and beyond. Add another fact into the mix; most ladies I know can’t have just the one horse. No, they always seem to have two, therefore, it didn’t come as much of a surprise to find the heroine enjoying the frisky antics of two alien horses on the range.

Except, are they really horses? Much to Callie’s delight, and my interest, the not so surprising answer is yes, and no. The dynamic of the answer is fascinating in and of itself and has to be read to be understood.

When Gray and Buck decide to communicate, their dialogue is fitting. They’re not human, they’re not from Earth or any derivative, and words aren’t required when they horse around all day. I liked how the author manipulated their speech patterns enough to get that alien feel without losing me in the process.

This story is told from Callie’s point of view only. I got to understand her needs, her interpretation of events and her reaction to having these two males focus solely on her. One thing is for sure, Callie is no shy Miss. She’s bold, accepting of her sexuality and loves herself, figuratively as well as literally. A confident woman is attractive and challenging to a self-assured and powerful man and Gray is hooked. Buck is no slouch either and he races circles around the heroine. He’s as smitten by her as Gray is so eventually the loving action gets a bit frisky and Callie gets another chance to act like the woman she used to be, albeit a toned down one.

And that’s the thing. As sexy and as titillating as having two men physically love a woman is, the author toned down the descriptives making the sex more about imagination and sensual pleasures. It wasn’t crass or full of overused expletives. It was nicely done with just enough intensity for a reader to be satisfied but not enough to be bored. It was a celebration of a woman finding her dreams coming true in a most unlikely place. She grabbed on with both hands and legs and to heck with the alienness of her situation. She was finally happy and recognized she found what was truly important.

That being said, the delivery of Callie’s POV was almost as odd as the males’. I’m assuming it’s because she’s alien too. I guess I’m not used to reading a character’s internal monologues as short choppy sentences. It was kind of like she had ADD, but not. It was unusual but it sort of fit the story. On the plus side, the author had a tremendous amount of colorful metaphors to describe the scenery, the locale and some other interesting observations. I was impressed with how beautiful some of them were.

Wild Horses is a quick, sexy read for fans of erotic sci-fi romance fantasies. It boasts unusual heroes that compliment a unique heroine, the pace is zippy and the dialogue provided that flavor of ‘otherness’. It’s a good book to pass the time with.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Two Wild for Teacher by Delilah Devlin



Two Wild for Teacher by Delilah Devlin
Lone Star Lovers, Book 6
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (63 pages)
Other: M/F/M, menage
Rating: 5 stars
Review by: Lotus


It’s double the trouble when two ornery cowboys come courtin’, Texas-style...

Lone Star Lovers, Book 6

Sam Logan’s hell-raising twin sons have a bad rep in Two Mule, Texas. All of it earned. When it becomes clear those two troublemakers won’t settle down without another nudge—make that a boot to their butts—Sam reissues his challenge. Find a wife.

There’s only one woman who’s ever held Mace and Jason Logan’s attention for more than one night. Molly Pritchet, their former teacher. She’s been too worried about a pesky morals clause to let them close, but they’re older now and ready to prove to her that some rules are meant to be broken.

Molly thought her path was clear: always a teacher, never a mother or a wife. Until she finds those two Logan “boys” in her backyard, all grown up and digging around in her business. More accurately, starting her koi pond for her without asking. Well, it’s about time someone taught the Logan twins some manners.

A little mud, a lot of yearnings she thought she’d suppressed, and Molly realizes she’s the one being schooled in the art of indulging in forbidden desires.


Who hasn’t had a crush on their teacher? This story takes the teacher-student scenario to another heat level!!!

Mace and Jason Logan have actually been in love with their teacher Miss Molly Pritchet since they first set eyes on her in high school. Molly, however, has stood her ground behind her virtuous moral stance and never let on that she is interested in the twins in the least. The twins were always getting into trouble when they were in school, but now eight years later, they are grownup, handsome men. Molly is only five years older than the twins, but has been stuck in her teacher mode and has forgotten how to be just a woman.

Molly is a very likeable woman who is dedicated to her profession and loyal to those she loves. The story does not go into much detail on what the twins do, possibly because they have been introduced in a previous book. I still enjoyed reading this story even though it is part of a series that I haven’t already been reading. Now I will have to go and look for the previous books to learn about all the other people of Two Mule, Texas. Two Wild for Teacher does work as a standalone read and I don’t regret reading it first.

The twins’ father made a suggestion to the twins about their future, so they decide that Molly needs to be a part of it. Things move very quickly for all of them when Mace and Jason’s courtship plan worked better than they expected. The chemistry between the characters worked so well that time just flew by and I arrived at the end of the story all too soon. The plot was simple, yet effective because the guys set out to do as their father wanted them to and they went about accomplishing the task. The lengths that they went to convincing Molly that they were serious about her were very endearing.

Ms. Devlin’s writing is so well done that the experience was seamless. I will definitely be looking for more of Ms. Devlin’s books for my “keeper shelf”. With the very interesting premise of the former teacher/student relationship and hot scenes that include gorgeous twin brothers, Two Wild for Teacher is highly recommended reading for a quick escape.





Dear Addi by Regina Cole



Dear Addi by Regina Cole
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (85 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

When Addison Laine discovers her famous late-aunt’s love letters, she never expects a lawsuit over the information they contain.

Enter Jackson Poole, son of the woman responsible for the lawsuit. Addi knows any relationship with Jackson would be disastrous but she can’t fight her attraction to his quiet intelligence and sexy-professor style.

As Jackson works on authenticating the letters, he finds himself falling for the free-spirited Addi. His fierce need for her overcomes all his reservations—and his inhibitions.

And sweet, exciting Addi is more than willing to help him explore his secret kinky side.


In the mood for a sexy romp with a little conflict and light drama to spice things up? Look no further than Dear Addi for a story with an unusual premise to get the hero and heroine together. It doesn’t take long for nature to take its course and a nicely told romance unfolds for a reader to enjoy.

The idea behind this tale is cute. I liked that messages from the past between two lovers could have the power to influence the future and perpetuate the legacy of love for another generation. I understand that way back when, the art of writing letters was truly profound. Those old letters contained so much emotion and those eloquently worded missives captured hearts and minds alike. In this day and age, the written word between lovers is not painstakingly labored over, sprinkled with perfume or dried flower petals and sent through the mail to the ones we are falling for. Nowadays, it’s cell phones, texting and the language of physical love that holds the most influence.

Nothing explores that physicality as well as Ms. Cole’s characters. With Jackson and Addi, each encounter adds another layer of trust. Addi inspires Jackson to try new kinks just by her being receptive to the things he tries. The fact that he is able to bring her extreme pleasure inspires him to try other sexual things – fantasies he’s kept hidden in a darker part of himself. Her easy acceptance and pure enjoyment gives him a confidence he never had before. By the same token, Addi finds herself with a man who, by his very presence, has her feeling a level of sensations and closeness she’s never before experienced. It sounds rosy, doesn’t it?

No story can be totally happy and joyous. There has to be a trial that makes it all worth it. The conflict takes the form of Jackson’s mother. Her obsession is very self-centered and at one point, verges on the cusp of criminality and, dare I say, she has the morals of a viper. One of the high points was Addi’s verbal response to the woman in the only scene where the two women were together. It was quite notable. At the same time that I enjoyed the interaction and how it stirred the conflict, I also thought it ended kind of weird. Just the way it was written really made me question Jackson's mother's sanity. I’m not sure if that was the author’s intent but how she flounced off had me thinking she needed to be medicated or in a hospital herself for observation. It was like she was in her own little world and, as twisted and illogical as it was, it made perfect sense to her. Add in her cattiness and willingness to break the law and her actions were unsurprising to me. I figured she’d do something. What she does, I questioned if she actually had the time to do it, and how she even figured out the lay of the land to even find it in the first place and how she solved the question of location when Addi couldn’t: those were some of the questions that bothered me with the revelation later in the book.

On the other hand, Jackson’s response was wonderful, manly and all around hero-worthy. For a quiet guy, when push comes to shove, he knows how to take action and he does it with style. Plus he’s great with an apology; another good point in his favor.

Dear Addi is a simple romance with sexy highlights. It has a hero and heroine that entertain a reader while on their journey to falling in love. There’s lots of opportunity for readers to enjoy what makes this book erotic while finding moments of tenderness with heart touching scenes to bring a little depth to the tale. It even has a wonderful happy ever after. This story was a pleasure to read.





Monday, July 30, 2012

Strong Attraction by Chloe Lang



Strong Attraction by Chloe Lang
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (91 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M/M, Spanking, Anal Sex
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Plumeria

Charly Wynn attends her cousin’s wedding in a little Nevada town and learns firsthand from six hot cowboys about the untamed charm of Wilde. Though itching to leave and licking past wounds, she finds it hard to resist the temptation of hunk Drake Strong.

The moment Drake Strong meets Charly, he vows to do whatever necessary to possess the beauty for himself and his brothers Dax and Seth. Keeping her away from his three other lusty brothers, Nate, Heath, and Tobias, is going to be tough. Though the ambitious city girl is itching to pursue her dreams, Drake is determined to convince her there's plenty of action in Wilde. Will Charly let go of old hurts and open herself up to Drake, or will the killer in the shadows destroy their only chance at love?

When Charlene Wynn heads toward Wilde to talk her crazy cousin out of marrying five men, she had no idea what this sleepy little town had in store for her!

Charly has just completed her Master’s in psychology and is headed for her dream job in Malibu, wanting to shake off the stigma that hangs on her still after a shady incident many years ago. But first she plans on having a very long conversation with her cousin. Who marries five men? Well obviously there is something in the water in Wilde, and Charly is about to get her first taste when a tall drink of water named Drake Strong comes to her rescue.

Being a walking wet dream isn’t anything out of the ordinary for cowboy Drake Strong. Yet he still has to do what his mama tells him, including towing Charly to a mechanic’s when her car dies. Expecting a stuck up book worm, he’s knocked on his butt at the fiery minx he meets. The sparks fly right away between the two. Once Drake claims her as his own, because that's what all cowboys seem to do, he just hopes she’s as open to the idea of being with his twin and younger brother. That’s right, stud muffin Drake has an identical twin!

Charly is so closed off that the moment Drake gives her his attention and shows her real affection she can’t help but open up. The trauma she went through changed her for the worse and she just needed someone to be there for her. And when Drake gives her all he has, she gives him something special in return, including her heart.

But Charly and Drake have more to deal with then falling in love. First there are Drake’s three older brothers who are a unit much like Drake, his twin and younger brother. Each unit is looking for a woman of its own and Drake knows his older brother would love Charly as much as he does. The minute Heath sets eyes on Drake’s woman, out come the claws. Secondly, a dark figure from Charly’s past comes crawling into town with menace on their mind. We’ll have to see what the plan is for this person, as we see very little of him here.

Chloe Lang creates strong characters and plot, and I find myself looking forward to the next move they will make. The people on the page are flawed, but likeable even when they make decisions that left me scratching my head. Charly is smart, she has a Masters degree afterall, so I was surprised when she made a decision that didn't seem in line with her character. In a way it kept me reading, to find her motivation. Drake as the hero has a heart of gold but I found him to be a tad pushy, but maybe Charyl needs "pushy" to step out of her comfort zone. There's a lot going on in this short story.

This book is a first in a series, so I’m going to assume this is the first of at least three books if not more. Each book would be focused on one man and Charly, this being Drake and Charly’s story. It’s not required to read the Wilde series before picking up this book, but you will need to read this book before picking up book two in the Strong Brothers series.

All in all, I'm looking forward to seeing what happens between the brothers and what Charly will decide in the end. Sexy cowboys, or living your dreams? Tough call for any girl I think! If you are a fan of menage romances, then you surely won’t be disappointed here.